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    Jailbroke my old phat ps3 this week.

    Not only is it now great for playing my old PS2 and PS1 games, its also a great emulation machine.

    Highly recommend it to anyone with an old PS3 they don't use anymore.

      Interesting, sound like a good Easter break project ...
      Is there a particular method you used? A quick google shows a firmware update that can be downloaded and installed.

    Big week for me personally. After tomorrow, I'll be without a job for the first time since the 1980's. Well, I guess technically 1990, but I had the job before that, just hadn't started it yet.

    Redundancy finally kicks in, but it allows me to get into my super so in effect I get to retire. At 48 :) Before someone says something, yes you can get into some Super funds before normal retirement age. Just not most of them.

    Will finally give me a chance to start working through the Pile of Shame.

      Best of luck to you, mate.

      I had to quit my job a few weeks back now and get to be a stay at home dad, wish I could retire early that's for sure.

        I wish I could be a stay at home dad but my partner doesn't make nearly enough to pay our bills. Thankfully I work for a super great company that allows me flexi time to go to all the school events for my daughter.

          Flexi time is one of the greatest work inventions ever. It allows for such a better work/life balance without much adjustment so if you can get it, grab it.

          Sounds like you've got a good job.

            Yeah 100% I have a great job, I am thankful I was able to walk into it.

      Sounds like a good time to pick up Unity or UE4 and start making your own games. Good luck with the retirement!

        Am leaning towards Unity at this stage, but yes, something like that is in my future. Anything to not go back to the grind of a desk job, which I wasnt suited to.

        End of the day I simplify it down to being a generation ahead of where my skills were. Was a nerd before computers took off, was dabbling in machine code in the 80's as a hobby, and things like that. We didnt even have a computer subject at school the time. Even at work I was pushing ideas that were maybe 5 years ahead of themselves.

        Not even complex things, but 3 years ago I was pushing data visualisation to higher ups and got no traction, and now its the Next Big Thing. And I couldnt get ahead with it. I was an analyst before they were a Must Have. And I couldnt get ahead with it. It just happened over and over a dozen times. And I had given up trying, which is never good.

        So with this opportunity, I can do something (have what I think is a solid idea) that I can spend 5 years on, and if it doesnt work, I've spent 5 years learning something. If it does work, it'll be fun.

    I don't know if many people here will care but I was sad to find out Tetris Friends is shutting down 31 May this year, in fact, the whole Tetris Online Company is shutting down.

    There's rumours that for the 35th anniversary they'll be releasing something new to replace it but nothing confirmed.

    I had a lot of good times playing on TF and I get that flash itself isn't going to be available in chrome from 2020 onwards so I get why it's all happening, but still, sad.

      Is there a reason this is still in moderation? Because there's still more to this story.

      Apparently for their 35th anniversary they're doing a team up with Hello Kitty to release a tetris game, which just seems really strange

    So, NBN weren't playing an April Fool's joke. After 6 build delays over 3-4 years, the tech shows up 30 minutes after the 1-5pm appointment window that I took the day off work for... and hooked me up in 15 minutes. 45 down, 19 up, on a 50 plan. Woo!

      Ooooo! What method?

        HFC. Seems pretty good thus far, and a huge step up from my 12Mbps ADSL.

    I don't know if anyone else is interested, but Baroque Decay's new game, Yuppie Psycho, comes out next week (25th). I was keeping tabs on it for a while after seeing an article about it on here back in 2016, but there was never seemed to be news and so it slipped from my mind. It just popped into my mind tonight for some reason so I searched to see if news and bam.

    @transientmind Did I stumble across you in Division 2 earlier?

      Yeah! I wondered if that was you! I just popped into the DZ to do the weekly challenges and not knowing what I was doing, interacted with one of those wall-doot-thingeys that flag you for PVP. (Which is 100% not why I'm there.)

        Wait.. I missed this, I think. In Division 2, can you go into the DZ and not be automatically susceptible to PVP gank? That's the main reason I stopped playing D1; that coupled with other players literally teleporting through walls / popping out of thin air around me and making the game nearly unplayable at times. Can we go into the DZ and just enjoy PVE?

          Not quite. In Div2 you can go into the DZ and everyone is PVE-only by default, but anyone who wants to 'go rogue' can hold down a key to set themselves to PVP, at which point they can shoot at (and be shot at by) anyone.

          So yeah, you can't really protect yourself. It's pretty pointless, in general. The gear's not that great to justify the wasted time from dying to PVPers, and the challenges that direct you there don't yield rewards worth the wasted time. Better off engaging with the bounties/projects in PVE instead. Less wasted time, more fun.

            Thanks. Aside from the DZ, then, is the rest of the game worthwhile? All-in-all?

              Aside from end game sure.

              The game is probably not for you if you are expecting end game outside of pvp.

              Oh yeah, the levelling game is great and there's a fun bit of endgame around the invasion stuff that's pretty repeatable. After that, it's collect the collectibles and then you're done.

              I assume it'll get some meatier content much like div1 did after release, only it'll probably turn up a bit faster this time around.

            DZ is literally the fastest way to increase ilevel in the game. At max DZ level you receive level up drops at a faster rate than doing orange hanging boxes between control points (including level up crates).

            I went from 400 to 500 in a matter of hours by just clearing the DZ of players with my premade and deleting events in seconds. Admittedly this is probably not achievable for a lot of players, but I have mates with more hours doing the traditional loop that haven't hit 500 yet.

              Right, so... complete waste of time for the players like me who exist only to get cleared by pro premades. :)

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