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drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

If I recall correctly Doctor Sleepless was shortlived due to being one of several comics of Ellis’ which ended due to the death of a hard drive.

JessicaDing
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JessicaDing

Not sure why when Jim thinks bad animation he thinks Australia.

Nitrium
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Nitrium

Up next, Uwe Boll’s classic: Far Cry. Seriously, this is Boll’s worst film imo (I have seen just about all of them). You guys have seen more than enough Boll to know he can do “better” than Far Cry if he wants to. With this one, he’s signature Boll in all the wrong ways and somehow with zero unintentional goofs to lift proceedings. Unfortunately it isn’t “so bad it’s good”. It’s just bad all over. 2/10.

Galactix100
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Galactix100

While looking to see if I could find it for free and spotted Hitman: Agent 47 so I watched that instead.

Nitrium
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Nitrium

It’s a LOT better than Far Cry.

Galactix100
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Galactix100

yup

Man in Blue
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Man in Blue
Hmm, I think you might have miss-read things there at the end. And as this is the internet, I’m going to explain how like you’re interested. 😉 IIRC the Kellion was responding to a Comms outage (the one that happened with the EMP thing early on), rather than to the distress call Vincent was sending. I mean, she was sending out a “shit be fucked, yo” message whereas the Kellion turned up with a compsci and a tv repairman (Isaac) expecting to fix a problem with their radio. I think that the military ship that turns up mid-way through is… Read more »
drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

That may have been the officially stated reason the Kellion was going to the Ishimura but it wasn’t the real reason.

Barloq
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I might be in the minority on this, but I actually think that Dead Space: Aftermath is a bit better than Downfall, mainly by virtue of having a more interesting story. Still not good, but better. Then again, I also prefer Dead Space 2 to the original, so YMMV (also, fuck Dead Space 3). And this podcast got me thinking of all the other Dead Space spin-off media out there. Of the side games, I only played Dead Space: Extraction, but it was really fun (having recently bought a tablet though, I want to go back and enjoy Dead Space… Read more »
drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

I now need to go and check which of the Dead Space comics I own. I don’t recall it being one which Templesmith illustrated.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

I like Aftermath because it doesn’t assume game canon is just a loose template. They did the right thing showing a stand-alone narrative/prequel that doesn’t have any timeline contradictions with DS2 or DS1. The varied animation styles also makes it feel less repetitive and dull than Downfall.

Also one guy is playing Dantes Inferno on his Game Boy, and that is just awesome. Also Dantes Inferno has a tie-in movie to a game probably only I remember.

Kirk Hammer
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Kirk Hammer

Funny you should mention this being a western animation house making a cheap tie in, as I got the feeling when I watched this that it less wanted to be anime and more wanted to be Adelaide Productions, who made much better tie-in cartoons like Men in Black, Jackie Chan Adventures and Extreme Ghostbusters. I thought it was them too, when I looked at the back of the DVD, but in motion this film’s a lot more poorly animated.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

> “I remember liking this movie.”
> Looks at Soundcloud, sees 2 hours 5 minutes
> “I was probably wrong.”

BAH!
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BAH!

On the subject of Dead Space’s approach to tension, there’s a section of the game I’ll never forget. After however many hours of near-constant harassment by mutant horrors, you walk into a new section of the ship, and there’s nothing there. Completely quiet and safe for several minutes of wandering around. And it is the most nerve-wracking thing in the entire game.

Beowulf
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Beowulf

1:41:15
Actually something I noticed about those hands in the midsections, at least in dead space 2, is that they seemed to only show up in females so I assumed that they were pregnant when they were killed and that those hands came from the developing fetus.

Oliver Mendes
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I watched Downfall before playing the game. It was a pretty funny bad movie for me, loved some of the cheesy minor voice actors. The game was so far removed (and better) than the movie that my mind completely ignored any context or story from the movie when I first played.

The Worst Elephant
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The Worst Elephant

I really wanted to play Dead Space when it came out, but I didn’t have any system to play it on, so I watched this movie instead. Can confirm: as a standalone experience, it ain’t much.

Galactix100
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Galactix100
Also, also on the topic of tie in books in recent years there are about 2 dozen Halo books and counting now (there were 6 by about 2008ish and there was a renewed effort when Halo 4 was making its marketing push. Also, yes I’ve read most of them) there’s about 3 or 4 Mass Effect books, same goes for Dragon Age. I think they’re still doing Warcraft/WoW books and there’s something like half a dozen Gears of War books. There’s a lot of Assassin’s Creed books which look like they’re mostly novelisations of the games. I’m sure there are… Read more »
drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

Well, Reach was a story covered in the novels before the game was made. As Bungie stated if there is a contradiction between the two narratives the game is the canon. There are six Mass Effect Novels. Four set during the original trilogy and two with a third planned for Andromeda. Well I say six as the fourth is hated, filled with inaccuracies and I believe has since been classed as non-canon.

There is also the novelisation of the second Crysis game, which was written by Peter Watts a very well renowned Canadian sci-fi author

Galactix100
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Galactix100

Yeah I think the procedure for Halo lore is the games take precedent and after that it’s whatever is newest that’s canon.

As for other franchises there are fucking loads. Fucking Command and Conquer 3 got one. Tom Calncy’s End War got like half a dozen despite the fact that NOBODY remembers that game exists.

Barloq
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Oh God, that reminds me that Splinter Cell got some novelizations too. If I remember correctly, Splinter Cell: Checkmate was quite entertaining, basically one of the games in novel form. However, Splinter Cell: Operation Barracuda was awful, like they miss the whole point that Sam Fisher is a stealth operative (eg, there’s one part where he basically charges in like an action hero and takes on a bunch of bad guys at once).

Galactix100
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Galactix100

Yeah, there’s a fair few although I’ve never read any of them. I like Splinter Cell well enough and I’ve a Sam Fisher displate because it’s fucking cool but I’m not a big enough fan to get into anything like books etc.

azereal
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azereal

I read the first 3 Halo books an thought they were decent. I have a couple more on my shelf read to go. I read the first 2 Mass Effect books and decided I didn’t like them very much and gave up on the series. The second book has some torture scenes that I really didn’t like reading.

Galactix100
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Galactix100
I’ve yet to not enjoy one of the Halo books. They’re hardly awards material but they’re like a decent action film. They’re largely disposable but they’ve got good stories, some good characters, you’ll go back to them every now and again and they’re always fairly enjoyable. And really that’s all I want from them. I’ve also read the first 2 ME books which weren’t in that same league, they were alright but forgettable. I’d recommend the Gears of War books, I find all of them to be good reads. They flesh out the characters well, tell good stories and expand… Read more »
DuPantz
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DuPantz

Yep, they’re still doing WoW tie-in novels (which strikes me personally as a little cash-grabby, given that it’s a subscription-model game, but YMMV); quality-wise, they rage from mediocre-but-still-kinda-fun to urrrgggghh-jesus-this-is-just-deeply-boringly-stupidly-bad. Most of the authors they hire are responsible for tie-in novels for other franchises (and some are infamous in those fandoms). So…typical for tie-in material. 😀

Galactix100
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Galactix100

This then Far Cry? Start the year as you mean to go on I guess.

Also, considering that there’s only 1 Resi film left and only a couple more Uwe Boll films left do you think you’ll move onto tv/books/comics/whatever before or after running out of films? Other than those there can’t be much left worth covering. Or do you think you’ll just do as many films as possible then call it a day?

Barloq
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It depends how far down the barrel they want to go, I mean they’ve only done 2 Pokemon movies (…no need for more, please). They said something about doing other games-related media at some point I think, like comics.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

I remember IMDB did a feature on video game movies last year which had at least 90 different titles on it. Some of which Jim & Conrad will have covered but there are quite a lot they haven’t.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

Kingsglaive. *drops mic*

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

You are the only person who mentioned Far Cry so far, so I’ll just leave this tidbit here:

Anthony Bourdain, person who rides in planes a lot and is probably a chef, has a cameo role. It was filmed on location while he was visiting for his Travel Channel pigging out sessions, so Boll just made him a scientist who dies brutally in a lab. I have no idea if it made the final cut of the film, as I have not seen it.

Galactix100
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Galactix100

I’m kind of excited for Far Cry because not only was it my first Boll film, I’d never heard of him when I saw it so I actually went in hoping/expecting it to be good or at least fun.

sodaaddict
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sodaaddict

Videogame tie-in novels are still very much a thing. Most recent (major) one I can think of is for Mass Effect Andromeda – the DLC hook about the Quarian ark was novelized after EA Motive absorbed the studio and all DLC plans were canned.

GzG92
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“Isaac… make us Movie Boys again.”

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

Deadspace: Downfall I thought they were covering the World War 2 film Downfall?

Nitrium
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Nitrium

Despite the near countless number of Hitler spoof meme jokes the film created, it still cannot be classed as a video game movie. Witness Hitler reacting to Star Wars Battlefront II:
www youtube com/watch?v=mEgPJw-TWCw (just put the dots back in). Weirdly subversive because Hitler is the good guy in this one(!).

xkid
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Chris
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Of course you did.