Welcome back, one and all, to another weekly look at some of the PTC community's numerous shenanigans.
Myself, Metalrodent and Plasma wing dove back into SMITE this week - lets be honest, there's never a week we don't - when this happened:
"Immortal", you say? I wouldn't go that far, SMITE. I rock? Stop, you'll make me blush!
Let's move on.
Oh, stop it Graham! Now I really am blushing!
In fact, I think I might need to see a doctor - look at how much my ruddy head's inflated!
Whilst that played a part in deflating my head this week, nothing was more sobering than having a policeman mistake me for a thirteen-year-old boy. Yes, this really did happen. I was even wearing my new glasses, which the optician had told me helped to "offset my baby face" and "make me look like a man"...
Everyone shared a laugh at my expense, whilst Heavyarms_Kai and Confused Johnny suggested growing some facial hair might help. It may, but I avoid facial fuzz, lest I breakout in spots.
Bravely, Metalrodent and PTC l1am admitted they still get asked for ID whilst aged 22 and 27 respectively - Liam when buying alcohol, and Rodent when he buys entertainment products rated 12 and above. Wow. Perhaps even more bravely, PTC Hetty and MrkDhn10 revealed they never get asked for ID any more, for which we'll now permit them a moment of silence.
Sony announced the release date and price point for their PlayStation VR headset this week, which spawned a discussion thread on the forum, and naturally responses were split. I'm on board, if, as ever, they have the games to back-up the hardware (which is priced exactly as I had speculated), but most others definitely don't share that sentiment.
Bongmaster00 notes that if you don't already own them, by the time you purchase the components required for the fully immersive experience - both compulsory and optional - the price point falls closer to £450 than the touted £350. At that price, he's elected to go for the Oculus Rift. It is worth noting, as PTC l1am did, that there'll be a bundle including all the extra gubbins at a presumably discounted price.
Whilst bongmaster00 isn't interested in PSVR, he is at least interested in the VR experience, which can't be said for most others.
Yeah I remember the last time VR was the future of gaming. So no.
Quipped Kai, before crippyd would offer his thoughts:
I think this is the new 3D, which was a waste of time. I think it'll bomb hard and get comments along the lines of Kinect.
That remains to be seen, but there's undoubtedly an alarmingly poor success rate whenever something comes along to challenge conventional entertainment consumption.
ImmaturityRules is also certain in his diagnosis that VR will "fail hard".
Who's going to buy a peripheral that's more expensive than the console it's for? Games that support it are going to be few and far between... Then there's the whole motion sickness issue...
The models thread saw resurrection this week, as Metalrodent commented on Kai's size. The size of the most recent addition to his Gundam collection, that is.
He has got some girth to be fair.
Elsewhere, there was Hitman discussion, sparked by the ingenious "Real Life Hitman" advertising campaign, as well as both our review and second opinion companion piece. The highlight of the former was shared by Plasma wing, and saw the Chuckle Brothers make their long awaited comeback; catch it below if you happened to miss it.
That was amazing.
Quite right, Metalrodent. Quite right.
In evidence of how quickly things can change, Rodent went on to challenge the new games' value proposition - "£12 for two tutorials and a single level doesn't sound like great value to me." Quite wrong. Quite wrong. PTC Bezza soon set him straight, pointing out that the three endlessly replayable levels provide "hours upon hours of gameplay".
I can't stress enough that there's enough content for the price.
I think its pretty good value as, personally, [I've] replayed [levels] several times with many different methods of sociopathy...
Our final talking point this week is one of unity, of extending an olive branch to unite rival communities as one. Xbox Live opened its doors to cross platform play between Xbox and PC (outside of Windows 10) this week, whilst leaving an open invitation for other platforms (that's PlayStation 4) to join. Whilst people weren't opposed to the idea of being matched with a Sony pony/Xbot/console peasant/[insert fanboyism], the potential realities did prove to be a worrying point.
Some thought it might negatively impact their paid online service of choice, like Confused Johnny and PTC Crisco respectively.
Xbox Live is not very reliable lately, a crossover just increases the number of things that can go wrong!
I have trouble playing with other people on Xbox Live, I can imagine this being a nightmare.
Others (and Johnny again) thought the advantages afforded to each platform would serve to unbalance games. What if an Xbox player with an Elite Controller met a PS4 player without that luxury? What if a game runs at a higher framerate and/or resolution on PS4 than on Xbox? PC players would also just dominate all around.
PTC Hetty noted that this is indeed already a thing in Final Fantasy XIV, and she doesn't like it.
There is very much an increased dexterity in using a mouse and keyboard, therefore it's very easy for console players in a group to get left behind...
All very valid points, but as the feature's inclusion is down to the developer, we'll just have to trust they know what's best for their product, and that they would't include it if it could succumb to any of these pitfalls.
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