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  • SpeedRunners will be free upon its final release

  • alasdairm 05/11/2013

    Really enjoyed Speedrunner HD when it came out on the Xbox Indie game section

    Would be good if there was an update to it, as the pc version looks like it has new levels, and the xbox was local multiplayer only
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  • 14GB Battlefield 4 install needed for optimal Xbox 360 performance

  • alasdairm 15/10/2013

    With BF3 on the Xbox 360 you could only install the hi-def texture pack to the hard drive
    I copied it over to a usb stick to make some space on my hard drive & when I next played BF3, the texture pack on the usb stick was not recognised & had to reinstall it back onto the hard drive
    Hopefully it wont be the same with BF4, but the initial 2gb install sounds very similar to the 1.5gb BF3 install...
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  • James Pond will return in A Kickstarter Campaign

  • alasdairm 13/09/2013

    Bring on the Gribblys Day Out kickstarter !!

    Or Thing on a Spring, Alleykat or Forbidden Forrest for that matter
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  • Grand Theft Auto 5's world map leaks online

  • alasdairm 10/09/2013

    Fuel is the record holder for the largest play area of 5560 sq.miles

    For the record i thought it was a very underrated game - the scale was breathtaking

    Spotting a mountain in the distance - driving up it and then realising there were more mountain ranges beyond it that you could get to
    The grand canyon area was stunning to view at sunset

    19 base camps and diving from one to another could take the best part of an hour

    Shame no other racer came close to matching the scale - but intrigued by The Crew on the next gen consles
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  • Microsoft: Xbox 360 will last three more years

  • alasdairm 04/09/2013

    When Live goes off the main issue will be all DLC will be rendered pretty much useless & unplayable

    You need to connect to the Live servers to get the game update/patch that allows the game to recognise the DLC; as this is saved to the (30mb?) cache, the most you can have is about 5-6 game updates in the cache at any one time, new updates overwrite the existing updates in the cache

    If you have a large collection of games you cannot have all the updates needed to recognise DLC in your cache

    Been worried about this since the early days & keep hoping each system update will address this problem - typically updates that are >5mb allow the option to be saved to hard drive, usb, etc
    Hope they implement this option for all game updates....3 years to get it sorted
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  • Battling to stay online

  • alasdairm 08/06/2013

    There is a HUGE impending issue with XBox 360 servers & very few people seem to have picked up on it

    As the majority of game updates are saved to the system cache, when the 360 servers are eventually retired we will be unable to access the game updates

    For info, at most you can have about 5 updates stored in the approx 20mb cache

    It is these game updates that allow the software to recognise DLC for the game

    Potentially pretty much ALL DLC WILL BE USELESS as games will be unable to download title updates to recognise the DLC

    If the update is more than 5mb you can choose where to save it, rather than the cache, but you do not get this option for updates that are smaller than 5mb

    I'm hoping Microsoft will address this issue towards the end of the 360's life span & allow any updates to be saved to the hard drive rather than the cache, but this seems like an outside bet.......

    Currently there are ways around this as there are websites that store the game updates, but this is verging towards the dodgy side of things involving hacking your profile
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  • Codies talks multiplayer, next gen and, yes, camera angles for Grid 2

  • alasdairm 11/04/2013

    System link on 360 ?
    Future proofs against Live support eventually being switched off on 360 eventually
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  • Battlefield 3: Aftermath review

  • alasdairm 29/11/2012

    for xbox 360 users, the usb limit increased to 32gb at the last big system update, with a limit of 2 usb sticks being plugged in at any one time

    Maxxed out my 320gb hard drive & now have moved all my Halo & CoD maps onto a 32gb stick & have a 16gb stick for Forza stuff

    Really hope they release a 500gb, or 1tb hard drive soon
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  • Castlevania: Mirror of Fate lurks in development until "early 2013"

  • alasdairm 19/08/2012

    Bring on the pant swinging action with Simon & Trevor !! Reply +2
  • Criterion takes full control of Need for Speed and Burnout franchises

  • alasdairm 25/06/2012

    For those who enjoy the SHIFT series, Slightly Mad Studios have Test Drive Ferrari out (supposedly) either this Friday or the week after

    Seems very low key and is being released everywhere bar the UK

    Shopto had it up for preorder, but now seems to have been pulled, and Amazon.fr & .de have it for around EUR55

    There seems to be a lot of confusion as to what's happening with it, but as its Atari putting it out that's not really a surprise

    Looks pretty good, covering the Gold, Silver & Modern eras of Ferrari & has 38 tracks
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  • Codemasters unveils F1 2012

  • alasdairm 16/03/2012

    I keep hoping they will bring out a fantasy F1 game with "extreme" style tracks - loops, banking, jumps, etc

    The commentators keep saying the F1 cars could drive upside down in a tunnel - well let's see it then !!

    An "extreme" style game F1 with realistic physics would be an instabuy for me

    Even the first PS1 version had an easter egg with a track shaped like the outline of a F1 car - at least that would be a start in the current version
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  • Mario Kart 7 3DS UK price roundup

  • alasdairm 02/12/2011

    The Zavvi code also works with Mario & Sonic at the 2012 Olympics which brings it down to about 25
    Sadly it doesn't work with the Mario Kart 7 & headphone set.....
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  • The cloud is coming to Xbox - Microsoft exec

  • alasdairm 14/11/2011

    I keep my saves (& online passes) on a USB stick and move it around from 360 to 360 depending on which room I'm in

    The limitation on the 360 Cloud is 511MB, and i'm sure my saves on the USB are more than that
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  • Enslaved Xbox Live Games on Demand price 24.99

  • alasdairm 02/11/2011

    Noticed that Test Drive Unlimited 2 has been on GoD for the last few weeks & is 14.99, which seems a pretty good price for it, considering that even online prices are generally higher than this for new copies - although I'd guess you don't get the Casino with it, as i think that may have been only for pre-orders

    Tempted if I hadn't bought it on release - only GoD I have bothered with are Crysis & RE 4
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  • Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 release date

  • alasdairm 19/10/2011

    From the speed wheel instructions:



    "it acts as a steering wheel and ignores unwanted motion like pitch, yaw & roll. However, when you use it with a game that supports motion on 3 axes, the wheel responds accordingly"



    Roll on developers using it in flight games, or patching to support older racing of flight sim games !!
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  • "People are ready" for Mirror's Edge 2

  • alasdairm 08/10/2011

    Dear DICE, can we have a new



    MIDTOWN MADNESS



    and



    RALLISPORT CHALLENGE



    please ????
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  • Rotastic Xbox Live Arcade release date

  • alasdairm 08/09/2011

    Only got 15gigs left on my 250gb hard drive and that's after a good clearout before downloading the last 2 weeks XBLA trials - hopefully the 320gb drive will be released seperately in both slim and phat versions, although i suspect it may only be a slim version that is available



    Please just release a 500gb drive!!
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  • LG unveils PlayStation 3D TV rival

  • alasdairm 03/09/2011

    Rather annoyingly system link games on current consoles are on the decline (Forza 1 & 2 have system link, Forza 3 doesn't and i don't know about Forza 4), which is where this technology appears to be aiming for



    Means games have to be played over Live rather than a LAN, and with XBox 360's the majority of routers only allow 1 open NAT connection - other XBox 360's are restricted & cannot see the other 360's that share the same router



    I have 3 Xbox 360's around the house and have still to find a router that allows an open NAT connection on more than 1 360; as a result when mates come over we cannot play on Xbox Live against eaach other on the different consoles - VERY annoying when this happens and games don't have System Link



    Why games don't have system link as well as Live baffles me, especially when servers are switched off (looking at you EA !!)
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  • Resi HD remakes cost 1600 Points/15.99

  • alasdairm 27/07/2011

    11.43 each, based on 2100 points for 15 - doesn't seem too bad



    Play Asia have the disc priced at, currently, just under 29 (before shipping & import/post office charges)

    At a guess if it was a retail release in the UK it would be around 25-30
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  • Bastion

  • alasdairm 19/07/2011

    Wonder if we will get any unexpected XBLA games turning up on Fridays, like we did during the Winter promotion; although if they are the standard of Days of Thunder I will not loose any sleep Reply -1
  • Cheap This Week - 09/06/11

  • alasdairm 10/06/2011

    The discount code for bee.com seems to only work up to a max order of 200 (before the discount is applied), any more than that and there is no further discount



    Don't know if the code can be redeemed more than once per account
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  • Choplifter HD confirmed for XBLA

  • alasdairm 02/06/2011

    Can we have a remake of Fort Apocalypse too ? Reply 0
  • DiRT 3 gets Online Pass

  • alasdairm 21/05/2011

    KD: why not save the online pass to a memory card / USB stick ?



    I have all my save games & online passes on a USB stick so when I go round to a mates house I have all my saved games with me & the online passes



    Easy!!!
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  • Rock and a Hard Place

  • alasdairm 08/05/2011

    Surely the time has come to have a standard format and do away with different formats - and i don't mean a PC. I, like many others have no interest in PC gaming - having to update graphics cards, drivers, etc



    I like being able to fire up my console and start playing a game from my couch on my big screen without waiting for it to boot up, worrying about updates conflicting with the drivers, etc



    The electronics manufactureres managed it with the DVD standard - they clubbed together & were able to see the bigger picture & the adavantage of a standard format that each manufacturer could put there own spin on



    For deveoplers hpw much does it cost to develop 2 seperate versions of a game that (now) look pretty much indistinguishable from each other? Surely these resources would be better spent one making the standard version of the game even better



    Back in the days of PS1, N64 & DC I would have thought that a standard format would be unthinkable, but surely the time has come to acknowledge that if we want to continue to play blockbuster AAA titles, a single format must be embraced otherwise, as this article implies, the costs of next gen development will drive developers away & put a nail in the coffin of big budget games
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  • Retrospective: John Woo's Stranglehold

  • alasdairm 14/03/2011

    How about a Retrospective on 50 Cent-Blood on the Sand ?



    Very underrated game, and similar in type as Stranglehold - not a AAA title but still a great dumb B movie type game

    Loved the fact you could buy new in-game swearing packs !!
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  • Ridge Racer Type 4 on PS3 and PSP

  • alasdairm 16/02/2011

    Still got the bizarre JogCon controller that came with it in the loft as well as the 60fps Ridge Racer tech demo



    Remember at the time being disappointed with the muted & drab colour schemes in this & Rage Racer - much preferred the technicolour sunshine of Ridge Racer & RRR



    Sad that there was no way to unlock the Ridge Racer tracks in RRR (think it was system link only !!) and that Rave Racer never got converted over
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  • 50% off Acti content on XBL this week

  • alasdairm 12/01/2011

    Hadn't realised Activision got hold of Carcasonne - wasn't it a Vivendi release originally ??



    I know it's unlikely but seeing as it's Activision, more DLC is definately called for - would buy more in an instant



    Pretty sure I got this as a freebie years ago after a Live cockup....
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  • Kinect stock coming in "every week"

  • alasdairm 10/11/2010

    My order for the Kinect+Dance Central pack hasn't shipped from The Hut yet, and the despatch date is showing as 19th November - despite ordering it at the end July !!



    Was hoping to have it for the weekend
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  • The UnderGarden

  • alasdairm 10/11/2010

    Graphics remind me of Gribbly's Day Out for some reason Reply +2
  • Acti officially unveils Blood Drive

  • alasdairm 13/09/2010

    Isn't this being made by Sidhe (?), the team behind the rather brilliant Grip Shift



    If so, there's a chance it might be something a bit different than expected
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  • Resi 5 Move only for Gold Edition

  • alasdairm 28/07/2010

    Haven't Capcom got a history of doing this with their Resident Evil games:



    Pretty sure the PS1 versions of RE 1 & 2 were re-released in Dual Shock Editions waaaaaay back



    Ditto with the Wii enhanced releases of the Gamecube versions

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  • Microsoft confirms Kinect price

  • alasdairm 21/07/2010

    The only way I can rationalise buying it is to compare how much I paid for Steel Battalion back in the day



    Pretty sure it was around this amount and that was only for one game, and its currently sitting in the loft gathering dust
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  • Sniper GW patch targets review criticisms

  • alasdairm 15/07/2010

    Would have like to be able to switch off the map/radar in multiplayer - any indication of this happening ?? Reply 0
  • Nail'd

  • alasdairm 13/07/2010

    Can't wait for this one, as it sounds very similar to the brilliant PS2 game Downhill Domination



    Don't think there has been anything similar - the rush of careering dowhill on a bicycle with huge tracks, variable routes and massive jumps has yet to be bettered



    Play have it for 29.99 on pre-order
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  • Dreamcast games heading to PSN/XBLA

  • alasdairm 10/06/2010

    Hydro Thunder was the game that got me to buy a DC - loved the early track where you went over the dam wall towards the end of the track - amazing at the time, you just seemed to fall for AGES !!



    Jet Set Radio also gets my vote



    How about a proper update of Samba de Amigo for Natal !!
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  • Jet Set Radio for Xbox Live Arcade?

  • alasdairm 26/04/2010

    Please just get this released ASAP



    Seems like Sonic Adventure has been hanging around for ages and STILL not released or announced officially



    Thanks goodness for BC, although JSRF's graphics are a bit glitchy but still totally playable
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  • Warner unveils F.E.A.R. 3

  • alasdairm 08/04/2010

    Wasn't John Carpenter involved with the CBM64 / PS1 game "The Sentinel" ? Reply 0
  • Loyal Halo 2 fans invited to Reach beta

  • alasdairm 05/03/2010

    Only got this email a few days ago & have already had my subscription extended



    Had only recently played Halo 2 online once I heard about the original Live servers going off, and even that was only for less than an hour !! Had only previously played online with Halo 2 briefly



    Can't recall if I've played Halo 3 online...
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  • Blur

  • alasdairm 02/03/2010

    Good to see a recent racer that has LAN support - gutted that the recent racers I was looking forward to didn't support it - I'm looking at you Forza 3, NFS Shift, Superstars V8 and Sonic+Sega Reply 0
  • Downloading the Future

  • alasdairm 14/02/2010

    My main worry for DLC is future support



    The switch off of Live for the Original Xbox concerns me about how easily content that has been paid for can be rendered obsolete overnight and no longer available



    Those who say it will never happen on the 360 should be concerned as there is already a precedent about Microsoft stopping support for a game

    Premium and free DLC for FEAR on the 360 is no longer supported, so although I have the content on my hard drive it is not recognised by the game - the game no longer gets the "game update" to recognise the content on the hard drive.



    This is significantly different from EA switching their servers off for a game; it shows Microsoft are able to effectively render DLC worthless with pretty much immediate effect - how many of us will be upset if our Rock Band libraries were to be suddenly unavailable

    As far as i can wee this WILL HAPPEN in say 10 years time when Live need to be upgraded for the XBox 3 or 4



    At least retro games can still be played on their original machines, will this still be an option for us retro gamers in a decades time??
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  • MS working to restore Xbox 1 DLC

  • alasdairm 12/02/2010

    I'm approaching the 400 mark and early on when i first got a 360 i went through the XBLA titles I had - around about 30 at the time - getting all the title updates as i was moving home & didn't know how long i'd be with out an internet connection



    By the time I got throught updating them all, the early ones that were updated required the update again; most noticeable to me was the fact that before i moved house Marvel Ultimate Alliance had an update to allow the extra character DLC, and I had played it with the extra characters; after moving house the characters were not showing up even though the DLC was on the hard drive - I was not able to use them again until I got the game update again



    This has bugged me for ages now as surely putting it on the harddrive is the most sensible option to future-proof the DLC



    As I noted, the update for FEAR is no longer available and all DLC -premium & free- is not working & unlikely ever to again....
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  • alasdairm 11/02/2010

    Are you sure about the DLC being stored in the cache ?



    Mine is stored on the Harddrive - have a look in the memory tab and check the Halo 2 save file - the DLC should be stored there; there will also be a savefile called XBox Originals (?) which i THINK may be where the title update for the game is stored



    I am not 100% about the title updates for XBox 1 games, but am well aware that only a few 360 updates are stored in the cache at any one time, which I reckon will cause no end of problems in, say 10 years time when/if Microsoft were to stop supporting XBox 360 games



    The game updates required to recognise the DLC would not be available & any DLC would be rendered worthless & inoperable, even though you have it on the harddrive



    As far as I know there is a precedent for this as you cannot get the game update for FEAR. All DLC both free & premuim is now useless as the game cannot recognise the DLC that is on the harddrive



    Really annoyed about this as is shows what may well happen.....Rock Band libraries rendered worthless overnight....



    I think the reasoning behind the FEAR issue is that the publisher went bust, although Microsoft are vague to say the least on the matter...
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  • Bungie giving Halo 2 "one last hoorah"

  • alasdairm 08/02/2010

    Why on earth have they pulled the DLC servers already....



    Disappointed that after upgrading to a 250 gig harddrive I cannot get back all my "corrupted" XBox 1 DLC, especiallly as the drive that had working DLC was wiped as part of the transfer process !!
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  • Xbox Indie Games Roundup

  • alasdairm 22/01/2010

    No 6 taken



    Many thanks - will give this a go tonight !!
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  • alasdairm 22/01/2010

    Platypus is worth a look (400pts)



    Is's an old school Gradius type game that also had a commercial release on PSP - and has fantastic C64 SID style music
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  • Force Unleashed sequel due next year

  • alasdairm 14/12/2009

    Might hold off with this one in case they pull another "Sith Ultimate Edition" bundle scam.... Reply +1
  • Assassin's Creed II DLC in Jan and Feb

  • alasdairm 02/12/2009

    Any idea what will happen to the Special Edition DLC ??



    I got the version that came with the Shipyard DLC code, however the Play.com exclusive Black Edition also came with 2 extra levels: Palazzo Medicis in Florence & Santa Maria Dei Frari



    I am usually a sucker for special editions, but thought that having a figurine of the game character was a bit much !!
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  • MS patents its own Super Guide system

  • alasdairm 25/11/2009

    Haven't Microsoft also patented something with recording gameplay ala Halo 3 ??



    Could be a good combination with an ingame user generated FAQ with annotated video walkthroughs / pics, etc all done over Live
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  • OneBigGame reveals Zoe Mode's Chime

  • alasdairm 04/11/2009

    Can we have remakes of the old C64 games:



    Trailblazer

    Bouncer



    Not played them on any emulators but I reckon they would still hold up today
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