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Sega has quietly become one of the world's best PC strategy game companies

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2 years ago

Still give the title of "Best Strategy Company" to Paradox, but Sega are running them close and competition is always a good thing.
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Project Scorpio won't have any exclusives

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2 years ago

But surely, if VR is part of its remit, then all VR games will have to be exclusive? Can't see them coming to XB1?
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Eve Online set for big changes

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2 years ago

I remember playing when PLEX was about 300m-350m ISK. Now over 1bn ISK.
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It looks like Forza is heading to PC

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2 years ago

That person who was upset at Xbox games coming to the PC is probably having a seizure about now. Someone want to go check on him?
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The Novelist dev announces Antarctic survival sim Near Death

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2 years ago

Please let this have a game setting where I can change it to centigrade!
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XCOM 2 review

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2 years ago

@lucky_jim Steam has it listed as Mac OSX too, so should work.
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Eurogamer readers' top 50 games of 2015 voting

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2 years ago

Still no 'Shower with your Dad Simulator 2015' on the list.

And you call yourself a games website... tsk...
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Don't hold your breath for GTA5 story DLC

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3 years ago

@null That's pretty much the second heist in multiplayer, breaking a guy out of the prison. Pretty fun heist too though not as lucrative as the latter ones.
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Live Oculus Rift pre-E3 conference at 6pm UK time

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3 years ago

Is it necessarily wise to put a press conference on to start the exact same day, hour and minute as the start of the Steam Sales?
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Lego MMO development dogged by "dong detection" software

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3 years ago

So that's where Megan Fox went. I could have sworn she was an actress but I haven't seen her in a lot recently.
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Laid-off SimCity dev launches Patreon for creation of Cities: Skylines buildings

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3 years ago

@L_A_G I stand corrected.
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3 years ago

@wyp100 There was a reddit thread mentioning this artist's work on these mods and the community rep for this game chimed in and mentioned they looked really good and sent him links and invited him to apply for positions.

However the artist lives... where ever Maxis used to be located, US I imagine, and CO are based in Sweden and don't offer any relocation funding so there may be a bit of an issue.
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Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Revisited

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3 years ago

"Rage of Wolfenstein" (8th paragraph) - I want to play that game!
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EA just added price ranges to the FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market

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3 years ago

@RNX-Lanky The despair of getting my 6th Lee Dixon sticker and no one at school needing him anymore. I swear they must have stacked those decks.
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3 years ago

@RNX-Lanky

*swaps stickers in the playground*

"Got, Got, Got, Need, Got, Got..."
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SOE has been sold off, can now develop multi-platform games

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3 years ago

Daybreak... If Adrian Chiles becomes their CEO then we're all doomed.
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Dead State review

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3 years ago

@Lunatic4ever State of Decay is a 3rd person action open world game with minor RPG elements. Dead State is a turn based, team strategy game in the same style as X-Com (though less in depth) with the management more focused on what you order your survivors to do rather than focusing on what resources to get.
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The case for 30fps PC gaming

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3 years ago

"at a lacked 30fps"

First paragraph.

I agree 30 fps is lacking, but I doubt that's a really smart typo.
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WildStar review

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4 years ago

@RedSparrows You think that's a long time to cool, still waiting on the EUIV review. Think it might do well!
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EA execs off the hook in Battlefield 4 'you lied to inflate share price' lawsuit

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4 years ago

If a 'disaster' is 8/10, what's a 7/10?
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Face-Off: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

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4 years ago

@Some_Goats All console games require a licensing fee to the console manufacturer (Sony/MS/Nintendo) resulting in the increased price. No such fee exists for the PC.
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Forza 5 fastest-selling racing game in Xbox history

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4 years ago

3.9m shipped =/= 3.9m sold.

But that said, good to see Forza still doing well.
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Watch us play DayZ - for five hours straight

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4 years ago

Now taking odds on the number of deaths!

Place your bets... NOW!
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Games of 2013: Euro Truck Simulator 2

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4 years ago

I never figured out how to disable the speed limiter. No matter what truck I was in, it's always 90 km/h (55 mp/h). Great game though. Something about listening to country music whilst rolling out of Calais towards parts unknown.
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Myth-busting the murky world of video game trade-ins

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4 years ago

Good article but I do feel at some point the crunch is going to come where platform holders and publishers are going to push digital first/only as a priority ahead of boxed games and there's going to be one almighty spat.

Consoles are turning into PCs and PCs turned to online distribution a long time ago. Like it or not, Steam sharing is more likely to be the future than boxed trade ins.
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GOG Winter Sale gives Fallout 1, 2 & Tactics free

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4 years ago

@benderbrodriguez Yeah, but the speculation is GOG is about to lose distribution rights to the fallout series. The games you got for free previously are likely still available on GOG.
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4 years ago

You can re-download any GOG games anytime that are in your collection (like Steam).

I'm not 100% sure if Fallout games are going to disappear from your collection once the rights pass, but I doubt it.
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Command & Conquer Renegade done right

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4 years ago

New maps, building upgrades, free to play...

...c'mon, where are the micro-transactions? All the cool kids are doing them!
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Transport Tycoon out now on iOS and Android

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5 years ago

That music takes me back. So many memories, so many late nights. So many trains taking coal in 1900...
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Inside Paradox, the strangest company in video games

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5 years ago

Since we're talking about Paradox, Eurogamer... any chance of an EU4 review, or did that ship sail already?
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Tada! The 20-year crusade to solve checkers

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5 years ago

I like checkers... when's the DLC coming out?
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Total War: Rome 2 review

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5 years ago

Any sign of the EU4 review?
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Ex Xbox boss Don Mattrick to earn over $19m in first year at Zynga

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5 years ago

@goldenboot76 No, they really did hire him for his karaoke skills.
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Titanfall dev demystifies Xbox One cloud following "a lot of confusion online"

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5 years ago

@Vordred It's unlikely many games will require a permanent internet connection is what I was saying.

Titan fall is possible however there are plenty of multiplayer games which have offline training/vs bots modes (ET:QW, TF2).

Unsure if Titanfall offers these modes at all. I know there's no single player story mode.
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5 years ago

The concern/problem I see with this is the duplication of processes that would need to happen for anything beyond multiplayer happening on dedicated servers.

Short of making any game require permanent internet connection (unlikely, though possible for Titanfall), then an offline AI/Physics/etc engine is going to be required should the console not be able to make contact with 'the cloud'.

Now assuming you've already gone to the time, effort and expense of making these offline systems, is it really worth your time, effort and money in making another set of instructions that replicate these systems (albeit with added benefits potentially) to work online? There will be accountants and bean-counters asking, 'Yes, this is all well and good, but will it sell us any more games?'.

Given the high degree of similarity between console and PC architecture and the high percentage of multiplatform games (and their unknown levels of access to this 'cloud' system), would it be worth it for the developers and publishers to utilize this 'cloud' where potentially only a minority of players could or would ever use such a system and where the benefits of such could be hardly noticable over the defacto offline versions?
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Don't expect FIFA 14 Kinect motion controls

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5 years ago

@Ezzekhiel No, not allowed to grab popcorn for these things...

...Dew & Doritos (tm) are the official snack combination of all x-box related entertainment articles. Please refrain from consuming non-approved snack foods or beverages within visual range of the Kinect (tm) apparatus.
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Gunpoint cost $30 to develop, then made enough that its creator can quit "jobs, as a concept"

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5 years ago

When can we expect a game from the EG team? C'mon already... Rossignol from RPS has his tweed-punk game in the works, Francis has his gunpoint and EG...?
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Oculus Rift raises $16m "to build a badass, consumer VR gaming platform"

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5 years ago

@dr_zoidthrob I hear there's a steam achievement for that...
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Amazon US opens its own indie games digital storefront

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5 years ago

Got so many downloads from Amazon US despite living here in the UK.

They out sale'd Steam even over the Christmas period and that's saying something.

Though they don't make as many pricing 'errors' as GMG but they do have great customer service.
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EA makes SimCity Amusement Park expansion official

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5 years ago

I remember once upon a time you used to build cities in a game called 'Sim City'.

There was also a game about making Theme Parks too but...
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Grid 2 Special Edition costs 125,000

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5 years ago

If this is a new trend, I look forward to the special edition of Codemaster's next F1 game.

/checks sofa for a spare few million.
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Wii U goes mobile

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5 years ago

"A fully battered powered console".

Last thing I had fully battered was my fish.

Batteries on the other hand could be useful...
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EA refuses to licence guns and war paraphernalia in its action games this year

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5 years ago

@Cjail

Ah, I stand corrected. Good defense being a good offence and all that...
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5 years ago

@PlugMonkey

A lot of what you mention there you do correctly attribute to 'fair usage' such as the cars in the parking lot, the jersey etc. Background scenery etc.

However, the Ferrari is instrumental in the film. It appears frequently and is highly visible (including the trademarked badge). It would not be the same film if the Ferrari was missing. Just as in EA's Battlefield games, the guns and materiel are instrumental to the game itself. Can't have a shooting game without guns afterall.

It sounds rather flaky, I know. It's why, as was mentioned by someone above, shows like Mythbusters tend to blank out or blur just about every name, trademark or logo that appears in frame. Even down to the make and logo on the tires they use on cars.
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5 years ago

@kangarootoo

That certainly happens a lot in fraud and financial cases but licensing and trademark infringements can still be carried by jury on a first instance.

If it's decided upon a point of law then it will be a directed finding. If it's a subjective matter then it can still come down to deliberations.
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5 years ago

@Cjail

It wasn't EA who wanted the court case. The case was started by Bell Helicopters.

Bell, it would seem, believe they stand to gain more from a court case than they would by accepting what, if any, offer EA has made.

If Bell wins, which is likely, then a retrospective license fee (and legal costs which would be far higher than the fee itself) would have to be paid.

If EA wins (unlikely, but as I said, it's a crapshoot sometimes) then EA aren't going to pay the gun companies license fees either. However, with the precedent that this sets, it would be highly likely to be appealed (where it's not a jury trial) and overturned.

Most likely outcome... out of court settlement, EA pays up some but avoids legal fees and the publicity of a court case.
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5 years ago

@Cjail

It's not uncommon to be negotiating with the other party to avoid a court case right until the last moment.

The closer the date gets, the more likely a court case gets, the more both parties try to position themselves for a trial. A rejection of what the judge deems a 'sensible' offer is often a red mark against your case when it comes to determining damages or compensation.

No one really likes jury trials in cases of IP law. They're crapshoots. Too random and too unpredictable in a balanced case and trying to get 12 average members of a jury to understand the intricacies of copyright law is like asking a ballerina to be the scoring judge at a UFC fight. Worse still for fraud cases but that's another issue...
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5 years ago

@Cjail

It's mostly a power play as I see it in a different case that's on-going.

Earlier Bell Helicopters sued EA over the use of their products, names and trademarks, unlicensed, in their games. Bell can rightly point to other hardware in the games (like guns) and say "They were paid for their license, why can't we be?".

What I think happened is Bell turned down an out of court settlement from EA and is ready to go to court over this. EA is trying to do everything they can think of in order to cover themselves legally.
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5 years ago

@PlugMonkey

Oh indeed, plenty of 'fake' cars have been used in all sorts of films for budget reasons. The reason they weren't sued or told to stop... they all got permission first. That's what a license is, it's a permission to use a trademark or patent for a defined purpose.

I imagine over in the 32 years since Cannonball Run (a great movie by the way), Ferrari's view of street racing may have changed... not to mention being seen with Martin and Davis Jr helps a lot when it comes to image ;)
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5 years ago

@Cjail

Oh it's nothing anti-capitalist or such like, it's just an area of law school I hated.

Much as I enjoyed criminal law for the expression of individual rights and where the law is certainly stacked in favor of the individual (believe it or not), IP law, copyright and image rights are a murky area of law that's tricky at best and downright nasty at worst. When people moan that 'copyright laws and patents are broken', they aren't lying...

To take PlugMonkey's example, you can legally use the image and likeness of Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin (both dead) but the second you stick a trademarked Ferrari symbol on the car, you're bent over and lubed up by lawyers (metaphorically speaking). There was even a Simpsons episode about the use of dead people's image I think.
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