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  • Xbox 360 at 10: How XBLA changed the industry forever

  • MattEvansC3 26/11/2015

    @Peew971 there's also only a slight mention of the Summer of Arcade promotions.

    That to me is what really got me into XBLA titles and really set XBLA apart. Microsoft didn't just crate a service, they put a lot of weight behind it to make it a success.
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  • Xbox One and Xbox 360 Black Friday sale live

  • MattEvansC3 20/11/2015

    @MrPomeroy expect all the Fables to be backwards compatible when Fable Legends is released and Alan Wake to be backwards compatible when Alan Wake 2 is released. Of course all Xbox360 titles for each franchise will be given away as pre-order bonuses for the XboxOne games. Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 20/11/2015

    A good list for the Xbox360 but there is a lot of repetition there with games like Red Dead Redemption seemingly being in every big sale. There's also quite a few GWG titles there.

    It's a good list but it could do with some more new entries and variety for those that have been on the platform for a while.
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  • Green Man Gaming will now tell you where game keys come from

  • MattEvansC3 18/11/2015

    @ShayenRoyen is not really a grey area at all.

    RRP for digital items are not based on how much they cost they are based on a number of factors relative to where its being sold such as the wealth of the consumer base, value of comparative media, levels of piracy, etc.

    CDPR are charging considerably less for The Witcher 3 in Russia than in the UK because they believe the Russians won't spend 50 on a game whereas they believe we will.

    Of course there will be arguments as to why that's an acceptable practice but it all boils down to this. The end product, that game of Witcher 3 is sitting on a GoG server, its the same game, the same server, there is no difference in cost yet I, as a UK consumer, am being asked to pay considerably more to gain access to it.

    As a consumer you can either accept it or say, no, if we are getting the same product I want to pay the same price.

    Ultimately why is it okay for CDPR to play the international market game but its a "grey area" when us consumers or other companies do?
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  • MattEvansC3 18/11/2015

    @TekMerc CDPR chose to limit its competition by not wholesaling Witcher 3 codes to sites like GMG. These sites had distribution deals for previous Witcher games.

    GMG chose to source Witcher 3 codes via a non-EU wholesaler. As CDPR were using regional pricing (a practice they've criticised their competitors for in the past) the wholesale price GMG paid was so low they could afford to sell Witcher 3 codes at a far lower price than GoG.

    CDPR didn't like this and posted on their blog about how the codes being sold by GMG weren't legitimate as they weren't sold by CDPR and told the public not to buy from GMG.
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  • MattEvansC3 18/11/2015

    @arcam And how many solicitors did they go through to get the answer that matches up with theirs?

    Just look at the solicitor's reasoning for why its "basically illegal". "We can ignore legal precedent because computer games are more complex than other software".

    Also look at the author's response to SavvyGamer's opinion. They don't even attempt to argue against his point they just go into full character assassination mode and accuse him of victim blaming.

    Finally that article was looking at the legality of the resale of keys bought in indie/humble bundles or individuals reselling keys after having already downloaded the title. Seeing as The Witcher 3 wasn't in any PWYW bundle, wasn't even released and GMG had bought the keys via a wholesaler how does that article offer any insight into the other poster's questions?
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  • MattEvansC3 18/11/2015

    @arcam I don't think suggesting they read a biased, one sided article that focuses on different issues is really going to help. Reply -4
  • MattEvansC3 18/11/2015

    @LaurencD I won't neg you for it but it offers very little insight into how GreenManGaming operates.

    There's major differences between how G2A has been accused of operating and how GMG operates;

    A) G2A is accused of buying Humble Bundle keys, separating the games and selling them on. GreenManGaming buys from the publisher and/or they source them from outside the EU in bulk.

    B) The solicitors and G2A referring to used or qgifted keys. GMG is selling brand new keys.

    C) G2A is posing as a end user to obtain its keys. GMG is buying them through wholesale which is part of the revenue train.
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  • MattEvansC3 18/11/2015

    @melnificent not just that, it's drawing attention away from uncompetitive practices enforced by publishers.

    GoG and Ubsioft restricting where you can source keys from allows them to keep prices high which is something we shouldn't be defending.
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  • Jade Raymond building "Assassin's Creed-style game" for EA

  • MattEvansC3 17/11/2015

    @arcam Action/Adventure games are generally 3rd person. Crysis would fall under FPS. Reply +1
  • MattEvansC3 17/11/2015

    Personally I wouldn't mind them leveraging the Dragon Age IP for this. The rogue class always felt too constrained by the mechanics of an RPG.

    It also gives them the opportunity to flesh out parts of the world that don't get enough attention due to the over-arching storyline. Just have the entire thing set in one of the Dwarven underground cities and deal with their internal politics.
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  • Why I'm tired of Fallout 4 encumbrance

  • MattEvansC3 17/11/2015

    This really annoyed me in Skyrim too. It's also not like other games haven't solved the problem. Dungeon Siege gave you the pack mule and Torchlight gave you the option to fast travel your pet back to the shop to sell your unwanted items.

    Lets be fair, it's a Sci-Fi game so even a post apocalyptic delivery service wouldn't that be that much out of the question.
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  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Nuketown map has a Doctor Who Easter egg

  • MattEvansC3 16/11/2015

    Well that's a bit...shit.
    Apart from the not moving while you are looking at them there's nothing referencing Dr. Who. Why are they robotic mannequins? Why do you have to shoot their arms off. Why are they walking like marionettes?

    *Edit* I'm not a big fan of these types of Non Sequitur "Easter eggs". The act required to start the Easter egg is extremely specific yet is also excessively random. I watched the video on the scrapped megaladon Easter Egg for BattleField 4. To get it to work you had to jump on top of a specific tree, watch where the birds from that tree go, the birds will point you in the direction of a UFO that will shine a searchlight on the water and after the UFO leaves the Megladon will jump out of the water. The ONLY hint the devs gave to how this would work was a vague graffiti drawing of a palm tree on a random wall within the map.

    Even if its a random Easter Egg there should be a logical path that would allow the player to at least accidentally stumble upon it or should be a treasure hunt.
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  • Sony responds to claim PS4 used for terrorist communications

  • MattEvansC3 16/11/2015

    Eurogamer really missed a trick here. They should have just run the story as Forbes confirms WiiU exclusive Mario Maker being ported to PS4. Then put the subheading as "May be involved in terrorism".

    These reports are a joke and therefore only deserve a joke article.
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  • Rodea The Sky Soldier review

  • MattEvansC3 13/11/2015

    @Pierre2k I enjoyed Sonic Adventures but I think the problem was that SEGA either could not or didn't have faith that they could translate the core gameplay of Sonic into the 3D realm.

    Lets compare it (unfairly) to Mario. At its core Mario was about precision platform jumping and exploration. Nintendo was able to transfer these core concepts into the 3D realm which allowed Nintendo to expand upon those core concepts.

    Sonic has always been about speed and is really an on rails platformer (the level design generally pushes you in a single direction with minimal choice). None of the Sonic 3D games captured that and instead of trying to make it work SEGA bulked the game out with non-Sonic elements. Just look at Sonic Adventures, you've got treasure hunting, fishing and mini games. Sonic and his speed segments were only a small part of the overall game and every game after that has just added more characters and more gimmicks.
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  • "The new Xbox One dashboard is the next step, not the final step"

  • MattEvansC3 12/11/2015

    @Irien Technically they could but as stated in then interview you've got a Licencing issue.

    For Microsoft to give you the full game as a download they need to supply you with a key. Microsoft has no authority to do that, only the publisher can authorise that.

    Allowing digital versions to be backwards compatible but not retail discs would create customer confusion and a potential backlash. Microsoft wants good PR and won't jeopardise that.
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  • So, how much do Steam Machines cost in the UK?

  • MattEvansC3 11/11/2015

    @mega-gazz, no and no.

    If I buy a game from GAME, Argos or Tesco it will work in my console. If I buy the key from a CD Key selling site I run the risk of having my key being disabled because it was either stolen or bought in a foreign market.

    Also lets not start that whole nonsense of comparing "cheap" Steam prices (sale prices) with day one retail prices.
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  • MattEvansC3 11/11/2015

    @loveless that may not be the case though. Each of these "Steam Machines" is an existing build with Windows swapped out for SteamOS and a Steam Controller.

    The profit margins on these aren't going to differ between SteamOS and Windows offerings. When you take into account that these OEMs now have to market and support a whole new ecosystem the Steam Machines may even come out as being less profitable.

    If the sales aren't there then its very likely that these OEMs will just plain stop having SteamOS as an option.
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  • MattEvansC3 11/11/2015

    @asphaltcowboy no because PC games on Steam are generally at a console RRP unless they are in a sale. There is more retailer competition for console games so more day one promotions. You also can't trade in Steam games which also removes you from a lot of the day one offers. Reply -1
  • MattEvansC3 11/11/2015

    @I_Am_CatButler they've tested it in a few reviews and its not a Steam GUI running atop a Linux build, its a custom Linux build. So while you technically can get to the Linux build underneath its buggy, crashes quite a bit and normal Linux commands don't always work. Reply +1
  • Itagaki's Valhalla Game Studios faces trademark dispute with Valhalla Motion Pictures

  • MattEvansC3 10/11/2015

    @SpaceMonkey77 but its easy to see the companies linked.

    Look at BSkyB. They've got Sky New, Sky TV, Sky Broadband, Sky Movies, etc. In a similar fashion you can read both of these company logos as being Valhalla -XYZ as they put the word Valhalla in a different font, size and separate it from the rest of the company name.

    You've also got both companies using a Viking Longboat on the waves as their primary image. Valhalla is the Norse afterlife/heaven and is more connected to Valkyrie than a longboat. Therefore even though both the image and name belong to Norse culture they aren't directly linked.

    The trademark has to be taken as a whole, and are there enough similarities between the name, image used and logo layout to suggest the companies might be linked and create confusion. In this instance there do appear to be enough similarities to suggest that link.
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  • When Boris Johnson played Oculus Rift

  • MattEvansC3 09/11/2015

    @dogmanstaruk they weren't free bedrooms though and ours not a simple situation.
    The "Bedroom tax" applies to everyone on social housing. Social housing tenants that were entitled to housing benefits had their rent paid in full regardless of the number of rooms.

    Now there's numerous reasons why you'd end up with an extra room;

    Your children have gotten to old to allow you to claim housing benefits for them.
    Your children have moved out.
    You need at home care but not 24/7 care (care agencies will refuse to send someone out if there isn't a bed available for them).
    There are common sleeping conditions that mean that your partner needs to sleep in a different bed at times, if not every night.

    That's not even an exhaustive list.

    Of course you've then got the issue of where do you move them to. Since Thatcher did the big social housing sell off there's a shortfall of houses in the social housing sector. There's very little in the way of movement, there just aren't the two or three bed houses available and when they are there are other people on a higher priority list than those that are over occupying.

    Much like the Working Tax Credit cuts the "bedroom tax" was put in place with no regard to those it would affect.
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  • MattEvansC3 09/11/2015

    @jimmyhill11 and then there's the people who want to vote for knack but know it won't count so don't bother voting at all. Reply +7
  • MattEvansC3 09/11/2015

    @MrTummyGiggles No they didn't. The current electoral system was designed for two parties not the ten or so active parties we do have. This of course screws up with who wins.

    Lets put it into gaming terms. Say we have to choose one game that all of us must play for the next four years. We all get one choice from the following;
    Pro Evo Soccer
    Call of Duty
    Medal of Honour

    While collectively you'd generally see more people vote for the FPS genre because we are looking at the game with the highest number of votes we'd realistically be looking at a either Pro Evo or FIFA because even if their genre vote is lower there are fewer parties to split it between.

    That's what happens in our current politics. There's more Left Wing parties than Right Wing parties so the Left Wing vote gets split making them look less popular.
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  • Xbox One list of Xbox 360 backwards compatibility games revealed

  • MattEvansC3 09/11/2015

    @JimmyP117 They'll be available to download via your XboxOne. Reply +6
  • MattEvansC3 09/11/2015

    I'm wondering how many of the noticeable absentees are down to strategy. HALO Wars will likely be a pre-order bonus for HALO Wars 2 and Skyrim is rumoured to be getting a PS4/XboxOne version so Bethesda wouldn't want to impact it's sales for that. Reply -3
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider review

  • MattEvansC3 09/11/2015

    @Die_nasty lets be fair here the release window for Tomb Raider was likely set before Fallout 4 was announced. Fallout 4 is also likely to be the type of game that screws up other game release windows for weeks, even months after its release.

    Microsoft couldn't release it earlier because it would clash with Halo 5, any later and it risks missing the pre-Christmas sales rush as well as going up against Call of Duty.
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  • There's a new Mass Effect Andromeda teaser trailer and it's voiced by Shepard

  • MattEvansC3 07/11/2015

    @Bombardier I think its more of a one way mission that links in with the ending of ME3.

    The Reaper invasion has on ask likelihood completely screwed the Milky Way. The Citadel was turned into a charnel house, every council race had their home world decimated, fleets obliterated, governments destroyed and population severely culled. Colonies were overrun and each race relied on those colonies to provide their race with the resources it needed to allow it to survive. That's without knowing what has happened to the mass relay network.

    I'm thinking this more a mission to restart the human race than to support the existing one.
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  • Zoe Quinn's memoir Crash Override picked up by Ghostbusters reboot producer

  • MattEvansC3 07/11/2015

    @grassyknoll well technically she didn't sleep with him once, they started a relationship. Ours only a minor detail but its the type of thing they'll pounce on when they want to try and counter your valid argument. Reply +2
  • MattEvansC3 07/11/2015

    @IronSoldier And what's that got to do with the price of fish?

    Its extremely sad news about Total Biscuit, especially after he seemed to recover but that has nothing to do with this article and your comment is just there to derail the comments thread.
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  • MattEvansC3 07/11/2015

    @dogmanstaruk Yes, Zoe Quinn sought the attention of a hate mob by allowing her ex to write a pack of lies about her. She of course continued to seek this attention by becoming the focal point of a "its about ethics on journalism" campaign even though she did nothing unethical.

    Ah but she did seek the attention by standing up to her harassers and the hate mob instead of retreating to the quiet, dark corner the perpetrators wanted her in.
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  • MattEvansC3 07/11/2015

    @Gamerz76 No, "gamers" demonised gamers with this GamerGate bollocks. You've only got yourself to blame on this one. Reply +18
  • Xbox One to finally get a Sky TV app soon

  • MattEvansC3 06/11/2015

    @JackBauer2007 Sort of. The free SkyGo app allows you to stream to a mixture of two tablets, PCs or phones. Then there's a premium option which allows you to stream to four devices, includes consoles and allows you to download the programs for offline viewing.

    Whether that is value for money is subjective but its not 5 just to stream to a console.
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  • Steam launches official developer-run Item Stores

  • MattEvansC3 05/11/2015

    Still a little confused with this. Does the developer get to just take any community mods they like and put it on the Item Store or does the modder have to authorise it first? Reply +4
  • Konami closes LA studio responsible for Metal Gear Online

  • MattEvansC3 03/11/2015

    @jamyskis1981 the difference is simple. Avalanche studios didn't have enough work to pay their staff.

    Konami relocated the work to a Japanese office before closing them down.
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  • Warcraft movie reveals first still images and poster

  • MattEvansC3 03/11/2015

    @VotesForCows Is it a tooth or a tusk? To my knowledge a tusk would hurt less in getting pierced.
    Either way they look stupid and would offer more evolutionary disadvantages than advantages.
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  • MattEvansC3 03/11/2015

    Was disappointed that this looked like some high budget generic fantasy flick but that poster has got me excited. Someone splatooned over their faces. Hopefully its about Splatoon. Reply +1
  • Job losses at Just Cause 3 developer Avalanche Studios

  • MattEvansC3 02/11/2015

    @floatstarpx it wasn't a PR statement, it was a reply to an enquiry ;-) Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 02/11/2015

    @jabberwocky You could've at least said Smithers, release the hounds! Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 02/11/2015

    In articles like this it would probably help if you said how many were permanent members and how many were temps/contractors.

    Classing temporary contracts coming to an end as "job losses" implies that the developer is in financial trouble. If they were just additional artists, coders and QA staff hired for the short term then its part of the norm and implies no trouble at the developer.
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  • Nintendo censors skimpy Xenoblade Chronicles X costumes in West - report

  • MattEvansC3 02/11/2015

    @jamyskis1981 regarding that second point the uproar (though I personally think that's too strong a word for most of the criticism) is the disproportionate amount of sexual objectification of women, not the sexualisation of women. There is a difference though that is a discussion best left for a different time. We both know how this thread will end up if we start discussing that topic now. Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 02/11/2015

    @MrTomFTW sorry, I should have explained that better. Using older actors doesn't make the characters more sexualised they make them more...accessible.

    All the actors in Buffy are of an age where its perfectly acceptable to find them sexually attractive. The problem is that the characters they are portraying aren't at an acceptable age. To put it in some context Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof were dating and got married during the filming of Buffy. Just imagine of Willow and Wesley the Watcher were having a sexual relationship in the same season Wesley first appeared. We'd have an issue with that.
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  • MattEvansC3 02/11/2015

    @MrTomFTW Going to be a "bit fair" to the Japanese culture on this one as I'd say we have a more subtle but almost equal issue when it comes the sexualisation of teenagers.

    In a lot of GB and ex-colonies media (can't really speak for most European media) we have an issue with age selection of female and male actors for teenage roles.

    Going back to my teenage years you've got the Buffy The Vampire Slayer TV show. I had a Buffy poster on my wall and had a crush on Willow. Now even though the characters were meant to be fifteen when the show started they were played by a 20yr old (Sarah Michelle Geller), a 23yr old (Alyson Hannigan), a 27yr old (Charisma Carpenter) and a 26yr old (Nicholas Brendon).

    Most of us likely got excited at a 26 year old Shannon Elizabeth showing her tits and diddling herself in American Pie. The character was somewhere between 16 and 18.

    The female actors (Nicholas isn't my thing) are hot. They are also fully developed and while as a program on its own it won't do much the constant use of older actors as school children will create an almost Pavlov's Dog scenario whereby your innate response to an attractive, fully matured male/female is being associated with "school girl/boy" that may blur lines for some people.
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  • MattEvansC3 02/11/2015

    @DizzyCriminal I remember a MEME from a while ago that compared starter armour and top tier armour set between male and female character models.

    Needless to say, it wasn't the male character models who's armour value rose while the physical amount of armour decreased.
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  • MattEvansC3 02/11/2015

    @jamyskis1981 I wouldn't even class it as "feminist concerns". If you showed those images and the age of the character to most on the right wing they'd go ballistic.

    Moral outrage against turning pre-pubescent kids into sexual object unifies most people across the political spectrum.
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  • MattEvansC3 02/11/2015

    @Kendrene So your entire argument about the sexualisation of a 13 year old girl boils down to;

    I don't jack off to it so its okay.
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  • MattEvansC3 02/11/2015

    @superfurry They did...two days ago

    In fairness though while its got quite a few upvotes there are a few people going WTF?!? and saying its not.
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  • MattEvansC3 02/11/2015

    Realistically this is only censorship if you are a bit of a peado. Sexualising a 13 year old girl (15 years old is no better) computer character is just all kinds of wrong to begin with. Reply +5
  • Video: Here's proof video game James Bond is the worst James Bond

  • MattEvansC3 01/11/2015

    You are very very wrong. Best James Bond was Bob Holnes! Reply +2
  • Marathon, the original Bungie sci-fi shooter

  • MattEvansC3 01/11/2015

    Instead, it became a beloved cult classic-and its DNA continues to inform Bungie's other shooters, including Destiny: The Taken King.
    Stealth Destiny article?
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