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  • So, Mr Kojima, do we feel "ashamed" over Quiet?

  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • FTC: Machinima "deceived" consumers with Xbox One videos

  • blarty 03/09/2015

    @VibratingDonkey
    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.
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  • blarty 03/09/2015

    To all the people shitting on whoever. Look, this year has taught me one thing, some people will use anything to get out of being called the arseholes they really are, be it 'ethics', 'misogyny', 'neck beard', 'manbabies' 'gaters', 'SJW'; they'll even use some aspect of their sociopolitical strata to somehow excuse their own arseholeishness. Some people talk about personal freedoms or safe spaces whilst pigeonholing labelling and ignoring the individuals they are speaking to, and in some cases, apparently these are the very things these people are allegedly 'fighting'

    The simple thing is I don't care what ideology you believe, what part of the world you're from, how much melatonin is in your skin, what appendages you were born with and whether or not you still have them, I don't care if you believe in some imaginary omnipotent, omniscient being, be it God or Patriarchy. But if you're an arsehole, don't go using these things as some form of moral justification to be an arsehole to another individual, it merely proves you're an even bigger arsehole, as well as, usually, a complete hypocrite.
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  • blarty 02/09/2015

    @McGooch look, it's not their fault they can only afford one console. :) Reply +5
  • blarty 02/09/2015

    @MrTomFTW true, and to be honest, it's also fairly easy to spot someone who knows little about games and gaming, particularly as it pertains to specific franchises, but seems to have a significant opinion about them (not a recent phenomenon, of course, been dealing with the same peripheral attitudes for decades)

    I think while it's easy for each interested party to dismiss each other with vitriol, you'll never reach sufficient enough compromise to even attempt to forge a broad enough consensus that all will agree on.
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  • blarty 02/09/2015

    @MrTomFTW yeah I guess there's hope.... but realistically all its going to take is for someone to take umbrage with someone over some small nonissue they disagree with, and people will be throwing about terms like 'misogynist', 'SJW' and 'pissbabies' again.

    It's all too easy to dismiss potential conflicts of interest and appearance of impropriety as 'GG smokescreening' and asking for better representation as 'SJW politicisation' as each side has their - and I use this term in a gender, race and culturally neutral way - utter arseholes.
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  • blarty 02/09/2015

    @MrTomFTW
    ...we can start the convo again... Properly this time.
    Yyyeeeaaaahhhh.... I very much doubt that'll happen.
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  • blarty 02/09/2015

    The best way is to trust who you want to trust, whether they're a journalist, youtuber or blogger and to hell with the people you don't trust.

    Most people are gobshites anyway, it's just you happen to agree with their particular brand of mouth bilge.
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  • "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
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain review

  • blarty 02/09/2015

    Well this comment section is turning out as expected - a bit about the game, a lot about moralising, and how one persons preferences should trump other people's preferences. Good job all. Reply +7
  • Funcom unveils The Park, a single-player horror set in an abandoned theme park

  • blarty 26/08/2015

    Shame to hear about their financial woes. I still enjoy the odd jaunt in TSW Reply +2
  • Digital Foundry vs ultra-wide 21:9 PC gaming

  • blarty 23/08/2015

    The problem with 21:9 is that whereas at 4k you can reduce AA to virtually nothing on 28in 4k monitor as the pixel density is far higher, you can't do that on a 1080p monitor even with tech like DSR, you'll often push up post-processing to compensate for jaggies/lower pixel density, which means that the gulf between 4k and 1440p, in practice isn't quite as big as you'd see here. Reply +1
  • blarty 23/08/2015

    It is amusing over a year ago, when I decided to got for the 21:9 (even with all the Flawless Widescreen/Widescreen Fixer shenanigans) most tech press were thoroughly unimpressed with 21:9 instead were still sipping the 4k juice and claiming that '4k single GPUs are just around the corner'.

    A couple of months ago I was considering the 3440x1440 but it was well out of my price range, and instead kept the 2560x1080, and got a reasonable deal on a 4k.

    Until the cost of these monitors start to fall, they'll stay a niche product, unfortunately.
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  • blarty 23/08/2015

    Having both a 4k and 21:9 1080p AOC monitor, being able to switch out games that aren't running particularly well on my 4k monitor to my 21:9 one massively improves fps obviously but having the different field of view means it's not a completely downgraded IQ experience, especially as I can boot up the ENB on games such as Skyrim.

    Also it's good to note that running a 21:9 and single 16:9 in eyefinity works reasonably well, with reticules etc being away from any bezel edges.

    Prior to a recent desk replacement I was looking to get a 6400x1080 setup with my 21:9 at the centre....
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  • PC to get game-sharing via Nvidia GeForce Experience app

  • blarty 21/08/2015

    @UKPlay I'm with you - I have a R9 295x2.... I bought it mainly for Eyefinity, but a desk replacement put that on hold, so I run a 21:9 2560x1080 and a 4k of it, it's been fine thus far (vagaries of SLI/Crossfire aside). Not sure whether I'll jump to Nvidia next time, since my multi display situation has changed though Reply +1
  • blarty 21/08/2015

    All well and good, but the question still remains - according to time honoured Nvidia tradition, how many FPS, will this feature shave off gameplay? Reply -1
  • Uncharted Collection will add two new difficulty settings

  • blarty 17/08/2015

    @Murton
    October is going to be a very difficult month for me.
    Oh I'm sure there will be at least one game that'll be 'awaiting patches', to make the decision a little easier ;)
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  • Promo: 300,000 free Steam games up for grabs!

  • blarty 17/08/2015

    And it was all going so smoothly.....


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  • Chinese console crowdfunding project manages to rip off PS4 and Xbox One

  • blarty 17/08/2015

    @myms1ps3 Poe's law in action.... Reply +1
  • Digital Foundry vs Xbox One streaming on Windows 10

  • blarty 16/08/2015

    @StooMonster Exactly, how quickly people forget that Steam Streaming wasn't exactly 100% ( yes it was close, and as I said earlier I though it was excellent in the beta, Valve still needed to make adjustments and improvements) when it was first released to the masses either. Plus that extra processing has to come from somewhere on the XB1, even if it's using the GameDVR function it's still got to marshall it over the network.

    But I'm in agreement with you over the fact that this will be improved as time goes on.
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  • blarty 16/08/2015

    @I_Am_CatButler I think a lot of it depends on personal circumstances. But MS needs to get performance sorted before Steam Link arrives, otherwise Win 10 -> Xbox One streaming is pretty pointless even if 'free' with Win 10. Reply +7
  • blarty 16/08/2015

    @jamyskis1981 The things is, it really should be working with non Windows Store games just to ensure uptake., Game Bar /Game DVR working only with Win Store games would be a misstep only matched by GfWL. Reply +3
  • blarty 16/08/2015

    @Vorflynn
    Although personally I don't understand why you would stream from xbox to pc.
    People already using the TV, wanting to play in a different room, perhaps the kids(or you) want to play a game and you (or the better half) don't want them (or you) hogging the TV.

    I have the PSTV and find it very handy as well.

    streaming from pc to xbox would seem more appropriate to me.
    Once keyboard and mouse support is handled, then this will undoubtedly be on their list.
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  • blarty 16/08/2015

    Like many features of Windows 10, it's in it's nascent stages - I expect the app and the streaming experience will get better over time. Could some of the fluctuations etc, be down to the Xbox One itself? Improvements will start to line up as further updates on both sides of the connection are released. I'll have to see what this is like since I got my last gigabit wiring in and can liberate my gaming rig from the clutches of my Powerline setup

    Also I think when PC - Xbox One streaming is introduced then the app will have to see major changes anyway.

    But it has to be said, without a doubt, Steam's IHS performance has been excellent even in beta.

    The bigger issue for me, is that the much touted Game Bar/Game DVR combo hardly ever works for full screen DX9 and DX11 games.
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  • Why I will never call video games a hobby

  • blarty 15/08/2015

    What a load of sanctimonious, pretentious bullsh....Oh wait, it's a Guardian writer so par for the course then. Reply +11
  • Fallout 4 won't have a level cap

  • blarty 06/08/2015

    No Level cap is great, but being able to keep going after finishing the main game is better - hopefully interactions will take into account that you've 'completed' the main quest line Reply +15
  • blarty 06/08/2015

    @SabreWlf
    Hopefully doesn't lead to ridiculously strong enemies at high levels though, New Vegas got pretty bad about that in the DLC.
    I found a GRA Anti-Materiel Rifle tended to take care of that issue fairly quickly.
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  • Intel Skylake: Core i5 6600K review

  • blarty 06/08/2015

    @jarnodoggen There's a list on toms hardware about GPUs and the given advice is if the GPU you're looking at isn;t at lest three tiers above what you already have, then you may well not see a benefit, I can see a similar thing here.

    For people, like myself, still on Sandy Bridge, the Skylake upgrade offers tangible benefits, for others with Haswell and Ivy Bridge it's far less of an impact.
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  • blarty 06/08/2015

    ....but the bottom line is that a growing number of titles are seeing the CPU act as the bottleneck
    Would DirectX12 multi-coring help here in that what are considered 'CPU-bound' games from DX11 and below are possibly more 'core-bound' due to the poor multi-threading capabilities of prior libraries and thus titles?
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  • blarty 06/08/2015

    It may be time to finally upgrade my i7 2700k - I await DF's i7 review. Reply +1
  • EA Gamescom 2015 conference

  • blarty 05/08/2015

    SO I assume that Women's Leagues rather than National Teams will be developed in future FIFAs? Reply 0
  • blarty 05/08/2015

    Martin, you need to travel to Sweden and interview this producer prior to Battlefront's release... and find out if she has a model of Vader on her desk Reply 0
  • blarty 05/08/2015

    A-Wings..... ahh wondrous... all it needs is the B-Wings and Tie Bombers and we're set Reply 0
  • blarty 05/08/2015

    Love the way she says 'Rebel Scum' Reply 0
  • blarty 05/08/2015

    Bit of a difficult segue there - from wool to AT-ATs Reply 0
  • blarty 05/08/2015

    It's appalling, Marin, in a way, but at least it's a slight deviation from the haughty "serious gaming stuff" of some presenters. Reply 0
  • blarty 05/08/2015

    I do like the idea that the PvZ people don't take themselves too seriously. Reply 0
  • blarty 05/08/2015

    People forget just how big the sales for Sims have been over the years. Reply 0
  • 450 Halo 5 Pink Mist Edition has an actual Needler gun

  • blarty 04/08/2015

    450?!?!? Get tae feck, GAME


    There's a reason you cockwombles went out of business the first time.
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  • Cities: Skylines, Ark and more indies announced for Xbox One

  • blarty 04/08/2015

    We Happy Few looks cool, but for me, the indie games I'm most looking forward to (On XB1 and PS4, respectively) are Cuphead, and No Man's Sky Reply +5
  • blarty 04/08/2015

    ...and Train Simulator will also make their way to Xbox One
    If you thought DLC was bad before....
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  • Xbox One will let you record live TV for free next year

  • blarty 04/08/2015

    @budgietheii Ah interesting, I don't use the TV stuff on XB1 - does Netflix, Amazon work with win10 streaming, I know Tv companies, etc have a massive chip on their shoulder with regards to 4k Streaming ? Reply +1
  • blarty 04/08/2015

    If it means I can record or playback from my Tivo and view it on my PC upstairs, then it's not a bad thing, but if it's only the freeview USB thing, then it's pretty pointless. Reply 0
  • Crackdown 3 will offer 100 per cent destructible environments

  • blarty 04/08/2015

    100% destructible environments, eh?
    So 'going under the map' will now be considered a feature.
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  • Quantum Break release date revealed

  • blarty 04/08/2015


    Yes. Yes I am interested.
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  • Fake swatting prank leads to popular Twitch streamer getting banned

  • blarty 04/08/2015

    Ahh, another excuse to wheel this one out....

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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