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  1. and I am saying that is wrong and shows that the industry is still in its infancy. Any discussion on any game will show you the wide variety of opinions and reviewing competency is just terrible. Music and films may appear more subjective but they aren't. Big review outlets often give tentpole films good reviews regardless (with outliers) then places like here will say no the film is shit or good or whatever. The crucial difference is that any decent film discussion would rarely say "Oh well this review outlet gave it 9 so it must be good" or "They only gave xxx film 8/10 then that reviewer has been paid off" etc. Games discussion is often the place where the subject turns toxic and peopel start flinging around the idea that reviews are "wrong" and reviews should be more "objective". It shows the immaturity of the media and the consumers of it.
  2. I disagree, a game is at least as subjective as a film or music. Film and music also have technical aspects where things might be less subjective (although that is a big subject). Quality of acting/editing composition/visual fx/sound fx/camera work - all are technical and can all be less subjective (again another BIG subject) The part where you say decide if it is your sort of thing is exactly what the subjective part is and so a 9 or 10 out of 10 game isn't "great" unless you enjoy it. I didn't enjoy Uncharted - to me it is not a great game it is a dull wannabe movie that barely held my interest. Yeah the shooting works the graphics are pretty its all very pleasant but I hate the way it plays. That is not a popular opinion but it is a subjective opinion that I hold. Similarly I do not like Titanic and it is not great. It has great fx and is well made and has some competent actors but it bores me to tears. Both are technically sound but that doesn't make them great it makes them competent. Reviewng that level of competency is dull and uninteresting. If I reviewed either of those two they would not get an 8, 9 or 10 and nor should they. Games need to get away from their infancy where if a game "works" then it should get 7 out of 10 or whatever. The technical competency is the least interesting part it is how it grabs you and makes you play. Many games work despite their technical incompetency.
  3. I have rarely used reviews as a buyers guide for anything since I was a kid and read zZap64 , I now use preview materials and other media to inform my choice. Or more likely I just play stuff I have always liked as I am old and dont like change However I do read reviews of books, film, motorbikes, videogames because I enjoy reading the reviews and information. It is entertainment for me and also an information datapoint. The score (if there is one) is irrelevant to me , again since the days of zzap, and it never fails to amuse me when scroes get everyone so het up. I'd be more annoyed if the review was factually inaccurate int he actual text - like the infamous HeadHunter review. EDIT - this place is also a good resource for info on all the media I pick up (games, film,tv,music etc) and yes there are opinions that I disagree with but doesn't mean the info supplied isn't useful.
  4. Unless there is evidence to the contrary this seems to be an individual case and not indication of an endemic problem with a company as it is with Activision/Blizzard (sex creeps) , Ubisoft (sex creeps), Riot Games (see link), Naughty Dog/CD Project Red/ROckstar (pressurised crunch environment) etc etc maybe we need a thread for Sex creep companies and one for crunch arsehole companies and one for laying off people when you are making profits and one for individual scumbags and one for tropes and one for microtransaction and one for... ... Hang on a minute, the games industry is just awful in almost every conceivable way. I am off to play Gridrunner on my Vic-20 as this is just all too sad.
  5. We are on as far as I know. If it just you and Nathan wind missing then we will go ahead as planned
  6. Calling it part 8 of a 9 part thing is quite a lofty description. Lucas had already pissed all over it with the prequels and fortunately someone paid billions to take his crayons away. There was no great 7 film thing at all when TLJ was made. At that point there were 3 great films 3 dreck filled tedious films in Star Wars cosplay and an “almost” remake of the first.
  7. The Force Awakens was a great member-berries film for the 40/50somethings like me. I loved it even though it has chock full of plot holes. It wasn't as good as Star Wars or Empire Strikes back but probably ona par with Return of the Jedi (which I was never as keen on). It was like watching an original trilogy tribute act, nothing new but hits the same story beats and feelings. The Last Jedi fells like 2 movies fighting in the same script. It is both another dose of member-berries but also an interesting attempt to get Star Wars to do something slightly different and progress on from the Skywalkers. It had many horrible parts like the Casino and the slow chase but it had brilliance like the absolutely fantastically shot scenes on Crait with the salt crust being replaced by vivid red as the action unfolded. The conversion of Luke from a lost soul at the beginning to THAT confrontation with Kylo Ren was great. I have no issue with Luke at all in this film it felt like something that coul dhave happened and it is way more interesting that Luke being back and being kick ass*. I have felt tingles watching Star Wars on very few occasions, the Death star run, the Vader fight in Empire as well as the one in Jedi and that confrontation with Ren.... And yes I know some felt cheated because it wasn't real but the point was it was real. The Rise of the Skywalker was utter bollocks and failed in almost everything it tried to do. It was a horrible mess. It had one or two decent scenes where it was trying to do member-berries but oh my word it was just the most awful mess of a film. * I quite like the Mandalorian but I can't summon much enthusiasm for the last episode surprise appearance as a result.
  8. Only I know the truth which is a fair bit more boring but at least not a pun.
  9. More seriously for @Doctor Sharkand @Nathan Wind here is a very rough set of notes Battle with Sahuagin patrol you came across. Both were tough and joined by two sharks that carried a nasty bite - Samson and Caliban take the brunt of the damage but prevail. Archibald uses his octopus to explore the 2nd level a bit and finds a banqueting hall and a lobster hiding in a storeroom who seems to be able to communicate telepathically. The lobster passes on the layout of the base and numbers as best it can and asks for its freedom in exchange. The Party leave the base and head back to the ship with the help of the Locathah. They take their Sahuagin prisoner with them. Back on the ship ----------------- Samson, Sardan, Barley resting Archibald, Glen, Caliban and Walks stay up Day 27 Shift changes til all rested. The lobster is freed by Samson and Sardan Day 28 You interrogated the Sahuagin and Glen tried to persuade the prisoner that he(Glen) is in contact with Slarkrethel AND that the Kraken (his god) is controlled by another creature and forcing it to bend to its will. The Sahuagin seems unsure but says he will tell Baron Kepmak if they let him go. Glen says he wishes to accompany him back to the base to explain himself. The sahuagin indicates that he needs a show of trust - He asks you to take him to Saltmarsh to see the council and have them willingly let him go back to pass on this news to show good faith and belief in this tale of gods being controlled. The party agrees to this and head back to Saltmarsh. Greeted by Merril Proudfoot who quickly calls for two guards to accompany them to the jail to discuss this with Eliander. Also indicated ballista cannot be fitted to the small keelboat as it won't handle the weight under firing conditions. The party notice a Gallows and are told that Spear'd is to be hung in the morning. They go to Eliander and tell him that Glen is in contact with kraken , the kraken is controlled by the illithid and we can parlay with the Sahuagin and avoid war. He seems sceptical (very much so regarding Glen and indicates they shouldn't tell the council about his contact with the Kraken) and will think it over in the evening as he pores over the base plans supplied by the party. Spear'd is discussed. He confessed and tried to implicate Anders Solomon and Skerrin. There is no evidence and so sentence will be carried out tomorrow morning at 10am. Eliander cannot think of a way to commute the sentence or delay to investigate any collusion - he would need to persuade two other council members to vote for delay. ANd so the party wandered off into the early evening with much to think about
  10. he does ... and you don't know what it is! (actual truth he does have a name )
  11. you never know it could be WoTC fucking with you I love the little off the wall touches in campaigns (and those that I add). Some are linked and interlinked etc with actual purpose and relevance to the overarching plot - others are just delightfully little red (lobster) herrings.
  12. Every single word of that was wrong. I sometimes wonder if you can ever "top" your previous troll posts and reach a new nadir and then you post another steaming shit pile. I say troll posts because it is either that or you are pig ignorant of pretty much anything. Add in some tired Sub-John Cleese "oh you couldn't make X,Y, or X these days because of political correctness" and you are the perfect fucking cliche of anti-woke bollocks. Jesus.
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