on Sep 19, 2016
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0:03:00 – Shamus Watched Top Gear
I stumbled into the show at series 18 and I’m just done with 20Netflix only has 18-22., so I’ve only seen a tiny fraction of the programme. Just before this recording I discovered that the hosts left the BBC due to drama and are now doing a new show on Amazon, which premieres on November 18.
I tried watching the USA version of the show and quickly realized that Top Gear is less about the cars and more about the chemistry between the hosts. The USA show was doing all of the same shtick, but it flat for me. I suppose it doesn’t help that the hosts are all children. Watching irresponsible young men act like irresponsible young men isn’t nearly as funny as watching old men behaving like irresponsible young men.
0:05:50 – Deus Ex: Mankind Divided: Breach Mode
I really hated the way that pre-order bonuses are consumed in this game. Oddly, this prevented me from using them at all. I don’t want to un-balance my first experience with game-greaking goodies, and I didn’t want to burn it later because what if I decide to play on a harder difficulty and suddenly need it?
It’s just lame having to mix in-world and out-of-world resources like this and I find it really off-putting. It’s not about the money, it’s about the hassle and intrusion.
0:21:52 – The Charnel House Trilogy
0:29:14 – Brookhaven Experiment
0:39:08 – Affordable VR Technology
“Affordable” being a relative measure in this case. I’m surprised at how long VR has held on to that narrow spot between “flop” and “hit”. It’s not big enough to really take off, but not small enough to die out for another decade. From here I think it all depends on how quickly the prices can drop. Also, a couple of genuinely hit games wouldn’t hurt. There are reportedly several good games, but none of them are system sellers.
0:53:41 – For Honor Beta
Here’s ten minutes of random gameplay footage:
 Netflix only has 18-22.