Andy Chalk: The Temple of Trials in Fallout 2. Basically you're given a stick and thrown naked into a cave complex filled with giant ants and scorpions, and you have to fight your way through it in order to prove you've got the stones to actually play the damn game. The whole thing sucks, it's a plodding, grinding, save-scumming pain in the ass, and it's got nothing to do with the story—it's an entirely separate tutorial-slash-torture chamber that has no connection to anything. But if you want to play Fallout 2 then you have to power through it. This is the main reason I have never successfully replayed Fallout 2. … [Read more...] about Which game has the most brutal beginning?
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What, exactly, is Alcina Dimitrescu? The internet has decided she's a vampire of some sort - at least, that's what she's been dubbed - but there's a debate about whether this is the case. For a start, we see her reflection in her mirror as she's speaking to Mother Miranda on the phone. Anyone who's seen any vampire movie knows the things don't have reflections. … [Read more...] about PS5 Resident Evil Village Maiden demo helps fans piece together the tall vampire lady’s backstory
Watching these runs has spurred me on to be a more daring assassin (minus the clown suit) and I'm eagerly looking forward to the speedruns that pop up when runners get their hands on Hitman 3. It's a shame Agent 47's homing briefcase won't make an appearance in the new game, but I'm definitely looking forward to the murder mystery mission where our favourite assassin tries his hand at being a detective. … [Read more...] about I can’t stop watching the spookily efficient assassinations of Hitman speedrunners
As much as I like easy money and blowing everything up, it’s the ability to zoom out that I’ve played around with the most. Spelunky 2 plays on the limits of your vision, with traps that can be triggered while still off-screen, or easy-to-miss objects or doors you can find yourself urgently backtracking to find. Being able to zoom out changes all that. It doesn’t erase the game’s challenge, but it changes how you make decisions when you know there’s turkeys ahead, or lava to the right, or a really good shop near the exit. It’s been enough to freshen up an experience that, for me, had grown stale after 150 hours. … [Read more...] about Spelunky 2 mod Overlunky lets you zoom out and blow up every level
May 2019: Pai exaggerates actual broadband expansionFrom the beginning of his tenure as chairman of the FCC, Pai's primary stated goal was to increase broadband deployment across the country. Over 20 million US citizens still have no access to high-speed internet. That number hasn't significantly shrunk since Pai took the helm, despite what he'd have you believe. In 2019, Pai had to walk back inaccurate figures that inflated an increase in broadband investments. Despite this lie, Pai still argued that deployment was progressing on a "reasonable and timely basis," which 20 million Americans might disagree with. … [Read more...] about 6 times outgoing FCC chairman Ajit Pai made the internet worse