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  1. Push left stick in runs, doesn't it? Not that there are many bits with no mindless shooting. It's a time capsule from 2002 for good or ill.
  2. Lots of broken stuff tbh. Was thinking about stacking another year whilst on offer but my auto-renew is £49.99 for premium (whichever the streaming one is) so not changing that. That's what I paid last month for a year too but thought it was a one time thing.
  3. Second this. 'Q' is a superb book made even better by ignoring the pseudonym and just pretending it was written by a pioneering 1980s footballer
  4. Soccer Story was fun from the demo on Steam. As mich like a football version of Golf Story as the name suggests
  5. That and pottage don't travel so well Here's my thoughts: https://www.thesixthaxis.com/2022/11/14/pentiment-review/ Love that writeup @BadgerFarmer jealous of the word count you were allowed Had to cut loads from my musings to fit the house style.
  6. In less academic taste, I was inspired to put together a Pentiment lunch for work today Been a while since a game made me do that...
  7. Something something, can't polish a terf.
  8. Well, *raspberries* to you both Tbf, though, if you don't have the patience to scroll past a few heartfelt history nerd comments then Pentiment may not be the game for you anyway Looking forward to hearing people's reactions to the game, whether from an 'over-educated' or layperson perspective. It's longer than I was expecting too with more going on than the quick synopsis suggests. I'm still mostly spending ages zooming out and enjoying the marginal animal illustrations.
  9. Loved the first few hours of this - had to step away whilst reviewing something else - but had to switch x and o around as could not adapt to dodging with x. Combat works so much better now. Makes more sense to me for x to be interact too. Oh, and switching on auto pick-up is a a great QoL improvement too, just wish it skipped the animation for it as well.
  10. Predator hand clasp.jpeg Hell yeah. There's a whole 'waning of the Middle Ages' vibe that makes me wanna go and read Huizinga again here to be sure.
  11. As a practicing early modernist scholar I'm increasingly ambivalent about periodisations as there was a lot of 'early modern' thought and culture in the 'Medieval' period
  12. This is true but the whole thing being wrapped up around manuscript culture makes it culturally medieval as the early modern is often closely connected to the printing press... That's from my own expensive educational perspective
  13. The England team is full of calm heads who turn up in the big matches. The batting depth is insane (Livingstone in at 7 with Curran to follow) and the bowlers know their roles. Whilst it wasn't a swashbuckling classic of a final (ground was too big for high score) it was a good close match that hinged on a couple of key moments. Stokes is a machine though.
  14. Great performance. Feel a little sorry for Pakistan as that injury to Afridi - and the resultant 5 balls from Ikhitab - really changed the game. Fully expected Livingstone to go 6 or out when he came in though
  15. I'm not a farmer of badgers but I can confirm that this is lovely. The manuscript stylings are beautiful and it feels like a real love letter to its inspiration. Gameplay is more prosaic but the writing has been really good so far. Embargo is tomorrow afternoon so full thoughts available from then.
  16. I've almost installed them at various times to see how bad they are but fortunately I've had too many actually good games to play Got the originals on Steam anyway.
  17. February for Vice City though so plenty of time.
  18. Nearly finished it and it's pretty much exactly what I hoped it would be. The only ironic criticism I would make is that it's not badly written enough at times Some wonderful phrasing and proper laugh out loud Marenghi-isms. Going to have to dig out a conference paper I gave on Marenghi and Clive Barker and write it up I think.
  19. Dreamcast works well on Retroid Pocket 2+ (and presumably 3). I'll still use my Pocket for the portability factor once I've got a Deck but can see why just having the Valve beast would be a viable option.
  20. There is some ludonarrative dissonance, sure, but I found the depiction pretty strong on the whole. Some explicit through cutscenes, some through mechanics, and also through the 3 companions, who all reflected or represented the competing aspects of Amicia's struggle with events around her - in general and specifically in regards to the grand narrative thrust.
  21. @Majora totally respect your take but mine is almost the polar opposite - in terms of story at least. The meandering is surely necessary as the leads don't know what is happening fully. The cycle of hope and despair that builds with each dead end accentuates Amicia's mental decline (interesting parallel with Senua here) and leads to a greater emotional heft when things reach an inevitable conclusion. The fact that these more contemplative aspects are sandwiched between episodes of frantic action also show that Amicia is forced into a path of action and murder against her better instincts. Like I said, thus isn't me saying you're wrong in your take, and I agree that the mechanics don't always match up to the setpieces' requirements.
  22. This is such a good post and needs to be printed out so that everybody is forced to read it before saying anything about the idea of criticism. I get this a lot as I teach students about the difference between reviewing, appreciating, and critiquing a text. It's partly why I often suggest students pick a text that isn't necessarily their favourite as they struggle to separate the popular understanding of the term with the academic/correct one. I remember Anita Sarkeesian having something similar at the start of every Feminist Frequency videos bit obviously the use of words was too much for the Gamergate chuds to understand.
  23. I'm not sure this is necessarily the case, just that the ability to play older games has previously been far more complex than other media. Books have been engaged in direct or implicit nostalgia since forever, music goes in clear cycles, film sees revivals, remakes etc. Gaming just requires a more transparent level of coding or porting work that is used to justify the price of these projects.
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