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"People want a lot of answers"

governmentyard

8 hours ago

@ghostgate2001 T4K is just about done, localisation and such add an amount of faff though. Shouldn't be too long.
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Why I don't understand YouTube: A middle-aged woman writes

governmentyard

3 weeks ago

@shadow-hachi RLM offer remarkable insight into the production of whatever they are superficially having a light hearted giggle about. Few youtubers have anything like their eye for detail or knack for blending juvenile cacklecasting with historical and technical knowledge. It's incredible how neither of these sides to RLM seems to go too far.

A diamond amongst shit-encrusted cancers.

/edit come to think of it, their spinoff streaming arm, Pre-Rec is responsible for my battlegrounds addiction. First watched Jack play it while Rich bitched about the sudden death and general multiplayerness of it, found myself getting caught up in the matches and bought it as soon as I got a decent PC. Doubt even now I'd have been tempted by it without watching one ambivalent player and one who hates it.

The power of watching other gamers?
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Grainger Games tells shops not to open, they are being closed

governmentyard

3 weeks ago

@Bambot How much would you say was a fair price per article or month to read Eurogamer, Bambot?
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governmentyard

3 weeks ago

Went into my branch yesterday, they had the usual 'slightly more variety than Game' range of XBone titles (one assumes the same is true of other platforms) and a retro section. Both wins. Other than that there seemed to be a lot of ugly off-brand accessories, a bunch of games related shirts, a comics section and a massive sign that said "Be more geek" (or Be More Nerd) over that lot.

You have to wonder how much the corporatisation of subcultures has pushed people's image of games stores away from being most of a potential customer bases' idea of somewhere they want to be. Games, like Marvel or Star wars movies, are utterly mainstream, just like pop records or social networks but the 'Geek Culture' tag hangs heavy over it all and many don't really identify with it.

The previous lunchtime I was sat on a bench and six or seven people who didn't appear to be the sorts to wear a Legend of Zelda hoodie were milling around. They were there for a Pokemon raid. I'm not sure Grainger Games' look would appeal to them as a place to browse so much as one to dash into to see if they can get what they already know they want, cheaply.

Arriving home, I turned on my XBox and used my fibre line to browse the multitude of huge bargains on the Spring Sale, and realised I'd already got more superb games than I'll get through this year, for peanuts. And i don't need any more shelf space.

As a yoof I went to Boots and Smiths to play the home computers and check out the magazines respectively, then came the Virgin Games centre with a heaving little independent round the corner that covered every obscure platform with as many tapes as one could wish for, and a market stall over the road with a great and often unique range. You could do a circuit. Nowadays its Game or (was) Grainger, with foam Minecraft axes and little Mario dolls in each. I think the time for mourning the passing of game shops was a few years ago.

Sympathies to the staff.
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Trouble brewing for independent UK shop chain Grainger Games

governmentyard

4 weeks ago

My local Grainger is next door to CEX. So, not surprised.
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PUBG Xbox One performance still isn't good enough

governmentyard

1 month ago

@vI_M4YH3Mz_Iv They just consulted on controller mapping and such, nothing on the performance side.
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Everything we know about Far Cry 5's map editor

governmentyard

1 month ago

There are over 9000 assets
heh
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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds to get third map within the next four months

governmentyard

2 months ago

+1 for a rural UK map next. Maybe something which features a town with docks, a ruined central business district and a couple of big outlying council estates with countryside beyond.
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The video game industry's loot box problem isn't going away

governmentyard

2 months ago

Oh, for a wildly successful "loot boxes are for losers" meme. That'd fix this whole shit-show overnight.
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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds passes 4m players on Xbox One

governmentyard

3 months ago

It's quite satisfying to note that all they really can offer is some points for what will to most people be random shit hats. When other publishers hand out free bolt-ons to their title as an apology for being broken, PUBG has no real bolt-ons and the inconsequential side-earner is given away free because just 'yay'.

Admittedly they could also give it away as an apology for brokenness but it'd be meant to say so, I love this stupid game.
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New PUBG crates let you dress up like a Biker or Desperado

governmentyard

3 months ago

I've been playing PUBG on PC since September and launch day on XBone and I am yet to get any clothes at all that I like. Why not allow players to spend their points on items on a price basis? I'd be more motivated to play that extra game if I thought it'd tip me over the balance for an item I actually wanted instead of some dice roll for a white baseball cap I'll immediately sell, turning my 700 points into 30.

Unrewarding rewards. Brilliant.
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PUBG performs badly on Xbox One - and X

governmentyard

4 months ago

Across one 22 minute game
Git gud!

Early impressions made me feel like I was on a PS2 (OG XBone). I have hours on the PC version and this was a mess by comparison, but servers went down for a while in the afternoon and once back up, the game worked a little smoother. There's a lot of server-side tweaking to be done.It'll improve, but I'm not sure the draw distance on the standard console will ever bee good enough to be able to aim at specific buildings when you jump. Which is kind of important. Performance aside, I've noticed a few operational issues that need fixing so far, and these are they.

Character creation: I got a stock character, went to customise it, highlighted a different hairdo, pressed A and it locked my character design in. Now it'll cost me 3000 BP to change it. Almost felt deliberate. On an XBox, A should never auto-accept an unchangeable character design. Lost in translation or cycnical attempt to pad out the grind through cosmetic loot?

Y Axis: I inverted the Y axis because I'm a human being who plays video games. Went to the map screen. Y axis also inverted on map. Bollocks.

The aiming: I can't begin to decide how to address. You simply can't aim on the pad how you do with K&M. But aim assist is anathema to the core design of the game. Therefore shotguns become more powerful, and scopes even more valuable than they are in the PC version because at distance you're screwed for aiming without one. So closing on enemies in open territory becomes more important too. And vehicles become much more deadly as one can't pop a driver's head open from a safe distance anymore. It'#s fascinating how a change in controller changes the core gameplay to such an extent.

Settings: I haven't found how to change controller settings in the menu screens, you have to wait until the lobby. Not great.

Lobby: I frequently find myself staring at the title splash listening to others get their gunplay practice in in the lobby without me, then spawn into it with ten seconds to spare. It's fine, I don't need to be able to practice shooting :(

No proximity chat from what I can tell, but this is XBox 2017 and people don't talk anymore.

I think on one level the desert map should be a better fit for the platform, as there's fewer wide-open sight lines and it's more vaulty. All of which assumes the performance reaches a point where it's smooth. Fortunately graphical fidelity was never what this game is about and OG XBone owners would, I'm sure, take a big compromise on that score in return for a smooth experience. If they can draw in those buildings from the air before you get 20 feet off the ground, it's a win.

Important to remember this is a roguelike and each round a little story about how you brutally died, be it at the hands of RNGesus, some other combatant, or a glitch. The glitches have always been part of the fun in PubG, for those of us with healthy blood pressure.
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The metaphysics of Dishonored

governmentyard

5 months ago

@Rathbone It's philosophy. How else is one supposed to think about it?
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Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp review

governmentyard

5 months ago

Bought Animal Crossing on the Cube and lost my Cube to the wife. There's a bloody statue of her on that little memory card now. Tried the Wii and DS versions on her and she hated the curved, scrolling world, wouldn't play them at all, demanding the flip-screen wonders of the Gamecube era back.

Last week I told her this was out. She must put in about four hours a day. Could be because she loves campervans but it's cost her nothing and she's still fully engrossed.
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Star Wars: Battlefront 2 players are using elastic bands to cheat their way to credits

governmentyard

5 months ago

I used bands to keep my character walking in Fable 3 and raking in profit from my property investments while I had a bath or a nap. Felt like Kirk's Kobiyashi Maru in the Kelvin Timeline.
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Apple iPhone X review

governmentyard

5 months ago

I've been well out of the platform debate for a while but it's interesting to see it still going strong. Went from Symbians to the Android 'iPhone Killer' models when the iPhone launched, as I wanted to avoid the usual Apple inflexibility. I persevered with them for a while, had a couple of Windows phones because I liked the mobile OS a lot, then realising the platform was sadly for the grave I set out two months ago to buy a smartphgone. I wanted something that can run just about any app competently, had a headphone socket, a snappy and uncomplicated OS, a good looking screen that wasn't the size of Wales and was willing to pay a few hundred but not lots of hundreds (I never go contract).

My shiny little iPhone SE at 290 is the best purchase decision I've made in ages. And it works in one hand! I'[ve seen the X in action and it's very pretty. If I was rich I might be tempted, but it doesn't do anything anyone needs, over the SE.

It's nice to see the Apple hate from the other side for a change.
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Halo: Master Chief Collection will be enhanced for Xbox One X

governmentyard

6 months ago

Will it still dump you back to the menus after each online match?
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Xbox One X won't include Xbox One S' offer of free Kinect adaptor

governmentyard

6 months ago

@mega-gazz "I don't recall any of the marketing of the original Xbox One suggesting any guaranteed lifespan, let alone a 10 year one."

I do. In fact I probably read it on here as I don't really bother with other sites for gaming news.
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governmentyard

6 months ago

@devilmyarse "Would pay 450 for an upgraded machine but won't pony up an extra 30 for a cable to keep convenience features ... pull the other one. You were never going to buy it in the first place, just looking for the first excuse to justify not getting one." - why do I need an excuse? And at 450 I'd wait for a price drop in any case.
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governmentyard

6 months ago

So upgrading to the "most advanced console ever" from my current XBox One means I'll have to turn on xbox, amp & TV seperately, find my amp controller to adjust volume and walk to the other end of the house to skype my friends, which I do every day?

The loss of instant, easy skyping on my big screen is too much of a loss. They've already prevented me from playing Elite and Binding of Isaac while listening to my football matches through OneGuide, which I would sincerely like to see them penalised for.

My XBox One was sold to me as an all-in-one lounge media solution with a ten year lifespan, and that's what I bought it for. This asset-stripping of the platform is making me happy to not give them any more money.
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Elite's alien menace has finally returned

governmentyard

7 months ago

I was all for peaceful co-existence with the Thargoids, but if they are indifferent to tea I can't see our differences being overcome.
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Destiny 2 physical sales down by half from Destiny 1

governmentyard

7 months ago

Destiny on physical media cost thirty quid in a variety of places when it came out. This was fourty five quid in the same places, for a lick of paint and some tweaks and maps. Not so attractive to the "Just play through the missions" players, of whom there were rather a lot last time round, myself included.

I wonder if other potential physical media players like me are waiting a year or two until you can get the base game and various expansions for twenty quid, boxed, new. Plenty else to be getting on with.
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Destiny 2 is a lot less annoying, but a lot more of the same

governmentyard

7 months ago

Can you, y'know... talk to people in the hub areas in this one?
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LA Noire coming to Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and a spin-off to VR

governmentyard

7 months ago

Well, my wait for this to become backwards compatible on XBone is over. Unfortunately I have a digital 360 copy and no 360.
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Is there a "right" or "wrong" way to play PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds?

governmentyard

8 months ago

It doesn't matter if you have a thousand hours of game time, you can easily fall victim to somebody with 10 hours
...so you mean people who have jobs, families, obligations who bought this game to have fun and occasionally do well stand a chance against people who just play the game all damn day, every day?

Can't wait for it to come to my console!
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This is when you can play The Crew 2

governmentyard

8 months ago

This is when you can play The Crew 2
A clickbait headline worthy of my local newspaper. How long before review summaries are just a photo of the reviewer, sat in their lounge, frowning?
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Sine Mora EX sets August release date on PS4, Xbox One and PC

governmentyard

9 months ago

Bloody hell. Two games I've been waiting to playon backwards compatibility because I bought them digitally for 360 right before I got an XBone - Sine Mora and LA Noire.

Both seem to be getting 'enhanced' versions instead of compatibility. Already got this for Vita, 360 so I'm not buying it three times :/
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Remembering G-Police, the best Blade Runner game ever

governmentyard

9 months ago

@DaftFunker You aren't wrong - The Killing Cloud was more or less identical in concept, and the cloud in question was a great example of 16-bit era gaming using the technical limitations of the hardware as positives rather than negatives. For all the fancy ways of portraying enemies coming out of murk in modern gaming, there's little to match Killing Cloud's San Franciscan smog as a threatening gaming miasma.
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Nine Inch Nails' new music video features Polybius

governmentyard

9 months ago

@Golgo enjoy the 'Continuous Mix'!
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governmentyard

9 months ago

@Golgo As one of the artists on the Polybius soundtrack (and far, far from the best) I'm really flattered you think so, although I probably wouldn't have got into electronic music production were it not for NIN, so I guess these things are circular!
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Super Meat Boy co-creator unveils retro platformer The End is Nigh

governmentyard

11 months ago

Decent voiceover considering the crippling diabetes.
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Sony downplays dream of PlayStation Vita successor

governmentyard

11 months ago

Miserly approach to storage when people already had a shitload of SD cards lying around (and Memory Sticks too, for those of us who had a PSP!), shops stocking a slim range of titles that never seemed to get any cheaper, second-hand boxed games which cost a quid less than the new ones, a store that struggles to display its goods in the consoles' own app... and an almost complete failure to get quality twin-stick first person games working on the platform which should have sorted that out for good.

Glad I only paid 99 really.
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Largest ever Xbox 360 back-compat games sale live

governmentyard

11 months ago

R-Type Dimensions for under 2 quid.

Finally, you are mine.
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Agents of Mayhem comes out in August

governmentyard

1 year ago

@riceNpea Scrolled down to ensure a comment of this ilk existed.
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Microsoft on why Xbox One doesn't need a No Man's Sky equivalent

governmentyard

1 year ago

Everything MS does is in the service of Windows primarily. Their entire console endeavour began in earnest with the Dreamcast's underused Windows CE implementation. It'll always come back to Windows.

If there's one thing indie devs need to do with XBox releases it's to ensure there's a good trial or demo. Wasn't it mandatory to have one for Live arcade games?

Equally, the one thing MS could do to encourage fearless development from indies is to ensure 50% of the dashboard advertising for games goes to a rotation of indie titles. In my limited experience of that world, lack of dashboard exposure has been the biggest bugbear for devs. When your game has a clickable picture, your sales are up. This goes right back to the original 360 blades dash. A little positive discrimination in that regard would go a long way, even when there's a section for ID@XBox (eugh) in the store, it's still more titles than one can comfortably browse through at a time, when the interface is in one of its "Windows ME" moods.
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Rocket League, NBA 2K17 free to play on Xbox One this weekend

governmentyard

1 year ago

Was NBA2k17 free on games with gold at some point, because it's in my "ready for installation" tab and I have no recollection of ever having 'bought it' under GWG...
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FIFA YouTuber who ran illegal gambling site addresses controversy

governmentyard

1 year ago

"OK, so explain to me how this entire controversial business works..."
"Well, people buy the FIFA game for fifty quid, then you pay extra to get specific players in your team..."
"OK, I understand the scam now, thanks"
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DICE leaves Star Wars Battlefront behind for multi-era Battlefront 2

governmentyard

1 year ago

@Some_Goats Don't know exactly, but it's Bespined to come along sooner or Leia.
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When Assassin's Creed does modern day London slang

governmentyard

1 year ago

Thought it was a nice touch in Syndicate that for the subtitles they put the slang and then the translation in brackets when any Victorian Cockney vernacular was used.
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New year's resolution: Let's stop screaming

governmentyard

1 year ago

While it's easy enough to identify people who are shitposting and ruining a community, sites from EG downwards (because let's face it, this one is still very good, at least in principal) won't simply cull these people to the point where it's just a bit of whack-a-mole for persistent re-annoyers because these people are creating revenue.

Complain about hysterical agitators all you want, they're a part of the foundations of the gaming web as it stands.
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First contact has finally been made in Elite: Dangerous

governmentyard

1 year ago

@GAmbrose The thing with that is Frontier know their players and they know that there will inevitably be entire factions dedicating themselves to blasting the visitors back to the less trendy districts of wherever they came from, even if all the major alliances agree to a non-aggression pact. So whatever comes of this will have been designed with that in mind.

Pleased they've gone more 'Arrival' than 'Independance Day' though. I don't want a Thargoid copilot and bio-weaponry on my Asp in 6 months.

Keep aliens alien!
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governmentyard

1 year ago

@Floppy you say this: "the old PC has indestructible malware viruses which were going to download all our data to Russia, and this new one was the cheapest I could find that runs a facebook compatible internet thingy on this new Windows. It came with this bottle of prosecco, though..."
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Modders are putting Liberty City inside Grand Theft Auto 5

governmentyard

1 year ago

Technically impressive if they pull it off, however having spent plenty of time in both games I'd liken this to having Copenhagen as your home and being unable to resist the urge to build a facsimile of Grimsby next to it.
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Atari releases RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic on mobiles and tablets

governmentyard

1 year ago

"Atari"
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Blizzard apologises for Mei's divisive winter wardrobe

governmentyard

1 year ago

I was going to buy Overwatch, then I read this article.
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Pewdiepie hits 50m subscribers, claims he'll delete channel today

governmentyard

1 year ago

@Atropos British person here. I think I might have to move to Sweden.
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DoomRL roguelike attracts eye of Zenimax, may be shut down

governmentyard

1 year ago

"Excuse me, software publisher... you could have talented developers taking your IP into new genres, producing high quality games and you wouldn't have to pay them a penny until they had a finished product, then you could negotiate terms, how about that? If it's a piece of shit you can just stop them distributing it..."

"Impossible! Nobody would ever be willing to work like that! It'll never happen!"
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Frustrated Elite Dangerous players are trying to get Frontier to fix cheating

governmentyard

1 year ago

@number1024 This punishes people whose connection drops while they are, for example, refuelling.
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The 48-hour Elite Dangerous rescue mission to the edge of the galaxy

governmentyard

1 year ago

As an aside, the people mocking CMDR Macedonia for mismanaging his resources are not taking into account the space madness that can grip a commander when he is out in the black. Exploration is an almost dreamlike experience after a point, it's so quiet and you virtually do it on autopilot. It's akin to 'the zone' you got on older twitch-gameplay titles where your mind heads off in some other direction, while your non-meditative parts of the brain do the playing for you. It can be a really unique feeling and one which is hard to find elsewhere in gaming.

The problem is that you can come a cropper by not thinking consciously about some minor detail, I've had a trip out to Colonia (a substantial trek in itself) almost ended halfway when I landed on a small planet which had really rather a lot of mass, and realised my usual descent in .2 of Earth's gravity conditions wasn't what was going on this time, and all the thrust in the world wasn't going to stop me slamming into the dirt.

Equip shields when exploring, commanders.
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governmentyard

1 year ago

@mrcheesyelf I've often wondered this myself, however I think it's impossible due to the systems being hosted in a p2p network when inhabited, so each is essentially a seperate 'level' iirc.

HOWEVER... if you could fly direct from one star to another under impule power (to borrow a term from Star Trek) rather than hyperspacing there (to borrow one from Star Wars) it would take longer than the game is likely to be around for, even if it lasts a very, very long time.

Insert your own Douglas Adams quote about the size of space here.
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