I'm totally with you @bigsocrates! That sense of excitement from purchasing a game, especially if you consider it a good deal, can be satisfying enough on its own, without ever actually playing the game. I've got a whole heap of games in my backlog that I know I'll never get around to, and yet I continue to keep my eye out for new bargains or intriguing titles to pick up.
Thank you, Austin. You have, and will continue to, better the entire industry with your enlightening insight and peerless journalism. You will be sorely missed here at GB, but I'm sure you'll keep pushing the medium forward at Vice!
Flying Wild Hog came out and explained what the dealio is. PCGamer has a decent breakdown of it here, but essentially a number of lighting and post-processing systems were baked-in in the original release, and they've since been converted to dynamic systems in the team's new engine. As a result, performance has seen a huge increase (up to 3x FPS in parts, apparently), but some visuals have appeared to take a hit. Other stuff seems to be more of stylistic changes that people aren't agreeing with.
Here in Australia, shopping trolleys have been like this for as long as I can remember. A dollar coin will release it for use, and returning it nets you the dollar back. When I worked for a supermarket, we had our own fake-coin thingies, but I've never seen a regular person with one. That said, I haven't really been looking for it.
Thank you so much for sharing this, Gino. The challenges of supporting someone terminally ill often take a backseat to the person at the centre of it - understandably so. But it can be tough for friends and family too. That search for a cure or the magic words is so tempting, even when we know it's futile. To just be there for someone, as you pointed out, can be the best support you can provide.
Yup, exercise bike + video games is great! I played chunks of Dragon Age: Inquisition and The Witcher 3 while riding, which helped me make it through those immense games. It's a great way to exercise without even realising it, when you get absorbed in a game.