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  • Minecraft free for Northern Ireland secondary schools

  • CosmicGypsy 26/03/2015

    @Haran43 I think he is trying to express the disproved theory that Autism occurs at higher rates these days, while simultaneously expressing unfounded and incorrect assumptions about how children learn.

    Quite amazing really, to make 2 completely incorrect statements and look like a huge bunghole in just a single sentence.

    Encarta '95 was great though, I'll give him that
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  • You've got the touch: How a mobile game gave birth to a human child

  • CosmicGypsy 25/03/2015

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  • Geralt's beard grows as you play Witcher 3

  • CosmicGypsy 24/03/2015

    @TeaFiend You just need to get the Philishave DLC, sponsored by Philishave Coolskin, for a smoother, closer shave.

    Brought to you by Philips.
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  • Layoffs at DriveClub developer Evolution

  • CosmicGypsy 20/03/2015

    @davidclatney Missed deadlines, problems on launch.

    Do you happen know what their senior management were told the forecasts would be (1.5 million would be a conservative estimate for a low-mid budget racing game, so you can be pretty sure they were hoping to sell a lot more than 2)

    Like I said, the failures might only be perceived failures but it's the people on the end of this kind of shit that feel the brunt of them.
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  • CosmicGypsy 20/03/2015

    @davidclatney I've worked in the industry for 11 years and I know that is nonsense. If they are contract workers, they don't announce it. A studio has a long term plan. A perceived failure leads to that plan changing, and then layoffs occur.

    The failure is often caused by poor decisions (or even overambitious expectations) made by the person who sits you down and tells you they are letting you go (or even worse, that they are "Ramping down staff levels" or some other awful management speak so they can avoid using traditionally negative language).

    The guy who made the bad decisions? He's probably being moved elsewhere to continue making bad decisions. He might even end up with a pay rise.

    Like I said, it's a cruel industry.
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  • CosmicGypsy 19/03/2015

    Good luck to everyone affected. It's a bloody cruel industry. Reply +42
  • Microsoft will allow pirates free upgrades to Windows 10

  • CosmicGypsy 20/03/2015

    @jimmyok I could show you my Steam library, and then how much of that is filtered down when I select the Linux filter. It's a LOT.

    If you are a gamer (which is kinda assumed if you are on EG), Linux is not a genuine option. It's come a long way in the last 5 or 6 years but it is too limiting, at least until we start to see more big releases running without issues.
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  • CosmicGypsy 19/03/2015

    If anyone is interested in why DX 12 is going to make Windows 10 worth upgrading to, there is a really interesting post by Promit on this GameDev Forum Post

    It breaks down all the problems inherent with current drivers, and how DX12 should resolve them (not to say that the same won't be true of Mantle/Vulcan, but DX12 is likely to get more universal attention and support)

    It's a fairly long read, but it is a good insight from the dev and hardware side into a lot of the problems PC gamers encounter.

    DX12 is certainly the main reason I plan to jump straight into Windows 10 as soon as possible.
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  • CosmicGypsy 19/03/2015

    @Syrette It depends on your system, but Win 8 has a lot of great features, especially when using multi-core CPU's. With source engine games like Titanfall, I got a noticeable performance increase, plus there is the additional benefit of DX12 support which will apply to virtually every Nvidia card since the GTX 4xx series (AMD have been more cagey, but it will probably apply to most of their hardware too)

    DX 12 is going to be a game changer.

    So yeah, it's probably worth it if you game on your PC.
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  • CosmicGypsy 19/03/2015

    @csber3 You'd use the built in backup to create a restore disk as soon as you are finished with the update, then you don;t really need to worry.

    I also think they send you an upgrade key though, so you can use this for a fresh install using an ISO from the Microsoft site.

    Essentially, they make it as easy as possible to install these days :)
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  • Titanfall: One year on

  • CosmicGypsy 19/03/2015

    I really enjoyed Titanfall for a good while, but then I moved and my internet connection stops me really being able to play games online. I initially detested the last titan standing mode but it quickly became my favourite once I got used to the slower and more tactical dynamic.

    Only one thing that really bothers me about this article; Can people stop crediting CoD with inventing remorting with their prestige system? Sure they made it popular, but it wasn't a revolutionary design concept. If a name already exists for this, it's just lazy to liken everything to prestige.

    It probably shouldn't annoy me as much as it does, but it's one of those things that CoD constantly seems to get credit for.
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  • Xbox One controller update halves connection time

  • CosmicGypsy 27/01/2015

    @monkeighy Wow, I think you missed the point here.

    I am pretty sure you expect you controller to last more than 30 hours. When the batteries it comes with expire, you are forced to buy more. This is not an issue for PS4.

    If MS didn't cheap out they would supply a play and charge kit with the console so people who buy them can play as much as they wasn't with no additional hidden costs.

    I am not a console fanboy on here trying to start a war. I am merely stating the fact that when non rechargeable batteries run out, you have to buy more.
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  • CosmicGypsy 27/01/2015

    @Baban_Iesu They do indeed force you to either buy batteries, or spend £17 on one of their play and charge kits.

    As @Kevboard says though, decent rechargeables are more cost effective.
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  • CosmicGypsy 27/01/2015

    Just imagine what you can do with that spare time.

    We really do live in the future, and it is bright and wonderful.
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  • Professional Lumberjack 2015 headed to PC and consoles

  • CosmicGypsy 27/01/2015

    On a mildly related note, has anyone watched Saw Dogs?

    Chainsaw art is a real thing. Art for real men, by real men.
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  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 review

  • CosmicGypsy 26/01/2015

    @p3r02d3r0 Not many cards aren't DX12. Nvidia already said pretty much from the 4XX series onward would support DX12. Reply +1
  • Theme Hospital is free to download on Origin

  • CosmicGypsy 21/01/2015

    I've never had an issue with Origin. It makes complete sense for EA to do anything to avoid handing over a percentage of their income to a rival company.

    At least Origin works. Uplay is a nightmare.
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  • Steam Broadcasting has arrived

  • CosmicGypsy 20/01/2015

    @Outpostmodern I considered it, but in the end I went with a lightweight linux distro and then installed Steam myself. Linux has come a long way since I last tried it 6 years ago though. Reply +3
  • Axelay saw Konami at its 90s peak

  • CosmicGypsy 19/01/2015

    @ronorra I remember my dad going to the U.S on a business trip and bringing us back 3 random American SNES carts. Among them, there Axelay and Legend of the Mystical Ninja.

    He had no idea what he was buying, but he picked up 2 of the best games I ever played. Fond memories of both of them. The other one was Madden, which I also played to death but doesn't fill me with the same level of nostalgic glee.
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  • CosmicGypsy 19/01/2015

    I loved this game. I remember being amazed at the audio. After selecting your weapons loadout it would say "Weapon initiation is completed, good luck". In an actual voice. Not impressive by today's standards but it was a revelation to me back then.

    I still get goosebumps thinking about it. It was one of the first games I really played obsessively.
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  • Assetto Corsa review

  • CosmicGypsy 19/01/2015

    I tried really hard to like this over the weekend, but it is savagely difficult. It seems completely unapproachable with a gampad and I never really got to grips with using a wheel for racing games (buying one to see if it is worthwhile seems like an expensive affair)

    I have no doubt that this is a great game for existing enthusiasts, but it isn't for me. Maybe I will try to borrow a wheel from a friend and give it another go. I really want to like it, but it is punishingly tough.
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  • CosmicGypsy 16/01/2015

    @The_shlaaaag_returns There are a few good videos of this on YouTube. I usually detest Oculus videos, but this game looks great. Reply 0
  • Layoffs hit F1 and Dirt developer Codemasters

  • CosmicGypsy 09/01/2015

    @Brev2034 Toybox Turbos is Micro machines in all but name, it is pretty good fun too imho :) Reply +5
  • Football Manager 2015 review

  • CosmicGypsy 05/11/2014

    Looks like I will be picking this up. I buy it every other year and this keeps me happy. I always wait until about February, then pick it up in a sale. It will have been patched, have the January transfer update, and I will get another 2 years of happy gaming out of it.

    I am looking forward to taking my beloved Stockport County from the Conference North, back to the Championship and beyond.
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  • Telltale's Game of Thrones is coming later this year

  • CosmicGypsy 29/10/2014

    Just as long as we all remember that those who have read the books are superior to those who only watched the TV show or played the game, this should be great.

    It is important that we respect their superiority though. Never forget that.
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  • Codemasters making a Micro Machines-style racer called Toybox Turbos

  • CosmicGypsy 24/10/2014

    @LetsGo Apples and oranges though. How many digital only games appear in the official games chart. You aren't wrong in what you are saying, I just feel that this is aimed at a different market. Reply 0
  • CosmicGypsy 24/10/2014

    @Beano What's the install base of these machines V's say, the X360 + PS3 + PC?

    Also, how does this compare to this game's target demographic?

    Please let me know so I can present a well researched and clearly defined point before I call them. Seriously, I am more than happy to call them but I don't want to sound like a complete idiot.
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  • Unity reportedly up for sale

  • CosmicGypsy 14/10/2014

    @Eldritch Say what now? Reply 0
  • Rocksmith 2014 Edition PlayStation 4 and Xbox One release date announced

  • CosmicGypsy 24/09/2014

    @Baban_Iesu I'll dig around.

    EDIT: The shop I got the cable from no longer stocks them, looks like it is £20 on Amazon though.
    The game £9.99 on the humble store right now, you won't get it any cheaper than this.
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  • CosmicGypsy 24/09/2014

    @Baban_Iesu Adapter was £15, the game itself was £10 in some sale or other. Totally worth it.

    There is even homebrew DLC, all you need to access it is a single DLC purchase.
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  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 review

  • CosmicGypsy 24/09/2014

    This really is a giant leap in GPU architecture.

    The fact they are still using the 28nm process makes it even more incredible.

    I plan to stick with my 280X since I only just bought it, but I know AMD are working on 20nm technology and Nvidia almost certainly are too. Either way, I think next year's cards are going to be immense.
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  • Goat Simulator gallops onto iOS and Android

  • CosmicGypsy 17/09/2014

    @VideoGameAddict25 I've goat nothing. Reply +6
  • Harmonix signs publishing deal to make more mobile games

  • CosmicGypsy 15/09/2014

    @Sammoore Amazing. I was a huge fan of Drop the Dead Donkey on C4 as a kid, so I like to think these people are channeling the spirit of Gus Hedges Reply +1
  • CosmicGypsy 15/09/2014

    The URL makes me question the legitimacy of this company. Not that everyone needs a company website, but most serious companies have one.

    Reading through their linkedin page is a nightmare of management speak.

    "Tilting Point executes best-in-class user acquisition while capturing mindshare and developing long term branding through marketing and PR"

    "Tilting Pointís expert product management team utilizes the latest tools and data to develop a winning freemium monetization strategy"

    "Tilting Point employ relaxation techniques to turn off stress river and mosey gently down contentment creek"

    (that last one might not actually be from their LinkedIN)
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  • Radeon R9 285 review

  • CosmicGypsy 02/09/2014

    @MrWonderstuff In terms of performance, they ARE pretty much the same. The main reason I made the switch was because I really wanted a 3 screen setup and Nvidia drivers force you to use 3 screens which are exactly the same resolution. Using widescreen monitors for screens intended to tickle my peripheral vision seems like a waste.

    They Extra Vram almost certainly helps with the additional screen real estate I am utilising now and it does look like aiming for more than 2GB of Vram is the way to go if Watchdogs and it's ilk are anything to go by.

    Oh, and I got the 280X for a bargain basement £140, which made the decision for me really :)
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  • CosmicGypsy 02/09/2014

    I just switched my GTX 770 2GB for an R9 280X 3GB and I couldn't be happier.

    AMD's recent addition of mixed resolution Multi-Monitor support means I am now running a 3 screen Eyefinity setup using a 1920x1200 centre screen and 2 1600x1200 side screens.

    Essentially, due to the reputation of AMD and Nvidia, I was able to sell a 770 and buy a card which performs better, then use the money I had left to increase my resolution from 1920x1200 to 5120x1200. The 280X handles this resolution flawlessly on everything I have played.

    Edit: I am really appreciating the negs for what I thought was a pretty innocuous post :)
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  • Madden NFL 15 review

  • CosmicGypsy 01/09/2014

    @Furnace-Inferno The most obvious example of this is in American Motorsport. Most British people dismiss it as going fast and turning left, which is a very accurate description of what is happening on-track, but oval racing is incredibly nuanced and when you understand it it can be genuinely enthralling. Reply +1
  • CosmicGypsy 29/08/2014

    @airjoca Erm, but NBA 2K15 will not have any Cricket in it.

    Ok the figures a ARE pretty close (2-3 billion fans for each sport), I'll stop being an ass :p
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  • CosmicGypsy 29/08/2014

    @Physically_Insane Your interest in a sport depends on your understanding of it. Most sports are fairly complex, so the little things which excite their ardent fans are meaningless to most newcomers.

    Pretty much all sport is equally boring, except of course Kabbadi which is the greatest and most exciting sport ever conceived by mankind.
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  • The worst games I've ever played, by Ellie Gibson

  • CosmicGypsy 29/08/2014

    Happy to see one of the games I have worked on featured in this list :) Reply 0
  • Leading creators back latest Tropes vs Women video

  • CosmicGypsy 27/08/2014

    @Frandelicious The point isn't that we should be making games for women though, it is that we shouldn't be making games designed to specifically exclude them or make them feel uncomfortable. It is laziness from a male dominated industry.

    Of all these games "for Men", how many people playing them actually give a fuck that their hero is a macho brodude pussy hound?

    And again, seriously, are you going to accept that half of what you are saying is just bullshit.

    You ask a question, people answer. People ask you a question, you ask them a different question and avoid any request for you to justify the bullshit you are typing.
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  • CosmicGypsy 27/08/2014

    @Frandelicious So your "Capitalism is not sexist" statement was really, really specific and related only to the games industry? You are not English too good then.

    I am pointing out that your argument in that area is pointless and wrong.

    Capitalism is not sexist, no, but it is irrelevant because Capitalism is an economic system and economic systems don't tend to be inherently sexist.

    I am willing to bet that you are a cisgendered white male. Not all cisgendered white males have your attitudes, but all people with your attitudes tend to be cisgendered white males.
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  • CosmicGypsy 27/08/2014

    @bobomb Do you ever wonder if some people are genuinely too stupid to understand they have created a circular argument, or if they are just trolling you? Reply +3
  • CosmicGypsy 27/08/2014

    @cattypat I hate happy and confident women too...actually, wait a minute. What exactly is the point you are trying to make here? Reply -3
  • CosmicGypsy 27/08/2014

    @Frandelicious Can you explain why Hollywood continues to pour a disproportionate amount of funding into male-led movies when statistics from the recent years show without doubt that female led movies make more money? Reply 0
  • CosmicGypsy 27/08/2014

    @KingFunkIII Exactly, people get confused so easily between misandry and feminism (often because misandry is incorrectly presented as feminism)

    Not all feminists are misandrists
    Not all religious people are fundamentalists.

    Because people misappropriate an ideology it shouldn't devalue that ideology, especially when it is something so simple as "All people should be treated equally"
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  • Steam beta adds 'hide this game in my library' option

  • CosmicGypsy 08/08/2014

    @TarickStonefire If I buy a bundle from Humble for the one game I want to play and end up with stuff I am not likely to play as a result, it isn't really a waste of money. I still got the one game I wanted to play for less than it would normally cost. Reply +2
  • CosmicGypsy 08/08/2014

    Meh, they have had allowed you to place games in custom categories for ages. I have one category for games I have finished playing, and 1 for the guff I picked up in Steam sales and will probably never play. Removing them completely seems unnecessary since it is so easy to hide them away but leave them accessible. Reply 0
  • Codemasters offers refunds on Colin McRae Rally after negative Steam reviews

  • CosmicGypsy 06/08/2014

    @Guy.J. I suggesting that maybe they developed the game on PC, then released it on mobile, then released it on PC. Reply -3
  • CosmicGypsy 06/08/2014

    @bad09 My point was that most Mobile phones, certainly iOS devices, are considerably more powerful than the PS2 and are in fact fast approaching PS3 quality. So other than the menu, what indicates that this game was ported to PC? It is more likely that the game was developed on PC (because it is easier), and then tweaked to work on mobile platforms.

    If this IS the case, then your argument is based on nothing. I don't know either way, and despite the nature of your replies neither do you. It doesn't stop you demanding that they include something in the description which might not actually be true.
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