Feb 6, 2022
With Gareth Myles and Ted
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Jon Satherley on Stadia
I’m a long-time listener - thank you for your musings, insight and humour each week.
I finally jumped onto Stadia a month or so back, when they were virtually giving them away at £20. Like Ted I am a very occasional gamer, being more prolific in my younger years with an Amiga 500. The largest barrier of modern gaming is the cost, not only of the hardware - but the games themselves. I suspect this is why retro-gaming is making such a comeback.
For £20 I appear to have high level graphics, most modern(ish) titles and an ability to play on multiple devices in my home - phone, laptop and TV. The regular sales for games make it more affordable - FIFA 22 recently just over £20 - as well as free games and trials.
This makes the casual gamer more than content. I agree with Ted that the variety and breath of games are somewhat lacking. Far too many 1st person shooters for example, but I guess this is where the market is currently. I for one hope it lives longer than some of Google's recent attempts at platforms and services!
Ian Barton on Air Rifles
I have got an air rifle which we use for controlling rats and squirrels around the farm.
You can buy them from several shops. You don't need a licence, but you must adhere to the various regulations (UK Airgun Laws). Punishment for not doing so is draconian. If you have a shotgun you will need a shotgun licence and if you want a rifle you need a firearms licence. Getting either of these licences is subject to a range of checks with the police and your GP. You will also need permissions for locations to use them e.g. vermin control needs the location to be vetted by the police or at a rifle range.
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Bargain Basement: Best UK deals and tech on sale we have spotted
Orzly Phone Mount Clip for use with Google Stadia Controller - Was: £17.99 Now: £9.99
Redmi Note 10s - Xiaomi UK £159 (128GB/6GB) £10 even cheaper than when I got it!
Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam - Now £54.59 Was: £89.99
Roku Streambar £129 to £99 (5 x £20)
HP 27f 4k Ultraslim Monitor (3840 x 2160) 27 Inch - Was: £349.99 Now: £229.99
Sennheiser HD 250BT £38 from £60 at John Lewis Bluetooth 5.0 and aptX Low Latency, 25-hour battery life, app support with EQ customisation, and excellent sound quality
HP Wireless Mouse X200 - Now: £5.99 Was: £9.99
Samson Q9U - XLR/USB Dynamic Microphone £10 off now £109.99 - first Samson I’ve seen with USB-C - and the benefits of XLR and USB
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