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  • PlayStation Plus October line-up revealed

  • drxym 30/09/2015

    Another poor month. PSN+ used to offer recognizable full titles, but mostly it's just indie and obscure stuff. I wouldn't be surprised if the quality jumps around Christmas to snag all those new owners and then slumps right back down again. Reply +2
  • Lego Dimensions has a three year plan for more levels and characters

  • drxym 25/09/2015

    99 for a starter set. If that doesn't spell "prepare to be shafted" then I don't know what does. These NFC games (Skylanders, Infinity as well) are cynically designed so you could end up paying 2-3x as much on figurines / boosters etc. because so much is sealed off to incentivize buying additional characters. Reply +5
  • PES 2016 vs FIFA 16: a friendly comparison

  • drxym 18/09/2015

    Who cares about either of them any more when we have Rocket League? A football game that is actually fun. Reply -6
  • Our first hands-on with Total War: Warhammer

  • drxym 16/09/2015

    I've yet to see a Total War game which doesn't have obvious and game breaking bugs. Reply 0
  • Michael J. Fox reprises his role as Marty McFly in Lego Dimensions

  • drxym 16/09/2015

    @freethinker101, stop being so ridiculous. Big name actors cost money and they've phoned in some terrible game performances. Recording hundreds of lines for a game requires a lot of time and voice actors are cheaper, more experience doing it and have the time for retakes. Look at Peter Dinklage as a recent example of a major actor botching their dialogue.

    As for Michael J Fox, it's not about attitude but reality. Go watch any interview with him on YouTube from the last few years. His condition is advanced and it affects his speech.

    So enough of the faux outrage. It's an obvious point of concern.
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  • drxym 15/09/2015

    While it's nice to have original actors, I don't think it necessarily better than just getting sound a-likes. A lot of TV/movie actors aren't very good at delivering lines for a game and it can come across as stilted, particularly if they're only booked for a limited time due to costs. Games have a lot of lines for all the incidental stuff, missions, quests etc. and they have to be delivered properly. Even The Lego Movie game demonstrated this, using voice actors for most of the game and only using the movie cast in cutscenes lifted straight from the movie. To be honest you could barely tell the difference.

    For the likes of Back to the Future I think it's worse for obvious reasons - Michael J Fox is suffering from a degenerative disease and I don't know how they can possibly get him to voice all his lines as teenage Marty McFly unless it's just a token sound clip or two. BTTF has already been a game for Telltale and they used a voice actor there too and you'd barely know it.
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  • PlayStation 4 CUH-1200 'C-Chassis' review

  • drxym 14/09/2015

    Does it have a USB port on the back so that cables / dongles aren't poking out the front? I don't understand why no Playstation has bothered to correct this obvious flaw. Reply +1
  • Fallout 4's big Season Pass promise

  • drxym 09/09/2015

    Season passes are for chumps. It normally amounts to little more than a few skins and some minor quest or side missions. Reply 0
  • Angry Birds developer Rovio to lay off 260 staff

  • drxym 26/08/2015

    Once upon a time Rovio used to make games. But then they made a lot of money and started selling merchandise. Then they saw other game makers selling freemium "games" where the intent was not for people to have fun but to get them habituated into buying unlocks.

    Then we got the likes of Angry Birds Go and then Angry Birds 2 putting the thumbscrews on to buy boosters to unlock levels which were virtually impossible to complete otherwise. And Rovio's reputation was flushed down the toilet.

    I would not be sorry if Rovio, Zynga, King, Gameloft, EA and all the freemium "game" makers were wiped off the face of the earth. Maybe mobile gamers will get more decent games even if they cost a little money up front to buy
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  • Hearthstone 99/1 to be a part of the Winter Olympics 2030

  • drxym 25/08/2015

    The trick with any stupid prediction is to make it sufficiently far in the future that you're unlikely to be called out on it. E.g. video games to be in the 2030 Olympics. Maybe Dominic Diamond will host them too. Reply +1
  • Nintendo patents console without a disc drive

  • drxym 23/08/2015

    @MattEvansC3 I still don't see what's novel. "diskless" consoles have appeared before now, e.g. Ouya, not that it would be novel even if they hadn't because it's technically obvious. Stuff like remote gameplay / streaming is also well covered by prior art. Reply -1
  • drxym 22/08/2015

    So what's novel about this to justify a patent? Reply +2
  • Everquest 2 to experiment with permanent "prison server"

  • drxym 20/08/2015

    This takes me back. When I used to run a mud we had a "sad room" designed for one particular trouble maker who used to disrupt the game, get banned, disrupt, the game, get banned etc. So we'd tag his chars as "the sad twat" and that instantly put him in the sad room. No exits, no ability to talk, shout, or whisper. Just a description all for him explaining what a sad, pathetic loser he was. Reply +2
  • We're all Palmer Luckey on the cover of Time magazine

  • drxym 07/08/2015

    VR will be the new kinect. Sounds great on paper but sucks in practice. Reply -2
  • Angry Birds 2 review

  • drxym 04/08/2015

    The review doesn't surprise me. Rovio and other producers have forgotten they're supposed to be making games and just churn out attractive skinner boxes. It doesn't matter that it superficially resembles a game - Candy Crush does too - but if levels are deliberately and cynically designed to be hard to beat without boosters then it isn't.

    Its not the first franchise to be ruined in such a way either. Plants vs Zombies generated enormous good will as a casual but fun game with lots of content, all of which was destroyed when PvZ 2 came out as a micropayment nightmare.
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  • The Amiga is 30 years old today

  • drxym 23/07/2015

    @dwalker109 I remember the ST / Amiga flamewars with some fondness. Since I owned both it was kind of amusing to witness the zealotry from both sides. Especially after the market for both collapsed and they were still fighting it out like fish in a shrinking pond. Reply +2
  • drxym 23/07/2015

    I started off with a ZX Spectrum, had an Amiga A500 for a while, then an ST, then a couple more Amigas, all A500s. I had an enormous 20MB hdd sidecar which I'd use for games and for programming. Lattice / SAS C was awesome for development and Fred Fish disks supplied enough Unix like command tools that it was a very advanced system for the time.

    When I was leaving university I saved up enough cash to buy an A4000. I rang up the dealer only to be told that Commodore had jacked the price up by 100. So I bought a PC instead and with hindsight it was the best thing I ever did. Much though I liked the Amiga, the reality was Commodore squandered their technical lead and ran the brand into the ground. It was kind of sad to see the brand passed around from one failed relaunch to another which were obviously doomed to fail.

    I still have floppy disks with stuff on I'd like to recover. I wish there was a cheap USB floppy drive and some software to read it off.
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  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC "interim" patch planned for August

  • drxym 21/07/2015

    The game plays fairly well on my rig but anything that improves framerate and performance are to be welcomed. Reply 0
  • Prototype's HD Biohazard Bundle is a big disappointment

  • drxym 17/07/2015

    "Remaster" is such an overused word. Most remasters are just ports of code and assets to a new platform. They might benefit from a higher res but little else. Even those that go that extra inch are doing little more than tweaking lighting, shaders, LOD than actually doing something substantial. Reply +5
  • Lizard Squad attacks PlanetSide 2, H1Z1, more

  • drxym 11/07/2015

    All these attacks do is confirm these "hackers" for the immature little babies that they are. As if there was any doubt to begin with.

    I should add I played planetside 2 today with absolutely no trouble at all - aside from trying to figure out wtf I was supposed to be doing in the game.
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  • Canadian teen who harassed female League of Legend players jailed

  • drxym 10/07/2015

    The funny thing about these script kiddies is that despite their l33t names, they all turn out to be maladjusted losers in real life. Reply +1
  • Lizard Squad hacker who helped bring down PSN and Xbox Live at Christmas avoids jail

  • drxym 08/07/2015

    @stryker1121 - probably by commanding a bunch of bots to DDOS a critical server that controls logon or something similar.

    And yeah they are script kiddies. Immature man babies who find a vulnerability, launch an attack and then concoct some pathetic post hoc excuse for doing it.
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  • Former Valve economist Yanis Varoufakis quits as finance minister of Greece

  • drxym 06/07/2015

    Greece will be moving to a trading card based economy very shortly. A foil Batman Arkham Knight card should buy enough groceries to last a week. Reply +2
  • Batman: Arkham Knight Batgirl DLC dated, priced

  • drxym 03/07/2015

    I'm hoping that WB throw a bit of meaningful DLC at people who bought the PC version in good faith only to be let down. Reply +4
  • Warner Bros. allegedly knew about Arkham Knight PC's failures months ago - report

  • drxym 02/07/2015

    I actually find the game quite playable on my PC. But my PC is quite high spec and i can imagine other setups struggle. It's clear the consoles got first priority for perform and testing and optimization.

    I don't think its quite the disaster as AC Unity was since the game plays quite solidly - its just not optimized.
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  • EU PlayStation Plus games now update first Tuesday of each month

  • drxym 29/06/2015

    I wish PSN games would download with all the patches included. There is nothing more aggravating than downloading a 5GB game and then having another 4GB patch to follow. Reply +2
  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC fixes are "significant" and "will take some time"

  • drxym 29/06/2015

    As the game works well on 2 platforms I would guess that the problems aren't insurmountable. The PC game probably shares 95% of its code and virtually all of its assets with the console versions. So what remains is about optimization, particularly in key areas such as multi-core functionality, disk IO and so on. Reply 0
  • DICE: why Star Wars Battlefront AT-ATs are on-rails

  • drxym 27/06/2015

    That's a pretty lame rationalisation. I'm sure AT-ATs could have some directional controls while still constraining their path in some way. More likely their engine couldn't cope with it so they were scripted instead. Reply 0
  • Oculus Touch is the gold standard in VR control

  • drxym 24/06/2015

    So to use Oculus you need a high end PC, a tethered headset, two controllers, and two cameras. And people say that VR won't catch on. Reply +1
  • Sony announces lighter, less power hungry PS4 hardware

  • drxym 22/06/2015

    The ps4 probably won't see anything like the radical improvements of the ps3 because it has had a fairly conventional design from the get go with small nm CPU/GPU.

    The ps3 started off with an enormous chip count, mostly 90nm which required an equally enormous PSU and heatsink. As they cut the chip count and used smaller processes they could achieve substantial reductions.
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  • Don't hold your breath for PS4 backwards compatibility

  • drxym 20/06/2015

    I tend to believe the PS3 would be hard to emulate but that doesn't mean it's impossible, at least for a great many games who don't thrash the hardware.

    The Cell processor isn't THAT different from what we call GPGPU these days - programmers wrote a program called a kernel loaded it onto an SPU and fed it data which it transformed in some way. More or less similar to how CUDA / OpenCL work. Data in, data out. In fact so similar that the Cell had an OpenCL implementation.

    Also, it's not beyond reason that that the emulator would translate the machine instructions into their shader equivalent on the GPU AMD processor. Same for RSX shaders to AMD. Emulating the main CPU should pose no problem at all.

    So yeah I believe it's doable. It's a matter of how many games can be made to work and the financial return from bothering.

    I expect when 360 emulation turns up that it will support a very weird selection of games just as XB emulation did in the 360. Games that behave in a similar way such as using the same middleware / APIs. The lowest hanging fruit.
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  • Batman: Arkham Knight's 170 Batmobile Edition has been cancelled

  • drxym 18/06/2015

    Holy cash grab Batman! Reply +1
  • Hands-on with Microsoft's ridiculous $149 Elite Xbox controller

  • drxym 18/06/2015

    @markandrewroberts1 except that buying a charger and rechargeable AAs is not the cheapest option, and it sure as heck is not the most convenient either. Reply -2
  • drxym 18/06/2015

    $150 for a controller with a few swappable bits of plastic. How do they keep their prices so low and still make a profit? Reply -6
  • Tearaway Unfolded gets a September release date

  • drxym 14/06/2015

    I'm not interested in a remake. I hope its a new game. Reply 0
  • PS Now UK beta rental prices are pretty high

  • drxym 11/06/2015

    The whole concept is stupid. Regardless of whether I rent a new game or an old game it still requires one ps3 in the cloud to host it. So why don't they rent the time instead of the games? So why not let people buy a 24 hour pass or a 30 day pass and let them play what they like in that time? Reply 0
  • Video: Games that do mental health right

  • drxym 10/06/2015

    I'm not sure I want play any game that involves mental health issues unless it's an excuse for wanton carnage, e.g playing Trevor in GTA V. Reply -4
  • Uwe Boll quits crowdfunding with expletive-laden tirade after third project fails

  • drxym 08/06/2015

    Uwe Boll made deliberately bad movies so that investors would lose money, write off their investment and benefit from the tax breaks for funding movies. All the trolling and butchery of the licenced IP is him just making sure to alienate as many potential viewers of the movie as possible.

    I have no idea what the crowd funding is about but I wouldn't be surprised if it's another ruse of some kind.
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  • Fallout: New Vegas speedrun sets new world record

  • drxym 06/06/2015

    Glitching the game hardly seems like a legit way to do a speed run. Either you play it through according to the intended play mechanics or the run shouldn't count. Reply +3
  • Total War and Warhammer make the perfect couple

  • drxym 06/06/2015

    Total War has to be the most broken series of games to ever have existed. I've yet to own one where the battles were remotely playable thanks to the dumb AI - tell your troops to attack an enemy in a fort and they ignore the open gate and clamber up the sides and get stuck.

    I think the series would be better if it just dumped that aspect altogether and just concentrated on the strategy part.
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  • Fake Amiibo figures found on sale, pictured

  • drxym 04/06/2015

    The NFC chip and the functionality it unlocks is the only reason that the real figures (and skylanders, disney, etc) command a ludicrous markup instead of coming free inside a Happy Meal. They literally cost cents to make. Its no wonder they're being targeted by counterfeiters. Reply +1
  • Lego Dimensions is probably the only place you'll see Gandalf and a DeLorean together

  • drxym 03/06/2015

    Lego Cashgrab. Reply 0
  • We need to talk about emulation

  • drxym 31/05/2015

    To hell with this. The VAST majority of games on legacy platforms are fair game for emulation and I really don't see the problem. Reply +4
  • Lego Jurassic World platform-specific pre-order DLC revealed

  • drxym 31/05/2015

    A better idea - don't preorder ever. If a game is that good it will be borne out in the reviews, readily for sale everywhere, and if it isn't well... You've saved yourself a lot of money and disappointment.

    A few baubles shouldn't change your mind. Some games are so cynical and money grubbing about it that it's impossible to buy the complete game because each retailer has exclusive content and levels that the others don't. This practice should not be rewarded. Wait for the "game of the year" edition to show up in a sale in 6 or 12 months where you'll get the full game at a substantial discount.
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  • Looks like Microsoft will launch a new Xbox One controller in June

  • drxym 28/05/2015

    I don't have an XB1 but it flabbergasts me that owners have to buy a separate charge cable. The PS4 controller is just a standard USB charger and it has a 3.5mm jack which works pretty well for mic and headphones. Reply 0
  • Nintendo colours outside the lines in the lovable but irksome Splatoon

  • drxym 27/05/2015

    Hmm, sounds like a wasted opportunity really. The limitations on the multiplayer seem especially baffling because there are kid friendly multiplayer games like Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare which don't suffer the same. Reply +1
  • What can we learn from The Witcher 3 "downgrade" fiasco?

  • drxym 26/05/2015

    Here's what I learned a very long time ago - don't preorder games and then you won't be disappointed if they fail to meet your expectations. The Witcher 3 sounds like it's a good game despite a minor downgrade in graphics but it didn't hurt to have that confirmed by reviews before making an informed decision. Reply +6
  • Christopher Lloyd stars in new Lego Dimensions trailer

  • drxym 20/05/2015

    Poor Christopher Lloyd. He went from being a talented character actor to being typecast as Doc Brown for the rest of his life. Reply 0
  • Actually, Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, I think you'll find…

  • drxym 17/05/2015

    This series has always botched history. No surprise it continues to do so. Reply -1
  • Why DirectX 12 is a game-changer for PC enthusiasts

  • drxym 10/05/2015

    @FoureyesZero whether Windows 10 is "free" or not is irrelevant. Many people don't want to upgrade. Even if they do it doesn't magically upgrade their existing hardware. Nor does it magically upgrade their games.

    Writing thread safe, multi threaded software is NON TRIVIAL. Even if DX12 makes it a possibility to call the GPU in a thread safe way it means absolutely nothing for all software which works through some existing arrangement. Virtually every game would have a single thread, let's call it the master which would dispatch jobs to perform (physics, animation, collection detection), after which it would compose the scene. This is why the GPU tends to be bound to a single CPU. Switching this meaningfully to a more multithreaded model will take time.

    Even while it does games will have to be backwards compatible with other versions of Windows and DX which means they will be extremely unlikely to utilise multithreading to its full extent. DX12 will take a couple of years to take hold - for the OS, the hardware, and the games to come. This is basic realism.
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