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  1. Games were already good 20 years ago. Has football really advanced in the last 10 years? The problem with games is the business model insists on constant newness for the sake of it. This cult of progress has a stranglehold on the landscape, when actually we don't need progress. Let United play in last year's kit and it won't affect how they play. Let us play last year's games and we'll still be hanging out with friends and winning and losing. The rest is window dressing to appease the gods of consumerism and convenience - who, by the way, are basically married at this point. "But the graphics are better", "but the networking is different", "but the themes are more mature". If that stuff was critical nobody would have bought a Nintendo 64.
  2. This has really tickled me. Been thinking about it all day.
  3. This is the nature of the Amazon-era publishing world, sadly (sadly for me, at least). The general rule for aspiring professional authors nowadays is that, outside of one or two genres, author names no longer sell books the way they used to, but series names still can. So instead of writing something self-contained, genre authors who want an income from their writing are encouraged to swing for an extended series until they hit something which people will buy into continuously, then ride it as long as possible. It's bad for the narrative art in the same way as the standard TV series format, but it is economically more sensible than pouring everything you have into one novel/movie which will, statistically speaking, probably flop. Asimov wrote a zillion Foundation novels, Scott wrote a zillion Waverley novels, and the crime and romance writers have been at it since the dawn of time too, so of course it's not an approach without history. But it's beginning to marginalise other approaches. My own solution is to read a lot of Dostoevsky and have a desk job. i just realised this is a thread from six months ago.
  4. It's been twenty years or whatever but finally I can honestly say I liked something about SFII better than the equivalent SFIII feature.
  5. "There's no way he'll do it again." Me losing to meaty UOH > super ten times in a row last time I played this.
  6. Leaving aside that I don't understand how you got upvotes earlier for listing multiple songs in a "pick one song" thread, I approve of editing Hail To The Thief. Here's the track list for my "Hail, Thief" CD which I pretty much always listen to in place of the proper album: 1. Sit down. Stand up 2. Sail to the moon 3. Where I end and you begin 4. The gloaming 5. I Will (Los Angeles version) 6. There, there 7. Paperbag writer 8. Myxomatosis 9. Scatterbrain 10. A wolf at the door 11. Where bluebirds fly (Tracks 5, 7 and 11 are from Com Lag). The proper album is their only incoherent record, in my opinion, and you have to sacrifice some stuff to make it make sense. Pick a direction to take it, basically.
  7. yaaaaaas I tried to play this game against strangers tonight, found one person, and convinced them (using the language of divekicks) to ragequit on me in game three. Still got the moves! Now I'm alone.
  8. ah

    FOOTSIES

    Damn. I suck at this.
  9. That lame trap against the Boxer.
  10. I actually pretty much wasn't for about two years, then I foolishly took a new job which requires me to use social media and am currently struggling to avoid that leaking into my personal life. Check my posting history from a couple of months ago, though. As much as I miss people here when I'm not here (this is my favourite community on the internet and I'm sure you'll have fun here), I'll be gone again soon. I can live better without this thing which, as exciting as it was when it began, now exists to manufacture compulsions*, flatter moronic consumer behaviour**, and diminish the will. *Check the weird, and weirdly justified, desire of the post immediately below my first one here (including user-generated advertising for good measure), which, unless Darren's account has been hijacked, I can assure you was written by an otherwise thoughtful and sensitive human being. **Check the upvotes on the post immediately below my first one here.
  11. The less time I spend on the Internet, the less I struggle with these urges. The internet works dark magics of desire to make you want stuff you don't even actually want that much.
  12. ah

    FOOTSIES

    FOOTSIES is now out on Steam. Pros: - fun game which focuses on the most fundamental of fighting game fundamentals - it's by that hifight person who seems to be responsible for every fighting game tweet I ever read Cons: - it costs £2.89 and will probably last you about as long as that cup of coffee - not even I bought it (yet) But if any of you want to give it a go then I'll consider donating half my online poker fortune to the cause. Come find me on Steam.
  13. ah

    FOOTSIES

    Been in an Internet-free cave in the forest building meter for the last couple of years.
  14. ah

    FOOTSIES

    We're getting off the real subject. https://gfycat.com/poorbelovedamericanbadger
  15. ah

    FOOTSIES

    https://store.steampowered.com/app/1344740/FOOTSIES_Rollback_Edition/ No I didn't check to see if this was mentioned elsewhere. Due for release on 1st October. This is a long-available free local multiplayer PC game, which is getting rollback netcode for online multiplayer as a Steam release. Come see me in FOOTSIES, or just post your footsies memes below. First to post a Mike Ross gif gets read and appropriately whiff-punished. Unless I do it first because I'm the best.
  16. It's been two and a half years since I played against a human in this game; in that time I've forgotten footsies, anti-airs, matchups, self-control, and even which characters I know how to play, but despite my brain's forgetfulness there are apparently moments when my hands surprise me by just doing things without letting my brain interfere in the process. This whole ten second sequence occured with my brain off.
  17. Can you not just play Chun Li with your tongue like everyone else
  18. ah

    Shmups

    Learn the one you've got first! Otherwise you end up being a collector rather than a player. "One thing at a time" has improved my life more than I can say.
  19. ah

    Shmups

    If anyone needs me I'll be over on eBay typing M U S H I . . .
  20. I just played twenty minuntes of training mode on this for the first time in literally years, and, through the sheer power of the subconscious mind evidently still working on this problem for me through those fallow years, I'm now up to about 25% consistency with the dash ultra in training mode. I've lost the legs loop that I had just about nailed down before I left, though.
  21. They're probably just competing to see who can land some particular gimmick first for their Facebook feed, and you stopped doing the things that lets them set it up. Marvel online was plagued by it, as was Rocket League when I played that. JLM and I used to do similar (well, not kicking people, but choosing which matches to accept in ranked) in SFxT when we were playing at cross assault and farming footage for my famed "throwing people into combos" video. You know the tech I invented by myself and a friend helped me demonstrate.
  22. My colleague told me last week that Akuma, Ryu, Dan, Ken and Abel had all left their clothes in the changing room at work, but it turned out it was just a five gi hoax.
  23. ah

    Shmups

    In the interests of avoiding multiple post office trips I can post this tomorrow if anyone wants it for £35. Sorry for spamming and I promise I won't do it again! (EDIT: now sold)
  24. ah

    Shmups

    i never quite knew why I found Jamestown awkward but I think you're exactly right -- it's like they wanted to make a widescreen Cave shmup and they succeeded, only to demonstrate that you can get everything else right but the game style still actually works best with a narrow playing field. The game is still interesting though, especially if it's cheap. The core mechanic of burning the shield to score makes it really fun for a mediocre player like me to try and high score the first level repeatedly. Similar to death smiles in some respects.
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