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  • Outlast 2 won't be banned in Australia after all

  • ShiftyGeezer 24/03/2017

    @riceNpea : Wilko's is way better! Reply 0
  • ShiftyGeezer 24/03/2017

    I...found it pretty ...odd that it would be the face of Australian beer overseas.
    Marketing. No other beers are sold as Australian beers by and large, while Fosters is frequently advertised. XXXX used to be around on our adverts as competition but I haven't seen much of it for ages.
    Reply +3
  • Fan project to get Zelda: Breath of the Wild running on PC shows remarkable progress

  • ShiftyGeezer 22/03/2017

    @Simatron3000 : The only reason to own the hardware it was made for is because of a tradition of console vendors locking software to hardware. It was necessary as part of the business model back then. However, you don't legally (or morally) need to own hardware to run software if that software can run on something else. Just like you don't have to own a Sony DVD player to watch Sony Pictures DVDs. The software and hardware are two separate things, only connected by license agreements and security systems.

    Traditionally console hardware has been lossy, certainly in the early years, so you'd actually being doing the console company a favour by not buying their hardware and just buying the software! Obviously not in the case of Switch, but the legal and moral arguments need to be considered in the wider context.
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  • ShiftyGeezer 22/03/2017

    @Altrix : That's another option - legitimise this and sell content through a Nintendo portal. They could reach tens of millions of new players. Enable cross-device saves and they may even get a few Switch buyers. Nintendo used to sell their IPs on home computers so it's not as unthinkable as some Nintendo fans feel, and far less unthinkable than Sega releasing games on Nintendo devices! Reply -1
  • ShiftyGeezer 22/03/2017

    @The_Ty : That's a good point. Was playing Champions of Norrath on an emulator round a friend's the other day. Neither of us have a PS2 any more and Sony don't provide a means to play. I've the option (when I've got time!) to grab a PS2 emulator on PC and revisit some favourite PS2 games.

    In no way am I pirate, playing games I bought!
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  • ShiftyGeezer 22/03/2017

    @jasonchurch : YouTube hosts illegal copies of various programmes and movies. Does that mean YouTube is 'just piracy' that we should take a dim view of?

    The tool is what it is. It actually has the power to do great good, increasing the market for Switch/Wii U titles to tens of millions of PC gamers. And hacks of the consoles (thanks to Nintendo's lame security) mean they can be just as open to piracy.

    In short, it's far more complicated than 'it's just piracy' and needs a lot more consideration to come to a decent solution rather than outrage and pitchforks.
    Reply +1
  • ShiftyGeezer 22/03/2017

    @macmurphy :
    Take a really dim view of this. It's just piracy.
    Not if I buy the game to play on PC instead of Switch/Wii U.
    Reply +10
  • Capcom remasters six classic Disney titles for PS4, Xbox One and PC

  • ShiftyGeezer 15/03/2017

    You thought Killzone Resgate was bad - just think of the class-action lawsuits against their '1080p' promise for this after DF pixel count it! Reply 0
  • I am Setsuna on Switch is a visual match for PS4

  • ShiftyGeezer 13/03/2017

    @chucklepie : It's something I only realised with the weekend Crash article, that EG really doesn't cover much in games. And now I'm thinking I may want to start checking out other sites instead that actually keep me more informed about gaming options. Reply -1
  • ShiftyGeezer 13/03/2017

    However, less technologically ambitious titles still have much to offer
    "...although you won't hear about them on EG because we only review a handful of games a month and only big-name titles."
    Reply +24
  • Why Nintendo Switch games are ending up more expensive

  • ShiftyGeezer 13/03/2017

    @apoc_reg : You didn't read the article... Reply -1
  • ShiftyGeezer 13/03/2017

    @Wayne : Are they SD cards are ROM carts? Either way, the cost to press/write the data is also far higher then just pressing an optical disc. Although probably not the 10 difference being asked.

    the fixed download store price is just comical though. Switch owners should just refuse to buy download games until they are priced properly.
    Reply +1
  • The story of Crash magazine

  • ShiftyGeezer 12/03/2017

    @redcrayon : Still, there are many small indies and the like that get zero coverage. EG can't find someone to spend an hour playing an indie title and give it a review? Reply +3
  • ShiftyGeezer 12/03/2017

    "Crash was conceived and written by people committed to reviewing as many games as were published each month,"
    While EG, without any typesetting or printing overhead and all the aids of digital image capture and whatnot built into the games they play, managed five games over the whole of January, and a whopping seven in February.
    Reply +4
  • This is the new PS VR Aim controller, out in May

  • ShiftyGeezer 09/03/2017

    I've heard that the Move controllers aren't much cop for VR as there's drift and such. That's going to be important to get right for this to work. Reply 0
  • ShiftyGeezer 09/03/2017

    @Poseidon_ : That's the default Move colour as I understand it. Perhaps because it's the least prevalent colour in the typical living room?? Reply -1
  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild already up and running on PC

  • ShiftyGeezer 07/03/2017

    @SpaceMonkey77 : People probably forget that Nintendo IPs used to release on 8 bit computers, so it wouldn't be such a turn of events as some feel. If Sega can make games for Nintendo consoles, anything's possible in gaming! Reply 0
  • ShiftyGeezer 07/03/2017

    Switch should be far easier to emulate. nVidia GPU architecture is already the same, while the system is should be openly documented to good effect through nVidia Codeworks and whatever for Tegra development given that nVidia are supposedly providing the libraries. I actually see a PC emu with great upscaling potential as likely.

    Which would be interesting. The IBM platform exists as it does because it was easily cloned hardware. If many nVidia PC portable devices end up able to play Switch software, maybe we'll get Switch clone compatibles? :o
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  • Is Zelda on Switch worth the upgrade from Wii U?

  • ShiftyGeezer 04/03/2017

    @mega-gazz : To be fair, it's moving slower now then it has in previous generations. The difference now is the hardware is generic and abstracted from the software, so now it's possible to create half-way updates. Reply +3
  • ShiftyGeezer 04/03/2017

    @mushi_mush :
    Wow whats the point of a new console if there is no difference with the old one?
    Nobody buys the old console. :p

    edit: 3 downvotes? The whole reason Switch exists after only four years since their last machine is Wii U bombed. If Wii U was selling well, Switch wouldn't be out now, would be a better spec machine coming next year maybe, and ZBotW would be a Wii U game.
    Reply +12
  • GAME is having trouble with launch day Nintendo Switch deliveries

  • ShiftyGeezer 03/03/2017

    Did you pre-order a Nintendo Switch from GAME? WHY?!?!?!?!?! Reply +9
  • Oculus Rift price cut

  • ShiftyGeezer 02/03/2017

    So, it's clear this price cut is an attempt to bolster sales.
    Unlike other price cuts which are done out of charity? ;)
    Reply +24
  • PlayStation Plus March games announced

  • ShiftyGeezer 01/03/2017

    Tearaway is a great title I'll be happy to add to my library and sadly never have time to play. :( Reply +3
  • Halo Wars 2 in at two in UK chart

  • ShiftyGeezer 27/02/2017

    @grassyknoll : It is strange the number who are defensive about HW2's sales here, judging by downvotes of discussion pointing to low sales. As I said before you presented your argument (although you should link the reference data), even if we attribute a very healthy 100k to For Honor, the fact it's dropped 72% means HW2 sales are quite low. For HW2's sales to be high, For Honor would have to have been a record breaker.

    I guess that's the problem with relative charts, that some people struggle to understand the correlation (or lack thereof) between relative position and total sales. We get the same with people looking at Amazon Best Sellers, seeing 10 places difference between a couple of products, and failing to understand that means the difference in sales could be anything from a million to ~50.
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  • ShiftyGeezer 27/02/2017

    I tried a couple of similar RTSes on PS3 (Ruse and Under Siege) and I just couldn't get on with the controls. Given IMO these top-down games really don't work so well without a mouse, 2nd place is pretty impressive.

    Edit: Actually, total sales might be very low. The other entries in the list are old games with probably low sales figures. If For Honor managed a very healthy 100k sales in week 1, it'd be 30k now. More likely it's well below that, and HW2 is below that. Sales will probably be very weak overall, which is what I'd expect for a console RTS played with a controller.
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  • Nintendo sues company that let you race Mario Karts in real life

  • ShiftyGeezer 25/02/2017

    You can race carts on the streets in Japan?!! Reply +3
  • In Theory: How AMD's Ryzen will disrupt the gaming CPU market

  • ShiftyGeezer 22/02/2017

    @samharper : I'm not talking gaming but general use. My PC I'm currently using has just an i7. I can play some games on it like Awesomenauts but otherwise have a PS4. To build an AMD PC, what's the minimum added cost to get something not totally crap for the graphics? Reply +1
  • ShiftyGeezer 22/02/2017

    One thing to consider is a GPU is going to be necessary. That's going to add a bit to price. Any know what the cheapest discrete graphics card is equivalent to the iGPU in the i7's? Reply 0
  • Terraria has sold over 20m copies

  • ShiftyGeezer 20/02/2017

    @nevernow : Don't think anyone has percentages on download titles though. Reply 0
  • ShiftyGeezer 19/02/2017

    @Murton : Except without the console tax, the consoles wouldn't exist because they'd be nothing financing them. That said, I'm not sure the license fees are any worse than the usual Apple/Google/Steam percentages. Reply 0
  • ShiftyGeezer 18/02/2017

    @ghostgate2001 :
    Many devs just shit out fire-and-forget console ports, leaving people who paid the same (or often more) for their version of the game blowing in the wind while only the Steam version enjoys timely bug-fixes and substantial free content-updates.
    Downloaded War Thunder yesterday. It's such a lame PC port it has mouse controls, followed by an uber-complex and unexplained control mapping system. After ages trying to get proper console controls working (Y stick for direct flight, not moving a friggin' mouse cursor) I gave up.

    It's annoying/frustrating that Sony's QA doesn't require a decent enough port to actually work on console as a console game. But in real terms I've only lost a bit of time trying the game, a bit of bandwidth downloading the game, and a lot of respect for the devs for dumping it on console without making it into a console experience. Before porting they should have tried a few console games to see what the controls should have been, but it was a cheap cheap cheap attempt to expand the market without catering to the potential new audience.
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  • Art allegedly from Sony Santa Monica's cancelled sci-fi PS4 IP emerges

  • ShiftyGeezer 17/02/2017

    Clearly at least 3 factions rather than just two described. There's a low-tech human faction in conflict with the high-tech space marine type, along with at least one alien faction, possibly two. Potentially more factions given wide variety of humanoids.

    Of course, we have absolutely no idea what the game was like or how it played, so no-one should be speculating on why it was cancelled based on some fine concept art (which may not even represent what the game contained!).
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  • Snake Pass release date set for March on all platforms, including Switch

  • ShiftyGeezer 16/02/2017

    Why's this a 'retro' game? Reply +3
  • Humble Freedom Bundle offers its most generous collection yet

  • ShiftyGeezer 13/02/2017

    @HE1NZ : Tongue out of cheek (the Romans were of course invaders ;)), the point is pretty valid. The rest were just leaving their homelands to find new lands (migrating), and settled wherever, dislodging the local populace if necessary. Same as the original US settlers. These immigrants were then by and large integrated and their cultures assimilated. Much of the world thinks the US gave us Pizza, but that US staple is the result of Italian immigrants and their cultural influence, for example. Reply +8
  • ShiftyGeezer 13/02/2017

    @yukushi The USA is founded on immigrants and emigration. Instead of fighting a guerilla/terrorist war in the UK (and other governments for other nationalities) to make it how they wanted it to be, the emigrants instead chose to agree to disagree, left the UK to the new Americas (very brave!), and founded a country where they could live their life their way. The open-border policy meant a rich culture formed from all the other cultures of the world.

    By your reasoning, every Brit, Irishman, Dutchman, Italian, German, Chinese, Norseman, etc. that ever left to form the US shouldn't have, should have stayed at home warring with the rest of the population, and the US shouldn't exist.

    It's also worth noting that the UK has always been full of immigrants - Saxons, Celts, Romans ;) (and all the cultures they brought), Norse, etc.
    Reply +28
  • Steam Greenlight had to go, but its replacement might just work

  • ShiftyGeezer 11/02/2017

    @Binba442 : I'm making a cooperative family friendly, positive life-message game targeting PC and mobile. I've a budget of nothing. It's hard to capture people's eye when you can't afford an artist to make everything pretty, but Greenlight offered a chance to get some notice and hopefully build enough of a following for a decent
    Kickstarter or somesuch. I've followed other devs who've said Greenlight with its notification to Steam users of new games gets you tens of thousands of views for a hundred bucks and that's necessary to start things rolling.

    This change may kill all my work over the past two years. I have no way to generate publicity or visibility and the prices to get started are out of my budget. It'll be the people who have money up front who'll afford the coverage who'll make more money.

    I can't help but feel the time of the bedroom coder resurgence has come to an end. Now it's all about visibility and that needs marketing (dollars), often enough.
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  • The Secret of Monkey Island's swordfighting

  • ShiftyGeezer 09/02/2017

    @Jarlath : That line was so funny when I didn't know the second half. Gloriously random! Reply +1
  • This Portal-themed HoloLens mod is a triumph

  • ShiftyGeezer 07/02/2017

    @seasidebaz : Hololens is a pair of glasses, a full visor covering both eyes and providing a stereo view. You don't need two, one for each eye. Reply +3
  • Drawn to Death pencils in April release date

  • ShiftyGeezer 06/02/2017

    @TheStoneRoses : It had. We've just been reminded. ;) Reply 0
  • ShiftyGeezer 06/02/2017

    In a world with Overwatch that looks gorgeous and plays awesome and attracts all the complex shooter interest, has this thing got a market? The art style really doesn't work in a game IMO. Reply +3
  • Intel Pentium G4560 review: the ultimate budget CPU?

  • ShiftyGeezer 04/02/2017

    @Malek86 : I'm not a PC gamer so don't know the state of DX12 progress. In theory poor performance is an issue of implementation as the concept is sound and proven - DX12 should eliminate much of the CPU overhead. I'd still go with two budget builds, and then revisit them two years from now (before looking at a new budget build!). Reply +2
  • ShiftyGeezer 04/02/2017

    Can we have a new budget PC build please?! Maybe go AMD RX route and assume a DX 12 future where CPU overhead isn't an issue. Or two builds, one for the future and one for running the current Steam library. Reply +12
  • European Commission to investigate Valve and five publishers over suspected geo-blocking

  • ShiftyGeezer 02/02/2017

    @CalamityJames : Unlikely because the regional restrictions are due to copyright on content, and you're paying for a service, not a product. Reply 0
  • ShiftyGeezer 02/02/2017

    @bemani :
    They continuously overcharge for their digital games compared to the US versions.
    This investigation is only applicable to the EU and between EU member states. If the UK PSN store prevents you buying a cheaper version of the same game from the FR or IT stores, this investigation would apply. However, it has no baring on prices of other markets which are outside the EU's jurisdiction.

    The regional pricing is just the way the world works. US citizens have to pay $200+ for an asthma inhaler which costs 8.50 on prescription here - I'm much happier having more expensive download games than their crazy drug prices! Petrol in Panjim is currently 71p per litre (exchange rate) versus 120p per litre from my local petrol station. And a cinema ticket for me is twice the price of a friend living in Somerset.

    Although we live in a globalised world regards information, it's not a global, single economy where everyone gets paid the same and charged the same. The difference between now and 20+ years ago is we know exactly what everyone else is charged and can see the inequalities, but removing those inequalities isn't so simple.
    Reply +10
  • DICE leaves Star Wars Battlefront behind for multi-era Battlefront 2

  • ShiftyGeezer 01/02/2017

    It needs to be the game Battlefronts was supposed to be, with travel from ground into space and more freedom and variety. Think of Rogue One style encounters where you can choose to fight the enemy space fleet to enable troops safe passage to land and fight the ground battle, or grab a shuttle objective and fly it back to the fleet. Reply +2
  • Flappy Bird dev's latest freebie, Ninja Spinki Challenges!!, is an excellent waste of time

  • ShiftyGeezer 30/01/2017

    @ImpericalLegion : I didn't say it was...
    because a 21st Century Celebrity of the calibre of Big Brother contestant
    His fame is the same sort as a Big Brother contestant who goes on to become a celebrity having done nothing worthwhile (Jade et al). Flappy Birds wasn't a great creation and Mr. Nguyen isn't a great creator. It was just bizarrely popular for a spell. He made crazy amounts of money from Flappy Birds so has already had his reward. He doesn't need any more help bringing his creations to the attention of the mobile audience (he can afford advertising for that). Only if he actually creates a masterpiece should he get coverage or attention beyond that afford the thousands of other mobile developers (ie. none).

    If this game was only by the other developer and not a collaboration with 'The Flappy Bird Creator!', would it have got any mention?
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  • ShiftyGeezer 28/01/2017

    @Some_Goats : the originator isn't any great game designer and not worth following. His first game was a runaway hit only because society did one of its Crazy Moments and turned the insane challenge and clunky controls (that people had disliked for a year previously) into a social challenge. The same society is currently rating Life of Black Tiger as 10/10 on Metacritic, ramping it way above other lesser known indie titles that deserve attention. And rejecting many other difficult games because they haven't attained that random cult following Flappy Birds et al manage.

    If this game is a shining beacon of awesomeness on mobile, it deserves coverage. Seems it's just covered because a 21st Century Celebrity of the calibre of Big Brother contestant (ie. someone completely undeserving of the fame and coverage because they've done nothing to celebrate) was involved in it though, which is unfair on the true hard-graft indies out there struggling for attention.
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  • Nintendo's latest Switch ad shows guy playing Mario Kart on the toilet

  • ShiftyGeezer 26/01/2017

    @Binba442 :
    8 people playing Mario Kart 8 = (280+~50) = 2640
    64 people playing Battlefield 1 = (230 +~45) = 17600
    Reply +35
  • Final Fantasy 15's new update is dumb, shallow and kind of brilliant

  • ShiftyGeezer 26/01/2017

    @Naetharu : I address that in a later comment. If you want the exploration, you can change the story so key events aren't specifically timed and instead just trigger when you complete a certain act (current Elder Scrolls model), and you can introduce timed events when the story requires.
    As long as the story doesn't talk about a particular urgency, it won't break when the protagonist goes wandering off to pick flowers and make potions and deliver people's parcels for them. ;)
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  • ShiftyGeezer 25/01/2017

    @ziggy_played_guitar : (The alternative reply)

    I don't like time limits in real life, why importing them to video games ?
    I don't like dying in real life, so why have that in computer games? I don't like having limited money and having to choose between what I want, so why have simulated money in games and not just given everything away immediately for free?
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