philmophlegm: (Crossing the Brook)
'Her Story' is the best game* I've played all year.

This is not going to be a very good review because if I told you much at all it would spoil a lot of the appeal. I was lucky enough not to really see any reviews (or at least remember anything from them) before I played it. I STRONGLY recommend that you do the same. Don't look up it up on Wikipedia or anything. You can read this though.

The game is subtitled "A Video Game About A Woman Talking To The Police". Your job is to work out "her story" from the clips you see of her talking to the police. The clips have been tagged with relevant keywords and you get to search by keyword. That's about it.

It's currently (until 4th July) in the Steam Summer Sale for just £2.49. It'll take you about two hours to play it. And I think most people here will love it. And I think that a lot of people will agree with me that it's an astonishingly good performance from someone in her first acting role.

Oh, and you can play it on pretty much any PC.

* Football Manager doesn't count. It's not a game, more a way of life.
philmophlegm: (Wrexham club shield)

The latest target of the PC police - Gilbert & Sullivan.

"Controversy as Chester Zoo opens 'Wrexham Scally Enclosure'". (I should point out that Homo Wrexhamius Scalliensis Chavus is pretty much confined to the southern part of Wrexham, not the nice bit where I’m from…)

Why Gandhi is such an asshole in Civilisation.

The Curious Case of the (Medieval) Weapon that Didn't Exist

Why you can't just have more quantitative easing to get rid of the national debt.

This is not a 512gb microSD card.

The worst football kits of all time. They’re all bad, but Colorado, seriously…?

This month's best headline is from an astronomy website.

"A lousy, stupid, no good, bad, law is being proposed."

Star Wars Episode IV in a single image. (OK, it’s a very big image, but still…)

Minimalist, anonymous rooms are probably not a good place to do teamwork.

"We all owe a significant debt to Richard Murphy." No, really.

I'm an only child, so I can't really relate to this. Nevertheless I thought it was a sweet film about growing up being “Player Two”.

Woman accidentally joins search party looking for herself.

Today's most widely misinterpreted piece of economics, from the IMF. There are two arguments put forward in the paper. The first is that there are risks associated with capital account liberalisation (allowing money into and out of the country with less regulation). The second is that although high public debt is bad for growth and welfare, for countries with excellent records of debt repayment, like the US, the UK and Germany, a “credible medium-term fiscal consolidation” makes more sense than a “fiscal noose today”. In other words, slowly bringing down debt as a percentage of GDP, not slashing everything to balance the budget as soon as possible. Now that’s pretty much what the UK’s current fiscal policy is. Still I suppose “IMF economists broadly agree with George Osborne” isn’t quite as good a headline as “You’re witnessing the death of neoliberalism – from within”. Seriously, this is a paper that says “There is much to cheer in the neoliberal agenda. The expansion of global trade has rescued millions from abject poverty. Foreign direct investment has often been a way to transfer technology and know-how to developing economies. Privatization of state-owned enterprises has in many instances led to more efficient provision of services and lowered the fiscal burden on governments”… and Facebook (and one of our less reputable newspapers) is full of idiots claiming that “we are witnessing the death of neoliberalism”.­

philmophlegm: (Bush Tucker Man)

I absolutely love this series of paintings of mechs attacking early 20th century east european peasants.

The other day an RAF Chinook with a distinctive bright red tail flew right past my window. (We're high on the side of a hill and they often fly low up the river.) Turns out it was a special paint scheme for the 100th anniversary of the squadron. (Aren’t Chinooks cool? You can keep your Apaches and your Lynxes and your Merlins.)

First edition King James Bible from 1611 found in cupboard in Wrexham Parish Church. (Thanks to pellegrina.)

I didn't know that a Welshman invented packet switching.

More evidence emerges of Corbyn and McDonnell's close links with the IRA.

Scenes from the Emu War of 1932.

"Children who play video games twice a day are less likely to achieve five good GCSE grades". (Or possibly kids who don’t bother revising, and go and do fun things instead, like playing video games, are less likely to get good grades than kids who revise more. Do you think…?)

Labour MPs aren't happy at the moment. ( I particularly liked one anonymous Labour MP’s description of communist Corbyn supporter Richard Burgon as “a fucking dickhead” and Ian Austin MP’s advice to Corbyn that he “should start acting like the Leader of the Opposition and not like a student union president”.)

Hipster Hitler - a webcomic

philmophlegm: (Cantona)
2020 Champions League Final
Real Madrid 0 - 5 Manchester United (two goals from Bale, two from Munir and an Alvarez Balanta own goal, Bale was man of the match against his old team)

United team:
De Gea
Danilo Jones Pique Shaw
Koke Thiago (Herrera)
Januzaj Mata (Unal) Bale

This completes an unprecedented quadruple for United:
World Club Champions
Premier League
FA Cup (beat Norwich 5-1 in the final, three goals from Januzaj, two from Munir)
philmophlegm: (Cantona)
2019 Champions League Final

Manchester United 3 - 1 Real Madrid

MUFC goals: Shaw, Falcao, Bale
Real goal: Otavio

United team (4231)

De Gea
Danilo (Pique), Jones, Rojo, Shaw
Koke, Thiago (Herrera)
Bale, Januzaj, Munir (Di Maria)
philmophlegm: (Left 4 Dead)
For my own future reference as much as anyone else's. The fix for this error is contained in this video:

philmophlegm: (Left 4 Dead)
I've just finished the second season of The Walking Dead (the computer game that is, not the comiic book or the TV series).

Shit, I mean there's grim, there's dark, there's grimdark, and then way, way beyond that, there's season 2 of The Walking Dead.


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