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  • 20 years of PlayStation: Japan's war on cliché

  • cawley1 08/12/2014

    As much as this article has depressed me that consoles, games and shops are not what they once were, it has also reminded me that I was SO lucky to live through this period of time and experience it first hand.

    Sad my kids won't ever experience the likes of it, though.
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  • PlayStation TV release date, price and compatible games list confirmed

  • cawley1 22/09/2014

    In fact, the only issue I can see is that I worked out that PSone classics for the PS Vita bought from the European PSN store are the crippled 50hz versions (why?!).

    Gaming nightmare of the 90's comes back to haunt me in 2014...
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  • cawley1 22/09/2014

    Shit... TxK works on it!

    Bye Bye £84.99!
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  • The New 3DS XL unlocks the potential of Nintendo's handheld

  • cawley1 20/09/2014

    I don't get why people moan about upgrading handheld consoles - I'm on my 4th iPhone now, and I don't hold it against Apple that the camera/screen/features in my 3G were not as good as they are in my 5S!

    It's similar to the upgrade in the screen between the Game Boy Advance SP and the original Game Boy Advance 10 years ago, you could argue they 'should' have put the backlight in the first model, but technology and feedback over time make hindsight a wonderful thing.

    I will likely get hold of one of these, as I got the 'Cosmos Black' unit on launch day back in March 2011 - I don't really use the 3D as I find getting the sweet spot a pain in the arse, but maybe this will make it easier to play with it switched on!
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  • Lode Runner creator Douglas E. Smith passes away at 53

  • cawley1 16/09/2014

    Wow, got the Game Boy version only last week and looked him up - now he's passed away.

    RIP Doug...
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  • Nintendo's Amiibo figurines cost £10.99 each in the UK

  • cawley1 05/09/2014

    Hmm, those ones on plastic cocktail sticks look a little fragile, IMO.

    And this is coming from a house with three boys and a load of Disney Infinity - how Jack Skellington has lasted nine months, I'll never know - the boney devil!
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  • Xbox One launches in 28 new countries this month

  • cawley1 03/09/2014

    I just assumed it was already released everywhere, given it's 2014 and all that!

    It's just like the good old days of 16 and 32-Bit all over again!
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  • The Crew won't release on PS3 and Wii U due to different "technical infrastructure"

  • cawley1 14/08/2014

    teh power of teh CELL! Reply +3
  • Diablo 3 download/install sizes are much higher on PS4

  • cawley1 13/08/2014

    Do you know, you can fit EVERY GAME BOY GAME EVER on a 2Gb Micro SD card if you have an Everdrive!

    Gaming today - such bloaty bollocks
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  • Mario Kart 8 sells approximately 2m in under a month

  • cawley1 28/06/2014

    @Bickle2 >because the kids don't have Nintendo nostalgia...

    Try telling that to my nine year-old, and six year-old twins.

    They are obsessed with anything Mario/Donkey Kong/Smash Bros related - they even know the names of some of the more obscure characters when I listen in on their chatter, that this 38 year-old nostalgic has forgotten.

    So, on that point you are very much mistaken. Nintendo = Videogame Disney
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  • Super Mario Bros. beaten in under five minutes

  • cawley1 28/06/2014

    >You were probably playing the PAL version...

    Interesting point here. The original Mattel PAL version was crappy and slow, but when Nintendo took over their own distribution, then they optimised it, so it ran the same speed as the NTSC version (still shitty borders though).

    Thing is - if you play the optimised PAL version in an NTSC console, it runs even faster than the original NTSC version! So, could the speed runners get even quicker at it (might not make any difference, as the timer is also faster, I guess!)
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  • Mercenary retrospective

  • cawley1 15/06/2014

    And while I am not trying to kick off a 30 year-old format war, it is better on the Atari! Reply +3
  • cawley1 15/06/2014

    One of the joys of the game (being an Atari 800XL owner back then) was locating the big Commodore sign somewhere on the map, shooting the bast@rd, and making it collapse!

    I am sure Commie owners used to do the same with the Atari sign!
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  • CEX selling Xbox One without Kinect from £315

  • cawley1 30/05/2014

    I came back here to see if anyone had liked my comment (shameless!), and I have seen the word 'chav' crop up a few times in relation to CEX's clientele.

    20 years ago it was the place for the discerning gamer to go, as opposed to the 'chavs' who were going to Game, EB and FutureZone - how could they spunk their customer base up the wall so badly?!
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  • cawley1 29/05/2014

    I remember when going to CEX in Rathbone Place was a fucking amazing experience - import stuff all over the place, great prices, knowledgeable staff - I'm talking early to mid 90's.

    Going 'up London' and seeing the latest Playstation and Saturn stuff in the window, then going in and finding some bargain Mega Drive or SNES game...

    Then they started to expand, Nintendo told them to stop selling their software and hardware import, or they would not supply them with PAL GameCubes (bummer, eh?!) eBay came along and the rest is history.

    Shit-holes these days, more like a cross between Blockbuster and Carphone Warehouse, with crappy loud music and staff that look like they live in caves.

    I was on TCR yesterday, and I didn't have any desire to go there, it would just twist the knife a little more...
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  • Nintendo unveils Wii U GameCube controller adapter

  • cawley1 30/05/2014

    That's definitely a new pad - look at the promotional video and the edge around the thumbstick looks different to a standard GameCube pad - it's got some ripple thing going on, whereas mine are flat.

    Surely they will re-release the controller now?

    Or I could be loosing it!
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  • Midnight Resistance retrospective

  • cawley1 11/05/2014

    Loved Midnight Resistance back in the day - I must have had it on the ST at some point, but got a Mega Drive by the time the Japanese version was released, and got it from an importer (KT Consoles - how random!) at the same time as Alien Storm.

    I remember being blown away by it on the Mega Drive, but could never figure out why Data East used such a dark, brown & green colour palette for the port, compared to the Arcade original. It looked like shit through RF on my PAL converted Japanese Mega Drive!

    Some years later I managed to get the Jamma board and both rotary sticks for a great price off eBay in the US, but never got round to fitting them, and sold the set a couple of years after that for about £50 - just one of the regrets of my life!
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  • Fract OSC review

  • cawley1 22/04/2014

    Screenshots reminded me of Another World... Reply +8
  • Psychedelic space shooter Futuridium headed to PlayStation Vita

  • cawley1 19/02/2014

    I got this on my iPhone, and I'll buy it again on Vita.

    Call me an old fart, but I can't wait to play it with a pad or sticks!
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  • TxK review

  • cawley1 13/02/2014

    And love the original Pitfall jump sound effect when you... Jump!

    Classic Minter.
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  • cawley1 13/02/2014

    @null Sadly, Activision is nothing like the pioneering company it was in the early 80's.

    It's nothing more than a name these days.
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  • cawley1 13/02/2014

    Yes, this game is sublime - I dug my NTSC Jag out a few weeks back and it scared me how easy I can slip into the Tempest 'zone', I don't think any other style of game has the power to do that to me in this day and age!

    Only downer is my poor PSP will now see a little less use, as I was often using a popstation version of Tempest X3 for my Tempest fix on the move!

    Still - let's hope this sells well, and gets Jeff and Llamasoft some of the recognition they clearly deserve.
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  • Dungeon Keeper Android's rating system filters out "1-4 star" reviews

  • cawley1 06/02/2014

    Hmm Reply +9
  • Resident Evil 4 retrospective

  • cawley1 02/02/2014

    As with many above, Resident Evil 4 holds a special place in my gaming heart - the best game of the 00's for me. Completed it many times on Game Cube, and then went on to enjoy it even more on Wii with the new control scheme.

    I can't get on with moving characters on twin sticks and think this game is what caused the problem, I just personally love the control method so much.

    But, to bottom out how much I loved this game, I played it when my Missus was pregnant with our first - she is not a gamer, but was totally into watching me play it and loved the cheesy story. Not being able to decide on what name to call him between us, we settled on Leon! Don't think you can have a better accolade than that.
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  • Performance analysis: Tomb Raider Definitive Edition

  • cawley1 28/01/2014

    I'm a crusty old retro gamer - I have a WiiU for the kids to play (they love it), and don't own a 'next gen' console. At some point I imagine I will pick up a PS4.

    But for the love of Christ! 430 comments, mainly people squabbling over frame rate performance of a videogame! What the hell happened to people playing games to enjoy them?!
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  • OlliOlli review

  • cawley1 21/01/2014

    >And then Minter's glorious-looking TxK is out Feb 11th (12th for us I guess), so the Vita really is starting the year in style.

    Thanks Stoatboy! I can finally put down the dodgy rip of Tempest X I have on my PSP! I have been waiting for TxK for soooooooo long!
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  • Dr Luigi review

  • cawley1 20/01/2014

    I love that all the Nintendo negativity on Eurogamer is framed by that Mario Party Island Tour advert!!! Reply 0
  • Letter from America: The highs and lows of 2013

  • cawley1 04/01/2014

    Bounty Bob Strikes Back

    That is all!
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  • You can pay £70 for a kart in Angry Birds Go!

  • cawley1 28/11/2013

    Why is everyone moaning about this - £69.99 is what Nintendo charged for the PAL version of Street Fighter 2 TWENTY YEARS AGO!

    Wonder what that would be in today's money?!

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  • Dragon's Crown review

  • cawley1 10/10/2013

    I have not commented on a Eurogamer article for ages, but they got the review here wrong... I have this on the PS3, and imported the Vita version only recently, and it is a solid 7, if not moving to an 8 for me (and that is without any multiplayer business, which is not my thing).

    Basically, if you liked Golden Axe, Final Fight or Streets of Rage, you will like this. It also helps if you are male!

    And on the Vita screen it looks bloody amazing!
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  • LittleBigPlanet 2: Extras Edition announced, out soon

  • cawley1 15/01/2013

    Also, Special Edition was a US release (hence the $35 of bonus material on the case).

    Nobody mentioned the Steelbook version, though, or is that the same as the vanilla version?
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  • cawley1 15/01/2013

    Nice, I don't have LBP2 either, but have both PS3 and a Vita, so I'll grab one! Reply 0
  • App of the Day: Super Ox Wars

  • cawley1 10/01/2013

    I've got Llamasoft games all the way from the Vic 20 up to his iOS output in the last couple of years.

    Be it Llamatron on the Amiga, Tempest 2000 on the Jag, or Goat Up on an iPhone, you can't beat Minter's games! All have an addictive hook that keeps you coming back for more.

    But I do agree here that maybe the iOS output is being held back by the retro stylings. While Llamatron on the Amiga was such a hit from word-of-mouth and its shareware nature, the lack of glitzy visuals did not hamper it's success. I don't know how you can replicate that these days. Maybe Jeff does need to try some flashier graphics and music to appeal to a wider audience.

    But for me, hitting level 2 in Goat Up and being bombarded by images and sounds from Miner 2049er on the Atari... You can't beat that!
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  • Mutant Mudds dev concerned by potential Nintendo 3DS piracy

  • cawley1 02/01/2013

    Regardless of your stance, it's only a matter of time before every system is blown wide open. Reply +11
  • Monkey Island creator will talk to rights owner Disney about new game plans

  • cawley1 12/12/2012

    Hmm, nice idea, but I can't see Disney giving these rights up!

    Why did he not approach Lucasarts before now?
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  • Nintendo Wii Mini review

  • cawley1 12/12/2012

    Interesting, while clearly not for many traditional gamers, this will have a following in countries that are not as advanced as the US and European member states - the cheap price will also put it in reach for some cash-strapped economies.

    As for stripping back, why is this such a surprise? 20 years ago Nintendo removed composite output from the NES2 in the US, leaving only RF output - five years later it removed RGB capability from the SNES2, and GameCube compatability was removed in the previous Wii revision, so were they really likely to re-instate it?

    As soneone said, grab a couple of these when they get even cheaper, and flog them on eBay in 2032 for a good profit!
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  • App of the Day: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • cawley1 10/12/2012

    It's great on iPad, and mind boggling to see a PS2 game on an iPhone! Reply +7
  • Nintendo Wii Mini leaked by retailer

  • cawley1 28/11/2012

    Don't know why people are fussing over this!

    Firstly, you got NES Jr when the SNES came out, and SNES Jr when the N64 came out. These were only released in Japan/US
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  • Three years after sales ban, Japan finally blocks import of R4 cartridges

  • cawley1 24/11/2012

    And if you do have an R4 and are remotely interested in old games, make sure you track down ZXDS and the PC Engine and Master System emulators...

    I guess they are technically piracy as well, but they are bloody excellent!
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  • cawley1 24/11/2012

    What a load of pious crap written on here! I bet at least half of the people leaving comments have or had an R4!

    I don't think I know of a family with young children and a DS that DON'T have an R4 or similar, they might be banned in the UK, but you can buy them everywhere!

    While I don't agree with piracy, I am constantly amazed how people I speak to won't buy a 3DS as they can't get free games! Most popular UK systems since the 8-Bits, especially Amiga, PSone and DS all sold shitloads of hardware and saw rampant piracy, it's just the way things are!
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  • iPad mini review

  • cawley1 10/11/2012

    When I read reviews of things like this, I truly worry for the future of handheld consoles, especially the Vita.

    And I say that as a Vita owner...
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  • Saturday Soapbox: Vita signs of life

  • cawley1 03/11/2012

    Why don't these bloody articles work properly on my iPhone?! I get about four paragraphs of text, a black box, and that's it!

    Sort the App out, Eurogamer!
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  • NeoGeo X console costs £175, Limited Edition includes Ninja Masters

  • cawley1 30/10/2012

    Is the build quality on the handheld and the AES charger/dock thing any good? Reply +1
  • PlayStation Vita weekly sales flagging in Europe, less than half 3DS

  • cawley1 26/10/2012

    I got a Vita free as I won it in a competition at work. I would have bought one at launch as I love handhelds, but in these cash-strapped times, just could not justify it, which made winning one all the better!

    I then boosted my game collection thanks to Blockbuster's recent sale, and getting a couple more off Amazon.

    I think it's a fantastic bit of kit, and fits my big hands perfectly (far more so than my 3DS), and there is no problem with the quality of the games I have (including Lumines, Gravity Rush, Wipeout, Katamari, UMvsC3).

    I think the issue is while 3DS can benefit from the Association with Nintendo and its IP, and also has a huge young audience, Vita is seen as a luxury device for an older demographic, who are spending their time with tablets and smartphones.

    I am not sure that games like CoD (which I am not a fan of anyway!) will make a difference this Christmas for the system, I think it will always struggle as PSP pushed alot of developers away, and it's target audience will tinker with their gadgets!

    Best to accept that it's going to see a few gems, mainly Sony titles and accept it, unless something major happens!
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  • Microsoft has sold 70 million Xbox 360s

  • cawley1 21/10/2012

    God, read these comments! The first two pages (all I could be bothered with) make it seem no trouble at all that people have bought two, three or more of the same console (or had it repaired multiple times).

    How many Megadrive, SNES, N64, PSone, Dreamcast, PS2 did I own? One of each, and all going strong to this day.

    I think it's genuinely shocking that hardware failures across ALL manufacturers this generation have been so high, and people just accept it, and worse still continue to shell out for new consoles.

    It's actually a fucking disgrace!
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  • The lost worlds of Lionhead and Bullfrog

  • cawley1 18/10/2012

    As a man who imported a Nuon to play Tempest 3000, I would have loved to play Unity!

    Minter must still have the code sitting on a dev unit somewhere...
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  • Angry Birds Trilogy review

  • cawley1 10/10/2012

    Kids love Angry Birds, my three under 7's have the plushies and play it on my iPhone, so there is one big market.

    As for understanding why people but it, I have never understood people buying yearly iterations of Fifa, Madden, Tiger Woods, Call of Duty - but they do, so what do I know!
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  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night rises on EU PSN

  • cawley1 05/10/2012

    I cannot, CANNOT, believe that at the twilight of this generation (and into the birth of the next with Vita) European users who purchase retro titles are still fed shitty 50hz releases, when superior 60hz ones would work with no issue whatsoever.

    I bought Crash Bandicoot when I got my Vita and the minute I saw that blue piracy screen, knew it was crippled PAL shit.

    I spent a fortune avoiding anything on PAL from 1994 (when I got a decent TV!) right up to a 360 a few years back. My mind boggles that the situation I managed to avoid for all those years is now forced on me if I choose to buy from a European Nintendo or Sony service.

    And the dickheads wonder why people hack their consoles and set up bogus foreign store accounts!
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  • Nintendo adds more full retail games to the 3DS eShop

  • cawley1 05/10/2012

    One day digital will be the only way for games, music and films, but for a crusty old twat like me, who enjoys physical media in a box, it will be a sad day.

    I don't get the pricing on some of these. New releases make sense, but if the charge £40 for year old stuff like Pilotwings and Steel Diver, which can be had far cheaper if you shop around, they are nuts.

    I get they are basing their price on the retail RRP, but it still seems crazy.
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  • The long way round: the story of one of the UK's most enduring studios

  • cawley1 04/10/2012

    Also, platform fans should hunt down Go! Go! Beckham on the GBA. It's a great game, similar in some ways to Soccer Kid on the Amiga, but a billion times better.

    Think a lot of people passed it over thinking it looked nob due to cutesy Beckham, or was some kind of football game.
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