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  • Facebook buys Oculus VR for $2 billion

  • Oskool 26/03/2014

    Screw you Palmer Luckey and Mark Zuckerberg! My excitement over Oculus Rift VR has just crashed a burned. Facebook? Are you for real? FACEBOOK!?!!!!?!!!!

    The most innovative thing to happen to gaming since the Voodoo and Geforce256 3D accellerator cards, just got sold to Facebook...

    Enjoy your 2 billion. Oclus has become a hollow, social shell. Oh well, someone will come along and do Virutal Reality the right way.

    I doubt it'll be Sony, but it'll happen eventually. It'll just take a another decade or two, thanks to Facebook taking the reigns and riding the VR horse off a cliff.
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  • Final Fantasy 7 retrospective

  • Oskool 02/06/2013

    FFVII is one of the greatest games I have ever played. I don't understand why some people hate on this game. Oh well, I had a great time putting 300+ hours into playing it. :) Reply +4
  • Many tanks: Command & Conquer turns free-to-play

  • Oskool 25/02/2013

    As long as it has good matchmaking and the online gameplay is actually fun, then I'll give it a try. What sucks about free-to-play, the more units you buy the less players there are for you to be matched up with. Reply -1
  • EA: "We should've done better" with Medal of Honor: Warfighter

  • Oskool 13/02/2013

    Battlefield was doomed the second EA/DICE switched the network code to client side hit detection. I put 1000's of hours into Battlefield multiplayer while the hit detection was still server side. Once the hit detection got switched to client side, the online gameplay was no longer competitive and turned into a insta-death, out-of-sync, die around corners, high pinger wins, BS GAMEPLAY!

    RIP Battlefield 1942-BC2
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  • Wii U graphics power finally revealed

  • Oskool 05/02/2013

    Great article. Hats off to Chipworks for supplying the nanoscopic resolution pics! The connection links around the outer edges of the die are interesting to look at. Especially the ones located in the lower lefthand corner. Whatever those are, they look powerful. :) Reply +1
  • PlayStation 3 may finally launch in China

  • Oskool 03/11/2012

    Maybe other countries can start exporting manufactured products into China for a change. Until now, China has mostly just imported food, fuel, and minerals. Intellectual knowledge too. Reply 0
  • Best cosplay video ever! Arguably

  • Oskool 09/10/2012

    I like Cosplay. People need to stop being such a stick in the mud. Reply +4
  • Saturday Soapbox: The loneliness of the long-distance MMO

  • Oskool 06/10/2012

    After playing different MMORPG's over the years. I eventually came to the conclusion they ask too much of my time, and don't offer enough gratifying gameplay in return. Reply +4
  • Success for War of the Roses means permanent franchise team established

  • Oskool 05/10/2012

    Way to go Gordon! Reply 0
  • Zynga shares tumble to all-time low as boss tells staff everything's okay

  • Oskool 05/10/2012

    When a ship starts to take on water, and the CEO (Captain) jumps inside his little golden dinghy boat, with voices blaring over the ships intercom system saying, "Everything's OK. Please stay calm". That's when it's time to start to panic.

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  • US Senate candidate criticised for playing WoW

  • Oskool 05/10/2012

    I suppose the Democratic Party could have launched a smear campaign against California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, for living in imaginary movie worlds and saying things like...

    "You're a funny guy, Sully. I like you. That's why I'm going to kill you last." -Commando

    Personally, I think the vast majority of politicians live in imaginary worlds that have no connection to the common American. Let alone possessing anything close to resembling common sense.
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  • The re-making of XCOM

  • Oskool 05/10/2012

    Sounds like it's going to be a good game, simply because the Lead Producer is so passionate about the original XCOM and actually played the game quite a bit. Having a Producer that's actually a hardcore gamer is extremely rare these days. Which is why most of the modern games released these days have crappy gameplay. Reply +12
  • Lost Humanity 15: Booth Babes

  • Oskool 03/10/2012

    I like Cosplay Babes better than booth babes, because they blend into the gaming Expo better. Booth Babes stick out like a sore thumb and look tacky. Reply +2
  • Oculus Rift dev kits available for pre-order, due in January

  • Oskool 28/09/2012

    I'm waiting for the consumer version as well. Hopefully the display will be in higher resolution and compatible with those who wear glasses. :cool: Reply +3
  • Back from the dead: OnLive on what went wrong and what has to go right

  • Oskool 27/09/2012

    I'm still not comfortable with the idea of not physically possessing my purchase. I want my investment sitting on a shelf in my house, or stored on a local storage drive. Otherwise I feel like the rug could be pulled out from under me at any time, with no form of recourse, and nothing to show for it.

    There's also the bandwidth issue. Can you imagine trying to stream Onlive over 3G or 4G mobile phones? Cell phone providers would flip out over the bandwidth and block Onlive like Apple's FaceTime app.

    People might say using Wifi is the answer, but if I'm using Wifi at home, then why not game on a PC or console instead?

    In the future, I believe taking control away from customers will be a really appealing aspect of cloud service for most companies.
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  • Blowing on NES cartridges was actually bad for them

  • Oskool 25/09/2012

    BS. Copper connections in the top pic look dark and corroded, bottom pic looks shinny and clean.

    Another way to get the games to work was not pushing the cartridge in all the way, then pushing it down and causing it to slam into the tray.

    I'll take years of NES experience carried out by millions of people, over a single 30 day experiment any day. ;)
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  • Angry Birds Trilogy achievement takes approximately 300 hours to attain

  • Oskool 25/09/2012

    Any game developer attempting to waste 300hrs of someone's life for a worthless achievement, should be ashamed of themselves. Reply 0
  • Randy Pitchford Beats the Devil

  • Oskool 21/09/2012

    Randy is definitely one of the most entertaining developers to listen to. Looking forward to the release of Aliens: Colonial Marines! Reply 0
  • Bayonetta 2 confirmed

  • Oskool 13/09/2012

    Looks like I'm jealous of the Wii U after all. Bayonetta has some great combo moves and gameplay. Reply +10
  • Star Trek Preview: "It's like someone spliced Metroid Prime into my Uncharted"

  • Oskool 13/09/2012

    I hope they have Scotty on there saying, "I'm given 'er all sheez got, Captain!" Reply +1
  • Industry offers mixed response to new Australian R18+ rating

  • Oskool 13/09/2012

    I'm surprised the Australian Government hasn't confiscated Crocodile Dundee's giant knife.

    He might poke someone's eye out!
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  • Valve's gaming goggles tested, says "credible" AR games 3 to 5 years away

  • Oskool 10/09/2012

    I hope people aren't confusing augmented reality with virtual reality. It's odd that a video game company, such as Valve, is developing augmented reality instead of virtual reality.

    It looks to me like Valve might be trying to patent some design ideas on augmented reality. Anticipating, like Google, that it will take off big in the future. Then manufacturers will license the technology from Valve and build the hardware themselves.

    In other words, it looks like Valve is trying to expand it's portfolio into other sectors besides video games. A wise move. The video game market isn't exactly the most stable market out there.
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  • Saturday Soapbox: Adult Gaming

  • Oskool 08/09/2012

    I've become more picky about which games I'll invest my time in. If the gameplay isn't fun, or is too repetitive, I won't force myself to play though it.

    One of the few games that has matured nicely is Supreme Commander. I enjoyed playing Total Annihilation in my youth. Supreme Commander actually increased the complexity and enhanced the gameplay over the original Total Annihilation game.

    I found that refreshing, rare, and interesting. Then there's the new online games using client-side hit detection, which is horrible. I remember the days when a low ping meant something, now it's all this lag compensation bull, to keep high ping players from complaining about 'their shots missing the target'.

    Oculus Rift is the most exciting gaming news I've heard about in a really long time. I knew the Wii, Kinect, and Move controllers where going to flop the second I saw them. I owned a Nintendo Power Glove in my youth, so I learned about motion control gimmicks at an early age.
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  • Capcom wants less time between sequels, so is shortening development

  • Oskool 05/09/2012

    "with multiple sequel titles developed at the same time".
    So Capcom is going to produce sequels before releasing the game that they are making the sequel for.

    I guess that tells us how interested they are in customer feedback. We won't even have time to tell them what we liked about the first game being released, because the sequel to it will already be halfway through development or more.

    Sounds like this is really going to lower the quality of Capcom games.
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  • Oculus Rift impressions: It's amazing until it makes you want to hurl

  • Oskool 05/09/2012

    Personally, I consider the fact that Rift makes 'some' people motion sick, a good thing. That means it's immersive enough to fool a persons brain and senses. Exactly what I'm looking for in Virtual Reality technology!

    If it didn't do those things to a person's senses, then it would be a failure and a gimmick that doesn't work well enough to be a breakthrough in VR technology.

    So I see motion sickness as a good thing. Some people might not be able to handle the Rift, but for those who can, it will be a truly immersive experience. Hopefully.
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  • Actor Michael Clarke Duncan dies aged 54

  • Oskool 04/09/2012

    I enjoyed Duncan's role in Armageddon. Especially the part where the police are trying to catch him and take him to NASA, but "Bear" keeps driving through the police road blocks on a Harley Davidson while laughing, "You can't catch the Bear!".

    He was one of my favorite actors. Remember the good times!
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  • Third FF13 game Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 for PS3, Xbox 360 next year

  • Oskool 03/09/2012

    I'd like Square to rework the combat system, so I'm able to control more than one character at a time. Instead of my allies being on auto pilot and casting spells on the wrong party members. If it has the Paradigm Shift system, I think I'll pass on FFXIIIx3 Reply +1
  • Aliens: Colonial Marines will feature playable female characters in competitive multiplayer and co-op

  • Oskool 03/09/2012

    Ellen Ripley played a great lead character in Aliens. Such great movies.
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  • iPad mini to launch October with 7.85 inch display - report

  • Oskool 31/08/2012

    The funniest "fangirl" moment I saw, was during a TV interview with a person from Time Magazine about the most influential person of 2011.

    Time Magazine chose the "Occupy Protestor" as their most influential person. Immediately after this statement, the TV hostess asked "Why didn't you choose Steve Jobs instead". lol
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  • Yet more Grand Theft Auto 5 screenshots get down to "business"

  • Oskool 24/08/2012

    Hopefully those are in-game screenshots, because the river water sparkling beneath the red bi-wing plane looks amazing! Reply -1
  • Battlefield 3 dev DICE quadruples console servers

  • Oskool 24/08/2012

    Official servers should have been added a long time ago, but at least DICE gave us a server browser on consoles this time.

    Now they just need to fix 200ms ping players exploiting the client-side netcode and insta-killing people, after someone runs 3 meters behind a wall.

    Or teleports around a corner and becomes a bullet sponge because their internet connection is so bad.

    Client-side hit detection is causing all these problems, and it kills the online gameplay.
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  • Molyneux's curio now renamed Curiosity: What's Inside the Cube

  • Oskool 24/08/2012

    I would have gone with "Curiosity Killed the Cat"

    Something more life changing than $50,000? Maybe he means being more up front with customers. Like, oh I dunno, actually telling them what the prize is they're competing for.

    Ehh, what do I care. I hope someone buys the $50,000 Diamond Pick-axe DLC. It might be a good life lesson for them.

    It's probably not wise to invest money in something when you have no idea what you're actually investing in.
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  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gets a new patch on Steam

  • Oskool 24/08/2012

    Sounds better than BF3's suppression system. Reply +2
  • Kinect has a permanent price drop in the US

  • Oskool 22/08/2012

    They were selling these for $200 in the US, last Christmas. Now it costs half as much, and I still won't be buying it. Reply +6
  • Ubisoft has endured a 93-95% piracy rate on PC

  • Oskool 22/08/2012

    Pay to Win is crap. I added up all the Tribes:Ascend purchases, it came out to near $200 to buy all the jetpack upgrades and weapons.

    I don't see something as anti-consumer as Pay to Win ever taking off. If anything, the price is going up with Pay to Win games, not down.

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  • Battlefield and Call of Duty: the great frames per second debate

  • Oskool 21/08/2012

    It is possible to have reasonably low input lag @ 30fps. It all depends on how much of a priority the developer places on optimizing the code loop and testing for input lag.

    Controller sensitivity and acceleration curve is "the" biggest issue for first person shooter games. Most developers usually end up getting this wrong, and in a 30fps game, these mistakes will be amplified more in the controls. Due to the lower frame rate.

    Battlefield 3's controls are a step in the right direction. They feel more responsive than BC2's, but had a little too much acceleration curve which made aiming more difficult than it should have been. The turn speed was not perfectly linear (accelerating at a consistent speed as the analog stick moved outward). COD does linear acceleration curves well.

    And of course the poor PS3 players had to deal with an extra 30+ milliseconds of input lag, compared to the Xbox version. Which comes back to optimizing the code loop so the controls get polled fast enough.
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  • Regaining fans' trust in Final Fantasy will take a "long time", FF14 producer says

  • Oskool 17/08/2012

    @Kami Yup, you can view all the games he's helped produce here.

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  • Oskool 17/08/2012

    @Chibi-Kibou Oops, you're right. Final Fantasy's current handler is Yoshinori Kitase.

    I read Yoshida in this article and assumed he was the one in charge of the series.

    Here's an article on Eurogamer.net explaining what happened.

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  • Oskool 17/08/2012

    @Kami I agree, Lost Odyssey is a great game, but it wasn't developed by Square-Enix. It's developed by Mistwalker Studios, which is founded by Hironobu Sakaguchi. The orginal creator of the Final Fantasy Series.

    Hironobu no longer works at Square-Enix. When he left Square-Enix, Yoshida took over and it's been downhill since then.

    Personally, I hope Sakaguchi produces another JRPG like Lost Odyssey at Mistwalker Studios.
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  • Oskool 17/08/2012

    FF13's combat system in crap. Bring back FF7's combat system where we have full control over all our party members during combat.

    I honestly tried to enjoy FF13, but compared to FF7 or any of the earlier games, the combat and gameplay is simply crap. By "crap" I mean the gameplay is boring.

    Don't get me started on the whole Paradigm Shift System (changing combat stances BS), because it totally breaks the flow of combat and is in no way fun or entertaining. Clunky and boring would be a better way of describing FF13's combat gameplay.

    The combat sytem in Final Fantasy went from "Super" in FF7, to "Boring" in FF13. We went from fighting Emerald and Ruby Monsters with full party control, equiping Materia in our weapons, and casting reflective barrier spells that bounced magic back and forth between the enemy and our own party members; to repetitive "stance changes" in FF13 and only controlling a single character. Wow...

    The fact that Yoshida, seems to consider FF13 a success, leaves me little hope that I will ever enjoy another Final Fantasy game. Ever again.

    Oh well, at least the younger generation seems to love it. Personally, I think the younger generation has crappy taste too. :p
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  • "It's about the fun, not the business model," says DICE

  • Oskool 13/08/2012

    "Pre-Order Medal of Honor: Warfighter and get access to the Battlefield 4 Beta!" says EA

    "It's about the fun, not the business model," says DICE

    Poor DICE, it's like they got amnesia and forgot who they work for.
    Reply +6
  • Tech Analysis: How Powerful is Tegra 3?

  • Oskool 11/08/2012

    Most of those screen shots are blowing Nintendo's Wii out of the water. Pretty impressive for a cell phone running on battery power.

    Seems like in a year or two, new cell phone models are going to leave Ouya looking rather dated and non-portable.

    Ouya is a novel idea. We definetly need a more open console platform that allows for more innovation and minimizes developement risks. Not to mention lowers game prices for consumers by cutting out the middle-man. (Sony, M$, EA, Activition, etc)

    I just don't feel the hardware in Ouya has enough performance to draw the hardcore gamers in. Plus it's too stationary and shackled to the TV for portable gaming.

    I hope they do well though. Me personally, I'm ditching consoles when the next gen comes out I'm going back to PC gaming. I can't take MS milking me for money anymore and I'm not paying for Kinect 2.0
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  • Mesmerising CryEngine 3 Tech demo revealed

  • Oskool 11/08/2012

    The crocodile swimming in the river looked spectacular. As did the helicopter rotor blowing the vegetation around on the ground. Reply +5
  • Kinect 2 image outed by "genuine" Durango devkit source

  • Oskool 10/08/2012

    Kinect2 is probably still a laggy piece of junk. Only this time it's laggy in HD... Reply +5
  • Leap: The future of motion control?

  • Oskool 07/08/2012

    Leap looks more functional than Kinect. Kinect sets the performance bar so low, that's not really saying too much. :p Reply 0
  • Digital Foundry vs. Oculus Rift

  • Oskool 05/08/2012

    This will be the biggest break-through in gaming history if they can pull this off. First person shooters has always been my favorite genre, because I like the immersive feel. So Rift kicking the immersion level up 100% would be awesome!

    Hopefully it's as good as everyone is claiming it to be. Feeling like I'm actually inside the game would be a dream come true. :cool:
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  • Steam on GNU/Linux: Do non-free DRM games defeat the point?

  • Oskool 02/08/2012

    This whole debate seems to come down to Yin and Yang.

    The person who talked about slavery, brings up an interesting point. Some may feel choosing slavery in a society is a 'freedom' of choice. While others may feel taking away another individuals 'freedom' is wrong and unethical.

    I feel the above is a good example of Yin and Yang, which can also be implied to the proprietary vs free-software debate.

    Yin - Proprietary and DRM software that restricts a individuals' 'freedom' to use, copy and modify their software purchase as they see fit. In other words, it restricts what the user can do with their software purchase.

    Yang - Free-software that can be purchased and comes with the 'freedom' to use, copy and modify as the customer sees fit. In other words, it does not bind or restrict the customer.

    There is no such thing as good and evil when describing the philosophy of Yin and Yang. Good and evil are individual perceptions. Meaning, it's up to each of us to decide what we personally feel and consider to be good or evil.

    As an example, the N. Korean government thinks they're doing 'good' by censoring what it's citizens know about the outside world. The majority of the world might disagree with how the N. Korean government treats it's citizens, but from the Korean government's point of view, they are the good guys. So as you can see, good and evil are personal perceptions, not absolutes.

    The Linux kernal and 'open-source' are kind of neutral to the ethical debate and somewhere in the middle. Trying not to choose either side in the proprietary vs free-software debate. Open-source tends to ignore ethics and lets either side use their source code, equally.
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  • Gabe Newell calls Windows 8 "a catastrophe"

  • Oskool 27/07/2012

    I'm enjoying GNU/Linux (Ubuntu 12.04). I just switched over to it from Windows. Lots of nice features:

    -Compiz with wobbly windows and shift window switcher with 3D desktop effects is nice
    -Linux OS is really stable
    -Runs great on my old P4 with an ATI X800 video card (with 3D desktop effects)

    I won't lie. I've been putting off switching over to Linux for years. The Linux desktop GUI has come a long ways since I tried Red Hat back in the '90's.

    I'm never going back to Windoze. I'm done with da viruzes and da crashez(BSOD).
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  • FPS games like Quake 3 died because consoles competed with movies

  • Oskool 17/07/2012

    Another developer jumping off the console bandwagon due to high licensing fees. I hope the Nadeo devs don't turn ShootMania into a pay-to-win business model. I heard her talk quite a bit about consoles not being "open" enough right now.

    That's usually marketing lingo for "pay-to-win".
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  • The entire E3 Metro: Last Light demo on video

  • Oskool 17/07/2012

    Looks great! I enjoyed the first Metro2033, and this one looks just as good. If not better. Reply +1