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    What type of retro fan are you?

    I only focus on systems that I owned, so they have a sense of nostalgia for me, although I have also picked up a few consoles that I didn't own back "in the day" (the Megadrive and the Saturn, and only then because I had friends who owned them, so there was a bit of nostalgia for me). The thing that I'm finding now though is that it's almost crippling having all of these old systems, hundreds of games and yet I've got a Switch which I should be playing a lot more on, especially as my 8 year old son loves it (he's tried to teach me Minecraft, but I think it's crap). I often get a feeling of having just wasted time when playing retro games with no real satisfaction. I'm not sure if that's just me, or if it's me trying to recreate the past when that's just impossible (or that most retro games are really designed for blasting for a few minutes). I think another negative thing is that I think to myself "this is going to be great playing these with my son, showing him the games I played when I was young" when the reality is that most are shit compared to games now! It's a bit less so with Nintendo games, but I fired up a few Ultimate games on the Spectrum to show my son and he found them incredibly confusing - especially when using the keyboard! I think to myself "hmmm.. if I were him, would I rather play Super Mario Odyssey or Jet Pac??" However, he does love Gauntlet and Zombies Ate My Neighbours, so it's not all bad! I think it might be time to do another trimming of the collection!
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    Philips CD-i Appreciation Thread

    Looking back on the CD32 (and looking at what it is now), I think one of the biggest problems the CD32 had was that the CD medium was still pretty expensive. Games that were derided at the time for being expensive Amiga re-releases. IK+ literally took one disk and plopped it onto a CD, charging £29.99 for it when you could buy it on budget release for £7.99 on disk, Myth took 3 disks and put them on CD - but again they charged £29.99 for it compared to the £7.99 budget re-release. Interestingly, both those games are worth a LOT more now (anywhere up to £100 each), because you've got an easy to play version of the game that doesn't suffer from "bit rot" disk degradation. What's interesting about the CD32 now is that you've got the ultimate Amiga for modern times. It's got a fairly small footprint, it's easy and convenient to play games due to the many home-brew compilation CDs that have been modded to remove the need for a keyboard, it had some of the best Amiga releases (and having no copy protection makes it easy to burn off your own games) and - if you want - you can expand it up to a full Amiga 1200. Having owned a fully expanded CD32 with SX-32 expansion (with FPU) back in the 90s, it always struck my how that should have been Commodore's new desktop machine. It was nice and compact and would have been at a good price point against the desktop PC. But then Commodore were pretty clueless by that point! But back to today, I think where the CD32 is still valid is that it represents an era of games (home computing games from the late 80s/early 90s) that's both difficult to replicate through retro hardware and was lost in the move to the 32bit home console era. Nintendo and Sega won the 16-bit war, but I still want a bit of my own nostalgia playing Amiga games! The problem with the 3DO and CD-I is that they were superseded by better consoles that delivered better versions of the games (Need for Speed, Road Rash etc were all better on the PSX or Saturn) or the game format was crap (FMV???? That was supposed to be the future!!!) Unless you had one back in the 90s, and you're looking for a nostalgic hit, I can't see why you'd go back to the 3DO or the CD-I now. Anyway, back to the CD-I, at my first job, one of my workmates used to go on about how he bought the CD-I for this one game (as he was really into golf) and how disappointed he was spending something like £800 on the console and getting this. You can see how some features would come into later golf games (like the commentary), but gameplay wise it was turd compared to Leaderboard or PGA Tour. Just watch this oldie (but goldie) from the AVGN to remind you why you probably shouldn't get one (the first bit of it goes into the CD-I itself).
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    Rian Johnson Star Wars trilogy

    Oh and just incase people were hoping that this wasn't just Disney trying to milk their "IP" and really do care about quality control, here's a list of upcoming Disney+ exclusive films and TV series... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disney%2B Post-production Lady and the Tramp[32] Magic Camp[33] Noelle[33] Stargirl[34][35] Timmy Failure[33] Filming Togo[32][36] In development 29 Dates[37] 3 Men and a Baby[33] Don Quixote[38] Father of the Bride[39] Flora & Ulysses[40] The Grimm Legacy[41] Honey, I Shrunk the Kids[39] The Paper Magician[42] The Parent Trap[39] Peter Pan[43] Sister Act 3[44] The Sword in the Stone[45] Title Ordered Diary of a Female President[46] High Fidelity[32] High School Musical: The Musical[32] Ink & Paint[47] The Mandalorian[32] Star Wars: The Clone Wars (season 7)[48] Untitled Rogue Oneprequel series[32] In development The Vision and Scarlet Witch[32][49] Muppets Live Another Day[39][50] Untitled ABC Studiosdocuseries[47] Untitled live-action Falconand Winter Soldierlimited series[32] Loki[32] Untitled Mighty Ducksseries[51] Untitled Monsters, Inc. series[52] Untitled Walt Disney Imagineeringdocuseries[18] Can't wait to see the remakes of The Lady and The Tramp, 3 Men and a Baby, Father of the Bride, Honey I Shrunk The Kids, The Parent Trap (again!), Peter Pan, The Sword and The Stone and High Fidelity.
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    Rian Johnson Star Wars trilogy

    I think one of the biggest problems Star Wars has is that, despite it supposedly being a "universe", it keeps on having to reference characters, lore or places from the main films making it feel incredibly small. The prequels had to bring in C3P0, R2D2, Jabba The Hut, Boba Fett and other characters from the original trilogy, even though there was no need for them to be in it. The sequels had to bring in Han Solo, Leia and even Luke Skywalker - even though they're superfluous and don't actually contribute much to the storyline at all. (Never mind bringing back the Millennium Falcon). The spin offs had to be about events discussed in the main films, even though we either already knew what happened or likely didn't care (as in the case of Solo). Even The Mandalorian has to fill in the space between Return of The Jedi and The Force Awakens and I'm pretty certain it will have plenty of cameos/references to the main films, despite it being set in the "far reaches of the galaxy". So despite Star Wars being this huge galaxy, it ends up feeling like it's the same dozen or so people that the whole story is about. The difference between Star Wars and Marvel is that while there might be a few key Marvel characters, they can create whole storylines that have almost nothing to do with the rest of the "universe". Until Disney (or whoever) start developing characters and storylines that have practically nothing to do with the main films, it's going to be the same old pandering shite. Maybe Rian Johnson will be given the opportunity to do that, but I somehow doubt it. Lord and Miller tried to do something different with Solo and look what happened to them...
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    The Sega Dreamcast appreciation thread

    A word of warning about Half Life, it’s got a save bug where (iirc) the save file gets increasingly larger and eventually takes up the entire VMU (then the save is corrupt). Not sure if it’s been patched since, but just be careful if you are suing the same VMU for other game saves.
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    Aladdin - Live Action

    For those still hoping this isn't going to be Will Smith doing a Will Smith. Don't worry, it's not! https://www.polygon.com/2018/12/19/18148377/aladdin-remake-will-smith-genie-fresh-prince-hitch It's going to be a blue Will Smith doing a Will Smith. Wiki-wiki-whole new world.
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    The Lego Movie 2 - The Second Part

    Going to see this with the family later this week, although I see it’s seriosuly underperformed at the Box Office compared to the first one. I remember when they announced that they were going to do Lego Batman and Lego Ninjago before getting to Lego Movie 2 and thinking “that seems like a really long time to wait for the sequel”. Don’t know if that’s had an impact on the Box Office (and although Lego Batman and Ninjago were decent, they were nowhere near as good as the Lego Movie, I wonder if that has impacted on the Box Office too). Wouldn’t be surprised that instead of a third film, instead there’s an announcement around an exclusive Netflix series like “The further adventures of Emmet and Wildstyle”, like Boss Baby, The Croods, Captain Underpants, Trolls, Cloudy with a chance of meatballs etc. Not voiced by the original cast, of course....
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    Game did have the Retron HD for £19.99, but it's gone back up to £49.99 There's someone selling them on eBay for £32 - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RetroN-HD-Console-for-NES-Cartridges/352548758794?hash=item52158b250a:g:dOUAAOSwLSZcGhrt:rk:2:pf:0
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    The Right Stuff - TV remake

    So they'll take the whole essence of the book, the fact that the Mercury Seven had the "Right Stuff", giving unprecedented inside experience to those astronauts, where they came from and what they went through, finely compacted into a must read book and instead expand it out so that it covers every fucking space mission over multiple series???? It's well known Tom Wolfe hated the film due to the changes they made to it from the book. Guy must be spinning in his grave.
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    Coinops Forgotten Worlds Arcade Front End For PC

    That looks pretty good, but those overlays are absolutely horrendous. Why are they obscuring some of the "screen" and why not just stick to the original arcade artwork? I get it that you don't have that for console games, but that's not even the right image for Robocop (which is from an Ocean advert for Robocop 2) https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=9343 This is why the publishers should get their shit together and produce releases that are curated with passion! I want to experience as much nostalgia as possible - including the waft of fried donuts and chips in the background.
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    Best one hit wonder of all time

    I think it was the publicity from featuring in a Levis advert that helped it.... (this might have been the last Levis advert that featured a song?) I remember being in a band when it came out and the guitarist was obsessed by them and tried to make us an Acid Jazz band.
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    Trainspotting 2

    I watched this for the first time last night with my wife. About 3/4 of the way through it. I’m thinking to myself “this really isn’t very good, but I don’t want to come across as my usual great/shit binary response to films/tv, so I ask my wife “what do you think of it so far” and she replies “it’s crap”. While there were some parts that were visually amazing (and it made me feel sorry that Boyle isn’t directing the next Bond film), the story was appalling with absolutely no point behind it. I’m thinking “it took 20 years and McGregor and Boyle not talking to each other for a large part of it to come up with this?” Maybe its supposed to be a reflection on middle age, where nostalgia weighs you down and you don’t have much optimism for the future, but at least the first film ended up with Renton having some optimism. In this the optimism is supposed to comes from a Bulgarian prostitute stealing a hundred grand from the Scottish Government? Hmmmm The main cast were decent (despite the material being poor) apart from McGregor who seemed to have lost all acting ability and was the total opposite of his natural acting in the first one. I’ll also say how I was annoyed that somehow the film is set 20 years after the first, yet the first film was set in the early 80s but somehow this is now set in 2017, not the early 2000s. Something rhat summed up how pointless this was - the flat Veronika lived in is near where I live in edinburgh. Underneath was an ice cream parlour, Nardinis, that was closed for months. But one day I noticed it was a Chinese restaurant - fully refitted interior with printed menus on the window (and a lucky cat in the window)I walked past it for weeks, yet it was never open. I looked in the window and it was all setup, ready to go, but it was never open. Strange I thought to myself. Very strange. Then I read that Trainspotting 2 was being filmed there and a few weeks later it was “transformed” back to Nardinis. Fine, except the Chinese restaurant isn’t seen once in the film. All that work, for absolutely no purpose at all. What a waste of time, effort and money. Kind of like the film really.... Anyway, on a positive note I liked the back handed compliment of the barely literate, ex-junkie Spud becoming Irving Welsh.
  13. The problem Let It Be had was that it was originally conceived as a TV special for “Get Back”, where the Beatles would “get back to where they once belong” by putting on a one off concert (they were influenced by the then unreleased Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus which Lennon was on). The original concert ideas were at a Roman amphitheater, but they ended up bickering so much that they just played a gig on Apple’s rooftop in Saville Row. I don’t think there was any plan to release the album after Abbey Road, but it turned out Yellow Submarien didn’t fulfil their 3 movie contract and seeing as The Beatles were pretty much finished by early 1970, Apple decided to put together the film Let It Be to fulfil the contract (and brought in Phil Spector to polish off the album). The thing is you can tell there isn’t much of a purpose to the film, there’s no real end goal and you get the distinct impression of everyone apart from McCartney being miserable. It will be interesting to see what Jackson does with it because theee are some great songs (The bootlegs from those tapes have lots of eventual solo Beatles songs on them, as well as quite a few covers). But the problem is that unless you’re a massive Beatles fan, I’m not sure what’s in there to make it interesting - even when McCartney got his way and they released the stripped back Let It Be Naked, they had to splice most of the songs together to make them decent enough. If you get a chance, listen to the original Glyn Johns produced “Get Back with Don’t Let Me Down and 9 other songs” album and you’ll see that most of the songs fizzle out, with mistakes throughout the songs. But if anyone could do something decent with the 50+ hours of footage then it’s Peter Jackson.
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    This guy, right here

    I think those two points are sort of related. First, I totally agree that when the generation that finds certain games fun, mostly for nostalgic reasons, die off I think those games will totally become forgotten. The only games that will keep on being played will be the ones that are relevant to kids in the future - and that's likely to be Nintendo games because they're incredibly good at keeping their legacy alive and respected. Getting the ZX Spectrum and playing some games with my 8 year old son, it really strikes me just how crap most of them must seem to him. Why bother wasting your time on something like Joe Blade when you can play Splatoon 2? Now it's also interesting seeing how he reacts to certain game styles and genres that you don't really see now. He loves Ghostbusters and I showed him Back To Skool and he thought it was amazing. Unfortunately you also realise pretty quickly how unintuitive it is to play older games. We played Jet Pac and it was a nightmare to describe how the keys worked! But with modern retro styled games, it's also making the older games less relevant. One example is Rogue Aces. I loved Wings of Fury on the Amiga and recently fired it up for a blast. Guess what? It's crap compared to Rogue Aces, never mind Rogue Aces taking seconds to load with no faffing about. So I guess it's inevitable that some games will die as our generation dies off. Let's face it, no kid in 40 years time is going to say "you know what, i'm going to get out Grandad's old Spectrum and load up Jumping Jack"

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