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  • 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
  • What if every PC game could run on your tablet?

  • 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 +7
  • 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 +20
  • 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.
    Reply +9
  • 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.
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  • 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 +45
  • 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
  • BioWare surveys fans for Mass Effect 4 input

  • Widge 15/07/2014

    Keep the RPG levelling elements to the powers. No need for that stuff to be tied to weapon ability. That is what a crosshair and a mouse/joypad is for.

    EVER so slightly up the amount of customisation you can do through armour/weapons. Do not return to the loot frenzy of the first game.

    Any armour complete set MUST have a helmet off status. Nothing I like less than having Shep wander around encased when not in combat.

    One ending. Don't even promise that there will be anything other than this. It is ok to take branching paths throughout the story but convergence on an end point is fine. Unless you're Outrun, it just won't work.

    Not much more that needs to happen really.
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  • Widge 15/07/2014

    I'll do this first:

    Mass Effect is a third person shooter franchise with light RPG overtones.

    Before we go anywhere near "make it an RPG again".
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  • New Doctor Who character sure looks like Garrus from Mass Effect

  • Widge 14/07/2014

    @RGeefe fuckity bye Reply +17
  • See DriveClub's dynamic weather in action

  • Widge 11/07/2014

    @cloudskipa SO. Let's hear more about how this is all running on a devkit. Reply +1
  • David Braben explains Elite: Dangerous 100 premium beta

  • Widge 11/07/2014

    I don't want to pay 200 or 100 to be allowed in early, but I have no qualms with this model. There is no expectation or right to be allowed into the game and this opens it up as a reward for those really invested in the game. Reply +30
  • What's going on with Microsoft's Xbox One dev kit and launch parity policies?

  • Widge 10/07/2014

    @spectrumfox you dont just "grab execs". This isn't some bag packer at a supermarket that has been hijacked to comment on Tesco's corporate strategy.

    The signs are pointing towards the every xb1 being a devkit not quite manifesting in the dream it was painted as. It'll be there, just not was hoped. Think of it as Sony's Linux on PS3.

    This isn't a 180, more of a 90.
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  • Heavenly Sword movie has a release date

  • Widge 10/07/2014

    @BarryBrummie it'll feel drastically dated now. It was before developers got to grips with next gen and it chugs something horrific.

    The actual combat in it isn't very good. It's shallow. The middle third, however, has some wonderful storytelling and the acting is outstanding.

    Just a shame that the actual meat of the game, the combat, was not up to the presentation.

    In many ways, it was the PS3's Ryse.
    Reply +5
  • Sony boss talks of "sleepless nights" when trying to balance PS4 capabilities and price

  • Widge 10/07/2014

    @spectrumfox no you can't, we've already done this. Reply +4
  • Widge 09/07/2014

    @Uncompetative Yeah but why on earth do you want to hide a TV behind your TV? Doesn't that then make the drive a pain in the arse to get to? And you still have the hulking great PC box in the corner of the room.

    I understand it is one of the places with which to cut corners but there is a place for form factor in consideration.

    More often than not, making things smaller ramps the price up.

    Also, that graphics card? I got a 660 and that is considered one notch below the acceptable norm.

    If you want to make sacrifices, then you can go down that path. Probably ends up being less of a hassle to get an all in the box system, and thus you end up back at a console.
    Reply +4
  • Widge 09/07/2014

    @SeeNoWeevil Planetside 2 is my main bugbear. I really have to squint to check out the mini-map and the chat window may as well not be there.

    I would imagine Dragon Age would be similar in issues. I think Anno2070 the same when I briefly booted it up. Anything which has tiny icons around the edge. Oh and Morrowind Overhaul was lolsome, then again, I suppose that was from a rather different era.

    Tends to be the console cross platform stuff that is the best to use. I remember PC people berating Bethesda for their (apparently) dumbed down console UI's. Now I see why you have such a UI.
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  • Widge 09/07/2014

    @funkyman I own one. It cost me in the region of 800-1000 to get one that was small form factor (we're talking a case that can take full length cards while still being tiny here - and that is mandatory to compete with a PS4, nobody wants a tower in their front room) and quiet.

    The CPU is better than the PS4, the SSD is of course better. The UI is worse and a good proportion of games assume that you are sat at a PC and don't need to see HUD/text from across a room.

    So yeah, there are reasons to get a console. No reality distorting machine required.
    Reply +13
  • Microsoft has abandoned plans for Xbox One consoles to double as dev kits

  • Widge 10/07/2014

    So. Comments not denied. Sounds like a stalling statement while something less PR Disaster-y is spun. Reply +1
  • How strong exactly is PlayStation's 2014 line-up?

  • Widge 09/07/2014

    @Teamallstar Planetside is still on target for 2014, so you'll still have that. Reply +3
  • Widge 09/07/2014

    @grassyknoll

    http://a.pomf.se/qzutfi.webm

    Like that?
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  • Widge 09/07/2014



    is all you need.
    Reply +44
  • How Nintendo is reinventing the shooter with Splatoon

  • Widge 09/07/2014

    @ShiftyGeezer Games aren't the only thing, it'd have to have the same ecosystem capabilities, which is something Nintendo are lightyears behind on and just wouldn't be able to catch up on. Also they would have to abandon their architecture to come in line with the MS/Sony architechtures, which would make their Virtual Catalogue BC stuff require re-porting rather than being natively supported (in effect). If they don't do that, then it makes it harder for the third parties to develop on their platform. ALSO, they'd have to start spending money on securing third party exclusive content like Sony and Microsoft.

    Effectively it is a huge pit of money to throw cash in to without any guarantee of suddenly garnering a huge audience of third party title buyers. Look at the PS4 and XB1 scenario. The PS4 is easily the platform for third party games. Why are people buying things on XB1? They like the controller, they like the ecosystem, they have a friends list.

    This idea that all Nintendo needs is to enter the power race with Microsoft and Sony is a fallacy, a surefire way to doom. Nintendo need to continue concentrating on doing something that is different. As it stands, they still break even on their console which makes it an exceptionally attractive platform for them. They are totally in control of the system and games (which they wouldn't be if they went software only) and can enjoy making money off every title rather than having to claw back a starting deficit.
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  • BioShock Vita would have been a Final Fantasy Tactics-style game

  • Widge 08/07/2014

    I would imagine this got stalled due to 2k wanting to do tactics and Sony wanting 2k to replicate "big" Bioshock on Vita. Reply +20