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  1. This seems the same as MS's AI arrangements. Thanks to the EU and UK they think they can partnership to dominance and avoid any competition, tax or threat to their businesses. Seems I was correct about the incorrect classification of MS's Azure customers as competitors. Others will probably call it corruption. MS will take the EU and UK for a free ride.
  2. Playstation 5 Console Discussion

    The status quo is this extremity that is actually exceptional historically (Millennials and gen z only know this status quo). Eventually, nothing can actually function on this path. Lots of companies are doing lay-offs and using other means to shed workers. Removing work from home to excessive rules/culture to outsourcing etc.
  3. Playstation 5 Console Discussion

    Sad to see. My take is these lay-offs would have happened even if the last quarterly results were good. Look at Helldivers 2 success. Sony is no stranger to this stuff. Affects morale and quality. The main thing is I hope people end up OK. There needs to be more ways for these people to contribute to gaming.
  4. Helldivers II (8th February 2024)

    Yeah the overall war effort stuff is huge fun. We are struggling with the automatons but I am sure more players will help out. Just really enjoy the medium/hard missions. Lots of games actively avoid stuff this game does. Nice win for Arrowhead, Sony/Bungie.
  5. Helldivers II (8th February 2024)

    Got to say this game has some of the absolute best mission/objective design ever. Absolutely brilliant enemy interactions with them using their own tricks such as transmitter blocking bases etc. I am still low down on difficulty so more stuff seems to be opening up. Love the missions the game pouts you in. Am getting multiple main objectives now. Its refreshing to have a game like this.
  6. Pre ordered. Am ready. Never finished the original ps1 game.
  7. Paul Tassi port begging via Forbes. I wont link because nonsense like this does not deserve a click. MS is going the super sized 3rd party route to control gaming as per FTC.
  8. Helldivers II (8th February 2024)

    I played a bit tonight but the game crashed and its hard re-logging in... Been playing it every day. Proud to have pre ordered this. Love the sound and haptic feedback design.
  9. Cant wait for this. Will be a huge gaming moment.
  10. Playstation 5 Console Discussion

    The AAA clickbait is repeated too much. Sony and Nintendo consoles will be fine. The various 1st 2nd party studios will be fine. Delays happen and are necessary. IMO all of these studios have had ups and downs. At the end of the day yes of course more people buy the bigger games. Its no different to music, tv or movies. Indies will always have their place. Helldivers 2 had many years in development for the record and it feels very well play-tested.
  11. MS are famous for offshoring, contracting and outsourcing to drive wages down. In the past this was illegal behaviour. Much like politicians, these tech companies are pure slime with their PR and marketing. The online armies Google, MS, Apple, Musk, Bezos etc. have are pathetic. Actions always matter more than words. We had Brexit here in the UK and this government now has record high legal migration at over 10x that of Tony Blair's. The right wing politicians are even more sold out to lobbyists despite shouting about immigration. They cant even handle Defence. Which makes war more likely. There is a race to the bottom for jobs and earnings. This is with high inflation and religious protection of corporate rents. Good article on how the EU differs from the USA on enforcement towards the largest monopolies when it comes to inflation and price rises. https://www.ft.com/content/065a2f93-dc1e-410c-ba9d-73c930cedc14 The EU has only blocked 14 mergers since its inception but at least we got USBC Iphones! That will solve everything! The UK is probably worse...
  12. Xbox Series S | X Console Discussion

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-02-07/ftc-knocks-microsoft-over-activision-blizzard-layoffs-in-court?leadSource=uverify+wall US FTC not giving up.
  13. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-02-07/ftc-knocks-microsoft-over-activision-blizzard-layoffs-in-court?leadSource=uverify+wall
  14. Xbox Series S | X Console Discussion

    More worried about MS's super publisher status. The move has hurt the industry and now their own Xbox fans so much. The lack of any denials or clarification today Monday, is bewildering. Tech companies have really made a mess of things. Especially in entertainment. Apple have a 200m flop currently for example.
  15. Xbox Series S | X Console Discussion

    Odds are other companies will look at getting into the console market if this is confirmed. MS were the main reason companies like Samsung and Nintendo opted out. No one wants to touch an industry once large tech companies settle in. Sony doing well is a bit of an anomaly. The games side is easier and more profitable. I hope the industry can recover from the massive amount of consolidation. Tech companies should get more pressure to demonstrate the value they create. More importantly positive value and not just leeching off the world. Technological Innovation is quite slow nowadays compared to the past.