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Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 11 June, 2019, 09:59:55 am »
Moving house soon so I might achieve my retro corner at last. As such, dusted off the C64 to make sure it's still in working order. Embarrassed myself on Uridium, Armalyte, Zynaps, Salamader, Nemesis, and many other shooters that I used to absolutely nail. Got halfway through Wizball though. Mood: joyful.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 10 June, 2019, 03:22:50 pm »
Venom had what it needed for success but I'm with you on this. DC continue to make films as if Kevin Feige and the MCU had never been born.

Venom's a Marvel character, just part of Sony Pictures generally terrible series of films (past Raimi #2) rather than the MCU. Thank god they let Marvel just make the new Spiderman movies...
Ah, yup, I now mistakenly associate the spiderverse with Marvel Studios. Search/replace DC for Sony.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 10 June, 2019, 09:30:17 am »
Christ, how bad was Venom?!
If it was aiming for that Deadpool level of irony, it failed abysmally!
It reminded me of a distinctly 90's version of a comic book movie-step forward Spawn!
To take a quote out of the film, what a turd in the wind!
Venom had what it needed for success but I'm with you on this. DC continue to make films as if Kevin Feige and the MCU had never been born. Hardy and Venom made a good double act, but by god, the villain was like something out of a very bad Playstation game. I watched it on a plane so it had the benefit of being *slightly* less numbing than just two hours just staring at the headrest of the seat in front of me -- but not by much.

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 06 June, 2019, 09:28:51 am »
Played a few crackers at UKGE.

Verdana Gardens is a superb, small-box, tile... assembly game? Not sure what you'd call it. We played a demo and bought it immediately.

Men at Work is exactly as great as it looked on YouTube, and is now on the to-buy list.

Similarly, Koi. This beautiful little number really spoke to me but I thought could use a bit more drama. Nevertheless it played surprisingly quickly and has been added to The List.

There were many more but those three really stood out from a great, packed weekend. Anyone who has an opportunity to go to UKGE should do so, it's amazing fun. We've done the weekend run for a couple of years but next time, we're going to max out a long weekend and stay at the local hotel so as to get multiple nights' gaming in as well.

Welcome to the board / Re: forgot to say Hello
« on: 05 June, 2019, 09:54:16 am »
Welcome aboard!

Off Topic / Re: Basic Argumentation, And The Causing Of Offence
« on: 04 June, 2019, 02:56:40 pm »
Unfortunately we live in a world where emotion and self-delusion trumps (ha) logic and facts on a daily basis.

Games / Re: PSVR - Recommended or not?
« on: 31 May, 2019, 10:50:30 am »
VR has changed the way I look at games -- and entertainment in general, for that matter.

At that kind of money I wouldn't hesitate.

Film & TV / Re: The Trailer Thread
« on: 30 May, 2019, 05:03:04 pm »

Film & TV / Re: Patrick Stewart back as Picard in new series
« on: 24 May, 2019, 09:12:26 am »
They're gonna have killed off one or more Enterprise alumni, aren't they?

Anyway, I'm more excited for this than I was even for Discovery, and I have it on good authority that I was embarrassingly over-excited for that.

Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: 23 May, 2019, 09:58:11 am »
My wife and I are absolutely nuts about Sky Force Reloaded. What a game! Takes me back to my youth.

Does anyone have any recommendations for co-op shooters in the same vein?

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 21 May, 2019, 08:29:04 am »
The Favourite. Really, really excellent, if not quite the Oscar-winning humdinger I had been led to believe. I could've done with a more traditional score, though.

Film & TV / Re: Game of Thrones: the last series [SPOILERS]
« on: 21 May, 2019, 08:27:06 am »
Very happy with the last episode, given how uneven the rest of the season has been. Time to put the whole thing to bed ahead of a full re-watch next year.

Film & TV / Re: Game of Thrones: the last series [SPOILERS]
« on: 17 May, 2019, 09:43:48 am »
The writers might not have the source material anymore, but they have George's notes and surely they seek his input especially for anything major.

I could be wrong, but the way I understand it is that Martin has had very little to do with the show in recent years (as opposed to the first 4 seasons when he would contribute scripts and presumably spend time in the writers room), and as far as I know his last direct input was a meeting with the show writers 5-6 years ago where he basically gave them a list of loose plot points that make up the ending. Remember that he hasn't actually finished the 6th book in the series yet, so probably only has a relatively loose sketch of how all of the climactic events fit together himself.

I'm guessing that one of the points on that list was 'Danaerys destroys King's Landing', and the last episode was the show writers own interpretation of that. I'm still very much of the opinion that the circumstances of that event in the books will be drastically different to how it goes down in the TV show - likewise with Stannis burning Shireen.
Well disclaimer, I haven't read the books, but GRRM's story will have exactly the same problems to solve as the TV show-runners, i.e. how to smash all these massive armies together in any way that is satisfying on a character level? I plan to read the books when they're all done, so I look forward to discovering his solution. :)

Wow. That's very generous, and just when I need to order Brink Vol 3. :)

Film & TV / Re: Game of Thrones: the last series [SPOILERS]
« on: 16 May, 2019, 09:49:24 am »
Intense. Quite the viewing experience. I mean, how often is TV going to put us in the middle of a city being WMD'd by a fire-breathing dragon? Pretty stunning stuff.

Structurally amd narratively it has similar problems to other recent episodes. They're really going to have to pull something special out of the bag next week, but with nothing left to resolve except Jon vs. Dany and who takes the throne, if anyone, I don't see how they can. I'd love to be schooled on that though.

Over the years I've learned not to let disappointing sequels tarnish my love for earlier films in the series (Alien 3 taught me that), but it's a little sad the writers felt they had to resort to narrative tricks that would be beneath a show of much less importance than Thrones.

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