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  1. 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.
  2. We've had a things that piss you off that shouldn't thread that went on for hundreds of pages. So I thought I'd start a more positive one. About things that cheer you up or make you feel good when you've been a bit down. If this makes it even 100th as long as the 'things that piss you off...' thread I'll be amazed! So anyway what's happened to you recently that's cheered you up or made you feel good. Anything really. From an unexpected phone call from someone you haven't heard from in ages, to finding a fiver in your jeans that you'd forgotten about. Maybe you've got a holiday to look forward to. Come on people let's have some positivity! I'll start us off. I go to Germany on Thursday for 9 days, followed by a day at the Notting Hill Carnival. Last weekend my best mate asked me to be best man at his wedding. I kind of thought that I would be anyway, it's was always going to be me or one other. But just to hear him say it felt good. And then to hear him tell his wife to be that there was no way he was getting married at the World Cup in Brazil if I wasn't going to be able to go (insurance issues relating to my illness, same as not being able to go to this World Cup). Finally after tomorrow I get four weeks off chemo, which will be great (especially as it means I'm off treatment for the Germany trip. So we've all got miserable things in our lives (me more than most probably) so come on, let's hear something good in your life or something that's cheered you up recently.
  3. AVFCLaura

    General Chat

    This is the slowest I've seen the forum on a Monday Morning... Do we all have that feeling...? Everyone doing ok today? EDIT: Changed to General Chat Thread per message on page 2, let me know if not ok.
  4. bickster

    Your Clearings in the Wood

    A place to name and shame your clearings in the wood. Evidence your claims, please. There is little point naming someone without providing evidence My starter for ten Doesn't matter how she dresses it up, that's a sore loser. Always been a horror anyway but this is just her latest atrocity. It's impossible to fathom why she thought to tweet that was a good idea
  5. 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.
  6. theunderstudy

    Things that piss you off that shouldn't

    Following on from the previous thread, a new thread was advised to be started so here it is. Instant barbecues. What on earth? Horrible little things.
  7. 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 ?
  8. CrackpotForeigner

    Things You Don't "Get"

    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.
  9. tonyh29

    Things you often Wonder

    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 ?
  10. NurembergVillan

    The Game's Gone

    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.
  11. AstonMartyn88

    What is your experience of mental health?

    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
  12. 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?
  13. villarule123

    Virtual Reality

    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.
  14. Big Think - This may be a worse case scenario generally, but I actually think some industries job losses will be even more acute. I'm currently working with people developing systems that will put many thousands out of work. So if you think it's shit now, how do you think Tory England (cos let's face it, Scotland's leaving) is going to deal with this? We must surely also add May that is trying to right royally screw up education for the poor, just to hammer in an even bigger wedge between the haves and have nots. The medium and long term picture for the majority is a race for the bottom as far as quality of life is concerned. Sticking two fingers up at this failing society and getting out of it becomes more attractive with every passing year. Especially with independently developed technologies improving all the time. A growing number of my friends are seeking alternatives. A few are proper hippy types in permaculture collectives and such. Another is raising a family in a yurt. This isn't quite as drastic as it sounds. It's a multi yurt, a large central space with smaller connected yurts - Think glamping more than camping. Others have moved to warmer climes and have installed solar power equipment. They grow much of their own food and trade with local farmers for dairy and meat products. They work in the UK over Summer to cover their bills such as N.I contributions. Another friend is making a 'Hobbit House' under a hill - Though I must admit her outside toilet gives me the fear! She should have an inside bog at some point. Her guest house is nearer completion. Visiting folks over Christmas it became obvious even friends earning good money were wanting out. I signed up to a couple of off grid collectives and it surprised me how much has been forgotten. For example it's possible to grow Mediterranean fruit further north in walled enclosures, as they create their own microclimate. Throw in a couple of polytunnels and you're starting to get towards being self sufficient for fruit and veg. Mixing the old and the new seems like the way to go. Septic tanks under the garden that break down effluent into nutrients that slowly pass through the walls of the tank and into your garden. These folks get a quite a bit of power out of a fairly small pipe. Apologies to Darren and the Tree Hugger thread. I'd discussed this with maqroll before, and I don't think you have to be a tree hugger to want something different in today's World.
  15. 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.
  16. hogso

    Xbox One

    Saints Row 4, Alan Wake 2, and a new COD game are also apparently already under development for Microsofts next Xbox. I guess it will be pretty much be a given that many here will buy it on release, and as much as I don't think I'll get one anywhere near it's release date (I have always been late to the party with Microsofts consoles I guess - didn't own an Xbox and only bought an old 2nd hand 360 on the cheap a good few years after release), I am really curious to see exactly what this will have under it's hood. The recent BF3 Beta has demonstrated very well that the latest in PC graphics can do considerably more than the latest home consoles, as the tech in those is getting on a bit now, after all. What features do you think we can expect? Blu-Ray drive? Built-in 1tb+ harddrive? Built-in motion control? MIND CONTROL?? 4D aka. SMELL-O-VISION???
  17. Rugeley Villa

    What Class Are You?

    I was thinking last night, whether I am working class, or middle class. Done some random online tests which mainly came back working Class, and my family I'd say are working Class. Strange one really though, and I imagine a lot of people like myself, are not really sure. Rugeley itself I'd say is a working class town, but when I think of proper working class, I think of parts of the north of England. Anyway, carry on....
  18. Risso

    Watches

    I think you can tell a lot about a chap by the kind of timepiece he wears. I don't spend a lot of money on clothes, I don't drink much, don't have a football season ticket and don't smoke. But I do like a nice watch, and when my Euromillions numbers come in, I want one of these: Made my Roger Smith here on the Isle of Man, he's widely considered to be one of the greatest living watchmakers, and there's something like a two year waiting list for one of his hand made watches, that can cost upwards of £50,000. So what do you go for? £9.99 Casio digital, or £25,000 Hublot?
  19. TheAuthority

    How do you use VT?

    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!!!
  20. abdomlahor

    Smelly Stuff

    I expect most people to just stick to the one or two aftershaves they get for Christmas 'til they'e empty, but some people like myself enjoy collecting them. Considering I only started getting into collecting them about six months ago I have a decent haul of 15 and many samples I'll get round to buying a full bottle of. Hugo Boss - Boss Bottled Thierry Mugler - Pure Malt Yves Saint-Laurent - La Nuit de l'Homme Christian Dior - Dior Homme Intense Creed - Green Irish Tweed Creed - Aventus Jean-Paul Gaultier - Le Male Christian Dior - Fahrenheit Christian Dior - Fahrenheit Absolute Issey Miyake - L'eau D'Issey Pour Homme Ralph Lauren - Big Pony #4 Burberry - London Burberry - Touch Lacoste - Elegance John Varvatos - Vintage Some more expensive than others. My top three based on smell alone would probably have to be Green Irish Tweed, Dior Homme Intense and La Nuit de l'Homme.
  21. I’m looking for a new gaming site to get my news from. My regular choice has become insufferable by mixing in biased social politics with their news and editorials plus their reviews are opinionated blogs that say nothing about the game they are reviewing. Also, I hate Ellie Gibson and Wesley Yin-Poole so no prises for guessing which site I’m abandoning. Are there any (good) sites that just strictly focus on gaming instead of mixing in politics/religion/fluff?
  22. limpid

    Play off final competition

    Free to enter Villa vs. Fulham predictor game! £50 to the top 3! Villatalk.com - FREE TO ENTER VILLA v FULHAM PREDICTOR COMPETITION - £50 PRIZE FOR EACH OF THE TOP 3 FROM VT We have partnered up with a new betting company called 5P0RTZ which is a pool based betting site. It's fun, It's simple and genuinely easy to win. A link to the site:- www.5p0rtz.com TO SIGN UP FOR THE COMPETITION - Visit www.5p0rtz.com Confirm you are over 18. Sign up with 'VT' in your username. Scroll down to the VILLA vs FULHAM pool predictor and PLAY! Finish in the top 3 of the VT pool and win £50
  23. TrentVilla

    Nottingham Villans

    So... from the housing market thread it seems there are a few Nottingham based Villans so thought I'd start a thread and see who is out there. Maybe we could arrange a VT Nottingham meet up for a TV game this season.
  24. trekka

    Snow Watch!

    Morning, snow fans! Well it looks like the first white stuff of the year is coming. Is that good or bad? I was going to drive to Brum from London today but bugger that, not with what I'm watching get closer here
  25. Genie

    VT Matched Betting Talk

    There’s quite a few of us on this forum making money on matched betting, casino and bingo. As mentioned on another thread, this is a good place to talk about deals, offerings and what those guys are PS are up to constantly tinkering. I’m Villa Fan on their site.