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Posts tagged “Windows 8”

Windows Vista/7/8 Update Disables Safedisc DRM

Last month we reported that Windows 10 wouldn't run games that employ SafeDisc or certain versions of Securom DRM. This decision was made by Microsoft in response to security concerns, but as a side effect rendered hundreds of old games unplayable on the new operating system without players installing no-CD cracks or re-buying the games via modern digital distribution services which don't use the now-abandoned…

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Oh Project Spark Beta, Why Are You Windows-8-Only?

Microsoft's PC gaming track record has become turgidly tarnished in recent years, but I must admit that Project Spark looks and sounds extremely enticing. It's a game and world creation and exploration tool - an infernal imagination engine to dive into whether you want to craft games of multiple genres, play other people's whimsical wonderments/abominations, or something in between. Basically, think PS3 sidescrollamabob LittleBigPlanet but…

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Hanging With The Project Spark Developers

A quick eye prod at the Steam Hardware Survey shows me that the stupid, hateful, and barely useable Windows 8 is the second most popular OS on there. 13.34% of those that responded to the survey use it. For you precious few (actually a healthy chunk), I have arranged a treat: a look at Project Spark. Microsoft's really rather charming attempt to do a Little…

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Starting Over: Windows 8 To DeScrewUpify Itself?

Now that everyone who isn't mad has roundly agreed that Windows 8 is a whole bucketful of stupid, even Microsoft are acknowledging that trying to bruteforce people into using their computers completely differently was a silly move. Yes, Windows 8 basically has cheerful old Windows 7 lurking underneath its disruptive, tablet-orientated Metro skin, but the wasted seconds spent getting it to it every time, or…

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Microsoft Surface Pro Uses Two-Thirds Storage For Itself

Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet once seemed an interesting prospect. A tablet that was no weakling, a PC in a flat, touchable screen, with a keyboard in its flexible cover. It made us at RPS realise we need to reassess what counts as a PC, asked us questions about how far our remit now stretches. At this point, we're now wondering if anyone on the planet…

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Old Dog, Old Tricks – MS Locks DirectX 11.1 To Win 8

It's been a while since Microsoft pulled the ol' 'oh no, this new version of DirectX couldn't possibly work on earlier versions of Windows' scamgasm, but as the relatively friendly age of Windows 7 is overshadowed by the dawning of the firm's desperate desire to make Windows 8 a cross-platform goliath/software shop, an old habit has returned. The next version of DirectX might be a…

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Shocker: ‘No Plans’ For PC Version Of Halo 4

You may have heard recent tell of a certain tall green man's return to the videogame shoot-o-sphere. He's technically called John, and - contrary to popular belief - he's related to RPS' resident owner of that moniker in name and combat prowess only. Unfortunately, in spite of the fact that Halo 4's apparently one of the best in the series' billowing legacy, Microsoft's not too…

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Feature: You must be this family-friendly to ride Windows 8

Windows 8 Marketplace Will Not Carry PEGI 18+ Games

The Windows 8 regulations state that any game rated above PEGI 16+ will not be available through the Windows digital store. Given the number of hugely commercial titles that fall in that bracket, Microsoft appear not only to be shooting themselves in the foot but sawing off their leg as well, but this could be much more than an odd business decision. What if it's…

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Feature: The Man Behind The Hat, Pt 2

Future Talk: Notch On Steam, Windows 8, What’s Next

Yesterday, we ran the first part of my chat with Minecraft creator and needer-of-no-introductions Notch, wherein we largely talked about life after Minecraft and what he's been up to recently. But there's more to this world than Minecraft (at least, until we discover our entire world is actually a block-by-block Minecraft reconstruction of the real world), so today, we're forging ahead into the future. And…

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The End Times: Achievements For Minesweeper

Until today, I've been of the opinion that anyone proclaiming the Mayan apocalypse will strike in 2012 was a half-witted knobhead, but now I too have the incontrovertible proof of impending doom for all humanity. Windows 8 is odious for many reasons - specifically because it's an inept mangling-together of three different interfaces, a disturbing attempt to turn the PC into a walled garden and…

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I Suspect Gabe Newell May Not Be A Fan Of Windows 8

Like the headline says, I have something of a conspiracy theory going here. Let's review the evidence: 1) Valve has never released an official threequel. This, clearly, is because that would put it one step closer to the number eight. 2) I have never seen Windows 8 and Gabe Newell in the same room together. (This could also mean that Gabe Newell is Windows 8.) 3)…

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Samuright: Skulls Of The Shogun Adds Cross-Platform MP

Skulls of the Shogun may have tickled your angry bone when 17-Bit announced that the turn-based battler will be a Windows 8 exclusive, but there are some benefits to that decision. Foremost, as the developer told us, it means getting to launch simultaneously on PC and Xbox. And now, another rather nice silver lining has made its way out from behind all the rage clouds: Skulls of the…

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Feature: Hobson's choice

No 7 Samurai: Skulls of The Shogun Goes Win 8-Only

Having seen/played it back on PC at the Eurogamer Expo two years ago, I had become fearful that undead samurai-starring turn-based strategy game Skulls of the Shogun's increasing assocation with Xbox meant it might never find its way onto IBM Compatibles. At E3, it wound up back on the promotional circuit, confirming a release on XBLA, Windows Phone and... Windows 8. Wait. What? Windows 8…

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Hey-Ho, The Witch Isn’t Dead: GFWL Not Going Anywhere

As if the recent Dark Souls news wasn't enough, we've now got another sobering report putting a nail in the coffin of GFWL's coffin. See, there was - if only briefly - a thin ray of hope. Well, sort of. Windows 8 is bringing full Xbox Live functionality along for the ride, so you'd think Microsoft might at least retire its creaky PC gaming backend…

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Defenestrate Windows 7: Windows 8 Preview Is Out

The best thing about Microsoft launching a new version of Windows is watching how they'll awkwardly advertise it. The Windows 7 party videos might just be the most cringe-worthy thing they've ever done, and that's saying something. So I'm a little disappointed with the launch of the free Windows 8 Consumer Preview. The video on the site is a rather awful, embarrassing attempt to ride…

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Windows 8: Is It Any Cop?

Surprise! The company that is responsible for the operating system what runs on most of our computers is planning a new version. Again. Following on from the success of Windows 7 comes, for once logically, Windows 8. Major changes are afoot in the world of Windows, and some of those changes might even be relevant to us. Microsoft is currently holding its Build conference, intended…

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Knickers Twisted About Win 8 and Xbox 360

The story that won't go away at the moment, other than the one about the people and politicians of Britain finally trying to overthrow the secret ruler of the world, is that Windows 8 might, just might, have some kind of support for Xbox 360 games. It's a story that's arrived from rumour and speculation, but apparently that's enough for less salubrious places to claim…

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Bad Maths: Windows 8 In 2012

OK, I've spent far too long wondering about this before, but can someone please explain to me how we're only on Windows 7 now, and then Windows 8 next year? We've had Windows 1, 2, 3, 95, 98, ME, XP, Vista and 7 on the consumer front, plus NT, 2000, 2003 and 2008 on the business/server front, plus any number of sub-versions. Grah! Do I…

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