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@  Nevermore : (12 December 2019 - 07:45 PM)

Morten Harket of A-ha might have aged 35 years on the outside, but his voice is still pretty much the same as it was in 1984. That's some great training and exercise for you.

@  wonko the sane? : (12 December 2019 - 06:59 PM)

Depends entirely on how badly you cooked them. What?

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 December 2019 - 05:33 PM)

Can it raise the dead?

@  RichardT1977 : (12 December 2019 - 05:33 PM)

Cheddar can do just about anything.

@  RichardT1977 : (12 December 2019 - 05:32 PM)

Cream cheese has to be on a bagel or crackers.

@  RichardT1977 : (12 December 2019 - 05:31 PM)

(for example: I like Swiss cheese on sandwiches, but find it merely tolerable by itself)

@  RichardT1977 : (12 December 2019 - 05:30 PM)

I mean are you eating it by itself? With crackers? On a sandwich?

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 December 2019 - 04:48 PM)

I would ask, but I'd rather not know.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (12 December 2019 - 03:38 PM)

With my mouth, usually.

@  RichardT1977 : (12 December 2019 - 08:48 AM)

Depends on how you're eating it.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (12 December 2019 - 01:40 AM)

Havarti, without a doubt.

@  Greebtron : (12 December 2019 - 01:28 AM)

Not Don, thanks. I'd like a writer who actually cares enough to do the job properly

@  Benbot : (11 December 2019 - 09:34 PM)

What's your favorite cheese? I'm not sure, but it's hard to beat muenster.

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 December 2019 - 05:10 PM)

Man I wish IDW could do a season 2.5 with a few writers like Michael Charles Hill or Donald F Glut or Paul Davids involved.

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 December 2019 - 04:33 PM)

They were looking for Skids, but the animators forgot he existed again.

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 December 2019 - 02:58 PM)

He regrouped with Omega Supreme, the Dinobots, Skyfire and the Protectobots.

@  Benbot : (11 December 2019 - 08:20 AM)

Did he get infected with the rest of the Autobots or did he smartly remain off-planet?

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 December 2019 - 05:38 AM)

He really just went to the beach for a couple of days, then called it in. Who's gonna follow up on it?

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 December 2019 - 05:05 AM)

Anyone really believe Cosmos searched far enough for more ingredient for Corrostop?

@  Nevermore : (11 December 2019 - 03:48 AM)

Oh, we are pretty good at "forgetting" about that. Insisting on sending people home on their overtime, THEN suddenly rushing to do the "backlog" stuff when it's really overdue.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 December 2019 - 05:43 PM)

I've yet to find an organization which didn't have a backlog of "stuff" that needs to be done, but isn't important enough to put on the schedule proper.

@  TM2-Megatron : (10 December 2019 - 05:01 PM)

I'm sure most good/bad (depending on your POV) bosses would be able to find something for the worker to do, in most cases, even if it's spending 8 hours pretending to push a broom around

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (10 December 2019 - 04:39 PM)

Still better than American jobs. x.x;

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 December 2019 - 11:10 AM)

I'm pretty sure you've already mentioned this before. Especially that last one.

@  Nevermore : (10 December 2019 - 11:05 AM)

That can be fun if you're strong-willed enough. "Hey, you want to go home? Overtime reduction, there's nothing to do..." - "Nah, not today. I want to work."

@  Nevermore : (10 December 2019 - 11:04 AM)

This applies to the field of work as well. Meaning, your boss orders you to show up for a full shift, you show up on time and are absolutely willing to work, and then your boss realizes he has no work for you, your boss has to pay you for a full shift even if you don't work at all.

@  Nevermore : (10 December 2019 - 11:03 AM)

Fun fact: German law has a concept named "default in acceptance", which postulates that if there is a "service for payment" contract, the party that should provide the service correctly offers their due service, and the party that should pay fails to accept the service within due time, the second party still has to pay the first party even if there was no service delivered.

@  wonko the sane? : (08 December 2019 - 10:54 PM)

If it's seasonal affective disorder, check with your doc about vitamin D supplements.

@  Maximus Ambus : (08 December 2019 - 12:46 PM)

That's what I was thinking too, It's the christmas rush and if that's not stressful enough the cold weather can also impact mental health.

@  wonko the sane? : (08 December 2019 - 12:41 PM)

Might be a stupid question given the comment, BUT: have you done anything outside the ordinary lately? Might just be a stress reaction.

@  Maximus Ambus : (08 December 2019 - 12:29 PM)

I've experienced sleep paralysis with ghostly images and similar things in the past and can snap out of it through moving my fingers. I've definitely hallucinated before and members of both sides of the family have had similar experience, some suffered forms of mental instability in two cases schizophrenia.

@  wonko the sane? : (08 December 2019 - 10:47 AM)

So... either a hallucination or night terrors. Are you prone to this kind of thing?

@  Maximus Ambus : (07 December 2019 - 11:55 PM)

It kept repeating until I sat up.

@  Maximus Ambus : (07 December 2019 - 11:54 PM)

I've been up since three and when sheepish I was hallucinating something knocking twice against my bedroom door.

@  TheMightyMol... : (07 December 2019 - 06:58 PM)

Then repaint Apeface and Snapdragon as Transmetal Optimus Primal and Megatron. It's crazy enough to work.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (07 December 2019 - 05:32 PM)

Moral imperative.

@  Nevermore : (07 December 2019 - 05:13 PM)

Wishful thinking, rumor or leak?

@  Maximus Ambus : (07 December 2019 - 04:48 PM)

Snapdragon for Earthrise.

@  TM2-Megatron : (04 December 2019 - 10:22 PM)

Still not the weirdest thing a Nic Cage character has done in a film

@  TheMightyMol... : (04 December 2019 - 04:00 PM)

Couldn't be worse than him pissing fire as Ghost Rider.

@  Rycochet : (04 December 2019 - 03:38 PM)

The Tim Burton Superman Movie is the DC movie we deserve. It would have Nic Cage in a technosuit punching polarbears.

@  Paladin : (04 December 2019 - 02:59 PM)

Wonder Woman was great. Shazam was amazing. Aquaman... exists.

@  RichardT1977 : (04 December 2019 - 01:54 PM)

TBF, Aquaman and Shazam! were pretty good.

@  TheMightyMol... : (04 December 2019 - 01:00 PM)

Not a difficult feat.

@  Benbot : (04 December 2019 - 11:50 AM)

You just put more effort into telling a compelling story than all of WB's execs.

@  Cybersnark : (04 December 2019 - 11:41 AM)

Cue the flashback to Jonathan, reassuring a terrified child: "What you are is never as important as who you are." Cue Superman's response to Brainiac: "I already know who I am."*John Williams fanfare plays*

@  Cybersnark : (04 December 2019 - 11:38 AM)

I don't think we even really need to see Krypton. I'd start with Clark growing up in Kansas, thinking he's normal, and follow him through the development of his powers. There've been enough alternate takes on Krypton that it could actually work as a mystery; is this the pre-Crisis utopia, the sterile science world, or the relic of a fallen empire? Brainiac was there, and he tempts Clark with the knowledge of what he really is.

@  Otaku : (04 December 2019 - 11:12 AM)

First, a Krypton film, ending with baby Kal-El being found on Earth.  Then Supe's early career film, establishing his values... and if Jonothan Kent needs to die, it happens because of something like a heart attack while Clark is savnig folks on the other side of the world.  After we know Clark minimizes property damage and never kills, have Zod & Company show up and force him to make tough choices.

@  Otaku : (04 December 2019 - 11:07 AM)

Man of Steel seems like someone came up with a Superman trilogy and then the execs said "We've got to catch up to Marvel, make it one film!".  I don't mean that based on the film's actual pacing, but because various story beats make more sense to me if they weren't all squished together.

@  Cybersnark : (03 December 2019 - 07:44 PM)

I've been wanting to write a Superman movie trilogy for years; "Man of Steel" (featuring a Terminator-like Brainiac) was going to be first, with "Last Son of Krypton" (featuring the Eradicator) as the sequel and "Man of Tomorrow" (in which Luthor makes his face-heel turn) as the conclusion. Thanks to Snyder I have to re-arrange my titles.


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Posted 24 October 2019 - 07:40 PM

The TL;DR at the start: Good for what it is, even though the focus should be narrower.

 

 

So I picked up the newly released Moons of Madness game basically sight-unseen. First I knew about it, it'd popped into my Steam Homepage and described as "Sci-Fi meets Lovecraft" and it was only $20. SOLD!

 

I know what you are thinking "A fool and his money..." but I blew through the game in eight hours, and I was satisfied. Satisfied enough I'm actually thinking of another run through the game.

 

So what IS Moons of Madness? Well, it's a fairly linear walking simulator with some puzzles attached to it. And I know when you boil a game down to the term "Walking Simulator" a lot of people lose interest. Well, keep in mind Alien: Isolation would also classify itself as a Walking Simulator with some puzzles and a crafting system. Moons of Madness keeps things interesting and even incorporates a boss fight into the game so I never felt like "This is it?" That being said, I'm also a 36 year old man who is coming to the horrifying conclusion that modern, cutting edge gaming isn't geared for my aging reflexes and reaction speeds...so maybe "Walking Simulators" just appeal to me a bit.

 

So what is Moons of Madness about? It's a secret manned mission on Mars, working for a company known as the Orochi Group. Huh, that sounds familiar, but I can't place it. Anyway, you play the role of a repair tech named Shane Newhart and after a nightmare, you need to help out to get your base up to snuff as another crew in inbound (As replacements? Reinforcements? It's never specified). Things...go awry from there.

 

I don't want to spoil the story in any great detail, but I had my suspicions when I saw it was a Funcom published game. Moons of Madness is a stand alone tie-in game with Funcom's Maintenance-Mode MMO The Secret World (Now rebranded as The Secret World Legends). Thankfully, knowledge of the setting isn't required though it does get a bit infuriating for those, like me, who played TSW but not to any kind of completion thus references felt only half-understood.

 

But I feel the game itself would lend that air even if I was well versed in TSW's lore. Moons of Madness tries to be a lot over its five to eight hour run time. It tries to be a scifi take on the classic Lovecraft story "The Mountains of Madness", the most obvious reference. It tries to be a Secret World story. It tries to be a cautionary tale about science unbound by morality. It tries to be a supernatural tale. It tries. It tries.

 

It.

tries.

 

The problem is the game wants to be too many things at once. This is a game where the Necronomicon exists alongside cloning facilities and battle androids. And typing that out it sounds awesome. Again, I'm considering after writing this to dive back into a second run at the game so there's something to be said that the premise works...but it's busy. It's very, very busy. And that causes the game to suffer, tonally. That's increased by the decision to have your character comment on everything. You won't be entering a room or area in this game without Shane having something to say about it.

 

Which is fine, since let's face it...we all narrate our own experiences for the audience of ourselves and in stressful situations I can't really blame a person in the midst of it to comment on things if only to keep their own sanity. But the problem comes from Shane's insistent and nigh-hysterical "WHAT WAS THAT?!" moments combined with a tense moment of the score and the obvious visual accompaniment. The writing calls attention to itself at points where the audio and visual storytelling ought to be really driving the focus. There were a lot of times in the game where in Shane remarked upon something that I, the player, hadn't actually SEEN yet...thus the game sort of ruined its own surprises in a way.

 

 

 

Overall, Moons of Madness is a fun romp, and definitely a worthwhile look at during this Halloween season. It just didn't trust itself when it ought to, and tried to do more, storywise, then it really should have. I'm still going to play it again, though.



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Posted 25 October 2019 - 12:59 AM

(just saying that well written review. I actually checked around to see what it's about after reading it)

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Posted 25 October 2019 - 04:28 AM

It has a great Lovecraftian premise without the overt Mountains of Madness references. The game just didn't trust THAT story to carry things, and some of the plot gets downright insane for credibility's sake.

 

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