DodgyG

Trends of 2012: What the Analysts Say

DodgyG

6 years ago

I'd rather trust Mystic Meg's lottery numbers than anything predicted by this bunch of shysters...
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Tech Analysis: Crackdown 2 demo

DodgyG

8 years ago

@DrDamn - Feel free to twitter @gyratory and ask him ;)
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DodgyG

8 years ago

@DrDamn - It's a heavily modified version of Renderware.
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No Project Natal or DLC plans for F1 2010

DodgyG

8 years ago

'. . . locked me in a room for 2 hours . . .'

Sounds like Codies tbh
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Videogame BAFTAs live online tonight

DodgyG

8 years ago

Pirates were robbed!
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DodgyG

8 years ago

Mon the Pixel Pirates!
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Virtual Console: N64 Most Wanted

DodgyG

11 years ago

Body Harvest had a crash bug, which meant you couldnt finish the game. Hi Steve!
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Football Manager 2007

DodgyG

12 years ago

The Mac version is a universal binary
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FM 2007 out now

DodgyG

12 years ago

We're not releasing a patch on day of release.
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Devs at risk of burnout

DodgyG

12 years ago

re-train, get a differant job.

simple as really.

Not quite so simple when you have a family to feed and bills to pay...
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Tomb Raider: The Osiris Codex

DodgyG

12 years ago

Are we getting a Puzzle Paradox review? How about FPR or Le Mans?
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Thompson writes to Bono

DodgyG

12 years ago

JT is already a TT shareholder, he bought some so he could ask/harass Paul Eibeler (sp?) about GTA...
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Play Galaxies or get a refund

DodgyG

13 years ago

Just the tutorial, if you want to leave the space station you have to take out a subscription
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Sony PSP: The games to look forward to

DodgyG

13 years ago

SI say that the DS isn't powerful enough to cope with a Football Manager, hopefully someone else will come out with a title that utilises the touch screen.
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PSP street-date still in place

DodgyG

13 years ago

At prices ranging from 29.99->39.99 for games, I'll be getting mine imported...
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PSP 2.00 update out in Japan; European PSPs will be 2.00

DodgyG

13 years ago

Update works fine, monging from the PSP really needs a keyboard though...
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SEGA wants your face

DodgyG

13 years ago

You should try www.hattrick.org for an online football management game. I can't see an MMO-esque FM game for quite sometime...
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DodgyG

13 years ago

Eh?, you can play multiplayer, and have been able to since CM3...
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VIS goes into administration

DodgyG

13 years ago

Still plenty of other game devs in Dundee...
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Championship Manager 5

DodgyG

14 years ago

You can't, there's not an official one yet...
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DodgyG

14 years ago

Are you obsessed with sticking items in your rectum?, a psychologist may suspect that you're gay but are probably too scared to admit it.
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DodgyG

14 years ago

Ibrox Bellend, or should I call you Aaron?. Do your parents know that you're trying to use big boys words on the internet?
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DodgyG

14 years ago

Ibrox Bellend is a mod over at the CM forums. He's as clueless there as he is here...
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Football Manager 2005 patched

DodgyG

14 years ago

Add -windowed -small_screen to the shortcut target
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NHL 2005

DodgyG

14 years ago

ESPN NFL is on Amazon for 16.99
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Microsoft slams Halo 2 leak

DodgyG

14 years ago

I doubt that - SA hasn't even gone Gold yet, or rather the inevitable Gold announcement hasn't been made yet.

It went gold last Friday. Only know this because of people who I know work at R* North
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EA recalls Tiger Woods 2005 for PS2

DodgyG

14 years ago

From another website -

How to give away your games code by accident!
Yesterday one of the guys I work with discovered that a recently released PlayStation2 game has a complete *annotated* source listing on the DVD, sitting as a text file for everyone to see (if they put the DVD into a PC).
This is incredible, the source lists both the games code plus the library code in a format that experienced programmers could easily take and learn from. A kind of involuntary Open Source :-)
I'm not going to name the game here (contact me by email if you want more info). I'm more interested in the incredibly lax checking of the master disk for that particular product. How this can get through to the consumer is a mystery to me (although do I understand the pressures involved at the end of a project)

To get this file onto the DVD there are several things that need to happen.
1. The file must be generated and kept (not always done, it's often discarded as an intermediate file by the compiler)
2. The Lead Programmer needs to place that file into the games disk layout (or whoever does this job) - it would usually reside somewhere unrelated for most projects.
3. The Producer/QA Lead have to not notice the file is there
4. Sony have to not notice the file is there.

Now given that the file was called "SOURCE.TXT" you'd think it might be obvious :-)

Then again, on our most recently released game, I never actually searched through the disk looking for anything inappropriate - mostly because we had the process down to a fine art and it was all automated from a clean directory structure... but you can be damn sure I will be looking for ways to improve our process.
How many people actually get to place files on the disk ? Technically it's just one, but that person relies on other people placing appropriate material in a directory structure that grows and changes over 18 months, and by the end nobody can quite remember which files are needed and which are not!

We've seen in the past that innapropriate material has made it's way onto game disks, and in other cases sourcecode has been stolen, but this is the first time I've seen (first hand) that a company has unwittingly published a version of their source on the gold master and it's made it into the stores!

I'd hate to see the lawyers faces when they find out. I have no idea how this would be dealt with in court, you can just look at the file in a text viewer so there's no 'evilness' on the consumers behalf to look at the source.

If you are responsible for mastering your companies game, take the time to check what you're mastering - make sure there's nothing there thats not meant to be there!
One technique that can be used is to make a utility to list all the files accessed during a series of runs of the game, leaving you with a list of what hasnt been used - then see if anything there seems 'odd'. Games have been removed from the shelves for having 'adult material' lying around, or for containing copyright material (even though the game never accessed the files).

Does anyone know a better way ?
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Sensible Soccer (Mobile)

DodgyG

14 years ago

Eh?, I've seen Fifa 2005, which is java based, running on a Sharp GX-30 and it's got a higher res than those in the pics above.
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Football Manager 2005

DodgyG

14 years ago

I've only played the FM 2005 Beta but it's looking v.promising so far...
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DodgyG

14 years ago

I look forward to testing my beta copy soon. Remeber kids, you can get your mugshot in the game, visit www.sigames.com/faceinthegame
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Football Manager demo available via official mag

DodgyG

14 years ago

Mag's 5.49...
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Total Club Manager 2005

DodgyG

14 years ago

Lame Monkey Agrophobics
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The Bluffer's Guide To Xbox Cult Classics

DodgyG

14 years ago

JSRF was pants...
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Winning Eleven 8

DodgyG

14 years ago

Is the broadband adaptor support in the game for direct connection only then?
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CS: Source beta test to go live on August 10th

DodgyG

14 years ago

Same problem here, some swine has used a keygen and wound up with my key, be damned if I'm posting my case back to the states though...
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Singles: Flirt Up Your Life

DodgyG

14 years ago

It's not like it will cost you any money.

Surely it costs money in the first place to get the code?
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Dino Dini kicks off

DodgyG

14 years ago

I'm gonna introduce Mugs to it soon and get the old juices flowing again.

LSD or KO2 ;)
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Championship Manager : 00/01

DodgyG

14 years ago

Go buy the game you cheapskate cunt
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SI dates, demos for Eastside Hockey Manager

DodgyG

14 years ago

Hi Miles!

As a non hockey fan I'm quite looking forward to this, hope that the full game comes with a better document, explaining the rules, than the beta did ;)
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NHL Eastside Hockey Manager beta demo available now!

DodgyG

14 years ago

Seems like a good game, sure I'd enjoy it more if I knew more about Ice Hockey as a sport...
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Doom III Xbox screenshots

DodgyG

14 years ago

Some nice jaggies there...
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Konami confirms Xbox Pro Evolution Soccer

DodgyG

14 years ago

PS2 version has 8 player, but it's a nightmare as you've got 7 people chasing the person who's got the ball...
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Resident Evil 4

DodgyG

14 years ago

Bugger, they're sticking with that crap control system then...
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Football Manager 2005

DodgyG

14 years ago

These are just mock ups...
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Nintendo to debut N5 at E3 2005

DodgyG

14 years ago

I've no problems with women playing games, as long as she's tidied up the house and done the dishes...
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Sports Interactive unveils Football Manager

DodgyG

14 years ago

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DodgyG

14 years ago

They bought the name from whoever owned it...
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UT2004: 6 CDs or 2 DVDs

DodgyG

14 years ago

Preordered a copy from DVDBoxoffice...
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Eidos unveil CM5 developer

DodgyG

15 years ago

I believe that Steve Screech, him of KO fame, is involved in this...
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