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Sat, 23 Jan 2021 02:27:55
Oy vey, hope you and your mom make it through okay. You both been to and survived India, so I'm sure you guys are going to manage just fine.
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Sat, 23 Jan 2021 05:36:38

Sorry to hear that, GG. Fingers crossed you'll both fine!

    Children, our lives have been gongs striking; clamour and boasting; cries of despair; blows on the nape of the neck in gardens.

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Sat, 23 Jan 2021 19:56:29
A fun article about the actual movement of 3d Mario games.

https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2021-01-23-is-super-mario-64s-movement-still-the-best-in-gaming

It's a delight to read someone being so passionate about it, and as a gamer to fully understand why they feel so fondly about it.
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Sat, 23 Jan 2021 21:33:15
Thanks guys. I'm having to isolate with her so I've essentially got covid too by now. Small house. I can feel something developing at the back of my throat.

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Sat, 23 Jan 2021 23:07:19
gamingeek said:
Thanks guys. I'm having to isolate with her so I've essentially got covid too by now. Small house. I can feel something developing at the back of my throat.

Wishing you both a speedy recovery.

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Sat, 23 Jan 2021 23:13:31

It looks like we dodged a bullet yesterday. Microsoft announced that they were increasing the cost to subscribe to Gold and would have doubled the price for 12 months from $60 USD to $120 USD. No doubt they wanted to push people to just subscribe to Game Pass as that is the much better deal. The backlash was so swift and severe that they then announced that they won’t do that in the very same day. No doubt if this had gone over then Sony and Nintendo surely would have seen the opportunity to increase their prices as well.

Not only that but they also announced that a Gold subscription was no longer needed to play free to play games.

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Sun, 24 Jan 2021 00:42:33

I read about that yesterday and wondered what the hell were they thinking.

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Sun, 24 Jan 2021 03:02:21
travo said:

I read about that yesterday and wondered what the hell were they thinking.

They wanted people to just go and subscribe to Ultimate which didn’t have a price increase. Ultimate has Gold, xCloud, and Game Pass. They figured that if Gold looked like such a worse deal then Ultimate people would say, “Oh well I’ll just switch to an Ultimate subscription.”

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Sun, 24 Jan 2021 17:19:03
I understand the motives, but I'm not sure this is the year or economy to try and raise your prices. maybe the thought was people were paying so much for a new console, but they could sneak the extra charge in there and no one would really mind?
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Sun, 24 Jan 2021 22:06:52

Sounds like someone at MS wanted to test the waters at eventually merging live with Gamepass and that blew up in their face. Still their goal will be to get everyone on an Xbox to subscribe to gamepass.

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Sun, 24 Jan 2021 23:13:08

I kind of think that they figured this would actually be a good time to do this given the circumstances lately. I don’t think that cared about getting any extra money from the increase, they just wanted people to go to the Ultimate subscription and on Game Pass by any means necessary. Still a really dumb move though that definitely backfired big time.

Has there ever been anything that a company has reversed course on this fast before?

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Sun, 24 Jan 2021 23:24:31

Yep, same company. Remember DRM?

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Mon, 25 Jan 2021 01:56:26
travo said:

Yep, same company. Remember DRM?

Not this fast though. This all happened in less then a day.

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Mon, 25 Jan 2021 10:15:36
+1

I felled a seething Baselgeuze this weekend, bonking him over the head while he bombarded me with explosive droppings.  The mighty hoarfrost Barrioth was also no match for my hunter prowess, despite his hipster beard and me forgetting to restock items before heading out.

The rest of the weekend saw me coming in first in Tetris99 while improving on my maximum amount of KO's in on game, disposing of 15 players singlehandedly before claiming the top spot.

And last but not least I started Catherine Full Body on Switch.  The puzzle levels are remixed with new types of blocks, which is nice for returning players.  I'm making the same mistakes in the multiple choice cutscenes as I did on my first time around and am rediscovering how infuriating it can be to get stuck on a specific part of a puzzle.  Playing this directly before going to bed was NOT a good idea.

So what about the rest of you lost sheep, what digital challenges did you overcome?

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Mon, 25 Jan 2021 12:29:31
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Most of my weekend was spent with Control. I'm halfway finished with the main game now, so now is the time to start tackling a bunch of the side quests and really digging deep into the games lore. There really is a hell of a backstory here. The best stuff is probably a collection of VHS tapes that was an attempt by the government agency you work for to create a puppet show for kids about staying safe from paranormal events and altered items. It is one of the creepiest things you'll ever see.

Also spent more time killing Bowser's in Mario 35. I had a really nice run going for a while and won two games back to back. That put me pretty high in the rankings for a while and I thought I might actually end up with a pretty impressive coin score. A day later I came back to the game and nope. Apparently there are other people who just sit there and play nonstop.
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Mon, 25 Jan 2021 14:12:33
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I too played a fair amount of Control and Super Mario Bros. 35 this weekend. Really digging Control and yeah those puppet shows are pretty creepy. Playing Super Mario Bros. 35 even got me in the mood to play the original Super Mario Bros. so I played some of that and got up to World 7. Did a few hunts in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne as well.

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Mon, 25 Jan 2021 20:38:42
So far got joint pains, sore throat. Fatigue. Not too bad though

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Mon, 25 Jan 2021 22:17:47
Well so far it sounds mild. Hopefully that's the worst of it.
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Mon, 25 Jan 2021 23:10:09

Yeah, hopefully it doesn’t get any worse.

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