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Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« Last post by radiator on Today at 02:55:06 am »
I've been playing Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

It's really good stuff - an extremely lavish and polished 2d platformer - the level design is inventive and simply beautiful. It's one of the only platformers I've ever played where every single element and obstacle in a level has a reasoning behind it - ie there's no abstract, floating platforms anywhere in the game. In that sense it's really quite something, and certain levels (including one particularly memorable one set at twilight on a kind of African savanna themed area, where every character on screen becomes a simple silhouette) are absolutely gorgeous to look at.

However it is also (providing you don't cheat by using the easy 'Funky Kong' mode or constantly buy powerups) an incredibly difficult game (by modern standards at least). I've been moaning for years that the modern 2d Mario games have lost a lot of their addictive 'tightrope' quality by becoming exponentially easier over the years, and how I've wished they return to how punishingly difficult they used to be... and this game has really tested me on that  :lol:. In essence, World 1 in this game is about as hard as the World 8 in something like New Super Mario Bros. You will literally die on the very first level. Repeatedly.

Overall, though, after a rocky start and a severe mental readjustment, I've come to really appreciate the level of challenge and am enjoying it immensely (despite sometimes having to stifle the urge to hurl the Switch against a wall in frustration), and admire the developers a for sticking to their guns and making an old-school, hard as nails platformer, and not pandering to a modern audience.

The one aspect of the game I really don't like is the bosses. I don't really like boss encounters at the best of times, but the ones in this game are and pretty much my worst nightmare in that they take absolutely ages to beat, and go on for multiple distinct phases with wildly increasing difficulty and no checkpoints between them, meaning when you die, it's incredibly hard to summon the will to try again and not just give up. It's actually kind of embarrassing how long I was stuck on the World 2 boss for. World 2. And it's honestly got to the point where I dreading the bosses at the end of each world, and would rather go back and replay earlier levels than face them.
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Film & TV / Re: The Expanse
« Last post by radiator on Today at 02:29:58 am »
The show never really grabbed me - perhaps I'll give it another go at some point - but good news for fans - it's officially been picked up by Amazon.
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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« Last post by von Boom on Today at 01:38:23 am »
Astronaut Alan Bean. Fourth man to walk on the moon. Aged 86. RIP.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-44268960
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General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« Last post by Leigh S on 26 May, 2018, 11:47:47 pm »
Congratulations on your Century! 

I have just read Skizz again, and (this might be the Brummie in me talking) I'm thinking this is the equal, if not the best thing Alan Moore ever did.  Comics perfection!

Also reread "The Time Machine", my favourite of all Alan Moore's shorts for Tharg - I feel like I shouldnt't like it - the message is a bit.... grim at best?  But I think it is just beautiful and sad and totally wrong for a kids comic, which is what makes it exactly right for 2000AD

Fox - set robo-tearducts to maximum capacity!
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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« Last post by TordelBack on 26 May, 2018, 11:44:04 pm »
Indeed. The referendum was a specific request of a Citizens' Assembly, which interestingly approved the proposal by almost exactly the same 2:1 split as the real referendum. And the beauty of a binding referendum on a written constitution is that you can see exactly the wording you're voting for, stripped of spin. About as real an example of democracy as you could ask for.
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Prog / Re: Prog 2083 - Fame in the fifth dimension
« Last post by Dark Jimbo on 26 May, 2018, 11:36:04 pm »
My favourite bit might be the John Titor reference.
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Prog / Re: Prog 2083 - Fame in the fifth dimension
« Last post by Eamonn Clarke on 26 May, 2018, 11:24:59 pm »
Project Tic Toc
If you can hear the theme tune now then you may be as old as me.
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Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« Last post by Jim_Campbell on 26 May, 2018, 11:04:34 pm »
Well, I enjoyed the hell out of that. No expectations going in, but that was a HUGE amount of fun. I’ll happily watch a couple more of those…
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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« Last post by JayzusB.Christ on 26 May, 2018, 10:41:15 pm »

Maybe the Irish vote is a step in the right direction, but I don't think so. If government can do the right thing today then that's fine but, while it has the perceived power to make such decisions....

It was a referendum. It was our decision.  The referendum was a result of lobbying by the people, not a whim of the government.  But in any case, it's very much a step in the right direction. 
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Prog / Re: Prog 2083 - Fame in the fifth dimension
« Last post by Frank on 26 May, 2018, 10:38:29 pm »
Anyone able to call the girl with the bike?

Once you click through three pages of hentai, Google suggests school girl + satchel + red bike = The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. Hawkmumbler can confirm.

Back on safer, old-man territory:

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