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  1. MarkN

    Great lines in videogaming.

    I love the last couple of lines of this:
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    Great lines in videogaming.

    One of my favourite cutscenes is this from Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood:
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    Funny Things In Games

    Here ya go. It doesn't work well here, because the guy has Frank wearing the same shades he does in the cutscene, and the frame rate is choppy, so it's easily missed. I honestly think it was the funniest thing I'd seen in a game when it happened to me. Wish I could find a better video of it. Forward to 1 minute in to cut to the chase:
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    Funny Things In Games

    Dead Rising was amazing for this. I used to deliberately dress up for the next play through - trying to make it weirder than this one. It helped that most of the cutscenes were played deadpan and full of gravitas, so when you rocked up in boxer shorts and a silly hat it just burst that bubble immediately. One of my very favourites was unexpected though. Happened to have a pair of shades on when I died. Next run through in the intro Frank removes his sunglasses, to reveal another pair of sunglasses. Damn near pissed myself laughing. A proper Airplane moment, that I just stumbled across. I love that game so much.
  5. Stardew Alley - a charming game about inheriting a farm and developing it to it's full potential, set in the small lane between two houses. Paunch Club - Weight Watchers - the game (or alternatively a game based on the Fat Fighters sketch from Little Britain)
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    Cricket Thread

    Just watched the highlights of the last one-dayer against Pakistan. This back-handed run-out by Adil Rashid is outrageous. Great stuff: https://www.ecb.co.uk/video/1223341/fabulous-rashid-runs-out-babar-azam-?playlistId=489629&title=Top wickets Videos
  7. (Apologies if it's been done.) Paupers, please. Tory politician simulator. Earn fat bonuses as you try to force the poverty gap ever wider.
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    PlayStation VR

    Late to the party, but holy fuck @ Beat Saber! It's just amazing. I mean, I've been wanting to play it since I first saw it, but it is just soooo good when you get to give it a go. Properly gobsmackingly brilliant. Right up there with Astro Bot for impact but for very different reasons. It makes you want to perform, and strike poses. I've only played the first few levels, and I'm sure I'll be hopeless when it gets properly complicated, but I don't care. This is magic. I love it.
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    PlayStation VR

    Sounds good to me. Will definitely grab it. When I said it looks dull I mostly mean I find the lighting in the videos flat and grey (like they're using a white light rather than one tinged with a nice hint of yellow, for example). Will reserve final judgement until I've played it. Cheers.
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    PlayStation VR

    Just collected my move controllers and have them charging (would have been nice to maybe get at least one cable for the pair of them, but never mind - I'll just charge the things separately...) But now my thoughts turn to games. Superhot and Beat Saber are the obvious priorities and will get bought ASAP. I'm tempted by Ultrawings now that it's on sale (I know it doesn't need Move, and have no idea what it adds). It seems to divide opinion, but I think I'd probably like it (despite thinking that visually it's pretty dull). The one I've just seen though is the fishing game Catch and Release - has anyone played this? It's highly rated on the store, and the little bit of a review I could spare time to watch scores it highly too. I'm intrigued. In the meantime I'm downloading the Everybody's Golf demo which I'd completely missed until now. (Charge you bastards! Charge!)
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    Are cutscenes necessary?

    Good grief - that's a blast from the past. Mary Whitehouse Experience?
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    Vegetarian / Vegan recipes

    They're a bit on the thin side, and texturally a bit different, but you'd definitely get a good bit of flavour - it's mainly smoked paprika and garlic - so basically very tasty. I'm guessing you might need to cook them up first to make sure the skin gets where it needs to be, but could be mistaken. If I was trying it myself I'd fry them up, let them cool, and then slice them on the diagonal to get bigger slices than you would going at 90 degrees. (Actually, I'm tempted to give this a go now - I make my own pizzas regularly these days, but don't ever think to use fake meat on them...) As an alternative Quorn do veggie Pepperoni slices that are stocked in some supermarkets. I was never the biggest fan of pepperoni back when I ate meat so I'm no expert, but these seemed pretty good when I tried them (a long while ago now). The right shape and a closer texture to the real thing than the sausages would be definitely, and whilst I think the sausages were probably better, the Quorn stuff might be closer to the taste of actual pepperoni. If it was my call though I'd go for the chorizo style sossies and see how they worked.
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    Vegetarian / Vegan recipes

    I've tried the chorizo style ones, and thought they were really good. As you say - the texture is very good - especially the skin (the inside of the chorizo ones is quite firm and has occasional lumpy bits in though). I mean to have a crack at cooking with them - maybe making a veggie paella or sticking them in a spicy stew. I'll have to give the regular ones a go. My favourite standard veggie sausage are the Cauldron ones, which I think are excellent, but if I could replace them with a Vegan one I'd be happier. The Naturli ones have a similarly good texture to the Sainsbury's ones - it does crisp up and blister, and you get a bit of snap when you bite into them. The flavour is more smoky hotdog though, so it's a different beast to the others.
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    PlayStation VR

    You beauties! I won a raffle at work a couple of weeks ago and part of the prize was a £100 Argos gift voucher, so I've been waiting for stock to come in to Argos (I wouldn't be able to justify the price otherwise). I checked a couple of days ago, and there still was none, so I probably wouldn't have tried again for another week, by which time I'm sure it would have been gone. But I've just placed an order to collect it tomorrow, and it seems to have gone through - so it looks like I'm sorted. Super chuffed about that. Many thanks. The other part of my raffle prize was a £100 Sainsbury's voucher - it's going to be really hard for me not to convert what's left on that into PlayStation Store credit now to splash out on games... Good times.
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    Are cutscenes necessary?

    That was my point entirely about getting better at pressing buttons. Maybe I just reduced it too far, to be clear, but it was genuinely my entire point. You don't get to be brilliant at something without doing it over and over again. The one game in recent times I can claim to be pretty good at is Spelunky. I have every achievement, and yet I still play it almost every day. To exercise the skills and apply the knowledge I've built up to tackle something that is a fresh challenge each time. You get people who have played through Dark Souls without healing, or unarmed, or with any number of self-imposed restrictions - they've played the game until they know it inside-out, and still take pleasure in applying those skills. I liken it to another of my favourite pastimes - another type of game - cryptic crosswords. It's taken me over 20 years to get to a place where I can complete the Guardian cryptic crossword most days. I play for the sake of playing, because that's what I think games do best. I'll be doing cryptics for the rest of my life. So having said that, and mentioning previously that I'm generally not a fan of story in games I will say that I do have a list of favourite cutscenes. They can work when done well. My favourite example is Vagrant Story on the PS1. It not only has the most powerful cutscene I've ever watched (it knocks Aeris dying into a cocked hat, IMO), but the ones it uses most often are cleverly done. The story as a whole I'm unclear on (like I said, most game stories are a bit daft and this is no exception), but the gist of it is that you are chasing some folk through a ruined city, and some folk are chasing you. The cutscenes then are mostly of two types. The first shows the people you are chasing. These further the plot a little, but serve a secondary purpose, which is to show you locations that you are about to visit. When you reach them you feel like you're making genuine progress. The second type show the people who are chasing you - these again add a bit of exposition, but also show locations you've recently visited, making you realise that these folk are hot on your tail. It's very cleverly done, and benefits from very few of them involving your character (a big bugbear of mine is cutscenes where your character does things that you wouldn't do, or gets to have more fun in one than you've been having playing the game).
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