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  • Microsoft investigating PC to Xbox One streaming

  • StooMonster 22/01/2015

    All the metres of Cat6 cables running round the house might get further utilisation.

    Was reading about 1 terabit ethernet home networks the other day, they'll be upon us soon too ... although we might see 400 Gb/s first.
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  • StooMonster 22/01/2015

    Maybe they could work with Valve or NVidia and create a client app on Xbox One and not reinvent the wheel and not have another game streaming system layer on PC? Reply 0
  • Microsoft demos Windows 10 Xbox app

  • StooMonster 22/01/2015

    Lots of fun stuff, albeit not for me.

    Two things that worry me.

    Universal (i.e. Metro) Office: if they do like Apple did to their iWork suite when then made the desktop versions equal to mobile versions by stripping out functionality then Eeeek!

    Microsoft must be planning some kind of Office Pro for the desktop version of Office, surely?

    DirectX 12: previous nVidia and AMD and Microsoft have said that DX11 cards will be fully DX12 compliant, but now they've said that for some DX12 features we'll need new cards.

    What are these features? Digital Foundry to investigate please.
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  • StooMonster 21/01/2015

    Steam integrating into the Xbox app
    RockPaperShotgun writes "Finally, despite the telltale presence of Steam icon next to the Xbox one during the MS demo, there is apparently no special Steam integration in Windows 10."
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  • Alien: Isolation passes 1m sales mark after three months

  • StooMonster 21/01/2015

    Currently playing Alien: Isolation and loving every second of the (is it just me) tough bastard.

    Deserves epic success.
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  • Video: When remakes improve on the originals

  • StooMonster 21/01/2015

    I only came here to complain about another video article: can't read them on the toilet at work. Reply +11
  • Steam Broadcasting has arrived

  • StooMonster 20/01/2015

    Next step? Monetisation!

    Pay to watch your favourite players ... and the revenue is split between the company who makes the game, Valve, and the players.
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  • Club Nintendo to close later this year

  • StooMonster 20/01/2015

    My stars always expire before I find anything worth buying.

    My kids and I entered all their Nintendo games into the system to build up a large bank of stars.

    We didn't know that they expired, in a short time.

    When we finally found something they wanted from Club Nintendo, all the stars had expired.

    I had an email exchange with Nintendo's customer service, who said that one should only claim stars just before one want to use them and don't leave them in the system as they expire ... I said I knew this, as that's why I contacted them.

    I told them I thought it was ridiculous that these stars had expired, WTF is the point of that?

    Never used the Club Nintendo system since, and it put such an 'anti consumer' taste in my mouth that it quite put me off Nintendo all together and started a decline in my family's relationship with its products.
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  • Alienware Alpha review

  • StooMonster 17/01/2015

    So its laptop tech in a small box with some silly alternative front end UI.
    Yes, I could plug my i7 with GTX 860M 3GB GDDR laptop's HDMI output into my TV.

    Actually, might try that later for a laugh although my gaming PC is portable enough to just pickup and plug into living room AV stack anyway.

    However, I would still like an ultra-slim PC case but capable of accepting full size GPUs.
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  • StooMonster 17/01/2015

    If you just want to stream games
    I don't which is why I said I would like a case design which is entirely about smallest size possible around a full-size GPU.
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  • StooMonster 17/01/2015

    Looks neat, and maybe not bad for a 449 device that can have a Steam library streamed to it.

    What I'm looking for in living room PC is a case and design that is entirely built around a full-sized double-width GPU because that's the thing that can be most easily upgraded and have the greatest effect on keeping the living room PC up-to-date for gaming.
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  • Second UK man arrested following PlayStation and Xbox DDOS attacks

  • StooMonster 16/01/2015

    He might even be a EuroGamer reader. Reply +18
  • Untangling Evolve's convoluted DLC plan

  • StooMonster 15/01/2015

    The stupidest business model in the history of legit marketing has been unveiled
    Nice commentary on the evolution of DLC ;)

    To my mind 2K and Gearbox's approach here with Evolve is an evolution of Borderlands series DLC, Season Passes, Pre-ordering, etc.

    This kind of strategy has evolved and paid off, otherwise they wouldn't do it here.

    The question is: is this a step too far? Is it the fittest, will it survive?
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  • StooMonster 15/01/2015

    'kin hell, whatever happened to just buying a game to play?

    It was more simple in the past were all fields back then, no houses, chips came wrapped in newspaper, etc.
    Reply +16
  • Here's what DriveClub's upcoming Japanese track looks like

  • StooMonster 15/01/2015

    @icematt12 Weird isn't it?

    Hood/bonnet view is great for simulation, I can't even do in-car view when racing.

    But as you say, arcade style gaming or GTA cartoon stuff I have to be third person.
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  • StooMonster 15/01/2015

    Had my first race with Drive Club last weekend, looks amazing and played well looking forward to trying more tracks, especially this one.

    Although it's funny, like Forza games I had before on 360, I can only race in bonnet view third person outside car view (like this video) doesn't work for me. Yet when I play GTA5 or similar it's the other way round that works for me.
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  • Grand Theft Auto 5 PC release date delayed until March

  • StooMonster 13/01/2015

    I couldn't wait, gave in and bought GTA5 for PS4.

    Loving it.

    Might have to double-dip, which is highly unusual for me.
    Reply +18
  • I'm not a robot: Valve adds Captcha security to Steam Trading

  • StooMonster 12/01/2015

    @varkdm Plus, if you play popular games the prices are lower but if you play less popular (e.g. Vanishing of Ethan Carter) they're worth more money each are they have scarcity value. Reply 0
  • The evolution of Xbox One - as told by the SDK leak

  • StooMonster 11/01/2015

    Why Eurogamer thinks this is newsworthy is beyond me.
    It's not a 'news', it's an 'article'.

    There's more of these and opinion pieces at the weekend because there's usually no newsworthy content at weekends.
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  • StooMonster 11/01/2015

    Will be interesting to see if the Mass Effect rumour is true
    Please remind me, it's not platform exclusivity is it? I hope not.
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  • StooMonster 11/01/2015

    Excellent article on the evolution and product development of a hardware platform.

    Xbox One still think the whole "One" brand is terrible legacy of Ballmer era has certainly changed since prototype, announcement, through launch and where we are today.

    I hope XbOne (and PS4, PC, etc) continue to change for the better as most improvements seem to be driven by meeting customer needs or by tough competition what can be better than that?
    Reply +65
  • Apple raises price of 69p apps

  • StooMonster 09/01/2015

    British citizens don't directly pay VAT to the treasury, it's the responsibility of the retailer to send the correct proportion of revenue to the appropriate tax authority.
    That's right, as I stated retailers/service providers just collect VAT and give it to the treasury -- straight pass-through, and cost to retailer/service provider to manage.

    You don't mix VAT in with your regular accounting.

    And there are precedents for companies absorbing tax changes rather than passing them onto customers - when VAT went up to 20% retailers such as GAME absorbed the tax rise and kept games at the then reasonably standard 39.99
    How do you know that Game took the hit for discount when VAT went from 17.5% to 20%, and not their suppliers, or that there wasn't so transition agreed with HMRC?

    This particular VAT tax change happened on 1 January 2015, so it could be said that Apple have done a week of transition already.

    Also, of some consideration, is the price of in-app purchases - will these also be increased because of these laws or will Apple choose to absorb them
    Why wouldn't they just apply the VAT regulations? How's it in their interests to change accounting treatments and give discounts because local sales tax rates have permanently changed?

    The regulations changed, they changed their including-VAT prices to match, companies do what law and tax man requires, moot point really.
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  • StooMonster 09/01/2015

    obviously it does the right thing and passes it straight onto customers
    It would be illegal to do anything other than that with VAT.
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  • StooMonster 09/01/2015

    @blarty Yes, but makes no difference to them ... the 2bn (1.6bn) a year was being dodged by British citizens not by them. Reply 0
  • StooMonster 09/01/2015

    @Mar27w It's my favourite Richard Madeley quote ... I say that whenever I use the word "condescending". :) Reply +4
  • StooMonster 09/01/2015

    @blarty But we're talking about digital downloads so "ordered, paid for, fulfilled, shipped and received" isn't really relevant and only "(i.e. everything but payment processing)" is.

    Customers paid 3% that Apple collected and passed onto UK's HMRC.

    Now customers pay 20% that Apple collect and pass on to UK's HMRC.

    HMRC recon this is worth 2bn (1.6bn) a year in VAT on digital services.
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  • StooMonster 09/01/2015

    As it is $0.99+20% VAT does = 79p.
    I am amazed that so many adults live their lives here in the UK (or Europe) and don't know how VAT works.

    And they're allowed to vote.
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  • StooMonster 09/01/2015

    So in that sense raising it to 79p makes sense to recoup loss of earningss.
    Not being condescending (that means talking down to you) but US prices don't include sales tax, where as these prices do and it's changed from 3% to 20%

    Amazon, Google, Steam, Xbox, PSN, etc are all doing the same thing.
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  • StooMonster 09/01/2015

    If the VAT is only increasing 5% (from VAT 15% at Luxembourg rate to 20% UK rate), why is the price increase 14%?
    They were not charging customers 15% VAT, but 3% VAT in Luxembourg.

    George Osborne closes tax loophole on music and book downloads

    "These changes are being made to account for adjustments in value-added tax (VAT) rates and foreign exchange rates."
    The US Dollar is strong against the Pound Sterling and the Euro at the moment.

    So get US price, multiply by exchange rate, multiple by local VAT. There's your price. Pretty simple stuff.

    $0.99 + 20% VAT = 79p
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  • StooMonster 09/01/2015

    They hurt the devs with this, not customers. We can just jailbreak.
    Piracy rate for Android: 95%

    Piracy rate for iOS: 50%

    95 percent of Android players didn't pay for Monument Valley

    And people wonder why mobile developers tend to lead with the platform with more paying customers.
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  • StooMonster 09/01/2015

    hadn't done the dodge (and they're certainly not alone) in the first place
    How is it a dodge?

    VAT is a sales tax that is collected from customers and passed straight onto governments.

    Nothing to do with corporation tax or anything, it's a pass though.

    Thus the people "dodging" have been the customers.
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  • StooMonster 09/01/2015

    They have to pay the sales tax now (vat)
    They had the sales tax before, but it was set at a European wide level ... at the lowest.

    EU governments that charge higher rates of VAT haven't liked this, so Apple and many other companies now have to charge local rates of VAT.

    Which is UK's case is 20%.

    I wish all bills we paid had VAT and tax separated, from shopping bills through fuel through mobile phones games, and not just some (like restaurants).

    However, politicians don't like transparency and prefer people to think that it's nothing to do with them so we won't see that any time soon.
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  • Microsoft reassures Xbox One owners over DRM rights

  • StooMonster 09/01/2015

    2 years is nothing, seems hard to believe even EA would enforce a rule like that...
    It's clearly in the T&Cs and whether they choose to enforce it or not, and charge for downloads after two years like the T&Cs say, is entirely at their whim as you've agreed to them when you've bought the game from them.

    Actually, hold your horses ... I am doing EA a disservice it was U-Play and it's Ubisoft's T&Cs that state two years download for free and after that they can charge for additional downloads.

    But as @Frosty840 points out, there might be some vague EU law that prevents that ...
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  • StooMonster 09/01/2015

    I noticed on Origin the other day that EA states you can only download games for free in the first two years after purchase.

    Some annoying small print in these download services.
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  • Sony delays PlayStation 4 launch in China

  • StooMonster 08/01/2015

    I was diagnosed with "various factors", had an operation to remove them.

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  • When the new becomes old - why 2015 should be a stellar year

  • StooMonster 07/01/2015

    @Softie2k Because you're old? ;) Reply +13
  • Assassin's Creed film now due Christmas 2016

  • StooMonster 06/01/2015

    Michael Fassbender - he of Inglorious Basterds, X-Men: First Class and Prometheus fame
    Frank too.

    What's the odds that this film is a 3D CGI fest?
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  • Is Nvidia Tegra X1 the next big thing for mobile graphics?

  • StooMonster 05/01/2015

    integrated x86 cores of Nvidia's own
    Yeah, Intel not licensing x86 architecture to nVidia is a story in itself.
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  • StooMonster 05/01/2015

    @L0YD Maybe in a self-driving car you can use the car's steering wheel and pedals to play a racing game while the computer drives the real car? Reply +2
  • Ubisoft polls public on future Far Cry settings

  • StooMonster 05/01/2015

    @menelfirimaner Could ride camels instead of elephants. :) Reply 0
  • StooMonster 05/01/2015

    Far Cry 5: Islamic State

    Fight nihilistic nutters in the exotic environment of war-torn Syria and Iraq.
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  • StooMonster 05/01/2015

    take one of those settings and do something original with it, instead of calling it Far Cry/Assassin's Creed and vomiting icons all over a map
    It seems to me that Far Cry and Assassins Creed are very similarly structured games, but where one is the rural settings and the other is the urban equivalent.

    Maybe they should really shake Far Cry up and put it in an urban setting, although was that Watch Dogs?
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  • Linx 8 review - exploring the sub-100 Windows tablet experience

  • StooMonster 04/01/2015

    @bobmcboomboom @L0cky

    That's what the market analysts conclude, yes.
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  • Cara Ellison on: The Poetics of Space

  • StooMonster 03/01/2015

    I have tried on a couple of occasions, but I just cannot get on with KRZ.

    Clearly, it's not you, it's me I want to love it, but I just don't get along with it.
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  • Microsoft gives more CPU power to Xbox One developers

  • StooMonster 02/01/2015

    faster CPU is not rocket science a console with a faster clock could show better frame rates
    you know nothing about PC hardware
    Mr Pot meet Mr Kettle.
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  • StooMonster 02/01/2015

    @evret Quite, and thanks for the chart.

    But my point was that multi-platform games are unlikely to rely on GPGPU if it's hugely unequal performance.

    However, native exclusive titles will surely do so.
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  • StooMonster 02/01/2015

    Wow. Squeezing every drip of power from the lemon of hardware.

    Xbox One CPU hands in a 15 per cent performance boost over its PS4 equivalent - something that cannot be explained by Microsoft's 9.4 per cent CPU clock speed advantage (1.75GHz vs 1.6GHz) alone.
    Impressive tweaking. Wonder if Sony will feel the need to follow suit and partially open up a reserved core or overclock the CPU?

    I suspect Sony will be working on GPGPU enhancement instead as it gives bigger performance boost; however, I doubt this will get used much in multi-platform games, and thus for some titles we might not see such one sided results on Digital Foundry Face-Offs.
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  • Sony says sorry for PSN Christmas outage with five days of PS Plus

  • StooMonster 02/01/2015

    They could have done MORE, but they didn't.
    What more could they have done to stop DDoS on their authentication servers?
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  • StooMonster 02/01/2015

    Someone looked it up
    I did, because I knew that the NYPD badge thing was wrong :)
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  • StooMonster 02/01/2015

    @jasonchurch Nope, not from New York.

    The OED says it's a variation of the Latin capere, meaning, to grab or apprehend that came into use in Britain in the 1700s.

    Cop in the sense of 'capture' or 'catch' is first recorded in 1704, long before the NYPD was founded.

    The 1700s meaning is preserved today in expressions like "cop a feel".

    Similarly related, Dutch kapen, meaning to take or to steal, and other European languages have similar.
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