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  • The Digital Foundry 2015 graphics card upgrade guide

  • MattEvansC3 01/02/2015

    @Dantonir I'm a bit jaded with AMD at the moment. Since the Phenom AMD has been more bark than bite, be it sending paper tigers out for reviews or talking up their products, like Bulldozer, that failed to even compete with their rivals and any hype for AMD products just comes across as "This is the year of Linux". Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 01/02/2015

    From a personal standpoint a key feature when upgrading a graphics card is measure your case.

    In most cases the GPU will sit behind the hard drive bays so in addition to the physics GPU and HDD you've got to account for about a total of 2-3" of cables protruding from both items.

    Until I had to replace the cooler on my 5770 it barely fitted in my Midi-Tower case.
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  • Sega to offer 300 staff voluntary retirement as it focuses on smartphone and PC online games

  • MattEvansC3 30/01/2015

    @Mik3yB Yeah, I keep forgetting myself that some of the industry greats started their careers before the 90s which is over a quarter of a century ago.

    If there's one silver lining to this, its that early retirement means they are guaranteed an income from their pension which makes going indie less of a risk.
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  • MattEvansC3 30/01/2015

    @Mik3yB not necessarily. Having worked in the public sector for a while I've seen early retirement schemes in place.

    What SEGA have done is identify 300 staff who are close to retirement, say with less than five or ten years before they can collect their pension. Those staff are then offered a lump sum with reduced pension or no lump sum and their full pension rate starting from the point they sign on the dotted line.

    Staff close to retirement are generally the easiest and cheapest to buy off. Also Early Retirement sounds better than Forced Redundancy from a PR perspective.
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  • Deactivated Ubisoft game keys were bought from EA's Origin using stolen credit cards

  • MattEvansC3 28/01/2015

    @Spuzzell yes the law is perfectly clear on this hence why I was able to post facts and you posted insults.

    Also, to be clear we are talking about Ubisoft's involvement. Credit Card fraud is solely a matter between the credit agency and the person using the details as its them that the money has been stolen from. As long as EA signed up to and followed the credit card issuers protection rules it is classed as an authorised payment.
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  • MattEvansC3 28/01/2015

    @LordDemigod well lets see, the price of a UK loaf of bread has to cover the higher rates of fuel tax to transport it, the higher staff wages to transport, stock and sell it as well as higher business rates for the premises. What higher costs does the UK version of AC:Unity have to cover that the Russian doesn't? Reply -4
  • MattEvansC3 28/01/2015

    @LordDemigod but when you put a price on the game you are stating its worth. If you price the game at X in one region and a cheaper price of Y in another region then that game is only worth Y.

    It is not the consumer's fault if the game hasn't been budgeted correctly for a worldwide release.
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  • MattEvansC3 28/01/2015

    @Spuzzell Two problems with that statement.

    A) There are no stolen goods. Paying with "stolen" card details is not theft, its fraud.

    B) Ubisoft would not have been deemed to profit from this illegal activity. Ubisoft sets a wholesale price then EA do their own markup to create the sale price. Regardless of whether EA pays Ubisoft before or after the transaction Ubisoft themselves are not involved in that fraudulent transaction.
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  • MattEvansC3 28/01/2015

    @cowell but its not a race to the bottom.

    Regional pricing is not a fair practice, it is purely based on how far they can push any one particular region in regards to "acceptable" pricing.

    How much extra does it cost to sell a digital product on a website in Russia compared to the UK? Does anybody honestly believe that there's a 10-20 cost difference?
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  • Ubisoft deactivating keys it says were "fraudulently" obtained and resold

  • MattEvansC3 26/01/2015

    @L_A_G its only posters here that are using the word stolen, Ubisoft said "fraudulently obtained" which is a big difference.

    Fraudulent behaviour is basically lying so that you can do something you aren't meant to and isn't always a crime.

    Using a proxy server to access the US content on Netflix instead of the UK content is fraudulent behaviour. Setting up a fake posting address in Alaska so that you can purchase digital content from Amazon.com is fraudulent behaviour (this is really popular to getting access to cheap PSN and XboxLive credit). I conduct in fraudulent behaviour when I sign up to websites with a fake DOB for security purposes.

    When Ubisoft sells those serial keys in Russia they are sold for use in the Russian market and nowhere else. When somebody buys them and sells them in Europe they conducted in fraudulent behaviour because they entered into a business agreement under a false pretense.

    Lets not forget that Valve locked someone's Steam account because they were trading Russian keys in volume which breached their T&Cs. It wasn't illegal nor fraud but by going against the agreement that user signed with Valve they were conducting in fraudulent behaviour.
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  • MattEvansC3 26/01/2015

    @L_A_G or you could have an office setup in a low priced/favourable exchange rate region such as Russia, buy the keys in bulk through the correct channels and then sell them on in different regions. Reply +1
  • MattEvansC3 26/01/2015

    @grassyknoll he's saying the conflict of interest is on Ubisoft's end not PewDiePie's.

    Ubisoft are saying he's trustworthy when he's fronting their advertising but not trustworthy when he's fronting a store's advertising. That's the conflict of interest.
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  • MattEvansC3 26/01/2015

    @bad09 nope, Valve are doing it the wrong way. It may be a little less shittier but its still wrong.

    GOG's way of having a standard price based on the US price and then giving you credit for the variation in regional pricing is the right way.

    These companies are selling you a serial number that's all. Ubisoft's CD Prokekt's and Valve's costs are primarily made during development. The cost between selling the game in the US compared to Canada, Australia or Russia are negligible. Regional pricing on digital games does not reflect the regional costs of supplying the goods (compared to physical goods) but rather how much they can squeeze out of one region compared to another.
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  • MattEvansC3 26/01/2015

    @kangarootoo nothing was "stolen". The claim is that the person who initially paid for them with a card they were not authorised to use (the credit card was "stolen"). That is fraud.

    Now this is where it gets awkward and Ubisoft are really being a bit c**tish about things. Even though the keys may have been illegitimately obtained they are still legitimate keys. At the time of sale to the end user the keys were valid and in full working order and that sale was legitimate. The end user would have very little way of forcing a refund.

    This is a payment dispute between Ubisoft and the persons who initially purchased the keys but instead of going through the correct legal channels Ubisoft took the easy route and fucked over the customer.
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  • MattEvansC3 26/01/2015

    We regularly deactivate keys that were fraudulently obtained and resold. In this case, we are currently investigating the origin of the fraud, and will update customers as soon as we have more information to share.
    Umm...shouldn't Ubisoft have concluded their investigations before deeming they were obtained fraudulently and cancelled them?
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  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 review

  • MattEvansC3 24/01/2015

    @Dantonir looking at those benchmarks I'd struggle to see why AMD developed Mantle. Out of those games the one using Mantle is BattleField 4, the game where the non-mantle product comes out on top. Reply -1
  • Microsoft demos Windows 10 Xbox app

  • MattEvansC3 22/01/2015

    @UncleLou reading RPS it seems they were invited to play with the AR headset.

    Also apart from the streaming, everything they showed was platform agnostic.
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  • MattEvansC3 22/01/2015

    @Mr-Writer it was demoed with Steam, its not integrated into Steam. You can use it on any game by hitting the WinKey and "G" Reply +2
  • Windows 10 will let you stream Xbox One games to PC, tablets

  • MattEvansC3 22/01/2015

    @man.the.king
    A wikipedia entry is not a definition. They also did not use the term Software as a Service.
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  • MattEvansC3 22/01/2015

    @RedSparrows Microsoft is in a damned if they do, damned if they don't situation with regards to PC gaming (of their own making).

    If they do nothing people complain that Microsoft doesn't give a shit about them and only cares about Xbox owners.

    If they make something it will be compared to either Steam or GfWL and in either case they'll be told to fuck off.

    Personally I like what Microsoft showed off today as it compliments PC gaming without stepping on people's toes.

    Valve already allow us to stream to other PCs so the XboxOne to PC streaming is a nice addition.

    Having a UI that is platform agnostic, incorporates games and friend lists from multiple sources and has a platform agnostic messaging service is useful on a platform that's becoming fragmented.

    DirectX12 will benefit PC gamers as a whole .

    The DVR feature is also a cool, platform agnostic feature.
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  • MattEvansC3 21/01/2015

    @man.the.king being a service does not imply its a subscription model.

    A "product" implies its finished once its shipped. ChromeOS, Android, iOS and WP8 have torpedoed that idea of an OS as a product as they are constantly evolving. Then there is also the fact that when people say product it implies its an item that can only be used for its stated purpose. Android, iOS and now Windows are integration so many subsidiary tools that they provide a service. Your car insurance is a product, the insurance provider is the service.
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  • Microsoft announces Forza Motorsport 6 for Xbox One

  • MattEvansC3 13/01/2015

    @wyp100 which in today's language means it'll be pushed back and released Q3 2016. Reply 0
  • Microsoft reassures Xbox One owners over DRM rights

  • MattEvansC3 09/01/2015

    @BettySwallocks the German courts felt otherwise as they agreed with Valve that they don't have to allow the resale of games on Steam. Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 09/01/2015

    @arcam they've also stated they wont do it if there are purchased items linked to that account. Reply 0
  • The Witcher 3 PC system requirements revealed

  • MattEvansC3 07/01/2015

    @Stan101 console aren't really eight core though. One core is disabled for higher yields and two to three cores are reserved for OS level tasks. Realistically the games only get access to four to five cores. Reply +3
  • North America gets $15-a-month PlayStation Now subscription service

  • MattEvansC3 05/01/2015

    And there goes any interest I had in this service.

    $180 a year to RENT last gen games? Really? I'd hate to see the UK prices.

    Prices for PS3 games both first and second hand have plummeted and when you get to rent two PS3 games plus two PS4 and two Vita games for 35 for the whole year this is really poor value.
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  • Linx 8 review - exploring the sub-100 Windows tablet experience

  • MattEvansC3 04/01/2015

    @Bludsh0t di you have a main PC? If so use Steam In-Home Streaming. I managed to play Borderlands 2 at 1089p on a CoreDuo 2 desktop with 1GB doing that. Reply +5
  • MattEvansC3 04/01/2015

    @AgentDaleCooper the 10" is dual channel 2GB but will set you back about 150. Reply +3
  • MattEvansC3 04/01/2015

    Considering you talked about gaming I'm surprised you didn't make any mention of or test Steam In-Home streaming. That would have moved the limitations to WiFi and away from CPU/GPU plus hard drive space. Reply +24
  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with the Halo 5 beta

  • MattEvansC3 03/01/2015

    I think its clear from the comments that DF is alone in wanting a "from the ground" reworking of the game. People like HALO because its HALO and any major reworking runs the risk of alienating the fanbase.

    The fanbase wants a better HALO not a different HALO.
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  • Aliens: Colonial Marines and AvP (2010) have vanished from Steam

  • MattEvansC3 03/01/2015

    @freaqie but nobody is preventing owners from playing Aliens:Colonial Marines. Valve may stop selling a game but they don't remove it from your library and it can still be downloaded. I queued this with then when there was that licensing issue with Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition and had that trainer back in writing. Reply +1
  • Watch the Clock Tower spiritual successor NightyCry's first teaser

  • MattEvansC3 03/01/2015

    @zzkj he's a Japanese dev so is going to focus on the core platforms for his territory. Of course he's excluding the 3DS but that may be down to a Nintendo policy or the perceived age of the Nintendo audience Reply +1
  • PlayStation Plus reveals full January lineup

  • MattEvansC3 03/01/2015

    @Kami of course you can swap it for bobbyknockers, PPI callers, etc. As long as the example is universally regarded as more annoying than serious people quickly get the gist of it. Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 02/01/2015

    @grassyknoll not sure why you got downvoted for that. The more people frequent HotUKDeals the better and I've also saved an absolute fortune on Xbox/Playstation subsections and store credit because of that website. Reply +4
  • MattEvansC3 02/01/2015

    @Kami its fairly easy actually. A DDoS attack is like prank calling your local taxi firm constantly so that nobody else can get through. Hacking is breaking and entering. Reply +42
  • Student-made Ukip parody game upsets Nigel Farage

  • MattEvansC3 22/12/2014

    @Bluetooth sorry but you are the one missing the point there. UKIP's anti-immigration policies are born out of their racist, the two cannot be separated. Just look at Mr Farage's excuse that he was late for a meeting in Wales because of mass immigration even though the three hours he allocated himself would have only just got him to the Severn Bridge on a quiet day. Reply -1
  • MattEvansC3 22/12/2014

    @IronSoldier

    And? Without context or semblance of rationality those numbers mean nothing.

    For a start state pensions ARE included in national debt figures. It is the largest expenditure in every budget and is offset against revenues. Public sector pensions are also in the books.

    Secondly that website wasn't setup by a charity or think tank. Its setup by a private organisation, MoneyWeekly who's article that site links to, that specifically wants to sell you a subscription to their magazine.

    The article that site links to does not give a breakdown of those figures nor makes any attempt to back them up.

    That site is using 2014's budget deficit as a guideline for how much debt we are accruing per second which therefore does not take into account changes to state and public sector pensions that have already taken place and will impact expenditure over the next few years.

    In the 2014 budget we borrowed just over 80bn and paid 55bn in interest on our existing debts of 1.4trillion or to make it easier we are paying 5.50 a year for every 140 we owe. That is 0.04%

    Our national debt is not an important figure. The important figure is the interest paid on that debt. Currently we would need to pay an extra 3.3bn for every 84bn we borrow. As long we make savings and/or increase revenues to cover that additional interest and reduce borrowing we lower our deficit which is the most important figure.
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  • MattEvansC3 22/12/2014

    @dogmanstaruk was that comment in defence of Mr Farage and UKIP supporters? Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 22/12/2014

    @IronSoldier it would help if you understood the economics before posting pointless statistics.

    Public Sector pensions are not a "liability". It's government book fiddling made to look like a liability.

    As a Public Sector worker I pay into my pension pot just like every other public sector worker...or at least that is what we were led to believe. The government does not invest our money, it treats it like a tax and it goes in as revenue just as of it were income tax or VAT and it is spent by the government in the same way.

    So of course when we retire and claim our pensions there's no money there so successive governments dips into the tax coffers to pay for it.

    If the government ran our pensions like they should be doing we wouldn't even be part of the National debt.
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  • MattEvansC3 22/12/2014

    @Stan101 well if we can take a positive from that its that the 80s British Comedic Elite were all university students and most formed their partnerships during their time in university. Reply +2
  • It's Steam Holiday Sale time

  • MattEvansC3 19/12/2014

    just in case anybody wanted Rome 2 its 6 over on GMG
    http://www.dealspwn.com/cheaper-steam-total-war-rome-ii-emperor-edition-6-gmgs-holiday-sale-189720
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  • MattEvansC3 19/12/2014

    Another one already? Valve are giving DFS a run for their money.

    Also is this really news anymore? The Steam sale prices aren't that good compared to the competition. You can get similar prices on GreenManGaming and Gamersgate throughout the year. You've then got the various charity bundles and even GOG had a good sale now that they started getting in newer titles.

    I've made more purchases on GamersGate, GMG, GOG and HumbleBundles individuallyover the past twelve months than I have on Steam in the past two years.
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  • Don't call it DRM: what's Denuvo Anti-Tamper?

  • MattEvansC3 19/12/2014

    @George-Roper and if you bothered to read the article then you'd see that those claims were unsubstantiated and even Eurogamer found no evidence of this being the case. Reply +20
  • MattEvansC3 19/12/2014

    @Chris_N but Steam and Steamworks are not the same. Steam is the store and the client and is required to be installed by Steamworks. Steamwotks is built into the game. Reply +3
  • Microsoft's game streaming tech codenamed Arcadia, new report claims

  • MattEvansC3 16/12/2014

    @Sharzam because of lag. What the end goal for Microsoft and Sony is to have "lag free" game streaming of HD content. Sony delayed the Gaiki rollout across Europe because they didn't feel the broadband infrastructure was good enough. Microsoft worked on their Delorean project which attempted to negate lag by "predicting" what your next move was before you made it. What it does is send the next ten possible commands you might make at the same time, so when you make your next command the data is already there on your machine. Which sounds cool unless you ever watched Cybercity OEDO 808 (its quite a coll series of anime from Manga's CyberPunk series). Reply +1
  • MattEvansC3 16/12/2014

    @Mr-Writer I'm going to pull an Obi-Wan Kenobe here and say you are both true... From a certain point of view.

    When I worked on a Nintendo fan site we always had these type of debates, especially around "innovation". Introduced means different things to different people. For some its the first person to bring the feature to the market, for some its the first person to market that feature.

    You are right in that Microsoft were not the first to implement online play and therefore did not "introduce" it by your definition. On the other hand Microsoft were the first to make online play a key feature of the console and in that regard they were the first to "introduce" online gaming to the mass market.

    And anyway, its Christmas time, peace on Earth and all that nonsense ;-)
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  • MattEvansC3 16/12/2014

    @Mr-Writer but there's a difference between having online connectivity and having an online framework. Yes the Dreamcast, PS2 and I believe even the SNES had the ability to go online there was no infrastructure for it and online play was reliant on the dev itself to implement it. Microsoft was the first one to create a platform based infrastructure. Reply +4
  • MattEvansC3 16/12/2014

    @StooMonster

    Well technically the speed of light is not constant as its still subject to gravitational forces and can be slowed down ;-)
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  • Windows 10 leak reveals new Xbox app for PC

  • MattEvansC3 15/12/2014

    @StooMonster just noticed that post, my daughter interrupted my train of thought asking for a biscuit. Those examples were Siri, the Cortana example was that you just need to say"Remind me to tell my wife I'll be late" then the next time you speak to your wife, be it text or voice, Cortana will remind you.

    Anyway, there's no problem in comparing to Siri, they are both in the same field, it's the term Siri-like that's the issue.

    The term "-like" is often a off the cuff dismissive term that implies it's a me-too, inferior copy of something. COD had RPGlike progression mechanics. Lords of the Fallen was a Soulslike game. Every fantasy MMO game released after WoW was a WoWlike. The only time it hasn't carried that negativity is with the term Roguelike and then its just because there is no other name for that genre.
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  • MattEvansC3 15/12/2014

    @StooMonster Eurogamer saying Cortana is a Siri-like does do it quite an injustice.

    One of its better uses is context sensitive reminders. With Siri you have to set specific scenarios, for example, to remind you to pick up bread when you are near Tesco's or to remind you to tell your wife you'll be home late when she calls and it'll do just that. With Cortana you can be vague, instead you can tell Cortana to "Remind me to tell my wife I'll be late home" and the next time you communicate, be it text, phone call, etc. It'll remind you to day you'll be late.

    Its more a hybrid between Google Now and Siri. But of course mobile platforms are more controlled than a Windows desktop so how well it integrates with 3rd party tools is going to be a concern.

    Edit -Got my examples the wrong way around. I blame daughter nagging me for a biscuit causing me to lose my train of thought.
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