Infinity War

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I’m not the biggest Marvel Universe fan in the world. Not that I don’t like the films – I like them plenty. I’ve seen all of them at least once and many of them several times (more often than not as a “sod it, that’ll do” selection to end a tortuous Netflix browse). Even the worst of them aren’t ‘bad’ films by any stretch. At the very worst they’re ‘okay’ or ‘pretty good’, but at they’re best I think they’re pretty damn special.

I’ve got to say though that Marvel did a pretty spectacular job with Infinity Wars. Trying to manage that many characters in a story that has to by design be as epic as the build up required was a near impossible task. But they did it, and fair play. I was also pleased to see Marvel nailing yet another decent villain, following on the fine antagonist work seen in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Black Panther.

How many film series could get 19 in, and with that regular a release schedule, and still pump out gold?

I’d put Infinity War as Top 5’er, myself:

  1. Thor: Ragnarok
  2. The Avengers
  3. Black Panter
  4. Avengers: Infinity War
  5. Captain America: Civil War

(Probably would have had Captain America: The Winter Soldier in fifth prior to IW.)

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Douglas Adams

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The union of Doctor Who and Douglas Adams always felt perfect, and it was a shame that more did not come from it. Having today in the car listened to some of the audiobook version of Adams’ Fourth Doctor adventure The Pirate Planet, I perhaps should not have been surprised to encounter one of the greatest passages I have ever heard:

“This Doctor, the fourth, was a proud spiller of crumbs and defier of convention. Every morning, he advanced on the wardrobe as though he were seeking revenge. What did it matter what he wore, he figured.”

Words so glorious they could literally inspire a career.

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GamesIndustry.biz 100 Future Talent (UK)

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I spent a big chunk of last week helping put this together for Chris and James at GamesIndustry.biz. Check out all these very cool and very talented and really very annoyingly young people being very good. It was pretty amazing to write about these folk and I am absolutely convinced they are going to shape a much improved games industry in the decades to come.

Oh and of course I kept in the bit where Alex Calvin bigs me up.

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BAFTA Best Game

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I’m now allowed to reveal that I was incredibly honoured to be part of the judging panel for Best Game at this year’s BAFTA Games Award. I’m delighted to see the really very special What Remains of Edith Finch take the prize. Huge congratulations to the incredibly talented team at Giant Sparrow. Also, thanks to both BAFTA and the lovely people I shared a jury with.

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The finalists were:

ASSASSIN’S CREED ORIGINS Development Team – Ubisoft Montreal/ Ubisoft
HELLBLADE: SENUA’S SACRIFICE Development Team – Ninja Theory Ltd/ Ninja Theory Ltd
HORIZON ZERO DAWN Development Team – Guerrilla/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD Development Team – Nintendo EPD/Nintendo
SUPER MARIO ODYSSEY Development Team – Nintendo EPD/Nintendo
WHAT REMAINS OF EDITH FINCH Development Team – Giant Sparrow/Annapurna Interactive