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  1. Alien (Spectrum, 1984) Alien Resurrection (PS1, 2000) Aliens Fireteam (PS5, 2021)
  2. 1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2. The Last of Us 3. OutRun 2 4. Resident Evil 4 5. Hitman (2016 video game) 6. The Secret of Monkey Island 7. Return of the Obra Dinn 8. Red Dead Redemption 2 9. XCOM 2 10. Mass Effect 2 11. Super Mario Odyssey 12. Portal 2 13. Sensible World of Soccer 14. The Beatles: Rock Band 15. Dark Souls 16. Batman: Arkham City 17. Alien: Isolation 18. The Last Guardian 19. The Witness (2016 video game) 20. Mario Kart 8
  3. My rule of thumb for open worlds is that they have to either be interesting to exist in and explore (e.g. Red Dead), or the mechanic of navigating around them has to enjoyable in itself (e.g. Spider-Man). Elden Ring has the first in spades, but Breath of the Wild is unique because it's brilliant at both.
  4. I remember a friend and I having a day in an arcade at Gravesend in the late 80s. We’d have been about 10, and spent most of our cash on Bad Dudes vs Dragon Ninja. We were pretty disappointed to be hauled home by our mums at the end of the day, with the game still unfinished. “Don’t worry!”, I said, “I’ve got this game on my computer at home.” I had a Speccy. Crazy to think that for less than I paid for that Spectrum version I can now have an arcade-perfect version in my pocket on the Switch. I don’t, obviously; Bad Dudes vs Dragon Ninja is shit.
  5. Cappuccino Kid

    Oasis

    I haven’t heard Noel Gallagher’s new single, but this sounds like an accurate description. But it is wrong about the Style Council in every possible way.
  6. Yeah, just realised I missed a page!
  7. Are houses too expensive? "Well I bought my house for £1 million, and sold it a year later for £1.2 million. So if anything they're too cheap!"
  8. What just happened? Buckells is the main main. Except he isn't. And here's some paperwork going in a box. Bye!
  9. Why not just have one-time use save files? You can save anywhere, but only if you quit at the same time, Dark Souls-style. And then when you re-load that save, it's deleted. That stops save-scumming, if that's what they're worried about, but also eliminates the daft reliance on rest mode.
  10. I think the root of the problem is revealed in some of the statements from the "repentant" clubs: "the decision to be part of the Super League was driven by our desire to protect Arsenal, the club you love, and to support the game you love through greater solidarity and financial stability" (Arsenal) "We felt it was important that our club participated in the development of a possible new structure that sought to better ensure financial fair play and financial sustainability" (Spurs) "We remain committed to working with others across the football community to come up with sustainable solutions to the long-term challenges facing the game" (Man U) What the owners want is financial stability. That's what makes for a solid investment. Until the past few years, football - or at least the "founder member" clubs - might have offered an illusion of stability. Arsenal always finished in the top 4 (until they didn't). Manchester United were always in the top 2 (until they weren't). Barcelona were always brilliant, because they had Messi (until he started getting old, and fed up with how the club was run). Real were always brilliant, because they had Ronaldo (until they sold him, and didn't reinvest the money properly), etc. And, of course, the stadiums were always full of paying fans (until they weren't, because Covid). Well, tough shit. Sport is an inherently unstable business. If you want stability, you're in the wrong place. Justifying these plans on the basis of football's financial instability is like a newspaper owner complaining that reporting the news on a 24-hour basis makes it too difficult to plan ahead, so instead they're just going to reprint the headlines from their best-selling edition every day forever more. I don't think there's anything inherently wrong with the amount of money in football now, or with incredibly rich individuals owning football clubs, in theory. The problem is, in reality people only have that amount of money because they're absolute ruthless bastards who don't give a shit about anyone or anything. And they are also, it would seem, deeply stupid. The ESL plans are the most compelling evidence on that front. But the fact they ever expected football clubs to be a stable investment opportunity should have told us all along.
  11. I think this is the primary challenge of the internet age. Until 10 years ago or so, the main problem you had if you enjoyed a particular form of media (whether it be games, books, films, music or anything else along those lines) was how to track down more of the stuff you knew you liked. Christ, I can remember as a teenager spending literally years reading about some records, and imagining what they were like, before I finally got the chance to hear them. But now, the internet effectively dumps the human race's entire creative output, present and historical, in your lap and says "off you go". It's impossible, and we're not really wired to deal with it. Particularly when you're also faced with algorithms that are constantly pushing new things at you, based on the other stuff you like, and endless content telling you how you must play this, and if you haven't read that then you're a bad person, and so on, to infinity. I've tried to come a bit better at accepting what I actually enjoy, knowing that'll mean ignoring 99.9% of everything, but at least getting the most out of that tiny portion. But it is a constant challenge, because that's the exact opposite of the behaviour the internet encourages, both accidentally and deliberately.
  12. I feel like a previously unknown venn diagram of Souls-players and Tory-voters has suddenly been revealed.
  13. So this was me a week or two ago. I’ve now done 1–1, 1-2, all of world 2, 3-1, 4-1 and 5-1. FromSoftware, you bastards!
  14. No crashes, but I have had a couple of weird bugs in Spider-Man:MM, where I've had to restart a mission to get it to recognise progress. I suspect that game is generally a bit unreliable at the moment, and could be a cause of quite a few of the issues people are seeing.
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