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  1. 20 minutes ago, Jamie John said:

    (In fact, I've read some arguments which suggest that trying to make East Asian games less 'anime' is tantamount to a Western 'whitewashing' of East Asian cultural artefacts, which seems pretty weak to me; it's not whitewashing to suggest that portrayals of women and children should be less sexualised.)


    To me, that sounds suspiciously like that thing the online alt-right sometimes does, where they disguise their aims by using the language of progressive social justice.


    In this case, let's imagine two online posts from people who want to see more male gazey fanservice from Japanese games. The first one has a Pepe avatar and says: "Based Japanese developers, not giving in to the woke western Tumblr SJW cucks" - their culture war aims are obvious! Whereas the second one says: "Forcing Japanese developers to adopt our cultural standards is just another form of western colonial imperialism" - that makes it a bit less immediately obvious whether they're arguing in good faith.

  2. 4 hours ago, SeanR said:

    Framed #321
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    what was everyone’s first guess?


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    Batman vs Superman, which of course has a will smith link in I am Legend…





    First guess was The Matrix Reloaded, because that shot of a Chicago-ish city looked a bit like one we see when Neo is flying towards the Freeway chase. I didn't really think it was that (no green tint; no distortion from the warping effect!) but I thought it'd do for a first guess.


    Second guess was TRON Legacy, because I think the first bit of that film involved a character on a motorbike looking up at a skyscraper at night. And USR on the building made me think of TRON's Users, rather than US Robotics!


  3. 35 minutes ago, Loik V credern said:

    Just seen Graeme Norgate tweeted this last month, encouraging obsessive ocd sensitive Goldeneye fans to go through every single track to pointlessly determine which of the two composers you prefer. Otherwise why tweet it,


    To make sure there's an accurate music credits list readily available online, so that people know who did what music without them having to do the sort of detective work that fans devoted to Sonic 3's soundtrack?


    4 hours ago, Ste Pickford said:

    Team subtitles-all-the-time here too.

    Another nail in the coffin on the cinema, as I can stick subtitles on at home and actually follow all the dialogue, but when I go to the cinema there are no subtitles so I often miss things that people are staying.  Again, no particular hearing problems, just a reflection of the modern techniques of sound recording / mixing, and the fashion for mumbly acting.


    1 minute ago, Loik V credern said:

    Same feelings about the cinema. I watched The Revenant on the big screen for the immersion but then watching clips back of Tom Hardy scenes I realised I didn't pick up anything he said. Like, anything. Now I'm reluctant really to see anything dialogue heavy at the cinema, like Once Upon A Time In Hollywood I skipped for that reason.


    I almost always have subtitles on at home - but when I'm at the cinema, I never seem to miss having them.


    You'd think it would be the opposite, that I'd be more worried about missing dialogue in a film I've paid specially to go out and see, than in one I'm watching at home and can rewind whenever I want!


    When I saw Interstellar at the cinema - the film that (after Bane in TDKR) was the one everyone really started to complain about Chris Nolan's audio mixing - I don't remember having any issues hearing the dialogue at all. But then when it came to Tenet, I watched it at home, ages after I'd seen lots of online arguments between people complaining "the dialogue's inaudible!" and another group replying "you don't have to hear every word, just let it flow over you and catch the gist of it." I initially intended to try and watch it on headphones, without captions, but I lasted only a few minutes before I gave in and had to turn them on.

  5. 20 hours ago, DennyDifferent said:

    Has anyone got any recommendations for Game Pass games with quick achievements that I can use to farm the daily achievement quest? So far I've been going through Donut County, with it leaving Game Pass soon.


    Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2. You can get about 10 achievements for doing actions that you're taught during the course of the first couple of levels (plus an achievement for completing the first level).


    I know the NG series has got a reputation for being hard games, but Sigma 2 on Acolyte difficulty is really straightforward (I certainly found it easier than the original Xbox 360 version of NG2).


    Rationing out those early tutorial achievements to just one a day might be the hardest part!

  6. 44 minutes ago, Broker said:

    With a series that popular there will assumedly be no shortage of people who can do a really good impression. 


    There's a story that during the Simpsons cast's 1998 salary negotiations, someone at Fox claimed that they'd be able to find replacement voice actors on any college campus in America.


    But the question is whether someone who can do a perfect imitation of existing lines can also act out new ones...


    People who can do passable R&M voices must be almost as ubiquitous as people who thought they could do Homer in the '90s. For example, here's a very good Morty at 4:13:




    Although if you ask me, they should pick the guy at 6:40. :eyebrows:

  7. 2 hours ago, Loik V credern said:

    Might as well say The Fabelmans has been adapted from Spielberg's life.


    If Spielberg wrote a movie about his own life, it'd be classed as an original screenplay.


    If Spielberg wrote an autobiography about his own life, and then he adapted that into a screenplay which he then made into a movie, it'd be classed as an adapted screenplay.


    I'm not sure what the rules say what would happen if someone wrote an unauthorized biography of Spielberg's life, and then, separately, Spielberg wrote an autobiographical screenplay and made a film from it, which happened to use the same title as the unauthorised book. You might then get into a weird situation where the book's author pursues a lawsuit to try and get screenplay credit, and Spielberg defends himself by saying he took it all from his own memories, and then the book's author says: "Ah, but why did you use my title?"


    They've gotta have consistent laws to decide what to do in situations like that! Even if it can lead to oddities when someone is adapting their own work. For example, if Tarantino had published his novel version of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood before making the movie, the movie would count as an adapted screenplay. :wacko:

  8. On 29/10/2022 at 22:52, Nick R said:

    They've been pairing the TV broadcasts of new Harley Quinn episodes with Rick & Morty, which is currently on its mid-season break, so presumably when that's over Channel 4 will resume both at the same time.


    As it turned out, they didn't do this. They put the remainder of season 3 on All4, but IIRC they restricted its E4 TV broadcasts to some stupid o'clock time. :hmm:



    Anyway that's not the reason I'm bumping the thread! This is:




  9. 1 hour ago, Loik V credern said:

    Is Glass Onion up for adapted screenplay because it re uses a character, is that how it works?


    40 minutes ago, pledge said:

    Are all sequels automatically adapted screenplays? Looking at glass onion and top gun maverick


    Yes, I don't think there's any situation where a sequel's screenplay could be classed as Original rather than Adapted. Even if it shared no specific characters, just a setting, with its predecessor.


    The Wikipedia article for the award lists what all nominees were based on:



  10. 19 hours ago, Strafe said:

    I only got the Terf war gag just now.


    19 hours ago, Rex Grossman said:

    That gag is better than the game will ever be. Or most games will ever be.


    Rowling used the same pun when she linked to the blog post she wrote when she first went into detail about her transphobic views:





    I thought I remembered that the blog post itself was also originally titled/URL'd "TERF Wars", before it was quickly renamed to the less snappy "JK Rowling writes about her reasons for speaking out on sex and gender issues".


    However I can't confirm that; as far as I can tell, Archive.org has only preserved pages with the latter URL and title. And following the link in JKR's above tweet, it now takes you to her site's "Answers to Questions" page, rather than to the essay. :unsure:

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