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    SantosHalper got a reaction from ramsbottom in Favourite retro computer games   
    Yes! Great game. When you're sizing up a shot and one of the balls blows a raspberry at you!
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    SantosHalper got a reaction from Gypsy Ram in Favourite retro computer games   
    Wasn't sure whether to post this as a message in the gaming thread, but that seems to focus more on new or new-ish games. So let's see if anyone's interested in discussing favourite retro games -- maybe anything from the 1990s or before.
    I'm voting for Lemmings, with honourable mentions to Elite and Populous. 
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    SantosHalper got a reaction from Gypsy Ram in Favourite retro computer games   
    Yes! Great game. When you're sizing up a shot and one of the balls blows a raspberry at you!
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    SantosHalper got a reaction from Gypsy Ram in Favourite retro computer games   
    Hey Gypsy,
    Actually, I mentioned it in my first post - the one that started this thread! Go back to the first post on page one. You need to look more carefully! (I'm only pulling your leg.)
    But seriously, that was one of the few games that characterised by childhood. What a wonderful puzzle game -- the animation was brilliant (eg the flowing green hair of the lemmings, the splat of them falling from a height or getting squished under some horrible obstacle), and it very quickly got very fiendishly difficult. I also loved the references to other Psygnosis games. The Shadow of the Beast levels were nice (oh, and there's a re-make of SotB on the way), and I seem to remember there were others. 
    I still have a copy of the PC version (I originally played on the Amiga), but the resolution is so low that its unplayable now. There's a version you can play on a browser, but, again, modern computers are so advanced that its a pain to play. 
    But here's the link, if you want to try:
    http://www.elizium.nu/scripts/lemmings/
    Gypsy - did you play Oh No! More Lemmings and Christmas Lemmings? The little Christmas hats! Lemmings 2 was good, but not a patch on the first. It was so simple and so beautiful and brilliant. 
     
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    SantosHalper got a reaction from reverendo de duivel in Favourite retro computer games   
    Yes! Great game. When you're sizing up a shot and one of the balls blows a raspberry at you!
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    SantosHalper got a reaction from MuespachRam in Favourite retro computer games   
    Wasn't sure whether to post this as a message in the gaming thread, but that seems to focus more on new or new-ish games. So let's see if anyone's interested in discussing favourite retro games -- maybe anything from the 1990s or before.
    I'm voting for Lemmings, with honourable mentions to Elite and Populous. 
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    SantosHalper got a reaction from Van Wolfie in Rate the last film you saw partie deux   
    Yeah, I think I can agree with much of what you say there. Aside from Snyder, GotG was good, and the first Iron Man was really good. I also quite enjoyed the first Thor film, and the first Captain America film. I will see how long my boycott of superhero films goes, and will wait until I hear more about Suicide Squad and Justice League. 
    Just before I continue, a disclaimer -- I have not seen Ant Man or Winter Soldier. 
    But with many of these franchises, they get worse really quickly. The Iron Man films went downhill, and the second Thor film was utterly terrible. I also thought that the Avengers films were hugely over-rated and got worse too. I like Joss Whedon, and every review told me how smart and witty the films were. But I just couldn't see it. Perhaps this is my failing, as I've never been a massive fanboy of the comics or the "universe". 
    This is my problem -- the "universe". We can expect endless films based around these franchises from both the DC and Marvel universes, and it just seems like its a never-ending stream of films designed purely to exploit the fans. BvS is an awful mess, and from what I gather so was Ant Man after Wright was pushed off the project. (By the way, how great would it have been with a Joe Cornish script and directed by Wright?) 
    I'm posting you a link of Robbie Collin's review of BvS, which is really worth reading. But scroll down to the bottom and you'll see the list of DC films in the pipeline. There are 9 (nine) new films taking us up to 2020. Add that to the Marvel universe and we'll see at least a couple a year for the next decade. 
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/film/batman-v-superman-dawn-of-justice/review/
    You're right that some good directors are trying to do interesting things with some of these films. But most of them are dross, and we're being inundated with this stuff. And we also know that Disney is planning loads of Star Wars spin-offs too. Where is this going to end? Even flipping Ghostbusters has more films planned after the next reboot. And Spiderman -- how many Spiderman reboots do you think we'll see? We've already had two! In the last decade! And now we have two Superman reboots to add to the seemingly never-ending list. Next up is Doctor Strange, with Benedict Cumberbatch. One of our finest actors has succumbed to the urge. 
    These major studios know they have a captive audience that will lap up any dross they serve up. It just goes to show that the mainstream film industry has given up any last vestige of creativity or originality. They have a stock of existing characters that will be mined for decades to come, and I find that sad. 
    Rant. Over. 
     
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    SantosHalper got a reaction from Leicester Ram in Rate the last film you saw partie deux   
    "Clueless" is an understatement, Leicester. I can say that, apart from Watchmen (which was okay), every other film he's made has been superficial junk of the highest order. It wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the fact that he thinks he's being profound. That, for me, makes him worse than even Michael Bay, who at least doesn't feel the need to apologise for his awful brain-dead and bombastic films. 
    I am now officially done with superhero films. With a few honourable exceptions, most of them have been *****. The big studios are now taking us for suckers. 
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    SantosHalper got a reaction from Penelope Pendrex in Gaming   
    A fair amount of the discussion on this thread focuses on tripple-A games. If anyone has any comments on some of the more "indie" games listed below, I'd love to hear. Here's what I've been playing recently:
    Stardew Valley (lovely and relaxing farming game, a lot like Harvest Moon but with more heart)
    Her Story (brilliant FMV game in which you piece together a murder mystery. Sam Barlow's underlying mechanic is genius)
    80 Days (basically a text adventure, but has a really great sense of personality)
    Cibele (charts a love story through a JRPG mechanic and a desktop)
    Firewatch (not a walking simulator. A really great story, including a potential love story that is morally problematic to the player)
    Papers, Please (you play as the guard at a border station/passport control, and must decide who comes through and who is turned away)
    Proteus (a serene and beautiful game in which you just... wander around)
    Undertale (pure genius RPG)
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    SantosHalper got a reaction from AmericanRam in DCFC Fans - Beat Those Lot Down The A52 Podcast   
    Great podcast, guys. Living abroad, I get to see the games on TV but nothing more than that. Of course, when I'm visiting England I'll go to every game I can. But other than that, I'm relying on you to tell me how things are. 
    Cheers! 
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    SantosHalper got a reaction from Mostyn6 in DCFC Fans - Beat Those Lot Down The A52 Podcast   
    Great podcast, guys. Living abroad, I get to see the games on TV but nothing more than that. Of course, when I'm visiting England I'll go to every game I can. But other than that, I'm relying on you to tell me how things are. 
    Cheers! 
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    SantosHalper got a reaction from Joe. in Drug addiction   
    An example of what exactly? Of badly written ********? 
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    SantosHalper got a reaction from rynny in Depression, anxiety, stress and other related issues   
    The idea that having loads of money and adoring fans means that you're unlikely or less likely to suffer from depression is part of a wider problem, although I must admit that even I'm sometimes led to think, "Oh, poor guy, he must be so unhappy in his massive mansion and model girlfriend". It's really terrible of me to think that. 
    A year or so ago I dated a girl who flat-out denied that depression even existed, and that people "just feeling sad" should pull their socks up and get themselves sorted out. No amount of arguing or pointing to solid evidence would convince her otherwise -- she just saw my condition as a moral failing on my part, and that's what people who are lucky enough not to suffer from it need to be encouraged to realise. I wasn't so upset when that relationship ended! 
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    SantosHalper got a reaction from Carl Sagan in Rate the last film you saw partie deux   
    Bone Tomahawk. 8/10.
    Interesting spin on the western -- could be described as a horror-western. 
    DO NOT WATCH if you're of a delicate disposition. There is a scene towards the end that is perhaps the most shocking thing I have seen in an extremely long time. 
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    SantosHalper got a reaction from Carl Sagan in Rate the last film you saw partie deux   
    I agree Charlie Kaufman is a great writer, but one who needs a controlling influence on him. For example, Synechdoche, New York, which I think he wrote and directed, is a fascinating film that is at least half an hour too long and over-burdened by the weight of Kaufman's ideas, whereas the Gondry-directed Sunshine is wonderful. 
    Anomalisa is much tighter and more focussed on its key themes, and I enjoyed it, but I have a couple of problems with it. I've seen it described as deeply misogynistic, and I can understand that. Michael is a dick, and he sexually exploits Lisa. That wouldn't be an issue if the film commented on that fact and critiqued it, but I don't think it does. 
    Otherwise, its very impressive. The animation is amazing, and the attention to detail is mind-blowing. Its interesting to consider it in relation to existentialism, with its themes of alienation and anxiety. 
    7.5 for me. 
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    SantosHalper got a reaction from SaintRam in Depression, anxiety, stress and other related issues   
    The idea that having loads of money and adoring fans means that you're unlikely or less likely to suffer from depression is part of a wider problem, although I must admit that even I'm sometimes led to think, "Oh, poor guy, he must be so unhappy in his massive mansion and model girlfriend". It's really terrible of me to think that. 
    A year or so ago I dated a girl who flat-out denied that depression even existed, and that people "just feeling sad" should pull their socks up and get themselves sorted out. No amount of arguing or pointing to solid evidence would convince her otherwise -- she just saw my condition as a moral failing on my part, and that's what people who are lucky enough not to suffer from it need to be encouraged to realise. I wasn't so upset when that relationship ended! 
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    SantosHalper got a reaction from Cisse in Depression, anxiety, stress and other related issues   
    The idea that having loads of money and adoring fans means that you're unlikely or less likely to suffer from depression is part of a wider problem, although I must admit that even I'm sometimes led to think, "Oh, poor guy, he must be so unhappy in his massive mansion and model girlfriend". It's really terrible of me to think that. 
    A year or so ago I dated a girl who flat-out denied that depression even existed, and that people "just feeling sad" should pull their socks up and get themselves sorted out. No amount of arguing or pointing to solid evidence would convince her otherwise -- she just saw my condition as a moral failing on my part, and that's what people who are lucky enough not to suffer from it need to be encouraged to realise. I wasn't so upset when that relationship ended! 
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    SantosHalper reacted to Cisse in Depression, anxiety, stress and other related issues   
    It's a big problem at least here in Finland that media keeps doing bits about celebrities who are "depressed" but after a week vacation in France or Spain they are fine. The people who have the disease called depression however have no hope of getting better like that. Those who are lucky enough not to know the difference seem very eager to make judgements on the matter though. And it ain't helping anybody. Collymore was just one of the many victims in that category.
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    SantosHalper got a reaction from Mostyn6 in Depression, anxiety, stress and other related issues   
    Just heard Mostyn talking about this towards the end of the most recent podcast and thought what he said on footballers' depression was interesting. Wasn't it our former boss John Gregory who absolutely laid into Stan Collymore once because he was depressed? 
    Anyway, just thought I might also bump this back up after discussion on the pod. 
    Hope everyone who posted on this thread is doing well! 
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    SantosHalper got a reaction from kash_a_ram_a_ding_dong in So, so bored of this season   
    I totally understand your feelings, Rad, but we all remember the Three Amigos, and those of us of a certain vintage will remember the Maxwell years too. So I don't feel too disconnected from the current set-up, relatively speaking. 
    We have a passionate owner who is also a local man and extremely rich, willing to invest funds. You can question his decision-making if you like, and I certainly would, but we've seen worse. 
    We're currently in the play-offs, too. I'm ambivalent as to whether I want to go through the agony of another relative failure of a season, but its not a total write-off yet by any means. 
    I think I'm going to remain slightly cynical with a quantum of hope until the summer. 
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    SantosHalper got a reaction from Casio in So, so bored of this season   
    I totally understand your feelings, Rad, but we all remember the Three Amigos, and those of us of a certain vintage will remember the Maxwell years too. So I don't feel too disconnected from the current set-up, relatively speaking. 
    We have a passionate owner who is also a local man and extremely rich, willing to invest funds. You can question his decision-making if you like, and I certainly would, but we've seen worse. 
    We're currently in the play-offs, too. I'm ambivalent as to whether I want to go through the agony of another relative failure of a season, but its not a total write-off yet by any means. 
    I think I'm going to remain slightly cynical with a quantum of hope until the summer. 
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    SantosHalper got a reaction from Van Wolfie in So, so bored of this season   
    I totally understand your feelings, Rad, but we all remember the Three Amigos, and those of us of a certain vintage will remember the Maxwell years too. So I don't feel too disconnected from the current set-up, relatively speaking. 
    We have a passionate owner who is also a local man and extremely rich, willing to invest funds. You can question his decision-making if you like, and I certainly would, but we've seen worse. 
    We're currently in the play-offs, too. I'm ambivalent as to whether I want to go through the agony of another relative failure of a season, but its not a total write-off yet by any means. 
    I think I'm going to remain slightly cynical with a quantum of hope until the summer. 
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    SantosHalper got a reaction from DesertRam in Clement gone.   
    Its difficult to know what to think about this.
    On the one hand, sacking a new manager - who, let's not forget, was heralded as the bright new thing of English management - after a great start to the season, followed by a run of just seven games without a win, sounds outrageous. And right now I'm very surprised and disappointed. 
    On the other hand, PC wouldn't have been sacked were there not something more to this. I have no idea. We've heard rumours that he lost the dressing room and didn't have the backing of senior players. I have literally no idea. If the other option was Wassall until the end of the season, we might as well have kept PC and then let him go then if we didn't go up. Perhaps there's another candidate already in mind?  
    I just looked on the Guardian, and the headline in this: "Clement sacked after run of seven league games without a win". That just sounds and looks really silly, and embarrassing for us. And many of the comments BTL are mocking us. I really don't know what to make of all this. 
    I think that, more than anything, I'm just confused right now. 
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    SantosHalper got a reaction from Carl Sagan in Clement gone.   
    Its difficult to know what to think about this.
    On the one hand, sacking a new manager - who, let's not forget, was heralded as the bright new thing of English management - after a great start to the season, followed by a run of just seven games without a win, sounds outrageous. And right now I'm very surprised and disappointed. 
    On the other hand, PC wouldn't have been sacked were there not something more to this. I have no idea. We've heard rumours that he lost the dressing room and didn't have the backing of senior players. I have literally no idea. If the other option was Wassall until the end of the season, we might as well have kept PC and then let him go then if we didn't go up. Perhaps there's another candidate already in mind?  
    I just looked on the Guardian, and the headline in this: "Clement sacked after run of seven league games without a win". That just sounds and looks really silly, and embarrassing for us. And many of the comments BTL are mocking us. I really don't know what to make of all this. 
    I think that, more than anything, I'm just confused right now. 
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    SantosHalper got a reaction from ariotofmyown in Derby County v Villarreal   
    Couple of things there Ted...
    a. Czechoslovakia hasn't existed as a country for over 20 years;
    b. Czech and Slovak are different languages; and
    c. The commentary isn't in either Czech or Slovakian.
    Otherwise, carry on, mate! 
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