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  • Life after console generations has one big upside

  • Doomspoon 07/09/2016

    @retr0gamer I'm very frustrated with the UI issues on PS4.

    Lastnight when PSN went down I decided not to play some Destiny PVP but carry on with Fallout 4 instead. I pressed the eject button on the console, it beeped and did nothing. I then selected the on screen eject disc option, I got the eject icon in the top right but nothing happened. Decided I'd shut it down, held the PS button down and got no options on screen. Pressed circle to go back and selected the on screen power options icon, no dice. In the end I had to hold my finger over the power button on the console.

    All because the PS4 couldn't re-establish a connection with PSN. There's something seriously wrong with the machine if it won't perform basic functions under these circumstances.
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  • This is what really happens when swords hit armour

  • Doomspoon 07/09/2016

    @OliverH I'm quite aware of the differences between a falchion and longsword, cheers ;)

    Fair enough I hadn't considered much method to falchion fighting as opposed to longsword and buckler as an example.

    I did used to do a fair bit of living history some years back but gave it up.

    Me again, back towards the camera:
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  • Doomspoon 06/09/2016

    @GrimRedeemer I must confess I often got frustrated with romanticism attached to swords. I always saw them as a functional sidearm but never got the love for them. Perhaps I'm talking slightly cross purposes here. My meaning, not necessarily conveyed correctly was that often falchions were of quite heavy construction, certainly lacking the finesse and balance of a bastard or longsword. They could be wielded by the untalented with some likelihood of doing some damage as they flailed wildly. Much like the P90 sub machinegun was intended for use by tank crews for similar reasons (regarding training, not clubbing people with them, obviously).

    My brother has a hard cover reprint of Talhoffer's work but I haven't looked at similar pieces, cheers.

    It' been some years since I did any living history, much of it was pre 2000. My brother was going to start a new 15th C group but marriage and a baby changed things for him. I'm in some of these pictures I'm also on the cover of this book
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  • Doomspoon 06/09/2016

    @Bertie regarding the sword discussion, here's a better link to the 15thC Hans Talhoffer manual showing various forms of combat and weapon techniques.

    There's much evidence within for holding the sword by the blade and attacking with the cross or pommel. It was my understanding, and this goes against the previous reply that around the 15thC, with the evolution of armour that often a longsword was only sharp around the first 6-10 inches from the tip. I concede that I have no academic credentials in the area but given there was less need for slicing and more for stabbing into voiders that would seem logical.

    Also, in the case of the falchion, a typical foot soldier's weapon, it was designed to be as much use for clubbing someone with its short but heavy blade as it was for cutting wasn't it?
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  • Doomspoon 06/09/2016

    @varkdm There's some debate over the etymology but it existed in various forms in old French and Anglo-Norman; mail, maille and male. Other variant spellings of the same word came across to middle English.

    In modern French I believe maille means loop? I think it was the Victorians that incorrectly called it "chainmail". They also started the myth about hoists for knights. They also started calling the plate harness a "suit of armour" Suits didn't exist at the time.

    Also one doesn't "fire" an arrow from a bow unless specifically it is a fire arrow. The term firs comes from giving fire to the powder in a gun.

    D&D and similar RPG systems, much as I enjoy paper and pen and electronic versions have helped contribute to this modern (mis)understanding of terms.
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  • Doomspoon 06/09/2016

    @frightlever *badum-tsh* Reply +2
  • Doomspoon 06/09/2016

    Also, sorry Bertie but this bit:

    "Oh and that groove down the middle of the sword: that's there to let the air into the wound so you can pull the sword back out."

    That's a load of cobblers, much like the two fingered "archer's salute" and the lie about having to use cranes to hoist people in full harness onto a horse.

    Here's one of many articles that can be found if you Google "sword fuller myth":
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  • Doomspoon 06/09/2016

    "Chainmail" *sigh* I'll forgive them as their English is way better than my Czech. Those in the know just refer to it as "mail".

    I do like that they're representing mediaeval combat in a more realistic way. This looks like it has potential.

    Bertie, here's a link to a 15th Century combat manual in case you were interested:
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  • Forza Horizon given Xbox backwards compatibility ahead of Games with Gold release

  • Doomspoon 01/09/2016

    I too had crap framerate and scenery popping in/vanishing so uninstalled it before even doing a proper race. Reply -2
  • Humble Bundle now offers amazing PlayStation deals via Capcom (Americas only)

  • Doomspoon 27/08/2016

    There's fair warning on the page about US accounts. Certainly on Chrome you get a pop up before you complete your order to make sure you're aware of this.

    It's no hassle to create a free US account and then register the PS4 as the account's primary machine. From there you can play the games on your normal account without the US account even being logged in.
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  • The aim of Southern Rail Tycoon is to cancel all trains

  • Doomspoon 15/07/2016

    On the bright side, the increased lack of trains for the change from Brighton to the shit place I live beyond Hove on my return journeys from Bugger's Hole have meant that I get in to the Evening Star or Prince Albert for a sneaky beer here and there. Reply +2
  • How to get Pokémon GO now, even in the UK

  • Doomspoon 07/07/2016

    @andrewbattley Yeah but the joke's on us in the UK in the long run. You guys get real life unusual looking creatures like kiwi, takahe, wetapunga, tuatara and weka. Also, much like the NPCs in a Pokemon game, most of your population is friendly and genuinely decent to each other.

    Who's the real winner here?
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  • Doomspoon 06/07/2016

    @PrimalxConvoy You're thinking of Zelda. Reply 0
  • Doomspoon 06/07/2016

    "We've been playing Pokémon GO right here in sunny Brighton, England - despite the game not officially being out here."

    Just be careful if you're hunting Clefairies at Duke's Mound, I think the police have been wise to that sort of thing way before the game was ever invented.
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  • Here's a blast from my Amiga past

  • Doomspoon 29/06/2016

    I still hum the Uridium music to myself at times even now. Reply +3
  • I came to Dark Souls so late that it's basically like going to Disneyland

  • Doomspoon 03/06/2016

    Christian, you could walk along a bit from that favoured concert venue (I'll be going to see Mudhoney there again, getting to be an annual tradition) and you'll find a specific type of beach where you're likely to find withered naked dudes (so I'm told) not too dissimilar from your first encounters in Dark Souls.

    I should imagine the sewer tours will also provide similar Souls vibes. Maybe EG could do a photo/video feature on architecture that is reminiscent of favourite games?
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  • The Dead Island bug the public never saw

  • Doomspoon 30/05/2016

    @IronSoldier I played the original on a modest AMD setup with an HD 6870. It looked pretty at the time but was rather choppy. Also the difficulty seemed a bit off at times.

    I've taken the bait on the deal because of enjoying the original and having a slightly newer mid range AMD build with an R9 280. Hopefully it won't be as choppy and they mentioned that the difficulty has been tweaked.

    I've also been enjoying Doom so I figured more similar stuff is a good thing.
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  • Doomspoon 30/05/2016

    @IronSoldier "...and Hard Reset Redux is only Ł2.25."

    *IF* you own a previous version of it or the Shadow Warrior remake. That discount is permanent with that criteria.
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  • When a game partners with a console you don't own, does that put you off the game?

  • Doomspoon 18/05/2016

    @JackBauer2007 I'd normally be excited about the prospect of playing a big game a little earlier. Except here's the double whammy of EA servers and being a Battlefield game. Assuming you can connect and stay in the games for the first few days you then have the chance of the game being in a broken state once it does get underway.

    I'll wait for the inevitable patches and fixes. Let's hope it doesn't need a year this time around.
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  • Nine ways the the 8-bit era made gaming what it is today

  • Doomspoon 15/05/2016

    @Rogueywon Add to this the Shoot 'Em Up Construction Kit and GAC, the Graphic Adventure Creator, both of these preceding the 3D Construction Kit if I recall correctly.

    edit: Pinball Construction Set and Garry Kitchen's Game Maker predate these. I think Sensible Software's Galaxibirds was made with SEUCK, certainly Galaxibirds 2 was.
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  • Doomspoon 15/05/2016

    Further to the "Top Gun is Navy not Air Force" comments, I never played the game but the film mainly featured F14 Tomcats. I had a quick look at a video of the C64 version. It would seem that the players are in F-14 Tomcats rather than F-15 Eagles as suggested by the article.

    Which would make perfect sense considering the Tomcat's role as a carrier launched interceptor. There was a proposed carrier enabled variant of the Eagle but I don't think it ever went in to production.
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  • Doomspoon 15/05/2016

    @Stroller4 I thought I'd check the comments first as I was going to make this point also. Reply 0
  • DICE's Great War: classes, horses and more in Battlefield 1

  • Doomspoon 11/05/2016

    @redcrayon Siege of Kut could be played out as a racing mode for cavalry.

    Stepping aside from the ethics discussion which is going on elsewhere, I've never wanted to play a WWI FPS.

    I think the period lends itself well to strategy games and even more so to flight sims but not so much infantry based combat. As you say the iconic trenches of the Western front don't represent the whole picture.

    Infantry combat lacked the tactics developed in WW II. The firearms lack the excitement of WW II or modern warfare games. I'd rather not play something that is full of anachronisms. I personally feel that portrayal of infantry combat in a WWI setting is inherently dull. Maybe some of the guerrilla combat associated with the Turks and African troops would add some excitement or "flavour" as they put it.

    I'm rather conflicted over this. I've enjoyed the Battlefield games, and sure, they aren't always realistic in every way but I want to have historically based games to be as authentic to the period as possible. I am, we are perhaps, in a minority that enjoy something less the more liberties are taken. I hated that CoD: WaW allowed for what were essentially renamed red dot/holo sights and the like.
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  • Doomspoon 10/05/2016

    @MonkayMajic "I kicks the flavour like Stephen King writes horror,
    If I was a Jew then I'd light a menorah"
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  • Steam updated to better expose recent user reviews

  • Doomspoon 04/05/2016

    @TolandsRancour I've often been tempted by older games but then seen user reviews pointing at what workarounds and mods had to be installed to get the bugger working. I then decide that I can't be arsed so those reviews save me a few quid.

    I also check to see if anyone on my friendslist has left a review as it's reasonable to gauge who has similar interests and expectations.
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  • Griefers or saviours? The Elite Dangerous players causing a rift in space

  • Doomspoon 02/04/2016

    @jaycumming Some people don't want to play in open play. That you enjoy doing so, then great, you paid your money and got to play how you like. These people also are choosing to play how they like. Get over it and move on.

    I tried open play a few times. There was much ganking of new players in starter areas, landing pad hogging and sniping and people being wankers for the sake of it. The AI law enforcement is poor, the guys doing the ganking far outmatch local authorities but the victims, if they (admittedly a stupid move) try to fight back then they get outgunned by a tool in a massive ship and the local AI defences so it's a no win. Then some smart arse bellend chimes in with "oh but that's the fun of it. Get better". Thus the player who can't afford to upgrade their ship in order to move to a quieter system is caught in some Groundhog Day bollocks of unending death from some twat with a chip on their shoulder. Unless they just go back to solo play and not have to bother with it. And then they stay there. The theory of having people play as pirates and vigilantes or self policing systems is nice. The practise is not. Frontier could do more to empower AI policing so hassling new players is less of an issue.

    I don't like people, I avoid them where possible. I play CS:GO, BF4, Destiny PvP, Halo PvP etc when I want to play PvP. When I was playing Elite, I just wanted to go about the game I backed in the way I wanted to, which was easier in private play. I couldn't even be bothered with group play because it required too much human interaction on my part.

    Also, often more irritating than the actually getting blown up by some bellend with ego issues is the painful roleplay "I'm a pirate" bollocks, it makes my skin crawl.
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  • Doomspoon 01/04/2016

    @NefariousBIG The Mobius group was even discussing a 'soft' PvP option for people that wanted to engage in combat with other people in the group.

    This revolved around going to an existing warzone, declaring a faction and taking out NPC ships without having direct player on player conflict.

    I'm not sure how it worked in practise as I haven't played Elite Dangerous in roughly a year but the theory sounded interesting.
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  • Doomspoon 01/04/2016

    I haven't read the full article but I've been aware of this going on for a while as I'm in the Mobius Facebook group and have known (in gaming terms) Mobius from first playing Phantasy Star Online on Dreamcast way back in 2001. I first spoke to him on the Official Dreamcast Magazine site chat room and he persuaded me to get PSO. I'd regularly play of an evening with him, he was always a friendly and welcoming bloke. It's nice to have people like that in online gaming, rather than the usual CoD type gobshites.

    Elite isn't Eve. I get that if you play in open then whatever happens, happens. People can play how they like there, that's all fine. The Mobius group was always intended to be a no hassle PvE group so that people could at least interact with others even if they were playing the game as per the solo experience. They were still directly affecting the economy as per every other player. Some people don't want to PvP. Get over it.

    I did like the plan in place from the Mobius group to severely skew economies in SDC territories. That was funny. A nice peaceful protest that was fully within the rules of the game. SDC and their fanclub had a real tantrum over that.
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  • Watch: How does Overwatch play on consoles?

  • Doomspoon 30/03/2016

    @Mr_Writer85 It's testament to how good TF2 is that it's still so popular and going strong. I'd love to see it on consoles too, if only so I could get more games in with friends that don't or won't play the PC version. I too would gladly pay again for it if it was what the PC game has become. I bought it on PC before F2P was an option and have never regretted that.

    I played it a couple of times on 360 and couldn't get on with it due to lack of players and connection issues, was it more stable on PS3?
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  • Doomspoon 30/03/2016

    @Mr_Writer85 do you play the PC version of TF2? On the off chance you didn't know; it's free to play, has evolved much since when it was ported to consoles and doesn't require a powerful machine to play.

    And yes, I understand the reasoning for wanting to find similar gameplay on a console.
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  • Punished Street Fighter 5 rage quitter battles back to the top

  • Doomspoon 14/03/2016

    He felt a proper Charlie after getting caught out. Reply +12
  • Watch: Three days with The Division

  • Doomspoon 11/03/2016

    @GAmbrose Been done already hasn't it? Reply +4
  • 22cans pulls controversial Godus Wars microtransaction after player outcry

  • Doomspoon 04/02/2016

    What a colossal bellend he's looking after yesterday's interview.

    Should have retired.
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  • The wonderful Final Fantasy Tactics Advance hits Wii U Virtual Console this week

  • Doomspoon 25/01/2016

    I loved this and the sequel, I also really enjoyed War of the Lions on PSP. I was happy to mess about with improving gear and opening new jobs in all of them, this is somewhat unusual for me as I usually only dabble a bit in that sort of thing before getting fed up and wanting to move on to the next game.

    Square Enix, please bring these to Steam. I'd gladly play through them all over again on PC in a fully legal way (especially with the potential bonus of achievements and trading cards).
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  • Platinum Games is allegedly making a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles title

  • Doomspoon 01/12/2015

    "Let's hope Platinum goes the Transformers: Devastation route and opts for the 80s cartoon aesthetic rather than the live-action CGI look."

    Personally I'd prefer the darker style of the Eastman and Laird original comics.

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  • Rainbow Six Siege open beta kicks off next week

  • Doomspoon 18/11/2015

    I loved the closed beta. Looking forward to this. Reply +2
  • Battleborn release date delayed until May

  • Doomspoon 06/11/2015

    It was probably waiting in a queue. Reply +1
  • Fallout gets its own officially licensed beer

  • Doomspoon 24/10/2015

    They had a good opportunity to get one of the American brewers to make a decent beer from the area the game's based in. I guess import/export was an issue there. So why not get a decent British brewery to do an APA, or a porter or stout to an American recipe? Or something using Cascade or Citra hops? There's loads of decent British craft and micro breweries doing decent American style stuff, it could have been bottled, canned and sold on tap. It would have been better than some bland, generic lager. Reply +10
  • Assassin's Creed: the story so far

  • Doomspoon 21/10/2015

    @tomphillipsEG Heh, I've used up my being right quota for the week now ;) Reply 0
  • Doomspoon 21/10/2015

    @lone_wolf_uk Indeed. British sovereign interests were also concerned with what was going on in Canada and were also in conflict with the French, Spanish and Dutch all over the world.

    On a related note for beer lovers, if you haven't tried Harveys Tom Paine and you get the chance, do so. It's rather nice.
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  • Doomspoon 21/10/2015

    "Assassin's Creed 3 followed Connor Kenway, a half-Native American Assassin stuck in the middle of the British and American sides of the US Civil War"

    Er, that'd be the War of Independence. Or correctly, the American Revolutionary War.
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  • Is Hardware: Rivals the new Rocket League?

  • Doomspoon 09/10/2015

    Here's the PS2 original somehow failing to be like a game it isn't trying to be like, released some 13 years later...
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  • Doomspoon 09/10/2015

    I only had a brief go of the tutorial but I liked that. It seems they're using the same maps as the PS2 version of Hardware Online Arena I was in the beta for about 12 years ago. I had fun on the PS2 version then but it was the sort of game you'd drop in for a round or two before going back to SOCOM for the night. Reply +2
  • What's it like to play Rainbow Six: Siege alone?

  • Doomspoon 29/09/2015

    @NipplePinchy I show 'em all. I rock out on my Dreamcast playing PSO and Quake 3. They can't force me to go online damn them! Reply 0
  • Rainbow Six: Siege won't have a campaign mode

  • Doomspoon 28/09/2015

    Playing Hereford on the beta, I'm puzzled as to why there's an American school bus in the grounds? Must have cost a bit to import that when they could have just taken any retired British single decker.

    Unless it is actually Hereford, Texas?
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  • Several prominent voice actors have voted to strike

  • Doomspoon 24/09/2015

    Really wish Nolan North could have been on strike any time he was asked to voice Penguin in the Arkham series. That Dick Van Dyke/Paul Hogan Cockney/Aussie hybrid was like razorwire on the eardrums. I'd love to meet him and punch him on the nose for the discomfort he's caused. Reply +1
  • 10 minutes of Star Wars: Battlefront alpha footage leak

  • Doomspoon 14/09/2015

    I now realise why I wasn't getting many kills in this, I spent too long aiming down sights at people rather than hip firing. Reply +6
  • PS4 keyboard / mouse controller replicates PC FPS-style gaming

  • Doomspoon 27/07/2015

    @Urabask It was readily apparent with Quake 3 Arena on Dreamcast 14 years ago. Reply +24
  • Konami scrubs Kojima's name from Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain cover

  • Doomspoon 14/07/2015

    Hopefully Hideo Kojima has removed himself from gaming. Perhaps he could carve his niche in Escape From New York pervy, homo-erotic fanfics? Reply 0
  • Microsoft E3 2015 conference live report

  • Doomspoon 15/06/2015

    It looked cool though. Reply 0