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  • The real story behind The Sun's "Gaming as addictive as heroin" headline

  • YenRug 08/07/2014

    So, when The Sun runs videogame reviews, or competitions with videogames as prizes, does that make them Pushers or Dealers? Reply +8
  • Sniper Elite 3 blasts through second week as UK number one

  • YenRug 07/07/2014

    @ConsolesEqualCancer Oh look, the Lesser Spotted PC Fanboy! Have to write that one up in my notebook... Reply +3
  • Inside Sniper Elite 3's Rebellion, Britain's best guilty pleasure developer

  • YenRug 03/07/2014

    @kimanahe Considering how much of this legal mess almost certainly extends from the crapshoot of the US legal system, it's ironic that their own First Amendment is used in defence whilst their own USPTO grants similar rights all the time. I'm not defending their actions in the slightest, just recognising how shit the system is thanks to the efforts of lawyers. Reply +1
  • YenRug 03/07/2014

    @Bluetooth Actually, you weren't forced to buy it for 40; when mine was revoked I want to another key seller and still paid less than 16 for it. Reply +3
  • YenRug 03/07/2014

    @pricen84 You're working on the difference between how law is worded and how it is practised/precedent; in trademark suits you have the situation that there have been cases where trademark holders haven't pursued instances which they haven't felt were infringing, but then they've bought cases they felt were infringing, in those cases the defendants have brought up the lack of prosecution in the other instances. Sometimes that's worked, sometimes it hasn't, but it leaves everyone in the position of having to pursue everyone just on the off-chance you miss the one case that brings down another.

    What is needed is a "recognition" option, e.g. a statement is issued that recognises that your trademark has been used, but you don't see any obvious infringement of your own intellectual property so you are not actively pursuing a case, but retain the right to do so.
    Reply +7
  • YenRug 03/07/2014

    @kimanahe Tim Langdell wasn't actively exploiting his "edge" trademark, other than using it to sledgehammer any use of the word by others; Rebellion are an active company, however, still producing products and relying on their brandname for their reputation. So, there is at least some difference in the situations that you need to acknowledge. Reply +5
  • NIS America Europe online store launches with "ridiculous prices"

  • YenRug 02/07/2014

    @wojciechmusialkiewi You're talking as if everyone has their own private accountant, keeping track of their purchases to put against their tax forms at the end of the financial year. If you're not in business, you don't get to see all of this stuff as your tax is normally PAYE on your income or it's already included in VAT on a product.

    We are used to seeing a final price and accepting that that is it, there is no, "Oh, I must remember to get the receipt for this coffee I've just bought so that it can go against my expenses!" The average person's interest in their receipt is making sure they've not been overcharged for something, or for proof of purchase on a guarantee.

    Yes, you are almost certainly correct that we are liable to pay tax on imported goods, but we generally aren't importing thousands of pounds of goods all through the year; we are an insignificance in the grand scheme of things, so when we get with over-exaggerated charges on minor items (I've had tax and handling charges almost equal the paid price on imports, before) we get frustrated and annoyed that we're being caught up in something that's really intended for a much larger scale.
    Reply +4
  • YenRug 02/07/2014

    Just realised that they've linked to the US branch's FB page, when in reality they should be checking out the crap storm on the EU branch's page, this post specifically:

    https://www.facebook.com/nisaeurope/posts/10152093191301895
    Reply +2
  • Steam revokes 7050 stolen Sniper Elite 3 codes

  • YenRug 30/06/2014

    @roidy Obviously, you're expected to buy the game (again) to be able to use the DLC code that they give you, it's just common sense. I was able to quickly find an alternative source on Friday, only costing about 1 more, I'm now just waiting to hear back from Rebellion. Reply +6
  • Sniper Elite 3 review

  • YenRug 26/06/2014

    @Byzanite Thanks for that, I hadn't really been looking at getting this but at that price I decided to take a chance on it. Played V2 on the PS3, but grabbed the PC version when they gave it away a few weeks back, so it seems fitting to give V3 a purchase to reward Rebellion's generosity. Reply +1
  • That S.T.A.L.K.E.R.y Areal Kickstarter: What's going on?

  • YenRug 26/06/2014

    @Skyrant Really need to read the rest of the comments first, already pointed out and discussed in depth... Reply +4
  • YenRug 26/06/2014

    @cristianoharrichteib No, what's more likely is that they've met this fellow Ukranian photographer who did a series of portrait photos for them to use, personally, whilst he's allowed to exploit suitable ones commercially. Being a model doesn't automatically mean that that's your day job, it's just the correct term for the subject of a series of portraits, especially when a release has been signed by them.

    It doesn't mean that there can't be something questionable going on, but it is an adequate explanation for why these photos are showing up on a stock photo website.
    Reply +3
  • YenRug 26/06/2014

    @the_dudefather A possible explanation:

    http://www.shutterstock.com/gallery-482764p1.html

    luckyraccoon
    Photographer

    2271 images
    Ukraine
    Member since 2009
    Emphasis mine.
    Reply +12
  • UK court rules against Nintendo in Wii patent battle

  • YenRug 23/06/2014

    @CallousB That was my thought, to some extent: if the patents were found to be invalid, but have been altered and validated as part of the trial (presumably that is legally allowed), then doesn't that mean that Nintendo did not intentionally infringe on them as they were not valid at the time that they developed their systems?

    It's like the Yanks, when they created the "supporting foreign terrorists" law and then made it retroactive for US citizens arrested in Afghanistan. They say ignorance of the law is no excuse, when breaking it, but since when does breaking a non-existent law make you a criminal?
    Reply +5
  • Everybody's Gone to the Rapture is Dear Esther meets The Prisoner

  • YenRug 23/06/2014

    @arials101 Yeah, but there's lots of little things in that video that doesn't make it look like rural Shropshire, anymore. For example, the transformers on the electricty powerlines are something you normally see in the USA, I don't think I've ever seen one like that here in the UK. Reply +4
  • Editor's blog: I am sexist

  • YenRug 19/06/2014

    Here's a line from my Grand Theft Auto 4 review, published in 2008, in a paragraph about attention to detail: "Women you date will notice if you dress poorly. They also nag."

    Can someone please submit that to @everydaysexism?
    Is it sexist if it reflects reality? If the reality was sexist, I would have some agreement, but how many men have been criticised for how they dress by their girlfriend, wife, mother, etc? What if it were a gay couple and one of them criticises the other for their standard of dress? Isn't it normal for someone to nag their other half, if they don't do something, no matter whether it's a male or female?

    The question you should be asking, where was the option to play as a female character, or to have same sex relationships in the game and the story to reflect those options. Being true to life, not so much sexist in any way that I can see, not unless you're going to start telling people to stop criticising their partner, or nagging them, because it's sexist to do so.
    Reply +8
  • Nintendo reveals Zelda Wii U gameplay footage

  • YenRug 10/06/2014

    @electrolite Wow, if this level of failure to comprehend my statement is why it got negged, then that explains a whole lot. Go back, read what I wrote, I never said that this looks like the Spaceworld demo; I said that, when they did Wind Waker, they should have used the character model from the Spaceworld demo with the cel shading graphics engine. Reply -3
  • YenRug 10/06/2014

    I've been saying for years: I always thought they made a mistake with Wind Waker, they could very easily have had a mature styled character model whilst using the cel-shaded game engine, i.e. using the character model they demoed at Spaceworld. It seems my stance has been redeemded and looks just as good as I imagined it would do.

    As good as Wind Waker was, the character style just played into the "Nintendo's for kids" rhetoric at just the wrong time, on the GameCube; if they'd gone this way it would have helped fight against it, rather than reinforce it.

    EDIT: So, negged to death for voicing a perfectly valid opinion and one, with some hindsight, proven somewhat correct. Would any of you care to actually respond with a counterpoint, or prove that you actually understood what I wrote? The only reply, so far, showed that the commenter had completely failed to comprehend what I had written, I'd like to see some evidence that at least some of you have and what your point of disagreement is. Especially if it's a non-fanboy one.
    Reply -12
  • World's largest video game collection is being auctioned off

  • YenRug 06/06/2014

    @ghostgate2001 Are you sure it's not 2145? I often get to the last line of a spreadsheet and go, "Oh, line ###, that's how many entries there are," completely forgetting that there's the header line at the top! ;) Reply +3
  • Watch CD Projekt's Witcher 3 and GOG press conference here at 7pm

  • YenRug 05/06/2014

    @avluis
    buying the game on all my platforms, even though I only open it to play on one of them.
    I think I might have an answer to your quandary...
    Reply +1
  • Mario Kart 8 off to a great start

  • YenRug 03/06/2014

    @bongomcnulty You do realise you're depriving yourself of a second free game, if you keep the physical copy sealed? If you've got everything of interest, already, then fair enough, but it's doubtful there's going to be a lack of copies to drive up resale prices of a sealed one in the future. Reply +3
  • Russia hits The Sims 4 with adult rating due to same-sex relationships

  • YenRug 12/05/2014

    @arcam It's over-exaggeration to emphasise a point.

    And you're missing the point: it was repealed, it was recognised it was wrong. Not denying it was passed, we've recognised it was wrong and trying to point out to Russia that they're making a mistake by going down the same path.
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  • YenRug 12/05/2014

    @arcam The difference is, we got rid of it whilst Russia has actually introduced it; so, it becomes a question of whether Russia is being regressive, or just a couple of hundred years behind.

    There's no denying that we had such a law, just that we've realised it was wrong.
    Reply +3
  • YenRug 12/05/2014

    @Zadrot
    Свободу пидорасам.
    = Freedom fag

    Hard to say whether to congratulate you, or pity you, without knowing more about Serbian.

    Are you saying it's everyone's right to choose to be gay, or that it's everyone's right to call out someone for being gay?
    Reply +2
  • Video: Bound by Flame live stream

  • YenRug 09/05/2014

    Most reviews have been describing it as very "average", essentially, it's the only game of it's kind on PS4 at present (so, might be of interest to owners), but it seems it has problems.

    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=bound+by+flame+review
    Reply +5
  • Buy Mario Kart 8 and get a free Wii U game

  • YenRug 30/04/2014

    @Big-Boss No, you are right, but to get at the code you have to break the seal and open the case; you could sell it as "Like New", but it would still be classed as used even if the disc hasn't been in a Wii U.

    So, it just depends on how much you can sell it on for.
    Reply 0
  • YenRug 30/04/2014

    @samharper You won't get a Club Nintendo code, but it should still register on your Club Nintendo account when you install it on your Wii U; after that, you will probably have a request show up on your account to fill in a survey (I'm doing a few on some 3DS downloads at the moment), once you've answered that and claimed your CN Stars you should get prompted with an option to select a free game on your homepage. That's how it's worked on previous 3DS offers, can't see it being any different on the Wii U. Reply +1
  • The Elder Scrolls Online review

  • YenRug 25/04/2014

    I played in several beta sessions, enjoying what I was playing, but I knew it just didn't justify an ongoing subscription for the elements that I was making the most of. It made me realise that I needed to try out Skyrim on the PC, after finding it unplayable with a console joypad, so I ended up grabbing the Elder Scrolls Anthology when I found it going cheap enough.

    So, they got one sale out of letting me try out the beta, just not the one they wanted.
    Reply +3
  • Ico-esque adventure The Girl and the Robot is coming to PS4

  • YenRug 24/04/2014

    @arty I take it you ignored the "early version" warning at the start of the video? On the Kickstarter page they point out that it was from an Alpha build. Reply +10
  • YenRug 24/04/2014

    I pledged at the $75 level for this one, I quite like the artwork and it seemed like a reasonable reward level when compared to a lot of other Kickstarters. Reply +1
  • OnLive's CloudLift subscription price cut to 5 a month

  • YenRug 11/04/2014

    "There is no contract so you can cancel at any time."

    And the very reason that this will ultimately fail, there are not enough people that need this capability on a regular basis; when someone does need it, they'll sign up for a month, or however long they're off travelling for, and then cancel it when they get back. When the service goes bankrupt, people will just go back to taking a laptop with them or not playing their PC games whilst away.
    Reply +5
  • Chris Roberts shows off Star Citizen dogfighting

  • YenRug 11/04/2014

    Oh look, I'm going to make a derogatory comment about the PS4 in a PC game story even though not a single PS4 owner has made any vocal comment about it not being on the PS4! Reply +14
  • The Last of Us: Remastered for PS4 revealed

  • YenRug 09/04/2014

    Just needs an upgrade option, I bought the download version with season pass in the 12 Deals of Xmas sale; would happily pay an upgrade fee, especially if saves were compatible, but would seriously question buying it as a full price product. Reply +3
  • Oculus Rift's John Carmack reckons Facebook "get the Big Picture"

  • YenRug 31/03/2014

    @CompetitiveDad Can't believe you missed out on capitalizing Gloom!

    Reply -1
  • PlayStation Vita system update raises app cap, adds calendar

  • YenRug 25/03/2014

    @aros Yes, you can have separate cards for different accounts, but you have to do a factory reset of the Vita to change accounts; if they could set it up so that you select an account change option, being prompted to turn the system off and swap cards in the process, that would make a huge difference. Reply +2
  • Epoch: Returns - a game inspired by Mass Effect 1's planetary exploration

  • YenRug 18/03/2014

    @telboy007 Not always, there are varying funding models on Indiegogo; I believe you always have to set a target, but you have options between taking whatever funding you receive (though I believe you have to ensure there is at least something viable, i.e. you don't get to take $500 if your target is $50,000, obviously that's not going to make anything), or only get funded if you hit your target. I think they also do gifting options, where people are in dire straits and need money to help out, i.e. medical emergencies. Reply 0
  • YenRug 17/03/2014

    Just saw the e-mail about this, seems a bit short-sighted to cancel this soon; wonder what the situation is, as it doesn't sound like just a numbers issue in the update on the Kickstarter page. Reply +2
  • Video shows how to dock in Elite: Dangerous

  • YenRug 15/03/2014

    Hate to be a nitpicker, but this was a manual landing, no docking computer involved to be playing the Blue Danube!

    Did love the little bobble-head bouncing when the ship touched down, just an extra touch of feedback if any screen shake is too subtle.
    Reply +2
  • Star Citizen raises astronomical $40m

  • YenRug 11/03/2014

    OK, the average works out to ~$100/60 per person, which doesn't seem quite as bad as I expected. Whilst the bottom level of funding is $30, for the most basic ship, it's pretty safe to say most people have probably gone at least one or two step up from that; would be interesting to see a rough breakdown of pledge level numbers, get some idea of just how insane some people are with how much money they're willing to put down on this. Reply +2
  • Tales of Symphonia: Chronicles review

  • YenRug 10/03/2014

    I remember really looking forward to this game, on my GameCube, unfortunately it ended up being the game that demonstrated how much I hate the Tales combat system. I'm a huge fan of turn based RPG's and whilst I do enjoy some real-time combat systems, I just could not get to grips with how Tales works, I always ended up feeling like I was just flailing the controller around in the air and the outcome was completely random. Reply 0
  • Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem retrospective

  • YenRug 10/03/2014

    @Dantonir Don't you mean four playthroughs, if you wanted the ultimate ending? Reply 0
  • Watch Dogs release date revealed

  • YenRug 06/03/2014

    EU PlayStation Blog seems to be confirming the 27th May, day after my birthday, launch date:

    http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2014/03/06/watch_dogs-release-date-confirmed-new-trailer/


    We are also pleased to announce that exclusive Watch_Dogs bundles for both PS4 and PS3 will also be available for launch on 27th May.
    Reply -1
  • Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is the best, most expensive demo ever made

  • YenRug 05/03/2014

    19.75, but S&H on top, apparently if you use "celebrate" there's free delivery but no idea if that code is still valid.

    http://www.gameseek.co.uk/pd/videogamesknsehubh4n/ps4-metal-gear-solid-v--ground-zeroes

    http://www.gameseek.co.uk/pd/videogames9k07fem3x9/xbox-one-metal-gear-solid-v--ground-zeroes
    Reply +5
  • Now European Commission investigates free-to-play games

  • YenRug 02/03/2014

    I've got a great idea, force "buyers" to purchase the most expensive package to be able to download the "free" game.

    Sounds nuts, but think about it, how many publishers are going to put a 70 price tag on their game if they want people to download it?
    Reply 0
  • TxK review

  • YenRug 13/02/2014

    @slk486 Don't forget to go into the options and set the SFX and Music to 200%, too. Reply 0
  • Naughty Dog mulls The Last of Us 2

  • YenRug 07/02/2014

    @TheEarlOfZinger Personally, that falls under the "same universe", not continuing the story. Not saying you can't have Joel or Ellie crop up in another story, but their story has been told. Reply 0
  • YenRug 07/02/2014

    When the rumours about this came up a week or so, ago, I talked about it with a friend at work. We both agreed, a TLOU sequel would really need to be another story entirely, trying to continue Ellie's story would spoil what was told in the first game; use the same universe, yes, continue the story, no. Reply 0
  • MGS: Ground Zeroes can be completed in under two hours

  • YenRug 05/02/2014

    Isn't this the sort of thing that used to be on a demo disc bundled with another game? Did they forget to make ZOE 3, or did they just decide not to bother making a game which needed to boost its sales? Reply +7
  • Letter from America: A hazy shade of winter

  • YenRug 02/02/2014

    @jeremy.parish Re: The Bangles vs Simon & Garfunkel

    I'm 43, not 53; pretty sure I've never heard the original version before now, I wasn't even aware The Bangles version was a cover!

    So, no, I meant The Bangles version.
    Reply 0
  • YenRug 02/02/2014

    @jeremy.parish I would class those points as the general attitude to the UK/European market by Japanese companies, rather than something specific to Nintendo.

    It's not like we don't still get huge delays, thanks to "having to deal with multiple languages"; always annoyed me, that one, when there's often French and sometimes Spanish options already included in NA games, just how hard is it to throw German in there as well? Nintendo had the greater number of RPG's early on, text heavy games taking their time to grind through the mill, so the delays were more noticeable on their systems.

    As for PAL conversions, well, the 50Hz/60Hz/576lines/480lines situation was a problem for years and was still something we had to deal with even on the original PlayStation, so, no, not a specific Nintendo problem either.

    Marketing? Yeah, I'll give you that one, that's definitely Nintendo's horrendously huge weak spot, even now.

    I would argue that you're looking at this from the viewpoint of wishing that Nintendo had done things differently, so that they would be in a stronger position today. My viewpoint, however, is as someone who was happily playing on his Spectrums and Amigas during this period; we had a much larger market, in terms of scope and coverage, rather than the two party situation that existed in NA (much like politics). You had a straight up boxing match, we had a playground melee; it took a while for the dust to settle, when the early home computers eventually died off, leaving us with the situation of 2 competitors for the TV based gaming market and then it was a comparatively short time before they were joined by a third competitor, once again.

    In the UK, we just never really had that "two horse race" mentality have a chance to establish itself to the same extent; yes, there nearly always have been two "giants" duking it out for the top spot, but, there's nearly always been something else in the mix alongside it as an alternative option.
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