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    Ryan Williams
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    Nottingham, UK

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  1. Uncharted 4

    Uncharted 4 has to be one of the best games I've ever played. I don't know how Naughty Dog makes these worlds so damn immersive. Sometimes I was happy to just sit there with the game open while I savoured a cup of tea, watching and listening to the waves lapping away at the shore and it like I've got a window in my living room to a real lost island. I have weird feelings about Lost Legacy. I'm so looking forward to playing it, but it's like I haven't waited long enough since my last Uncharted fix and I need to give it some more months at least so I can reward myself after the wait. It's a bit like how if Half-Life 3 had come out only a year after Half-Life 2 — nobody would have gave a crap.
  2. Importance of music in video games

    I get the feeling I'm going to watch this outside of work and want to replay a whole bunch of games! Hearing music from a classic game always puts me in the mood for going back to it.
  3. Shadow of the Colossus

    Jesus Christ. I never actually got past the first couple of bosses in the original, so I might finally get to enjoy this apparent masterpiece.
  4. Max Payne... 16 Years Later

    Oh yeah. Some games like Uncharted 4 are just beauty to look at in terms of faces. It's definitely not so slick across the board though.
  5. Max Payne... 16 Years Later

    That is absolutely superb. Uncanny how well such an old game captured their likenesses too. How is it games so much newer and better still struggle to make faces look as natural as HL2 did?! In some cases HL2 actually looks like a photo:
  6. What's going on with your life?

    Yeah... I mean when you put it like that no wonder people are attracted to such a life. It's easy to disparage such behaviour when you're attracted to it in relatively cushy European countries, etc. But when it's somewhere where the options are so bad why not enjoy some years of exciting but extremely dangerous lifestyle. What a raw deal to end up born in those favelas.
  7. What's going on with your life?

    Sounds pretty sobering. Even in this modern world of communication and news it's still impossible for me to imagine myself being in a situation like that. I seriously can't fathom how I'd cope with such a lifestyle, which I guess is exactly what you'd expect some developer living in England to say, but it does genuinely play on my mind sometimes when you see the outrageously bad conditions some people are living in and here we are acting like some piece of code or website is the most important thing ever. But what can you do? Aside from donating to charities I guess, which I do but it feels like a drop in an ocean. Bad stuff man.
  8. Well what do you know! The Sequel!

    Wonderful to hear that everything worked out! You'll have such a good set-up for multiplayer in a few years.
  9. Dishonored II

    Oh boy. I really need to get around to playing Dishonored 2. I loved the original and hope to see the return of some rats.
  10. Site Changes and Feedback

    Weird. The forum does preserve formatting if you paste text, however a 'Pasted as rich text. Paste as plain text instead' link should appear in the editor. Does that appear if you scroll down? If not, I guess that is another bug I should raise. I'll PM you in relation to the theme.
  11. Max Payne... 16 Years Later

    I liked to shoot f**kas in bullet time. ... ... In all seriousness it really inspired me too. I remember getting MaxED and after about 20 minutes concluded this industry is not for me. Thankfully I then discovered the joys of Day of Defeat and HL engine mapping and so began countless teenage hours of building technically sound and pretty maps that were a pile of hell to play. In the end I decided to just go for a design job because then it just needed to look nice.
  12. Max Payne... 16 Years Later

    God these games' graphics blew my mind back in the day. It's incredible taking a look back (for the first time in my case) and seeing how much we've come on. In my memory they were still looking like CryEngine 10 or something.
  13. What's going on with your life?

    I mean, those guys just sound like assholes @Tisky. Sounds like you aren't particularly close so you're better off having nothing to do with people who make you feel negative like that. If something isn't bringing positivity to your life then it's not something worth investing any energy into at all. Not sure what your broader situation is, but you seem pretty unhappy. I've certainly been there and know the value of change. Is your town, job, general routine making you feel low? Change one or all of those things as a matter of priority. Variety truly is the spice of life, and it can be so liberating shedding the status quo and making new friends through a new job, etc. Screw the place you've invested time into if it's not doing it for you. If your ex is forcing a dramatic change in terms of your children, have you considered mixing things up yourself and going and living somewhere closer? Doesn't have to be the same town, but maybe getting the hell away from what you're currently dealing with is a possibility. I guess it depends on how much time you spend doing things in your current area that you couldn't live without. Of course there might be deeper issues like depression to contend with, and those won't go away no matter the circumstances I described above and definitely should be dealt with properly. However, general dissatisfaction with your lifestyle makes it all so much harder.
  14. I quite enjoyed getting nostalgic with this video that some obsessed rather dedicated person has put together showing a live overhead map of the routes of Gordan, Barney, and Adrian in addition to a feed of each. Maybe this got posted in some other thread but we could use more of them anyway?!
  15. Source 2!

    My god it exists
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