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  • Valve's virtual reality headset is called Vive, made by HTC

  • MattEvansC3 02/03/2015

    @StooMonster just a question regarding resolutions aren't they just outputting a single image twice? That way the console or PC is only processing a single, for example, 1920x1080 image as opposed to a 3840 x 2160 image with the VR headset duplicating the image and sending them off centre to each eye screen? Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 02/03/2015

    As someone with astigmatism unless there's an option to change the focal points for each individual screen this will be a non-starter for a lot of people. Reply 0
  • Does resolution really matter?

  • MattEvansC3 28/02/2015

    @dogmanstaruk as someone who plays games on the PC I find the 1080p argument a weird one.

    On games where its a choice between 1920x1080 resolution and low to medium settings or sub 1920x1080 resolutions and medium to
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  • MattEvansC3 28/02/2015

    Based off of that survey I wouldn't say resolution was the "main" reason people chose the PS4.

    There is a big reason between the most popular answer and the defining answer. Outside of their own weighting system there's no mention of the person taking the survey being able to rank or weight their answers. Couple that with the fact that those taking the survey could chose as many or as few options as possible and those results show the majority of users who bought a PS4 said resulting was A reason not that the majority of PS4 owners said it was THE reason.

    If I were to rank the reasons why I bought an Xbox360 last generation it would be;
    1) Price - I got a reduced Arcade model.
    2) Exclusive games - Fable 2 had just been released.
    3) Friends - My friend had one so I bought one.

    Now if in that survey 1500 people listed Friends as a third or lower option and 1400 people lists price as their number one option the Friends option would come out on top even though for the majority of users it was the third or lower reason for buying the console.
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  • Don't buy Darkest Dungeon from the Windows Game Store, dev warns

  • MattEvansC3 23/02/2015

    @reelbigkris which works of yours are being copied? Probably won't do much but I'll go on the store and raise some tickets for you. Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 23/02/2015

    @grassyknoll and what steps should they take and how long should they take to do it?

    On the mobile front its common for publishers and developers to offload porting to 3rd so its not always a case of just being able to cross reference the developer. Then there's the matter of the platform holder not knowing the app from Adam. The Microsoft employee who authorised the app may never have heard of this game before.

    Now imagine if Microsoft, Apple or Google searched for possible cloning/trademark infringement on every single app, contacted the publisher or developer in every instance and waited for a reply before pushing the app to the app store. How long would it take to post the app to the app store? Take into consideration that Microsoft has the smallest app store yet still has over half a million apps.

    On top of that who's going to shoulder the cost of this? Its not the platform holder who's IP is being infringed nor are they the ones doing the infringing. The cost is realistically going to be passed onto the app developer.

    We've seen how vocal indie developers can be when it comes to hurdles being placed in from of them. So when they are looking at platforms to use are they really going to use a platform that charges them more and delays their app just so they can verify they are legit?

    Its not a simple case of saying piracy/cloning/trademark infringement is bad and the platform holder must do more. The platform holder has to balance the needs of devs and publishers who aren't supporting their platform against those who are supporting the platform and may support the platform.

    This is an industry wide problem and needs an industry wide solution. Something like a neutral database where devs and publishers can list their games, contact details, platforms they 're supporting and the name of any devs/publishers authorised to use the IP and trademarks. The platform holder could then search this database via the app name, make a reasonable assessment based on the potential matches and subsequently contact the correct people. In addition the platform holder must supply a fast track route for publishers and devs who've signed up to this database to report IP and trademark infringement.
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  • MattEvansC3 23/02/2015

    @riceNpea in this instance no theft has taken place. Because they are using the name and not copying any of the software its just trademark infringement. Reply -3
  • MattEvansC3 23/02/2015

    @Drygore sadly that's what happens when the number of apps becomes a defining feature of a platform. iOS and Android have a similar problem. Reply +9
  • How Paradox is teleporting its way onto the PlayStation 4 with Magicka 2

  • MattEvansC3 20/02/2015

    @Murton the main issue would be the UI. I've tried playing CK2 and KA:TRPG2 on the living room TV and I had to get off the couch and sit about four feet away from the TV.

    PC strategy games are designed to be seen on a 20" screen from two to three foot away. Whereas your typical living room setup is a 40"-50" screen that's at least seven foot away. This leaves the menus an unreadable mess, the dialogue undecipherable and the UI far too cluttered.

    Most strategy games would need to have their entire UI gutted and made into a "Big Picture Mode".
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  • Alien Isolation, Watch Dogs 60% off in huge Xbox sale

  • MattEvansC3 17/02/2015

    @iamnormal and? So does everybody else here. Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 17/02/2015

    From a Xbox360 owner perspective this is far from Ultimate. The deals just seem like a mish mash of random titles. Its the Yellow Sticker sale.

    Dragon Age 2 and Mass Effect? Why not put a series on sale so its Dragon Age 1 & 2 or Mass Effect 1, 2 & 3? Would it be too much to ask for DLC to be discounted too?

    While there is a breadth of titles I much prefer the weekly sales or those tied in with Games With Gold as its all based around a franchise. This means that you can go in and get everything for a discount.
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  • Xbox One universal apps will run in the background - report

  • MattEvansC3 17/02/2015

    @MTM2 I remember ages ago when Microsoft first announced Universal Apps that they said the Xbox division would be solely responsible for authorising apps on the XboxOne. Reply 0
  • Law & Order airs episode dedicated to harassment of women in gaming

  • MattEvansC3 12/02/2015

    @lancashirered Now? I take it you weren't gaming around the time of the SNES and MegaDrive. Reply +9
  • Valve: devs should stop gifting game keys to win Steam Greenlight votes

  • MattEvansC3 11/02/2015

    Here's a thought, how about removing any game from the Greenlight process that actively provides incentives for votes (bribes)? Once the game has been greenlit THEN marketing can be done.

    Its also weird how Valve are trying to distance themselves from a problem that they not only created but are in control of. If you turn around to the community and tell them they can get a free pass onto the most profitable platform by garnering a few votes then of course those in the community are going to try every trick in the book to get those votes.

    It's also pointless telling those devs that resorting to such tactics is going to delay their game going on sale in a bid to stop said tactics. Devs want their games greenlit, it doesn't matter whether its today or next month, once its done its done and that's all that matters.
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  • Eurogamer has dropped review scores

  • MattEvansC3 10/02/2015

    @Mr-Writer Personally I think that is the best way to score a game, how much would I pay.

    When you are reviewing using the traditional scoring system I'd be wary about dropping 40 on a AAA that scored 7/10 but wouldn't think twice about dropping 5-10 on a indie title that scored 7/10.
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  • MattEvansC3 10/02/2015

    @Pasco_ Not just that but just for fun, the game of the year award should be renamed yo the "Better Than Halo" award and all runner ups should get the "8/10" award. Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 10/02/2015

    @nagi not really. Essential means everyone should go out and buy it. Recommended is that the reviewer really likes it and no stamp means to read the review and make your own mind up. Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 10/02/2015

    @FuzzyDuck From Eurogamer's perspective you could argue why should they spend time constantly going back to games and updating reviews when the bulk of the views will come within the first few days of the review being posted.

    Also the review should be a snapshot in time and updating reviews can overwrite history. Should The Masterchief Collection and Driveclub get a free pass because they eventually became a serviceable game months after they were released?

    That's not to say Eurogamer couldn't or shouldn't go back and re-review a game after six months or a year but we don't want to go down that slippery slope of "forgiving" poor launches. If it cant be recommended at launch it shouldn't be recommended six months down the line regardless of the work put in.
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  • GDC preview: Windows 10 vs SteamOS

  • MattEvansC3 10/02/2015

    @Vash63 Look, its fine I get it, you are either a Valve fanboy, Microsoft hater or both. Twisting facts to create a narrative doesn't make them true and saying someone is making stuff up when you are doing exactly that isn't a good move either.

    Has Microsoft released an x86/64 based consumer OS that doesn't allow you to run x86/64 programs? No they haven't. Argument over.
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  • MattEvansC3 09/02/2015

    @Vash63 So let me get this straight, if we;
    A) Remove SteamOS from the equation.
    B) Focus only on the Linux distro its based on.
    C) Ignore that that Steamworks games require Steam to play, even on Linux.
    D) Scoot the fact that Microsoft in no way prevented 3rd party non-WinRT apps from running on Windows.
    E) Treat WinRT apps as the only apps available on Windows.

    We can then argue that Windows fits the definitions of a walled garden while SteamOS doesn't?
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  • MattEvansC3 07/02/2015

    @StooMonster but the whole Origin situation was in part caused by Valve. Specifically the change to the T&Cs that required all games to sell DLC through Steam.

    Now with F2P its understandable but for retail games its Valve over-reaching and one of the reasons why I'm wary of a Valve based OS. A lot of Valve's decisions regarding Steam have been about lock-in for both customers and developers and all to benefit Valve regardless of the benefit to devs or consumers.
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  • MattEvansC3 07/02/2015

    @StooMonster

    The true universal apps are a single WinRT app with multiple UIs, each one specific to the platform. While in principle its the same as cross buy in effect its a single app purchase. That app happens to run on multiple systems.

    My point being though that platform agnostic tools like Unity allow you to quickly compile your software for multiple platforms. Putting a PC game on both the Windows App store, GOG or Steam would not be as difficult or as expensive as say releasing it on the PS4 and XboxOne unless you started using tools such as Steamworks.
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  • MattEvansC3 07/02/2015

    @Dantonir Most users get a Windows licence with a new PC and that completely dwarfs the number of users who purchase an upgrade or a new OS.

    All Microsoft is doing is getting rid of the OS upgrade revenue which is miniscule enough not to matter. The larger revenue they make off of OEM licensing wont be affected.
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  • MattEvansC3 07/02/2015

    @frunk you talk like they are mutually exclusive. There is nothing stopping devs from hedging their bets and releasing it on Steam and the Xbox Marketplace. Reply +2
  • MattEvansC3 07/02/2015

    You had me up until you said Valve was making PC gaming an open platform and Microsoft was making it into a walled garden.

    I'm sorry but how exactly is building an OS around a proprietary store where only one company has the keys to getting content on it, setting prices and setting the rules open?

    Yet somehow Microsoft making an app store which in no way prevented x86/64 programs running on the OS was the one making PC gaming a walled garden?
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  • Windows on a stick: the Hannspree Micro PC review

  • MattEvansC3 09/02/2015

    @Zomeguy technically $15. There's a $10 configuration discount for setting up Bing as the default. Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 08/02/2015

    @nicfaz well I try my best haha Reply +1
  • MattEvansC3 08/02/2015

    @hazzatori they'd still be able to update as it would just require over-writing the existing image. The only version of Win8 that's not getting the Win10 upgrade is Win8 RT. Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 08/02/2015

    @L_A_G Exactly what processors do AMD offer with the same low power consumption and thermal footprint as the current Intel Atoms? AMD do not offer a competitive solution, irrespective of price, in the tablet and slimline bracket.

    Also that analogy makes no sense, does not reflect the situation at all and just seems like stretching on your point to create a narrative of Microsoft being uncompetitive.

    Lets keep it simple and to the facts.
    A) Google released Android as a zero cost OS.
    B) Apple made all future versions of OSX a free upgrade for existing OSX users.
    C) iOS has only ever been used by Apple, has no upgrade cost to the user and cannot be purchased.
    D) Up until the creation of the Win8.1 with Bing SKU and the implementation of the current discounts Microsoft was the only company selling its OS to OEMs for a cost.
    E) Google and Android have dominated the tablet market since Apple created it with the iPad.
    F) Prior to Win8.1 with Bing there were no Win8 tablets with a sub 100 RRP. There have been a multitude of sub 100 Android tablets for years.
    G) Microsoft has not been able to compete in the tablet market while charging money for the use of its OS. Microsoft has only now started to compete by changing its pricing structure to match its competitors.

    Those are the simple facts.
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  • MattEvansC3 08/02/2015

    @SeesThroughAll

    Did he say they were giving them to consumers? No.
    Is Microsoft making the Wibdows8.1 with Bing SKU free via a discount? Yes.
    Has Microsoft made it a point of telling the press specifically that Win8 is free on certain devices and has the press informed their readership? Yes

    If you read what Richard said as Microsoft giving out free licenses to consumers then the error is on your part, not Richard's. The article is factually correct.
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  • MattEvansC3 08/02/2015

    @L_A_G well AMD don't offer anything suitable for a tablet anyway so the point is mute. Intel is competing against ARM in that market.

    Also seeing as you mentioned them encroaching on Apple and Google's turf neither of those two companies charge for their respective OS's. In fact it was Google who set the precedent of the zero cost OS. Microsoft has had to change its pricing structure to compete with Android tablets.
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  • MattEvansC3 08/02/2015

    @A_Virtual_Duck you are confusing the schemes there. Win8.1 with Bing is one discount scheme, the under 10" screen scheme is a different discount. Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 08/02/2015

    @SeesThroughAll

    Microsoft has been running various schemes that give OEMs huge discounts that bring the licencing cost to zero. Windows8.1 with Bing is one of them.
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  • MattEvansC3 08/02/2015

    The price is the only issue for me. If you shop around you can get Celeron Intel NUCs for 110, add a SSD and RAM and you are looking at a similar price for a more flexible system that is only slightly bigger (in comparison to a desktop case) and includes an IR connector.

    What Microsoft really need to do is to make a Smartglass for Windows. Remote desktop is fiddly so having a dedicated app that turns your tablet or smartphone into a touch pad and keypad interface that connects via WiFi would be the perfect solution for something like this.
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  • MattEvansC3 08/02/2015

    @StooMonster I wouldn't think so as you'd be limited by the USB bandwidth. As there's only one USB port you'd have to use a hub further reducing bandwidth. Reply +1
  • Cortana virtual assistant headed to Microsoft Office

  • MattEvansC3 09/02/2015

    @Boomerang I just scrolled past a "20 actors who have dropped off the radar" headline with a picture of Raul Julia...he didn't drop off the radar he dropped off the f**king mortal coil!

    *Edit* Oops, it was a picture of John Astin, the still alive actor who played Gomez in the TV show. Still, the guy was famous for a hit TV show fifty years ago. There's very few actors that can hold onto a publicly successful career for five years after they finish a hit show, let alone fifty years.
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  • MattEvansC3 09/02/2015

    @Rainbird @SpaceMonkey77

    They have and they haven't. There's functionality in Win10 but its primarily split between the various apps, including her own. After the carrier update blocking debacles Microsoft has had to put up with on the Windows Phone front (similar to the issues Android users have) they've decentralised their software so that it can be updated outside of the normal channels.

    To give an example, Office on WP8 has not been updated whereas iOS and Android have improved versions of Office. To update Office fir WP8/8.1 Microsoft would have to push out a phone OS update that both the OEMs and carriers could refuse to test and push out.

    Google have done similar with their Google Play Services so that its core functionality can be updated without carrier approval.
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  • 100 Mortal Kombat X Kollector's Edition includes Scorpion figurine by Coarse

  • MattEvansC3 03/02/2015

    @TeaFiend plus they'll also contribute towards the advertising, give it prime real estate within the store and push it like mad. Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 03/02/2015

    @Optimumjay will he could be taking about how the original used real people instead of sprites? Probably not as he's talking about SF... Unless of course he's talking about the StreetFighter The Movie tie-in arcade machine. If he is we can discount his post based on that as NOBODY would choose to play that over Mortal Kombat or normal Street Fighter. Reply +1
  • Ubisoft reinstates deactivated keys bought with stolen credit cards

  • MattEvansC3 03/02/2015

    @hjarg in all likelihood it wasn't a single purchase using a single card. The fraudster was probably sitting on the details for a while, setup numerous fake accounts and over a short period did multiple transactions to try and stay under the radar. Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 03/02/2015

    @bad09 The law would be blurry on that one for a number of reasons.

    Firstly Ubisoft didn't sell the keys to the customers, EA did. EA would have to pay Ubisoft for those keys regardless of whether fraud was committed or not. So unless EA committed against Ubisoft the keys leaving Ubisoft were legitimate.

    Secondly there's the matter of who allowed the fraud to be committed and would therefore shoulder the blame and cost. With credit card purchases you are not the person paying, hence the term credit. It is the credit agency making the payment to EA so the payment dispute would be between those two parties. Now the merchant is always assumed to be the one at fault unless they can prove otherwise. Its why merchants such as EA sign up to the various protection schemes setup by the credit agencies such as the password screen that appears before the payment is authorised. If the person committing the fraud can get passed all those systems then the merchant is found to not be at fault and the credit agency is not allowed to claim that money back.

    Now of course as with all legal disputes its a case of weighing up the costs of legal action against the rewards of a success. In this matter its far cheaper and easier for EA to give the money back than to prove they weren't liable and for Ubisoft the liklihood of Kinguin or their customer taking Ubisoft to court is so small they can get away with deactivating the keys.

    So no, its not clear cut whether the courts would side with Ubisoft cancelling a 3rd party's purchase because fraud was committed against EA.
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  • SOE has been sold off, can now develop multi-platform games

  • MattEvansC3 03/02/2015

    @DonDada and these games are being designed to be cross platform with the PS4 first. Reply -1
  • MattEvansC3 02/02/2015

    Unless they know of a policy change that hasn't been discussed yet isn't the move to XboxOne a limiting move?

    There's no cross platform play AND its only available to Gold Subscribers by current Xbox policies. They'd be investing in a port that fragments their user base and is only available to a portion of that platform's users which just seems to go against the F2P business plan.
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  • The Digital Foundry 2015 graphics card upgrade guide

  • MattEvansC3 01/02/2015

    @blarty but at the same time both the PS3 and Xbox360 had hidden potential because of their architecture, be it getting to grips with the Cell or the ERAM and PowerPC processor. There was a lot to learn and optimise. Now the PS4 and XboxOne are built on x86 architecture with almost off the shelf components so is there really that same "hidden potential"?

    Devs are going to find tweaks and little optimisations but I'd say most devs are going into this gen with the same level of knowledge and experience of the architecture and hardware that took them years to find during the last gen.
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  • 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. I'd have no chance in hell of putting one of the bigger cards in there.
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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 -3