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  1. Launching in direct competition with Google Stadia, the xCloud service is now available on Android but not on Apple. Do you think this'll be a clever move for MS with the next generation of consoles just around the corner? Or could making Xbox games available without the requisite hardware be like shooting themselves in the foot?
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    Virtual Reality

    That's really the crunch isn't it? Cost. PC gaming didn't really take off until the price came down to something affordable by Joe Public. The same is going to apply to VR. Until it becomes accessible it'll always be a specialism.
  3. My introduction to gaming was via the local arcade. Games like Golden Axe and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, later Street Fighter, Outrun and Afterburner. I spent a small fortune chasing high scores. Seems as though there are few arcades these days, primarily because you can play anything like from the arcade in the comfort of your home. Does anyone still choose to go to the arcade?
  4. Probably the best GTA game to ever hit stores. San Andreas and Vice City were both quality GTA titles.
  5. I'd probably go for the S over the X. It's significantly cheaper and there's very little difference between them. The lack of a disc tray isn't an issue for me as I don't often buy physical media. I don't have a 4K TV so that's pointless too. The X is more powerful but not overly. As an entry level machine, Microsoft might have seen a way to beat Sony for once.
  6. Has anyone played much in the way of VR games? I have seen a lot of new titles which are VR. The HL Alyx game is tempting but I don't know enough about the technology and interface to take the plunge. Seems like a heavy investment to test it out. Exmple: Oculus Rift is £400 here in the UK. What are your thoughts and experiences of VR gaming?
  7. Indie is the only place to go if you want originality. There's very little in the AAA world which breaks new ground. Perhaps the increase in uptake in VR will change that a bit. Fingers crossed.
  8. User reviews would be a great addition. User reviews are the first thing I look at when considering buying a game. With them not being on Epic I find myself looking elsewhere for reviews before making a purchase. Seems silly they don't have them.
  9. We all have a game which either escaped notice at point of release or that we never got around to playing despite it being hugely popular. Mine is Star Craft 2. As a massive RTS fan its inconceivable that I missed this huge title when it was released. I always meant to give it a blast but never got around to it. Newer titles always tempted me away from it. Which game have you never played but really, really, wished that you did?
  10. Has anyone seen a list of exclusive playstation 5 games yet? I know Microsoft have released there exclusive launch titles and they do look good. I've always been a Playstation gamer and never owned an Xbox but S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, State of Decay 3 and Halo Infinite are tempting me away from the Sony machine. What has the Playstation 5 got coming out to tempt me back?
  11. A lot of people are unhappy that Steam has gone in the direction of social etc. Its a gaming platform after all and it seems they just want to add more bloat with each update. Trading cards? Who's interested? Groups? They just replicate Discord servers - badly. I don't want Steam for anything other than a gaming platform. Epic it seems is just a gaming platform.
  12. Zak

    8gb ram still worth?

    The short answer is no. The slightly longer answer is you will still be able to play some games with just 8 gig but you want at least 16 to play most 'heavy' (assume you mean major AAA titles) on anything but minimum settings without major frame rate issues. Ideally 32 gb of ram is desirable, but 16 should be adequate. Both the PS5 and Xbox Series X have 16gb so that should give you some idea of an industry standard moving forward. If you have only 8 you're going to be left behind as most games will default to 16 as a minimum. If you're unsure if you can play a particular ga
  13. It's a difficult pill to swallow isn't it? As a gamer I want to scream "NO!" at my own thought process but the scary, inevitable truth is staring me in the face. I get it, don't misunderstand me, gaming is a multi-billion dollar industry and a dev studio can live or die by their last game. If they put out an unsuccessful title they don't earn enough to produce the next title. Its a bold move to do something different as failure can lead, ultimately, to the loss of revenue. Its safer to put out something you know works. Just look at Call of Duty; how many versions have their been now? And playe
  14. I apologise in advance for a bit of a rant here, but what on earth happened to original game development. Everything seems to be a copy of a copy of a copy. Its not just in games - Hollywood is just as guilty - but lets look at some titles coming out soon which are little more than reskins. There are two off the top of my head: WH40K - Darktide. It's by the same developer as Vermintide. They couldn't even be bothered to change the name significantly. Just take off Vermin and add Dark. This is a copyof Vermintide to appeal to a wider audience. Humankind - Take Civ 6 (or Civ 3, 4, 5 a
  15. I'm not disputing it'll be a fun game, please don't get me wrong, I just don't see the point of taking an existing fun game and painting it a different colour and pretending its a different fun game. We see this too much these days. Cash grabs, cheap attempts at bringing in more buyers just by taking an existing game and tweaking it. Whatever happened to originality?
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