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Alex W.

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  1. Reached chapter 9. Ah shit I should’ve delivered that pizza before I started this bit. Back I go.
  2. It does work instantly as far as I can tell, it’s the notification ping which is delayed. I guess it pings when it finishes saving the file instead of when the image is taken. The sort of bad design that would be easy to fix but make the console seem far faster, i.e. classic Sony design.
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    Google Stadia

    Does make you wonder how many of these features were designed before they had a business model figured out.
  4. If there’s a way to do that in the game it will be a bad retcon of Lucasian proportions.
  5. I think the end for me was when the chains dropped their old formats, and older games on current formats. The best thing about a physical store is browsing, which usually led to me buying something I hadn’t meant to. If I want to see the ten big games I already know about and a random assortment of recent used crap nobody wanted when it was new I can go on the web. CEX at least has a decent retro selection. I’m sure there are economic reasons for no longer carrying new stock of older titles but it still eliminated the main reason I went to retail.
  6. That's an interesting comparison. The Corsair One is a classic SFF PC - small for a PC, big for a console, and with a clever cooling system that makes it twice as expensive. The NUC is closer to a console in integration but even smaller in size and something I've only ever seen in the wild in business settings rather than homes. For whatever reason, the closest thing to a console is still not very much like a console and I think that speaks to your point that a heavily integrated appliance like a console is inherently out of the grasp of PC manufacturers, whose designs are usually about the opposite of integration.
  7. Although that company also thought that this was a good idea in 2012: https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-02-07-alienware-those-who-can-build-the-x51-for-under-700-arent-the-target-audience "It lets you get a PC that can do gaming for only £200 more than a PC that can't do gaming, for people who don't really care that much about games and can't build a system on their own, but I guess don't want to spend the £200 on a console."
  8. I’d say that’s way too late, feel free to explore as soon as you get the itch to find out who that lost cargo belongs to or what’s down that valley, or you’ll miss a lot of self-made fun. I had most of the map ticked off before that suggested exploration stage...
  9. I was going to say, I feel like we’ve had this conversation a few times before here. Even the PC hardware companies get all excited and start inventing the Steam Box and whatever that £200 Alienware was that was a bit faster than an Xbox 360, or some way to use a mouse and keyboard on the couch, or whatever. And every time people just get the new consoles.
  10. It’s weird to me that people - professional critics no less - are struggling with the tone of this given that it’s so consistently and obviously a story told from a child’s perspective. Tonally, emotionally, the way it’s shot, how information is parcelled out or withheld, everything is from the perspective of the two lead children, and usually the boy specifically. Of course a movie about a boy who’s in the Hilter Youth would include an imaginary friend version of Hitler and have him think Jews are telepathic and have horns. That’s how children’s brains process things. That’s what makes it a film about kids who have to live around the Nazis and not a film about the Nazis with kids in it. It’s not like it’s even the first time Waiti has used that POV - Wilderpeople switched between the kid’s and the adult’s outlook to great comedic effect.
  11. No that extra month was just what they needed to fit it all in to one game.
  12. Alex W.

    Google Stadia

    Google seems like the sort of company that’s more excited about developing and launching new products than keeping them running as an ongoing concern. They’ve had an average of one new chat/collaboration platform a year or something, right? Who cares about year ten when you’re focused on can making year one more exciting? Not that for a second I’m suggesting Google will throw in the towel on this only to launch something technologically similar but superficially different a couple of years later.
  13. Love the Big Ovaltine Energy of Nintendo using these to plug last year's big games.
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