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  1. Protocol Penguin

    Which classics have you still not seen?

    Loved it! Was transfixed by the cinematography of the film, so many perfect visual moments in one film. Had to remind myself that the film is half a century old at times; and the model shots were stunning.
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    Which classics have you still not seen?

    Oh, and if you’ve got Netflix UK, watch the Castle of Cagliostro! It’s influenced a fuckload of videogames of Japanese origin you will have played in your time, and if nothing else it’s a bloody great film.
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    Which classics have you still not seen?

    I’d never seen 2001: A Space Odyssey before yesterday (thanks, Sky Cinema). That was comparable to someone belatedly seeing the 1977 Star Wars, or like when I first saw Blade Runner two years ago. It’s mindblowing how much media I’ve seen in my life that I’ve realised in retrospect has been obviously influenced by, ripped off or parodied that film. Incredible.
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    Nintendo eShop (Software Chatter)

    Haven’t played the Switch port, but enjoyed both Gunman Clives on the 3DS. Think a more fun version of the early Mega Man games (sort of) at a bargain price. Where you can choose to control a duck. What’s not to like?
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    Star Trek Discovery

    Anyone who says that probably never actually watched DS9. Unfortunely, it’s more and more apparent that when DS9 ended in 1999, that was pretty much the end of Good Star Trek. What did we get after that? Two bad TNG films, Voyager recycling TNG plots, Enterprise showing the depths of creative bankruptcy, mediocre at best reboot films, and Discovery. Just want some decent new Trek to watch at the cinema or on TV, and objectively we haven’t had that in almost 20 years. Everything since DS9 has been Trek as a stagnant nostalgia franchise, not the forward-looking series we got from TNG and DS9 at their best.
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    Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection - May 2018

    Bought this for the Switch as I found a discount copy, then belatedly realised I have a lack of usable controllers for this.
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    Amiga Appreciation Thread

    Onto Amiga games for a moment, anyone wonder why isn’t Unreal better regarded? I mean, it’s objectively a pretty poor game and more of a tech demo, but it’s both a lot better to play than Shadow of the Beast, and arguably technically superior. Yet SotB is considered some kind of Amiga landmark, and Unreal barely remembered. I find that a little odd – and still think that SotB’s significance to the Amiga has been rather inflated in retrospect.
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    Nintendo eShop (Software Chatter)

    If the leak about Super NES games on the online service has any truth in it, I’d be very interested in playing Demon’s Crest, given how expensive a cartridge of it is on the retro market.
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    Spider-Man: Far from Home (Homecoming sequel)

    Looks similar in tone to Homecoming, which is fine by me, as honestly it was the only live action Spider-Man film I've ever enjoyed watching.
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    Star Trek Discovery

    A Section 31 series is one of the most offputtingly fanwankish concepts for a Trek series ever. Even moreso than a Starfleet Academy series or whatever (which I imagine we're almost certainly going to get now, sadly). It's like one of those ideas that even Berman-Braga had the wisdom and foresight to reject for a post-Voyager Trek series back in 2001.
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    Your favourite video game music

    The inspiration for Magical Sound Shower from Outrun? You decide.
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    Mary and the Witch's Flower (Studio Ponoc Anime)

    I thought the studio absolutely nailed the latter-day Ghibli visual style (understandably), but the story and characterisation weren’t quite there. It’s on balance worth watching though, and has some nice subtle Ghibli nods and homages.
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    Nintendo Switch

    Wasn’t the Game Boy one just a rebadged conversion of an old ZX Spectrum game?
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    Rare/collectable Spectrum Games

    I’d love to see some statistics for the print runs of +3 games. Can’t imagine they made very many – wasn’t like C64 disk games where the hardware was at least relatively common among that format’s install base.
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    Nintendo eShop (Software Chatter)

    Been playing it for a while this evening, it’s basically the 3DS conversion but without the 3D effect, but on a bigger screen, and with some new tunes. So it’s good.
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