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Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: 12 June, 2019, 06:13:52 pm »
There's a giant Nintendo eShop sale going on right now if anyone is interested - loads of bargains to be had.

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Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 10 June, 2019, 08:07:18 pm »
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I really like Metal Slug and definitely think the first one is the best

Metal Slug 3 for me. The original is the purest, but 3 is batshit insane and has tonnes of variety.

Tried to get into Undertale over the weekend - couldn't stand it. I have a theory that the general quality of writing in videogames is so poor that anything with a bit of originality or character gets vastly overpraised, and Undertale fits right into this. If you like genre subversion and think the idea of completeing a game without killing any enemies is cool/interesting, maybe it's for you, but I thought it was incredibly pretentious and dull.

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Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 06 June, 2019, 02:56:36 am »
I couldn't find the 'youtube gold' thread, but i suppose that this is as good a place as any;

One of the hosts of the incredibly popular and successfull youtube channel/pop culture media empire Collider threw an extraordinarily childish and unprofessional on-air wobbly the other day, all because he didn't get invited to the opening of the Star Wars Disneyland attraction, and it's an absolute doozy - literally a 40 year old man throwing a very public tantrum because he didn't get to go to Disneyland while other, less popular (so in his mind less deserving) pop culture reporters did:

https://youtu.be/X7vSb7zWoB8

Things then get even more excruciating as he goes on to have a blazing row with his producer after he, in a sulk, refuses to cover the park opening on the show he is hosting and even threatens to walk off:

https://youtu.be/S0c2yStVC3A

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Film & TV / Re: Wonder Woman 2017
« on: 05 June, 2019, 09:11:24 pm »
Cool poster! I like it.

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Off Topic / Re: Objet de désir
« on: 05 June, 2019, 07:51:01 pm »
I think I only went camping for so many years because I bloody love the gadgets! I'm not even sure how many stoves, lamps or torches I own!

The gear is so much fun. I never thought I'd be the kind of person that owns hatchets (plural) and who has conversations about the relative merits of different kinds of stove fuel, but living in the Pacific Northwest does weird things to you.

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Off Topic / Re: Objet de désir
« on: 05 June, 2019, 07:05:55 pm »
I've never been one for buying plastic tat and have largely curbed my physical media buying habits - I haven't bought a physical movie/book/comic in years, and now own so many board games I am getting rid of some rather than buying more. My main vices these days are food & drink (I keep a small cocktail bar) and things like camping/hiking equipment and camera gear. I own far too many cameras and will spend an inordinate amount of money 'upgrading' various bits of camping gear in order to shave a few grams off my trail pack weight, which I will keep doing knowing full well how silly it is.

In terms of geek stuff, I will still occasionally get that 'gotta have it' feeling. Recent examples are the new Mega Drive Mini, that funky looking Playdate boutique handheld console and that Folio Society edition of A Game of Thrones... However generally I'm fairly good at resisting the temptation, and usually find that after a few months have passed I didn't actually want that thing as much as I thought at the time.

I can also be a bit of a sucker for backing cool stuff I see on Kickstarter, but generally if I take a step back and think to myself 'would I buy this if it were available to buy right now?' the answer is usually 'no'.

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Off Topic / Re: Basic Argumentation, And The Causing Of Offence
« on: 05 June, 2019, 06:26:39 pm »
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Text only conversations have long been a issue as the reader brings far more to the interpretation of text than they do to in person interactions. informal text is even more interpretable as people will often not explain the how they intend something or in what context or from what source

Absolutely this, which is why it's a good general rule of thumb to be overly polite and try as much as possible to not to make sweeping statements. Emojis/emoticons, as much as they're despised by many, are actually really useful at denoting tone, helping to ensure that a sarcastic or jokey remark isn't taken as a blanket statement of fact etc.

In (rare) cases where someone is clearly trying to rile you or deliberately choosing to twist your words, as tempting as it is to take the bait simply ignoring them is a far better response than engaging and getting dragged into the muck. They want you to respond. By denying them that, you win by default. I like a lively discussion, but life's far too short for getting into arguments with relative strangers on the internet.  ;) ;) ;)

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Film & TV / Re: Game of Thrones: the last series [SPOILERS]
« on: 31 May, 2019, 07:02:09 pm »
We started a rewatch from season 1 the other night (it'll be something we'll slowly chip away at so I expect we'll get to the end in a couple of years!) and it's weird to see how young everyone is.

It also makes at least some of the criticisms people had about the writing and pacing in later seasons feel a tiny bit like rose tinted glasses. One example that jumped out is that there's literally a scene where a journey from Kings Landing to Winterfell happens in no time at all, they just cut forward in time. It's funny because nobody cared at the time and later seasons got a total kicking for it. Right from the beginning they only really drew out those journeys when the journeys themselves were the story.

In any case, it feels quite exciting to be watching it all again, knowing there's so much good stuff to revisit.

Really have to do this too.  I didn't jump on board for a couple of seasons, and was only really catching up when the Red Wedding came around.

It's so worth it. The later seasons are certainly divisive, but seasons 1-4 are as good as TV gets. On a recent rewatch I was really struck by just how strong season 1 is. There's really no filler - almost every scene has some crucial element of characterisation or worldbuilding, or pushes the overall story forward in an important way. Every single episode has at least one major standout moment, and I think in some ways the lower budget and inability to show much action really forced them to think more about the scripting and dialogue in the early days. I also like how a lot more of the dialogue is ripped straight from the books - I'm really not keen on how the dialogue in the show got a lot more colloquial - almost contemporary - as time went on.

I don't see anyone attempting a reboot any time soon - and the petition to 'redo' season 8 is patently ridiculous - but what I'd really hope for, especially if and when the next two books get published, would be a complete redo of the audiobooks, something closer to a radio dramatisation with music, possibly even ambient sound effects etc and with either a full voice cast or at least a different actor for each POV character.

The current audiobooks are... fine, but very sloppily produced. They are full of continuity errors - mispronounciations or inconsistent pronounciations of character and place names, and though the narrator (Roy Dotrice) gamely does a separate voice performance for each character, they completely change from book to book, so for instance Arya suddenly talks like a pirate in book 4. It's incredibly distracting. He also passed away a few years ago, so they would need to find a new narrator for the remaining books anyway.

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Film & TV / Re: Game of Thrones: the last series [SPOILERS]
« on: 29 May, 2019, 06:06:03 pm »
We started a rewatch from season 1 the other night (it'll be something we'll slowly chip away at so I expect we'll get to the end in a couple of years!) and it's weird to see how young everyone is.

It also makes at least some of the criticisms people had about the writing and pacing in later seasons feel a tiny bit like rose tinted glasses. One example that jumped out is that there's literally a scene where a journey from Kings Landing to Winterfell happens in no time at all, they just cut forward in time. It's funny because nobody cared at the time and later seasons got a total kicking for it. Right from the beginning they only really drew out those journeys when the journeys themselves were the story.

In any case, it feels quite exciting to be watching it all again, knowing there's so much good stuff to revisit.

I think that the early seasons actually cared about conveying the passing of time though, eg in the first episode they show the growth of the direwolves to communicate that many weeks or even months have passed from one scene to the next. I think the point in later seasons where people really started to knock the series for 'teleporting' characters and travel distances was that completely ludicrous episode where Gendry runs back to the wall, sends a raven to Danaerys (who is supposed to be 2/3 of a continent away), who then flies up far beyond the wall to find our gang still hanging out on the frozen lake apparently within 24 hours of Gendry leaving.

Also, its by the by, but I'm pretty sure that the scene in the first episode in King's Landing with Jaime and Cersei you're referring to was a very late addition that they had to put in because test audiences didn't understand that Jaime and Cersei were brother and sister. It wasn't originally written that way AFAIK.

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Film & TV / Re: The Trailer Thread
« on: 28 May, 2019, 09:03:56 pm »
I've read online it has a more 'nuanced political story,' hence it's setting the American Mexican Border. The Trailer gives away the Villians ability to copy itself using Nano Technology so Nil points there. Hollywood gets its Trailers made by Companies that sometimes have had zero to do with the Production and are mostly the cheapest available if you want to minimise losses.  This Trailer is the first, but if they are indifferent to its revelations already that might mean the filmmakers have low expectations of the success of their product.

To be fair, people who have seen actual scenes/footage from the movie have apparently raved about it, so the movie could end up being decent. I'll keep an open mind, but I still think the effects in this trailer look godawful. It looks like a cheap superhero movie.

I think a fundamental problem with the terminator series is that in terms of design you can't really top the T-1000. It's simply the perfect infiltration/killing machine. Any attempt to go 'one better', like the one from Terminator 3, just looks silly by comparison.

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Film & TV / Re: The Trailer Thread
« on: 23 May, 2019, 06:43:31 pm »
I seem to remember  hearing something about the rights reverting back to Cameron after the last movie, so I figured he'd be more involved in this one.

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Film & TV / Re: Game of Thrones: the last series [SPOILERS]
« on: 23 May, 2019, 06:34:46 pm »
Each to their own. Personally I found it quite jarring that we go from surveying the wreckage of Hiroshima to lightheartedly joking about brothels so quickly. I think the ending overall was very cynical and bleak, given the context,  though as I mentioned before I did like where Jon's story ended up.


It was the most human response: We still have to get on with the mundanity of running this place, feeding and wiping people's arses, but let's still have a sense of humour amongst ourselves.

I thought there was also something in his tone that suggested it was more a comment on the past, rather than purely a joke. It was something he did before the world became so much less funny, before he had responsibilities to anyone other than himself.

Regards,

Robin

It wasn't simply the joke itself, more the overall tone of the second half. The lighter tone just seemed a little hard to swallow given that these people are dealing with the biggest massacre in the history of their world. Even Aegon's conquest pales in comparison to what Dany did. Just seemed a bit odd to me that they had a few scenes of the aftermath, then it's back to business as usual. Another knock on effect of the rushed pacing I suppose.

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Film & TV / Re: The Trailer Thread
« on: 23 May, 2019, 06:26:39 pm »
I've never understood why the infiltration angle of the Terminators hasn't been used more. Rather than endlessly rehashing the T2 formula, wouldn't it be far scarier if literally anybody could be a Terminator? I seem to remember in the Robocop Vs Terminator comics they kind of used this idea - they had a child Terminator, even a dog Terminator IIRC. Seems like such an obvious premise for a Terminator movie to get back to it's slasher/chase movie roots.

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True.  JJ Abrams' new Star Wars sequel is making a big selling point of shooting on location and using practical effects, so at least there's one big sci-fi sequel you're sure to enjoy.

Said it before, but it's so refreshing watching big budget action movies from 20+ years ago to see all the location shooting, the practical stunts etc. Don't get me wrong, cg is wonderful, I just wish they'd be a bit more restrained in its use sometimes. Everything in that trailer just looks like a videogame cutscene to me. I was expecting a lot better considering Cameron is involved this time.

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Film & TV / Re: The Trailer Thread
« on: 23 May, 2019, 04:49:57 pm »
The 4th(!) attempt at Terminator 3 looks surprisingly cheap and awful:

https://youtu.be/RwEr9tOwAbs

As tired as the Terminator franchise is at this point, I would be so up for a balls to the wall, stripped down Fury Road style reboot that got back to the essence of the original movies. This one doesn't look any better than the last few, though. Genuinely shocked at how bad the effects are - I'm so tired of this phony, cartoonish greenscreen aesthetic that almost all genre movies have these days.

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Film & TV / Re: Game of Thrones: the last series [SPOILERS]
« on: 22 May, 2019, 05:57:23 pm »
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I think that her idea that murdering civilians is "freeing people" is a great way of demonstrating that she is mad

Is she, though? It isn't fully clear that thats what they were going for. I've seen interviews where people involved with the show push back on the 'mad' thing and make out that her actions were calculated and strategic. Neither interpretation makes complete sense to me.

I'm still very much convinced that the ending to the books will be far more hopeful and far less bleak.

I really didn't see it as a bleak ending to be honest, bittersweet maybe given the toll that had to paid to get things to where they wound up. I thought it finished on a surprisingly optimistic note, with a new healthier status quo established and the characters all finding more positive roles and looking to a brighter future.

Each to their own. Personally I found it quite jarring that we go from surveying the wreckage of Hiroshima to lightheartedly joking about brothels so quickly. I think the ending overall was very cynical and bleak, given the context,  though as I mentioned before I did like where Jon's story ended up.

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More so than that, it was the fact that Dany burns the City AFTER it has surrendered

That's kind of what I'm getting at - I think the broad strokes of the ending will be similar to what happens in the books, but I think the chronological order of them, the context, the intent and motivation behind them will be very different indeed.

Anyway, I rewatched the episode last night (my girlfriend was away over the weekend so missed it) and I liked it a bit more than I did initially. While I have a lot of gripes with the writing, I can't praise the art direction,  effects, costuming and the music enough. It really is a momentous achievement in that regard.

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