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Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 07 February, 2020, 12:53:59 am »
I completed Jedi: Fallen Order (the story anyway - I'm not really a trophy hunter), which was an incredibly satisfying Star Wars gaming experience.  Contender for GOTY for me! 

I played some of this at a friend's this last weekend, absolutely cracking! What I played was like a gorgeous sci fi Zelda/Dark Souls baby. Definitely on the to-do list now.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 09 January, 2020, 03:44:24 am »
Nowadays we tend to view Obi-Wan's 'Strike me down and I'll become more powerful than ....' line as more metaphorical, an inspiration for Luke and a way of ensuring enmity for his father, but it may well originally have been intended to be an actual threat - and one that finds expression in JJ's raiding of Lucas' notes for TRoS, in the very McQuarrie throne room that it was supposed to have played out in.

Interesting. I think I always thought of it being like 'I'll be an immortal omnipresent space ghost' when I was young (not in those exact words :D ), but as an adult I definitely pick up on the sense of martyrdom in the line a lot more than I did then. And I guess he's robbing Darth Vader of the satisfaction of breaking him whilst simultaneously doing the most Jedi thing he can, sacrificing himself for others. That must really have got up Vader's nose. Not that that last thought relates to the line itself.

I think its the inherent limitations of the Star Wars franchise in general. It works as a broad space fantasy in a single film, or even a trilogy. But as soon as you start expanding it beyond that, it raises all sorts of weird questions about how it all works as a universe, the tech, how the Force works etc, and the answers to those questions can never be satisfying.

I don't think Star Wars was necessarily destined to falter as the world was explored, the force powers for example already had enough definition for me as needed really by the end of the original trilogy, it didn't have to go too much further in that respect. But that's not to say you couldn't expand the force and explore it more, it just needed to be a bit more careful I think to avoid too many plot inconsistencies, and a situation where the writers have carte blanche to pull force powers out of their bottom as and when they think it'd be cool.

The prequels dealt with expansion of the force in a better way I think in places (It's been a while). Like supposed mountain monks that can slow their heart to 3 beats a minute, perhaps such an incredible power like resurrecting the dead should be restricted to people who have strived their entire life to be able to do it like one SeƱor Plagueis

I guess you're always going to have space bars with space beer and a space band and space chess and all that kind of thing. It can be done well, perhaps it's more the execution?

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 07 January, 2020, 11:59:58 pm »
Maybe the little midichlorians themselves are being prompted into action, healing wounds like nanobots.

I didn't mind any of the new force powers and Jedi abilities, but it does beg the question why have they not been used before (and regularly, considering how useful they are) in most cases. Similar to the Holdo manoeuvre I suppose.

Like if the force ghosts can still wield the force in the real world as we see with Luke at one point, why don't they float onto the bridges of star destroyers and force slam all the crew for us, or get all the ghosts together and pile on Palpatine

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 23 December, 2019, 10:05:03 pm »
I just got back from seeing it, definitely agree with the 'enjoyable bollocks' appraisal. It was a messy, overloaded film and had plenty of silly moments but I had a good time just soaking it all up! Enjoyed the action and got hit in the feels a couple of times. We all felt very similarly about the film too, which doesn't often happen.

As has been mentioned by others it definitely seemed to me like he was trying to cram two films into one, having to set lots of new stuff up and explain other things away after ep8.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 19 December, 2019, 03:31:42 am »
Just got back from a triple bill. I thought it was dreadful, but hugely enjoyable!

This speaks to me.

I'm going to see it with my mates this Monday coming, it'll be fun seeing friends, munching popcorn and soaking up the CGI! It could be terrible like I thought TLJ was but as I'm no longer being invested, I'm going to be able to turn off my brain and just enjoy the spectacle!

Games / Rebellion now own the Bitmap Brothers IP
« on: 26 November, 2019, 12:23:52 am »

I wasn't expecting that! With a suitably 90s britsoft pic of the lads, to boot. I'm glad Rebellion have got it, but I hope they do something with it!

What would you like to see come back, if they're snapping up neglected British videogame IP? I'd kill for a modern Cannon Fodder myself! I'd also ask Rockstar if they're arsed about Body Harvest..

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 15 November, 2019, 11:24:00 pm »
I feel personally targeted.

I have also play Zelda !! Let's go to <redacted> and download and Together.

Film & TV / Re: Judge Dredd: Mega-City One - TV show announced!
« on: 15 November, 2019, 12:02:37 am »
Wow it's pretty exciting stuff! Sounds like it'll take a while to build up, but I love that Rebellion have taken the multimedia handling of their own IP into their own hands like this. That independent spirit!

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 30 October, 2019, 02:28:50 pm »
Still waiting for this to turn up, but looking forward to firing up my old Megadrive again to give the new home brew game Xeno-crisis a blast!

It looks and sounds bloody awesome!!!


You lucky git :) I'm a bit skint or I'd be getting the GOG version right now!

Film & TV / Re: Scorsese makes Joker movie - or The Death of Culture
« on: 12 October, 2019, 09:33:42 pm »
Of course we're all free to criticise art, have storytelling we like and storytelling we don't, but trying to sort all things into a category of high art and low art is something else entirely. It does just feel pompous and exclusionary, and ultimately has no positive aspect to me.

I can understand someone's frustration at the homogeneity of the cinema that is successful at the moment, absolutely, but to say it's low art in Kareem's case or 'not cinema' in Scorsese's is just a bit stuck-up to me. Scorsese is a legend and I still love him, of course. Kareem was in Airplane so he's awesome too.

Film & TV / Re: Scorsese makes Joker movie - or The Death of Culture
« on: 12 October, 2019, 08:13:32 pm »
haha I retract my statement. :D

Film & TV / Re: Scorsese makes Joker movie - or The Death of Culture
« on: 12 October, 2019, 07:41:50 pm »
I hate the concept of a high art/low art distinction, it's very snooty and just doesn't exist for me.

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 11 October, 2019, 08:37:25 pm »
I see the pros of streaming as incredible convenience, you can play in more places, and have less clutter like you said. I think we'll probably all be streaming one day, really!

The services are all a bit different and we don't know all the details yet on some of them, but the main cons are that input lag and dips in the quality of the stream are possible, depending on your internet speed, location and the service itself. I could also see situations where the game someone would like to play isn't on their preferred platform, lots of money exchanging hands for service-exclusivity on games that would usually be multi-platform.

Google seems like they're aiming for the most devices out of the gate, Chromecast, PC, some Smart TVs, mobile. Xcloud will stream to Console, PC and Mobile they say, and if you have an Xbox you'll be able to turn it into your very own Xcloud server. PlayStation Now is just PS4 and PC for now I think, but you have to imagine everyone will want to be on every device sooner rather than later.

Personally, I'm drawn towards Xcloud the most, because I have an Xbox and also there were some leaked patents for an Xbox controller that attaches to tablets and phones. Big fan of the controller, and I have a 10" tablet I'd love to play Xbox on in bed! I assume latency will be very low around the house if I'm using my own Xbox as the server too.

Games / Re: Save Point X Charity Games Marathon!
« on: 11 October, 2019, 06:15:35 pm »
Nice one Keef! Code Veronica is an absolute gem, and a good little challenge in places. Still planning on playing Doom 3?

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