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  • First Forza Horizon nears "end of life" status

  • dwalker109 26/09/2016

    @Manny2000 But that is exactly what does happen - things go out of print all the time.

    Sometimes they get re-released, or remastered. Sometimes they end up in libraries. This isn't a new phenomenon.
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  • dwalker109 26/09/2016

    While I agree that the case for archival is strong (the comparison to the BBC wiping early material is a very good one), that doesn't necessarily mean keeping a title available for purchase in a digital storefront forever.

    Realistically, much more robust archival would be needed anyway - host hardware (or high quality emulation at worst), patches, DLC - it is a complex problem.
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  • Earn entry into Titanfall 2 multiplayer mode at US resturant

  • dwalker109 23/09/2016

    @IronSoldier Now now, pretty sure the menu at "Buffalo Wild Wings" is salty enough already....

    BOOOOOOM ;)

    I just used the internet's most annoying coinage. I hate myself more than you ever could right now....
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  • Virginia review

  • dwalker109 22/09/2016

    The idea that some consumers of videogames have that the form is mature, unchanging and not suitable for experimentation is laughable.

    I'd make some comparison with the introduction of sound in movies, or with the publication of Don Quixote, but its so fucking obvious I won't even bother.
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  • Is DayZ still coming out on console and, you know, WTH is going on?

  • dwalker109 22/09/2016

    A really interesting read. And a great explanation for why I hate "early access" so much. Not because people are essentially paying to be alpha testers - they make that choice, even if they often don't understand it - but because it creates an environment not unlike the "publisher meddling" which we have heard about so many times over the years.

    While it is inevitable that even the most well planned software changes over the course of its development, it is far more extreme in a case like this. Developers are essentially asking a big group of people to help them design by committee, constantly, while developing the thing - and when did that ever end well?

    Would Demon's Souls have benefited from early access? Or Zelda 64? Or Witcher 3? I would argue that no, they wouldn't have.
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  • BioShock Collection PC patch takes aim at mouse, graphical issues

  • dwalker109 21/09/2016

    @IronSoldier Sick burn. Reply +1
  • dwalker109 21/09/2016

    @IronSoldier You do realise you're doing exactly what you're accusing me of? No? No.

    You definitely need the week's national developer service more than most. You're the most ardent armchair developer of them all.

    I would dearly love to know what flawless works of genius you spend your days producing.
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  • dwalker109 20/09/2016

    @arcam Good points all.

    I genuinely don't see the influence of social media on any of those things (Xbox One notwithstanding) - but that's presumably because I'm not engaged with any of them. These things simply aren't that visible if you're on the outside.

    Destiny is the only one I am remotely familiar with. And I know TKK made a lot of changes - but equally, many developers have spoken about the need to balance the volume of the outspoken hardcore minority with everything else. Things like Blizzard's balancing efforts - they might mention fan's opinions on stuff but their metrics are the real guidance they use when making changes.

    So that's why I think the importance of fans opinions could well be overstated.

    This is also a loooong way from the original point I was making, which was, ultimately, that the manner in which people express their dislike is rather ugly.
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  • dwalker109 20/09/2016

    @darkmoles I'm struggling to think of any other cases where this has happened though.

    Is it the exception that proves the rule? You are right that social media is powerful, but I do wonder if that is an echo chamber effect - i.e., how powerful is it, really?

    [Edit] - Genuine question, btw! This isn't snark or trolling.
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  • dwalker109 20/09/2016

    @darkmoles But what issues do you now need to raise? Raising issues is absolutely a good thing to do. And these issues (real, technical ones) are being addressed.

    Are there more not detailed in the news stories? Or is it that these versions are not improved enough? How do we measure that? And who decides? And does that metric take into account budget etc?

    I'm talking about the outrage that accompanies every little thing. And the endless bile (not by you, I hasten to add) which accompanies that.

    Oh, and this genuinely isn't trolling. I'm sure most people (other than the guy who got banned for a month for trolling incessantly) realise the distinction.
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  • dwalker109 20/09/2016

    @jammers101 Good point. Maybe. I only ever see people calling out devs though - lazy, talentless, etc. Reply +1
  • dwalker109 20/09/2016

    @darkmoles Sure, which you can do by not buying it. That's the only voice a consumer has, really. Reply -6
  • dwalker109 20/09/2016

    @Duffking Sure, but this is one of many things on a list. A list that grows, not shrinks. A list with priorities. And things like "fix save corruption" will naturally rank above "sort out ini option menu parsing".

    My point is that all developers do actually want to make the experience seamless and perfect. But then reality gets in the way, and seeing them constantly branded as lazy rankles.
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  • dwalker109 20/09/2016

    @IronSoldier You of all people know what trolling is, so I'm amazed that you think that was. It's my genuine opinion. This constant, incessant outrage gets old. Reply +1
  • dwalker109 20/09/2016

    Probably didn't do it to intentionally upset you guys! There's quite a lot of work to do on this stuff, and a deadline to hit. They are patching, relax.

    Spending a week working in software development should be mandatory for anyone who wants to play a videogame or comment on one on the internet...
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  • Yep, Hitler's in Sniper Elite 4

  • dwalker109 20/09/2016

    I wonder if spending your days modelling a fully destructable/deformable spleen is more/equally/less depressing than modelling a bank of flushing toilets. Reply +7
  • Play the Warcraft adventure game that was never released

  • dwalker109 12/09/2016

    Link it dead, courtesy of activision@copyright-compliance.com... Reply +1
  • Now there's a Titanfall card battler

  • dwalker109 12/09/2016

    I mean, at least it isn't a fantasy one? Right? Right... Reply +1
  • The Last Guardian delayed again

  • dwalker109 12/09/2016

    @Malesoun Disagree profusely. I played SotC in 2011 on PS3, and it was stunning. It probably didn't have the lead in terms of technical ability, but the art design still held up as well as on release. Reply +5
  • Fallout 4 and Skyrim PS4 mods look dead - and Bethesda blames Sony

  • dwalker109 12/09/2016

    The sound format issue is a big one - not easy to just work around.

    Personally, I'm fine with this. Modifying a game (not user generated content, hacking around with content in this way) is very much ideally suited to PC, where the inherent instability is not unusual anyway (not having a go at PC as a platform, but PCs aren't a walled garden and they will crash from time to time).
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  • Sony plays down PS4 Pro's lack of 4K Blu-ray disc support

  • dwalker109 08/09/2016

    @Robbie_Wetta Pretty niche though. And this thing isn't really looking for niche appeal. Reply -7
  • Apple iPhone 7 more expensive in UK - blame Brexit

  • dwalker109 08/09/2016

    @BobbyDeNiro "Experts" (sic) are probably better placed to offer estimates, though. This post-Govian attitude stinks.

    And the economy hardly did well out of it, did it. Unless you benefit from exporting. My Santander 123 interest rate, holiday in Italy and new iPhone means that for me, personally, it has had quite a noticeable impact already. First world problems true, but hardship is relative.
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  • dwalker109 08/09/2016

    @Crazy-MadBob Bet you're gutted then, because that just isn't happening.

    https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=6&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwic6_yJ2v_OAhUqCsAKHZ-nDcEQFgg1MAU&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.huffingtonpost.co.uk%2Fentry%2Fnigel-farage-theresa-may-eu-referendum_uk_57cd376be4b085cf1eceb6f6&usg=AFQjCNEvk-STnVzRk2qqvOmsu4SUlzrXxQ&sig2=cE6o8Jn6MsoVKhmIsnGH1w
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  • dwalker109 08/09/2016

    @HappyGator It's quite simple, it really is. The pound nosedived, and UK industries have even benefited as far as exports are concerned. The pound has recovered a little, but is still worth about 10% what it was in early June.

    This has had an undeniable effect on imports though. Without assigning a value judgment to it, it is irrefutable. Company wants to protect its profit margins, and prices products according to what the market will bear. Too expensive? Unless it fails to sell, probably not.
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  • dwalker109 08/09/2016

    This is just the thin end of the wedge.

    Those of us in a position to spend hundreds on phones (which some of us just prefer to Android devices for various reasons, and really aren't bothered about spending less to deal with the serviceable but inelegant Android) won't like it but will cope.

    Once this hits energy costs (we essentially import a lot of energy because mining is for chumps, apparently), food costs (ditto) and clothing costs (again, none of it is made here) it really will pinch.

    Depressing, it really is.
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  • Apple accidentally announces iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus via own website

  • dwalker109 07/09/2016

    @andijames Mine have a fab set, I think they run on the tears of tightfisted Skoda drivers. If you listen very carefully you can hear them moaning "but it's basically a VW" in the dead of night. Reply +6
  • dwalker109 07/09/2016

    @Ra3v3r Sure, but that is one of the commonly stated reasons it might be done. There are different degrees of waterproofing remember, that might come into it. Reply +2
  • dwalker109 07/09/2016

    @bratsampson Mountains have been written on this. But the general reasoning for dropping it is so the phone can be made thinner, and can be made more water resistant. Reply +5
  • Ark fans burned by Scorched Earth, the Early Access game's "completely finished" expansion

  • dwalker109 05/09/2016

    I really hate early access as a concept - allowing fans to pitch in with ideas is a terrible idea because yo just have to ignore almost all of them, because most people's ideas are bad, unfeasible or both.

    This also leads to the sort of feature creep which makes software overrun its budgeting. And I think it more likely that the devs are doing this stuff to avoid going bust, not to make large profits.
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  • Mother Russia Bleeds review

  • dwalker109 05/09/2016

    Great review. Something about this made me uneasy when I saw the reveal trailer months back, despite having a real soft spot for these games, growing up in the 1980s as I did.

    It just sounds a bit horrid.
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  • Deus Ex Go isn't really Deus Ex, but it understands what's great about it

  • dwalker109 01/09/2016

    @Sagara_Sousuke_x But surely if gamers just let it be, that means that (by and large) they do not mind. As people commenting on a gaming site, we are already not really indicative of the wider public.

    I would prefer this stuff to not exist either, fwiw - but I accept that a lot of my feelings about this are emotional.
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  • dwalker109 01/09/2016

    @redseedsprofile That's what I'm saying. Buy the game, enjoy it. Don't buy any microtransaction stuff.

    If (as we suspect might be the case) the target market for this game aren#t interested, the microtransactions will not be a success and they will disappear.

    If they are a success, you might have to accept your opinion is not aligned with the bulk of the games buying public.
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  • dwalker109 01/09/2016

    @redseedsprofile "Pandering internet snark"?

    The micro transactions in Deus Ex are surprising and unwelcome. But this attitude is indeed an overreaction.

    Don't buy any. If the market agrees, they will disappear. If the market likes them you're pissing in the wind anyway.
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  • Castle of Illusion remake will be removed from sale on Friday

  • dwalker109 01/09/2016

    You win some, you lose some. There are surely plenty of games from 10 or 20 years ago which, to all intents and purposes, no longer exist, and they were physical only.

    Comparing games to books is a bit off the mark IMHO, largely because of how tightly formats and titles are linked. Preserving them for eternity takes a lot more than making sure Sega renew licensing ad infinitum.
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  • Klei Entertainment's upcoming Hot Lava is exactly what it sounds like

  • dwalker109 30/08/2016

    I reaaaaaaly don't mean to be a dick but I do find Jeffrey's cultural touchpoints a bit frustrating. I'd love for him to report news stories without so much extraneous padding. Reply +4
  • Watch: Why I'm not sticking with No Man's Sky

  • dwalker109 26/08/2016

    @almondo I hope you do actually get lied to one day. For real. On that day you will gain such insight. Reply -2
  • dwalker109 25/08/2016

    @almondo Oh OK. You said earlier "And I didn't pay for it.".

    So you either haven't played it (which is fine, but makes your opinion less relevant than most) or your mum bought it for you (which is probably the most likely explanation, my apologies).
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  • dwalker109 25/08/2016

    @almondo No, cretin.

    How many other games have you stolen this week?
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  • dwalker109 25/08/2016

    @almondo Normally not a problem, but your confirmation bias and seeming support for piracy is frustrating.

    I also tire of your constant, baseless accusation that this site is corrupt and gets paid for good reviews, simply because you/Jim disagree with them.
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  • dwalker109 25/08/2016

    @dadrester GTA5 is amazing for this stuff. I recall stopping my car, pulling a farmer out of his tractor, and driving off it it. He followed me in my abandoned supercar, shooting at me. And killed me.

    It was incredible.

    But of course, GTA5 cost millions of pounds to make, and took a team of hundreds 5 years.
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  • dwalker109 25/08/2016

    @almondo You sound just like the last guy who took that view. Where is he now, eh?

    And serious - did you spend 50 on it? Did you play it? So don't read the "bullshit reviews on here", and just fuck off to Jim Sterling's sweaty teat.
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  • dwalker109 25/08/2016

    @almondo Imagine that, a difference of opinion. Reply +7
  • dwalker109 25/08/2016

    Thing is though, Johnny has obviously played and enjoyed the game to a point. He has then tired of it. Isn't that normally the way? You can play 6 hours of Call of Duty, enjoy it, and then move on - then doesn't make CoD shit, and it doesn't make it overpriced. I can think of many games which I enjoyed and then tired of. Sometimes before the campaign ended, sometimes after.

    I've played probably 10, 15 hours of NMS. I am enjoying it. I'm sure I will tire of it before I hit 30. That's really not bad.

    I don't get the belief some people have that if a game does not have a drip feed of new content, 100's of hours of lifespan and features coming out of its arse, then it must be shit.
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  • A new PC mod fixes one of No Man's Sky's most frustrating traits

  • dwalker109 23/08/2016

    @DrStrangelove ... at some point. We really have no idea why it isn't that way now. We can only speculate. Reply 0
  • dwalker109 23/08/2016

    @TheTingler Time, money, priorities.

    But mainly vision. If Hello Games had wanted low level flight they would have done it that way.

    Fwiw, I would like to see it implemented, plus hovering/reversing. We shall see.
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  • No Man's Sky is a fine example of one type of game (but many people were expecting another)

  • dwalker109 22/08/2016

    @almondo I got exactly what I believed I was getting, because I'm an intelligent human being who can differentiate between a preview and a promise.

    The internet really is a virulent cesspool of childish tears isn't it. They didn't make an MMO, they were never making an MMO, get over it.

    This shit reminds me of the Witcher 3 "downgrade" whining all over again. Utterly ridiculous.
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  • dwalker109 20/08/2016

    Great read. Which has flown over the heads of many already, it seems.

    The irony in requesting a "proper" article on NMS instead of this is brilliant!
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  • Watchdog investigates Future merger with Imagine

  • dwalker109 22/08/2016

    @Zomoniac I love Edge, and the visual design, and the covers - but bear in mind that one is a subscriber's cover, which is always different to the newstand version and contains barely any promo stuff. Reply 0
  • Disgruntled No Man's Sky players thrust Sony's PS4 refund policy back into the spotlight

  • dwalker109 19/08/2016

    Part of the issue here is that is almost impossible to provide a warranty on software - EULAs routinely exclude pretty much everything beyond "it is compiled for platform X and is compatible with the stated system".

    A big part of this is the complexity of computer software, and the difficulty in drawing a line as to what is commonly accepted as "good enough". Does a single crash rule it out? Two? Three? The sort of QA needed to ensure zero crashes would make games completely impossible to fund, and is nigh on impossible on open platforms like PC. Ignoring this reality is bad form from Sony and I would like to see them address it.

    Demanding a refund because you don't like a game is ridiculous though. Steam offer this, great, but it really isn't anti consumer to not offer it. I've been reading reviews since the 1980s because making an informed decision is your own responsibility.
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  • No Man's Sky offers new PC patch beta

  • dwalker109 17/08/2016

    @-TheDarkSide- Because it was wall to wall drivel. I'm surprised at the removal but I won't shed a tear. He's free to go complain on PC Gamer's forum or something. Reply -2