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  • Google-developed AI teaches itself to play retro games

  • vert1go 26/02/2015

    @frunk Humans are not digital. Humans are biological. Special? Not really. We're far and away the most complex life that we're aware of though.

    We aren't simulation. We don't run on whether we're passed a 0 or 1. We feel something from that progress in a game like DK (which I play and was TG listed for). Or from losing it. A computer is just executing code. That is all it can do. There's no magical "spark" where it suddenly could ever go outside of what it is programmed to do. There is no sudden "self awareness" it can have that isn't programmed response. There just isn't.
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  • vert1go 26/02/2015

    "Given two weeks to try out Breakout, for example, the program managed to figure out strategies that not only completed levels but beat them in the quickest times - by aiming the ball up to each level's top."

    And how did it know this was a thing worth doing unless it had weighted values for certain goals?

    It's code. It cannot "learn". It can assign variables or absolutes, based on only things that are programmed in. It doesn't understand that it is doing anything. It is just maths.

    Just like any "AI".
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  • Top factor driving PS4 purchases is "better resolution" - survey

  • vert1go 26/02/2015

    Gamers buying for resolution over fun.
    *shakes head in sad disbelief*
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  • Dead or Alive 5: Last Round review

  • vert1go 25/02/2015

    So... about the blatant sexism? Reply -8
  • 3DS exploit bypasses Pokémon Shuffle microtransactions

  • vert1go 25/02/2015

    @brigadier Hours? Nope. Not unless you're counting the time you have to leave the game to let it accrue hearts again. A round of 5-15 moves barely lasts a few minutes, if you really stop to think about chains. I'd say maybe an hour or two, tops.

    It was fine up to Stage 90. Then it becomes like repeatedly hitting a brick wall. You don't have the moves and can't do enough damage to significantly even weaken the enemy there. I'm not even talking the absurdly low capture rates. It's a damage sponge - one that handily reminds you that you could give them some money for jewels and trade it for more moves to allow you to continue that fight.

    This isn't the good kind of "you can buy these to help you progress or grind on through it yourself." This is "give us money or you just cannot progress" and it has been noticed by a significant amount of people that it happens at this point.

    EDIT: I should also point out that even the IAP's do not guarantee you could progress past this point. You could pay and be stuck in the same situation anyway. Not without a significant amount being spent.
    Reply +4
  • vert1go 25/02/2015

    I can confirm that once you get to Stage 90 (Mega Mawlie) the game basically becomes impossible to progress in unless you would be willing to spend on it. Miiverse talk suggests most people find this to be the roadblock beyond which you aren't getting otherwise. And supposedly Stage 100's Mega Glalie is even worse.

    Bad, bad IAP usage. This is probably where I give up on the game.
    Reply +24
  • Fight the surveillance state in Neon Struct, the follow-up to Eldritch

  • vert1go 25/02/2015

    On related matters, Snowden, Greenwald and Laura Poitras just did a Reddit AMA recently. Figured some of you might be keeping up still;
    We are Edward Snowden, Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald from the Oscar-winning documentary CITIZENFOUR.
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  • Scram Kitty DX arrives on PS4 and Vita this week

  • vert1go 23/02/2015

    Enjoy our leftovers PS4 folks! :) Reply -11
  • Total War: Attila review

  • vert1go 20/02/2015

    If people are still finding legitimate actual issues with the new review system - which they are in a lot of cases - chances are they aren't just mentioning it for the sake of it. They're mentioning it because it matters to them. They care. They are concerned about it and trying to put that across. Reply -8
  • New Rock Band is in development for PS4 and Xbox One - report

  • vert1go 19/02/2015

    Nice to see these all these original IP's with unique and new mechanics coming to the... Ah. Reply -4
  • Here's what playable Beast Ganon looks like in Hyrule Warriors

  • vert1go 18/02/2015

    I... I see a Dark Ganon in those images. Did anyone else not notice that? :O Reply +1
  • vert1go 18/02/2015

    The sheer amount of content in Hyrule Warriors is utterly crazy - yet it still manages to keep ahead of the most obsessive playing. Months on from launch I have barely scraped through the first of the multiple adventure mode maps even now... I've not even begun attacking the bonus campaign missions or more than a few squares from the other few maps.
    Amazing, amazing value. The only rather baffling (and huge) misstep was in the Majora's Mask DLC not having Skull Kid be a playable character. I still don't understand how they went so wrong there.

    But Ganon? That gigantic Ganon? Playable? THAT is the cool kind of unexpected.
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  • Sony's big new three-year strategy bets on PS4

  • vert1go 18/02/2015

    "Sony will place the highest priority on curtailing risk and securing profits in its operation of these businesses," it said in a note issued today.
    Ah that's where they've been going wrong - all this time they've been placing the highest priority on losing money! It's so simple now!

    Reply -1
  • What's the deal with Pokémon Shuffle's microtransactions?

  • vert1go 18/02/2015

    Might I suggest EG award this game a special status alongside Recommended, Essential and Avoid; Pokecon.

    (Small grudging note; you do get 50 stars from the survey for it at least...)
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  • vert1go 18/02/2015

    I can state fairly categorically already that future play sessions will not only be a lot shorter but more frustrating too. Unless you enjoy waiting 30 minutes for another turn only to have the ridiculously low percentage of the capture rates fuck you over anyway.
    Again the overriding feeling I'm left with every play is that this game is mean. Just stingy and mean-spirited. Not things I associate with Pokemon, or want to.
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  • vert1go 18/02/2015

    Also - take the time to comment on Miiverse about how poor this is. They do read this stuff. It doesn't feel very Nintendo. It has a strong bite of meanness to it. Reply +17
  • vert1go 18/02/2015

    My temporary solution after being firmly pissed off at winning a round only to be stopped by lack of hearts from doing anything more is to leave the game in the charge cradle with wifi off, running in sleep mode overnight. The countdown still accrues hearts in sleep mode. Should be good for 5 turns I guess. Take it to the extreme and do it for a week, it's still only 35 turns thogh.
    Fortunately the thing uses very little energy (even less with wifi off), so it's sort-of-acceptable. And probably cheaper than paying for hearts and jewels.
    Reply -5
  • Super Stardust Ultra review

  • vert1go 18/02/2015

    The new system sad to say is in fact inclining me to read less reviews. To try to explain, even seeing a 6 or 7 on the old scale I would read to find out if it was something I personally might like.

    Now already I find I'm just discounting anything less than a recommended as not worth the time to read about further. After all, if a game isn't being recommended... well, isn't it fair to assume it isn't that worthwhile? There's nothing telling us in advance that hey, this has some aspect that might interest you. At least with a 6/7 there was a suggestion that *something* in the game was worthy of consideration, and worthy of taking the time to look at closer. Anyone else feeling this way..?

    I *wanted* to like the new system, but this is just how it is working out in reality already. It's not something I consciously chose to do. It just really hit me this time that it was having this effect. That it does, concerns me.
    Reply +20
  • vert1go 18/02/2015

    @Darren So if a game was technically broken but could be played, that shouldn't affect the score? Reply -2
  • Gold Mario Amiibo to be Walmart exclusive in US

  • vert1go 18/02/2015

    Blingio. Reply 0
  • New Nintendo 3DS sold 335k during EU/US launch week

  • vert1go 17/02/2015

    Launch week? It's only been out since Friday! Reply +5
  • Evolve review

  • vert1go 16/02/2015

    Conclusions which can be reached: It's a game.
    Not recommended, not essential, not avoid worthy. Just a game. Not even a summary to intrigue.

    It's kind of a problem of the new system when there's nothing to compel reading a review of an average game.
    Reply -1
  • Nintendo cancels TVii service launch in Europe

  • vert1go 16/02/2015

    TV button is also handy if you are forced to use off-TV play. Quick and easy way to change the channel or turn the volume down, etc. Reply +5
  • Rich Stanton on: Requiem for a dreamer

  • vert1go 14/02/2015

    The issue is fairly plain at this point; he'll happily exaggerate and blatantly lie for the press and attention and going by the Amiga story (sorry Peter but no I would not personally continue to lie in that or any other situation) considers this a fair and normal thing to do. He's the boy who cried wolf at this point - except minus the wolf to ironically turn out to be real and eat him alive.

    The real question is whether we can consider anything the man says to be truth.
    The real answer is that none of us really want to be the one to consider everything he says to be a lie, even now.

    How much he is playing on that for sympathy none of us can truly tell.
    Reply +1
  • New Nintendo 3DS review

  • vert1go 13/02/2015

    The only issues I have are the power button - although I am mastering the weird `power button grip` needed to press it finally - and the wifi functionality, which I think could be more convenient by placing it either at the top or bottom of the new options menu rather than having to slide it down and stop in the right place. A minor tweak but it'd be a nice alteration. Reply 0
  • vert1go 13/02/2015

    @Der_tolle_Emil It does. I've used it a lot already. And I've never in the weeks I've had the Ambassador model seen it throw "a hissy fit" with 3D either. They've called it Super Stable 3D and it lives up to that name from my experience. You forget it's there sometimes now. That's how stable it is. Reply 0
  • Raven's Cry review

  • vert1go 13/02/2015

    Avoid is the new Ellie award. Reply +9
  • The Escapists review

  • vert1go 12/02/2015

    If only there was some sort of numerical based system that allowed for prioritising how good one of these recommended games was from the others so far. Reply -36
  • Grow Home review

  • vert1go 11/02/2015

    Did the 8 key just get replaced by the Recommended key after wearing out?
    Reply -7
  • Eurogamer has dropped review scores

  • vert1go 11/02/2015

    Can we all agree that Avoid would be better considered the Ellie Gibson award for OH GOD, MAKE IT STOP gaming? Reply 0
  • vert1go 10/02/2015

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  • vert1go 10/02/2015

    In place of scores, we'll have one-line summaries for every review, and a new recommendation system whereby some, but not all games will be considered Recommended, Essential or Avoid.

    So those are our 8-10 and 5 or below markers.

    It's a good think Knack already has a score or we'd need to add BURN WITH FIRE to that.
    Reply -59
  • Ubisoft's unreleased, finished Wii U game revealed

  • vert1go 10/02/2015

    Bullet dodged. Reply +4
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate review

  • vert1go 10/02/2015

    @Dizzy If the majority of customers would potentially be facing a poorer experience, that doesn't matter? Reply 0
  • vert1go 10/02/2015

    @Jonamok The MH games are known to demo terribly, with 3U being a particularly notorious example. The demos throw you in with no explanation or understanding of things. The full games tend to teach much better. I played the Wii U demo and despised it, ended up with MH3U on 3DS and was shocked at how badly the game had demoed compared to the final thing, and ended up buying the Wii U version too in the end.

    They do just demo terribly.
    Reply +5
  • vert1go 10/02/2015

    There is no mention in the review at all but comparisons on Neogaf using the MH4U demo showed a rather noticable difference in shadow and texture quality between the 3DS and the New 3DS. Should this not have been noted?

    (Hi neggers - the 3DS version is considered to be quite ugly and bland in comparison. This affects what people would think of it. So sorry, but it does actually matter.)
    Reply +4
  • vert1go 10/02/2015

    Essentialler than Majora's Mask?!?! Reply +43
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D review

  • vert1go 10/02/2015

    Shopto copy en route already! Remember fellow Ambassadors, aside from being better and more intelligent human beings than these commoners, you are also eligible for the FREE SKULL KID FIGURE just by registering a copy of the game from any retailer on Club Nintendo.

    Free Skull Kid figure. Those words go nice together.

    EDIT: some people seem to be implying there are Star Wars editions or films other than the two specifically released by the great Harmy. Poor, delusional souls.

    Quite fitting that this came up in this review though. Majora's Mask was always the `Empire` of the Zelda series with its bleak and unshiny tone.
    Reply +1
  • vert1go 10/02/2015

    @TPoppaPuff Ah, but the fat dude in the robe never existed in any released version of the film, so it never was a continuity issue.

    So instead Lucas introduced one by adding the oddly small Jabba... who somehow became xtimes the size by ROTJ.
    Still only Star Wars and Empire exist in my own specially revised continuity, and if ever anyone tries to suggest ROTJ exists I shall play the Song of Time and reset to three days earlier. Over and over again, if need be.
    Reply +1
  • vert1go 10/02/2015

    @Mr.Spo Pretty much my thoughts. Along the Lucas angle though, Aonuma seems to know that fixing up the visuals and tweaking elements that often just never worked quite right are what should be done. Lucas on the other hand continues far beyond that to the point where Skull Kid would need to be related to Link in some way, with Tingle implied heavily to be his father by the end of the game, and Epona would be replaced by a gigantic T-rex that Aonuma wanted to include all along honestly but the technology wasn't there yet, devastating the story and any continuity along the way.

    The tale of Skull Kid however is one of the better tragic/sad ones that any Zelda has told, and that of Clock Town and Termina's inhabitants one of the most intricate. It was strange to see it called weak.
    Reply +5
  • vert1go 10/02/2015

    Recommendeder than Halo..? Reply +62
  • A live-action Zelda series is in development for Netflix - report

  • vert1go 07/02/2015

    Get Fran Kranz for Link. Reply 0
  • GDC preview: Windows 10 vs SteamOS

  • vert1go 07/02/2015

    When I started using it I was like 'oh my god...' I find [Windows 8] unusable."
    Replace Windows 8 with ValveDRM and you have my feelings, Gabe.
    Reply -10
  • Nintendo reveals 25 minutes of Xenoblade Chronicles X footage

  • vert1go 06/02/2015

    With this and the Ambassador related emails that went out earlier, this is a good day for a Nintendo fan. Reply +1
  • Amiibo unlock Mario-themed planes in Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy Plus

  • vert1go 04/02/2015

    Ace Combat: Battleground Mushroom Kingdom confirmed for E3 2015? Reply +1
  • Ł100 Mortal Kombat X Kollector's Edition includes Scorpion figurine by Coarse

  • vert1go 03/02/2015

    @TeaFiend By definition anything bought from Game will be that. Reply +1
  • SOE has been sold off, can now develop multi-platform games

  • vert1go 02/02/2015

    Might I suggest "Dayonebroke" instead? Because lets face it... If it's online it will be. Reply 0
  • 343 preps "biggest" changes to Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking yet

  • vert1go 02/02/2015

    Mulls need for beta ahead of February release.
    Yep. Really should beta test your online game before it is relea... WAIT IT'S ALREADY OUT?!
    Reply +6
  • Dying Light review

  • vert1go 30/01/2015

    "There's a definite Ubisoft influence"
    ...And I'm out.
    Reply +1
  • Pokémon, Smash Bros. sales help Nintendo back to profit

  • vert1go 28/01/2015

    No idea how they've done that kind of sales with Amiibo. Just who is buying all of these?!

    *Stands obstructing the 12 behind him.*
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