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  1. The Dancing Thumb (aka: music recommendations)

    This is so god damn good. There are three or four sequels as well and they're all fantastic.
  2. The stoic sweating travelling robot story with the tinkling piano screamed Studio Ghibli to me so I just spent half an hour at work making this stupid poster.
  3. Is It Wrong To Eat Meat?

    You're right about that, but to be fair the decision not to have kids is not an "immediate" or "everyday" thing. There are definitely many selfish reasons not to eat meat, including the health benefits. Personally, especially since transitioning to vegan after a couple of years eating veggie, my cooking has improved a lot and I'm spending waaay less on food. You can make pretty much anything with various combinations of beans/lentils, rice/grains/pasta and veggies. I'm notoriously indecisive so the restricted choice has actually forced me to be more inventive and varied so I don't end up eating pasta every night. Any incentive you can offer people to try it or make the change is good. That's why I've been trying to nudge people concerned about climate change (particularly in light of current news) towards at least reducing their meat consumption. Everyone wants to practice what they preach to the greatest extent possible, right?
  4. Is It Wrong To Eat Meat?

    I know this comes across as is weird evangelism because I'm not a regular poster here. But I'm bumping this topic to remind people that if you're really upset and worried about Trump and the Paris Agreement, the biggest immediate change you can make to your own carbon footprint is to switch to a mostly/entirely plant-based diet and encourage others to do so as well. Drastically reducing your consumption/use of animal products is second only to refusing to take aeroplanes in this regard, and is a much more realistic and everyday thing you can accomplish. Even the smallest individual steps help to create the momentum we need to deal with global warming, and changes in agriculture not only help to mitigate the effects of climate change but will leave us better equipped to deal with its consequences. So leaving aside the (imo very persuasive) moral argument for veganism, please don't let the planet turn into Venus because you like the taste of dead pigs.
  5. You definitely have, but because it is indeed a huge urban legend! I've heard it from a few different people and even told it a couple of times before I got suspicious and googled it.
  6. Clint Hocking

    It's one of the best designed levels I've ever encountered. That's not to say the rest of Chaos Theory is poor, it's actually incredibly consistent and quite possibly one of the greatest games ever made. Shit I wrote an article about it for GameSetWatch in 2010, talking about how its systems generated moral quandaries without any kind of artificial help. Looking back I was a half decent writer until academia beat any creativity out of me.
  7. The Next President

    Republican voters have just signed their own party's death warrant. I almost can't believe they managed to nominate someone as reasonable as John McCain a few years ago. The election is a dead cert for Clinton so at least everyone can have a bit of fun during the campaign. The Donald is undeniably great entertainment.
  8. Relaxing games recommendations

    This might sound strange but I use Pro Evo 2016 for this. I just bang on an exhibition match, use Bayern Munich set up the way I like them and play several games in a row while catching up on podcasts. I'm so good at the game now I win 90% of the time and even when I don't I'm completely zen. Great way to blow off steam.
  9. In the UK the vast majority of games have multiple European language options, typically English, French, German and Italian at minimum. Sometimes you get more regionally localised versions in the Nordics and so on but I suspect even those will include English. You may want to check the back of the box.
  10. Sports!

    So are none of you nerds excited about Leicester and the greatest pizza-fuelled underdog triumph of all time? Dilly-ding, dilly-dong!
  11. Mr. Robutt

    Over the weekend I watched the first couple of episodes of Mr. Robot. I found it quite compelling, particularly the main character. However, I can't really tell if the conspiratorial, le wrong generation, wake-up-sheeple angle is meant to be taken seriously or not. Because I'm not sure I can stomach that for 10+ hours if it is.
  12. Recently completed video games

    That sounds weirdly interesting. What's this game like mechanically? One of my favourite PS2 games was Shadow of Rome, if you like the gladiatorial combat angle it might be worth a punt. Yesterday I finished Firewatch on my second sitting. It was a really sunny afternoon and our living room overlooks a nice neigbourhood garden, so I opened the windows to enhance the nature vibes using real life bird cheeps which was unexpectedly cool. That said we are also close to one of the main roads in the city and the occasional passing truck kind of burst the illusion a bit! I don't actually finish many games these days (for some reason every other game I own seems to have turned into fucking Assassin's Creed). It was nice to have a Portal-length experience that was actually really engaging front to back. The podcast hosts that worked on it must have heard this a thousand times but seriously, you guys did a fantastic job. Some of the best writing and voice acting I've ever seen/heard in a game for sure, and I can't believe how authentic my relationship with Delilah felt. The books and other miscellany really helped to enhance the sense of this as an existing world. The only criticism I really have is mechanical, in that movement, climbing and so on felt a bit janky. But that's a total nitpick. Oddly specific thing that might only apply to me: it was also a massive relief not to have dozens of hidden collectibles scattered around the place. Obviously there are bits and pieces which, when found, actually enhance the experience if you care about it. But holy shit I cannot resist the impulse to scour every nook and cranny for shiny bullshit in every other game and I seriously felt so much more relaxed knowing there was no (completely arbitrary, I know) pressure to find audio logs or dog tags or artifacts or whatever. The forest was a gorgeous world to just exist in and this enhanced it a lot for me, so kudos.
  13. Life

    Fit like loon? Fellow sheep here. Sorry to hear that, it's nae fine. Sometimes friendships just end for no discernible reason. I feel like I've probably been the boy on the other side of that scenario to some of my oldest pals from school, but that's definitely a geography thing since I left Aberdeen a couple of years ago. Have you asked him why he's being weird?
  14. Nintendo 3DS

    Sorry everyone I never noticed that. Rare that we're the region getting the sweet deals though (further apologies to the Aussies). Anybody played the games concerned?
  15. Nintendo 3DS

    The latest Humble Bundle is Nintendo themed and a great way to nab some cheap 3DS games! It's still a good deal even if you don't have a Wii U (does anyone?) I paid about £10 and got Shantae, Retro City Rampage, Rhythm Thief, Citizens of Earth and Street Fighter IV, with more to come. Installed Shantae first and played half an hour or so. It's a fast paced, traditional style 2D platformer and seems right up my alley. Bought my 3DS about a year ago (the cool one with the SNES coloured face buttons) and have mostly played Majora's Mask and ALBW. Even second hand games are prohibitively expensive so it's nice to get a bunch of them I can dip in and out of while travelling or whatever.