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    Shenmue 1 and 2 coming to PS4,XB,PC

    Shenmue 2 ends in Guilin, where they speak Mandarin. I’ve not been to either China or Japan, but I think I can confidently say that dockworkers, orphans and street thugs in Hong Kong did not speak Japanese in the 80s. The logic of everyone speaking Japanese in China is that the developers didn’t want to slow down the story with boring exposition about language.
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    Shenmue 1 and 2 coming to PS4,XB,PC

    It’s still pretty hilarious that a good chunk of the first Shenmue revolves around the fact that Ryo doesn’t know Chinese and needs someone to translate for him, and then in Shenmue 2 he arrives in China and has no trouble understanding anyone. I guess he learned fluent Cantonese on the boat! In between the adventure he had that was in that manga.
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    Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema - Tuesdays 9pm BBC 4

    Children of Men is a thousand times more sci-fi than Gravity, and I’d have no problem with Kermode including it in his documentary.
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    It’s a pity Origa died.
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    No one told me that Night is Short, Walk On Girl doesn’t just have a similar art style to The Tatami Galaxy, but is actually set in the “universe” and setting, with a bunch of the same characters as well! I’m definitely going to have to see it now.
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    Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema - Tuesdays 9pm BBC 4

    I will point out that I really like Gravity, actually. But it’s not science fiction.
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    Armando Iannucci's The Death of Stalin

    The subtle clue to watch out for was when Stalin died.
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    Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema - Tuesdays 9pm BBC 4

    Did you read that list? Almost all of them do in fact say that sci-fi requires some kind of new scientific or technological concept. Most of of them are pretty similar to this. And Gravity doesn’t fit in there.
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    Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema - Tuesdays 9pm BBC 4

    I disagree that Kessler Syndrome makes it sci-fi. Kessler Syndrome is a logical observation of what might happen if enough satellites break apart. It doesn’t require new science or technology. San Andreas starring the Rock is a speculative film about what would happen if a huge earthquake hit California. It’s not science fiction.
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    Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema - Tuesdays 9pm BBC 4

    Red October is much more of a sci-fi film than Gravity as it involves a technology that didn’t exist at the time. Gravity doesn’t. It is about events that haven’t actually happened, but that's true of every fictional film ever. The Graduate is a speculative science fiction film about what would happen if a guy who looked like Dustin Hoffman felt ennui after graduating university and then fucked an older family friend. “Being about technology” is not enough for a film to be sci-fi. The Fast and the Furious is a film in large part about cars, a form of technology. It also gets quite unrealistic at times. It’s not a science fiction film. Science fiction requires the creation of an alternate world, often the future, where some kind of scientific or technological effect or advancement has created a different reality, and then exploring those possibilities. Space travel might still be exotic and out of reach for almost everyone, but it exists, people do it, and Gravity is a generally representative depiction of that, albeit depicting an extreme situation. Also, turns out that I was totally right that this show got commissioned because of YouTube video essays.
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    Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema - Tuesdays 9pm BBC 4

    In what way is it a sci-fi film? Imagine the incredible future where humanity has a Space Shuttle, the Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station. The astonishing future of 2011.
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    Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema - Tuesdays 9pm BBC 4

    I was annoyed that Kermode talked about Gravity in the sci-fi episode even though it, you know, isn’t a sci-fi film.
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    The Twitch/Ustream/Mixer Thread - a Streaming Pile of Bits

    Jesus, the PS4 Twitch app keeps serving me the entire, 6 minute Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay video as an unskippable advert before I watch a stream. The only way to get out of watching the whole thing is to quit and restart the entire app and hope it serves me different ads next time. Anyone else getting this?
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    James Gunn fired for old paedo jokes

    I don’t know if I find that the funniest, or Vin Diesel’s ultra-low-effort one.
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    No Man's Sky

    Here’s a tip for making money in the early game. There are abandoned ouposts dotted about covered in alien goo. They will also likely be surrounded by “whispering eggs” - if you destroy them with your mining laser they will drop larval cores which are worth mad bank. BUT, you will also summon a pack of “biological horrors” which look like xenomorphs crossed with scorpions which swarm you. However, these horrors are firmly stuck to the ground so you can easily escape them by jetpacking away onto the roof of the outpost. So you can get into a loop where you stand on the roof of the outpost, peer over and shoot one of the eggs with your laser, let it drop its core, fall down and pick it up, and then quickly fly back up onto the roof before the horrors can kill you, wait for your shield to recharge, and then repeat. For some reason it seems that only one larval core can spawn at a time, so you will have to go one by one. The horrors can easily overwhelm you, so you should err on the side of caution and jet out as soon as you’re taking damage. It can be fiddly to actually target the core and pick it up, especially when you’re under attack. And you should make sure you parked your ship nearby so that you saved when you exited. Those cores really add up. I just cleared a cool 2 mill on my game.

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