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  • Watch No Man's Sky wow Stephen Colbert

  • blarty 06/10/2015

    I am still looking forward to this, with regards to release date, I guess it could be alongside Morpheus, or Sony could do an Entwined and release it onto the store the day of their E3 keynote. Reply 0
  • Destiny will soon get microtransactions

  • blarty 06/10/2015

    *see lots of people losing their shit over this*
    *looks at MMOs that have done this for years with outfits and emotes*
    *Considers MMOs communities that don't lose their shit over having optional stuff that has no bearing in the game over and above being a personal preference that they can choose to buy or not*

    Reply +2
  • Nvidia Shield Android TV review

  • blarty 04/10/2015

    @Sakuragaoka Yeah my point was in reference to the Shield having a non-HD player, and the Roku having full HD, why would I use the Shield in this instance - similarly, in a way, if I can stream (over gigabit ethernet) from my gaming rig to Steam Link, at full HD (or above and down sampled) why would I bother with an Android set top box for gaming, if the gaming experience is likely to be inferior?

    It'll be interesting to see the steam link review and see in the first few months how disruptive it is.
    Reply 0
  • blarty 04/10/2015

    In much the same way as the shield is shown to not be a patch on Roku, I wouldn't be surprised if android set top box gaming will be pretty much irrelevant in most gamers eyes when the Steam Link lands, even though the SL is purely a remote play device. Reply 0
  • The Beginner's Guide review

  • blarty 02/10/2015

    Why does the video make the gameplay look like a series of Unity tutorials stitched together? Reply +3
  • Project Spark drops free-to-play model, ends DLC support

  • blarty 29/09/2015

    @StooMonster Aye I remember 3D Construction Kit 1 and 2 on the Amiga.... Reply +5
  • blarty 29/09/2015

    This can only be a good thing - when a lot of the produced content only uses the basic standard packs then it's very samey. Reply +9
  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Halo 5: Guardians

  • blarty 28/09/2015

    ps4 fans trolling and trying to destroy another Xbox one article
    As a reasonably neutral party in all this, I have to say, I've read more than enough of your comments to know that you are quite capable of doing exactly the same when the circumstances are reversed. Thus, your complaints can and will fall on deaf ears.
    Reply +33
  • blarty 28/09/2015

    I totally understand the lock in multiplayer, however, I'd really like console games to offer gamers the option of locking, vsync, etc. as ultimately I think it's a matter of personal choice. Reply -1
  • Sony: climate "not healthy" for PlayStation Vita successor

  • blarty 26/09/2015

    The dominance of mobile gaming has one fatal flaw - controlling the game, sure touch does translate to some experiences but not all. If Sony or MS released an Xperia Z with Full HD remote play, or a Lumia with XBO wireless connectivity and a cover designed specifically to emulate the DS4 or XB1 remote (given that a Lumia could also have the potential to run a version of steam streaming as well then it will up the ante in mobile gaming.

    Sony, MS, et all don't need to release the base hardware, screens etc. they have to get the control right, and simply release apps, and the controllers to support it
    Reply +2
  • Dragon Age Inquisition: Game of the Year edition requires you to download all DLC

  • blarty 25/09/2015

    But how many Blood Lotus will this cost, so I can figure out how many I need to collect? Reply +5
  • Shower sim Rinse & Repeat banned on Twitch

  • blarty 25/09/2015

    So.... certain moral clampdowns are ok and to be celebrated, yet others are not?


    I see the ghost of 80s American Conservative Christian moral hand wringing is rearing it's head again, although in recent years it has moved far away from being the exclusive idiosyncrasy of those with right-wing inclinations.

    Of course when these 'bans' and 'outrages' match their own moral grandstanding, they'll be back to celebrating them again, and explaining it away with 'private company', 'free expression/speech is a function of government, not something you can use here' diatribe.
    Reply +2
  • Star Wars Battlefront beta due in two weeks

  • blarty 24/09/2015

    @dogmanstaruk Ah no worries, I'm not precious like that. Life's too short to take offense, and to be honest, my box labeled 'F**ks Given' has been empty for a while now.

    When it comes to resolution/fps/image quality, I do believe it's a personal preference.

    And besides I'll probably have to drop it down to 1440p anyway ;)
    Reply +2
  • blarty 24/09/2015

    Better 1440/144hz than 4k/60hz
    Aye probably, but horses for courses and all that..... plus my monitor only gets to 60Hz :)
    Reply 0
  • blarty 24/09/2015

    Will give this demo a run out at 4k.... see what gives. Reply +1
  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate takes a leap towards inclusivity with the series' first transgender character

  • blarty 24/09/2015

    You're damned if you do, damned if you don't. I prefer the inclusion of a character which is historically accurate to the time period without the developer drawing a big arrow to what they have done.
    A side issue is also whether societal attitudes will reflect those of the victorian era or whether historical revisionism will out and they'll be retconned into a more modern viewpoint.... as illustrated by the reaction and outcry over Bioshock Infinite.
    Reply +6
  • blarty 24/09/2015

    The question here isn't the concept of inclusiveness, it's whether the character has any depth. Krem may well be celebrated as the first trans character in a Triple-A game, but the character isn't very well going to be celebrated for the depth of writing, because the writing that went into Krem's character isn't much deeper than a puddle. Dorian, on the other hand, stands head and shoulders above most of the characters in DA:I because he is multifaceted, well-written and complex.

    And this seems to be at the heart of the problem, if all you've got as a character hook is their sexuality, or their gender choice, then the character has very little depth and is unlikely to be perceived as nothing more than their sexuality or gender choice - this is the 'tick the boxes' paradox.

    Shallow representation is nothing more than lip service in my opinion, and across the board (and by that I don't just mean in female or LGBT characters) gaming, like any other fiction, needs memorable, flawed, deep and multifaceted characters.
    Reply +6
  • Several prominent voice actors have voted to strike

  • blarty 23/09/2015

    What a bunch of entitl....

    Oh no.


    It's not the consumers this time. Phew, that was a close one. I almost overreacted there.
    Reply +9
  • blarty 23/09/2015

    Surely the only voice acting linked to Wil Wheaton that's ever been good is Stewie Griffin's "Whil Wheaton"

    Reply -4
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance a 50-hour game - at least

  • blarty 21/09/2015

    Trying "real historical attitudes and beliefs" is really bold.
    It will be also interesting to see what the Triggerati on Twitter make of it. I've always felt that it's the duty of history to teach us it's mistakes not just it's successes and perhaps it is the mistakes and trials and tribulations of history, not the victories, that should always be front and centre.

    Not taking History at school, will always one of my more profound regrets.
    Reply +5
  • Video: The Fallout cults that dealt with the apocalypse really weirdly

  • blarty 20/09/2015

    Republic of Dave, whilst not strictly a cult, was a bit weird.

    Oh and the entirety of Caesar's Legion.
    Reply +4
  • How to cheaply upgrade your PS4 to 2TB

  • blarty 20/09/2015

    A slow news weekend? Reply +8
  • Keith Stuart on: Influences

  • blarty 19/09/2015

    The turning point will really be when games actually move away from being influenced by other media, and games start to influence other games, but not in a 'ripping off' kind of way Reply +1
  • Horizon's look at violence in gaming was a balanced take on a stale debate

  • blarty 17/09/2015

    which were very interesting and maybe it would have been nice if they could have found more to talk about and fill the whole hour with that.
    Indeed. Also might've been nice if EG had filled more of this article with that as well.....
    Reply 0
  • blarty 17/09/2015

    Yes of course it was all just about the violence, so that huge swathe of the show I watched about beneficial effects on the brain, was obviously hokum, and clearly only deserving of a single sentence. And the bit with the guy using games to teach key hole surgery skills was obviously a figment of my imagination.

    As said many times before, no study has ever proven a direct link between violence and video games. Frustration? Yes, increased chance of going outside and kicking babies? No.

    Why are some people so desperate to have a link proved between video games and violence?
    Reply +7
  • The BBC's Grand Theft Auto drama was weird and meaningless

  • blarty 16/09/2015

    The BBC? Grasping at the coattails of a hugely successful company as a springboard to launch their latest waste of money, erm, I mean season 'initiative'?

    Surely not.
    Reply 0
  • Video: Sony conference roundup - Tokyo Games Show 2015

  • blarty 15/09/2015

    The enthusiasm in the first minute of the video was palpable. Reply 0
  • Gravity Rush 2 announced exclusively for PS4

  • blarty 15/09/2015

    Excellent, Gravity Rush is great on Vita Reply +7
  • Sony Tokyo Game Show 2015 conference live report

  • blarty 15/09/2015

    WHy can't any of these suits realise that the code names are far better and catchier than the 'bizzynezz' names? Reply 0
  • Can the new Apple TV succeed as a games machine?

  • blarty 13/09/2015

    Games on this device will be little more than recompiled iPhone IAP-ridden fodder. Apple has a well-known history of talking shite when it comes to gaming, as well as not playing nice with existing software services and justifying it under the 'we're forging our own route' moniker (i.e. Airplay, et al)

    When it comes to gaming, Apple themselves are woefully, and perhaps wilfully, naive.
    I see little here to think that this play out any different.
    Reply +9
  • blarty 13/09/2015

    Ouya says 'Oy You!' Reply +4
  • The making of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition

  • blarty 12/09/2015

    The whole Nvidia/AMD bun fight going on here over DX12 only needs one real point to be made - Nvidia to make it's stuff a little more competitive in price. Reply 0
  • Infinity Blade 3 is free for the first time

  • blarty 12/09/2015

    @avluis Yeah, been programming in some form or another (Java, C, VB, C#, Perl, PHP, Javascript, Ruby , hell even a bit of Modula-2, Pascal and Oberon in there as well) for 30 years, but as its my day job (not in games programming though), finishing work and firing up another IDE can sometimes be more of a chore than a joy - I go through waves of interest to be honest. It's why I like modding - I can dip in and out of it when the mood takes me. Reply 0
  • blarty 11/09/2015

    Hmm.... I've been thinking about getting started with UE.... more a programmer than an artist, so these resources may be of some help... Although with Fallout 4 coming out soon, I may stick to the modding.

    Decisions, decisions.
    Reply +3
  • Dragon Age Inquisition: Trespasser DLC sets up Dragon Age 4

  • blarty 11/09/2015

    Why is the "Solas, I need you to stop what you're doing" option not available?

    * You have not collected enough Blood Lotus *
    Reply +5
  • New Apple TV has a Nintendo Wii waggle to it

  • blarty 11/09/2015

    @clockworkzombie That's not the lockdown I was referring to - I was referring to the walled garden '30% cut' lockdown that Apple has pioneered with it's AppStore approach. Reply 0
  • blarty 10/09/2015

    @StooMonster But what I mean is that the price of them kind of puts them outside standard 'tablet and laptop' budgeting.

    A police officer won't lug around a 12in iPad, and schools are highly unlikely to make the kind of investment that an iPad Pro upgrade will require, there's very much a difference between iPad Mini and Air and the iPad Pro, even with educational pricing.

    If splitscreening in iOS9 is reasonably well supported on iPad Air (2) then there's little reason to upgrade (tbh I am thinking of getting one, but I will be looking to see what the Surface Pro 4 is like first). All in all, if the iPad Pro had a touch-centric version of OSX and not iOS then I could probably understand it more tbh.

    And re locking down the devices; I've never truly understood that at the consumer level - enterprise I get it.
    Reply 0
  • blarty 10/09/2015

    Oh.... and I know where they can stick that Apple Pencil.... Reply +1
  • blarty 09/09/2015

    @MattEvansC3 Aye, Apple forgets one of the things that propelled the iPhone outside of the iPod crowd was the ease with which people could lump the phone in with a contract. iPad Pro will work well in companies, but really only companies with a large existing investment in Apple tech.

    I have to say though the irony of the iPad Pro having stylus and keyboard (and charging for both of them) must be being discussed at Redmond; with the rumours of the Surface Pro 4 being around the corner, MS could well have found a weak link with Apple. Now if iPad Pro had been running a specific touch centric version of OS X, then it's probably be a different story.
    Reply 0
  • blarty 09/09/2015

    The Good
    iPhone6s looks reasonable, though not a real upgrade for anyone on 6/6+
    iOS9 looks to be coming along nicely.
    iPad Pro looks okay, thin and light but be interesting what the heat, etc is like under load.

    The Bad
    iPad Pro is far too pricey, and if the lower models are wifi only then it may hamper widespread adoption.
    Frogger is alive and well, and apparently has been reinvented to now be 'innovative'
    iPhone Apps developers still struggling with the 'non-transparent meat covering up my lovely graphics' problem that is introduced by fingers.
    Apple Tv not using Gigabit ethernet.

    and The Bullshit
    "There's never been a product like the iPad Pro Before" Unless we count the Microsoft Surface
    New Apple TV - a rip-off of FireTV and the Wii.
    Console class GPU with Shit class games.
    Some games come with 60fps, most games come with IAPs

    Honorable mention that could be considered a bright spot
    By wearing an Apple Watch, it provides a service to other members of society by allowing them to more easily differentiate hipster cockwombles from normal people.
    Reply +60
  • AMD Radeon R9 Nano review

  • blarty 10/09/2015

    Very happy for now with my r9 295x2 - Skyrim at 4k is great - but if necessary I'll add a 390x and tri-fire it, for now it's not needed. But you can't really beat a 970 @ 1080p Reply +1
  • Fallout 4's big Season Pass promise

  • blarty 09/09/2015

    @ZoidbergForPresident Possibly, but if it was a game that you didn't find boring, and were quite looking forward to, I'd hazard a guess that you wouldn't be quite as put out at the thought of spending money on it. Reply 0
  • blarty 09/09/2015

    Doesn't make paying 90 for a full version of a boring follow up of a boring follow up of a game any more acceptable...
    I take it you won't be purchasing it, which in retrospect, probably renders your comment meaningless.
    Reply +5
  • blarty 09/09/2015

    I know I will end up getting this..... but the new GECK is the main thing I'm looking forward to. Reply 0
  • EGX 2015: Nintendo brings 30 games to September's show

  • blarty 08/09/2015

    Wii Music 2? Reply 0
  • So, Mr Kojima, do we feel "ashamed" over Quiet?

  • blarty 06/09/2015

    So this thread has managed to fully transcend into a shit flinging match between two troll groups. Two days, 650 comments and still pointless bullshit being thrown back and forth. Reply +5
  • blarty 05/09/2015

    Oh my this article is getting a good few comments, I wonder how many unique visitors and page views it has.

    Sorry, just getting into the spirit of modern web-based journalism.
    Reply +1
  • blarty 05/09/2015

    * Doesn't care much for MGS *
    * Sees fuss being made *
    * Sees that MSGV is an 18 certificate game *

    Ooh look it's an 18 cert game.
    Reply +2
  • FTC: Machinima "deceived" consumers with Xbox One videos

  • blarty 03/09/2015

    If you want to support this, then that's entirely on you.
    Ah yes, I see, the old "your either with me or against me" moral grandstanding. You see that doesn't quite fly with me, I'm far too old to give two shits about what outrages are being stoked, or which 15 minute e-celeb has an axe to grind with another person on Twitter, or to believe that a game of opinions can be distilled down to just two options.

    Personally I find the shite said on Gamerghazi just as fucking ridiculous, irritating and tin foil as the shite said on KiA, and again that may just be me (as they say 'your mileage may vary' and I'm okay with that).
    I have no problem with people having differing views from my own, but I'm not about to start policing what people can and can't say - if someone wants to say something controversial or downright offensive then that's up to them and they, the individual, deals with the consequences of their own actions. I find the current social media fads of digital mobbing, and wildfire accusations, to chase people of Twitter to negate their opinions just as abhorrent as any form of harassment, and again that is just my opinion. And as usual, you are free to ignore my opinions as I am to ignore anyone else's.

    By the way, as I said to Tom earlier why discussions about ethics are unlikely to occur - this thread is exhibit A - more comments are shitting on other people over GG than discussing the actual topic at hand.
    Reply +1
  • "Slave Tetris" pulled from Steam game after social media backlash

  • blarty 03/09/2015

    Although I am bemused at the concept of this mini game, it brings to mind something my mate said to me a few weeks back 'History is written by the victors but rewritten by social media' Reply +3