drxym

The Grand Tour Game is a bad game, but an interesting vision for interactive TV

drxym

1 day ago

Amazon would have been better off giving Forza / Gran Turismo a heap of cash to feature a Grand Tour channel and some unlockable car / kit to go with each episode. Probably cheaper to license and more relevant to people who actually want to drive good simulations of these vehicles.
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Westworld mobile game that Bethesda called 'blatant Fallout Shelter rip-off' is closing down

drxym

2 days ago

@Anrkist the plot was too weird but the individual episodes were fine
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EA's open-world Star Wars game canned in favour of smaller project

drxym

2 days ago

Your lightsabre is out of power and will take 16:00 hours to recharge. Or you can recharge faster, do you want to buy

A handful of kyber crystals - $1.99
A bagful of kyber crystals- $5.99
A landspeeder of kyber crystals- $9.99
A B-wing of kyber crystals - $39.99
A death star of kyber crystals BEST VALUE - $99.99

Also buy midichlorian booster packs to use the force to retry some challenges.
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Aladdin, Yoda and Rocket star in cancelled Disney Infinity 4.0 footage

drxym

4 days ago

Nice figurines, godawful game. Probably why kids got bored with it. See also Lego Dimensions, Skylanders etc.

Funnily enough Disney did do a sandbox properly - Toy Story 3 was a very good game considering it could have been dreck. Disney Infinity should have been more like that especially since it came from the same developers.
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The Irishness of The Witcher 3's Skellige

drxym

1 week ago

@UncleLou The Norn Iron accents were a bit of a giveaway
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FIFA 19 streamers buying thousands of pounds worth of FUT Team of the Year packs reminds us the odds are very much against us

drxym

1 week ago

@supersaintee and at least with bookies you know the odds. The odds in games should also be visible and there should be rules about auditing / disclosure to ensure their payout rate is correct and fair
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drxym

1 week ago

Anyone who falls for this needs their examined.

And countries should regulate this as gambling, slap an 18 rating on the game and impose in-game spend limits on the platforms it appears on.
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Orcs Must Die! Unchained and Hero Academy games close their doors in April

drxym

1 week ago

I didn't even know there was an online Orcs Must Die. I have OMD & OMD2 and they're fun games although they get hard in later levels. But at least it's *fair* hard, as in you don't have to pay real money or grind to buy boosters to overcome artificial difficulty.
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Here's a first look at the long-awaited third episode of The Walking Dead: The Final Season

drxym

2 weeks ago

Spoiler: Clementine says "I must go now, my planet needs me" before disappearing off-frame, player gets to decide if they died on the way, the end
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Twitch re-bans Fortnite player who allegedly assaulted his pregnant partner on-stream

drxym

2 weeks ago

@MrTomFTW it's even possible to see it in downvotes to these comments. Some sick, immature people around.
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drxym

2 weeks ago

This situation should be a no-brainer - be recorded assaulting somebody on the service = ban for life. No negotiations or second chances.
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How Xbox One S is falling behind - but also defining the future

drxym

2 weeks ago

@the_ewan the price isn't the only benefit. When I bought RDR2 I had to endure a 60 minute install plus patch. If this is all cloud-side, then all I would do is click and the game starts. I wouldn't care how the big a game was, or the amount of content. I would be instantly playing it.

I recognize the arguments about latency or bandwidth but when it comes to it, if it is convenient and easy to play games through a streaming service then ultimately it's going to win. Especially if streaming opens up games and possibilities that a console / PC couldn't even consider.
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drxym

2 weeks ago

@Jonamok yes it will be. Which is no different to how many multiplayer games and the likes of Netflix work today. When I play World of Tanks I use the EU servers because I'm in proximity of them. When I play Netflix videos, the service routes my request to the nearest repository of the content I want to play. Netflix even embeds servers with ISPs to ensure quality of service and minimize hops.

I could easily see a similar situation with streaming games. Proxy nodes and dedicated pipelines to servers.

As for broadband, enough people have good broadband to support streaming from the likes of Netflix, IPTV, Twitch, PSNow and so on. The latter is a streaming game service, broadband will continue to improve.

It's a no-brainer the direction all this is going. Microsoft are doing diskless consoles as a first step in that direction. SteamPlay / In-Home was another. PSNow is another. Project Stream is another. The transition may take time but its obvious that it is happening.
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drxym

2 weeks ago

I think in the future that consoles will be little more than Chromecast sticks and controllers. They'll make them subscription services where all the hardware / networking / compute / graphics runs on server and games are only limited by what the server can do. At present streaming usually means they're running a console at the other end but it doesn't have to be.

I can easily imagine multiplayer games appearing in the not too distant future where there are hundreds or thousands of people playing in a fully destructible massive environment because the limits on what console hardware or its network simply don't exist any more. It won't be Ready Player One quality but it might increasingly start resembling that in some ways.
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Lego Lord of the Rings games removed from Steam, Xbox and PS4 stores

drxym

2 weeks ago

@Number1Laing And some of them sound pretty good and align with my thoughts - dump the Elf / Dwarf love triangle, dump Radaghast, dump Dol Guldur (although it is part of the lore), dump some of the stupider action sequences and anticlimactic skirmishes. Move the focus back onto the book's storyline.

Jackson, has the means to go farther than some fan edit - alternate takes, new CG, rescored music & potentially call in favours with actors to have some lines redubbed. Given the disappointment with the series, perhaps some day he might do this.
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drxym

2 weeks ago

@spacedmonkeys The Hobbit series is a rare occasion where a director's cut should be lopping entire scenes and subplots out of it.
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HMV will accept your gift cards despite administration

drxym

2 weeks ago

HMV's problem is the same as GAME - both sell physical media for a lot more money than people can buy it elsewhere. If they cut their margins on the new stuff they might get more footfall, repeat business that they could use to drive sales of impulse items.

Or they could just keep doing what they're doing and crash and burn. Again.
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G2A under fire for charging users for not logging in

drxym

4 weeks ago

@zippie151 I don't see that as an issue. Customer money is most likely held in a bank account or low risk fund for that purpose. Money that cumulatively must be earning a nice slice of interest. They've just decided to use a clause in their clickthru terms to take the money from that fund and put it in their own.
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drxym

4 weeks ago

A dormant account costs virtually nothing in upkeep. Saying otherwise is a blatant lie.
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Spare a thought for the person who gets the wrong games machine at Christmas

drxym

4 weeks ago

I had an Amiga, then an ST, then another Amiga. The ST was an obviously inferior machine but it did get most of the mainstream games as ports and most of them survived in a playable form. About the only good thing I have to say about it is that the OS was in ROM so you just booted straight into it - no workbench disks or whatever. Otherwise it was Amiga all the way. Aside from the better hardware, the OS was simply miles ahead of any other desktop platform although that diminished over time, e.g preemptive multitasking.

Apparently the Atari Falcon + MultiTOS / MiNT rectified most of the platform's deficiencies and then some, but by then it was too late. The Amiga "won", but the victory was shortlived because the Amiga died too. In fact, the biggest bullet I dodged was to NOT order an A4000 machine which I saved up for. Commodore jacked up the retail price so I bought a PC instead and I'm rather glad in hindsight that I did.
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Sony's just released a new Lemmings game for mobile

drxym

4 weeks ago

Microtransactions. Why not just sell a fun self contained little game without trying to screw people over all the time?
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Fallout 76 players say the Atom shop prices are getting out of hand

drxym

1 month ago

I don't think I've played a game before where at least some seasonal content -- Christmas, Easter, New Year, Paddy's Day, Halloween, Valentines etc. wasn't just given away to players. In some games, they even have entire seasonal events, e.g. World of Tanks where they hand out free stuff like candy. Obviously they sell stuff too but they're not scrooges about the stuff they give away for free.

All I can surmise is some games are more interested in building a community and goodwill in their player base than others. I suppose it's fitting for Fallout 76 that they want a wasteland community instead of a vibrant player base because it fits in with the theme of the game.
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Subnautica is free from the Epic Games Store right now

drxym

1 month ago

Oh joy yet another store + ecosystem
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UK union wants to tackle video game industry crunch

drxym

1 month ago

@Jodders3304

I have first-hand what can happen from unionizing. My wife worked in a place that pre-union was expanding, had good salaries, bonuses & conditions, good manager / worker relations. Some people agitated to unionize largely based on relatively minor grievances about shift patterns and nonsense sold to them by the union.

Working relations turned toxic, the expansion was cancelled, lots of people were laid off (including my wife), and the entire business is being sold off. But the union got its foot in the door and all those lovely monthly membership fees so a big win right?

So yeah unions can lobby and be a force for good, but I suspect their primary motivation is, first and foremost, their own wellbeing. The bigger a union becomes the more this becomes the case. I would personally favour of restricting union membership to a maximum size so they cannot lose sight of who they are meant to be serving.
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drxym

1 month ago

@TitusCrow Look at the inability for the UK & other countries to hold clothing manufacturers to standards. And those work practices are truly despicable - buildings collapsing on workers, fires, health issues etc.

What we're talking about here is some overseas workers getting crunched to finish a game. It sucks but hardly comparable and nobody is going to give a damn. If you want oversight then you keep the jobs in the UK but give employment law the powers to whack the worst offenders and make the others tow the line.
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drxym

1 month ago

As bad as crunch and work practices are, if people think a union will solve their problems they're in for a major disappointment. What will happen if people agitate for a union is that these companies will shift more of their work overseas, or outsource it to places which are non-unionized. Happens all the time.

Workers should really be lobbying for changes in law that limit the maximum work hours someone can do and also put remedies in place that allow companies and individual managers to be fined if they violate those laws.
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Konami launches free-to-play PES 2019 Lite

drxym

1 month ago

I'm very surprised it took this long. Games like FIFA, PES may as well be free in a limited form and then the games can sell season passes, teams, leagues, stadiums etc. Providing they kept providing updates & events, then the chances are they'd make their money that way.
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Developer finally releases cancelled ZX Spectrum game 30 years after he finished it

drxym

1 month ago

The first game I bought for the ZX Spectrum was Arcadia and it cost me 5.50 which would be about 17.50 in today's money. So $4.99 is pretty good value. Even the budget Codemasters games weren't that cheap.
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John Romero announces Doom spiritual successor Sigil

drxym

1 month ago

Whenever the word "spiritual successor" appears, treat it with a massive grain of salt. Yeah there have been a few games which have earned that moniker but so many more which haven't.

It also seems a tad odd to be a "spiritual successor" to a game series which is still in development.
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How Fallout 76 players are finding the fun

drxym

1 month ago

It seems odd to me that they didn't do this as an MMO, where there are genuinely thousands of other players in the same world as yourself. There are certainly issues to solve with that approach but it would suit this kind of game better than a derisory 20 players total. I'm thinking Bethesda was just too cheap to stump up for the servers to run their own game.

I've seen games too which have tried to do away with, minimize, or supplement the number of NPCs. That's fine I guess, but it means the entire game economy had better be damn well balanced or you're going to end up with a complete mess and many players performing menial grind work.
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Bethesda offers 500 Atoms to customers affected by Fallout 76 bag-gate

drxym

2 months ago

"... and as compensation for bilking you with a shoddy product, please accept some digital currency which literally cost us nothing to conjure out of thin air"
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Just Cause 4 has next-level physics - but does it run smoothly?

drxym

2 months ago

That footage looks WAY too similar to Just Cause 3. JC3 was fine for about half its play length until you realised you'd seen everything the physics and enemy AI had to offer and you were off to attack yet another town / base, barely different apart from arrangement from the last town / base.
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Performance analysis: Fallout 76's 47GB patch tested on all consoles

drxym

2 months ago

Sounds like they should have just given the game away and made their money from events, boosters, season passes etc. Chances are people would tolerate a somewhat crappy launch or restricted play area if it was clear that it was receiving regular updates. We only have to look at the likes of Fortnite to see the gajillion dollars that a free game can make if done right.

As it is, this retail game will probably flop due to poor word of mouth, will receive a few belated updates by way of apology, then some DLC will fracture the community, the few people still playing it and then it will die a slow death.
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Star Citizen shoots through the $200m raised barrier

drxym

2 months ago

@ektoraskalderis The world is full of suckers.
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drxym

2 months ago

@rosscomac Yes it is daft but not for the reasons you think.

Your excuse for Star Citizen not delivering despite 200 million in development, is that they're an incompetent startup (despite being 6 years and counting on this title). I'm not sure that this is a compelling argument in their defence. I'm not even sure it washes as an argument at all given that the lead designer is a veteran game developer.
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drxym

2 months ago

The spaceships might be virtual but the Ferraris and coke they afford won't be. Suckers.
5 1

Eurogamer Q&A: Win 1 of 5 limited edition PS4 Pros!

drxym

2 months ago

Two chicks at the same time.
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Strategy guide maker Prima Games is shutting down after 28 years

drxym

2 months ago

I assume "challenging" here is the fact that anyone who wants a guide or walkthrough to any game can find one with about 3 seconds of typing.
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Amazon's Black Friday sale extends well beyond Black Friday

drxym

2 months ago

About 5 years ago Amazon's Black Friday deals were actually interesting and featured the odd bargain. These days it's just a carousel of dreck that goes around and around and around continuously while the promotion is on. Amazon is more interested in using the event to promote Prime subscriptions, its own branded tablets, and other in-house crap.
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The Quiet Man review - a juvenile, incompetent embarrassment

drxym

2 months ago

I can't think of any game containing live action video which wasn't horribly disconcerting while it was going on. Even going back to the likes of Wing Commander, Command & Conquer. Usually feels cheap and jarring.
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Red Dead Redemption 2's endgame could do with a hardcore mode

drxym

2 months ago

If RDR2 were "realistic" then you'd spend the entire game performing menial manual labour until you die of the fever or some minor wound that has become infected.

As for the game as it exists now, I'm enjoying it but the controls are HORRIBLE. More than once I've held down L2 for some dialog options and the onscreen prompt has said press R2 to aim weapon and when I do I end up quickdrawing and shooting somebody. Last night it happened with somebody hanging from a cliff, aim gun said the prompt, OK said I expecting some dialog, blam I shot the guy in the head.
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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 now has microtransactions - and they're not going down well

drxym

3 months ago

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, ...

At this point what do people actually expect? These companies will fleece you over and over because you don't do the obvious thing and not buy these games.
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Square Enix reveals Just Cause 4's post-launch DLC plans

drxym

3 months ago

Just Cause 3 barely had enough plot or content to sustain the main missions, let alone DLC. What looks fresh and exciting at the beginning kind of gets pretty dull by the end. A lot of cut and paste bases to fight through with a few extra weapons / vehicles held back for later missions, but mostly rinse and repeat.

Just Cause 4 would have to build a lot more diverse world with a better plot to hang any DLC off.
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Here are Microsoft's concepts for a smartphone controller

drxym

3 months ago

That concept is superficially interesting but in practice would be useless. Phones have buttons at either end that these controllers obstruct. Even worse, the controllers could potentially activate them. Any controller has to not obscure the front face of the phone in any way.

Personally I have to wonder why Google (or Apple) hasn't released an official controller and an SDK to go with it so that mobile games would give controllers proper tier 1 support.
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The human cost of Red Dead Redemption 2

drxym

3 months ago

@Kiliko you're right about that. I remember Sony running some dumb streaming reality show called the Tester or something where the prize was to become a game tester. Dear god...

Anyway if people want to follow their passion they'd be better off being an indie developer. They can work at their own pace in their own time.
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drxym

3 months ago

@C0NNERS I'm passionate and love what I do. I don't get worked to death to do it.
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drxym

3 months ago

I have no idea why anybody would work in the games industry. Extreme pressure, crunch, layoffs, poor pay. There are plenty of normal jobs that would pay better with less stress.
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Red Dead Redemption 2 looks and plays best on Xbox One X

drxym

3 months ago

@Solegor I didn't necessarily say 60fps, just a higher, more consistent frame rate. A 4K display has 4x as many pixels to push over 1080p, 4x the work for shading, needs to load VRAM with larger textures, larger shadow / stencil buffers etc.

That is all budget that could be better spent on making the game look nicer at 1080p. Even people with 4K TVs might prefer the option, and a lot of PS4 Pro / X might be hooked up to a 1080p where the resolution option makes no sense.

A few games have offered performance / quality settings but too few. A game could even pick up its default a system setting, or through looking at the output resolution.
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drxym

3 months ago

I really don't get the obsession with 4K. Given the choice between 4K resolution, or 1080p resolution but with a higher frame rate, better shading, I'd pick the latter every single time.
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Chaps! It's the best Red Dead Redemption 2 leak yet

drxym

3 months ago

I wonder if base PS4 / XB1 owners are having to suffer massive installs and HD footprints for textures that they will never even use.
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