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  1. Alex W.

    SOLO: A Star Wars Story

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    Star Wars Episode IX (December 2019)

    My mistake, for some reason I thought they’d changed screenwriters and I hadn’t seen who was directing. Regardless, on current form it’s going to be a complete shitshow. I really enjoyed Fallen Kingdom but the Star Wars brand image includes some sort of storytelling credibility. He’s probably not coming back to Star Wars.
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    Star Wars Episode IX (December 2019)

    I think he means that even after that, it’ll do less than usual. Which it probably will.
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    Star Wars Episode IX (December 2019)

    Let me explain my reasoning here as it might be a bit clearer. If it was just about Jedi not being received as a four quadrant universally beloved vanilla franchise movie, I have absolutely no doubt that they’d axe the Johnson trilogy. But two things have happened: Safe bet franchise screenwriter Colin Trevorrow delivered a multi million dollar version of a 1950s nonsense movie as the script for Jurassic World 2 after he was ditched as the Star Wars franchise’s safe future. He is not only gone, he is never coming back to franchise filmmaking. A Ron Howard directed Han Solo backstory movie, surely the most conservative bet in Hollywood, landed to widespread disinterest. So the safe hands option has a lot stacked against it, in terms of how well those movies do and the fact that they have no safe hands established in the studio aside from Abrams. They know they can’t do a Thor 2 or an Iron Man 2 or another Han Solo and expect this to keep going. Johnson is a risk but he’s there and he’s landed one of these before. If Lord and Miller had finished out Solo I really think they’d be talking about a trilogy for them. They’re a good balance of bankable and risk taking.
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    Star Wars Episode IX (December 2019)

    My money would be on the TV series going, and one of the trilogies. My money wouldn’t necessarily be on the Johnson trilogy going though. They want someone who can take the franchise onwards for 20 years and he’s the only director they have who has done that.* Everyone else is firmly in the “riff on classic Star Wars so we can get this out in 24 months” side which they’re explicitly trying to get away from. Their only real model for this is Marvel and they’ve already passed the stage where “competent, consistent and familiar” has started to wear out. Can’t imagine they’d ignore that. *Aside from Abrams I’m sure all of their other talent could do those sorts of movies given the right brief, but he’s the only one who has actually demonstrated that he can rejig the franchise in to something that people want to talk about.
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    PlayStation Classic - December 2018

    It’s a platformer in 3D that wasn’t a “3D platformer” like Mario, there was a lot of looking down the nose at that. And to be honest the chase scenes are straight out of Hugo, that was a bad look. Was the first Rayman good? I remember it being one of the few games that used the console’s power for 2D rather than 3D. Kind of like Rayman Legends eventually did but not as successful as that. At any rate it looks like a good fit from a publisher that still exists. Aww man they’re never going to have Hogs of War on this, but imagine if it has Worms.
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    Star Citizen - Fishing for Space Whales

    A shame that they didn’t decide to invent new hardware for the game along with everything else.
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    SOLO: A Star Wars Story

    This is incredibly stupid, but it annoys me that they go to such efforts to contrive a way for an obvious pulp SF goof to be technically actually right, you know, because actually... Right up there with people calling the Alien the xenomorph instead of a xenomorph in the list of stupid stuff that I get irrationally annoyed about.
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    Playstation Now...Available Now

    I think literally nobody cares about this, but you can now download rented PS4 or PS2 Classic games instead of just streaming them, which also allows offline play (for a few days): https://blog.us.playstation.com/2018/09/20/playstation-now-adds-downloading-of-ps4-ps2-games/ Seems to be morphing in to more of an Xbox competitor.
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    Avengers: Infinity War - April 2018

    There's not going to be much mileage in the franchise if each instalment has to be 1/sqrt(2) the length of the previous one.
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    PS4 Pro

    Everything I've read about the PS4, the PS4 Slim, and the PS4 Pro leads me to believe that no two consoles make the same amount of noise. I don't know whether it's a silicon variability thing like that business they have to fine tune on the OneX or they're just not putting the thermal paste on right or what, but not even benchmarking sites using audio meters can seem to agree on it.
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    PlayStation Classic - December 2018

    See, that's the kind of unmourned thirdparty crap that defined the PSX experience for me. If they can put that on there with Wild 9 and that one game where you were a robot with a ball for legs on a jelly skatepark I'll be very happy.

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