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I'm so confused about the people getting annoyed at the fact that some of these games are PS5 + PS4. Do they want it to be PS5 only? For what reason?

Cross-generational is a good thing in my view... but Jim Ryan's previous words on console generations are what they would call in UK politics "economical with the truth". That's where the controversy is and rightly so. Look at what they didn't show at the showcase - but that they released during it - and tell me they weren't trying to bury that stuff. Trump-esque.

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Have to say... utterly dreadful behaviour from Sony to just quietly announce that Spider-Man: MM and Horizon: Forbidden West are now PS4 games too. Just so happens to get out there hours before pre-orders and they didn't have the guts to own that on their showcase? Consumers should have this info well in advance - especially when many of them already have the means to play these games without spending hundreds of dollars/pounds/euros/etc. When I get a next-gen console, it's most definitely going to be a Series X now.

EDIT: And Sackboy too.

ANOTHER EDIT: The words of Jim Ryan (SIE President and CEO) in May 2020 when asked about Microsoft's cross-generational approach to Xbox One/Series X:

"We have always said that we believe in generations. We believe that when you go to all the trouble of creating a next-gen console, that it should include features and benefits that the previous generation does not include. And that, in our view, people should make games that can make the most of those features.

"We do believe in generations, and whether it's the DualSense controller, whether it's the 3D audio, whether it's the multiple ways that the SSD can be used... we are thinking that it is time to give the PlayStation community something new, something different, that can really only be enjoyed on PS5."

He had his opportunity to spell out that they had cross-generational games (a good thing for people in this trying time, in my opinion!) and decided instead to stick the knife into Microsoft knowing full well that most of their first-party PS5 launch games would be cross-generational. I mean, he's the boss; he would have known they were launching these games on PS4 even then!

Not just that people are living in a financial crisis and already feel a peer pressure to have the newest things and then you surreptitiously tell some of them: 'PSST! You don't actually need a PS5 to play most of our first-party launch games - pass it along, will ya? But don't shout it from the rooftops, okay?'

Dishonesty and insensitivity are my biggest turn offs - hence why I can't get off on why I'm so angered by this behaviour.

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Catching up on this now (thanks!) and wanted to also point people to this YouTube channel that has other stuff from Screened that the Archive channel doesn't have: https://www.youtube.com/user/untitledproductions1/videos

Also, here's that aforementioned archive of the BTSD podcasts (sans episodes 50, 81 and 90): https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B-nXMepriHp7MjcwbTE5eFdGV3c

While 50 and 81 seem to be gone, I managed to find episode 90 (the last episode): https://web.archive.org/web/20130831045728/http://media.screened.com/podcast/BTSDEp90a.mp3

But I've managed to scrap together a summary of the lost episodes so you don't totally miss out!

Episode 50 show notes:

'Tony and Sara drop by for a discussion of THORRRR! We try not to spoil anything, but if you're interested in skipping that discussion, head to around the 29:12 mark, wherein Rorie starts talking about the San Francisco International Film Festival, Dylan Dog, and sundry other items! It's a rambling mess!'

(Community notes: Also had a discussion of Troll Hunter and, following the Comic Vine discussion, Rorie was totally on his own for a solo ramble!)

Episode 81 show notes:

'A slow movie weekend can't stop the BTSD train from rolling through, with discussion of The Artist, Shame, and My Week With Marilyn! We intended it to be an hour long but couldn't restrain ourselves!'

(Community notes: Rorie was tired, complained of being tired, discussed a secret, sad email and continued to pronounce 'Edgar' as 'Edger' to the chagrin of one member. Talk included 'OSS 117: Cairo - Nest of Spies', best fight scenes, day after Thanksgiving theatre-going, heterosexual men being weirdly uncomfortable with male nudity, Alex's 'Fassboners' and his [then] belief that 'best actor' and 'best actress' awards should just be 'best performer').

A small contribution to the archival work, but I hope it's helpful to someone in years to come! Thanks for the reunion!

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Cool it's the 40+ duders being cynical on new games time!

You may not have intended this but your comment comes across as ageist. This could be articulated in a better (albeit less snappy but, ironically, less cynical) way.

I saw plenty of cynics on Ubisoft's Twitch chat. Actually, most comments seemed very negative. Worth noting that Twitch is predominantly used by those aged between 18-34. I think the sentiments of the crew were broadly in keeping with what many were saying about this stream: disappointing; nothing new; devoid of ideas; uninspiring sequels in perpetuity; apolitically political; abuse allegations unacknowledged; blergh; etc.

You can't force them to feign enthusiasm. The PS5 stream last month showed they can still be enthusiastic; last year's Stadia announcement stream showed that they can still be surprised.

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I've literally watched every episode of 205 Live since day one. In my opinion, it was always a good show and almost always traded with Smackdown every week as my favourite WWE TV show of the week.

However, this current iteration of 205 Live is putting the rest of WWE TV to shame. Great wrestling, simple and believable stories, consistent formula, a very-good-to-terrrific main event and never outstays its welcome. Everyone feels like they could be a contender for the title (or at least the rumoured tag titles).

Despite watching Takeover and Summerslam (and their respective pre-shows), Raw and Smackdown, 205 Live was my favourite slice of wrestling in Brooklyn. I'm sure NXT will be good this week too, due to it being the pre-show Takeover tapings, but I was at the first NXT UK TV tapings last month so I already know the Dunne/Gibson result which takes away a wee bit of the drama.

Jack has been a fantastic representive of the cruiserweights. I see a bit of Jackie Pallo and Les Kellett in some of his in-ring performance, antics and even his trunks when he was a face!

So glad to see that he seems to be every bit a terrific person as he is a performer. Please do have him on again - WWE schedule permitting, of course!

Urgh. I spent time adding an edit to this comment. It took me a long time to write because of indecision speaking about my own experiences but I guess the site must prevent someone from editing their comment so far back. Here's an abridged, quicker version:

Don't make the mistake of assuming that someone is who they appear to be. I never usually make this mistake as I do not have any habit of putting people on pedestals. In this instance, I did because I enjoyed what Jack and the other wrestlers were doing on 205 Live. I was always aware of 205 Live being consistently labelled as the 'boring brand' when it was, in my view, the best show. I wanted to show my appreciation and cut through that hate to tell a person on a much maligned show that I enjoyed it and I appreciated their efforts. With that said, I no longer watch WWE because of its continually crap politics.

Anyway, my trepidation to praise someone I don't know is actually why I wrote 'seems to be' above. For those who stumble upon this in the future, look upon this as a case study on who you choose to praise and how you choose to word it. It's one thing to praise a match, a video game or a product; it's another to praise the character of someone you do not know. While I did qualify my praise, I certainly still feel (based on current events) ashamed and will be wording any future praise more carefully and selectively once again in future. You only need to drop your guard one time and then suddenly you've praised a person you shouldn't have praised.

To Oliver Claffey (aka Gentleman Jack Gallagher) if you ever happen to read this: If what you have been accused of by one person directly and another person indirectly is true (and nothing thus far has been released to indicate that you are not guilty), I am so, so disappointed in you and disgusted. I am not here to drag you through the muck; it seems you did that yourself. I am not here to absolve you either; that is for the alleged victims to decide.

I am here to tell you that, if this is true, you shouldn't run from this. Take responsibility. Listen to the victims. Apologise. Accept whatever consequences come your way. Self-reflect. And ask for forgiveness from your loved ones and those who have invested their time and energy into you. I do no expect to hear from you again for a long while and, when I do, I hope it is because you are making a positive contribution to the world and not in three months' time when some shady wrestling or MMA organisation comes along and attempts to cash in on your controversy.

If you should run from your past, it will chase you. Stay in the present and accept the consequences of the past so you may have the chance, one day, of having a future again. Very few do this and, as such, very few grow from such situations. Again, I am not here to absolve you. I am just speaking as a survivor of abuse; and speaking as someone who has been in relationships with those who have survived abuse. The actions and words of others to me affected those around me; and the actions and words of others to my partners affected those around them. The effects of it ripple beyond just one person.

Once again, if these accusations are true, you have a long road to travel. The first step is acceptance and a sincere apology.

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I was thinking 'Oh, he can't be doing Crazy Train, can he?' And, oh my goodness Ben, yes, yes you were, haha! Thanks for the video Ben and Jan, that was fun. Slay the Spire and Dicey Dungeons (BEST MUSIC 2019, DON'T CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS!) were in my GOTY list last year so I will definitely check this out at some point.

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This was fun, thank you. PapaDAFC is probably a Dunfermline Athletic Football Club fan btw. I used to live with three of them so there's a 50% chance that's one of them... Okay, fine, that was cruel... more like a 20% chance.

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My god Alex is so loud on everything. I don't know if it's the quality of his mic or his distance to it but with his propensity for raising his voice, even when I put all the volumes down to bare minimum, it's still ear-piercing, and constantly peaking. Same with stuff like the drumming streams.

I haven't watched the drum stream but, yeah, I just watched the Euro Truck multiplayer stream before this and Alex's mic started peaking after about 45 mins/1 hour in and it wasn't doing it before. It wasn't as prominent in the Civ VI video but Alex wasn't as loud or shouty in that video (but it was still kinda there).

@alex, could it be that raising your voice and/or moving closer to the mic is messing with whatever auto-levelling you have set? If that's the case, might be worth setting some of that stuff manually (if you haven't already).

Outside of that, I thoroughly enjoyed the aforementioned streams but, sadly, had to drop the volume and miss most of the music (which was most of the discussion) in the second half of the Euro Truck Sim video to make it bearable.

Appreciate that you're still finding your feet with the home streaming set-up but I would be very thankful if you were able to look into it! The Sensitive Hearers thank you in advance - and, no, that isn't the name of a State of Decay 2 NPC community enclave but it should be.

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Jeff's RE3 stream: https://youtube.com/watch?v=G_VCkJPG18U

And also the pinball stream: https://twitch.tv/videos/578730697

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This was a very chilled out stream, Jason. Thanks for that.