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  1. It's a crime, and an unjustifiable one. Tuvok was a Starfleet security officer. His death in the line of duty was something he and his Captain must have anticipated at some point. Similarly, Neelix was expected to accept the same responsibilities as any other member of the crew. I bet they got him to sign some sort of disclaimer before they started letting him serve on the ship. They are not civilians, and they had already made their 'decision' that their roles carried the risk of death. Assuming Tuvix was a full crew member (he had duties and rank), Janeway essentially sacrificed his life to save two others. Which is criminal. It was not a death in the line of duty, or from an accident. It was a deliberate killing. In The Wrath of Khan nobody was ordered to fix the warp drive. Spock chose to do so. The option of sending an ensign to die horribly fixing the warp drive was never even raised. It was a line that, morally, they chose not to cross. Tuvix should have been offered the choice, and his wishes respected if he declined.
  2. I doubt I will be giving Britbox my money to watch the second series. Note that the photo of Rashford on the left does not feature a big nose or large lips. The 'angry black man' look, used for the promo shot on the right, is another common racist trope that seems to have somehow found its way in.
  3. A heart-warming message from the Astral Realm.
  4. Is this one of the accessibility controllers for the visually impaired?
  5. Best nice for Kiryu and breakdancing for Giro Goro will see you get through the random encounters pretty quickly.
  6. If your focus is on Game Pass games, and do not need access to your previous Xbox purchases, then maybe consider holding off for a bit until the streaming stick is available in the near future. Depending on your broadband connection it may offer Game Pass games at near-Series X quality through a lower-cost stick you can plug into your TV. Then you may be able to justify one for your home office and one for your kids' play room. If you can install the software to your PC or run games through a browser then you may not even need the stick, and could set this up now.
  7. I'm still fairly new to the game, bit when I was getting to grips with the management sim I found spamming the chicken's attacks to work well. As it has a low cooldown so you can use it more frequently. And it feels more in keeping with Yakuza's style for shareholder meetings to be events where, whenever a shareholder asks a question, the Chief Executive gets an angry chicken to attack them.
  8. Microsoft have found a way to potentially cut out a huge ball ache for their gaming business. Building, shipping, and pricing their console. Sure, cloud gaming is hardly free. But instead of the cost of manufacturing consoles Microsoft can run server farms. While Sony build PS5 consoles Microsoft have come up with a way to offer current gen console gaming whilst only needing to build controllers, and TV sticks where people's boxes can not run the upcoming Microsoft app. In a year's time we will all have access to PS5 and Series X consoles from Amazon, Game, Argos, etc. But, come the next gen, Microsoft will feasibly just have to switch on their new servers for anyone happy to play via the cloud whilst Sony need to negotiate stock levels with retailers. It may not work. Nintendo have been written off time and again but keep coming back with bigger console sales (Wii U era aside). And Sony may continue to dominate the videogame market if consumers decide that they still want hardware. £400+ is a fair chunk of cash, but affordable for many for several years of entertainment. The question is whether Microsoft's cloud game offering fundamentally changes how the market accesses gaming; such disruption is not usually welcomed by the market leader. Cloud gaming means that Microsoft can launch their games at any time or anywhere, in whatever numbers they choose (limitations of internet access and local laws aside). They can do this whilst offering a significant advantage to the consumer (mainly lower costs, but also other smaller benefits like portability, and an end to the nightmare of patch downloads). I know there is criticism that MS are doing 'business as usual' this gen, whilst Sony have launched a console with an exciting new controller. I think that underestimates the potential impact of the cloud gaming offer. The Switch allows the TV console to also be a handheld, and this was revolutionary. Xbox cloud gaming means that your TV is your living console, your laptop is your bedroom console, and your phone is your handheld. All synced, all potentially available without any hardware costs, and nobody ever having to see a 20GB patch needed before playing. If it works, of course. That is really exciting to me, and could change the industry.
  9. Really good to see this coming together after years of failed attempts by companies to get online game streaming into the mainstream. We seem to be genuinely reaching the 'Netflix of games' goal where a Smart TV can install an app that allows people to play without any other equipment (besides a controller and any necessary adapters for it). Reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing and distribution of consoles is also a fantastic benefit. At a time when the current gen Xbox console requires a £250-£450 purchase, and the PS5 is £360-£450, with neither including software or online gaming, a subscription of £11 per month plus the cost of a controller to essentially play the same games is a really great proposition. Particularly given the assumption that this will be future-proofed. No RROD, no cost for a mid-gen upgrade, and no need to purchase a new console in five years when we get to a new gen. If Microsoft can get this on the shelves for Christmas at a competitive price (such as £50 for the base pack of a controller plus stick, or £150 with a year of GPU bundled) then it could have a huge impact on the market. Console gaming without the cost of the console.
  10. The Series S is a really smart move by Microsoft. £250 for a console that includes a controller and 500GB SSD drive, and can play current gen games at 60FPS. I'm not sure what people expect for the price point. It is cheaper than a new PS4 Slim model from Amazon. Microsoft have clearly put their money into Game Pass, and the Series S offers a much more affordable way to play the newest games, even with some compromises. Not everyone is a technophile. We have all seen people watching SD channels where HD alternatives are available, or stretched 4:3 images, on their 4k TVs. Honestly, I wonder if I would really notice the difference between a Series S and X machine running the same game, even knowing that one is 120fps and a 4k image. How many people will genuinely benefit from a Series X over its smaller sibling?
  11. I'm always surprised at how much Carpenter managed to fit into a 90-minute run time. Every character feels fully formed - none of them are minor which makes the action scenes and deaths really impactful. The build up is also incredibly tense and unnerving. And the film ends exactly when it needs to - no prolonged conclusion, and the loose ends are left untied, which makes everything feel more authentic.
  12. John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13 has appeared on the service. It is still as brilliant as I remember.
  13. The Wild at Heart is great. A Pikmin clone, but in some ways better owing to great controls and some quite creative puzzles. It looks rather lovely as well.
  14. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman is 99p today. A solid sci-fi staple with social commentary on the experiences of Vietnam War veterans. https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0061QGJI4/ref=mh_s9_acsd_hps_c2_x_7_i?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=mobile-hybrid-3&pf_rd_r=Z482BN36MG6TKH89SBQK&pf_rd_t=1201&pf_rd_p=98327ccb-8288-4654-a9ad-4265def95a12&pf_rd_i=5400977031
  15. I enjoyed the game, but compared to its (presumedly) obvious inspiration in TLoU it is very forgettable. More a sign of the high quality we have come to expect from games these days than a criticism of the game itself, but it was pretty buggy. A few highlights: When clearing a camp, I was surprised to see that one of the enemies was jumping several metres onto a building's roof the air like Spiderman The occasional deer stuck in a house's wall When fighting a horde I was surprised to hear a machine gun and seeing the Freakers dropping very quickly. It turned out that the watchtower several hundred metres away was being manned by Hawkeye that day, who took out the whole group by himself (including shooting through walls and scenery) I must have liked it enough though, as I completed all missions (but did not do all the hordes, as life is too short for me to spend half an hour doing the Benny Hill chase each time).
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