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  1. c-cat114

    Dreams - Media Molecule

    Blimey: harsh I don't think it'll be a poor man's tool. I have a cautious amount of optimism that 3 of the 4 component parts will work really well and be entry level points for music sequencing, 3d modelling etc. I really REALLY hope that the VR art aspect works well as that's the bit I'm most wanting to delve into. I'm surprised they've not examined the idea of it as a coding/teaching tool as that would fit right into a wide age range of STEM subjects nicely. They may well be, that said, I know nothing. It's certainly going to go into a VR art room my college is building I hope. What I worry about, that said, is a No Man's Sky style backlash where the Web piles on aspects that need improving or that we get a game which, on release, needs a hundred weekly patches. I also worry that the sales figures for a game which has been in high profile development for as long as it has.... Well. I hope it reaches them as the rationale and high concept for the game has the potential to be awesome.
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    Dreams - Media Molecule

    What no posts for this since Nov?? This remains, 3 years in, absolutely my most anticipated Ps4 game. I bought the console last Christmas in the hope that the beta would hit... And still remain hopeful something might still happen this year, beta or demo wise (although that said it's becoming a very faint and forlorn hope). Regardless - given the sheer scale of ambition that this promises am surprised the thread has sunk so much...
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    Doctor Who

    Tldr: series end was as bad as series. Just caught up with the final ep. Almost a good one. Almost. Bar for the fact that so much of it was knuckle bitungly stupid. Still cannot see how or why Walsh gets so many positive comments. He is such a one note actor that squinting when he says he's going to kill someone comes off as finally a new facial expression. The rest of Team Tardis is similarly bad/boring, just no one mentions them for the most part except for the diversity bullet points. My daughters boyfriend has dyspraxia and is, daily, a clumsy oaf (which is only partially down to the dysoraxia sigh). To see how little it affects Ryan until there's a ladder is.. Well... Maybe they should have had a Dalek for an assistant. Whittaker is OK, can think of a hundred female actors who would take the role and made it their own. She's just an accent and a lack of ideas most of the time. A vessel for exposition more than a story driver. When there's the opportunity to do some soul searching it's always glossed over with a sentence. Chibnall's writing has had the occasional glimmer of a good idea mired by a complete inability to tell a story which would bear anything more than a cursory investigation. When characters talk to each other they're generally both facing stage front. It's so hammy, talky. Ugh. With the exception of the music every aspect of the show is far less good than prior series, even at their worst. I assume there will be one hell of a post mortem at the BBC to see why the social sentiment is.... At best divided... They will be used to bad reviews I'm sure but any glance at the replies to official Dr Who tweets is almost universally dismissive of the scripts. In many ways it's a shame - this should have been a bold new era and instead it gives ammo to the anti female Dr crowd (although tbh I don't think Whittaker is that good an actor but it's a her thing rather than a female thing. Missy was brilliant for example). But as soon as Chibnall was installed as a writer I should have gone to a bookies and placed a bet on how bad the series would be. Wasn't rocket science. Ugh. Such a shame. Can't wait for the negativity on Twitter when the 'ultimate bad guy' buried under the planet turns out to be CyberWoman rather than a Dalek
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    Doctor Who

    Watched the Pting ep earlier and.. didn't hate it? Aspects of it were classic Who and I liked the central character itself a lot. I think, vaguely, I was still a tiny bit bothered by the issue that the Dr and the companions bore me, Graham especially - who seems to have an acting range akin to Danny Dyer - and 'and now for the dumbed down science explanation' Yaz. With that in mind I found almost every secondary character in the show, especially the General, the human doctor, the robot and the Pting itself would be far better show leads... Haven't watch Witchfinders yet, won't watch the spider one and will only watch the Yaz back in time one if there really is nothing left on any channel to watch.... But the Pting ep was the first I've seen I'd describe as being slightly better than a bad filler episode if good series gone by. Written by Chibnall too, which surprised me.
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    Doctor Who

    I think I remember them saying that series 2 had already been planned and was going to start filming soon? Did I imagine that? If so doesn't give them that much time for them to pivot. Also: Chibnall would have to admit that his writing is the weak link and that would require.... Dunno. It's very much turning into the Last Jedi style us vs them style thing. And much like TLJ I can't really understand how people are accepting/enjoying the fairly obvious (to me) script and acting issues. Anyhow. Yes, I personally think the genius who wrote CyberWoman should be teaming up with people who didn't.
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    Doctor Who

    (the irony of current Dr and 1000 decisions made that are just not quite there for me is that Kerblam with a bit of retro engineering would have made an excellent Christmas ep)...
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    Doctor Who

    Just watched Kerblam (as there were a few positive tweets from people I like). Excellent/very good premise, fairly nice execution let down by the fact (for me) that it just feels like a Sarah Jane adventure reenacted by sixth form drama students. Better though, but still just a bit rubbish imo. Main issue, mostly for me, is Walsh just seems like a complete plank. How people can say he's giving it dramatic depth completely confuses me. Hmmm. May be out again until the final 1 or 2 parter. Unless I see serious about turns in people who're enjoying it as little as me.
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    Doctor Who

    Possibly? I mean if she does an awesome episode I'll be delighted. Some actors just inhabit the screen before they even say a word... Missy was one of them I think. Whittaker just isn’t, imo. I always tell my students that I can teach them Photoshop, and hard work will pay off, but the truly great have ‘the eye'. I don’t think that’s teachable, that’s just a given gift and the same is true for actors for me. I don’t think Benedictine Cumberbatch has as much screen presence as Freeman for example, but he does have that voice.... Capaldi had it in spades, it was just a shame the scripts let him down a little too. Whittaker.... just seems meh, to so have the scripts been. Will be interesting to see what happens when she gets a good episode to play with. Totally domt get get what people are saying about Walsh though. Blimey he’s a plank.
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    Doctor Who

    His. Exactly this. I’ve no issue with a female Dr but JW has always seemed so bland to me in everything that I’ve seen. A Miriam Margoykes or Brenda Blethyn or Sara Pascoe or oh I don’t know. Anyone. JW just seems such a characterless non entity when she’s on screen. Likeable but bland. If they had a her vs Missy do Missy would, screen wise, wipe the floor with her with barely any effort. Im on the verge of giving up on it and coming back if Twitter or the thread suggest I’ve missed a corking ep. Have been out at McM all day and just got back but can’t be arsed to stay up and watch it. My my main issue is still Chiball, as I suspected it might be. Each script feels like first draft fan fiction, neither tight nor clever. Will be interested to know if it picks up, may dip in, but if the consensus on ep on here and Twitter is that it’s a bit meh may just give this ep a skip.
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    Taskmaster

    Hurrah. Absolutely adore TM. Found last series utterly dull but assumed thats just me. Glad others found it less interesting and yes, S7 is laugh out loud wonderfulness. The best thing about potato gate was the whole task from everyone: Katherine Ryan especially. Her talking about not getting sport plus have been a memorable highlight of the series until Joe absolutely won all of tv comedy with that scene. Taskmaster has also given me my one and only proper block on twitter Roisin Connaught blocked me when I said in a Taskmaster thread that i find her, Paul Chowdhery and Nash Kumar awful tv presences that I avoid at all costs. Someone suggested a loser of losers spin off which is pretty much the only Taskmaster version I’d never ever tune into. Mark Watson, Lolly and Asim yes, could happily watch them lose over and over again. Roisin, Paul and Nish would try badly, fail through idiocy/incompetence then spit their toys out of the pram over and over again. Even their voices were grating irritants to me. I stopped watching s1 over Roisin, gritted teeth through the other two. Found Russel Howard unexpectedly dull too, which I wasnt expetting. Regardless. My favourite thing on tv. (If you like this you may like Fighting which I find thematically similar).
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    Cars From Pixar

    I’ve never understood the hate Cars gets. It’s one of my favourite Pixar films and, from a narrative point of view has a better hero’s journey than other films I like as much (Ratatouille for example. Which I love, but prefer the flow of Cars). Cars 2 is abject pap that said. Cars 3 I was given for my birthday but haven’t bothered to watch yet, just in case it’s as bad as it’s predecesor. But Cars I love. No idea what people who don’t are seeing.
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    Doctor Who

    Don't disagree with that at all watching S1 and 2 with my daughter cuddled up next to me was a joy As well as Blink I'd check out Midnight. It's an astounding episode and an emotional wringer (even more so because of the writer behind it being, until that point, excellent with characters but abysmal with plot pacing and execution).
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    Doctor Who

    Doubt it. Tbh Im not after light and fluffy, just well constructed narrative, delivered well. I used to teach BA film media when Torchwood s1 was on and on the following morning job one would be to deconstruct it with the class. Oh my goodness the morning after the CyberWoman episode was entertaining. That said - with a couple of exceptions I don't tend to find the history episodes entertaining. But it's an interesting starter for a plot so that will be a bit of an acid test for me. Can they make a basis that I tend to be less interested in a better ep than the last two have felt for me. That's my only interest in tuning in I think. Other replies have replied but yes, it's a family show. Even if it was a kids show then if it were done well (I don't know, Pepper Pig or Batman Adventures say) then that wouldn't be an issue for me. To lower expectations based on the age of the audience is, yes, possibly the wrong viewpoint. That said it is fab that families are watching it together and the basis of gender empowerment is also fab so am not anti. Just don't want to see such a classic timeless show turned into a cgi led brainless shuffling zombie. It just shouldn't be that dumb. That's the thing that worries me. The duff episodes normally come in the middle of a run to pace things out between belting first ep (or at least an attempt at it) and cliffhanger finale (which get the most budget and attention). If the first two episodes show that a finished, polished script can't be delivered and acted (ugh) on then I kind of think it's in the wrong hands. S1 was slightly different as you got the impression with hindsight that Dalek was the proper episode 1 and things before were almost a prelude. Which is the thing that pisses me off about TLJ (since that rancid corpse has been exhumed) and all the other visual treats. The best Dr Who eps have brains as well as looks (Blink, Midnight, Dr's Wife and so on). It didn't even take a second watch to see the ridiculous leaps of logic, plot holes and character issues in the first ep. The acting was hammy. The bad guy a rip off with next to nothing to do. It was so clumsily done. Ugh... Like a series of memes with lead in and outs. That said - it's not really a hive mind slagging it off is it? The replies seem about 50 - 50 which tbh amazes me (in the same way that anyone saying they even like - let alone love - Prometheus or TLJ amazes me). I don't think I'm even slagging it off per se, just applying a mix of critical thinking and disappointment through lack of entertainment. I've felt nervous for the series since a mix of Chibnall being named, (but in fairness thought he also could have done a reverse Moffat) and seeing the absolutely bone headed choices they made on the screwdriver and logo... Like a very slow moving car crash. Nothing I've seen so far has made me think oh no its OK. This will start being the thing of dreams. Dr who used to be a Go to piece of TV for me but this just doesn't feel like it's worth the investment at mo. Sigh. I've turned into Cacophonus. (Books self in for Internet awareness counselling)...
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    PlayStation 4 Console Thread

    Will give that a try next.
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    PlayStation 4 Console Thread

    (but thanks for reply) could it be something to do with which USB slot plugged into? Is there anyway to roll back a restore to setting restore?
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