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  • Why DirectX 12 is a game-changer for PC enthusiasts

  • blarty 02/08/2015

    @liveswired Yeah possibly, the only advance would be in an update that utilises more concurrent cores for draw calls, although how close the current XB1 libraries are to DX12, I don't know. Reply -1
  • PlayStation 4's stunning sales success continues

  • blarty 30/07/2015

    @MrTomFTW
    PlayStation is basically propping up the corpse of Sony at this point, "Weekend at Bernie's" style.
    Honestly, if it were 'propping up the corpse of Sony' I'd be expecting the article to be talking again about huge losses, write-downs and division sell-offs, instead of talking about operating income increases.
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  • blarty 30/07/2015

    It sounds to me at least like Sony are slowly getting those year-on-year losses down and back under control. Reply +8
  • The gamer's guide to the Windows 10 launch

  • blarty 30/07/2015

    @dangerousbrian0 Go to your Windows updates, go to Update history, if it Says 'Upgrade to Windows 10 - Failed' it probably means it's tried to do it but the traffic was too high (or more likely your Windows Update has crapped out at the last hurdle), then just go to www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 Download the Tool for your system, and then get it to upgrade your system (you can always create the ISO at a later date).

    This is basically what the Windows Update does, except the Windows update is designed to trickle through to users on an ongoing basis who are far more patient than I am.

    Also it is a godsend for people who can't get Windows Update into a state where it will pull down the Win10 update in the first place.
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  • blarty 29/07/2015

    @Seafort Nice. I thought they'd time bombed the installation. Reply 0
  • blarty 29/07/2015

    @cbaxter006 Ah cool. I thought the Win 10 'upgrade' was linked to an in place upgrade of your current windows license.

    With the Insider version they're granting you a license for free as long as you stay in the programme, otherwise it will expire in a few months - staying on the Insider versions rolls forward your expiry. As long as you stay on the Slow Ring for updates you should be good.

    I think it's a quite shrewd way of both keeping people legit, on the latest version and getting feedback for pre-release builds.
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  • blarty 29/07/2015

    @trisclark It takes a copy of your old Windows folder, in case you need to rollback the upgrade and copying individual files is an utter drudge on Windows Reply +3
  • blarty 29/07/2015

    My only downside thus far, and granted, I've not used it in depth yet, is that OblyTile no longer works, though SteamTile seems good to go at least. Reply 0
  • blarty 29/07/2015

    @Milouse Yep that's how I've got around Windows Update on 8 and 8.1 being belligerent in actually installing updates - my mrs' laptop has been waiting on installing about 110 updates for weeks despite frequent efforts on my part to get it to push the updates through. Reply 0
  • blarty 29/07/2015

    Just to confirm that Fallout 3 does indeed work on Windows 10.....




    .... despite warnings to the contrary that it's got 'issues' working on Windows 7 and later.
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  • blarty 29/07/2015

    @MattEvansC3 Not really from a purely DX12 perspective unless there's new optimisations in shared libraries across DX11 and 12 that older games can now take advantage of, although there may well be small advantages because other parts of the OS are faster leading to a little more resources being made available to games (better threading at an OS level, for example) Reply +2
  • blarty 29/07/2015

    @DrStrangelove I haven't seen much of an upgrade on DX11 games, although there were rumours around about AMD cards getting a bit of a boost, but I've also not run many benchmarks to know conclusively, however, one positive is that I'm not seeing performance impacted by the upgrade either Reply +5
  • blarty 29/07/2015

    @Seafort I presume you've upgraded an existing license and it's all good, I'll be keeping my Windows Insider copy on VirtualBox for the time being, but I;ve upgraded my main rig, and I'll see what kind of distance there is between Fast-Slow-Release rings. Reply 0
  • blarty 29/07/2015

    @JamesSwiftDay The best way of explaining it, is like an early-bird offer - if you upgrade an existing, licensed version of Windows from Win 7 onwards, you get to upgrade for the low, low price, of nothing, but this offer only last one year. If you decide to upgrade after the offer has passed, you have to pay a fee to upgrade.

    Think of it as an SCS sale but with an actual end date.
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  • blarty 29/07/2015

    @cbaxter006 It's technically not a full license, it's a 'forever in Beta' license, and expires if you don't keep on the Insider tracks. If you're fine with that, it's all good, but I'd make sure you have a good backup setup, if it's going to be your main machine. Reply +8
  • blarty 29/07/2015

    I've got two PCs upgraded, and another 2 to go, which I'll probably have a crack at tonight. Took about an hour from the standalone installer to do the the upgrade through to getting to the Windows 10 Desktop

    Game DVR is okay when it works, but it's not available in most current games, although KOTOR 2 will happily throw up the Game Bar when asked, Fallout 3, Mass Effect 3, Witcher 3 and Borderlands 2 don't react at all to any of the hotkeys at the moment.
    Other than that it's been a relatively painless upgrade for both my gaming rig and the better half's 2-in-1 tablet thing.

    One thing, the latest version of Display Driver Uninstaller (a program I've found to be a necessity over the past year or so) handles Windows 10 and turns off Device driver automatic updating for you.

    I've got my Insiders Build running on VirtualBox for the time being, so I can watch what the changes are. Haven't tried streaming from the Xbox to the Win 10 RTM yet though
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  • The Witcher is getting a pen-and-paper RPG

  • blarty 29/07/2015

    As long as it's not as much of a travesty as Cyberpunk 3.0 was then it's all good. Reply 0
  • Now it's got Steam Workshop support, is Knights of the Old Republic 2 worth returning to?

  • blarty 29/07/2015

    I will enjoy this game yet again, although it does need to get 4k res in the list though, only seems to go up to 1440p for me.

    You're right regarding the huge shift from turn based combat to 'real-time', it is still very jarring. I liked a lot of what KOTOR 2 had to offer ath the time of its release, indeed you can see the nascent 'influence' mechanic in KOTOR 2 being heavily utilised in the Mass Effect and Dragon Age series.
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  • Razer acquires Ouya's software assets

  • blarty 27/07/2015

    @Disintegration7
    We hardly kn-Ouya!


    Let it be known, in all far flung corners of the world, that today, of all days, you won the Internet.
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  • blarty 27/07/2015

    When it comes to gamers, Min clearly knows what he is doing
    Read that as:

    "When it comes to selling hardware and peripherals with over ambitious expectations at over inflated prices, Min clearly knows what he is doing"

    Re-read article..... still seems to be saying that to me.
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  • It sounds like Xbox One will get mouse support

  • blarty 23/07/2015

    I'm on the cusp of putting my Windows 10 Insider build on my main PC, but I have VirtualBox for that at the moment. Reply 0
  • The Amiga is 30 years old today

  • blarty 23/07/2015

    @UncleLou I get you, but the PC's dominance in the home really only kicked in to gear well after Commodore's demise, and Commodore was in trouble well before the company was wound up in '94.

    For some reason Commodore decided to build a cut down machine in the form of the A600, changing much of the expansion hardware at the same time, which didn't really save them all that much money over the costs of the A500, and the CD32 was a machine that couldn't run as an amiga without costly extra peripherals, which meant that as an upgrade path, you'd lose your existing game library.

    Much of the 'move to PC and Mac' was exacerbated by Commodore's internal and financial woes meaning that they couldn't really counter moves by developers going to Mac and PC.

    I think my point is that the growing PC and Mac interest, in the home at least, was a consequence of the missteps that Commodore had been making since '92 until they fell off the radar in '94, rather than a cause of Commodore's problems.
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  • blarty 23/07/2015

    ...signalled the end for the Amiga, which succumbed to the mid-1990s competition that came from IBM PC and Apple Macintosh.

    Err, nope. Three things killed the Amiga -

    1) Commodore's ineptitude (most adequately demonstrated by the A600)
    2) The CD-ROM negating the biggest bugbear of PC - multiple drivers supplied on every disk (ahh "Soundblaster Compatible and 'What IRQ?', alas, I hardly knew ye)
    3) Too big a push, too early, with the CD32.

    The final nail in the coffin was really Windows 95 and the emergence of DirectX, but by that time the Amiga was on life-support anyway, and it's relatives were being asked to make a hard decision.

    I have fond memories of the A500 and A1200, having to convince my parents to let me use the big tv, until my older brother gave me his Commodore Monitor.....

    And not so long ago I was looking at an A4000.

    ARexx scripting and messing about with AMOS, never did manage to scrape enough money together in one go to get the Workbench Intuition libraries and get a C Compiler though
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  • How's Xbox doing?

  • blarty 22/07/2015

    @dogmanstaruk
    Oh dear, this thread is going to get messy.

    Here come the armchair business men!
    Okay, well here goes.

    "It's all going to be fine."

    That good enough?
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  • Warhammer 40K: Deathwatch out this week

  • blarty 15/07/2015

    @Setaro I'm a First Edition WFRP veteran, and I'm old enough to remember when White Dwarf still ran Call of Cthulhu articles. I might look at the new versions, but there's a certain sense of Nostalgia that I'll find hard to replace. Reply 0
  • blarty 14/07/2015

    @PixelJumper
    More 40k games workshop shovelware on mobile, when the real fans just want DOW3 and spacemarine 2.
    Ah the memories - this reminds me of 25 years ago when GW dumped all pretence of being an RPG outfit and decided to go all in on the miniatures market.
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  • Earthbound director Shigesato Itoi pays tribute to Satoru Iwata

  • blarty 14/07/2015

    I think, of all the things I've read about Iwata over the last couple of days, nothing says it better than this incredible tribute from one friend to another. Reply +7
  • Jade Raymond joins EA to head new studio and work on Star Wars

  • blarty 13/07/2015

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  • blarty 13/07/2015

    So.... Star Wars games are now going to have parkour as a major focus, yes? Reply +2
  • blarty 13/07/2015

    Montreal is certainly becoming more and more of a game dev hub. Here's hoping for some great things to come out of the studio, and fingers crossed, EA aren't as ruthless as they've been in the past. Reply +2
  • Nintendo president Satoru Iwata passes away at 55

  • blarty 13/07/2015

    Departed far too soon. Reply 0
  • AMD Radeon R9 Fury review

  • blarty 12/07/2015

    @Suarez07 Yeah, I've had it just over 3 months, I had considered getting the Titan X, but for the price the 295x2 (I got mine for just a shade over 500) is a good deal as long as you can put up with the vagaries of Crossfire.

    It does surprise me that EG continue to ignore the existence of the 295x2 in these GPU comparisons, yes, it's a dual GPU card but it's a single slot, single purchase card, and, as far as I'm aware, still the top card for 4k ( although the lack of complications over XFire/SLI can be a massive draw for a lot of gamers, even if the card is a little bit below performance and/or more expensive than the 295x2)
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  • blarty 12/07/2015

    @Suarez07 I have a 295x2, and I'm happy with the performance, but crossfire support is definitely patchy, luckily I've got significant enough of a backlog that waiting for Xfire profiles and tweaks isn't that much of a deal at the moment. For people that are after day 1 perfection, neither Crossfire nor SLI performance will be ready for any game release.

    I've just had my 4k monitor arrive yesterday, but not yet had time to set it up and try it - looking forward to firing up some of the older games on it, Skyrim, Fallout, LA Noire, Mass Effect, Arkham City and the like.
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  • The murky genius of Fallout: New Vegas

  • blarty 12/07/2015

    I agree, New Vegas, is by far the better game, my only criticism being, that the Strip didn't seem fleshed out enough in terms of quests and people, although the Whote Glove Society problem was an interesting quest. Talking of the morality, when I finished the PC route I took the independence line, for PS3 I took the Caesar ending, but only because I hated them, and to know I would never have to play that quest line again. Reply +36
  • Canadian teen who harassed female League of Legend players jailed

  • blarty 10/07/2015

    @Fragtaster
    alpha geeks we think of.
    I think you'll find no one had ever thought of Lizard Squad as 'alpha geeks'
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  • blarty 10/07/2015

    @ARumFellow
    Just because most mental illness does not cause this behaviour does not mean that his behaviour cannot be explained by mental illness.
    You're right, but 'explained' does not mean 'excused'. My son has Asperger's which my wife and I have often said should not be used as an excuse for his outbursts, and expletive ridden kick-offs, or for the hurt and distress that he imposes on others; society will not turn something unsavoury into something okay, simply because he says 'Hey it's because I have issues with non-verbal communication and empathy.'

    We as a family have had huge issues outside of the home, with doctors, education etc. due to his condition over the last 15 years, partly because of misunderstanding of mental health issues at large, and also partly because of people that talk in a disparaging manner about 'How dare you label someone?' or shout 'Ableism!' without any real first-hand knowledge of the impact that mental health causes - the label isn't for my son as some form of badge of shame, it's for people that need to know, that need to put things in place for support and so on because mental health issues are often invisible.
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  • blarty 10/07/2015

    @greyarea78
    He obviously has mental health problems
    Plenty of people, many of his age, have mental health problems, the vast majority of them don't focus it into making strangers lives hell online.
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  • blarty 10/07/2015

    Sounds like the little bellend got his comeuppance.


    Good.
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  • Jordan Henderson is on the cover of FIFA 16

  • blarty 10/07/2015

    Looks like EA hit the jackpot with their 'Choose the bellend for the Cover' competition. Reply +10
  • Two Witcher 3 expansions combine to equal roughly The Witcher 2 in length

  • blarty 10/07/2015

    @arcam An interesting point - I read somewhere, can't remember where off-hand, that any quest that is more than 4 levels below what Geralt is at, you won't get any XP for. Reply 0
  • AMD's cut-down, air-cooled R9 Fury is a 4K contender

  • blarty 10/07/2015

    @KrispyKrispy
    No matter how you do your gaming on PC,choice is good.
    Hear, hear.

    Indeed, I'd go so far as to say, "No matter how you do your gaming, as long as you're happy with your setup, most other matters are irrelevant."
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  • blarty 10/07/2015

    @mkreku I upgraded my gfx card about 3 months ago, just as the Titan X was released, I went for the r9 295x2 because I'm quite used to playing multi monitor and Eyefinity is far better than Nvidia's offerings (mixed resolution support, etc), although now, because of space issues, I'm going back to single monitor so have upgraded to 4k, with a 21:9 1080p monitor for non-gaming stuff at the side.

    The big thing with AMD is really just the speed at which they're releasing drivers, but most of the big games this year so far, have been NVidia sponsored titles (I know it's not sponsoring in the strictest sense, but its the best way to articulate what I mean) so I have no doubt that getting them optimised for Green team was more important than optimisations for the Red Team.

    I have no issues with my card, yeah the crossfire flickering in Witcher 3 could be sorted (not tried the newly released 15.7 driver yet though), but mostly it's all good.

    Everyone wins as long as people realise that not not all people will agree on what they like.
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  • blarty 10/07/2015

    @IronSoldier IIRC, there were also some people commenting that Project Cars on the same AMD driver performed roughly 10% better on Windows 10, so it'll be interesting to see whether benchmarks will be redone by DF post Windows 10 general release. Reply +3
  • blarty 10/07/2015

    @SeeNoWeevil Very true, though some games lend themselves one way or another to one set of compromises, I'd agree that in the main, 60 fps should be the main target, yet a lot of 4k monitors are crap at scaling downwards, introducing too much softness or blur.

    Other games, particularly RPGs, have mods that scale textures up to 4k, and that will have an effect on fps, yet they're also some of the most downloaded mods out there, so certain people will value IQ over FPS, although if you have ENBs you can toggle both options.
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  • blarty 10/07/2015

    @SeeNoWeevil
    Choosing to run 4K at 30-40fps over a lower res at 60fps is incredibly stupid and counter-productive.


    It all depends on what you prefer - higher fps, or better Image Quality, for instance many of these benchmarks use AA which on certain sizes of 4k monitor is pretty much pointless.

    Hopefully my 4k monitor arrives in the next couple of days and I can give my 295x2 a try out on it.
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  • Lizard Squad attacks PlanetSide 2, H1Z1, more

  • blarty 10/07/2015

    Yeah thats going to end well for Lizard Squad. Reply +72
  • F1 2015 review

  • blarty 10/07/2015

    I played F1 2013 the other week as it had been on the Games with Gold promo - never been so bored of a racing game in my life, so much so I couldn't be arsed getting through the tutorial section.

    It just didn't pull me in like the old F1GP of yore.
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  • Mirror's Edge Catalyst's Collector's Edition is $200

  • blarty 10/07/2015

    @Uncompetative Elite, also came with it's own original soundtrack that played every time you put the cassette in, and went to play the game - was a bit too 'squealy' for my tastes though. Reply 0
  • blarty 10/07/2015

    @MrBeast Really?! Bloody hell that sounds like excessiveness bordering on debauchery.
    I remember when the Halo:Reach one was about 90 and no one was impressed at paying that.

    I guess they have to be seen to make some moves to cover rising development costs somehow.
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  • blarty 09/07/2015

    Am I right in thinking that this is a new pricing high for Collector's Edition games (stupid kickstarter pledge levels notwithstanding).....


    .... for Mirror's Edge....when the first game didn't exactly sell in stellar numbers.

    Seems like a blatant cash grab to me.
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