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  • Sony cuts PlayStation TV UK price to £45

  • cawley1 27/03/2015

    Hmm, well, I bought one of these for about £65 (before shipping) from Play Asia - it's in white and comes with a matching Dualshock 3 and 8GB memory card, and as I already have a Vita and was aware of what did and didn't work, I was more than happy to give it a go.

    I mainly bought it for one thing - TxK! and given recent developments, the fact that I can play it in native resolution on any HDMI TV going, and it looks like it won't be coming out on any other format, I am more than pleased with it for that alone.

    It also keeps my kids quiet with the decent Vita Minecraft port, and stuff like Fez and Limbo are also great on it.

    So, if you are gutted at not getting a home console port of TxK, grab one now - if you want it for Netflix, YouTube and other such stuff (that you could be forgiven for expecting as it's branded as a TV device), then I would give it a miss.

    Your choice...
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  • Nintendo: "difficult" decision to hold back New 3DS release in Europe, US

  • cawley1 24/02/2015

    @Pocketgrandpa I'm a massive retro and platforming fan, and there are some cracking Sega 3D releases on the eShop which have been crafted by M2 with some real attention to detail...

    From the arcade you can get Afterburner II, Fantasy Zone, Galaxy Force, Space Harrier, Super Hang-On with more to come soon. Then you have some great Mega Drive ports, particularly Sonic and Streets of Rage.

    Pick up Shantae and the Pirate's Curse while you are on the shop if you like platformers.

    The you have Donkey Kong Country Returns, Kirby Triple Deluxe, New Super Mario Bros 2, Reident Evil Revelations and plenty more! As with most Nintendo hardware, first party titles are usually the best, but don't drop in price much.
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  • Q*Bert Rebooted review

  • cawley1 24/02/2015

    Well, I love Q*Bert! I'll be buying it for my Vita! Reply 0
  • New Nintendo 3DS sold 335k during EU/US launch week

  • cawley1 17/02/2015

    I am actually loving mine! I bought an original Cosmos Black unit on launch day back in 2011, but I have never been able to play it with the 3D activated - the 'sweet spot' people talk about is non-existent if you have dodgy eyes and a squint!

    The new version is a revelation, though! I played on it for over an hour the other night with 3D to the max and no problems at all, it's also much more comfortable to hold.

    Good job, Nintendo!
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  • cawley1 17/02/2015

    @shotbyascot Seems a very odd way to go about things, the console hardware market (along with pretty much every consumer market) is all about revision!

    If I use your way of thinking, I would never buy a new phone/TV/car/toothpaste until I was 100% sure it was the final, perfect revision of that particular item.

    Or you can buy the latest version and enjoy it now!
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  • Q*Bert Rebooted is coming to PlayStation platforms

  • cawley1 06/02/2015

    @youhavenomail : You obviously didn't live the PSone era! Reply 0
  • Sega to offer 300 staff voluntary retirement as it focuses on smartphone and PC online games

  • cawley1 30/01/2015

    @antoniomilo : Not strictly true, their output in the few years post-Dreamcast were still good.

    Xbox titles like Shenmue 2, JSRF, Gunvalkyrie, Outrun 2, Toe Jam & Earl 3, Crazy Taxi 3 etc. while Playstation 2 got Rez, Shinobi, Ferrari F355 and the amazing Japanese Sega Ages series.

    Even Game Cube got some love with Super Monkey Ball and Amusement Vision overseeing F-Zero GX.

    But I would say that from 2005 the Sega we all knew and loved had died.
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  • 3DS browser exploit lets you play Game Boy Color ROMs

  • cawley1 30/01/2015

    @Stig223 : No, it's really not! Even in the UK, it's Game Boy Color...

    Just go and look at the boxes for the system and games (never mind the screen bezel!) for EUR releases on eBay, if you need any further proof.

    It's 'Color' in all territories, despite it being the incorrect spelling of Colour here in the UK.
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  • Sony ending PlayStation Vita Maps, near features

  • cawley1 28/01/2015

    They do need to do something about getting Netflix into the EU store, though.

    Madness given Playstation TV practically demands that app!
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  • cawley1 28/01/2015

    Which reminds me... When is Forget Me Not and/or its sequel coming out on Vita? Can't wait...

    Er, why the negatives?! I'm asking a genuine question about when a game is due to be released?!

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  • cawley1 28/01/2015

    I love my Vita, so much so I even got a Playstation TV from Play Asia at the weekend!

    You can't go wrong with a system that has TxK, Fez, Minecraft and Another World and that's just with my retro leaning!

    TxK on the Playstation TV is incredible!
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  • That was quick: people selling New 3DS Ambassador Edition for up to £400 on eBay

  • cawley1 07/01/2015

    @vincefairbairn I am gobsmacked that people actually come out with crap like this!

    I work a 39 hour job (but actually put in more hours than that) - to afford the stuff I want for myself and my family, what is the issue if I choose to buy and sell to add to my income, especially when everyone has the same ability to do the same thing the majority of the time (this Ambassador lottery not withstanding)

    If those single wage mothers put in the same effort, they will be able to supplement their single wage and be able to afford more for their children!
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  • cawley1 06/01/2015

    I am what some of you would call a 'scalper' - but why shouldn't I be?

    I spend shit-load over a year on Videogame related items (consoles, games, downloads, magazines), not only for myself, but my three young kids.

    It's not a cheap past-time, and if I bought a limited edition PS4 or New 3DS and chose to sell it on (also depriving myself of it, I might add), then why the hell shouldn't I? This is a consumer, capitalist society, we are not in North Korea!

    A good example would be hard(er) to find Amiibo figures. Some of these are going for £25+ on eBay, but if someone wants to go to the trouble of tracking it down, buying it, listing it, packing it, posting it and then hoping that nothing happens to it on the way (especially international sales), whiles others who could do the same thing just sit there and bitch, then put up and shut up, in my opinion.
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  • Surprise! New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Edition goes on sale

  • cawley1 06/01/2015

    Bought it, don't really know if I want it though (White is not my colour). Reply 0
  • cawley1 06/01/2015

    Just read this:

    >"The New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador offer is by email invitation only for selected Club Nintendo members in Europe only who fulfil a certain criteria,"

    Well, I registered a WiiU as well! Maybe that is it?
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  • cawley1 06/01/2015

    Well, I moved the Nintendo email I received to the folder I usually dump them in as usual, then read this, so went to check and I have been chosen!

    Now, do I buy it or not?
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  • Games of 2014: TxK

  • cawley1 24/12/2014

    This is a fucking excellent game, but you probably have to have been around in the 80's to truly appreciate it! Reply +1
  • 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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