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  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Sony's near-final Project Morpheus

  • Bauul 04/03/2015

    I do wonder whether we'll see normal games with Morpheus capabilities or Sony will try to make 'VR only' games. I hope it's the former, only because we all remember how well Microsoft's Kinect-only games went down. Reply +1
  • Unreal Tournament's first high-textured map shown off

  • Bauul 03/03/2015

    That skybox! I'm tempted to download it just to have a better look at that view!

    I'm quite interested by this, loved UT back in the day, although I fear my circle strafing twitch shooter skills may be a bit atrophied these days!
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  • Build your Xbox One Games with Gold library via Xbox 360

  • Bauul 03/03/2015

    @OptimumSlinky Totally different systems unfortunately. The One isn't powerful enough for software emulation, so the only alternative is hardware (like the early PS3s). But then you might as well just buy a 360. Reply +1
  • Dracula unbound: The story behind the first 18 certificated video game

  • Bauul 01/03/2015

    @UKPartisan It's probably just a coincidence I'm afraid, these articles take weeks or even months to write, edit and publish.

    On topic: great article. It's the reactions of the BBFC I find most fascinating. They clearly wanted to know about video games, but just couldn't get their heads around them.
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  • Newly revealed Bloodborne boss brings back old bones

  • Bauul 28/02/2015

    @spamdangled Lol, don't worry, I am going to play other games too. And I am going to watch other things on the TV too.

    But Bloodborne genuinely is the main catalyst. Dark Souls is the single best gaming experience I've had in 20 years, and I'll be damned if I'm missing out on the director's next title.
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  • Bauul 28/02/2015

    @spamdangled Speak for yourself. Not only am I buying a PS4 specifically for this game, I have also bought a new TV too. It might not be a system seller for everyone, but for the absolutely ravenous DeS and DS fanbase it's a no-brainer. Reply +8
  • Pneuma: Breath of Life review

  • Bauul 27/02/2015

    Alright, genuine question: This or The Talos Principle? I'm after a good first person puzzler but it can be very hard to know which is best! Reply +1
  • First-person puzzler Pneuma: Breath of Life gets Steam launch this Friday

  • Bauul 24/02/2015

    Funnily enough my mother was asking me to recommend her a modern puzzle based game "kind of like a more logical Myst". This looks like it might just hit the mark! Reply +1
  • Microsoft's new Upload Studio update enables 30min clips

  • Bauul 17/02/2015

    @GamesProgrammer But he was talking about doing it in-between multiplayer games, so would that not work? Genuine question, I've never used any of the share features before. Reply 0
  • Quake 2 on Xbox 360: the first console HD remaster

  • Bauul 15/02/2015

    @damonous Does changing the FOV really impact FPS? My memory of the old Quake engines was they rendered the level based on location, not direction. And this port seems to render the entire level in one go anyway. Reply +1
  • Video: What to expect when Xbox One and Windows 10 hook up

  • Bauul 15/02/2015

    @ubergine Actually yeah, that does sound like a pretty good plan! I have a feeling Windows 10 will see very good adoption: Not only is it free, but it seems to have all the goodwill that Windows 7 had. So hopefully MS will put all the necessary resources to make sure it's stable. Fingers crossed they don't screw it up at the last minute! :) Reply +3
  • Bauul 14/02/2015

    @StooMonster I think this is likely true. Apps bought from the Microsoft Store will be cross-play, much like they are at the moment from the PSN Store.

    Microsoft have been working on this "universal app" idea for while, and given the Xbox has an underlying Windows kernel they're just extending the system to it.

    I personally don't mind: consoles have been a closed system since the NES, so just extending this closed system to PC isn't a problem I don't think. As long as Microsoft continue to allow proper PC games to come from anywhere (which I'm sure they will), having an option of running Xbox games on PC (which is basically what this is) just seems like a nice extra option to me.
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  • Bauul 14/02/2015

    @ubergine Yes. If you choose to upgrade in the first year you get it for free. If you wait more than 12 months, they'll stick a price tag on (although it's unlikely to be the old 100 quid prices of yester-year).

    Incidentally this does not mean that Microsoft will start charging a yearly subscription or anything like that: some people have interpreted it this way, but Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella confirmed otherwise immediately after the conference.

    On topic:
    Personally I'm quite excited by Windows 10 just because it looks like a decent OS, not for any major Xbox reasons. I think the streaming will be killer app here: it's like Sony's RemotePlay, but for any Windows 10 device. As a two-person-one-TV household, both myself and my wife being able to play our respective games at the same time will be a big benefit.
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  • Molyneux's broken promise to Curiosity winner honoured by Devolver

  • Bauul 12/02/2015

    Hah, good on them. Yes it's marketing, but there's nothing wrong with that if you're doing a good deed. I hope Molyneux sees this and makes him squirm. Reply +15
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate review

  • Bauul 10/02/2015

    @Derblington Absolutely agree! That side box was great. As you say, I think all reviews could benefit from some kind of side box that just outlines the game generally.

    For this, for example, it could start with "MH4U is a third-person melee-focused action game, that concentrates on singular large enemies in an open world. Instead of a strong central narrative, it uses RPG-lite (such as random weapon drops) and "just one more go" elements to encourage continued play."
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  • Alien: Isolation leads 2015 BAFTA Game Awards nominations

  • Bauul 10/02/2015

    @feistycheese Totally agreed. Dara was excellent in the role, he's going to be sadly missed. I'll wait and see how I feel about Rufus Hound, sometimes he's quite funny, but I really hope he doesn't go down the route of making jokes about games without knowing anything about them. Reply +1
  • Evolve thrills, but for how long?

  • Bauul 09/02/2015

    I really want this to be good. I love Versus mode on L4D (hell I love everything about L4D) but this does just seem to be missing something. Even Turtle Rock's own videos make the combat look a little lifeless.

    Definitely one to wait for reviews and watch a few streams before taking the plunge.
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  • Mortal Kombat X's new Living Towers take single-player online

  • Bauul 06/02/2015

    I hold MK9 in very high esteem for its single player story mode. It actually made it a viable purchase for those with no interesting PvP (like me). If they do something similar for MKX, it's a definite consideration compared to most fighting games. Reply 0
  • Dark Souls 2's Scholar of the First Sin update adds a new ending

  • Bauul 06/02/2015

    @yukushi You couldn't be more wrong: the Dark Souls games are perfectly crafted at exactly the difficulty they are. Any change would undermine the nature of the game.

    Asking for an "easy mode" is like saying Leo Tolstoy should have written a shorter version of War and Peace.
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  • Sunless Sea review

  • Bauul 06/02/2015

    @the_sas_man No I just read it, so it was there a minute ago.

    It's total bollocks of course. You just come across as the kind of person who hunts for things to complain about in order to make yourself feel better or more important.
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  • Huge PS4 sales boost Sony profits

  • Bauul 04/02/2015

    @k1fry67 Lol, good point. I don't mind fanboyism, as long as your honest about it. Often Microsoft and Sony are held to totally different standards but people don't even realize they're doing it. Reply -1
  • Bauul 04/02/2015

    @lacerz The 18.5 sold-through figure wasn't released with this financial report though (it was at the start of January). The only thing they released with this report was, quite rightly, sold-to-retailers, because that's what a company should release with its quarterly earnings. I'm just observing that no-one has complained about that, unlike in the Microsoft report.

    And it's true Sony has sold far more consoles than Microsoft, but I'm not sure how that's relevant to this discussion topic.
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  • Bauul 04/02/2015

    I can't help but notice the comments thread isn't full if people kicking off that Sony only released sales-to-retailers and not sales-to-consumers.

    Even though as this is financial results sales-to-retailers is the correct figure to release, somehow it's wrong for Microsoft to do it but fine for Sony to do it?
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  • Video: Six famous faces stuck in the uncanny valley

  • Bauul 04/02/2015

    @wertps3134 Legit question: where's a good place for gaming news? I too am starting to notice a distinct lack of actual news articles each day, but am not sure what other sites would be better? Reply +5
  • £100 Mortal Kombat X Kollector's Edition includes Scorpion figurine by Coarse

  • Bauul 03/02/2015

    @Big-Boss You're kidding right? MKX has come in for loads of stick as a result of the Goro pre-order bonus! No free ride here!

    Personally, I reckon that he won't be a proper playable character, he hasn't for many games. More likely it'll be almost a mini game, as he'd completely be unbalanced as a normal character.

    But of course they won't tell anyone this and try to sucker them into buying it. :)
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  • Ermac breaks Sub-Zero's bones in latest Mortal Kombat X gameplay video

  • Bauul 03/02/2015

    Looks promising. MK9 set the bar for single player content (it's story mode is genuinely excellent) so even though I have no friends to play against, I'm tempted to pick this up if it too has a good single player mode. Other fighting games could learn a thing or two! Reply 0
  • Octodad: Dadliest Catch has grossed $4.9m in a year

  • Bauul 03/02/2015

    @IronSoldier But it didn't gross pounds or euros, it grossed dollars. You want it in pounds, but what rate to use? It's changed so much in the last year any figure will be wrong. If you insist though, the dollar/pound rate is approximately 2/3rds at the moment (or 1.5 if going the other way). I'm sure you can work the rest out from there. Reply +4
  • Cara Ellison on: 2014: A Space Engine

  • Bauul 31/01/2015

    @dirtysteve The problem is that the criticisms of the article haven't been "I appreciate the objective, but I don't quite feel it hit the mark", it was simply "this should just be a review. We don't want any articles like this on Eurogamer".

    It's one thing to dislike this exact article, but it's quite another to propose EG shouldn't have articles like this at all. But sadly the latter is what most criticizers are saying.
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  • Retro FPS Strafe gameplay rekindles memories of Quake

  • Bauul 31/01/2015

    I agree with the other statements: the gameplay looks great, but the graphics are just too rough at the moment. The likes of Quake obviously weren't technically better, but they were far better artistically. It won't take much to improve it to a suitable level. Definitely one for some more research. Reply +1
  • Video: "Well excuuuse me, princess!"

  • Bauul 30/01/2015

    @ghostgate2001 Yeah, the MK series totally redeemed itself by having Shao Kahn literally out-right murder the entire cast . I'd rank it as one of the best turnarounds in story quality out there.

    As for the above shows: I feel dirty just watching these clips!
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  • Life is Strange: Episode 1 review

  • Bauul 30/01/2015

    @cooliowithdaflow What's your point? That there is one character who doesn't like men? So what? I'm genuinely not understanding what the point is you're trying to make. Reply +14
  • Spotify headed to PS3 and PS4

  • Bauul 28/01/2015

    @monkeighy I'm a fan of Xbox Music, particularly because they pay artists about 6 times as much per stream than Spotify does, so it feels a better service to use. I've also got an HTC Windows Phone and it's all integrated into the OS, so there's that going for it too. Reply +2
  • Reptile pops skulls and melts faces in Mortal Kombat X

  • Bauul 28/01/2015

    @kinky_mong I don't know if they'd have to properly retcon, the story is so fantastical they could just say "killing Shao Kahn turned back time" or something.

    In fairness quite a few of the confirmed deaded dudes aren't on the above list, but Kung Lao was definitely deaded and he's back, so who knows?
    Reply +1
  • Video: Elite doesn't care about you - and that's why it's great

  • Bauul 27/01/2015

    Enjoyed the video, thanks. EG is definitely getting better at producing videos that should be videos and not just articles in video form. Good job! Reply +5
  • Microsoft sold 6.6m Xbox consoles in Q4 2014

  • Bauul 27/01/2015

    @SavageEvil Oh if only it was as simple as you made out! There is a huge research industry built specifically to try to collate how much products have sold (GfK and NPD are the two big players). It employs thousands of people and makes hundreds of millions each year. If it was "3rd grade math", why would this industry exist?

    Let me try to break it down for you:

    A company who has to make devices for sales and each and every devices has it's very own unique number and also when stores request the product they usually ask for an amount.
    Yes, that's how a company knows how many products they sold to the retailer. Doesn't tell them anything about how many the retailer than sold to customers.

    It's not impossible to figure out how many were actually sold to customers, all they have to do is request inventory check from their consumer end partners.
    Lol, and you think retailers will just happily tell them this? Retailers (especially big ones) are notoriously opaque about quantity of products sold, even to their suppliers. The relationships retailers have with their suppliers are complicated tug-of-wars between demand and supply: the suppliers want a demand situation, the retailers want a supply situation. If the retailers simply told the suppliers what they had sold, that removes a lot of their negotiation power.

    If a store that ordered 10K Xbox One's and next call they only request 4K, it means they possibly sold through about 4k give or take.
    Or they're merely inventory managing, or it's a tactic to influence the supplier, or they're utilizing exchange rates by buying in one country and shifting to another, or it's a cartel where groups of retailers take it in turns to buy to keep the supplier keen, or it's one of a thousand complex supply chain reasons, none of which are to do with sales in that period. You can't just go "oh they sold about X-amount, give or take", it simply doesn't work like that.

    So if a store is not requesting as much inventory of your product as before, what do you think that means? It's not selling, they still have a lot of back log.
    Across a 12 month period? Potentially. In a single quarter? God knows why. It might be simple stock levels, but it might be all sorts of other things.

    Not that it matters but if they wanted to they can get specific numbers,
    No, they can get rough numbers, which is useless for an investor call, which was my point.

    Sony does it and MS was doing it when the One launched, how did they have those numbers but now they suddenly can't count the Xbox One and 360 separately or actually figure out how many Xbox One's actually sold out to customers? Right and I'm the pope!
    Of course they can make a good guess based on research firms and any feedback they do get from retailers, but as it's just a guess it's no good for investors/auditors/the IRS etc. I'm sure they do have a good idea too, but whether they release them or not is down to whether they think it'd benefit them as a company for those figures to be out there.

    You say companies reveal those for marketing purposes? Yet MS doesn't release theirs as that would mean they don't want to taint their marketing or something.
    Exactly. You think MS releasing Xbox One figures that are way lower than the PS4 is going to HELP them? People like to buy successful products. Admitting they're losing the race (if you want to look at like that) isn't going to help them at all.

    I don't buy just for marketing purposes numbers release, if you are proud of your throughput then show it.
    Lol, this isn't about being "proud", this is about putting on the best possible face. And what makes you think they even are proud of their throughput?

    Don't release other numbers to attempt to obfuscate the truth and folks have to decipher what you mean.
    Now you're being silly. They released total console sales figures today because they HAVE TO for the financial results. They'd probably prefer not to release this info either, but they're bound to by law (being a PLC and all that). You somehow think they chose to announce actual, real sales figures to retailers (which is when MS get paid) instead of estimated sales-through figures (which by your own words are "roughly, give or take a few")? Think that through for a moment.

    This is the Tomb Raider exclusivity PR nightmare all over again. It's like these guys enjoy making things harder to understand just because.
    They have released the required figures they had to, which are accurate and correct. This isn't an "either/or" situation. It's like you're looking at these financial results and presuming they're some kind of PR release.
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  • Bauul 27/01/2015

    To those asking about sold-to-customers numbers: Companies release that only for marketing purposes. They don't have to release it if they don't want to: The only thing they have to (if they're a PLC) is the sold-to-retailers number, as that's what the company has actually sold and been paid for.

    The sold-to-customers is also not 100% accurate: Microsoft don't have some global machine that tracks when an Xbox is sold (although they do have Live subscriptions), they rely on retailers to tell them. I used to work for a research firm (GfK, who owns Chart-Track) and attempting to collate sold-to-consumer figures from retailers for even flagship products was a full time job. Even then, it wasn't 100% accurate. So it's useless for an investor call where they need accurate specifics.

    Yes we'd all like to know what Microsoft reckons the One has sold through to consumers, but for this investor call they had no need to share it.
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  • Valve bans Counter-Strike pros accused of match-fixing

  • Bauul 27/01/2015

    @Bennicus "caught cheating" implied they broke the rules to win, which is still at least in the right spirit. These guys broke the rules to lose, and profit at the same time, which is like, doubly bad. Reply +1
  • A guide to gaming's most valuable treasures

  • Bauul 25/01/2015

    Worms Armageddon was an N64 exclusive? According to Wikipedia (and my memory) it was released for pretty much everything... Reply -3
  • Video: When games humiliate us with pity

  • Bauul 24/01/2015

    @fizzyfish That always annoyed me, as the only reason I ever died of GoW was environmental challenges, and easy mode didn't help with them. Really fucked me off whenever it popped up! Reply +3
  • Microsoft investigating PC to Xbox One streaming

  • Bauul 22/01/2015

    @KenpoJuJitsu3 Ok, agreed, I was a little churlish, my apologies for that. I guess you came across exactly in the same churlish manner I replied to you in.

    It's worth pointing out at no point in your post did you state you were asking about your household. You simply said "I'm reasonably sure I'm missing the point of this so someone can clue me in please." If you had already figured out why anyone would use it, why did you even ask the question? You had all the answers already.

    I'm guessing therefore what you meant to ask was "I understand why people would use this, but given I have all the required physical set up already, is there anything here for me?" which of course the answer is no. But you didn't ask that, instead you asked the same question a dozen other people had asked, and been answered, already. So you can understand my rather wearisome reply, and why (at present time) you are at 100% negative votes for your original comment.
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  • Bauul 22/01/2015

    @KenpoJuJitsu3 Despite it being really bloody obvious, I'll explain it to you.

    Why you would want to play your PC games on your Xbox:

    You want to play your PC games on your TV, but consider if you didn't have your 30 foot HDMI cable. Then how would you do it? You could buy a 30 foot HDMI cable (if 30 feet is long enough) and play cable management. Or, with this new feature, just do the whole thing using wireless streaming with the click of a button. Guess which will be easier?

    Why you would want to play your Xbox games on your PC:

    Your wife wants the TV, but you want to play Halo, or Sunset Overdrive, or Forza, or any other of your Xbox exclusive games. What do you do? At the moment you say you use your 30 foot HDMI cable and your separate PC monitor, but what if you have neither? Perhaps you only have a laptop. Previously you were stuck, but with this you can use any Windows 10 powered device in the house to carry on playing.

    Basically, you're argument is this: "I have a load of specialist equipment, such as a powerful gaming PC, long HDMI leads, and separate PC monitors. Why would I want this?" Well, obviously, you wouldn't, as you've got all that equipment. But if you didn't have any of that (like me, for example) it's incredibly useful.

    For one microsecond, please stop thinking just about what you have and try to think of other people for a change.
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  • Windows 10 will let you stream Xbox One games to PC, tablets

  • Bauul 22/01/2015

    @ChiefGB Really? I'd have thought MS allowing any device running Windows 10 (which, given they're giving it away for free, is going to be A LOT) is going to perform far better than Sony's which is limited to very specific pieces of hardware (IIRC). Reply +3
  • Bauul 22/01/2015

    @L_A_G What would you rather, Microsoft implemented this feature for smartphones and tablets but locked out PCs just because you can't see a use for it?

    Don't be daft. It's coming to PC simply through the virtue of this being an OS level feature, so it just works on anything. No-one is suggesting you ignore your gaming PC power and just stream from the Xbox, obviously. This is for people who simply want the Sony Remote Play experience for their Xbox.
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  • Bauul 21/01/2015

    @Drunk-Si Fair enough, I've never actually tried one! :) Reply 0
  • Bauul 21/01/2015

    I'm amazed so many people don't understand this. It's Microsoft's version of RemotePlay, they've just opened it up to any device running Windows 10.

    "Why would I run this on my PC?"
    - You wouldn't necessarily, this is more useful for tablets or laptops. But as this is an OS level feature it'll be available on everything that runs Windows 10, which is why it's possible (although not all that useful) for a PC.

    "The other way around would be better!"
    - Wireless HDMI adapters exist already, just use one of them if you want to stream your PC to the TV. Doing it this way around is more interesting as most tablets/laptops don't have an HDMI in, so you couldn't use a cable to plug your Xbox into your tablet.
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  • Microsoft demos Windows 10 Xbox app

  • Bauul 21/01/2015

    @marmaduke Cortana actually has some rather funny lines about Clippit if you ask her about him. Reply +1
  • Bauul 21/01/2015

    @Mr-Writer I understood it was available for any game, it's built into the OS. I think EG just talked about Steam to show it isn't limited to Microsoft games. Reply +4
  • Retro first-person shooter Strafe® parties like its 1996

  • Bauul 20/01/2015

    Hah, that was absolutely excellent. Nice idea for the game too - basically looks like a rogue-like Quake 2, and that sounds like a pretty sweet idea to me!

    Although not sure about those new-fangled polygons they're using...
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  • GOG Star Wars splurge includes X-Wing Alliance

  • Bauul 20/01/2015

    I think this is all a bit tactical by Disney. They're releasing all the old catalog to see what sells well, and may well make some future decisions based on that.

    Given the resurgence in Star Wars popularity and the success of Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen, I wouldn't be surprised if there's a Disney employed Sith Lord somewhere rubbing his hands together and planning a new space fighter game.

    Edit: Oh that video brought back memories! I never liked the TIE Interceptor due to its complete lack of shields. The TIE Defender on the other hand... flying death machine. :)
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  • Steam Broadcasting has arrived

  • Bauul 20/01/2015

    @bigfriendlygamer My brother is very good at cricket, yet he still watches cricket on TV. Being good at something shouldn't exclude you from enjoying watching others do it!

    I sometimes watch streams in bed for five minutes before going to sleep. It's a nice way to unwind. Not twitch-shooter type stuff or anything linear or with narrative, but strategy games (especially something like Hearthstone) can be very interesting, as you learn from players who are better than you.

    Finally, after each day's Spelunky Daily Challenge I'll often watch the day's to score to see where I went wrong and what they did differently. It's always illuminating.
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