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    iainl reacted to dogbert in Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4 and Beyond Discussion   
    The Doctor Strange "What If" was top notch. This week's was absolutely dreadful. 
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    iainl got a reaction from Angry the Clown in Epic vs Apple   
    The more I think, the more the whole thing is a complete mess. Because they don’t get any money from Adobe CC subs either. 
  3. Bravo
    iainl reacted to Angry the Clown in Apple Discussion Thread   
    I finally fixed it. I closed the app and this time deleted the Genius.itb file from the app package contents, then rebooted into Music in safe mode (not the Mac's safe mode, but just holding option+command and booting Music app into a safe mode independently) and everything is now back to normal.
     
     
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    iainl reacted to Angry the Clown in Halo Infinite (Xbox, PC) - Releasing December 8th, 2021   
    What makes this is especially funny (by which I mean embarrassing) is that I was literally looking at something Leica related just before reading this. In my defence I DID say that I have other interests that swallow up the bulk of my spending.  
     
    Specifically in terms of entertainment spending though, which was really what I was getting at, I think games have indeed been a uniquely, or perhaps more accurately put, consistently expensive hobby compared to books, music, cinema/dvd/blu-rays...etc, and I say that as someone with a horrible history of regularly spending north of £100 on a single monograph to sit on my already overstuffed bookshelves. 
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    iainl got a reaction from Angry the Clown in Halo Infinite (Xbox, PC) - Releasing December 8th, 2021   
    That’s a very interesting and nuanced argument, AtC. 
     
    I am, naturally, ignoring any obligation to give it a similarly serious and nuanced reply, because I’m still laughing at someone who has purchased multiple Leicas calling gaming “a uniquely expensive hobby.” 
     
    Sorry. 
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    iainl reacted to Angry the Clown in Halo Infinite (Xbox, PC) - Releasing December 8th, 2021   
    Firstly, fuck you too obviously. I think I'm simply wrestling with the (inevitable) reality of games now following music, movies and TV down the path of online platforms making them feel instantly disposable, and how that has altered the way we consume and respond to entertainment, and has even altered the way creators might think about work they produce. 
     
    Game Pass is brilliant, and almost seems tailor made for someone like me who still likes games but has other interests that are more likely to swallow up the lion's share of my disposable income. Consequently the value such a service offers feels like something of a culture shock given the history of gaming being a uniquely expensive hobby, and one that I might otherwise feel priced out of this generation. If there's a philosophical point, it's more about how these things have changed our engagement with media rather than the question of our enjoyment. 
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    iainl got a reaction from JoeyN in Upcoming Movies The Trilogy (Part III)   
    Damn and blast. Top Gun Maverick has been put back to May 27th next year. Which presumably pushes Mission 7 back as well. 
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    iainl got a reaction from Brandon H in Xbox Series X/S — Next Gen Consoles Coming November 10, 2020 (X for $499, S for $299)   
    It’s very nicely done. It’s just that buying a bundle with a second black controller was the only way I could source my Series X in the first place last year, and the three Xbox One controllers in the house work with it as well. I really don’t need any more. 
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    iainl got a reaction from dogbert in Xbox Series X/S — Next Gen Consoles Coming November 10, 2020 (X for $499, S for $299)   
    It’s very nicely done. It’s just that buying a bundle with a second black controller was the only way I could source my Series X in the first place last year, and the three Xbox One controllers in the house work with it as well. I really don’t need any more. 
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    iainl got a reaction from Angry the Clown in Microsoft Flight Simulator [PC]. Coming to Xbox Series X/S July 27th 2021   
    Since it's possible to have custom liveries, I give it 24 hours at most between plane launch and one being available.
     
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    iainl got a reaction from Whooter in Xbox Series X/S — Next Gen Consoles Coming November 10, 2020 (X for $499, S for $299)   
    Took a look, nobody had posted, unless I have the wrong room. 
     
    But I turned it off after about 40 minutes of being terminally bored. Bungie’s was far better, with hardly any dead space. 
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    iainl reacted to JFo in Quake [enhanced for Xbox/PC/Playstation/Switch] - Available Now   
    It is if you don’t have a PC. 😁
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    iainl reacted to Rainmaykr in Racing Wheels and stands/setups   
    Yeah, just the seat. The company sells a traction platform that slides the whole rig side to side on 2 independent front and rear rails, this Motion V3 just moves the seat. Together they make quite an experience, but the single greatest immersive upgrade one can do is just move the seat, imo. It's impressive how even just a slight movement can create a deep connection with the action on the screen.
     
    If you add an Oculus, watch out, brother!
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    iainl got a reaction from Angel P in Disney+   
    Well, this week’s What If…? rather knocked it out of the park. 
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    iainl got a reaction from dogbert in Disney+   
    Well, this week’s What If…? rather knocked it out of the park. 
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    iainl reacted to Angry the Clown in The Retro Gaming bug   
    God. It really is as if anything nice in gaming can't be free from being slathered in dogshit these days, isn't it? 
  17. Annoyed
    iainl got a reaction from Angry the Clown in The Retro Gaming bug   
    It’s a great lineup, and I was about to preorder one, but it’s the same bunch of people who have performed some of the worst IP trolling and dodgy retro stuff of recent times. Even if they deliver, I don’t want to give them money. 
     
    https://boingboing.net/2019/11/18/horace-goes-copyright-striking.html
     
    This is the same bloke behind the whole ZX Vega mess, if you remember that. 
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    iainl got a reaction from Angry the Clown in Apple Discussion Thread   
    My Garmin is the chunky old Fenix, so I’d definitely want the largest size Apple if I went that route. But tbh this does everything I need it to, so I won’t upgrade until it dies. 
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    iainl got a reaction from rustyjaw in Microsoft Flight Simulator [PC]. Coming to Xbox Series X/S July 27th 2021   
    So while I couldn’t get under the Bay Bridge without it deciding I’d crashed even when it looked like there was plenty of clearance, the game did let me do that with the Golden Gate. So the game is afoot for finding more.

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    iainl got a reaction from Romier S in Microsoft Flight Simulator [PC]. Coming to Xbox Series X/S July 27th 2021   
    Sunny Chesham, if we’re playing that game. 

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    iainl got a reaction from Brandon H in Microsoft Flight Simulator [PC]. Coming to Xbox Series X/S July 27th 2021   
    Sunny Chesham, if we’re playing that game. 

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    iainl got a reaction from Angry the Clown in Microsoft Flight Simulator [PC]. Coming to Xbox Series X/S July 27th 2021   
    Oh, and MS said last year that they’re not making Photogrammetry a priority at the moment. It’s too messy, takes a load of work, and they can get the oblique view mapping of a far wider area done for the same amount of work, which the AI can then use. 
     
    The future is apparently a combination of AI improvement to get it better at the types of buildings it generates for an area from these maps, and bespoke modelling of structures like we’ve already seen in scenery updates. 
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    iainl got a reaction from Angry the Clown in Microsoft Flight Simulator [PC]. Coming to Xbox Series X/S July 27th 2021   
    It’s the exact same game I’ve been playing on the PC, but at 4K HDR on the big telly. I’m rather impressed with how pretty it all is, and the Xbox can render better clouds than my 1060. Lovely stuff. 
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    iainl got a reaction from Orpheus in A vinyl thread (for us old fogies who laugh in the face of common sense).   
    I had the Matrix in my hand, and let the guy next to me have it, as it was the one thing he was queuing for for three hours and I think I’d be OK with the SACD. Did manage to buy the Art Of Noise (obviously I have an original pressing, but wanted the extra disc of stuff), Hospital Records ep, Chapterhouse (WHY did they stick the limited edition numbering, where I have number 36, on the shrink wrap???), The Keep and Possum. 
     
    None of which has managed to shift the glow-in-the-dark rerelease of Spiritualized’s Pure Phase off the deck yet, mind you. It’s SO GOOD. 
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    iainl got a reaction from Angry the Clown in Xbox Game Pass Thread (Console and PC) — More Games Than You Could Ever Hope to Play   
    You say that, but the little rhythm game killed me every single time with at least one fault. 
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