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  • Overwatch celebrates Chinese New Year with new Mei, D. Va skins

  • BigDannyH 20/01/2017

    I think the skins (and other prizes) in loot boxes are a great idea that loads of online MP games (*cough* Street Fighter *cough*) should copy.

    Firstly, you don't need them as purely cosmetic. None of this pay to win bollocks.

    They're a great reward to keep people playing. I've played loads of extra games of OW trying to get those extra arcade wins that result in a loot box.

    They're also a good incentive to try other characters.

    Basically they create the F2P incentives to keep playing without actually forcing people to buy anything.

    I'm so annoyed at SFV for taking the route they did. They had an in game currency that's ended up not being used for new costumes. Along with costumes, they've got loads of icons, titles & colours they could fill boxes with, as well as win quotes, taunts and potential for victory poses. The current incentive to play is the desire to improve & ranked points. That's fine for some of us, but I have no doubt they'd multiply their player base many times if there were cosmetic rewards up for grabs.
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  • Here's our first look at Xbox One's new Guide

  • BigDannyH 17/01/2017

    @RawShark You know what, I did use the voice commands occasionally. Mostly "Xbox pause" while watching a Bluray or "Xbox off". My girlfriend used to think it sounded like I was telling it off.

    Like yours, mine ended up stuffed in the drawer. Still catch my gf getting confused when she shouts "Xbox off" and nothing happens. I haven't got the heart to tell her it's not plugged in anymore.
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  • BigDannyH 17/01/2017

    Oh, and they released the XB1 as a largely voice-activated system!

    Although the tech firms are still pushing that for some reason. Who wants to talk to their appliances? Especially when half the time they don't understand you or even appear to hear you in the first place.

    Sometimes I wish I could communicate with humans using button presses, would avoid a lot of miscommunication.
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  • BigDannyH 17/01/2017

    The XB1's UI was so confusing at first, was hard to find basic stuff like the settings menu or "my games" but they've improved it a lot and I'm quite used to it now.

    While it took them long enough, they did finallly realise that trying to wedge the Xbox in as a live TV accessory was a complete non-starter. Once they ditched that and, I assume, started listening to their staff who understood how people use these consoles, everything's been improving.

    Honestly, how did a group of well paid execs decide to try and latch a game's console on to live TV? It's absurd. Everything's moving online and they're creating solutions to problems that don't exist for an old school media. Bonkers.
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  • Making a game out of running

  • BigDannyH 15/01/2017

    Podcasts are great for running. Donlan & Bratt have accompanied me on quite a few runs in the last few months. Reply +1
  • VR may not have made much money, but it's already revitalising games

  • BigDannyH 29/12/2016

    @Fourfoldroot I'm not sure nausea is the only long-term issue, but I agree that it's probably the biggest one that can potentially be solved.

    With the sports viewing, the point I was trying to make was that watching on TV is probably a better experience as far as viewing angles, close ups, replays etc. against actually being there. But if you're watching live, you get the atmosphere and usually you're there with some mates. With VR, while I'm sure it's more immersive than a TV, I'm not sure it would be able to fully catch the atmosphere.

    I dunno, I'm not against VR and find even just watching 360 YouTube videos in Google cardboard pretty amazing, but there's just such a big gap at present between these early products and where we'd need to be for it to become mainstream. Gotta start somewhere though. And the fact they can capture a snippet of the experience by strapping a smart-phone to your face makes me hopeful they'll bridge the gap at some point.
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  • BigDannyH 29/12/2016

    Even putting gaming to one side, I find it hard to see the point at which the amazing tech overcomes the practicality of it.

    Take watching sport as an example. They're talking about putting a 360 camera in a seat at a stadium so you can watch the game like you're actually there. That's obviously an amazing achievement, but it's not really practical. You'd end up with a worse view than just watching it on TV and becomes redundant as soon as you're watching it with someone else.

    I think there's an easier argument to be made for games, which most people play on their own. But I still think the physical barriers you need to break through are currently too high to be the standard way of doing things. Small things like the headset and the wires are quite a big deal vs. a TV screen and no wires. The room space and nausea are far more obvious hurdles that are very difficult to clear.

    Then there's the financial hurdles.

    Overall, I can see how VR is amazing. You can't get more immersive! But I cannot see how it can be "the future" until it's far more accessible.
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  • Stephen's Sausage Roll review

  • BigDannyH 25/12/2016

    @neilka Well played +1 Reply +24
  • Street Fighter 5 season two begins today

  • BigDannyH 20/12/2016

    @Master09

    I'd go a step further and just make the original release free.

    Some people will moan, but it's been out for almost a year and if it brings in more players, everyone wins.

    Obviously the season 2 characters should be paid for, and I'd be happy for the season 1 DLC guys to not be included in the free version. But, let's be honest, how many new sales of the original disc version are they expecting to sell? Must be quite a few second hand versions floating around for 5-10.

    Maybe they'll consider this after Xmas.
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  • Leak reveals Street Fighter 5 will shame rage quitters by branding their profile

  • BigDannyH 16/12/2016

    Rage quitting, the sincerest form of flattery. Reply +6
  • Evolve, Left 4 Dead dev announces new dark fantasy co-op FPS IP

  • BigDannyH 13/12/2016

    I really wanted Evolve to work. I think part of the problem was the aggressive DLC push from the word go but, ultimately, I found the game mechanics quite frustrating.

    It seemed to be a loop of constant chasing around after something you couldn't even see, followed by a very short and hectic battle with a bullet sponge that you couldn't really tell if you were hurting (zero feedback from the monster when it was hit). There was no time to think, you had to be straight on the chase again, which didn't make for good pacing.

    I thought the game looked amazing, and so liked the concept, but it just wasn't that much fun to play.

    I do think a co-op hunting game could be fun, but making the opposition a single player with one life makes balancing for pacing and enjoyment very difficult.
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  • Man blows $1m of stolen money on Game of War

  • BigDannyH 13/12/2016

    @kosigan Wowser, I undersold their biggest purchase quite significantly.

    However, I'm still going to have to assume he was using the game to make money off the company's card (I.e. purchasing in-game currency with the company card, selling it for real life cash).

    From the F2P games I've played, I feel like there's not enough content to support over 1,000 of spending (and there shouldn't be!). If he was spending 1,000 a day, every day, for years, how was he using all the in game currency he was getting?

    I can believe he found a way of using a company card to make money via a mobile game. I find it unbelievable that anyone could spend $1m for purely personal use in a F2P mobile game.

    $1,000,000 !!!
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  • BigDannyH 12/12/2016

    @Spuzzell

    Easy fella, I just did the math.

    I did follow the chain after commenting, as couldn't believe the BBC wouldn't check this. The wording in the document does say he used the card to pay for online gaming for around 1m, but it just doesn't seem possible to me it was for personal use.

    It then talks about money laundering. I imagine his gaming spend may have been a money spinning thing.

    I may be wrong, but that amount of money on a relatively recent game doesn't seem possible for one person.
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  • BigDannyH 12/12/2016

    Hang on, it appears to say he used the company card to pay for approx $1m of content in the game, but it also says for him and others.

    Sounds more like he sold in-game money to other people for real-life cash or something, rather than "blowing it" on the game.

    That I can believe.
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  • BigDannyH 12/12/2016

    I cannot believe that he could possibly have spent $1m. Even purchasing the bigger bundles on F2P games usually only costs about $60, right? He'd have had to do that over 16,500 times. Or once a day for 45 years.

    Or, looking at it another way, it's $700 every day for 4 years.

    I just cannot see how it's possible. Must be hugely exaggerated.
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  • Super Mario Run only playable with an internet connection

  • BigDannyH 09/12/2016

    This could be messy.

    I do like that they're still putting up a fight against piracy, rather than just throwing in the towel, but these methods tend to annoy the people who've paid for the game more than the pirates.
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  • The Overwatch Christmas event begins next week

  • BigDannyH 07/12/2016

    Only got into OW recently (bought it after the recent free trial), its defo my kind of shooter. Still figuring out what characters are good for different situations.

    I'm finding the arcade mode "all brawls" is quite good for learning the characters abilities. Couldn't work out why the combo was Lucio & Roadhog on "Well", became obvious quite quickly.
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  • Russian MPs call for FIFA 17 ban over "gay propaganda"

  • BigDannyH 06/12/2016

    @Noxia Agreed, it's really odd that any grown up (especially an elected politician) would be offended by another person's sexual orientation.

    By opposing the fight for equality, that literally makes you in favour of inequality.
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  • Street Fighter 5 season two set for sweeping balance changes

  • BigDannyH 06/12/2016

    What was the problem with the invincible DPs? They're a bit annoying and cheap but are super punishable on block / whiff. I always felt they were suitably high risk.

    Although Ken's light DP recovers very quickly, get caught trying to crush-counter him all the time.
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  • Advertising Standards rules No Man's Sky Steam page did not mislead consumers

  • BigDannyH 30/11/2016

    @SonicUk BTW - I've got no issue with people being annoyed and not liking NMS or Hello Games, it's just the legal action bit that's silly. Hence why the financial loss is relevant. Reply +1
  • BigDannyH 30/11/2016

    @riceNpea Nice! (+1) Reply 0
  • BigDannyH 30/11/2016

    @SonicUk

    When you are taking legal action, the amount of money you have lost is one of the main considerations. I'm not sure what else you would be taking legal action against a videogame company for? Mental distress?

    I honestly don't know what planet some gamers live on.
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  • BigDannyH 30/11/2016

    @spamdangled

    I find it hard to believe that anyone who comments on Eurogamer can claim to be unaware of what sort of game NMS was going to be like.

    Wilful ignorance.
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  • BigDannyH 30/11/2016

    @spamdangled

    Firstly - The cost of a videogame is not an expensive lesson. Learn it, don't make the same mistake again.

    Secondly - I knew for about a year before release that NMS was a procedurally generated space exploration game. There were articles everywhere. Who was surprised when they bought the game and found that out?
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  • BigDannyH 30/11/2016

    @swisstony I know, humanity!

    I'll give him the benefit of doubt and assume he's being sarcastic.
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  • BigDannyH 30/11/2016

    People need to start taking responsibility for their purchases.

    If you got mislead when buying something big like a house or a car, then by all means take legal action.

    If you choose to spend 40 on a piece of entertainment that you end up not enjoying, suck it up.
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  • Marvel vs. Capcom 4 reportedly due out 2017

  • BigDannyH 29/11/2016

    I hope this does happen, more to watch the pros than play it myself. The level of creativity you see from MVC3 players is really impressive, but I find it crazy intense to play.

    It has odd pacing too. There seems to be so much happening on screen at any given moment, you get tagged and then your opponent gets to show off their combo for quite a while until they either KO your character or drop in a reset and start again. Once they KO someone, you then have to deal with the mix-up on entry of your next character to avoid starting the whole conbo-train all over again.

    It feels way more frantic and unfriendly to beginners than SF, but it's awesome to watch. Was so good watching the weekly tournaments when MVC3 first came out and it felt like you were seeing new tech all the time.

    If they'd not had the licensing issues for UMVC3 and were able to patch it a bit and introduce new characters, I think it'd be the No.1 game at most fighting game tournaments still. Never seeing 75% of the cast and a Doom on 90% of teams gets a bit old.

    You know he's underpowered when there's a Marvel game and nobody picks Spider-Man!
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  • Street Fighter 5 mod puts Overwatch's Sombra in the game

  • BigDannyH 28/11/2016

    Ultra David tweeted the other day that Blizzard could probably come out and dominate the fighting game genre whenever they wanted. Having recently picked up Overwatch, I'm inclined to agree.

    I'm assuming he's referring to character creation (Overwatch proves they don't need to rely on WoW characters, fully capable of creating new ones) and the ability to keep people coming back for more. It seems so obvious to put loot boxes into SFV containing icons, colours & costumes. They're already in the game but the unlocking system is terrible, very little incentive to play other than personal improvement and ranked points.

    Also, things like victory poses, taunts, intro animations etc. All things that could be added to loot boxes.

    They could implement loot boxes with levelling up different characters. Allow you to buy boxes with fight money. Have tavern brawl type events each week where you get a loot box. Arcade-style matches where you both play as a random character in a mirror match.

    Yeah, they'd need to spend time making loot, a lot of which would need to be given away for "free". But it would boost the player base and goodwill towards the game. People will play a lot for the loot!
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  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Legacy Edition - the one that includes Modern Warfare Remastered - down to 50

  • BigDannyH 24/11/2016

    Are gamers finally voting with their wallets? So many games struggling to sell! Reply +2
  • Street Fighter 5's latest stage banned from Capcom's own tournament because it's too distracting

  • BigDannyH 23/11/2016

    Why was the beach level banned?

    I thought it might cause the game to stutter slightly, which is pretty poor. Although, if it is due to the water being distracting then that's a load of bollocks. It's annoying as it's a good looking stage.

    The plane one is fun but obviously distracting.
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  • FIFA coin hacker convicted of defrauding EA out of $16m

  • BigDannyH 17/11/2016

    @SupremeAC I take your point about failsafes, but I imagine they have to straddle the line between giving out too many coins or halting the system continuously.

    We all know that when systems are too heavy-handed they end up locking everyone out.

    Leaving themselves some wiggle room also leaves gaps for the shady bastards to exploit.
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  • Watch Dogs 2 review

  • BigDannyH 15/11/2016

    I don't know why half the commentators even come to this site if they dislike it so much. Reply +1
  • Where's our Watch Dogs 2 review?

  • BigDannyH 14/11/2016

    Why do people have a problem with what EG have done here?

    I read this as "the game appears to currently be broken, therefore we're holding back our review". They've told me it's broken, so I won't be buying it immediately.

    They've also hinted that it might be quite good, so I can see why they've not reviewed it.

    I'd have been more annoyed to buy a broken game based on good reviews than have to wait for a review that better reflects the quality of the long-term product.

    I feel like EG, for the sake of their audience, are hurting themselves by not publishing bang on embargo. Yet they are still not being appreciated by their readers.

    Why do people want games to be trashed immediately when there's a possibility they might be running well in a couple of days?
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  • Dishonored 2 launch sales down 38% on Dishonored

  • BigDannyH 14/11/2016

    Well, if Bethesda are happy to make the websites wait for review copies, I guess they'll be happy to wait for us consumers to buy our copies.

    In all honesty, I reckon this game will do well in the long run. Interesting time to launch it though, I feel like it might have sold better if released at a less busy period.
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  • Why are some PS4 Pro titles running slower than base hardware?

  • BigDannyH 11/11/2016

    I still think counting pixels is a bit of a mug's game.

    Ideally we'd have awesome looking games running at 60 FPS in 4K. But, in reality, developers don't have unlimited time and consoles need to be priced competitively (so can't have the power of a 4,000 PC).

    The thing is, everyone knows a consistent frame rate and a good art-style / lighting affects is all we need. I'd take a pretty and smooth game in 720p over a bland looking game that stutters at 4K.
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  • Arkane looking into Dishonored 2 PC performance complaints

  • BigDannyH 10/11/2016

    @TimmishMcgraw Awesome, thanks.

    I kinda upgraded for Doom, which my old card struggled with, but I also wanted to take my base unit apart and change my graphics card for the first time. Was surprisingly easy!

    I really should take it out for a proper test drive!
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  • BigDannyH 10/11/2016

    @ghuk thanks, I'll check them out. Reply 0
  • BigDannyH 10/11/2016

    @Sober-Si Thanks, exactly what I was after.

    Will have to take the plunge and buy my next big game on PC!
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  • BigDannyH 10/11/2016

    @dominicwhite

    Hi, as you sound like you know what you're talking about, can I ask your opinion on what I may be able to run using my graphics card?

    I upgraded to a GTX 970 earlier this year (largely to get Doom running well) as it was reasonably priced and seemed to review quite well. Now I'm never sure whether to get new games on PC or console.

    I'm not too bothered about having the best possible experience, but I find most PS4/XB1 games run quite smoothly and I'm worried I'll buy a new game on PC and my card just won't be up to it. Most of my Steam liabrary are less graphically intense indie games.

    Basically, am I stupid to think that, just because Doom ran ok, games like Dishonoured might also run well on my GTX 970. Not ultra settings, just not naive to think it'll at least be playable.
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  • New Street Fighter 5 stage lets you fight on the wings of a flying plane

  • BigDannyH 09/11/2016

    Played on this stage last night, was really off putting but also awesome.

    Guaranteed to be immediately banned from the Pro Tour.
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  • Sony PlayStation 4 Pro review

  • BigDannyH 07/11/2016

    Food review guys.

    If I could trade in my PS4 + 100 I'd probably treat myself to an upgrade. But I just cannot bring myself to pay 250 when I've never had an issue with how games run on the current PS4.
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  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare launch sales down nearly 50% on Black Ops 3

  • BigDannyH 07/11/2016

    I'm not surprised to see sales falling since its peak around MW2, it's got more competition. Not just in the FPS genre but also in team multiplayer in general.

    I'd say Battlefield and CSGO were their biggest competition, but Overwatch will have stolen the part of the audience that enjoy MP shooters but aren't gun nuts.

    Also, while not necessarily the same core group, the rise of the Mobas will have had an impact.

    Sounds like they're still selling well enough to justify the annual releases, but they're no longer as big a deal as they used to be.
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  • The big list of PS4 Pro-enhanced launch games

  • BigDannyH 03/11/2016

    @FuzzyDucky you know, you've gotta unplug all the wires, find the box etc.

    I think I should have disclosed that I'm a lazy bastard.

    Just checked and no great deals I can see anyway.
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  • BigDannyH 03/11/2016

    I'm very interested to see the take up rate of the pro.

    On one hand - people like to have the most powerful console, so I think it might do ok.

    On the other hand - surely only people with 4K TVs will appreciate the difference.

    I upgraded my TV a few months back (had a voucher from work) and I did actually opt for 4K. But I'm still not convinced about getting the Pro. Partly as it seems like a hassle to trade in the PS4 etc.

    Although just writing that sentence has made me realise that it wouldn't be that difficult.

    I think I've just convinced myself to at least check the trade in deals available...
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  • Green Man Gaming says sorry for sending out broken Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 keys

  • BigDannyH 31/10/2016

    Never sure how these Steam-key things work. You read articles about places selling keys for games being fraudulent or laundering money for crims and it leads me to stay away. But I guess the alternative is a monopoly for Valve.

    I've no beef with Valve, but monopolies are never good.

    I guess for these games Origin is an alternative, but are there other community benefits to using Steam? And, if there is, perhaps they've earned the right for you to buy directly from them.
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  • Slayer Shock review

  • BigDannyH 31/10/2016

    The review did a good job of getting me interested, but I seem to have missed something explaining what sort of game it is. I'm not even sure if it's 2D or 3D.

    I get the feel you go out on missions and return to the central hub and there's itinerary decisions, which sounds a bit like Darkest Dungeon. But then there's stealth, which could be 1st person?

    I'll have to watch a video when I'm not at work.
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  • Is being bad at games really so terrible?

  • BigDannyH 29/10/2016

    @retr0gamer I agree. In all things in life, the more time you spend doing things, the better you'll be at them. Football, maths, playing the guitar, videogames.

    Some people seem to think Messi was born doing kick-ups or Jimi Hendrix was knocking out riffs the first time he picked up a guitar.
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  • BigDannyH 29/10/2016

    Most videogames aren't sports.

    I think there is a lot of value in getting ex-pros to analyse sports, they're experts. But, even then, a little charisma goes a long way.

    Most games are entertainment. A lot have great characters and narrative, in which case a good writer will be a better critic than someone with a good CoD K/D.

    Other games, like MP shooters, are mechanic based. I can see how having someone who's good at them could offer better critical analysis in a review, and most websites will have a go to reviewer for those types of games.

    Personally, EG is my first reference for all reviews. I'm not saying I rush out and buy every game they whack a badge on, but their reviewers are very good at explaining what they do or don't like in a game. That rarely involves being good at the game.
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  • Dark Souls 3: Ashes of Ariandel review

  • BigDannyH 29/10/2016

    @Creamysmooth thanks mate, good to know the PC version runs well.

    Suddenly getting into Dark Souls has really given me a mountain to climb. Really can't complain though, I'm spoilt for choice!
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  • BigDannyH 28/10/2016

    @Creamysmooth Yeah, it's definitely a case of multiple quality options, all of which are massive games.

    I started playing DS as I could download it free on the XB1 (must've been a freebie one month on 360 - crazy value). Not sure if it's the backwards compatibility or just how the game runs, but can get choppy at points.

    Does anyone know if the original runs well if purchased through Steam? I'm sure it'll be reasonably priced at some point but I seem to remember being told it needed mods to run well, but I'm a little concerned I'll bugger the game up if I download mods.
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