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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.
    Reply +3
  • 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.
    Reply -1
  • 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.
    Reply +1
  • 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!
    Reply -3
  • 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.

    Reply +2
  • Fatherhood isn't the shortcut to emotional complexity games wish it was

  • GreyBeard 28/06/2016

    Play Nier, best/worst dad ever. :D Reply +1
  • GreyBeard 28/06/2016

    Hmmm, teaching your kid how to hunt and feed himself and others seems like a pretty valuable skill in pre-Norse world! Especially with giant trolls and dragons and various other mythical beasties around.

    And besides, let's be honest, bemoaning 5 min show demos taking "short cuts" to anything is the definition of redundant criticism.
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  • What does Brexit mean for the UK video games industry?

  • GreyBeard 24/06/2016


    You think this thread is bad... Yikes, you need to check out neogaf for a shit-show of truly epic proportions.
    Reply +4
  • GreyBeard 24/06/2016


    It was a general comment about how the extreme left is driving more and more moderates into the clutches of the right with their rabid intolerance and name-calling.

    Its worked with Brexit and I'm increasingly concerned that its going to do the same with Trump. Judging by the internet at least.

    Holding high-ideals does not make it ok to act like a raging douchebag to anyone who holds a dissenting opinion. This whole "If you're not with us, you're against us" mentality is toxic because it is essentially destructive and divisive.

    I'm sickened by a generation who seem to believe the only way to build a consensus is by eliminating those who would disagree with them. Everyone else is racist, xenophobic, stupid, or simply old... therefore they don't matter.

    Their rhetoric is that by excluding or denigrating their opinions, they are somehow attaining victory. Whilst failing to realize those same people ARE STILL THERE IN THE WORLD WITH THEM, and are now (rightfully) even more pissed-off and antagonistic than they were.
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  • GreyBeard 24/06/2016


    I'm not actually in disagreement with you, I'm just pointing out the obvious consequence of going down that road.
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  • GreyBeard 24/06/2016


    So, if remain "wins" next time, do we go for a best-of-three?
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  • GreyBeard 24/06/2016


    Which makes the obnoxious element of the left worse than the right in my mind because of the staggering hypocrisy in preaching for inclusiveness on one hand then screeching for the exclusion of those who disagree with them on the other.

    Fuck any so called "Liberal" who's more authoritarian than the right-wingers they stand against. You're missing the point.
    Reply +1
  • GreyBeard 24/06/2016

    Weak pound = better for UK development, as investment mainly comes from US/Asia.

    As to a skills gap, give me a fucking break, the UK industry as whole has been on a massive backslide since the turn of the century leaving a lot of talented people unemployed or relocating overseas.
    Reply +9
  • Zoids not zombies: Horizon presents a brighter post-apocalypse

  • GreyBeard 21/06/2016

    Kinda funny that people are saying Sony was heavy on the post-apocalyptic front when MS had Gears, ReCore, and not one but two specifically zombie apocalypse titles! Reply +24
  • Final Fantasy 15 E3 demo shows big performance increase

  • GreyBeard 20/06/2016


    Fortunately the world generally doesn't give a single fuck about your pathetic fixations... err I mean "standards".

    You're not any sort of gaming connoisseur, you're just a regular whining fanboy.
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  • Are 4K visuals really the best use for Project Scorpio and PlayStation Neo?

  • GreyBeard 18/06/2016

    Well, MS just announced a "4k ready" console that is still barely powerful enough to run most of its big-games at a native 1080p, so I don't see why anyone is expecting Sony to impose a hard-restriction on 4K.

    There's also the small matter of the leaked specs/guidelines for the NEO specifying a 1080p minimum, indicating that Sony do in fact expect titles to upscale. That this exists, whilst the machine must also be capable of running base PS4 titles (which do not obey this restriction) suggests to me that they are expecting NEO titles to run at 3 profile settings: 1. Base PS4, 2. NEO 1080p, and 3 NEO 4K.
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  • Eurogamer's best of E3 2016

  • GreyBeard 17/06/2016

    Sea Of Thieves... hmmm... let's be honest, pretty much every co-op focused game that the press has gushed about from controlled showings has underperformed or failed spectacularly once it entered the wild of actual release. How many "best of show" awards did Evolve get, Titanfall being "the next big thing", etc. Rare does not have the cachet of Bungie, so any comparisons to Destiny are moot.

    And sorry, but the endless, pretentious, portentous, presentation of Dishonoured2 at the Bethesda show turned me off completely.
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  • Microsoft's mixed messages at E3 aren't pretty for Xbox One owners

  • GreyBeard 16/06/2016


    It just shows how rare articles critical of MS are on this site, that so many fans like you are outraged and crying "bias" when one occasionally crops up.
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  • GreyBeard 16/06/2016


    The point is that making Xbox independent of the hardware, i.e. a functionally software-only platform/ecosystem, devalues the hardware in a market sense.

    Which raises the obvious question as to why MS are further undermining themselves by pushing 3 distinct pieces of hardware (plus variants) into the public consciousness?

    Perception is all important when driving a product forward, so if one part of the line-up fails it damages all related products because it erodes the whole in terms of consumer confidence.

    3 mediocre sellers is not nearly so good as a single market-leader because the media will always focus on the best and most popular thing.
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  • Sony E3 2016 conference live report

  • GreyBeard 14/06/2016

    Blue team wins. Easily. Reply +1
  • Microsoft E3 2016 conference live report

  • GreyBeard 13/06/2016


    The utter absence of anything shown launching later than Q1 next year is a big clue. (Dead)

    Not that it matters when they show the exact same franchises year after year.
    Reply +1
  • GreyBeard 13/06/2016


    Tons of sequels, and nothing new games-wise. A new SKU that's going to be obsolete in a year, and lots of reasons why noone actually needs to buy a piece of Xbox hardware.

    Good content, but nothing to pull in anyone who's not already committed to the brand.
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  • Xbox One exclusive ReCore release date leaked

  • GreyBeard 13/06/2016

    This is going to tank so hard its gonna make Quantum Break look like GTA. Reply -4
  • Three new consoles will dominate E3 - even if they're not there

  • GreyBeard 12/06/2016

    New consoles have traditionally meant new titles that you have to buy the hardware to experience. This is absolutely not the case here, these are just upgrades that play the exact same software.

    It really is apples and oranges. Like comparing the release of a new PC component to the launch of a whole new platform. PSVR is actually a far more meaningful event in that its introducing a whole new line of titles that you absolutely need to buy the hardware to enjoy.

    But hey, that's not a significant event anymore apparently... even though a potential partnership between Xbox and Oculus is... Hmmm, that MS slant is showing again methinks.
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  • We don't know why Sony's making PS4K, but there are plenty of reasons it shouldn't

  • GreyBeard 11/06/2016

    The whole "second class citizen" argument is blatant concern-trolling.

    If you have to have the highest fidelity and best tech possible, you aren't going to be buying a console in the first place. The need to upgrade a console is no greater or lesser than having to upgrade a PC or a phone. If you have the disposable cash to play the same stuff as everyone else at a higher resolution and frame-rate, good for you. Its a nice option to have, but its important to recognise that an option is all it is, it isn't a requirement and you aren't missing out on anything of actual substance if you decide not to bother.

    If you think everyone who doesn't have the best-in-class TV, smartphone, PC, whatever is somehow less-than or deprived because of it, you're a moron. Actually, scratch that: You a first-rank moron. Congratulations on your elite-level stupidity.
    Reply -4
  • GreyBeard 10/06/2016


    Microsoft "own" PC gaming? Don't make me laugh! Sales on the windows store are pitiful and they've basically had to sacrifice a ton of income from actually selling their OS to try and establish it as viable alternative to Steam in terms of install-base.

    There's also a big question of what is Xbox live actually worth if its not a requirement to play online with?
    Reply -3
  • GreyBeard 10/06/2016

    Unfortunate but true fact: The biggest selling console of the last gen was a SD only one, the Wii.

    Nintendo tried to double down with a HD follow-up, and it tanked.

    There is no correlation between resolution and sales. Noone but internet fan-tards actually gives a shit.
    Reply +1
  • GreyBeard 10/06/2016

    "Taking one step towards an upgradeable PC model is one step further away from the age-old appeal of consoles - and if it comes to a straight fight, there'd be little reason to opt for a PlayStation, with its awful UI and storefront with amped-up prices, over a PC running Steam."

    This quote tells you all you need to know about where Martin is coming from, and how ignorant a place that is.

    If performance was the sole concern, consoles then could never stand a chance against PC. Actually, scratch that, average performance PC users would be the minority, and power-users/enthusiasts who don't blanch at >400 gpus the majority.

    That the reverse is in fact true says all that needs to be said.

    The age-old appeal of consoles is that they are plug-and-play, have platform exclusive titles, have walled-garden online ecosystems where the hacks and cheating endemic to PC aren't nearly such a concern.

    Consoles will always be lower-maintainence than regular pc's. And that's a big fucking deal as demonstrated by the way tablets have eviscerated the laptop/notebook market over the last few years.

    Incremental updates do not impede any of the things that actually matter, in fact they arguably improve consumer confidence due to the ecosystem supplanting the hardware as the defining element of a platform.
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  • Dead Rising 4, State of Decay 2 tipped for Microsoft E3 reveal

  • GreyBeard 07/06/2016


    You don't grow market share as a platform holder by recycling the same exclusive franchises over and over.

    If you really wanted a Dead Rising game on XBone, you would have jumped onboard at launch when DR3 was released.

    Another entry doesn't broaden your portfolio because you're just appealing to the same potential buyer.
    Reply -4
  • GreyBeard 07/06/2016

    Yawn. More of the same. MS need to change the script if they want to improve their market position Reply -10
  • Capcom bans pro fighting game player due to sexual harassment

  • GreyBeard 03/06/2016

    Oh America. PC lynch-mobs on the left fucking Trump and co on the right... This really isn't going to end well. Reply 0
  • PS4 passes 40m sales milestone

  • GreyBeard 28/05/2016


    Not excited about an unannounced upgrade? Who'd a thunk it?

    And honestly, if MS announce a better console a year plus off, where does that leave their current offering? Which lets not forget is currently Dead in Japan, lagging badly in continental Europe and behind in UK/NA already...

    Its not a good spot. Especially given their track record of bullshit overpromising in the last few years; ESRAM didn't save them, DX12 didn't save them, the "cloud" that's yet to arrive...

    All this and they are still playing catch-up with Sony on VR and hardware iteration, whilst simultaneously sacrificing key USP's left and right to prop up Win10!
    Reply -4
  • The Last Guardian re-emerges, on track for 2016 release

  • GreyBeard 27/05/2016


    You and Gemini42_ ought to get a room, with all the mutual fellating you've been doing I bet your spooge-encrusted PC will be feeling jelly :D
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  • GreyBeard 27/05/2016


    Of course, if a console game is up-rezzed and frame-rate boosted on PC, its materially superior, and *definitive* according to the master race jackasses...

    The hypocrisy and lack of self-awareness of people like IronSoldier is their defining trait.
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  • GreyBeard 27/05/2016


    The best, and only good thing I can say about IronSoldier is that he at least works hard (if not smart) at his trolling. Over 10k posts now... guess thats the power of the PC (and likely unemployment) for you. :D
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