38 posts • joined 8 Mar 2011
Diablo 3 Expansion.
Diablo 3 was a total let down; being forced to play on super easy mode, then easy mode up to still insane mode killed any enjoyment to be had. I have friends who stopped playing it well before they even reached the higher levels, because the game was ultimately boring.
Why on earth would anyone buy the expansion is beyond me?. Better games have come along since, Path of Exile for instance is totally free to play and you can build any sort of toon you like. Even Van Helsing was a 1/2 tidy game with some tower defence elements thrown in.
My love affair with Blizzard is over; a few years ago I would defend them. Warcraft 3, is superb, with excellent mod support (bring us games like DOTA). Early WoW was great fun, thou' I'm not a great fan of the new talent tree. It's like they are dumbing their games down as much as possible to appeal to the widest audience.
I've hope for Heros of the Storm, it looks good and will be the next game I would consider getting.
Opt out, isn't really opt-out at all.
I thought when you opt out it doesn't actually remove your data in any way. Instead they "tag" it with a "code" that means "don't look at me". Anyone who wants to use the data for "other" purposes isn't going to give too hoots about the opt out code. If anything it will make your record more interesting as you clearly have something you want to hide!
If all the "hacker" done was tweak a page to gain access to other users account details, I would say that Orange are just as guilty of leaking it's customer data. Don't worry, rather that take any responsibility for protecting customer data we will blame the "hacker".
It sounds like the Hacker done something "trivial" to gain access to other customers records, probably stumbled over it by accident.
Re: Radio 4 this morning
I agree I heard that very same interview, in the same sentences she was saying the data was anonymous and yet has a unique ID (NHS ID) that links back to you. But it's OK they have no plans to sell it to private companies. The explanation was as clear as mud, she had no idea what she was talking about. As for the coded bit, I guess she means something similar to hash tags on twitter.
Another question I have to ask listening to this interview, she said they have been doing this for the past 25 years. So I'm not sure why they needed a new system now? sounds to me like opting out is a wise choice.
Here comes the TV & Internet Licence fee..
I don't pay for a TV licence, my TV isn't tuned for any channel, I watch Film & TV Series from Netflix.
However, one of my biggest annoyances with the BBC is the technology exists to encrypt the channel and deliver it to just those who pay for it. The big digital switch over was the perfect time to incorporate this technology. Instead they would rather make out people who choose not to watch broadcast TV are criminals. I'm certain the "long term" goal for the BBC is this..
"We cannot possibly monitor everybody who uses I-Player and we cannot issue usernames / passwords for those who pay the TV licence so our only option is an TV & Internet Licence fee."
Lets see if it happens...
Bought a laptop from them, it was faulty, they wouldn't even entertain a return until I had phoned up and spoken to Lenovo technical support. Spoke to Lenovo tech support they agreed the laptop was faulty, and then ebuyer finally agreed to accept it back for refund.
Makes me very wary of using them again especially for expensive items.
Setting up accounts is great advice, also if the product contains a downloadable code it's well worth downloading in advanced.
Last year my nephew got a VITA with FIFA13. The game was just a download code and about 2.8gb in size. Luckily his parents gave me the console first, so I was able to set up his account, charge the console and pre-download the game. This allowed him to play the game on xmas day rather than sitting there looking at a "downloading" bar.
This year it's BF4 on the Xbox, again they don't have the quickest internet so I've stole his Xbox, installed BF4 + downloaded all the patches and returned it. Come Xmas day, he will be able to open the present, pop the disc into his console and play (the way games use to be). Rather than waiting for all the patches to download.
Yes it will make a difference; it will inform them that you saw their message and reacted. This will lead to more messages being sent to you because you bother to read them :)
Report offending spam texts to your network operator by sending them to 7726.
I find the worse offender is my network operator, does this still work for them?
(Actually it doesn't matter as on my phone there is an option to mark the number as spam and I never see a text from it again. Brilliant).
Not sure how this is news?
I've been with VM for 1 year (just for Broadband) , in that time they increased my bill by just over 12% whilst still offering the service to new customers for the same price (per month) I paid a year ago. Luckly I have choice, so I can always switch to BT.
When I read the headline I thought Talk-Talk was going to close it's own (cold) call center so I wouldn't get any nuisance calls from them.
Well of course not, the kids who met with the boogeyman weren't there to ask.
Data appears to be mixed up.
Why don't they separate truly risky behavior from virtual risky behavior?. Kids playing games rated 18+ sounds risky, but in reality isn't. There are a few 18+ games with material that is totally unsuitable for children. I wonder if the developers just aim for an 18+ rating (lots of swearing, some virtual blood) to make the game more desirable to children. Plus if asked most kids will say they have played it; even if they haven't.
Out of the 20% of kids who arranged to meet friends they made online, how many of these friends ended up being "unsuitable". Like "I ain't Spartacus" said, how many are friends of friends?. From the sound of the research the kids are at least learning not to go alone.
Out of those kids who spent 2hrs or more a night on the internet how many were doing their homework which seems like a requirement nowadays.
Still education parents is a good thing, and needs to be done. It seems that they are too busy to keep an eye on what their children are up to. Move that computer into the living room and in the evening take the mobile devices too. :/
Re: How sad
Going to Game and not queuing? In which mythical world do you live?. I don't think I've ever been to a Game shop and not seen a queue for the checkout. It's like they want their customers to get peeved off and go order online.
Maybe when Pro 2 is available..
I wish Microsoft would do two things..
1. Stop selling Windows 8 RT tablets; the reason they didn't sell well was they were no good. It also adds a layer of confusion when purchasing. Drop them, they didn't work, it just confuses the market.
2. Redesign/Update the Pro with the new Intel Haswell chipset which I believe draws less power and runs cooler than Ivy Bridge.
I know people who like the ideal of the surface pro but are put off by the fact this newer & better chip set is out there (or will be soon) . They would rather wait for that than buy early and end up with an out of date piece of kit. Who can blame them when the tablet is more expensive than the most expensive I-Pad?
Anyone concerned about driver less cars shouldn't be. By the time they will be introduced we won't have any roads left to drive them on.
Never heard of firstrow1.eu until this court case / news article. So now I feel compelled to go check it out. I wonder how many other people will start using the site who have never heard of it before?
Internet blocks don't work, but lets not tell the courts that...
One thing I do remember from Unreal..
That corridor, where you go down a lit corridor and there is a switch at the end. You hit it, and you can hear a noise getting closer slowly every second or so. You turn around and notice the lights are turning off one at a time, getting close leaving the player in total darkness.
Ubisoft needs to sort out their UPlay platform. I have several accounts, not by choice but simply because it's been running for 13+ years and my email addresses change (and it isn't obvious the game bought back in 1999 uses the same uplay system as a game bought this year). Still attempting to merge all these accounts is impossible as it's 1 email address per account. Contact their support and they say they cannot do it..
WHY NOT, IT'S YOUR FRIGGEN SYSTEM.
So great, they now lost data for several accounts some of which I no longer have access to the associated email address. But nevermind, because I never given them my credit card details either. I do wonder if the passwords were stored in a plain text format, I've only got their word for that (and taken they cant merge accounts I cannot trust that).
I feel it's about time Amex, Mastercard & Visa got together and banned the storing of all credit card details on all system. If you want to make a purchase you have to enter your card details everytime. This would reduce the risk of mass credit card data loss from careless companies and prevent children from clocking up huge bills buying coconuts for their I-game.
Mitchell and Webb had it perfectly summed up.
Hope You tube links work.
One word.. Spoilers.
The problem with delays in releasing it is spoilers; people talk about the shows after they are released. A lot of the time you cannot even visit news sites without them trying their best to give the game away. The only way to avoid these spoilers is either a. disconnect from society or b. Watch the show as soon as possible after release. It's the same with films when they are released months in advance in America it's hard to go watch a movie at the cinema without having a good idea of what happens.
For some people they seem to like spoilers; they like reading/discovering about something then watching it happen. Other people like to watch and then advertise it to the world regardless. Personally I'd rather discover the film / tv program for myself without knowing the future; it makes it more enjoyable.
I already have a device that can remotely locate my car in a busy car park. It's called a key fob, I push the button and if my car is near the car lights flash and the doors unlock. I'm not entirely sure what is original or new about this patent?
Again; we should be questioning the ability of someone's driving if they cannot remember where they parked their car.
Paperboy was an arcade game you could crash by holding full right (or it might of been left) at the end of the level. This would cause you to miss the end of the level and carry on into the abyss. :) Space Harrier missing? makes me sad. That must of been one of the first full motion sit in arcade cabinet games. There are so many other iconic games missing, Golden Axe, Pole Position, Outrun, Mr Do, Bagman.. Maybe a top 100 list next time?
Saints Row 3 is much better than GTA 4
I dunno I think some people have rose tinted glasses on when the play GTA 4. The mission (especially early game) were boring to the point of depression. Pick up a girl and take her home, then go pick her up and take her bowling. All stuff you could be doing in real life faithfully recreated in a game. Saints row 3 might of been outrageous and silly but it was a LOT of fun to play. It had a much better story line than GTA4 with ability to do crazy side missions. There is no contest, SR3 = Full, GTA 4 = Mundane.
Bored with people complaining about the always online bit about Sim City, if it bothers you that much don't buy it. If it bothered enough people that it affects sales then I'm sure EA would do something. However we all know these people will buy the game so EA don't care. My only fear for Sim City is will it be a nickle and dime game like Sims 3?. When you buy Sims 3 (for those who haven't played it) you buy some of the game, with lots of extra content for sim points. Ofc. sim points cost real money. You get 1 map to play on for free, the other 5 or 6 cost money.. It's all designed to get you hooked and then empty your wallet. :/
How can you miss Ammensia? http://www.amnesiagame.com
There is truly a scary game.
The local rag (EDP) covered this story on their website with the option for people to comment . In the morning there were many comments criticising the football clubs over-reaction to what was clearly a mistake by their IT Team. No worries, by the afternoon they were all deleted and only the very moderate comments and ones criticising the boy were left. The story has been totally rewritten now.
It's not just the price of the console.
You have to look at the price of the games and memory cards (some crazy sony format). This is going to kill the product quickly; memory cards are WAY over priced and the games? £30 a pop ?
So after the initial fanboys, who else is going to buy a vita?. Parents with children? the DS seems a cheaper and more sensible option with plenty of cheaper back catalogue games. I suspect most other regular adults are happy buying games on their mobile / tablet at a few quid a pop (max).
I cannot see a Market for the VITA there especially at current pricing..
Currently using Netfilx but there are issues.. My biggest one being the recommended for me category, if it picks someone I do not like there appears to be no way to remove it. Currently it's recommending shameless (c4) which I'm sure is good but isn't my cuppa tea. I tried rating it 1 star (Hate It), I've tried to find a "don't recommend this title" but it shows up every time in my recommended for me selection. This alone will make me cancel my Sub.
Other issues I've noticed since using it.. I enjoy watching Anime, I swear the number of titles in that Category have been reduced since I started watching it. There is no search by category (Anime / Comedy Films). Publish to Facebook is annoying glad I didn't sign up using Facebook login but my friends have so now I have to endure their Netflix Spam.
I've mainly been watching titles on my Xbox & Android Tablet. So maybe there are options on the PC version to fix these issues.. I dunno..
Tried it...And cancelled, my issue with the service is they insist on storing my Credit Card details. Make 1 purchase, they keep your CC on file forever, when I emailed them to ask them to remove it they told me they couldn't. I closed the account... It was OK when I tried it but had Q's to get in (I guess they have now gone) and on my internet connection it was a little ropey.
Regarding PC games..
I do not see any reason for anyone to be pirating PC games any more other than the I WANT IT NOW, I AM ENTITLED to it mentality people seem to have. Games released on Steam (and in shops) generally drop in price drastically after only a few months. Even AAA titles drop in price, Skyrim, on launch, was £35 (early November) I got my physical copy before Christmas for £20. It was available on steam for £23 during their sales. (and I've seen it for £23 for consoles before xmas as well)
Steam sales drop prices to silly levels eventually £10 games that are a few month old for £2 or £3 (dungeon defenders), some more expensive ones dropped to this level after a year.
DRM is a weak argument for pirating, thou' I refuse to buy any Ubisoft game as their always online DRM is too much of an inconvenience. Ahh well I miss out on a few games I would of liked to play, never mind there are plenty of decent ones out there still to play.
Sadly there are plenty of spongers out there who MUST have the latest game and be the first to play it, whatever the cost.. Generally that cost to them is nothing, the cost to the games industry is huge. They argue they cannot afford it is unacceptable, we need to educate people that not being able to afford something does not automatically give them a right to steal it.
As for music, never been a big follower, so don't have any albums (bar a few) and I don't download them to listen to either. Dvd's and Blu-rays are dying, if I want to watch a film I can rent it for a few quid (less than a cinema ticket) so no point downloading them either.
Yep the industries (Music / Film / Game / Books / Cinema) need to understand, people who paid don't want to be told not to copy/pirate the material by making them sit thro' the stupid adverts or forced DRM checks.We've paid already treat us with respect; nothing more annoying than sitting down in the cinema and being told you are a pirate by the very industry you are supporting. You're advertising the wrong message to the wrong people, in a way you are saying "You're all mugs, whilst you have paid to see this, there are ways & means to get it for free".
The best game of the year has to be Dungeon Defenders, £9.99 on Steam, 4 player tower defence. Already clocked up 70hrs + on the game, with 3 friends, slowly unlocking more to complete the game. Orcs Must Die also sould be mentioned for a good single player experience let down by the lack of multiplayer.
It's a shame that smaller games don't get a review or a look in.
Full of hidden secrets
Rainbow Island, the game FULL of hidden secrets. Like to get to the hidden rooms at the end of the level, you had to collect the 7 coloured Gems in Rainbow order (Red,Orange,Yellow,Green,Blue,Indigo,Violet). Collect them in any other order = only 1 extra life.
Might of been tricky, if you didn't realise that a gem would always drop if you break a rainbow over a creeps head and the colour of the gem was determined by the position on the screen (Red far left, Violet far right). Then once in the secret room, there was a code at the top of the screen which was another secret you could enter in the title screen (using joystick/fire button) to unlock bonuses like starting with double rainbows. Finally the number of items you could pick up, including a lot of rare items made each game unique / special.
Rainbow island, what an awesome platform game. :)
Single Sign In.
For me this is the problem, Microsoft wants me to use the same login for Xbox live, Messenger, Microsoft sites and PC Games (GFLW). I'm sure I've seen sites that are not microsoft which ask for your xbox logins (eg. 360voice.com).
With so many different sites all asking for the same login information which has to be the same across the board, I'm not surprised if one service gets comprised. Log into messenger on your mobile phone using a 3rd party app and you have no idea if the developers have stolen your details "for sale" later on?
I generally have several Microsoft accounts and keep my xbox login separate from my PC one. Microsoft might not like it, but tough, give me better account controls / security and then I might only use one sign in.
Where do I get this software?
Some CAPTCHA's are so blurred I have difficulty reading them, when they provide the audio version I have difficulty hearing the numbers/letters against the noise. I'd hate to think how anyone with serious hearing / sight issues get on.
It would look much better if he stood in front of something that is not the same colour as the tee-shirt. . White shirt, with white background = no hole effect.
We are assuming that users are using the same pin for the app that they use to unlock the phone. If I was installing a 3rd party app and it wanted a PIN I would NOT use my phone pin number (or bank pin number) but would make another one up. There is a good chance the I'd use 1234, if I was just trying the app out, or didn't consider the security that important.
I feel the logic in this article is flawed.
So great news for consumers, them £17.99 Blu-Rays / DVD's will now become £14.99 ones.
It's not just the console price..
It's the price of the games, £35 each.. I can buy PS3 or XBOX 360 games for less. Ok not as mobile, but consider they are competing against Mobile phone games 59p to a few quid.
I think Nintendo have way over priced it.
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