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No Man's Sky headed to Xbox One, next big update arrives this summer

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3 weeks ago

@ShiftyGeezer It's pretty much accepted that were Hello Games not explicitly backed by Sony, this would/could have launched as a Steam Early Access title. People dipping their toes would have seen the limited gameplay loop and Hello could have attempted to expand on it earlier.

Would it have got anywhere near the sales? Probably not, which would have meant it wouldn't have seen the scope of the updates it's seen since launch either. Swings & roundabouts, really.
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Grainger Games tells shops not to open, they are being closed

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3 weeks ago

@Medic_alert Job losses aside (which, of course, are never good) the disappearance of the 'retail clout' could help the consoles be more dynamic with their digital offerings - having to keep pace with brick and mortar release schedules and also artificially bumping pricing to match the retail SKU (with its distributor & re-seller margin) are business practices that need to die.
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Nintendo Switch system update 5.0 doesn't live up to its big new version number

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1 month ago

Parental Controls shouldn't be given an 'oh, and this crap too' dismissal.

It's fairly important for a family device that carries 18-rated shooters alongside child-friendly titles and also likely has a parents credit card plugged in somewhere for digital purchases.

The PS4 was a nightmare until the recently update added proper age-based ratings for sub-accounts.
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I owe everything I am to Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday

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2 months ago

I remember reading about in Sega Power, but I never had a Mega Drive to play it...
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de Blob owner THQ Nordic buys Saints Row and Dead Island owner Koch Media for 121m euro

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2 months ago

@zoidberg I believe FreeSpace:TGW & FS2 are still 'officially' with Interplay, as they're the ones selling it on the digital stores.

That said, the product as a saleable property was ruined by EULAs that meant both games were effectively freeware.
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Jelly Deals: Half-term sale at TheGameCollection now live

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2 months ago

@deadhomie That's a random marketplace sale and they only have 3 in stock. They more than likely came onto the marketplace after this article was written and sent for approval.

Don't be that guy ;)
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Nintendo Labo costs at least £60 in the UK

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3 months ago

@MrTummyGiggles LEGO isn't made of cardboard...
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Lego Pixar's Incredibles, DC Comics villains games in development

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3 months ago

@barchetta The problem is Dr. Who & Simpsons were a perfect fit for Dimensions because they were made to promote niche adult-focused builds - neither property is 100% suited for LEGO's main target market.
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3 months ago

@Fleisch Or better yet, set across *all* versions. The current animated series is immense.
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Sources: Microsoft plots Fable return

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3 months ago

Whilst they're at it, get building some interest by finally releasing Fable 2 for PC, eh?
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Sting to star in American folklore game Where the Water Tastes Like Wine

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3 months ago

The last good video game featuring Sting.
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Ubisoft is giving away Assassin's Creed: Black Flag for free next week on PC

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5 months ago

@DreadedWalrus The soundtrack was incredible.

I mean, Tears for Fears!
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Desperately trying to get Ubisoft to talk about Far Cry 5's controversial US setting

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5 months ago

Leading questions or not, it’s clear Ubisoft are scared of what they have here, given how they’ve no doubt seen how the people from these ‘communities’ rally and react to even the slightest of jabs.

If it wasn’t a Far Cry game well into development, they’d have no doubt shelved it as being ‘not suitable for the current climate’...
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Black Friday 2017: Digital Foundry says this 4K TV is a great TV/monitor for £349

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5 months ago

NB - Includes Steam Link if you're a PC gamer!
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Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot boxes investigated by Belgian Gaming Commission

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5 months ago

Once obtained, players are always guaranteed to receive content that can be used in game.
Of course, in this case, 'can be used in game' really means 'converted to credits to buy other things because it's the umpteenth dupe of the same character'.
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Should you buy an Xbox One X?

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5 months ago

@hungarygrowler He said the OG PS4, so I guess he's referring to the original A-Chassis release.
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How Valve released five of its greatest games in a single day

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6 months ago

@Foolish_Monkey They've since released Left 4 Dead 1 & 2, Portal 2 & DOTA 2..?
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Ex-Uncharted developer alleges sexual harassment at Naughty Dog

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6 months ago

@AdamNovice yes, let’s completely discredit him in the basis he didn’t slander someone or provide graphic detail in a series of 140-character bursts.

For goodness sake, replying to a rape or harassment claim like this is exactly how HW got away with it for years - shaming the victim enables it.
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Officially licensed PS4 mini gamepad looks a bit like a Joy-Con

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6 months ago

@Tiny_Kaiju I doubt it - if they weren’t following the Bluetooth standard, they wouldn’t work in anything else.

My guess is the PS4 has a MAC filter applied to its Bluetooth interface that only allows devices with addresses in ‘official’ ranges from connecting.
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6 months ago

Yep, on this. My youngest (4) occasionally tries to play LEGO games with her brother and she can barely handle a DS4 because she's a bit of a mite.
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Cuphead review

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7 months ago

@GreatnessAwaits It's as if they are two separate reviewers working for two separate sites with two separate editorial teams...
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Nintendo Super NES Classic mini review

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7 months ago

I don’t want to be one of ‘those’ guys, but Digital Foundry should do a three-way contest between an original SNES, a SNES Mini and a Pi 3 running RetroPie, just to conclusively put to bed which is the better experience (legallity of the latter aside).
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It really does look like Rockstar animated horse testicles for Red Dead Redemption 2

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7 months ago

Given they made Trevor's nutsack it's own physics entity in GTA V, this doesn't surprise me.
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SNES mini teardown confirms recycled NES mini tech

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7 months ago

@skunkfish the software interface was done by Nintendo - the underlying emulator is likely RetroArch running bSNES or zSNES, under license.

I could be wrong, but these emulators have been developed & forked for years. Nintendo aren’t going to just come along and ‘do a better job’ in a few months. They’re just in a better position because they’re not operating in a legal grey area.

Heck, the only way Nintendo could do better would have been to do a whole new main board with genuine (or at least ‘equivalent’) SNES components, not software emulation.
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7 months ago

@sakealex first-party emulation? You think Nintendo wrote their own emulator?
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7 months ago

@super_majstor largely because they're so scarce?
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PlayStation Plus October games lineup includes Metal Gear Solid 5

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7 months ago

@hugomarques1 re-read the article...

*Hideo Kojima's* Solid Snake swansong...
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Cammy's stage from Super Street Fighter 2 reimagined for Street Fighter 5

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7 months ago

@BabyBabyBabyOh I think that's the point - they're essentially a Japanese-centric stereotypical view of the various fighters countries.

See also: G Gundam
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Shadow of War developer discusses the game's controversial loot boxes

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7 months ago

@icematt12 careful mate, don't mention Overwatch or those guys will rock up to explain why 'it's patently not the same'!
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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds developer slams Fortnite for "replicating" gameplay

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7 months ago

@paralipsis Any evidence of this accusation?
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7 months ago

@mrw0lfe They came before Plunkbat!
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7 months ago

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Apple reveals iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X

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7 months ago

@spekkeh The Animoji's are you record are turned into a video and then sent, so it should (in theory) work on other platforms (i.e. Messenger, WhatsApp).

It's also waterproof.
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7 months ago

@Boardwise Did you miss the bit where our currency has lost 20% of its value in the last year?
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7 months ago

@cruxer666 Well, it failed once because Federighi didn't swipe up properly - the lock screen jumped and fell back down again.

If anything, it showed that it was a genuine representation of the device and not a faked demo, which I wouldn't put past Apple, given how stage-managed everything else is (such as that Watch phone call to the woman on the lake).
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7 months ago

@thumbgoals It's compatible with the Qi standard though, so you should be able to use it with cheaper OEM pads, which, for Apple, is pretty surprising!
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PewDiePie apologises for racial slur

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7 months ago

@Concrete You can say sorry without meaning it enough times that the apology itself becomes meaningless.
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PS Plus September games include inFamous: Second Son and Child of Light

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8 months ago

@Sora888 Given they gave everyone the chance to lock in a 15-month sub before the hike, I'm happy with them 'justifying' it with more games!
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Steam users review-bomb Sonic Mania over unexpected DRM

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8 months ago

@cptmold Did you realise Sega patched the game about 5 hours ago?

https://twitter.com/SEGA_Europe/status/902901749828255748
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8 months ago

@the_ewan Denuvo isn't DRM - it's basically a checksum.
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8 months ago

@Naetharu The irony of you being upset about one party installing industry-standard anti-tamper software on your PC without your permission but you're also happy to just take a cracked .exe from GCW or Megagames without running it through a hex-editor to see if it's turning your machine into a bot-net node...
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8 months ago

@UncleLou Steam protecting the game .exe is an optional decision for people who sell stuff via the service.

It's generally applied to new releases, but not old re-releases where the game exe cannot be reverse engineered because it's old.

One that springs to mind is Wolf 3D will launch without Steam running once it's downloaded.
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8 months ago

@Naetharu They are not explicitly installing anything without your permission - Denuvo was simply bundled as part of the game code, which you gave permission to install by virtue of buying it & choosing to install it - think of that as your EULA.

Sega made a mistake and didn't explicitly list the DRM on the store page, something they fixed almost immediately - don't agree with it? Go get a refund, as is your consumer right!

As many have tried to dispel the FUD around Denuvo, it's not an invasive Rootkit DRM like Starforce or SafeDisc - it only requires online 're-decryption' if the game is patched or the system hardware changes. The fact the game isn't working offline is likely going to be down to a bug or a typo not picked up by QA rather than some planned business practices.

Also, these 'peaceful protests' aren't as peaceful as you think - review bombing is second only to Metacritic review bombing. These things are used as performance metrics by the suits in charge and if people are just dicks about things without giving Sega a chance to answer for their crimes or make amends, then it's more likely they'll just stop bringing games to the platform.

Fact Check - you've *always* lived in a world where you've never owned games. The bit you used to own is the delivery method - that there was no means to prevent you re-using it in the past doesn't mean you ever 'owned' the product.
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8 months ago

Will the addition of a DRM warning be enough to convince angry PC gamers to give Sonic Mania a second chance?
Of course it won't, because these principled angry internet men NEVER change...

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PlayStation 4 firmware update 5.0 will add 1080p60 Twitch streaming

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8 months ago

@drxym Take one guess why 'better media support' is being ignored. Sony want you to buy it from them on a supported format!
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8 months ago

...so each child has different communications, content-viewing and spending limit privileges
It already does.

Currently, the maddening thing is the game/app limits are enforced at a console level, not account level, so if you set the PS4 as 'level 9' for an 18-rated game, you have to remember to set it back to a lower level, else the sub-account can freely play it, despite that account having a lower level baked into it.

What the fuck is wrong with Sony just blocking/allowing content based on the DoB you're made to supply to set up a Sub Account, like their own documentation claims happens (but patently doesn't).

Please, jebus, let this be fixed in v5.0
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One year on, is No Man's Sky the game it should have been?

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8 months ago

@Kasual7 The media can only work with what they're told and see - when you have managed bullshots, publisher campaigns, misinformation and fully-featured vertical slices, what hope do they have?
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8 months ago

@carmagainagain Sony have already pretty much disowned the game, despite creating the problem with their pre-release marketing campaign, yet they still threw Sean Murray under a bus.

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2016-09-16-sonys-shuhei-yoshida-on-no-mans-sky
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8 months ago

I still firmly believe this game was ruined by the Sony marketing machine - I know the money they poured in got it over the finish line, but this was *so* the game that needed at least 6 months in Steam Early Access so that people went into it with the intention of watching/helping it develop and improve, not slating it for living up to a load of unassailable marketing bullshot.
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