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  • I wish WOW's new demon hunters didn't have to be elves

  • witchdrash 11/11/2015

    I know Blizzard have this whole lore thing, but this isn't Lord of the Rings, where the lore is controlled elsewhere, Blizzard can come up with any old reason as to why.

    "Ok the secret order of Demon Hunters opens a recruiting stall in Stormwind and recruited a load of people after The Burning Crusade, just you hadn't noticed it before because of magic, there are now demon hunters of all races" there you go you can have that for free Blizz.
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  • Official PS4 In-ear Stereo Headset out December for £78/€90

  • witchdrash 03/11/2015


    Some houses are really expensive! Think yours is expensive now?
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  • witchdrash 03/11/2015

    Think I'll stick with my £5 Logitech USB headphones, because that sounds painfully expensive Reply +2
  • Job losses at Just Cause 3 developer Avalanche Studios

  • witchdrash 02/11/2015

    @SameerAFC actually quite often not, which is why I turned down getting in to game development, and just went in to classic business software development. (seemed a lot of hardwork and not much job stability!)

    Also when they announce these losses they're pretty much always of permanent staff, as you don't have to report ending a freelancers contract, as you're not actually making any job losses, you're simply terminating a business relationship.
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  • Tribes back catalogue now available for free

  • witchdrash 30/10/2015

    Really loved Tribes 2, took a while to get to grips with the skiing and jetpacks, but it felt much more liberating than all the other multiplayer games around at the same time. Reply +2
  • UK tabloids point the finger at Call of Duty, GTA in coverage of 15-year-old TalkTalk hacker

  • witchdrash 28/10/2015

    @SpaceMonkey77 that or TalkTalk's security was terrible, seeing as they'd been hacked twice before in the last 12 months my guess would be that this guy's just some sort of script kiddie and TalkTalk's website just rolled over when he ran "MyFirstWebsiteHacker.exe" Reply 0
  • witchdrash 28/10/2015

    @carmagain I just don't agree with you at all.

    The Daily Mail is a symptom of the intolerance of it's average reader, they are a paper of spin and sensationalism that boils stories down to simple, and often, incorrect conclusions. In this case that video games have anything to do with the story at all.

    Why do I make this generalisation, because the Daily Mail is writing stories in a way that sells papers to it's readership, which means it's readership must want stories written in this way, and it's clear that many of it's readers believe it.

    It's really really simple, I'm sorry you're too much of a bleeding heart to see it, and want to see people as snowflakes who are vastly different from each other, but that simply isn't the case. If the Mail didn't have a readership that believed this type of crap, they simply wouldn't write stories the way they do.
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  • witchdrash 28/10/2015


    Ignorance doesn't mean you're not part of a specific demographic, it just means you don't know you are.

    I never said I personally chose things that support my own personal view, but there's plenty of research that suggests most people do, which means I probably do!

    The primary demographic of the Daily Mail is:
    The Daily Mail is a tabloid that aims for a middleclass, C1-C2 demographic. It has a predominate suburban female readership. Its readership splits to 53% women and 48% men.The large female readership is due to ĎFemailí and its articles based towards women. Itís a conservative paper. It targets the over 45ís age group.

    Will there be people who read the paper outside of this yes, but that's the market it's aimed at.

    Yes people's opinions can change, but there also plenty of evidence that most people simply try to reinforce their own opinions by seeking sources (not sauces as I originally wrote.. definitely not the right word!) of information that reinforces their opinions.

    Again is every single person like that no. The thing is you can make sweeping generalisations, but you can't be nuanced.

    When I look at the Telegraph demographic I fall squarely in it (I read the telegraph) does it mean that it can say specifically everything about me, of course not, I hate watching Rugby. But it is generally accurate, and that's the point.

    Anyway, this is way way way off topic, you can label me a cold hearted cynic who doesn't see any point in this article, and you'd be right, why because I don't think it does anything other than provide the Eurogamer readership with an opportunity to punch the Mail, who don't care, because they're selling papers, mostly to a group of people who don't actually play, or give a shit about computer games!

    edit: cleared up some more english fail...
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  • witchdrash 28/10/2015

    @carmagain Do you pay to read something that doesn't fit your personal view of the world? I'd suggest very few people do that.

    It's pretty simple if you look a demographics for any paper, people who read the Telegraph fall in to particular categories, people who read the Guardian fall into another, the Daily Mail have their own segment, that basically want sensationalist headlines and simple answers to complex problems. Enough of the people who read that paper, want that sort of reporting, otherwise they'd change how they produced their stories.

    So oddly enough you can make sweeping generalisations, because that's the whole point in defining your market and specifically tailoring your content for it.
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  • witchdrash 28/10/2015

    @carmagain To a degree you're absolutely correct, but people who the read the Daily Mail do it because it fits their perspectives, undoubtedly if I gave you a list of news sites and papers I read you'd get a substantial insight into my outlook.

    All I'm saying is voicing off against the mail is pointless as they're trying to serve their segment, also the average reader doesn't want a complicated answer to their problem they want it simplified to villain of the day, this is plainly obvious from the sort of headlines the Daily Mail produces, if they didn't, they'd buy a different paper, that provides a more nuanced view.
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  • witchdrash 28/10/2015

    @carmagain Genuinely dismissing it, the sort of person who reads the Daily Mail doesn't want their views challenged, they simply want them reinforced, ultimately you can lead them to the truth, but like those who are still convinced the moon landings are a hoax you can't get them to believe.

    Plus they as a whole would like there to be a single thing to blame for everything going wrong, rather than admitting any single situation is complex with many different factors leading to a particular outcome.

    Also, ultimately, like TV, and Movies, eventually those who didn't grow up with games will die off, and there'll be something else to "worry" about, so in the long run meh.

    Edit: English failure
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  • witchdrash 28/10/2015

    @Bonders99 Actually the Daily Mail just knows it's audience, close minding idiots who simply want their own preconceptions reinforced, not challenged, the sort of people who need a large menace in their lives, whether thats Islamists, Terrorists, The Chinese, Immigrants etc etc

    You know the sort of people who don't really enjoy thinking.

    The newspaper is simply doing this because it sells papers, there's no point in getting angry at them, they just really know their market.

    Edit: Just admit it, you can't fight stupid, which is what we all want to do, but it's a pointless battle. The Daily Mail simply serves stupid.
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  • witchdrash 28/10/2015

    Let me just rewrite this entire article:

    Morning everyone the sky's still blue, water is wet, fire is hot, and the daily mail is printing complete bullshit, now back to our normal lives.
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  • Assassin's Creed: the story so far

  • witchdrash 21/10/2015

    @jetsetwillie I know what you mean, played all of them and still enjoy them, there's just an odd fun of Templar killing sprees while ambling round town.

    I think I also have something for painful over complicated stories
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  • BioShock's iPhone/iPad port no longer available

  • witchdrash 24/09/2015

    @Malek86 it doesn't work on the current version of iOS, since they're not patching it, I doubt they would want to pay the storage and bandwidth costs to to enable an ever dwindling number of people to download and use it, when it's easier to just say, it's gone, don't delete it. Reply -1
  • witchdrash 24/09/2015

    @PaulLFC They haven't, they've simply removed it from purchase or download, if you have a copy on an earlier version of iOS it works fine and will until the device dies. They're not deleting it off people's devices remotely.

    It's only recently that providers have enabled you to "re-download" anything for free. Plenty of games in the very near passed if you lost, or broke the media they were on, tough, it's a full re-purchase, and if they'd removed it from sale well bad luck you've lost that game forever.

    Being able to re-download past purchases is really handy, but I'm not sure there's anyone who was dumb enough to promise that any app would be available forever.
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  • Amazon reveals spruced up Fire TV model

  • witchdrash 18/09/2015

    There's lots of reasons I like my current Amazon Fire TV and have ordered this one too

    I can put Kodi on it
    My smart TVs have been abandoned by their manufacturers as they aren't the latest model, this includes a 4k one I bought less than a year ago
    The apps crash far less than the ones on my smart TV (as in they've never crashed on the fire, trying to run 4 on demand on my main TV feels like pissing into the wind)
    My Logitech harmony can control it over Bluetooth
    My projector doesn't have any apps so I need an external box
    I have Amazon prime
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  • GAME apologises after Super Mario Maker mix-up

  • witchdrash 09/09/2015

    @shotbyascot I know people who are paid weekly, what's wrong with them saying I have £300 need this much for bills and I'm going to spend the rest of it on whatever I want.

    I don't think it's reasonable to sit there are think I've got £50 spends but I can't spend it in case douche bag company a or g in this case, decide to empty my account by charging me 7 times!
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  • witchdrash 09/09/2015

    @ABC123XYZ unless you're a pound shop, a betting shop, a Starbucks/Costa, scum like bright house , or an over priced dinosaur serving a segment of the market that need to buy x but don't understand it (like game) the high street is basically dead. Reply +1
  • witchdrash 08/09/2015

    This is one of the companies on my list that I'd happily see go out of business, I was really disappointed when they didn't completely tank a couple of years back. They're a horrible company, I got kicked out of one of their stores for "abusing" their staff, they threatened to call the police, all because I asked if the price of a preowned game was correct (£1 more than the new one next to it) and I burst out laughing when she said it was. Reply +1
  • Jon Blyth on: Microsoft Jackpot

  • witchdrash 29/08/2015

    If I go to Vegas, which has happened a number of times! I'll play slot machines, well not since they switched to printing out tickets for winning, I like carrying buckets of cash around, but I don't play them because I get some sort of enjoyment about watching wheels spin round, it's because I get free beer and I may win quite a lot of money.

    The idea that people enjoy playing slot/fruit/whatever machines and they can't aren't actually win anything disappoints me, the fact you can sink nearly unlimited amounts of money into the one talked about in this article is genuinely staggering. Ladbrokes must be rethinking their business model "let's let people place bets and give them shiny stars when they win, it's basically the same, but we keep all the money!"
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  • The Taken King makes big changes to Destiny's weekly activities

  • witchdrash 28/08/2015

    @plankton1975 yes it makes it more challenging, but it also makes nightfall strikes feel like work, strikes are a load of fun, because you can run and leroy a room if you want, you can dance around a lot of enemies and maybe you die, maybe you don't.

    Any penalty that punishes the player, say by causing them to lose a lot of time, isn't fun, especially if the wipe isn't down to their stupidity, but is just bad luck, or as has happened to me, having the last standing guardians router reboot in a boss fight while he was coming over to pick us up, is brutally unfair, and kills an enthusiasm for a retry.

    I understand there should be grades of difficulty, and for some the all dead instant fail adds a tension they enjoy, the fact that nearly every run I've done players have taken the "easy" route suggests many are more interested in success than a "challenge".

    I would personally allow players to select the instant fail option if they want, as a modifier, even give players a cosmetic reward for it, but the nightfall buff should be behind an extra difficult strike, but not one that resets your progress if you die.
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  • witchdrash 28/08/2015

    @Plankton1975 of course patch the symptom not the cause.

    Having been punted to orbit because of accidental wipes on the boss pretty much kills a nightfall run. Most people myself included want a challenge, but not to be punished for failure, especially when there's plenty of scope for failure that's just bad luck, not because of lack of skill.

    Removing the cheese spots doesn't make it more fun, it just makes it more likely you will wipe, and quite often a single wipe and one member of your group will go "fuck it, just wasted 30 minutes I'm off to go do anything else"

    Nightfall needs to be challenging and fun, being kicked to orbit isn't fun, but the nightfall buff was really useful, so people found spots to make the run a near enough sure thing, so removing the kicked to orbit is in the right direction.
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  • Destiny: The Taken King promotional Red Bull quest and bonus XP detailed

  • witchdrash 24/06/2015

    I'm starting to think those joke Orange Wednesday trailers where stars pitch them good ideas and they try and shoehorn mobile phones in was actually a documentary set in the bowels of the circle of hell that is Activision Reply +6
  • Destiny: The Taken King director defends £40 expansion price tag

  • witchdrash 22/06/2015

    Just read the second half. Luke Smith really comes across as a massive arse hole who's really just interested in squeezing every penny from their customer base, sad times, because Bungie were once pretty awesome. Reply +7
  • witchdrash 22/06/2015

    Ive really enjoyed Destiny, but now I'm done. just picked up Far Cry 4 + season pass for less than the taken king, and that's a whole shitload more content. So bungie can shove this one up their a*se Reply +9
  • Video for cancelled Doom 4 revealed

  • witchdrash 19/05/2015

    I've got to be honest say I'm a little bit meh about the whole thing, iD haven't produced a half decent single nplayer game since Quake 2, and it's pretty questionable as to whether they've managed to produce a good multiplayer game since Quake 3, so I'm not convinced that they're going to produce a good one after 17 odd years of failure. Reply +5
  • Video: The importance of Pillars of Eternity's first 30 minutes

  • witchdrash 02/04/2015

    @wearethestorm Just use the cheats to add them back in, yes you disable Steam Achievements, but Steam Achievements meh... Reply 0
  • Rich Stanton on: Requiem for a dreamer

  • witchdrash 14/02/2015

    I just ignore him now, his games tend to be decent but he must be a terrible person to work for, as he reminds me of numerous managers who have a habit of going in front of his customers promising them each a unicorn and the next thing will make them piss glitter then turning round to his team and asking them deliver the impossible.

    I don't think the guy is a fraud I think the guy is just full of shit and can't keep his mouth shut. Basically he's an arsehole.

    Let me just clarify for the people negging me what I mean when I say he's an arsehole.

    I have worked in numerous places where non-technical managers/salesmen have not understood the systems that they're promising to the customer as being highly complex, "putting a widget there, or a knob here must be easy, it's really simple!", then going to the development team and saying, "we've got to have it in 3 weeks because I promised them" and you're left with having to say "No it's 3 months work, it isn't going to happen, go back to the customer, apologise, and don't be an idiot again", they rarely go back to the customer, and they rarely learn, but you cut them some slack, because they're discussing things they don't understand, of course they should come back and ask the dev team whether or not it's possible, but they don't think.

    The problem is Peter Molyneux is a developer, he's basically hands on, he shouldn't be making junior developer mistakes of getting carried away and over promising, most developers grow out of this, after they've burned themselves and their customers by over promising, Peter Molyneux never got out of that mindset, despite the frustration he must cause his development team, by asking them to deliver the moon on a stick, and repeatedly disappointing fans when features simply never appear. He's an experienced, allegedly professional software designer/developer, yet he behaves like he's only just running his first project, he never learns, he's unprofessional, and ultimately he's unrepentant because otherwise he'd have stopped doing this sort of things years ago.
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  • I'm not a robot: Valve adds Captcha security to Steam Trading

  • witchdrash 12/01/2015

    People can spam me phishers or trojans all they want, I won't fall for it anyway," wrote one user. "Those who are 'green' to the internet, have the option to put Captcha's up."
    Wrong, all they need to do is present you an email that's correctly worded and situation appropriate and even the most careful person in the world will get conned, it may be 1/1000 even 1/1000000 but we all get enough spam that we can all have a moment of weakness and get malware on our system.

    The new recapcha isn't exactly an issue, anything that makes it less likely you'll find yourself buying and trading games without realising is a good thing

    edit: To the person that negged me, I too used to belong to the "I'm infallible, no dirty spammer will get me, I'm a software engineer, I've worked in IT for years, I know all the tricks, I'm awesome" club, I got cocky and arrogant. Then what happened was I was at work, I'd already had several emails intended for other people in the IT department and one day I got an invoice for a type of service the business I was working in used, I knew the drill, open it, print it, drop it off at the desk of the person who would deal with it. Fortunately seconds before I opened it the guy next to me told me that specific email was a virus, it exploited a security hole in Adobe's PDF reader to download and install a trojan on to your system. So it doesn't matter how careful you are, the right email hitting your inbox at the perfect time, and bam, you've downloaded Steam Game Stealer 2015 on to you system.
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  • The Dark Below makes Destiny's mistakes all over again

  • witchdrash 10/12/2014

    I finished all the story missions in less than evening, and then got on to installing and replaying GTA V on my PS4. The question I had to ask was do I purchase this on the PS3 so my friend and I can play the new content together. The answer is no, it's a kind of fun game but the content for £20 is painful, it should have been £10, and then it would have felt ok.

    I'll keep an eye on Destiny until after the next "expansion" but unless it makes it more fun long term I think I'm done.
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  • The next major Assassin's Creed is set in Victorian London

  • witchdrash 03/12/2014

    @wgrose yes it's a really good game, but you've obviously not been playing the pc version, as 3/5 times I try and run the game it crashes my graphics card and I need to pull the power out of the back of my machine.

    When I'm in its a lot of fun, not got as much character as Black Flag but is good regardless.
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  • Spec Analysis: Alienware Alpha

  • witchdrash 22/10/2014

    The only advantage, I guess is the size, just priced up a micro tax system (out of curiosity), and it comes out at about £50 more than the Alienware I5 price, yes it's a bigger enclosure, but the CPU is 1.4ghz quicker, it has a GTX 970 and 3 TB hard drive, rather than 1 TB (adding an SSD would have pushed the price higher, especially if you tried to match the 1 tb storage). Reply 0
  • Destiny thrills, but the big picture rings hollow

  • witchdrash 10/09/2014

    To be honest this game suits me really well, I'm really enjoying it, then again I like Borderlands, Diablo, Dungeon Defenders etc etc so as long as I have stuff to shoot I'm really happy.

    If you're looking for an epic storyline not convinced this has it, if you're looking for amazing set pieces, again not really there. If you want to enjoy a solid shooter with looting it's fun.
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  • You can't trade items with other players in Destiny

  • witchdrash 26/08/2014

    @RedSparrows no, you can't read. I'm taking my experience as why I (you can read the I can't you, and I didn't say everybody) don't mind that there is no trading.

    Did I at any point say that this is how everyone plays, no, did I even mention that some people would be upset about this, yes, yes I did.

    You read what you want to read, and don't really pay attention to the rest, if you don't like the lack of trading, well tough shit, there isn't any. And calling anything you disagree with rot on a message board just makes you look like a bit of a dick.
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  • witchdrash 26/08/2014

    @RedSparrows Ahh so because I have a few friends I play with who are obsessive min maxers and my experience with Borderlands 1 & 2, Diablo 3 and various MMOs with them is that there is an insane amount of downtime while they pick through everyones inventory and min max our gear for us from theirs, and your experience is difference, what I posted is rot?!

    Arrogant much?

    edited because previous statement was a little offensive, although probably not uncalled for.
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  • witchdrash 26/08/2014

    Initially I thought, that's a pretty strange decision, and a bit backwards, but the more I think about it the more I like it, although I do understand why some people won't, my initial thought was:

    "But what happens if one of my friends picks up an awesome weapon, not as good as his, but better than mine while we're out wandering around the map shooting stuff, it's a real pisser he can't give it to me"

    but this was immediately followed by

    "Thank god the 45 minutes of fucking around in town after completing a mission trying to sort out the drops between a few players so each person can find that tiny minuscule incremental upgrade to what they currently have that may be in someone else's inventory just won't happen now, and we can get straight back to shooting stuff"
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  • Bungie on the Destiny level cap, raids and game size

  • witchdrash 21/08/2014

    @Some_Goats Guild Wars 1 wasn't, and it was funded in the same fashion, it had no history, and that's linked to NCSoft, who have a pretty awful reputation for doing shitty things to their user base.

    GW2 is nice, but nothing special, in my opinion, and it is definitely very playable, I get a few months entertainment out of it, and go back to it now and then, but I got bored of it. I don't reget the money I spent on it, I got my moneys worth in entertainment value.

    If I get a few months entertainment out of Destiny it's £40 well spent.

    Edit: Noticed something else you said, GW2 was cheap. Guild War 2's RRP at launch was £39.99, but more commonly sold for £30 to £35, so no it was not "cheap" it was normal to expensive for a PC game.
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  • witchdrash 21/08/2014

    @Keresky I'm going to reckon there will be no secondhand market for destiny as it will be key locked to your bungie account Reply +3
  • witchdrash 21/08/2014

    @Dynasty2021 of course people will finish it quickly, there are always those that have enough time to race though content, and yes they'll probably get bored, and they may leave.

    But there are still people grinding out WoW at the moment despite there being no new content for about a year at the moment, people can have a frightening commitment to games, especially when they feel invested in it.

    Also just because a few people will have seen everything, done everything and have the best loot ever after a few months doesn't mean that most people will be anywhere near that point.

    Are they catering for the few people who have literally nothing better to do than play Destiny 24/7, or are they catering for the people who will be firing it up a few times a week for run and gun sessions???
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  • witchdrash 21/08/2014

    I'm surprised this is clearly a pay once play forever MMO, is anyone surprised they're already planning DLC?

    It's how numerous games have been funded, (Guild Wars for example), buy the main client, pay nothing until the DLC comes out, then you're pretty much required to buy it because of the inevitable level cap raise and better gear in the new areas.

    Why all of a sudden is the fact that they're planning DLC contentious and Bungie are now money grabbing? Is it because it's on consoles and not the PC, because this model isn't new, they're not doing anything unusual.

    Anyone getting into the game should expect to buy some DLC at some point, and frankly if you love the game a £19.99 purchase of DLC once or twice a year is chump change for the entertainment got out of it.

    Am I also about the only person who played the beta, really enjoyed it, and at no point sat there and thought "I wish there were a few more open areas with monsters in to shoot, this existing collection of open areas filled with monsters simply isn't enough"?
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  • Destiny's six-player raids can only be played with friends

  • witchdrash 31/07/2014

    Odd limitation, especially as I lack friends on the ps4 too, so add witchdrash so I have enough friends to play all of the game :) Reply 0
  • Yogventures studio reveals troubled development, how Yogscast "lost faith" early on

  • witchdrash 21/07/2014

    I think there are several issues.

    The first is most people don't really seem to understand what Kickstarter is for, you are effectively working as a VC for the company, pumping in money, but instead of it being an individual, or a company, who then takes a stake in the company and becomes involved in the day-to-day running of a company it's potentially 1000s of silent investors, many of whom don't realise they aren't preordering an item, but effectively saying, "Here's £100, if the item makes it through to production I will get X in return for my investment", so you effectively aren't buying anything, but the way Kickstarter is set up it suggests that you will get an item.

    The second is that it allows at best naive, or at worst down right stupidity, to creep in. In a normal investment situation there would be someone representing the investor, often with more business experience than the start up (not always), but someone to scrutinise the business decisions (e.g. paying some artist $35k and not having a water tight contract in place and losing that money in exchange for 2 weeks work), but with kickstarted your investors are silent, and no one is protecting them from the stupidity of the people running the company.

    Kickstarter can be great, but because you have no control over the competence of the team trying to implement their idea, you can't determine whether they've properly estimate the cost and work involved, and therefore the needed investment, it's a slot machine, you put your money in, if something pops out the bottom great, if not, shrug and move on.
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  • Blizzard explains $60 cost of World of Warcraft level 90 character boost

  • witchdrash 25/02/2014

    @colicabd because you wouldn't just need to buy another expansion. You would need to create an entirely new account, buy the Warcraft battle chest, buy the expansion, then boost to 90 and then pay for an account transfer.

    All of which adds up to more than $60 by quite a bit.

    As for fans being right, I call bullshit, just because battle.net goes mental over change x, or policy y, it's a screaming minority, the only way to see if Blizzard make a mistake is watching subs, if they drop shortly after a change, bad move, otherwise not. While some fans of wow are intelligent, thoughtful and back their arguments up with logic, they are few and far between, most vocal ones subscribe to Gabe's Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory, and they are self obsessed clueless morons who would design a game that they alone would love, and not one that would appeal to as wide a use base as possible.

    Are Blizzard perfect, hell no, are they trying create a successful game so they can fill their Scrooge McDuck style money pit at blizzard hq, yes they are, and if the game isn't fun to as many people as possible, they will unsubscribe and leave.
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  • witchdrash 25/02/2014

    So much QQing.

    There are 3 types of people who this will appeal to
    1 - People who want to play with their level 90 friends
    2 - People levelling another alt for endgame, and the levelling experience is now a chore
    3 - People who level because they have to, but they just want endgame.

    For these three groups this levelling experience being thrown around is not being devalued, because it has no value, it is an obstacle, a barrier to them doing what they want to do.

    For those who love levelling, read the story text, enjoy the lore if the world they get their enjoyment from the experience, and won't buy the boost anyway.

    Blizzard we're obviously going to come out and and spin this to keep people on side, but what they should have said, is

    "If this option offends you, it's not aimed at you. The levelling experience is there for people to. Enjoy as one of the many activities of the game, it represents a significant barrier of entry to some players, so we're doing away with it."
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  • PlayStation 4 doesn't support 3D Blu-rays

  • witchdrash 13/11/2013


    On the other hand, Sony has just confirmed to us that the PS4 will definitely come with both 3D Blu-ray playback (requires the 1.50 firmware update and then a one-time activation) and 3D gameplay (albeit a current lack of 3D titles).
    Source : http://www.engadget.com/2013/11/09/xbox-one-ps4-3d-blu-ray-playback/

    software update version 1.50 for PS4, which will launch simultaneously with the systemís official North American launch on November 15th, 2013.
    Source : http://blog.us.playstation.com/2013/10/25/ps4-system-software-update-1-50-details/
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  • UK chart: FIFA 14 sales down on last year's FIFA 13 by 24%

  • witchdrash 30/09/2013

    UK chart: FIFA 14 sales down on last year's FIFA 13 by 24%
    Possibly due to GTA5. Possibly due to next-gen transition. Possibly because the game hasn't fundamentally changed in 4 years?

    Think it's about time EA allowed people to buy new rosters etc as DLC, I fell out of love with FIFA after FIFA 11, when the game stopped dramatically changing and just got tiny iterative updates.
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  • Final Fantasy 14 companion app released

  • witchdrash 10/09/2013

    @FladgeMangle why would there be a vita version? It's a Square Enix game, not a Sony game. Reply 0
  • Sony offers refunds as Final Fantasy 14 launch catastrophe worsens

  • witchdrash 09/09/2013

    @kosmosagamemnon1 actually I did read that part, however you're trying to use it like a get out of jail free card to cover up the incredibly shaky comment you made.

    You made some grandiose statement regarding cloud computing that most people don't really understand is simply a server in someone else's data centre, and then put in the small print "if this is at all possible", or that they should be able to magically scale their hardware at their end. After all throwing new hardware at it is a solution to the problem, but hardware vendors don't ship preconfigured FFXIV hardware to Square, assuming they're even using off the peg servers.

    It took Square around 2 weeks to solve most of the problems surrounding logging in, which considering they will have had to evaluate their estate, decide where the new hardware needed to go, configured, tested and plugged it in, is pretty good, especially as they wouldn't have wanted to buy machines that would be redundant in a few months when that initial rush is over and the subscriber figures fall to their more permanent level.

    Frankly I'm surprised that you're surprised that someone, in this case me, called bullshit on your comment.
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  • witchdrash 06/09/2013

    @funkateer the cloud provides excellent scalability, if you build your system to exist there. What you trade though is control, you're in someone else's managed data centre, and flexibility, you don't really have too much control over the machine types available.

    For example Netflix exists pretty much entirely in the cloud, but their system is designed that way, it is easy for them to scale up new machines on demand and drop them when not required.

    Most people still run their own data centres, mostly for ease and security, and plugging these in to a cloud infrastructure is complicated, and expensive. There are situations where you can offload time consuming operations in to the cloud with minimal effort, but these tend to be stand alone and non critical (I do video encoding on Amazon EC2 as I can get it done a lot quicker that way!).

    What would be more expensive opening up their security and altering their code base so they could expand FFXIV on to the cloud, or provisioning new servers for their data centre and installing them, probably the latter, certainly where I work we can get a new physical server in 10 days, and a new virtual server on to our estate in about 3 days, it would take probably a month or so to reengineer our code base to work on the cloud, and this assumes that the service dept. don't throw a complete fit about the security implications of sending our data to a potentially foreign country, and exposing our inner workings to the world.
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