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  • Nidhogg 2 review

  • Widge 15/08/2017

    I mean I see the visual style as shifting from C64 to Amiga. I don't have a beef. Reply +4
  • What's it like when your video game leaks?

  • Widge 03/08/2017

    "We went for a sandwich after the presentation and we kind of sat there in silence for like, twenty minutes. It was so fantastic."

    That must have been some fucking sandwich.
    Reply +23
  • Tacoma review

  • Widge 01/08/2017

    @LittleBigDave I suppose it is more prevalent nowadays, but it wasn't too long ago when games were all but distilled down to a really narrow template. Those early PS3/360 days didn't have a lot of scope beyond clawing at the FPS market. Reply +7
  • Widge 01/08/2017

    @CalamityJames I hadn't thought of that, but yeah, would be a great fit. Reply +4
  • PlayStation Now gets PS4 games

  • Widge 06/07/2017

    Ah. I'd need to buy a DS4 just for this. It isn't my preferred PC controller so I'm a little hesitant. Reply -2
  • Revealed: Microsoft's Xbox One X benchmarks

  • Widge 05/07/2017

    @grassyknoll absolutely. What Microsoft has been traditionally good at is launching with compelling titles.

    In fact, the Kinect launch actually disguised an absolutely bare stretch of development back on the 360. The XB1 launch window was definitely better supported than the PS4's.

    This is the first time they've launched without anything unique and compelling.

    I'll caveat that though. The Netflix style game service is excellent. That is a real cat amongst the pigeons. If there is one thing MS do well, it is infrastructure and fleshing out their OS features.

    They've got to get games though and they've got to start reversing a trend of a good many years in that front.
    Reply +11
  • Widge 05/07/2017

    The hardware is great but it won't address their two key problems:

    1) Market share - it's simply too expensive to be mass market. It's competing against two Playstations, an existing Xbox and the Switch. Three of those will play all of (and more) of the titles it can.

    2) Software - without market share they won't get the kind third party treatment they had in the 360 gen. Also, because of the third party strategy, completely taking their foot off the pedal during the 360 gen with in house development is coming home to roost now.

    Microsoft need a new generation to come around and they need to hit it with the perfect hardware to price balance that Sony did with the PS4. Or have a unique offering like Nintendo with Switch, which only Nintendo with their catalogue and idiosyncratic approach can really do.
    Reply -3
  • Widge 05/07/2017

    Manos! Reply +1
  • Atari "back in the hardware business" with mysterious new Ataribox

  • Widge 19/06/2017

    "Now YOU can own the classic games that instigated the famous videogames crash of the eighties!" Reply +33
  • Xbox One X looks stunning - but we need to see more

  • Widge 14/06/2017

    @kraenk12 Hololens is still going I believe. The Cloud, now that is the big one. That just got wiped off the map. Reply +2
  • Widge 14/06/2017

    @Naetharu I'd be happy if they took a leaf out of the Nintendo playbook, took a power hiatus for a generation and went hybrid. Reply -2
  • Widge 14/06/2017

    @Kiliko I see that. Although the problem for Microsoft is that isn't the machine that they need.

    They've got two problems:

    They aren't selling third party in volume.
    They aren't investing in first party.

    The machine addresses neither of those issues. It's not going to shift the volume to snatch the third party crown back where they start getting preferential treatment. It's too expensive and there are three machines cheaper that it that will be able to play the same games it will. That's where mass market heads, that is where volume is.

    Also, their lack of in house development has been evident since the mid-360 cycle. They have a massive strategic shift to overcome there. Not every game needs to be a Halo grade sales monster, just some impression that investment is going on. A lot of the PS3 only IP were pretty much "ok" in nature, but it gave you a sense that there was something flowing into the platform.
    Reply +12
  • A three-year-old Elite Dangerous mystery is finally unravelling

  • Widge 25/04/2017

    @BobbyDeNiro possibly because this isn't really reflective of what bog standard players see in the game :(

    Elite is as Elite was. You start in one place, fly somewhere, do a thing, dock and repeat. Grinding out the cash.

    Really hope that this game doesn't just turn out to be something that makes for entertaining news pieces which 99.9% of players just don't see.
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  • What Remains of Edith Finch review

  • Widge 25/04/2017

    @UncleLou I think there is a diversity out there which is suiting a larger audience. So there is demand and supply.

    I'm just not touching things like FFXIV, Horizon... anything huge like that, and absolutely rely on these more narrative driven games like Oxenfree and Life Is Strange.
    Reply +5
  • Breath of the Wild shows Nintendo is learning from PC games

  • Widge 16/03/2017

    Latest PC performance thread on Gaf for ME:A

    http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1352817

    Basically loads of people who are unable to get 60fps with everything turned on unless running with £400+ graphics cards. Apply to most major games.

    Fuck the framerates, just turn everything on and if it plays ok, it plays ok!

    Christ, I went through Blighttown on Dark Souls PS3. Fantastic game. No complaints. Lose the PC master race cliche obsessions from gaming.
    Reply +32
  • Widge 16/03/2017

    @Master09 I am a PC gamer and I don't care about 60fps. The first thing I do in any game is try to turn absolutely all the graphical options on. I don't monitor framerates. I don't use KB&M.

    Powergaming is absolutely enthusiast and thereby niche. Most people want to whack in a game and have it go.
    Reply +42
  • Harmonix's next game is DropMix

  • Widge 10/03/2017

    Like the concept, hate all the music. Reply +10
  • Intel Kaby Lake: Core i5 7600K review

  • Widge 04/01/2017

    As far as I can tell, the gains in going from a 3570k isn't really worth it for me.

    I'd rather see if I could get some faster RAM or wait and see if AMD can spice things up in the processor world.
    Reply +8
  • 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.
    Reply +1
  • 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 +15
  • 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 -14
  • 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.
    Reply +2
  • 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.
    Reply +34
  • 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.
    Reply +15
  • 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.
    Reply +2
  • 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.
    Reply 0
  • 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.
    Reply 0
  • 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?
    Reply 0
  • 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.
    Reply +1
  • 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.
    Reply +42