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  • Report: Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey secretly funded pro-Trump meme website

  • blarty 24/09/2016

    @Nikanoru
    Nobody is going to have an answer to this, or as to why this guy's girlfriend is getting harassed off of the internet now and nobody is talking about it.
    Of course they won't because that would require them to do 2 things they'll never do

    1) Apply their arbitrary moral standards across the board and most importantly to people that hold some of the same views as themselves.

    2) Hold these people accountable for doing the same shit they would happily condemn when done by others.

    Never.
    Going.
    To.
    Happen.
    Reply +6
  • blarty 24/09/2016

    TheDailyBeast? Double Downing?



    Amazing.

    Eurogamer stays quiet on continuing affiliation with a YouTuber with known links to gaming gambling sites and promoting thereof - gaming media keeps quiet, nothing to see here. EG Ignores all criticism over EGX continuing to promote Syndicate

    Known anti harassment activists are shown in authenticated chat logs to be both willing and able to dox and harass gamers whilst under the umbrella of an organisation specifically set up to fight harassment in gaming - gaming media keeps quiet, nothing to see here.

    Guy admits to supporting Donald Trump, and giving donations to organisations known to support him - Media shit storm ensues, 'Lets destroy this guy because of his political affiliations and for in some way endorsing an organisation that points out that the FBI investigation in HRCs stunning mishandling of classified state communications which would have had anyone else put away for years, resulted in no ramifications for the Democrat candidate'

    Oh and we'll release the name and twitter handle of his girlfriend and sit back while the baying social media mob takes care of chasing her off Twitter.

    Amazing.

    Jesus Christ, even I, as a reasonable person with left of centre political leanings, can see the horrific hypocrisy of this shit - if you're going to drag someone over hot coals for this, then at least be fucking consistent in the application of your persecutions.
    Reply +21
  • blarty 23/09/2016

    It is interesting how Gizmodo has released the name of Luckey's girlfriend and in doing so, mobilised a backlash against her - what the hell did she have to do with it?

    Jesus, why do the most judgemental always indulge in everything they condemn?
    Reply +9
  • blarty 23/09/2016

    @sizu_sizu
    I've always thought of FB operating as a politically neutral organisation.
    Given the last 5 years or so, I don't think you can view any social media organisation as politically neutral.
    Reply +8
  • blarty 23/09/2016

    As an aside to this: Anyone else noted how this comments section has not been given the once over and liberally covered with 'Post Deleted' ?

    Seems strange for this kind of article, usually they end up looking like people getting baited and devolving into a complete shit storm.
    Reply +3
  • blarty 23/09/2016

    Why does the reaction to all this reek of....

    'This man does not like something I like.....'
    'What shall we do?'
    'Burn the heretic!'
    Reply +6
  • blarty 23/09/2016

    @ziggy_played_guitar I think you're right that we should talk about politics, but all too often of late to 'talk about politics' has devolved into attacking the politician rather than their policies, a trait which has been around for many years in the US-style elections.

    Unfortunately this abhorrent way of debating has spread into social media, where it's far better, easier and virtuous to vilify the person than it is to have a discussion with them.
    Reply +3
  • blarty 23/09/2016

    Sorry, but it has to be said.... 'And?'

    If we're going to start projecting the failings of political individuals onto their supporters (whether they're financial supporters or not), then surely every Clinton supporter should be accused of being lackadaisical when it comes to computer security and of having no real concept of what the term 'classified' means; again completely ludicrous statements that hold very little water.

    Jesus, who the hell really gives a shit?

    If Americans really want be rid of the bequiffed buffoon, stop attacking him and hit his policies, and start showing how Clinton's policies are far better than the alternative - it's fucking Brexit all over again - too much fearmongering and mudslinging and not enough 'This is the better alternative'.

    Trump may well be the world's biggest idiot but have the left leaning media not learned from Brexit? Calling people racists, homophobic, xenophobic, misogynistic, uneducated and of course white supremacists (because to the media it's utterly inconceivable that any person of colour might vote for Trump) and all other things under the sun, is not actually a good way for you to get people to switch sides to your side of the political aisle, by any metric, imaginary or otherwise.

    All you do is alienate those people even more, and the worst thing is, it's those same people, not the media or their multi-million dollar worth celebrity-toting adverts, that are the ones that can actually cast votes in a democracy.

    Has the media not realised yet? People can see through your bullshit.

    Although on a personal level, I think why should America go for the lesser evil, when you can choose....

    Reply +22
  • Watch Thursday's EGX 2016 sessions live

  • blarty 22/09/2016

    @ghostgate2001 I'm not sure, there's not enough there about his typewriter to be Mangram, although he could have finally caught up with the time and his doing his stuff on a Palm pilot. Reply 0
  • blarty 22/09/2016

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  • blarty 22/09/2016

    Who is this strangely named 'Eurogamer Staff' person? Are they new and what are their credentials? Reply +1
  • October's Xbox Games with Gold includes The Escapists

  • blarty 21/09/2016

    So has GwG reached that same point as PS+, where they've finally realised... yeah we'll need to put some shit games and indie crap out there and hope no one realises the quality is slowly going down the shit pan? Reply -8
  • 10 things you must do at EGX 2016

  • blarty 21/09/2016

    Something, something, syndicate. Reply +9
  • Microsoft on Project Scorpio, PS4 Pro marketing and Xbox tweets

  • blarty 21/09/2016

    @Thief000 I can't see MS releasing a non-optical unit anytime soon - the need to have a stable fast network connectivity for most of your users would preclude such a move.

    A user replaceable HDD is a much more open proposition especially given it's a 3.5in unit, so can easily be swapped out for drives up to 8tb
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  • blarty 21/09/2016

    @Qunio That would be my assumption also, although I think they will try to keep it in-step for at least 12-18 months Reply +2
  • blarty 21/09/2016

    The day to day war of numbers is not something I focus a lot of my energy on. I think we're in a healthy competition with them, and we are two healthy game ecosystems. The console business all up is doing great. So really, it's something that's fun to talk about in the press, but it's not something that occupies a lot of my personal time.

    Fanboys are not amused.....

    Reply +10
  • blarty 21/09/2016

    I foresee two problems with the Scorpio:
    1) The price, which for the hardware will be significantly more expensive than the PS4 Pro unless they sell it as a loss leader.

    2) The games - by making sure there are no exclusive games, the physical copies are restrained to Blu-ray capacities to maintain BC with the XB1 and there's very little to truly set it apart bar improved image quality.

    I'll definitely be buying a Scorpio, as I will the Pro, but if the cost of the Scoprio is high, gamers will want to feel like they're getting significant value for money and unless games start shipping with far higher quality textures, and greater LODs, will people really see a benefit, if the untapped power is restrained by the need to be BC with XB1 and a strict 'No Scoprio Exclusives' policy (which may change of course)
    Reply +3
  • Watch us play (and actually, genuinely enjoy) FIFA 17's Story Mode

  • blarty 15/09/2016

    Via Frostbite-powered cut-scenes and BioWare-style dialogue wheels, Hunter ...
    ..... gets a choice between a red, blue or green shirt to wear for his last game.
    Reply +8
  • blarty 15/09/2016

    FIFA 17 preview/review videos should only contain the following

    "It's FIFA.
    And it's updated for 2017.
    Consider buying it if you give a shit about either of the two previous statements."

    Job done
    Reply 0
  • US PlayStation VR demo disc has 18 games, 10 more than Europe's

  • blarty 13/09/2016

    @Murton That may be true, but I guess when you're trying to sell into several territories, perhaps some of those optional ones could help with sales, particularly as it's trying to drive forward adoption.

    I'm not saying it's right, or indeed that localisation is the reason for the reduced number of demos, but if one of those demos doesn't have German and Italian, it won't be on the demo disc
    Reply +1
  • blarty 13/09/2016

    Most likely it'll be down to the need to provide more localisation assets, due to the larger number of languages spoken in Europe?

    Or is that too logical/reasonable an answer and I should just grab my pitchfork and be Outragedô?
    Reply +8
  • Valve finally takes on Steam user review score manipulation

  • blarty 13/09/2016

    @TheFirstDoor
    I'm just saying you can't just ignore something that has such an influence on sales.
    That may be true, but also remember that any system that can be gamed, will be gamed, whether it's by the developers, the users, or just someone with an axe to grind.
    Reply +2
  • blarty 13/09/2016

    Or maybe, like the monstrosity that is Metacritic, developers shouldn't place so much stock and faith in the Steam Reviews system?

    *insert Boardroom Suggestion meme*
    Reply +5
  • You can voice a character in Mass Effect Andromeda

  • blarty 13/09/2016

    indie documentarian
    Oh..... oh my word.....


    I do believe Bioware may have finally crested Bullshit Hill
    Reply +1
  • Fallout 4 and Skyrim PS4 mods look dead - and Bethesda blames Sony

  • blarty 12/09/2016

    @jerjef Yes I doubt a brick is likely, although a file corruption could occur if it locks up during a write, enough of them happen and you're skirting close to a drive error. Although the worst I think would be a safe mode/rebuild database, but still a massive inconvenience, that would inevitably be blamed on Sony, not the mod author nor Bethesda, and then comes the inevitable "my console's been hacked by a mod - sort your security shit out, Sony" furore.... Reply 0
  • blarty 12/09/2016

    @BigLee
    Yeah right. Mods can't brick consoles. The worst the could do is corrupt your save and that's very unlikely.
    That very much depends on how the game is written, if a buffer overflow occurs into system memory because a massive mod is loaded then there is a possibility of an issue occurring - as someone earlier mentioned, MS segments it's operating systems, for Home and Game so it's much harder for it to occur.
    Reply +4
  • blarty 12/09/2016

    I know lots of people are getting on Sony's case here, and rightly so, although let's also take a quick look at Bethesda

    The very same Bethesda who embraced the abhorrent GFwL for Fallout 3 which messed with mods and script extenders, who has a nice linkup from Fallout 4 to Forza 6, who openly said 'Mods on Xbox One first, and PS4 later'.

    It certainly looks like the partnership with Microsoft is a good one for Bethesda, but perhaps what works on one system may not necessarily suit the other, and it appears to me that Bethesda are trying to force the same terms wrt to Modding on Sony as they have currently with Microsoft.

    At which point did it become reasonable for a Game Studio to proffer a press release/public statement more or less telling a platform holder what they must do with their own system?

    Bethesda seems to have worked out all the prerequisites for console modding with MS and then thought we'll make Sony use the same conditions, almost as an afterthought.

    The very same Bethesda that took months to sort out the save bug for Skyrim on PS3 and even longer to sort out Dawnguard for PS3 after it had already come out on Xbox 360.

    As much as it's a ballache, can Bethesda not work out the size of a mod and not display it on Bethesda.net if it's over 900Mb, or is that too difficult a thing for them to do, like fixing the Grey Face bug in the Creation Kit after 4 years?

    Whilst many think there is hubris with Sony, and I do think they're correct, they certainly aren't the only ones.
    Reply +5
  • Sony plays down PS4 Pro's lack of 4K Blu-ray disc support

  • blarty 09/09/2016

    @Amazing_Exception
    In all honesty Bluray playback was a big advantage for the PS3 early.


    You're right, from the early days it was, but looking just from a blu-ray playback point of view, very quickly blu-ray players came down in price, if the PS3 didn't use Blurry discs for it's games, it would have very quickly become an expensive blu-ray player.... Now I know some people bought a PS3 just for it's blu-ray playback and that it would always be current via firmware updates, but that was in the minority.

    I can see a UHD player being in the PS4 pro next year, but I have a feeling that Sony is either waiting for the drives themselves to reduce in price or may still be negotiating on licensing costs as they don't have a standalone UHD player out on the market until next year and they're usually all over that kind of high end enthusiast stuff - so it may be simply that Sony can't sell the PS4 Pro with a UHD drive because as a company they're not currently licensed.

    Also, and I'll wait for the iFixit teardown, the drive inside the PS4 Pro may be a UHD drive but with firmware turning off the capability, but I think that's highly unlikely.

    For me, I'm not a UHD movie buff ( and if you are then I can see why this is a disappointing move) but the Xbox One S will reduce in price making it a very affordable piece of kit if the playback is kept up to date with latest standards etc. and it becomes a USP of the Xbox lineup until Sony decide to put in a UHD drive, which is good for MS. (I'm pretty agnostic when it comes to being a fan of any particular platform)

    I mainly stream with the odd bluray, and I don't mind my 4k TV upscaling my blu-rays (and yes I'm sure if I saw a UHD disc I'd probably be very impressed with the difference) but I'm content to wait for the Scorpio next year - I'd have no need at all for two UHD players.

    I think this would be a completely different value proposition if games for the Scorpio were also sold on triple-layer discs
    Reply +2
  • blarty 09/09/2016

    Quick question : If the Xbox 360 (including the 'Elite') which was refreshed 4 times during its lifecycle never needed built-in Bluray/HDDVD support especially given the then new emerging standard of 1080p, why does the PS4 Pro need to have built in support for UHD drives to support the newly emerging 4K TVs?

    Between the handwringers and the gloaters people seem to forget both history and the fact that in both cases being able to read UHD on PS4pro or Bluray on 360 makes no difference to gaming whatsoever, which is after all the primary purposes of these machines
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  • blarty 08/09/2016

    The thing is Sony doesn't even have a standalone UltraHD player out to buy yet which makes me wonder if it's a licensing cost or supply type thing.

    Also there is zero advantage to gaming for UHD discs if games are sold and playable on both PS4 and Pro, because they will have to be in 50Gb Bluray format. The only other issue is whether UHD Blu ray drives are slower than the 6x CAV in the current PS4. Installation times for XBox One and S are the same but installation is still a lot slower on XB1 than the PS4.

    Also strange that there are no UHD drives for PC yet - BDXL and UHD seems to be a little different, and whilst some people can see the file structure of a UHD (most don;t even recognise the disc), trying to watch one with existing Bluray software doesn't work.
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  • Microsoft's bullish response to Sony's PS4 Pro and slim

  • blarty 08/09/2016

    @grassyknoll Oh absolutely agreed, but in the same way, the potential of Scorpio is stymied by the need to bring along the existing userbase, that's why the 4k thing is important - they can utilise the power at very little development cost, a few higher quality textures here, better view distances there, etc. but basically underneath it's the same game.

    The issue is that affordable 4k happened 3 years too late - both the original Xbox One and PS4 are essentially stop gap consoles to make the move to more common off the shelf components and x86 architecture.
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  • blarty 08/09/2016

    The problem isn't the TFLOPS difference, it's the price difference.....

    For PS4 you have a price differential between the slim and Pro of £100 (which includes a 1tb drive over the 500Gb of the slim) - what's it going to be between an S and a Scorpio? MS overpriced the XB1 on release, and whilst the oomph is, on paper, at least there for Scorpio, the cost of it will unlikely be under £400 and that's a very conservative estimate, unless MS are going to make a loss per unit, which they can't make back in any great amount on the games because the games will work for both XB1 and Scorpio, so they can't really increase the price per unit.

    Quite simply, I cannot see the 'No Scorpio exclusives' flying for more than 12 months.
    Scorpio will have to upgrade all XB1 games at 1080p, because between a high price and a nascent user base able to get the most out of the machine (4k owners) it will need to tempt over the existing user base, without burdening them with a new TV purchase to see tangible benefits
    Reply +7
  • Mass Effect Andromeda's male and female hero choices are brother and sister

  • blarty 08/09/2016

    I'm guessing that each member of the family has their favourite colours, and you get to choose at the end whether they're red, green or blue. Reply +5
  • blarty 08/09/2016

    We're seeing our male character, at E3 we got to see our female character," Walters said. "A little surprise here - these two are actually brother and sister.
    Bioware Devs:
    QUICK! We've got to say something before Tumblr and Twitter start complaining about the footage....

    Too late....

    Right.... we'll make them both Canon, Brother and sister will make great Tumblr fanfic comics, won't it?


    *two months later, checks tumblr*

    "Oh god what have we done!"
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  • Apple iPhone 7 more expensive in UK - blame Brexit

  • blarty 08/09/2016

    "Apple does its accounting in dollars."
    I thought it did it in a small,unmanned 'head office' in Dublin that only exists on paper....
    Reply +28
  • blarty 08/09/2016

    Blame money-grabbing, tax-avoiding, corporation content on allowing it to slope responsibility for it's greed onto Brexit.

    I'll personally hold fire on blaming Brexit, and will concede the point when the pound recovers and Apple re-evaluates it's pricing.


    By god, I'd love to pay 0.005 percent in tax.......
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  • Digital Foundry: Three hours with PlayStation 4 Pro

  • blarty 08/09/2016

    The problem with both the Xbox Scorpio and the PS4 Pro is the feature that's being lauded the most - forward and backward compatibility.

    If we assume, and I think it's a fairly safe assumption, that physiucally there will only be one sku for games for PS4/Pro and XB1/Scorpio - i.e. there are no Scorpio editions of Halo 6, for example, then games are limited to Blu-ray and the transmission speeds and capacities available - so we install to much faster HDD, and rarely use the physical media at all.

    If we have a Scorpio exclusive, the capacity goes up as does the transfer speed which is wonderful, because you could potentially go back to streaming textures from the UHD, but you have to have exclusive games and retail unit because UHD discs can't be read in the original Xbox One (possibly another reason for the 'S' unit having a UHD drive). Now if games come with both HD and UHD textures then that takes up installation room on your hard drive, however I wouldn't be surprised if these kind of UHD textures are patched in from the net once it recognises you're running a Scorpio. So installation sizes for these games increase even further..... so if Scorpio could have a user replaceable HDD that'd be great.

    In many respects, unless Scorpio exclusives become a reality, the only benefit you get from the UHD drive is UHD bluray playback, from a gaming perspective, it's negligible.

    By keeping the door open for the original Xbox One and PS4 - they're also limited by them.
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  • blarty 08/09/2016

    I wouldn;t actually be surprised if the UHD drive omission comes down to drive speed - the PS4 pro will run a 6x CAV Blu-ray drive - what if current UHD drives are only 2x or even just 1x.

    People might be complaining about the PS4 Pro not having a UHD drive now, but you can guarantee there'd be more complaints if games take 2 - 3 times longer to install on a PS4 pro just because of a UHD drive that many owners won't take advantage of.

    The Xbox One S uses a Philips DG-6M5S Blu ray drive but I can't seem to find any details on speed, although reviews have stated that installation times between Xbox One and S are the same.
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  • blarty 08/09/2016

    @Anticitizen2 True.... although potentially the cost savings in other parts of the xb1 s could've helped - removal of separate power supply etc. It's still an odd exclusion that's only explained by - gaming focus only. Reply 0
  • blarty 08/09/2016

    I do wonder why the UHD drive is not there - is it to keep costs down to a relatively low price point? Is it licensing costs or wrangles over physical playback and HDCP? Perhaps it ensures that all games released will work on both PS4 and PS4 Pro, rather than letting some texture heavy game push into the greater capacities of UHD discs. Maybe it's even the drive speeds for UHD just aren't fast enough....

    It's a bit of a strange decision that definitely needs some clarification....
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  • blarty 08/09/2016

    @RawShark Yeah possibly, although the PS3 had a lot of media credentials (which strangely Sony don't seem to have any focus on this gen whatsoever). But the XB1 is a far better media system than both the 360 was and the PS4 is simply because it's quieter.

    Although media support is not a huge deal for me as I mainly use Now TV and Amazon Video through the TV os.
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  • blarty 08/09/2016

    I got a 55in LG 4k HDR tv a couple of months back so both a PS4 Pro and Scorpio are 'on the list'.

    Surprising that a PS4 Pro + PSVR bundle hasn't been touted.

    The thing is that both with the PS4 and the XBox one anrtd their respective upgrades, is that in every console gen (since the launch of the original playstation) except the current one, there's been an associative technology upgrade with each console.
    1) Playstation - move to CDs as exclusive game format (Mega Drive + Mega CD still had cartiridges, and CD32 was mostly ports of Amiga games).
    2) PS2 - DVD formats
    3) Xbox - Internal hard drive and built-in Ethernet
    4) Xbox 360 - Greater emphasis on online gaming and Xbox live
    5) PS3 - Full HD and Blu-ray

    PS4 and Xbox One had no associative technology enhancement, though it could be argued that Sony's gain was in removing the custom chip tech and embracing x86-esque chips. The original PS4 and Xbox One, whilst, well overdue had nothing to attach to, except lower costs for manufacturers, and allowing more headroom in terms of memory etc.

    Arguably, it could be said that both the PS4 Pro and Scorpio have been waiting for consumer tech to catch up to get that hand-in-hand step up that some of the previous gens got.
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  • Mass Effect: Andromeda 4K PS4 Pro mission gameplay

  • blarty 07/09/2016

    Looks like they woke the Didact

    I mean Remnant

    Yes....
    .....
    ....'Remnant'
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  • blarty 07/09/2016

    And twitter is already whining about the choice of protagonist for this footage.....

    Internet. Internet never changes.

    On a more related note, on which planet will I find the 20 Blood Lotus and 37 Elfroot that I require to build an unnecessary weapon mod for a squadmate I never use?

    6 months out and the first in-game footage is 'Pre-Alpha'? *sharp intake of breath*
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  • Sony announces PlayStation 4 Pro for November 2016, priced £349

  • blarty 07/09/2016

    I presume the PS4 Pro would be running a more Polaris-ised version of Vulkan under the covers? Reply -1
  • PlayStation Meeting 2016 live report

  • blarty 07/09/2016

    @lionheartronin ME:A is a game little more than 6 months away, that should've been releasing this year - and that's the first gameplay we've seen of it. Doesn't fill me confidence. Reply 0
  • blarty 07/09/2016

    So Mass Effect Andromeda looked pretty underwhelming Reply 0
  • blarty 07/09/2016

    Just get Witcher 3 on it, and then we'll talk. Reply 0
  • blarty 07/09/2016

    *whisper* his mics not on Reply +1
  • blarty 07/09/2016

    Twitch and livestrreaming compression does nothing for the image quality - will need to see the Youtube 4k version before anything making my mind up Reply 0