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Supposedly a while back MS was also looking at purchasing EA.
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General Discussion / General McMaster's New Book
« Last post by airboy on Today at 06:04:17 PM »
General McMaster was head of the National Security Council for a year under Trump.  He has a new book out on his views on American Foreign Policy.

Nice summation can be found at: https://nationalinterest.org/feature/h-r-mcmaster%E2%80%99s-battlegrounds-fight-soul-us-foreign-policy-169383

This account is not anonymous and is direct, to the point, and largely leaves personalities out of it.
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There was a story in the 9/22 Wall St. Journal about this.  This was an opinion piece and not a news article - but the WSJ is usually pretty well-sourced on business opinion things.

Their take was that the purchase was all about Game Pass - for both Xbox and PC.  They wanted a set of must have properties that would only be available if you purchased them individually - or had Game Pass.  They seem to think that single pass, subscription software is the way to go in gaming.

I have no idea what the actual outcome of this will be good or bad for the average gamer.
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Computer Gaming / Re: Microsoft game pass for PC
« Last post by airboy on Today at 05:02:54 PM »
A Wall St. Journal financial opinion piece claims that Microsoft bought ZeniMax Media (think Fallout, Elder Scrolls, Doom) so that any new releases in these franchises would be live on Game Pass on the day of release.
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Computer Gaming / Re: We have a release date! Baldur's Gate III
« Last post by Grim.Reaper on Today at 04:18:09 PM »
pushed back a week until october 6th
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I bought this game on sale a couple of years ago but found it performed poorly on my new computer and the interface was very outdated.  So I didn't spend much time with it.  They recently released a new patch but I haven't tried it.  I'm too absorbed with Grigsby's other titles (WITE & WITW) at the moment. 

But if they did a version II of this game, I'd be a first-day buyer.

I tried the patch.  It doesn't really help with performance or the horrible interface of map presentation. 

The gameplay itself is actually rather simplistic.  There is a tonne of data to drill down and look at if that's your thing but it's really just chrome and doesn't affect gameplay at all.

Yes - there wasnt actually much to do - decision wise I found.

In any event - just found it unmanageable as a game. it ran too fast and interface was not effective in controlling the game
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New patch ?!

https://www.matrixgames.com/news/gary-grigsbys-eagle-day-to-bombing-the-reich-new-update

Published on September 22, 2020

It’s time to suit up and switch on those magnetos, the latest patch for Gary Grigsby’s Eagle Day to Bombing the Reich is out now! Building on the tireless efforts of the previous patches, version 1.06.05 fixes even more minor bugs and adds several new features including:

    A new “Find Air Units” tab is added to the reaction phase to allow you to easily find the location of each of your air groups during the heat of the action showing the current fatigue, morale, fuel, and damage of each individual pilot and planes. Or, momentarily stop the action and simply select one of your air groups on the map to get its current status - including mission type and even if the pilot is wounded!
    The weather system has been reworked to introduce next day forecasting and variable wind direction. Now you can “stand down” and refit your air groups during a bad weather turn, knowing that tomorrow promises to be less cloudy or foggy in your sector. You can now also get the current weather report for all of Europe during the planning phase from a single glance at the strategic map.
    All of this and much, much more awaits you with this latest patch for the most realistic and in-depth game of the Battle of Britain and the Strategic Bombing Campaign against Germany ever produced.

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Console Gaming / Re: Who Pre Ordered New Console?
« Last post by demjansk1942 on Today at 12:07:42 PM »
I still have a ps1
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Tabletop AARs / Re: Heraklion Crete, May 22, 1941
« Last post by MengJiao on Today at 10:41:09 AM »

  I need a new plan.  Attacking Heraklion with a larger force would be possible if things went well elsewhere PLUS it would provide a possible
route to intercept or block the evacuation of forces defending Crete....blocking the port at Heraklion itself even.

  So time to bring in more forces on the morning of the 22nd and avoid scattering paratroopers earlier or onto the airfield.  Crashing the Ju-52s on the
beach should work okay too:

  So crashing on the beach to the East went well, and now for the bicycle recon and motorcyclists to slam into the Australians from the West.  The motorcyclists might encounter the Australians and Commandos hiking north from Tymbali...speaking of motorcycles -- it looks like many of the pictures of crashed Ju-52s were taken from a German motorcycle.  But here is the onslaught slicing into the Heraklion (last-chance-for-evacuation from the Eastern half of Crete) port at 3pm:

  The nightmare of midnight motorcycle attack...yes its approaching nightfall and the motorcyclists and bicycle recon troops look like they have a good chance of simply overrunning the airfield or at least collapsing the defense:

 
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Sports / Re: Gale Sayers Has Died
« Last post by jamus34 on Today at 08:58:16 AM »
2020 needs to take a long walk off a short pier.

This year has been nothing but shit.
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