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  • Nintendo to unveil NX this afternoon

  • Ajent 20/10/2016

    @seasidebaz haha ! That would be the most epic troll ever ! Reply 0
  • Destiny bug denies top streamers Hard Mode raid world first

  • Ajent 19/10/2016

    @mamalkosari Look for HMG - Her Majesty's Guardians on the Destiny clan page. There's about 25 people in the clan, but five of us who play regular.

    We'd have to boost your light level for Wrath of the Machine, but you're more than welcome to raid with us.
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  • Panasonic DX750 ultra HD 4K TV review

  • Ajent 15/10/2016

    @cd1 I sold my older Yamaha receiver to fund the new one. RS do an Onkyo at £249 that supports pass through (and Atmos if you ever consider it). That's the one I bought. It's only a small room so I didn't need anything with massive power output and so far it's pretty good. Reply 0
  • Ajent 15/10/2016

    @cd1 I was referring to the 55", I should have been clear (it's the closest equivalent to the 58" Panny in the review).

    £1099 is still a great price. Richer Sounds are brill. That's where I bought mine. Got a new AV receiver at the same time.
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  • Ajent 15/10/2016

    @hazzatori things really aren't as bad as EG make out. For one, there's a lot of mis-information in the review. At the time they bought the Panasonic (for £1199 as well - very poor shoping around. The significantly better 802 model can be found for £1149 and the 750 for just over £1000) the Samsung models might have had issues with Game mode and HDR, but they had only been out a matter of weeks and have since been updated with OS updates. ALL 2016 Samsung now provide HDR in Game mode, with no issues at all.

    You can get a Samsung KS7000 for £1299 at the moment. 4K, HDR and 23ms input lag. Pretty much best on market for gaming (I went for the slightly better KS8000 for just over £1400 - but that was with a decent discount).

    Edit: Negged for providing additional information. Weird community on EG.
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  • Nintendo opens up one of its secret storage rooms

  • Ajent 13/10/2016

    4-5 months away from the NX and they just show us all the old stuff... priorities! Reply +3
  • Samsung KU6400 4K TV review

  • Ajent 08/10/2016

    @riceNpea Re quality settings in game mode - on the newer KS series it means that all the picture processing stuff gets turned off; which you would normally do when calibrating it yourself anyway. Things like this are always a matter of preference, but Game Mode on the KS series is pretty damn good. Input lag of 23ms on my KS8000.

    To be fair, you're right to recommend that people should take some content to view on the screen they buy. Most stores, especially specialist stores, are very accommodating.

    You're also right about EG's choice of TV to review. I guess it comes down to budget. For me, I'd recommend spending a little more and go for the Panasonic DX750, or if you could stretch a bit further any of the Samsung KS series, Sony 8 series or the Panny 802 (as above, I settled on a KS8000). If you're serious about getting a decent 4K HDR viewing experince for movies and games, those are the screens you need to be saving up for.
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  • Destiny: Rise of Iron review

  • Ajent 06/10/2016

    @wikidd really, I didn't realise I'd spent that long playing it this week (well, the last four nights). I guess that proves my point - it's just fun.

    i just don't see it as 'very grindy'. You just have to know how to play to get the gear you need. At no point have I ever hit a wall trying to 'level up'. And none of my team mates have.

    But, different experiences is what makes Destiny great in my opinion. Maybe me and my friends are the lucky ones.
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  • Ajent 05/10/2016

    @wikidd I kinda disagree. I missed the first week of RoI, and started playing in the second week. I've played the story, ran a few strikes from the Heroic and standard SIVA lists, done a bit of Archons Forge, played the first two checkpoints of the raid and last night I did some Iron Banner.

    I'm 373.

    Just play the game and play it right. If people are struggling for an artifact, go play the stuff that grants artifacts (hoard chests/ Court of Oryx). If you need a ghost go do strikes, nightfall or crucible and rank up your factions.

    There is a loot grind, but I wouldn't describe 'just playing the game' as 'grindy'.
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  • The push and pull of Destiny's microtransactions

  • Ajent 27/09/2016

    This reads like some wanting to find something to complain about. I have absolutely no beef with completely optional, aesthetic only micro-transactions. I don't see the point in complaining about something that you don't want to buy when it's being on sale only has a positive impact on your game experience. Reply +3
  • Destiny: Rise of Iron launch woes force players into queue

  • Ajent 21/09/2016

    @SHPanda I don't think Bungie acknowledge that they've made mistakes (and I'd agree - respectfully). I think they've acknowledge that they need to do more to keep the community engaged for longer periods, but the expansions and pricing of the expansions I don't think are mistakes.

    Value is subjective and any given items worth differs per person.

    If anything, this 'news' article only further indicates that there are at least hundreds of thousands of people who believe that RoI is worth £25 - err go, not a mistake.
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  • Your original PS4 now supports HDR, but no games currently make use of it

  • Ajent 13/09/2016

    @Thief000 It might not be mandated, but with XB1S, Scorpio and PS4pro aren't most (if not all) developers going to be including HDR anyway? As for the 'extra grunt'; from what I've read (and from what Bend Studio said during one of the dev interviews after the show), HDR actually uses very little extra power and PS4 GPU was already slightly more powerful anyway. Reply +1
  • Ark fans burned by Scorched Earth, the Early Access game's "completely finished" expansion

  • Ajent 05/09/2016

    @justusbrennan personally I think we are destined to disagree. The fact that you don't see that purchasing something on Early Access is exactly the same as purchasing anything (I mean in the very literal sense of forming a sale agreement) and that it is no different to buying a 'finished' game with regards to the legality or ethics mean that we are constantly going to disagree, since that is the fundamental starting block for this discussion.

    I feel we could probably argue the issue for a good few hours, but I will tip my hat and bow out respectfully. Thanks for the polite debate, it is good to know that even in the vitriolic state that the Internet currently finds itself in that two people can still disagree and discuss matters politely.
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  • Ajent 05/09/2016

    @justusbrennan I do understand, that's my point. You seem to think that a video game developer making and selling video game software is immoral and unethical. I'm simply stating that your life experience would appear pretty rosy if that is your opinion.

    Video game developer sells early access game stating that you should only purchase if you are happy with its current state and understand that the purchase is supporting the development of that game. From there on in they state intentions for features that they want to add to the game ('promises'), but these are post sale. Bonuses to what you have already paid for. You have only bought an unfinished game and an intention at that point and if it isn't developed any further beyond that then it is all fair.

    You seem to think that the above agreement precludes the same developer from seeking further profit from the sale of additional software... and then call it unethical.

    It's the equivalent of buying any other product from any other manufacturer and then suggesting that the product you bought should be made better before they release any other product for sale.

    This is the nature of Early Access. Calling it unethical IS missing the point.
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  • Ajent 05/09/2016

    @justusbrennan you must have one seriously privileged life if you think THIS is unethical... Reply -3
  • Nintendo has a stellar new Galaxy 3DS design

  • Ajent 30/08/2016

    They need to stop with this rubbish and announce NX news. I was going to get a new 3DS a couple of month back, but with only 6-7 months until release of the NX im holding off until I know more. I can imagine there's a lot of people in a similar position. Reply +7
  • Call of Duty 2 now available on Xbox One backwards compatibility

  • Ajent 23/08/2016

    @SiroccoJetProp Yes and Yes. I would buy both in a heartbeat. I was hoping EA/Bioware were going to do a HD trilogy bundle, but since that confirmed as a 'no go' I've been waiting for them to come to XBO BC. Amazingly, I've only ever played 4 hrs of ME1. Reply 0
  • Ajent 23/08/2016

    @DaftAider I really don't understand your comment... I'm not sure if you're asking a question or making a statement - and even then I don't understand your point. Reply +1
  • The PS4 Slim is real - confirmed

  • Ajent 23/08/2016

    @Innocent_Bystander Geez, pedantic much? You think I might be aware of the specifics? As you state, it's easier to communicate 'high resolution' than it is to start explaining sample rates.... Reply 0
  • Ajent 22/08/2016

    @Innocent_Bystander I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not, but just in case... You're welcome. ;) Reply 0
  • Ajent 22/08/2016

    @scottjamesholland HDMI offers higher resolution sound. Optical also can't use the newer sound formats like DTS HD and True HD. It also won't be able to use Dolby Atmos.

    Optical is quickly becoming a legacy connection option and this is likely why Sony dropped it.

    Edit: I don't understand the negs... As far as I'm aware my comment is providing factual info to someone discussing the absence of the optical input. The only opinion is tmy guess as to why Sony dropped it (which seems logical? No?).
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  • Destiny - The Collection includes all the expansions, costs £50

  • Ajent 16/08/2016

    @number1024 Ahhhh... Fair enough. I understand now. Although, that does still happen. Just not to the same degree that it does in bricks and mortar stores. Games like Infamous, the Assassin Creed games and Watch_Dogs are all cheaper than when they were released. Just not as cheap as you might find them on disc. Which I guess is similar to the point you're making. Reply 0
  • Ajent 16/08/2016

    @number1024 erm... There IS a sale on in the UK store. In fact, the Arkham Knight that @boot93 mentioned is only £15.49. RB6 is only £18.99 and Witcher 3 is £19.99. Just to name a couple. There's tons of games in the sale as well. You should check it out, you might be surprised.

    This isn't uncommon either. In the last sale (around May time I think - or it might have been a bit earlier) I picked up Star Wars Battlefront, Borderlands Collection, Dishonoured and Just Cause 3 for around £50.
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  • Ajent 16/08/2016

    @StevoPirate Isn't this the same with absolutely everything though? I'm trying to think of all my interests... TV's, Hi-fi equipment, cars, power tools... My TV is two years old, but you could go to a store today pay £400 less than I did and walk out with a better TV. Reply +1
  • Ajent 16/08/2016

    @JaqenHGhar80 You have some very odd understandings of 'value'. It is something that is totally subjective. I have no doubt that you will have spent over £100 on something that I personally would never use. That item would have no value to me but might be incredible value for you. If I bought it the £100 would be wasted.

    Your Tetris example is a bit of an unfair example due to the simplicity of that game, but still, if someone perceived that it was worth £100 because it gave them such entertainment value then to them it is worth it.

    As for Bungie misleading everyone... I don't recall ever being mislead. They did switch to a pure XP system. Getting to lvl 40 is totally about normal XP. Light levels are tied to your gear, which is normal for this type of persistent multiplayer game that is obviously influenced by MMO mechanics. The replay value comes from hunting down all the gear you want. I assume (I know I shouldn't) that you haven't played in a long time, because the grind is a lot less now. Literally all activities contribute towards progression now; with faction packages, weekly crucible bounties, Nightfalls, strike specific loot and the raids. I've probably missed a few out as well. As for calcified fragments, I'm missing one. That's it. Easy.

    Now, this was my original point. Destiny has been great value for me and my team mates. I'd happily keep paying £25 every 4 months for an expansion. It's probably my favourite game. I'm well aware that not everyone will share my view, but I am also aware that there are millions of people who do (and play daily). I'm aware that you obviously don't find the same value in Destiny, but that does not mean that Destiny is universally not good value.
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  • Ajent 16/08/2016

    @Hellotherenow The new expansion is £25. How is charging £0 for the base game and the three previous expansions the opposite to ripping people off? It doesn't make sense.

    Eseentially you're buying the new expansion and getting the previous expansions and base game for £25. How you can state that is being ripped off is beyond me.
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  • Ajent 15/08/2016

    @Hellotherenow How are they ripping people off? They're charging a lot less for older software with the new DLC thrown in? Sounds like a bargain rather than a rip off. Reply +2
  • Ajent 15/08/2016

    @jacobpreston I'd be one of those people, and I'd honestly say there's no reason to feel sorry.

    It's all a matter of perceived value. For me, if you're the sort of player who has bought and played all the expansions and you're getting Rise of Iron, then you'll have had hundreds of hours worth of entertainment out of your £155. For me, it's been worth it. I'm sure all my clan members feel the same.
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  • Ajent 15/08/2016

    @marionseay I don't believe you... prove it. Reply +4
  • Final Fantasy 15 delayed by two months

  • Ajent 15/08/2016

    @FuzzyDucky No I get what you're saying, and the other guy. I don't need it explaining. I just disagree with you. I think it is more available than you're stating. I have friends and family around the world, some in areas that you might consider developing, and high speed internet is available. The data cap issue is one that is more debatable, but data caps of around 40gb aren't uncommon as far as I'm aware. That's plenty to download a 4gb patch and the odd bit of browsing/ streaming.

    Like I say, I understand your point - I just disagree that there's a large portion of current gen console owning people with no/ sub-adequate Internet. I know I am not SE's only customer, but I fail to see how that affects my view?
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  • Ajent 15/08/2016

    @ShiftyGeezer Stop trying so hard. I'm not making an argument for you to understand. I'm stating an opinion. I've also stated I'll agree to disagree with you. It's as simple as that. Reply +1
  • Ajent 15/08/2016

    @ShiftyGeezer Well you're being pedantic, and no, that's not what I meant. I was referring to SE being 'fearful', pandering to popular comment board opinion in order to justify a delay that clearly doesn't add up to 'adding a day one patch'.

    I think Sony published some stats to say something like 90 odd percent of PS4 owners have a PSN account and it was over half of PS4 owners had a PS+ subscription. I'm just not buying it that there a significant portion of console owners without Internet.

    I certainly never said Japan was technophobic. Now you're just trying to twist my words. Like I say, I'll agree to disagree.
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  • Ajent 15/08/2016

    @ShiftyGeezer I'll agree to disagree. I just think that the excuse made by SE is dubious, counter-productive and is pandering to popular forum/ comment board opinions. Like I said, I'm aware my opinion is unpopular, but I just believe that technology should be used and embraced rather than feared. Reply -2
  • Ajent 15/08/2016

    @shehzaanshazabdulla I get your point, Injust disagree that technology should be held back because of people, who refuse to move on.

    Internet may have a low adoption in Japan (I haven't checked the numbers myself), but it's available. it's still a choice that people make.

    And as for less developed countries... well, it takes them longer to download the patch. It probably won't take two months though.

    I don't mind that we clearly disagree, just offering my different opinion.
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  • Ajent 15/08/2016

    @ShiftyGeezer I see your point, I just disagree. Why would additional distribution methods have 'no point'? You want as many distribution methods as possible, surely?

    I do believe that a game should be playable in any state tang it's released in. Patches should only be improvements. So discs would still be playable, they'll just be improved if (as the consumer) you embrace all the technology currently available.

    As for 'ensuring all your users are Internet enabled'... Isn't that displacing buyer responsibility onto the developer? Surely, as a purchaser it is up to you to ensure that you have the required tech/ knowledge/ ability when purchasing anything (not just games).

    I'm not looking to argue or anything, just offering a different opinion.
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  • Ajent 15/08/2016

    @Rogueywon I'm afraid I'm with @butler` on this. I know it's going to be an incredibly unpopular opinion, but the reason given 'because people don't have Internet' it's counter productive to technological progress. If people, won't or don't want to connect to Internet then those people need to understand they're standing still whilst the rest of the industry moves forward. To me, it's the same if people were to complain that there's no PS3 version.

    Technology is at a stage where games can be released earlier, with day one patches, which essentially provide the complete experience. In my opinion, this beats a two month delay.

    Unless, of course, he's not being completely honest and the game is in such a state that a patch simply isn't going to cut it.
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  • Pokémon Go Articuno pair hope for normality after "madness" of internet spotlight

  • Ajent 04/08/2016

    @riceNpea Haha. Probably. It'd certainly make the game more 'entertaining/ dangerous'. Reply 0
  • Ajent 04/08/2016

    Niantic are absolutely terrible at this whole video game thing.

    I'd be pretty pissed if I was this Kait Covey girl. The whole game is fairly random as far as I can tell, so no matter how she received the Articuno, it hardly seems fair to just yank it from her account and simply give her some lures and eggs.

    Seems a bit crap.
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  • We keep getting emailed weird things about Pokémon Go

  • Ajent 20/07/2016

    @NewYork Really? I kind of figured with all the crashes and people falling off cliffs the writing was on the wall. Never mind the robberies, stumbling on crime scenes and the paedo fears. Something awful was bound to happen.

    I'm not criticising the app... It's a fantastic idea and great when the app actually works. I'm criticising people. People can be really awful.
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  • Xbox One S 2TB launch date 2nd August

  • Ajent 18/07/2016

    @I_Am_CatButler yeah, I get your point (kinda - MS aren't going to sell what will be marketed as a premium feature at cost price).

    I guess I was trying to say that the difference isn't that bad depending on your perception. To me the difference in cost makes sense. Your eseentially looking at a cost of £50 between HDD choices.
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  • Ajent 18/07/2016

    @I_Am_CatButler Those are amazingly cheap for 2.5" Hdd's. I was actually surprised to see that you'd found it so cheap, do checked myself. Can't find anything on a quick Google search (there was one on Amazon, but shows as unavailable with no price), but other than that I can actually only find 500gb, 1tb and 2tb models.

    I did a check at the component place that I use and they sell 2.5" 1tb drives for £44. A 500gb one is £33. So that's £78 for the 1.5tb difference, although they actually do 2tb ones for £79.

    As far as I can tell, the £100 difference between the models doesn't seem ridiculous. The component place I use has consistently been the cheapest place I've found for a long time.
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  • Warner Bros. "misled" with paid-for positive Shadow of Mordor videos

  • Ajent 14/07/2016

    @scawp I would hardly say that stating a good game is good and including a disclosure that the video is sponsored is 'immoral'. Those are some pretty ridiculous standards you're setting. Reply 0
  • Destiny Moments of Triumph Year 2 guide

  • Ajent 08/07/2016

    @rep- agreed. It is about personal preferences. I don't think EG hide that. I think they've stated multiple times that they write about Destiny because it is a game they really like and it is also popular with readers.

    I don't think it's disproportionate though. It's not like we're missing other news stories just because someone who likes Destiny wrote about it.
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  • Ajent 07/07/2016

    @xgerrit seriously? It's got nothing to do with Destiny being an insanely popular game and EG being a games new website? Reply +2
  • Pokémon GO's UK microtransaction prices revealed

  • Ajent 06/07/2016

    @erp to be fair, the terminology changed on mobile ages ago. They're called IAP - In App Purchases (that's literally what they're called in the App Store). God knows why EG are calling them 'micro'-transactions. Reply +7
  • Red Dead Redemption finally gets Xbox One backwards compatibility this Friday

  • Ajent 05/07/2016

    @vert1go you can play RDR via back compatibility on Wii U... ?

    I thought Wii U was only back compatible with Wii games, which would kind make your point mute, wouldn't it?
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  • 65daysofstatic are touring the No Man's Sky soundtrack

  • Ajent 27/06/2016

    @magicfinbow it wasn't a completely humorous comment was it though? Truth in jest and all that...

    Judging by the rest of his comment - "It's certainly a brighter future to imagine than the one our little country just thrust upon Europe." - and - "Let's get some antifascist international solidarity going on & not let the demagoguery drag us down to the oblivion it has planned for us."

    None of that sounds like someone 'just having a laugh'.
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  • Bungie: We're trying to build Destiny content quicker

  • Ajent 22/06/2016

    @number1024 no apology necessary... You've clearly adapted, I'm not disputing that. I'm simply suggesting that a demand of matchmaking is stubborn.

    I maintain that an in game LFG system would side step everyone's issues... It gives those who want matchmaking, an in game option to form groups with randoms and for those who use an external LFG option already, it just makes things easier.
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  • Ajent 22/06/2016

    @number1024 dude, I'm not saying YOU don't have the time. I saw your earlier post. I was supporting what mega-gazz was saying and that I thought your serial killer reference was a bit aggressive and missed his point.

    The problem with matchmaking Being optional as you suggest is that at the end of the day Bungie (and definetley Activision) are a business. The best promotion for business is positive word of mouth. At the moment no one is saying that the raids are bad, jumbled messes, full of uncoordinated, rage filled, rage quitting, afk'ing idiots that make the whole thing nigh unplayable. Most people are saying that the raids are actually a ton of fun. There are those that are unable to comment because they haven't been bothered to find people to play with, but that isn't a negative. It's just a lack of opinion.

    Going back to the 'is this game for you' analogy. If you want to play football for your local amateur football team who play on Wednesdays, do you:
    a) just turn up unannounced in your kit and get 'matchmade' or
    b) approach people at the club, speak to them, ask if and how you can play with them and then arrange a game?

    Destiny is my team game and I approach it with all the typical social mechanics that accompany most other team games because that's what this type of game demands. Not because that's the way Bungie want it, but because that's how team games work better. Go play in your matchmade football team against the organised group of friends and see how you fare.

    Adapt to the game and you'll enjoy it. That's the point.

    Of course. An in game LFG would still give you a semblance of what you want and would (theoretically) be very simple to implement, whilst still maintaining all those social mechanics that I just described.
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  • Ajent 22/06/2016

    @number1024 Nope. Disagree. Match-making would be bad.

    The suggestion I have always maintained would be an ideal in between is an in game LFG board in the tower. Similar to 'shouting' in a typical MMO chat.

    There's so, so much that can go wrong with matchmaking that an in game LFG would allow a team leader to vet teammates.

    I also kind of agree with mega-gazz about how you have to ask yourself if the game is for you, or maybe adapt to the requirements to play the game. Your analogy of a serial killer was a bit weird. I think he basically meant you should make time and commit to a play session if you really want to play. A bit like playing for a local sports team. If they play on Wednesday's you can't expect them to change to a Friday just because you're busy on Wednesday.
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