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  • Hotline Miami 2 trailer is gory-ous

  • governmentyard 08/04/2014

    I'm not buyng this until I've cleared the first one on vita, but I'll be buying the OST immediately. Reply 0
  • Game jam reality show cancelled as indies wouldn't put up with its s***

  • governmentyard 01/04/2014

    It was being produced by production company Polaris along with Maker, Mountain Dew and Pepsi.
    There we are, then.
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  • Minecraft dev Mojang made 200m last year

  • governmentyard 19/03/2014

    VITA VITA VITA VITA VITA VITA Reply -1
  • HMV is ditching pre-owned video game sales

  • governmentyard 10/03/2014

    The HMV in Hull is brilliant - plenty of staff-curated stands like in Waterstones, a big rack of Indie-label stuff as you come in to the shop, right where it deserves to be, alongside the chart racks and the sale racks. Expanding vinyl section with a cracking breadth of artists. Seems like there's always a tonne of 3-4 CD albums I'd want as well.

    Games-wise, though, they are no better than Game or Grainger (which is roughly opposite) so I'd sooner they did more music. I'd have to say the relative excellence of the shop is more down to the staff than anything else, though.
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  • The lost worlds of Lionhead and Bullfrog

  • governmentyard 09/02/2014

    @cawley1 Well, I hope you've got a Vita then, as Llamasoft release the sequel, TxK, on Wednesday....

    Should also say that every 360 ever made has the Unity DNA in the visualiser: play music, hit yellow, connect 4 controllers - only thing missing is the ship and enemies.
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  • Flappy Bird dev is removing popular app for some reason

  • governmentyard 09/02/2014

    Why has everyone covering this story 'reached out' to Nguyen? Why is this 'bloglish' seemingly taking over from straightforward writing on the web? You've contacted him. Or more specifically written to him, in some capacity. You're not in a fucking pop video.

    I suppose this is going to get worse, going forward, as it cascades though social media.

    "The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to ... exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink." - Orwell
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  • Hyper Light Drifter delayed until the "holiday season"

  • governmentyard 04/02/2014

    Holiday season? Oh, good, I shall play this all summer :) Reply 0
  • New cheaper Xbox One model this year - report

  • governmentyard 31/01/2014

    Early adopters - YOU KNEW. BE QUIET.

    "I bought a clusterfuck off some arseholes and now I'm unhappy". Well, if only there'd been articles about how much of a mess it was, eh? Bloody hell, there's nothing as a 360 addict I'd like more than to buy the follow up machine on launch day and have it sat there ready for Halo 5 until that launches, too. But it's a load of rubbish, so we wait to see if it gets fixed and a sensible price is charged, don't we?
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  • Apple to refund $32.5m to those whose kids bought in-app purchases

  • governmentyard 15/01/2014

    It's not that parents got caught out by these deliberately exploitative games, but that they allowed their children to play them without due diligence in the first place. The internet is wild and they were wilfully ignorant of that. Even now, most recipients of this money will continue to pretend to themselves that the net is fundamentally safe and that everything must be fine because a big company is involved.

    It's the bare-faced shamelessness of these shit parents who put their child in the local rags holding up an iPad and looking sad that really gets to me. At that stage, either you are humiliating your child or you are reinforcing the notion that there's always someone else to blame for the consequences of their actions, and that recourse to public spectacle is a valid means of resolving an issue.


    I could go on, but basically they all want fucking boiling. I won't even let a child touch my iPad. It's 650 worth of tech, for pity's sake. What's wrong with crayons?
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  • Zavvi threatens customers with legal action after accidentally sending free Vitas

  • governmentyard 11/12/2013

    @Brutal_Zen As it happens that's precisely how the law works if you accidentally give someone too much money. But this isn't money, this is goods, and it isn't comparable.

    The Vita packs are not unsolicited so the SOGA doesn't apply. If you porder Tearaway and get the Vita Tearaway pack, you know damn well what has happened and there's a number to call to let them know there's a problem with your order.

    Also it's important to note that Zavvi are now sending out letters notifying intent to pursue legal action (which is not a fucking threat however much bored hacks try to dress it up) but they've previously sent out polite ones, which have been ignored.

    If I were Zavvi I'd let the Vitas stay with the recipients, if only to offset the inconvenience the customers have suffered from not receiving the item they ordered.But not because it's wrong to ask for them back or pursue legal means of ensuring they come back. It isn't.
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  • A new Ridge Racer announced!

  • governmentyard 04/12/2013

    Ridge Racer's time has been and gone. Fortunately I just got a Vita, so I can play series zenith RR Type 4 whenever I want.

    Always remember my first go on a PS 2. Ridge Racer (5?) in Gamestation, Manchester Arndale. Christ, I was disappointed. Same old thing, better graphics, worse handling. Only ever impressed me since on PSP. Even the 360 one's a pile of mup.

    some day in the nearish future, someone will come out with a game that's got Ridge's original handling, or thereabouts, and we'll just go and love that instead. I never thought I'd get over outrun until I got my Playstation.
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  • Eldritch review

  • governmentyard 18/11/2013

    Love pixel art. Gets me started and my imagination does the rest.

    I think those of us on ZX81 s are less likely to be arsed about graphical fidelity than even those whose first computer was 16-bit.
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  • Microsoft confirms Xbox One apps for launch

  • governmentyard 09/11/2013

    ...so it's less useful than my 360, then? Reply +4
  • Rockstar: lost GTA Online characters are gone forever

  • governmentyard 21/10/2013

    Latest patch has deleted my cars :( Reply 0
  • GTA Online: Rockstar ate my gangster

  • governmentyard 09/10/2013

    This has already become Eve Online for people too stupid to play Eve Online. Career griefing and serious penalties for being in the wrong place at the wrong time or minding one's own business are ever-present. The only difference is in Eve you have it in a persistent world which feels tangible, so it is possible to come to terms with it. In GTA Online the 'world is like that of Matrix Revolutions... one of many, entirely broken, boringly deadly and praised by throngs of people whose cognitive dissonance won't let them accept they've bought into something shit.

    History will not remember this fondly, even if it more or less gets its shit together. I hope it does though, because I've paid for it now... and gold to play it with.
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  • Rockstar hopes new GTA Online patch out today

  • governmentyard 02/10/2013

    @darkmorgado I've checked all over the box and can't find that anywhere. I've gone back to the stand where I bought it from and there's no mention here either. I've checked the email address Rockstar send me tons of stuff to as I'm a registered fan of their games and nothing there either.

    ...or are you talking about the one article I've seen which came along some days after I bought the game?

    Most people I work with have GTA5 and very few ever read gaming sites.
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  • governmentyard 02/10/2013

    @Kohntarkosz

    Makes no sense, but I'll play. There was no queue when I bought my ticket, or the queue was invisible. When I bought my ticket it would have been reasonable to be told there would be a wait. I have been sold a ticket for an experience I cannot have today, despite being sold it on the basis that I would be able to use it today.

    A better allegory would have been selling a thousand tickets for a one-carriage train.

    Regarding the debate on numbers sold, they certainly know how many copies they made, so maybe set the servers up for that many?
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  • governmentyard 02/10/2013

    Once again on EG we have people who paid for a product and are complaining because it doesn't work, who are then getting called 'entitled'.

    Indeed they are. They've paid for an online game as of today and they haven't got one. Servers and demand aren't their problem. Other Top titles mange to have it working to a point where people can enjoy playing online from day one. It's reasonable to expect a game with the solid reputation of GTA to manage the same. We pay for the console, pay for the display, pay for the game, pay for the phone line and connection and also a fee to the console manufacturer to use their online infrastructure, and still we can't play the game when we are told we can, despite adverts on this premium online service stating it is possible as soon as we turn our console on.

    Maybe there's a hundred reasons why it can't work on day 1. Maybe articles on the BbC website have slightly forewarned people about this, although those might have been more reasonable before we all went out and bought the game... but none of these things change the fact that people who bought the game and bought the infrastructure to play it are very fucking entitled to be able to play it indeed. If letting off a little steam on a gaming forum makes them feel better about it, let them.

    Me? I'm philosophical about the whole thing, but I'm still entitled to play my game online and I still can't. And yes, I did buy gold especially for this. The day before they announced the problems.
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  • Grand Theft Auto 5 review

  • governmentyard 19/09/2013

    I've always avoided the whole scores issue, they never bother me that much, either I want something anyway and get it, or I think I might, then I cross reference EG and other sites REVIEWS, not scores.

    That said, after a few days' play, bollocks is this a 9. Best game on the 360. I paid 38 quid for this and feel like I've robbed Rockstar.
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  • Nintendo legend Hiroshi Yamauchi dies aged 85

  • governmentyard 19/09/2013

    Yamauchi got shit done. I shall find a black Nintendo device to play in his honour later. Reply +1
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD review

  • governmentyard 19/09/2013

    @vanillabear111 a ten year old game that most gamers didn't get hold of the first time round.

    From OOT onwards there's been relatively little to separate any of the Zeldas. If this was a new title it would be lauded just as much.
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  • governmentyard 19/09/2013

    Could've sworn in one of the 2D Zeldas Link had a mum. Either the SNES one or the Gameboy one. Might have been an Aunt. I don't know. It's late. Reply 0
  • How the first Grand Theft Auto was almost cancelled

  • governmentyard 16/09/2013

    Lest we forget Body Harvest in that whole modern-sandbox genensis, either. Between that and this, DMA/R*N are the alpha and the omega of the genre, whatever contributions others made. And I'm going to mention Elite before anyone else does, too. Reply +7
  • Gamers rage at Sony over GTA 5 PS3 pre-release download delay

  • governmentyard 13/09/2013

    Yes, these gamers are entitled. They are entitled to what they paid for, which was to be able to download from today. Their reasons for wanting it are irrelevant. Money has changed hands, the result isn't what was advertised. If you want a debate about how much of a change from an advertised service is acceptable, I suppose we ought to have one.

    This isn't about that, though, it's about being abusive to people who are upset at a company changing the terms of a deal once it's been agreed and money exchanged.

    And there's people much more worthy off your derision that than on the internet, surely?
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  • Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer to retire

  • governmentyard 23/08/2013

    ...because the amount of bad things were under a given leader is always as bad as they could possibly have been.... Reply 0
  • This is what the largest online space battle in history looks like

  • governmentyard 29/07/2013

    Not sure if I'm playing Eve wrong but I'm a bit worried that I'm not finding the boredom, virgins or nerds when I'm online. Its mostly fun with well-rounded socially functional people for me... and I play very casually for the most part.

    Maybe it's that the bored, the nerds and the virgins attract one another, so that's why some find the game to be full of that when they play?

    While this was going on I was off exploring and finding treasure a quarter of a galaxy away, so LotR quotes and gank-fu are not a part of my story at the moment. Before that I was playing the markets across the Sinq-Everyshore boarder to get some space bucks to spend on fun and prior to that I spent some time helping noobs get to grips with things, for the sense of well-being it gave me. Before that.... part of a mining corp which to some might seem like work but unlike every job I've had IRL, the people doing it wanted to be there and were enjoying themselves.

    Technical criticisms of sandboxes are perfectly fair but most other dismissals of them I tend to find say more about the person making them than the game itself.
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  • governmentyard 29/07/2013

    @Marrrfooo They've built that right into the game. It's colloquially known as 'lag'. Reply +2
  • Fez 2 cancelled, Fish swims away from the game industry

  • governmentyard 28/07/2013

    @Deionarra don't journalists create magazines, websites, blogs and videos? Which people enjoy, just like games? Reply +2
  • GoatUp 2 review

  • governmentyard 27/07/2013

    Here's Gridrunner on Android for those interested:

    http://minotaurproject.co.uk/Minotaur/donate.php
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  • governmentyard 27/07/2013

    @BellyFullOfHell

    Through the Llamasoft website, you can download Gridrunner for Android, though you'll need to side load it. It's donateware and it's one of the best shooters on any mobile platform.

    Needs a half decent phone or tablet.
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  • Xbox One doesn't come with a headset because it includes Kinect, Microsoft explains

  • governmentyard 26/06/2013

    I use a nice set of Creative'Fatality' headphones/mic with the standard green and pink connectors. This jacks into a little steelseries adapter at cost me 25 and that goes into the 360 controller. I'm crossing my fingers that I'll be able to get something similar when I eventually get an XBone in about five years or so. Reply +3
  • The most popular arguments in favour of Xbox One DRM

  • governmentyard 21/06/2013

    Whatever they do, the thing costs about five million pounds so I still won't get one. Reply +1
  • "Halo Xbox One" due next year, runs in 1080p at 60fps

  • governmentyard 10/06/2013

    Maybe other citizens of the desert wear such robes and he's trying to blend in.

    Really, chaps, don't undermine the valid riticisms of MS with nitpicky stuff, it clouds the important arguments.
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  • Ouya review

  • governmentyard 08/06/2013

    Can't see how side loading is a hassle. Install emulator. Put all of the good roms for that platform on the machine. Should take a few minutes. Done. No different to emulating on PC. Reply +2
  • Microsoft kills game ownership and expects us to smile

  • governmentyard 07/06/2013

    I really like Halo, so I shall buy a cheap XBone at the end of its life and catch up on them. I'm going to spend my gaming money on synthesizers instead. And Humble Bundles and dirt cheap iOS titles.


    MS are it doing a different thing now, I don't regard it as a betrayal of our normal gaming culture because it now seems to have so little to do with it, it's simply what that company is doing next. I own and love tons of Microsoft stuff that doesn't have the XBone issues, and I will continue to do so. Good luck to them with their new thing, or whatever.

    I still reckon it might sell a fuckload though.
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  • Halo: Spartan Assault is a top-down twin-stick shooter for Windows 8 devices

  • governmentyard 04/06/2013

    @Bluetooth spartan 2s, yes. Not Spartan 3 or 4s. Halsey was nothing to do with them. John 117 is the sole remaining S2, I think. Reply +3
  • After Microsoft's divisive "TV TV TV" Xbox One reveal, Sony's Kaz Hirai insists PS4 is "first and foremost" a game console

  • governmentyard 01/06/2013

    There's a lot of worry and a lot of talk about the next gen, rightly so. Nevertheless my question is still"can I play Halo 5 without compromising my soul, my privacy or my rights?"

    It hangs in the balance. I don't recall there being much of a second had market till the last couple of generations anyway, so that alone doesn't phase me. I'll be buying fewer games, and likely for keeps. Either companies profits where I'm concerned rest on the quality and breadth of the games. Fact is, so far when it comes to the really Important stuff we still just on't know. For either platform.
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  • The Next DRM coming to Vita

  • governmentyard 28/05/2013

    @BigDannyH it was. Reference to the forthcoming Tempest by Llamasoft. Reply 0
  • UK LulzSec hackers jailed for their attacks on Sony and Bethesda among others

  • governmentyard 17/05/2013

    @brider oh dear, here's another one.... A better comparison would be robbing a storage container facility... Who bloody well ought to be liable for anyone else's stuff being robbed from them, as they are providing a service.

    Private dwelling similes are facile and unhelpful.
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  • governmentyard 17/05/2013

    @kangarootoo if she was being paid to look after everyone else's passports and left them just inside the door then yes, she should be prosecuted. Or given a very severe and wholesome bollocking. Reply -1
  • Saturday Soapbox: Leave me alone

  • governmentyard 21/04/2013

    @levitate you can play Steam games in offline mode so long as you are willing to put up with it nagging you to go online every bloody session. I never ever want to use steam online, I always get reminded I'm offline. The opposite isn't true, which shows you what Valve think of my connectivity preferences.

    On/offline seems to be becoming a generational thing, broadly speaking and the generations accustomed to the benefits of offline will next be old, then dead. From a business perspective, the sensible approach seems to be "fuck em".
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  • Nintendo shutting down Wii channels and online services

  • governmentyard 12/04/2013

    @SlackMaster hack wii, download torrents of titles you've bought. Retain dignity. Reply +1
  • Jeff Minter returns to Tempest with new Vita game

  • governmentyard 11/04/2013

    @mannyYearsAgo

    Because Sony are by some distance the most helpful platform owner at the moment if you're an indie dev. They've missed out the 'wander aimlessly through purgatory' phase of development Live Arcade has, for a start.
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  • Microsoft creative director dismisses "drama" around always-online consoles

  • governmentyard 05/04/2013

    We still don't know what the always on aspect will involve precisely, so I'll withhold judgement until we know more.

    I'll be getting the next XBox, because I want to play Halo 5 and that Bungie MMO. Both of those I'll need the Internet working for anyway.... But how much else I buy will very much depend on how 'mine' the games are going to be.

    I suspect the moral panic is slightly overdone, but we're all accustomed enough to the idea of it sucking fat balls to not be overly surprised if it ends up doing so.
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  • Grand Theft Auto 5 shown off in new screenshots

  • governmentyard 27/03/2013

    @null One logical reason might be that I've got a current gen console, and that I can play it. Reply 0
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown coming to iOS, dated for Mac

  • governmentyard 25/03/2013

    @razzafazza iPad mini? E'll probably do a retina display one this year, too... hold on for a few months. Reply 0
  • Halo 4's Castle Map Pack dated for April

  • governmentyard 12/03/2013

    @bionicle2809

    Your loss, they are great, tight, smart maps. Much better than the first three.
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  • Valve expects Steam Box prototypes to be ready within four months

  • governmentyard 06/03/2013

    Games/consoles need to know exactly two things about me... what direction I want my character to move in and whether he's shooting or not.

    Valve are no different to all these other companies - they used to be ok with swapping goods for money. Now they want to exchange goods for money and intelligence.
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  • Halo 4 Majestic Map Pack out next week, details revealed

  • governmentyard 19/02/2013

    And with that announcement, the last map pack, which I have hardly played, loses its own playlist. So while I've saved fifteen percent (other than the first map pack being free to thousands on release, so not really) I've not had any real benefit from my investment. None of my friends bought the map pack and I never, ever see these maps on rotation. They're mainly larger maps for larger numbers and the odds of all players having them are very low indeed.

    Much like Reach, where I bought all the map packs but would struggle to get on any of them now. There's simply no value for money to be gained from them once the separate playlists are removed.

    Remind me why they do that....
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  • Shooters: How Video Games Fund Arms Manufacturers

  • governmentyard 03/02/2013

    Then again, I've played so much Halo recently I might just up sticks to the US and get myself a needler. Reply 0