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  1. I loved that. I thought the middle bits were a bit of a slog, but the start and end were good. There were also nice little touches throughout that I thought were quite unusual in a game, but without them and Max's self loathing quips, it'd basically be little more than a standard cover shooter. I wonder if they'll make an LA Noire sequel and combine the most successful elements of that and MP3 to create a more powerful film-noir setting. Even though Max's lines bordered on the comical, I find his voice-over more memorable than any of the LA Noire script.
  2. That was just an attempt at modern misdirection, though I agree it's not quite as good as the usual magic trick. It lacks elegance. The good bit was
  3. No one else in the lab was affected by it and they presumably worked 9-5 in the thing. The hypersensitivity was from acclimatising to darkness and silence, and then being dazzled by super bright light and a deafening alarm, before being plunged into darkness again. Same effect you get from having someone turn the light on to wake you up in the morning.
  4. I thought that was great, with only two complaints: 1. Henry was terrible. His voice did my head in. 2. But I liked the generally low-key horror angle and, y'know, despite what complaints I may have, it's still a fucking quality watch, and I think we'd be worse off without it.
  5. Sometimes these columnists forget the fact that in TV you have characterisation, and that gives license to portray a fictional individual in any way they see fit. Fiction also makes you look stupid when you use it to push your own agenda. At that point, you don't have to look hard to find something you can turn into a problem.
  6. I'm guessing he was trying to say there was all the NOTW phone hacking outrage, about privacy and all that, but then people don't mind if, er, Google (?) do it. Yeah, I don't really get it.
  7. Doesn't mean it can't fuck him off though.
  8. I'm so glad they came back for a second run of this. Even with the below-par second episode of the first series, it blows a lot of shit out of the water. That was a great episode I at first wasn't quite getting the flow of, but I came round pretty quickly. I think there was only one bit I didn't quite follow, considering most other things you can figure out from clues presented, however fleetingly, earlier on in the episode.
  9. I loved the bit where he was flicking through the last copy of NOTW and feeling really despondent about it, as if he'd only just got round to reading it for the first time. "It must've been like writing the eulogy at Fred West's funeral. I mean, what you gonna say? He was good with his hands, he was virile?" "If I hid a camera in a woman's bathroom, I'd expect to go to prison! .. erm.. I, er, luckily I hide them so well no one's gonna find em."
  10. Usually the fact that it's pop in the first place means it'll be aspirational to some people, if not everyone. Depends who it's aimed at. But I agree. If anything should send a message, any message, it's the song itself. Not the artist and their backstory and marketing.
  11. Aside from the fact that we probably only know of this song because of the marketing efforts of her rich dad, it's not really sincerity I have a complaint with, I just can't associate with it. Musically, Video Games is uninteresting and too repetitive - less is more, and motifs throughout the song are overused and even, with the bass drum, a bit misplaced (it really doesn't sound right towards the end). The PR bullshit is exactly that; bullshit. And it's all just generated a lot of hype for a song that really isn't that amazing. In fact it all seems to send out an awful message to the kids and teenagers who believe it: that you can't make a name for yourself in pop unless you do something to make yourself superficially more attractive. Surgery, not having a 'common' sounding name, etc. That's fucking dreadful.
  12. I found out pretty quickly when I tried equipping one, and couldn't, and again when I got another soul, but it didn't do anything. You have to press square, or whatever the equivalent of that is, on the one you want to unlock. They don't really sound like 'shouts' though, they sound like someone being punched really hard in the stomach. I had a weird encounter on the Winterhold college series of quests. I got to the end of the second dungeon, Fellglow Keep, and... It was weird. Bugs are inevitable in a game so large and free-form, so they don't bother me if they don't break the game, but they seem a bit more drastic than they were in Oblivion. I don't remember much in that other than freezes and the dodgy physics.
  13. The thing I liked about the 4th one in the OP was the arrangement. 'Custom' ends with the same letter that starts 'Media', and, as soon as you remove the colours - which is the only thing that differentiates the two words - you've got 'custommedia'. The line break on the 4th one mitigates that. The 4th original is a design of the times, very trendy, and I like that, but come the next trend you'll end up wanting to rethink it to keep up. A bit like Sky One rebranding its idents every 12 months (if they still do that). But I still think it's the best of the lot, and you've got a lot of flexibility with it, as Punchmans has said.
  14. Congrats on ignoring my point I guess?
  15. FuzzyDunlop

    Rinsed Out

    Coldplay's already been mentioned, but I'll also throw current Kasabian and Rihanna into the mix. Kasabian - their new stuff is fucking shite and the lyrics are painful to hear, but aside from this, the two most recent singles are played routinely on the radio on my commute to work. You can practically set your clock to it. Give me some old Kasabian, like off the first album, and I won't complain. But this? It got played out after the first listen. Rihanna - two albums in the best part of a year, and songs that actually aren't that bad. But I hear what must be her entire discography on repeat every day at work, as we have some shitty radio station running through the PA system. Something like Juice FM in Liverpool, but they're not the only ones. I know it's all on the radio so you have to expect this shit, but come on, cycling through a dozen tracks all by one artist, several times a day? The station must run off a copy of Now fucking 60-whatever-number-it's-on. Coldplay goes on the list because it's boring, and people think it's amazing they put what indie kids would call a 'hip hop beat' or whatever behind one of their tracks, to absolutely no positive effect whatsoever. Para-para-para fuck off.
  16. After 7 years of dealing directly with customers I can unequivocally say that the moment a customer loses their temper - and we're talking about temper and not becoming more persuasive or serious in what you intend to do if you're not dealt with properly - is the moment they start to lose their own negotiating position. This Dave guy doesn't get any rewards for keeping a level head or reacting appropriately in a difficult situation. To emphasise, how the hell is this: Better than:
  17. Maybe not here on the forum, but I'm sure I read about people hunting down his personal info, and I don't know if the guy's 'apology' with comments about his family's safety is genuine or not, but this all runs a massive risk of turning this guy into the real victim. And as I said elsewhere, this Christoforo guy was being unprofessional right off the bat, but the Dave fella didn't make any attempt to remain calm himself. Had he showed some restraint he would have come out of it a lot better than he did.
  18. And nothing breeds vindication like a fucking lynch mob. This guy probably thinks he was right to be a dick, because the mob has gone to the extreme.
  19. I agree in general with what Graham_S and Smitty are saying. Accountability is one thing, as is dealing with the consequences of your misjudged actions, but the response from vigilantes on the internet can sometimes seem disproportionate, and they have absolutely no accountability. So the guy was a prick and terrible at his job. Worst case scenario he loses that job. Doesn't have to go any further than that. Compare it to the internet reaction to, say, internet registrar GoDaddy supporting a hugely controversial anti-piracy bill in America, which promoted a very successful boycott (from large websites, too) and intense scrutiny over that company's response. No one was stalked or threatened. Maybe the civil approach and the vigilante one are just two sides of the same coin, but it's clear which side is the most admirable and constructive.
  20. I loved what I played when I first had it, and now it seems better than I remembered it to be. I'm a bit stuck on Explosives McGee now though. Unless I jump back to a save and lose about 3 hours of progress (that I'd rather not re-play), I'm respawning in the middle of an utter clusterfuck and can barely last 2 seconds. Of course it auto-saved at that point too. Not at the start of the battle, but right in the middle of it.
  21. I actually wish Jubal Early got a play in that. As far as philosophical villains go, I preferred him. Does that seem right to you?
  22. God forbid I don't blow the best part of a grand on a 50" beast just to play a single fucking game eh?
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