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  1. On the Beyond Good and Evil thing: It's not exactly the same as Warframe or whatever else because it's not a predictable list of options. In Warframe you're choosing from a list of weapons or whatever and it'll take time to figure out what each option is. I think they had something similar in Dishonoured? I found I never really knew what all the icons were so it felt like I was doing more rotations than I had to. However - With BG&E there's a fundamental difference. It's based on the fact that you (probably) know your alphabet, so you know exactly just how much speed to rotate the wheel. If you're going from A to M then it's more activity than A to D and you calibrate yourself to that speed really fast because you can see the letters move in a way you understand. It boggles my mind why no-one has lifted this. Microsoft could have baked this into the Xbox OS and it'd be so much joy. I honestly think you could implement this on a mobile phone, ipod style, could be interesting. For all I know it's a great option for accessibility and people with motor impairments.
  2. You literally removed the bit in my post where I said: "I understand Snake & Co are not actually suggesting it's easy" So perhaps lay off with the "By all means kid yourself" snarks.
  3. Yes, thank you, this is how it feels. It's very easy to say we should just walk away and never pay a single penny in. I understand Snake & Co are not actually suggesting it's easy, just that it's a no brainer decision. It's sad though. I remember seeing long standing season ticket holders around my seat on the first game of this season. Various people, many 60+ etc who've obviously been in that seat for a long while saying hello to each other - clearly having not seen those faces since before the pandemic. People they've shared a space in the grounds every other weekend for god knows how long. They literally just got all that back and we are basically saying to them they have to abandon it again. The thing is if this club is bought by these people then it's quite likely never changing hands in my lifetime, so when we're saying that - we're also telling them forever. As you say, victims.
  4. I only played for literally 3 minutes but it is pretty janky. the camera felt glitchy, jumping off of a ledge feels like there's no proper animation for the character so it felt like I was playing an alpha or proof of concept, let alone a fully fledged game. I think I will keep an eye to see if this stuff gets improved with patches becuase it does look exciting. I can happily pause on it because I have other things to play. However, it does seem like an odd choice to half-arse the one thing - the main character - that you spend the entire game looking at and controlling. Unless it's a design choice? But to me a mixing the framerate of the avatar's animation, its movement, and the camera feels janky and broken to me. As above, I feel like it's something incomplete. I don't understand games design and it's for sure an achievement for a small team but it just seems like an odd choice in terms of resourcing effort.
  5. Okay calm your boots, I just wanted to make a stupid joke about our kit.
  6. Your statements just come across like all the fans are aligned in just being excited about trophies. Your post above clarifies that's not what you think though. It's not all black and white for the fans it's... Oh wait, poor choice of idiom there...
  7. Yeah. Might just start supporting Gateshead FC. My questions were rhetorical really not meant as a direct retort, it's just a horrible feeling, and it's why the Premier League is actually kinda shit. I guess the thing is I already gave Ashley my money for a season ticket. Renewal is a different matter.
  8. Hashtag not all fans. It's been woeful watching Newcastle the last few weeks with absolutely no investment, Bruce just seems like the very definition of coasting until retirement. Obviously I wanted investment, but not like this, I did not want this. It's really hard to just boycott the club though. Would you expect me to though? do I need to ask for a refund for my season ticket?
  9. Oh ffs I'm a fool. I had a sneaking suspicion about that. I think that really ruins the fun of trinket choice, but after the last run I had it's funny to think I'd have had another 20% damage on top of the already overpowered feeling. I think I might stick with it again. You can usually get through the most of the first two zones with no damage so we're already talking 10%-20% general damage bonus thereafter, which feels pretty good.
  10. Is there much use in constantly changing up trinkets? I tend to go with the butterfly first because at least in Tarturus I'm much better at avoiding all damage, sometimes for Asphodel too and then by Elysium I'll take Skelly's tooth because I just figure an extra life is useful. My assumption is that the butterfly means that the damage stacks I can get early on will set me up for much later. But that said I just did a run with the bow during which, for the first time I felt like I had enough synergy between boons to feel overpowered. The aspect where you fire an attack, it then makes the special home all its shots on the one target. Then a bunch of boons for special that just stacked up together and you could just tag an enemy once with attack, and hammer special for Massive Damage™ Completely burned through redacted fast which mitigated the fact that I'm really awful at avoiding their damage and I left with a few death defiances intact so I guess - Skelly's tooth was a waste at that point. Just can't stop playing this though. I haven't had very much time for gaming lately, maybe an hour tops after work and before I have to make dinner, or perhaps a little bit of time in the morning before work. So this is perfect and I just don't put any time into anything else. I guess that's fine if I'm having fun!
  11. This seems to do what a few games seem to do lately. They're too afraid to just present you with a cutscene on rails. Perhaps so that people don't complain that the game has "really long unskippable cutscenes"? But if the interaction is basically walk to the right, talk through speech bubbles, walk to the right, talk through speech bubbles, walk to the right...it's still a cutscene, just an obfuscated one that I have to keep nudging forward. I'd rather just strap in for some story telling, and then when I regain control I'm actually playing a game. I did enjoy the first bit of shredding / platforming when I got to it this morning, and tried to just enjoy the vibe of the hipster intro. It's really visually quite stunning as it comes across as a simple paper-doll indie game but then has these next gen touches that make it quite spectacular, so I'll enjoy it for a bit more. It's a good respite from the intensity of yet another Hades run
  12. Lemmings but every time you give a command about 50% fall in line and 50% read alternative takes on social media and refuse, due to concerns about control and safety. Instead joining protests with poorly spelt placards.
  13. Not consoles as such, but only because I only have an XSX and a Switch. I can't do XSX handheld, both have their place. But within the Xbox itself, yes, at least, load times being fast makes a huge difference. I play less Flight Sim these days because it takes so long to spin up, but I keep playing a lot of Hades because it's just so quick to get going. And it's a shame because the experience of Flight Sim is exactly the kind of thing that might lend itself to quick play. I might want to do an 8 hour flight but mostly I just want to do 10-20 mins of sight seeing, or I just want to try landing a plane. Less important if I have a big long gaming session but often I get, say, 45 mins or less between finishing work and making dinner before spending the rest of the evening with the wife.
  14. I was thinking about trying this out based on the chat in the Obra Dinn thread. I played Obra Dinn with my wife and it worked really well because a lot of that game is just thinking through what you've seen and heard and deducing the correct outcome. Is this is a bit like that? Is this a game that would work two player, one person controlling, two people talking and thinking? I'm hoping it will be, since it sounds like it's dialogue heavy and witnessing things, and zero action / twitch play. The problem with some of the puzzle games out there is they involve clicking or moving things around and that starts to become less interesting for the person not controlling.
  15. Absolutely...both Siren and Wylam are often doing little bundles where you get an Allegra (I think that's their name?) glass along side some beers. For example a Siren bundle - I've had all those beers and they're delicious. The glass is basically free. https://www.sirencraftbrew.com/item/615/SirenCraftBrew/BBQ-Beer-Bundle.html Wylam's shop seems to be down so I can't link to any. It's just those two as those two breweries tend to be our go-tos for beer. But I think basically every brewery is selling them now. We're just amassing a bit of a collection because we can't help ourselves when doing a big order. We have a set of these: https://beavertownbrewery.co.uk/products/set-set-of-5-beavertown-tumbler-glasses Which I love and hate. I hate Beavertown as a brand now (sell outs) but the glasses are just such a nice shape and size. They're kinda like normal pint glasses if you literally just sliced them at the halfway point - rather than most half pints that are narrower. They're nice to drink out of I hate promoting Beavertown over other breweries. I mean, in the privacy of my own home, it's fine.
  16. Absolutely. If I wanted to drive my analogy into the ground, pixel art is a guitar with a distortion pedal. You still need good songs and to not be an utterly boring person! And I agree with you. I intend to give it more time but I got really bored of Red Dead Redemption 2 very quickly because while it does have amazing graphics and slow, but realistic animation to create a very vivid and real world, the downside of that is I am not particularly interested in frontier type / wild west settings and so I cared very very little about any of the story or characters and felt like there was not much for me. I was expecting to enjoy it simply as a showcase for my new Xbox but, nah. For me the joy of smooth detailed hand drawn lines in something like Hades or Hollow Knight show me that I'm hungry for more games where there's some effort into making it feel like a proper hand drawn cartoon come to life.
  17. Pixel art is a stylistic choice, sure. The problem for me is the proliferation of it. It often feels like it is a budget / skill choice because no doubt it takes some doing to make something as engaging and beautiful as Hollow Knight, and for every properly hand drawn game there seems to be 10 pixel games alongside it, in the case of new indie games. Pixel art is like a 4-white-guys-with-guitars indie band. There's nothing inherently wrong with that setup, but after you've seen band after band take the stage at a festival looking and sounding exactly the same as the last, with the same sound, same production values, same pretending to be pained and emotional despite probably having quite a nice middle class life - it's very hard to get excited about.
  18. St Maximin is so lovely and awful to watch. Every time he gets the ball a wheel of fortune spins where the results are either an amazing dribble that frustrates defenders, delights fans and creates a great chance. Or the needle will land on him showboating for too long and fall over, not get a free kick because he basically did it for too long and end up lying on the floor like a diva, sulking. If it's the latter, it'll be frustrating because meanwhile his team mates will be dealing with a counter attack and he's not helping. He needs to get over that a bit and no doubt Bruce has told him. He's also improved a lot and makes more passes than he used to though! I mean it's great fun to watch just like it's great fun to buy a lottery ticket knowing you might lose a few quid at the end. Anyway we got great seats for our season tickets. Lots of folks around us emotional at greeting people they've not seen in perhaps over a year. Nice to see.
  19. Happy for Brentford! No matter what happens it's a great start to their first time in top flight since however long it's been. Seeing that teary old fella. Now my wife is crying because he's crying. Oof. Happy New season folks.
  20. On the subject of going to matches again... I'm crazy excited to go to St. James Park on Sunday. We made a big decision before the pandemic to move from London to Newcastle. We talked about one day getting a season ticket up here. The pandemic paused things at first but eventually we decided to make it happen and have been living here since April this year. They finally announced the season ticket sale and we just thought fuck it, let's do it. We can walk to SJP, and Wylam Brewery is the half way point if we want a pre or post match pint. It feels difficult though. It was really easy to get a ticket because fans are boycotting. We don't like giving money to an owner that refuses to put any money in. But we're supporting the team and my wife has wanted to have a season ticket to Newcastle since she was a Junior Magpie. I've only been to St James's Park once, for an amazingly tense 2-2 against Man City in 2019. I'm excited to be back and see what my seat for the season is like. Don't get me wrong, I'll miss the Spurs stadium sausage rolls (our previous local stadium) but after today's news about Joe Willock I think there'll be a great mood in the stadium. I've got my replica newcy brown top ready to go. Mostly because I had to give back the original I borrowed from my father in law.
  21. While exercising pretend you're actually about to transform into a car and listen to Stan Bush
  22. It Doesn't Have To Be by Erasure I absolutely and unashamedly love most of Erasure's 80s output. And I think The Circus might be my favourite of their albums, as they start to get cheesier with time that album just has the peak balance of just that little bit of 80s gloom with some of the songs, but with uplifting synth pop fun. But the weird cringy Swahili bit in this particular track just feels awkward and ages terribly. I have to skip through it. Which is a shame as I think that the album is nigh on perfect apart from this (and I never really stay for In the Hall of the Mountain King either to be fair)
  23. We should all club together, pool some money and buy a forum-owned Cessna, we run it like a timeshare. On the subject of house-modelling, I guess it'd be nice in theory but hard in practice if the community could help with modelling areas or at least correcting AI mistakes. So if it did a buddhist temple as a Georgian terraced house you could submit corrections and suggest an alternative texture set that might get it closer. Something that allows the community to improve it but not in a way that you keep seeing houses shaped like penises.
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