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Oct 17, 13 1:47am

I'm honestly not trolling or trying to be anti-Xbox with this thread, I'm genuinely curious about what people think.

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Sep 11, 13 8:57pm If you've noticed certain members in the forum with a logo to the left of our use

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Sep 1, 13 6:41pm

I'm not asking what you'll do within the game, I'm asking what your plan is around playing it... I personally

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Aug 24, 13 9:40pm

Anyone going to a midnight launch? I have the game pre-ordered and my local GAME is doing a midnight launch. Coupled with the

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Aug 5, 13 2:12am

There isn't a single right-minded adult who doesn't mind be screamed at by a 12 year old while playing a multiplayer

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Jul 29, 13 6:27pm

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Aug 16, 10 10:47pm

I just found my old PS2 caked in dust and decided to clean it up. Once it was cleaned up I noticed that it uses the same power supply as the PS3, so I took the adapter out of my PS3 and powered it up. Sure enough, it started with a cool humming of the fan and that alone brought back so many memories. I've had this thing since 2002 and in it's day it was played on for literally thousands of hours. It still runs like a charm.

I rummaged around and found my old copy of GTA San Andreas and put it in, the disc tray opening with a bit of a stutter. My last save in the game was July 2006. So I'd have just turned 15 when I last played this game. The save was in the desert airbase where it seemed that I'd unlocked all of the planes back in 2006. I couldn't get the Hydra working (crashed it) so I got into the spitfire. Flying that plane brought back so many memories!

I flew it into San Fierro, instinctively knowing my way, parachuted down and just roamed the streets for a while. It was just so surreal because it was like some forgotten city that I knew my way around. Even after all this time I knew how to get to my safehouse, how to get to the airport. I looked at my stats and saw that on that file alone I'd played 60 hours. It's amazing to think that was just one file among countless others. Literally hundreds of hours were spent in the world of San Andreas, and so much of my childhood imagination contributed to and built that world.

Playing that game again, if only for 15 minutes, was so utterly nostalgic, and in the absolute truest sense of the word.

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Bergin blogged
Jun 4, 10 1:27am

It's my opinion that almost every warranty on almost any expensive electronic device is an absolute farce. As standard, we get a one year manufacturers warranty with any games console. Now, given that, in all likelihood, the company selling that product would almost certainly proclaim that it would function for a lot longer than that, why are we allowed to get screwed with a one year warranty? Example:

If you walked into a Sony store and asked them how much a PS3 costs, they'd tell you exactly how much. If you then asked them:

"How long is it likely to function?" they'd probably tell you:

"Oh, I'd say 4 or 5 years"

Right. So then you'd ask:

"So how long is the warranty?" to which they'd reply:

"1 year, standard manufacturers warranty"

Where's the sense in that? If I went into buying a £350 machine knowing that it wouldn't last much longer than a year, I wouldn't buy it! The estimated lifespan of a product should be the same as the period of the warranty. Why? Because if a company says it will work for X amount of time, it should work for X amount of time!

Everything should be labelled clearly with an estimated life-period. In this way, we as consumers could decide whether we thought £400 / $600 dollars for the PS3 on launch was worth what could possibly be only a year or so of functionality.

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Apr 1, 10 11:45pm

What is piracy? The English Oxford dictionary currently defines it as:

"the unauthorized use or reproduction of another’s work"

By that definition, downloading music, movies and software by means of torrents and similar methods is piracy. There's no doubt or discussion to be had there. What I find largely inescapable is that piracy is, ultimately, wrong. One is essentially taking another's labour and enjoying for free.

But what I'd like to discuss here are the scarcely spoken benefits of piracy, benefits that are shared by the consumer and the artist alike; the ability to conjure interest. There are many artists, in music and in cinema, that I personally would not have discovered if it were not for piracy. Yes, interest conjured through piracy has caused me to part with cash for the ability to "own" the media to the furthest extent possible. I cannot tell you how many times I have downloaded a film, enjoyed it, and thought "I'm going to buy this". The same for music albums. So if I can see/hear it for free, why do I buy it? Two reasons:

1. To enjoy the work in the highest possible quality. Whether it be music or video, the surest way to experience media in the highest possible quality is to buy it. Visual and audio quality can scarcely be matched, let alone beaten with illegal copies, which are invariably compressed and who knows what else.

2. To own it. If I truly love something, if it has given me something, I am going to own it. This has been the case for so many films and a number of albums for me.

That's the benefit that I see in piracy. It's very ability to conjure interest that would otherwise be impossible. It has allowed music to become so much less mainstream.

Is there more to it than that? Of course. But I think piracy has elevated media to entirely new levels. The amount of movies and the amount of music that I'd have never seen or heard had it not been for piracy is staggering. The impact that these movies and these albums have had on me, spiritually and personally, is immeasurable and unquestionable.

I know that I would be a different person were it not for piracy.

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Apr 1, 10 11:01pm
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Bergin blogged
Apr 21, 09 12:25am

The English language in England has taken an awful turn in recent years. I understand that there will always be changes in language, and indeed, I understand that this is beautiful thing. But this trend annoys the bollocks off me and shames the youth of this country. Honestly, I couldn’t care less about how they talk in America, or how they behave. It’s all relevant in American and stems from trends that actually originated in that country, and I’m happy for people over there to speak in whatever way they’d like.

You’ll never see me cringe at an American uttering words like “dude” or “awesome”, which are, for the most part, words that were popularised in that country by the California surfer culture in the 90’s. But what does make me convulse is the trend of younger people in England over the last few years to forcibly adopt an American lexicon into their everyday speech. Why? Television.

These kids have grown up watching American television and have taken on so many of the terms that you’ll be hard pressed to find a young English person (between 14-21) that doesn’t speak like a stereotypical American surfer. I’m serious. In some cases you’ll struggle to tell the difference between an American teenager and an English one. From my experience, they tend to grow out of it eventually, but this nonsense can continue all the way through university. With this language goes a certain type of fashion and a trained, feigned lazy attitude, both of which I abhor. Fashion is vanity, and vanity in males is inescapably repugnant.

The following is a list of words that you have no place using as an English person, unless completely relevant to the meaning of the word:

Dude (This is a big no no. Under no circumstances should you be using this word. This is the equivalent to an American calling his friend “mate”. It wouldn’t sound right, and of course, why would it?)

Awesome (formerly a lovely word, but ultimately stolen by the surfers. Ask yourself why you say it. Perhaps it’s because everyone else says it, or maybe because you heard it a lot on television when you were growing up)

Sucks (as in “that fellow over there really sucks at cricket”. I rest my case on that one.)

Man (This one has exceptions. I think people in the North of England can get away with this one; I’m fairly certain that their usage doesn’t stem from America. Otherwise, I detest this more than you can imagine)

Dork (You’ve no place using this word. You may as well start calling football “soccer” if you want to continue in this way)

I would also request that you get your hair cut (mainly to get it out of your eyes) and please, for the last shred of humanity in me, put down the skateboard.

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