drxym

DICE boss says Battlefield V's women are here to stay

drxym

2 days ago

Russia had a lot of female front line fighters and there were obviously female partisans, resistance fighters etc. There's nothing wrong with telling their stories providing it is historically accurate.

The problem with most WW2 shooters is they're NOT historically accurate or remotely authentic so in that sense, what does it matter anyway?
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We Happy Few developer responds to ban by Australian Classification Board

drxym

3 days ago

Seems like a stupid ban in the context of the game, or indeed the acts that the player perpetrates while under the influence of these fictional drugs.

I wonder if Australia also banned Bioshock in case people injected plasmids.
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New Battlefield 5 teaser appears to confirm WW2 setting

drxym

6 days ago

@Arsecake_Baker All of these games whether we're talking Call of Duty, Battlefield, Medal of Honor, Brothers in Arms et al have plundered every WW2 movie trope going. Repeatedly.

If they're going to do a WW2 shooter it would be nice if chose one of the many other battles, theatres of war or even armies which they've more or less ignored up to this point. Why not even mix things up with a campaign from the perspective of the Axis powers?
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drxym

6 days ago

Looking forward to all the loot crates, map packs, seasonal content and other micropayments that fragment the player base and totally ruin the experience.
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Paradox is making board games via Kickstarter

drxym

1 week ago

If a product is commercially viable then just develop and sell the thing. I assume Paradox has the money to do it.
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PC gaming in the palm of your hand: Steam Link tested on iOS and Android

drxym

1 week ago

@MARATXXX That's the point. I could stream to a TV or a PC monitor (that I'm sat in front) and aside from latency and controller issues the experience is OK. Stream it to a postage stamp and it doesn't matter what anything is like, it will still be terrible.

I see this issue at work. We have apps that are designed for touch devices with a certain DPI and they look godawful at other DPIs. The only solution is to think upfront about this issue and mitigate. I doubt games have that luxury.
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drxym

1 week ago

@trjp The market for streaming isn't between one computer in your house and a device. The market is between Valve's cloud base gaming platform and a device. i.e. they host the games, saving you the trouble of even owning a PC, and there is some kind of payment model or subscription that grants you access to play them remotely.

Then the barrier to gaming is a little stick and a controller. Potentially the stick could even be replaced by a streaming app that you install on your TV. Boot the app, pick the game and in seconds you're playing. Quit the game, come back later and it resumes from where you left off.

All that stuff about SteamLinking to a PC, and the Steambox/Linux effort is just a stepping stone to that world. e.g. Linux ports save money on hosting those games in the future.

I still believe it's coming even if Valve are doing it in a questionable, halfassed way.
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drxym

1 week ago

@MARATXXX I wasn't talking about streaming to a TV but to a small 5" device. Its about screen density and what the game was designed to look good on.

It's why I mentioned the PS Vita remote play - the control mapping and streaming is about as perfect as it could ever be yet the end result is distinctly off because its hard to see much of anything.
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drxym

1 week ago

The number of games that will be playable on a tablet, let alone a phone will be pretty low. Controls will be the main problem but even stuff like the size of text, fonts, reticules etc will render games unplayable on tiny screens.

Same thing happened when remote streaming from a PS4 to a Vita - the game streamed fine but you could see a damned thing because the screen was so small.
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SNK is releasing a Neo Geo Mini

drxym

2 weeks ago

Let's see what the resolution is for this thing. Previous "mini" devices have had non-native display resolutions so they look awful.
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Sea of Thieves just added loads more loot

drxym

4 weeks ago

I think these articles need some kind of full disclosure statement attached to them.
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Now Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery has slashed the price of its microtransactions

drxym

4 weeks ago

How do they keep their prices SO LOW and still make a profit?
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As the smoke from Fortnite's comet clears, season four adds new location

drxym

4 weeks ago

@zippie151 there's barely any variety at all. May as well land anywhere because it's all the same really. Needs stuff like ziplines, paragliders, vehicles etc. if its to lose that homogeneity.
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God of War sales flatten Nintendo Labo's debut

drxym

4 weeks ago

I'm not sure how sales of a gimmick aimed at kids for one console competes for sales with an 18 rated game for another console.
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Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery forces you to pay - or wait - to save a kid from being strangled

drxym

4 weeks ago

Is this really a surprise? Virtually every "free" mobile game is laden down with micro payment systems, virtual currencies, boosters, time barriers, artifically high difficulty and other scummy, scammy practices designed to make people pay through the nose to advance. In other words they're not games so much as tar pits designed to train people to purchase to advance.

The best way to play these "games" is to not play them at all.
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Adventure Time is getting an open-world pirate game early next year

drxym

1 month ago

I liked the TV series but some of the games derived from it have been pretty weak. Seems to be a general failing with cartoon series when they become video games. A few titles have come out okay but a lot more have turned into duds.
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drxym

1 month ago

@Pork_E_Pig it wasn't a bad game but neither did it warrant even 1/5th the coverage it received which was vastly and disproportionately massive. Compare it to some recent premium titles, e.g. God of War, Far Cry 5 or the like. And that by itself should make everybody wonder what the hell was going on.
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Morrowind on Xbox One X: the slowest Elder Scrolls console game is now the fastest

drxym

1 month ago

@CrashOkami MS are doing what many emulators do - intercepting the call where the game sets its display resolution and making a bigger one. The game is still feeding the same textures and polys into the shaders but they're filling more pixels.

I thought the Red Dead Redemption looked a LOT better in high res.
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Peggle free on PC via Origin

drxym

1 month ago

Once Popcap got bought out out by EA it was game over. PvZ 2 was slathered in microtransactions and all the casual fun went out of it. Hate to think what a Peggle 2 would be like.
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Sea of Thieves-in-the-sky game Worlds Adrift launching in Early Access soon

drxym

2 months ago

Can we expect 50+ articles about it?
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The new Vive Pro Starter Kit is only £1048

drxym

2 months ago

How do they keep their prices SO LOW and still make a profit?
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PlayStation VR is beginning to feel a bit like the Vita

drxym

2 months ago

@blarty I didn't say it needed a pro. I said you needed the pro to get the best out of it.
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drxym

2 months ago

The Vita flopped in no small part because storage was hideously expensive and proprietary. Over 4x what a micro SD card would have cost. As a consequence people didn't buy many games because they didn't want to pay a storage tax every time they did so. The galling thing for me (since I own a Vita) is this issue should have been obvious in the 1st revision but Sony kept repeating the mistake over subsequent revisions and the PS TV. Otherwise the device was pretty awesome, but its small consolation for what it could have been if Sony hadn't been so greedy.

As for PSVR, it's a £300 peripheral which needs a high end PS4 Pro to get the most out of it. And for that you get a handful of games that are worth the experience and a lot of dreck including a lot of glorified interactive demos. It's hard to see how anyone expects the platform to be ever more than a small fraction of PS4 sales and as a consequence the money isn't there.
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Far Cry 5 impresses on all consoles - but it's extra special on Xbox One X

drxym

2 months ago

I wonder who'd even see the difference in quality. You'd have to have your nose pressed to your 4K screen to even tell.

Resolution is great and all, but I'd rather see games utilise their extra graphics budget to bump up the framerate, improve shadows, texture, lighting, physics, hair / cloth, temporal effects etc. in ways that *would* be noticed.
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How Sea of Thieves' tech creates a unique gaming experience

drxym

2 months ago

@Cyber6 There is a penalty for EVERY ONE. If a game is rife with griefing then players will stop playing. If you're interested in the health and longevity of this game and of having a vibrant community then you should be first in line to demand they fix these issues.

Griefing is a predictable issue. Games have to mitigate these issues, provide safe areas and punish offenders.
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drxym

2 months ago

@Old__Snake Neither of those games came anywhere close to this. But I agree that you should be suspicious if any new game produces an article count that goes into double digits.
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drxym

2 months ago

@Cyber6 no it's naivety. If a game allows dickheads to constantly grief you then it's broken. That's quite different from being PvP. At the very least somebody should be allowed to elect to play PvE or there should be substantial safe zones. Other games like Elite Dangerous manage this feat.
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drxym

2 months ago

The amount of coverage definitely has a whiff of paid promotion about it.
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Bluepoint's next game is another remake

drxym

3 months ago

Do Pong next
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This year's Battlefield is set in WW2 - report

drxym

3 months ago

I hope against hope that they bother to cover some part of the war that isn't Normandy and some characters who aren't American. There were nearly 20 nationalities (+ empires) fighting on the Allied side against 10 Axis or co-beligerent powers. Maybe for once they could show some battles from the Axis side.
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It looks like Diablo is coming to Nintendo Switch

drxym

3 months ago

Porting a game to another platform and charging full whack. Money for old rope.
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Here's a better look at Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery

drxym

3 months ago

@DanielPlainview More like Skool Daze but with wizards
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drxym

3 months ago

Would you like to buy 5 galleons (£1.99), 20 galleons (£7.99), 100 galleons (£39.99), 250 galleons - BEST VALUE! (£79.99).
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Bloodborne, Ratchet & Clank make for one of PlayStation Plus' biggest months yet

drxym

3 months ago

Better than other months but dumping Vita & PS3 sucks. There is a huge back catalogue and I doubt it would incur more than pennies to pick out some of the best of those games.
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UK electronics chain Maplin in administration, too

drxym

3 months ago

@lukazor It was about a year ago. A right angled adapter for the back of a TV. Nothing special. The sort of thing that sells so cheap on Aliexpress that you wonder how they afford to post the thing.

I don't really go into Maplin that much. Last time was before Christmas.
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drxym

3 months ago

A while back I went into a Maplin intent on buying an HDMI to mini HDMI adapter. They wanted a mere £40 for it. Oh how I laughed. After I finished laughing, I ordered the same thing online for 75p.

Maplin might not be able to match the 75p figure, but I would probably have bought the adapter if it was £5 or something reasonable.

That wasn't an isolated example by any means. Everything in their store is horribly marked up. Recently they were heavily promoting "smart" homes. They were selling individual smart light bulbs for £30. The same exact product that sells online for nearly half the price.

That kind of tone deaf pricing is why they're struggling. I'm impressed they lasted as long as they did.
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Toys R Us falls into administration

drxym

3 months ago

Any one who has been into a Toys R Us in recent times could instantly tell you the problem. This is supposed to be a toy store and it is BORING. Not only boring but EXPENSIVE.

If they had lossleaders, weekly specials, more interesting store layouts and other incentives for people to come in, the footfall would go up and so would their cash flow. If they made the place fun for kids then they'd be nagging their parents to come in. If the stores sold small items which were affordable (and not junk), then the parents might not mind it either.

But they didn't. And now they're toast.
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ESRB will add warning labels to games with microtransactions

drxym

3 months ago

@freddones I think the distinction with games like Fallout 4, The Witcher etc is that they are fully formed and complete games when you purchase them. Even if the publishers promise episodic DLC down the line you could quite happily play the main game through and be happy with it. And if you did buy the DLC, the games didn't skimp out either.

I agree that waiting for GOTY is a good idea. Most games drop in value over time and if you know there is a "season pass" and you want it, then control your impulses and wait 12-18 months for the bundle.
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drxym

3 months ago

ESRB, you need to sort this out.

A warning label that makes no distinction between a game that requires you to feed it pound coins and one which has an expansion pack is NO DAMNED GOOD.

It should not be hard to categorize pay content in a manner which makes it clear on the box the difference between pay to play and additional content.
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Kingdom Come: Deliverance review - history is a double-edged sword

drxym

3 months ago

@ShieldmaidenCae I really don't see it as a point of contention.

If the game were set in some Mediterrean port then maybe there would be a reason to expect different races. At least milling around the docks or whatever. But it's set in a landlocked region of Eastern Europe. There is no reason to expect anybody of a different colour there.
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drxym

3 months ago

If indeed his beliefs and behaviours in real life are objectionable then that would give me pause to buy the game. I don't see why I should reward a terrible person and I would be concerned that those ideas have seeped into the game.

However I don't have a problem per se with lack of ethnicity or different gender roles in a game which is set in the 1400s after all.
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Civilization 6's sexist leaders are getting tweaked

drxym

3 months ago

Replace all the leaders with beige abstract shapes. Nobody should be offended after that.
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Is Bayonetta on Switch the definitive console version?

drxym

3 months ago

Better than the experience on 10 year old consoles? I should hope so really. Damning with faint praise. Great game though.
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Poundland now sells video games for a fiver

drxym

3 months ago

It'll be the same kind of junk sold in CeX / GAME but the fixed price might mean some better deals. Lord knows it would be hard to be worse value than those other places.
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PS4 Pro's new super-sampling tested: big boosts for 1080p users

drxym

4 months ago

I guess there's a slight difference though I doubt you'd notice it in many games. I think it would be FAR more noticeable if PS Pro enabled games offered 60fps, longer draw distances and/or more advanced textures when rendering out to 1080p
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Fortnite's on its way to being the world's biggest game, and here's what makes it special

drxym

4 months ago

I installed Fortnite on the PS4 and thus far every game plays out pretty much the same regardless of where I drop. The map could be procedurally generated for all the difference it would make - choosing one spot over another is a largely a matter of rolling a dice. Head to a house grab some stuff, hope its enough. After that it's luck if you see someone before they see you and you rinse / repeat until everyone's dead. It feels very barebones, like a preview of what it might become. If it gets vehicles and other things to spice it up it might feel a bit more chaotic and interesting.
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Here's what's coming with PS4's big 5.50 update

drxym

4 months ago

Better than the usual social media junk features.

Still, I wonder if I can hide the stuff I want to hide or only what it will let me. e.g. All the apps baked into the Video section for example. Or the Play Room. Or social media apps. Junk baked into the firmware or given unduely high prominence that I have no interest in.

Not surprising either to see the woeful audio / video support get ignored again.
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Red Dead Redemption 2 now has October release date

drxym

4 months ago

"Yay a 9 month crunch!" says no game developer ever.
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Sea of Thieves "Too Early" bug blocks pre-order customers from beta

drxym

4 months ago

I'm not sure why anyone would pay to be in a beta, but its unsurprising that issues would be found. That's why it's called a beta. Typically it's feature complete code and infrastructure which is undergoing last minute bug fixes and configuration tweaks.
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Jelly Deals: £10 off a £50 spend at Amazon for one day only

drxym

4 months ago

£10 off excludes digital downloads, video game preorders and a bunch of other stuff.
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