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Squid Game: Season 1 (Netflix) – 2021

Where can I watch?: Netflix – https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/81040344

Length: x9 episodes (x1 hour each). 

You’ve probably heard loads about Squid game all over social media, on night talk shows like Jimmy Fallon and also perhaps seen the thumbnail for it in Netflix’s top 10 list if your a Netflix regular.

So what is Squid Game? 

Squid game is a Korean drama, TV show on Netflix directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, which was released earlier last month and has very quickly become (after just 10 days of airing) the fastest Korean TV show to take the #1 spot in Netflix’s top 10 globally.

There won’t be any spoilers in this review, as everyone really should watch it themselves, as its so well done. So what’s it about? In a nut shell, its about people, 456 to be exact, who are seriously struggling in life with debt issues, but they are offered a second chance to make a tonne of money to live a debt free life, by participating in a variety of basic, yet sometimes horrifically terrifying, ”kids” games. Think of it as a more barbaric version of Takeshi’s castle, a sort of, battle royale if you wish, where the last person standing ”wins”. If you lose, you lose with your life. Game Over. The rules are that simple. It actually reminded me of Battle Royale, a movie I watched back in university with some classmates which focussed on 9th grade students all taken to an island to basically kill each other in a ”game” under the governments revolutionary ”Battle Royale” act. If you haven’t seen that either, I’d highly recommend it.

So back to Squid Game, all 456 contestants are taken to this secret island off the mainland and are joined by similar characters, all whom are in some sort of serious debt issues. The island is run by guards with red / pink jumpsuits and black masks with shapes on them (denoting different ”ranks”) and  all operations are overseen by the ”frontman”, the person dressed all in black and the 3d black mask. After each game, the total amount of people eliminated = money deposited in the piggybank for all the remaining players, the last player standing wins the 45.6 Billion won.

You’re Invited: 456 Participants, 45.6 Billion won. (courtesy: Netflix)

Rapid Review

Although you could consider my viewing of this ”late to the party” since it aired back in September, I didn’t actually hear anything about this show – probably due to being off social media for a while. Scanning through Netflix last week though, I saw the Squid Game thumbnail and thought, hey, lets give it a watch, its something different after all. And…. Continue Reading

I tried RGB modding my JVC TM-150CG PVM a while back with some help from the guide over on the Shmups forums, but wanted a cleaner, all round, better looking install / finish to what I had done.

After scouring reddit, someone suggested just buying the input card for it, which at the time (late 2019), the official ones were real pricey at around £200-£400, depending on where you bought them from. With a little bit of searching earlier this year in 2021, I came across the JVC IF-C01COMG RGB card from Retro Upgrades UK  (link) that was compatible with my model

So I decided to purchase the RGB unit from them. They also have the BNC (YPbPr) version for component connectors, all for £49.99 which are compatible with the following JVC monitors:

JVC TM-H150CG
JVC TM-H1750CG
JVC TM-H1950CG
JVC DT-V1700CG
JVC DT-V1710CG
JVC DT-V1900CG
JVC DT-V1910CG

JVC IF-C01COMG BNC YPbPr card for JVC Monitors – Image courtesy of Retro Upgrades UK

Simple plug and play setup, slide the card into the slot on the back of the PVM and you are good to go. It really is that simple. You also have the added benefit of using… Continue Reading

”Get over here !”

I just recently finishing watching the digital version of Mortal Kombat: Scorpion’s revenge and, well, ”how was it?” I hear you ask? Well, your in the right place, so kick back if you can and lets kick off the review for Mortal Kombat: Scorpions Revenge.

There are no spoilers in this review at all so everything is safe to read.

A fully animated, Mortal Kombat, film-first, from Warner Bros, that stays true to its origins with some light-hearted humour and an unmatched level of brutal fighting & fatalities ! Long time fans will not be disappointed !

Scorpion’s revenge is an origin story to the mysterious, yellow and black clothed ninja we’ve all grown to love (or hate).

The story begins with Scorpion, aka Hanzo Hasashi, a well-grounded family man having everything brutally taken from him in the blink of an eye by his greatest rival – Sub-zero. Hanzo is soon resurrected by Quan Chi in the nether-realm who strikes a proposition with Hanzo:  Return to the Tsang Sung’s temple to obtain a sacred key that will release Quan Chi’s master from imprisonment and ultimately seek revenge upon the enemies – mainly sub-zero – who took everything from Scorpion.

Back on earth-realm, familiar characters; Liu Kang, Sonya Blade, Johnny Cage and Jax, to name a few, are embarking to take part in a once-in-a-generation tournament, better known as Mortal Kombat, to decide the fate of their realm. The most accoladed fighters from different realms all battling it out for power. If one realm wins the tournament 10 times, they can merge with another realm, ruling the new realm as they choose.

We are shown brief insights into each characters lives and their day to day, notably Johnny Cage, who cracked me up throughout with his, I’m a huge asshole but rather hilarious sense of humour.

If you’ve played the Mortal Kombat games, seen the cartoon or the 90’s movie you’ll understand the humour throughout, it certainly keeps the balance, and trust me, its needed !

Other old faces, such as Kano, Reptile, Baraka, Goro and others, also make appearances which I thought was a great touch, theres something for old skoolers and new folk alike.

I wont go into climax / end-game spoilers here at all, so lets touch on the very essence of Mortal Kombat, the brutal fight scenes and violence, oh yes.

I’ve seen a few animated pieces in my time, and being a huge Mortal Kombat fan, Scorpions Revenge easily had the best and most brutally violent and entertaining fight scenes I’ve ever seen in an animation. Arms, legs, limbs being cut off, torsos being cut into shredded bits of meat, bone-shattering X-ray like slow-mo scenes we have seen in the game series and fatalities all come together to produce intense, high-octane fights that are extremely exciting for the viewer.

Overall I’d give this a solid 9/10 – Mortal Kombat: Scorpions Revenge stays true to its origins but also provides something new as well for long time fans. The light-hearted humour and an unmatched level of brutal fighting & fatalities helps keep balance throughout ! A mixture of new and old faces, an interesting story with twists and turns left, right and center and some shocking scenes from start to finish, fans will not be disappointed !

 

UtechSmart Venus Gaming Mouse, 16400DPI High Precision Laser RGB MMO Gaming Mouse

What’s in the box ?

This is going to sound really lazy to some (haha!), but I’ve been looking for a gaming mouse that would allow me to simplify the effort of having to troll through various menus / inventory systems in games, so that I can access the items and/or functions I need (i.e reload weapon, crouch, prone, first aid kits, energy drinks, spells and so on), more efficiently and most importantly, quicker ! Was looking through various mice and came across this from Utech, priced, currently at £29.99 on Amazon UK – the question is though, is it any good ? Click read more below to find out….

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Nintendo’s eShop Summer Sale has just begun for the Nintendo Switch, 3DS and the Wii U (albeit x2 games on the WiiU).

If you thought Stranger Things 3 had a badass monster in it, wait until you check out this monstrous list (courtesy of Nintendo Life and Hot UK Deals)….

Some games are, in Nintendo fashion, still over priced but theres some great games at great prices on offer here – fire up your switches and 3ds’ and check them out.  Sale ends 25th July 2019.

Full Sale list below….

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Last week was a pretty special week in tech with the announcement and public release of the Raspberry Pi 4.

x3 models are now available each with different specs; 1GB RAM, 2GB RAM and the 4GB RAM model. Lets take a look at the raspberry Pi 4 in more detail…

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