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News Comments > Out of the Blue
37. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2014, 18:35 Beamer
 
The NHL playoffs had plenty of players writhing on the ground for no reason.
Fortunately, the NHL started calling penalties when it was obvious the player hadn't even been hit. That helped reduce that in the Finals. The conference finals, though? Oof. Montreal did it every 30 seconds, and the Rangers began following suit.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Jun 23, 2014, 17:18 Beamer
 
JSP wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 17:09:
I understand that there is Pavlovian, frothing rage and loathing whenever Microsoft is mentioned in BluesNews, but bing is just another service that one can opt not to use. Just like one can opt not to install the 'optional' bing desktop in windows update.

I use the search engine sometimes and they do a pretty decent job. Its Map is actually better than Google for its cleaner and more intuitive interface, imo.

That they still try to sideload things during installation is baffling, though.
Adobe constantly warns me on my work PC that Flash needs to be updated (though updates get pushed from IT so I don't need to bother.) I got annoyed one day and hit "update." The next screen asked me if I wanted to install a few dozen other things, opt-out.
Adobe, c'mon. You're fixing security errors and you want me to install some bullshit with it?

Microsoft, be better than Adobe.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
33. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2014, 16:40 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 15:47:
Cutter wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 15:31:
Or maybe it was a botched kidnapping or terrorist plot. Guess we'll never really know.

Or maybe aliens teleported the crew and passengers onto their mothership for tea and to create ghastly human-alien hybrids. As long as we're wildly speculating.

The events I'm postulating have occurred many times in the past causing many crashes. Occam's razor.

I'd hate to know what investigators would interpret from my Stunt Island flying in the 90s.

"Well, it appears he took out a 747 with some regularity and flew around buildings and under bridges until he got bored and then smashed it into a building. Then he'd take out the SR-71 and fly it straight up until it would stall, which it wouldn't given the poor physics of the game... then he'd create a new scenario where he'd fly a garbage truck, again ended up in a building..."
 
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News Comments > GameStar: Crytek in Financial Trouble
61. Re: GameStar: Crytek in Financial Trouble Jun 23, 2014, 15:50 Beamer
 
A lot of piling on here. Far Cry felt like a tech demo? Crysis? A lot of grudge carrying, maybe?

I can't get behind that. Quake 3 arguably felt like a tech demo. Gore felt like a tech demo. Far Cry and Crysis had fairly intricate single player plots and gameplay.

If you were to make a tech demo, multiplayer only is the way to go.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft "Confident" in Unified Assassin's Creed Unity Launch
19. Re: Ubisoft Jun 23, 2014, 15:47 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 15:11:
Verno wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 12:53:
Cutter wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 12:39:
Clearly you don't remember that because you obviously have no clue as to what you're talking about - which is nothing new for you however.

Most people have to work to be this obnoxious but for you I suspect its natural Cutter.

It's so cute. The little fantasy worlds that people like you and Beamer live in where everyone else is the bad guy and wrong, and you're always the good guys and right. Your arrogance and self-delusion boggles the mind. Seek professional help, you guys desperately need it.

This coming from the guy that claims he posts mostly positive stuff.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
21. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 23, 2014, 15:46 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 15:28:
Same reason that food vendors have to acquire licenses and deal with the department of health, etc. to ensure public safety and compliance with public ordinances, taxes, etc. You don't just go open up shop in public anywhere anytime you feel like it. I'm just really curious as to the backstory behind all this.


Sigh.
 
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News Comments > Pixel Piracy Dev Suggests Piracy, Wins
20. Re: Pixel Piracy Dev Suggests Piracy, Wins Jun 23, 2014, 13:23 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 13:22:
Creston wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 12:59:
And he's not in the top 10 in sales. That's why I keep saying that the belief that Skyrim only sold a few million copies on the PC is ridiculous, because the top sellers on Steam are selling hundreds of thousands of copies per polling interval (a week, I believe?)

That's straight from Bethesda though and they would know. The AAA base on the PC is considerably smaller than consoles and the consoles have a very good attach rate at $60, PC games tend to be more long tail sellers and at cheaper prices.

I bet its up to 3mil at this point but just being on the Steam top10 list isn't a guarantee of millions of sales or something. I think the volume level of steam sales would surprise you. We've seen a few devs up near the top who say they sold 300,000 which is nothing to scoff at but certainly not millions.

I mean, this guy sold 100,000 during a Steam Sale.
I can't recall, were steam top 10s measured in revenue or units? Revenue, right?

In any case, what do we suspect is the jump in revenue during a sale? 2x? 10x? I'd guess even more than that.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
14. Re: Frontier Calls Comcast's Open Wi-Fi Push 'Disrespectful' Jun 23, 2014, 12:58 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 12:06:
Comcast users can use it for free. Anyone else can connect to it, and then has to sign up through a portal page and pay whatever it is they're charging. It's undoubtedly not cheap.

That definitely changes my opinion some. I thought it was exclusively for Comcast customers.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft "Confident" in Unified Assassin's Creed Unity Launch
12. Re: Ubisoft Jun 23, 2014, 12:53 Beamer
 
Rattlehead wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 12:26:
Kevin Lowe wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 12:24:
Cutter wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 11:38:
Isn't it odd how the PC version is always held back? So very, very strange. It's almost like they want to make sure the consoles always get the launches first. Nah, that's crazy talk!
Or, it could be that there's a more complex critical path, involving platform certification (not required on PC), scheduling a much larger (and therefore more difficult to reschedule) physical media order, and much more costly financial penalties (updating marketing) if you miss a date on the console side?

I remember coming here back in '99 to read news and insights from people who really knew what the hell was going on. How did we go from that to... well, you?
Shhhhh, Cutter is allergic to logic and reasoning.

Mag said it best - we'll never manage to actually convince Cutter he's always wrong, but we probably should feel obligated to correct his campaign of misinformation.
 
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News Comments > MS: "We Are Continuing to Support the GFWL Service"
36. Re: MS: Jun 23, 2014, 12:50 Beamer
 
Slashman wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 12:32:
HorrorScope wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 12:06:
Verno wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 10:53:
I like to imagine a scenario where Microsoft realizes the error of its ways and rebuilds its PC gaming image and helps lend more credibility to the industry for AAA releases. Plus I'm just a positive person

Is that positive or something else?

The thing about it is that it wouldn't be at all hard for them to do something. Push some decent PC exclusive releases in the right genres, add some actual useful functionality to Windows for better game support. Maybe create a small division with the purpose of actually getting in touch with the PC gaming community and learning what their needs are.

There are quite a few little things that they can do which they steadfastly refuse to do. They hosted a small breakfast event on my island recently to celebrate the launch of Office 365 in our region. How much more difficult would it be to do something similar for PC gaming? They have so many resources available to them and cannot be bothered.

That's pretty much all the statement I need from them.

It wouldn't be hard for them to do, but it wouldn't really be necessary.

The Xbox is fighting for its life. It needs all the help it can get. Sony sales are fueled, in part, by exclusives. Nintendo sales are fueled almost solely by exclusives. The Xbone needs exclusives to compete (and, for some reason or another, Microsoft seems to have forgotten how to make exclusives not Halo or maybe Gears of War.)

The PC? It does fine without Microsoft. Steam is really the main driver. Anything Microsoft does, no matter how good and beneficial, will be spit on because and shunned in favor of Steam. It would take years to turn that bad will around, and there's really no good reason to. They don't control the PC, they don't stand to make much revenue off PC gaming (Valve does), and PC gaming will do well without their intervention.

The Xbone, though, lives and dies based on exclusives. You can't get Uncharted on the PC, so people buy a PS4. You can't get Mario Kart on a PC, so people buy a Wii. If you could get Halo on a PC, why would anyone buy an Xbone over a PS4?
No, really, stop and ask yourself that question. What single, possible reason would there be to buy an Xbone over a PS4 if all the Xbone games were on the PC, probably with better graphics?



So why does Microsoft keep recommitting to PC gaming? Because some poor asshole has the job of doing so. Microsoft needs its hands in PC gaming somehow. They need to keep making quality versions of Direct3D, and they need to dabble here and there. Whoever they keep hiring to do this job has grand plans they just aren't able to perform. Microsoft really just needs to shut up about what they want to do and quietly keep doing something.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
9. Re: Frontier Calls Comcast's Open Wi-Fi Push 'Disrespectful' Jun 23, 2014, 11:56 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 11:34:
Beamer wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 11:17:
Actually I don't know, but I do know that I live in an apartment serviced exclusively by Comcast and I pick up one public router. Which is odd. Maybe it's a slow roll-out, or is it all the same network name so it's essentially a "cloud?"

I don't know if it's been rolled out in your place yet, but I doubt any of those routers will show up as individual access points. You'd probably just see the network with a certain strength, and the routers would be hidden. It's also only one particular type of router that has the functionality, so it would depend on how many people in that area have that particular router. Even so, you'd only need a few of them in a large apartment complex to cover the entire complex.

In the long run I really don't think this will be a much used feature, regardless of anything. Do you know your username and password for your cable company? I'd wager the majority of the public does not.

I do, but I know I'm not the majority in that. However, people don't know their username/pw because's there's no point in them knowing. Your router never asks you to authenticate. If you can get free wifi throughout your town with it, why wouldn't you know?

This isn't to say "it's all ok, then," more "this is a stupid thing to turn on by default and ruffle feathers when Comcast really gets no benefit out of it."

Comcast hopes that people will just start using it while they have no account, so they can be charged per MB of data used at the usual overage rates. And they roll out a free wifi network on the backs of their own customers, who have to RENT that fucking router.

I agree, it's retarded. The insane pretention that "it's a separate network, so there's no danger of being hacked" is truly ludicrous. When a signal hits your router from outside, it can be hacked. Period.

I guess it would make sense that it's one access point. It just seemed like something beyond Comcast's competence to do that. But it's definitely rolled out here, as I mentioned, I see it mixed in with all the other routers in my building.

And you can use it with no account? I thought it was for Comcast users only?
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
5. Re: Frontier Calls Comcast's Open Wi-Fi Push 'Disrespectful' Jun 23, 2014, 11:17 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 11:06:
Frags4Fun wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 11:02:
Why should Comcast customers have to pay for the extra electric costs when passers by use said customers router? The extra traffic would certainly raise the electric bill even if only a little. The increase in electric usage would be significant when looked at across all combined routers. How are these people being compensated? Has anyone else even considered this aspect?

No, but the Comcast fanboys (incredibly, they exist) are all bleating as loud as they can that you're talking maybe "pennies a year." because they're all geniuses who can accurately predict such things.

As for the hacking issue, when you mention that it's nothing but crickets.

Beamer wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 11:05:
2) Most of these routers will never really be used, because they're in people's homes.

Do you have any idea how far a wireless n connection reaches these days? I can pick up two other wifi routers in my house, and my nearest neighbor lives well over a hundred yards away. And IIRC, they're using these routers as combined access points, so in essence it's this massive blanket field if you're in a decently sized town. (such as Houston, where they've rolled it out already)

People are going to use it. And sure, it doesn't count against your cap (miraculously, it being Comcast and all), but it's still traffic going over your already heavily overloaded neighborhood connection. Iow, speed in your home is going to go down.


And then the GM app. Ah GM. Developed on taxpayer dime, and will lead to plenty more car crashes. (Bonus for GM, since you buy a new one? :p )

Actually I don't know, but I do know that I live in an apartment serviced exclusively by Comcast and I pick up one public router. Which is odd. Maybe it's a slow roll-out, or is it all the same network name so it's essentially a "cloud?"

In the long run I really don't think this will be a much used feature, regardless of anything. Do you know your username and password for your cable company? I'd wager the majority of the public does not.
This isn't to say "it's all ok, then," more "this is a stupid thing to turn on by default and ruffle feathers when Comcast really gets no benefit out of it."
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Frontier Calls Comcast's Open Wi-Fi Push 'Disrespectful' Jun 23, 2014, 11:05 Beamer
 
Frags4Fun wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 11:02:
Why should Comcast customers have to pay for the extra electric costs when passers by use said customers router? The extra traffic would certainly raise the electric bill even if only a little. The increase in electric usage would be significant when looked at across all combined routers. How are these people being compensated? Has anyone else even considered this aspect?

1) Routers pretty much use X energy, not X energy per connection
2) Most of these routers will never really be used, because they're in people's homes. Part of the reason they're there, period, is for when people go to a user, such as my parents, that have no clue what their wifi password is. When my mom hosts her book club she has to call me to ask what the password is so people can connect their tablets. If all those people, and my mom, were Comcast users, they could connect themselves


I don't think this is a great idea, but most of the uproar over things like energy and bandwith caps are entirely moot.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft's Newfound DRM Insight
73. Re: Ubisoft's Newfound DRM Insight Jun 21, 2014, 23:14 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Jun 21, 2014, 22:12:
Beamer wrote on Jun 21, 2014, 21:27:
another person mentioning that customers have "rights" other than just not-buying (but not saying what those rights are)

Who me? I didn't think the existence of consumer protection laws needed backed up. The Sale Of Goods Act 1979, for example. Whether or not that applies, or what laws do apply, is a question for someone with more law degrees than I have.

Edit: In response to your post 3 minutes before this one - bravo! The thing that really amazes me about this is when the hell have you ever heard of anyone, particularly Ubisoft, have a problem with their PC port being too good.

I didn't mean you in particular, just the weird conversation in general.

And ports are never too good, but e3 demos often are. They may be prerendered, but often are actual in-engine demos that get stripped because that's easier than polishing and fixing to work beyond that one scene. Ineptitude. They mean for the final to look like that, they just fail.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft's Newfound DRM Insight
67. Re: Ubisoft's Newfound DRM Insight Jun 21, 2014, 22:09 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Jun 21, 2014, 21:31:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Jun 21, 2014, 19:49:
Kevin Lowe wrote on Jun 21, 2014, 19:28:
Why would they lie? Why would they remove tested, functional, release-ready features from their product in the first place? How would they benefit from doing so?
Favorite conspiracy theory going today: Sony asked them to, as sony has the most to lose in the graphics wars. Everyone already knows xbone is full-on-shit.

I don't really buy this conspiracy theory. Consoles are not threatened by PC as a platform in the least. PC games have looked significantly better than their console counterparts forever, Watch Dogs included, and it's never mattered before. You don't see anyone else doing it, either, so it's unlikely to be pressure from Sony or anyone else.

Gamers are notorious for basically attributing everything every developer and publisher does to some kind of conspiratorial malice, even absent ANY evidence of intent.

Preconception: Ubisoft and other companies are evil. They want to make money, which is greedy and evil. Therefore everything they do is somehow aimed towards that end. If their actions don't appear to be in their greedy best interests, well, we must invent a theory to explain why perceived incompetence, laziness or shortsightedness is actually just another element of the conspiracy.

What's more likely? Some conspiracy to make Watch Dogs for PC look worse, or the idea that they just didn't care enough to get those graphical upgrades release-ready?

The second seems most likely. Why? Because it's the status quo. Lazy PC ports are nothing new. There is no conspiracy. Ubisoft ALWAYS does this shit. They throw in a lot of cool PC exclusive features and settings, but don't optimize anything. It stands to reason given their track record that they would cut a feature rather than spend time optimizing it, especially if it's not going to be compatible with consoles.

So, is it a conspiracy? Or is it Ubisoft just being typical Ubisoft with regards to the PC platform? Gonna go with #2.

It's very common, everywhere but especially here. People assume everyone is evil and out to get them. It used to be everyone assumed the government was evil and out to get them and masterminded all kinds of terrible events that stayed secret. Now, I think most people realize governments tend to be incompetent and different departments don't interact well.
So they've shifted the evil theories to corporations.

Few people in this world are actually evil. Most people in corporations think they're doing the right thing. All the way up to the top. No malice, genuine people thinking they're doing something right. Often they're doing something wrong, but it comes not from malice but incompetence.

Hell, the amazing conspiracy theories I see in public about the things I do at my job blow my mind. People think my department is amazingly well organized and connected with other departments. We aren't. We barely talk to those other departments, and mostly when we do they want nothing to do with us because anything involving us is going to take time that doesn't result in their bottom line changing. And my department is so understaffed we don't have time to do much more than fly by the seat of our pants.
But, when I read something about the work I'm doing, people just connect dots that aren't there and claim that we're masterminding all these awful schemes that are paper thin, any child could see through, and would take us hours to carry out. It's coincidence, but they think they're geniuses for picking up on them. And I'm reading it, wishing both I had the time to execute these intricate plans or the customers that were dumb enough to fall for them (some of our competitors have dumb customers. We do not. Smart customers are fantastic, but sometimes infuriating. Especially when they aren't as smart as they think and spend hours calling you evil for something that didn't even happen.) For clarification, the example is along the lines of I'm selling something for $X, and a different website from the same parent company is selling it for $2X, and they're claiming one price is raised to make the other look better. I choose the pricing for mine, and have no clue who the hell does on the other side - there's no communication and no evil plans. But there are daily accusations of them.

I've never been in a company where departments that aren't physically directly next to each other communicated well. Even 20 yards is enough to make sure they don't interact, let alone different floors or different buildings. And no one is willing to do much that may hurt their own bottom line, even if it helps the company as a whole, because their feet are held to the fire only on their own, so intricate plans that would actually damage them at the expense of other areas will always fall apart.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft's Newfound DRM Insight
63. Re: Ubisoft's Newfound DRM Insight Jun 21, 2014, 21:27 Beamer
 
I really don't entirely get where this argument went. Who is arguing what. It seems to have started with one person putting down piracy, another person mentioning that customers have "rights" other than just not-buying (but not saying what those rights are), and now some people claiming that someone else is saying they don't have a right to say why they didn't buy.

Is someone saying you can't tell a publisher you didn't buy their game for X reason?
Is someone else saying that piracy is a consumer right if the game is bad?

This thread needed cliff's notes because no one seems to be responding to anything in particular, anymore, just throwing out angry posts based on what look kind of like misinterpretations.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft's Newfound DRM Insight
27. Re: Ubisoft's Newfound DRM Insight Jun 21, 2014, 13:43 Beamer
 
If people want to pirate and admit they're stealing someone else's hard work, fine. It's when people act like their stealing is taking some moral high ground that drives me nuts. "I'm doing this because I'm a good person who dislikes UPlay or Origin. I'm not the one wrong here, paying nothing for the 40 hours of fun this game will give me, it's them who are wrong for providing it in a way I don't like!"

Just admit you're pirating it because you don't feel like paying the cash.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 PC Graphics Gimped
43. Re: Far Cry 4 PC Graphics Gimped Jun 20, 2014, 18:18 Beamer
 
saluk wrote on Jun 20, 2014, 18:13:
I agree with Axis on FC1 - I've played some of FC2 and beaten FC3, but FC1 really blows them away. I'm starting to feel that open world design in general is just lazy. Linear story structure + open local gameplay >>>>> generic loose structure + linear local gameplay. FC2 and 3 are just so bland - run to this outpost with enemies + clear; run to this outpost with enemies + clear. Games are inherently repetitive, but you lose the feeling of a journey, "what is going to happen next?" that the linear structure of FC1 had.

If I ever have to do that part of FC1 with the 10 rocket launcher mutants in one area I'd kill someone.

I think FC3 surpassed FC1 in most all ways. I think Crysis did, too. Still haven't done 2 or 3 of those, yet, even though I own them.
 
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News Comments > etc.
4. Re: etc. Jun 20, 2014, 17:42 Beamer
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Jun 20, 2014, 17:11:
ViRGE wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 16:22:
"Petition - Release Halo: The Master Chief Collection on PC"

The fact that this petition even exists shows that the petitioner doesn't understand anything about the business. Halo is specifically not on the PC because Halo is meant to sell Xboxes.

Microsoft is such a continual stream of fuckery it isn't even funny anymore. They shat on PC gaming for how long after promoting it as the best place for it, and then even several years after their xbox releases, they cannot even be bothered to port their flagship titles to the PC platform they dominate. The "sell xboxes" shit goes out the window when you realize they haven't even released titles from the last generation of xboxes on PC.. it's not like people are even asking for the newest versions on PC. They have garnered so much ill will from gamers and PC users (a large percentage of whom are also gamers) that it's surprising they are even selling their shitboxes anymore.

So important you said it in two topics.

Does Sony put their exclusives on the PC?
Nope.
Does Nintendo?
Nope.

So why would Microsoft? Then you'd just have PC gamers say "I'd buy an Xbox, but everything I want is on the PC, so I just bought a PS4 and/or WiiU instead."

Why in the world would Microsoft want that? Why would they give their exclusives to another platform at the expense of the one that's actually in a fight that needs those games?

And why are you so angry? In the other topic you said Halo sucks, so why do you care if it's stinking up your platform of choice? You've also said "it isn't even like people are asking for the newest versions on the PC," yet there's the petition, right there, of people asking for the newest version on the PC, right there, that you're commenting on.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 PC Graphics Gimped
23. Re: Far Cry 4 PC Graphics Gimped Jun 20, 2014, 11:21 Beamer
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Jun 20, 2014, 11:19:
Beamer wrote on Jun 20, 2014, 11:14:
It sounds like they feel that, for the first time, they're actually not gimping anything.

Didn't the head of Ubisoft said the same thing about Watch Dogs?
PC is the lead platform etc etc.
Same shit different game

Yup, but that was to talk up the PC. This is to talk up consoles. Which is also funny, "hey, for once we didn't have to make the console version suck as much compared to the PC."

Basically, I think he's talking garbage and no one should interpret anything from it, especially not that one platform is gimped or ungimped.
 
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