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  • No Man's Sky review

  • SwedBear 12/08/2016

    Holy crap I forgot how loud the PS4 is when playing .... This game really spins up the fan a lot! Been playing a few hours and I can definitely see myself loosing myself in this game. I kind of like the resource-management/exploration type of games.

    One thing I do NOT like is the fact that after a long slog around my cold planet picking up stuff I need and heading back to the ship, everything crashed. Lost everything I had done during that trip as it only saves when you leave the ship. So do I now restart looking for resources or close down for the night ..... well, just a few hours more I guess ...
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  • Battlefront's Bespin DLC doesn't quite dazzle, but DICE's Star Wars shooter makes some big steps forward

  • SwedBear 23/06/2016

    A lot of people seem to have an issue getting over that it didn't turned out to be the Battlefront-game they wanted. I rather enjoy what the game is than complain about what it isn't.

    It's mindless fun. And that is ok actually for many of us. I still play it as often as I have time (usually streaming from my Xbox One to my Surface upstairs - works great) and I just enjoy what it is. I love flying. I love the big battles. So while I fully understand if some do not like the price of the season pass I think the DLC so far to me it has totally been worth it, especially with the Deathstar DLC coming later this year and the 4th which I forgot the name of.

    As for low player count. Have no clue about how it is on the other platforms (I play it on Xbox One even though I have both PS4 and PC, just prefer the Xbox One controller) but I have never had any issues finding full matches on the XBone - both with the "regular" content and the DLC's. I would think it would be cool for them to release the earlier DLC's for free after say 3 months so that the season pass becomes a "you get to have fun with it for a while before everyone else gets it". Then any fears of splitting up the player base would hopefully go away.
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  • Microsoft E3 2016 conference live report

  • SwedBear 13/06/2016

    I think it is brilliant that I will be able to get games and decide which platform I want to play on at the time and have progress tracked on both. Reply 0
  • SwedBear 13/06/2016

    Not everyone has a good gaming PC? And those who have (like me) still like playing on the Xbox. Reply 0
  • Descent spiritual successor Overload releases playable demo

  • SwedBear 08/03/2016

    Just a few minutes of this video made me jump in and back it. I loved Descent back in the days (yeah, I actually remember testing a S3 Virge, one of the first 3D-cards, with it. It looked lovely and ran a stunning 2 fps :)) and it looks tht they nailed the feeling. I guess they won't manage to get funded here but I hope they still can get someone to fund it. Reply +1
  • Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 review

  • SwedBear 24/02/2016

    I'm currently on the 10 hour trial from EA Access and really enjoying it. Looks gorgeous and I love testing the various plants and zombies to find the one I like the most. Perfect to dip in and out for an hour or so after the kids go to sleep. I've decided to buy it now that my 10 hours should be gone any minute.

    I've been in plenty matches where the zombies have won so luckily I've not yet noticed people taking advantage of the unbalance of Rose (I tried her a few times but not really my favourite character). Hopefully they will keep balancing.
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  • Bus Simulator 16 is a real game coming to Steam

  • SwedBear 23/02/2016

    @NimbusTLD haha, I just thought the same thing. My son loves buses (and trains) so he would be very happy if I got it for him. Reply 0
  • Star Wars Battlefront patch adds film grain, new map, mission

  • SwedBear 23/02/2016

    To me the only important thing is that whenever I want to play I have no issues finding servers with tons of people on them and have fun with the game. I've had tons of fun with it as it is an easy game to just get into and waste a few hours with. With small kids I've come to appreciate games you can just jump in and play for a while without feeling you need to plow down tons of time to get anywhere. This game as well as plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 fit that criteria for me.

    So whether this is a failure or not as long as I have no issues finding people to play with I'm happy.
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  • Development halted on troubled $660k Kickstarter success Unsung Story

  • SwedBear 08/02/2016

    I've backed 150+ projects now on Kickstarter and the vast majority has come through, including a bunch of games. Not every product or game has been perfect but that is a risk that everyone is aware of. So as long as you are aware of the risks and also try to do some background digging before funding something (and also never spend more than you can loose) Kickstarter is a great place to get new and cool stuff made.

    The reason I think a lot of backers for this one are upset is that they really mismanaged the whole project.

    - People funded a single player FFT-game but it felt that they were more concerned making this a 3D-multiplayer - new combat experience game. This alienated a lot of backers as it felt they tried to do something they hadn't been communicated in the beginning. Basically they had far higher ambitions than their funds allowed.

    - Very bad communication.

    - telling people in their last update that they are using money to fund other games (or at least make it sound like that).

    To me the last one is really bad and might definitely go against Kickstarters policy.

    FWIW - I funded Rocketranger and they also failed to deliver but in their case they came out and refunded everything which to me was a great move.
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  • Oculus founder Palmer Luckey: "We don't make money on the Rift"

  • SwedBear 09/01/2016

    I've been interested in VR for a while now and even got a Oculus Rift DK2 and a Samsung GearVR. I'm not really surprised of the price of the Rift since this is first Gen technology and that usually always is expensive. This is Early adopter stuff so I don't see Oculus expecting to sell tons yet.

    I see a lot of sceptics here regarding VR. I had the opportunity to try the HTC Vive at CES a few days ago (never had time to test the Oculus Rift) and was really blown away. The quality of the VR-experience of the Vive (and I expect the same as Rift) really is so far away from the DK2 or the GearVR (and I must admit I've enjoyed the GearVR with my Samsung S6 Edge). With the correct games I see no reason while VR would not have a huge chance of taking off. I understand wanting to wait until you know if content is coming but I think at least the hardware now is offering the quality needed to give VR a big chance.

    I haven't decided yet if I will pre-order the Rift or wait for the HTC VIVE but I personally think that VR will get it's breakthrough this year.
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  • Halo 5 tops chart, outsells Assassin's Creed Syndicate launch by 50%

  • SwedBear 02/11/2015

    And yet again a thread is derailed with negativity, fanboyism and pure bullshit from the same suspects , as always.

    I'm enjoying Halo5 myself (my purchase was digital but also in Sweden so not counting here :)). Kind of dragged me away from starting to play the Uncharted trilogy on PS4 (looking forward playing that too) which is a bit surprising for me as I never got into Halo4. Might have to finish that now. H5 MP is

    Well worth getting to no 1 in my opinion. IMHO there's a lot of nice games coming out on all plattform this fall. going to be an expensive fall.
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  • Xbox Games with Gold November titles named

  • SwedBear 28/10/2015

    @markytonline83 Dirt 3 received 9/10 for the Xbox 360 on this site and Dungeon SIge III 8/10 (on PS3). I haven't checked previous games but I'm sure there are some older games that reviewed well though. Each to their own though but I've enjoyed the games from GWG more than via PS Plus. Reply +7
  • Powerplay update makes Elite: Dangerous a lot more interesting

  • SwedBear 27/04/2015

    @myeurogamerusername Weird, I'm a kickstarter backer and so far I have gotten exactly the game I was FUNDING, not pre-ordering. True, they did some changes to the original plan but that can happen when you FUND development of a game. It's a great game and while there always are stuff that can be better I do not see any reason to argue that they have not delivered on their kickstarter. Reply +1
  • GTA 5's weird endgame

  • SwedBear 15/04/2015

    I usually love playing sandbox game long after you are done with the single player campaign. Funny is my 6 year old son is the same. He finished the campaign in Lego City Undercover Agent ( why oh why have they not made a sequel - that game is so damn good) and he and I still love playing it and just running around trying to find all the stuff you can find in the city.

    This article made me realize I need to get GTA V.
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  • Sunless Sea review

  • SwedBear 06/02/2015

    Oh crap. I do not really have time to play this but I'm sold and will get it tonight. Who needs sleep anyway. Sounds absolutely fantastic! Reply 0
  • Windows 10 will let you stream Xbox One games to PC, tablets

  • SwedBear 21/01/2015

    I think this is great. I already stream some games from my gaming PC in the basement to my laptop in the livingroom and now I will be able to add Xbox One games - great. Why I don't game in the basement? Because I have kids and sometimes I prefer to be upstairs closer to them (they are small) while still being able to do other stuff.

    I don't get the negativity from some people here. DX12 was mentioned. Getting similar Xbox features for PC was mentioned (and Steam-games seemed to intergrated great). New games would be talked about at GDC.
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  • BBC iPlayer finally arrives on Xbox One today

  • SwedBear 04/12/2014

    I'm still wondering why BBC iPlayer is available for non-UK users on the iPad (i've subscribed for a few years, really nice) and still not on any other plattform including Android. Reply +1
  • Why are Game of Thrones and Tales from the Borderlands more expensive on PS4 than on Xbox One?

  • SwedBear 04/12/2014

    Isn't the idea pretty good though with the Xbox One season pass, that you get all episodes except the first one? That means you can get the first one, find if you like it and then just pay for the rest or skip them. It sounds like the PS4 season pass basically forces you to either buy for episode 1, find that you like it and then pay for the episode again with the price of the season-pass?

    Or did I miss something?
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  • Star Wars: X-Wing and Tie Fighter re-releasing on PC

  • SwedBear 28/10/2014

    @masterofchaz In a perfect world that would happen ..... although they probably would ruin it with microtransactions ...

    Seriously though - I would love to see them take a chance and do a new X-Wing vs Tie Fighter. I miss those types of space games. Yes, there are some similar games from minor developers but the Star War-universe has so much in it so you can create so much better stories with it .. going to buy this ASAP just to show support.
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  • Microsoft rolls out Xbox One October system update

  • SwedBear 16/10/2014

    DNLA and mkv support is really cool. Add that the recently released Plex-app and the XBone has become a really nice media player. Reply +20
  • Frontier reveals Elite: Dangerous launch price

  • SwedBear 15/09/2014

    weebl: Is it hard to set up with the OCR DKII? I have it unpacked (have been planning to start playing with it and programing some stuff but as always ... time ...) but I am really fired up testing it with Elite. Reply 0
  • Destiny beta now available to download on Xbox One

  • SwedBear 23/07/2014

    @Radamel Posted one in the Xbox One forum (Xbox One thread), not sure if anyone took it yet. Reply 0
  • Video: Divinity Original Sin live stream

  • SwedBear 03/07/2014

    Ok, steam key no longer here :). And yes, a fantastic game! An old-school Western RPG. Looks great, plays great. And so far really fun. Reply +2
  • SwedBear 02/07/2014

    I actually forgot I backed this in Kickstarter. In fact, My pledge level is giving me an extra steam key so anyone who are interested in the game send me a pm and you can get it for free. Reply +2
  • Remember Desert Strike? Meet Killstorm

  • SwedBear 29/03/2014

    Backed. Love the look. But as been said controller support is a must. Must also admit I would love to play this on a Nvidia Shield or at least on a Android tablet with a MOGA controller. If you do Android too consider adding Shiled/MOGA-support. Reply 0
  • Xbox One's limited edition Titanfall controller looks like this

  • SwedBear 16/01/2014

    I kind of like it. yeah, the colors are bright but I like some splash of color in my life. Wonder if anyone in Sweden will carry it. Reply 0
  • Spelunky PC review

  • SwedBear 08/08/2013

    FWIW - I got a Nvidia Shield and installed it on my PC that I use to test game-streaming from. Even if this game isn't on the "approved list" yet it works absolutely beautifully on the Nvidia Shield. No lag and the controls really work well. So far I've been impressed with the game streaming to the Shield and sitting in the sofa playing this is perfect. Reply +4
  • £5 Halo: Spartan Assault released

  • SwedBear 21/07/2013

    @ahrmon tell me about it. I wanted to play some games while on the ferry between Gotland (island) and mainland of Sweden (3 hour trip) and got frustrated because so many games on the iPad and the Note 8.0 that I had with me requiered a online connection for some reason.

    It sucks though and I would hope that more games let you sync when you come online instead of stopping you playing.
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  • SwedBear 21/07/2013

    Same old grumpy miserable gamers as usual at Eurogamer. "buhu, it's win8 only".

    I picked it up for my Surface RT:

    - The graphics are really good. Some of the later "levels" have gorgeus graphics where you fight high up and can look down and see fighting below.

    - Each "mission" is very short, a few minutes or so. It is kind of a score attack as you get stars for how good you scored at the end. Since this game is a "simulation for spartans to learn from mistaces" it "works". Also, since it is a mobile game being able to play it in small chunks works well.

    - Yes there is in-app-purchases but in my opinion it is not badly done and even more importantly, pretty useless. I played the first few missions without buying any currency and then for fun bought 1000 coins. What you can do with it is select a different weapon for main and secondary weapon (spartan laser and rocketlauncher) and they cost 30-40 coins each per mission. There also always is one extra weapon you can buy for experience points. The thing is, I don't need the extra weapons. The boast I guess is ok but you can choose between extra score or extra damage and I choose extra score all the time and never felt I had to buy anything.

    I've played ... 13 missions so far (on C4 in Operation Monolith) and I guess at some point I might feel I need to by something but definitely not now. You also can pick up weapons during the mission so again, no real need.

    - Touch controls work very well. I've always felt that touch controls does not work well in the games I've tried for iPad and Android but I think they almost nailed it here. The only thing I seem to have a problem with is the grenades which I often miss with because I havent turned my spartan to the right direction. I wanted to try it with a xbox 360 controller and I am sure it will work even better ut 13 missions in and I do not miss it at all.

    - The game is pretty easy but you can turn up the difficulty by applying up to 2 "skulls". Each skull has one influence. There's one that makes your shield drain when you shoot and another which only regenerate your shield after a melee attack. What you get back is more experience points.

    I don't know if there is another big "story" after "Operation Monolith" with its 25 missions but I cant wait to find out.

    This is a game that should have been out with Surface RT when it launched. It really shows off how good a mobile game can be.

    Big thumbs up from me.
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  • Microsoft cautious on Windows 8 success: "we realise that change takes time"

  • SwedBear 07/05/2013

    @DrStrangelove It's weird if they still resist and just don't give people the option to choose. I could see a combined start-button which has the traditional look and then with a button expands Metro.

    Luckily there is a lot of nice start-menu apps now that do a good job. There's always room for third-party developers to come in and fix Microsoft's oversights :).
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  • SwedBear 07/05/2013

    @oupe Simple. Within minutes of this thread getting going almost every posts that had anything positive to say about Win8 got downvoted.

    I guess I just have different opinions on when to use the downvote-feature compare to some others. To me it should be used when people are trolling, being rude etc. but not when you simply disagree since it isn't really fun when peoples opinions get hidden. the discussions get a bit one-sided that way.
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  • SwedBear 07/05/2013

    To some extend you can tailor the Metro-GUI to your liking. I also do not use much of the apps there so I removed most of them and simply put up icons for the apps that I normally use from the start meny and group them.

    This for me has made the Metro GUI more of a big start menu where I can see all my main apps at once. True, you could pin apps to the start menu in Win7 above all the folders so its just another way of doing the same.

    I think MS should have made it an option right from the start to go to Metro or desktop and to have the start-button or not. that would have saved them a lot of bad press. At the same time I guess they thought it would risk making it a feature few used like Mission Control in OSX which I don't know many Mac users actually use (I don't and none of my 10-15 friends with Macs).

    I think it is good if they eat the humble pie and accept they were wrong to push so hard for the Metro GUI.
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  • SwedBear 07/05/2013

    Of for fuck sake. Are some people actually down-voting posts that are positive to Windows 8? If you disagree why not just engage in a mature debate instead of downvoting because you disagree. As long as the posts are not trolling, rude or in any other way disruptive, why downvote? Goes for both sides BTW. Reply +3
  • SwedBear 07/05/2013

    I have it both on laptops and my desktop. I use Start8 on my desktop så I can boot to desktop and thus if I like I can have it look and feel like WIn7 while popping back to the Metro.GUI when I want. With a good mouse I find the Metro GUI actually works ok for me.

    The Metro GUI does really work well on touchscreens though.

    What they need to fix is the abysmal Windows Store though. I'm not talking about the app-selection but the GUI. Going into subcategories and getting those horrible small icons is crap. App discovery really sucks compared to APP-store and Google Play. There are nice touches like how easy it is to find out which of your apps is not installed on one of your computers and install them all at once but the GUi really IMHO needs a lot of work.
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  • Wreck-It Ralph movie review

  • SwedBear 08/02/2013

    Just seen it and I love it. I'm a sucker for good animated movies though but I think they built up a great world around gaming. Oh, and since I love Sue Sylvester in Glee (ok ok, I know people here hate that show) I love it how they let the actress basically do the same character here in the movie (she's the one playing the bad-ass lady soldier).

    I had no high hopes about the movie but it surprised me.
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  • Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes review

  • SwedBear 29/01/2013

    Anyone know when the Android-version is out? Reply 0
  • Double Fine's accidentally-released iOS game now officially available

  • SwedBear 14/12/2012

    FWIW - regarding IOS vs Android spending - this is slowly changing and just a few weeks ago there were some reports about Android slowly closing in on IOS when it comes to spending. There still is a difference but not as big as before.

    Yes, IOS has a lot more games but the downside to that is discovery is harder. It doesn't matter if there is a big userbase if people can't find your game among all the other thousand games.

    Android on the other hand has the issue of having so many devices and os-versions so it takes more effort to make sure the game runs well on as many devices as possible.

    That said, it does look like slowly more and more games are indeed released both on Android and IOS so more and more publishers see the benefit to reach as many users as possible.
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  • iPad mini review

  • SwedBear 10/11/2012

    I bought one a few days ago to complement my iPad3 and Nexus 7 (I am a gadget-freak + do development where I need to test on many devices) and I guess it is a solid performer but I'm not really blow away by it.

    I still think IOS is starting to look tired. Row after row of icons .... a lacking notification-area .... I wish they tried to evolve the interface a bit. I much prefer the Android flexibility where I can just put up a row of icons and folders but also Widgets etc. which adds a lot to the experience (all IMHO of course). And the notification-area on Android is soooooo much better.

    One addition to Android in 4.2 that to me will make a lot of difference is the ability to have user-accounts. My kids borrow my N7 and iPad all the time (even though they have their own iPad2) and to be able to set up an account for them with limited app availability will be soooo nice.

    While I understand why the need to keep the aspect ratio, I still do not like the 4:3 aspect-ratio. 16:9/16:10 still in my book is far more useful for a 7"-tablet whether it is for reading, watching movies or playing games. For web surfing 4:3 offers a bit more space so if surfing is your main attraction then iPad Mini works fine. I think the Nexus 7 works fine for browsing too but you get a bit less visible site. Safari is still much smoother on many pages though when scrolling. Google should work on that.

    The screen of the Mini is actually pretty nice, a bit brighter than the Nexus 7. But of course the Nexus 7 screen is very nice AND the extra resolution is noticable, for example when reading books or surfing the web. The thin bezel actually is a bit of a problem for me. I know Apple have some sort of trickery back to ignore thumbs but I ran into a few games, for example Tiny Wings HD where my thumb at the side blocked pressing stuff in the middle. Speaking of which, I also had issues with having to press buttons in the App Stores twice or three times just to start downloading stuff. It felt as the screen was not registering presses as good as the other iPads or the NExus 7. I need more time to see if this is a common issue or I just was unlucky.

    While the Mini might have more raw power than the Nexus 7 I haven't really found many games that run poorly on the Nexus 7. And finally Android is getting a lot of apps and games so even while IOS have the upper hand in my opinion you will be able to get hold of tons of great apps and games regardless what you choose.

    As for build-quality. Google had issues with some Nexus 7 screens at the beginning but my two N7's neither have the problem. I actually do not see a big difference in build quality. I have the black iPad Mini and while it looks nice with the black back-side it already have attracted a lot of fingerprints. The rubberized backside of the N7 is to me much nicer and also helps the grip.

    The iPad Mini is a nice pad and I am actually considering selling my iPad3 (even though the screen is nice - a Nexus 10 will replace it) and just keep the iPad Mini as my "IOS"-fix. I still rate the N7 higher though and for once it feels like Apple has been chasing Google/Android instead of the other way around (on tablets that is).
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  • Anonymous threatens to burn Zynga on Guy Fawkes Night

  • SwedBear 29/10/2012

    megatronx: That sounds great until they accidently out a innocent person as pedofile or "other scum". Sorry, as much as it sounds like a great idea the thought of having a bunch of self-proclaimed internet-police roaming around does not make me feel safer. There is a reason we have a system with police, judge, jury etc. because we need to make sure that we do not hang people because something we think.

    Lynch-mobs is something that we left in the dark ages and it should stay there.

    As have been said Anonymous is not really a defined group so there is nothing saying that "this" Anonymous group is the same as the "Anonymous group" that attacked Swedish websites or the same as the group that has helped Wikileaks. In fact, there were reports of some older Anonymous getting pissed at the ones using the name for the attack at Swedish websites.

    Vaarna: I am always stunned and sad that there still are people who treat companies as some sort of evil entities. I guess that watching to many movies are to blame.
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  • Notch refuses to certify Minecraft for Windows 8

  • SwedBear 27/09/2012

    Vash63: And who is forcing developers into having LiveTiles? Or having to make a version running on ARM and x86? What are stopping them from creating games exactly as today and releasing them through Steam, Origin, boxed copy whatever and being installed in the same manner as in Windows 7?

    Yes, if you want to have Live Tiles or get your app into the Metro GUI then you have to go through the store but nothing is stopping you from just letting you app/game work as before and still get that icon into the Metro GUI. or did I just dream up that Guild War 2 has an icon for me to click on and start the game or Charles Proxy having an icon there?

    Sure, it would be nice if Win8 ARM was as open as Android but I think it is a bit sad to see people yelling about the sky falling down just because Microsoft is choosing to let its mobile version of Win8 work as iOS does and curating apps/games.

    Every time a Windows version is coming out people are running around claiming that Microsoft is doing this or that to stop people from running programs. Before Vista came out people claimed you would not be able to watch ripped videos. And I've lost count how many times people claimed that Microsoft would stop open-source software from being installed. And so far it hasn't happened.

    But I guess we'll see. As long as you are able to install games and apps from outside the store I do not see any risk of the platform being locked down. And I think even Microsoft understands it would mean it shot itself in the foot as the openess of the plattform is what has made it thrive.
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  • SwedBear 27/09/2012

    Must admit I'm not sure exactly what is the problem with Win8 for him.
    I run the final version (Technet sub) on both a laptop (rMBP in Bootcamp) and now on a proper desktop I built for it and I'm having no issues what-so-ever installing games etc. that hasn't been certified and even have their icons in the "Metro"-GUI.

    Yes, if you want to get into the Win8 store I guess they want to certify to both make sure that it works as a Metro app (and on the ARM, version? or can that be separate) as well as get a cut but it is not like they are stopping you from getting programs from any other source?

    What is the difference from the Mac App Store? Or Google Play? or AppStore (well, I guess on iOS it is a true closed system).

    You could see Microsoft as the LAST company getting into the app store business after the others so throwing a hissy fit feels a bit unfair towards MS, especially since they so far have NOT made any comments about closing Windows 8 from installing programs from outside the store. If any company would do that I would expect Apple to be first.

    As for Win8 ARM devices I see no difference from any other mobile stores.

    I guess right now it is "cool" to hate Win8 and go after it. I'm still not sure why people get so upset. I've grown used to the Metro UI and actually like it as a replacement for the start meny as I have all the important programs there (people seem to forget you can customize it) as well as nice live tiles with info I want to see at a glance (a reason I also like Widgets in Android) but when I need/want to be in the regular desktop it is a click away. When working I usually am in that view and then the difference towards Win7 superficially isn't that big. I do like the new nice features in the US though in Win8, like the nice window showing transfer speed with a graph when copying or the ribbon gui in windows.

    I still use Steam in Win8, I still install regular games and apps, I still can play games - so why are so many seeing Win8 as a step towards Microsoft closing Windows? I just don't get it.
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  • Gran Turismo 6 on PS4? Yamauchi "aiming for the latest technology"

  • SwedBear 28/07/2012

    @edrerai : Um, not sure where you get your info but Windows 7 can certainly use OpenGL. What is needed is the correct driver and as long as you have a relatively new videocard you just need to install the latest drivers. Reply 0
  • CSR Racing dev defends controversial in-app purchases

  • SwedBear 18/07/2012

    The problem for me is that this now is leading to games where you artificially create slow progress to get people to pay to actually be able to continue play without having to grind grind grind.

    Even if they allowed you to pay upfront it would not matter as the whole game modell would still be geared towards getting you to pay to get forward.

    People say "just don't play these games " but the problem is that I see this popping up in game after game afte game, even game you pay for. "Buy 500 coins". "Buy 500 crystals". If the game had a perfect difficulty curve where you earn just enough coin/crystal/whatever during gameplay so that you can slowly improve your character/car/etc. then these "buy xxx" would not be successful. So the developer will automatically make sure that it is just a bit to tedious to grind to earn stuff so that you give up and give the $1.99 for some coins and then later do it again and again.

    A perfect example is the game Strikefleet Omega. I really like the game. You have big spaceships and defend against attackers. At first you feel you can earn enough coins/stars to upgrade and buy new ships. But then suddenly the ships start costing another currency, one which is extremely hard to get hold of in the game. So to keep buying new ships/upgrading you either have to play a 1000 years or pay ...

    I'm tired of this development ... I don't want to feel nickled and dimed in every game. I want to feel that I can progress in the game without either having to spend tons of time to grind or money to upgrade. But right now I can't help to feel that more and more games are doing this ....

    But as it has been said - as long as people are paying and supporting this model it is here to stay. I've decided not to do it but I feel I'm in a minority. The idea that this might be the future of gaming makes me sad ...
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  • What happens when you're disconnected from Diablo 3 servers

  • SwedBear 16/05/2012

    Considering the hate that Ubisoft got with their always-online DRM I must say I am surprised how little uproar there have been over Blizzard doing the same.

    While I have an connection 99% of the time at home I was actually planning on putting this on my laptop so I could play it during some longer trips this summer, trips where I frequently won't have a connection. But I guess it means I will have to play another game instead.

    My collegue at work just showed me his copy and was so happy, at least until I told him about the DRM. He had completely missed that and also had planned to put it on his laptop.
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  • Vita being outsold by PSP and Wii in Europe

  • SwedBear 29/04/2012

    @dagas Nope, it's not. Cheapest PS3 is the 160 Gb which according to Prisjakt goes for 1900 SEK while the 250 GB 360 goes for 1800 SEK. The 4 GB 360 is of course even cheaper. But you are right that the price has fallen a lot and there is no reason not to own both systems now Reply 0
  • Police Warfare Kickstarter cancelled

  • SwedBear 23/04/2012

    Actually - I wouldn't say it stays in Escrow even as nothing is drawn from your credit card until the Kickstarter attempt has succeeded. So the money is not reserved in advanced, at least that is not what has happened in the Kickstarter-projects I have funded.
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  • HTC One X Review

  • SwedBear 12/04/2012

    @Antonyw999 : Seriously - get a replacement because what you are talking about is NOT how it should work.

    I have the OneX and the screen is not insensitive, it certainly does not run out of battery in 5 hours unless you sit and play or watch movies 5 hours straight (I watched Tintin over hTC Watch and that 1.45min movie drained about 20% or so of my battery) so something is seriously wrong with it. It sounds like you might have a bad app draining the battery.

    As for the messaging app: true, it does set the size to medium after a restart of the phone. It's either a bug or a design choice. You do realize there are other messaging-apps you can get if you do not like hTC's?

    I can't compare to the Galaxy Note (will lend my mothers this weekend) but overall my OneX is faster than my Galaxy Nexus in many tasks.
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  • SwedBear 12/04/2012

    I've had a bunch of Android phones and got the OneX to replace a galaxy Nexus. I'm loving this phone. I think Sense 4.0 is a hug step up from older versions and is a perfect compromise between the vanilla Android and a customized version. it gives some nice extras without adding tons of bloat. It runs really smooth on my phone.

    I love the screen. yes it is big but I'm having a hard time going back to 4.3" and smaller these days. Together with the higher resolution I think it looks brilliant.

    the camera IMHO is great to. I compared it to my GN taking photos with both at the same place and time and the OneX have much nicer quality. While I didnt really want to take a lot of photos with my GN I've now taken a ton of photos of my kids while out and playing and they all look very nice.

    As for batterylife - I've found it to be adequate. I do a lot of things during the day, surfing, reading Kindle books, checking mail, listening to spotify and so far it has always been able to last from morning (7 am) to 7-8 evening when I get home with battery to spare.

    My own experience with smartphones, iPhones/Android/WinPhone, is that you need to charge them all in the evening anyway so as long that it last me until evening I'm good. BTW - it is nice that it really does not need a lot of battery when idling. A few times I forgot to charge it during the night and it has just dropped a few % during the night.

    The screen does need battery and unless you turn down the brightness a bit you will run out in 4-5 hours but in my experience that is the case with basically any smartphone these days.

    I'm really loving the phone - to me it is the best Android-phone I've had so far (I've had HTC Magic, Acer Liquid, HTC DHD, Nexus One, Samsung galaxy, LG Optimux X2, Samsung Galaxy S2, Galaxy Nexus and of course a few iPhones) - in fact, to me it is the best phone I've had of all brands and OS'es.
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  • App of the Day: Cafeteria Nipponica

  • SwedBear 12/04/2012

    I love all the Kairosoft games even if they really are the same over and over again. My favorite is Epic Astro Story. Being a Star trek junkie it is fun to see all the variation of Star trek names in it. Also fun as you expand the playing field and find more and more stuff.

    the racing game also is fun ... as is the footy game ... damn - I really am a Kairosoft Junkie. Probably not a good idea to start playing this then ...
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  • New iPad Review

  • SwedBear 02/04/2012

    I'm underwhelmed. As a gadget freak I upgraded my 64 Gb iPad2 to a 32 Gb 4G iPad3. I knew that 4G didn't work in Sweden but I'm still a bit baffled that they couldn't release a 4G version that worked outside of US with 4G.

    The screen probably is nice but I thought I would be much more blown away. And this is looking at games that take advantage of the new screen.

    Thing is - I also have a Asus Transformer Prime and I honestly cannot see what the new iPad has over it except for the higher res screen that I for now do not really need. Oh, and of course a better selection of apps and games. And considering my prime and my Galaxy Nexus is filled with games and apps (yes, contrary to Eurogamer's opinion that there are no games for Android i think it now has a decent to good selection) it's not like the Prime is useless on that area.

    My biggest gripe though with the iPad 3 is that Apple still is holding on to the tired grid of icons. in my very own humble opinion iOS is feeling tired and in desperate need of an update. think iPad3 with its screen and widget support .... I guess I will have to look at the new high res Prime for that.

    Oh, and as for USB. I really miss it on my iPad and I use it often on my Prime.
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