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  1. Great shots from a moving car, kodus. My moving car shots are normally a blurred mess. Since lockdown was\wasn't reduced I've been out twice with the camera, in the evening and to very quiet spots. It's been rather lovely if I'm honest to visit spots that are so quiet, especially as it's a chance to get away from the kitchen table I've been glued to for the past nine weeks. Nice field near to me that I've been itching to return to. Unfortunately the best conditions would have been about a month ago but glad to return. The sky\ field colours look a little off by my eyes but they are basically as the camera took them so I haven't done much to alter. These two are from Bystock Pools near to me (a mile or two from the shot above), it's normally a fairly popular spot for a quick walk and it is a lovely place to do a lap around the nature reserve. I went up hoping to shoot dragonflies and butterflies but I'm probably too early in the season as there were none (visible anyway) but as it was so still and peaceful I decided to get some shots of the pools themselves and the perfect reflections. The light was particularly flat that evening so I decided they worked best in B&W, but I'm watching the conditions to get another still evening to get back up there again soon.
  2. Hoping with people not being around the nature reserves will recover a little. It's very disappointing not being able to get out when everything is looking so great at this time of year though, especially as 2020 was going to be a big push for trying new locations! I've got several 'away' trips planned at the end of the year so hoping they can all go ahead. This one was taken the weekend before lockdown. So glad I got out with a mate off to Great Staple Tor on Dartmoor. We got freezing cold but it was a great laugh and we got reasonable conditions. It's not the greatest composition ever but an image with some value to me. Pink flowers in the garden. They've been there for years but have been much more vibrant this season. No idea what they are! With lock down in place we've been doing what many have done and been sorting out the garden. Turns out we have a small patch of bluebells! Never seen them before in our garden.
  3. Though it had a different feel to the original, I thought Crysis 2 had an excellent single player campaign. Crysis 3 was also pretty good.
  4. Just fired it up for the first time - so much content to watch! I'll never get around to all of that but the kids will be happy. A few annoyances though: Text is bloody tiny on the selection screen, I can't even read what some of the shows are! Mind you we only have a 32" 720P screen! Lack of trailers on most things I checked is a shame. No parental controls that I can see. What's the point in a kids profile if they can just select our one and watch what they like? Suppose nothing too bad on there though.
  5. Any ideas when the Roku app goes live? No sign of it so far so not sure if I need to order a firestick instead.
  6. Rory needs to be on more podcasts, he's do daft and out of touch with the rest of the team, which somehow makes him really entertaining. I don't know why they sideline him so much, I found him good on Screened as well.
  7. PeteJ

    Outer Wilds

    I think the toy ship should be removed entirely, or you get to fly it in first person mode. It's virtually impossible to fly as is and very off putting! To make the opening easier to grasp they could have done a better job walking you through the ships log, and then hand held you through the moon points of interest as well.
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    Outer Wilds

    I have reached the end of one of my favourite adventure games of all time. A favourite - brilliantly clever and inventive - but not flawless. Initially frustrating and confusing, but once that adventurous stride is hit the game maintains a delightfully clockwork puzzle design, with creativity and smarts at a level I've perhaps never seen before. Amazingly, this intelligent design is maintained until the end despite the game presenting itself in a non-linear way. My issues are a product to that inventive and wild creativity. I couldn't escape the frustration of falling into the black hole yet again, or being caught by the games only real adversary through some overly harsh penalties when braking the games very specific ruleset. Whilst I rarely blamed the game, there was frustration from having to start the run again and again through messing up in some fairly minor ways. I also got stuck all too often on the environment and as the pressure mounts when exploring the more complex areas, this can lead to some unfair aborted runs. The games opening is also fairly weak. The chance to practice with the drone nearly put me off the game, though the actual ship controls were much easier to grasp. The initial village in hindsight cleverly teaches everything you need to know, but the experience on the first run through aren't particularly inspiring. As time passes these issues will fade in the memory however. I will instead remember those glorious, jaw-dropping discoveries where the mysteries of this small solar-system are slowly revealed. The time I worked out how to get underwater when in giants deep, or when I realised just what was happening with the hour-glass twins, or when...there are so many, so wonderfully embedded and revealed in a non-linear fashion that it genuinely leaves me astonished that they managed to pull some of it off. Then there's the incidental moments, incredible space vistas that appear before your eyes such as the giant sun coming over the horizon whilst you explore the Ash Twin or how the sun's light slowly comes into the centre of Brittle Hollow as the planet slowly falls apart. Those rare moments where you crash the ship so hard the front rips off, leaving you stranded in space - a moment that I experienced on the final challenging moment on my final run, leaving me to travel a long way without a ship in rather dangerous territory, all the while the clock ticked down to the conclusion for once I was trying to avoid. My final run was seriously a great, against the odds, gaming moment. The game has its fair share of problems, but they are insignificant to the brilliance of one of the best detective/ adventure games I've ever played. I liked it/10.
  9. I noticed how involved Jason was this week, he seemed really happy. Normally I forget he's even there!
  10. PeteJ

    Nintendo Switch

    I have one of those and it works fine, although not as good as the proper dock: Cooling could be an issue You have to power everything on in the right order otherwise you get nothing displaying on the screen. I use mine when I'm staying in hotels, less to carry around.
  11. PeteJ

    Nintendo Switch

    This was probably known ages ago but it's exciting to me - The Witcher: Throne breaker is coming to Switch. This is another game by CD Project Red that largely went under the radar on PC. It's a top down RPG with card battling mechanics from Gwent, but with the added bonus of a well written story. It's worth a go!
  12. PeteJ

    Outer Wilds

    I grabbed a quick half hour to play this yesterday but found it a frustrating experience. Constantly cocking up the flying, even flew into the sun multiple times as trying to get to dark bramble as quickly as possible. I managed to tick off a couple of things on the list however so it wasn't a total loss. Definitely not a game you can rush! Despite the 22 cycle this is a game to enjoy over several hours rather than short bursts.
  13. Hmm not sure I agree. I used to play doom in a similar way I played 2016 Doom. Run in and run around like a loon until everything was dead. Original Doom had jump scares but in my mind it wasn't a horror. It's Doom 3 that sticks out in the franchise, which is the only one that did chase the atmospheric vibe.
  14. PeteJ

    Outer Wilds

    I also love how the time loop empowers you to try some completely nuts manoeuvres without fear of ever losing progress. Last night I came out of the southern observatory will just a little time to go. I wanted to do some more exploring in the Hanging City (the map is very handy in letting you know if there is more to explore), so made the craziest leap you could imagine to successfully make it across. I've also had many insane flights where I've been darting around to see how far I can push the controls....which usually ends poorly but still fun. I laughed out loud when my ship crashed off white station so hard that all the controls went dead. A few seconds later I realised I had ripped the front off the ship so was drifting separately. With no way home it was quite a weird feeling watching and waiting for the loop to end. From feeling empowered to powerless all in the space of a few runs. The game is immense. It has totally and utterly grabbed me. Masterful!
  15. PeteJ

    Outer Wilds

    I don't play many games these days but this is becoming one of my favourites in years. The sense of discovery is so compelling and the world(s) design is outstanding. Sure it could have done with more polish - I've lost a few runs due to getting stuck and I had a hard system lock at one point - but they have rarely detracted from the experience. I must have put about 7 hours into it yesterday, I haven't done that since Skyrim was first released!
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