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    Lead Software Tester and often distracted by tales of adventure, Rolex watches, classic films, retro games & Motorsport.

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  1. The hairs on my arm stood up reading that, beautiful. Was that a purely LE Eurogamer special? Would love it myself!
  2. I think 2018 has been the year to dull me towards games. The last time I felt passionate about games was when I was consumed with Mario Maker & Forza Motorsport 6. It was perfect for me, both games capable of tight gameplay for a few laps or levels but I could play for weeks learning the subtleties of each game. The GTA, RDR, Assassins Creed open worlds, once so intoxicating and new, really just leave me with a sense of dread now. Despite RDR being a favourite of mine, I had 0 levels of enthusiasm to pick up the sequel, same with Zelda, Forza Horizon 4 etc. Right now I have such little free time, I want something new, tight gameplay and getting straight to the action. I don’t have the time or inclination to get immersed in a game that’s trying to build atmosphere. Maybe, I’m of the age where an Arcade experience is all I’m looking for now? I only buy a handful of games a year now and generally find I’ve been completing 2 adventure games a year, combined with always having a racer on the go. Maybe it’s not a bad thing at all anyway? I used to adore films, picked up countless VHS or DVD’s and saw a cinema film every few weeks. Now it’s 1 blu ray every 6 months and only a few cinema films per year. I don’t lament that, just realise I’ve caught up on the classics, only want to see the cream of the crop and know my tastes so well, I wait for reviews I trust to rate it. The same is true with games now. I know what I like, but the best and occasionally try something left field as there’s enough podcasts I listen to to tell me if I should try something. Besides, I’ve asked for a SNES Mini for Christmas and am dreaming about building a new PC 1070ti AMD rig in the new year, so I know the gaming gene is still present!
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    PlayStation Classic - December 2018

    And I’m out. Absloutly gutted as I adore the PSone and the games really meant something to me. Wonder whether Sony just couldn’t be arsed getting the NTSC Roms over to Europe, then placing the translations alongside it, or just didn’t care. Eitherway, a terrible way to treat the legacy of one of the first and most important 3D consoles. I’ve put the SNES Mini on my Christmas list instead.
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    Dave Perry is back...

    'Social Issues and sexism have gone absolutely crazy, and to be honest they drive me crazy. I have no time for all this 21st Century bulls***.' I seriously love how the opening of that sentence made me think he's talking about the problems in society, but the second half clarifies his position: He's tired of people complaining about misogyny and social issues and just wants to see some tit. A man outta time.
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    PlayStation Classic - December 2018

    Reminds me that I’ve never been able to play WipEout or Ridge on the final speed class as it has much a similar effect!
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    PlayStation Classic - December 2018

    True: Tag got AA & Ridge V was faster than the Japanese original but had epic boarders. If Sony has given us PAL original Rom’s on the Classic then I don’t know why they even bothered with it.
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    Dave Perry is back...

    Not a surprise to see the brexit voting, aporophobia suffering philistine love a bit of 90's era misogyny.
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    Dave Perry is back...

    Alan, Alan Patrridge, is that you? It’s awful. I thought it may have been the start of a Ben Dover porno when the Women walked in but alas, it’s a bitter man stuck in the 90’s justifying his failure playing a course in Mario 64. I can’t wait for episode 2!
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    Bottom : An Appreciation

    They were 2 pathetic men who used biros to make their chest hair more luxurious & had a heart attack when a woman asked Richard Richard to make love to her. They weren’t upstanding feminist role models but I don’t believe they were sexist. They were the butt of jokes and most of the women in the show gave them the disdain they deserved. Also, every woman got complemented on their smashing blouse, so they’re alright in my eyes.
  10. Whilst looking at Kickstarter, I totally forgot about this game and that I backed it. lookimg into the Drift Stage comments, it seems it was never released and the artist took to Steam to apologise and explains that the programmer has somewhat done a runner. https://steamcommunity.com/app/349470/discussions/0/1743342383225913578/#c1743342647550172276
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    PlayStation Classic - December 2018

    Some 2D games suffered badly with frame rate too along with issues such as blinking shadows, bad transparency etc. Their are countless jarring issues with 2D games. Whether you choose to ignore them is another question. Although I understand exactly what you mean, I feel that the widely held assumption that 16-bit 2D games never age to be a fallacy, especially in the context of the younger generation and their expectations of 2D now. Our generation feel 2D will never age, but it has, we just fill in the blanks like the best works of abstract art. As such, I feel early 3D has a real quality to it and it doesn't get some of the recognition it deserves, unlike early 2D works.
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    PlayStation Classic - December 2018

    Agreed, it's such an overused phrase that early 3D games have aged badly but late 16bit 2D is timeless. Firstly I disagree that early 3D has aged badly. They've taken a form of their own; Abstract worlds, simple controls, small music cues, they have their own rugged charm and to dismiss the early 3D revolution so plainly is difficult for me to comprehend. Yes the graphics are crude but there is a quality to the best 3D games that is hard to dismiss outright. For example, I prefer the look and visual design of Metal Gear Solid in retrospect than the clean lines and plain textures of Metal Gear Solid 2. Despite the increase in resolution, frame rate and wonderful VFX in MGS2, the abstract polygons of Shadow Moses in MGS1 still pulls me in better than the entirety of the sequel. And for people thinking 16 Bit 2D is timeless, I present to you my Nieces: I've showed them countless 2D games and despite liking the classics, they all have said how bad Super Mario World looks; It's blocky, 4:3 and looks dark to them. I then loaded New Super Mario Bros on Wii and they adored it, the 3D characters, 2D backgrounds and VFX. Kids who have no connection to the past, from my experience, still seem to prefer newer games visually, even if they're wrong. Looked at harshly, ealry 3D and late 2D games are awful in comparison to what's technically possible now but as always, it's not purely down to rendering horsepower to dictate what someone likes the look of visually. I still adore the look and design of Sega Rally, VR Racing, Tomb Raider, Resident Evil 2 and Ridge Racer: Type 4 over some lauded 2D examples of the form. But Super Mario World, Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and KOF '98 are timeless to me.
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    PlayStation Classic - December 2018

    I don't know, I think that's a perfect list of games that encapsulated the PlayStaion and has some genuine classics. WipEout, Gran Turismo and Tomb Raider seem like genuine omissions to me, but otherwise, that's a fun list of games.
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    Goodbye Games TM (and Gamesmaster)

    Arcade was probably my favourite ever gaming mag. Mr Biffo wrote several reviews of Dreamcast games, the fun Games Night features, My Beautiful Arcade, silly humour, I loved it. Thanks to @deKay I have a stash of my favourite Arcade & CVG’s and I have a re-read from time to time.
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    Goodbye Games TM (and Gamesmaster)

    That's a real shame. When I was fully into gaming, I was just as into Videogames Magazines as I was gaming. Picking up magazines for Demos months before games came out, reading about a console you've never heard of and attempting to track one down before the internet, hearing about an article of an old game on the old Rllmuk and waiting with baited breath till the Magazine release date and of course the holiest of grail's: The Edge 10. GamesTM came out when I was fully into the scene and really enjoyed their output. It wasn't as up it's own arse as Edge, was more fun and the Retro section was a brilliant addition that eventually spun out to it's own magazine. GamesMaster was of the time when CVG, Arcade and countless other classic Future Publishing magazines were about and just hearing the name brings it all flooding back. 90's era photography, girls on the front cover, an obsession with coolness and lairy writing. It wasn't right but I have a lot of fondness for that time frame. Yes, GamesMaster wasn't the same as it used to be but the idea it was still being published made me smile whenever I passed it and flicked through it in WHSmiths. Godspeed annuals of gaming. It feels like a part of my childhood died reading this thread.
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