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  1. MarkN

    Recommend me 'git gud' games!

    Or Robotron. I'm shockingly bad at it. It's one of my Desert Island games, because I'd love to be good at it, but it'll take me an age of practising, that I can't afford right now. It doesn't care. I love games that are like bucking broncos - I've had your 10p, now fuck off! Robotron is that in spades.
  2. MarkN

    Diet Coke/ Coke Zero

    Might give that a tentative go. I'm a big fan of cinnamon. Not that keen on coke usually in any guise though - I normally have to dilute the stuff very heavily with Jack Daniels to make it drinkable. I'd actually like them to make a half-as-sweet version (perhaps even two-thirds-less). I reckon there's a drink I'd quite like in there, but I haven't got a sweet tooth at all.
  3. MarkN

    Vegetarian / Vegan recipes

    I just found a new Wicked thing in my local Tesco - an Italian Style Cold Cuts Sub roll. It looked interesting, so I gave it a go - and I have to say it was really good. The meat substitute is slices of slow roasted spiced celeriac, and it worked well (the texture's a bit crunchy to pass off as meat, but the flavour's pretty good). One of those vegan things that works due to a good mix of textures and flavours. High salt content, but would definitely have again as an occasional treat. Some of the other new things that they've added sound pretty interesting too: https://www.veganfoodandliving.com/tesco-adds-vegan-cold-cut-sandwiches-and-pasta-salad-bowls-to-wicked-kitchen-range/ The range is doubling in size apparently, due to 25% growth in sales of vegan products at Tesco: https://www.plantbasednews.org/post/vegan-italian-cold-cut-sub-tesco
  4. MarkN

    Tetris Effect - Mizuguchi does Tetris

    Stop making me add to the list of games I have to buy after I've bought the VR Kit come payday, you bunch of bastards! (It sounds fantastic )
  5. MarkN

    Your Very Best Gaming Year

    It's 2007 (to echo lots of previous posts), or it's 1982. Here are highlights of 1982 for you (arcade only): Bagman (a personal fave, but probably not considered a classic) Burger Time (an absolute belter) Dig Dug Donkey Kong Jr (I prefer it to the original, I reckon it's a good'un). Gravitar Joust Millipede Moon Patrol Mr Do! - stone cold classic, and in my top 3 arcade games ever Pengo - would be in my top 5 arcade games ever - I adore it. Pole Position Pooyan - also in my top 5 arcade games ever. Popeye Qbert Robotron - the single greatest arcade game ever made. Not my favourite, but the best. Sinistar Time Pilot (just outside my top 5 arcade games ever). Tron Xevious Zaxxon Add in all the computer games released and this is an absolute corker.
  6. MarkN

    Astro Bot - PSVR - Game of the year 2018.

    I bought a PS4 last week for RDR2, but also with an eye on getting VR (I'd had a brief dabble with an early OR years ago and loved it). A friend lent me his kit a couple of days ago, so I played the obvious choices - Rez, Wipeout and loved them, and then I remembered dipping into this thread and reading all the praise. So I downloaded the demo, and gave it a play last night. I was frankly gobsmacked - it's just SO lovely - incredibly charming, and filled with little things that had me grinning from ear-to-ear. It's truly special. I'd already decided to buy the kit myself before this, but now it's essential. I'm going to hand the kit back shortly, and will save buying the full thing until I buy my own (payday is 16 days away...), but if this doesn't end up being my GOTY I'd be very surprised.
  7. MarkN

    Games you keep buying despite not liking them

    I used to have this problem with sequels of games I love. I really struggle to play something that's more or less the same but with a different story (I very rarely care about story in games). So I loved the first Assassin's Creed game despite all its flaws, but got bored of the 2nd despite it having fixed a lot of the issues. I went through loads of these on the 360 - auto-buying a sequel then getting very little out of it, until eventually I just banned myself from sequels. Another good example of this aversion to games in the same series is Zelda (although I've never bought one). A mate lent me Ocarina of Time which I played through and loved. After mentioning this to another friend he lent me Link To The Past for the Gameboy. Despite being 2D rather than 3D, and looking very different, the moment I twigged that the underlying game design was the same I got bored.
  8. MarkN

    The Great British Bake Off

    Agreed - a worthy winner, I think. However, Ruby needs a TV show all of her own now. Baking probably, but it could be about anything - knitting, cats, igloo-building... I'd still tune in.
  9. MarkN

    Creative Block

    If you're struggling to create it can be because you have too many options. Limitations are your friends. Some of the best ideas I've had have come from severely limited scope. Try imposing severe limits on your options, and then work with what you have left. You'll then need to get creative to achieve decent results. As an example, I once entered a video game creation competition where you had to use a random name generator to come up with the name of the game. I rolled Underwater Ostrich Attack. Now you can see that as extremely limiting, but it also provides a hell of a lot of focus. Some of what I created for that is really good (if properly nuts). Reduce your options early on to provide yourself with focus. Whatever medium you work in - try reducing your options by about 75% to start with. Then reduce it by 75% again to really feel the pinch. Now you've probably got a nice narrow field to work with. Just use two colours. Just use circles. Just use five letter words. Just use cubes. Just use iambic pentameter. Just use penguins...
  10. MarkN

    Inside No.9

    I'd be very surprised if it isn't. Their attention to detail is fantastic.
  11. I do prefer physical books - they're lovely items. I read a lot of ebooks on my Kindle though - but that's mainly because at the moment most of my reading time is whilst I'm walking to and from work, and also because I'm raiding Project Gutenberg for the classics. The great thing about ebooks that is vey rarely mentioned is that they are unaffected by the wind. Reading a paper book in a strong wind is a pain in the bum.
  12. MarkN

    Perfect Films

    I'd second Jaws and Alien especially, with Tremors a tad behind them (gosh I love that film). Also Die Hard and Predator for perfectly fulfilling their briefs. I'd go for The Sting - my favourite movie of all time, I think. How about The Iron Giant? There are some belting animated movies around, but this is still my favourite by far. I doubt I'll ever be able to watch it without getting something in my eye toward the end.
  13. MarkN

    Good crisp bad crisp

    Could have done with an extra hyphen in my post I think. Each one is 8 inches long (and maybe 2/3rds of an inch wide). As snacks go, they're pretty impressive. You get maybe 20 to a pack, so that's about 13 feet of corn snack for a quid.
  14. MarkN

    Good crisp bad crisp

    Currently having a crack at these which I couldn't not buy when I saw them in the world food aisle in Sainsburys, because they're a bit daft. They're basically 8 inch long perfectly-straight Wotsits without the cheese flavouring - just lightly salted. They're odd - there's almost nothing to them, but I keep going back for another. Nicer than popcorn I think (which I find a bit of a chore). Would definitely buy for a party just to surprise the hell out of people.
  15. MarkN

    Not sure if this is a joke...

    To be fair, I read that recipe a couple of days ago, and thought it looked a bit - I dunno - odd. The picture makes it look very strange - just some veg with a sauce plonked on top - no incorporation at all, no accompaniment. I guess it's similar to asparagus with hollandaise plonked on top, but it still looks a little weird (and I speak as a veggie, so I'm not dissing the lack of meat or anything). But then perhaps my favourite recipe tests the definition of the word to its limits. A recipe is a list of ingredients and processes to create something tasty. This is one ingredient and one process. Ingredients: Grapes (any colour). Process: Freeze them. Frozen grapes are magnificent. I don't think I've eaten an unfrozen one since I read about freezing them. Like little balls of grape sorbet. Nommo.

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