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  1. As much as I know I should manage my expectations, Christopher Guest also produced the sublime Waiting For Guffman and Best in Show, so he has enough skill with  mockumentaries to (hopefully) not let this go wrong.


    And if it is terrible then we can just advertise it below the puppet show and deny its existence.

  2. If I could add one feature to Game Pass it would be an indicator of games' lengths. Game companies must have tonnes of data on how people play. Some race through to the end, others collect every orb and Riddler trophy.


    It would be helpful for there to be something to tell me, based on my normal play style, how many hours a game would take me to complete. I often find myself on howlongtobeat to get an idea of completion time before I download or begin a game.

  3. 23 hours ago, Garwoofoo said:

    Anyone got any opinions on Lost in Random? I thought it was supposed to be some sort of card battler which is the sort of thing I really like but I've played it for around 40 minutes and I've done nothing. Cut-scene, cut-scene, push forward to run to next area, cut-scene, dream sequence, push forward...


    Is there actually a game in here at all?


    I enjoyed it, but it could have lost a few hours from the first few hours and been a much better game for it.


    The enjoyment comes from combos of cards. It's nowhere near as sophisticated as other games where you can combo moves for added effect, bit it does the job.


    Trek To Yomi was fun as well. Short enough that the simple combat did not become a nuisance, and stunningly produced. I'll never play out again though, having seen all of the vistas and important scenes.

  4. 23 hours ago, DeciderVT said:

    Jesus Christ I feel broken. Can't say I didn't go into this without eyes open but


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    PROJECT KHAN, fucking hell



    Should have been:





    Anyway. What a terrible, terrible series.



    Why didn't Wesley appear and offer to get them home? You know, instead of letting Q literally kill himself doing so? And why not actually step in and save the life of his agent? Sure, he may not be able to "guarantee their safety", but if he is so omnipotent and aware of events he could, at least, step in as they lie dying from a neurotoxin and teleport then to a medical facility.


    Oh, and an actual lol at the revelation of Rios' death. "He died as he lived, in a drunken Mexican bar fight" [Picard smiles wistfully]


  5. 30 minutes ago, Harsin said:

    Something that just struck me. The entire justification for why Jurati didn’t just let the Borg Queen die and took the risk of letingt her partially assimilate her was because she said they needed her to do the calculations to get them back to the future. Except she fucks off with the ship in this episode thus rendering that entire element of the plot useless. Obviously tehy'll pull some bullshit reason why they get home, but you'd think it would be of concern to the characters.


    Q will get his powers back and deus ex machina the ending.

  6. On 17/04/2022 at 09:17, Thor said:





    Star Trek 3: Spocksavers


    So yeah, this show is genuinely terrible. Just an unconnected series of set pieces without a clear purpose. In the last two episodes we've had...


    ...early Soong's dying clone daughter, a ballroom heist, Picard getting hit by a speeding car and suffering no injuries, Picard's subconscious in a creepy dungeon, and a bar scene...

    ...none of which went anywhere, or seemed to have any notable impact on the plot, but just appear to exist to give the impression that events are moving forward.


    If this was not attached to the Star Trek brand nobody would even give it the time of day. It works be seen as a dismal effort with no redeeming features. And, as mentioned, it bluntly and insensitively handles the issue of mental illness.


    I'm guessing Patrick Stewart sat down with the writers one morning, rattled off a load of things he wanted to do in this series, and then walked out leaving them to string then together into a coherent narrative as best as they could.

  7. The Bond films certainly have scenes that are questionable by today's standards, from Bond's treatment of women to Connery's 'transformation' to being asian in You Only Live Twice.


    What really stands out though is how they have persisted with this trope even as the rest of the world moved on around them. Skyfall, for example, was released only 10 years ago to critical acclaim but features Bond forcing himself on a woman whom he knows to be a sex slave. The media will freak out if the next Bond is more progressive than the misogynist he has been throughout the series' history, but the Clarksons of the world already have 20+ films where Bond was allowed to make any woman his property.

  8. Oh dear.


    I get that Q is all messed up or whatever. But I would expect something a bit more Machiavellian as a scheme than getting Soong to do a hit-and-run. Like, if his goal was to get someone to scare off Picard why not pay/threaten one of the security guys to do so rather than concoct a convoluted plan involving a geneticist and donations to a space exploration mission?


    Why was Soong even driving around, anyway? Wasn't he supposed to be at the party? Did he decide to just go for a spin and try to get a Gouranga bonus for the hell of it?


    And what's the deal with the Borg now? Wouldn't they have just started assimilating everyone at the party, because Borg? Star Trek should really have left the Borg alone after BoBW; every time they have been shown since then has reduced them as a villain and turned then into D-list Doctor Who monsters.


    Also, the writers could not resist the lazy, cliched 'do I know you? You seem familiar...' reaction of Picard's ancestor at their meeting.


  9. I presume that your second Xbox would plug into a TV, but if you have the option of a PC there you could also try streaming games via Game Pass Ultimate, without the need of any new tech.

  10. Weird West seems like a winner.


    Very dark though. I've certainly not found myself 'helpless with laughter' so far. The opening cutscene of the game, for example, involves


    the main protagonist's son being murdered and husband being kidnapped, and the first settlement that you visit is strewn with corpses following a massacre.


    The mechanics look lots of fun though. A levelling-up tree and potential for some loot grabbing for the endorphin rushes. And enough options to allow the player whether to go in guns blazing, pick off enemies stealthily, use tools or the environment to achieve your objectives, or simply sneak around avoiding combat.


    The game is clearly designed for fast combat, but I feel that an option to freeze time and plan your attacks, like in Desperados III, would add to this game.

  11. 46 minutes ago, Pelekophoros said:

    Yes, and they absolutely will not.


    In which case, the temptation from my PoV is to buy a PS5 towards the end of this gen, subscribe for a year to mop up the first party games that will be on the system by that point, and play through them then. MS have made it hard for Sony - GP is constantly throwing new games at me. Its not like GP subscribers will have any shortage of new titles to play for the rest of this gen, if things continue like this, so there is no incentive to subscribe to two services and buy new games.

  12. I'll admit to using the 'No Fail' mode quite freely towards the end of the game. I loved the look and feel of it but some of those bosses are too unforgiving and I do not have the time to invest in getting good enough these days. That said, I did beat


    the Librarian

    unaided on my second attempt, which I was happy with.


    Really good that the accessibility options can be switched on and off, so you can challenge yourself without ever feeling that you are unfairly stuck on a boss or section.

  13. It looks great for those who are solely on the PlayStation platform, but on comparison with the Xbox's offering it seems underwhelming.


    First up, I've not seen any reference to EA Play games being included, which (if not) means an additional charge for these customers.


    Secondly, is there any confirmation that PS5 games will launch on the service? If not, gamers are forced to either pay more to play a game on release, or wait for it to appear on the service.


    Like I said, it seems like a good deal for those gaming on PlayStation systems. If/when I get a PS5 I am more likely to get the digital-only unit and subscribe. But it feels like a halfway house between Microsoft's Netflix-esque approach, and Nintendo's pay-per-game model, which carries the criticism that it does neither effectively.


    The naming completely sucks though. PlayStation Plus Essential, PS Plus Extra, and PS Plus Premium seem likely to confuse. The customer service lines will have a great time trying to explain to parents that they bought the wrong subscription, meaning that their child can not download the game they want or the dad ends up frustrated that they spent £50 more than they thought. And we all know how good Sony are with refunds!

  14. Things were much easier in the olden days. We could overlook that many actors and directors had dodgy pasts and views simply because nobody talked about it, there was less public outrage, and we lacked social media to share information so freely.


    These days, however, Mel Gibson's rants are easy to find and are indefensible to non-racists. Details from Johnny Depp's court cases relating to Amber Heard were live-Tweeted. And the Weinstein revelations have shown a number in the film industry in a very bad light, even if they were not directly involved, for the blind eye they turned to his behaviours. The Harry Potter series' popularity is also tainted by the views that its creator has freely shared on Twitter.


    On the smaller screen, Graham Linehan has burned his bridges with the creative industry, even if his catalogue of work remain broadcast. And Laurence Fox may find it hard to get a serious acting gig in the future since becoming an anti-Woke/vaccination/BLM campaigner.


    Does this affect people's habits with regards to what they watch and enjoy? Do people find themselves feeling a bit awkward watching The IT Crowd now, or would they avoid a new Mel Gibson film at the cinema as he starts getting starring roles again? Or is the view that we should not conflate the art and the artist? Acceptance that the creators can be seriously flawed, and concerns that expecting moral standards from creators could see the works of Disney and Wagner being removed from the marketplace?


    Of course, this topic can relate to any form of entertainment, film, TV, music, games, and literature. But, given the very public face of film and TV stars it feels most appropriate to use this as the focal point.

  15. 14 hours ago, layten said:
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    Surely the events off Time's Arrow no longer happened as the timeline went all 'I can't believe it's not the mirror universe' before then.


    That does feel like I am giving the writers too much credit.



    Yeah, that makes sense. Does that mean that in this timeline spooky temporal aliens are still running around Earth's past stealing souls?

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