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Off Topic / Re: Squaxx Telling Jokes
« on: 26 March, 2017, 02:10:15 pm »
Which rock group has four members that can't sing at all?

Mount Rushmore

Film & TV / Re: Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
« on: 25 March, 2017, 02:19:06 am »
The thing about Captain America, for me, is that the modern films have taken everything I hated about the character as a nipper (stupid name, propagandistic nature) and, by acknowledging the basic stupidity of those ideas and the way they were basically foisted on him and turned them into strengths. I love the modern incarnation of a man out of his time, struggling to stick to old-fashioned values in a "f*ck you" modern age.

As a youngster I much preferred Spider-Man or Batman but now Cap is my favourite superhero with Wolverine a close second. (In my head I have a cover image of Cap's shield with three Wolverine claw scars on it - but this is such an obvious idea that it must already exist.)

I know what you mean. I think Chris Evans (not the ginger one) deserves a huge amount of credit. There's a noble charisma he lends to the part that is completely absent from the current Man of Steel. There's a line in The First Avenger, Cap says "I just hate bullies" or words to that effect, and I Swooned...

It was a very macho and manly swoon...

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 23 March, 2017, 11:51:10 pm »
What I love about Horizon is that finaly after years from Red Dead Redemption there's is sandbox game where I actually want to spend hours after hours just for fun of exploryng, wandering from quest to quest.

I would include Witcher 3 in that comment.

Seconded. I found myself only playing W3 main quests just to unlock new areas and side quests.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 17 March, 2017, 01:46:23 am »
Absolutely fantastic show. Have you ever watched Six Shooter?

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 16 March, 2017, 11:30:01 pm »
Very Useful Dragons coupled with the one that replaces dragon roars with Macho Man Randy Savage trash talk are the best Skyrim mods.

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 16 March, 2017, 12:26:04 am »
Well, I just finished The Witcher 3, after (according to Steam) 168 hours, playing roughly 2-3 hours a day since October. This game has depth.

Me and this game didn't see eye to eye to begin with. The protagonist seemed ridiculously gruff, like he smoked 86 a day and gargled gravel. The opening dream sequence (yeah) had bits that seemed to be taking its cues from a post 11pm Channel 5 show circa 1998 with its crass titilating nudity. The controls and combat system weren't all that intuitive. To be fair I'd come off a Skyrim binge, it took me a while to realize I couldn't just mash the attack button and spam potions when my health got low.


By the end of the tutorial zone, I was astounded. Yes it had the typical RPG stuff. Go there, kill that, collect 23 of these, yet there was more to it than that. There were about half a dozen unrelated quests, where if you took the time to explore every branch of the conversation tree, revealed a hidden backstory. It made you feel like you were in a real place with real people. That was just the tutorial zone. Later in the game you meet these insignificant NPCs, and their stories had developed even further.

And none of this stuff had any baring on the main story.

The combat system I originally hated, became beautiful once I realised you had to be a bit more tactical and defensive. The whole thing is set up to oppose any kind of minimaxing. You have to learn the weaknesses of the HUGE variety of monsters. Beautifully grotesquely designed monsters. Of which there are many to kill. The thing is you're not a heroic monster slayer, you're just plying a trade, to little acclaim, and sometimes outright prejudice and hostility. There was a side quest where I thought I was hunting a werewolf, but it turned out I had to resolve a love triangle.

And none of this stuff had any baring on the main story.

The main story is great by the way. Geralt (the protagonist) grows on you too, once you realize he's a sarcastic bastard, fond of Dad Jokes. And the Trolls in this game are fucking adorable. I still can't figure out why everyone in this game wants to play Yu-Gi-Oh/Magic the Gathering.

Film & TV / Re: Samurai Jack Season 5
« on: 15 March, 2017, 09:59:15 pm »
As excited as I am that Jack's back, I'm slightly annoyed it has a TV13 rating. I got my 5 year old nephew into it while babysitting*, and now he can't watch the conclusion for a good few years.

*Couldn't take Peppa Pig anymore, the cheeky precocious little shite...

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 March, 2017, 09:53:28 pm »
The Libdems still exist?

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 March, 2017, 12:24:42 am »
I'm reading all these comments about how the left is so unorganized, but I'm sitting in Nothern Ireland where the recent snap election produced massive losses for the right* and massive gains for the left**. Too bad our wee country is so insignificant that these results have barely registered on most British news oulets.

*The Unionists
**The Fenians***

***Fair enough, they're responsible for a helluva lotta death, unlike British political parties such as........nope, I've come up blank****

****Tu quoque

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 05 March, 2017, 05:03:45 pm »
Whoever said the rhyme, did the crime!

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 02 March, 2017, 09:28:22 pm »
Well, I've done my democratic duty and I think this is the first time I've properly understood how to use the STV system.

Yeah there's an election today. Hopefully it will get rid of a bunch of oversea kleptocratic authoritarians who cost the British tax payer millions and deny citizens civil rights that have been previously approved by Westminster. No, not the EU, the DUP/Sinn Fein power sharing assembly.

General / Re: Who the hell is Shaun Thomas?
« on: 25 February, 2017, 12:01:52 am »
Who the Hell is Tom Carney?

I beleive he plays in midfield for Fulham.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 23 February, 2017, 05:09:46 pm »
Has someone here already pointed out that Wikipedia no longer accepts the Daily Mail as a ligitimate source?

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 22 February, 2017, 04:32:36 am »
I'm not arguing against diversity, but* off the top of my head I can't think of any character in anything with whom I have identified, based on ethnicity alone. My favourite characters are a Giant Green Nuclear Rage Monster, an Authoritarian Clone, a Girl Who Went Out, an Alien Deviant or a Randy Russian Swashbuckler.

 I think it's more important to have an interesting character than to pander to a demographic.

*hmmm, sounds a bit like "I'm not racist, BUT..."

Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 22 February, 2017, 04:15:10 am »
A rant should be a ridiculous wall of text, not a pithy sentance suffixed with "RANT OVER!"


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