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Ste Pickford

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  1. Just saw that the film Hard to be a God has popped up on Amazon. A real treat if you like medieval, black and white, Russian sf, that's basically just three hours of mud and spitting with no plot to speak of. It's actually fucking amazing, so I'd really recommend making time to sit and watch it, but my description above is accurate. It's an adaptation of a russian sf novel, but feels more like a companion piece to the novel rather than a straight adaptation (someone on twitter compared it to 2001 in that regard). I read the novel straight after, which worked for me - the novel contains the actual story and plot, whereas the movie is just the feel and atmosphere. Incredible film.
  2. I ended up grinding a bit and had a party of three that were easily strong enough to go and rescue my fallen team, doing a run for each one, and bringing them all back to the academy. I got my head around the mechanics a lot better through doing that, and found a way to revive two petrified team members too. Now I've got a super levelled team of three, with good gear, and a load more at level 6 or 7 or so, and just starting on the second section. I like it because it's just pure game mechanics, no distracting frills.
  3. One thing that slightly confused me, my party of 4 wiped out, and the game took me back to floor 0 to build a new party, but warned me there were no more spare party members available, so if I wiped out again my game would be over. There are loads of potential party members in the list, greyed out. Some KOed, some petrified, some 'Wandering'. How do I get some of these adventurers back to the start to use in case I wipe out again? Do I have to fight my way to their position with less than 4 party members, get them to join, then walk them back to floor zero, and repeat that until I've got a backup squad back at base?
  4. If it's Alan Moore's Swamp Thing, you don't need to read anything before. As said above, he took over an existing run, and tried to tie up / throw it away with his first issue, then starts his run 'proper' with Anatomy Lesson, trying his best to start from scratch really, without technically starting from scratch, for the sake the the small number of existing readers at the time. I came on board with issue 25, and only caught up with the earlier issues with a Titan reprint from years ago, and that only bothered with 21-24 (Anatomy Lesson onwards) and didn't reprint his first issue. That's the only one I've never read.
  5. OK, took the plunge and spent an hour or so at dinner time. Are you just supposed to keep going down and down forever / until you die, or are you supposed to go back up to the top to the shop?
  6. Stranger (2 seasons) Sky Castle.
  7. I don't think you can underestimate the striking visual design either, those candy coloured Escher stairways and the creepy masks. Those look great in thumbnails and on the trailers.
  8. That's veering very close to the 'big companies don't make mistakes' fallacy, which gets proven wrong on an almost daily basis.
  9. You started the thread, you have to buy it and tell us what you think.
  10. Isn't Rllmuk a let's-all-leave-in-a-huff spin off from the old Edge forums?
  11. I'm always critical of small text, but I think the Fire Emblem Three Houses screenshot looks fine. It's not so much small text as a spindly font. I mean, this is a typical western game: Absolutely unreadable unless you're sat in front of a monitor on a desk, or have a 55" tv.
  12. I've been watching a lot of Korean stuff on Netflix and 'Goodness' comes up a lot in the subtitles. Maybe there's a particular saying that's common in Korean that just doesn't translate to anything else? Also, Korean tv seems very conservative in terms of language and sex, etc., so maybe there's a kind of upper ceiling to the level of sweariness in language that's part of their TV culture, but is much lower than the bar in the west, and translating something more gentle to a 'fuck' or 'shit' that we'd naturally expect wouldn't be faithful to the source? Also, I think the 'Old sir' stuff comes down to the fact that Korean language and society has a lot of ranking of people by age and seniority and that, and that is reflected in how you speak to them. Hard to convert that to English where we don't really do that kind of thing, without losing the meaning. We are still watching Korean people talking to other Korean people in Korean culture, so it would be wrong to wipe away all the age / rank / seniority stuff from the language, even if it's not how English speakers typically talk to each other.
  13. Currently playing Persona 5, and that has the greatest UI I've ever seen in the whole of video games. That's got to lift the Japanese average a fair bit? (Not watched the video yet, just wanted an excuse to rave about the Persona 5 UI.)
  14. Yeah, watched it all. Enjoyed it. The right number of episodes too (just 5, I think?). Didn't outstay its welcome, something interesting happened every episode.
  15. I find it a really odd take to suggest that entertainment media shouldn't tackle a massive, evil crime that affected hundreds or thousands of people, and was aided and covered up by some of the highest institutions in the country. I can hardly think of a better subject to for dramatists to address.
  16. Never seen this, so glad it's coming to Netflix as I'll give it a go. Not putting up with All4 nonsense.
  17. Yeah, I was reading a lot of comics around the time it was coming out, and I remember it being talked about admiringly in various fanzines and whatever we had back then instead of websites. I just never came across it for sale, or in anything I was regularly reading at the time. A single volume of it sounds perfect for me.
  18. Oh, good call. I missed this but might give it a go. I never read Luther Arkwright either. It always seemed to be unavailable back when I read about it a lot.
  19. Just did a quick search to see some of the pages. Looks amazing.
  20. I watched the Kenny Everett comedy horror film from the early eighties. Thought I'd never seen it before, but I did get some vague memories of seeing some scenes about half way through. It was really, really, really bad. I loved it.
  21. Actually, after saying Providence chapter 7 was the worst one, it does have a brilliant opening (the brick through the window, completely unexpected) and an amazing ending (I read it might be the most expensive comic panel ever created, haha).
  22. I think in that respect it's a bit of a comedy, how clueless and oblivious the main character is to the situations he finds himself in.
  23. I remain slightly bemused about the attraction of watching other people play a game that you could be playing yourself, but watching other people gambling? The future is a weird place.
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