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  • Video: What to expect when Xbox One and Windows 10 hook up

  • StooMonster 14/02/2015

    Cross-buy, cross-save and cross-platform network gaming type affair?

    At GDC 2015, Xbox will share new tools and roadmaps with developers for creating games on Windows 10 devices. On March 4th at 11:00 PT, Spencer will host a presentation about developing games across the Microsoft ecosystem from Windows 10 PCs, to Xbox One consoles.
    Source: Xbox Wire: Xbox at Game Developers Conference 2015

    I speculate that we're about to see an initiative from Microsoft that encourages development of Xbox One games simultaneously on Windows 10 (older Windows need not apply); where these games will only be available from Microsoft's Store as the 'con' but on the 'pro' side will have both versions for one price, shared OneCloud saves, and maybe cross-play shared online gameplay.
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  • Defender creator Eugene Jarvis is teaming up with Resogun dev Housemarque

  • StooMonster 13/02/2015

    Love Resogun on both my PS4 and Vita Defender one of my top games of all time.

    What great news, hope something fantastic comes out of this collaboration.
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  • Sonic Boom games shifted just 490,000 copies

  • StooMonster 12/02/2015

    @mania112
    t's not necessarily the game, it's the platform and the marketing
    I agree, I might consider a Sonic game if it were on PS4 I don't have a Wii U yet.
    Reply -4
  • The Escapists review

  • StooMonster 12/02/2015

    @foolsgold6970
    76 on Metacritic... nothing to see here.
    I've got plenty of enjoyment and entertainment out of games that score 70 to 80 on Metacritic.
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  • David Cameron has visited the maker of Train Simulator

  • StooMonster 11/02/2015

    @dogmanstaruk Sorry mate, will fix. :) Reply 0
  • StooMonster 11/02/2015

    @RedSparrows
    but this slogan, 'anti-business', is meaningless for me. Anyone who is genuinely anti-capitalist business is far, far, far to the left (or right) of the current Labour party.
    It's more signalling rather than messaging in my opinion.

    If we think in accounting terms for a moment, there's sources and uses of cash.

    Sources of cash for the government are taxes on business profits, taxes on salaries of private sector, consumption taxes (e.g. VAT, fuel duty, fags & booze), financial taxes (capital gains, tax on interest), etc. and if those aren't enough (i.e. there's a deficit) then borrowing.

    Uses of cash for the government are primarily public sector (salaries and capex) and benefits, and interest on debt.

    [That's not to say public sector salaries aren't taxed, but they don't made a net contribution to government.]

    Rather than anti-capitalist what Tories appear to be signalling is that Labour have a disregard for and do not care about wealth creators, i.e. the primary source of tax revenue, they only care about where they spend money.
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  • StooMonster 11/02/2015

    @RedSparrows That's what I think the point is, yes.

    Not saying that I agree with him, but I think that's the message as to why he's visiting the private sector.

    In contrast to others who might be spending all their time in hospitals and schools.
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  • StooMonster 11/02/2015

    @RedSparrows
    And what does that mean?
    What does what mean?
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  • StooMonster 11/02/2015

    @arcam There are facts too, such as huge debts exist and that certain people created them (in this case in a hidden manner).

    Which is my last point looking at what is actual facts and outcomes, comparing them to other countries is useful.

    Edit: ooh, there's another Keynes vs. Hayek rap video from EconStories
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  • StooMonster 11/02/2015

    @arcam You do realise that a) economics is a pseudo-science and is entirely subjective (like video game reviews) and b) there are left-wing and right-economists and schools of thought just like there are politicians who have entirely different opinions.

    This might help (it's excellent)


    That a left wing publication cites the opinion of a left wing economist is not a surprise. ;)

    But if we looked at outcomes, we could perhaps get a view. Did the US government make money for their taxpayers on their handling of the financial crisis, yes. Did the UK government, no. Are we still paying for it and are the Americans? Etc.
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  • StooMonster 11/02/2015

    @arcam I nearly spat my coffee out, you get bonus LOL for citing New Statesmen on the financial crisis.

    :champo2:
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  • StooMonster 11/02/2015

    @RedSparrows
    And, sadly, PFI has carried on with the current coalition government. Hurrah for us all, ey.
    Unfortunately the PFI debts are so massive that it will take decades to pay them off, just because they were off-balance-sheet doesn't mean they didn't exist.

    That's the trouble with government's using huge borrowing against the future for short-term political gains, as Greece is discovering.
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  • StooMonster 11/02/2015

    @AceGrace
    Who is meant to believe that David Cameron is so in touch with us they he can tile a roof?
    He's demonstrating that he knows there's such a thing in the world as the private sector (i.e. business).
    Reply +1
  • StooMonster 11/02/2015

    @goggyturk
    This guy's business plan would have been built partially around the increase in value of the property he purchased over the period of the mortgage he took on, with the rent being cream off the top.
    It's a serviced office, so his business plan will not only consist of rent but on huge margins of value-added services (e.g. running switchboard, mailroom, renting meeting rooms by the hour, etc.)
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  • StooMonster 11/02/2015

    @arcam
    Labour did not cause the worldwide financial crisis
    They handled it badly though, we're still paying for how poorly they managed the collapse of the two Scottish banks and Northern Rock whereas the US government turned a profit for the taxpayer on their handling of the crisis.

    Moreover, @Spuzzell mentioned "in-affordable spending plans" which is completely true, in particular Gordon Brown's use of off-balance-sheet-borrowing in SPVs (special purpose vehicles, famously used by Enron) called PPI/PFI -- which meant these huge public sector debts were not included in standard government debt ratios and accounting (because they were off balance sheet), plus running up huge future unfunded liabilities such as public sector pensions, etc.
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  • StooMonster 11/02/2015

    @goggyturk
    what I do object to is people working in government and then afterwards using their inside knowledge and connections to their own profit.
    Agree with you there, and I doubt post office Cameron will be able to top king of that game Tony Blair.

    For me, it's crony capitalism that is even worse. i.e. where success in business depends on close relationships (often hidden) between business people and government officials (actually and currently in power).
    Reply +3
  • StooMonster 11/02/2015

    @AceGrace
    What do these PR stunts do exactly?
    At Prime Minister's Question Time, David Cameron just announced a government policy of putting free wifi on all trains by 2017.

    Politics, more planned than you'd think.
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  • StooMonster 11/02/2015

    @goggyturk
    to most of these twats 'innovation' means a spot of property speculation down Silicon Roundabout way. Like this guy
    You're objecting to this guy starting businesses, employing people, and paying taxes, comrade?

    The article you linked says his first business is a website like Airbnb to help businesses find office space in London.

    Secondly he's got one building and is renting serviced office space to tech start-up companies.

    Neither of which is property speculation.

    Your grasp of business appears to be lacking, in fact you appear to be anti-business, you don't happen to be Ed Milliband do you? ;)

    Edit: no love of satirising politicians then? Maybe I should've just called Beaker a ****? :)
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  • StooMonster 11/02/2015

    @Chickenzilla
    Maybe he wanted to see an example of a railway that isn't constantly going on strike?
    Maybe one shouldn't have a beer and play with Train Simulator?

    London tube strikes: Workers vote to walkout over sacking of driver 'who failed alcohol breath test' twice
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  • StooMonster 11/02/2015

    @bigfriendlygamer That's not very friendly. Reply +22
  • Bethesda announces first ever E3 conference

  • StooMonster 10/02/2015

    Bethesda? Could be any number of great franchise titles. Reply +3
  • Live from 4pm: Q&A with Eurogamer's editor

  • StooMonster 10/02/2015

    @spamdangled Recommended for all time, last twelve months, this month? Reply 0
  • StooMonster 10/02/2015

    Oli: I assume you've done some dry runs, to test out the new rating system. Do have any idea of where majority of titles are likely to fall? ie will most games get no rating or most games get 'recommended'? Reply 0
  • StooMonster 10/02/2015

    @Physically_Insane Another bad example is BBC iPlayer, although grey rather than white space, where it's difficult to navigate unless you're clicking on one of the highlighted items on the front page. It should not be about how it looks, it should be about how it works: too many websites forget that.

    We've given examples of where it doesn't work, have you got examples of where it does?
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  • StooMonster 10/02/2015

    @not_themilkybarkid You're completely right about Guardian.com redesign.

    @Physically_Insane The use of white (or empty) space is important in any graphic design, not just websites; however, there's currently a trend for cliched over-used design wankery of white space that Guardian.com epitomises.
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  • StooMonster 10/02/2015

    @Physically_Insane I still think of the current webdesign as "the new one" which wasn't as good as the old one.

    I hope they don't redo it with giant icons and acres of empty white space.
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  • StooMonster 10/02/2015

    Are the other Eurogamer sites going to go the same way, or is it just the UK site? Reply 0
  • StooMonster 10/02/2015

    Question: is Oli's hat that he flings to the hatstand a top-hat or a bowler? Reply 0
  • StooMonster 10/02/2015

    @TelexStar Agreed. it's a shame that people's livelihoods get determined by an aggregation of subjective opinions … seems like an excuse not to pay people rather than make them strive for excellence. Reply 0
  • StooMonster 10/02/2015

    Why does Safari browser keep "auto correcting" Metacritic into Meteoritic? :) Reply +1
  • StooMonster 10/02/2015

    @TelexStar Google good, Meteoritic bad? Reply 0
  • Alien: Isolation leads 2015 BAFTA Game Awards nominations

  • StooMonster 10/02/2015

    @Sodding_Gamer
    Alien Isolation was my GOTY last year
    Alien: Isolation for me too, might be a contender for Game of the Decade too (last ten years).

    Amazing stuff. Quality gaming.
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  • StooMonster 10/02/2015

    @feistycheese
    they should bring in Charlie Brooker
    Much as I love his work, Charlie is a writer not a standup.
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  • Eurogamer has dropped review scores

  • StooMonster 10/02/2015

    @Silith321
    I really liked the way Jostiq (RIP :( ) approached it
    Me too, I thought Joystiq's approach was very good.
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  • StooMonster 10/02/2015

    @spamdangled
    Metacritic needs the consent of the sites it aggregates to aggregate them in the first place.
    I didn't realise content aggregators needed any kind of permission.

    Hence lawsuits by Murdoch press against Google News, or newspapers against Google in Spain, etc.

    I thought it was "fair use" to aggregate review scores, but am happy to stand corrected.
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  • StooMonster 10/02/2015

    @PlugMonkey
    Personally, I like a one word summary.
    Agreed, I prefer this system to four stars too.

    But it's still a score.

    If we must have a summary, I like the ideas of Pros and Cons too.
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  • StooMonster 10/02/2015

    Checking out The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D they've used the Eurogamer Italian score for their rating

    Perhaps the main site has blocked their reviews from being scored. :-)

    But in the meantime it looks like Meteoritic will continue to use EuroGamer Italy, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden's score for their ratings until they go too.

    http://www.metacritic.com/browse/games/publication/name/e
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  • StooMonster 10/02/2015

    @TarickStonefire
    Haven't they told Metacritic not to do that?
    Why didn't they tell MetaCritic not to use their scores before?

    Does telling them not to do it stop them?

    If so great, if not then that's what MC are going to do.
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  • StooMonster 10/02/2015

    @spamdangled
    Metacritic can't list them if Eurogamer have withdrawn their consent.
    Didn't realise that Eurogamer had to give consent.

    If that were true, couldn't they just withdraw their consent and keep the 1 to 10 scores?

    Why didn't they simply withdraw consent in the past if they hate MetaCritic so much?
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  • StooMonster 10/02/2015

    @Po1ymorph
    Fuck you Metacritic! Ha!
    Not at all, they'll invent a number for each of the four ratings determined by their "weight" for Eurogamer.

    It simply makes Eurogamer reviews less granular for MetaCritic not irrelevant.

    If they wanted to stop MetaCritic they should've dropped scores altogether and not just simply moved from 0 to 10 scale to 1 to 4 scale.

    Edit: however, it's apparent that Eurogamer have withdrawn their consent for UK site, so those won't be used however, all the non-UK sites are still using scores and being used by Meteoritic (as of now, maybe that will change).
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  • StooMonster 10/02/2015

    @purplehornet
    Personally I'd drop the review text entirely and just have a massive score in 128pt Helvetica.
    In a percentage to two decimal places.
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  • StooMonster 10/02/2015

    @Skirlasvoud
    Let's see metacritic "weighted average" them apples.
    Essential = 9 to 10 = 9.5
    Recommended = 7 to 8 = 7.5
    Meh = 5 to 6 = 5.5
    Avoid = 1 to 4 = 2.5

    Simple, that's how they do other categorised reviews scores. *

    * What we have here is still a score, just on a smaller scale.

    Edit: That's how MetaCritic explain on their website how they do such things with four star reviews, along with a weighting for credibility of reviewer: that's how you get a "weighted average" from a set of four categories.

    Why the negs? I was posting about how MetaCritic turn categories into "weighted averages"; I guess it's because Eurogamer have withdrawn consent for MetaCritic to use their UK site? Wonder if that works or if they use it anyway?
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  • StooMonster 10/02/2015

    I thought this was awesome news when I read the headline, but was disappointed when I saw the content as the recommendation system is still a score:

    10/9 - Essential
    7/8 - Recommended
    5/6 - Meh
    1/4 - Avoid

    Eurogamer have simply moved to a four star system as commonly used for films, theatre, restaurants, books and other entertainment media it is more "grown up" than out-of-ten or the childish (it's like my exams at school) percentage system.

    Instead, I think Eurogamer should've been really bold and just had a written article: no score, no recommendation, no quantification on what is ultimately subjective opinion that would've been the brave decision.
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  • BioWare cancels its four-on-one online RPG Shadow Realms

  • StooMonster 10/02/2015

    Always meant to play Star Wars: The Old Republic but never got round to it, is it any good? Reply +1
  • Evolve thrills, but for how long?

  • StooMonster 09/02/2015

    I don't like playing games like this with randoms, so I am going to have to wait until my Borderlands, L4D, FarCry 3, etc co-op buddies can afford to buy Evolve before I dip in. Reply +4
  • Windows on a stick: the Hannspree Micro PC review

  • StooMonster 08/02/2015

    @L_A_G
    The difference here is that consoles for over decades been sold with what's called the Gillette Razor Blade Model.
    Except they haven't.

    Nintendo do not sell their hardware at a loss or at cost, they make margin on their hardware from day-one. That's been their strategy for decades, apparently they don't exist in your history of console business models.

    As you are claiming "decades" what about Atari, Sega, etc didn't they also make profits on their console harware? When attatch rates on consoles were tiny, profits on hardware was how they made money.

    So that leaves Sony and Microsoft, "decades", maybe.

    However, their non-profits on hardware are not permanent, they are usually only for the launch windows first few months or at worst couple of years while they build market share then when at volume the console hardware makes margins too.

    You are claiming that today Microsoft sells Xbox 360 for a loss or breakeven, same as with Sony and PS3, you are wrong as they don't.

    So, nope, no one in console space uses Gillette Razor Blade Model nor have they done so for decades.
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  • StooMonster 08/02/2015

    They don't have a LAN port, is streaming performance improved by adding one via USB? Reply +2
  • GDC preview: Windows 10 vs SteamOS

  • StooMonster 07/02/2015

    @L_A_G
    Please stop acting like you're some kind of expert when all you have is Google.
    I developed some Apple stuff in the past, and Microsoft too which is why I mentioned MSDN, thought there was a charge for Gatekeeper certificate ID.

    If there isn't, why don't all the developers use it?

    Why does the third option of 'no certificate' need to exist?

    sign up for the Apple Developer Connection-program
    Because there's an indirect charge for it.

    Well that makes all the difference.

    So you're having a go at me, when I was supporting your post with more detail, because I said an Apple fee was direct when it was indirect?
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  • StooMonster 07/02/2015

    @L_A_G I was building on what you were saying and demonstrating that OSX is not "closed"

    Partially wrong? Where?

    Here's the Apple page about Gatekeeper and certified developers

    http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202491

    Oh look, same three options I wrote about.
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  • StooMonster 07/02/2015

    @Cartho
    This is why I think Origin and Battle.net are a good thing - we need fewer games relying on steam.
    What we appear to be getting is one platform per publisher, it won't be long before we get EA games on Origin, Ubisoft games on UPlay, Blizzard on Battle.net, Microsoft Studios on Universal Apps, and Steam/GOG with the remainder.

    Competing by lock-in, which has the inevitable outcome of maintaining or increasing prices.

    What would be better for the consumer would be if we could buy games from wherever we want, and platforms have to compete on price and quality of service.

    Not just games, we're starting to see same thing in streaming TV where different content is exclusively available from different providers.
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