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  1. Yeah wtf are these MP packs? Presumably getting around some size issue with the patches. There’s another 12GB Specs Ops one as well. Updating for days.
  2. It’s a bit disappointing that The Mick was just Dee as a nanny, and AP Bio essentially Dennis as a teacher. Both are extended plotlines that could have been worked in and revitalised later seasons of Always Sunny tbh. Particularly Dee, they could’ve introduced those characters into the show without much of an issue.
  3. There is only one. I want a Wii Classic already.
  4. MS whole modus operandi has been merging the home console space into PC gaming. Hell, their flagship franchise was money-grabbed from PC. Great if you want that. I don’t. I think this hardware design is unappealing, not console warring - I would defect if MS had a killer app - but Sony has me hooked thanks to BC and their unmissable first party output.
  5. It’s a terrible fucking film. Awful. Best thing in it is Alan Rickman’s heroic turn destroying the pathetic wife, Emma Thompson. Get a life and a hair style, Emma.
  6. Amended. Just angry at the arseholes in charge of any successful company raiding public pockets. I don’t have any evidence they’re arseholes either.
  7. So can some smarter people clarify some parts of this article: Rockstar say the £37.6mill VGTR allowed them to create 1,000 jobs. This is misleading as there were no constraints on them doing so without the VGTR. I assume all those jobs average £37,600 salary? No. So, this statement is horseshine, isn’t it? UKIE says the £100mill total VTGR supports 4,320 jobs. The return on tax payer investment is £400mill gross value added. So if this were funded out of the colossal profits by the companies involved, rather than VTGR, then this would add an extra 20% value to our economy, right? How exactly does this contribute to the economy other than employment and taxation of those being paid below the national average and expected to work 100 hour weeks during crunch - despite claims this fund is entirely used to invest in those people? And then for further context there is this: https://www.vg247.com/2018/10/26/red-dead-redemption-2-royalties-report/ Take-Two royalty payments to Rockstar in 2017: $383 million most of which analysts suggest goes to the Houser brothers. Revenue generated by GTAV Online as of 2017: $6 BILLION. Take-Two royalty payments to Rockstar in 2018: $583 million. They issue a denial this is given to the Housers and say it is spread among labels and staff. Of course they issue statements like “we’re proud of the team”, “everybody benefits”, “So smart of the UK gov to recognise this industry” etc. But ultimately the taxpayer should not be offering tax relief where it is not needed. Especially to a company with a record of crunching employees and not paying tax.
  8. Does anyone have any recommendations on figure drawing tutorials? There are a few on udemy but they look a bit ropey and I want to draw Jamie Hewlett / Disney stylised characters rather than traditional superhero stylised.
  9. The male gaze is starting to date films as recently as the 00’s. Supposedly The Hangover has a “paging doctor fag” joke and that was 2009? I know that from an Aziz Ansari stand-up bit.
  10. Well, certainly the most watched. Edited: I retract the shade I threw at Coherence.
  11. It’s the strongest season since 9 or 10. Still a bit ‘off’ now though.
  12. 2010 Obvious standouts this year: 1. Scott Pilgrim Vs The World 2. The Social Network 3. Black Swan 2011 Oof this year was rough. Scraping the barrel here: 1. Melancholia 2. Bridesmaids 3. Killer Joe 2012 Another year worse than I remember: 1. Dredd 2. V/H/S 3. Life of Pi Special mention: Hobbit HFR (specifically the HFR cinema version) 2013 Now I have the opposite problem. Too many to call: 1. Before Midnight 2. Inside Llewellyn Davies 3. Her Runners-up: Wolf of Wall Street. 2014 What a year. So many amazing movies: 1. Grand Budapest Hotel 2. It Follows 3. Calvary Runners-up: Ex Machina, Whiplash, Nightcrawler, Gone Girl. I could honestly switch out Calvary for any of those, but I doubt it’d get a vote otherwise. I guarantee there are obvious favourites I will have forgotten.
  13. I guess we can’t see the bigger picture of what Rockstar brings to the local economy. With film/tv they at least visually showcase the area where they are filmed and in some cases generate tourism. I don’t see how that follows for a videogame company. It’s like that Ben Folds song ‘Free Coffee’. Fundamentally, I don’t think government’s should be bunging successful companies to stay put, and tax relief should only be provided when tax paid exceeds the relief amount.
  14. Let them go (they won't) and use the money to fund new talent to replace them. It only "works" because the rich are telling you that's how it works. And in the broader social context it's not working, because it's not how taxation is supposed to function and we're seeing a huge rise in poverty and deprivation at the lower end of the spectrum.
  15. And £80million of that tax gets donated to a company whose last GTA game made over $6 billion in revenue. Take from the poor to give to the rich. I don’t see how the next GTA game can claim any high ground from which to throw shade / satire in any direction. They'll probably take the Gervais route and punch down at woke culture.
  16. You're right, in that legal tax avoidance is common. But surely the point of the fund is to give smaller developers the opportunity to grow into a future 'Rockstar North'? Not subsidize a mega-rich and successful company? It's the same argument the bankers made after the financial crash. You've got to retain the "talent and wealth-creators" no matter how greedy their demands! It's a poor strategy - let them leave if they won't play by the rules - don't bend the rules until they agree to stay. But this is a broader, Off-Topic issue.
  17. Maybe Edge will ask them what's up with this? They could do a feature on tax avoidance and developer crunch and never get an exclusive feature again! Ha... ha...hmmm. https://www.taxwatchuk.org/rockstar_2019_tax_relief/ https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jul/29/grand-theft-auto-maker-uk-corporation-tax-rockstar-north-games So... as a dumb person, what's the deal? Is VGTR just a way of bribing Rockstar to keep it's studio and jobs in the UK? It seems a little bit cheeky (or should-be-criminal) to drain a government money pot (presumably tax payer's money) without paying anything back in tax, whilst turning over a ridiculous profit with one of the most successful franchises/studios in the industry.
  18. The textures and audio files for this game could be accessed and edited using basic MS apps. Me and a mate re-recorded loads of the dialogue to make each other laugh. It didn’t make it any better tbf. At the time this wasn’t a bad fps game, but it’s main hook was the Lock-Stock/Pulp Fiction criminal aspect. Since then GTA has blown it out of the water really. I think Soldier of Fortune did that not long after. And Half-Life. The only other memory I have is of it starting pretty well and then becoming very repetitive later on.
  19. Supposedly Fincher wanted 5 seasons and having looked at the background to BTK, a time skip would probably be needed. Maybe Fincher is confident he could return to this project in a few years when the cast are older. I read speculation the BTK stuff was juxtaposed as a way of undermining what the unit was doing... I didn’t think there was enough presented on the show to draw any conclusions.
  20. Some decent tracks on the album first listen, but could chalk that up to nostalgia. I could imagine a lot of these tracks playing in clubs circa 2002, but the year is now.... *checks* fuuuuuuuuu
  21. Would an extra vote have pushed Bloodstained into the Top 20? We may never know.
  22. No Season 2.
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