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  1. Movie/TV recommendations

    On a different note, I wouldn't necessarily recommend the new Aladdin movie. Though I will say the Prince Ali song made me laugh out loud, because at the start Will Smith wears a headdress so voluminous all I could think about was that underneath he had the same hair as Rudi van der Saniel.
  2. Marvel movies

    As long as it doesn't have Gotham's MadLibs approach to writing ("In THIS episode, RIDDLER teams up with POISON IVY, who falls in love with JIM GORDON"), it's probably fine television. But I have to say that I'm also thinking of seriously pruning the amount of shows I follow. Not that GoT is very nearly done, I don't know if I need more stuff to fill that hole. The shows I currently follow: - GoT - Gotham - She-ra - Dix Pour Cent - Planet Earth - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - The Good Place - Star Trek Disco - TNG Plus some anime like Sarazanmai, Ace Attorney and Legend of the Galactic Heroes. I could do with a few less.
  3. Marvel movies

    I kinda stopped watching Agents of Shield after the 3rd (?) season, which was the big Hydra/Ward blowout. The ending there felt satisfying and had tons of closure, and I never picked it up afterwards. I'm hesitant about it too. I'm not as much IN the MCU anymore, not like, say, four years ago.
  4. Is It Happening Again...?

    If I got one thing from IIT, apart from Wax House, Baby, it's that listening to In Our Time, a Chris Remo Recommendation(TM), is a very good idea. I listen to it whenever I'm in my car for a drive, and it's been an excellent way of brushing up my general knowledge of the world.
  5. Modest Tech: The NX Generation (Nintendo Switch)

    To no one's surprise, Nintendo are releasing their E3 Direct on June 11th, 18:00 Dutch time (that's not a thing). There had better be a Metroid Prime HD Trilogy in there, closely followed by '...and it's available tomorrow in stores and online!'
  6. Marvel movies

  7. anime

    Three episodes into Sarazanmai and I'm still loving it. It's so joyously envisioned, designed and animated, it's hard not to be impressed. For a weekly show, the sets look really detailed. And boy, do the stories move quickly - it's all fast-paced character development and you're not a moment left without something else to gawk at. Those kappa version of the main characters remain super cute. Right up until they extract orbs from water-spewing monster butts. (But still cute.)
  8. Marvel movies

  9. Polygon (which I currently can't visit or link to because they will undoubtedly have articles on Avengers Endgame) posted a Film Crit Hulk article recently that was quite critical of the game and mentioned lesser-discussed flaws about how the controls are messed up. Might be worth a read.
  10. I'm sure I've had tons of these experiences, but nothing readily comes to mind. There are some genres that I just don't care for that much (brawlers, beat 'em ups, sports), where I understand something is quality but I simply don't like that gameplay. I think the biggest one of those is Smash Bros Ultimate. I enjoy playing it, but I will forever feel it's not really 'my' game, because I'm not good enough at it for any sort of real mastery. Hours in, I'm still just noodling away pressing buttons. I'll never get the hang of it, also because I won't invest enough time in it to git gud. As a result, I feel I'm only scratching the surface. Double feeling, since I do enjoy my time with it.
  11. Life

    These thumbs are idler than ever!
  12. Star Wars Episode 9

    It'll be fine. I'm incredibly surprised people are genuinely still upset about The Last Jedi. I'm at the same time very happy that they're taking a break for a while, but I bet it won't be long and there'll be another deluge of Star Wars content before long. Are we getting nostalic yet for the time when it took 20 years of waiting for another movie to come out?
  13. Star Wars Episode 9

    Those were definitely things that happened in this Star Wars teaser!
  14. anime

    As coincidence would have it, I just watched the premier ep of Sarazanmai. It was about what I expected coming hot off Yurikuma (which I loved, by the way, but as a caveat I'll state that it was also my first introduction to the creator - so what felt incredibly fresh to me might have been old hat to others). The same feeling permeated Sarazanmai: one that I was already familiar with all these elements. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it immensely: the great animation, the surprising interludes, the swift scripting...
  15. Modest Tech: The NX Generation (Nintendo Switch)

    Rumors abound that there's gonna be a Direct somewhere this week, and with that hopefully the Metroid Prime Trilogy HD will be announced!
  16. Recently completed video games

    Three times in a row?! I'm surprised you had the appetite for it. Surely the third time through a sense of repetition sets in? Rare is the game that I want to play again right away, and even rare when I actually do it. Usually I opt to wait a few years for the experience to digest, so I can start it with a fresh sense of wonder. Haven't finished it yet, but probably nearing the end of Spider-Man for the PS4. It's a pretty neat game on all fronts, but there's a weird thing going on with it that though I see how insanely detailed and good it is, I simply cannot stop comparing it unfavorably to Arkham City/Knight. It's probably the best clone there has ever been, but the closer it gets to that level of perfection, the more it screams at me that it's the same thing, only slightly less all around. I'll certainly finish it, of course, it's quite enjoyable.
  17. Watched the trailer now (I also look at trailers), and it looks great! Good job, you guys, brillo.
  18. Hey, I look at screenshots! Insulted again, by Ben and Dan!
  19. Looking for TBS recommendations

    Listening to the 1994 retrospective by 3MA in their latest podcast, it struck me what a radically different gaming landscape we have now. RTSses were THE SHIT in the mid-90s. Unfathomable that they'd ever unceremoniously leave the scene. At the time, I thought TBS was so old-fashioned, but I've come around completely on this.
  20. Half-Life 3

    It's APRIL FOOLS DAY and the HALF-LIFE 3 topic is resurrected! This can only mean ONE thing: IT IS HAPPENING IT IS REAL AND IT'S COMING
  21. Modest Tech: The NX Generation (Nintendo Switch)

    I think it boils down to having more experience in games as a medium/art form. You understand the cues and signals better. You read situations and bosses better. You're able to put yourself in the head of the developer and understand what challenge they were trying to put you through. You see the big picture, connect the dots better. And I like that that's the case. It's not about physical skills, twitch-based skills, how many times you can click on a button per second. Instead, it's about experience and understanding.
  22. Ooooohhh, that;s precious! "Wax house, baby!"
  23. Once we get to 1995, 96 and 97, there had better be some adventure games in these podcasts! Broken Sword, Toonstruck, MI3...
  24. Modest Tech: The NX Generation (Nintendo Switch)

    I heard a [VAGUE] rumor that Nintendo is doing a Direct in April and it may have news on the trilogy. Hopefully! How did you like 2? I played it back when it came out, borrowing from a friend, and loved the atmosphere, but couldn't even progress beyond the (maybe?) second boss. it was too darn tootin' hard. For completeness' sake, I didn't down the end boss of Prime 1 either. Didn't really care though, the journey up to that point was all the reward I needed. I want to say that Metroid Prime games are HARD AS NAILS, but then I've been surprised before upon replaying old games that turned out a lot easier than I remembered. Ocarina of Time for instance, and Majora's Mask. Those were in my head as pretty tough, but they weren't really. Maybe Prime'll be a walk in the park too, playing it now.