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  • Should you buy an Xbox One X?

  • Widge 07/11/2017

    My issue with MS's software strategy isn't that this was something that started this gen. The roots to this can easily be traced back to before the original Kinect launched on the 360.

    A lot of the early 360 fanfare quickly dissolved into third parties being like third parties (specifically referring to "winning Sony franchises" and exclusives like Mass Effect and Bioshock crossing over), and happily sitting back, servicing the core trio of in house IPs and only vaguely stirring into life when a hardware launch happens.

    When you look at buying into the Xbox ecosystem, this is starting to have a real impact in people's consciousness. The only thing they seem like they want to hit upon at the moment is leveraging GaaS top tier franchises and nothing else. Which is a really bad way of going about things. They need that full spectrum of titles and not everything has to be a complete runaway headline grabber. Christ, most of the PS3 output from Sony was made up of "ok" titles, but it was content and appreciated content.
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  • Widge 07/11/2017

    Games were always going to be the clincher of this machine. Think about the competition in the console space - there is currently one console with the exact same catalogue and significantly cheaper. There is a competitor with a much healthier development ecosystem that is in two flavours, both cheaper. Hell, there is a third competitor offering a completely different USP through portability which is also cheaper!

    It is really weird when one of the most compelling things about the latest bleeding edge consoles is its ability to uplift certain patched games from the previous console generations.
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  • Kinect officially dead

  • Widge 25/10/2017

    @ChrisOTR Crackdown 3 is meant to be the big one.

    Again, the big problem with this was that it provided a technology solution for a sole platform where there are publishers wanting to release on many.
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  • Widge 25/10/2017

    @ambershee Hololens looks like it's going to be pushed towards real world solutions rather than gaming. AR for people performing surgery for example. It's very good for that. Reply +7
  • Widge 25/10/2017

    @JamesSwiftDay Third party devs want the biggest bang for buck. So they wouldn't soley develop around a platform that would have effectively cut Sony customers out. You can get one or two pieces of support here or there, but unless you have overwhelming critical mass, they'll just play a numbers game.

    On the other hand, Microsoft had pretty much given up on either developing or sourcing unique content around the middle of the previous generation. So with no commitment to software on pretty much all fronts, it was doomed.
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  • Widge 25/10/2017

    @droidlife4me on that... I think they did the right thing. If you want people to develop for a peripheral, then make it part of the base unit.

    Only problem for Microsoft was that they expected to coast on with the same performance of the 360 generation and every third party would bend over making games for them while they sat back and occasionally fired out a Halo, Gears or Forza. Spectacularly flipped that one.
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  • Widge 25/10/2017

    Seems like a million years ago that both this and "the cloud" were being pushed to be the cornerstone of the generation. Reply +69
  • Epic is suing two alleged Fortnite cheaters

  • Widge 13/10/2017

    @Shakey_Jake33 I'm starting to feel like developers and publishers are not seeing the modding community as legitimate.

    I mean you are effectively making something off the back of all their work, and Patreon is starting to see people remunerated for it.

    It's where the Bethesda stuff has come from.

    The end result is that T&C's have been in place to protect code, IP, yet a blind eye has been turned towards it, and it has created a sense that this is "the norm". Now, they're starting to enforce IP protection, and it's through means that everyone who has bought and agreed to on a game has signed up to.
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  • Gran Turismo Sport fixes the series' racing - but at what cost?

  • Widge 12/10/2017

    Light content after the excesses of GT6? Sounds like a pattern to me. First GT game of a gen = light, wish I'd got GT4 instead of 3, GT6 instead of 5. Reply +6
  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Switch's 'impossible' Doom port

  • Widge 21/09/2017

    I went back and watched an (offscreen) video of Killzone on Vita. I think we could safely say that it was the visual benchmark for portable FPS.

    It still is no slouch, but the gains on whatever they've done on Doom is astonishing. Apart from the apparent smoothness, the real king is the detail levels, atmospheric stuff.

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  • Widge 21/09/2017

    @BellyFullOfHell oh hey, remember Street Fighter 2 on Amiga 500? Reply +20
  • Widge 21/09/2017

    I was pleased to see PS3/360 era games crossing across to the Switch. I wasn't even expecting anything from the current lineup to dare to transition. And now we're even hearing of the possibility of full fat FFXV initial feasibility happening. That's --- not bad really. Reply +43
  • Can Xbox One X really run Quantum Break at 4K?

  • Widge 20/09/2017

    @Psiloc CPU is still going to be a limiting factor in a lot of games. Where the graphics grunt got a kick in the Pro/X, the CPU didn't. A nudge at best. Reply +3
  • World's first 8K VR headset off to flyer on Kickstarter

  • Widge 20/09/2017

    I've always wanted to look like Jehuty. Reply +1
  • Destiny 2 is a lot less annoying, but a lot more of the same

  • Widge 08/09/2017

    Stealth Destiny article. Reply -1
  • Star Wars Battlefront 2's space battles could do with a little George Lucas

  • Widge 25/08/2017

    @slk486 I'm not sure I'm down with this. Star Wars was effectively Flash Gordon, it was always aimed to be the bombastic space opera for adults and kids alike.

    It's whenever it tries to take itself too seriously that it's always gone wrong. Especially when it does a misguided adult thing and accidentally lands in adolescent.
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  • How Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One X improves over PS4 Pro

  • Widge 23/08/2017

    @gabloammar they're not going to do that. Their entire strategy since mid-last gen has been to cream on third party attachment. And this machine isn't going to do that. By their own admission, the S is going to be the volume seller still and that is not going to bother Sony's market share. Reply -3
  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Skyrim on Switch

  • Widge 23/08/2017

    @Kallews

    you're stood up on a train playing Skyrim. Which runs better - the Switch Version or the PC Version? How many mods run?
    Reply +4
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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 Ł400+ 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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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 +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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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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