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    In Joey's case it would be more like 13 years after his last appearance. Remember Joey? I think I watched its first 3-4 episodes. Did anyone here keep watching until it ended?
  2. Really? If you say you like a console, you get your post hidden and your account banned for 24 hours, these days?
  3. I watch DF Retro a lot more than their usual videos too. One of the reasons I like DF Retro is that modern graphical rendering techniques and console hardware have largely become standardised. So DF Retro gives them a good chance to talk about all the things that aren't used any more, like voxel rendering and consoles with non-x86 CPUs. Also, the version differences that DF Retro shows are often a lot more apparent than those between modern releases. A DF analysis of a new game might talk about a game's differences between PC, Xbox One, One X, PS4, PS4 Pro, Switch docked, and Switch portable - as others have said, often the differences are only visible when they pause and zoom in. Whereas DF Retro might show examples of how a game changed between its original ’90s PC release, its PS1 console port, its Xbox 360 remake, that Xbox 360 version played on a One X through BC, and its brand new Switch version - which are likely to be significant differences in features as well as graphics. The Doom retrospective is a good example of that: The other advantage of DF Retro is that it's more likely that they'll cover a game that I've already played!
  4. Because I had nothing better to do this evening, I compared our results to the first few pages of RateYourMusic's user-generated Top Albums of the 2010s chart, to see which albums appeared on both. 42 albums from Rllmuk's list appeared within that RYM chart's top 200 entries [RYM chart position in brackets]: 1 [10] Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool 4 [185] Bon Iver - Bon Iver 6 [2] Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 7 [31] Arcade Fire - The Suburbs 7 [17] A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service 7 [1] Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly 13 [47] National - High Violet 17 [126] Kamasi Washington - The Epic 20 [56] LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening 24 [137] Slowdive - Slowdive 30 [28] Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2 30 [27] Beach House - Teen Dream 37 [82] Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica 37 [59] Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial 41 [9] Frank Ocean - Blonde 41 [120] Jeff Rosenstock - Worry 41 [19] Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma 41 [138] Tame Impala - Currents 59 [7] Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell 59 [21] Frank Ocean - Channel Orange 59 [3] Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, M.A.A.d City 59 [36] Tame Impala - Lonerism 80 [4] David Bowie - Blackstar 103 [39] Beach House - Bloom 125 [154] My Bloody Valentine - M B V 151 [5] Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition 169 [85] Carly Rae Jepsen - Emotion 169 [156] Julia Holter - Aviary 188 [100] Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires Of The City 212 [119] Gorillaz - Plastic Beach 229 [173] Agalloch - Marrow of the Spirit 229 [18] Kids See Ghosts - Kids See Ghosts 248 [106] IDLES - Joy as an Act of Resistance 268 [50] Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues 268 [163] St. Vincent - Strange Mercy 291 [105] Beach House - 7 331 [180] Grimes - Art Angels 331 [189] Alvvays - Antisocialites 350 [68] Against All Logic - 2012-2017 369 [73] Julia Holter - Have You In My Wilderness 405 [45] PJ Harvey - Let England Shake 420 [88] Jon Hopkins - Immunity And these are the 158 that appear in RYM's top 200 that no one on Rllmuk voted for: Trivia I noticed from doing this comparison: Rllmuk voted for two Daughter albums; the RYM top 200 chart doesn't have them, but instead has two Daughters albums. Things RYM users really like but Rllmuk voters don't: Swans (5 albums in RYM top 200). Things RYM users really really like but Rllmuk voters don't: Death Grips (7 albums in RYM top 200!) Videogame soundtracks: In Rllmuk's list: The Last of Us and Fez. In the RYM chart (with a relatively small number of ratings): Minecraft: Volume Alpha, Undertale, NieR Gestalt & RepliCant, NieR:Automata, Xenoblade, Persona5, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, LISA, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Rllmuk voted for Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell. RYM's top 200 includes Carrie & Lowell Live as well. Both versions of Car Seat Headrest's Twin Fantasy make it into the RYM top 100, but Rllmuk only voted for Teens of Denial.
  5. There is no way that would be shown in a 12/PG-13 film under the current rules! Edit: The BBFC gave it a 15 for "strong injury detail": https://bbfc.co.uk/releases/star-trek-picard-vod-3
  6. Torchwood is now on iPlayer...
  7. Jonathan Frakes directing the opening scene of episode 5:
  8. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Afterlife with Archie comics still haven't got very far (8 issues over about 5 years). The comics apparently got put on hold while the writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa prioritised working on the Riverdale and Chilling Adventures TV series.
  9. Not even one skull for Mary Elizabeth Winstead? Huntress had one of the best running jokes in the movie:
  10. And another thing! "GCN" has always been a bloody stupid initialism for a console. It stands for "GameCube Nintendo", and who ever says that? Why that became the official shortened form instead of "NGC" is beyond me. "But if you say NGC, people might confuse it with the Neo-Geo Pocket Color!" Well that should be the NGPC, shouldn't it?
  11. Here's an opinion that never used to be at all controversial on this side of the Atlantic, but seems to confuse Americans: Street Fighter Mortal Kombat Eternal Champions Body Blows Tekken Soul Calibur Virtua Fighter They are all beat 'em ups. Yes, you can call them "fighting games", "arena fighters" or "versus fighters" if you want, but "beat 'em up" is a perfectly valid term for the genre. I resent the fact that this example of traditionally British genre naming is getting pushed out of our language by the Yanks' revisionist history! "If you call fighting games beat 'em ups, what do you call Streets of Rage and Double Dragon?" ask the confused Americans. Well, they're "side-scrolling beat 'em ups", obviously. Or "brawlers", if you must.
  12. Details of the UHD/BR/DVD/digital release: https://www.starwars.com/news/star-wars-the-rise-of-skywalker-home-entertainment-announce They're also releasing 4K UHD Blu-rays for the films that didn't already have them: Yes, you too can finally buy your very own copy of STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE - MACLUNKEY EDITION! There's also a picture of a limited edition 27-disc box set of the nine films in the Skywalker Saga. (There's that phrase again!) The text doesn't have any details of that, but I suppose those 27 discs must consist of 4K, standard BR, and whatever bonus discs were released with previous editions of each film? What was that prediction Kerraig mentioned recently, that Rise of Skywalker wouldn't be getting a physical release...?
  13. Nick R

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    Video essay on the first five episodes of Primal. Slightly spoilery, in that it shows off some of the monsters' introductions and fates (mostly in the blood moon episode):
  14. That is why I've never been able to decide which I prefer out of Episodes IV and V. I realise that Empire has more complexity, a more interesting structure (splitting the characters up), and great characters in Yoda and Lando - but there's a purity to the original Star Wars's straightforward adventure that I'm extremely fond of. I think they're both well above ROTJ though.
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