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Microsoft reverses position on Xbox One DRM

Live: Microsoft E3 2013 Conference

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5 years ago

@J.C I don't do sticking with platforms for the sake of it; just commenting on the fact that people shouldn't just 'jump ship' based on Internet hysteria on what is essentially a non-issue. TBH, there was nothing that great shown for either the Xbox One or the PS4 - that's why people are so fixated on DRM and pricing.
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Live: Sony E3 2013 Conference

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5 years ago

@RobTheBuilder I think that you make a fair point re: killswitch, but then again when does your 'net connection really go down - especially for more than 24hrs? Still, you are correct - it is worse than Steam in this respect...

On the other hand, it is because of this 24hr authentication that you can trade-in your content afterwards - something that you cannot do on Steam, iTunes, etc.

With regard to your point re: Game, I cannot agree. According to this article, the publisher gets around 30% whereas the retailer gets around 27% - so not much disparity there:

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-01-10-where-does-my-money-go-article

Do we necessarily need bricks-and-mortar retail for games anyway?
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5 years ago

OK, so I just posted this:

"I'm totally confused about why everyone is so stuck on the DRM; when you buy a game, you buy a software licence - the disc is just the content delivery mechanism. Why no uproar over the App Store, XBL, PS store, Steam etc.?

Also, why would you want to give your money to Game et al instead of the creative games industry? They provide used games at almost the same as full price games and none of the profit going to the content creator.

Last point: the DRM means that you can install and then not bother with messing around with the physical media - AFAIK, PS4 users are going to be stuck in the past messing around with discs every time they change game."

since I was logged in as another user -- something is broken!!
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Sony's cheap PlayStation 3DTV

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7 years ago

@midnight_walker that's correct, not sure why people are negging you?
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Xbox Live TV announced

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7 years ago

... so they added a search function to sky player?
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Dragon Age II sales: Xbox 57%, PS3 22%

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7 years ago

@#38... not if you're a Mac user. :)
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Time Crisis: Razing Storm coming to Move

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8 years ago

Why are there on-screen guns, FPS style? Looks weird?
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Digital Foundry vs. Halo: Reach beta

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8 years ago

If less pixels + more effects results in a better overall image, what's the issue?
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Pricing announced for Sky on Xbox 360

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9 years ago

@HenryVIII

This is to target the people that Sky can't currently get to. Examples: those who live in a rented property and are not allowed to install a satellite dish, people living in listed buildings that are not allowed to have a dish installed, students in uni accommodation, etc.
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White men over-represented in games

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9 years ago

@Ornithophobe - awesome: "Get back in your hole bitch" has a whole new horrific meaning when the characters are replaced by babies. :)
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Xbox Live dashboard updating now

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9 years ago

@Daryoon

Hmm... Autumn is September, October, November.
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Win a go on Natal at gamescom

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9 years ago

@Ornithophobe - yes, this can only lead to xbox live players submitting pictures of them doing "the helicopter", which isn't good for anyone.
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Modern Warfare 2 costs GBP 55

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9 years ago

@Symmetry: thanks for that! :)
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Halo: Reach may employ Natal tech

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9 years ago

@yossarian - you really don't think point-to-look offered by the Wii remote (especially with WMP) or Sony wand thing is a good thing for FPS? I'm not really that sure about how Natal could offer anything for an FPS though, but I'm sure that Bungie won't ruin Halo just to include it...
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Gabe Newell restates L4D1 support

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9 years ago

@viper_h: The petition group is on steam right? You are probably correct - they will all end up buying it anyway, so Valve could put up a counter on their home page showing how many changed their mind (that buy via steam obviously). :)
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Left 4 Dead DLC will be free

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9 years ago

Yes, you are correct, I think 'abbreviation' is the only suitable description of it. I don't know of a better word - perhaps someone else will, or perhaps we should let it go now. :)
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9 years ago

@skillian

Heh. I was just pointing out (in a protracted fashion) that they didn't even give it an acronym. :)

I was, of course, also being a pedantic bastard. On that note, it isn't an initialism either. :)
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9 years ago

FYI: DLC isn't an acronym.
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9 years ago

Awesome. This should be free, but still appreciated!

However, like 'Goodfella' said, if they make some new campaigns - these will be worth paying for. :)
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Left 4 Dead DLC confirmed for spring

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9 years ago

@tesco I don't think people think they are owed anything. Perhaps they are just disappointed that the DLC for this great game doesn't seem to be offering up much extra and really just addressing a glaring omission from the original release. Also, it is highly unlikely that the content will be free on XBL.
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9 years ago

@TheMoonRat

OK, I get that they have to make adjustments, but they do have a pretty good basis to start off with, they aren't the same as 'new maps'. I just don't feel that enabling VS mode on existing maps is all that great. :( I suppose if it is really cheap (e.g. under 400MSP) then fair enough. However, two entirely new maps would be far more desirable and 800MSP would be probably nice for something like that.

edit - used a less than character - forgot it would be interpreted as a tag!
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9 years ago

Why are the campaigns Vs mode only? Are they just enabling the other two existing maps for vs mode? If so, absolute fail. If it is two completely new scenarios, then awesome - but I go back to - why would that be Vs only?
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Nintendo patents in-game hint system

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9 years ago

@Segnit - or some weird Bond spin-off. :)
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Wii Christmas Roundup

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9 years ago

kiroquai got so 0\/\/|\|3d by ellie.
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Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts

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10 years ago

Confounder said: "Money does not buy the best talent."

One of the most stupid things I have heard in ages.
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Xbox 360 winning online battle, says Epic

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10 years ago

'Boot to dashboard' is not new to NXE or am I missing something?
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Shops "defrauding the industry" - Braben

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10 years ago

Free market. Deal with it. Pretty much every other industry has this 'problem'.
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Spore

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10 years ago

DRMLOL
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Castle Crashers MP patch coming soon

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10 years ago

My experience was that it worked for 2-player games, but as soon as we introduced a 3rd, all sorts of dropouts - mostly immediately. We tried doing so many things, believing it must be one of our DSL connections / routers having a bad day! I can't believe it made release like this!
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GTA IV pulled from sale in Thailand

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10 years ago

Cool. So it seems that it is easy to take down your rivals in the videogame industry in Thailand - just pay a poor person to commit crime and blame it on their product and watch as it is removed from sale...
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Nintendo E3 Conference

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10 years ago

Motionplus...but no Zelda or Star Wars implementation...WTF.
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Unreal Tournament 3

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10 years ago

@muzzer77: some people can spell - just accept it. :)
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Dr. Phil tackles Xbox Live racism

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10 years ago

While I do understand that it is totally crap for people to have to listen to the shit these guys come out with, I also understand that Microsoft want to have a minimum number of complaints against a user, before taking action. Unfortuntely, if it was instant ban there are too many idiots that would just report you if you beat them in a game.

Finally, I have a question: If someone gets banned, is it just that gamertag, or does it actually prevent that person from re-registering using the same address / credit card i.e. can these people just re-register with a new gamertag?
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Swap Stars for Wii Points now!

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11 years ago

wii points card shop totally broke as far as i can see. :(
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Deus Ex 3 boss speaks

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11 years ago

@UncleLou

I see you agree then. :)
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11 years ago

"But we're not working on current or last gen, it's next-gen and PC." Which, with respect to Nintendo's loveable little Wii, presumably means 360 and PS3

Right, I am confused - aren't 360 and PS3 current gen?

The 360 has been out since 2005 seriously, wtf.
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Parents worried about games

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11 years ago

@zuljin

I was only taking the piss anyway, but off the top of my head examples of bbfc "15" rated games: resident evil series: 1 through 4.
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11 years ago

@zuljin

logo

Yeah, real confusing. :)
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First Halo 3 DLC priced, dated

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11 years ago

They will only charge what consumers are willing to pay. I don't understand why people get so annoyed, just don't buy it if you think it is too expensive etc. However what I want to know is - will you be required to have these maps to enter matchmaking? If so, that would suck.
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Bungie intros Halo 3 Heatmaps

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11 years ago

Sometimes it worries me how many stats Bungie are collecting...
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Five new games on PS3 Store

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11 years ago

Roamer, ensure that your nat is showing 'open' on the connection test.

You need to forward ports 3074 and 88 to your xbox IP

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/908874
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PC's Xbox Live service and Halo 2 Vista dated for Europe

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11 years ago

I don't think cross-platform gaming will do FPS games any good what-so-ever. PC gamers with mouse/keyboard will be at an advantage.
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Xbox 360 HD-DVD player

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12 years ago

Comparing 1080 to 480

(1920*1080) / (852*480) = 5.07

Not sure about the PAL res quoted above of 720 * 576 - would mean an aspect ratio of 1.2 - even less than 4:3
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Gears of War is region free

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12 years ago

awesome (and not first)
Edit: ass
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Thompson doesn't hate games!

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12 years ago

richardtock:
Not really, guy. I mean books can educate and teach, and even escapist books ussually have something to comment on, something to say. How many videogames have something to say?

Basically, he's pretty much bang on with his comments. But the Capone stuff is nuts.

Hmm...there are lots of shit books too. Additionally, games can "educate and teach" also and comparing educational books with games doesn't make much sense - in the sense that you wouldn't compare an fictional book like "Lord of the Rings" with a reference book about "Atomic Processes in Plasmas" etc.

I think that this guy Thompson is pretty nuts. "Get a life"? - gamers are not spending their lives fighting a battle that doesn't really require to be fought [edit: realised that actually most games probably revolve around this, but that wasn't my point damn it]. The only point that he makes which is valid is that there should be age ratings on games - which exists already. The problem doesn't lie here. It lies with the parents who buy their children these games because they don't take them seriously - and making comments like "videogames are masturbatory" doesn't help that argument at all.

Even then, those age protection ratings are only to protect SOME children who imatate videogames. I don't know about you, but I played many beat em ups when I was younger and have not EVER had the notion to hit someone.
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No Xbox 360 hardware revision to incorporate HD-DVD - Moore

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12 years ago

It was only last week that microsoft didn't plan to release an external hd-dvd drive either, suposedly. I'm with the people who think that they don't want to cause people to wait for an improved version since they will then not purchase the current system.

As for the hd-dvd for games, it seems irrelevant. More than likely, given the choice, multiple dvds would be used anyway because it is cheaper to manufacture - e.g. dreamcast for example had multiple cd games even though it had the 1.5GB GD-ROM available.

Also, darkedge, the comment about minimum HD spec being pointless...are you referring to 720p? I ask because clearly it is not pointless. 720p offers arguably better quality than 1080i especially for fast moving images - i.e. games. Plus 360 renders everything internally at 720p anyways, so 1080i is just a scaling.
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