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  1. Ooh, he's definitely back. It feels like a direct continuation of the first film with slow pans, wide frames, creepy stalking in dark streets... then brutal and efficient kills. Like the first one, you feel that mix of merciless power mixed with stealth and almost blasé efficiency. You can also feel (producer) John Carpenter reining (director) David Gordon Green in and giving him a proper schooling at times - there are two or three occasions where JGG slips the leash and does some tension-evaporating fast edits. Mercifully these are rare, JC Yanks on the bit, and the tension mounts as the pace stays as steady and slow as The Shape's heart rate. A couple of things stop it being brilliant: It's a good story, though, told with panache. It's not an homage, it's not a slavish copy or a stealth remake: it's a proper sequel. Oh, and it's woke as well, with the women in charge of both their physical and sexual wellbeing. Tense rather than scary, it is steady and unnerving, unfurling slowly. Basically its the mirror opposite of nu-horror like The Nun, which is a good thing. Go see!
  2. Nasty! There are a couple of extreme restorations by Perifractic and Retro Man Cave on YouTube you might want to check out, if haven't already?
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    NieR: Automata

    It's an odd bird. Just started this week, done about 4 hours so far and 70% of what I've been doing is traversal. The combat is really good fun and I'm impressed by the boss patterns and combat loops. The story and atmosphere are really intriguing, but it does feel like a sophomoric team's release with a professional, weapons grade combat system bolted on. It's strange to be playing something like this in 2018. It's so anachronistic. Fetch quest busywork, lots of wandering, repeated textures, simplistic upgrade system and fishing minigame(!) So at odds with the clever story and seamless combat engine. I'm enjoying it quite a bit, but it's definitely niche in the way Metal Gear Rising, No More Heroes and Killer is Dead are niche.
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    What Song Are You Listening To Right Now?™

    Currently listening to my nephew's band BrotherZ GriM. I think it's really good, but don't have a frame of reference as I know bugger all about hip hop - it could be completely original or ripped off! Be ace if you could take a listen and give some honest feedback. I particularly like Post Mortem. http://brotherzgrim.bandcamp.com/album/chapter-ii-black-mass-2018
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    Best Homebrew mod of commercial game

    That reminds me, the mod of Quake to run on the Wii and use the wiimote. That was fantastic. I loved FPSs and shooters on Wii.
  6. Here's my CRT. As low resolutions and interlaced video don't play well with the refresh rates of modern digital cameras, you'll just have to trust me when I say this looks even better in person. So here we are, Halo 4 on an old telly! And it acquits itself rather well, considering. I'd have preferred to show a retro game on this, but the 360 is the only console I have left with a scart lead! That green band doesn't show in real life. Again, the questionable magic of unsynchronised refresh rates!
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    Venom (2018) - Boring. Silly. Funny.

    As I've said a bunch of times, US box office is the first key metric of success. Venom has not yet passed its budget (although it will). It's made 89m stateside off a 100m budget so far. A Star is Born has made 50m off a 36m budget already, with a far lower advertising spend. It'll end up making a huge profit. And Venom seems like a strange hill to die on. Its meant to be a quirky, throwback B-movie, not some homogenous and entirely predictable tent pole thang.
  8. No, I got given it by a workmate as he knows I'm into retro and even though I don't rock the old tech these days, I still wanted it rescued from tip oblivion Postage would be about a tenner, maybe a little bit more. It's got a decent (full) RGB display via SCART. I'll grab some pics for you.
  9. I'm beginning to sound like a desperate pimp now, but you're welcome to the tiny 14" (possibly smaller) Bush TV I got, if you're not after a PVM. If you're interested I can crack it out and take some photos? It'd be yours for the cost of postage.
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    The Retro Import Enthusiasts Thread

    I used to import almost exclusively during the PS2 era, but now only intermittently. I did, however, order Sturmwind for Dreamcast a couple of weeks ago: I'll be playing it on ReDream rather than my actual Dreamcast, but wanted to support the devs
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    Best Homebrew mod of commercial game

    Not sure you can class it as retro (although the engine's 11 years old now, so...) but the Call of the Fireflies mod for Crysis was amazing - it turned an FPS engine into one of the first 'Walking Simulators' Firmly in the retro camp these days, though, are Half-Life 2 mods. Two of the greatest: Transmissions: Element 120 Minerva: Metastasis
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    Fixing a Neo Geo MVS

    What actually is it? I looked on his sales page and can't work out if it's just an adapter, has teh r0mz on it, is a Supergun replacement, or what. €400+ Euros though?!?!
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    Astro Bot - PSVR - Game of the year 2018.

    Fantastic post! Innovation has stagnated for quite a while in peripheral tech... not 100% sure why, but I guess the mass market seeing the Wii as a gimmick, the Wii U failing and Kinnect not living up to any expectations will have had an impact. Funnily enough, VR proves the worth (well, absolute essential need for) 'waggle' but in itself is just a halfway house. It does what it does fantastically well, but with enormous faff. VR's not the 8-track, but it's something like Laserdisc or Minidisc: better than what came before, but only a 1.5 version rather than a revolutionary 2.0. I still love it, though - it's worth having for WipEout Omega alone!
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    Fixing a Neo Geo MVS

    Super cool it was an easy fix. I was going to say much the same as the above: check the contacts, check continuity etc. and after that you'd be looking at some of the tougher stuff like dry solder joints, corrosion on the chip pins and the like. I would definitely advise checking the board over and cleaning it. If sold as knackered, it may have an intermittent fault you haven't discovered yet. Hopefully not, but pays to be wary!
  15. The rules say no: However, I don't think anyone in here would mind. Perhaps put it in your sig, just to be compliant?
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