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  • No, Battlefield Hardline does not contain ghastly DRM

  • Der_tolle_Emil 27/03/2015

    @VibratingDonkey
    If these hardware checks think there's only one of every device, then they are super dumb. All things have serial numbers and id's and shit. I can tell the difference between my keyboard and any other of the same model by flipping them over and comparing the numbers. Surely computers can do the same.
    Of course computers can do that (for most devices) - but checking the serial number is a far more severe invasion of privacy compared to just checking the model of a device. Just the fact that the serial number is globally unique poses a completely different legal issue.

    Besides, what would it effectively change? It really doesn't matter if the GPU model or the GPU's serial number changed. Different hardware is different hardware, regardless how you check which hardware is in use and regardless of what component has been swapped.
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  • Der_tolle_Emil 26/03/2015

    As much as I am against DRM I really don't see anything wrong with this; This is far more a technical necessity than anything else. Personally I don't think limiting installs is really necessary but there really is no other way to check if the PC is the same or not other than checking the hardware configuration. If it matches, chances are quite high that it is the same PC; If it doesn't it's quite likely that the software has just been installed on a new machine. There is no way to distinguish between a GPU change or the game being installed on another machine that happens to have the same hardware except for the GPU.

    As I said, limiting installs is pretty stupid if you ask me (I guess you can't use multiple installs at the same time anyway since it's tied to an Origin account?) and DRM in general is a questionable practice - but worrying about monitored GPU changes after choosing to buy an Origin game is just as questionable. At least for me that would be the least of my worries.
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  • Ironcast to bring turn-based puzzle fighting to PlayStation and Xbox

  • Der_tolle_Emil 26/03/2015

    I know I should appreciate new games but to be totally honest all this video did was really make me want to go back to Puzzle Quest or Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo. Reply 0
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection has 16GB day one patch on Xbox One

  • Der_tolle_Emil 26/03/2015

    How far behind in development are they? 16GB sounds like it would include at least half of the game's assets.

    Day one patches are something I could live without but at least the strict restrictions last generation (at least on the 360) meant that a day one patch would maybe take a minute or so to download and install. That's fine. But this? Not only will 16GB take forever to download but will it leave users without internet with a severely gimped game as well? Unfinished textures, missing maps etc.? I get that these days with people having much better access to fast (and unlimited) internet access releasing full patches instead of just delta patches containing the changes is much more feasible but 16GB is A LOT of data that seems to have changed in some way; Or the devs have a really crappy way of organizing the engine files which means that a small change of a single texture affects a 4GB file blob if everything is packed together.

    At any rate, in my personal opinion this is getting out of hand. I wish Microsoft and Sony had the guts to restrict patches like they used to last gen.
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  • YouTube Live to take on Twitch and be announced at E3 - report

  • Der_tolle_Emil 25/03/2015

    @SuperSoupy
    If 'Youtube Live' means that live shows can then be backed up for viewing later like any other Youtube vid, then I'm all for it!
    Twitch has archives as well if you missed something. Of course YT has the huge advantage of having tons of apps that support the platform so as far as mobile viewing is concerned that is a real plus for YT (although I think Twitch has an automated way to put broadcasters' archives to YT).

    Other than that I'm not sure if YT Live will amount to anything. At least as far as I am concerned there really is nothing wrong with Twitch, quite the opposite; I really like the platform. Competition definitely never hurts so I'm quite interested to see what Google will come up with. At least for now I can't think of anything that would make me want to switch (as a viewer, I don't broadcast)
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  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D digital version requires bigger SD card

  • Der_tolle_Emil 23/03/2015

    Sorry for yet another post, but speaking of digital vs. boxed: Anyone know how the speed of the carts compare to SD cards? Switching from the stock SD card of the old one to a much faster one was clearly noticeable but I have no idea if carts are still vastly superior in terms of speed. Reply +4
  • Der_tolle_Emil 23/03/2015

    @DanForinton
    But in a system that didn't include a charger, what were we to expect? (disclaimer: I have two chargers lying around from previous iterations)
    Me too. I am one of the few people who actually think it's a good idea that the system doesn't come with a charger but unfortunately none of the shops where I ordered my consoles so far think the same way. I have more chargers at home than actual consoles although I was hoping to get rid of all the excess electrical devices that I don't need.
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  • Der_tolle_Emil 23/03/2015

    I didn't read too much about the new 3DS and was quite surprised to find out that I was actually required to remove the back plate of the console to get to the SD card. No idea why Nintendo didn't put the slot somewhere on the side. It's certainly not the first device where I needed to remove the cover to insert an SD card (pretty much every cell I had required this) but it felt strange for a Nintendo device.

    At any rate, I'm glad I already switched mine for a bigger one when I got it - my older downloads wouldn't have fit on the new one anyway.
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  • Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan X review

  • Der_tolle_Emil 18/03/2015

    The card is really quite impressive but I have no intention of upgrading everything else in my PC to get even close to what it can handle. That's not to say that this card shouldn't exist - far from it. I'm actually glad that nVidia still releases cards that won't make sense for the masses just to show that they can build something like this and are still interested in improving PC hardware before others instead of catching up with the latest CPU developments.

    It'll be interesting to see how this all plays out once the newest APIs (ie. DX12) are available. In recent years new GPU releases have been rather 'meh' in terms of excitement because the APIs didn't really change. This feels a bit like back in the day when a new Voodoo card was announced which really made a difference besides being just faster.
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  • Nintendo NX is "new hardware with a brand new concept"

  • Der_tolle_Emil 17/03/2015

    I'm interested. I'm not imaginative enough to think of anything else but a device which will let you stream games but then again I don't know how they would position such a device next to the 3ds and the Wii U. Nevertheless it'll be interesting to see how this turns out. Reply 0
  • Mario Party 10 review

  • Der_tolle_Emil 17/03/2015

    @whigwam
    I also remember burning a hole through the palm of my hand with the analog stick on some of those mini-games (and later getting a pair of safety gloves from Nintendo in the mail - yes, really). Good times.
    Indeed. If there is one game/system that really justified warning labels and "Nintendo-itis" it would be Mario Party. Swinging the WiiMote around is absolutely harmless in comparison. The minigame where you had to wind up a shy guy to make him fly as long as possible made me go through several packs of bandaids and controllers each month :)
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  • Der_tolle_Emil 17/03/2015

    @riceNpea The first Mario Party was insane. Unfortunately the later titles couldn't keep up. Maybe we were growing tired of the formula, I don't know. We still dig out Mario Party 1 from time to time though - it just works if you have a few people in the room. Even the most primitive games can become quite mental if you have people giggling all the time. There is this one game where a shy guy is raising a flag with either his left or right hand and you have to press a button accordingly; It really is about as primitive as it can get but the sheer amount of fun is almost unmatched.

    I know a lot of people were already sick of Nintendo milking Mario back then but it really just works. No other dev would manage to squeeze so much enjoyment out of such a simple concept - if there's one thing that Nintendo understands is how to engage people in the same room. I'm sure the game would be an absolute bore if played online.
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  • A new, Rare-approved Banjo-Kazooie game was shown off at the weekend

  • Der_tolle_Emil 16/03/2015

    @JimmyDanger The whole Rare timeline can be rather complex. Rare has always been a decent studio but it always felt like they were far more capable in getting every last bit out of any piece of hardware compared to designing games. Don't get me wrong, I really love their games, their SNES/N64 output is pretty much unmatched; Some titles even surpassed Nintendo's own quality - but I think that Nintendo played a pretty significant role in making the games so good. When you read a few insights on the development of their N64 games there's often a part where they describe how Nintendo was involved - flying over from Japan, spending a day at Rare's office telling them what they need to fix, delaying the game for at least 3 months and then leaving again. I'm sure that's not the most fun way to work but it seems to have been quite effective.

    I think MS knew how talented Rare are/were in terms of hardware and this is exactly why they were acquired and had the lead role in terms of getting Kinect to work.

    Hopefully Rare will be able to really show that they are capable of delivering great games on their own. I still enjoy their games (Viva Pinata especially) but the games do lack something in comparison to their earlier work. It might sound cliché because it is difficult to pinpoint but when you play Nintendo games they do feel slightly different (in a positive way). Rare games had the same effect when Nintendo was involved and that is now gone, unfortunately.
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  • Cities: Skylines sells 250K copies in a day

  • Der_tolle_Emil 13/03/2015

    I am glad to hear it is selling well. I was afraid city building has become a niche genre but apparently I am not the only one who really wants to another solid city builder. It has been quite a while since I really enjoyed such a simulation - for some reason SimCity 4, unfortunately, never clicked with me; I always went back to SimCity 3000 (and sometimes even SC2000 for that special retro kick).

    The only downside is that I don't really have time right now for such a game but this definitely goes on my wish list.

    Congratulations to the devs!
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  • Project Cars delayed again

  • Der_tolle_Emil 11/03/2015

    @Triggerhappytel
    Why don't developers ever decide on a release date and then add six months to it as a 'safety net'? Moving a release date forward probably has less impact on marketing than pushing it back.
    I do quite a bit of programming at work as well; Much, much smaller projects than a full fledged game and even we add quite a bit of time needed to fix unforseen issues. We still run out of time at the end.

    The last 10% of the work easily takes as much time as the first 90%. That can quickly become an issue because at that point you often cannot change things that are already done and testing that your new changes don't screw anything up takes ten times as long than in the beginning before everything started to play together.

    It's incredibly difficult to judge how long a project will take to complete. Just this afternoon I spent 2 hours with a colleague to fix what was in the end a simple typo that both of us missed. He started to debug an hour before he asked me to help; If you add up how much time we invested in such a trivial issue we pretty much lost a whole day.

    I'm sure Slightly Mad Studios has planned quite a bit of extra time as well but you'd be surprised how fast you run out of that as well :)
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  • Nyko's Xbox One "Intercooler" seems rather pointless

  • Der_tolle_Emil 11/03/2015

    From my personal experience and judging by how few "my console overheated!!" threads you can find on the internet I doubt this is really necessary.

    There might still be some valid use cases for a peripheral like this though; I'm thinking of some stores who have the thing wrapped up in a small stand on display or people who live in apartments that really heat up during summer. Ultimately this is definitely a complete niche product. At least it's cheap for those who really need it.
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  • Descent is being rebooted as a MOBA on Kickstarter

  • Der_tolle_Emil 11/03/2015

    I have to admit I have always preferred Forsaken over Descent even though it was a pretty obvious Descent clone. Reply 0
  • The best Wii U games

  • Der_tolle_Emil 09/03/2015

    Wonderful 101 never clicked with me. I really should give it another try. I must have missed something the first time around because I constantly had no idea what to do or how any of the mechanics work and literally getting stuck a few times. That hasn't happened to me in years even with the most overwhelming games. Reply 0
  • Rock Band 4 announced for PS4 and Xbox One

  • Der_tolle_Emil 05/03/2015

    @Frosty840 This isn't really Harmonix' fault though. This is a limitation set by Microsoft and Sony. They do get a cut of every purchase made and obviously they don't want to miss out on that cut. Nobody wants to. This isn't even an issue that's only concerning these two stores. You can't transfer purchases from Google Play store to Microsoft's Store or Apple's App store either.

    Even with retail goods you are bound to the store you bought it from most of the time.

    I can guarantee you that Harmonix would love to give players an option to transfer DLC to their new platform but unfortunately they don't really have anything to say in that matter.

    The fact that they are offering a way to transfer DLC at all shows that they do have an interest in pleasing their customers because I'm sure it took quite a bit of work to convince MS/Sony to allow that - and not just MS and Sony but also the record labels that hold the respective rights of the songs.

    It's quite unfair to blame Harmonix when it's blatantly obvious that they do way more than any other publisher/dev in that regard.
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  • Der_tolle_Emil 05/03/2015

    I am really excited about this, I love the series and I am glad it returns. However, as much as I enjoy playing the games, if the new one had been announced without the option to transfer songs from the old game I don't know if I would have bought it. My RB3 library isn't necessarily massive but I did spend a significant amount of money on it over several months. Money isn't necessarily the issue either but I really like the songs and want to play them again with friends at some point. Hopefully we can also transfer already transferred songs, ie. the ones from RB1, 2 or Lego. That would be brilliant. Reply 0
  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is a standalone prequel to The New Order

  • Der_tolle_Emil 04/03/2015

    @freethinker101 There are always a few of those games that don't review particularily well but are a joy to play. It's that odd mix of charming flaws and games not taking themselves too seriously. Although I think with Wolfenstein it was more the case of the game being relatively old school without feeling archaic. It really didn't tick too many boxes of publishers' "must haves in a FPS" lists. There aren't just cutscenes after cutscenes, the story is completely bogus but the game doesn't try to pretend it's an oscar worthy Hollywood drama and I never got the feeling that certain scenes were in the game for the sole purpose to show off their graphics engine.

    The game was just an incredibly solid experience from beginning to the end. People expecting some epic climax at some point or something that would really stand out they were probably a bit disappointed but for me this is what made the game so enjoyable after all. Every bit of the campaign received quite a fair amount of polish and nothing felt like filler material.

    Objectively speaking the game could be considered lacking compared to other modern day FPS games if you look at single 'features' but I guess (which is something that I am quite happy to hear) a lot of people just enjoyed it for being all around solid.

    It's difficult to describe - everything in this game just works.
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  • Der_tolle_Emil 04/03/2015

    The New Order was surprisingly good. I really enjoyed the setting and the art style. The Nazis winning the war and taking over the world isn't necessarily the most unique idea but everything felt really cohesive and believable and mixed with just the right amount of retro sci-fi. Looking forward to it! Reply +1
  • Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires review

  • Der_tolle_Emil 02/03/2015

    @Cold_Waste I always thought they were a button masher too. Well, they pretty much are, but the combos do offer enough variety (at least in Hyrule Warriors, I never played a DW title) so that it doesn't get boring and you actually need to know which combo to use to defeat as many enemies as possible depending on their position around you. It's true though that the combos are easy to pull off and it's almost impossible to do something wrong but being as efficient as possible has a nice old-school charm to it. If you are battling stronger enemies and you have depleted their weak point gauge (or whatever it is called) you can still position yourself accordingly and try to catch as many enemies with the combo that is about to start. It's rarely necessary to do so but the game manages to deliver a nice feeling of being in complete control once you "master" the combos. It really all becomes about efficiency and that's kind of addictive, even though the basic gameplay is really nothing more than a simple button masher. Reply +1
  • Der_tolle_Emil 02/03/2015

    I never really understood those titles but seeing as I am completely hooked on Hyrule Warriors I might give this a spin after all. There's something oddly fascinating about the battles - once the gameplay clicks it's hard to let go. Reply +21
  • Here's what playable Beast Ganon looks like in Hyrule Warriors

  • Der_tolle_Emil 18/02/2015

    This game has me hooked. I never expected it to be this good, for some reason it just doesn't get boring. I even bought the DLC after finishing Legend Mode and I am surprised to see even more DLC. The amount of content in this game is already ridiculous if you ask me, I've been playing this game almost daily for for weeks now and I'm not even half through the original adventure map with several characters still at level 1. Reply +2
  • Nintendo cancels TVii service launch in Europe

  • Der_tolle_Emil 16/02/2015

    I'd rather have it canceled completely than released with pretty limited functionality. Europe is a nightmare to launch a product like this. Almost every attempt that I know of has had to cut features leaving the user with a digital, severely gimped TV guide at best. You try them for a few minutes until you realize they aren't worth your time.

    Personally I never expected this service to amount to anything so I am not really disappointed to see its cancellation. It still would have been nice to finally see a company succeed in releasing a useful product like this.
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  • Quake 2 on Xbox 360: the first console HD remaster

  • Der_tolle_Emil 16/02/2015

    I had absolutely no idea that Q2 had a 360 version. No clue how I missed that. Quite impressive to see it running at 1080/60; Obviously the hardware is capable to achieve this but I didn't expect anyone investing enough time to properly optimize it for that resolution. Even though the game is quite a bit older than the console they must have run into one or two bottlenecks when developing this. Reply 0
  • New Nintendo 3DS review

  • Der_tolle_Emil 13/02/2015

    Oh, and if you play in the dark with no lights, might as well forget it. Obviously.
    I thought that (at least the XL model) has an infrared sensor as well to let the eye tracking work in the dark as well?
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  • Resident Evil HD Remaster sets sales record for PSN and Capcom digital

  • Der_tolle_Emil 10/02/2015

    @ShiftBreaker
    That said, it's Capcom, so RE7 will probably be a tower defence game with dubstep rhythm elements.
    A tower defense game crossed with a rhythm action game? I'd actually buy that come to think of it :)
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  • Cortana virtual assistant headed to Microsoft Office

  • Der_tolle_Emil 09/02/2015

    @iceytoa1
    yeah, but it fucks up currency, date on the entire phone is yank and it has no fucking clue where it is EVEN THOUGH IT KNOWS IT'S IN ENGLAND :|
    That's not true. Check your region settings again, country and regional format are two different settings. You can set the country to United States and regional format to English (United Kingdom) or whatever it is you prefer.

    Changing the region pretty much only affects the availability of Cortana and what apps the Windows Store will show. The latter is slightly annoying if you need a local app which isn't in the international store but you can either get it using a browser or by changing the region, installing the app and then switching back to US. Apps will continue to work, the store only checks when you install an app.
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  • GDC preview: Windows 10 vs SteamOS

  • Der_tolle_Emil 07/02/2015

    @arty
    Steam works fine on Windows 8, I think I've lost track of why Gabe started frothing at the mouth about it. Wasn't he claiming that it would be impossible to sell anything on Win8 (because it was a closed OS) without going through MS? That just isn't true though.
    I don't remember 100% what Gabe said and I'm not sure if he was either constantly misquoted or did indeed have no idea what he was talking about. Microsoft has always been one of the most supportive if not the most supportive companies when it comes to allowing people to program applications or games for their platform. Windows would be nowhere if it wasn't for MS' attitude towards programmers. Claiming Windows 8 would destroy the PC was absolutely ludicrous.

    The same thing goes for saying Windows 8 is disappointing because PC sales declined instead of going up. I completely agree that Windows 8 isn't something revolutionary. I like the OS a lot, it's fast and stable but operating systems in general have matured enough over the years that asking for a revolutionary OS which would make people ditch their mobile phones and tablets and go back to the PC is simply completely unrealistic.

    PC sales are declining because most people simply don't need 99% of the things Windows (or other full-fledged operating system) offers. There is just no way that even more features, regardless of how brilliant they are, will bring people back to the PC.

    That being said, competition never hurts and I think it's great what SteamOS is trying to accomplish. I'm just not sure if Valve really understands the market. The statements about Windows 8 were completely off and I'm not sure if their Steam Machine ventures have (or will) pay off either.
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  • Heroes of the Storm European beta key giveaway

  • Der_tolle_Emil 22/01/2015

    @HunterSeeker I'd love to see Ghost revived. I know that C&C: Renegade wasn't very well received but I still enjoyed experiencing the universe from another perspective. It was kind of cheesy but nevertheless entertaining. Could work for Ghost as well. Reply 0
  • Theme Hospital is free to download on Origin

  • Der_tolle_Emil 21/01/2015

    Truly, the first time you see someone enter the re-inflation clinic is a beautiful thing.
    Actually, it's a deflator, but that's just a small detail.

    I really enjoyed this game and occasionally get back to it. It's still fun although it can get slightly repetitive after a while because you don't really have much creative freedom once you figure out how the hospital is supposed to work. It gets kind of predictable.

    That of course doesn't mean that whenever I start it up again it's at least half of my weekend gone.
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  • Rock Band dev Harmonix asks fans to fill out "important" survey

  • Der_tolle_Emil 20/01/2015

    @PrimalxConvoy To be fair asking if compatibility of instruments and DLC is something I would like to see seems rather important to me.

    The only thing I really missed was an additional option for the very last question regarding pre-orders, namely "I would preorder ONLY if it came without any preorder bonuses"
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  • What happens when Ikaruga's director remixes one of Sega's all-time greats?

  • Der_tolle_Emil 19/01/2015

    After Burner passed me by - but I really can't wait for Outrun. It was the first arcade game I ever played. I couldn't even read back then so for years I had no idea what game I was even playing until I stumbled across it again when I started to get interested in arcade/gaming history. To this day I still don't own a copy of that game but soon, pretty much 25 years later, I'll finally be able to fill that empty slot in my games collection. Reply +2
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D release date

  • Der_tolle_Emil 14/01/2015

    @SuperSoupy
    I hope they don't tweak any controls in Majoras Mask to suit the new 3ds.
    I read something about Majora's Mask offering a fully rotating 360° camera - wouldn't be surprised to see this only work with the new stick on the N3DS. Fortunately it's not really something that's needed to play this game.
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  • Mario Galaxy 2, Metroid Prime Trilogy headed to Wii U eShop

  • Der_tolle_Emil 14/01/2015

    Great selection of games and very sensible prices - even the full price seems reasonable to me. I have all of the games mentioned already on disc so I won't buy again although the comfort of being able to launch them immediately is very, very tempting. Reply 0
  • Total War: Warhammer revealed

  • Der_tolle_Emil 14/01/2015

    We all knew about this? Well, I didn't. Of course that only means that this is a really nice surprise :) Really looking forward to this. Reply +1
  • Surprise! Rock Band 3 gets new DLC

  • Der_tolle_Emil 13/01/2015

    That is surprising. I was a bit sad to see them go; I really enjoyed the games and I thought that they did a brilliant job establishing Rock Band as a platform that went beyond annual releases with their option to carry over songs from old games that made the new iterations more like vast expansions instead of stand-alone releases. I'd love to see them get better licensing deals to make sure that Rock Band as a platform can continue to exist. Rock Band Network for example was never available in my region (I think).

    Ideally they would also come up with a way to create universal accessories which would allow players to switch between xbox and playstation when visiting friends. As I said, I think Rock Band already did a brilliant job of establishing itself as more of a platform than any other typical gaming series and I would love it if it came back as such. Maybe they'll jump to PC this time; Unfortunately I don't really think MS and Sony are willing to give Harmonix the freedom they need to really make it work this time.
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  • Microsoft announces Forza Motorsport 6 for Xbox One

  • Der_tolle_Emil 13/01/2015

    @SeeNoWeevil It's not the driving that feels sterile, it's everything surrounding the races. Admittedly the swamp of menus has been way worse in Forza 2 for example and even though FM5 is really trying hard to build a proper bridge between racing events it still fails. The loading screens where you see the world map and where your next race will take place somehow manages to be boring after the third time you see it.

    It's difficult to me to really pinpoint what is bothering me; I guess it's just the overall balance between playtime on the track and playtime spent in menus/loading screens.

    I wish they would manage to pull off something like PGR4's career. That one just didn't get boring with a set calendar and special events that only pop up every once in a while that you could really look forward to. It had a certain flow to it that no Forza game so far has managed to offer.
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  • Der_tolle_Emil 13/01/2015

    To be honest I didn't expect this so soon. I hope this game won't turn out as rushed as Forza 5 felt to me. I don't think I have spent so little time with any Forza game like with the 5th one. As usual the handling etc. was as solid as ever but the series still feels a bit pale, or rather sterile. It's just small details like loading screens that last for a minute that make it really hard to get into the zone as you are constantly getting disrupted doing any actual driving. The bugs didn't help either, I always encountered various sound bugs or the game freezing after a race (looks like it was stuck uploading my drivatar info). The lack of tracks also didn't help.

    Of course I still look forward to FM6; I'm pretty sure FM5 was just rushed to get it out at launch and considering that it wasn't so bad after all. However, to be perfectly honest, as much as I enjoy the series, if FM6 doesn't turn out to be significantly better than FM5 I think I'll pass this time - especially if Project Cars turns out to be a great game.
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  • This third-party Wii U GameCube controller adapter works with PC, too

  • Der_tolle_Emil 13/01/2015

    Yeah, single controller adapters have been available for quite some time (I bought one in 2005 or so I think). I haven't seen one that supports more than one pad though and certainly none that are also compatible with the WiiU. Reply 0
  • Der_tolle_Emil 13/01/2015

    @Plankton1975 Don't you mean the N64 controller? The GC controller wasn't that different from the controllers we have today. The buttons on the right weren't "properly" aligned like a cross but other than that I can't remember anything asymetric about it. Reply +8
  • Awesome Games Done Quick speedrunners raise $1.5m for charity

  • Der_tolle_Emil 12/01/2015

    @VideoGameAddict25 The donations in general have been extremely generous. So many people have been donating 50, 100 or even 200 dollars throughout the entire week.

    It was a brilliant event, so many great runs; I still have to catch up with most of it as I have been incredibly busy at work but even though I only saw maybe a third of what was happening this was probably the best AGDQ yet.
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  • I'm not a robot: Valve adds Captcha security to Steam Trading

  • Der_tolle_Emil 12/01/2015

    I'm glad I don't trade. The two step verification really gets on my nerves because the system constantly thinks I am using my browser on a new PC and asking me for my code yet again (sometimes even 5 minutes later on the very same device); And then the mails often take ages to arrive (although it's not that bad recently in terms of waiting time).

    I know I can turn the code verification off but I do value the added security. It's just that compared to other services the one used by Valve seem slightly broken. Nevertheless, as far as trading concerns this is a good move.
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  • PS4 Data Bank dock allows huge storage

  • Der_tolle_Emil 07/01/2015

    @GreyBeard
    As to why Sony aren't allowing external drives: They are paranoid about security, and not without reason.
    External drives don't really pose a security risk though. If the OS can be exploited using specifically crafted data you could just put that data on the internal drive as well. It makes no difference over which bus the OS talks to the HDD.

    Exploiting any system usually involves passing data to a program which fails to validate that data correctly (or does not check it at all) and accepts it the way it is which might lead to the data overwriting parts of the memory which will get executed - that way you will get your own code into memory and trick the system to execute it.

    Where that data comes from makes no difference, an external HDD doesn't give you any more direct access to the hardware than the internal drive does.

    The ONLY thing that might make it more complicated is understanding the file system of the internal drive so you can actually modify data on it. However, there is no reason why the PS4 couldn't require external drives to use the same file system for integral data to put up that extra hurdle. That is something though that has nothing to do with the way the hard drive is connected and is already part of the operating system's security.
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  • Der_tolle_Emil 07/01/2015

    I actually quite like the design of this. It definitely gives the console a retro sci-fi look. However, most of the time getting an addon like this and a cheaper 3.5 drive still adds up to more than buying a regular 2.5 drive; Unless you really, really want to get 4tb+ in there, which is probably a bit too optimistic even if the console's lifespan lasts for another 7 years. Reply +5
  • Video: Watch us play Duke Nukem 3D Megaton Edition live from 5pm

  • Der_tolle_Emil 06/01/2015

    Great game back then but to be honest I don't think it has aged that well. It's still fun, the music is as brilliant as ever and I still laugh at most of the jokes but there are just a few too many reminders of how killing you instantly without warning every now and then was acceptable back then. Reply 0
  • The Mad Catz LYNX 9 is part controller, part Transformer

  • Der_tolle_Emil 06/01/2015

    Reminds me of what I thought when I first saw their RAT9 mice:



    A friend of mine got one he replaced with the smaller model so he gave me his RAT9 and I was quite pleasantly surprised. If you are not looking at it you really don't know that you are holding some kind of freak transformer like device in your hands, it's actually really, really comfortable and works incredibly well. I never thought it would be a good idea but really holds up well.

    Of course I doubt the positive experiences with the RAT9 will do anything about what I think of this controller's price point though...
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  • Riot's ambitious plan to "optimise the internet" for League of Legends players

  • Der_tolle_Emil 06/01/2015

    @Murton
    Net neutrality is a myth anyway. Plenty of services and protocols are routinely limited under the guise of "traffic management" but really are throttled to make the ISPs service more attractive.
    While this is true it's still a bit different from actually allowing ISPs to deliberately cripple traffic that would cost them too much (or whatever reason they come up with). There's nothing wrong with reserving a bit of bandwidth and providing better routing for your own services. However, in these cases it is usually their own services vs. every other type of traffic, which is imho somewhat reasonable. It's not pretty but at least it "discriminates" everyone the same.

    It's a different story if you start throttling specific services like gaming, bittorrent or whatever you can think of. If I am only allowed to use 90% of their bandwidth so that their network doesn't crumble then that's fine with me - as long as I can use the 90% for whatever I want. Especially if the 90% are what they sell you (ie. you order a 100mbit line, which is the fastest they offer, even though their entire capacity would allow for 110 as well).

    It's not pretty but even as a huge defender of net neutrality this is something I can live with. I'm sure there are lots of ISPs that will still throttle individual traffic or use suboptimal routes but if that practice stays illegal customers can at least go to court (I know it's quite unrealistic but ultimately that's what this is about).

    The real problem is that being allowed to regulate traffic will completely undermine competition. It's not so much about being able to charge for preferential treatment or enabling specific services but that "honest" ISPs won't be able to compete even on paper. Any provider offering 200mbit lines because they know that - thanks to throttling services - their customers won't ever exceed using up 20mbit will look much, much better than a provider who will offer you "real" 20mbit for whatever traffic you want.

    Of course available bandwidth is already quite a fictional number that depends on a lot of factors but I could really do without tons of asterisks in the order forms along the lines of *200mbit for domestic websites, 100mbit for youtube and 10mbit for everything else.

    It's also not just the competition between ISPs that will go out of hand. One of the fundamental ideas behind web services is that it's all between the user and the people running a web service. Battling a behemoth like youtube for users is already pretty much unthinkable; Now if you add an additional hurdle of ISPs throttling traffic to your new video portal because you can't pay them to prioritize traffic then it's game over.

    Oh well, I have written WAY too much. Sorry for going off-topic :)
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