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Dell's first 'Dell HDR' monitor is here! But can't really do HDR..Dell's first 'Dell HDR' monitor is here! But can't really do HDR..
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Seems a bit pointless imo.. If they CAN achieve true HDR10 and HAVE achieved it, why does this exist?
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It exists because they get to sell a product with the HDR label for cheaper than any true HDR screen. It's purely a marketing ploy to sell a monitor with 'HDR compatibility' to the un-knowledgeable. There's no point in pretending people won't fall for this, many getting into PC gaming may fall for this pit-trap now.


It's cheap profits for the company. A grey area to market in, almost mis-advertising, but they can get away with it so they do. In just the same way companies label UHD (Ultra-HD) content to be the same as 4K, corporations will always find ways to cut corners and profit wherever they can.

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Ark: Survival Evolved creator responds to price complaints: "That's pretty rich coming from Dean Hall."Ark: Survival Evolved creator responds to price complaints: "That's pretty rich coming from Dean Hall."
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"it's renown as THE worst perpetrator that abused Steams Early Access system"


Oh what a load of nonsense. Yes the Scorched earth thing was a mistake. But even notoriously harsh critics like Jim Sterling have said that Ark was an early access good citizen, compared to the absolute oceans of companies that actually exploited early access as an excuse to ship crap.

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By 'the Scorched earth thing', are you referring to the time they tried to sell DLC for an unreleased title? Yeah, that was a form of daylight robbery. I hadn't even considered that on my original post, so thanks for strengthening my point.


Sorry but I wouldn't refer to Jim Sterling as a game critic in just the same way I wouldn't refer to VideoGameDunkey or Yahtzee as critics. They air footage on YT for public entertainment and very little else. Rarely if ever are these 'critics' trying to review a game, but instead are either conforming with their viewers (in hunt of likes) or standing against the general public (as a form of controversy, increased views). Go find a provider of information rather than clickbait. Be it IGN, PCG, Metacritic or hell the publics opinion through Steam reviews; it makes no difference to me where you source from. There is a reason the title gets so much hate.


My opinion on Hall's comments being fair and the price hike being ridiculous is nothing to do with the amount of content in the game. Sure, you can account for the fact that there is enough content there to fuel a game and 3 DLCs, but that doesn't fix the un-optimized mess Wildcard want to sell at AAA prices. It's a 2 year old game-engine now, trying to flog new players a price as if they're releasing a new anticipated title.


To go back to flagship games of it's time (they chose to compete with these titles by hiking the price to this level), they're up against titles such as TW3, MGS5 and Tomb Raider (all at most half the price for games with better graphics and better optimization).

Compare it to titles of 2016 and you get Overwatch, Dark Souls and Battlefield 1 to flagship the lists. Again, better graphics, better optimization, none over three fifths of ARKs new price.

Bring it to modern games, argue that this is ARKs release date now, so these'll be the titles it'll be competing against for sales. It's up against Destiny 2, Middle Earth 2 and a new Uncharted game. The flagships are releasing at the same time, but there is so little that ARK offers beyond these flagship experiences.


Maybe I'm thinking about their project the wrong way, I shouldn't be comparing ARK to all these AAA companies titles, but instead against other games of it's multiplayer survival genre. Games like PUBG, H1Z1, Minecraft, Hurtworld and Don't Starve. All half the price and ALL perform far better than the mess that is ARK. You've invested enough hours to know the performance problems ARKs rain-forest gives. The flawed Dinosaur AI systems and the woeful server management. If you still believe that this price change was fair, warranted or appropriate, there is nothing else I can do to tell you otherwise.

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Ark: Survival Evolved creator responds to price complaints: "That's pretty rich coming from Dean Hall."Ark: Survival Evolved creator responds to price complaints: "That's pretty rich coming from Dean Hall."
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The RRP may have been $30, but expected prices were much lower. Standard price-drop (every 2 months) was down 67% off (to just under $10, or £7.58 in the UK). Combined with the Humble Bundle inclusions (both in standard and monthly bundles), the game had more legitimate keys than players. 3rd party websites were flooded with keys and in the past I've seen prices below £5. A bit odd of him to shoot at DayZ, a game that received pretty much no sales (nothing better than 10% in the last 9 months; as far back as records hold). Whilst I am certainly not supporting the buggy flawed game that DayZ is, I find Hall's comments fair in this case.

A price hike is expected pre-launch. Normal procedure to say a thank-you to Early-Access players (for investing early) whilst still making your value from the project. The problem is how heavily Stieglitz and Wildcard sold out with the game. You can't expect price inflation to work overnight. To hike the price to $40, 50 and $60 over the course of release would have kept the community relatively happy. As it currently stands, ARK holds many bad reviews (it's renown as THE worst perpetrator that abused Steams Early Access system) and many comparative titles when it comes to multiplayer survival games. Wildcard's chance to invest into bringing this title out of early access has long passed.Reply
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"it's renown as THE worst perpetrator that abused Steams Early Access system"


Oh what a load of nonsense. Yes the Scorched earth thing was a mistake. But even notoriously harsh critics like Jim Sterling have said that Ark was an early access good citizen, compared to the absolute oceans of companies that actually exploited early access as an excuse to ship crap.

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Golly, there's a lot more room on Battle.net's interface for new games nowGolly, there's a lot more room on Battle.net's interface for new games now
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Since when have designers hated blank space? I was always taught that space helps break content up and make it easier to parse.

Still don't understand why they thought changing the name from battle.net to the Blizzard App was a good idea. They've got 21 years of brand recognition in battle.net.
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It's not like people don't know Blizzard... As a title it's been around just as long (if not longer) than Battle.net. For those who know the latter, they also know the former. This is not always true the other way round.


For blank space, I agree though. Anyone seen Sky Q's interface? a third of the menu screen is left blank permanently where they sell out with the Sky logo. That's a case of the UI/UX designers being lacking in the UX part of the job rather than a preference towards blank space, but the point still gets across.


With the upcoming addition of Destiny 2 to the Blizzard App's ranks, they've done a good job already of making sure the app doesn't look empty. It gives room to grow into the future, without forcing themselves out into the Steam-sized list management.

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League of Legends' runes and masteries overhaul adds a deadly new tool for AssassinsLeague of Legends' runes and masteries overhaul adds a deadly new tool for Assassins
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I'm not a fan of all these 'rune' changes. Find it hard to call them runes anymore, these Keystones are more like summoner spells in their depth.

I suppose they'll probably end up working out some way, but the META change is going to be massive. The ADC 2017 meme is only going to grow stronger with both the removal of AD/AS rune stats and all these new features for running down enemies. To give the role a magic shield keystone would not only make it compulsory for ADC (something they want to avoid, they want choice in all roles) but it would also reduce the fun of Assassin roles, so it'll be a relatively weak keystone if it exists.

I'm sure Riot will eventually find a way to balance these ideas and features (if not they've confirmed they won't lock into it, but will instead reverse the rune changes), but Pre-Season is going to be depressing this year.
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Doctor Who and Elektra will be in COD: WW2's Zombies modeDoctor Who and Elektra will be in COD: WW2's Zombies mode
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You missed some good stuff man! Tennant was great but so was Matt Smith - maybe even better. I'm also a huge Capaldi fan, so it's a shame his scripts were a bit inconsistent, but the last two episodes of season nine were as good as the show has ever been.

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I could never relate to Banana face (Smith), always felt like his narrative was forcing DW away from the tried and tested success we had. I'm sure my opinion here is contrasting to many (he was popular enough to get multiple seasons of his own), maybe if I questioned him less I could have enjoyed the show more.


Capaldi was better than Smith for me, but he lacked the magic Tennant offered back in the day. Who could forget his introduction to the Weeping Angels, or heaven forbid a mention of the Empty Child! It's been a while now since I last watched one of his episodes, but in my memory there wasn't a story arc I didn't glue myself too. Nostalgia can be a strong tool and Tennant has held me hostage for a long time now :P

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Doctor Who and Elektra will be in COD: WW2's Zombies modeDoctor Who and Elektra will be in COD: WW2's Zombies mode
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CoD knows whats up; they chose the 'best' of the Doctors out there. Haven't truly watched a season (other than the odd show when it's on) since Tennant left!Reply
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You missed some good stuff man! Tennant was great but so was Matt Smith - maybe even better. I'm also a huge Capaldi fan, so it's a shame his scripts were a bit inconsistent, but the last two episodes of season nine were as good as the show has ever been.

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The Oculus Rift and Touch just got a permanent price cut to $499The Oculus Rift and Touch just got a permanent price cut to $499
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$500, safe to assume UK'll get hammered with £500 this time too? We can hope for £450 or £470, but odds are they'll try and take all the profits they can get away with right now...Reply
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Yeah, the tech companies have been chasing dollar-parity pricing for an age, and with the collapse of Sterling they've got their wish :(

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Elder Scrolls Online is getting two new dungeons in its new DLC pack next monthElder Scrolls Online is getting two new dungeons in its new DLC pack next month
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Ok, so ESO can expect no more real content to be included in its DLCs anymore.

In case any aren't aware, ESO 'DLC' is given for free to ESO Plus subscribers (at £9 a month). This subscription earned you access to all content pre-Morrowind, but since May '16 there hasn't been any map-based DLC released. Considering that ZOS released the Imperial City, Orsinium, the Thieves Guild and the Dark Brotherhood each 3 months apart since release (all given to Plus subscribers as part of the DLC deal), subscribers have been getting screwed over since.

Now offers to the DLC title are limited to the odd couple of dungeons, whilst maps like Morrowind (which sure, had sentimental value, but in gameplay terms was smaller than Wrothgar) are restricted to this new title: Chapters. Depressingly the subscription also adds a craft bag to the player, holding an unlimited amount of crafting materials (a necessity should you want to get into crafting). To stop subscribing would be the same as to stop crafting (as bank space isn't large enough for all those materials, never-mind player inventory).

Bets are the next true 'DLC' to release will be in 2020+, when Bethesda releases TES6. Odds are it'll be a Free-LC at that, just to increase player count and stop everyone from running away from their pit-stop of a game. ZOS want more income from players, but they have become more and more irritatingly greedy lately.Reply
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You can craft just fine without crafting bag. I haven't even fully updated my bank yet and have no issues to speak of. Sure my bank is full but I have so much room in my inventory. Just get rid of the lower tier materials. If someone needs you to craft something they will also provide the materials.

But yeah I'm not spending my crowns on instance only DLCs. Then again Morrowind + DLC 15€ wasn't big deal to me.

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds won't be out until Q4 2017 - at the earliestPlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds won't be out until Q4 2017 - at the earliest
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Seems like an awesome guy, very down to earth. The kind of person that'd be a joy to go out for a drink with! A development team with full creative freedom and are 'that' enthusiastic in their game, combined with a love for community-driven content; I don't see any end in sight for PUBG content.

I've been avoiding the title at its full-price (got slightly miffed that it managed to keep its number 1 global sales position most of the Summer Sale, even without any discount), but this passage may have persuaded me otherwise... They're selling a top quality product at lower than the expected AAA costs, with only raving reviews. I guess it's time to stop being stingy and fork out the cash.Reply
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Honestly, I get your hesitancy, but it's genuinely amazing.

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QDP2 replied to 8 questions on the Surgeon Simulator 2013 Review
1 Year ago
Surgeon Simulator 2013 review snippet How gory is Surgeon Simulator 2013?
Not bad after the 1st couple of transplants.
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QDP2 replied to 8 questions on the League of Legends Review
1 Year ago
League of Legends review snippet Which characters would you recommend to starting players?
Support is great if you have a friend who can play a crucial and talk you through your mistakes, but you'll have to be good friends and willing to accept where you're wrong to learn fast.
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QDP2 replied to 2 questions on the Broforce Review
2 Years ago
Broforce review snippet Does Broforce respect the military?
If you are questioning this game being offensive you probably shouldn't be playing it, as it certainly isn't meant to be taken seriously, or ever to be considered like real-life xD
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QDP2 replied to 9 questions on the Antichamber Review
2 Years ago
Antichamber review snippet What are gamers first impressions of Antichamber
By far my favourite mind game, brilliant challenge!
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