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Thumbs Up Your best of 2016!

In any category.
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STIGA VOLTAGE 80 multiclip 47 AE mofos, hardcore AF, f'yeah.

LAWNMOWEVER OF THE YEAR 2016 aaaayeaaaaa sick
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counts though.
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TV;

Dirk Gently (US)
- A real surprise, as its are US versions of British things work, but this one pulled it of and then some. Quick paced and Quirky, both Smart and Silly, it very much keeps you wanting more.

Gravity Falls
- XFiles for kids. But better. And very funny. Wraps up all its mysteries and plotthreads in a fantastic final. Many shows could learn a lot from it.

Braindead
- US Politics + Brain eating parasites. The first being by far the more terrifying.
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No one? I know theres quite a negative view of the year going around, but there must have been some stuff people liked :P
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Okay, let's get serious here.

Best Underrated Game: Underrail

Even though technically it was officially released in late December of 2015.
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Must be pretty underrated as I never heard of it :~
Even though I dont have time for many games, I generally have at least heard of stuff.
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Okay, let's get serious here.

Best Underrated Game: Underrail

Even though technically it was officially released in late December of 2015.
I love this type of game. Seriously considered buying, even shown it to my brother. Then went to read the negative reviews for curiosity... ... apparently the game is meant to torture players with extreme hardcore difficulty and bad designed RPG mechanics.
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I love this type of game. Seriously considered buying, even shown it to my brother. Then went to read the negative reviews for curiosity... ... apparently the game is meant to torture players with extreme hardcore difficulty and bad designed RPG mechanics.
Don't let those reviews turn you off, they are plain inaccurate and bad. I never felt tortured through this one, not once, and I have 140+ hours of gameplay to date. Only taking a break now in anticipation of the upcoming expansion. It has some of the most solid RPG mechanics that I have encountered in a long time and the oddities XP system is a real fresh wind in an otherwise stale environment of non-stop senseless grinding.
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Games have good difficulty and bad for me. I dont mind failing - even lots - provided I feel like I am getting closer (ie, I learned something, or know why I failed), and theres not too much backtracking or repeating to get back to where I died.

Why I loved Knytt Stories. Even the hard modules you are typically just a screen away after you die.
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Indeed. Nothing worse than repetition!

Homeless, I might try then... I wish more games had demo versions like it was not long ago: every game had one. Hard to tell just by video and reviews. In fact, as a kid, many many times I've had way more fun with the free demo than when I finally got the complete game. Sometimes because of it's unique level, or the time-limit/features/level restraints made it more fun or sometimes because it already packed all the game had best to offer and there wasn't much fun beyond that afterall.
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TV NETWORK OF THE YEAR : Netflix, by a mile

I enjoy lots of tv shows from big evil megacorporations. Gravity Falls was fantastic, but Disneys never making my Christmas list.
Netflix, however, is for the moment at least a great company also making great stuff.
Oh, they have disappointed me with a few shows this year. Not everything's perfect. But no-adverts, on demand tv where the shows live or die purely by how much the viewers value them. That's exactly how t should work. Not a weird system ultimately based on how many products I buy based on the commercials that air in-between my show.
Plus they invest in things a little more risky then other networks, and it often pays off.
Stranger Things? Sense8? Dirk Gently?
Lots I have enjoyed, and lots more on the horizon I look forward to trying.
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2016 was a good year for them then?
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Spoof smalltown radio station. Took me awhile to get into it, but I then found it very very funny.

Runner up;
A fair number of comady things on bbc radio4;
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/programm...layer/episodes (ISIHAC,John Finnemore, The Unbelievable Truth, That Mitchel and Webb Sound, Milton Jones...Probably others I have forgotten. )
Some really good stuff for putting on while doing other things.
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Best software 2016:




Now my primary bit of software for anything visual. Crazily feature packed, open source, multiplatform, free.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

Runner up

https://vivaldi.com - started the year buggy & slow. But now its slick, very customisable, and easily by primary browser of choice.
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Best software 2016:




Now my primary bit of software for anything visual. Crazily feature packed, open source, multiplatform, free.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

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https://vivaldi.com - started the year buggy & slow. But now its slick, very customisable, and easily by primary browser of choice.
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Now my primary bit of software for anything visual. Crazily feature packed, open source, multiplatform, free.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

Runner up

https://vivaldi.com - started the year buggy & slow. But now its slick, very customisable, and easily by primary browser of choice.
Totally with you there, Krita is an amazing piece of free software!

When it comes to browsers I've had my eyes on https://brave.com/ for a while, shows promise, only problem is their lack of extension support - hope to see that expanded in the future, not exactly fully usable in day-to-day activity right now. At least for me.
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Heh, I remember DF endorsed this Krita software for some years now. Like, I think I've tried it some time ago around 2013 (I think). Thanks for reminding me of it, just for the seamless textures and patterns feature alone (for a FREE software) it's worth it. I wish there was such a thing for vector art.

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ROBA , just kidding. (not)

Uhm I haven't played that many games that were launched in 2016, and of those I did, certainly titles like Inside were an amazing experience - but I guess I'll give a shout out to this rather unknown gem called MOMODORA. Cute, cute and cute. And gameplay is smooth. If you enjoy platformer type of games, you'll certainly delight on this one, it's solid and straightforward. Pros: Superbly animated pixels, cute japanese culture influenced characters, sleek gameplay, a handful of interesting power-ups, well-balanced boss fights. Cons: Storyline is kinda meh and dialogues sound like they all come from the same person (which probably did but that doesn't mean it has to be obvious), and the ending was a bit meh too, but all the inbetween was totally worth the time.

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When it comes to browsers I've had my eyes on https://brave.com/ for a while, shows promise, only problem is their lack of extension support - hope to see that expanded in the future, not exactly fully usable in day-to-day activity right now. At least for me.
Not usable due to lack of extensions? or bugs?
Browsers seem to take a lot of time with public to iron all the kinks out.
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You know, I was going to recommend my best comics of 2016. But Its really hard.
Not that there isnt any; on the contrary, it seems a golden age for comics now. Possibly the big money injection from films and tv giving them confidence to experiment.

But often its the very things making them good that make them hard to recommend.
A few years back, for example, Marvel started a principle of keeping the same writer doing a character or series for as long as that writer wanted. So you end up with awesome multi-year epics. Imagine a tv show like Lost or BSG....that actually ended decently.
Thats what you get with comics when the writer knows they will have control for as long as they want. They can plan well in advance, end when they want, and ensure it all wraps well.
Not that all do this, of course, but its far more common now then it was.

But it also leaves a problem. I cant really recommend years and years of comics. Legally its just too pricy, even illegally it can be a mess to get hold of. The investment is just too much timewise as well for something someone may not like.

When recommending you need something easy to try - and its hard for me to think of those. (other then webcomics like http://www.dumbingofage.com)

There is a few oddities out there worth trying though. DC had a comic called 'Prez' that was canceled after about 6 issues I think. The premise is stupid (in the future via a bezire series of events a teenager becomes president). However it makes it very plausible given the direction US politics is going. Id like to say its incredible cynical too, but its hard to given real world events that have happened after its publication. Its hardly satire anymore, but it is well written.

Theres also Marvels "The Vision", another short series but I havnt finished yet. Its quite unlike anything else. Its horrible...but in a good way. Horrible as in 'somewhat horrific'. You need to be in the right mood to read it, as its deadly serious and quite emotional.
I think I am recommending these mostly because they show the sheer diversity of even US mainstream comics now. (as well as being some of the few short series).

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Thanks darkf, I do enjoy your insightful rambles. For whatever reason I never really invested myself into a comic... but maybe I didn't find the right comic, or didn't give it enough chance.

About Lost, the network actually wanted them to continue. It was the actual creative team that said it's enough. Which means they have no one to blame but themselves for how awfully they wrapped up and ruined something that had so much promise.
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Thanks.

And absolutely, its completely their own fault. I didn't mean to excuse them. BSG had a season notice too. I could write essays on how those shows fucked up. (both in slightly different ways, but leaving a similar 'I wasn't how long on this?' taste).

Maybe its down to having a team of writers rather then 1? or maybe its the other way around. Maybe with comics the writers feel like they can stop sooner if they wish, so they only keep going if they know where they are going?
(A tv writer might feel pressure from the other writers...or the fact their show keeps dozens of people employed, rather then a comic which is more like 3 people :P)

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Anyway, you gota treat comics like tv. If you dont like one, move on, but the variety is so much you cant judge them all by even a small selection.

I used to think they were all mostly just action;
" Random powered person punching nazi-stand-in."
It always seemed that way by the covers.
I dont consider myself a snob, but honestly 9/10 in comics (or tv/films) fighting is the least interesting part.

But fortunately a lot of comics now know that, so focus on other things. (Personally I am a sucker for crazy sci-fi shit.)
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Its like if a tv show was broken into 10 minute pieces. Who would want to watch that? Better to wait awhile and binge a bunch together.
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Using this thread for another random ramble.

Was just thinking of "big" films recently and thought Id note down my thoughts.

Best Action Film: Captain America:Civil War

Actually,Might be my best action film in a few years.
(unless I am forgetting something).
Best "mainstream huge budget" film as well...maybe.

I have been thinking why I liked the film so much and I think the main reasons have nothing to do with whats in the film - its all based on whats not in it.

Dont get me wrong. Its got a solid story. Juggles a lot of characters well given most at least some sort of arc.
Its also built around a conflict between good people *that isnt based on a stupid missunderstanding*.

Normally in tv/film when good people fight eachother, its because they simply know different things and cant be arsed to talk before throwing punchs. With this film the characters know everything, they are all open and honest - yet still dissagree profoundly.

But thats not the main reason why this is a good big-budget action film. No.
You see most action films these days bore me.
And I dont just mean the normal "well most of everything sucks" "most".
No, I mean they have been getting more and more boring over the last few decades.

Action films tend to be based on spectacle. aka Trying to show me something awesome. If you got a action hero, give me a crazy stunt. If you got a setpiece, make it unique. iconic. special.
But inevitably these days the spectacle is one or both of;

A)Explosions
The last time a explosion interested me was V for Vendetta.
Doesnt mater how big they make them. Or how many angles they show it from. Explosions just arnt interesting any more.

B)Destruction
Arnt we all fed up with buildings and city's being destroyed yet? Lots of films, especially recently, seem to think the longer and bigger their destruction sequences are the more interesting it is. err..not really no.

So both of those things are a utter waste of time for me.


But Civil War wastes basically zero time on them. Hell, its a film _about_ explosions and destruction more then it is a film with explosions and destruction. Its basically saying "hay, maybe the Avengers being Team Amercia:World Police" isnt such a good idea. Its not being condescending about other films - but it is making a point: Hay, theres people in those buildings.

The film does, of course, still have other action movie elements - over the top fight scenes and car chases.
Car chases dont bore me as much as explosions and destruction - they can be entertaining still and it was short in this film anyway.
Fight scenes meanwhile depends if they are creative and with good choreography. Show me something new, or clever. Occasionally we still get that.

Superhero movies especially have zero excuses when it comes to these things. They arnt being "realistic", so they should be able to show us new spectacles more easily.
Show us something not seen before, _or get on with the actual plot_. And for the most part Civil War did that.
(Doctor Strange did as well for that mater - but the plot itself wasn't nearly as interesting.)

Worth pointing out writers of CW also did the previous film, which was also surprisingly good. The conflict wasn't as good, but it still had a more interesting story then the normal "Big Bad Villain Needs Punching" to fight. Marvel isnt stupid, so have got the same writers to do their next super-big-budget-crossover-epic thing too.

However, I strongly suspect that the next film they make will be no where near as good as this ....as it seems (sigh) its exactly just a "Big Bad Villain Needs Punching" story rather then anything more complex.
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Using this thread for another random ramble.

Was just thinking of "big" films recently and thought Id note down my thoughts.

Best Action Film: Captain America:Civil War

Actually,Might be my best action film in a few years.
(unless I am forgetting something).
Best "mainstream huge budget" film as well...maybe.

I have been thinking why I liked the film so much and I think the main reasons have nothing to do with whats in the film - its all based on whats not in it.

Dont get me wrong. Its got a solid story. Juggles a lot of characters well given most at least some sort of arc.
Its also built around a conflict between good people *that isnt based on a stupid missunderstanding*.
Normally in tv/film when good people fight eachother, its because they simply know different things and cant be arsed to talk before throwing punches.
With this film the characters know everything, they are all open and honest - yet still dissagree profoundly.

But that's not the main reason why this is a good big-budget action film. No.
You see most action films these days bore me.
And I dont just mean the normal "well most of everything sucks" "most".
No, I mean they have been getting more and more boring over the last few decades.

Action films tend to be based on spectacle. aka Trying to show me something awesome. If you got a action hero, give me a crazy stunt. If you got a setpiece, make it unique. iconic. special.
But inevitably these days the spectacle is one or both of;

A)Explosions
The last time a explosion interested me was V for Vendetta.
Doesnt mater how big they make them. Or how many angles they show it from.
Explosions just arnt interesting any more.

B)Destruction
Arnt we all fed up with buildings and city's being destroyed yet?
Lots of films, especially recently, seem to think the longer and bigger their destruction sequences are the more interesting it is. err..not really no.


So both of those things are a utter waste of time for me.


But Civil War wastes basically zero time on them. Hell, its a film _about_ explosions and destruction more then it is a film with explosions and destruction. Its basically saying "hay, maybe the Avengers being Team Amercia:World Police" isnt such a good idea. Its not being condescending about other films - but it is making a point: Hay, theres people in those buildings.

The film does, of course, still have other action movie elements - over the top fight scenes and car chases.
Car chases dont bore me as much as explosions and destruction - they can be entertaining still and it was short in this film anyway.
Fight scenes meanwhile depends if they are creative and with good choreography. Show me something new, or clever. Occasionally we still get that.

Superhero movies especially have zero excuses when it comes to these things. They arnt being "realistic", so they should be able to show us new spectacles more easily.
Show us something not seen before, _or get on with the actual plot_. And for the most part Civil War did that.
(Doctor Strange did as well for that mater - but the plot itself wasn't nearly as interesting.)

Worth pointing out writers of CW also did the previous film, which was also surprisingly good. The conflict wasn't as good, but it still had a more interesting story then the normal "Big Bad Villain Needs Punching" to fight. Marvel isnt stupid, so have got the same writers to do their next super-big-budget-crossover-epic thing too.

However, I strongly suspect that the next film they make will be no where near as good as this ....as it seems (sigh) its exactly just a "Big Bad Villain Needs Punching" story rather then anything more complex.
Hopefully I am wrong.
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Lovely post. And yes, Roger Rabbit is a absolute classic on many levels!

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