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  1. 2 hours ago, Hanzo the Razor said:

    I had thought Barry Cryer probably died years ago. He's one of those blokes who looked old even when I saw him on telly when I was young. Then I heard him on Radio 4 a few weeks ago. He was still bloody funny too.

    He had just started a new podcast just before Christmas, Now Where Were We - the conceit was that he and his son would catch up with friends he’d not seen during Covid down the pub. It’s great, but it is wall-to-wall showbiz anecdotes and jokes, so it will depend on your tolerance for that. There are only six episodes, the first ones with Stephen Fry and Danny Baker are particularly good, but it shows how sharp and funny he remained till the end.

  2. I know it isn’t any help, but I don’t think the publishers did it deliberately - for both those games there are some regions where they do qualify for the voucher. It’s a quirk of the way they set up the offer, eg in the US you get a smaller discount for a wider range of games ($10 off games $14.99+), I don’t know if a VPN would work? 

  3. 22 minutes ago, Strangelite said:

    I have a xbox PC ultimate game pass subscription that times out end of Jan 2022 - am I right in thinking that I won't be able to do the steps in the first post until that's timed out? (it's not GPU, just the PC branch) - would be ace if someone knows.


    Correct - adding e.g. 1 year of Xbox gold before your sub expires will only add on 4 months of Ultimate. Wait for it to expire, and you'll get the full year for the same.

  4. On 03/10/2021 at 08:37, AI said:

    Why didn't they carry on with The Witness?


    They went back to try the music box challenge - so many memories from when I went through the ordeal:



  5. On 02/09/2021 at 19:51, therearerules said:

    A sudoku expert is currently streaming his run through of the witness, and it's simply a joy to watch.


    I just don't get why people watch game streams - why watch when you could do it yourself? I've seen my kids watch streams, and they just look like the most inane waste of time.


    Or at least, that was the case until I tried this one out yesterday morning, and now I'm nearly finished with part 6. I love the enthusiasm for the puzzles in general, but especially his joyful appreciation when a puzzle blows his mind with its design - it's such a great way to re-experience the game, and if anything it makes me appreciate it even more than I did when I played it myself.


    Anyway part 7 is tonight and I'm thinking of watching live so I can type "BEAM" in the chat and I don't know who I am any more.

  6. 3 minutes ago, Ry said:

    15 mins of snow runner was enough for me to realise its not for me. Not fun at all.


    Yeah, I remember playing a previous game in the series, Spintires - found it genuinely stressful, reminded me of getting my own car IRL stuck in mud and struggling to get free. I'm sure its accurate, but very much Not For Me.

  7. @bradigor - understand the whole saving thing, just wanted to make sure you saw this which was posted earlier, 7-day GP Ultimate codes:




    If you buy 4 of these at once, you get 4 weeks of GP Ultimate for £3.10 (scroll down to select the cheapest price). Each code will just extend your subscription a week, so you don't need to let your membership lapse or save for an initial outlay. I used them earlier today, and can confirm the codes work on UK accounts.

  8. 1 hour ago, gossi the dog said:

    I assume you can just use them separately. So a pound for a random week if there's something you actually want to play?


    Yeah, there's nothing stopping you doing that, but my worry would be if they had some kind of expiry date or if MS rescinds them - I assume they were harvested from some product promotion.

  9. If anyone needs to top up their Ultimate subscription, here's a slightly tedious way to do it for £3.95 / 28 days:




    It's delivered as 4 separate codes you need to redeem one at a time. I have a UK account and these worked for me, I've just added 12 weeks to the end of my subscription. The price is in Euros and they cheekily add on a service fee for PayPal, but £3.95 is what my card was charged (though of course this will vary a bit based on your credit card terms for currency conversion).

  10. 19 hours ago, Eighthours said:

    I was wondering whether you guys are rinsing the dialogue options


    I would advise against this - it's been a while since I played, but I'm pretty sure there are dialogue options which have in-game consequences.



    At the very least, some options will damage Morale, which will kill you if it gets to zero.


  11. 10 hours ago, Retroid said:

    Something must have gone on during production, there's a whole load of shizzle that doesn't gel.


    Apparently pressures caused by the pandemic changed the finale quite a lot, e.g.



    “We built and rebuilt so many different versions of how [Monica] would function in the finale,” Shakman said. “She had in some versions a much bigger role to play in the larger fight that was happening.”


    One of those versions, in which Monica had a whole storyline with Ralph, Darcy, and Wanda’s kids, was even shot before it was ultimately cut due to unfinished VFX.




  12. The EA Play stuff took a while to turn up in my app as well.


    Oddly, the Xbox app doesn't show all the available games you can get - in the EA Desktop app, it shows 132 games included on the EA Play tier. The Xbox app seems to be mostly missing the fairly decent (if old-ish) collection of indie games on there.

  13. 3 hours ago, bradigor said:

    Urgh, nothing is installing on the PC with Game Pass. Anyone else have this issue and how did you solve it?


    Is this a recent thing, or is it your first time with PC Game Pass? If it's the latter, I think it needs a certain Windows update before it will work properly - I remember having to find a way to force a particular update through. But if you've had it working ok before, that won't be it.

  14. I finally bought a Pro controller this week. Out of the box, it didn't have any charge, so plugged it in and used it for a bit, seemed great. The next day, I tried to use it wirelessly, and it would keep disconnecting and turning off, every minute or two. The console reported it was fully charged, then 5 minutes later, that it had no charge left. I was about to send it back when I noticed that I could cause it to disconnect by gently shaking it, suggesting a loose connection - I opened it up, and the battery did have a little room to slide back and break connection with the contacts. So I taped some cardboard to the side of the battery to wedge it in firmly, and it's been fine since.


    Anyway, just posting 1) in case anyone else sees the same behaviour and wants a quick fix, and 2) c'mon Nintendo, you can do better than this for a £55 controller!


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