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  • Report: Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey secretly funded pro-Trump meme website

  • GreyBeard 24/09/2016

    The reality is that for many of these raging nut-jobs, anyone right of centre is on the same level as a KKK member or any other extremist. Its basically the exact same principle as saying every Muslim is a potential ISIL jihadi.

    The hypocrisy is astounding.
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  • GreyBeard 23/09/2016

    Sorry, this whole "wrong politics = justifiable cause to destroy someone" mentality is so beyond fucked up.

    It cracks me up when they back it with glib justifications such as "being on the right side of history" and the like, as if every bunch of tyrannical, genocidal fucks EVER didn't think they were in the right when they were doing their shit too.

    Generally speaking, people are at their absolute worst when they absolve their consciences and basic humanity and simply believe "God" is on their side and therefore anything they do is automatically just.

    "God" of course meaning any sort of moral/political/social dogma that places itself as a higher purpose that cannot be questioned.
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  • GreyBeard 23/09/2016

    Woohoo,the pitchfork-wielding masses have got new witch to burn! And its the very best kind of Witch, one that is politically correct to hate on!

    Fuck Trump, but also fuck all the opportunistic hateful maggots that are going to jump in on this because this sort of revelation makes Luckey a "legitimate" target.
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  • Dark Souls 3: Ashes of Ariandel paints a world worth revisiting

  • GreyBeard 22/09/2016

    Shame DS3 is by some margin the weakest of the souls games. Its lack of ambition and innovation, and worst of all its linearity, really hurt its replayability.

    First time through is great, but it gets old kinda quick and I'm not sure if this DLC will do much to change that impression.

    Still buying the DLC, but I wish it had the same substance as Bloodborne's "old hunters" and accompanying patch did.
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  • Microsoft on Project Scorpio, PS4 Pro marketing and Xbox tweets

  • GreyBeard 21/09/2016

    "Put gamers at the center of everything", now go watch some UHD Blu-rays...

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  • Rise of the Tomb Raider: the first PS4 Pro vs PC graphics comparison

  • GreyBeard 15/09/2016

    Bigger question is whether Scorpio will include the ESRAM that eats up so much die-space on the Xbone APU. I'd suspect not given how much of a boost the rest of the gpu-side is getting, but they might need to retain it for backwards compatibility... and if they do thats going to have knock-ons for the rest of the apu design.

    From a pure tech standpoint its interesting because its a much more customized design than PS4 to iterate from.
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  • GreyBeard 15/09/2016


    Scorpio is absolutely not getting a Zen cpu, AMD themselves ruled out all semi-custom applications before 2018.
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  • Fallout 4 and Skyrim PS4 mods look dead - and Bethesda blames Sony

  • GreyBeard 12/09/2016

    If I was Sony I wouldn't allow mods. Bethesda's shitty bug-ridden code is bad enough in the first place, but adding a whole slew of untested add-ons is basically asking for trouble, particularly in terms of system security. Reply -2
  • Digital Foundry: Three hours with PlayStation 4 Pro

  • GreyBeard 10/09/2016

    I'm so looking forward to face-offs once Pro launches. Because lets face it, at 1080p -the res most people will play games at- its going to shit all over the Xbone.

    Lets see how long "bu-but Xbone has UHD blu-ray" lasts when it literally has no chance of competing with a system with a faster cpu and a gpu that is 3 times as fast.

    Sorry to get all console warrior on you all, but it really has to be said because its a fucking inevitable reality check.

    Lets be real for once. UHD Bluray and 4K streaming/scaling are all well and good, but they are entirely irrelevant if you don't have a 4K display - and the overwhelming majority of users wont have one. However what Pro has, has very real benefits at 1080p and for VR applications.

    Not saying this because I've got an axe to grind against xbox, just that the way that such obvious technological advantages are being minimized by fanboys is annoying as hell to me. Yes, the Pro can handle resolutions higher than 1080p, but its not just a case of it upscaling standard hd content - that considerable power surplus over stock PS4 can be used in many ways.

    That should be exciting... and yet all I read is bleating over what it doesn't do! /facepalm
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  • Sony plays down PS4 Pro's lack of 4K Blu-ray disc support

  • GreyBeard 09/09/2016

    I think people are missing the point a bit by thinking that Sony will care particularly about people buying an Xbone S just for UHD Blu-Ray. The profit centre is selling games, and if the only reason someone wants an Xbone S is to watch Blu-Ray on it, they aren't going to be making much money from it beyond the initial purchase.

    Their job is to be better than the competition as far as the games go, and as we all know PS4 was already the stronger performer in that area. Pro increasing their lead even further.

    Seems like the whole TV TV TV angle of the Xbone, which really hasn't served them terribly well thus far, is alive and kicking.
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  • GreyBeard 09/09/2016


    If you were so hell-bent on getting a UHD BD-player why didn't you buy an Xbone S already, its a damn sight cheaper than practically every standalone player out there?
    Could it be you're just talking shit? I think it might be :D
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  • GreyBeard 08/09/2016

    Noone really gives a shit about UHD Blu-Ray, its just being used as lame point-scoring exercise by fanboys.

    If it was such a big deal a lot more would have been said about it when MS announced its support on the Xbone S back at E3... but nope, noone said dick back then, and its only coming up now as a straw-man.
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  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with the CUH-2000 PS4 Slim

  • GreyBeard 09/09/2016


    Why would you do that? I mean seriously, for an extra 100 you get double the HD capacity, over double the computing power, and a few minor bonuses like an additional USB port and an optical out.

    Unless you are struggling for cash, or simply cannot wait a couple of months, I'd say the Pro is a no-brainer.
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  • Microsoft's bullish response to Sony's PS4 Pro and slim

  • GreyBeard 08/09/2016 Reply -1
  • GreyBeard 08/09/2016


    COD is a 60fps game already you plank! It already prioritizes framerate over graphics and you're still not happy.
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  • GreyBeard 08/09/2016


    Well exactly, and the kicker is of course that the longer a person spends inside one particular provider's ecosystem, the harder it gets to justify "swapping sides".

    By the time Scorpio comes out, a lot of people will have been in the PSN bubble for a long time... breaking them out will be a far tougher ask than keeping them in - which I suspect is why Sony have moved first.
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  • GreyBeard 08/09/2016


    Yeah, this is what I was basically telling Frazzl in the other thread.

    Both companies are on the same APU track from the same tech provider, so whoever moves first to market will always have the advantage.

    Whatever one offers, there'll always be a better, faster option within 12 months because thats the release cadence AMD is on.
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  • GreyBeard 08/09/2016

    MS are bullish because they know full well they are going to get steam-rolled this holiday season, and very likely at least until Scorpio comes out.

    They have literally thrown everything but the Kitchen sink at Xbone in order to make it competitive and yet are still losing ground every single month. This is Sony's first real riposte since the platform launched, and its a triple-threat with Slim, Pro, and PSVR all launching within a couple of months.

    Add to this the dark horse of NX waiting in the wings and Xbox is in for an extremely rough 12 months.

    LOL All those rate-downs, guess the truth hurts eh fanboys.
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  • Sony announces PlayStation 4 Pro for November 2016, priced 349

  • GreyBeard 08/09/2016


    Don't worry, I'll amend it when Scorpio gets properly unveiled next year LOL.

    That way it'll have a price-point attached so we can see what sort of value it offers.

    Not that it matters as Xbox will be so far behind by that point its never going to be able to catch up before Sony gets an even more powerful APU from AMD.

    See when both competitors are taking their tech from the same provider, first mover always has the advantage. MS are fucked basically unless Sony makes some sort of catastrophic misstep.
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  • GreyBeard 08/09/2016


    I omitted Scorpio because there isn't a spec sheet publicly available to take the numbers from.

    MS promises at E3 have zero currency to me given their recent track record of bullshitting egregiously at every hardware announcement. I mean, c'mon Kinect, Hololens, "the power of the cloud", and several flavours of "special sauce" which were magically going to make up the difference between Xbone and PS4 ... all turned out to be less than advertised.

    Like I said, facts.
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  • GreyBeard 08/09/2016

    Just going to leave this here:
    Xbox One - 1.3TF
    Xbox One S - 1.4TF
    PS4/PS4 S - 1.8TF
    PS4 Pro - 4.2TF

    Facts. How do they work?
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  • GreyBeard 07/09/2016


    By your own admission, your approach is ineffective!

    Bottom line, friends tend to put up with or laugh off other friends minor bullshit. That's what friends do.

    But bullshit is still bullshit.
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  • GreyBeard 07/09/2016


    Maybe you should stop trying to "convert" them. It makes you seem needy and desperate for validation - hardly the disposition of someone in a better position.
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  • GreyBeard 07/09/2016

    Hand on heart, does anyone not see Sony comprehensively burying MS at retail over the next 12 months with the double-whammy of the Slim and Pro units?

    I just can't see Scorpio standing a chance either, the hole they'll be in by that point will simply be too deep to dig themselves out of.
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  • GreyBeard 07/09/2016

    Interesting. Guy from CD talking about RotTR having 3 dynamically switchable modes on Pro. 1080p high frame-rate, 1080p max render quality, and 4K mode.

    Possibly indicative of what many AAA single-player titles will offer.
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  • GreyBeard 07/09/2016


    Just the expected fanboy stupidity. There's no way to really downplay the fact its an awful lot more powerful than the Xbone for a very competitive price.

    Same deal with the bullshit about HD-Bluray, its a nice box-top feature but entirely irrelevant to games and gaming, and appeals only to a niche of a niche.
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  • GreyBeard 07/09/2016

    Being real, how the hell do MS dig themselves out of this hole? They are going to get murdered over the next 12 months, increasing the install-base divide to the extent that the PS4 line would have to literally shift no units for a couple of years in order for them to catch up.

    Do they double-down, and just treat Scorpio as a whole new platform (basically abandon Xbone in terms of software production) and risk alienating their existing fans in order to get an 360-style fresh start? Or do they play it like Sony, compete on price and eat the manufacturing cost losses (Scorpio isn't a $399 design) in order to gain traction in an ecosystem thats trailing so far behind its primary competitor its unlikely to ever catch up.
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  • GreyBeard 07/09/2016

    LOL I love the smell of fanboy terror in the evening. Reply +9
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt review

  • GreyBeard 30/08/2016

    Still think combat looks pants and the art-direction and voice-acting are pedestrian. Reply -10
  • Metal Gear Solid 5 Definitive Edition spotted at various retailers

  • GreyBeard 30/08/2016

    Great game gets tons of shit hurled at it because the usual spoilt-brats believe they deserve more... never mind the what's there, what's "missing" is all that matters to these chimps.

    Behold. The sorry state of gaming today.
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  • Disgruntled No Man's Sky players thrust Sony's PS4 refund policy back into the spotlight

  • GreyBeard 20/08/2016


    Simple answer is don't deal with companies who's policies or pricing you disagree with. Noone can fault you for that, and it shows you are actually committed to the premise.

    However, if you do persist in dealing with them you are basically saying, "I'm ok with this", which is also fine. Just if you do that, you can't turn around and play the "anti-consumer" card without looking like a weak-willed, overly self-entitled whiner.

    Super simple.

    It also needs to be remembered that not every complaint levelled is a legitimate one. Particularly not in a strictly legal sense. For example the issues you bring up aren't actionable: They can charge what they want for luxury (non-essential) goods because its their store, and I don't recall any sort of bandwidth guarantee being offered or implied in the PSN terms of service so whether its capped or not is irrelevant.

    You might not like it, and as I've said, fair-play to you if you don't, but you can't just assume that you are legally entitled to a better deal.

    And that, in a nutshell, is the crux of the matter. You have to take responsibilty for your own choices, and recognize that your expectations and "standards" aren't necessarily legally obligatory.

    In short start acting like adults, rather than spoilt bratty kids.
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  • GreyBeard 19/08/2016

    Allow me to further express why I find this whole thing so laughable:

    Imagine there's two games shops in town, lets call them Shop A and Shop B.

    The proprietor of Shop A is lovely, he's friendly, he's hip, he's down with the kids and offers a quibble free refund policy.

    The proprietor of Shop B is me, a crusty, uncompromising old cunt, who couldn't give a toss what you think about him and has a harsh NO REFUNDS policy.

    If you buy from Shop B and get knocked-back or given some verbals when you try and return a game because it "gave you motion sickness", "didn't run at x Fps", "didn't live up to the hype", or whatever other trivial reason...

    Who's really at fault? Me, Shopkeeper B with a clear policy that you might disagree with, but one you knew of on the way in, or you for believing you could impose shopkeeper A's policies on me because it happens to suit you?

    At which point you then rush to register your displeasure on the internet and expose the unfairness in the system, and how you're consumer rights are being oppressed!

    Check your ego. If you didn't like the deal, why did you take it? Why specifically did you take it from a vendor with a known restrictive returns policy when there were alternatives? And even if there wasn't, the product was never a necessity in the first-place so its always been about desire not need.

    If you came in, and bought purportedly a game on disc but what actually turned out to be drinks coaster, then yeah that would be taking the piss. But just because it turns out that its a game you don't happen to like as much as you expected, HELL NO!
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  • GreyBeard 19/08/2016


    No hostility here mate, it wasn't an angry "Oh fuck off!", it was just me exclaiming "are you kidding me with this bollocks?"

    "Anti-consumer" is such an abused term in this sphere, basically coming up every time there's a reality check for the poor little lambs not getting their own way every time.

    Here's where I stand: Games are like books, movies and music. They are entertainments not appliances. You pays your money and you take your choice.

    If it turns out to be a bad decision, well, cry me a river! That's how it works, and if it bothers you that much you should be more discerning with your choices.

    Besides its a leisure purchase made with presumably disposable cash, if you had more serious and important things needing to be bought, and you decided top pick up a game instead... welp, congratulations you're a moron and I have no sympathy for you!

    This not being the case why should I or anyone else give a toss how you fritter away your pin money? Its certainly not a matter for public concern.
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  • GreyBeard 19/08/2016


    Some of us are sick of the culture of irresponsibility, or more accurately the abdication of personal responsibility.

    Particularly when we're dealing with a piece of entertainment media, not something defined absolutely by its functionality/fitness for purpose.
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  • GreyBeard 19/08/2016


    Oh fuck off! So sick of "anti-consumer" being used as an excuse by idiots who are apparently incapable of taking responsibility for their purchasing decisons.

    What a bunch of whiny babies modern gamers are!

    Rate down away kids, I care not how hard done to by this nasty industry you think you are.
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  • The first post-Kojima Metal Gear is a co-op survival game set in an alternate reality

  • GreyBeard 17/08/2016

    Will need to see more, but might turn out alright. The fundamentals of MGSV's combat system were so good, and the general efficiency of Fox Engine is so high its got to stand a chance.

    As to the usual whiners: MGSV already contains wormholes, mutants and, yes, zombies. So I don't see them straying too far off the map creatively with this.
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  • Bound review

  • GreyBeard 15/08/2016


    Not played the game yet, but in the video I mention it shows distinct visual and mechanical changes depending on order. It actually seems that replayability was a concern and that they have put in a few things like some sort of giant meta-puzzle to keep people interested.

    Here's the link anyway:

    Took me awhile to find it, as it was on gamespot not IGN
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  • GreyBeard 15/08/2016

    Shame the review doesn't really describe how the game changes depending on the order in which the stages are played, and how certain events are dependent on the same sequencing effect.

    There's a lengthy IGN video describing this, so it seems like its more than a one and done title.
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  • Xbox Project Scorpio: Specs vs PS4 Neo, proposed release date, price, and everything we know

  • GreyBeard 07/08/2016

    How many articles are EG going to spin out of the same non-information that's been floating around since E3 at the latest?

    This is getting really silly now.
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  • Salt and Sanctuary dev pleads people calm down over delayed Vita port

  • GreyBeard 04/08/2016

    Funny how when internet douchebaggery like this impinges upon the cherished social justice and gender politics sphere, outlets like this don't have an issue taking a side in the behavioral debate.

    Yet in cases like this, which are far more common, they are suddenly more neutral and passive than Switzerland!
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  • Yes, Final Fantasy 15 has a season pass

  • GreyBeard 03/08/2016


    The only thing that's "obvious" here is your paranoia and sense of predestined victimhood!
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  • HTC Vive price hike for UK - blame Brexit

  • GreyBeard 01/08/2016

    That they'd elect not to swallow the exchange rate variation says to me that they have very few orders to fulfill, and have thus decided to ream the rubes who were already paying a stupid sum to the max. Reply +1
  • Is Capcom about to announce a new Dragon's Dogma?

  • GreyBeard 29/07/2016


    Disregarding the sarcasm:

    Young girls maybe would like a game tailored for them?

    Its not like the budget's are likely to be anywhere near comparable anyway.
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  • Watch: This is the Police is fun, but ill-judged

  • GreyBeard 23/07/2016


    Why fixate so much on this aspect of the fiction? When major social ills like violent criminality and police corruption are also part of the mix why does verbiage require specific contextualization?

    Fictional murder is fine, but slurs are somehow beyond the pale? Why? What's the basis for this when both are reflective of real-world issues?

    I hate the idea that you can have a fictional character commit any sort of vile act, but only if you moralize about it afterwards. Like that makes it "alright".

    Fiction needs to be allowed to be irresponsible because the alternative is pabulum and propaganda.
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  • GreyBeard 22/07/2016

    Indeed, intent is pretty much irrelevent. It is about what is done, and what harm is caused to others because of that.

    The problem is, there's a large faction of people on the internet who are so utterly convinced of their righteousness that they believe curtailing freedom of expression is an entirely correct course of actions if that results in only the "right" speech and politics being aired in public discourse.

    The end justifies the means. Which is why they remain blissfully unconcerned by the negative consequences of their tactics.

    And I'm sorry, but I see no positive result thus far in the rise of political correctness and social-justice slacktivism. Its just resulted in polarization and increased hostility. Are women, non-CIS people and persons of colour facing less discrimination than they were before this whole thing blew up?

    No, what in fact we are looking at is Donald fucking Trump as GoP presidential candidate!

    People need to rethink their attitudes and approaches, because its not that I or people who share my views are hostile to your goals, its your process we have major issues with.
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  • GreyBeard 22/07/2016

    What a bunch of bullshit. "I'm not saying issues like this can't be discussed in videogames" but... they need to be discussed in a way I personally find politically correct and ideological acceptable.

    That's not a fucking "discussion" Johnny, that's called toe-ing the political line.
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  • Xbox console sales down as Xbox One S and Scorpio loom

  • GreyBeard 20/07/2016

    Sony will have a more powerful equivalent to the Scorpio within 2 years of its launch which doesn't leave Xbox nearly enough time to make up the install-base differential.

    Its hard to get excited about this sort of arms-race when both participants are getting their tech from the same vendor, its not like either side is going to steal a march on the other!

    Meaning that its all about ecosystem, and the way things stand Sony are looking to have a huge advantage to start off, and a great opportunity to really capitalize further over the next 12 months.
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  • Three years on, how does Bioshock Infinite hold up?

  • GreyBeard 04/07/2016

    Bioshock was the most critically overrated game of its generation in my view.

    Not saying it was a bad game by any means, just a lot more ordinary and flawed than the fawning reviews it got at release suggested.

    Infinite I really wanted to like, but truthfully I found it no fun to play.
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  • Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness review

  • GreyBeard 01/07/2016

    No western RPG has combat that's in the same league as Dragon's Dogma, and certainly not the the Souls' series if you want to stretch the criteria towards more ARPG territory.

    So, for those of us who demand actual quality gameplay in the area that's at the heart of the levelling experience, Japan still has a lot of offer.
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  • AMD Radeon RX 480 review

  • GreyBeard 29/06/2016

    Console-beating performance for 3/4 - 2/3 the price of a console. Cpu, memory, mobo, BD, Hard-drives, Case, PSU, and O/S not included.

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