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  1. It is brutal for the cinema industry, but it also feels inevitable. People increasingly have 4k TVs and an internet connection sufficient for a UHD stream, and over the decades cinemas have increasingly become snack food retailers who happen to show films rather than places that make their money from ticket prices. Whilst they did not seem to be in poor health before the pandemic what the last several months have shown is how fragile the industry is to shocks, and if people do not flock back to cinemas as the public health situation recedes then the industry's future will surely be very bleak.
  2. I'm assuming that W. Earl Brown will be dropped into the role of Bill for the one or two episodes where he will appear, given his regular work in other high-budget TV shows and the obvious fact that he is Bill.
  3. It often feels that Japanese companies limit stock in their own market in the rush to capture market share elsewhere. The Switch was almost impossible to get hold of in Japan (retailers held lotteries for the stock they received) even when it was getting easier to find in the UK, for example. I guess there is less incentive in Japan. Microsoft do terribly in the country whereas Sony and Nintendo stand to lose more market share in Europe and the US if they do not get their product into stores as quickly as possible.
  4. Last week I dropped my old PS3 slim and a load of games off with a friend who lives alone and has been feeling isolated recently. I got a text at the weekend: "Which way up should I put the Playstation? It keeps falling over.". Even if you did not notice the flat bottom and the orientation of the text, a quick Google image search provides hundreds of examples of how to place it. No doubt there are examples of people setting their Series X upside down as well, and wondering why it is overheating.
  5. Yakuza 0 is outstanding. But if you only want to play one game in the franchise in isolation then LaD is probably a much better proposition. Whilst I love Zero for what it is, I love it even more for its part in the wider Kiryu saga, which is an undertaking and a half.
  6. Takashi Miike's output level is next-level insane.
  7. Poor @Ry. He bought an Xbox Series X, but ended up with an Xbox Number One. The resolution is rubbish. It only plays games in 1P.
  8. It is hard to come up with the most badass moment from the Yakuza series. Pretty much any time Kiryu loses control or says "I'm not going to hold back" or Majima starts wigging out is followed by greatness. One would think that it would be tough to top this moment from Y2: And Y3, whilst being the low point in the series, has this standout moment: But Y5 certainly does its utmost to deliver:
  9. Given the anecdotes about failures of retailers to meet launch day deliveries, I figured it may be worth holding a poll open for a week to see who did well, and who should be paraded through the streets naked followed by a stern Septa. If you have received any particularly good or bad service, or if the retailer has offered any compensation for late delivery, then also worth posting below so that we can identify the 'best of the best' and 'worst of the worst' from the list.
  10. I love Yakuza 6 - the small coastal town vibe plays off really nicely against Kamurocho. If you want some more Onomichi then it also features in the Japanese classic film Tokyo Story. Last week I managed to polish off Y5 before the launch of the new consoles. A really good part of the series (I even liked the Haruka bits), although the game is huge. I did chuckle when... Having played Y0-6 over the past few years I feel I need a bit of a break for a while. One day I'll play Judgement, and I'm sure to try LaD at some stage. But without the Kiryu/Majima bromance going o
  11. In my experience launch day stock will be snapped up very quickly by staff (at the end of their shift, if their manager is a bit strict) using their employee discount.
  12. DPD delivered bang in the middle of the timeslot. All set up and looking good - it fits on the shelf underneath but looks nicer vertical. Sorry to hear of all those let down by their retailer. I'll set up a poll tomorrow so that we know, for future reference, who to avoid for launches.
  13. Got my notification telling me that the next gen starts in my house between 12:05 and 13:05 today.
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