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  • Final Fantasy 15 review

  • Widge 01/12/2016

    @djayjp firstly, peer opinion has nothing to do with anything in appraising. Every got together with a bunch of mates and they all like a game but you see issues with it? Your opinions are not invalid just because a majority of peers are coming in with praise.

    I do find being a fan of a series gives you the ability to be critical, moreso that others. I absolutely adore Final Fantasy 7, for example, but when I break it down nowadays, I give it a shockingly rough ride. Or how everyone paints Mass Effect 1 as faultless genius, and some holy entity compared to the subsequent games, where it actually has significant issues.
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  • Zoe Quinn's next game is a far cry from Depression Quest

  • Widge 27/10/2016

    I just deleted 5 comments and 3 users because I didn't like the way their avatars looked. Reply +14
  • Widge 27/10/2016

    @gatergamorXB1 respectfully, I disagree with your opinion and your rights to speak freely so I have deleted your post, yourself and your dog. Reply +6
  • Widge 27/10/2016

    GOD, GAMERS.
    Games should be banned anyway, there hasn't been a decent game made since DmC anyway. Hopefully this is the beginning of the end of AAA development and move towards purely boutique production.
    Reply -13
  • What do the creators of Dear Esther think about the term Walking Simulator?

  • Widge 06/10/2016

    @TimmishMcgraw I find the "does it matter" tends to originate from people wanting to categorise games, then berate and chastise publications for covering or rating them. Reply -2
  • Widge 06/10/2016

    Not this bollocks on "games must have challenge, fail states" again. I grew up in an era where plenty of games had none of that. I'm sorry you gaming experiences to date have led you to have a narrow definition of what a game can be, but don't apply that as a definite. Reply +1
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare disc required to play Modern Warfare Remastered

  • Widge 03/10/2016

    @FuzzyDucky There's going to be enough people who would love to play the current Call Of Duty, remembering that this is a bit of a bonus tier and not the standard package.

    What Activision don't want is that entire market hammered by first week trade ins.
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  • Widge 03/10/2016

    Comments about it being available separately are more than likely accurate. Wait for sales curve to wane and 2nd hand impact to be at its lowest, release COD4:RM standalone to maximize sales.

    I don't think the game making world would revert if everything went pure digital, no-trades. There's a benchmark now.
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  • Widge 03/10/2016

    @Malek86 they want copy retention. They want both games to remain in the hands of the consumer as long as possible so that it doesn't hit the second hand eco-system.

    If you think of how the process works, it's this:

    1) Game is released.
    2) Shops have a campaign of "trade 2 - 4 recently released games in for new game" to support this.
    3) Punters still riding the early purchase curve of "newly released games" now get pushed in the direction of traded copies.
    4) Shops satisfy early game demand with second hand stock, retain resell price, don't need new stock.

    so that leads to:

    5) Publishers introduce mechanics to ensure games do not enter second hand ecosystem in the early lifecycle of a product.

    Which is:

    DLC campaigns
    Must need disc
    Multiplayer
    Season passes

    A lot of finger pointing is done at the publishers where it is actually just a response to retail tactics to maximise per copy value.

    What actually looks like pro-consumer (new titles, discounted, great trade incentives) is actually pretty game-negative (impacts on game design, money going into the actual game making eco-system).

    The best thing here, for retail, is that the only people taking the flak for it will be publishers.
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  • What do you actually do in games?

  • Widge 30/09/2016

    Some wonderful comments from gaming's valiant gatekeepers, laying down the set in stone law of what is and isn't a game, what is and is not allowed.

    I wonder of the age of these gamers. Perhaps they are young and have only experienced life on consoles. Perhaps they consider themselves aged at having been on board from the NES onwards.

    I, however, remember games being distinctly free spirited affairs, completely free of constraint. After years being squeezed into the narrow scope of games, reaching a pinnacle of dullness early in the PS3/360 cycle before the seeds of change were planted, we're in a place where a diverse catalogue exists and avenues, no matter how nice, can be explored.

    Quite odd to see that argued as "a bad thing" and you really have to wonder about the comments and their upvoters on the subject.
    Reply +11
  • Report: Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey secretly funded pro-Trump meme website

  • Widge 23/09/2016

    @JoelStinty and it is exactly this sort of stuff that is knitting the shitty demographics of the internet together.

    Ceaselessly flocking to meme spam, all completely drilled in using the same terminology. Every time, same language, same rhetoric. They move as one.
    Reply +19
  • Widge 23/09/2016

    Some great "both sides" stuff on here, conveniently sidestepping that Luckey is basically funding demographics who actively relish in hate and persecution, ones stepping out of the shadows validation because of the campaign Trump is running.

    BALLS TO THIS FAUX BOTH SIDES SHIT. Call it out, call him out and his "lording myself over the little people" manner.
    Reply +68
  • Nvidia's Pascal-powered laptop chips are a true generational leap

  • Widge 17/08/2016

    1070m SurfaceBook 2 pls. Reply +7
  • Doom's Vulkan patch is a PC performance game-changer

  • Widge 13/07/2016

    From what I understand, async is something that NVidia are finding themselves in the position of catching up on. Whether this can be done at a driver level is unknown.

    If Vulkan really takes off, could be worth trading in for AMD.
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  • Nvidia unveils GTX 1060: $249 buys you GTX 980 power

  • Widge 07/07/2016

    They are reckoning $299 for the founders edition.

    I'm going to hopefully grab the EVGA reference one. I've got a mini-ITX case and the blower types suit that better than the open non-reference ones.
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  • PlayStation 4 filing points to DualShock 4 PC adapter

  • Widge 06/07/2016

    This sounds ok but do you get PS prompts in game? Reply +3
  • AMD Radeon RX 480 review

  • Widge 30/06/2016

    @KingToad12 Generally I read that staying away from CF is the way to go. Unstable and unreliable technology. Still.

    I think waiting for the high tier AMD range is the only course if you want to challenge those Nvidias.
    Reply +1
  • Widge 30/06/2016

    @zBIGDADDYGz not really. I dipped onto amazon.com today and there is about a $50 price difference still. Reply 0
  • Widge 30/06/2016

    So the big question is whether to go for this or a 970, from the perspective of a miniITX purchaser.

    The thing about the 480 is it has an entire lifetime of driver maturity to come. There is also a weird statistic about Nvidia cards and how their performance gradually degrades over their lifetime and equivalent AMD cards nudge in front.

    Already this card is a smidge above what I want to spend on one. I don't think any prospective 1060 (in its 6GB flavour) will be on a par price wise.

    Best course of action is to sit and wait for both the 480 and 1060 to be out in non-reference form.
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  • Widge 29/06/2016

    @lexlaureijssen1 well yes, in the case by case world, I agree. For individuals, a console beats a PC and for totally valid reasons.

    I chose to go front room PC but I'm not blinkered enough to know it is a bad solution for some.

    But that brings us onto this card! Which will be great for my tiny box PC and at a great price. Very pleased with how it sounds. All down to the 1060 to steal it's thunder.
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  • Microsoft's mixed messages at E3 aren't pretty for Xbox One owners

  • Widge 16/06/2016

    @Dingbot5 The XB1 S and the PS4 Neo are in no way going toe to toe. The XB1 S is STILL competing with regular PS4. Reply +6
  • Widge 16/06/2016

    @LittleBigDave I think everyone gets the idea of how side by side iterations work. I think the surprise is more that both consoles have been announced simultaneously. The key difference between what Nintendo and Sony have done.

    If you have no XB1, will you buy the S or wait for Scorpio? If you have an XB1, will you buy the S or upgrade to the Scorpio?

    It just seems like a mad strategy. Firmly believed this was to be the S conference, hoping to get a jump on what would have been an expected PS4slim in the near future.

    Instead, Sony have decided to go off plan in console hardware generations and MS have had to wade in with a reactive response.

    Its like announcing a PSPlite at the beginning of a conference and finishing it with the PSPvita announcement. Why even bother?
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  • Widge 16/06/2016

    @Gl√ľck Yep, I like that. It means I can play Forza Horizon 3.

    Does mean that if I was to buy a console, I'd most likely buy a Sony or Nintendo though. I think this is what people are driving at with talk of undermining.
    Reply -1
  • Widge 16/06/2016

    @CaptainKid he's also stated that devs can code for 1080p on Scorpio if they want. Basically, mixed messages as the piece states.

    In a nutshell, they haven't got a clue what is going on yet... they're winging it because they had to respond to Neo.
    Reply +3
  • Widge 16/06/2016

    Microsoft were ready to offer a slim this year at E3. Neo caught them by surprise and they've had to announce two consoles to keep pace. Purely reactive stuff. Reply +6
  • Sony announces God of War reboot

  • Widge 15/06/2016

    God Of War had run its course. It's mechanic had pretty much been run into the ground an Ascension was one game too many.

    It needed a reboot, I was hoping for something Norse with a new character. It's not quite that but it seems to be so much more.

    Liking that Sony are being brave enough to turn their iterated IP's on their head. They can only keep on doing the same thing before they become stagnant.

    Be interested to see how long Gears and Halo go on for before they need shaking up.
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  • Hands-on with the underwhelming Fallout 4 VR demo

  • Widge 14/06/2016

    @ph101 you can't give a hands on impression on what might happen in the future, you can only tackle what you are presented with. Reply +1
  • AMD's Polaris-powered RX 480 graphics card priced at $199

  • Widge 02/06/2016

    @jimdriver2 Well, I've got a HUGE library of games on my PC that I don't have on Playstation and my 660 needs a kick up the arse. It's pretty much the only part that needs a significant uplift. Reply +10
  • Widge 02/06/2016

    @WilhelmvonOrmstein I'd say the price gap is much wider than normal car vs BMW. Reply +6
  • Widge 02/06/2016

    @seasidebaz Yeah, I saw some interesting analysis on this actually. Nutshell is that at the start of life, the nVidia cards generally have the edge, but over the lifecycle of the cards, AMD tends to claw it back and the overtake. Possibly no good if you like to refresh with every generation but if youíre sticking with something for a good few years, encouraging to see. Itís not a huge gap either way. The big thing is the stability, both vendors have their quirky updates now and again but nothing debilitating. Crossfire on AMD is stuttery pap though so I read. Reply +1
  • Widge 02/06/2016

    @Timmy_Toldrum They did some CrossFire tests which put it in the 1080 mark. But I generally read that single card is a preferable solution in general.

    There has been lots of speculation on some benchmarking figures which could point at a 490 variant. Plus the high end Vega cards are still to come.
    Reply +6
  • Widge 02/06/2016

    @seasidebaz From what I've been reading, the drivers are just fine nowadays.

    I cannot comment as I've been nVidia for a good few years but my time with AMD before that wasn't fraught with badness I have to say.

    Each company have their own issues with drivers in reality.
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  • Widge 02/06/2016

    Not mentioned in the article is the $229 8GB version. Reply +28
  • Widge 02/06/2016

    And THIS was what I was talking about when saying the 1070/1080 cards were wonderful but completely pointless for me.

    Anything pushing past £200 is just too much for me to slap out on a card. This comes in a the perfect price/performance ratio.

    A lot of people were looking at the top line performance nVidia were pushing as some sort of indicator of win-ness but that is quite pointless in terms of making a product that is viable for the most consumers.
    Reply +54
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 review

  • Widge 17/05/2016

    Amazing card and totally pointless for me. I need something in the £150 range. Reply +1
  • In Theory: Can AMD Polaris regain the mainstream PC graphics market?

  • Widge 08/05/2016

    I want a low power, cost effective 1080p/60 card, so watching this with interest. Reply +35
  • The Division players up in arms over bugs, exploits and glitches

  • Widge 20/04/2016

    The game sounds fundamentally broken now. Reply +18
  • Baldur's Gate: SoD head of studio addresses political backlash

  • Widge 07/04/2016

    @MrTomFTW Did they really replace it with that? I thought the line was a terrible addition when thrown in.

    Although, apparently, the series has been known for a wry commentary on contemporary themes in the past, so maybe it did fit after all...
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  • Overwatch's Tracer has a new pose

  • Widge 06/04/2016

    Looking forward to the flippant comments from the binary thinkers. Reply +6
  • Blizzard to remove Overwatch pose accused of reducing Tracer to “another bland female sex symbol”

  • Widge 29/03/2016

    @EdragonXX and Notch's relevance in this over the Overwatch dev teams is? Reply +2
  • Widge 29/03/2016

    its just... the dev says something that clarifies everything and everyone else is "I don't care I need to wah". I don't understand. Is reading something and thinking about it hard? Or is this just a chance to soapbox about a non-existing issue? Reply +2
  • Widge 29/03/2016

    @berelain so, based on your final para there, you're exasperated about a decision that you're not entirely sure you understand or have bothered to look into.

    That is the crux of about 99% of Internet gaming wahs. Something has happened! What about? I'm not sure but it is probably about this great big boogie man I have an issue with.
    Reply +3
  • Widge 29/03/2016

    @MrTomFTW maybe I can repost the dev comments in full repeatedly. Or just one word answers of "binary" or "context"?

    Seems the appropriate for the amount of thought going into discussion.
    Reply +5
  • Widge 29/03/2016

    @SpaceMonkey77 I don't think you read why it was this particular character that was changed (in particular, note the "in character" sexy one is untouched). It's not about reducing everything. Go back and read the dev comments and have a think. Reply +11
  • Widge 29/03/2016

    @Rogueywon in the piece you'll see how they are trying to move away from their Warcraft art. I wouldn't use that as a benchmark of goodness. Reply 0
  • Widge 29/03/2016

    @Eregol unfortunately, most arguments on a topic like this attract binary thinkers who either cannot or won't read into the context. A well reasoned argument of "wrong for this character, right for others" doesn't fit the black and white thinkers. More often than not, they are happy to argue against their own perceived slights and any attempts at pointing it out reduce to a brick wall twatting session. Reply +19
  • Not everyone's thrilled with Microsoft's Quantum Break PC announcement

  • Widge 12/02/2016

    @[TR] I thought the TR fuss was ridiculous. Although I thought it was completely fair to call out MS on their previous gen trick of trying to pretend that they had secured something entirely exclusive by using the most evasive of language.

    If they got it 100%, then totally fine. But they hadn't. Nobody called them out for their terrible 360 investment in the 2nd half of its life, and again for their poor support of Kinects post launch.

    When you're in first place, you can play the third party games are our exclusive titles game, not when you're in catchup.
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  • Widge 12/02/2016

    @jambo74 Well, there is the DF £300 PC articles.

    In reality, I spent a lot more on mine because I wanted to. Expensive mini-ITX case, SSD, decent card...

    The return is much better as games catalogue didn't obsolete as soon as I upgraded. There is also a huge slice of unique EXCLUSIVE content over there too, which makes it an attractive platform.

    Yes, it has its foibles which consoles deal with significantly better (never say that loudly as PC only users will get shouty) but the platform is becoming increasingly aware of the market it can get into by offering a more console like experience.

    Look at the raft of console form factor PC's you can buy. Valve offering their mouse solution in the Steampad, which pairs just lovely with an XB1 pad to give that pure front room experience. Look at the software support where getting previously console only titles is an expectancy rather than an oddity.

    It is moving away from the old "tethered to a desk and tower" setup of before.
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  • Widge 12/02/2016

    @MrTomFTW

    Really, plenty of people bemoaned Vita games migrating across to console. Why? Because it signified that Sony were not going to invest in the platform. And it has pretty much panned out as true. Vita has a shadow of support and will more than likely be the last hurrah of Sony's foray into handheld. And this was a piece of hardware that was absolutely glorious too.

    It is good from a consumer perspective, it is bad from a platform perspective. You have to separate the two.

    I am PC only, Xbox games coming to my platform is good. It is bad for Xbox hardware as it creates the impression that MS have given up on it. I already had it locked down that PC and PS3 was the prime combination for the last gen. Even PS4 is a shaky prospect for me this gen with the Nintendo platforms offering the most unique content. Xbox... I mean why even?
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  • Widge 12/02/2016

    @LittleSparra PC is still incredibly niche, yes. It has a serious amount of foibles that you either have to get on with or default to console. Neither platform is technically "right".

    The key issue is that, out of three competing vendors, two are consistently showing to invest in unique content for their customer base, one is effectively going "fuck it".

    It's like Netflix pumping out all their invested TV series to Amazon Prime. Consumer friendly, terrible for their business as they for some reason set up competition with themselves. Especially if Amazon take all that in and continue in their little walled world.
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