Ben X

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  1. Marvel movies

    A place to talk about all the movies derived from Marvel comic properties. So, MCU, X-Men, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, what have you. There's a thread for the Netflix shows here. I don't think there is anywhere in particular for non-Netflix Marvel shows (e.g. SHIELD, Legion, Inhumans). We started talking about Marvel movies in the Star Wars ep 8 thread. I said,: brkl Kolzig: I really enjoyed First Class and although it obviously hits a lot of the same notes as the previous films, being about mutants, it also has a different tone - 60s spy thriller vs near-future sci-fi - it switches up character relationships and makes the whole thing feel more character-driven (DOFP takes this further by hinging the entire plot on whether a single character will make a redemptive moral choice). I agree Apocalypse was pretty bad - that was the first X-Men film that really felt like 'the same old stuff' to me, but through a horrible 90s comics cartoony filter. Logan (forum thread) has its issues but is overall really good. I just did an X-Men marathon with my partner, but we only watched X1, X2, First Class and DOFP - that selection worked so well, and we didn't have the heart to end with such a downer by watching Logan!
  2. I promise this is the last time I'll do this: The Swindle for the Switch is now 60% off in the UK and the US. Well worth £6 or $6 in my biased opinion!
  3. http://www.sizefivegames.com/games/theswindle (Note: Although people asssume so because of the Dan and Ben games, I am not a Size Five Games permanent employee. I was not involved in the making of this game!)
  4. I just saw an online organisation asking for donations specifically in bitcoin, and it made me realise that I don't really understand how this thing works. So, it's a digital currency, right? It's essentially like transferring money to your Paypal account but with a different exchange rate. Is it safe? Easy? Ethically sound? Also, it seems like there's a social stigma attached to it. Is it because it's so nerdy and annabe-cyberpunk, or is there some kind of alt-right/MRA/similar association?
  5. Marvel movies

    Finally saw Away From Home today. Things I liked - ; the end action scene (for once, I could tell what was going on and where everyone was, and it had some character beats. Spidey still didn't get to do much past his basic move-set, though). Things I didn't like - pretty much everything else. All of the comedy was dreadful, the script is flabby and aimless and doesn't gather any energy for the first hour or so, the action is mostly dull and muddled, the exposition is clumsy, and SLJ obviously didn't have much time booked because there's some really sloppy editing papering over cracks in his scenes.
  6. Please keep posting about it here! Looks really cool!
  7. I haven't read it yet, but here's a New Yorker article on the rise of sad cover songs in trailers: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/how-the-cover-song-conquered-movie-trailers
  8. Clickbait Games Journalism: Polygon vs Kotaku

    Bit of a weird thread title for it. Couldn't we use the Games Writing thread?
  9. Marvel movies

    I think it's unfair in that Marvel is doing something very specific and it's understood that, despite the titles, these films are all chapters in a single story. I also think it's understandable, if one isn't au fait with the Marvel set-up, to have assumed that Spider-Man 1 -> Spider-Man 2 would not have huge story jumps.
  10. Due to various things I've barely got anything done on this (thankfully I didn't mention it to my sister!). I'm hoping to bend the rules, as is WizJam tradition, and get something basic in for the Showcase Weekend/Breckon Stream... EDIT: this did not happen
  11. At the last minute, I've decided to take part in Wiz Jam 9! I've just realised that my sister's birthday is right near the end of it, so I'm taking this opportunity to make her a little game as a present. She loves her cocker spaniel so my immediate thought is a simple platformer with her dog as the player character, and the endorsement 'interacting with humans' will hopefully give me some ideas for mechanics. I'll probably use Construct 2, as it's free and hopefully quite easy to learn the basics of. I'll probably also change the name at some point, so my thread title is placeholder. Depending on how things go, I might put a call out for help with art and sound..!
  12. Clickbait Games Journalism: Polygon vs Kotaku

    We discussed the term a bit here.
  13. Announcing the latest Dan And Ben game: Lair Of The Clockwork God. We just announced at Rezzed and it was very exciting! Pleeeease wishlist it on Steam if you have a sec, it really helps. Announcement trailer: Exclusive Eurogamer reveal article here: https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2019-04-03-swindle-devs-ben-and-dan-adventures-will-continue-in-new-game-lair-of-the-clockwork-god
  14. SGDQ 2019

    SUMMER GAMES DONE QUICK 2019 June 23rd - 30th Courtesy of @SecretAsianMan, a brief description: Games Done Quick is a series of charity video game marathons with events in the winter and summer. Speedrunners from all over come together in one place and stream a nonstop barrage of high-level gameplay. This summer's event benefits Doctors without Borders. Tune in to see some games getting completely taken apart. The runs will eventually be archived if you can't see it live. Schedule Twitch YouTube
  15. Another great episode! I don't have much to say, but I was wondering whether you think that editing a very recent movie would be more or less successful for a movie trailer reel than doing something more showy like making a trailer with modern sensibilities for a movie from the 30s or changing a movie's genre (like the well-known 'Shining as romcom' or 'Mrs Doubtfire as horror' ones). Are they about the same, and are there trends in reels? Feel free to answer this on a 'cast rather than here, but I felt it maybe covered too similar ground to this episode for me to email it in!
  16. Stranger Things

    Yeah, definitely a lot more goopy. I'm enjoying it too. It took maybe an episode longer than it should have to get going but it's still very entertaining.
  17. Marvel movies

    Did you type spoiled instead of spoiler on purpose there, @Roderick?
  18. Movie/TV recommendations

    Interesting, thanks!
  19. Movie/TV recommendations

    Can you tell us (with spoiler tags if necessary!) why?
  20. Sorry for the pimp-bump, but The Swindle is currently 60% off on the Switch (edit: this may not be in the US), which I believe is quite a rare, high discount: https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-Switch-download-software/The-Swindle-1442222.html It's also 80% off on Steam right now, which puts it down to a bonkers £2.39 (around three bucks): https://store.steampowered.com/app/369110/The_Swindle/
  21. SGDQ 2019

    There's a list of twitch times for the runs here: https://www.reddit.com/r/speedrun/comments/c3tjzg/sgdq_vod_thread_2019/ I guess they'll all be put up on YouTube by the official channel at some point. I watched 4 and got a mixed bag: Split/Second and Last Action Hero were obnoxious, Quake seemed to this layperson like 17 minutes of someone missing strats, and the Super Mario World blind relay race was incredibly impressive and nail-bitingly tense.
  22. Toy Story 4 (and other toy stories)

    For discussion of the first two Toy Story films, check out our Pixar re-watch thread! (We didn't make it to Toy Story 3 because a general reluctance to watch Cars killed the whole endeavour.)
  23. Well, I just got a different Hobbs & Shaw theatrical trailer made up of completely different scenes, so I guess the lesson here is to avoid either all internet trailers or all theatrical trailers!