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  1. Habit, essentially. Waiting for a new console release in that last week or so leading up to launch day. The excitement and subsequent disappointment each time you hear a vehicle passing by the house. The eventual joy at opening the package and carefully removing the contents. The complete ambivalence just a couple of days later. If I’m honest with myself it’s the only thing that comes anywhere close to the feeling Christmas gave me as a kid, and these days I’m happy to pay a premium for a fleeting reminder of those innocent days every few years.
  2. Spot the difference between the FF XVI disclaimers. During the presentation: Same trailer uploaded separately:
  3. Not a great start (2-0 home loss to Charlton) but we didn't embarrass ourselves. Couple of key players missing didn't help either (although I understand they weren't at their strongest either). I just hope our young team gets through what will likely be a rough first few games without being too disheartened.
  4. Very excited with a couple of minutes to go until the big kick off. Good transfer business for Crewe in the summer but a few injuries and a very difficult first few games. No idea which way things will go this year but can’t wait to find out.
  5. Difficult to know what will happen this season for Crewe in League One. It's a step up but is it that big a step up? It's a few years since we were at this level, so I honestly don't know. Pros: Young squad with no fear and sky-high confidence after being top of the table when everything stopped (although dropped down to 2nd on pts per game); we've kept hold of key players like Kirk; added a bit of pace and power up front with Zanzala from Accrington Stanley. Cons: No reinforcements in central defence yet, where we've lost vital experience in Nicky Hunt (released) and Michael Nottingham (was only on loan and Blackpool seem keen to keep him). We're always a team that tends to concentrate on the excitement of attacking football, but with that comes a notoriously leaky defence. Here's hoping we can add some quality. If so, and if we get a strong start, I don't see why we can't have another successful season given the exuberance of youth. I look forward to the 4-2 defeat on opening day, then.
  6. I'll try and pop by for a bit and will definitely follow the channel. If you're keen to gain more followers and interaction in chat from regulars, there are a few things I think have definitely helped in that respect from my short time streaming. I'm still learning the ropes really but I'm lucky enough to have built a small group of followers who tend to make it to most of my streams. First of all, I'd say it's important to find a handful of other streamers you find interesting or entertaining and dedicate time to offering them that same interaction you're looking for. Don't just check out their stream once, drop them a follow and then disappear. Pop up in their streams regularly and comment on the games, or something they said, or ask them questions. If you build up a rapport, then more often than not they'll get around to checking out your stuff too. Not all of them will, and that's fine; if you still find them entertaining or interesting to watch, keep doing it and learn from what you think they do well. Next, and this might sound completely obvious, but when you do get people watching, do what you can to engage with them. Acknowledging their comments is great. Using those comments to riff off is better. Asking them questions of your own to keep the interaction going is better still. If someone feels welcome and valued when watching your stream, the chances are they're going to come back. A regular time slot for streaming definitely helps too, but I don't think it's absolutely essential if that's not possible. Also, and this is important, embrace the fact that you're not going to be for everyone. People will come by, watch for a few minutes and drift away. Don't take it personally. If you try and be everything to everyone, you won't be able to keep it up. Do it for the fun of it first and foremost. If people see you having a great time doing it, the right ones will stick around for the right reasons. Another thing I would suggest is building out your About page a bit more. I did nothing with this for ages but as soon as I did I was surprised at the number of people who came in and commented that they liked something I'd written in my introduction, etc. Anyway, this is rambling and before I've even seen one of your streams so you may well be doing most of this already. I'll look forward to checking the channel out.
  7. I don't venture into Online much, so I've only just found this thread and have been reading with interest. I tried Twitch for the first time a year or so back and did it infrequently while I was learning the ropes, with huge gaps in-between streams sometimes. Since March I've been streaming almost every night and I've managed to build up a small but very loyal following. I'm at just under 100 followers but I've been lucky enough to find a small number of incredibly supportive people, which has encouraged me hugely and given me the motivation to keep at it regularly. My average viewers per stream in July so far is sitting at 12, so we're not talking massive numbers but already I've had a couple of people drop multiple gift subscriptions during my streams, which is ludicrous but absolutely a huge bonus. I think the bit @BlackHoodedCrow mentioned that is key is interacting well with your viewers. I think that's something I'm reasonably good at so far, but I'm learning every day. Regular time slot is also a good shout. Although my exact start time differs from day-to-day, I'm always streaming roughly at the same time (late night UK time). I don't have a camera yet. I'm just streaming directly from the PS4 so far, but the plan is to eventually get a decent PC and camera if I continue to grow the channel. I think I'm following some of you already but I'm going to go back check the thread in case I'm missing anybody. I'll look forward to checking out your streams. I'm at twitch.tv/playingcatchup
  8. Just to add to the Schitt’s Creek talk, I also thought I would hate the vast majority of the characters at first. I’m glad I stuck with it. Catherine O’Hara is amazing in pretty much everything she does, but at first I thought the voice she was putting on was going to irritate me immensely. Now that I’m further in, some of her intonation in this slays me. And David is just amazing. Such an excellent character. We’ve just started S2 and are likely to race through the rest.
  9. Absolutely. The church readings episode (rightly) gets lots of plaudits but the fall drive is just incredible. I am obsessed with that 10 minutes of TV.
  10. The TV edit with alternative dubbing for swears was wonderful. Denis Farina uttering "I'll stab you through the heart with a [BROKEN] pencil..." was a highlight.
  11. I completely missed the remake news. I rinsed the original on Xbox 360 and am definitely keen to revisit, especially as it’s a different version to the one we got the first time. I haven’t played Automata yet and was keen to get to it soon but might wait to play this again first. That mobile game footage doesn’t give much away but I’ll definitely give it a chance.
  12. We've put a couple of new episodes out recently. Episode 33 covered Undertale and Syphon Filter, while episode 34 featured SOS: The Final Escape and Assassin's Creed 3. Thanks as ever to everyone here who has supported the podcast so far, it means a huge amount. A quick clip from Episode 33: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/playing-catch-up/id827542901?mt=2 RSS feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/PlayingCatch-up Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/29WV4ku5tVt5PisLTgxT0e
  13. My son just packed Neymar. It’s good to know nothing I ever do will make him as happy as he was in that moment.
  14. I think you’ll find I posted in here very graciously after you beat us the other week! I also previously asked you about Luke Jephcott, which you very rudely ignored. Humph. As for the rest of your post, I’ve been supporting this lot way too long to be getting carried away just yet. From the few live matches I’ve seen this season we definitely have a talented young squad, and in Artell a manager who has achieved success with the club as a player at this level. That all bodes well. However, as exciting as we’ve always been going forward we’ve also always been somewhat suspect at the back. This season is no exception, although I’ve been really encouraged that the traditional injury time goals that seem to happen 8-10 times a season in Crewe games are actually going in at the right end for once. We’ve shown resilience this season that just hasn’t been there before. We’ll see in the coming weeks. Besides, if Plymouth go up that’s essentially Crewe anyway, right? Lowe, Schumacher, Cooper, Moore, Grant, Sarcevic...
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