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    Your old arcade and game shop hangouts

    I'll never the forget the arcade that opened in my little home town of Larkhall in the early 80s. Bizarrely, it was called the "Sydney Devine Leisure Centre". Presumably it was created with an investment from Lanarkshire's most famous country & western music entertainer, and getting his name in lights was part of the deal. Anyway, every Friday I would dutifully follow my mum around the Co-op as she picked up the weeks shopping, knowing that before we got the bus home, I would get five or six games in "Sid's" ... Time Pilot, Super-Pac Man, Green Beret, PacLand, Ikari Warriors, I-Robot, Defender ... happy times. It's still there, though the name changed long ago ... it's just a fruit-machine den now. In later years, you would find me in "Electronic Experience" in Hamilton ... which is also still there, though presumably crap.
  2. I played through one of the recent Tomb Raider games on my xbox with this switched on, and it made it look 60fps. I know it strictly wasn't, but TR games generally have quite "spongey" input anyway, so it made no odds to the gameplay. For TV and films, I really don't mind it.
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    Xbox One Console Thread

    https://www.thurrott.com/xbox/192184/microsofts-building-a-disc-less-xbox-one-for-release-in-2019 A no-disc-drive Xbox is coming next year, apparently, with some sort of disc-to-digital trade in scheme at participating retail stores. About time, really. In the 4-5 years I've owned my xbone, I've had one disc in it.
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    Weird and brilliant Australian / New Zealand music

    I've mentioned this guy before in this thread. He released a great new song earlier this month:
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    Brian Eno’s Ambient Works

    Day Of Radiance (Ambient 3) really sticks out like a sore thumb. I really got heavily into Eno and ambient in my teenage years, in the pre-internet late-80s/early-90s. I never knew that Eno didn't really "do" Ambient 3, so for years, everytime I was in a record store, I would have a look in the "E" section to see if it this fabled disc happened to be there. I started to think that maybe it was some kind of Eno joke. I think I even had a dream once where I found it, and then woke up sad. Anyway, when I finally learned it was by some guy called Laraaji, I rushed to Tower Records, and found it instantly. Got the CD home, listened to it a couple of times, and I don't think it came out of the box again. For supposedly "ambient" music, it is incredibly annoying. Another shout-out for "The Pearl" ... really good stuff. For a genre of music that is supposed to be "as ignorable as it is interesting", I think the only Eno ambient work I don't really care for is Neroli, which really strays heavily into "ignorable" territory.
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    Google Project Stream

    I absolutely agree with you that, for the obvious technical reasons, a streamed game will always be a compromise, at least from a gameplay point-of-view ... but the extent of that compromise will vary from game to game, and even from player to player depending on their tolerance. Personally, I like fast-paced arcade games, so streaming is almost certainly Not For Me. But if I was interested in the types of games I mentioned above (slower paced, open-world games, more "consumed" than "played") then I could live with a bit of input lag, especially if it meant I didn't have to cough up £400+ for a console. All part and parcel of the same thing, no? If a game is unresponsive, it doesn't matter how quickly or precisely you react. I think we're saying the same thing with different words.
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    Google Project Stream

    Presumably these sort of services will only be for the mainstream "fannying around" type of games, stuff like yer Assassin's Creed, GTA, Fallout, etc? Games that don't need lightning reflexes or precision control, so lag is less important. I can't imagine anyone will be playing stuff like Mushihimesama or Trials on this kind of setup.
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    Dara O'Briain's Go 8-bit

    Dave not making any more of this.
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    Yoku's Island Express

    I had no problem with this, you must be doing something wrong. You get near them, the action slows down, then you press the trigger to collect them.
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    The Arcade Ten

    1. Street Fighter 2 2. Time Pilot 3. Splatterhouse 4. Donkey Kong jr 5. R-Type 6. Bomb Jack 7. Return of the Jedi 8. Outrun 9. Crystal Castles 10. Super Pacman
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    Taskmaster

    Yup, watched the first three episodes so far, and this series is MUCH better than the last ... there was only one actual comedian in the last series: who gave that the green light? Feels like they brought this series out super quick to eradicate the bad taste.
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    Catherine

    Rapunzel? That's a completely separate "complete this in N moves or less" puzzle mode. It was very good, but you have to play through the main story to unlock all the Babel levels. Not the satisfaction of overcoming each challenge? You could have just watched the story bits on YouTube. (Before this game, I associated Atlus with Cave shooters.) You're absolutely right that what you want from a game, and how much you are willing to put into it, determines what you get out of it. Personally, I bought it for some puzzle action, devoted dozens of hours to unlocking and completing all the puzzle modes, and found it utterly exhilarating throughout. I understand that if someone bought it on the basis of the quirky Japanese animation sections, then they'd be frustrated at actually having to play it ... but that won't stop me from piping up to defend it when it is declared to be shite.
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    Catherine

    If those sections count as "gameplay", then they were a very watery sauce over the main meal.
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    Catherine

    Wow. I had the exact opposite opinion. I would have preferred an option to skip all the cartoon guff and just have the puzzle game. Finishing the Babel levels is one of my proudest achievements. Surely if the gameplay is the worst part of a game, then, by definition, it's a shite game?
  15. My opinion: a sports-based videogame absolutely does not need to feature expensive licensed facsimiles or representations of real-life players/teams/venues/tournaments. I mean, most of the time you are controlling a small unrecognisable sprite on an anonymous green background. And the skill level of your "player" should be reflected by your own skill at the game. Everyone else: wah, I want to play as Federer, his stats are better than yours / wah, those are last year's strip colours for Rotherham United, this game sux / etc etc
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