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  • Here's our first look at PES 2017

  • Shakey_Jake33 25/05/2016

    I'm surprised that a new PES is even coming out given that Konami have been withdrawing from the gaming industry to focus on pachinko.

    They've given up their exclusivity rights on the JLeague to EA as well as Jleague sponsorship - FIFA 17 will be the first FIFA to feature the JLeague. I took that as a sign that Konami really were withdrawing.
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  • That time I was blacklisted by Sega while editing a Sega magazine

  • Shakey_Jake33 21/05/2016

    @jimmyhill11 Half-Life on the Dreamcast has been freely downloadable from the Internet since 2004. Reply +2
  • Shakey_Jake33 21/05/2016

    @mega-gazz Probably not, to be fair. The article is inaccurate - the Action Replay could not run pirated games, only imported original games.

    There was something called the Utopia boot disc which you burned yourself and was used to boot pirated games. This disc itself was short-lived as within months they figured out how to make pirated games autoboot - no boot disc needed.
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  • Shakey_Jake33 21/05/2016

    I remember buying that issue of DC-UK just to see if the Action Replay disc on the front cover could bypass the region lock. It did. No internet back then so it was purely my curiosity which turned out to be correct.

    Even my 14 year old self could join the dots so it's amusing to hear that Datel and the DC-UK staff couldn't!
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  • Nintendo fans can cheer themselves with an excellent Wii U, 3DS Humble Bundle

  • Shakey_Jake33 27/04/2016

    These are codes, right? What regions do they work on? Japanese console here. Reply 0
  • Blizzard closes popular vanilla World of Warcraft pirate servers

  • Shakey_Jake33 07/04/2016

    I tend to think that the best way to defeat private servers is to make them irrelevent through making the official servers more appealing and offering what the private servers cannot.

    Phantasy Star Online: Blue Burst suffered from this, but more because the official servers were so awful. The official servers were literally a year behind in terms of content due to Sega taking their sweet time to bring all the new missions, weapons items etc. over from the Japanese servers to the western servers, whereas the SCHTHACK private server had this content almost immediately, often translated within days. Sega's own poor management of their servers rendered the official server irrelevent. People might cite the 'licence' to claim that private servers weren't allowed, but Sega failed to fill the the void that their own poor management created.

    I'm not sure how much that scenario can be applied to WoW or other MMOs, but I tend to think that private servers either will a void (in the case of existing games), or extend the life of games (in the case of MMOs now closed down).
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  • Quantum Break pre-order offer replaces Alan Wake's American Nightmare with Kameo

  • Shakey_Jake33 02/04/2016

    Kameo was grossly underappreciated on release, by the way. I completed it and thought it was really charming. Reply +2
  • Meanwhile, at Rare...

  • Shakey_Jake33 09/03/2016

    I actually interpret the first line as a cynical dig at Microsoft for their closures, rather than having a larf at the expense of employees as some people are interpreting it. Reply +27
  • Carmageddon: Max Damage release date wheeled in

  • Shakey_Jake33 08/03/2016

    @carmagainagain Not sure why you've been negged. I've just read the page and their use of homophobic language depressing. The line you've quoted is actually the least offensive. Reply +1
  • A big interview with Chris Sawyer, the creator of RollerCoaster Tycoon

  • Shakey_Jake33 03/03/2016

    Transport Tycoon will always be his best game in my eyes. It was the sequel to Railroad Tycoon I always wanted.

    Not to discredit Rollercoaster Tycoon, of course!
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  • Digital Foundry's guide to the best PC controllers

  • Shakey_Jake33 28/02/2016

    I ditched my aging wired 360 controller recently (my baby kept chewing the wire!) in favour of a Bluetooth dongle so I can use my Dual Shock 4 with Input Mapper.

    It is excellent, works as if it were native. As long as you can get used to the screen prompts representing Xbox conroller buttons, it's really natural. Input Mapper even has a 360 controller emulation mode so games just see it as a 360 controller.

    You can even use the trackpad as a mouse! Handy for switching games without a proper mouse.
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  • Inside Digital Foundry: How we analyse the PC gaming experience

  • Shakey_Jake33 15/02/2016

    DX12 should theoretically be more efficient on hardware that actually fully supports the featureset because it is designed to be much 'closer to the metal' than existing APIs generally are. It is supposed to compete against Mantle and Vulkan, the former of which had already achieved its objective of forcing Microsoft's hand.

    This makes it a very different type of upgrade than DX10, which pretty much just boasted new features.
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  • Shakey_Jake33 15/02/2016

    The idea that 4GB VRAM is needed for 1080p is based on the assumption that you will use textures suitable for that resolution. Obviously that doesn't need to be the case, you can drop down all the graphics settings that you want.

    I actually use 1360x768 as my PC resolution. Madness maybe, but I use my PC in the living room and I have no intention of buying a new TV when I have bills to pay and the current TV works fine. Being able to play at native resolution at a resolution not too low is enough for me. I still need a minimum of 3GB VRAM because I like to use higher quality textures, thus demonstrating that that VRAM requirements and resolution aren't necessarily directly related as long as you can store the framebuffer.
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  • Shakey_Jake33 14/02/2016

    @Rob_Nomad We are starting to see 4GB becoming the minimum, I think.

    Rise of the Tomb Raider really requires 4GB VRAM for 'Very High' textures, requiring me to drop down to 'High' on my 3GB VRAM card to avoid the textures caching. Arkham Knight also had the same VRAM requirements. If I were using a card with 2GB VRAM, I'd probably have to drop down to 'Normal' textures at the most.

    It's been said before, the the unified memory on the consoles is really driving up the VRAM requirements on the PC. Developers on the PS4 and Xbox One can allocate the 8GB pool however they want, whereas PC users are obviously physically limited by the RAM chips on the GPU itself.
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  • Shakey_Jake33 14/02/2016

    Difficult to know what my GPU upgrade path should be this year, or next.

    I have an R9 280X 3GB, which I got pre-owned for a very reasonable 20,000 yen (121 quid, though that's misleadingly cheap) and I probably wouldn't be able to afford to spend much more than that on an upgrade given that I have a wife and kid. Maybe around 150-175 quid tops.

    What cards will be hitting that kind of price within the next year or so that would actually a worthwhile upgrade? I'd say none, as none of the R9 3xx series would be worth upgrading to, and the successor cards will be much more expensive.

    And yet, 3GB VRAM really is going to become the minimum requirement for VRAM this year. Not too many current or upcoming mid-range cards that would actually be a worthwhile upgrade. Everything is happening in the high-end.
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  • Not everyone's thrilled with Microsoft's Quantum Break PC announcement

  • Shakey_Jake33 12/02/2016

    Nobody really benefits from games being exclusive. If more people get to play a game, this is a good thing. Reply +1
  • Watch: 35 minutes of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD in action

  • Shakey_Jake33 04/02/2016

    Is this the same Tantalus that ported all those games to the Sega Saturn? Notably, WipEout 2097, Manx TT and House of the Dead?

    Reading their name was a surreal blast from the past!
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  • Eurogamer readership survey 2016

  • Shakey_Jake33 04/02/2016

    I must admit, I gave up on this after the 3rd page of 'what store do you buy your games from?' questions followed by wall-of-text of different stores. Reply +2
  • The Division on Xbox One uses dynamic resolution scaling

  • Shakey_Jake33 03/02/2016

    @IronSoldier It's worth remembering that Sony didn't actually overclock the PSP's CPU - they intentionally downclocked it at launch. Maybe because of battery usage. Regardless, letting developers use 333MHz mode was simply a case of letting developers utilise existing available resources, not unlike what Microsoft have done with the Xbox One.

    It's unthinkable that either Sony or Microsoft would actually overclock their consoles post -launch. Recipe for disaster, broken consoles and lawsuits.
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  • Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens reveal leaked, due in June

  • Shakey_Jake33 02/02/2016

    @SnoppleMonster I don't think that was their fault. The Tolkien estate have taken a dim view towards video game adaptations of the series for some reason. Reply 0
  • Acer X34 Predator vs XR341CK: two ultra-wide gaming displays reviewed

  • Shakey_Jake33 24/01/2016

    Does G-Sync still bring a 5% performance hit compared with FreeSync? Reply +1
  • Cyber Gadget Retro Freak review

  • Shakey_Jake33 16/01/2016

    @HornsDino Yeah, Eurogamer really should mention in their reviews of hardware like this that they're basically stealing code from the open source LibRetro.

    LibRetro uses the GLP v3 licence which explicitely disallows 'Tivoization' i.e. usage of GPL v3 software on hardware where the user is arbitrarily restricted from modifying the software, as well as access to the source modifications.
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  • Witness the horror of Thomas the Tank Engine in Fallout 4

  • Shakey_Jake33 06/01/2016

    @spooderman Why? Reply +7
  • Final Fantasy 7 remake will feature full voice-acting

  • Shakey_Jake33 22/12/2015

    @roguepope the battle system used in this is essentially 'ATB Max'. It's still not real time, commands still take time to execute. Reply +1
  • Has PlayStation 4 been hacked?

  • Shakey_Jake33 18/12/2015

    This article shouldn't be dismissed as clickbait, by the way. They actually have code running on this exploit. It's the real deal.

    Who has such an old firmware version? Nobody, of course. But such access makes it easier to uncover unpatched exploits.
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  • Private DayZ servers can now be monetised

  • Shakey_Jake33 09/12/2015

    Yaaaaay! Monetised servers!

    Cried nobody ever.
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  • Report: PS4's PS2 emulation won't support discs or PS3 digital purchases

  • Shakey_Jake33 04/12/2015

    Some people will dismiss the comments here as simply gamer rage and 'entitlement' issues, but it genuinely is a puzzling move by Sony.

    They'd get an awful lot to credit and goodwill if they were to support backwards compatibility with PS2 discs and digital purchases. The amount they'd 'lose' by some people not repurchasing would be offset by the boost in sales due to the positive hype and PR over a positive approach for Sony.

    As it is, their approach seems cynical and has killed any potential hype to generate new PS2 game sales.
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  • Total War: Warhammer developer "disheartened" by pre-order DLC reaction

  • Shakey_Jake33 03/12/2015

    But we really wanted Chaos Warriors in the main game, even without DLC - to give a big, bad end of game 'boss' enemy Race for all players. But we couldn't do that within the resources for the main game. So we added it as the pre-order incentive that also gets sold on day one - making Chaos Warriors fully playable but also giving us the extra resources to add them as an AI race for everyone.
    I'm not sure I understand this. Preordering isn't like a Kickstarter - developers don't get the extra money and resources to develop this stuff simply by people preordering becausse money doesn't tend to change hands until release. Certainly the developers don't see the money.

    Where are these extra resources magically coming from?
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  • Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros Review

  • Shakey_Jake33 02/12/2015

    @robfielding That's the whole point. Reply +1
  • Reporting on the Xbox 360: stories from behind the scenes

  • Shakey_Jake33 30/11/2015

    @tomphillipsEG With all due respect though, the evidence of this was flimsy to say the least. It's not as if he was able to just walk into the store with his preorder ticket and they handed him the game. He had to manufacture a scenario where he had travelled a long way, and put significant pressure on the person in question until they eventually yielded, made a one-off exception for him personally based on sympathy after much time, discussion and deliberation. This is not a scenario that is representative of the average person's ability to purchase the game early from an Argos store.

    I'd hope that it would be self-evident that this one-exceptional case would not suffice as evidence for Argos seliing copies being 'widespread'. Widespread typically implies a number greater than 1, after all. Apparently not though, and has me wondering if these kinds of shady journalistic practices are widespread in the industry.
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  • Shakey_Jake33 28/11/2015

    I'd seen reports online that people were able to get a copy of Halo 3 a week before it was due out by ordering online at Argos, then popping down to the shop and simply picking it up. I thought I'd give it a go. The online ordering bit was fine. I saw a message saying the game was in-store and ready to be picked up. So far so good. I ran down to Pro-G's local Argos in Eltham, popped my card in the in-store machine, and paid for Halo 3. I had an order number and a collection point on a piece of paper. My order number was called. I handed in my slip of paper to a very friendly woman, who disappeared into the back of the shop.

    Some time passed.

    I noticed the woman having some kind of debate with her colleagues about my order. Next to her were boxes, marked with a message: DO NOT SELL UNTIL WEDNESDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER.

    Eventually, the woman returned, and said that, unfortunately, she could not sell me Halo 3 because it wasn't on sale yet. I said I'd travelled a long way (I hadn't), I'd ordered it as a present (I hadn't) and I'd already paid for it (that one was true). She sighed. "Okay, we'll make an exception this time. But we're not supposed to do this."

    Buoyed by my success, I sprinted back to the office. The street date BROKEN rumour was verified.
    And this is why some people hate journalists.

    You essentially manufactured this story. You KNEW it was before the release date, and the lady was trying to do her job and not sell the game. You guiilt-tripped her into sellling the game to you with some nonsense about travelling a long way. She took sympathy with you and made a one-off exception purely for yourself.

    You travel home and use this exceptional, one-off case to manufacture a whole non-story about Argos breaking street date, quite possibly costing the kind lady her job. Not only was it inaccurate (she was making an exception for you out of kindness and sympathy, rather than the street date being rampantly broken), it sounds like you set out to create that story right from the get-go. All that just for a headline.

    Hope you slept well that night. You should get a job at The Sun.
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  • Jon Hare cancels Sociable Soccer Kickstarter

  • Shakey_Jake33 26/11/2015

    @Bumhug360 Is he really a racist? That's a real shame. Reply -3
  • Shakey_Jake33 26/11/2015

    A shame, I intended to back it. Which might highlight one of the issues - how many people were planning to back it eventually but had yet to do so? Reply +2
  • Performance Analysis: PlayStation 2 emulation on PS4

  • Shakey_Jake33 21/11/2015

    Only on the Eurogamer comments section could a positive new feature be spun into negative fanboy cannon fodder.

    Nobody cares if you prefer the 360 over the PS3 or vice versa.
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  • Microsoft's cheeky video explains Xbox One backwards compatibility

  • Shakey_Jake33 13/11/2015

    I'm actually considerirng buying an Xbone for this. I don't own a 360 and it seems like a way to kill 2 birds with one stone. Reply +9
  • Remember Sensible Soccer? Jon Hare returns with Sociable Soccer

  • Shakey_Jake33 12/11/2015

    @Mustberger I interpreted that as being able to play online with other people who are fans of the same team and play 'as', say, Chelsea. Reply 0
  • So, how much do Steam Machines cost in the UK?

  • Shakey_Jake33 11/11/2015

    @bad09 You could spin it the other way, in fairness.

    I agree with what you're saying about Gabe essentially feeling threatened by threats to his monopoly (his rhetoric about the importance of open platforms is worthless when Steam itself is a closed source application). On the other hand, I like to see SteamOS as an alternatve gaming OS so that, just in case Microsoft really do do something silly like they've been threatening to for a decade, we have an alternative gaming OS that might actually be mature by that point.

    It's pretty pointless right now, of course. A waste of the underlying hardware.
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  • Democracy 3: Africa announced as a standalone "re-imagining"

  • Shakey_Jake33 04/11/2015

    Are we just pretending that so-called 'sjw' are getting upset about this? Reply 0
  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC still broken, players say

  • Shakey_Jake33 29/10/2015

    @kongzi You're making an awful lot of assumptions there. I agree with every piece of critisism that has gone the way of WB and Rocksteady.

    The suggestion that no port at all would have been preferable, though? That's what I don't get. We should quite rightly critisise the port, but ultimately the fact that people can at least play the game suggests that it shouldn't be simply 'canned'. That would be the height of cynicism.
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  • Shakey_Jake33 29/10/2015

    @bad09 Obviously the comparison is daft. I guess what I'm saying is that even for a gaming PC, it doesn't have to cost the earth.

    In July, I built myself a new PC primarily for gaming (my first for about 6 years). I couldn't afford a completely high end machine so I went with a modest spec. Core i5 4460 3.2GHz, 16GB DDR3-1600, Radeon R9 280X 3GB. Did it cost more than my PS4? Sure. But not considerably so. And having the base machine means I can gradually upgrade, again with mid range components at a decent price. I've since thrown in a SSD, a couple of extra fans etc. This machine runs Arkham Knight at 60fps.

    I guess my point is that PC gaming doesn't have to be expensive as long as you build the rig you want within your budget, and it becomes a lot cheaper once you have a base machine to upgrade.
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  • Shakey_Jake33 29/10/2015

    @bad09 That's the thing though isn't it - you can spend as much on a PC as you want. You can go nuts and buy the high end of everything, you can moderate yourself, and you can even go low end and still play games at decent graphics settings.

    It's a nonsense to compare a gaming console with a 1000 pound PC because the hardware is worlds apart. You could probably build a PC with a similar spec to the PS4 for less than the price of the console.
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  • Shakey_Jake33 29/10/2015

    @kongzi Should they have scrapped the PC version? What about those of us who are enjoying it? Reply 0
  • Shakey_Jake33 29/10/2015

    @The_Dude_Abides_ If you need a grand for a decent gaming PC, I got a mighty good deal on my components. Reply +3
  • Shakey_Jake33 29/10/2015

    @bobiroka Right you are. I just maxed the settings except for the texture quality ('High' requires 4GB VRAM) and disabled Motion Blur out of personal preference. I get full 60fps. Some hitching which seems to be caused by Vsync - disabling it fixes it, at the expense of some tearing.

    My specs - Core i5 4460 @ 3.2GHz, 16GB DDR3-1600, Radeon R9 280X 3GB. Pretty moderate really for a gaming PC.
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  • Shakey_Jake33 29/10/2015

    At default settings, the game uses 2.66GB of my 3GB of VRAM. This is with regular textures, only modest AA and trilinear AF etc. I dread to think what the game requires when maxed!

    It does run perfectly fine on my modest machine to be fair (Core i5 4460 @ 3.2GHz, 16GB DDR3-1600, Radeon R9 280X 3GB), rarely dropping below 60fps, but to suggest the game is badly optimised would be an understatement. Only GTA4 is possibly worse.
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  • Zelda fans have a bone to pick with Nintendo over doge meme

  • Shakey_Jake33 28/10/2015

    These people need to get a grip. I'm all for people voicing their opinions about something no matter how minor, but it's evidently a joke. Go outside. Reply 0
  • Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water review

  • Shakey_Jake33 27/10/2015

    @carmagain Don't forget the 'Womb' clothing store chain in Japan! My wife still doesn't understand why I giggle every time we walk past! Reply +4
  • Shakey_Jake33 27/10/2015

    @kirinnokoshin You can actually turn off the motion control and control the camera with the analogue sticks. I found this the best way to play because while physically controlling the camera with the gamepad is cool at first, you do get sick of having to do a 180 every time the darn witch appears behind you! Reply +4
  • Shakey_Jake33 27/10/2015

    @kirinnokoshin It's difficult to disagree with the points made in the review - as I said, the reviewer does appear to be familar with the series and the genre. It would be easier if the review was written by somebody who isn't familiar with it, but I certainly can't (and am not intending to) critisise the integrity of the reviewer! So all I can do is disagree!

    I'd say that the game is good in spite of its flaws. I'd not recommend it to people who aren't already fans of the genre - it contains all the usual faults that lower budget survival horror games suffer from such as clunky gameplay. But fans of the genre are used to that and love the games for their atmosphere, tension, scenarios and terrains etc. If you know what to expect from a survival horror game, you'll probably like it.
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  • Shakey_Jake33 27/10/2015

    Reviews are of course merely opinions so I'm not going to criticise this review (and the reviewer does appear to be very familiar with the series), but I genuinely think this game is brilliant. I've been playing it since the Japanese release last year and love it.

    I suggest people looking for a survival horror game and were tempted by this game to try the demo, rather than taking this review at its word. I politely disagree with this review.
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