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Matt G

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  1. Start and select buttons to the left and right of the touchscreen in that more zoomed in shot? I assume if it's a dev pad it wouldn't need to have labelling and correct shapes.
  2. Matt G

    Vanquish

    What's the jump at the end of that gif - just a backwards dodge? I don't remember ever doing it but it looks totally badass there.
  3. Another one I haven't seen mentioned is people renting games through LoveFilm, Blockbusters (pfffffft) etc. At least one person I know uses this over buying new games, especially if they could be of dubious quality and I'd been considering starting it myself. Microsoft could easily start their own 'rental' service though.
  4. Two potentially unpopular sources here but I still feel like Penny Arcade gets things right occasionally: I also thought the Kotaku review was interesting, suggesting you play co-op not single player. Sadly, I doubt I'd ever get to play it co-op, the same was true of Resi 5: http://kotaku.com/59...e-kotaku-review
  5. I think it's a mixture of probably not knowing much detail about that period in history on a personal level, combined with how recent the American revolution is in relative terms. To think that history wouldn't record him does seem a bit ridiculous, other than because he was a Native American so of course he'd get left out. At the same time I feel like us in the UK are at a disadvantage because we probably don't know that much about the American Revolution, I have no idea what the significance of the battle of Lexington was for example but to someone well versed in it, it might be more exciting. All of the games have been filled with historical events but it's never really stopped them telling whatever story they felt like before now, this just felt so pedestrian plodding through every major point in that time period while Connor's personal story was left by the wayside.
  6. Just finished this tonight, I finished Connor's part of the story the night before, which only highlighted how brief the modern day ending is and the length of the God damn credits. I really did hate it by the end and just wanted it to be over but for a lot of it there was some weird compulsion (I wouldn't quite call it enjoyment) that pulled me back in and made me look forward to the next time I'd play it. Like K, I was addicted to the Homestead missions for a time, I think it was the fact that they offered the most basic glimpses of humanity and character in comparison to 'every person from history is an arsehole'. It felt pretty sad when I'd completed them all and there was absolutely no reward for it, save for theoretically being able to craft some more items. I think I could have enjoyed the crafting if the menu system wasn't the worst designed piece of shit UI I've ever seen in my life. Did anyone ever manage to make a Naval Convoy? As for the Naval missions, I pretty much missed all of them until right at the end of the game. I played the ones you had to but then didn't realise that you were building up a bunch you could select from the Homestead docks, only coming back to them before the final Naval story mission as I didn't want to go in cold. They were leagues ahead of everything else but commanding the ship didn't really click with me and most missions seemed to end up with me and another ship endlessly circling each other, trying to get in a barrage of cannonfire when I wasn't ducking incoming shots. I'm pretty sure this will be the last of these games I will play now, it's left that bad a taste in my mouth. Christ, I think I'd even look back on the first game favourably by comparison. Only if I hear word of the next one being as monumental a turnaround as from 1 to 2 would I consider it.
  7. It has been done before actually but I can't see that anyone else has really run with it yet: http://www.gamesradar.com/what-video-game-box-art-would-look-if-it-hadnt-changed-30-years/
  8. To be honest I'm a bit confused by it myself but they seem to be fairly easy to set up and allow other people to submit things so it doesn't have to be one person re-posting them all. I only set one up to write a comment on Alex W's but then realised that they don't really do comments. Oh.
  9. A tumblr would be a good home for them.
  10. I don't know that I am specifically trying to write reviews I suppose, my blog is just generally to get my thoughts down on paper and out of my head. I do generally enjoy the process of writing and editing but I guess sometimes I struggle to finish things off into a piece that I think someone would want to read as a whole, whether it's supposed to be a review or otherwise.
  11. That's something I've read about and do attempt but I still need a lot of practice at. Probably a combination of still being in that mindset of 'every word I write is precious' and having had this hanging around for ages so I just wanted to be done with it. I think I edit things best if I sleep on it once I've finished the basics and try to look at it later as if I was reading it for the first time. Cheers for the feedback though, I probably wouldn't have looked at it that way otherwise.
  12. Just posted this on my blog and promised myself I'd put something up here for criticism next time I got around to finishing it.
  13. Matt G

    Who has a Blog?

    I think that's probably a good point, I got started on mine just writing down what I would otherwise ramble on about to my wife, who most of the time wasn't that interested. But she recognised that there were probably people out there who would appreciate what I was going on about and I think I'm definitely better at writing things down than speaking about them anyway. One thing I'd be interested to know is whether anyone's ever considered putting ads on their site, especially if they're just writing now and then as a hobby. Obviously B**** E****** was always going on about the importance of them and the revenue they brought in but I guess that was his whole source of income til K***** came along... I half feel like adding them just for fun to see if they would actually bring in any money at all but at the same time I feel like I'd be tarnishing the feel of the blog, when I don't actually need the money. Blogger being part of Google makes it really easy to add them and I've been keeping an eye on their more targeted ad system, where you can match the product advertising to what you're talking about but then after the whole Wainwright/Florence debacle I wouldn't want people to think I was just a shill for whatever game I might recommend.
  14. Matt G

    Who has a Blog?

    Ahem, well on a serious note I have one too, link in my sig. Only started it this year so I'm roughly in the same position as you, generally trying to find ways of getting more eyes on things without being obnoxious and just pimping it at every available opportunity.
  15. Could be that you're in the group that will get the most enjoyment out of that actually. I've seen people who know nothing of the games claim it's a complete mess that will cause a brain aneurysm and fans disappointed that not all of the characters are that well realised, with the stories being a bit crammed together. Hopefully I can get around to seeing it, where did you catch it?
  16. What's the deal with all these interviews he seems to manage to get? Is he making them up or just getting lucky by pestering people on twitter/ambushing them at Eurogamer's Expo? Reading some of his questions the subjects must be wondering what's going on (though I suppose you get used to bad interviews), I particularly like this one with Chet Faliszek where he just starts asking basic questions about Valve: http://prankster101....ve-corporation/
  17. Yeah, read that too, it really is quite disappointing. I mean we were pretty much all saying beforehand that it needed to be something other than the traditional xenomorph, that it was so overused that it wasn't scary anymore but Spaights ideas sounded like they could have made it interesting. It also feels like it would make more sense for David to be a clear antagonist rather than this mischievous trickster. Thinking that he's so much better than humans but on waking up the Engineer still getting torn apart, showing how deluded he was and that he's not anywhere near their level. And that's even considering he was already the best character in the film.
  18. That MovieBob thing acts like the idea of it actually criticising the men who want to watch it is his new conclusion, when Snyder was saying the same thing about it from day one. It just didn't do enough to support this viewpoint and by still including exactly what these stereotypical men want to see, it doesn't really help anyone aside from his own bank balance. Would his ideal outcome to have been for everyone to recognise what he was saying beforehand and therefore not actually go and see the damn thing? I could only read it as him trying to come up with some bullshit justification of it. As most people have said, it just generally doesn't work very well as a film, no matter what his 'noble' intentions may or may not have been.
  19. Also posted in the Pics of your Dinner thread, our second go at the Hairy Bikers leek based lasagne. We cooked the leeks a big longer this time so they didn't add such a strong flavour to the whole thing. They're still a completely different texture to pasta and a little bit difficult to cut through but it doesn't seem to matter in the end. It still feels and tastes like lasagne, so I think I could easily eat this version instead of pasta forever. We also didn't follow their recipe directly so no exact measuring of cheese or the cornflour and milk based white sauce, basically the same way we'd normally make lasagne just without pasta.
  20. Our second go at the Hairy Bikers leek based lasagne.
  21. How anyone could read what I wrote and think I was in support of GOW fiction I don't know.
  22. I don't think I read that one but I recognise the style of the cover, think I read a couple of those in my youth... Having only played the first Gears of War I was browsing Gearspedia the other day to get a rough idea of what happened in the rest of the series. In amongst information on the Locust I found the following nugget: "The only known method of Locust reproduction is the mating of a Berserker and a Drone by tying the female down and raping her to prevent the blind beast from killing her mate." I was like 'Ooookay' until I realised this apparently comes from one of the books not any of the games.
  23. Good write up The best take on both of these characters was probably in Batman: the Animated Series (unless anyone wants to suggest some specific comic stories). Freeze in particular was re-invented as a tragic anti-hero, originally being a fairly gimmicky villain in the comics. It always seemed strange that Batman & Robin tried to cram these two representations together, with Arnie simultaneously pining for his wife and spouting cheesy ice based puns.
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