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  • Here's the debut trailer for the BBC's Grand Theft Auto film

  • Bauul 03/09/2015

    I like Daniel Radcliffe and I like Bill Paxton, and it's about a subject I have an interest in. I'm sure it won't be some masterpiece of cinema (they seemed to have produced the whole thing in a few weeks!) but I'll definitely be watching it. Even if there are some half-truths I'd still like to know what happens! Reply +2
  • FTC: Machinima "deceived" consumers with Xbox One videos

  • Bauul 02/09/2015

    It's tempting to view Microsoft as the big evil here, but it sounds like Machinima were the ones who decided to throw ethics out of the window in favor of a quick buck.

    Frankly though many of these 'YouTube companies' seem to act like cowboys with this kind of thing.
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  • Big PlayStation 4 update increases cloud storage to 10GB

  • Bauul 02/09/2015

    @mintgreen Oh god I hope so! There's nothing quite like being greeted with a cheerful little bug every single time you turn on your PS4. Reply 0
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain review

  • Bauul 01/09/2015

    @after8ters I find it interesting you describe having Quiet jiggle her boobs around as "mature" when it's clearly completely immature.

    It's just so completely out of place with the rest of the game, and spoils the experience a little. For example, I find it difficult to take the game's commentary on child soldiers seriously when in the next scene you can practically hear the designers going "huh huh huh. Boobs!" *fap fap fap fap*
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  • The man who sent his game to Gabe Newell in a briefcase

  • Bauul 31/08/2015

    @AndrewLB Re-reading that article, it doesn't surprise me at all at how Valve are so secretive these days.

    That said, I can see into their offices from my desk. If I set up a long range telephoto lense, I wonder what I could see... ;)

    (I'm joking Valve! Please don't call the FBI!)
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  • Bauul 31/08/2015

    I applaud the guy's enthusiasm, but randomly sending black briefcases to a world famous, hyper secretive and security conscious company probably isn't going to have a fairytale ending. Also, did he really expect Gabe to randomly take two hours out of his day to play through a Half-Life mod that may be complete crap? I'm sure it isn't, but how would Valve know?

    This is the equivalent of randomly mailing your resume to any company. If they're not looking for new hires, their just going to bin it. And my guess right now is they're not hiring Half-Life level designers!

    Putting it online and building public interest is a far more sensible way to get Valve's attention. I wish all the best of luck to him, and hopefully Project-X is a success and he can start his own company. That way we'd at least get to play his work: if he got a job at Valve, we'd probably never play anything he ever made. :)
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  • The modern day Thief reboot that never was

  • Bauul 31/08/2015

    Another lovely article Joe! I hope other companies than just Ion Storm offer up their archives too. Reply 0
  • Video: The unlikeliest things killed by Lara Croft in the old days

  • Bauul 30/08/2015

    Congrats on your big weird golden button thing from YouTube.

    Although given you seem to solely exist in either an endless white ether with a sofa in, or a room with an already full bookshelf, I'm not sure where you're going to put it?
    Reply +3
  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots review

  • Bauul 30/08/2015

    Reading these old comments, all this rage about the game getting an 8 instead of a 9, or that somehow an 8 meant it was a bad game, it seems like such a waste of effort.

    It's certainly sold me more on the dropping of the scores on EG these days.
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  • Performance Analysis: Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta on Xbox One

  • Bauul 30/08/2015

    Come on DF, that was a click-bate sub-headline. Far from any revolutionary difference, it turns out the game runs EXACTLY how you would expect. 1080p for PS4, 900p for X1, but with a very slight graphical boost for the X1 thanks to the lower res. I'm pretty sure this will be the norm as development for the consoles mature, so enough with the tabloid headlines. Reply -1
  • The obscure baseball game that went on to be the PC's second highest ranked game

  • Bauul 30/08/2015

    @oldjoe The low user score is no different to the thousands of Breaking Bad fans who rated Planet Earth 0/10 on IMDB because they wanted "their show" to be number 1 instead of Planet Earth, regardless of how good Planet Earth was.

    People don't like to think that these rankings don't reflect their own point of view. It's unbelievably petty, but it will always happen as long as you let people attempt to quantify subjective value en masse.
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  • XCOM 2 delayed to February 2016

  • Bauul 28/08/2015

    @williamarthurfenton You do realize the first one had both mouse and controller support pretty perfectly? The first one didn't "gimp" the mouse support for the controller, so why on earth would the sequel?

    The first one actually played great with a controller: as it's all turn based and grid based, a lack of precision of speed didn't matter. It took longer to play it with a controller, but it didn't impact the game at all. I for one am rather sad I won't get to play the sequel as I loved it to death on the 360.
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  • Valve's virtual reality headset Vive gets "limited release" in 2015

  • Bauul 28/08/2015

    @vert1go I'm not 100% convinced you can criticize the sales of a product that isn't out yet... Reply +2
  • Diablo 3's big patch 2.3 goes live

  • Bauul 26/08/2015

    I played a couple of hours last night. Changes seem good, a lot of stuff (like crafting and gems) have been streamlined and seem less like grinds. I can feel a whole bunch of more hours play coming on! Reply 0
  • YouTube Gaming launches today

  • Bauul 26/08/2015

    @ubergine Oooh you had me going for a moment! :)

    If it has a streamlined way of converting livestreams into regular videos when they're done, I can see this taking off amongst YouTube uploaders.
    Reply +13
  • Vloggers given official advertising guidance

  • Bauul 19/08/2015

    About time. I do kind of feel bad for the first vlogger hit with a massive fine because they still see themselves as a little bedroom hobby and didn't think corporate law applied to them, but it is the right thing to do. Reply 0
  • Pac-Man 256 is a generous F2P game from the developer of Crossy Road

  • Bauul 19/08/2015

    @spliffhead Well it looks like this can be a basic 'pay money and own game' title too, which is a nice change from the norm. Reply +5
  • The insanely popular free-to-play Frozen mobile game is coming to Xbox One

  • Bauul 19/08/2015

    Is this a Universal App? I.e. Runs on Xbox One, Windows Phone and Windows 10? Because if it is, that's the interesting story, and surely a sign for Microsoft's future plans. Reply 0
  • Spelunky completed in 101 seconds, a new world record

  • Bauul 19/08/2015

    @KDR_11k It's a random seed. But if you play the game enough you get a feel for how the levels are laid out, means you can take educated guesses about where to aim the teleporter (plus the arrow helps a lot!). A lot of it is luck, but luck augmented with skill. Reply 0
  • Bauul 19/08/2015

    @Binba442 Really? You must be playing a different Daily Challenge to the one my wife plays religiously every day (PS4 version). A typical day has a couple of thousand entries, weekends more. Reply 0
  • Volume review

  • Bauul 18/08/2015

    @Matfink If in 800 years we're talking about George Osbourne just like we currently do for Guy of Gisbourne, I hate to think how boring the next 800 years will be! Reply 0
  • Promo: 300,000 free Steam games up for grabs!

  • Bauul 17/08/2015

    Very tricksy of you not to mention the Facebook requirement in the article EG! We all know why you didn't, but perhaps naively we thought better of you? Reply +16
  • Beyond Eyes review

  • Bauul 17/08/2015

    @johntyrrell But how on earth would you quantify a game like this? It's clearly not for everyone (hence not getting the Recommended or Essential badge) but beyond that how would a number make things any clearer? It's a unique experience that will only appeal to certain people, but those people will love it. So it's anywhere between a 3/10 and an 8/10 depending if you like this kind of thing. Does that help at all? Reply 0
  • Digital Foundry vs Xbox One streaming on Windows 10

  • Bauul 17/08/2015

    @Heimkineast For the 7th time in this comments thread: Very simply this turns any Windows 10 PC anywhere in your house into a remote monitor for the X1. So instead of being limited to only playing on the TV the console is plugged into (which might be being used by someone else, e.g. kids or spouse) you now have lots of choice.

    For example, grab a cheap old laptop and you basically have a portable battery powered TV you can take anywhere in the house and happily play your Xbox.
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  • Twitch plays Dark Souls, we all die together

  • Bauul 14/08/2015

    They've made it to the first bonfire! I'm impressed they were even able to exit the first room. I suspect this will never be competed though, the very first boss will probably be unbeatable. Reply +3
  • EA removes player accused of sexual assault from NHL 16 cover

  • Bauul 13/08/2015

    I'm not surprised EA are doing this, regardless of whether he turns out to be innocent or not. Big companies have dropped people for far less, and it's entirely within their right as long as everyone gets paid for what they're contractually obliged to. It's just not worth the risk to EA.

    It is a shame for him though, if it turns out not to be true. But if it does transpire it was a false rape allogation he then has the right to sue her for reputation damage and loss of earnings, so there are ways to get back at someone like that.
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  • Clearing confusion about boss battles in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

  • Bauul 12/08/2015

    @WorldScaper It's difficult to give a straight answer when things could legitimately change. We're still a little way from release, he's going to avoid giving absolute straight answers because there's a chance (however good his intention) things can change. He can talk honestly about what he intends, but really that's all.

    For an example of what happens when someone talks about their intentions as fact before actually knowing something is true, see Peter Molyneux.
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  • Bauul 11/08/2015

    @danger.to.others I think the problem is games do change right up until the final code is locked, so the interviewee is conscious of a) not giving spoilers and b) promising something that they ultimate change.

    So yes the answers were vague sometimes, but the overall take away (that a full non-lethal ghost run, arguably the ultimate playthrough style, is fully possible) is clear and we can relax.
    Reply +2
  • Video: Why Cities: Skylines won't sell you DLC in bits and pieces

  • Bauul 12/08/2015

    @TekMerc I've put a couple of dozen hours in and can't really think of any bugs I've come across. If there are bugs, my guess is they've either been patched out or were a relatively rare occurrence. This is certainly no latest Sim City esque release! Reply +1
  • Bauul 11/08/2015

    Genuinely impressed at them deliberately not stepping on the toes of successful mods, and only tackling things that the modding community can't do.

    I happily spent full price on the game because I thought the dev deserved it, and it's wonderful to see them still maintain their positive approach to business. Even though they are now so rich they bought themselves an office chocolate fountain.
    Reply +9
  • Rare Replay studio's first UK chart-topper since Banjo-Kazooie on N64 in 1998

  • Bauul 10/08/2015

    @IronSoldier
    Branding by Microsoft simply to help plug Windows 10 or will it be Windows 10-only on PC?
    I suspect it'll be Windows 10 only, not for DX reasons, but for cross-compatibility with the X1. My hunch is the Xbox App on Windows 10 will operate like a kind of closed-wall-garden for PC games, controlled enough so MS can enable cross-play multiplayer without the fear of mods or hacks messing things up.

    It could be I'm doing MS a disservice and we'll start to see Steam games with X1 compatible multiplayer, but my gut says it'll be limited to Xbox App on Windows 10 games.
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  • ESPN's report on Dota 2's The International is a step in the right direction

  • Bauul 10/08/2015

    @somnolentsurfer Had it finished when they made that clip? They seemed to suggest the tournament was still going on at the time. Reply 0
  • Bauul 10/08/2015

    I was very impressed with Aitchison in that clip. She summarized it well, but had just the right amount of faux-bewilderment to appeal to the likely incredulous ESPN viewers and presenters.

    If she did that without a script, kudos to her!
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  • The epic in the edgelands

  • Bauul 09/08/2015

    Wonderful article. Some of the very best games are able to capture this sense of 'place', but it's hard to define exactly what makes it.

    Dark Souls is a great recent example. I was playing the other day and just found myself stopping and looking at the place I was in, just to try to absorb it better. It wasn't particularly grand or epic (although Dark Souls can be) but it felt like a place worthy of my time to explore and understand.

    Some games feel like places, others just feel like film sets.
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  • Xbox One will let you record live TV for free next year

  • Bauul 07/08/2015

    @vert1go What do you mean? I can't work out why advertisers would be crazy happy or crazy sad with the news. Reply 0
  • Bauul 07/08/2015

    @owsiany I think this is likely to be of more to use to people who don't pay $100 a month for a fancy-pants Cable subscription and so perhaps don't have all the DVR functionality that comes with modern cable boxes.

    I'm quite keen on dropping Comcast as I just don't watch live TV any more, but replacing it with a digital tuner and then using the Xbox's DVR functionality sounds like a pretty good replacement option!
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  • Cities: Skylines reveals After Dark DLC

  • Bauul 07/08/2015

    Eurogamer contributor Dan Starkey had a lukewarm reaction to Cities: Skylines
    Well Eurogamer readers had a lukewarm reaction to Eurogramer contributor Dan Starkey's lukewarm reaction to Cities: Skylines!

    Great game, that sadly my laptop wasn't quite up to handling once the city got big enough. I'm very intrigued to see if they're able to get the controls working well on the X1, as buying it for that would be cheaper than a whole new gaming PC!
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  • Submerged review

  • Bauul 06/08/2015

    @menelfirimaner If you're really struggling with not having a number, why not just mentally convert the badge system into one? For example Avoid is 0-3, no badge 4-6, recommended 7-8, essential 9-10.

    Obviously this is a gross simplification and really you should just read the review and make up your own mind, but if you absolutely have to quantify the review it's not too hard.
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  • Mario 64 speedrunner posts $1k bounty for reproducing glitch

  • Bauul 06/08/2015

    @smelly You could, but speed-runners where possible don't typically don't record their exploits in video form, they do it in demo files: literally a list of command inputs and timings. If you tried to make a recording on anything other than a 'pure' Rom, it would desync as soon as anyone tried to replay it.

    Typically there is a single Rom that everyone works to, and so it keeps the playing field level. It's a pretty water tight solution actually.
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  • Crackdown 3 tech demo details destructible environments

  • Bauul 05/08/2015

    @Britesparc I think making it multiplayer only makes sense. It's an online-only feature, so it's sensible to limit it to game modes where you have to be online anyway. I'm sure MS have taken notice of the backlash against always-online requirements in other single player games! Reply 0
  • Bauul 05/08/2015

    @FogHeart All true, but I suspect Azure is cheaper to all Xbox devs, not just first party. My hunch is the Xbox department have brokered a deal with the Azure guys that they can offer cheap rates to developers making Xbox games, as ordinarily cloud-server power like that is pretty damn expensive.

    It's just very few developers have worked out how to make use of it - only this and the grunts in Titanfall I recall specifically state using Azure to power anything.
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  • Bauul 05/08/2015

    @SvennoJ I don't think the destruction generates more geometry, I think the geometry is all there to begin with, it's just connected. Blowing stuff up simply moves the location of the geometry, it doesn't require additional local horsepower. If it did they'd just end up grinding the X1 to a halt, which obviously doesn't make sense. Reply 0
  • Humble Bandai Namco Bundle includes Dark Souls and Enslaved

  • Bauul 05/08/2015

    @ecco Dark Souls alone is worth your humanity and half your health bar. Reply 0
  • World of Warcraft subscriptions at nine-year low with 5.6 million

  • Bauul 05/08/2015

    I think the writing was on the wall the way Warlords of Dreanor just didn't seem to drive much interest. We're a long way from the Wrath of the Lichking hype. Reply +13
  • Crackdown 3 will offer 100 per cent destructible environments

  • Bauul 04/08/2015

    @alexatkin The current presumption (according to the article) is it's multiplayer only, so if you're trying play online then desynchronized physics is the least of your worries if you have a flaky connection! Reply +1
  • Bauul 04/08/2015

    @The_shlaaaag_returns I was going to post this too. That tech demo was a very early Crackdown demo, so MS have clearly been working on cloud-powered physics destruction for a long time.

    I'm glad they're limiting it to multilayer though, where a constant connection is necessary anyway. Seems like a perfect way to implement cloud-based calculations without screwing over single-players.
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  • Cities: Skylines, Ark and more indies announced for Xbox One

  • Bauul 04/08/2015

    @ChromeMud MS put on a solidly decent show featuring a bunch of games lots of us would like to play. Would you prefer we should criticize them for... what exactly? Reply +3
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider gameplay footage features actual tombs

  • Bauul 04/08/2015

    I have selectively chosen only to watch the tomb video and not the shooting one, and can reliably state that it looks awesome.

    I shall now place my fingers in my ears and chant la la la.
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  • Dark Souls 3 debuts gameplay in new trailer

  • Bauul 04/08/2015

    @JensWeissflog It's not as fast as you might think given Dark Souls 2 was developed by a separate team within From.

    When this comes out, it'll be four games in seven years for Miyazaki. For comparison, it's roughly the same timeframe the first four main Mario games were developed in (that was actually only six years)
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  • Bauul 04/08/2015

    I'm torn between wanting to see absolutely everything and wanting to completely hide myself from it before release. Looks absolutely fantastic at any rate! Reply +9