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  1. I was going to take a look at this one, thanks for reminding me. I'm a big fan of Carcassonne (I can recommend https://jcloisterzone.com/en/ for that one as well), Machiavelli and the likes. What about the most popular boardgames, are they free as well or do they come with an extra price tag and if so, are these prices acceptable?
  2. Although it doesn't change much for me, I like diversity. An open market is needed to make it a competitive one, which in this regard is already missing competition. Then again, Sony has quite a bit of exclusive titles as well, so it's not like they are any better in that regard. In the end it's the customers that suffer as with less competition it's very likely that prices are going to rise as well. So I hope you're wrong that Sony is already limping.
  3. Just read the news that Microsoft has bought Bethesda and Zenimax (and the subsidiaries like Arkane). I'm not really sure what to think about it. Very likely not much will change, but I just hope that there won't be too much focus on the Xbox now. It would also be nice if the quality of the games will improve as some of the last few games weren't incredible.
  4. Saw an interesting documentary the other day which is a bit about this topic, Paradogma. Not about Islam, but about different view points, freedom of speech, etc. It's the second part of a series of three. The Uncertainty Has Settled (focussing more on various views of climate change) and Return To Eden (focussing on controlling nature and people) are the other parts that are also really worth a look.
  5. This is what happens when someone puts Amnesia 50+ times through Google Translate....
  6. Awesome game Prey and it actually took me quite a while before I started playing it. I never bothered to take a look at the game because they used the name Prey and I didn't like the first one, so I thought it was just a reboot with more of the same. Never really understood why they used the name Prey, because as far as I know it doesn't have much to do with the original game and I think it actually hurt sales. When I saw one day that Arkane Studios (from the awesome Dark Messiah and Dishonored) made the game, I gave it a try and I'm glad I did. Difficulty is just right and I like that you sometimes have to decide to come back to an area because you don't have strong enough skills and weapons. There's also enough replay value for the new game plus mode.
  7. Ever tried the Sniper Elite games? I remember playing the third in which I always tried to play as stealthy as possible, which was very satisfying if you managed to pull it off. Never played the fourth (PC can't handle it) but supposedly it's better stealthwise than the third. Only third person though. I do remember watching one YT video though and one thing that annoyed me then was your weapon sticking out of the tall grass and the AI not seeing it. Little Nightmares I enjoyed quite a bit and if I can remember correctly there are only a few or just that one time that you're caught and put in a cage. Other times being caught means dying, which can be hectic/frustrating sometimes. Limbo and Inside I enjoyed a lot as well, not sure if they can really be classified as stealth platformers, but same goes for Little Nightmares I guess.
  8. It hasn't been in development for 10 years. It was cancelled in 2012 I think and in 2018 they announced that they were working on it again. Still, I do think it could mean RIP for the company if Stalker 2 doesn't sell good.
  9. Yeah sorry, mixed up the names. Still loans and earnings from previous projects I would think are their means of funding. Wages in Ukraine are also a lot lower than some other countries. Due to the modding scene Stalker is still a very popular series, so I would think they are still selling regular copies.
  10. Aren't they owners of GOG? Other than that I would think loans and earnings from earlier projects. I mean people also buy houses for which they pay a mortgage, so likely there will be something similar for the gaming industry.
  11. First Stalker 2 teaser. Lots of black screen and I'm seeing some refurbished locations, but still excited about this one. Just hoping it's not going to be so bug infested as the first Stalker. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NuPJmiQh-A
  12. Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition is free on Steam till the 26th.
  13. Came here to say the same, you just beat me to it ;). Great game, especially if you're trying to be a silent assassin. Also Ark and Samurai Showdown are free on the Epic store.
  14. Still waiting for a new Soul Reaver game, hell I would even be happy with a full remake of the series. Highly unlike that either will ever happen, but a man can dream...
  15. Yeah, and it's the premium edition with all updates and content, GTA Online and a Starter Pack, so no need to buy any DLCs afterwards. Might have to redeem it outside peak hours though as all the servers collapsed. Never really thought of getting the game, but now it's free I'll give it a go.
  16. No Thief, but this is still cool. And yes, for the people that thought the earth was flat, you're right ;).
  17. Assassin's Creed Syndicate and Faeria are the free games in the Epic Store this week. Faeria looks pretty interesting (I like these kind of card games) and reviews on Steam are very positive. I'm not a huge fan of the Assassin's Creed franchise, but the games are usually solid, even though they are very repetitive and give a false feeling that there's a lot to do. https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/assassins-creed-syndicate/home https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/faeria/home
  18. Carnage

    1917 movie

    I used to do that as well, but nowadays a large part of the reviews are fake (paid). Meta score isn't much better either when it's a social sensitive subject.
  19. Like chakkman already said last week, Kingdom Come: Deliverance is one of the free games this week and the other one is Aztez. You obviously just get the basic version of KC and have to buy any DLCs you'd like. The Royal DLC bundle, which has all the DLCs, isn't that expensive though IMO. One of the biggest issues people have with KC is the save system, but as far as I know there's a mod that allows unlimited saving whenever the game normally would let you save. There are a few other issues, but all in all most people just love the game and from what I've seen I definitely agree with that. Aztez is a game set in the Aztec Empirte with beat-em-up combat and turn-based strategy. The combat system is lauded but the punishing rules (start over a whole campaign when you die and don't have more lives for example) are seen as cons. https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/kingdom-come-deliverance/home https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/aztez/home
  20. Carcassonne and Ticket to Ride are the free games on the Epic Store this week. Personally I'm a big fan of board games (the real ones, not the virtual) and have played Carcassonne for years with my mate. I have also played this virtual version of Carcassonne though and it does a good job to recreate the feeling of the real board game. Once you get the hang of the game, the AI might be lacking in some departments, but I still enjoyed some good games. I have never played Ticket to Ride, but the reviews on Steam are very positive. https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/carcassonne/home https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/ticket-to-ride/home
  21. Farming Simulator 19 is the free game on the Epic Store. Reviews are very positive on Steam and most people complain about the it being grindy and the small amount of differences between previous titles apart from graphics. https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/farming-simulator-19/home
  22. Anyone could draw that time line and as far as I can see doesn't have any links to official data, a typical scare tactics website. The little ice age is also wrongly drawn as temperature differences were bigger in that time. I prefer to stick to boring data from reputable websites. Also after 2017 (which is when this figure was posted) the estimations are based on climate models, which have been shown to be wrong in the following publication (https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1029/2018EA000401). If you don't want to read the whole paper, on page 3 there's a figure that shows the difference between the real temperature and what 102 climate model runs made of it. The earth is obviously getting warmer, I'm not denying that, but if we really want to fight the speed (we'll never be able to stop the warming, as we're not the only ones that are causing it), we should start with a worldwide limit on children and chosing nuclear energy. Figures have shown that one less child makes a huge difference in the amount of CO2 emissions, a lot more than the go-green efforts that are used now.
  23. Of course something has changed and it will again, it's the normal cycle of the planet. There have been times that there was no ice on the North Pole and there have been times that large parts of the world where covered in it. A human life time is so insignificant in the whole cycle of the planet. Just because it's warmer in some parts of the world and there's less snow, doesn't mean it will be totally different again in a few hunderd years or less and history has shown this. I'm with you though that we need renewable energy, a cleaner planet and such, because that will really benefit all of us.
  24. The problem is that a lot of people believe what is fed to them by the mainstream media, instead of doing their own research. If you watch the actual data (and I mean from NASA and other reputable websites, not the conspiracy ones on both sides) then you'll see we're largely being lied to. In The Netherlands for example they have been watching the sea level for more than 100 years and it has been rising steadily with 2 mm a year, it's not speeding up. Erosion is also something people forget about, because the sea always takes back the land. The models from the IPCC are just fed by what they think will happen (selffulfilling prophecy) and always based on the worst case scenario, because that is news that sells. They can't even predict they weather accurately for more than 5 days, so a prophecy what is about to happen in so many years will always be very far from the truth, which has also been shown. Greta is just a face of climate activism made by her parents and most of the things she's saying are actually just plain proven wrong. Why are the majority of the scientists then saying that we're heading towards a disaster if we don't change our ways? Simple, money. Climate change sells and politics is profiting from it equally. If they would really care about the evironment, they wouldn't fly individually in their private jets to climate conventions and would start thinking about nuclear energy. If you see the difference of CO2 emissions in France (which still has a lot of nuclear plants) and Germany (which has gone the wind, bio, solar, etc way) you'll be astonished. There are scientists though that are actually doing their jobs honestly, but with such a majority of 'scientists' in favour of the climate change message and mainstream media not willing to publish the peer reviewed results, it's nearly impossible to be heard. The few studies that are published are quickly buried by the majority and stamped as false. Imagine that you're in a room with 100 people and 90 have collaborated to spread a false message with some truths and 10 decide to tell the real truth, who will you listen to? The polar bears are actually thriving, which is another false message spread by the climate activism church. Search for Susan Crockford (a scientist who is specialised in polar bear research), who has a whole list of peer reviewed publications and you'll see it's another lie. At the end of 2019 a peer reviewed paper from her was published and quickly extinguished by the activists. She had a voluntary job at the University of Victoria, which gave her access to scientific literature, but after the publication she was fired without reason. That's how the climate activism machine works. In The Netherlands the national weather service actually lowered predominantly the highest temperatures from 1900-1950, just to make it look like we're getting more hot days than in early times. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for making the world a better place to live in, lowering polution and all that, but I'll never believe the climate activism message.
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