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#1 Gallowhand
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I haven't set foot in a game store for over 20 years.

Prior to that, I guess Virgin Megastore was the main place, but there was another high street store that I can't remember the name of now which had some good deals. Most of my disc game purchases from the early 2000s onwards were from online retailers like Amazon, Play.com (before it sucked), occasionally GAME and PC World, and a few others that have since gone out of business.

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My TV is also my monitor, so I play games at 1080p. If the framerate dips too low, I'll switch that down to 720.

I no longer use a mouse for gaming due to problems with RSI, so I generally use either my trackball (which has no DPI setting so I adjust sensitivity in the game) or a controller.

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I've decided to watch at least one horror movie per day through October this year. Some of my all-time favourites include:

- An American Werewolf In London (1981)
- The Changeling (1980)
- The Haunting (1963)
- Halloween (1978) & Halloween II (1981)
- Sleepy Hollow (1999)
- The Fog (1980)
- The Thing (1982)
- Tremors (1990)
- Dog Soldiers (2002)
- Stir Of Echoes (1999)
- The Devil Rides Out (1968)
- Underworld 1 & 2
- Evil Dead 2 (1987) & Evil Dead 3 (1992)
- Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)
- Legend Of Hill House (1973)
- The Frighteners (1996)
- Jaws (1975)

There are others I could have added to this list, but I'll leave it at 20. Also, I have a soft spot for old monster movies.

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@YukoAsho: I highly doubt any publisher would offer 1080p versions of their games on the new consoles at a reduced price, because they all love money. I can also imagine their justification for not allowing that. Their argument would be that although attachment to 4K TVs may not currently be mainstream, in the future it will be as 1080p TVs are phased out, and 4K becomes the only option to purchase in a few years. After all, 8K is just around the corner (which is also ridiculous).

Given that this generation of consoles has lasted 7 years, they would have a compelling argument that over the course of the next 7 years, 1080p will have declined significantly. So it's more cost effective (for them) to ship games with 4K textures now, without having to worry about producing two sets of assets.

I'll be pleasantly surprised if they offer options, particularly for downloads, because I have no intention of upgrading to a 4K TV any time soon (especially one that would meet the HDMI 2.1, 4K at 120hz needed to take full advantage of the new consoles).

I also concur with all posters here that uncompressed or hi-fidelity audio is going to inflate game install sizes, especially if there are multiple language packs for fully-voiced games.

SSD upgrades or additions are going to become essential moving forward, and both Xbox and Playstation platforms realised that from the outset, which is why they've included upgrade potential. The cost of larger NVMe drives may be prohibitive in the short term (particularly those compatible and/or certified for use with the new systems), but hopefully those prices will come down significantly over the next few years.

Whether you opt for disc-based versions to try and offset huge downloads or not, this generation has proven you still need a decent internet connection speed and have to watch any data caps already. Hardly any game is released now that does not require a patch soon after release, and some of the patch sizes can be ridiculous, anything from a gigabyte up to practically downloading the entire game again. I do buy a mix of digital and disc-based games, partly so that my internet connection isn't constantly tied up, because there are a few of us in the same household, and large downloads affect everyone's access.

It is what it is. We're tied to and reliant on their eco-systems, whichever way you look at it. What these platform holders do need to keep in mind, however, is how robust and resilient the internet infrastructure is in their target markets, or they risk excluding potential customers. This is particularly true for any of their streaming services.

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The 1970s, when I was a child, was a relatively joyous and care-free decade for me. I was always out exploring, and generally having fun, without much of a thought or care about the rest of the world and its problems. I have a lot of fond memories from those times.

The worst decade in my entire life encompasses the years before and after the death of my youngest son.

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It depends. Sometimes porridge oats. Sometimes soup with garlic bread. Sometimes my main meal for the day. The only constant is that it's always variable. Oh, and a cup of tea. :P

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That's a tough question, narrowing it down to just 3. Yikes.

1. Enter the Dragon.

2. Ip Man

3. The Raid

Honourable mentions to Kung Fu Hustle, Wheels on Meals, Kiss of the Dragon, Unleashed, War, Fist of Legend, Fist Of Fury, Kung Fu Panda, Rumble in The Bronx, Nowhere to Run, Hard Target, Knock Off, Six Bullets, and The Transporter. If we're including swords, then I'll also give honourable mentions to Zatoichi, Seven Samurai, Blade, Crouching Tiger-Hidden Dragon and maybe Azumi.

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I'd make a film noir private detective RPG set in the 1930s, with mostly urban but also some rural settings. A compelling main story, with a variety of different side quests posed as new cases to be solved - everything from infidelity to missing persons to murder. Perhaps a companion or two. There have been a few other games set during that period, but I don't recall any RPGs.

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#9 Gallowhand
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Purely in terms of hours played, I have to say Fallout 4 with all of the DLC. I completed multiple play throughs with different character builds, and it's the only game where I got a Platinum trophy (or cared about getting one). The game has issues, for sure, but I enjoyed it immensely.

A close second for me would be Shadow Of The Tomb Raider. Loved that trilogy, but the third one just felt better paced, had great voice acting and interesting characters, and I spent far too long admiring the environments.

I also have to mention Horizon: Zero Dawn, which had a great story, great acting, interesting environments to explore, good stealth mechanics and engaging combat.

There were lots of other great games I enjoyed across different genres, but I'll stop there.

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#10 Gallowhand
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About two thousand hours in Skyrim, probably the same in Fallout 4 at this point. Also spent from hundreds to over a thousand hours in previous Fallout and Elder Scrolls games, because I like exploring, trying out new characters with different play styles, and always start new characters for each Faction quest line. Mods also help to keep the games interesting for me.