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  1. I don't generally read crime, instead preferring science-y stuff. The best non-fiction books I've read are (in no particular order): Daniel Kahneman - Thinking Fast and Slow - an overview of behavioural science and biases Richard Rhodes - The Making of the Atomic Bomb - exactly what is says, the definitive book on the topic, extremely readable narrative science history. Siddhartha Mukherjee - Emperor of All Maladies - brilliant US-oriented book about the medical history of cancer. The followup, The Gene, is almost as good. Richard Preston - The Hot Zone: The Chilling True Story of an Ebola Outbreak - very compelling, reads like a thriller If anyone can recommend anything similar then please do! I'll also second Michael Lewis' books and David Simon - Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets.
  2. Valve used the Half-Life 2 leak as a thinly veiled pretence to delay a game that was obviously incomplete and not going to make its release date anyway.
  3. “Digital collectibles are a highlight of the programme” That’s not a good sign
  4. Pretty dull, will probably eventually pick up the Kirby remake as I never played the Wii game and perhaps Theatrhythm at some point but same old same old.
  5. I was a little surprised they didn’t red flag it due to the reversing crane on track. Seemed a little unnecessarily risky even with a safety car.
  6. I don't think it would have mattered.
  7. It's not that hard to overtake, this is over - Verstappen will easily pass the Mercs.
  8. Halo

    Instant Noodles.

    Sainsbury's sell Nongshim Soon cup noodles for £1: They are very nice - "mild" is overstating it a bit even if it's less spicy than the Shin cup equivalents.
  9. I think there definitely is, it’s just a matter of how to best handle the transition - do a traditional incremental new gen cutting off the old platform of new releases, do something left-field and innovative to drive adoption, or do a soft cross-gen transition through BC. The Tegra X1 is 7 years old and Unity games chugging and the gulf in performance pretty much preventing many ports isn’t ideal.
  10. There’s an argument that every traditional console game publisher except Nintendo should pull out the Japanese market. And a lot of them pretty much have, releasing Western-oriented titles with token localisations akin to FIGS. Nintendo are in a bit of an awkward place. They don’t want the risk an expensive failure akin to the Wii U or risk hurting games sales by starting from zero userbase, but selling more modern hardware could allow for greater potential profits and easier development along with enabling better support for 3rd parties in terms of modern ports and engines like Unity. I wonder if Nintendo should just do iterative “Switch Pro”-style models going forward, have few to no first party exclusives initially, phase out the old models from retail, then very slowly phase out games support for old models rather than doing full generation leaps as in the past.
  11. Eurogamer: Steam is making developers clean up their in-store graphics Ignoring any underlying reasons that this is happening (the continued difficulty for anything to stand out on the Steam store) - if they can do this, why can't they mandate developers add patch notes to every update and enforce the consistent use of release dates?
  12. Series X stock is now widely available, but I notice Amazon now lets you pay across 5 months at £90/mo which might be helpful for some.
  13. The more concerning implication is that they have nothing they can feel they can show several years into development.
  14. I mentioned it a years ago… A racing game based around using die-cast cars with NFC to make them playable in-game. Die-cast cars are already popular, it would be a natural fit and would provide a clear USP against Hot Wheels etc. I guess the problem is that you would have to invest in making the game good and not some low-quality F2P mobile nonsense.
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