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  • Don't expect Cyberpunk 2077 at E3 - or any time soon

  • blarty 26/05/2016

    @TheEarlOfZinger Dragon Age Origins took over 6 years to make, and it's still the best in the series. Reply +3
  • blarty 26/05/2016

    @ProTw33ks Personally the whole 'well in advance' thing makes sense with CP2020 et al - Mike Pondsmith is vociferously protective of the Cyberpunk IP, hence why no game has ever been licensed on it until now. For Pondsmith to finally relent and allow CDPR (I mean who else would be allowed to take it on with such faith from fans from both sides of the RPG fence?) to do the game means whilst it's a big deal, the attention to detail needed from CDPR will almost be as immense as the critical eye that hopefully Mike will pour over the game and it's setting.

    Whenever it lands.... I will be ready for this game.
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  • blarty 26/05/2016


    I've been waiting nearly 25 years for a good Cyberpunk game, I just don't want to be dead when it arrives, ok?

    Just make sure Netrunning works really well, if ever there was a game world to make "VR sense" it's this one.
    Oh, and Rache Bartmoss & Alt Cunningham cameos wouldn't go amiss.

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  • No Man's Sky delayed, no longer releasing in June - reports

  • blarty 26/05/2016

    Between No Man's Sky, Last Guardian and the next full Gran Turismo, Sony's 2026 release schedule is going to be BANGING
    Agreed, it's going to be particularly difficult coming up against Microsoft and their hard hitters like "Halo 9: Chief Knows No Subtlety", "Forza Horizon 6: Race for The Pennines" and "Gears of War: Heritage Edition".

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  • blarty 26/05/2016

    "No Man's Sky? Any release date?"
    "No Man's Idea"
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  • Mirror's Edge TV show is in the works

  • blarty 26/05/2016

    Mirror's Edge, being, you know, centred around Faith, heavily implies 'female-cantered action' - which means that stating it as they have done, just means free advertising as fake outrage is flung between different sets of reactionaries, and a convenient scapegoat if it fails to capture sufficient audience numbers.

    I do wonder when certain sections of both gaming and pop culture will realise they're being played.
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  • More powerful Xbox One planned for 2017 - report

  • blarty 25/05/2016

    go straight for PS5 & neXt Box with full 4K HDR @ 60fps, no media slot, no hard disk (all cloud based) plus VR support.
    No hard disk?! Cloud based?!

    I have 200Mbps+ internet and I wouldn't want to stream games over the internet all the time, particularly when there's 3 in my household on consoles at once.

    If a PC with liquid cooling and a single discrete GPU can't do 4k/60 consistently, how on earth you think that a small form factor console could do it, escapes me.
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  • blarty 25/05/2016

    A lot of these leaks might seem more credible once Computex is done and dusted next week. Especially if more information on Polaris comes out.

    Personally, I'm waiting on proper prices of Broadwell-E before considering an upgrade from the i7 2700k, still not sure whether to go all in and get one of the HEDT chips or just get the 6700k.

    This news about very early hardware revisions from both Sony and MS (given they went 8 years on the last generation, this update seems very early and forced in order to capitalise on VR and/or 4k) is making me consider making my PC my main gaming platform.
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  • blarty 25/05/2016

    If this is true, I would guess that there would be complete Backwards Compatibility with Xbox One day 1 - the hypervisor and split OS of the Xbox One combined with the emulated 360 environment would suggest that BC will be available on their next console. Reply +2
  • Former Valve employee is suing the company for $3.1m

  • blarty 25/05/2016

    An interesting thing is whether the change in employment status is legit; the title 'independent contractor' absolutely is relevant. For instance, we don't know where the plaintiff moved to LA from, and employment law could have meant that circumstances required the plaintiff to meet certain obligations before being considered an employee at that location.

    At my work, we've had remote people who've had to change to independent contractors because they've moved abroad, even though they're performing exactly the same duties, indeed, the contractor rates were slightly higher for them to work as recompense for lost sick and holiday benefits.

    I assume for this to matter in the suit, the change to employment status must have been hidden from them - if, however, the plaintiff had this explained to them and signed said contract change, there's not very much that can be done about it, particularly as this change was at her behest, not the company's.
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  • Monkey Island creator asks Disney to sell IP

  • blarty 24/05/2016

    As long as Disney can make money off it, they'll keep it around, irrespective of whether they actually do anything with it.

    I mean they might relent and get involved with a half-arsed sequel, that pays little more than lip service to the releases that went before and ends up having more holes than plot, and they'll rake the money in. Disney's quite good at that....

    I hope he can secure the rights, but the cynical part of me very much doubts it'll happen.
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  • Yes, Overwatch has a story. Here's everything you need to know

  • blarty 23/05/2016

    @Bertie I have to say this article's strapline is one of your finest to date. Reply +1
  • blarty 23/05/2016

    @Bratterz It truly is an affliction, for which we may be too late to cure him. Reply +1
  • blarty 23/05/2016

    You don't care - what Shimada with you?
    Oh. Sweet. Mother. Of. God.

    What's worse is that I can only read it in the voice of Joe Pesci, in the film Casino.
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  • Oculus Rift's latest attempt to block piracy backfires

  • blarty 23/05/2016

    and counter to the current circlejerk....
    ... so we created another one.
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  • When a game partners with a console you don't own, does that put you off the game?

  • blarty 18/05/2016

    No one will buy for a platform they aren't interested in playing it on. Yes there's brand association, yes its advertising. Obviously MS think they get brand awareness out of it, just like they did with Call of Duty year after year. Sony thinks they get brand awareness with Assassin's Creed year after year. It's simply a way of advertising your platform alongside a game that runs on the platform, nothing more. Reply +3
  • A look inside Mass Effect's theme park ride

  • blarty 18/05/2016

    Images in order.....


    only missing green
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  • Blizzard, Twitch plan to act on abuse in livestream chat

  • blarty 18/05/2016

    Having an internet chat open during a tournament, is basically opening your doors to hundreds of thousands of people and expecting ten people to man the door in an orderly fashion - large tournaments should instead do things the tweet-ins, or email questions in to ensure there is a definite break to allow moderation to take place and not be overwhelmed.

    Half of these dicks do it for the noteriety, and to get their name on screen, and little more.
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  • EA dev chief initially rejected World War 1 setting for Battlefield

  • blarty 18/05/2016

    Here's the thing for everyone dissing on Söderlund's initial reaction.... would you bet millions of dollars of development and marketing on a game that is essentially new ground, could flop, and cause EA's vultures to circle around DICE, without some confidence it'll return a good chunk of that investment? Reply +11
  • EA decided against Star Wars Battlefront campaign to meet Force Awakens film launch

  • blarty 18/05/2016

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  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 review

  • blarty 17/05/2016

    @Blackmarsh63 True US does not include Sales taxes, but even so a 50+% difference. Nvidia isn't completely blameless in the charade. Reply +8
  • blarty 17/05/2016

    There are of course, two big questions remaining:

    1) What's the ETA on a 1080Ti
    2) Can two 1070s in SLI give the 1080 a swift kicking, at a reasonable price point?
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  • blarty 17/05/2016

    Looks good, but I'll need to see in store prices of 3rd party cards before I Ebay my R9 295x2 - I get around about 38 fps average at 4k on Witcher 3 (Ultra with Post AA, and SSAO) but then again I have an i7 2700k at stock, and most of the time I run 4k without AA as it's near pointless at 4k.

    I can, however, feel myself being drawn to the Green side with this card....
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  • Homefront: The Revolution review

  • blarty 17/05/2016

    "If only they could be nicer and just hash it out over a nice cup of tea, some hob-nobs, and a game of badminton or two"
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  • blarty 17/05/2016

    @IronTark Xenophobia isn't insulting? My point is that the term is clearly defined and attributed to their country of origin, 'North Korea', hence my point about it probably being more likely a xenophobic slur than a strictly racial one. Reply +3
  • blarty 17/05/2016

    @IronTark Tbf it's probably more xenophobic than racist Reply +1
  • blarty 17/05/2016

    There's no tangible sense of hope to the resistance; no enthusiasm for rebuilding the country or even a vague sense of a plan - they are characterised and sustained only by their desire for violent retribution.
    Very few revolutions end up as being driven by the purer motivations that created them in the first place. The active change (embodied by most revolutions) is so often violent, because of the need to pursue that change as quickly as possible and at the cost and expense of all other things, including morality and common decency. Revolution cares not for compromise.

    In short, the stars of Homefront: The Revolution are also its most disappointing aspect. Dambuster studios has tried to create a resistance that's embattled, determined and charismatic in the face of an oppressive regime. Instead, it's made one that's obnoxious and small minded.
    There's part of me that thinks that that is the very essence of people at the heart of a revolution, though, particularly one that may have been struggling for years against a regime that it despises.

    What you may have stumbled upon is not a game that doesn't do a revolution justice, but more one that strips it of it's romanticism, it's reliance on heroes and derring-do, one that instead focuses on the loathing, desperation and paranoia of a situation like this?
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  • Sony E3 2016 press conference time, date detailed

  • blarty 17/05/2016

    Bizarrely I'd like to see the Neo have a new form factor with better fans (they're bloody noisy on the PS4, something which the XBO, unsurprisingly after the 360 RROD, got absolutely right [except in low power mode where I can always hear the XBO, but never the PS4]).... and a 3.5in bay instead of the 2.5in.... so we can start putting drives over 2TB in them.

    Hopefully PSVR will not take over the proceedings too much, some more news out of Sony Japan would be most welcome.

    Games-wise, I'm looking forward to hearing more about:

    The Last Guardian.
    Horizon Zero Dawn.
    Media Molecule's Dreams (which I think was always designed with PSVR in mind)
    Gran Turismo 7 possibly?
    And there'll be more about No Man's Sky, obviously
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  • blarty 17/05/2016

    @verynaughtyboy Quiet now! You'll wake the fanboys. Reply +2
  • Looks like Call of Duty: Black Ops is back compatible on Xbox One today

  • blarty 17/05/2016

    @nothough I think the reason why this has got it's own article, is because it was one of the most highly requested BC games alongside MW2, BO2, Skyrim and Red Dead Redemption - a lot of the other titles that are certified for BC were much lower down the list....

    I am still hopeful of Red Dead Redemption, and won't be surprised if Skyrim is announced as being BC at Bethesda's E3 shindig in a few weeks
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  • blarty 17/05/2016

    *Checks downstairs* Oh, I've still got that one for 360! Nicely done Reply +8
  • WESA is a new FIFA-style governing body for esports

  • blarty 14/05/2016

    Wesa love sports!
    "Wesa no like da Battlefield! Da Battlefield think dey so smarty, dey think dey brains so big."
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  • Combat fatigues: How Uncharted is a walking simulator in action game's clothing

  • blarty 13/05/2016

    @TheStoneRoses No, the problem isn't necessarily in the site itself (or indeed other sites) the problem is that advertising frameworks are ridiculously meagre in what they pay for web based advertising. There's plenty of stories of margins on websites being extremely small, and the need to pump out more articles to cover expenses more often, and cut things like proofreading to a bare minimum. One of the reason long-form articles like the excellent one here yesterday on Lionhead are the rare exception.

    And the need to get more ads in front of people, because the revenue per ad view is miniscule just pisses readers off, hence Adblock and it's condemnation by the web press.

    Also page views and UVpM are valid metrics for how well a site is doing and can be used by investors.
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  • blarty 13/05/2016

    @XBgamer Agreed.

    And for the number of UC4 articles don't forget the three in a row Witcher 3 articles.(Even though I'm a great fan of the Witcher series, it seemed a tad much)

    The interesting thing is when Sony was doing really badly, we also heard a lot more about their numbers then as well.
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  • blarty 13/05/2016

    Eurogamer used Clickbait..... It's super effective
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  • blarty 13/05/2016

    @Gemini42_ Gotta get those pageviews, clicks and ad revenue. Reply +4
  • blarty 13/05/2016

    Just in case you missed the memo:

    'Walking simulator' is mainly used as a pejorative.
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  • blarty 13/05/2016

    How does that make Uncharted a walking simulator?
    Because he's trying to hitch an indie game genre which is not seen in a particularly great light by a large number of gamers, to the coat-tails of the Uncharted franchise, which is.
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  • blarty 13/05/2016

    Oh dear - another article desperately grabbing for a reason to exist, and failing to do so as it descends into the abyss of pointlessness. Reply +18
  • Disney Infinity's demise blamed on mismanagement, inflated sales expectations - report

  • blarty 13/05/2016

    And yet, for Disney, it still was not enough.
    It's Disney, when will shilling the arse out of something ever be enough?
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  • There's a new Kinect game

  • blarty 13/05/2016

    Game-wise, of course Kinect really isn't that great, although I do keep meaning to pick up Kinect Sports Rivals.

    But in terms of Voice and face recognition, and for thing like game DVR and streaming, it's a decent bit of kit.
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  • Dark Souls 3 tops US retail sales for April

  • blarty 13/05/2016

    I am thoroughly enjoying playing Quantum Break, as I no doubt will thoroughly enjoy playing Uncharted 4 when I pick it up. Plenty of little callbacks to Alan Wake etc. Reply -1
  • Footage leaks of unreleased Star Wars strategy game

  • blarty 12/05/2016

    @arcam Ah yes, 'the other mech' or the '@-Stuh' to give it it's proper name. Reply +7
  • Battlefield 1 now the top-rated trailer on YouTube

  • blarty 12/05/2016

    What is this site turning into? Fucking BuzzFeed?

    You've penned and published a news article about the number of times people have clicked the thumbs down and thumbs up icons on Youtube trailers for games..... let that sink in for a moment.

    We don't need to be updated quite as frequently on what fanboys are losing their shit over.

    Everyone knows this entire upvote/downvote better trailer/shitty trailer thing is just crap, and utterly meaningless.
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  • Can Battlefield 1 help us see The Great War with fresh eyes?

  • blarty 11/05/2016

    I'm pretty sure people have been having the Battlefield 1 appropriateness argument a lot this week.
    This here is why some people think the games industry is up it's own arse. There are those that want games to be more arty, spread their wings, have more expression, to mean more, and yet they also want them to shy away from difficult topics, or at least difficult topics they have some form of personal issue with - I don't see people calling out the 'inappropriateness' of Inglourious Basterds, verbally flailing over the first ten minutes of 'Saving Private Ryan' or wringing their hands over dramatisations around the Serbian/Bosnian conflicts of the 90s (Silent Witness earlier this year). If people are able to understand these things and not harp on about 'inappropriateness' in other media, why is it given such importance in games?

    A game in a World War 1 setting absolutely is appropriate; we always remember our successes and accomplishments, but we should never forget our failures and missteps, else we are doomed to repeat them.

    As someone who's been to Thiepval, Vimy and a small field outside Epinoy where my wife's relative was buried after dying less than a month before the Armistice was signed (and whose posthumous war medal we managed to track down only recently, and which I can see in front of me as I write this), the profoundness which is instilled in you in these places is almost epiphany-like and the sense of humility and respect is enormous.

    If games, as a medium, are to grow organically they have to be able to confront you with things you don't like.

    Is World War 1 a difficult setting? Yes. Uncomfortable? Certainly. Inappropriate? Oh, do fuck off.

    For me, then, Battlefield 1 has already justified the risks it's taking: games have a peculiar power to make the past vivid and surprising and present. They have a power to make you look again at things you thought you already understood. No matter how the subsequent campaign may or may not unfold, right now this feels valuable.
    And this absolutely brings home the points above..... games do have this unique power to stop something being passive, to stop making you think you can just pause something or turn off to it, they can make something like this visceral, defined, uncompromising and important. I just hope they do it justice.
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  • Star Wars: Battlefront sequel due next year

  • blarty 11/05/2016

    "Next year we will see Star Wars Battlefront back with bigger and better worlds because we now have the new movies to work off of, not just the historical movies that we used before."

    And like the films we'll reuse assets and ideas from the original trilogy.....

    "Well we need a new setting for this level"
    "Sand planet anyone, lets throw some scrabble tiles in the air and we'll come up with a name, and no, 'New Tatooine' is a tad obvious, Bob"

    "What shape should we make this big spaceship?"
    "Erm, dunno, triangular?"
    "Dave, that is.....inspired! Make that man creative director for the movies"

    "We've a large installation that acts as an enemy base of some sort, but we've not fleshed it out"
    "Look Trevor, just make it a big fucking ball in space with a super-sized planet death ray, okay? NEXT!"
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  • Microsoft adds unlocked frame-rate and G-Sync/FreeSync support for UWP

  • blarty 10/05/2016

    I was pleasantly surprised with Forza Apex - hopefully SLI/ Crossfire support will happen as well as Game DVR under exclusive fullscreen Reply +4
  • It looks like the Witcher 3: Blood and Wine expansion release date has leaked

  • blarty 09/05/2016

    Not really sure about this Touissant place though - TripAdvisor reviews were less than exemplary....

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  • blarty 09/05/2016

    Although I understand that some people are sad that the content line for Witcher 3 is ending.... and it is a bloody good game, and that they may have been waiting a long time for Blood and Wine, I've been waiting a good twenty years for a good Cyberpunk game, and I have no doubt whatsoever that CDPR will deliver something well worth Pondsmith's IP.

    So with that in mind, as bad as the end of Witcher content may seem, I am glad that Witcher 3 development is over, so that CP2077 hits people with all the visceral, mature and somewhat comedic outlook that Witcher 3 had in spades, but adds in the whole 'style over substance' outlook and brazenness of Cyberpunk's Night City.

    But I do hope to god, they get Netrunning right....
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  • EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti VR Edition review

  • blarty 09/05/2016

    @Agente_Silva I'm not saying cut it now prior to release, I'm saying that stock of 980Tis, 970s, and 980s will disappear very quickly, and probably without any discount whatsoever, within at most, a week or two of the 1070 and 1080 being released at the end of the month. I wouldn't cut the flagship card now, but once the new 1080 is out, it is no longer the flagship card. Reply 0