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  • Microsoft shows interest in eye-tracking visor FOVE

  • persus-9 26/07/2014

    @MattEvansC3 Erm... it would be really cool! :-D Yeah, there must be a threshold where it becomes noticeable so you could definitely play with that.

    Or just deliberately make thing appear only in your peripheral vision. I think adding an occasional flicker of movement to the peripheral vision during a horror game would be incredibly powerful. Or heck, just a monster you can only see out of the corner of your eye.
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  • persus-9 25/07/2014

    @MattEvansC3 Your visual psychology is a little off there. The act of focusing doesn't narrow your field of view. We in fact only ever have a high degree of visual acuity over about 2 degrees (about the size of the top joint of the thumb at arms length) in the centre of the visual field but we move that area around and it gives the impression that we can see in more detail than we can.

    Your horror game with the blurring and de-blurring is an interesting example. People have done experiments with similar set ups. The result? You can't tell whether it is happening or not because you can't see the bits of the screen that are blurred with high visual acuity so the mind is fooled into thinking it is all in sharp focus.
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  • persus-9 25/07/2014

    Eye-tracking very much already exists. It is used a lot in experimental psychology and design (games design, ad design etc etc). You don't need a dorky head mounted screen either, you can buy a USB device with a couple of IR cameras built in that sits under your monitor like a kinetic. I suppose they might well have improved the latency, worked out a way to get a good deal of accuracy at a lower price or worked out a different way of doing it that isn't wrapped up in other peoples patents but eye tracking itself is not new tech. Reply 0
  • News channel uses Metal Gear Solid 5 screenshot in child soldiers report

  • persus-9 18/07/2014

    I don't believe it to be the case but theoretically a wonder how much it would cost to persuade a busy junior production assistant to make a mistake like this. Could be quite cheap and effective publicity. Mind you RT staff are probably harder to bribe than most since they already have one terrifying shadowy master to answer to. Reply +5
  • Doom 4 is an oldschool reboot, just called Doom

  • persus-9 18/07/2014

    Two things worry me.

    1) Context-sensitive animations. That is a fancy way of saying "press A to do the cool thing" which isn't something I'm much of a fan of. I'd prefer to be given a tool set to explore an environment (and murder lots of demons of course) than be presented with context-sensitive possibilities, thanks.

    2) I find myself quite unreasonably disappointed by the fact they're calling it Doom. It was irritating enough when the likes of Tomb Raider (2013) and Prince of Persia (2008) did similar but at least they were making a big conscious effort to modernise and reboot the franchise and make a break from the past. Doom 4 on the other hand seems to be both trading on nostalgia and reverting to its original name. It feels almost disrespectful.

    It felt to me like Tomb Raider (2013) was saying: "I'm really nothing to do with Tomb Raider (1996). I don't come after it. I'm not a sequel so be prepared to take me as I am. And don't worry you don't need to have played any of the other Tomb Raider games to enjoy me, it might even be better if you haven't. I'm just the same core concept being redone in a different way." Whereas it feels like Doom 4 is saying "I am Doom! The one true Doom. Remember how awesome I was in 1993? I'm just as awesome today!" to which I'm inclined to reply "No. You are not Doom and you will never be Doom. Now show some respect and put a 4 after your name to acknowledge your elders." It is like the son of an ageing rockstar performing under their father's band name and doing cover versions of their old songs. No. That isn't cool. Just don't.
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  • Microsoft announces 18,000 jobs to be cut in the next year

  • persus-9 17/07/2014

    @Bauul His actions seem to have been very much in line with his own interests and very much against the interests of Nokia. Either he is stupid but lucky or clever but immoral. His sudden change of contract on the same day the deal was done for Nokia's sale and the subsequent $18 million bonus the new contract and the deal it secured for him makes me think he ain't no fool.

    But yeah, as goggyturk has said, it was the Nokia board who signed off on all this.
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  • persus-9 17/07/2014

    @jayolad That is exactly what I meant. He deliberately screwed up Nokia as a phone maker to set them up for a Microsoft buyout and reaped a massive personal profit. Reply +8
  • persus-9 17/07/2014

    Yet another indication of quite how badly Stephen Elop screwed up and screwed over Nokia and its employees.

    Feel bad for all those being made redundant and hope they manage to land new jobs fast.
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  • Video: Why do Japanese games tell you characters' blood types?

  • persus-9 17/07/2014

    Interesting... I actually heard of this a few weeks ago but I thought the person in question was mixing up blood types with type A and B personality theory but I guess she was just drawing on this whole cultural thing that I'd never heard of. Reply +3
  • Kickstarter-funded Yogventures canned, backers given Steam key for another game instead

  • persus-9 17/07/2014

    @Malek86 I think they could be just gamers. They must be extremely rich gamers but some gamers are extremely rich. Whales who are willing to drop thousands of dollars into Clash of Clans for example. No particular reason to think there aren't similar people who actually just fancy hanging out with their favourite internet celebrities. They are arguably getting more for their money. I'd have thought representatives of other companies would take a more conventional route. Reply +6
  • Blizzard challenges itself to create more diverse heroes and content

  • persus-9 11/07/2014

    Good to hear! Blizzard often feel like they have their heart in the right place but just need to do better. Reply +1
  • Microsoft has abandoned plans for Xbox One consoles to double as dev kits

  • persus-9 09/07/2014

    @DAN.E.B That will be the final u-turn. Give them a few more weeks. Reply +5
  • EA responds to fan outcry over The Sims 4 missing features

  • persus-9 08/07/2014

    Do they honestly expect us to believe that? You have to laugh. In their faces. And refuse to buy this cynically incomplete by design garbage otherwise you are part of the problem. Reply +3
  • Microsoft court order has removed Chess 2: The Sequel's servers

  • persus-9 02/07/2014

    DNS is just screwed. We really need to try and build another system so the internet doesn't break as soon as a government decides to mess with DNS. Reply +6
  • NIS America Europe online store launches with "ridiculous prices"

  • persus-9 02/07/2014

    Well I for one would welcome this simple method pricing model of using the same number for all currencies just as long as they start accepting my local currency: the Swedish kronor. ;-) Reply +3
  • persus-9 02/07/2014

    @gamefan Possibly true, but at this stage I want proof that orders aren't in fact being channelled through Luxembourg before I accept such an argument. Reply +3
  • Age of Empires Online waves goodbye after servers shut down

  • persus-9 02/07/2014

    @minecrafter I believe you're thinking of David Perry. Reply +2
  • persus-9 02/07/2014

    @bad09 @melnificent This is why we want to buy our games outright, DRM-free and with the ability to host our own servers. Agreed? Reply +7
  • Fallout 3 speedrun sets new world record in under 24 minutes

  • persus-9 01/07/2014

    It all just depends on what you want to do. Speedrunnning by its nature involves the invention of a new meta-game and you have to just pick which rules you want and play by them. There are many different types of speedrun. Segmented speedruns with control scripts (like the Half-Life one awhile back), single sitting but with glitch exploits like this one, and presumably ones that avoid glitches too. Comparing them is just like comparing football, rugby union and Aussie rules. They all took the same idea and took it to different places. There is no right and wrong about it, just which, if any, you personally find interesting. Personally I can see the interest in anything that requires such a significant degree of skill and planning. Not something I'd ever choose to devote my time to but something I can be mildly in awe of. Reply +13
  • Don't call Crackdown on Xbox One Crackdown 3

  • persus-9 17/06/2014

    Microsoft seem to have a problem with counting to three. I wonder how they'd do with a Holy Hand-grenade... Reply +5
  • Fez dev Polytron partnering to release indie title Panoramical

  • persus-9 16/06/2014

    They can try to avoid the term publishing all the like but there is a word for what they're doing and that word is publishing.

    Sad that the idea of publishing has become so tarnished by the exploitative practices of a few big businesses that the relationship between developer and publisher being a partnership is considered somehow against the spirit of publication.
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  • Female character option cut from Assassin's Creed: Unity co-op

  • persus-9 11/06/2014

    So basically, they could have doubled up on a small percentage of their assets but decided instead to alienate half their audience. Personally I find that repugnant but putting such personal opinions aside it also sounds like an objectively stupid business decision. Reply -1
  • Nintendo reveals online paintball shooter Splatoon

  • persus-9 10/06/2014

    Great to see a shooter that isn't contained by boring old pseudo-realism. Enough to sell this old PC die hard on the idea of a Wii U? No, or not alone at any rate. However, as a package to sit alongside my PC the Wii U definitely looks more enticing than PS4 or Xbox One right now. Reply +14
  • Nintendo's E3 digital event

  • persus-9 10/06/2014

    This looks really awesome! Not the sort of game I'd normally play on console but I do love the idea. Reply 0
  • persus-9 10/06/2014

    The YouTube steam is working for me while the embedded version here isn't. Others who are struggling might want to give it a try.
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  • persus-9 10/06/2014

    I'm having trouble with the stream too. Same on other sites so not Eurogamer's problem. Darn! Reply 0
  • Sony had more wow moments, but Microsoft has closed the competence gap

  • persus-9 10/06/2014

    The worrying thing about Microsoft is that they're at best stumbling on good ideas by reacting to criticism.

    Last year they showed up to the party with a paper bag over their head, accidentally head-butted the host, spilt their drink down themselves and knocked over a vase. This year they're still fumbling about blindly and avoided knocking over any more vases only because so many people are screaming at them to stand still, stop waving their arms about and talk about games. This is the right decision but not for the right reasons. This is not the behaviour of a company with a healthy decision making structure where the good ideas get support and the bad ideas get ditched. It is a company that doesn't know what it should do so stops doing things when people shout at it. That is okay for the short term but what it really needs to do is take the paper bag off its head and start making good decisions as to what to do next.
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  • GoG announces Steam-like client GoG Galaxy

  • persus-9 05/06/2014

    Wonderful! I dislike DRM but I do love having my games in a nice easy client. An optional client is definitely something I'll use. Reply +3
  • Would you believe that EA Sports is making FIFA 15?

  • persus-9 05/06/2014

    FIFA 15... didn't that come out in 2007 or am I miscounting? Oh or is this one of those "HD" re-releases? Reply +1
  • Batman: Arkham Knight release date slips to 2015

  • persus-9 03/06/2014

    Less sad over the delay than the fact it sounds like they're ripping the grappling, gliding, beat-em-up heart out of the series and replacing it with one cut from the chest of an unlucky GTA clone. Reply 0
  • Murdered: Soul Suspect review

  • persus-9 03/06/2014

    Sounds great, I love a 'Good 6' me. Reply +1
  • FIFA World beta review

  • persus-9 30/05/2014

    YES! F2P invades a genre I kind of used to enjoy but not enough to spend money on anymore and don't really care about so I'm not worried if it gets ruined by micro-transactions.

    I feel slightly dirty but I'm genuinely pleased to see this. I used to be a causal FIFA player oh... 13 years ago. I drifted away because I wasn't willing or able to splash the cash on the latest iteration each year. Having a F2P route in and having it linked to the sort of grindy collecting game that I'm a sucker for... yeah, I can see that working for me.
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  • Watch Dogs outsold any Ubisoft game ever in 24 hours

  • persus-9 29/05/2014

    @internisus Yeah, that sounds about right. Thanks for pointing it out. Reply 0
  • persus-9 29/05/2014

    @EricJohn004 Cover based shooting! Will the technological and artistic marvels never cease?! Truly we are living in the future! Reply 0
  • persus-9 28/05/2014

    @VideoGameAddict25 I'm honestly frightened to think what takes place in Wash_Dogs to get it an 18 rating from PEGI. O_o Reply +22
  • persus-9 28/05/2014

    "I once said that the buzz around Watch Dogs was driven by the incredible passion of our early fans,"
    Well good to know he is at least comfortable admitting it isn't anything to do with it being a particularly good game.

    I find the whole thing a bit depressing. Sounds like Watch_Dogs was a really cool idea that got fed through the AAA sausage maker and came out as a rather hollow GTA clone.
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  • CTF will return to Titanfall PC following player complaints

  • persus-9 24/05/2014

    @Chazmeister I guess since they have levels and stuff they want to stop high level players invading newbie matches and they do that by taking away all control. You'd have thought they could instead just publish the average level of the players on each server on a server list and then if you deliberately chose to join a server with a lower level than yourself you'd suffer some penalty so you wouldn't get an advantage. Reply +1
  • Russia hits The Sims 4 with adult rating due to same-sex relationships

  • persus-9 12/05/2014

    @dirtysteve Don't think I agree. The West got a big head start on gay rights while Russia was still locked away behind the Iron Curtain. Sadly these things just take a good few years and their conservative leaders will be the very last to change. Obviously The Sims 4 isn't going to kick start a cultural revolution but I do think it'll provide significant intangible help. Reply 0
  • persus-9 12/05/2014

    Cue sudden jump of interest among young Russians causing many many impressionable young Russians to see just how completely normal and wholesome gay relationships can be. See this is why bigots don't win culture wars. If they weren't so close-minded they'd understand how counter-productive this move will be for them. Reply +26
  • Is that a re-designed PS4? No, it's Sony's 4K Media Player

  • persus-9 16/04/2014

    @JensWeissflog If it doesn't actually deliver a real improvement in the experience then is it really progress or just companies trying to sell hype? Reply +5
  • Half-Life speed run world record set at 20:41

  • persus-9 14/04/2014

    @Farzlepot Not in my book, because then you'd have modded the game itself rather than just providing it with optimised inputs. I think that is an important difference. Reply +7
  • persus-9 14/04/2014

    It explores the theoretical limit of what would be possible if you could play the game perfectly. That seems at least as interesting as how fast anyone has been able to do it without scripts helping them with the precise key actions. Just different types of speed runs that show off different things. I for one think this is pretty darn awesome. Reply +1
  • AMD Radeon R9 295X2 review

  • persus-9 08/04/2014

    Having a case that can dissipate that much heat is one thing but when you're getting up to that much power you're PC is going to act like quite a nice little electric heater. That is great in the winter but I like to play games in the summer as well. Not that I have the money anyway or would say no if anyone wanted to give me one of course. Reply 0
  • Game jam reality show cancelled as indies wouldn't put up with its s***

  • persus-9 01/04/2014

    I think Mountain Dew have been drinking a bit too much of their own poison. They must have been on one hell of a sugar rush when they decided forcing people to drink their product and smile was a good idea. They should have at worst done the old Robinsons' Wimbledon trick where all the players have to drink from their bottles but they're allowed to put whatever the heck they like inside them. Reply +10
  • Notch: cancelled Minecraft for Oculus Rift would have been free

  • persus-9 28/03/2014

    "Your device is only as good as the store and community around it"
    I totally agree with Bleszinski on this which is exactly why I'm so disappointed that Oculus has left the grass roots PC community where freedom and innovation reign supreme and signed up with bloody Facebook.
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  • Co-founders of Torchlight dev Runic exit studio to go indie

  • persus-9 27/03/2014

    @elfergos I see what you mean but no, it won't because it isn't a bubble. Indeed it can't be a bubble since it rejects the very sort of investment model that makes bubbles.

    All it is are people backing themselves with time and money to be able to make a profit by making games rather than asking someone larger to back them with money in exchange for a share of, or all of, the profits. That is it.

    The percentages who actually do manage to make a profit out of it will change and has been changing as the market grows and develops but as a model it is very sustainable since there will always be people who want to back themselves to do something creative and make the game they want to make. Furthermore the technology isn't going to go backwards so technologically it will always be within their grasp to do so, even if they'll never be able to match the sheer man hours poured into AAA. Indie game developement is actually the most basic business model and probably the only one that is guaranteed to survive.

    It will never be the case that market over saturation leads to nobody being able to make money out of it anymore because when it becomes too risk the population of indie developers will simply drop to a more sustainable level. It won't crash catastrophically and lead to the extinction of the indie species as it where because as long as their are any game aspiring game developers there will be ones willing to accept risk in return for creative freedom and go indie.
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  • How does Project Morpheus compare to Oculus Rift?

  • persus-9 20/03/2014

    Well I'll be buying the Oculus Rift for certain but I'm strangely glad to see this. It sounds like Sony have played it safe and smart by making a piece of kit that is on a par with the Rift and should hopefully just serve to widen the potential market for the developers and publishers investing in making the games. Reply +2
  • Frog Fractions 2 brings absurdist humour, wonder to Kickstarter

  • persus-9 10/03/2014

    If I had money I would definitely back this. Unfortunately I don't so I'll just have to hope other people do and I can buy it later. Reply +2
  • persus-9 10/03/2014

    @Skirlasvoud I think your comment needs spoiler tags. Reply +3
  • The mystery of FIFA Ultimate Team's rarest items

  • persus-9 07/03/2014

    @SuperGuttaBunny It is all about saving the whales. Did you see the report recently that said that 0.15% of f2p mobile players result in 50% of the revenue? That 0.15% are the whales, the high rollers, the people who have no lives and just pour money into games. Okay, the percentage will be different for UT but still, there will be a little group of people who are contributing a lot of the money and keeping those people happy and spending will be top of EAs priority list.

    I doubt 300, spread out over a whole year, gets you into that category. I would imagine EA probably wants to ensure that the whales can spend thousands every month without feeling entirely satisfied with their teams and in order to do that they've got to be rather mean with the more moderate spenders.
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