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    Great lines in videogaming.

    Ghandi in one of the Civilisation games?
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    Great lines in videogaming.

    For evocative gaming quotes, I've never played the System Shock games but that famous SHODAN quote is essentially a perfect summary of all cyberpunk human-vs-AI stories: "Look at you, hacker. A pathetic creature of meat and bone. Panting and sweating as you run through my corridors. How can you challenge a perfect immortal machine?" Speaking of malevolent AIs: "The Enrichment Center regrets to inform you that this next test is impossible. Make no attempt to solve it. [...] Fantastic. You remained resolute and resourceful in an atmosphere of extreme pessimism." "Did you know you can donate one or all of your vital organs to the Aperture Science Self-Esteem Fund for Girls? It's true!" "Rise and shine, Mr. Freeman. Rise and shine. Not that I wish to imply you have been sleeping on the job. No one is more deserving of a rest. And all the effort in the world would have gone to waste until... well, let's just say your hour has come again. The right man in the wrong place can make all the difference in the world. So, wake up, Mr. Freeman. Wake up and smell the ashes." "I hear it's amazing when the famous purple stuffed worm in flap-jaw space with the tuning fork does a raw blink on Hara-kiri Rock. I need scissors! 61!" Fighting games have had lots of memorable announcer phrases and win quotes: "Go home and be a family man!" "You must defeat Sheng Long to stand a chance!" "The battle for survival begins... engage!" [MvsC2] "Welcome back to the stage of history!" "Maxi was seriously wounded! But the soul still burns..." "Rare footage of Daigo actually angry..." And of course...
  3. Who cared about Casper the Friendly Ghost in 1995, Alvin and the Chipmunks in 2007, the Smurfs in 2011? Those are the kind of films this should be compared to. The only difference is that as the people greenlighting the films have aged, the sort of characters they recognise (and are banking on kids' parents recognising too) have shifted from cartoons to games.
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    Great lines in videogaming.

    "Do you know of a place where sailors hang out?"
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    Telltale Games closing

    I bumped a thread about digital availability to post this, but it's relevant here too. Changes are currently happening to the availability of Telltale Games' titles: https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2019-05-23-all-remaining-telltale-games-will-be-gone-from-gog-next-week Tales From the Borderlands got removed from Steam recently, and Good Old Games announced that all of them will be removed from sale on 27 May: That Eurogamer article has been updated with a statement from 2K Games, saying that they're aiming to get Tales From the Borderlands restored to Steam.
  6. Changes are currently happening to the availability of Telltale Games' titles: https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2019-05-23-all-remaining-telltale-games-will-be-gone-from-gog-next-week Tales From the Borderlands got removed from Steam recently, and Good Old Games announced that all of them will be removed from sale on 27 May: That Eurogamer article has been updated with a statement from 2K Games, saying that they're aiming to get Tales From the Borderlands restored to Steam.
  7. I'm not so sure about that. The Game of Thrones showrunners are mentioned in the BuzzFeed article, but not explicitly linked to this KOTOR screenplay: Apparently Marvel Studios has long had a bank of first draft screenplays for lots of different characters, which the directors they hire can use as a starting point (e.g. Nicole Perlman's GOTG script was written a few years before James Gunn was hired). Maybe this news about a KOTOR screenplay being written is Lucasfilm doing the same thing: commissioning a screenplay to have it available in the future, even if it's not what the GOT people are going to be working on?
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    Virtua Racing - Switch. It's really, really good!

    DF Retro's comparison of all the game's versions is worth watching:
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    Black Mirror

    I didn't write "Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror" because that would be Laurence Fishburne. http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/channel-4-to-hold-black-mirror-up-to-society-with-new-comedy-drama
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    FREE SOLO - out 11th December

    I have no head for heights in real life - I get dizzy just looking up at skyscrapers, cathedrals and cliffs! - but I watched the Channel 4 broadcast last night, and apart from a few moments (e.g. the Boulder Problem bit where he could either jump or karate kick) I was surprised I didn't find it as tense as I thought I would. An excellently made film recording an incredible feat by an interesting person - but the tension didn't get to me. It's strange what we find nerve-wracking to watch and what we don't. Sometimes a story (either true or fictional) can make me feel nervous even when I know the outcome was safe, because I can't help but imagine the potential disastrous outcomes. In this case, somehow I wasn't thinking about that. The techniques and physical feats of rock-climbing - even with ropes - are so alien to me, and he seemed so calm and in control throughout, that I just found it fascinating to watch the techniques he used. Like watching someone solve a continuous series of problems, which I knew he solved safely in the end. IIRC I felt similar watching Man on Wire, another documentary about an unbelievable feat in a high place. I also found myself wondering how they got many of the camera shots - considering there was so much talk of keeping drones and cameramen out of his line of sight, I'm sure he must have been aware of their presence for much of the climb. But then he got to the flat summit, and that was when my stomach dropped and I was thinking: arrgh, get away from the edge! Maybe because that was when it stopped being a feat that is just so incomprehensible that my brain didn't even try to imagine myself in his position, and became something (standing on a cliff edge) that I've experienced and found terrifying. For example, take the clip below, where tourists - not experienced climbers - are running around the top of a windy cliff (the one from the end of Mission: Impossible Fallout). I find it stomach-churning! I think it's because I could imagine going there myself, alongside people messing about play-pushing each other, and with the wind affecting stability. If I went there, I would not be walking; I'd be lying flat on my front and crawling away from the edge!
  11. BuzzFeed sound fairly confident that a Knights of the Old Republic movie is being written: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/kateaurthur/new-star-wars-movie-knights-of-the-old-republic
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    Funny Things In Games

    MGS2's Casting Theatre mode let you do that too. Making the generic hostage models play roles in action sequences and so on. Can't find any good quality videos of that right now, so have an amusing QTE failure instead:
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    The Watchtower - A thread for all comics

    Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is ending. https://aux.avclub.com/the-squirrel-girl-team-says-goodbye-on-its-own-terms-in-1834952104 He also confirms what we all already suspected about Avengers Endgame:
  14. I'd have thought they'd take any opportunity they can to delay it, in order to get out of the way of the unstoppable box office behemoth that is The New Mutants.
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    Aladdin - Live Action

    Review embargo's ended, and the comments I've read so far mostly say that this is OK, and not as bad as it seemed. High praise! It sounds like unlike the Beauty and the Beast remake, the things added that extend the running time over the original are some of the most successful bits. E.g. Bob Chipman's comment: "the stretch of this that's mostly a 4-person fantasy romcom that's original to the remake is the best part of it by far - like a different good movie stuck in the middle of a so-so movie." Naomi Scott's Jasmine has been getting praise in the reviews I've read: https://birthmoviesdeath.com/2019/05/22/aladdin-review-big-genie-energy
  16. This has a title and some casting news now! It's going to be called Tenet. No, not "Tenant". https://variety.com/2019/film/news/christopher-nolan-tenet-aaron-taylor-johnson-kenneth-branagh-1203223474/ Also Ludwig Göransson is doing the score - not Zimmer this time!
  17. Related to this: the idea that people would ever voluntarily buy a desktop PC without any sort of optical drive still seems amazing to me. Personally, I'm still not ready to make the jump any time soon: even though it's probably been the best part of a decade since I bought a PC game on disc, I still get enough use out of CDs and DVDs that I can't imagine switching to an external drive, let alone cutting myself off from discs entirely.
  18. That Capcom would release a Marvel Versus game that contains no Doctor Doom or X-Men characters, but does feature Gamora, Hawkeye, Nova and Rocket Raccoon. I'd then be told about the reasons for this: the MCU, Disney's purchase of Marvel, Disney and Fox's disagreements on X-Men/FF character use, and Disney's purchase of Fox. All of which would seem more unbelievable than most of the things posted in this thread!
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    John Wick 3: Parabellum - May 2019

    There's a video of Halle Berry training on that range too: YouTube action movie guy Rossatron, who has done good videos on the John Wick films before, has posted his video on Chapter 3:
  20. Oh yeah and speaking of PC FPSs: in 2007, when The Orange Box was released, Valve's episodic approach to the HL2 games seemed to be working brilliantly (with Lost Coast, Episode 1, and Episode 2 all in quick succession), and seemed a sure-fire moneymaker. So imagine what my reaction would have been if you'd told me that the momentum would just abruptly stop there, and Episode 3 would NEVER be released (face it, beli3vers ).
  21. Back in the early-2000s, it seemed like there was a rapid string of PC FPSs that set new benchmarks for high-end graphics, and were the butt of jokes about how high their system requirements were, every one of which prompted a wave of "well, looks like I'll need a new graphics card" comments: Operation Flashpoint, Doom 3, Far Cry 1, HL2 (though that scaled down to weaker PCs pretty well, except for the stuttering audio), FEAR. But then Crysis came out, and that trend seemed to stop. There have been loads of games which have progressed graphics benchmarks since then, but I don't think anything has ever surpassed Crysis as the ubiquitous go-to reference for a game with demanding hardware requirements. So if you'd gone back to 2007 and told me that in 12 years there still wouldn't be a modern replacement for the phrase "but can it run Crysis?", that would have seemed unbelievable.
  22. Hal Fife Skating/dance game in which you control Bryan Cranston's Malcolm in the Middle character as he rollerblades around Scotland. But instead of the sort of tricks you might find in THPS or Jet Set Radio, the player must execute dance moves in time with the music. HAL Fife Rhythm-action game in which the player must use a special woodwind controller to play a variety of popular songs, including "Daisy Bell", "Also sprach Zarathustra" and "The Blue Danube".
  23. Hang on, I've just remembered The Rocketeer was 1991! That was good live-action '90s competition!
  24. It's definitely the best one of the '90s. Not that there was a huge amount of competition that decade: Blade, The Mask, Men in Black, Tank Girl...

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