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    Noclip - Videogame Documentaries

    I enjoyed that. A bit odd there weren't even any ex-Valve people involved, strict NDAs I guess. The section with Geoff Keighley speculating about Half Life 3 was the most tedious and pointless thing ever filmed, and as such a perfect document of Geoff Keighley's existence.
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    Epic Games Store Coming - RIP Steam

    It sure is lucky MS are able to keep spontaneously changing course before doing things they've stood on stage and announced. I now see how silly it is for anyone to criticise their plans, things will always work out in everyone's best interests if we just keep quiet and let them get on with it.
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    Epic Games Store Coming - RIP Steam

    They were encouraging other publishers to lock their games to their store too.
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    Epic Games Store Coming - RIP Steam

    I don't know if you don't thoroughly read what you post, or are on the wind-up, but MS pushing for UWP to be the standard and deprecating Win32 would mean all code would need to be reviewed and signed by MS to be allowed to run on Win10. Even if it's not offered through their store. Which would obviously be massively damaging to the PC ecosystem, and was what Sweeney and Newell were justifiably alarmed at the prospect of.
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    Epic Games Store Coming - RIP Steam

    So where else can you buy Forza Horizon 4? MS made no secret that they wanted Windows locked down to the same degree as Apple's platforms around the launch of Win 10. They are still trying to encourage developers to use UWP. Albeit much more half-heartedly now that their mobile OS is dead and the Windows Store is a ghost town. Pretending that MS never made a serious effort to do this, and wouldn't do so again in a heartbeat if the market conditions allowed them, is extremely naive. The 'Enterprise' argument doesn't work either, MS have split their platform into consumer and biz tiers multiple times.
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    > Vic & Bobs House Of Fools Official thread

    It's great that Bob has done so much stuff in recent years. Between House of Fools, WILTY, Athletico Mince and Big Night Out he's been cranking out new material. (The fishing thing was a bit of a letdown (in pure comedy terms) but I guess that wasn't what they were going for.) The WILTY story involving a tape recorder at school, and the first South African story on Mince (and many of the recent Mince songs) are incredible, proper gasping for air laughs. I really struggle to think of anyone as instinctively funny, ever. Spike Milligan maybe.
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    Game Awards 2018 (1:30am England time)

    It's to remind people who buy games twice a year that games exist.
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    Gender Diversity / Politics in games (was Tropes Vs. Women)

    I expect Stardock will hire him, depressingly. I've seen people getting pissed off about that EG article because it comes across as eager to give the benefit of the doubt. I don't feel that sorry for him but can believe he's just a bit clueless rather than a full on Count Dankula twat. CD Projekt should be applauded for firing the guy and making it clear as they (legally) can exactly why they did. Compared to how other companies have handled 'online controversies' of late this is a shining example. I expect they'll still get a load of shit though!
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    Digitiser:The Show: Episode 5 out now!

    I habitually watch YouTube things right through without skipping around but I can't get through an episode of this. I thought it was kind of all over the place because Biffo is aiming squarely at his dedicated fans, but if even they're not keen on it, who is it for? You could tangibly improve it just by editing out Paul Gannon's feeble comebacks. Excruciating stuff. But yeah, perhaps it'll get better in time. Even Consolevania was pretty hit or miss for a long time (e.g. the video they posted a while back that was their successful(!) pitch to get VideoGaiden commissioned - yiiikes).
  10. I would be very surprised if the requirement to support vanilla PS4/XB1 was still in place by 2020. Similar to how the requirement to support the HDD-less X360 was eventually quietly phased out. I expect 2077 will run 'fine' (not super pretty/high framerate/res) on PS4Pro/X1X. Based on the footage I suspect it's a cunning mixture of open world districts and enclosed setpiece levels rather than a huge sprawling GTA city with every sq. ft. at super high fidelity. I don't think they've done a Crysis and targeted a wildly ambitious hypothetical future spec, there is some smoke and mirrors going on. Streaming would suck to play this or any modern high fidelity game, obvs.
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    No Man's Sky

    Or build a beacon. But yeah, drop pods are more faff than they're worth since the exosuit shops got added to space stations.
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    Digitiser:The Show: Episode 5 out now!

    Not sold on this, don't think Biffo's humour translates to video that well. The Duck Hunt bit was incredible though!
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    Beastie Boys

    I'm reading the book at the moment. I knew it was going to be good, but it's insane how much stuff they've crammed in. Photo essays, magazine reviews, comics, there's even a little recipe book. It's hilarious as well, as you'd expect. It does slightly feel that it gets less candid and less detailed after about the Paul's Boutique era, but that may just be because the ~1977-1986 part is so exhaustively detailed and full of incident whereas there's a bit less to recall about longer stretches of time touring and being rich Hollywood party guys. They don't pull any punches about records/tracks they now think are a bit crap (not just Fight for Your Right). And Rick Rubin comes off very badly.
  14. 1. You realise that all Blizzard's games are censored for the Chinese market, right? 2. Do you think the original Diablo would get an ESRB "M" rating today?
  15. As usual, it's not any meaningful proportion of the Diablo fanbase whining about this, it's a peanut gallery of teenagers with no disposable income who consume games through YouTube, Twitch and Steam sales (if they beg their parents). They will move on to the next feeding frenzy of bullshit next week. A petition with a few tens of thousands of signatures is laughable when you consider games like this routinely have install bases in the hundreds of millions. <tangent> And yeah of course it will be F2P, because that's the model that vast global audience have made it extremely clear they have no problem with. Yes, I know it's shocking to think most of the world didn't grow up buying dedicated consoles and PCs and just want a nice low-impact hobby to throw a few quid at every few weeks. Oh, and NetEase are a publisher. You can't really gauge how Immortal will be designed and balanced by looking at their past games any more than you could predict Nintendo's mobile games based on DeNA's (mostly poor) back catalogue. And no, it's not a reskin just because they've laid out the UI based on existing player expectations. </tangent> Of course all the usual industry-adjacent bottom feeders (Russ Pitts, Mark Kern, Sterling, Boogie, etc.) have piled on to work their grifts. We need to kill this pernicious myth that developers have any obligation to listen to consumers' opinions on their creative or business decisions. Buying and playing the same games as everyone else doesn't magically grant you the insight to contribute usefully. (As NEG is exhaustively demonstrating. LOL imagine clicking on any of those YouTube thumbnails.) You don't get any (credible) film critics advocating more studio interference based on market testing. Although that might have spared us the WarCraft film.
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