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1 year ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Discover... · 0 replies · +1 points

Telltales The Walking Dead Season One: Lee Everett's life is over and he's on his way to prison. But then the zombie apocalypse, and soon he's in the same boat as everyone else. Lee finds himself caring for a young girl named Clementine, and joins up with a small group of people. But maybe the zombies aren't the biggest threat in this new world. This works similar to a point and click game, but with a lot more simplified puzzles (you need a thing, so you go back two rooms and find it) and a few tacked on minigames. Thankfully though the writing and characters are really good. It should also be pretty accessible to newcomers as it's story is separate from that of the show and comic (barring some awkward appearances in the first episode). Released episodically it starts out good, and ends great. Just feel free to ignore the later titles. This game was so good, it inadvertently destroyed the company.

Dishonoured: A first person stealth game. It gives you lots of options to get through levels, and you can complete the entire game without ever being seen by enemies.

Detention: the setting is Taiwan during the 1960's under a period of martial law know as the White Terror. Two high school students find themselves alone in their abandoned school, with many strange things going on....This game combines the oppressive government of the time, with spirits and other elements from Taiwanese's culture. A really memorable horror game.

Yakuza 0: A prequel for the long running Yakuza franchise, this is actually a great jumping on point for newcomers. It also has five mainline entries worth of growth behind it, making this beat'em up/RPG one of the franchise's best. This series is great at balancing campy melodrama, and a tense crime thriller. It also has a wealthy of side content.

The Witcher 1: Despite a host of odd design choices, technical shortcomings, and making few concessions to newcomers, this game has a strange charm. Sure I admit The Witcher 3, is better in pretty much every way, but it never quite captured the same vibe this game did. It has references to Romantic Polish literature and Soviet era polices, and a juvenile use of sex.

Doctor Who The Lonely Assassins: You find a lost phone, with a video of the owner talking about some weird moving statue, in an old house. With the aid of a UNIT scientist your job is to comb through the phone and work out what's going on and if there's anyway to stop it. A creepy little horror/mystery game, which I'd say is the Weeping Angels best appearance since 2010 (I may be missing a particularly good book). Sure the climax could have used a bit more work, but it was a fun ride.

1 year ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Discover... · 1 reply · +1 points

A few more things

Avatar Rise of Kyoshi by F.C Yee. It's a book prequel to the Avatar shows. For several years after death of Avatar Kuruk, the people of the Earth Kingdom are unable to locate the next Avatar, and the world enters a period of unrest. Thankfully the next Avatar is finally found: Avatar Yun. Kyoshi is an orphan and outcast who surprisingly becomes friends with the "Avatar". A good book by Yee, that avoids most of the pitfalls prequels often face, along with being a good story in it's own right.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Remember the halcyon days when we thought that the Prequels were as bad as Star Wars was going to get? Well before that happened, this show helped highlight that those films actually had a fair few interesting ideas and concepts that were buried under Lucas lacklustre writing. Set during the Clone Wars this show focuses on various different characters (soldiers, Jedi, bounty hunters, and others). The show is made up of various different story arcs, (typically running for 3 to 4 episodes) that focus on a different situation or event, such as liberating a planet, or trying to catch an underworld figure. It had a rough start, with the first two season being a mixed bag, but it really does pick up after that. Some of the people involved here, also made Star Wars Rebels, which on average is good (ignore the other shows their mediocre).

Cobra Kai: In 1984 Johnny Lawrence lost the big karate tournament. Now over three decades later, he restarts his old karate school, as he feels he's lost control of his life since high school. In doing so he ends up becoming a mentor for a younger generation. Can Johnny better himself, and guide his students, so they avoid the same mistakes he did? I would never have guess a TV show sequel of the Karate Kid to be so good. It joins things like Mad Max Fury Road and Creed, in being worthwhile continuations of nostalgic properties.

Inside Number 9. A horror comedy anthology show, based around what goes on behind closed doors. Each episode is mostly set in a single location, house #9, apartment #9, floor #9, etc., and the strange events that take place in there. It's both funny, scary and at times quite moving. It's a real shame it went downhill after the fourth season.

Video Games: Here are some games I liked.
Blackwell games: In this series of point and click adventure games, you play as spirit medium Rosa Blackwell, and her ghost partner Joey Malone (his superpower is that he's completely intelligible, which is also his weakness). Their job is to help lingering spirits move on. The series is comprised of five fairly short games, that adds up to about 25 hours all together. It's got writing that balances both humour and melancholy. The puzzles make sense and it avoids a lot of the genres flaws.

Orwell: In this game you are recruited by the government of The Nation, to head the new Orwell security program. The user searches the internet to build up information on a target, piecing their identity together from data both publicly and privately posted. In some cases you'll need to use your judgment to determine what data is actually correct. Your first target is a suspect in a terrorist bombing, but there might be more going than it appears.

Ghost Trick: In this quirky mystery game you play as Sissle a recently dead spirt, whose trying to work who they are. As a ghost you can activate some objects, and move between certain items. In order to progress you to create pathways through environments (for example you could posses a guards flashlight, but he's out of range. So you switch off a light switch, and he walks over to you, allowing you to posses the torch). Sissle when encountering a newly dead body can also travel back four minutes in time, allowing him to save that person. And with a mysterious group trying to kill people throughout the city, he's going to put his powers to good use.

1 year ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Discover... · 0 replies · +1 points

I'm glad to hear the news about Astro City!

1 year ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Discover... · 5 replies · +2 points

Now I'd just like to take a moment to thank the community here, and anyone who ever responded to one of my posts in anyway.
Because I love you, I'll list a few series I like . Maybe you'll find something you enjoy.

The Arrival by Shaun Tan: A silent but beautiful graphic novel, that sees a man travel to a strange city. He must try to adapt to life here, while trying to support his family back home. I've loved this story ever since it was first released.

Astro City: This comic series is written by Kurt Busiek and is about day-to-day life in the titular city. The city is full of superheroes and has been for decades, The stories each focus on various different types of characters, superheroes, supervillains and civilians, which deals with the human element of this fantastical world (What happens when a hero gets too old? Can a C grade villain turn their life around?). Over time the reader learns more about the city's history and it's prominent figures, but the stories tend to be pretty standalone. (Sadly it's been removed from Comixology recently and it seems to be in-between print runs, so reading it might be a bit difficult).

Usagi Yojimbo: Written and drawn by Stan Saki, this series is set in a fictionalized version of Feudal Japan, where the inhabitants are all anthropomorphized animals. It follows wandering samurai Miyamoto Usagi as he travels the country, and the various people meets along the way. The series is known for being consistently good, it being accessible to newcomers and the amount of historical detail Saki includes in his work (you often feel like you should go out and do some more research).

Boxers and Saints: Written and drawn by Gene Luen Yang. Set during the Boxer Rebellion this two volume story, tells the interconnected tale of two young people on opposite sides of the conflict.

The Nameless City: A trilogy of comics by Faith Erin Hicks. Set in an Asian inspired fantasy world, the series is set in a strategically important city that every few decades is captured by a foreign power, who inevitable lose control of the city. It has a quote by Bryan Konietzko on the cover, so take a wild guess what cartoon series was an influence, (but it's actually pretty good so don't worry).

Highwayman: by Koren Shadmi. Throughout the years a lone traveller, traverses the backroads of North America. He is in a position to witness the course of society and civilization. (Has a neat 1970's science fiction vibe to it).

Transformers More Than Meets The Eyes by James Roberts. The eons long war between the Autobots and Decepticons has ended. A group of Autobots set out to try and find a group of mythical beings, who they believe can help them rebuild. But their ship is left stranded far from home, and they deal with the emotional fallout and personal issues that arise from the wars end. This series has some really good character stuff and a knack for worldbuilding.

Pluto by Naoki Urasawa. In a futuristic worlds were robots are commonplace, a mysterious killer seems to be targeting the seven most advanced robots in the world. One of these robots must try and catch the killer. It's a retelling of an iconic Astro Boy story. This is a great thriller, which tackles interesting science fiction concepts, along with having really great character and worldbuilding.

1 year ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Discover... · 0 replies · +8 points

"It is already apparent that Star Trek is much more than just a television show that came and went. Already it has been called the show that will not die. The efforts of millions have been directed towards its rebirth.
There has never been anything like the response to Star Trek. Something in Star Trek moved people profoundly, far beyond the normal impact of a television series.
The Star Trek phenomenon is only a very few years old, and it is by no means dying out. Perhaps it is only just barely beginning to to get properly organised."

Star Trek Lives! (1975)

1 year ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Discover... · 0 replies · +2 points

That's a good question. If I had to guess I'd say maybe Star Trek, is the biggest property that CBS All Access/ Paramount Plus currently has in their line-up, and they want to take advantage of the brand recognition because they don't have faith in the rest of their shows (or want to exploit a pre-existing property)?

Regarding the saturation issue, I don't think producers really focus on pesky things like "moderation", "long term sustainably" or the ultimate consequences of their own actions.

1 year ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Discover... · 3 replies · +3 points

From what I can tell the Section 31 show has been put on hold, but they plan to start producing it when there's a gap in the schedule. I don't know when that would be.

I really do dislike all this franchising (one day your cautiously enjoying The Mandalorian, and then they announce six spin-off shows...)

1 year ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Discover... · 5 replies · +4 points

That ending seems kind of too neat. I bet when the next season comes out, they'll undo some parts of it.

I shall now list all the concurrent or planned Star Trek shows that have been publicly released:
Star Trek Picard, Star Trek Lower Decks, Star Trek Prodigal, Star Trek Strange New Worlds and Star Trek Section 31.

That doesn't seem like a very sustainable way to run a franchise to me, but it's not exactly a unique approach right now. (One in particular I'm kind of nervous about is Avatar Studios, which is going to make a whole host of Avatar shows. It's always been a pretty modest franchise, and I fear that it'll collapse under rapid expansion. Also the indication that only some of the shows will be animated, is something that I won't like even if it's done well.)

A while ago I got a DVD set of the original Star Trek show. I've almost finished the third season. I liked the parts when they talked about the value of life in it's many forms, and the bits when they punched each other awkwardly. There was also these sense of being a part of something, that people have enjoyed for decades. I'll soon start watching the animated show and the movies, and then I'll move onto The Next Generation DVD's I got from the library (I'm sure it'll be a hit right out of the gate, I'm sure it won't have a lot of dull episodes, a shockingly racist episode and end it's second season on a fucking clip show).
I also went to a lot of local second hand book shops and bought all the reference books I could find. I also wasted a lot of money on eBay, buying books I could have gotten cheaper elsewhere. hooray.....

1 year ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Discover... · 0 replies · +4 points

The Guardian of Forever, seems weird here. Originally it seemed more like a neutral entity. Sure it Gave Kirk and Spock the opportunity to try and restore their timeline, but it didn't seem to care about them all that much. So it didn't really seem like the type to come up with convoluted moral tests, to test someone's worthiness. I guess the writers put it in a role that didn't really fit.

"What do you think will happen to Georgiou next?"
"Why I'm sure that's she'll have many exciting adventures, that the audience can follow in Star Trek: Section 31, coming soon".

I wonder what sort of messages it'll have about that type of government organisations. My guess is that it'll be the cowards option of "It's Good if Good People are running it, and Bad if Bad People are running it."

1 year ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Discover... · 0 replies · +2 points

"Based on Yor's accounts, we believe that the major point of divergence was Pavel Chekov being born four years earlier. We can only speculate if this was the Romulans goal, or an unintended side-effect."