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  1. Cheers for that, thanks for taking the trouble to search.
  2. Back in the day, I remember the promise of Netflix was it being the industry's great response to torrenting. Pay us a monthly fee and we'll give you access to all the movies and TV shows you can eat and save you the hassle of downloading everything. It was a good response but as the years have gone on, we've seen more and more players turn up to the party and now you need to take out several subscriptions to get anything approaching the original breadth of content we had back in the early days of Netflix. Now (as I've been squawking about in Discussion) competition is a good thing and the current situation was almost inevitable, but unlike music streaming where different platforms offer broadly the same content, there has been a real divergence of content on the movie and TV streaming platforms and I'm wondering what peoples habits are and which services are seen as indispensable and which are seen as optional. Indeed the increasing number of competing services in recent years has actually seen something of a resurgence of piracy, which has itself evolved to become a streaming service than the convoluted systems of old. How does the industry hold to what made Netflix a better alternative to piracy in the first place, whilst fostering competition in that space?
  3. Was that from Neogaf or Reset? Just curious to read how the discussion went after that, if you have the URL to hand, that would be super handy, cheers. I think people sometimes forget, that Nintendo used to threaten to cut entire publishers off from their platform if they dared publish their games on Sega consoles. All this stuff is the nature of the ravenous, capitalist beast we live under. Ultimately what you want is broadly what we have now, three strong competitors keeping each other in check.
  4. Yeah, I got Attic Attack vibes from it too. If memory serves didn't it also have that strange combat system where you had to slap the stick to fight instead of using buttons? There were three of that sort that if I recall, Grabbed, Sony's Jet Li game, Rise To Honour and Blade 2. I actually liked them, you could get into a bit of a rhythm with them. I don't think there are any modern examples of that? Can't imagine why.
  5. Yeah, I played it on the Xbox One with the Rare Replay collection. Was nice to play it without those old stutters.
  6. The original has held up incredibly well too. I went back through it about a year back and as long as you can put your head back in that N64 space, it's still an incredibly satisfying experience. Curious where they're going to take the franchise next.
  7. Ach don't worry about it @JPL, I think most of us have shared something we hoped would be greeted with a laugh and instead it's fallen flat and I know it feels a bit shit when that's pointed out. I think I may well hold the record for the most negged contribution to the Pictures That Make You Laugh thread ever, when I shared that ridiculous Pineapple Apple Pen thing a few years ago. Ramone even tried to engage open discussion on my mental wellbeing.
  8. Yeah, we shouldn't be short of things to chat about over our lunch breaks anyway, haha.
  9. No I don't think it's a misstep, as you say I think they've evaluated competing networks and decided that Azure is the best fit for them but it is a sign of how much power the companies who run these cloud networks wield, when even your competitors have to build competing services off the back of them.
  10. Oh I don't think the data mine is in any way proof or even particularly compelling evidence that this is actually a thing, but in terms of spitballing how Sony might respond, it's as good a talking point as any.
  11. If Sony actually want to compete with Microsoft in the gaming subscription space then they can't do it alone anymore, they will need to make strategic partners (ironically, the first of whom was actually Microsoft (Azure) such is the ludicrous mega corp hell we're living in ) and partnering with a big name in the streaming space along with a reasonable counter purchase would keep them in the game. Some interesting times ahead!
  12. Same energy: The Donkey Kong story is incredible and is pretty much exactly what we're laughing about.
  13. Which is why Sony do need a robust response to Gamepass. It's not just the value, it's the convenience. The success of Netflix and Spotify in the post yaar age, show that cost isn't the only or even necessarily the most important metric with which people measure the value of a service. Providing a slick, easy way for people to access their content is at least as important for many people. It's funny really, Sony could have been ahead of the game on this in many respects. They purchased one of the first cloud gaming services (Gaikai) back in 2012 and a bunch of patents from OnLive when they went bust, so they knew which way the wind was blowing but rather than take a gamble and be Netflix, they chose to remain as Blockbuster and rake in those traditional profits for as long as possible and I guess it remains to be seen if they've left it too late or they've played it just right. I don't think they have much of a choice but to go big on the subscription model at some point but my sense is they'll be aiming to thread the needle between running a competitive subscription service whilst still looking to capitalise on those big first month sales of their first party releases. Very curious how they'll structure Spartacus.
  14. I mean $20bn off Sony's share price on this announcement suggests that this news has had an outsized impact on MS's chief rival in the console space. As you say, we'll see what the regulators decide is relevant. As I've said, I think it will pass through because there is enough mitigation there but considering the amount of consolidation we're seeing, it will be an interesting case to follow to see exactly where or even if there is a limit to this stuff and what factors do have the most weight.
  15. Well I clearly need an early night then as that's obviously not what I intended to imply. If the argument is that MS aren't preventing PlayStation users from playing CoD, it's actually Sony preventing Gamepass from being accessible on PlayStation platforms, then I guess the question any anti-trust investigation would have to consider, is how unique and / or important a title Call Of Duty is to the industry, that having access to it is vital to remaining competitive in it. I guess there's two sides to that. Sony could point to the fact that the Call Of Duty franchise has been amongst the best selling series on PlayStation platforms for years now and making it unavailable to their users without opening up their platform to a rival subscription service gives Microsoft a disproportionate competitive advantage over them. Microsoft could of course argue that the Switch is a successful console which doesn't have access to CoD. They could also argue that alternatives are available in the form of Battlefield and that the game will remain available on PC and so there are options to play the game outside of paying for Xbox or Gamepass. I think that would be the nub of the debate around this issue. I hope that makes more sense at least.
  16. I think this thread has worked out quite nicely. It's caught a lot of smaller mergers and acquisitions, I've kept the title up to date to keep people up to speed on the latest topic and it's clearly not prevented major news discussion from branching into its own major thread. I've even directed people to that thread to mitigate overlap which by and large it has. I have just updated the thread title to prevent the two thread titles clashing though, I appreciate that could have been needlessly confusing. I honestly don't think many, if any of the acquisitions covered in this thread would have merited or had their own thread, so this seems as reasonable a place to cover them as any and if anybody does create a dedicated thread about any particular merger or acquisition, I'll be more than happy to help funnel discussion to it. Edit: Thanks to everyone who has shown support for keeping the thread.
  17. Consumers are still having to pay Microsoft for access though, so I'm not sure that would mitigate such concerns.
  18. Perfectly possible, I certainly have no insight into the world of mergers and acquisitions, just thought the analysis itself was interesting, no idea what the outcome will be.
  19. Interesting article discussing the legal side of this acquisition. The bottom line is we can expect it to pass but it may not be unconditional: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/microsofts-activision-blizzard-comes-with-2-big-legal-hurdles-190828372.html Be interesting to see if allowing Call Of Duty to continue to be released on PlayStation will be a condition of the deal going through? Genuinely no idea how likely or unlikely that is but it does sound as though this deal will require more elbow work from the lawyers and may come with more strings attached than the Bethesda buyout.
  20. My friend I sure hope Jim Ryan is remaining a little calmer than you. Yes this is a power move and it could very well shift the balance of power in the industry but it's a little early to be writing the obituary for the current market leader. Sony are not toothless here and whilst I do think this acquisition will get through any regulatory scrutiny, I think Microsoft would struggle to clear that hurdle if they were to follow this up with a purchase of EA or Ubisoft. So as far as big purchases go, I think this is about as far as MS will go for the foreseeable future. Last year Sony earmarked $18bn for acquisitions across its entertainment and sensor divisions, so if they feel that they now have to respond, then they have the funds to do so. Obviously not at the scale of MS, but they could certainly secure a lot of content and IP and given recent developments, it's possible they could raise the stakes if they seriously felt that they needed to make defensive purchases. PlayStation is a huge brand and isn't going anywhere, it has far more traction in Europe than Xbox and is a world away from the confused state Sega found themselves when they launched the Saturn. Above all though, nobody should be getting excited over for the possibility of any of the big three being knocked out, ultimately the only thing which will save you from corporations screwing you over is the threat of other corporations snatching up those unhappy customers. By all means recognise this move for what it is and if you're a Gamepass fan then celebrate the wealth of extra content headed your way but you should also be hoping that Sony are successful in keeping MS on their toes and vice versa.
  21. I would love a retroarch core or something like that. Anything which expands support and gets more game developers on board.
  22. I have been disappointed by the lack of software for it. There's a few bits and bobs out there and Delta's Shadow is legitimately excellent, but it's been a trickle of what my even modest hopes were for it. No regrets, it was always a niche thing and it's lovely to have been a part of it and we'll see what the future brings. From what I can find, 5235 people backed the thing the second time around with 3,113 backing the project the first time out, so when these things are finally delivered, the project could find its second wind as that's a healthy number of machines in the wild for a small market of enthusiasts.
  23. So there's been quite an update on the Issue 2 of the Spectrum Next, boy oh boy does organising the creation of a hobbyist machine sound like an all out nightmare in these times. In short, they're unable to source the original FPGA board which powered the Next for anything like a sensible price and so they've been forced to had to source a more expensive alternative. This has set them back massively and having chosen an alternative and got the Next working on it, they now have to go through all the Q&A steps they had to take with the original design. All this whilst still trying to source the original FPGA boards if possible. Wow: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spectrumnext/zx-spectrum-next-issue-2/posts/3364778 So it sounds like backers are still going to be a year or so off from receiving their Next machines. Sounds like a total nightmare to be honest. Fair play to the team for offering to cover the increased cost of the new FPGA board, but the community are rallying around and many are offering to pay the difference themselves. If there is a Rev 3, expect it to be a mobile chip running the whole thing on an emulator, I can't imagine anybody on that team wish to put themselves through this again!
  24. That's it isn't it, it's all so cynical these days. Everything, even the playground console wars have been monetised, so the incentive is always there to make the outrage ever more outlandish to fire up the base and keep them tuning in. I guess that would be all well and good if it wasn't also the same model used by US news media and people were actually voting in elections convinced the other side are literally drinking the blood of children in the basement of a pizza restaurant... but I digress!
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