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  • The unspoken rules of For Honor

  • kangarootoo 25/02/2017

    I quite like rules agreed between players. Years ago I suggested "knives only" in text chat in an mp game of Soldier of Fortune over dial up, and to see the other player put away their guns in agreement, was awesome fun. Same for the odd game of Red Dead Redemption.

    That said, rules of preference forced onto unwitting or unwilling players, who if they don't follow or don't understand, are told they aren't playing properly... is absolute nonsense of the highest order. Agreed between groups of willing players, absolutely, but it isn't for any player to change the rules of game from those designed by the developer and then demand that everyone else agrees with them. No.

    Now maybe there are some issues with the current design of the game, and maybe adjustments or options will be added in future updates, but that is something else entirely.
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  • Meet the man camping for a month to get the Nintendo Switch

  • kangarootoo 25/02/2017

    @fabio78

    You're very set on the word "sad" as a taunt, aren't you.

    It isn't working.
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  • kangarootoo 24/02/2017

    @fabio78

    So what man? So what if he doesn't share your life ambitions? One day you'll both be dead, he'll have been happy and you'll have been crying about it. Calling other people "sad" because they don't share your values is singularly one of the saddest and most childish things a person can do. Do your thing, live your own ambitions, and let everyone else do the same. None of it matters in the end.
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  • kangarootoo 24/02/2017

    @fabio78

    You say he is a sad kid, but he seems pretty happy. So what you're perhaps saying is he isn't cool, like you? Or that he doesn't share your personal priorities regards how he spends his time?

    I wonder if he cares?
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  • kangarootoo 24/02/2017

    @zepekit

    "I didn't read the article, but why would someone camp outside to get a device"

    In other words, you didn't read the article, but you would like someone else to read it and tell you what it said?
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  • kangarootoo 24/02/2017

    "they're just jealous because they can't share in that moment in what they love"

    Awww, I was with you right until here. Not jealous, at all, just different.

    All power to people for doing whatever makes them happy, they are clearly a lot happier than some posters on here. So long as nobody is getting hurt, people can do whatever they like as far as I'm concerned, which in includes both queuing and not queuing for launch things.
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  • Elite Dangerous players now know why the galaxy turned beige

  • kangarootoo 23/02/2017

    Really rather looking forward to the eventual release of this on PS4. The way stories just emerge out of the community and the world, I find that very engaging. Give it PSVR support as well, and nobody is going to see me for a month. Reply 0
  • Cards Against Humanity gets official Mass Effect expansion

  • kangarootoo 23/02/2017

    I played a fair bit of CAH some while back, but it does rely on shock more than wit (plus the occasional serendipitous two card combo). Once you've played it enough to know most of the cards, it honestly dies on its arse.

    I also expect that many of the ME cards would be comparatively tame, and without shock, CAH is nothing.
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  • Overwatch game director talks diversity, inclusivity and Tracer's sexuality

  • kangarootoo 22/02/2017

    @MrTummyGiggles

    One final point, which I was in fact discussing on FB just yesterday. Normal as a word brings baggage, not least its antithesis "abnormal". However much we might say it is OK to not be normal, that is essentially the same as saying it is OK to be abnormal, and by your earlier comments, that "being gay is abnormal but OK". Clearly that is a very loaded phrase, and I imagine one you wouldn't be comfortable saying to represent your well meaning views.

    So, instead of normal, I prefer "typical". They mean much the same in the dictionary, but "atypical" carries less baggage (not sure I've ever heard a bigot saying "it's just not typical" as a defence for some bigoted comment). It still isn't perfect, and I still don't like the idea of saying to a gay guy "You aren't typical, but you have my full support" as it still sounds divisive and more than a little patronising, but as a definition I like it a lot more than "normal". I think that as a teenager growing up, all long hair, ripped up jeans, and chains, I probably would have taken "atypical" as a compliment :)
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  • kangarootoo 22/02/2017

    @MrTummyGiggles

    "I will just leave it at saying that some people fall outside the bounds of what is considered "normal" by society at large"

    That is kind of cyclical as explanations go. What society at large thinks is no defence for what society at large thinks, it is just a statement of current thinking. And besides, what is "normal" by measure of a percentage is not at all the same as what is "acceptable" by a majority, and you seem unsure as to which definition you are using. As for it being "lying" to say that LGBTQ is normal, kind of rests on your suggestion that it is not being fact - clearly some here disagree. I don't consider it lying, I simply with the greatest of respect, think that you are wrong.

    Also, you seem to imply that treating LGBTQ people as "normal" is somehow disrespectful to them? What alternative are you suggesting? That every time a lesbian enters a room everyone cheers, "Let's hear it for the lesbian, let's make her feel welcome at the top of our voices!" and everyone high fives her as tries to walk to her seat?

    Here is an idea. What if we explore the idea that a person is not wholly defined by their sexuality? By your measure, to treat them as normal is lying, because it fails to acknowledge a single specific difference between them and a majority, but what about all the other differences between straight people and all the similarities between gay and straight people? Do we refer to people who like country music as not normal because they aren't in the majorty across the world? OK, we proably should, bad example ;)

    Everyone is different, in a billion different ways. You and I have different opinions, we probably have different hair cuts and different shoe sizes. Maybe one of us smokes and the other doesn't, maybe one of us has kids and the other doesn't want them. How significant does a difference have to get before you can describe one of us as normal and the other not? Why does sexuality register so highly on your scale, but a myriad of other differences not?

    THAT is what people are talking about when they say that a person being straight or LGBTQ or asexual is normal, because everyone is one of those options, and everyone is also different to everyone else in another million ways. Everyone is normal... because nobody is the same... because being different IS normal.

    Sorry, kind of got into a flow there :)
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  • kangarootoo 22/02/2017

    @MrTummyGiggles

    "He's talking endlessly about diversity, but if everything was "normal" then diversity wouldn't even exist."

    I think that is rather his point, that you seem to be missing.
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  • For Honor outmuscles Sniper Elite 4 to top UK chart

  • kangarootoo 21/02/2017

    @OurDogFudge

    I'd be interested in the DLC rollout plan too. I have guns that I have bought (I got the Season Pass too), which I can use in the shooting range, but not in the game yet as the associated "pack" hasn't hit the store.

    I don't mind a bit of a rollout, but it would be nice to have access to the weapons before I finish the main campaign.
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  • kangarootoo 21/02/2017

    @wingzerosys

    I didn't think the maps were so big in SE that yomping across them was a problem, even though I agree it could take time occasionally. I'd worry that vehicles would change the dynamic of the game, as suddenly you are much more powerful than many of the troops around you, by way of the fact that driving through a crowd of them is likely to lead to an easy victory.

    If the maps got even larger in a sequel however, that could be nice. Maybe a bicycle would solve the issue for you, and avoid the problems for me :)
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  • kangarootoo 21/02/2017

    @wingzerosys

    Ghost Warrior actually came to mind when I was replying to makeamazing about sneaking about. I played about 20 mins of Ghost Warrior, and that was enough for me.

    It feels like the sort of game that happens when a developer says "We want to make a sniper game", but a publisher says "We can't have 6 hours of sneaking about gameplay and no explosions", and the end result is a high action helicopter battle at the end of level 1.

    Sniping is inherently a stealthy pursuit, and my feeling is that if you don't want to make a slow paced strategic game, make something else.

    I sort of liked SE1 and 2, but 3 nailed the format (with the sound cover mechanic in particular). SE4 feels like it has improved on everything that SE3 got right (except the armoured cars, they were way more dangerous in SE3, and I thought that worked better, but I am nitpicking here).
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  • kangarootoo 21/02/2017

    @makeamazing

    "Shame that I am forced to play on hard to get 100% of achievements."

    For me, having to play competitive multiplayer (which honestly, I'll never do) to get all trophies, medals, ribbons etc, is a far worse crime :)


    "maybe a bit too much sneaking around"

    That is like saying Monkey Island has a bit too much puzzling, or that Drive Club has too many steering wheels. I'm glad you are finding some fun in SE4, but it is clearly a game about stealth. I'd have been surprised and disappointed if it didn't have lots of sneaking about.
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  • kangarootoo 21/02/2017

    @Rathbone

    "I suspect there'll be copious amounts of both in the trade-in racks very shortly."

    Not in the case of SE4, it is not only extremely good, it has shed loads of replay value. I've been playing a fair bit of it recently coop, and each level typically takes 1.5-2.5 hours. I've replayed the first level about 3-4 times so far. If you like sniping games, it is one of the best there has ever been.
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  • Man appears to play Doom in Porsche 911 using driving controls

  • kangarootoo 21/02/2017

    @Foxtrot-Oscar

    Oh dear.

    1. You should probably make clear that when you say it is Wolfenstein, you are referring to the calculator video, not the article (which is definitely Doom).

    But more importantly...

    2. If you had actually watched the video, and got as far as 8m20s, you would see the game labelled in the menu as Doom, and you would hear him say "It is French Doom. It is pretty much Wolfenstein, but they called it Doom." with a quizzical tone that shows he knows exactly what it is, and that the name is sort of wrong.


    If you are going to be pious, it is often best to check your facts (take it from one who knows).
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  • Dirt Rally's VR support is now live, costs Ł9.99

  • kangarootoo 20/02/2017

    @colinmac

    I am the same, typically rubbish at realistic driving games (RDGs shorthand from now on), as opposed to Burnout etc), always coming into corners too fast and so on. I found that 3DTV added a lot for me for RDGs, and VR is multiples of the same. I played a bunch of Drive Club in VR recently, and I really enjoyed it in a way that I had never done for RDGs. I could actually approach a corner with a sense of my own momentum, and take a decent enough line rather than just smacking into a barrier.

    Good to hear that this game also allows for the adjusted of the camera origin position, as I think that will be key for enthusiasts in particular.
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  • kangarootoo 18/02/2017

    @Naetharu

    The sort of disconnects that cause discomfort in VR are lower level, less conscious, than the type of controller you are using. No doubt a wheel will help greatly with immersion (especially if you can arrange things so that your wheel is in the same place in real life as in VR, relative to your eyes - Drive Club allows you to adjust seating height and front/back position in game for this reason, don't know about this game).

    TLDR, if you find this comfortable with a wheel, you'll be fine without. If you don't, a wheel is unlikely to help specifically with discomfort. The best course for anyone new to VR is to build up slowly if you find yourself uncomfortable during your first play. Acclimatisation is real, and if you find yourself to be sensitive to some VR experiences, it really is worth taking the time to work up to it (start with 10 min stints, be sure to come back at least every other day for the first week). Some people will always be sensitive to motion in VR (about 5%), everyone else is on a sliding scale, that can be increased through careful exposure. Discomfort can build up over time, and if you stick with it until you feel bad, it is probably a little too late for that session.

    I am making it sound like a bit of a task, but the effort is totally worth it, and it won't feel like work - just make sure you take breaks :)

    Edit: I notice that half the time I write a TLDR version of a post, it ends up being longer :)
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  • Disney ditches Pewdiepie after anti-semitic stunt

  • kangarootoo 16/02/2017

    Part of me can't help but wonder how many times the same specific frame of reference can crop up before "taken out of context" stops working as a defence. Reply +2
  • kangarootoo 15/02/2017

    @Riboflavin

    "An inextricable part of the premise is the notion that anti-semitism is extremely disgusting"

    Oh come on. It isn't inextricable at all. Any range of examples, that did not involve a joke at the expense of an absent party, would have worked just as well.


    "crying wolf like this only helps racists by diluting the potency of apt accusations of racism"

    This may also be true. The subject has many facets that make for interesting discussion. Any kind of "all or nothing" response to this, is no better than the original "all or nothing" reactions that are being criticised.
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  • kangarootoo 15/02/2017

    @PixelJumper

    It is if you only later reveal that information. In your original post, you referred to a hypothetical source, which was poor debating. If at the time you had referred to a specific real life source, that would have been better. I can only comment on what you do, not what you are thinking.

    Also, I quite agree about people communicating and fighting for a cause. Are we suggesting that is what PDP was doing here? If that was his intention, I'm not sure he chose the most effective route.
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  • kangarootoo 15/02/2017

    The thing that makes me sigh in all of this, is what whenever we see a story like this, of a channel owner being an ass one way or another, the reason it all exists is because it works. This is what YouTube content is these days. High pitched over-reaction, described by millions as "hilarious". Maybe I'm just getting old. Reply +4
  • kangarootoo 15/02/2017

    @PixelJumper

    They might say, "Yeah, that is how it starts".

    Also, to appropriate hypothetical WW2 veterans who can't speak for themselves, and imply their reaction in your favour to give moral weight to your point, is poor debating.
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  • kangarootoo 15/02/2017

    @Bauul

    "by your logic they would take "But Bauul told me to!" as legitimate defense"

    No, no, no. I have never said anything like that. I am saying that PDP is responsible, that doesn't mean that the guys in the video are not responsible. They both bear responsibility.

    As for " the "service" these two guys provided was specifically writing messages on a piece of paper that they then danced around to while holding up" -

    that is only because that is what PDP asked them to do! It may have been necessary for them to hold the message to carry out his instructions, but my point is that the point he SAID he was making (that people will do ridiculous things for a fiver) absolutely did NOT require the message. That PDP decided it did, is EXACTLY the issue I am describing.

    "In hindsight if PewDiePie had picked something like "We suck dicks" that would have carried the same joke without the uproar."

    So we agree! :) Not just the uproar, but also without the reasonable offence caused. That has always been my point, that adding in the anti-semitic message, whether heart felt or not, was simply not required to make the claimed point. So why was it there? Because its inclusion was funny to PDP? Who knows. Stupidity is a better defence than malice, but only just.
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  • kangarootoo 14/02/2017

    @Bauul

    I also don't agree that the joke wouldn't work if he hadn't said something awful. If the joke was supposed to be anout how people will shame themselves for a fiver, he could have had them sit in a bath of cowshit or something. In your example, you would tell the drunk guy to sprint up the highstreet in a bikini. The "message" is not required.... unless the joke is not what is claimed. The point he said he was making, did not need a message that targetted a third party. The defence doesn't add up.
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  • kangarootoo 14/02/2017

    @Bauul

    I'm not sure your example is convincing me in the way you intend.

    In your example, the boss would likely say "It was a bloody ridiculous thing to challenge him to do, you must have known the result would have caused great upset some people who work here, people who didn't have the context for the joke, or who would have reasonably found it offensive even if they had the context which was in essence to be used as a prop in your joke. You showed a mind boggling lack of judgement and consideration for your co-workers, you'll have to go."

    You see, if your example occurred in real life, the co-joker would probably be sacked. Most companies would take that line. Not because they are excessively PC and so on, but because they see that such behaviour is not adult of professional. The joke would be a terrible one, badly chosen, failing to make its point, and causing reasonable offence. So as I said, rather than your example convinving me all is well in the case in point, it kind of has the opposite effect.

    TLDR - the issue is not that I have misunderstood, we simply don't agree on whether the joke was appropriate, or was making a clever point. It was badly judged, and unprofessional.
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  • kangarootoo 14/02/2017

    It would appear he is not a nazi sympathiser, but that doesn't mean his stupidity cannot do damage. "I didn't mean it" stops being an excuse when you become an adult, and that includes (if you are a person of influence) how you might be misinterpreted. All that matters is the result, and if jokes like this are laughed at by nazis and help normalise their views, it doesn't matter if that wasn't hus intention. Anyone with intelligence could predict that outcome, and so he bears responsibility. Reply +3
  • kangarootoo 14/02/2017

    @abigsmurf

    "It's better to laugh at something than to fear it."

    Sometimes, that is definitely not true. Besides which, there are more options than just fear or laughter.
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  • For Honor's bastard bots will taunt you

  • kangarootoo 15/02/2017

    I've not played this, but the idea of bots that spam taunts rather appeals, because I am a big fan in principle of coding AI to behave the way players do in all regards. Reply 0
  • Ubisoft just updated the ending of Watch Dogs 2

  • kangarootoo 15/02/2017

    @jabberwocky

    Ah, Edinburgh would be ace. The way the hilly countryside is just suddenly "there" when you turn a corner would suit a game very well. Narrow streets, major high streets, castle, small mountain, all good stuff.
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  • kangarootoo 15/02/2017

    @jabberwocky

    Manchester would work very well. Lots of great architecture, old and new, in that city.

    Edit: and the other two cities too probably...
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  • kangarootoo 15/02/2017

    @NullDev

    That is one of the things that was a little cringey. The portrayal of hackers as valiant freedom fighters making a difference is pretty one sided. As part of the fiction it is fine, but it did make me think, I bet there are some people out there feeling validated by this.
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  • kangarootoo 15/02/2017

    @Monkey_Puncher

    "Definitely be up for a London based Watchdogs"

    Oh yes.

    Or Tokyo (or even Osaka, Kyoto, or one of the other slightly less well known cities) would also make a great location.
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  • kangarootoo 15/02/2017

    "Watch Dogs 2 even included a tease for an unannounced Ubisoft franchise."

    That was actually pretty neat. The whole mission about breaking into Ubisoft to steal an unreleased trailer was well handled.
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  • kangarootoo 15/02/2017

    "which updates the game's world with new areas"

    Hurrah!

    "fresh dances and emotes"

    I could not give less of a f*ck.

    I finished this recently (finished the main game, not all the side stuff), and I thought it was a lot of fun. Reminded me of the jump from AC1 to AC2 in a way, a big step up from the foundation laid by WD1.

    Edit: awwww, -1 says someone likes dances and emotes. Vive la difference :)
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  • Sniper Elite 4 review

  • kangarootoo 13/02/2017

    @Leolian

    I agree. Gazing out across the landscapes was ace, and the 3D really helped me pick up and place enemy movement in those scenes. Been looking forward to SE4 for ages.
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  • kangarootoo 13/02/2017

    @porkface

    Yay! Thanks for the info. I found the 3D added a lot to SE3. I didn't expect the feature and was mid way through the last level, when a visit to the options menu for another reason revealed the existence of 3D support.
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  • kangarootoo 13/02/2017

    Question for EG, early press suggested SE4 would support stereoscopic 3D. Is that still the case? Almost no PS4 games do. Reply +6
  • kangarootoo 13/02/2017

    Loved SE3. Really looking forward to this one. Coop from start to finish, the same way I first played the Halo :) Reply +6
  • Steam Greenlight had to go, but its replacement might just work

  • kangarootoo 10/02/2017

    I agree that the accusation of "too many games" is absurd. There, I said it.

    The accusation is the result of the time honoured "user describes their own solution, not the problem they actually encountered" fallacy that can be a challenge for good design. How many times has a designer (games designer in this example) by way of feedback been told "There should be more ammunition drops" or similar?

    The issues are that good games get lost, that a user cannot find what they are looking for, that games that match their interests are not surfaced to them, and no doubt more than I'm not identifying off the top of my head (and also because I barely use Steam at the moment). All these issues and more are the actual problems, for which there are a range of good solutions. "Too many games" is diving past the possible true root level problems, straight to a solution of "make there be less games".


    As for shops being curated, perhaps the author chose bad examples, which inevitably are getting pounced on. Most of the largest internet market places are pretty much not curated at all (eBay and Amazon sell almost anything, from anyone), but what they do give you are the tools to find the most suitable product for your needs among the millions and millions of items available.
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  • Here's our first look at combat in The Bard's Tale 4

  • kangarootoo 08/02/2017

    This looks ace, and I agree that it looks extra fantastic given the budget. Reply +3
  • FIFA YouTuber who ran illegal gambling site addresses controversy

  • kangarootoo 08/02/2017

    "It wasn't like I set out to break the law"

    You just didn't familiarise yourself with the law, or indeed give much thought to what the law was likely to be?

    I'm not sure whether idiocy is a better defence than malice, and given how successfully this guy runs his business, he must have some smarts, which makes it hard to buy the "I was too stupid" defence.
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  • This Portal-themed HoloLens mod is a triumph

  • kangarootoo 08/02/2017

    @Fourfoldroot

    "Looks cool, but doesn't actually look like that."

    This.

    It doesn't take away from what this demo has achieved, which is pretty excellent. However, the first thing everybody says when they first try Hololens, is how the rendered fov is very narrow (I believe it is 35 degrees) and visibly cuts off within the area of play.
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  • Notes from the end of a world

  • kangarootoo 08/02/2017

    First mmo I ever played. A friend entered me in a competition, and I won a copy. Played it free for a month, and then paid for a month, over dial up. I was in a guild within a couple of hours, and was gifted a load of nice kit. Good community right from the start. Reply +6
  • YouTuber pleads guilty to FIFA gambling charges

  • kangarootoo 07/02/2017

    @roostermoans

    How can you not tell the difference between straight forward gambling, where everyone knows the lay of the land, and this situation?

    Or to put it another way, are you suggesting the court has no idea how the law works, but you do?
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  • kangarootoo 07/02/2017

    @RandyKleen

    "Yet another Americanism in your articles"

    "Pled" isn't an Americanism. Though it is commonly, but incorrectly, claimed to be so.

    It has never been a proper word however, and has only become accepted through very frequent mistaken use.

    I know that language evolves and all that, but a word that comes to be accepted simply as a result of frequent mispronunciation makes my inner pedant sad.
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  • Don't expect a Skyblivion beta or release until 2018

  • kangarootoo 05/02/2017

    @robg

    The punctuation is correct. Perhaps it just seems strange because we are so used to seeing incorrect punctuation these days.
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  • PlayStation 4 is finally getting external hard drive support

  • kangarootoo 03/02/2017

    @uncharted86

    "But I fail to see why I need to know what the equivalent to the Quick Menu is on Xbox One in a PS4 article"

    Fail to see, or don't want to?

    Seriously, just get over it. The information is there to create a relatable comparison, that will help readers understand the feature. It makes perfect sense that it be included, and the only reason you object is because you see it as a comparison about which you inexplicably feel insecure.

    I'm not trying to piss you off here. I'm serious. Put any platform preference aside, read the article from the perspective of a typical reader who may know about the described feature on XBO, and you will see how it helps explain a new feature on PS4, and its inclusion will make sense. And you will probably feel less annoyed reading the article :)
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  • kangarootoo 03/02/2017

    @beck1110

    "Shame the USB ports are on the front"

    Amen to that. Everything I have plugged into my PS4 would be better off connected at the back out of sight. It bugs me that the front view of my PS4 is a pair of wires disappearing around the corner into the cabinet.
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