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Fry Crayola

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    Games development and obscure football. One day I promise to combine the two.

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  1. I had a random encounter when I approached a house in New Hanover out of curiosity. There was no white marker on the minimap for this one, so it was quite unexpected. I very much enjoyed that most of it played out without cinematics - you could leave at any time, go against the grain, but curiosity kept it going.
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    Football Thread 2018/19

    I can see why teams shut up shop - the financial cost of spiralling out of the Premier League after they've become accustomed to it can be absolutely dire. Newly promoted teams, when they're not pulling a Derby County (hello Fulham!) can afford to try to play football and often with refreshingly good results, though they'll rarely crack the top four. But after a while, that money starts to become an expectation, the better players move on to bigger clubs, and relegation starts to carry more than just a competition penalty. You don't want to end up like Sunderland, Portsmouth or Leeds. The gulf between the Premier League and the Championship is a problem. Parachute payments aren't a working solution. Introducing a second PL tier or sharing greater revenues with the Championship would just push the problem down a division, while the biggest clubs disappearing off to some Euro Super League would restore parity in the English game while also reducing its appeal to many, essentially cutting off the head and pretending the shoulders were as high as it ever was. The only solutions I see hark back to the days of a single entity running the entire top four divsions for the benefit of all its member clubs, not just the elite, but that's not going to be acceptable to the elite clubs who see the lions share as their inherent right.
  3. Generally, hidden collectibles suck. They are the cheapest, shittest way of getting the player to explore a level. I believe when you go off the main track, the reason should be led by gameplay - to explore an uncharted part of the level that's interesting in its own right, gain a tactical upper hand, find a short cut to another area or be faced with a new challenge. Going around a blind corner and checking every nook and cranny by rote because there might be some dull collectible there isn't achieving anything like that, it's hide and seek without the thrill of occasionally being the hider or second guessing your opponent. It's You've Misplaced Your Keys - The Game. For that reason, Crackdown's agility orbs do them well - highly visible, the trick is not finding them (save for the last few, a flaw I can overlook) but working out how to reach them.
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    Nintendo eShop (Software Chatter)

    With the Switch NES sweeteners on the online sub, it does seem to be moving that way from the Virtual Console days, but the lack of GB, GBA, SNES and N64 titles is an irritating omission.
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    Sonic The Hedgehog (Live Action) 2018

    Also a trippy bonus scene at the end of each act.
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    Football Thread 2018/19

    He's worried that any minute now, someone will shove him into a photo op with a human rights abuser.
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    Doom - 25 years old today

    I played Doom multiplayer precisely once. Two PlayStations, two TVs, one copy of the game, and a judicious amount of disc swapping. It was such a hassle that it wasn't worth trying again in a different level. Multiplayer LAN blasts will forever be beyond me, because fuck playing online.
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    Football Thread 2018/19

    The people it's going to antagonise are the people who feel he shouldn't have, be proud of, or want to show off those things. Which gets back to the idea Collymore was talking about - there's an "acceptable" way to be, and an "unacceptable" one, and it just so happens the "acceptable" way involves being as invisible or unassuming as possible if you happen to not be white.
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    Nintendo Switch

    Had a look yesterday evening and can't find either.
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    Doom - 25 years old today

    The PS version always felt more horror than action, even as you were firing rockets into the faces of cybernetic demons. It was such a good score. id were clearly going for a metal cover vibe with the soundtrack but it doesn't fit for me. Whereas in Doom 2016, I wouldn't change it for anything.
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    What are you playing Christmas Day?

    I'll be away on Christmas Day, but I do intend a festive playthrough of Nakatomi Plaza in Die Hard Trilogy.
  12. I don't recall that. And I have excellent memory - I celebrate my birthday bang on time every year and that happened ages ago.
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    Doom - 25 years old today

    My first experience of Doom was on the PlayStation. To this day, the music in the original just feels wrong.
  14. No, pretty sure it's "alles".
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    Football Thread 2018/19

    Fairly sure a green player is a hulk. And also Givanildo Vieira de Sousa.

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