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  • Mass Effect 2 and 3 now available on Xbox One backwards compatibility

  • Ajent 08/11/2016

    @AkumaG I don't know if I'm just lucky or if the store glitches out for me or something, but I logged on last night to see how much they were (at this point I was assuming they'd be available to buy and download) and the store listing shows them as unavailable.

    However, under the box art image was an 'install' button. I clicked the button (on both games) and they downloaded straight to my Xbox. I started up ME2 and it worked fine.

    I don't have an Access sub, so it isn't that. I don't even have a Gold sub at the moment, since I still need to renew it.

    I appear to have obtained both games for free !
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  • Here's everything in Watch Dogs 2's £29.99 season pass

  • Ajent 03/11/2016

    @SonicUk Y'see, that's my point. What you described as being shafted, I'd describe as being serviced. Just because you don't like something, doesn't mean that I won't. Just because you think that it is a problem that needs to go away, I might view as a positive way to keep the games I love playing lasting a bit longer.

    It's just a difference of opinion. You've said that people need to vote with their wallets. Haven't they already?

    @mega-gazz said that people buy DLC/ season passes for all sorts of reasons (fear of missing out, supporting devs, friends and marketing influence). I think he was trying to suggest that this doesn't mean they like DLC. But all of those reasons still mean that DLC is something they want. If you don't want to miss out and buy it, that's because you want it. If your friends have it and you WANT to play with them, you buy it. The friends that have already bought it clearly wanted it in the first place. The fact that DLC and season passes still exist and seem to be thriving is evidence that people are voting with their wallets. They just disagree with you and those who share you opinion.

    And don't worry, I wasn't offended. I hope you aren't offended by anything I say. This is clearly a debateable issue. And let's face it, I'm the one who posted a comment on a thread that's clearly contradictory to popular (on EG) opinion.
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  • Ajent 03/11/2016

    @mega-gazz Fair enough, I am assuming that my opinion is the majority one, but it's based on a sound theory, itself based on a suggestion that is put forward by the majority of people who disagree with me on this subject - 'vote with your wallet'. If this is the case then surely DLC has a market, since those who ARE voting with their wallets are saying 'we like this'?

    Most of the DLC I have bought is clearly additional content - I'd agree that stuff like additional costumes and skins sold for £20 is clearly 'milking it' since the dev time and end use of such content is more limited than the use or development time for additional or supplementary story DLC (like in Assassins Creed or the Batman games). I don't see how that type of content would fit in the base game, ie. be cut for resale as DLC, since they usually feature characters not in the original campaign story therefore their placement would not make sense. And I certainly don't see how the option of being able to expand such a game makes the base game worse. Following that same logic route, would sequels also be viewed as detrimental to the original games appeal/ value, since sequels are generally 'more of the same', albeit they usually have an additional mechanic or two?

    The DLC/ season pass specifically discussed here seems to offer a bit of both types of DLC. Flashy, insignificant fun items like the garish skins etc. , but it is also selling additional story missions with characters and plots not directly linked to the main story. They're clearly supplemental. Optional. Luxury bonuses to be paid for.
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  • Ajent 03/11/2016

    @SonicUk Look, I accept that my opinion won't be the popular one around here, but your reply is a little bit reductive, ignorant and assuming.

    My difference of opinion does not mean that I am not affected. I'd still have to buy the DLC if I wanted it and the announcement of the DLC still effects my awareness of the product.

    As for your suggestion that if I don't say anything I would be condoning such a practice; that's a bit inaccurate. My buying the season pass would condone it. If I was indifferent and said nothing it would not affect the release or pricing one bit. Only sales affect the development, pricing and publication of such content.

    As for people who do buy the season pass making it worse for everyone else; How? Going back to my earlier football comparisson, how's does my lack of interest in the recent release of FIFA and my lack of support (by not buying it), make it worse for anyone else? Everyone still gets the game or DLC that they want/ bought. If I buy BF1, but I don't get the season pass, and then you do buy the season pass, how have you made my game worse? Looking at BF4, it meant that the game was played for a longer period, supported by devs with patches, and although I lacked certain games modes and maps the base experience I paid for actually improved because of the prolonged period that the game was supported.

    I know my opinion is unpopular and I don't expect anyone in this thread will agree with me, but my opinion is clearly the actual IRL majority opinion (I like the option of DLC, and I will buy it if it is for a game I enjoy and it's done well). This is evident by the fact that a lot of people buy DLC and season passes.
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  • Ajent 03/11/2016

    I always find it bizarre that soooo many people feel justified to complain about something that they don't want... just don't buy it or read about it if DLC is not something you're interested in.

    I don't watch football or buy tickets because I'm not interested in it. I certainly don't read articles and then complain about how I don't think it's worth it.
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  • EA blocked Origin for everyone in Myanmar

  • Ajent 31/10/2016

    @Maleta It'd probably take too long and it would probably be too confusing to explain who Adam Orth is. If you Google him you'll probably find some articles about comments he made when he was working for Microsoft. He made some very anti-consumer comments that bordered on comical. He's relevant because he is an example of previous anti-consumer opinions within the gaming community.

    Edit: Turns out, not that long or complicated. DreadedWalrus pretty much nailed it.
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  • Why Destiny's paid-for paper Halloween masks have become a sticking point

  • Ajent 28/10/2016

    @AkumaG for a teenager to find something appealing, buy it an use it is very different to something being specifically marketed toward them.

    For example, 90% of the people I play with using DLFG are of adult age, that is to say 18+. I see nothing in Destiny or it's marketing that is designed to specifically draw in the under 18's.

    Thus while argument seems very silly now since we actual agree on the core argument that this new 'content' is wrong.
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  • Ajent 28/10/2016

    @AkumaG to be clear, I agree with your point, I was just stating that you didn't make it very well initially. Destiny is not a kids game. Mario, Pokémon, YoKai Watch are kids games marketed at kids, evident with the merchandising in the toy stores that goes alongside them.

    Destiny has no such merchandise. The Destiny merch consists of clothing, pin badges and a single plushy. It just isn't a kids game. But I guess we can just disagree on that.

    The point I was trying to make is that an argument is better made if based on the strengths of the argument, not by injecting a false accusation. Like I say, I agree that the 'Treasures of the Lost' are crap. There's actually less to do this year compared to last. It's weird. Unless you pay. But I cannot see how it is specifically targeted at kids.
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  • Ajent 28/10/2016

    @AkumaG Nah... I see your point, I just don't think a lack of 'mature' content means it is 'made' to appeal to children. Young people, sure, but children... nah. Reply -1
  • Ajent 27/10/2016

    @AkumaG I don't think Destiny is marketed towards children. If you're going to make a point at least have it make sense. Reply +1
  • Bethesda's anti-consumer review policy comes as no surprise

  • Ajent 26/10/2016

    I don't really agree with the article. To full on boycott pre-orders on EVERY game is foolish. Well, foolish if you are a well informed video game hobbyist.

    I have been playing video games for most of my life. To suggest that I should withhold my excitement of buying a game on day one, just so I can hear what YOU think about it is condescending and narcissistic.

    I understand the desire for reviews. I personally wnjoy reading them. But I NEVER base a decision solely on another persons opinion.

    I'm sorry, but to me at least this really does sound like EG throwing a tantrum. If gamers want to form an opinion about Dishonoured 2 there are plenty of gameplay waljthrough videos, early access YouTube videos and an entire prequel to experience in order to form a well informed opinion about this specific game. As for the likes of Gears of War and Battlefield? Again, 'gamers' SHOULD know what to expect with these games. They are long running franchises with plenty of pre-release material released. Why should people show 'restraint' and temper their excitement for a game that they want just because EG want to review it first?
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  • GAME charges people to try PlayStation VR in its shops

  • Ajent 25/10/2016

    @redcrayon I initially thought GAME were stupid for doing this too, but I think @varkdm has a point (GAME have just gone about advertising it in the wrong way).

    Standard demo pods don't need dedicated staff. VR is different and there are a lot more components to it - components that I imagine would be difficult to tether down to a kiosk like you can with a dualshock 4 on a PS4 pod.
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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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