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  • Could the Apple Watch become one of gaming's Galapagos Islands?

  • m0thr4 23/04/2015

    @saxxonde "If like with most Apple products, you can get the desired functions for less than the desired budget, you're objectively stupid to get the Apple product. "

    No, it's subjective actually, because you are assuming that everyone makes purchases purely for functional reasons, and places no value on aesthetics, materials, comfort, quality, resale value, etc.

    “There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse, and sell a little more cheaply. The person who buys on price alone is this man's lawful prey.” -- John Ruskin.
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  • m0thr4 22/04/2015

    I wasn't even aware the Apple Watch could play games... and I couldn't be less interested in that feature, for the reasons pointed out by others below. In fact, I really wonder why Eurogamer bothered to write this article, as gaming is merely an incidental feature for this device.

    Personally, all, I'm interested in are the fitness tracking and the features that effectively extend control of my iPhone 6... which are the headline features Apple is advertising, to be fair. In fact, gaming is not mentioned anywhere on the official website for this watch.

    Additionally, I'm pretty sure Apple have made it clear that this watch was made for iPhone 6 users, and nobody else. If you don't own an iPhone 6... what do you care?
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  • David Cameron has visited the maker of Train Simulator

  • m0thr4 14/02/2015

    @arcam "Conservatives would have made all the above mistakes and more, that's evident from their history and the way they have voted while in and out of government."

    Right... but you expect the Tories to protect the rich and the banking sector... They don't really make any bones about what they stand for, and you get exactly what you expect, every time they are elected to office.

    What none of expected, back when Blair was elected, was that the Labour Party would reinvent itself to encompass the worst elements of bother sides of the political spectrum: reckless overspending on public services, plugging us into so much debt AND protecting the banks and the top 1% richest people in the world.

    That was something of a surprise to people like me, who voted Labour genuinely believing "Things can only get better".
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  • m0thr4 14/02/2015

    @jabberwocky " My big brother is also a part of this generation, spending hours playing with his train sets or controlling them with his laptop. Its kinda sad for a 40 year old, or at least i think it is. Then again he probably says the same of me when he sees me playing the latest Mario game."

    Maybe... or maybe he's moved beyond that (being older than you) and recognises that neither of your hobbies are more or less "sad" than the other... especially to an outsider with no interest in train sets or video games.

    I would also love to know what you think an acceptable (i.e. not sad) hobby would be for a 40 year old.
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  • Elder Scrolls Online will add paid-for health, XP boost potions

  • m0thr4 14/02/2015

    Funnily enough, I have an even bigger objection to this "Pay to Win" crap than has been mentioned here: "willing suspension of disbelief". In a game so heavily based around such a highly imaginitive and self contained world environment that already has its own currency.... a system that involves spending £ and p really breaks the 4th wall.

    So, no thanks, I'll wait patiently for the next authentic Elder Scrolls Game to arrive.
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  • Swarovski-covered 20th Anniversary PS4 on eBay for £2000

  • m0thr4 31/01/2015

    @IronSoldier You were trying to be funny? Then I take back my accusation of trolling. Reply 0
  • m0thr4 31/01/2015

    @IronSoldier "More shiny! The Apple fans will be bidding for this..."

    Apple products are neither shiny nor studded with Swarovski crystals. Please don't come here to troll... it unnecessarily lowers the tone.
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  • Face-Off: Resident Evil HD Remaster

  • m0thr4 20/01/2015

    @FMV-GAMER I completely agree with you (regarding "don't think PS5 will be fully 4k in 7 years time"), it's a long shot. I was just working on the principle that PS3 was primarily 720p, yet could do 1080p for limited titles. And there are rumours that PS4 might be able to do some limited stuff at 4K in the future.

    But I think it would be a wasted effort on the part of console manufacturers. I'd rather see consoles delivering 1080p60 effortlessly... and any spare horsepower left over into improving draw distance, anti-aliasing, etc.
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  • m0thr4 20/01/2015

    @zzkj Actually h.265 will solve the compression problem. Reply -2
  • m0thr4 20/01/2015

    @zzkj vt100 terminals... lol. Been there! Reply -1
  • m0thr4 20/01/2015

    @bad09 "PS5 may "have it" but how many will use it? "

    Oh nobody at all. The human eye has limits, and as far as the living room is concerned, 1080p meets those quite comfortably.

    4K will be amazing for PC games where you sit about 18" from the screen, but a complete waste of time on televisions... unless you're going to project a 90" image onto your living room wall, that is.
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  • m0thr4 20/01/2015

    @Jbronie123 I don't think there are any PS4 games that are "50% better than" the XboxOne equivalents right now, are there? Did anyone say that? PS4 games have the edge in graphics on cross-platform titles right now, but it's an extremely marginal edge.

    Last time around, the positions were reversed and there was a much larger disparity between PS3 & Xbox360 hardware, and yet in the last 2 years before the current gen game in, many PS3 games were on par with their Xbox360 counterparts. And before that with PS2 v Xbox, PS1 v Saturn (to an extent), Megadrive v SNES, Master System v NES.... etc.etc. That's the thing I love about consoles... it forces software developers to be extremely creative with how they use the hardware at their disposal.

    I'm a PS4 owner with no intention of buying an XboxOne, by the way, but I fully expect Microsoft to be capable of bridging the gap, very soon.
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  • m0thr4 20/01/2015

    @bad09 Nevertheless, more and more televisions are being sold with 4K screens.

    While I fully appreciate the benefits of a 4K monitor (actually the monitor I'm on right now is 5K), I cannot see any benefit in a 4K television, in the average living room and watched at the average viewing distance.

    Given the usual price point of consoles, I think IronSoldier is near the mark, although I would say PS5 could very well have it, in about 7 years or so. By that time, 4K will be old hat, I'm sure.
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  • m0thr4 20/01/2015

    @FMV-GAMER "I think you will find that large companies have been making a fortune selling PC's as entertainment devices for the home since the early 70's. "

    Lol... I think you mean the 80's!
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  • m0thr4 20/01/2015

    @bad09 "Most don't care though and given the kind of muscle you need to get decent framerates the majority won't care for a long time. I kinda chuckle when it's pimped as a USP, practically nobody gives a toss :)"

    Rather like 3D then?
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  • m0thr4 20/01/2015

    Just my personal (and yes, slightly trolling) opinion, but I really do find the idea of playing games on a personal desktop computer, running an operating system designed for office use, rather odd.

    I tried it for a bit in the early 90's, and then again in the early 00's.... and it always felt a bit like going to a disco wearing your work suit.

    It's possibly because I spend all day at work writing software on a desktop computer (albeit not one that runs Windows, thank goodness), and so the very last thing I want to see when I get home is another effing desktop computer.
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  • m0thr4 20/01/2015

    @IronSoldier Lol... you've never worked in an office, have you? The PCs are generally of the very lowest, cheapest spec possible. Reply +3
  • m0thr4 20/01/2015

    @Dantonir "I take it you're not allowed to have lunch time gaming sessions? One of the easiest ways to get that old school LAN gaming fix."

    Unfortunately, some of us have grown-up jobs :-(
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  • m0thr4 20/01/2015

    @IronSoldier "I believe this is now the fourth or fifth comments section that you've attempted to troll with that embarrassingly unimaginative phrase [office gaming] of yours. Pitiful."

    Quite right. We all know that the Windows operating system was invented for secretaries to type letters on. Everything else crowbarred into subsequent version of Windows was very much an afterthought.

    If anything, the term should be "secretarial gaming".

    ;-)
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  • Target pulls Grand Theft Auto 5 from sale in Australia

  • m0thr4 03/12/2014

    I think it's right that violent and mysoginistic games like GTA are banned in Australia... it is a floating prison with an appalling record on women's rights. In such a country, how could you possibly trust its citizens to distinguish between real life and fictional entertainment?

    GTA V will do just fine, selling in the countries of this world with a more progressive outlook on life.
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  • The Secret Developers: Wii U - the inside story

  • m0thr4 20/01/2014

    @spazmo "...and Sony designed a beautiful, powerful handheld and is an even worse seller than Wii U.

    You can't predict anything in this game."

    If you're talking about the PS Vita, in terms of global sales, it is 2 million sales ahead of the Wii U.
    [ http://www.vgchartz.com/analysis/platform_totals/ ]
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  • Amazon announces drone delivery service

  • m0thr4 02/12/2013

    And it's being piloted in a country whose citizens have free access to guns... how can it possibly fail?

    However, I am concerned as to the likelihood one of these things might drop out of the sky onto your head.
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  • Fez 2 cancelled, Fish swims away from the game industry

  • m0thr4 28/07/2013

    "It's with a heavy heart that we announce that Fez 2 has been cancelled and is no longer in development... we apologise for the disappointment."

    Would that be the Royal "we"?
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  • Nintendo loses WiiU.com domain dispute

  • m0thr4 01/07/2013

    I agree with some of the above posters - what's the big deal over owning www.wiiu.com that makes it worth a six-figure sum?

    Nintendo already own the nintendo domain in (probably) every territory on the planet, so could use: wiiu.nintendo.com, wiiu.nintendo.co.jp and so on etc. (EDIT: Although I can see that they haven't bothered to set these up, the lazy cnuts. It's about a 5 minute DNS config change, FFS).

    And I'm also of the opinion that most punters search for what they want, rather than typing in website URLs... especially on any web-enabled device that doesn't have a full-sized physical keyboard.

    On the other hand, I'm not sure why WIPO ruled against them... seriously, look at www.wiiu.com and tell me not's not the most obvious cyber-squatting site you've ever seen.
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  • Microsoft names next free game for Xbox 360 Gold subscribers

  • m0thr4 01/07/2013

    "That's not counting the free Vita titles: Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Gravity Rush, Rayman Origins and Sine Mora."

    Which, finally persuaded me to go and buy a PS Vita this month. All four are excellent games, and keeping me occupied on the morning commute.
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  • Ouya or ou-nah?

  • m0thr4 28/06/2013

    "...it seems destined to end up as a bespoke emulator in the living room of die-hard retro gamers..."

    I'm afraid you lost me up until that point... and then I suddenly got interested.
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  • Microsoft no longer charges developers to patch their Xbox 360 games

  • m0thr4 27/06/2013

    If you follow Phil Fish on Twitter, you'll see he's mostly bitter that Fez didn't sell as well as he'd hoped, and he blames Microsoft entirely for this.

    He's complaining today that Hotline Miami sold loads more than Fez in a shorter time, blaming Microsoft for not promoting Fez, and for messing up the appearance on the download store. Fair enough, but even once Fez was available, you could only buy it on Xbox 360 and then more than a year later on PC; whereas Hotline Miami is available on PC, Mac, Linux, PS3 & PS Vita (and maybe Xbox 360 at some point). Fez would have been a great game for handheld devices - in fact it's arguably better suited to those platforms than regular consoles.

    The sad fact is that he backed the wrong horse; he put all his faith in Microsoft and they let him down - fault on both sides, I feel. Some harsh business lessons, learned the hard way... but FFS, man up and move on.
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  • Microsoft sticking with Xbox One Kinect requirement despite ditching DRM

  • m0thr4 21/06/2013

    @Sapporodan

    Yep. Creepy in a HAL-9000 sort of way.
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  • m0thr4 21/06/2013

    @Stomp224
    Sweet baby Jesus - why do they always mention Skype first when reeling off the feature list?


    Because Skype is owned by Microsoft.
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  • Miyamoto unsure on F-Zero future

  • m0thr4 21/06/2013

    I think where I struggle is that I don't really have a good idea for what's new that we could bring...
    Great quote from the man who's paid to come up with really good ideas for what's new he can bring to Nintendo games.
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  • After Xbox One U-turn pre-owned is back on the table - but at what cost?

  • m0thr4 20/06/2013

    "The problem is I know too much about games and how they work, especially online games," he says. "If we sell one copy of the game - a worst case scenario! - and that gets resold two million times, and everyone wants a new account in our game, we still have a lot of people working on our back end setting up those accounts and making sure they work.
    Surely those accounts are created automatically when I enter my details? If not, and the details are printed out and posted to some data entry clerks that set up my account manually, then obviously you need to re-think your infrastructure.

    And the data that forms my account details is surely a trivial number of Kbytes stores in a database table somewhere - how much effort is involved per account to ensure that data is always available?

    With that out of the way, the one game may have been resold two million times, but there's only ever one person playing that copy at any point in time, so no need to scale up your infrastructure.

    In short: a BS argument, if ever I heard one.
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  • Aliens: Colonial Marines co-developer TimeGate Studios has been shuttered - report

  • m0thr4 11/05/2013

    @rickyfitts

    FFS, the word is "liable" not "reliable".
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  • Aliens: Colonial Marines managed 1.31 million sales

  • m0thr4 11/05/2013

    @marcgiu "Who bought this – it’s got to be impulse guys from the 40+ year old dad's “Love a bit of Aliens my son – gimme some of that”

    Hardly. I haven't pre-ordered a game since Sonic the Hedghog 2 on the Megadrive.

    EDIT: and +1 to Nisa's comment above. You kids will learn one day, I'm sure.
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  • Kickstarter Funding Unsuccessful for Ecco the Dolphin man Ed Annunziata

  • m0thr4 09/05/2013

    "I am absolutely certain that if you could try the game and see how beautiful and unique it will be, most people would not hesitate to back it, and will want to be involved in it's creation,"

    Right, so then do that. Make a demo that will convince people it's worth playing.
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  • "It was just there: dolphin, dolphin, dolphin"

  • m0thr4 09/05/2013

    "If I was a time traveller what I would do is take The Big Blue from the future, bring it back and have a 15-second video where I introduce myself and say 'hey take a look at this' and then just show it. And then it would get funded."

    Actually, no, it wouldn't, because you see it wasn't funded... so the game doesn't exist in the future any more than it exists right now in the present, and therefore there would be no game (or video thereof) to bring back.
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  • Asda drops Wii U price to just £149/£199

  • m0thr4 08/05/2013

    @madeinbeats "But I guess you at least will have to wait for this deal to run its week course and then see what ASDA and Amazon do."

    Ah... So you in fact didn't have any evidence that Asda are getting more stock in... you were working on a hunch, or just wishful thinking? Time will indeed tell.
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  • m0thr4 08/05/2013

    @wez_316 "With Monster Hunter and Lego City out now there are plenty of great games to get stuck into for a new adopter."

    2 games != plenty
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  • ShopTo refuses to sell upcoming Activision games in row over Call of Duty: Ghosts

  • m0thr4 07/05/2013

    I've never heard of ShopTo - are they better than Amazon for games? Reply 0
  • Nintendo shutting down Wii channels and online services

  • m0thr4 27/04/2013

    @Les "Though getting a Mac Pro and no consoles is cheaper than getting a Mac Pro and one or more consoles."

    An iMac is probably a better investment, the latest top of the range models have pretty beefy graphics cards in them, the SSD drive gives you super fast load times and the 27" screen is sublime.
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  • m0thr4 27/04/2013

    @alexanderatkin I suppose it's asking too much to consider plugging both the PS3 and the PS4 into your television? And maybe upgrading the hard drive to a size that will fit all your purchased content? Reply 0
  • Microsoft creative director dismisses "drama" around always-online consoles

  • m0thr4 05/04/2013

    @darkmorgado

    It definitely shows he's not prepared to stand by his comments.
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  • Sega adds disclaimer to Aliens: Colonial Marines trailers after admitting they didn't accurately reflect final game

  • m0thr4 03/04/2013

    Caveat emptor... surely? I mean how ridiculously naïve do you have to be, to believe so religiously that a video game will definitely look like its preceding demo, that you go and buy that game without reading any reviews?

    In fact, what's this obsession with pre-ordering games that havent been reviewed anyway? And why are we suddenly shocked that profit-making companies are cuttings corners, pulling bait & switch routines and other such gems as have been around for hundreds of years? Did I miss a large cloud of amnesia gas sweeping the country? Do Subpardave et al take stupid pills for breakfast?

    "Of course, the game looked and played NOTHING like what was shown to consumers,"

    Well yes it did look distinctly inferior, but "NOTHING like"? Come on... most first person shooters of any genre look SOMETHING like that Aliens demo. Great way to represent video gamers as anything but a bunch of spoilt crybabies Subpardave. Have a slow hand clap from me. Please leave that task to someone a little less hysterical in future please.

    All of which is probably why Sega were actually let off. Yes Eurogamer... read your own link: the complaint was actually NOT upheld. The case was "resolved informally" and there no ruling was made.

    "After consideration by the ASA of complaints received, the following companies and organisations agreed to amend or withdraw advertising without the need for a formal investigation:"

    Doubtless the ASA most probably thought the whole thing a complete waste of time and may very likely treat any future (perhaps more genuine) complaints of misrepresentation from video game players with extreme cynicism.
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  • SimCity modded so it can be played offline indefinitely

  • m0thr4 27/03/2013

    "We offload a significant amount of the calculations to our servers so that the computations are off the local PCs and are moved into the cloud," Maxis general manager Lucy Bradshaw explained to Polygon. "It wouldn't be possible to make the game offline without a significant amount of engineering work by our team."
    A demonstration either of extreme stupidity (or extreme arrogance) to think that in this day and age they could fob gamers off with such a piece of BS, and not realise they were simply throwing down the gauntlet to hackers with far more talent than anyone on the team that produced this mess of a game.

    They shouldn't be banning this modder; they should be hiring him.
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  • Sony confirms PS Plus will have a "prominent role" in PS4, take-up has trebled over the last year

  • m0thr4 22/03/2013

    With regard to backwards compatibility complaints: If you have a ton of PS3 games you haven't yet played/finished, or which you think you might want to re-play in the future... hang on to your PS3. Backwards compatibility is a privilege, not a right... and this is what we had to do in the olden days (before the Master System add-on for the Sega Megadrive). Reply 0
  • Face-Off: Crysis 3

  • m0thr4 21/03/2013

    "and the inclusion of an odd texture bug on the 360 that very occasionally leaves artwork covered in large blocky pixels."

    I saw that at about 1:32 in the Xbox v PS3 video above. How often does this happen in practice?
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  • UK games industry tax relief delayed

  • m0thr4 21/03/2013

    @UkHardcore23 Well, there's a lot of money owed that must be paid back. Haven't you been keeping up with the news? Reply 0
  • EA boss: games industry must "wrestle" with perception of gun violence issue

  • m0thr4 05/02/2013

    @reverandglass
    Special kudos due for openly admitting on a gaming forum that you have a mental illness. Perhaps if mental illness were not so stigmatised by the media (and everyone else), then we would have fewer problems all round... gun/game related or otherwise.

    :-)
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  • Nintendo determined to prevent dedicated gaming consoles from dying out as threat from next-gen and mobile looms

  • m0thr4 05/02/2013

    @Serebii

    "@dogmanstaruk Explain how to solve the latency issues which come with the laws of physics then"

    Well, thinking off the top of my head here (or perhaps just talking out of the top of it) one approach might be along the lines of RDP, where some of the assets necessary to render the video are on the client machine already, thereby reducing the amount of data you need to shift down that pipe. This is why, Remote Desktop on Windows consistently blows away any VNC based efforts.

    For example, perhaps a console with one or more built-in (but upgradeable) 3D rendering engines (e.g. Unreal, Source), and a really good sound card capable of delivering near Red Book quality audio sound (back to the good old days as far as I'm concerned).

    Not sure how far you could (or would want to) take this.
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  • m0thr4 05/02/2013

    @Ford

    "TCP/IP is simply not the correct protocol for remote video, and it will be decades before we move to a new standard"

    I absolutely agree, TCP is completely the wrong protocol... which is why for the past 20 years, online games, VoIP etc have used UDP.

    ;-)
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