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    The Saturn Appreciation Thread

    I’ve got a modded Pal Saturn and I have to admit it’s the least played of my systems. There were definitely some great games on the Saturn, but I often feel that either the games themselves were too early in the move to 3D, suffering from the developers still working out how to make 3D work (Burning Rangers, Nights I hate to say aren’t all that good now), were improved by later releases on later systems (Marvel v Capcom, Nightstalkers, Virtua Fighter, Daytona, Guardian Heroes) or were superseded by better games (most of the shoot em ups IMHO were better on the Dreamcast ). There are some interesting games, like Shinrei Jusatsushi Tarōmaru which either didn’t get updated or re-released and there were fun first person shooters that still kept the simple design approach of Doom (Alien Trilogy, Exhumed, Duke Nukem 3D). It would be interesting to have a list of those sorts of games and it would probably make me return to the Saturn knowing that those games were only available on the Saturn.
  2. I'm trying not to be cynical here, which is hard seeing as how the Vega+ saga has panned out, but getting the backers to act as creditors, in order to get the company wound up, is completely pointless if you're a backer (and I'd be suspicious why some people are wanting the backers to do this). The winding up order is issued after persons (or companies) have unpaid debts from the company and have petitioned the courts for a winding up order. The outcomes of which can be: https://www.realbusinessrescue.co.uk/winding-up-petitions/what-is-winding-up-order Out of those 4 options, what can RCL realistically do now? We pretty much know they have no money left (or assets), so option 1 (pay all debts) is out. Option 2 (arrange a CVA and pay the debt over 5 years) is also out, they don't have any revenue stream - how can they make future payments? Option 4 is likely out too - they can't dispute the debt as it's not unfair or inaccurate. So the likely outcome is Option 3 - the company goes into Administration. Except the problem with RCL now is that there are no assets left to sell (except maybe the unsold original Vegas, but they're worthless now). So the creditors (and backers) get nothing. Except what we now have is RCL placed in Administration, just ready to be "seized upon"... This is where I could be really cynical. Social media campaign starts to petition backers to become creditors RCL is forced to wind up due to unpaid debts to those creditors an insolvency practitioner is put in place to manage the "assets" there are no assets to sell, therefore the creditors (and backers) get nothing in steps a third party who buy up the remains of the company (as in the name and any IP they have) for a token amount (say £1) (which includes the rights to make a Sinclair branded console). update is posted from "new RCL" saying "sorry we can't give the Vega+ to the backers, the previous directors were bastards who pissed all the money away, but we're starting a NEW crowd funding campaign for a NEW sinclair console - the one YOU ALWAYS WANTED." Like I said, it's easy to get cynical with the sorry state of this, but getting the backers to act as a creditor, in order to wind up the company, is going to deliver nothing if there are no assets left to sell.
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    Robocop (1987)

    Erm... Is it Peter Weller doing the voiceover in the KFC adverts? It sounds like him... if not is it Paul Weller? Anyway, I suppose it gets us ready for the Robocop Returns Neil Blomkamp sequel. https://variety.com/2018/film/news/robocop-returns-neill-blomkamp-1202870570/ You know, like those Halifax Ghostbusters are getting us ready for the new film by showing us what we've really been missing.
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    Commodore Format Power Packs

    I didn't read Commodore Format by the time of the Power Packs - I'd lost touch with my mate who owned a C64 and so missed out on this. HOWEVER.. in about 1994/95 I picked up a second hand C64 and as well as having some great original games, it also had a load of Power Pack tapes. They were brilliant fun, I remember having Pitfall II, Park Patrol, Bounder, Forbidden Forrest (or was it Aztec Challenge??), Uridium and a load of classic games. There were also some good demos, I'm sure there was a tennis one? (By 1995, it was almost impossible to pick up C64 games, the only way you could really get them was through ads in the back of magazines. I remember buying History in the Making, the US Gold compilation, from the back of C&VG. I also remember writing to both US Gold and Ocean to ask them if they still had any C64 stuff for sale and the answer was... no..)
  5. Cue old blue eyes..... ”And now, the end is near. And so I face... the final curtain” https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/08831435/filing-history RCL have been issued a winding up order, results of which will be in the next few days.
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    3-2-1 is the greatest TV show in history

    “Prime time” Game shows of that era are brilliant, but in a cringeworthy and unintentionally hilarious way. I think that’s why they stand up to repeated viewings today. I wonder what the kids of today will think of repeats of the Chase, Deal or No Deal etc in 30 years time? ”Yeah, it’s a “game show” that seems to consist of people deliberating for 5 minutes on the answer to “who was the Prime Minister when world war 2 ended” or deliberating on which fucking box to open, while a bearded clam pretends to talk to someone on a phone.
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    What type of retro fan are you?

    I only focus on systems that I owned, so they have a sense of nostalgia for me, although I have also picked up a few consoles that I didn't own back "in the day" (the Megadrive and the Saturn, and only then because I had friends who owned them, so there was a bit of nostalgia for me). The thing that I'm finding now though is that it's almost crippling having all of these old systems, hundreds of games and yet I've got a Switch which I should be playing a lot more on, especially as my 8 year old son loves it (he's tried to teach me Minecraft, but I think it's crap). I often get a feeling of having just wasted time when playing retro games with no real satisfaction. I'm not sure if that's just me, or if it's me trying to recreate the past when that's just impossible (or that most retro games are really designed for blasting for a few minutes). I think another negative thing is that I think to myself "this is going to be great playing these with my son, showing him the games I played when I was young" when the reality is that most are shit compared to games now! It's a bit less so with Nintendo games, but I fired up a few Ultimate games on the Spectrum to show my son and he found them incredibly confusing - especially when using the keyboard! I think to myself "hmmm.. if I were him, would I rather play Super Mario Odyssey or Jet Pac??" However, he does love Gauntlet and Zombies Ate My Neighbours, so it's not all bad! I think it might be time to do another trimming of the collection!
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    Philips CD-i Appreciation Thread

    Looking back on the CD32 (and looking at what it is now), I think one of the biggest problems the CD32 had was that the CD medium was still pretty expensive. Games that were derided at the time for being expensive Amiga re-releases. IK+ literally took one disk and plopped it onto a CD, charging £29.99 for it when you could buy it on budget release for £7.99 on disk, Myth took 3 disks and put them on CD - but again they charged £29.99 for it compared to the £7.99 budget re-release. Interestingly, both those games are worth a LOT more now (anywhere up to £100 each), because you've got an easy to play version of the game that doesn't suffer from "bit rot" disk degradation. What's interesting about the CD32 now is that you've got the ultimate Amiga for modern times. It's got a fairly small footprint, it's easy and convenient to play games due to the many home-brew compilation CDs that have been modded to remove the need for a keyboard, it had some of the best Amiga releases (and having no copy protection makes it easy to burn off your own games) and - if you want - you can expand it up to a full Amiga 1200. Having owned a fully expanded CD32 with SX-32 expansion (with FPU) back in the 90s, it always struck my how that should have been Commodore's new desktop machine. It was nice and compact and would have been at a good price point against the desktop PC. But then Commodore were pretty clueless by that point! But back to today, I think where the CD32 is still valid is that it represents an era of games (home computing games from the late 80s/early 90s) that's both difficult to replicate through retro hardware and was lost in the move to the 32bit home console era. Nintendo and Sega won the 16-bit war, but I still want a bit of my own nostalgia playing Amiga games! The problem with the 3DO and CD-I is that they were superseded by better consoles that delivered better versions of the games (Need for Speed, Road Rash etc were all better on the PSX or Saturn) or the game format was crap (FMV???? That was supposed to be the future!!!) Unless you had one back in the 90s, and you're looking for a nostalgic hit, I can't see why you'd go back to the 3DO or the CD-I now. Anyway, back to the CD-I, at my first job, one of my workmates used to go on about how he bought the CD-I for this one game (as he was really into golf) and how disappointed he was spending something like £800 on the console and getting this. You can see how some features would come into later golf games (like the commentary), but gameplay wise it was turd compared to Leaderboard or PGA Tour. Just watch this oldie (but goldie) from the AVGN to remind you why you probably shouldn't get one (the first bit of it goes into the CD-I itself).
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    Rian Johnson Star Wars trilogy

    Oh and just incase people were hoping that this wasn't just Disney trying to milk their "IP" and really do care about quality control, here's a list of upcoming Disney+ exclusive films and TV series... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disney%2B Post-production Lady and the Tramp[32] Magic Camp[33] Noelle[33] Stargirl[34][35] Timmy Failure[33] Filming Togo[32][36] In development 29 Dates[37] 3 Men and a Baby[33] Don Quixote[38] Father of the Bride[39] Flora & Ulysses[40] The Grimm Legacy[41] Honey, I Shrunk the Kids[39] The Paper Magician[42] The Parent Trap[39] Peter Pan[43] Sister Act 3[44] The Sword in the Stone[45] Title Ordered Diary of a Female President[46] High Fidelity[32] High School Musical: The Musical[32] Ink & Paint[47] The Mandalorian[32] Star Wars: The Clone Wars (season 7)[48] Untitled Rogue Oneprequel series[32] In development The Vision and Scarlet Witch[32][49] Muppets Live Another Day[39][50] Untitled ABC Studiosdocuseries[47] Untitled live-action Falconand Winter Soldierlimited series[32] Loki[32] Untitled Mighty Ducksseries[51] Untitled Monsters, Inc. series[52] Untitled Walt Disney Imagineeringdocuseries[18] Can't wait to see the remakes of The Lady and The Tramp, 3 Men and a Baby, Father of the Bride, Honey I Shrunk The Kids, The Parent Trap (again!), Peter Pan, The Sword and The Stone and High Fidelity.
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    Rian Johnson Star Wars trilogy

    I think one of the biggest problems Star Wars has is that, despite it supposedly being a "universe", it keeps on having to reference characters, lore or places from the main films making it feel incredibly small. The prequels had to bring in C3P0, R2D2, Jabba The Hut, Boba Fett and other characters from the original trilogy, even though there was no need for them to be in it. The sequels had to bring in Han Solo, Leia and even Luke Skywalker - even though they're superfluous and don't actually contribute much to the storyline at all. (Never mind bringing back the Millennium Falcon). The spin offs had to be about events discussed in the main films, even though we either already knew what happened or likely didn't care (as in the case of Solo). Even The Mandalorian has to fill in the space between Return of The Jedi and The Force Awakens and I'm pretty certain it will have plenty of cameos/references to the main films, despite it being set in the "far reaches of the galaxy". So despite Star Wars being this huge galaxy, it ends up feeling like it's the same dozen or so people that the whole story is about. The difference between Star Wars and Marvel is that while there might be a few key Marvel characters, they can create whole storylines that have almost nothing to do with the rest of the "universe". Until Disney (or whoever) start developing characters and storylines that have practically nothing to do with the main films, it's going to be the same old pandering shite. Maybe Rian Johnson will be given the opportunity to do that, but I somehow doubt it. Lord and Miller tried to do something different with Solo and look what happened to them...
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    The Sega Dreamcast appreciation thread

    A word of warning about Half Life, it’s got a save bug where (iirc) the save file gets increasingly larger and eventually takes up the entire VMU (then the save is corrupt). Not sure if it’s been patched since, but just be careful if you are suing the same VMU for other game saves.
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    Aladdin - Live Action

    For those still hoping this isn't going to be Will Smith doing a Will Smith. Don't worry, it's not! https://www.polygon.com/2018/12/19/18148377/aladdin-remake-will-smith-genie-fresh-prince-hitch It's going to be a blue Will Smith doing a Will Smith. Wiki-wiki-whole new world.
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    The Lego Movie 2 - The Second Part

    Going to see this with the family later this week, although I see it’s seriosuly underperformed at the Box Office compared to the first one. I remember when they announced that they were going to do Lego Batman and Lego Ninjago before getting to Lego Movie 2 and thinking “that seems like a really long time to wait for the sequel”. Don’t know if that’s had an impact on the Box Office (and although Lego Batman and Ninjago were decent, they were nowhere near as good as the Lego Movie, I wonder if that has impacted on the Box Office too). Wouldn’t be surprised that instead of a third film, instead there’s an announcement around an exclusive Netflix series like “The further adventures of Emmet and Wildstyle”, like Boss Baby, The Croods, Captain Underpants, Trolls, Cloudy with a chance of meatballs etc. Not voiced by the original cast, of course....
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    Famiclone

    Game did have the Retron HD for £19.99, but it's gone back up to £49.99 There's someone selling them on eBay for £32 - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RetroN-HD-Console-for-NES-Cartridges/352548758794?hash=item52158b250a:g:dOUAAOSwLSZcGhrt:rk:2:pf:0
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    The Right Stuff - TV remake

    So they'll take the whole essence of the book, the fact that the Mercury Seven had the "Right Stuff", giving unprecedented inside experience to those astronauts, where they came from and what they went through, finely compacted into a must read book and instead expand it out so that it covers every fucking space mission over multiple series???? It's well known Tom Wolfe hated the film due to the changes they made to it from the book. Guy must be spinning in his grave.
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