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  1. This is lovely. Great talent on display.
  2. Reading the Steam and GOG forums last night was a mistake, but I see your post and appreciate/echo/toast it.
  3. I've always wanted to try these, but feel iffy about giving money to Activision. Thanks for the link!
  4. Ugh, voted for the wrong one. "Absurd Monkey Island speculation originates from ambiguous Facebook remark, we spread it" gets my vote, instead of "Oh Guybrush, that IS the second biggest monkey head I've ever seen".
  5. So, let's revive this thread. I recently finished reading the first five A Song of Ice and Fire books. I'm looking forward to reading the sixth, whenever it comes out. You may have seen the first season of the HBO adaptation, Game of Thrones. While that's good, it loses so much of what makes the books so great. The small character moments, the backstory (which is just as good as the current plot), all the secondary characters you get to grow attached to. The series is a large, sprawling story about a political struggle in a fantasy kingdom - but don't let that put you off. I'm not a big fan of fantasy, but these books aren't what you'd expect. No orcs or elves or anything like that. The writer seems to dispense with unnecessary tropes, and to quote him: "I've always agreed with William Faulkner—he said that the human heart in conflict with itself is the only thing worth writing about. I've always taken that as my guiding principle, and the rest is just set dressing. I mean, you can have a dragon, you can have a science fiction story set on a distant planet with aliens and starships, you can have a western about a gunslinger, or a mystery novel about a private eye, or even literary fiction—and ultimately you're still writing about the human heart in conflict with itself." The books adhere to that. One thing I greatly admire about the series is how fascinating it lets background characters become. Because of the way chapters are structured - told from different viewpoints (a chapter from Eddard's POV, another from Bran's, then back to Eddard, etc) - you get different perspectives on certain characters that change how you perceive things over time. Most characters are painted in shades of grey, even the ones that are seemingly one-dimensional at first. There are only two purely "good" or "evil" characters in the series, and you could make a case for one them being the way he is. (The other, as far as I can tell, is an insane sadist. Future books will tell.) There are subtleties. A throwaway line in book 2 because a foreshadowing of events in book 3. A joke in book 3 hints at darker motives in book 5. It's great. This review from an Amazon user sums up the series rather well. For the interested, the books in the series are: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords (which should be taught in schools for how it so beautifully weaves character development with plot and a fast pace), A Feast for Crows and A Dance With Dragons. What about you? What books have you been reading?
  6. Very strong series. Some problems aside ("Let's Kill Hitler"), it was very enjoyable! Matt Smith is dazzling.
  7. Let's Kill Hitler was abysmal on first viewing, but became quite good on second. Overall, this last two-parter was Steven Moffat's weakest, but I still think that was a very good episode. Well, "Who is River Song?" was never particularly interesting. "What is River Song?" was always more involving, and we're only beginning to see that. I know what you mean, but I think I'm seeing this from a different point of view than you are. My main problem is that it's so into the idea of throwing questions and not willing to give out answers in any way that pays off. It's too busy being flash, and not busy enough telling a story. Or, at least that's how that last two-parter struck me. In general, it's fine with suggesting big questions and then not answering them - not yet, anyway. The "crack in time" arc from series 5 was fun. Here...there's a lot of juggling going on, and I'm having trouble seeing it all pay-off in a particularly meaningful way. I'm liking the set-up, but I'm being blue-balled for answers. I'm going to have to see the end of series 6 to make-up my mind. So far, I'm enjoying it as much as I enjoy any prime Doctor Who, but I do agree that the show needs to restrain itself a little bit and give more time to actual storytelling, less time to grand entrances. We'll see. There's still a lot of potential here.
  8. Hah, did anyone catch the John Travolta cameo? Selling Travolta cars? I thought it was funny. Though, I have to say, that puzzle with the duck and the tuning fork was the single most convoluted thing I've ever seen - this coming from a MI2 veteran with a hatred for that monkey wrench puzzle. Bless the internet and its many walkthroughs for getting me out of it.
  9. Some of his music is nice, but a lot of it is too damn *loud*. "School Reunion" and "The Rebel Flesh" both had moments where I actually wanted to yell at him.
  10. Show spoiler (hidden content - requires Javascript to show) It feels unfair that you criticize an episode because it didn't deliver on what you speculated would happen, Chris. Screw the Cybermen, Daleks, Silurians and any other classic monster who is just coming back for ****s and giggles. Doctor Who is good when it's exploring new ideas, new settings (Napoelonic Wars with lasers) or new monsters (Headless Monks). I kind of exempt the Silurian from that last episode, though, because she was used well and in an interesting way, and the same applies to the Sontaran nurse. Anyways, the episode itself... I wasn't too fond of it on first viewing, but I liked more when I re-watched it. It definitely benefits from multiple viewings, much like "The Beast Below". It's a very good episode, all things considered. Stuffed with killer lines, but that's typical of Moffat. Loads of fanwank in there. It feels more natural on a repeat viewing but is still vaguely distracting. I love the ending's huge, huge implications on the series. It begins to answer the question of who River is. I like it. Though, I have to say this: Matt Smith is one terrifying mother****er when he gets angry. The man's more Doctor than anyone before. This generation of Doctor Who are a bunch of good actors.
  11. Mm. At least I'll finally play Ultima Underworld.
  12. Did anyone else think that episode was unbelievably *dark*, though? I actually had to play some Super Mario on my old SNES to be able to sleep, since I saw it late at night. Series 6 has been really good. It's cranked out five great episodes out of a total of six aired. I hope the second part lives up to the first. I guess The Tingler might disagree with me, but I do think it's been the strongest series New Who's done this far. I've been watching Tom Baker's first series and getting the same vibe, the idea that I'm watching a new standard for the show in the making.
  13. Did anyone else think that episode was unbelievably *dark*, though? I actually had to play some Super Mario on my old SNES to be able to sleep, since I saw it late at night. Series 6 has been really good. It's cranked out five great episodes out of a total of six aired. I hope the second part lives up to the first.
  14. "The Almost People" was so exciting.
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