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Novander
Posted on: Sep 24 2010, 11:34 PM


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QUOTE (Tarantio @ Sep 23 2010, 06:21 AM) *
Did you enjoy Blur, btw Novy? A good friend of mine who was in my class at uni (first time round) worked on it, he got the job straight out of uni and he's very proud of the game.


Yes. The single player is alright, the stylish flashy powerups look stylish and flashy, but what makes the game great is the multiplayer. Normally, I suck at multiplayer and have a bad experience because everyone else is kicking my arse. I am, in fact, still terrible at the multiplayer on this. Over 100 online races and I haven't won one yet. But I don't care about winning, all I care about is beating the guy in front of me. The expert racers who know how to use complicated tactics like Braking Before A Corner can have their little scuffle for first place, I'm having a great time in 11th fighting against the equally bad 10th and 12th.

The game doesn't punish me for caring about the neon graphics and colourful explosions more than tight cornering and expert track knowledge. It's the best driving game I can think of for people who don't like cars that much.
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Posted on: Sep 17 2010, 06:21 PM


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I've gone multiplayer all of a sudden. I'm not used to it and it's scaring me. StarCraft II on the PC and Blur and Left 4 Dead 2 on the 360. That'll all die down soon though, since the next games I'm planning on getting are Enslaved (written by Alex Garland, motion capture by Andy Serkis!) and Fable III (I don't know how many of these Rumoured actors made it in the game, but even if it's just a few that's still a damn sexy cast).

For both single and multiplayer, I'm very much looking forward to Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.

PM me if you'd like my 360 gamertag (sadly Novander was already taken) or my Blizzard RealID.
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Posted on: Aug 26 2010, 11:05 PM


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If you can find a copy of Stuff the World. it's worth a watch. It's a documentary of the World Taxidermy Championships. It was about three or four years ago I watched it and it may be nowhere near as good as I remember, but I've finally managed to track down a copy and I'm going to watch some of it now.

Recently I saw King of Kong, about the world's top arcade game players competing for the top score on Donkey Kong. It's definitely worth watching, just to see how messed up an obsession like this can get.
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Posted on: Jul 25 2010, 11:28 AM


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Since completing Arkham Asylum (well, I still have Challengest to do, but the main plot and all the Riddler quests are done) I've not really got into anything. I'm sort of playing through Dragon Age again, but mostly I just want some racing game where things explode, so I was all set to buy Split/Second but then this video convinced me that maybe Blur was the way to go, so I did some reading and turns out that yeah, it's more what I'm after in a Get Home, Don't Think, Look At The Pretty Colours sort of game, so I've ordered that from Amazon (was even going to use the amazon search bar here, but it seems to have been replaced. How do you get my money now, Mata?)

Oh, and Fantastic Contraption 2 is out. Lost a few hours on it yesterday.
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Posted on: Jul 12 2010, 11:37 PM


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Simply put, Inception is amazing. I mean, seriously, wow. It's so rare to have a blockbuster with such an original premise, where the emotions of the lead character carry the plot. Honestly I couldn't truly express how much I enjoyed it without breaking the forum rules on swearing so you'll just have to trust me: film of the year.
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Posted on: Jul 1 2010, 10:30 PM


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I was listening to Air's 10,000Hz Legend album, but the style of the spoken word over the music sounded too much like KOMPRESSOR so I figured I might as well listen to the real thing.

KOMPRESSOR ADDING UP NUMBERS!
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Posted on: Jun 14 2010, 12:44 PM


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Actually, lately I've come to the realisation that I'm not very good at impersonating anything or anyone.

The person below me regrets their breakfast choice for today.
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Posted on: Jun 11 2010, 12:29 AM


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The City & The City is one of the best books I've read and I thoroughly recommend it. Now I'm on What is the What by Dave Eggers.
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Posted on: Jun 5 2010, 10:13 AM


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I wrote quite a long one of these but reading through, it was far too whiny. Let me summarise instead:

Thorns: Minor work issues, significant housemate issues, major money issues.
Roses: Sunshine and films
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Posted on: May 30 2010, 04:26 PM


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Then and than. Drives me crazy when people mix them up.
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Posted on: May 30 2010, 04:00 PM


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Oh man, three years ago. Look how small we all were. See how we've grown.

Yeah, so given some recent developments I thought I'd necro this thread. It seems so strange, reading through it, to think there was a time when Michael Bay made a Transformers film that didn't suck. The sequel was so bad it's even put me off the first one. Which is why fear gripped me when I read the news that Mr Bay is going to make a TMNT movie.

Somehow he fluked it and made an okay film first time round, but I remember this one time I was sitting in a pub, just been introduced to some girl, we were talking about films and she mentioned she liked the transformers sequel. I spent the next ten minutes telling her, quite angrily, why she was wrong and how it made her a bad person. This is how bad Revenge of the Fallen was. I don't want to have to do that all over again with TMNT. I'll always have Transformers: The Movie to remind me that Transformers films can rock but it's not like the original live action TMNT films were actually that good, and while I enjoyed the 2007 animated feature it wasn't amazing. Bay could actually ruin this one for me forever.
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Posted on: May 25 2010, 09:50 PM


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I ignored the pile of unread books on my floor and bought Martin Millar's The Good Faries of New York and China Miéville's The City & The City. Good Faries was a fast and enjoyable read, I imagine The City & The City will take a while longer but I do like Miéville's work.
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Posted on: May 21 2010, 12:18 AM


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Four Lions is certainly worth a watch.

I saw Prince of Persia: Sands of Time this evening. It has some absolutely dire writing in it, but is still quite enjoyable for such a bad film. Exactly what you'd expect.
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Posted on: May 18 2010, 11:15 PM


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I saw Robin Hood and Four Lions today. Robin Hood is basically Kingdom of Heaven II. Set against a backdrop of political upheaval caused by the Crusades, one lowly peasant gains noble rank and - though not a particularly important rank - gains the ear of rulers of the land, leads an army and talks a lot about social injustice. I loved it, I can understand why a lot of people won't.

Four Lions, if you're not aware, is a satirical comedy about terrorism by Chris Morris. Perhaps one of the most controversial concepts for a film imaginable. It's good. Sort of. Mostly. I'm glad I watched it, I did laugh a lot, it did make me think. It's just really really dark. Like, as dark and heavy as you'd expect and then more so.

But mostly I have been watching videos of kittens on youtube. I love internet.
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Posted on: May 18 2010, 01:51 PM


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Well, the tutorial/introduction level in Alan Wake scared me. Looking forward to the rest of the game. In a Oh God I Want To Play It But Don't kind of way.

Also, Cursed Treasure (Don't Touch My Gems) is my latest Tower Defense addiction.
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Posted on: May 7 2010, 11:06 AM


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My voted mattered! I'm quite happy with that. My constituency is Norwich South, where Charles Clarke has been Labour MP since the greeks invented democracy. Lib Dem took the seat today with a majority of about 300, so my vote really counted.

I mean, the rest of the country is falling apart with tories stradling a hung parliament and I don't know a lot about politics so I have no idea what that really means, but my vote counted.
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Posted on: May 4 2010, 09:28 PM


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There's been some discussion over on The Escapist recently about games that could be considered art, and one of the games mentioned was Jade Empire, the only Bioware game I'd never played. So I bought it off Steam and it seems pretty good so far. Of course, it's Bioware so even if it's their worst it'll still be exactly my sort of thing.
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Posted on: Apr 10 2010, 04:47 PM


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Wait until payday, then you'll get some sales.
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Posted on: Apr 6 2010, 10:41 AM


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I don't want to create a new thread for this, though I suspect it belongs in Daft as much as daily life.

Rose: My electricity isn't going to be cut off any more
Thorn: The supplier were threatening to do so even though I'd paid the bill
Rose: A nice woman on the phone got it all sorted for me this morning. Turns out I'd put the customer reference number in slightly wrong in the online banking form and the money had gone into a Suspense account until they knew what to do with it.
Odd: I've paid all my bills this way since moving into this house a year and a half ago. I tell the woman this.
Daft: "Actually, the last six payments have all gone into suspense."

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Thorn: Horrible easter weekend, lots of rude people coming to watch films
Thorn: And now it's the easter holidays so even if I try watching films during the day there will be hundreds of loud children around.
Rose: Now its my turn for a four day weekend.
SuperRose: Seeing AFI in London tonight.
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Posted on: Apr 5 2010, 04:20 PM


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QUOTE (Daria @ Apr 4 2010, 11:20 PM) *
I don't think we can be friends any more. I really don't. Sorry.

If it helps, I'm listening to them to gain a deeper understanding of comics.
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Posted on: Apr 5 2010, 10:47 AM


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He doesn't need to do better than Tennant. He's doing different to Tennant. I think the wackier style won't have quite the broad appeal that Tennant's Doctor had, though I liked it far more than I was expecting to, particularly how he snaps out of his madness into moments of clinical clarity. I've always been a fan of Steven Moffat and I thought this was a brilliant episode.

And Karen Gillan is indeed lovely enough that I would be willing to forgive a lot, but don't feel I've needed to so far.
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Posted on: Apr 3 2010, 07:48 PM


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I'm onto The Pipettes and The Long Blondes right now. There's a comic called Phonogram, about post-modern magic and music. The first series was all Britpop, a genre I grew up listening to so I had the soundtrack ready, always lurking in my head. Emo is my drug of choice these days but Britpop will always have that nostaligic power, no matter how bad it is I'll always forgive.

The second volume, The Singles Club, is less my personal taste, so I'm having to YouTube a couple of songs every chapter. This issue's set almost entirely in an indie club holding a Female Vocalists Only night. Not my stuff but I'm enjoying listening to something different. I can always tell myself the comics made me do it.

If you like comics, music and awesome and have not read Phonogram, I think maybe you should?
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Posted on: Apr 3 2010, 06:50 PM


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I was running Big Screen Gaming for some guys this morning (console games up on a cinema screen) and when they didn't have enough time left at the end for another game of Fifa (thank god) they stuck on the GoW3 demo. If I ever get a PS3, I'll certainly get it.
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Posted on: Mar 26 2010, 12:53 AM


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Three posts in a row. Sorry. This is once again becoming the Novander Watches Films thread.

Right, so we've had a bunch of good films this year, but I was just saying earlier that we haven't had that breakthrough Awesome film yet, like 2009 had Moon and Up and 2008 had Wall-E, The Dark Knight and In Bruges. Well, turns out I was wrong because Kick-Ass really is that good.
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Posted on: Mar 24 2010, 09:50 PM


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He's been here long enouhg to upgrade to CrazierMat
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