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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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  • HMV to resume trading in gift vouchers

  • m0thr4 21/01/2013

    @BunjiquoBianco "Hope all the staff get to keep their jobs. Hope all the abusive customers and thieving grandads feel suitably sheepish."

    Not to mention certain pitchfork-carrying posters on this very site, prematurely crying "theft".
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  • Tory MP accuses HMV of theft after it makes £100m-worth of vouchers worthless

  • m0thr4 17/01/2013

    So... you're a day late with your mortgage repayment. I expect you would then be happy for the lender to come and immediately repossess your house?

    No? But you've stolen their money, haven't you? It's THEFT, isn't it? The mortgage lender therefore has an immediate moral right to your property.

    In any sane society, the lender would have to prove that you never intended to pay... and you would be able to claim in defence that you did intend to pay, but that you had temporarily suspended the repayment, perhaps due to financial difficulties. Perhaps you thought you would be able to pay based on some money coming in, and you were let down at the eleventh hour and were therefore unable to let the lender know in advance that you would be unable to pay?

    And yet still, there are laws to protect you from the lender just going in and taking your house and possessions on the basis of that suspended repayment. And any lender who ignored those laws and reposed your house anyway would be the real thief, and would rightly be pilloried in the media, and possible brought up on criminal charges themselves.
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  • Angry grandfather walks out of HMV with three games after staff refuse to accept gift voucher

  • m0thr4 17/01/2013

    @TekkenFanboy

    "@darkmorgado just like how you got pissed at a company and decided to sue for unfair dismasal eh --user's real name deleted--! That makes you opportunistic scum in my eyes. Oh but sticking up for your beliefs is only ok when it's something you agree with right?"

    Whoa... talk about below the belt. Also, a purely ad hominem argument and therefore completely fallacious.
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  • HMV prepared to go into administration as early as tomorrow

  • m0thr4 15/01/2013

    @Zidargh "I'm genuinely gutted by this. Can't say I shopped there often but I began to regard HMV as symbol for retail entertainment."

    If you didn't shop there often, then you're part of the problem that has ended with them going into administration. And also, are perhaps less qualified to judge whether or not they should be missed.

    I browse my local HMV at Canary Wharf regularly during the week and have made many many purchases there... I will miss the convenience of having somewhere local to buy video games and accessories (there are no other video game vendors near Canary Wharf), but in all honesty, the shop is badly managed, poorly stocked and with ridiculous prices (particularly for used goods).
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  • m0thr4 15/01/2013

    @bad09 "away from HMV troubles, who are all you people that actually like to browse in shops? Who are you and what have you done with all the men?"

    If there's a shop nearby that sells what I want, and has staff who are both enthusiastic and knowledgable about what they are selling, and can give me useful advice... then yes, I like to browse in a real shop occasionally.
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  • m0thr4 15/01/2013

    @Graveland "Thank companies like Amazon for the death of the Highstreet. I suppose it's easy for certain online companies to undercut rivals if they don't pay tax......."

    Amazon *do* pay tax. They just don't pay UK Corporation Tax... and they don't pay that because their business is not registered in the UK, it's registered in Luxembourg.
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  • m0thr4 15/01/2013

    I went into HMV a couple of days ago to buy a Nintendo 3DS XL. They had no new machines in stock, but did have a used blue/black machine available for £230. They seemed surprised when I pointed out that you can get a brand new 3DS XL as cheaply as £170 (I ended up getting one on Amazon for just under that).

    The news that they've gone into administration comes as no surprise to me.
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  • The deleted scenes of Deus Ex

  • m0thr4 04/01/2013

    @Fourwisemen

    I think you will find going from the PS2 version to the PC version a bit of a treat. The PS2 version couldn't handle the large levels, so redesigned them with physical obstructions (and long loading screens) that made some of the levels, particularly the opening level in Battery Park, quite claustrophobic in comparison.

    As for the controls, you can configure them to be pretty much the same as any modern FPS on a PC.
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  • m0thr4 04/01/2013

    "The Helios space station where the game would have ended (with nuclear explosions in space, no less) was repurposed for Area 51, meaning the team didn't have to struggle with coding zero-gravity combat."

    Hmmm... zero-gravity... I think, in retrospect, this was a good decision.


    The zero g level was my least favourite part of Crysis
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  • m0thr4 04/01/2013

    @Vash63

    Yep, an HD remake is long overdue. Maybe on the next PS/Xbox consoles? In the meantime, I bounce back and forth between the Steam release and the not-so-bad-once-you-get-used-to-it PS2 version (on the PS3).

    As for the most recent Deus Ex game, try as I might, I just couldn't get into it.
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  • Connecticut organisation is offering $25 gift certificates to destroy violent video games

  • m0thr4 04/01/2013

    @Stoatboy +1

    Sorry to all sane Americans, but a recent Forbes article on this looked at the stats for gun ownership and gun-related deaths in several countries (the top ten of each, in fact) and it became apparent that gun-related deaths occur disproportionately in the USA, most other things being equal... but then dismissed any possibility that this might be related to a higher incidence of mental disorder in the USA.

    Oh really? Well what else is there? Surely it's at least worth investigating unless you're saying that in every gun-related death, the perpetrator was completely sane?
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  • Second-hand Wii U consoles give access to old users' games - report

  • m0thr4 04/01/2013

    @gamefan "And, if I sell my Wii U cos I am broke right now and then buy another later, I have to pay for what I have already bought!"

    No... because we now know you're not just selling your Wii U, you're selling your Wii U plus any digital downloads to bought, and your selling price should be increased to reflect that.

    And because you have got some money back from those games that you sold, it is perfectly right that if you change your mind and want them again, you should pay... just like you would with any material possession you sold.

    However, I'm not endorsing this economic model for the following reason: how can you prove to a pontential buyer that the machine you're selling has the rights to those games?
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  • Sony patents tech to block second-hand games

  • m0thr4 03/01/2013

    @jabberwoky - "No. They are not losing money. If they were they would all be going bust everywhere. They are not."

    Oh really? Have a look at this lot and spot the console developers/publishers:

    http://kotaku.com/5876693/every-game-studio-thats-closed-down-since-2006
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  • m0thr4 03/01/2013

    This patent has merely been filed, and it has only been filed with the US Patent office. We have yet to see whether or not it is approved.

    I certainly very much doubt such a patent would be approved over here (so long as we stay in the EU, that is).
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  • m0thr4 03/01/2013

    @captainrentboy "I don't think these daft fuckers realise how many new releases are bought due to someone trading in their old titles..."

    Well, I haven't done the maths, but that does sound rather like the Broken Window Fallacy. Sure they get 20% of the new release price, but they lose 20% off each of the 3 to 5 games you traded in. It's win-win for the retailer of course, and if they piss off the retailers, who's gong to stock the console?

    EDIT: I should add, for balance, that I no vested interest either way, as I have been buying digital downloads exclusively for PS3 and Xbox 360 for the past 6 months (always waiting for the price to drop to something reasonable first).
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  • The War Z review

  • m0thr4 03/01/2013

    @Totza "How the hell did this game get a 3? should of got a 0/10 it's garbage."

    3/10 does seem inconsistent, but 0/10 is surely extreme? There is some game in there, no matter how bad or unenjoyable it may be.

    Personally (and I know I'm in the minority here) I would prefer video game reviews (and indeed all reviews) not to have a mathematical score at the end.

    The review itself (if well-written) should enable you to make a buy/avoid decision. Adding a number at the end only invites contention.
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  • m0thr4 03/01/2013

    @menage
    "We had a 1/10 scale at school. If I would come home with a 3 my mom would certainly not consider it below average".

    If 3/10 was not below average, then the majority of your class must have been getting low marks.

    "Heck we would get a 1 just for writing your name down. So that one was for free already."

    It wasn't "for free", it was for writing your name down... as you just said.
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  • Actual New Games of 2013

  • m0thr4 03/01/2013

    Great games they may be but, with my commerical hat on, I really hope the titles are merely "working titles". Reply +1
  • Wii U has 1.24GHz CPU, 550MHz graphics core - report

  • m0thr4 23/12/2012

    @CamberGreber "Every cross platform game for snes/genesis looks way better on Genesis."

    No no no, they generally looked better on SNES but played faster/smoother on the Megadrive... and I always went for the latter.
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  • Face-Off: Far Cry 3

  • m0thr4 22/12/2012

    @kirankara "There's nothing worse than having an hour to yourself after work to play some games, but then spending hours trying to resolve issues instead."

    And, in a nutshell, that is why I finally gave up on PC games in 2003.
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  • The War Z has been removed from sale on Steam

  • m0thr4 20/12/2012

    The misleading screenshots are unreal... however, I feel the same way about those TV ads that are entirely composed of non-game CGI. Putting a subtitle disclaimer "not in-game footage" is a weasel-like way of gettting around the fact that they are still sublliminally raising your expectations about the game. Reply +4