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  • Fable developer Lionhead closes down today

  • blarty 29/04/2016

    Poor Milo.



    It's not great that they've been unable to find a buyer, although you have to wonder whether that's because they had nothing on the go that wasn't MS IP, so any company would buy LS having to start a project from scratch that wouldn't see any return for at least a couple of years.
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  • In Theory: Can next-gen Nvidia tech offer Titan X power for GTX 970 money?

  • blarty 28/04/2016

    In Theory: Can next-gen Nvidia tech offer Titan X power for GTX 970 money?
    In practicality: It's Nvidia, and even if they could, they probably won't.
    Reply +38
  • Take a look at Microsoft's special edition Iron Man Xbox One

  • blarty 28/04/2016

    Pity the controller is a rejigged V1 - no 3.5mm audio socket, which make me wonder if they've refaced older stock such as the white Sunset Overdrive model, though somewhat strangely the SO controller was only white on the top, so the lack of headphone socket seems even more out of place... Reply 0
  • Apple iPhone sales fall for the first time ever

  • blarty 27/04/2016

    And lo, did Tim look at his Apple Watch, and clicked on his new Watch App...
    'You are Awesome' is all that would ever be displayed, and Tim felt at peace with the world once again, even though the App had in-App purchases based on how often it needed to tell you how awesome you are.
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  • Fallout 4 mods come to Xbox One in May, PS4 in June

  • blarty 27/04/2016

    @xgerrit I always think Jun and Marcy need to be in Clown outfits...

    'Every day is better than the last' Grabs clown horn *squeak-squeak*
    Reply +2
  • blarty 27/04/2016

    @Pumpatron There already will be mods to do just that. Reply 0
  • blarty 27/04/2016

    Ah Creation Kit..... my old friend.

    See you in a couple of months....

    Although the interesting question will be
    How will this work alongside Nexus?
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  • Cliff Bleszinski's return to video games

  • blarty 27/04/2016

    @ChuckNorris I'd probably say appeal to motive, however, when people are arguing, the levels of reasoning intertwine, so is one fallacy being used against another and so on. Argumentum ad populum is usually at a group or ideological level where you have enough critical mass of people, that you take an opinion to be an incontrovertible fact, and then confirmation bias kicks in.

    Quite simply, if we could just all say 'Don't be an asshole to other people', I honestly think that'd just about cover everything, and we can all go down the pub.
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  • blarty 27/04/2016

    @ChuckNorris I wasn't pointing at you specifically as an example, instead I was making a point that many discussions and opinions about 'society' are often found to use fallacious reasoning. Reply 0
  • blarty 27/04/2016

    @ChuckNorris Oh, there's are lots of fallacies at play here.

    Argumentum ad populum - an opinion held by many is taken as fact, when it's still just an opinion.
    Appeal to emotion, particularly fear.
    Argument from ignorance - something must be true because we haven't proven it to be false.

    Appeal to motive,fallacy of relative privation, genetic fallacy, judgemental language..... the list goes on....
    Reply +3
  • blarty 27/04/2016

    @ChuckNorris But isn't everyone's experience, by necessity, subjective - that's why I don't buy into the whole identity politics thing; to devolve anyone down to a few genetic or lifestyle markers and proceed to verbally shit on them for either being X or not being X, is abhorrent in my eyes.

    Treat people as individuals not as a 'representative of group X' and you'll not go far wrong. To do anything else is to devalue, belittle, ignore and erase their individual experiences.

    For me, identity politicking is the nadir of judgementalism.
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  • blarty 27/04/2016

    the culture war between progressives and reactionaries.
    To be honest, I always thought it was between reactionaries and reactionaries.
    Reply +11
  • Elder Scrolls Online Dark Brotherhood DLC gets release date

  • blarty 26/04/2016

    They're also removing Veteran Ranks with this update as well, with the Champion System now fully taking over character upgrades post Level 50. Reply +2
  • blarty 26/04/2016

    @Ryuke
    A ES game that isn't quite ES, and an MMO that isn't quite an MMO. I think this game's biggest problem is its identity.
    Both of those things are 'stones around the neck' of the game - it's an MMO in the Elder Scrolls world, not Elder Scrolls with multiplayer, and it's a game that perhaps puts more emphasis than most on PvE rather than PvP.

    If the game was an original IP and not set in the ES Universe, it most likely wouldn't catch quite as much flak as it currently does.
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  • blarty 26/04/2016

    The game itself has far improved over it's initial release. It's a huge time sink as all MMOs tend to be. I enjoy it, but end up binge playing it for a couple of weeks and then leaving it a while before returning. Reply +4
  • YouPorn-sponsored esports team banned from ESL

  • blarty 25/04/2016

    http://gameranx.com/updates/id/49407/article/teamypbannedfromesl/ Reply 0
  • blarty 25/04/2016

    @AlexHadz And it mentions the team were willing to drop the 'YP' part of their name, and ESL would not budge then. Clearly the team has tried to accommodate the requests regarding their sponsors Reply +4
  • blarty 25/04/2016

    @bf Well played sir. Reply +6
  • blarty 25/04/2016

    Even though I disagree with it, I can see their point of view, but I can't truly consolidate that with their 'reasoning' - If it's a 'silent' and 'invisible' sponsor, they're hardly advertising it are they....

    I mean, why stop at following the money back just one step? I'm sure there's a few sponsors, that give public 'entities' such as eSports teams money, if you go back and look at their investors, I'd bet there's more than a couple who are also investing in things that wouldn't sit well with those rules. What happens if there's a company sponsoring 'in full view' a team that's been provided capital by a VC firm that's made a lot of money out of alcohol, or fitness supplements or steriods....

    This speaks more of not wanting any association, even outside of the public eye, to something that infantilised sections of the gaming community would call 'icky' and 'super-gross'
    Reply +16
  • Gearbox confirms that Borderlands 3 will be its next game

  • blarty 23/04/2016

    Meanwhile, News Presenter in 'Sky is blue' shocker. Reply -4
  • blarty 23/04/2016

    "It's no secret, obviously there's going to be another Borderlands," Gearbox CEO and president Randy Pitchford said
    .... as he motioned to the barely living horse being flogged in the corner.
    Reply +10
  • Why is video game lore so awful?

  • blarty 23/04/2016

    Lore is written as much for the developers as it is for gamers, if not more so.

    The need to have a consistent historical basis especially across multiple games may seem extensive to the point of saturation, but it's far better than a world that's empty or retcons at various points. Games are written by several people, having them each 'have a go' would be a recipe for disaster.

    Often these lore nuggets are in games for the people who want to ask 'why?' or 'who?' - sure some of it's added in for no reason other than to be found, but if we're not going to give a shit about game lore, then why the hell should developers bother with Easter eggs, or anything else that adds something beyond the game itself.

    I always find the terminal entries in Fallout to be interesting - an insight into the day the bombs fell. And I sometimes think there's as much lore in the art and style of a game as there is in the journal entries and audiologs - Bioshock being an example.

    Some games work well with mystery, and some games like to explore as much narrative exposition as possible - not all games should be Elder Scrolls, though I would posit that not all games should be Journey either.
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  • The new Doom is having a tough time with Steam user reviews

  • blarty 18/04/2016

    @dogmanstaruk
    Completed by a mixture of children and manchildren all throwing their toys out of their pram.
    Sounds like NeoGAF to be honest
    Reply +2
  • Halo 5's most annoying enemy nerfed

  • blarty 18/04/2016

    Strange.... I've managed to do the campaign on Solo Legendary....

    But yes, the Warden is a pain in the ass.

    Funny thing is, you can completely avoid the Multiple Warden fight.... which I found out after I'd spent hours doing the fight and finally completing it....
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  • There's a way to play Oculus Rift exclusives on HTC Vive

  • blarty 15/04/2016

    Oculus doesn't like it, eh?

    Begun the VR wars have
    Reply +2
  • Surprise! There's a Ghostbusters video game from Activision

  • blarty 15/04/2016

    Oh dear, Activision, I thought you'd learned your lesson with crap film tie-ins..... Reply +12
  • Ambitious new Skyrim mod overhauls cities

  • blarty 14/04/2016

    @IronSoldier ENB's are a bit of a special case, essentially Boris won't allow his ENB base code onto mod sites (and that's fine) but you do end up having to keep up to date on enbdev and then getting the ENB presets from Nexus.

    Similar issue with SweetFX - a lot of these cross game mods are their own beasts I'm afraid.
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  • blarty 14/04/2016

    @IronSoldier
    Like, if I went through the exhaustive process of installing this new mod then I have no idea in advance if it'll conflict with the mods I presently have installed.
    Usually, though not always, most mod authors will be aware of conflicts, and a large number of the bigger mods are on both nexus and SW

    If I may give you one piece of advice; find any mods you have through Steam Workshop and download them again via Nexus and unsubscribe from SW - whilst you don't get automatic updates, the level of control that NMM, Loot and Mod Organiser gives you will be of huge benefit, particularly as both MO and NMM have profiles allowing you to have certain saves with certain combinations of mods.

    Also get hold of TES5Edit, as that can graphically show you what is conflicted and which mod takes precedence, so you can adjust your plugin order.

    There is a certain amount of learning curve, but it is definitely worth it in the long run.
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  • Mirror's Edge Catalyst closed beta starts next weekend

  • blarty 14/04/2016

    Every so often we get one of those wonderful betas that we can truly call a 'Demo' Reply +3
  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with PS4 Remote Play on PC

  • blarty 14/04/2016

    Just like with Xbox One, and Steam streaming, Remote Play works best when playing games where input lag is not a huge factor in your enjoyment. I regularly log in to ESO on XB1 and PS4 to do a bit of pottering around and daily quests, or fire up Fallout 4 or Dragon Age.

    On my network I have as many problems with XB1 streaming to my Linx tablet as I do with Remote play to my macbook, to my wired PC both XB1 Streaming and Remote play work equally as well. But as others have mentioned, Steam streaming definitely has the edge
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  • 1979 Revolution review

  • blarty 11/04/2016

    @SpaceMonkey77 Agreed, but that also comes with one major caveat - if we want things to exist despite them offending others, we also have to accept the possibility that we should also want things to exist that could offend us. Reply +5
  • blarty 11/04/2016

    @vert1go
    There are idiots on both sides of any religion.
    Any ideology or dogmatic belief tends to bring out the worst in people. Often over time the net benefit of any religion/ideology is dwarfed by it's net cost.
    Reply +7
  • blarty 11/04/2016

    video games can operate as historical fiction/pseudo-documentaries without dumbing down complex, controversial subject matter.
    I fear it will boil down to whether you have the same opinion as the writer of said controversial subject matter.

    And, unfortunately, of late, it appears that video gaming and the thought/media leaders in video gaming don't seem to be too adept at handling views that don't completely align with theirs.
    Reply +2
  • Rust now assigns gender permanently based on SteamID

  • blarty 11/04/2016

    This is brilliant, no really, I've been wanting to run a good sweepstake on "Who will be offended enough to have a long form opinion in the media about X first" for a while now..... Reply +4
  • Codemasters picks up Driveclub developer Evolution Studios

  • blarty 11/04/2016

    Perhaps Codemasters might go back to developing other games/genres now - focussing exclusively on driving games (even with a dedicated fanbase) seems a little limiting...



    Glad to hear about the Evolution guys though - good to read a positive article regarding studios and employment.
    Reply +39
  • HTC Vive review

  • blarty 09/04/2016

    All VR needs is a system seller game. Maybe like Elder Scrolls 6, or CDPR's new Cyberpunk game, her even a proper Tron game, Deus Ex - something where game world immersion is already key to the franchise, and VR takes it to completely another level

    VR won't 'die' - it'll be used in various applications outside of gaming, as will something like HoloLens (if they get the price right)
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  • BAFTA's Game of the Year award goes to Fallout 4

  • blarty 08/04/2016

    How in the hell did the clusterfuck that was Batman: Arkham Knight's PC release and subsequent squirming from the PC devs somehow not factor into it getting BEST British Game? Reply +7
  • blarty 08/04/2016

    Lord knows how 'Her Story' got 'Game Innovation' - it's hardly innovative; FMV and detective/deduction games have been around for years, and the game itself wouldn't look out of place as a Blu-Ray extra on a crime film.

    Rocket League deserves the praise it gets, Fallout 4, although I'm a huge Fallout fan, doesn't grab me as much as New Vegas and FO3 did (which seems to be a general feeling with many players) so not sure why it got GOTY
    Reply +4
  • Baldur's Gate: SoD head of studio addresses political backlash

  • blarty 07/04/2016



    Just how many of these shitty, fauxtrage articles are we going for this month, EG?

    A game is buggy - you fix the bugs.

    On the other matter, what does it take for devs to realise that one-dimensional tokenism, doesn't actually help the people you're supposedly trying to represent in your writing. The road to hell, after all, is paved with good intentions, and if it's not you that has to go through that hell, all the better, eh?
    Reply +7
  • Rock Band 4's PC port falls short on crowdfunding site

  • blarty 06/04/2016

    Rock Band just isn't Rocksmith - if they had tabled a game using an audio USB interface not just for guitar but also for keyboards, bass, vocals etc it might have got a bit more interest. There's a lot to be said for using proper instruments over plastic gimmicks Reply +2
  • Performance Analysis: Overwatch beta on PS4 and Xbox One

  • blarty 06/04/2016

    I've not really taken too much interest in Overwatch, but just watching the vid, makes me think I should be considering it for purchase.... Reply +1
  • Overwatch's Tracer has a new pose

  • blarty 06/04/2016

    I do hope that this new pose for Tracer was conceived and designed by a woman. Reply -1
  • Fallout 4 Wasteland Workshop DLC out next week

  • blarty 06/04/2016

    @FathomsDown Ah ok, thanks... I hadn't looked myself but remembered that Automatron showed up a few days befre... looks like this is mainly a settlement resources update then. The Hearthfire for Fallout 4 I guess Reply +2
  • blarty 05/04/2016

    After watching that radiated mutated animal brutality, I've got to wonder if there is a Post apocalyptic version of PETA? Reply +4
  • blarty 05/04/2016

    @TheMightyEthan If you check the achievement/trophies you should be able to see - they appear to register a couple of days before the addons are on the store. Reply +5
  • blarty 05/04/2016

    NEED
    INFO
    ON
    NEW
    GECK!
    Reply +5
  • New Baldur's Gate expansion Siege of Dragonspear off to a rough start

  • blarty 05/04/2016

    @MrTomFTW You know as well as I do, for every KiA reddit post that's shitty and got it's head stick up it's own backside there's a GamerGhazi one that's equally as shitty and up it's own ass.

    Different groups on social media butt heads more than fighting elk - the whole thing is tiring, banal and insipid, and is now only notable for how pathetic both sides make it, and how impractical they now make the discussion surrounding issues like this.
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  • You can play PS4 games on your PC or Mac from tomorrow

  • blarty 05/04/2016

    @FogHeart No problems, glad it was of use. I only saw it by accident by clicking on something and the item description saying 'part of PC gaming week' - I don't even know if Amazon are pushing it particularly. Reply 0
  • blarty 05/04/2016

    @monty_79 They're pretty easy to set up, you buy a two-pack that are already paired to each other, plug one in near your router, the other near your PC or network switch and use the supplied ethernet cables.

    The problem is that the advertised speed is highly overrated as it's based on perfect conditions, and the wiring in your house, etc. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with homeplugs - they're ok, they give a reasonable, consistent speed (nowhere near ethernet speeds though), but the wifi-plug we have doesn't seem to be too good at the wifi bit.

    If you have the facility to do it in your home, and you know an electrician, see about getting gigabit ethernet in - mine's wired under the carpet and up the stairs, otherwise homeplugs are a fair way to go, and I'd consider, if sockets are in short supply, definitely getting the passthrough versions
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  • blarty 05/04/2016

    As a quick heads up, Amazon UK is doing a PC Gaming Week which includes routers and homeplugs, as well as all the general PC gaming paraphenalia (such as velvet smoking jackets and brandy glasses) in case you're thinking of doing in home streaming. Always good to get a bit off the price after all Reply +13