frunk Comments

Page 1 of 38

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

  • frunk 02/07/2015

    360 RROD cost $1.15bn to save the Xbox brand...
    Wonder how much was spent on the XB1 announcement conference to wreck the Xbox brand? Bet it was cheaper!

    -zing!
    Reply +5
  • Gothic/Risen dev reveals "edgy" new post-apoc open-world RPG ELEX

  • frunk 02/07/2015

    Ohh... it's learn a new word day!

    xenial (comparative more xenial, superlative most xenial)
    1.Hospitable, especially to visiting strangers or foreigners.
    2.Of the relation between a host and guest; friendly.


    Dunno about you but I don't think many post apocalyptic worlds are "Hospitable to Strangers"... shrug!
    Reply +3
  • Minecraft console version update adds stained glass, trapdoors

  • frunk 02/07/2015

    @Samael_Blackwing

    Agreed - Microsoft & Nintendo are almost becoming positively enlightened these days.

    You do get the impression that success breeds hubris and that arrogance leads to customer hostile policies.

    Its almost as if these companies have been "shown a lesson" in the free market.

    Nice to see every player taking a knock back to earth every now and again. Long may we switch sides to support those deserving than slavishly following a brand... eh, fanboys!
    Reply 0
  • frunk 30/06/2015

    Good to see MS not being cocks about Minecraft content after their buyout. Hopefully the industry will mature enough that everyone behaves like this at all times. Next up exclusive DLC please... Platform, retailer... Who cares... Kill it! Reply +7
  • These are the sorts of questions Nintendo gets asked by shareholders

  • frunk 02/07/2015

    Aren't you glad your financial future is largely managed by these switched on and intelligent investors? Reply +16
  • AMD Radeon R9 Fury X review

  • frunk 25/06/2015

    Need a row in that 4K test for Batman: Arkham Knight

    Just for comedy value!
    Reply +17
  • Video: ABZ is a Journey under the sea

  • frunk 25/06/2015

    Cough... VR... Cough...

    Does seem made for it! Slow moving with an emphasis on SCALE.

    It would be a different game... not a straight port... but I would love to immerse myself in that world for a bit!
    Reply +1
  • Oculus Touch is the gold standard in VR control

  • frunk 24/06/2015

    Those are the controllers we are needing for VR.

    But I think for most people's baby steps into VR those cheapo Move wands will do the trick. I hope Sony realise their whole solution is not gold standard and price it low enough to give peeps their first taste of proper VR.

    I think by the time we hit 2nd gen VR, Touch will be ubiquitous and the developers will have got to grips with it.

    But I just hope and pray that in PC space we don't get too fragmented in their quest for a VR input. Unfortunately it looks like each player is trying to differentiate their VR setup with input methods...

    In a fledgling VR space, with no PC product properly launched yet, we already have:
    - 360 controller
    - XB1 controller
    - Flight sticks
    - Razer Hydra
    - the HTC Vive stuff
    - Oculus Touch
    - STEM
    - Kinect 1 & 2
    - StarVR's crazy guns
    and more, all being actively used now!

    Ultimately this is "not a good thing" as how do developers create a solid game experience that can cope with a variety of control methods.. it's KB, KB+Mouse, Joystick, Joypad all over again... this mess only "worked" when MS rolled up with the 360 controller at a reasonable price and allowed peeps to standardise in PC space.

    A game can't be written that works well with all of them. You have to take different UI approach for each input mechanism - even more so in VR than in the old days.

    Again this is where Sony may gain an advantage as they can force standards on a closed platform... we can hope Move2 on the PS5 learns from these advancements over their own old tech.
    Reply +10
  • PlayStation "new home of Call of Duty", Black Ops 3 DLC headed to PS4 first

  • frunk 22/06/2015

    @cloudskipa
    I think even the majority of the mainstream are thinking it's time for something different to take it's place this gen.
    Like Gears or Halo... also both looking a bit stale and yawn inducing in the MS conference. Can't see anything that would appeal to the shooter crowd incoming from anyone. Maybe SW:BF will interest them, but maybe regarded as a bit "for kids" by the pretend adults that populate CoD servers.

    Unfortunately CoD is still relevant to a lot of gamers... not me... but there are are millions of pure CoD/FIFA machines out there who are looking to buy a new gen console in the next year or so... so it WILL make a difference. Dull fuckers!

    But this tired old timed exclusive shit has to stop... Sony has unfortunately picked up that sad, sorry mantle from MS and is running with it. Just stop!
    Reply +2
  • This week's free Witcher 3 DLC is...

  • frunk 22/06/2015

    I refuse to play a game that does not charge me stupid money for Horse Armour! Reply +2
  • The E3 Bulletin: Thursday

  • frunk 18/06/2015

    able to play Super Meat Boy on Oculus Rift via Microsoft's odd Oculus partnership.
    The whole concept was covered by the "VR is relevant to the XB1, honest" thing Kudo said in the MS conference. It is a surprisingly deep array of smoke and mirrors that is totally pointless. So pointless and so stupid... why did they even mention it?!

    So in the example above - you can play an emulated game with added input lag in 2D on a VR/PC combo that costs well in excess of 1000.

    Why? Just what is the point? It seems you loose lots (resolution, accuracy, cash) and gain nothing except a really dumb justification for a purchase.

    If I am going to spend that cash on a VR setup (which I have and will continue to do) - I will want it to play VR games... not as an alternative laggy 2D TV screen!
    Reply +6
  • Harmonix Music VR coming to Project Morpheus

  • frunk 18/06/2015

    @erp

    Hey Jeff tried to invent this genre 30 years ago. I coded a "sound to light" program on my CPC464 after being inspired by Jeff... it was easier in those days when most PC's had a "Tape input" socket :)

    But the Yak is the godfather of the light synthesiser.
    Psychedelia, Colourspace, Trip-a-tron, VLM & Neon.

    A VR version is the natural evolution of this drug enhancement experience.
    Reply +1
  • frunk 18/06/2015

    They need to get Jeff Minter in as a "creative consultant" on this... Reply +6
  • Kickstarter campaign launches for Shenmue 3

  • frunk 17/06/2015

    And there goes $3,000,000

    Only 30 days to go! I reckon they will bag between 15 & 20 million... once Sony matches it I think that is enough to get a good start.
    Reply +1
  • Nintendo's painful metamorphosis leaves fans reeling

  • frunk 17/06/2015

    Nintendo were slammed against the wall and raped. It is not their fault. I think the problem came from fan expectations being massively out of line with what they can deliver at this time.

    People were coming off the back of the "Sony fan service event" where they seemingly made every dream come true short of HL3 appearing.

    How can you follow that?

    When Nintendo are busy in Kyoto trying to transition between their own generations and asking people to dance to their own timeline of smaller, more intimate events... coming after the TLG, Shenmue 3 & FF7 "holy triumvirate" is an IMPOSSIBLE call.

    The problem is Nintendo make amazing games which are steeped in history and nostalgia. On this one occasion Sony ate their lunch.

    Nintendo fans (like me!) need to get a grip and chill!
    Reply 0
  • Video: Xbox One Backward Compatibility - How does it work?

  • frunk 17/06/2015

    @travnail

    The Cell is a bigger issue but that is not Sony's strategy. They are backing PS Now for backward compatibility... any efforts to engineer another solution is robbing themselves. All Sony really need to sort out is a reasonable pricing structure... perhaps eventually allowing you to free stream any PS3 disc you have in the drive.

    But the CPU in the 360 is quote tricky too... 3 cores running very different microcode, faster that any single core in the XB1. This is a difficult technical challenge for MS... but looks like they did it.

    Rather than the chips I think the ease for MS has been their API layers. Sony tend to allow "coding to the metal". This type of emulation is very hard... the XB1 would probably NOT be capable of emulating the 360 via hardware emulation. Instead I imagine they are recompiling native x86 code to a fresh set of 360 API & libraries and coded for the XB1. This is simpler... not a simple wrapper... but a wrapper & recompile.

    However having ALL 360 games emulated is till a fantasy for several reasons.
    - some of the later 360 games may have done some low level stuff that will not emulate well
    - many publishers may not want their games in the library either because they plan a remaster later on or feel their IP has a value they wish to protect.

    All those 360 owners looking for a reason to get an XB1 upgrade may get the push they need from this announcement. But the value of this feature is severely diminished this long into the life-cycle. Having this as a launch feature is a clincher. Just a bit late!
    Reply +5
  • Microsoft E3 2015 conference live report

  • frunk 15/06/2015

    Rare was the disappointment... but we could say that was expcted too... Reply +1
  • frunk 15/06/2015

    I give that a 7/10... sorry I mean "Recommended".... certainly not an "Essential" performance from MS. Sony... you are up next! Reply 0
  • frunk 15/06/2015

    Not a bad show MS... we pretty well got what we expected... the only BIG thing was the backward compatibility. So how about a "One more thing..." to solidify? Reply 0
  • frunk 15/06/2015

    Where are the meatheads??? This is not gears... the whole point of Gears was that it was knowingly stupid and over the top. This looks WAY too serious. Reply 0
  • frunk 15/06/2015

    Gears 4... but when? Reply 0
  • frunk 15/06/2015

    Is this another game they are selling you again despite telling us they don't do that ;) Reply 0
  • frunk 15/06/2015

    This is VERY cool... I will do doubt get it... but that is a VERY EXPENSIVE device for just playing Minecraft on! :) Reply 0
  • frunk 15/06/2015

    So they have just confirmed in a rather "roundabout way" that the XB1 will have nothing to do with VR. That is quite a counterattack on Morpheus! Reply 0
  • frunk 15/06/2015

    Streaming to VR via PC... whatdafuck!??!!? Reply 0
  • frunk 15/06/2015

    I don't recognise Kudo without his glasses! Reply 0
  • frunk 15/06/2015

    Free to play... OUT! Reply 0
  • frunk 15/06/2015

    Again... they just have to say "Free to Play" and I am out! Reply 0
  • frunk 15/06/2015

    Shared world fantasy... cautious applause... kinda how I feel Reply 0
  • frunk 15/06/2015

    Wait - earlier they said... They "don't charge you for games you already own".. that was a fast change. Come on Rare... something good! Reply 0
  • frunk 15/06/2015

    So... cough... earthquake while climbing a mountain... that *never* happens... Reply 0
  • frunk 15/06/2015

    Okay ION looks impressive BUT I can't see it coming out for a LONG time... even longer before it is "finished" Reply 0
  • frunk 15/06/2015

    Beyond Eyes... rather impressive... now Cuphead!!!! Reply 0
  • frunk 15/06/2015

    Good that MS have finally given these guys a proper stage... like the backwards compatibility... it would have been better at launch, but better late than never and a sign that MS has turned a corner and dumped their hubris. Next... the parity clause! Reply 0
  • frunk 15/06/2015

    And all the most interesting games get 8 seconds each :) Reply 0
  • frunk 15/06/2015

    CupHead still seems like a winner however! Reply 0
  • frunk 15/06/2015

    There are the killer 3 worlds.. Free to Play Reply 0
  • frunk 15/06/2015

    This cartoony game looks impressive but as soon as it says Free to Play.. we know we won't go near it. Reply 0
  • frunk 15/06/2015

    Rainbow 6 Siege does look fun... but I can't ever see it being played "as intended" in the real world. Reply 0
  • frunk 15/06/2015

    Okay - so The Division does look impressive... but if I see someone open up a map area of icons by going somewhere high, I am out. Reply 0
  • frunk 15/06/2015

    So are we hitting Souls overload? I am kinda thinking FROM is milking this bull a bit hard... Reply 0
  • frunk 15/06/2015

    Okay - even as I have to say that looks incredible... at 1080p60... colour me impressed. I am no Forza fan either Reply 0
  • frunk 15/06/2015

    Okay... I would prefer the car to the game... if pushed... even though it is "just" a Ford :) Reply 0
  • frunk 15/06/2015

    Yay, Forza N+1!!! Reply 0
  • frunk 15/06/2015

    Another NOT gameplay trailer Reply 0
  • frunk 15/06/2015

    @DrStrangelove
    Calm down... I know it is hard.. it IS Titanfall... have you seen it?
    Reply 0
  • frunk 15/06/2015

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.... it was going all so well.. strange it took Moore to kill the momentum. Reply 0
  • frunk 15/06/2015

    Madden... time for tea :) Reply 0
  • frunk 15/06/2015

    Sweet mod feature. Glad MS is finally getting it. Reply 0
  • frunk 15/06/2015

    @Martin Robinson
    The first half was same as last night... the second half seemed new
    Reply 0