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  • A complete history of Nintendo console launches

  • abigsmurf 24/02/2017

    Can't really justify buying a console where it could realistically not have the games I want for it released this year. Probably going to wait for the dieshrunk revision that'll fix any gremlins and improve the battery-life (and maybe offer PS4 Pro style performance boosts).

    I am really hoping that this will save the handheld market. With the 3DS and Vita both sharing a shrinking marketplace, a new, dominant handheld that also drags in people who don't do portable gaming could be great.

    If it gets full support from Gust, Compa, NIS and Atlus it's probably inevitable I'll buy it.
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  • Nintendo's Switch media kit includes heartfelt messages from Reggie and Zelda's director

  • abigsmurf 23/02/2017

    Lots of Switch info flooding the net now

    I've seen a benchmark of the Switch's battery life done already (2:48 from 100% to shut off in Zelda).
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  • Overwatch game director talks diversity, inclusivity and Tracer's sexuality

  • abigsmurf 23/02/2017

    She's perhaps the first older Egyptian mother to feature as a playable character in a mainstream, high budget game. "We went out of our way to challenge this notion," says Kaplan.
    That is an oddly specific notion. Still, he proved all those people who thought that older Egyptian mothers could never feature in a mainstream videogame, wrong I suppose.

    That said, surely all the various games with Cleopatra as a character beat them to it?
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  • New Overwatch lore character Efi Oladele sparks an interesting theory

  • abigsmurf 22/02/2017

    Those "headphone earrings" seem they'd be such a neat idea until you realize that every time she takes a step shes going to get a clattering sound directly in her ear as the hoop bangs against the headphone casing... Reply +1
  • Street Fighter 5 mod makes loading a match much quicker

  • abigsmurf 21/02/2017

    Reminds me of when Blizzard did the opposite of this and didn't put any frame rate limiters for a menu screen in Diablo 3. As there was very little going on graphically on the screen, it caused the menu to render at thousands of frames a second, putting the graphics card at 100% load.

    People would go to the menu and go away to have dinner, come back and find their graphics card sounding like a jet engine and overheating.

    @wooferz pointed out it was Starcraft II, not Diablo 3
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  • Horizon Zero Dawn review

  • abigsmurf 20/02/2017

    To be honest from what I've seen of the gameplay footage floating around over the last few days it seems that Eurogamer's review matches much more closely to what I've seen than the glowing reviews.

    The human AI looks terrible and if the majority of the game is made up of that, that's a bad thing.

    The cutscenes look amateurish and terribly animated; there's a death scene that makes one infamous one in The Dark Knight Rises look like an acting masterclass.

    Ultimately though it looks like it's yet another open world game with a world that isn't compelling enough for me to care to explore.
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  • Disney ditches Pewdiepie after anti-semitic stunt

  • abigsmurf 14/02/2017

    I can understand Disney wanting to distance themselves from Nazi humour (although why they expected tasteful humour from someone who screams about how he's being raped for laughs is beyond me). But this whole 'normalising Nazis' thing is stupid.

    Family Guy and South Park have been doing jokes about Nazis and antisemitism for decades. It doesn't glamourise Nazis or convert people, it demeans and belittles it. I doubt they sing Springtime for Hitler at far right rallies.

    If you say jokes around Nazis are off limits, you're not 'preventing normalization'; you're putting them on a pedestal and and giving them special status.

    It's better to laugh at something than to fear it.
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  • The Secret of Monkey Island's swordfighting

  • abigsmurf 09/02/2017

    @djarcas in writing Ender's Game he's also responsible for writing one of the greatest scifi novels of all time.

    The idea that we should shun any writer who expresses any view contrary to the current popular view is shortsighted. Enjoying good books are all about presenting ideas and worlds you've never experiences.

    Would the literary world really be better if we shunned writers such as Shakespeare (anti-semitic), HP Lovecraft (comically racist), Rudyard Kipling (extremely pro-empire), Roald Dahl (anti-semitic again) ?
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  • Steam users warned after profile exploit discovered

  • abigsmurf 07/02/2017

    This is the second time Steam have had issues with the security of profile pages in recent times.

    First issue let you see random user's personal information (name, address, purchases, limited payment info) and Steam were slow to react and gave an unconvincing 'oh, only a few thousand users were affected, no biggie!' response.

    Now they're not sanitizing user inputs properly and, if you're able to purchase stuff through this XSS, not putting precautionary tokens on forms to ensure that any forms submitted have to be ones the user has physically visited and isn't loaded in through ajax.

    They'd better not get a free pass again.
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  • Controversial PC game key reseller G2A.com fights fires in Reddit AMA

  • abigsmurf 03/02/2017

    G2A exists because publishers won't get together and provide a legitimate way for people to resell something they legally own and they block any attempt to provide a large safe environment to do so.

    I don't have a massive amount of sympathy for their complaints about G2A. It's like a mayor banning the sale of condoms then complaining about an epidemic of STDs in his town.

    If, down the line, a cuddly meerkat toy I received from a certain unnamed site, became worth selling and I needed the money, it would be completely unkthinkable if, when creating an auction, it then got taken down and I got a strike against my account because "it was given to you for free".

    Publishers want to have their cake and eat it. When they're giving out these codes they're worth 0.00001p so they can bypass all sorts of laws. Do something they don't like with those codes? Suddenly that code is worth for full launch retail price of that game.

    Give people a place where they can safely sell excess codes and stop acting like people are criminals for exercising basic property rights, then maybe you can complain against sites like G2A that you give people no alternative but to turn to.
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  • Double Dragon 4 review

  • abigsmurf 03/02/2017

    The first paragraph says you can't separate politics from gaming yet there seems to be no reference to anything especially political in the review. Ironic then, you could quite easily separate it from the rest of the article without affecting it.

    Back on topic I never actually liked Double Dragon growing up, it always seemed simplistic compared to TMNT, Final Fight or Streets of Rage.
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  • Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age gets July release on PS4

  • abigsmurf 31/01/2017

    @Nikanoru Been a long time since I finished it but I seem to remember one of them featuring in the same style of role but you don't learn anything else about them.

    The game itself is actually pretty fun, a weird RTS style game. Hope they find some way of including it in this remake (although seems unlikely as they probably would have shown it off by now).
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  • abigsmurf 31/01/2017

    @Nikanoru FFXII-2's plot didn't really do anything to expand on all the unresolved stuff left at the end of the main game. It had its own mostly self contained plot with only slight links to the main game (even if it does feature a lot of the characters from it).

    To this day it still feels like we only got 3/4 of a game with FFXII and annoyingly all the stuff about what the secret big bads were and their endgame was will remain a mystery.
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  • Total War's latest Game of Thrones mod looks fantastic

  • abigsmurf 30/01/2017

    In keeping with how battles usually happen in the series, you'll spend most of the battle getting your arse kicked, then a cavalry charge will come out of nowhere and win it for you at the last moment. Reply +19
  • Square Enix announces Marvel partnership, first game focused on Avengers

  • abigsmurf 26/01/2017

    I won't lie, I was kind hoping for a Kingdom Hearts World announcement.

    That said, I imagine Marvel looked at the success of the Arkham games, realized how much potential there was in a big budget Marvel game and Crystal Dynamics who have experience doing this sort of thing made for a good match.
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  • PSA: Some of Sega's best soundtracks just hit Spotify

  • abigsmurf 26/01/2017

    Always remember spending ages getting my ratings up on all the stages in Nights in order to get the good endings and the adult version of the theme song rather than the one sung by kids.

    I was really disappointed when the adult version turned out to be a really boring performance by cabaret style singers.
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  • Life of Black Tiger is the worst PS4 game we've ever played

  • abigsmurf 26/01/2017

    $10? I think I'll wait for the 'game of the year' edition Reply +47
  • Disney Infinity dev is back, now making Cars 3 for Warner Bros.

  • abigsmurf 25/01/2017

    Found it a bit weird that Disney seemed to abandon making licenced movies on a per-movie basis. Olaf's Quest was reportedly one of the best selling games on the 3DS for a long time. Reply 0
  • Fighting game community in a flap over Killer Instinct teabagging ban

  • abigsmurf 24/01/2017

    Lets strive to make these events sterile, emotionless affairs where no one shows any personality out of the fear it could result in their career being over! I'm sure that'll make them more entertaining and drive up interest! Reply -3
  • Did Nintendo download a Mario ROM and sell it back to us?

  • abigsmurf 19/01/2017

    The existence of that header file means very little, they could have quite easily just used the same hardware and/or software to rip a cart that the online sources used, something they'd be more than entitled to do.

    It's their game, they're entitled to package it however they want and they can use whatever hardware solution they like to rip the game.

    To argue that this means Nintendo did something wrong is silly. You may as well make the argument that Nintendo aren't allowed to make a Metroid sequel in the future because they threatened someone else who was making a Metroid sequel.
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  • The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ will be a Switch launch title in North America

  • abigsmurf 19/01/2017

    Even if it's 'only slightly more expensive then buy separately on Steam', there's a big difference between buying the cheap base game, then buying expansions when you decide you like it enough to get the additional content.

    The Binding of Isaac isn't for everyone, at ~£10 it's a low risk purchase, at £40 it's a big ask, it doesn't matter how much content there is if the central concept bores you.

    You don't see "Game of the year" editions of games priced higher than the original base retail price.
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  • Microsoft announces inflatable Xbox One controller for your pool

  • abigsmurf 17/01/2017

    @jmfcao It's hard to know for sure, they always inflate their figures. Reply +33
  • Switch clicks in the hands, but on paper, it's in trouble

  • abigsmurf 13/01/2017

    Knock at least £50 off of the price, then the console becomes a bit more enticing.

    The console is offering too little for too much. After the Wii U I'm not going to trust that the thin release schedule is going to get significantly more filled in.
    Reply +31
  • Nintendo's precarious reveal runs risk of Switching off fans

  • abigsmurf 13/01/2017

    It's stupidly expensive. I can get a PS4 slim and 3 games for that price.

    The launch line up is incredibly anemic. Zelda looks great but I can play that on my dust gathering Wii U.

    Nintendo launched the 3DS and Wii U at too high price points for the strength of the hardware. Why haven't they learnt?
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  • A pair of Nintendo Switch Joy-con controllers costs £75

  • abigsmurf 13/01/2017

    Why did they feel the need to inflate the price with that pointless gesture sensor?

    I can't see it getting any support outside of some gimmicky minigames that you'll get tired of quickly and it must add a chunk to the cost.
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  • Atlus doesn't know whether the new Shin Megami Tensei for Nintendo Switch will head west

  • abigsmurf 13/01/2017

    Given how early the game seems I'm not sure they can even reliably say when it will release in Japan Reply 0
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 announced for Nintendo Switch

  • abigsmurf 13/01/2017

    How many years away from release is the game this time? Reply +1
  • Nintendo Switch out 3rd March for £279.99

  • abigsmurf 13/01/2017

    £279 is £50 more than I was expecting and franky, £50 more than it should be Reply +15
  • Nintendo announces Arms, a competitive motion-controlled boxing game

  • abigsmurf 13/01/2017

    Looks pretty fun but it looked very simple.Not sure it's going to hold my attention for long Reply +1
  • Nintendo Switch battery life detailed, capacitive touchscreen confirmed

  • abigsmurf 13/01/2017

    2.5hours for intensive games... That's not great. Reply +25
  • Nintendo Switch reveal live report

  • abigsmurf 12/01/2017

    The big question: Stayup and sleep after, Wakeup Early or just go without sleep? Reply +2
  • Dragon Quest 8: Journey of the Cursed King 3DS review

  • abigsmurf 11/01/2017

    "The other 3DS additions are less crucial."

    New playable characters and additions to the story aren't as important as a photo mode?
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  • Nintendo's wildest handheld is bowing out with style

  • abigsmurf 30/12/2016

    Was a bit underpowered, suffered from having a terrible resolution and the region locking killed it's potential as a portable for niche games (with the Vita taking that role).

    That aside, it had some great games and gave me plenty of enjoyment, Layton vs Phoenix Wright alone made it worth buying for me.

    Looking forward to Switch and Nintendo actually managing to both to give it a respectable resolution and to make it the most powerful handheld console around. Hoping that only having a single dominant handheld will revitalize the portable market a bit, especially in the West.
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  • Nintendo Switch CPU and GPU clock speeds revealed

  • abigsmurf 19/12/2016

    Such a terrible short sighted decision to use an X1 chip over the X2.

    They could have had a faster chip running cooler (so it'd need less of a downclock in portable mode) and it would have cost them almost the same amount to produce. All done for the sake of releasing the console a month or so sooner.
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  • Apple iPhone 7 more expensive in UK - blame Brexit

  • abigsmurf 08/09/2016

    @Randomkarlos look at the currency symbols in my comment again


    Apparently people still can't read.

    I said That the €(Euro) to $(dollar) exchange rate is roughly the same rate as last year. Last year the USD to EUR was 0.88 today it's 0.89. Despite this, the Euro price of the iphone has gone up €50.
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  • abigsmurf 08/09/2016

    @Kables €:$ is actually almost exactly the same value was it was a year ago.


    Feel free to check yourselves

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  • abigsmurf 08/09/2016

    No mention that the Euro price was also hiked up by around €50 or is that pesky fact too inconvenient for the sensationalist headline? Reply +14
  • PlayStation Meeting 2016 live report

  • abigsmurf 07/09/2016

    A bunch of rumours that Sony are going to show off a Vita 2 or Vita - budget edition.

    Really can't see it happening given how little they support the console.
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  • Nintendo lawyers jump on No Mario's Sky parody

  • abigsmurf 05/09/2016

    If you don't fight Trademark infringements you risk the trademark being seen as generic (eg. aspirin, sellotape) and losing protection.

    These have a financial impact on the company. Negotiations for Mario related licences because worth a lot less is companies can see Mario being used unofficially for free everywhere, if Nintendo wanted to release a Metroid 2 remake themselves, they could find themselves in direct competition with something like AM2R and/or worse, have people think "didn't we just get a Metroid 2 remake".

    The fact that someone put the time and effort into making games like this AM2R, and the ensuing media coverage are evidence enough of the value of the trademark. Neither of those games would have gotten media exposure without the recognisable names attached to it.

    Some companies like people making fan materials, some don't. Just because some companies like Crypton Future Media are happy to let their mascot feature in a billion fan products doesn't mean people should expect companies to be happy with everyone ripping off their characters and games.
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  • The PS4 Slim is real - confirmed

  • abigsmurf 22/08/2016

    If it's fake, a massive amount of effort has gone into it. That said, a huge amount of effort went into fabbing that NX controller too

    Evidence against?

    The 'rough' texture on the corner has hallmarks of 3D printed plastic.

    Weird USB placement

    Sideways PS logo on a console that looks like it'd fall over if you so much as breathed on it if you placed it on its side (doesn't seem to come with any stand/feet to keep it stable).

    The box design is slightly awkward, it's more like copying and pasting trade dress elements together than creating a unified box design. Looking at previous Sony box designs, I can't see any examples of them setting a console against a pure flat white background then surrounding it with gradients and complex graphics. Either the whole box is a flat colour or they put some colour behind the image of the .console
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  • PES 2017's unlicensed club team names are as brilliant as ever

  • abigsmurf 19/08/2016

    @carmagainagain It's a play on one of London FC more popular chants:

    "And it's Super London
    Super London FC
    We're by far the greatest team
    The world has ever seen"

    I wonder if London FC also have a chant about celery...
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  • Tekken 7's Harada on the thorny subject of sexy swimsuits and Western sensibilities

  • abigsmurf 17/08/2016

    @Peddie That's simply not true. DOAX 1 & 2 sold more in the west than they did in Japan.

    They'd sunk all the costs for translating it into English for the Asian version, they'd literally only have to pay the costs to get it added to a few more PSN regions. TK have released games in the West that require much more work to translate and sell in far smaller numbers than DOAX3 would have (do you really think Atelier Sophie would outsell DOAX3?).

    The reason it wasn't localised couldn't have been down to it not selling enough to make money, it was almost free money for them.
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  • abigsmurf 17/08/2016

    There's a depressing arrogance in demanding developers all around the world meet the diversity or political discourse standards demanded by a group of people that are largely left wing white middle class Americans from San Francisco.

    You saw it with This is the Police, overly harsh reviews because a game set in a fictional city in the 1980's, coded by a Belorussian developer didn't cover politics or hot topic issues like the Black Lives Matter movement.
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  • FIFA 17 partners with Man United, so PES 2017 partners with Liverpool

  • abigsmurf 16/08/2016

    @Rpt81 I don't think Liverpool will produce another comedy moment this season to match that.

    However next year, that will be their season!
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  • Nintendo NX is a portable console with detachable controllers

  • abigsmurf 26/07/2016

    It's worth noting that the 3DS was originally going to use NVidia components, there's even pics of the prototype board floating around somewhere. Allegedly heat issues prevented them from going with it and they went with a less powerful solution with fixed shaders.

    Anyway, I'm excited, I love portables. My Vita gets more playtime than any other console at the moment.
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  • Warner Bros. "misled" with paid-for positive Shadow of Mordor videos

  • abigsmurf 12/07/2016

    @arcam There are only around 30 threads on the scandal on that single subreddit, clearly if Gamergate truly cared about ethics there'd be 31!!!

    I'm just waiting to see how @plugmonkey excuses the evidence that GG have known about this for a long time and have consistently pressing for action on it.
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  • abigsmurf 12/07/2016

    @PlugMonkey Nice goalpost moving

    "You don't see gamergate going against this corruption"
    "yes you do"
    "you don't see them doing going against this enough!"

    Meanwhile almost every major website has changed their policy to provide transparency on advertising and paid content/links in the last 1-2 years but I'm sure that's just a coincidence. After all these websites would never try to hide that Gamergate had been instrumental in highlighting deceptive practices.

    Just like I'm sure it just slipped Eurogamer's mind to mention that this story was brought to light by TotalBiscuit.
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  • abigsmurf 12/07/2016

    @PlugMonkey this is actually one of the things they have been been strongly going after and having success with: undeclared paid content and other forms of affiliation.

    It's not a coincidence that most sites (including this site) now have disclaimers around affiliate links for example.
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  • So long, Mrs White: Cluedo's housekeeper is no more

  • abigsmurf 07/07/2016

    Had to look up to verify that orchid is actually a colour name, not quite sure they need to try so hard for colour names...

    "Introducing our next new character, chef chartreuse"
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  • PC game-security company Denuvo downplays alleged Rise of the Tomb Raider crack

  • abigsmurf 07/07/2016

    Remain sceptical, Denuvo seems unbelievably hard to crack. The way it works is that you get unique code running that's not only unique for the model of CPU you have, it's unique for the specific revision of that CPU model you have.

    Even if they broken the protection for that particular CPU revision, only a tiny tiny portion of users would be able to play that 'cracked' version as the code would only work on that very specific piece of hardware.
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