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  • Postal 2 expansion Paradise Lost announced, out today

  • arcam 17/04/2015

    Portal 2 gets tons of new content in the Steam Workshop all the time!

    Reading these comments make me appreciate being on PC again :D
    Reply +2
  • The new Shadow of the Beast is one man's dream come true

  • arcam 16/04/2015

    Was this a launch game on UK Megadrives? Or am I confusing it with something else?

    edit: ignore me, that was Altered Beast.
    Reply +4
  • What does it take to run GTA 5 at 1080p60?

  • arcam 16/04/2015

    @Sousuke_Sagara But you can still add them to Steam and use your controller. Reply +12
  • arcam 16/04/2015

    Still expecting my 6-year-old i5 750 to start causing problems - thought it might be a struggle to pair it satisfactorily with my new GTX970, but it's handled everything well so far.

    Will be interesting to see how it copes here.
    Reply +9
  • Video: When will eSports grow up?

  • arcam 09/04/2015

    @mannyYearsAgo Gamers are people like everybody else. They are no more or less hero material than any random sample of footballers or musicians. Reply +7
  • arcam 09/04/2015

    If you're looking for mature gaming, Call of Duty isn't the first place I'd look. Reply +12
  • Postal rejected from Google Play due to "gratuitous violence"

  • arcam 09/04/2015

    @UncleLou Well, thank God for Windows (no, I am not being sarcastic here) and PC gaming.

    Amen brother :D
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  • arcam 09/04/2015

    @UncleLou I specifically agreed there is no God-given right for your game to be sold anywhere.

    I know that's how it works - I was pointing out what I consider to be the flaws in the system you're describing.

    In the world of books, film, music, theatre, etc. - no one single company has ever held as much control as we see companies wielding in the games industry.

    I guess that's OK if you see games as just another product to be sold, but I see them as art and culture just like books or music, and so I find the fact they are so tightly controlled by these huge companies very concerning, and likely to mean the most radical and controversial material can be easily squeezed out by one person's decision.

    edit: I agree with you about the internet being the best counterweight to this though - that's why I love it so :P
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  • arcam 09/04/2015

    Shops can of course decide not to stock anything they don't want to, but with traditional media this usually means just going to a different shop.

    The trouble with iPhone/Android is that the PlayStore/AppStore is basically the only shop in town, so if something gets rejected there it might as well not exist.

    I really don't like the idea of Apple and Google effectively being the judge of what we can or can't play. Imagine if a single retailer held sway over what books or movies were available.

    Cultural history would look very different if WalMart had effectively prevented rap from being sold anywhere, or Target got to decide that the world shouldn't watch gangster movies.
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  • arcam 09/04/2015

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  • Football Manager Classic out on tablets tonight for £14.99

  • arcam 08/04/2015

    "It is a full product, as in, it is a full PC product"

    If classic mode is just a part of the PC game, then surely this isn't a full PC game?

    Slap me if I misunderstand, it's been a while since I played these.
    Reply +12
  • Are Pokémon Rumble World's microtransactions a shakedown?

  • arcam 08/04/2015

    So are they a shakedown?

    If you ask a question in the headline, your article should answer it.
    Reply +35
  • Winners might use drugs

  • arcam 08/04/2015

    Adderall and other drugs like it are massive among schoolkids in the US, and increasingly so in the UK.

    They work, and help people concentrate and focus, so some parents etc. seem to not see it as that big a deal.

    To me it seems like a nightmare scenario, huge numbers of children doing amphetamines to help them focus with the blessing of their guardians, just like African warlords giving amphetamines to child soldiers.
    Reply +11
  • £70 Star Wars movie bundle launches on Xbox this week

  • arcam 07/04/2015

    @bad09 They can't help but notice what happened with music, but I reckon they're hoping to skip the 'buying outright' thing completely, and just move straight to the streaming/renting.

    Which means it's still gonna be a long time before all my movie and TV watching is legal, unfortunately.
    Reply +1
  • arcam 07/04/2015

    @asphaltcowboy Pretty much all their music is DRM-free, but not the videos.

    Google Play is the same.
    Reply +5
  • arcam 07/04/2015

    @asphaltcowboy I guess I've been burned before. I wouldn't buy videos on any of these services when they could just be shut down at a moment's notice. For rentals I guess they are OK.

    They need to do what iTunes/Google Music etc does with music - sell a DRM free-file that will work on other devices and can't be switched off.

    Until then, Blu-Rays and pirate versions are much more reliable even without considering the cost (or lack of it).
    Reply +5
  • arcam 07/04/2015

    @asphaltcowboy He's got a point though, the chances that Xbox Video will still be a thing by the time the new console comes around are probably 50/50 at best. Reply +4
  • Bastion out on PS4 in Europe this spring

  • arcam 07/04/2015

    Every time I see this game mentioned I get *that* song playing in my head for the rest of the day.

    So thanks for that, EG :P

    edit: Oh, and the game is brilliant, obv. Its age is utterly irrelevant to its quality, and you're a fool if you dismiss a game you haven't played just because its a few years old.
    Reply +4
  • Watch the first 15 minutes of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

  • arcam 07/04/2015

    @erp Not exactly free, I bet that exclusive cost them a good wedge (or an extra 0.5 on the review score... I kid, I kid). Reply 0
  • EA Rory McIlroy PGA Tour golf omits The Masters

  • arcam 07/04/2015

    @Subquest Agreed, if any sports game is a good match for PC, it's golf.

    Control is right, the demographic is right - surely a PC version would make enough money to justify a port...
    Reply +1
  • Halo Online modders working to strip micro-transactions, release worldwide

  • arcam 07/04/2015

    I don't really have a problem with it, it'll probably improve the game and the only people interested can't play legitimately anyway, but I am surprised to see the tone of EG's report - normally piracy gets very short shrift here. Reply +6
  • "He suddenly became incredibly sullen, angry and frustrated. He was 10"

  • arcam 02/04/2015

    @JoelStinty The sad thing is, looking through the list of best sellers on Amazon, there are so few games aimed at children. They are all 15/16/18 rated shooters or third person action adventure.

    Those games are aimed at children, they just don't like to admit it.

    Publishers make millions from kids playing games that they shouldn't really be playing, which is why they are so reluctant to change anything.

    It should not be a teacher's job to police this, but when no one else is doing it I applaud them for stepping up.
    Reply +14
  • Microsoft mulled idea of giving away original Xbox free

  • arcam 01/04/2015

    "Giving away" is not the same thing as "without an upfront charge". Reply 0
  • Google Maps launches April Fools' Pac-Man mode

  • arcam 31/03/2015

    @iamnormal Or your ear is clean :) Reply 0
  • Just Cause dev's TheHunter: Primal leaves Early Access, launches proper

  • arcam 31/03/2015

    Any chance of a review? Can't believe I haven't heard of this! Reply 0
  • Nintendo issues takedown notice for Super Mario 64 HD project

  • arcam 31/03/2015

    @Sunjammer You don't have to agree I'm right, but if we can agree that's it too complicated to be solved up by someone with no legal expertise in an EG comment thread I'll be happy with that and stop trying to be so forceful in my opinion :P Reply -1
  • arcam 31/03/2015

    @redcrayon I'm not saying Nintendo did anything wrong legally. As I said in my first comment, they are well within their rights. I just hate how hypocritical people are when they come to condemning one party or another.

    In fact, I'm just going to repeat my comment from the Atari/TxK story the other day, when "strangely" the majority felt a completely different way to today when it comes to protecting IP, and the comments were largely in favour of Jeff Minter and against Atari.

    I didn't know my point would be illustrated so well just a couple of days later.

    Amazingly coincidental that when copyright, IP or trademark issues arise, it's almost always the more popular party that is generally agreed to be in the right!

    It's almost like commenters base their decisions on who they like more instead of thinking about the issue objectively
    Reply +3
  • arcam 31/03/2015

    I am not a lawyer so I'm not going to attempt, nor am I able, to explain the finer points of complicated IP law. I expect few here can either.

    But the previous comments are a gross over-simplification stated as fact, whereas in reality intellectual property rights cannot be wiped out so easily. If you think about the aims of the law, and the spirit in which it is meant, it should be obvious that rights to property, intellectual or otherwise, cannot be so easily relinquished.

    Nintendo has consistently demonstrated their ownership of their trademarks and patents over multiple decades, and that would easily override any attempt to argue that they had abandoned those by failing to sue a single fan project.
    Reply -1
  • arcam 31/03/2015

    @redcrayon @Sunjammer

    This idea that Nintendo are forced to fight this or else lose rights to to their trademarks in future is always repeated in these situations but more than a little misinformed. People hear it said elsewhere, and repeat it with no actual understanding of how that principle works.

    Allowing a non-commercial recreation of the first level of one of their Mario games would make no difference whatsoever to Nintendo's claim to their own IP.

    Years of ownership and the fact that everyone knows Mario is a Nintendo character could not be over-ridden by a couple of fan projects going unchallenged. Even IP law is not that stupid.
    Reply -9
  • arcam 31/03/2015

    Nintendo are within their rights to force it to be taken down, but no one would be harmed if this was allowed to exist. Reply -11
  • arcam 31/03/2015

    Thanks for the heads-up, just managed to grab a copy.

    Otherwise, it's back to Project64 and a Mario 64 ROM, where it looks surprisingly great in 1080p even in its unaltered form.
    Reply +13
  • Sony hires unknown British writer for Metal Gear Solid movie

  • arcam 31/03/2015

    What's with the picture of the guy from Lost? He's not mentioned anywhere in the article. Reply +9
  • Headteachers threaten to report parents who let their children play 18-rated games

  • arcam 30/03/2015

    @spamdangled The industry lobbied for it and the government accepted their recommendations.

    http://www.gamepolitics.com/2008/05/01/in-uk-game-biz-group-lobbies-for-pegi-rating-system#.VRk9AfnF-vQ
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  • arcam 30/03/2015

    @S3M In truth PEGI should never have come into law and instead BBFC should have been asked to rate all games so that the rating board was standardised between film and games.

    I completely agree, and can't help but wonder if the industry lobbied so hard to make PEGI the standard knowing it would make it easier, not harder, for children to play adult-rated games.

    The industry has a massive financial incentive to keep children playing, and IMO that incentive is over-riding their moral responsibilities.
    Reply +2
  • arcam 30/03/2015

    Given recent incidents, I think the bigger concern is about sexualisation of children rather than concerns about violence.

    Normally I'd say this should be a parental decision, but if there is real evidence linking such activity to increased risk of sexual abuse, then I cannot blame schools for trying to do something about it.
    Reply 0
  • Battlefield Hardline fends off challenge of Bloodborne in UK chart

  • arcam 30/03/2015

    @apoc_reg Bloodborne only got beaten on platforms where it isn't available.

    Among people who had a choice (i.e. PS4 owners) Bloodborne came out on top.
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  • The PC version of Dead or Alive 5 Last Round launches on Steam without key features

  • arcam 30/03/2015

    @tarasis Time and money, those are always the reasons. Reply -1
  • arcam 30/03/2015

    It's pretty crappy, but not like it's a surprise.

    They told us last year that there wouldn't be any online multiplayer on release: http://www.polygon.com/2014/12/4/7335651/dead-or-alive-5-last-round-pc-steam
    Reply +10
  • Cara Ellison on: #Fortune

  • arcam 28/03/2015

    "Zach," I tweet, "How does this thing work zach is it scraping my tweets or something?"
    Many moons ago in an old job I used to write horoscopes.

    It used to amaze me that people thought there was some kind of secret to how I did it. Everybody knows it's all bollocks but many seemed disappointed when they realised I didn't use a telescope or tarot cards or something.
    Reply +1
  • Atari considering rebooting Tempest, Missile Command, more

  • arcam 27/03/2015

    @PlugMonkey I think asking him to sign papers saying he won't make something in the same style again isn't legal.

    I'm sure the wording of the agreement he signed (or was asked to sign) is more complicated than that.
    Reply +1
  • arcam 27/03/2015

    Amazingly coincidental that when copyright, IP or trademark issues arise, it's almost always the more popular party that is generally agreed to be in the right!

    It's almost like commenters base their decisions on who they like more instead of thinking about the issue objectively :confused:
    Reply 0
  • Eastside Hockey Manager returning... today!

  • arcam 26/03/2015

    Wow, reading that old Hockey Manager thread reminds me of how bitter and damaging the PC gaming piracy arguments were back then. Developers and gamers insulting each other in the comment sections, those were dark times :confused:

    Piracy hasn't gone away, but I'm sooo glad we don't talk about it in the same way we used to. Thanks to things like Early Access and Kickstarter, developers and fans are now closer than they have ever been, it's pretty awesome.
    Reply +1
  • Valve-approved Half-Life 2: Update headed to Steam

  • arcam 26/03/2015

    @vert1go Huh? It's a group of fans using Valve's work, not the other way around... Reply +2
  • YouTube Live to take on Twitch and be announced at E3 - report

  • arcam 25/03/2015

    @SpaceMonkey77 Might be a better idea for each account to know who negs or pluses) your posts, EG, no?

    That would lead to almighty wars in the comments sections, worse than we have now :O

    Anyway, you made a post comparing iOS and Android - regardless of your point, that topic is a magnet for downvotes. I'm sure you know this if you've spent any time on the internet. Don't waste time trying to figure it out.
    Reply +1
  • You've got the touch: How a mobile game gave birth to a human child

  • arcam 25/03/2015

    @MrTomFTW Sorry, I should have asterisked that offensive word :P Reply 0
  • arcam 25/03/2015

    This was a good f****** article, but I can't help f****** thinking that this f**** w**** s*** total t** a h*** green h**** c*** sloppy g*** which makes it hard to read. Reply +1
  • Elite: Dangerous' first Triple Elite player just won £10,000

  • arcam 24/03/2015

    @SvennoJ I know it's unhealthy, but I probably spend 90-95% of my waking hours sat down.

    I really should do something about it, but it's tough when working an office job. I do however have a ridiculously expensive Herman Miller Aeron chair at home, I'm hoping that will save my back a little, if not my heart or circulation.
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  • arcam 24/03/2015

    @L_A_G Have to disagree.

    9 hours a day is plenty of time to sleep and shower, in fact it's more time than I spend on it and I only work 8 hours.

    It didn't prevent him from having a job - he has a job and took time off to play, and is now going back to work.

    And sitting for 15 hours a day may not be healthy but a huge proportion of the population does it, whether they're playing games or not.

    I don't understand how playing games for two months is similar to morbidly over-eating, so can't address that one.
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  • Dirty Bomb is armed and dangerous, but is it likely to go nuclear?

  • arcam 24/03/2015

    @Gnort I'm interested.

    For me, it doesn't have to do things that other shooters don't do, it just has to polish the genre staples to a high shine.

    The reason that Counter-Strike and Quake are still being played decades after their release is because they feature expertly crafted gameplay that stands the test of time.

    Commercial console success is another matter entirely however, and it seems you need an obvious gimmick to hang your marketing on for success there. edit Just realised this is PC only, which makes sense given my previous statement.
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  • Performance Analysis: Bloodborne

  • arcam 24/03/2015

    @jamyskis1981 People have slightly higher expectations of computer technology than they did in the 90s, which is not exactly surprising :P Reply +12