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  • What the UK can learn from the Far East's battle with loot boxes

  • blarty 20/10/2017

    And lo, the next battle between Journos and Publishers was started, The Battle of Fort Loot upon the plains of River Crate.... just no-one mention the PUB-Gee Batallion Reply 0
  • EA has shut down Visceral Games

  • blarty 18/10/2017

    Dead Space was good... but I really loved Dante's Inferno... shame that never got a sequel Reply +1
  • blarty 18/10/2017

    @superwiiman But that's still relevant to what I'm saying, the cost of games (staff, buildings, keeping the lights on) are all rising, making game development ever riskier and tolerance of delays ever smaller - it's why we end up with safe common denominator games. Reply -1
  • blarty 18/10/2017

    The problem is that the 'poor performing' titles of today are likely still selling the same units or more than fair to good performers of 5 years ago - so why are they now poor? And why are we now having loot boxes and pointless add ons and shortcuts that we pay for with really money.

    Well it's really simple. Economics.

    The cost of making games has steadily and inexorably increased - what we pay in the shops (particularly in the states) hasn't risen to match it causing a revenue shortfall - remember the 'promise' from Microsoft before the launch of the Xbox One that games will still cost you $60?

    Here's a revolutionary idea - pay $5 more for your games, and shit like this wouldn't happen as often.
    Reply -1
  • Halo: Master Chief Collection will be enhanced for Xbox One X

  • blarty 18/10/2017

    If it fixes the 'Active Profile Signed Out' issue where it doesn't record your progress when you've just completed 3 levels on Legendary..... and so resets all those to 'Heroic' meaning you have to do them on Legendary again.....


    Yeah.... that'd be great.
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  • CD Projekt Red: "This approach to making games is not for everyone"

  • blarty 16/10/2017

    Sites like Glassdoor appear to me, to be more for those whinging about employers than those saying they're great.

    After all people are more likely to complain than to praise.

    I'm sure there's absolutely glowing glassdoor reviews for Bioware
    Reply -1
  • DICE offers clarification on Star Wars: Battlefront 2's controversial crate system

  • blarty 13/10/2017

    It's interesting with all this talk of real money and such, if one question was answered: How much has it cost to make and produce Battlefront 2? Reply +5
  • PC gamers hope for improvements after hackers and performance issues mar the Call of Duty: WW2 beta

  • blarty 09/10/2017

    @TitusCrow Honeypots are often deployed to work out how someone is hacking your system - Allow the hackers to do as they will during the beta, record everything from each game machine and the hackers machine for that game/round and work out what they're doing, then use that telemetry to plug the holes before going live.

    http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/H/honeypot.html
    Reply +3
  • blarty 09/10/2017

    Has anyone thought that this might just be a honeypot? Reply +1
  • Star Citizen Alpha 3.0 has been released

  • blarty 06/10/2017

    But...
    Oh for fecks sake......

    but as with all things Star Citizen, this could, um, elongate.
    That's one hell of a euphemism..... I'd probably go with "take a 'certain' amount of time, that in all probability will stretch out into the Infinite, and touch the raw Abyss beyond the created universe"
    Reply +1
  • What happens to your Steam account when you die?

  • blarty 06/10/2017

    @MrTomFTW Reply +7
  • blarty 06/10/2017

    @dadrester There's a certain malevolence in those sparkly eyes..... Reply +1
  • blarty 06/10/2017

    @MrTomFTW Well played, sir. Well played indeed. Reply 0
  • blarty 06/10/2017

    @Bratterz I was thinking more "Someone stole my phone charger" Reply 0
  • blarty 06/10/2017

    @dadrester "Why does the google image search terms "christian donlan chaise lounge" not return what I'm looking for god damnit!?"

    Have you tried "christian donlan chaise lounge titanic paint me like one of your french girls"?
    Reply +7
  • blarty 06/10/2017

    That picture of Donlan is quite simply screaming out to be added to memegenerator.

    Edit..... oh god... what have I started?
    Reply +20
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War review

  • blarty 05/10/2017

    A greatly expanded and improved action game let down by a dreadful story.
    Just like the whole is greater than the sum of it's parts, it's unfeasibly mortifying to think I'd almost forgotten that the narrative is great than the sum of everything else.
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  • Here's what The Witcher 3 looks like at 4K on PS4 Pro

  • blarty 05/10/2017

    This was always going to be a hard problem for CDPR - anyone remember Witcher 2 on XBox 360 - a console showcase for the hardware at the time, as it was when Witcher 3 arrived - CDPR are very good at squeezing as much as they can out of hardware (Witcher 2 Uber mode on PC, anyone?).

    As such, the reality is that they really couldn't squeeze that much more out in terms of performance and optimisation given a 4x Pixel count on a GPU that's no where near 4x as capable than the base PS4.

    Of course the Xbox 1 version will be more night and day between XB1 and XB1X as the original XB1 is the least powerful (ignoring the Switch) in the current console gen, and more compromises were likely made graphically for the XB1 version which will not have to be made in the X update.

    Given that the game is nearly two and a half years old (already?!) then I think it's great that CDPR are willing to put the effort in for these updates for both PS4 Pro and XB1X
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  • Cuphead review

  • blarty 02/10/2017

    There are Dark Souls-esque moments of extreme elation.
    Please, for God's sake.... stop.

    Dark Souls is not the "Citizen Kane of gaming", in so far as being the game journalists across the globe lazily compare the difficulty of every other game to... you are creating your own cliche.
    Reply +44
  • Where do monsters come from?

  • blarty 30/09/2017

    Where do monsters come from?
    It doesn’t matter, they come for science.
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  • Nintendo's half-arsed online cripples FIFA 18 on Switch

  • blarty 29/09/2017

    Just like every Nintendo article, I'm sure someone in the comments will be able to spin this into a positive.... Reply +51
  • The doors close on The Chinese Room - for now

  • blarty 25/09/2017

    The problem is that to have complete creative control, you more or less have to self-publish, otherwise you are bound to think that pressures from outside, like I dunno, a release date, or financial backers impatient for a return on their investment that you're currently burning through at 30-40k a month, you'll always consider to be compromising your creative vision. Reply +2
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds developer slams Fornite for "replicating" gameplay

  • blarty 22/09/2017

    It's really not surprising that Bluehole have such inflated egos when most of the gaming press has been fellating them for the past few months Reply +7
  • blarty 22/09/2017

    Hey!.... Hey PUBG!..... the one sulking in the corner because you think you invented Battle Royale..... yeah you.....


    John Carmack and John Romero are on the phone, they kinda want their free-for-all mode back..... should I keep them on hold while you 'contemplate further action'?

    Yeah, they've said they'll wait.

    Reply +28
  • World's first 8K VR headset off to flyer on Kickstarter

  • blarty 20/09/2017

    So.... if it's difficult today to drive 4k60 on a single screen, what kind of bullshit is this kickstarter that thinks PCs in the reach of most mortals can drive 2 4k screens at 90fps, especially when SLI is limited to 2x (and will likely be phased out) and crossfire isn't even being talked about anymore by AMD Reply +2
  • Steam counters "review bombing" by adding time graphs to game scores

  • blarty 20/09/2017

    @MarkMarkYepMark Really 'the hill you die on' comment was about it's fine them condemning his racism, it's fine them saying they don't want to see him play their games ever again, and even asking him to take down the video with their game in.... but a DMCA, that's what they're going with? An act that is so open ended and open to abuse.... many people know how the DMCA is manipulated by people for their own ends, and to silence criticism, etc. and Campo Santo want to add to the long list of things that the DMCA has been used for.... and from this point forward they'll be remembered for it. Also remember they didn't want to issue a strike against his video before this incident, and surely if this were only for copyright reasons etc, shouldn't they be doing this to all players. Just because you are within your rights to do something,. does not mean that that action in itself doesn't have consequences. To be clear I'm not condoning the review bombing, but I'm sure there were other courses of action Campo Santo could have taken without resorting, first and foremost, to a DMCA strike.


    .... So going back to my earlier phrase, No, if I were Campo Santo, I wouldn't want to die on that particular hill.

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  • blarty 20/09/2017

    @TheFirstDoor True, but his LP didn't pose enough of a problem before, for Campo Santo to DMCA it - the content itself was not altered or added to in any way - the only thing that changed was their opinion of him. Reply +1
  • blarty 20/09/2017

    @MarkMarkYepMark The problem is not the developer taking PDP to task over his comments - it's the way in which they've done it - the DMCA is an ambiguous, shady and insidious law at best with significant overreach, overreach that this developer has used to make a punitive point. I believe the developer goals were 'noble' (for whatever definition you want that to be) but a moral stance does not vindicate all actions. What Pewdiepie did was inexcusable, but that does not mean that you should necessarily support or condone the actions taken in response to it. Morality does not trounce accountability, and Campo Santo have abused the DMCA - there was no DMCA-actionable violation before this event, the video they took objection to was not endorsing nor criticising Firewatch neither was it anything connected to that game. And yes you could point out that they are legally in the right because of Copyright and so on, but that doesn't detract from the fact that the action Campo Santo chose to make was a shitty one.

    One should be choose wisely when it comes to the hill you want to die on.
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  • blarty 20/09/2017

    @MrTomFTW
    Like a link to a news story about the DMCA take down pointing to the appropriate date on the histogram.
    I doubt they will though as that would point out to the reason why people are review bombing, such as in this case, abusing the DMCA to make a punitive point - is that more or less likely to make people give a negative score, when they see it? Although it would at least give transparency as to why it is happening.
    Reply +1
  • Firewatch review-bombed following PewDiePie racism incident

  • blarty 19/09/2017

    Anyone remember the days of Games Journalists calling gamers entitled over the Mass Effect 3 ending?

    Ahh the good old days
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  • Editing files in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is now bannable offence

  • blarty 18/09/2017

    @riceNpea This is the problem - the devs have to be quite clear on what is and isn't considered 'gaming the system'.

    Also of interest is, when PUBG actually gets a full release, whether they'll unban the cheats.
    Reply -2
  • blarty 18/09/2017

    @ChrisOTR An excuse possibly, but if the fog post-processing is causing a significant hit to performance, it should be turned off for everyone while it's fixed or differing levels of fog quality presets are added, this is after all still a game in early access. Reply +1
  • blarty 18/09/2017

    So will changing aspect ratio for 21x9 monitors be classed as Unfair Advantage....

    Reply +9
  • Thieves snatch van-full of Total War: Warhammer 2 collector's editions

  • blarty 15/09/2017

    Looks like those Collector Editions .....


    ...... got collected. :cool:
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  • Destiny 2 dev Bungie: we didn't know hate groups appropriated kek meme

  • blarty 15/09/2017

    So.... Bungie had designed some of this stuff before the kek meme became something to complain about....

    Oops.... sorry, it's Eurogamer.... comment sections should not have reasonable suppositions.... I'll course correct:
    "They clearly did it on purpose...."
    And I imagine you do to, otherwise you'd put 'The armour which inadvertently references internet meme kek.'
    Reply -10
  • New Xbox One tech can save hard drive space and cut download times

  • blarty 14/09/2017

    In the case of the latter, this means that game audio or cutscenes in non-relevant languages don't need to be downloaded - Intelligent Delivery could, in theory, install just the assets applicable to your region, with other languages an optional 'on demand' download


    I, for one, cannot wait for Kuben Blisk in Titanfall to be in actual Afrikaans

    Although I doubt they'll be able to match up to BBC World Service's new Pidgin service.....

    As an aside, given SCEE's often lacklustre delivery times due to localisation, this is a good thing for devs and players
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  • Skyrim's Switch release date slated for November

  • blarty 14/09/2017

    But the question remains, will it be better on PS3? Reply -2
  • The Machines may be Apple's most impressive augmented-reality showcase yet

  • blarty 13/09/2017

    4k textures.... on a 458 dpi screen.....

    For fucks sake Apple..... it's all just e-peen waving now.
    Reply +2
  • PewDiePie apologises for racial slur

  • blarty 13/09/2017

    @thepiedpiper You're correct - I neither condone nor defend his actions, but the holier-than-thou attitude (and it's not just in this particular instance) irks me, but it's the hypocrisy that gets on my nerves the most - that when the situation (or more usually, person) suits, the lack of coverage of that situation implies a 'nothing to see here' attitude and then when it's a different person we must cleanse this heretic with a moral certitude forged from the fires of Hell itself.

    The contradictions just get tiresome.
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  • blarty 12/09/2017

    @HangmanSi
    Not even when I told Hulk Hogan I was coming for him.
    Although there was that unfortunate faux pas, when he thought you said 'on' and not 'for', as expected, hilarity ensued.
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  • blarty 12/09/2017

    @thepiedpiper
    Haha Steady on! We're talking about a dude that gone said a racist word. It's not some daft remark. I think it's perfectly acceptable for people to think this is not ok.
    Of course it's acceptable, however the hysteria that gets whipped up when certain people in the industry/wider gamer culture fuck up (and yes it's a colossal fuck up) is ridiculous, when in actual fact... most people will call out his clearly objectionable behaviour and then not watch his videos - you don't give someone like that your time/money/views etc.

    It's the two-faced bullshit superiority mode that gets on my nerves when it comes to passing judgement - depending on who you are in the industry means they'll either attack you or give you a pass.

    So, politely, I don't give two hoots when people are pissing labels left and right hoping something will stick long enough to drag someone down so they can give them the ass kicking they think they so richly deserve, because when push comes to shove, half the time those same people will indulge in the things they condemn as long as they can blissfully explain it as for 'good'
    Reply -2
  • blarty 12/09/2017

    To be fair, if a large congregation of people don't virtually assemble to voice their utter disdain in a beautiful baying timbre that betrays the fact that they think they're 'socially superior' than him whilst hiding that lovely, warm, fuzzy 'feel good' cognitive dissonance that they believe their opinions are important and at the same time they're having that delectable despair and crying inside knowing their opinions are not really that important at all, and, most importantly, if they haven't made sure he's Internet Birched on the morrow whilst tied up to the artificial Twitter Birching Post that still stands to this day atop Outrage Hill, while it's bell rings, and your hands wring, I swear... I'll... I'll... just not watch his videos. Reply -1
  • Battle Royale coming to Fortnite in September

  • blarty 13/09/2017

    Isn't Battle Royale just a larger scale free-for-all, a mode which has been in multiplayer games for.... umm... years Reply +3
  • Apple reveals iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X

  • blarty 12/09/2017


    It is nice they're catching up though
    Reply +6
  • blarty 12/09/2017

    Ł999 Apple iPhoneX Four word Preview - "I'd rather piss nails." Reply +20
  • South Park: The Fractured but Whole's difficulty slider changes the colour of your skin

  • blarty 08/09/2017

    @Octoroc Probably a lot less than those that have heard the term '77 cents on the dollar' a term coined due to the use of a median statistic applied to a dataset comprised of a population numbering in excess of 250 million, across a working life averaging at least 45 years; a dataset that is so clearly evenly distributed that things like flexible hours, early death, incapacity, homelessness, poverty, are just inconsequential so the overuse of a median statistic by a media that thrives on pageviews and advertising or a set of politicians that thrive on you believing the bullshit that they say, couldn't just be sensationalism on any level at all. Reply +2
  • blarty 08/09/2017

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  • blarty 07/09/2017

    People congratulating one point of view of South Park and next week they'll probably be recoiling at horror at the same game when it's a different point of view.

    No matter what your opinions may be, South Park will mercilessly take the piss out of it, and they will never fucking care if you are upset over it, because their comedy starts where your feelings begin.
    Reply +8
  • 4K PS4 Pro update for The Witcher 3 coming in "just a few days"

  • blarty 07/09/2017

    There better be updates soon about Cyberpunk....

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  • 15 years on, Syberia 1 gets Switch release date

  • blarty 06/09/2017

    I know it's 15 years old, but are you sure the Switch will be able to run it? Reply -12