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About twmac

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    Changed, finally
  • Birthday 05/01/1980

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  • Biography
    I've travelled and lived in England, Portugal, Poland, Thailand and Canada.
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    Rock Climbing, Drinking, Films
  • Occupation
    Working in the Games Industry in QA for over 13 years
  • Favorite Games
    Speed Ball 2, Chaos Engine, Any Sonic Game, most things that involve Sega, except Worms.

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  1. Sadly, I do not have Steam or anything PC related when it comes to games, or else I would wishlist it. I loved the first game a lot, I played it in a hostel in Budapest over a week of beer and takeaway food, and will always fondly remember it.
  2. Life

    Yeah dude, that stuff always sounds terrifying. Glad it ended up being a false alarm. When it comes to things like that I would rather that medical specialists err on the side of caution and be wrong.
  3. Movie/TV recommendations

    Yessss, it was you that recommended it! The film showed in cinemas in Wroclaw, Poland, so I caught it there.
  4. Movie/TV recommendations

    That is high praise! I watched a series of good/ok stuff. Dead to Me - Pretty good series that suffers from awful plotting and the need for the show to be more than just two women coping with grief. The writers seem to think they everyone is going to be interested in a bunch of 'surprises' when it is really the interaction between Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini that is what works. The set up is a Applegate's husband is killed and she meets Cardellini at a group session and the show trundles on from there. What elevates the plot is the sharp dailogue and warmth between the two leads. The ending is bad, but I guess I will keep watching because the leads seem to be having fun. Minding the Gap - Documentary about 3 skater kids in Colorado and what skating and family mean to them. This film hit me so fucking hard, in the life thread a while back I talked about the dissolving of a friendship and one of the guys in the documentary I just immediately identified as him. Really simple story telling, well put together and equal parts deflating and reaffirming. Wine Party - This was one of those films that is generic (friends meet for special time, things get out of hand, they fight and then reconcile) but it basically works thanks to the scene-to-scene fun that most of the cast (Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolpho and Jason Schwartsman especially) inject into what should be super banal.
  5. Recently completed video games

    So, I just finished Fade to Silence for review on Gamecritics, and that game had me in its grips from the get go. The game is a Third Person survival game, with an emphasis on resource management. There is base building, follower management, permadeath, and some multiplayer too. I love the frozen wasteland setting and it feels rewarding to push further into the world. The thing is, there are soooo many bugs in the game, it is completely broken in places. That said I could not put it down for the 40+ hours I spent with it, even when it attempted to ruin me. Anyway, if you can put up with the numerous and vicious bugs I strongly recommend it.
  6. Endorsements from Thumbs Readers

    Unfortunately, I am almost 40 and have been in the industry for over 15 years. This is a tick box for the government to accept my visa. For a lot of visas, no degree = no visa.
  7. Marvel movies

    I think I mentioned it already (and is betrayed by my comment of the Guy Pierce/Sam Rockwell mixup) but Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3 were basically the same film to me - I could not tell you anything about how they differed except for the twist with the Mandarin, that I liked. Everything else was just Tony Stark quipping, there is a big bad, there is some flying/shooting and Pepper Potts is there, the end. Still, I like reading about people enthusing about a film that I have discarded.
  8. Marvel movies

    I am still baffled by why people like Iron Man 3 (for example: I had forgotten tha Guy Pierce was in this one and had thought it was Sam Rockwell, which makes me sad as it means Sam Rockwell is in the one that most people think is not great), but I enjoyed this defence of Iron Man 3: I have also seen Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse and I loved it.
  9. Recommend me a cool book!

    I wonder how they are doing?
  10. Books, books, books...

    I've almost finished The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter - it is a collection of short stories with a feminist bent, that does not shy away from detailing sex and sexuality (wanted to use the term 'erotic' but that feels like the intent was to titilate, which doesn't feel right). They are retelling of fairy tales of sorts and it is interesting how things like Fables feels influenced by it, even if it wasn't. There is a line from one of the Beauty and the Beast pieces that really struck me: "I was a young girl, a virgin, and therefore men denied me rationality just as they denied it to all those who were not exactly like themselves, in all their unreason" This was written in the late 70s and is as biting as most stuff I have read. Really good stuff.
  11. Endorsements from Thumbs Readers

    I might look into that - if I can get the other visa I want then I would have 2 years to work on it. I'd actually like to study film too! @Roderick Yeah, it is eye-rollingly annoying because I'm overly qualified for the position, but the 'easiest' visa requires a degree regardless of whether I tick all the other boxes.
  12. Endorsements from Thumbs Readers

    Going to endorse getting a university/college degree of some sorts. If you have no interest in learning and don't know what you want to do, find something cheap, online, whatever. In recent years, as I approach 40, I've had several doors closed to me, despite over 15 years of experience in my field due to lack of university degree not allowing for a visa application. I could literally have a degree in one of those straw man targets that anti-SJWs always attack and it would make no difference to most government bodies if it was related to what I am applying for, they just want to tick a box.
  13. Infinite Jest

    Thanks for the tip, the thing is, I live in Thailand and English language books are difficult to come across so Infinite Jest will get finished once I've finished the Ginger Baker Biography and 'Chronicles of a Liquid Society' by Umberto Eco.
  14. Infinite Jest

    After seeing people elsewhere be so positive about Infinite Jest, I was really worried that I was going to be alone on this. But Infinite Jest, so far, is a interestingly written, but utterly bizarre reading experience for me. I've given up on reading the end notes because I've found them to be largely uninteresting and do nothing but break up whatever flow the book has. There are some moments where I am utterly rivetted (like the section with the person talking about their addiction and how they attempt to hide it, or Hal clipping his toe nails as he talks to his brother) mixed in with pages and pages of writing where I know I am reading the words but no information is going in. I enter a sort of meditative state and the next thing I know I've gone through 3 pages but I have no idea what I have read. I usually go through books pretty quickly, but there is an emotional investment that comes with reading this book, much like picking up a JRPG, where you know you have to go at the author's pace and that pace is positively glacial. I don't hate the book, I just don't really know what I am doing with the book either. Glad someone mentioned the timeline, I had completely ignored that and just assumed it was not continuous but had no care for why.
  15. Idle Fiction Jam - Rumours and Hearsay

    You're absolutely right. Yeah, I did a light sweep but not enough. Glad you liked the THQ/Toys for Bob mash up. Also, this story is actually loosely based on a true story about a Pokemon tournament that an old co-worker went to, where she actually did that.