Athonline (User)

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If the game is getting released on August, it means it is code-complete from May max. Now they probably do integration and validation testing. The only code changes will be bug fixing or if something reaaaally bad comes out from their validation testing.

TBH Diablo graphics aren't demanding, even without June's SDK, XBOne should play it at 1080P. One of the few games my rMBP can play at full 3K resolution just fine. #2.1.5
27d ago by Athonline | View comment
@ThatOneGuyThere

And yet iOS gets exclusivity/ earlier releases of high profile apps.
Devs develop on what they got first and what it will sell more.

As a general rule App developers say: iOS is a pain to develop-on, but the most profitable. Windows Phone is the easiest to develop on (C# and VS :D) but the worst in terms of profits.
Android offers a bit of both, but you have to go with a different business model. That is why iOS apps that ar... #4.1.4
37d ago by Athonline | View comment
@RE_L_MAYER

You are correct if you trying the same level of graphics as the console.

However for the minimum, usually lower than consoles level graphics, the specs should be much lower.

What surprised me is the six core "requirement". A game shouldn't need one... I sense a marketing discussion was involve.

In any case my 4770k @ 4.5GHz and Titan Black should be able to run it. ;-) #1.2.2
120d ago by Athonline | View comment
The idea in DirectX 11.2 XBOne uses is to stream from your drive the texture to the memory. Effectively using a couple of MBs for GBs worth of textures.
PS4's OpenGL 4.0, using extra open source libraries, can do a similar thing.

8GBs are more than enough. Unless you just like to throw things in the memory and don't delete them after done using them. #1.4.1
192d ago by Athonline | View comment
Well said. System wars unfortunately is a popular topic in blogs and webpages, it sells. It is part of our evolutionary behaviour to try and justify our actions, i.e. our purchases and "enforce" ourselves over others. People who can't afford something usually bash it or if they have to make a choice, they bash the other choices. You see this in smartphones, consoles, cars, etc etc.

Both consoles are capable of good-looking games. PS4 at the moment is the de-fact... #4.2
192d ago by Athonline | View comment
If they start paying for their games, be more transparent what they bought, what they got for free it would be great for me.

Reviewers should get a couple of days for single-player in advance and only review multiplayer games post-launch.

Over the last years I kept coming across more and more "professional" webpages, biased, exploiting console wars and trends, misinforming people. Such sites in my opinion just hurt the communities, as they split gam... #1.1.12
195d ago by Athonline | View comment
Yes. As I moved in the UK from continental Europe, I was surprised how non well-known this EU Directive is here.

PC World, Game, etc employees are always confused when I refuse to buy any extended warranties, citing this law...

Yes you can argue for more; you can even use Microsoft's claims about a 10-years life-circle and demand, through legal action, a 10 years warranty. Then again, lawyer's fees will cost you more than 2-3 XBOnes ;) #1.1.1
231d ago by Athonline | View comment
Based on EU law, which overlaps UK law, you can actually claim a minimum 2 years warranty from the seller of your machine. So you pretty much pay £60 for a 3rd year and to deal with MS directly on your 2nd year.

Much rather spend £60 on a game. Afterall if there is a RoD-like issue, MS will extend warranty or you can get a 3rd-party warranty.

Still not a bad price compares to usually OEM's warranties prices, as it includes two controllers and th... #1
232d ago by Athonline | View comment
@Autodidactdystopia

This is a pointer example in C++:
int *foo; See that "*"? That declares that foo is a pointer.

int **foo; This is a pointer-to-a-pointer pointer called foo, in "Cheat-Engine slang" a 2-levels pointer.

int ***foo; 3-levels.

What is a pointer? See comment above.

On your memory you get pointers holding the address of an object (I hope you know what objects are). This... #1.1.9
234d ago by Athonline | View comment
@Autodidactdystopia
Do you know what pointers are in programming or you are just using big words?

Pointer is a variable that holds the address and nothing more to another variable/object. Nothing more. On their own they have no security implication, in fact the less pointers used the better security-wise as less fields (global variables) are exposed.

Pointers are the bread and butter of every C/C++ programmer and it will be ridiculous to claim that... #1.1.6
235d ago by Athonline | View comment
Another common issue with embedded devices like consoles, TV boxes, etc or even laptops:
-In favour of a quite system, fan tables were modified.
-In order to meet demand, Sony like ALL companies supplied parts from multiple companies. Some of these suppliers may have lower temperatures limits.

Actually a combination of above maybe the problem.

In any case a 0.4% isn't bad at all! Most products got a much higher % on their launch window. J... #2.2
236d ago by Athonline | View comment
All software aimed at an open-market systems and not specific embedded devices, like consoles will have issues depending on hardware configurations. Most of the times a bit of OS-tuning or drivers update solves the issues.
Two examples?
Android; even among high-end flagship models, you don't get the same experience on apps.
Web-apps: They run on the cloud, with a browser just accessing them. Every bloody browser renders stuff differently, forcing web-devs to write... #1.1.14
246d ago by Athonline | View comment
Campaign length =/= experience... Look at MGS4 and Heavy Sword. Two of the best games of last gen, but both got a really short campaign.

Now whenever this will be decent, it depends... I haven't enjoy SP in CoDs since the original MW... #1.10.1
248d ago by Athonline | View comment
I remember back in 2011, in Eurogamer Expo, there was a BF3 booth. While the booth was sponsored by nVidia and BF3 was on PCs, they gave you the option of either using a 360 controller or a keyboard/mouse.

I am a terrible BF player, but on that day I was dominating ^^ Most people were using a controller and shouting how they missed the "x" kill xD

Same story with a friend of mine, in Warface tournament in Eurogamer Expo 12... He plays RPGs/RTS most... #4.3.2
255d ago by Athonline | View comment
That PS1 Harry Potter game, I never managed to finish it as I was restarting it every week due to a memory cards shortage in my town :/ #1.4
261d ago by Athonline | View comment
I had no issues running at 1080P at 60-80FPS, when I coul get in a game!

The loading screen is taking ages and sometimes I am greeted with a black-screen, that freezes the whole game.

As you said however, it is a beta! I saw worse betas than this, as long as the devs patch it before and not get lazy, releasing a half-baked game, hoping to patch it later. #1.3
275d ago by Athonline | View comment
This is the first Eurogamer I didn't attend to, due to a business trip up north (Newcastle-Edinburgh)... From the photos I saw so far, it appears it was the best organised one.
You should try coming down to London for the MCM Expo on Oct ;) #1
283d ago by Athonline | View comment
Crytek is all about raw power usage, producing the best visuals. Their optimisation is awful.

You can see that in the original Far Cry and all three Crysis games (especially the first one).

I played around a little bit with their CryEngine (available for free) and even some of the simple algorithms (i.e. sorting) and data structures, sometimes are non-efficient. It works, but where it needs O(N) (Computer Scientists should get me ;)), it takes O(N^2)...
283d ago by Athonline | View comment
If you ever do a degree at University you will learn how to do research and use excising sources/ results and built on-top of them. In academia simply referencing the original authors is considered widely accepted.
In corporation world or sometimes in PhD level, as your research aims to produce profits, if part of the new product/research includes using patented or copyrighted material, then you have to licence as well reference them.
Now for example: if you are building mobil... #1.1.6
286d ago by Athonline | View comment
One of the best surprises of 2012 for me! Too bad I bought if on Steam sales for PC as well -got it for xbox and ps3 already! #4
301d ago by Athonline | View comment
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