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  1. Ravern

    Edge #328 | Kingdom Hearts III

    This isn't really that funny.
  2. Not sure if anyone has commented on this, but the way in which you turn up for a mission apparently for one character only to be (sometimes almost immediately) dragged into something else is a fantastic touch and gives an impressive sense of tension and instability. You never know when the next escalation, next fight, next move of camp is coming.
  3. Pretty much. GTA V was similar IIRC? You'd normally pick up a character in media res.
  4. I'm not sure I've ever actually had to use the R2 to aim control. I use L1 to draw my weapon then use L2 to aim instead. Am I missing something or opportunities by doing things this way?
  5. For an October release you numpty.
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    Neuromancer - William Gibson

    I don't think it needs an epiphany and what you say about the foregrounding of base humanity is a valid and well made point. I'm not sure that really applies to Neuromancer, where Case really gets at least a front row seat. For me as a reader that is not enough to substitute for some actually emotional punch. This doesn't have to come through epiphany or arc on a character's part but I want to feel it as a reader! I don't want to be down on it because I think it is great and I recommended it to multiple people immediately after reading it. But I was also left with a lingering feeling of slight emptiness that I'm not entirely convinced was by design. It is worth noting as well that despite often being heralded for overall style - of portrayed society rather than prose - it did come out after Blade Runner. This is not an entirely trite point given that a big deal is often made out of that aspect.
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    Neuromancer - William Gibson

    Kerouac, William S Burroughs and Phillip K Dick come immediately to mind. Pynchon to a lesser extent also.
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    Neuromancer - William Gibson

    The prose, style and themes are unarguably excellent. Its main flaw is the journey - or lack of - that Case experiences. The ending felt a little like the end of the weaker Black Mirrors in that it consists of a series of "a ha"s rather than a meaningful epiphany on any human's part. One reading is of course that Gibson himself is the Neuromancer, himself creating a new sci-fi of emotion rather than analysis. But it is not a deeply feeling book with its parade of overly sexualised female characters. I fully agree it should not be judged as futurism. But then, after that, what is it? A series of powerful vignettes of time and (cyber)space, but not much more. Fiction as a whole had largely covered the ground that it covers by the time that sci-fi got round to it and from a wider perspective I can't help but feel it leaves Neuromancer as a great read but not a greet book.
  9. Ravern

    2018 FIFA World Cup

    Not for me, Clive.
  10. Jason?
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    2018 FIFA World Cup

  12. Ravern

    Football Thread 2017/18

    I don't really disagree with any of that. He could certainly improve both his finishing and decision making. The claim was that he has only scores that many goals because he's set up so much. That's obviously wrong and using shot conversion to demonstrate that isn't any kind of "stats game".
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    Football Thread 2017/18

    Just a quick reminder for you that Sterling has had 78 shots (9th) and scored 17 (4th). His shot conversation rate is nearly 22%. Before the midweek games, that put him 10th in the league, fractionally behind Salah.
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    Football Thread 2017/18

    ...which won Goal of the Season...?
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