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  1. I'm really interested that lots of people seem so underwhelmed by the focus both machines, but particularly PS5, have on loading times. I fell in love with consoles partly because they were so different from PCs and so utterly focused on gaming. The use of cartridges and the speed you could get into a game was a huge part of that for me. The simplicity and immediacy were wonderful. And being a parent, the sheer grind of swapping between games or loading a new one up is a huge waste of my very limited gaming time. I know it sounds prosaic, but I can't wait!
  2. Finally persuaded Diana to piss off yesterday after weeks of passive and not-so-passive aggression only to read a Eurogamer piece this morning that led me to discover she's currently the 7th 'most valuable' villager in the lunatic currency market that's broken out.
  3. Caroline blissfully unaware of the horror that stalks today's fishing tournament.
  4. Thanks ever so much @evil p. Really enjoyed seeing your island and really appreciated the turnip prices! Left a tip!
  5. Wild City is open again. My daughter is on at the moment but people are most welcome to visit. Code: 8BDBV
  6. Wild City - our shared family island - is open for a few hours. Native cherries and pansies but all the fruit. Bike and trike in Nook’s Cranny. Jester’s hat in the Able Sisters. Turnips at 105. We’ll be AFK most of the time, but visitors most welcome. Dodo: 3XWQ8
  7. Getting this old-school tape recorder inspired me to sit in bed last night and design the top belonging to the surveillance guy from the Lives of Others. My wife was baffled.
  8. Loving this thread as much as the game. I’m playing with my daughter being the main Islander, but if anyone fancies adding me up I’m on SW-0474-2520-6820
  9. Thanks, both. That's exactly what I feared. I'm really shocked - only had it a year.
  10. Anyone else had drift on their controller? My right stick seems to be registering an upward push that I can't correct. Never had that with a MS controller before.
  11. I have so enjoyed playing this game and while I have a bit of a mixed view about Gamepass in some ways, this is a brilliant example of it at its best. I wouldn't have played this otherwise and I'm really, really glad I have. It's such a rich and distinct world, something that's really lacking in the gaming landscape. It reminds me of The Witch or the Lighthouse because it's so bracingly different. I loved the relationship between the kids and the way it makes you feel protective of others - something that's again quite rare and often accompanied by irritating gameplay. I'd also recommend switching to the French audio.
  12. Picked this up in the Xbox sale and am only a few hours in but it’s really dragging me out of a gaming slump. Struggled to enjoy much this year and it’s giving me really pleasant Psi-Ops vibes combined with a really memorable location and a story that respects my time.
  13. Hewson

    Unable to kill

    This is such an interesting topic. I think a huge amount of it is about context and tone. There's no doubt that I've become less inclined to enjoy outright violence in games as I've got older, and there are some games I'd love to share with my kids that I just can't - Assassin's Creed stands out here, though they did a brilliant thing with the educational mode. But it's also true to say that one of my most enjoyed games of the last few years was Sniper Elite 4. In contrast, Tomb Raider has really stuck in my craw this gen and I think the issue there is that those games paint Lara Croft as having some kind of moral high ground which really jars with the extreme violence.
  14. I'm really struggling to get started with making levels. Is there a good guide somewhere? Found the pigeon videos fine but I feel like I don't fully understand the tools. Should I just jump in and blunder my way through?
  15. I also think it looks ropey - particularly the animation and the wookies - but I'm also getting a slight Psi-Ops vibe off it which is making me surprisingly optimistic.
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