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General / Re: I may get shot for this...
« on: 29 April, 2017, 07:26:17 am »
Well if that's the case, ye don't kill trolls by ignoring them. Ye have to pity them. Trolls can't stand you feeling sorry fra them
And all this time I thought fire did the job...

Nah, that just aggravates them. The best thing is to keep them chatting until the sun comes up.
(Joking aside, I don't think 'troll' is correct in this case. I wish we'd move on now, through.)

General / Re: I may get shot for this...
« on: 27 April, 2017, 12:50:07 am »
I could understand that if he left the work half done, but I doubt that's what he meant. Only that an artist (comic or otherwise) can often see more that they'd like to add if time allows, but at some point they have to draw a line under it (so to speak) and move on.

That doesn't mean that the work done does not fit the specification.

Announcements / Re: New Hachette tests
« on: 26 April, 2017, 06:15:57 pm »
I still plan on getting all the JD books, but i think I'll cherry pick with this collection too, should it be published mainstream. I've all the Strontium Dog books ( minus the very latest) so i don't really want to double dip.

On the other hand I have only a few Dredd case file so happy to go the Hatchette for his stuff.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 26 April, 2017, 02:48:39 am »

I've read a few negative views concerning this, but I'm enjoying it a lot. The first 2-3 episodes were a bit slow moving, so I can see how that might be a pain for those watching it weekly (or even one episode a day for that matter) but the fact they're all available on Netflix provides the (possibly unhealthy) binging option.

So far, I like it a lot.

« on: 24 April, 2017, 09:05:57 pm »
1. Mark Higgins - Sláine and Niamh Go Hunting for Truffles
2. Leigh S - Journey to Dinas Emrys
3. Karen Holloway - Blessing by the Goddess Danu

HM- Edwardson - Sláine
HM- Goaty - Warp Spasm

Announcements / Re: 3A Toys/Rebellion Press Release
« on: 24 April, 2017, 11:46:38 am »
And really don't mind 3A taking their time on 1/12 releases, easier on the 'ol wallet.  :lol:

Snap! I've also  been avoiding the 1/6 figures for the same reason. That and space. (The 1/12 figures seem just right in that regard.) The recent 1/6  Dredds have been very tempting though.

Off Topic / Re: Modern Life Is Rubbish
« on: 23 April, 2017, 11:19:06 pm »
Toilets at Victoria rail station are now free!

Don't all queue there at once now....😋

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who - Series 10 (Spoilers)
« on: 23 April, 2017, 10:55:20 pm »
The Doctor didn't actually say there was no evil, just that there wasn't much of it in the universe. And that hunger is mistaken for evil.

I think the Daleks certainly qualify as amongst the few. At least the creator (Davros?) was. Arguably the drones not so much as I think their brains are surgically altered to make them vicious space Nazis (i.e. they don't have a conscience to listen to. If they did, and they still committed their atrocities.... that would be true evil).

I hope the series antagonists don't all turn out to just be hungry too though. It looks like the Master will turn up later though, so he/she qualifies as evil surely? Or does she, considering she is insane? Huh. Maybe she's just hungry too....

Games / Re: Emulation is the Situation
« on: 23 April, 2017, 09:57:17 pm »
Yes, it's first gen. I didn't know you could install a harddrive in the PS2! (I have installed a laptop harddrive in my PS3, but figured memory cards were the only option for PS2s).

Thanks for the tip!

Yeah, I guess it's a bit silly thinking of going the emulation route if the PS2 is still working fine. Mainly a space thing and dislike of multiple boxes, I guess.

Games / Emulation is the Situation
« on: 23 April, 2017, 04:55:52 pm »
As I own a PS2, a PS3 and a laptop, I'm seriously considering selling my PS2.* Since my version of the PS3 (the super-slim. Yes they did an even slimmer version of their slim) is not backwardly compatible with PS2 games, and there are some I'd like to keep, I've been thinking of going the PCSX2 emulator route, essentially turning my laptop into a virtual PS2.

It's not a top range laptop, but it's far newer than the console, so I reckon it should handle it all right.

Trouble is, further investigation suggests it will be a right fiddly kerfuffle! Apparently the emulator isn't enough. I've got to extract the bios from my PS2 and install it. Unfortunately, that's easier said than done as to utilise the software that extracts the bios, I have to make the PS2 'homebrew'. ( I think that means, reconfigure the console so it will accept software not from Sony and commercial games companies).

I'll admit, I'm strongly tempted to just download a bios from the internet. Trouble is, that's illegal. It's not something I'd feel too guilty about since I bought the original console and the games, so I'm hardly conning Sony out of money. But I'd prefer to do things the legitimate route if I can.

So, the purpose of the thread: have any of you gone the PS2 emulator route?

How did you find the process? Any advice appreciated, but I appreciate this is primarily a comic book forum and there are other places I can find that information. (I have investigated although the job looks like a real headache.)

How did the games perform? Did they perform?

If you'd like to chat about your experiences with other emulators too, feel free to do that here too.

 * More to free space rather than for the money, as I doubt I'll get much for it. Also thinking of getting a PS4 pro at some point, or maybe that new XBox when it comes out**, bit that will probably be a while yet.

** I feel more inclined to Sony than Microsoft, even when the latter produce better consoles. This new full 4K job does seem something special though.

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 23 April, 2017, 04:06:20 pm »
Red Dwarf XI The Game on Android.

It's just a cheap mobile game (or more accurately a series of games) corresponding to epeisodes of the last series, but it's quite fun. It's a tad buggy (I found myself trapped in certain areas and a couple of times parts of the environment I explicably vanished and poor old Rimmer ended up falling off the edge of the space-station and plummeted into open outer-space (literally. It happened a lot in an early level, but redownloading the game sorted that out. It happened in a later level also, but only once) but I largely like it. A tad tricky in places, but  perserverence pays pays off... although I'm a bit stuck in the last level flying Starbug through a ships corridors*.

I'm just three episodes in so far (that's several levels as there are a few levels per episode)and there's plenty more episodes to be added via updates. Should keep me going for a while, assuming I don't give up.

*Why they'd do that, I'm not sure. You'd usually get out once you've boarded a ship, I'd think. Guess the lads are lazy.

Film & TV / Re: IMDB IS SCUM (so is rotten tomatoes)
« on: 23 April, 2017, 02:22:54 pm »
If find it difficult to compare Alien and Fight Club really being such different films

I do happen to really like them both.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
« on: 22 April, 2017, 02:32:32 pm »
Finn's ability to wield a lightsabre... I think we saw different movies. In the one I watched, he turns it on twice, waves it about wildly hitting people and then gets comprehensively flattened both times.

I thought he actually held up pretty well against Kylo Ren. Okay, Ren soundly beat him, (which was to be expected) but he held his own longer than I'd have expected.

I didn't really find that unbelievable though, when you consider that Stormtrooper with the baton thing. The New Order are aware that Jedi were instrumental in defeating their predecessor, so during their rise during the new Republic era (if you can call it an 'era') they make sure they give certain trooper's training in hand to hand combat with those special weapons, possibly even tech they dug up from the Prequel time period.  (Considering those droids with those electrostaff weapons.)

Jedi might be a minority now, (well, basically just Luke after the destruction of his academy)  but they don't want to take any chances, and I'd imagine those gizmos are pretty handy against other non-ranged weapons. Staves and axe type things seem to be in use within the Star Wars universe, as are blades of different kinds.I guess Finn had a bit of that training too.

Anyhow: Rogue One and The Force Awakens. I like them both. I feel the latter was constructed worse, being an almost beat-for-beat retelling of Star Wars (okay, Finn the defecting stormtrooper was a rather different element) and relying on fate/coincidence a bit too much ("Lets escape on that saucer shaped ship. Oh look at who just happens to be parked up in orbit...")but it was fun and had a good heart.

Rogue One however managed to pull off a much more original story, even despite being set between other films. It was bleak, sure, but it also had heart. The better of the two films, I think, from a structure/story point of view, but The Force Awakens, was FUN (apologies for repeating myself)!

I'm very much looking forward to Episode VIII. I'm particularly curios about Luke's line, right at the end of the trailer... (I won't spoil it for those who intentionally avoided the trailer.)

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 22 April, 2017, 02:06:17 pm »

Not bad, but rather similar to Pitch Black albeit with different monster designs. (Both good in their own way, although I wonder how canine creatures so similar to African wild dogs and hyenas* evolved on that world. Maybe they didn't. Maybe they escaped from captivity making 'dingo dongo'** actually more accurate than one might think.)

Considering how different Pitch Black and Chronicles of Riddick were, I'm kind of glad they made reference to the second film in this, even featuring Karl Urban briefly. This was mostly just to get Riddick into his current situation, mind you. The start felt rather disjointed as a result, lending one to feel like there was almost a whole other film there, or least a section of film that was sped over. Understandable I guess, as they wanted to make the film about Riddick surviving on a world full of monsters and storms, while holding his own against bounty hunters, rather than a revenge flick 'Riddick vs the Necromongers'. Maybe they'll get to that in the next film.

Anway, result: a film whose main structure is almost exactly the same as Pitch Black, and I think Pitch Black did it better.

But as I said, not bad.

I found myself groaning inside (not in a sexy way) at the hot macho lady who  gives us the impression she is a lesbian, right until Riddick turned her head and she decided to 'ask real sweet like'. Dear me, male heterosexual wish-fulfillment, or what? I mean, I'm a male heterosexual, and I found that distasteful.

I wouldn't say it ruined the film though. It was just rather silly.

* Okay, hyenas aren't actually canines, but they have dog-like characteristics.

** Despite their wild nature, dingos are thought to have descended from dogs brought to Australia by human beings. That explains their difference to other native mammals in Australia who tend to be marsupials. (The couple that aren't are even stranger - egg layers.) Considering the fact that the humans they came over with are likely the ancestors of the Australian Aborigine... well, thousands of years still qualifies them as native to my mind though.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 22 April, 2017, 01:04:02 am »
It's really enjoyable stuff! Having just seen a series on BBC2 concerning a world where the Germans one the war,

...or "won the war" even. Dear me, I'm cringing inside. I think I typed that on my phone... that's my excuse.

Anyway, yeah, I watched the rest of The Man in the High Castle (well the 2 series on Amazon) and thoroughly enjoyed it.

My last watch was Vikings. I was reluctant to watch that when it first came out (partly due to the silly modern haircuts of certain characters) but it turned out to be very enjoyable.

It's not perfect, but it's fun and even thought provoking. I like the blend of history with fantasy. Not so keen on the depiction of Christians as cowardly twats, but to be fair, they're not really real Christians as I know them.

I watched all four series on Amazon, and I look forward to series 5. And a brave thing they did in series 4...

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