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  • Nintendo NX is powered by Nvidia Tegra technology

  • blarty 26/07/2016

    And the compromise there is clear - a relatively lower level of performance compared to the existing current-gen machines.
    Déjà vu to the Wii U?
    Reply +18
  • No Man's Sky has been delayed three days on PC

  • blarty 26/07/2016

    Hey EG, just how many times do you need to shoe horn the superformula article into any other article about No Man's Sky? Reply +39
  • Why No Man's Sky fans are worried about a patented Superformula

  • blarty 25/07/2016

    @Number1Laing Sorry, after reading the actual article in the New Yorker, you are correct - he does speak about Gielis and his research - my bad.

    So I would think the actual relevant paragraph is actually this:

    The problem nagged at him, until he found an equation, published in 2003 by a Belgian plant geneticist named Johan Gielis. The simple equation can describe a large number of natural forms—the contours of diatoms, starfish, spiderwebs, shells, snowflakes, crystals. Even Gielis was amazed at the range when he plugged it into modelling software. “All these beautiful shapes came rolling out,” he told Nature. “It seemed too good to be true—I spent two years thinking, What did I do wrong? and How come no one else has discovered it?” Gielis called his equation the Superformula.
    - New Yorker

    However, what needs to be decided is whether the implementation is only the SuperFormula or a derivative thereof..... and that's where it gets tricky.
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  • blarty 25/07/2016

    How are they patent trolls, if they invented the formula and also use it to make a profit in their day to day business?
    They invented A formula - without any kind of cross referencing at the code level there is no way to be sure that Hello Games created an implementation of their formula - until that is actually shown to be the case, this is only an allegation, and similar allegations of infringement come out of so-called Patent Trolls, without facts being established first.

    This is a far cry from having sitting on something totally obscure and never actually using it.
    The farcical assumption is that formulae for doing this kind of thing are so small in number that in no possible way could Hello Games not have created their own formula (or even used a different one), so their formula have been created, at least in part, by Gielis - thus any implementation of 'this sort of thing' must be derived from Gielis' work.

    I'd prefer to wait until actual facts are established, because I highly doubt that Gielis or anyone at Genicap for that matter has their hands on the actual source code to the procedural engine inside No Man's Sky.
    Reply +3
  • blarty 25/07/2016

    If only people could sue for every formula that produces the answer '42', Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy would never have been written. Reply +2
  • There's an Elite: Dangerous rock opera at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

  • blarty 25/07/2016

    Promos tease what it will look and sound like
    If being at the Ed Fringe is any indicator, I'm guessing it will be in the key of Pretentious ♭ Major
    Reply +1
  • Watch: This is the Police is fun, but ill-judged

  • blarty 24/07/2016

    Humanity itself is often tone deaf, heard without context and offensive. Many jokes are taken offense to.

    Calls for realism or realistic depictions of scenarios are not just calls for what you want in the world, it also means the dregs are dragged along with it, otherwise it wouldn't be realistic, just looking at the world through utopian glasses.

    Yes the game may well be tonally and probably morally grey, but do you expect everyone you come into contact with in real life to use the same language as you, explain themselves to you, display their morality to you?

    The world is a shitty place, pretending it's not and getting 'troubled and concerned' when you're faced with it, doesn't actually help. It is an unfortunate reflection of reality that sometimes it really is quite awful and sweeping it under the carpet, or tacit ignorance through blending it out of 'your world view', and complaining 'Urgh! Gross!' whenever you're faced with it, merely pushes these things underground where they fester and grow into something worse - by bringing them out, and actually talking about the issues (not the genetic makeup or lifestyle choices of the people arguing [note how many people that can refer to!]) then society becomes less separatist in nature.
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  • Can too much choice be a bad thing?

  • blarty 23/07/2016

    Click the same door 100 times very quickly - what's the payoff?

    You're out of this stupid fucking experiment a lot quicker, and pissing off researchers who think they know better than everyone - what I like to call a 'Win-Win scenario'
    Reply -6
  • Spec Analysis: Nvidia's next-gen Titan X

  • blarty 22/07/2016

    I'm good for now with my x2 but I'll certainly be keeping an eye out for 1080Ti and certainly the inevitable 11 series over then next year or so, as when I upgrade I'll be definitely looking for 4k performance at least 40% higher than my x2 can currently provide (probably rock solid 4k60 with at least 2xAA without advanced effects taking a massive chomp out of framerates) at a reasonable price point (ideally sub-£500) even if it means waiting for a 1170 / 1270 Reply +1
  • 3DMark's DX12 bench analysed: GTX 1060 vs RX 480

  • blarty 22/07/2016

    Bizarrely, there is something to be said for under clocking your GPU, especially with hard temperature limit cards. If I run my card under any of the 3DMark stress tests at stock clocks it will always fail as it pushes the card to it's thermal limits (75 degrees) and the card throttles the GPU clock, but pulling back on the max clocks just a little will give me at least 98.5 system stability every time. Reply 0
  • blarty 21/07/2016

    My 6700k & R9 295x2 gets a score of 6992 (7528/4982) at the base 1440p.

    Important to note that the basic (non-paid) version of this benchmark is not 1080p like most of the other DX11 ones - it's 2560x1440 resolution, so the numbers presented above may differ wildly from your own.
    Reply +11
  • Xbox console sales down as Xbox One S and Scorpio loom

  • blarty 20/07/2016

    @antmusic97 But you know how it would turn out otherwise, if MS had announced the S, then let it release in August and went on to announce Scorpio at, say, TGS, later in the year - people would be livid about it, saying that MS is ripping off it's customers by doing a refresh in the S and only months later announcing a far more powerful console. Remember how many people were pissed off when the first price cut for the XB1 arrived so soon after initial release? The reaction would be 10x worse than that

    By announcing both the S and Scorpio at the same time, everyone knows what the score is and MS can go about it's business of getting Scorpio out next year, otherwise the backlash would've been horrific, or they'd have to wait on Scorpio for probably another year.

    Being upfront about it in one go is the only way to do it without pissing your customer base off entirely, even if it means a bit of slowdown in sales.

    Plus MS will no doubt be getting better prices on the manufacturing and distribution side with the S.
    Reply +21
  • blarty 20/07/2016

    @Dizzy Those buying an Xbox One second hand won't count in sales figures? Reply +7
  • blarty 20/07/2016

    I like the look of the Xbox One S, and have the right kind of TV to get the most out of it, but the Scorpio seems a better idea, although with no price point and no real idea of whether or not there will be key differences between games on Scorpio and Xbox One S (i.e. texture quality, etc), I'm going to hang fire until more is known. Reply +3
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 review

  • blarty 19/07/2016

    In terms of value when judged alongside other Nvidia products, the GTX 1060 offers a good deal/
    But no SLI support which significantly lowers it's value proposition alongside the 1070, of course that could just be on purpose while they get round to releasing a 1060Ti with a little bit more juice and SLI support, which I really, really wouldn't put past Nvidia.

    the unfortunate reality is that the recent collapse of the pound's value has had a big impact on Nvidia's vulture-like propensity to raid your wallet as much as possible

    If the Pound does recover do you really think Nvidia will lower it's UK RRP?
    Reply +7
  • Looks like Spotify won't arrive on Xbox One with background music

  • blarty 18/07/2016

    It'll be exclusive because Sony dropped it's Music Unlimited service and replaced it with Spotify.

    With regards to Apple and Google getting a cut of subscription fees from Spotify - fuck off, they have no need to use Apple or Google's payment infrastructure, and whether it's using Wifi or 4G - I'm already paying for that service, why on earth should Spotify give part of my subscription (that I pay for) to Apple or Google in order for their app to use the base operating system of a phone I'm also paying for.

    The 30% cut for all IAPs in mobile devices is price gouging of the highest order.
    Reply +1
  • Xbox One S 2TB launch date 2nd August

  • blarty 18/07/2016

    It almost seems fate, just days after a nice 55in 4k HDR TV arrived at my door.... Reply +5
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming Z review: Living the 4K dream?

  • blarty 17/07/2016

    Nice comments about Brexit, almost conveniently sidestepping the fact that Nvidia have been a bunch of robbing arseholes for years.

    Reply +34
  • 10 more titles headed to EA Origin Access this summer

  • blarty 13/07/2016

    There needs to be a more varied number of price plans if this was similar to the £20 a year version that's on Xbox, I'd be more inclined to sign up Reply +1
  • Red Dead Redemption launched via Xbox One back compatibility with most DLC free

  • blarty 08/07/2016

    I had RDR on PS3 first time around - bought the Base game earlier in the week, and will be getting the Undead Nightmare later on.... loved it, and now get to play it all again on XBO - wonderful.

    Had a quick go on it earlier via Game Streaming and it was pretty solid.
    Reply +2
  • You can vote for who ends up on the cover of FIFA 17

  • blarty 06/07/2016

    @FogHeart or Jumpers for goalposts? Reply 0
  • blarty 06/07/2016

    @riceNpea In all honesty, if they just had a picture of Gylfi Sigurdsson with 'FIFA is coming' on it in GOT writing.... that's all they'd need tbh Reply +1
  • blarty 06/07/2016

    @enfilade Or his Arch-Nemesis - Bally McFootFace? Reply +6
  • blarty 06/07/2016

    How about just a picture of all the Iceland fans clapping and shouting 'Ooooooo'? Reply +43
  • Fallout 4's Codsworth just got over 300 new player names to say

  • blarty 06/07/2016

    Quite a few pop culture names in there.... for those that want to cross the fandom streams Reply +2
  • Have a look at the unfinished Call of Duty set in the Roman Empire

  • blarty 06/07/2016

    RAMIREZIMUS! Reply +11
  • CS:GO gambling sites can be "rigged" for YouTuber promotion, streamer reveals

  • blarty 05/07/2016

    I sell all my CS:GO boxes through the Steam Market.
    I'm not honestly bothered that much with CS.
    Reply 0
  • Can AMD's new strategy restore its fortunes?

  • blarty 03/07/2016

    The issue with Nvidia is the amount of rubbish that is spouted about them - only now 2 years later is the R9 295x2 being pushed by Nvidia's offerings and I got the x2 more than a year ago for far less than the cost of a 980ti. And I've been gaming at 4K for over 12 months.

    Every DF comparison that's been done with graphics cards at least over the past 12 months (at least) has conveniently ignored that the x2, irrespective of its dual GPU status, has been the highest performance single slot card since its release.

    What AMD knows is that most gamers still play at 1080p and that the overall performance difference between it and the more expensive Nvidia cards will mostly go unused, meaning you're paying over the odds for extra headroom most gamers won't see any benefit from bar reduced TDP.

    I know if I dropped some cash on 2 480s it will at least rival my 295x2 for around about £400, whereas a single 1080 will cost the best part of £650
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  • BioShock: The Collection finally announced

  • blarty 30/06/2016

    @jamster126 I'm crying about there being no multiplayer - I think that deserves a 'citation needed' Reply +1
  • blarty 30/06/2016

    @jamster126 To be fair, Multiplayer was also widely regarded as pointless in Mass Effect 3 but for many was a solid, stand out addition. Reply +4
  • blarty 30/06/2016

    Wonderful I will enjoy travelling the corridors of Rapture again. Reply +4
  • Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens review

  • blarty 30/06/2016

    To be authentic, and segue with the film nicely, the game really needs to have half it's story missing. Reply 0
  • You can play as JJ Abrams in Lego Star Wars: Force Awakens

  • blarty 29/06/2016

    The Force Awakens is a travesty bordering on a charade, if I'm honest, in a film series, in which a core tenet of the universe is space magic, if you continually go 'How the fuck can that happen?!' with no reasonable explanation, including said space magic then there's something seriously wrong.

    There is so much context missing, that instead of adding narrative exposition to allow the story and particularly the characters to be coherent, JJ decided to do a 'Lost' and fill it with pointless bullshit, 'rehashed-but-new!' story, characters and locations (Oh look, another sand planet!) from the previous films.

    Plus he killed off Ming the Merciless in the first 10 minutes, and did not dispatch War Rocket Ajax to bring back his body. That shall not stand.
    Reply -1
  • 65daysofstatic are touring the No Man's Sky soundtrack

  • blarty 27/06/2016

    @grassyknoll Yes well the idea of EU courts is one of the main reasons why I voted Remain, and although not strictly a part of this referendum, you can see Darth May rubbing her hands over seeing a chance to get rid of the ECHR.

    One point I would make is, if the Remain camp is so intent in screaming that Leave is entrenched in racism, xenophobia, represents those of a low intellect & a lack of education and that those over a certain age shouldn't vote, to the point of tarring 17 million people 'xenophobes' and 'uneducated' perhaps some of these 'enlightened' individuals should look in a mirror next time they go searching for their next bigot to lynch.
    Reply +2
  • blarty 27/06/2016

    Businesses are in ruin, interest rates are going to spiral out of control, unemployment will increase in their millions, as now will crime and the NHS will no doubt be privatised.
    Before we get into this, I voted to Remain, just so we're clear.

    Businesses are not 'in ruin' they are adjusting as all will be, there will be concern until official advice is provided by the treasury, the BoE and the CBI. Unemployment will increase in their millions - really? Do you have a sound basis for that? Because whilst predicting that the pound will fall because of uncertainty is like predicting the sun will rise tomorrow morning, all other things aren't quite so clear cut.

    Crime rising I presume because of poverty, eh? Well we already have areas of this country that are in abject poverty such as Merthyr Tydfil, known for being one of the most deprived areas of the UK in terms of job opportunities and has a huge number of people on benefits - did they vote Leave so they could just go on a crime spree for shits and giggles? Or the steel workers out of work because of the Tata sell-off? No you might say well that's not an EU thing, or it's a private matter in terms of corporations, and you'd be right, but given that the EU was built first and foremost on economic intergration, I would not for one second blame any of these people for wondering what benefit the EU brings to their table.

    The NHS will no doubt be privatised - as it would likely happen if we stayed in the EU because of TTIP; no matter how much the EU Commission tries to protect health services, that is absolutely a sticking point on TTIP which means somebody, somewhere wants it.

    Personally, I think it's a bloody nightmare, but it's not the fucking end of the world...... yet.
    Reply +1
  • blarty 27/06/2016

    Yay more politics.... and kids whining about old people... who had a similar referendum 41 years ago, and actually know more about living under the EEC and the EU than they do....

    Anyhow, drifting off topic, can't wait for the new 65days album.
    Reply -12
  • Are 4K visuals really the best use for Project Scorpio and PlayStation Neo?

  • blarty 18/06/2016

    The problem with 4k - is once you start playing at that resolution, it's very obvious, to the point of visually jarring, when going back to 1080p.
    Where possible I'll play at 4k, if not 1440p and, on my other monitor, 2560x1080 for a more cinematic ratio.
    Reply -1
  • These are the first Xbox Play Anywhere games

  • blarty 17/06/2016

    There's an Xbox Play Anywhere FAQ but it doesn't add anything noteworthy enough to put down here.
    Like the fact it's only on digital purchases, and if you buy on disc you get fuck all?
    Reply -1
  • How does the Skyrim remaster compare to the maxed out PC original?

  • blarty 15/06/2016

    @Vinsta Yeah it appears when making a mod, which is important since the Special Edition adds mods to console, but it's pretty much anytime any mod changes the appearance of any existing character, and it's really obvious - there is a workaround in the CreationKit, but it's a major pain in the arse Reply 0
  • blarty 14/06/2016

    As long as they fix the grey face bug, then the PC version will be good whichever way they spin it. Reply 0
  • blarty 14/06/2016

    I wonder if, just perhaps, the PC version will mark just a tiny change, you know, like, perhaps from DX9 to DX11/12? Reply -1
  • Project Scorpio won't have any exclusives

  • blarty 14/06/2016

    @higganos I dunno, there was a lot of promises about third party support etc with the WiiU, after lacklustre support on the Wii... and publishers stayed little more than a year on the WiiU, because it appeared, on the surface at least, to pan out exactly as before.

    And if third party publishers aren't getting support, it'll be equally as bad, if not worse, for indie developers.
    Reply 0
  • blarty 14/06/2016

    @rolands You do realise how much power it would take to run a game at Ultra at 4k and 60 fps (the wonderful Holy trinity - Image Quality, Resolution and Framerate) and also what kind of CPU that would have to feed it, and the amount of heat that would be generated and need to be dissipated.

    And even if they say that Ultra will only work at 1080p on the Scorpio, the expectation will be Ultra@4k/60, because a 4k upscale of low res textures looks a bit crap to be honest.
    Reply +2
  • blarty 14/06/2016

    In the meantime, I'm enjoying Witcher 3 at near enough 50fps at 4k.... today... on a card released two years ago..... yet I'll still end up buying a Scorpio, a Neo, and an NX.....

    Such is life.

    Might need to get a 4k TV though.... although I'd hope they also add Displayport to these consoles, given that it's royalty free and pretty much on most skylake motherboards as well.
    Reply +4
  • blarty 14/06/2016

    The thing you have to bear in mind with the Xbox Play Anywhere initiative is that to get both Xbox and Windows 10 - it's via digital purchases only. Reply +1
  • blarty 14/06/2016

    Also what's with the 'HDR' they kept talking about with the S model.... is it intended to be a transitional model?
    Edit: Nevermind - sounds like they're making a marketing play out of adding a HDR filter for games and video
    Reply -4
  • Nintendo confirms there is no female Link in Breath of the Wild

  • blarty 14/06/2016

    And 3....2....1....

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  • Spec Analysis: Xbox Project Scorpio

  • blarty 14/06/2016

    We're doing Spec Analysis of corporate hyperbole now?

    What a time to be alive!
    Reply +1
  • PlayStation E3 conference report: No Neo, no mic drop, but games to spare

  • blarty 14/06/2016

    Quite simply, whilst MS needed the boost, and thus revealed both the S and teased the Scorpio, the likelihood is they've scuppered a fair amount of their hardware sales between now and the release of the Scorpio, a console that touts VR highly, yet has no headset, likely meaning a deal with Oculus. Anyone with an ear to the E3 News and owning a PS4 and not an Xbox One, is unlikely to add XB1 now with the Scorpio not far away.

    Sony by not showing the Neo or even particularly confirming any specs, could well just push their PS Neo upgrade further than they've said so far. As long as they focus on games then the more time passes, it makes a bigger dilemma to either swap platforms or put money down on dual console.
    Reply -4
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda's protagonist name finally confirmed

  • blarty 14/06/2016

    In the context of Femshep, and given that the chosen 'canon' protagonist of this sequence is female, do we now have to endure years of snarky comments from people stating that only gamers who play 'DudeRyder' are 'playing it right', this time? Reply -1