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  1. I'm looking at the next generation perhaps more than us. Again, I can only go on the kids in my immediate circles and while many of them consume media in a fairly traditional way (sitting and watching or doing one thing to the exclusion of all else) it is quite marked that plenty (even a majority) absorb multiple streams of media simultaneously. My 9 year old will frequently play music on the Alexa, while playing on a tablet and the Switch, while having Netflix also going in the background (or at least attempt to, until I force him outside for a walk saying phrases that make me sound like I'm the dad from Just William). He does play games on the PS4 and does get quite into them, but his default lazy way of consuming media is to let it wash over him. Similar thing for my partner's kids. My gym equipment has Twitter and Facebook on it. It's possible to browse your social media feeds as you exercise. This weird, constant integration with anything is fairly pervasive now. Most people who game aren't that serious about it and I wonder however hellish it might sound but a PS5 capable of displaying social and other media feeds as you play (a bit like the abortive attempt MS made at the start of the XB1) might be how things are going. You hear kids even talking like the flash cuts in Youtube videos now - if I was thinking of marketing a gaming device to the next generation fitting in with the constant sushi bar of entertainment is surely how you have to go? Or perhaps not, as Golf eloquently argued.
  2. I appreciate this forum tends to skew towards more hardcore gamers, so this might be a disputed point, but having used a Switch for a couple of months now I'm wondering if XB2/PS5 can afford to provide a shinier version of what the PS4 and XB1 do now. A single, immersive, ,screen providing detailed feature rich games to the exclusion of all else. Looking at two of my three kids (the more electronic device obsessed ones) it's fairly rare for them to engage in doing one thing at once, be it Netflix on in the background while fiddling on a tablet or using the Switch, or even consuming multiple video services at the same time (full on 60s Bond villain style). They tend to skiff from thing to thing - pausing, sleeping devices, skipping stuff back and forward, consuming in little chunks. More generally people do this anyway - I'm sure even the older generation here browse a phone while watching TV etc. Clearly the success of the Switch is down to a variety of factors, but you often hear how it has slotted into the gaps in people's lives and given the opportunity to play where they might not have done before, thanks to family or other commitments. Attention spans are dropping generally, and the way people consume entertainment (and information) is changing. The XB1 dabbled with the concept of multiple media streams for a while until it was patched out of the OS, but perhaps the flexibility of casting to another screen, playing on the go, and being able to play the Witcher 4 while consuming a TV series on Netflix is a baseline, rather than another performance hike based on putting more polygons on screen at 4k resolutions? Or is the market for dedicated, single screen gaming devices going to be as big as it ever has? I'm not sure, and this feeling may be largely anecdotal as the Switch has transformed me from someone who had drifted away from gaming over the last 5 years, to someone who enjoys Diablo 3 while having a shit and listening to Radio 5. Which is a lovely image to leave this topic opener on, I'm sure you'll agree.
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    Liverpool Football Club Thread

    Amazing
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    Nintendo Switch

    My dock has gone walkabout.... until it turns up and recommendations for a cheap USB3/HDMI adaptor? All the reviews on Amazon seem dire.
  5. I want you to find each and every person who did Burnout 4 and give them a kiss (WITH TONGUES) and tell 'em cavalcade sent you
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    Civilization VI - Civ on the streets, Civ in the sheets

    I'm surprised this didn't attract further comment. Builder thing drove me mad until I worked it out. Strangely un-intuitive...
  7. I'm sure this has been covered many times over the past few pages, but this is a great opportunity to also chuck my hat into the thankstorm to @CrashedAlex for some absolutely superb games over the years. I personally adored Burnout 4 (I was all for the purity of BO1 and 2, but four was an incredibly cohesive package and looked spectacular on the 360), and spent many many happy hours on Paradise. I think that was a fantastic observation in the original comment - the ability to just drive without failure screens and the free form approach to gaming foreshadows a lot of other IPs in entirely different genres that used this approach to build massive popularity (especially as streaming/Youtube became more popular). So thank you. From me and my kids. You've brought us all a lot of entertainment over the years.
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    The Man Utd Thread

    My children get a bigger pocket money budget than Benitez has to work with at Newcastle.
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    The Man Utd Thread

    Not seeing a lot of chat about Benitez. Wouldn't he be one of the best choices at the moment? Working miracles at Newcastle. Proven track record. Probably easy enough to get at a reasonable price. I can't see many better options...
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    Nintendo Switch

    Awesome - thank you.
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    Nintendo Switch

    I think I'm missing some tactical RPGs, rogue-likes, and possibly some arty farty story driven games. So far I have: Mario Odyssey: Lovely Skyrim: Skyrim but in my crotch Zelda: Brilliant (though i had it on WiiU where it was also brilliant) Starlink: suspiciously good LA Noire: nice faces Mario Kart: Meh Octopath: Beautiful Xenoblade: Wonderful
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    Nintendo Switch

    Any recommendations on that list for a new Switch owner? I have a few of the bigger titles on cart, but was looking for a couple of decent digital ones.
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    Doom - 25 years old today

    I was in 6th form and about to go to uni when Doom came out. One thing that I think is often forgotten is how it also marked the starting point of co-op multiscreen FPS gameplay. Stuff that in Borderlands/Destiny et al now seems entirely natural. But back then, by 1994 when LAN gaming was becoming more prevalent I remember a couple of us trying to convince our group to play (I guess Doom 2?) on a high difficulty level with the four of us on the same side and being met with derision. Arena based vs combat reigned supreme for years until you saw this gradual cultural shift towards raids/horde modes etc. I always remember the conversations back then: "play on the same side against the monsters? What the fuck?" Also, someone should repost the still legendary EDGE review.
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    Synths and Similar - an electronic music gear thread

    Red Means Recording has some mad skills. A recent update to the MPC Live means it now features soft synths, which are actually pretty decent, especially when triggered off the fully featured MIDI arpeggiator they added too. But one feature I thought was quite interesting was the Auto Sampler. Basically, connect the MIDI of the Live up to anything, and then connect the outputs to audio in and the Live will automatically build a sample keygroup, running up and down the sound source at different velocities. So, for example, I can hook up a JV1010, and pick a patch I like and get a fairly good approximation of it in a portable device with absolutely no effort. It's a remarkably good idea, and I assume its been done before, but it's also something of a revelation.
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    Synths and Similar - an electronic music gear thread

    Before I pitch them to the wolves on Facebook, anyone interested in a special rllmuk price on an OKGo Volca Sample, Volca Beats or Fostex DR-8 Mk2?
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