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  1. i will start at the moment i am playing saints 2 (i know i am behind in the series) what a game so much to do i think i will be on it for years. some strange things on it like covering buildings in shite and a camera show? none the less good fun what game you currently on?
  2. avfcDJ

    Weather...

    I did look for a topic but couldn't see one.. Nayson last night posted about the Portsmouth football match being cancelled - here I was stuck slap bang in the middle of it - for some of the loudest and brightest storms I have ever been, The flat where I live was shaking at some points! Anyway, I managed to grab a few clips on my mobile, but also wanted to see what the weather is like where you guys are? (Strange one this because it was originally a football question and I also wanted to mention that the local team (Newport IW) carried on playing last night - http://www.iwradio.co.uk/articles/2013-10-22-electrical-storm-lights-up-the-isle-of-wight ) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdJnaLFrhHo
  3. Stevo985

    General Chat

    Is he as big a canut as he appears to be from what I've read and heard/seen? Videos of himself playing guitar etc. Got his own blog under a pseudnym where he posts completely inane drivel which he thinks is profound. Rows with his missus which end up with the coppers being called. Seems he's done the teaching profession a favour, anway, as that's his last job in that line of work. Will also be spending some time at Her Majesty's Pleasure, When/If he comes back ... I have no idea, I don't know him, just her (his cousin)
  4. A thread to put your examples of modern football being rubbish. I'm expecting this to be at 1000 pages by the end of the season. I'll start. This is the Madrid derby tonight, at Atletico's new Wanda Metropolitano stadium. Firstly the stadium name is horrible because of the sponsor, but we're kind of used to that nonsense now. But look at the advertising boards. Seemingly it's a system called "Chroma" that shows different advertising boards on TV than in the stadium based on your location. Image watching Villa v Small Heath on telly and seeing "'Arry's Tax Consultants" running round the sides. Money 1 Local rivalry 0.
  5. jonno_2004

    Dogs...

    Rival thread Nothing better than a good walk with the dogs in either summer or winter IMO.
  6. OK peeps, by popular request, I've started this retro gaming thread. No rules other than to reminisce and maybe lay out in as much detail as you want to what exactly your gaming history is, what your favourites are/were. Do you still play them? Online, retro machines, emulators etc. Anything goes, so have at it. My CV ! Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48K+ (+ as in not the rubber button one), Sinclair ZX Spectrum 128K+2 Commodore Amiga 500 various PCs including a Blue Lightning BLX75 (oooh), a Playstation 2 and an original X-Box. Both of which I still own (somewhere...). Also spent plenty of time on my mates' SNESand spending fortunes in arcades. I'll chip in with games later but to start off I'll copy my contribution to the 10 best as they're pretty much all retro anyway Stunt Car Racer, Turrican, Manic Miner, 4 player Atomic Bomberman, Rainbow Islands, Chase HQ, TOCA 2 Touring Cars, Midnight Resistance, Green Beret, Ghosts & Goblins, Commando, North & South, Nitro, Speedball 2, Chaos Engine, Xenon 2, R-Type, First Samurai, Moonstone. Oh man the list is endless. What a well-spent childhood 1 POD - PC - This game brought me to Arkansas (yes, really). At my peak I was ranked IIRC #3 or 4 in the world. The hours are uncountable. The broken steering wheels are uncountable (5 actually). Ubisoft had an absolute gem with this masterpiece and they singularly failed to get it out to the masses and to the audience that it deserved. Nevertheless, they continued to release gorgeous new tracks and cars for years after its release, and it was an early example of an 'online game service'. Stunning racing game with an excellent physics engine and is now a forgotten, or rather a 'never known' stone cold classic. 2 Kick Off 2 - Amiga - What's to say? The Dino Dini classic. The gameplay was unparalleled. The goalkeepers were legendarily difficult. The zipstick was the ONLY viable controller. The memories of gangs of mates in sitting rooms playing world cup competitions. Happy happy days. 3 Geoff Crammond's Grand Prix - Amiga - Truly a ground-breaking racing game when it came along. The polygons are well dated now, but the gameplay isn't. Was and still is one of the most playable and enjoyable racing games of all time and set the standard for everything that followed. At my peak I could win races by just using the trackside cameras, I knew the tracks so well. 4 Championship Manager - PC - Perhaps the game I put most hours into (other than POD), in its various guises from the 92/93 version up to the 94/95 one including the Italian version and on into the more modern and technical ones. I lost days in a row playing this and it's responsible for me supporting Cremonese ! 5 Sensible World of Soccer - Amiga - The spiritual successor to Kick Off 2 and much more accessible (read : easier). To be able to have the whole world of leagues to choose from was a dream come true to a footy nerd like me and I spent hours and hours devising ever more obscure tournaments and tweaking this and that. A truly brilliant game for its time and probably still great fun now. 6 Street Fighter 2 - SNES - One of the most faithful arcade conversions I've ever seen, and to think they managed it on the relatively (by today's standards) humble Super NES. Everything was almost perfecftly faithful to its coin-op cousin and this reminds me of my secondary school years dossing in my mates' gafs while they alternate between SF2 and Super Mario Kart. I was never particularly good at it though. I was more a Blanka user and that says enough to any SF2 afficionado. 7 Gran Turismo 4 - PS2 - Slightly later in my gaming life, the accuracy in this game and the choice of cars as my car-mad mate tweaked the suspension to infinitesimal degrees trying to eek out another tenth of a second for me. This was another huge leap forward in racing games and it was nearly the only thing I played on my PS2 until GTASA came out later on. 8 Spy Hunter - Spectrum 48k - Probably the first game I got hooked on. I got my 48k when I was 7 years old and Spy Hunter was part of a pack (gif) that came with it. Still an all-time classic game and had to make this list really if I was to truly chart my gaming progression. 9 Sid Meier's Civilization - Amiga - What. a. game. What a vast and thrilling game. Another in the "I'll be here 'til Tuesday" line of computer games that I often let myself get hooked by. I sank day after day into this one. Many games followed it. Populous et al. But none ever quite captured the character of the original. 10 Fallout 3 - PC - The most modern of the games on the list and my introduction (and so far only attempt) into a proper sandbox world. What a work of genius! Beautiful, atmospheric, immersive, tense, humourous, great soundtrack. I had it recommended to me by a mate as it was a bargain bin purchase by the time I came along. But it was a great example of where things had moved on to since I was a proper gamer. It also showed me that I still have that gene where I can very easily get hooked on something and lose days of my life. Honourable mention Mortal Kombat - Arcade - I finished it with every character. That cost a pretty penny. I was always better at this than at SF2 so for that I'll always be grateful! EDIT : See? I'm at it already. I simply have to add Half Life in here. Those of you who weren't gaming when this was released simply cannot appreciate the quantum leap that was made by this game. Overnight it made everything that had gone before completely redundant and antiquated. In fact it took years for anything else to match it. Definitely one of the single most important games ever made, and it goes without saying one of the very best and most copied too. I love love loved that game.
  7. Following the success of Bedlam on Channel 4, I thought it would be interesting to get people's perspectives on mental health problems, particularly as at any given point 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in their lifetimes. FWIW I have not experienced a mental health problem but I work in the field and find the stigma to be the worst thing, particularly in terms of stopping people looking for support
  8. I just had a pint in the pub (Moorhouses Pendle Witches Brew) then Large Cod, Chips and Gravy from the local chippie. I am now happy (and full).
  9. Chindie

    Hobbies

    Inspired by @mjmooney not 'getting' Lego in an Airfix world, what are your hobbys? Obviously we have a fair few gymhounds here and the odd musician, and I guess technically the gaming forum is dedicated to a hobby, but it's there anything else you do for the sheer enjoyment of it (fnarr)? Or is life too short? Over the last couple of years I've become a bit of a modeller. Specifically Gundam models. Perhaps a bit odd given my long standing dislike of anime, and the fact I've barely watched any of the many, many (...many) Gundam series there's been over the years, but I like the designs of the mobile suits. It's a slightly simpler form of model making than the likes of Airfix and the classic 'armor' style of military modelling, as the kits almost entirely are glue free and don't require paint, it's more like a more involved Lego (you still need tools for instance, nippers, a craft knife, sanding sticks) and there's a bit of skill to making the models well - getting rid of the nub marks, applying decals (waterslides preferably). I'm now at the point that I'm doing full repaints of the kits and doing some weathering. Still learning but I'm getting better and it's nice to have that getting at the end that you've got something just slightly unique. A few competed builds These are mostly 99% complete. Each needs a matte top coat and the odd thing here and there. None are perfect, by any means, but they're getting better and I'm learning skills with an airbrush and weathering skills. So, what do you fill your days with doing when aren't at work, or asleep, or desperately trying to stay alive?
  10. Isn't it because he was German and the rest are Belgian or Dutch? And the van in Beethoven's name isn't capitalised and the others are, which leads me to think that the Dutch / Belgian Van's are part of the Surname and the German Beethoven van isn't part of his surname. It's not something I've ever thought about or researched before your post so I could be entirely wrong Ludwig van Beethoven, was of Flemish descent (his grandfather was Lodewijk van Beethoven), despite his German birth. I suspect that it's the peculiar treatment of the cognate von in German (reserved for nobility and not part of the name) which leads to him being simply known as "Beethoven" (it would be interesting to see whether this usage is more correlated with the post-1919 abolitions of the monarchies (and nobilities) of Germany and Austria... Friedrich August von Hayek became simply F.A. Hayek). Yep, I know all that. But given the habitual English usage of that type of name (we tend to say "Von Richthofen", etc.), I'm still surprised that we don't talk about "Van Beethoven's 5th Symphony" and so on.
  11. What Off Topic so clearly needs is a thread devoted to stuff other people do, or wear, or eat, or enjoy, etc. that you think is bonkers. Kindof like a Religion thread, except including (but not limited to) all human activity in every possible field of human endeavour. People who don't think it's bonkers can then explain why it isn't, in fact, bonkers after all. I'll start, with a fairly trivial example: Sportswear. Why do people pay for branded t-shirts (etc.) made of plastic fibres that look crap and get smelly very quickly because of the plastic. Why not wear a nice cotton t-shirt or something? You can even wear one that shows something of your personality, if you have one.
  12. PussEKatt

    Drugs

    I can`t figure out why drugs like coke and heroine are so popular and getting more and more popular ? I mean they are very addactive and once hooked that is your life as you know it flushed down the toilet.So what I can`t get my head around is that when a person is first offered horoine or coke, why don`t they just say, no thanks I like my life as it is.Why do they even try it knowing that the rest of their life is going to be focused on getting enough money for their next hit and nothing else ?
  13. A thread to celebrate whatever happened on X years to the day. Funny, sad, political, sporting - an opportunity for dewy-eyed nostalgia. It's 28 years today since Maradona did the most iconic warm-up ever -
  14. Anyone interested in these? Are they the real deal? I'm sure someone on here like @P3te must have used one before. The Oculus Rift will cost you £500 plus delivery charges from overseas. I would have been very tempted if it was about £300.
  15. How do people use VT? Do you check all your notifications, just some or just ignore it? What's your order of sections or do you look at the most recent posts and just read new content? Is there an area you never go in? Ignore a lot of people? Tell me EVERYTHING!!!
  16. The last couple of years has seen a real comeback for fighting games. We've had a new Street Fighter (and a revision), Netherrealm has given us a really good DC Comics fighter with Injustice 2, Tekken 7 was very well received, we got a new Mahvel, which bombed commercially but was actually considered quite good by the community I understand, today Dragon Ball Fighter Z (or Fighterz, which is stupid) comes out and so far word on that has been excellent (and it's gorgeous). Looking forward, there's a new Soul Calibur coming, and you'd get short odds on a new Mortal Kombat being announced at E3. And I'm certain I've missed something. Always loved a good fighting game. I've never been great at them, the best I ever got was being ok with Scorpion, Smoke and Reptile in the newest Mortal Kombats. I get schooled online without fail. Yet I can't help picking them up. I've never even watched Dragon Ball but I've got a copy of Fighter Z here. And I need to get back to Mahvel, which I've always been particularly shite at but it's got Marvel characters so it has my heart.
  17. Have any of you watched a film which brought on tears? I've never shed a tear but just have over the ending of Shawshank.. I've seen it before and was close but this time it got me. Does this make me ghey?
  18. I do like a little quiz every now and then. I played with... Arjen Robben Scott Sinclair Jon Dahl Tomasson Manolo Gabbiadini Royston Drenthe Borja Valero Fernando Cavenaghi Won trophies in multiple countries. Who am I?
  19. Seems a few of us may have/ have had this thing, so a place to discuss symptoms and remedies could be quite helpful? I've had some dialogue with @LakotaDakota and we both seem to have similar symptoms. Particularly the breathing and tight chest issues. Could be helpful with tips for easing the symptoms. For me: rest, paracetamol, honey & lemon drink, vapo rub.
  20. maqroll

    Memory Lane

    What are some of your more vivid memories over the years? I was just remembering how as kids, we used to order butterfly knives and throwing stars from this massive catalogue of cheesy 80's "Ninja" gear. We were obsessed.
  21. Been a while since we had a weekend thread... so I thought I would start one! So, what's everyone got planned? I'm relaxing tonight, might be in Manchester tomorrow and chilling on Sunday. Want to watch Stranger Things on Netflix as well. Not exactly a rock n roll weekend but it'll do for me as I feel shattered.
  22. Don't think it's covered elsewhere but this a thread for those simple things that you've often thought about ( suppose it could have been the Ask BOF anything thread but he appears to have turned into Wenger and can't see it ) Anyway my question is : When I go visit my nan at her care home they often have group sessions where they all sit around and sing songs .. they are always singing "Roll out the barrels" and "Get Me to the Church on Time" etc so I wondered .... When I'm 80+ and in a care home will my group music sessions involve sitting around an out of tune piano singing Nirvana and Oasis songs with my fellow inmates .. or is Get me to the church a timeless classic that I need to start learning when I'm 79 ?
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