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I bought a Series S for the same reason as OP. PS5 is my main console and Series S I mostly use for Game Pass.

I've owned my Series S for a year and I can't think of any problems that would make me hesitate recommending it to someone as their secondary console. Forza 5 and Halo Infinite look and run great to my eye on my LG OLED. Saving $200 and some shelf space is a big win IMO. If you're cool with less storage and no disc drive, I say go for it.

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@bigsocrates: I was excited to see Gorogoa added to Game Pss so I’d be fine with this being our first choice. Discussion thread is also cool with me.

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This is an awesome idea @bigsocrates! I would be interested in joining up, especially with the focus on shorter games.

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#5  Edited By j_unit2008

thanks for doing this!

EDIT: New this year, I'll be featuring performances from friends at Smart Game Piano during commercial breaks.

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I don't think they need characters as much as they need people to associate the Xbox name with franchises. If certain characters become popular, that's more of an added bonus. I think Pokémon and Animal Crossing are great examples of this for Nintendo because everyone knows Nintendo is the only place to play those games. Pikachu became a mascot eventually but Pokémon is not "The Pikachu Game."

I think Microsoft is very much approaching gaming from this angle. Hence, the 'prestige' purchases of Bethesda et al. It'll be interesting to see if we see the fruits of that work this generation and whether people think of Xbox as the "Starfield" console or whatever.

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@bigsocrates: I probably should have been more specific. I don't care about playing Fortnite, but I'm interested in its impact on the medium of video games. The questions I find myself pondering are: as the grows, does it lose its identity? And does it even matter?

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I think I'm with you on this. Yes, Cyberpunk 2077 was a hot mess in many ways and that's bad. CD Projekt RED deserved all the backlash it got and to offer refunds.

I actually had a worse time playing WD:L on my Xbox Series S because it refused to consistently autosave and had no manual save functionality.This didn't get fixed until December 10th, almost a full month since the launch of Series X/S. That's pretty insane.

Bottom line: store fronts need to offer refunds (and probably tighter cert.) for these situations because clearly publishers are unable or unwilling to release a stable game on day 1.

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@kunakai: I don't think we will get much insight on a videogame newsboard but.... looking at the news it seems this pandemic has had different impacts in different styles of government ... I think the world might divide a bit which it is already. Some countries have handled the pandemic well, tightly knit countries, rule abiding countries, Western counties however...have not handled it well. Just hope these vaccines work..I live in a Western country,

hey, hi, wow glad I can be a resident public health video game guy.

As others have noted there ain’t really an “end” to COVID-19, but there will likely be an end to this pandemic and we’ll have spread at a smaller scale. It’s incredibly difficult to eradicate diseases which is why smallpox is the only one we’ve ever managed to do that with. The next disease on the short list to eradicate isn’t even COVID-19, it’s Dracunculiasis aka guinea worm disease. We have a really good shot at being successful with this one because it’s only spread through drinking contaminated water, not person-to-person like COVID-19 (although we are part of the life cycle of the parasite that causes Dracunculiasis).

Diseases with a human reservoir like COVID-19 are obviously hard to contain because we interact A LOT and at a global scale. COVID-19 is likely to be with us indefinitely much like other related coronaviruses.

But here’s the good news, like with other diseases we get vaccinated for the goal is protecting as many people as possible. Once we reach the magic ratio of herd immunity that we’ve all been hearing so much about, it doesn’t mean it’s gone forever but it does mean that we have enough vaccinated people to effectively protect those unvaccinated. And when we inevitably have people get sick it’s naturally contained to smaller areas. That makes it a lot easier to treat folks too.

Another expectation of mine that we haven’t addressed is more effective treatments (or a cure if you prefer that term). Those are still being researched but are reason for some optimism that we have ways of combatting this thing in the future.

As hard as it seems, I would encourage folks to focus on trends and (hopefully) shrinking numbers of cases instead of a definitive end.

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This game was announced ages ago so I'm pretty excited that it's finally out! For those that may have forgotten, Final Fantasy creator Sakaguchi is back at it again with his first traditional RPG in what feels like forever.

I played the opening mission and reached the first town and..... it's okay so far? It's hard to have too many strong feelings on a JRPG since it's likely dozens of hours long but here's some rapid fire thoughts.

  • Opening mission feels a lot like the bombing mission from FFVII
  • Leo, the protagonist has amnesia (ugh)
  • Environments are beautiful but it's really weird to see 3D characters interact with it? It kind of feels like they're floating on a separate layer over a JPEG. This worries me a bit but hopefully future environments look better because zoomed out it's great
  • RPG stuff is basic so far but enemies seem to be on a kind of grid so you can hit everyone in a line with an ability
  • Touch controls are perfectly viable (even though I prefer controller). Moving around the map is done by tapping points in the world. Better yet you can navigate by tapping the mini map in the menu and Leo will just run their automatically.
  • Save points still suck for games and especially one that can be played on a phone
  • Random encounters are here, but they don't bother me.
  • Nobuo Uematsu is still bringin bangers. I like the first town's theme specifically.

Feel free to fire off your thoughts.