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  • Mind games: The battle of wits that unites snooker and Hearthstone

  • KingFunkIII 28/09/2015

    @Koozer Actually, this is not quite correct. The first shot in snooker is referred to as 'breaking' or 'breaking off'. However, in this context, 'break' merely refers to a series of balls potted in a row without missing and can occur throughout a 'frame', that is a single game. In fact, potting two balls in a row is technically a break. 12 is not spectacular but low breaks occur many times in snooker so it's not 'bad' per se, just ordinary, probably consisting of 4 or 5 balls in a row. Centuries (at least 26 balls in a row) are less frequent but skilled players can pull them off with regularity. For reference, as a woeful amateur, my highest ever break is 9 (red, black, red).

    Oh and loved the article - Hearthstone doesn't appeal to me but I love snooker and the psychological comparison is definitely interesting...

    Edit: Oh and for further reference, a 147 requires the potting of 36 balls in a row. Plus these tables are much bigger than pool tables!
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  • Metal Gear Solid 2: The first postmodern video game

  • KingFunkIII 16/08/2015

    Personally, I loved the way the game threw in successively more ludicrous and hammy story twists with Rose etc to test the player's belief in the fiction just as it was doing the same to test Raiden's belief in his reality. I really started to wonder what the hell was going on and why it was becoming almost soap-like in its narrative revelations - until I realised Kojima was playing me!

    It was this synergy of player and player-character that really blew me away, but I suspect the story used for this effect is what put many detractors off - even to the point that they would never have played far enough to realise what is occurring.
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  • How to make great vapourware

  • KingFunkIII 20/06/2015

    @geeza2020 I would look into emulation if you have a half-decent PC. A quick Google suggests people have got them both running although I don't know if they work perfectly Reply +2
  • FIFA 15 bug turns fancy sim into playground football

  • KingFunkIII 24/09/2014

    @Esppiral That Andy Carroll one nearly made me cry trying to suppress a LOL in work! Reply +1
  • Microsoft unveils wired Xbox One controller for Windows PC

  • KingFunkIII 17/09/2014

    @FogHeart I did read something about that being the fix, but I thought it stopped XInput from allowing games to properly recognise the controller as a 360 one and therefore showing the button prompts etc

    Maybe I misunderstood, so I'll give it a try, cheers
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  • KingFunkIII 17/09/2014

    Or I could continue to use my DS4, as I have been doing for months...

    With the exception of issues with Steam in Big Picture Mode (but not when playing games), works a dream - touchpad integration as mouse controller is a nice bonus too
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  • Free Divinity: Original Sin update adds two new companions

  • KingFunkIII 16/09/2014

    Good news for anyone who hasn't picked it up yet. However, as much as I loved it, I don't see myself doing another playthrough just for new companions since the last one took me over 100 hours and there are other games to play... Reply +4
  • Microsoft buys Mojang and Minecraft for $2.5bn

  • KingFunkIII 15/09/2014

    I have never played Minecraft. I have no particular desire to do so. Nor any beef against it or people who like it. As such, my comment is pretty irrelevant. But still, the world has not ended. Reply 0
  • Total War: Rome 2 - Emperor Edition release date announced

  • KingFunkIII 04/09/2014

    My first thought was: as Octavian, will you be able to chase down and kill Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium? Reply 0
  • Sega claims Gearbox led the marketing for Aliens: Colonial Marines

  • KingFunkIII 04/09/2014

    @itsnotjohnny Actually, it's an Alien game, not an Aliens game.

    Two very different cups of tea...
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  • Elder Scrolls Online dev confirms lay-offs

  • KingFunkIII 04/09/2014

    @TitusCrow To be honest, you probably couldn't, unless you wanted different people working on it. TESO was made by a separate studio under the same umbrella as TES - TESO was never taking money or resources away from TES.

    I would guess that the TES team are busy largely working on Fallout 4, although TES6 is probably in early pre-prod.
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  • Editor's blog: A brief note about "GamerGate"

  • KingFunkIII 02/09/2014

    Is perhaps part of the problem that 140 characters is rarely enough to make any sort of meaningful, valid point about complex issues? Reply +7
  • KingFunkIII 02/09/2014

    @Malek86 Since said article suggests that we now have 'players' instead, maybe it should be renamed 'Europlayer'.

    Only, that sounds like the worst kind of misogynistic dating site...
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  • The worst games I've ever played, by Ellie Gibson

  • KingFunkIII 28/08/2014

    I quite liked the review of that safari game on PS3 (I think) where she quoted the guy from a forum who wanted to run over lions n sh*t. Well, that was reminiscing.

    So long and thanks for all the laughs!
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  • Hoax call sees YouTuber arrested by SWAT while live streaming

  • KingFunkIII 28/08/2014

    @RGeefe "that's compared to 127 SOLDIER deaths in Afghanistan. that means that you're just as likely to be killed on American soil, in peace time than you are in a war."

    Er, no. Your general point may be valid (about the danger to policemen) but comparing the figures to soldier deaths in Afghanistan doesn't hold up under even the lightest statistical scrutiny.

    For a start the ratio of deaths to police/service men is going to be waaaaaaaaaaay different...
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  • Leading creators back latest Tropes vs Women video

  • KingFunkIII 27/08/2014

    Can we get one thing straight here? A definition of feminism:

    "the advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes"

    Everything else is just personal beef. Based on that definition, I am most definitely a feminist. In the same way as I would advocate the rights of people of any ethnicity or skin colour based on the equality of all people.

    It's amazing how readily people harangue others for their 'feminism' and use it as a derogatory term before considering whether the person's argument constitutes feminism, something else, or a mix of both.
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  • Video: Ten minutes of Hellraid in action

  • KingFunkIII 27/08/2014


    That is how I would write the theme tune.

    Oh and aren't Yager making Dead Island 2, not Techland?
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  • Video: What the hell is Far Cry 4's Shangri-La?

  • KingFunkIII 26/08/2014

    Well I don't know about this, but James Hilton's novel 'Lost Horizon' (in which he invented Shangri-La) is a good, thought-provoking read. Reply +1
  • Star Wars: Commander is your next Star Wars game

  • KingFunkIII 21/08/2014

    And we thought George Lucas had ruined Star Wars... Reply +37
  • Dragon Age Keep images reveal Inquisition world state questionnaire

  • KingFunkIII 21/08/2014

    @Whitster Beat me to it... Reply 0
  • KingFunkIII 21/08/2014

    Honestly I can't remember what the hell I did during DA1 and that expansion pack thingummy. Didn't play DA2.

    But if they'd let me upload my DA1 save instead of filling in a questionnaire, I'd be quite happy with that. Especially if it meant there'd be statues of my dudiferous hero about the place...

    The keep needs to work like this.

    EDIT: now referring to the first game as DA1 because, well, DA:O
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  • Tomb Raider, Vita's no-show and the mystery of 10m PS4 sales

  • KingFunkIII 19/08/2014

    Yoshida-san is a dude. He actually just comes across as normal. Maybe Microsoft should wheel out Phil Harrison once in a while - I'm sure he picked up a thing or two at Sony...

    As for the lack of Vita news, I'm actually prepared to accept his story. I suspect he's right that 'casual' gamers don't buy the Vita. I regularly check out what's coming for Vita and I regularly check the PSN store to see what's already come out. Playstation blog sometimes too. So in addressing his core audience, I think he's right. Big conference news is always gonna be about PS4 over Vita.

    But the question remains - how to extend the Vita audience past the core...
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  • Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusive to Xbox One

  • KingFunkIII 12/08/2014

    I picked up Tomb Raider: Vajazzle Edition on PS4 and, to be honest, I didn't think it was that great. Pretty certainly, but by and large a so-so face shooter with bugger all tombs and narrative pretensions it couldn't live up to.

    This saves me the effort of considering whether to give them a second chance.

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  • If Early Access comes to consoles: Developers respond

  • KingFunkIII 12/08/2014

    If they do go for it, it should adhere to the following principles:

    1. Be opt-in - you get the choice of being offered Early Access opportunities. If you don't opt-in, you never get exposed to them.
    2. Be free - this would prevent cashgrabs on less savvy consumers and put the focus on actual feedback.
    3. Be tightly moderated/curated by the platform holder - the wild west approach might be fine for PC gamers, but console gamers have a right to expect this by virtue of choosing a 'closed' platform
    4. Don't sell it as an extra feature of platform subscription models, i.e. PS Plus - keep those services for what they are

    Personlly, I don't want it. I don't use it on PC and definitely wouldn't on my PS4 but if they're going to do it, do it responsibly.
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  • Godus is out now for free on iOS

  • KingFunkIII 08/08/2014

    To be honest, for most of that description of the game, I was thinking "Isn't this just Populous?" Reply +1
  • Watch a fish play Pokémon

  • KingFunkIII 08/08/2014

    Up next on Twitch: a monkey with a typewriter. Reply +3
  • Metrico review

  • KingFunkIII 06/08/2014

    Well since I don't have a PS Plus subscription, methinks a month's subscription to be able to play this would be the thing to do... Reply +2
  • Steam and Early Access: To curate or not curate?

  • KingFunkIII 06/08/2014

    Personally I'd rather some level of curation. To draw a wobbly analogy, imagine if parliament passed motions based on the entire public 'liking' or 'disliking' policies via a smartphone app...

    I also believe that early access should be separate from full releases. I always wonder how many people who don't frequent gaming sites might misunderstand what it's offering. Even the name 'early access' implies a privilege rather than unfinished work.
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  • Wing Commander 3 is free right now on Origin

  • KingFunkIII 06/08/2014

    Mark Hamill, Malcolm McDowell and John Rhys-Davies - what an all star cast... This game blew my mind when I were a nipper! Reply +1
  • Evolve release date slips into February

  • KingFunkIII 06/08/2014

    Ooh that must be painful given the marketing spend that has obviously occurred given the posters on the tube... Reply 0
  • James Joyce's Ulysses is being adapted into a video game

  • KingFunkIII 05/08/2014

    @masterofchaz Not really. Other than God of War appropriating parts of Greek mythology, I'm pretty sure there's no link between those games and Homer's Oddyssey Reply 0
  • Another Ultima game bites the dust

  • KingFunkIII 01/08/2014

    @Zyklonbzombie I'm inclined to agree as well - I'm just not sure that a new one would do justice to the heritage.

    For all those wanting a fix of Ultima with more modern stylings, I would heartily recommend both the U5 and U6 fan remakes made using the Dungeon Siege engine. Astounding feats of dedication, great fun and 'free to play' as long as you have a copy of Dungeon Siege, which probably costs pence these days...
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  • KingFunkIII 01/08/2014

    Rejoice! The Shadowlords have been defeated and Lord Blackthorn sent into exile. Verily the Avatar hath saved us once more! Reply +10
  • Gravity Crash Ultra Vita release date, price announced

  • KingFunkIII 31/07/2014

    Also, shouldn't that reference be to Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD? Reply +2
  • KingFunkIII 31/07/2014

    Oh for a moment then I got all excited thinking this was a sequel to Gravity Rush...:cry: Reply +18
  • UK changing approach to illegal torrents

  • KingFunkIII 22/07/2014

    I also have to say that there's a large part of me that views the whole "well I can't access it legally so what choice do I have" as not acceptable either.

    To be honest it smacks of gross impatience and an assumed 'right' to view content merely because it exists which is, of course, b0110x.

    Regardless of the availability or your personal financial situation, you're still making a conscious decision to take what isn't yours at the expense of others.

    Oh and don't even bother with the 'wouldn't have bought it anyway so no lost revenue' sh*te...
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  • KingFunkIII 22/07/2014

    I've been skimming the comments and one subject that doesn't appear to have come up is outmoded advertising models.

    One of the key reasons why certain media distribution outlets are still sticking to yesterday's vision of how TV shows etc are delivered is because this allows them to control advertising income in traditional ways, i.e. Game of Thrones isn't available all over the place as soon as it's on telly because it's easier for HBO to work out ad revenue based on set time slots on normal telly than it is to come up with deals left right and centre based on all sorts of contractual condiditons.

    Until someone comes up with a truly meaningful way of dealing with this issue across disparate sources and devices, then a lot of stuff will be locked into archaic forms of delivery, leaving piracy as the main option for many.

    So unsurprisingly, it is the desire to cling to traditional revenue sources that causes this problem in a world that has accelerated ahead...
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  • Kickstarter-funded Yogventures canned, backers given Steam key for another game instead

  • KingFunkIII 17/07/2014

    @TarickStonefire I've never been on Kickstarter cos I prefer to save my money to buy games when they get released and the world seems to do fine without me. As such, I don't know where things stand on the refunds situation.

    However, I do agree that as long as KS explains the deal up front (which I hear they do), then they can't be held responsible for people who throw money at things without reading things first.

    Throwing money at the internet in good faith is a stupid idea. Find out what you're paying for instead of assuming. Caveat emptor!
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  • KingFunkIII 17/07/2014

    @Malek86 Yeah, they might have well as said "We're doing you guys a favour, ya know!" Reply +4
  • Blurred lines: Are YouTubers breaking the law?

  • KingFunkIII 16/07/2014

    I'm not normally one to wade in on this sort of debate, but here's everyone's favourite objective review satire:

    100% Objective FFXIII review

    EDIT: Sorry, just to be clear, this was in relation to Tom and Walter's debate...
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  • The Last of Us Remastered lets you lock frame-rate at 30fps

  • KingFunkIII 16/07/2014

    @patchbox360 Metro Redux will, so they claim Reply 0
  • KingFunkIII 16/07/2014

    Will be interesting to see the DF analysis on this. I'm hoping it actually means a choice between locked 30 and locked 60, in which case then surely everyone is happy all round.

    If it really means they aimed for 60 and couldn't achieve it consistently, I'm a little more dubious. Being a PC gamer of more modest means, I'm used to (and indeed choose to) put up with some judder for a bit of extra fidelity. However, for a console it seems a bit like consistency should be king - it's possible to argue that a variable frame-rate isn't the sign of a polished product and that the frame-rate should be locked at whatever can be achieved.

    Ultimately, offering the choice between a compromised 60 and a solid 30 isn't what console gaming is about IMO and is likely to bewilder many people who don't know so much about the technical aspects and may not even understand the correlation between the effect they see on screen and frame-rate locks. Imagine trying to explain the option in a tooltip...

    The only choices I want to make for my console games are controller mappings and subtitles.
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  • David Braben explains Elite: Dangerous Ł100 premium beta

  • KingFunkIII 11/07/2014

    Pretty sure I'm fine with people forking out their own money voluntarily, however much it is... Reply +33
  • Divinity: Original Sin review

  • KingFunkIII 10/07/2014

    @frazzl Unless you don't even have a PC, I wouldn't be so sure - as per my other post, I've got it running perfectly well on my work laptop which is nearly 4 years old and only has an Intel GMA for a gfx card... Reply +1
  • KingFunkIII 09/07/2014

    And for the record, I really liked Ultima 8 - it was the first proper RPG I ever played and led me to 7. I even liked 9 a bit. However, my affection for 8 is not just rose-tinted spectacles - I have been back and played it multiple times.

    I can understand people hated the 'platforming' sections, but that didn't dull the shine of everything else for me...
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  • KingFunkIII 09/07/2014

    @ubergine Actually, you don't. I managed to get it to run on my work laptop with an Intel GMA. Doesn't look pretty of course, but eminently playable due to Larian's optimisation work

    EDIT: I should add that I found reducing the resolution (but maintaining the aspect ratio) to be the most effective tool in getting it running playably on a weak PC. By dropping down a couple of resolutions, I was able to put models on high, textures on medium, AF on x4 and FXAA. I was actually rather surprised, considering the GMA falls short of the min specs but happy I can play this when I'm away from home on work...
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  • How strong exactly is PlayStation's 2014 line-up?

  • KingFunkIII 09/07/2014

    Yeah tbh I've always been more PC, although I had a 360 last gen too. Couldn't afford a new PC and found PS4 more attractive. So I'm happy I'll get to play TLOU and I'm exceedingly happy about Metro Redux. Loved 2033 and looking forward to seeing it in the newer engine, but never found the time for Last Light. It'll look better on PS4 than my PC anyhow.

    Also, would rather like to play Uncharted 2 & 3 (hammered 1 to death when I was in QA at Sony...)

    And when Dragon Age comes out, I'm sure that'll keep me busy for a while!

    Until then it's Divinity, which even runs on my carp work laptop - nice to see Larian optimising for built-in Intels!
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  • The real story behind The Sun's "Gaming as addictive as heroin" headline

  • KingFunkIII 08/07/2014

    I bet they didn't even mention that you can become a pro LOL player. Throw that piece of info in and young Jordan could actually look like an exceedingly dedicated, career-minded individual with strong aspirations.

    Christ knows I've never put that amount of effort into my job and I'm reasonably well paid. And also posting this while at work...
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  • Assassin's Creed Unity is a backward step for progressive games

  • KingFunkIII 12/06/2014

    Er, isn't the point that they were planning on having wimmins, but then decided that either they couldn't be arsed or the cost/benefit ratio didn't work out?

    If so, that makes a difference I feel...
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  • PlayStation TV due for launch in Europe this autumn

  • KingFunkIII 11/06/2014

    Does this thing have the ability to stream games from your actual Vita onto the TV screen? I can't work it out from all the press releases. I thought that was something the Japanese one did, but I may be wrong.

    I appreciate we won't be talking super-high fidelity, but it's a feature I personally would like to see...
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