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  1. Now confirmed: https://deadline.com/2022/05/paramount-channel-5-challenge-anneka-global-briefs-1235030202/amp/
  2. If Max can catch Perez then they will do it. I can’t see them slowing Perez down, Russell is too close edit: Looks like Verstappen will catch Perez pretty quickly which makes it a no brainer
  3. Verstappen still needs to pit again, so it might get interesting near the end, particularly depending on what others need to do
  4. Is Verstappen on softs or mediums? The graphics keep changing
  5. Perez should win from this point
  6. Verstappen is such a dick to his team
  7. The problem for RB is that copying isn’t itself banned - obtaining information illegally or, since 2021, doing mechanical tracing using software or hardware is banned. The FIA rule book on the reverse engineering rule introduced in 2021: If Aston Martin got lots of publicly available photos or footage of the Red Bull and then either traced it by hand using pencil-and-paper into technical drawings for import into CAD or did a freehand copy straight into CAD then it would be within the rules. My guess is that’s what AM did and they knew the FIA would come knocking so they thoroughly documented the process.
  8. The only interesting question is if FIFA have quietly partnered with a major player (someone like 2K or maybe Epic) that will throw money at making a legit EA Sports FIFA competitor, giving FIFA either part ownership or a gross cut. If they have, such a game would have had to have been in the works for several years already and you would have thought we’d have heard about it by now, but you never know.
  9. I would imagine (hope?) it will just be “FC 23” etc akin to the other games. All their major franchises, including FIFA, are technically prefixed wirh “EA Sports” already. Using an acronym handily sidesteps localisation issues which is probably why they chose it.
  10. I don't disagree but Madden Ultimate Team and NHL Ultimate Team are already things to be fair.
  11. EA will just rename the game their game and spend a small fortune launching their new football brand (something ultimate team, probably). FIFA will lose out on a lot of money as they got a bit too greedy and got their bluff called. It’s a bit of a lose-lose really. Edit: Just saw they are calling it EA Sports FC which is an awful awful name.
  12. Looks like Square-Enix is retaining Square-Enix Europe (Eidos’ publishing unit) and associated IPs (Just Cause, Outriders, Life is Strange) so it’s not a complete withdrawal from western games development and publishing, although I imagine they will have less to do without their in-house studios and associated IPs.
  13. There’s been recent press reports that Channel 5 is working on a reboot of Challenge Anneka, so they’re both potentially true.
  14. I don’t get why Sega is so insistent on the “no lives” thing. For all the people it attracts through accessibility, it must put off at least as many by messing about with the original mechanics.
  15. Osman is leaving Pointless: https://twitter.com/richardosman/status/1512402144980529157
  16. Got around to playing and finishing this (inc all the coins, with limited cheating) - it’s fairly polished but pretty bland, uninspired and forgettable, sadly. A couple of the secrets could have done with a bit more signposting to prevent the need for said cheating. It’s better than NSMB2 but that’s not saying much - I wish I’d spent my time replaying one of the SMB1-3/SMW/NSMB instead. I hope they have some better ideas when they next dust off the corpse of 2D Mario.
  17. UKIE: UK Consumer Games Market Valuation 2021 – how much money did people in the UK spend on video games?
  18. The post-credits scene has leaked and it’s
  19. I don't like the branding. I get why they did it - Plus is very successful (and Now is not), it allows for upselling, and it's vague enough to give them flexibility - but "Plus Extra" and "Plus Premium" are not great names to sell a service and its benefits. Not saying "Xbox Live Gold", "Xbox Game Pass", "Xbox PC Game Pass" and "Game Pass Ultimate" are ideal either, but it does at least sell Game Pass as a distinct entity and it's a little less vague than "Extra" and "Premium". You can also tell the difference between Microsoft, who have commited to this is the future, and Sony, who clearly don't and are being a bit non-committal about what the service will contain. It also feels like no-one is really committing to making streaming a success - it feels more and more like a dead end. Maybe I'm wrong and this will be quoted as being embarassingly wrong in 10 years but right now, no-one is making the effort and investsment needed to convince end-users to make the leap.
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  21. I thought Claptrap was a fun contrast against the dismal depressing darkly humorous world of Borderlands 1 and was the right side of “deliberately irritating”… then they seemingly made every single character Claptrap in 2, with Tiny Tina being the worst of the lot.
  22. Couple more started over the past two weeks: One and Six Zeroes - Sundays, 6pm on Channel 4 - hosted by Dara O Briain, it’s a trivia quiz where getting a question wrong decimates your answer by removing a zero. The mechanics of the game are fine and Dara is agreeable but sadly it’s a slow, boring slog. Bridge of Lies - Weekdays 4:30pm on BBC1 - A quiz where players have to get across the floor within a time limit by selecting correct answers. Hosted by Ross Kemp. None of that sounds appealing but the twist is that it’s actually good, more than fills it’s time and is genuinely exciting. Recommended if you get the chance to catch it.
  23. https://community.amd.com/t5/gaming/announcing-and-first-look-at-amd-fidelityfx-super-resolution-2-0/ba-p/516395
  24. Reposting in spoilers below in case you block Twitter: £5.99/mo or £50/yr. I like Taskmaster a lot but this seems somewhat niche.
  25. ERA yearbook for 2022 is available. ERA is the UK trade body for entertainment retail. Some fun stuff in there - the average "PC download-to-own" purchase in 2021 was £8.90. Overall videogames revenue declined by 3% vs 2020 (lockdown year). FIFA was the the only title to sell over a million units in the UK last year.
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