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  • Trials Fusion has day one patch to boost Xbox One resolution

  • Psiloc 14/04/2014

    @GloriousPCMasterRace I already own a more than "reasonably specced" laptop and still choose to play on a PS4/PS3/etc.

    :shrug:

    Third party only isn't enough for most people.
    Reply +7
  • Phil Spencer named new boss of Xbox

  • Psiloc 31/03/2014

    Invest in some God damn first party studios Phil rather than throwing money at EA to keep their stuff off PS4. That's all you need to do. Reply +29
  • Next-Gen Face-Off: The Lego Movie Videogame

  • Psiloc 16/03/2014

    Camera and object blur are pared back on the PC, with the PS4 and Xbox One receiving a much stronger implementation that better replicates the cinematic feel the developer is clearly aiming for.
    Interesting since the actual film deliberately didn't have motion blur at all:

    IMDB: No simulated motion blur was used in the film, to further give it the look of a stop-motion Lego film.
    Reply +16
  • War has changed. But has Hideo Kojima?

  • Psiloc 14/03/2014

    @agent55 While I definitely agree RE: David Hayter I also agree with the article about Kojima marching to the beat of his own drum. "Staying in step with the fans" could get quite close to the design-by-committee stuff the article laments. Reply +2
  • Psiloc 14/03/2014

    The Metal Gear Solid series is 25
    No it isn't. The Metal Gear series is 25, the Metal Gear Solid series is 16.

    Oh fucking Christ, MGS is 16?! Feel. so. old.
    Reply +14
  • Xbox One closing monthly US sales gap on PS4

  • Psiloc 14/03/2014

    @dogmanstaruk TBF there is a typo in the article:

    This month PS4 sales are higher but only by a "narrow margin". And we can estimate the numbers.
    And then it starts banging on about sales figures which to me implies they're for March. I admit to writing a "wait a minute... Titanfall?" type comment too before realising my mistake.
    Reply +4
  • Watch Unreal Engine 4 running in Firefox

  • Psiloc 13/03/2014

    You'd think if Firefox can do this it would be a teensy bit faster at actual web browsing. Reply +36
  • Titanfall runs into problems on PC with error 503

  • Psiloc 12/03/2014

    ...which has left Titanfall, which requires the internet to work, unplayable.
    Says everything that my knee-jerk reaction was "typical stupid DRM" before remembering that for once it requires the internet for an actual reason.
    Reply +19
  • Microsoft bosses still "extremely committed" to Xbox

  • Psiloc 10/03/2014

    Always a good sign when you have to reassure your fanbase that no, you haven't completely given up. Reply +87
  • Microsoft: Xbox 360's Games with Gold programme will improve

  • Psiloc 10/03/2014

    @SawnoffSpudgun
    Good Lord...MS preaching on games 'ownership'....
    COTD.
    Reply +2
  • Matt Stone: South Park The Stick of Truth censorship "not that big a deal"

  • Psiloc 07/03/2014

    The only thing wrong here is that the majority of Europe are getting the censored version for no real reason. Give Germany one version and the rest of us another.

    EDIT: And associating the censorship with the EU flag and Michelangelo's David is pretty unfair. I get it, David is a hugely celebrated piece of European art who happens to have his dick out and we're A-OK with that, so why get all pissy about the sexual stuff in pop culture? The problem is, we're not! The suits at Ubisoft have decided it's easier to release a single censored version to the whole continent so we're left with the lowest common denominator, as per usual.

    What's irritating is the Western European countries they've censored are probably more sexually liberated than the vast majority of North America anyway.
    Reply +17
  • Why 2014 FIFA World Cup is skipping PS4 and Xbox One

  • Psiloc 04/03/2014

    Why not release it on every system under the sun like you normally do? Reply +36
  • Mob Wives star claims Grand Theft Auto 5 ripped off her life

  • Psiloc 26/02/2014

    Pretty sure copyright law allows for parody.

    Not that the concept of a gangster becoming an informant while simultaneously having a daughter is exactly unique.
    Reply +7
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth censored in Europe

  • Psiloc 25/02/2014

    @Rogueywon
    ESRB ADULTS ONLY
    Content suitable only for adults ages 18 and up. May include prolonged scenes of intense violence, graphic sexual content and/or gambling with real currency.
    There's more detail available if you want to Google it. From what I've read constant strong language does the trick as well.

    My only point is the the UK R rating is exclusively for hardcore porn, whereas the AO rating covers a broad range of things. Ergo it can only follow that more stuff is branded AO (or more accurately, altered to avoid AO) than R. It's kind of indisputable.

    I fully accept that AO stuff is easier to get a hold of in the US than R rated stuff in the UK, by the way. I'm merely stating that what's AO in the US can easily just get an "18" in the UK.

    GTA V was released over here too, by the way...

    EDIT: TBF I did imply in my first post that what's an 18 in the UK would be an AO in the US and that's obviously not true... I was just keeping it brief for the sake of my point which was clearly widely missed.
    Reply +2
  • Psiloc 25/02/2014

    @Rogueywon I didn't say you can walk into a supermarket in the UK and buy porn. I said it's corporate censorship vs government censorship.

    And AO is not really the same as a UK R rating. There's a lot of overlap but the UK R rating is specifically hardcore porn, whereas AO covers everything from drugs, sexual themes, very strong language and any amount of actual gambling.

    All of that stuff would just be an 18 certificate in the UK (at most), hence my comment about slightly more censorship in the US.

    If your understanding is based on the fact we don't ever get any more mature games over here than the US then that's because we are always left with the lowest common denominator, be it US censorship or as in this case, Germany's. Nobody's going to make a console game that can only be sold in the UK any more.

    (I suppose censorship is the wrong word in the US but it amounts to the same thing when it prevents games being made with that content in the first place.)
    Reply +4
  • Psiloc 25/02/2014

    @Rogueywon In the US they can't have an 18 rating equivalent because the major retailers refuse to stock it. It basically gets treated the same as hardcore porn and only "certain" retailers would carry it, which is a death sentence for a major video game.

    So with the exception of Germany (that I'm aware of) you have a better chance of accessing the content you want in Western Europe than you do in the US. It's just corporate censorship rather than government censorship.
    Reply +7
  • Konami makes next-gen Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes cheaper

  • Psiloc 25/02/2014

    I'd have moaned and complained until the cows came home, but if I'm honest with myself I'd have bought it for 39.99 :S Reply +6
  • PS4 off to strong start in Japan

  • Psiloc 25/02/2014

    I didn't expect it to beat the PS2's figures but I'm certainly pleased it did better than the PS3. I desperately want the Japanese to fall in love with console gaming again. Reply +60
  • Microsoft invites Xbox One owners to test next update

  • Psiloc 21/02/2014

    @Darren Your iPad might have just moved the email to your 'deleted' folder on the server. That's what mine does with my Gmail and Exchange accounts. Reply +1
  • Psiloc 21/02/2014

    Unfinished Microsoft firmware. Sounds like a good idea. Reply +1
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes is 720p on Xbox One

  • Psiloc 17/02/2014

    In before "720 > 1080". Reply +70
  • Sega's arcade redemption

  • Psiloc 16/02/2014

    @SpaceMidget75 Completely 100% agree, only it's 2 per go on everything nowadays as far as I can tell. When it's costing you that much per go on games that you can literally own now for 0-69p it's no mystery at all why arcades have faded away.

    This bizarre pricing is also the reason arcades didn't catch on over here in general like they did in the states IMO. At least when I was a kid every non-shit arcade game was 1 per go while they were the much more sensible 25c in the US. I don't know about you but if I could have got 12 goes for my pocket money instead of 3, I'd have been there a lot more often.

    I don't know what they thought they were getting by making it so expensive. Kids walk in with a certain amount of money to spend, they're not gonna run off to the bank because you've got them hooked like a gambler. Why not aim to keep them there, amused, for as long as possible? Maybe make the kid think "I had a blast for over an hour with my 2 pocket money, I might just come back next week" rather than "what a fucking rip off, no wonder I'm the only sod here".

    Utter short-sighted greed, and everything to do with wrongly applying the fruit machine business model to arcade games.
    Reply +8
  • Watch Titanfall on Xbox One at 60fps

  • Psiloc 12/02/2014

    792p is probably better than 1080p as well.

    (My most negs ever! Apparently I need to work on conveying sarcasm...)
    Reply -37
  • FF14 PS4 beta in two phases, one with character wipe

  • Psiloc 12/02/2014

    You can use your existing PC or PS3 characters in the PS4 beta by transferring character data.
    If you want to transfer your PS3 FF14 account to PS4, you can do so starting 11th April.
    So, basically, you can't use your PS3 character in the beta? (Assuming you don't refer to three days before release as 'beta').

    Assuming I've misunderstood the above, how do your existing PS3 characters survive the character wipe? Or are they exempt, and PS3 players will be able to use the same character throughout the beta and then the final game?
    Reply -2
  • Xbox developing TV series based on rapper Nas

  • Psiloc 12/02/2014

    Waiting for the 16-bit Super NAS, personally. Reply +22
  • Ex-Snatcher devs announce Kickstarter for steampunk London adventure Blackmore

  • Psiloc 11/02/2014

    @Thetick There were loads of versions and ports of Snatcher in Japan but the only version to ever be translated (officially) into English is the Mega CD version, and they only made about 5000 copies of it. So it's pretty rare/expensive.

    Bloody good game was Snatcher. It seemed very Hideo Kojima to me though so I dunno how good a spiritual successor will be without him.
    Reply +6
  • Retro-Bit Super Retro Trio review

  • Psiloc 09/02/2014

    [SMK] is perfectly playable, but there is slight graphical corruption on certain sprites and the screen flickers randomly every few seconds. This could be something to do with the fact that we were running the PAL edition of the game on hardware intended for the NTSC market.
    I can actually confirm that this is the case. SMK was actually very PAL optimised (a rarity back then) and playing the game back at 60hz creates the problems mentioned here even on real hardware.

    Interesting review, though I'm left assuming that the lack of mention of the sound quality for any of the systems means it was perfect across the board? :) It's normally the main issue with these things.
    Reply +19
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts Xbox One patch hits performance

  • Psiloc 07/02/2014

    @Pstheeepointfivelol According to Chrome, you've lol'd 30 TIMES on this page.

    Three zero. Thirty times.
    Reply +7
  • Psiloc 07/02/2014

    @muro True enough but the lacklustre hardware will certainly not be helping. It's like the poorer ports the PS3 used to get - you can blame the developers for not getting the most of it or you could blame the PS3 for it's weak GPU. Either way the 360 wasn't struggling. Reply +5
  • Psiloc 07/02/2014

    But... the Cloud?!?! Reply +71
  • Music school teacher behind "deaf" Onimusha composer revealed

  • Psiloc 06/02/2014

    The impact of this conspiracy is diminished somewhat for gamers due to the RE Dual Shock soundtrack being absolute dirge.

    (posted this before I read about the suicide stuff, sorry!)
    Reply -7
  • Resident Evil and Onimusha composer exposed as a fraud

  • Psiloc 05/02/2014

    Am I understanding correctly that he only worked on RE:DC and not RE1, 2 & 3?

    As @YorkshireTea demonstrates, RE:DC's soundtrack was a step backward IMO.
    Reply +2
  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD includes Lightning Returns DLC

  • Psiloc 30/01/2014

    I Spira crossover.
    A bit tortured - it's pronounced Speera :)
    Reply +10
  • Sony: UK PS4 to Xbox One sales ratio is 1.5:1

  • Psiloc 30/01/2014

    MrTomFTW wrote:
    @todohogar The Japan ratio is roughly 0:0 currently :D
    I think a ratio comparing two zeros works out as 1:1 doesn't it?
    Reply +11
  • Psiloc 30/01/2014

    Looks like GCHQ backed the wrong horse. ;) Reply +34
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts - Onslaught review

  • Psiloc 29/01/2014

    The moment thousands of haters have waited for is finally here. Call of Duty is wobbling.
    I guess I'm one of these haters. I play my share of low-brow tasteless games but I'd hate if any one of them became ubiquitous like this shit has.
    Reply +22
  • Epic sells Gears of War to Microsoft

  • Psiloc 27/01/2014

    @hulkamania78 I suppose there is no accounting for taste ;) Reply +5
  • Can a 100 PC graphics card match next-gen console?

  • Psiloc 26/01/2014

    @Faramis I know that, thanks. Reply +2
  • Psiloc 26/01/2014

    I would enjoy an article that compared the price of the sold-at-a-loss PS4 and an entire equivalent PC. If it's doable I'd frankly seriously consider PC gaming but I think simple economics would get in the way. Reply +1
  • Ultra rare NES cartridge going for over $30K on eBay

  • Psiloc 25/01/2014

    @Kilboy Ah fair enough, didn't know that would still count in the history as a sale. Reply 0
  • Psiloc 25/01/2014

    @Kilboy I doubt that, eBay take 10% of the final value as their cut: selling pretend auctions at tens of thousands of pounds would be a very expensive way of creating demand. Reply 0
  • Alienware won't "prevent" users from modding Steam Machine

  • Psiloc 23/01/2014

    @superkick IMO it's basically trying to be a handheld KB/M as well as a 'normal' gamepad, what I meant from my comment is that it could potentially do neither very well.

    I know that if you look at individual genres etc. then there are definitely better options than a gamepad, such as a steering wheel for driving games. I simply meant the gamepad aspect of the Steam controller could potentially be not a very good gamepad and likewise the trackpads. In other words, to answer your question "is a gamepad master at anything" - it's a master of being a gamepad, which is what 50% of the Steam controller is trying to be. So I suppose I should have said "it could be jack of two trades, master of none". Though this doesn't take into account games designed to take unique advantage of its design I admit.

    I wouldn't be at all surprised if it turned out to be brilliant though, just like I wouldn't be surprised if it's terrible. It's a bit of an unknown factor in other words.
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  • Psiloc 23/01/2014

    @bad09 I can't say I lose sleep in anticipation of the controller but I wanted to say something positive. I do really think it could open up a few genres to the BP mode.

    FYI I've tried not to be PC vs. console because that wasn't my point at all, I was straw-manned into that 'opinion'. The third party thing only becomes relevant when you compare consoles to consolised PCs, which is a comparison I'd hope everybody in the market for one of these things is making; as well as the more obvious Steambox vs. PC decision of course.

    59 posts and 12 of them mention me. It must be really frickin' unpopular to have reservations about the Steambox!
    Reply +2
  • Psiloc 23/01/2014

    @bad09 I used to have a KB/M in the living room too but I don't think it's very common, all I meant was I think it might encourage some people who'd balk at strategy games in the living room to try it out, and other possibilities along those lines.

    Fucking hell, I can't even praise the thing to your satisfaction! ;)
    Reply +4
  • Psiloc 23/01/2014

    Fanboy brain... deary me. Can you be a fanboy of not liking something?

    I don't know where I gave the impression I thought the Steambox was a console but I can assure you I know what it is.
    Reply +2
  • Psiloc 23/01/2014

    I think it's a console thing. People get focused what games each console has and think it's important in some way that plastic box A has games that plastic box B doesn't.
    I completely and utterly agree, console gamers look at what games they are getting when they choose a platform. Steambox users apparently avoid this thought process.

    EDIT: That being said I did acknowledge the controller could turn out to be the answer to the KB/M + sofa problem and therefore cross a really huge boundary.
    Reply +1
  • Psiloc 23/01/2014

    It's just a PC in a small box with a custom OS and controller. Whether that is a good thing or a pointless endeavour remains to be seen.
    That's all I said! You guys jumped down my throat insisting otherwise!
    Reply +1
  • Psiloc 23/01/2014

    Anyway we're clearly at the agreeing to disagree stage, my only point was that I don't think a console which only has third party games will be very compelling.

    PC gaming on its own is fine - mainly because there are plenty of genres that benefit immensely from the KB/M control scheme and I think we're in a agreement that buying a Steambox to use as a normal PC isn't a sensible idea. I genuinely can't think of many controller based PC exclusive games off the top of my head... and if I could there wouldn't be a good reason the developer shouldn't port it to console too and score another sale or two.

    EDIT: Because they would, by definition, be third party and therefore able to do so.
    Reply +1
  • Psiloc 23/01/2014

    @Gao I respectfully (I mean that) disagree, third party exclusives are very rare nowadays. Pretty much everything that is exclusive is because it is a first or second party studio. Reply +2
  • Psiloc 23/01/2014

    @George-Roper I'm aware that the first and second party games that aren't on PC also aren't on any other consoles. But those other consoles have their own first and second party games, the only exception to this is the Steambox. Reply +1