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  • Titanfall Xbox 360 won't come to Games on Demand

  • PenguinJim 12/04/2014


    Note to self: don't overreact when people write "digital" instead of "download".
    Reply +10
  • $499 Virtuix Omni VR treadmill shipping September

  • PenguinJim 08/04/2014

    I've ordered one of these. I'm going to put a chair in it and use it for Euro Truck Sim 2. Reply +16
  • Game jam reality show cancelled as indies wouldn't put up with its s***

  • PenguinJim 01/04/2014

    Sad to see EG is still sponsored by ***. I don't know how much *** paid to be mentioned so many times in one article, but I've had enough of ***'s corporate whoring.

    I think I'm too old to get this one, though: "the Game_Jam filming was a clusterf****"

    Clusterfrack? Clusterfrink? Clusterforté?
    Reply -54
  • Notch: cancelled Minecraft for Oculus Rift would have been free

  • PenguinJim 30/03/2014

    @TekMerc you can. MineCrift, the FREE mod for MineCraft, does a really great job. And it was available last year. Reply 0
  • PenguinJim 29/03/2014

    @sanctusmortis I have no idea why the existence of Minecrift seems to be unmentionable at the moment! Reply +1
  • Reality Crumbles: Whatever happened to VR?

  • PenguinJim 23/03/2014

    Wow, how times have changed.

    "It would appear that any potential VR revival faces the same kind of issues that Microsoft's Kinect has experienced over the past year or so; it would require software that is built around its own unique strengths, rather than traditional games that have been shoehorned into a new and largely incompatible interface. "Bolting VR onto existing games isn't likely to be much of a success," states Wilkinson, who clearly knows his stuff as he is now employed at Activision as senior director of technology."

    Diving into the Rift in Half-Life 2, Euro Truck Simulator 2, Minecrift and Team Fortress 2 prove what absolute bollocks that is. I wonder if Wilkinson still holds that position? :P
    Reply +7
  • BioShock Infinite's Elizabeth was initially a silent character

  • PenguinJim 21/03/2014

    She should have stayed silent, then the Playstation 4 wouldn't suck so much. Reply -14
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf's development team had an even gender split

  • PenguinJim 20/03/2014

    It's sad that an equal gender split in a dev team still needs a news story. Here's hoping that 2014 will result in a far more even ground for men and women in both the development and in the games. Reply +7
  • New 'n' Tasty needs to sell 500K to fund an original new Oddworld game

  • PenguinJim 18/03/2014

    "If this had a publisher, the price would be higher and they'd be calling in triple A."

    I don't know who Triple A are. Am I out of touch with boy bands, or this is some sort of A-Team remake?

    Edit: wow, it's true, we are still waiting on the HD remake of Munch's Oddyssey on Steam (due April 2013). "Lorne's Previous Lies" might be some good context for this article, Jeffrey, as he's clearly not someone to trust (in case the obvious bullshit in the interview wasn't enough).
    Reply +9
  • Next-Gen Face-Off: The Lego Movie Videogame

  • PenguinJim 16/03/2014

    How are EG labelling gens now? Is it Last-Gen for 360/PS3, Next-Gen for PS4/Xbone... possibly This-Gen for Wii-U? Reply +6
  • Microsoft: Xbox 360's Games with Gold programme will improve

  • PenguinJim 10/03/2014

    This was pointless media pandering (shame on you, EG!).

    I'll believe they'll have great games for Games with Gold when they have great games with Games for Gold, not when Spencer (who?) tells me to trust him.
    Reply +12
  • The next-gen Digital Foundry PC: chasing the 1080p60 dream

  • PenguinJim 08/03/2014

    The 760 would be a nice part at £140-150, but it never got its price drop, and now sits uncomfortably close to the far-far-superior 770 (£215) in price, and the 660 (£125) in performance.

    Based on this article's prices, an i5/770 PC would be far less than £600, with the additional benefit of 5,000,000 games to choose from instead of Resogun.
    Reply +24
  • Matt Stone: South Park The Stick of Truth censorship "not that big a deal"

  • PenguinJim 08/03/2014

    @GiarcYekrub The Asian version is region-free on 360 and US$50 from Play-Asia. Reply 0
  • State of Decay expansion Lifeline tells army's story

  • PenguinJim 28/02/2014

    Would love to see this after they fix the main game and release the sandbox mode for free as originally stated.

    But why do they need to, when sites like EG don't mention the bugs or reneged promises and continue to promote their latest cash-grab.
    Reply -2
  • Dead Rising 3's Chaos Rising DLC rises tomorrow

  • PenguinJim 25/02/2014

    Wow! That sounded CRAZY MENTAL from the description! A chainsaw with motorbikes mounted on it?! :shock: :D

    Unfortunately, it turned out to be a motorbike-mounted chainsaw. :(
    Reply +1
  • Ubisoft launches massive Steam sale

  • PenguinJim 21/02/2014

    I appreciate the bargain posts here, but the massively disproportionate amount of Steam sale coverage seems unnecessary. Every PC game with Steam got a big UBISOFT SALE pop-up on their client today anyway. Sales from other places which sell PC games (even (or especially) Steam games) rarely get newsed at EG.

    I know you don't have a dedicated/experienced PC games journo at the moment, so it's understandable, but when you occasionally express fears over Steam taking up a massive proportion of PC gaming in some articles while simultaneously letting Steam take up a massive proportion of your PC game sale news articles, it's a touch... odd. :P
    Reply -1
  • Editor's blog: New mobile site, guide content and more

  • PenguinJim 14/02/2014

    Eurogamer is good for console games and game version comparisons, but I'd like to see:
    An actual PC games person writing for you. (Not someone who thinks a PC is another console, or thinks copy-pasting Kickstarter or Greenlight press releases passes as "news", or can't write in basic English)
    Reply -12
  • Razer Blade 14 review

  • PenguinJim 02/02/2014

    @misinformed your username is quite apt! I get about 5 hours of gaming from my laptop (GDDR5 750M, 15.6", and only a gen3 i5 instead of Haswell). The only compromises are: no numpad, and it weighs 2.4kg instead of the 2 I had on my wishlist. Not bad for under £600! Reply +2
  • PenguinJim 01/02/2014

    @Spuzzell I don't think the criticism was of the resolution, but the TN panel itself - a disappointing (1600x900) screen. Reply +1
  • PenguinJim 01/02/2014

    @ATARI It depends on the train operating company and the seat/cabin you choose. My regular journey is only 39 or 41 minutes, so it's not an issue for me personally. Reply 0
  • PenguinJim 01/02/2014

    @PearOfAnguish Thanks! I've seen a few around, but it's a question of waiting for the right one that ticks all the right boxes at the right price. (Also, I'm not in the UK) For the Skyfire: "The SkyFire III is a step in the right direction thanks to the well-suited 1,600x900 display resolution, but the 14in panel unfortunately falls short in other areas. Viewing angles leave plenty to be desired on either axis, maximum brightness could have been higher, and there's room for improvement with contrast, too.

    The matte finish does a good job of keeping reflections at bay, yet on the whole, this is a TN panel that might have impressed a few years ago, but now pales in comparison to what's on offer..."
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  • PenguinJim 01/02/2014

    "...a remarkably disappointing 1600x900 screen."

    That's a shame, as my partner has me looking for a 14" laptop, and there are depressingly few 1600x900 options out there. 1366x768 is too low, and although scaling has improved a lot over the past few years, it's still not perfect, ruling out 1080P on a 14" screen (for her - I know some people prefer their icons to be tiny!).

    I was lucky enough to spend £600 on Acer's R7-571G with an absolutely beautiful 15.6" 1080P IPS (touch)screen. The GDDR5 750M can knock out 50-60FPS in Tomb Raider on 'High' (1080P), so I'm quite content with it for gaming on the train, but I absolutely wouldn't go smaller than 15.6" for a 1080P Windows machine. Ridiculously high PPI is all very well for ereaders and tech demos, but it's a waste of power/battery on many devices, and complicates everyday use with imperfect scaling if you're doing office work or design (my laptop is a "work" laptop, wink).
    Reply +1
  • Titanfall PC, Xbox One beta confirmed, rumoured for Valentine's Day

  • PenguinJim 28/01/2014

    @cyacomini You not only think that it is professional to call it the "Xbone" in the title of an article, but everyone who disagrees with you about this epitomises everything bad about gamers?

    I'm not talking about how good or bad the console is (I don't have one and probably won't get one).

    I'm not talking about MS, or what they want, or anything good or bad that they've done (they are extremely boring IMO).

    I'm not talking about (or interested in) a MS/Sony pissing match.

    I simply said it's unprofessional to call it the Xbone in the title. And as the EG editors apparently agree with me (the title's changed now, see?), I guess that EG itself is now everything that is wrong with gamers today too?
    Reply -1
  • PenguinJim 28/01/2014

    @jimmyhill11 You are so close to mentioning something relevant to what I've said that you can just smell it, can't you!

    I call it the Xbone when typing on forum posts. (Hey! I mentioned that already!)

    I wouldn't call it the Xbone in the title of a professional article.

    Do you see the difference?
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  • PenguinJim 28/01/2014

    @redcrayon Ah, my mistake. I see what you mean. Strange how Matulef didn't do that with the crazily-overused "PC" or call the game "TIT-and-FALL" too. Edit: no, no, TIT-and-FAIL! There's something for Matulef to call it in the next article headline.

    And frankly, I find EG's puns to be generally excellent. :P
    Reply +4
  • PenguinJim 28/01/2014

    @redcrayon I think I missed the post where someone accused EG of bias. I accused Matulef of unprofessionalism.

    "Half a dozen references" using "Xbone"? I spent several seconds looking and couldn't find any from the past couple of months, and have simply never seen it in a games headline before (except where the headline is "Microsoft registers" or similar).

    I have no interest in the Xbone or the PS4 (well, a tiny bit of interest in the PS4), and was simply surprised to see Matulef throwing professionalism onto the bonfire to join his spell-checker and knowledge of PC games.

    Edit: I'd be delighted to see links to a site that calls it "Xbone" in article titles (the Playstation blog aside), but I don't think even Kotaku does that!
    Reply -2
  • PenguinJim 28/01/2014

    @XrodOne My mistake. Clearly "Xbone" has featured in hundreds of game headlines across dozens of sites, and today was simply the first time I happened to notice it. My apologies.

    *Takes a quick look around The Gaming Sites*
    And now all of those websites have apparently deleted their headlines since you read them. Hmmm. Those underhand dicks at M$ must be paying them all off, right?
    Reply -14
  • PenguinJim 28/01/2014

    @XrodOne XB1 would surely be the shorthand? Reply +4
  • PenguinJim 28/01/2014

    I admit to calling it the Xbone or Bone in casual forum posts, but I cannot possibly imagine calling it that in the title of an article that I had been paid to write.

    Unless my job description had some sort of weird unprofessionalism clause, I suppose. Which would explain a lot...

    I also can't quite see the news here. Don't most games have betas? Is this confirmation of an OPEN beta or a paid beta (that would make it news)?
    Reply -22
  • Ultra rare NES cartridge going for over $30K on eBay

  • PenguinJim 26/01/2014

    "...a staggering $90,100..."

    Matulef's articles aren't the same since King copyrighted "whopping™". :(
    Reply +4
  • Valve has no VR headset, it's backing Oculus Rift

  • PenguinJim 17/01/2014

    @Zomoniac It's currently the 1.1 model, SD. Reply 0
  • PenguinJim 17/01/2014

    @Zomoniac You can get the dev kit right now, y'know! (They smell lovely) Reply 0
  • Valve plays the long game again

  • PenguinJim 11/01/2014

    @melnificent I think he meant titles exclusive to Steam Machines (i.e. they require SteamOS). Reply +7
  • PenguinJim 11/01/2014

    "Steam users and PC gaming fans had been hoping that Steam Machines would pose some sort of threat not only to the duopoly of Sony and Microsoft's next-generation consoles, but also to our wallets. I think we all wanted good, cheap Steam PCs for the lounge."

    We want PC gaming to destroy console gaming, do we? Speak for yourself. I love PC gaming and I love console gaming, and while I'm sad that consoles have been moving closer and closer to cut-down PCs, I'm also happy that you're wrong about PCs wanting to be more like consoles.

    Long live both PC and console gaming (but please try to offer us different experiences!).
    Reply +32
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance PC doesn't work offline

  • PenguinJim 11/01/2014

    @Widge I had a laptop that I ran offline while I was using it about four-to-eight hours a day in the office (for XCOM and FTL and other stuff on Steam, mostly). That was for about seven months of 2013.

    Statistically, I'm sure you're right that most PCs are kept online, of course. My desktop PC at home is always online, and this week I've even been keeping my laptop online while on the train (although it keeps trying to grab a new 3G or H+ signal, which is annoying). But it's only since I picked up a significant data contract with my mobile phone provider a few months ago that I'm almost always online, and apparently 50Gb/month is quite a bit above average.
    Reply -1
  • Nintendo's 3DS region-locking can be circumvented

  • PenguinJim 08/01/2014

    "The 3DS is the first Nintendo handheld to pose restrictions on games from other regions..."

    DSi-specific software (including downloads) was also region-locked. Not a particularly interesting exception to the "rule", but there you go!

    Reply +6
  • Bravely Default censors its clothing upon its western release

  • PenguinJim 04/01/2014

    This is no problem at all. If people want the Japanese version, they can simply import it or pick it up while they're travelling there with their 3DS. That's the beauty of handhelds - no region-locking at all.


    The 3DS has WHAT?!?!
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  • Microsoft considered removing the Xbox One's disc drive after E3

  • PenguinJim 03/01/2014

    @SaintDaveUK How much are download sale prices affected by the hybridised system we have in place, though? At the moment we have the worst of both worlds on both consoles. I would have liked to see one of the console manufacturers try this, and the other not, to give us consumers genuine choice AND to see how a pure system on console would actually fare in the wild.

    Instead, we're stuck with two identiconsoles for another five years. Oh, yay.
    Reply +2
  • PenguinJim 03/01/2014

    That Jeffrey even says "always online" pretty much sums up his poor understanding of the issues involved.

    Even though English clearly isn't his first language (any chance an editor could fix up the article?), it's quite an egregious mistake considering the controversial issues.
    Reply -16
  • Tomb Raider Definitive Edition is more than a facelift, dev insists

  • PenguinJim 18/12/2013

    "On PS4 the DualShock 4 lights up when you use the torch."

    Good to hear that. It's actually the reason I held off on buying Tomb Raider on PC. PS4 here I come!
    Reply +11
  • Beyonce's onto something, you know

  • PenguinJim 14/12/2013

    I mostly ignore previews and "marketing buzz" until games are very close to release anyway. But I see so many people pre-ordering and talking about previews that there's obviously a big "market" for talking up games. Perhaps if those people didn't care, we'd get more timely information.


    I seem to remember a PS3 price drop announcement and price on the same day once, which was nice.
    Reply +7
  • Fallout 4 is in development, set in Boston - report

  • PenguinJim 12/12/2013

    Norm! Reply +1
  • EA among the Human Rights Campaign's "best places to work"

  • PenguinJim 11/12/2013

    "EA has come a long way in the past year. After having been named the "worst company in America" by consumer watchdog site The Consumerist last year, it's reshaped its image to now be called one of the "best places to work for LGBT equality" according to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC)."

    ""We're very proud that EA has been named a 'Best Place to Work' by HRC again this year...""

    Errr... it sounds like they're exactly where they were last year.
    Reply +6
  • EA making an open-world Star Wars game as well?

  • PenguinJim 28/11/2013

    @LiamWatson28 Mass Effect 1's game layout was identical to KotOR 1's (first planet introduction, choice o' three, final planet finale).

    Which is why some people refer to ME as KotOR3.
    Reply +2
  • Black Friday deals hit Xbox Games Store

  • PenguinJim 26/11/2013

    @Tom Phillips Thank you for saying "download-only" instead of "digital". :D (I think I might have mentioned it once before, but the misuse of the word "digital" sometimes grinds my gears) Reply +2
  • PenguinJim 26/11/2013

    @George-Roper Ooh, link to £5 Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen in a shop, please! That needs to go in the bargains thread ASAP! Reply +3
  • iPad Air review

  • PenguinJim 26/11/2013

    515g 8.9" 32GB Nook HD+ tablet (256ppi) - £110.

    469g 9.7" 16GB Apple Air tablet (264ppi) - £399.

    Although £399 is cheaper than I expected. Not too bad!
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  • Beyond: Two Souls review

  • PenguinJim 08/10/2013

    Still waiting for an interactive movie with virtually realised RL thespians to match David Bowie in Omikron: The Nomad Soul. :( Reply +2
  • State of Decay sells one million copies

  • PenguinJim 05/10/2013

    "A new Sandbox Mode will be added to the game for free at a later date." Reply +2
  • PenguinJim 05/10/2013

    "The developer noted that its first DLC, Breakdown, will be available shortly, though no date was given. It then said it will give away five copies of it to random users... The Breakdown add-on will contain a story-less Sandbox mode..."

    Wait a second. This DLC will include the sandbox mode that was promised in a title update? This has now changed to paid-for DLC? Am I reading that correctly? Surely if they will "give away" five copies, that means that the rest of us alpha-testers on the 360 version have to pay for it.

    Obviously I'll wait for confirmation either way before condemning them, but if that's true, these developers really do appear to be quite despicable.
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