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  1. Marlowe

    Shmups

    I made it to Stage 2 with all 3 lives preserved, and then proceeded to lose them all without even getting to the boss. Still progress at least. I haven't played Blue Wish, or any PC stuff in fact. Looks good though. I'm focusing on old consoles (PS1 and PS2 to start) playing through a CRT set up, which perhaps limits me as far as more forgiving options go!
  2. Marlowe

    The Jazz Thread

    I had a proper sit down no distractions listen to In A Silent Way the other day for the first time in years. This isn't going to be news to anyone but it's such a masterpiece, and to this day it still sounds like quite nothing else to me - "fusion" really doesn't do justice to what's going on. There's so many musicians and layers and yet it's so elegant and cohesive - those warm woozy organ droning bass notes in the title track and the tinkling electric piano and guitar flourishes and all the space that's there, and then Davis coming in with crystal beauty on the trumpet. Music doesn't get any
  3. You're dead right about Talkie Walkie. My absolute favourite is Run: That bit when the synth pads rise up gives me shivers.
  4. I admit it does have a kooky charm to it, and for sure it's better than The Outsiders (and pretty much everything else on Around the Sun).
  5. Radio Song This is the cringey song on Out of Time, not Shiny Happy People which is a solid gold track that I won't hear a bad word spoken about! Most of the rap/rock mash ups of this era have aged terribly and this is no exception. As a rant about radio it also has nothing on Panic. What's especially egregious about this one is that it's the first track on the record, which has put me off listening to it so many times. Doesn't help that my second least favourite, Low, is only the third track as well. Bizarrely it isn't even a case of the band running out of good tracks
  6. Marlowe

    Shmups

    I'm struggling to get past the first stage boss of Raiden Project on PS1 - I've had 5 or 6 attempts. I'm a shmup novice, but I did play a bit of Cave stuff on MAME a few years ago and could get as far as Stage 4 on DonPachi on a single credit, so I'd like to think I'm not entirely useless. Aside from being rusty, I think what's throwing me with this is that I'm playing with an arcade stick for the first time, which feels great but does seem to have a learning curve when it comes to judging those small movements. The hitbox also seems bigger on this compared to DonPachi, which may b
  7. Shearer and Jenas were pretty shit on MOTD2. Lots of "we support the right to protest but not like this". Bringing up net spend, as if transfer spend is all that fans should demand of their clubs. Jenas was clueless and said as a non Man United supporter he couldn't offer an opinion on the Glazers - how hard is it to do some research? Thankfully they had Andy Mitten on to explain it.
  8. Cavani. He's better off the ball, both in pressing from the front and creating space for our other attackers with his movement.
  9. Home games against Roma. We need to keep Cavani. He's so so good.
  10. Still fancy us to win this game. Cavani not helping there though, 99/100 he gets that first touch right and scores.
  11. Nah, he's rightly expecting Shaw to have stepped up to play him offside.
  12. How are we losing this?
  13. Now? Ever? Across specific eras?
  14. Sun & Moon are £12.99 in Argos at the moment. I picked up Sun on Saturday and I'm having a blast so far. It's my first one since Gold & Silver, so most of the mon and many of the types and mechanics are new to me. I like what they've done to update the formula while keeping the core game intact, and the visuals, presentation and music are utterly charming. My only complaint so far is that it's all a bit too easy, at least compared to how I remembered the older games being! I don't know if my choice of starter affected that - I went for the little Owl guy. On the plus side t
  15. I'd be amazed if he starts against Roma, but I do think VDB has shown enough in recent cameos to get a couple of league starts in what's left of the season.
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