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  • You can now play Super Mario 64 online with others

  • Dan234 20/09/2017

    @Stranded87 As I said, look at UK law, not what Nintendo put on their website which is what Nintendo would like.

    1. Emulators are completely legal as long as they don't use copyrighted BIOS/OS code. They may include similarly written BIOS/OS code which does the same thing as the emulated console or require you to make a copy of the BIOS/OS code from your own console yourself.

    As an aside, every IBM PC clone manufacturer took this approach and wrote their own BIOS code which did the same thing as the original BIOS code from the IBM PC but which wasn't a straight copy so IBM couldn't sue.

    2. You are allowed to make a backup of software for your own personal use. Restrictive licence terms are null and void and there are rights that cannot be overridden by the T&Cs/EULA supplied with the software. (link)

    3. Downloading from a ROM site if you do own the game is untested in court in the US (link) and a lawyer says that he believes it is fair use. I'd imagine a similar argument could be put forward in the UK, again if it ever gets to court.

    4. Downloading from a ROM site if you don't own the game is obviously illegal. Whether the rightsholder, if still in business, cares enough about this to enforce their rights, is another thing. They might be more keen to protect rights these days than they were a few years ago as retro is popular now.

    Again, don't just take what Nintendo's lawyers would like to argue at face value, because it's wrong.
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  • Dan234 20/09/2017

    @Stranded87 What Nintendo says and what a court says are two different things. One paragraph of text can't be valid legal advice for every country on the planet.

    Also Nintendo should have come up with this idea before a fan did, if they're interested in monetising their back catalogue.
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  • How Tomb Raider got lost in the wilds

  • Dan234 17/09/2017

    @Nesstark88 Are they really puzzles? I don't know about Rise, but half of the puzzles seem like QTEs in the reboot.

    Waggle now to not die!
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  • One of the original Splatoon's best maps is coming to the sequel this Saturday

  • Dan234 14/09/2017

    @OurDogFudge No, just reheated squid from Kaplan's Wii fridge. Reply 0
  • Splatoon is a multiplayer shooter for introverts and I love it

  • Dan234 14/09/2017

    So what you're saying is if Splatoon were Team Fortress, you'd be an Engineer or a Medic. With voice chat off. Reply -13
  • GAME deletes "inappropriate" Hurricane Irma tweet

  • Dan234 13/09/2017

    Engage brain before hitting send?

    The question to ask yourself is "is this message going to get me in the Daily Heil or get me 5000 replies slagging me off".

    If I really put what I really meant in work emails I'd have been fired a long time ago. It's not difficult to read again before sending.
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  • Switch's Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition is far from definitive

  • Dan234 12/09/2017

    So I guess Ubi wanted to cheap out on cartridge capacity. The download version's size is the same as the cartridge version. Reply +3
  • PewDiePie apologises for racial slur

  • Dan234 12/09/2017

    All these people saying apologizing isn't enough, what the fuck do you expect him to do?

    Commit harikari live on stream?

    Have you never made a mistake in your life? Fucking internet drama queens.
    Perhaps if he can't stop sticking his foot in his mouth, committing harikari is the right way to go. If you're broadcasting to 55 million people, you have to be able to control your gob. TV manages it, YT needs to.

    Would anyone posting here suddenly shout that word at someone in online chat? I doubt it (if you do, please post explaining why). Seems like he's a bit too used to using words considered unacceptable in front of an audience, just for views. The audience demographics, being what they are, will be influenced by him. A right-wing website already congratulated him for normalising antisemitism the last time he opened his mouth.

    If he were on TV nobody would touch him again. Why doesn't YT do the same?
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  • Firewatch dev threatens Pewdiepie video takedown, following YouTube star's use of N-word

  • Dan234 11/09/2017

    To the people who maintain he's not normalising antisemitism and racism... what's the limit he has to cross before he does?

    Is it OK to drop the N bomb once per video but twice is too much? How did you work that one out?
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  • Mario + Rabbids is Switch's unlikeliest tech showcase

  • Dan234 09/09/2017

    @Malek86 Ubi have taken the trouble to port an engine across to a new platform, and beancounters are in charge in a publisher of Ubi's size, so I'm pretty sure we'll see South Park and also The Division if the Switch can cope. Reply 0
  • YouTubers escape fine for promoting CSGO Lotto site they secretly owned

  • Dan234 09/09/2017


    Is anyone surprised? You can get away with fucking murder as long as you have a popular YouTube account for fuck's sake.
    YouTube are a law unto themselves. No matter how many times people report #elsagate videos (link 1,
    link 2) they're still up on the website. And in the YouTube kids app (if you've downloaded that thinking sick videos don't end up in there, think again).

    Yes there are some good videos on there, but there's loads of stuff that can only be categorised as wrong ending up there too and YouTube just sits by and lets it happen.
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  • Why the Switch is Nintendo's truest Family Computer

  • Dan234 02/09/2017

    As parents we tend to live in fear of our offspring getting bored, yet at 5.30 when the children's TV stopped, we had to find something to do. Letting them get bored is a good thing, it means they have time to get creative.

    Still, if you want them out of your hair, Nintendo is an option which is 1000 times better than leaving them to the likes of YouTube or Google Play where God knows what they'll find.
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  • The limits for FIFA on Nintendo Switch

  • Dan234 01/09/2017

    @Umang Perhaps is used because it's his educated guess and it's probably right but it's not known for certain.

    Nobody knows the future of the Switch, sales could peak in two years as everyine who's interested in a new portable console has one. Who knows?

    Justified formatting is the website style and nothing to do with this article. Unjustified is proven to be easier to read than justified.
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  • Capcom re-releasing Street Fighter 2 on a SNES cart with one hell of a safety warning

  • Dan234 31/08/2017

    @S3M The GC correctly supported PAL60 output, but the software has to cope with that screen size and refresh rate. It wasn't like the SNES where the hardware simply couldn't output PAL60.

    If we go to the present day, there are modern games which output 720p or 900p and can't manage 1080p. It doesn't mean the console isn't correctly designed to support 1080p.
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  • Dan234 31/08/2017

    @S3M This video details what happened on the Mega Drive but it's the same thing for the SNES and it effected all consoles up to the HDMI era, only once 720p & 1080p did the problem truly go away.

    F-Zero GX begs to differ. GC could output PAL60 and I think PS1 could too.

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  • Nintendo reveals several Switch indie games and release dates

  • Dan234 31/08/2017

    Nindies has been going a good few years on the Wii U eShop so it's a bit late to complain now. Reply +2
  • Nintendo will tarnish lots of older games with the closure of Miiverse

  • Dan234 29/08/2017

    @Nikanoru There's an option in Miiverse settings (I think) to show posts in all languages or just your own. Reply +1
  • Dan234 29/08/2017

    @Hailst0rm Well it's not like the plug being pulled on PSN and XBLive, Nintendo Network and all the other services are still going.

    As a My First Social Network it was probably the best one. The Switch can share to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc... but any parent letting their young kid loose on those is committing the height of irresponsibility.

    I think Nintendo couldn't wait to pull the plug on Miiverse, they must have had an entire office dedicated to moderating it in however many languages they support. It must have been a money pit.

    It was always a game of cat and mouse though. The best posts were the ones from people who'd worked out where the line was and were a millimeter away from crossing it.
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  • Darkwood developer releases its own game on Pirate Bay

  • Dan234 27/08/2017

    "When we read the explanation from someone who wrote that he needed the refund because he didn't want his parents to be stressed out when seeing the bill at the end of the month... well, it made us feel quite bad," the developer lamented.
    There seem to be some entitlement issues going on.

    Anyway, if developers want to give a copy of their game to YouTubers, would it not be possible for them to gift the game to a YouTuber's steam account instead of handing out a key which could be resold?
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  • Forget VOIP, Star Citizen has FOIP that maps your face's movements onto a character in real-time

  • Dan234 27/08/2017

    Nobody's going to turn their head left or right and see the view move because they'd be looking away from the screen in front of them, unless they had three screens in which case the view wouldn't need to move anyway.

    This face tracking seems like a solution looking for a problem. There are better things to spend development time on.
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  • EA: "I see no reason why we shouldn't come back to Mass Effect"

  • Dan234 25/08/2017

    I'm still waiting for them to deliver on the ME3 Wii U DLC. "Never say never" they said.

    I'm sure once they deliver that they'll have a sequel ready.

    Or maybe ME:A was just all a dream and Shepherd's in the shower.
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  • Why did 3D Sonic struggle?

  • Dan234 25/08/2017

    ... a typically late '80s/early '90s stab at commodifying youth rebellion, re-routing all those radical teen urges into the act of buying neat footwear or big-brand fast food.

    How lucky we are that, 25 years later, today's teenagers have eschewed the temptations of footware and fast food and moved onto more cerebral persuits such as debating science, humanities, and philosophy.

    Large global corporations have finally realised how irresponsible they were then to push wonton consumerism and now have put aside their constant advertising of the latest new thing to impresionable children and young adults and replaced them with a responsible messages and products aimed at self-improvement and bringing our planet back from ecological disaster and corrupt politics perpetrated in those past decades.

    Who are we trying to kid? It's the same as then only with slicker advertising, more kinds of skin cream, and Internet bullying. And worse music. Get off my lawn.
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  • Angry Gameseek customers call aggressive discount promotion a "scam"

  • Dan234 24/08/2017

    You seem to have a very short posting history over a very narrow range of subjects... Reply 0
  • Dan234 19/08/2017

    These past two days of trying to get on the site to find something to enjoy and purchase have not been fun. They've been frustrating and extremely stressful.
    By which he means not really extremely stressful, and more like just a bit annoying he's come across yet another company that doesn't do what it promises and that's because he didn't look into their history.
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  • Mass Effect: Andromeda won't receive any more single-player updates

  • Dan234 22/08/2017

    Why not? There's a canon ME2 and 3 if you don't import a save and don't play the comic.

    Even if you do import a save or play the comic, the other possible starts for ME4 aren't that different, there's a choice between child-of-Shepherd or not and maybe glowing eyes and the presence or absence of a few NPCs.

    The point was there are too many people saying the whole galaxy blew up at the end of ME3 and the story couldn't continue, which is wrong. Bioware could easily have have done a better story.

    Developing the story through other media is just EA killing off the series after fucking it up beyond recognition, same as Dead Space. They've got the 7th of November to squeeze the last out of ME then they'll bury it.
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  • Dan234 21/08/2017

    @ZeDude It's not that difficult. First of all you take one ending as canon, in this case as the series has always been about the destruction of the Reapers, it'd be the destruction ending where Shepherd lives in the Extended Cut DLC. He could be found in the Citadel's ruins and healed.

    The game hints that everything can be rebuilt, which includes relays and synthetics. Galactic civilisation could rebuild itself. Then 25-50-100 years later we could have some pressing emergency, either Liara uncovers a prophecy in a Protheon obelisk or there's some strange galactic-wide effect because the rebuilt mass effect relays threaten the stability of the galactic core or whatever.

    Said danger needs a MacGuffin to fix which is a long way away and is probably protected by a new alien race, probably in the middle of a war with other races so difficult decisions have to be made by the player (e.g. who are the good aliens and who are the bad aliens, will they get dragged into the war and find they're helping the wrong side)?

    The council could permit a relay to a new part of the galaxy or another galaxy to be opened up so Shepherd's (grand)son or daughter can go after the MacGuffin. Some characters with longer lifespans like Liara, Wrex, or EDI 2.0 (via backup and magic handwave) might join them. Your imported ME3 save could determine how the (grand)son or daughter looks depending on Shepherd's love interest and which long-lifespan characters are available.

    Didn't take me that long to think up, I'm sure Bioware could have done better if they'd tried.
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  • Dan234 20/08/2017

    @iconld It's as if EA's left hand didn't know the right hand of had got rid of online passes.

    Maybe they think multiplayer makes EA Access more sticky, who knows.

    All I know is that ME:A isn't going anywhere without a halfway decent story. If they fixed that, people would be happy and EA could make a sequel.
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  • Sonic Mania is the sequel we've waited 23 years for

  • Dan234 16/08/2017

    If anyone wants CW's versions of Sonic 2 and Sonic CD for Android and can't get them on the Play Store, they're on Amazon UK's app store. Reply 0
  • Let kids play video games to "save the country", UK spy chief says

  • Dan234 10/08/2017

    If you're talking about gaming inspiring someone to get into programming, mods and Minecraft scripting are two things that immediately spring to mind that can't be done on consoles.

    If you're talking about programming then obviously a PC is a necessity.
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  • You need four amiibo to get everything Metroid: Samus Returns has to offer

  • Dan234 09/08/2017

    Really cannot be arsed with amiibos. Like multiplayer affecting the single player campaign, amiibos ruin the game after a certain amount of time because stuff is locked away behind something you can't find any more (other players/bits of plastic).

    I shouldn't have to mess about with phones either. The equivalent DLC needs to be made available after e.g. a year, or better still, from the start so people can choose if they want to collect plastic or not.
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  • Chess Ultra checks onto Switch later this year, mate

  • Dan234 02/08/2017

    @Roflcakesale That's the second-best chess game.

    The best one is the Amiga version.

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  • Controversial sex game House Party back on Steam with censor bars

  • Dan234 02/08/2017

    What's wrong with sticking a PEGI 18/ESRB AO rating on it and selling it as without censorship, the same as is done with all the face shooting games? Reply +2
  • Nintendo Switch system update fixes battery charge issue

  • Dan234 01/08/2017

    @GADG3Tx87 It's the same problem - the battery charge indicator isn't calibrated properly.

    From the support page:

    "You are able to continue using the console for a few hours even though the battery charge indicator is almost depleted."
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  • Samsung Galaxy S8 review

  • Dan234 30/07/2017

    I'd be inclined to take Samsung's claims about batteries with a pinch of salt, the S3 and S4 had people reporting bulging batteries after +/- six months and Samsung had to set up a battery replacement scheme (luckily you could take the back of with these models) and then there was the Death Note 7.

    And it's also way too expensive for a phone.

    My next phone will probably be a Nokia Android, decent hardware and unlike Samsung no software bloat.
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  • Switch Minecraft's 1080p patch improves more than just resolution

  • Dan234 29/07/2017

    Seems like the original problem was the in-game resolution change more than rendering at 1080p, so there had to be 720p on both screens until they could address that. Reply 0
  • How Pokémon Go's disastrous first fan gathering undid months of goodwill

  • Dan234 26/07/2017

    And after reading the article I'm still none the wiser. The questions that need to be answered are did Niantic's servers fall down, did they try and fail to provide WiFi at the event, did the mobile phone operators try and fail to provide data connections for 20,000 people, and did Niantic warn the operators beforehand.

    It does however seem like a whole lot of entitlement going on, that much is clear.
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  • Minecraft on Nintendo Switch is getting an update to boost its resolution

  • Dan234 25/07/2017

    @BigDigg Now you've disabled the TV overscan, you'll have to adjust the screen size in the Switch settings so it matches the new size...

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  • Modders are adding co-op to Zelda: Breath of the Wild

  • Dan234 25/07/2017

    If you put the disc in a PC and it's read, patched, and run on the emulator then there's little Nintendo can do apart from hoping it has a judge that gets confused about these things (e.g. Pokemon ROM mod in an Australian court, why is it always Australia?).

    EG, please don't get terminology confused, it's the kind of thing which Nintendo's lawyers love.
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  • Arms at length: The big Nintendo interview

  • Dan234 22/07/2017

    Not particularly surprised with the admission that they had to raid the MK team for their knowledge of online play which seems to suggest they can't find it elsewhere in Nintendo. Reply 0
  • Ark dev makes abrupt U-turn on plan to wipe PvP servers

  • Dan234 20/07/2017

    Seems they've got two servers now, with different player data formats and different worlds.

    Is it really that difficult for them to bring down a server and update the software and migrate the old player data on it?
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  • Nintendo's new online service looks like it could be every bit as bad as you feared

  • Dan234 20/07/2017

    @ChocNut But if it's a child profile nothing happens till both address books have an entry for the other person, there are no friend requests, and options can only be set by the parent.

    Nothing's going to happen unless the parent doesn't take any interest at all. You know, the same type of parents who buy 16 and 18 rated games and ludicrously expensive phones for their 10-year-old children.
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  • Dan234 19/07/2017

    I don't know if you've seen the Switch's parental controls, but the switch has a remote parental controls app for Android and iOS that the kid on the Switch itself (supposedly) can't get round.

    But making the kid have a phone for online play is just exposing them to a whole load of other apps on the phone that neither Nintendo nor the parent can control.

    It's a bad idea, first because it's no good for protecting kids in online play and secondly because it's as clunky as shit for the rest of us.
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  • Dan234 19/07/2017

    @kirankara Because sexual predators have never used mobile phones...

    If Nintendo are really using that as an excuse it's crappy. Just a proper online system with proper parental controls will do. The Wii U already can limit voice chat it necessary, Nintendo just needed do that on the Switch in a similar way (voice chat off, with friends only, with everybody).

    No apps. Just proper online on the console, use their already good parental controls to limit online features if necessary, and Bluetooth headset support. That's all they needed to do. They might even still be able to so that with an update.
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  • The making of Barbarian: The Ultimate Warrior

  • Dan234 10/07/2017

    @smelly The person who downvoted game oo-er! obviously didn't read YS (or was it SU?) at the time. Have an upvote. Reply 0
  • Dan234 10/07/2017

    Not complete without the ad for Psycho PIGS UXB (probably NSFW) that had nothing to do with the game.

    Perhaps we could have a series of articles about advertising now and then? For scientific purposes...
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  • The bonkers box boasts of classic Codemasters covers

  • Dan234 08/07/2017

    @Devox Weren't the Dizzy games inspired by the Magic Knight series?

    In Codemasters' case, inspired means copied with one change (in Dizzy's case change the knight for an egg) so the Codies could claim innocence.

    "Robotcop" :)
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  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild's Master Trials DLC is the perfect addition for those still playing

  • Dan234 04/07/2017

    I just realised you can tap on the icon to get the total time.

    121 hours for me, and still need to do the last divine beast...

    I'm taking the scenic route.
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  • Dan234 04/07/2017

    @BobbyDeNiro Go to Wii U Menu, open Daily Log, switch to month view, and total up the hours from the months you've been playing it. Reply 0
  • PlayStation YouTube hosts Xbox One X Anthem footage with Photoshopped buttons

  • Dan234 03/07/2017

    Meh. Trailers are just a video running at 60 bullshots per second anyway. Reply +4
  • Say hello to Eurogamer's new Reporter Intern

  • Dan234 26/06/2017

    The correct answer is every Sega console.

    Luckily the Sega CD and 32X were add-ons.
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