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  • Rust dev angers fans by announcing new prototype Riftlight

  • Widge 28/07/2014

    @bad09 I think what it has done is expose the nature of game development. I remember a celeb once said on some sort of panel show that they never wanted to go on Parkinson, as it would ruin the show for them from that point onwards. The sentiment being that you get to see the entire mechanics of how it works, how it is not like how you see it on TV.

    The same with games. We get this impression that a team of people start a game, work on it chronologically from the first part of the game to the end. This isn't the case (which also tears up the idea that stuff like Killzone PS4 ran out of dev time because the later levels weren't very good, whereas they could have very well been the bits developed first).

    I think people need to be on the blue pill side of things. Not know what is going on behind the scenes, where resources are being allocated. The mystery actually works in developers favour.

    Of course Early Access has thrown something new into the mix by putting a sign to let people in through the doors nice and early.
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  • Widge 28/07/2014

    @chanandler Early Access does not state that your money is going to fund that title. Early Access gives you a chance to get the game early and be a part of its development from a community standpoint.

    If you're paying these people money, it is up to them what they do with it. If they decide to get in a bunch of new people and start balancing resources between a portfolio of projects, then that is the way it is to be done.
    Reply +7
  • Widge 28/07/2014

    @bad09 surely your ire should be directed at Valve for allowing Early Access games.

    From the FAQ, the Rust devs haven't actually done anything that isn't described as being what early access is.

    It is put up, as early access, for a sum of money. You have the choice whether to pay money for it or wait for it to be released.

    You don't have a say in the hiring and project resource allocation of the company.
    Reply +8
  • Widge 28/07/2014

    Also, it sounds like they are bringing in new people to work on new titles. Again, no problem with that. You can't just throw people at Rust until it is finished, I'm sure the recent EG article on here went into how it doesn't actually help things get finished any faster. Reply +4
  • Widge 28/07/2014

    @INSOMANiAC I think the latter is the pertinent point here. I doubt any dev works in an "end to end" game creation process. While ND were happily finishing off Uncharted 3, they had a bunch of people working on The Last Of Us.

    I think this is normal and acceptable, these guys are well within their remit to do it.

    However, like you say, they should probably not yap about their other projects, if only to keep the internet quiet. Give the impression of end to end game creation whereas it isn't.
    Reply +3
  • Mass Effect 4 concept footage reveals Mako vehicle

  • Widge 28/07/2014

    I think people are getting carried away with their exploration wishes. While No Man's Sky looks awesome, it looks awesome for its relative narrative free "go explore" structure.

    While that is great for that, it would be less so for ME. With ME, it was always about the Space Opera and it would not suffer long patches of game where the player noses around star systems for hours on end.
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  • Widge 28/07/2014

    @houldendub ME1 needed to be an RPG in the first place to stop being one.

    As it stands, the entire series is an action third person shooter series with light RPG overtones.
    Reply +1
  • Widge 28/07/2014

    As long as the Mako isn't just dumped in:

    a) the same featureless rock squares, with the same buildings, with the same enemies

    or

    b) a long winding road punctuated by enemy chokepoints (i.e. oh! this is a main quest mission!)

    Then that is ok.

    People have a certain romantic opinion of ME1's side missions, where they were in fact the most cullable part of the games. Not saying planet scanning was any better either. Both equally dull distractions.

    At least the bespoke landing missions in ME2 and the DLC vehicle ones actually added some personality. Fingers crossed things are in that style.
    Reply +2
  • Tech Analysis: Destiny beta on Xbox One

  • Widge 25/07/2014

    AS PART OF THE PC MASTER RACE - I will only be able to play this in PS3 blur-o-vision. So enjoy it, you lucky devils, regardless of your PEE COUNT. Reply -61
  • Final Fantasy character designer Tetsuya Nomura re-imagines Batman

  • Widge 24/07/2014

    Bahahutman Reply +2
  • What if every PC game could run on your tablet?

  • Widge 24/07/2014

    @nabletonatablet Excellent counter, I shall print this and frame it. I might even write 60G next to. IT'S THAT GOOD. Reply 0
  • Widge 21/07/2014

    Can everybody who is talking about keyboards, mice, monitors, 47" TV's tell me how they are using these in public, on a train, ad hoc in a cafe... because I don't know if I am missing a trick here or if there are some people spectacularly missing the point. Reply -1
  • Widge 19/07/2014

    I missed whether these budget options were Win8 not RT. I think I'd happily swap my ipad4 for something that ran Ableton and gamed a bit. Reply +6
  • Sony to offer free games, PS Plus subs in $15m PSN hack settlement

  • Widge 24/07/2014

    @Bertie GOD NO. Little balls of sour and little balls of face black holes. NO. Reply 0
  • Widge 24/07/2014

    @Bertie I was digesting every word in this article with the relish of someone who had just been invited to an all you can eat barbeque of the highest calibre.

    Then I got to the bit about US ONLY and it was like someone had waved a wand and all the food had turned into olives and capers.
    Reply +1
  • Widge 24/07/2014

    Clarification for all the askers:

    Yes, this happened in the US and EU after the original downtime. Both sets of users got slightly different games. If you had a US and EU account, you raked in a grand total of 4 games.
    Reply +2
  • Widge 24/07/2014

    I think a little "USA ONLY" in the title might alleviate the crushing disappointment (that I'm sure I wasn't the only one in experiencing) when reading this. Reply +18
  • CounterSpy PS4, PS3, Vita European release date

  • Widge 23/07/2014

    Shadow Complex was my biggest "missed" title. Reply 0
  • Widge 23/07/2014

    I hope this is good. I'll have that on Vita. Reply +14
  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Nvidia Shield Tablet

  • Widge 22/07/2014

    misgivings about Android's suitability as a core gaming platform
    That will be the main issue FOREVER.
    Reply +1
  • Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty! review

  • Widge 22/07/2014

    I have no idea why but I never ever got this game. Had the demo PSone disc but just didn't buy it.

    Oh god the magic of mailed out Playstation demo discs. I remember when I got the Ico one through.
    Reply +1
  • Google Play removing "free" label for F2P games with in-app purchases

  • Widge 21/07/2014

    @MrTomFTW well they do on iOS. I think this is about making the price say something other than FREE. Reply +4
  • News channel uses Metal Gear Solid 5 screenshot in child soldiers report

  • Widge 18/07/2014

    IN YOUR FACE ITV! Reply +30
  • PS4 top-selling US console in June despite Kinect-less Xbox One launch

  • Widge 18/07/2014

    @UkHardcore23

    JUNE
    PS4 - 269k
    XB1 - 197k
    3DS - 152k
    Reply +7
  • Widge 18/07/2014

    Oh and lol @ Bandershu. Reply +5
  • Widge 18/07/2014

    @muro After the job severing that just went on? Reply +16
  • Digital Foundry: Hands on with the Destiny PS4 beta

  • Widge 18/07/2014

    Looking forward to the PS3 analysis. Reply +21
  • Microsoft is shuttering Xbox Entertainment Studios, original programming

  • Widge 18/07/2014

    Less cash on TV, more cash towards internal studios. Reply 0
  • Widge 18/07/2014

    @challenge_hanukkah sunshuttered Reply +1
  • Widge 18/07/2014

    TBH - this is an essential step. It look like PR disaster BUT without having a media distribution service that rivals Netflix or Amazon, exclusive Xbox TV content is hitting a market that isn't there. You can mock, but this is the right step.

    Although: what does this mean for the Heroes reboot?
    Reply +1
  • Microsoft announces 18,000 jobs to be cut in the next year

  • Widge 17/07/2014

    @Malek86 They can do it. If, three years or so down the line, they are still putting out unique first party output, then people are going to see the machine in its own right. It's how the PS3 clawed things back and it's how the X1 can do so too. Even with a power/price deficit. Reply +4
  • Widge 17/07/2014

    @Malek86 MS have done a pre-emptive "our sales have doubled" press release. This doesn't take into account that: A) May was bad, B) May was also a 4 week NPD compared to a 5 week June. In which case, even the drastic brand measures aren't quite arresting the perception that the PS4 is the platform to go for in buyers minds. Reply +15
  • Widge 17/07/2014

    I think that is a third or so of the Nokia staff that moved across to MS. Fierce cutting there. Reply +3
  • Widge 17/07/2014

    @Old_Books Racist!

    Oh hang on.
    Reply +4
  • The Last of Us Remastered lets you lock frame-rate at 30fps

  • Widge 17/07/2014

    @oatmealcookiee My PC dips below 60fps and I spent a good 900 on it. Think about how much a console costs and how much an equivalent front room form factor PC costs and ask yourself if you are doing a fair comparison.

    This isn't going into the fact that, for a front room, a PC UI is not the best, amongst other idiosyncrasies that you just have to accept.
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  • Widge 16/07/2014

    @anonim1979 In your history, you're quite damning of the PS3's performance against the 360. How do you see the current climate where the performance role has now been swapped around. Are you maintaining your stance to decry the "lesser" platform? Reply +6
  • If Star Citizen hits $50m its developers will create alien languages

  • Widge 16/07/2014

    I think with TLG, if there was a constant stream from Sony of:

    Adding in ability to build home for Cateagle.
    Full history of Cateagle family tree with videos and tales of family lore.
    Care for your Cateagle, make sure you search for treats and nibbles to keep it nourished.
    Train your Cateagle - adding a full school to teach your Cateagle tricks, includes full social politics as your Cateagle has to learn to get on with the other fantasy animals.
    Cateagle wardrobe - select clothing designed especially for this game by leading pet clothiers, enter your Cateagle into fashion competitions.
    Fantasy pet social network - post on in game social network as your Cateagle. Share photos and stories from The Last Guardian.

    Then we'd all be having a case of "FOR FUCKS SAKE, CONCENTRATE" with Sony.
    Reply +19
  • Widge 16/07/2014

    @The_shlaaaag_returns

    No. Little is known about TLG. Little has been promised about what it will be or what it will deliver. There are no grounds for anybody to say whether or not what is going on with the game is "too much".

    Star Citizen is publicly bloating its scope month on month. The brief showing of gameplay that came out recently did little to suggest that it will actually be any fun to play as a cohesive product. Alone, the individual elements sound impressive but it will be round of applause time if they can deliver something at the end that lives up to the ambition.

    Also, sadly, the greater the ambition, the bigger the splash will be if it misses the target.
    Reply +15
  • Widge 16/07/2014

    @icematt12 "Well, the community recently voted to continue having these unlockable targets."

    That is a bit self fulfilling though.

    "Hey everyone! Do you want us to keep adding stuff to the game?"
    "YES!"

    I can't imagine anyone who would say no. These people won't be able to see when content is actually to the detriment of the product.
    Reply +7
  • Widge 16/07/2014

    STOP ADDING SHIT TO IT. STOP. Perfect what you have. Reply +46
  • Oculus VR clamps down on eBay Rift re-selling

  • Widge 15/07/2014

    @CaptainKerbal

    Why ever not though? Monopoly & Mergers Commission is an entity that was introduced to regulate markets. Private cartels were made illegal to stop supply/demand exploiting. These things aren't quite entirely organic and spontaneous entities that just do what they do.

    If scenarios are cropping up where the market is getting exploited by unscrupulous people, then these get addressed. I'm sure I've heard rumblings to crack down on the entire gig ticket rig that is going on.
    Reply -1
  • Widge 15/07/2014

    @a.monteiro what if the terms of purchase of the dev kit are "you cannot resell this item"?

    When you buy it, you agree to that term.
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  • Widge 15/07/2014

    @BobbyDeNiro Although by buying the item you are agreeing to the not for resale term. Also, technically, the items were not owned being at pre-order status.

    There are a lot of things in life that come with terms of ownership, never as straightforward as "I've bought it so I own it".
    Reply -3
  • Widge 15/07/2014

    @tidy-spidey to be fair, you have to go digging through to find the full picture of what is going on. I only know because I read about this earlier. Reply 0
  • Widge 15/07/2014

    @CaptainKid they found out the pre-order reference ID for the item and cancelled their pre-order. Reply +1
  • Widge 15/07/2014

    Oh and this:

    "We don't allow resale of the development kit."

    If you buy from them, you are agreeing to this.
    Reply +2
  • Widge 15/07/2014

    @JorgeLuisBorges they don't even own it, it is a pre-order. Which the seller is well within rights to cancel at any point. Reply +9
  • Widge 15/07/2014

    @BobbyDeNiro not even second hand. These are people exploiting the fact that Oculus is difficult to get a hold of by no doubt buying a load of pre-orders to then sell on.

    Any time we have directed ire at HUKD'ers ruining genuine bargains with their exploitative methods, or (in my realm) people buying limited release vinyls to then pump on Discogs at inflated prices, or those repeated tales of crazy gig ticket prices, all that applies here too.

    It should be cracked down on.
    Reply +13
  • The Forest Early Access review

  • Widge 15/07/2014

    You'll be lost in concentration, chopping down trees and gathering logs, when you'll see one, on the edge of your vision, watching you. They travel in packs, so if you're looking at one of them, you can guarantee two more are darting through the undergrowth to flank you.
    That terrifies me.
    Reply +46
  • Sony: PS4 targeting Wii owners who skipped PS3 and Xbox 360

  • Widge 15/07/2014

    @MrSandwicHead nothing.

    The entire USP of the Wii is family console. The PS4 has effectively nothing to offer that demographic.
    Reply +17