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Old Man Murray Entry Deleted From Wikipedia

oceanclub Re:An exercise in form (432 comments)

Damn sir, I wish I had some mod points to up you there. A fine read.

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more than 3 years ago
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Halo 2 Online Preservation Effort Ends

oceanclub Re:Sad to hear.... (201 comments)

I recently bought Mercenaries 2; I can't say the lask of MP annoys me since (a) I rarely play MP anyway and (b) I paid €0.98 ($1.23) for it!

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more than 4 years ago
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Halo 2 Online Preservation Effort Ends

oceanclub Sad to hear.... (201 comments)

I'm not a Halo fan myself at all, but it does seem rather sad that someone's favourite online game can be suddenly taken away like this. When you're almost 40, 6 years really isn't such a long time, and currently I'm replaying Deus Ex which is, gasp, 10 years old. And you have even more extreme versions; for example, Mercenaries 2's multiplayer being turned off after only 1.5 years. Whether it's for reasons of costs, or do force players to purchase the latest games, is open for debate.

One of the benefits of PC gaming is that old games are readily available and indeed are revamped (either by unofficial graphical enhancement mods or by companies such as GOG.com re-released old games but compatible with modern GUIs).

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more than 4 years ago
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Infinity Ward Fights Against Modern Warfare 2 Cheaters

oceanclub Re:VAC (203 comments)

I don't know what the press release says, but I see from the "Top Sellers" chart on the Steam portal that MW2 has already dropped to number 3 behind a bargain basement Mirror's Edge and a bundle of older THQ games w/ Red Faction Guerrilla

Um, to be fair, those offers are absolutely steals (Mirror's Edge for €3? THQ's entire catalogue for the price of a single game?) so it's no wonder they're momentarily outselling a new game - don't forget that MW2's price on Steam is probably double what you pay in the stores.

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about 5 years ago
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Sam Raimi To Direct World of Warcraft Movie

oceanclub Suggested Tagline (298 comments)

"How does one kill that which has no life?"

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more than 5 years ago
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Unusual Physics Engine Game Ported To Linux

oceanclub Buy them now (117 comments)

Great games, and worth the ridiculously low price. An incredibly tense blend of survival horror and adventure. Linux advocates are always complaining that they don't get good games - well, here you go. P.

more than 5 years ago
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Piracy and the PSP

oceanclub Oblivion for PSP - Missed Opportunity (272 comments)

If they'd brought out Oblivion for the PSP, I almost definitely would have bought one, but sadly, that was not to be (http://kotaku.com/gaming/rumor/oblivion-psp-finally-officially-canceled-320727.php).

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more than 5 years ago
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No More OpenMoko Phone

oceanclub Re:Of course we will... (219 comments)

"People like this cannot possibly sustain an open, non-dictatorial government for the same reason they cannot sustain an Open Source phone."

Um, so because people don't want a phone which, on past experience of open software, would probably require hacking text files to get it work, they are supporting dictatorships and the New World Order.

Ohhhkay.

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more than 5 years ago
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Open Source Shooter Nexuiz 2.5 Released

oceanclub Re:FOSS gaming has a long way to go... (309 comments)

"Some people like this type of gameplay. Who are you to judge?"

A retort which basically says that you can't criticize anything.

Sorry, but apart from being open source, I can't see anything to recommend this game. I don't mind ancient-looking graphics as long as there's some innovation, but this just appears to be a Quake III clone, a game which was already dated concepts-wise when it came out.

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more than 5 years ago
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Is the Gaming PC Dead?

oceanclub Re:Non-sequitor (417 comments)

Hmm, for some reason, Slashdot doesn't accept the Euro symbol. They must be funded by the Foreign Policy Research Institute. *dons tinfoil hat*

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more than 5 years ago
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Is the Gaming PC Dead?

oceanclub Non-sequitor (417 comments)

I can only add my voice to the others above saying that, as a PC gamer, I'm baffled at this straw-man argument from the HP bloke. I'm currently playing Fallout 3 at maximum settings and resolution and at 85 frames per second on a PC that would cost today 450 (for CPU, memory, motherboard and graphics card) to build. And I recently bought a Dell laptop for 700 on which Crysis is very playable.

Yes, there are guys out there who want multiple GPU watercooled machines. But you don't actually need these. Just in the same way that there are guys who like go-faster decals and spoilers on their cars.

And companies like HP and Dell, by foisting the wretched integrated graphics chip on consumers, have done more damage to PC gaming than anyone else.

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more than 5 years ago
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Review: Gears of War 2

oceanclub Translated for the core audience: (193 comments)

"Oh MY GoD DUde; 1t liKe fUcK1nG! R0Cks!!!!! it's like dan nah nah and BaNg bANg kaaaBooom arrrrgGGGhhhh!!!!" And so on for four pages. P.

more than 6 years ago
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PCGA To "Take Up the Challenge of Piracy"

oceanclub Re:Console multiplayer is much cheaper (134 comments)

"But would you buy four PCs: one for you, two for the kids, and one for their play date?"

Well, no, because I've no kids. :)

But you have a valid point of course; I'm not saying that gaming PCs are ideal for everyone or every situation. As you say, they have an advantage for same-room multiplayer as you point out.

But even in this case, I can see where the kids would have a console and Dad would have his gaming PC where he can frag undisturbed (that's what I intend to do one day!).

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more than 6 years ago
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PCGA To "Take Up the Challenge of Piracy"

oceanclub Re:consoles are the key (134 comments)

Sorry, but you do actually sound a little like a troll. :) But I'll assume you're sincere.

"Consoles are better for gaming because the game development company can rely upon a specific hardware configuration."

Why does that make it better for the person who matter - the gamer? It's better for the development company, sure. Though if you're developing for XBox 360, publishing for the PC as well is relatively simple.

I have a gaming PC, a gaming laptop and a Wii. Of the three, the Wii gets by far the least use, gathering dust bunnies. Why do I game on the PC primarily?

1. Graphics: after gaming on a PC, looking at the Wii's Resident Evil 4 is like having sandpaper applied to my eyes; the pixels look the size of planets. One great thing about PC gaming is not just that new games look great - even older games can look better. After loving Oblivion, I've gone back to play Morrowind. If I was playing this on the XBox, it would only look as good as it did back in 2003. On the PC, I can take advantage of graphics cards upgrades and user-created mods such as the Morrowind Graphics Extender (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXEhlyqlzU0) so that the game looks far better than it did back in 2003. Which leads me to...

2. Mods & Community: Being a console owner is essentially a passive consumer experience. Sure, there are the beginnings of allowing user-created content on consoles, but this is still in its infancy and will _always_ be tightly controlled. For the PC, it's a collaborative experience; even a non-coder like me has been able to get involved, working on the unofficial Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines patch.
Just one example; look at the amount of mods and tweaks available for the PC version of Oblivion; you can customise it to your heart's content.

3. Meeces: I just can't play FPSs on gamepads. Have tried and failed. Same with strategy games. The mouse just seems to fit these games a lot better. Gamepads are fine for driving games but since I don't really like those, I don't them much. I actually have one anyway - the XBox controller works great with the PC wireless dongle - but those times I occasionally use one.

Oh, and I don't get the supposed "benefit" of consoles that you can slouch on the couch while playing them. If I'm playing a shooter online, I want to sit up alert in a nice comfy desk chair.

4. Portability: I can play the same games on both my desktop and my laptop, and using Microsoft's FolderShare (http://www.foldershare.com/) I can seamless and invisibly have my savegame files synchronised between the machines.

5. Cheaper games: People often point out that PCs cost a lot more than consoles. Very true. But, I'd be buying a PC anyway for non-gaming functions. OK, sure, I have to pay a bit more for a gaming PC over a normal PC. But new PC game releases cost around 20 less than the console equivalent. So, if you you're say buying 2 new releases a month, that adds up to almost 500 a year saved, which is easily enough to keep on the upgrade path.

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more than 6 years ago

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Government Minister & Right-Wing Catholics in Ireland Attempt to Censor Twit

oceanclub oceanclub writes  |  about 2 years ago

oceanclub writes "Neil of krank.ie has written an article on how Irish politicians are attempting to link "cyber bullying" with political satire in order to silence criticism.

A musical director of a popular chat show in RTE (Ireland's national broadcaster), Jim Sheridan, is a regular and popular tweeter and has a long history of fairly mild photoshop spoofs aimed at politicians of all parties and other tweeters. (Such as this one: http://twitpic.com/br6cl4)

Unfortunately for him, one of the people he lately spoofed was Ronan Mullen, an ultra-Catholic independent senator known for his hardline dogmatic Catholic views on abortion and whose history includes stories of being unpleasant to women who had abortions due to unviable foetuses (http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/mullen-insists-abortion-conversation-entirely-courteous-on-my-side-548672.html#ixzz1sschgSqk) and linking abortion to the Newtown Connecticut massacre (http://www.thejournal.ie/ronan-mullen-abortion-newtown-double-think-721352-Dec2012/).

Today's Irish Independent has reported that both the Irish communications minister, Pat Rabbitte and Mullen himself have condemned Sheridan's photoshops as "offensive" and that someone (unnamed) had complained to Sheridan's employer about him. One of the tweets alleged by Pat Rabbitte to be "dreadful and offensive" is merely "the head of [Ronan Mullen] stuck onto the body of a man wearing nothing but swimming trunks and a large crucifix."

RTE have not yet confirmed if they will take action against Sheridan."

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Deus Ex Human Revolution Has Region Locked on PC

oceanclub oceanclub writes  |  more than 3 years ago

oceanclub writes "Rock Paper Shotgun reports that the retail PC version of Deus Ex Human Revolution implements region locking, preventing people who bought a copy of the game outside their country from registering it on Steam. What is mindboggling about this is that the UK is considered a seperate region to the rest of the EU, possibly breaching EU consumer standards. A UK copy of the game bought in a Irish town lying along the Ireland-UK border cannot be installed and registered on a Republic of Ireland Steam account! Amazon.co.uk said they were only informed this morning; they've changed their online description accordingly and said they would contact customers looking for a refund. Other retailers such as Gamespot Ireland are still looking for clarifications."
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Irish Min. for Science to Launch Creationist Book

oceanclub oceanclub writes  |  more than 4 years ago

oceanclub writes "Conor Lenihan, the Irish Minister of State for Science, Technology, Innovation and Natural Resources, is scheduled on Wednesday 15 September to launch an anti-evolution book entitled The Origin of Specious Nonsense". The author, John J May, is a public relations person, marriage counsellor, poet, actor and ex-religious leader, but doesn't claim to have any science background in his biography.

In his book's synopsis on his website, he claims he will "unceremoniously unashamedly and unmistakably going to expose the fiction of evolution". In his quotes, he claims that "It is sacrificing reason on the alter (sic) of treason to accept that the greatest construction of all time.. a human being with a brain is the result of chance, randomness and destructive mutations. It is the irrational three legged chair of hopeless speculation that bears no resemblance whatsoever to reality and observable functioning perfect order." When contacted, Lenihan's office confirmed that he was indeed due to launch the book.

Previously, another minister in the same government, the Tanaiste (deputy Prime Minister) Mary Coughlan, hit the headlines when she claimed that Albert Einstein formulated the theory of evolution (http://www.independent.ie/national-news/coughlans-no-einstein-after-gaffe-at-smart-economy-launch-1890227.html)."

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Fallout 3 DLC and GFWL Woes

oceanclub oceanclub writes  |  more than 5 years ago

oceanclub writes "The PC gaming blog Rock Paper Shotgun details the extraordinary hoops that a PC user needs to jump through to acquire "Operation Anchorage", the new downloadable content for the RPG "Fallout 3":

There was first a hefty update. I hadn't tried to run the game since before Christmas, and the patch has appeared since then. The game opens. Sadly, the "DOWNLOADS" option was greyed out. Never mind, I thought, I'll look on the Fallout 3 website for details. With the announcement of the launch today, it must surely be the big news story... Um, no.

[..]

So I restart Fallout 3 and DOWNLOADS is still greyed out. Go into Live, tell it my account details again, and this time it downloads my account. Ta-da! The DOWNLOADS option is there! I'm surely almost there. I click it.

"No new content available."

I see.

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