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  1. stefcha


    An average can be formed from spiky points, when it'd be preferable to have the same or only slightly better average derived from a smoother source of points.
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    Microsoft Rewards

    Actually, quick look in this thread and my order history shows our hot deals have been Jul: MS Credit (20% off) Aug: Xbox Credit (20% off) Sep: MS Credit (30% off) Oct: Gamepass (25% off) Nov: MS Credit (30% off) Dec: XBL Gold (20% off) Jan: Skype (25% off) So we've been on the same deal as the US for the last 5 months.
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    Microsoft Rewards

    This month's hot deal is..... skype credit! Quick everyone, get redeeming. Or not. Some nutter on reddit has been scouring the history to try work out a pattern, pretty sure this is mainly US (I don't think last year's pattern fully matches ours, certain we had ms or xbox credit in Sept, for one) but certainly we've had the same deals for the last 3 months so maybe we're on the same track now. Whether it actually continues like this who knows.
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    PlayStation VR

    One thing that is actually new on there is a demo for the upcoming Eden Tomorrow, not tried it yet. https://store.playstation.com/en-gb/product/EP2299-CUSA13009_00-ETDEMO0000000002
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    PlayStation VR

    Saw that earlier, it's a weird demo bundle release because it includes mostly stuff from the previous two demos but overall it's probably the best to check out if you were restricted to picking just one. Astro Bot, Superhot and RE7 are the new ones. Demo 1: Demo 2:
  6. There's a decent reddit thread that covers the whole conference pulling together some of the liveblogs. Fucking amazing to be honest, these goons turn up half expecting a resignation then get lectured on analysis methods for an hour and a half Wish he'd have kept them there 'til 2am then given them homework assignments.
  7. So there's a Senior Executive Associate Vice President of Xbox Game Pass Game Uploading eh. I'm not sure I could find a picture of Jimmy Hill's chin big enough.
  8. stefcha

    New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe (2019)

    The challenge mode levels are the best bit, they're a wonderful time attack addition and are so well put together Does the Switch version come with all the superplay videos as well, showing how some of the levels can be played? Mesmerising. When I was having look through my save I had no clue where I'd got to and didn't recognise any of the area I was in or even around, might start again and I'd actively look forward to that for a change to most games.
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    New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe (2019)

    No, deKay is talking bollocks. Sort of. Yes, some levels that have more than one exit and those are red, but that's not what I'm talking about. Aside from being red, they're fairly clear that there's another way out as you can usually see something right next to it on the map. It's the secret exits I think are needlessly obtuse, but that's what they're like in this game. 1-2 has three exits, but you'd probably never even think to look for any as there's no indication any might exist - it's a blue dot level, on Wii U at least, plus the map doesn't look like it might hold a hidden path - and even if you are curious enough to have looked around based on what you might know of previous 2D Mario games and find the second exit you'll still likely miss the third, more interesting one, because you think you've done well to find the second one and it was a bit of a nicety, a nod to your Mario knowledge and that must be it. And why would you think otherwise? You'd go insane applying that thinking to every single level in the game. I've purposely not spoilered any of that, I think it's a good place to go into armed with that bit of knowledge as while it's clever I think it's being too clever for its own good, too much of an in-joke that's hiding other levels. Perhaps I'm being unfair because the SMW Ghost Houses always had two exits and you had to work that out in and there was that sneaky level in Forest of Illusion that doubled back on itself. Actually that was from a Ghost House as well wasn't it not just an unusual third exit out of nowhere so no, I take it back I'm not being unfair it's just not as fun in the discovery in this one. I genuinely don't think I'd ever, ever have discovered any of them because there's no subtle pointer to even check.
  10. stefcha

    Nvidia Shield GeForce Now

    I'm gonna need all this explaining. First up, all I'd tried so far was Tomb Raider (the first one in the "Free Nvidia Games" featured bit on the main Shield TV dash). It was fine, but looked a little soft to my eyes, decent but certainly nowhere as near as good as playing native. I've also got the Steam Link beta app installed, so I gave that a go, again ran fine. Comparing the two, I'd say the Steam Link version looked better, but that's running off my local network. Got a few more options to compare, and I might shift it to a direct link to the router as well to really see how much of a difference that makes. It's after that I get confused. I presume that I'm running Steam on an instance on one of their servers and then using my Shield TV as a client to that remote Steam instance, right? If that's the case, how do I see the spec of the machine it's running on? I know it doesn't matter as long as it works, more a point of interest, but given in that situation it looks like I need to install the games I want to play (that I own, on my Steam account) then it's be useful to know how much space I have - if it's even limited - for example. How do you change the settings, I see "set the shield to 1080 60" above but where's the option to do that? Obviously I can see settings while ingame, but other than that nothing. Finally when not doing things within Steam itself it's a pain viewing the list of Geforce Now games and trying to work out from there what I do and do not own already, and on which platform, I wish I could just input all my details for all stores and have a curated list of what I own. As it is, I can see there's a link to a "store" for Steam and battle.net, which is actually a link to the client for both, but there doesn't seem to be one for Uplay and I only realised there was support there when I happened to chance across Assassin's Creed 4 and wondered why it was listed twice and why one had a Steam icon on it when most games don't - I own that one on Uplay so was able to give it a go via that, the one without the Steam icon being the Uplay one. Needs a bit more user friendliness, I think. Or I'm being shit. Anyway, from what I did try of AC4 it looks miles better running on a 1080p monitor off my PC than it does on a 4k TV over Geforce Now, and I may need to faff with the TV settings and Shield TV wiring (I was on wifi then, not ideal) but it was hugely more responsive on PC locally as well. I will say, for non Shield controller users (which I presume lets you use the touchpad for keyboard input, or some combo somehow? The battle.net launcher just sits there and doesn't let you do anything with it with an Xbox One controller) that the Shield TV app is great, just turns your mobile device into like a little laptop touchpad type thing with keyboard access. I never think to check but again only chanced on it while searching the net for some solution why doesn't the machine tell you to use it?! Whatever. So far the best I can say is things are playable and the tech is impressive, but its far from as good as what I can manage be playing 12 ft away on the local PC.
  11. stefcha

    Football Thread 2018/19

    Almost every angle I've seen shows him catching his leg, pretty clear. If you're not sure watch Bennett rather than Sterling, you can see he makes a challenge nowhere near the ball and stops dead due to the fact that in his challenge all he got anything of was Sterling, who did seem to drag a foot a little for effect after the event. Needless given a combo of him being ridiculously swift and Bennett being as quick as setting concrete made it look like I was watching in fast forward. Awful defending, but also good attacking determination to nip round like that.
  12. stefcha

    New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe (2019)

    Yes, but I was pretty disappointed in how they're handled. It doesn't feel as good as opening a shortcut back in SMW and nor are they as well signposted, either by the level label or the map.
  13. stefcha

    New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe (2019)

    Not for me there aren't (little interest in any aspect of it bar Mario Odyssey), enjoy your Switch though!

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