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  • Advertising Standards launches investigation into No Man's Sky

  • abeeken 28/09/2016

    @IronSoldier Alright, I'll give you that - good use of a Murray gif. Reply +1
  • abeeken 28/09/2016

    @Return-of-Jafar But who booked Murray into all those media experiences? I'm sure a small British studio would never have been invited onto Jimmy Kimmel if, say, someone like SONY weren't vying for them?

    And in that case interviewee's go on with pre-approved "You can talk about this, but you can't talk about this" scripts. If he went off piste then PR should have fact checked what he said and there should have been words had.

    So yes, I do feel sorry for Murray. I'm sure he was having a great time in the media circus that was being created for him and now in the cold light of day he's realising what has happened and has gone to ground.
    Reply +5
  • abeeken 28/09/2016

    @IronSoldier Yeah, that PEGI sticker issue is all Sony. Did we ever get an answer to that "shocking" cover up? Perhaps someone in the design department screwed up? Or was it all Shaun Murray again, sneaking into Sony's design offices and tinkering with their Adobe's all while cackling maniacally and imagining himself swimming in a Scrooge McDuck moneybin? Reply +3
  • abeeken 28/09/2016

    @AdamNovice Yeah, I know I shouldn't get worked up about people getting worked up but I can't help it. I like to think I have a rational outlook on life so reactions like this and the behaviour of certain other "groups" (hint, they rhyme with Famer Fate) online just baffles me.

    I'm going to have to have a week or so away from comments sections, I think.

    I almost wish Shaun Murray would have just kept talking if only to drown out the caterwauling.
    Reply +3
  • abeeken 28/09/2016

    @jinglejangle I've been trying to avoid them but it's just getting ridiculous now. Like I said above, you don't like it, fine - move on with your life and find something to play that you do like. Reply +2
  • abeeken 28/09/2016

    @AdamNovice I disagree - I think Sony are as much to blame by given them an unfiltered podium and then arguing like "Nah, nuffin' ta do wiv me, m8!"

    Even if they only published the physical version, for all the hype and publicity they gave it at their events and on their websites, they should have been keeping check on how it would reflect on their brand if it launched to this kind of reaction.

    Honestly, I'm very interested to see how the internet and Sony handle The Last Guardian - I'm personally expecting a similar shitstorm.
    Reply +1
  • abeeken 28/09/2016

    @Furtin Maybe he's genuinely shit his pants that the screaming hordes turned up outside his door barely hours after his game came out.

    Despite liking the game myself, I can fully see that this is a PR screw up on so many levels. Sony are to blame, Hello are to blame as a team, Murray should have been wound in (likely he now has) but holding one man up as the "lamb to slaughter" in all this is just wrong. I like Shu Yoshida, but the way he threw Murray under the bus last week instead of taking a pragmatic view was a bit unprofessional.
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  • abeeken 28/09/2016

    @PSfourskin Now we've engaged in the past so I know you're not an "idiot" but frankly I'd never part with that much cash only on the basis of one experience. It's like buying a cooker JUST so you can make Yorkshire Puddings. If there's no other food products you want to use it for it's a hell of an expenditure.

    Now, I'm not going to make any assumptions about your disposable income but I for one can't make impulse purchases like that. People who can; I'm not going to tell them how to spend their money but, from my point of view I need to know that there is a library of experiences on a given machine that I know I won't get anywhere else before I consider investing.
    Reply +2
  • abeeken 28/09/2016

    And here we go again.

    I do so love the mob mentality of modern internet era gamers. You lot are absolute treasures to this hobby, you know that? God forbid any of us actually spend time enjoying games instead of taking up every waking hour scouring the internet for words from the developers that have somehow wronged our very existence, dredging up "evidence" about "liars" who simply want all of our money and have somehow planned monumental schemes over the course of years like some maniacal Bond villain. God forbid we don't all spend hours compiling this "evidence" into videos like some joypad wielding "David Icke", make gifs and "hilarious" jpegs. God forbid we all just look at something we don't like, call a spade a spade and say "Yeah mate, I think it's a bit shit really" and move on with our lives.

    I mean, am I the only one that sees all this as being a bit... stupid? Am I the only person that thinks there's maybe bigger problems to get worked up about than whether a videogame developer might have told a few porkies?

    Jaysis...
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  • abeeken 28/09/2016

    @patchbox360 Anyone who picks up a 350 machine purely to play one game is a bloody idiot and gets everything they deserve. Reply -24
  • The Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ has an October release date

  • abeeken 26/09/2016

    @AlistairLangfield Yeah, I think they both missed out on the big online push. I know some of their friends play online but only FIFA and neither of them really have much interest in that.

    The one game that we have to drag them off is Minecraft but they play that split screen with each other. Other than that it's Pokemon or Lego Dimensions (again, split screen) The only time they really go outside of their comfort zone is when I put something on myself (i.e. Rare Replay)
    Reply +1
  • abeeken 26/09/2016

    @AlistairLangfield My kids (10 and 8) seem to be quite a lot more responsive to older games than most. I got an XBox One S last week and all my youngest wanted to do was play Banjo Kazooie on Rare Replay, while both of them were very keen to look at the older Spectrum games on there. Jetpac was a favourite with its more arcade stylings but they also got into the isometric adventuring of Knight Lore. Neither of them really seem to care about graphics, online, achievements - all that; accessibility and fun factor win out every time. As it should. Reply +9
  • First Forza Horizon nears "end of life" status

  • abeeken 26/09/2016

    @cloudskipa We do, you're right. I have no doubt that we'll start seeing people coming forward years down the line with console hard drives full of unavailable games, however the problem then is overcoming DRM and outdated tech if the methods to interpret them are no longer available - again, this is another aspect of preservation, preserving the means to read the data back. It is, quite frankly, a nightmare. But as an archivist I believe it's also essential and that the creators of said data have as much of a responsibility to ensure its longevity than anyone.

    I'd be interested to know if Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo - or any publisher/developer for that matter have archival contingencies built into their policies. Do they take their own backups? How long do they keep them for? If MS/Sony/Nintendo/Valve/GOG etc wipe games from their servers is it done in a non-destructive way that means the game could come back online if needs be?

    If it all sounds horribly pedantic, it is (and yes, I have folders, hard drives and CD's full of archives of my own stuff - I'm THAT guy)
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  • abeeken 26/09/2016

    @its-ruiN Absolutely agree with you. I don't dislike digital distribution but there needs to be steps taken to ensure its sustainability. Certainly GOG is indeed a good example as even when items are about to be de-listed you can still download the .EXE for personal archives.

    Honestly, it's the job of the publisher to make sure that archive copies are kept and that they can be made available to archivists long term. The work I'm doing at the moment involves the preservation of academic research data so I know well that this is a huge problem everywhere. But digital in itself can be helpful here if organisations are willing to invest in archival infrastructure. It's probably just not commercially viable to them, however (see also the mass culling that the BBC did in the 60's of their raw video archives which led to whole series being lost forever)
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  • abeeken 26/09/2016

    @its-ruiN The point is more preservation, particularly for the DLC content. The 1000 club in particular adds a ton of variety to the game. For anyone who owns all of this, you're right - there is no immediate issue. They just carry on with the game installed and only encounter a problem when MS finally delete the source files from the server. For new gamers, people who got it free with GWG and might want to pick up the DLC, or people who simply pick it up out of curiosity in a second hand store, they won't be able to play the complete game once the DLC is removed. As physical copies become hard to come by, this worsens as the game itself becomes hard to play.

    YES, I acknowledge that the desire to play older games isn't something everyone has, but it would at least be nice if we could all agree that there has to be better forms of preservation in our hobby so that our history doesn't simply get wiped off servers periodically. Archiving is important and we need to start taking gaming historians a bit more seriously.
    Reply +9
  • abeeken 26/09/2016

    @Tommohawked Totally agree with you - sadly I don't think many people share our opinion that games media needs to be preserved in the same way that we preserve film and music; there is a pervasive attitude that we should be constantly forward looking and that people who may want to play older games are considered retro or niche. It's a bit sad, really.

    Having said that, I can totally understand that licensing issues may prevent new copies from being sold - case in point, I got an XBox One last week and ported my music library from Rock Band over. Slightly gutted (but not devastatingly so; I do have a realistic perspective on these things!) that some of the DLC isn't available due to licenses expiring, particularly the Spinal Tap songs. At least Horizon is backwards compatible, so it should be relatively easy to find a second hand disc version.

    EDIT: Fixed parentheses above. Because I'm pedantic.
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  • New video shows Jon Snow actor in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

  • abeeken 16/09/2016

    But, I'm sure we all want to know - just how much DOES Salen Koch know? Reply 0
  • abeeken 16/09/2016

    @MrFlump Someone needs to mod that into the PC version... Reply 0
  • Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown playable on Xbox One

  • abeeken 16/09/2016

    @Yaster Is MvC2 still deleted? That's a shame! I mean, I've still got my 360 plugged in upstairs but it'd be nice to have some of the older games to play on the big TV in the living room. I did think that it was back as I gather MvC3 is available again? Reply +1
  • abeeken 16/09/2016

    Nice! I've got this on PS+ from way back when but now tempted to pick up a disc version to play on my Bone. With The Maw being added that's nearly all my Arcade titles playable - can haz Marvel VS Capcom 2 now, pls? Reply 0
  • Sega's brilliant Sonic Mania Collector's Edition isn't coming to Europe

  • abeeken 13/09/2016

    @jabberwocky Generations was great and Lost World had some good ideas (but drifted a bit at the half way point). This basically looks like it falls into the Generations camp. Reply +1
  • PS4's big new update (the one with folders) goes live

  • abeeken 13/09/2016

    @parazels Well the demo for Forza Horizon 3 is out today - I wonder if that has the HDMI stuff turned on for S. Reply +1
  • abeeken 13/09/2016

    @AgentDaleCooper "Controller Has Turned Off!" Oh my word... Reply +1
  • abeeken 13/09/2016

    As someone with an HDR compatible telly (2016 model LG, so all working with the current accepted HDR standards) is there any way to test HDR output from standard PS4's at present? I've got little interest in a Pro (picking up a BoneS next week, mainly for the 4K BD playback, so budget it a bit stretched) but I'd be interested in what the expanded colour gamut can add to the standard machine. Reply +2
  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with the CUH-2000 PS4 Slim

  • abeeken 09/09/2016

    @monkeywithnoeyes Not at all - I've never had any issues with my PS4 being a noise machine. I do agree, though - the new design is pretty ugly, especially the club sandwich model. I never was a fan of the PS4 wedge though, but I do think MS have improved the visual aesthetics of the One in the S model. That said, they all sit tucked away behind doors in my entertainment unit so, at the end of the day, it doesn't really matter that much. Reply +2
  • abeeken 09/09/2016

    @ManatuBear Considering I have a wireless headset which uses both the optical port for sound and the USB port for power, this set up wouldn't work for me. I gather a lot of headsets also rely on the optical port so its omission would leave them redundant.

    The cynic in me could speculate it's a planned move to sell Sony's recently announced wireless clams, similar to how Apple have omitted the 3.5m headphone jack on the iPhone 7.
    Reply +14
  • abeeken 09/09/2016

    No optical on the stock model, no HDR BD on the Pro model - strange decisions from Sony, normally the trendsetters of consumer gaming tech. I like my OG PS4 as it is, can't see a reason to get a Pro. I'll be picking up a One S, however, for a cost effective HDR BD player - the fact that I can use a spare 2Tb external drive on it means I can also cut costs there and just go for the 500Gb model. Making the One S the standard model is also a sensible move from MS as it avoids consumer confusion. With the PS4, Pro and PSVR all out before Christmas, could this be Sony's Wii U (i.e. releasing confusingly named devices that don't immediately resonate with consumers)? Reply +5
  • Emulator Dolphin can now boot every GameCube game

  • abeeken 06/09/2016

    So will this run my GameCube discs? Or do I need to source "teh romz"? Reply +1
  • Nintendo has a stellar new Galaxy 3DS design

  • abeeken 30/08/2016

    @raheell9 I've still got the old 3DS but my wife picked up the Limited Edition Animal Crossing New 3DS earlier this year and I am properly jealous of it. Gorgeous screen, the 3D is near enough perfect from any angle. If the NX weren't looking like it'll be an amalgamation of handheld and set-top, I'd consider picking one up. Reply 0
  • Worms WMD review

  • abeeken 30/08/2016

    I'd be tempted to pick this up on PS4. Spent some time playing Worms with the kids on my PC but it gets a bit cramped in the office. Couch multiplayer would be perfect and the kids do love these games.

    Also, 20 years? Blimey. I remember playing a demo of the very first one to death on an Amiga Format coverdisc (back when we got our gaming news from magazines, kids). Spent even longer playing with friends when we got the full game! Oh, the nostalgias...
    Reply +1
  • Resident Evil 7 story, combat details spilled by ESRB

  • abeeken 26/08/2016

    @spamdangled I was being facetious ;) Reply +1
  • abeeken 26/08/2016

    @-TheDarkSide- Either that or he's extremely careless. Perhaps that's the twist - it was all a big misunderstanding? Reply +7
  • abeeken 26/08/2016

    @Dysisa But they promised us it WOULDN'T have combat! They PROMISED! Gah, Capcom are such LIARS! Reply -5
  • Nioh is a Dark Souls imitator with soul

  • abeeken 26/08/2016

    Well this sounds like a lot of fun! Might have to download the beta later and have a crack! Reply 0
  • September Xbox Games with Gold includes Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China

  • abeeken 24/08/2016

    AC, Forza Horizon and Mirrors Edge! This'll be my first month on Games With Gold - what a nice selection! :) Your turn, Sony... Reply +3
  • Japan's Prime Minister just rocked up to the Olympics dressed as Mario

  • abeeken 22/08/2016

    @BobbyDeNiro More like Piggsy from Enslaved. Eh? Amirite? Reply +3
  • Metroid Prime: Federation Force may point to a Metroid Prime 4

  • abeeken 19/08/2016

    An NX launch line-up featuring Prime 4 and a new Mario alongside Breath of the Wild could well break the poor old internet on announcement. Reply +4
  • Final Fantasy 15's 190 Ultimate Collector's Edition doesn't include season pass

  • abeeken 19/08/2016

    * grin splits face *

    Ahahaha-a Seehheeeason Pahahaass, for a Fahahahinal Fahahantasy gahahame?! Whew! * wipes away tears of mirth *

    Oh wait, you're serious?

    Uhhh... yeah, nope. Sorry. Why, again? Would you do this? Oh, sorry, yes, modern gaming, right, I forgot that. We don't get ALL of our games when we buy them these days, do we? No, that's right. Uh... eff you? I think that's the right response? Yeah? Yeah.
    Reply +6
  • Humble Bundle offers cheap Nuclear Throne, The Beginner's Guide and more

  • abeeken 17/08/2016

    Just when I thought I was out... they pull me back in... Reply +3
  • ReCore's new trailer does a good job of showcasing Metroid Prime dev's next game

  • abeeken 17/08/2016

    Looks like a lot of fun, a real throwback kind of game. Definitely echoes of Metroid Prime in there which is never a bad thing. If it doesn't review terribly I'll likely pick it up with my One S next month (as I'm unlikely to play the bloody FIFA pack in...) Reply +2
  • 500GB and 1TB Xbox One S bundles announced

  • abeeken 16/08/2016

    @McGooch Who. Actually. Cares. I have a PS4 and Wii U, both of which I love. I'd like a One S as well. Because I enjoy playing games, not living in some bullshit arbitrary fanboy elitist fantasy. This is 2016 - the console wars should be left in the 90's where they belong. Reply +7
  • abeeken 16/08/2016

    @r4in The US is getting a complete Halo bundle; Halo 5 plus Master Chief collection. I'd prefer either that or, as you say, a Horizon 3 bundle. Reply +1
  • abeeken 16/08/2016

    Yay! Release dates! FIFA pack in? Ugh... Don't know whether to hold out for the Gears one, but it is a whole 100 more than the 1TB, rather than the 50 difference of the launch model. That's the price of a game I actually want to play instead of "KICKABALL!" or "Bro Shooter HDR Edition" Reply +1
  • Bound review

  • abeeken 15/08/2016

    @GreyBeard See, that's interesting, however it's not very clear that's the case. I assumed that being able to play the levels in any order was simply that but there's no indication that the order alters things in some way. Even on completion, something to urge you to try that out would be helpful and spark intrigue. Like I said, beautiful game but very short and, dare I say it, with a bit of a cliche'd meta-story for this type of title. Reply +2
  • abeeken 15/08/2016

    Utterly gorgeous game but so, so short. Finished it in an afternoon. It's really designed for speed running but that leaves a lot of the levels feeling very empty on the initial playthrough with no secrets to hunt. Came away from it feeling a bit disappointed myself. Reply +6
  • No Man's Sky finishers have advice about Atlas Stones

  • abeeken 11/08/2016

    @spamdangled I do disagree, but then reviews are very subjective :) I simply feel that Sterling's review was WAAAY too early for this game, but then in a recent episode he DID say how much he dislikes most survival tropes in games, so perhaps that got him off on the wrong foot. But, like I say - opinions :)

    Personally I think the game has some big problems but I don't think it's the disaster most are making it out to be. It certainly suffers from Molyneux Syndrome but then I think a large portion of the community were imagining it to be something it never could be. I steered clear of any previews or videos or even opinion pieces and went in as fresh as I could and I'm enjoying it a lot. Will I still be in several hours time? Don't know. But, at the moment, I'm looking forward to getting back into it.
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  • abeeken 11/08/2016

    @nothough From the time I've spent with it, there are also very different ways of playing it. You could follow the prescribed path - as these players have done, or you could fully absorb yourself in the universe which could suck up hundreds of hours of time. It depends on how focused you are on story or whether you're happy with repetitive actions that have the reward of discovery. Seriously, any reviews of this game that are being published now (Jim Sterling, I'm looking at you) CANNOT have taken in the whole breadth of what is on offer. If you play it as a purely survival game you're missing out on a lot of lore from the main quest line. I'm sure there's other stuff that's also yet to be discovered. Reply +5
  • No Man's Sky limited edition has online play icon hidden under sticker

  • abeeken 11/08/2016

    Considering the 7+ rating has been gospel for quite a few months now I'd say it's a misprint covered up last minute with a sticker. Nothing to see here, folks, move along. Reply +4
  • It looks like the white Xbox One S 2TB has sold out for good

  • abeeken 08/08/2016

    @PixelJumper Going by the MS US storefront, it looks like this machine is only going to be available in white: https://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/Xbox-One-S-Halo-Collection-Bundle-1TB/productID.5060122900

    EDIT: In addition, I really hope we get that bundle. Halo 5 plus Master Chief Collection would be a really sweet pack in for me as I've only ever played the first game.
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  • abeeken 08/08/2016

    @PixelJumper The folks at my local Game (who I know quite well, so it's likely they're more honest with me) say they have absolutely no concrete information from MS other than a vague assurance from the Rep that 2Tb stock will be replenished with standard models at... some point... Reply +3