Durandle

Overwatch Retribution is a new four-player PVE event

Durandle

2 weeks ago

@Perjoss I imagine not, since they would be scared of pulling players out of the competitive play mode, which is where the money is at (at the moment at least).
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Classic space adventure Flashback is coming to Switch with a fancy retro Collector's Edition

Durandle

1 month ago

Played this on the Mac back in the day, which was far and away the best version of the game, graphically at least, since it ran at a higher resolution and just “looked” better than any other one. A shame all the ports and re-releases seem to be based on less refined ports.
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Is Bayonetta on Switch the definitive console version?

Durandle

2 months ago

@nee50n

I found B2 to be just as much fun as B1. Different, granted, but I played it all the way through and enjoyed *almost* all of it (there's one bit which is super annoying).
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Relic leaves Dawn of War 3 behind as it moves on to new projects

Durandle

2 months ago

Such a shame they didn't build on was good about the first two games and instead went off one some strange direction of "me too" ideas based on some industry trends.

The basic base building of DoW was great fun, especially in multilayer. The quantity of units in play was also great.

The hero play and special abilities of DoW II was excellent, with a more RPG style of campaign.

The "Arena" mode multilayer in DoW II was also brilliant.

And what did we get in DoW III? None of the above.
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Epic confirms that it's shutting down free-to-play MOBA Paragon this April

Durandle

3 months ago

I played it in beta and a tiny bit at launch, I found it super boring. Very pretty graphically, but massively dull.
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Pokémon Go will drop support for older iPhones and iPads

Durandle

3 months ago

@Samael_Blackwing You can run a lot of things on older Android phones, but those things often are terrible experiences with issues, such as crashing and slowdown. I suspect part of the issue is if further updates to PokemonGo make it a "bad experience" on older Apple devices, people will start adding bad reviews and Niantic don't want that. They're likely less fussed on Android as stats show there is far less money to be made through IAP and it's much harder to enforce minimum OS version on the platform.
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Nintendo Switch is fastest-selling home console ever in US

Durandle

4 months ago

@CptBritannica Things, like your knee, blocking line-of sight can mess with the signal, but not unless you are some distance from the Switch. However, the issue can be amplified if there is local interferences from other sources, such as other wireless devices, electrical devices, etc. Moving the Switch to a different side of the TV or away from it may help, for example.

One such example I've heard is positioning your Switch against wall right next to where a mains electric wire passes behind.
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Watch - Ian plays 2 hours of DOOM VFR with an AIM controller

Durandle

5 months ago

I tried to wipe off the little black corner on Ian's cam stream...
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Apple iPhone X review

Durandle

5 months ago

@IamUrple I know right! Just think how much longer we could have used floppy-disks for if Apple hadn’t pushed their early retirement. And man did it suck when companies like Sony killed off good old magnetic tape with CDs.

In case the point isn’t obvious, the market very rarely is ready and very rarely “moves on” without something or someone pushing it to happen. Almost every example of an old and well used tech being replaced comes with a swath of critics saying basically what you said.
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Durandle

5 months ago

@MadMinstrel Have you ever uploaded a video to Youtube, Facebook or Instagram? If the video is quite big, the compression and preparing phase can takes ages on older or slower phones.

The same goes for editing video clips on the phone, which I know is not that common, but people do.

If you like to edit and apply effects to your pictures, that again uses raw processing power.

That is the sort of thing the processing power is for. I wouldn't call it something people "need" but it does make a difference.
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Durandle

5 months ago

I haven't had FaceID fail for me once yet. It's been instant and reliable, in sunlight, at night and when I've had things on my head or partially obscuring my face. What I have heard is that it is unreliable if when you setup the phone you do a poor job of scanning your face or if you do the scan in low-light conditions, but that's just common sense, no?

I don't miss the home button at all, so all good.
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Watch: Blizzcon reacts to Overwatch's sexism problem

Durandle

6 months ago

I think perhaps the notion of "removing sexism" is not quite right. You can't change people, you can't stop a sexist d*ck from being one, but what you can do is prevent them from spreading their hate and filth with harsh and quick punishment. I don't care that a sexist person is playing a game, I care if they spew their warped little ideals into the chat or not. That's what needs to be focused on.
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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds dev introducing tougher anti-hacker measures

Durandle

6 months ago

@Mekanik I suppose yeah, it's a strong response to say it that way, but there can't be no room for error.
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Durandle

6 months ago

Great news, a little late though looking at the bombing their Steam reviews took. Also "Permanent ban, no appeal" sounds great on paper, but requires that they are *100% accurate* in detecting people cheating. I suspect there's going to be a fair few people getting the perm ban treatment who aren't cheating or doing anything.
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Stellar Switch rhythm game Voez is getting 14 new songs in its free 1.3 update

Durandle

6 months ago

@seasidebaz This video should help make it clear: https://youtu.be/ZapgJJ5kmhE
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review

Durandle

6 months ago

As others have mentioned, seems a bit odd to show comparison to an older non-like-for-like iPhone when the current closest rival (based on release date and model) would be the 8+, which massively outperforms it in every single aspect.

I guess see here for those results: https://www.gsmarena.com/apple_iphone_8_plus-review-1662p5.php
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You can currently get a Steam Link for 80p

Durandle

6 months ago

Almost. I almost got one. Then I thought about, and realised I have nothing I’d want to play like that, and even if I did, I’d want to run it at 4K on my 4K TV, not 1080p over the link. Phew.
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"We understand many Persona fans would love to see a PC version"

Durandle

7 months ago

Yeah, basically I'm now "Oh, there's a working PS3 emulator? I had no idea!"
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iPhone X: Apple bets the future of smartphones on Kinect's failed tech

Durandle

7 months ago

@craigrusse11 Turns out "Face ID had tried to authenticate the faces of everyone who handled the device, and after failing, the iPhone X moved to require a passcode. Thus, when Federighi went to demo Face ID, the iPhone X was already in passcode mode."
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Durandle

7 months ago

@craigrusse11 also, who on earth downvoted you for that?!
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Durandle

7 months ago

@craigrusse11 I stand corrected then, I hadn't seen the update until now.
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Durandle

7 months ago

@kenty Not actually sure though how to tag him, as his "ID" is not likely to be @RichardLeadbetter is it?
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Durandle

7 months ago

@RichardLeadbetter

Not defending Face ID as such, as I really am not sold on it, but the live demo failure was due to the phone having been restarted or left locked for longer than X hours. The prompt that was shown with the pin-entry said something like "Your PIN is required to enable Face ID", which is the same message you get for Touch ID in those situations.

Update: Apparently the prompt for the pin can also be caused by Face ID failing twice in a row, so it could have been a fail after all.

Update to Update: "Face ID had tried to authenticate the faces of everyone who handled the device, and after failing, the iPhone X moved to require a passcode. Thus, when Federighi went to demo Face ID, the iPhone X was already in passcode mode."
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Blizzard announces clampdown on bad Overwatch behaviour

Durandle

9 months ago

@Foxtrot-Oscar Note the "verified" part. Since they log the matches, the activity and the chat, if you post chat that says "Sorry, wife needs me" or something, and then you leave, that would be verified as "not a problem". If however you leave 5 matches every night with a similar reason, that'd be verified as "bad behavior".

There is already a feature that drop inactive players from the game. The problem is, in a season match (not quick-play) the slot if not filled by someone else, and depending on the time they leave, either the game closes down or the team has to play a man down.
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Warframe Chains of Harrow update arrives on PS4 and Xbox One

Durandle

9 months ago

Yeah, on paper I should really like this game, but every time I play it, after about an hour I realise I don't, and I can't entirely work out why. Maybe THIS time (the 4th!) it'll be different!
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Now PlatinumGames has teased The Wonderful 101 for Nintendo Switch

Durandle

10 months ago

If porting Platinum games to Switch results in Platinum getting the attention and money to support them in making more new games (for the Switch) then great, port away. Even though I've played them, good games are always good games, so brining them to a new audience is a "Good Thing".
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Super Mario Run only playable with an internet connection

Durandle

1 year ago

I strongly suspect this is to combat pirated/hacked copies that will record stupid high scores or crazy 1 second speed runs, ruining the online leader boards and causing everyone to not bother playing it. They can of curate the leader boards but that won't be instant and it doesn't take much for people to lose interest when they can't compete with hacked scores.
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Overwatch Skill Ratings are changing again and Competitive Play should feel nicer

Durandle

2 years ago

@mattshark Sadly solo queue is what I mainly end up doing. What's actually more annoying is when you attempt to point out that perhaps, maybe, swapping to a healer would help, and the response is always "But I have GOLD for KILLS so all IS GOOD!" ... No, not it isn't.
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Durandle

2 years ago

Yeah, nothing like a no-one-wants-to-heal-or-tank team to mess up your day. Hanjo and Widow at the same time? Nice choice! Clawing back rank is pretty tedious after a spate of awful matchups.
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Nintendo refuses to say whether Switch has a touchscreen

Durandle

2 years ago

I imagine there is a touch screen, but it may be limited to the OS, Web Browser and other non-Game applications. I can well imagine that being why it wasn't shown, as Ninty aren't ready to demo any of that yet.
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Shadow Warrior 2 review

Durandle

2 years ago

Welp, based off how much fun the first one was, I'll give this a shot, but procedural levels doesn't sound great IMO. I assume they have set pieces and really semi-procedural.

I agree though that Hoji really REALLY made the first game, and I can't imagine spoiled-teen is going to make a good replacement :|

I was utterly caught off guard by the fact that Shadow Warrior had more character and more story than most games I had played that year, from a game obsessed with dick jokes no less!
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And that's that for fan game Pokémon Uranium

Durandle

2 years ago

What's that? A large company protecting one of its most valuable IPs? Surely not!

I believe the law around this works that if Nintendo *don't* actively pursue infringement, it sets legal precedent for use of their IP in other cases/going forward.

They would in effect be seen as condoning the use of their IP by others and would find it that much harder to fight a bigger (and more valid) infringement in the future.
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Finally, Mario comes to iPhone

Durandle

2 years ago

Makes sense, Nintendo always said they won't just port a standard Mario game as it'd suck. Nice looking themed runner IMO.
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Forza Horizon 3 PC specs revealed

Durandle

2 years ago

Wow that's some hefty recommended specs. I'm thinking it's cover poor optimisation perhaps? Cover their backs when it runs badly?
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Zelda: Breath of the Wild pushes Wii U hardware to the limit

Durandle

2 years ago

@Zerobob The Legend of Breath: Wind of the Zelda
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Scalebound confirmed for Windows 10

Durandle

2 years ago

"Shoot the thing here!" "Do the thing!" "Uh oh danger coming!" Do we really need telling exactly what to do at every stage, there's even bright pink glowing "weak points". Isn't the fun of games partly the trial and error of beating these things? The boss even then obligingly lays down, opens up, does a bunch of other stuff to make easy to hit. I dunno, makes the whole thing seem not very dangerous at all, it doesn't appear to really go for the players proper at any point, just cycles through some animations that need avoiding.
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Bethesda E3 2016 conference live report

Durandle

2 years ago

Elderstone?
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Paragon PC and PS4 free open beta dated

Durandle

2 years ago

Odd, I found it a very pretty and technically accomplished game, while also being amazingly boring and unimaginative. For me, the change of view to 3rd person was a novelty at best, annoying at its worst.
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Free giveaway: 1000 Early Access keys for Epic's new shooter Paragon on PS4 or PC

Durandle

2 years ago

Gave this a go in the original alpha weekends. It seemed really boring. Very much a third person MOBA, not a shooter at all. I guess I expected something a lot more exciting from Epic.

EDIT: I'll add that I do actually enjoy MOBA games, that's not why I found it boring. Boring because the perspective made everything feel horribly inaccurate and slow. The powers and abilities all came across as mundane and using them didn't really provide interesting tangible results. Nothing about the game grabbed me in that "I want to try that again and do better!" way that DOTA2, Leage of Legends, or many of the other MOBAs do.
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Deus Ex meets Die Hard in Consortium: The Tower, currently doing the business on Fig

Durandle

2 years ago

Play Consortium before making sweeping negative comments. While not a pretty game with somewhat flimsy gunplay, it is in every other respect amazing, putting many many big name developers to shame. I have no doubt the devs can pull off this sequel equally as well.
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Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D now on Steam

Durandle

2 years ago

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Durandle

2 years ago

@Chromanin dunno they look pretty ok running in Dolphin on my PC at 2560x1440, I mean they look old of course.
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F2P Wii U dungeon crawler Lost Reavers (formerly Project Treasure) release date revealed

Durandle

2 years ago

Looks kinda fun, reminds me of Dungeon of the Endless a little. Only concern, as usual, is what will the F2P part be.
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The Conduit developer is making a CCG for Oculus Rift

Durandle

2 years ago

@butcher8 you are incorrect, if you are attempting to imply it'll have Vive support on the Rift store. Oculus are trying to win a customer base by tying them down to their store and their hardware.
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Durandle

2 years ago

I was about to complain that VR really doesn't need stuff to be exclusive, it's going to be hard enough getting people to buy into it without the "So which headset does this work with?" question. HOWEVER, its a CCG... so Oculus can keep it, no probs. I'm sure VR brings a lot to a CCG. Yep.
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Watch: The Division's loot is cool and boring all at once

Durandle

2 years ago

Yep, the look system is basically pretty dull. Almost every item I found was a % value higher/lower with little else to make it worth using. Some had "special" attributes, such as "More damage to enemies on low health", which is a good start - if they add *a lot more* of that kind of thing, that'd pretty much fix the situation. "% chance not to consume ammo" "100% crit chance on targets on full health" "% chance bullets will penetrate target" etc etc.
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Carmageddon: Max Damage announced for PS4 and Xbox One

Durandle

2 years ago

Dunno what all this bland and mediocre nonsense is about. Its a game about wacky racing while running people over and making other cars explode. On that they delivered exactly what was wanted. The engine creaked and leaked at first mind you, though now it runs very well post patching (for me anyway). My grading of a game is: Did I have fun? In this case "Yes I did", thus it is a good game. Simple logic perhaps, but for a game, pretty sound.
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Sony is trying - and failing - to trademark "Let's Play"

Durandle

2 years ago

@DreadedWalrus So that when people go "Oh lets find a lets play for XYZ game", Sony can search-engine-optimise the crap out of making sure their 'trademark' hits come out first.

Oh perhaps so they can be trendy and hip - "Oh Yeeeeah, we're totally down with lets play!" etc etc
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What you actually do in The Division

Durandle

2 years ago

"To merge shooting with strong RPG elements - I was never worried, but some people who gave it a short amount of thought might think how could you possibly combine these two things?"

You mean like all three of the excellent S.T.A.L.K.E.R games? Kinda annoying when they talk about it like they're inventing/creating something for the first time.
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Brilliant Fallout 4 mod shows you exactly what your character will say during dialogue

Durandle

2 years ago

@Chewbaccasdad I found yellow ones roughly 50/50 with 5 charisma. I found it a frustrating as hell design choice, but there are few of those in FO4 so...
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