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  1. And yet another strategy for dealing with shopkeepers in that narrow exit channel, is to throw a corpse (caveman or damsel) in with them, then stand level with them outside the channel. They'll shoot the corpse and bop themselves over the head repeatedly until death. My most common way to rob the first shop is to stand on the second item as you enter. Then press jump and bomb at the same time. Your jump should land you on top of the angry shop keeper and give you enough time to steal his gun and get a shot in.
  2. Anyone else done the 'preload' for this? I was expecting it to take quite a while, given it's 150GB and all, but it seems to have just downloaded about 150MB and told me I'm ready.
  3. I'm going to assume you're using Chrome here, but other browsers also have a very similar flow to this... You can press F12 in the browser to bring up developer tools. Then there is an icon to show the device toolbar (CTRL + SHIFT + M if you can't find it). This can be used to trick the browser into thinking you're on a mobile device using the dropdown list to select which type of device you want to emulate Click about to max out your mobile searches, then press F12 to drop out of developer tools again. Best part is it remembers your settings, so the day after it's as simple as pressing F12 to switch in/out of mobile mode.
  4. There's also a bunch of achievements, which at first glance probably look impossible and ridiculous, but that's what kept me coming back at first. Now I'm over 600 hours deep, all achievements collected (including the two player achievement which I completed by carrying the other player through the game )... I still come back daily, for the daily challenge The daily challenge sees everyone compete on a single attempt at an identically seeded level. I've only finished first in the world once on that, but I've also had a number of top 10 finishes which are super satisfying. You really have to squeeze every trick in the book to compete at that level, but this is a game that rewards the time invested. So yeah, as with MarkN and others have eloquently described, the original (HD remake I suppose) is the best game ever in my opinion, and a day one purchase for sure here. Cannot. Wait.
  5. New season of "Selling Sunset" added today. I expect as a middle age man I'm not their target audience, but it's fabulous 'real life' drama. Top of my guilty pleasures list.
  6. Clearing 150GB of free space in preparation
  7. Netflix have been gaining over 1 million new subscribers a month recently. Just in the UK alone. It's not a great time to make a protest cancellation unfortunately.
  8. I'm not on Samsung (LG here), but there have been two app updates in the last two days. Might be worth checking for updates?
  9. I was trying to watch Civil War earlier, and the framerate was very poor. Fast action scenes were difficult to watch. Is this a consequence of some bandwidth throttling then?
  10. I would say I'm a massive fan of pinball. My first love was Pinball Dreams on the Amiga, and a good few years later I fell in love with Star Trek TNG pinball in real-life whilst working a Saturday job. Many more years later I went to a pinball meet, joined the amazing UK pinball community and now help organise massive pinball events up and down the country. Those were the three most significant events, but along the way some video pinball highlights for me would be: - Pinball Arcade (on Android tablets for me, but other platforms available). For a good few years this set new standards in emulating real life pinball machines. As with mostly all video pinball, it still doesn't come close to the real thing, but the looks and sounds are spot on. Fantastic for picking up rules knowledge. In the last year or two though they've lost the licence to Bally/Williams tables, so their range of tables on offer now is pretty poor. Farsight as a developer have always had issues with bugs too, which makes it hard to strongly recommend. (Stern Pinball Arcade, Farsight's other offering with just modern Stern tables, is a horrible bug fest for example). - Pinball FX. Loved this to bits. Really well designed tables. Some of the early tables were pretty obviously 'inspired' by real-life tables with near identical layouts, but later tables really brought some cool new features that in many cases I've considered converting to real life mechanisms. The leaderboards and ability to compete online really helped this game to shine, though it does become an endurance marathon to really get to the top of the online tables in many cases, with some games going on for literally hours at a time. In the last year they've acquired the Bally/Williams licence, so have started to emulate many of the classic real tables. - Visual Pinball (PC). For anyone not aware, this is basically the MAME equivalent of emulated pinball. It's an absolute nightmare to set up, and requires a decent PC if you want to emulate the more modern games, but it is a really great way to try out a huge range of classic real life tables in emulated form. If you really dig into this you can use Visual Pinball to design your own games. I know the guy who made a load of the Alien themed VP tables (amongst others) and based on his work in VP was later hired by Heighway Pinball in the UK to actually make the real life Aliens pinball machine.
  11. That's awesome. BM66 is one of my favourite machines from recent years. Highly unlikely anyone could manage this on that laggy remote play machine, but ... https://youtu.be/GzqKmzh6gps
  12. Was there any single episode where she didn't do the trembling lips 'look how sad I am' thing? Man that got old fast.
  13. This is much better than I thought it would be. Fair amount of lag, as you might expect, but not entirely unplayable https://www.surrogate.tv/game/batman66 Supports multiplayer games, high score tracking and everything. Slick!
  14. Wizcat

    Demon's Tilt

    My scores on Xbox aren't updating to the leaderboards. I have a few scores between 2 and 3 billion now, but my best on leaderboards is just shy of 2b. Also still haven't unlocked a couple of achievements which is puzzling. For decent scores, pay attention to what the instructions on the right are telling you to do. There are three playfields top to bottom. You need to spell ZODIAC on the top one, ARCANE on the middle, and HERMIT on the bottom one. First thing on each playfield is to hit the ramp it tells you to, indicated with a green 'start' arrow too. That announces 'Ritual start' and updates the instructions on what to do next. Along the way there are other things you can be doing. Hitting the face spawns lots of demons, and killing the demons adds to the 'pachi' counter. Get the ball into the basket above the face to collect those pachi, which builds up your bonus multiplier which you can collect at the anvil/hammer thing on the bottom playfield. If you keep getting the ball into the basket it also progresses you through Disciple, Clerical, Blessed (D, C, B etc) up to A where it starts a multiball. There are other multiballs too. One on the top playfield, one as the Wizard mode (when all playfields complete), and a weird one where you shoot the eyes out of the demon on the lower playfield. Concentrate on working through the rituals though for big points, and let other things happen by 'accident'
  15. No, it's good because it fits the remit of being identifiable as a Bond song. It's something all the classic Bond songs have done well since Dr No established the classic Bond theme. View to a Kill has the orchestral stabs from it, as does Goldeneye. Adelle's take has the orchestral swells. This take has the twangy guitar. It would be trivially easy for these musicians to just make an original theme. It's harder to make it feel like a Bond song whilst still bringing something new to the table. I think this fits the bill perfectly
  16. Couldn't disagree more. I love this song. I heard it on the radio yesterday (without any context) and about halfway through I was trying to remember which Bond film it was from. It was only when it ended they explained it's the new song. The guitar that features heavily throughout the second half is surely Bond enough, and that discordant chord that ends the song is first introduced about 1 minute in.
  17. Episode 4 was the first of two episodes this season directed by Frakes. So there's a decent chance the other one is going to be ... alright?
  18. Episode three, and Dr Jurati is back (the cybernetics expert from the Daestrom Institute)
  19. Good Time is the better film of the two I think. Having just finished Uncut Gems I'm now ready to forgive Adam Sandler, but I also need valium.
  20. New floor opened up at Bury. That's three full floors of gaming there now (and price unchanged)
  21. Wizcat

    Demon's Tilt

    Half the fun in pinball is figuring out what to do. But if you're completely new to pinball even the basics might not be too obvious, so without giving too much away... I think it's fairly obvious that there are three 'tables' stacked vertically. It's less obvious that there is some instruction text about what you should be doing next on each table over on the right side. In general you do something to start a mode (usually shoot a ramp), then you do something different to complete that mode. Completing a 'mode' awards a letter on the table, and completing all letters on all tables starts the 'wizard mode' Generally trying to follow the guidance that the game is giving you is the ticket to decent points. (My best at the moment is about 1.something billion)
  22. Wizcat

    Demon's Tilt

    That's criminal! It's still fairly hard to find a pinball machine 'in the wild', other than the odd one in a pub sometimes. There are a few good sites in London (with multiple games), 'Tilt' in Birmingham has a good few, and Arcade Club in Bury also. At 'Play Expo Manchester' in May we're hoping to have about 90 or so pinball machines on freeplay (along with all the other retro gaming cabs etc). https://www.playexpomanchester.com Drop me a PM and I can give you a discount code to tickets if interested? There are also regional pinball leagues where you can spend the afternoon playing a collectors private collection in a friendly competition. I've been at one in Yorkshire all afternoon today playing 15 or so games, eating pasties and meeting friends, all for £5. http://ukpinballleague.co.uk/ Loads of opportunities to fix this crime
  23. Source? I did some minimal research and did not come to that conclusion at all. https://www.statista.com/statistics/818419/world-tv-market-share-by-type/
  24. Don't buy from Liberty. Waay overpriced. Same for Home Leisure Direct. They just buy pins from the home hobbyists, then jack up the price and resell them. They bought my TZ a few years ago for £2k, then sold it a week or two later for about £5k :/ Addams is still going up in value, but you should be able to get a pretty decent one for about half that price - £4k to £5k.
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