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  • Rockstar launches BBC lawsuit over Grand Theft Auto drama

  • kangarootoo 22/05/2015

    @Diddykong

    "you need a TV licence to watch any catch up in the UK"

    That isn't true. You only need a license to watch live broadcast (be that via an aerial or the web). Watching catchup doesn't need a license.

    The rules changes a few years ago. It used to be the case that having a device "capable of receiving a broadcast television signal" required a license. That is no longer the case.
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  • kangarootoo 22/05/2015

    Yay, another thread full of legal ignorance!

    The BBC are almost certainly fine in this instance, and how you feel about the license fee has (unsurprisingly) nothing to do with it... unless you like wearing your bias on your sleeve of course.
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  • Shadowrun: Hong Kong screenshots and trailer revealed

  • kangarootoo 22/05/2015

    @Binba442

    Short answer, yes.

    If you like Shadowrun pen and paper, this is as good as it gets.
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  • H1Z1 dev unbanning cheaters who publicly apologise on YouTube

  • kangarootoo 22/05/2015

    @jh144

    If you stopped using emotive terms such as "vile", you might get more milage out of your point of view. Too much hyperbole is just an escalating race to the bottom :)
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  • kangarootoo 22/05/2015

    @enigma

    So be better. It's a choice you have. A difference of opinion that ends in impass is boring, and nobody learns anything.
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  • kangarootoo 21/05/2015

    @enigma

    Can everybody please stop equating criticism of the dev's response with justifying cheating?


    By all means ban the cheaters, but just ban them for good, and move on. That is what other developers do, and it works fine for them.

    Banning them, and then dangling a carrot that lets them back in but only if they kiss your feet, is immature and a power trip and it IS bullying in its nature.


    What I also find somewhat off colour, is the way the dev offloads this power trip onto the players, in the form of some "it is the other gamers you need to apologise to, and that requires a public shaming" statement. If I played this game, I would be annoyed he was acting in this way 'in my name'.
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  • kangarootoo 21/05/2015

    @jh144

    Haha, I really have no idea. Maybe I've just been around a long time, or maybe everyone spent their fury on you and had nothing left for me :)
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  • kangarootoo 20/05/2015

    @crooky369

    "like he's on a power trip"

    This.
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  • kangarootoo 20/05/2015

    This just seems like a new level of immaturity to me, on top of that shown in the initial statements.

    And this has nothing to do with defending cheaters, I just find the whole idea of letting them back in if they publicly humiliate themselves to be extremely childish, and a tiny bit pityful.
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  • H1Z1 bans 24,837 players for cheating

  • kangarootoo 20/05/2015

    @alexandreberube

    "cheaters can put some mood swings into them"

    Well clearly.
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  • kangarootoo 20/05/2015

    @IronSoldier

    "I welcome people telling it like it is"

    Getting all angry, and setting out to provoke isn't necessarily the same as "telling it like it is".

    And remaining calm whilst running your business is not being "ever more corporate".

    And a simple statement about banning players that cheat is not "hiding behind the veil of mealy-mouthed tedious PR claptrap".

    More than two options are available, you see.
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  • kangarootoo 20/05/2015

    "As a proud PC gamer"
    "You don't think we know these cockroaches?"

    Good grief.
    Reply +1
  • Performance Analysis: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

  • kangarootoo 20/05/2015

    Happy to play this on console (I won't say which, or someone is bound to throw their cereal on the floor), but I hadn't planned on playing it straight away, and it sounds like waiting a bit till the inevitable performance patching takes place won't hurt me a bit. Reply +4
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt review

  • kangarootoo 19/05/2015

    @UncleLou

    Oh hang on, I've got my dates wrong. We had a VCS too (see my previous post), but I assumed the ZX81 came before it (I didn't keep good notes at that age).

    1977 did seem a little too far back, if it came to Europe in 1980, that sounds about right.
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  • kangarootoo 19/05/2015

    @WorldScaper

    I was going to call you out for being the fun police based on your first reply about already mentioning your first console, but your second reply is better.

    Anyway, you may mean the Atari 2600? Later renamed to something else. We had that when I was a nipper too, the first version with the fake teak veneer on it (EVERYTHING had fake teak veneer on it when I was small, it was the covering of my childhood). 1977 was the year of release, God we're old :)
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  • kangarootoo 19/05/2015

    @WorldScaper

    "NO. How's about THAT?"

    That is fine. "No" and "that" are not subjective measurements, so go for your life ;)


    "Also, I own more consoles than you or most likely anyone else on this forum"

    These are bold words. You almost definitely have more consoles than me, as I don't hold on to things, but the sheer odds of you owning more consoles than anyone else here are pretty steep.


    P.s. whilst we are engaging in pointless show boating (and also because I genuinely find this stuff interesting), what was the earliest gaming machine you used?

    Mine was the ZX81. Put THAT in your PIPE and smoke IT!
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  • kangarootoo 19/05/2015

    @WorldScaper

    "Outside of platformers or very simplistic third person games, controllers are TERRIBLE input devices."

    This is nonsense. I'm going to rudely suggest that your clear fondness for all things PC gaming is badly affecting your judgement and is making you say silly things.

    And stop using upper case to add weight to subjective terms :)
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  • kangarootoo 19/05/2015

    @Dismiss

    I thought the controls for Witcher 2 on console were a little twitchy, and I am rather hoping they've been improved in W3.
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  • kangarootoo 19/05/2015

    @WorldScaper

    "Essentially, its actually better with a controller, which tells you a great deal about the design."

    So they designed the controls to work best with the most suitable control device?

    You write that like it is an insult, but I'm not sure it is you know.
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  • kangarootoo 18/05/2015

    "It's not without missteps. For one thing, this is an unapologetically hyper-masculine power fantasy, set in a feudal world that is sometimes gruesomely misogynistic."

    Bugger. I replayed Witcher 2 recently, and I'd forgotten how immature its mature content was.


    "At one point, a wife-beating alcoholic baron is redeemed and made sympathetic; his wife, naturally, cheated on him."

    /sigh

    This isn't a deal breaker for me, I should point out. I did rather hope for better this time out though.
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  • Video for cancelled Doom 4 revealed

  • kangarootoo 19/05/2015

    My eeeaaaaars!! Reply 0
  • Seeing Red: The story of CD Projekt

  • kangarootoo 17/05/2015

    Excellent article. Reply +5
  • Windows 10 comes with Candy Crush Saga automatically installed

  • kangarootoo 15/05/2015

    @Liuwil

    "Why is this even a problem for anyone is beyond me."

    I consider it to be the height of bad manners.
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  • kangarootoo 15/05/2015

    What?! F*ck off.

    I guess the MS press office was closed on the day that Apple stuck a U2 album on everyone's iPhone as "an added bonus".
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  • Dying Light DLC The Bozak Horde out soon

  • kangarootoo 15/05/2015

    Did anyone else find the challenges in Dying Light ludicrously hard?

    A couple of the agility ones I tried took about 6 attempts. And I still haven't been able to complete a fighting one (target is kill 40 zombies, I kill everything I can see, I kill 16 zombies).

    It is like the devs played them for a month, took their best score, knocked a couple of points or seconds off that, and set that as the goal. No bronze medal, just win or lose.

    Am I just getting crap at games?
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  • kangarootoo 14/05/2015

    Oddly, the 3 pieces of DLC bought separately, cost 2p less than the season pass.

    I bought the Cargo and Cuisine DLC. It was bollox. Probably took 30-40 mins to complete, for £3.98, I shit you not.

    And this one, hoard mode? Hoard mode, seriously? Waves of zombies, one after another? The cheapest and least inventive of all the DLC types?

    I really liked Dying Light, much more than I expected to, and I was genuinely disappointed when I finished it (hence me dropping a few quid on DLC I kind of knew in my heart would be shite). I recommend it, but I don't recommend the DLC.
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  • Digital Foundry on the Assassin's Creed Syndicate reveal

  • kangarootoo 14/05/2015

    "To be honest though, our biggest concern in this area isn't so much about the technology."

    At the risk of sounding like an enormous arse, who cares? This is Digital Foundry, not Opinion Corner. I don't come to a Digital Foundry article to read about whether the author likes pantomime villains or not.
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  • Indie dev left devastated after troll ruins its Kickstarter

  • kangarootoo 14/05/2015

    @riceNpea

    Well ok, let me clarify my view (paraphrasing a little from Morgan Freeman in Deep Impact :) ).

    A person if often nice to another person, stood in front of them. But people aren't nice to other people.

    There are people dying right now, who wouldn't be dying if even 2% of us genuinely cared.

    There are wars going on all over the place, because of petty minded people stuck in pointless beliefs and feuds.

    Forests are disappearing, animals are becoming extinct, children are working in sweatshops, all sorts of terrible stuff is going on every single day because of the choices that humans make.

    Yes people hold open doors for other, but again I say that is because they can see them. We are great doing nice things in tiny little ways, whilst doing truly terrible things in massive ways that are out of sight.

    Wherever something truly horrible is going on in the world, humans are right in the middle of it. You show me another species on the whole planet that is a bigger asshole than us.


    Happy Thursday everyone! :D


    Edit: "or else we'd have never have progressed from living in trees" - if we were still living in trees, the rest of the world would be much better off. We haven't progressed because we've become good, we've progressed because we've developed the tools to take what once was out of reach.
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  • kangarootoo 14/05/2015

    @riceNpea

    "a bit over dramatic don't you think?"

    I wouldn't say so. Human beings are far better at being dicks to each other than being nice. It is our number one hobby as a species.
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  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate's four special editions detailed

  • kangarootoo 13/05/2015

    @SuperSoupy

    "I'd rather explore Victorian London meeting more fictional, amazingly developed characters"

    Are you suggesting that AC 2 would have been richer and more varied, if Ubi hadn't been shackled to the life story of the real Leonardo Da'Vinci..... who made flying devices and hidden blade weapons for a secret society of assassins?


    It will clearly surprise you to learn that the famous characters that litter the series ARE fictional, save for their name and a few key historical references.
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  • kangarootoo 13/05/2015

    @spamdangled

    Oh sure, I'm being flippant about it, but I would do the same thing if I were them :)

    I love old maps I do.

    Despite being a bit annoyed by Unity (pre-ordered, hated, traded, re-bought pre-owned a couple of months later, finished it), I'll still get into this I'm sure. Black Flag is still my favourite of the lot (I also love a bit of seafaring), but I thought Unity was OK, and the added highlight of this being set in a city I know well in a time period I love is the icing on the cake.
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  • kangarootoo 13/05/2015

    Set in 1868 you say?

    What an incredibly specific coincidence.

    http://london1868.com/

    Methinks someone at Ubi was looking at Victorian London maps, found this little gem, and thought "if we use that specific year, my work here is done".

    Kangarootoo, Victorian Detective Esq.
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  • Sony's knuckles rapped over PS4 20th Anniversary Edition competition

  • kangarootoo 13/05/2015

    @Triggerhappytel

    "the conniving masses who inhabit sites like Hot UK Deals"

    What a terribly glass-half-empty view of the world you have.
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  • kangarootoo 13/05/2015

    @wibbl

    "Is causing unnecessary disappointment against the law now?"

    Well obviously not, but it is against the rules for running competitions, in which people invest time (and therefore money).

    Does that not seem reasonable to you, to have rules governing competitions?
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  • kangarootoo 13/05/2015

    Christ, just reading that was mildly confusing. What a mess. Reply 0
  • Nintendo "optimistic" on ending region locks, starting with NX

  • kangarootoo 11/05/2015

    Good to hear that Nintendo are "optimistic" about solving a "problem" that others "solved" years ago. Reply +17
  • The Witcher 3 dev battles leaked footage, spoilers

  • kangarootoo 11/05/2015

    @I_Am_CatButler

    "Threequel" is not a word, stop using it!"

    According to the Oxford English Dictionary, it IS a word. This makes me very sad :(
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  • Assassin's Creed: Syndicate is the Victorian AC adventure

  • kangarootoo 10/05/2015

    I eventually played Unity, after it had some sense patched into it. All of the main launch bugs were gone, and they had got rid of the companion app chest dependancy.

    And I didn't spend a penny on microtransactions, and it made no difference to my game at all.

    So I'm skeptical about this, and may not play at launch, but some of the ranting at Ubi is over the top. Don't like it? Don't buy it. Have a nice relaxing cup of tea, and stop worrying about what everyone else is doing.
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  • The Witcher 3 PC is £32.49 at Green Man Gaming

  • kangarootoo 07/05/2015

    I'm reading comments about CDP being greedy, and causing a ruckus... but are they doing any such thing?

    "I would kindly ask..."
    "We have reached out to ask for the source of the keys"

    Seems to be they are being pretty reserved in the matter.

    They sell keys for their game, someone is selling keys which didn't come from them, so they are curious about these keys and advise customers against buying them. Seems pretty ruckus free to me.
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  • Homophobic and transphobic game removed from Steam Greenlight

  • kangarootoo 06/05/2015

    @Kzin

    "So, do you think he´s anti gay and this crappy game is meant as propaganda to inspire people to kill gays? You dont have to think he´s clever or funny, but it seems like obvious satire to me."


    Did you really just give me only two options? Do you know what a strawman is (you surely must do, as people use the term almost daily on here like they invented it)?


    I'll address each of your questions in turn.


    "So, do you think he´s anti gay"

    Yes. He is anti-gay, and very obviously so. For ffs, his exact words were "These people" (these people, always a good start, anyway) "These people that think if you are even remotely homophobic, you are 'hateful' and a 'bigot'"

    Even remotely homophobic, he says. Like everyone should be allowed to be a bit homophobic. Just as, I imagine, it is fine if everyone is a bit racist from time to time? Seriously.


    "and this crappy game is meant as propaganda to inspire people to kill gays?"

    No, I don't think he is genuinely trying to inspire anybody to kill anybody, which in no way conflicts with my answer to your first question.


    "You don't have to think he´s clever or funny"

    Excellent, because I clearly don't, and I'd be sad if that option were not on the menu.


    "but it seems like obvious satire to me."

    No it isn't. And to understand why, lets examine what satire actually is.

    ---
    the use of humour, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.
    ---

    The "stupidity or vices" in this case, appears to be equality. The target of his "satire" is equal rights for everyone (or as he put it himself, people who aren't satisfied with people occasionally being a bit homophobic, like in their spare time or something).

    Now I understand full well that he doesn't see it as equal rights, and believes it in fact to be some gay agenda to take over the world, but bigots always see things in those paranoid, victimised terms. He sees equal rights as an over-reaction, because it conflicts with his "not homophobic, except sometimes am a bit" point of view. Again, he is not original in this view - it is the very cornerstone of what social privilege is all about (oh dear, I used the word "privilege", now other straight white men will probably call me an SJW - damn my self awareness).


    Does that clear everything up?
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  • kangarootoo 06/05/2015

    @Kzin

    "The creator even says its satire"

    Seriously? That is worth something is it? Bigots say they aren't bigoted all the time. ALL THE TIME. Half the racist sentences ever spoke have begun "I'm not racist, but..." It is even a standing joke.

    Him saying he is not homophobic means nothing, literally nothing. That cliché, about actions speaking louder than words? That one.
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  • kangarootoo 06/05/2015

    How incredibly childish.

    A trolling game? A social experiment? Oh please. It is like a toddler throwing porridge on the floor to annoy its parents and then calling it a social experiment.

    "I'm not a bigot, but I made a bigoted thing to annoy all the non-bigots.... errr, of which I am one of course. No bigots here. No siree. And um, freedom of speech!"

    When you think of all the things human beings have achieved and will achieve, and then you have something like this, the intellectual equivalent of shitting one's own pants... childish is really the only word. The reasoning behind it, the defence of it, it all just makes me sigh and think "oh just grow up and stop having a tantrum".
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  • Batman: Arkham Knight season pass lets you play as Batgirl

  • kangarootoo 05/05/2015

    @D_Mantis
    @Old_Books

    It is worth bearing in mind that the developer, Rocksteady will have little to do with this, and the publisher, Warner will be driving this stuff.
    Reply +5
  • Hitman GO sneaks on Windows 8, Windows Phone

  • kangarootoo 28/04/2015

    @Baihu1983

    There is a Hitman: Sniper game, which seems to have been in development for ages. I believe they are demoing at E3.
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  • kangarootoo 28/04/2015

    This is excellent, and a total bargain at this price. Reply +1
  • Gabe Newell responds to paid mods controversy

  • kangarootoo 27/04/2015

    @Bickle2

    "I just want the whining to stop"

    Umm, did you read your own post?
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  • A paid Skyrim Steam Workshop mod has already been pulled

  • kangarootoo 24/04/2015

    @_LarZen_

    Can you clarify?

    Are you saying that you believe the person who made animations, which someone else then used without permission for profit, is a freeloader for disagreeing with that course of events?
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  • Firefly TV show actors reprise roles for online game

  • kangarootoo 21/04/2015

    Ahhh, Firefly. Great show, died before its time.

    Not sure about the scripted trailer tbh, some more spontaneous reactions would have been nicer I think.
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  • Guitar Hero Live skips backwards compatibility as it reboots series

  • kangarootoo 17/04/2015

    @mietha

    "A lot of this stuff has to do with numbers"

    Hahaha. If that isn't unprepared evasive talk, I don't know what is :)

    Thanks for the extra info.
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  • kangarootoo 15/04/2015

    @mietha

    ""On demand" will absolutely cost money, and it will cost it every time"

    That seems out of line with "you can play a song "on demand" as often as you'd like". Saying that you can buy the same thing as often as you like is hardly a sales pitch :)

    Have you got a link to that other interview?
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