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anewman

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  1. Well, I'll still play on Xbox. I'm thousands of LY from the bubble, so it'll be fun to at some point get back. I remember playing the BBC Micro version with my brothers in our bedroom, with the curtains closed, and really feeling like we were in a spaceship with a massive galaxy to explore, pretending the bunkbeds were part of the spaceship. Pretty sure we never got much further than backwards and forwards between Lave and Zaonce trading computers or something. It's pretty amazing they recreated that feeling in the 2010s and it felt the same to me, the balance of how the ships control, and flying around star systems, part realistic, mainly unrealistic of course, allowing you to suspend your disbelief. If you are 40 something then Elite: Dangerous can feel a little like a glitch in the Matrix, showing that nothing much really changes over time. Love this game. And the sound design. Oh man! That's got to be a lesson in game design right? Just goes to show what a combination of relatively simple elements + scale can do (that mad stat that only 0.02% of the galaxy has been explored or whatever it is). And the little nuggets of narrative or an amazing looking system you come across so rarely, feel all the more special because they are rare.
  2. Elite: Dangerous is the daddy. It’s had a great run tho. Obvs it was all downhill from when the introduced the Engineers.
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    Pixies

    Yeah I like them.
  4. I know nothing about the games, but it’s £4.99/month and the first month’s a free trial. Plus in iOS 13 you can link an Xbox One or PS4 controller to your iPad or iPhone. https://www.apple.com/uk/apple-arcade/ Are any old the game going to be worth it?
  5. I enjoyed this but not as much as the first one (which was an unexpected pleasure for me). I agree with the comments re CGI, sometimes it went too far and beyond the 'suspend disbelief' stage so you were just sitting there smirking at it. Was this intentional? It didn't seem like it - but then there was a heavy comedy element throughout, really helped along by Bill Hader who I thought was great in it. I really hated the scene right at the start, that establishes the return of violence and bad things to Derry. I think it was just about justified, but it was a bit close to gratuitous too - I know it's in the book as well (which I haven't read). The length didn't bother me, I was absorbed throughout. I think it was made with real passion for the source material as well, that came across. I do think it was a little bit of a missed opportunity to do more effective scares. I love horror when it gets under your skin by hinting at wider sometimes not openly acknowledged fears and scares, eg the racism/abuse/guilt stuff that's under the surface in Derry. This film went a bit too far over to carnivalesque spectacle.
  6. Holy smokes, that video was cool. The dragons look amazing.
  7. anewman

    Portal 2

    Ha ha, that was pretty funny (and also right). Nice.
  8. anewman

    Portal 2

    No. But you do got a bit faster if you jump a lot. I think she walks a bit slower in Portal compared to Portal 2, as well. At least on the 360 versions.
  9. I'm trying it again sober.
  10. This game is quite hard after a few beers.
  11. Don't worry guys, it was just because I had my GameCube controller plugged into my Wii. Nice one, Activision. Thread resurrected.
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