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  • PlayStation announces job losses at Sony London, San Diego studios

  • kangarootoo 15/09/2016


    It will be permanent staff. Fixed term contracts expiring isn't news.
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  • kangarootoo 15/09/2016

    "The demo was used to pitch the PlayStation VR internally and was later upgraded to a full project."

    I think you are talking about "VR Worlds". Research, it isn't difficult.
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  • Apple accidentally announces iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus via own website

  • kangarootoo 07/09/2016

    1. Nobody will be forced to buy one.

    2. Wireless headphones are cheap and decent, and everyone should be using them. I seear by QY7s, Ł15 on amazon, surprisingly good.

    3. It will be literally minutes before 3rd party adapters turn up on ebay and amazon for about a fiver.
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  • PlayStation Move is back, and now in a PSVR double pack

  • kangarootoo 01/09/2016

    "Sony has already announced a bizarre PSVR gun peripheral which you can slot a Move controller into."

    This isn't true. The gun controller is standalone. It might use a similar tracking globe to Move, but there isn't a Move controller inside it.
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  • Deus Ex Mankind Divided review

  • kangarootoo 23/08/2016

    What the f**k is with people complaining about the number of words in the review, or asking for a video in which someone reads the words to them?

    If you don't like words, go do some colouring in or something, and leave the rest of us to read reviews like wot we lurned at skool.
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  • It looks like Assassin's Creed 2, Brotherhood, Revelations are headed to PS4, Xbox One

  • kangarootoo 18/08/2016


    "Still waiting on Rogue to have a current-gen release..."

    This. Rogue was great (Black Flag is my favourite of the series, which obviously means Rogue was always going to win points with me), and I'd happily play it again on current gen.
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  • kangarootoo 18/08/2016


    "Use the development time and talents to make NEW games!"

    New games take considerably more time and talent though. I agree that new games are awesome, but it isn't like the same resource can either do a remaster or a new game. You could probably do give remasters with less budget than a brand new AC game would take.
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  • Tekken 7's Harada on the thorny subject of sexy swimsuits and Western sensibilities

  • kangarootoo 18/08/2016

    "It's not like we're trying to sexualise the female characters at all"

    So this is the bit where I raise an eyebrow, quite noticeably above the other one. I probably go "hmmmm" at the same time.

    By all means have sexualisation in your game if you want, but don't for a moment pretend it isn't intentional.

    And saying "but we also stuck a bikini on a panda" is the mammalian swimwear equivalent of "but I've got lots of black friends".
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  • Konami tries to explain Metal Gear Survive's ridiculous story

  • kangarootoo 18/08/2016

    "But, before anything else untimely happens, they end up being pulled through a wormhole"

    So, before anything else untimely happens, an incredibly untimely thing happens?
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  • Ubisoft's extreme winter sports game Steep sets release date

  • kangarootoo 18/08/2016


    I've never really taken to the more arcadey boarding games like 1080. Great as I know they are, they aren't my bag. The awesome Transworld Snowboarding, followed by Amped 2 (Amped 1 was good, but much better after they nick Transworld's control system), set the bar for semi-realistic snowboarding games imo.

    Then Amped 3 went all weird, and had a terrible camera, and I was sad.

    Hopefully this will bring back something that's been missing in my gaming landscape for years.
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  • No Man's Sky Sony's 2nd biggest ever PS4 launch in UK

  • kangarootoo 16/08/2016


    I may have got the kind of upgrade you mean, but I was just using it to warp toward Atlas points 3 or 4 systems at a time (instead of the previous one at a time). I can't help feeling though that whether I follow a path, or whether I strike out myself, the planets I find would be much the same.

    My mining laser was reasonably upgraded, and I did find a few good treasure opportunities (though I didn't have hauls as big as you describe, usual 2-300k). One of my most rewarding moments was mining a giant stack of gold, to find that it actually extended underground and was twice as large below the surface as it was above. That felt like something genuinely unique, that had never occurred before, and standing in a hole shooting rocks with a laser had never been so compelling :)

    I saved up for one big ship upgrade, but the grind to do it again was part of what put me off. My first and only ship purchase was 900k, but the next significant one was closer to 3m and that just felt too far away. In fact now I think on it, the lack of a well designed reward cycle was one of the biggest negatives for me. As I mentioned in my earlier post, setting my own goals only got me so far, and I don't think the impact of the complete lack of a well designed mission structure should be underestimated.
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  • kangarootoo 16/08/2016

    My two pence.

    I've put about 10 or so hours into NMS. It was fun, though the controls could do with a little refinement (I'm a pedant for that sort of thing, many won't care). I then reached a point where I felt like further hours invested weren't really leading anywhere. It is an incredible achievement, especially for such a small team, but I personally felt it could have done with a little more structure. Knowing that there are billions of planets out there that I will never see means nothing to me. Setting my own goals was very entertaining, but I was also longing for something else in the game to give me a goal, a mission if you like. Setting a goal of buying a new ship was fun, but the grind to get there wasn't something I wanted to repeat. The closest the game got was fixing my ship up at the start, and then AI giving me a new Atlas location every so often. For comparison, I put 120 hours into Oblivion, and I completed GTAV on PS3, as the structure and unique areas I discovered in each kept pulling me along. 10+ hours into NMS and I felt I had effectively seen everything there was to see (I know that everything is procedurally generated and therefore endless, but generated from a relatively limited pool, so everything started looking very similar after a while).

    So overall an excellent game, but I felt I had reached the limit of what it was going to give me. So 10+ hours later I traded it, but was happy to have the time it gave me.
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  • kangarootoo 16/08/2016


    "I didn't claim that it wasn't."

    Much as I don't want to wade into your fanboy nonsense....

    "That sounds mightily impressive until..."

    If you don't think that is the same as saying "on reflection, it isn't impressive", you need a new dictionary.
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  • Warning: The Witcher 3 GOTY Edition won't let you carry over save data

  • kangarootoo 16/08/2016


    Ahh, I didn't realise there was a kind of halfway-house regards sharing data between products. Thanks for the info.
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  • kangarootoo 16/08/2016


    "I didn't buy many GOTY editions after owning normal ones, but the few instances I did, my saves stayed in place and I could go on"

    In those instances, the product ID would have been the same, and so the console's own save data system could take care of things.
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  • kangarootoo 16/08/2016


    "but, sorry Mr Momot, it's cobblers to suggest that that's just the way it is and there's nothing that can be done about it"

    The issue is more complex than you realise, and you aren't comparing like for like.

    In this case it sounds like the GOTY edition of TW3 has a different product ID, meaning that at a system level the PS4 will not see it as the same product, be it on the local disk or in the PS+ cloud. This all means that means that the only way to transfer save data is via some kind of cloud, created and managed by CDP.

    Dynasty Warriors has an online element, so character progress data already has a place to live. That is obviously not the case for TW3, and so what you're asking for is that they create an online service, purely to host save data so that it can be migrated between two different versions of the game. I'm sure you can see that the cost of doing so, compared to the result for the majority of gamers, is so disproportionate as to not be possible from a reasonable business perspective.

    TLDR version -
    ""then I'm pretty sure it's within CD Project Red's abilities to add similar functionality""

    The functionality you are describing is not really "similar".
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  • You can max out your ship and equipment on the first planet in No Man's Sky

  • kangarootoo 16/08/2016

    "progress through the game's equipment tiers is in no way linked to exploration of the galaxy"

    I cannot be alone in thinking, that doesn't sound like a very good idea.
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  • It looks like you can glitch Pokémon Go gyms using eggs

  • kangarootoo 16/08/2016

    It isn't EGs fault that this exploit exists, and publicising its existence is better than some players being aware and others being ignorant. The only solution for this will be a patch, and the more publicity there is over this the faster that will happen.

    Also, banning people who use this seems excessive. Who is to say that everybody who does this considers it an exploit rather than a feature? From the description it in no way sounds like an obvious cheat, it is just a thing that the game allows you to do using the normal interface. Again, a patch is the right solution for the problem.
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  • How to avoid No Man's Sky's allegedly game-breaking glitch

  • kangarootoo 12/08/2016


    Ah OK. I am trying to remember where I got the blueprint. I think I was on a planet, ran a scan, and some kind of research station was detected, which contained the blueprint. So it was sort of a scripted moment (I don't recall exactly, but I remember there being a pretty clear prompt to "find the research station, as it contains rare blueprints", something like that.

    I was curious and did some searching. Found this, but it sounds like you've probably done some of the steps.


    Also this. Seems I forgot a step, which involves suspension fluid to electron vapour, and then to anti-matter, and then to a warp cell (what a faff about, seriously).

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  • kangarootoo 11/08/2016


    I think you need to find suspension fluid to make the anti-matter, to then make the fuel cell. You can buy suspension fluid from galatic traders at space stations and outposts.
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  • kangarootoo 11/08/2016

    Putting the bug aside for a moment, the part I find odd is that they gave away the hyper drive as a bonus. Getting the blue print and constructing the drive IS the gameplay. Following those early mission prompts to repair your ship, gain the boost drive thing (whatever it is called), and then developing the hyperdrive are all core parts of the pseudo tutorial missions, that require you to travel to locations, interacts with aliens, and so on. Giving you the drive as a bonus is like deleting a mission (a very small mission, but a mission none the less) AS A BONUS. It makes no sense at all.

    Edit: the extra inventory slot, fine, a nice bonus. Nit the drive though.
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  • We visit 50 No Man's Sky planets in seven minutes

  • kangarootoo 09/08/2016


    I quote.

    "Aluminium, for so we shall take the liberty of writing the word, in preference to aluminum, which has a less classical sound. ["Quarterly Review," 1812]"

    A less classical sound, which I flippantly equate to the original name not sounding posh enough.

    Now where is that microphone bin?

    Edit: and I don't want to labour the point, but the name change was not made by the "yanks", it was made by the brits. Aluminum as a name came before aluminium., FACT (as the internet is fond of writing at the end of sentences).
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  • kangarootoo 09/08/2016


    First off, fair point about me capitalising the A, not sure why I did that.

    Second... "Because wiki is always right lol." Well, wikipedia is usually right about this sort of thing. That it isn't 100% right doesn't undermine it as a source of scientific information.

    Third. You're quite right, it was indeed alumium, not aluium. That will teach me to rely on memory (not wiki's fault, which was correct).

    Fourth. None of this makes aluminium the "correct" spelling. Aluminum got there first, and British chemists later chose aluminium. So there! ;)

    Fifth. I believe there is a special recycling bins for mics these days. Whenever someone in the privileged west drops a mic, the mic is repackaged and sent to a child in a developing nation, who then gets to drop a mic whenever they say something witty to close a conversation.
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  • kangarootoo 09/08/2016


    There is no correct spelling of Aluminium in the way you mean, there are just localised spellings.

    Did you know that the very first name given was Aluium?

    Did you know that Aluminum was then the official name, and that -ium was only added to the end to replace -um because it sounded posher? I shit you not.

    If we were to be strict about it, we would be calling it Aluium or Aluminum. There are indeed many American spellings that came later through mispronunciation, but Aluminum is not one of them.

    Look up the wiki paqe and skip to the eytmology section. Interesting stuff if you're a nerd like me, and also it will help you move past this widely believed myth that Aluminum is not a correct spelling ;)
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  • Pokémon Go removed from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and Holocaust Museum

  • kangarootoo 09/08/2016


    "surely that should be a good thing!"

    I think that if the organisations that look after the Horoshima Peace Memorial, and the Holocaust Museum disagree, we can assume they know better, and we can respect their wishes.

    "I have found so many new landmarks that I didn't know existed"

    Apologies 'cos this is going to sound arsey, but it isn't always about you.
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  • kangarootoo 09/08/2016


    "but could really ruin the balance of the game"

    The game runs on meta-data from maps and the movement of people. I'm not sure there is any balancing in the usual sense.
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  • Hitman heads to Bangkok on 16th August

  • kangarootoo 05/08/2016

    I've been loving this. The episodic structure has worked well imo too. Reply +4
  • Buzz! developer Relentless shut down

  • kangarootoo 05/08/2016

    Bollocks. Relentless were good people. Best of luck everyone. Reply +4
  • Salt and Sanctuary dev pleads people calm down over delayed Vita port

  • kangarootoo 03/08/2016



    Sorry, I used up all my patience on my previous comment.

    Taking an action that leads to someone else being a prick does not make you responsible for their actions. It is as simple as that.
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  • kangarootoo 03/08/2016


    Victim blaming much? Be careful that whenever you speak it is bullet proof, lest you rightly suffer the wrath of lunatics?

    If devs were extremely careful what they say at all times, that might avoid situations like this. If a minority of entitled nob heads stopped acting like childish pricks, that would definitely avoid situations like this.
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  • After a flood of negative feedback, Pokémon Go's developer is finally ready to talk

  • kangarootoo 02/08/2016

    This reminds me a little of the complains people level at Facebook. Things become sticky when for whatever reason, actually just leaving seems not to be an option for people. If a game sucks, I stop playing it. But with PG, it seems that just not playing it isn't a reasonable option, and so people get very annoyed when it doesn't behave the way they would like.

    Here is an idea. If you're playing a game, and it turns out to not be fun, stop playing it and do something fun. Time is short.
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  • HTC Vive price hike for UK - blame Brexit

  • kangarootoo 02/08/2016

    One final question, just thrown out there. If we had the same referendum tomorrow, what do you think the result would be? And if it would be different (...it probably would be), whether you favour that alternative result or not, what does that say about public understanding in the run up to the previous one? Reply +1
  • kangarootoo 02/08/2016


    A referendum is democratic, yes. Many things are. Some are also less wise than others.

    Politicians call referendums to win political favour, always. They call them to wash their hands of their own political responsibilties. They don't call them because they think they are a good way to make the important political decisions, or we would have them all the time.

    The number one problem with democracy, is it is the very definition of a popularity contest. A politician who doesn't serve the will of the people, will not be re-elected, because it is our democratic right to be wrong about things with impunity.

    Anyway, I've gone on enough, so I'll shut up for a bit :)
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  • kangarootoo 02/08/2016


    You know that referendum result isn't legally binding, right?

    And in one sentence you talk about reason and arguments, but in the next two you talk of brainwashed, brain dead, weasels, and crying like babies. Insults are the refuge of the baseless. If you're so convinced you are right, why are you so angry about it all? Why don't you just, you know, explain yourself clearly and convince everyone?
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  • kangarootoo 02/08/2016


    To be honest, I agree with many of your points. We have a very poor class of politicians in the UK, people who are often not experts in their assigned field, or who explain why the unpopular choice is sometimes right. I wish it wasn't so.

    That said, the idea that the general population know better, is clearly not true. And why do we have rubbish politicians, other than because we keep voting for them? Every member of the cabinet is an elected MP. We put them there, and then say they are no good? Whose fault is it if they suck, but our own?

    I suppose the sticking point, between us and also between myself and other posters here, is that I don't believe "more democratic" is always better. Of course democracy is better than many of the alternatives, but I honestly don't trust people as a mass to make good decisions. In so many other areas in life, trusting expertise is shown to be the right way. In running our country, as I said earlier, we value letting everyone "have a go". I am conflicted over the matter, to be sure.
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  • kangarootoo 01/08/2016


    As soon as a discussion turns towards "respect" for something, instead of a factual analysis of what works and what doesn't, one knows that the speaker isn't really interested in the latter.

    The most important matter in any democracy, is electing a government capable and qualified to run a country. Judging who will best that bill is incredibly difficult, but nobody said democracy was easy.

    It is a plain and unedeniable fact that the population as a whole is neither capable nor qualified. And yes of course this also applies to me. Very few people who voted in the recent referendum had a strong understanding of what it would truly mean to leave the EU market. You wouldn't have a referendum on the best way to operate on a patient, or design a jet engine, you would hire experts and trust what they say. Now I absolutely get that trusting politicians is often impossible or unwise, but that unfortunately doesn't change what is true - that when it comes to complicated and frankly boring subjects such as the EU market, most voters haven't the faintest understanding of the full subject. Don't shoot the messenger.
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  • kangarootoo 01/08/2016


    I know the difference, it just didn't seem a relevant distinction given that representative democracy is what we have in the UK. Plus no democratic nation on earth exists without an elected government, so the idea that referendum = democracy is untrue, which was my point.
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  • kangarootoo 01/08/2016


    That is true, but as I said that was the case before the pound dropped. You could always save by self importing, especially if you are able to pay less tax, but now your pounds will buy less dollars and so the transaction will be more expensive than before.

    You won't pay VAT as well as import duty (import duty is sometimes called import VAT, though I think it has a different rate).

    Typically you avoid tax if the company selling you puts a lower value on the outside of the package (I have bought motorcycle luggage a couple of times from HK, and the seller marked it as being worth $100, which saved me some money). I wouldn't expect HTC would do that, and the odds of "slipping past" customs is pretty much nil these days.
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  • kangarootoo 01/08/2016


    "Companies are just using the Brexit as an excuse for increase prices and staff cuts"

    Honestly, this really isn't true. The dive in the value of the pound is a fact. The impact that leaving the EU market will have on UK businesses trading abroad is a fact.

    "the vocal remainders are gullible enough to believe it"

    And here the whole discussion descends into non-factual name calling. Everybody is gullible, the memes get wheeled out, nobody can ever ever accept they might be incorrect in some of their beliefs, nobody learns anything, nobody wants to learn anything.

    This is why referendums are such a bad idea. 'Cos nobody knows, and nobody wants to know. Dogma rules, and knowledge is viewed with scorn. Shame.
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  • kangarootoo 01/08/2016


    "to mouth off and cry about Brexit and the fact they're so self entitled that they think democracy only counts when it gives them the result they want."

    Two points, of which you should be aware,

    The recent referendum isn't going to give anyone the result they want.

    I know many leavers believe a vote to leave would give them "what they want"... but they are simply wrong. Probably wise to start getting used to that.

    You seem to be confusing democracy with referendums. Democracy is where elected officials run a country for the benefit of its citizens. A referendum is where millions of people who have no idea how a country is run get to "have a go".

    The pound hasn't plunged in value to win an argument on the internet, it is has plunged in value because investing in Britain is comparatively no longer a very good idea.

    I am in no way anti-democratic, but I am opposed to design by committee, especially when it comes to something so complex as the running of a nation.
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  • kangarootoo 01/08/2016


    "Can i just buy it in the USA and get it shipped?"

    That wouldn't avoid the issue though. The problem is the value of the pound to the dollar, which would remain an issue whether you imported or bought through the usual channels. You at some point would still be paying for the dollars price in pounds, which is of course when the recently changed exchange rate would become a factor.

    You probably would save a little if you imported, but that was also the case before Brexit buggered up the value of our currency.
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  • No Man's Sky dev pleads fans not watch gameplay leaks

  • kangarootoo 31/07/2016


    This is basically a leak. Devs are not pleased when their work is leaked, and they do not encourage people to look at leaked content, however proud of their work they sre. I'm not just making this up you know.
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  • kangarootoo 30/07/2016


    It isn't strange at all. Pretty much every dev would feel this way.
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  • Telltale premieres multiplayer Crowd Play feature in Batman

  • kangarootoo 26/07/2016


    Ah, fair enough. I thought you were referring to graphical tweaks. My bad.
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  • kangarootoo 26/07/2016


    So, visual fluff before features? ;)
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  • Nintendo shares dive as investors realise it doesn't own Pokémon Go

  • kangarootoo 25/07/2016

    Not all investors are stupid. I bet some investors made fat sacks of money off the back of this spike. Reply +1
  • Looks like the original Dead Rising is headed to PS4

  • kangarootoo 18/07/2016


    Just for balance, the 360 was by far my main gaming system of that generation. Although it kept dying on me, the swap process wasn't too bad (made all the more easy by the easily removable hdd), and it did seem that most cross platform games were better on XB360.

    When my PS3 died, I had started using it a lot more, as I was doing most of my coop gaming on there (driven by a reasonably regular supply of PS+ monthly games that supported coop, and XBLive gold membership that I had let lapse months ago). I then of course found that HDD swap on a PS3 is much more of a faff, as it won't let you just shift the drive from one console into another - you instead have to have a backup.

    Even getting the new PS3 up and running with the old drive formatted (I had a 320GB, so I wanted to move it across) was a faff that involved installing firmware from a USB stick before the thing would even boot. So it is probably rather fortunate that the PS3 had many less failures than the 360, as dealing with such a failure was much cleaner on 360.

    This is the first generation that I've not had both. I own a PS4, but no XBO as yet (hard to say whether I'll ever get one - some exclusives that I like, but an installed base that doesn't instil confidence). At any rate, hardware seems solid all round, so we can all be thankful that this generation has no RROD / YLOD to speak of (touch wood).
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  • kangarootoo 18/07/2016


    Whilst your personal anecdotal experience may skew towards the 360 being reliable, the global numbers show that the 360 problem was considerably worse.

    For equally pointless comparison, I lost 1 PS3 (a launch model that died less than a year ago) and 5 360s to overheating. Yes, 5. Almost all of them went within a year, and so I was able to pop down the road and have them replaced by the shop I bought them from (the last one had to go back to MS, but credit to them it was an extremely quick service). The 6th 360 I got was bullet proof however. I got it several years ago and it is still going strong.
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  • Highest-earning game on Patreon cancelled amidst developer squabble

  • kangarootoo 16/07/2016


    So we agree about slavery, but back to the point at hand... you appeared previously to be justifying something on the basis that it "sells", but now you seem to have changed your mind?

    "I take it you've heard the term "World's Oldest Profession"? Obviously not."

    Sorry, what point do you think you are making here?

    "Now go back to your paper round"

    Yes sir, immediately. On my way.
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