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  • Sony confirms wheels that work with PS4 racer DriveClub

  • persus-9 01/10/2014

    Ouch! Sounds like Sony and Logitech have been involved in a bit of a game of chicken over these here security chips. My guess is that Sony want to charge a fee for the use of said security chips and Logitech reckon that they've got sufficient market clout to not be pushed into paying such a fee. High stakes gambling from both sides in terms of alienating their customers and losing market share. Here is hoping they reach a deal soon for the sake of all the Logitech wheel owners out there. Reply +8
  • Ryse on PC won't feature micro-transactions

  • persus-9 26/09/2014

    Will be interesting to see if the default rate of progression is the same as the Xbone version sans micro-transactions. Reply 0
  • Bethesda warns: you should have 4GB of VRAM to play The Evil Within PC

  • persus-9 26/09/2014

    Of course it probably will run okay on less but in that case this just strikes me as Bethesda expressing a totally lack of confidence in their ability to get it running nicely across a range of hardware. My prediction is that this will run fine on some lower mid-range systems and terribly on others but if you buy this game without having 4GB of VRAM then Bethesda are going to hang you out to dry. They'll shrug and say you shouldn't have bought it when your system didn't meet the recommended specs.

    Can't say I'd have bought it anyway since it doesn't look like my cup to tea but I definitely wouldn't touch it now. Not until it dropped to a price where I was happy to accept that I was gambling as to whether or not it would work or not.
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  • persus-9 26/09/2014

    According to the Steam hardware survey 1.64% of PCs running Steam have 4GB of VRAM. Why the heck would you go to the trouble of releasing a PC port if you aren't going to bother making it compatible with 98% of the hardware out there? Reply +30
  • Only 0.5% of Hearthstone players reach Legend rank

  • persus-9 19/09/2014

    I wonder what percentage of players just build their own decks and don't bother reading online strategy guides. That is what put me off Hearthstone really. It seems like the interesting strategy is mostly in deck building but judging by the coverage it seems expected that most players will copy their deck from a guide. On the other hand coverage is naturally tilted towards players who read a lot about it on the internet so there probably is a large underclass of players who just play the game and try to work things out through experience rather than reading about the game. Reply +10
  • What next for Minecraft on PlayStation?

  • persus-9 18/09/2014

    I can't see why Sony wouldn't welcome Microsoft publishing on PlayStation. They're competitors, sure, but I doubt either is looking to completely bankrupt the other, they just want to force them out of the hardware market. So what different does it make if the publisher's share of the money from a title goes to Microsoft or some other publisher? Such profits aren't going to keep Microsoft making Xbones if the Xbones numbers aren't adding up. Reply 0
  • Microsoft to buy Mojang for $2 billion - report

  • persus-9 10/09/2014

    I've always been critical of big corporations as well but I'd sell Minecraft for $2 bil. It is insane money. And Minecraft is so huge it must be an absolute pain in the arse to own it. If I put myself in Notch's position and think about the hate he got just because Mojang clamped down on the item selling rules. A deal like this seems like his chance to leave all that stress and hate behind.

    It isn't like it would be an immoral move. What evil can Microsoft do with Minecraft? They can ruin the game of course but in the grand scheme of things that isn't a lot of evil. What good can Notch do with $2,000,000,000 in his pocket? Well quite a lot if he put his mind to it.
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  • Editor's blog: About the Destiny review

  • persus-9 08/09/2014

    That does sounds very reasonable of Bungie. Unlike the situation with The Sims 4 which as a primarily offline single-player game was, I'm guessing, not sent out for review prior to release for no other reason than because it is a bit shit. Reply 0
  • Where did all the strategy go?

  • persus-9 07/09/2014

    The mainstream FPS genre has progressed in such a disappointing fashion for the last few years. Restricting its imagination to lobbing little lumps of lead around in the name of realism and yet at the same time providing none of the interesting depth and edge that actual realism can provide. Still, I think there is hope. Games like Titanfall and CoD:AW are starting to shrug off realism in favour of futuristic fun (although nowhere near not enough for my liking as yet). Hopefully there'll be others who take it the other way and provide us with more hardcore thoughtful thrills again as well. Reply +1
  • Editor's blog: A brief note about "GamerGate"

  • persus-9 03/09/2014

    I fully support Eurogamer's stance on this. I find it notable that every fact given by those opposed to this harassment checks out and many of those given by the mob of self-identified "gamers" do not.

    I thought I was a gamer. I've been playing games more or less obsessively for over 25 years and I've been part of the online community of gamers for something over 15 years. Now I find that at some point I've become surround by a bunch of whiny misogynistic dickheads. These people do not speak for me. The non-inclusive identity they have built up around gaming culture is something I want no part of.

    So to anyone painting this as a battle between gamers and some other malevolent force: damn you. You don't speak for me and you've no right to take the term gamer and hang a 'no girls' sign on it. At the same time damn the term gamer. I can't hang a sign on it saying 'no dickheads' and there seem to be a heck of a lot of dickheads clustered around it right now so I guess it is time to just start ignoring it entirely.
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  • persus-9 03/09/2014

    @BDL1980 I was also watching it live and there were hundreds of entries pouring in as MrTomFTW has said. I myself submitted a couple of entries questioning the morality of the doxxing that made it onto the blog so I know for a fact the e-mail system was the mechanism at work in posting the majority of those entries. Reply 0
  • Why we need more developers like Zoe Quinn

  • persus-9 30/08/2014

    Startling how many people don't seem to understand the concept of clickbait. This is not clickbait, this is just an article likely to attract a lot of clicks (oh the horror!). Clickbait is a headline that baits the viewer into clicking, usually by inspiring curiosity by promising some sort of revelation is present in the feature ("Something something you won't believe what happened next!"). You could give this article a clickbait title easily enough for example "The thing we should be saying about Zoe Quinn..." (OMG what will it say?! *click*) or "We need more more developers like her" (OMG Who?! Who?! *click*). The title of this article is just a fair description of its subject matter which is exactly what a title should be. It is not clickbait.

    You might not like it because you feel that it wouldn't have been written were it not for the fact it will predictably get a lot of clicks purely because of internet drama. I doubt that criticism is fair but EG have definitely left themselves open to it and I think that is the meat of what people are trying to say when they say this is "clickbait" but what it isn't is clickbait and if people say it is then they're abusing the term which will only weaken it and make it harder to call out the utter rubbish that is actual clickbait which to my mind makes them part of the problem.
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  • inFamous: First Light review

  • persus-9 26/08/2014

    Well it at least sounds more fun and interesting than most Fetch quests. Reply +1
  • Ubisoft: only "vocal minority" complains about number of Assassin's Creed games

  • persus-9 14/08/2014

    I find one AssCreed game every two or three years is enough for me. I've yet to play AssBro for this very reason. Still it seems a bit odd to complain about them releasing too many. They're single player so they don't go off if you don't play them right away, they just get cheaper to buy. Reply +2
  • Microsoft confirms Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox exclusivity deal "has a duration"

  • persus-9 13/08/2014

    @DrStrangelove I reckon that, legally, yes, he has only mentioned the franchise. I strongly suspect that there is a clause in the contract (that Microsoft probably demanded) that says they can't mention the duration of the exclusivity of the game and Microsoft could be in breach of contract with Square Enix if he referred to it directly.

    But like many people have said, if it wasn't a timed exclusive they would be shouting it from the rooftops rather than squirming about giving strange answers about the franchise in response to straightforward questions about the game like this.
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  • persus-9 13/08/2014

    Interesting that they've confirmed this. I can't believe it was the original plan to admit that it is timed but they're perhaps getting faster at doing those 180s in the face of bad publicity they've been practising so hard. Probably that and the realisation that almost everyone who cares if it is timed or not had already seen through their marketing speak. Reply +13
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider is coming to both Xbox One and Xbox 360

  • persus-9 13/08/2014

    Not a surprise but looks like a bad weird decision from Microsoft. The point of this exclusive is surely to drive Xbox One sales. Obviously Square Enix will want to do a 360 version but I'd have thought if it was worth Microsoft's money to pay them to stay away from PS3, PS4 and PC it would be worth coughing up the extra to make them stay away from the 360 as well. I honestly can't see why this would push anyone to upgrade now. £350 extra for the same game but with better hair or whatever? No, thanks mate. Reply +4
  • Quantum Break gameplay footage debuts at Gamescom

  • persus-9 12/08/2014

    @Huron1 According to Kotatu there are going to be three playable characters so no need to give up hope of someone interesting just yet.

    http://kotaku.com/quantum-breaks-creator-says-its-tv-game-hybrid-makes-p-512948212
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  • Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusive to Xbox One

  • persus-9 12/08/2014

    @robthehermit Well I would. Exclusives just suck whoever has them. I want all the games on all the platforms unless there is actually a decent reason like a difference in controller. Reply +13
  • persus-9 12/08/2014

    All the tumblr says is
    As you may have seen, we’ve just announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider, coming Holiday 2015, is exclusively on Xbox.
    I see no reason to believe those aren't weasel worlds. I'll waiting to see if there will be a similar game called "Rise of the Tomb Raider: Definite Edition" coming to PC in Autumn 2016. And I've very patient about these things. I'm still waiting for Red Dead Redemption.

    EDIT: The more I think about it the more the sentence screams timed exclusive to me. Saying that an unreleased product something "is" exclusively on any platform is pretty vacuous. If they'd said it "will be" exclusive to Xbox One that would imply something meaningful about the future. If they'd said "it won't be released on any other platforms in any other editions the future" then I'd have been convinced. Saying it "is exclusively on Xbox", those are weasel words. I can't think of any reason why you'd use such weasel words unless it is in fact a timed exclusive.
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  • Microsoft's Gamescom 2014 briefing

  • persus-9 12/08/2014

    Quantum Break looks awesome to me (I'm such a Sam Lake fanboy) but even if this and Tomb Raider are real exclusives and never comes to PC I don't really want to reward Microsoft for screwing over PC like that. Reply 0
  • 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.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YCZ734RshPA
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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