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  1. K

    The Kid Who Would Be King from Joe Cornish

    I keep thinking that “The Boy Who Would be King” would be a less clumsy title.
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    Red Dead Redemption 2 - The next Edge 10

    Nintendo's touchy-feely, tree-hugging approach is all well and good if you’re happy to accept games of the quality that Nintendo put out, but if you really care about the medium and want to hit the heights of the likes of EA, then I'm afraid you'll have to put up with a few nervous breakdowns and families who are clinically sad.
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    Red Dead Redemption 2 - The next Edge 10

    This problem was solved in the broad sense about 200 years ago, in the form of trade unions. Are there any video game developers’ unions?
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    Destiny 2: Forsaken - Festival of the Lost

    I saw this earlier, and thought it was quite interesting: https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2017-10-25-destiny-2-pc-datamined-dlc-details-unearthed A Eurogamer article from a year ago on things that were datamined from the PC version of Destiny 2. The last paragraph is particularly interesting, as apparently dialogue relating to the death of Cayde was in the game from the start. Presumably this is from a completely different version of the story to the one in Forsaken, but it sounds like they’d had it planned for a long time (rather than it being a stunt in response to falling interest in the game, or a result of a falling-out with Nathan Fillion).
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    Destiny 2: Forsaken - Festival of the Lost

    They should just ban it from Gambit, really. The PvEvP setup means that the usual limiters on its use (i.e. strictly rationing ammo in PvP situations) don’t apply. It wouldn’t be hard to do from an in-universe perspective – Gambit is pretty much a gameshow run by the Drifter for some hazy reason, and they could just have a cutscene with him saying “alright, alright, alright, I banned the Sleeper Simulant, brother, because it done fucked up the meta” – and then bring in a special, Gambit-tuned version in a couple of months to great fanfare.
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    Destiny 2: Forsaken - Festival of the Lost

    Did anything ever happen with that quest involving Cayde’s expired ramen coupon? It feels like something the community got wind of and then built up into something really amazing, but I was assuming that at least something would come out of it.
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    Red Dead Redemption 2 - The next Edge 10

    Given the choice, I would probably have gone for static rather than dynamic horse nuts, and for Rockstar's employees to be able to go home at weekends.
  8. Is self-sacrifice incompatible with fascism? One of the central points of most fascist regimes is the importance of the whole over the individual, giving oneself up for the cause. Admittedly a lot of other belief systems put a focus on sacrifice too, but I wouldn’t say something is inherently at a far remove from fascism because it uses self-sacrifice as one of its core themes.
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    Destiny 2: Forsaken - Festival of the Lost

    Grave Robber works really well with Waking Vigil (Awoken hand cannon), as you’re almost invariably going to be up close with adds while using it. I don’t know why Bungie / High Moon are so into sliding all of a sudden, it doesn’t feel like a particularly natural extension of your moveset. The new arc Titan super has an ability where you get a boost to weapon power if you slide while picking up ammo, and I feel like I’d need to completely rewire my brain to use it. If you want to make sliding into a thing, fully commit to it, and give us Vanquish-style 100mph fag-fuelled power knees.
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    Destiny 2: Forsaken - Festival of the Lost

    Someone - not me, I’m busy - should develop an app that uses the API to identify weapons with the best roll and flag them to the player. I can’t be bothered with the faff of bringing up a new weapon and agonising over whether to infuse it, use it, or dismantle it - something that quickly told you whether this weapon works best with Grave Robber or Tap the Trigger (or whatever) would be useful, and you could probably crowdsource the data. Although I imagine there’d be a fair bit of block voting against whatever is the current pariah gun (Edge Transit, MIDA, etc).
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    A movie watchers blog

    The incredible thing about The Martian isn't that Ridley Scott made another good film, it's that he made a film that was funny. I can't think of anything else he's ever done that makes me think he even understands humour as a concept, let alone that he could sustain what is essentially a light comedy for two hours.
  12. I loved Walker - those tiny sprites! that absurdly detailed carnage! - but it always annoyed me that it was unbelievably hard in normal mode, and that you could only play half the game in easy mode. Would have loved to have seen the horizontally-scrolling shooter levels and the platform game levels that they cut out.
  13. I'm probably being a bit harsh on Dan Stevens, as he was pretty good, but it was a very big performance in general, and sometimes tipped over the line into unnecessary hugeness. Worked in context of the film overall. And I did like the bit where the trauma caused him to briefly turn into a Gallagher.
  14. This was not bad at all. That undersells it a bit, as it was imaginative and uneven, rather than merely competent; there are some fucking mad ideas in there, as well as some bits that didn't quite work. What I really liked about it was the way that Dan Stevens was a bit too hammy for my liking, he played some scenes like William Shatner, or possibly Calculon from Futurama. There was one scene that made me absolutely piss myself laughing, where he chases after someone and pauses to kick this tiny gate open in an exaggeratedly macho style, when he could have jumped it almost without breaking his stride. And another scene where he reverses into the undergrowth outside of a sinister house which reminded me of Homer retreating into the hedge.
  15. @kerraig UK Why do you think Netflix puts out so many stinkers? It’s not like the directors they work with are amateurs (in some cases). Do they just not give enough support or challenge to directors? Are they too willing to let directors make the script they’ve had at the bottom of their drawer for years , without wondering nobody else wanted to make it?
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