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  1. Uncle Mike

    Just Cause

    All of the fun in Just Cause is in the playing, and none of it in the story. Prediction: not going to get made.
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    Codemasters Announce GRID | 2008 or 2019?

    I really enjoyed GRID (although I know some people don't get on with Codemasters' handling models.) Given PS4 is lacking in that semi-sim driving type of game since Driveclub, I'd be interested in this.
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    PlayStation gets its own movie studio

    I'm not going to look it up, so I'll take that at face value. But that's not really the point I think I was making. How much actual story is there? Not a lot.
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    PlayStation gets its own movie studio

    It's possible they missed your posts about it. There's not enough story in most games for a TV series, is there? There's barely enough for a film for most of them. The story in, say, God of War or Horizon Zero Dawn is pretty padded out so that you have enough game to play. Not sure that works in passive TV. Film makes more sense to me, especially now when you don't really have to put them in cinemas. Or very short-form TV. They have the flexibility to just make the correct length content in way neither "TV" nor cinema encourage.
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    Rllmuk's Official Sales Figures

    Someone should show this graph to the declining sales thread.
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    Red Dead Redemption 2 - Massive Spoilers Thread

    Not sure about that. I think, from memory at least, RDR2 best Witcher 3 in that arena.
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    Destiny 2: Season of Opulence / Crown of Sorrow, 4 June

    And also RNG, and also that Bungie seem to think that if they made a great thing, and everyone uses it because it's great, that this is a problem because we're not using the other things. And that the way to fix that isn't to make more great things, but to make the great things less great.
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    Destiny 2: Season of Opulence / Crown of Sorrow, 4 June

    When/if you get to the endgame content (Raids, classically, but also the bigger harder more secret missions - Whisper of the Worm, the new Outbreak Perfected, Shattered Throne) or really start getting sweaty about PvP or Gambit, Bungie have an issue. The best gear, that confers actual benefits to gameplay, can be hard to get. It should be hard to get, because it's powerful. Powerful stuff feels good. So you want the powerful stuff, and you play the hard content to get it. The hard content is fun to play, but needs commitment. The reward is the powerful stuff. When you've worked hard to get the powerful stuff, you want to use it. It makes the hard content easier, so you'll play it more. But that gives Bungie two problems. One: people don't like it in PvP / Gambit when the guys with the best guns shoot them. Two: for people not gifted with a strong Destiny friends list, the third party matchmaking sites start insisting that people need the powerful stuff to be allowed to play the hard content. Bungie's approach to this is often to start making the powerful stuff less powerful. Which pisses everyone off.
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    Microsoft & Sony sitting in a tree...

    I think it's more that people just don't understand the nature of bigger businesses. There's nothing in that announcement that says it'll do anything other than have Sony work really closely with the Azure part of MS to make it work better for streaming and cloud gaming stuff. It doesn't imply any of the things I assume people are writing (actually, I guess they'll be hour-long videos) all over the place of playing Gears of War on the PS5 or vice versa. Competitors regularly co-operate where they can make money.
  10. The end of that, with the guy frantically buying tickets anyway, is the real kicker.
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    Red Dead Redemption 2 - Massive Spoilers Thread

    Isn't it the first time Dutch has it explicitly explained to him that Dutch is the rat? I remember finding it incredibly lacklustre also, but I can't remember how it worked.
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    Are cutscenes necessary?

    Just to pick out this bit, I don't think even that bit's univerally true. Footballers do not tend to kick balls solely to get better at kicking balls. If you listen to any top sportsperson talk about how they felt winning the trophy, they'll often talk about dreaming of this moment their entire life. A footballer has been telling themselves a story about lifting the World Cup since they were a child. They still tell it to themselves when they're 35. A concert pianist has been dreaming about playing The Albert Hall with the Philharmonic. And so on. Relatively few people are doing the thing just to get better at doing the thing, absent a wider narrative. Andy Murray loves tennis, but he wanted to win Wimbledon.
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    The Expanse - officially saved by Amazon

    I definitely go full Janner within minutes of travelling near the Westcountry, and partly just talking to my family on the phone/Skype. It's entirely reasonable that Naomi's accent is variable.
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    American Animals

    Watched it this evening via Prime. It's excellent.
  15. It's such a stupid decision. I get that Avatar made a lot of money, but no-one cares about it all. Everyone went to see Avatar because we were told it was going to be this amazing spectacle that would show us what 3D film-making could do, and be transformative in the way we watched cinema. No-one loved it, 3D was just 3D, it made a shit-ton of money as a one-off. In the meantime, we've had basically the entire Marvel juggernaut released. It's the same mistake Microsoft made with Kinect. Make a shit ton of sales from convincing people about overblown promise, and release an underwhelming product. They will definitely buy the follow-up in the same volumes.

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