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  • There's a whiff of Destiny about No Man's Sky's menu screens

  • jonbwfc 24/07/2016

    @ghostgate2001 God I remember Shadowfire. IIRC wasn't it the first Spectrum game that managed to play a decent theme tune by somehow making the Spectrum 'speaker' - little more than a buzzer in fact - play more than one note at a time? Reply +1
  • jonbwfc 22/07/2016

    So, in summary - it uses menu screens that are grids of icons in square outlined blocks.

    Yes, Destiny in the first and only other interface to ever use that style. It's not like, you know, the most popular operating system on the planet uses it and has since beforeDestiny or NMS even existed.

    Reply +29
  • Watch: Six levels warmer than the UK was this week

  • jonbwfc 23/07/2016

    @Esppiral It was hotter in London than it was in Madrid this week. Reply +1
  • Rocket League, Gwent "ready" for PS4 Xbox One cross-network play

  • jonbwfc 22/07/2016

    It seems to me that it's not about what Sony has to gain - at this point the generation is pretty much decided - but about what do they have to lose by not doing it. If they don't allow it, they're going to get a backlash like MS got with their original game sharing policy. It is patently against gamer's interests to block cross-platform play, and gamers seem to have no problem expressing their disapproval forcefully, as we all know. Reply +5
  • Fraudsters force RimWorld dev to stop giving out Steam keys

  • jonbwfc 19/07/2016

    Now, buying from the RimWorld site gets customers a DRM-free copy of the game as before, but no Steam key.
    For now, then, if you're interested in buying RimWorld, it's probably best to get it from Steam.
    Err... Why? That's exact;y the opposite of what the author is asking people to do. Why is buying it from steam, valve taking 30% of the money and you getting a drmed copy better than buying a non-drmed copy from the author and giving the author more of your money?
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  • Pokémon Go officially released in the UK

  • jonbwfc 14/07/2016

    @-TheDarkSide- I caught a Weedle in the car park at Tescos. Thankfully the police decided not to press charges. Reply +1
  • PC game-security company Denuvo downplays alleged Rise of the Tomb Raider crack

  • jonbwfc 07/07/2016

    'I asked Denuvo's head of marketing and sales'

    Would it not have been better to ask someone who had some idea what's going on here at a technical level?

    I mean, if your car breaks down you talk to a mechanic, not a salesman.
    Reply +19
  • The Eurogamer Podcast special: Donlan talks Ancient Egypt

  • jonbwfc 05/07/2016

    I do have liking for archaeology and ancient board games, so this should be right up my street but... having that 'long read' article and then the podcast as well does kind of start to feel rather.. self-indulgent? There's plenty of stuff going on in the current world of gaming that needs to be talked about, let alone a 3000 year old board game that even it's advocate thinks is crap. Maybe you should have put the audio as an link off of the article, so people can check it out if they find it all interesting, rather than uploading it into the podcast feed for everyone, the majority of whom frankly won't be all that interested.

    It's all little esoteric, which is fine, but the podcast doesn't really, to me, seem to be the place to discuss esoterica.
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  • Stunning $190 Destiny figures pack Thorn, Ice Breaker, Shattered Vault cloak

  • jonbwfc 05/07/2016

    Is it just me, or is the Bambalandstore website almost entirely free of any content at all? All they seem to be selling is one comic book.... Reply +1
  • Watch: The alien races that look like beautiful human women by amazing coincidence

  • jonbwfc 04/07/2016

    Um, if you are scraping together 5 examples from (what?) 40 years of video games history, I think that makes for a pretty weak theory to be honest. There's much stronger justification in films & TV, but then they're more constrained by physical reality than games are. Reply +1
  • Gearbox offers a roadmap to Battleborn's extensive DLC plan

  • jonbwfc 28/06/2016

    'Hero Balancing' is not DLC, it's your sodding job. Reply +24
  • Korean teenager answers her pro Overwatch doubters with live demonstration of skill

  • jonbwfc 21/06/2016

    @gamecat So there were people 'professionally' playing a game six months before it launched? Reply +1
  • jonbwfc 21/06/2016

    "Korean pro Overwatch scene"
    Wait, this is a thing already?
    Reply +13
  • E3 made me the twisted monster I am today

  • jonbwfc 12/06/2016

    @Master09 What? Seriously... what? Reply +1
  • Apple to allow subscription-based games this autumn

  • jonbwfc 09/06/2016

    @Boomerang Millions of people already do. Just they pay for them by being forced to buy speedups/burnable resources with cash rather than paying a sub. Reply 0
  • jonbwfc 09/06/2016

    @blarty *sigh*

    Apple does nothing new with their app store for years. Some people say "This is sh!t."

    Apple changes their app store to give devs more options and possibly make things a bit less imbalanced. Some people say "This is sh!t."

    An open mind is a wonderful thing.
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  • jonbwfc 09/06/2016

    @SpaceMonkey77 'An extra option for some, but it still pains to see how Apple have by and large neglected making/handling games better. '

    It's patently obvious Apple doesn't either understand or care about games. They've never made any (IIRC), they don't put game friendly graphics circuitry in their computers, their dev support doesn't really have any game dev specific skills or functions,they pretty much leave the app store games market to get on with itself even though it's a huge revenue stream for them.

    Apple don't get games. Never have, probably never will.
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  • jonbwfc 09/06/2016

    @KDR_11k 'Well, at least this time people know up front that they're buying a subscription, right?'

    Cancelling an iTunes subscription is literally one click/tap. Even if you do sign up to a recharging sub inadvertently (and I'm in no way saying unscrupulous developers won't try that stuff on) you can cancel it incredibly easily and the developer has no way of making it any harder for you. Devs don't manage the subs, Apple does, so there's no way they can obfuscate the ability to cancel. I suspect if you did get caught and then complained to iTunes support they might even give your money back, or at least equivalent app store credit.
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  • jonbwfc 09/06/2016

    @dean0null 'An either/or proposition would be much more interesting.'

    You know the subscription system is optional, right? Developers can still make free games, they can make 'pay up front' games, they can make games with in app purchase unlocks, they can make games that are paid for by subscription. All options and indeed a mix of options within a single app are available.

    They're not forcing anyone to pay any particular way for anything. It's entirely down to what people feel like spending their money on.

    Unless they're some witless parent who gives their 8 year old the passcode to their iTunes account. Obviously that's Apples fault.
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  • Volume is getting a free PlayStation VR expansion

  • jonbwfc 09/06/2016

    I was hoping for a proper VR version, not simply 'the version you've already got, projected onto a plane in VR space'. That's really not something anybody would describe as a 'VR game'. It's free and it looks like kind of fun and Mike doesn't have a dev team of dozens to do things like that so fair enough but it's a bit of a pity. Reply -1
  • The UK's only video game TV show canned

  • jonbwfc 07/06/2016

    @Mellissa Yes, there's still one next Saturday but it's a 'best of'/retrospective show. Expect to see the Kerbal Space Program challenge again.. Reply 0
  • Watch: Aoife plays Theme Hospital for the first time, gets very angry

  • jonbwfc 03/06/2016

    *BEEP* YOU PETMOOR! Reply +5
  • Capcom bans pro fighting game player due to sexual harassment

  • jonbwfc 03/06/2016

    @muttley84 'if it had been a woman pinching a mans backside it would go unignored'
    I don't think that means what you intended it to mean.
    Reply +10
  • There's a new Kinect game

  • jonbwfc 13/05/2016

    It seems a little bit frightening. Reply +9
  • Everything the Assassin's Creed movie trailer tells us

  • jonbwfc 12/05/2016

    Um. Isn't the first scene a pretty much direct lift from Luc Besson's 'Nikita'? Reply +3
  • Eurogamer is hiring again!

  • jonbwfc 22/04/2016

    That's possibly the worst use of 'executive' in a job title I've ever seen. Reply +2
  • Destiny's April update welcomes back lapsed players, for now

  • jonbwfc 19/04/2016

    @Killerbee I enjoyed returning, but it took me barely 3 hours to rinse through all the new content, meaning I'm back to the loot and light level grind.'

    'me too'. Went in, played the strike, mucked about with the neon colour armour thing for a while. Then realised the only 'new' thing was that PoE now has taken in it and a few items I already have now exist with better arbitrary mechanical numbers on them.

    A few new pieces of armour. That's the actual new content in this update. All of it. The infusion change is nice, but it's patently how it should have been in the first place. So basically a couple of hours and I'm done with Destiny again.

    And to make things worse, the new stuff is most easily acquired... by just paying actual cash for it.

    This new update definitely doesn't deserve the amount of press it's getting. In most games it would be a simple patch with a .1 version number increment. It's the kind of thing a few people could do in a week, yet this is all Bungie can offer for effectively a couple of month's work for the whole company??

    Destiny is done until they actually put some effort into doing something new with it.
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  • Watch the final moments of packed pirate World of Warcraft servers Nostalrius

  • jonbwfc 13/04/2016

    @Stan546 'I feel the current level of interest in vanilla WoW is sufficient to say if they offered the servers people would pay. If we say only 10% of the 150,000 pay, 15,000, that still generates Ł120,000 (Ł8 subscription fee) for offering something two chaps managed to do for free for a year. '

    Your numbers are entirely hypothetical. We don't know how many people would pay for an official vanilla WoW server because that situation has never even looked vaguely like happening.

    There are any number of examples of times when loads of people said 'If you do this we'll pay you' on the internet and when the company involved said 'OK, give us the money then' all you could hear were crickets. Equally there have been times when such things have ended up massively over-funded but I wouldn't think any big company would bother with that risk for that reward, frankly.

    In the end though, this is irrelevant. It's irrelevant whether Blizzard could run a vanilla server or not because they have consistently said they have no intention of doing so.

    It's never going to happen. The people who formed the community on the server have every right to feel sad that that environment is no longer available. But they have no right to demand Blizzard provide an alternative one for them and if they had any sense they should have known they were on borrowed time.
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  • jonbwfc 13/04/2016

    @Stan546 'people preferred the old game and would pay to play the old version of the game'
    There's no conclusive evidence of that

    '(They paid originally after all)'
    The article doesn't say so either way. It's very possible a large portion of the people playing have never paid Blizzard a penny. You can download the WoW client for free after all. And in any case what they did in the past is irrelevant - according to the article, most of them aren't paying *now* and therefore Blizzard has no reason to support them.

    ' the reason they are not paying customers now is because Blizzard doesn't offer them the ability to pay.'
    No, the reason they aren't paying customers is because they don't want to play the game Blizzard is currently offering, or they'd be playing standard WoW on Blizzard's servers. Either that ro they just don't want to pay at all. And that's fine. Many other games are available. What they don't have a right to do is use Blizzard's IP for free without permission, just because they're not getting exactly what they want.

    'Surely running two classic servers would make sense? I'd definitely go back to finish off the raids I never completed.'
    I can't argue with that, but Blizzard obviously don't think so, and it's their opinion that counts.

    here is the FUNDAMENTAL point. WoW is Blizzard's property. They can do with it what they wish. They can change it how they wish. If they change it in a way you don't like, you are free to stop giving them money and walk away. You are not free to say 'well I'm going to use it as I like how I like and I'm not going to pay for it'.

    Them's the rules. if you don't like them, tough.
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  • jonbwfc 12/04/2016

    @mega-gazz 'shitting their pants over private servers allowing people to play for free.'

    Commercial entity gets upset at someone else giving away it's property for free! world shocked!

    'they are not giving fans and customers what they want'
    As the article states, the majority of them are not customers. And therefore Blizzard has no reason to give them anything.

    'In the end it's just very disappointing that I can't play the game that I had so many good times with, it having been replaced by a more modern looking but shallower version.'

    Ah, it all becomes clear....
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  • jonbwfc 12/04/2016

    @Duvetlord As the article says "It's also worth remembering that you didn't have to be a paid WOW subscriber in order to play on the Nostalrius servers although some people were."

    Blizzard have no stake in being nice to those people at all. They're going to (continue to be) ignored.
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  • Overwatch's Tracer has a new pose

  • jonbwfc 06/04/2016

    @Brave27heart I'm not entirely sure a brand new franchise from one of the biggest and most well-regarded developers in the world NEEDS to drum up attention frankly. Overwatch had a massive media presence well before buttgate. Reply +5
  • PlayStation 4.5 to be announced before October - report

  • jonbwfc 29/03/2016

    Hmm.. aside from the value or not of the Ps4.5 as a product...

    PlayStation 4.5 to be announced before October - report
    to

    The rumoured PlayStation 4.5 - or PS4K as it's been codenamed - will allegedly be revealed before the PlayStation VR's launch in October
    That's a pretty big difference between the headline and the article there Jeff. From definitive to 'alleged' in two sentences. And no saying 'well it's a quote from somewhere else' - the headline is all EG's doing.

    You don't have to be The Daily Mail of gaming, y'know.
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  • Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit is the UK's next video game TV show

  • jonbwfc 21/03/2016

    @abeeken '(Aleks Krotoski, Emily Booth and... the other one...)'

    Emily Newton-Dunn. Works for EA these days IIRC.
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  • PlayStation TV has been phased out in Japan

  • jonbwfc 29/02/2016

    'The report also noted that Sony won't be promoting the PlayStation TV brand outside of the country.'

    Did they ever?
    Reply 0
  • Watch: The Division's loot is cool and boring all at once

  • jonbwfc 23/02/2016

    I think your distinction about which drops are interesting and which are boring seem pretty arbitrary. A drop that adds 3% to your primary gun's damage is boring, whereas a drop that adds 3% to the damage of an optional sticky grenade is interesting? I'm not sure I see the difference. Reply +5
  • Alexis Kennedy on: Redemption

  • jonbwfc 13/02/2016

    I have to be honest, I'm not entirely sure what point the writer is trying to make here. If any. Reply +1
  • The Eurogamer Podcast

  • jonbwfc 02/02/2016

    Was that a stealthy 'The Matrix' quote from Aoife?

    Also the whole 'Division extraction point mexican standoff' thing may be interesting and exciting the first time but the 50th time someone dumps an hour of your game time down the bog it's going to be a massive pain in the arse. The problem with making a system where people are allowed to be dicks is... a lot of people actually are dicks. I still remember one of EG's more bizarre articles where they interviewed a bunch of self-proclaimed griefers and tried to sell them as being somehow harmless and amusing. The comment thread there was on the vociferously critical side, even for EG.
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  • Is it time for a PS4 SSD upgrade?

  • jonbwfc 23/01/2016

    Given the effect of the SSD looks quite variable, how about a further article where you do less in depth tests but with a much larger selection of games? Reply +2
  • Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann on why Uncharted has to end

  • jonbwfc 20/01/2016

    I hope they do properly finish it. All great stories need a great ending. Nathan Drake's story may not have been the most original one ever told but it remains one of gaming's great adventures. It would be such a shame to close on a sour note of some sort. Reply +2
  • jonbwfc 20/01/2016

    @MrPomeroy 'Just look at her. Feelers are off the charts!'

    I'm not sure that means what you intended it to mean :D
    Reply +2
  • The Witness costs Ł29.99, pre-orders now live

  • jonbwfc 20/01/2016

    Not available on the playstation shop to order yet. I am surprise. Reply +1
  • Is your PC really VR-ready?

  • jonbwfc 15/01/2016

    Betteridge's Law Reply 0
  • Finally, tide turns in war with PC game crackers

  • jonbwfc 08/01/2016

    @Tuco No, No no.. One at a time..

    - Piracy keeps indirectly prices in check.
    No. Pirates aren't paying anyway, so they have no influence on price. The logic 'if we make it cheaper they'll pay rather than get it for free' is so patently absurd as to not be worth talking about.

    - Piracy discourages abusive anti-customer practices.
    No. Pirates aren't consumers. The industry doesn't give a flying fig what they think because they aren't giving it any money anyway. What discourages anti-consumer practices? Consumers complaining. People getting refunds (*cough*batman*cough*). peopel going elsewhere for their stuff.

    The notion 'if we treat them badly they'll pirate it' is childish at best. If a company treats a consumer badly in a industry where pirating is physically impossible, the consumer either stops buying the thing or goes to an alternative supplier and then the company will have to pay attention. That can happen in games if piracy is zero just as easily as if it isn't.

    - Piracy allows people who could never afford to purchase legit stuff anyway to be at least marginally part of the cultural impact of media in many forms (literacy, music, movies and tv, games, etc)
    No. You have no way to measure what the 'cultural impact' of anything is and therefore no idea whether not having access to it has any cultural effect at all. Aside from the fact there is plenty of free stuff in each of the categories you mention anyway. And call me weird, but I'm not sure FIFA 16 is changing our culture to any degree at all.

    - Related to the last point, piracy create future customers in people who can't afford media but will be able to someday.
    No, because never in the history of humanity have people gone from getting something for free to paying for it willingly. People who grow up pirating games will just carry on pirating games.

    You can use those arguments to justify piracy to yourself if you like, but please don't try and convince the rest of us they're at all valid.
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  • Pimped game controllers with bullets and diamonds - who makes these things?

  • jonbwfc 08/01/2016

    @Big-Swiss That was my immediate thought too. Question to the peopel saying 'He's made a business, fair enough' - is there any evidence in the article he has? As far as I can tell, he's giving away pretty much everything he's producing? There doesn't seem to be anything in the article saying he's making a living doing it. So far he seems to be marketing a 'brand' in the hope of making money from it in the future, but nothing that suggests he actually is.

    And of course, EG have just given him advertising for free... assuming it was free.
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  • GAME blames low last-gen sales for pre-Christmas slump

  • jonbwfc 23/12/2015

    @MattEvansC3 well you'd struggle because Game won't be open on Christmas day, hardly any shops are. You could go to Game on Boxing day, or you could order from Amazon on christmas day with next day delivery, probably still for less money (definitely less if you have Amazon prime). The one caveat may be whether Amazon have stock in house or not.

    Or you could go to a supermarket on Boxing day and, again, get it cheaper.

    There really is no good reason to use Game these days. No good reason at all.
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  • jonbwfc 23/12/2015

    @Sildur 'GAME continue to rely on the ignorance of parents who will go straight to their store and pay a premium rather than look around for better deals.

    Well maybe that's finally changed and kids are informing their parents of better places to buy games.'

    Maybe the parents are now the gamers who were the first generation of kids to figure out that Game was a ripoff. You'd only have t be in your late 20's... Game's business model maybe had a limited lifespan anyway...
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  • Elder Scrolls Online Irish customer service office closed and 300 jobs lost - report

  • jonbwfc 19/12/2015

    @Bowzer43 That statement does nothing to prove or disprove the paper's report. It says they laid 50 people off in August but doesn't mention recent changes at all.

    So it's rather like me asking you if you posted on Eurogamer this morning and you reply 'I posted on Eurogamer last week'. It may well be a true and accurate answer, but it's irrelevant.

    You have to point out that if there had been no recent changes they could simply have said so but they didn't. It doesn't prove there have been, but it's somewhat suspicious.
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  • PlayStation Experience 2015 keynote live report

  • jonbwfc 05/12/2015

    Hob looks kind of interesting. Reply 0
  • jonbwfc 05/12/2015

    Destiny Wipeout. Just makes the fact we don't get actual wipeout that much harder. Reply 0