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  • Nintendo slashes Wii U sales forecast from 9m to 2.8m

  • Gradius 19/01/2014

    I'm glad the Wii U is performing poorly. In my opinion it's not a strong product, Nintendo have to try harder. I mean what do they expect? They've put out an overpriced, underpowered system which is technically comparable to the over 8 year old hardware of the 360/PS3, furthermore after over a year on the market there are still literally only a few titles of any merit available.

    Nintendo do not deserve success with this console, hopefully next time they will release something genuinely exciting that isn't technologically a decade out of date and actually focus on getting some good third party support...

    People may vote me down for saying this but I say it because I don't want Nintendo to fail, I want them to get back on form.
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  • Tomb Raider Definitive Edition is more than a facelift, dev insists

  • Gradius 23/12/2013

    Yeah, thanks guys but I'll stick to the PC version which is available on Steam right now for 5.99 (so almost ten times less for basically the exact same game.

    I do think the 50 price tag is a little misguided, people who've already played the game aren't likely to re-buy it at that price, and I'd assume that most people who wanted to play this already have...
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  • Saints Row 4: a fun game that makes serious points

  • Gradius 04/11/2013

    @Ergates_Antius I prefer to go on facts rather than "well I was down the pub and me mate bob said it happened". If you can't personally explain the claims you make, well perhaps you shouldn't be making them, but that's just my opinion. Reply 0
  • Gradius 04/11/2013

    @Ergates_Antius "women"? All women or just some women like good old Anita sarkeesian? I've spoken to plenty of women who're as sick of this "objectification in video games" debate as I am, in fact plenty of women have uploaded videos talking about their feelings on the matter on youtube.

    I'm sure there are some women who dislike sexualised depictions of women in games, but there are plenty of women who have no problem with it or even like it, anecdotally my other half used to love the Soul Calibur character creator because she liked making over the top ridiculous sexy warrior women to play as.

    Regardless, you strongly implied that objectification in video games is materially detracting from the quality of life of women, I'm just interested in what evidence you have to prove that claim, and your answer is "Well, women say it does"...hmm.
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  • Gradius 04/11/2013

    @Ergates_Antius I disagree with your see-saw analogy, perhaps it would have been more accurate 30 years ago, but these days if you watch daytime TV it is geared totally towards women with men often being devalued, objectified, etc, if you drive around London you see huge billboards of Beckham in his underwear, if you watch adverts on TV, more often than not, men are portrayed as the bumbling buffoons while women are portrayed as the smart vixens who get everything right, if you read magazines aimed at women, often men are objectified to no end. Men simply don't seem to complain about it as much.. Your argument seems to be "yeah but men don't matter so like whatever".

    I also fail to see how sexualised depictions of fictional characters in comics or games are materially detracting from the quality of life for women, I think a lot of this is in your head to be honest.
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  • Gradius 04/11/2013

    @Ergates_Antius They complain about the depiction of WOMEN in magazines aimed at women (i.e. skinny/airbrushed/semi-nude models, etc). I've never seen large feminist campaigns to rein in the objectification of men within magazines like Cosmopolitan and other media aimed at women, if you can point me to a few prominent campaigns dealing with that specific issue perhaps I'll reconsider my stance on the issue. Reply 0
  • Xbox One Resolutiongate: the 720p fallout

  • Gradius 31/10/2013

    Sooo, in conclusion -

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  • Face-Off Preview: Battlefield 4 next-gen vs. PC

  • Gradius 29/10/2013

    @George-Roper I'm a PC (and console)gamer, and yes my rig absolutely obliterates any console when it comes to gaming, but honestly you do run into little hitches/annoyances with PC gaming more often than on consoles, I agree it's not as bad as some people make out, but I've had driver issues and suchlike once in a while, certain games just not running as they should, etc.. Reply +3
  • Gradius 29/10/2013

    So in conclusion -

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  • The Last of Us devs were originally going to reboot Jak and Daxter

  • Gradius 06/10/2013

    @Bander Yes I watched the whole thing, and I agree that men have always been viewed as expendable, but if that was the only point you wanted to make I would have just said that instead of linking a video which is for the most part not particularly relevant. Reply 0
  • Gradius 04/10/2013

    @Bander Sorry man but I have to disagree about that video being worth a watch, I don't believe that muscular or voluptuous video game characters are "damaging" to anybody. In my opinion people really need to get over this idea that people form expectations in reality because of the way video games look. Also that guys critique on how violent Joel is in TLOU is demented, Joel lives in a kill or be killed environment, so when necessary he kills in which ever way he can, seems like a no brainer to me... Reply 0
  • Gradius 04/10/2013

    @TheJuriel That depends completely on how the story would have been handled, even if it was that you were protecting Ellie so that she could one day have children, so what? Why would that be "not good"? Reply 0
  • Shadow of the Beast remake announced as PS4-exclusive

  • Gradius 21/08/2013

    I loved the original back when I was 9, but I'm seriously not loving the new character design, I mean he looks...like a mong... Shadow of the Mong :( Reply +1
  • Plagiarised versions of Magnetized made it onto XBLIG, Google Play

  • Gradius 18/07/2013

    This is a great idea, I'm going to send Madonna a personal email asking if I can have all the rights to her music, when she doesn't reply I'll just assume that's a yes.

    What a bunch of utter fools.
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  • American McGee launches Kickstarter for OZombie

  • Gradius 25/06/2013

    @Dr_Wadd Admittedly I haven't watched it, while I also love zombie films I personally found the premise (and cover art) a bit of a turn off so I steered clear of it. Reply +1
  • Gradius 25/06/2013

    I thought the article was gonna be about this:


    Yes, this is the type of classic you can find on Netflix :(
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  • PlayStation 4 action platformer Knack revealed

  • Gradius 21/02/2013

    If I'm honest I found the demo for this very underwhelming, in fact I found the whole conference underwhelming, the pad is very nicely designed but that was the only thing that I found pleasing.

    Knack isn't bad looking & maybe it'll be a great game, but it's not something that's going to 'wow' anyone really, perhaps my expectations are too high but regardless of the inevitable negs my comment will receive I can't pretend to be particularly impressed or excited by what I've seen so far...
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  • Sony sounds uncertain about European PS4 launch timing

  • Gradius 21/02/2013

    So we'll be last then...and they didn't actually even 'reveal' the console? Just the joypad which we'd all already seen?...meh Reply +2
  • PlayStation 4 Press Conference Live Report

  • Gradius 21/02/2013

    I'm going to bed, this show is worse than Loose Women. Reply 0
  • Gradius 21/02/2013

    EMOTION ENGINE!!! Reply 0
  • Gradius 21/02/2013

    Snoreclub Reply 0
  • Gradius 20/02/2013

    Killzone: Pants Fall Reply 0
  • Gradius 20/02/2013

    If I'm honest I don't really care what these guys are talking about, I just want to see what the PS4 looks like, I'm too tired to care about them trying to push vita and social networking on me... Reply 0
  • Sony patents an EyePad gaming tablet for use with a console

  • Gradius 17/02/2013

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  • The PS4 to feature cloud-based backwards compatibility - report

  • Gradius 16/02/2013

    @Suarez07 Are you just having a conversation with yourself or are you able to read what I'm typing here? When did I claim that Sony had said anything? I'm commenting on an article which calls this cloud based service "backwards compatibility", I disagree with this wording, I have no idea where your "entitlement/whining" nonsense is springing from? I think you need to calm yourself down. I'm perfectly entitled to my opinion & I really don't have time for rabid little 12 year old fanboys snapping at my heels because I inadvertently "insulted" their favourite console manufacturer. OK? Good. Reply +2
  • Gradius 16/02/2013

    @weebl Lets call it an educated guess, or do you think I'm way off here? You're expecting Sony to just give away these downloads? Pardon me if I don't hold my breath eh... Reply +1
  • Gradius 16/02/2013

    @Suarez07 "Self entitled whining"? Erm, no, I simply stated that being able to re-buy old games on a different medium does not = "backward compatibility", i.e. it is not compatible with my old collection, not too hard to grasp is it? Unfortunately it seems my comment stirred up the sad little fantard in you... Reply +4
  • Gradius 16/02/2013

    Well, it's not really "backwards compatibility" then, is it? It's just a lame way for Sony to encourage me re-buy the games I've already paid for...meh. Reply +4
  • Apple iPad 4 review

  • Gradius 13/01/2013

    @ajaxpliskin

    "See, your corporate pride is so strong that you have incorrectly assumed that I'm some advocate of a rival to your brand worship."

    If you had the capability to read you'd have seen that I stated I've just bought a Nexus 4 which is excellent, I have no allegiance to any specific brand or OS, etc.

    Your skewed definition of what is or what isn't a "vanity product" is irrelevant to me and everyone else but you. So I won't enter into that.

    "See, for me personally, I'm not bored of reality. I like to look and interact with people and loved ones instead of spending my life looking at a screen."

    Says the man having a conversation on a gaming forum. lulz. Owning a smart phone or tablet device doesn't necessarily mean you spend any longer using a computer, it just allows you to use a computer at your own convenience, being able to catch up on work emails, etc while you commute is time efficient and actually free's up time to spend with loved ones & friends, etc. Perhaps you're unemployed and have no need to juggle your time, but to many busy working people this convenience is an improvement. This has nothing to do with "vanity", my time is important to me, portable tablets/phones free up a little extra of that time.

    "I can look at a screen at my computer, I don't need to have one at hand 24/7. Neither do you in fact, you have one because someone convinced you that you needed one"

    I don't NEED a tablet, I don't NEED a phone, I don't NEED a PC, I don't NEED a games console, I don't NEED a house, but then it depends on your definition of "NEED", I don't NEED these things to live, however I do need them to fulfil certain tasks in a certain way, so what's your point? Or do you live in a cave with only enough food, fire & water to keep you warm, fed, watered and hence alive? No, didn't think so...

    "If I wanted to do music, I'd probably use an instrument and play to people in reality."

    Cool story bro, some of us however are more advanced and would rather play our instruments while recording them into a sequencing device in order to layer instruments and vocals to create a more intricate sound, or produce a modern piece of music, but hey, if you'd rather play your kazoo to your mum and her Bingo pals, that's your call, go for it.

    And finally -

    "Why would I know anything about Android apps?"

    If you have no clue as to what these devices are capable of or what people use them for, then you have no authority to speak on their usefulness. A normal person might consider a surgical instrument to be largely useless, however, a surgeon will be able to make great use of this tool. If you're just some anti-technology weirdo then I really don't see what you're doing on a gaming site. I'm left wondering what devices/computers/consoles you do have? Are they also "vanity products"?
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  • Gradius 09/01/2013

    @MancunianPsycho Yes, because repeating something which didn't make sense in the first place always makes it MUCH more true, this must be more Mancunian logic. This is great, I feel like David Attenborough trying to analyse the primitive thought process of the Baboon... Fascinating! Reply 0
  • Gradius 08/01/2013

    @MancunianPsycho Eh? So in your mind I'm "insecure" because you think I haven't been to Manchester? Yes, I see, because not visiting really crappy & relatively insignificant cities is a constant source of insecurity among men... Oh wait, no it isn't...

    Lol, where do you come up with this stuff, is that Mancunian "logic" or something? Dude, you're from Manchester and you can't afford an iPad, it's not my fault you're poor.
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  • Gradius 07/01/2013

    @GuyNoir Yes, quite, although I don't think that's going to be an issue for him considering he just said he has a Galaxy S III... Reply 0
  • Gradius 07/01/2013

    @ajaxpliskin For some people there may well be an aspect of that, but then there's nothing wrong with liking well made and stylish items, right? As a musician though personally Android tablets don't offer me what I need, can you show me anything as good as Garage Band available on the Android platform? Nope, didn't think so. When it comes to audio creation apps Apple have got it down to a tee, Android lags depressingly behind in this area. Horses for courses my friend... Reply -1
  • Gradius 04/01/2013

    @Darren Glad to hear you're enjoying it mate, I thought you would :) Reply 0
  • Gradius 03/01/2013

    @MancunianPsycho

    "Do you 'it has a beautiful screen' losers realise that most tech products released since the 'Retina display' have actually had a better screen than it?"

    Even if that were true (which it really isn't), why would that stop the iPad having a beautiful screen?

    Regardless, the first "Retina display" iPad was released almost a year ago, there have been plenty of tablets released since then and to my knowledge the only comparable device with a comparable display is the Nexus 10, which does indeed have a higher res display, although it lacks in contrast and can appear washed out, so it's a trade off, you could quite easily argue that either screen is "better" or "worse".

    It's cool though, your iPad envy isn't really a surprise, with you being a Mancunian I wouldn't expect you to be accustomed to having nice things.

    This is you > :'(
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  • Gradius 22/12/2012

    @Darren I got the cheapy 16GB wifi only version for 399, streaming works fine but file copying sucks balls, basically everything has to go through iTunes, which is a pain in the arse, but once you accept that drag 'n' drop (from PC to iPad) doesn't work and iTunes must be used, it's not so bad, basically you get used to it. And yes, screen aspect ratio isn't as good for movies as you do get black bars, however the screen shape works out much better for reading, also the selection in the app store really is great, not to mention that many of the cross platform apps I've tried work much better on iPad Reply 0
  • Gradius 22/12/2012

    @Darren I'd go with the iPad, honestly I've always been an Android kinda guy, before last month I'd never owned a single Apple product, but recently I wanted to update from my Samsung G-Ace and my Galaxy Tab, and it just so happened the the new Nexus toys (10 & 4) came along at the right time, anyway, cut a long story short, I got the Nexus 4, great phone, Android 4.2 is lovely, but I didn't manage to get the Nexus 10 before it sold out, so instead of waiting I went and bought my first ever Apple product, the iPad4, Sadly I fucking love it, iOS is more locked in than Android but it's also smoother and more intuitive, and honestly I'm now enjoying the best of both worlds, I certainly don't regret giving the iPad a chance, and yes I used to sneer at Apple but I can't deny the iPads qualities, it's a really, REALLY nice piece of kit to use. Reply 0
  • Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 trailer shows off combat, towns, platforming

  • Gradius 23/12/2012

    Many years ago Final Fantasy used to be a fun game, I remember those days fondly. Reply 0
  • Face-Off: Tekken Tag Tournament 2 on Wii U

  • Gradius 23/12/2012

    So...the actual game is worse on the Wii-U, but you can play in a Mario outfit? Yeah, I'll give that a miss thanks. Reply +1
  • Borderlands 2 patch aims to finally fix Badass Rank bug

  • Gradius 13/12/2012

    This is why I hate this "update" culture. I love Gearbox and the Borderlands games but BL2 was released in what was honestly an unacceptable state, I was 90% though my first playthrough when I lost my BA rank, it really damaged my experience with the game, but I took it like a man and started to rebuild my rank from zero... Until halfway through my second playthrough when I lost my rank AGAIN, I stopped playing at that point, not to mention there were many other smaller bugs I ran into during my time with the game, anyway maybe I'll get back into it now. Reply +1
  • Face-Off: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on Wii U

  • Gradius 30/11/2012

    I don't really get why people are trying to compare the poor performance of the Wii-U to the early PS3 situation where ports weren't standing up to the 360 versions. The PS3 & 360 were both of the same generation, they were both released in the dark ages, ye days of old before people even knew what an iPad was. The Wii-U is much newer & should be absolutely obliterating these old consoles, the fact that some people aren't more disappointed by this completely dismal performance surprises me.

    I honestly don't know if Nintendo are going to be able to keep hold of their massive profits this generation. I certainly won't be buying this console. Roll on XB720 & PS4...
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  • Google Nexus 4 review

  • Gradius 25/11/2012

    This would be my favourite phone in the world... If Google had actually sent me one instead of putting me on "back order"...Hurry up Google you wankers! Reply 0
  • Apple sells three million iPads in three days

  • Gradius 05/11/2012

    @PinktotheLast You're a person who has enough disposable income to waste money on Apple phones and tablets but not enough money to buy a car with a nice badge on it.

    *internet fixed* :)
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  • How the Sex Pistols, Fight Club and James Dean made the new Dante

  • Gradius 05/11/2012

    This is how I view the new Dante...


    I'll still buy the game though, at some point...
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  • Resident Evil 6: Zombie Dinosaur!

  • Gradius 05/10/2012

    @LR100 In an ideal world that would be true, but in the real world, Jedward are worth 4.5 million... Reply 0
  • "There is something we haven't told everybody about when you play the cube..."

  • Gradius 02/10/2012

    What's inside the cube?... That's a tough one, but I'm guessing it's probably the dead rotting corpse of Milo...and the remnants of the many other bullshit claims/projects/etc that Moly likes to jabber on about but never produce? Reply -1
  • Resident Evil 6 review

  • Gradius 02/10/2012

    After about four or five hours of play (in split screen co-op mode) I'm really quite enjoying this. Sure, it's certainly not the best game ever, I have noticed camera annoyances & such like but it really isn't that bad, I think if people forget about the 'title' of the game and just enjoy it for what it is, it's pretty good. So far I'd probably give it a 7/10, basically in the same league as RE5 for me, if you liked that, there's a good chance you'll like this I should think...

    As for sites like Destructoid giving it a 3/10, well, in my opinion that's absolutely ridiculous. I dislike reviews/sites that intentionally give highly anticipated titles a panning just to pull in the "controversy hits" just as much as I dislike sites being paid off to give out 10/10s.

    Anyway, to conclude, I'd say if you enjoyed 5, then this is probably a safe enough bet. If you didn't enjoy 5 then stay away.
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  • EA says stereoscopic 3D "isn't a major factor" as tech fails to turn up at Sony press conferences

  • Gradius 21/08/2012

    Basically what he's saying is that EA are not/have never been/will never be innovators, he's only willing to try something if it's already been done by someone else and has already proven to be (financially) successful.

    Why try something new when you can just put out another 500 versions of the same game every year...
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  • Regaining fans' trust in Final Fantasy will take a "long time", FF14 producer says

  • Gradius 18/08/2012

    There hasn't been a single FF title I've enjoyed for over ten years, it's not just one game SE has 'failed' with, IMO everything after FFX has basically been total dross, shiny graphics but dross none the less... Reply -2
  • The Commodore 64 turned 30 today

  • Gradius 02/08/2012

    The C64 was the first computer I owned, it was coming up to my 7th birthday and I was deciding whether to get a Tomy Omnibot or a C64, I went with the C64 as I already owned a few Tomy robots, I loved the Bruce Lee game with that fat green 'Yamo' character who used to yawn at you and then try to kill you....Memories... Reply 0