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  1. Any specific, unusual ones that a certain game has taught you? I now know that you can kill and main as many people as you like with 100s of witnesses, but as long as you get your car resprayed or leave the scene of crime you will get away scot free.
  2. Stolen from MSN So, let's discuss! What lessons that you can take away and apply to everyday life have videogames taught you? For me, it has to be: "You cannot wait while in the air" Thanks, Oblivion!
  3. Maybe it will come in my sleep. Thanks though.
  4. No, but they might do in its place if I can't remember. It is frustrating, it's slipping away now. Maybe it's not similar to "mutant". Oh ffs!
  5. So are we just posting pictures of Alan Partridge every other post now? John Bonham is of course the father of modern drumming. Well, was lol before his unfortunate encounter with four quadruple vodkas and a whole bunch more other booze. I have to say, I don't get the Beatles. Yes, they are an influential band but they do send me to sleep.
  6. Isn't it annoying when you have a word on the tip of your tongue and no matter what you do to try and spit it out, it escapes you? I'm in this situation, because a character lives in a house which he has added bits to including the stern from a ship so that it looks like a normal house with a ship's stern stuck on one side, with the Captain's Cabin (the one with the ornate rear windows) serving as his bedroom. This gives the house a crazed, schizophrenic quality. There was a word or expression I read recently in a book describing a similar sort of thing that I really liked which was similar to "mutant" or something but I just can't remember. Plz help I've been trying to remember for hours now It is so frustrating.
  7. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller 1984 - George Orwell Life of Pi - Yann Martel The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time - Mark Haddon His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien Seven Years In Tibet - Heinrich Harrer (technically non-fiction but it is a fantastic story) The English Patient - Michael Ondaatje
  8. I never thought Primus were acclaimed at all, I always considered them really niche. They're amazing as musicians, they don't take themselves srsly and their lyrics are super. Each to their own I suppose, the vocalist has a peculiar sound and is mainly taking the piss when he sings but then that's what I like about him. Say baby- do you wanna lay down with me? Led Zep and Jeff Buckley are two of my favourite bands/ artists ever. Jeff Buckley's voice is spectacular, the guitar is amazing and the drums are phenomenal and Led Zep just do it for me. But I suppose as they did release 16, 998 songs that they'd have to get it right on at least a few of them. As far as Nickelback are concerned, I like to pretend they don't exist.
  9. Oh the plot really makes me shiver- I've been stewing it over in my brain for about 7 years now and it's almost perfect. So much has changed, I'm just desperate to get it down on paper. I have realised that the only thing that was stopping me was fear of failing, of my writing being shit but a couple of quite harsh literary critics I know have read what I've written so far have been really impressed so my insecurities can fuck off, this is coming together now.
  10. Pre-ordered This won't happen, because it's an original idea.
  11. Thank you. As far as I'm concerned there is no excuse for shit customer service despite having to deal with the scum of the earth all day every day. When I worked at Lamestation despite getting shit off customers on a daily basis I worked hard to be polite, friendly and helpful at all times because I didn't want to be rude and unpleasant to the nicer, cleaner people that came in. It's not hard to be polite, you don't have to act like a cunt because 70% of the people you deal with are cunts
  12. I started writing a novel aged 13, and got to about 200 pages at 16 when I stopped. After thinking about it for the past 3 years all day every day and making the plot brilliant I have started rewriting it. Unfortunately I have about 6 books I'm desperate to write. Any tips for beating writer's block?
  13. I think you used a poor example there, but you are right- I've thought this for a while. Particular examples are System of a Down lyrics. Another that makes me laugh is when I went to see a famous poet called Gillian Clarke read and she read a poem called "Skating In The Dark" about her daughter being annoyed about not being allowed to stay out at night skating. She then said that an audience member had asked in the Q&A session afterwards once if by "skating in the dark" she meant "skating in the womb", or not wishing to grow up but continue to be dependent on mummy and feel safe. Gillian Clarke then said: "I didn't mean it before, but I certainly do now." which I thought was very stupid. Although sometimes good literature is just a lot of thoughts and opinions thrown into the ether for the audience to decipher and bring away from the experience what they want to- however whether or not the author is good and intended for this to happen and whether the author is shit and didn't know what they were really saying is difficult to decide. I also hate this "meaningful name" thing, I find it really stupid and annoying- see "Marcus Fenix". Ooh he's a man that has risen from the ashes, how deep. The one time I wrote a flawless character I tried to make her hated by the audience for being annoyingly perfect, but that's beside the point.
  14. The Nick Stone books are some of the only thrillers that have stood out in my mind. Really well written, and full of emotion and brilliance.
  15. The Strokes underwent a huge change in direction from Is This It and Room On Fire where they played quite minimalistic simple indie stuff which I like to First Impressions Of Earth which is experimental and crazy and I love it. Casablancas' lyrics are so much better and the musicians play much more complex exciting stuff instead of just root notes and chords following Casablancas' vocals and simple beats. Of course then there is Muse who drastically changed from being amazing and experimental to crap and formulaic in Black Holes and Revelations. Just my opinion, obviously.
  16. Not griping, but when you say "I'd compare it's appeal to His Dark Materials - in that both are easy-to-read and can be interpreted in ways probably FAR outside the authors intent" do you mean that Philip Pulman intended it to be interpreted one way (it's based on Paradise Lost by John Milton I think) but people interpret it in ways that he didn't intend or are you saying that it wasn't intended to be a particularly deep book but people interpret it that way?
  17. Floshenbarnical


    I started learning Little Wing (favourite) the other day and about 40 seconds in just thought: "Nah", and put the guitar down. Fuck Jimi and his brilliance
  18. Every time I have been into a CEX (4 times) I have seen an example of the worst possible customer service. Like this one time in Southampton there was a queue of 40 or so people on a Saturday and one of the staff shouted at the top of his voice: "ALRIGHT WE GOT NO MORE CASH RIGHT SO ALL YOU WANTIN TO SELL STUFF GOTTA LEAVE WE GOT NO CASH ALRIGHT" Wtf.
  19. It seems to me that they're taking everything that made Max Payne individual in the first place (average build detective with a side parting, classic caricature of a film noir setting, really unique graphics, amazing sense of style what with the graphic novels) and thrown it away. And they looked at Gears and a few other games and decided to make a muscular bald guy with stubble and a bad attitude (familiar?) that doesn't bear any resemblance to Max at all, and do away with the brilliant voice actor James McAffrey. I know I'm displaying typical fanboy "NOOOO they changed something" ism but they seem to have cast aside everything that I loved about the game in the first place and created a game that looks nothing like Max Payne but have decided it would be easier to sell if it had the name tacked on.
  20. I arranged my UPS pickup for tomorrow- do I have to pay any P&P?
  21. I mentioned the Garth Nix Sabriel Lirael Abhorsen trilogy in another thread, they are fucking brilliant
  22. Floshenbarnical


    Was this person the biggest ever cunt, or something? Maybe not the best guitarist in the world from a technical perspective (a lot of metal guitarists take that biscuit) but from an expressive perspective there is no rival
  23. I still play MP2 to this day it's by far my favourite game. I am now shocked and terrified by this. The distinct visual flair seems to have changed for the bright blurry effects of late. Plus, no James McAffrey. This makes me very sad.
  24. With 200+ hours on Oblivion and counting I'll be the first to admit that it's flawed but I love it to pieces. A real treat recently was The Shivering Isles, everyone is totally barmy. So imaginative, I can't stop playing.
  25. This will take me at least 6 weeks to get my head around.
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