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  • Amazon, Asda drop Titanfall Xbox One bundle to 349

  • manic_mouse 11/04/2014

    If I were an early adopter I would be exceptionally pissed off right now. ~130 price drop within 6 months of the console launch.

    You guys should be demanding "ambassador" compensation.
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  • The Story of DOTA

  • manic_mouse 06/04/2014

    @Mooglepies "I agree. I have never seen a community so acerbic, so vitriolic in nature. They're proper sweary, like. At first I thought it was because the genre is heavily, heavily weighted towards competitive play, but I then realised so are most fighting games, and their community seems to be just fine."

    There is a massive and fatal flaw in your logic with this comparison.

    DOTA is a team game. You can ruin it for other people by being bad.

    TBH this should be required reading for anyone looking to get into it:

    http://www.purgegamers.com/welcome-to-dota-you-suck

    It explains how the game works and everything you need to know to play, and also why you'll probably be terrible at it for a long time.
    Reply -5
  • Angry Birds Epic is a turn-based RPG

  • manic_mouse 17/03/2014

    @INSOMANiAC Actually micro-transactions are causing massive harm to the games industry.

    They're turning games into gambling skinner boxes with no other aim than swindling as much money out of their "consumers" (read: addicts) as possible.

    And Rovio are leading the charge. Honestly this kind of stuff should be illegal. They're like cigarette companies, sure it's legal to do but it sure isn't moral.
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  • Xbox One closing monthly US sales gap on PS4

  • manic_mouse 14/03/2014

    @Pumpatron Mobile gaming killed the Wii market, but clearly not the PS3/360 market. The people that made the claims about console gaming being dead were never console gamers and don't even understand why a game like Titanfall or MGS is different to Candy Crush or Farmville. To those commentators a game is a game.

    The casual market will likely never buy another dedicated console now they have their tablets and phones, this is true. It's why Nintendo are in such a dire situation right now after pandering to this market the last generation.
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  • manic_mouse 14/03/2014

    @Negotiator For that month. And maybe not even that month if the PS4 gets more stock allocation.

    I think people are underestimating the social aspect of this generation of games. People will be buying the consoles that their friends have so they can play together, so the further the PS4 gets ahead of the XBO the harder and harder it will be to sell the XBO. It might be selling 2:1 roughly worldwide at the moment, but it's supply constrained and that ratio will likely increase as more people buy what their friends have.

    The strong start the PS4 has is a massive advantage.
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  • manic_mouse 14/03/2014

    I wouldn't say being outsold in your prime territory by a supply constrained competitor while your biggest game of the year (and only hope) is a few weeks away something to be crowing about...

    Basically Feb/Mar/Apr are the only chance Xbone has of outselling the PS4 probably for the rest of the generation unless things drastically change.
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  • When will we see a gay protagonist in a triple-A game?

  • manic_mouse 28/02/2014

    @Modhabobo I have heard homosexual friends us the word "gay" synonymously with "bad". So they're homophobes too?

    Or maybe they just aren't so sensitive.

    Should Christians get upset every time someone uses Jesus or God as a swearword? Most don't, and accept it as part of vernacular and usually has no bearing on their opinion of the Christian religion.
    Reply +1
  • manic_mouse 28/02/2014

    @Zyklonbzombie You're being judgmental on so many levels.

    First you assume that anyone against forced inclusion of homosexual characters (ie censorship) is homophobic.

    Secondly you assume anyone that isn't expressly gay in a game is a "perfectly good straight white male".

    You're the one making assumptions about the sexuality of the characters in games. In 80%+ of games we have no idea what sexuality the character is, yet you're assuming that they're straight, and then complaining that homosexuals are being oppressed because of your own judgemental assumptions, which are exactly the assumptions you claim to despise.
    Reply +1
  • manic_mouse 28/02/2014

    Isn't it homophobic to assume that they aren't gay? In 80%+ of games sexuality is never mentioned, we don't know if the protagonist is gay (or even bisexual) or not. Master Chief could be gay. Mario could be gay. Nathan Drake could be bisexual.

    This is all just agenda pushing. Do they want an *obviously* gay main character? Or would they then complain of stereotyping?

    "Why does it really matter what sexuality a character is if the game doesn't involve any sort of sex or love themes at all?"

    It doesn't. Unless you are agenda pushing, and honestly it should be stamped out rather than white knighted as it will be by the self-righteous back-patters. I can't be bothered with this crap, how about making fun games rather than worry about being politically correct?

    "Anyone should be able to make their game protagonist whatever gender, sex, sexual orientation, nationality or ethnicity they choose, without having to justify the choice."

    Or how about main characters be what is most appropriate to what the story is? You already have all those options in games with character creation, you want to censor all other games now?

    I didn't realise censorship became a good thing when it's what you want and makes you happy.

    "Frankly, If you aren't part of the creative team behind the game, then you don't get a say in what goes into it, and if you want to change the world, make your own game with any character you choose."

    Spot on. If you want to have a certain representation of a person or group in a game then MAKE IT and stop telling other people what kind of games they can/can't make.
    Reply +3
  • Now European Commission investigates free-to-play games

  • manic_mouse 28/02/2014

    It's sad that it takes external bodies to make publishers act like decent entities, rather than try to extort as much money out of their "customers".

    It's now at the sate where nearly all F2P games are designed to take advantage of a small subset of users and bleed them for as much money as possible. It's utterly, utterly disgusting.

    All the more respect to valve et al who get it right.
    Reply +1
  • GameStop selling Xbox One Titanfall bundle for 370

  • manic_mouse 25/02/2014

    Early adopters should be majorly pissed off - they should all be getting Titanfall for free to make up for being penalised for supporting the platform. We all understand console prices go down over time, but a 70+ drop (including the game) in the console's third month is insane.

    Also a big price drop 3 months into a console's lifespan isn't a good sign - those Feb NPD numbers are probably going to be worse than the Jan ones if this is any indication. Seems the Xbox One is following the WiiU sales trajectory - strong 2-3 million sales launch month, which then fall off a cliff once the fanboys have theirs and nobody else wants it.
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  • Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare won't have microtransactions at launch

  • manic_mouse 21/02/2014

    @Baihu1983 Have you heard of a website called Eurogamer that has a section called digital foundry, which has been "going on and on about resolution" (and other technical issues) for many years now?

    It's funny that people suddenly have a problem with it. More to do with not hearing what they want to hear rather than there being something wrong with covering technical issues I suspect, especially at the start of a new generation.

    Or do you all think that a consumer deciding which next gen console to buy should not have easy access to that kind of information? And leave MS and EA to trick them into thinking games are running at 1080p with weasel words and scalers?
    Reply +16
  • manic_mouse 21/02/2014

    @trufflesonline "As annoying as it is that my console doesn't output at 1080p for most games its far more annoying having article after article about it."

    Why would it bother you, unless you regret your decision to buy it and don't want to hear about its failings?

    The XBO versions of games are going to be technically inferior to PS4 versions, if you don't want to hear that you might as well stop reading about videogames, stick your head in the sand and try to live in the ignorant bliss you seem to want.

    Unfortunately XBO gamers are just going to have to get used to it, rather than demand it stop being covered just so they don't feel so bad about their purchase despite claiming otherwise.

    "It might be more newsworthy in the future to report when an xbox one game does actually output at 1080p instead of when it doesn't."

    And then somebody might be fooled by all the hand-waving and snake oil scaling MS is trying to sell to consumers. It's the job of sites such as this to make sure that their readers are informed, and as such are duty-bound to point out the inferiority of XBO versions of games so that consumers can make informed decisions.
    Reply +23
  • manic_mouse 21/02/2014

    That actually looks quite fun... The cynic in me wants to think of it as a cash in, but in a world of grey-brown dude-bro shooters this looks refreshing.

    EDIT: Also I find it very annoying how MS (and supporting companies) try to claim their games "output" at 1080p when they're scaling to that. It's purposefully trying to mislead people.

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  • PS4 sales shoot through 5m target ahead of Japan launch

  • manic_mouse 18/02/2014

    @Rev0Knuckle The Wii U also sold ~3 million in it's first two months. Wouldn't read too much into good sales the first few months.

    "A fool and his money are easily parted... it is what marketing does. Buy an XB1 because you are well informed & clever... not because you are a mislead fool."

    Exactly. Unfortunately I think MS have tried to mislead people a lot with their comments, embargos and attempts to demand parity on titles. Most MS fans say stuff like "you can't tell the difference between 720p and 1080p" etc. Balanced system. Blah blah.

    The XBO is significantly inferior technically to the PS4 - people need to stop trying to claim otherwise. They also need to stop claiming that the differences "don't make a difference". They absolutely do, especially when the game is running better on the significantly cheaper console.

    It got to the point where MS fanboys (like cloud) were claiming the XBO had a secret GPU that MS would unlock at some point.
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  • Tech Analysis: Titanfall beta on Xbox One and PC

  • manic_mouse 17/02/2014

    @cloudskipa (On DR3) "it's perfectly smooth"

    You are an utter joke of a human being Cloud. Seriously. I don't understand how anyone can literally lie to others and themselves so much with a straight face.

    "It's more about the overall experience it offers as a console that's appealing, not simply one thing such as resolution or FPS."

    Yet you lay the boot in every time you could on the PS3, and would most certainly be doing the same if the situation was the other way around. Strange that Cloud, almost as if you're a pathetic, hypocritical and delusional fanboy!

    Please just stop cloud, by this point you are the laughing stock of the entire site. People come into these threads just to take joy in provoking you. You're the EG jester. You're embarrassing yourself, just stop. Go enjoy your X1, put your fingers in your ears and live in a world where it's the best console. Just don't subject the rest of us to your insanity.
    Reply +4
  • PS4 sold nearly double Xbox One in US last month

  • manic_mouse 14/02/2014

    @dogmanstaruk "Without competition there would be no reason for Sony to be "pro-gamer" or "pro-consumer". They would do what they want, and you know what would happen"

    Sony at their worst was the PS3 launch. And I would take that over what MS tried to pull with the Xbox One. Sony care about making good artistic games, and care about the industry in a way that MS don't, you would never get an ICO or Shadow of the Colossus if MS were dominating. To MS gaming and gamers are just something to rape for profit at any expense, as they tried to do with the original Xbox One and policies.

    MS have not been a positive influence on the industry, if you look at the last 10 years a lot of bad practices have come into the industry and most of them are the same profit driven, anti-consumer ethos that MS oozes from every orifice.

    It's not that Sony and Nintendo aren't interested in your money, but MS are clearly ONLY interested in your money.
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  • Watch Dogs delayed again on Wii U

  • manic_mouse 11/02/2014

    This is the problem of positioning yourself as a secondary console, a massive mistake Nintendo made with the Wii and Wii U, although they were lucky with the Wii that it became a fad. Nintendo fans will probably rail on me for saying that, but the Wii was absolutely a fluke. Outside the Wii Nintendo home consoles have been on a downward spiral for two decades, no reason to assume the outlier is the norm (or repeatable). Reply +5
  • Hyper Light Drifter delayed until the "holiday season"

  • manic_mouse 03/02/2014

    @menage Problem is if everybody took that attitude it would never be done.

    It's like all the articles saying "You shouldn't buy next gen consoles, just wait". I honestly think they are damaging to the industry, if everyone took that advice no next gen console is going to ever take off.
    Reply -1
  • In Theory: Can Microsoft produce a new, cut-price Xbox One?

  • manic_mouse 03/02/2014

    Actually does anyone put much stock in amazon's best selling list? Because at the moment the PS4 is number one, the Xbox One is a shocking 85 (it drops pretty much every time I check it out of interest).

    If that's an indication of general interest the One is looking pretty screwed now the hardcore fans all have theirs...

    EDIT: Love whatever Xbox fanboy who's butt-hurt by reality that downvoted this. I'm just asking a question if people think those rankings are accurate, because honestly it's such a disparity that I'm having a hard time believing it, and if it is indicative MS are in BIG trouble.
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  • manic_mouse 03/02/2014

    @null It's being outsold by the PS4 1.5:1 while the PS4 is supply constrained, that will probably go upwards once it isn't, and continue to go up as word of mouth spreads and the PS4 is seen as the "correct" choice, and people want to play with their friends (who will have PS4s more than likely).

    Also remember the WiiU sold a couple of million in its first few months too.

    Rumours are the Jan NPD numbers for the One aren't great, and Tomb Raider sold over twice as much on PS4 as the One. Also the PS4 is number one on Amazon right now, the One is somewhere around 50.

    Consoles ALWAYS sell out on launch to the millions of hardcore fanboys. But with a more expensive and inferior console, with fewer first party developers that is already being outsold by the PS4 doesn't suggest a bright future, no matter how many moneyhat games MS buy like Titanfall.

    The PS4 has more (and arguably better) first party developers and third party games are going to be better on the PS4 too.
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  • Dead Island is tomorrow's free Games With Gold offering

  • manic_mouse 01/02/2014

    @cloudskipa "this is the problem with fanboys like you"

    Cloud, you actually cannot be serious? I think the most hilarious thing about you is the complete lack of insight, it borders on mental illness if you can't see yourself as the biggest (and most notrious) fanboy on this site. Seriously Cloud, if anyone and I mean ANYONE was asked to name the biggest and most ludicrous fanboy on this site every single person would come up with your name. Do you think you're the only one that can see the truth, and that the rest of us are crazy? Or maybe, just maybe, there's a chance that since EVERYONE disagrees with you and thinks you're a fanboy that actually that's the truth.

    Serious question Cloud, do you not realise that you're a blind MS fanboy and that every single post you make is hilariously biased? You accuse me of not staying on topic, you were joking right? Because you used this opportunity, as you always do, to take a stab at Sony (PS3 dead rising version being inferior to the 360 on, not being a "rental), which was why I took you down a peg.

    It reeks of insecurity.

    Seriously Cloud, do you need help?

    "Ryse is the best looking console game I've ever played and the gameplay isn't too shabby either."

    Reviews say otherwise, fanboy.

    "Though you have to admit X1 has some distance to go to qualify as the PS4's whipping boy in quite the same way as the PS3 was in relation to 360"

    The difference between the PS4 and X1 games is far FAR bigger than between the PS3 and 360. Not only that but the X1 can't even hope that more experience with it will close the gap since while the PS3 was more difficult to program for in some ways it was more powerful than the 360. The X1 is both more difficult to program for and less powerful in EVERY way.

    How is that magical secret GPU you were talking about holding up? Or can you come to terms that you're such a fanboy that you're mentally ill and delusional?

    Either that or, as already said, you're on MS's payroll.
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  • manic_mouse 31/01/2014

    @cloudskipa

    "shambles of a mockery that is the PS3 version"

    How're you enjoying those Xbox One multiplatform games?
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  • New cheaper Xbox One model this year - report

  • manic_mouse 31/01/2014

    @frazzl I think Don abandoning ship, the DRM, the poor multi-platform games, basically every policy having to be reversed because gamers were so disgusted, the fact that TV features don't work anywhere except America, being far more expensive yet not offering anything better (and many things worse) etc trumps the PS3 by quite a margin. Also add in the fact that MS had to abandon the 360 for a year just to have any exclusive games for launch.

    You mention Sony removing back compatability and being more expensive.

    The Xbox One doesn't have back compatibility to remove, is more expensive yet unlike the PS3 doesn't offer anything superior to its competitor like blu ray or built in wifi which the PS3 had over the 360 (kinnect is a joke at this point, we're multiple years in without any good games).

    In my 20 years of gaming I've never seen such a shambles and such a negative stink surround a console at launch.
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  • manic_mouse 31/01/2014

    I think the Xbox One is the biggest mess of a launch I've seen in 20-odd years of being a gamer. Absolute shambles. Reply +95
  • Microsoft ad asks you to "ditch your PS3"

  • manic_mouse 30/01/2014

    A lot of the moves MS have been making reek of desperation these days, and to look at the relative positions of the One and PS4 on Amazon it's little wonder (go on, look at the chart postions!), the PS4 has been supply constrained while One demand seems to be drying up - I predict poor Jan and Feb sales for MS.

    So for the same price you can buy a superior console AND be backwards compatible (with the "free" PS3).

    Keep on trying MS. If only they'd put this much effort into making the One more powerful.

    EDIT: To save you looking up, vanilla PS4 is No. 1 (and out of stock), Xbox is 52 (and in stock, obviously). Two other PS4 bundles are ahead of the One and even the PS4 camera is outselling it.
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  • Next-Gen Face-Off: Tomb Raider Definitive Edition

  • manic_mouse 29/01/2014

    Honestly unless you have a massive boner for master chief it's really hard to justify why anyone would get an Xbox One over a PS4 unless something drastically changes over the next year. 90% of titles released on these consoles will be multiplatform, and therefore perform significantly better on the cheaper PS4. MS have never been known for their exclusives or studios either so it's not like they can rely on exclusives to sell the console (which is why they're panic throwing cash around at stuff like Titanfall). They clearly bet HARD on Kinnect and TVTVTVTVTVTV, and it isn't going to pay off.

    Why would you design a console around broadcast TV, an outdated way of viewing TV that is rapidly becoming obsolete? I'm sure plenty of people watch broadcast TV, but they aren't the people that will buy a 400+ console just so they don't have to find the remote. The One is a console that's a jack of all trades and master of none.

    Must be completely heart breaking for the Xbox fanboys.
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  • Performance analysis: Tomb Raider Definitive Edition

  • manic_mouse 27/01/2014

    Gosh the Xbox One defenders are saying that 30 fps is better than 60fps now too?

    And another disappointing MS defence piece from DF, losing a lot of respect for EG here. Maybe 30fps is a more "balanced" frame rate, as was talked about in the ridiculous "interview" Richard did with the Xbox devs which was basically free PR, utter BS in other words, and completely unchallenged.

    Don't forget guys, the Xbox One costs 80 MORE than the PS4 which is kicking all kinds of crap out of it in these multi-platform games, and much moreso than in the previous generation. I'm all for being non-partisan, but at this point it is partisan to do anything but say the PS4 is a superior machine.

    Also, where are all the idiots (including EG) suggesting on many occasions that there "wouldn't be much difference" between the two consoles? Crawled into their holes no doubt, rather than admit they're wrong.

    Call a spade a spade - the PS4 massively outperforms the One. Not by a little bit, not by a few frames here and there like last gen. By a massive amount.

    I wonder what would have been written if those framerates were a 360 game compared to a PS3 game, would DF be so "non-partisan" about it?

    Seeing the video drop to 18 fps (unmentioned in the article) and all the screen tearing (again unmentioned) in the Xbone version is pretty fishy.
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  • State of Decay dev signs multi-year agreement with Microsoft

  • manic_mouse 11/01/2014

    MS made some blunders last year and deserved the finger pointing back then, but it is time to move on
    Trying to completely screw over customers and developers to please publishers and make lots of money, all is forgiven and forgotten 6 months later?

    This is why we can't have nice things. This is why year-on-year companies like MS and EA can do terrible things and get away with them, because people are so quick to forget and "move on".

    It is not time to move on, not by a long shot. And I say that as an original Xbox and launch day 360 owner.

    MS need to pay dearly to show, without doubt, that the microtransaction, always online, DRMed to the hilt, publisher focused hell that they tried to force on us is unacceptable. Not only that but the console is both inferior and more expensive, because they want to force Kinect on people that don't want or need it. They also still have a horrible MT policy and bullying multi-platform policy.

    Honestly MS have shown that they are not responsible enough to be trusted with gaming's future. They don't care about gaming, unlike Sony and Nintendo. Say what you want about Nintendo or Sony at their worst, neither come close to the kind of reprehensible crap MS was coming out with last year.

    "Blunders"

    Implying inept mistakes. They tried to rape us hard and didn't get away with it, it wasn't a blunder.
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  • Fixing Forza 5: How Turn 10 wants to win fans back

  • manic_mouse 12/12/2013

    @TheNinjaWarriorAGAIN But by all accounts GT6's microtransactions have not changed the progression of the game. They haven't made the grind harder while continually urging you to pay like MS.

    This is yet another example of MS trying to screw gamers any way they can for profit. The latest in a long line.

    I honestly can't remember a company having to say "sorry" so much in the run up to the launch of a console and shortly after it.

    We all know what the XBO would be if MS could get away with it. Which is why nobody should be supporting them.

    It's OK to say sorry for a mistake. Saying sorry when you try to screw someone over and don't get away with it is pretty meaningless.

    MS are sorry they've been caught, in every instance, not sorry for the way they've behaved. Could they have gotten away with all the XBO bullshit they've tried they would not be apologising.

    Stop defending them. The way MS have treated gamers and the industry at large over the past year is an utter disgrace.
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  • Xbox One sells 2 million in 18 days

  • manic_mouse 11/12/2013

    It's not necessarily good for both consoles to be selling if the companies are spending so much money on trying to compete with each other that neither make a profit. It's called the "tragedy of the commons", where competition over a limited resource means everyone fails.

    Worth keeping in mind. Especially with MS's previous tactics of using their massive pockets to outspend competitors and make a loss until their competitor can no longer keep up giving them a monopoly where they can then begin to make money.

    I believe the data shows that both Sony and MS made losses on their consoles overall last generation. This is not sustainable yet both are competing with the other beyond their means.

    And as I've said previously, I don't see how anyone that cares about the industry can support MS or buy their consoles. We saw what they wanted the future of games to be - they are anti-consumerist, anti-developer and anti-art. Say what you want about Sony at their worst but I would far rather take Ken Kutaragi's PS3 than Don Mattrick's XBO (as originally envisioned before the backlash).

    MS will say that their backtracking shows they're listening to customers. All it shows is that they tried to screw their customers over and didn't get away with it.

    So given that it is clearly unsustainable for both MS and Sony to continue to complete, and what both companies stand for with regards to the future of gaming I've bought a PS4 and will never buy an XBO. I will buy a WiiU before an XBO, as I feel this is a more responsible use of my money and better for gaming.

    Sorry, I mean "Yay, politically correct meaningless statement of equality upvote plz".
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  • Microsoft reveals loads of indies developing for Xbox One

  • manic_mouse 04/12/2013

    "MS now realise their strong arm bullying tactics will no longer work now that PS4 is dominating."

    Is what this should read.

    I am absolutely flabbergasted that MS have gotten away with being such scum bags for so long and no journalists have called them out on it.
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  • PlayStation 4 UK launch sales hit 250k

  • manic_mouse 03/12/2013

    @Kami "I think people who are expecting Nintendo to go multi-platform need to remember that Iwata has expressly stated if the home console division dies off, that's it for home console games. There will NEVER be a third-party Nintendo. They did that with the CDi, and it was terrible.

    This means if Wii U dies, you won't ever see a Mario, a Zelda, a Metroid, Pikmin or any Nintendo-branded game license on your PS4 or XBox One. They'll just stick it on the handheld market only."

    And it's that kind of thinking that's resulted in the WiiU disaster.

    The phrase "cuttings one's nose off to spite one's face" comes to mind. Nintendo could make a killing releasing third party games on consoles with massive user-bases.

    But you're saying they'll refuse to because of what, pride? They would screw over gamers and their company because they're too proud to admit defeat?

    There is no logical or compelling reason for Nintendo releasing console hardware, only an emotional one. I'm a Nintendo fan, have owned a N64, GC, Wii but it's clear the Wii was a fluke and they've lost the home console race. As much money as the 1 million or so WiiU's they're going to sell each year would make them, they'd make a lot more by selling 50+ million copies of their games on the other consoles.
    Reply +3
  • PS4 fastest-selling console in UK history

  • manic_mouse 02/12/2013

    And had Mario been released on PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and 360 how many copies would it have sold? How much money would Nintendo be raking in? And how much happier would gamers be?

    Just saying.

    The tragedy is Mario's sales, here and in Japan. It deserves so much more but it's shackled to a system that people just aren't interested in.
    Indeed, Nintendo games are shackled to hardware nobody's interested in. I personally think they should be set free.
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  • PS4 looks set to break records at launch

  • manic_mouse 29/11/2013

    There are going to be loads of exclusives for both consoles, so lets settle in for some awesome gaming.
    Personally I think this kind of political correctness is half the problem. MS tried to completely screw their customers over and control them, and would have done it could they get away with it. They're putting microtransactions in all their PAID FOR games and thus compromising the games to make more money. They are in bed with EA, historically one of the most destructive and anti-consumerist entities in the business.

    Like I said in another post, I don't see how anyone that cares about the industry can support MS in any way whatsoever. They care about money and nothing but, that's the only reason the Xbox exists. They don't care about consumers or the industry and they have demonstrated that with what they wanted to do to both with their original always-on, DRM and microtransaction laden "vision" of the Xbox One.

    Not that Nintendo or Sony don't care about money, but with the games both those companies put out and the way they approach the industry it's also clear they care about videogames as a medium. Say what you want about Sony but I would take the insane hubris that produced the PS3 over the anti-consumerist, anti-art, shareholder and publisher pandering MS any day.

    Not only that but MS pulls really shady strong arm tactics on developers behind the scenes - like refusing to allow games on the 360 if the PS3 version was better, the XBLA stuff that means most devs that deal with them (like Team Meat) refuse to work with them ever again etc. Many people suspect they were demanding that PS4 games not be better than XBO games and that's why many launched at 720p only to be later patched to 1080p when it became clear that nobody was playing by MS's game and the PS4 was outselling the One so they couldn't strong-arm. I don't know if that's true, but the fact it wouldn't surprise me if it was says a lot.

    Let's not even get into their developers - Bungie clearly loved working with them, as did Molyneaux and Corinne Yu. They've really matured Rare from their terrible Nintendo days.

    PS4 is a machine built for the gamers and developers. The Xbone was clearly built for publishers and shareholders. That's all I need to know in order to decide where to put my money and this is speaking as an original Xbox and 360 owner.

    The Microsoft and EA vision of gaming future is my nightmare. I will not be supporting them, my money will go to Sony and Nintendo.

    /rant over

    Now we wait for the politically correct brigade to downvote and say "all systems have their merits" yada yada yada.
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  • Forza 5 offers half off cars this weekend and more

  • manic_mouse 28/11/2013

    @TheNinjaWarriorAGAIN If it were that easy to earn cars why would anyone buy credits? Some of the cars cost 30, so what is the point in the microtransactions if nobody's going to buy them?

    This is were everyone has the issue. In order to make microtransactions work you have to make them a good value proposition, they have to offer an advantage over not buying them. If they weren't in the game you would be earning new cars significantly faster, and thus they have changed the game for the worse for the soul purpose of earning money. All this after you've already paid 430 for the new console and 40-50 for the game.

    It's garbage. It's indefensible. Microtransactions do not belong in paid for games end of story - because they compromise the game which people are paying for. You are paying for a compromised game so that MS can make more money. That's what's crazy about this whole thing.

    The only good thing that's come from the Xbox One is that it's forced Sony to up their game.

    Like I said before, I don't know how anyone that cares about the gaming industry can support Microsoft.

    It's all just sickening.
    Cannot agree more. MS wants your money and to control you, and will do anything to trick you into it. This entire Xbox One fiasco has demonstrated exactly why nobody in their right mind should be supporting MS financially by buying an Xbox One or defending them.
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  • manic_mouse 28/11/2013

    I don't understand why anyone would buy an Xbox One or support Microsoft. The stuff they've tried to get away with is beyond the pale.

    Say what you want about Sony at their worst, but they have never tried to rip off and control their customers the way MS have attempted with the Xbox One.

    If Microsoft had their way we would all be living in an always on, DRM and microtransaction-laden nightmare. And "listening" to your customers when they complain about you trying to rip them off doesn't change the fact that you tried to.

    MS is simply sorry they got caught, if they could have gotten away with all the BS they tried to pull they would have.

    As an original Xbox and 360 owner I'm officially done with Microsoft, and fail to see how any gamer can justify supporting them. Sony and Nintendo clearly care about the gaming industry, their consumers and the medium as well as earning money. MS care purely about money, and would happily ruin the games industry and rape their customers in order to get it. They sure are trying to.
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  • This is how Xbox One game trade-ins will work, apparently

  • manic_mouse 25/05/2013

    Sony made the PS4 for developers and gamers.

    MS made the XBone for publishers and share-holders.

    I know who I'll be supporting.
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  • Spec Analysis: Xbox One

  • manic_mouse 22/05/2013

    @cloudskipa "Regarding my opinions, I couldn't care less if anyone supports me or not it's how I feel and I'm entitled to share it."

    Xbox fanboy happy with Xbox. Who would have thought? It's just pretty funny trying to see you spin this disaster of a console unveil as somehow positive.

    It has been universally panned, even by die hard Xbox fans. You should begin to question what everyone else in the world sees that you are apparently blind to.

    Having different opinions is fine, but when you're the one guy screaming how much you like Uwe Boll movies you have to take a second to consider your position.

    Fewer exclusive games shown. Technically inferior console. Used game and almost-always online DRM. Don't forget the screwing Indie developers over by requiring publisher deals. Seriously, how is that good?
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  • manic_mouse 22/05/2013

    @Suarez07 Rumours are that the PS4 has 1Gb overhead.

    Which makes sense considering until last minute it only had 4Gb of RAM. Anything more would have crippled the 4Gb PS4.
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  • manic_mouse 22/05/2013

    @kosmosagamemnon

    Re-read my comment. I know the Xbox One has 8Gb of DDR3 RAM. But word on the street 3Gb is reserved for the OS.

    5Gb for games.

    Again, I said those numbers were based on what was available to games.
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  • manic_mouse 22/05/2013

    @cloudskipa You're really on fanboy defence mode aren't you? Reply +15
  • manic_mouse 22/05/2013

    People are misunderstanding how much more powerful the PS4 is than the Xbox One.

    This generation the 360 had a better GPU, but worse CPU, slower but unified RAM. The PS3 had a better, but more esoteric, CPU, worse GPU and faster but segregated RAM.

    So in practical terms it was mostly a wash. Each system had strong points, each had weak points.

    The PS4 runs almost an identical hardware set-up as the Xbox's, except its GPU is 50% more powerful and it has 7Gb of better RAM compared to the Xbox's probable 5Gb of slower RAM but with a 32Mb fast buffer (these numbers based on what is allocated to games). And more CPU power will be used on Xbox for Kinect, 3OSes etc.

    I think the difference will be a lot more marked than this gen when it comes to games, simply because the architectures are pretty much the same but one is significantly faster and has more RAM than the other.
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  • Microsoft reveals Xbox One, due worldwide this year

  • manic_mouse 21/05/2013

    @cloudskipa

    So they showed what is almost definitely a technically inferior console, and showed two exclusive games compared to the five I remember from the PS4 announcement off the top of my head.

    So worse console, fewer games. Yeah, real impressive.

    "For a reveal this was certainly a lot better than the 360."

    Yeah but it's not competing against the 360 is it.

    Go on, just admit it. The PS4 reveal was better. Go on, just once. Please?
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  • manic_mouse 21/05/2013

    @cloudskipa "Overall I came away quite impressed, especially with the games."

    Are you actually serious? They showed two exclusives, one of which was Forza.

    You're impressed because you're a fanboy. If Steve Balmer had done a turd on stage and called it "Xbox Two" you would probably be "impressed".

    The PS4 event blew this out of the water, and it was 3 months ago!
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  • manic_mouse 21/05/2013

    As others have said, it's telling there was little-to-no mention of specs. Confirmation the PS4 licks this thing technically, otherwise they would have been touting that from the rooftops. Reply +46
  • PlayStation 4 military MMO War Thunder gives you planes, warships, tanks

  • manic_mouse 14/05/2013

    every dev is dick-riding sony
    Its really hard to get any objectivity in these issues.
    One removes the other, it's called a large sample size. It isn't first party devs praising the PS4. It's everyone.
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  • Next Xbox to be released in "early November" - report

  • manic_mouse 25/04/2013

    @cloudskipa PS+ is amazing and the best thing to happen to Playstation (or gaming) in years. That's is honestly all that needs to be said about it.

    Charging people to use Netflix? And play online?

    Not so great. MS started out well this gen, but have pretty much burned any goodwill they have with any sensible gamer with their dead-horse whipping of franchises, lack of exclusives and charging for basic services. Oh and Kinnect.
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  • Chasm is a polished looking Castlevania-esque roguelike on Kickstarter

  • manic_mouse 13/04/2013

    There are a lot of great looking games on Kickstarter atm, this c-wars game as well. Why don't EG do a weekly round up of projects or something? http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1054244612/c-wars-roguelike-pixel-art-pc-game Reply +3
  • The video game industry's gender wage gap is worse than you think

  • manic_mouse 04/04/2013

    @Temascos Oh someone seems to have had a bit of a hissy fit.

    Nobody has said women are weak, and I certainly haven't said it. The only people implying women are weak are those who say they can't stand up for themselves in the videogame industry, or can't make their own indie games.

    The reality is that maybe women aren't as interested in tech and videogames, on average, as men. And that plays a large part as to why the industry has the demographic it does in both employees and consumers.

    Throw your toys out of the pram all you want, but there is nothing standing in the way of any woman wanting to make the next Super Meat Boy, Fez or Braid. You can't hide behind a sexist industry on that one.

    Just to note, I don't agree with women getting paid less in ANY industry. People doing the same work should be paid the same money regardless of race, sex or any other irrelevant variable. I just don't see why it's being brought up on EG. Might as well bring up the tax system, as games are taxed too. Women are paid less in pretty much every industry, so it's a societal issue not a videogame one.
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