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  • "We're not evil villains building an empire"

  • MrFlump 14/04/2014

    King, like Zynga and all these other companies intent on making money off of the casual gaming market should not be considered as gaming news.

    In my view, these aren't games. They're interactive fruit machines taking advantage of people who don't understand the scope and cost of their addictions by paying for small bursts of entertainment.

    The sooner that sites stop giving these money fleecing titles and companies any kind of validation and free advertising by mentioning them the better.
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  • Jon Hare's Word Explorer out now

  • MrFlump 03/04/2014

    If it has the cannon fodder theme tune doctored to say "Words never been so much fun", I'll be getting it now! Reply +11
  • Oculus Rift's John Carmack reckons Facebook "get the Big Picture"

  • MrFlump 31/03/2014

    Death threats have no place in the industry. Hell, the whole bully culture of anonymity on the internet needs to be stopped and these people need to be called out and something done about them. We've had Oculus staff, Phil Fish and Adam Orth of late getting pretty serious abuse thrown at them.

    As for the whole Facebook thing, the problem I see with Oculus now is that while they have the backing to help make it a reality, many people just don't want to give Facebook money for a product. I don't want to give them any cash which is why I've cancelled my dev kit 2 order. I know people in the UK who would never get Sky TV on the basis that Rupert Murdoch gets some of the cut. Its the principle that matters here, and in my eyes, Oculus sold out their principles.
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  • Sony layoffs hit three UK studios

  • MrFlump 25/03/2014

    This stuff happens all the time in most businesses. We've got a booming oil industry here in Aberdeen yet many of the big companies like Shell, Amec, BP always have reviews like this.

    It will likely be about profit margins. Sony probably have a great revenue stream with the PS4 and the games they make, but the profit margins are likely not growing in line with that. It's possible that many of the roles are simply not required and by making say a Producer redundant opens up the opportunity to bring in a specific type of developer more suited to what they need. You generally target overheads first in business and higher overheads (those they spent a load of cash on bringing in and high salaries who aren't meeting expectations) and middle management will usually be the ones to go first.
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  • Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls' launch "will be fine"

  • MrFlump 24/03/2014

    I wrote off Diablo 3 after the whole issue with the Auction House, the horrific drop rate, the lack of replayability. I have to admit that the 2.0 patch really has brought the fun back. The game actually feels like there's some progression again with the Paragon and varied torment levels, you even feel like you're being rewarded with upgrades for your character when you're playing as well.

    My copy from GMG hasn't arrived today so I expect it tomorrow so I'll likely miss any server fun that will happen tonight. I do expect though that they will not sell anywhere near as many as their original release due to the huge bridge burning exercise that was error 37.
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  • UK chart: inFamous: Second Son dethrones Titanfall

  • MrFlump 24/03/2014

    @mushi_mush I've been trying to forget about it :) - Its great, but that game scares the crap out of me! Reply +2
  • MrFlump 24/03/2014

    @moroboshi The difference is that I like to fully complete a lot of the games I play. Assassin's Creed 4 took up a huge amount of time 100%ing the single player. Also 100%ed Tomb Raider reboot. Infamous I've done the good karma to 100% and now I'll go back and play it evil karma. I've got Thief I need to complete still (barely got started on it), hardly scratched the surface of NFS:Rivals or Lego Marvel. I've got a few more levels to complete in Knack but i've started playing it co-op as well and I'm still playing Battlefield 4.

    Spent a while exploring Flower and Flow as well and still need to complete them fully. Resogun I'm still fighting through saving all the humans. Downloaded and not even had a chance to play through Dead Nation yet either and Fez coming out this week is just going to kill off a few more days.

    That on top of some non-PS4 titles like Elite:Dangerous, South Park and Diablo 3 ROS beta have also eaten into my time.

    So yeah, backlog and I'd not say its low standards.
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  • MrFlump 24/03/2014

    @chrisno21 What the hell are you talking about? There are loads of PS4 games out there. I've already got a backlog.

    You are aware that multiplatform titles still count as games? Are you one of these people who also discount all the indie and F2P titles out there as well?
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  • MrFlump 24/03/2014

    Did a full clear through of the game on expert over the past few days - really enjoyed it and I recommend expert difficulty to everyone!

    It's a really enjoyable game which deserves to be selling well.
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  • inFamous: Second Son review

  • MrFlump 20/03/2014

    Follow the waypoint marker, chase the suspect, investigate the scene, wipe out the jackboots; hunt the collectables and tick the boxes.
    So, pretty much exactly the same I felt about GTA 5 which you seemed to love a lot more than this.

    Either way, i'll still be getting this as it genuinely looks like the first proper current gen title and not a rehash of a last gen one.
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  • SimCity can now be played offline

  • MrFlump 18/03/2014

    Wonder how long it will take for people to mod in larger city block sizes for single player... Reply +11
  • A new RollerCoaster Tycoon game has been announced!

  • MrFlump 17/03/2014

    Horrible feeling that the following message would be forthcoming...

    "You don't have enough TycoonBux to complete this section of track, would you like to buy 500 for 4.99?"
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  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft review

  • MrFlump 14/03/2014

    I found it fun for a short while during the beta but it just didn't click with me long term. To me, its more of the sort of thing I'd play on a train on the iPad rather than sit at the PC for. Reply +17
  • First video of Syndicate Wars successor Satellite Reign

  • MrFlump 14/03/2014

    Glad I backed this, its already looking like the proper Syndicate reboot I was expecting. Reply +5
  • Play BBC's 30th anniversary Hitchhiker's Guide adventure game

  • MrFlump 10/03/2014

    @Doomspoon And with knowing exactly what you mean there, I feel like I've aged a few more years in the last 30 minutes. Reply +2
  • MrFlump 10/03/2014

    They've been playing the Radio series again on Radio 4 as well (UK peeps can catch it on iPlayer).

    I recommend people either get the BBC TV series or listen to the radio versions as opposed to the most recent film which by all accounts was a bit of a travesty when compared to the classics.

    Now, i'll doff my cap to you all and go back to listening to the Archers on the wireless.
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  • Fez finally comes to PS4, PS3 and Vita in March

  • MrFlump 03/03/2014

    Think I'll double dip on this from the PC. The fact its cross-buy is an instant win and more companies need to do this.

    Its perfectly suited for the Vita which is turning into a bit of an indie dream machine - which suits me fine as there are some great titles out there that just suit it down to earth.
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  • Microsoft announces first Xbox One price cut - and throws in Titanfall for free

  • MrFlump 24/02/2014

    Good that they've finally seen sense and got it under that 400 barrier.

    Although, I do not think Titanfall is strong enough to be a system seller. A 400 console is not something many can put down the cash for easily and factoring in the 50 a year for XBL Gold in order to actually play Titanfall for longer than the month still makes it 449 for one game that many people can also play on their PC anyway.

    This is certainly a worry for Microsoft though, if it still struggles to pick up sales compared to its nearest rival, it could be a lot more costly to them.
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  • Win a 400 Sony Entertainment Network voucher

  • MrFlump 21/02/2014

    It would have been Left Behind (much for the same reasons as my final pick) but didn't want to say that for fear of appearing grovelling given who the prize is for ;)

    It does have to be Bioshock Infinite: Buried at Sea for me. That was proper story based DLC, something that they took a lot of time over crafting, created new assets and story for and didn't feel as though it was tacked on. I think if companies want to extend their franchises with DLC, this is the way to do it where they aren't just reusing things they've done already.

    The story I loved and the chance to go back to Rapture was welcome and as usual with Irrational there are always more twists than a twisty turny thing. They always manage to create characters that I can feel connected to and I'm saddened they are going to be closing down but as a swan song, Buried at Sea is an excellent farewell to their Bioshock franchise.
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  • Drunken Robot Pornography's full release comes to Steam

  • MrFlump 20/02/2014

    Had to double take that title... And seriously 8 words in and Titanfall gets mentioned.

    This place is going downhill quicker by the day.
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  • How roll7 made a game that was nearly impossible to beat

  • MrFlump 19/02/2014

    This game has almost single handedly been responsible for me finding the strength to snap a handheld gaming device in half. Its bloody great fun to play though. Reply +1
  • Be advised: I was wrong about Titanfall

  • MrFlump 19/02/2014

    Quoting myself from a previous thread about TitanFall. I still believe the below stands and frankly I'm bewildered that EG are trying to change opinions that if you didn't like the game, it's because you are wrong. Seems like they're trying to justify in advance giving it a high score.

    played this on the PC over the weekend and found it to be fun for a short while but overall a very dull experience.

    As an FPS, it just feels dated already and I think a lot of people are only really excited because its got giant mechs in it. That said, when piloting a mech, you don't actually feel like you're in one (ala Mechwarrior). Just felt like a standard player with a slightly elevated view and bigger guns.

    This game is okay, but just missing something special to make me sit up and take notice. It is certainly not anywhere near worthy of the hype and many stories appearing about it and I think people are buying more into the hype than the game itself and convincing themselves that with something being built up as much as this that it must be good.
    I'm all for opinion pieces, but put them all into one instead of stretching them out and making it look like a marketing push or you'll end up being seen as biased as Polygon and that is only going to have a negative effect.

    I'm not saying Titanfall is a bad game, and frankly the whole fanboy debate isn't welcome since its multiplatform and detracts somewhat, but its certainly nowhere near worthy of all the hype its getting and I maintain that the EG writers are being suckered in with the hype and losing a bit of their independent integrity.
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  • Gabe Newell addresses concern over Valve Anti-Cheat system

  • MrFlump 18/02/2014

    Frankly, i don't understand the issue. People want to play games without it being ruined by cheaters and hacks. If this is one of the methods that they use to confirm the use of a cheat before banning someone and they only do it when there is a probability someone is using a third party software so be it. Folks can't bitch and moan about privacy concerns with one hand and then bitch and moan because companies aren't doing all they can to detect people ruining their games.

    Frankly, i'd have no issue if it were Origin, Steam, uPlay or anything as long as they are open about it and only use it in situations that merit checking that kind of information. I'm sure its in the EULA when you install these packages anyway, so by using them, you pretty much already agreed to them doing this.
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  • Tiny vs Big: In praise of Titanfall's smart pistol

  • MrFlump 17/02/2014

    @bosseye Thats the issue I had. The titans seemed to be a bit throwaway. I didn't really feel bothered when I wasn't in one.

    I'd have preferred the titans to be a lot more powerful but harder to obtain. Make them a bit more complex to control so it felt like you weren't just an upscaled version of yourself running around the map. Torso rotation etc would have made them different to control and couple with some more power would have distinguished them from just a standard pilot.

    No doubt the reviewers will be frothing all over this. Personally after a fair bit of time with the beta, I think its a 6/10 - worth a shot to see if it clicks with you, has potential but just hasn't realised it yet.
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  • MrFlump 17/02/2014

    Probably going to get negged to death for this, but played this on the PC over the weekend and found it to be fun for a short while but overall a very dull experience.

    As an FPS, it just feels dated already and I think a lot of people are only really excited because its got giant mechs in it. That said, when piloting a mech, you don't actually feel like you're in one (ala Mechwarrior). Just felt like a standard player with a slightly elevated view and bigger guns.

    This game is okay, but just missing something special to make me sit up and take notice. It is certainly not anywhere near worthy of the hype and many stories appearing about it and I think people are buying more into the hype than the game itself and convincing themselves that with something being built up as much as this that it must be good.
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  • South Park: The Stick of Truth is more than just a fart joke

  • MrFlump 14/02/2014

    @Leben Its 27.99 on Amazon UK for a DVD copy which comes with a steam key anyway if you're looking for it cheaper. Reply +9
  • PS4 sold nearly double Xbox One in US last month

  • MrFlump 14/02/2014

    Have to remember as well that the NPD software results do not take into account digital sales. Sony were doing a load of promotions over January (and still are - last of us is 17.99 for PS+ atm!).

    I'd really be interested in the numbers with the digital sales added on.
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  • Prison Architect alpha review

  • MrFlump 13/02/2014

    I do jump into this and lose track of time while building a prison - although I think its a bit unbalanced when starting out and find it easier to play sandbox mode. Prisoners are quite savvy. Had a riot the other night in this and they all broke into the armoury and armed themselves before gunning down my staff.

    I was stuck between weeping at my prison falling apart and laughing at the brilliance of their actions.
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  • CandySwipe dev: King "taking the food out of my family's mouth"

  • MrFlump 13/02/2014

    Frankly, I think these companies deserve to be nailed to the wall for abusing their position. The whole patent/trademark/copyright system needs to be addressed as well though as its allowing these companies to pull shit like this.

    These companies are just parasites in the industry and the more negative press gets out, the less likely they'll receive investment in the future and hopefully they'll just die.
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  • Diablo 3 sales hit 15m as WOW subs rise

  • MrFlump 07/02/2014

    I suspect the rise in WoW subscriptions might have been the price reduction for Mist of Pandaria before Christmas to 4.99 might have got people just to fire it up for a quick play to see the new areas.

    I know a few old guild mates who quit WoW years ago did that but subsequently cancelled before the month ended.
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  • Elite: Dangerous multiplayer footage comes in hot

  • MrFlump 06/02/2014

    @AgentDaleCooper
    Also, real-time planetary landings please. That would be epic!
    I'm sure I saw somewhere that this would not be in the original release but would be one of the expansions they work on after they've got the space combat and travel sorted out.

    Think the original release is more like Elite. And the expansions will bring in the features of Frontier and FFE.
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  • MrFlump 06/02/2014

    Would love to play it, but there's an issue with some graphic cards and their implementation of procedural generation that crashes the game when starting any single or multiplayer scenario. *sob*

    That said, its an alpha - so fully appreciate that. The single player scenarios in alpha 1 were quite fun and shows how much potential the combat in the game has.
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  • PS4 survival horror Outlast free on PlayStation Plus tomorrow

  • MrFlump 04/02/2014

    Great, and they've just patched the firmware to support the pulse headsets for surround sound.

    Guessing I'll be buying new pants on Thursday.
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  • Zynga buys CSR, Clumsy Ninja dev NaturalMotion

  • MrFlump 31/01/2014

    Its okay, they've got Don Mattrick at the helm now. Nothing can possibly go wrong.

    I'm sure the 15% of Zynga workforce they just let go will love the fact that they've just broken their spending record on acquisitions.
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  • Tomb Raider emerges on Mac later today

  • MrFlump 23/01/2014

    Feral also did the port of XCOM: The Bureau and that was only available on the Mac Store for a limited time as well before it arrived on Steam with Steamplay functionality built in only 2 days ago (it even kept my save from when I played it on bootcamp).

    I guess it will only be a matter of time before its enabled on Steam with Steamplay if not appearing almost unnanounced at the same time on Steam on the 30th which seems to happen with a lot of these ports.
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  • Indie devs troll King's "Candy" trademark as Banner Saga targeted

  • MrFlump 22/01/2014

    If they trademark Saga, where are the over 50's going to book their holidays through now?! Reply +22
  • Xbox 360 was the UK's best-selling home console in 2013

  • MrFlump 13/01/2014

    @skowhegan I think the more important news is that Aliens: Colonial Marines is number 10 in the UK charts for software outselling Forza 5, Dead Rising 3 and Gran Turismo 6. We're doomed...

    http://www.chart-track.co.uk/index.jsp?c=p/software/uk/archive/index_test.jsp&ct=110015&arch=t&lyr=2014&year=2014&week=2
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  • Rambo The Video Game's new trailer looks slightly less terrible

  • MrFlump 10/01/2014

    My poor eyes!

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  • Introducing the most anticipated games of 2014

  • MrFlump 06/01/2014

    Octodad

    Just because I'm tired of the same regurgitated AAA guff that takes itself too seriously and this looks like it will just be daft fun.
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  • PlayStation Store opens on Amazon.co.uk

  • MrFlump 12/12/2013

    The US version has sales on the prices of their digital titles, given that the UK version is still in beta, its too soon to assume that it will always be the same price and the SEN store.

    It also means that countries in the EU that don't have a local PSN and are signed up with a UK account. My mate in Romania last night topped up his UK account via this method since he can't directly on SEN because of his billing location being outside of the UK and Sony don't have a Romanian SEN store - granted, Amazon still required him to put in a valid UK address to buy it, but it worked.

    Also, you can also use Amazon gift cards against these which is just another option for paying for store credit/plus subs etc.

    More options to buy is more convenient to many and in time, hopefully this will drive down the prices and get a bit of competition going. Its a good move.
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  • DICE has halted "future projects" while it fixes Battlefield 4

  • MrFlump 04/12/2013

    To hell with Star Wars! Just don't mess up or delay Mirrors Edge 2! Reply +9
  • Some Euro PSN features switched off for PS4 launch

  • MrFlump 28/11/2013

    Thats not too bad actually, they did the same for the US launch and started reactivating the services they disabled on the Sunday night after launch. PSN seemed to hold up quite well under the load for the US but I guess its better safe than sorry.

    Paid for mine yesterday in Game, can't wait to get it home now especially after they bagged it for me yesterday and I was within touching distance of the box. Now I'm looking forward to be hanging around outside in the cold from about 9pm.
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  • Sony confirms PS4 and Vita bundles for under 500

  • MrFlump 28/11/2013

    I picked up a backup 3G/Wifi Vita a couple of weeks ago with a 16GB card and one of those 8 game packs from Game for 129. I know many retailers here have been doing similar price points (Tesco, Argos etc).

    Given the PS4 is 349, adding on that Vita that comes to 478. 499 is not a compelling price compared to purchasing them separately. If they can get you a PS4/Vita pack for 449 or even 429 even if it is one of the new LCD wifi only Vita's then they're going to start shifting.
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  • Sony finalises PS4 launch titles and prices

  • MrFlump 27/11/2013

    @haritori Yes, cross buy games only need to be bought for one of the platforms and you can access them from the others.

    So Escape Plan, Flower and Sound Shapes are all available on PS3/Vita and PS4 if you've purchased it on any of those consoles.
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  • Forza 5 dev open to adjusting economy based on feedback

  • MrFlump 27/11/2013

    This almost mirrors the stance Microsoft had with the announcement of the xb1. It feels like they're saying "lets not ask the customers what they want, and rather tell them how its going to be and make as much money from them as we can".

    If you are going to charge people 54.99 on the MS store for a game like Forza which is generally considered to have been rushed out for launch, then you cannot continue to fleece customers for more money. You haven't earned that right.

    Forza (and to some extent DR3) was the main reason I was looking at the xbox but the previews made me fear this is a cut down version designed to get me to just give you more and more money and is why I'm going to hold off considering an xbox one until you release Forza 6 which might at that time be a more complete game.
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  • This is how PS4 voice commands work

  • MrFlump 26/11/2013

    Hopefully they don't run into the same issues that the Xbox One has with Kinect sensors activating from voice commands being read out on commercials and the reports of them turning on from standby responding to ads!

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  • YouTuber KSI dumped by Microsoft after Xbox One launch appearance

  • MrFlump 22/11/2013

    I was following this on Twitter just now and I'd never heard of this guy before, but I can safely say after watching his exploits at the EG expo, I hope this detestable prick never graces the industry again and well done for Jam Sponge having the decency to post up something about it. Reply +148
  • Tearaway review

  • MrFlump 20/11/2013

    I'm amazed that Dan didnt make any reference to the fact that this is a game that is coming out at 19.99 (even in the often more expensive PSN store!) in the UK which is impressive given the AAA nature of the developers and quality of the game.

    Surely a game that oozes charm, invites you to actually use all of the features of your handheld in an intuitive way with only minor niggles about the combat (presumably to ensure that it remained accessible to all ages) and comes in at what is a complete bargain price deserves to stand out and score higher than the buggy unplayable mess that remains Battlefield 4 (or many of the other 8/10 games reviewed lately that are pretty unplayable/incomplete/DLC overloaded).
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  • Sony is exchanging faulty PS4s ASAP

  • MrFlump 20/11/2013

    The rise of social media which was in its relative infancy when the xbox and ps3 were out is going to make problems more noticed by the mainstream now. Also people get stupidly defensive over their console of choice and can and will do anything they can to tarnish the reputation of the others. A lot of the 1 star ps4 Amazon reviews were people complaining about the packaging Amazon used or from unverified purchases. Just be grateful you are in position to buy a console and buy the one you want.

    I don't deny that there are genuinely people with issues and that happens with any launch and I don't dare suggest the xbox1 won't fail but you will hear about faulty units quickly and then it will snowball for Microsoft just as quickly. As with any other device though, I don't get the complaining publicly. Shit happens, you take it back to the store or the manufacturer at their cost and get on with it. My dyson vacuum didn't start up, I wasn't all over the net bitching about it, I phoned their support line and got a new one and some vouchers for my problem. Inconvenience yes, but they were courteous about it and I never felt I had to get over anything about it.

    Sony and Microsoft need to address the issues with those with faulty consoles and fight off the negative press they get as a result from social media which is an uphill struggle and as long as they are dealing with the customers and it's not a repeat of the RROD fiasco with those high failure rates, people shouldn't be concerned as they are still going to get their console. The only point that consumers should be concerned is if the failure rate is significantly higher and not acceptable.

    Edit: Typing on tablet = bad spooling chucker.
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  • Upload and share Xbox One gameplay using SkyDrive

  • MrFlump 19/11/2013

    Looks like this was needed since they aren't supporting Twitch streaming at launch as just announced.

    Polygon link
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