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  1. 46 minutes ago, Fry Crayola said:

    On a tangent to that, I love the logo for the Johan Cruyff Arena:




    Specifically, I love that the IJ in the Dutch version of his surname easily passes as a Y. 


    For all I know that's some standard Dutch typography practice but I suspect not.


    It is: http://hannadonker.nl/index.php?/ongoing/dutch-ijij/


    It used to be quite common to interchange ij, the combination of both letters as above and the y in Dutch writing and it can still be done, but most names and words that use this diphtong have an established way of writing nowadays. It also results in some weirdness. To keep it football related, the football club Feyenoord gets it name from the part of Rotterdam they are based, Feijenoord, and play in Stadion Feijenoord (better known as 'De Kuip' (the Tub)) that has a huge sign on it that states 'Feyenoord'. So yeah, Dutch.

  2. 1 hour ago, SozzlyJoe said:

    Question on Warzone damage - if you get the drop on someone (approaching them from behind), but you have a shit weapon that you know with their full armour they can just absorb the damage and lazily spin round and fill you full of lead at their own convenience, what's the best approach? Is it still always a 2-hit kill melee? Headshot?


    You can perform a one hit execution from behind by holding the melee button. But it seems a bit erratic to apply. Otherwise your best bet is to go for an initial headshot with the pistol and then unload (preferably in the head if you can manage that, the armour also protects the head, but the headshot damage multiplier still counts). Regular melee isn't that powerful. The combat knife is though and I saw there are some muzzle attachments that power up your melee, but you won't have that just dropping in.  

  3. Upgrades for the sten (dependent on path) are:

    Quick Deploy

    Quick Aim

    Quick Reload

    Less Horizontal Recoil

    More Accurate Hipfire

    Improved Stationary Accuracy

    Magdump Hipfire

    Improved Moving Accuracy

    Less Vertical Recoil


    He did get a headshot too, so might be a lucky magdump from the hip... Still, if you get this a lot it seems buggy.

  4. In the documentation it reads that it is is only a requirement in Germany. I've played the open beta yesterday on an account that has no PS Plus, but on a PS4 that has another account with PS Plus (and has the PS4 as its primary PS4, I can use the other account to play other online games, but not to download the 'free games').


    So I'm gonna say 'probably not required'. But why not just try?

  5. Hang on, Rotterdam? I've noticed we're getting popular as a tourist destination, but this is somewhat unexpected. Finally I'll know my way around a map. And is that a Fokker DXXI!


  6. 8 hours ago, Thor said:

    I didn't realise there were no decent shots of the earth prior to the making of the film, so fairplay that is quite an achievement ... for its time. ;)

    The Mercury and Gemini missions of the early 60s returned with similar photographs of earth from orbit, so I don't think this is true. Still a nice shot.

  7. I'd like to try some more team play, so if anyone would like to add me for PS4 that would be much appreciated. I'm mainly a pretty good (fighter)pilot, decent sabre cavalry and gunner and positively mediocre in any other role.

    PSN: Bisclaveret

  8. My mum hated me going to the arcade. Kids smoking, drinking, and the threat of "he might get hooked on gambling" was always mentioned.

    The demise of the gaming arcade has actually made me hate fruit machines. On some subconscious level I hold them responsible for driving games out. I have very fond memories of cycling 25 miles to the seafront with some friends, ten guilders in my pocket, carefully deliberating what machine to spend it on (besides the sit in OutRun and original Star Wars of course) and watching the regulars play.

  9. Oh God, it all comes flooding back.

    Probably a considerable spread during early '80s in Vlaardingen, Holland

    My football club: Moon Patrol and Zaxxon

    Rival Football Clubs: Break Out, Phoenix and Choplifter

    Bar down Harbour: Pooyan and Yie Ar Kung Fu

    Late '80's in Schiedam, Arcade on Hoogstraat:


    Operation Wolf

    Bad Boys





    Terra Force

    Double Dragon

  10. I agree about the NES, but the Atari 2600? That was huge.

    True, but his point about the importance of the home computers for the (european) games industry is very good. Wouldn´t it be more practical to install emulators anyway? you can have some consoles as objects and might run some games, but it must be a nightmare to connect all in a teaching environment. Using emulators you can also show microcomputers and arcade games which were huge and dictated what consoles were aiming at for a long time

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  12. Amazing Cartoon Intro's what?

    Pfft, the Japanese track kills it.

    Not for twelve year old me and as a consequence the sound of it still does it for me while the japanes track doesn't. Anyway, did Macross even air in Europe in its original form? Same with Battle of the Planets vs Gatchaman (or, as I knew it, 'Strijd der Planeten'. Still got the scrapbook :wub: ).

  13. Robotech really got me excited, from the stirring intro and cool transforming fighters, to the fact that its characters often met messy ends. You didn't really get that in cartoons. Kids at school didn't really now about it, since it only showed on the not very popular 'Superchannel'. Now I know it was a mix up of Macross, Mospeada and Southern Cross, but that music still gets me going.

  14. In Kermode's S&S feature, he talks about transgenderism which he says was a feature of the novel being largely removed from the film, so I imagine it's more to the fore in the book, which I've not read. My own interpretation of the film was the (androgynous) girl vampire was referring to her vampirism rather than her gender when she said "Would you still love me if I weren't a girl?"

    Kim Newman's piece said that the novel contains a lot of backstory "including Eli's medieval origins and unsexing". Whatever that means.

    In the book Eli is a castrated boy. It even describes the castration when Oskar gets to 're-live' events from Eli's past when they kiss. Oskar starts out assuming Eli's a girl though. In the film you get a short glimpse of the scar, so it's the same I guess.

  15. I'm also looking for some books about the first World War from the perspective of the Germans, so any recommendations would be very welcome.

    The obvious choice is the classic anti-war novel 'Im Westen nichts Neues' (All quiet on the Western Front) by Erich Maria Remarque, a German veteran. It was published in 1929 and made into an acclaimed film in 1930 (there's also a not so good remake from the late seventies). It was banned by the Nazi's, who also took away Remarque's German citizenship. It's a novel though, not a history book, but gives a good account of the experiences of ordinary soldiers.

    edit: a bit late in reacting, sorry

  16. My first machine in the seventies was a pong clone. It had switches so you could play ´football´and ´icehockey´ (just pong with more bats really).

    My first proper gamesmachine was a Philips G7000 Videopac (living in Holland, Philips was a big player in the videogamesmarket for a while).

    Cartridges were very expensive, so I had only a few games available. I fondly remember getting up really early to play a Space Invaders clone called ´Space Monster´ on my lovely new machine.


  17. The look of the game is great, I can really see it loose its charm if they add too much detail. I've always wondered if the makers have seen the 70's Dutch kids show 'de Fabeltjeskrant', since the style is very similar:


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