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The “cover all” for Club Diamond Lounge & Arcade (and any future addition to the Club Diamond series).

Club Diamond is a series for frivolous video game and movie chatter, and related discussion.

In The UK, Lords Call For “Immediate Regulation” Of Loot Boxes…


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Date: July 03, 2020

01) In The UK, Lords Call For “Immediate Regulation” Of Loot Boxes


“In shocking news, it turns out that gambling is gambling, even if it’s in a videogame. Last year, the UK House of Commons said that gambling was gambling, and now the House of Lords has agreed – it turns out that gambling is gambling!

The Lords’ report calls for the immediate regulation of loot boxes, pointing out that much of what needs doing won’t even require new regulations and can be implemented swiftly.

All I have to say is what I said last year… the “AAA” industry deserves it. It deserves to be regulated, investigated, and in some areas shut down. It’s rotten to the core, and as the months go by, I only see more putrefaction that needs flushing.

Citation:
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-53253195

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What is Daggerfall Unity and Why Should You Play It?…


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Date: May 18, 2020

01) What is Daggerfall Unity and Why Should You Play It?


“So today’s video is on the wonderful Daggerfall Unity project! What is Daggerfall Unity? well watch the video because I’m way to tired to type it all out…”

You can get the fully patched version of the game here:
https://en.uesp.net/wiki/Daggerfall:Files

DOSBox:
https://www.dosbox.com/download.php?main=1

Daggerfall Unity 0.10.23
https://www.dfworkshop.net/

I’m not entirely sure about the need for DOSBox…I mean, the version I am playing came with The Elder Scrolls Anthology…which, I believe, automatically installs with DOSBox…So, I don’t likely need to download it, myself…

I started a new game a while back, coming to the sour discovery that Bethesda released a version of Daggerfall with the Anthology, that is not even including the final patch…So, I found myself getting stuck spontaneously to the walls/ceiling [a very old, infamous bug]…

…I remember this problem from the first time I played the game, back in the early 2000’s…

I was only on a search for the final game patch…when I stumbled upon all these new developments, and a Daggerfall MOD community.

Not sure how I feel about being allowed to automatically quick travel to any destination, if that is in fact the case…

…Forcing you to “discover” every destination, by making you strike off into the dangerous wilderness with a cumpas, was an integral part of the game…It made you really have to build yourself up, before venturing off into the unknown…and some of these trips from one place to another, can literally last 15…20 minutes…a half hour…or longer…In real time…You don’t know what you are going to encounter out there, all alone.

When they tell you the game world is massive…it really is.

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Jim Shooter: From Comics Superstar to Outcast…


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Date: April 04, 2020

01) Jim Shooter: From Comics Superstar to Outcast


“Jim Shooter has accomplished more than most in the world of comic books. But he’s also had failure at Marvel Comics, Valiant Comics, Defiant Comics and Broadway Comics. This video tracks not only Jim Shooter’s career by tries to look at his writing and editing techniques and his personality to try to understand how he has had an equal number of successes and failures.”

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DF Direct: PlayStation 5 – The Official Specs, The Tech + Mark Cerny’s Next-Gen Vision…


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Date: March 20, 2020

01) DF Direct: PlayStation 5 – The Official Specs, The Tech + Mark Cerny’s Next-Gen Vision


“Mark Cerny delivered an developer-focused tech talk on the PlayStation 5, covering off its key next-gen technologies and the philosophy behind them. We also got our first look at the official Sony specification. Rich spoke to Mark Cerny about the machine (more on that soon) and provides his thoughts – with John Linneman adding his reaction to the news.”

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I Built an Unethical Zoo Where Nobody Is Safe – Planet Zoo…


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Date: February 19, 2020

01) I Built an Unethical Zoo Where Nobody Is Safe – Planet Zoo


“Buckle up everyone! It’s time to have TOO much fun managing a zoo.

I Built an Unethical Zoo Where Nobody Is Safe – Planet Zoo – Let’s Game It Out

ABOUT THIS GAME

Build a world for wildlife in Planet Zoo. From the developers of Planet Coaster and Zoo Tycoon comes the ultimate zoo sim, featuring authentic living animals who think, feel and explore the world you create around them. Experience a globe-trotting campaign or let your imagination run wild in the freedom of Sandbox mode. Create unique habitats and vast landscapes, make big decisions and meaningful choices, and nurture your animals as you construct and manage the world’s wildest zoos.

Meet a world of incredible animals. From playful lion cubs to mighty elephants, every animal in Planet Zoo is a thinking, feeling individual with a distinctive look and personality of their own. Craft detailed habitats to bring your animals’ natural environments home, research and manage each species to allow them to thrive, and help your animals raise families to pass their genes onto future generations.

Manage an amazing living world that responds to every decision you make. Focus on the big picture or go hands-on and control the smallest details. Thrill visitors with iconic exhibits, develop your zoo with new research, and release new generations of your animals back into the wild. Your choices come alive in a world where animal welfare and conservation comes first.

Planet Zoo’s powerful piece-by-piece construction tools let you effortlessly make your zoo unique. Every creative decision you make impacts the lives of your animals and the experience of your visitors. Let your imagination run wild as you dig lakes and rivers, raise hills and mountains, carve paths and caves, and build stunning zoos with a choice of unique themes and hundreds of building components.

Join a connected community and share the world’s most creative habitats, scenery and even whole zoos on the Steam Workshop. See your own designs appear in zoos around the world, or discover fresh new content from the Planet Zoo community every day.”

I haven’t laughed this hard watching a YouTube video in a long time.

This doesn’t technically qualify as a game review…I think.

I’ve been eyeballing this game for a while, as I have a bit of a history with the Zoo Tycoon series…I have the complete original [which wont play on a modern system]…and about a year ago, I purchased the most recent installment of the Zoo Tycoon series.

To be honest, it feels way too structured…in that kind of “we sold out to the casual gamer trend” way…I’m glad I only spent $20 on it.

I still need to spend some quality time with it, but I don’t know if I’m ever really going to be able to get into it deep…It just feels so different from where the series began…and not necessarily in ways that I like.

Planet Zoo, on the other hand…this looks like it’s really open to your whims.

I’ll pick this up when it goes on sale…on Steam, likely.

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Brahms: The Boy II – Official Trailer (2020) Katie Holmes…


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Date: February 16, 2020

01) Brahms: The Boy II – Official Trailer (2020) Katie Holmes


“Unaware of the terrifying history of Heelshire Mansion, a young family moves into a guest house on the estate where their young son soon makes an unsettling new friend, an eerily life-like doll he calls Brahms.

Katie Holmes stars in STXfilms and Lakeshore Entertainment’s Brahms: The Boy II, alongside Christopher Convery (“Gotham”), Owain Yeoman (The Belko Experience) and Ralph Ineson (The Witch).

William Brent Bell returns to direct Brahms: The Boy II. The producers are Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg, Eric Reid, Gary Lucchesi, and Richard Wright in addition to Matt Berenson, Jim Wedaa and Roy Lee.”

Whether The Boy was a great movie or not is debatable…but I quite liked nearly everything about the movie, because…I just like the sort of things it brought to the table.

The ending was unimaginative…but aside from that, I really enjoyed it.

Not sure what to make of this sequel…or is it a prequel?…

…Is the doll actually haunted, this time?

I’m going to have to watch this one.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator In-Depth Preview (4K)…


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Date: December 24, 2019

01) Microsoft Flight Simulator In-Depth Preview (4K)


“I had the opportunity to meet with the devs and play the upcoming revival of Microsoft Flight Simulator. Set to release in 2020, this sim has sparked a lot of questions in the flight sim community, so in this video I’ll present all the key info and give you my first-hand experience with.”

I’ve had a few different flight simulators for my Commodore 64…but I won’t likely play those ever again…who knows…

I’ve put a good bit of thought into buying a copy of the Microsoft Flight Simulator [I think ten was the last one]…I’m just not sure I’d play it much. Seems super cool, though.

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