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Yup Fortnite has actually been praised because all the paid add-ons are purely cosmetic. Most games of its type make it so they help you progress.


You mean all of those years I spent calling my friends all the foulest insults in the books while playing NBA Jam and Goldeneye with them wasn’t social?


I suppose this is really a tech question, but it’s game related, so I figured I’d keep it in here. I’m trying to take screencaps from Day of the Tentacle Remastered. As I’ve got the GOG release, there’s no equivalent to the Steam client offering an in-built screencap function, so I’ve been trying to just use print-screen and then paste into my image editor of choice. Except every time I do it, it just pastes the first image Windows shows after I’ve alt-tabbed out of the game, rather that was on screen when I actually pressed print screen. Anyone know how/why it’s doing that and if I can force it not to?


Were they in the room with you? I happen to think a Mario Kart session without much swearing is pointless.


AC Origins is a very good game but when it fails? It fails hard.

Had a mystical vision quest that included a boss fight with a fuckin’ massive snake. You’re armed with a bow of light and infinite arrows, so fighting a huge snake in the underworld ought to be epic, right? No. Because the fucker is grey on a dark blue background and the camera doesn’t track it, so it devolves into moving the camera to find the fucker, aiming the bow - fuck, it moved. Just a very, very shitty sequence all round.

The other was a vengeance quest where two of the targets were literally underground with no clue of how to actually get to them. A YouTube vid solved that one, but it shouldn’t be needed.

Game gets an awful lot right, but these two were howlers.

Still, assassinating the Lizard was quite neat, especially as he was the same bastard behind the poisoned corpses earlier.



So, AC Origins - over the last three days or so I’ve really gotten to grips with this Legendary Predator bow I’ve got. It. Is. Nuts.

I’m on a ship, on a mast and I can see the Captain at the far end of the shore camp, far, far away - I line up a shot, which goes through mast lines, above tents, perfectly goes through trees - fire it off and, 2-3 seconds later, the guy drops dead. It has that level of range.

Later I’m in a fort, have taken out the watchtower guard - I have an elevated position, with three perfect killshots on the other three perimeter guards - to the back of the head. They never see it coming. You only ever get 9 arrows, well the quiver I have so far is 9, so you have to be careful, but damn, what this hits - unless it’s a super-armoured super-bastard - and there are some of those - dies instantly, especially if you pull off a headshot.

Hunting and Light bows are useful, haven’t done much with the Warrior bows yet.

Tonight’s Predator killshot? A Heavy enemy, on a ship, shot from the other ship’s top mast platform!


So what’s on tap for 2019 gaming? Let’s assume Last of Us 2 isn’t this year…what are you looking forward to?


Finished the main storyline of the Spidey game on the weekend - very well done; the story ends quite dramatically, and there are some great post-credit cut-scenes that provide hints for the sequel.

I am now still trying to rack up enough points to acquire all of the costumes and power-ups but some of the challenges set by Taskmaster are really hard.

(If you’ve played the game or aren’t concerned with story spoilers the “Screw it, we’re just gonna talk about Spider-man” podcast released a bonus episode to talk through the game - the podcast started as a Lee/Ditko era review show only, but they both loved the game, putting it up there as one of the absolute best Spider-man things ever (along with the Spiderverse film). They mention some the easter-eggs that I missed - a hospital invoice in one Harry Osborn related cut-scene has an invoice number that refers to the issue of ASM where Harry first appeared, for example.)


Death Stranding, except that it’s definitely not being released this year. So, aside from that, Ghost of Tsushima is exactly the game that I want to play. I don’t really like open world stuff since they always waste so much time, but when you’re playing a samurai in feudal Japan? What else would I rather spend my time doing? Although, I am not confident that’s coming out this year either.

So I think that just leaves me with the Resident Evil 2 remake, and I haven’t even played 7 yet!


Smash Bros. Melee was really great fun, and Rogue Squadron (plus its predecessor on N64 (with the RAM booster pack) - why haven’t they continued that franchise?

I’m in the minority, I think, but I really liked the GC controller, finding it very comfortable to hold, with buttons being exactly where they needed to be.


You’re not in the minority at all—they still make them for the Switch (primarily for Smash Bros, but still).


I just recall a lot of criticism at the time, comparing it to the PS2 and revamped X-Box controllers.

I’m also a big fan of the 64 controller, and I know that one copped some flack - but it was quite the groundbreaker, with its analog stick, rumble-pack, 3 options for directional controls, and the Z-trigger button.


Are we assuming that? Shit. I need that game right now.