SClaw

Tiny vs Big: In praise of Titanfall's smart pistol

SClaw

4 years ago

Plays like a solid 8, by EG standards. If you like it, you'll like it, if you don't, you won't care at all. Nothing special.
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Reanimated: The story of Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines

SClaw

5 years ago

@Arcturas This is STILL the best thing I've ever seen in a game. It was like playing a completely different game. Oh... for new Malkavian's out there - listen to the whispers of your crazed imagination. You might be surprised what you hear (seriously!).
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Playing Tetris helps treat lazy eye, doctors report

SClaw

5 years ago

Study size... 18 whole people. Hmm. Sciency.
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Metro: Last Light "one of, if not the best looking game you can actually buy"

SClaw

5 years ago

@gortdeverall That was clearly the FUCKING JOKE I WAS MAKING.
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SClaw

5 years ago

Holy shit. The graphics in that trailer are amazing. They look like real people!
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HMV could be rescued this morning in £50 million Hilco buyout

SClaw

5 years ago

@PlugMonkey You have two apple shops one local and the other on Tax Haven Island. Granpaís Olí Apples sells apples at £1.50 (which barely covers his increasing overheads and physical store costs) while Applzon charges £1 including first class postage; this arrangement works because Applzon have a bulk distribution deal with the apple suppliers and massive corporate contracts with the postal service, not to mention they tax dodge a bit.

Now these two stores sell apples side by side Ė metaphorically Ė for ages with no issues, but Granpaís Olí Apples faces rises costs in terms of labour and physical store maintenance, and has failed to diversify his product base to counter future losses (Applzon now sell pears as well). Lo and beholdÖ one day Granpaís Olí Apples goes bankrupt.

Now only Applzon supplies applies to the town, still benefiting from reduced operating costs.

However, it now lacks competition Ė besides ShopApple, who are a small player riding the margins and lacking diversity Ė so they have no need to maintain a low price point, because they have a virtual monopoly over apple sales (ShopApple isnít exactly widely known, and if it were its distribution channels would be too narrow to meet market demand Ė thatís how they keep the prices down). With this in mind Applzon begins to increases prices and thus its profit margin by a significant amountÖ suddenly your apple, including delivery, costs £1.25.

Competition improves service to customers. It is absolutely vital. Itís not a price war, itís simply a price seesaw. You take something off one end, and the other end shoots up into the air.
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SClaw

5 years ago

@MerricK Huh? Drink less coffee dude.

If you don't like corporation tax dodging, then vote for a party who isn't on the take (Tory) or too stupid to notice (Labour).

HMV rescue = good no matter how you feel about them personally.
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SClaw

5 years ago

@PlugMonkey It's not the same as having samething on the high street. Distrubtors are still very old fashioned; bricks and mortar mean something to them.
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SClaw

5 years ago

This is good for the remaining staff and for the rest of us (if it comes off).

HMV are shit, absolutely, and complete rip-off merchants but... without a physical retail presence on the hightstreet, I don't think online retailers selling the same sort of products will keep their prices down as they have.

As much as I use Amazon for pretty much everything, I don't want them to be the only shop. They need competition. HMV and Game are necessary to keep them relatively honest.
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Farming Simulator on PS3 and Xbox 360 the first week of September

SClaw

5 years ago

GOTY
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Microsoft creative director dismisses "drama" around always-online consoles

SClaw

5 years ago

I... see. Indeed. What a helpful and charming chap.
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BioShock Infinite ending explained

SClaw

5 years ago

I accidently read some spoilers on this the other day, and frankly it made me glad I haven't gotten the game yet because it sounds like a particularly shit episode of Doctor Who (or, to be fair, a cheap paperback sci-fi novel). Iím sure that doesnít diminish the feel of the setting or gameplay but... game storylines apparently still have a long way to go to catch up with literature. Obviously I reserve final judgement for when I actually do play it (and I will), but yeah... not lighting any fires here so far. Only hope it's better in practice than in a reading.
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Plastic Soul: One man's quest to build an AI that can create games

SClaw

5 years ago

@StooMonster I can cite the perfect example; Clive Sinclair.

He was a bit of genius, certainly, but had bugger all commercial sense. He let his imagination run rampant, which is a wonderful thing, but it broke him and his company. And who picked up the profits from this clever manís mind? Alan Sugar.

People certainly take calculated risks in big business, but with the weight of huge responsibility on their shoulders (employees and so on) theyíll never take the wild risks on random ideas and dreams a ďfreeĒ scientist would take.
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SClaw

5 years ago

@mtrc Itís an endlessly interesting topic of debate, which youíre thankfully not defensive about.

I know a lot of researchers or scientists are funny about scientific purity and high ideals so they donít even want to engage in conversation about profitability and scientific responsibility (which endlessly amuses me, as some of historyís greatest minds were just as much business demons as deep thinkers Ė Edison, Newton, etc).

Coming from an engineering and business background, Iím always going to be of the opposite opinion to you I think. Science should advance as necessary based on demand and requirement; not simply because it is possible to advance.

But thatís so not a topic for the comments section.

Thanks for reading/replying!
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SClaw

5 years ago

@mtrc Good point about the relative cost difference of those activities. It was a strawman to compare it to cancer, I can see that.

However, Iíll have to disagree with you on the value of ďblue sky researchĒ. While itís possible something great may come from it itís also possible that nothing will come from it. Having worked with researchers at Brum Uni I know full well they completely agree with you; and that they have zero commercial common sense. In business you donít engage in an activity unless youíve mapped the risks and potential future profits. You donít throw money or time at something Ė even a trivial amount Ė until youíve got a proven case. There are no risk takers in big business; there are shrewd calculators. But donít worry; I know trying to convince a scientist of that is a waste of time!

Your justification for researching autonomous creativity there sounds a bit more like philosophy than hard science. But I suspect that, much like the above, this is the difference between the thought processes of a scientist and a businessman.
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SClaw

5 years ago

@darkmorgado My comment was more about the aimless nature of science in this countryís universities, where there is absolutely no oversight in research or thesis study. Instead itís lead by individual whim, which is creating a generation of piss poor scientists with no commercial sense.

But this, in and of itself, is an arguably worthless task. Humans are perfectly capable of creative and independent design already. If he was creating an AI which intelligently assisted with that process, then that might be laudable, but what heís making it a replacement. As a work of art and amusement, itís very cool; as a piece of science it isnít.

Good article though. I wasnít faulting that. Nice to see this stuff on EG.
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SClaw

5 years ago

When you wonder why cancer hasnít been cured yet, come look at this article. Very interesting stuff, but a complete waste of a grant.
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Battlefield 4 screenshots hit the internet ahead of debut trailer

SClaw

5 years ago

@A_FAN Did I say it was bad? No. It's just not quite different enough from BF3 to bother with. I'd rather they made more map packs and just left it at that. I would totally buy it if they added a dating system though. Or cooking.
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SClaw

5 years ago

GUNS! EXPLOSIONS! BOAT! EXPLOSIONS! GUNS! Fucking revolutionary!

Skip.
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Nvidia demonstrates potentially revolutionary new face-rendering tech

SClaw

5 years ago

Ira is fulgy.
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This is what top-level COD competition ****ing looks like

SClaw

5 years ago

Ladies and gentlemen... here are the spokesmen for our hobby. No wonder people think gamers are twats. Sigh.
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SimCity update 1.7 released, includes traffic congestion improvements

SClaw

5 years ago

I love how it's clearly still not working in that video. Why would you turn left there???
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Breathing life into BioShock Infinite

SClaw

5 years ago

@AgentDaleCooper

I think we all know it's getting an 8, but not because EG are on the take - it just amuses them to make is whine about that number.

I'd rather have some news - sponsored or not - than none. This is better than another Peter Molyneux crazed rant.
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SClaw

5 years ago

With the amount of press you've given this game, EG, you'd better hope it's going to be damn good. I do too... but often when a game gets so many previews it turns out to be over hyped pap.
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Games Workshop licenses Warhammer 40K to Slitherine

SClaw

5 years ago

very close to the lead-figure board game
Nerd moment... they don't use lead anymore, and it's a table top game - not a board game!
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"Why should we ask how long a game is?"

SClaw

5 years ago

You never question how long a movie was
Yes. I do. Have you been to the cinema lately? If it's under two hours I feel damn ripped off.
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Sony changes "misogynistic" God of War: Ascension Trophy name

SClaw

5 years ago

Gods of War has always been a bit Bernard Manning. Pretends it's satirising something(extremely violence, sex, sexism, etc)... but actually is just doing it because it can. And whatever. Lots of things do. Admit it, take it in context and shake your head a little at it's childishness (Gods of War IS childish, no matter how you look at it). There are worse things in the world than an obviously silly fantasy computer game.
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Lost Planet 3 out in Europe on 28th June

SClaw

5 years ago

Something is... WRONG... with those faces. That video is freaking me out.
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Mass Effect 3: Citadel review

SClaw

5 years ago

@Whitster Translation: "How dare you charge me for dessert sir, don't you know I bought a main course?!?"
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SClaw

5 years ago

I didn't stick by the series; then, much later, decided I was being a needy prick by moaning about a crappy ten minutes of a 100+ hour super adventure. I've replayed all three games (right up to the last mission, which I arrived at - thankfully - the day before this came out), and I must say this DLC is a complete treat. Not a step wrong from start to finish, and a wonderful farewell to the game. If you were ever a fan, then it's worth your money. 100%.
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Hollywood director Sam Raimi speaks of Blizzard's "mismanagement" of the World of Warcraft movie

SClaw

5 years ago

Ahhh LARP. No matter how nerdy and weird I go, at least I'll always be better than those guys.
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EA cans Dead Space series following poor sales of Dead Space 3 - report

SClaw

5 years ago

That's a fair call. I think three is enough. I'd rather have a new IP at this point.
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Why Star Trek won't be another Aliens: Colonial Marines

SClaw

5 years ago

Unlike Aliens, Star Trek has actually had more great games than terrible ones. They've had some stinkers, alright, but they've had enough gems to give you hope as well.
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Parents refused refund by Apple after son spends £1700 on free iPad game

SClaw

5 years ago

In other news; ipad confirmed not to be equal to parental attention.
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Several staffers on Aliens: Colonial Marines spill the beans on what went wrong - report

SClaw

5 years ago

Some days, I come to EG and think... why don't I just go to Kotaku? I mean, you lift most of your content from there these days.
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Deus Ex movie director looking to District 9, Looper and Inception for inspiration

SClaw

5 years ago

Or, you know, look at the films those films blatantly ripped-off. Inception, for example, was a big dumb rip-off of Paprika. We don't need a third party rip-off film TYVM.
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BioShock Infinite Season Pass announced

SClaw

5 years ago

@Jimjamyaha That made me laugh more than it should have.
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PlayStation 4 out November, has Xbox Live-style subscription - report

SClaw

5 years ago

Wow... I just became really cynical about this...

Live style subscription gouging... AKA the reason I donít own an Xbox.

Mobile phone integration? I can chat to my friends... with my fucking phone already.

The Eye built in? Does anyone remember that Sony patent for a camera to see whoís watching films and pause them if more people than you paid for are there, etc? I smell a rat here...

And this Cloud business I expect will be an extra subscription on top of the other one.
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Back to Bed resembles a creepy, surrealistic nightmare take on ilomilo

SClaw

5 years ago

@The_Asking Wow... that pretty much is exactly the same. Right down to the dog.
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Sony considering £300 PS4 UK price, claims The Times

SClaw

5 years ago

Depending on the launch games, that's caught my interest very much.
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System Shock 2 back from the dead and available on GOG.com now

SClaw

5 years ago

Ahhh the good old days. Shodan is still the only game villian worthy of the name.
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The PR man who spams games journalists about classical music

SClaw

5 years ago

I could not agree more with him. Pretty much the only music I buy these days is game, or occassionally film, soundtracks. Great music to work by, and you can always find a track to suit your mood.
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Preposterous Saw and Kirk Douglas-themed GTA hacks are sold in African game shops

SClaw

5 years ago

@Ziggletooth Don't be a tosser. African isn't like in the movies, numb nuts.
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Buffy and Mass Effect actor Robin Sachs dies aged 61

SClaw

5 years ago

I briefly saw something about this earlier and thought "oh shit Giles is dea... oh wait, it's just Ethan". Not in a bad way but... you know.
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Dead Space 3 Awakened DLC out next month, has franchise's "darkest chapters"

SClaw

5 years ago

Awesome just what I needed to extend my play time with... a game that's not out yet. I... don't mind DLC. But, like, wait until I own the game before you pimp it at me please?
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Dead Space 3 review

SClaw

5 years ago

Danik = Elton John?
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Scribblenauts Unlimited delayed in Europe just three days before release

SClaw

5 years ago

Someone forgot to check what appears when you write "giant cock".
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Borderlands 2 writer responds to allegations of racism

SClaw

5 years ago

Eh? I... never even thought before reading this. It's a complete surprise.

And I love the word badonkadonk! It's just fun to say! I don't even know what it means!
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Shooters: How Video Games Fund Arms Manufacturers

SClaw

5 years ago

That was very interesting but anyone who is even remotely surprised by this is, frankly, an idiot.

Pretty much every heavy industry company has an arms division so buying a car, using a train, taking a flight, turning on your computer, etcÖ all that feeds back into manufacturing weapons somewhere along the line. We live in such an interconnected world that such situations are literally impossible to avoid. And hey, you know what, your TAX money pays for a shit ton of weapons and killy stuff.

Is it surprising game publishers donít want to talk about it? No. Of course not. It sounds really bad, even though itís perfectly commonplace for every single industry.

Iím not making a moral call either way. There are worse things in our various entertainment industries which deserve more attention (the rampant sexualisation of children, for example). Guns in games is a drop in an ocean of sin.
Either way, it was an interesting article though.
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Facts and figurines: Is there more to Disney Infinity than a Skylanders clone?

SClaw

5 years ago

Damn it. How is a 32 year old with no kids legitimately allowed to play this? I need some sort of justifiable excuse to convince myself I'm not a giant child!
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