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  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild download fills almost half Nintendo Switch internal storage

  • blarty 16/01/2017

    Too many people excusing what is quite frankly a series of shambolic design decisions particularly when viewed alongside the price points of both the console and the accessories.

    32 Gb of internal storage was not enough on the Wii U premium edition - how can anyone seriously think that it's 'not an issue' on the Switch? It's all well and good pointing to the more portable nature of the unit as a reason not to have a hard drive (i.e. cheap voluminous storage) but it doesn't get away from the fact that 32 Gb is woefully small, as external SD cards will introduce yet another bottleneck.
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  • Nintendo Switch's bundled Joy-Con grip doesn't charge controllers

  • blarty 16/01/2017

    Never. Not Once. Reply 0
  • Nintendo confirms Switch launch lineup of games

  • blarty 13/01/2017

    Sounds like they're trying not to shock the market that much by keeping to the same kind of release pace that the WiiU has had for the last couple of years Reply +3
  • Xbox One controllers now have two more colourful options

  • blarty 11/01/2017

    I'd rather have Scalebound to be honest..... Reply -8
  • Amazon's Echo gadget has a Mass Effect Easter egg

  • blarty 11/01/2017

    Does it also turn Green, Red or Blue, without really providing any meaningful difference between the three? Reply +1
  • New year's resolution: Let's stop screaming

  • blarty 08/01/2017

    @JiveHound Maybe I didn't explain it - you had UC3 a game that was ripped apart because of it's linearity and repetition, and then Forza 4 that got a higher score even though it's entire premise is pretty much linearity and repetition,
    I didn't say Forza 4 was praised for it, I just found the dichotomy ironic.
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  • blarty 08/01/2017

    The problem is when you get bad actors or 'screamers' on multiple sides but decide only to call out those on a particular side. Just because you agree with the premise of something that someone is saying, does not mean you have to agree with the way in which it is said.

    I can agree with someone's principles and reasons but find their actions abhorrent - I see this a lot on Twitter - I can absolutely understand where they're coming from, but the arrogance (and often intolerance) and egregious arseholery of their interactions makes them come across as a collossal dickweasel of the highest order.

    There is a lot of 'screaming' going around, and there's a metric fuckton of judgemental idiots making snap decisions about certain games, the people who create the games and the people who play those certain games, and it's all awful - devoid of nuance, defective in debate, deficient of reason - a digital petrol fire where both sides don't realise that they're just as on fire as the people they're fighting..... but there will always be certain arsebiscuits in and around the industry or who have the enigmatic 'blue tick' on twitter that you won't call out.

    If you want the industry and gaming culture to do better, which I think everyone wants to see, then all people have to get their houses in order, not just the people you disagree with on some ideological level.
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  • blarty 08/01/2017

    @peterfll Yes I also remember the UC3 review made repeated references to linearity and repetition, yet Forza 4 reviewed less than a month earlier was praised, even though it's entire premise is linearity and repetition, Different game genre and reviewer of course, but still it was amusing to see one game lambasted for things whilst another game was praised, even though it had those things in abundance. Reply +6
  • blarty 08/01/2017

    Part of the problem is the salesman mentality, which as most people will know is endemic throughout many industries, not just video games - the guy trying to close the sale will commit to a feature set or a delivery date with absolutely no concern for whether what they've just promised is even feasible nevermind achievable within these new 'promised land' constraints.

    Stop promising things that you have not even started on.
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  • Microsoft's 2017: momentum at last, and a golden opportunity

  • blarty 06/01/2017

    @muro Yes Play Anywhere is making traction, although the reliance of buying from the Store does mean it's not entirely 'free' as the Digital Store prices of games are often higher than disk version (and if you have multiple people in the house with XB1s then you lose the ability to all play a single purchase).

    Backwards Compat is the big one in my opinion, and although the 4k UHD drive is interesting, as only yesterday it was announced that streaming has overtaken DVD sales.

    Although if you're only going to have one console and you prefer your viewing media on disk, then there's really only one option currently.

    For me, having the PS4 Pro (and I'll be getting the Scorpio) only having one console with UHD playback is fine by me.
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  • blarty 06/01/2017

    Scorpio's biggest obstacle will be a combination of being held to single releases across XB1 and Scorpio and price - price it too high and if MS don't have Scorpio exclusives to really push the machine, they'll be stuck with mostly XB1 disadvantages, and gamers will not see the the full capabilities of the machine - set the price too low and MS will be stuck with a loss leading machine needing gamers to buy a larger number of games to break even, and if those games are XB1 as well, they won't get away with adding a fiver on the RRP.

    I think that Scorpio will end up in special day 1 upgrade patches becoming the norm, in order to get the fullest out of the machine, because quite frankly muddied textures and effects at 1080p, will just result in muddied textures and effects at 4k unless the quality of the assets is greatly enhanced - will this mean all textures are Scorpio level and then downsampled at install for XB1, I guess we'll find out soon enough

    Looking forward to it, it'll go well alongside my PS4 Pro and my 4k gaming rig.

    But for god sake MS, just don't do a PS3 price announcement - $599/599 will not work - saying it's a premium console is one thing, expecting people to pay a premium price is entirely another.
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  • Mass Effect Andromeda release date finally confirmed for March

  • blarty 05/01/2017

    I had thought Peebee was just an in-house name for 'reveal at a later date' purposes, although now I'm feeling that it's going to just be short for 'PeeBee Herman'.

    The ability to switch classes on the fly, removes one of the good things about ME1-3 - choosing a different class, will alter your general go-to squad members, which meant that your play throughs were always different, with different sections become more or less harder dependent upon your chosen, written-in-stone class choice - now Bioware seems to have ditched that RPG staple as well.

    :rolleyes:
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  • blarty 04/01/2017

    Not feeling any anticipation for Mass Effect this time around, just a large helping of 'Meh' for a game that's conveniently done a '600 years in the future, so it's more a less a full retcon, but we get away with not admitting it' Bioware sideswipe that they also did with SWTOR. Reply -2
  • HDMI 2.1 spec adds 8K/10K video, dynamic HDR and variable refresh

  • blarty 05/01/2017

    Oh no! Adding variable frame rate management as a standard across the board, baked as it will be into the HDMI specification, will mean Nvidia will have to find something else to justify gouging our wallets. Reply +6
  • Eurogamer readers' top 50 games of 2016

  • blarty 01/01/2017

    Thank every deity of the past, present and future, that Overwatch didn't win. Reply 0
  • 2016: A year in review

  • blarty 28/12/2016

    PSVRs biggest problem is meeting demand - you haven't been able to get one since the first week it was on sale Reply +19
  • Crytek breaks silence, closes multiple studios

  • blarty 24/12/2016

    Oops.....

    http://www.gamespot.com/articles/star-citizen-switches-game-engines-four-years-into/1100-6446503/

    Merry Christmas indeed.
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  • blarty 20/12/2016

    I hope all who are laid off find new employment quickly, of course, but one line did stand out for me....

    (One studio that's licensed CryEngine - and taken many ex-Crytek staff - is Cloud Imperium Games, maker of Star Citizen.)
    One studio that can't deliver wages on time, being majorly supported by another studio that seemingly can't deliver anything on time; here's a frying pan, and, ooh look, there's a fire.
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  • Let's remember GamesMaster's most infamous incident, broadcast 20 years ago

  • blarty 20/12/2016

    Hmm
    "I'm not a journalist, I'm a marketing manager"
    Yet....

    Two months previously, he says, he had written an article for Computer Trade Weekly magazine about the Nintendo 64.
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  • That's one hell of a Witcher cosplay calendar

  • blarty 20/12/2016

    The guy who does the cosplay also did a giveaway of a handmade Witcher sword, and he turned up to the person's house in full Geralt costume and makeup to present her with it, and it really is worth a quick watch, as to describe it in dumb words really wouldn't do it justice.

    https://www.facebook.com/maulcosplay/videos/1132903340119780/
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  • Nintendo patent hints at VR support for Switch

  • blarty 16/12/2016

    yeeeahhhhhhh......hhmmmmmm


    NO.
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  • Ubisoft patched out the weird Assassin's Creed 2 NPC face that went viral

  • blarty 16/12/2016

    Maybe we should just patch out Polygon instead.....

    ... at least the weird face was mildly entertaining.
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  • We've added a new article recommendation system to Eurogamer

  • blarty 14/12/2016

    You're not too far off what Kotaku were like a few years back - having link after linking in lightweight 'headline' articles to their own articles that give more detail so that they got more of that sweet, sweet, ad revenue and pageviews.

    Beware - don't be Kotaku.
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  • Astroneer looks like the game you may have wanted from No Man's Sky

  • blarty 09/12/2016

    Every new space game for the next 5 years looks like the game you may have wanted from No Man's Sky

    This is the future we have to look forward to.
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  • The Last of Us patch 1.08 for PS4 Pro analysed

  • blarty 06/12/2016

    @Hellotherenow HDMI 2.0 is backwards compatible with HDMI 1.4 and prior. HDR does work on the Standard PS4 for TLoU - I was using it before I got my Pro - it makes for a startling change in the graphics.

    The issue is really what your TV does with a combination of HDCP and turning on HDR (might be called Deep Color, Wide Color Gamut, etc). On the Pro I had to turn off HDCP completely to get my LG TV to play nice with Pro and HDR.
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  • Samsung KS7000 4K TV review

  • blarty 03/12/2016

    You do seem to be pushing this model quite a lot....

    Anyway, I got a LG 55in UH615V in the summer Amazon sales for just over 500, and it's more than adequate, the HDR is a night and day difference.

    Even though apparently its an IPS panel that's 8-bit + FRC, I can still see a huge difference in colour representation and clarity on the Last of Us, to the extent that I would say that HDR is a bigger change than 4k resolution. I am very happy with it, although you do end up taking a risk by not being able to fully see all the capabilities

    The best thing I can say is get down to a shop where they'll allow you to see the content for yourself.
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  • Mass Effect Andromeda developers reassure fans after trailer sparks animation concerns

  • blarty 02/12/2016

    We'll be polishing the game until they take it from our cold, dead hands.
    We'll be polishing the turd until they find it's turned into a diamond.

    If this has been the 'big' gameplay reveal and release date is less than 6 months away..... it really should be better than it was.

    But seriously.... Star Wars: The Clone Wars....



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  • Five minutes of Mass Effect Andromeda gameplay reveals krogan, turian squadmates

  • blarty 02/12/2016

    Why couldn't it just be 'the next generation of RPG' and not Action-RPG?
    Lip syncing is really, really bad, plus it has, during the altercation with the outlaw leader, the art direction of Star Wars:Rebels.

    As the player was fighting the mechs, half of me was expecting a cameo by Handsome Jack and his sharp wit.

    And the welcome return of finding Blood Lotus at the side of a lake.... no it was Lithium.... yes... 'Lithium'

    'Fight for a new Home' -
    - Evict new Races that have done nothing to you from theirs, today!
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  • The man who dared call educational Minecraft a "gimmick"

  • blarty 01/12/2016

    .... and with the prevalence of social media we're better equipped to join the discussion than ever before.
    I've never once felt in the last 12 months that having social media has equipped people to join discussion.... instead it does far more for stifling debate and reinforcing biases than it ever does for rigorous and truly open discussion.
    Reply +6
  • Should games and politics ever mix?

  • blarty 26/11/2016

    I think you can talk about politics, the issue is when that discussion is never really that open. Politics is not merely a discussion about left and right, and lets face it at the moment, for some people of the left persuasion any disagreement on any level with their thinking or views results in them labelling the dissenter 'right wing' - this is perhaps why the left is losing the political centre, whereas a decade or 20 years ago the centre, particularly in the UK, was nearly always left-leaning a little.

    The discussion about politics is actually very nuanced, and many points of view should be allowed to come to the table to be discussed and debated. But many in the left have forgotten what it means to be liberal; to be tolerant, enlightened and open minded, and particularly to see something from another perspective, and, dare I commit something heretical to the current online left... to put aside their own biases (of which the left has just as many as the right) and understand someone's viewpoint.

    The left's greatest strength has always been in it's capacity to discuss, and to debate, but, to it's greatest shame, it can't be assed with that anymore and instead prefers to call people en masse bigoted, uneducated, etc never mind ridiculous assertions of millions of people being xenophobic and racist. Presumably this is easier because a discussion is difficult in 140 characters on twitter and it's just so much more self-aggrandising to throw hate-filled terms around like they're sweets, than it is to talk to someone on the off-chance that your fucked-up generalisation that they're a bigot is misplaced.

    It's why Brexit and Trump happened, hell it's even why Corbyn (even though these events are politically misaligned) got a larger mandate the second time around; Liberals stopped listening about what has happened or what could happen and started dictating what should happen. Stopped asking why people think a particular way, and instead prefers deciding for them - "You voted for Trump? That's because you're a racist". There has been a huge increase in militant rhetoric on both 'sides' of the political aisle, and where exactly has the gotten us?

    Instead politics now is just a game of throwing insults, now that identity politics has taken a hold (particularly in the media) - who ever thought that pigeonholing people based on physical or genetic characteristics, or who they love, and attributing certain values of worth to these pigeonholes (whilst coincidentally, ignoring the experiences of the individual, which is actually key) was a good idea in the 21st century clearly doesn't understand history, never mind has the capacity to know how ridiculous the term 'the right side of history' is.

    Every single time we have attributed arbitrary worth to people because of their skin or their religion it has always ended badly, but I'm sure Identity Politics will get it right this time, yeah?

    Politics is great, if it's even handed and is many shades of grey, particularly when we start talking about centrism and 'of-centre' politics, but before you think that we should put it in games more, perhaps we need to take it out of the nursery school where it's been put for the last 5 or so years. and maybe more of my liberal compatriots will get back to just using 'Us' and not 'Us and Them'.


    I have no issue with politics being in games if it's done right.

    However, I think you would have a problem with politics being in games, if they weren't your particular politics.
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  • Mass Effect Andromeda will leave some familiar alien races behind

  • blarty 25/11/2016

    Mass Effect Andromeda will leave some familiar alien races behind
    Seems a bit 'space racist'

    ....to use EGs own words
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  • Now we know four Mass Effect Andromeda squadmates

  • blarty 24/11/2016

    Liam. Cora. Peebee and Drack alongside Sara and Scott Ryder.

    FFS. It's like 'Saved by The Bell' in space

    For. The. Love. Of. Athame.

    Just end it now....
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  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Legacy Edition - the one that includes Modern Warfare Remastered - down to 50

  • blarty 24/11/2016

    If you're only interested in Modern Warfare Remastered, fifty quid still feels like a lot to pay.
    I dunno about that - I had many, many days of (albeit at times, frustrating) gameplay out of the COD4 multiplayer.
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  • Fallout 4 one year on

  • blarty 24/11/2016

    The issue with the dialogue wasn't necessarily that it was voiced, there are plenty of Skyrim mods where the NPCs speak in subtitles only, but that the conversation from the player was always limited to 4 options, and each of those had a particular context (question,sarcastic, positive and negative response.)

    I still love playing this game, though not as much as New Vegas
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  • So, about that Assassin's Creed Ezio Collection glitch video

  • blarty 24/11/2016

    Polygon?

    Jumping the gun?

    Finding something infrequent and turning it into a generalisation that occurs across a whole spectrum?

    Bullshitting for clicks?

    Hah!

    NEVAH!
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  • Mass Effect Andromeda's new Normandy has no loading screens throughout

  • blarty 22/11/2016

    Gotta say, I'm just not feeling impressed with Mass Effect this time around, maybe it's the feeling it's going to go the same way as Dragon Age: Inquisition. Reply +16
  • Star Citizen FPS Star Marine gameplay demoed ahead of impending arrival

  • blarty 22/11/2016

    ....ahead of impending arrival
    Cool....

    Star Citizen is due to launch in full by the end of 2018.
    Oh.

    No doubt when SC finally arrives it will be just after the apocalypse.
    Star Citizen: 4th Anniversary Livestream
    Fourth anniversary of a game that has not been released. Incredible.
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  • Uncharted 4 co-op mode announced, due next month

  • blarty 22/11/2016

    Is this a free update or will it be as corporate as Naughty Dog's 'The Last of Us' multiplayer offerings where they put skills behind a paywall? Reply 0
  • Watch Dogs 2 launch sales nowhere near Watch Dogs 1

  • blarty 21/11/2016

    Yeah this is horrible turn of events because everything else about the release was more or less the same, same kind of content, etc. it had to at least make the same return.

    Oh. Wait.

    No it wasn't the same kind of release.

    Watch_Dogs was a new IP with a lot of hype surrounding it (that it failed to live up to) that came out early into this console generation when there weren't quite so many titles (post launch window lull).

    And the first game was released in MAY not at the same time as seemingly every other damn title - just before Christmas.

    The past few weeks have seen a number of high-profile sequels fail to hit the high sales watermark of their predecessors. Watch Dogs 2 joins a list of Titanfall 2, Dishonored 2 and even the aforementioned Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
    It's bloody November, you bunch of fools - not everyone can drop 200 on 5 or 6 games the month before Christmas.

    It's like the art of stepping back for a moment, and analysing and appraising all available data went down with the Titanic, in favour of getting articles out as quickly as possible....
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  • Batman: Return to Arkham has stealth PS4 Pro support

  • blarty 20/11/2016

    @George-Roper
    Old games just aren't getting the benefit they should.
    Because old games are more or less ports/remasters of games that were never designed to be scalable on console.

    It's shit, but there you go.
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  • blarty 20/11/2016

    It's not that curious when you consider that the more you optimise, the more you become CPU-bound, if you've got no extra headroom to optimise left over and you upclock the CPU you can only ever have an increase of the relative size of the upclock, of course even if you have headroom to go further, if you don't do any extra optimisation at all, as appears to be the case here, then again your increase will only be by the upclock as well.....it's really not that hard, nor is it in anyway, 'surprising'.

    Combined with the fact that this is an APU rather than a discrete GPU means that hitting the CPU could limit the extra oomph you can get out of the GPU side simply because of the extra heat and the APU starts to near it's thermal limits.

    Original games for the PS4 will have been optimised (or compromised, depending upon your viewpoint) to the original CPU clocks and GPU capabilities of that hardware. It's no surprise that 'flicking the pro switch' will introduce variances that were never originally seen.

    If a developer thinks they have a certain allowance in terms of frame time to complete an action and code to that, and your frame time suddenly increases (remember this is consoles, in the main all games have had exactly the same hardware specs, limitations, and timings in each generation) and those games are optimised and coded to those limits, and then the platform 'goal posts' change then of course it's going to be variable. There is a reason why multi-platform games are often wobbly on release to PC - the sheer variance of each machine, means you can't rely on low level optimisation that depends on never changing clock speeds, IO throughput and GPU capabilities.

    Regardless of whether you think the Pro is a good thing or not, this is, when you take a step back, an unprecedented change in direction for console gaming, one that MS will also have to consider with Scorpio, although I think they have an opportunity to deal with it better due to the hypervisor nature of the Xbox One OS.
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  • Genital Jousting is the new game by the Broforce dev, now on Steam Early Access

  • blarty 17/11/2016

    Cue twitter being mortally offended in 3......2......1 Reply -26
  • Batman Arkham Origins multiplayer will shut down

  • blarty 17/11/2016

    Arkham Oranges?
    The man from Del Monte, he says 'Meh'
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  • blarty 17/11/2016

    I always found the multiplayer a bit pulpy, if I'm honest. Reply +6
  • One of Titanfall 2's nastiest enemies seems really counter-productive

  • blarty 17/11/2016

    The majority of IMC can't climb walls, but the ticks can, so they're designed to flush you out of vertical cover..... especially on the hardest difficulty they're a pain in the backside. But yes they are far to easy to blow up, but a god send when you've no ammo and again you're on the hardest difficulty. Reply +3
  • The 48-hour Elite Dangerous rescue mission to the edge of the galaxy

  • blarty 17/11/2016

    Wonderful Reply +2
  • Xbox 360 games are getting Xbox One boxes

  • blarty 17/11/2016

    But will they go up in price? Reply +5
  • PS4 Pro gives Battlefield 1 gamers a multiplayer advantage

  • blarty 17/11/2016

    @mega-gazz
    The problem with that is exactly what you just said. Players are generally too uninformed to handle balancing visuals and performance themselves.
    No, I don't think that's necessarily the case - console gamers aren't given the options and choices to decide for themselves. Give them the choice to prioritise what they want. FPS or Image Quality and effects, give them two profiles (one for single player, and one for multiplayer), and let them changes things as they go - pointing out which have a positive/negative impact on performance - the PS4 Pro and Scorpio are ideal points to introduce graphics settings (above the ubiquitous 'is the box on the left black?' brightness) into console gaming.
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  • blarty 16/11/2016

    @GeminiLXIII SSEEdit and the 'Merge Plugins' script works wonders Reply 0
  • Time to kill genre?

  • blarty 16/11/2016

    Titanfall 2 is a slow burner game, and certain decisions have made it intentionally so - the fact that to Pro and Regen a weapon actually slows down your general Pilot progress in Multiplayer, and the fact that all maps are to be released for free means that it can be picked up and played fully without splitting the playerbase, at any time.

    Quite simply if you don't pick up Titanfall 2 because you're too busy with Battlefield Something or Call of Duty: Something, Something Warfare, then you really are missing out on a rare treat.
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