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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 24 April, 2017, 01:23:32 pm »
I think he's proposing some sort of anarcho-syndicalist commune where everyone takes it in turns to act as a sort of executive officer for the week.

Games / Re: What was your best game?
« on: 23 April, 2017, 04:46:57 pm »
If the Nintendo Switch doesn't do it for you, the next iteration of ZX machines, the ZX Spectrum Next, is out tomorrow.  Has a whopping 5MB of RAM, apparently, but more importantly supports all original Spectrum peripherals and games, and comes with HDMI output so you can enjoy all 256 colours and both sound channels on a HDTV and no I don't even know if I'm joking anymore but THIS IS A REAL THING THAT IS HAPPENING.

Books & Comics / Re: DC comics
« on: 23 April, 2017, 03:47:08 pm »
My definition of "the important thing for the direct market" is not what makes publishers happy, it's what keeps retailers profitable and in business by actually being able to resell the comics they preordered from Diamond.

What would be good for the Direct Market was if it wasn't an illegal monopoly run by a company that is provably incompetent at the single job it does.

Games / Re: What was your best game?
« on: 23 April, 2017, 03:19:28 pm »
Tomb Raiders 1-3 and the Command and Conquer games for the PS1 and the Grand Theft Autos on PS2 ate up a shocking amount of my free time.  At one point I was let go from a job and my first thought was "great, I'll get to play more San Andreas."

I vaguely recall the ZX Speccy and 8-16 bit stuff like Mad Max and Story of Thor, but revisiting them via emulation sites wasn't a great idea.

Books & Comics / Re: DC comics
« on: 22 April, 2017, 08:08:32 pm »
My basic argument against Gen13 would be along the lines of "Wasn't that already invented? Why do I need a new one?"

Because people may want it and it might make money - though obviously these are reasons based on the assumption that DC might be interested in making comics for someone other than their own editorial staff.  Which I gather is the case lately.

Books & Comics / Re: DC comics
« on: 22 April, 2017, 05:30:42 pm »
I assumed the ABC stuff was the only priority for DC, as recent years have revealed DC higher-ups have a bit of a boner for Moore's work that suggests they haven't read much of it beyond the two or three GNs they've been flogging to death.  The fact they couldn't make hay with Gen 13 when it is basically the X-Men (complete with videogames and 1990s heyday buoyed up by a cartoon show) and they have several ex-Marvel staffers - including one fan-favorite X-Men writer and several editors who shepherded the property through its sales high points - on the roster just reinforces the notion.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 22 April, 2017, 05:12:23 pm »
Tory enabling fuckwits who'll go back into coalition with them in a heartbeat

I just assumed I missed a new dictionary definition of the word "oppose" being introduced that means the opposite of what it used to.
They also quietly shifted from the anti Brexit party to the anti hard Brexit party without skipping a beat, I notice.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
« on: 22 April, 2017, 09:38:51 am »
If nothing else, I appreciate that Rogue One didn't come hand-in-hand with the mix of nostalgia and entitlement with which TFA was marketed to those vocal fans who insisted that George Lucas didn't understand Star Wars like its fans do, a strain of sentiment that has seen TFA elevated beyond its status as an objectively poor sci-fi romp with inconsistent tone, gaping plot/narrative deficiencies, but a good cast and top-notch production values.  See also: JJ Abrams' Star Trek reboot, a film which I enjoy and have seen multiple times, but which I know in my heart is Not Very Good and I would probably have hated if not for the long-standing affection I hold for the characters and franchise.

Books & Comics / Re: DC comics
« on: 21 April, 2017, 02:57:42 pm »
I've no more interest in that than late 90s Flash fans have in Teen Titans, but I recall my DC fanboy reaction was something along the lines of "so they put Batwoman - who has been a superhero for six months - in charge of a team of people who have been superheroes for years?

Books & Comics / Re: DC comics
« on: 21 April, 2017, 02:31:16 pm »
I got into DC during the post-Knightfall pre-Infinite Crisis era, so current DC just looks like some kind of Elseworlds maxiseries to me.  It doesn't help that a lot of the transitional stories that wrote out characters like Cassandra Cain Batgirl or reintroduced the 'Superman's Cousin' version of Supergirl weren't just damaging the properties getting fandom's dander up, they were also objectively terrible comics.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 21 April, 2017, 01:31:21 pm »
Go watch the Glee episodes about suicide or that one where they exploit the IRL death of one of the cast and then go back to 13 reasons.

Books & Comics / Re: DC comics
« on: 21 April, 2017, 01:18:41 pm »
Okay,there were probably better ways of saying it,but I get the approach.Its better to present new characters instead of the legacy approach Marvel is using.

I can see it from both ends: on one hand, new audiences deserve to have their own characters that represent their generation rather than just knock-offs of Wolverine or Batman, but on the other, new characters take a while to become established - if they ever do.  A reader might put a lot of emotional investment in what they see as the new Spider-Man, only to find they're actually the new Sleepwalker.

Whatever you think of them now, DC pioneered diversity and legacy characters to such an extent that a lot of their most vocally butthurt fanboys railing at Dan Didio's tenure as EiC are millennials who grew up with legacy/diversity characters as "their" Atom, "their" Batgirl, "their" Flash, "their" Green Arrow, "their"  Supergirl, and so on, and when legacy/diversity characters were killed off or turned evil just to hand the mantles back to CIS planks of wood like Hal Jordan or Barry Allen, fandom usually took it poorly.  That's a kind of progress, I guess.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 21 April, 2017, 12:52:53 pm »
As one Twitter wag put it when Farron said the "If I was Muslim or Jewish" comment: "clearly Tim was not paying attention during the London mayoral election."

Me, I found his comments ill-advised and one step away from shouting about Social Justice Warriors, but more funny than harmful.
Mind you, it is pretty entertaining to watch him try to grasp why - after months of personally attacking politicians - those politicians' supporters are now attacking him personally.  That would be funny enough on its own, but then you remember that people are currently widely sharing a video in which he quotes Biblical verse about not judging others in case you are judged in turn.

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