Bru-Man

Inside and Limbo physical double pack set for September release

Bru-Man

10 months ago

Might buy this to cheer myself up
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Pokémon Go Easter egg event announced

Bru-Man

1 year ago

Please everybody, no egg yolks...
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Mana series slated for Switch in Japan

Bru-Man

1 year ago

TAKE MY MONEY!!!
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Law & Order airs episode dedicated to harassment of women in gaming

The God who Peter Molyneux forgot

Bru-Man

3 years ago

I'm beginning to think that the whole of Peter Molyneuxs' life is just one big performance art piece and he's having a whale of a time watching everyone trying to make sense of it :)
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HoloLens is a surreal experience - and full of possibilities

Bru-Man

3 years ago

Imagine a Paintball/LaserQuest style setup with this - a company sets up a huge warehouse with a few easily moveable physical objects, creates an AR landscape that all the players can see simultaneously. Players can drop virtual waypoints on the landscape to direct movement and commands, AR objects could be programmed to 'occlude' physical players e.g. trees and grass, and obv. you have laser-quest style guns to shoot with.
You could change settings e.g. weather, fog in seconds - change the location from Ancient Egypt to Jungle. Then pause the game, rearrange the physical objects to pre-set locations, load the next 'level' - I'd pay for that :D
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"Definitive spiritual successor" to S.T.A.L.K.E.R. hits Kickstarter

Bru-Man

4 years ago

What was the name of that game, I'm sure also by ex-S.T.A.L.K.E.R. devs, that released a video a year or so back of a guy picking a red flower from a grassy landscape, a mag-lev train whooshing overhead, then took it back to a shed with the head and torso of a female robot and put the flower into a plastic block and linked it to a computer ... that sounds like a cheese dream reading it back, but I remember watching it!

Anyway, yeah, this looks interesting too :)
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Always Sometimes Monsters review

Bru-Man

4 years ago

And in the game!! :D ...oh :(
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Hooah! When games speak like soldiers, are they missing part of the message?

Bru-Man

4 years ago

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Footage leaks of canned Star Wars game starring Darth Maul

Bru-Man

4 years ago

At this rate there are going to be more canned Star Wars games than ones that were released.
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Dark Souls gets its own themed cafe in Tokyo

Bru-Man

4 years ago

Sir Onion rings? To go with your Sir Loin steak I presume?
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Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D review

Bru-Man

5 years ago

I'll give you ripe for pounding...
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Nintendo shutting down Wii channels and online services

Bru-Man

5 years ago

They should have let the users vote on which channels to keep on, oh I don't know, if only there was some channel they could do that on...
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I saw it with my own eyes: Woodcutter Simulator 2013

Bru-Man

5 years ago

Thanks EG for searing that image into the back of my brain :(
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Why are we stuck with games being released on a Friday?

Bru-Man

5 years ago

@killuminati2911 It works the other way round too: I ordered Dishonored PC from Amazon, arrived Wednesday but couldn't install it because it's tied to Steam and all I got was a 'This game is not released yet' error message.
"But... but, I have it in my hands!" :(
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Sony on the new PS3, Vita sales, the decline of 3D and the threat of the Wii U

Bru-Man

6 years ago

I'll put your "face into peak" if you use that nonse-speak again.
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UK Top 40: FIFA 12 back top while Lollipop Chainsaw scores fourth

Bru-Man

6 years ago

@shortyluke2010 For retail sales there are only a handful of stock/sales tracking software (such as EPOS) and all major retailers already share data with GFK (the people who compile the charts).

For digital sales there are dozens of download sites all with their own ways of tracking sales (Steam, Origin, GameStop, Amazon, iStore, Google Play, the 3DS and Vita download stores etc, etc.) not to mention direct digital sales from actual publishers and developers websites and the ever growing 'bundles' out there.
Compiling this would be a heck of a nightmare (although GFK say they are prepared to do it) but the main issue is that a lot of these publishers don't want to release this info as they keep saying it's 'sensitive business information'.
However the more digital sales increase, the more the official sales chart no longer reflects what's actually selling so eventually it will get to a point where the major digital sales portals are going to have to share data to keep it relevant.
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Nintendo Wii U supports 1080p, CPU and GPU confirmed

Bru-Man

6 years ago

@photoboy and every other spec fiend:
1. how many simultaneous threads can the CPU run (assuming its like the 360 it will be 2 simultaneous threads)?
I believe it will be 2 threads, because with 1 thread you could only have one plot or quest chain or combat sequence in memory at one time. With two you could have the controls on one thread and the fun on the other, so more threads = more fun!

2. Is the CPU in-order or out of order execution?
Got to be in-order, if it's out of order then you would be playing all the levels the wrong way round and that would greatly dimish the gameplay experience.

Hope that helps :)
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Arty platformer Pid announced for PC, consoles

Bru-Man

6 years ago

This does look like it has some character rather than being achingly stylised for the sake of it. Also let's hope the mechanics are used cleverly and expanded as the game progresses and aren't just one interesting idea stretched beyond endurance.
My pet peeves at the moment - last year it was the avalanche of 8-bit 'retro' styled indie platformers that thankfully seems to have settled.
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Sex education PC game Privates wins a BAFTA

Bru-Man

7 years ago

BTW, the first game in the final sentence should be "Ben There, DAN That", as in the main characters Ben and Dan. Play on words you see :)

Oh and I'm sure Microsoft will be well chuffed for the mention in this article as the platform holder who refused to allow a BAFTA-award winning game on their console :D
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Skyrim PC system requirements announced

Bru-Man

7 years ago

Woo, go Windows XP! Was very worried I wouldn't be able to play this without having to upgrade first, but looks like I can save several hundred pounds and still find a reason to ignore the girlfriend over Christmas and New Year :)
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Kinectimals E3 2010 trailer

Bru-Man

8 years ago

Aaw, that's just outrageously cute! :)
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Kotick wishes COD was sub-based MMO

Bru-Man

8 years ago

"I think our shareholders are clamouring for it."
Fixed.
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Quantum Theory

Bru-Man

8 years ago

Yeah, the art diection on this has always looked wrong. Far too many detailed swirly bits, too many things the same/similar colour that all blend in to each other mixed with some rather plain-looking level design (from what we can see). So yeah, odd.
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Ocarina of Time 3DS on show at E3

Bru-Man

8 years ago

Sweet - might actually finish Ocarina in this incarnation! (In the N64 one, got to the 'Drum' boss and gave up after many deaths and annoying trudge back to him from the dungeon entrance).
All-in-all 3DS is looking like a a day-one purchase.
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Kid Icarus: Uprising comes to 3DS

Bru-Man

8 years ago

wtf? An avocado with legs? :D
Looks pretty good though.
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Retrospective: Startopia

Bru-Man

8 years ago

Tried to play this twice, but there always ended up being too much to do - clearing up, hiring, new arrivals all on multiple decks and I just couldn't keep up with it all. Was funny and intresting though, just wish it could have kept the pace down a bit!
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Epic takes 25% royalties for UDK

Bru-Man

8 years ago

"I think actually the last thing they need is running out of money developing an engine of their own and going out of business :) "

True :D

I agree with you that smaller devs really should look towards the range of free/opensource and inexpensive middleware out there. There are so many great 2D and 3D engines now that they should surely cover what any dev would need, unless they are going for something really esoteric. But I would personally beware of anything that included royalty terms.
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Bru-Man

8 years ago

"That 40% figure for steam is rubbish "

I'm sure it probably is, but that was the last figure I read (can't remember where now and it just stuck in my head). As an example Stardock quite openly tell you that their ImpulseDriven store takes 30% cut from developers.

Anyway, the actual % isn't important - that point is that indie devs will already have a % taken by their distributor or own website store provider. The last thing they need is another party taking another 25% cut from what's left.

Edit: Haha, can't believe I've forgotten how to do link tags ...
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Bru-Man

8 years ago

Doesn't seem bad at first glance, but is quite a bad deal compared to the other 'pay once' game engine deals, especially when you consider you've also got to figure in everybody else's cut depending on how you distribute it.
Try and sell through Steam: (rumoured) 40% cut per sale, Impulse: 20%, your own store: varies depending on how you set it up but can be a monthly payment to a storefront or %+change cut per sale. Also credit card payments will strip off their own fee...
Personally, I'd rather a single up-front cost (e.g. Unity Pro) with no further licensing fees.
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Hydrophobia - Reveal

Bru-Man

8 years ago

One of the worst VOs I've ever heard. Hope you don't have that same guy talking to/at you throughout the whole game as he will get very irritating very quickly.
Nice tech though.
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Special edition GRID due next week

Bru-Man

8 years ago

| Why is The Prestige pack exclusive to PS3, not even 360 is getting it!?!?

Because they hate you. And I don't mean '360 owners', I mean *you* personally. It was that thing you did when you were on holiday two years ago. Remember? Codemasters do.
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Xbox Live ditching Xbox 1 support

Bru-Man

8 years ago

Was reading recently about this videogame archive in New York, then spotted this bit of news.
It's fantastic that someone/organisation is archiving and keeping playable old videogames, but how do you preserve the multiplayer aspect when the multiplayer service is bespoke like Xbox Live or PSN? When those services inevitably disappear, so does an entire aspect of that game. Then who will be willing and have the money to employ people to create similar open systems that can be used to play them on - and would that even be legal?

FYI, the place is called the National Center for the History of Electronic Games, or NCHEG and is in the Strong National Museum of Play, Rochester, NY.
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Dead or Alive: Paradise

Bru-Man

8 years ago

I'm sorry, these just look like posed love dolls. And some of that foliage you would expect to see on last gen. Underwhelmed.
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BioShock 2

Bru-Man

8 years ago

Very well written preview. My interest-o-meter has gone up a notch, despite his reservations.
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Dead to Rights: Retribution

Bru-Man

8 years ago

'testicle attack!' - I thought it was called the 'Testikill'? Which made me smile when I heard it :)
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Half-Minute Hero

Bru-Man

8 years ago

To me this feels like the most pointless game ever. It removes all the joyful depth and story of an RPG while adding in the dreaded, gut-clenching "timed scenarios" mechanism which ends the whole game. I think I'll be giving this a very wide berth.

And I suddenly fancy some UGG boots for some reason...
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50 per cent off Crysis and Warhead

Bru-Man

9 years ago

Sweet! Haven't got these yet. Fun weekend ahoy... oh, I'm visiting girlfriend :(
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MW2 doubles GTAIV first-day sales

Bru-Man

9 years ago

Oh, and also the first videogame release since WoW: Lich King to achieve national news coverage (as far as I can recall). First for a non MMO title? Or has Halo had similar coverage in the past?
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Bru-Man

9 years ago

"These first day sales figures are astonishing and clear evidence that videogames are now mainstream in the UK," said Michael Rawlinson, boss of data collector ELSPA/GfK-ChartTrack.

Nonsense - you can't extrapolate from the most highly anticipated software sequel release ever (one which other publishers deliberately moved their own titles away from so as not to lose sales) to the entire industry. I wish it were true, but that's pure hyperbole. Still incredible sales though!
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Epic teases mysterious Unreal reveal

Bru-Man

9 years ago

Maybe they're licensing ID Tech 5?
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Activision: Love "signed" Cobain deal

Bru-Man

9 years ago

Obviously Ms Love and Cobain's estate didn't properly realise/understand the implications of what "fully playable" meant. Whether that was a lawyer's fault for not explaining it properly, their fault for not interrogating the contract deeply enough or everyone's fault for not "getting" videogames.
Either way, if that's what the contract says, they signed it! Unless they want to admit to not being clued-up enough to what they were signing, in which case they could argue it wasn't explained to them properly...
Anyway, I don't care, don't even like guitar music :)
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First DSi-only cartridge game surfaces

Bru-Man

9 years ago

Wouldn't it be great it you could photograph 'actual' monsters with it and make them fight - Phillip Garrido vs Josef Fritzl ftw!
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Hudson unveils first-ever WiiWare FPS

Bru-Man

9 years ago

So Metroid Prime doesn't count then?

Caught me out for a second too, but they're talking about the downloadable WiiWare catalogue.
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Bru-Man

9 years ago

Looks like a cross between Metroid and Armorines/Starship Troopers. Could be average...
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Players question WAR systems

Bru-Man

10 years ago

The PvP XP/RvR score is something I worry more about..

I know what you mean. That and the increasing instability of the financial sector both keep me awake at night.
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JoWooD revokes Gothic 4 date

Bru-Man

10 years ago

Yup - Ł3.99 in GameStation a couple of weeks ago. Just got to finish Fallout 3 first. And The Witcher. And...
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Cheerleader reviews cheerleading game

Bru-Man

10 years ago

I'm still waiting for "Wii Poledance" with the required peripheral - massive crossover hit ahoy! :D
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Riccitiello: "I personally don't like DRM"

Bru-Man

10 years ago

"99.8 per cent of people don't even notice it."

Is that because it breaks their DVD drive before they can install the game?
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