Discussion in 'Off-topic & Daily life' started by ckyfreak22, Oct 15, 2008.
Hi, guys. Long time no see.
Hey there Dick, long time no see indeed! How are things? I hope all is well .
Nog I'll write a proper reply to your post very soon, been having to work overtime and long hours in work so haven't had much of a chance to do much web surfing in the last couple of weeks . But sooooon!
It's all good, man!
Welcome back to the thread, Dick. Where have you been all this time?
There's a guy on youtube GamingJay who has taken up the lengthy challenge to play 1001 games listed in a book titled '1001 Games you must play before you die'. It was compiled by writers of various gaming magazines & released in 2010. I also own a copy of it. I asked Jay about it and he's selecting each game in no real order, so i recommended a few good games from the list and he decided to check out Astro Boy on GBA. Developed by the quirky Japanese studio Treasure who are responsible for other side-scrolling gems such as Gunstar Heroes.
There are various other similar books, such as 1001 drinks you must try, places you must visit, books and films. Would you ever commit your spare time to such a challenge?
He gets in to the gameplay at 12 mins. My regular internet handle has been named dropped
Busy with life stuff, man. Traveled the world for a long time. Gonna get married next year. I also met up with @ckyfreak22 earlier this year. Had a blast in NYC together.
What have you been upto?
Congrats on getting engaged Dick! Alas life has been somewhat more mundane for myself, just been working a lot and did quite a bit of weekend partying, but not so much these days as a I can't really afford it . I don't suppose you've heard from Tweeg? He used to post regularly but not in over a year. Hope all is working out well for him.
Did Destiny not make have a PC version Nog? Weird, I though a mate of mine was talking about playing it on the PC, but perhaps he was talking about. Regarding the add ons, I think they were almost the same price as the original game when they were first released, that's what put a lot of people I know off it. I remember hearing at the time they had a 10 year plan for the game, but I didn't realise they inlcuded full sequels.
Ah that Shenmue vid looks visually good, but are the graphics up to todays standard? Although maybe they are intended to invoke nostalgia for the orignal game, because from the vid the main character is easily recognisable. With gaming these days I rarely go for something unless it has had a multitude of good reviews/reports. If Shenmue 3 ever arrives on these shores and gets excellent reviews then I'll be interested. But since PSO 2 was never released here I won't hold my breath for it.
Ah they are working on the Abyss blueray eh? Goooood! Ridiculous it has taken this long, but then JC does seem to be a perfectionist. The standard definition copy I have did not look too great on a high def TV. When we put Avatar on afterwards the difference was stark!
Ah that was an interesting deleted scene from T2, man Robert Patrick was brilliantly cold and icy in that role. Gave me the chills when I was a kid . I wonder how JC came up with the idea for the liquid metal T. I wonder if he had any thoughts regarding it's functionality. Any thoughts on how something like that could actually work?
I think Death Wish in it's day was a bit like the Michael Douglas film Falling Down. The character was an anit hero people could get behind. Certainly cheesey by todays standards. I think Bronson became sort of iconic and the core fans were happy to keep watching the same sort of story play out over and over. Everyone loves a bit of revenge where some dick gets his comeuppance !
Nog I couldn't make it beyond about 3 minutes of that intro to the net vid, that was just awful . I mean how could they possibly think that was a good idea ?
Haha, no I couldn't commit to trying 1001 things, I just wouldn't have the time or discipline. I can't get through all the books I have as it is . What about you? Any lists of things you want to complete?
Oh I recommend the new film version of It. They have now updated it so the story of the kids is set in the 80's Lots of cool 80's references like an Airwolf t-shirt . Do you think you will watch it? Also I'm watching a TV show called Timeless, which so far is a pretty decent time travel story. Ever seen it yourself?
Apologies for the awful intro to the net video. I did warn you ,hehe. So bad it's hilarious though. There's tons of videos ripping it apart on YT, but I decided to share the original shit shower.
Yeah, remake of IT is out there and raking it in worldwide so I hear. Turns out the adults story will be told in a follow up film. But would this ever get made if the first was a flop? The actor playing Pennywise is a large toddler only born in 1990 same year the original was out. How old does that make you feel? I might watch it online in near future, right after new Blade Runner possibly. I wouldn't pay to watch any remake in cinema.
Oh man, another question if I'm watching "that" latest TV series again. Sorry, but I gave up with modern TV about ten years ago when most of it was geared towards either kids or vacuous women. Can you recall how dreadful it all was in early 00s? Hardly anything for men besides 24 or Sopranos and that grew old fast. Is Timeless anything like Quantum Leap? I'll give it a chance if its half a good as QL.
There's a critics list of 1000 best films ever which I'd have a go with. I've had a passing interest in 1001 games book. I've played nearly 400 of them. Half of these are old 2D games that I played back in the day. I say passing interest because I wouldn't go out of my way to play sports or music games. Speedball 2 and California Games are in there though which were pretty good games on Commodore/Sega etc. Remember them?
Found a superb little online game. Name that game within the time limit. The site opens with a create account box which you dont need so close it first. Advice for gameplay is click 'skip' early if your mind goes blank. What's your high score? My best is level 67. I should go on bloody Mastermind with the subject ha!
Speaking of Sega, after donkeys years of attempting to create a Sonic game that would satisfy both players and critics, they decided to hand the job over to the fans and it actually worked. First good review of a Sonic game by Edge in a very long time below. When did you last play a Sonic game? Ah, memory informs me it could be Sonic & Mario olympics game?
Sorry for another late reply . Life has been a bit chaotic for me. I shall write a proper reply shortly.
P.S. Did Dick block those spam posters? They seem to be gone now
Thanks. Nothing wrong with mundane, man. As long as you're doing your thing, it's all good.
Yeah. I blocked a couple of spammers and deleted a bunch of shit.
Anyone of you guys seen the new Bladerunner movie yet?
Yeah the actor playing Pennywise is relatively young, but considering what Pennywise really is then it can make itself look any age really .
Oh id say Timeless is at least half as good as Quantum Leap. It doesn't have the cheesiness of QL but still entertaining due to the time travel aspect of it. You really shouldn't give up on current TV man, some of it is pure quality. Like Game of Thrones and the Walking Dead. But I think you would really enjoy Stranger Things ....it's pure nostaligia for anyone growing up in the 80's. Speaking of which, did you ever see Super 8? I have probably asked you that, but it's another decent film harking back to the 80's with lots of nostalgia .
I don't remember speedball but I do remember California Games! Used to play it on my mate's megadrive. Speaking of old 2D games. do you remember either of these:
Id forgotten about the snakes down the side .
Loved the music . My brother used to play through this on the old Amiga old the time! I liked the middle level best for some reason. Im better I can't beat your high score because I think you knowledge of gaming is far superior to mine
I will have a go on that timed online guess a the game game soon, but am packing for a holiday tonight and running out of time . Haven't been on a proper holiday in an age!
Yeah the last Sonic game I play was Sonic & Mario olympics on the Wii, good guess . How did you know? Did I tell you before? It wasn't a bad game, but much in in the vein of other multi sports games. A lot of fun with mates and a few beers .
I did indeed go to see the new Bladerunner! I really enjoyed it, more than the original. I rewatched the original and wasn't that impressed. The visuals and effects were excellent, but it was a rather slow pace. The new one has a bit more story to it in my opinon. You also don't really need to have seen the first one in order to understand this one. Plus Ana De Armas is a very attractive lady
Well I'm off on holiday shortly, wish me luck as I hate flying !
Ah, you don't like flying? You have something in common in John McClane then, hah. Where did you go on holiday and was it as enjoyable as you hoped?
You'll be pleased to know I'm currently downloading Stranger Things season 1 as I type. Might give Super 8 a go as well I've never watched it. I heard something of Stranger Things on radio earlier this year when they were briefly talking about child actors being in a TV show set in the '80s, but I didn't catch the title. Should have just enquired on this forum >.<
I also watched BR 2049 and thought it was good, not great overall. I can't agree that 2049 has more story going for it in comparison and don't entirely understand why you think the original has a slower pace. Both move at almost the same pace. On the plus side, the mature direction and cinematography were pretty commendable in an age of Bay style filmmaking. Too many moments of quiet which I get the point, but could have been improved with subtle synth music in there like original has. The brief inclusion of CG Rachel looked outstanding and the hologram girl was agreeably eye catching. Did any youngsters misbehave or walk out of there from boredom?
Oh man, you played California games on MegaDrive. That's an improvement over me experiencing the 8-bit master system version. The only Batman game I played was Batman Returns on a mates SNES. It was a pretty good Final Fight copycat. Did you play any other games based on films? There were a few dodgy Terminator games I recall. Home Alone was fairly accurate to the film, going around setting the traps in his house.
Also never played Barbarian, but i do know it was an inspiration for Moonstone below (and as my avatar), a role-playing game about sword fighting black knights and various monsters plus you could loot their bodies for gold and useful items. It was super challenging, I would call it the Dark Souls of the early '90s. Bit of a notorious game for it's graphic violence which unsurpringly kept Sega & Nintendo away from any home console conversion. The success of Mortal Kombat shortly after changed their attitudes to gore, but it remained an Amiga game to this day.
Did you know the box cover of Barbarian features Wolf from Gladiators and a page 3 model?
There are more recent spammers on the forum index. Just a heads up if you haven't already noticed?
Ah I see there are more spammers indeed!
Sorry Nog, been having a few issues around work recently. But I'll get a proper reply done in the next day or two .
I don't believe this performance/song can be topped for being more '80s than the '80s itself. Are you familiar with any of Nik Kershaw's work? He bounced on to the music scene in 1984 and was best known for The Riddle and Wouldn't it be good. He also wrote the Chesney hawkes 1991 hit, The one and only.
Yeah I'm not a fan of flying at all ! I am just not very experienced with it, having not done too much travelling myself. But I went to Germany and it was fantastic! Did a lot of sight seeing and some clubbing too . It only rained once and the German beer was great. The flight home was a bit rough though as we had to travel through a storm!
Ah yes I loved Stranger Things, thought it was great and definitely set in the 80's with some spookt goings on an Dungeons & Dragons references . Did you watch through it? What did you think? I have now seen the second season too. Did you get around to watching Super 8? If so did it remind you of anything ?
About BR 2049, I just felt there was more action in this one. The thing is that I hadn't see the original in a very long time and when I watched it again, just before seeing the sequel, it seemed that I had always viewed it through nostalgia googles. Yes it had better music, but I think the acting and action were better in 2049. Lol I saw no youngsters in the cinema, but there was a couple in front of of use got up and left after about 25 minutes .
This is just part 1 of my reply! Just in a rush to get out the door here, so will post part 2 of my reply either tonight or tomorrow afternoon
Oh year I played Batman Returns on the Amiga back in the day and really enjoyed it! I remember thinking it was vastly superior to Batman The movie from a Graphics point of view. I have played a few games that were based on films over the years I vaguely remember playing a Robocop game on my cousins commodore, I recall the scene where you had to shoot threw the girls legs to hit the guy behind her in the groin . I also remember playing Gremlins 2, Goldeneye Superman Returns. Was also kind of a fan of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the SNES, but was that based on the film?
Speaking of Mortal Kombat, did you ever play the SNES version? It was quite sanitised with no blood and I think the fatalities were weakened. My mate also had it for the Megadrive and it still had the blood so we always played it at his house . Saved us quite a lot of money on the arcades! Did you prefer Street Fighter 2 or MK?
I have never seen the cover box from Barbarian, I also used to play that at a my mates house . Oh did you ever purchase any one of the nintendo mini consoles? Recently played my brother's mini SNES with mario kart and punch up! Good old fashioned 2D fun!
This forum software doesn't have good built-in spam protection unfortunately.
Been enjoying the persistant snow fall (and icy roads!) over december? It's no fun when you have to walk back with food shopping, but fortunately I live 10mins from a local supermarket. I feel sorry for the elderly whenever it's iced over and they can't travel without a vehicle or taxi service.
I enjoyed Stranger Things. I saw pilot episode and series 2 ep1. I watched the MadMax episode where they can't determine which kid has topped their arcade high scores and we see them fail at Dragon's Lair. It does have a bit of reputation of being unfair and a bastard to get working on emulators, so I've never played it. Their bikes looked wrong it kept bugging me. They should have been riding on chunky BMXs. Unless the bikes used are what the writers used to ride around on. Did you spot anything that made you go "wait, that thing looks out of place"?
Was Super 8 meant to remind me of films like Close Encounters, Goonies and E.T? It had weird structure with the child characters they kept disappearing over time and never returned again. Enjoyable anyway.
I didn't go buy the NES or SNES mini. I'd love to own one, but it's not worth the price when you can play them all for zilch on your PC via emulators. Did you ever used to play Super Mario Bros. 3? asking because there's a current No Touch challenge for it involving no touching mushrooms, item blocks, coins, killing enemies etc. unless it's the only option to proceed. The only version of MK I played was MegaDrive version so I'm glad I experienced the uncensored version. Yeah, Nintendo during the '90s and N64 era were always known for releasing watered down conversions of violent games. They didn't want to risk tarnishing their family friendly image. Street Fighter 2 was a better game overall, but MK was hard not to love when you're a youngster. The commands for the fatalities were simply aggravating. Ah, you played Super Mario Kart that's classic game. I used to play it round a mates for hours on end, but only the rental. I remember liking it so much I went up to his parents and asked if I could go buy the game so I could come round to play it there and received a delayed "Uhhh, sure. It's your money anyway"
The existence of this film will amuse. Fortunately, It did not see a cinema release... yep, straight to DVD, Lmao.
As for good cinema, a friend recently suggested i see Married to the Mob, a super overlooked '80s film. I gave it a shot and y'know what its flippin brilliant. It's a dark comedy/drama similar in spirit to Planes, Trains & Automobiles or Trading Places. It's well made like them too. Also, the film is conscious of its place in time by exaggerating the sillyness of even bigger hair and wilder fashion, materialism, expenditure, etc.
Any interest in watching it? If so, I'll post a MediaFire link to full movie here.
Sorry for the slow reply again, but Christmas has been hectic! Hope you guys had a good one yourselves?
I will write a proper reply in the next few days. Just trying to get some things sorted