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  1. As you improve and play against better players, you'll find they will resign a lot earlier. It's common for beginners to play to the very end, even multiple pieces down. As a rule of thumb, if you are ahead materially (ie up by at least two pawns), rather than look for a checkmate, you should look to exchange as many pieces as possible to force an endgame then use your material advantage to advance your remaining pawns to turn them into queens . This is where practising the endgame helps a lot.
  2. My tips for learning chess 1) Lean how to checkmate - Play King, Queen, Rook verses King. Queen King verses King all the way down to Pawn King verses King (ignore bishops and Knights). Until you master this keep practising 2) Learn the endgame. Start with 8 pawns verses 8 pawns and mix it up by adding in a knight or rook or reducing the starting pawns. 3) Learn a simple white opening that will teach you how to develop pieces. Ruy Lopez (exchange variation) is a good one to start with. Don't get too bogged down with opening theory as it's only relevant once you get to a club standard. Once you have picked up the concepts, play as black and try the same concepts. Don't try anything too fancy - e4-e5 is where you want to start and will feature in the majority of your games once you get past the beginner stage. 4) Try and play in person. Online is full of cheats as it's pretty much the easiest game to cheat at. 5) GNU Chess is a good free programme to practice against. It's rated above international masters so will absolutely kick your ass.
  3. Mount and Blade Warband on the PS4. Never knew this existed on the platform and it is a very good port. Very sketchy looking but it's tonnes of fun.
  4. Check out T90Official who casts AoE games on Twitch and Youtube. He features a mix of pro tournaments and community games on his channel, which is perfect background material while I am "working from home". The regicide games are often very entertaining with 8 players allying then stabbing each other in the back.
  5. Is that a Norm MacDonald joke?
  6. Reminds me of a taller Ricky Williams. I love a back who is dominant between the tackles.
  7. Game of the Year : Outer Worlds Game of the Decade : Crusader Kings 2
  8. The Outer Worlds is out now and is the spiritual successor to Fallout New Vegas but in a futuristic Sci-Fi setting. If you've followed coverage of the game, then you probably have heard every outlet and game review mention this but it's still worth emphasising because since New Vegas, there haven't been a lot of RPGs like it and New Vegas is almost ten years old. I've had a ton of fun playing it so far. Its refreshing to play a game that is clearly made to be the best game possible and not a vehicle to entice you to spend extra money on cosmetics and upgrades. In fact, at the time of posting there are no micro-transactions. There are also very few bugs. I've had one game crash and one incident of very slow "pop-in" and that's about it (ps4 pro for reference). It certainly puts other bigger studios to shame in this regard. The game is at it's best when you are exploring every nook and cranny to uncover the true narrative of what is happening in the world. It also has tonnes of NPCs with interesting dialogue options and side quests. Choices I've had to make so far have been tough ones and they do seem to have an impact on the world. It isn't, however, a looter-shooter. I'm 15 hours in and combat has been brief and simple. It's still satisfying to craft an overpowered weapon and make short work of enemies, but it lacks the horror element of say Fallout 3, where, at the start of the game you felt very vulnerable and each encounter was tense. I've already thinking of a genocide run on the hardest setting for my next playthough to alleviate this. Overall I would say it's very much worth your time and I really hope it's a commercial success. Single player games of this type are few and far between if you're not into Souls-like games and if it does well, it may encourage other smaller studios to follow suit.
  9. As a long time player, I would avoid Overwatch at the moment. If you want to play as the "fun" class (DPS), there are 10 minute queue times to get into a game. It's basically become a bit bloated and was far better on release. The Outer Worlds may be a good game to go for - I'm downloading it now. You may also like Kingdom Come Deliverance but check out gameplay videos first as the combat system is a bit marmite.
  10. Jeff Minter's latest release is out on PS4 : Minotaur Arcade Volume 1. It has a VR mode so I'll be picking it up shortly. Oh, and an obligatory reminder that if you have a PSVR you must try Polybius!
  11. Bob Hayes may have been faster than Usain Bolt. He ran a wind assisted 9.91s 100m on a cinder track which took 20 years (long into the era of synthetic tracks and fully professional sprinters) to beat. His hand-timed anchor leg at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, again running on a cinder track, is credited to be between 8.5 and 8.9s which is possibly the fastest a human being has run. I think with modern equipment, training and money (Hayes switched to Gridiron at 22) he certainly would have been comparable to Bolt and perhaps could have beaten him.
  12. I hated the idea of the 39th game in football and I don't see much of a difference between that idea and US teams playing meaningful fixtures over here.
  13. Crusader Kings II. I speak no hyperbole when I state that this is the greatest game I've ever played. Currently trying to convert the world to Germanic Pagan but hamstringing myself by giving away all my conquests outside of Sweden to my Kin. When you get a ruler who survives a few years (mine tend to die a lot in battle) and you snowball into a living god, it can be hard to put down!
  14. Katie Taylor's 2012 Gold medal. Incredible atmosphere and memorable event.
  15. Borderlands 2 VR. Jumping around shotgunning people has never been so fun! I waited until the game implemented aim support and it works almost flawlessly in this (with the exception of sniping).
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