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  1. Recently completed video games

    Credits get so long that you usually have a way of fast-forwarding through them, right? Smash Bros Ultimate has a shooter minigame with bonuses to keep you busy and even then you can skip the whole thing.
  2. Endorsements from Thumbs Readers

    It's frustrating that having a certificate of any kind is necessary, but that's the world we live in. It's GOOD advice to keep reminding especially younger people that having a degree opens doors, even if you might not know which ones. Over the years I've changed course a couple of times, and though I don't need my master's degree at all, I'm still glad I got it. It's a convenient way to signal to any bureaucratic entity that yes, I've got the chops to do whatever.
  3. Modest Tech: The NX Generation (Nintendo Switch)

    For some reason I have been overcome by the desire to play Metroid Prime. I read something from a while back (a few months) about the MP Trilogy being already converted to HD and waiting in the wings for Nintendo to release it. The postponing of Metroid Prime 4 may have pushed this back, since they're aiming to drum up excitement for the new release. But I'd really like to have it now, now that I've got this craving for some first person Samus adventures. Of course, I could boot up the original for the Gamecube, but I've since uncoupled and stored the Wii I used for playing old Cube games. And I want it in HD, damn it! I know I'm unreasonable, but if they have it lying around... just release it. The worst that can happen is that new people play these games and already get excited for 4, and Nintendo will make some money. Surely that's not a bad thing.
  4. I wonder if Civ is ever going to figure out how to change that eternal grind of the latter half of any game. This always kills me: the opening stages of Civ is GREAT (the rush of colonization), then there's a period of consolidation of power, and then just hours of pursuing your strategy until you finally win. At least the climate change mechanics (not to mention rock bands!) sound like they give you some interesting things to do in that part of the game.
  5. Plug your shit

    How Much For Prime Minister? So, some of you will know I've written a trilogy of Dutch YA-novels and some other stories, but since they're not English, it has been impossible for most to read them. NO MORE! Or at least, I finally have an English language story out. It's published by Lebowski, a renowned literary publisher in the Netherlands, in their 'grounded sf' magazine 2.3.74 and you can read it here for free: It's a neat little cyberpunk story about a black market identity trader who falls into the hands of a most dangerous client.
  6. That was my guess as well, and I get the feeling that's the red herring they were going for, to make viewers feel smart and then out-smart them by presenting the more standard reveal. Kind of a double bluff. Still worked in my opinion, and kept me guessing. I expect more slow burn unfolding of the situation between the kelpians and ba'ul.
  7. I avoided this topic for a few weeks because I had to catch up. So here's my review on the latest two eps: they were both good! Tilly's big space adventure in the spore world was pretty good and Section 31 seems like goofy fun. It's place where Georgiou seems to fit rather well, though for better or worse she has become a little comic book through it. The Saru episode, fresh off Saru's refound sense of non-fear, was straight up golden age science fiction and I loved it. I kept guessing (wrongly) what the Ba'ul would be and it got pretty crazy, in a good way. All in all, Discovery Season 2 is looking pretty positive so far!
  8. Pokemon Sword & Pokemon Shield

    Let's see if a permament connection to Bulbapedia is necessary to understand anything other than the basic mechanics
  9. Pokemon Sword & Pokemon Shield

    Looking forward to it, probably beginning of December or at the earliest, start of November. The starter Pokémon all look fine, with only the grass monkey being a little weird (but still funny). I hope that in terms of gameplay, of which little is announced as of yet, it'll be a little more daring than the traditional linear story forcing you down winding paths. Something slightly more open world would be appreciated. Of course, the real treat [for me] would've been a radical shift like the one Breath of the Wild took, but maybe that's too much to ask. And it may alienate hardcore fans who mainly want the same game again and again. But we'll see! There's plenty room left to surprise us!
  10. Episode 326: State of the RTS

    Well, surely the primary thing you do in this type of game is the Management of Lords, and can there be any more worthy a task than that?
  11. Modest Tech: The NX Generation (Nintendo Switch)

    Anyone try the new Yoshi Yarn Thing demo? I sure did, and it was fun! I know I shouldn't sound so surprised. I got the game demoed to me last year at a Nintendo event, but seeing it in action and playing it are quite different. There's an ineffable quality of fun to it, even in the first level. It's not at all challenging, but it has the same attraction factor as Captain Toad Treasure Tracker, where you're having a good time just solving the relatively easy riddles and puzzles. I might be picking this up, though probably not right away at full price. Though this could sway depending on the reviews. Also, POKÉMON DIRECT TODAY, with most likely the gen 8 reveal. Let's see if it'll be a 'same old thing on the Let's Go Pikach/Eevee technical backbone' or something more ambitious this time around.
  12. Lego Movies

    Visited The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part: Part Deux twice now, like I'm on some kind of goddamn Two-Face scheme. It's fun! I'd say it's just about as accomplished and fun as the first movie, which is quite an achievement. You'd expect the freshness to have worn off, and though it has, here and there, it becomes obvious they can still get tons of mileage from both the world and the (still hilarious) notion of animated Lego minifigs. It's playful and cute and has another 'real world connection'. This time around it's less surprising, but I found myself humming and bopping along and being generally impressed and mightily entertained. I hear it's not doing so well in theatres, maybe due to the shine being off Lego films after Batman and Ninjago releasing in the meantime, the latter only a year ago. Shame, because this is a fun movie. Easily more entertaining than the average mawkish kids' 3D movie with facially over-gesticulating characters (I'm looking at you, Wonderpark trailer).
  13. Ah, it was indeed ep4 then. Luckily we have a more useful way of knowing where we are: counting backwards and forwards from the 'Klingon crap'.
  14. S2 Episode 3 of Disco was yet another good'un! The plot was basically straight out of TOS/TNG (apart from a few obligatory scenes devoted to the overarching story), there was drama and resolution and it pulled at the heartstrings. (The previous episode was, by the by, a giant Klingon-infused angsty mess. This show wildly veers from one to the other right now.)
  15. Netflix Originals

    Ouch, yes. I thought s3 was already reaching, and what I've seen through the slits of my snake-like eyes when my partner was watching, I actively thought was unfunny. The show's world is too absurd to ever really buy into (30 Rock always upheld some semblance of 'this could actually go on behind the studio doors', whereas in Kimmy I never believe these people could exist), but neither does it veer into the sublimely weird, like a Mighty Boosh. And it's a tricky one, because I love Brooklyn Nine-Nine and that's clearly absurd as well, but for some reason that world doesn't fall apart despite using caricatures just as ridiculous.
  16. Modest Tech: The NX Generation (Nintendo Switch)

    It's clearly "gonna key-your-car!"
  17. Plug your shit

    I agree! I had nothing to do with it, fortunately! I got AniWay's chief designer to take this job, and she's a real professional.
  18. Netflix Originals

    A few years ago I was present at a presentation/performance by Jeff Vandermeer at the Harland Awards in Amsterdam - he seemed like a swell guy and he read us a hilarious tale he wrote.
  19. Plug your shit

    I have a thing to plug! I recently released (and ghost-wrote) this beauty of a book: The Cake Dutchess Modelling Guide: Animals. It's a tutorial and how-to book for cade decoration. I know, it's pretty left field for my usual fare of geeks & gaming, but a friend of mine, Etty, is a professional cake decorator and we worked together to create this. It's come out really handsomely: it's a 152 page hardcover in English that'll teach you the basics and everything you need to make super cute cake toppers like the ones in the picture. If you're looking for a nice Valentine's gift, this might be a cool thing: (Also available on Amazon UK)
  20. Netflix Originals

    Last week I watched Annihilation, and though I was rather disappointed at the time by the dumb plot and gripped with the realization that I really don't like Natalie Portman (no matter what she does, she always comes across as fake and hysterical, which I'm fully prepared to accept as the personal hiccup of me that it is), the movie has stuck in my head. Its visuals are so stark and gorgeous (those exploded fungus scenes!) that they elevate beyond the poor rest of it.
  21. R U Talkin' RE2 Remake RE: ME?

    That's just begging for a mod. X is such a cool dude, he doesn't care.
  22. Friends of mine fall squarely in this category: they hate what they know of Discovery (though they're not watching) and are projecting everything that they like about Star Trek [TNG] on The Orville. Since I haven't watched that last one apart from the first two episodes (which were fine), I can't say definitively whether it's one way or the other. Guess it depends on how much rancor you have about Star Trek being a little more flashy and violent nowadays. But have I mentioned they were talking about the prime directive for a full-length conversation scene yet?
  23. R U Talkin' RE2 Remake RE: ME?

    When I heard about Mr. X (I didn't play RE2 back in the day, only came into the series with 4), this remake went from 'prolly won't play' to 'would love to play if I weren't a huge scaredycat'. I love me some modern style Resident Evil, but it also sounds TENSE AS F.
  24. Modest Tech: The NX Generation (Nintendo Switch)

    I have no idea how the cultural works. Something with tourism, and you have to have more foreign tourists in your nation than you have people going out - because holidays are bad for you? Don't know what the message is there. For my next game (which might be some ways off, this already took me a month), I might go for a smaller map size with fewer civs, so that it ends faster than it did now. What's the most interesting map layout to play on, you find? Fractal? Islands?
  25. If it's that hard, why bother? Not like there's little else on Netflix/tv of quality. Disco season 2 had started! The first two episodes ride the spirit of adventure, captain Pike is a good stand-in for Kirk (bringing much the same energy and we're all so concerned he's gonna die over here) and holy shit did they just have an honest, minute-long conversation about the prime directive? This is starting to sound like actual Star Trek. Not that it stops the characters from doing some dumb shit and acting illogically, slaves to dramatic tension rather than their actual selves - which always comes across as phony. Don't give me characters like Burnham withholding information just to create interpersonal conflict, while there's no good reason for it! But I guess that's more of a '2019 television' thing, because heaven forbid there isn't angsty tension every second. What I wasn't prepared for was how I'd missed thse characters. Seeing Saru, Tilly and Stamets on the tv is a genuine pleasant feeling. I'll be happy to continue watching.