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Fry Crayola

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  1. 2 hours ago, Meat said:

    That women’s football isn’t producing the same quality and tighter scores seen in the men’s game is just a reflection of the legacy of sexist disparity in opportunity, attention and therefore interest, revenue, skill etc, with countries lagging at different rates. We need to be careful with perpetuating terminology and attitudes towards it, and I catch myself having these thoughts too, that it’s lower, amateurish, boring, meaningless etc. Of course there are biological differences that will produce differing appearances (just like there are in different leagues/eras), but if we just persist with our emergence from the dark ages we’ll continue to see the rises in quality which make for closer and more compelling competition.

     

    I broadly agree, but on that last point, I don't think it would do anyone any favours to persist with the current qualification approach which is throwing up clear mismatches. That, to me, would be stifling the ongoing development of both teams in any lopsided matchup, while contributing to a negative image as Gabe notes.

  2. Just remember how great Taskmaster NZ is, as a lesson on how not knowing who they are doesn't necessarily matter.

     

    Unless you're from NZ, I guess.

     

    (Please do not take this as a prediction).

  3. No, because his plans do nothing to combat the problem with unbalanced qualification games. What he wants to do is devalue the World Cup, sideline the continental championships, overwork players and condense qualification periods to month-long blocks, all while lining FIFA's pockets.

  4. It's pretty farcical, no doubt about that.

     

    I do wonder about the current UEFA qualification formats, in both the women's and the men's game, and whether or not they're the best possible option, and I think I'd favour an overhaul. One option would be for a number of the top seeded teams to play in a different format than the others, with the teams not qualifying from that dropping down to playoffs against the best of the rest.

     

    Other confederations typically have preliminary stages to weed out the weakest teams, but with Europe receiving so many spots in a World Cup, you can't really do enough whittling to ensure a decent set of interesting games for the very top teams. And frankly, the way the wind is blowing in recent years, if international football isn't throwing up meaningful top-tier games outside of finals tournaments, it's going to get decimated.

  5. 10 minutes ago, Broker said:

    the oculus ones are just as shit as move controllers and Wii remotes.

     

    I couldn't disagree more, thanks to the finger tracking on the Oculus controllers, though kinda like how games leaned hard into killing things for 40-odd years, the Touch controllers work best when you're holding a virtual gun - the trigger and grip are where you'd expect them, aim as you generally would, and things work out fine.

     

    Anything more dextrous and they still fall down and I doubt the Valve Index controllers fare much better in this regard. Some haptic solution would be the next big thing there. If you can start touching things in the world, you'd be able to properly progress beyond shooting. Or whacking, in Beat Saber.

  6. 4 minutes ago, Gabe said:

    It's a terrible advert for the women's game - 63 shots to 0 - and it's been seen in so many qualifiers just this week, with plenty of double-digit scores.

     

    Yep.

     

    The gulf between the top teams and the bottom is widening because manby have professional setups, full time players, and play at a much higher standard than ever before. I remember the 2007 World Cup when Germany thrashed Argentina 11-0, and that was an outlier. Now it's not just the best team in the world that's knocking in double digit scores - Northern Ireland beat North Macedonia 11-0 last week, and Ireland, who have never qualified for a major tournament, beat Georgia tonight by the same scoreline. 

  7. 2 hours ago, dumpster said:

    I get the rules regarding licences etc...  But I don't see any reason why MS couldn't release an OG Xbox / 360 emulator that's generic. It would only contain code that belongs to Microsoft and if the emulator plays JSRF and Outrun2 then so be it.  The way they have done BC up to this point has been outstanding, but if this is truly the end of that programme than why not create a stand alone emulator to take care of the rest of your collection? Some games will work better than others but the PC homebrew community is doing amazing stuff with 360 emulation, Microsoft could surely do it too.

     

    Once you're selling something - and while BC may be free, Microsoft are selling the console that offers the feature - you have to meet a higher expectation of standards and support than a group of dedicated hobbyists who don't actually have to answer to anyone.

     

    A generic emulator that kinda works most of the time would be fine with us, who appreciate the technical difficulties and are happier to get something rather than nothing, but it's not going to wash with a more casual player who, on finding their new console plays old games, suddenly can't get a bunch of them working for no apparent reason. The halfway house currently on offer isn't ideal, but from Microsoft's perspective they can stand behind the 695 games currently on offer and guarantee they'll actually work.

  8. 26 minutes ago, Nick R said:

    Essentially what I'm wondering is: if MS were to release BC patches to let people use an Xbox Series X to play their disc copy of Outrun 2006, or their account's digital copy of 360 Outrun Online Arcade, could they do so regardless of what Ferrari says?

     

    Two potential reasons I can think of why they can't do that:

     

    1. Those licensing contracts had the foresight to explicitly state that they only applied to playing the game on specific hardware platforms, and nothing outside of the pre-agreed list. So when Outrun 2006 was made, Ferrari said "this agreement applies to arcade, PS2, Xbox, and PC *only*" and then when Online Arcade came out, they said "this agreement applies to Xbox 360 and PS3 *only*." So getting it running on anything else would require a brand new contract.

     

    2. The way BC works is that, as mentioned recently in this thread, it's a recompilation of the game, and all assets are distributed online rather than being read from the disc. It's not like the fan projects like Sonic 3 AIR or that x86 port of Mario 64, where to avoid accusations of piracy they only distribute a new executable, and leave it up to you to supply a ROM containing the assets. Therefore, even though MS wouldn't be selling the game, only distributing it to people who own an existing copy of it... they *would* still be distributing it, licensed music/logos/brands and all.

     

    I believe it's a case of your second point - because the BC version is a new build that needs to be downloaded, assets and all, it would be in violation of their terms of use to do so. 

     

    This is different to, say, PS1 compatibility on later PS models, where the console reads everything from the disc you already own. 

  9. Have to agree that that last episode was great. Simple tasks with a lot of room for contestant improvisation rather than overly complex rules. And the stage task was up there with the best of them.

  10. With Call of Duty and Splatoon 2 they had the same issue Go 8 Bit had - they're just really difficult games to broadcast to an audience. I don't think split screen really works for television, there's generally too much going on at any one time.

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