So, let's go.
Gully Foyle's stranded in space, he's a nobody until he survives and finds a new reason to live: revenge.
Utterly brilliant re-imagining of the Count of Monte Cristo. Best tattoos in fiction. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/333867.The_Stars_My_Destination
Megawad for Doom 2, you're investigating UAC headquarters and descending through the floors of their building.
It's hugely inventive and surprising with twists that made me alternate between laughter and despair. Wonderful
An album I keep returning to time and time again. The Royal We and It's Nice to Know You Work Alone are eternal favourites in this house, it's rarely far from being played. https://open.spotify.com/album/0swOso9dwIp1PHmDP4dTbX?si=cEBGCvnASM2UmmqHHUbKbg
Heartbreaking TV series about a man who gets released from death row after new evidence casts doubt on his conviction. It's about how he copes, how his family copes, how his small town copes. It's beautiful and sad and everything in-between
This strategy RPG is the game that got me into games. Spent all of one summer playing it and I still regularly dive back in. Sequel is better in every way except this is where my heart resides. https://store.steampowered.com/app/71120/Shining_Force/
Didn't know what a wonderful ride I was in for when I picked this up. Sets everything up and then rewards you with twists and directions you won't expect. A joy to read from start to finish. https://www.simonandschuster.co.uk/books/The-Return-of-the-Incredible-Exploding-Man/Dave-Hutchinson/9781781085844
When Alex Dolan is hired by multibillionaire Stanislaw Clayton to write a book about the Sioux Crossing Supercollider, it seems like a dream job. Then...https://www.simonandschuster.co.uk/books/The-Return-of-the-Incredible-Exploding-Man/Dave-Hutchinson/9781781085844
My absolute favourite film. Two stories about love, about moving on, about Hong Kong, about chef salad. Utterly beautiful - go along for the ride. You won't regret it.
An alien space station gives us access to the universe but we understand almost nothing about it. Bob Broadhead is rich and deeply unhappy, through some therapy sessions we get to see the vastness of space. And his many fuck ups. https://www.sfgateway.com/titles/frederik-pohl/gateway/9780575094239/
My absolute favourite game. My favourite world, my favourite place to be. A game all about unreliable narrators, cultural relativism, unreliable prophecy, and lovely lovely politics and religion. It's Morrowind! https://store.steampowered.com/app/22320/The_Elder_Scrolls_III_Morrowind_Game_of_the_Year_Edition/
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Player of Games is definitely the gateway to the Culture series but in my eyes it's never better than in Use of Weapons. Two timelines explore how anything can be a weapon, when used correctly. It's a masterpiece. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12007.Use_of_Weapons
One of my absolute favourite albums, from the 'I can't stop myself singing along' of Up the Wolves to the sad quiet beauty of Pale Green Things. All emotions are here, and in just under forty minutes. https://open.spotify.com/album/0Cug9j2T7MHK4k8hUEGQ43?si=tZ41ukOxT5SWcwAaBEFDcQ
GTA remakes worlds, Sleeping Dogs recreates how Hong Kong *feels*, at least in films and TV, and it does it well. Drive about, punch some dudes, listen to the best radio stations in an open world game. Then go do karaoke. https://store.steampowered.com/app/202170/Sleeping_Dogs/
Ex-cop Hank and ex-burglar Britt are PIs who don't have much money, luck, or hope. Funny and deeply human, it's one of the best TV series out there. Sadly cancelled after one series, it was hamstrung by awful trailers and an even worse name.
Brilliant cast, great music, buckets of style (and the best hat in cinema). It's my favourite Coen brothers film and one you can stick on anytime and I'll happily watch.
I never liked Paramore. Earlier stuff? Not for me. Then I heard this album and I don't just like it - I love it. I absolutely adore this album. Especially the Idle Worship + No Friend combo near the end. It's a brilliant album. https://open.spotify.com/album/1c9Sx7XdXuMptGyfCB6hHs?si=irnUD2D6QH6USIaXpLUu8w
Morrowind might have my heart but the best quests in TES are in Oblivion. Most have a little surprise, even the Fighters Guild takes you in unexpected directions. The Dark Brotherhood quests are a masterclass and demand to be played. https://store.steampowered.com/app/22330/The_Elder_Scrolls_IV_Oblivion_Game_of_the_Year_Edition/
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Part of writing (or failing to write) is learning, and this book has taught me so much about world building, about pacing, about seeding plot elements, and...so much! What a book, honestly, astounding. My mind is buzzing. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44671489-the-bone-ships
I love both parts of Ultima VII but the second is my favourite. Set in a place not seen since the Ultima I, it's a more linear experience than The Black Gate but it really benefits from it. Best teleport storms in games.
If you know Alien Ant Farm you'll know them by their cover of Smooth Criminal or their song Movies.
But they also did a song called Attitude and it is astounding. Trust me, give it a try. No, really. It's something special.
The fights! The music! The characters! The world!
Season 2 dips a little but 1, 3, and 4 are flawless. If you ever need to see me cry for any reason, stick this on and I'm a blubbing mess within minutes. I love it so very much.
A twisty tale of a cop posing as a criminal and a criminal posing as a cop. Andy Lau and Tony Leung are cracking as the leads. It's tense, dramatic stuff.
And it's much, much better than the remake.
A future so distant we're forgotten and our ancestors are forgotten. You start the game falling from orbit, who are you, what's going on?
I repeatedly yelled out loud about the writing in this game, annoying everyone around me https://store.steampowered.com/app/272270/Torment_Tides_of_Numenera/
Torment: Tides of Numenera is the thematic successor to Planescape: Torment, one of the most critically acclaimed role-playing games of all time. Immerse yourself in a single-player, isometric,...https://store.steampowered.com/app/272270/Torment_Tides_of_Numenera/
This prequel to Treasure Island starts off slow but by the middle of the first series it's at full sail. Tense, exciting, and full of scenery-chewing acting, Black Sails is one of the greats. A brilliant cast, a brilliant series.
Star Trek often gives you a big moral, wrapping up everything nicely after 45 minutes.
DS9 challenges you. It asks you questions, is this right? Are these actions right? But never loses sight of its deep humanity.
Brutha the acolyte is a nobody, but he alone hears the word of God - and God needs his help.
Both Brutha and the book are kind, hopeful, and optimistic. It was a revelation to me when I first read it as a child. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34484.Small_Gods
I don't know how he does it, this is peak comedy. I laugh every time I watch this, the distortion, the joke about the pan, the music choice. It's perfection. It is sublimely beyond my ken.
Probably my absolute favourite dish, probably. A spinach and lamb curry, the meat just falls apart as you eat it, perfect for scooping up in blanket-sized naan.
I don't know if this is the best recipe, but you can't beat a bit of Titli: http://titlisbusykitchen.com/recipe/lamb-spinach-curry
The original PoE was amazing, but Deadfire is where Obsidian's RPG world really comes into its own.
It's equal parts rollicking pirate adventure and exploration of a war amongst the gods, but it's all brilliant. https://store.steampowered.com/app/560130/Pillars_of_Eternity_II_Deadfire/
Patch 5.0 - Turn-based mode and The Ultimate challenge out now! Pursue a rogue god over land and sea in the sequel to the multi-award-winning RPG Pillars of Eternity. Captain your ship on a dangerous...https://store.steampowered.com/app/560130/Pillars_of_Eternity_II_Deadfire/
The first series was strange and intriguing, but the second blasted off into some of the best and weirdest telly I've ever seen. It's a huge shame it never got a 3rd series because that ending episode...
I cannot recommend it enough.
On the surface this is a laid back tune. But listen to the bass and the other instruments, in true Bluetones fashion there's so much to hear. Sound layered upon sound, weaved together perfectly.
You can be forgiven for thinking this is a generic RPG.
But it's much more than that.
It's brilliance lies in how it portions out its weirdness. It gives you little dollops of strange, before taking the lid off to boil over with bizarre. https://store.steampowered.com/app/367500/Dragons_Dogma_Dark_Arisen/
Just finished this earlier today and it's definitely a book that'll live in my brain for a long while. The world in it is sad, broken, brutal, but still contains little moments of beauty. It deserves all the praise it gets https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25194939-the-fifth-season
Another TV series cancelled way too soon? That's right! Rubicon is a twisty spy thriller that's so incredibly glacial but all the better for it. If you love conspiracies, spy stuff, and people analysing intelligence; this can't be beaten.
Cribbing from The Canterbury Tales, several people share their stories on a journey. They all involve the planet of Hyperion and the mysterious metallic Shrike. Beautiful, heartbreaking, wonderful.
Ignore the author, he went bad. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3943.The_Hyperion_Omnibus
If you had told me that the 'Lost in Space' lot would do one of the best tunes I've listened to, then I'd believe you cos Lost in Space is a certified banger. And this is fucking fantastic too.
It's hard to overstate how much I love this game. Judge competing ideologies and decide who deserves to rise to the top.
The wide open desert gives you time to think. A wonderful place to exist and one of my favourites. https://store.steampowered.com/app/22380/Fallout_New_Vegas/
Most Marvel films are *fine* and that's generous. Most of them have rubbish villains or nothing to say.
Iron Man 3 is a film deconstructing Iron Man and Marvel-esque villains whilst talking openly about PTSD. It's great stuff.
The Commonwealth Saga are a great introduction to this universe but it's The Void Series that really took my breath away.
Combining scifi, fantasy, and a breezier style of storytelling, they are an utter joy to read
It's fine if you didn't like it - but I absolutely loved it. Has a little dip around the first half of the third season but from then on it is never less than wonderful.
And no, they weren't in purgatory the whole time. They even say this.
I'm no Mogwai fan but they have a couple of tunes that really do it for me, and this is one.
A mournful series of sounds that can't be beaten. Used in the incomparable Spec Ops: The Line, which doesn't hurt it in my regard.
The driving and combat are satisfyingly meaty and that's good enough.
But it's in the quiet moments that this game truly becomes something special. Soft footsteps in the sand as you explore, a distant hint of cloud as storms roll in. Stunning. https://store.steampowered.com/app/234140/Mad_Max/
The Revelation Space series is utterly brilliant, but it's this detective novel set in the same universe that stole my heart.
Equally parts intrigue and tragedy, The Prefect is something any scifi fan should check out. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/89195.The_Prefect
Take Firefly and remove the smugness and the weird Whedon-obsessed-with-waif-ness and you get Killjoys. Just a great time, in space, with some bounty hunters.
And it actually got time to wrap up its story.
There's rarely a moment in my life when there isn't a bottle of this stashed in the fridge. Perfect for adding to sauces and dips, but even perfecter in sandwiches.
If you like sauce that is hot but that also tastes good, it's this.
I'm not a huge Watchmen comic fan so I wasn't expecting much from the TV series.
I was wrong.
It's one of the best TV series and the most American. It couldn't be made anywhere else, uses American history and reality to explore its themes.
I bang on about it too much but it's the game that really cemented my life-long love of RPGs.
I still don't know how Naughty Dog fit an open world RPG of this size onto a Mega Drive cartridge, packed with dialogue, quests, and combat. Their most ambitious game.
Following on from the brilliant Batman, Superman, and Batman Beyond cartoons, JL/JLU is almost perfect.
Superman's biggest enemy being hubris and Batman's super power being empathy? It's superheroes done right.
There's nothing new I can say about Flowers for Algernon, it's just what it is - one of the finest novels you can spend your time with. Utterly heartbreaking, it will curl up and live in your brain for life. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18373.Flowers_for_Algernon
I did part 2 earlier in this thread but I'm replaying VII and it's *so* good. Britannia feels like coming home, and there's a constant, surprising amount of stuff to see and do.
The benchmark for all open world games.
The Manics have never been more raw, more vitriolic, more powerful than during this album. It's a wound bared to the elements, 13 tracks of pain and fury. It's essential listening. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Holy-Bible-Manic-Street-Preachers/dp/B000024J5H
There's a perception that whilst WoK is great, it's pretty shallow.
It's anything but.
It's about ageing, about intelligence vs. experience, about letting go. It's a proper Star Trek film, it's got lots to say.
I don't know how it's possible to sum up why this song is a work of genius but it's a work of genius and a song so you should listen to it.
Also Colin is a very pretty pussy cat.
Albion is a fantasy scifi first-person top-down party-based real-time turn-based RPG.
Hugely imaginative, Albion is worth playing to experience its story, its world, and its experimentation. Not always successful, it's still rather special.