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2298 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Gamers pledge almost a million dollars for Wasteland sequel

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My Kickstarter Idea!

Don't worry, not a spam post. I say we start a Kickstarter account to buy back Criterion and Bioware from EA. If even a tenth of the gamers who play their games pledge a half-decent amount of money, we could do it, and reduce the influence of Evil Arseholes.

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Damn, and I just sent money to Schafer! Will have to wait for my next paycheque, then Fargo can definitely have some. Hopefully I can get there in time for a signed copy. Replaying Fallout 1 at the moment and it's still brilliant.

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Smartphone owners demand bigger screens

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3.7 screens are the top-end for me. Anything larger than that and I can't easily control it one-handed with my thumb.

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Boffins render fibre obsolete

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All these worlds are yours, except Europa. Attempt no landings there. Use them together. Use them in peace.

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Death Star SUCKS PLASMA FROM SUN in NASA riddle vid

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Re: Emerging from Sun?

Nope, but you are the only person to mis-spell "Mote".

</pedant>

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Everything Everywhere grabs UK 4G wheel, rivals thrown off bus

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Well, my personal phone is T-Mobile and my work phone is Orange. Roll on the good times!

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Game Group shares slide under a penny

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Re: Been failing for 15 years +

"As for the second hand stores, all they do is rob money from the game developers and, in an industry where a £20 million product can be judged a flop in a handful of weeks, those of us gamers who give a sh*t about innovation and quality instead of "yet-another-FPS" (Syndicate EA, really?) should always try to buy new copies from their retailer of choice."

Bollocks, and bollocks I'm sick of hearing. If it wasn't for the 2nd hand market, I'd have never become a gamer, because the new games are too expensive for anyone under 20. If it wasn't for the 2nd hand market, I would never have played the most innovative games, because they quickly disappear under a tide of X-box shit and it takes a cult following to bring them to light. If it wasn't for the 2nd hand market, I wouldn't have gotten into half the games I have, or have a huge collection as I do.

I still give huge amounts of money to the game industry all the time, but if the publishers had it their way we'd be paying £50 a pop for ten year old games. This is the *only* industry we hear this bullshit bleating from. In every other industry, a purchase is regarded as something you own, and can do with as you please. Only in the games industry has this strange attitude grown that anyone not paying the poor, neglected largest entertainment sector on Earth the full price is some thieving scumbag. Sod off.

I *do* care about gaming, a hell of a lot, but I show support for brilliant and innovative games by spreading the word, encouraging uptake. If someone I recommend Rez to buys it 2nd hand to try it, and likes it, then they might pre-order Child of Eden at full price, and the developer makes moolah they wouldn't have otherwise. The developers can take their moaning and shove it, and stop trying to make me feel like a thief because their products are overpriced.

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"where else can you get good value second hand video games on the high street?"

CeX. Waaay cheaper than Game, in almost every instance, plus the staff tend to know their stuff. CeX have been storming through a recession and opening new stores, because they price stuff a bit cheaper and get the stock shifted out. They're not too proud to slice a price if it moves stock, and Game are.

Price is Game's biggest problem. I can't count the number of times I've been in their PC section wondering how many litres of piss they're taking. The staff are alright, the store's not bad, it's just the pricing that's generally insane.

And I can't forgive them for what they did to Gamestation. That place was fantastic before Game got their teeth into it. A proper retro section stretching back to the Master System, rare or classic games kept in a cabinet, great staff, great prices, and then Game bought it. Retro was killed off immediately, the place started selling DVDs and later Blu Ray, and it just became another Game store. What a loss.

The fire sale's already started, though. Is anyone fooled by their "Spring Clean" sale? I bought 4 games at the weekend for the price of just one two weeks prior.

And as for the supermarkets, they're worse. A tiny selection of whatever games the staff have heard of, stock older then the person you're buying it for, and daft prices. ASDA are marginally better than the others, but only marginally. Sod that.

Nope, if Game goes, it'll be CeX only for me. That, and BHF. For some inexplicable reason, BHF round here always have great games in from a few years ago, at about a quid a piece!

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iPad 3 'first tablet' with Bluetooth 4.0

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Re: Crystal Clear Text

That's three posts spamming your product launch across the site today. Nice PR, there. Everyone knows that El Reg commentards respond well to spam advertising.

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Microsoft 'yanked optical drive from Xbox 720'

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Check out Ubuntu TV. I don't like Unity on a desktop but on a telly it's rather spiffing.

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LYING iPhone 4S mobes claim 4G connection on 3G network

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Re: Any speed works

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8huXkSaL7o

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Re: This sort of tosh happens all the time

I was looking at the specs of the Huawei Mediapad on the Orange website today. Apparently it has "dual 1.2GHz processors". Really? Not one dual-core processor, then?

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Yeah, I mean for christ's sake, it's only a network/mobile maker effectively lying about their product's capabilities in order to promote it over identical offerings. Anyone would think this was a technology website or something! Let's ditch these stupid non-news stories and get back to global economics and interviews with Greenpeace.

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Flying Spaghetti Monster's works spotted in space

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Re: lets be honest

Missed Kitzmiller vs Dover, then? That was just funny. "No, I've no idea where those textbooks I personally raised the money for and ordered came from. What do you mean, lying under oath?"

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Lingerie-clad she-devils romp past watchdog

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Ah, the repressed sexual attitudes. God forbid that someone under the age of 18 ever accept their own horrible, nasty, filthy human body, or understand it. That would just corrupt their tiny, fragile minds. The mere mention of sex within 100 metres of an infants school would cause hundreds of deaths, grey matter leaking from tiny innocent noses.

Clearly, mollycoddling is the way to go.

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Re: Porn

"I don't believe I'm a puritanical prude, but I simply don't believe that that amount of flesh should be on display all over the place."

I've got some bad news for you...

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Apple pushes out Mac OS X update to fix Time Machine fail

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Wireless patches? Finally! The wireless on my MBP drops its connection every ten minutes in Mac OS X, but works flawlessly in Linux and Windows. It's infuriating, especially if you're downloading stuff.

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Jelly Bean confirmed as Android names get sweeter

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And yet again I get to respond to some miserable bastard with the two words "Snow Leopard".

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Metro breakdown! Windows 8 UI is little gain for lots of pain

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Minimum width of 1366 pixels? So how come after installation (before driver installs) it runs at 1024x768?

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Re: I overheard a guy on the train the other night

The Windows key on a Mac is the cloverleaf/command/whatevertheballsyoucallit button to the left of the spacebar.

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Re: KDE FTW!!!

Couldn't agree more. KDE might not be (by default) the prettiest or slickest UI in the world, and people looking at a fresh install might just think "Windows clone", but to me it's a well established system with a great app suite, and every single corner of it just bristles with config options.

How big do you want your panel? Should it be translucent? What should it contain, and do you need more than one? What widgets do you want on which screen at what size with what options? Do you want to ditch the whole thing and just have an icon-based launcher on the desktop? Should this window be solo, part of a group, sit on top, or drop its surround altogether?

If you're the kind of person who wants things to work your way, KDE is brilliant. It doesn't take long to config, as pretty much everything is GUI controlled, and once it's kitted out, everything you need is exactly where you want it. Been using it for years, and having played with GNOME/Unity from time to time, I can't see myself going back. (That is, on a desktop. Tried Ubuntu TV at the MWC and it looks fantastic.)

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Microsoft drops 'risky' Windows 8 preview on World

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Safe mode can now only be activated by launching a normal boot and selecting it as a reboot option...

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Who the fuck thought that was a good idea??

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Downloading now. Looks interesting...as with others, I'm really not sure about removing the Start button, but at least they're trying. I'm actually kinda warming to Metro, but not on the desktop. The whiplash I get from moving to and from it is just too much.

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iPad 3 launch news pushes Apple shares to $500bn high

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I don't want to live...

...on this planet any more.

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Sony shifts more than a million PS Vitas

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Make the games cheaper, and Sony wins. A + B= C.

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Apple snags blockbuster multi-touch patent

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Never mind multitouch...

""Object transitions" – changing the appearance of an interface element when it is selected or acted upon"

Who the hell granted that??

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Sony to strike gold with PS Vita - if it cuts the price

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Judging by this thread and others I've read, the common theme is "it's a really nice system, but we're waiting until it comes down a bit". Sony had better get on with those price cuts and take an initial-loss approach if they don't want this thing to suddenly flop like the 3DS did.

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It's not the console - compared to a 3DS and even the original PSP at launch it's pretty reasonable. It's the games. It should not even be possible to pay £40 or more for a portable game, unless it's bundled with the PS3 copy as well.

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Death to Office or to Windows - choose wisely, Microsoft

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@nexsphil

Nice anti-Linux rant there, but at what point did I make any reference to it going mainstream? I was only talking about it being supported through the use of OpenGL.

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I don't think Windows will die, as you put it. I can certainly see its market share being drastically reduced, as we've seen with IE. Computing consumers these days are a bit more savvy to alternatives, and the ones that aren't are drawn in by Apple's shiny gimmickery. But I don't think it will die, simply because of what depends on it.

Games, for example, largely require DirectX, and while it's heartening to see the recent dearth of excellent indie PC games that have gone tri-platform (check out the Humble Bundles), all the big-name stuff is pretty much Windows only, with the odd one getting a Mac port a year down the line. If the death of Windows were the target, then lashings of money would need to be spent beefing up OpenGL and moving onto it. I'd love for that to happen (games on Linux woo), but I don't think it will.

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Leap-day Visual Studio beta provokes 'passionate' response

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"...eliminate color except for notification or status change purposes on the page and tools palette."

..........What?

In other IDEs I use, the colours are *essential*, indicating everything from errors/conflicts to versioning status. What made them think this was a good idea?

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Apple fanbois forced to go on the pull by Motorola patent

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Re: Weirdos

"And why the spite against a successful company that makes good, attractive hardware and software that real people like, even enjoy?"

Or worship? I mean, who doesn't say a quick prayer or two to Lord Jobs in the morning, before work? It's just a personal belief, and I'm entitled to it. Who are you to say that Apple didn't invent the wheel? Were you there? Can you prove it, or is this just another "theory"?

The ones to watch out for are the non-believers, these angry atheists. They'll distort history with lies, tell you that Apple are a litigious bunch of shitheads that gained a position through slick marketing and are now attempting to hold onto it with lawyers rather than innovation. I mean, we all know that Android is an evil communist plot. I've read the holy letters of Saint Steve, and it's right there in black and white. He said it, I believe it, that's an end of it.

</creationist_parody> (For thickos.)

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Re: Re: can you still cry with both eyes gouged out?

Don't worry, I was five seconds away from making the same joke.

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I'm trying to summon up some sympathy for Apple, but every time I do I end up howling with laughter.

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Samsung Series 9 skinny laptop priced for Blighty

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Re: What's the obsession with 'thinnest'?

Amen. People are always criticising my smartphone for being a "brick". Erm...what? My original mobile phone came with a belt clip and could only text in upper-case, and an N series is a brick because it has a proper keyboard and a decent camera?

I couldn't give two shits if another phone is a few mm thinner - what does that gain me anyway? A more fragile device? If it's an extra 20g heavier, will my weak, crippled hands not be able to heft it all the way to my head?

No, of course not. It's just faddish elitism.

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News of the World hacker named after court block lifted

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Re: And that may be true...

"It's definitely likely to be certainly possible that there was an ask-no-questions ethos pervading the NotW, allegedly."

My favourite sentence of the week. QOTW, El Reg?

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Let me guess - Murdoch still claims to have had no idea this was going on. It's totally despicable, he'd never condone it, yadda yadda.

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Ubuntu for Android: Penguins peck at Nokia's core problem

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Re: Spark Tablet

Genuinely not being a dick, but that's a tablet. :-p

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Nice idea, and I genuinely think that a portable personal "core" that you carry and connect to shells tailored for a given task is a possible future of computing.

That said, quit pissing around and make a smartphone already! Maemo/MeeGo are dead in the water (again), and everyone and their dog's moving to dumbed-down walled-off systems that send a packet back to the manufacturer every time you pick your nose. Canonical making a phone is my last hope for a useful Linux-based device that drops the irritating hardware abstraction, lets me hack it to bits as I see fit, and is actually natively capable of performing advanced tasks and getting things done.

You know - A BLOODY SMARTPHONE!

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Brazilians unveil Microsoft SkyDrive's secret – revealing pics

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Lots of downvoting in this thread. We got a bot around here?

Anyway, my arse that's a desktop client. Look at the rendering on the checkboxes - that's a webpage, that is. Carved up version of the Hotmail style interface. If it's a desktop app, why not show the window frame?

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FTC urged to probe Google's Safari-tracking gaffe

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"Windows Internet Explorer is the browser that respects your privacy."

Windows 8, on the other hand...

(Seriously, if you install Win8, for god's sake hit "customise" and uncheck the million "send your data to us" options.)

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Modern Warfare 3 shoots onto Steam for free

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This was announced last weekend, and I believe that it could be pre-loaded, so hopefully Steam anticipated that waaaay in advance.

I'm just brassed off that Killing Floor was piss cheap again this week. Every time that happens the harder servers flood with CoD/L4D playing newbies who reckon they're tough. They spawn into a game at level 0, cause a huge zombie spawn, get massacred, and rage quit, leaving the regular players on their own against a horde.

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I was only interested in the single-player, so I'll wait for the next Steam sale, ta.

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Ageing Mario blamed for Nintendo's woes

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Re: @Greg J Preece

"if they want to include motion controls in hardcore games at least give the option to disable it."

Agree 100%, and I was heartened to see several titles on the Vita that do exactly that.

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You say that like it's a good thing.

"The first thing that comes to mind when Nintendo are mentioned is possibly the shittiest thing they've ever made!"

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Re: There are some good indy games on the Nintendo eShop

My first ever Wii points card came through the post today (Sin and Punishment the intended target), and I am <b>dreading</b> using it. For a start, it means having to use the bloody store with that bloody interface and that bloody elevator music.

Secondly, the card doesn't just come as a card, oh no. It comes with a DVD, and you just <b>know</b> that it'll be another patronising, repetitive for-fuckwits tutorial that you must watch to continue your task, a la Motion Plus. Five minute unskippable retard-guides, that's what my console was misssing...

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Re: Analogue Mario?

Unless you had a very unusual setup, he was at least output via analogue means.

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@FartingHippo

Surely you're not including Other M?

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This has been the problem with Nintendo for years, but the fanboys refuse to admit or accept it. They just re-hash the same Mario and Zelda games every few years with very little in the way of actual innovation. (No, fanboys, gimmicky controllers and screens everyone stops using after they realise how much they suck do NOT count as gaming innovation.)

I have both console and handheld Nintendo platforms in my armoury, but finding decent games for them is a real challenge, wading through tides of shit and shovelware. That's why Mario games on the consoles continue to command insane prices years after release - because there's nothing else worth playing.

The Sony and MS consoles might have their own shitty "mainstream" titles that they roll out over and over, but at least the other developers are making enough of an effort that you can leave that well-trodden road and find the good stuff.

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New Mac OS X: Mountain Lion roars at unauthorised apps

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Re: Sounds familiar

Sure sounds familiar to me - Skype!

Synchronises my chats between my phones, all my computers, my Sony kit, my e-reader...

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