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danielholt

@danielholt@mstdn.games

Hey.

I'm Dan. A 36 year old father of two who doesn't have nearly as much time as he needs to do half the things he wishes he had the time to do.

I mainly Toot about the following:

#VideoGames
#Hockey
#UKPolitics
#Parenting
#Reading

I also run https://gamepad.club/@videogame_art

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danielholt, to Hockey
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#QT https://mstdn.games/@danielholt/112553178511702413

The @hockey poll finished a few minutes ago and I've got to say, I'm very surprised by how many people favour the #Oilers here.

I thought we'd see a significantly closer poll than we ultimately got.

#Hockey #NHLPlayoffs #HNOM

danielholt, to random
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I finished #CrowCountry last night and it's probably my favourite new game of the year. Definitely recommend it to all.

Hundstrasse, to retrogaming
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Late night handheld gaming. It's why the #GameGear was better than the GameBoy! 😛 #RetroGaming

danielholt,
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@Hundstrasse I can't follow you down this path friend.

danielholt, to Panthers
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I still think the get passed the , but I think the Rags take game 6 and force a nail biting game 7.

As for Edmonton and Dallas? Whoever wins game 5 takes the series.

@hockey

EighthLayer, to gaming
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Here we go!

#Hellblade2 #Gaming

danielholt,
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@EighthLayer are you using headphones?

I played with my shitty headphones and it was incredible. Can't imagine how impressive it would be if I had some decent ones.

Hundstrasse, to random
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It's amazing how publishers of school reading books really manage to produce works that capture young children's imagination and fuel a lifelong passion for reading. Just look at this gem I pulled out of MiniStrasse's book bag!

danielholt,
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@Hundstrasse this man is sad because he can't nap.

EighthLayer, to gaming
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Something I've found annoying about Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is that it's not overly obvious when you can safely quit the game without losing progress.

There has been several times when I've exited the game when I think I've passed a major milestone and when I've loaded back in, I've found myself further back than I thought I would be.

There isn't a way to manually save it, so it's especially frustrating when you have to do a major boss fight again!

#HellbladeSenuasSacrifice #Gaming

danielholt,
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@EighthLayer I honestly didn't notice, although I will say Microsoft really did nail the whole 'quick resume' thing

danielholt,
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@EighthLayer I know it doesn't help but they've totally done away with that in the sequel. The nature of the game makes it impossible.

danielholt, to Hockey
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We got the final results for the #Hockey polls I put up a few days ago...and it's tight. Looks like there's no real split opinion on how either of the series go.

For what it's worth, I didn't get to vote in my own poll (thanks Mastodon?) but I'd give given the edge to both the Stars and the Panthers.

I think Edmonton's goaltending is their Achilles heel, and I think the Panthers are just too deep to be worried by the Rangers.

Still, I've been wrong before.

#NHLPlayoffs #HNOM

Image showing the results of the #Hockey poll I put up a few days ago. Results are split 50/50. Technically there's still a day left on the poll, but given that the Eastern Conference finals have already started, I think it's fair to close them now.

danielholt,
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The worrying part of these polls is that based on the numbers, there's less than 12 people regularly in the #Hockey #HNOM #NHLPlayoffs hashtags.

I know we're a relatively niche sport, but come on that can't be right??

danielholt,
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@mcneely @hockey

I'll remember that going forward. How does the [at]Hockey thing work?

EighthLayer, to gaming
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I think I need to finally complete Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. Seems like the sequel is very good after seeing reviews and reactions.

#Hellblade #Gaming

danielholt,
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@EighthLayer yeah!

It's not perfect, both it and the sequel have their fair share of detractors but it's one of the most.... interesting games I've ever played.

Working through the sequel now and it seems like more of the same, which is fine by me.

danielholt, to austria
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Credit to who found a way to beat at the today. Unfortunately relegation from the top group is confirmed, but they'll end their tournament with a nice win and can hold their heads high.

We're not a big nation, but with each win comes little more experience and that counts for so much at this level.

danielholt, to random
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Tonight task: Set up Xcloud on my Steamdeck.

Shouldn't be too difficult, although it is more difficult than it should be.

For a company that wants it's platforms available on other devices the fact that I can't install something on Desktop mode to just have this work seems shortsighted.

danielholt,
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Well I got it working.

I played a few titles, namely NHL24 (those numbers got big eh?) and a little Gears of War Ultimate Edition.

It works. The games run. Although I can say for certain that I'd never choose to play a game that way, I guess it might work in a pinch?

My internet isn't good enough to make it feel truly native, and tbh, I'm not sure the technology is even at a point where that's possible; and I'm a snob when it comes to that stuff.

Input lag is a big no-no for me.

danielholt,
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@EighthLayer I'm sure it'll get there eventually, but right now it's not even close to being good enough, atleast for me.

It has to be perfect to win me over. For the most part it was okay; I felt the lag but it was playable. However I had a very small spell where it shat the bed and I essentially lost control of the game I was playing for 10 seconds. Naaaah.

danielholt, to random
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I've officially requested a place for my son at the local primary school's attached nursery.

His big sister went there. It's on the school grounds. And we get on great with the nursery teachers.

Because it's not run for profit we also don't get hit with ridiculous add-on charges that private places use to earn money.

With the funded hours it'll likely only cost us £50 a term or so.

#UKParent

Hundstrasse, to random
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Anyone else ever play a single player game and worry that you're not playing it right? Like, you're progressing well through the game, but somehow you feel like the designers would be disappointed in how you're doing everything? I feel like that with Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker

danielholt,
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@Hundstrasse yup. Loads of times and it's something that actively pushes me away from certain games.

danielholt, to random
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#DanPlaysDarkSoulsAgain

Killed the Four Kings on my third attempt. Went full heavy with the armour set and just tanked through the damage.

Yay?

Oh yeah and then I went and finished Gwyn on my first attempt; kinda underwhelming if I'm being honest with you.

Now what??

danielholt,
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So yeah. Guess I've beaten #DarkSouls

EighthLayer, to gaming
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Decided to start a replay of Tomb Raider. Crazy to think the rebooted version is already 11 years old.

When I played this the first time around, I thought this scene looked incredible! And although some of the graphics in this game still stand up well today, it’s definitely showing its age!

Scene from Tomb Raider showing Lara Croft standing up whilst bloodied and injured, and looking over a cliffside to a ship and plane wrecks along a rocky shoreline.

danielholt,
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@EighthLayer really really enjoyed those first two games in the new series. I played about an hour of the third and was totally done with it though.

danielholt, to DarkSouls
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Shit I've got like a week and a half to finish #DarkSouls otherwise I'm going to have to pause the run the play #HellBlade2.

How far along am I? I'm about to fight The Bed of Chaos.

danielholt, to random
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Dickhead next door is smoking at her little table again now that the weather has improved.

Her little table is about 5 feet from where I'm sitting in my living room, and directly below my daughter's bedroom.

So despite no-one in my household smoking, we get to enjoy 4-5 months of everything smelling like cigarettes.

Yay!

danielholt, to gaming
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Going forward I think I'm going to have to ditch my #Videogame podcasts that don't feature at least one host with a kid.

Listening to twenty-somethings that have almost unlimited time and basically no responsibilities is just too unrepresentative of my own experience with life that I really struggle to relate or even enjoy their output.

I've really been enjoying the @crossplayblog podcast called #SpawnPoint, but I refuse to believe that's it for Gaming Parents?

#Gaming #Parenting

danielholt,
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@tashasounart I used to listen to an awful lot of Jeff back in the Weekend Confirmed days (god, I'm so old) but I won't lie, I fell off the Cannata train pretty hard a few years ago and have been unable to get back on it.

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