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  • The Amiga is 30 years old today

  • badwhippet 24/07/2015

    WOT?!!! No mention of the workhorse Amiga A2000?! The horror! This proved an invaluable asset in the early 90s for our film editing studio, providing graphics, credits and animations - as well as some DTP work for accompanying printed material. And the CD32 - a console before consoles were ever really a thing (ignoring the 1970s Ataris, that is)... Reply 0
  • This War of Mine available today on iPad, Android

  • badwhippet 15/07/2015

    I already played the PC version to death. No matter - this was an insta-buy! It works beautifully on the nvidia Shield tablet. Beautifully done. Reply 0
  • Planet Coaster announced for 2016

  • badwhippet 17/06/2015

    BRILLIANT! Just WANT! I hope we won't be forced to play in a multiplayer environment though (that 'planet' title makes me nervous). Reply 0
  • New study suggests link between gaming and neurological disorders

  • badwhippet 20/05/2015

    Why is it that people who carry out a tiny, elementary study then feel a need to report the findings to an alarmist press (thinking Daily Wail here) before then citing that it's only a "small study", more research needed, only correlation not causation, etc. JEEZ - FINISH THE DAMN RESEARCH FIRST! Reply 0
  • Overkill's The Walking Dead confirmed for PS4, Xbox One and PC

  • badwhippet 30/04/2015

    Aw crap - only co-op? R.I.P single-player campaigns. :cry: Reply +31
  • Ouya seeks quick sale as debts mount

  • badwhippet 29/04/2015

    It's got nowhere to go now. No-one will be buying it up because the technology has already been superseded by other devices such as the nvidia Shield which has a decent gamepad controller and streams Android and PC games direct to TV. Reply 0
  • Valve's missing Link

  • badwhippet 05/03/2015

    I'm stoked about Steam Link. I currently use an nvidia Shield tablet and controller to stream compatible games to my TV upstairs and it's great, but it won't stream my entire Steam library. Roll on November! Reply +1
  • Rich Stanton on: Requiem for a dreamer

  • badwhippet 15/02/2015

    @Silverflash An excellent and eloquent reply that I enjoyed reading as much as the main article. :) Reply 0
  • Alien: Isolation leads 2015 BAFTA Game Awards nominations

  • badwhippet 10/02/2015

    Alien: Isolation SO deserves this. I naively thought a second play-through would be much easier but my complacence has led to an even more sharply honed and determined xenomorph, reminding me why this game should be recategorised as the Cowering Simulator. Reply +5
  • The Crew review

  • badwhippet 10/12/2014

    Are they seriously the best screenshots? If so, it looks distinctly average by 2005's standards. Disappointing. Reply +8
  • How Assassin's Creed Unity's micro-transactions work

  • badwhippet 14/11/2014

    This is THE most disgusting practice I've yet seen in the gaming industry. Not buying. I hope the game's sales bombs because of this. It's just a shame that pre-order buyers might not have been aware. Reply +8
  • Bethesda warns: you should have 4GB of VRAM to play The Evil Within PC

  • badwhippet 26/09/2014

    I don't get why any PC gamers are so surprised that games are no longer to be held back by old console tech. Both AMD and nvidia have been making 4Gb+ VRAM cards for some time now - there is NO element of surprise in this. nvidia 780Ti buyers could have paid more for 6Gb instead of 3Gb by opting for a Titan Black (a slightly souped up 780Ti with 6Gb), or opted for a few less fps for a vanilla 4Gb 780 instead). 4Gb will likely become the minimum over the next 2 years for best settings (a prototype 980 with 8Gb has already been photographed in a Chinese magazine and the already-released mobile GEForce 8 carries 8Gb). Reply -8
  • Cities: Skyline is out to satisfy where SimCity couldn't

  • badwhippet 04/09/2014

    Can I have it NOW please???? Right now? Lots of love (for that banner!) and begging from a disheartened and abandoned Simcity fan... Reply +1
  • Watch Dogs: Bad Blood expansion coming this month

  • badwhippet 04/09/2014

    Aw, come on, EG - play nice. If the game did one thing right, it was the characters. Jordi Chin and Lucky Quinn were incredibly well done. I agree T-Bone was also a good character, but he wasn't the only one. Reply +1
  • EA offers a free 48-hour trial of Titanfall on Origin... again

  • badwhippet 23/08/2014

    My interest has waned in EA games at the same rate their single-player campaigns have waned. A steep sale price is generous of EA, but won't attract a player base not already won over by yet another multiplayer-only game. Reply 0
  • Google Play removing "free" label for F2P games with in-app purchases

  • badwhippet 21/07/2014

    I'd prefer the 'free' aspect simply to be categorised. Those that are free but you can optionally buy upgrade packs not necessary to ENJOY the game (ie you don't have to grind without the purchases), those that are free for, say, the first hour just so you can try before you buy, those that really are fleecing people (repeated IAPs needed to get any enjoyment out of the game) and of course those that are absolutely and totally free, unhampered, but with a few non-intrusive adverts to make revenue.

    This would make the 'free' arena much more transparent without disadvantaging those who are using the model in better ways than the serial cash-grabbers.
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  • Watch Dogs has shipped over 8 million units

  • badwhippet 10/07/2014

    I really enjoyed the game - then I upgraded my PC with a Titan Black and now it plays like shit! I can see why there is uproar at the higher end of the PC community. Ubisoft really needs to communicate with people on whether they're still trying to sort out the mess. Reply +1
  • Face-Off: Sniper Elite 3

  • badwhippet 09/07/2014

    @INSERT-COIN: The Titan GPU is by no means a "shit" GPU for games. You can say it's a shit PRICE (that's totally fair - it IS), but as a GPU it's pretty stellar. Take the Titan Black for instance; it's a full-blown GTX 780Ti with a fractionally faster clock and twice the VRAM (and double-precision unlocked which is merely an 'aside' for a gamer). It might be a shit choice if you're on a budget, but I imagine many nvidia gamers would like a 780Ti with 6Gb VRAM if money was no object. Reply +1
  • The real story behind The Sun's "Gaming as addictive as heroin" headline

  • badwhippet 08/07/2014

    This newspaper never did print anything factual. And it clearly hasn't started to with this. Reply +2
  • The sickening side of the Steam summer sale

  • badwhippet 28/06/2014

    @RoOhDaMite New and risky games died with the console. If it couldn't be played on a gamepad, forget it. So we were left with a pile of war, fighting and racing games, and a dearth of strategy and simulation games. Until AAA devs dare to move away from the basic warring and racing formula, we're stuck with it.

    I actually don't see anything wrong with sequels at all (unless a dev strays too far from the formula that made the original games successful, such as Simcity's tragic end). To have more of a game you thoroughly enjoyed is a good thing, but new IPs are actually in the stranglehold of what will sell on console rather than much to do with sales prices. We saw this throughout the 2000s as war game after war game was pumped out at us. It was stifling, but they sold. They made publishers an absolute mint.

    Trading digital licenses wouldn't add any benefit or incentive to change the situation. At least with sales, money is still reaching the publishers. Trading brings no more advantage than piracy as far as devs and publishers are concerned. Whether a game is swapped, traded or stolen, the dev makes nothing from that.

    The biggest incentive for new and fresh IPs will probably come from the indie market. AAA publishers are noticing those games like Banished that ended up being top sellers on Steam - developed by people not held to a certain genre and audience.
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  • badwhippet 28/06/2014

    The BIGGEST aspect of these sales is that they encourage pickier gamers like me to try something else. Past sales have led me to buy completely into new genres and entire multiple series, meaning multiple AAA devs benefit from one game in a sale. It's an effective strategy. Reply +4
  • Quintillions of permutations: The Rubik's Cube at 40

  • badwhippet 02/05/2014

    I actually own one of the later but less popular spin-offs: a Homer Simpson 'cube'. Homer has never looked the same since. A sharp knife and dish-washing liquid can't help in the way it helped me beat Rubik's cube! Reply 0
  • Newspaper report linking stabbing of Leeds teacher to Dark Souls disputed

  • badwhippet 29/04/2014

    And the Daily Wail rides again with a string of half-concocted stories of speculation and vivid imagination.... Next. Reply 0
  • Rollercoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile review

  • badwhippet 18/04/2014

    Looking at what's been done, even if it DID come to PC as a buyable (not F2P) game, it's still nowhere near the class of RCT3 - which incidentally still works perfectly today and still actually looks good. Reply +3
  • Rapture leaked: The true story behind the making of BioShock

  • badwhippet 17/04/2014

    Great article about a great game! Just by coincidence, I'm playing Bioshock (1 and 2) right now and for the first time. It's a shame they were reviewed as 'shooters' (the reason I skipped them originally) when the games have so much depth to them. They're not just shooters, but a full-on experience no-one should miss. Reply +4
  • Lifeless Planet: Encounters at the end of the world

  • badwhippet 13/04/2014

    @superfurry Thanks for the heads-up. I've added the game to my wish-list but had skipped the trailer purely because lack of time, with the intention of revisiting it. I'll now avoid. Reply +6
  • Peter Molyneux's Godus problem

  • badwhippet 01/04/2014

    I'm not sure that adding voyagers will make any difference between boring and not boring. The difference lies somewhere in what (still) makes Populous good (and compulsive), and Godus NOT good - and I can't fathom what that difference is. Reply +1
  • badwhippet 01/04/2014

    I would sooner pay a fixed price for a game (even if a triple-A title IS high) than have costs dribbled at me through a free-to-play scheme. I want to know that IF I love a game, I can play it for months or even years without having to budget for it. Reply +39
  • SimCity can now be played offline

  • badwhippet 18/03/2014

    Small victory maybe, but it's not THE biggest fault. There is no simulation while you cannot actually BUILD a city at all. The plot sizes are so ridiculously small that I can't imagine anyone could honestly think this would even work.

    Now if this was fixed, it would be a much, MUCH better game. It would be a fun game, and not over in 2 hours flat.
    Reply +6
  • SimCity offline mode "almost there mayors"

  • badwhippet 14/03/2014

    I didn't care massively about the stupid online requirement (aggravating, but oh well). What really killed the game for me is simple: tiny city squares. Two hours and you're done. None of the fun of Simcity 4 as a result, despite its otherwise great potential. Reply +4
  • Banished review

  • badwhippet 28/02/2014

    Most reviews are saying the same "wish there was more" but they're missing the point of Banished. When the map is full, all the achievements have been earned, when all crop and livestock types are being farmed and traded, and once the population is easily into 4 figure numbers and still growing, THEN it's done - but I'm not sure many appreciate this. The developer set out not to have all the clichéd upgrade paths, unlockable objectives and such (he blogged about this) and now reviewers are punishing him for daring to do something different. I give Banished an 8 out of 10 personally. The fun is in the difficulty and trying to keep everyone surviving when you do dare to expand. I've already put some 40+ hours into it - which I daresay is more than Thief will last me. Reply +4
  • Rock Band dev announces music-based FPS Chroma

  • badwhippet 18/02/2014

    Why is everything going F2P? People outright buying the game not making enough money already? This kind of game looks cool but I'm just done with all this F2P shit. I'll reserve judgement to see how much it COULD cost and how much grind there will be beyond paying a reasonable amount, but I just wish we could simply buy a game outright. Reply +1
  • Myst gets remade, again, in realMyst: Masterpiece Edition

  • badwhippet 08/02/2014

    @jellyBelly Happily, members of the fan community are remaking Riven with Cyan's blessing! It's called "Unreal Riven" and looks to be exceptional. Not sure when release will be, though. They're a small team working on a huge project. Reply +1
  • 10 mind-melting BioShock Infinite theories

  • badwhippet 01/02/2014

    I don't usually like FPS games, but Bioshock Infinite I thought was incredible! I really enjoyed the head-screwing storyline. Reply +2
  • A fireside chat on Hearthstone's past, present and future

  • badwhippet 31/01/2014

    It's the whole feel of the game NOT being 'pay-2-win" that had me buy my first pack last week. I felt guilty about playing such a good game for free, and if a few extra cards actually gives something back to Blizzard, then I'm good with that. Reply +8
  • Thief achievement asks you not to rush through the game

  • badwhippet 28/01/2014

    From all the previews I've read, it looks like comparing this to Dishonored would be somewhat premature.

    I don't think anyone who could remotely appreciate the charms of Dishonored would've rushed through it. Typically they'd probably give up after ten minutes wondering why it wasn't like Call of Duty.
    That's very true. Unfortunately, there were many gripes that Dishonored was 'too short', with players complaining that they finished it within 4, 5, 6 hours. My shortest play-through was 15 hours, so that's why I think this Thief achievement has been added.

    Alas, I'm regretting my Thief pre-order the more I read about it (got it from GMG for £20). I haven't read enough to think 'cancel NOW!' yet, but it's not looking good so far...
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  • badwhippet 28/01/2014

    If the game design bears any resemblance to Dishonored, then it kinda makes sense. Anyone who played that game knows that some missions can be completed in under 5 minutes flat (like "Lady Boyle's Last Party"), but to find all the bonus runes, read all the diaries, dispatch all enemies etc and really experience the level, it takes an hour or two easily and is a much better way to play the game. Reply +2
  • The case of the disappearing video games

  • badwhippet 26/01/2014

    This is a situation where, longer-term, digital versions are more likely to have a longer life span (legally or otherwise). Console gamers will see it happen if their new console doesn't offer backwards compatibility. It won't be felt right now, but in years to come it will be. As a veteran gamer I was around when all sorts of weird and wonderful consoles existed (like the Amiga CD32). Keeping that kit running just to make use of the physical media has less long-term guarantee than archived-digital-resales (like GOG), abandonware games, emulated or pirated digital games have. Some people download pirated versions of games they've already paid for just so they can keep the game if the games client DRM is switched off (GFWL-reliant games will soon be scuppered if the game won't function without the DRM check). Gamers can obtain access to games from the 1970s and 80s via digital emulators and remakes. These are more likely to be running in years to come than games reliant on any physical medium. Reply +5
  • How Thief has changed, for better and for worse

  • badwhippet 24/01/2014

    Why does every single game have to be 're-imagined' to something more in line with fast-paced action? Don't publishers realise we have 3000 of those and are waiting for all the alternative stuff to catch up. Reply +5
  • Microsoft paid YouTubers to say nice things about Xbox One - report

  • badwhippet 21/01/2014

    What a stupid thing to do. If the system is good enough in its own right, why do they have to bribe owners to mention it? It only creates the image that the console is not as good as its competition - the exact opposite message than the one MS is trying to foster. Reply +15
  • GAME's back on track and eyeing the stock market

  • badwhippet 15/01/2014

    I stopped going to GAME when they stopped selling PC titles. All my games are now digital downloads, so I expect there would be no profit in them restocking PC games now. Reply +3
  • Finally! SimCity offline mode confirmed

  • badwhippet 13/01/2014

    Online mode isn't the killer - it's the stupid-small city sizes, and Maxis have already confirmed they cannot do anything about that. Reply +6
  • Razer's module-tastic PC is mad, or genius

  • badwhippet 08/01/2014

    @sh4m4n - not true in my case. I have mice, keypads and headphones that range between 1 and 3 years - all performing perfectly. Nothing wrong with Razer products. They're pretty damn good, in fact. Reply 0
  • Games of 2013: Euro Truck Simulator 2

  • badwhippet 22/12/2013

    This awesome game is the only game I have that really, properly makes use of the gears and clutch pedal of my Logitech G27, and it really adds to the simulation. Reply +2
  • SWIV retrospective

  • badwhippet 16/12/2013

    There is an EXCELLENT remake of SWIV for free at Retro Remakes (look under the 2003 Competition Entries). Runs in all current Windows versions and uses arrow keys plus space-bar to control. Reply 0
  • All the Xbox One launch games and their install sizes

  • badwhippet 21/11/2013

    With recent PC game prices hiking up to £39.99 from the likes of EA and Egosoft, I figured that it was happening: PC prices are being dragged up to the offensive prices of console games. Looking at the insane prices quoted here, how wrong I was! Reply 0
  • SimCity: Cities of Tomorrow review

  • badwhippet 15/11/2013

    I bought CoT despite my disappointment in the failed Simcity 2013. I'm a bit surprised in how much it's changed the game: it is now nothing like Simcity whatsoever - more a futuristic, simplified Galactic Civ meets Sim Tower meets Simcity - with the usual balancing issues that keep these games playable. I'm a bit surprised to find I'm enjoying it - I think because it's no longer pretending to be a Simcity wannabe so I'm no longer mourning what is lost with every click. Don't know how long it will last, but it has made something into a playable new game from an unplayable disappointment. But it's the final nail in the coffin for a true Simcity replacement, for sure. Reply 0
  • Mass Effect 4 teaser images released by BioWare

  • badwhippet 08/11/2013

    I cannot describe just HOW much I'm looking forward to this! I loved the Mass Effect trilogy and it just proved to me how epic Bioware are at crafting a game and a story. Very excited! Reply 0
  • Oculus Rift plus Euro Truck Simulator 2 equals the real next-gen

  • badwhippet 23/10/2013

    Not my usual sort of game, but I LOVE ETS2. It's super-awesome with a wheel that has a separate gear-shift and clutch, because there is plenty of chance to mangle 18 gears, stall, curse - rinse and repeat (add this to confusion over which side of the road you're on). For authenticity, players should position the stick-shift left or right of their wheel accordingly and then be totally screwed! This is the first time I have seen OR reviewed where I think it makes me want one! Cool! Reply +2
  • The Sims 4 delayed until autumn 2014

  • badwhippet 23/10/2013

    @callum9999 This tends to be used as a convenient generalisation (and excuse by some companies) when it doesn't apply wholesale across the US by any means, and most games publishers don't do this. My partner is from an area of the US where housing costs and salaries are comparable to Europe. Of the major houses I purchase games from, only EA has ever been guilty of it and their only justification (can't now find the article) was that 'piracy comes mostly from Europe'. Their USD100+ charge for Simcity 2013 was almost double that for the US price, but even where US salaries/living costs are lesser, they're NOT half of UK salaries/prices anywhere. So, just a ruse. Reply +1