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A saw that BBC adaptation of 'War of the Worlds'. If you like watching Eleanor Tomlinson stare into space and cry for three hours, I would recommend it. Otherwise, maybe give it a miss. The Tom Cruise movie is closer to the book, and that movie is set in 2000's America. Not that diverting from the source material has to be a bad thing, I just don't think they pulled it off here.

General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: December 13, 2019, 04:37:04 PM »
As I said earlier, I've forfeited my right to whine, so I'll try to explain as objectively as I can. Our voting system often inflates majorities. In 2015, or 2014, I forget which, the Conservative party won only around 30% of the votes, but still got a majority of seats. So it's likely that Johnson's support isn't as large as the results suggest.

That said he is genuinely popular over here. Everyone seemed to love him when he was Mayor of London. He was seen as a kind of charming buffoon. I can't remember anyone bringing up all the questionable racists things he said back then, but I think people also used to be a bit for forgiving of that kind of thing a few years back. It's only with the rise of populism that people have started to take a firmer stance. I wasn't even aware that he had said those things.

Honestly, I used to like him myself. I didn't think he was Prime Minister material, but I wouldn't have minded him being Prime Minister. I remember reading about he thought London was such a wonderful and diverse city and he didn't see immigration as an issue like so many in the party did.

My thoughts on him only changed with the referendum. I had no idea he was a Eurosceptic and for him to come out as a Leaver felt like a massive betrayal from a person who I used to think was one of the few decent Tories. When I was talking politics with my dad, he brought up his various dodgy statements and outright lies and it became obvious what a nihilistic, selfish charlatan the man is.

Since the referendum, I've made quite a few Leaver friends, and many in my family voted Leave as well. I know they aren't all a bunch of racists. But the whole movement has become hijacked to further Johnson's career. All he cared about was getting into power and now all he cares about is staying there.

The same criticism doesn't apply to Corbyn, who is a man of very strong beliefs and values, but he's hardly innocent. Every Corbyn supporter I've met, not a Labour voter, but a die-hard fan of Corbyn, cared far more about 'purging Blairites' and holding rallies than they did about beating the Tories. England is not a socialist country and a hardcore socialist will not win an election here. Quite a few people in Labour understood this, and I think Corbyn does too. He is an activist, not a leader. It will take Labour a very long time to recover from the mess he put them in. He put far more effort into attacking his own party than he ever did into attacking the government. 2017 wasn't a sign of things to come, it was a fluke.

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: Game Awards
« on: December 13, 2019, 08:21:52 AM »
I stayed up to watch the whole thing in the hopes that there would be something to do with Elden Ring. It was, like staying up to watch Bethesda at E3, a mistake. I was pretty bored with the whole thing and now I have to finish an essay all sleep-deprived. I mean, they showed a trailer for FFVIIR, which was nice, but that's a game I'm getting anyway.

Still, it's nice to see Fromsoft get the recognition they deserve, even if Sekiro isn't really my thing and I probably won't get it. They should have won Game of the Year back when Bloodborne came out.

General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: December 12, 2019, 01:25:29 PM »
I don't think this will go down well, but I'm not going to be voting. I hate both the Conservatives and Labour, and I don't like the small parties very much either. Not that a vote for them would do anything under First Past the Post.

The country's going to crash and burn regardless of who wins, and if I don't vote I at least won't be morally responsible for any of it.

So your country is going to shit and your reaction is to attempt to void yourself of responsibility? Well I'm sorry, but you can't. Not voting is also a choice that affects what happens with your country, like it or not. There's no hiding in a hole and saying "this wasn't my fault."

And if you stay at home because you're disillusioned, the likes of Boris Johnson will win. And then you'll be properly fucked. Stop thinking of politicians and political parties as someone you have to like. It's always going to be about choosing between options that don't suit you in order to keep the even worse ones away from power.

I should probably clarify that my opinion of Jeremy Corbyn is pretty much exactly as negative as my opinion of Johnson. I don't want either of them to win. Of course, one of them has to win. (Probably Johnson, because the Conservatives always win.) The worst option will win regardless of how we vote. I can't see a future for myself under either Johnson or Corbyn and I intend to get out of this country regardless of who wins.

I accept that I have no right to complain if I don't vote. And I'm not going to. I'm not going to start any arguments over politics with the family this Christmas. I can't blame anyone for voting for either side when the options they were offered were so atrocious.

General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: December 11, 2019, 08:58:36 PM »
I don't think this will go down well, but I'm not going to be voting. I hate both the Conservatives and Labour, and I don't like the small parties very much either. Not that a vote for them would do anything under First Past the Post.

The country's going to crash and burn regardless of who wins, and if I don't vote I at least won't be morally responsible for any of it.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Favorite Standalone Book
« on: November 17, 2019, 09:00:04 AM »
I'd go with Strange and Norrell, and Perdido Street Station, if the Bas Lang books count as standalones.

Non-Fantasy Books / Re: Modern and Postmodern narratives
« on: November 09, 2019, 03:51:37 PM »
An idea I've come across is that modernism is a reaction to the declining importance of religion in society, and an attempt to replace it with over ideologies (Objectivism and Communism being two examples). Postmodernism in turn is a reaction to the decline of Modernism and opposes any 'big, unifying explanation'. I think a big part of that is a response to WWII, belief in 'big explanations' was considered by postmodernists to be a major cause of the conflict.

I'd say the OP is spot on. My understanding of it was always something along those lines.

Non-Fantasy Books / Re: What is "non-genre fiction"?
« on: November 09, 2019, 03:45:35 PM »
I used to have a flatmate who pretty much refused to read any fiction less than a hundred years old. When I stumbled across some writing on the development of more mainstream or literary fiction, I started to see his point. In the twentieth century, a lot of writers began to consciously move away from what they thought was too much of an emphasis on plot, and starting writing stories that focused mostly on character, with little plot development. Because a genre is mostly defined by specific plot beats (fantasy and Sci-Fi are more defined by their settings in my opinion, but let's skip over that for now.) This had less of an effect on genre fiction than on mainstream or 'literary' fiction.

Here's the problem. It's really hard to write a book with not much plot and actually have it work, and in my opinion, most writers can't pull it off. I've read many fantasy novels of varying quality, and never have any of them been about someone sitting in a room whining to themselves for three hundred pages. A lot of mainstream fiction these days is character studies with boring characters, so I hardly ever read it, but I can read these plot heavy nineteenth century novels no problem, even if the characters are pretty flat. Mythology has some of the oldest and most enduring stories in all of history, and the characters are often two dimensional archetypes.

I'm plot trying to say plot is more important than character, in many ways I think that's a false and unhelpful dichotomy. But for me, fantasy offers more than just imaginative monsters and magic systems I can't find elsewhere. It has epic, sweeping, important feeling stories that most mainstream fiction hasn't had for almost a century.

Started playing Dishonored 2 for the first time. So far I like the game, it's a lot like the first one with some interesting improvements (although I'll probably end up liking the first one more.) Only problem is, my PS4 absolutely hates it. The fan goes berserk when I put the disc in and it crashed after I beat the first mission, though thankfully my progress was saved.

I'm actually quite scared to play it again, because I'm worried my console will burst into flames.

General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: October 31, 2019, 06:30:45 PM »
I wouldn't say I'm a hardcore democrat, in the sense that I agree wholeheartedly with Churchill's description of it as the 'worst possible system, except for all the others'.

But the greatest strength of any democracy is term limits, and there should never, in my opinion, under any circumstances, be more than two. Any leader in power for too long, regardless of how well they governed at the start, will end up both tyrannical and incompetent.

Any leader who even mentions the phrase 'third term' in passing should be instantly thrown in prison. Every time someone has managed to amend the constitution to get a third term, he's still been in power thirty years later and doing a pretty poor job of it.

For me it's more important for a system to purge bad leaders than to select good ones.

General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: October 29, 2019, 07:35:53 PM »
I feel for the eight year old boy that just wanted to be loved, but I'm afraid he's dead for a long time and now we got this thing that pretends it is a normal human being (or even a stable genius).

I would say Trump would make for a good fictional villain, except his behaviour is way too outlandish and ridiculous.

If one good thing comes out of this nightmare, it will be people finally basing their fictional evil empires on someone other than the Nazis.

Yeah, he is tough. Hits hard, hits fast, and doesn't give you much openings. I think I played through the game four or five times now, but when I wanted to farm sunlight medals through co-op support, he was usually the boss where you got summoned the quickest, so I probably have fought him 20 or 30 times now. And a shield is just amazing.  ;D

The one boss that I never defeated by myself is the one in the big hidden area. Even with 3 player co-op that one took me a lot of tries. I have no idea how people beat him alone.

The Princes were also really tough when I first encountered them, but once you have them figured out you actually can very well dance around them. This really is one of the things that make all the games so utterly fascinating. You can work your ass for hours and dozens of tries the first time you play the game.
Iudex Gundyr was really tough the first time. Now I start a new game and easily kill him before he can even transform into his second phase.

There is always a temptation to think "the thing I just did avoided getting hit and dealt a bit of damage to the boss. If I can repeat this perfectly for 5 minutes without break, I can beat him." And then you try and try and try until you nail it. But then later you see videos of someone using fire or lightning damage instead and killing the boss with four hits in under 10 seconds. But it just never occured to you that you might be using a really weak attack form.

To be honest, I find the idea of repeating the same reasonably active attack until the boss is dead more fun than applying lots of buffs and one or two hitting it. I like these games to be a challenge. I see videos of speedrunners and people who win first time every time and I can't help but think they've ruined the game for themselves a little.

There's one boss notorious for dying in one hit, and when I killed it, I actually felt kind of guilty. There it was, standing there, doing nothing to hurt anyone, and then some guy just drops out of the sky and sticks a sword in its head. It made me feel like an elephant poacher.

I always found Iundex Gundyr easy, but I had no idea he could be killed before he got to phase two. That's amazing.

General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: October 24, 2019, 08:36:27 PM »
I just found an article in The Independent about a businessman in China who hired a hitman to kill a business rival. The hitman then hired another hitman to do the job for him. This hitman then went on to hire another hitman. This went on until the fifth hitman was hired, who then approached the man he'd been hired to kill and offered to help him fake his own death. In the end no one died and they all got caught.

When you have a shield and the discipline to keep is raised when he can make a tail swipe, Oceiros can't really hurt you.

It also works really well with the Dancer, the Pontiff, and the Prince. They can only hurt you when you let them hurt you.

Crystal Sage I found very easy, but that was because I had played through Demon's Souls and Dark Souls before.
Spoiler for Hiden:
It's the same fight as Fool's Idol and Pinwheel.

I actually had to look up a guide for the sage. It is similar to pinwheel, but unlike pinwheel, the clones actually try to attack you. Once you work out which is the real boss and just focus on that it's pretty manageable though.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Pontiff was the boss I was ranting about earlier. I'm on the Twin Princes now and I have yet to find a fight as hard as the pontiff. He's as relentless as a Bloodborne boss, but much harder to dodge, and that five hit combo destroys me every time unless I have enough space and stamina to run away. He's the only boss I had to summon for, and as far as I'm concerned, continues the trend of putting the hardest boss in the middle rather than at the end that began with the O&S fight, another one I could only beat by summoning, and even then it took me about thirty tries.

There are a couple of bosses that can be killed quite easily if you figure out their trick early and you happen to avoid them using their strongest attack. Crystal Sages, the Deacons, and Wolnir come to mind.
But then there's also the fast duel bosses who zip all over the place where it's all about constant dodging and blocking. For replays, those are the really fun ones, but the first time they can be really tough cookies.

Too my suprise I got bored of Horizon and returned to Skyrim. After 8 years, I am finally really enjoying Skyrim for what it is.

I actually struggled with the Crystal Sage and the Deacons. Wolnir was just as pathetic as everyone said he would be though. Oceiros was unbelievably easy. I found him with three or four estus left and still beat him on my first try. I felt kind of guilty about it actually, like I'd just mugged an old man.

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