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schmojo

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  1. What's Bonelab all about then? It looks like it's got QWOP physics in some clips, and that doesn't sound fun. Got the new Walkabout 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea course. It is reliably very good.
  2. Looking at the untoasted bread on the left, they're a part of the baking process.
  3. I love the idea that incels could train an agent to be empathetic, compassionate and irresistibly charming.
  4. You're right about it being a very singular work. So hard to appraise, but entirely captivating. At first I was a little put off because I couldn't tell if the show was mocking neurodivergence, if Fielder himself was, or was just playing someone who was. So many blurred lines. I'm also in the camp of everyone being actors. It feels weird for him to put his entire approach in front of people, but not have them apply it to the show they're watching. Like people assuming Derren Brown doesn't just pay people to do things, or take advantage of the benefits of TV chicanery and theatre compliance.
  5. There are over (IIRC) 15 million Quest 2 headsets sold, which ain't far behind the PS5. Most of us are starving for quality games, so you've got to imagine even solid B and C tier games have a massive audience. Although if I was running a studio that had a modest VR hit, I'd probably be spending too long swimming in my tank of money to make anything new. Looking at you, Fireproof Studios.
  6. Three deaths and a raft of sexual assaults, before descending into Lord of the Flies where the festival runners holes themselves up in an erstwhile office-fort? Depriving people of access to water in a heated tarmac hell before jacking the prices up to $12 a bottle? Nah, this isn't 'just a badly run event'. Not even close. And the talking heads weren't 'annoying', they were at time callous and delusional. This was worse than Fyre.
  7. Time skips are weird when some actors are changed but others aren't when their characters are essentially peers. I still like the show, but it feels like it's racing so fast. Doesn't feel like a build to a long story - is this planned to be a one and done?
  8. Clocked Moss Book 2 at the weekend. It's more of the same, but incrementally better thanks to new weapons with puzzle-centric abilities. It's also, as far as I'm aware, the best one of these on the Quest 2. The puzzles are thoughtful and, whilst I'm sure not up to Astro Bot standards, very satisfying. Some will take a fair bit of figuring out. Much like the first game, it suffers a little from letting things 'breathe'. Which is to say padding sections out and taking too long to get back into the action. The weapon selection mechanic is also clunky, but I suspect that's intentional. Recommended. It's genuinely good, but I feel like we should be seeing more of these by now.
  9. Speak No Evil I really need to stop getting on the new horror hype trains because they so rarely pay off. It had some very effective imagery, but I feel like the overall sentiment was more irritating than insightful. 2.5/5
  10. Speak No Evil I really need to stop getting on the new horror hype trains because they so rarely pay off. It had some very effective imagery, but I feel like the overall sentiment was more irritating than insightful. I'm trying to work out if the writer is 2.5/5 I just read about the originally intended ending
  11. It's not subconscious as far as I can tell. Murphy, like many LGBTQ figures in Hollywood, primarily wants to tell stories that concern LGBTQ experiences. He absolutely dabbles in the melodrama of general celebrity glamour too, but seems firmly rooted in stories that resonate with him. Additionally, he keeps a healthy ensemble of LGBTQ actors in work too. He definitely seems to be a powerful force for representation, the macabre and gaudiness. But he also seems to think that Evan Peters is the world's most complete actor. For better or worse. This show's ok so far — it's more in line with his less high camp work.
  12. Is it VR compatible? And, if not, why would they miss such a perfect opportunity?
  13. Delargey's got it nailed there. 'Triggering' used in that context has been entirely weaponised by a specific subculture of dickheads, with Ben Shapiro as their global poster boy. It was a word that vulnerable people used to describe their experiences, and was maliciously and intentionally misused to deny and mock those experiences. Back on topic, I'd be pretty surprised if we didn't see a Shapiro-inspired character in this very series. They'd make for a good antagonist. Although I suppose the misogynistic lawyer has some of his traits.
  14. "Triggering" . Alright Ben Shapiro. Marvel's output is dense with lore, consequences and significant arcs. People who want those things are enormously well catered for. This is just... very intentionally not doing that well-worn stuff.
  15. I also wish they would change everything about the show that makes it different from the swathe of other Marvel shows.
  16. The Innocent This one's yet another of the forty thousand Harlan Coben whodunnit adaptations on Netflix, but it's given a little extra interest by being a spanish production. As you'd expect from him, the story is about two layers too convoluted, there are plot holes and wildly illogical behaviours, and it's ultimately a big Scooby Doo story. That said, the acting is half-decent, the setting interesting, and I quite like these nonsense jaunts. It's more shiny than it is quality, and the circuitousness doesn't feel particularly clever, but I watched it all in a week. Which must say something. 3/5
  17. This feels like it has exceptional drinking game potential.
  18. Copied from the thread: Nope I loved Get Out as a complete film, and thought Us had some exceptional set pieces but didn't stick the landing. Which is ok, horror films rarely do, and I don't judge them harshly for that. Nope left me cold though. It felt flat, the stakes felt low and I didn't care what happened to anyone. The performances were great, but they were hanging off something too empty and flimsy for me to attach to them. The goodwill Jordan Peele has (rightfully) earned seems to have people tying themselves in knots discovering subtext in this. But the connections are all so wafer thin that it's just not on the screen in any meaningful way. Natty background easter eggs do not a story make. I think it's perfectly fine to see Peele as a human who is capable of middling output as well as excellent output. Anyone who watched his sketch show can attest to that. I'll be watching Get Out and Us again, but cannot imagine what would bring me back to this. 2/5
  19. I loved Get Out as a complete film, and thought Us had some exceptional set pieces but didn't stick the landing. Which is ok, horror films rarely do, and I don't judge them harshly for that. Nope left me cold though. It felt flat, the stakes felt low and I didn't care what happened to anyone. The performances were great, but they were hanging off something too empty and flimsy for me to attach to them. I appreciate his commentary about our prurient nature, but largely keeping the creature transformation off-screen felt like a missed opportunity rather than a clever observation. The goodwill Jordan Peele has (rightfully) earned seems to have people tying themselves in knots discovering subtext in this. But the connections are all so wafer thin that it's just not on the screen in any meaningful way. Natty background easter eggs do not a story make. I think it's perfectly fine to see Peele as a human who is capable of middling output as well as excellent output. Anyone who watched his sketch show can attest to that. I'll be watching Get Out and Us again, but cannot imagine what would bring me back to this. 2.5/5
  20. Finally played some Red Matter 2, and it's the best looking native game, for sure. Helps to build a fantastic atmosphere. I was a little gutted when I found out it didn't have teleporting, as that's always my preferred motion style. Locomotion usually makes me woozy after a while. That said, I've survived it for about two hours in this, which is testament to the game's quality. That said, I think they probably mitigate any nausea with a powerfully slow movement style. Again, great for atmosphere, but can be frustrating at times. I've just found and am interested to see where it goes from here. Not sure how much more of it there'll be. Like the first, it's the transparencies and reflective surfaces that put it above most of the competition, but the story and gameplay are no slouches either.
  21. It's Marmite. There is no in between.
  22. How you not gonna include Anyway, I really enjoyed the finish. It's very difficult to satisfy fans when they're losing something that they love, but this was simultaneously neat and tidy enough to be satisfying, and world-building enough to let people daydream. Great work.
  23. Astro Bot please. That is all.
  24. That's not bad. Although the cursor, and lack of gun sight kills it for me a bit. Fingers crossed for a self-contained Q2 emu solution soon.
  25. I feel like I saw some kind of commentary when it was first announced pointing us to the end of August for a release.
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