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  • Fallout 4 fan releases schematic for 3D printed Pip-Boy

  • StooMonster 01/08/2015

    Ohhh... get my kids to print one at school. :-) Reply 0
  • Nvidia Shield tablet recall due to "fire hazard"

  • StooMonster 31/07/2015

    Liar liar, tablet's on fire. Reply +13
  • Looking to the Horizon: how Guerrilla moved on

  • StooMonster 30/07/2015

    @Badoink Current issue of EDGE is about this game too.

    I think Horizon Zero Dawn is looking great.
    Reply +27
  • PlayStation 4's stunning sales success continues

  • StooMonster 30/07/2015

    @MrTomFTW
    PlayStation is basically propping up the corpse of Sony at this point, "Weekend at Bernie's" style.
    Sony group consists of:
    Sony Corporation - electronics
    Sony Computer Entertainment - games
    Sony Pictures Entertainment - films
    Sony Music Entertainment - music
    Sony/ATV Music Publishing - music publishing
    Sony Financial Holdings - financial services

    For years it's been the financial divisions that supports the rest of the business, especially the hit-n-miss films.

    Is PS4 doing that well?
    Reply +32
  • The gamer's guide to the Windows 10 launch

  • StooMonster 29/07/2015

    @DrStrangelove
    But the DX12 performance boost is for dedicated DX12 games only? So DX11 games won't have any boost?
    That's how it works.
    Reply +3
  • Face-Off: God of War 3 Remastered

  • StooMonster 24/07/2015

    @Episode13
    PS4 has been known recently to be an indie and remaster console. It's what people say a lot.
    Are those the same people who say it's better for multiplatform titles, the same way 360 was vs PS3? Because I hear people say that, a lot.

    Edit: pointing out that "people say" is a bit of a silly thing to state.
    Reply -2
  • StooMonster 24/07/2015

    @Episode13
    PS4 the king of Remaster
    Halo Masterchief and Gears of War no good then?
    Reply +4
  • StooMonster 24/07/2015

    As with many remasters, I didn't have a PS3 so playing them at 1080p60 on PS4 is a sweet deal for me.

    Looking forward to this one, this weekend's PS4 title.
    Reply 0
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider hits PS4 "holiday 2016"

  • StooMonster 23/07/2015

    @Malek86
    did they actually say it's Windows 10 only?
    Don't know, I'm just going by the article above which states "Rise of the Tomb Raider comes out on Windows 10 and Steam early 2016"
    Reply 0
  • StooMonster 23/07/2015

    @Malek86
    It more likely means that they are releasing it on the Windows 10 Marketplace as well
    Nope, doesn't have to be Win10 only to be on the Marketplace.

    Win10 only is either because (a) it's a Metro app and not a Win32/64 desktop one or (b) it uses Windows 10 exclusive API, which would be DirectX 12 ... unless you can name any others.

    Clearly not (a).
    Reply 0
  • StooMonster 23/07/2015

    @TheTingler
    Wait, Windows 10? It begins...
    As it's also on Steam it's not going to be a Metro app.

    However, this might mean that it's DirectX 12 only ... which is Windows 10 only.

    Which actually sounds good to me.
    Reply +2
  • StooMonster 23/07/2015

    @MattEvansC3
    steer development in favour of their products such as DX12
    Is the PC version a DX12 title?
    Reply +4
  • How's Xbox doing?

  • StooMonster 22/07/2015

    @Negotiator
    anymore news on that AMD rumour?
    That Nintendo NX will use same AMD architecture as PS4 and XbOne?
    Reply +2
  • StooMonster 22/07/2015

    @dogmanstaruk
    Here come the armchair business men!
    Not all of us here flip burgers for a living. ;)
    Reply +54
  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC "interim" patch planned for August

  • StooMonster 20/07/2015

    @VideoGameAddict25 Perhaps not if English is your second language. Reply +24
  • Ubisoft and Disney team up for Gravity Falls game on 3DS

  • StooMonster 11/07/2015

    @MattEvansC3
    This series would seem to be better suited to a TellTales or Stick of Truth style game rather than a platformer.
    Totally agree, and my initial though too … if it was a game for me.

    But then I am a grown-up, and my 8yo thinks this platformer looks ace.
    Reply +4
  • StooMonster 11/07/2015

    @IronSoldier PC sales biggest growth too.

    But back on topic, one of my kids will squee at Gravity Falls on 3DS.

    Fantastic television show.
    Reply +2
  • Microsoft to cut 7800 jobs as it restructures phone business

  • StooMonster 08/07/2015

    @Mhoey
    millionaire shareholders
    Shareholders of companies like Microsoft, or any publicly quoted corporation, are: pension funds (private and public sector), investment advisors and mutual fund managers (people who get interest on your savings, policies, etc.), sovereign wealth funds, and other savings vehicles.

    You got any of those kind of long-term savings, you own companies like Microsoft indirectly.

    Not some pin-striped bowler hat wearing monocle donning stereotype of "millionaire" individuals from some class-war warrior's wet-dream.
    Reply +1
  • StooMonster 08/07/2015

    @XbDf I wish I was a pizza faced teenage kid, again, oh the fun I would have. Reply +9
  • StooMonster 08/07/2015

    @Noobcamper
    I really enjoyed the the translation opinion bit.
    That was the FT blog writer. :)


    It just means, that as MS as a whole, Xbox is not part of their core services, and MS is a large company.
    Quite.

    However, as someone whose day-job involves spinning off divisions of large corporate into separate businesses, I would say don't imagine that it's impossible either.
    Reply +3
  • StooMonster 08/07/2015

    @FogHeart Again, they mean they'll closely integrate the management of the division and the people in it, not the phone per se. Reply +2
  • StooMonster 08/07/2015

    @Noobcamper
    Seems to be something the Sony Defense Force doesn't really consider.
    SDF? Nah, plenty of people in global finance.
    Reply +1
  • StooMonster 08/07/2015

    @IronGiant
    XBox is next on the potential hit list, unless it has a huge increase in sales.
    There was a piece on this in the Financial Times (FT.com) the other day.

    Following Satya Nadella's statement
    "I also want to share some additional thoughts on Xbox and its importance to Microsoft. As a large company, I think it’s critical to define the core, but it’s important to make smart choices on other businesses in which we can have fundamental impact and success. The single biggest digital life category, measured in both time and money spent, in a mobile-first world is gaming."

    Translation: Yes, we think Xbox is great, but it’s one of those “other businesses”. It’s not part of Microsoft’s core.

    Nadella goes on to say that Microsoft believes it can bring plenty to the party when it comes to games. He also promises that it “will continue to vigorously innovate and delight gamers with Xbox”. But the key point has been made.
    Source: And so it begins: Microsoft declares the Xbox non-core

    Couple of days ago FT wrote from a standalone devices business it might make sense to spin-off Xbox business, but it's the integrated online services (i.e. Xbox Live) where high margins are to be made and they're integrated with the entire business not just Xbox so they won't do it for now.

    Edit: LOL at negs for quoting the Financial Times.
    Reply +13
  • StooMonster 08/07/2015

    @FogHeart It's the phone division that was stand-alone, not the handsets.

    This means that they are taking people from separate phone division and putting them in first-party devices division (e.g. Surface, Xbox).
    Reply +6
  • Looks like Disney is actually trying with the new Star Wars: Uprising mobile game

  • StooMonster 08/07/2015

    We appear to have moved on from "can't play games with touch controls"

    Personally, I've recently been enjoying Fallout Shelter and this looks like it might be fun too.

    Maybe the tide is turning for mobile games?
    Reply +1
  • Former Valve economist Yanis Varoufakis quits as finance minister of Greece

  • StooMonster 06/07/2015

    @geokiren
    The previous and corrupt goverments following european orders took money only from the middle class and poor people to repay our debts and this is the problem. They never touched the rich ...with great personal benefits to corrupt politicians
    Did the rich get more votes than the middle class and the poor people?


    So do not even think possible the european union did not know what was happening here.
    Everyone knew about the early retirement, the widespread "public sector" jobs where many people get paid something from the state, or the full time public sector jobs even more generous than pensions.

    At the time Greece entered the Euro the state run railway had more employees than it had passengers: even in 2011 it was reporting annual income of £80 million from ticket sales, whereas the wage bill was more than £500m a year, average salary of workforce £60k some three times average salary of private sector (whose taxes fund the public sector).
    Reply -2
  • StooMonster 06/07/2015

    @blerk2000
    What gets me is that people are suffering for the sake of shareholders stakes in corrupt banks....madness...
    You mention banks several times above, for whatever reason; but it's Eurozone governments that have leant the most money to the Greek government.

    i.e. taxpayers in Germany and France etc are on the hook for most of the debt.

    Reply +1
  • StooMonster 06/07/2015

    @lone_wolf_uk
    Greece invents democracy, shows world how it works.
    Greece also invented sovereign debt default, first non-payment 377 B.C.

    Thirteen Greek city-states borrowed from the Temple of Delos; the lack of repayment meant an 80% loss of principal to the debt holders.

    In the last two hundred years, Greece has defaulted on sovereign debt five times and been in default for 90 of those 200 years.
    Reply +8
  • Vanishing of Ethan Carter PS4 release date

  • StooMonster 06/07/2015

    Incidentally this UE4 rebuild will be offered for free to owners of the existing PC game at some point in the near future. I'm trying to find out when.
    Was so good, I would go through it again.
    Reply +9
  • Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition beta announced, free to existing PC players

  • StooMonster 06/07/2015

    This edition is separate to the existing PC build and will offer online and local multiplayer with anyone playing on Minecraft: Pocket Edition (that's the version available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone).
    That's because it's the Metro OS version and not legacy Windows Desktop version, as the path Microsoft have chosen.

    i.e. it will be same code for Windows 10, Xbox One, Windows Phone, etc. (one they've all been Win10'ed)

    Also, therefore exclusive to the Microsoft Store as are all Metro OS apps.
    Reply +1
  • Batman: Arkham Knight Batgirl DLC dated, priced

  • StooMonster 03/07/2015

    Arkham Oranges are not the only fruit. Reply +52
  • What does it take to run Arkham Knight smoothly on PC?

  • StooMonster 03/07/2015

    I read elsewhere that enabling Nvidia Gameworks dropped DX11 rendering and kicked engine down to DX10 and thought "nah"

    But really?

    FFS, I hope Nvidia help fix that bollocks.
    Reply +1
  • That Fallout 4 Xbox One plus free Fallout 3 deal needs a pre-order

  • StooMonster 02/07/2015

    @bad09
    You can already get rid of the gfwl curse on fallout 3. If I remember right xliveless does it.
    Didn't know about that, looks like it does the job and also preserves my save files and allows my DLC to work (although I bought it all on CD-ROM).
    Reply +1
  • StooMonster 02/07/2015

    I wish Bethesda would fix Fallout 3 on PC, so it works on Windows 7 through 10 properly and also had GfWL excised (maybe replaced with Steam Achievements).

    That would be a nice bonus to go along with Fallout 4.
    Reply +4
  • Fallout Shelter adds its first Fallout 4 character

  • StooMonster 01/07/2015

    @Funky_dino Not crashed once for me, on either my iPad or iPhone, what are you running it on? Reply +1
  • StooMonster 01/07/2015

    What a great fun and well executed game Fallout Shelter is, thoroughly deserves its success and is raking in cash from paying customers … the micro transactions are done very well, and you don't have to use them but it's oh so tempting to. Reply 0
  • Sony: PS4 market share "frequently greater than 90 per cent in continental Europe"

  • StooMonster 30/06/2015

    "Well, we have market leadership in every country in Europe, and have very significant market leadership in continental Europe. Extremely significant. I don't think market share's any less than 70 per cent, and frequently greater than 90 per cent in continental Europe."
    If the UK has the largest Xbox One share in UK, then the UK has the lowest PS4 market share in Europe.

    So does that make the PS4 market share in UK greater than 70 per cent? (As per Sony quote.)
    Reply +1
  • Nolan North: "I know they're doing The Last of Us 2"

  • StooMonster 30/06/2015

    No even skipping a beat to wonder if The Last of Us 2 had been previously announced.

    Naughty Dog's PR and marketing people are going to be unhappy bunnies.
    Reply +1
  • Face-Off: Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition

  • StooMonster 29/06/2015

    @Min64
    playable characters
    Any performance differences (as this is a Face-Off article)?
    Reply 0
  • StooMonster 29/06/2015

    Devil May Cry 4 on PC versus Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition on PC: what's the difference?

    Apart from the price.
    Reply +7
  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC fixes are "significant" and "will take some time"

  • StooMonster 29/06/2015

    @Darren
    whereas that is not possible on PC
    Because of … ?

    Windows, and it's inability to do two things at once (quite often).

    Not because there's some difference in the hardware between a console's hard drive / SSD and PC storage.

    Edit: I've had issues with Windows save file API in the past, so much so that actually ended up talking to Windows development team in Microsoft Redwood on a conference call to get to the root cause of the matter.
    Reply +1
  • StooMonster 29/06/2015

    @Darren
    This is a decade-old engine that you would think would be running flawlessly on most modern PCs but, nope, everytime the PC version auto-saves on my system, the engine hitches slightly (which does not happen in the PS4 version). There is the odd stutter in the PS4 version but the issue is so rare as to be insignificant.
    So the game is making a system call to an API in Windows OS to save the file.

    Windows still doesn't handle multi-threading particularly well, and individual cores can be choked.
    Reply +2
  • StooMonster 29/06/2015

    @nickbonkersperry
    Once again don't blame developers like HV and IG.
    I didn't blame them.

    It's clear this port was time and budget constrained.

    However, some developers (outside of games industry too) have reputations for low balling prices to get the work. They always get work, regardless of their screw-ups because they are cheap.

    In my experience it's usually idiotic to go for lowest cost, regardless of programming or building work or whatever project, as usually the reason the price is the lowest is because corners are being cut, things are not being done that should be … it's not just margin that's the variance between prices.
    Reply +6
  • StooMonster 29/06/2015

    @J0rdan_KZ
    I'm guessing we're looking at months rather than weeks for all this stuff to get sorted out.
    I take their statement to mean weeks rather than days.

    They've done some quick fix bugs, but sounds like there's some rewriting required (e.g. texture streaming).
    Reply -1
  • StooMonster 29/06/2015

    @grassyknoll
    Iron Galaxy will be getting port work. High Voltage still exist & they've been doing terrible ports for years.
    Lowest cost trumps quality every time.
    Reply +8
  • Batman: Arkham Knight launch sales beat Arkham City

  • StooMonster 29/06/2015

    If you like the previous Batman Arkham games then it's more of the same, but even bigger and better … although some may argue over the need for and utility of the Bat-mobile.

    PC version is starting to be fixed, with the missing graphical effects (mostly) restored in update last weekend, but according to Rocksteady still significant work needed to optimise … let's hope it doesn't take months to get right.
    Reply +1
  • Face-Off: Batman: Arkham Knight

  • StooMonster 27/06/2015

    @Suarez07 yeah, 970 FTW Edition (a 980 wouldn't fit in my mini-ITX case).

    Also fast HDD or SSD helps with bat-mobile sections … I also have fast RAM, I don't know if that helps too.

    It seems to work OK at constant 30fps, unlocked it's (mostly) 60fps indoors or with fights but highly variable driving or flying … but with console standard effects missing, but all the nVidia GameWorks stuff is good (e.g. tyre smoke).
    Reply +1
  • StooMonster 27/06/2015

    @DacoitOne I have played PC version too long to get a refund, because for me the Batman scenes mostly run at around 60fps (albeit with missing effects) and it's the bat-mobile driving sections where I get slowdown … so I easily sailed through the time limit.

    If I could've got a refund and bought PS4 version, I would've done that as Batman Arkham are one of my favourite series of games of recent years.

    So for the moment I've stopped playing PC version, until they fix it … and jealously eye the PS4 version.
    Reply +14
  • StooMonster 27/06/2015

    PS4 currently definitive version then, which is no surprise vs XbOne but still a shocker that PC launched so poor and is (currently) worst version of all … as for some it doesn't even work at all, and for all of us is missing basic visual effects.

    Good to see the PS4 exclusive DLC is timed only.
    Reply +51
  • Shuhei Yoshida on saving The Last Guardian and PS4 in Japan

  • StooMonster 26/06/2015

    @GreyBeard XbOne Halo: Master Chief Collection is a remaster by that definition, as is Gears of War … so are not remakes as original poster was suggesting as his distinction vs PS4 remasters.

    Which I was pointing out in my post.
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