Ben X

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About Ben X

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    Formerly bbX1138
  • Birthday May 24

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    Newcastle, UK


  • Interests
    film, lit, comics
  • Occupation
    desk monkey/occasional game dev
  • Favorite Games
    Day Of The Tentacle, Sam And Max Hit The Road, Quake
  1. Kickstarters

    You'll all be pleased to know a new Larry game just came out last month
  2. Movie/TV recommendations

    Managed to see Sorry To Bother You at the local indie cinema and was quite disappointed. It's a load of moderately interesting ideas thrown at a tired cliche of a plot, and it doesn't get going for at least the first hour - this really could have done with at least twenty minutes trimming off. As others have noted, it has touches of Idiocracy, Kaufman and Gondry about it, but the thing I was reminded most of was Gremlins 2 - that's the level of satirical sophistication it was playing at. Not necessarily a bad thing, but here the story drags too much to make up for it.
  3. Psychonauts 2

    Official first trailer!
  4. I watched some of these and enjoyed them but I know basically zero about the game so I don't think I fully appreciated what was going on!
  5. Is Steam (Valve) Good? If not, what then?

    Ok, thanks. Thought they might have been referring to that but those things have been around for ages now, right? I guess those storefronts finally got their shit together enough to be a viable alternative for their owners...
  6. Do y'all have any particular recommendations for a good one of these to watch?
  7. Is Steam (Valve) Good? If not, what then?

    I guess I'm not up on Video Game News - what threat is it a reaction to?
  8. No way, I'm looking forward to the Twitch streams!
  9. The sequel can go in this thread too. Outside of about ten minutes of legit good body swap comedy, this whole movie is overworked and empty. (And I actually don't think the original is that sugary; it has a feeling of real danger and mischief, and Williams' character is dealing with PTSD, racial guilt and father issues - but y'know, for kids.)
  10. Doctor Who

    Shockingly, there seems to have not been a single discussion of Doctor Who on these forums. Well, I was at the in-laws' for a couple of days recently and took advantage of their tv licence to watch all of the Whittaker episodes so far. Spoilered not for plot but for those who might get upset reading the mainly negative opinions of someone who's never been a huge fan of the series but has seen a fair amount of New Who anyway: Any Whovians or casual fans here?
  11. Designer Notes 43: Clint Hocking - Part 1

    Ooh, exciting! Glad not all of the Thumbs Network casts are on hiatus! I look forward to listening to this next week.
  12. Kickstarters

    I backed Broken Age and Psychonauts 2. The latter seems to be trotting along nicely (Simon: I don't think we're getting any extra vids, but that's fine by me - the BA backer community always voted overwhelmingly to share everything with the public) , and I was extremely pleased with the former. As mentioned, the documentary on its own was worth the money, along with a great community experience, and we got a new Tim Schafer adventure game as well! Yes it was pretty easy, but then so was Full Throttle; BA was gorgeous and full of Tim's usual excellent writing (even if the ending was a bit rougher than his previous high standard).
  13. Idle Thumbs Streams

    Ha ha, all gold!
  14. Missions Impossible

    MI2 is also very auteur-y! It came at the point where the idea for the franchise was to have a totally different directorial style for each entry, and has all of Woo's strengths and weaknesses on full display. After that, JJ Abrams delivered a slick modern feel that the franchise pretty much stuck with going forward.