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  • Games of 2014: Alien: Isolation

  • StooMonster 27/12/2014

    Here's my take on it, in video form.
    EuroGamer, please don't transform into a video review site.

    I'm here because I like reading your writing.
    Reply +16
  • Games of 2014: Destiny

  • StooMonster 26/12/2014

    Is the hatred for Destiny cross-platform or from any particular camp? Reply +2
  • StooMonster 26/12/2014

    I've certainly done plenty of "grinding" in Destiny but what's "farming"? Reply -5
  • Games of 2014: Threes

  • StooMonster 25/12/2014

    @MrTomFTW My high score is 4,000 odd which I got to better a friend (who cares about that kind of thing), once I'd beaten him I haven't really tried for a high score.

    But Threes is a tough game to get big scores on and 28,641 sounds amazing to me.

    Think I'll have a game if the in-laws start talking to me over Christmas dinner. :)
    Reply +2
  • Games of 2014: TxK

  • StooMonster 24/12/2014

    Many an hour passed on train commute with this thoroughly lovely game.

    Can't recommend it enough.
    Reply +5
  • Elite: Dangerous review

  • StooMonster 22/12/2014

    @number1024 Only seems to offer me keyboard and mouse or advanced keyboard; I'll fiddle round a bit more, thanks. Reply 0
  • StooMonster 22/12/2014

    I'm not liking keyboard & mouse to control I can't seem to find joystick options.

    Is this "coming soon"?
    Reply 0
  • Atari isn't out of ideas, it's got Atari Fit

  • StooMonster 19/12/2014

    @distantlurker +1 from me, good pun :) Reply +1
  • StooMonster 19/12/2014

    I guess that I'm the target audience for this: I'm both a gamer and go to the gym five times a week.

    Yet I say WTF? I don't need an "Atari twist"! Madness.

    Not Atari Fit for purpose.
    Reply +7
  • GTA5 PC in "final stages" and how about a new Red Dead?

  • StooMonster 18/12/2014

    Bought it on PS4 to play at Xmas, will prolly double-dip PC version. Reply +2
  • Microsoft's game streaming tech codenamed Arcadia, new report claims

  • StooMonster 16/12/2014

    @MattEvansC3 LOLz.

    Capped then, like a cheap broadband package.
    Reply 0
  • StooMonster 16/12/2014

    "Ya canna change the laws of physics Captain". Shame that darn speed of light is a constant, so lag is as lag does.

    Still, will be good to see what Microsoft come up with in this emerging field of game distribution.

    Edit:
    Reply +19
  • Windows 10 leak reveals new Xbox app for PC

  • StooMonster 15/12/2014

    @uzivatel
    Some devices only have 32-bit drivers, because they were originally shipped with 32-bit system.
    Right, so it's backwards compatibility?

    To my point ... holding the platform back.
    Reply 0
  • StooMonster 15/12/2014

    @uzivatel So why do they need 32-bit?

    Not because of the hardware, how many non ancient non 64-bit CPUs are there?

    What runs on 32-bit Windows that doesn't run on 64-bit Windows?
    Reply 0
  • StooMonster 15/12/2014

    @uzivatel
    you do realize they have to maintain 32-bit systems, but you dont want it to be available to customers
    If you have low powered hardware etc, why do you _have_ to upgrade to latest operating system? Why not just keep using existing OS, plenty of WinXP users prove that works.

    Reasons
    Yeah, you got me. At work I am currently battling to get provider of a PowerPoint plug-in to develop a 64-bit edition of their tool -- all my Excel plug-ins went 64-bit ages ago -- but they are denying it to me because most of their users are 32-bit. (I need to use 64-bit Excel, and you can't mix-n-match Office applications.)
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  • StooMonster 15/12/2014

    @Bickle2
    New games are requiring 64-bit OS, which many people do not have.
    According to the Steam Hardware Survey most gamers use 64-bit Windows.

    By most, that's 78.31% as of today

    http://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey
    Reply +2
  • StooMonster 15/12/2014

    @uzivatel
    What? Windows 10
    Where? on phones, 32-bit tablets, devices with low RAM
    When? next year
    How? digital download

    Why would you want Windows 10 not to be available on those platforms?
    So, ARM devices? Devices with a different architecture in them anyway? (Surface tablets have 64-bit Intel chips in them, and could run 64-bit Windows.)

    They could retain 32-bit for Windows Phone and Surface RT devices, why not? You're not running desktop PC games on a Windows phone as it's a different architecture anyway.

    But then Apple run a 64-bit OS on phones and tablets, devices with low RAM.

    I don't see why desktop/server Windows needs a 32-bit version, except for backwards compatibility. Which is something that WOW64 seems to handle pretty well. The biggest pain would be getting Office plug-ins rewritten in 64-bit, but then a lot of them are already these days.

    Two architectures causes consumer confusion, creates overheads and complexity (e.g. OEM like nVidia and AMD creating two sets of drivers), and for little benefit.

    Time to ditch 32-bit Windows on PC.
    Reply 0
  • StooMonster 15/12/2014

    @uzivatel
    Why?
    What? Where? When? How?
    Reply 0
  • StooMonster 15/12/2014

    @MattEvansC3
    Eurogamer saying Cortana is a Siri-like does do it quite an injustice.

    One of its better uses is context sensitive reminders. You can actually set it, for example, to remind you to pick up bread when you are near Tesco's or to remind you to tell your wife you'll be home late when she calls and it'll do just that. It'll notify you when you go near a Tesco or bring up the reminder when your wife calls.
    Context sensitive reminders are a key feature of Siri, I'm missing why it's an injustice to compare Cortana to it.
    Reply +2
  • StooMonster 15/12/2014

    I would like Windows 10 to be 64-bit only. Reply +2
  • StooMonster 15/12/2014

    @schuelertomas
    who are you kidding? if you realy think it will be not full of advertisments like the x-box dashboard your dreaming.

    clean... sure... wanna bet?
    Clean?

    I'm lost, what comment of mine are you referring to?

    Did you see that huge Call of Duty banner advert in the screenshot I posted?
    Reply +3
  • StooMonster 15/12/2014

    @MattEvansC3
    UI implementations are one of the last things to be done.
    In which case, why didn't they complete the UI for Windows 8.x?
    Reply -2
  • StooMonster 15/12/2014

    @Bickle2
    box One discs will be playable, or at least installable on PC so publishers can ship one sku, making the Xbox brand the new Games for Windows
    PMSL. In your dreams. Give us a link.


    Windows 10 will let users store Metro-style apps and games on microSD/SD and other external storage, which will make devices with minimal storage (like Surface) more usable.



    Woot for the big gaming features!
    Reply +7
  • StooMonster 15/12/2014

    "Xbox app is nothing special. After speculating about the Xbox app, I can now see that this is just a replacement (overdue at that) for Xbox Games. Xbox SmartGlass remains."

    Hands-On with Windows 10 Build 9901 from Paul Thurrott's Supersite for Windows
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  • StooMonster 15/12/2014

    Some PC gamers moan about the overhead of running Steam, or multiple stores, on their gaming computers while playing games.

    I wonder what Cortana integration will mean to Windows 10 performance, although I suspect in these multi-threaded days very little, but could it have an impact on PC gaming?

    Also, rather than "Cortana, add dinner tonight at seven thirty to my calendar" maybe we'll get "Cortana, launch Project Spark" or "Cortana, buy Threes!" as the combination of Xbox app and the personal digital assistant?
    Reply +2
  • StooMonster 15/12/2014

    @MattEvansC3 LOLz, you're probably right ... I've never opened the Game app on any of my Windows 8.x computers! Reply 0
  • StooMonster 15/12/2014

    One thing I wish Microsoft would change in Windows 8 and I've lost hope for in Windows 10 is design consistency (e.g. look at those screenshots and there's the old Internet Explorer icon).

    With all the billions at their disposal, why can't Microsoft update all the icons in the OS to the same style? It looks naff to have a mixture of new style icons mixed with old ones from various era.

    When Apple updated OSX they updated all the icons, it amazes me that visual design in Windows remains a weakness.
    Reply +5
  • StooMonster 15/12/2014

    Here's another screenshot from The Verge


    Note toolbars etc. makes the functionality seem pretty clear.
    Reply +5
  • StooMonster 15/12/2014

    @frunk
    Razer Blade
    Love my Razer Blade, makes commute home fly by.
    Reply +4
  • StooMonster 15/12/2014

    @Dantonir
    GFWL 2.0 + DX12 being Windows 10 exclusive.
    Nail on head there.

    GfWL 2.0 will be Windows 10 exclusive, and be branded Xbox app.

    It will mostly be an interface for Xbox Live platform, so you can buy Xbox One games, check friend status, send messages and look at your achievements etc.

    I speculate that you'll be able to buy Metro games, that will have builds for Xbox One and Windows 10: cross-buy equivalency.

    Microsoft will be trying to encourage developers to go for these cross-platform Metro games -- sometimes known as 'Windows 8 apps' -- which work on both Xbox One and Windows 10, and not to develop separate 'desktop' PC games (that work on Win7).

    Phil Spencer will be pitching this as "good for developers" (develop one, run twice) and "great for consumers" (buy one version, get other free) with shared saves in OneDrive.

    The more cynical among us will remember that 'Metro' apps are exclusively available from the Microsoft Store; that they've tried to get devs to switch to their new Metro OS before and failed, so this would just another attempt at locking up software distribution for Windows.

    Reply +44
  • StooMonster 15/12/2014

    @frunk
    I don't like Apple, but their 40 for up to 5 machines in the house seems more realistic
    Apple switched to "free" for their OSX upgrades ages ago.

    There are rumours that Microsoft are going to do similar, or at least offer a 'subscription' model for Windows 10 (like Office 365) where you get new versions all the time; there was talk of a 'free' advertising driven model for a while, but that's died down.

    Edit: also rumours of bundled Office 365, OneDrive and Windows 10 subscriptions via monthly fee coming in 2015.
    Reply +13
  • StooMonster 15/12/2014

    said the new Xbox app acts as a gateway to the Xbox ecosystem. Achievements, a friends list, activity feeds and the Xbox Store are all available
    GfWL lives again.

    PC gamers will be keen to see what Spencer has up his sleeve following the winding down of the divisive Games for Windows Live platform
    Xbox App sounds a lot like a rebranded Games for Windows Live platform.
    Reply +26
  • Apple required Papers, Please to censor its nudity

  • StooMonster 12/12/2014

    Yay! Common sense prevails. Reply +4
  • StooMonster 12/12/2014

    @kristianthornblom Unless you like getting the latest games though (albeit censored), eh?

    Paying customers, who'd thunk that developers would cater to them first?
    Reply -4
  • StooMonster 12/12/2014

    Still buying it.

    Glad I have the opportunity to do so.
    Reply +4
  • Video: Why you might not want to pre-order The Order

  • StooMonster 12/12/2014

    Pushing the ol' Eurogamer YouTube channel here, is video the way of the future not words? Reply +4
  • Papers, Please headed to iPad on 12th December

  • StooMonster 11/12/2014

    @J0rdan_KZ Yes, developers choose platforms. Some platforms have more software than others.

    If I choose to run Linux how does it look if I complain that I can't have native Adobe Photoshop?

    Choosing a platform for whatever reason, then complaining afterwards about lack of software for said platform seems silly if availability and breadth of software catalog is one of your primary criteria of platform choice.
    Reply +5
  • StooMonster 11/12/2014

    @J0rdan_KZ Surely software catalogs are one of the criteria of purchase decision?

    If you want to play Forza you don't choose PlayStation as your sole brand of console.

    Edit: if I choose Linux as my computer's OS, is it logical to complain about limitations of software catalog? "I can't get Far Cry 4 or Adobe Illustrator on Linux", "it's not fair", etc.
    Reply +2
  • StooMonster 11/12/2014

    Will be an instant buy for me, have although thought it suited tablet. Reply +3
  • Lumino City review

  • StooMonster 11/12/2014

    @mkreku The presumption was that quality is a prerequisite. Reply +1
  • StooMonster 11/12/2014

    I quite fancied this, and I could do with more three hour long games (bored of thirty hours of grinding ones). Reply +19
  • The Dark Below makes Destiny's mistakes all over again

  • StooMonster 10/12/2014

    @ChimeraSix I feel like I should love Destiny, but I don't. I like it and it's polished and looks beautiful, and I feel I've somehow got to do it justice ... but I'm not sure it's paying it back.

    I'm not that far off level 30, maybe when I get there I'll feel like "it's done".
    Reply +1
  • StooMonster 10/12/2014

    protracted grind
    Destiny puzzles me, why do I keep grinding it? I'm not even sure it's that much fun. Yet I've rarely played anything else recently, I just flick on PS4 and do a couple of hours of grinding this.

    I must be mad, I've got a pile of PS4 stuff I haven't even got out the cellophane and Steam games I haven't installed too.
    Reply +21
  • Yes, Sony Santa Monica is working on a new God of War

  • StooMonster 08/12/2014

    Would love to see God of War on PS4 platform. Reply +4
  • Troy Baker joins Uncharted 4 as Nathan Drake's brother

  • StooMonster 08/12/2014

    Any hint of date for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End as this looks bloody excellent. Reply +5
  • 20 years of PlayStation: the making of WipEout

  • StooMonster 04/12/2014

    @peterfll
    Wipeout - the original. It was a bastard to play. I don't think I ever made much of a dent in it, I think at best I finished it on the first speed setting and then probably not in pole position and a little into the second speed setting (Rapier?). Of course that didn't matter so much when you had this amazing looking and sounding game to show off your new console on...
    That's a summary of my experience too.
    Reply +1
  • PS4 gets TV from Sky app

  • StooMonster 04/12/2014

    Wesley, British Sky Broadcasting Group plc (BSkyB) changed its name to Sky plc on 21 November 2014.

    It's rebranding post the acquisitions/mergers of Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia.
    Reply +7
  • Sir Clive Sinclair crowdfunding new ZX Spectrum computer

  • StooMonster 02/12/2014

    @IronSoldier Warms the cockles my heart. Reply +1
  • StooMonster 02/12/2014

    @MilkYMoO
    Amstrad CPC users
    Maybe one of the business plans on The Apprentice is to recreate the Amstrad CPC along similar lines to this? ;)
    Reply +4
  • StooMonster 02/12/2014

    @IronSoldier
    further lining the pockets of Murdoch
    21st Century Fox, Inc. own 35.58% of Sky Plc.

    Murdoch family owns 39.43% of that.

    So it's quite a tiny part really, well 14%.
    Reply +3