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  1. DukeOfEarlsfield

    What are you playing?

    I bought Critical Mass a few weeks ago and finally got round to playing it. I really, really like it. We’re going to try and play a few more games soon and I may post some more impressions afterwards. If you like big stompy mechs, the theming is fantastic.
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    Starlink: Battle for Atlas (No Man’s Starfox)

    I'm having similar problems to this. The difficulty level is all over the place. Mostly, it's nicely judged with enemies getting better as I get tougher. But occasionally I'll enter a fight and get absolutely battered in seconds. And I can't really tell why. The game gives you so little feedback (or maybe so much feedback I can't comprehend it under pressure) as to why you're failing that I don't know whether I should give the fight another go or ditch that quest until I've levelled up a bit. But then how much should I level up? I have no idea.
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    Starlink: Battle for Atlas (No Man’s Starfox)

    I've just been into a store and it scanned through at £34.99 even though the website states £39.99. Don't bother going to the Lakeside branch as I bought the last copy. The Argos a few doors down had it in stock for £39.99 though. That's the nephews Christmas present sorted then.
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    Wireframe - a new gaming magazine (yes, on real paper)

    If you registered to get the free copy of issue 1 then you also get a special offer of 12 issues (ie 6 months) for £12. If you didn't do that then the standard offer is £12 for 6 issues (ie 12 weeks).
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    Bottom : An Appreciation

    An article from a random website, written by an anonymous poster with no named sources or links.
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    There She Goes - BBC4

    I caught the tail end of the second episode and it was amazing. When we get a chance, we'll be watching the the whole thing. It's clearly using humour to take the edge of saying things that are clearly unacceptable things for a parent to say that are none-the-less true.
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    Football Thread 2018/19

    David Squires talking about being a football cartoonist is every bit as funny as his cartoons. https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2018/nov/01/david-squires-on-becoming-a-football-cartoonist
  8. DukeOfEarlsfield

    The Good Place

    It still feels like they're trying to manoeuvre the characters into the situation part of 'sit-com'. The previous two series did that in the first two episodes and then let it all unravel from there. 5 episodes in and the 'situation' has changed multiple times and I'm not even sure what it currently is.
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    The Watchtower - A thread for all comics

    I loved Astrrix when I was a kid. Not just the amazing artwork but the incredible puns and word play. It blew my tiny mind when I learnt that they were actually translated from French. Even to this day I can’t quite fully comprehend how dialogue that witty, clever and so perfect could be an adaptation of something else. So it’s rather sad to learn that the translator responsible for it, Anthea Bell, has passed away at the age of 82. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/oct/18/anthea-bell-magnificent-translator-of-asterix-and-kafka-dies-aged-82 Farewell, and thanks for the ptenisnet.
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    The Kid Who Would Be King from Joe Cornish

    It's almost as if she's being sarcastic. But what fool would write a teenager like that?
  11. DukeOfEarlsfield

    A movie watchers blog

    I agree with all of this. The swerve is extraordinary and comes out of nowhere and yet, when you think about it afterwards, is entirely logical to the point of predictability. It's quite unusual for a contemporary (ie non-historical) film to show unionisation and strike action in a positive light. Rarely do we see these things as a force for good in a modern, fictional setting. I really liked how it showed the power of collective left-wing solidarity even whilst depicting the inevitability of right-wing capitalistic power. Also, the music is fucking amazing, although this is probably the least surprising thing about the film.
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    Mad Max - Fury Road

    Innuendo Studios have done a terrific, hour long, eight part look at Mad Max Fury Road and how it relates (or more accurately doesn't relate) to regular tropes of women in action movies, "Bringing Back What's Stolen. Fury Road and the Avenging Feminine". You can start with the intro and click through to each of the following videos: I've seen this film close to a dozen times already and it just keeps getting better the more I learn about it.
  13. DukeOfEarlsfield

    Best WWII Movie

    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp.
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    Liverpool Football Club Thread

    Oh my fucking god.

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