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  1. Currently reading The Talisman. I've read a third of the book and even for a King novel it feels like he really could have done with an editor to cut down on the repetition/bloat. Hopefully something slightly interesting will start happening at some point. Also, I don't know how two authors co-write a novel, but what I've read so far seems like fairly standard King to me.
  2. In my experience, whether or not mister can fully replace original hardware/games depends on how far down the rabbit hole you are. The actual gameplay feels the same on the mister as it does on my megacd, amiga etc, but the overall experience feels different, less satisfying. I speak only for myself here, but part of the fun of playing retro games has always been the sort of time machine effect that you get when you set up the original hardware, play some games on an amiga/snes/ps1 connected to crt, maybe flick through the manual/admire the boxart, the same way you did when the machine was new. It's hard to explain/discuss this side of retro gaming, as it isn't something that can be measured as easily as frames of lag, and it also very much doesn't fit in with the general tone of a lot of this forum's opinion on original hardware/games. I suppose one could either claim it's about the full/real experience of a console/moment in gaming history, or else just dismiss it as nostalgic nonsense. That said, for me there's more of a difference in how I feel about the fullness of the experience/level of enjoyment I get from playing between original hardware and a mister than there is between a mister and a pi 3 running 8/16 bit games on a crt (despite the amazingly huge differences in lag etc that supposedly exist but are in reality barely/not perceptible).
  3. Is this PS5 games price increase a UK/Europe only thing? Returnal is 7000 yen on amazon.co.jp, which converts to 46GBP and I'm pretty sure is roughly what most new PS4 games cost too. I paid 7300yen for Cyberpunk on release day (and didn't regret it).
  4. This subject and the inevitable wheeling out of the word "entitlement" always shows how throwaway a lot of gamers consider games when it comes down to it. As mentioned above, people don't assume that everyone who wants to watch a movie/read a book/listen to a song that came out in the 80s (or any other decade) did so in the 80s etc and anyone who wants to experience it now is clearly suffering from a bad case of entitlement and should enjoy one of the many movies/books/songs we've been blessed with in the past 7 or so years instead. Game studios are uniquely terrible at keeping old works consistently available and that's understandable enough in some cases, because of the difference in effort required to port a game to a new console vs rereleasing a movie on tape/dvd/blu ray/streaming etc. Less understandable with older formats where rereleasing involves drip feeding roms for an emulator. What's harder to understand are posts on a gaming forum that treat gaming history as uniquely disposable/worthless. Sure why would anyone care about games you can't buy/play anymore. Many of them are even "obscure" and therefore of even less value. Just get gamepass and be grateful for what you're given.
  5. Have to agree with this. The setting and basic plot seemed right up my alley but the game has some of the most repetitive and boring gameplay out there combined with a distinct lack of enemy variety. Also, it's been a while but the ending wasn't at all satisfying (maybe they can fix that in a sequel).
  6. Pretty sure DS carts don't use batteries.
  7. Not trying to force my opinion on others, just stating it in a thread about streaming services. Has been mentioned in other threads before, sure, but we've also had plenty of "gamepass is such amazing unbelieveable value, lets all talk about how great this currently heavily discounted subscription service is" type discussions too. Anyway, I don't come close to getting through 10 retail games in a year, never mind being able to get value out of a subscription service on top of that, so I guess we're coming at this from different perspectives. I just think those of us who don't get through huge numbers of games need to look past the hype and the idea of "500 games for a tenner a month" and think about how many of those we'll actually get through each month and that all those tenners a month add up to hundreds over a few years. To actually give my opinion on the question in the OP, I'd say it's a combination of a number of things. Gamepass IS clearly better than PSNOW as will be obvious to anyone who compares the game lists. PSNOW has a lot of negative baggage from when it was just a half baked streaming service/excuse for the ps4 to have no PS3 BC and sony probably should have renamed/relaunched it. Xbox series x/s currently have no exclusives so Microsoft and those who enjoy engaging in console related discussion can spend more time promoting/hyping gamepass. Gamepass is currently being offered at an extremely steep discount and the vast majority of people here haven't paid the "real" price for the service yet, so of course people are going to be happy with the value for money. I think the difference between game subscriptions and netflix etc is that games (other than Nintendo ones) tank in price after a few months and can be picked up for a pittance in the many many sales that happen regularly throughout the year. Also, with all the talk of overwhelming backlogs among gamers, it surprises me that people are so impressed by having access to a bunch of oldish 3rd party games (the exclusives will be a bigger deal when they eventually arrive). I fear the rise in popularity of subscriptions will reduce the number of firesales or the level of discount and if you want to play some game that's a year or more old you'll need to get that company's subscription service instead of buying it for tuppence in a sale. But to be honest, reading over this post, I do actually think I'm inadvertantly derailing the discussion if I continue in this thread, which wasn't my intention, so I'll bow out.
  8. If/when microsoft actually start releasing quality first party games in significant enough quantities perhaps I'll change my mind, but for now I don't quite get the appeal of either unless you are incredibly time rich and happy to play whatever's there, as opposed to some specific games you actually want to play, or are just lucky enough to have constant overlap of the two. Posting lists of non-new release 3rd party and indie games makes little sense to me. Things you can pick up for peanuts in the 50 sales per year and actually own. Like I said, there are definitely people for whom gamepass is great value, but I think it's far from a majority of adult gamers. If you have mountains of free time and sit around ploughing through single player games (but only the ones on the subscription service, if you spend 100 hours on Cyberpunk/Breath of the Wild 2, you're still paying the subscription for a month or two of an unused service) then it probably makes a lot of financial sense. The people I know with gamepass seem more inclined to marvel at how many games there are on the service and how great value it is, but not actually play enough of them to make it actual significant value for money for them as a subscription service. This is assuming the actual price of gamepass, not the temporary heavy discount. There's a psychological aspect to these subscription services too. They play on the idea of how much you could potentially play/watch/listen to, as opposed to reality of how you'll fit that into your life. I had psplus for nearly 6 years despite not being an online gamer at all. I used to marvel at the "free" monthly games and it was only after I eventually cancelled the subscription that I realised I'd paid hundreds of pounds, completed about 5 old games from it that I could have bought in sales for a few quid each and owned nothing once I stopped paying the subscription.
  9. Don't know where in Northern Ireland had one, but there used to be one in Dr Quirkey's on O' Connell St in Dublin.
  10. I've never seen it either. I've just never felt like going out of my way to watch it and it's never been placed in front of me. It starts to feel like maybe subconscious avoidance at some stage though when you haven't seen some mega blockbuster and years have passed since it came out.
  11. It's generally just a bit of dirt/grease built up under the button on the metal connector that the rubber touches when you push it. Can usually be solved in a couple of minutes by opening the pad and cleaning the metal under the buttons using a cotton bud and isopropyl. I bought 4 "broken" sfc pads last week, 2 of which had unresponsive start buttons and a quick clean of the metal under the buttons (I can't think of the correct term) had them all good as new (in terms of responsiveness).
  12. Still not seeing how that precludes them from being punk, or why you chose to namedrop SAW and not any other musician/producer, but fair enough..
  13. Why do you think that early 2000s amateur newgrounds(and other sites) browser games aren't punk at all and are instead like "SAW" ?
  14. Oh, right Never heard of them. Just looked it up on wikipedia and now I have even less idea what the similarity to edgy newgrounds garbage made by untrained amateurs is than when I thought you meant the low budget edgy horror movie.
  15. The movie? Not sure I get the comparison but I haven't watched it.
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