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  • Looks like Google is planning an Android TV

  • jonbwfc 07/04/2014

    what, AGAIN? Reply +15
  • The numbers game

  • jonbwfc 05/04/2014

    Spoiler alert: that's all scores are. Unconnected data. There's no great objective truth behind the number at the end of a review
    So why not stop using them then?
    Reply +3
  • Oculus Rift: Step into the game, step out with two billion dollars

  • jonbwfc 26/03/2014

    @TheTick - they took exactly the same risk any 'investor' does - that their money would disappear up in smoke in one way or another. What they haven't got in the rewards a 'normal' investor would get. Hypothetical case; the money they put in had actually been 'normal' capital. If we say each OR headset was $300 and that effectively represents a 0.1% share of the 'value' of OR at initial funding, each 'investor' would be worth $30m at this point. Even if their Kickstarter 'investment' was a total of 10% of OR's initial capital, they'd all be millionaires. As it is they've got a $300 VR headset and a company that you can assume is going to pretty much change what it promised to do when it took their money.


    TL;DR version - Kickstarter backers are not 'investors' because they get no stake. They (in almost all cases) get a product in a box. They are customers, it's just that Kickstarter describes them as investors to get round it's obligations under consumer rights legislation.
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  • Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls' launch "will be fine"

  • jonbwfc 24/03/2014

    I wonder if Blizzard would actually be willing to make a bet that everything goes smoothly. I think we'd see the end of this bluster fairly quickly. Reply 0
  • UK budget could end 69p cheeky cheapies

  • jonbwfc 24/03/2014

    @beroscoe Apple's EU headquarters is in Ireland, so this sounds feasible. Reply +3
  • jonbwfc 24/03/2014

    @edhe Has there been anything to say that an independent Scotland wouldn't keep the given change? Reply +9
  • Reality Crumbles: Whatever happened to VR?

  • jonbwfc 23/03/2014

    With all due respect, on the updated top line, we don't actually know if VR has come 'roaring back' yet or not. Pretty much all we've got is hype. Some developers have bought Oculus Rift work-in-progress models and nobody outside Sony has had much hands on Morpheus yet. And, crucially, neither has been available in the shops for the public at large to express an opinion on by, you know, handing over money for them. We still don't know if either device actually has the widespread appeal to approach anything like mainstream use.

    Until/Unless one of them breaks out of the slightly niche arena of enthusiasts and developers, we can't really call this generation of VR a success. There were a heck of a lot of people inside the industry who were quite enthusiastic about 3D after all, and look where that got us.

    They may be a success, they may not. I have to be honest, I genuinely have no 'feel' as to whether people en masse will buy into VR or not. But if Damien turned out be a bit premature in lamenting it's demise two years ago, you're being a equally premature trumpeting it's resurgence now.
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  • How does Project Morpheus compare to Oculus Rift?

  • jonbwfc 20/03/2014

    @phAge I'd like an explanation for this too. One of the problems with Move (and it seems to me Morpheus uses very similar mechanics for it's motion tracking, hence the blue lights) is if you put the controller behind your back, the PS3 lost track of it. Reply +2
  • jonbwfc 20/03/2014

    @spessu_sb Neither product is 'revolutionary'. we've had VR goggles that do what both products do for the best part of half a century. What they've done is use recent other actual technological breakthroughs - small high resolution LCD screens, ultra-cheap motion sensing switches - to bring the cost of such devices down from several thousand pounds to several hundred pounds.

    The fans of the OR seem intent on depicting it (and tbf, Sony will probably try the same thing at some point) as some never-before-seen technological leap. It really, really isn't. Neither of them are.
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  • Sony announces Project Morpheus virtual reality headset for PlayStation 4

  • jonbwfc 19/03/2014

    @freethinker101 Err.. Despite what some people might have you believe, it's Eurogamer that write the reviews, not Sony. Reply +4
  • jonbwfc 19/03/2014

    @furious_george So Oculus have a product which they let developers have but isn't on sale yet and that's a 'working product', whereas Sony have a product that they they let developers have but isn't on sale yet and that's a 'prototype'. Right.

    As of right now, I can't buy either. That makes the pretty much the same to me. Until one or other of them ships, neither is better than the other.
    Reply +3
  • Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut announced for PS4, Xbox One and PC

  • jonbwfc 07/03/2014

    @GavinUK86 "the "hey" sounded like it was ripped right out of firestarter."
    which in turn was ripped right out of 'Close (to the Edit)' by The Art Of Noise..

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  • Billy Goats Gruff! Goat Simulator has a release date

  • jonbwfc 04/03/2014

    I do hope there'll be a trailer with lots of dubstep. Reply +5
  • How World of Warcraft plans to welcome you back

  • jonbwfc 26/02/2014

    But the cumulative effect for the person who perhaps hasn't played in a few years or for a few expansions, then comes back and no longer recognises fundamental elements of the game - such as the class they played as
    This. I was out of WoW for about... two years maybe? then played a bit of Hearthstone and decided it was worth a few quid to pop back in and see where things were at. I play as a warlock, and when I logged in I had no clue at all as to what was going on. My config had gone, the skill tree had split in three, I couldn't do a lot of the things I used to, there were different mechanisms behind managing half the skills... In the interim they'd pretty much changed the way the warlock worked from the ground up. I was utterly befuddled.
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  • Capcom addresses concern over lack of female characters in Deep Down

  • jonbwfc 19/02/2014

    Well, they're all wearing full armour so it's hard to be sure but I guess for some reason a dungeon-crawler has a story that justifies all these guys going for a wander to kill dragons. Maybe it's a stag or they're doing some male bonding after difficult break-ups?
    Or maybe, if you're going into a dungeon to kill a dragon, the person you want next to you is the person who is strongest, fastest, can do the most damage with a sword and is most likely to be able to take a hit and keep fighting by your side? Because all of those things increase the chances of you coming back alive? That's very, very much more likely to be a man. Biology says hi. To say otherwise is to deny the obvious. You're allowed to do that in a story, but it's your choice if you do, not some journalist's.

    If you're making a game set in modern reality or the future I think having a choice of gender in your protagonist is valid and in fact preferable. If you want a choice of protagonist gender, tell a story where a choice of protagonist gender makes sense. Don't try to cram a choice into a story where it doesn't.
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  • Flight of the Kondor: Sky Rogue's dogfighting glory

  • jonbwfc 17/02/2014

    @octo There's one on the guy's website at http://nihilocrat.itch.io/sky-rogue Reply 0
  • The Heavenly Sword movie is out soon - and here's a new trailer

  • jonbwfc 10/02/2014

    I assume the film will be without the signature groin bisecting finishing move? Reply +2
  • PlayStation Vita PCH-2000 review

  • jonbwfc 07/02/2014

    Can't believe we've got someone asking for Vita game recommendations and nobody's mentioned Tearaway. It's one of the best games on the thing and it was only out a couple of months ago.

    *shakes head ruefully*.
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  • Battlefield 4: disaster report

  • jonbwfc 03/02/2014

    @PlugMonkey It becomes lame and apologist when the writer is ascribing blame to the community as a whole, thus apparently removing any responsibility from the people whose fault it actually is, i.e. those people making and releasing obviously defective unfinished products to meet a sales deadline hoping they'll get away with it.

    They get away with it only because of the attitude Jon Denton is espousing. 'Oh, we do it to ourselves by buying this stuff'. No we bloody well don't. They do it to us, and the very fact this article has been posted suggests there's a groundswell of opinion that simply won't take the games industry doing it to them any more. Look at the amount of sheer grief EA are getting over BF4 and SimCity. If 'we' were a homogenous mass of gamers who all act the same way, would this be happening? No.

    Jon's attitude is his own, although it does seem to be frighteningly common within the professional gaming press. 'Take what you're given, if you don't like it it's your own fault, if you trusted our review well we did the best we could..' He apparently thinks that but by using the 'we' pronoun he ascribes that attitude to me and every other reader of the article. I never gave him permission to do that, he doesn't speak for me. He says exactly the opposite of what I think.
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  • jonbwfc 03/02/2014

    @PlugMonkey I don't disagree with your argument about 'gamers in general', but I simply refuse to be part of that collective group. Therefore 'we' in my case is 'they'. I simply don't buy buggy, unfinished software. I didn't buy BF4 or SimCity and I haven't bought the two games you reference. So I can safely disavow myself from the lame apologist tone of the statement in the article. Reply 0
  • jonbwfc 03/02/2014

    we've actually now become totally accustomed to paying for and playing busted, incomplete or simply non-existent games.
    No, 'we' bloody well haven't.
    Reply +2
  • Controversy over Bluetooth ZX Spectrum keyboard

  • jonbwfc 03/02/2014

    @photoboy You might struggle. Under the Kickstarter T&C, you haven't 'purchased' anything, you've 'invested' in something. So you don't have the same guarantees. If the whole thing turns out to be scam maybe you have some redress with Kickstarter but you CC company probably won't think much of it. Reply +1
  • A fireside chat on Hearthstone's past, present and future

  • jonbwfc 31/01/2014

    Hearthstone is a gem of an idea
    Yes, and the person who had it was Richard Garfield about 20 years ago. Hearthstone is a fantastically fun game but the 'idea' behind it is incredibly derivative.
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  • Xbox One firmware update due in March - report

  • jonbwfc 30/01/2014

    Why have the made only some bits of it white and left some bits of it black? That looks a bit rubbish. Reply -5
  • Apple earns record amounts, defends its innovation

  • jonbwfc 29/01/2014

    RE: Share Prices : I go along with Warren Buffett, who knows a thing or two about share dealing, and his advice as to how to treat them. Reply 0
  • jonbwfc 28/01/2014

    @Leben There's no such thing as an iMac pro. 8 years ago was the G5 iMac period, which never cost anything like 2.7K. The most expensive one was 1.1K. I have a feeling your brother told you it cost 2,7K, bought a computer for 1K and spent the rest on sex, drugs & etc. I know when I was student that's what I'd have done. Reply +4
  • jonbwfc 28/01/2014

    @kapowaz Agreed. Just about the only at all viable (and even then far from optimal) options as gaming macs are old-ish mac pros with upgraded video or the 27" iMac with upgraded option video. In both cases you'll pay, what, twice the price of a decent gaming PC? Simply not worth it if gaming is what you're primarily interested in. Reply 0
  • jonbwfc 28/01/2014

    @dcangel 'instead hawking ever-shinier iterations of their flashy techno-baubles'

    Doesn't this equally apply to every other manufacturer of gadgets? We haven't had any actually innovative product in the gadget market since, well, not for as you say 'donkey's years'. maybe since the Wii? Is innovation just Apple's job then?
    Reply +8
  • jonbwfc 28/01/2014

    @goggyturk 'I'm starting to think the 'Apple TV set' that Jobs announced he had 'cracked' before he died is nothing more than vapourware though.'

    I'm not sure saying it to a friend whilst in the last throes of dying from cancer which then gets reported third hand is the same as 'announced', quite frankly. Nobody at Apple has ever stood on a stage and said they were making a telly.

    The Apple Telly (as oppose to the Apple TV) is a vapourware invention of the same people who told you repeatedly Apple was about to announce a netbook, have been saying Apple are about to announce a phablet for a couple of years and are now telling you Apple will very soon announce a smart watch i.e. people making crap up. The same people who make up completely spurious forecasts of financial performance each year then bitch when Apple somehow doesn't meet them.
    Reply +4
  • jonbwfc 28/01/2014

    @mintgreen Mac pro isn't actually that great shakes as a gaming box. Running OS X you can't currently SLI the video cards and even under windows it's performance in purely 'gamey' tasks isn't that great - in fact it gets beaten by the top spec iMac about half the time.

    if you want to game, a Mac Pro is a massively over-expensive option. It's optimised for some very specific 'creative' tasks where most of it's target market is, not gamers - we're all much better off buying a more standard PC.
    Reply +6
  • Does the 13GB Dead Rising 3 patch boost performance?

  • jonbwfc 24/01/2014

    I see Betteridge's law still applies then... Reply +1
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft beta review

  • jonbwfc 24/01/2014

    @AOFanboi It is fairly simple but I look at it like this : You've got 11-a-side football, which is analogous to MTG or NetRunner or M&M.

    Then you've got this, which is 5-a-side football; faster paced, less complex tactically and possibly a bit more based around luck but still lots of fun if you take it at face value.

    Hearthstone doesn't pretend to be a deep intellectual exercise. It's a quick, easy game you can lose half an hour to if you're at a loose end. I think it'll be an absolute monster on Tablets & smartphones.
    Reply +1
  • Nidhogg review

  • jonbwfc 22/01/2014

    This commercial release is a robust thing, boasting four levels, rudimentary single player, mostly-functional online play,
    I have no general issue with the review as a whole but the rest of that sentence is just about the opposite of what 'robust' means.
    Reply +11
  • Alienware: our Steam Machines can't be upgraded

  • jonbwfc 21/01/2014

    we will be updating our Steam Machines every year
    Nice for you. I won't be.
    Reply +12
  • Zavvi selling Xbox One for 20 less than RRP

  • jonbwfc 20/01/2014

    @TheNinjaWarriorAGAIN 'Thursdays report is expected to be big with XBox and Surface sales '

    So that's big with Xbox sales then?
    Reply +4
  • Apple and Google pull plastic surgery game aimed at kids

  • jonbwfc 16/01/2014

    @Caribou 'Being fat is more often than not a lifestyle choice (dictated by a shitty diet and lack of cardio). Being gay is not.'

    You should really, REALLY look at the demographic data for obesity in western society. Your proposition is unbelievably crass.
    Reply +1
  • jonbwfc 16/01/2014

    @VideoGameAddict25 'Why would you market a plastic surgery game for 9 year olds?'

    Because some of them will buy it? Yay capitalism!
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  • Apple to refund $32.5m to those whose kids bought in-app purchases

  • jonbwfc 16/01/2014

    @freethinker101 'Did you not read the article mate? It quite clearly states that Apple devices do not require a password in any way shape or form, for up to 15 minutes after it has been unlocked!'

    I think we need to be careful with our terminology. They don't require the password for 15 minutes after the password has been entered as part of a purchase. To most smartphone owners 'unlocking' means 'enter the code/swipe to start using the phone after it's been in my pocket' . The iPhone certainly does not allow you to make purchases without question after it's been 'unlocked' in the way people normally use that term.
    Reply +1
  • jonbwfc 16/01/2014

    @kangarootoo - what are your 'reasonable expectations' for a device that allows IAP? Within the limit that the same functions have to be acceptably usable by responsible adults. It's all very well saying 'Apple didn't do enough' but what would you have them do? Reply +1
  • jonbwfc 15/01/2014

    Serious question : what could Apple have done extra to password protect the act of buying stuff and putting in a setting where parents could switch off in-app purchases entirely if they wanted to?
    What can you do that doesn't make buying stuff a massive pain in the arse for people who actually do know what they're doing?
    Reply +4
  • PS4 survival horror Outlast coming free to PlayStation Plus

  • jonbwfc 14/01/2014

    @Premiere_Master It was stated at the time it was pulled (i.e. just before the PS4 launch) that PS+ subbers would still get DriveClub when it was released. Bear in mind the version they were/are going to get free is not the whole game - it's a subset of tracks and cars with the rest unlockable for a fee. The 'full version' will also go on sale as a full retail game.

    At least that was the plan then. Who knows what they're planning now...
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  • Is 2014 the year of virtual reality?

  • jonbwfc 04/01/2014

    @TarickStonefire Betteridge's Law of Headlines..

    "Any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no."

    And to quote Andrew Marr

    "A headline with a question mark at the end means, in the vast majority of cases, that the story is tendentious or over-sold."

    New Journalism!
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  • Star Citizen raises an astronomical $35m

  • jonbwfc 23/12/2013

    @Faramis 'Beggars can't be choosers'
    I think you've got things the wrong way round. In this case, Chris Roberts is the beggar...
    Reply -4
  • Games of 2013: Euro Truck Simulator 2

  • jonbwfc 22/12/2013

    Can't believe we've got this many comments without...

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  • What Middle-earth: Shadows of Mordor looks like

  • jonbwfc 16/12/2013

    Shadows of Mordor spins the story of a ranger (like Strider) who is murdered, along with his family, by the returning forces of Sauron. But Talion, the ranger, is brought back from the dead by a spirit of vengeance - and it becomes him.
    Seriously? They had the whole tottering pile of Tolkien's mythology to use, and that's the best story they could come up with?
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  • Cards Against Humanity dev makes a game about shagging your friends

  • jonbwfc 14/12/2013

    I have to be honest, I love Cards Against Humanity but this is an incredibly naff idea. Reply +5
  • Live: VGX 2013

  • jonbwfc 08/12/2013

    That was... truly,truly awful. Reply 0
  • In praise of early adopters

  • jonbwfc 07/12/2013

    This is the kind of QA department you dream of - although, granted, you'd hopefully dream for it to be internal and on a salary.
    What? Why on earth would they think that? They've got people 'beta testing' for them and paying to do it, and paying the most the console will ever cost in it's lifetime. Over the period of the console's market life whether people who buy consoles in the first week bought their console is actually pretty irrelevant.

    Let's get one thing straight, despite Microsoft's clown car approach to launching a console and Sony's PS3 pratfalls, these people aren't actually stupid. If it was better for them to keep the consoles off the shelves for six months and beta test everything to death in house, that's exactly what they'd do.
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  • Pachter: Criterion making military shooter, possibly 2014 Battlefield spin-off

  • jonbwfc 06/12/2013

    A military shooter you say? well, it's a very left field suggestion. It'd be a risk. I mean, who knows if one of them is going to succeed? Reply +5
  • Sony continues 12 Deals of Christmas offers

  • jonbwfc 02/12/2013

    @Amateur_Viking Get Tearaway. Utterly brilliant and 20. Reply +30