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  1. Splitting the market again. In other unrelated news, piracy is on the rise.
  2. Going OT here but if you want to play STALKER have a search for STALKER: Anomoly on mod.db (work blocks anything gaming-related). Stand-alone totally free modded-up STALKER with more of everything, rolls together the maps from the official games so it's much bigger, more missions, more items, new campaign. Edit: https://www.moddb.com/mods/stalker-anomaly
  3. Dead Man's Shoes (2004) Not watched this in years, it's still superbly grim, perfectly paced with that unique Shane Meadows combination of nastiness and humour, it is genuinely funny in places. 5/5 This is on Britbox now if you have it.
  4. Game Over, Man (2018) Acceptable cheap 'n reasonably cheerful comedy Die Hard with three guys working in a hotel up against some terrorists and all that sort of thing. Definitely trying to tap into that slacker comedy thing popularised by the likes of Seth Rogen or Jason Bateman, but obviously a bit cheaper. It is unremarkable, has occasional laughs, typically coarse for this sort of thing, er that's it really. Totally forgettable but not that bad for a bit of throwaway entertainment. Alcohol definitely helped make this more enjoyable. 3/5
  5. Jolt (2021) I won't be the first person to compare this to Crank, or rather Crank 2: High Voltage, as it's essentially high-concept fun with some lightly bat-shit action here and there. It's not as full on as Crank 2, and like Kate Beckinsale's character it tries to maintain a sassy decorum whilst occasionally giving way to some choreographed chaos, the emphasis on the crazy does diminish as it goes on except a couple of fights near the end. Dialogue treads a fine line between irritating and zingy. Generally though it is an easy watch that never quite manages to go as far as you'd imagine from the comparisons. Please don't make a sequel, just let this stand on its own. 3/5
  6. Just to say can we not discuss where to find ROMs and the like and limit discussion to the emulator. Thank you.
  7. You see a lot of customised C64s and Spectrums on Facebook, with fancy colour cases, new keyboards, lots of LEDs and the like. Some are definitely better than others. I would prefer a well-done custom job to a failed attempt to de-yellow a machine.
  8. It is generic as all hell, but it is very enjoyable to play and I can't put my finger on why. Doing stupid things to get the engage-big-area-baddie gauge up is generally all part of the fun, be that blowing up cult-owned vehicles with a rocket launcher or doing actual missions. I had a couple of the randomly-generated NPCs as regulars and didn't recruit anyone else, it was like having a slightly broken mate with shit aim hanging about, and when they got run over by a truck you'd go "oh you idiot". By the time I packed it in I had this Blood Dragon laser-rocket pistol thing permanently in my arsenal because it could one-shot planes and choppers out of the sky really handy once the cult stated sending the annoying air attacks in. For that money it's fantastic value. Just have to hold your nose and try to forget the Ubiness.
  9. It's got to the point now where all that innovation has given way to slight incremental change, the fundamentals are sorted. It was an exciting time back in the 360 and PS3 days, fully-integrated online consoles, proper download games, it was a proper step up from the PS2. Not sure if it's just because I'm long in the tooth or console hardware simply isn't exciting anymore. Wouldn't be so bad if the innovation had moved over to the software, the interface and the games, but they seem to have got into a comfortable pattern too, by all accounts.
  10. Just moved and whilst most of the other consoles remain in crates the PS3 has been set up, partially as I use it as a Blu-Ray player, but hoping to get into the box of PS3 games knocking about here somewhere. Hoping the PS3 becomes easy to hack in the near future. I heard only certain models can be done.
  11. Cameos from Nice Scottish Mechanic and Arsehole Rival Driver from TOCA Race Driver 3.
  12. 10 Minutes Gone (2019) Marking another notch in the downward slide of Bruce Willis' career, this is a very generic, cheap and tedious crime caper with the usual job-gone-bad plot. Michael Chiklis does all the heavy lifting whilst Willis mainly stands in a hotel suite growling into a mobile phone (apparently they shot all his scenes bar the final one in his actual hotel suite, now that's lazy). It was clear Willis didn't want to be there, he puts zero effort into the role, in fact you can see the pain he's going through doing this. There was a point where I just wanted everyone to shoot everyone else and be done with it. And it's one of those cheap action films where a shoot-out is a montage of people shooting but you never see what at. Boring and pointless. 1/5
  13. The Tomorrow War (2021) The phrase "dumb action movie" is pretty much a cliche these days, but like all cliches they are useful, especially here because this film had the potential to tell a compelling story, and it squanders it in the dumbest ways. Some effort is made to build a believable scenario, albeit one with the usual plot holes associated with time travel tales. There is a bit of tense action although the majority of it is of the whiz-bang CGI-heavy scale-over-watchability variety. A fair proportion of the plot revolves around a mawkish family drama about An Ordinary Guy Who Just Happens To Be Ex-Army and all that tripe. In fact anything redeemable here is drowned out by the obvious. There was some potential to make a statement about how stupid we are as a species, how we think we know best, but again they go for the crowd-pleasing. And of course every problem can be solved with either science or guns. If you're feeling in the mood for an undemanding action film that makes absolutely no attempt to try something new or answer its own questions then knock yourself out. 2.5/5 I've written that many of these I reckon I've done that "dumb action movie cliche" intro before. But who cares!
  14. 10. Alphabetical by Michael Rosen - fantastic book just brimming with interesting information not only relating to the letters of the alphabet but everything from dictionaries to letters we don't use any more. The audiobook is read by the author, he has one of those voices that takes me back to my childhood, hearing him reading poems on schools programmes, and it just makes it that bit more enjoyable. If you have any interest in language then this is essential reading.
  15. Just moved into a new flat and am annoyed to find how uneven the floors are. Finding it hard to set my turntable up on a level surface, it tilts forward a bit. Is it okay for a bit of an angle on a deck or does it have to be dead-level?
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