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  • Gigantic in trouble as developer suffers big layoffs

  • blarty 10/02/2016

    I foresee Microsoft putting in some investment simply because of it's cross-play PR potential Reply +2
  • $12,000 castles and $2100 deeds - inside Shroud of the Avatar's booming housing market

  • blarty 10/02/2016

    @scuffpuppies
    My wife would cut off my balls if I spent 100 on virtual property.
    On that note....



    ....the guy who buys a $12000 virtual castle.
    Reply +4
  • blarty 10/02/2016

    @Bertie It is an interesting thing to watch and see how it plays out, I'll give you that.



    But if the history of games with microtransactions teaches us anything, it should be that we should be very wary when these macrotransactions for games come along.....
    Reply +3
  • blarty 10/02/2016

    So we're implementing elitism in virtual worlds now....how far the game industry has come for it to be able to so accurately model the haves and have nots.... Reply +12
  • Amazon launches free game engine Lumberyard

  • blarty 09/02/2016

    The interesting thing with this is

    ..... will MS now do an update to XNA with access to Azure, especially with the whole "Any X1 can be a dev kit" stuff they said a couple of years back.....


    I'd be very happy if that was to be the case in a few months.
    Reply +2
  • blarty 09/02/2016

    @robinsad Agreed - nobody ever hired an accountant to cost them more money. Reply 0
  • blarty 09/02/2016

    Just don't unpack it and run it from a folder with a space in the name....
    ...or the Asset Processor consistently fails.


    Ridiculous
    Reply 0
  • blarty 09/02/2016

    @Fadobo Yeah it's in the FAQ - you can't use another company's web services, although if you own and manage your own servers, then it's fine.

    Basically if you're going to pay out for stuff that AWS can do, then they don't want you to do that as that's how they're planning to fund lumberyard and give you the SDK/tools etc for free.

    Also if your game has no online component, then you don't need to pay them a penny.
    Reply +3
  • blarty 09/02/2016

    Definitely going to take a look at this. Reply +2
  • Cookie Clicker v2.0 released, global productivity nosedives

  • blarty 09/02/2016

    Cookie Clicker v2.0 released, global productivity nosedives
    .....for people who can be reasonably described as 'moronic imbeciles'
    Reply -26
  • Titanfall 2 will have a story campaign "where science meets magic" - report

  • blarty 08/02/2016

    Why couldn't "science meets magic" in terms of gameplay and mechanics? Seemed to work okay for the Mass Effect series.... Reply +9
  • In Play: After a miserable January, games are here to help

  • blarty 06/02/2016

    I couldn't believe it when I woke up to see the notification from the Guardian app (I still can't work out how to turn those off)
    I believe we have reached peak 'first world problems'
    Reply -1
  • Steam launches its first Lunar New Year Sale

  • blarty 06/02/2016

    Going to grab the Rocksmith games while they're cheap I think Reply 0
  • Eurogamer readership survey 2016

  • blarty 04/02/2016

    @DreadedWalrus
    Not sure I'd really call Gamergate a service...
    Dunno - you could file it under
    Entertainment - Comedy
    Reply +15
  • blarty 04/02/2016

    Seems interesting there was no comment box on the general quality of the articles on the site. Digital Foundry is great, but a lot of the other news articles tend to be a couple of days behind other sites, which is unfortunate. Reply +1
  • The Westport Independent review

  • blarty 04/02/2016

    @MrTomFTW Thanks for the reply, my thought process was this, right-wing people are generally thought of as pro-business, pro-govt, and pro establishment whereas left leaning are generally thought of as being pro-society, pro-working class and often against establishment. So with that in mind, would a left leaning, but very pro left establishment (where, in my example, not this game ofc, we have, say, a hard left govt.) exhibit similar tendencies to what is described here as a 'right-wing toady'. Reply 0
  • blarty 02/02/2016

    @ziggy_played_guitar Oh yeah I totally understand that, I just thought it was an interesting question to pose whether somebody pro-government, where the government was hard left, would be called 'right wing' due to their endorsement of the establishment of the time, given that endorsement of the state over the proletariat is often seen as bad (and hence 'right wing') by the left. Reply 0
  • blarty 02/02/2016

    @ziggy_played_guitar Is the issue then how to create a stateless society that doesn't degrade into anarchy predicated on wanton individualism? Reply -1
  • blarty 02/02/2016

    @MrTomFTW


    Well my point was very simple, and kind of goes like this - if the government in question (i.e. in this game) was a left-wing one, hey, let's say a hard-left government, would someone who agrees with everything that government does still be called 'right-wing' , i.e. does agreement with government more than society automatically make someone more likely to be labelled 'right-wing'?

    The sentence provided by Rich just seemed to pique my interest is all.



    By the way, I don't believe myself in anyway to be a right winger, voted Labour every time, and will do for the foreseeable future. Not really sure about that last sentence though.

    Apologies for the images.

    It would've been nice if you'd commented here, rather than on Twitter though.
    Reply +2
  • blarty 02/02/2016

    Phil is a right-leaning toady, for example, and will happily see the government's side in everything.
    But what happens if that government is, say, left-leaning? I find the whole left-wing, right-wing chicanery to be bullshit dressed up as moral sleight of hand, wrapped in spin.
    Reply -2
  • The Witness has already shifted "substantially more than 100k" copies

  • blarty 03/02/2016

    I know it says " Blow blew more than $5m to bring his puzzling digital dreamscape to fruition", but wouldn't at least some of that been offset by the 'console exclusivity' to the Playstation 4, which surely would have included some form of remuneration?

    Edit: Nope, ignore that, reading comments above, it appears he affirmed there was no monetary part to the deal....
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  • The internet reacts to The Fine Brothers' "react" trademark - and it's not happy

  • blarty 01/02/2016

    @MrTomFTW I'd watch it, but for me wearing a hat inside, is just as much of a faux pas as wearing sunglasses inside.

    Also why does he appear to be carefully curating his beard into the shape of Southern Greenland....?
    Reply +7
  • blarty 01/02/2016

    Millenial idiots and their subscriber counts are soon parted. Reply +6
  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with HTC Vive Pre

  • blarty 29/01/2016

    @Fourfoldroot I actually see PSVR as a good jumping off point for Vive and Oculus.... if (and it's a big if) PSVR is affordable then it'll create a burgeoning market, and that allows devs to deploy to both PSVR and the (likely) more expensive Oculus and Vive - for some gamers a PSVR will be a first try and if they really take to it (and are also PC gamers), they'll buy the Vive/Oculus - the key things is that some people will see the PSVR as the less risky solution.

    I hope it does take off, I'll probably get the PSVR as my living room is bigger than where my PC is located, and for the PC my 'go-to' resolution is 4k anyway.

    It's one of those things that some platformheads can't work out; PC and Consoles operate in a symbiotic fashion - consoles provide the critical mass and high-street appeal, whilst PC provides the raw power of the next level, many gamers grow from Console to PC players almost naturally

    I have far too many games on all available platforms but I regret nothing.
    Reply +3
  • blarty 29/01/2016

    @funkstar
    I wonder how long it is before someone trips over the cables, really hurts themselves and sues HTC/Valve
    I'd probably give it 12 months before the Daily Mail claims that VR causes cancer.
    Reply +22
  • blarty 29/01/2016

    The advantage to being able to move in 3d space that's afforded by the satellite boxes over the front camera only oculus and PSVR is still hampered by the cable....
    "There's nothing quite like turning a Junker in Hover Junkers and wrapping the cable round your legs, and the cable disconnecting to destroy immersion". If anything, this single problem should be why VR devs should be keeping a very close watch on HoloLens over the next few years

    VR is great but devs falling over themelves to squee about room scaling means jack shit when your living room is small, and for example, homes in the UK are one of the smallest if not the smallest, in Europe.

    People complained about the original Kinect requirements - this will be just as bad, otherwise VR will be confined to on rails.
    Reply -3
  • Face-Off: Rise of the Tomb Raider on PC

  • blarty 29/01/2016

    It does look very nice in 4k, but it's in need of a crossfire profile.... Reply 0
  • blarty 27/01/2016

    @IronSoldier The one I got wasn't quite as great as that, although I had done that with Arkham Knight for about 21, this one was a 27% off so ended up being a shade over 29.

    Not great but better than a kick in the teeth, as I was only recently considering getting it on X1 and had seen it for 35
    Reply +1
  • blarty 27/01/2016

    @IronSoldier Yeah I tend to keep an eye out for discounts if I'm buying near enough day one, particularly on PC - GMG was the place this time.

    If it's a game I'm interested in, I have no problem paying day one, but I'll still watch for deals on pre-order
    Reply +1
  • blarty 27/01/2016

    I have succumbed, a 27% off voucher sealing the deal....

    I enjoyed the 2013 reboot on all platforms, and will probably pick up the XO version in time.
    Reply +1
  • blarty 27/01/2016

    @Simatron3000 Yeah one of the good things about having a 4k 28in monitor is I find the pixel density is sufficient enough not to need AA or a 2x at most, AO can be fairly detrimental though Reply 0
  • blarty 27/01/2016

    I wonder what resolution & quality my 295x2 will be able to hit.....
    I would hope 1440p.... but I am intrigued what 4k will perform at
    Reply 0
  • The Elder Scrolls Online's Thieves Guild DLC dated for March

  • blarty 28/01/2016

    I have sunk many hours into this game, and one thing I don't like is the lack of stealth, and slow progression of lock picking and pick pocketing.
    Although I have to admit it took me a long time to get into the game and work out a good way way to do non-PvP, without hitting enemies 5+ levels above my character constantly.
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  • The Division has graphics settings we're not used to seeing on console

  • blarty 28/01/2016

    However, whether enabled or not, this will likely have no affect on your frame-rates
    But surely higher image quality increases the work of the GPU and further impacts frame rates.... unless of course, you're saying that FPS is locked at full IQ rate and can't take advantage of Image Quality being toned down a bit...
    Reply 0
  • Funcom announces Conan multiplayer open-world survival game

  • blarty 28/01/2016

    imagine the politics!
    NO, LET'S NOT
    Reply 0
  • Star Wars Battlefront patch nerfs Boba Fett, DL-44, Bowcaster, Homing Shot

  • blarty 27/01/2016

    ....and most of the main offenders have been addressed.

    Like... utter assholes that consistently get Boba Fett in Hero Hunt.
    Fixed. I think we're good with that
    Reply 0
  • Her Story 2 is in development

  • blarty 25/01/2016

    Her Story 2? Is that the one where the protagonist finds out their father is actually Emperor Zurg? Reply +3
  • Acer X34 Predator vs XR341CK: two ultra-wide gaming displays reviewed

  • blarty 24/01/2016

    Just waiting for a 5040x2160 monitor, then it's all good.....

    ....pity DP or HDMI2 wouldn't support it.... :(

    In fact I wonder if DP 1.3 could support 5k upwards at 60hz......
    Reply +1
  • blarty 24/01/2016

    @LargeStyle The smaller the screen size the less noticeable jaggies are, I have a 4k 28in monitor - all it needs at most is a 2x/4x AA if anything at all, usually I turn it off. A 1080p at 12in will not need much AA as much a 24in monitor.

    If I bring my 4k monitor down to 1440p it's immediately noticeable, and I have to put AA on.
    Reply +2
  • blarty 24/01/2016

    I've got a 21:9 2560x1080 monitor and a 4k monitor hooked up to my 295x2, the ability to drop back to 21:9 if 4k is too taxing, but the added extra view afforded by the 21:9 means it's not just a drop in res, it gives something slightly different.

    My problem with 3340x1440 is just the sheer price of the monitors - I managed to snag my 4k for 330, but with at least a 150-200 increase on that for a 21:9 1440 is a problem.
    Reply +1
  • Is it time for a PS4 SSD upgrade?

  • blarty 23/01/2016

    Thing is, I'm just not that irritated by loading times to swap a 2tb PS4 drive for a 1tb SSD and pay over 150 for the benefit.

    During loading times it's either check phone, look up tips (if I'm dying a lot) or nip to the fridge to get another beer...... and believe me, an SSD may well reduce loading times, but if it effects beering times, then it's not a flawless upgrade....
    Reply +41
  • Mod gives Fallout 4 cool New Vegas-style Traits

  • blarty 22/01/2016

    @OJP I doubt it, whilst PC ones can, with the XB1 and PS4 ones probably being distributed via Bethesda.net rather than sites like Nexus, I don't think they'll halt trophy progress because you've installed a mod. Reply +2
  • blarty 22/01/2016

    @arcam
    What's happening with Fallout 4 console mods? It was great news but seems to have gone a bit quiet on that front...
    The view has been that the new PC Geck/Creation Kit will be released first (was always going to be after Christmas) and then XB1 followed at some point by PS4 - console mods going through Bethesda.net
    Reply +5
  • What is Yandere Simulator, and why has Twitch banned it?

  • blarty 22/01/2016

    @drhickman1983 Yeah agreed, as I say I have little to no interest in Anime games, I just wonder where the lines are drawn where one game is seen to be so offensive as to be banned, whereas another which maybe just as offensive if not more so (granted in a different context) is not even thought about.

    And also agreed, it's absolutely their channel, their platform and they're free to do as they wish.
    Reply +1
  • blarty 22/01/2016

    @drhickman1983
    Yeah, but when the "provoctive content" is (according to the article) taking panty shots of school children I can see why they would choose to ban it from their channel.
    I completely understand that, but extreme violence, gore and taking part in a virtual shooting of unarmed civilians gets a free pass? Seems suspect particularly from a company based in a country that in no uncertain terms likes to link video games to real world violence as often as possible.
    Reply +5
  • blarty 22/01/2016

    I care little for any Anime games, tbh, however this situation is laughable...


    Twitch -
    Shooting the hell out of civilians in 'No Russian'?.... A-OK!
    Using the chainsaw bayonet in Gears of War to disembowel your enemies?.... No Problem!
    Running people over in GTA V?.... Sure!
    Suggestion of provocative content in an Anime game? (which if we're honest is practically every anime game on some level).... BAD!

    At which point does pointing out the hypocrisy of this, actually get through their heads?
    Reply +1
  • The Witcher 2 headlines Xbox One January back-compatibility games

  • blarty 21/01/2016

    @gabrieleriva Just because something runs 'through' Xbox Live, doesn't mean all the server infrastructure is hosted within Xbox Live.... for multi platform games in particular there are economies of scale by having a single hosting infrastructure through which you connect to various platform providers such as XBL or PSN.

    By the way see here for what was affected by Gamespy shutting down - if a full experience can't be provided (remember that MS is trying not to change the original code) then I doubt we'll see games such as RDR on Backwards Compatibility in their original glory
    Reply -3
  • blarty 21/01/2016

    @Hellotherenow Wasn't Red Dead Multiplayer part of the Gamespy set of games that got turned off a couple of years back? Reply +3
  • blarty 21/01/2016

    To be fair, if they can get Witcher 2 working well, then BC is shaping up very well - it's one of the games of last gen that I felt pushed the 360 limits. Reply +15
  • Xbox One backward compatibility: every major game tested

  • blarty 21/01/2016

    Hmm, I wonder whether these performance issues start to pull the BC of the Xbox One closer to the streaming performance of PSNow, i.e. rental costs aside, would a PS3 game streamed via PSNow on good internet appear to perform more consistently than BC.

    Having played ME1 on XB1 BC and God of War on PSNow, both were reasonable experiences, not flawless, mind, but definitely playable.

    (And before anyone states the obvious - yes I know PSNow is paid for, BC is free, etc etc)
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