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    The Ultimate Burger

    I second everything @stephen129 says there. Smashed burgers are the way forward. Gotta be wide and flat, no gastropub meatball burgers. I like my burgers to be sloppy messes too. Homemade big-mac style sauce underneath, yellow mustard and Frank's on the top. Once you've got a decent big-mac style sauce under your belt too, it's easy to start tailoring it.
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    Hollow Knight - Soulsvania platformer

    Went exploring and decided to have another crack at Mantis Lords. And I might be done with the game. The boss fights are actually fun, and I'd love to keep at them until I get past. But adding on 3 minutes to get there each time? If it takes you ten attempts, that's half an hour wasted traversing the same terrain. I think the 'Soulslike' component is for a different kind of person to me. I'd absolutely play a boss rush mode, but the people who love this element have a very different relationship with fun than I do.
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    Gorogoa

    I meant a collective thread for those kinds of games. Ones that do something entirely different and play with the mechanisms of games themselves.
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    Gorogoa

    I played it with a mouse on PC and utterly loved it. It's one of those artistic oddities that transcends gaming whilst also making it better. Like the Unfinished Swan or The Witness. I wonder if we should have a thread for those...
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    Hollow Knight - Soulsvania platformer

    Just got to Soul Master, funnily enough.
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    Hollow Knight - Soulsvania platformer

    I'm back in on this, having not been charmed with it the first time. Probably about 8 hours in. It's nice, and atmospheric, but not worthy of the praise lavished on it. The offensive combat is simplistic to the point of being boring, and trudging through the same 5 mins of platforming just to get another arse-kicking from the boss makes inventive sections tedious quickly. I like that I'm getting lost at times. It's made me realise how much I'm used to the format of other Metroidvanias as far as exploration goes. But It's not going to crack my top 5.
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    Netflix - Releases & Recommendations

    I wound up really enjoying this. Initially hated the unrealistic affectations and American styling, but in the end they're why I liked it so much. It's John Hughes for a current audience of kids, but with an important sex-positive viewpoint. Predictable arcs with a kitsch, pseudo-intellectual sheen. The characters are all cartoons, but I'd like to think that the Instagram generation will respond well to their better traits. And the ambiguous setting will probably sell it well internationally. It's much more clever that it came across in the first episode. N.B. I've always disliked American media's obsession with sexualising schoolkids, and having them played by older actors so they can feel ok about it. Or as wish fulfilment by the writers. And there is that here, but I dislike it less because the messages are generally positive.
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    You (Netflix Series Thriller)

    I watched the first one and totally balked at the ridiculous characterisation of the boyfriend. But then I watched two or three more. It reminds me of Dexter, for both better and worse, and I'll watch it until the end. But I'm under no illusion that it's quality TV.
  9. This was amazing. Maybe my favourite film of last year, and definitely my favourite Spiderman film. When I realised that Lord and Miller weren't on directing duties, I was a little disappointed. But the three guys calling the shots did a tremendous job. I've never seen a feature animation with such inventive, relentlessly stylish choices. Combined with the great soundtrack and pitch perfect script, I hope that it inspires people to watch more Marvel and DC animation. They're some of the best output each house has. It's an old cliché, but there are very few stills from this which wouldn't look amazing on your wall.
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    Official Mixed Martial Arts Thread

    You're absolutely reaching if you're suggesting that Jones' creativity and impeccable analysis of his opponent is drug enhanced. It's just not to any relevant degree. Jones certainly isn't a good role model in any way. But he's the only fighter in UFC history to never have been in any danger. Outside of the Vitor armbar, and he turned that around pretty quickly and decisively - with yet another different kind of victory.
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    Official Mixed Martial Arts Thread

    Vitor wasn't after USADA - it was after testosterone TUE's went away. And it was a resurgence, driven by powerful strikes. Jones' success has always been constant, and his main strengths are Fight IQ, and then beating you at whatever you're best at. I find it impossible to doubt Jones' performances - nobody comes close to his intelligence in the cage. And that isn't enhanced by Turinabol. Fuck knows why he cheats, but he's still the greatest LHW to ever do it by a long way.
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    Official Mixed Martial Arts Thread

    He still looks absolutely amazing, but this is MMA. Everyone's invincible until they're not. And fighters can be completely broken by a single well-placed shot. If Jones fights for another 3 years, I expect that we might see him lose. If he chooses to retire in about a year, I suspect we won't.
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    Official Mixed Martial Arts Thread

    You're way off base if you think that the gulf in quality between Jones and Gus is due to steroids. You know, compared to incredible fight IQ and unmatched versatility of offense.
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    Official Mixed Martial Arts Thread

    Another clinic by Jones. Even though he's a natural villain, Gus always annoyed me by suggesting that he was Jones' kryptonite. He's probably never really been top 3, he's inactive, gets title shots for nothing, and his best win is Glover. Nunes is incredible. God knows what they do with FW now though. Even BW isn't exactly hot right now. Mendes/Volkanovski was a fun fight. Chad's great, but his time near the top may be over unless he fancies 135. Really enjoyable night of fights!
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    Better Graphics Spoil the Gameplay?

    I'd often use Stasis for exactly that purpose in BoTW. Even if it wasn't intended for it.
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