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  1. Absolutely. What do you need?
  2. You can see a clear split between people here who are moaning about how FINGS AIN'T HAPPENIN every 3 seconds and how ITS BORIN INNIT and another contingent who recognise what Pob neatly summarised with "this is what makes a story engaging, not action or fast pacing". You could argue that there's a bit of a different strokes for different folks aspect to entertainment, but you could also argue that all of you who want stuff to HAPPEN all the time are ruining TV. You already have a million shows on Netflix where there are flashing lights, people shouting and running around and a possible appearance of The Rock every 10 minutes. This is fine as it is. Episode 3 wasn't better than Episodes 1 and 2. EPISODES ONE AND TWO DEVELOPED MORE FLESHED OUT CHARACTERS SO EPISODE THREE WAS MORE IMPACTFUL.
  3. If you can't use an apostrophe, you're probably not best placed to offer searing critiques on why someone might enjoy decent writing. We already know the character from earlier. It gives us a chance to wonder whether she told them or not and what her relationship with the security services is. You don't need to SHOW EVERYTHING all the time. It's mature, elegant direction rather than the turgid shit we normally get in these shows. The fact everyone here who wants absolute total retinal stimulation at all times is hating this is brilliant. Finally they've aimed for something more than mediocrity. It's still not Succession or Breaking Bad for sure, but a clear step above what they've done before.
  4. Are you shitting me? The acting in Boba and Obi Wan is galactically bad. Mandalorian is a faceless automaton for 2 seasons. The acting this is actual proper acting like you might see in an actual TV show, not a shitty Star Wars one. Some of you are fucking mad.
  5. The drugs of wanting some Star Wars TV that isn't a pile of fan service CGI shite. I'll tell you the moment this convinced me. When a character is called upon to identify Cassian the FUCKING SCENE ENDS BEFORE SHE SAYS "YES THATS CASSIAN ANDOR". Actual adult proper editing, unlike the stupefyingly stale way Boba, ObiWin and mostly the Mandalorian play out. Thank fuck for whoever wrote and directed this.
  6. This is so much better than all the other TV dross they've churned out it's almost embarrassing. Rogue One is by far the best non-original trilogy movie and this continues the vibe as a bit of TV you could watch with a non Star Wars fan and not cringe every 30 seconds. I found the Mandalorian mediocre at best, and this is a serious step above that. Actual characters. Good writing. Decent acting. Physical effects. A plot that doesn't just involve nostalgia porn. Thank fuck.
  7. Mad Max is on sale for 3 quid or so on Steam. Runs exceptionally well on deck, locked 60 with the details cranked up. Looks amazing (the high contrast desert landscapes suit the smaller screen). It's very much an open world game that puts together systems from a number of other games but the overall package is a good one (it's very competently put together), and it has to be one of the best looking games on Deck that runs comfortably at 60.
  8. I'm a snob and find even 40fps is hard to deal with. I've ended up curating the type of games I play on the Deck to be ones that run well at 60fps. You can get fairly full fat gaming experiences on there at a decent frame rate: Titanfall 2, Apex, Arkham Origins, Doom 2016 etc. As well as Indies or lighter weight games. But stuff like Elden or Deathloop will never comfortably hit it no matter what you do. At the end of the day it's all about choice and realistic expectations.
  9. I have done the Apex and Valorant battle passes in the past. Valorant tends to reward with gun skins, spray and cards to identify you in lobbies. If you play a huge amount of Valorant (as I do) I don't begrudge putting money into it and now and again the skins in the pass are fairly cool (especially with upgraded VFX/finishing moves). But that said you can share guns around at the start of rounds and often people will do this to donate to people with no investment in the game at all to try out with some of the cooler ones. More generally I find grinding the Valorant pass is pretty fair - you can play whatever mode you like, and so long as you do a couple of basic games every couple of days you'll easily finish it. There are tasks to complete to boost your XP but I never find them that onerous or stupid - and they're normally stuff you'd be doing anyway. Also, there's such a huge variety of gametypes and Riot understands matchmaking so a bad day on Valorant is quite a rare thing. A bad match or two, but never a comprehensive waste of an evening. Apex is a bit more borderline - apart from being a living hell some seasons because of the meta, you are largely playing for character skins which of course you can't see while you're playing, and gun skins that don't seem quite as overtly designed or prominent in a high paced movement shooter. Cosmetics such as sprays are also less important with massive arenas and such fast traversal. Apex is also quite dictatorial in the tasks it gives you to accelerate your way through the pass (forcing character progression), has only two main game modes (BR or Arenas) which means I've found if you're not in the mood for being fucked over by the shit matchmaking and 8th partying on King's Canyon makes the entire thing feel less rewarding than Valorant does. Ultimately though they are pointless, though I find myself playing multiplayer shooters quite a lot because I find them less pointless than a lot of other traditional SP videogames. They feel a bit like a sport, where you're besting other human beings. Not just a skill check but a game sense and game intelligence one (and one that you can normally play with mates as a shared experience). So, the battle passes meet somewhere in the middle for me - they gamify a little more what is more of a daily skill challenge or sporting event. But in most of the games I've come across them they are a bit give or take - I frequently go one or two seasons where I don't do them and don't really miss it.
  10. That video has an unbeatably enormous delta between the thumbnail and the opening shot.
  11. I played the Deck on a train yesterday, and I guess sometimes you forget it's still a fairly niche product and still quite early in the order cycle as I had a nerdy looking dude staring at it in open mouthed astonishment from across the aisle. The case for it then fell out of my rucksack near him and he grabbed it gave it back and a conversation ensued. I certainly didn't buy this device to end up talking to strangers. it's never leaving the house again.
  12. I'm fascinated by how the Deck's FSR can have wildly different results when you drop the rez to 540p to gain framerate (I'm a PC snob and nearly everything I play on the deck needs to be 60fps). Deathloop and Monster Hunter World just look like a dog's dinner with it on, but Kingdom Come Deliverance. Wow. I had to keep checking I did indeed have the rez set correctly, as it looks brilliant, runs at 60fps and you'd hardly know it was running with upscaling. I've also been impressed with Mass Effect Andromeda, though the actual game is horseshit. Technically amazing to see it running though. Ultimately though the Steam Deck is effectively just here to run Monster Train and I'm happy with that.
  13. I might be interested, and could possibly get a team of three together.
  14. Not sure if anyone else here has tried it but Ryse is astonishing on the deck. It's 9 years old, for sure, but it was always technically impressive for the time and runs flawlessly at 60fps at largely Normal detail settings (make sure you turn off the frame lock in game as it's set to 30 by default). It's also not a bad game, the production values are sky high and the combat is brutal and kinetic (it's no Elden Ring for sure, but it's still good). Absolutely a technical showpiece for the Deck - still very. very pretty. Although the scoreboards are now broken, Geometry Wars 3 is great and I've had a lot of fun with Monster Train, Sunset Overdrive (both listed as not working, but work fine) and Detroit. I'd recommend scouring the cheap key bins on CD Keys as there's a lot of Deck games going on there for peanuts.
  15. The Enfield Chomley Warner stuff was poking fun at the regressive values of the 1920s and 30s, which is ironic now as if you watch the show in its entirety it's aged terribly. They're the least worst bits though. It's fair to say that mainstream stuff in the 80s was pretty terrible, but not markedly worse than the sort of stuff you see on mainstream TV today (Mrs Brown's Boys is no better than any of the clips you've selected). The Comedy Store had started by 79 and already alternative comedy was pushing at the fringes of the largely racist 70s dinosaurs clogging up the airwaves. I do think that people like Les Dennis and Forsyth did change with the times though. It's worth saying though that a lot of more surreal comedy from even the 60s and 70s still stands up, especially radio stuff. Python is patchy, but 79 was Life of Brian which is still genuinely amusing to this day. I'd also happily still listen to anything with Kenneth Williams in. And in the 90s there's plenty of stuff that still stands up today - The Day Today, Adam and Joe, Father Ted (RIP Linehan), Fist of Fun, Spaced, Vic Reeves' Big Night Out etc. You had to hunt a bit for it on TV, but C4 and BBC2 pushed a lot of interesting stuff, which eventually broke through into more mainstream offerings, like Shooting Stars, Buzzcocks, HIGNFY etc. I think as others have said a majority of stuff everywhere is just shit. I'm sure people will look back on this era and point to a lot of Youtube content which is wildly popular that's just garbage.
  16. It's fine. I'll play Apex competitively on a pad, but that's about it. Just having the single player experiences is enough. Sell it and get 900 quid back.... But yes. I think as my opinion has softened and I've begun to use it for what it is I do like it a lot. When it works it really works, and I do think a refinement pass for a Steam Deck Pro or 2 could really push it over the line. But for now portable Halo and Fallout isn't too shabby.
  17. Neither Halo MCC or Monster Train are supported by Steam Deck. Both run fine, although on the MCC you need to start with the anti-cheat disabled so you can't play online. Reach, Enhanced graphics, 60fps solid. OK, you fucking thing, you're gradually winning me round.
  18. Heroic seems better for Cloud saves on Epic, but I've not had much success on GOG either. I also think it's a layer of fiddle over the top of the seamless Steam integration, so I've sort of decided I'll use it for testing any titles then repurchasing stuff on Steam if it's very good (that's how they getcha). Cyberpunk was actually pretty impressive when I tried it via Heroic on GOG. It ran better than the PS4 version did at launch which is sort of crazy I have spent a long time with Elden and using some settings I found online I have eventually tinkered it to a solid 30fps while looking nice. And actually, apart from the tiny text and the fact I don't really like the game that much (at the end of the day it's a SoulsBourne and I've had a patchy relationship with them) I will concede it does work nicely on the deck now. That said Outward runs brilliantly on the Deck (and I assume Dragons Dogma does too) so I'm not short of choice for a roaming RPG with a dash of weirdness. I also like Detroit on it so far, as it still runs at a locked 30 on PS5 (and a clunky locked 30) and it's possible to get it running at a smoother 40. I remain the most impressed with Fallout New Vegas. It looks great on the smaller screen and weirdly the chunky text and interface seems almost designed for a portable. And I also grudgingly have to admit, slowly it is making its use case known, as I have found myself just picking it up and getting a small amount of gaming in where I wouldn't have used anything else. It has got a dead pixel though which is annoying. it's not too visible on lower brightnesses, but I'm considering an RMA.
  19. Well, sorry, yes "built in mind" is probably a stretch, Valve worked to improve its performance and it is often seen as a good fit for the deck in terms of general marketing of the system. But it's one of the worst games I've tried on the system, which is disappointing. And yes, I do understand how PC gaming works. I've been playing with PCs since about 1984. All PCs are a compromise somewhere; it's the price you pay for flexibility. I just think the Deck has far too many compromises and shortcomings in areas that should be its core strengths.
  20. Some game research so far.... Elden Ring, choppy and unplayable above 30. Only barely playable at it. Looks pretty poor. Text is far too small. This is the biggest disappointment so far. To the level where I think I must be doing something wrong as people rave about it. But how can it be built with the Deck in mind and have the UI it has? Titanfall 2 runs extremely well and looks good. Surprisingly good fit on deck. Also the performance in Apex is great though I'm not sure I'd try to play anything other than casual modes on it. Fallout New Vegas is the best fit so far. 60 with everything at Ultra. Looks good and also doesn't seem to thrash the battery life. Death Stranding, sort of stable 40. Doesn't really translate to the smaller screen as an experience. Also exposes the screen a little bit in terms of fidelity. Dishonored, pretty good and smooth. Dishonored 2 runs well but text is illegible. Which is a shame. Tomb Raider (first Crystal Dynamics one) choppy intro but gameplay is very good and it works well on the screen. Roguebook, a good fit for the deck. But then Slay the Spire style games always work well on portables. It is of course roasting, even in my seaside villa with the servants fanning me, but I am disappointed in the heat issues it has. The fan is loud and it quickly has trouble dispelling heat on any demanding title. Also the thumbsticks and sides aren't really very grippy with sweaty hands. It is going to be a case of dialling back expectations I think.
  21. I mainly use my 3080 desktop for competitive shooters (Valorant/Apex) as I do notice the higher refresh rate screen and enjoy using mouse/mechanical keyboard. I also spent ages making sure it was quiet and unobtrusive and I'm fortunate as I play just in front of a patio which opens out onto a Marina and the sea side (so I don't feel like I'm shut in a spare room). Beyond that, I've found myself drifting to the PS5 on the couch for anything a bit more sedate as I think my days of playing 80 hour RPGS without being able to fully slump are beyond me. So, apart from this being a paragraph describing just how rich I am ( - sorry @LaveDisco), I think the Deck does have some slumpability possibility that I will have to ponder on. A laptop definitely doesn't offer the ability to be curled up in a semi-foetal position covered in crisp crumbs eating Minstrels off your bare chest.
  22. Yes, I'm not talking generically whether a 3070 equipped laptop is going to smoke a Steam Deck or be more expensive. Clearly it's going to be and do both. I think the portability depends on what you need to portability for - I frequently have to go to France and Ireland, and having a device I can play games on, for me, is more of a thing to have while I'm away, rather than a commuting device. But sitting on a sofa, or on a hotel bed, I can sit a laptop on a book on my lap and use a gamepad, and the entire thing packs away not much larger than the enormous Steam Deck case. I wouldn't whip a laptop and gamepad out on a train because I'm not a twat. So I'd say, for me, the use case for the Steam Deck is quite narrow. Which isn't to shit on the device, and clearly if you commute or have to cradle a baby while trying to get some PC time in or whatever it's going to be miles better than the alternatives. I was more interested in if it could be a catch all device to take away in a camper van or for work away and it's not quite that. I do like it though and don't really want to genuinely benchmark it against a 4k gaming pc and 1.5k laptop as it's not really fighting in the same cost band. Just musings on whether I find space for it, or whether a gaming laptop and maybe a Swith/mobile phone fills in the gaps adequately.
  23. I bought around a week ago and it arrived today. Try the tracking info by putting the Parcel Force code into the Parcel Force website, rather than using the Netherlands one. My impressions so far are.... mixed I guess (512Gb model)? The overall impression is certainly that it's a device built on a budget. The screen is mediocre, the general build quality is fine but not particularly good (the touch pads and back triggers feel very afterthoughty) and the software side has the general feel of a work in progress (which, of course, it is). The performance is fine, though the addition of the 40hz screen refresh rate was clearly an enormous boost to the device. It is fucking hot today but I have to say so far the fan noise and heat on the back of the unit has also felt a bit hardware gen 1. As a hobbyist device I can see the appeal, I've enjoyed diving into Linux and fiddling, though I suspect if you literally treated it as a Switch and only bought fully verified games you'd have a reasonable experience. The elephant in the room for me is I have a 3070 equipped laptop with an OLED screen and a Series 2 Xbox elite controller (let alone my gaming desktop). I can sit this on my lap and have a great gaming experience. Is the Deck really lightyears away in terms of portability? Maybe? I think establishing a use case for it will take time. I also think it clearly is better in some aspects than the Switch, but it's not quite the slam dunk decimation you might expect. I thought I'd probably give my Switch to one of my kids, but now I'm not so sure. One big positive for me is that actually they have done a good job of mapping Steam and the Deck specific performance tools onto the system. While bits of the UI are still clunky, generally I am surprised at how well Steam works (I thought we'd get a Big Picture variant, but it's a lot better than that). If that all sounds a bit negative, there is still magic there. Elden (which I've not played on any platform) looks good and is a wobbly 40. But I'm far more likely to play it on a handheld. Dishonored looks amazing, and plays really well. I'm downloading Deathloop to see if I can get that running OK. And I'll explore some emulation later - Wii is a big one, but also if I could get WiiU emulation running on it that might also be a gamechanger. So yeah. Interesting. Brilliant? Not so far. Worth waiting a year for? Nah. A fun gadget? Yes. Steam Deck 2 will be brilliant I'm sure.
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