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  1. It is interesting to follow crowd-funded projects because people are more eager to find out the truth, so we learn more than we would with a 'traditional' company failing. For a long time I followed the disaster that was the Coolest Cooler on Kickstarter (it raised over $10m if I recall) and it was fascinating, I recommend reading up on it. There was one aspect of that product (yes, there was a product so it is instantly better than this) was that the creator - despite not delivering any items - decided to add an 'improvement' that nobody asked for, which added more significant delays - and tried to sell it as a good thing. It was a PR mess. But yeah, go read about it. This is a more salacious tale, certainly.
  2. Is it just me or does the perspective on that green border look wonky?
  3. Gabe

    2018 FIFA World Cup

    Well what a tournament. Like others have said, I think we lost the game in the second half and the experience of Croatia won out. But hell, none of thought we'd get here, we can still get 3rd place (which would become our second-best showing) and the team is young and will learn from this. Southgate will learn from this too, we didn't really have a plan B and lacked the composure to control the tempo when the team started to get flustered. A number of players didn't really do themselves justice tonight and perhaps some don't have a longer future, but some really excelled (Trippier, mainly). We need to be optimistic, not pessimistic. Can we start the 2020 Euro finals right now please?
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    2018 FIFA World Cup

    He denied that in his autobiography and said it was his decision.
  5. Oh, I have no intention of going back to it @VN1X but I do pop into this thread every once in a while to see what's new. Must be some kind of morbid curiosity, I suppose.
  6. I played this a little while back - probably only for about 10 hours or so - but that felt long enough. The gunplay was solid and all, but I found the movement a bit too skiddy and the missions all too dull. The story missions were a bit better, but it never really felt any different from the first moment I played it up until my last. It also doesn't help that there is absolutely no explanation of anything and all I could see was insane amounts of grinding of the same missions in order to, well, I'm not really sure. What is the endgame, exactly? It's strange really because I put a lot of time into the multiplayer on Mass Effect 3 which was also replaying the same missions over and over - I suppose the difference there was that it let me progress with stuff quite quickly so I was getting new shiny things at decent intervals - instead of playing the same mission 10 times in the hope of getting the random drop I want.
  7. Gabe

    2018 FIFA World Cup

    I wasn't taking it as a personal slight at all and that observation probably applies to nearly every thread on the forum, it's hardly unique to this particular one.
  8. Gabe

    2018 FIFA World Cup

    Yeah, two matches - in which they really had to work had - that went to penalties within a few days has got to take its toll. Ideally, England will score early so that when Croatia need a real push in the last 20 minutes, they just won't have the legs - and then we are talking about England being in the World Cup Final! <shudders>
  9. Gabe

    2018 FIFA World Cup

    I've never really understood this kind of attitude, because professional sport is adults who play games for money. It's therefore all about the talking points and is a wonderful means for vast numbers of people across the globe to have a common thing to talk about; it's all about the opinions of who performed, who didn't, was it offside/was it a penalty etc. That's about the only purpose any professional sport has in the wider scheme of things because, again, this is grown adults playing games. And we love it. And with all things you love and are passionate about, it can stir some strong emotions (both positive and negative). If everybody says how great it all was, what is there to talk about? (Plus it wasn't all great, should such things be ignored?) This thread has been lots of fun, lots of people enjoying the community aspect of watching the games together and commenting on it. Even when the matches have been rubbish, the chat in here has been entertaining. No fun aloud? What a load of twaddle.
  10. Gabe

    2018 FIFA World Cup

    I don't think England will be worried by what they've seen, that's for sure.
  11. Gabe

    2018 FIFA World Cup

    That's the first penalty in the tournament that's been wide, isn't it?
  12. Gabe

    2018 FIFA World Cup

    What odds a Russian winner in the last couple of minutes?
  13. Gabe

    2018 FIFA World Cup

    It really has been an incredible tournament.
  14. Gabe

    2018 FIFA World Cup

    Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!
  15. Gabe

    2018 FIFA World Cup

    Both (comfortably) higher-ranked that the rest though so, by default, the winner of that game will be favourites (along with having had a tougher path the to final).
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