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  1. Jurassic World Dominion. minus five stars. Maybe minus six.
  2. Samaritan - 3.5/5. There’s still something in Sylvester Stallone’s screen presence, and it does help that he’s entirely willing to admit he’s quite old and takes roles that rely on that fact. A fairly obvious superhero film otherwise.
  3. Playing Chrono Trigger (yeah, I know, I know…)… but this is because I’ve had a JPN copy for a long time - came with a bundle of other non-text-heavy games - and just got a Retron5, so I can use a language patch on it and play. Is that obtuse given emulation and patches? Sure, but it gives me that selection satisfaction of using a real cartridge without paying the really insane prices for an English copy. and of course, so far it’s rather good.
  4. Even Friends leans into that idea a little. I’d say you need some grain of likeability (or identification) with them for the characters to work, and I just never got that with Seinfeld. But again, the “you just HAVE to love this” factor being so strong is easier to push back against as a result.
  5. It's the social pressure thing -- for the longest time it was held up by so many as comedy you *had* to enjoy, that *was* brilliant, and little dissension was permissible. People who don't find it funny (I'm one of them) will react more strongly to that higher level of social pressure. I mean, I'll almost certainly catch hell for this, but I thought (and still do think) the same thing about Seinfeld. Never found much there to raise even a smile, wanted someone to punch most of the cast in the face... but here's the thing. I don't have to watch it, and I don't. I'm happy that way, save for intermittent people telling me I'm wrong. I feel certain someone will come along shortly to tell me I'm wrong for not enjoying something I don't enjoy. 3... 2... 1...
  6. I've been playing this for the past couple of weeks and it is grand. Review here if you care, and to give you an idea, the review code save doesn't carry over, so I've started again... and I'm entirely happy to do so.
  7. The era where it really clicked with me mentally how it was essentially unfairly balanced was when the Neo Geo cabinets first hit arcades. Never saw one that wasn’t set to “your payment gives you X minutes of gameplay.” Not credits, not lives, just time. Impossible to 1CC anything, even if you were damned good. NBA JAM, IIRC did the same thing around the same time.
  8. Just finished this (regular run, not sure I’ve got the patience for what 100% seems to entail. A very fun ride, hit the same speed bumps that nearly everyone does, though the final tower was done in one hit - I kept expecting to fail somewhere and never did, party at around level 60. Then the, what… 30 minutes+ of end scenes? They felt earned, sort of.. but they just kept on going!
  9. "First time on a modern console" is a bit of a stretch for the Lynx, given the Evercade carts.
  10. Stop playing Bubble Bobble? What is this blasphemy? I had a lot of fun writing up a piece on why it’s the perfect game for the DD Zine a while back… and played a lot of Bubble Bobble along the way. It’s such a joyous mix of charm and challenge.
  11. Come for the Star Wars, stay for the tale of the incredible prices CEX used to charge for an import copy back in the day...
  12. Another lunchtime distraction; the fun thing about doing these to a schedule is that I have to try to pick games I can do OK at, but that I won't end up playing for hours, because I do have to get back to more productive work...
  13. My favourite of these is Christopher Fairbank - Moxey in Auf Weidersehen Pet - randomly turning up in Tim Burton’s Batman as a street thug. He even gets a voice sample in Prince’s Batdance!
  14. I thought I'd pick something that I could do in just a few minutes... and then ended up doing way better than expected. Which was nice!
  15. Another Friday, another lunchtime challenge. Spoiler: I do not cover myself in glory on this one.
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