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  • Nintendo NX is powered by Nvidia Tegra technology

  • George-Roper 26/07/2016

    This could be the start of the end for their home console market.

    I got some use out of my Wii-U but ultimately I look back on it as money largely wasted. I don't see NX now being any different, so I definitely will not be buying one at launch. Nintendo have to now prove that they have what it takes to get back in the game.
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  • No Man's Sky has been delayed three days on PC

  • George-Roper 26/07/2016


    It's not the planets themselves that I see a problem with. I'm sure we'll see some great, diverse environments. The problem I see is the content of those environments not being different enough, planet to planet, to keep the player engaged.

    I foresee variants of things you've already done, because how else could they do it using this approach? That variant, random system I've seen used elsewhere, for example Star Wars Galaxies, and it was awful. The first few were fun and enticing, something new compared to static NPCs doling out quests but after a short while, the sheen fell away and it was outed as a soulless method of trying to keep players engaged.
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  • George-Roper 26/07/2016


    Nor do I, but the planets you do visit I think will start to wear thin pretty quickly in terms of content and variety.
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  • George-Roper 26/07/2016


    Oh, don't get me wrong, I love me some sandbox games. I can't count the hours I've plunged into Minecraft, 7DtD, etc. But this game seems to be going way over the top on the volume of planets and by extension variation of content therein and I don't think it will be able to pull it off whilst keeping the player interested.
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  • George-Roper 26/07/2016


    and it had about a thousandth of the variety No Man's Sky should have.
    Variety in what way? Visual? Functional?

    How are they play-balancing, for example, a creature the size of an elephant but covered in hedgehog spikes, compared to a rat covered in feathers?

    I think that all you'll get are minor tweaks to a theme. The illusion of variation.

    There's scripted, linear games and then there's open sandbox games but the two can also work to their extremes to the detriment of the game. There's something to be said for hand-crafted content, compared to something randomly generated and the biggest complaint I foresee this game having is that after the wow of the first dozen planets, you'll see through the illusion.
    Reply +4
  • George-Roper 26/07/2016

    I think this game is going to turn out to be all hype.

    The concept of quadrillions of planets sounds, at a very high level, like a good one but when the reality of what that means settles in, it will be a game with very shallow levels of content because not being hand-crafted means the details will be repetitive. It will be what we all know randomly generated content to be. The same stuff, tweaked.

    I remember when Star Wars Galaxies random quest generation came out. That sounded amazing. Then you played it.

    "George Roper...go to [loc 81,449,23] and destroy the [giant aviak nest] to retrieve the [stolen goods]"

    Bland and boring as fuck. Why do I get the same feeling about this?
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  • Dead Rising series remasters reveal first screenshots

  • George-Roper 25/07/2016

    The problem isn't that this is a remake, the problem is the DR series is just boring as fuck.

    A game that's about being swarmed by countless zombies loses all its tension when all the comedy rubbish and outlandish moves are factored in. The very reason why Dead Island 2 was shit-canned.
    Reply -29
  • Nintendo shares dive as investors realise it doesn't own Pokémon Go

  • George-Roper 25/07/2016


    Consoles will come and go, but mobile, due to the nature of phones, will be around a lot still.
    The mobile casual market is fickle as fuck. Just ask Zynga.

    Anyone deciding to move to mobile is playing a dangerous game with their company.
    Reply +9
  • Fans divided over site that lets you "cheat" Pokémon Go

  • George-Roper 22/07/2016

    How is this cheating?

    How is it any different to looking at where mob spawn points are in MMOs? Literally the only thing that sets this apart from an MMO is that on this, you need to physically visit the location, rather than use a controller, so why the fuck wouldn't you want to plan your time using this?
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  • Spec Analysis: Nvidia's next-gen Titan X

  • George-Roper 22/07/2016

    What's the problem? Hardware manufacturer releases almost yearly iterations of hardware. Shock, horror!

    Does it make your 1080 run slower?

    Does it cap the resolution on your 980?

    What actual difference does it make to your own setup, if new hardware is announced?

    I got the previous Titan X and have had a massive amount of usage out of it. There's no way that's 'lost' or 'useless' now. A new Titan X being released won't make my games start to run slower.

    Get some perspective. If it's too much, don't buy it. Skip it and wait to see what happens with the ti versions of the 1080. Or wait a bit longer and see what comes next.

    My next build will be from scratch, probably sometime mid-late next year. I'm in zero rush.
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  • George-Roper 22/07/2016


    nah. There will always be something more powerful just around the corner. I am very happy with my Asus ROG Strix GTX 1080. I didn't buy it to have the most powerful card (it was always a given that it would not stay the king for very long), but in order to take full advantage of my 1440p@165hz g-sync gaming monitor. Running at 100+ fps is a buttery smooth experience. And of course, I enjoyed the sacrilege of playing Doom maxed out in 1440p@100+ fps with my good old Xbox 360 gamepad! :) A gamepad feels fantastic with the low latency that a gaming monitor and a powerful GPU can provide :D
    Now, now. We both know that a 900p, 24fps, letter-boxed experience is more authentic and cinematic than 1440p/165.

    And don't try to convince us that PC gaming is anything other than autoexec.bat and beige towers on a 14" CRT. We all know that's what PC gaming in 2016 is like.
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  • George-Roper 22/07/2016


    This is why casual gamers gave up on pc.
    Makes no sense.

    Casual players aren't interested in PCs, full-stop. Just like they aren't interested in consoles.

    Casual players use mobile devices now.

    Haven't you heard?
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  • Video: Star Wars Battlefront's offline multiplayer feels like the game's best addition yet

  • George-Roper 21/07/2016


    Well done? What for?
    For being one of the target audience.

    Those people who will buy less content for the same money, yearly.

    For reaffirming their design decisions.

    Isn't it obvious?
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  • George-Roper 21/07/2016


    No, what annoys me is when people attempt to justify a less-is-more argument when we're talking about a Ł40 video game.

    If this had had all the basic features of BF4, and then some for the Battlefront angle, it would be a completely different situation now but this game design is not built to make the gameplay better, its built to accommodate a yearly iteration to coincide with movie releases.

    There's no depth to the design because its not designed for longevity, its designed to wow Star Wars fans into parting with close to a Ł100/year, for as long as the movies are being released.

    So yeah. Well done.
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  • George-Roper 21/07/2016


    Of course I have, I was on the Beta.

    There's no strategy. Pew-pew. Please don't try and deny it, its the reason why so many have become so bored with it.

    Player numbers don't lie. It was marketed as an accessible title (hell there are developer interviews that confirm as much) and the fundamental problem that all 'accessible' games suffer from is a lack of depth that contributes directly to a lack of longevity.

    There's a reason why BF4 is still commanding such strong player numbers after all this time.
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  • George-Roper 21/07/2016


    Lighten up the game is very decent for a lot of people
    That line keeps on getting trotted out.

    50% more gamers played BF4 on XBO and PS4 in the last 24 hours, a launch game for now gen, than did this game which has been released for half a year.

    The game might have been very decent for a lot of people but the dumbing down of the gameplay has also turned a hell of a lot of people away from it, too.
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  • George-Roper 21/07/2016


    I'm sure you have worked it out, but Battlefield is a different series.
    Like fuck it is. Worst excuse ever for ripping engine-level features out of the engine.
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  • George-Roper 21/07/2016


    You did the same with Titanfall. Is this just some EA thing?

    It's a thing about a franchise being rushed to meet a movie deadline and having all the really great engine points that make BF4 work so well ripped out.

    Titanfail was just a massive dick-slap, mired in outright lies about teh power of teh cloud and AI. All that bullshit about how a smaller amount of players makes for a better game was outed as being due to hardware limitation, nothing more, nothing less.

    Oh, surprise! Battlefield 1 is announced, that doesn't have a movie deadline to hit and isn't being held up as an Azure-based exclusive, and has all the same stuff as BF4 and more!

    Lets make a bet. I bet that BF1 will have more players, for a much longer period of time, than either this POS or Titanfail.

    So no, its not about all the stuff that EA do. I really liked BF4, even at its launch.
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  • George-Roper 21/07/2016



    But you tediously try and belittle this game
    There is no try, only do.

    This pretty little Star Wars theme park has all the depth of a summer shower puddle and its dying on its feet as a result.

    The last 24 hours saw 50% more players on BF4, on XBO and PS4, then were on this glittery turd.

    Sorry, does that sting a bit?
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  • George-Roper 20/07/2016


    PC gaming is dead
    "Steam Spy reports that this year’s Steam Summer Sale saw Valve ring $236 million in revenue from about 37 million games sold through their virtual tills over the course of the 11-day sale.

    This is up almost 50% from the 2015 Summer Sale’s $160 million in revenue from 33 million games sold."

    PC gaming is dead. Heh. You're funny!
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  • George-Roper 20/07/2016

    Haha, as if not having this is why the game has dropped like a lead-balloon.

    Imagine making a dull, lifeless MP game into a dull, lifeless single-player bot-driven game. Who thinks of these ideas?
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  • Ghostbusters review

  • George-Roper 15/07/2016


    There's always the other Ghostbusters game, which was pretty good.
    You're not wrong! :D

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  • 10 more titles headed to EA Origin Access this summer

  • George-Roper 13/07/2016


    Games as a service is the next, worst thing to happen to our hobby.

    It's massively saddening to see people actively participating in it.
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  • George-Roper 13/07/2016

    Origin Access now has pretty much the full back catalogue of recent EA releases
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  • Holocaust museum pleads: stop playing Pokémon Go here

  • George-Roper 13/07/2016


    We seem to be breeding an inordinate amount of entitled, workshy,indolent idiots.
    You're not wrong.

    Families with several generations of career benefits scroungers are now firmly embedded within our society. Why work when you get get pregnant and claim?
    Reply +2
  • Fru review

  • George-Roper 13/07/2016


    not dead, as all my friends have them still, go us!
    Yeah, as a control device for the UI I'm sure you can get some mileage out of it but for anything else, such as games on the supposed games console its hooked into, its dead. At best you'll get a tiny trickle of indie-level games like this. At worst, as you've had for a number of years now, big games simply won't touch it.
    Reply -3
  • George-Roper 13/07/2016


    Sugar me! The Kinnect maybe isn't dead?
    It's dead.
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  • Red Dead Redemption runs best on Xbox One

  • George-Roper 12/07/2016


    XB fans are in for a real treat and it means our games collection is growing by the month.
    Not really. These are games that already exist, on platforms that those gamers still already own.

    Don't get me wrong, BC is great. I never played RDR on the 360 but im damn well going to have a go on my XBO now but lets not over-egg things too much. BC isn't some brand new feature to our hobby, the Wii-U played Wii games out of the box.

    Context is everything.
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  • Warner Bros. "misled" with paid-for positive Shadow of Mordor videos

  • George-Roper 12/07/2016

    The closest we'll ever get to honest game reviews is from people who have actually bought the game.

    'Verified Purchase' can never be an absolute but its the closest we can get, without resorting to trusted friends.
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  • GTA 5 Redux makes GTA 5 look even better

  • George-Roper 11/07/2016

    Meh, console version is better. More cinematic, innit. Reply -1
  • Lord of the Rings Online developer Turbine hit with more layoffs

  • George-Roper 08/07/2016

    Turbine is transitioning into a free-to-play, mobile development studio
    Remind us again of how well that went when you transitioned from a pay to F2P PC development studio?

    Fucking idiots.
    Reply +1
  • When Kickstarters go bad: chasing down the Recreated ZX Spectrum

  • George-Roper 08/07/2016

    You're not buying a product when you pledge - you're investing
    You're not, you're backing. Legally, there's a MASSIVE difference between the two, which is why people like this can get away with it on Kickstarter.
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  • Evolve goes free-to-play, devs discuss "DLC s***storm"

  • George-Roper 07/07/2016

    The DLC s***storm hit full force and washed away people's enthusiasm, dragging us further and further from that first magical pick-up-and-play experience.
    You reap what you sow. This is the exact reason I never bothered and I'm a huge L4D fan, the exact market being sought.

    Why do I get the feeling that F2P is just not going to solve any of this, though? The game is/was pennies, about Ł3 on the PC at my last viewing.


    Nope. Nope. Nope.
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  • Squad goals: Returning to The Division

  • George-Roper 01/07/2016


    I struggle to enjoy this game any more. When you stand a foot away from an enemy and unload an entire magazine of LMG bullets into their head and they only lose 25% of their health, something has gone wrong somewhere.
    The problem isn't the mechanic or logic, because its a scaling system. It's supposed to take longer to take down tougher mobs. The problem is, those mobs are supposed to be another guy, a human. Not 'Iron-Mechao Elite Golem' or 'Gnoll Shaman of Hate'. So when you're rattling off dozens of clips into an enemy, it completely destroys the immersion and the pseudo-realistic setting.

    The problem that Division has always had is that its setting doesn't lend itself well to the mechanics of the genre it wants to be in.
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  • BioShock 2 is the underrated human heart of the BioShock trilogy

  • George-Roper 30/06/2016

    Enjoyed it a hell of a lot more than Infinite. I've never wanted a game to end as badly as I did with Infinite. Reply -2
  • System Shock reboot launches Kickstarter campaign, offers free demo

  • George-Roper 28/06/2016

    The System Shock reboot is currently in development for PC, Mac
    Woohoo! Complex mechanisms and deep gameplay built for platforms that can exploit it to its fullest!!

    ...and Xbox One
    I'm out.
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  • Respawn talks Titanfall 2 and that Call of Duty remaster

  • George-Roper 23/06/2016

    "We're spending years of our lives pouring everything we can into this - we want it to appeal to as many people as possible," Zampella reasoned.
    And by doing so, it's just going to be a rehash of the first game except without the futuristic power of teh Azure cloud AI which was without a doubt the best example of AI I've ever seen.

    The way the crowds of AI just stood around and then ran towards players, as if they were just a way to increase XP, was tremendous. Truly exceptional stuff.


    Fuck Titanfail.
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  • G2A and tinyBuild's row over PC game key reselling gets ugly

  • George-Roper 23/06/2016

    After tinyBuild's complaint hit the internet, G2A hit back with a bizarre ultimatum: provide us with a list of suspicious keys within three days.
    G2A.COM calls for tinyBuild to provide their list of suspicious keys within three days from the date of this transmission.
    Where's the ultimatum in G2As response then?

    Fucking HELL Eurogamer, what are you playing at here?
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  • Battlefront's Bespin DLC doesn't quite dazzle, but DICE's Star Wars shooter makes some big steps forward

  • George-Roper 22/06/2016

    Remove the spectacle from Star Wars Battlefront and you're left with a multiplayer game that's quietly unremarkable.
    Exactly this.
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  • Murky world of PC game key reselling exposed by indie developer

  • George-Roper 21/06/2016

    He accused G2A users of using a database of stolen credit cards to buy game keys in bulk from a bundle or third-party key reseller, then putting them up on G2A to sell them at half the retail price.
    Err, how are G2A to blame for users using dodgy cards to then put keys up for sale, exactly?

    Isn't Ebay exactly the same? What if someone uses dodgy cards to buy shitloads of socks and then sells them on Amazon Marketplace?

    Fucking hell.....
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  • Minecraft's new Battle Mode season pass costs Ł7.99

  • George-Roper 21/06/2016

    Minecraft's new Battle Mode season pass costs Ł7.99
    Thanks Microsoft. Just what a standout, originally indie, educational game needs.

    Season Passes.

    Go fuck yourselves.
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  • No Man's Sky studio settles "secret, stupid" three-year Sky lawsuit

  • George-Roper 20/06/2016

    The legal dispute, over the use of 'Sky' in the game's name, has only come to light now it has been concluded.

    "We finally settled with Sky (they own the word 'Sky')," Hello Games boss Sean Murray revealed on Twitter over the weekend.
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  • Are 4K visuals really the best use for Project Scorpio and PlayStation Neo?

  • George-Roper 18/06/2016


    This confirms that some of the PC master race members who rave about 4K and 1440p and hence pour scorn on consoles belong to a vocal fringe and don't represent regular PC gamers, thankfully.
    1% of 125 million Steam accounts (as of last year) represents 1.25 million gamers. However you want to frame that, devs would be foolish to limit or gimp their games and remove those potential customers from sales. Thankfully most devs don't do that and ensure their games scale out. Just like companies such as Nvidia provide better and better GPUs that allow greater than 1080p to be used. Just like companies like Asus are providing better and better monitors that run above 1080p and provide solutions for higher than 60hz and to tearing.

    And none of that changes the fact that 1080p IS an archaic resolution. Sony and MS know this, which is why everything to do with Neo and Scorpio has 4K plastered all the way across it, even though the obvious reality will be compromise, compromise, compromise.

    As it stands, as I've said many times previously, 1080/60 locked vsync with higher levels of fielity is exactly what the next gen needs to be aiming for but lets not try and convince ourselves that this itself is not already an ancient notion from AT LEAST 1.25 million Steam PC gamers' perpsective, beacuse of all those 1080p gamers on Steam nowhere near all those were also being limited to 30fps, or tearing, or any number of additional concessions that need to be made on now-gen.
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  • Dead Rising 4 is Microsoft-exclusive for a year

  • George-Roper 17/06/2016

    For fucks sakes, all this "He said, she said" back and forth, its never going to be a winnable discussion.

    Bottom line for why PC gamers, like myself, would like to see exclusives is that we know that they'll look and play better. It's that simple.

    I bought Bloodborne over Xmas, and its a janky mess less down by the platform its exclusive to. If that were on the PC, it would be a much better game because of performance and fidelity not getting in the way of gameplay. Simple fact, right there.

    So port begging isn't a simple label you can apply to requests to see games come over, from one platform to another. There's context to it.

    And yes, I do own a gaming PC and multiple now-gen consoles, so I speak from actual hands on experience, not some distant notion of what it means to be a console or PC gamer.
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  • 1080p Project Scorpio games "will look different" and some "run a little better" than on Xbox One/S

  • George-Roper 16/06/2016


    PC gaming in 2016 isn't a great deal more reliable than it was in 1995, but it is a bit easier.
    Come on now, its no more reliable than 20 years ago but a bit easier?

    How many times have I had 'driver' issues in the last 12 months?


    24 months?



    Because Nvidia released a bad driver that was then rectified, via another notification to download the driver again.

    In the scheme of things, how is that any different to the various firmware related issues that have been seen on consoles? Or the plethora of errors attempting to access online stores and services?

    And how many times have I had trouble running any given modern game, in the last 12 months?


    24 months?


    And my games library on PC is gigantic.

    The days of fucking about with 'settings' and 'drivers' on PC, to get games working, are long, long gone and to say that its no more reliable than it was 20 years ago is complete nonsense.
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  • George-Roper 16/06/2016


    Amazing, as if we haven't had dozens of instances of games consoles over the last decade crapping out in various different flavours.

    Time to leave the 'PC gaming in 1995 is autoexec.bat difficult' mentality behind and move into 2016, there's a chap.
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  • George-Roper 16/06/2016

    The problem is, they can't outright say that they're building a scalable system that will play older games better, because that's not a games console, that's a PC.

    But when they slap a $600 price tag on Scorpio at release, what kind of PC could you realistically buy for the same cash? Lets not forget, no exclusives, so literally all you're buying with Scorpio is better hardware coupled with an online paywall.

    The gap is closing. PC gaming has never been more accessible. So why buy Scorpio?
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  • Microsoft's mixed messages at E3 aren't pretty for Xbox One owners

  • George-Roper 16/06/2016

    Worst decision I made this gen, buying an XBO. Its sat gathering dust, don't even have an active Gold membership and with E3 there's zero intent to spend any more on the S or Scorpio, or games, given that Microsoft are basically giving XBO/Xbox Brand owners the big fuck you on a hardware and software exclusive POV.

    At the very least, they need to be offering a discounted upgrade option on the S for existing XBO owners, if not for Scorpio, because the XBO has been, without doubt and objectively proven, an absolute turkey decision for gamers, with all the 'added value' bits that stoked up the release cost now being pried out.

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  • Xbox boss Phil Spencer: the big interview

  • George-Roper 15/06/2016


    and NO ONE is using an argument "that's unfair, you sniped me across the map because you play at 1440p and 120fps in ultra detail while my PC only handles 1080p 60fps at medium". So stop crying,
    I think you'll find that exact thing does happen and is in fact the entire reason why, to date, cross platform PC and console multiplayer has never happened.

    But because its cross-console generation, its OK?

    Makes sense.
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  • George-Roper 15/06/2016


    So all this about 4k. I only have a 720k tv :(
    720k? Shit, my floppy disks are better than that!
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