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  1. Jesus. I found that, but left before the, erm, big finish. I kind of assumed he'd just saw away until I walked away.
  2. I honestly think the Rogen / Gondry / Waltz Green Hornet film is ace. I have a high tolerance for Seth Rogen which probably helps, but I love the combination of a stoner comedy and an ultra-violent eighties action film, with some extreme stylisation on top. It probably doesn’t go far enough for my liking – the fight sequences where everything concertinas into a hall of mirrors, where everything is in slow motion except for one character, or where Kato appears multiple times in the frame, are amazing, but there needed to be more of them. It’s genuinely funny though, and I liked the fact that it has the same complete disregard for human life you get in eighties and nineties shootouts. It’s not like Hot Fuzz, where people get hit in the shoulder, or have barrels fall on them or something. People get properly smoked in the fight sequences.
  3. I liked the idea of SoD, but it sounded like it was less focused on exploration and more focused on building up your community. And the sequel sounded flat-out terrible.
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    PC Classic

    Surely a huge chunk of the appeal of the mini consoles the recreation of a well-known piece of design in miniature form, complete with authentically styled controllers? The case doesn't even look like an old PC, other than it being beige and looking horrible. PCs didn't have any kind of consistent look or design, that was the whole point of the platform. If you wanted to do this, surely you'd just get a Raspberry Pi? The kind of person who has nostalgic memories of Driller or Police Quest is presumably going to be the kind of person who would want to set it up themselves. Stick it in a 3D-printed Gateway-style case, buy a USB Sidewinder pad from eBay, and off you go.
  5. To be honest, I quite like the idea of an open-world post-apocalyptic exploration game, where you can drift across the country in some kind of motorised vehicle, exploring abandoned settlements and foraging for supplies and fuel - a bit like a hugely expanded version of the Highway 17 chapter of Half-Life 2. There have been quite a few games that get close to the idea - Mad Max, Dying Light: The Following, the Last of Us - but none that really quite scratch that itch, or recreate that sense of loneliness and trepidation you'd feel when approaching a ruined house out in the sticks, weighing up the need for food and medicine with the near-certainty that there's something horrible in there. I'm not sure Days Gone is that game, but it doesn't look like it's a million miles away either.
  6. I don't quite understand who these limited editions for completely new franchises from less well-known developers are aimed at. Like, I get it to a certain extent with series like Halo or Final Fantasy, where people will have a sentimental attachment to the previous games or to the developer. Who the hell is going to pre-order a collectorbelia nostalgiadition figurette of iconic character Sad Motorbike Man, without ever having played the game or without any indication of whether it's going to be any good or not? Presumably the kind of people who'll stick it in the display case next to their Lair dragonrama vignette, their Drawn to Death promotional 36" X 48" comic book wall vinyls.
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    Best machine for emulators?

    A Pi 3 should be able to run SNES and MD stuff with no problem at all. It might slow down a fair bit if you had loads of filters on (for example), but even then you'd have to be properly piling them up to really put a dent in performance. Generally, the emulation works pretty well. I don't know whether it's truly accurate - I think most MD emulators don't do the sound properly - but it seems pretty good to me on anything up to the PS1 (couple of games haven't worked too well, like Wipeout 1, Driver and Gran Turismo 2, but everything else I've chucked at it has been great). Dreamcast emulation is patchy and extremely fiddly to get working, but apparently works very well on a handful of games. It struggles with the N64 to the point where it's not really worth it. The Amiga emulator runs everything perfectly (except for Putty Squad, annoyingly), but doesn't have the filter options that other bits of Retroarch does, and the built-in scanline option looks awful. Overall, it works fantastically as an emulation box to stick under the TV. It's not perfect - the lack of an on/off or reset switch is a bit of a faff - but I'm incredibly pleased with mine.
  8. K

    The Alan Partridge Thread

    They seem to have been making this programme forever. It felt like it was imminent at Christmas last year.
  9. I'm actively campaigning for this new advert to be removed from Gilette canon.
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    The Division 2

    Is the original Division at all worthwhile as a single player game? I don't want to get into another service game, but quite like the idea of playing through the campaign, as I like the setting and the basic idea. Also, it's £8.99 on PSN at the moment. Is it just some mad grind, or are the actual missions interesting?
  11. My flatmate at university got to the stage where he was playing Goldeneye on 007 Agent mode with all the sliders set to maximum, so that it took ten headshots to kill each guard, every shot they fired was 100% accurate, one hit killed you, and they reacted to your presence immediately. He never completed the game on this mode because I doubt this is even possible – how would you do the cradle or the control room on that setting? – but he managed to complete every level up to Frigate. This is pretty amazing given that you get ten bullets from killing each guard, so you had to never miss and get headshots with every single round fired against an entire level of impossibly competent killing machines. I don’t know if he could be said to have mastered the game because he never got the invincibility cheat, but that’s mainly because we lied to him and told him that you had listen to the entire conversation with Dr Doak, rather than just the start.
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    Bring forth your pixel art champions.

    Dunno. Given that the minimum spec is 1GB RAM and a processor from the mid-noughties, I would imagine any computer made in the last ten years would run it, but can't be certain.
  13. If that's better than normal, what's it usually like? Do you get kidney stones just from reading it?
  14. K

    Bring forth your pixel art champions.

    This looks stunning.
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    Rare/collectable Spectrum Games

    I'm not much of a collector, but I have a few of the SSI Gold / Black Box games, and they're a lovely thing to have. If you get complete sets, those small boxes are jammed with stuff - manuals, journals, maps, clue books, reference guides, catalogues, etc. It makes for a really satisfyingly dense package. There tend to be loads of them on eBay at silly Buy It Now prices, but if you're patient you can get them at pretty reasonable prices on the rare occasions when they're put on auction.
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