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  • Here's a teaser for Gwent's single-player story campaign, Thronebreaker

  • crisotunity 22/08/2017

    I can't stop playing the beta.
    Release it already!
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  • Watch Dogs 2 launch sales nowhere near Watch Dogs 1

  • crisotunity 21/11/2016

    This may be completely anecdotal, but 2016 has introduced a degree of uncertainty which is off the charts. I am certainly not hard up at the moment, but I'm deferring/cancelling most buying decisions and "toys" are the easiest to let go. Like many others, I find it difficult to predict what state we're going to be in over the next 9-12 months.
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  • The big list of PS4 Pro-enhanced launch games

  • crisotunity 03/11/2016

    @FuzzyDucky Yep, unbelievable rubbish messaging from Ian Sony on par with Nintendo's WiiU "effort". I have ordered a PS4 Pro twice and and then cancelled. We are a week away from release and it's still unclear what Sony's plan is with this console as far as 1080p owners (ie, a massive market segment) are concerned. Reply +2
  • Inside PlayStation 4 Pro: How Sony made the first 4K games console

  • crisotunity 21/10/2016

    I'm not getting a 4K TV any time soon, so I've cancelled my pre-order for the Pro and I'm holding on to my launch PS4.
    I get that folks want to be positive about a new product and more power to all those who will get to use their fancy 4K sets. Unfortunately, there really is nothing for me here: no specific enhancements to current games at 1080p (let's see those enhanced videos for Tomb Raider and BF1 and compare them with what we have - why are Sony so evasive?) and some flaccid talk of 1080p potential enhancements for other un-named titles.
    Of course, if I were on the market for a new console today, I would certainly go for the PS Pro because a mere £100 price difference from the base model makes it an "why not" easy choice. But selling my perfectly serviceable PS4 and spending an extra £900 for a PS Pro + 4K TV (in a terrible economic climate) is really not the right thing for me and, I suspect many others in my position.

    I must admit that I never got to grips with the Pro or the Scorpio: too many barriers to entry, too many hang-ups ("we must not alienate existing customers" - why? technology moves on - give your customers good enough reasons and they'll come along) and too may caveats. I'm looking forward to PS5 :D
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  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with COD Infinite Warfare on PS4 Pro

  • crisotunity 25/09/2016

    I've got it pre-ordered, but unless Sony can articulate clearly what I'm going to get for my money on my 1080p TV (which I have zero intention on replacing in the next 18 months), I will cancel.

    I don't want to be negative, but it feels both Sony and MS have tied a massive albatross made out of granite around their necks: the "no one left behind" philosophy means that we won't get to see maximum game-play advantages from one generation to the next for the first time ever.

    I'd love to see 64 player online shooters on Pro or Scorpio; but unless this is supported by 5-year-old hardware (in 2018), we can't have it. A clean break (a new generation of powerful hardware) with backwards compatibility would have been preferable. Developers could be targeting the top spec (and really go all out with features) and dial things down for the standard, mass market version.
    As things stand, it's weird watching MS and Sony tying themselves up in knots: asking for a fairly substantial chunk of money, but holding back on their promises of what we'll get for our cash, because they don't want to annoy existing users.
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  • Death Star DLC introduces the Star Wars: Battlefront you were looking for (sort of)

  • crisotunity 21/09/2016

    @jasonchurch Can you imagine being 12 years old, coming back from the cinema after watching The Empire Strikes Back and sticking this in your PS4? My little head would have exploded with joy!
    The whingeing by the "hardcore" is unbelievable. This is SW p0rn for the time-poor crowd. Yes the £40 season pass was cheeky but I bought the game for £20 and I feel I'm getting my money's worth for my £45 total spend.
    Reply +11
  • Project Cars is already a better racing game than Forza or Gran Turismo

  • crisotunity 05/09/2014

    So this game is amazing because it doesn't rely on micro-transactions and levelling up?
    I'm sorry but this is the only valid information I could glean from 14 paragraphs full of mixed metaphors (bulldog mentality, underdogs and wind blowing) and vague statements about being "different".

    Do cars crash/deform? Do the tires leave the tarmac if you push them too far? Can you make the engine have a blow-out if you over-do it?
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  • Need for Speed film review

  • crisotunity 12/03/2014

    "And yet you still might walk out of the cinema wearing a smile that is not entirely ironic."

    Sorry guys, no freakin way. I saw it as a preview freebie, expecting a Fast&Furious clone and dumb-fun-fest; we came out of the cinema seriously concerned that Paul has just murdered his own career.

    Apart from the completely charmless and humorless script and performances, there was something strangely grim and sociopathic about this film: are we meant to laugh out loud when a poor homeless guy almost gets ran over and terrorised by a bunch of yobs (there are at least two call-backs to this "joke" later in the movie, so someone thought it was hilarious)? Are we ok with the antagonist who is basically an evil Fonzie? Are we ok with the the "black friend" character who is a spine-chilling racial caricature straight out of the 1950s, never mind the 1980s?

    This was a genuinely "how did this get made" experience. I am intrigued to see how well it does.
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  • Sony continues 12 Deals of Christmas offers

  • crisotunity 02/12/2013

    @Mister-Wario Call of Juarez is a bit of alright! Totally off my radar when it came out.
    Definitely looking forward to more sampling. Go, go, go PS3!!
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  • Fighter Within review

  • crisotunity 29/11/2013

    Danny Dyer = Tampon
    I can sort of see how this might work actually
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  • EA PS4 games cost an eye-watering £63 from PlayStation Store

  • crisotunity 25/11/2013

    This is scary. And we can't even blame VAT: taking 20% off would still leave game prices at $80!!

    Haven't seen anything like it since I paid £65 for ISS for the Nintendo 64 :-)
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  • Digital Foundry vs. Dead Rising 3

  • crisotunity 12/11/2013

    I agree with what you are saying, but then Microsoft and Sony do not. These guys don't want us to wait, see how it pans out and then buy their consoles. They want our money now - in fact they wanted us to pledge our money to their products nearly 6 months ago on the basis of a few trailers.
    It is not our fault as consumers that we are trying to respond to this information asymmetry using any bit of hard info which eludes the PR machines of these huge corporations. I am sure DR3 will be a hoot, but we need some basic info: is there enough added value to justify spending £400-£500 on a new product? Or would we all be better off hanging on to our XB360s and PS3s? There is nothing wrong with asking this simple question.

    From what we've seen so far, my personal feeling is that the PS4 might provide the consumer with just about enough added value to justify the expense. In contrast, it apears that early adopters might want to wait until the XB1 hits its stride 6-12 months from now.

    It is a shame that I haven't seen a single gaming website willing to analyse these launches from the perspective of (seriously cash-strapped) consumers.
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  • crisotunity 12/11/2013

    But the whole point about DR3 is that it is NOT a revolutionary, envelope stretching game. It's a run of the mill, third person shooter with some fun weapons which is getting too much exposure (and probably inflated sales) because it will be a launch game. And it can't even distinguish itself from similar games made on 6 year old hardware.
    SM64 created its own damn envelope. As for the graphics, there was nothing on PS1 or the Saturn to compare it to; I had never seen anything like SM64 and I honestly cannot remember any screen tearing.
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  • Microsoft to unlock more GPU power for Xbox One developers

  • crisotunity 03/10/2013

    @RedSparrows Why?!
    Microsoft tried (and failed) at astro-turfing during the Blu-ray/HD wars. Now they have gone back to their other classics: spin, half-truths (yes, I also have the potential to run as fast as Usain Bolt - but I have chosen to have a more balanced life-style which involves running a bit slower, but being able to eat more crisps than him: it's all about balance, innit?); and the horrific Daily-Mail-tastic advertising campaign which takes the piss out of a dead man. Alongside their good, old comments that every ipod owner is a pirate, Microsoft have shaped themselves into a thoroughly detestable ogre. Is it any wonder that everyone is happy to give them a good kicking?
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  • D4 looks like the first game to be truly better with Kinect

  • crisotunity 24/09/2013

    @Kami Interesting - I haven't thought about the "tactile interaction" aspect, but yes: there is something slightly otherwordly (or even creepy) about someone flailing in front of a screen :-)

    What makes me feel a bit "meh" about Kinect is Microsoft's own lack of trust in this tech: I would be totally fascinated if Microsoft had designed the XB1 from the ground up as a gesture-only system (a bit like Apple did with their iOS). It would be totally nuts, but I am a sucker for innovation. As it is, it all feels a bit apologetic and half-arsed: here is a better version of an old product that you can by-pass anyway in order to play your games. It just doesn't feel essential.
    I could of course be wrong. Bring on November :-)
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  • crisotunity 24/09/2013

    I'm totally brand agnostic and genuinely excited by 3D motion driven UIs but -given what's happened with Kinect v1 and all the "gesture-driven" TVs on the market- I think this technology needs another 3-5 years of gestation.

    I'm sure that my kids will not be able to comprehend how we ever managed to control things with pads (a bit like when I tried to explain to my nephew how the analogue joystick for my old BBC micro worked - he actually looked as if he felt a bit sorry for me).
    I have zero evidence for any of this, but these sort of games feel a bit like Lair, the PS3 launch title that was meant to showcase the six-axis functionality (and, in fairness, it did so by giving players the option to ditch said functionality).
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  • Spec Analysis: iPhone 5S

  • crisotunity 11/09/2013

    @StooMonster Some photography forums are scary places :-)
    I am totally brand agnostic (shooting mostly with 1DS but also having fun with NEX and Nikon 1 and lots of MF film) but the parallels with the whole Android vs Apple are astounding: there was a guy in a DPReview forum who was going to sell his "useless" cameras (5D MkII and 7D- cameras that put food on the table and pay the rent for thousands of photographers) because Canon has been out-innovated by Nikon: 36 megapixels MUST be better than 20!
    On the plus side, I rely on such jerks to buy cheap second hand cameras in mint condition, so it's not all bad.
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  • crisotunity 11/09/2013

    @mega-gazz True enough, angle and distance are important which is why I qualified my statement (ie, candid photos rather than nicely planned portraiture). I just think that if this 5S flash technology works anywhere near as advertised, it will make life so much easier. I know it's geeky, but this is a genuine enabler for a photographer. Reply +1
  • crisotunity 11/09/2013

    Really excited about the new smart flash: if this thing works well, it has to be the most unsung and under-appreciated but totally useful innovation in years! I hate using flash with my DSLR and my NEX unless it's off camera and/or I can bounce it - you end up having to put in quite a bit of post processing work to make your subjects look "normal" in candid shots (ie, not looking like rabbits in headlights/mug-shots).

    Also, thank goodness Apple is staying away from the mega-pixel madness - and I'd love to see how this new bigger sensor stacks up against the 10MP Aptina in my Nikon V1. Also, the 120fps/720p mode looks as good as GoPro's but it also offers stabilisation. If the performance matches the specs, there is some cool things happening for photographers.
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  • After Xbox One U-turn pre-owned is back on the table - but at what cost?

  • crisotunity 20/06/2013

    "If you ask me its time for studios to cut back on the scope of their games and for players to accept that we've almost reached the limits of what is financially viable in gaming."

    @cowell +1
    Games studios have gone totally Hollywood bonkers. With budgets and "personalities" to match (hence Blezinski and grown men giving interviews wearing fur hats). Cut the fat and concentrate on what is essential, like everyone else.

    Also, can I be the Old Man here and state the obvious: there are too many games. There are too many samey games. All competing for an expanding, but still limited pot of cash. Proliferation=commodification=loss of value.

    Also, how many 1st/3rd person shooters can someone buy each year? Let's face it, some opportunistic developers whose games do not have a unique selling point will lose money. DRM or not. No point in trying to protect these dodos.
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  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with PlayStation 4

  • crisotunity 19/06/2013

    Let's not forget we didn't see any game running on double PS4's frame rate on XB1.
    We've just seen different games.
    @funkateer Absolutely.
    And if anyone thinks that Rise of the Robots... sorry I meant Killer Instinct can be used as a yardstick for any system's quality, they are in serious trouble.
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  • You can plug an Xbox 360 into the Xbox One, says Major Nelson

  • crisotunity 17/06/2013

    @miiiguel TBH, this is pretty much the same thing that went on with Sony: two massive successes with PS1 and PS2 and then taking their eye off the ball with PS3 ("the next gen begins when we arrive" = people will buy what we put in front of them). Third place this gen was a good lesson to Sony and a good thing for gaming.
    This XBone disaster in the making could be great learning opportunity for MS.
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  • crisotunity 17/06/2013

    @DamDai A sage you say! Good grief!

    Mind you, I often get sages and Mario (wearing his tanooki) all mixed up
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  • crisotunity 17/06/2013

    @Marrrfooo The really scary thing is that MS seriously think that this is your typical adult gamer and aspirational figure for 15-year-olds. It seems that every style/fashion/tech trend of the last 6-7 years have completely passed them by: what self-respecting teenager will see this clown as an icon? In Major Nelson MS are banking on a mascot that would have been a gross caricature in the 1990s.
    I have zero corporate affiliation (ie, I care about Sony, MS, etc as much as they care about me) but I hope this XBone venture crashes and burns: the whole thing is totally anti-gamer!
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  • Microsoft kills game ownership and expects us to smile

  • crisotunity 07/06/2013

    @wowami Exactly: the whole point about Steam, iOS, Android eco-systems is that they can provide cheap and very cheerful distractions or brief trips down nostalgia lane. They represent a totally different business model. Consumers will drink a £2 cup of coffee from a paper cup; but they will not accept a £60 per bottle wine in a plastic container. How difficult is this to comprehend?
    BTW I'd love to know how many copies of Fifa 2013 were sold on Live/PSN at £55 :-O
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  • In Theory: Can the Xbox One cloud transform next-gen gaming?

  • crisotunity 28/05/2013

    Exactly - and despite the blitz of PR BS, the PS3 nearly became the death of Sony. You'd think that MS would learn from their opponent's misfortune (in-between laughing their heads off), but here we are.
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  • Phil Harrison tries (again) to clarify game ownership, second-hand sales and always-online in Xbox One

  • crisotunity 22/05/2013

    @strange-quark You're absolutely right! MS and everyone else obsess with "lost sales" - the truth is that there are a lot of people who would never have got into gaming if it wasn't for 2nd hand stores and older brother hand-me-downs.
    If they make things too difficult for the consumer, they will lose a whole cohort of young people who simply do not live the lives imagined by the bozos in PR offices. This is why mobile gaming is gaining; and this is why WiiU's annual sales equal the quarterly sales of the iPod Touch.
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  • Wii U external hard drive required to download Lego City Undercover, Nintendo says

  • crisotunity 15/03/2013

    Honestly, I don't think that either the WiiU or the Vita are doomed. The console market is contracting and I bet that no console releases (and subsequent sales) will ever match the complete mania surrounding the PS1, PS2, N64 and the Wii. The WiiU and the Vita are players in a completely different landscape.
    Which is why I am so surprised to see console manufacturers antagonising their consumers with all these shenanigans (stupidly applied DRM, proprietary memory cards, etc) instead of bending over backwards to entice customers back from iOS and Android.
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  • crisotunity 15/03/2013

    Yep, as a Vita owner I can testify that Sony's choice of storage medium is actually stopping me from buying products from their on-line store. This is a very strange business model.
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  • Samsung Galaxy S4 has an Xbox 360-like gaming controller with an extendable clamp that holds phone

  • crisotunity 15/03/2013

    @HotCoffee +10m
    Seriously, pick up a 2nd hand Vita at £150 if you really want proper controllers.
    This contraption looks like dog poop.
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  • PlayStation Vita sales surge in Japan after price-cut

  • crisotunity 07/03/2013

    @Penguinzoot +1
    I am not a cheapskate, but I cannot believe what a psychological barrier this is for me. The whole thing about buying bespoke memory cards (as opposed to using one of a dozen SD or micro SD cards I already have) is just annoying. And it just feels like a throwback to the 1990s; completely incongruous with the design philosophy of the Vita. Still want one - still not buying.
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  • Ex-HMV staff hijack company Twitter account as 190 employees are laid off

  • crisotunity 01/02/2013

    @rabbitweed Couldn't agree more. As an outsider/normal customer, I saw a massive improvement in the way HMV operated (including prices, service) in the last 18 months or so.
    I had to convince my mates to check out the HMV stores in Central London before Christmas, because they thought that HMV were still selling chart DVDs for £20 and staffed by bored teenagers!
    I don't think any of this filtered through the marketing ("top dog for Christmas" is not particularly helpful). And it did not help that some very, very busy stores (like the one in Hampstead) closed down.
    I am sorry for the staff - I went through a "restructuring" programme about a year ago: not the happiest days of my life.
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  • HMV pins hope on FIFA 13 and Skylanders as it battles through winter

  • crisotunity 14/12/2012

    @Markusdragon Why do you think on-line would follow a different course? Once Bricks and mortar shops are gone, Amazon, Tesco and Sainsbury will start gunning for the independent on-line retailers. I suspect that -for a while- you'll be able to get your new releases for £20-£25.
    Until the little guys get eliminated.
    At that point, all bets are off. The Big Three will enjoy a stable oligopoly and there will be zero incentive to compete on price.

    I am not being sentimental, but I have made the effort to "spread the wealth" for the past couple of years: yes, I will buy the odd Amazon super-bargain, but I will happily pay a 10%-20% "bricks and mortar tax" for most things.
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  • crisotunity 14/12/2012

    How long has it been since some of you set foot inside an HMV store? I agree that about five-ten years ago it was a bit of a joke (CDs at £16, etc), but I honestly did not see any "£30 Blu Rays" when I went shopping for presents last week. From my own experience, they have really raised their game in the last few years and they don't deserve to go under.

    As for the on-line, who-needs-HMV fans: as consumers, we need to get a clue and fast.
    Amazon's business model

    For all their faults (and there are plenty) as soon as HMV, Game, Jessops, Waterstones and another couple of "middle-brow" chains (ie not John Lewis or Apple) disappear, you will find that online bargains will disappear with them.

    Have fun doing your CD/DVD browsing at your local Sainsbury's :cry:
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  • Face-Off: Darksiders 2 on Wii U

  • crisotunity 10/12/2012

    we'd perhaps hold fire on a Wii U purchase until it comes down in price.
    And this is the moral of the story - at £180 (for the so-called "premium" pack) I'd buy a WiiU today just to play Super Mario.
    But at £300 (which translates to around $500), the WiiU goes up against an awful lot of other desirable gadgets.
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  • Xbox co-creator reckons it's harder for consoles to ignore the Apple experience

  • crisotunity 27/11/2012

    @Timotei Don't even try to reason. The "Real Gamerz" squad has spoken and they are not famed for their reading comprehension. Reply +3
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic re-review

  • crisotunity 26/11/2012

    It then suffocated them with padding, slow levelling and an endless array of tedious stock quests that no amount of dialogue could jazz up. (You also had to spend a ridiculous amount of time running around to check in on people
    A bit like Borderlands 2 then?

    To be clear, I am not an MM RPG/Loot-gathering fan and I accept that attempting to play Borderlands was a mistaken choice for me rather than something being wrong with the game.
    But it just feels a bit unfair to pick on a random MMO and accuse it of something which is typical for the genre, while giving 9/10 to games which do -in essence- exactly the same thing. Just saying.
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  • Nintendo Wii U review

  • crisotunity 19/11/2012

    There's going to be some serious cabling work going on around this machine: Wii to motion sensor; Wii to "classic controllers"; Wii to HDD; HDD external power; Wii power brick; Wii pad charger and cable (non-standardised/USB).

    Probably designed with US-style "game-rooms" in mind, rather than pokey London flats.
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  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 review

  • crisotunity 15/11/2012

    This is putting the cart in front of the horse.
    I do not need a reviewer (ie, a complete stranger off the internet) to tell me that they "had fun".
    I want a reviewer to say that (for example) "this installment has solved all the MP lag-compensation issues of its predecessors. Therefore, winning a MP round feels great and losing makes you want to play again to get better = this makes it a fun game".

    It's the old "show don't tell".
    As for how you'd apply this to movies... well would you pay £15 ticket for a movie that loses sound every 5 minutes; or one that has "Attack of the Clones"-style dialogue? Should the reviewer not say that there are serious problems?
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  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 PS3 owners upset at broken DLC codes as Activision battles online issues

  • crisotunity 15/11/2012

    @Mallistone and pandrewh ,
    I think this has to be the most hilarious, end-of-civilisation comment ever. Gamers are paying £160 to play a 3rd person shooter!! No wonder our economies are buggered.

    I can only hope that this is the beginning of the end for this travesty of a franchise (I got some negative comments in another thread when I likened the media manipulation and mass hysteria surrounding CoD with what happened to all the Guitar Hero, Tony Hawks games and the Wii Board).
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  • Resident Evil 6 sells a whopping 675k in Japan opening week

  • crisotunity 10/10/2012

    I'd be very, very happy if the PS4 is a "720p with all the trimmings" machine (ie, good AA, rock solid 60fps, visual effects up the wazoo, etc). The odd 1080p title might be nice, but let developers figure that out later on in the macjine's life.
    Sell the hardware at a reasonable price (ie, no more than £250) and you can win over all the Apple-TV/HTPC users, Blu-ray upgraders, casual and hardcore gamers.
    Honestly, all this nonsense around 3D, 4K, etc is not gaining any traction. I do respect Sony for trying something different, but innovation does not equal being oblivious to the world around you (recession, proliferation of other portable devices, etc).
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  • crisotunity 10/10/2012

    If Sony sells the WiFi version at £170 including a memory card, I'll bite. It's a fine piece of hardware, but it's on the wrong side of "impulse buy" at the moment so it ends up competing with too many other shiny toys :-)
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  • Would you like any side quests with that?

  • crisotunity 08/10/2012

    I'm half-way through Borderlands 2 (Siren) and I simply don't get the amount of love for this game: fetch missions galore based around samey, shooty increasingly underwhelming set-pieces. It's all nicely polished, but damned if I knew how this got a 9/10 from this site.
    I suppose looting is not for me :-)
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  • UK iPhone 5 prices start at £529

  • crisotunity 13/09/2012

    The Samsung front-end the the nonsensical Android eco-system is what pushed me back to Apple after a brief and frustrating affair with a Galaxy S2 (great hardware, shame about everything else).
    The UK pricing for the iPhone is inflated (by between $50-$100) but Apple is not the only or even one of the worst offenders - sadly.
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  • crisotunity 13/09/2012

    @MightyJordan Wait until you check out the price "conversion" for the new Nikon camera, the D600 just announced yesterday: apparently, $2,100=£2,100!!
    As a consumer, all I can say is please don't touch these products with a barge-pole until Apple, Nikon, etc understand that the UK market is not an easy source for annual bonuses. Consumer pressure does work: Sony used to price their cameras at nearly $1:£1 ratio; after a few failures, their new NEX cameras reflect some sort of real world exchange rates.
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  • ArmA dev confirms: staff arrested, accused of spying by Greek authorities

  • crisotunity 11/09/2012

    Can anyone else picture the Czech duo as uber-clueless Moss and Roy on a jaunt to photograph military bases?
    Depressingly, this sort of thing (and Gunman's comments) pretty much confirm every lowest-denominator gamer stereotype.
    Reply +10
  • PlayStation Vita update locks memory cards to PSN accounts

  • crisotunity 29/08/2012

    Vita: continuing the customer-friendly trend set by PSP Go. Reply +11
  • Sources: Sony Liverpool was working on WipEout PS4 and a Splinter Cell style game for PS4

  • crisotunity 22/08/2012

    Sad news and stressful times for everyone working there. This time last year I was in the process of applying for my job and, man, it sucked. For all it's worth, good luck to everyone.

    Let's hope the Sony top-dogs know what they're doing. It may be true that Wipeout has not propelled the Vita into stratospheric sales, but class is permanent. And, honestly, I would fire Sony's marketing monkeys responsible for the Vita shambles rather than blaming Wipeout.
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  • Japan chart: 3DS XL launch a bigger success than DSi or DSi XL

  • crisotunity 31/07/2012

    The Japanese games-buying public is the worst enemy the Japanese games industry has right now - and it's not limited to Nintendo.


    Also: PSV is failing because it tried something different (so the Japanese don't fancy it) but executed it relatively shoddily (so Europeans and Americans keep buying much sleeker Android and iOS devices).

    No one is saying that Nintendo is going to die, but think of them as the venerable games arcade setting: they provide a unique experience; they are big (or big enough) in Japan; they do have ardent fans all over the world; but will eventually become niche. The mainstream will be iOS, Android, W8.

    Sony need to find their own niche and soon!
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  • Nintendo 3DS XL Review

  • crisotunity 07/07/2012

    Maybe I should have clarified:
    All three gadgets play games (with the upper hand to 3ds) and the Vita and the 3ds are really trying hard to get their software up to the level of Android and iOS so that they can tick the boxes reading "social networking, Internet, email, app store", but with very limited success.

    In terms of hardware, how on earth can Nintendo and Sony market devices with less than 3.5-hour battery as "take anywhere" only they know.
    Also, if anandtech and ars technica are to be believed, I would not wish Vita's Skype on my worst enemy.

    Bottom line, if Zelda and Uncharted on the go is the most important factor for you, DS/Vita is your only choice for now. The rest of us will look elsewhere because both iOs and Android are markedly better at everything else.
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