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  1. Check your Steam account, buddy
  2. So much brilliance to unpack. Re-watching it tomorrow. initial thoughts: It's all just so nuanced.
  3. Oh! You can just assign them as extra buttons. I use them loads for games that use left stick click to run, or when important stuff's assigned to face buttons when really you need both thumbs on the sticks, and the triggers/bumpers are fully assigned. Basically, when in-game, tap the Steam button and go to Controller Settings. In 'Current Layout' click 'Edit Layout' then tap 'Buttons'. Scroll down to 'back grips' and assign any of the existing functions you want to them
  4. I've got a lot to go back over! The Wheel of Time https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7462410/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 I've seldom seen a worse beginning to a fantasy story than the first episode of this. It gets a little better over its run, but dear god some of the performances are rock-bottom awful. Also, I don't give two figs about shonky CGI (and there's a lot of it here) as long as the characters are interesting, but 80% of them weren't and there was no proper villain. No villain! In a fantasy epic! It got better in its final few episodes, and I'm hoping it picks up in season 2 as aspects of it are really good. 4/10 Foundation https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0804484/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 Suffers some of the same issues as TWoT above, especially around acting ability (Brother Dawn is terrrrrrrrible) but has the benefit of a deep story and lore to carry it over the rough bits. Objectively it's not great, but the scale of the plot and the huge mine of ideas it's drawing from make it fascinating to me, even when the acting's end-of-the-pier standard. 7/10 Yellowjackets https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11041332/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 Haven't heard much chat about this on the 'muk, so I'll do a brief synopsis: in 1995, a high school football team (girls)'s flight to a competition crashes in the Canadian wilderness. In 2022, we see the messed-up, PTSD-ed, dodgy, criminal lives these messed-up individuals are leading as secrets and revelations keep coming out. This was a solid 9 for me until the last third, when it decided it wanted to be something else other than a mystery/crime drama. It's still great, and plenty shocking in places, but it did shift towards: ...near the end, which put me off a little. Hopefully they can integrate it better into season two. The show is kinda like Lost in a lot of structural aspects, although it treats 1995 as the 'now' with how those things impact the 'future' of 2022, as opposed to Lost showing how the past informs the present. The wilderness story is more interesting than the present day, but the present day stuff is packed with amazing women actors who you just don't see often enough: Juliette Lewis, Melanie Lynskey and - best of all - Christina Ricci who slaps in a role she totally owns. Despite some shaky missteps in places as it finds its feet within the layered world it's set up, the great premise and female-forward stories make it a strong recommend from me. 8/10 Ms. Marvel https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10857164/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 Continuing the trend of all Marvel TV shows being a... dog's dinner? Dog's breakfast? Whichever the messy one is. Although aren't both dogs' meals messy? And contain the same food?? A question for another time, perhaps. I read the Ms. Marvel comics when they first came out - the first dozen or so anyway - and loved it. Pretty much all the stuff that's weak in this show is stuff that wasn't in the comic origins: duff superpowered enemies with cardboard personalities, a crappy will-they-won't they love interest plot with an anaemic bloke, too many 'secret departmental agents with limited and uninteresting powers and/or weapons' cannon fodder types, a plethora of supporting characters that never get fleshed out properly, an unwelcome (and slightly point-breaking) change to Kamala's core powers, and an uneasy mix of family conflict, politics, racial profiling, and a watered-down history lesson. Despite it having tons of room to breathe - too much, in my opinion - the show still feels under-baked and incomplete. The irritating thing is that the template we get in the first episode, with reality mixing with fantasy, a focus on Kamala's ordinary life, coping with superpowers being a metaphor for coping with family/school/religion, the quirky teacher, the cliquey friend groups... all this stuff is great and makes a great return in the final episode. It's all the regular Marvel series nonsense that messes things up. A supercut removing as much of the family backstory, the dull trip to Pakistan, pointless flashbacks, interminable wedding stuff and lots of the DoDC guff would help, but really the core fix would have been to add more of school life and family life, focusing on what it's like to be a young Muslim girl in modern society, versus the muddled and overlong gumbo of confusing origins, ill-defined powers, and hastily-sketched extended family we're given. I've added a whole extra point for how fabulously fun and watchable Iman Vellani is, though. 6/10
  5. Just wanted to say something about Gus: Despite the fact he's a monster, it's a heart-breaking scene.
  6. Why is taking it apart out of the equation? Buttons are mechanically very simple. I'd always advise taking the button out and checking it. If this isn't possible or desirable with your 8bitdo, then you could try using silicone lubricant. Silicone grease would be better, but you'd need to take the button out and service it.
  7. I got this one: https://amzn.eu/d/h8Q3Tnb
  8. Most likely to be the resistors in the SCART head.
  9. Finished last night. Very charming and sweet, and I'm glad I played it. It's a walking simulator with some light puzzling, but it definitely leaves stuff on the table that could be built on by a sequel. I'd love to see more catty behaviour exploited, like very high jumps, catching fast prey (robots/drones so it's not disturbing!), building up kinetic energy for a pounce (bum wiggles!) and stuff like that.
  10. I don't think you're wrong at all. I used to read comics, mainly Marvel, throughout the 90s and early oughts and the MCU's already falling into the EXACT same pattern that made me give up on them. Plots getting too intricate yet simultaneously messy, time travel/alternate universes to fix expensive and unpopular decisions and - most egregiously - way too many interdependencies on anciliary titles (in MCU terms, these are films but - especially - the TV shows). Superhero comics are naturally just gonna repeat their core concepts over and over, and I've long said you have to pick 'your' era of a team or hero and know when that era's over and drop away gracefully. I'm not at that stage with the MCU as I like (prefer, actually) the weird, disjointed, out-there stuff that swings for the fences. It may be getting close, though
  11. Those actually help, as he's obviously either deliberately trolling, a massive fucking moron or both. Back on topic, I like Us a great deal. It's feverish and nightmarish and only barely coherent, but the imagery and emotions are marvelous.
  12. I know this was clickbait and I'm fulfilling this clown's wishes by even responding, but there are lots of horror directors with 3 very good horror films under their belt. Recent ones. Hell, I'm not even a massive fan of Mike Flanagan but I'd throw him in that pile. Neil Marshall. Ti West. James Wan and Ben Wheatley even, at a stretch. And that's before we get to classic folks like Hitchcock, Raimi Tobe Hooper, Romero, Wes Craven, Hideo Nakata... Three good films in a row is rare for any director, let alone genre movies, but Cronenberg arguably had SIX in a row (The Brood, Scanners, Videodrome, The Dead Zone, The Fly, Dead Ringers), Guillermo del Toro had 4 or 5 if you include the action-inflected Blade + Hellboy, SIX if you include Pan's Lab in that, but definitely 3 in the form of Cronos, Mimic, The Devil's Backbone. I'm also letting Joe Dante into the club for sheer silly inventiveness (Piranha, The Howling, Twilight Zone: The Movie). This is a very western-centric list as well. US and UK, even. Bring in Asian cinema and it becomes a wash, and oh my god I hate that dude for riling me up into making a massive list...
  13. Stray performs pretty well. The opening section chugs as there's a lot on screen, but after that it evens out. There's chugging when loading sections in, maybe also shader caching, generally fine though. Visual settings seem to make zero difference to performance. I have them all on High. Unlocked the framerate in-game, set the refresh to 40hz and put FSR on in Steam and set the in-game resolution scale to 60%. A little shimmery but otherwise fine.
  14. Enjoying this so far. The Last of Puss.
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