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Gaming General / Your most desired upcoming games
« on: November 19, 2019, 10:05:39 PM »
We all like quite different stuff, with a bit of crossover here and there.

Things I'm looking forward to in no particular order

Halo: Master Chief Collection.  So far i've only played 1 and 2, I read the story of 3 once, sounded great but that was years ago.
Serious Sam 4
New Half Life
Age of Empires 4

The Argument Chamber / Democratic challengers for next year
« on: October 28, 2019, 10:42:17 PM »
So you all have your preferences of you like some/none and hope certain ones get in.  Just wondered what peoples views are.  Also the important, whoever does get picked, will you put a tick next to them, or 4 more years of the status quo

Diablo (now with Diablo 4 Hype) / Diablo2 Remaster?
« on: October 21, 2019, 07:00:34 PM »
So everyone is excited to play with each other, talk with each other and meet up for D2.

No one hyped at all for a possible D4.
Diablo3 is in a coma for all intents and purposes.
Negative hype for "do you not have phones"

Depending IF the remaster is actually a thing, it will be interesting roughly when its out. Warcraft 3 is 12 months later.  Even the "do you not have phones" doesn't have a release date.  Will be interesting to see what comes across as is, what gets quality of life changes etc.  Will it just be a graphics tweak?

For me: I'm still going back to D2 at some point, haven't finished yet, just having fun with some other things first

Gaming General / Red Dead Redemption 2 coming to PC :D
« on: October 06, 2019, 05:20:00 AM »
Ahhh great news!

At launch, the game will also be available via the Epic Games Store, Greenman Gaming, the Humble Store, GameStop, and “additional digital retailers” with preorders starting on October 23rd. Steam, meanwhile, will be coming on later: RDR2 will launch through Valve’s store in December. The game will also be a launch title on the Google Stadia streaming platform in November.

and not just epic exclusive!

Diablo (now with Diablo 4 Hype) / Now a "classic game"
« on: September 24, 2019, 04:18:04 PM »
So maybe apart from supporting new OS stuff, I doubt there will be more content coming.  Bring on .. oh wait there is nothing else

Other Tech Toys / phones and water damage
« on: September 18, 2019, 06:16:31 AM »
So this happened to me Monday night.  I was super tired, away from home and had no other method to look on the internet to see "what the hell do you do in this situation"

Appears I didn't do step 1 which is turn it off and dont turn back on.
Its had over a day in rice so far .. had a look and the water damage indicator hasn't lit up.  next another whole day of rice before I attempt anything else.


oh yeah and it fell in the toilet, and yeah not the best time ..

Gaming General / Doom on Mobile
« on: July 31, 2019, 06:55:20 PM »

lol, what idiots but needs to be mentioned.  Its a single player only experience.  They say the login is for those who want "slayers club" bonuses and to prove they bought and played the old games. 

Anyway, I got on my iPhone and fired up Doom2 first as that was the first one I could get.  I fired up Ultra Violence as I've played it a lot and know it .. but I didn't know these controls.  I died half way in the first level!  Level knowledge only gets you so far when you are working on aiming/moving/shooting. 

With a bit more practice I've gone through Doom1 Episode 1 Ultra Violence 100% now.  I've started on Episode 2 and doing ok so far.  I think Episode 4 will be too much as will some Doom2 maps.  I see Master Levels are there .. my least prefered but I might try them last.  A bit sad no Final Doom (that I've seen yet).  Map 32 of Plutonia on a phone would have been epic ..

Haven't seen Doom3 in the store yet for some reason. 

Also Doom2 came up from "Bethesda" but Doom from "id"  ..odd.  Epic credit screen for the new bits.  Well worth spending a few $ for something I am playing and enjoying.

Finally cheats are in a menu if you want to turn on and have a blat which is a nice tough.

Gaming General / Microsoft and games
« on: June 24, 2019, 06:54:38 PM »
I've been thinking a bit recently about the massive change they have done recently. 10 years ago it was a very different situation.  We had the garbage fire that was Games for Windows Live which thankfully died a death, and at least some of the titles removed it and moved to other supporting tech .. but sadly not GTA IV.  We had great games (Halo2) not available unless you had an operating system no gamer wanted to touch (Vista).  At least it worked on Windows 7 and up.    We then had other Halo titles just NEVER coming to PC, even though the first two we had to wait a year or two then got them.   We also had 6 years ago or so the way things were headed Valve was not happy and looked to their Steam Machines/Steam OS which didn't happen, but may have helped steer Microsoft to a different path.  I'm guessing their next XBox console launch will learn from the many failures at the start of the last one too ..

Now we have the Master Chief Collection for Halo coming to Steam.  We have all of the Age of Empires remastered games coming to steam.  Previously I had partly thought of getting AOE1 remastered from the Windows Store .. but its the freaking Windows Store.  There are other games but after those 2 franchises I'm not sure I have room for much other excitement!

They have even releasing a few things on their store which were epic exclusives (not sure how that works out but its for the best).    They are working with so many others they would have just seen as competitors.  Now they are doing things to make it better for us, the gamers. 

Seeing the confusingly named subscription model that is basically Netflix but for games is pretty cool too. 

Its awesome to see them drop the arrogance, to listen to what customers want, to offer choice and I'm sure they are building up a lot of goodwill around the place.  Anyone else view them differently to the past?

Gaming General / Doom Sigil (Episode 5)
« on: May 30, 2019, 10:22:02 PM »
Its available to download!

To anyone who enjoyed The Ultimate Doom and feels like playing 9 levels from John Romero, this is pretty cool news.  Its free too which is nice

Movies & TV / Game of Thrones with spoilers
« on: May 19, 2019, 07:43:03 PM »
Will be interesting to see where it wraps up.  I'm going in with 0 expectations, hope I'm not disappointed.  I'd laugh if The Mountain isn't dead and finishes off Dany ..

Share your thoughts on where how you found it

Other Tech Toys / Valve Index
« on: April 30, 2019, 05:29:35 PM »
This looks cool .. but expensive .. also not available in my country :(

The Argument Chamber / "Free" healthcare around the world
« on: April 23, 2019, 07:08:02 PM »
I saw a post Pixie made on Facebook about this, I didn't want to respond to that and dilute that message that "insurance is good, free is bad" but there are different types of free out there.

If I want to go to a doctor, it used to be free for 6 and under, now 13 and under its free.  Great so if a young one is sick, there is no barrier to getting them seen.  Politics took it from 6 to 13 .. and not higher.  Some groups have free/cheaper visits, but for me it can be $50 to go see a doctor.  It sucks when you go along and they just say, well its not more serious, just viral.

Dental care is free up to 18, after that it really varies.  If you teeth are fucked, then you are looking at a major bill, could be easy to go into the thousands of $.  For us, when public health got rolled out, the dentists at the time said, cool but don't put us in.    Fuck that decision I say.  Most people who don't have dental issues don't understand as they have never had the financial or physical pain, let alone the shit that it does to your emotions when you worry about smiling.    Politicians sometimes talk about change but no progress in decades.

Public hospitals, A&E is free. If you need to get referred, a doctor will need to contact the hospital depending how bad it is, it might be declined or seen depeding on various criteria.
We do have a private health system in parallel, so people can use insurance/pay to bypass the delays or getting declined if you think there is something wrong.

As someone who has had a few health problems, I'm glad I live where I live, but I do have some other problems where I wish we were even more progressive.

Movies & TV / Avengers Endgame
« on: April 14, 2019, 11:11:06 PM »
How do we not have a thread for the movie I'm most looking forward to this year?   I only saw Infinity War and then of course Captain Marvel recently, so I'm quite excited to see where it all ends up.   Infinity war was great how it had so many characters and things going on without slowing down

Gaming General / Warcraft 1 and 2 on gog
« on: March 30, 2019, 04:47:03 PM »
Well that didn’t take long!  Back in the 90s I tried to play war1 but it was too old even then. I might try to play it again later.

War 2 was something I loved a lot and even replayed some a few years ago and started on the expansion. Finishing the expansion legit is something I want and I’ll probably rebut it on GoG.

This means with rereleased stuff on gog and remastered by blizzard, d2 is the only one not getting attention now. I guess they are building up to let us down at blizzcon. Diablo coming to smart refrigerators

The Argument Chamber / Epic vs Steam
« on: March 28, 2019, 06:14:04 PM »
Something I was thinking about with these exclusives, lets say 12 months later or whenever they are not exclusives.

Instead of the 88/12 revenue split, it goes to others that might do a 70/30 split.  Since the game isn't new, I doubt they can realisticly sell at the full price.  I'm sure some would buy, most would want a discount for something a year old, even if its only now available.  I'm also thinking about the Master chief collection, PC players have waited a decade for Halo 3 ...

So 88% is more than 70% of course.

But lets say only 40% of normal customers choose this vs their preferred buying location.
That remaining 60%, how many will buy on day 1? Will it be the full price? maybe 75% off? hard to say. 

So turn down 70% split to maybe get 75% of 70 later.  Sure Epic will give them a cash injection to say thanks for stopping by.

I was also thinking, its one thing to have multiple places to buy things.  In some ways that is fine, there used to be many sites that got you a steam key.  Use only Steam, or use 100 different ones, that doesn't matter.

What matters is every publisher, and company who wants you to install their software, AND have it running, Steam, Origin, Blizzard, Uplay, Epic, Gog Launcher etc.  and all the non game things like the adobe launcher. 

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