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  • It's Steam Holiday Sale time

  • PenguinJim 19/12/2014

    @dogmanstaruk I'm anti-region-restrictions in general, and I think it's always worth pointing out when some games (e.g. MG: Revengeance, Alien: Isolation) are locked or unavailable in many regions and when some publishers (Deep Silver, Sega) see it as perfectly acceptable in 2014. 2014!

    And don't even get me started on the 3DS!

    It seems to me that it punishes honest gamers and only reduces sales. I would have picked up a 3DS last year, personally, had it been region-free - oh, and a Wii U in May this year! I specifically went to buy one! Ended up with a Dremel 4000 instead, region-free of course.

    Revengeance has caught my eye in particular as it was originally restricted in Ireland! And also because I love the Platinum guys and can't believe they're being subjected to something that makes them look like dicks.
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  • PenguinJim 19/12/2014

    @TagemandBagem Dark Souls 2 might be better waiting for the (separate SKU) re-release in early 2015 - another valuable nugget of information that would be great to see added to this article! Reply +2
  • PenguinJim 19/12/2014

    @dogmanstaruk it's inexplicably not available to buy in some regions (although good news that it's available for you!), and there's also a cross-region gifting restriction in place (although it's unclear exactly to which regions this applies - but I'm happy for you to test it by trying to gift it to me ;)) Reply +1
  • PenguinJim 19/12/2014

    I wish EG's Steam sale "articles" weren't just the exact same deals that you can see on the front page, copy-pasted for the benefit of, um, people without Steam?

    This article could have reminded users of the rules of Steam Sales (don't buy anything until the last day unless it's a daily or flash deal), or lamented the missing spend-money-to-get-trading-cards feature from this event and postulated reasons for its absence, or pointed out that Metal Gear: Revengeance is a stunning 4 but those tosswits Konami still have it region-locked, or mentioned that games like Pixel Piracy and SRIV are far cheaper at the Humble Store, or done a quick comparison with the historical best prices of the games mentioned, or... well, anything to justify the article would have been nice to see.

    It's also a pity that despite Steam's firm grip of 95% of the PC gaming industry, EG still runs free adverts like this for its sales but rarely helps support little guys when they have better sales (like GG, GGG, GMG or GGGG, for example).
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  • Last-gen revisited: Dragon Age Inquisition

  • PenguinJim 18/12/2014

    @marijnlems What? Big-budget games are AAA games, licensed or not. As you *still* haven't provided one decent example, your nitpicking of my dozens of examples is ludicrous (porting UP, porting DOWN? :D Brilliant. MK: Armageddon was released on two PS2-gen consoles and a next-gen console - I'm so, so sorry I didn't know your rule that it now has to be a PS3 release for it to count, as my psychic powers have been a bit weak today). Face it, you forgot the raft of new releases that got PS2 ports through 2007, 2008 and even 2009 (a far cry from "In my recollection however, only sports games remained crossgen a few months after PS3's launch.") and you're doing a brilliant job of proving my point that this situation is entirely precedented. So... thank you? :) Reply 0
  • PenguinJim 17/12/2014

    @marijnlems You took the time to look things up and that was the best you could do? I just grabbed Unity and Arkham Knight off the top of my head... there must be loads more!

    For PS2 multi-plat AAA games 2006-2008, let's see... all of the Spider-Man games, Marvel games, LEGO games, Rock Band/Guitar Heroes, GRAW, Mortal Kombat, NFS... maybe you're forgetting that a lot of multi-plats that included Wii versions also included PS2 versions?

    Or do you live in a country where the PS3 didn't launch until ~2009? 2010?
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  • PenguinJim 17/12/2014

    @marijnlems *sigh* Not *every* AAA game is on 360 and PS3 either, or maybe I missed the PS3/360 ports of Assassin's Creed: Unity and Arkham Knight? Maybe it's MY fault for reading the word "unprecedented" and interpreting it to mean "unprecedented". (That you can't find three good examples and were forced to choose Modern Warfare (two full years into the last generation), Oblivion - which was a 360/PC game with an outsourced port to PS3 a year later rather than a true multi-plat - and The Darkness (AAA? Seriously?! :D I loved it, but... AAA?!?!) seems to prove my point more than yours!) Reply -1
  • PenguinJim 16/12/2014

    "The support that PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 continue to receive is really unprecedented."
    Huh? The PS2 received support for years after the PS3 released.

    Heck, it was outselling the PS3 through 2006, 2007 and 2008!
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  • Sportsfriends is coming to Steam this Friday

  • PenguinJim 18/12/2014

    "Usually we say PC to mean "not Mac or Linux" when referring to computer games..."

    I think that using the royal "we" in this case could be confusing. ;)
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  • PenguinJim 18/12/2014

    @IronSoldier Unfortunately, Matulef's articles usually refer to "PC, Mac and Linux" as though Macs aren't PCs and Linux isn't a PC OS. It's quite easy to guess what he means (in this case - some of his other mistakes require a little more research/guesswork), but it would be lovely to see EG bring in a writer who knows what a PC is. Reply +1
  • New Steam controller design leaked

  • PenguinJim 18/12/2014

    @crazyhorse174 "Current joypads work fine..."
    I would have agreed with you if you'd said this in the Atari era about joysticks, or even in the PS2 era about the DS2.

    But I was stupid. After learning my lesson with the "perfect" DS2 (face it, the 360 controller left it far behind), I'm looking forward to see if Valve can do better. It's not as if we have anything to lose by letting them try.
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  • Last-gen revisited: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

  • PenguinJim 17/12/2014

    "Paying a total of 80 from our own pockets for Shadow of Mordor on PS3 and Xbox 360, expectations weren't soaring to begin with."
    It's 25 on PS3 at Amazon.

    But don't buy it, obviously, based on the rest of the article. :D
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  • New Shadowrun project teased for Kickstarter in January

  • PenguinJim 17/12/2014

    It's funny. I expected Jeff's 1,000th Kickstarter Article of 2014 to have a little more fanfare.

    Oh, well. Congratulations, Jeff! Aim for 2,000 in 2015!
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  • iOS space combat and trading game Rogue Star out early 2015

  • PenguinJim 16/12/2014

    @distantlurker Call me crazy, but wouldn't the Freelancer control system work convert pretty easily to touchscreen? Reply 0
  • Hearthstone for Android tablets begins global rollout

  • PenguinJim 16/12/2014

    @null And my Axe! Reply +5
  • Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition Android release date

  • PenguinJim 12/12/2014

    "However, unless you can be bothered to apply all your own mods, the Enhanced Edition makes a lot of sense, even if it does cost 20."

    Just for comparison:

    Pay 4 and get Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate II, Icewind Dale, Icewind Dale 2, Planescape: Torment, and Dungeon of Elemental Evil, but you have to apply your own mods.

    Pay 20 and get Baldur's Gate 2 Enhanced Edition.
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  • Syndicate spiritual successor Satellite Reign launches on Steam Early Access

  • PenguinJim 12/12/2014

    @the_dudefather :D Reply +7
  • Valve closes Steam Holiday Auction amid gem exploit concern

  • PenguinJim 12/12/2014

    @Malek86 400,000 gems were going for US$12 on the Marketplace.

    I invested $0.44 in gems! Between this and the FTSE, it's not been a good day! /o\
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  • Nintendo kills NINJHAX 3DS homebrew exploit

  • PenguinJim 11/12/2014

    @skunkfish It's not intentional. I keep getting thrown out. :( Reply 0
  • PenguinJim 10/12/2014

    @skunkfish I used to live in Europe. I have lived in Australia. I live in Asia. I'll be in North America in three years.

    What the fuck am I supposed to do?

    Edit: oh, yes, not buy devices with retarded region locks! :)
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  • PenguinJim 10/12/2014

    Nintendo, please remove the retarded region lock.

    Until then, I 100% support people trying to crack the 3DS - because I might actually buy one when I can buy games freely.
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  • That Dragon, Cancer succeeds its Kickstarter goal

  • PenguinJim 10/12/2014

    "The dev team said that at $95K it will reward early backers with an extra trinket of sentimental value: a physical copy of the poster that hangs in the in-game nursery."
    No, it's not a physical copy. Not only did they clearly say "digital copy", but your own quote further down gives a big clue, Jeffrey: "We hope that if you love it, you will print it and let it grace your own wall."

    I should mention that "succeeds" has a different meaning as a verb... but other people commented on it the last time Jeffrey made that mistake, so I guess he doesn't read the comments anyway. To be fair, I wouldn't read comments on my articles if I had the same standards as Jeffrey.
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  • The race to defeat Destiny's (new) toughest challenge begins

  • PenguinJim 10/12/2014

    @enfilade Oh, Gold and PS+ are no longer required for Destiny? That's great news - my Gold is expiring tomorrow, and I hadn't picked up Destiny because I wasn't going to pay monthly just for one game. Cheers for the tip! :) Reply -4
  • Assassin's Creed, Diablo, Mordor reduced in Xbox Black Friday sale

  • PenguinJim 28/11/2014

    When's Diablo III: RoS's price going to update? It still says 29.99 for me. Reply 0
  • Eurogamer vs Tom Bramwell

  • PenguinJim 28/11/2014

    "There are some genuine classic games that were only on Xbox 360. Gears of War gets nowhere near as much credit as it should as just a sensational video game."

    HNNNNGGHHH.

    Tom's pretty good at writing console game reviews, but I'm looking forward to a broader EG.
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  • Valve updates gift rules to limit Steam key resellers

  • PenguinJim 27/11/2014

    @dj_blades to be fair to m-p-3, the article is horrendously written and inaccurate and STILL NOT FIXED! Reply 0
  • PenguinJim 25/11/2014

    Yes, Tom Phillips, can you fix the article please? This is purely about Steam gifts (inside the Steam system) - nothing to do with Steam keys.

    Unless they're TF2 keys, of course. Aha! Maybe that's caused the confusion.
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  • Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is free to play this weekend on Steam

  • PenguinJim 22/11/2014

    I have just got off the phone with Gabe Newell, who had no idea this date was significant and has promised to "investigate". Reply -7
  • PenguinJim 22/11/2014

    I have contacted sixteen other gaming websites, who had missed the significance of this commemoration, and will update with any information they can share with me. Reply -6
  • PenguinJim 22/11/2014

    I have reached out to Torn Banner Studios for more information on why they are commemorating this date and will report back when I have the details. Reply -4
  • PenguinJim 22/11/2014

    "To commemorate this weekend trial, Chivalry is 75 per cent off to buy, making it 4.74 rather than 18.99. Or you can buy a four-pack for 13.99 rather than 55.99."

    Huh? This is a permanent price drop? Or it will happen every weekend in remembrance of this trial? Or they'll have this sale on the 21st November every year?

    Beyond the free trial, is there any significance to this date that needs commemorating? It's almost as if this news story is missing a paragraph. Surely they wouldn't need to commemorate an arbitrary date that they'd chosen themselves?

    "Hey, when you buy this game at 75% off, we want you guys to remember the time this game was free!"
    "Err... the time it was free? You mean right now?"
    "Exactly!"

    It doesn't seem to be a commemoration at all - just a simultaneous free trial and discount, as many other games on Steam have had. Restore that missing paragraph, please, so we can understand the significance of the date and know if this price drop is permanent, or annual, or whatever! :)
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  • Final Fantasy 13-2 PC has most, but not all, the console DLC

  • PenguinJim 20/11/2014

    "All the DLC is bundled in for free."

    On PC the DLC is not available to buy separately. It is not "bundled in for free" - it's included in the price of the game.

    (Apparently all three XIII games will be bundled together in the New Year, so it should be worth waiting for that.)
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  • Face-Off: Assassin's Creed Unity

  • PenguinJim 17/11/2014

    "On PC, native 1080p (or whatever resolution you desire)..."

    Really? It's been suggested on the EG forums that 16:10 resolutions are not natively supported. Although I suppose 16:9 at 24FPS would make for a more "cinematic" experience anyway...
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  • PlayStation TV review

  • PenguinJim 17/11/2014

    "85 for just the micro-console, HDMI cable, power adaptor and a redeem code for OlliOlli, Velocity Ultra and Worms Evolution Extreme."

    It's 36 for the Vita TV + leads in my country, with a DS3 "value" bundle being available for 90 (which isn't exactly good value, considering the DS4 is 30 locally!).

    At 66 for a DS4 + Vita TV, I've considered it a few times over the past year... but I've got PCs, laptops and a 9" Android tablet that cover far too much of what the Vita TV offers. Over 70 to play Killzone: Mercenary? No thank you.
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  • Far Cry 4 review

  • PenguinJim 15/11/2014

    @Penguinzoot Me too! It's high on my list for December... again. Reply 0
  • Humble Indie Bundle 13 debuts with OlliOlli and Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs

  • PenguinJim 29/10/2014

    @saispag I shall talk to Obama about this immediately. I will not tolerate one of my comments being incorrect! Reply -1
  • PenguinJim 29/10/2014

    "Finally, customers who pay at least $12 will also receive Shadowrun Returns."

    No, that's not the final tier. There's a $65 tier as well.

    "...ends on Tuesday, 11th November at 11am PST (that's 7pm UK time)."

    No, that's 6pm UK time.
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  • Existing Grand Theft Auto 5 owners who upgrade get bonus content

  • PenguinJim 29/10/2014

    @shotbyascot I'm definitely a console gamer - last month and this month the game I've (re)played the most is Resonance of Fate.

    I'm a PC gamer, too (a fair bit of Diablo 3 this month), and also an Android gamer (Injustice is the perfect length for dropping the kids off at the pool, I find). In fact, you can just call me a "gamer".

    You pigeon-hole me into one specific gaming category just I mentioned two clear benefits of that category over another, and then you call me a fanboy? PCs are not the best at everything (despite your defensive response where you claim they are! :)) - but you were complaining about the PS4 being so expensive, so I wondered why you hadn't gone for the cheaper option. The PS4 is still the best choice for anyone who wants to play Resogun. (The finance remark was slightly off-topic, but has come up a lot recently with similar issues)

    If English is not your first language, why would you attack someone when you're not sure if you can understand what they have said?
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  • PenguinJim 29/10/2014

    @shotbyascot The P&P from CDkeys and XBL are extremely... competitive.

    But if you're after cost-effective gaming, why did you get a PS4? Sure, it's less money down, but it's a much higher lifetime cost (PS+, game prices) and you don't even get the best versions of games.

    It's yet another example of why schools should include some sort of finance education.
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  • PenguinJim 29/10/2014

    @shotbyascot Well of course. I'd say there's ZERO chance of me buying any game for 69.99.

    Of course, it's 33 at CDKeys on PC.

    Won't the Xbone version be 30-40 from XBLHK as usual?
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  • PenguinJim 28/10/2014

    And they coincidentally made this announcement at the same time GTAV is 25 on XBL. (Apparently that passes for a "sale price") Reply +19
  • Face-Off: Shadow Warrior

  • PenguinJim 27/10/2014

    @Blastiel I, too, base all of my decisions on the opinions of people I'll never see or meet instead of the best possible option for me. Reply +3
  • Apple iPad Air 2 review

  • PenguinJim 25/10/2014

    @StooMonster Tapping the screen is the equivalent of a left-click. Holding down is the equivalent of a right-click.

    A few "full-blown" Windows programs do have full support for touch beyond that, though - I've just finished Shadowrun Returns in full touch mode. There are a few lists knocking around the Internet for full-touch-support programs.

    It's a shame you didn't have the chance to hands-on before making your purchase... except that I wouldn't have got the SP3 anyway. No dedicated graphics card for games! I ended up with the R7-571G.
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  • The problem with video game guns

  • PenguinJim 25/10/2014

    Plumbers have a skill, though. Reply +1
  • New Nintendo 3DS review

  • PenguinJim 20/10/2014

    A couple of comments have mentioned that it's region-locked, it's region-locked, it's fucking fucking REGION FUCKING LOCKED, but I'm amazed that the "review" didn't pick up on it. Not relevant to a portable device? Seriously? Reply +3
  • Walking is the new shooting

  • PenguinJim 18/10/2014

    (and the inspiration for writing this, if I'm being honest)
    Wasn't the inspiration "Keep writing nothing but copy-paste Kickstarter press releases as 'articles' and you're fired"?

    Or "You were literally confused by the opening of Alien: Isolation? Look up games you've missed, like Half-Life and BioShock: Oscar-Bait, and write a badly-punctuated article about how half-a-dozen games have slow bits", perhaps.
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  • The Humble Mozilla Bundle brings FTL to your browser

  • PenguinJim 16/10/2014

    "The latest Humble Bundle offers a unique feature: its games are playable in a browser."

    I've had browser versions of Bastion, From Dust and Don't Starve for over a year. It's not a "unique" feature.
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  • PC gamers get Assassin's Creed Rogue early 2015

  • PenguinJim 14/10/2014

    "PC fans who enjoyed Assassin's Creed 3..."

    Fucking hell, talk about a niche market.
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  • Standalone Glacier White PS4 goes on sale in the UK this Friday

  • PenguinJim 14/10/2014

    A Mighty White console coupled with Vita Lite?

    It's 1990 again! /o\
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  • Inside Star Citizen's grey market

  • PenguinJim 09/10/2014

    @wyp100 Oh. Well, I'm not sure that makes them 'geniuses' unless this was their specific intent. Lots of MMOs have had crazy and unexpected real-money economies spring up. I'm just a casual MMO player, but I sold some items on Star Wars Galaxies for just over 1,000 when I played it for two months one summer.

    I think the Diablo 3 real-money auction house shows how you can't force these things. It's just circumstance and luck rather than genius. Especially as these "geniuses" aren't even profiting from these tens of thousands of dollars being spent on these ships.
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