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  1. Hmm... I guess that's true overall, but I was quite surprised about how many references there were to the previous series in the first part of the first episode. Most of the characters you meet Sam and Max know already and start their conversations with references to what happened in previous games. I would have thought it'd be quite off-putting for newcomers, although I suppose it'd be just as odd for people who played the previous games if they acted like they'd never happened. Once the game gets going, though, that's put to one side and it's a stand-alone story. Episode 2 has very few callbacks.
  2. I've played it and thoroughly enjoyed it. (But as a disclaimer: I've pretty much enjoyed everything I've played by Telltale to some degree) There's a nice jumping around in time thing going on, which they always seem to do well and makes the game feel quite open. And I quite liked intentionally trying to get cursed / get other characters cursed as a puzzle mechanic. And train levels in games are always great. If I've understood correctly, the demo of The Penal Zone is the first few minutes from the real game - in the spaceship with a brain telling you how to use Max's powers? Even as a fan of the series, I thought that bit was pretty poor. It was bewildering and patronising at the same time - You've no idea what's going on with the characters, you're being introduced the loads of new controls (some of which aren't even used again in that episode), and you're not encouraged to think for yourself at all. So if you liked that then I'd say definitely get the full thing because it's much better. As a side note, I can't decide whether having trophies in this is good or bad. It definitely gives the game some replay value (there's a few I missed that I want to go back for), but some of them ended up influencing the way I played the game the first time (e.g. complete the sections in chronological order), so I was always thinking about that rather than just sitting back and enjoying the game.
  3. The final episode is so close to being 108 minutes long. Perhaps they can add a few more scenes for the DVD.
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    SBK X

    Am I the only one who opened this thread expecting to read about a Snowboard Kids sequel?
  5. Not that it's going to make much difference that far down the list, but Offspring - Smash is in there twice: 169 - Offspring - Smash (16) (2) 356 - The Offspring - Smash (4) (1)
  6. You can also skip the fight entirely - I just walked off after the asthma attack, because I didn't care what happened to the woman, and it didn't stop me. However, I was trying to kill the policeman during the asthma attack by intentionally not getting the inhaler out of his pocket and it didn't seem possible for him to die there (maybe that's realistic - I don't know anything about asthma).
  7. I really struggled getting to 20. I didn't get into music until I went to uni in 99, so most of the albums in my list are either from that year or albums by bands I liked later that I went back to check the back catalogue of. I also discovered that I have a shocking number of best ofs for big name bands of the 90s, rather than the actual albums (Nirvana, Blur, Pulp, Ash, Green Day, Manics, Smashing Pumpkins...), and I don't really think I can put albums on my list that I haven't listened to half the tracks of.
  8. 01 - Radiohead - The Bends 02 - Weezer - Pinkerton 03 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication 04 - Offspring - Americana 05 - Manic Street Preachers - The Holy Bible 06 - The Get Up Kids - Something to Write Home About 07 - Mansun - Six 08 - Radiohead - OK Computer 09 - Weezer - Weezer 10 - Garbage - Garbage 11 - The Vandals - Hitler Bad, Vandals Good 12 - Offspring - Smash 13 - Jimmy Eat World - Clarity 14 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik 15 - Rage Against the Machine – Rage Against The Machine 16 - Cave In - Until Your Heart Stops 17 - Fugazi - Repeater 18 - Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral 19 - The Wannadies - Bagsy Me 20 - The Verve - Urban Hymns
  9. Brand New - Deja Entendu is there twice: 65 - Brand New - Deja Entendu (37) (2) 199 - Brand New - Deju Entendu (18) (1) Should be in the top 40 when added together (just).
  10. http://www.banquetrecords.com/alkalinetrio This makes no sense at all. Alkaline Trio are playing a small club in Kingston (admittedly a short acoustic set) and you can get a ticket and a copy of their new album for £10? I was going to buy the album anyway, and I probably would have bought it from Banquet Records too... Well, hope they turn up.
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    Brand New

    I missed off Degausser and Archers, but 16 out of 18 aint bad Welcome To Bangkok Sink Degausser You Won't Know Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don't Sic Transit Gloria... Glory Fades The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows Limousine Vices Gasoline Sowing Season You Stole The Archers Bows Have Broken Jesus Jude Law And A Semester Abroad Seventy Times 7 At The Bottom Play Crack The Sky
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    Brand New

    After being disappointed the last two times I saw them (admittedly festival appearances), I was prepared for the worst, but they were really good. They acknowledged they had albums before Devil and God, for a start The new stuff sounded great - I wouldn't have minded hearing a few more songs off that album, but then they'd have to have dropped some other stuff I guess. From memory, the set list was something like: Welcome To Bangkok You Won't Know Sink Okay I Belive You Sic Transit Gloria Quiet Things Limousine (acoustic until the very end) Vices Gasoline Jude Law Seventy Times 7 Jesus Christ You Stole At the Bottom Sowing Season Play Crack the Sky I might have missed something and the order might be a bit wrong too, though.
  13. Sorry to be self-indulgent, but I felt I couldn't just post a list in the other thread without saying something about the albums I picked. 1. Brand New - Deja Entendu Absolutely no question this had to be number one on my list. Even five years ago I was thinking it was going to be my favourite album of the decade, and nothing has come close for me. I still listen to it all the time. There are no other mentions on Brand New in my top 20, though. Daisy came close, but I think in general I stayed away from albums from 2009 because they were too new to make a judgement on. Also, once I'd put one album by a band in, it turned me off putting another by the same band in. 2. Porcupine Tree - In Absentia 3. Cave In - Jupiter These two were very close. Both are fantastic. I wouldn't say I'm a massive fan of prog rock, but when it goes right it clearly hits the spot for me. 4. Dashboard Confessional - Dusk and Summer I'm slightly ashamed to put this so high, but it's an album I always go back to when I want something uplifting and summery. It's got cheap tricks, but it works. I'm really getting in to their new one, Alter The Ending, at the moment - it's basically Dusk and Summer 2. 5. Ash - Free All Angels This album is a stone cold classic - pretty much every song could be a single (and nearly all of them were) and I don't know anyone who doesn't like it. And yet, it always gets overlooked - it didn't make many top 10's I read in 2001 and it's not making many albums of the decade lists either. Shame. 6. Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American Great album that brings back lots of memories for me. 7. Desaparecidos - Read Music, Speak Spanish I love Bright Eyes, but this side project it the best thing Conor Oberst has done in my opinion. I generally prefer rockier stuff, so that probably has something to do with why I think that. It's also a tighter album than anything by Bright Eyes, and the lyrics really seem to hit home for me as well, for some reason. 8. Coheed and Cambria - Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV Vol. 1 9. Thrice - The Artist in the Ambulance 10. Say Anything - Is a Real Boy... All great albums that plenty has been said about already. 11. Jimmy Eat World - Futures I was debating for ages whether I should put Bleed American or Futures in my list, until I decided that the fact I was worrying about this meant they both had to go it. Futures might have placed even higher, but I baulked at putting two Jimmy Eat World albums in my top 10. There are so many bands I like more than Jimmy Eat World, that it seems unfair giving them two slots, but when they put a good album together they really make every track count. 12. Taking Back Sunday - Louder Now Ok, all credibility out the window, but I can't deny how much I've listened to and enjoyed this album over the past decade, even if I'm slightly ashamed of it. 13. Weezer - The Green Album I think this album got a lot of bad press for not being Pinkerton 2. Taken on its own merits, it's a genius album of catchy, summery pop songs. 14. The Electric Soft Parade - Holes in the Wall I surprised myself by including this. To be honest, as much as I loved it at the time, I haven't played it in ages. And yet, the tunes still get stuck in my head nearly a decade on - Silent to the Dark in particular: "When I needed someone to talk to/You were the only one around/Small cost, it pays to be alone'. I really should listen to it again. 15. Billy Talent - Billy Talent II Difficult to choose my favourite Billy Talent album. This could be swapped for either of the other two on another day. 16. Alkaline Trio - Crimson I liked their earlier stuff as well, but Crimson really did it for me. It's big and energetic and fun (while, of course, still being dark and whiney) 17. Jetplane Landing - Backlash Cop Talking of fun... this album is funky and addictive. It's not what I'd usually listen to, and probably would make people who know about this sort of thing look condescendingly down at me, but I love it. 18. Senses Fail - Still Searching I liked their first album, but it really caught me off-guard how much I got into this one. Heavy, but sing-along. 19. Dredg - Catch Without Arms Just a whole album of great tunes. 20. Everclear - Songs From an American Movie Vol. 2 When I first listened to this I didn't like it at all. It's definitely over-produced and very American. A few years later my brother convinced me to give it a second chance and I'm glad he did. Strangely, the super-slick production is one of the things I like about it now. Honourable Mentions: Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Joanna Newsom - Ys, Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning and At the Drive In - Relationship of Command - These were all potentials for the bottom end of my list, but since they'd already appeared in quite a few other people's lists I thought I'd give some other bands a 'chance' Elbow - Asleep at the Back, Manic Street Preachers - Send Away the Tigers and Muse - Black Holes and Revelations were all very close. Hundred Reasons are a surprise omission for me, given that I've been a big fan of the band over the years and bought everything by them. However, I couldn't honestly say that any of their albums have really captured their live sound or been stunningly memorable. Similarly, as much as I love it, I couldn't honestly put Rival Schools - United by Fate on my list knowing there's a good few tracks I skip over when listening to it.
  14. 01 - Brand New - Deja Entendu 02 - Porcupine Tree - In Absentia 03 - Cave In - Jupiter 04 - Dashboard Confessional - Dusk and Summer 05 - Ash - Free All Angels 06 - Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American 07 - Desaparecidos - Read Music, Speak Spanish 08 - Coheed and Cambria - Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV Vol. 1 09 - Thrice - The Artist in the Ambulance 10 - Say Anything - Is a Real Boy... 11 - Jimmy Eat World - Futures 12 - Taking Back Sunday - Louder Now 13 - Weezer - The Green Album 14 - The Electric Soft Parade - Holes in the Wall 15 - Billy Talent - Billy Talent II 16 - Alkaline Trio - Crimson 17 - Jetplane Landing - Backlash Cop 18 - Senses Fail - Still Searching 19 - Dredg - Catch Without Arms 20 - Everclear - Songs From an American Movie Vol. 2
  15. I thought my list was going to be a disaster, given the number of games I've got lying around barely played, but actually I've completed more than I thought. Full Games: Uncharted 2 (twice) Brutal Legend Valkyria Chronicles Professor Layton 2 Little Big Planet Prince of Persia Call of Duty: WAW Downloadable: Plants vs Zombies Braid Flower Episodes: Strong Bad episode 5 Monkey Island episode 1 (but I haven't even started the other 4 ) Blue Toad episodes 1+2 (well, it wasn't hard) Can't really complete but played loads of and got 100% trophies: Worms Noby Noby Boy
  16. Blue Toad: I got the first two episodes, and I quite enjoyed playing through them. It's a decent rip-off of Professor Layton, nicely presented and reasonably amusing. However, there's no way I'm getting any more episodes at the same price. Each episode has just 12 puzzles, which are exactly the same each time so there's no replay value. I did play through the episodes again to try to get some value out of them (and -cough- trophies), but it was a chore with 90% of the play time being unskipable cutscenes. I'd say £2/£2.50 an episode would be reasonable for the amount of content. The first episode's puzzles were stupidly easy, as well. Unfortunately, I don't think it's possible to skip an episode, otherwise I'd say start with the second.
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    Say Anything

    I keep meaning to post in this thread. I love Say Anything - they're such a good band and they really deserve more recognition. They've yet to release an album that isn't brilliant and they've got so many great songs. I think that's undervaluing the band. The lyrics are fantastic and a major part of why I listen to them, but their tunes have quite a lot of depth behind their dumb, catchy exterior. Lots of time changes and little bits added in all over the place - there's rarely straight repetition even with the chorus parts. I think that's the reason that I keep listening to the albums and the tunes keep getting stuck in my head. If it was just the funny lyrics I was into, I think I'd get bored of them once the joke wore off. Anyway, the new album: I don't think it's quite as good as their last two. It's a little by-the-numbers. That said, there's not a bad song on there - Hate Everyone and Do Better are my favourites at the moment, but there's other strong contenders. Have you heard the Two Tongues album from earlier in the year, Crusey? It's a collaboration between Say Anything and Saves the Day and for my money is a better album than 'Say Anything' (but, to be fair, probably not the other Say Anything stuff)
  18. 01 - Brand New - Daisy 02 - Two Tongues - Two Tongues 03 - Billy Talent - Billy Talent III 04 - Say Anything - Say Anything 05 - Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band - Outer South 06 - Fake Problems - It's Great to Be Alive 07 - Frank Turner - Poetry of the Deed 08 - Dashboard Confessional - Alter the Ending 09 - Porcupine Tree - The Incident 10 - Manic Street Preachers - Journal for Plague Lovers
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    Play Counts

    Yeah. I don't often listen to music on iTunes, but apparently when I do, I listen to Brand New. Brand New - The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows (12) Brand New - Fork and Knife (10) Brand New - Sowing Season (Yeah) (9) Brand New - Millstone (9) Brand New - Sic Transit Gloria ... Glory Fades (8) Brand New - I Will Play My Game Beneath the Spin Light (8) Brand New - Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don't (8) Say Anything - Baby Girl, I'm A Blur (8) Brand New - Vices (7) Brand New - At The Bottom (7) Brand New - The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot (7) Brand New - Jesus Christ (7) Brand New - Degausser (7) (it's not even like that's just playing one album lots of times - that's tracks off three different albums and a non-album single)
  20. I think record series gets you all the programmes in BBC4's 'Electric Revolution Season'. At least, that's what my V+ box said.
  21. The Incident is a 55 min piece of music, but it's split up into 14 tracks on the CD, each of which is named. One is called The Incident. There are then 4 other tracks on a second CD. I've haven't listened to the second CD yet, but I really enjoyed The (55min) Incident. It's definitely more immediate than FOABP, and I like the way some parts come back later on, although really there are some places where they could have easily called it a different song.
  22. Deja Entendu is probably their best album, and has their biggest singles on it. But for some reason they're completely adverse to playing anything off it or their first album live.
  23. Two Tongues - Two Tongues By far my most listened-to album this year, this is a collaboration between Say Anything and Saves the Day. Anything from Max Bemis (the new Rivers Cuomo) is going to be catchy and have great lyrics, and this album doesn't suffer from the sometimes rambling nature of Say Anything records - there's not one track I'd skip on it. Highlights: Tremors, Wowee Zowee Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band - Outer South There's a lot of filler on here, but it's still probably my second most-played album this year, and Nikorette is my single of the year so far by a long way. Highlights: Nikorette, Slowly (Oh So Slowly) Nikorette name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src=" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object>"> name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src=" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object>" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"> Fake Problems - It's Great to Be Alive Countryfied-punk music, but a lot better than it ought to be. Really up-beat and melodic, but also quite inventive - skipping between musical styles on each track. But be warned: I've played this album to friends and got a 'what the fuck are you listening to' response Highlights: The Dream Team, Diamond Rings Honourable mentions: Billy Talent III - I've only had this a week so it's too early to make a call on it. It's very solid, and some the tracks are really growing on me after a few listens. Manic Street Preachers - Journal for Plague Lovers - Better than I was hoping, and I had fairly high expectations, but it could do with some singles on it, really.
  24. Really? I thought it was a bit filler with all those flashbacks.
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