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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
This is insane. Went by the grocery store last night and everything was gone. All soup, canned vegetables, chicken, beef, and pork is gone. All toilet and paper towels are gone. Feels like the average consumer is overreacting and the federal government is underreacting.
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Thread WaPo: Japan says postponing Olympics is ‘inconceivable,’ but one Tokyo 2020 board member disagrees
Japan will fight tooth and nail to prevent a delay. I’m willing to bet there are people on the IOC board that would rather roll the dice on a possible outbreak than delay it even a few months.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
I also have a few doctors in my family too and one is freaking out because they treat patients clinically so they're prone to catch it, one thinks it's a huge business opportunity because it's up their specialty, and one is stockpiling like crazy because they're just generally paranoid. All three are treating it very seriously. Doctors are humans just like everybody else.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
The clinical doctor that I know is freaking out is because they didn't receive any directions from their clinic about how to treat Corona patients such as special procedures. They're also not doing anything extra to keep the doctors safe. It's going to be bad when things get really heavy here.
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Thread NY Gov Cuomo orders coronavirus containment zone in New York state (New Rochelle); Deploying National Guard
My family lives in the containment zone. That McDonalds down the street, on North Avenue, is a hotspot waiting to happen.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
If you’re talking about youth as in someone not at college then I could sort of understand but then they’re facing the same issues a normal working adult would face. If you’re talking about a college student then I strongly disagree. College students have more than enough time and opportunities to vote nowadays with polling places on campuses.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
I’m referring to that tweet in which there was a long line of same day registrations on a college campus.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Voter suppression is a serious and major issue facing many low income communities where parents are working and/or can’t get transportation or time to go out and vote. Not to mention just registering or lacking the proper IDs. Voter suppression is not a major issue on a college campus where kids can walk up and vote days in advance and are constantly hassled for weeks by volunteers on campus to vote in between college classes. The kids also have access to buses that can take them to other voting sites if they live off campus.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Those are probably same day registrations in which case yes a long wait on election day is to be expected.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
That’s on a college campus so transportation isn’t really a good excuse. They also have early voting and a whole host of stuff. It’s an issue of apathy more than anything else.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Why? These primaries showed how everybody absolutely loathed her guts.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
They're at 40% and Biden is up a bit short of 300 votes.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Yea her endorsement never meant shit. Hopefully that stupid plot thread is dead now.
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Thread WaPo: Roughly 25% of all U.S. workers lack paid sick time, are more likely to work while ill, data show, exposing colleagues and customers to COVID-19
My mother is a doctor and she has a similar setup in regards to not having dedicated sick leave but just overall paid time off. It's been a recent trend by employers.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
Well nvm turns out they actually might be in the containment zone after all. Wonder if that means checkpoints and if people (ie me) are allowed to visit them.
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Thread Is "Charlie Work" (Always Sunny) one the best half hours of comedy ever produced?
Charlie Work is indeed one of the best Always Sunny episodes and just a flat out amazing episode in of itself. Even besides the use of a faux one-take, it’s just a well written and executed episode.
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Thread Trump reportedly "melting down" over coronavirus, is afraid journalists will purposefully contract it to spread it to him on Air Force One
It’s because of how heavily armored it is. It’s pretty much a tank.
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Thread Valve Index VR kits will be available for purchase this Monday, March 9th, starting at 10 AM PDT (5 PM UTC)
Mine might be shipping soon? Unlike a separate order that says it'll ship in 8 weeks, the VR kit is listed under past orders with "View Shipment Details".
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Thread Valve Index VR kits will be available for purchase this Monday, March 9th, starting at 10 AM PDT (5 PM UTC)
It should be noted that when you're filling out the shipping info and try to complete it and it says "Out of Stock", just keep retrying and eventually it will go through???? absolute clusterfuck
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Thread Valve Index VR kits will be available for purchase this Monday, March 9th, starting at 10 AM PDT (5 PM UTC)
Wait hold on, maybe I purchased both the VR Kit and Index Headset+Controllers separately in my mad rush? This whole fucking thing is confusing. I only got one email so wtf.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
People are fucking crazy. Just saw a guy at Walmart have an entire shopping cart full of milk. He must have had 30 gallons full of milk in his cart and was still taking more out of the shelves.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
Someone in Japan possibly got reinfected but we don’t know if they fully recovered or not from the initial bout. The article also mentions the possibility that it can just stay in your system for extended durations of time and flair up. Just a lot of question marks it seems.
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Thread Era help me out ! Xenoblade Chronicles 2 or Final Fantasy XII (Switch)
That scene and the previously mentioned cutscene isn’t representative of the game as a whole and certainly not the more dramatic moments in Xenoblade 2. The point can be made about the difference in tone without contrasting Z-tier side content in one compared to a major cutscene in the other.
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Thread How many parts do you think the Final Fantasy VII Remake project will need to be complete?
It’s absolutely going to be 4+. They’re already talking about expanding other parts of the game. They’re not rushing any of this, rather the opposite.
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Thread Artemis Fowl - Official Trailer
Yea this looks like trash. The best part of the early books is that Artemis is a total asshole and pretty much a villain in the making. The original novel also had him at odds with the Fairy Police and I think even his butler was thinking he was going off the rails until his plot is revealed at the end. This trailer just makes him look like a good guy.
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Thread NYT OpEd: My ex-bf is dating Lady Gaga, or how I learned to stop worrying and embrace the insanity of social media
Yea I could see that. Would be infinitely worse if she dumped you for some slob off the street. Then you’re thinking what the hell is wrong with you.
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Thread Variety: Steven Spielberg Won’t Direct ‘Indiana Jones 5,’ James Mangold in Talks to Replace
This movie was likely to be trash regardless of who directed it. Better that Spielberg didnt waste his last few years on this. Also couldn’t hurt to have a new perspective on Indy.
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Thread Star Wars: The High Republic - A First Look at Project Luminous
Pretty much anything not even remotely attached to the movie era. We’re still getting old Yoda in this for heavens sake. This feels like a redo of ideas associated with TPM, mainly in regards to the Jedi Order.
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Thread Canon or Legends Luke Skywalker after EP.6?
He wasn't disillusioned with the Jedi Order like Luke was, sure. I don't see how you can look at Obi-Wan in TROS and ANH and say how the climax in TROS didn't impact him in terms of his attitude. Even just the notion of just dumping it on Luke showed how his perspective had changed compared to confronting Anakin on Mustafar. Also do you seriously believe that if Obi-Wan wanted to train Luke that Lars, a moisture farmer, could have stopped him?
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Thread Who would win in a fight: MCU Cap or Raimi Spider-Man?
After looking into the Spider-Man 2 train scene, that's on a totally different level of strength compared to the helicopter Cap scene.So 3,000 pounds vs 436,515 pounds. Spider-Man is stronger. I take back thinking Cap would win. He would easily get killed in a single punch.
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Thread Who would win in a fight: MCU Cap or Raimi Spider-Man?
Raimi Spidey is significantly stronger but he doesn’t have the combat/fighting experience Cap has. I would give this to Cap as he wouldn’t get into a punching match with Spidey. In theory though Spidey should be able to completely obliterate Cap.
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Thread Netflix Unveils ‘Pacific Rim’, ‘Altered Carbon’ & More In New Lineup Of Anime Originals
Concerned about the animation studios for almost all of these. Sato working on Altered Carbon is good but not sure about Anima.
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Thread Who was a worse person in their school days, James Potter or Snape?
Snape was a blatant goddamn racist. Being an overt racist is way worse than being a bully. Snape was an absolutely horrible human being. Which of course makes the stupidity of Harry naming his kid after the guy even worse.
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Thread ResetEra Anime of the Year 2019 - Voting Thread (READ THE OP) [Ends 11:59 February 15th EST]
1. - Quite possibly the best season and a high note for the franchise to go out on. 2. Believe in the Machio that believes in your muscles. 3. - Evolved from the Haikyuu copy cats that IG had been pumping out into something separate and emotionally resonant. 4. Despite some weaker earlier episodes, the show found its rhythm. 5. Strong showing from Wit, possibly their last entry. Some of the sakuga cuts were on a different level. 6. The only reason this is not higher on my list is that I didn't finish it yet. 7. The best Gundam series since the original GBF. 8.Despite amazing art direction, the story is sort of insane. 9. Good showing from Ikuhara despite the limited runtime still hampering him. Signficantly better than Yuri Bears. 10. Honestly this was a bore in the 2nd half despite all the sakuga. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
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Thread Mission: Impossible - Fallout |OT| Unmarked Spoilers
None of the ones you listed were in any way impressive as a set piece. They were funny or fun such as Renner and Cruise catching the train but not visually striking. McQuarrie’s movies aren’t as fun as Bird’s but the set pieces are more designed to impress. The Kremlin one for example has the team using a balloon to drop a device that transfers data to Russian computers then simply walk downstairs where they use the AR tracking device and a directed sound replicator to enter the archives. Messing with the guard downstairs is funny but in no way is it demanding or taxing on a physical level.
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Thread Mission: Impossible - Fallout |OT| Unmarked Spoilers
Absolutely. The only good one in the entire movie is the Burj sequence and it’s fairly short and not that elaborate. Does anyone remember anything about the Kremlin intrusion or the car parking garage in India? The set pieces in the movie are really lame in comparison to this one.
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Thread Mission: Impossible - Fallout |OT| Unmarked Spoilers
The past movies, and especially the ones by McQuarrie, point out how the IMF and Hunt’s success is a good chunk due to luck. One of the main themes in MI5 is that Hunt is by nature a gambler and eventually his luck will run out (it didn’t).
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Thread Mission: Impossible - Fallout |OT| Unmarked Spoilers
Everybody is praising the action sequences but what impressed me the most was how sharp the sound direction was from the mixing to matching the OST to specific scenes in the movie, such as the beats corresponding to the CIA director's steps in her intro. Absolutely crisp.
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Thread sciencedirect.com: Case study - Following THC ingestion, a patient presented to emergency department with symptoms similar to an acute stroke
I got high recently, first time in a few years, and I thought I was drunk. My speech was slurred, I was stumbling around, felt like I was going to choke on my own tongue, and my stomach was upset. First time I’ve had a negative experience like that, so I can understand a lady not knowing she was high freaking out.
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Thread My Hero Academia |OT2| Cloudy with a Chance of Tears
Horikoshi should have just had the Twice/Hawks stuff earlier. This felt like a lot of unnecessary cutting back and forth. Also outside of the Liberation Army’s organizational stuff, I don’t think any of this was necessary.
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Thread My Hero Academia |OT2| Cloudy with a Chance of Tears
He jumped forward, then back for a rather unnecessary explanation/scene, then jumped forward again. The Hawks/Twice stuff would have been better earlier but now it feels like unnecessary and interrupting of the flow of events.
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Thread Would you say Ash Ketchum is a good trainer and if so what is his best accomplishments?
It’s funny because Ash just entered a local tournament a few weeks back on Pokemon 2019 and wrecked everybody with ease. For a perpetual 10 year old, that’s not bad.
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Thread ResetEra Games of the Year 2019 - Voting Thread (READ THE OP) [Ends Jan 26th 8:59am EST]
1. So many things to love about the game such as the art direction, difficulty, combat, bosses, world design, and story. I need to finish Bloodborne but this is my favorite FROM game in that everything clicked for me. 2. Mr. X repeatedly gave it to me. Amazing remake that was a blast to play from start to finish.Remedy are a master of their craft and while Control isn't as strong as Alan Wake nor as narratively good as Quantum Break, it's still fun as hell to play. 4. I've been desparate for a good Star Wars game and this scratched that itch. I wish the combat was more fleshed out but it was good enough. 5. The JoJo police adventure I didn't even know I wanted. 6. Loads of fun to play but I wish the story was more cohesive. 7. Lots of great ideas that feel underbaked in certain areas but definitely memorable. 8. Been waiting for this since the 360 generation and that they never ported over the PS3 version. 9. - Felt like I was playing COD4 for the first time. Too bad the updates couldn't keep up with the players.
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Thread Collider/THR: Obi-Wan Series on Hold Due to Reworking Scripts
People don't bring her up because everything else SW-related is a dumpster fire so it looks to be more the exception. It's really easy to A/B Lucasfilm and Marvel right now and see how fans treat and hold accountable certain executives for certain franchises. Feige probably gets more credit than he deserves just as she's probably get more blame than she deserves. That's part of being a leader. Besides the Mandalorian really isn't that good anyway.
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Thread Collider/THR: Obi-Wan Series on Hold Due to Reworking Scripts
That's assuming each episode is a full hour instead of 45 minutes or so. Truncating that to a 2.5 hour movie doesn't seem insane. They could even do a two parter since they don't want to do trilogies anymore.
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Thread Collider/THR: Obi-Wan Series on Hold Due to Reworking Scripts
We had people bringing up Iger despite him not being brought up at all in the article. Besides that, she's the head of Lucasfilm. She's ultimately responsible. Look at her counterpart inside the same company. Who do people feel is ultimately responsible for the MCU? Definitely not Iger.There's been minimal articles from the media talking about Kennedy's working relationship with Iger in the sense of whether Iger is the one placing demands on Kennedy or if Kennedy has free reign. Almost all of the previous issues with directors has stemmed from issues Kennedy herself has had with the directors/scripts/whatever.
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Thread Anime |OT| Winter 2020 - New Decade, Old Contract
Yea okay I'm on board. Show is less about the investigations in of themselves but rather how these serial killers see the world and how completely fucked up the main character is. The main character, Narihisago, is nasty in a way that he would be the villain in most shows. Then there is the Moriarty counterpart waiting in the background and this show should be a lot of fun.
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Thread Regardless of what you thought of each film, which is your favorite Star Wars climax in the Skywalker Saga?
It’s really RotJ for so many reasons such as emotional payoff, cinematography, music, and editing. Luke going ham on Vader is probably the best scene in the franchise.
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Thread Chicago Public Schools will have a work requirement to graduate high school this year
I think people are overreacting to this. They give you five different options and/or a counselor can sign off on an alternative. In no way are they saying you absolutely need to work.
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Thread (Alleged) TROS insider drops some major bombs about production...
We’re locking this thread as there currently is no insider verification on Reddit’s side that any of this is true. If there is some degree of insider verification then a new thread can be started.
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Thread Star Wars: Terrio on Kennedy’s involvement in RoS
ST09 is probably Abrams' best film. A couple of months ago I would have said Into Darkness was his worst film but now I'm not so sure. STID is such an utterly stupid film but it is more cohesive than RoS and actually has a larger theme about militarization in response to terrorism.
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Thread Star Wars: Terrio on Kennedy’s involvement in RoS
A lot of the issues stem from these semi-fixed release dates that Lucasfilm is extremely resistant on budging from. As much as I want to blame Kennedy, there could also been demands from Iger on this. If it was Kennedy though that was pushing for these dates then there really isn't a qualifier for how bad those decisions have been and the ramifications they've had on all of the SW creative teams.
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Thread Sharon Osbourne once forced an assistant to enter a burning house to retrieve artwork and then fired him because he didn't think it was funny
Ripping that oxygen mask off to put on your dog is probably the most wild out of all of that.
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Thread Wkd Box Office - 12•20-22•19 - The Final Opening In The Story Of Skywalker ($177m OW)
The movie being greenlit to begin with was a mistake which again falls on Kennedy for trying to please Kasdan, who bailed anyway. Alden though was a definite miscast.
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Thread Wkd Box Office - 12•20-22•19 - The Final Opening In The Story Of Skywalker ($177m OW)
I’ve seen little to think that she’s some sort of visionary worthy of keeping on. Star Wars in the hands of someone who wasn’t Lucas was going to generate an insane amount of money just due to it being a premier scifi franchise and there not being a SW movie for X number of years. A lot of the issues post-TFA fall on either Iger or her such as the director version of musical chairs and the insane deadlines. I think Solo for example would have done better if it had you know, been a great movie. The infighting between Kasdan/KK and Lord & Miller didn’t help anything. I don’t think it would have generated Rogue One numbers persay but definitely better.
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Thread [The Rise of Skywalker Spoilers] What is the best lightsaber fight in the Skywalker Saga?
The TLJ ones are either too overly choreographed like the TLJ Throne Room or not long enough or visceral like the Luke/Kylo one. TFA has the best lightsaber duel in the ST precisely because of how worn out Kylo is and the emotions he brings to the table.
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Thread [The Rise of Skywalker Spoilers] What is the best lightsaber fight in the Skywalker Saga?
Luke/Vader Throne Room in RotJ is probably the best scene in the franchise, so uh that one. Followup is ESB for all of the character details interwoven throughout the duel like Vader not trying and Luke's fear.Throne Room is the best precisely for that moment with Williams going ham.
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Thread Wkd Box Office - 12•13-15•19 - Jumanji Exceeds Expectations, Frozen 2 Passes 1B, No Jewels or Happy Holidays For Other New Releases
Please direct further box office conversation here:
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Thread Wkd Box Office - 12•13-15•19 - Jumanji Exceeds Expectations, Frozen 2 Passes 1B, No Jewels or Happy Holidays For Other New Releases
Yea there is no way on Earth they were actually expecting $160 mil.
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Thread Wkd Box Office - 12•13-15•19 - Jumanji Exceeds Expectations, Frozen 2 Passes 1B, No Jewels or Happy Holidays For Other New Releases
Well there it is. oof Heads are going to roll at either Disney or LFL.
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Thread Wkd Box Office - 12•13-15•19 - Jumanji Exceeds Expectations, Frozen 2 Passes 1B, No Jewels or Happy Holidays For Other New Releases
Yea the Deadline article is really bizzare. It sounds both defensive and like they're trying to cover for Disney. Also that 179 is pretty optimistic as it's assuming only a -15% drop this Sunday. Might be closer to 175.
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Thread Anime |OT| Fall 2019 - Falling Down the Rabbit Hole
The fact that we don't have a super obnoxious lead makes it better than most Gundam. Episode 12 wouldn't have anywhere near the impact it does if the show didn't spend most of the cour with the characters in that world. There's also some earlier stuff that might pay off like Par's emotional trauma could be related to him . They've spent time establishing the characters, the world, making sure battles aren't just asspulls for the most part, and finally having real stakes.
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Thread Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker |OT| Revenge of a Sith (SPOILERS NOW OPEN)
It's funny too in that the First Order was pretty much ruling the galaxy in TLJ and if Palpatine even had a few hundred of those ships ready then he would have totally dominated the galaxy with an iron first by giving a few to the First Order that he was controlling anyway. Instead he waits until he has 10,000 ships for no reason.
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Thread Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker |OT| Revenge of a Sith (SPOILERS NOW OPEN)
I guess my feeling with Luke and the lightsaber thing was that in TLJ Luke changed his mind but the film wasn't outright stating that his behavior and attitude was wrong, especially considering he makes numerous valid points. I guess that was the intention but the early comedy screws up some of that messaging, that and I don't think Rey did a good enough job countering some of that cynicism. Anyway though, his scene in RoS does flow well from his state of mind in TLJ.
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Thread Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker |OT| Revenge of a Sith (SPOILERS NOW OPEN)
I think there might have been additional stuff with Leia, like expanding on the scene when she calls his name, but I feel that conversation with Han to some extent always needed to happen in order for the audience to semi buy in on the Kylo/Ben turn.
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Thread Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker |OT| Revenge of a Sith (SPOILERS NOW OPEN)
That interview with JJ was pretty enlightening. His answer to the lightsaber thing is good. It does make me feel stronger about how Rian made a mistake making that part into a joke though. If one of TLJ's main themes is that Luke's attitude was wrong at the beginning then I don't think the movie did a clear enough job of that and the comedy muddles that message.
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Thread Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker |OT| Revenge of a Sith (SPOILERS NOW OPEN)
My point was that Palpatine could destroy an entire fleet by himself so either Luke is a slacker or JJ is a hack. The movie breaks all of TFA though. Why have Starkiller when you have a fleet of mobile ships with the same power?
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Thread Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker |OT| Revenge of a Sith (SPOILERS NOW OPEN)
What’s amazing about this is how the movie largely works without the need for Palpatine until the final showdown. Like they could have had that as a legit endgame twist and they unintentionally ruined it for no benefit.
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Thread Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker |OT| Revenge of a Sith (SPOILERS NOW OPEN)
This was a godawful film. The word I would use to describe is inept. That first half is probably the worst half of any Star Wars film to date. The second half is definitely better but man this is a bad film. i’m surprised as JJ always seemed at least competent and TFA is a vastly better film than this even with the rehashing TFA does.
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Thread The Rise of Skywalker Review Thread: The Sheev Saga Comes to a Close [No Spoilers] (Rottenwatch: 58%; 8% away from Order 66) [SEE STAFF POST]
Just saw this. Some of the prequels were significantly better movies than this. The first half is flat out incompetent editing and storytelling.
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Thread The Rise of Skywalker Review Thread: The Sheev Saga Comes to a Close [No Spoilers] (Rottenwatch: 58%; 8% away from Order 66) [SEE STAFF POST]
There’s ways of going about it and parts of TLJ felt like they were directly calling out Abrams for trying to adhere to the OT. I don’t know how else you can view how Rian treated Snoke. Rian thought Snoke was a stupid Emperor replacement and disregarded Snoke rightfully as the trash he is.
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Thread The Rise of Skywalker Review Thread: The Sheev Saga Comes to a Close [No Spoilers] (Rottenwatch: 58%; 8% away from Order 66) [SEE STAFF POST]
That’s a valid interpretation to an extent. Part of the issue is partially how flippant Rian is about it. Snoke calling out Kylo’s mask for example is another one in that it’s clear Rian thinks something from TFA is stupid and will just directly call it out as such. If I was JJ, I would probably have been low key pissed when watching TLJ. Now again, I don’t blame Rian for any of it as JJ deserved it for his mystery box garbage in TFA. Rian and JJ view Star Wars almost in a fundamentally different way, which is fine in theory. The problem is Kennedy had them following up each other.
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Thread The Rise of Skywalker Review Thread: The Sheev Saga Comes to a Close [No Spoilers] (Rottenwatch: 58%; 8% away from Order 66) [SEE STAFF POST]
A lot of things that JJ set to be important like Rey’s parents or Luke receiving the lightsaber, Rian thought was trash and threw that stuff in the bin. I think that was the right call on Rian’s part. The problem is that Kennedy went back to JJ which makes me think that Kennedy either got blowback about TLJ from someone or the themes went over her head or whatever. In any case, picking JJ to pick up after TLJ seems to have been the absolutely wrong call as why would JJ play along with a movie that so strongly disagrees with what JJ feels SW is?
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Thread The Rise of Skywalker (2019) social media impressions
It’s generally assumed to be about a year between ESB and RotJ. Yea it’s fairly quick but that’s at least some time. Rey’s abilities from TFA to TLJ are consistent, I find the problem more so about how quick her progression is in TFA. Sounds like the novels explained that though in a fairly convincing way with the mindmeld in the torture scene caused her to learn a lot of Kylo’s stuff.
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Thread The Rise of Skywalker (2019) social media impressions
For all of my complaints/issues with RotJ, it has some of the best and THE best scene of the franchise. I will argue to the death that Luke/Vader’s confrontation on the Death Star II was the best moment of the franchise.
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Thread The Rise of Skywalker (2019) social media impressions
ESB ended with Vader styling on Luke with minimal effort. Then there’s a significant time skip after which Luke largely seems to be competent. TFA took place in like a week. TFA and TLJ taking place in a 2 week time span has always felt ridiculous to me.
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Thread Self-Driving Mercedes Will Be Programmed To Sacrifice Pedestrians To Save The Driver
As awful as that sounds, it's probably the right call. Mainly because people won't trust autonomous cars otherwise if they don't know the car will place the highest priority on the driver.
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Thread NBA Regular Season 2019-2020 | OT | There’s a New King in Town (Now 100% Gluten-Free!) [see staff post]
Pretty much. That and the picks (who gives a shit about the players) means Lakers are going to be shit for most of the next decade. So yea, regular season really doesn't mean shit.
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Thread NBA Regular Season 2019-2020 | OT | There’s a New King in Town (Now 100% Gluten-Free!) [see staff post]
For what you guys gave up for AD, you better win the chip or it wasn't worth it. Regular season really doesn't matter.
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Thread JJ Abrams on his decision not to do Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX, and then being asked to do IX after all
If there are singular people within the Story Group overseeing all three films of the ST then I'm not sure they're doing a good job as we've heard multiple stories of the directors doing whatever they want and little about oversight apart from Kennedy and Kasdan, primarily in relation to Solo.
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Thread JJ Abrams on his decision not to do Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX, and then being asked to do IX after all
That was my point in that Trevorrow was conflicting with Kennedy, not the Story Group. The Story Group is virtually never mentioned in any of these directorial conflicts. Lord and Miller were pissing off Kennedy and Kasdan directly, the Story Group wasn't mentioned at all in any of those articles talking about how Solo was a dumpster fire.
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Thread JJ Abrams on his decision not to do Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX, and then being asked to do IX after all
That wasn't the intention but it should have been. Either that or have a singular writer working on all 3. I mean Treverrow got the boot because his stuff was different in a third direction. The only film trilogy in history that I think works/is considered great with different directors helming each movie was SW and that's largely because Lucas was controlling things both in a positive and negative way.
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Thread JJ Abrams on his decision not to do Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX, and then being asked to do IX after all
Kennedy should have delayed 8 and let Abrams do 8. I think Rian made a better 8 then JJ would have but this is so much of a bloody mess.
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Thread JJ Abrams on his decision not to do Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX, and then being asked to do IX after all
In theory that's what the Story Group should be however having a council full of people isn't the same as a singular person overseeing it all. I'm also not sure how much oversight that Story Group is providing: In addition, I'm not sure how many members of the Story Group are actually writers/authors and not just general producers.
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Thread JJ Abrams on his decision not to do Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX, and then being asked to do IX after all
I mean by all accounts, Trevorrowwas fired because he was having disagreements with Kennedy in regards to the script, not the Story Group. Some of this is impossible to know without working at Lucasfilm and seeing how much control/freedom there is in terms of individual stories and who talks to who but I'm not exactly convinced that the Story Group has much serious input/say on a lot of these higher level topics.A better case would be examining individual franchises inside Nintendo and there are definitely singular people that oversee certain franchises. The whole point of this discussion/argument is whether the Story Group is a good replacement for a person like Lucas and I haven't seen much evidence stating that they are. There were a ton of stories of Lucas possibly micromanaging everything SW back in the day. I'm not seeing a lot stating something similar for the Story Group currently.
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Thread JJ Abrams on his decision not to do Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX, and then being asked to do IX after all
I would probably need to see a better example for me to feel their existence is justified as a substitute for someone like Lucas overseeing everything.So a Story Group member worked on the first two movies of the ST and not the final? Or he didn't work on any of the ST in which case how involved are the Story Group in overseeing the ST?
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Thread JJ Abrams on his decision not to do Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX, and then being asked to do IX after all
I never once claimed that there should be a strict storyline that has to be adhered to. Saying there should be consistent oversight is significantly different than saying there has to be multiple scripts in advance that the director has to adhere to. Whether that oversight is in the form of a basic outline for the trilogy or just having identical people in place, I don't think it particularly matters. Of course you can get situations where the quality/tone differs even from the same person, the Godfather trilogy with Francis Ford Coppola for example, however the track record in regards to trilogies is historically better when there's a singular vision overlooking all of the movies.
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Thread 'I'm not trying to pretend to be a fair juror here': Lindsay Graham predicts Trump impeachment will 'die quickly' in Senate, because he will kill it
This is fucking wild. Going to be amazing for historians to look back on this era and see how corrupt our country was.
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Thread John Boyega expresses disappointment over Finn in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Rian said he had difficulty separating Finn and Poe from a writing standpoint and I think it translates over into the film in that he definitely didn’t understand how to write Finn well.
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Thread Ghostbusters: Afterlife Trailer (written and directed by Jason Reitman)
Horror-lite or whatever that transitions more into a traditional Ghostbusters movie. Even if it’s a redux of Stranger Things, I’m still glad they’re trying something new with the franchise than just simply bringing a bunch of old people on screen.
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Thread Ghostbusters: Afterlife Trailer (written and directed by Jason Reitman)
The original cast is old as dirt and the original movies largely worked because of the actors in it. Makes zero sense to go for an identical tone of the original movies when there would be zero chance of even coming close. Going for something different while using the original movies as a springboard is a much better idea. The original movie also had tinges of horror so I like that they’re leaning more into that with this.
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Thread It's wild how many 2000s-era edgy/emo bands were just adults singing about self-harm and teenage angst
The main band of the 2000s was probably Linkin Park and Chester Bennington was 24 when Hybrid Theory came out in 2000. He obviously suffered through depression for his entire life. I see little reason why he couldn't relate to a 16 year old going through something similar.
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Thread The Season Finale of DEATH BATTLE S6 is All-Might (My Hero Academia Series) vs Might Guy (Naruto Series)
Yea that’s true. The closest we saw to Prime All Might was in the intro in the movie and even that wasn’t peak All Might. People forget that all the feats in the manga/anime are him in a super weakened state. When he fought that noumu he said it took him 300 punches but in his prime it would have taken 5 punches. That’s an insane decline, that means he was around 60 times stronger in his peak. A guy who ran up the side of a super tall skyscraper in under 30 seconds is only at best 2% of his normal strength. Actually he might even be weaker than 2% at that point as he’s declined over the course of the series.
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Thread ‘Transformative public transportation’: 4 Baltimore-area chambers of commerce endorse Northeast Maglev, construction could begin as soon as 2021
Congrats to the construction companies who will get fat off this and end up doing nothing.
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Thread Is there any situation where using the n-word with the r acceptable (even if you are black)?
Comedy or if you’re making some academic point. If you’re using the hard r version then you gotta have a good reason for it. For white people in general, you have to have a GREAT academic need.
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Thread EA (And Other Studios) Apparently Have Policies That Require Developers To Gather Permission Before Producing Any Creative Works Outside Of Work
That's not anything new. Other industries have similar policies such as in animation.
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Thread LTTP: Nightmare On Elm Street Series - A funhouse of horror and interesting concepts, poorly executed (AKA: This franchise is trash)
Well the main relationship in the third one is Nancy and Kristen. Nancy was in a similar position as Kristen in the past and the two bond as a result.
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Thread LTTP: Nightmare On Elm Street Series - A funhouse of horror and interesting concepts, poorly executed (AKA: This franchise is trash)
I recently did something similar and watched all of them in the span of a couple of weeks. 1 and 3 are good, I think 3 is probably better than 1. It's an interesting franchise as each movie brings something new or of value to the franchise and has a theme. Now that is not to say that they're decent films but they do have themes. Movies 5 and 6 are super bad though. You're going to be in for a rough time as you get into the later films.
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Thread Knives Out | Spoiler Thread | Whodonut?
Well I imagine she'll help them to an extent but she obviously isn't going to be bailing them out or letting them double dip. New management so to speak. I don't think though she's going to let them out to dry hence the line from the detective and the mug at the end.
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Thread Pete Buttigieg says being gay helps him relate to the struggles that black people face in America, statement has angered some black people
We, African Americans, don’t have to worry about being ostracized or killed by our own family either. The struggles are obviously different but that doesn’t mean there aren’t points of similarity as well though. People focus too much on the differences and not what can be used to bring us together.
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Thread Pete Buttigieg says being gay helps him relate to the struggles that black people face in America, statement has angered some black people
I think this is fine. He’s not saying it’s the same but that it helps him understand the perspective of another discriminated group.
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Thread ESPN: NBA strongly considering “drastic” changes to regular and post-season format
Load Management. Players were already approaching the regular season as a joke but recent years have shown the regular season to be to the success of a team. Players would take being an 8 seed if it meant they can have additional games off. A huge overall absolutely needs to be done where either regular season performance has a bigger impact on the post season or they shorten the regular season.
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Thread DEATH STRANDING - Spoiler Thread
It’s worth reiterating how 80% of the Cliff twist hangs on Cliff not using his son’s actual name throughout the game and just continually refers to him as BB instead of his already named child.
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Thread DEATH STRANDING - Spoiler Thread
Also why was Amelie supporting Cliff attempting to kill Sam (powering Cliff via the dolls and all)? She needed Sam to complete the chiral network. The more I think about this story, the more it falls apart logically.
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Thread DEATH STRANDING - Spoiler Thread
In Cliff’s death monologue, seems like BB was already named. The last cutscene was mostly of Sam’s memories and not actually with Cliff (I think???) and there Cliff explains Sam’s name and all.
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Thread So I was Thinking About Rian Johnson's Looper, What if 10% of the Population Were Telekinetic?
Ah yes, the Shin Sekai Yori question. Let's just say things would be god awful for the 90% not telepathic.
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Thread DEATH STRANDING - Spoiler Thread
Another reveal that is awkwardly timed is the reveal that Sam was shot as a baby and brought back by Amelie. That whole sequence is just shuffled around and any sort of emotional or shock impact is lost.
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Thread DEATH STRANDING - Spoiler Thread
Well Amelie and Bridges as an entity weren’t seeing eye to eye. She was claiming the chiral network would help everyone, which was the initial plan, but then decided to use it to bring about the Last Stranding. I’m not sure if her decision to cause the Last Stranding was before or after her capture by Higgs. Either way seems like Higgs could have just put the remaining locations on to the chiral network for her unless the idea was they needed someone to con the different locations and Sam was the unsuspecting peddler while Higgs was too well known. Also if Amelie is in control, why the whole elaborate kidnapping stuff in Edge Knot City? At that point Sam’s purpose had been fulfilled and wasn’t needed any longer. Why do this whole kidnapping business to the beach? Also why did Amelie push Sam out of Bridget/Amelie’s beach?
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Thread DEATH STRANDING - Spoiler Thread
So let’s delve a bit into Amelie/Bridget. So Amelie’s plan was to pretend to be kidnapped by Higgs as a way to force Sam to connect the chiral network and quicken the extinction event? Is there a reason why she just didn’t do it herself or simply have Higgs do it? Or why Higgs was trying to control her at the end despite the two having a similar goal in mind? Or is this a case of Amelie/Bridget initially not wanting an extinction before the initial Death Stranding, then realized extinction will happen anyway and so repurposes the chiral network to hasten humanity’s death and works with Higgs, then decides no and wants Sam to stop her, then finally decided she gives up and will let Sam decide?
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Thread DEATH STRANDING - Spoiler Thread
Speaking of characters, Mama and Lockne got the Gundam 00 Lockon treatment where Lockne serves solely as a Mama stand-in so Kojima can kill Mama off and have no story consequences.
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Thread DEATH STRANDING - Spoiler Thread
The ordering of the reveals near the end makes little to no sense. Like the Cliff reveal would have worked better after the Vietnam scene as that’s really the last time you interact with Cliff.
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Everything involving Amelie is a complete mess and feels like a victim of rewrites. Almost none of the story involving her is consistent. She or the game contradicts her like every five minutes near the end.What's crazy about this is right after the inauguration Sam then decides to say he's a loner again. He flips character for that speech then flips back at the end.
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Thread Mr. Robot: The Final Season (S4) |OT| Goodbye, Friend
I think this is arguably the best season of TV I’ve ever seen. It has the artsy aspect of 2, the tension of 3, and the twists of 1. I thought S3 was Esmail firing on all cylinders but it’s clear he had one last gear. I was already super hyped for the new BSG he’s working on but now...
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Thread A long long time ago, "challenge" was a integral part of game reviews...
I think it depends on how a game is hard and not just that it is. I remember that reviewers loved F.E.A.R. for example because of the AI that would do all this flanking. Hell, Sekiro came out earlier this year. Now if you’re making a game difficult by just bumping up health bars and increasing enemy damage then it comes as cheap and frustrating in a boring and bland way.
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Thread Amazon will challenge Pentagon’s award of $10 billion JEDI contract to Microsoft, ‘unmistakable bias’ as one of its concerns in the award
It’s clear that some people in here have no clue what they’re talking about in terms of government bidding. Government bids are rigid and formal. This is likely going to be a very hard case for Amazon to win.
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Thread Death Stranding |OT| Peace Walker
The game taking bits and pieces of other people’s zipline networks is utterly frustrating. Largely because the mountain areas are such a slog and you spend so much time in them. At certain points it feels almost necessary without losing your mind to the tedium of it all.
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Thread DEATH STRANDING (a Hideo Kojima game) update 1.05 is out now, weighs 1 GB, adds performance improvements
We don’t need a thread for every patch a game gets, especially one with so minimal patch notes. Please direct further conversation regarding this game to the OT:
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Thread Death Stranding |OT| Peace Walker
That’s the thing though, the game has a lot of other components other than just purely the traversal mechanics. It’s much more of a traditional video game than people, both in being criticism and praise, are giving it credit as. I can forgive the combat being bad. What bothers me is the stealth mechanics being trash. In a game that focuses so heavily on not killing, the stealth component should be way better than it is.
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Thread Death Stranding |OT| Peace Walker
I think my problem with a number of reviews is that they focused on the wrong things to criticize. There are absolutely tons of issues with the game such as the lackluster combat, poor stealth mechanics, in-game cutscenes, and etcetera but there was too much of a focus on the traversal mechanics and pacing. I really hate how Kojima/Sony put the Chapter 3 restriction on the reviews as there’s a lot to talk and analyze past that and reviewers focused too much on the earlier stuff as a result.
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Thread Death Stranding |OT| Peace Walker
Too bad pretty much nobody knows how to properly use ziplines. I’ve seen ziplines that are not connected to anything, go nowhere, and have drop off positions that make you crash even when holding L2+R2.
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Thread Death Stranding |OT| Peace Walker
Chapter 6 is way worse. One multiple mission sequence is go up near the peak, go down, go up near the peak, go down to the base, then go all the way up to the peak. Oh and there are scripted weather factors that make that traversal even slower and more painful. Absolute nonsense and with the restrictions in Chapter 6, it’s just infuriating.
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Thread Death Stranding |OT| Peace Walker
Harsh but fair. I'm at the start of Chapter 7 and if this blurb Deadman says about himself is true (and that's the whole reasoning for his name) then yikes. Parts of this game do not feel well written at all.
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Thread Death Stranding |OT| Peace Walker
I admittedly haven't really been spamming likes, just doing one or so as it's hard to do at times when you're travelling. I have been using strand contracts and whatnot though.Yea, I'm somewhat in the same boat. The 'like' algorithm or whatever seems a bit screwy.
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Thread Death Stranding |OT| Peace Walker
I agree with all of this except for the fact that the stealth in this is significantly worse than MGSV. You have less stealth options and enemies can see you a mile away. The stealth component doesn't feel as fleshed out as it should. The game really is more MGS than I think people are expecting.
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Thread Death Stranding |OT| Peace Walker
Combat definitely is a big focus of the game. Chapter 3 is not all of the game. They haven't even introduced all the game mechanics yet. They give you weapons galore up through Chapter 5. Post Chapter 3 is closer to a Metal Gear game. Honestly the game is a little bit misleading in that way.
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Thread Death Stranding |OT| Peace Walker
It screws up the surprise of the later cutscene and is jarring because you're supposed to rest and be separated from it, the exact opposite of what the text says not to do.
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It's annoying though when you have to do it upwards 4-5 times. Either you should be able to just press a single button to skip it, have a menu option to automatically skip this stuff, or when you skip a cutscene it skips all those stupid secondary ones.Multiple trips and a truck.
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Thread Death Stranding |OT| Peace Walker
The whole concept is nonsense. I really wouldnt delve into it more besides just knowing that earlier statement. I have a hunch it ties into a couple of other characters though.You can’t really do that past a certain point so the question the other poster has is valid. I’m trying to find some sort of tactic myself.
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Thread Death Stranding |OT| Peace Walker
I’m in the same boat. I’m wondering if the game caps your support because it feels like with 100 people this should be long done. Instead I’m building almost the entire path.
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Thread Death Stranding |OT| Peace Walker
This game is going to have to explain A LOT later on as right now (start of Chapter 3), this story is utter nonsense. lol This is way more convoluted than any MGS game.
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Thread Death Stranding |OT| Peace Walker
It was actually way easier at a certain point as the game forces you to walk at a snail’s pace. Even then, just hold L2 and R2 and you’re set. The balance mechanic is absolutely trivial.
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Thread Death Stranding |OT| Peace Walker
A lot of the mechanics are starting to wear thin. The BTs are more of a nuisance now than actually scary. The stamina and balance mechanic is stupidly easy to handle/counter. There’s just not enough meat to the game.
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Thread Cameron had always been attracted to the idea of a future war Terminator film until he watched Salvation
damn it ugh ugh ugh A Cameron directed Future War would have been absolutely amazing.
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Thread Death Stranding |OT| Peace Walker
I was arguing with a person over the phone earlier today and they said the store confirmed no instore pick up tonight. I called back and mentioned the website stated ALL locations are doing a 9 pm release and that their store should have received an email from corporate about it. Guy said he would put me through to the manager. Manager realized she had fucked up. ALL Best Buy locations are supposed to be doing a 9pm or earlier release.
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Thread 'It's Always Sunny' has just two more seasons planned...how do the Gang's stories end?
I don’t think it’s been confirmed they’re ending in 2 seasons.
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Thread NBA Regular Season 2019-2020 | OT | Mao ZeBron (Now 100% Gluten-Free!)
Trade DLO for some depth and Warriors might actually be in a pretty good state next year.
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Thread NYT: one year from Election Day, Trump trails Biden in battleground states but leads against Warren
Fucking wow at that "women candidates aren't likable" and how many chose that.
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Thread Terminator: Dark Fate |OT| (Spoilers) No fate but what Jim & Tim make
It's worth pointing out though that the Terminator in T2 had the intelligence restrictions removed from it by John and Sarah. The notion was that Skynet put those limitations in place so that one of the Terminators wouldn't become too smart over time and become a new Skynet of sorts. They sort of skip past that.
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Thread Terminator: Dark Fate |OT| (Spoilers) No fate but what Jim & Tim make
Yea I hated this. I hated the intro, I hated the choppy ass action, I hated the fact that they showed virtually no restraint in any of the action sequences, and I hated how stupidly sappy it was in certain areas. Miller should have shut his mouth about the thumbs up scene in T2 as "For John" is infinitely worse. Thank god this franchise is terminated.
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Thread McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook fired over consenual relationship with an employee.
There’s no way he got fired over this alone.
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Thread NBA Regular Season 2019-2020 | OT | Mao ZeBron (Now 100% Gluten-Free!)
lol Rockets They're going to get smoked in the playoffs if that defense doesn't get better.
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Thread Do you know any rich people?
That survey you’re citing had 60% of people making over 100k in some form of debt. That’s a majority. It doesn’t even touch the vast differences between say making 110k and 250k. 1/10 only applied to paycheck to paycheck and I bet you if they had worded it as, “Do you have 3 months of your salary saved up?” that number would have shot up as paycheck to paycheck can mean multiple things to different people.
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Thread Do you know any rich people?
There was zero savings in that budget. That's not (no offense to Octodad) a great place to be. Also depending on the house, $500 is an extremely low estimate for anything even semi major in a house or just miscellaneous as a whole. He also didn't include stuff like phone bills, car insurance, and gas (unless that falls under utilities). Also it IS going to get harder for him as some point he's going to have to help with the kid's schooling and additional aspects related to the child.
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Thread Do you know any rich people?
100k isn't shit, especially pre-tax. Most of those people probably have student loans that eat up a good chunk of that as well. Now in some areas it might get you a decent house and all that but that's about it. In other areas like San Francisco, you're probably trying to make ends meet.
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Thread Do you know any rich people?
I should have qualified that by saying around 100k as if you’re making 150k+ you shouldn’t be paycheck to paycheck. Also how did they define that in that are you talking week to week or month to month? If you’re paid weekly then no you really shouldn’t be paycheck to paycheck but monthly is a totally different ballgame. Edit: Found the survey60% of that 100k bracket are in debt and 10% are in almost constant paycheck to paycheck. Of note too is that this survey doesn't breakdown age in those income brackets as making 100k when you're 30 is substantially different than making it when you're 50.
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Thread Do you know any rich people?
Practice goes under, medical bills, back taxes, child needs therapy, house repairs and so on and so on. Everybody’s situations are different. 200k pretax and completely debt free outside of mortgage? Sure. However very people have minimal responsibilities like that. That’s not high enough of a number that you can just handwave other obligations. Again I’m not arguing that isn’t well off but there is a gap as wide as the ocean between well off and rich.
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Thread Do you know any rich people?
I know people making twice that much and are in debt. Taxes in particular are a bitch. It also depends on aspects like benefits, how many people in a household they’re supporting, how much student loans they have and interest attached to it, location, and transportation. One semi-decent medical bill and a good chunk of your salary can easily be gone. Also what mortgage are you paying off on a 100k salary and over how many years? Are you going to be struggling with a 100k salary? Probably not. However that’s really not much in the grand scheme of things even in lower cost of living areas.
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Thread Anime that is synonymous with their soundtrack like FLCL is?
Arjuna, Wolf's Rain, TTGL, Ghost in the Shell, Eureka Seven, Gundam Unicorn, Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero, and Code Geass
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Thread Do you know any rich people?
Yes, I have a family relative who has assets north of 100 million. I will likely never see a dollar from it. lol People really don't understand what true 1%ers live like. There's a enormous divide in quality of life once you clear north of 500k and even then there's another gap past that.
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Thread Baltimore, MD investigating billing system for sewer and water after luxury condo complex received zero bills since 2007, residents want to pay bills
I imagine they probably don't want the headache of randomly getting a 10k bill one day or being sued by the city moreso than actually wanting to pay a bill just to pay a bill.
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Thread NPR: The 7 Year Car Loan
Insurance companies don't really offer it nowadays without restrictions like you have to finance the loan through their bank. Best option is credit union. I got my gap insurance (and loan) through the dealership though because they offered to match the terms of the credit union.
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Thread Should Reviewers Beat Games To Review Them?
I sort of hate how this poll question is worded. Should? Yes. Need to? No. A reviewer ideally should review a game after completing it but doesn't need to if they think the game is tripe or exceedingly long. That said, this feels ridiculous that people are so heavily complaining about the Edge reviewer.
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Thread NYT: Beto O'Rourke drops out of the Presidential race
I thought half these people had dropped out already. None of them have made any news in the longest time outside of Tulsi and that's due to the Russian grooming stuff.
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Thread Anime |OT| Fall 2019 - Falling Down the Rabbit Hole
Whatever the goal is on the part of the director, the result is a show that feels disjointed at best and hamfistingly manipulative at worst. None of the drama feels organic in any way and instead is something akin to what I would expect from Black Rock Shooter TV. For example, this episode the melodrama is almost entirely in that one scene after the credits. It's too isolated from the show to have any real emotional value and it's so over-the-top in execution to not come across as laughable. The dialogue the father was spouting at the end was garbage in how stilted and contrived it was, which stands in to stark contrast with how natural the rest of the show is.
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Thread Death Stranding - Review Thread (see staff post for discussion guidelines)
Yes I've read their earlier post detailing the incident with the truck. That sort of stuff is definitely fun. I'm worried though about cases like IGN describing climbing up a mountain for an hour.
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Hmmm, I definitely agree that MGSV's open world was largely dead at times and felt half-baked in a number of areas but it did allow the player to sandbox how to complete a particular mission. So I feel that focus on strategizing was present in MGSV but in a different way. What I'm primarily concerned about is that MGSV gave the player a lot of freedom in how to complete a mission which could result in a number of completely different situations, while here it feels a bit more restrictive. I read your earlier post so it does seem like emergent gameplay is definitely present in the game but I'm wondering how much of that is there.
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That reminds me a lot of MGSV actually. I'm not sure how I feel about that as I loved the freedom MGSV gave but hated how the story was handled. I'm hoping the huge emphasis on story here, despite some criticisms I've read about aspects like the exposition, make up for MGSV's shortcomings in that area.That's what I'm hoping for, mainly in terms of gameplay mechanics. Although hearing about the backtracking is offputting for me.
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It being divisive does make me more excited for the game weirdly enough. I like works that usually have a polarizing reaction, as long as the game doesn't bore me. lol
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I think if it got better after Chapter 3, more reviews would put an emphasis on that. Some do mention it gets better as you get more tools and such. Without playing the game myself I can't say for certain if there's a particular element that outweighs all the negatives except for maybe the 'experience'. In that it's something relatively new and unique and so maybe the originality aspect comes into play.
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I did and it still sounds like a miserable experience for huge chunks of it.
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Thread Death Stranding - Review Thread (see staff post for discussion guidelines)
Ok. What do you want me to say? A game that looks to have a lot of boring elements probably won't play well with the general public? That a number of reviews seem inflated when you look at the score in comparison to what they're actually writing down in terms of their experiences? The Game Informer one stands out to me in that the reviewer sounded miserable playing the game but gave it a 7 anyway. That's not a good thing.
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Whew that Edge review (whenever it comes out lol) is going to be something else.
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Man this is probably going to get savaged once the public starts playing this. The way the Beastcast is describing this game...
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Thread Death Stranding - Review Thread (see staff post for discussion guidelines)
I expect this is going to review very well just because Kojima games do. I also expect that a number of the criticisms pointed out in the reviews are going to be substantially bigger issues for me than they were for the reviewers.
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Thread Anime |OT| Fall 2019 - Falling Down the Rabbit Hole
When the show focuses on the sport itself, it's really good. When it focuses on the drama, it's really bad. The overall direction is also really clumsy in how the dramatic bits are handled. It's like I'm watching two separate shows.
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Thread NBA Regular Season 2019-2020 | OT | Mao ZeBron (Now 100% Gluten-Free!)
Nah, both Suns and Warriors aren't getting in so really of the 9 viable teams, only one isn't making the cut. It's likely either the Timberwolves or Mavericks.
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I think it's going to be the Wolves that get left out. Luka/KCP is 2 gud of a combo.
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Walton aint even going to make ASB at this point. How are they doing this bad?
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I thought this team could still make the playoffs without KD and Klay. I was wrong. Willing to eat crow on this.
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Thread Vanity Fair Reporter: Benioff and Weiss Were Out from Star Wars Before Netflix Deal
Welp there are a lot of juicy rumor bits in there. I can imagine an exec watching the final GoT ep and a minute after it finishes calling someone to fire D&D. lol The Feige bit is huge too. If he’s reporting to Iger directly then yea Kennedy might be on the way out. Dude would be killing himself running SW and Marvel at the same time. The MCU is a well oiled machine now so he could be more hands off with that and delve more into SW.
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Thread Vanity Fair Reporter: Benioff and Weiss Were Out from Star Wars Before Netflix Deal
At the same time it is her ‘department’. It’s a little weird to just bypass her.
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Thread Dragon Age 4 won't launch until after it's Fiscal year 2022
If that's truly the case then Bioware is going to be shut down by then or this really is their final stand.
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Thread Bruce Wayne is the most ridiculous of secret identities prove me wrong
I mean if the guy is dragging out body doubles every time he’s on a trip then yea. I think Wayne is fine as a secret identity especially as he does go out of his way to distract people. Kent is the problematic one.
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Thread Bruce Wayne is the most ridiculous of secret identities prove me wrong
That’s not that hard. You first axe off anybody who is not the correct race, height, and roughly the same age. You then see if anybody was out of the country/city at the same time Batman was doing something in public. You could probably whittle it down to less than 20 people without much effort.
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Thread Art of Death Stranding Event Invite in NYC email
If anyone has a spare ticket code, I would appreciate it. I live in the tristate area and got nothing. Edit: Forget it, meet&greet filled up so screw it.
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Thread McConnell and Graham to introduce Senate resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry
Well this is surprising. I expected more than 44. That’s really really bad for Trump.
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Thread Washington Post: The 20 defining comedy sketches of the past 20 years
All Star Wars Robot Chicken sketches are classics. That’s Robot Chicken at its peak.
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Thread Death Stranding review embargo will officially lift on November 1 at 12:01AM PDT
This thread has run its course.
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Thread McConnell and Graham to introduce Senate resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry
Yea this is probably to ‘out’ any Republican who might vote for removal later and put public pressure on them.
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Thread If You are Leia, What you gonna do with you son "Ben Solo aka Supreme Leader Kylo Ren" (Comics Spoil)
lol at the Empire letting a major shipyard be neutral
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Thread If You are Leia, What you gonna do with you son "Ben Solo aka Supreme Leader Kylo Ren" (Comics Spoil)
I can't believe I even have to say this, do NOT reference the leaks outside of the spoiler/leak thread.
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Thread NBA Regular Season 2019-2020 | OT | Mao ZeBron (Now 100% Gluten-Free!)
Kings getting blown out by the Suns. Great start for Luke's tenure.
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Thread John Williams' 'The Rise of Skywalker' score will feature every iconic 'Star Wars' theme
Yea I don’t really like this as a concept but it depends on how it’s executed. This could easily end up being nostalgia wank if something like Duel of the Fates is haphazardly thrown in.
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Thread We need a Blade Runner live action tv series.
The Blade Runner universe really isn’t interesting enough to withstand a TV series. I do agree though that there should be more cyberpunk TV series. I wish the writing and direction for Altered Carbon was better.
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Thread Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Announced for Netflix (Update: First PV released)
hahahahahaha we dont deserve nice things
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Thread NBA Regular Season 2019-2020 | OT | Mao ZeBron (Now 100% Gluten-Free!)
I couldn’t remember when Kobe fucked up an elimination game so joke’s on me.
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Harden has never shown up at an elimination game so he’s good there.
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Thread NBA Regular Season 2019-2020 | OT | Mao ZeBron (Now 100% Gluten-Free!)
By that standard, nobody outside of MJ can ‘score at will’. Raptors had the best defense last season and were willing to let anybody outside of Curry beat them. Even the Warriors when playing LBJ didn’t dedicate the entire defense to Bron like that.
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Thread NBA Regular Season 2019-2020 | OT | Mao ZeBron (Now 100% Gluten-Free!)
Any time Klay was out, they were making it their singular focus on defense to prevent Curry from scoring. That meant double teams and box-and-1s. The only player on the planet probably good enough to counter that is Lebron and even then Bron usually has a sidekick.
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Thread NBA Regular Season 2019-2020 | OT | Mao ZeBron (Now 100% Gluten-Free!)
Bron has the Maverick series that Skip will never forget. KD has arguably choking away OKC 2016 Game 6-7. Same with Russ. Kyrie’s last series in Boston was disastrous.
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Is this serious? Dude scored 40+ in a Finals game when nobody else on his team could shoot it into the ocean.
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Thread Economists say this is the minimum amount of money you need in an emergency fund
It’s frustrating. Every time I want to start saving I have to pay for something else. I just spent about 3k on my car. If I didn’t have student loans either, I could easily be saving like 2k a month. Sucks.
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I feel like that contract is an indicator that Ainge has given up on the Celtics being a championship contender.
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Man, IT really was going to get the max from Ainge if he had stayed wasn’t he?
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I just looked up the Wiggins contract for laughs. I can’t laugh though, those numbers are too depressing. Must suck to be a Wolves fan.
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Thread Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker | Final Trailer (No Spoiler/Leak discussion!)
That’s a damn good trailer for a meh movie.
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Thread Best Jojo's Goden Wind OP2 Version? Normal, King Crimson or Requiem? [Spoil]
Probably the Requiem one because of the Dio pose. Rewatching these made me remember how much I hate the core component of this OP. First GW OP was by far the best.
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Thread Watchmen |OT| HBO Lost Moore's Leftovers
I don't know what to make of this. The politics of the show feels all over the place at times, it clearly has a liberal bent to it but then parts feel like All Lives Matter. I guess that's a good thing in that they're depicting a fairly complex world.
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Thread "Cheap, convenient and almost gone: Uber, DoorDash and similar apps"
You could make a great argument that these are the 2000 era version of the classic pyramid scheme where the sustainability is completely dependent on growth.
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Thread Avatar bet time: The Rise of Skywalker won't make over $200m opening weekend domestically
I think it's going to sneak by 200 million but just barely. TLJ was 220, I could see this making something like 205. Edit: Also to be clear, I'm not betting on this as I don't care either way.
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Thread Avatar bet time: The Rise of Skywalker won't make over $200m opening weekend domestically
I think a more interesting question is whether this is going to open higher or lower than TLJ.
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Thread Hillary Clinton thinks Russia is grooming a current Democratic primary candidate to become a third-party candidate.
Yea been seeing a lot of tweets about Tulsi being pushed aside by the NYT and other garbage, so it's almost certainly her.
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Thread You can pick one Major Studio Movie Catalog to watch, What Would you choose?
Disney easily. Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, Disney Animation, Touchstone Pictures, and Fox.
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Thread Martin Scorsese clarifies his Marvel movies comments: ‘There is only one Spielberg, Lucas
Even stuff like The Departed, which primarily involves white guys with guns, deals with themes such as the incompetency of bureaucracy, patriarchy, loyalty, honor, and more specifically the stress of undercover police work.
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Thread Martin Scorsese clarifies his Marvel movies comments: ‘There is only one Spielberg, Lucas
I get what Scorsese is going for but I think it's somewhat misguided. All the directors he mentioned get to largely control their own works. The MCU by its very nature is more producer driven. I would be all for more directorial influence/control inside the MCU and some of these larger franchise movies but it of course runs the increased risk of a director going 'out of control' and releasing a 150 million+ dud.
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Thread Martin Scorsese clarifies his Marvel movies comments: ‘There is only one Spielberg, Lucas
What stops people from saying his films are violent white men with guns? You mean films like King of Comedy, Wolf of Wall Street, Gangs of New York, and Raging Bull? Those films?
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Thread Opinion: The current run of Walt Disney Animation Studios films has surpassed the Disney Renaissance
Real talk, has any of Disney’s recent output even been as good as A Goofy Movie?
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Thread Opinion: The current run of Walt Disney Animation Studios films has surpassed the Disney Renaissance
I’m not sure I buy the consistency argument either as the only dud in the Renaissance era is Pocahontas and Tarzan.
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Thread Opinion: The current run of Walt Disney Animation Studios films has surpassed the Disney Renaissance
lol no None of Disney’s recent output is close to the heavenly trio of Lion King, Aladdin, and Beauty & the Beast. You might have a better argument if you were comparing some of the weaker movies in the Renaissance to the current output. As a whole though? lol no
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Thread Sanders finally differentiating himself from Warren: "...she's capitalist through her bones. I'm not."
lol that probably helps her more than him
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Thread Anime |OT| Fall 2019 - Falling Down the Rabbit Hole
That whole sequence felt fairly over the top and we still have a totally separate family drama to deal with. On top of that, I absolutely hate how they just dropped that sort of drama in the last three minutes.
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Thread Heath Ledger's Joker (The Dark Knight) is better than Joaquin Phoenix's (Joker)
Ledger is better but Phoenix is a solid #2. Thinking about it, Ledger’s Joker would love Phoenix’s Joker while Phoenix’s Joker would absolutely hate Ledger’s Joker.
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Thread Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan resigns, Trump going to put in another Acting Secretary
This really illustrates how easily our government can be broken and how many gentlemen agreements were in place. The executive branch needs to be completely overhauled.
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Thread Anime |OT| Fall 2019 - Falling Down the Rabbit Hole
- This was fucked. God damn it Akane. I was actually liking the episode until the end. Now this is on the level of an Okada Anime Original. This is so stupid. I was liking it so much until that drama kicked in. Ugh.
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Thread Blizzard Releases Statement, Reduces Blitzchung And Casters' Suspension To Six Months And Restores Blitzchung's Prize Money
What a fucking awful statement. If he didn’t get banned for the content of the message then what did he get banned for???
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Thread Anime |OT| Fall 2019 - Falling Down the Rabbit Hole
Background art is gonna be the star in this show. Character art/animation reminds me of something like CGI Banana Fish characters. It's frustrating as the staff on all the other components looks good.
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Thread NieR:Orchestra Concert re: 12018 Tour announced (Chicago, London, Bangkok)
Wow. I just want to resell my ticket for the purchase cost.
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Thread NieR:Orchestra Concert re: 12018 Tour announced (Chicago, London, Bangkok)
Are there going to be more VIP tickets going up today or is that it?
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Thread NieR:Orchestra Concert re: 12018 Tour announced (Chicago, London, Bangkok)
I don’t think they’re allowing resales for the tickets throught ticketmaster. I screwed up and got a 2nd section seat before going back and getting a 1st section seat and tried to resell my ticket and it didn’t allow me.
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Thread Anime |OT| Fall 2019 - Falling Down the Rabbit Hole
Yea I don’t know. The PV images, color choices, and character adaptation designs kinda look eh. Shinji Kimura doing backgrounds is great though. Also that CG head is probably going to end up being pure yikes.
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Thread Rian Johnson (Looper, The Last Jedi, Knives Out) on his future Star Wars trilogy: "I'll be thrilled if it happens"
Yea that doesn’t sound good. Despite my issues with TLJ, I still very much want him to take a crack at his own trilogy.
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Thread "Outstanding," "Irresponsible": Oscar Voters React to 'Joker,' With Many Avoiding It
This happens all the time. It's absolutely stupid but we've had enough snippets to know that some Oscar voters really don't deserve that honor.
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Thread "Outstanding," "Irresponsible": Oscar Voters React to 'Joker,' With Many Avoiding It
I would be willing to guess which race this voter is:
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Thread "Outstanding," "Irresponsible": Oscar Voters React to 'Joker,' With Many Avoiding It
This is so unbelievably stupid but then again, they're Oscar voters. I wouldn't expect anything less.
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Thread NBA 2019 Offseason |OT| Nobody beats the Wiz (ards of Washington DC)
Definitely the first. He stole the soul of Westbrook and Playoff P and sent the OKC into full rebuild mode.
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Thread Anime |OT| Fall 2019 - Falling Down the Rabbit Hole
I don't understand why they have those stupid circle shadows in the characters' sceleras. It doesn't look to be in the manga either.
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Thread NBA 2019 Offseason |OT| Nobody beats the Wiz (ards of Washington DC)
I want to fucking throw up that I agree with Ted Cruz on something.
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Thread Anime |OT| Fall 2019 - Falling Down the Rabbit Hole
A new season of Double Decker? Ok. psyduck.gif I don't even know where to begin with this. This was definitely made by the writer of Kado. I will say this, from a writing standpoint, this was by far the most interesting show I've watched in the past few days. Fuck, I wish they had done a Netflix dump with this as now I have to wait three weeks to find out where this is going. Also that storyboarding in the second episode was uh intense.
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Thread Equivocating Mental Illness and Violence
Joker feels like the wrong movie to have this gripe with as the whole concept is inherently based around the most iconic crazy supervillain of all time. This would have to be more of an issue with the character as a concept rather than this individual movie in of itself.
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Thread JOKER |OT| Viviamo in una società |SPOILERS|
To be honest, I wouldn't be surprised to find out the Sophie flashback revelation was studio mandated because test audiences didn't understand what had happened. The Murray thing is probably fine as is because it establishes Arthur as an unreliable narrator.
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Thread New Yorker: 'Joker' is the comic book 'Green Book', Scorsese parodies (Spoilers)
Goetz feels like a maybe but even then there are a significant number of differences, for starters it wasn't a robbery in the movie. Also the subway as a setting for crime isn't particularly unique, especially when depicting 70's era NYC.
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Thread New Yorker: 'Joker' is the comic book 'Green Book', Scorsese parodies (Spoilers)
That is such a garbage review that it's not really worth delving into. There is definitely a racial element to talk about in regards to the film but the opening being a reference to the Central Park 5???
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Thread JOKER |OT| Viviamo in una società |SPOILERS|
I had a discussion with someone earlier and we were discussing how the film is ambiguous in a multitude of ways. I want to think it's intentional as a way of playing up the unreliable narrator trope. For example did Arthur buy a gun somewhere or did the clown colleague give it to him as presented in the movie? Reason being that it was weird how the guy just backstabbed him like that. Was the uncontrollable laughter thing something he actually could control and not purely a neurological thing? It's hard because the film generally presents and reveals his delusions in a very obvious manner such as with the girlfriend but there's so many other instances in the background that I have to feel like it was intentional to an extent.
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Thread ResetEra's GiftBot 2.0 Launch Giveaway Extravaganza (New Features Added, New Prizes Courtesy of Focus Home Interactive)!
Well struck out but pretty cool how elaborate GiftBot is now.
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Thread JOKER |OT| We live in a society |NO SPOILERS|
I don't understand these critiques when the movie is so obvious and on the nose with its messaging, which is eat the rich and the way the powerful (whether that's the media or rich) treat mental illness is deplorable. This isn't remotely subtle at all.
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Thread Persona 5:Mementos Reports favorite character poll results.
That Japanese demographic breakdown is bizarre. Is Persona that popular with females in Japan or is this survey just off and didn't get enough male respondents for whatever reason?
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Thread Texas Senator Cornyn: Trump Justice Department is investigating Biden for corruption
I don't understand how any Democrat could look at what happened in 2016 and say that this is a waste of Trump's time and effort. Hell, the fact that it tries to justify the Ukraine dealings means that it in of itself isn't a waste of time.
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Thread Texas Senator Cornyn: Trump Justice Department is investigating Biden for corruption
It's amazing that people here are missing what Trump is doing with this shit. This is so on the goddamn nose.
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Thread Texas Senator Cornyn: Trump Justice Department is investigating Biden for corruption
It's clear they're trying to push this so as to say what Trump did was legal. It's not and this is stupid misdirection considering this has already been investigated.
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Thread Mulan has a $290 million budget making Niki Caro the female director with the highest budgeted movie
This feels idiotic. How does a Mulan movie need a budget of $290 million?
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Thread Mulan has a $290 million budget making Niki Caro the female director with the highest budgeted movie
Are they hiring real armies and cloning dragons while they're at it?
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Thread CNN Source: Ukrainians, not US diplomats, wrote initial statement about investigations
Uh that’s really *really* bad.
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Thread ResetEra's GiftBot 2.0 Launch Giveaway Extravaganza (New Features Added, New Prizes Courtesy of Focus Home Interactive)!
Yea, guess I’ll give this a go.
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Thread JOKER |OT| We live in a society |NO SPOILERS|
Yea it’s close to Ledger. It’s definitely second best. He needed to have been in full Joker-mode longer for him to take the crown from Ledger.
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Thread JOKER |OT| We live in a society |NO SPOILERS|
Yea I thought this was pretty great. It dodged a lot of the pitfalls I expected it to fall into. The tension level in some of the scenes near the end was through the roof.
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Thread Families of Las Vegas shooting reach settlement deal with MGM Resorts Intl for 800 million
“Boy uh these are a lot of guns. Going hunting this weekend?”
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Thread Families of Las Vegas shooting reach settlement deal with MGM Resorts Intl for 800 million
Probably have. Just scrub it clean and don’t mention anything to the guests.
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Thread Anime |OT| Fall 2019 - Falling Down the Rabbit Hole
Much better than I anticipated. The first half was bad enough to almost make me drop it as it's such saccharine that I couldn't stand it. You can see that in things like the character introduction cards, , and the voice acting. I figured it was deliberately 'sweet' so there could be a reversal and there was. The real Joro is significantly more interesting even if he borders on being an incel. I think that's the biggest problem/worry with the anime in that it might hedge that line a bit too much, in that it deters people from the show, but Pansy seems to serve as a counter for him. I like scumbag main characters and Joro looks to be a lot of fun with his 4th wall commentary and just overall disdain for everybody. He sort of reminds me of Momoko from Sabagebu. This is totally going to piss a lot of people off though.
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Thread Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 (Release on 4th of November; Internal Battery; MSRP of $179.99)
Gen 1's will also work with Scarlett. Actually sounds like all Xbone controllers will work with Scarlett.
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Thread Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 (Release on 4th of November; Internal Battery; MSRP of $179.99)
ugh at that price increase and super late release date
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Thread The Dragon Prince |OT| The Last Frameratebender (S2 live now)
The show makes it clear that he was conflicted on multiple parts in regards to the king. He gives no shits about the sons.
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Thread The Dragon Prince |OT| The Last Frameratebender (S2 live now)
I expect Claudia to be the one of the two that ends up being fine with killing everybody. Soren feels like he's going to have a moment and balk while Claudia is off-kilter enough that she'll just say "fuck it" and go ahead.
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Thread The Dragon Prince |OT| The Last Frameratebender (S2 live now)
Finished the season. It's decent enough although really short. I hope it doesn't take two years for a new season.
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Thread The Dragon Prince |OT| The Last Frameratebender (S2 live now)
I'm on episode 4 but this would have to really shit the bed in later episodes to be as bad as Korra was.
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Thread The Dragon Prince |OT| The Last Frameratebender (S2 live now)
It’s the cringiest aspect of the show both in placement and execution. It does help with the characterization of some of the characters but its used too often especially with Callum.
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Thread Top to bottom, does SPIDERMAN or BATMAN have the better Rogues Gallery?
The top tiers are about comparable. The problem is that Batman’s second and third tiers are just way better than Spider-Man’s. That’s where the big divide comes from. Batman has also had vastly better movies/games with his higher level rogue gallery.
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Thread Anime |OT| Summer 2019 - Avenge the Off Modeled
This was bad. No way to dance around it. This was probably the worst season of Symphogeah that I've seen. Were there parts in other seasons that were worse? Sure. However this manages to be both offensively stupid and boring at the same time, something I had never really attributed to Symphogeah. For starters, the heavier focus on the Noise just felt like a waste on everybody's part and were just filler in terms of padding out the runtime. The designs have barely advanced since the earlier seasons and are in no way threatening at this juncture. Wars of attrition aren't exactly fun to watch. When the Noise showed up in the final episode, I literally groaned out loud. Then for a little over 2/3rds of the season there were the jobber alchemists who served to pretty much show up and get Team Rocket'd every 10 minutes or so. When they initially got their Faust Robes I thought they might serve to be credible threats but no, they still kept on jobbing. There was one point where I was questioning why the heroes needed the Fool's Stone to upgrade their Symphogears as they had already shown they could possibly beat the alchemists without it. Then we have Saint-Germain who goes on and on and on about control and the laws of the world but she doesn't really advance this philosophy much nor has much of a character outside of it. I just played a game called Control that takes place in the Federal Bureau of Control and I think I heard/read the word control more in this season of Symphogeah than I did playing that game. The writers gave her one sad flashback and think that was enough characterization. The other two alchemists had even less character than that and served to again pad out the run time or be fanservice. Then this happened at the end of episode 12 and I'm just dumbfounded at how stupid and unnecessary of a 'reveal' this is as the duo didn't do jack shit when Saint-Germain was actually fighting Adam and everybody was in trouble. They just showed up to die again. Finally came the end game boss Adam who initially seemed okay but then started jobbing too and just reverted to a typical power hungry villain. He says the above line after he had already lost an arm and his 1000 year plan had gone down the tubes. He never seemed threatening outside of his introductory scene, all the way to the final episode he never once came across as intimidating or remotely interesting. This crew didn't even sing outside of their death song. Just like the Illuminati in real life, they were an utter disappointment on every level. Moving on, the show had this utterly despicable episode justifying child abuse. There's an entire episode dedicated to Maria justifying her mom beating her with a riding crop. At least now I know that children are like tomatoes and if you starve them to the brink of death then you're being a great parent. I understand the writers had been trying to soften 'Mom' for awhile but this wasn't the way to do it. It reminds me of Bungou Stray Dogs and how the writers there brushed off the child abuse with a similar logic. The side material, such as with Chris, didn't work at all. Part of it was repeatedly flashing to the same exact flashback but also every time there was an emotional scene, one of the alchemists would show up and start a fight such as in the above scene. I also thought it was a bit ridiculous/plot contrivance that Chris ran into Sonia's brother in the first place. Kirika's emotional issue was just bizarre in how being called an easy-going girl bothered her. The fights weren't particularly memorable outside of the above one, largely due to the enemies. I also didn't think the character songs were special, with the exception of Chris's cherry boy and Saint-Germain's final/only one. What I was impressed with was the background OST, I thought there were a few good tunes there. The animation was fairly solid but that's not a surprise at this point as Symphogear is the only Satellite franchise where the studio/staff seem to give a shit. The but eh, it's Satellite. Genjuro's training sequence and some of the duet songs near the end were the only thing of value in this season.
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Thread When Luke Goes to Dagobah, he sees Darth Vader. When Ben Goes to Dagobah, he sees Luke. (And other things from the comics)
How does Snoke know about Dagobah? Edit: I guess it's more Ben showing/leading. Anyway this probably would have been good material for the movie.
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Thread When you watched Return of the Jedi, did you think the Emperor had been defeated at the end?
Snoke was a garbage villain anyway and a bad Palpatine ripoff. The decision to kill off Snoke was a good one by itself. The problem is the follow through.
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Thread When you watched Return of the Jedi, did you think the Emperor had been defeated at the end?
It’s obviously stupid and a reaction to not establishing Snoke as credible and killing him. It is what it is though. Abrams is not exactly a great creative mind and loves milking old stuff for nostalgia purposes (see Into Darkness). Outside of garbage directors like Treverrow, he was probably the worst person on a thematic level to follow up TLJ.
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Thread Most satisfying ending sequences
Mass Effect 1. Everything from Virmire on was absolute gold. Talk with Sovereign and Vergil, pushing through a Geth blockade, climbing up the side of the Citadel with Sovereign visually above you, and Faunts closing the game out. Absolutely impeccable.
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Thread Most influential (not best or most popular) TPS between Gears of War, Uncharted 2, TLOU and Mass Effect 2?
Yea, it's clear UC2 took huge inspirations from Gears in terms of combat. This is such a no-brainer of a poll and thread. Pretty much every other game in that poll took inspiration from Gears.
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Thread Would you still buy a car that was goverened to the speed limit, digitally?
Even people under the speed limit can be hazardous such as swerving. I would be very much against this. Sometimes speeding is the smartest and safest play especially when passing others who are driving in an unsafe manner.
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Thread Anime |OT| Summer 2019 - Avenge the Off Modeled
45 minute format is the only reason I’m interested in Psycho-Pass now. More shows should (and probably would if production schedules weren’t such a mess) play with their running time more often. 45 minute format is a huge boon to the show.
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Thread Boruto just unveiled the power level of a new big bad who is impossibly busted...obvious spoilers
Even Togashi can’t stop power creep.
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Thread Sony, Marvel Make Up: Companies Will Produce Third ‘Spider-Man’ Film
lololol MCU spidey is prob going to end up in Venom vs Spidey going by that blurb
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Thread Whistleblower filled a second report that made it to the justice department and the White House
So still only one whistleblower but he filed a second report with the CIA and in their own investigation, it turns out multiple people freaked at that phone call?
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Thread Your Navigation App Is Making Traffic Unmanageable
It's both amazing and hilarious when you take a detour that involves you taking all these country roads and there's 50 other cars using the exact same app and taking the exact same detour because you know there would never be more than 2 cars on that street in an entire day otherwise.
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Thread At the end of the day, who was a more competent Jedi Knight - Anakin before turning into Vader, or Luke?
EU Luke was an absolute animal. He would have been the most powerful Jedi in history by a huge margin. We’re talking putting Starkiller in TFU to shame. Canon Luke doesn’t have the feats Anakin does.
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Thread At the end of the day, who was a more competent Jedi Knight - Anakin before turning into Vader, or Luke?
EU books or current canon?
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Thread At the end of the day, who was a more competent Jedi Knight - Anakin before turning into Vader, or Luke?
If you include Clone Wars, it’s Anakin by a country mile in terms of capability and just overall Force usage. Compare Ep 3 Anakin to RotJ Luke and Luke would have gotten bodied.
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Thread 'Star Wars' Shocker: Marvel's Kevin Feige Developing New Movie for Disney (Exclusive)
I’m fine with this. I have issues with the MCU feeling samey but Feige has done a wonderful job building up that universe. He would need to give the directors more freedom though than he does in the MCU.
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Thread Pelosi announces formal Impeachment Inquiry into President Trump
Trump being removed? lol no unless they find some Epstein tapes in some basement
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Thread Animeigo kickstarter for Gunsmith Cats Blu-ray is live
I tried to do the Cannon Fodder tier and it sold out in under a fucking minute. I tried at 5:01 and already gone. lol
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Thread Kotaku | Hideo Kojima's Controversial Tweets Are Different In Japanese
But he’s not starting from scratch and it’s asinine to even think that. He had resources available to him from the moment he left Konami that no other Japanese developer in the world has.
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Thread Kotaku | Hideo Kojima's Controversial Tweets Are Different In Japanese
Obviously there are key differences. Because it bugged me. It didn’t piss me off or anything of that extreme. There are different emotional response levels other than being mad. I get what he was going for and I think it’s a stupid tweet regardless. It doesn’t mean I think less of him or anything of that nature.
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Thread Kotaku | Hideo Kojima's Controversial Tweets Are Different In Japanese
I get that but it feels similar to something like a billionaire’s son striking it out on his own and then bragging about how he started from scratch to make X successful company. It’s ultimately whatever though.
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Thread Kotaku | Hideo Kojima's Controversial Tweets Are Different In Japanese
Well yes, there’s probably a few people like Miyamoto or Iwata (that list probably consists almost entirely of Nintendo staff and Miyazaki). He got the red carpet treatment for sure though. It felt like studios were fighting to give their engine away to him.
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Thread Kotaku | Hideo Kojima's Controversial Tweets Are Different In Japanese
It’s pretty obvious what he meant about being involved in all stages of game design so the way people interpreted that was weird. I will say though that the one, about him starting at zero with only connections, I found obnoxious because his situation was vastly better than most people and it’s really downplaying the fact that people were tripping over themselves to give him resources.
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Thread Disney CEO Bob Iger regarding Star Wars - "...we might’ve put...too much in the marketplace too fast."
Nah, there is tons of stuff they could have explored outside of the Skywalker stuff. Old Republic by itself could have explored a series worth of movies.
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Thread Disney CEO Bob Iger regarding Star Wars - "...we might’ve put...too much in the marketplace too fast."
Nah, it has to do with them milking the OT with subpar movies that bring nothing to the table.
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Thread George Lucas upon seeing The Force Awakens for the first time: "There's nothing new."
I’m in the same boat. I think a lot of the problems with the ST stem from JJ so it’s going to be fascinating to see him close it out. The last sequel he made was dogshit (Into Darkness).
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Thread George Lucas upon seeing The Force Awakens for the first time: "There's nothing new."
I’m not sure how much of this I truly believe and this might be too much of a hot take, but I feel JJ is like a signficantly less talented Tarantino. He puts a lot of emphasis on banter/characters but is awful when it comes to larger narrative structures and originality.
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Thread George Lucas upon seeing The Force Awakens for the first time: "There's nothing new."
If this is the shit that made it into Iger’s book, I can’t imagine what his actual reaction was. Man, I would have loved to have seen his private reaction.
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Thread Amber Guyger, the Dallas police officer who murdered Botham Jean in his own home, has been fired
Surprised but happy news. Now charge her ass.
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Thread Big Seven Travel Ranks the Friendliness of Each State
I thought the same thing. If you’re one of those dipshits taking instagram photos in the middle of the sidewalk then you deserve people being rude as hell to you.
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Thread The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards Ceremony |OT| BEST SEASON EVER... seriously.
Yep. Emmys are garbage in any event but at least people can’t cite D&D undeservingly winning a writing award.
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Thread Death
Nobody has actually had that problem to begin with. True immortality is a long long time, to the point that we as humans can’t begin to fathom it. Our entire society and social interactions would be radically different. 10k alone would be roughly twice the span of human civilization. Now imagine 100,000 years. Boredom without a doubt would be your biggest enemy.
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Thread What is your biggest issue with Pokemon Sword/Shield so far?
Background art being bland. Their overworld is very flat from both an art direction and technical standpoint.
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Thread apple store employees give standing ovation to sydney's first owner of 2019 iphone 11
Yea this isn't new. I've seen that at a local Apple Store in New York.
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Thread Control's Ashtray Maze sequence is arguably the BEST moment/sequence/set-piece of this Generation
That's what I'm thinking. I need to finish Nier but outside of that? A singular moment where everything clicks and you're just in awe taking everything back? Yea this probably is my favorite gaming moment this generation.
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Thread Control's Ashtray Maze sequence is arguably the BEST moment/sequence/set-piece of this Generation
Yea that was a lot of fun. Definitely Remedy at their best. I wish more of the game had played with the geometry like that during combat.
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Thread Why doesn't Disney make anymore animated movies with male protagonists who are 18-25?
They make about one a year which is slightly slower than in the 90s but the pace is fairly comparable. I thought it was slower too but it's not a significant difference.
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Thread Why doesn't Disney make anymore animated movies with male protagonists who are 18-25?
Nick is a co-lead with Judy.
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Thread This opening from Kimagure Orange Road (1988 anime) is an amazing "one take" piece of animation
Norimitsu Suzuki is a god at this.Edit: Welp got beaten
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Thread This opening from Kimagure Orange Road (1988 anime) is an amazing "one take" piece of animation
I think Norimitsu Suzuki also solo key animated the 2nd Star Driver ED. It's not done often because it pretty much requires someone super highly skilled either to solo key animate or have strong direction/storyboarding.
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Thread This opening from Kimagure Orange Road (1988 anime) is an amazing "one take" piece of animation
I totally forgot about the Baccano OP. A less ambitious one (which is usually what 'one takes' end up being and they're usually EDs):
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Thread Did Yoda and Obi-Wan want Luke to kill Vader?
lol I never really thought about this "Yea man you killed a bunch of kids, nearly wiped out our order, killed me personally, and let a maniac run the galaxy. But you did good in those last five minutes so all is forgiven."
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Thread Regal and Cinemark Theaters agree to add 6 more minutes of advertising after the stated movie start time
Shit is already 20 minutes long. Well sounds like I need to come in at the 25 minute mark.