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  1. They will then spend another generation with the same game topping the sales charts week after week. I won't be buying. Had my fill, thanks.
  2. A couple of garbage plats (#148 & #149, double stack of Ultragoodness 2 on PS4 and PS5) before finally cleaning up Death Stranding as my #150 milestone. I was impatient to finish DS and wanted it to be the milestone. 


    Loved Death Stranding (by Hideo Kojima). My first Kojima Game (a game by Hideo Kojima) but it certainly wont be my last (game by Hideo Kojima). I have no interest in getting into Metal Gear though, I just bounce off of that whenever I look at it. 


    More I read about Returnal the more glad I am that I gave it a pass at launch. It sounds interesting, but long runs don't appeal to me when it comes to roguelites, technical issues seem to be common, and a lot of RNG determining difficulty. And apparently the game requires you to learn an entirely new lexicon for simple concepts like "health" (which has been re-named "integrity" for no obvious reason, maybe it becomes clear if you play it). Urgh.


    Enjoying Hitman and might go clean up the Days Gone plat next.  

  3. A good primer on what the Epic v Apple lawsuit is all about, why it matters to the wider industry, and the evidence put to court so far.

    1. DrBloodmoney


      Or for the short version:


      “Two pairs of khaki’s called Tim, are having a playground slap-fight over who gets slightly more of your money”

    2. StrickenBiged


      Aye, but if Tim wins then, by analogy, Sony would have to take down its walled garden for digital sales. Whereas if Tim wins then everything stays as it is. Life would be interesting if Tim wins, but I think that Tim has the better legal argument. 

    3. DaivRules


      Interesting summary so far. Ramifications will be far-reaching depending on the outcome.

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    2. Stan Lee

      Stan Lee

      Hey, if it motivates Xbox to make high-quality games then all the better, might get a Series X sooner than later

    3. MidnightDragon


      Someone is going to be fired.

    4. StrickenBiged


      @MidnightDragon nah, all these documents are exhibits in the Apple v Epic litigation. They’re more public because they’re being referred to in court. 

  4. Sick burn. Tim Sweeny emails Tim Cook. Tim Cook "Is this that guy...?"



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    2. StrickenBiged


      @Dreakon13 See the top corner - Epic Inc -v- Apple Inc. It's the lawsuit about how Epic is trying to avoid the App Store 30% charge for in-app purchases, which Apple says is essential to cover the costs of maintaining the App Store, doing QA on apps and updates to apps, etc. Last year Epic put in a work-around to avoid the 30% and Apple and Google took Fortnite off of their storefronts. 


      This doc was referred to by one of the parties in the suit, so became public, as its a remote hearing being held "in public". While the docs are up I've been having a read. 

    3. Dreakon13


      Yeah I noticed the Epic v Apple at the top after I asked that. xD  Interesting stuff.

    4. StrickenBiged


      Some people have problems with this link but its working fine for me. Knock yourself out, there's 2 days of exhibits up so far:


      Other interesting tidbits: Spencer apparently wants xCloud on "other consoles", PS4 is the biggest userbase for Fortnite, Sony demanded that if there is more than an 80% difference between the revenues generated from VBucks and Battle Passes on other platforms and the proportionate amount of time those users spend playing Fortnite on PS4, then Sony gets a kickback to compensate it for providing the platform of choice. 

  5. Phil Spencer, 6 Aug 2020, email to Tim Sweeny: "xCloud on other consoles"...

    1. DaivRules


      File removed

    2. StrickenBiged


      Odd, its still there for me. Hang on, I'll screen-grab it. 




      I see what you mean now, it's showing as file-removed on my iPhone via Safari. Accessed via Brave on my PC the link works fine. 

  6. Some of this stuff from the Epic and Apple lawsuit is really interesting if anyone felt nosey.

    1. StrickenBiged


      From what I've read so-far of Epic's internal comms, it sounds like their first problem with Apple wasn't the App Store cut, but the approval process. Epic wanted patches to go live regardless of known bugs in the build, but Apple was too savvy and was stopping them from being able to push whatever build they wanted out. 


      Also fascinating stats on where Fortnite makes the most money and has the most users (PS4). iOS biggest mobile platform for downloads/installs, but DAU and revenue weak across all mobile. Mobile users tend to migrate to other platforms like console if they want to keep playing. 



    2. StrickenBiged


      Whuf! 70% of Division 2 sales on Epic Store were fraudulent at one point!

    3. starcrunch061


      You know, reading that letter, I have to say that the statement about how Division 2 was clearly the outlier reads poorly.


      "I know Division 2 had a bunch of fraud, can trust us that it's the only one!"

  7. Have to say, it's quite tempting to build up a shedload of easy plats and do something like this. Look at that spike.

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    2. StrickenBiged


      @snakebit10 Yeah, I'd basically be doing PS4/PS5 versions of the game if I did it, provided there is cross-buy. I wouldn't want to buy any game more than once. 

    3. starcrunch061


      All I gotta say is that if you want to spend coin on a bunch of ezpz plats, you better go up to #1 on the leaderboard, or you're just inviting scorn from the community.

    4. StrickenBiged


      I've never cared all that much about how other people view my profile. It's for me, and I have this compulsion about watching numbers go up... apparently!


      Albeit, not my bank balance for some reason... 🤔

  8. Might make an exception to my "don't buy it until you're ready to play it" rule and buy the PS4 version now while its on sale at £16, as I have wanted to play it for a while, then download the PS5 version later. Knowing my luck it will be a PS+ PS5 freebie though like Control was... maybe I've just convinced myself to wait after all...
  9. Hmmm. Maybe I am focussing too much on the negatives, but I've enjoyed 3 reviews from reviewers I generally agree with and I'm leaning towards waiting for a bit of a price drop before taking a punt on this one. The RNG sounds like it could do with some tuning - spending an hour+ on a run with there being a risk that you might come away from that with zero meta-progress sounds like it would seriously bum me out.
  10. I'd hope to see some more gameplay updates in any TLoU3. Adding the ability to go prone isn't going to cut it next time. As for the story, I'd hope that it wasn't so on-the-nose again. The first one was good because the characters were great and nuanced and the morality of the ending was ambiguous. There are theses written on whether or not Joel's actions were morally justifiable. The second one came nowhere near these heights; it left you no room for interpretation of the story or the morality of the characters involved.
  11. Lol. A TLoU2 thread and there are 3 mods sat on it. 😆

    1. DrBloodmoney


      "Another thread opened up lads"





    2. AK-1138


      Wonder what the ancient Greeks what discovered magnetism would make of TLoU's tendency towards attracting specific types of people? 🤔

  12. I didn't encounter this problem, but you are right that you are near the very beginning of the game. I'd just start again if you can't figure out a fix quickly. Hilarious game btw. Try to avoid spoilers. The only thing you need to know to get the plat in a single playthrough is to complete all side-quests and bug-captures before the very well telegraphed point of no return. Other than that you can play pretty much blind.
  13. What would it be called though? A Few More of Us. Not Quite the Last of Us? Us? Hat tip to Sacred Symbols...
  14. The first one was about Love, and everyone loved it. The second one was about Hate, and half of the audience hated it. Will this one be about forgiveness?