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  • Valve to debut new VR hardware at GDC next week

  • Bander 24/02/2015

    So many VR headsets to look forward to.

    So few prices and release dates.
    Reply +1
  • Dead or Alive 5 Last Round launches with plenty of issues

  • Bander 20/02/2015

    What is it about the new generation consoles that is making these problems occur? Dead or Alive 3 and 4 managed to be launch titles for the Xbox and Xbox 360 without issues, and I can't help but think that Dead or Alive Ultimate was a far more ambitious game at the time of its making than any version of DoA5. Reply +3
  • Video: Pretty in Pixels - the best fan made stuff in #IDARB

  • Bander 17/02/2015

    Why do we exist in a world where apparently phones that don't have something like 400ppi screens are crap, and new games get called out if they don't deliver 1080p, yet simultaneously people find blocky graphics delightful, regardless of them even being animated or not?

    Edit: probably got negged because someone just blew £500 on a phone and is using it to play Tiny Towers.
    Reply +2
  • Quake 2 on Xbox 360: the first console HD remaster

  • Bander 15/02/2015

    I'm curious, how did Quake 2's 1080p support get discovered? Is it possible that there are other 1080p games hidden among some of the 360's early releases, from that ever-so-brief period of some games supporting real 1080i output and full screen 1280*1024 VGA? Reply +5
  • The God who Peter Molyneux forgot

  • Bander 11/02/2015

    For Bryan, who was born the year the first PlayStation console was released, retro is Tomb Raider and Crash Bandicoot, not Populous and Dungeon Keeper
    Tomb Raider and Crash Bandicoot both came out before Dungeon Keeper though.
    Reply +9
  • Windows on a stick: the Hannspree Micro PC review

  • Bander 08/02/2015

    @L_A_G maybe you should also ask Eurogamer not to give any coverage to any games consoles that sold at a loss. Or to anything that runs Android. Probably best not to ever mention any discount sales on anything else either. Reply +2
  • In media Rez: the return of Tetsuya Mizuguchi

  • Bander 08/02/2015

    A game like Child of Eden or Rez would be perfect for VR, or even just ports of those games to Oculus Rift would have me buying them again. I hope Muzuguchi is able to do something along these lines in the not too distant future. Reply +10
  • League of Legends tournament openly discriminates against LGBT players

  • Bander 04/02/2015

    Firstly, this:

    After discussing the ruling with our partners and re-examining our approach, we have decided to remove these restrictions completely.

    Secondly, I'm inclined to agree with those who think this story is misleading. There was no limit on lesbian players in a team, only players that were biologically born as men, but the description of the ruling update initially made it seem that it applied to a "Lesbian, Gay, Transgendered Women" community. Reading further into the comments, it seems in the Philippines, 'gay' often describes a man that identifies as a woman but isn't transgendered, as opposed to simply meaning homosexual. Culturally that's a common thing there, apparently.

    The unfair advantage is something I can only speculate on. If regular LoL tournaments mostly attract only male competitors, and women don't want to participate in them because of that, that could be why this Iron Solari has been set up as a 'feminine' tournament in the first place. In turn, male competitors in Iron Solari could have an advantage in that they may have far more experience in competing against others at a high level in tournaments.

    I'd like to say something about SJW's failing to read things the whole way through before deciding to stir trouble, but then I doubt they'd be reading this far into my comment either.
    Reply +1
  • Bander 04/02/2015

    @Exceptional_leg
    Trying to work out how lesbianism in anyway increases a female's capacity to play video games
    Finger dexterity?
    Reply +73
  • Faster, Windows 10-compatible Raspberry Pi 2 released

  • Bander 03/02/2015

    Possibly the bigger news here is that it's possible to install Windows 10 (ARM edition) on a device that doesn't previously have it installed. Will this carry over to other hardware? For example, will dual boot Windows and Android phones and tablets be possible? Although with some Android hardware already using Intel Atom chips I wonder why this hasn't happened already. Reply 0
  • Meet Monster Boy, the spiritual successor to Wonder Boy

  • Bander 02/02/2015

    @IronSoldier Not only that, but that Wonder Boy game wasn't part of the Monster World series anyway.

    Anyone expecting Monster Boy to play anything like the first Wonder Boy is going to be in for a shock when they get a Metroidvania* instead

    *awkward using that term for this considering back in the '80s Wonder Boy games were better known here than Metroid and Castlevania
    Reply +1
  • Bander 02/02/2015

    @ShiftyGeezer what do you mean by true sequel? Dragon's Trap started with a recreation of Monster Land's final stage and directly carried on from its ending. But the gameplay changed, no longer being a sequence of levels. I suppose there isn't much like Monster Land out there, although I read somewhere that Shantae Half Genie Hero might be level-based (while previous Shantae's were unashamedly inspired by Dragon's Trap and Monster World IV, even using MWIV graphics in pre-production concepts). Reply +1
  • Bander 02/02/2015

    @Olemak The Wizard of Booze does sound odd, but I recall Wonderboy in Monster Land (effectively Monster World 1) having lots of taverns where you could buy ale. Reply 0
  • Video: "Well excuuuse me, princess!"

  • Bander 30/01/2015

    @SpaceMonkey77 Last time Eurogamer did something like that, the comments filled up with complaints that it had nothing to do with Europe. Reply 0
  • Bander 30/01/2015

    As bad as Mortal Kombat Konquest was, it wasn't anywhere near as terrible as Darkstalkers, the only show in the video that I've had the misfortune of watching. Konquest did introduce several interesting villains as the series went on, and the ending couldn't have been better.



    Plus it had Omegis...

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  • Lumines is returning with series producer Mizuguchi at the helm

  • Bander 28/01/2015

    Dear Mizuguchi, porting Rez and Child of Eden to Oculus Rift or any upcoming VR system like Morpheus would be awesome!

    Porting Lumines to phones, not so awesome.
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  • Sony ending PlayStation Vita Maps, near features

  • Bander 28/01/2015

    What's the point of removing a YouTube app?

    I've got a couple of old Symbian smartphones that were completely abandoned by Nokia some time ago, and by Google's app makers long before that. But this hasn't stopped their YouTube apps from working.

    I'd go as far as to say that these phones work substantially more reliably for YouTube than my iPad does, since that runs into the "This video is not available for this device" message about 50% of the time, while my phones are still able to stream and/or download and save anything from YouTube, Dailymotion and Vimeo, courtesy of one tidy third party app that I think is made by just one hobbyist.
    Reply +3
  • Face-Off: Saints Row 4: Re-Elected

  • Bander 26/01/2015

    Anyone who bought a Saints Row game for the graphics is doing videogames wrong. Reply +1
  • David Goldfarb on: The favourite thing

  • Bander 24/01/2015

    So doing things that will probably go horribly wrong is the favourite thing. Maybe it explains why so many videogames end up as explosion-fests but I'm sure a lot of creative people would disagree about this being what makes them tick. Reply +4
  • HoloLens is a surreal experience - and full of possibilities

  • Bander 22/01/2015

    @Nikanoru The tiny elephant thing would be Magic Leap. Whether it's different or similar remains to be seen.

    Also not to be confused with this:



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  • Bander 22/01/2015

    @5ypher I don't think MS have made the details public, but there's a custom processor in there and an array of sensors, which may be based on Kinect tech. There have been stories of MS working on something that can do what Kinect does but at a smaller size and on less power for a while, but mainly for 3D gesture control of Lumia phones. Pelican Imaging have something that might do the job as well, but would also probably need a specialised processor to be useful for low latency realtime stuff. Reply 0
  • Bander 22/01/2015

    I'll confess, when I read that Jeffrey Matulef would be reporting on this, I thought 'this is nothing to do with Kickstarter games with crap graphics, will he even know what to make of it?'. But this is definitely one of the more enlightened write-ups that didn't whinge about the prototype unit's flaws. Others have behaved like these demos are all the final machine will be capable of. Great story, I enjoyed reading it.

    Oculus Rift immediately impressed me and prompted me to get a DK2, but it has problems and it sounds like HoloLens will address a lot of them. The external sensors and built in processors to eliminate wires are a big deal, I'd love more details on these but I guess Microsoft aren't talking about them yet. Being able to see the outside world opens up lots of possibilities also, and will make people less apprehensive about wearing the headset. If you need immersion, you could always turn out the lights or wrap something around it.

    The most interesting Oculus stuff so far is with the Leap Motion attachment, which optionally lets the user see outside the headset, albeit in infra-red vision. With a lot of demos available for this pairing, I do have some idea of what's possible with head-mounted AR, and it's taken some of the fun out of generic flat-screen stuff to be honest!

    Speaking of regular games though, one very basic possibility for HoloLens is being able to 'project' videos and 2D games onto a large screen wherever you are, like the ceiling, garden fence, toilet door, the back of someone's head, whatever. With streaming of games to other devices being such a big deal to many, that's one thing I'm sure it'll be used for even if developers shun it.
    Reply +1
  • Google Glass is being removed from sale

  • Bander 16/01/2015

    Having tried out Google Glasses myself, there's nothing they can do that can't be achieved by a smartwatch, and smart phones still do a lot more but with the slight inconvience of having to pull it out of a pocket or bag if you're not going to hold it all the time.

    I do think wearable tech, including eye wear, will be a big deal eventually, but Google Glasses didn't have a killer feature besides looking like you have money to spare and are 'tech savvy' (which wouldn't work in the company of anyone who genuinely is).
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  • How Duke Nukem 3D managed to be ahead of its time while trapped in the past

  • Bander 12/01/2015

    Duke Nukem 3D was a game ahead of its time, in that it sometimes packed more ideas into a few minutes of gameplay than many FPS games since can muster across their several sequels. Things like the decoy, or the shrink ray, or enemies getting squished in doorways (and seeing their gooey corpses stretched by the doors when they re-open).

    This article hasn't bothered acknowledging much of that. It appears difficult to see past the vaguely women-shaped clumps of pixels that make sporadic appearances.

    I watched the first season 3 episode of Banshee on Saturday and lost count of how many bare boobs made an appearance. The episode was otherwise superb, but the content makes me uncomfortable to recommend the show to others. Yet, whenever the Banshee Facebook page posts an update, I see most of the positive comments are from women. I don't think I've encountered anyone that doesn't like Banshee. With its violence, explosions, sex and over-the-top-ness it's the TV equivalent of Duke Nukem 3D, and it's being made and broadcast in the present day, and people love it. But don't expect anyone to make it into a videogame tomorrow, because these things are far too crude for our artistic, sophisticated and socially concerned hobby.
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  • The Witcher 3 PC system requirements revealed

  • Bander 08/01/2015

    @dogmanstaruk "All the articles and people who told you a 400-500 quid PC was a worthwhile long term investment were being extremely optimistic."

    At the time the cost of the system was closer to £800!

    I wasn't a cheapskate with the PSU, motherboard and case though, so in the long-term I can still upgrade the CPU and graphics card, options not necessarily available to everyone who followed a budget gaming PC building guide.
    Reply +1
  • Bander 07/01/2015

    @karlo87 Same here. Was under the impression from DF articles at the time that an i5 and GTX660 would be more than a match for anything being made with the next-gen consoles also in mind. But unless 'minimum' now means smooth and shiny at 1080p and 'recommended' means something for the 4K monitor owners, I guess not. Reply +1
  • AbleGamers names Bayonetta 2 the most accessible mainstream game of 2014

  • Bander 08/01/2015

    When I tried out Bayo 2's touch controls, I was stunned at just how good they were. It was possible to do a huge amount with them quite easily and quickly, and ultimately they put just about every other 3D action game on phone and tablet screens to shame. Plus it added weight to something that had been bugging myself and others for a while - that capacitive touchscreens were possibly a bad direction for portable technology to go in, resistive was more versatile even without multitouch.

    I suspect most Bayonetta 2 players didn't give the touchscreen much of a chance. Given the type of game it is, it would be pretty odd to not use regular controls, and many would have ditched the Gamepad for a Pro Controller before even starting. But still, Platinum achieved something amazing that nobody else managed to get close to, and I'm happy to see it get at least some acknowledgment.
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  • The Mad Catz LYNX 9 is part controller, part Transformer

  • Bander 07/01/2015

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  • Frozen beats FIFA 15 and Call of Duty as UK's best-selling entertainment product of 2014

  • Bander 05/01/2015

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  • Linx 8 review - exploring the sub-£100 Windows tablet experience

  • Bander 04/01/2015

    @ChromeMud I don't know if anyone has tried it, but it may be possible to run Steam on this phone:

    http://www.fujitsu.com/global/about/resources/news/press-releases/2011/0721-01.html

    Reply +2
  • Final Fantasy creator reveals concept video for cancelled RPG

  • Bander 02/01/2015

    As someone who had taken quite a liking to Lost Odyssey and Cavia games at the time, I was looking forward to news on Cry On a lot, and this teaser certainly would have added to my anticipation.

    I don't know why this was cancelled but I would guess it had something to do with JRPGs not doing terribly well on 360, despite there being some good exclusives at the start. Although with its scenario, this game could also have ran into the same problems that troubled The Last Guardian. That is, having a huge AI companion is still a very ambitious thing to put into a game.
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  • Destiny image reportedly reveals major Plague of Darkness expansion

  • Bander 02/01/2015

    I had a look at USGamer's 2014 Games of the Year. Destiny didn't even get nominated by the staff over there, and Titanfall won the top shooter category instead.

    Plus they remembered to review Danganronpa (4.5 out of 5). I might be paying more attention to them in 2015.
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  • Games of 2014: Alien: Isolation

  • Bander 27/12/2014

    I prefer to read articles than watch videos. But there was the review for that, and at least you know the video isn't some lazy-arsed Let's Play thing (which live or unedited, is possibly the most boring thing ever for a horror game). This video was not a moment longer than it needed to be and a good reminder of what the game achieved.

    Problem is, some of us are still stuck at our parents' homes because of rail problems, with their PCs filled with malware because the many antivirus programs installed don't do anything other than make booting up take long enough to have a shower while you wait, and they keep turning the bloody wi-fi off...

    I'm OR DK2-ing the whole thing, and as such, progress is slow and I haven't even got to the alien's first appearance yet. Partially because being warned that I may have a heart attack from playing this is something I'm a little wary of. But also because even the tiniest little things like box labels are indeed very distracting. With VR though, there's an even more apparent than usual gulf between the sophistication of the visuals, and how tired and inappropriate the control schemes of first person games are. For example, with everything looking so solid, there's lots of things I'd want to be able to hop over, or pick up and throw, but simply can't.
    Reply +3
  • Final Fantasy 15 reveals first female version of mechanic Cid

  • Bander 22/12/2014

    Looks like a hot day, fixing vehicles can be hot work, the denim is practical, her hair being just about short enough to not needing tying back if she wears a cap is practical, the jacket looks fairly hard-wearing, and she actually has a legit reason to wear an obligatory FF belt to hold her tools.

    The only problem I see is the heels. That, and the sliding out from under a car on her debut is a bit of a mechanic cliché.
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  • Visual novel Steins;Gate is getting an English PS3 and Vita release

  • Bander 16/12/2014

    I recall playing the demo of this on Xbox 360 years ago. It seemed to be quite a big deal at the time, enough so to spawn several spin-offs and an anime series.

    How come the original never got a translation, yet the ports over to other machines do?

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  • Hasbro and Jagex's Transformers Universe to close down next month

  • Bander 16/12/2014

    The Matrix has been passed to a new leader, Ultra Micropayments.


    Offer expires while you wait. Operators are standing by.
    Reply +1
  • Microsoft's game streaming tech codenamed Arcadia, new report claims

  • Bander 16/12/2014

    @StooMonster DeLorean/Outatime does reduce the lag problem, by sending several predicted frames at once in advance of players moving. It does require more powerful server-side renderers and higher bandwidth to work though. Reply 0
  • Syndicate spiritual successor Satellite Reign launches on Steam Early Access

  • Bander 12/12/2014

    Why the early access? If it's based on an existing game, and there's been a couple of decades playing it so generally people know what they want from it, what is there left to tweak from user feedback that can't be done with a handful of paid and experienced testers, probably in less time?

    I'm looking forward to this, but don't wish to spoil the experience for myself or risk becoming tired of it before it's even finished.
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  • Tekken 7's chief developer doesn't take kindly to mixed Lucky Chloe reaction

  • Bander 10/12/2014

    @Physically_Insane

    How about a Dinosaur? Or a Panda? Or a Kangaroo?
    Reply +2
  • Tekken 7's latest new character is a breakdancing catgirl

  • Bander 08/12/2014

    As wacky as the new additions to games like Tekken appear to be, they still seem a bit half-arsed and uninspired compared to pretty much anyone in Fighting Vipers, nineteen years ago. Reply +2
  • Xbox boss points to Killer Instinct in response to Sony's Street Fighter 5 deal

  • Bander 08/12/2014

    @Sqoony

    HAHAHAHAHHAHAHA!!! sorry...


    ?
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  • Street Fighter 5 exclusive to PC and PS4

  • Bander 05/12/2014

    @grassyknoll "especially when SF is tied so closely to Playstation."

    Said no-one with the Saturn or Dreamcast versions of any SF games ever.
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  • Sir Clive Sinclair crowdfunding new ZX Spectrum computer

  • Bander 02/12/2014

    There are several things that could make good use of the ZX Spectrum legacy. An iPad case that looks like a 48K Speccy and slides open to work as a keyboard (albeit a crap rubbery one). Or a desktop keyboard for PCs that looks like a grey +2. Or a tape unit that can load real games, but also have the ability to save them or go online to grab the ROMs to speed up loading times and avoid loading errors, so the nostalgically inclined can dig out their Speccy collections from storage and have them on a shelf in the living room. If the latter can deal with tapes for the C64 and other computers too, even better.

    The Vega however, is just a bit stupid. For the price, it should not only have all the buttons, but also its own display built in. Even then, Android and Windows tablets are available for less.

    Can't Clive Sinclair do something more useful, like resurrect the C5? As rubbish as it was, it was still pretty amazing that he got an electric vehicle out there for just £400, and I wouldn't mind looking like a prat in a plastic buggy if it meant not having to use London public transport ever again.



    Something like this would do nicely:

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  • I am Bread rises on Steam Early Access this week

  • Bander 02/12/2014

    Early access? Seems more like an experiment that has already ran its course, and is now just being thrown onto Steam to try and make money out of it. Reply +1
  • Infinity Blade coming to Xbox One in China - report

  • Bander 25/11/2014

    I'm surprised there haven't been a lot more ports from touchscreen to Kinect, or LeapMotion. Fruit Ninja Kinect worked superbly, better than most Kinect exclusives. Reply +9
  • Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric review

  • Bander 24/11/2014

    @andrewsqual How the hell did a shite video like that get over two million views? Sonic Team didn't even make Sonic R.

    @iceytoa1 If you mean Traveller's Tales, who made the LEGO games, they made Sonic R and Sonic 3D: Flicky's Island.
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  • Valve tightens Steam Early Access rules for developers

  • Bander 21/11/2014

    If you are trying to test out a concept and haven't yet figured out what players are going to do in your game that makes it fun, then it's probably too early.
    Early Access is intended as a place where customers can have impact on the game.
    Good to have that completely cleared up.
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  • Man builds £3K Elite: Dangerous cockpit

  • Bander 20/11/2014

    A lot of people's first reaction to playing Elite on an Oculus Rift DK2 is not being amazed at being able to look around, but being amazed at seeing the contrast of stars and space on a display with infinite contrast for the first time.

    ...a few minutes later the lenses fog up and the effect goes out the window. But projector screens still seem a bit lousy for this unless you're okay with space being a mid-grey.
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  • Never Alone review

  • Bander 20/11/2014

    I was excited by this upon early previews but admittedly had completely forgotten about it.

    Bit of an odd review though. I'm sure it will mean a lot to others who have played it, but to anyone who's missed the little previous coverage of Never Alone, it just sounds like a platformer that lasts two hours and can get a bit tricky later on. It's not even clear what the fox does, but looking at it I can imagine that it attacks armed enemy soldiers like the white dog in Shadow Dancer. Are there enemies? Not a clue!
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  • Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack One review

  • Bander 14/11/2014

    @chubster2010 Reply +3