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  • Watch Dark Souls completed in under 50 minutes

  • PenguinJim 20/01/2015

    @null Yeah, it seems doubly strange as "he only beat his old record by 14 seconds". What we have here is "Dark Souls Speedrun Time Improved by 14 Seconds", which is... arbitrary! :D Reply 0
  • Alienware Alpha review

  • PenguinJim 17/01/2015

    @markpatterson1 MASS EFFECT THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Reply 0
  • Microsoft reinstates Xbox One price drop in the US

  • PenguinJim 16/01/2015

    @Mr-V I'd pay £20 for the Master Chief Collection (just remasters of games I already own, but games I like, to be fair). The console itself doesn't seem to give me anything, but it adds the inconvenience of hooking it up and managing its games and accounts, so that's ~-£10. Gold subscription, no thank you, so -£25. Wouldn't mind the controller, though, so +£30. No interesting exclusives announced to add to the value.

    So I'd pay £5 for a One bundled with the Master Chief Collection today.

    That's about £20 less than I'd pay for a PS4 bundled with Resogun.
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  • Mario Galaxy 2, Metroid Prime Trilogy headed to Wii U eShop

  • PenguinJim 14/01/2015

    Must admit that I missed out on the analogue Wii games. Reply -2
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 PC release date delayed until March

  • PenguinJim 13/01/2015

    @dsmx Not if you've only got one. They say you need "4 CPUs"! /o\ Reply +1
  • How Duke Nukem 3D managed to be ahead of its time while trapped in the past

  • PenguinJim 13/01/2015

    "Back in 1996, when it was still necessary to append "3D" on the end of a title so people knew to expect polygons, Duke Nukem hit the FPS genre like an atom bomb."
    "It's a nice fit with the Vita, too. Certainly, the crisp but smaller screen is kinder to the chunky graphics than a giant HD TV, although the difference between the polygon environments and the flat sprite characters looks weirder than ever."


    No, Duke Nukem 3D used a 2D engine, like Doom and Wolfenstein 3D. It wasn't using 'the polygons'.

    That was one aspect that made comparisons between DN3D (2D engine) and Quake ('the polygons') so interesting - while Quake pushed technology forwards and worked tirelessly to generate its environments and objects made of lots of little triangles, Duke was there to point out that it wasn't necessary to do all that in order to make a fun game.

    Edit: really should have clicked "see more comments" - lots of people picked up on Dan's mistake! :P
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  • Microsoft reassures Xbox One owners over DRM rights

  • PenguinJim 10/01/2015

    @IronSoldier Specifically regarding the Wii, if you get a second Wii can you download your games on there? Reply -1
  • PenguinJim 10/01/2015

    @Pantsonmyhead Awww, all the companies are much the same, really. I don't mind buying my games licenses from MS or Sony or Steam - but I bear in mind that the licenses may only be good for a couple of years, and pay accordingly. Reply +1
  • PenguinJim 09/01/2015

    The Microsoft PlaysForSure guarantee is the reason I trust Microsoft with all of my download purchases, and avoid companies that don't make the same sort of guarantees, like Sony, Apple or Nintendo.

    Microsoft are simply better at this sort of stuff. They've got the talent, as well as the [link=http://www.cnet.com/news/defunct-msn-music-has-a-drm-controversy-on-its-hands/">experience and track
    Reply -1
  • Surprise! New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Edition goes on sale

  • PenguinJim 06/01/2015

    Interesting how an ambassador's role usually involves travelling to other regions but the portable Nintendo 3DS IS STILL FUCKING REGION LOCKED.

    (Or is this special "ambassador" version region-free? Hmmm. DID YOU ASK IF IT'S STILL FUCKING REGION-LOCKED, TOM?)
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  • PlayStation 4 has sold 18.5m worldwide

  • PenguinJim 06/01/2015

    @megatronx I'm not surprised you're getting negged to oblivion. People like you who forget Resogun make me sick! Reply +4
  • Far Cry 4's digital release won't boot for some Xbox One users

  • PenguinJim 06/01/2015

    @vincefairbairn I don't think they released an analogue version... (a quick Google doesn't show a Far Cry 4 board game, tabletop game or interactive adventure holiday, anyway!) Reply 0
  • Final Fantasy creator reveals concept video for cancelled RPG

  • PenguinJim 03/01/2015

    @Rogueywon I have a feeling that most of the reviews stopped with Ending 'A'. I guess they should also have made it explicit that the side quests were optional - I'd simply assumed it was the case, so I was able to skip all that fishing! Reply +1
  • PenguinJim 02/01/2015

    @Rogueywon Are you sure you're talking about Nier? There's no grinding at all if you're just playing through the game, and the West got a version with a white-haired middle-aged father fighting to save his daughter - a much more interesting protagonist than the usual 29-year-old dark-haired character stereotype that every other game from the past ten years seems to feature.

    Given that the Japanese version had the daughter being his girlfriend instead (ick), I'm happy with the Western release - especially given the other (again, non-stereotypical) character choices. I can't think of a more subtly gay character than Emil, and most people could probably play the game and not realise that Kainé is transexual. It's that kind of understated (and yet again, non-stereotypical) characterisation that sets Nier apart in some ways.
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  • PlayStation Plus reveals full January lineup

  • PenguinJim 03/01/2015

    "Injustice Gods Among Us: Ultimate Edition"

    NO NO NO IT'S "Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition"!
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  • Aliens: Colonial Marines and AvP (2010) have vanished from Steam

  • PenguinJim 02/01/2015

    http://www.gamersgate.co.uk/DD-ACM/aliens-colonial-marines

    Still available. As Klarden says, GOG was a rather odd choice for Jeffrey to check, considering it was never on there to begin with. (I'm assuming Jeffrey's "GoG" referred to www.gog.com?)
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  • Thimbleweed Park ends its Kickstarter campaign at over $626K

  • PenguinJim 23/12/2014

    "PC, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android"

    Still no Windows love?
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  • It's Steam Holiday Sale time

  • PenguinJim 22/12/2014

    @riceNpea "This item is not available in your region."

    Well, that's fine. If they don't want me to give them money for it.
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  • 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 +3
  • 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 +2
  • 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).
    Reply +18
  • 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!
    Reply +36
  • 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. ;)
    Reply +1
  • 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.
    Reply +1
  • 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
    Reply +5
  • 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.
    Reply +12
  • 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\
    Reply +7
  • 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.
    Reply +3
  • 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.
    Reply +4
  • 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.
    Reply -17
  • 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.
    Reply +17
  • 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! :)
    Reply -4
  • 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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