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  • Sony insists Vita is here to stay

  • PenguinJim 12/09/2014

    Still waiting for the Vita XL - but still very much looking forward to it. ASAP, please, Sony. Reply -1
  • Oculus answers the big Rift questions

  • PenguinJim 04/09/2014

    I'm a little bit surprised at how much press coverage the Oculus Rift is getting, as there are competitive alternatives coming as well (such as Totem). I'm not at all convinced that the Facebook deal could have affected game support anyway, as it's not like we need ORVR or even the original devs to "port" every game to the OR before we can play them. Minecrift is already nearly a year old without a glance from Notch. The software support was in place last year. Unless there were weirdly paranoid fears that FB was somehow going to actively invest money in blocking game support, it's a non-issue.

    @SamEWatts VR is not the "future of games". It's an accessory, like a joystick or gaming steering wheel, that makes some games far better, and is useless for others.

    Admittedly it's an excellent accessory, under the right conditions, but it's still priced higher than "impulse buy" territory and is never going to be ubiquitous to any gaming system.
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  • Xbox One launches in 28 new countries this month

  • PenguinJim 03/09/2014

    @Liuwil when I said "local language support via Kinect", I was talking about Kinect's local language support, not Xbox menu text. Still no Chinese language support on the old 360 Kinect, so I could understand the One's Kinect only being sold separately rather than being bundled - or not even being available at all, to begin with. Reply 0
  • PenguinJim 03/09/2014

    @Liuwil As they're different SKUs, it's certainly relevant. For example, the PS3 Super-Slim did not release its 12GB variant in every country. PS4 White is not in every country. And if Microsoft doesn't offer local language support via Kinect, I could easily see them skipping it for that locality, offering the standalone Kinect at a later date. Reply 0
  • PenguinJim 03/09/2014

    Are those territories getting the Xbone with Kinect, or without? As the article doesn't say, but Kinect is in the article picture, I guess it's with..?

    "For comparison's sake, the PS4 is out in 58 territories, with it launching in 48 of them since last year."
    I'm not sure how you're defining "territories" (or possibly "year"!), but I'm sure the PS4 released in over 50 countries last year, and perhaps a tenth of that this year, rather than the other way around.

    ""For gamers in Argentina, we'll have more to share on our launch plans shortly, Microsoft added on its News Wire."
    Using Steam store pages to spread your news? Jesus Christ, Microsoft, will your cost-cutting never end?!
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  • Free-to-play shooter Warframe now available on Xbox One

  • PenguinJim 02/09/2014

    @TeaFiend PC's only on 14.5, so there can't be too much difference this time. Reply 0
  • PenguinJim 02/09/2014

    That EG Warframe review was based on a version that was old in December 2013!

    Which version just released on Xbox One, Tom Phillips? In the update last month on PC, players got their own spaceships (which sounds great! But just means you have to move your character between consoles to access different menus...).

    Could also be worth pointing out that you can pay up to 75.99 for currency on PC? (Only 1500 plat on PC for that price, compared to 3210 on Xbone - again, worth mentioning? (Probably not, as I can't see much need for more than ~100-200 platinum, which you can earn in-game anyway))
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  • BioShock iOS is out tonight for $15

  • PenguinJim 28/08/2014

    @Widge "Don't make me trot out the "how will you play that on a train" thing."

    ...laptop? Windows 8 Tablet?
    Reply +1
  • PenguinJim 28/08/2014

    "13.99 on Steam, although you can pick up a second-hand copy in shops for around a fiver."

    Generally speaking, though, Jeff, that second-hand copy on PC will probably have had its key used already. ;)
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  • PenguinJim 28/08/2014

    @theodule "steam has seen ENDLESS SALES"
    No, they've all ended. ;)
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  • PenguinJim 28/08/2014

    "There's one catch, though: It's [sic] bizarrely expensive. The New Zealand iTunes listing has it for $19, while Mashable is reporting that it will be $14.99 in the US. We're still waiting confirmation from 2K on its UK pricing, but it sounds like it'll be in the neighborhood of 10.

    That's quite a lot for a game that's seven years old (they grow up so fast)."

    Is it?

    I mean, is it, though? Thank Christ Eurogamer got its top investigative journalist on the case to do a quick price comparison to show us just how BIZARRELY expensive it is!

    Steam: $19.99
    Xbox: $19.99
    Playstation: $19.99 (link not working for some strange reason. I'm going to follow Matulef's lead and not correct the mistake)
    iOS: $14.99

    Of course, it's been cheaper in sale prices before. And when iOS has had some sale prices for Bioshock, we can do some valid comparisons there, too.

    This 70 seconds of research was brought to you by PenguinJim.

    Edit: yes, I know, a few hours after this comment Jeff did an update, and then about an hour after that he updated the update with some prices, and then another update later with the PSN price. Obviously I can't compete with that level of competence.
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  • Gearbox explains why it should be dropped from Aliens lawsuit

  • PenguinJim 01/08/2014

    @Silverflash it should also be "it sank" (or "it had sunk") rather than "it sunk".

    Of course, English is crazy, so it's reasonably understandable. And kudos to EG for not playing safe by hiring a native English speaker.
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  • What if every PC game could run on your tablet?

  • PenguinJim 20/07/2014

    @outy The R7... (hybrid).

    It's not cheating! It's in tablet mode on the train! (And that IPS screen is glorious... but at 900 in the UK (and the UK model not including the 750M) I don't recommend it for Brits. Mine was a little under 600 on January 1st this year)
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  • PenguinJim 20/07/2014

    @null I have a proper gaming desktop PC already. My hybrid is for the office, for the train, for while I'm abroad on business and stuck in a hotel during a typhoon. It would never have been my first gaming purchase, but as a second one, it's incredibly complementary, mirroring my existing Steam library and allowing me access in situations where my 26" monitor and huge desktop PC wouldn't have been convenient to pack. I'd be bringing my wireless mouse anyway - just throw the 360 controller into the bag, too.

    There are a few decent touchscreen games (Shadowrun Returns, The Banner Saga, Civ V, Kingdom Rush) but just because a device has a touchscreen doesn't mean you have to always use that touchscreen. That's such a weird complaint.

    Given the prevalence of mobiles and tablets today, I don't know why people can't get past the "it has a touchscreen... I MUST ONLY USE THE TOUCHSCREEN!!!!!" mentality. /o\
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  • PenguinJim 19/07/2014

    "What if every PC game could run on your tablet?"

    I'm struggling to understand how this still isn't a commonly understood idea. I've got a tablet with an i5 processor and a GDDR5 GT 750M. I can play Tomb Raider on High at 1080P at around 60FPS - just plug in a 360 controller. \o/

    (Although it's mostly used for office work and F.T.L. :P)
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  • PenguinJim 19/07/2014

    @AlphaCookie You would take them on the bus? You would take them on the train? You would play them in Peru and play them when you go to Spain?

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  • Former Valve contributor and VR specialist warns against the tech's future

  • PenguinJim 15/07/2014

    @CodeEGA I'm perfectly able to have a conversation with my partner when I'm wearing my Oculus Rift. Have you even tried it? Reply 0
  • PenguinJim 15/07/2014

    When I'm holding a joypad, I can't hold my partner's hand.


    When I'm listening to the radio, I can't listen to my partner at the same time.


    And so on.
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  • Microsoft says developers have been requesting an Early Access option

  • PenguinJim 15/07/2014

    "Did Early Access help or hinder your feelings towards Steam?"

    It helped my feelings towards Steam. I am now angrier with Steam than ever.

    No, wait! It hindered my feelings towards Steam. I feel more apathetic about Steam than ever.

    Overall, I'm just happy that I get to drink a shot because Jeffrey's using English words he doesn't understand again. \o/ These daily shots really perk up my breakfasts.
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  • The best games of 2014 are actually from 2013 - and that's okay

  • PenguinJim 12/07/2014

    A lot of remakes are excellent and there should always be a place for them, but when that place is the top of a year's GOTY awards, it makes me a bit sad for that year's gaming. Reply +39
  • Sony is considering an Early Access-type program

  • PenguinJim 12/07/2014

    "At what point does [a game meet standards of release]?" he pondered. "We still at some point ensure that we're being mindful of the consumer. We don't want somebody to stumble across that title and expect a full product, and have a negative experience."

    Now this is why I pay my Eurogamer subscription. None of that regurgitated PR quotes nonsense of scripts carefully read out by lying execs, but actual, proper mind-reading so that we can literally see the thoughts of the big names in the gaming industry.
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  • PenguinJim 12/07/2014

    @arcam I thought it was a jab at the games industry for so many half-finished games being released - aren't you weary of all the buggy releases we've had to endure? ;) (Yeah, he probably meant "wary" :P) Reply +1
  • Single-player survival mystery Escape Dead Island announced

  • PenguinJim 01/07/2014

    @wyp100 Zombie Online Multiplayer Battle Arena. Reply +3
  • PenguinJim 01/07/2014

    "There's a MOBA, too, called Dead Island: Epidemic."

    It's not a MOBA, it's a ZOMBA.
    Reply +14
  • The sickening side of the Steam summer sale

  • PenguinJim 29/06/2014

    @blarty "my point is that buying keys for seasons passes, DLC etc are useless unless I have already purchased the game for or on steam and it's in my steam library"

    No, you can buy non-Steam keys.
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  • PenguinJim 29/06/2014

    @blarty Oh, don't want that example DLC for Steam?

    It's largely a Sims 3 problem, and far from the norm. Oh, and did I mention EA? In case you missed it: EA.
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  • PenguinJim 29/06/2014

    @RoOhDaMite Ah, I see your misunderstanding - didn't realise you weren't English, sorry, I should have made my English clearer.

    I'm not saying licences should never be allowed to be sold second-hand.

    I'm saying that it's not as simple as saying 'we should always be able to sell everything we buy, including all of our paid-for licenses', which is the point you made.

    I'm also not sure I agree with your idea that Steam games are too expensive!
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  • PenguinJim 29/06/2014

    @RoOhDaMite OK, let's try a licence without a competence requirement. Am I allowed to resell a fishing licence I've bought? A TV licence?

    Or to put it another way, you want the right to sell your games licenses second-hand - what other licences do you currently have the right to sell second-hand?
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  • PenguinJim 29/06/2014

    @RoOhDaMite Reselling licenses is a strange area, but I don't agree that when I pay for my driver's license (for example) I should automatically have the right to sell it to somebody else. Reply -2
  • PenguinJim 29/06/2014

    @blarty Assassin's Creed DLC for Steam:

    There are a couple of EA games like The Sims and Mass Effect where they are pushing hard for their Origin service instead of Steam, and this limits the DLC purchasing options. But apart from these rare exceptions, we generally have multiple sources for Steam DLC purchasage.
    Reply +1
  • PenguinJim 28/06/2014

    @blarty no, you can buy Skyrim's DLC elsewhere - Gamersgate or Amazon, for example. Reply -1
  • PenguinJim 28/06/2014

    "...finally selling all those worthless cards that have built up..."

    Worthless? I've easily cleared 20 selling mine as I get them. I thought... didn't everyone know that? And do that? *Looks at comments* OK, AgentDaleCooper also didn't know, so that's two people! I guess it's worth hitting the ol' Caps Lock then.

    Reply +7
  • Red Thread breaks Dreamfall Chapters into episodes

  • PenguinJim 27/06/2014

    No problem. Turned out perfectly for SiN: Episodes and Too Human. Reply +25
  • Have mobile graphics finally surpassed last-gen console?

  • PenguinJim 26/06/2014

    @Smokemeakipper my few points on mobile gaming
    -the screen is too small!
    -the touch interface is not suited to 'traditional' console or PC games.

    Plug this into a TV and use your controller.
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  • PenguinJim 26/06/2014

    @Widge This isn't important for "touchscreen" devices. This is about the end of PC-lite consoles. When it's time for the PS5 and Xbox Two, but half of the target market already has hardware nearly as powerful in their pockets, what's the point? We'll already be playing AAA games using pads and whatever other controllers we want on our big TVs, without needing to invest in an otherwise-worthless box.

    (I'm not necessarily saying this is a good thing, but it will certainly be an interesting thing)
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  • The Banner Saga coming to iPad, Windows and Android tablets

  • PenguinJim 26/06/2014

    "Stoic's Viking-themed role-playing strategy game features controls reworked for touchscreens."

    I was under the impression that it already works perfectly with touchscreens in Windows.

    Is that not the case?
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  • "Definitive spiritual successor" to S.T.A.L.K.E.R. hits Kickstarter

  • PenguinJim 25/06/2014

    @WorldScaper "I would give my left man-onion..."

    Glad I'm not the only one who has girls cry when they get down there.
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  • PenguinJim 25/06/2014

    @crazyhorse174 I've just seen another tier that has the physical version for Windows, Xbox One etc. Yes, it looks like you're right - it's the digital game on a physical disc, presumably. The "digital version" must refer to the download version.

    English isn't their first language, so it's understandable.
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  • PenguinJim 25/06/2014

    @nathansevereijns I don't have a problem with linear games like Metro, but its tiny levels were clearly due to the hardware handicap, and almost everything was scripted. STALKER's A-life potential and one enormous zone idea was brilliant, and even on PC they couldn't avoid having to chop it up. Hence STALKER 2 needing to finally accomplish the original dream! Reply +2
  • PenguinJim 25/06/2014

    $75 Tier: "You get a physical AND digital version of Areal..."

    It's a shame there aren't more details on the physical version yet. I assume it will be some sort of tabletop RPG? Or a board game? The Metro 2033 board game was passable, so hopefully they'll do better.

    I actually went through the link to pledge the lowest amount that gets a copy of the game before even reading the article. This was just about to be my first ever Kickstarter, as a proper STALKER sequel for me will be the real next gen. But having read the details, I don't think it could be done considering the limited hardware they're targeting.

    I'll wait and see and wish them the very best of luck.
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  • Xbox One launch title Dead Rising 3 spotted on Steam

  • PenguinJim 05/06/2014

    "...its sequel - along with its spruced up re-release, Dead Rising 2: Off the Record..."

    That wasn't a re-release. It was a different game with a different main character set at the same time as DR2.

    "tittle" made me laugh, though. :D

    For the EG News mini-game, my answer is: 2.
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  • Xbox One dev kits receive more GPU bandwidth

  • PenguinJim 05/06/2014

    "And will this mean more games will hit the 1080p 60fps benchmark that's all the rage these days, I asked?"
    "Also, will it mean more games will hit the 1080p 60fps benchmark that's all the rage these days?"

    Rage 2 confirmed. Matulef on the take from id confirmed.
    Reply +1
  • Dark Souls 2 to receive three-part episodic DLC

  • PenguinJim 05/06/2014

    @meepmeep I prefer the Dark Souls boss where you run away and he falls over and dies. Reply +1
  • Amazon lists next-gen Mortal Kombat 10

  • PenguinJim 02/06/2014

    @prudislav either Rob's a MASSIVE PS3 fanboy, or one of these was supposed to be "PC" :
    "...PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PS3"

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  • Cel-shaded action RPG Shiness shines on Kickstarter

  • PenguinJim 30/05/2014

    I keep forgetting to play this copy of Rogue Galaxy I've been carrying around with me for the last eight years. Not enough sci-fi J-RPGs, IMO.

    "...woefully ambitious..."

    Why is ambition in an indie game a bad thing?! :(

    "...a dictionary of the game's fictitious language[.]"

    If it's got a dictionary, it quite clearly exists. :P Perhaps "fictional language" is the expression you seek?
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  • Relic saves Dawn of War multiplayer from destruction by moving to Steam

  • PenguinJim 29/05/2014

    Please DO NOT provide Steam achievements to replace the GFWL ones.

    I've spent far too many hours in the glory that is DoW2 already. D:
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  • State of Decay's Lifeline DLC is due this week

  • PenguinJim 28/05/2014

    Ooh, is this the free sandbox DLC they promised? Oh, "$6.99", I guess not. Where's our free sandbox patch, lying developer scum?

    Thank Jebus we have excellent gaming journalists like Matulef to point out this context in these articles.

    Having said that, State of Decay is still a very good game and if this DLC is any good, I'll probably buy it. :P Yes, I'm a hypocrite.
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  • Watch Dogs review

  • PenguinJim 27/05/2014

    @Darren I still don't get the problem with waiting for a price drop on games that don't have universally-stellar feedback... Reply 0
  • PenguinJim 27/05/2014

    @Darren "@MrTomFTW - And what if you play the game and think it is better than the 7 EG gave it? ;)"

    What's the problem there, exactly? In that situation, he got a game he liked more than he expected, and cheaper, too.
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  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War and Ubi's big push on the digital front

  • PenguinJim 15/05/2014


    ALL of Ubisoft's games are digital! They don't make board games! They don't make chess boards! They just make digital games, i.e. games made out of 1s and 0s!

    "Digital" is not a synonym for "download" or "downloadable"!

    It was painful to read that article.
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