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  • Sony to sell Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition on a disc

  • sanctusmortis 18/09/2014

    Pretty sure that if anything at all the only change will be on the Mojang screen it'll say "A Microsoft Studio". Reply +1
  • What next for Minecraft on PlayStation?

  • sanctusmortis 18/09/2014

    @PSfourskin pretty much this. I also expect, however, they'll bring people in to help clean up the code and build a better PC launcher, as these are things Jeb has been talking about for a long time. Reply +1
  • sanctusmortis 18/09/2014

    Seeing as Microsoft already produces software that's on Sony platforms, and doesn't "gimp" them in any way... I assume that'll just be the case with this. Money is money, no matter the source. Heck, maybe the deal MS struck with BBC to get Doctor Who skins will now come to all viable platforms, and not just the 360/XBO as previously arranged? Reply +7
  • Ridiculous AirVR headset straps a mobile device to your face

  • sanctusmortis 18/09/2014

    @gizmo for movies, try Pacific Rim, Hugo and Epic. Yes, I didn't say that film, because everyone knows that's good in 3D. Reply 0
  • Hyrule Warriors review

  • sanctusmortis 17/09/2014

    @SuperSoupy that is THE best GIF I have ever seen. Thanks for that. Reply +7
  • Sony quadruples forecast loss for financial year

  • sanctusmortis 17/09/2014

    @ShiftyGeezer the reason it works for Samsung and not Sony is the same reason it'd work for Apple: the name is known for being a solid range of phones (YMMV on that, but generally to the public) so people would buy for the name. Sony's just not synonymous with "quality" to a lot of people any more, but it is with "expensive". Until they are, they should do a HTC. Reply +3
  • sanctusmortis 17/09/2014

    Sony still has a huge, scattered portfolio of technology that they charge a large premium for. That large premium, to me, is the issue. I mean, they make Android tablets that cost the same as iPads. Don't do that, you fools. The successful Android tablets are affordable, light and small. Or made by Samsung, but that's an aside. Charging 400 for a tablet in the market today is suicide.

    And yeah, hitting us with a little nostalgia wouldn't hurt. Build a cheap (150) Moto G competitor that takes Micro SD and has a media remote on the headset, people will like that. I loved my W850i back in the day (about 07/08) and it seems like that's the last generation of phone that was relatively successful. I mean, the Satio (their N95 competitor) was an utter mess (thanks Symbian) and since then it's only got worse. The Z was a turning point, but it looked like a slightly bevelled glass block.

    Oh yeah, and take whoever designed the x9000b series TVs outside and throw his stuff out with him. It's just not pretty.
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  • Microsoft buys Mojang and Minecraft for $2.5bn

  • sanctusmortis 16/09/2014

    @ziggy_played_guitar imagine people having opinions! Wow! What bastards. Reply 0
  • sanctusmortis 15/09/2014

    There already was before the purchase; if anything this increases the likelihood such deals benefit every version as now the deal is between IP holder and MS instead of IP/Mojang/platform. Reply 0
  • sanctusmortis 15/09/2014

    @landlock don't forget Project Spark, which may get Minecraft content now... Reply 0
  • sanctusmortis 15/09/2014

    @sid-6581 with Lego Minecraft kits just about to announce and one of the biggest ranges of merch I've ever seen for an indie game, there's plenty of revenue being made on Minecraft still, trust me.

    Plus, there's a ton of things that plague the PC issue that are simply money and time issues; the code is a jumbled mess, hence 1.8 taking so long, there are still missing features that need implementing, and there's currently a HUGE performance hole. If this money lets them finally sort out the big problems they've had to ignore, then who can really complain?
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  • sanctusmortis 15/09/2014

    Well, on the positive side, maybe that fat stack of cash means they FINALLY clean the code up and make the modding interface they've promised since Alpha available. Reply +2
  • US Xbox One sales rise but PlayStation 4 still top

  • sanctusmortis 12/09/2014

    @globalisateur a lot of US stores wouldn't allow you to bundle Destiny (Target didn't for sure, IIRC) because that's the one game they know will sell anyhow. Reply +1
  • sanctusmortis 12/09/2014

    @grassyknoll When you're comparing launch periods, what else CAN matter? You sir are the enemy of points. The anti-point. The exact opposite point TO the point, nega-point if you will.

    Point.
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  • sanctusmortis 12/09/2014

    @grassyknoll uh, the dotted green line's the 360, not the solid blue line. It's been 25% better month for month on average. That is what that graph actually shows. You should try doing more than glancing. Reply +4
  • sanctusmortis 12/09/2014

    @grassyknoll but when ALL of the data says it's outselling, you can't just pout and ignore it! They're BOTH doing better, largely because in these days of annual iPad upgrades what's 350 on something you won't be replacing for years? Reply +2
  • sanctusmortis 12/09/2014

    @ipar Activision is not in the business of full exclusivity. They believe that money's platform agnostic, like they should. Reply +1
  • sanctusmortis 12/09/2014

    @Psiloc but the BD drive's already a laptop drive, the chips are the size they are forever (you can't shrink the CPU/GPU this time, they're already integrated as an APU) - all they can do is externalise the PSU and shrink the fan. That's the thing with their current design, it's bloody efficient, but leaves very little room to improve on.

    Ironically, there were rumours they were announcing PS4 slim at E3 this year, which surely is the dumbest rumour ever. Those same sources now claim it is "already in manufacturing" and will be launched "the second they lose competitive advantage", which by current numbers is the PS5 launch!
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  • sanctusmortis 12/09/2014

    @chuck_bone you realise they both use the same components pretty much bar the casing, yes? The boards for both, IIRC, are Foxconn, and all the chips are the same company. It's pretty much casing and the fan that separates them.

    As for the idea of "more efficient PSUs" - unless they go digital (twice as expensive as standard options) the only option is to go external. Which you lot (by which I mean the people who seem to expect "winners" in a consumer market - do you do this over microwaves and washing machines too?) all seem to think is some kind of huge evil.
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  • sanctusmortis 12/09/2014

    @chuck_bone re: "PS4 is a beautifully designed console" - that's a problem for Sony, not MS.

    How many PS3 versions did Sony release last generation? Think on that for a second. You've seen the shots of the PS4 internally; what can they do, honestly, this time? There's no space to be made, unless they get rid of that already miniscule cooling fan and make the PSU external.

    MS meanwhile have a ton of room to shrink the machine and slough things off, driving manufacturing costs down later. They can off the Kinect connector, the second HDMI, and that HUGE internal cavity they kept for air circulation and cooling.

    It'll be an interesting generation, for sure.
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  • sanctusmortis 12/09/2014

    I'd be surprised if there wasn't a massive surge of XBO sales this Xmas, purely from kids getting one to port their 360 Minecraft sales from. That sounds crazy, I know, but dropping my kids off at school today I've already heard kids talking about it. Sad but true.

    I might finally go next gen soon, too, because the wife's now interested in one. I couldn't hear her properly for the excited babbling, but I think it may be Dragon Age Inquisition having co-op that did it (her best friend's got an XBO too). My new PC just keeps getting pushed back...
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  • Nintendo of Europe is offering a free game for registering your 3DS with select titles

  • sanctusmortis 11/09/2014

    @Toothball next year, IIRC. Reply +2
  • The Walking Dead next-gen retail release dated for October

  • sanctusmortis 11/09/2014

    But have they finally fixed the Season One saves bug that wiped your progress at random every few episodes? Reply +2
  • Destiny thrills, but the big picture rings hollow

  • sanctusmortis 10/09/2014

    So, I watched someone do the "last story mission" (in quotes because hey, they could be wrong) and it looked, well, soulless and empty. Like, fight 3 bosses one after each other, hooray, cutscene, now go do raids and crucible for legendary gear. Not even credits. I also watched a level 23 character on a raid against a huge boss, and it was basically "hide behind object, shoot weak spot".

    I guess, despite playing the beta and feeling like it wasn't for me, I just expected better from Bungie. I mean, Halo's been some of my favourite gaming time, be it the hundreds of hours playing Halo 2 on a very young and very sparse Xbox Live, to the thrill of getting Annual with 3 other EGers in Halo 3, to the muted Halo 4 that just lacked that certain spark of something. I hoped this would have that missing thing, but it seems so... soulless.
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  • Microsoft to buy Mojang for $2 billion - report

  • sanctusmortis 10/09/2014

    @frunk they're buying into the HUGE merch machine. My son has 2 Minecraft posters, a "chest" to keep his 360 accessories in, a foam diamond sword, Creeper plushie... there's 6 Lego Minecraft sets out in the next 6 months, 4 "Micro World" sets out already, and no sign of the game losing popularity amongst schoolkids at all. Reply +4
  • The Sims 4 review

  • sanctusmortis 10/09/2014

    Oh, and anyone interested can get it for under 30 for the LE (not the Digital Deluxe, which is the one with the OST) just by looking at CD key sites. Never buy directly from Origin! Reply +1
  • sanctusmortis 10/09/2014

    Hey, if they can just fix the issues that 3 had, and integrate the ability to get UGC and new stuff? That's a win. Everything else is just set decoration. Reply 0
  • EA is removing Ray Rice from Madden 15 following NFL suspension

  • sanctusmortis 10/09/2014

    @DreadedWalrus IIRC he got served a short ban. Both his sentences, where at least 2 people died for his actions, were parole terms and fines, so he got wrist slapped. So yeah, I imagine this is less moral and more "updating rosters to reflect reality". Reply 0
  • sanctusmortis 10/09/2014

    Yet they never removed Leonard Little, who got DUI'd and Vehicular Manslaughter, TWICE, and never served a single day of jail because sportsball trumps justice apparently. And he's just one of many. Reply +5
  • Gang Beasts Early Access review

  • sanctusmortis 10/09/2014

    I really feel, after the DayZ stuff recently and now this, people are failing to grasp what "Early Access" is. Put simply: you play QA code, give feedback, and that cuts down the overheads for indies. You're not, as many seem to think, playing the game. The game's not there yet. You're helping devs test code to make decisions about a finalised product, which you will get for your purchase. Reply +3
  • Latest Humble Bundle includes Papers, Please, Gone Home and Luftrausers

  • sanctusmortis 10/09/2014

    I'd be getting it for two games, so I'm going to wait until they add the bonus games to see if it's worth it. For anyone who's not played Gunpoint, Papers Please, Gone Home and Prison Architect? This should be a no brainer. $8 is about 5, so I think every game costs more than that alone. Reply -1
  • For Sony, Destiny is the first-party PlayStation 4 game it needs this Christmas

  • sanctusmortis 09/09/2014

    @Astroguy I can assure you, no sleep will be lost over it. Reply 0
  • sanctusmortis 09/09/2014

    @videogangs the logic is that the game doesn't look massively different between generations, and if anything it'll make that sale harder.

    Plus, the assumedly huge sum Sony paid didn't get exclusivity, which sets a precedent for platform holders paying out huge chunks to do this (which, being honest, they've done for years - see Assassins Creed ads of old, FIFA ads, etc) with little actual content to reward gamers.

    All of this bought exclusivity is a bad for for us, the pad-holders, because it takes away choice and diverts money from real, actual exclusives that are worth getting.
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  • sanctusmortis 09/09/2014

    This worries me, a lot. Because, frankly, it doesn't matter how much Sony wants to treat it like it's first party, it isn't - and I'd bet a large if not largest portion of people playing will be 360 players. Nobody who walks into a shop to get the PS4 bundle who sees it on the other platforms is going to think "well, may as well still buy a PS4 bundle" when they can play it on what they already own, no matter how different it looks. They're throwing money at Activision who will gladly take it and use it to no helpful effect.

    It also worries me because that sounds a lot like MS' timed exclusive strategy, and that's truly a pile of crap that truly withered the amount of games worth getting on 360 in its later years. I mean, why get first party developers to make true exclusives when you can just buy access to other games?
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  • Failed Yogventures Kickstarter backers given Landmark key

  • sanctusmortis 09/09/2014

    The problem here, really, is that people threw money at a group of people who, let's be honest, have had a bit of a cloud following them for a while. The MineCon issues with Notch, their rather dubious methods of raising funds, feuds with several prominent Youtubers who stream games... who in the world thought giving them $10k would be a great idea? Reply +2
  • Editor's blog: About the Destiny review

  • sanctusmortis 08/09/2014

    @Uncompetative they're co-op'ing it, just Arthur and Phil who's reviewing. As I'd likely have to play through alone, the reliance on friends being on to make it fun is really putting me off. Reply +1
  • sanctusmortis 08/09/2014

    @Demo_Graphics81 so you didn't see that it was a 4chan raid, and Zoe's already handed over a ton of evidence to the FBI then? You should get on that. Reply +1
  • sanctusmortis 08/09/2014

    Watching Polygon streaming it on Twitch at the minute, and it's doing nothing to quell my fears from the beta that it's just an unfunny Borderlands. It just looks... dull. Reply +4
  • A eulogy for Halo 3's Epitaph, a spotlight on Blackout

  • sanctusmortis 08/09/2014

    Yeah, Halo 3 single player's massively forgettable.

    Hey guys, remember our Annual run? Where we had to redo the bit at the end on the back of Ghosts a ton of times because we couldn't resist the urge to nudge evilashchris to his doom? Or when we unlocked the Ghosts and proceeded to plow into each other when we got on them, leading to a team wipe so that person could respawn? Or how bloody long it took us to climb that pyramid-esque structure, as there's so many Flood and not a lot of ammo?

    Yeah, forgettable.
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  • Digital Foundry vs Dead Rising 3 on PC

  • sanctusmortis 07/09/2014

    Get used to this for about another year, sadly; it's not really porting when you just export it across to PC. There's little to no optimisation being done, so hardware requirements are just silly, frankly, and as this and Watch_Dogs show it's going to be rather rough for system builders to get it right. Reply 0
  • The Sims 4 pirated copies include censoring "glitch"

  • sanctusmortis 05/09/2014

    @Vorflynn out today. Reply 0
  • sanctusmortis 05/09/2014

    @AgentDaleCooper they renamed the launcher from TS4.par to thesims4.par and this doesn't happen, so it clearly didn't work very well. Reply 0
  • The Room Three will tear you apart next spring

  • sanctusmortis 03/09/2014

    Oh man, I'm intrigued as to where they go after the ending to Room Two (finished both, some of the best time spent on my mobile). Reply +2
  • Five talking points from Diablo 3's 2.1 patch

  • sanctusmortis 03/09/2014

    Still not had a Greater Rift. Killed Greed, the retooled entry to Nephalem Rifts is fantastic, and I haven't touched Seasons (not my idea of fun). But, man - what a patch. Only Blizzard can re-tool a game so effectively with a patch. Such a MASSIVE contrast to how much 1.8 has broken Minecraft, how mods work, and generally made a headache for the community. Reply 0
  • Minecraft's latest PC update has taken nearly a year to develop

  • sanctusmortis 02/09/2014

    Crikey, the new render engine hits performance HARD. Down to 15FPS.

    Also: It never fails to amaze me they haven't dumped Java yet and switched to Unity. It'd make their porting so much easier, and it'd be less system crushing.
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  • Radeon R9 285 review

  • sanctusmortis 02/09/2014

    @Malek86 to be fair, everything AMD is doing right now seems like a stop-gap while they wait. Still no DDR4 supporting chipsets, AM3+ still the performance chipset despite no PCI-E 3.0 support, 5 new CPUs which are essentially APUs minus the graphics component or power efficiency retoolings...

    But still, they're always good for the money.
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  • How to transfer Diablo 3 saves to Ultimate Evil Edition

  • sanctusmortis 07/08/2014

    Console to PC would be far more welcome for me, TBH - being able to just port my 60/10 Barbarian from 360 to PC would be great. Ah well, guess I'll play it on 2 platforms again! Reply 0
  • Xbox One Digital TV Tuner dated and priced

  • sanctusmortis 07/08/2014

    TBH this and a Netflix subscription's a damn good setup for a student or young people starting out. Reply +4
  • Titanfall: Frontier's Edge review

  • sanctusmortis 03/08/2014

    @Bill_P no, you're a fascist for attempting a dogmatic control of the media, rather than simply avoiding the parts that don't interest you. You're also attempting a strawman argument by implying everyone else has taken an extreme view, rather than simply suggesting you don't look at things that don't interest you.

    I don't have a definition, by the way; the OED does.
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  • sanctusmortis 02/08/2014

    @Bill_P you're trying to lecture a politics student on fascism? Man! You sir, have your head up your ass.

    Fascism is defined as: an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization. How exactly is pointing out that coming onto a review for a thing you don't see why it should be reviewed that other people do and saying it shouldn't be reviewed, and others telling you to just not look at it next time, them being fascist? By its definition, you would be the fascist! You want the things you don't agree with removed, rather than to just ignore them!

    You need to get off the net more, man.
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