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  1. I know I'm straying from the topic but I wish more games allowed you to invert both x and y. That was always my preference until a few years ago where I was playing something that didn't allow invert x and I forced myself to get used to it, so my default now is to invert y only. But that makes no intuitive sense to me - I always think of it as camera controls, so you move the back of the camera (or your character's head in first person) in the opposite direction to where you want to look. I realise this makes me some sort of deviant, and the fact that invert x isn't a standard option proves it, but it makes sense to me.
  2. 12. Roadwork - Richard Bachman (Stephen King) My King readathon continues with another non-supernatural story from his pseudonym Bachman. With this book it's easy to see how people were able to work out Bachman's true identity, because although it has no overt horror or metaphysical content, in every other respect it's as King as they come. Well-drawn, flawed but sympathetic characters, brilliant dialogue, an eye for everyday details, and a totally compelling story. Although it's not set there (it's set in an unspecified American city in the winter of 1973-4) it even has a character from Portland, Maine, which really gets the Stevey-sense tingling. But regardless of who wrote it, this is a great book in its own right. It's the story of a man who's home and place of work are both in the path of an under-construction freeway (the titular Roadwork) and how he deals with this threat to the settled rhythms of his life. It's obvious right from the start that something's not quite right with him, but exactly what this is, and why and how it affects his response to the impending upheaval is masterfully revealed piece by piece. I found this hard to put down which is why I've rattled through it in just four days. He knows how to write, that Stephen King Richard Bachman.
  3. Darren

    Nintendo Switch

    My daughter regularly uses ours with a portable battery pack and it hasn't bricked yet. #ButHaveINowJinxedIt
  4. I want to see Ygritte's great^n grandmother telling various people how much they knurr.
  5. It really is excellent! The sequel is decent but nowhere near as good, unfortunately.
  6. Is it the last episode tonight?
  7. I've been (re)playing this over the last week (since the E3 announcement reminded me I never finished it the first time) and I love the fact that I'm finding whole areas I never visited the first time round, despite previously doing all four divine beasts and going on a find the shrines quest. The whole world is just huge. And climbing everything never gets old.
  8. 11. The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller This is one of those books that I wouldn't normally look at twice, but it was 99p on Kindle one day and it seemed worth a punt. It's a retelling of the story of Achilles, from the point of view of his friend, lover and soul mate Patroclus. As my prior knowledge of the classics is based on Jason and the Argonauts, Clash of the Titans and the cartoon version of Hercules, I had no real idea what this story involved, and I still don't know how faithful this adaptation is to the "original" or how much is the author's invention. But what I do know is it's a great story, beautifully told. If this is what they're like, I can see why they're called the classics.
  9. I used to agree when I first started reading the comics, but I've come to realise that Marvel and their writers are very good at those callbacks. With very few exceptions, they enhance the stories and even manage to slightly rehabilitate the referenced scenes. They can't magically make the films themselves any good, of course, but they do a great job with what they've got. The last issue of Dark Lord of the Sith is a brilliant example, which just wouldn't work without them, and it works perfectly.
  10. We’ve caught up with this over the last week. If it wasn’t for Chernobyl this would be programme of the year. I think RTD must have had a massive list of every bad thing going, and slowly ticked them all off as he wrote the script. I’m struggling to think of anything he’s missed.
  11. I downloaded this today more in hope than expectation and was delighted to find it has loads of really good single player modes including my holy grail, a quest mode. It’s not as good as the old VF4Evo quest mode benchmark but it’s excellent nevertheless. I can see myself spending hours slowly grinding through all those quests. Am I right in thinking all the costumes etc. are unlockable, but the only way to get more characters is to pay for them?
  12. They are the best set during the original trilogy, although it’s worth reading the main Star Wars series in parallel, at least for the first six issues where they tie together very closely. The other Vader series (Dark Lord of the Sith) is also excellent and focuses on Vader’s formative experiences in the aftermath of Revenge of the Sith. Equally good is the Poe Dameron series set before, during and after the new films. Stick with those and you can’t go wrong!
  13. I'm another in the "really like what I've heard, which is basically their three hits" camp. But now I have Spotify there's no excuse for such ignorance. I must investigate further.
  14. Is that Dark Visions? That's a pity, Vader is about the only character Marvel have got consistently right (up to now). Edit: that's a bit unfair, they handled Poe and his team extremely well in his series. I meant out of the "original" characters.
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