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Lucky thing I finished that book

Posted December 5 into Games by John Birmingham

Because I just found out there's a new single player Mechwarrior game coming out. I played soooo much of the old version back in the 90s and it's a shock to see it with these souped up graphics.

Engadget has your briefing here.

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KreepyKrawly reckons...

Posted December 5
Hopefully they don't screw it up like MWO. I was a top-tier founder for MWO, started out great, then succumbed to the QQers and get rich quick publisher.
The turn-based Battletech game is set for beta soon, and looks cool.
The one thing that I hope will save MWO is the new game runs on the unreal 4 engine.

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Gilligan would have you know...

Posted December 14
I wonder if you'll be able to jump in a Locust, run in under their arc of fire, and just chop the legs out from under them like in the original Mechwarrior.

That'd be sweet. :)

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RDR2

Posted October 21 into Games by John Birmingham

No. Not R2D2's cousin from the sticks.

The new Red Dead Redemption trailer.

It looks awesome and I am ridiculously excited.

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Turlogh Dubh O'Brien is gonna tell you...

Posted October 21
Yes! Here's to all the doubting Thomases who claimed that this was just an internet rumor, doomed to roam development hell. I never lost faith.


There's something almost mystical about the Wild West, and this game lassoes and rides that spark well into the sunset.

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Murphy_of_Missouri puts forth...

Posted October 21
I found the game itself to be frustrating to play, but I did enjoy the granular details to be found in that hybridized version of the American West.


My peers in education often talk of using technology to teach history to students. I wish one of those technophiles would find a way to convert gaming systems like this for the classroom.


And maybe the combat mechanics have improved on this model.

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DaveC swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 21
Loved RDR. It felt like a spaghetti western novel with characters who were elevated above the usual gaming tropes. Even though I could only get 'dead eye' to work twenty percent of the time...

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Bondiboy66 puts forth...

Posted October 24
Hope they release a PC version this time...

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Fallout 4. Anyone lost in the wasteland yet?

Posted November 14, 2015 into Games by John Birmingham

I would desperately love to spend a couple of weeks in this post apocalyptic Hellscape, but my real life deadline Hellscape is even more scarifying, so I haven't even bought it. Not like The Witcher 3 which lies unplayed at the top of my stack o' shame, hiding GTA 5, which I loved as much as GTA 4, but had no more luck finishing than I did Mass Effect 3. All of them great games. None of them even a quarter finished.

I sometime wonder whether I buy these things not to play them, but because of the illusion they offer. The mirage of a day when I met have enough spare time to actually indulge myself. Until then I can but live vicariously through Mister Barnes, who I assume has given up his day job to walk the radioactive wastes.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted November 14, 2015
I have been lost in the Wasteland my whole life, constantly annoyed by the cry of gulls, the deep seas swell and concerns with profit and loss.

But Hellscape sounds great.

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Raymond Camden mutters...

Posted November 14, 2015
Nice to know I'm not the only one with a shameful pile of unfinished games. Not that I don't play quite a bit... but *finishing* a game is sometimes just out of reach. (But hey, I hit 40 in Destiny, that counts, right?)

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Murphy_of_Missouri asserts...

Posted November 14, 2015
I've never been able to get into this series.

And I don't have a gaming console anymore. Hell, World of Warships chews up plenty of time if I let it.

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damian asserts...

Posted November 14, 2015
Looks like my 5 year old laptop will handle it okay... that could be optimistic though. Academic, no way I have time at this stage.

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NBlob swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted November 14, 2015
When one opens a can of Child Rearing it stay clearly on the tin: Caution: Time is your rarest commodity and everything takes priority over fun.
Like boats & tents I suspect people buy games with a hope that they'll make the time to play them.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted November 14, 2015
The primary aspect of your "child rearing" has concluded, mate. If you don't have time to play video games, it is for some other reason. Perhaps your excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages is responsible.

damian mutters...

Posted November 14, 2015
I see no incompatibility between excessive consumption of alcoholic beverage and playing video games.

NBlob ducks in to say...

Posted November 14, 2015
Indeed.

NBlob mumbles...

Posted November 14, 2015
OT, excellent State of Play Near Earth Objects, sans hyperbole.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/space/a17822/the-asteroid-hunters/?utm_source=nextdraft&utm_medium=email

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Rob mumbles...

Posted November 14, 2015
My wife pointed out the other night that I'm not really a gamer. So I have all these games unplayed like Crysis and world of tanks.
I usually just play Battlefield and leave it at that. CoD just got silly, I will probably give Battlefront a go. I have buckets of time, but I always get the feeling I should be making media not consuming it.

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TeamAmerica asserts...

Posted November 14, 2015
Off-topic, but JB s a sci-fi writer, so here is the 'World of Tomorrow,' today:
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/11/13/us/google-self-driving-car-pulled-over/

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she_jedi has opinions thus...

Posted November 15, 2015
My game playing career ended around Police Quest 2 / Kings Quest IV, and was resurrected late last year when I discovered Assassin's Creed. I no longer feel guilty that I only managed to finish AC3 two weeks ago (and still in the middle of the AC3 DLC) with Syndicate coming out in November. I've actually finished FOUR games this year, while working full time and studying part time. *Smug*

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Barnesm ducks in to say...

Posted November 15, 2015
Can't post, too busy trying to get to Diamond City whilst dealing with some troublesome Yao Guai

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Barnesm has opinions thus...

Posted November 15, 2015
Besides I've told you before.
Fallout aren't games, they're training simulators.

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Mayhem's Mum would have you know...

Posted November 15, 2015
My dear gentlemen, your gaming concerns are as nothing compared to the distressing incident which occurred this very day in the dank depths of my Lord and Master Greybeard's (Keeper of the Flame, Bringer of Gruel, Provider of Subservice Internet) oubliette. His intermittent Wifi led to a rather unfortunate disruption of one's Candy Crush Saga update. One has been forced to commence the game from level 1. As the game had been at level 498 before this calamity, one is now contemplating the unleashing of a venomous ire the likes of which my Lord and Master Greybeard (Holder of the Torch, Tamer of Rats, ERSTWHILE Provider of Subservice Internet Or Else) has heretofore never imagined. He has been warned!

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Spanner swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted November 15, 2015
Does a game count as being on your pile of shame if MrsS won't let you buy a new console to play it on?
Asking for a friend.

Darth Greybeard asserts...

Posted November 15, 2015
Maybe if you didn't come home from Sydney, reeking of stale beer and fresh farts, with eyes like blood-drenched poached eggs, breath straight from Satan's bottom and then, THEN, try to deny you'd been on the turps?

Barnesm reckons...

Posted November 15, 2015
Would fresh beer and stale farts be better?

Darth Greybeard mutters...

Posted November 16, 2015
I think those are Spanner's default setting.

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pi mutters...

Posted November 15, 2015
Sigh... I'm studying. So no time for games. No time for books. :( Exam is in two weeks. Too long...

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yankeedog puts forth...

Posted November 16, 2015
A couple of my coworkers are hip-deep in Fallout 4 as I write this. I personally don't have time to get immersed in those games.

I do enjoy the music in the Fallout series, though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7Fpp2VT5lk

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Shifty Tourist ducks in to say...

Posted November 16, 2015
Got it last week, managed a couple of hours on the weekend, and it is awesome. There is nothing like wandering around a nuclear wasteland with the Inkspots singing I don't want to set the world on fire lilting in the background.

Barnesm is gonna tell you...

Posted November 16, 2015
but after 70 hours of playing you do start wishing for a larger play list.

Shifty Tourist mutters...

Posted November 17, 2015
I have yet to have that problem, sadly though this is because of the intrusion of adult responsibilities, and the withering looks of Mrs Tourist while gesturing meaningfully towards the real life wasteland... the backyard, having the effect that having 70 hours to, in Mrs Tourists words "waste", on Fallout being a bit of a luxury.

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My VR headset gets closer

Posted October 29, 2015 into Games by John Birmingham

Couple of years ago, okay, maybe ten years ago, we had a chat about VR gaming and why there were no decent HUDs available. This was years before Oculus Rift was even a thing, let alone before the Zuck bought it for two billion dollars.

It seems the day is getting close now when consumer grade VR gaming will be in our lounge rooms. Ben Grubb and Tim Biggs platyed with Sony's headset and wrote up a nice report for the Herald today. There's still issues, espcially with fitting the device, doubly so for people with less than perfect vision, but the interface seems to be almost good to go and the UX is compelling.

I had so much fun playing the demo of London Heist Getaway — it's a completely different way of playing a video game that got the adrenaline pumping. The two Move controllers become your left and right hands and can be used to pick things up in the car you're travelling in (in the passenger's seat of course).

Apart from throwing things at the driver, you can reload your gun with magazines and then shoot at your opponents using the gun. It felt liberating to play this game without being confined to a PlayStation controller. I could freely move my hands around (looking ridiculous to the real world). I'm hoping that other controllers come out in the future that make the game feel even more real.

I wonder though whether this will remain a niche product, simply because of safety problems and simple friction. It's obvious from reading the review that you rerally are completely cut off from the real world. A simple coffee table in your gaming space could end up being stupidly hazardous while you navigate the battlepace in something like COD or MW. If you have to fit the headset and move furniture around, it sounds like it could be even worse than the 3DTV debacle.

On the other hand, sit down games, like flight sims, mech sims and driving titles seem well suited to the UI. Running and gunning not so much. That wouldn't bother me, because I'm not much a shooter. But I wonder how a hybrid like GTA would go. There's a lot of driving in that series, but also a lot of walking and running and moving through complex urban spaces. Could be great. Could be awful.

Ben told me via Twitter this moring that there digital fencing systems on the way, to define a safe area in which you can move around. But how many people have that much clear space in their lounge rooms. (Strangely enough, I do. But I'd guess most don't.)

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Barnesm ducks in to say...

Posted October 29, 2015

"But how many people have that much clear space in their lounge rooms" -perhaps it will need to be played ... OUTSIDE!

IN a similar vein Gizmodo had a piece by Darren ORF reviewing the new app Oculus released and how he watched Netflix in VR and now reality seems hollow and pointless.

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon mumbles...

Posted October 29, 2015
i'm going straight out to buy a warehouse. This could be used for something like laser skirmish. But you just have an empty warehouse and all the obstacles are CG in the headsets. It would be like printing money with no overheads. You could have different scenarios with the flick of a program - different worlds - anything.

pi swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 29, 2015
That's the point. You don't need a warehouse, all you need is a garage. As long as the software can 'soft' show you that you're approaching the bounds of your allowed space, I can't see it being a problem. With online gaming, you don't need a warehouse with everyone in it... you need 20 people playing in their garages against one another.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan has opinions thus...

Posted October 29, 2015
Terrifying. Deeply disturbing.

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Nocturnalist mutters...

Posted October 29, 2015

MECH SIMS!

Just the thought of it puts me in need of double-capacity Clan heatsinks.

Sudragon puts forth...

Posted October 31, 2015
for the full immersive experience, hook computer up to the reverse cycle A/C to simulate heat buildup.

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TeamAmerica is gonna tell you...

Posted October 29, 2015
@JB- I belong to a website founded by Rob Long, the producer and scriptwriter of the tv show Cheers, and presidential speech writer Peter Robinson. Anyway, it is a conservative site with a strict code of conduct to promote civil discussion. One of its editors, Claire Berlinski, suggested that they might invite some good liberal writers to provide an alternative perspective, and to avert a tendency to be insular and to assume the worst of those you disagree with. Anyway, I took the liberty of suggesting you, so someone may contact you. So if she contacts you, this is Ms. Berlinski's bio: https://ricochet.com/profile/1025/

Nocturnalist has opinions thus...

Posted October 29, 2015
+++to provide an alternative perspective, and to avert a tendency to be insular and to assume the worst of those you disagree with+++

I thoroughly approve of this, for whatever a bit of validation by Random Internet Guy is worth.

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NBlob mutters...

Posted October 29, 2015
I think of it like ecological niches. Factors l converge to present an opportunity that some BYT will exploit.Or to be a bit Macluhan The medium will dictate the content usually in unpredictable ways. As computational power boomed in the late 70's Space Invaders & PacMan moved aside for platform games. Broadly available faster ping speeds allowed for WoW. Graphics cards & quality monitors / flat screens allowed immersive1st person shooters. Smart phones were not invented to play candy crush or angry birds, coders wrote for the capacity available. 99.9 % of games written sink unheard of, occasionally one will go mega, spawn a million clones & forever change what we think of as gaming.

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pi ducks in to say...

Posted October 29, 2015
I want this stuff, and for it to be utilised in a space environment like my garage. Forget about sitting and looking around plugged in to your pc, if you can walk around, and the things start looking more and more realistic, it will radically affect online behavior.

I can see why facebook bought into this. The whole 'telepresence' thing a la 'snow crash' will be possible.

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pi reckons...

Posted October 30, 2015
The social aspect, v1 :

http://www.roadtovr.com/oculus-social-alpha-is-now-available-for-gear-vr/

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Sudragon swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 31, 2015
It's not a VR headset, but it might be relevant to your interests.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHdShyF9x7U&feature=youtu.be&t=117

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Star Wars Battlefront game play footage

Posted October 11, 2015 into Games by John Birmingham

Looks pretty cool, eh.

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NBlob asserts...

Posted October 11, 2015
Yep, pretty cool

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w from brisbane ducks in to say...

Posted October 11, 2015
An internet acquaintance who prefers his gaming on a super turbo charged PC reckons the system requirements for this game are full on. Hopefully, this paste from notes will work, though I doubt it.......

Top end! 16GB of RAM, a Skylake CPU and a GPU that is pretty near the top of the pile.

w from brisbane mumbles...

Posted October 11, 2015
No, I didn't think so. All this other detail but the Burger struggles a bit with some very normal text. Anyway, plus the game needs 40 gbs of free space, Windows 10 or later. Intel i5 6600 or equivalent. High end graphics cad etc., etc..

w from brisbane is gonna tell you...

Posted October 11, 2015
The game looks awesome.

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Rob would have you know...

Posted October 12, 2015


My PC awaits, but I couldn't be arsed with the Beta, the download would take so long on the hill it would be over before I could get it going. I also reckon I might wait to buy it a few months after release. After the shit house BF4 release , where my PC just kept crashing I just don't want to feel I've wasted money with no fix available at my end.

My PC plays Battlefield 4 flawlessly now, Windows 10 is super. Though what I want is a World war 2 game again. Or WW2 with space lizards, that would be cool too.

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Blarkon puts forth...

Posted October 12, 2015
Alas it will never have that epic moment from Force Unleashed where you could force lift a Jawa, charge him up with Force Lightning, and then Force Push him into a Tie Fighter where it causes an explosion that brings the Tie Fighter down into a column of attacking Storm Troopers.

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HAVOCK21 asserts...

Posted October 12, 2015
Yeha, but what about a fkn Ewok

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Blarkon is gonna tell you...

Posted October 12, 2015
To go full Comic Book Guy for a moment. Luke should have a blue lightsaber on Hoth. He doesn't build the green one until after he loses Anakin's blue one on Bespin. Which happens after Hoth. When he finds out that Vader is his father.

I really like Star Wars Infinities - but I'm not sure how you untangle the timeline so that the Green lightsaber happens before the battle of Hoth.

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Blarkon reckons...

Posted October 12, 2015
And the pic of Luke above is with his robotic hand!

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 13, 2015
OMG these people have no idea!

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Mad max game looking almost as awesome as the movie

Posted August 6, 2015 into Games by John Birmingham

Games spun off movies are notoriously rubbish. But this looks pretty damn fine.

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Singo ducks in to say...

Posted August 6, 2015
I am excited but it's hard to say what in that trailer is gameplay and what is cut-scene.

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ChrisB asserts...

Posted August 7, 2015
FINALLY! A chance to drive the Falcon XB GT! Unless JB has one he's willing to loan...

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Peter in the bleaches reckons...

Posted August 7, 2015
WITNESS!

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DrewfromOz asserts...

Posted August 7, 2015
Movie was awesome.Was talking to a tattooist mate who also loved the movie, about Furiosa's brand......he said he had a cancellation next day.....bad thing to say to me.....

Game will hopefully be epic. Will I be able to split my heart between it and Fallout 4?
I will be finding out. Both on pre order.......

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