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  • What does Brexit mean for the UK video games industry?

  • GreyBeard 24/06/2016

    @Cheeky-Girl-Gamer

    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

    @WilhelmvonOrmstein

    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.
    Reply +10
  • GreyBeard 24/06/2016

    @UKRaver1980

    I'm not actually in disagreement with you, I'm just pointing out the obvious consequence of going down that road.
    Reply 0
  • GreyBeard 24/06/2016

    @UKRaver1980

    So, if remain "wins" next time, do we go for a best-of-three?
    Reply +8
  • GreyBeard 24/06/2016

    @WilhelmvonOrmstein

    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

    @IronSoldier

    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.
    Reply +8
  • 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.
    Reply +2
  • 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

    @reneuribe

    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.
    Reply +3
  • GreyBeard 16/06/2016

    @Gemini42_

    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

    @Blackflower

    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

    Megatons?

    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.
    Reply -4
  • 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

    @Ralek

    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.
    Reply -2
  • Dead Rising 4, State of Decay 2 tipped for Microsoft E3 reveal

  • GreyBeard 07/06/2016

    @ProTw33ks

    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

    @Thief000

    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

    @IronSoldier

    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
    Reply +5
  • GreyBeard 27/05/2016

    @BobbyDeNiro

    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.
    Reply +6
  • GreyBeard 27/05/2016

    @Beva78

    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
    Reply +6
  • GreyBeard 27/05/2016

    @IronSoldier

    You're too obviously lacking in wit or intelligence to condescend to anyone my remedial chum.

    You're not even an entertaining troll, just another graphics whoring pc-fanboy anorak, of which there appears to be a legion on the internet.

    Fortunately being assailed by a mob of puppies is always going to be more darling than devastating, so pray continue, do your worst.
    Reply +7
  • More powerful Xbox One planned for 2017 - report

  • GreyBeard 25/05/2016

    @PlugMonkey

    VR is years off becoming a mass-market sales driver. Price needs to drop massively before it'll gain sufficient traction to be a sustainable market unto itself.
    Reply +2
  • GreyBeard 25/05/2016

    What the fuck are Microsoft thinking? On one hand they seem keen to migrate their Xbox business into a platform agnostic one, then they announce a slew of hardware sku's to confuse the end user and ensure none will be a success because none are actually necessary!

    Meanwhile their software output remains pitiful and stuck in the brief golden age of early 360.
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  • Uncharted 4's wonderful accessibility options

  • GreyBeard 20/05/2016

    That's the sort of inclusiveness I can get behind, because its not just political rhetoric - it's about actually helping people in a real and material sense. Reply -2
  • Digital Foundry vs Alienation

  • GreyBeard 04/05/2016

    FUCK THA FRAME RATE POLICE!

    FUCK 'EM.
    Reply 0
  • In Theory: Will future consoles share identical tech specs?

  • GreyBeard 04/05/2016

    @PirateRoberts

    Don't waste your time trying to explain, his understanding of tech extends no further than the most cursory parsing of benchmark results.
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  • GreyBeard 04/05/2016

    @FMV-GAMER

    Its funny, you give yourself away every time you retort. I'm "bitter" because I'm not onboard with the PC fan-wank!

    You're the one who routinely disparages other platforms, I'm just the guy that demonstrates that the fallacious arguments you (and your ilk) use are a product of basic ignorance, and a sad case of confirmation-bias brought about by the desperate need to justify your choices to the rest of the world.

    There's no argument that a performance hierarchy exists, however the question is the advantage a substantive or meaningful one? Would sticking an i7 in a console provide potential benefit equal to or greater than that gained by upgrading the gpu component at an equal cost? How about how would that manufacture increment effect sales once reflected in RRP?

    From the PC spod perspective, the answer is always MORE of everything, because within that bubble the discussion is reduced to abstracted metrics. Salient but crucial real-world concerns like, cost, convenience, and ease-of-use are seconded. Significant technical considerations like memory/storage management which can have massive performance impact (see PS3) simply don't enter the equation because they muddy the waters too much.

    The bottom line is that the traditional pc-user solution of throwing more hardware resources at any given "problem" has emboldened far too many people into expressing dogmatic certitudes from a position of unearned expertise.

    To draw an analogy its like market-square quacks dictating to the medical establishment what is best for their patients.
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  • GreyBeard 04/05/2016

    @FMV-GAMER

    Bit of belated response but here goes:

    Yes, tech websites are also embarrassingly dim, mainly being staffed by rank amateurs who live inside the insulating bubble of pc-fandom.

    The primary problem of which is that its a culture of ego where everything can be traced back to a desperate need to justify the value of the overpriced, overspecced parts they fap over.

    Benefit is not determined by pure performance in a price-sensitive market; a discomforting thing for self professed elitists like yourself.

    That both Sony and MS engineering staff picked Jaguar as a basis should tell you all you need to know.

    The bottom line is anything is a potential "bottle-neck" when its coded for sloppily. Individual citations are meaningless because one can simply cherry-pick examples to create a causal connection. Like for example, drawing conclusions on the value of PC versus Console using Arkham Knight.

    If your game code is struggling due to having only 6x x64 cores, plus gpu-compute to utilise... There are some serious inefficiencies in the pipeline, because that's exponentially more grunt than practically any game made in the previous generations.
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  • GreyBeard 04/05/2016

    @FMV-GAMER

    So you weren't arguing that PS4's jaguar cores aren't "holding it back". Could've fooled me.

    Sticking a high-end cpu into a console is just a waste but, as usual, you are too embarrassingly dim to really understand the topics on which you write.
    Reply -4
  • GreyBeard 04/05/2016

    LOL at FMV-GAMER failing to understand how severe the pre-v12 DX has in terms of a cpu overhead. The gains being trumpeted by that api version aren't a result of "magic", they were purely a result of the removal of years of cruft in the code.

    Not to mention the push towards gpu-compute being a further means to reduce cpu overhead.
    Reply -3
  • NX won't be sold at a loss

  • GreyBeard 02/05/2016

    @harryisme

    It really doesn't matter because they are 3 years out of phase with the rest of the industry, meaning that they are always going to be an afterthought as regards multi-platform support.

    If NX rockets out the gate like Wii did, they have a shot. But anything less than that and they'll be squashed as soon as the other two big players announce their next hardware iteration.

    They really need to compete on price in order to establish themselves, because the way the timing works they are always going to be behind the technology curve their competitors are following.

    This is a really huge problem given the timescales required to develop titles that really leverage the power of current systems.
    Reply +1
  • GreyBeard 02/05/2016

    Pretty sure PS4 was always sold at a profit, Venturebeat pegged its cost at launch to be $381, and Ito personally refuted EG's claim of a $60 loss per unit. Reply +4
  • Revealed: Dark Souls 3's special treat for series veterans

  • GreyBeard 27/04/2016

    @Frosty840

    They tend to use "report" when recycling other people's articles. Its how you can spot filler on here.
    Reply +3
  • Five years ago today, Sony admitted the great PSN hack

  • GreyBeard 27/04/2016

    Here's the thing though; despite all the hand-wringing what actually happened next?

    Fucking nothing. No mass credit-card scamming, no account thefts, almost as if the data that was *supposedly* stolen disappeared into a black hole.

    There was literally zero aftermath.

    For all the talk surrounding this event there was and remains precious little hard information about what actually happened. I read every scrap of information published on the topic and most of it was still parroting supposition from the god-awful fear-mongering piece that Ars Technica published. Better informed and more professional outlets like Wired ran far more sober and conservative pieces, but as they didn't fuel the if-it-bleeds-it-leads narrative they tended to be overlooked.
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  • One machine to rule them all: the triumph of Xbox 360

  • GreyBeard 22/04/2016

    The funny thing is that despite the hype about 360's "success" -which incredibly, is still being trumpeted about today- shipment numbers show it to be the 3rd best seller in a field of 3, despite being the first to market.

    And that doesn't factor in how the first generation of hardware was the most unreliable console ever released, which must have added a significant bump over its life-time.
    Reply +3
  • GreyBeard 22/04/2016

    @ThinkingGamR

    Yep. All true.

    I'd also add it ushered in an era of unusually partisan journalism, which often acted like a direct extension of MS marketing machine. God bless them PartnerNet accounts they were handing out like candy at the outset, make the rubes feel like they are part of the "industry" ...
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  • How PlayStation 4K Neo and the original PS4 will co-exist

  • GreyBeard 20/04/2016

    @spekkeh

    Given the lead times on developing AAA, its going to be years before any game that was targeted primarily at the NEO spec will hit the market.

    Not to mention that what is considered the generational tech baseline for project specification is about more than what Sony offers. What about MS and Nintendo?
    Reply -1
  • GreyBeard 20/04/2016

    The 1080p minimum suggests strongly to me that the console will have a fixed function upscaler, 1080p to 4k being a simple task with each pixel being converted to a 2x2 quad with whatever filtration deemed appropriate.

    Very nice piece of hardware design, especially given the lightweight nature of the OS and graphics API's mitigating the need for a hefty cpu upgrade.
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  • Smite streamer leaves Hi-Rez after controversial comments about suicide

  • GreyBeard 20/04/2016

    I'm really not sure what I find more depressing myself, the way that people misuse the internet's freedoms thoughtlessly, or the vicious zeal with which so many people seek to exact retribution on those who are seen to thoughtlessly misuse internet freedom. Reply +2
  • Ratchet & Clank review

  • GreyBeard 15/04/2016

    @BlackFlower

    Graphics have moved on, but the bottom fucking line is that if frame-rate was as big as dealbreaker as some would have us believe, then that game would *NEVER* have been hailed as a classic.

    It just demonstrates that the argument that frame-rate=playability is a crock of shit.

    It really is that simple, and that deplorable that some people would try and deflect from it with bogus counter-arguments about "standards".
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  • GreyBeard 15/04/2016

    Just to put my comments into context. Consider that if Mario 64 came out today, it would be considered "barely playable" by the frame-rate police.

    This is how far down the rabbit-hole we've gotten.
    Reply +4
  • GreyBeard 15/04/2016

    Here's the thing: the only standard that matter to me is that of discussion in these threads. Something I see eroded by the continual harping on about frame-rate.

    It wouldn't be so bad if the topic wasn't being used disingenuously most of the time by platform warriors to stealth-brag, or by empty-headed nitwits who use an arbitrary lower limit on frame-rate as an excuse to dismiss games sight-unseen.

    Its not helpful, its not insightful, its just bullshit.

    That I also get to entertain myself by mocking some of this monkeyhouse's prize chimps is just icing on the cake.
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