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  • GAME now selling Vita game download codes

  • abigsmurf 24/07/2014

    Do the store bought PSN download codes still just give you the PSN credit and steer you towards downloading the game rather than just limit you to that game?

    Seem to remember looking out for download cards being discounted in sales as a good way of getting reduced PSN credit
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  • Sony will box Freedom Wars for Europe because fans asked

  • abigsmurf 22/07/2014

    Nice move on Sony's behalf.

    Now Square Enix, about FFT-0...
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  • Google Play removing "free" label for F2P games with in-app purchases

  • abigsmurf 21/07/2014

    Don't think it's going to make much difference really.

    Would be nice if it meant ad supported games get a boost over pay to play type games but as I imagine Google will still use the same charting system (but with the 'free' one renamed), I can't see it making any real difference.

    Pay to play games simply print too much money and will keep doing so in the foreseeable future unless/until the market gets saturated.
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  • The Evil Within release date jumps forward a week

  • abigsmurf 18/07/2014

    @Acquiescence - a AAA horror release before Halloween will mean it gets a lot of press coverage as sites do their annual "horror games to play during Halloween" type articles.

    Besides which, a summer drought followed by an insane surge of games in the Autumn is a (weird) annual tradition.
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  • Doom 4 is an oldschool reboot, just called Doom

  • abigsmurf 18/07/2014

    I actually enjoyed the horror focus of Doom 3, shame they didn't show the imagination of the later hell segments more throughout the game. Reply +3
  • The real story behind The Sun's "Gaming as addictive as heroin" headline

  • abigsmurf 08/07/2014

    It's completely outrageous that they would brand us as being like drug addicts.

    What next, articles saying that we're all sexist pigs?
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  • PS4 fails to boost Japan console market

  • abigsmurf 08/07/2014

    There aren't any Japanese focused games coming out for it, that's why it isn't selling.

    Short of probably-terrible Compile Heart games, I'm not sure there's much for the Japanese in general until they get FFXV and KH3
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  • Dragon Quest 10 announced for 3DS in Japan

  • abigsmurf 08/07/2014

    If only there was some handheld console around that could handle Wii level graphics comfortably without having to resort to laggy, compressed streaming...

    Still waiting on DQVII Squeenix. To say this is overdue a PAL release is an understatement.
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  • BioShock Vita would have been a Final Fantasy Tactics-style game

  • abigsmurf 08/07/2014

    This project going forward would require Sony to spend money and effort on the Vita, something they've been pretty damn reluctant to do for the last year or so.

    They won't even give a physical release for the biggest game they're releasing in Europe this year.
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  • Mighty No. 9 launches second crowdfunding campaign for "bonus" content

  • abigsmurf 07/07/2014

    $3.8mill and they couldn't budget in voice acting?

    This really seems to go against the spirit of kickstarter. They've raised well beyond what they could've realistically expected in the first kickstarter and now they're starting a second one for something that should've been a stretch goal?

    $3.8mill in sunk costs and a nearly complete product and they couldn't get a $100,000 loan/investment from a bank?
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  • Fox News uses BioShock Infinite logo to defend the homeland

  • abigsmurf 03/07/2014

    They went to all that effort to re-draw the logo from scratch (lots of differences in proportions, border style, texture etc.) did they then get an intern to add that awful yellow text? Reply +22
  • eSports organisation IeSF makes male-only tournaments open to all

  • abigsmurf 03/07/2014

    @Percino

    I hear only bad people dislike straw men argument. Bad people also don't like puppies.

    How could you hate cute adorable puppies Percino?!?
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  • abigsmurf 03/07/2014

    Whilst this is a more Tumblr friendly approach, this is going to be terrible for female competitive gaming.

    If a female contestant is good enough for the mixed gender event, she's going to compete in that event where there's more money and fame. The female only league will become a 'second division' as a result. Up and coming female gamers will be competing against 'not-good-enough-for-the-main-league' players in the female league and their skills won't improve as much.
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  • Ubisoft "reinventing" The Settlers with Kingdoms of Anteria

  • abigsmurf 24/06/2014

    Wow, didn't think they could make it worst than the last one which already ripped the heart out of the series Reply 0
  • LOL: Riot offers new hires a pay-out to quit

  • abigsmurf 20/06/2014

    Roughly a months salary is a terrible payoff.

    Also stuff like this actually destroys morale. Having bosses feel the need to 'test your loyalty' just feeds resentment.
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  • Editor's blog: I am sexist

  • abigsmurf 19/06/2014

    @Widge Only if I can add LOL REDUCTIO AD ABSURDUM to yours.

    Back to the subject matter. I find it somewhat amusing that people who bend over backwards to claim that games where you beat people to bloody pulps or tear them limb from limb don't mean you're more likely to be violent yet playing games where I have to rescue a princess means I'm a sexist pig.
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  • Amazon unveils Fire phone, bets on 3D

  • abigsmurf 19/06/2014

    Might have been a compelling buy if it was cheap.

    However it's only 720p, doesn't have expandable storage and probably won't have access to the google app store
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  • The Dark Souls 2 DLC doesn't seem that tough

  • abigsmurf 17/06/2014

    A mossy, tree-like undead soldier makes up the most common enemy in these parts. One on one, they're a cakewalk. But get two or more of them together and they can cause some serious damage.
    This was one of the big problems with DS2. Lots of enemies that are simple and don't require any strategy to beat so they add difficult by chucking lots of them at you at once.

    Not sure about the DLC, a single zone per DLC doesn't excite me too much given how every zone in the main game (except maybe Forest of the Giants) could be done in an hour.

    Would much rather the 3 DLCs were all linked together for a solid 5-6 hour experience like the DS1 DLC.
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  • Final Fantasy Type-0 coming to PS4 and Xbox One

  • abigsmurf 11/06/2014

    Gotta love the Playstation Blog completely taking the shine off of this announcement by initially saying it was a Vita release, only to then update it and say it was coming out on PS4 and Xbox 1 only.

    Rather than being happy, it just got most of the people who'd been campaigning to get it released on the Vita pretty angry.

    It's a portable game, it should be played on a portable
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  • Sony had more wow moments, but Microsoft has closed the competence gap

  • abigsmurf 10/06/2014

    Some exciting stuff. Bloodborne has me most hyped but the conference severely lost momentum in the second half.

    Not sure why they felt a it was a good idea to spend 15 minutes talking about a TV series that had zero to do with games.

    Also, the lack of Vita support from Sony (the US side at least) continues to be a bit of a slap in the face to owners. There wasn't a single Vita exclusive announced in the conference and dropping the 'Vita' from the Playstation TV makes me think Sony US just don't give a toss, relying on Japanese and indie developers to keep it breathing.

    On a side note, it turns out staying up for the show on a work day was a good move as a pipe burst halfway through it and being awake meant I could turn off the water quickly rather than wake up to a flooded house.
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  • Face-Off: Borderlands 2 on PlayStation Vita

  • abigsmurf 05/06/2014

    The frame rate isn't great but it's only really in sanctuary where it becomes a problem, it's perfectly playable 98% of the time. Borderlands 2 has never really been a twitch shooter so gameplay isn't impacted much.

    The two bigger problems are not showing weapon effects (you can't see if someone is slagged and there are a few boss attacks that are almost invisible) and the twitchy control sticks. look sensitivity and zoomed aiming sensitivity are both tied together and given the lack of travel in the sticks, your only options are for zoomed in aiming to be unusably twitchy or for regular aiming and turning to be painfully slow. Can't see you having much fun using the sniper rifle in this version.
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  • Video: Mario Kart 8's controversial Fire Hopping technique

  • abigsmurf 05/06/2014

    Snaking mk.2

    Hope they patch it out
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  • The Space Hulk: Deathwing game looks like this

  • abigsmurf 22/05/2014

    Games Workshop 'stealing' the Deathwing name from Blizzard...

    I'm reminding of this comic: http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/04/10
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  • Face-Off: God of War Collection on PlayStation Vita

  • abigsmurf 21/05/2014

    Hey DF, any chance of you investigating something interesting that people have noticed with the Vita?

    Playing games with online components in Airplane mode has a noticeable boost in performance. Apparently the Wifi stuff sucks up a portion of the ram and CPU, putting it in airplane mode (not just disabling wifi) allocates this back to the rest of the game (it's why some games display a "network functions disabled).

    Apparently it produces a significant boost to Borderlands 2 with higher frame rates, fewer blurry textures and less stuttering in general gameplay.
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  • Mario Kart 8 review

  • abigsmurf 15/05/2014

    Online and battle mode are the two things that are most important to me and they're the things Nintendo keep messing up with Mario Kart. Kinda annoying they're glossed over.

    Battle mode on regular tracks sounds terrible though.
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  • Evolve community manager fired after Twitter racism controversy

  • abigsmurf 02/05/2014

    @w00t Popular, well liked opinions do not need any sort of protection.

    Distasteful opinions are the ones which should and need to be defended the hardest.
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  • abigsmurf 02/05/2014

    @MrTomFTW

    I'd refute that a bit. A society where freedom of speech is allowed by the government but corporations and lynch mobs have enough power to completely ruin your lives and you're under constant intimidation to prevent you expressing legal views, is not a society of freedom of speech.

    The second you get organised groups with massive amounts of power coming down on free speech, it goes beyond "I have the right to say I don't like what you said".

    Google is just as capable of ruining your life as the Government is (even if they can't jail), as is getting to the front page of Reddit as a hate figure.
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  • abigsmurf 02/05/2014

    This is the sinister fallout from the whole Mozilla CEO farce. If you ever express an opinion that's unpopular, even if it was before attitudes changes, you're going to get the internet/tumblr pitchforks.

    Sterling was banned as the result of an illegally wiretapped, private conversation in his home. The guy was a racist who did some really despicable things (wouldn't rent homes to black families) but the actual thing he was banned for was incredibly questionable.

    After all the controversy of the NSA, you'd think people would be up in arms about wiretapping someone and ruining their lives. But no, as with so many things, if it catches people they don't like, they're perfectly happy with it.

    Wonder how long it'll be for us to start seeing more high profile people get sacked because of comments they made as angry 13 year olds decades in the past.
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  • Silent Hill: Origins and Shattered Memories headed to Vita

  • abigsmurf 17/04/2014

    Shattered memories was great, Origins was reasonable (last SH game without any influences from the movies). Here's hoping they use the Wii version as a base for SM rather than the PSP version. Reply +1
  • Sony's Japan Studio unveils three new Vita titles for Europe

  • abigsmurf 15/04/2014

    It's also been confirmed that Tales of Hearts R is getting a Western release (Gamestop exclusive retail in the US). With Neptunia Rebirth recently announced, looks like the Vita's become the hardware of choice for JRPGs (like the PSP before it).

    @Zyklonbzombie

    It could've been an expansion but the game has had a pretty heavy overhaul. It's now native resolution, they improved the terrible ground textures, they've changed a few of the more useless spells and improved the monster AI. This is in addition to adding a bunch of fairy tale based monsters.

    Probably just about justified being a full release
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  • My heart is breaking: Inside the Dark Souls cafe

  • abigsmurf 28/02/2014

    I'd rather visit the real Anor Londo



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  • Remember Cel Damage? It's coming back in HD

  • abigsmurf 28/02/2014

    Really enjoyed this on the xbox, had a really fun multiplayer mode. Reply +6
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle release date announced

  • abigsmurf 27/02/2014

    Was this the Jojo game where they charged full retail price then put in f2p mechanics where you'd have to either pay or wait hours to get credits for one of the major game modes? Reply +2
  • Nintendo terminating Wii and DS online services

  • abigsmurf 27/02/2014

    Shutting down an online service when there are games that have yet to have a replacement or alternative (most notably Smash bros.) is definitely eyebrow raising.

    Nintendo aren't in a position where they can afford to alienate or piss loyal customers off.
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  • God of War developer Sony Santa Monica suffers layoffs

  • abigsmurf 26/02/2014

    It's probably a Vita title. It's embarrassing just how little the US side of Sony are contributing to the console's line up. Reply +4
  • Video: Wolfenstein takes the Tarantino approach to Nazis

  • abigsmurf 24/02/2014

    The Tarantino approach? How many scenes with long shots of women's bare feet will there be? Reply +4
  • Sony developing Console Wars film chronicling Nintendo vs. Sega years

  • abigsmurf 24/02/2014

    How could a company that had been around for 50 years be described as a startup?

    Heck they'd been in the console market since the early 80's and the Master system shifted 15million units which is almost 3 times what the Wii U has managed.
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  • Microsoft announces first Xbox One price cut - and throws in Titanfall for free

  • abigsmurf 24/02/2014

    Could be seen as aggression or it could be seen as desperation. Hard not to see them getting a bit of a boost combining it's most sought after exclusive with a price cut.

    Not sure it's going to be enough to overtake the PS4 though which has a big exclusive of its own coming up.
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  • UK chart: Donkey Kong Country enters in 9th

  • abigsmurf 24/02/2014

    @Whizzo The three of them are definitely finding that everything is cool when you're part of a team Reply +2
  • Capcom addresses concern over lack of female characters in Deep Down

  • abigsmurf 19/02/2014

    @Widge There's also a bit of a lack of integrity. She spends a bit of time pre-emptively ranting about what the comments will be and challenges readers to make comments, then, at the bottom, she makes a childish statement about the comments being closed.

    She constantly hand waves counter-points without fully addressing the issues. The main point she gives is that as other games have had the option there's no excuse, but that doesn't refute the core point that putting female characters in this particular game would require more time and money than this game has.

    This is a F2P being launched early in a console's life. It's not unreasonable to assume the budget is incredibly tight.
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  • abigsmurf 19/02/2014

    From the VG247 article:

    "Go ahead and bleat about misandry, you worms; Iíll enjoy a tasty cup of your male tears"

    That's quote is pretty much all you need to read to know it's a piece of garbage click baiting. I'd like to know where the writer is from that has worms that bleat...

    Back on the subject making a female option isn't always as simple as adding a new base model and getting a female VA to record a few grunts, shouts and screams. It can require twice as much voice acting and some scenes may need to be rewritten entirely because the conversations would be bizarre with a female character.

    Could you imagine the latest Tomb Raider if it starred Larry Croft and they didn't re-write any dialogue?

    Dark Souls got away with it because you had no character and all conversations were one sided. Baldur's Gate manages it because they go the extra mile to make the game react to both who you are and how you decide to play.

    Not all games have the budget or scope to give players the option, sometimes giving the option would be at odds with the scenario or setting.
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  • Gabe Newell addresses concern over Valve Anti-Cheat system

  • abigsmurf 18/02/2014

    @patch VAC gets false positives all the time. At one point it would ban people just because they had poor quality RAM.

    Valve can change the conditions to get flagged for a VAC check with no notice.

    Doesn't really matter if they get the whole list of hashes or just check hashes on request, it's still a privacy breach.

    They could be paid by Amazon to see which of their competitors you visit and check for a few hundred sites in the blink of an eye. They could have the NSA hand them a list of 'terrorist' sites and get them to check for them.

    MD5 hashes can be processed so easily by CPUs that you would never notice even if they were checking off of a list of a few hundred thousand sites.
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  • abigsmurf 18/02/2014

    @Electric_Bones

    But Valve kept this secret for months/years and only fessed up after they were caught red handed. That's not trustworthy behaviour.

    They really haven't handled it different to how EA or Ubisoft have handled similar scandals.

    They kept it secret for an unknown time then tried to excuse spying on you as something that was "for your protection" and downplayed what is a significant privacy concern. Who knows what else VAC is looking at and packaging up for Valve to snoop on at will?
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  • abigsmurf 18/02/2014

    @neems He only specifies 0.1% of clients not 0.1% of clients that are playing VAC games. Given using the entire install base rather than those specifically playing VAC enabled games makes for a smaller figure, it's reasonable to assume where it's not specified that he's going for the larger population. Reply -6
  • abigsmurf 18/02/2014

    @Caribou Yes?

    Did you? They're not going after 'cheats' they're going after anyone who triggers a VAC check.

    The fact they feel the requirement to do these tests, rather than just banning upon detection shows that they are getting a large number of false positives.

    Most of the users who have their DNS history sent to Valve will be completely innocent users. They're hashed? So what, they control the hashing algorithm, they could quite easily build up a large rainbow table of URL hashes incredibly quickly (you can hash 100 million domains in under an hour on a regular CPU, probably 20 times that on a GPU)

    I find it sickening people are defending this because it's Gabe. If this was EA, people would be screaming bloody murder (as they should).
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  • abigsmurf 18/02/2014

    Valve are trying to justify giving you a ban just because you read the wrong website. Let that sink in for a moment. They're reading through your DNS cache just on the off-chance that you've read something valve don't want you to read.

    Meanwhile it is utterly trivial to circumvent. You just visit an IP address instead of a URL (so no DNS requests get sent). Alternatively, you can just disable DNS caching so that Valve can't snoop on you.

    Less than 0.10% of people will have their data unknowingly sent to Valve? Not sure what the readership of Eurogamer is but I'd wager a few dozen people reading this article will have had their private details sent to Valve.

    How many steam users is this "tiny" amount? 65,000 steam users have had their private browsing data sent to valve.
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  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze review

  • abigsmurf 17/02/2014

    Enjoyed the 3 SNES games massively but I just can't get excited for these.

    The occasional nostalgia trip is great, especially when you can see a massive amount of love has been put into something (as with castle of illusion where the developers resisted the temptation just to completely recreate the original in 3D) but when they're being churned out I start to wonder why I should spend 8 hours of my limited gaming time playing something that I've played before when I could be playing The Last of Us or Terraria.

    Maybe if these were a rare occurance it'd be different but I look at the Wii U titles that have been released or will be released and the number of them which fall under the "follow up to a remake of a game released on the SNES/NES" is depressing.

    Kid Ikarus Uprising and Metroid Prime showed that you could use franchises to produce incredible, innovative games but now it seems that Nintendo are far too willing to produce 'safe' games that milk the franchises than to try to advance gaming.
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  • The Lego Movie Videogame beats Final Fantasy

  • abigsmurf 17/02/2014

    Put a 3 or so hours into LR over the weekend. Got to give them credit for really shaking up the formula and trying to do something different with the battle system.

    Not sure about the constant ticking clock. Constantly feel under pressure to rush around and can't take things in like I would. It's made worst by forcing you to do things at certain times, making time management even tougher. Hoping the pressure will ease up once I get familiar with the game and its mechanics.
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  • The final Borderlands 2 DLC has a release date

  • abigsmurf 13/02/2014

    Can we get Borderlands 3 now please? Reply +10
  • Rovio announces Angry Birds Stella

  • abigsmurf 13/02/2014

    STELLA!!!
    Can't you hear me yella?!
    You're puttin' me through hella!
    Stella.
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