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  1. Yeah, I remember weirdness like that with older versions. I'm guessing the restart point is done on points scored, rather than number of lives. Hopefully someone who knows what they're talking about will answer.
  2. Not sure; but try tilting the controller the opposite way that you want to go. Not sure if it’s deliberately unintuitive...that would be weird, right?
  3. I was quite disappointed by this issue's Chillout Games advert. Usually they have at least one title advertised at a ridiculous price that's still way below market value, but nothing this time. Oh well. Thankfully the rest of the magazine is excellent. I particularly liked the rainbow effect on the pages as you flick through. Nice touch. Edge could of just skipped the issue, but instead they've done something to help. Well done.
  4. For goodness sake. The console has a handle on it, there's no excuse.
  5. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F280463068429 would this work?
  6. Used to love this back in its day (playing it in the Yohan Plaza in Colindale, London, when I should have been in sixth form). Got decent at it, but never really mastered it. When I got the Dreamcast version (JP), I remember plugging in the wheel and getting the same feeling for control as the arcade (never really tried it with the joypad), but it only felt like half a game - it was great to try the time trials and race for 1st, and practice the crazy expert course, but the game really came alive when there were eight cabs linked together. Unlike 8 player Virtua Racing, where even the slightest contact would send you into a spin, and there just didn't seem to be room on the track, eight player Daytona was like a driving/fighting game. You could grind on the other cars as you jockey for position, and the closeness of the racing was just great. I remember playing an 8-player race, and I was in 2nd the entire time, as I was racing a master of the game, always ahead of me. To my eternal shame, I decided on the last lap that I'd had enough of this master, and straight-lined the last corner and took us both out. I remember my mate from school (who'd been 3rd the whole race) yelling 'I've won!' and sneaking a look across the cabs. I heard someone say 'what happened?' and someone else saying 'just got taken out'. I still get mixed feelings about it. I'm probably not a nice person. Gave the Dreamcast game a go just now, and it still looks great, but my old wheel is knackered, and I struggled to get the same precision with the pad (can sort of do it, but its just not the same) and like everyone else has said, can't do the expert course to save my life. Grabbed the PS3 version, and its a little easier to handle...but I think i've been spoiled by all those 8 player games. I guess you can't always go back. Also, the Dreamcast version has a bunch of new tracks which I seem to have completely missed the first time around. I just never checked.
  7. I gave a couple of pinball tables a go (Addams Family I think?). I could have just played that all day. I’m crap at them, mind. Also had my first ever VR experience, playing Dirt Rally and Gran Turismo. I just played as many different games as possible. Was quite overwhelming. @Gord yes, I’m saying it wrong. Old habit.
  8. So I went last weekend to the Bury arcade. Its a ridiculously long journey from London; took about 4 hours one way, door to door. Still, i got to spend almost 6 hours in the arcade, so the journey was worth it, just as a one-off. First, the bad: its advertised as 3 floors, but I'd prefer it if they stated 'two floors of arcades'. Of course, some of the arcades were faulty, but unfortunately they were my favourites (Daytona unplayable, Outrun very muddy, and both Chase HQ and Outrun didn't have spring loaded steering wheels). Now, the good. It was amazing. Mad Japanese rhythm action, a Super Monkey Ball with authentic banana joystick, four player Mario Kart on a projector, Time Crisis 2, some VR stuff to try, and that was just the first floor. The floor above was full of older arcades, and just playing some of these things with the correct control mechanism was a revelation. Tempest with a spinning wheel, Xybots with its weird rotating joystick, loads of stuff, and it didn't feel like there was much filler arcades, either - really felt like a carefully curated collection of the top arcades through history. It says a lot that even though my favourites were faulty, I felt no disappointment at all, as there was just so much great stuff to play.
  9. Just finished watching S3. Enjoyed it immensely. My favourite bit is
  10. Yeah, agree with that. A stewards decision would cheat both drivers.
  11. If that isn’t forcing a driver off a track then I don’t know what is.
  12. So is it worth going online for this? Enjoying this. The only thing it’s missing is wrestling a heavy feedback wheel (but at least I don’t have to worry about faulty gear shifts).
  13. Visited the D20 board game cafe in Watford, and got to play Wingspan (good little shop, by the way). It's great. Got to play it twice. Lots of varied tactics between players, some nice scoring mechanics which mean you need to keep an eye on each others boards, and the cards are cute - it makes a real effort to use the theme. We even found ourselves talking about birds a couple of times. Luckily a very kind person saw us struggling with the rules and came over to teach us. It is a bit daunting at first - we were struggling as none of us had played it before. Up there with 7 Wonders for light fun strategy (although that's probably a silly thing to say, having only played it twice).
  14. Apparently so (incidentally, the ticket I booked was only the London to Manchester Piccadilly bit). Both train and tram (Metrolink) will get me to the Bury Interchange, it says on the Arcade website. 1 mile walk after that. If I hit any problems I’ll post here next month.
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