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Marlowe

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  1. Marlowe

    snooker

    What's wrong with him? He's one of those instantly familiar and reassuring voices for me that evokes so many fond memories watching this game.
  2. Marlowe

    snooker

    Game on. This tournament keeps delivering. I'm warming to Judd with the character he's showing here. If he starts the next session strongly it's all to play for.
  3. I'd be more surprised @Loik V credern if you did like a new album by a big 90s/00s band. I can't remember the last thing you posted positively about in this folder! You're way off about Arcade Fire. Funeral is formidable and has an emotional power few albums can match, but Neon Bible and The Suburbs are both excellent albums in their own right as well which evolve the AF sound in interesting ways and are very distinctive thematically. So many highlights: Keep the Car Running, Intervention, Windowsill, Antichrist Television Blues, Modern Man, City With No Children, Wasted Hours, We Used To Wait, Sprawl II. I haven't enjoyed their records since then, but 3 classic albums in a row is a feat that few bands emulate.
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    The Man Utd Thread

    How's that any different to the Elanga penalty shout which VAR didn't feel the need to refer to the ref on? Shoulder to shoulder all day.
  5. I had COVID last week so spent most of Easter weekend in bed playing this on the OLED. Have cleared it 3 times now. First time a 100% Normal run, then cleared Hard mode, then cleared Normal again in 3:30. Just leaves an under 4 hour Hard run to do but I think I'll leave that one for another day! It's definitely more in the Fusion than Super mould in its linearity, so I can see why it has disappointed people looking for more of the latter kind of experience. I love both types of Metroid though so can take it on its merits. As an action game it's sublime. The controls, mechanics, enemies and bosses are a huge step up from anything else in the 2D series. I hated EMMIs to begin with! They demand a certain mastery of the moveset and an awareness of all of the basic level design concepts. Makes it trial and error to begin with but enjoyable once you've mastered the game.
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    The Man Utd Thread

    Shades of that Berbatov assist to Ronaldo all those years ago.
  7. People who don't like MK64 are weird. I can only assume it's some combination of playing the slower PAL version, using battered controllers with loose sticks (or not even original controllers), dodgy emulation, or playing on something that wasn't a CRT (and so most likely getting horrific input lag). 150cc GP on NTSC MK64 on a CRT with a decent controller is god tier stuff.
  8. One of the best things about this is there's two completely different ways to race. The more traditional form of racing where you maximise your straight line speed and have to steer gently to avoid your craft drifting - Twin Norita being a good craft for this. Then the other kind where you pick a craft with low grip but high boost (e.g. Blood Falcon) and set the acceleration-top speed gauge to the far left. Your straight line speed is then very slow but you pick up huge speeds by drifting. I didn't even realise the latter was a thing back in the day until I tried beating all the staff ghosts and noticed that some of them were using this drift technique.
  9. Fantastic film. Surprised and disappointed to hear this fared badly at the box office, but then even this very forum has only mustered 1 page of reaction. I feel like in an earlier era this would have been a sure hit.
  10. That makes it more than the licence fee, which goes to show how ridiculously good value for money the licence fee is. I'll resubscribe for Better Call Saul but will probably end up cancelling again after that.
  11. I like that, production is spot on, real nice groove. Like the organ at the end too.
  12. Marlowe

    The Man Utd Thread

    So much disrespect for Atletico going into this game, yet we're talking about the Spanish champions. Their league form may have dropped off this year but it's largely the same squad, it's the same manager, and they're a team that typically rise to the occasion, especially at home. 1-1 is a good result.
  13. In the first ep I found Theroux's insistence on trying to get the far right guys to accept the 'white nationalist' label very odd. He acknowledges at the end that it's just semantics and it's not the label that matters, but that's after spending a whole episode trying to get some gotcha moment out of it. To me the guys involved were all either a bit thick, cynically motivated by the money they were making pandering to this crowd, or a combination of the two. I'd have liked to see Louis press at how much the money is motivating them and pushing them to even more extreme positions for the attention it generates.
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    The Man Utd Thread

    Ronaldo just doesn't offer enough in this team when he's not scoring. He rarely holds the ball up under any kind of pressure.
  15. This is far from vintage but it's not bad, mostly on account of John's playing. It's a shame Flea threw a tantrum about John having too much control on By the Way. That mellow tone, lush layered guitar and synths, and vocal harmonies of songs like Dosed, I Could Die for You, Tear etc. was the direction I'd have liked them to continue in.
  16. I've enjoyed the events themselves but as with the summer games, the BBC's coverage is rubbish again. It's not just because they are limited in what they can show live, it's the incessant focus on the personal stories of the British athletes and endless inane chatter in the CGI studio. Even the highlights package spends ages covering this stuff. Just show us the action!
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    The Man Utd Thread

    At least it's been an enjoyable game. xG is going to be like 5-0.5.
  18. The worst feeling is when you're on a great run and Dr fucking Doak isn't in the right spot.
  19. I picked one of these up this week. Impressions so far is that this is the best piece of hardware Nintendo has ever put out. I've always loved Nintendo's handhelds and played my Switch 80% of the time like that, but that LCD screen really wasn't cutting it after I got an OLED TV last year. With the screen on this now, handheld is back to being the best way to play it. Sat in bed at night playing this with the lights off and headphones is dangerously absorbing when you've got an early start the next morning. It's up there for me with the jump from the original GBA to the GBA SP. Sure that was more dramatic finally having a lit screen (even if it was only frontlit), but it lost points for having a less comfortable form factor, whereas this is better or the same than the original model in every regard.
  20. Thanks for this. I've not bought a game at launch in years but Nintendo published Switch games are rarely this cheap even ages after launch so I've taken the plunge.
  21. Does anyone know if you get platinum points from purchasing things on the Nintendo UK store? And if so, how many relative to the value of your purchases? The site seems to imply that you do but isn't clear about it.
  22. They really messed this up. A lot of people have mentioned the physics, but the camera stands out to me - it was perfect on the GameCube but here it always seems to be moving off centre and when you're moving forward quickly it's too low to be able to see what's ahead of you. The sensitivity is off as well - it was pretty easy to bring yourself to a stop on the Cube but here it's nigh on impossible. The presentation is garish. Why in the intro to a stage do we need its boring name, "SMB Challenge Mode Stage 2 EX" etc. plastered over the screen in an ugly yellow font masking the view of the stage itself? People have mentioned Target, but Bowling is an absolute disaster. It has the feel of a cheap mobile game. I'll stick to the original.
  23. Mate of mine who's a Leicester fan loathes Forest above every other team. He grew up as a Leicester fan in Nottingham though which may have something to do with it!
  24. This is mental. How did you play any game that required the Z button? Stretch a finger across round the back? You took the most ergonomic, comfortable and precise way of playing 3D games in that era and made it torturous.
  25. Inspired by this issue I dug out my Micro Machines 1&2 GBC cart and at the first time of trying somehow managed to beat MM1's Challenge Mode! As a kid I don't remember ever making it past the second beach track. Don't think I'm going to top that as 90 minutes of gaming this year.
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