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  • Sony to offer free games, PS Plus subs in $15m PSN hack settlement

  • FireMonkey 26/07/2014

    @Stig223 Pardon? Reply 0
  • FireMonkey 24/07/2014

    @arcam - You'll be glad to know those bit's in the T&C's mean shite in Europe as we can not sign away our legal rights.

    Edit: Beaten by Laraman
    Reply +4
  • Valve adds thumbstick to latest Steam controller prototype

  • FireMonkey 24/07/2014

    @Uncompetative - Or even when just focused on the TV.
    Seemed like a poor initial idea to me TBH, but can't really judge until I've tried it.
    Reply 0
  • FireMonkey 24/07/2014

    @SuperBas https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/aimpad/aimpadtm-pc-gaming-analog-keyboard Reply +1
  • FireMonkey 24/07/2014

    So first they replaced the touch screen with buttons and now they are adding a thumb stick. Any more back tracks and they'll become MS. /s Reply +4
  • Bungie forced to pay $95k to ex-Halo, Destiny composer

  • FireMonkey 22/07/2014

    @gorf - It's up to him to agree to a settlement and he probably turned it down as was hoping for more. Reply +1
  • Google Play removing "free" label for F2P games with in-app purchases

  • FireMonkey 21/07/2014

    What about games that you have to pay for that ALSO contain IAP?
    Surely the cost that is displayed is then deemed as misleading?

    I'm fine with the FREE as long as it is clear that they contain IAP.

    Maybe there should be some form of official terminology for types of free. This 'could' stop companies calling things Free To Play when they are severely limited if played for free.
    Reply +20
  • You've got male

  • FireMonkey 19/07/2014

    @LewisDenby - " there should be a game *about* Peach: one where she is the protagonist, not a MacGuffin."

    Like this?
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Princess_Peach
    Reply +2
  • Frontier's drive to make Elite: Dangerous on PC future proof

  • FireMonkey 17/07/2014

    @Uncompetative - "In '98 my Sony VAIO cost 2000 with a 3 year warranty and it had a hardware fault which I tried to get resolved. Sony Customer Support had me reinstall Windows a total of 31 times."

    Ouch!
    I heard similar things with Sony laptops in the past. Sony electronics (apart from the PS) generally seem way over priced for what they are and support has always been bad.
    Really glad that hasn't effect the PS.
    Reply +1
  • FireMonkey 17/07/2014

    @Uncompetative - Console owners have the same issue though.

    If you have a XB360, new games will be released for XBOne that you can not run until you upgrade your console.

    But at least with PC's the new games can normally be tuned down to run on an older PC until the PC gamer upgrades their system.
    Also, new PC's are still backwards compatible with games over 20 years old.
    Reply +21
  • Oculus VR clamps down on eBay Rift re-selling

  • FireMonkey 16/07/2014

    @JorgeLuisBorges - Ah sorry, I got confused as I view the comments Newest first, so there were none above. Reply 0
  • FireMonkey 16/07/2014

    @JorgeLuisBorges - Eh? What for? Reply 0
  • FireMonkey 16/07/2014

    @TheMightyEthan - Actually, the normal situation for online sales is that the contract is not formed until the item is shipped.

    This is because a contract can not be formed between a person and a computer and as most online ordering and payment systems are automated, the first time a person deals with this order is at shipping. They can, at that point agree to the contract and ship the item or turn down the contract and return the money.
    Reply 0
  • FireMonkey 15/07/2014

    @CaptainKid - They cancelled the pre-order being sent out to the person who had it listed on e-bay.
    These are greedy people who are attempting to sell an item that they have not even received yet.
    Reply +9
  • FireMonkey 15/07/2014

    @JorgeLuisBorges - They can once they have received it. Whilst the order is still with Oculus the product is still theirs and they can decide not fulfil the order. Reply +5
  • Codemasters responds to Grid Autosport 2.39 Boost Pack DLC criticism

  • FireMonkey 16/07/2014

    @Der_tolle_Emil - "However, that doesn't really work in a multiplayer/competitive setting"

    So, you end up racing someone who is in a fast car, but hasn't learnt to drive properly yet. They'll just keep crashing. Don't really see the problem with that.

    My only concerns with it all would be if the game is too grindy to sell these packs. Did people think the game was too grindy 'before' these packs were announced?
    Reply -1
  • Former Valve contributor and VR specialist warns against the tech's future

  • FireMonkey 15/07/2014

    @mr2ange - It's called Anisometropia Reply 0
  • FireMonkey 15/07/2014

    @Plankton1975 - Out of interest have you tried the 3D Wiggle gifs?

    They create a sense of stereoscopic vision by tricking your brain with motion rather than by using 2 images, therefore you can see the stereo effect with just one eye.

    It may or may not work for you. It worked for one of my friends who lost the site of one eye (but then their brain would have trained to see 3D)

    Try this:
    Reply +10
  • FireMonkey 15/07/2014

    @mr2ange - "So are you literally blind in one eye then?"

    There are many things that can cause people to not see in true stereo.
    For instance, I know someone who is short sighted in one eye and long in the other. Due to this, their brain has learnt to use the eyes separately and not merge the views together. The benefit of this is that they are both long and short sighted and so have a much better visual range than me (although they can catch a ball :) ).
    Reply 0
  • FireMonkey 15/07/2014

    @bad09 - Really hope not. That was shit! Reply +2
  • FireMonkey 14/07/2014

    "VR MMORPG universe really is what a lot of VR enthusiasts are hoping for, and simultaneously what a lot of really smart people working on VR have repeatedly (and publicly) declared to be their goal for VR."

    Really? That's probably one of the least interesting uses of VR that I can think of.
    Has anyone seen these public declarations from smart people working on VR?

    I'm glad this guy is no longer working with it as it sounds like he really lacks vision or passion for it.
    Reply +11
  • PS4 system architect Mark Cerny working on a new indie game

  • FireMonkey 14/07/2014

    @BigHal - My issue with the definition of Indie wasn't with Cerny as he does state is not really Indie (so he shouldn't really have used the term), but with people who seem to think he can't make an Indie game because of who he is or what he has done in past. Anyone can make Indie games. Reply +2
  • FireMonkey 14/07/2014

    @GermanQR No,let's agree that 'Indie games are developed independently of' publishers and 'low budget' games are games developed with a low budget. I think you'll find that actually make more sense.

    Cerny know it's not Indie (states so himself) and is just using the term to help market it. He should know better.
    Reply +2
  • FireMonkey 14/07/2014

    @arty - "Cerny is a genius but this is as far away from Indie as you can possibly get!"

    What do you think Indie in the term of a game means?
    Developed by small teams?
    Developed with low budgets?
    Developed by non-professional staff?

    These 'can' all be Indie, but the only true measure is that is is developed INDEpendently of publisher funding and influence.

    That is it!

    It doesn't matter if Cerny is making it or not, all that matters is if he is getting funded by a publisher to develop it or not.
    If he is, then it is not Indie. If not then it is Indie.

    I know he clearly states that is is funded and so it's not Indie, but that has nothing to do with who he is.
    Reply +3
  • FireMonkey 14/07/2014

    @Smill110 - "Right, so if Shuhei Yoshida decided to make a game, that could be considered 'indie' as well?"

    Yes, if it was developed Independent of publishers then it is Indie.
    Reply +3
  • FireMonkey 14/07/2014

    @Smill110 - "How can it be classed as 'indie' when it's designed by the same guy who built the bloody platform!?"

    What? How has a job that he's done in the past (or even currently doing) got any role to play in determining if the game is Indie or not?

    It IS 'Indie' (in the true sense), if it's a game developed independently from a publisher. It doesn't matter who the people that make it are, how much money it costs or how many people mad it.
    Reply +12
  • New Doctor Who character sure looks like Garrus from Mass Effect

  • FireMonkey 14/07/2014

    I'd say it looks more like a robotic Silurian tbh.
    Reply +11
  • Video: The most baffling game adverts that somehow got made

  • FireMonkey 13/07/2014

    I think the PS3 baby ad was the most baffling / disturbing.


    and this (again for PS3, but in Japan) is probably the scariest
    Reply +2
  • Wadjet Eye's ghostly noir series Blackwell is now on iOS

  • FireMonkey 10/07/2014

    Can't wait for the Android versions.
    Played Gemini Rue and it was one of the best adventure games I have played in a long time.
    Reply +2
  • Cliff Bleszinski talks Bluestreak, F2P, Nexon and Boss Key

  • FireMonkey 10/07/2014

    @Lunatic4ever - and I see you here commenting on things that have nothing to do with your work.
    Unfortunately for him, he is well known and whenever he makes comments they get picked up and publicised or he is approached for comment by the media.
    If you were a well known designer the same thing would happen to you. Should he no longer voice his opinion just because others have deemed him news worthy?
    Reply +2
  • Cliff Bleszinski announces F2P PC arena shooter published by Nexon

  • FireMonkey 09/07/2014

    @TPoppaPuff - Yep, so essentially people paid for what is now a F2P and they are still happy. Reply -1
  • FireMonkey 08/07/2014

    To the people that are slagging off F2P.
    All I have to say to you is Team Fortress 2
    Reply -1
  • Kinect 2 for PC costs 159

  • FireMonkey 07/07/2014

    @meanspirit - The Leap doesn't work for most of the uses that I seen Kinect used for on PC.
    It is hardly ever used as a simple input device, but more as a form of 3D scanner. This sort of tech at this quality used to cost thousands.
    Reply +6
  • FireMonkey 07/07/2014

    @ibenam - Because the PS3 is great as enabling PC developers to create body tracking applications! FFS! Reply +4
  • Lindsay Lohan sues Rockstar over allegedly using her likeness

  • FireMonkey 02/07/2014

    Surely they could just claim it's a parody and case dismissed?
    After all a comedian was able to open a 'parody' coffee shop called Dumb Starbucks and were not shut down (well they were in the end, but only by the health inspector)
    Reply +6
  • Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion pushes on despite trademark battle

  • FireMonkey 01/07/2014

    @Cherub007 -
    the news is how fucking ridiculous this practice is and hopefully the more publicity it receives, the more chance somebody will do something about it.
    How would you suggest they change it?
    People are not ignoring it, it has been discussed in legal circles (where they know what they are talking about) for a long time. It doesn't need to clutter up sites like this.

    There are countless examples of companies who seem to be doing just fine by NOT being dicks like this (Braben/Elite being just one example, ironically).
    You mean there are countless examples of this not being reported in the media. Just because it hasn't been reported, doesn't mean it hasn't happened.

    If they are simply 'hoping' that the case gets dismissed, why bring it in the first place?
    As I said, to prove that they will defend the Trademark. You have to be seen by the courts as protecting your trademarks, otherwise you will lose them.
    Reply 0
  • FireMonkey 01/07/2014

    Annoyingly for everyone this is how trademark law is.

    They have to chase it in all cases that are remotely linked otherwise it starts to weaken their trademark and eventually it could get to the point where they don't really have control over it (similar to how Hoover has become a generalised trademark and could be used by other companies to refer to their Vacuum Cleaners).

    Generally, both sides hope these cases get dismissed quickly by the court so that it doesn't cost more money and the pursuing company 'normally' only pursues the case as far as they need to to prove that they were enforcing the trademark.

    This is standard practise. You will see ALL companies with trademarks doing this, if they didn't it would be pointless for them to even have the trademarks.

    This is also something that Ironclad would need to do themselves if they want to retain any form of trademark over "Ironclad" or "Sins of.." if some other company started to infringe even in the slightest of ways.

    Now if a company starts to get as aggressive, personal and threatening as Tim Langdell did over the "Edge" case, then yes, they are going too far and that is news worth, as it is though this is not news. This is just standard business.

    Edit: Just want to say that I am not defending Rebellion per se (as I haven't read all the details), just the fact that companies chase their trademark.
    Reply +1
  • Steam revokes 7050 stolen Sniper Elite 3 codes

  • FireMonkey 01/07/2014

    @Bluetooth - For about the 3rd time. They have already explained.

    Essentially, a distributor of boxed copies have taken the keys from boxed copies and are selling them. This is pretty much what key suppliers do, but the difference here is that the distributor has not paid for the products, so they are selling stolen goods.
    Reply +3
  • FireMonkey 30/06/2014

    @sweeten16 Ummm... The people who it was stolen and the police care.

    Anyway, resellers not knowing is no excuse. If they are selling something they are by law supposed to know that it is legal. If they have been buying copies of games from non trustworthy soures to cut costs then they are as guilty as the people stealing the items.
    Reply +2
  • FireMonkey 30/06/2014

    @Hexcaliber Different publishers use different methods.
    Your argument is as bad as saying "I bought some blue jeans the other day, so all jeans sold must be blue".
    Reply +5
  • FireMonkey 30/06/2014

    Who on here has actually had a key revoked and has / is NOT getting a refund?
    Anyone?
    If so, name and shame the company as they are to blame for selling on stolen goods not Rebellion for having them stolen.
    If not can everyone shut the fuck up about the consumer being punished as they obviously aren't. I really hate that peoples lives are so dull that they need to make such a fuss over things like this. Calm it down and leave the bitching to the important subjects otherwise when you do make a fuss over those there will be less of an impact.

    Also, to those saying this is Rebellion trying to force us to buy from more expensive places, do you really think them revoking 7050 keys is going to make much impact on the number 1 selling game? No! Take the fucking tin foil hats off and stop seeing conspiracies everywhere.
    Reply +7
  • FireMonkey 30/06/2014

    @Liuwil - They have explained this somewhere.
    Essentially a distributor took and sold the codes from physical boxes that were not paid for themselves.
    Reply +1
  • FireMonkey 30/06/2014

    @roidy - You are smart! Reply +1
  • Shuhei Yoshida pays tribute to Phil Spencer

  • FireMonkey 01/07/2014

    "Shuhei Yoshida pays tribute to Phil Spencer"

    I read that and thought Phil Spencer was dead.
    Reply +90
  • UK chart: Sniper Elite 3 hits the mark

  • FireMonkey 30/06/2014

    @azic - "I also think they should make public, all correspondence with the alleged distributor / valve and the police so that they can prove this."

    If this is a legal case they are possibly not allowed to make these details public as it could affect any potential court case.
    Reply 0
  • FireMonkey 30/06/2014

    @Malek86 - Yes, that is exactly as I stated. So in this case the customers should contact the key sellers for refunds NOT Rebellion and it is potentially their fault for receiving stolen goods.

    (Dixons is a retailer of domestic products btw - wasn't clear if you knew that from your comment)
    Reply +1
  • FireMonkey 30/06/2014

    @azic - "A very Very LEGAL LEGIT vendor speaks out"

    They may be legit, but they have got the facts wrong. They state: "Rebellion appears to be trying to frame innocent retailers for their own doings"

    Where-as Rebellion have made this statement (via Facebook - not sure how to link to the quote): "The resellers are NOT the problem. Those stores affected are NOT shady" ... "[the keys revoked] were actually a batch stolen from one of our distributors that makes the retail ('hard copy') versions of the game".

    To they have stated the retail is NOT the problem, but the distributors of physical discs.
    Reply -1
  • FireMonkey 30/06/2014

    @ziggy_played_guitar - "What's really strange (interesting) is how people are wiling to hand over their rights depending on who's crossing the moral line.
    Replace Valve for Microsoft; replace Rebelion for Activision, on the exact same situation."

    I agree with that. It annoys me so much that people feel Valve can do no wrong. How easily people forget the early days of Steam and the hatred it received from many.
    Reply +2
  • FireMonkey 30/06/2014

    @azic - You may have, but not everyone did.

    Were you hit by this revoke btw?
    Reply +2
  • FireMonkey 30/06/2014

    @ziggy_played_guitar - They have legal ground to revoke the key. With digital, you essentially own nothing. Reply +6