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  • Capcom re-releasing Street Fighter 2 on a SNES cart with one hell of a safety warning

  • secombe 31/08/2017

    To be fair I think my original Atari 7800 power supply is a fire risk, gets seriously hot. I guess three decades of use will do that. Reply 0
  • Project Cars 2 sets new standards for the racing genre

  • secombe 14/08/2017

    Loved everything about Project Cars apart from ever getting the controller working well.

    I quickly returned to Forza, whilst it may not have the nuanced handling it just works beautifully on a pad and feels right.
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  • DF Retro: we play every single Sega 32X game

  • secombe 13/08/2017

    As mistakes go in my younger years this was a biggie. The Mega Drive was simply good enough without the need for the CD or 32X.

    Filed with the Panasonic Q in the 'seemed like a good thing to waste my money on at the time' section of my life.
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  • How I programmed Final Fantasy 12 to help me meet an impossible deadline

  • secombe 29/07/2017

    I guess the best reviewers can get past the inherent soul destroying nature of the job and still objectively assess a game. Can't say it's for me though.

    Mark Kermode is always quite open about the movie review procedure, screenings are put on (usually over two days) in London, so every single week it's two solid days of back to back movies (often 8 in a week). That's an entirely different mindset to enjoying a maybe once weekly night out to watch a movie.

    There's no practical away around it I guess, but the life of a reviewer seems awfully removed from the way most of us consume this stuff.
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  • PlayStation Plus price hike announced for Europe

  • secombe 28/07/2017

    Ah well, cancelled. Reply +1
  • Sports Direct buys chunk of GAME

  • secombe 13/07/2017

    UPDATE: Mike Ashley left fuming after his pre-order of 44m GAME shares was cancelled at the last minute. A spokesperson for the retailer blamed Nintendo for allocating less shares than had been anticipated to fulfill his order. Reply +53
  • eBay takes on SNES mini scalpers, pulls listings

  • secombe 06/07/2017

    This is a non-issue, surely? It's just delaying the inevitable and perfectly legal way our society works. Demand outstrips supply, price goes up.

    It's 100% the fault of Nintendo for not making enough of them, if there is a subset of society who can legally make a few quid out of that then fair play to them. They are not the problem as there is no legal way of stopping them doing it without opening a huge can of worms that would go to the very core of how are society works.

    Porsche are my favourite example of playing into the hands of scalpers/flippers, but they seem to do it intentionally to drive up the value of the brand.
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  • Sega's back catalogue is headed to mobile with Sega Forever

  • secombe 21/06/2017

    Release Psycho Fox and I'll buy one of those controller attachments and be happy forever. Reply +1
  • FIFA 18 on Nintendo Switch is the best portable FIFA ever

  • secombe 11/06/2017

    They'll never say it now, but the second FIFA Switch game will surely have 'Legacy' in the title. Reply +1
  • FIFA 17 played on three monitors is a beautiful game

  • secombe 13/04/2017

    Why would you not want the ball to remain on the centre screen? Seems to offer the best balance of peripheral vision and it being comfortable to view as it is.

    Even for a corner you can see well beyond the halfway line, so it's not an issue.
    Reply +3
  • Thimbleweed Park review

  • secombe 31/03/2017

    I listened to the first episode of Night Vale on my way home today off the back of this. I love a bit of quirkiness but that's 22 minutes my ears will never get back. Reply 0
  • Switch loading times tested: MicroSD vs carts and internal storage

  • secombe 17/03/2017

    @Buzzy42 Interesting comment about Sandisk cards, generally speaking in professional photography circles Sandisk is one of the few brands that are relied upon.

    There are so many fakes out there though.
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  • Why Nintendo Switch games are ending up more expensive

  • secombe 14/03/2017


    " Anything more than 50 for one game is crazy money."

    Amusingly we were paying up to around 50 for mainstream cartridge games back in the 16-bit era. Relatively speaking we've never had it so good.

    Adjusted for inflation I paid 70 for Sonic 2, 82 for NBA Jam Drive and 125 for Virtua Racing 'back in the day' on my Mega Drive.
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  • Here's our first look at FIFA on Switch

  • secombe 15/02/2017

    Are we giving it one year or two before future FIFA games on Switch have 'Legacy' in the title? Reply +6
  • Project Cars 2 officially breaks cover, will support 12K and VR

  • secombe 09/02/2017

    Pedant Mode:

    It's Vulcan, not Vulkan
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  • The rebellious rise of road trip games

  • secombe 05/02/2017

    I was 10 years too early, clearly...
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  • Lego Dimensions gets Goonies, Lego City and Hermione in May

  • secombe 03/02/2017


    That figure alone will probably be worth the same amount as the Team Pack. Quite an interesting market as licensed minifigs completely unrelated to existing Lego sets are coming onto the market.

    I've seen complaints about the cost of Dimensions, but if you're only interested in the game you can pretty much play it for almost no outlay by selling the minifigs. It works the other way round too, Lego collectors buy the packs, keep the Minifig and just sell the discs.

    I bought the Starter Pack for 40 and sold Wonderwoman alone for 25.
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  • secombe 03/02/2017

    Got this for Christmas and stunned by how much content there is. Even the team packs have lovely big worlds to explore with loads to do. I've spent more time on team pack worlds than I have playing the actual levels.

    The Gremlins world is superb, so many details and easter eggs.
    Reply +1
  • Super Bomberman R for Nintendo Switch costs 50, Konami says

  • secombe 19/01/2017

    Trying to find a positive...

    Paid 39.99 for Mega Bomberman on MegaDrive in 1994. Inflation wise we're doing pretty well.
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  • Developer admits "we screwed it" after game website exposes review blacklist threat

  • secombe 18/01/2017

    I don't get this 'we're only small, please don't knock us' mentality in the gaming industry.

    Bedroom music producers are judged no differently than a track produced at Abbey Road, small indie movies compete on a level playing field with $200m studio epics.
    Reply +3
  • Making a game out of running

  • secombe 16/01/2017

    @hairy_yan Similar here, started at 34 (last March) after not running since I was 16. I stopped 3 times running that first mile and a bit and it was so, so tough. On December 27th I did a 13 mile 1000ft elevation change trail run (having only run 8 miles before) and honestly, it was still easier than that first mile and a half last March.

    Like you say: couch to 1K = Brutal. After that it gets surprisingly doable. I found the transition from 5k to 10k absolutely seamless and pretty easy, 10k to Half Marathon also pretty reasonable.

    I've found hills are a huge help in improving performance efficiently (i.e. without spending hours out running), particularly if you don't like running very fast to improve your ability. They do hurt a bit, though.
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  • secombe 16/01/2017

    @Percinho Absolutely. Zombies, Run! helped me initially but I hate running with headphones on, so gave up in the end. I'm not sure how the Apple Watch version works but I'd take a smart watch that motivates me to pick up the pace occasionally as well as Zombies, Run! manages quite happily, I can take or leave the story aspect.

    Run an Empire is interesting in that you can just set it off and forget about it whilst your running (and use it at races where no headphones are banned), which is why it appealed to me, but it didn't take long for me to tire of needing to run specific loops to make the most of it.

    I think the problem for those trying to gamify it is that Strava probably does what anyone would be looking for in an app already.
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  • secombe 15/01/2017

    I deleted Run an Empire after a few weeks, the fundamental issue is that it's a running app that forces you to run in a certain way (unlike Zombies Run which integrates seemlessly with whatever you're doing).

    Also, I'm in Wiltshire. I was the only one taking any territory for about 20 miles in any direction! Probably works quite nicely in London or a city, not so much out in the sticks unless it becomes seriously popular.

    On a general note, I can't recommend parkrun enough, it's pretty much what got me from those horrible early 2 mile slogs up to half marathon distance, I started last April with a 34 minute run and recorded a 25 minute PB in November. Secondly, 10k trail races are fantastic fun. I don't think I will ever be a seriously quick runner and I don't enjoy road running much, so trails are brilliant as they completely take focus off of PBs (very few events are comparable). It's much better for your body (softer ground) and great fun, particularly in winter when you just have to embrace the mud! I did the Bath Skyline 10k today, complete mud bath, I was giggling all the way round.
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  • Switch clicks in the hands, but on paper, it's in trouble

  • secombe 13/01/2017

    Why are Nintendo not throwing (relatively small amounts of) cash at talented indie developers for their hardware? Sure they won't be system sellers in their own right, but the their quirky platforms and scope for innovative gameplay ideas seem perfectly suited for some low risk low budget indie games. Reply +1
  • UK online shop says it will honour 198.50 Nintendo Switch pre-orders

  • secombe 13/01/2017


    Well to be fair to the 1000 that did this, it's a rare case of a pre-order actually paying off. No way you're going to find a Switch anywhere near 200 until at least November, I imagine.

    I thought the margins on consoles were insanely small (i.e. under 10%), so Gameseek will lose money on this.
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  • Nintendo's precarious reveal runs risk of Switching off fans

  • secombe 13/01/2017

    You've got to be a seriously hardcore fan to be an early adopter or pre-orderer with this.

    No new exclusive games of note at launch (if you're a big fan just buy Zelda on the Wii U), a price which will surely drop relatively quickly, and an online service which sounds like it won't even be up and running anywhere near launch in the UK at launch anyhow.

    Would be genuinely interested to hear from anyone with a pre-order and what they're hoping to get from it early on.
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  • EA returns to Nintendo with FIFA for Switch

  • secombe 13/01/2017

    One custom release for 2017 followed by a few years of Legacy Editions, it is then. Reply +3
  • New year's resolution: Let's stop screaming

  • secombe 08/01/2017

    @-Gemini73- The thing is, many companies, councils, organisations etc are comfortably as bad as developers when it comes to treatment of customers etc, and most in far more important walks of life than a hobby to spend disposable income on. Most people direct complaints as appropriate and where possible vote with their wallets and go elsewhere. That simply doesn't happen with gaming, you get harassment, death threats, then a few months later those same people buy the next product released by that company (because they can't help themselves and don't want to miss out) and the cycle continues. Reply 0
  • secombe 08/01/2017

    It's interesting that in many industries people protest by doing what hits the companies they have an issue with the hardest, they boycott the product. Gamers are simply incapable of doing that, they buy it anyway then send death threats to developers because it's not quite what they expected.

    Gaming is in a truly depressing state due to a not insignificant minority taking things way, way too far.
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  • Planet Coaster dev Frontier sues RollerCoaster Tycoon World maker Atari

  • secombe 03/01/2017

    Ah Atari, how can a company with access to such a great IP over the years have managed to make such a mess of it. Between this and intentionally piggy-backing off of Planet Coaster they're doing a pretty good job of ridding themselves of any good will they may have had left. Reply +15
  • Eurogamer readers' top 50 games of 2016

  • secombe 01/01/2017

    Nice to see No Man's Sky make it, those like me who really enjoyed it were pretty much drowned out by all the shenanigans, but strip that away and there is still a lovely game underneath (if you like that sort of thing). Reply +14
  • No Man's Sky changed the video game hype train forever

  • secombe 27/12/2016

    I don't think the changes are a good thing. It's all only really relevant if you pre-order or somehow have nothing better to do than get caught up in the hype train for a game.

    Consider game purchases once they're actually out and nothing has or needs to change.
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  • F1 goes 8-bit in the amazing official season review

  • secombe 12/12/2016

    Bravo, it turns out FoM do have a sense of humour...and a media team. Reply +7
  • Eurogamer reader's top 50 games of 2016 voting

  • secombe 09/12/2016

    I think it's fair to say my top 5 won't be repeated...

    1. Firewatch
    2. Dirt Rally
    3. No Man's Sky
    4. Absolute Drift: Zen Edition
    5. F1 2016
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  • Pewdiepie hits 50m subscribers, claims he'll delete channel today

  • secombe 09/12/2016

    The Youtuber generation is the first thing that has made me feel old and out of touch (I'm 34 and have been gaming since the Atari 7800).

    I ask my 10 year nephew who is famous...he lists a load of Youtube stars I've never heard of. I'm sure he spends more time watching games than playing them.

    Anyway, massively impressed that such young people have been able to monetise it to that extent. Regardless of what people think of them some of them clearly have solid marketing/business acumen.
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  • Sources: Nintendo Switch will have GameCube Virtual Console support

  • secombe 08/12/2016

    Rights issues will no doubt stop these happening, but Burnout 2 (with bonus Crash Junctions!) and Rogue Leader would make my year. Reply 0
  • Why I think big console game sales are down

  • secombe 30/11/2016

    Tis the season to milk franchises. Publishers play it safe at Christmas, hoping for big Christmas gift sales. Ironically the release window for those games now fall squarely in Black Friday territory.

    I don't know about anyone else, but for those that do want the big franchises (my nephew asked for FIFA, Battlefield and CoD for Christmas), all were bought last Friday, 135 worth of games suddenly became 87. Bit of a no-brainer.
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  • No Man's Sky studio breaks silence, announces base building and more in huge Foundation update

  • secombe 26/11/2016

    "The studio didn't confirm the full patch notes or when the patch would be released"

    The very first line of the press release says "this week"
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  • The 3D-printed Nintendo Switch is one of the best video game fakes we've seen

  • secombe 18/11/2016

    "and that you shouldn't believe everything you see on the internet, unless it comes from a trusted source."

    Ironically this comes directly above 6 little 'ad' boxes, at least two of which are flat out lies to generate clicks.
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  • Super Mario Run launches for iPhone on 15th December

  • secombe 15/11/2016

    I'm all for this. There are quite a lot of fundamentally solid games on iOS borked by microtransactions to slow them down (particularly my favoured genre, world builders).

    I'd happily pay a tenner for a good game and have all the 'wait 6 weeks to harvest 3 more gems to unlock the next upgrade'...or pay 5 a time nonsense.
    Reply +4
  • Watch: Seven minigames that (nearly) eclipsed the main game

  • secombe 13/11/2016

    @Nikanoru I actually had to think to remember what the main game in Super Monkey Ball was, we spent all our time on the multiplayer mini-games, back when multiplayer meant sat in a room together. Loved Monkey Target. Reply +2
  • The Wii U a failure? Far from it

  • secombe 04/11/2016

    Loved my Wii U (loading times aside) and sold it for a tenner less than I paid for it, so no complaints really.

    Nowhere near the Dreamcast in terms of output, but worth the year or so I had it.
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  • The big list of PS4 Pro-enhanced launch games

  • secombe 03/11/2016

    I believe more people (quite a lot more) own PS4s than 4K TVs in the UK (and that number will presumably dwindle further if you look at HDR).

    It would be nice, for what is therefore the majority, to know if owning a PS4 Pro is worthwhile with 'just' a 1080p screen.
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  • GT Sport on PS4 Pro will be the first Gran Turismo to accurately show Ferrari red

  • secombe 03/11/2016

    They're pulling our legs, right? I'd take a Forza release schedule (and standard) over an accurate hue any day of the week. Reply +47
  • Is being bad at games really so terrible?

  • secombe 30/10/2016

    Take a reviewer of performance cars for example, most are very talented drivers who can find the limit and extract everything out of them. The vast majority of drivers who buy the things will have nowhere near that level of talent.

    You could argue that it's better to have a slightly above average driver reviewing the cars, rather than a seasoned pro. Their experience of the car will be more closely aligned with how nearly everyone who reads that review actually drives the thing.

    Same with games really, the achievements percentage for many games suggest that the vast, vast majority do not manage to play it like a 'pro'.
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  • secombe 29/10/2016

    @goodform "Rubbish players don't know how it feels to pull off heroic feats."

    Nonsense. I suck at games but love them. For me stringing together a small kill streak on Star Wars Battlefront is a heroic and rare feat, I'm positive the feeling is no less than that of a top player who achieves something few others have. It's all relative.

    I was at parkrun today, some guy ran it in 16 minutes, a first timer female finished in 45, the joy on her face at just making it was so infectious. Her experience was no less valid, her accomplishment was probably far greater. Keeping with the running theme, there are some superb bloggers/reviewers who are very much 'middle of the pack', pace wise. I'm not aware that anyone has ever questioned their judgement or validity just because they've never come remotely close to winning a race. It doesn't surprise me that some gamers feel differently about these sorts of things though, and especially when females are involved.
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  • Nintendo fans pick apart Switch reveal video

  • secombe 24/10/2016

    Jeez, far too large a subset of the gaming community with far too much time on their hands and no idea how the real world works.

    Somebody should show them a breakdown of pretty much any car ad made today, it would blow their mind. You can film entire ads without once having the real life car anywhere near the production quite easily.
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  • GAME charges people to try PlayStation VR in its shops

  • secombe 24/10/2016

    All these 'I'll just go elsewhere' comments...where exactly?

    I can't think of anywhere vaguely local aside from Game that would likely have a demo pod for this.
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  • secombe 24/10/2016

    I'm in the position where I really need to spend 30 minutes on one to see if I can cope with it (motion sickness sufferer), something that I imagine would nearly be impossible anywhere else.

    So I kinda get what they're doing, although just a refundable deposit would surely weed out the people who just rock up and hog it all day.
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  • Sony PlayStation VR review

  • secombe 06/10/2016

    My workplace (University) is studying the effects of the various VR systems at the moment, I contributed (briefly, as it turns out!) by discovering that pretty much everything makes me very sick, very quickly.

    Will be interesting to see the final results, they were not looking pretty when I saw them.

    A shame to be locked out of a whole ecosystem, but little I can do.
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