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About sonicReducer

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  1. [just thinking about what angle to get to Bo Ryan - is it possible to quickly check into his background - maybe find something that we could use as blackmail or bribery? e.g. his financials might be looking grim, maybe he has a sweet tooth for something off planet etc]
  2. The problem is that it will only get worse. It's gone from "only cosmetic" loot boxes to driving game design. The devs are making their games so long and boring and tedious to drive loot box sales. Not to sell DLC or cosmetics or skips or cheats, but to sell the chance for a skip. It's only going to go down hill because it's being driven by CEOs, CFOs, execs, accountants, MBAs, shareholders etc. These people don't care about enjoyable games. They just want bigger numbers on the financials - and it's our hobby that's being sacrificed so that a very small number of very rich people can get a little bit richer. Edit: this is how AAA companies are thinking: Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick brought them up in a call to investors yesterday. It’s a roundabout way of saying “microtransactions” and Take-Two, the parent company of 2K Games, 2K Sports and Rockstar Games, is prioritizing development that integrates them into the overall game. That shouldn’t be much of a surprise. Zelnick yesterday boasted that they account for 42 percent of the company’s revenue over the most recent quarter. “We've said that we aim to have recurrent consumer spending opportunities for every title that we put out at this company"
  3. [Gotcha Eddie, I think everyone is pretty toasted tonight. Maybe best to all meet up back at the hotel and take stock, decide on next steps. I feel like I need a detox after all this cheap booze] Nathan downs his last drink, throws up his wide grin "well ladies and gents, it has certainly been educational, and emotional. Mostly emotional, but the good kind so don't feel bad. My boss will have me working on advertising contracts and stock payout incentives before the sun comes up so I better go and try to get some sleep." Nathan winds his way around the crowd towards the door. @DrunkCorsair [Konrad, got everything you needed from that techie? You ready to bounce?]
  4. I found enactor's websites super useful for looking at uniforms for painting minis, although it's mostly only useful for the more 'popular' periods. I remember looking at prices for a 95th Rifles uniform, it was well in the 1000's for uniform, rifle and all the various bits and bobs.
  5. Yup I've been playing a lot of Path Of Exile (and spent a fair amount on the game too) But I agree, for years I hesitated about AAA releases and usually waited for a price drop. Now I'll probably just avoid games like Shadow of War
  6. These open world games are 75% tedious busy work.
  7. In the UK it's common to be buy a flat / apartment, but you'll usually have to pay a monthly fee towards building and ground upkeep. The building my mother in is all fully owned, they're not allowed to be rented out at all
  8. The new one. I love System Shock so thought this would be good as they are compared a lot
  9. Picked up Hollow Knight. Figure it's 'cute' enough I can play with my kids watching. Also interested in SOMA but still got Alien Isolation, Layers of Fear and Outlast to play before I pick up another horror (I know it's more psychological but it's similar)
  10. Anyone played Prey? Thinking of picking it up
  11. I moved from London to the North because London is so ridiculously overpriced. My brother-in-law bought a tiny 2 bed flat for £350,000, did it up and sold it for £420,000. That's nearly DOUBLE what I paid for a 3-bed detached house.
  12. [Guys, we have an issue. I don't mean to alarm anyone but you should be a little alarmed I think. I've been downing beer for hours and I gotta go so bad and I dunno where the loo is and I think in a place like this it's probably really gross and got all bikers everywhere gonna stare at me when I'm trynna wee. Jokes aside a couple of Druze jokers are outside schmoozing with some fellas who don't look like kindergarten teachers. Kinda the exact opposite. Coca-cola driver sounds like we've eliminated a potential fixer - and possibly some help. Stay safe and don't drink as much beer as me seriously]
  13. We had a gift package sent from my wife's family in Oz to her, her sister and brother - all presents for the kids. We still haven't actually got the package as my wife hasn't paid the £20 customs charge to pick it up yet. Her poor cousin was mortified and massively embarrassed by this stupid charge
  14. Enjoying "Failien: Isolated me in a cupboard and then ate my brains" Jokes aside was happily suprised to see it was written by Dan Abnett. Graphics and sound are superb Also decided to try BF1. Not liking the gunplay much. Conquest is pretty good. Don't think I'll last long with it