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  1. That's such a fucking good album. The drummer in an old local punk band burned me a copy about 12 years back, when I'd posted on a local music forum about it saying I was looking to track it down. Astonishingly good (and mature) for a first album. The first three Chumbawamba albums are all superb, it's such a shame they'll only be remembered for a shit '90s novelty song.
  2. Watched the first episode of the BBC adaptation of The City & The City. Was pleasantly surprised - I'd heard the trail on 6Music a few times last week but, aside from the Stranger Things knock-off music, had assumed it was a generic gritty police procedural, it took me a while to realise it was actually an adaptation of the book! I enjoyed it - it takes a premise that, like most of China Mieville's work, could be either unfilmable or else come across as incredibly cheap and hokey, and (so far, at least) has made it work. I'm impressed that they haven't really played up the weirdness of the premise for weirdness' sake, and more or less just play it straight. It's visually and stylistically very interesting, and the only real downside is that David Morrissey plays the lead character as a very generic gruff cop with a past, though that might be necessary for the premise to work.
  3. There's also Elton Motello's "Jet Boy, Jet Girl", which I always assumed was an English language pseudo-cover of this, but was actually just a record label getting a different artist to record English vocals over the exact same backing track.
  4. For what it's worth, they've said that the Shenmue re-releases will have options for "classic or updated" controls, or words to that effect, so it looks like there may be the odd gameplay tweak to keep them updated. I haven't played Shenmue 2, but played through Shenmue on the Dreamcast a couple of years ago, and found it endearingly odd rather than dated. Elements of it still felt hugely ambitious, rather than feeling dated, and no worse than some games today. I don't think it's aged that badly at all - for a 20 year old game, I'd say most of it holds up very well, especially compared to most of its contemporaries.
  5. I've barely seen any new films in the past two or three years, so none immediately come to mind. In terms of recent films in general, I'd have to rewatch all of them to see if they'd hold up, but I'd say Mad Max: Fury Road, Birdman, and Foxcatcher all probably just miss out of the timeframe, but are the movies that stand out to me as having been truly great.
  6. Yeah, it's getting a bit too repetitive for me now, particularly as I'm just going after stronger versions of monsters I've already faced. I'm sticking with it, but it's getting harder to motivate myself to play and go out exploring for exploring's sake, as it doesn't feel like the game has much more to offer me.
  7. Blitzed some time on this last night - unless there's a swerve coming, finally defeated Zorah Madaros, so that was nice. Then the next thing I have to do?
  8. For the BritWres fans, ICW's Joe Hendry is part of the Scottish wrestling team.
  9. Mad Max is exactly the sort of thing I hope for from PS+ - the kind of game that's always intrigued me, but never enough to push me towards buying it. So that's great. Throw in Q*Bert and I'm a happy camper.
  10. https://www.mmamania.com/2018/1/28/16942458/report-renzo-gracie-vs-sakuraba-2-rematch-one-championship-fight Renzo Gracie vs. Sakuraba. In 2018.
  11. It's a fair reflection of his work, and pretty much every problem I have with "Nerd Culture" as a concept. It's more references than plot - most of which it takes the time to spell out to you in meticulous detail, lest you not "get it", despite the fact that the central concept of the book is about the pursuit of hidden "Easter Eggs" and references within the in-universe game, so the reader never gets to share in anything like the experience of the characters by playing "spot the reference" themselves as they could in, say, a Kim Newman book. Imagine Stranger Things if, every five minutes, a character said, "well, this scene is very much reminiscent of the movie IT, which was itself based on a Stephen King book...". It's "LOOK WHAT I KNOW" spread out to novel length. Beyond that, and the obvious author insert central character who shows no personal growth, and a relationship to women about along the lines you'd expect from the author of "Nerd Porn Auteur". The central character explains, at laborious length, how he's an expert on everything about the 1980s, all of pop culture, all the most obscure music imaginable - yet somehow in his list of music manages to avoid the burgeoning hip-hop scene, the remnants of disco, or pretty much anything African American at all. The character repeatedly crows about his exhaustive knowledge, but outside of video games, he's scratching the surface. It's the whole "Nerd as Outsider" idea that I absolutely detest. The idea that you're special, or unique, or part of some kind of minority culture because you - *gasp* - like Star Wars, Lord Of The Rings and Marvel Comics. In 2011. You and the rest of the world, buddy.
  12. I'm the opposite, but for probably the same reason. Kingdom building will eat my life away, so I'm delaying the inevitable.
  13. That's a great haul! I recently picked up the new Yamantaka // Sonic Titan album - no idea if they're on anyone's radar, really, but I saw them live just before they released their first album and they absolutely blew me away. New album feels a little bit less experimental - for better in some ways, though perhaps not in other's - but still absolutely amazing.
  14. All of these sound like made up names.
  15. I tentatively take this one back, as she's booked for 'Mania weekend. The thing that flagged me for this was Atushi Onita being booked in matches by the AI, despite being set as Retired, so this may not be the case across the board.
  16. I'm keeping up with Omnibus, and it's definitely my new favourite. The episodes on Gadsby and The European Starling are both brilliant, sharing the connection of being based on the whim of one eccentric lunatic. Their inability to correctly pronounce "murmuration" in the latter got on my nerves, though. The only one that's been a bit patchy so far is "Heil Honey, I'm Home", though I think a large part of that is because they really struggle to contextualise the show - they keep talking about the American context for TV comedy, without much of a grasp on what was going on in British comedy at the time, or other British comedy shows using Nazis, or specifically Hitler, as a figure of fun over the years, so it was just a little frustrating to see them not quite explore that fully. Though the brief bit on The Fugitive being about Tommy Lee Jones as an Irish cop in love with Harrison Ford had me giggling in public, so I'll let them off.
  17. Random notes; Johnny Kidd is set to Retired, he should be Semi-Active - he had at least one match late last month You have Rhia O'Reilly contracted to SHIMMER and SHINE - she hasn't worked for either since 2016. Gideon Grey needs a boost to his Comedy skills - at present, he performs badly in Comedy matches, when in reality that's pretty much the only kind of match he works In running a UK game, both Kay Lee Ray and Clint Margera have complained about being booked in Hardcore matches - as Clint is predominantly a brawler/hardcore/deathmatch guy, and KLR is "the hardcore daredevil", that suggests their stats need tweaking to fix that You have a lot of workers with their status set to "Retired", but preferred role still set as "Wrestler". Sanity are set as the NXT Tag Team Champions - they lost the belts to Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly back in December Atsushi Onita should be retired, and his preferred role set to Personality/Road Agent Aja Kong should be set to active in the British Isles, she's working EVE in May DASH Chisako should be active in the British Isles, she's working EVE this month Jordynne Grave should be active in the British Isles, she's working multiple promotions this month Killer Kelly should be active in the British Isles, working EVE this month 17 should be retired, or best yet removed entirely. Resistance Gallery is set as a Location with a capacity of 1000 - it holds around 300, tops. It may be that you've upped its numbers for gameplay/balance reasons, though this isn't reflected in the more accurate numbers for other locations in the game. These are more subjective, as they're stats based; Meiko Satomura is currently set as 0% overness across the UK - this definitely needs changing, as she's being used as a major draw at Fight Club Pro's biggest ever show, and has been a focal point of four EVE shows, and will be a featured part of Wrestle Queendom, and headlined the UK King of Trios. Meiko's skills also need significant improvement, in my opinion - she's often in the conversation as one of the best, and most consistent wrestlers in the world today, yet outside of "Basics" and "Psychology", she doesn't have a single in-ring stat above C. I would say she deserves a significant boost to her Puroresu, Consistency, Mat Work, Chain Wrestling, Submissions, and Athleticism. Pete Dunne should have significant improvement on many of his stats too - he was in a legitimate Match of the Year contender, and is one of the most consistently great wrestlers around right now, yet you have most of his stats set as Ds across the board, including an F for Puroresu, D+ for Chain Wrestling, F+ for Submissions, and E- for Aerial - all of these need vast improvement, in my opinion. You have Dan Severn's Mat Work and Chain Wrestling at D, both should be considerably higher. His Basics you currently have at C, which could also do with a boost. Sammi Jayne's skills are far too low as well - you have all of her in-ring skills set to between F and E-, which is massively underrating her. This seems to be common across most younger UK workers in the game; Millie McKenzie's stats are far too low, and I was getting "the crowd were very vocal in their dislike of Jack Sexsmith" road agent notes, and his stats should not be anything like low enough to warrant that.
  18. Yeah, pretty much any "white person uses the N word" stuff always makes me uncomfortable. Patti Smith, John Lennon, Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, Randy Newman...it's not really a word I want to hear coming from any of them.
  19. Yeah, I think contextually Fairytale is fine - but I do remember having a conversation with a friend of mine, who used to play in a band I was in that owed a lot to The Pogues, and he was a big fan and thinks it's one of the best songs ever written, but said that, as a gay man in his 40s, he did find it quite distressing quite how joyously rooms full of people would sing along with that line in particular. Most '90s rap is pretty much it for me. It's the sort of thing I put on while I'm getting ready to go out, and some of it is pretty inexcusable.
  20. And to at-large serial killers. I can still never get my head around how Bowen was only in his 40s and 50s for the entire run of Bullseye. He seemed 70 then.
  21. That just reminded me of a friend referring to a T-Rex as, "the big man from Jurassic Park".
  22. Skummy

    WWE 2K18

    Now that I know this is an option, I'm buying the game and take back everything bad I said about it
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