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    Killing Eve - BBC Spy thriller, comedy, drama

    Is she a 'goofball', though? At the end of the series I still had no real idea as to who she was and, just as importantly, why she was. She was a complete enigma and the fact that neither the script or the actor settled on a definitive answer made her all the more mysterious and dangerous. Which of course was exactly the the qualities that made Oh's character so fascinated in her. I thought it walked that tightrope perfectly.
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    Nintendo eShop (Software Chatter)

    A bit. The enemies switched off when they were a little bit outside the players viewable screen. So an enemy would walk away down a long corridor and not come back unless you got closer to them. The Wii U did this as well but the area that the AI was ‘active’ was much larger. The PS4 may have done it too but I couldn’t tell.
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    Nintendo eShop (Software Chatter)

    YES! One of my favourite games of recent years. The Vita port was a little bit limited so this'll be an excellent chance to play it on the go properly.
  4. Advanced Wars A small group of child soldiers rapidly rise to the head of their army. They then rapidly and aggressively expand their territory, capturing cities and industrial areas, enslaving the population and forcing them to fund and supply their army. The resulting conflict engulfs the entire world, killing millions. And even once the world is conquered the kids fight wars between themselves for fun, killing millions more.
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    Nintendo Switch

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    Nintendo Switch

    ODDWORLD: STRANGER’S WRATH. YES! https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2018-09-12-oddworld-strangers-wrath-is-coming-to-switch
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    Games Exchange

    I've put up a post in trading where I'm selling a whole bunch of boardgames It's this little lot.
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    Bad bits in otherwise good games

    Y-Wing missions in X-Wing. Slow, slow, slow and it's only 'advantage' was that it had a stash of borderline useless missiles. Just give me a fucking A-Wing for gods sake.
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    Do/did your parents game?

    Excellent topic. My dad was pretty much responsible for getting me into gaming. He bought an Atari of some sort when I was very young and then a C64 a little later. Ostensibly it was for the whole family to learn to program and, for him and me at least, we did. But right from the start it was clear that gaming was something we both loved. I remember the very first day we got it playing Caeser The Cat and being hugely impressed that he could get to the super difficult white mice. Many years later I played it again in an emulator and found that it was almost embarrassingly easy. His tastes were always towards the slower paced games and after a while he would only play sims or war games. Some of his favourites included the RPG Valhalla, the naval sims Strike Fleet and Red Storm Rising, and Battles of Napoleon by SSI. But he never updated beyond the 8bit age until, stuck for something to get him for Christmas, I bought him a GBA SP and a copy of Advance Wars. To say that he loved that game is an understatement. He still plays it, on the same GBA SP, to this day. And even though he's gone through other gaming platforms (A DS and now a MacBook) AW is still the gold standard that every single other game is measured against. My mum on the other hand was never interested in gaming. Until, attempting to replicate the success of my dad's GBA Christmas present, I bought her a Nintendo DS and a copy of Animal Crossing. I had no idea what I was unleashing. Initial apathy and confusion morphed, in a matter of days into enthusiasm and joy, and within weeks turned into an all consuming passion. She'd play it for an hour or so every single day. I had to buy a copy and leave it switched on during the day so she could visit my town and leave me gifts and messages. Other members of our family had to buy a DS and copy of the game just so she could do the same to them. Years this went on for. It only really stopped when she bought an iPad. She's always playing some kind of Animal Crossing game like Dragonvale or something now. Although, just like AW for my dad, none have really hit the sweet spot quite like AC.
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    Bad bits in otherwise good games

    What? It’s amazing, one of the best final levels I’ve played. I was shaking when I got back to my ship.
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    Bad bits in otherwise good games

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    Doom Eternal - iD Tech 7, Huge Maps, Invade Other Players' Campaigns

    I just did a search on youtube for this. Unless I've missed something, every single video making this claim has been made by an alt-right youtuber basing their evidence on a single article from a gamergate supporting website that references about a dozen twitter users. None of which are 'outraged', most are half though out expressions of disappointment either of the sentiment or at the quality of the joke. At least some of the tweets are from sock puppet accounts. Basically about half a dozen rolled their eyes at a poor joke on twitter and a bunch of Nazis make a load of videos shouting SJW's TRIGGERED!!!11!!! Edit: Fucking hell. I wrote the above after scrolling down and briefly checking about a dozen videos and scanning about another dozen more. I've now continued scrolling on...and on...and on...and on...I'm about a hundred videos deep now. One quarter of which are unrelated to the subject (they're just gameplay vids of Doom or Mortal Kombat) and the other three quarters are all SJW FEMINAZI CUCKS TRIGGERED! videos. Not so much an echo chamber, more a sealed off wind tunnel of impotent, incoherent rage designed to shield the participants from ever thinking about reality. It's actually terrifying.
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    Sunless Sea - PC Sailing, Lovecraftian Roguelike

    Yes. It has very definite flaws, though. As a game of piloting a ship around and managing your income and stats it's quite weak. But that's merely a vehicle to generate the story telling in the game. If you view it more like a (very) elaborate Choose-your-own-adventure book then it's incredible. This is something that happened to me whilst playing it: I can't believe they haven't ported it to the Switch yet. It is literally made for that console. Being able to dip in and out at any point and still having physical controls is perfect for this game.
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    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    I watched this for the second time today after seeing it at the cinema.The first time round I wasn't quite sure how I felt about it, some of it I absolutely loved but I felt I needed a second run through for my opinions to settle. I haven't followed the debate/argument on here at all so apologies if I'm repeating what loads of other people have said. The first problem I have is the pacing. There's barely a first, second and third act structure in terms of the threat. The film starts off with the First Order about to finish off the Rebels and pretty much remains like that throughout the entire film. As a consequence I didn't feel like the rest of the plot ebbed and flowed in the way that it should of. Certain scenes felt jarring when set against that backdrop. In particular, the casino sequence. It's a jaunty space romp adventure but that clashes with the reason for their mission. It felt like a fun and exciting pop record being played atop a discordant drone noise of dread. That said, I did love the way that sequence opens up the world beyond the binary 'goodies vs baddies' scenarios that populates most of Star Wars. And on that note, the way that this film depicts the emotional, internal conflict between light and dark, love and hate is the reason why this is only the second film of the franchise to really connect with me on an emotional level. Whilst I enjoy A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back, they feel (and have always felt) emotionally light weight. They're terrifically fun space romps which, to me, is both their strength and their weakness. Only Return of the Jedi actually made me believe and consequently care about the characters and their internal conflicts. The scene with the Emperor trying to turn Luke with hatred, with Luke just not knowing how to react or what is the right thing to do is the only part of Star Wars to actually move me. Until the Last Jedi. The turmoil between Rey and Kylo felt real and believable. That battle between love and hate that they are both fighting, from different directions, was terrifically realised and for only the second time in a Star Wars film I actually cared about what was happening rather than just simply being entertained by it. And on a final note I though the film looked amazing. So many sci-fi films spend a lot of effort into world building, into creating fantastical settings for the plot to develop in, none of them better than the original Star Wars film. But very, very few, A New Hope included, have taken this much care into making the world look so beautiful. There were so many scenes that were visually sumptuous. Whether that was the burning Jedi tree, the fight in the throne room (this scene is just astonishing, especially second time round when I could pay attention to the attention to detail), Rey's descent into the hole, all the scenes in front of the blast doors on the salt planet, or Laura Dern's breathtaking finale. So much love, care, and flare. It did an awful lot of work in adding meat to the bones of the story and I found it very easy to be swept up in it when I was drowning in the beauty of the visuals. My favourite Star Wars film by a mile.
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    General chatter - discuss anything here

    Large cardboard box, scissors and bubble wrap. Cheers. I'll look into Hermes.

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