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  • Ubisoft deactivating keys it says were "fraudulently" obtained and resold

  • blarty 26/01/2015

    The thing is that some sites, as far as consumers are concerned seem legit (no errors, no false charges, etc) It would help if Ubisoft allowed people to check which sites Ubisoft believes have these dodgy keys. Reply +40
  • Unwrapping the open world of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

  • blarty 26/01/2015

    Still looking forward to this, and for some reason with Dragon Age: Inquisition, I've not really been able to get into it - it's been left unfinished Reply +19
  • Bringing out the Dead: Tim Schafer reflects back on Grim Fandango

  • blarty 26/01/2015

    "It's been strange for me", said Tim, reflecting back on his projects over the years. "You know, to go back to a project that was released without blowing a load of cash before it going to the public and me having to go cap in hand to my publishers, again", he mused, wistfully... '.. or kickstarter... or maybe even Early Access!', he then laughed. Reply -6
  • Brian Fargo announces The Bard's Tale 4

  • blarty 26/01/2015

    I loved the original Bard's Tale.... Kobolds and Golems in the streets....oh the humanity Reply +12
  • Gearbox hiring for Borderlands 3

  • blarty 26/01/2015

    @SuperSoupy ... and it's HD remake, that forgets to remake the first 3rd of the story. Reply -1
  • blarty 26/01/2015

    Borderlands: Colonial Marines. Reply +21
  • First footage of Gearbox's Homeworld remake

  • blarty 26/01/2015

    Between this and the Borderlands remakes for PS4 and Xbox One, anyone would think Gearbox are planning a sequel to Aliens: Colonial Marines. Reply -1
  • David Goldfarb on: The favourite thing

  • blarty 24/01/2015

    @dogmanstaruk
    Apart from themselves I don't actually know who the writers are trying to cater for.
    Given that three of them have written for the Guardian, I think there's the answer for you - self-indulgent, pretentious, condescending holier than thou missives intended to accelerate the change started by Eurogamer to transform itself into some beautiful, deep-thinking, cultural utopia.
    Reply +6
  • blarty 24/01/2015

    Tumblr-iffic! Reply -6
  • Video: Hatred, and why it wanted that 'Adults Only' rating

  • blarty 22/01/2015

    @Rodimus-Prime I agree wholheartedly on all levels - the game will probably fail, and as many have said people may buy it and just not really play it - but I think I see Hatred as being emblematic of a core change in media and opinion - if I don't like something, my friends, followers and I will instead try to shame it out of existence, rather than let the market and consumers themselves, decide Reply +4
  • blarty 22/01/2015

    @dogmanstaruk
    I don't need a retailer/3rd party to shape my purchases according to their morale compass.
    I mean this is a core point - games and other media have ratings boards for a reason - the fact that even when a game is rated, and most games are rated appropriately, that some people, mainly on the outside or the periphery of gaming industry and culture, see fit to make bold proclamations about what is and isn't a terrible ill in todays society is quite telling.
    Reply +3
  • blarty 22/01/2015

    Oh 'lots of free PR' - oh my, there's lots and lots of people recently who've been getting free PR and from fairly negative exposure about one thing or another.... and wow, people voting for it on Greenlight? Getting it to number 1? what horrible people these consumers are exercising their options and opinions on something.

    And as so many things have been said about games over the years - if you're going to wax lyrically about games being art and push it towards being art, you have no place making declarations of condemnation against something that is provocative and offensive (to you) within that medium - unfortunately you can't really have your cake and eat it, I'm afraid. You can be offended, disgusted, even find something morally repugnant if you want, but often it is these things that raise difficult questions in society about things that people shouldn't be afraid to discuss maturely.
    Reply +2
  • blarty 22/01/2015



    Oh... wait it's an Adult Only rating....


    err....

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  • Microsoft investigating PC to Xbox One streaming

  • blarty 22/01/2015

    @frunk Yes latency is an issue, although when I've had a mess about on remote play over the internet (granted in home fibre connections at both ends) the interaction was fine.

    The thing is connection quality, contention ratios and overall latency are often ignored in these kind of things because they're practically random variables.
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  • blarty 22/01/2015

    @dogmanstaruk Why are you bringing up playstation in an Xbox article ;) /s

    Anyway, yes I understand what you mean regarding PS4 Remote play, but with Steam streaming, you can have it today, probably and repurpose an old pc to do it. For the PS4, all it would really take is a windows app for the stream client, which I'm still at a loss as to explain it's absence really

    Although of course if you do go down the steam streaming route, you do lose out on console exclusives but hey there you go.

    XB1 streaming from the living room to a PC while the living room or TV is in use isn't a bad idea really
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  • blarty 22/01/2015

    @PurpleRain Okay imagine the scene - you have an Xbox One in your living room and a PC in your study and someone is using the TV, but you want to use your Xbox One.

    Alternatively, you're not that much of a PC gamer, and your PC doesn't really have that much graphical grunt.

    Yeah pretty much explained
    Reply +27
  • blarty 22/01/2015

    Given that Game DVR on the PC will be a core OS function in Windows 10, then its in-home streaming is an obvious next step Reply +13
  • HoloLens is a surreal experience - and full of possibilities

  • blarty 22/01/2015

    @maximusfarticus Well price point, and applications of use, rather than of novelty Reply +1
  • blarty 22/01/2015

    I imagine that HoloLens didn't make you ill, as, being AR rather than VR, you didn't really suspend your sense of reality, all your distances and spatial awareness were unaltered Reply +17
  • Microsoft HoloLens is a new AR headset computer

  • blarty 22/01/2015

    Our man on the ground Jeffrey Matulef will be going hands-on with Microsoft HoloLens later today - stay tuned for his impressions.
    Will it be full of social commentary?
    Reply -1
  • blarty 22/01/2015

    @silentbob What I mean is there's ultimately very little difference between HoloLens being an AR device, and it being VR device, like say Oculus, if you want full VR it's generally a contained 'box' over the eyes, VR requires directable sound, which HoloLens apparent has, Morpheus has, and no doubt the Oculus will cate for in some fashion as well. But for full VR, you need low latency, because of input timing and reactions - couple this with the idea of the streaming stuff Phil Spencer was talking about, and you are very near HoloLens being able to be marketed as both a VR and AR device. Reply 0
  • blarty 22/01/2015

    @L0cky
    I'm assuming the display is 3D, in which case it is VR as well as AR. They are not mutually exclusive...
    Yep, as is the surround sound, obviously as the unit is technically a PC there's no wires (which might actually hinder it's adoption as a gaming device because of latency) - all the tech seems to be there, just needs to be able to shut out the real world from being seen through the lenses (and from the top and side and it's VR
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  • blarty 22/01/2015

    @Negotiator Remember the XB1 SDK leak? All that stuff about Kinect finger tracking, face expressions and stuff - I imagine all that pre-designed and coded tech will be re used in HoloLens. Reply +1
  • blarty 22/01/2015

    @azun That really does depend on whether they can make the lenses darker like photosensitive lenses and have a gaming version that simply blocks out light at the side, after that everything else, tech wise is pretty much the same, plus if the headset is also aware of your surroundings even in VR, it can signal to you when you get close to real life items when in VR games.

    And if Hololens is only AR being able to project a gaming screen in front of me without having to hog up the TV seems a reasonable use for it, along with everything else, tbh
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  • blarty 21/01/2015

    I imagine that the real space augmentation, will only be part of it - in time VR will come to HoloLens - by the looks of it, is has the hardware required, except low latency connection to a host PC, being able to stream a game from the XB1 to the glasses without having to care about having an extra TV at all, great stuff ----- if they can get latency down very low. Reply 0
  • So, what do you actually do in No Man's Sky?

  • blarty 22/01/2015

    The great thing about this game is that it'll be something you can come back to every now and then - there's no need to be one of the early ones to finish a particular objective. That open-endedness allows the game to be taken at the players own pace Reply +1
  • Elder Scrolls Online gets console release date, drops subscription

  • blarty 21/01/2015

    Elder Scrolls Online is now PEGI 18 This is because of the Justice system ....
    Have they also added a 'privilege' system? Ah.... not that kind of justice, fair enough.

    ie. being able to be naughty and do nasty things.
    PEGI 18 for throwing snowballs confirmed
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  • blarty 21/01/2015

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  • Windows 10 will let you stream Xbox One games to PC, tablets

  • blarty 21/01/2015

    Given I've got multi monitor upstairs and a gigabit network, I think it's a good idea that I can stream the XB1 to one of my spare monitors when I'm not playing PC games. and to be honest for all the posturing over PS4 Remote play - it only needs a windows application, and an official DS4 driver for gods sake. Reply 0
  • Microsoft demos Windows 10 Xbox app

  • blarty 21/01/2015

    The xbox app on win 8 is desperately lacking a lot of features for those with multiple screens in an office and anXB1 in the living room, app streaming sounds like a good feature.

    Easy clip recording is a great feature of XB1 and PS4, if its implemented via APIs and its easy to upload and link to in services like Steam, etc then it's all good.

    Cross platform gaming not so sure about - would the console-PC differences be too much, and would there then be restrictions on PC mods that ordinarily would be fine. Also of note is that I assume multiplayer servers would have to be MS hosted?

    From a more business oriented view - I think the Surface Hub looks interesting but will be ridiculously priced, even for businesses.
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  • Xbox duo's card game Exploding Kitten taking Kickstarter by storm

  • blarty 21/01/2015

    I love the oatmeal stuff....

    But in all seriousness EG - two kickstarter and 1 Early access article in one day and it's just gone 10am?!
    Reply +1
  • At launch, H1Z1 is a poor imitation of DayZ

  • blarty 21/01/2015

    Early access, in whatever form, as a whole doesn't work - where developers would have closed testers early on, often within easy reach, but obviously keeping stuff under wraps while development was ongoing, early access just allows anyone with a bit of cash to not only get their hands on a game early which is still often just expectationware, but also bitch publicly about how it hasn't met all those expectations prior to being released on early access, which if, indeed, first impressions count, would actually have a detrimental affect on sales at full 1.0 release than if they'd have kept with the traditional closed-beta and NDA focus groups approach, etc.

    Conversely, we have something like the excellent Destiny Alpha and Betas, and everyone complains about having nothing new to do in the first couple of hours when the actual game is released.

    Gaming, gaming never changes
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  • blarty 21/01/2015

    @LukehMuse Yeah agreed, early access, indiegogo, kickstarter, even Patreon etc are all just ways of spreading the investment risk in funding a piece of work, but what is often not thought of is that each individual investor, funder or patron has a different level of risk, and a different tolerance level where they finally say 'Well I won't be doing that again' Reply +1
  • blarty 21/01/2015

    @LukehMuse Indeed - but are we now saying that 'Early Access' is 'launch', which is what the title says. If anything H1Z1, due to it's early access nature should be given a bit more leeway (in terms of quality, only, not the farting around with P2W), but given recent Early access fiascos *cough* Spacebase DF9 *cough* it's not surprising Reply -4
  • blarty 21/01/2015

    At launch ....
    * Driveclub was a poor imitation of a driving game
    * Halo MCC was a poor imitation of a working multiplayer game
    * AC:Unity was a poor imitation of a game with working facial textures
    * Mass Effect 3 was a poor imitation of a game with a satisfactory ending
    * Sim City was a poor imitation of a game with online capabilities


    and the list goes on......



    .... so this article serves what purpose exactly?
    Reply -53
  • Human Element on "hiatus" as Robotoki shuts down

  • blarty 20/01/2015

    Maybe he should have started a Patreon - I hear those are really popular right now for people that live in California. Reply +3
  • The Long Dark has sold 250k copies on Steam Early Access

  • blarty 20/01/2015

    'Early access' and 'sold 250k copies' are not things that should be in the same sentence, although if it allows developers to interact direct with the consumer with no middlemen interfering then I can get behind it somewhat. Reply 0
  • Borderlands Handsome Collection and 270 special edition announced for PS4, Xbox One

  • blarty 20/01/2015

    Dear god - Gearbox are milking this franchise for all it's worth now.... Reply +7
  • Rich Stanton on: Cheesing Destiny

  • blarty 17/01/2015



    .... and not because the article is about Destiny....
    Reply +1
  • Xbox One top-selling US console for second month running

  • blarty 16/01/2015

    @man.the.king yes i think you're right regarding traditional media, but I think that web media is worse because of the general revenue model - page views and click throughs - the more controversial an article, the more money it rakes in - quite frankly it seems that the web seems to have grasped onto the adage that controversy seems with both hands and will never let it go.

    I think until the traditional revenue streams for web media are shaken up it's highly unlikely that click bait articles will go away anytime soon.
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  • blarty 16/01/2015

    @IronSoldier Yes, if we're going down that particular topic - click based advertising revenues and unique visitors per month numbers are the heart of why web-based journalism gravitates more to the sensational and the melodramatic than it does facts and information. Reply +11
  • blarty 16/01/2015

    @Rogueywon I'm not saying that it has turned a corner, far from it, but it's not so much in the deathspin as it once was, I think. Still more work needs to be done to change the perception of the WiiU Reply +5
  • blarty 16/01/2015

    Good for MS - competition is always good, once people start to doubt a platform it's very hard to get that momentum back, although MK8, Bayonetta2 etc from Nintendo is making an impact for the WiiU.

    The proof of all this is whether MS can keep it going through the next couple of months, given the massive discounts and bundle offers that they had on Black friday and pre-christmas
    Reply +3
  • Second UK man arrested following PlayStation and Xbox DDOS attacks

  • blarty 16/01/2015

    It really is quite amazing that the British police can track down and arrest idiots that DDoS yet the FBI seems to be ridiculously bad at finding people flinging crap about on Twitter.... Reply +9
  • Microsoft clarifies rules for game content usage on YouTube, Twitch

  • blarty 16/01/2015

    Good, well balanced approach - given the recent spate of content flagging and grabbing over the past 12 months, I'm sure these clarifications will be welcomed by the streaming community. Reply +19
  • Dying Light dev reveals 3D-printable zombie bikini figurine

  • blarty 15/01/2015

    @dogmanstaruk
    The hypocrisy of the sensationalist video game press.
    There was a time when I thought some sites were becoming the Daily Mail of games journalism, but somehow I think it may be worse - they're becoming the Guardian instead.
    Reply +3
  • blarty 15/01/2015

    Controversy!......


    Jeeves, fetch my velvet smoking jacket, my scrutineers monocle and a decanter of a 1912 Outrage Brandy at once!
    Reply +9
  • Here's what DriveClub's upcoming Japanese track looks like

  • blarty 15/01/2015

    I'll need to get back onto this game, but then again I also need to get back on FH2 Reply +1
  • Wait, what? Xbox One just won an Emmy

  • blarty 13/01/2015

    And the Emmy for Biggest Blooper goes to..... Reply -3
  • Monopoly Deal is business at its most brutal

  • blarty 13/01/2015

    @goggyturk Surely they're represented by the iron though, and it's not even an electric one thus implying an intensifying of manual labour and servitude - this game is patriarchal to the core. Reply +1