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  1. Ravern

    Fortnite | Battle Royale - Season 5

  2. Ravern

    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.
  4. Ravern

    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.
  5. Ravern

    2018 FIFA World Cup

    Not for me, Clive.
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  7. Ravern

    2018 FIFA World Cup

  8. 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...?
  11. Ravern

    Football Thread 2017/18

    Sterling has obviously missed some very easy chances this year. Claiming that he only scores goals because he gets set up so much is still incorrect.
  12. Ravern

    Football Thread 2017/18

    10th best shot conversion rate in the league, just 1.5% behind Salah...
  13. Ravern

    What’s Bluepoint remaking next?

    As one also in the "big Soulsborne fan, never played Demon's Souls" category and seeing many others in it, it seems the obvious choice.
  14. Ravern

    Stardew Valley

    The fear of forgetting is ridiculous. I leave furniture in weird places or objects in my inventory as reminders, which is eerily like real life I suppose. However, I do believe there's something to be said for the idea that when you start to maximin the game you are giving into the Joja nightmare - doing it for Harvey is a good reason though. Well, maybe not the petty bourgeoisie Harvey, Weinstein-esque manipulator of Maru. If it's Linus then we can start talking.
  15. Ravern

    Kingdom Come: Deliverance - Pure medievalism!

    People are complaining that this game, like many others, does not have enough non-white characters. Is it not fairly obvious?

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