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  • PS4 shoots through 30m sales mark

  • ISmoke 25/11/2015

    @melnificent It works very well too so I'm glad it's finally got the support. Plus with Netflix, YouTube, BBC iPlayer as well as playing my DVD/BR films it's a splendid entertainment machine. All it's missing is a DVR feature and it would be perfect, IMO.

    I've notied that TT:TWD season 2 is out free for PS+ so maybe I'll play that before cancelling my subscription.

    I can't believe we are getting downvoted because of the way we've chose to use our own consoles!
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  • ISmoke 25/11/2015

    @melnificent - That's all I really use my PS4 for, really! That and as a charging station on my desk :lol:
    I should probably cancel my PS+ Subscription.

    Saying that, my PS4 use has gone up quite a bit since it started doing DLNA streaming.
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  • Face-Off: Star Wars: Battlefront

  • ISmoke 24/11/2015

    @SuperShinobi - But that's not really true. Those devices only format your HDD so if someone really wanted to, they could still get access to your data.

    Wiping it the way we've been discussing is the only safe way to get rid of your data as it rewrites all the data into 1's and 0's giving you a completely naked HDD.

    So really, you're in the same situation.

    You don't need to use the word wipe/erase/delete. If you or anyone else googled 'what to do when selling my PC' you'll find most articles will tell you to securely wipe your HDD and most will give instructions.

    Windows has built in burning software - you're not burning a fancy DVD, just a plain boring ISO image.

    And if you don't have a CD burner (I don't) then you just take a small USB stick and use that.

    At the end of the day, it is a simple process. If someone can't follow very simple instructions then it's the least of their worries. You're making it out as if you need a degree in computing to secure your data.

    The fact you had your windows license stolen is a direct consequence of YOU not researching something like this and acting in haste.
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  • ISmoke 24/11/2015

    @SuperShinobi -

    I'm sorry, if anyone selling a PC, which probably contains a lot of personal and sensitive data on, doesn't care to think about how they can either erase the HDD OR just take the HDD out deserves to have their data stolen. Would you sell your PS4/iPhone or whatever without thinking about wiping the data off?

    Then you go on to say it's complicated. Bullshit.

    Lets do this in steps which Joe Public could easily follow, unless you think the majority of the world is completely brain dead?

    1 - Google - 'how to wipe a HDD'
    2 - click the first link
    3 - read the article.

    Not hard. You can even get a tool which creates the bootable drive for you.

    Is it as easy as I made out in my first post? No, it requires about 10 minutes of reading.

    Is that 10 minutes of reading not worth the time to not have your data stolen?
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  • ISmoke 23/11/2015

    @SuperShinobi - Well lesson learned. Formatting =/= wiping :) Reply 0
  • ISmoke 23/11/2015


    You really searched for half a day? a quick google of "how to wipe a HDD" and the top 5 links go to Durik's Boot and Nuke.

    Not having a go at you, but you clearly didn't think about what you were doing or searched the right questions. What did you search?
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  • ISmoke 23/11/2015


    "It's perfectly okay for people say the PS4 is a weak piece of shit. In that case, I'm just wondering what people would call the X1, and not least the WiiU."

    Even weaker. I like my PS4, thought I don't even use it any more, but that doesn't change the fact it's pretty weak
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  • ISmoke 23/11/2015

    @SuperShinobi - You put a disk in your PC, boot from disk and then shred. It's not bloody rocket science.

    Your problem with the PC seems to be yourself. Boot and Nuke is literally the easiest thing anyone can do. You only press a button and off it goes
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  • 50 vs 50 FPS Squad hits Steam Early Access next month

  • ISmoke 24/11/2015

    Sounds a bit like MAG had a baby with Insurgency. Reply +2
  • Destiny bringing forward more Year One exotics

  • ISmoke 23/11/2015

    That's the thing with Destiny. When it has you, it really has you. But if you can break that addiction for only a day or two you can see yourself never going back. Reply +12
  • ISmoke 23/11/2015

    @Lukeim64 - I had the same. I would be militant in making sure I would never miss a single daily/weekly/nightfall with any character. Had all my toons up to 34 when HoW dropped but I found PoE pretty boring and just gave up.

    Not played it in a good few months now and I sometimes I think about it and want to play again but don't have that drive.

    If they release Destiny 2 on PC i'll jump bak in for sure.
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  • Fallout 4 beta patch due next week on PC

  • ISmoke 20/11/2015

    @varkdm - so turns out the game had a problem with ny refresh rate. if i set it to 60hzx before i leave it lets me leave the terminal! god bless the ability to change with one button Reply 0
  • ISmoke 20/11/2015

    @varkdm I have a G-Sync monitor so I usually have VSync enabled anyway. I might just try again and see what happens. Reply 0
  • ISmoke 20/11/2015

    Only real glitch I've had so far is when on a mission with the police you get stuck at a computer and can't get back up to leave. restated the save several times but it never let me leave the computer.

    Will try that mission again this evening. Playing on PC
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  • No flash or daily deals during Steam autumn, winter sales

  • ISmoke 20/11/2015

    Fine by me. Checking every 8 hours was actually annoying as I worried I would miss a good deal during my sleep. Reply +100
  • Chivalry: Medieval Warfare heads to PS4, Xbox One next month

  • ISmoke 19/11/2015

    Real men fight with their fists Reply +2
  • Performance Analysis: Star Wars: Battlefront

  • ISmoke 18/11/2015

    My favourite things about these articles is reading the belittling comments from PS4 gamers to Xbone gamers as if their plastic box is vastly superior to the other plastic box.

    Both consoles are pretty underwhelming and to shout 'victory' because your box plays it at a slightly higher resolution is laughable.

    Take a break, have a breather and read the comments in this thread whilst not treating Sony/Microsoft as an extension of your family and realise how petty you sound. It's embarrassing.

    Yes, out of the two the PS4 is marginally better, that's why I bought it over the Xbone. But it's not a massive gap some would lead you to believe. Now if the Xbone was doing games at 720p/30fps whilst the PS4 was doing 1080p/60 dos I could see where some would be saying it is much better without a shadow of doubt. But it isn't and it never will.

    Bunch of manchildren.

    Anyway. I played the beta on PC. It looked glorious and sounded incredible but after a few rounds I was left thinking 'is this it?'. If this was any other game not having access to the Star Wars license and making that nostalgic 'pew pew' laser noise would I play it. Answer was no so I haven't even thought about buying it. The game is very average at best.
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  • Face-Off: Fallout 4

  • ISmoke 16/11/2015

    @Suarez07 I'm glad it's not just me who had to google how to run a wire or assing jobs. God bless Steam overlay lol.

    That factory was very hard I thought.

    Loving the game though. Never thought I would like it as much as I have
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  • ISmoke 15/11/2015

    @elpidoforosprospatho - I always just thought AAA was a marketing buzzword which some people seem to now think it means something specific. Reply +3
  • ISmoke 15/11/2015

    But Fallout is probably my GOTY so far and I've only played for less than 10 hours.

    Hated the previous games but this game just feels like quality throughout it. Plus the music. I could listen to diamond city radio all day long.

    Crawl out through the fallout, baby
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  • ISmoke 15/11/2015

    A good game which I doubt would happen/be possible on console. Arma 3. The consoles lack that kinda genre. Reply 0
  • ISmoke 15/11/2015

    Never found myself as a fan of Fallout or Bethesda games so was unsure how I would find this.

    Absolutely love it.

    Haven't played a game in a long time where I've been able to play for 4 hours non stop and only stop playing because something in the real world.

    I'm already excited about finishing work tomorrow ans getting home for another hour or two tomorrow.

    Played 8 hours so far and haven't had a single crash or problem yet which is a nice bonus. Playing on the PC with ultra settings and I've never seen it drop bellow 50fps at 1440p. Beautiful game in the daylight.

    My main complaint is the stupid dog. He's got me killed several times now
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  • ISmoke 14/11/2015

    Just bought the game this morning. Only played for a hour and a half so far but it seems pretty stable. 1440p and the ultra pre-set and I'm getting between 60-80fps.

    Never played a fallout before and I've never liked TES games but this seems pretty well made so far.
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  • What does it take to run Fallout 4 at 1080p60?

  • ISmoke 13/11/2015

    I just couldn't make myself buy this game yesterday. It's between Fallout 4 and CoD. One is tried and tested which I know I will get tens if not hundreds of hours out of and the other is one I want to try and make myself enjoy.

    Do I reward the yearly rehash or the buggy mess? Hmmm.
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  • Pokmon Red, Blue and Yellow headed to 3DS Virtual Console

  • ISmoke 13/11/2015

    @simpleexplodingmaybe - YES! I struggled with that gym so much more than I should've. And then Mt Moon was just as hard! Misty was a breeze after though ;)

    I'll be buying this for sure. Pokemon Yellow was my first ever Pokemon game and it started a life long addiction.
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  • Performance Analysis: Fallout 4

  • ISmoke 12/11/2015

    @Suarez07 - That must be true because it just felt right. I never liked the idea of having to use the VATS thingy so knowing I can play it closer to a traditional shooter has made me think I should potentially give it a go.

    Just don't think I have the time to dedicate to it that it would need. Is it the kind of game you can play for an hour or 2 in little goes or do you need to have a few good marathon sessions?
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  • ISmoke 12/11/2015

    I had a chance to play the first few minutes yesterday. Literally only a few minutes on my friends Xbone yesterday. Patted a dog, walked down a road, shot some flies and shot some bandits in the face who were attacking a house then switched it off.

    I can't really judge it much from my tiny hands on with the game but I thought it looked fine. I was actually most impressed with the shooting. It was something which has always prevented me from buying a Fallout game but the shooting in this one felt like the bullets actually went where I had aimed.

    Think it's something I could get used to. Might buy it tonight on PC
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  • ISmoke 10/11/2015


    Go on. Keep on justifying that piracy :)
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  • So, how much do Steam Machines cost in the UK?

  • ISmoke 11/11/2015

    I've been using key sites to buy my steam games for the last 2/3 years now and I've never had an issue Reply +1
  • Rainbow Six Siege PC system requirements revealed

  • ISmoke 11/11/2015

    Very modest. Surprised to see the HD5870 is still getting supported. Felt like a god when I had two of those at launch :lol: Since then I've had a GTX 780SC and now a 980Ti SC.

    Releases a day before my birthday. Might have to treat myself.
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  • The Digital Foundry 2015 budget gaming PC guide

  • ISmoke 09/11/2015


    "For me, PC gaming is about the freedom to make choices around way you play, and to alter my components when I see fit and retain my back catalogue for free.

    What is price on that? To some of us , that's priceless. The last generation of consoles and the slideshows we sometimes got in games by last couple of years of their lifespan really put me off being tied into a particular piece of hardware."

    Those are things which are overlooked with the PC platform.

    Just because Sony/Nintendo/Microsoft decide they want to release new hardware it doesn't mean we have to rush out to buy the new hardware if we want to play the latest games. Nor do we have to keep our old hardware if we want to play games from a few years ago.

    I love that I can be playing a 'current gen' game one minute then when I fancy it I can go back to dabbling in one of my favourite games - UT99 - which STILL has servers active. You just don't and can't get that on console.

    Also, I love how some try to make out that building a computer is a pain. When in reality I bet most PC gamers actually enjoy picking their parts and building their machine. With the risk of sounding lame but I actually feel a connection with my PCs as I built them and before me, they were just separate boxes of components.

    Thee freedom I get with games is another great thing. I will always try to hit that magical 60 number as a minimum frame rate. It means I can turn settings I hate off *cough*motionblur*cough* or dip down settings such as shadows and AA which aren't really necessary at my resolution.

    I have the freedom to map the controls as I see fit. I really hate that I can't map my controls on my PS4. I tend to use the exact same buttons on every FPS. When playing on console you can forget which buttons do what if playing many games at once.

    I loved my PS4 when I was hooked to Destiny but since I've stopped playing that and haven't used it for games since July I often question what it does better than my PC. Answer is nothing*

    *For me
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  • ISmoke 08/11/2015

    Perks of console? Really when was the last time anyone had to hunt for a driver. Steam takes care of updates and Nvidia experience does drivers automatically.

    The only thing I wish my PC done that my PS4 does is getting it to download updates/games whilst the system is on standby. That honestly is a brilliant feature
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  • ISmoke 08/11/2015

    @I_Am_CatButler if the drive isn't needed for games then it isn't needed for a comparison

    Why can't a PS4....
    Run Linux
    Run a word processing suite
    Use a torrent client
    Play all file media extensions
    Have a proper web browser
    Offer photo and video editing
    Convert my files

    Should I go on?
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  • ISmoke 08/11/2015

    @Saul_Iscariot the only thing a budget PC can't do that the PS4 can is play DVDs. Apart from exclusive games.

    Yet if I was to type what a budget PC for the same money could do i would be here for hours
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  • ISmoke 08/11/2015

    Why would it drop by 40? You can buy a wired 360 pad for 22. Reply 0
  • ISmoke 08/11/2015

    Probably busy putting their computers in ovens or something stupid Reply 0
  • ISmoke 08/11/2015

    @OtisBDriftwood - heat issues are very easy to avoid with common sense. I've never had a heat issue in a desktop. Reply +1
  • ISmoke 08/11/2015

    @elpidoforosprospatho I think over the last 5 or so years I've bought 3 discs.

    Diablo 3, BF3 and Guild Wars 2.

    My PC doesn't have a disk drive and I took out the dvd drive in my laptop for an extra SSD
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  • ISmoke 08/11/2015

    The thing is you can get most games on PC for far cheaper. If you pre-order you can often get big budget games for 20 or if you buy on release it's rare I've spent for than 27 on a brand new game. Reply 0
  • ISmoke 08/11/2015

    @FMV-GAMER - Well I've actually decided to not use the mods. It kept crashing on start up so decided I would just go for the natural look(!!) Holds up relatively well still, just a shame the Steam-overlay doesn't work. Reply 0
  • ISmoke 08/11/2015

    @FMV-GAMER - Yeah, the new trailer made me want to do another run through of all three games with a new character. She's going to be a pure renegade!

    That's the pack I'm using. It still looks like an old game but a bit less so.
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  • ISmoke 08/11/2015


    I know. I think building PCs is the reason I feel more fondly of them than I do of a shop bought console. It feels like it has no soul.

    Just decided to download some new textures for ME1. God bless PC
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  • ISmoke 08/11/2015

    @FMV-GAMER - Yep that's what I love about PC gaming. There is such a low cost of entry to anyone who wants to play games.

    I was playing some Arma 3/Exile recently and a guy I came across and spoke to for a little bit told me he was gaming on a integrated intel CPU/GPU thing. Albeit everything was on low but he was still having fun.

    Same as me, my motherboard, CPU and PSU at new each cost more than a PS4 or Xbone. As does my 980Ti. Hell, the amount I've spent on my watercooling alone could fund me to get both consoles and a few games on each lol.

    It can be as expensive or as cheap as you want. The word I love about PC gaming: Options.

    The PS4 is great for what it is but currently it's on my desk under some letters and I only know it is there because I occasionally use it for Netflix but mostly I use it to charge up my phone!
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  • ISmoke 08/11/2015

    You know why PC is a better platform? I'm about to start (yet another) play through of Mass Effect right now.

    Being able to play games from a previous enervation is worth the price of admission alone
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  • ISmoke 08/11/2015

    You'd be surprised how many people game on budget machines.

    I'm building a budget machine (~500) for a friend next year. I'm more excited about building something like that than I am about building my own next PC the year after
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  • ISmoke 08/11/2015

    Brace yourself. Another argument is incoming Reply 0
  • Face-Off: Need for Speed

  • ISmoke 08/11/2015

    @Suarez07 - Remember, the PS4 is a Supercharged PC so nothing less thabn 4K@60fpd minimum*

    PS4 Owner*
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  • There's a new Mass Effect Andromeda teaser trailer and it's voiced by Shepard

  • ISmoke 07/11/2015

    I've been thinking of starting yet another play through of this. Looks like I know what I'll be doing tomorrow! Reply 0
  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate's PC system requirements revealed

  • ISmoke 06/11/2015

    @geox30 - haha oh my bad! I suck at reading it seems Reply 0
  • ISmoke 06/11/2015


    Firstly, I didn't call anyone a fanboy.

    Secondly, you assume PC gamers just but games regardless of standards, we do the same. If it's crap, we won't play it.

    However that is where the similarities end. In fact it is rather amusing to see a console only gamer use the word 'standards' as if you have any reign over what standards a game comes at. You literally sit there like a lapdog lapping up whatever the publisher decides to feed you.

    "900p with shitty aliasing (if any) and a choppy as hell 'targeted' 30fps! Why thank you so much".

    So, please, keep your standards because if that's what you're willing to accept I truly wish to have no part of those low standards.

    If this runs anything like Unity then I shall be having a far superior standard of enjoyment to you. Had it at the highest settings, 1440p with occasional hiccups to 45fps which are barely noticeable with a GSync display.

    You are comical though, I'll give you that.
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