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  • Peter Moore recounts $1.15bn Xbox 360 Red Ring of Death saga

  • clockworkzombie 02/07/2015

    @Frybird
    Obviously they are talking about the death of the Brand. You cannot buy Tylenol anymore and it was a huge brand advertising everywhere.

    Here in Australia I remember my grandmother throwing out what today would be a minimum $200 worth of product. I remember her words,
    She lived on a cattle station so tended to have large amounts of tablets cough mixture and the like on hand because you could be
    cut off from civilisation for weeks at a time.

    "I know there is nothing wrong with Tylenol in Australia but I can't trust it anymore or give it to my family"
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  • Warner Bros. allegedly knew about Arkham Knight PC's failures months ago - report

  • clockworkzombie 02/07/2015

    @Pangaea
    I played on 360 when it came out, took launch day off only time I have done that and had a long weekend playing.

    My friend on PS3 at the time said he had a save game bug and dragons were weird.

    I actually built my PC to play Skyrim, Morrowind and Oblivion playing Skyrim at 4K is amazing.

    Getting to some sort of point, Xenoblade Chronicles was released way late and the producer wanted to quit, Miyamoto said something like, Take your time people will forget if it is late they will never forget if it is bad.

    My advice play the PC version of Skyrim it will remove all the bad PS3 memories.
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  • clockworkzombie 02/07/2015

    @mega-gazz
    Absolutely. I said earlier this week I wish there was a 60fps button on PS4 and X1 that drops the graphics down a bit to improve gameplay.

    As an example I have played GTA V on PS3 & 4 and now PC. The PC game using a xbox controller is so much easier to control than the console versions.
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  • Face-Off: Batman: Arkham Knight

  • clockworkzombie 29/06/2015

    @SeeNoWeevil
    No Idea.
    Not too concerned either, people that will not buy full price games will probably impulse buy games at 15 pounds.

    Some games I do pay full price for if I want to play it at launch, Elder Scroll games for example. The publisher is getting money whether I buy at the full "rip off" price or not.

    My friends and I like playing CoD Zombies so every 2 years I buy the zombie version at launch.

    Pretty much anything else I find a better price.

    I do not pirate games and when I trade in console games that goes dirtectly to new games. I traded in a bunch yesterday and used the proceeds to buy Wooly World and FF X for PS4.

    I have even bought a digital game for about 19 pounds Styx Master of Shadows. No trading that in.

    It goes to a value judgement about what your money is worth. If AK was selling for 15 pounds there would not be so much complaints, maybe, possibly, people on the internet do like to complain.
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  • clockworkzombie 29/06/2015

    @SeeNoWeevil

    Grey importing is really the manufacturer or distributor artificially partitioning the world into regions and saying charge these people more.

    Grey importing is a government endorsed protection racket. It is only when the consumer jumps up and down do our elected representatives do anything about it.

    Australian retailers are allowed to grey import music CDs for example and in New Zealand DVDs are fair game to grey import and it is illegal in NZ to sell region locked DVD players.

    Companies like globalisation but it cuts both ways. They can export all the manufacturing and production out of our countries, closing factories and jobs all they like, then get all butthurt when we the consumer take advantage of that same globalisation.
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  • clockworkzombie 28/06/2015

    @George-Roper
    Absolutely.

    I play more on console than PC because my friends are console gamers.

    I still visit games shops and internet sites looking for the best deal often I import games from the UK to Australia as it can be half price inc postage.

    Edit.

    Look at cultural factors too. When asked why the PS4 was cheaper in America than UK, Aus etc the answer was because Americans are cheap and do not want to pay for anything.

    For years both the UK and Aus have been paying inordinately high prices in comparison to the US essentially subsidising the US market.

    People now have the ability to buy the cheaper product easier than before and are doing it.

    Paying a legitimate cheaper price from somewhere else in the world is not the same as pirating the game as the industry gets their cut.
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  • clockworkzombie 27/06/2015

    @XbDf
    I loved the Order and want a bunch more games telling stories in the alternate universe.

    Didn't notice any resolution issues which shows how important it is.
    Reply -2
  • It gets worse - Batman: Arkham Knight on PC lacks console visual features

  • clockworkzombie 26/06/2015

    @Antropie

    You should let it go Antropie, bitterness and anger will only shorten your life.

    No one does what you do because it is fun.

    Perhaps you should re evaluate your life.
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  • clockworkzombie 26/06/2015

    @ZagorTeNay

    Agreed. I hope so.
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  • clockworkzombie 26/06/2015

    @ZagorTeNay
    I am sure they will eventually, I think we will go back to 5-6 year console cycles again now, I can't imagine this hardware being good enough in 10 years time however much the devs & manufacturers would like that.

    Historically with consoles some of the best games are at launch, then in the last year or so before the launch of a new console.

    If this is the best we have had in 18 months the bar has been set awfully low which is why I was disappointed.
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  • clockworkzombie 25/06/2015

    @George-Roper
    This is why I am disappointed with this generation of consoles.

    1080p 60 frames per second should be guaranteed.

    I am still having a good time playing games with friends on these consoles but they don't understand when I say I am going to buy a single player game on PC as it will run faster at a higher resolution.
    Reply +1
  • clockworkzombie 25/06/2015

    @Antropie

    The problem with the internet is there is always someone with a problem and when you look you will find them.

    People do not go to forums and say I am having a great time and all is well.

    So when you look you find a bunch of problems that in reality affect less than 1% of people, it is easy to use a few forum posts to blow something out of proportion.
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  • clockworkzombie 25/06/2015

    @sonylad @Spence1115
    Did you both download the game around the same time? perhaps an installer source got corrupted at some point? If that is possible.
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  • clockworkzombie 24/06/2015

    @Spence1115
    Nice, as you say high spec but nothing out of the ordinary, at least not on a gaming PC site.

    I wonder if the incompatibility for others goes deeper to the hardware, and firmware level.

    Being that you have a particular motherboard for example.

    Edit

    I used to say to my friends back in the Doom days, I wish devs would publish the exact spec they use to QA the game along with the recommended spec.
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  • clockworkzombie 24/06/2015

    @Spence1115
    To help others in this thread perhaps you could post your system spec and OS?
    Reply +5
  • Face-Off: Payday 2: Crimewave Edition

  • clockworkzombie 23/06/2015

    @NYKilla80
    I don't think this generation is bad just the sweet spot for optimisation has not been found yet as my earlier post said lower the graphics quality and up the frame rate.

    It does no one any good to play a game with the frame rates being unstable at least on PC you can choose a higher frame rate or better graphics.

    As to your point about a PC for gaming I built one to play Skyrim at 4K and can play GTA V at 2560 x 1440 with most of the settings at very high and a fast frame rate. I had this on PS3 and 4, the PC version is better. Using a controller V is easier to control than my experience with the consoles.
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  • clockworkzombie 23/06/2015

    @Suarez07
    I wish there was an option with xBox One and PS4 to lower the graphic quality and up the frame rate to 60fps

    These days it seems when a dev says PS4 & X1are the same at 30 fps they usually mean at best 30fps and enjoy the stuttering when a few things happen at once and if you are lucky you can have 1080p

    The disappointment I have with this console generation is we normally get a year where the graphics are as good as a high end PC, this did not happen this time and I don't think it will happen again.
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  • Get Bard's Tale 1-3 free for backing Bard's Tale 4

  • clockworkzombie 11/06/2015

    Do they reprint the code wheels?

    Turning the code wheels into a smartphone app would be the way to go.

    Of all my friends at the time I was the only one with a genuine BT3. The rest gave up once the code wheel was needed.
    Reply +3
  • Chip's Challenge 2 review

  • clockworkzombie 09/06/2015

    Friends and I would get together and play Warbirds on the Lynx. Good times indeed. I would love a Vita sequel to that.

    I remember Chips Challenge, a good game. After I killed a set of batteries I figured out the expense per day and purchased a power adapter.
    Reply +6
  • We need to talk about emulation

  • clockworkzombie 31/05/2015

    As others have pointed out the success of the iTunes music store shows people are willing to pay for product.

    The software industry always makes it clear they are selling us a single licence to use a piece of software and we do not own the game we have purchased just the licence.

    So why not just sell licences to old games, for example the C64 catalogue. Let the customer worry about emulation as they do now. There is no need for download codes and the like an email or electronic product certificate should be all that is needed.

    If they charged a few dollars and you have an email saying you have a licence to play "X" then everybody would be happy. The conscientious developers might add a clean ROM to the sale price.
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  • BioWare turns 20 today

  • clockworkzombie 24/05/2015

    @dfernand
    You still can it seems. $14.99 US Special edition or $22.00 AU on ebay for PC or xBox

    I think I shall get a boxed copy, only $3 AU more.
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  • clockworkzombie 23/05/2015

    @LordAmpersand
    Agreed.
    What has always irritated me about the lack of a follow up gamel was before the release how much they talked up the creation of 3 different languages and cultures.

    The game sold well so I would have thought another game would happen. Why let all the research go to waste?
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  • clockworkzombie 23/05/2015

    Don't forget Jade empire. A game that truly begs for a sequel. Hmm might have to find a copy and play it again. Reply +1
  • Scrabble adds thousands of fresh words, including "newb"

  • clockworkzombie 22/05/2015

    I shall assume that "resident lexicographer" is code for Grammar Nazi. Reply 0
  • The next Need for Speed is a reboot

  • clockworkzombie 22/05/2015

    I cannot help but feel the reboot thing is beating a dead horse.

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  • clockworkzombie 21/05/2015

    @IronGiant
    I was going to make some snarky comment about Burnout as Burnout 3 is my favourite. Loved the music. DJ Stryker was excellent.

    This sounds ok too, just not Burnout. I so miss crash junctions. Friends would visit and ask to play B3 just to try and compete for crash junction high scores.
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  • Windows 10 comes with Candy Crush Saga automatically installed

  • clockworkzombie 16/05/2015

    @Bayonetduck
    You can tell Windows 8.1 to boot to desktop. I do that on my gaming PC.

    Edit.
    Sorry, I did the very thing I dislike seeing. I should have mentioned how to do this. When you get to the Windows 8.1 desktop right click on the task bar and in the settings you will find a checkbox that will set the desktop on boot. I don't have it powered on at the moment so cannot give you the exact words but the instructions will work.
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  • clockworkzombie 15/05/2015

    What would be really cool was if Candy Crush was integrated to the login screen.

    You have to beat a level to login or make 8 specific moves in a row instead of a password.
    Reply +4
  • Formula Fusion looks like the closest we're going to get to a new WipEout

  • clockworkzombie 15/05/2015

    @Nikanoru
    Sorry dude. You are wrong. 1st gamers law. Any game is improved with a gun.
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  • clockworkzombie 15/05/2015

    @Feanor
    And it's bound to be a perfectly acceptable computer.

    That is the reason PC sales have tanked the last 5 years of so.

    The core duo and core 2 duo range are good enough for people web browsing, office, and email. XP does what they want so no need to upgrade.

    MS said this week that 80% of Windows licences are bundled with new PCs.
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  • Spider senseless: The plight of the arachnophobic video game player

  • clockworkzombie 14/05/2015

    I am going to buy this. I have mild arachnophobia. The really large spiders in Skyrim creep me out. The smaller ones are ok.

    In real life spiders are ok unless they get too close then they have to die.

    Edit.

    My arachnophobia started in primary school. The teacher showed us an "educational" movie on spiders. The screen was a very large projection screen the spiders were bigger than us and had jerky movement and poison dripping fangs. Absolutely scared the crap out of me.
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  • Sony's knuckles rapped over PS4 20th Anniversary Edition competition

  • clockworkzombie 13/05/2015

    @wibbl
    wibbl:
    Is causing unnecessary disappointment against the law now?

    If so I'm very worried :/.
    Just keep your pants zipped and nobody will know. :D
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  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition spotted

  • clockworkzombie 11/05/2015

    @GuuR
    You are not going to get 60FPS on current gen machines. Devs are pushing graphics and barely hitting 30FPS.
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  • Why DirectX 12 is a game-changer for PC enthusiasts

  • clockworkzombie 10/05/2015

    @drxym
    A point with Windows 10, it will be free like the first hit of cocaine is free. Microsoft are moving to a subscription based model with software as a service.

    My guess is Win 10 will be free for a year to 18 months then to get further upgrades a subscription will be needed.

    An Ars Techinca article mentions that this will be the last "version" of Windows and it will move to continuous updates. I presume like OS X only not free.

    This may not be a bad thing, the Office 365 pricing is good if you have multiple computers, for my Gaming computer I do not need office but if there was a joint Windows & Office subscription I would probably buy that.
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  • clockworkzombie 10/05/2015

    @Goldenspork
    The inbuilt social aspects are just part of the whole "just plug it in" premise of consoles.

    Shove a game in start playing. If you only play multiplayer games with the same group it will not be a problem as you will standardise on one program.

    Console players can drop in and out of games if the other players are not antisocial you know if they have a mic you can talk to them.
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  • clockworkzombie 10/05/2015

    I think the performance issues will see an end to this generation earlier than the 10 years the manufacturers will hope for. When a 3 to 5 year old PC can match or exceed the PS4 and X1 it will not go well.

    Speaking of performance if DX12 does help the X1 I hope it is used to increase frame rates, I am not concerned about the difference between 1080p and 900p if the X1 can hit 60 FPS.

    The benefits to consoles last gen and this gen are the built in social aspects, specifically voice chat.
    There is no need to worry about having a vent account or similar you can start playing and know there will be no stuffing around with chat. Creating parties is also ok though implementation could be described as adequate.

    One of my friends pays a monthly fee for a vent server so up to 50 people can log in and when he plays WoW he can give team mates a login to use.
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  • Rare PSone classic The Misadventures of Tron Bonne hits PlayStation Store - in North America

  • clockworkzombie 08/05/2015

    @landlock
    I loved BtB. Waiting for a sequel and finding it cancelled still hurts today.

    I had the tall cases that were around for PS1 in its early days.

    I agree with you sold a Legend of Mana in mint condition for a large amount of dollars.

    Which was really funny because a collector on ebay messaged me and told me I was a lying, cheating scumbag when I said it was mint.

    The purchaser sent an email saying how ecstatic they were.
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  • Lost Planet 3 developer Spark Unlimited shutters game development

  • clockworkzombie 05/05/2015

    I liked Turning Point and wanted a sequel. I think the bad demo scared a lot of people off. There could have been a bunch of Turning Point games each at a defining moment in history.

    Perhaps Ubisoft can buy the rights. Turning point Assassins Creed, where Altair uses the Apple of Eden for personal gain. :)
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  • The best PC hardware for Grand Theft Auto 5

  • clockworkzombie 04/05/2015

    @maximusfarticus
    I have just purchased a 28" Samsung U28D590D for $588.00AU the exchange rate makes that 303.88 pounds.

    A good monitor for gaming apparently but not so good for photography.

    I am happy with it. The ultra fine dot pitch means you do not get all blurry when playing console games at 1080p. I have been playing Skyrim at 4k and it is superb.

    I dropped the res to 2880 to play GTA V and keep the settings at very high.
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  • Video: Why the brains behind Banjo-Kazooie left Rare to start again

  • clockworkzombie 01/05/2015

    @Furnace-Inferno
    If they made another Kameo I would be all over it, loved that game.
    Reply +1
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 PC requirements revealed

  • clockworkzombie 26/04/2015

    @Suarez07
    Thankfully there will be no arguments about the 360 being better than PC minimum spec.

    Yay. Progress. :)
    Reply +1
  • Xbox sales decreased 20 per cent year-over-year in Q1

  • clockworkzombie 24/04/2015

    @IronSoldier
    I am sure Bubsy for the Jag was a platform exclusive.
    My friends thought the Jag controller ugly but it was comfortable to use more so than the Sony controller.

    Edit

    I only ever had the original controller the pro controller looks nice.
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  • clockworkzombie 24/04/2015

    @IronSoldier

    The SNES Mario Kart has a DSP chip...
    Indeed. In common with the NES, most of the best games on SNES had to rely on extra chips being inside the game cartridge. Meanwhile on Mega Drive, if memory serves, there was only ever one game (Virtua Racer) that used an extra chip.
    This is the post I was referring to. I wish the @forumusername thing would link back to the post being referred to rather than username it would make following some conversations easier.

    Speaking of Bubsy, Fractured Furry Tales for the Jaguar is one of the best 2D platformers ever. Hard as nails, a lot of fun.


    What a sweet controller. I alway have been a sucker for good controllers. The NegCon on PS1 is another good controller I used to hammer Wipeout 2097/XL with that thing, after a while my friends would refuse to play me unless I used a digital controller.
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  • clockworkzombie 24/04/2015

    @IronSoldier
    Tempest on the Jag is one of my favourite games and I always wished I had purchased a Saturn I loved 2D games like platformers and was a bit unhappy how the PS1 forced 3D piles of poo with poor hit detection and dodgy camera angles onto us.
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  • clockworkzombie 24/04/2015

    @IronSoldier
    Why on earth are you being negged for that?
    Butthurt Sega fans?

    If I could have one Sega game back it would be Bubsy the bobcat.

    Edited spelling mistake, stupid autocorrect.
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  • clockworkzombie 24/04/2015

    @HerrDirector
    PC sales have been down for some time and I think the real reason is the Core 2 Duo series from 2006ish is still a capable machine if you web browse and email. People are not replacing them until they fail.

    New faster computers have not made the C2D models obsolete as they may have in the past.
    Reply +1
  • clockworkzombie 24/04/2015

    @IronSoldier
    The SNES Mario Kart has a DSP chip in it to boost performance, other racing games without it couldn't compete.
    The chip boosted the mode 7 thing and most likely helped it get to 60fps.
    Reply +4
  • What does it take to run GTA 5 at 1080p60?

  • clockworkzombie 24/04/2015

    Now i leave this discussion... sorry...

    Maybe you will have your chance on a new discussion on another article ;-)
    My Google translator shows this.

    My bottom hurts after the thorough spanking you have given me. I shall now go elsewhere and annoy someone else all the while claiming victory to salve my wounded pride.
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  • Face-Off: Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC

  • clockworkzombie 23/04/2015

    @Mentat_Idaho
    Ok. Hmm I guess I would get it for PS4 unless you are looking to upgrade your video card soon.
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  • clockworkzombie 23/04/2015

    @Mentat_Idaho
    EB Games or Gamestop in Australia give you a week to return a console game after purchase. You could try it out on PS4 then return it for the PC version if you are not happy.
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