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  1. Phoenix Point is my most eagerly-awaited game of 2018. I do wish they'd had a bit more ready for this demo, like the in-mission vehicles and huge squad limits (you'll be able to take 8-10 troops on missions, and in base defence missions can control up to 16), since this is looking a little too Nu-XCOM-y at the moment. Some of the differences are quite nice though, like having the return of a more action point-like approach where you move a little, shoot, and move again. Animation being faster is also refreshing.
  2. The Good Friday Agreement and Belfast Agreement were ratified by referenda in both the UK and Republic of Ireland, which were passed by 71% and 94% respectively. Is this an argument that the result of referendums should not be respected? Oh wait, of course, referendums should only be respected as long as the people voting in them aren't Irish. That tracks. /s
  3. Most of the show is based on real life incidents. Omar was a real person (but not gay in real life). The scene where Omar jumps from a 3rd floor window and runs off (to Marlo's utter disbelief) in Season 5 happened in real life, but it was from the 5th floor in reality. When they blocked the filming it looked stupid (even though it really happened) so they had to reduce it on screen.
  4. I strongly recommend Jason Schreirer's Blood, Sweat and Pixels. It's a great look at video game development and opens the lid on a very bizarre, crazy industry. In particular, the making of Destiny will make your eyeballs pop out of your head. It's an unbelievable shitstorm which is still going on through the development of Destiny 3 as well, which is just bananas.
  5. Best comedy since 1998? That's a tall order and nope for Veep. It's a very good, but the biggest problem I have with it is that a comedy about a bunch of semi-incompetent lunatics on the loose in the White House (or VP's office) feels a bit too close to home now. Reality has made the show kind of redundant. Beyond that I think Veep really has its teeth pulled. You can see that Armando Iannucci is really operating with the safety catch on, as Veep never reaches the sheer viciousness of The Thick of It (which it is pretty much the US version of) and doesn't remotely have a character on the same level of charismatic insanity of Malcolm Tucker. Community I think was sublime brilliance for 3 seasons and then the "gas leak year" happened and the show never recovered, even after Harmon's return. You could make a strong argument for Community Season 2 or 3 as the greatest season of TV comedy since 1998, but the show overall is a bit too patchy over the long haul. The UK version of The Office is some kind of encapsulated bubble of brilliance. Very short, self-contained and devastatingly funny and occasionally poignant, with the perfect ending. It makes you forget how annoying Gervais can be now. The recent attempts to resurrect the character are a little sad, though. Extras is also decent but gets swept up by the major star cameos, but it does recover for another very solid ending. The Patrick Stewart scene may be the funniest scene of comedy in the last twenty years (to the point that they had a ridiculous amount of trouble filming it), whilst getting David Bowie to do a cameo was just amazing. The first season of The League of Gentlemen is one of the funniest seasons of anything I've ever seen but the show fell off a cliff almost immediately. Season 2 was very patchy, Season 3 was terrible veering on the unwatchable and the recent Season 4 was unnecessary and self-indulgent. It's a huge shame as the first season got that mixture of the macabre and the hilarious just right. Black Books is unvarnished gold, excellent from start to finish and some incredibly outstanding speeches on the pointlessness of life and the urgent importance of being drunk and Irish by Dylan Moran. Also, it has a lot of Bill Bailey it in it. The next show from the same writers, The IT Crowd, is much patchier but its best episodes (the gay musical episode, the "fire at Sea Parks" episode and the Chris Morris funeral episode) are fantastic. Michael Schur's comedies are very strong. The Office (USA) emerged from the shadow of the UK version and was pretty decent (and introduced us to the underused comic potential of Idris Elba), although probably went a season or two too long, to the point where it entered that annoying "Schroedinger's Lead" problem when your lead actor whom you've made a massive star is no longer under contract but also doesn't want to just leave, so kind of floats in and out of the series. I'm only at the end of Season 2 of Parks and Recreation but after a rough start it has become utterly brilliant. Ron Swanson may be the best sitcom character of the last 20 years, and is a very fleshed-out character who works beyond the tics that make him funny. This seems to be a Schur thing, as it's shared by Brooklyn Nine-Nine (which is very reliably funny but you wouldn't put it in the same league) and also (from the little I've seen of it) The Good Place. In animation Rick and Morty is very good but there were signs in Season 3 that they might already be running thin on material. Archer is utterly brilliant, particularly its golden period of Seasons 2-4. It's still been good since then, but it's relying more on gimmicks and high concepts rather than the characters in the last couple of seasons, which is not a good sign. Of the recent shows, The Tick is incredibly promising. It doesn't seem quite sure what tone it's going for for the first two episodes and then it hits on the idea of being an actual live-action cartoon and then it becomes utterly hysterical. Overkill (the Punisher x10) is a phenomenal creation, Alan Tudyk playing a sentient boat works way better than it should and Peter "Voice of Darth Maul" Serafinowicz as The Tick is a genius casting choice (if you're going to pick someone to replace Patrick Warburton, it can really only be him). If it sustains this quality, the first season will end up being something very special. My personal pick, though, is Spaced. Fourteen episodes, still-stunningly directed by Edgar Wright on very little money (you can see the roots of Baby Driver in his editing and cutting style on Spaced), with Simon Pegg on top form in it with tremendous performances by Jessica Stevenson, Nick Frost, Peter Serafinowicz (him again) and Mark Heap, who really should have had a much stronger career than he has. It has some of the best concept episodes ever, probably peaking with the one that combines Robot Wars, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Fight Club in the same episode, but also just really great characters, tremendously funny lines, excellent sight gags and the first really successful use of meta-humour about geek culture. Also, best use of a tank ever. Also, not a comedy but we should consider the "CSI: Fuckity Fuck Fuck" and "Desk Moving" scenes in the first season of The Wire, which both almost killed me. There's one recurring character (a senator) who I think they leaned towards being Malcolm Tuckerish (deeply cynical, swears like a trooper, deeply obnoxious but you absolutely want him on your side in a tussle) but then they seemed to pull back on it. Among the regular cast, no, there's no-one quite in the same league.
  6. I dunno. There isn't a single episode in Disco's first season that comes close to Duet, which a stone-cold, all-time classic.
  7. Hmm. Sounds like headway might be made if the one factor they had in common was addressed then.
  8. Since I finished playing The Witcher 3 for the first time like two weeks ago, yeah.
  9. Oh, that's fun. A Cyberpunk 2077 reference in The Witcher 3. I wonder if that's just an Easter Egg or if Ciri will briefly show up in Cyberpunk 2077?
  10. More specifically, the American fetishisation and glorification of the gun. For Americans, especially relatively poor white males who used to believe their ethnicity, gender and masculinity would give them a leg-up on everyone else (to the point they could neglect formal education), owning and using a gun makes them feel powerful and strong at a time when it's become clear that other types of people are now (or in danger of) getting equal treatment to them. The treatment of the gun as a symbol of "freedom" rather than simply a utilitarian tool (as in much the rest of the world) is also a major issue. For other countries without that tradition and mythologising of the weapon, it's been much easier to abandon its use.
  11. I mentioned it in the post immediately above yours Yes, it's a very readable account of the rise of the Nazi Party in the interwar years as well as a very effective account of the war itself. Shirer was a journalist based in Berlin during the period, rather than a historian, and was present at many key moments. He was at Munich and even witnessed the French surrender, which Hitler insisted take place in the exact same railway carriage where the Germans signed the 1918 armistice (he had it taken back to Berlin and put on display, where it got blown up by an American bomber in 1945). From that POV it's very engaging and never feels its length (unlike other massive tomes, like Alan Bullock's interesting but ponderous Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives). It is, however, a product of its time and perspective. As a journalistic account of the war it's very interesting. As a historical text it's best approached with caution and contrasted with other books using more documents and sources that emerged after the war.
  12. Canada's proportional crime stats are somewhat worse than the UK's (the absolute figures are mostly worse because we've got three times the population, but nowhere near big as you'd expect). You are 33% more likely to be murdered in the Canada than in the UK and 44% more likely to be shot dead (per million people), although the latter figure may be seen as very low given that Canada has shitloads of guns and we have very few. 1500 acid attacks is the five-year total from 2011 to the end of 2016. There has been an alarming rise in knife crime in the UK in the last couple of years after several years of long decline. To put this in perspective, there were 80 fatal stabbings in 2017 in London, out of 135 murders total, compared to 300 in New York City (which itself was a 70-year low), which is comparable in population. So whilst there are issues in London, they still fall far short of the United States. In addition, policing funding has become heavily politicised in the UK. Acid, knife and terrorism incidents are issues that Britain has dealt with for decades and has always kept a reasonably tight lid on them. However, the Conservative government has slashed police funding in the UK since 2010 with the loss of over 20,000 front-line police officers, including many in community services who are at the sharp end of liaising with poor and crime-ridden communities (from where a lot of sources are gained which help stop this kind of criminal act in its infancy).
  13. Out of interest, how does the DACA stuff fly with the minimum age of criminal responsibility? I know 33 states don't have one, but if a DACA recipient is living in say, North Carolina and was under 7 when they were brought into the country, how can they be held responsible for the "criminal" act of their parents? Or does their status as a non-American simply mean that doesn't apply in any capacity?
  14. It would have gone monstrously over-budget and Fuller would have quit/been fired between seasons anyway.
  15. Yet more twists and turns! The D&D movie has switched from Warner Brothers to Paramount but now has a release date: 23 July 2021. It's unclear if they are keeping the same writer and premise they had previously.