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  1. When you say "banging on" do you mean he kept telling you what an erudite and witty bunch we are, or that he kept saying "you will not believe the collection of misfits and arseholes I've found online, you have to check this out"?
  2. Started this over the weekend and ended up putting 3 or 4 hours into it. Doesn't make a lick of sense, but I really like the battle system. It took a while for me to understand what was going on, and I still end up in trouble far too often, but each individual scrap is very engaging. I also really like the atmosphere, and the world the game is set in. This might be a JRPG I actually finish!
  3. It could be that there's nothing wrong with the battery, I had an issue where it seemed to drain almost immediately. But I just took the battery out and reinserted it, which forces the vita to re-calibrate something or other and it's been fine since. This is after using and charging the vita pretty much every day for a couple of years. So I'd try that first. It's easy to take apart and put back together assuming you have a screwdriver that fits.
  4. Does this help at all? https://retropie.org.uk/forum/topic/11893/solved-update-issue In particular this line: Another way is to remove the pipplware file from /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ folder.
  5. I finished this yesterday, and actually it is rather good. The atmosphere is superb and the Lovecraft elements, including the design of the enemies, is spot on. The sense of exploration is really well done, and it shares something with Guacamelee that I liked, in that there's some clever environmental puzzles that require you to use the combat techniques you're given to traverse the environments. The hordes are a challenge especially later on, but you're given the tools to deal with them, you just have to be careful not to get cornered. I would give it four Shub Nigguraths out of five. Oh and I played most of it in handheld mode, but the TV definitely lets you see what's going on a bit more clearly. The screen does get crowded when dozens of enemies show up.
  6. If you ever wondered what that would sound like "synthed" up and accompanied by a recording of Jim Morrison reading his own poetry, then wonder no more!
  7. It's a really good JRPG, but be warned; it's really long. Part 1 took me about 80 hours, and I'm still playing Part 2 after about 20.
  8. I've been playing it after picking it up a few days ago. It's got a great atmosphere and beautiful graphics, but the game play is probably fairly average. However I'm a sucker for Metroidvanias and souls games and it shares elements with both, so I'm really liking it.
  9. Without cutscenes we'd never have had this: So are cutscenes necessary? Fuck, Yes!
  10. David Kenny

    The Jazz Thread

    I'd also recommend picking up a copy of the Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. It's incredibly comprehensive and has a mini-review of thousands of records. It has a list of about 100 must have jazz records (marked with a crown) and you won't go far wrong using that as a starting point. It also has a brilliant artist index so if you decide you really like Joe Henderson (which you will decide obviously) you can find not just his records, but the records he played on as a sideman.
  11. I still think it's the best videogame soundtrack I've heard. I listen to it pretty regularly. Some of the music is genuinely haunting.
  12. Wait is the CD worth money? I think it gave it to a charity shop! (That tells you that it's not very good in my mind I suppose)
  13. In games like Limbo I think it's partially a parallel to the use of child protagonists in horror fiction, e.g. Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes or Stephen King's IT. But also I think there are connections to fairy stories, Grimm's Fairy Tales and Hans Christian Anderson's Snow Queen for example. Personally I think the experience of Limbo would have been hugely different if the character had been an adult, or a satsuma, or a wily anthropomorphized fox. A child lost alone in the woods is the start of a terrifying story, a bloke stood in the woods is just some bloke in the woods.
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