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    Senior QA Engineer & Game Designer. Fanatical about Performance Cars & Retro Gaming.

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  1. I agree, it's small little refinements that don't look great over a single generation but if you then step back after immersing yourself in the current generation, it's so difficult to imagine going back. I've recently been gaming on PC with a 140Mhz Monitor in 2K and just going back to a PS4 game in 1K at 60hz feels like stepping back in time. It doesn't mean it's bad, it's just that we've moved on. And even with my decent PC, we're now on 6K monitors and 200Mhz refresh rates! However, going back to a Mega Drive or SNES game, then playing Tomb Raider on the PlayStation is a lesson in how stunningly unique the transition was from 16-bit 2D games to stunning 3D Worlds on the 32-bit generation. We're just not in that place at the moment and arguably, unless we get a true VR imperceptible from reality, we probably never will again.
  2. I would argue the last real leaps in terms of graphics were the Xbox 360 / PS3 generation. PS4 & XB1 was the era in which the leaps were small but important. The PS5 XB2 will be much the same. Load times will fall through the floor, updates will be handled better and just small refinments to game engines that look exceptional. But looked at through a wide lens of someone who's been gaming since the Master System and 386 PC, it doesn't look as important or significant. However, I think we all have to accept that despite the jump not being as revolutionary as years gone past, you'll be supprised how quickly you'll get used to modern games and when you hop back to an Xbox 360 title you look at it and go; "Ohh, that's not how I remembered it."
  3. I purchased a bottle of Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old before Christmas and finished it off over the weekend. One of the nicest I've had in recent memory. It has a really sweet aftertaste and just thinking about it now, makes me want to order another bottle.
  4. Pixar are clealry a talanted bunch, that's unarguable in my eyes. However, my 2 favourite films they've made (Wall-E and Up) start so unbelievably brilliantly but then seem to loose the courage of their opening and fall back on children film staples like talking animals in Up and bringing in the humans as caricatures in Wall-E. It felt like both films are so capable and brilliant, but both films take such a massive detour, it broke the immersion for me. Toy Story is a classic though, I'll fight you over that.
  5. I sold the last of my collection over 10 years ago now and for much the same reasons as others, I just got older, wiser and found gaming had become an excuse to not do other things in my life. However, I still get giddy when I see a mint Japanese N64 or a copy of Shenmue for Dreamcast so every year or so, I would go down a rabbit hole of looking at a certain system and working out how to make it look good on a modern TV, what's the price of good controllers (Often overlooked in the retro community, shit controllers were the bane of many fast paced games) and other basics which slowly brought up the price I needed to pay for it all. Thankfully, I picked up a PC recently and the options for emulation has all but silenced my need to pick up old consoles and PC's. With rare exception, all the consoles I want to play have been emulated to imperceptible levels that I can play perfect versions of Ferrari F355 Challenge, Perfect Dark, Gran Turismo 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Super Mario World along with hundreds more, I don't need old consoles that collectors are charging an arm and a leg for. Rather than the old adage of; you have access to thousands of games and don't play any of them, I curate my ROM collection to games I used to own so that doesn’t really come into effect. I load up an old game to play it breifly or play it to completion. Altough having the old hardware is unquestionably a nice feeling, I equate it to walking around an old home you used to live in. The memories are just as strong and potent, but it's all changed and not quite how you remember it. Going back to emulation, you can play with brand new USB controllers, have upscaled resolution (The RE:Dream Dreamcast emulator is stunning for this) and your choice of game that didn't cost the Eath to acquire. I honestly find it more impressive when I got the new offical Sega Saturn USB controller (In This is Cool colours ) and played US copies of Revenge of Shinobi and Sonic 2, rather than using original hardware and attempting to get it looking great through an HDMI Converter. However, I am really impressed with the FGPA work that Analog are doing and if I did go back to a machine under the TV, I would go through Analog's example. Especially the frosted plastic Mega SG. So everytime I seen an old N64 with an uncreased copy of Perfect Dark, or a pristine boxed Sega Mega Drive II and sticker still on copy of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 or a mint condition PlayStation 2 with not an inch of dust along its many fine lines, I take a breath then remember; Oh, I can play them all right now!
  6. I think gaming has long since passed a basic level of writing, characterisation and story, no longer needing to justify itself like it had to back in the 1990's. GTA though. I won't argue the defense for that series. Althoough, I really enjoyed parts of the story in GTA4. Wheras 5 attempts to bring in some unique characters but ends up as a pastiche of all of them.
  7. I noticed those 'fufiled by Amazon' but got a bit suspicius as several are french or just launched, so wanted to check if their were some trusted sellers on amazon any of you here use?
  8. I know the 3DS suffered from piracy, do you know if any of those Amazon shop links for those M2 Ports look legit for buying from?
  9. Wools

    Edge #342

    Does not seem intresting, to you. It's a broad church, this Videogame lark.
  10. Wools

    Edge #342

    "I love reading about new, good looking, innovative games in a multi platform Magazine. Unless they're on a platform I don't own, then I wish Edge never covered them at all. Infact, even knowing about their existence now distresses me, as it reminds me of a platform I don't want to think about, even in passing." Fucking insanity. I don't own a Switch, but I want to read about cool new games on the platform that might make me consider; Hey, maybe I should pick that up one day! Edge threads on Rllmuk: Providing genuine bafflement since Issue 1.
  11. Does anyone know if this is getting a wide release? Looks like the only publicised showings near me is London...
  12. I think that sums it up. You can't buy a good gaming PC for console prices and you can't do what you can on a PC on a console. If you just want to play a game, for a reasonable price then you buy a console. It does it better than a PC. If you want to build things like games themselves with Unreal, tinker with stuff like Emulation and play games in their best technical output, then you buy a PC. Despite consoles becomming more like a PC (Updates, online play) and PC's more like a Console (More user friendly, simplified building opportunities) for me, the 2 systems are so separate, they're not comparable. One is for game playing for the hardcore, one is for hobbyists and the enthusiasts.
  13. Totally. Reminds me of what's occuring at Baeselworld, which is a watch trade show which has been given the same prominence as E3 in the Videogame world. Over the years, more and more watch makers had been leaving Basel citing insane costs to put on a show there, limited time on stands and countless other nagatives. Eventually, one of the big watch makers pulled out and slowly the show has started to die. When they were interviewed by the press askign why they pulled out, they said it cost them a fortune to put on a 1 week show at the festival, the public were not allowed in so it was just trade, they had limited time to do deals and nowadays, they can launch a PR campaign themselves with Twitter, Instagram etc, all their fans see it, they can directly interact with them and the cost for all of this? $0. I'm guessing Sony are slowly comming to the same conclusions.
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