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  1. Divinity: Original Sin 1 and 2 did very well, the Shadowrun RPGs did superbly and Wasteland 2 sold excellently (although the narrative wasn't as complex in those games), enough that Wasteland 3 was greenlit off the back of it. Torment also apparently did quite well in terms of profit but it made all its money off the Kickstarter, and the live sales were seriously below par. I also think a very big problem was that it wasn't great, it wasn't terrible, it was just fairly mediocre and after a long development time for such relatively simple game, that wasn't good enough. The biggest problem with this rush of isometric RPGs is that so far exactly none of them have been as good as, let alone exceeded, Baldur's Gate II or Planescape: Torment. Given those games still exist and have even been upgraded and made shinier and more accessible (and are pretty cheap now), that's a bit of a problem. We have another one fairly imminently, Pathfinder: Kingmaker, and I'll be interested to see how well that does. Sadly, it sounds like Bard's Tale IV is poor as well.
  2. Caught the first episode of Cosmos, the Carl Sagan reboot fronted by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, as it's on UK Netflix. Not bad, but seriously lightweight and bizarrely unscientific in places (making the real asteroid belt look like the one from Empire Strikes Back is really, really silly). Will continue checking it out between other things. By sheer force of will I've made it through to Episode 10 of Season 2 of Luke Cage. Probably the weakest Marvel Netflix season to date, including Iron Fist Season 1(which at least had a really good semi-villain in Faramir). Some great actors but so slow as to be almost inert. They had maybe 4 episodes worth of plot, max, which they've dragged out to 13. Ridiculous.
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    The Last Airbender: Live Action on Netflix!

    Are you making a TV show because: 1) It's an original story that you've come up with, nurtured and really believe in? or: 2) Because of the money. Watchmen, Lord of the Rings and Got Prequel #1 are all being made because of #2. That doesn't stop them being good shows (Deep Space Nine, Frasier and Angel are all excellent shows that came because of that reason), but it drastically reduces the chances of it being so. The Valyria idea for a GoT spin-off sounds far, far superior and I'm amazing HBO didn't go for that option.
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    U.S. Politics: Next-ennials vs stamps

    It's a generous assessment of "near." The Sahara is hundreds of miles from there (there's a big question mark over where the Sahara ends, with some placing Morocco entirely outside of the Sahara and others having the Sahara extend some way into its south-eastern territory, but certainly al ong way from Ceuta and Melilla). Spain isn't in the best of financial health and even if it was, I don't think they'd consider it necessary. Why build a wall when you have a massive - and free! - water barrier already in existence?
  5. Rejoice! A graphics card which can run 4K reliably at over 60fps on Ultra Settings now exists. You shouldn't buy it unless you've won the lottery, it's a preposterous £1050 ($1150) just for the graphics card by itself, but it's nice to know this technology now exists, and should appear in the next console generation-after-the-next-one. NVidia are bigging up its ray-tracing capabilities, which is nice except 1) it doesn't have true ray-tracing capabilities, which even Hollywood custom graphics stations costing tens of thousands of dollars are struggling with, this is a sort of emulation of the effect, and 2) no game currently exists which uses the technology (although Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy XV are getting patches next month to include it). Wipeout 2097 or no sale.
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    U.S. Politics: Next-ennials vs stamps

    Trump urges Spain to build a wall along its border with the Sahara Desert. Spain, a country in Europe, does not have a border with the Sahara Desert, which is located in North Africa. Spain would have to invade several foreign countries in order to build such a wall, which would not be practically possible. Trump also apparently said that the border with the Sahara Desert "can't be bigger than our border with Mexico", when it is several times the size.
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    The Last Airbender: Live Action on Netflix!

    I'm not too sure on that. They've brought Witcher forwards to 2019 and Lord of the Rings won't be debuting until 2021. AvatarLive! and Frankly Unnecessary Game of Thrones Prequel Series could debut in 2020 but it's a bit more up in the air on Conan and Wheel of Time. Still, we're going to get a reasonably large number of epic fantasy shows in a surprisingly short period of time.
  8. Ooh, Valkyria Chronicles 4 is out next week.
  9. Update for Two Point Hospital that adds a "copy room" command. Absolute godsend, allows you to make Doctor's Offices very quickly, which is necessary early in the game.
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    The Last Airbender: Live Action on Netflix!

    On the one hand, it would probably have been more satisfying to have seen a continuation of the story, or a new story in the same world. But Avatar is massively iconic and the story is tremendous, so I understand why they've gone in this direction. The original showrunners directly showrunning this is also fantastic news. They absolutely hate Shyamalan's version, so "fixing" it makes sense. If I did have some concerns, it'd be that the original showrunners weren't the only people involved in A:TLA. Giancarlo Volpe and Aaron Ehasz were also key creatives, but presumably their commitment to the (excellent) Dragon Prince means they won't be able to help much (if at all) on this show.
  11. The Dragon Prince was excellent, not quite on the Avatar: The Last Airbender level but damn, pretty close. The biggest weakness was that it was far too short: 9 episodes only really got the story into its initial stages. Brilliant characters though, and a great mix of humour and drama. The idea to make the villains actual just human beings with genuine warmth for one another and a sense of humour and convinced they're doing the right thing was particularly brilliant (assuming they continue being villains, of course). The deaf general was also badass. Also:
  12. No, the map in Sharp Ends (on which this is based) clearly shows them as being separate. Almost certainly erroneous. The book is 175,000 words, which is slightly longer than Red Country but a clear 15,000 words shorter than The Blade Itself and a lot shorter than the rest of the books in the world.
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    Formula One 2018

    Latest rumour is that Toro Rosso has already signed Kvyat and will be signing Pascal Wehrlein shortly, Mercedes having released him from his contract. Williams also want clarity on the Stroll situation so they know what to do, but it sounds like Force India is leaning towards keeping Ocon until the end of the season rather than buy out his contract. That could change quickly, of course.
  14. A map of the First Law world. Had some fun with this, mainly because Joe's not super-detailed like some other authors were, so it was a fairly straightforward map to put together.
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    The Witcher on Netflix.

    We know now that the production will be based in Budapest, Hungary, but there will be some filming in surrounding countries as well, including Poland. Specifically, the showrunner was location hunting and found a half-ruined Polish castle that looked really great and some people are thinking it will be Kaer Morhen (annoying the video game fans as it doesn't look anything like the video game version, ignoring the fact that Netflix don't have the rights to the video games so it has to deliberately look completely different etc).
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