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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....



    Reply +10
  • 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
    Reply +1
  • 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....
    Reply +1
  • 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.
    Reply +1
  • 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!
    Reply +1
  • 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 +15
  • 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.
    Reply +22
  • 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 -25
  • Batman Arkham Origins multiplayer will shut down

  • blarty 17/11/2016

    Arkham Oranges?
    The man from Del Monte, he says 'Meh'
    Reply +5
  • 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.
    Reply +3
  • blarty 16/11/2016

    @GeminiLXIII SSEEdit and the 'Merge Plugins' script works wonders Reply 0
  • blarty 16/11/2016

    There is something to think about here though - when Scorpio is released do you really think MS will allow framerate parity to hobble games on the Scorpio? Even the fact that you have a 4k screen means you're able to resolve more detail, essentially allowing you to 'see' better in game anyway, giving you a slight advantage.

    PC gamers know better than most; no playing field has ever been level.

    What Sony is trying to achieve is an absolute pipe-dream - you can get close, but there will always be some asshole who has better ping or more reliable connection, is closer to the host or datacenter, has host advantage, or, as has been known for years, gamed the system to get unnecessary lag compensation, has a killcam that sees them killing someone with a shot to the leg that's actually firing behind them, etc. CoD and Battlefield have for years had problems with bullet spongers and magic bullets.

    Everyone has a story where you know you come up against a team from a particular country and they're superheroes in particular games, with Uncharted 2 it was players from Brazil, for Modern Warfare 2 (I think) it was players from France, even just banding together as a team from the same country meant you had a far better chance of one of your own getting host and thus, as a team getting a boost to your host/client connections just simply because of shorter distances.

    Next to that, a few more FPS is utterly irrelevant. I mean even just a little bit of texture streaming is going to mess up your framerate next to the person shooting you. An extra 16.65ms is near inconsequential in multiplayer next to input lag, and network lag.... Framerate has always been variable but Lag. Lag never changes.
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  • blarty 16/11/2016

    @MonkeyMagik
    Surely my frame rate will dip and his will not? So even on the same platform we don't get the same FPS. So why is this now an issue ?
    It's the same with lag, so even outside of pure framerate, anyone who thinks that multiplayer has ever been a level playing field is deluding themselves.
    Reply +7
  • blarty 16/11/2016

    I understand that Sony have these guidelines (or requirements, depending how strict you think they should be to them) but if Battlefield 1 mandated a 30 or even 60fps lock on PC, in order to keep the experience the same for all, or not 'divide the community', PC gamers would be apoplectic about it.

    It's a great idea in theory but a bit ridiculous in practice.
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  • blarty 15/11/2016

    But, but... they've said that games are performing worse on PS4 pro.

    What am I meant to believe? That we're in some crazy, tripped out upside down world.....

    I mean I'm so confused, what with this being the first group of games targeting the new hardware, it's almost as if people kind of want a situation where we don't deliver the earth day one, I mean that's so unfair, because I really, really, REALLY, want the earth day one, and I'll stamp my feet if I don't get it.

    Oh and don't worry about Bethesda having slower frame rates, because it has to be the PS4 Pro that's the problem, I mean it's not as if Skyrim Special Edition has been released with a metric KiloJub of bugs, for a game remastered from one 5 years ago or anything.

    I just yearn for simpler times, for when Jet Set Willy was bugged to hell and back and it was considered a quaint feature that it could never be completed.
    Reply +6
  • 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.
    Reply +9
  • Ubisoft execs deny insider trading accusations

  • blarty 16/11/2016

    Hmmm.... whats the betting that Vivendi have a hand in this? Reply 0
  • The Elder Scrolls Online is free to play tomorrow through Sunday

  • blarty 16/11/2016

    I still enjoy this game, haven't tried it in 4k on the Pro yet, been busy with Titanfall 2 and Skyrim. It's a significant step up from what it was on first release, things like One Tamriel update allowing Craglorn to be taken on as a single player without requiring groups and the whole world dropping it's level requirements from the areas are a good idea, allowing players more freedom to do what they want. Reply 0
  • Why are some PS4 Pro titles running slower than base hardware?

  • blarty 15/11/2016

    The best thing here is to offer a range of options. Allow people to prioritise certain aspects over others, it is after all the point of why PC games have so many option sliders. In Skyrim, there may well be compromises I'm happy to make to keep it at 4k and rock solid 30fps. Or I really want a 1080p res but supersampled from 1440p, not 4k, etc. Allow us to turn of AA or Ambient Occlusion or reduce our shadow/lighting options to tease out better framerates in other words give us the tools that PC owners have had in game for years and years - let me decide for myself.

    And all pro enabled games should have, at a minimum, a 1080p at rocksolid 60fps option.
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  • blarty 15/11/2016

    @sizu_sizu is the multiplayer actually fixed then, because I presume she n terms of fix priority that would be well above PS4 pro fixes Reply 0
  • blarty 15/11/2016

    The thing is doesn't this come down to the same answer as the Xbox one being resolution limited to the standard PS4 on release - who will actually notice when they're immersed in the game? I've been playing Skyrim, Titanfall 2 CoD:MW remastered and Infamous First Light and not noticed any jarring slowdowns in frame rate on PS4 pro..... yet.

    Of course if these slowdowns are sufficient to break immersion then they shouldn't be being certified by Sony.

    And to be honest, by the sounds of it, Watch Dogs 2 being a bit slow on PS4 pro sounds like the least of its problems
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  • blarty 11/11/2016

    It's almost as if every console release in the last 15 years has gone absolutely swimmingly..... Reply +3
  • Mass Effect Andromeda's new kett race were clothed to avoid "really odd disconnect" of talking with naked aliens

  • blarty 15/11/2016

    Pfft.... Bioware and their internalised Xenomorphobia Reply +8
  • Watch Sony's fancy pants PS4 advert

  • blarty 14/11/2016

    Okay....

    There's an Atlas Poster from Bioshock
    the Strange Relic from Uncharted/Jak and Daxter
    I'm sure there's a couple of skyrim references in there
    Apple of Eden
    Assassin's Creed banners in the feasting hall
    Nomad from Mass Effect Andromeda
    Catweagle from Last Guardian,
    some Mech thing that could be from Titanfall,
    And.....I think the space attack craft from COD Infinite Warfare
    Reply +3
  • Mass Effect Andromeda: story, gameplay, planned release date and everything we know

  • blarty 13/11/2016

    Mass Effect Andromeda: story, gameplay, planned release date and everything we know
    There's a mistake there - you've put 'gameplay' in there.
    Reply +9
  • The importance of games in difficult times

  • blarty 12/11/2016

    Even now people don't understand why the orange imbecile won. He won because of the left's pride and hubris, the fact they thought they could put a candidate as deeply politically flawed as Clinton in the White House playing on a single card that the left loved; she's a woman. They stabbed Sanders in the back even though he may have been polarising he had far less skeletons and scandals in his cupboard than Clinton did.

    You talk about empathy whilst ignoring the fact that politicians, the media that cheerleads for them and the rich donors that fund them doesn't give two shits about the working class in middle America that worry about whether their jobs are safe or whether they'll be able to afford their health plans in a years time.

    Backslapping the likes of Joss Whedon and his millions per film earning celebrities telling people how to vote, because godammit isn't the fact that the American in Virginia who's just lost his job has the same voting power as Robert Downey Jr just so darn inconvenient to you. Calling millions, yes millions of people racist or xenophobic or homophobic because they just happened to have disagreed with you is just the way to go isn't it - seems to have worked a great job so far. The same people of course that you want to pack middle America cinemas to make the next film these arrogant celebrities star in and direct a success, of course.

    No of course the left could never have had a hand in this clusterfuck

    Reply +11
  • PlayStation wants you to name its new bear

  • blarty 11/11/2016

    Jeff or Dave Reply +1
  • The big list of PS4 Pro-enhanced launch games

  • blarty 10/11/2016

    It would be nice, if you could indicate when the support was added.

    Cheers
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  • Skyrim Special Edition patch causing game crashes on PC, PS4, Xbox one

  • blarty 10/11/2016

    @IronSoldier I've found ReShade to be far less taxing on the GPU than ENB, of course it depends on the ENB profile, but I find using ReShade only to be preferable to ENB only Reply +1
  • Skyrim on PS4 Pro runs at native 4K - but there's a catch

  • blarty 10/11/2016

    @Fourfoldroot Or take out TAA at 4k pixel density, it's effect is minimal and you keep 4k native. Reply +3
  • blarty 10/11/2016

    I play Skyrim SE @ 4k on my PC at 30 fps, the fact that the PS4 Pro can get there or thereabouts whilst flawed shouldn't be considered a complete failure. I'll have to see what the snow effects/shaders do to framerate though, my current PC run is currently in Winterhold, but even with VSync off it hovers around (30-35 fps)

    Hopefully HDR and a little tweaking of options will allow players to choose what they want (an upgraded IQ but 1080p, none-downscaled verion (or downscaled from 1440p should be definitely on the cards)
    Reply +3
  • Watch: Some things you'll want to know before playing Overwatch's Sombra

  • blarty 08/11/2016

    @Bratterz I think the 'N' things format has just become tired in general (due in no small part to the buzzfeeds and mashables of this world), but I suppose it is difficult to frame a list in new ways. Reply +3
  • blarty 08/11/2016

    Watch: 30 things you might not know about playing Overwatch's Sombra
    You'll never believe number 14!

    Be careful the buzzfeedification doesn't take hold
    Reply +3
  • Mass Effect Andromeda ditches character classes, but lets you respec

  • blarty 08/11/2016

    Mass Effect Andromeda
    - NEEDS MORE ELFROOT
    Reply +2
  • Robinson: The Journey review

  • blarty 08/11/2016

    Robinson: The Journey is as hollow as it is spectacular, and only ever makes small steps away from its tech demo origins.
    Sounds like Ryse:Son of Rome, or what's colloquially known as 'Another Crytek Game then'
    Reply +11
  • Mass Effect Andromeda $199 Collector's Edition includes remote control Mako

  • blarty 08/11/2016

    @rotmm
    But the desire to blame it on Game profiteering rather than it just being a stupidly high price for a piece of tat isn't fair.
    The problem is Game has a long history of doing this kind of thing.... from raising the base price of collector's editions from 59.99 to 69.99 and beyond to things like Halo 5: Collector's Edition being sold for 117, simply because Master Chief's number is 117.

    Game has lost a tremendous amount of goodwill from gamers over the years as they price gouge through their UK exclusivity deals.
    Reply +1
  • blarty 08/11/2016

    @robthehermit The thing is Mass Effect Andromeda is a game, who on earth thought that a Collector's Edition of a game, shouldn't include the actual game. It's disingenuous marketing.... and $200 dollars as well. Reply 0