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Comment: Re:Good Riddance (Score 1) 42

by tudsworth (#49308437) Attached to: Hideo Kojima To Depart Konami; Metal Gear Franchise Changing Hands
I feel like "arcadey" was probably the worst way I could have put "the gameplay was considerably better than FIFA's", and I'm glad somebody's come along to correct that. I'm not much of a fan of football as a real sport, but have, until the more recent attempts to copy... whatever it is FIFA's trying to do (which started around about the Xbox 360 and PS3 era, I believe) always considered PES the more enjoyable of the two to play.

Of course, the power of licenses outdoes quality for the majority of people, and that definitely didn't help PES in the long run.

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Comment: Re:Good Riddance (Score 1) 42

by tudsworth (#49307407) Attached to: Hideo Kojima To Depart Konami; Metal Gear Franchise Changing Hands
The Lords of Shadow sub-series for PS3 and XBox 360. It's kind of disingenuous of me to refer to them as a "clone" of a more popular game - but they're third-person action games in the same vein as God of War, with a very similar emphasis on being "cinematic" - whatever that means. The combat's the usual "mash light attack until a symbol pops over their head and use a QTE to execute them" fare you'd expect from God of War and its ilk; and the games have absolutely nothing in common with the exploration-based platformers ("metroidvanias", if you must) the series has been known for ever since Symphony of the Night.

I admit, my dislike for Lords of Shadow is at least partially influenced by the fact it's nothing to do with "proper" Castlevania, but the fact there are much better examples of the kind of game it is definitely helps.

Comment: Re:Good Riddance (Score 3, Insightful) 42

by tudsworth (#49304947) Attached to: Hideo Kojima To Depart Konami; Metal Gear Franchise Changing Hands
Kojima's been trying to break away from the Metal Gear series for a while now, to be fair. His other notable works; Snatcher/Policenauts, Boktai and Zone of the Enders are all fantastic games; and his ego or arrogance never really imprints them -that- much... or it fits in better with the more fantastical settings of those games.

As for the Metal Gear series getting any better, I don't think I trust Konami circa 2015 to do the franchise justice. Castlevania's name is forever tarnished by subpar God of War clones; Pro Evo Soccer has been floundering about in some attempt to copy FIFA, forgetting all about the more arcade-styled gameplay that set the series apart to begin with; Gradius, Contra, BomberMan (yep, they own that now!) and more franchises than I can remember are essentially dead to them; and the franchises they do still make games for just aren't making them any money due to a complete lack of advertising or just being shoddy products in general.

Comment: Re:Trade-in prices (Score 1) 172

by tudsworth (#39494329) Attached to: UK's Largest Specialist Video Games Retailer Enters Administration

they'd give me maybe 13GBP for it, or 16 if it wasn't "scratched". They'd then sell it second hand for 30GBP (or 28 if it doesn't come with instructions or a box).

Funny that you mention that game. The GAME nearest to me is selling it second-hand for £39.99. A quick search on Zavvi tells me that they're selling the Xbox360 version, brand new, for £36.95

The other big game that they're not selling new, Mass Effect 3, is also £39.99 second-hand in my local GAME branch. I'd check prices for that, but I'm lazy, and can confirm seeing new copies being sold for somewhere in the £30 range.

As for price reductions for copies of games without boxes or manuals... you're a funny man. Another example from my local GAME branch - Lego Star Wars 2 on Nintendo DS. £15 with the original box and manual. The same game, minus manual and in a generic "we do not have the cover for this game" box... £15. Hell, that price tag is no guarantee of me getting a working cartridge/disc, either - they do reduce trade-in values if your disc is scratched, but it's a total crapshoot whether they'll, you know, clean the discs before putting them on the shelves. If they don't, it sets the eventual buyer back another £3. Or in the case of cartridge games, leaves the buyer with a paperweight. To be fair, they probably don't clean the discs deliberately - it's £3 of pure profit on top of the already ridiculous mark-up; and at one point, they actively rewarded sales assistants who managed to upsell disc cleaning for pre-owned games.

Comment: Re:What about the Classic Menu? (Score 1) 81

by tudsworth (#38827093) Attached to: Cinnamon Gnome-Shell Fork Releases Version 1.2
I've given Cinnamon 1.2 a go over the course of a few hours. Sadly, the Mint Menu is mandatory, much to my own disappointment (it's usable, but I prefer the "proper" GNOME menu). That said, it's GNOME 3 done right - outside of a few incredibly minor gripes (the Super Key opens the menu rather than the activities pane; you have to move your mouse to the top left hand corner of the screen to open the activities pane though I'm sure it'll be easy enough to change that behaviour in a future version), I'm loving it so far, and can't wait to see what future releases will bring from both Clem and the wider mint community.

Comment: Re:Future of Nintendo (Score 3, Interesting) 406

by tudsworth (#38738220) Attached to: PS4: What Sony Should and Shouldn't Do
The Circle Pad Pro, as Nintendo have taken to calling it, is by no means required. Certain games (Ace Combat, Resident Evil Revelations, Metal Gear, Monster Hunter and many others I'm too lazy to name) use it as a second analogue stick (optional camera controls, basically), but none of them -require- it. In fact, I play Monster Hunter on my Japanese 3DS without the Circle Pad Pro; and it works just fine.
On top of this, none of the games announced to have support for the peripheral actually -require- it, yet. That might change over the next year or so, but until then, the Circle Pad Pro is far from a required add-on.
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zacharye writes: Research In Motion confirmed part of an exclusive BGR report Thursday night when its co-CEOs announced during an earnings call that its first BlackBerry 10 smartphone would not launch until the “latter part of 2012.” Despite RIM’s earlier statement that a QNX-powered smartphone would launch in the first half next year, we reported in November that RIM’s first next-generation smartphone would not launch until the third quarter. RIM co-Chief Mike Lazaridis blamed the delay on new dual-core processors that were not yet ready to be manufactured in bulk, but the fact remains that by the time RIM’s first QNX-based smartphone launches it will be competing against Apple’s sixth-generation iPhone, a horde of new Android phones with next-generation features and specs, a variety of Windows Phones from Nokia, and more...
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+ - US watchdog bans Photoshop use in cosmetics ads->

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MrSeb writes: "In an interesting move that should finally bring the United States’ fast-and-loose advertising rules and regulations into line with the UK and EU, the National Advertising Division (NAD) — the advertising industry’s self-regulating watchdog — has moved to ban the misleading use of photoshopping and enhanced post-production in cosmetics adverts. The ban stems from a Procter & Gamble (P&G) CoverGirl ad that photoshopped a model’s eyelashes to exaggerate the effects of NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara. There was a footnote in the ad’s spiel about the photo being manipulated, but according to the director of the NAD, that simply isn’t enough: “You can’t use a photograph to demonstrate how a cosmetic will look after it is applied to a woman’s face and then — in the mice type — have a disclosure that says ‘okay, not really.’” The NAD ruled that the ad was unacceptable, and P&G has since discontinued it. The ruling goes one step further, though, and points out that "professional styling, make-up, photography and the product’s inherent covering and smoothing nature” should be enough, without adding Photoshop to the mix. The cosmetics industry is obviously a good starting point — but what if the ban leaks over to product photography (I'm looking at you, Burger King), video gameplay demos, or a photographer's own works?"
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+ - Microsoft Moves Into iOS Ecosystem (But Not Androi->

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jfruhlinger writes: "With the release of the SkyDrive app for iOS, Microsoft is showing that it isn't going to just focus its service offerings on Windows — particularly in the mobile realm, where Windows has almost zero market share. Getting its cloud services onto iPhones and iPads is a no-brainer — but the real question is, why no Android app yet?"
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