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Some more thoughts on Ion Fury, the FPS from Voidpoint and 3D Realms

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Ion Fury (previously Ion Maiden) is true example of how you really don’t need to push graphics ever closer to realism to achieve something ridiculously good.

Developed by Voidpoint and 3D Realms, using the Build game engine which powered some other classics like Duke Nukem 3D, Blood and Shadow Warrior it released recently with same-day Linux support showing others how it’s done. While it’s retro in many ways, there is of course a vast amount of modern touches like improved physics and map interactions, auto-saves, being able to actually do a headshot, higher resolution support and so on.

Here’s the thing, I grew up with games like Duke and I’ve seen gaming progress from the Amiga to where we are now. There came a point, where I grew massively tired of retro-inspired flashbacks and in some ways I am still tired of it. However, Ion Fury is a very different sort of brew. The best thing about Ion Fury is that it might seem like other classics but it has a different and refreshing feel to it.

Much like the inspirations it’s fast, in your face loud and explosive and a ride that just doesn’t stop at any moment to let you get off. Rushing through it probably isn’t a great idea though, Ion Fury does reward those who do a little exploration with more health, ammo, armour and some fun little secrets.

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The trouble is, while I just mentioned not to rush, it's damn hard not to just run around blasting everything in sight.

Each weapon feels like it actually has a purpose, unlike some shooters where you just constantly look for ammo for one particular piece. Get in close with the shotgun and do some serious in your face damage for a brute that requires it, use Loverboy’s alternative fire when faced with those pesky jumping spider-faces or toss a couple of grenades when you get them to group up to create a hilarious meat grinder. I'm completely torn on what weapon is my favourite! Although the double SMG is quite satisfying, especially when it sets enemies on fire.

It honestly has some of the most satisfying run and gun action I’ve seen for a long time. Despite the retro look, the weapons really do feel amazing. There's also some fantastic music, some amusing one-liners although they don't always work and enemies that will keep you on your toes.

As far as I am concerned, the game is fantastic. It’s so ridiculously entertaining it’s crazy. For a throwback, it's close to perfection in my eyes. If you’re a fan of first-person shooters, you need this. If we can get more developers making games like this again on Linux, I will be extremely happy.

What's really missing though is multiplayer, it would have been an incredibly fun addition to the game. It's planned but they're not giving out dates on when we can expect it to arrive.

You can pick it up on GOG and Steam.

However, it’s pretty unfortunate that I have to mention this and I feel I need to so you’re fully informed: Voidpoint have been embroiled in some controversy recently, after ResetEra dug up some old statements members of their team made in Discord, plus an issue in the game itself. I was sent the statement Voidpoint made, which I will quote in full below:

"Members of Voidpoint’s Ion Fury team have made sexist and transphobic comments, and included homophobic language in Ion Fury.

We recognize these statements are insensitive, unacceptable, and counterproductive to causes of equality. We unequivocally apologize both for these comments and language as well as for any pain they have caused the gaming community, particularly women and members of the LGBTQ community. We take full responsibility for any damage that has been done to the relationships we've worked so hard to build.

Moving forward, we at Voidpoint will institute a zero-tolerance policy for this type of language and all employees and contractors will undergo mandatory sensitivity training. As part of our efforts to contribute to the work that must be done to further support these communities, we are donating $10,000 from Ion Fury's release day proceeds to The Trevor Project. We are also patching Ion Fury ASAP to remove all unacceptable language."

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Bertie 24 August 2019 at 5:00 pm UTC
Comandante ÑoñardoI played the DEMO and I didn't see anything controversial in the game...
SJWs can find controversy in a brick wall.

People who use "SJW" as a pejorative are the worst types of people. We need less of these in the world.

I understand "SJW" means different things to different people. Some of the worst kind of people will throw the term at anyone. Some think of "SJWs" as dishonest ideologues. And yet others will self-identify as "SJWs" and the term will presumably mean something noble to them.

But I'd wager most people, Ageres included, define "SJW" the same way as Know Your Meme defines it...
i.e someone obsessed with a particular identitarian ideology and who will think nothing of throwing the worst kind of smears (racist, homophobic, sexist, misogynist, uncle tom, gender traitor etc) at people innocent of such things in a bid to promote their world view.
For those people it's not so much an insult as a description. It's a way of communicating information about a person. For example, if a celebrity was accused of being racist, a person's typical reaction would be one of disgust. Unless they were informed that the person doing the accusing was an "SJW", in which case that person would typically breathe a sigh of relief and look no further into the accusation. If someone dislikes "SJWs" it's not necessarily because they are the worst type of person. It's probably because they define what an "SJW" is, differently to you. Unfortunately the use of the term to describe people has become so overused and defined in so many different ways that the term is in danger of becoming useless.
Purple Library Guy 24 August 2019 at 5:18 pm UTC
Purple Library GuyThe ironic part here is that, again, if your link is true this is a story of anti-SJW types screwing over other anti-SJW types (the developer/s) by exposing them, and still other anti-SJW types screwing over the anti-SJW developers by boycotting them for, um, doing the bidding of their corporate bosses like any sane person in this society would. And they're all blaming people who aren't transphobic for it. Hey, looks like y'all did this to yourselves.
No. Just no.
Five. Paragraphs. Later.
. . . guess not just no.

QuoteThis is a - often repeated - story of SJWs causing a tempest in a teapot (stirred by a troll in this case, but that just puts even more blame on them, as they let themselves be trolled, blindly, easily and willingly)
Nonsense. There are people who are offended by certain kinds of talk. I am among them--less strongly than some, but then I'm not gay or trans or such.
That makes them predictable in the sense that if you show them that someone has been talking that way, you know they'll be offended. But that isn't deception, and their reaction isn't blindness. For the people getting offended, they were offended by a real thing that they would get offended by no matter how they happened to stumble on it. If they got the information by rednecks falling out and backstabbing each other, well, whatever, that's not their problem.

I mean, say what had been said was something you do consider important. Say the guy had said he keeps a slave in his basement. If the mob found out and lynched him, it wouldn't matter if he'd been exposed by someone who doesn't care about that stuff and just wanted to get him lynched. It would only matter if he's actually keeping that slave in that basement. You wouldn't consider the lynchers to have blindly fallen for a troll, as long as that's really what he said.

Same here: The troll didn't misrepresent what was said, he presented screencaps of what was actually said. You can argue about whether it was okay to react, or how strongly, to someone saying those things. But how the information arrived isn't really relevant to the people reacting, as long as it's true information.

It is true that the reactions are strong. This is a lot like what happened decades ago with racist jokes. Nobody anywhere civilized tells racist jokes any more. But it used to be mainstream. Antiracists doing strong hostile reactions gradually made it beyond the pale. For a while racists tried to shrug it off. "Where's your sense of humour? You're being unreasonable" etc., but in the end it became clear that racist jokes were just an expression of being racist, and racism is evil, and so. Gradually it stopped being an issue most places; nobody complains about not being allowed to tell racist jokes any more because it doesn't occur to them that that's a thing you would want to do (well, except maybe in some parts of the US or at Stormfront or whatever--like I say, nowhere civilized). It seems like we're in that kind of shift with respect to gays and trans and talking smack about them as a group. So we're going to have this kind of hissy fit, and this kind of counter-hissy-fit, until the racist-equivalent side finally admits it's not a thing you do and then everyone forgets about it.
Liam Dawe 24 August 2019 at 5:41 pm UTC
Something I don't often have to do: as of now I'm closing the comments on this one before it descends any further into hell. Take issues with me doing so? The forum is open if you wish to discuss how I and other contributors handle such things.

As the owner, I pride myself on our community most of the time being very respectful but there's times like this where I feel leaving it open will begin to attract more trolls and abusive comments. I hope people understand my reasoning behind doing so.

End note: I really do wish everyone could just get along no matter your gender, race, religion or anything.
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