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  • Jelly Deals: PS4 Pro with FIFA 18 and Crash Bandicoot for £299

  • ShiftyGeezer 15/11/2017

    BF is becoming like Christmas, getting earlier and early each year. Soon we'll have BF deals in September...
    Then we'll get back to just having deals through the year, and be back to sanity.
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  • Rime developer addresses Switch performance issues

  • ShiftyGeezer 14/11/2017

    @mothercruncher : Zelda
    $100 million
    300 strong team
    4 years
    (http://nintendotoday.com/breath-of-the-wild-development/)

    Rime
    30 devs
    2+ years
    $?? million (twenty seems generous)

    The inability for Tequila Works to match the order-of-magnitude more investment of BotW in Rime shows what a bunch of useless numpties they are. I hope they can't sleep for shame in their inadequacies.

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  • ShiftyGeezer 14/11/2017

    @WhiteUmbrella : What on earth are you babbling on about? Reply +2
  • ShiftyGeezer 14/11/2017

    @Umang :
    We've seen bigger and more complex games running better on the platform.
    Created with what budget? To all those making the comparison between this and other titles like Zelda, you have to factor that in. I'm sure given the same team size and time to make Rime as Nintendo had for Zelda, they could do a lot a better, writing their own engine from scratch. But a small team (30?) operating on a relatively small budget can only achieve so much, regardless of how talented the team is.

    On the flip side, what would BotW be if, cross-platform, made with Unreal Engine, and made by 30 people over a couple of years?
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  • The new Pokémon movie includes a moment that is freaking fans out

  • ShiftyGeezer 14/11/2017

    Hi guys I am the voice actor who did Pikachu's English stuff.
    Death threats incoming...
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  • EA slashes Star Wars Battlefront 2 hero costs after fan furore

  • ShiftyGeezer 14/11/2017

    Story needs updating. Prices have been quartered, but so have earnings, so time to unlock remains the same. But is that all earnings, or just some? Difficult to get real information. Seems Reddit is the place to go to learn what's happening. Reply +3
  • Humvee suing Activision over Call of Duty

  • ShiftyGeezer 10/11/2017

    @paulwoodthorpe : If that's the problem, that's what the lawsuit should be about.

    The notion that it's acceptable to allow an IP to be used so you can benefit from free advertising and then get even greater damages when you do sue is despicable and hopefully not supported in law. If you're aware of someone infringing, you should act to stop it and keep it clear that your IP is important to you. Damages should be limited to whatever current product is infringing with zero backlog payments.
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  • ShiftyGeezer 09/11/2017

    @TekMerc : That's the problem - it's intrinsically unclear what's fair use and where the lines are drawn. And sadly it seems the million dollar law-courts are what's used to resolve disputes. If you make an awesome GoPro movie with your head out the sun-hatch of a car, can the car manufacturer ask for royalties?

    The present IP rules really haven't been worked out, so we get situations like this, with different people arguing different POV. But that there is why people are 'defending' Activision. It's not for any love of the publisher or concern for their bank account, but the confusion about what needs licensing and if this is fair policy, that a car manufacturer that plays a small role in a game can claim such significance and that the law might side with them. There's something similar about the use of a tattoo from Mike Tyson in a game, where the tattoo artist is claiming copyright. It's just a general confusion and debate.
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  • ShiftyGeezer 09/11/2017

    @TekMerc : The principle that you can fairly use real-world content in real-world recreations without having to pay licensing money to absolutely everyone involved. If you make a film and have someone climb into a car, you don't have to pay the car company royalties. You don't need to make a fake car for the purpose either. SO under what grounds is AM entitled to a license fee? And why have they done nothing about it for multiple iterations of the COD franchise spanning back 8+ years?

    It's certainly not black and white as you suggest.
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  • ShiftyGeezer 09/11/2017

    @TekMerc : I think people are defending the principle, not the company. Where is the line drawn and why? Reply 0
  • ShiftyGeezer 09/11/2017

    So how much does a dev need to license now? The weapons, vehicles, uniforms, camouflage patterns. Ammo and ammo box art. Interior design elements such as furniture licensed from Ikea and curtain patterns from Laura Ashley. If any genuine soldier looks like one of the soldiers in COD, they can sue for a license fee?

    It shouldn't require stupid expensive legal battles to ascertain fair use or not. There should be a clear reference and courts should be able to reject (rule) based on a quick criteria check. Of course the lawyers would be against that, so it'll never happen.
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  • Will there come a day when EA doesn't release a new FIFA every year?

  • ShiftyGeezer 09/11/2017

    Where things might work differently is in the sale of other parts of the game. EA might turn the latest Chelsea team, for example, into a £1 microtransaction.
    You mean a 0.1% chance of getting in a £1 loot box/card pack.
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  • Diablo 3: Xbox One X vs PS4 Pro dynamic res showdown

  • ShiftyGeezer 08/11/2017

    Which version sticks more closely to the target 4K?
    Oo...er...ooo, that's a hard one. Let me guess. Perhaps the more recent, more expensive, more powerful console?
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  • Who wore it better - Activision or Thomas Pynchon?

  • ShiftyGeezer 07/11/2017

    @Christian : This is the 21st century - just Google it!
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V-2_rocket
    maximum:5,760 km/h (3,580 mph)
    at impact: 2,880 km/h (1,790 mph)
    Supersonic, and COD is wrong, for gameplay effect.
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  • Reaching out towards the past in Assassins Creed Origins

  • ShiftyGeezer 07/11/2017

    @treta : I'm not 'deliberately' misunderstanding. That's how I've read it, based on the words written and a perfectly legitimate, logical way to parse and interpret them. If I've misunderstood the point, perhaps it could have been phrased less contentiously? It seems to me from his replies that the author of the piece possibly agrees with that, that the phrasing could have been better and less sensational. And given the voting of my initial comments, there are clearly other readers who felt the same.

    As an author, one wants to attract readers with their opening passage. In this case, Gareth managed to turn some of us off. I've provided feedback and explanation. He's free to take that on board or not, as are you and anyone else reading. Personally, I think it more valuable to learn how to best phrase oneself to reach more people than to argue one's choice of words after the fact. That skill is more poignant than ever in a world that's cramming more and more communication into 140 character Tweets, etc.
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  • ShiftyGeezer 05/11/2017

    @CheekyRobo : It says more than 50% of the time ("more often than not") talk of history is about architecture. A small part is architecture. The rest is technology (textiles, metalworking), fashion, culture, agriculture, social structure, entertainment, art, religion, politics, etc.

    What proportion of history do you think is architecture? More than 50%?
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  • ShiftyGeezer 05/11/2017

    @GarethDamianMartin : That I can agree with. Reply 0
  • ShiftyGeezer 05/11/2017

    @GarethDamianMartin : gonna dispute that. ;) I'd say architecture == history, but not history == architecture. The architecture nicely gives a cultural anchor, but the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, etc. go way beyond their architecture, and if you were to converse with a random person about an ancient peoples, architecture would likely be a small part of the conversation, if it features at all. I doubt the Vikings' architecture would be raised at all, for example, while their mythology, costume style, ships, raids, etc. are likely well known. Reply -1
  • ShiftyGeezer 05/11/2017

    @oldskooldeano : Same here. It's the typical pretentious assertion from a heavily sided perspective, like your old school teachers stating that their topic was the only really important one. Would be nice if for once an expert in their field didn't view it on an elevated pedestal but instead recognised its place in the wider picture, and talked about it from a sense of realistic moderation. Reply -3
  • ShiftyGeezer 05/11/2017

    When we talk about history we are, more often than not, talking about architecture.
    Actually we are more often than not talking about the people. I can't think of many historical events where the impact on people is ignored in order to talk about the architecture. "Pompeii had an amazing preservation of architecture." "WWII really changed the architecture of Europe." "If there's one thing you can say about Cromwell and the English Civil War, it was an interesting time for English religious architecture." Even a history focussed programme like Time Team, constantly talking about architecture as the main body of history they could find, was always eager for a good artefact, beads or a sword or a shoe, that connected the events to real people through their belongings way more than the roof over their head.
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  • Surgeon Simulator studio's Decksplash needs 100k people to play this week or it's canned

  • ShiftyGeezer 03/11/2017

    Just watched some of the trailer for what seemed like an age, only to find I'd been watching for only a minute. Very boring. The idea of mixing skate point scoring with territory grabbing just seems a broken concept to me - they don't seem to go together. I for one won't be joining in. Reply 0
  • This month's scintillating Splatoon 2 Splatfest asks what temperature you prefer your breakfast

  • ShiftyGeezer 31/10/2017

    What if you don't eat breakfast? Reply 0
  • Nintendo reveals a Super Nintendo 3DS XL for North America

  • ShiftyGeezer 23/10/2017

    The EU version is approximately 324.6 times more awesome. Reply 0
  • Xbox One X Shadow of War shows profound improvements over PS4 Pro

  • ShiftyGeezer 20/10/2017

    So there's 8 combinations of quality settings? Res A/B, quality AB, and dynamic res On/Off.

    How far do console gamers want to go with control over framerate and quality? Add in a page of post effect options, is that overkill or much valued?
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  • A schism tears unofficial legacy World of Warcraft service Elysium apart

  • ShiftyGeezer 17/10/2017

    This led to one of the most remarkable actions I've ever seen Blizzard take: invitating the Nostalrius team to Blizzard HQ
    Not just unheard of for Blizzard - I've never known of anyone being invitated before, let alone invitating the entire team.
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  • Government response to loot box concern is predictably non-committal

  • ShiftyGeezer 17/10/2017

    @RedCrowBleeds : If it had been worded effectively, it might garner more attention. It's not clearly asking for a solution or targeting the wider concerns of loot boxes - only asking for legislation of games which target children, which clearly Overwatch et al do not. Reply +2
  • ShiftyGeezer 17/10/2017

    @bad09 : It's worth noting that probably never in all of human history has sufficient effort been applied to prevent a catastrophe based on prediction. People wait until something tragic happens and only then get motivated to do something where there's emotional energy to power the change. It'll take a few addicts to lose control, lose all their money, and commit suicide before officials will recognise there's a problem. Or a personal experience by someone in power finding their child has become addicted to loot boxes - when it actually affects them and not the dumb grunts that put into power, they'll give a shit. Reply +7
  • Sony to release indie game on Nintendo Switch

  • ShiftyGeezer 17/10/2017

    @Malek86 : The former. SIE isn't doing this so it has no baring on Sony's console/gaming plans or platforms. SIE publishing a game on Switch would be indicative of a key cross-platform philosophy change. Reply +2
  • ShiftyGeezer 17/10/2017

    Sony Music is publishing games, alongside Sony Interactive Entertainment which is the Sony division devoted to making games?

    Is Sony Financial Holdings going to announce a new range of TVs next?
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  • Online petition forces government response to loot boxes

  • ShiftyGeezer 16/10/2017

    @bad09 : I've always felt psychology should be taught in schools to make people consciously aware of when tricks are trying to be used on them. Would do wonders to disarm shonky sales and hollow politics. Perhaps that's why it'll never happen. ;) Reply +34
  • ShiftyGeezer 16/10/2017

    Suggestion that just came to mind, as I contemplate monetisation options for my own creations - Would it be a fair solution to offer both loot boxes alongside direct purchases of the same items? Let those who like to gamble gamble, while those just wanting the item can buy it outright for a reasonable amount? You'd need some sort of regulation on pricing though, otherwise a company could slap a £500 price on Neymar and 'force' people to buy the gambling approach for any chance to own.

    Just a suggestion, mind, for discussion. Not a proposal!
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  • Epic is suing two alleged Fortnite cheaters

  • ShiftyGeezer 13/10/2017

    @IncredibleBulk : How else do you actually stop them? Banning them just moves them to new accounts etc. If some guy keeps harassing a club or football team or some such, you can get a court order to keep them away. If someone keeps harassing a game, there needs to be similar protected by the powers of the legal and punitive system. Reply +5
  • ShiftyGeezer 13/10/2017

    @FilthyAnimal : How are they causing damage to a protected computer? Reply +1
  • Are loot boxes gambling?

  • ShiftyGeezer 12/10/2017

    @Norlo : There's always a line between freedoms and protections. We don't have a completely free economy so as to protect us from charlatans and snake-oils salesman. We have very robust consumer protection laws in the country that mean consumers don't have to bare the burden of responsibility for things like quality checking to ensure the food they buy is legit or the TV they buy won't break down in 3 months or the block of flats they live in isn't a death trap. These laws extend to some degree in trying to protect people from self-harm, such as limiting recreational narcotic availability.

    Where to draw that line keeps changing. Too much and society complains about an overbearing nanny-state. Too little and society complains about a lack of human concern, plus people do suffer - adults aren't infallible just on account of having orbited the sun 18 times (or 16, or 21, depending on current culture) and there's Knowledgeable People entrusted to help regulate things to keep said adults safe.

    The reality is micro-transactions have resulted in people spending money they otherwise wouldn't and possible shouldn't have spent. Whether it's time for the State to step up and regulate or not is subjective, and the Voice of the People should decide what current moves to make, until it all changes with the next swing of the ethical pendulum.
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  • ShiftyGeezer 12/10/2017

    Incidentally I complained to the Gambling Commission years ago about bidding sites (MadBid?) that advertised the chance to buy an iPad for £30, say. They were clearly gambling as you paid 50p to increase the bid by 2p with a chance to win if no-one else bid. For each person that got the item 'cheap', they spent a load of bids not factored into the price, and all the other people who paid to bid got absolutely nothing. A £30 iPad meant £750 was paid in bids but only one person got a £400 iPad. Then there were bids on bulk-bids to properly game the system.

    Again, the Gambling Commission didn't want to know, and is happy to let people get fleeced of their hard earned cash for nothing.
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  • ShiftyGeezer 12/10/2017

    @Bertie : If you still have those stickers, you could sell them. You may even make a profit. You can't sell the stuff from loot boxes. Once again the Gambling Commission can't land a fair definition, because these stickers would by their digital product reasoning be gambling. Or not, depending on which definition they're running with today. Reply +2
  • ShiftyGeezer 12/10/2017

    @Aryvandaar : To be fair, the law has its own set of definitions outside the vernacular. There'll be a legal definition of 'gambling' as covered by the Gaming Commission, regardless of the English description of the practice. Reply 0
  • ShiftyGeezer 12/10/2017

    @Jimmy562 : How can it have a value of $0 in the 'real world' when it costs real dollars to buy? Even if you can't sell it on, what you get from these randomised purchases is a dictionary definition of gambling (an expenditure of money for the chance of getting something you want). The law is definitely retarded if it can't see the situation is the same.
    Value exists beyond just physical existence material worth.
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  • ShiftyGeezer 12/10/2017

    "Loot crates are currently not considered gambling: you always get something when you purchase them, even if it's not what you hoped for," says Dirk Bosmans
    If slot machines always paid out at least 1p for each £1 you put into them, would they stop being gambling?
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  • Would the Queen survive Medieval England?

  • ShiftyGeezer 11/10/2017

    @Fourfoldroot : There's definitely two types of classification - cultural and biological. Considering how the British culture is fairly identity-less these days, the former is hard to rely on. Is tea and scones and a stiff upper lip really British these days? More Brits drink coffee than tea, and we act with less reserve than ever before. The Queen's behaviour is atypical of Britons, I'd say.

    As I say, Britain has always been a melting pot. Loads of nationalities invading and immigrating and mixing in with the culture. Personally I find no interest or satisfaction in drawing arbitrary lines for nations and prefer to think of people as people regardless. Indeed, I find nationalism an outmoded concept that does far more harm than the religions that are fashionable to hate of late. But the bloodline of the monarchs definitely makes for an interesting topic when it comes to discussing nationalism and nationalistic pride!
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  • ShiftyGeezer 11/10/2017

    @MadJack1812 : The times Britain has done best has been under the rule of a benevolent monarch. A dictatorship is the most efficient way to get things done, but leaves you at the mercy of the personality in power. The fear of getting a bad one (of which there are many) keeps the idea of elected officials alive and well. These are of course no better than the bad monarchs, but the mess of the democratic system slows down their screwing up of the nation. Reply +1
  • ShiftyGeezer 11/10/2017

    @BabyBabyBabyOh : Her family tree is all immigrants! Yes, they were born in Britain but from Europeans who came here. They even changed the name from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor to distance themselves from the Germans in WWI. Her true given family name would be Elizabeth Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.

    This is of course typical of monarchies, with lots of political pairings and invasions. But reality is going back even to Victoria, there's typically been at least a 50% non-British DNA content from each coupling. Victoria + Albert was 75% German, for example. So Edward VII was 75% German and married a princess from Denmark (don't know how Danish she was!). George V was thus 12.5% British from his grandmother's side. He married a 50% German, making George VI something like 30% 'British'.

    The monarchy is decidedly 'foreign' from the invaders that kept conquering it to the marriages that maintained it.

    Beyond that, you have an argument as to what constitutes 'British' seeing as we're a melting-pot nation of different nationalities and cultures. But whatever that definition is, the royal bloodline has far more DNA from the continent than many of the ordinary Joes the Queen presides over.
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  • ShiftyGeezer 11/10/2017

    Elizabeth, knowing her people will never accept labouring under the oppression of the foreign yoke,
    Except she's descended from Germans and other Europeans. A decidedly un-British monarch.
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  • Destiny 2 player discovers cool Overwatch Easter egg in Iron Banner

  • ShiftyGeezer 10/10/2017

    Would there even be a legal issue if both titles weren't under the same umbrella corp? Copyright grants a permission for parody and such, and so we get plenty of knowing references in creative works. Reply +6
  • Gran Turismo Sport might be the first racing game to feature Celine Dion, Marcel Proust and The Spice Girls

  • ShiftyGeezer 10/10/2017

    Gran Turismo Sport might be the first racing game to feature Celine Dion, Marcel Proust and The Spice Girls
    Who'd have thought it'd take this long?! Once one does it though, the others are bound to follow, so soon all racing games will feature Celine Dion, Marcel Proust, and The Spice Girls.
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  • Noodle stands and acid rain: four decades of gaming's urban dystopias

  • ShiftyGeezer 09/10/2017

    It's becoming increasingly hard to remember a time when we visualised our metropolitan future differently
    There are plenty of clean futures of impossibly white and shiny buildings and levitating cars etc. The problems, whether dystopian or oppressed minorities or corporate overlords, are the product of drama. How many people are going to pay to watch/play a game where everyone in the shiny, lovely future gets along just fine and are all happy? The Division where there are no spies and no espionage and no cameras and just happy people waving to each other??

    Short of a futuristic Stardew Valley type game, there's going to be some momentous wrong in every future depiction, the same as every medieval past and fantasy world and work of fiction. In terms of art, about half will go with dark and gritty and half will go with shiny-shiny, because those are the only options available if you want something not now...
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  • What happens to your Steam account when you die?

  • ShiftyGeezer 06/10/2017

    Thing is, if you allow transfer at death because of Ownership, then you also have to allow transfer and resale during life. Ultimately you're talking about the wholesale shake-up of digital products, probably requiring a universal digital product licensing and management system, which of course no-one wants to get into. If we're actually doing that, I for one would like to axe digital 'consumables' as the biggest load of bollocks ever allowed to legally fleece people of their money. Reply 0
  • How one Mega Drive dev cheekily slipped through Sega's certification process

  • ShiftyGeezer 03/10/2017

    Getting a game through console certification can, according to many a developer, be a long, frustrating process. Any bugs uncovered by a platform holder can lead to certification failure, forcing the exhausting cycle to begin anew.
    Once upon a time, maybe. These days any old crap seems to be able to get onto the consoles including game killing bugs. What exactly does our per-game licensing fee get us consumers? Certainly not a guarantee of quality.

    Oh, and great cheat by Burton! Nicely done. Actually a graceful way to deal with rare bugs.
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  • Now there's a C64 mini

  • ShiftyGeezer 29/09/2017

    another nostalgia-fuelled retro console:
    You mean computer? It comes with BASIC and is programmable AFAICS.
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  • Xbox Live Indie Games gets stay of execution

  • ShiftyGeezer 29/09/2017

    @BabyBabyBabyOh : Doubling everything doesn't work. You can have arbitrary resolutions. Win10 already supports upscaled element drawing, but then you lose the real estate. Or you don't upscale interface elements and the icons are tiny. Plus some apps have a mess of scaled icons and unscaled icons.

    Heck, just the other day my SP4's touch input got screwed up because the Touch Calibration I used shouldn't have been used but is a left-over from Win 7 (apparently).
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