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  • In Theory: Does Kinect-free Xbox One mean more power for games?

  • Wickerman1972 15/05/2014

    It won't even come close to closing the gap. Even with 100% of X1's GPU dedicated to gaming that's just 1.3 tflops vs PS4's 1.8 tflops, a difference of 500 gflops which is roughly 2 X360s. In graphics processing numbers X1 is 5X as powerful as X360, PS4 7X as powerful as X360. And that's just the GPUs. Memory architecture is also a problem for X1. Simply put they botched the hardware design and there's no getting around it now. PS4 is going to remain more powerful no matter what they do. Reply +1
  • PS4 is doing great - but it's a different story for Sony

  • Wickerman1972 01/05/2014

    "Apparently demand for physical media is "contracting faster than anticipated""

    Well, no wonder considering many of the ridiculous things manufacturers of physical media are doing. What I'm especially alluding to are those silly eco-cases. Nearly every Blu-Ray movie I buy anymore comes in those. They're missing the majority of the plastic in the center of the front and back of the case leaving the disc and cover art extremely vulnerable to damage. It makes mail-ordering a gamble because so often the product shows up messed up. And they don't even make sense because plenty of people chuck and replace them with a proper case (As I do) which ends up being 2 plastic cases manufactured for each disc instead of 1. And don't even get me started about the stickers they plaster all over them. :mad:

    In a digital age the main reason for purchasing a physical version of a film is the packaging. To someone still considering buying a DVD or Blu-Ray of a film despite having access to it on something like Netflix the packaging is the product! So why go out of your way to screw up that part of it? Look, the casual market for DVD and Blu-Ray is gone. They've got Netflix and they ain't coming back. But there's still a market of nerds like me out there, guys that for whatever peculiar reason like to have a rack packed full of their favorite movies. Considering that the collector market is the only one left packaging should be getting better rather than worse. You're rendering the primary reason for anyone to buy physical a moot point.

    OK, rant over.
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  • Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn set for consoles if it raises $450K

  • Wickerman1972 11/04/2014

    I don't get it. Shaq is a multimillionaire. Why does he need Indiegogo to make a game? What's next, Bill Gates asking for donations to make the next version of Windows? Reply +5
  • Microsoft talks PS4 sales: "This is a marathon, not a sprint"

  • Wickerman1972 21/03/2014

    Not for a moment do I believe they're happy with having an inferior GPU to PS4 or with having 8 gigs of DDR3 when PS4 has 8 gigs of GDDR5. Those decisions weren't made because that's what they wanted but because they thought 8 gigs of GDDR5 wouldn't be doable by late 2013. I get that it's proper PR to claim that they like where they're at but c'mon, no way they like where their hardware is. If a do-over were possible they'd take it. Reply +23
  • Xbox One closing monthly US sales gap on PS4

  • Wickerman1972 14/03/2014

    @geox30 I don't think the DRM stuff has much to do with it. Anyone who has even seriously considered buying a next-gen machine already is gonna be fairly hardcore and core gamers are gonna be informed enough to know that MS ditched all those policies. What's really hurting it is its lack of graphics processing power and the extra money it costs because of Kinect being bundled in. They can get rid of Kinect and drop the price but its underpowered GPU is always gonna be a thorn in its side. Reply +12
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth review

  • Wickerman1972 04/03/2014

    Too bad it isn't great. But at least it does appear to be good. Reply 0
  • Next-Gen Face-Off: Strider

  • Wickerman1972 22/02/2014

    Strider was one of my favorite games back in the 16-bit days. Glad to see a competent sequel to it come out. Makes me wish some other classics would get revisited like Ghouls N' Ghosts and Shinobi ... and in 2D. Too often when an old franchise gets resurrected they screw it up by making it 3D. Reply +1
  • Wickerman1972 22/02/2014

    @bluetoothion It's not a Megadrive conversion, lol. It's a sequel, not a port of the game that was in arcades and on Genesis many years ago. I've played that game (Over and over again, btw) and it wasn't this. Reply 0
  • Wickerman1972 22/02/2014

    Considering the kind of game this is I'm actually a little surprised it couldn't be 720p/60 on X360 and PS3. If the COD games can be why not this? Reply +2
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes is 720p on Xbox One

  • Wickerman1972 17/02/2014

    Still say MS should have delayed X1 to improve the GPU and swap out the ESRAM and DDR3 for GDDR5 when they found out about PS4's specs. But they were all concerned about Sony getting a head-start on them and didn't do it. Big mistake. I've been a Xbox gamer since 2001, haven't owned a Playstation since the original. And even I can't recommend X1 over PS4. If they can lose me they can lose anybody. Reply +8
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth is more than just a fart joke

  • Wickerman1972 15/02/2014

    I really, really hope this is as good as I'm expecting it to be. If it sucks that will be a huge bummer. Reply 0
  • New cheaper Xbox One model this year - report

  • Wickerman1972 01/02/2014

    @Wyrm Yeah, they goofed bigtime. The hardware design baffles me. DDR3, ESRAM, data move engines, weak GPU, Kinect chips eating up space on the APU? They spent all that time and money making DDR3 useable and it wasn't even necessary. It's like throwing the kitchen sink at making the world's best VCR while your competition just makes a DVD player instead. Looking ahead to this generation I thought MS had it in the bag, especially considering Sony's financial problems. But they've blown it spectacularly. Reply +3
  • The Witcher 3 continues to look incredible

  • Wickerman1972 08/12/2013

    Still my most-anticipated next-gen game. And every time I see some new footage it becomes even more so. When this launches is probably when I'll go ahead and buy a next-gen system. Reply +2
  • Microsoft slammed for sexist Xbox One ad

  • Wickerman1972 28/11/2013

    I'm not a fan of the decisions MS has been making lately but the always-watching, ever-present word police are a thousand times worse than they could ever hope of being. I would so love to see these plastic, holier-than-thou PC phonies go out of style the same way bell bottoms and 80s glam metal did. I guess one can only cross his/her fingers and hope. Reply +3
  • Video: See a rundown of our Games of the Generation

  • Wickerman1972 18/11/2013

    I can't believe Gears of War was nowhere in this countdown. It was one of the most influential games of the generation and the first one that actually looked next generation. Reply +3
  • Video: Five Terrible Launch Titles

  • Wickerman1972 14/11/2013

    Hmm, Kameo and Perfect Dark Zero seem like strange choices to me. Those games really weren't all that bad. There have been much worse launch titles than those. Reply +5
  • 12 minute video shows us what it's like to use Xbox One

  • Wickerman1972 08/11/2013

    Looks fine. But I just can't get over it being only a 1 tflop console. That ain't enough juice for this day and age. All this extra stuff they're showing off is cool but they've under-delivered on the really big things. Why couldn't they just have listened to Epic Games and given us a 2.5 tflop console? People would have cared about that more than this other stuff. Reply 0
  • Watch Microsoft's expensive-looking Xbox One ad, starring Steven Gerrard and Spock

  • Wickerman1972 26/10/2013

    I expected they'd throw a ton of money at advertising just as it appears they're doing with cloud tech. But I'd prefer they had put it into better hardware instead. Reply -1
  • Steam controller revealed

  • Wickerman1972 28/09/2013

    When I first saw it I thought it was weird. But after thinking about it for a bit I get what they're trying to do and it makes sense. It's obviously designed as an alternative to playing with a mouse and keyboard, games where ya don't want to sacrifice the very accurate control that gives you like with online multiplayer FPSs. They're trying to find a way to lure people to PC gaming that hate playing with mouse/keyboard but maybe don't want to do it with a standard controller either cuz they'd get slaughtered in competitive matches (Or for whatever other reason; like navigating menus, etc.). It's an attempt at a controller that is on equal footing with the aim precision of mouse/keyboard. I don't know if it'll succeed at that or not but it's clearly what they're trying to do.

    And for games where a traditional controller works just fine like a platformer, 3rd person action game, etc., just stick to traditional controllers. If I were to own a Steam Machine I wouldn't bother using the Steam controller for everything, just for the games where typically a mouse/keyboard works best. Everything else, the console-like games, I'd probably just use a Xbox controller.

    One thing that seems strange to me about it though is that there are two of the circular trackpads. Seems to me it could get by with a joystick on the left and a trackpad on the right. I haven't thought about it extensively so it's possible I'm overlooking something (Perhaps even probable) but my kneejerk reaction is that a traditional stick could take the place of the 4 arrow buttons of a keyboard while one of those circular trackpads could stand in for the mouse. The mouse part of keyboard/mouse control is the accurate part of the duo. I personally see nothing particularly precise about the keyboard part. The keyboard part is actually rather clunky, inferior to a simple joystick imo. Just thinking it might be possible that having a trackpad stand in for the keyboard part of the traditional PC mouse/keyboard control scheme might be an overdesign. Guess I'd have to try it out to really know.

    Overall it seems like a good idea to me. Hope it's a success at simulating mouse/keyboard precision.
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  • 61% of UK believes games can cause violence, aggression

  • Wickerman1972 25/09/2013

    Well, a large percentage of the British also believes it's a better idea to give their homeland away to the 3rd world than it is to have children. So nothing surprises me at this point.

    But then again that's every westernized nation in the world right now so perhaps I shouldn't single out the British.
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  • Xbox One CPU speed increased by 9.375 per cent

  • Wickerman1972 04/09/2013

    @muzzakus Not for a moment do I believe the die is 500mm2. That would be very difficult (If not impossible) to manufacture at acceptable yields. After all, we're talking about something that they intend to produce millions of. Reply +5
  • Wickerman1972 04/09/2013

    @jabberwoky Yeah, I'm pretty disappointed with it too. 1960s-era Americans were able to land men on the moon but apparently in 2013 it's impossible to improve Xbox One in a meaningful way. :( Reply -6
  • Wickerman1972 04/09/2013

    As someone who has preferred Xbox over Playstation I gotta say I'm disappointed with these "improvements." All this time that PS4's specs have been out there and all they've been able to do to catch up is upclock their chips? That's something a teenager can do with his/her computer. Not much of a feat. Hopefully the performance gap between them isn't as wide as it seems on paper. Reply -3
  • Whisper it, but Xbox One is finding its stride

  • Wickerman1972 22/08/2013

    The biggest problem with Xbox One for me is something most gaming sites aren't talking about: It's too damned weak. PS4 is somewhere in the neighborhood of 33%-50% more powerful and that seems quite substantial to me considering they're launching in the same time-frame. Unless Nintendo is involved ya usually only see power differences like that in consoles separated by a year or more. Ever since the specs leaked months ago I've been hoping MS would do something to narrow the gap but they haven't. Reply +15
  • Lavishly gruesome new Witcher 3 cinematic

  • Wickerman1972 14/08/2013

    This is by leaps and bounds my most-anticipated next-gen game. Reply +4
  • Microsoft's next free games for Xbox 360 Gold subscribers spotted

  • Wickerman1972 31/07/2013

    Damn, they keep picking stuff I don't care about. Had hoped it was gonna be XBLA games. When it comes to disc-based games I can play anything I want cuz between me and several friends we've got pretty much everything that's worth playing and can swap back and forth. Reply +1
  • Microsoft names next free game for Xbox 360 Gold subscribers

  • Wickerman1972 01/07/2013

    @Retroid I agree with you that the Sony giveaways are better but from a business perspective they seem TOO good. No wonder they're bleeding money. Reply -11
  • Wickerman1972 01/07/2013

    Everyone has their own opinion of course but if they're gonna be giving away games I'd rather they be XBLA titles. Disc-based games I don't already have I can borrow from someone. Reply -11
  • Wickerman1972 01/07/2013

    Don't have PS3 but looking at that very generous list makes me wonder why anyone would even bother buying games for it. I can understand why PS+ subscribers love it but wow, this is a business... right? Reply -11
  • Fez 2 will not appear on a Microsoft console due to its restriction on self-publishing

  • Wickerman1972 21/06/2013

    I understand why people are critical of MS's stance on indie games. Yet at the same time I understand why MS has chosen that position. Anytime you open the door wide-open to self-publishing you end up with an avalanche of crap. And it ain't just poor quality titles you get flooded with but scores of blatant copycat games as well. Seriously, the mobile market is bursting at the seams with garbage so obviously stolen that it's practically piracy. For every legitimate indie game maker like Jonathan Blow or Phil Fish there's a dozen or more guys just looking to exploit the system for a quick and easy buck. Reply 0
  • The next Xbox: everything we know so far

  • Wickerman1972 20/05/2013

    @kngbn79 "oh and when i say the releases were drying up i mean exclusives as im ps3 all the way for multiplatform"

    Hmm, that's an interesting opinion. Multiplatform games on PS3 are far from being the system's strong point.
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  • Wickerman1972 20/05/2013

    Gimping the GPU and memory bandwidth to include Kinect (Something A LOT of people don't want) = a horrible idea. Reply +5
  • This week on Outside Xbox

  • Wickerman1972 19/05/2013

    Those predictions were quite conservative. Yeah, AMD APU but what about specifics? Is it gonna be 12 CUs on the GPU side as rumored or are they gonna up it? If it turns out to be 1.8 tflops vs 1.2 tflops I'm gonna choose PS4. Yeah, ultimately it's about games but both of these companies are big enough and have been around in gaming long enough that the games are gonna be there. I ain't concerned about that with either one of them. But a 600 gflops difference with the hardware is quite substantial if it holds.

    I admit I'm partial to MS though. I've gone with them the last 2 gens. If they can just match or at the very least come very close with the specs I'll stick with them. But a 33%-50% graphics processing difference (Depends on how you choose to do the math. Can come out with either figure) is just too much for me to choose them again. Hopefully they've got a trick up their sleeve.
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  • Angry Birds movie set for 1st July 2016

  • Wickerman1972 17/05/2013

    What makes 'em think anyone is still gonna care about Angry Birds in 2016? Reply +6
  • Sony: "Unlike PS3, we are not planning a major loss to be incurred with the launch of PS4"

  • Wickerman1972 09/05/2013

    Doesn't surprise me. While 1.8 tflops is a lot better than the rumored 1.2 tflops of Nextbox it falls well short of the 2.5 tflops I had expected for next-gen. Both companies went balls-out for power this gen (And I had thought they'd do that again) but appear to be taking a much more financially conservative approach with the designs of their new consoles. Reply 0
  • Game Dev Tycoon forces those who pirate the game to unwittingly fail from piracy

  • Wickerman1972 29/04/2013

    Every time I throw around numbers like 70%-90% of all games played on PC are pirated copies there's always a gaggle of people that freak out on me. "No way it's that high!" they say, and often pretty angrily. But I think it is and I also think it's largely pirates that claim it isn't. Reply 0
  • New PlayStation 4 video shows off DualShock 4

  • Wickerman1972 25/04/2013

    @Fixxxer I agree. I don't like the stick placement either. But I guess that PS veterans are accustomed to it and wouldn't have it any other way. Fine, stick with it then. But they should consider selling an additional version that swaps the locations of the dpad and left analog stick for other people. Reply 0
  • Wickerman1972 25/04/2013

    Share button doesn't make sense to me. Is that really so important that it NEEDS its own button? And what if you hit it by accident? Reply 0
  • Next Xbox to be released in "early November" - report

  • Wickerman1972 25/04/2013

    @TPoppaPuff If these rumors are true I suspect that Sony is going to be getting a lot of previous Xbox owners. And a lot of those people are accustomed to the 360 pad and prefer it. I wish that Sony would make their controllers available in 2 designs. There's the way they do it now that is a staple of the brand and so I guess that has to ship with it. But it would be nice if they'd make available another one that swaps the location of the dpad and the left analog stick. If I get PS4 I'll end up picking up a 3rd party controller that's configured the latter way cuz I've never like the placement of the joysticks on PS controllers. Makes no sense to me to have the dpad in a prominent position on the controller when dpads are so little used nowadays. Would be nice to be able to buy a controller like that from Sony rather than having to rely on a 3rd party. Reply +2
  • Wickerman1972 25/04/2013

    @wattsn26 But most gamers I know don't even care about Kinect. I mean what would you rather have: A GPU that's worth a damn or a souped-up Kinect device? There's plenty of people that bought Kinect for 360 just out of curiosity, decided it was no big deal, and don't use it. If MS goes and places the emphasis on that rather than decent silicon in the box (Yet with a price tag you'd expect for powerful hardware) it's suicide of the brand... period. Reply 0
  • Wickerman1972 25/04/2013

    $499 with those chips? I find that hard to believe. With the weak specs I suspected the console might be $299 outright (And PS4 $399). But $499? If that's true it seems to me the tech must not be what it is rumored to be... or MS has gone crazy. Reply 0
  • Mind-blowing CryEngine 3 tech demo simulates real-life urban development plans

  • Wickerman1972 24/04/2013

    @vizzini We are talking about video games, right? I mean I know this demo isn't of a video game but we're looking at it in the context of video games? Sure, it ain't good enough for a James Cameron film but for a game? Looks perfectly fine to me. I ain't gonna look at a game that looks like that and say "Wow, this looks terrible!" In fact, I'm likely to think quite the opposite. If game developers were to take on the perspective that that isn't good enough for their games they might end up bankrupting themselves. Reply 0
  • Wickerman1972 24/04/2013

    Lot of "not very impressive" sorts of comments in here. Looks quite good to me. Wow, peoples' expectations are through the roof nowadays. Reply 0
  • Microsoft's Entertainment Division revenue has increased 56 per cent since last year

  • Wickerman1972 21/04/2013

    @Snake_2011 Don't know why the guy went back 10 years. Everyone knows MS lost a crapload of money on the original Xbox. Reply 0
  • Wickerman1972 21/04/2013

    @Snake_2011 Well, I haven't heard that before. I did bump into this forum thread though:

    http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/thread.php?id=158930
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  • Wickerman1972 19/04/2013

    @wattsn26 In case you haven't heard Sony has been losing money like crazy. I'm not sure exactly how their gaming division is doing but as a whole they are bleeding cash. Their TV business in particular is a money pit yet they haven't closed that down yet. Reply +6
  • Wickerman1972 19/04/2013

    I've talked about this on some other boards. There's people out there that like to say that although MS was leading them for a while that Sony has clawed out ahead of the Xbox 360 in the end. But I don't agree. To the companies it ain't about raw sales numbers. It's profits. MS has made money on 360 and I don't know if Sony has made any with PS3. Reply +1
  • Fez sells 200,000 copies in a year on Xbox Live Arcade

  • Wickerman1972 15/04/2013

    Hmm, I actually would have guessed it had sold more than that. Considering its metacritic score and the fact that there's over 70 million Xbox 360s out there 200,000 ain't a whole lot. Reply 0
  • Nintendo shutting down Wii channels and online services

  • Wickerman1972 12/04/2013

    Wow, that's early. They're still selling the thing. Reply +1
  • Forza and Ryse to be next Xbox launch titles

  • Wickerman1972 11/04/2013

    Ryse: Even if it's really good... which I doubt cuz it's a Kinect game, will look good though since it's by Crytek... unless someone is in fantastic shape who's gonna want to do that for more than like a minute at a time? Reply 0