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  1. Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water

    Watch it, it's totally brilliant. I managed to go in completely blind. Hadn't seen so much as a single still. The only things I knew in advance were that it's by Guillermo del Toro and it's a love story. 9/10. Might stretch up to a 10 on repeat viewings.
  2. Really enjoying this. Jumped in at Desert Strike, have listened up to the present day and am currently downloading episode 1. Each episode is a pretty good length for one trip to/from work. I never actually had an Amiga of my own, but I had a few good friends with them, so I've spent a lot of time playing some of these games.
  3. Old CRT given to me, worth keeping?

    UK consoles don't necessarily put out S-Video. I know the PAL Wii doesn't, for instance. I think it's something to do with some of the pins being shared so you can't have them both enabled at once, or something. (edit: both S-Video and RGB, I meant.)
  4. Torment: Tides of Numenera

    As noted over in the GAME thread, Poundland has started selling games for up to £5. As with the DVDs, Blu-Rays and CDs that Poundland sell, it looks like the games will be a mixture of used stock from Music Magpie, and new old stock (warehouse remainders, surplus stock and so on). Anyway, I picked up Torment: Tides of Numenera yesterday on PS4 for £5. Still factory-sealed with the PS4 tear-strip in the cellophane. It was the "Physical bonus content" edition that includes a fold-out map and a soundtrack CD. I didn't see any other copies so I can't offer to pick one up for anyone else, sorry. Worth taking a look in your local branch if you've been on the fence about buying at a higher price.
  5. A movie watchers blog

    Better than King Arfur, worse than The Eagle, IMO. Alternatively, on the Neil Marshall-o-meter I'd say it's better than Doomsday but worse than The Descent and much worse than Dog Soldiers.
  6. Pixar's Coco

    Loved it, especially Dante the dog. I was a bit apprehensive when the trailers came out. I was a big fan of The Book of Life a few years ago, and this seemed to have a lot of similarities. I was worried it would just be a rip-off. Happy to say I was wrong. They do start from a similar premise (a little boy who dreams of becoming a musician against the wishes of his overbearing family, etc) but they're different enough to stand side by side. I love them both. One minor, odd thing: this is the first Pixar film I can think of that wasn't preceded by a short film. Happy to be corrected if there are others.
  7. Modern Retro Handheld Game Players

    That's adorbs and I sort of want one even though it looks hellish to actually play on.
  8. Your First Mario Experiences

    I still have the twin cart, but sold my Zapper on eBay after my last CRT went to a charity shop. I do still have my boxed NES but it was the later Super Mario Bros 3 bundle so it didn’t originally come with the Zapper. If it had, I’d have kept it all complete.
  9. Streaming N64 on Twitch?

    I didn't know the N64 could output component.
  10. Synths and Similar - an electronic music gear thread

    Belongs to Martin Gore from Depeche Mode. This video from 2015 has MG in what appears to be an earlier version of the Eurorack room. Some lovely, lovely sounds.
  11. The Rllmuk Metal Thread Part 2

    I've seen them a couple of times post-Jeff, and in both shows Gary Holt was by far the stand-out performer. I'd go so far as to say that he was the only one really enjoying himself. Araya, in particular, very much looked like he didn't want to be there. As an aside, one of those shows was with Dave Lombardo on drums and the other was with Paul Bostaph. Lombardo was so much better it's almost unbelievable.
  12. Controller/Pad for small children

    I assume your tongue is in your cheek, but it's nonetheless pointing out that a NES will probably still work after being yanked off the TV stand by tripping over the cable. Which you can't necessarily say for anything involving spinning discs. I have no kids but I have a 50kg dog who cares exactly not one jot for cables. He'll sometimes step over them if he can be bothered, but he's every bit as likely to walk straight through them and damn the consequences. He's also exactly the right height to sweep drinks off the coffee table with his tail, including one memorable occasion when he knocked an entire pint glass of Pepsi over our only DualShock 4. None of this is exactly helpful in answering the OP's question, of course.
  13. Your First Mario Experiences

    When I was in primary school, my best friend Ron lived over the road and had a NES. He had the dual cartridge with Super Mario Bros 1 and Duck Hunt. We spent many evenings and weekends playing Mario 1. I don't know the exact dates, but Wikipedia says that SMB1 came out in Europe in 1987, when I was five. Ron and I went to separate schools in 1992, when I was ten, and sort of lost touch. So all I really know is that my formative Mario years would have been between ages five and ten. Ron's family wasn't super-well-off and probably wouldn't have had a new machine at launch, so that probably narrows it down a bit further. Subsequently I got my own NES with packed-in Super Mario Bros 3. SMB3 came out in 1991, when I was nine, but I believe the SNES was already out by the time I got my own NES, which would put it some time in 1994. I've owned all the main-series games since then (with the exception of Odyssey because I haven't got a Switch) and I still think the NES version of SMB3 is the pinnacle of the series.

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