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  • Jesus beats up Buddha in the awful-looking Fight of Gods

  • m0thr4 05/09/2017

    Not unsurprisingly, theism is still the majority worldview (religious or not) because of well reasoned arguments from ancient philosophers like Aristotle to modern ones.
    I think you may be getting Aristotle mixed up with Plato.

    * Plato == "Rationalist"... i.e. evidence comes from thinking about things subjectively.
    * Aristotle == "Empiricist"... i.e. evidence derived objectively from scientific experimentation.

    But, as you say, "theism is still the majority worldview" and of course we know that the more popular a view is, the more likely it is to be flawless in its logic.

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  • m0thr4 05/09/2017

    It is also worth pointing out that Jesus was a very common name.

    It still is in certain parts of the planet.
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  • One year on, is No Man's Sky the game it should have been?

  • m0thr4 10/08/2017

    It's Elite: Dangerous for people who can't play Elite: Dangerous. This is as true today as it was (literally for PS4 owners) last August.

    The problem is that because Xbox One had Elite Dangerous, Sony tried to make us believe No Man's Sky would fill the gap. What we got was something diluted to a degree only homeopaths would consider turning into profit.

    Where Elite Dangerous presents a simulation of the Milky Way, No Man's Sky's world is simply an illusion, each system being an elaborate skybox with a trick that makes the transition between that skybox and the planet surfaces appear seemless. The planets are not in orbit around anything, or rotating, or even sufficiently far apart not to cause severe problems. Every planet looks almost identical, varying only in colour palette. Sure, you get some occasional moments of beauty (if you ignore the fact that half the plants are 2D bitmaps that always face the same way), but you get ten times as many eyesores.

    But more importantly than that, there's still no emergent gameplay in No Man's Sky, and therefore no potential for anything surprising or fun to happen.

    I've been back to this game over and over, checked out the additions... but there's nothing there worth doing. This Emperor has no clothes.

    And anyway, I have Elite Dangerous now... which is everything I was led to believe, and more.
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  • m0thr4 10/08/2017

    And the gaming community worked itself into a frenzy of entitlement that clouded its vision to the extent that it struggled to take the game itself at face value.
    Worked itself?? Fuck right off with that. Where exactly did we get information on this game, save from Sony's marketing and your (i.e. the media's) coverage?

    We were all at fault and we were all victims too.
    Oh really? Don't try and drag us into this sordid little shitshow; with the hype over and the real game available to play, you recommended it last year. Based on your review, many people will have parted with £60 and been incredibly disappointed at the sheer shallowness of it all.

    If it helps you sleep better at night to blame your readers for some of this, fine; but I'd keep that to yourself.
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  • m0thr4 10/08/2017

    A quick question out of curiosity:- I remember the original outrage when it transpired that, upon arriving at the same location as another player, you couldn't actually see them on-screen. Is that still the case.
    Yes... in the same way you can't meet up with other players in Skyrim. It's a single-player game only.
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  • Modern N64 controller a Kickstarter success

  • m0thr4 10/08/2017


    Games like turok were the first games to feature movement on the left stick and aiming on the cpad, bringing keyboard mouse movement for fps games to console.
    Only if you're left-handed... otherwise it brought the exact opposite.
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  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 5.0 will add 1080p60 Twitch streaming

  • m0thr4 10/08/2017

    Hmmm... still not able to play Blu-ray discs in Full RGB mode? Maybe in version 6.0. :confused: Reply +3
  • m0thr4 10/08/2017

    still missing Xbox One-style PS3 backwards compatibility
    Um... Xbox One doesn't have PS3 backwards compatibility.

    Seriously though, there are both technological and financial reasons that Sony decided it wasn't worth their while, and why Microsoft decided it was worth their while.

    At this point in PS4's lifecycle, as much as I would love to be able to play PS3 games on my PS4, I just can't see the cost/benefit case.

    Time to let it go.
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  • m0thr4 10/08/2017

    New family accounts will be able to feature multiple adult accounts in a family, able to act in a parent/guardian role and set parental controls on a per-account basis, so each child has different communications, content-viewing and spending limit privileges. Requests can also be sent to adult accounts on other PS4s to join the same family.
    This is long overdue - currently, you can only apply age restrictions to the entire machine, with no way of playing the restricted content without switching off parental controls entirely.
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  • It's time to settle the PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds blue zone debate once and for all

  • m0thr4 06/08/2017

    If you're under 12: Star Wars.
    If you're over 12: Star Trek.

    (going for a neg record here...)
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  • Alien: Isolation modder adds VR support

  • m0thr4 01/08/2017

    Alien Isolation remains in my top 5 games of this generation; I still play it for a few days every month. So much atmosphere, tension... even when you know what's about to happen, it barely diminishes due to the relative unpredictability of the titular character.

    This video shows it's the perfect candidate for VR. I'd love to see it on PSVR, but various commercial realities mean that will never happen. :-(

    Yes, it is possibly too scary in VR... I'd just love to find out for myself. In the meantime, playing it in PSVR Cinema Mode will have to do... although I may be persuaded to shell out for the necessary PC equipment if this mod turns out to do the job.
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  • PlayStation Now gets PS4 games

  • m0thr4 07/07/2017

    How does this actually work? Are they running a massive bank of PS3s somewhere or is it the PS3 chips on a circuit board inside a server or are Sony emulating PS3s on the down low on PCs?
    You were close with the second one. They have custom servers, each one containing a motherboard with the equivalent of 8 PS3s.

    Article explaining it here: https://www.extremetech.com/gaming/175005-sonys-playstation-now-uses-custom-designed-hardware-with-eight-ps3s-on-a-single-motherboard

    As the article explains, they only need shrunken versions of the CPU and GPU; all the less esoteric hardware has been replaced by more efficient components.

    Less clearly explained by the article is that this is an elastic cloud service so, when you're playing a PS3 game, you're only getting as much computer power as necessary, which in many cases is not going to be a "whole PS3".
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  • Why the SNES mini emulates more than just the console

  • m0thr4 02/07/2017

    @electrolite Some people, myself included, are indeed able and happy to pay Nintendo for things. But if those things are only available from eBay scalpers at 3 or 4 times the price, then we can hardly be blamed for going the piracy route. Reply +23
  • Sega's back catalogue is headed to mobile with Sega Forever

  • m0thr4 24/06/2017

    The games run terribly, even on an iPad Pro. Every 30 seconds or so (regardless of what's happening on screen), the game (and its music) slows down to a crawl.

    When you think that Picodrive (developed by hobbyists) can run these games flawlessly on a Raspberry Pi, it must take real incompetence to produce a worse experience on more powerful hardware.
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  • Crash Bandicoot is 3D gaming's underrated pioneer

  • m0thr4 19/06/2017

    @Bauul True, Doom doesn't use ray-casting, it uses binary space partitioning. But it is a pseudo-3D engine, compared to one that exclusively uses polygons.

    Full details available here: https://doomwiki.org/wiki/Doom_rendering_engine
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  • Xbox One X is $500 - so how much will next-gen consoles cost?

  • m0thr4 18/06/2017

    Seems to me the 4K thing is sucking up all the extra power and leaving the games being the same old same old.
    And do we/they even know what proportion of gamers have 4k TVs? Watch the response in this video when the host asks if any of the guests (all moderately prominent YouTube Letís Play folk) own 4K TVs.

    YouTube Microsoft Press Conference E3 2017
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  • Skyrim on Switch will have Legend of Zelda items

  • m0thr4 15/06/2017

    Not too sure about the new Skyrim music... although it does seem more typical of Nintendo titles. Maybe it will work. :eek: Reply 0
  • m0thr4 15/06/2017

    It might be too much to pass up Skyrim on the go. Especially during a long flight when I'm off on my holidays to the U.S.
    Better cross your fingers the electronic device ban doesn't extend to flights from UK and Europe then.

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  • Sony defends decision to block PS4 cross-play with Xbox One and Nintendo Switch

  • m0thr4 14/06/2017

    Given that Sony don't even have proper Parental Controls on the PS4 (once enabled; all accounts are affected, not just children's... so you end up switching it off); they're hardly in a position to preach about protecting children from age-inappropriate influences. Reply +1
  • Mass Effect Andromeda development issues detailed in new report

  • m0thr4 08/06/2017

    Gonna get some negative for this part from the animation issues I thought it was a pretty dam good post shepherd mass effect game
    Wow, that is hard to read; try adding some punctuation.
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  • Extra Nintendo Switch dock costs £80

  • m0thr4 28/05/2017

    Nintendo, if you want to have Apple prices you must also have Apple quality. That cheap plastic dock with USB and HDMI ports is not worth that much money.
    Yeah... I mean, you can (quite rightly) criticise the absurd cost of Apple products for the tech spec you get... but what you're largely paying for is Apple's teams of Materials Scientists and the high quality alloys the various components are made from.

    Nintendo have no such excuse.
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  • Far Cry 5 introduces airplanes, muscle cars and far-right fanatics

  • m0thr4 27/05/2017

    @TheFirstDoor Only 11 years? When was the last genuinely left-wing government in the UK? Reply 0
  • Farpoint review

  • m0thr4 18/05/2017

    @captain-T-dawg I was utterly skeptical of PSVR until I played RE7 and Dirt Rally. But Statik is the game that blew me a away in terms of concept... I want more of that type of VR game; where you have to think your way out of situations. Reply +2
  • m0thr4 16/05/2017

    @furrykitty Alien Isolation... I remember suggesting that here and getting shot down on the basis that FPS games don't translate well to VR.

    It's certainly not a simple thing to do, and given that Alien Isolation didn't do that well, I doubt the publisher/developer is going to invest time in it. In fact, the trophies stats show that only a tiny percentage of players who bought the game bothered playing past Level 4.
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  • m0thr4 16/05/2017

    @Rikkybones Yes, but it's a vocal minority, and we unfortunately live in litigious times. So long as smooth turning settings remain available as an option for normal people, then we'll be ok. Reply +1
  • Persona 5's translation is a black mark on a brilliant game

  • m0thr4 17/05/2017

    @MrFreud Doesn't that just sum up the way big videgame companies treat all talented staff? Reply 0
  • m0thr4 17/05/2017

    @ChadSexington That's more than a little salty, dude. Reply +3
  • m0thr4 17/05/2017

    But... but... a world without terrible Japanese-to-English translations would never have produced this: Reply +2
  • Nintendo Switch best-selling console in US for second month

  • m0thr4 17/05/2017

    So it's on par with Wii and Wii U... any worse would have been a bit problem.

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  • Is Kickstarter for video games dead?

  • m0thr4 16/05/2017

    (Also, that's not what "to beg the question" means).
    Perhaps, but if you're going to play "Internet English Usage Policeman", you could do better than to cite one of the most poorly written pages on Wikipedia, which is 95% waffle and willy-waving and only 5% (bad) explanation.
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  • For Activision, WW2 ends Call of Duty's YouTube dislikes nightmare

  • m0thr4 09/05/2017

    @Sgt_Big_Bubbaloola Korean War? How about The Falklands? I wonder if modern games could manage to faithfully replicate 4,500 square miles of open world terrain though? Reply 0
  • Full Throttle Remastered review

  • m0thr4 03/05/2017

    It's nice to see this game polished up for a new audience, but will they appreciate it as much as I did, back in the day? The whole style and humour was very much "of its time" and there are lots of in-jokes that only aficionados of previous LucasArts point-and-click adventures are going to get.

    Unfortunately, there's absolutely no point in me buying this; I still have the original, and it's playable on an astonishing array of platforms thanks to ScummVM. Also, I'm not fond of the remastered graphics... they just don't have the charm of the original pixel art.
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  • Watch: Ian makes Johnny play that famous Silent Hills demo

  • m0thr4 30/04/2017

    @orangpelupa Yeah... although I'd like to know a little more about how this method works before trying it out. I'm very familiar with setting up internet proxies (particularly Squid, which SUWI apparently uses) so my question is: where is it downloading the file from? Reply +1
  • Digital Foundry: Let's play PC games at 8K resolution

  • m0thr4 30/04/2017

    I've been putting off buying a 4K set; looks like I dodged a bullet! ;-) Reply +1
  • Why are games so fascinated with cannibalism?

  • m0thr4 22/04/2017

    Hmmm... isn't it actually that horror films are fascinated with cannibalism and video games, in turn, are fascinated with horror films? Reply +7
  • How to triple your Switch battery life for under £20

  • m0thr4 25/03/2017

    @rezB Actually, given the recent changes in airline policy, it's likely your Switch will have to go in the hold luggage, along with any other equipment larger than a small iPhone. Reply -2
  • m0thr4 25/03/2017

    Very good. Try using one of these on your next journey, then a PS4 on the return trip, and let us know how you get on.
    I did the latter with my Vita from a cross-country coach in Mexico recently over the onboard WiFi, which remained at a fairly consistent 5Mbps over 6 hours.

    At around the 4 hour mark, I did need to plug the Vita into the power socket next to my fully reclining La-Z-Boy style seat.

    Rarely did it feel as if the PS4 was 5,000 miles away in London. If only public transport in the UK were so well-equipped - the 6 hour journey cost less than standard class London to Newcastle.
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  • Nintendo: Super Mario Run sales "did not meet our expectations"

  • m0thr4 24/03/2017

    If I could play it on the train, or on an aeroplane, then I'd be interested. It's very unusual for non-multiplayer games on iOS to require a permanent internet connection; this must surely have put many people off. Reply +6
  • Ubisoft defends For Honor's controversial progression system

  • m0thr4 23/03/2017

    @Maverick4096 I've gone further and stopped myself from pre-ordering any games at all or buying them at launch. It's taken some considerable self-discipline, but I now wait for about 2 months after launch for the inevitable price-drop. By that time, the hype has died away and you're far better able to get balanced opinions on whether the game is worth it.

    I see there are some games now on the PSN store where you get a small discount for pre-ordering... but I'm not falling for that one when I know the game will be back down below that price point eventually.
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  • m0thr4 23/03/2017

    @Murton Well said. But do any mainstream reviewers have the balls to say that? Reply +3
  • m0thr4 23/03/2017

    Sigh.... if people keep buying these kinds of games, developers will keep making them. Reply +2
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild review

  • m0thr4 19/03/2017

    iPhone 7, £599
    Pixel C, £479
    Original PS4, £349 (not adjusted for inflation)
    Switch, £280!? Geez, that's way too much!
    I don't see what the iPhone 7 has to do with it, but if you're comparing against the PS4, have you added the following to your costing for a Nintendo Switch?

    - Ethernet Adapter
    - 1TB of storage

    ... which are included with the PS4.

    I could add the cost of either the JoyCon charging grip or the Pro Controller, but I'm sure you haven't even considered buying those, and are perfectly happy with those tiny JoyCon things.

    By the way, given the base price of the cartridge is £20, do you think you will ever see as many Switch games for under £20 as you do on PS4?
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  • m0thr4 19/03/2017

    @Edski I wouldn't necessarily put so much faith in "portable Skyrim". Remember how the PS3 version turned out? Reply 0
  • I hate freedom

  • m0thr4 11/03/2017

    @mostro Not only that, but it's about game companies jumping on a bandwagon that provides maximum ROI. Huge open worlds with activities dotted around them are the "formula du jour"... and formulaic it is, with Ubisoft's asset-flipping antics.

    It's a shame when there are some genuinely compelling /enagaging open world games out there, but they're the exception rather than the rule.
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  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands review

  • m0thr4 10/03/2017

    Another example of a site reviewing the political content of a game, rather than just focusing on the gaming elements. As video game players, we've been solving the world's/galaxy's problems with guns for years, so why does Ghost Recon Wildlands get such a rough ride?
    You've actually answered your own question in that second sentence.
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  • m0thr4 10/03/2017

    Plus. I don't want to be a Make America Great soldier douchebag any more.
    In this respect, I feel ever-so-slightly sorry for Ubisoft, as the game will have likely been in development since before the World's perception of the USA was soured.
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  • Breath of the Wild is a Zelda game for the Minecraft generation

  • m0thr4 10/03/2017

    @PickleJuice I think that is part of the point this article is making. All the people who need their hand held while playing a game will probably have given up on Minecraft because of the lack of signposting. I have even encountered people who played Minecraft for years thinking it's just an open-ended sandbox... completely unaware of portals, the Nether, the ability to enchant items and craft potions and, of course, the Ender Dragon.. Reply +1
  • m0thr4 10/03/2017

    No, because I am 41 years old.
    Oh you grown-up man you. I'm 44 and absolutely remember my first adventures in Minecraft, and the many many further adventures my son and I have had, playing co-operatively to reach the end of the game.
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  • m0thr4 10/03/2017

    Minecraft has no end goal. It's more of a sandbox creation tool, than an "Adventure".
    There is an end goal of Minecraft: defeat the Ender Dragon. Do that and you will see the game's end credits. Getting there involves following a very particular quest of sorts.
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  • PlayStation 4 update that adds Pro boost mode out tomorrow

  • m0thr4 08/03/2017

    Point being nobody can realistically play that many games at once unless they have severe ADHD
    /raises hand
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