Home Opinion The good, the bad and the ugly of the week – August 30 2019

The good, the bad and the ugly of the week – August 30 2019

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Let’s be honest: Plant-based hamburgers are actually shamburgers.

Best stories of the week

You’ve just bought a TV that’s pretty much smarter than you, you’re ready to watch some movies and then you’re faced with the greatest horror to face mankind since my nudes leaked onto the Internet: That gosh darn motion smoothing effect that nobody asked for. It’s an effect that makes your TV look like it has been smeared with Vaseline, a soap opera filter that cheapens any entertainment broadcast through the screen.

After years of this nonsense, the UHD Alliance is ready to get up and fight the scourge unleashed by TV manufacturers, with an artier and more cinematic visual option in the form of Filmmaker mode. And it’s about damn time. Next on the list, a brand new Shovel Knight spin-off that looks ace of spades thanks to its 16bit upgrade and I cannot believe how hype I am for that new Joker movie which may be exactly what DC needs to avoid being called a Marvel clone again: Mad movies with one-shot themes, an A-List of talent working on it and a freedom to diverge heavily from the source material.

That does put a smile on my face.

Worst story of the week


Just in terms of the news we covered this week…it actually wasn’t a bad week in gaming at all! I mean besides the Amazon rainforest being burnt down to make space for more cows, Boris Johnson’s coup going uncontested and more horror stories from the United States of Trump, it was a decent time to ignore the world burning and just focus on video games.

WTF stories of the week


Star Citizen, a game which at one point was ready to be remembered as the most successful crowdfunded venture in history…and became something else instead. Something much worse: A prime example of feature creep and being up the crappiest of creeks without a paddle. While a handful of believers will still vehemently defend Star Citizen with their dying breath, the developers behind the game are all too happy to keep making money off of their harpooned whales, as Gamescom saw Chris Roberts Industries host an intimate dinner for their most devout backers.

A dinner which cost $275 a seat, and was aimed at introducing a new digital spaceship to the tune of $675 so that players could throw more money at the impossible dream. Well…well alright then. In less exploitative but no less bamboozling news, Death Stranding’s Hideo Kojima decided to explain more of the ideas behind Death Stranding and I’m still confused dammit.

Header image of the week

For the three Blackadder fans who get this reference regarding Bandai Namco not getting caught up in the spat between the Epic Games Store and Steam: WOOF!


Comment of the week

Best comment this week goes to…Geoff! Because he nailed my theory that Overwatch will be coming to the Nintendo Switch, based on my deep dive into unreleased merch:

You make a good case for it coming.


And some people accuse us of nepotism. Gosh, perish the thought.

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Pillars of Eternity – Complete Edition Switch Review: Loading Screens of Eternity
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Gamescom Hands-on: Commence battle with your Pokémon Sword and Shield
Every game out this September – Return to the Borderlands, a fantasy remastered and sports ball
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Gamescom Hands-on: Freestyling through Trials Rising: Crash and Sunburn
Local weekend box office – The Lion King passes R100 million
MXGP 2019 review – Vroom for improvement
Astral Chain review–Complex Combo Chaining
The best comic book covers of the week – August 26 2019
The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors Review – Scratches a Kunoichi
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey review – Can you survive The Sim(ian)s Evolution?
Control Review – Pulsating rhythmical Remedy
Bandai Namco at Gamescom: Radiation, Vampires and Monkey Tails
We took a drive with Top Gear’s Stig, and even managed to ask him some questions
Gamescom Hands-On: FIFA 2020 – The offside rule and other conspiracies
Weekend box office – Angel Has Fallen rises up, as Hobbs & Shaw blows up China
Interview with Paul Sage, Creative Director of Borderlands 3: Just get in there and have fun!
Hands on with NBA 2K20: Bouncing off the Walls

Bonus DVD features – Tim Curry Edition

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Last Updated: August 30, 2019


  1. Tim Curry Red Alert!!!


    • Geoffrey Tim

      August 30, 2019 at 15:12



    • Pariah

      August 30, 2019 at 15:02

      Just stock up on air freshener and put a roll or two in the freezer.


      • Admiral Chief Emissary

        August 30, 2019 at 15:13

        I had some of that new KFC hot and crispy the other day, wasn’t hot, wasn’t that tasty, but my digestive system decided at 1 in the morning to perform a full system purge. The next 3 hours, it was, as they say, not a picnic.

        Times like these a bidet would have been handy


        • Pariah

          August 30, 2019 at 15:13

          My only question in all this: why KFC?


          • Admiral Chief Emissary

            August 30, 2019 at 15:21

            Indeed. My wife was on her way back from her step-mom (pre wedding dress things) and got some on the way back.

            Henceforth KFC was banned in the house by both of us. Me from the guttural experience, and from her because of the sounds/smells emanating from the bathroom

          • Pariah

            August 30, 2019 at 15:21

            Well at least that’s one positive.

  2. Pariah

    August 30, 2019 at 14:51

    It’s not nepotism if the comment is worthy.


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