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  • Microsoft buys Mojang and Minecraft for $2.5bn

  • bioreit 17/09/2014

    @danielgibbs1

    Wait...youd rather a system, that has multi-platform games?

    The One has 3-4 exclusives dropping THIS year [pay close attention to those words]; alongside the multi-platform games.

    With more exclusives also coming next year.

    What it sounds like to ME; is youve bought into the graphics thingy...I mean just say that.
    Yes, bizarrely, I would rather have a system that "has multiplatform games". Really not sure why you wouldn't want a system that can do multiplatform games....

    And if I'm going to play multiplatform games on my system, I'd like them to be decent - I'm genuinely not overly fussed about graphics, but I do care about screen tearing and frame rates.

    And yes, out of the upcoming exclusives on Xbox One, I would definitely get the Master Chief Collection and possibly Sunset Overdrive. But I just can't get on with Forza (so have no interest in FH2). Apart from those, there's nothing coming out in the next 12 months which would make me buy an Xbox One (rather than just enjoying my 360).

    Don't get me wrong - I'm not saying there are loads more PS4 games I want (there aren't, beyond Driveclub and The Order), but the ones that are coming out seem to pique my interest more than the current lists for the Xbox One.

    But then I can't stand Gran Turismo, Ratchett and Clank, Killzone, Uncharted, Resistance and loads of other PlayStation-exclusive franchises, so I may just end up sticking with my 360 for as long as I possibly can (i.e. until the games start to dry up).

    My (admittedly long-winded) point is this: right now, to me, as a long-term 360 owner, I can see why Sony have stolen a march on Microsoft at the start of this generation and I can also see why Microsoft thinks that spending that much money on Minecraft could help them to close the gap between the PS4 and the Xbox One. However, I think they would have been better off pouring that money into new franchises, reminiscent of when the first Halo, PGR and Gears of War all launched - Microsoft need to claw back some kind of pop culture/brand recognition to counter-act the current prevailing opinion that Microsoft dropped the ball.

    Microsoft undoubtedly will not 'lose' this generation (because even if it only sells half the number of Xbox Ones as Sony sells PS4s, that will still be millions and millions of customers), but it could certainly do with picking its feet up and getting its arse in gear, if only because when Microsoft chooses to be competitive and desperate enough to win consumers over, it tends to knock it out of the park.
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  • bioreit 16/09/2014

    @danielgibbs1

    Didnt SONY cut half their studios...which is the reason half their games are coming out in 2015-2016.

    Stop throwing rocks when you yourself are playing a glasshouse
    Taking your comment literally, you seem to be labouring under the misapprehension that I am a PS4 gamer. I am not.

    I just don't see any reason at the moment to invest in either next generation console, although I am leaning more towards a PS4 - based purely on what is available for Xbox One and PS4 now and on the immediate horizon; coupled with the seemingly (please, please pay close attention to my use of this word) better handling of multiplatform games on PS4 right now.

    Although as an almost exclusively 360 gamer, I don't really want to maintain two subscriptions for online gaming so I am really hoping that Microsoft can pull some compelling games out the hat, say around Christmas, just in time for a decent price drop.
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  • bioreit 16/09/2014

    @ipar

    you are over exaggerating the lead Sony has on the xbox one,there much closer than people give them credit for
    In order for Microsoft to have a hope in hell of gaining traction against a seemingly unstoppable Sony (at the moment)
    I've highlighted in bold the key points of what I said before. Sony are already ahead of Microsoft and at the moment it doesn't look like anything Microsoft are doing will reverse that trend.

    You also seem to completely miss my point that it's not about a new Project Gotham or Halo (although a new PGR would have me throwing money at Microsoft, I will admit) but that Microsoft need their equivalents for this generation.

    Right now, I can't see any upcoming Microsoft exclusives that would compel me to buy an Xbox One.
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  • bioreit 15/09/2014

    @TheDoctor11

    Also why can't Microsoft put some money into new IP?
    This.

    The amount of money being pumped into this deal is sickening when Microsoft also don't seem keen on creating (or even resurrecting) decent IPs. Halo and Project Gotham are two of my favourite series ever (although I'd argue that Halo went squiffy for a while and became a bit formulaic) and Gears of War was initially a good enough change from what went before to merit attention.

    In order for Microsoft to have a hope in hell of gaining traction against a seemingly unstoppable Sony (at the moment), they desperately need compelling new titles. Surely a new Halo or Project Gotham* would cost them less than $2.5 billion!

    *Not literally saying a new version of those games, just something with equal attraction and which would be identifiably Microsoft.
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  • PewDiePie no longer allows comments on his videos

  • bioreit 03/09/2014

    He has instead opted to use Reddit and Twitter to communicate with his fanbase, platforms that are famously free of clutter and arguments.
    chuckle
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  • Editor's blog: A brief note about "GamerGate"

  • bioreit 02/09/2014

    @kangarootoo

    The point of this is not to speak to you and I, the sane majority. It is to show that hateful minority that they don't speak for the people they claim to speak for. Even if you don't agree with that aim, its existence shouldn't bother you.

    It isn't always about us.
    Well said. Personally, I took the intent of the letter to be about helping to generate awareness, so that those who are "gamers" would perhaps feel more compelled to not just let that kind of behaviour slide; and also bringing this to the attention of non-gamers, so that perhaps they could be more involved if they did witness such behaviour (I'm thinking of situations like a parent overhearing stereotypical smacktalk on an online game their child is playing) and not just shrugging it off.

    Would this ever be 100% effective? Hell no.

    Could it help to make even a small difference? Absolutely; especially for the minimal amount of effort involved, the potential returns are substantial.

    The fact that some people are so incensed about Eurogamer signing that letter that they are deleting their accounts is greatly saddening (see gott_sei_dank's comment, for example). Particularly as they are kinda missing the point that irrespective of the reasons behind the letter being written, the actual message it contains is to be unaccepting of any hate from any source.

    Sorry, kind of wandered off topic and this changed from a specific reply to a general comment!
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  • Pierce Brosnan plays GoldenEye 007

  • bioreit 20/08/2014

    @Malek86

    I feel your pain, Brosnan. Other people should try replaying Goldeneye today with a N64 controller, I dare them to say it's aged well.
    Challenge accepted. Shall hook up the N64 and play it tonight. Maybe followed by some Perfect Dark.
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  • Battlefield 4's next big update cleans up HUD, tweaks soldier movement

  • bioreit 08/08/2014

    @Sunsprie

    Does anyone know why the sounds cut out for that start of a match? You think they would fix this.
    This. I came to Bf4 pretty late (i.e. when it went to 17 on Amazon) and apart from slight lag in a very few matches (which could be my end in all fairness) the only major outstanding issue I have is the lack of sound when you spawn in for the first time.

    Well, that and a way to vote to kick griefers. Like those who steal the jets and crash them into the ground so they can start capturing a checkpoint quickly. Then get mown down by a guy in a chopper.

    Every frickin' time on Golmud Railway.
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  • Bitmap Brothers' Z: Steel Soldiers relaunches on PC today

  • bioreit 01/08/2014

    I'd be more than happy with the boost in graphics, if they'd just kept the viewpoint the same fixed one as before. For me, RTS games took a nosedive when they started implementing swoopy-divey camera controls. I can't even stand the ones which flicked between fixed viewpoints so you could see behind buildings.

    /grumpy old git mode
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  • PGR4 remains arcade racing at its very best

  • bioreit 14/07/2014

    Metropolis Street Racer and PGR 1, 2, 3 and 4 have been my favourite racing games of all time. Unlike BellyFullOfHell, I personally think they were the perfect mix between arcade fun and simulation-realism.

    Whenever the 360 owners of my friendship circle gather, there are *always* at least a few sessions spent on PGR4.

    The only other fun racing game we still play is FlatOut Ultimate Carnage - definitely a woefully underrated game for a group.

    Such a shame that racing games now seem to be either ultra-ultra-ultra realism (and therefore inaccessible to many) or Mario Kart and its clones (don't get me wrong, I love Mario Kart, but I'm not buying a Wii U until it halves in price).
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  • Rainbow Six Siege has male and female hostages

  • bioreit 26/06/2014

    @poobob

    One demo featuring a single hostage, and a coin toss to essentially decide gender, and this gets an article.
    Except it wasn't just a "coin toss", was it?

    I mean, when we did that design we felt a lot of empathy with the hostage. We wanted people to want to protect her. If the hostage gets killed a team loses the game, so we wanted players to care about the hostage so that's the design we chose.
    "Remnant" has got on his own high horse here in his criticism of Grayson and made a claim which is patently *false*. I wonder - will he modify his response in the light of the statement from Ubisoft?
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  • Editor's blog: I am sexist

  • bioreit 19/06/2014

    @The_B
    Just suggesting that shows how much of the point of the article has flown over your head. The entire piece is about recognising the faults and taking steps to improve ourselves in the future.

    To use your comparison: at no point does Tom say the achievement should be deleted or we should go and raze anybody to the ground for it, just recognise the issue and use that knowledge to think on it for the future. If -to use your example - he resigns, how can he be expected to make considerations about the staff in the future?

    It's funny how a lot of people here seem to think the article is a straight up attack, or to put sexist stuff up to some sort of trial and execution and not asking people to just simply think on their actions a bit and recognising - and owning up to - our own mistakes.
    I regret that I have only one +1 to give.
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  • bioreit 19/06/2014

    @Bertie

    I agree with everything the article says. Like Tom, I had a similar realisation not too long ago that an awful lot of my casual, non-deliberate behaviour and conversation was sexist. I've always considered myself to be liberal and (having grown up only wth sisters) to be very pro-equality; the self-knowledge that I'd actually failed abysmally on so many fronts geuinely pains me.

    As someone further up this thread has already said, I think a large part of this behaviour stems from a lack of empathy; the inability to see what women actually have to go through and put up with, day in, day out. Everything from flippant sexist comments, to being beeped at by drivers, to still having to pay (reduced) VAT on tampons, for Christ's sake!

    I'm trying to do my best, but as Tom says, it's a constant, conscious battle against upbringing, nature, programming, whatever. But it's certainly a struggle which is worth it.
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  • Watch someone run around a huge Battlefield Hardline map all on their own

  • bioreit 03/06/2014

    @Haydar

    Disagree. One of my all-time favourite console shooters (and Battlefield games) was Battlefield 2: Modern Combat. No destructible environments or structures, just loads of people blasting around huge maps, having fun.

    I genuinely wish they'd redo that game; implement some of the improvements they've made to the series since, like the anti-base camping (bitter memories of being camped by circling helos still haunt me), stick in an auto-rotate among the maps with a veto option, rather than 'everyone choose from a list' which meant you played the same 3 or 4 maps over and over because they were the first options, and get rid of the automatic identification of enemies on the HUD (the RB/R2 tagging is just fine now).

    The weapon/equipment selection menu was also spot-on and it bemuses me that pretty much everyone these days thinks that using multiple buttons is better than having one button in conjunction with a direction.

    Damnit, now I want to start tearing round on skidoos again! (Missile Crisis, I think...)
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  • EA launches Battlefield 4 Community Test Environment

  • bioreit 09/05/2014

    Agree that it's way on the late side for beta testing for these issues, but have to say as a recent Battlefield 4 purchaser/player, I haven't encountered any issues in the 30-odd online sessions I've played. Not saying they don't exist and they don't happen frequently for large numbers of people, just saying I have yet to encounter any issues (and the issues with Bad Company 1 and 2 and Battlefield 3 online sessions stopped me from playing those to any great extent). Reply +1
  • UK budget could end 69p cheeky cheapies

  • bioreit 20/04/2014

    @StooMonster

    Because his parents gave him a ridiculous biblical name and he changed it when he was 13?

    Is the religious element that you object to, or that it's jewish, or some kind of reverse snobbery because you think it sounds posh to you?
    Just re-read this and thought it was worth making another comment.

    Where the hell do you get off making implicit accusations that I am either anti-semitic or bigoted to the point I would judge someone for having a "ridiculous biblical name"?

    Your accusations are not only offensive they also lack internal consistency - I said he *should* be called by his birth name, then you make accusations based on the false presumption that I have a problem with the name Gideon. Even though I said he should be called that and not "George". So how in the name of anything is that me "object[ing]" to "the religious element"?

    Step the hell off, you flippant twat and next time you want to accuse me of something, make sure you actually read the bloody quote you use and try to keep your logic together.
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  • bioreit 10/04/2014

    @StooMonster

    "Is the religious element that you object to, or that it's jewish, or some kind of reverse snobbery because you think it sounds posh to you?"

    None of the above.

    I think he changed his name to try and fit in more and not be the 'posh little rich boy'.

    Who then went to independent school, then Oxford, joined the Bullingdon Club and seems to be making his career based on demonising the poor as workshy, benefit-scrounging scum-bags while giving his old chums in the financial sector an easy ride.

    /Disclaimer - I am from Tunbridge Wells (genuinely!) and my brother-in-law is fairly senior at a large international bank. None of that stops me from seeing him as a hypocritical, nasty-minded swine.
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  • bioreit 24/03/2014

    @Moribundman

    "(Fucking shithead Gideon)"

    Glad I'm not the only one who insists on using his birthname.

    On-topic:

    We have been rather spoiled by online pricing structures for things like games and blu-rays (as companies like Amazon took advantage of lower VAT rates), but that doesn't mean it won't hurt if/when the prices start to get closer to retail...
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  • Xbox One firmware update will let you manage storage

  • bioreit 05/02/2014

    @Darren

    Completely agree! It seems like Microsoft decided to ignore all the previous works they did on so many different OSes and started again from the ground up.

    It made sense for them to start over for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 to try and shed some of the legacy crud built up over so many generations, but the 360 interface was pretty good (minus the advertising) - I certainly prefer it to the PS3 one.
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  • bioreit 05/02/2014

    Good that they're starting to add missing features, but totally bizarre it was missing in the first place...

    Hoping that the first major price drop happens around September - should be some good games out by then and most of the kinks ironed out to make it worth buying.
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  • PS4 vs Xbox One: which is the better media player?

  • bioreit 03/02/2014

    @bad09

    You do know you can legally make digital copies of your discs right? I have hundreds of films and TV shows legally backed up to a NAS from disc for various streaming/portable uses, not to mention music and photos as well.
    Have they actually legalised the ripping of legally-purchased discs for backup purposes at home now? I knew it was in the pipeline here in the UK (some MP or somesuch had said copyright law preventing that was outdated - paraphrasing) but I didn't know it had actually gone ahead and been legalised.

    Good news if so - I have over 6TB of legally-purchased DVDs ripped for easy round-the-house streaming. Would be nice to get a legal check mark for that!
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  • New cheaper Xbox One model this year - report

  • bioreit 31/01/2014

    @manic_mouse

    I think the Xbox One is the biggest mess of a launch I've seen in 20-odd years of being a gamer. Absolute shambles.
    Yeah, would agree with you on that. The PS3 pre-launch was worse in my opinion, but the actual launch and months immediately after? Xbox One has trumped that, definitely.

    Just glad I've stuck to my guns and decided to wait for first price-drop plus more games and system maturity from both PS4 and Xbox One, rather than getting swept along by "Ooh, shiny shiny"...
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  • Microsoft ad asks you to "ditch your PS3"

  • bioreit 31/01/2014

    @manic_mouse

    "EDIT: To save you looking up, vanilla PS4 is No. 1 (and out of stock), Xbox is 52 (and in stock, obviously)."

    You're wrong. Xbox One is in position 54.
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  • Sony: UK PS4 to Xbox One sales ratio is 1.5:1

  • bioreit 30/01/2014

    @jamie_fear

    Ah nuts. That's been a huge bug-bear for me with previous Sony consoles and a significant factor in my previous choices for Xbox/Xbox 360 as primary machines.

    Haven't yet tried out the DS4 (or the new X1 controller) but had heard good things. Dagnammit!

    EDIT: Jesus. Looks like SDF are out in force, negging a guy just for saying he finds the DS4 uncomfortable...
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  • Microsoft rebrands SkyDrive to OneDrive after copyright dispute

  • bioreit 29/01/2014

    @aldo_14

    Haha. Reminds me of the Invader Zim episode where the Schwarzenegger-sounding ice-cream van voice drones on:

    "You like ice-cream. You like ice-cream. You love it. You cannot resist ice-cream. To resist is hopeless. Your existence is meaningless without ice-cream".

    Just replace "ice-cream" with "OneDrive", get Arnie to record it and job done.

    *EDIT* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUddaWNslgE
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  • bioreit 29/01/2014

    @Luke_Martin_VA

    Agreed. I've come to love my phone (after years as a die-hard Samsung 'droider) and the app store is getting better, but not fast enough to compete with iOS and Google Play offerings.

    Those thinking about migrating aren't interested in the difference between how long the different OSes have been around for - all they care about is whether their favourite app on those stores is also available on the Windows Store.
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  • bioreit 29/01/2014

    I can see why they've chosen the name, but it doesn't roll off the tongue in quite the same way as SkyDrive does.

    I do think Murdoch's shower should recompense Microsoft for the expense of rebranding in those markets where Sky does not have a presence, though.
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  • Does the 13GB Dead Rising 3 patch boost performance?

  • bioreit 27/01/2014

    @man.the.king

    Oh give over. What is this comment then, if not making an inference or an assumption?

    "Or are you merely trying to deflect any criticism regarding a game on your chosen brand of console onto a game not on your chosen brand?"

    I find it very interesting that you only make overt comments on those you perceive to be favouring Xbox over Playstation, yet don't do the same to the opposite - you *say* you negged kosigan, but there's obviously no proof of that. How wonderfully convenient for you...
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  • bioreit 24/01/2014

    @man.the.king

    I think he quoted the wrong person - I think he was referring to Christopher Lee's comment right above his:

    "@kosigan Thats why I chose PS4. Killzone runs at 1080p and 60 fps."

    Perhaps you should make a similar comment to Christopher Lee, along the lines of "Where in the above article do they talk about Killzone performance? Or are you merely trying to heap more criticism onto the competitor of your chosen brand of console"?
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  • Microsoft and BBC quiet on continued Xbox One iPlayer absence

  • bioreit 24/01/2014

    @Spence1115

    "Bit different since Flash is also not supported on Android either now, only HTML5, and HTML5 works better than Flash for PCs as well, so its a progression that can be applied across the board rather than pointlessly supporting a peripheral that makes no difference to the application."

    That's true now, but wasn't at the time the BBC made the Apple-friendly iPlayer version - hence my comment.

    And yes, HTML5 works better in many ways, but not all - I for one like to be able to block annoying flash ads on certain sites, with HTML5 there will not be that option.

    I certainly agree with you (and many others) that Microsoft's insistence on kinect-support is ridiculous - but that wasn't the point I was addressing...
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  • bioreit 24/01/2014

    @darth_paul

    "A large audience surfs on iphones/ipads, so the bbc has to provide content for them too.

    Flash will be dead anyway, now that html5 is gaining ground".

    They do now. They didn't when BBC made the Apple-friendly version of iPlayer. And yes, flash will be dead soon-ish as HTML5 gains ground and a fairly significant part of that is the Apple-led move away from flash because Jobs didn't like a software product in his ecosystem he couldn't control.

    And HTML5 will usher in a wonderful era of non-blockable ads - can't wait...
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  • bioreit 23/01/2014

    @Luke_Martin_VA

    I agree. I think the BBC spending all that time and money making non-Flash version of iPlayer just to be a sop to iOS users was a monumental waste of time and effort. They should have taken the stand of "it works fine on flash, so if you want it Apple, make your devices run flash".
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  • Sony creates custom PS3 hardware for PlayStation Now

  • bioreit 17/01/2014

    @kangarootoo

    Thought exactly the same thing!
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  • Over 4.2 million PS4s have been sold worldwide

  • bioreit 08/01/2014

    Well done Sony. Seems like a return to the PS2 days (which should hopefully mean modern equivalents of TimeSplitters, Burnout, etc) but with the Xbox One not being absolutely trounced, the on-going competition between Sony and Microsoft should keep things good for the consumer. Reply +5
  • Microsoft considered removing the Xbox One's disc drive after E3

  • bioreit 06/01/2014

    @man.the.king

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but can't the PS4 not play games out the box, without a patch? Seems to me like Sony had the exact same idea as Microsoft with regards to Internet-based DRM controls then saw the backlash against Microsoft and quickly shut the hell up about it. Then stuck the knife in and twisted to get all the "OMG M$$ suxxors" tards on their side.
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  • bioreit 06/01/2014

    @darth_paul

    I'll bet there are royalties Sony have to pay Microsoft for the PS4 - probably some kind of video or audio codec or something, but I'll bet there's something. Swings and roundabouts.

    Out of all the crap from Microsoft, removing the optical drive would have been the thing to turn me right off an X1 - almost all their other blindingly stupid ideas could be easily rectified with a firmware update, but a disc-less console is a bit trickier to fix.

    Makes me wonder why Microsoft are letting their executives talk about idiotic musings they had - with all their perceived and real failings, you'd think they'd be on a strictly-controlled PR exercise for the next couple of years...
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  • Xbox One off to a great start, too

  • bioreit 25/11/2013

    @StooMonster

    PS4 won't be released in Mexico until 29th November, but Mexico is considered to be part of North America, both geopolitically and economically (although not in terms of actual geography).

    Source: My brother-in-law, who wrote a book about investing in Mexico, designed for large financial institutions, governments and corporations.
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  • bioreit 25/11/2013

    @Cringles88

    My take on it is that Sony and Microsoft both had around a million consoles to sell, Sony decided to sell just in North America, Microsoft went for 13 markets.

    Can be taken one of two ways: either Sony chose better by getting a core segment in one major market, or Microsoft did by getting a smaller toehold in more markets.

    Either way, they're both doing well and well done to both manufacturers (although I still think anyone buying a launch console needs their head examined...)

    EDIT Jesus. Either the SDF or Xbots are being a little bit sensitive...
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  • Xbox One outsells Xbox 360 two-to-one in UK launch

  • bioreit 25/11/2013

    @RodHull

    Your reasonableness has no place on an Xbox One thread. Make some negative comment or GET OUT!

    /Sarcasm, for those unable to detect it...
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  • Microsoft extending free Xbox 360 games promotion indefinitely

  • bioreit 18/10/2013

    @blarty

    As a PS3 and 360 owner as well, I'd agree with you that multiplayer can be just as random (lost connection to so many games on the BF4 beta on both consoles it was getting ridiculous) but I will say this: Microsoft knows how to make updates painless!

    Booting up my PS3 to watch Netflix (or even a blu-ray sometimes) or especially a game, if I see that an update needs applying I instantly power down and switch to 360. 360 tends to be "click ok" let it do it's thing and in a couple of minutes all is done. PS3 is Update, confirm, really confirm, confirm your confirmation, approve the non-background download nature of the update, wait minutes for download, then repeat to approve the mandatory installation*

    I'm happy to pay my 30/year to Microsoft for that alone. Although will be intrigued what the PS4 update process is like.


    *Process may have been exaggerated for drama. But not by much.
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  • What does Microsoft have to say about Sony's Xbox One "shifting message" dig?

  • bioreit 22/08/2013

    I admit to having looked on Microsoft's furious back-pedalling with more than a hint of amusement - their direction seems to have foundered badly since the X360 and the whole name and drive behind Xbox One is based on a phrase which just doesn't seem to exist outside of the US (I had never, *ever* heard anyone talk about a battle for being 'input one' on consumers' TVs before this whole thing blew up). And focussing on a single market for a global product is a very bad idea in my book.

    However, I recall that the PS3 had similar problems before launch and everyone was crowing about how horrendous it was going to be but now... no-one really remembers or cares what was said prior to launch. As long as the games and the extra features come out and are good, people don't really care what some suited idiot said on some stage at some event a few years back.

    I'll end up getting both, just like this generation, but it will probably be the Xbone first. I have never got on with any Sony controllers (having not been blessed with the hands of a small child, I find them distinctly uncomfortable) and I can't stand JRPGs or Gran Turismo or Killzone or Little Big Planet. So I will need to wait for a compelling series of exclusives to come out to justify a PS4 purchase for me. It will happen, but it's not there yet.

    I like Halo and Gears of War and I vastly prefer the Microsoft controllers for FPS games, so multi-platformers would be better for me on Xbone than PS4. Therefore I'll end up getting the Xbone first.

    My only potential deal-breaker for Xbone is that there'll be no new Project Gotham game. I have faith that something will come along to fill the void, but a PGR launch game would have made the Xbone an immediate purchase.

    As it is, for the first time ever, there are no consoles I want to buy upon initial release.
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  • Xbox 360 set to overtake Wii in UK in matter of days

  • bioreit 27/06/2013

    @grassyknoll

    Then that means that the attach-rate for Xbox 360 is way (*way*) over that of the other consoles. I mean, they were already the highest in the industry at, what, 8 games per console sold on average? If around a third of the 360s sold are replacements, then the actual number of games per console in use is around a third higher than reported.
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  • Grid 2 Special Edition costs 125,000

  • bioreit 24/05/2013

    @CodiesLoore

    Can you get Quidco on that too? Might be tempted...
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  • This is how Xbox One game trade-ins will work, apparently

  • bioreit 24/05/2013

    Also, is this reselling digital, or reselling physical? I haven't seen any actual clarification on that - and Microsoft's ambiguous language doesn't help matters when they talk about "discs" one minute then "content" the next... Reply +9
  • Phil Harrison tries (again) to clarify game ownership, second-hand sales and always-online in Xbox One

  • bioreit 22/05/2013

    @Penguinzoot

    The way I read it is that just using the disc, you can pretty much continue as now - give it to whomever and they can play the game on their own console with their own account, using the disc. If you tried to play the installed version on your system with your account at the same time as the disc version, the console would perform a verification check online, see that the disc was being used in another console and deny the installed version the ability to play (this is just pure speculation, but seems to fit with what Harrison says).

    The second quote seems to relate to different accounts on the same system - if one account installs a game, it doesn't need to be installed on other accounts for it to be usable. It is effectively installed for all users, just like standard Windows permissions.

    In your comment, you are comparing two different scenarios, but make it sound like Phil made it part of one. Admittedly the language is still very ambiguous and unclear, but that's the way I'm reading it.
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  • Age of Empires 2 HD review

  • bioreit 12/04/2013

    I'm an old school RTS gamer - I agree with CaptainKid that (speaking personally) RTS games were rubbish after Red Alert 2. I don't want spinny-swoopy 3D cameras rotating their way around a battlefield like some kind of demented pigeon. I want fixed-viewpoint, top-down, left-click move, right-click attack RTS games.

    Sometimes, just because you can make something shiny 3D doesn't mean you should. Case in point - I *still* play the original Syndicate; I played Syndicate Wars for about a week after release and haven't been back since.
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  • HMV to resume trading in gift vouchers

  • bioreit 21/01/2013

    @dogmanstaruk

    Sir Tony Baldry said almost exactly that:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/jan/16/hmv-accused-of-theft-over-gift-vouchers

    They weren't insolvent at the time of sale, but they knew they were in serious financial trouble. The administrators had absolutely nothing to do with the sale of the vouchers - which HMV sold right up to the day of administration.

    The administrators had nothing to do with the sale, just as HMV had nothing to do with the decision to stop honouring vouchers. However, when Deloittes agreed to take on the administration of HMV, they made the conscious decision to not accept vouchers, but they did accept cash, credit cards and Pure points. The arguments that can be made as to why it's acceptable for them to not honour vouchers crumbled at the moment they accepted Pure points.

    And Sir Tony is quite correct in that refusing to accept vouchers is tantamount to theft - the goods have in effct been pre-paid, it's just that the specific goods have not been chosen until the customer walks in and hands over the voucher. Regardless of that, HMV has that money in the bank so should honour the commitment to provide goods up to the value of the voucher. Vouchers should be more acceptable than cash, for crying out loud, as HMV earns pre-interest for as long as the voucher-holder waits to pick up their goods.
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  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review

  • bioreit 17/12/2012

    @Farzlepot

    "Given that I struggle to get my iPhone into my jeans pockets, I don't understand how anybody can lug one of these around without either perpetually wearing a jacket or carrying a man bag around with them all the time. Neither option is suitable for a summer Sunday afternoon at ye olde local."

    Combats. Or trousers which aren't spray-painted on. I carry my S2 and my work S3 perfectly fine in my normal pockets, *together*.

    Not everyone wears skin-tight clothing...
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  • Android on a stick: Klastor UG802 review

  • bioreit 24/10/2012

    @Damien

    I'm interested that it can do Netflix ok - what did the picture quality look like and at what res/size screen?

    I have various netbooks, nettops and beefier machines, but they all seem to struggle when playing Netflix - except for my loudest, biggest PCs, so hardly conducive to a pleasant experience!
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  • Painting on wall of Modern Warfare 2 toilet upsets some Muslims

  • bioreit 22/10/2012

    @uknortherner2000

    "Nor do they plant "evidence" on 14-year-old girls and call for their execution under some fascist blasphemy law, or call for film-makers to be murdered in exchange for $100,000 either"

    Maybe not, but they do excommunicate pre-teen girls for having an abortion after being raped by her father. While the father gets counselling and help from his local community and church, the daughter is shunned, spat on and left to rot with no help from the Christian state she happens to reside in.

    And yet people don't bang on about "all Christians support incestuous rape of minors" - even when that seems to be the attitude perpetuated and supported by the highest ranking member of one of the largest religious denominations in the world; which could therefore be seen as an indication of opinion within that religion.

    I mean, if even the earthly head of that order not only supports that decision, but actually made it himself...
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