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  • Fable Anniversary now backwards compatible on Xbox One

  • fergal_oc 06/10/2017

    The last game I worked on that actually shipped before leaving the games industry, likely for good. Such good times! Reply +1
  • EA says no, your FIFA matches aren't rigged

  • fergal_oc 20/06/2017

    Online Seasons is definitely rigged. The first 3 or 4 games I play in each division I always lose, then magically I win the last 4 or 5 and top the division.

    There was some interesting correlation with the fact that I would tend to stop playing after each division. So I took the opportunity to test this out. I'd play the first game in a division, leave the game and come back later. I'd almost always lose that first game regardless of how well I thought I'd played.

    Interestingly, I'd still lose the same number of consecutive games as I would on a longer stint, the next time I booted the game up, meaning it was that bit more difficult to win the division.

    So what I found was that the number of games I lost correlated with either the beginning of a new division or when I was on a fresh restart of the game.

    That means either the game is rigged, I fatigue easily or I take a long time to warm up after a break....
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  • Microsoft E3 2017 live report

  • fergal_oc 11/06/2017

    ouch Reply 0
  • GAME is having trouble with launch day Nintendo Switch deliveries

  • fergal_oc 06/03/2017

    Was promised Monday and now there's no delivery date :( Reply 0
  • fergal_oc 03/03/2017

    Just not good enough across the board. An email from amazon at 2am this morning saying the game won't turn up until Monday is unacceptable.

    Amazon have been getting worse and worse over the last 6months for me personally - Prime will not renewed!
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  • Pokémon Sun and Moon introduces Prof Oak's cousin

  • fergal_oc 09/09/2016

    Loving replaying Yellow on my 3DS, genuinely excited for this and I'm 36! Sad! Reply +1
  • Ark fans burned by Scorched Earth, the Early Access game's "completely finished" expansion

  • fergal_oc 06/09/2016

    @josepm.pons you took the words from my finger tips - it's disrespectful, smacks of immaturity within their development pipeline and process and shows that they've lost control and are prioritising future $$$s and not making sure that those already spent have been used to deliver a product that performs to an acceptable level. (I hate the word finished when it comes to games).

    My son loves the game but there's no way I'll be buying him the expansion pack. Having seen so much of this crap from within the industry already it's incredibly hard not to be cynical about these things.
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  • I have to break Fallout 4 to finish it

  • fergal_oc 20/01/2016

    Games Testing is still predominantly in the dark ages and games are continuing to outgrow the unsustainable human only approach.

    Beta's are the new test teams don't you know?
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  • Rocket League gets Back to the Future DLC

  • fergal_oc 13/10/2015

    Can't wait!
    Need Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors DLC too please!
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  • Inside the toy box

  • fergal_oc 22/07/2013

    Your 10yr old is playing Halo? What sort of parent are you!!!!!!!!! Reply +11
  • Dishonored's lead level designer labels PS4's 8GB RAM "a joy"

  • fergal_oc 09/03/2013

    @Cjail Well they didn't say it was x86-64, maybe it is, but if it isn't then it's going to be limited to 4GB of addressable memory. Reply 0
  • fergal_oc 09/03/2013

    Silly question but isn't the PS4 based on x86? Reply 0
  • Man responsible for Durango leak raided by the FBI

  • fergal_oc 22/02/2013

    Good to see the 10yr olds are out in force today, it's like the mailonline all over again.

    Allegedly, SuperDaE could be looking at 20+ years in prison with a possible consecutive life sentence if convicted.
    Since when did the word 'allgedly' have no meaning in a sentence, the words 'could' means 'will' and 'possible' mean 'a certainty'?
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  • Prepare your pennies for new Skylanders game, Skylanders Swap Force

  • fergal_oc 06/02/2013

    Unless they make the game more updateable just like buying a new character parents will soon tell them to fuck off. If this swap game doesn't have the option to get bigger and better over time my son will soon find that his love for skylanders will have to make way for my love for keeping out of my overdraft. Reply 0
  • Quantum Redshift: the forgotten Xbox exclusive Microsoft paid $1m for to take on WipEout

  • fergal_oc 16/11/2012

    I was part of the Cert team that tested QR before release. It was one of the main reasons why I bought an Xbox, after Halo of course. I never got to see the cover box art and so could just enjoy it for what it is. It's a shame still that marketing is often the reason why a good game succeeds or not. Reply +1
  • EA responds to FIFA 13 bug complaints aired on BBC's Watchdog last night

  • fergal_oc 02/11/2012

    When people say QA do they mean the Test Team? If so - STOP BLAMING THE TEST TEAM! Do people really think that the Test Team missed some of these most obvious bugs?

    Now I'm not defending EA, far from it. The number of times Fifa 13 has locked in the Arena when joining a Seasons match is unnaceptable. I don't get much time to game these days and having every other Seasons match fail to load, resulting in a return to the dashboard to get the game going again, means I'm spending far too much of my gaming time not gaming.

    Of course I forgot, everyone commenting here is a software developer, tester, pm or something else in software development.

    It's been said so many times, games ship with known bugs. When it comes to the crunch bugs get deferred in order to hit the end date. Having a marketing budget that has been spent advertising a game that's releasing on a certain date is a known cost and for a big title a BIG cost. Shipping a game that has bugs is a risk, but with the ability to patch and a potentially loyal fan base willing to part with their cash regardless it's a risk SOME team are willing to take.

    So to all those people spouting off blaming Test, what you're saying isn't new, it's been said since the dawn of time, but solely blaming Test is wrong!
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  • Need for Speed Most Wanted review

  • fergal_oc 30/10/2012

    No comments? I have a friend at EA who's been raving about this for quite some time. Understandably I'm a little disappointed with an 8 but can't wait to try it out myself. Reply -15
  • Halo 4 developer diary shows new footage

  • fergal_oc 05/03/2012

    Colour me excited! Reply +10
  • Burnout, Need for Speed dev Criterion opens its doors to students

  • fergal_oc 24/02/2012

    Think you're all being a bit harsh.

    EA does spend a fair amount of time working with Universities to pull in graduates. I'd also be surprised if this wasn't paid work, especially given the location of the studio.
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  • BASIC Instinct: A New Golden Age Of UK Development?

  • fergal_oc 24/01/2012

    I've scoured through the comments and couldn't find a direct reference although someone mentioned teacher training etc.

    Who is going to teach this curriculum?

    All of the good programmers are in high paid jobs already and for those of you with programmer friends, I'm sure you'll agree that very few of them have the social skills to teach a bunch of primary/early secondary school age children (ok maybe that's a bit harsh but you get my point).

    I think this is something I'd personally love to do at some point in my life but I'd have to take some sort of PGCE and then depending on starting salary, cut my income but at least 50%.

    I was lucky in that my dad was an electrical engineer and encouraged me at a young age (8) to use the computer and much like Braben etc I picked up a book about GW Basic that came with the PC and found myself taking an interest in programming.

    Hopefully, my son who has recently just turned 8, will have the same interest as he loves building levels in LBP and I'll slowly introduce him to some sort of basic language, but I know a lot of his friends aren't that way inclined at all.

    And if they're rushing this in for September, the first few years of students are likely to get a rough rough ride from a poor curriculum and badly trained teachers and all we'll end up doing is pushing people away from it altogether.

    @Brownstudy - generally if you're completely new to programming I would stay well clear of C++. The majority of programming fundementals can be picked up using something like DarkBasic. The use of variables, arrays, functions etc will all be there. If you want something a bit more 'flexible' then C# will encourage Object Oriented programming but I wouldn't say this was necessary for anyone doing it as a hobby and if you start with DarkBasic and plan on doing something more complicated you'll soon see the issues with procedural programming and Object Oriented programming might make more sense. Just my two pennies anyway.
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  • Sesame Street Kinect TV demoed live at CES

  • fergal_oc 10/01/2012

    @Kill_Crazy lets see your ideas then :) Reply 0
  • Kinect: Disneyland Adventures Review

  • fergal_oc 17/11/2011

    It's Disneyland in the states - Anaheim

    Having recently been to Disneyland Paris the entrance and Main Street are similar enough to make us think we were back there again. The music is great as you wander around and they've got It's a Small World - the wife was most happy I have to say.

    My 5yr old daughter did get a little frustrated with the gesture recognition although I think that's probably more down to the poor lighting and L-shapped sofa in the living room getting in the way. All was forgotten when she saw Mickey and was able to work around the park. If you've been to a Disney park and enjoyed the experience of just being there I can hearily recommend it.
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  • The Xbox is 10 years old today

  • fergal_oc 15/11/2011

    Happy birthday Xbox. Without you I would definitely have not had a career in the games industry. Working with you in the cert team in Slough was an awesome experience and set me on the road to a decent career. Thanks Microsoft and thank you Xbox. Truly the best console of the last generation and forefather to the best console of this generation. Reply +7
  • EA: how to fix FIFA 12 game crashes

  • fergal_oc 11/11/2011

    No what you mean is it WAS TESTED but the producers and other seniors decided not to bother fixing this stuff! Reply 0
  • Halo Reach gets Anniversary map pack next week

  • fergal_oc 11/11/2011

    I have to admit I'm loving this remake. It's been ages since I've played the original Halo and the updated look makes it feel like it was 10yrs ago. It really is like playing with rose tinted glasses. The game really is excellent and Legendry is just as hard as I remember it and the achievements are making it that extra little bit more difficult. Altogether just awesome! Reply +3
  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary footage

  • fergal_oc 01/11/2011

    So can't wait!!! Reply +2
  • First Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim footage

  • fergal_oc 24/02/2011

    Looks amazing all super dramaric, shame about the WATER it looks dreadful! Reply -2
  • European Nintendo 3DS Conference

  • fergal_oc 19/01/2011

    No price - that looks really dodgy! Reply 0
  • MS: Windows Phone 7 is our handheld

  • fergal_oc 12/01/2011

    I do have some concerns about the Windows platform on ARM announcement. Didn't think it was very clever considering they've only just released WP7.

    I've got my own game on marketplace (Christmas Chimney Chuck Challenge) which has sold a few copies but for a second I thought I was 1 of only 30, which is bonkers as I know at least a few more devs out there that have released their own Indy games - silly EG not proof reading before publishing - hrumph

    BTW - The Omnia 7 I think is awesome. There's one niggly annoying bit for me with the touch sensitive buttons (here's hoping an update will be available to lock them) but other than that it's now replaced my iPhone as my main portable gadget coz I loves it!
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  • Over 1.5m Windows Phone 7s shipped

  • fergal_oc 22/12/2010

    got to agree that the Omnia7 is an awesome peace of kit. the screen is amazing even compared to the HTC Trophy which is pretty good.

    Developing for it is a charm, the tools are quite frankly a Universe better and beyond the iPhone lame effort.

    ------SHAMELESS PLUG ALERT------------
    Btw my 1st game should be released for it soon, Santa's Christmas Chimney Chuck Challenge it's currently in Cert and should be available for Xmas :) hehe
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  • F1 2010 corrupt saves fix promised

  • fergal_oc 28/09/2010

    DavoTheDiv_2010 living up to your name mate aint ya.

    I can almost guarantee you that testing 'found' the issues in question but they were deemed not important enough to fix or time ran out. But as I'm sure you're a test professional you knew that already :)
    Reply +8
  • Tech Analysis: Halo: Reach

  • fergal_oc 18/09/2010

    loves it Reply +4
  • Buzz! Quiz TV

  • fergal_oc 03/07/2008


    You are correct and I incorrect. In my haste to reply I made a silly mistake and have learnt from it. I would however disagree that "law of averages", though a lay term, is one that is widely accepted - in my honest opinion of course.
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  • fergal_oc 03/07/2008

    In response to Dan Whitehead:

    You say that you're not a journalist but a writer and critic. Well I'm a reader and therefore a critic of your critique of Buzz! Quiz TV. I've found a flaw in your review and pointed it out to you, yet rather than take it on the chin and admit your mistake you get all het-up and defensive. Let's hope that the makers of the games you review don't react in such a way.
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  • fergal_oc 03/07/2008

    In response to Dan Whitehead:

    As a journalist I would assume that it is your responsibility to use your language in a way that is deemed correct. By all means use a figure of speech to describe something in such a way that anyone can understand, but to use one that is plainly incorrect and made-up is almost immoral.
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  • fergal_oc 03/07/2008

    Why don't people understand (Dan Whitehead) that there is no Law of Averages? There is a Law of Probability which I understand could be miscontrued but come on!!! GRRRR Reply 0
  • EA Sports to produce peripherals

  • fergal_oc 25/06/2008

    If they can get wireless connections between the wiimote and nunchuck then I can def see them creating some sort of sock to put the wiimote in to use it with your foot in a kicking mechanism Reply 0
  • New peripherals for Guitar Hero

  • fergal_oc 22/04/2008

    Come on it's all about the Sitar Hero :) Reply 0
  • "New" EA is about quality, not quantity

  • fergal_oc 22/02/2008

    If it's about quality why did they make the testing team responsible for testing some of their middleware redundant last year? Reply 0
  • SCi management team quits

  • fergal_oc 18/01/2008

    Jane's a right foxy minx :) Reply 0
  • Guitar Hero III DLC plans

  • fergal_oc 17/12/2007

    why fecking bother? Reply 0
  • Halo 3 playlist tweaks detailed

  • fergal_oc 10/12/2007

    mrs won't be happy with me hogging the tv again tomorrow night for a whole evening of halo on the new maps Reply 0
  • Halo 3

  • fergal_oc 23/09/2007

    50th Reply 0
  • Halo 3 achievements revealed

  • fergal_oc 20/06/2007

    last! Reply 0
  • Exclusive: Need For Speed ProStreet

  • fergal_oc 31/05/2007

    particle effects with complex shaders are slowly becoming efficient enough to be run in real time on this gen hardware so I don't see why this has to be pre-rendered. Reply 0
  • fergal_oc 31/05/2007

    what makes you think that's pre-rendered? Reply 0
  • Guitar Hero III shows its chops

  • fergal_oc 23/05/2007

    Too many racist comments aimed at the Welsh here methinks Reply 0
  • Why is Halo 3 beta so short?

  • fergal_oc 23/04/2007

    disc, mate you yourself have just highlighted a limited test Reply 0
  • fergal_oc 23/04/2007

    Giving such excuses smacks of this beta being a marketing only endeavour. If this beta was planned with a testing strategy in mind then he could've easily said: "we selected X map because it allows us to test Y" etc Reply 0
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Shivering Isles

  • fergal_oc 19/02/2007

    58 hours in to Oblivion and not a single second of that have I been bored. Other than Guitar Hero and Halo3 at the end of the year I for one do not need any other game in my 360.

    Loved it so much I bought the PC version just so that I could play the game as a completely different type of character knowing full well that my experience was going to be totally different.
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