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  • The Witcher 3 biggest UK launch of 2015 so far

  • Bauul 26/05/2015

    @SeeNoWeevil I'm not quite sure of your logic. Say I want to know how well different fruit sells, and you come to me and say "I can give you detailed sales of all fruit for six of the seven days of the week", am I going to turn around and say "Nope, sorry, I don't want to know. It's all week or it's nothing"?

    Of course not. As long as everyone is clear that these figures don't show the whole picture doesn't mean they're suddenly completely invalid.
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  • Bauul 26/05/2015

    @alimokrane Even if other digital retailers did offer their numbers, without Valve you're necessarily looking at an incomplete (and therefore misleading) picture. It's more honest to simply not include them at all than try to guess what Valve is selling (which is nearly impossible).

    GfK (and Chart-Track) have been after Valve's sales for years, but Valve have never been interested in sharing.
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  • Going up? The mindless pleasures of Clicker Heroes

  • Bauul 21/05/2015

    I got addicted to Cookie Clicker for a few days. It has a wonderful creepy vibe that I thoroughly enjoyed. I ended up destroying the world with a demonic granny horde led by a trio of eldritch grandma horrors. The continents were paved with the flesh of children as armies of the damned marched from one giant cookie factory to the next. It was so fucking metal.

    It was weirdly enjoyable watching those numbers go up. I even ended up getting the spreadsheet out to work out the most efficient route to more cookies! It's obviously a very niche kind of game, but for something running on the second monitor at work, it was perfect.
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  • Rockstar launches BBC lawsuit over Grand Theft Auto drama

  • Bauul 21/05/2015

    @Plankton1975 I thought there was a key difference between making a show using someone's IP (not cool) and making a show about someone's IP (ok). Think of something like The Social Network - I believe Facebook had nothing to do with it, but the film still got made. Reply +9
  • H1Z1 dev unbanning cheaters who publicly apologise on YouTube

  • Bauul 20/05/2015

    @Kiliko Because if the offer isn't there to unban, no-one's going to offer a public apology! Reply +11
  • H1Z1 bans 24,837 players for cheating

  • Bauul 20/05/2015

    @jh144 Being called a cockroach is "hurtful and personal language"? I hate to think how bad you'd take it if anyone on the Internet ever called you something truly terrible like nincompoop, scallywag or ruffian. Reply +17
  • Video for cancelled Doom 4 revealed

  • Bauul 19/05/2015

    @bad09 It makes me sad when people claim Doom had no plot. It had a brilliant little plot. Tightly designed enough to guide you forwards but not enough to get in the way. It actually did the thing people praise Dark Souls for today by telling you the story by playing and looking, as opposed to text or dialogue. It was pretty clever stuff. Reply +2
  • A (very) brief look at the new Doom

  • Bauul 18/05/2015

    @SpronyvanJohnson Well said. Movement was such a key part of Doom many people forget. Apart from a few early enemies (and one boss), every enemy attack was either melee or was a physical projectile you could avoid. Dancing around the levels dodging fireballs is what makes the game play so differently to the turgid cover shooters of today.

    I'd disagree about the plot though. Doom had a brilliant, memorable and actually quite compelling plot, but the difference was that it all played out primarily in the premise of the game, not during the levels themselves. For a game that apparently had no story, it's amazing how it still spawned four whole novels.
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  • Bauul 18/05/2015

    I'm quietly intrigued by this. Doom 2 is my favorite game of all time, but it's great not because of what the game is famous for (gore and violence). It's great because it has perfectly realized sandbox gameplay set in genius non-linear levels.

    I really hope id (or what's left of id) recognize this and don't get too hung up on the idea of what Doom 1 and 2 were and not actually why they are good.
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  • GTA 5 physical sales pass 5m mark in UK

  • Bauul 18/05/2015

    @Goffee You honestly think they haven't tried? GfK (or Chart-Track as it was before they sold) have been after digital sales for over a decade, but no digital retailer will share the figures with them. It's not misrepresentation as GfK don't pretend to include download sales, but don't think they haven't been trying as hard as they can. Reply +6
  • Bauul 18/05/2015

    @alimokrane I used to work for GfK and trust me, they've been trying to include digital for YEARS. The problem is actually Valve: they point blank refuse to share their sales figures, and being the biggest digital retailer everyone else basically follows suit. GfK knows better than anyone that their charts are becoming more and more obsolete, but there's nothing they can do about it. Reply +5
  • With its Topaz boss, Geometry Wars 3 comes alive in the strangest way

  • Bauul 13/05/2015

    @QuitYourYappin More than anything, I'd say that's a great example of how the lexicon of gaming is so undefined, which is a topic all of itself!

    However, I do feel strongly there is a distinct difference between a glitch and cheesing. To take a very modern example: the recent Bloodborne speed run competition that EG reported on specifically disallowed glitches but allowed cheesing. Examples were: The bug that allows you to skip half the game by jumping over a railing where there's an accidental gap in the clip-box was not allowed, as that was a glitch. Manipulating the AI into getting stuck on the player character and thus proving easier to kill was allowed, as that's cheesing.

    In fact, cheesing the Souls series AI is an integral part of playing the game. Their not glitches: it's merely understanding the AI to such an extent you can manipulate it to your will. It's the difference between playing by the rules (but doing so well that it becomes unfair on the game) and merely breaking them.

    Edit: That said, the AI blocking technique in Bloodborne did cause some discussion about whether it was a glitch or a cheese. In the end, the judge concluded it was a cheese, as most people agreed a glitch is where a programming error produces an unexpected consequence. A cheese, conversely, is where the correct programming is manipulated to result in an unexpected consequence.

    A simpler example are the Werewolves in Bloodborne: they're typically too big to fit through doorways. So if you can lead them to a doorway, you can safely kill them from a distance as they're unable to reach you. It's not a glitch by any means: no programing error has occurred, they're just too big. But it is cheesing the AI, as the AI is too stupid to back off or find a different route. Therefore any Bloodborne player will agree it's a perfectly legitimate tactic.
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  • Bauul 12/05/2015

    @QuitYourYappin lol, cheesing didn't exist until a recent Destiny article? I remember discussing cheesing the AI in Doom 20 years ago (e.g. the high Painchance figure for the Cacodemon made it unrealistically susceptible to rapid fire weapons when caught at an angle). It really isn't something new. :) Reply 0
  • Bauul 12/05/2015

    @QuitYourYappin cheesing isn't the same as a glitch. Cheesing is manipulating otherwise correctly functioning AI or system into a situation that is unusually beneficial to you. Nothing actually is going wrong, it's just lining the dots up in a way the dev may or may not have anticipated.

    A glitch (a kind of minor bug) is where something goes actually wrong, where the systems break. Cheesing is playing within the rules, whereas glitches are breaking the rules. That's why many speedrun rules differentiate between glitching and not glitching, but don't for cheesing, as cheesing is really just developing a very clever tactic.
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  • Homophobic and transphobic game removed from Steam Greenlight

  • Bauul 06/05/2015

    Regardless of your views on freedom of speech, this just seems like a strange thing for the developer to do. Why jeopardize your main project by "trolling" the community? How did he think this would benefit him in any way? It would be more understandable if he had nothing to lose, but he has a lot to lose! I just can't get my head around it. Reply +49
  • PlayStation 4 passes 2m sales in UK

  • Bauul 05/05/2015

    I bought a PS4 just for Bloodborne (totally worth it!) and I have to say I've not been hugely impressed with the console itself. Archaic GUI, loud when it's playing games, limited media support (meaning I've had to keep my PS3 out), controller battery life is poor, suspend/resume turned out to be useless if you have multiple users etc. etc.

    However, I have a list of games to play on it as long as my arm, so at the end of the day none of that actually matters!
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  • Microsoft demos Windows 10 hologram support

  • Bauul 02/05/2015

    @RiSC1911 Well done. Now wouldn't have waiting for these been far more sensible than posting pages of guess work, hmm? Reply 0
  • Bauul 30/04/2015

    @RiSC1911 Microsoft are handing out dozens of Hololenses to people to try today at Build. So instead of writing pages of mere speculation, why don't we wait for a few hours and see what everyone who has tried the latest version has to say? Reply +4
  • Square Enix challenges the uncanny valley in DirectX 12 demo

  • Bauul 30/04/2015

    Looks good - although I think we're getting to the point where artistry is as (if not more) important than graphics. Your personal taste in what graphics a game uses will probably matter more than the raw graphical horsepower on display. Reply +3
  • Minecraft adds female player avatars to all console versions

  • Bauul 30/04/2015

    @kongzi Couldn't agree more. The phrase "role-play" literally means to play a role, not be representative of your true self. I'll play male, female, old, young, any race depending on how I feel the particular game requires it.

    Not that I ever thought Minecraft did really need it, but if I want to play at being a princess and building myself a giant Disney castle, now I can!
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  • eSports betting site Unikrn is now live

  • Bauul 29/04/2015

    The website appears to be down, I guess that didn't last long!

    The Wire Act in the US (a 19th century law resurrected to ban Internet gambling) is such as classic act of American corrupt protectionism.

    Basically the big casinos, scared of losing their patrons to upstart Internet companies (especially ones overseas), successfully lobbied the government into banning Internet gambling by re-purposing an obscure old law that outlawed long-distance gambling by phone. Land of the free etc.
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  • Bethesda removes paid mods in Skyrim

  • Bauul 28/04/2015

    @BigDannyH I think what triggered all this is someone created a paid-for mod that utilized someone else's free mod. Huge numbers of Skyrim mods work with other mods - they kind of stack on each other - so it was an instant grey area.

    The fear was introducing a paid element would completely ruin the free-spirited community element of Skyrim mods. General donations to a modder (but not linked to a specific mod) makes more sense given the history of the community.
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  • Five Nights at Freddy's 4: The Final Chapter announced

  • Bauul 28/04/2015

    @senso-ji I wonder if these Youtubers will share the revenue with Scott that they got from their millions of views of his game that they used to make themselves so popular.

    Horses for courses.
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  • Bauul 28/04/2015

    @JaqenHGhar80 Agreed. Pewdiepie's on-going playthrough of Bloodborne is the most entertaining one on YouTube. Some people don't like his humor (and it is aimed at a younger demographic) but I can't help but laugh. Reply 0
  • Chris Donlan on: Closed doors

  • Bauul 25/04/2015

    Great article, totally agree. Games need more of this kind of thing. In another Miyazaki example, Demon Souls has six worlds where the game is set. It's just the portal to one is broken. You never get to visit it, but it's right there, taunting you, every time you use the hub world. Reply +1
  • Xbox sales decreased 20 per cent year-over-year in Q1

  • Bauul 24/04/2015

    @BoredGame Calling it a flop is a bit of an overstatement. Onlive was a flop, this just hasn't been as big a success as it's nearest competitor (or indeed Microsoft wanted).

    I do believe that the original idea that this generation will last 10 years just isn't going to be true any more though. Microsoft will do something for the Xbox One sooner rather than later. Possibilities include:

    - Launch of a whole new, dedicated Gen 9 console.
    - Redesign the Xbox One to make it even cheaper and push the lower end market
    - Integrate Xbox gaming into Win 10 and its successors, and pull out of the dedicated console market altogether

    Whatever happens, I don't think we'll see it for another year or two at the least though.
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  • Bloodborne's mysterious closed door solved

  • Bauul 23/04/2015

    @Octavian5 Really? I specifically remember standing at the balcony near that door and thinking "hey, that's the great bridge!". Do you mean the open cliff area to the left of this? You can see the great bridge, but it's tucked around to the right.

    One slight downer is the distant levels you can see are often a much, much less detailed version, almost to the extent they're unrecognizable. E.g when you make your way around the top of the grand cathedral, the lower levels looks almost nothing like it when you were there earlier in the game.
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  • Bauul 23/04/2015

    @Ares42 Arguably it's the big gate at the end of the Great Bridge that makes more sense as the "main" route from Yarnham to the Cathedral Ward. But that gate appears to lead under the cathedral. I wonder what that would lead to? Reply +1
  • Xbox One update will let you turn on the console with your phone

  • Bauul 22/04/2015

    @Malek86 I'd like to know this too. My gut instinct is it basically works like it does on the current consoles: if you have the Win 10 Xbox app open, it just constantly records the last 30 seconds of whatever is on screen until you press Save.

    On the other hand running FRAPS totally kills the frame rate in games, so maybe they've had to do something clever to implement it without tanking the GPU/CPU load, and that might require some specific coding in particular games (so would only work with Win 10 apps).
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  • Everybody's Gone to the Rapture and the particular joy of the British apocalypse

  • Bauul 22/04/2015

    @Nikanoru When you explore a ruined castle or temple in real life, do you complain that's also boring because it isn't interactive?

    The gameplay element to games like this is in the discovery and exploration. Walk, look, think, try to understand what's happening. Think of it like a riddle - the gameplay is sorting through the evidence and working out a conclusion. Why is this here? What does this mean? How does it all tie together?

    Many fantastic games have used this gameplay mechanic in addition to their 'core' mechanic over the years. Fallout, Dark Souls, Stalker etc. The process is simply trying to make sense of the world you find yourself in. In many respects its what makes these games particularly special. This simply makes that its core mechanic, and if it's anything like Dear Esther, it'll be utterly brilliant for it too.
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  • Party Hard lets you slay everyone at an obnoxious shindig

  • Bauul 21/04/2015

    I had to watch that trailer twice to work out what was going on. Still not sure how the player summoned a bear to the party. A bear that then went and slept in a barn, which you you then stabbed? Seemed all a bit strange to be honest! Reply +2
  • Windows 10 release in July, AMD spills

  • Bauul 21/04/2015

    I don't think even many people at Microsoft know it's coming in July. I was talking to two execs there yesterday and they didn't know when it was coming either.

    My guess is that July is a kind of soft-target, but if come mid-June it isn't ready yet, they've got scope to push it back.
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  • Mortal Kombat X enjoys biggest ever launch for a Mortal Kombat game in UK

  • Bauul 20/04/2015

    @UncleLou @grassyknoll I actually used to work for GfK and knew the Chart-Track guys well, so can tell you exactly how they get their numbers.

    Basically it started as a retail tracker: each week retailers send their total EPOS data (so what they sold, when and for how much) to Chart-Track. They compile it into a big single database and sell that back to the retailers. The business model is so retailers (and publishers to a lesser extent) knows what's selling and what isn't. You're correct that it's not really for the consumer.

    As for digital sales: they have wanted to include them for years and years. They're painfully aware of the growing irrelevance of that data, but the sticking point is Valve. They steadfastly refuse to share sales data. And it makes sense: unlike retailers who share the space, Valve is a near monopoly so have no need or interest in knowing what other people sell. It's a shame, but until GMG or GOG give Valve a proper run for their money, it won't change.
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  • Mortal Kombat X review

  • Bauul 20/04/2015

    This and MK9 should get all the praise they deserve for a proper single player story mode. It hasn't been since Soul Calibur 2's adventure mode thingy that I felt a fighting game could be an actual legitimate solo experience.

    Plus I've always been a fan of the lore. As a 13 year old it was about the coolest thing I'd ever come across. :)
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  • HTC One M9 review

  • Bauul 19/04/2015

    The article is entirely wrong about the power button move. The M8 had it on the top, and for a 5" phone that's almost the worse place you could put it. Having it the side where your thumb or forefinger naturally lie is far more sensible than putting it on to where you have to stretch to reach each time.

    I also have grown to really dislike the aluminum finish. It looks lovely, but is far too slippery. You have to grip it a good degree tighter than other phones to stop it falling. It's the first phone I've had where I actually prefer it with a case on.
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  • Bauul 19/04/2015

    @sebsal Coming from a Lumia device, the camera on the M8 is frankly laughable. Low res, poor at night shots and the lack of a dedicated shutter button feels like such a huge step back. It's making me rather regret the move to HTC. Reply +2
  • The best PC games

  • Bauul 19/04/2015

    It's interesting to see so many of these comments complain about missed games, but then go on to list an entirely different set of games to everyone else.

    If there's one thing this list does through its sheer lack of scope, it's a reminder of just how vast and varied the PC catalogue is.
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  • Star Wars: Battlefront has 40-player cap, no campaign

  • Bauul 17/04/2015

    @Vorlan No, you paid the equivalent of about 40 Euros, which is about 60 Euros in today's money. Ah the wonders of inflation. :)

    I'm not quite sure I follow your logic though. No single player now is bad because they encourage us to spend more on a multiplayer perk? But no single player back then was good because we got lots of multiplayer maps and mods? 0_o
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  • Bauul 17/04/2015

    Is no campaign really that bad? Every Battlefield/COD campaign has been crap since Bad Company 2.

    Maybe I'm just getting old, but I have no memory of people complaining that Quake 3, Counter-Strike or Unreal Tournament didn't have a campaign.

    You never know, maybe EA is secretly working on a new Jedi Knight game for all our single player needs? (please please please)
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  • Hearthstone is now on iPhone and Android phones

  • Bauul 15/04/2015

    Just tried it on my HTC M8. Then remembered my HTC M8 runs Windows Phone. And then I cried a solitary tear. Reply +5
  • Mortal Kombat X's dumbly enjoyable story puts other fighting games to shame

  • Bauul 14/04/2015

    @bad09 Plots (or at least premises) are important to add context to the gameplay. It's the same reason a championship sports game between two old rivals is more enjoyable than a friendly. Good games can use the plot to enhance the gameplay. I agree some games have too much story, but I think we're just going to have to agree to disagree about whether MK is one of those.

    But if you do get MKX, and once you've had your fill of the arcade mode, can I suggest you at least try the story mode? You might be surprised.
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  • Bauul 13/04/2015

    @bad09 Perhaps MKX should be the first time then? The story mode from MK9 was great fun (actually made the game a legitimate solo experience) and I can't wait to get stuck into MKX's too. Reply +5
  • New Fortnite video debuts upcoming weapons, enemies and traps

  • Bauul 13/04/2015

    @danieldeitermann My reaction too. It looks pretty janky still!

    Could be fun though if the building mechanics aren't too limiting.
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  • Titan Souls review

  • Bauul 13/04/2015

    @penhalion I have literally never come across a single fan of any of the Souls games who was anything other than stoked about a follow-up. What makes you think people hate challenging games so much? Reply +14
  • "We tell Sega what our release dates are"

  • Bauul 11/04/2015

    @Yourchosenusername You realize he's reading these comments? If you have some criticism, you might have more success with making it a bit more constructive. Reply +5
  • Microsoft testing Xbox 360 update that adds 2TB USB support

  • Bauul 10/04/2015

    @Kasjer As a PS4 owner, I think it's a huge shame they don't support external hard drives like the X1. And no the X1 doesn't use anything propriety, just basic external hard drives.

    I'm no where near filling my PS4 hard drive, but when I do, I'd far rather just plug in a new drive than faff about with replacing the internal one and having to transfer/re-download everything.
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  • Daniel Radcliffe in talks to play GTA producer Sam Houser

  • Bauul 09/04/2015

    @Murton I'm with the other guys I'm afraid, definitely more android than clone. It isn't even remotely flesh based, remember it uses bump-mapping to make itself look more real? If it had real flesh it wouldn't need to do that. And when it first arrives it's basically a plastic mannequin. Not to mention the 'brain' is decisively digital.

    Clone implies it's organic, but I don't think there was anything organic about it at all. Totally on board with it being a synthetic though.
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  • Bauul 09/04/2015

    Hopefully this will be good. Apart from anything, it's nice to see the mainstream media take a constructive interest in the video game industry.

    Well, as long as they don't side with Thompson!
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  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided gets a debut trailer

  • Bauul 08/04/2015

    @WorldScaper You misunderstand me. HR doesn't let you change anything about Adam Jenson, not just his sex. You can't change his race, height, facial hair, anything. That's not because Deus Ex is sexist (or racist, or hightist or anything) it's because Adam Jenson is a singularly defined character. You might as well complain that you couldn't change Cloud Strife's sex in FF7.

    I completely agree that in a game where the main character begins as more of a blank slate then gender choice is important (indeed, I usually play as a woman in these cases). But DE:HR isn't one of those games.
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  • Bauul 08/04/2015

    @WorldScaper I can't really agree with you I'm afraid. Many RPGs work well with gender-choices for the characters, but I'm not sure it would work very well here. Adam Jenson is a very well defined character, he just happens to be in an RPG. :)

    Particularly puzzled by your "it wasn't as good as it could have been because it was on consoles". What about it being on consoles did you feel limited the game?

    Please don't make a comment about it somehow being dumbed down for an apparently less-minded console audience.
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