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    General chatter - discuss anything here

    It's basically got five optional add-ons for the gameplay that you can mix and match, like a Leader unit with special effects, or the Protomolecule being in different players' control, plus a replacement board (with reference info for the new features) and replacement ship tokens that don't all look alike. It's a bit expensive for what you get but I don't really care. Oh and I think the new board isn't scaled properly for many of the tokens which are meant to go on it, which is a goof.
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    Star Trek Discovery

    The funny thing is that a time crystal is a real physics thing, it just 100% doesn't actually do that.
  3. Alex W.

    Star Trek Discovery

    She’s not upset about his involvement, she’s upset that they kept the facts a secret so she spent her life blaming herself for it and poisoning her relationships with other people. They kept going on about this and I thought it was some of the better writing they’ve had in character terms. I don’t think anyone involved in this thinks it’s a “hard sci fi” show, tonally or otherwise. It’s Star Trek for goodness sake, the only perceivable difference is they very obviously stopped paying someone to substitute in real science words for the placeholders.
  4. Alex W.

    Star Trek Discovery

    Two episodes in a row with a clearly defined overall goal and characters with objectives and things being set up and paid off. Things are continuing to look up.
  5. Alex W.

    General chatter - discuss anything here

    The Expanse expansion is out.
  6. I keep doing poorly at straight-up firefights but making it through most of the game by exploiting the stuff in between: effective looting, knowing what you’re walking in to, careful use of skills and working as a unit. I’m definitely on support rather than tank but it seems like that makes a difference. The team that loots together shoots together.
  7. I had assumed it was an honest misunderstanding but if you’d rather I just ignored your posts I can do that.
  8. That’s the big question, really. You can infer things from the presentation’s AAA and technical focus that may turn out to be nonsense.
  9. Well we seemed to be discussing Google’s product here, if you were discussing streaming in general it would be good to know!
  10. I’m fully prepared for it to turn out that this is an artifact of them establishing their technical bonafides in front of one audience before actually really selling the product to another one. My worry is that it’s premature - that if they wind up with an audience of early adopting gamers who conclude “streaming sux” all over Youtube, it makes the exercise rather pointless compared to simply getting the product out to the people most likely to appreciate it.
  11. Are those audiences chomping at the bit to get low latency broadband so they can subscribe to or buy £60 100-hour blockbuster games in 120Hz 4K? Show me how this gets the casual game pirate on board and I’ll see how it’s going to work. That’s a great idea. But Google performatively are doing the opposite.
  12. I think this is exactly the problem. They have a product launch where they’re pushing this cachet of technical perfection, but where precise fidelity of control and output isn’t the point of the exercise at all. It’s really weird.
  13. To be clear, I’m all for opening up new gaming audiences with this technology. If a £50 pad and Chromecast bundle gets someone gaming who isn’t then all the better. But I’m not sure what the overlap of “wants to play the modern AAA blockbuster dual stick video game” and “does not even own a console” is. There should have been software in their presentation that changes that the left hand side of that Venn diagram but there isn’t.
  14. I don’t see how “console games but streaming” really does anything for that. It’s the same experience but delivered differently, at the moment - if Google have a way to get new gaming experiences to new audiences they’re hiding it well.

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