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Thread The Silence (Doctor Who) are one of the most creative enemies in recent memory (heh)
Great concept sorta botched after that initial appearance in the series 6 opener, sadly. In terms of Moffat's creations the Angels are better and more enduring imo, and I really liked how basically The Time of Angels/Flesh & Stone were Aliens to Blink's Alien.
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Thread FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE - Spoiler Discussion [SEE STAFF POST]
I just wanna say I don't see this at all. FF16 be by a different team and has likely been in development for a time already, so there's a strong chance we will get that between FF7 parts at some point. FF14 will continue to get expansions. Even if this game doesn't live up to expectation in one way or another, the series will have more to offer. It always does - for better and for worse, SE always does a of FF at any given time.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 12 |OT| Spyfall Is Where We Start
I would interpret Rassilon's actions the other way: he knows they are if not losing the war, destined to death regardless because of what the Doctor is doing, and he's selfish enough to say if he's going down he's going to do the ultimate sanction and take the whole universe with him. It's also the ultimate expression of the Time Lord hubris - this idea that without them to police it the universe is doomed, so they may as well end it all.
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Thread Bioware is hiring a Technical Director for a new entry in one of its “Prestigious Franchises” for Next-Generation
Casey has said in official Bioware blog posts that while the focus is currently on Anthem Next & DA4, a team is spinning up on whatever is next for Mass Effect.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 12 |OT| Spyfall Is Where We Start
That RTD Time War prose is wonderful, and really nails why I was so disappointed with Day of the Doctor. Just mad, twisted imagery, time travel used to break reality itself in ever-more brutal ways - rather than, you know, Gallifreyan soldiers with space rifles, the doctor flying the TARDIS into Daleks and Daleks killing each other with a misfire. I like that story plenty, but it never matched up to what I envisioned the Time War would be - and it never could've on a TV budget. So reading this is at once so exciting and also kinda brutally crushing.
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Thread FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE developers talk Midgar, Red XIII and more (Spoilers)
I wouldn't imagine 30 would be max, as when I played the 4-hour hands-on the 2nd Mako Reactor mission, which in theory would be around halfway through, had the characters around level 17, iirc. You'd naturally hit 30 by the end based on this trajectory but have no overhead for over-leveling which a lot of people do and they'd surely want to allow for. Honestly, I think the max will probably be level 99 and they'll just worry about the mechanics of a transfer to game 2 in full after this has shipped. It may just be that all that carries over is your story choices, like the affection points between Tifa & Aerith, if that mechanic even still functions the same way.
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Thread FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE developers talk Midgar, Red XIII and more (Spoilers)
It's not silly, though. It's an important consideration to ensure there is onboarding for new players. Like, EA/BioWare marketed Mass Effect 2 and even 3 as perfect places for series newcomers, and SE will do the same with further parts of FF7R.
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Thread FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE developers talk Midgar, Red XIII and more (Spoilers)
I mean they haven't answered these questions, but in real terms it's unlikely your skills will carry over entirely. They'll need to find an elegant way to do it. But, crucially, SE has been clear on this: this is not an episodic release, it is one story spread across multiple full-sized games. Full-sized games implies stand-alone, so first and foremost they have to be built to stand alone, so each entry will have to be built to work as a self-enclosed project that a complete newcomer could approach and play. As for the more specific question: why do postgame content at all? To give people something to do outside the story. The idea that postgame content exists only to pep you up the next game doesn't track anyway, as otherwise no stand-alone game with no sequel planned would have any postgame options, as they'd be pointless. But they're not. The postgame content is its own raison d'etre and reward, if it's good.
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Thread FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE developers talk Midgar, Red XIII and more (Spoilers)
I mean the answer is pretty simple: if you only market/build your game for the people who played previous parts, your audience can only go SE got burned with this in a big way with the FF13 trilogy, too - they expected a drop-off from game to game, but what they got, over a 50% decline each time, was brutal. Mass Effect managed to grow with each entry while also providing a satisfying ongoing experience for those who had played the previous game, and that should be the template for SE. BioWare had to work really hard to make a system where you could have a lore-justified stat reset if you wanted, or carry stats over, or start from scratch. As mentioned, FF7 has a few natural ways to build this out, though - starting with a flashback in game 2, having Yuffie steal materia, or starting when Cloud is missing with Tifa as the party leader, etc.
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Thread I never realized in the past how young most of the Final Fantasy heroes are.
As an aside, I always thought that this was one of the challenges FF faced as it became more popular and as its developers became older. It transitioned from being a young, upstart series that was the underdog (versus Dragon Quest) to a hugely successful behemoth made by older people, past all that. I think this is most visible in FF13, where the storylines that work are Lightning coming to terms with being a big sister figure to Hope, and Sazh and his search for his son. I feel like these end up working better than the rest in large part because the people writing and directing the game are fathers and authority figures themselves now, whereas the more typical hero's journey stuff with Snow and the like falls flat, because they're sort of that? FF15 for all its faults sort of remedies this by primarily being about friendship, responsibility and the balance between the two, all of which are things adults juggle and care about daily. Anyway, I guess what I'm saying is that FF is sort of like a punk rock band that is the same and yet must change as its creators age from young upstarts to elder statesmen, and its popularity shifts from an upstart kicking back against the status quo to the status quo.
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Thread PlayStation 5 Specs Revealed by EuroGamer (See Threadmarks)
The Xbox Series X is hands-down the more powerful machine, but it is seemingly a more simplistic approach - lots of brute power. The PS5 is the 'weaker' of the two, but has been developed with lots of systems and tricks designed to allow devs to squeeze more out of it. Or at least, that's how it seems so far.
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Thread How do you judge the story of Final Fantasy VII Remake?
The idea that you judge this 'one way or the other' is folly - you can't. It's impossible to entirely extract any story from context - and the context of the delivery of this story is that the original telling of it exists, and that this is a new multi-part retelling. So, y'know, it's logical to judge it two ways: firstly, how it stands up as an individual story in its own right, divorced from the content and knowledge afforded by having played the original game. And second, how it stands up versus the original. These are opposites, obviously, but they're also intrinsically linked, and criticism following launch should look at both in detail. It is completely possible it will satisfy on one front and fail in another, too.
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Thread Final Fantasy VII Remake General Discussion Thread [Open Spoilers for Original FFVII ONLY please!]
At the preview event Kitase explained to me that the remake is in a different universe, but "all of the lore from the works created after the original game, the Compilation of Final Fantasy 7, that’s all very much in the base of the canon for the remake, and going forward it will be too." So basically, if they want to contradict/change stuff from the compilation they will, but the compilation is the basis. You can already see this in swathes of the Before Crisis lore/expansion of AVALANCHE being visible in the game, for instance, and Crisis Core is sure to be almost entirely drafted in as the story unfolds over future games. That new SOLDIER character uses the same 'standard issue' SOLDIER sword introduced in Crisis Core, too, the one Zack uses before he gets the Buster Sword. There's Advent Children music in the game, btw - a new arrangement of an Advent Children track is really prominent in Chapter 2, which hasn't been released to the public in a video form yet, but I played.
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Thread Prediction: 15 will be the last mainline Final Fantasy game ever
Final Fantasy is a siloed enough franchise with enough different key dev talent and teams that there is nothing stopping them from putting FF16 out in between FF7R installments. In fact, you might argue it makes a lot of sense - as it takes pressure off the 7R team by providing a 'distraction' to the public. This is a franchise that announced its 9th, 10th and 11th entries on the same day. A franchise that announced a sub-series of 3 different but connected games on the same day. A franchise that released its 13th and 14th entries months apart. It is not unprecedented. It hasn't always gone well, but SE is more stable than ever development wise. They can probably accomplish these things successfully now. My prediction is Yoshida's development studio will develop a FF16 with key staff from ARR and the 14 expansions in key roles. Tracking the FF14 credits across the expansions paints a clear picture, with people like Hiroshi Takai (who has directorial experience having done the flawed but very interesting/unique The Last Remnant a decade ago) disappearing off the 14 projects to... nothing. What are they working on? I bet it won't be a mere 'traditional' FF and will leverage the studio's online experience/expertise by having a significant online component that rather than a separate mode is integrated into the story, probably, surely mindful of the successes of things like Destiny, MHW, etc. FF always reinvents and this makes sense. Let the 14 team make a game that is the bridge between the MMOs and the traditional FFs (which will still continue to be represented over the next few years by FF7R, which therefore softens the blow of making a 16 so different.
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Thread Square-Enix just pulled a "Han shot first" in the Final Fantasy VII Remake / Spoilers.
The AVALANCHE stuff goes deeper in the compilation lore anyway. Who knows if it'll be in the remake, but in Before Crisis it's revealed that Rufus Shinra was anonymously/secretly funding AVALANCHE for years in the hopes it'd undermine his father and trigger his ascension to President, which totally fits with the narcissistic rant we get to introduce him in FF7. Again, in the remake, we have Heidigger mentioning an attempt on President Shinra's life. Was this one of the other, more professional AVALANCHE cells... and were they funded by Rufus?
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Thread Square-Enix just pulled a "Han shot first" in the Final Fantasy VII Remake / Spoilers.
I think one interesting wrinkle is that in the original game, Jessie is surprised at how effective her bomb is, and shows a significant amount of remorse. The implication, especially in the original Japanese (though some of this is lost in the western version) is that Jessie made the bomb wrong and made it powerful. I don't want to say too much, but I did the entire 4-hour hands-on and played the second Mako bombing mission, so I can comment enough to say -- this thread is carried right through and seems like it might be an important plot element across the whole of the remake (not just this game). You can see some of this in the trailers, like where you have ShinRa/Heidigger saying AVALANCHE are allies of "wicked Wutai, our sworn enemy", even though they're not. I could see AVALANCHE as a pawn in a proxy war between Wutai and Shinra as a major plot point of the remake games. There's also the added thing that - and the official website description of Barret has made this clear - in the remake universe there's more than one 'chapter' of AVALANCHE, and the suggestion is that the other chapters outside Midgar are more legitimate/professional and view Barret's cell in a poor light. In a minor piece of dialogue there's a small reference to the concept that the other AVALANCHE cells aren't talking to Barret's group, but Jessie still has a friend who talks to her.
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Thread Square-Enix just pulled a "Han shot first" in the Final Fantasy VII Remake / Spoilers.
I saw the dialogue about other cells not talking to Barret's group myself in the hands-on, but there's also Barret's official description , which reads: "The leader of an independent Avalanche cell in Midgar, Barret was disavowed by the old guard for his extreme methods that attracted too much attention." Presumably Barret's actions in Midgar in this chapter of the game are going to fuck things up for the other versions of AVALANCHE throughout the world. This also all lines up with the compilation lore, where in Before Crisis there are significantly more organized branches of AVALANCHE (and in that game, we see Barret as a younger man, encountering that organization). So, yeah. The AVALANCHE plot is changing, but it wasn't really touched on much in the original, to be fair.
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Thread Final Fantasy VII Remake Preview Thread
I think part of the challenge is to do with perspective, where in those pre-rendered CG background games with a variety of perspectives even if you're walking through corridors it never like you are... but in 3D environments, corridors look and feel like corridors. That was FF13's big problem. So that's what they need to avoid, either through clever area design or other distractions. I think in the Mako Reactor missions (both of which I've now played) the fact you're on a tight, fairly constrained path is excellent hidden by how good the combat is and how funny/genuine/endearing/lore-enriching the character interactions are.
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Thread Final Fantasy VII Remake Preview Thread
To be clear, the preview was basically the 1st Mako Reactor Mission, the immediate aftermath on the streets of Midgar (Aerith encounter, Cloud running from the soliders, etc), the SECOND Mako reactor mission start to finish (from the moment you enter the reactor to Air Buster) and the Abzu boss fight they previously showed at TGS. So, yeah, it was very combat heavy. Almost all combat. One thing I say in my previews is that we didn't see downtime, we didn't see any of these new areas of Midgar that seemingly be sorta open-worldish (FF15ish?) where the fetch quests and stuff like that will take place. Everything we saw was a linear rollercoaster ride just like the original game's Midgar section (but expanded). It's a rollercoaster, though - excellent - but exactly how good the game is to me I think will ride on that extra stuff we haven't yet seen. The bit that's just remaking the elements from FF7 exactly is , though.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 12 |OT| Spyfall Is Where We Start
There's a bit of lore wriggle room on this one imo as it's stated explicitly that they don't discover time travel (and therefore the Time Vortex) until after they've gained regenerations, and for all we know the Timeless Child got regenerations from the time vortex in the first place... which therefore wouldn't contradict the concept that River had regeneration from exposure to the vortex when in utero. Plus, by this point, all Time Lords would've had regeneration the illegitimate way anyway.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 12 |OT| Spyfall Is Where We Start
The end of series 5 does have a reset, but it just resets the status quo to how it was before the Doctor was put in the Pandorica, which triggered the end of the universe. So everything that happened prior absolutely still happened, which is why you have continuity in terms of the evolution of the Daleks and Cybermen, River, and even Torchwood (not just Big Finish - Miracle Day, the last televised Torchwood series, takes place in-universe after S5). The thing that was the lasting impact of the whole S5 arc was just that the 'crack in spacetime' was used as an excuse to erase things from history problematic for the lore. So, to quote the Doctor, "A Cyberman walks over the whole of Victorian London and nobody even remembers!" It still happened, but nobody remembers it, just like Amy's parents and anything else swallowed by the crack. Because Amy was special she was able to remember and bring back somethings that'd been swallowed, like her never-again-seen parents (lol) and the Doctor. Every now and then you need to reset especially contemporary earth's knowledge of aliens, which was built up to a big degree in the RTD era, otherwise the universe the show is in just doesn't seem very contemporary to the show at all. A companion that grew up on an earth that remembers two separate Dalek invasions and several Cyberman incursions isn't going to be much of an audience cipher everyman character, after all.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 12 |OT| Spyfall Is Where We Start
I much prefer RTD to Moffat, but to be honest as showrunner Moffat's greatest fault was probably that where RTD was willing to just handwave old lore away if it inconvenienced him, Moffat once described himself as "medically unable to contradict lore", which is why sometimes you got these long, hand-wringing, not-very-interesting answers to questions that didn't need to be asked in the first place - because as a detail-focused megafan (where RTD was arguably more of a big picture focused megafan) he felt he had to respect all the lore.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 12 |OT| Spyfall Is Where We Start
I don't love what's being done here, but at the end of the day we never really got an answer about Ruth - about who she is. I assume we'll get that next series. But based on this we now know that at some point they erased the grown-up timeless child's memory and regressed them back to childhood, and that child grew into the Hartnell Doctor. For all we know Hartnell is still the 'first Doctor' in the sense that he's the one to run away and the one to take on that name. Maybe he runs away because he has a deep-seated feeling in his gut that something isn't right, and maybe that's inspired by the past lives he can't remember. I don't think that's particularly problematic, though, and I actually prefer it to him leaving because Clara or whatever. Ruth contradicts this, but the thing is this episode did absolutely nothing to address exactly where Ruth falls or whatever. She could still be alt-universe or something else entirely; it is clearly left as an open thread. Like, there were individuals before Hartnell. Regenerations. That doesn't mean he wasn't the first Doctor, though, as the Doctor is something else entirely, imo.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 12 |OT| Spyfall Is Where We Start
Series 9 and 10 remind me a lot of RTD-era Series 3 and 4. 9 is just like series 3 in that it has a series of really great episodes, no absolutely terrible episodes (yeah, I'm here to defend Evolution of the Daleks, what of it), and a slightly botched finale. Then 10 is less interesting overall but has a really high overall quality level. I do think those Moffat difficult years have some great spots. A Christmas Carol is the best Christmas Special they've ever done. The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon is a two-parter, but it's dragged down by association with what came before. The Doctor's Wife is great. The Girl Who Waited is a stone-cold classic. Even The God Complex and A Good Man Goes to War have interesting ideas. Series 7 is way more irredeemably boring. Like... the Ice Warriors episode is good, I guess? A Town Called Mercy is a decent romp with some fun location filming. A lot of S7 is genuinely just cack, though.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 12 |OT| Spyfall Is Where We Start
I don't get how Jack reappearing is any big deal? The last we saw of him he was on earth with a severely depleted Torchwood and a second immortal person the same as him (who will surely never return). Big Finish adventures (which the BBC considers canon unless the show contradicts them) have him out having adventures in space and even encountering River. So it's no surprise that he's out there, and the Doctor has a rep... so of course he'd know a bit about what the Doctor has been up to. I agree that after series 5 Moffat went through a bit of a rough patch though - 6 has some great episodes but overall is messy, 7 is bland, and 8 is clearly a show in crisis, but 9 and 10 are imo as good as his best output, if not as wildly popular.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 12 |OT| Spyfall Is Where We Start
The Cybus designs were back the very next year? They're in series 6 after the Pandorica stuff. Then they're gone, admittedly, in Nightmare in Silver, but then they're back (alongside every other variation) in series 12. The lore with Cybermen is that the Cybus alt-universe Cybermen went out into the universe after the events of 'The Next Doctor' and eventually met with, joined with and mingled with the Mondasian one. The 'Nightmare in Silver' Cybermen are meant to be a 'new race' formed by the two uniting.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 12 |OT| Spyfall Is Where We Start
The hybrid design definitely had whiffs of, like, 80s Who about it, where it all just got extra camp and silly. And I love it for that, but also it leans into this whole narrative of RTD's era being the neo 4th Doctor era and Moffat's era being neo 5th Doctor era and this being... well, yes, being 6 and 7.
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Thread The beautiful world of fan edits
The official version of this wasn't even really cancelled; Tarantino finished it and even screened it at a few of his favourite cinemas, so it exists. As such it'll surely be released more widely eventually, it's just a question mark as to when. The fan edit version is a decent recreation of what that version was like, though.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 12 |OT| Spyfall Is Where We Start
At the end of the day I don't think it really needs to be explained anyway. All we have for the laser screwdriver stopping regeneration on max is The Master's own (unreliable) word. While shared event memories are erased at the end of a crossover experience, we know that some footprint of the memory does remain (in The Day of the Doctor we get "I remember this... Almost remember," which is how 11 knows the Fez marks his 'entrance'), so for all we know some sort of imprinted memory ment Missy has some device or other failsafe to block the laser screwdriver from being fatal. Yes, we see Missy seemingly 'die', but across the series we have multiple examples of an actual 'death' state which is followed by a delayed regeneration, including by The Doctor himself, whose seventh incarnation dies on an Earth operating table as doctors are left confused by his alien anatomy and can't save him from a gunshot wound. He's 'dead' for a few hours and then regenerates in the morgue. So really there doesn't need to be any head Canon other than that Missy did indeed regenerate and then promptly escaped that ship and went to Gallifrey. As an aside this works on multiple levels, as maybe the newly regenerated Master turns on the Doctor again because he thinks the Doctor abandoned him, as he does just sort of unceremoniously leave that ship thanks to the way it all ends for him. So, yeah. I think the context is there to hand wave it.
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Thread Wristwatches |OT| Keeping time with class
I'm very tempted by that new Bond edition Omega Seamaster, purely because it's back to 42mm (all of the most recent models have been 43.5mm) and I absolutely love the colour. I'm a bit of an Omega fanboy and already have a Seamaster 300 (2014 model though, so a different style), an Aqua Terra, a Planet Ocean and a Speedmaster. So it feels insane to be looking at this. But also, man, it's , and it'd be so light... ...but at the same time, I really am not the biggest fan of having the Bond-specific iconography on the watch, even if it is obtuse. I'm really hoping they issue the exact design in a non-Bond variation. At least it's not a limited edition this time, which gives me more hope...
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Thread Doctor Who Series 12 |OT| Spyfall Is Where We Start
Chibnall already said he wouldn't be back this series in interviews, like the post above says, but he has also said he be back and that it wasn't just a one-off cameo. Chances are they filmed that one small cameo on a 'closed', single indoor set so his return wouldn't be leaked and could be a surprise, and then they'll now be able to film with him 'properly' for a more fully-fledged return as it's out there. This is part of the problem with Doctor Who - because the show goes somewhere different every week, they have to use a lot of location shooting. Where a period drama might build a period set to use all season or a constant sci-fi show might build a steampunk warehouse set, for instance, that's too expensive for Doctor Who to do because those sets are only used for one episode then torn down - so a great example is that an episode like Silence in the Library was all filmed on locations - universities, actual old libraries, etc. Anyway, point is, this sort of filming makes it really hard to hide surprises, which is why when we do get them they're often on very very tiny sets in a very limited role, haha. So that's probably the real logistical reason. That said, they have already filmed the episode for Christmas this year that'll 'tee up' the next series, and we know nothing about it except for a few leaked spy photos of filming that reveal the villain. We don't even know if the companions will be back (I guess we'll find out this week!) - so Jack could totally be in that...
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Thread Doctor Who Series 12 |OT| Spyfall Is Where We Start
This is definitely I think the most splashy and expensive the show has looked but ironically the last couple of Capaldi years Moffat's team had gotten extraordinarily good at making less and less money go further and further, credit to them. Watched Bad Wolf the other day and thought about how, if that story were made now, it'd be Love Island and The Chase instead of Big Brother and The Weakest Link, which is some amusing food for thought. I miss when the show was (ridiculously) contemporary like that.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 12 |OT| Spyfall Is Where We Start
Because the Master is a 40 odd year old character with a tradition of definitively dying before your eyes and then being miraculously resurrected with little to no explanation. Even Moffat himself said in interviews this would happen. Doctors have some continuity from one incarnation to the next, but it's also used as a way to reset and has often. Missy had a perfect ending but that ending does not preclude her then changing mind as well as body after regeneration. We've had plenty of Doctors hard break with certain beliefs or habits after regeneration. And crucially, Moffat deliberately hid Missy's late game turn to his side from the Doctor - so the Doctor doesn't actually know that happened anyway.
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Thread Sonic the Hedgehog |OT| The Fast and the Furriest
I'd say Amy would be mpre likely in a sequel than even Knuckles, tbh, as there is absolutely a temptation, I'm sure, to give little girls a character to look up to, as they should. This first film wasn't great around that. With regards Amy's characterization, I think there's a pretty strong template now in Sonic Boom - she's' genuinely fabulous in that.
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Thread Sonic the Hedgehog |OT| The Fast and the Furriest
I hope with an inevitable sequel they sort of follow the template of the games. Like... That should be the second movie, imo. This has been successful enough that so long as they are sensible about a sequel they should be guaranteed a third, so they should approach including the game lore/characters at a sensible speed. I think the thing that could really undo a sequel is trying to cram in as much recognizable shit as possible.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 12 |OT| Spyfall Is Where We Start
I do think it makes a lot of sense for them as a race, honestly. And it was the natural conclusion of what RTD did - once we had the alt-universe Cybermen entering 'our' universe, the natural conclusion that Moffat than took it to was that they would eventually hook up with the Mondasian Cybermen and intermingle. But also, Cybermen are technological, so it makes sense in the same sort of way there are PCs running Windows 7, Windows 10, hell, there's still PCs running Windows XP in enterprise. It's a weird analogy, but the Cybermen are . It makes a lot of sense. The Daleks, meanwhile, are all about that purity, so it never really made much sense to me seeing the old and new models together on New Skaro in series 9. Like, surely in their search for perfection and purity they'd just rip the Dalek out of the old shells and put them into the newest, most improved ones. In fact, this was demonstrated in a sense by the Daleks in Series 5 exterminating the 'inferior' older models. Aside from a small handful of 'officer class' Daleks of a different design, ala Sec or the Supreme Dalek, or models with specialist weapons, it never made sense to me they would all be anything but identical. Whereas with the Cybermen it totally makes sense, and it was probably my favourite bit about the end of Series 10, seeing them all together.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 12 |OT| Spyfall Is Where We Start
The thing is, we don't know the context yet anyway. The fact Amy was in the Pandorica leaked and sounded stupid as fuck and was actually excellent in execution, while a full explanation of how the series 6 arc would play out also leaked and sounded incredible and it actually panned out in a really dumb way. Two or three line plot summaries as spoilers aren't useful for actually determining if something will be good, basically. RE Jack, Chibnall has said in major mainstream interviews he won't be back this series. It could be a lie, but why lie about that when he clearly going to be back eventually? Getting out there in interviews and saying that smacks more of tempering expectations to me. Plus there's a lot to resolve in these last two episodes, so I bet Jack doesn't show up... but if Barrowman did more filming, maybe he'll be in that extra episode they tacked on to the end of filming that they're going to hold back for either Christmas or New Year. Maybe he could even be in a RTD-style end-of-season teaser for what's to come at Christmas, given it's been already filmed.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 12 |OT| Spyfall Is Where We Start
I've been rewatching the show from series 1 since the start of December, a bit here and there, on in the background while I work. I'm coming up to the end of the RTD era now, and, well... it's very interesting, it's very curious, jumping back and forth between the current iteration of the show and this. The thing is, they're not as different as memory might have you think, but that also helps to really crystalize and define what isn't working currently... and what is. Also, another thing that's surprising to me is that I think the RTD era with Tennant is actually similar to the Capaldi era. It was like Moffat's era began as a continuation with the same style and format in S5, then over the Smith era trended away from that, then reversed and looped back. Capaldi's final series - at least to my memory - feels a lot like the late RTD stuff. Curious. Wonder if I'll still feel that way when I get back to watching that stuff.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 12 |OT| Spyfall Is Where We Start
Am I right in thinking that somebody actually used some machine learning deepfake style stuff to actually do this to actual clips as a proof of concept of actually replacing the costume? I feel like that was something that happened.
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Thread So the E3 2020 Gamer Badge got worse?
I just don't understand why you would go to this show as a member of the public. It's comparatively expensive versus other shows (though not hideously compared to before), and the problem has always been - even before they let the public in, ever since the show shrunk and then re-grew to full convention size again - that all the really juicy stuff is appointment-only, behind-closed doors, or the lines are ridiculously long. The last couple of public years it's been painful to speak to those who feel like they've been hoodwinked: they turn up and it's a 7-hour wait to play 20 minutes of Mario Odyssey, and Cyberpunk 2077 is appointment only, etc etc. Admittedly some companies have managed this better than others - like Square Enix had people line up at the start of the day, gave out timed tickets first-come, first-served - so you could grab a ticket at 9am that would get you on FF7 at 3pm and then go off and do something else rather than queue all day. But when I see the ESA talking about shit like "quetainment" I'm just like man, . I've been to 11 years of E3 as industry/media, this year will be my twelfth, and I've always felt - even before it went public - it was a miserable show to go to if you didn't have appointments. The media-only day is gonna be great for people like me, as I'll cram and try to get work done all in that day. This is helped by there being loads less at the show, too... there's less work to get done. Five years ago, you'd never get everything done in a day. Now we stand a chance. The flip side is when the lines are 7 hours long for the hottest stuff, it'd be easy for somebody on a gamer pass to go to E3 and see/play a grand total of two games. But even then, E3 is a show that is searching for its identity and a public-friendly setup that truly works... and honestly, I would always advise people to not go until they truly find that. They're making sweeping changes this year, seemingly, but nobody knows what those changes will be in full yet... so maybe wait and see if it works, and it it does, go next year. If the money is burning a hole in your pocket there are great video game and gaming culture shows you can go to that are for the public. Do one of those!
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Thread Doctor Who Series 12 |OT| Spyfall Is Where We Start
I think the thing about the preaching is - Doctor Who has always been preachy, but it's just . That is the problem. Like, I've been on a rewatch recently and you look at something - like fucking hell, look at Turn Left. What a politically charged episode that is. Like, it's an alt-universe sci-fi tale about what if the Doctor was dead, but it's also about classism, racism, a society sliding into fascism. It incredibly feels more relevant now than ten years ago when it aired. It's a cautionary tale, but it doesn't come off as a 'lesson'. It's just GOOD. It's hard to view something like The Sontaran Strategem/The Poison Sky as anything but a commentary on both global warming and pollution militarism - but the difference is the episode doesn't end with what almost feels like a to-camera telling of the moral of the story.
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Thread Nintendo and The Pokémon Company put out statement naming & shaming Pokémon Sword & Shield leakers
This is just part of being an editor tbh. It's different if you're a site that's paying with contracts and stuff, but even if you're a hobbyist site (as based on the traffic I guess this one is), you maybe hold back the bigger games with the higher risk for the people who've contributed lots who you as editor/owner have a standing relationship with. It's about trust, basically. FNintendo is lucky, really, as there are other publishers with huge cash indemnities in their legal embargo agreements that could bankrupt the owner of any hobbyist site that broke embargo on a whim. So to get away with apologizing and being publicly spanked is pretty good going. Basically: these leaks are never worth it. I also think - it's important to be clear about what this is about. This is somebody with early review code leaking from that code, which was provided by Nintendo. This isn't a company punishing an investigative leak, or a mistaken 'oops, pressed publish a week early!'. I can say from experience that mistakes are forgiven and investigative leaks, while frustrating to PR/marketing, are generally forgiven (though they might hunt your source, naturally). But this was a malicious, deliberate leak.
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Thread Is there a real equivalent for B-movies in gaming?
For me the absolute pinnacle of this is 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand. A middling Gears of War knock-off with a celebrity name attached that somehow is just ridiculously charming and accidentally funny, just like so many B-Movie action films.
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Thread Nvidia Officially Launches GeForce Now (Free for up to an hour or £4.99/€5.49/$4.99 per month for unlimited access during Founders period)
Chromebook support is coming later this year.
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Thread Wristwatches |OT| Keeping time with class
What's the finish? If it's brushed steel, like what you get on the clasp/bracelet of a Speedmaster, you can do it with a very light coarse material like a scourer, like the scotch-brite you might use on pots & pans in the kitchen. This is generally good for larger pieces like a deployment clasp if it's brushed steel - I wouldn't use it on the lugs or case, as it's a bit of a sledgehammer where a chisel is needed. When you do this, make sure to rub only in one direction, the same direction as the existing finish, and neatly - because this will basically even out scratches by doing scratches that match the brushed effect. So rubbing indiscriminately will look awful, but doing neat brushes in one direction will bring it out looking like the day you bought it. Similar for brushed steel you can use stuff like fiberglass scratch removal pens (like these: ), that has the same effect, and you can get those more fine. If it's polished steel, you'll want to use something like Cape Cod metal polishing cloths. With this stuff you always want to be very careful, mind, as there is a chemical component to it, so I'd check watch forums and find some use cases with your specific model/watch in order to make sure it's not going to have a nasty reaction. If you have a bracelet with a mixture of the polished and brushed steel (like, say, the Seamaster bracelet), you have no choice but to use both methods, masking one with tape or something while you do the other. Which takes ages, but it can be worth it if it bothers you. I'd say it might be worth learning to love the day-to-day knocks and injuries, though -- I used to fuss over them but honestly now I've come around to the thinking that such marks can give a watch character, at least if it's your day-to-day and not a super dressy one.
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Thread Final Fantasy VII Remake - theme song trailer
You can totally mainline FF7 in under 20 hours, but what the post you're replying to post is saying is correct in the sense that there are 3 discs and all that, but Midgar is roughly one third of the game script on paper. So in terms of story events, Midgar is around a third. The problem, especially for a remake like this, is that the middle act of the game (in story terms) burns through assets/areas at about 3x the rate of Midgar even though in story terms less happens in each area than any one given area of Midgar. The challenge on subsequent games is that there's a lot more areas and places, all unique, all with unique enemies etc, and whereas in story terms Midgar lingers a bit in almost every area, the rest of the game moves at breakneck speed, which means it's burning through those assets super quick. So part 2 and 3 (and beyond, if that's what we end up getting) will probably need a lot more padding, story-wise, than the Midgar chapter.
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Thread Final Fantasy VII Remake - theme song trailer
Well, obviously not, but you can garner a lot from a script, especially in a game that was as text-driven as the original FF7. There are 43 minutes of cutscenes in the game. 5 and a half minutes are in Midgar. 10 minutes are on the rest of disc 1. And then 15 minutes are on disc 2. The final 15 minutes is on disc 3, but there are only 3 scenes total on disc 3 - the ending, and two others under ten seconds each. The ending is a bit of a misnomer in this sense because it unbalances the 'load'. Most of the disc 2 cutscenes are CG scenes that are more about establishing world, incidentally - like two 30-second shots of the Gold Saucer cable car going back and forth, landscape shots of the Nibelheim mountains, etc. But, still. I would say the argument that it is around a third of the narrative is correct, not just because of counting the script - though I think the script supports the argument - but just because of how the game is structured. The problem is, like I said, asset creation on sequels is going to be brutal, at least up until the point when you start backtracking through the world, then it'll ease up.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 12 |OT| Spyfall Is Where We Start
All they did was put out a tweet. But, we know Chibnall said he wouldn't be back "this series", but they filmed the Christmas episode, which isn't part of this series, in the same production run as these episodes. So there's one filmed episode in the can that is technically part of the series, and Barrowman totally could've filmed some bits for that at the same time as filming for this week's episode. Christmas episode speculation/enemy spoilers-- Alternatively, I can totally see him not showing up again until next year proper now. They managed to film his return and keep it a secret by filming only on one enclosed indoor set. For him to show up in a story proper, there probably needs to be both indoor and outdoor filming, and so it's harder to keep the secret. So... film him on an enclosed set for a glorified cameo for his return, have him tease deeper involvement, and then the following year film with him in public for a more full 'return'. It makes perfect sense. It's sorta like - Jack would've made a great surprise return for Series 3, and they totally could've filmed Utopia in secret as almost all of it is indoors and then the one major outdoor scene could've been discretely filmed by the Torchwood team as part of that show (which, obviously, is no longer an option). But then he has to do loads of on-location outdoor scenes in the following two episodes, so they had to announce it ahead of time. See also stuff like the return of River being announced the very day before she stepped out on set to film the outdoor bits of the series 5 angels episodes... so to truly hide a character, you have to limit their utility.
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It could totally fit here, but here's a weird wrinkle: the TARDIS that Ruth-Doctor has - externally, as the internals are the same classic TARDIS set they've been redressing since 2013 - is Hartnell's. Specifically, there was a TARDIS prop with unique features that was only used for the first three serials. It has a different light on top, it has a flat roof, it has different proportions. That is the Hartnell TARDIS, not the Troughton into Pertwee one. Although, weirdly, it has the proportions of the earliest TARDIS from the first three serials but also doesn't have the St. John's Ambulance logo - which was there for the first three serials and then gone thereafter until Moffat had it in his era. So, god, it's confusing. Everything except the lack of the Ambluance logo points to this being the TARDIS as it appeared in the first three stories and never again since, though.
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In, like, one of the very first episodes of the series...And, if we're talking in the new show, in the first episode of the revived series...And then a few episodes later...So, yeah, it was supposed to be - as the first set of quotes makes clear - that when the Doctor landed in London '63 for the very first episode, it disguised itself as a box... and broke. Which is why the first time they visit another time period in the show, the Doctor and Susan are perplexed that it hasn't changed to fit where/when they are. Then he just never gets around to fixing it. I think at some point in Classic Who he actually temporarily fixes it in order to use the cloaking properly for something (vs the Master, I think) and then re-breaks it in order to keep the police box.
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I mean, it's a setup for next year, I suppose. But also they've already filmed this year's Christmas Special, and Jack could totally be in that. But I imagine he'll be back next year. However, Chibnall does say to not expect him back "this series"... and... Spoilers for the Christmas Special villain
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Well, I think a lot of that for a long time has been to do with fans being OK with the older show being trampled on cos it's , but people will shit a brick at Moffat's canon being undone so soon - there was similar anger at what Day of the Doctor did to RTD's stuff, remember.
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I think the how mental and lore-soaked this episode is can be summed up in the fact they mention the Chameleon Arch in one line without any explanation of what it actually is, have a half second cutaway to the same prop from Human Nature inside alt-Doctor's TARDIS... and that's it. Christ alive.
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The main reason I think this probably has to be pre-Hartnell, like it or not, is the TARDIS, as said earlier - cos if it was just an alternate universe thing, that's a model of TARDIS exterior to use from the show's history. Like, that style, those dimensions - that has only been used before under Hartnell for the first two years, never since.Regarding The Brain of Morbius, it absolutely does not towards this, but obviously the is that the suggestion that episode has made has been trampled over and killed stone dead a lot in recent years - Name of the Doctor, Time of the Doctor, blah blah.
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Regarding if it's Pre-Hartnell or not - worth pointing out the TARDIS she has is clearly Hartnell era. Not inside - never mind that - but the one clean shot we get of outside when it's being beamed up to the Judoon ship - it's the narrower design, shorter. It has the St. Johns Ambulance logo, which disappears after Season 3 (so, during Hartnell's tenure) and doesn't reappear until Smith's TARDIS - and the proportions are all wrong for it to be the Moffat-era TARDIS, as that one is massive. It's also got the season 1 style light on the top, so it doesn't even match the TARDIS from Hartnell's later serials, only the very earliest ones, like his first 3-4 stories. So it is pretty definitively a TARDIS from the very, very start of the show.
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Originally the Third Doctor's final, regeneration story was going to be a final showdown with The Mater where the reveal was either going to be that they were brothers or that they were opposing aspects of the same individual - like the yin and yang, or the ego and the id. At the end The Master would recognize this and sacrifice himself to save the Doctor (so, a little bit of this eventually seeped into both The End of Time and The Doctor Falls, and RTD even acknowledged the similarity of the sacrifice after The End of Time broadcast). The story never got far enough along where they decided in a concrete fashion what'd happen. Delgado died, the serial was canned, and that was that.
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The curious thing about the way this new Doctor talks is when she talks to 13 about regeneration, she talks as though she's been through it and has faces she remember. So if it is a pre-Hartnell, it's not just one - it's a whole set of proto-Doctors, presumably.
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Barrowman himself faved and retweeted the tweet a day after it was posted, and earlier in the year he posted a picture of himself in front of the current TARDIS, which just looked like a friendly set visit - but combined with the tweet and the fave and retweet, I think a lot of the hardcore nerds on Gallifrey Base or whatever had it locked.
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It's not about if there's an excuse in the lore to make sense of it - who cares - it's just about how Clara was twisted into thie all-important bastion in his life that wasn't really earned. I was okay with the concept of her saving him multiple times over the years without him knowing - I that idea, even - but the idea that she got him into TARDIS and therefore basically set his whole life in motion just irritated me immensely. Like, people went mad about RTD making Rose "the center of the Doctor's world" or whatever, but the Clara stuff was a million times worse tbh. Liked the character, though.
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Husbands of River Song was on Series 9, Mysterio was on Series 10. Neither is the gap release you're thinking of, though - that's Last Christmas. On the Series 9 DVD/BR they include both Last Christmas as the first episode and then Husbands of River Song as the last, so basically it's bookended by Christmas episodes. Last Christmas was also released standalone. Typically, the DVDs include the previous year's Christmas Special, but it got messed up when they took 2016 off (aside from the Christmas Special) - which necessitated S9 DVD having two.
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It's been a bit confusing, to be honest. The 50th box set is one of the weirdest/lowest value sets they've ever put out, for instance, as it's only actually two hours of new Doctor Who but they wanted 60 quid for it when it came out.
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I don't think he really is to the UK papers and a broader audience, to be honest. To fans, yeah. But Tennant's popularity in the UK is insurmountable - only Tom is ahead of him, and honestly, these days, I think that's starting to become debatable.
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I think Tennant is the most likely one, honestly. It's "too soon" for Capaldi, Eccleston still has an iffy relationship with the show, and Smith seems to still be focused on trying to break Hollywood where Tennant has given up on that and come back to UK TV, probably because he has young UK-based children. Plus, Tennant ticks all the boxes - Chibnall wrote for him in the RTD era, they are mates from broadchurch, and while they all pretty much know each other, he's the one that's closest to Whittaker. Who did she phone when she got the role to talk about it? Tennant. And, of course, he's the most popular modern Doctor, so if they do want to smash the multi-doctor emergency glass for ratings, Tennant is the one you'd grab.
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An interesting touch to note, btw - Toisin (Ryan) has been cast in a big US TV thing, a 'two season event' - 8 episodes per season. He's one of the leads. It's not a small role. So I wonder if he'll be sticking around into next year. Obviously schedules can be worked around, especially with only 8 episodes, but this is going to be him filming an 11 hour flight away for a significant portion of time...
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Yeah, which means she'd probably have grown up into a fucking bore like the rest of the Time Lords, or in a modern context one has to fear she'll have grown up to basically be the same character archetype as River. Either way, I think Romana probably isn't all that worth revisiting, tbh, as much as I love Romana 2. Officially right now, the only New-Who canon we have is a couple of RTD-approved extracurricular stuff from his era (Novels, comics) say that she was at one point president of Gallifrey, possibly even at the start of the war before they revived Rassillon.
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Hmmm, a good point actually is a cool way to use the Judoon would be to have them in pursuit of another classic villain. A double whammy. Is now the time for them to bring back Adam from series one?! At last, the follow up to The Long Game...!!!
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In real terms it's because practically every other time lord in the classic series bar the Master was a terrible drag on the show, except for Romana - but then because Romana was a companion who therefore needed to constantly prompt the doctor for exposition she was made into a 'junior', learning time lord... Which didn't make her much different to any human companion.
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It wasn't a knock specifically, but basically I think it'd be a Chibnall thing to do because he hates 80s Who, and doing something like taking a very 80s character (The Rani) and turning it into something he does like strikes me as something he'd want to do from a fanboy perspective.
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I think what would be very fun if they did this is to make each absolutely "of its era" - title sequence, style of music (and composer), format. I think the problem is that RTD appears to have fully made his peace and doesn't want to do any more Who ever, tbh. Moffat seems the type that'd always come back.
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Thread Nomura officially lost it (KH3 Remind Final Secret Boss Open Spoilers)
There's truth to this, but it's a fairly reductive viewpoint of it also. Like, it's true that pieces of the Versus 'team' (which was basically the KH2 team) were pulled to assist on both 13 and 14 when the former hit dev troubles and the latter had to be rebooted, but it's also pretty standard form in game development to start with a smaller team that builds concepts and ideas, then progress up and staff up that team when you pass certain milestones and proof-of-concept designs. Even without people being 'stolen', the stumbling block for Versus was that for years a solid, absolute vision of what the game might 'be' (story aside) was never really solidified, and that was with a core team being relatively solidly on the project. You can compare some key staff credits from KH2 to FF13 and FF14 to see who got shunted around, in fact. And from that, you can see who stuck around. But Nomura was, for a long time, the absolute 'face' of Square Enix, so another part of the problem is work load: he wasn't ever doing Versus; he was overseeing character design for FF13, which in the SE hierarchy means he's also signing off on all the FF13 action figures and stuff - looking at proofs, suggesting changes, etc. He's doing the same for other games he designed characters for, like FF7, 8, 10 and so on. Then he's signing off on HD Remasters, like new models for characters in FF10, and then he's working on a bunch of KH spin-offs. So he was doing a lot, and that was probably another part of what helped to really 'kill' Versus as it was. It was also undoubtedly impacted by FF13, because that game's star had certainly faded by the third in its trilogy, and it was divisive at it was - but they could've rebranded it as-is if there was a killer game there... but there wasn't. After years of concept and systems design work. But anyway, what I'm saying is - the narrative some fans like to push that the only thing that went wrong on Versus was stole its team away - it's bunk, or at least bunk alone. My understanding consistently throughout Versus' development was that it was a rocky road and a bit of a mess, and there was never very much of it to show beyond what was in the trailers. It was an idea in search of direction, and it never really found it until Tabata came in with a very tight mandate from upper management and took a machete to Nomura's ideas to create a plan that could ship within the parameters he'd been given. Nomura didn't like that, obviously - that's no secret - but Tabata can't be blamed for making the best of a bad scenario. Ultimately what Tabata shipped is a different game, though, which is where all the fan arguments begin and end, I guess. But the truth is they should've announced FF15 as if it were an all new thing and then in the interviews/media blitz at E3 the following day explained that the Versus project was cancelled (when Kotaku reported this, they were right, but there was more to the story - it was more like it was on hiatus) but elements of its concept were being reused in an all-new title, cos that's what it was. The mistake was assuming that the continuity between the two projects, one logo exploding into the other, would be a positive, hype generating thing. And it was, for a while, but then the reality set in and Nomura refused to continue to be involved/associated with it, and that was that. The endlessly combative FF community latched onto it all and created a warzone. But even in that announcement you have elements of Versus that wouldn't make the cut, demonstrative of what was a seven-year tug or war over what that game could be and its potential identity coming to a head. Ironically, this mad shit might be the best thing to have happened to Versus - as if Nomura really, truly believes it can still work, whatever he sees in it can hopefully be expressed divorced from what came before with the excuse that it's part of Kingdom Hearts that's merely tributary to Versus... which is an opportunity FF15 never had, to stand on its own away from the expectations of Versus. EDIT: I want to add, also, that Tabata has actively said that if he'd been given the choice, he would've made an all new game. But it was mandated they had to build from the ashes of Versus, and this is down to a company attitude thing. Some of it is very noble: like with FF14 ARR, they didn't want to let fans down, so they wanted to 'make good' on the original promise, but unlike with ARR they made this decision knowing they would not be able to deliver on the original promise, just something that looked a bit like it and used key pieces of it. A mistake, imo, but 15 is a fine game regardless. Some of it is a bit pigheaded: admitting you've canned something is an admission of failure - of the company, of the team, of the director, and they didn't want to do that. So that's why it had to be the way it was, I suppose. Regarding him 'not knowing' he was directing FF7, the communication at SEJ can be pretty mad sometimes but I absolutely refuse to believe this is true, as it displays a level of flippancy and a lack of communication that'd actually be genuinely shocking. No wonder they can't ship a game without some sort of mess in the middle if that really is true.
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I think the show is probably safe through about 2022 or 2023, but at that point it mightPart of the blame sits with Chibnall, though. I have no idea why we needed 3 companions, for instance. I have no idea why he did this. Something RTD doesn't get enough credit for is the framework set with series 1. People laud Series 5, but the interesting thing is that Moffat copied it almost wholesale:Like, Series 5 series 1. Some things in the order are slightly different - so whereas in series 1 the soldier shows up in the second two-parter, River shows up in the first. Whereas Dalek is episode 6, while we get a Dalek in Episode 3 and then the Angels in 4 and 5. But structurally on a broad level the two are identical; Rory is Mickey, River is Jack. The Daleks and Angels serve the same purpose as the Dalek: to connect the new Doctor to the same lore. Moffat once said "the Doctor isn't the Doctor until they've faced the Daleks", and I actually think he's right. Anyway, using RTD's structure wholesale in S5 is something Moffat admitted to himself, so it's not just projecting - and it was such a smart thing to do. Then, in series 6, he branches out massively with his own structure. By not following any of the previous templates, Chibnall created an impossible hill to climb - too much to establish and do, from episode structure to tone to characters and new aliens and so on. So it is a prison of his own making.
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See this is why I always advise against anyone saying to a newcomer to the show to follow a watch list or skip stuff (and I'd say the same for Star Trek), because, for instance...I think even Dinosaurs on a Spaceship has a redeeming factor in that it has two great one-off guest stars that Moffat actually resisted bringing back and ruining (hey, Pasternoster gang). Admittedly, Fear Her and In the Forest of the Night are irredeemably shit, and Night Terrors is bizarrely misplaced given Amy'd just lost her child at that point and yet she's flippant about the distressed kid in this episode and all that. In the Forest of the Night, Night Terrors and Curse of the Black Spot all have a unique mark of shame though in that they are simultaneously distinctly average to bad contribute nothing to the wider show in terms of character development, lore, etc. Anyway, my point is, I think a key part of Doctor Who is suffering through the bad stuff, but also the nature of the show is so wildly disparate and all over the place that one man's trash may truly be another man's treasure more with this show than perhaps any other. I say this as someone who will defend Love & Monsters' right to exist vehemently. Like, even Fear Her, right - that is a rubbish episode, but it has three or four little moments and scenes where that episode exists in a way to tie a bow on Rose and the Tenth Doctor; between The Idiot's Lantern, The Impossible Planet/Satan Pit and this, you're quietly sold on these two as a couple in love even if they don't admit it, which is then crucial to Doomsday. So in this sense, it is worth watching at least once. I'd always advise people not to skip, but just to pick a start point and watch.
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There's a great many answers to this question, I'd say. Here are the most obvious ones explained, so you can make an informed choice: Those are the options. Personally I love the idea of starting at "Rose", but that means 296 episodes(!) across 11 series'. Some people will advise you start with specific episodes, or watch certain episodes of a series and skip others... which is valid, and works because Doctor Who largely has a 'monster of the week' continuity-light structure episode-to-episode (ala Star Trek), but I personally don't recommend that - I'd pick a starting point, go in with an open mind and stick with it - give it a series or two to grow on you. For my money the "golden age" of recent Doctor Who is probably series 4 and series 5, so two series' that bridge two of the eras highlighted above. FWIW I wouldn't bother with old Doctor Who unless you have a real taste for really old sci-fi like Star Trek TOS - or unless the modern show grabs you. If anything from 2005-on grabs you and you become a fan, you can then dive into the world of the old iteration of the show from the 60s, 70s and 80s, which will in turn reward you with loads of lore and stuff that'll enhance your enjoyment of the modern stuff. Anyway. That's it. Those are your options. Do it! The show is great.
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Clyde was the real star, really, but that was down to the actor. Deceptively good, but in part because he was so much older than the rest - he just looks really young, so he was like in his mid-twenties and playing fifteen(!). It feels like, had Doctor Who come back maybe five years later, he would've been playing Mickey.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 12 |OT| Spyfall Is Where We Start
The episodes the Doctor is in are basically slightly lower-budget, slightly different format (2x 30 minutes, so longer than a normal modern DW episode but shorter than a modern DW two-parter) episodes of Doctor Who proper. The Eleventh Doctor is also the only time Russell T Davies (showrunner in the Eccleston/Tennant years) wrote for the eleventh Doctor, which is something of a nice historical point. The eleventh Doctor one also has another old companion from the original series return - the 3rd Doc's main companion - and The Brigadier (mentioned fairly often in New Who, and of course Kate's father) is in one episode too before his actor passed away IRL. The Tenth Doctor one is also the very last thing Tennant shot as the character that was canon before leaving the part, so it's the last footage shot of him at the correct age, as Day of the Doctor and anything else will never quite be the same, so there's that, too. Just those episodes are worth a punt for fans of Doctor Who, imo. Beyond that the show is definitely a kids show, but it's silly fun and they pull in some of the 'lesser' alien races here and there -so there's Judoon, Slitheen, Sontarans etc.I too would love to see what 'happened' to the SJA kids, though it definitely feels like one of those things where when the Liz wound is less raw, we'll get Luke back as a grown adult. That's a Big Finish series if nothing else - Luke and Mr. Smith, carrying on his mum's legacy.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 12 |OT| Spyfall Is Where We Start
I think honestly the problem with all three was that they just jumped in with the trio, whereas in the past we began with Rose/Amy and then added Jack, Mickey and Rory - which meant all of these characters had time to individually grow. Even River and Nardole, when they did the regular companion gig, had been established prior. The challenge is by dropping all three in at once... I don't feel like I really any of them? I feel like you get a bit of who Yaz is off her family, since they're such broad soap archetypes (played by a bunch of UK soap actors!) Graham sort of gets by on sheer charisma of Walsh alone. But I still don't really feel like I know them, and that's... 14 stories in?
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Thread Doctor Who Series 12 |OT| Spyfall Is Where We Start
The amazing thing is that this is so rich from somebody who as a young man in the 80s went on a TV panel show to talk about why the show had lost its way, hahaha. Especially because in many ways he is presiding over an era that feels a lot like that lost mid 80s Who...
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Thread The next James Bond title song will be written and performed by Billie Eilish
The thing is - and seeing Crow's Tomorrow Never Dies drives this point home - is that Eilish is really good, but ultimately this won't be one of the best Bond themes because the best ones are always written side-by-side with the score and weave the main theme of the score into the track. Whenever it's just a 'licensed in' song, it's never a stone-cold classic... and that is what it is. Which, incidentally, is why KD Lang's Surrender is the superior Tomorrow Never Dies theme (though TND is a decent song in its own right, I think) - but it wasn't poppy enough for the producers so it got shunted to the credits. Anyway. I think she'll do a good job, tbh. Can't be worse than Another Way to Die!
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Thread Doctor Who Series 12 |OT| Spyfall Is Where We Start
I think this will probably never happen again, sadly. While it's totally more possible to have a long-time recurring Master than a longer-time Doctor because they don't have to film every year or every series necessarily, the problem is, I think, that the show has started to weaponize the "who will the Master be next time?!" casting shock/promo value in the same way it is for the Doctor. On top of that, there seems to be a general theme emerging of casting a Master to mirror a Doctor - since Simm, every piece of casting seems to exist to hold up a mirror in a specific way. (I think an interesting bit of theorycrafting is who they'd have cast to mirror Eccleston and Smith, incidentally). You look at Missy and she is hand-built for Capaldi's Doctor - the colder, brash Doctor set against the most touchy-feely Master to date... and also the fact that it weighs heavier on their friendship than any other incarnation, because it that this older Doctor would have a best friend more of his generation - even if it's antagonistic - and a more teacherly relationship with his companions. While I have no doubt we'll eventually get it in Big Finish, I'm not sure Missy really, truly opposite Smith or Whittaker. Similarly, we now have a more unstable, short-fused, maniacal Master to sit opposite 13's happy-go-lucky style, which makes sense. The thing also is... Ainley really just looks like Delgado, at least in as much as David Bradley looks like Hartnell... so for all those years, there was a continuity in the Master, right from 71 to 89. Now they've embraced the character changing in the same way and to the same degree as the Doctor, I can't see them ever not using that... I can't see a showrunner ever not going "now I get to do MY master!!" Which is a shame, ofc, but also fair enough from the showrunner's perspective.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 12 |OT| Spyfall Is Where We Start
In real ratings terms, the prime of modern Doctor Who is from Voyage of the Damned until the end of series 5, with another individual spike for Day of the Doctor. In raw terms of ratings, newspaper coverage, etc etc, that was the absolute peak. I don't think we'll see the likes of the hysteria over Kylie in VOTD, or the newspaper front pages over the cliffhanger for The Stolen Earth, for another decade, or more.
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It's silly if that was his intention, though, as by setting it up as "survived but lost" in Day of the Doctor it was already back on the table anyway. I think the truth is by that point he was a bit knackered and was running out of steam & ideas, tbh. The following series was , but it's also a lot of full-fanwank, which I think was the proof the tank was running on fumes, which is fair enough really after so many years.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 12 |OT| Spyfall Is Where We Start
No doubt, it might be shit! Case in point: actually rediscovering/bringing back Gallifrey in the first place was imo a terrible idea and a huge mistake, because whenever wider Time Lord Society crops up - especially the council, president, upper echelon etc - it's a bloody anchor around the show's neck. Boring ass dusty senators. Gallifrey's return gave us but that prison could've been built by Davros, or the Master, or whoever else, tbh. But the idea of "how dare [showrunner] rewrite the continuity!" is nuts. Doctor Who is in a class of its own when it comes to retcons and rewrites. It literally does not matter at all.
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Being mad about this sort of thing is truly insane as the show is pretty much built on making these sorts of changes on a regular basis, especially in the modern era. Though the funny thing is - man, as the show struggles a bit in the ratings etc, this mystery has a whiff of the Cartmel Masterplan about it - which of course never came to pass because McCoy's era was cut short before it could come to fruition. Funny how circular these things can be.
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I mean, they just won't. They never have. Doing this is practically aRTD already predicted what would happen back in about 2009. He said... eventually, it will be cancelled again and go off the air again... But what the 2005 revival secured is that when that happens, it will only be a temporary measure. It'll be back, and probably keep continuity as 2005 did.
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Thread FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE - Spoiler Discussion [SEE STAFF POST]
As far as I can tell the only 'new' stuff on the jukebox is the FF7 stuff, like the jazzy version of Underneath the Rotting Pizza etc. All the other stuff is from various sources - so the acoustic guitar version of Zanarkand that's also been datamined/floating around is also from a random arrangement CD that's like 10 years old. It's a smart way for SE to use their back catalogue/archive though.
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Thread FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE - Spoiler Discussion [SEE STAFF POST]
Most of these tracks are old (we're talking 2013 and such), and are from CDs SE has released in Japan. There's a whole series of them, covering FF and other SE games - SE Chips, they're called. There's also four 'FF Chips' albums, with chiptune tracks from FF7, 8, 9 and 10. If you like this stuff look 'em up, as these tracks are just straight taken from these albums.
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Thread How do you turn on a lightsaber??
The switches on them are small, just sort of flicked by your thumb, so you never would see them pressed unless you had an extreme close-up. Most of them have physical, obvious switches if you actually look at them, and most of the toys/replicas/whatever have their on-off switches in the correct place based on the props, too. Most recently, in the new trilogy they filmed with sabers that are a bit like hugely improved/more expensive versions of the FX ones that are for sale/that fans build - so they actually light up. They did this so that they didn't have to add the color glow reflecting on people/the environment in post, though they still draw over the natural, real light of the saber blade as a special effect as they always did before. In the prequels they just fought with metal sticks and added all lighting effects, even reflection and glow, in post. Anyway, point is, the modern props actually have an on/off switch anyway, cos they actually have an electronic blade that lights up. So yeah, they have switches.
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Thread Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker |OT| Revenge of a Sith (SPOILERS NOW OPEN)
I've come to the conclusion that the very best thing in the film is Adam Driver's performance, and how once Kylo makes his decision in the final act of the movie his performance becomes completely different. He even like a different person in those later scenes. That's great.
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Thread Sooo the first trailers in French and German dub for FF7:R released...
Not sure how it's working with FF7, or how SE work it in general, but fairly often the European Loc is carried out in Europe direct from the Japanese source, and if every single department takes a bit of artistic license, you're going to end up with variations. It's important to remember that localization does mean translation. A raw translation is one thing - a localization is the act of, well, localizing content, which always involves taking some artistic license in how you translate things in order to make it feel/read/sound right in whatever language you're shooting for. Basically, it's not unusual. Like I say, not sure how SE do this, but Nintendo - for instance - often used to do two separate English translations for games - a North American English one, and a UK/European English one, and they'd often have subtly different scripting as a result. I'm pretty sure they quit doing that now, but GameCube/Wii sort of time you could find some really cool and unique differences between the NA and EU english translations.
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Thread UK General Election 12th December 2019 |OT1| Hindsight is 20/19 (exits point to Tory majority
Actually lowered. Brexit will definitely happen now - this election is in many ways a second vote on Brexit, and those that either went against it or wouldn't take a stance on it have been decimated. However! The core of the Conservative party does not want a hard, brutal Brexit. When they had a tiny majority, they were stuck - the hard-right rebels in their own party were holding them hostage, refusing to vote things through. Now the majority is likely to be huge, they can do whatever deal they want, and fuck the hard liners. It's probably the one silver lining in all this.
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Thread Doctor Who-ERA |OT| It's Almost Time... But Not Yet
The first series (with Eccleston, the guy in the leather jacket) is extremely uneven, but it really picks up for the final stretch of episodes for the most part. My advice would be: get through to the end of this series and see the start of the next Doctor. If the next Doctor isn't clicking for you within a good few episodes, at that point it might be time to either give up entirely OR move forward to the NEXT Doctor (that's Series 5, Episode 1, fwiw). The one interesting/exciting thing about this show is that it's in the nature of it that it morphs; the lead changes, the supporting cast changes, the people running the show changes, the changes. Some things are constants, but if the style of one era isn't for you, you might find enjoyment in another. I think a lot of people who were there at the time would argue the era from 2005-2009 is one of the best, but it was made on a shoestring budget even for the time, so it's aged particularly poorly in terms of the look and feel of the show, already... which doesn't help newcomers coming in.
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Thread Acorn.TV -- any UK TV show recommendations on the service?
Queer as Folk is a seminal piece of TV about gay twenty-somethings in Manchester. It's of its time (late 90s) but is considered a classic and really launched the career of its writer Russell T Davies into orbit - Davies would later go on to be the guy who'd revive Doctor Who and give us the modern version of that show. Cilla is an excellent 3-episode miniseries that's basically a retelling of the early career of one of the UK's most beloved TV stars decades ago. I wonder how well this would carry with no knowledge of who she is but I remember it being very good with an absolutely excellent central performance. Prime Suspect is a classic as far as murder stuff goes. Line of Duty is excellent. And, yes, Peep Show is a must-watch cringe comedy (but probably not cringe in the way that description might make you think) about just, well, existing. It's probably the best British comedy series of the last decade.
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2019 Season - Year of the Kicker!
Got extremely lucky in that my opponent played Lamar Jackson but the Ravens benched him when he was within three points of beating me. Literally one more drive from him and I would've lost. God damn.
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Thread Doctor Who-ERA |OT| It's Almost Time... But Not Yet
Weren't those early series' of Dwarf the same special effects/miniatures team as 80s Who? I think it'd be particularly good now because almost all the best Red Dwarf guest stars are when a women comes in and tears the laddish dynamic of the group to pieces in one way or another. I actually feel like now the 'profile' of Doctor Who has fallen a bit compared to the RTD/Moffat years might also make it a bit more likely to happen one day. We hope.
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Thread Doctor Who-ERA |OT| It's Almost Time... But Not Yet
The one I've always wanted, especially now it's back on air (albeit on a different channel), is Red Dwarf. It has always made so much sense. alas.
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Thread Doctor Who-ERA |OT| It's Almost Time... But Not Yet
It does come about regularly, but there was a very specific rumour about Tennant with timing and everything attached in the last month or two. It was printed by the Mirror, who have a good Who rumour track record, and when in the wake of it Tennant was asked if he'd come back (just three weeks ago), he said... So I think that shit is a lock sooner rather than later, basically. IIRC the rumour was that there'd be an episode either Christmas day or New Years Day this year, then in 2020 the holiday special would be a multi-Doc affair.
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2019 Season - Year of the Kicker!
I currently have the Cowboys DST, picked up on a Streamer. They've got the Lions, who are of course playing on a rookie backup QB. But I'm torn... do I grab the Jets instead? They've got the Skins.
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Thread Doctor Who-ERA |OT| It's Almost Time... But Not Yet
I really hope the score is a little more interesting this time around. It's good , and it was better in the Dalek episode (as was pretty much everything), but I do miss Gold's style, honestly. Chibnall deserves time to grow. As does Whittaker, obviously, though I already think she's brilliant (just lacking material). I think the rumors that have gone around a bit about the BBC reaching out to Tennant about another multi-doc episode are probably true, though - reaching for Tennant is the classic panic button move... and obviously he and Chibnall are close.
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Thread Star Wars |OT2| This is getting out of hand. Now there are two of them! [NO LEAKS]
That purple Jedi Starfighter is fairly compelling, but what feels more likely there is that you find this Starfighter and a droid that was clearly his, but he's nowhere to be seen... but if he died on Coruscant, why would his droid and ship be on another planet? A seed sewn quietly in a game that they can mine another day. He'd be a solid fit for the Obi Wan series if they wanted to go down that path, tbf.
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Thread Doctor Who-ERA |OT| It's Almost Time... But Not Yet
One sad thing is that Davies' Sarah Jane Adventures master plan involved bringing Ace back next (after doing the Brig, Jo and Martha) but Liz Sladen's death and thus the end of the show meant it never happened. He'd even spoken to Aldred about it.
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Thread Driving Tests Suck
Sometimes elements of the test are just luck (weather, other drivers, etc), but the main thing is just to try not to be nervous. I hated both learning and the tests but got through on my second attempt despite my second attempt being way sloppier than my first, which was failed on one big thing (failing to check my mirrors coming out of a roundabout (even though it was a single-lane roundabout so it was impossible anybody was coming up behind on my left-rear side)... my second test was sloppier, but it was all minor stuff. I was convinced I'd failed because I felt I'd driven in a messy way, but I passed with just a couple of minor errors. It'll be really liberating once you finally nail it, so keep plugging away...
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Thread Christopher Eccleston on Why He Left Doctor Who—and Didn't Come Back for the 50th Anniversary
I've never understood his claims of being "blacklisted" by the BBC, because immediately after Doctor Who he went to America and had a major role in a US TV show (exactly what Tennant, Smith, Gillan, Tate and others all did - tried to break Hollywood), he did a few (shit) films as well - and then when he came back he started getting regular BBC drama commissions again. He sells this as an exile, as because he'd pissed off the BBC he had to leave and go to the US until stuff calmed down, but I find that had to believe. Like, his trajectory after Who was and does the memory of BBC producers/casting directors really not last longer than five or six years? I just don't get it. It's well documented that series 1 had terrible production problems that led to a negative atmosphere on set, so there's no denying that, but it's interesting to me that to him it's so much worse than as reported by Piper or Barrowman, or any of the key actors who worked with the same team in subsequent years. Though Boak, the guy who was apparently the real problem, was never invited back. But it sounded like his problem was Boak, and then he subsequently had problems with Gardner, Collinson and Davies because they didn't discipline or remove Boak. But I also can't help but feel like Chris himself was part of the problem, too, because principled as he is he also comes across as... well, this is a man who stood on a Hollywood red carpet for a major movie (Thor 2, which is admittedly shit) and said in a red carpet interview that he thought the script was poor and that he only did the film because "i've got a mortgage to pay". And then a few years later he complained about the Hollywood work drying up! Like, fuck me, I wonder why... I'm just reminded a bit of how Tom shit all over the show and everybody involved for thirty years, then suddenly had some huge change of heart and is now all over it again.
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Thread Do you think the FFVII Remake should alter the Avalanche / Turks relationship?
The window Marlene looks out of is in Kalm, I think.
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Thread Do you think the FFVII Remake should alter the Avalanche / Turks relationship?
The funny thing is that this room is identifiable as the Employee Room of the Honey Bee Inn... which is actually inaccessible in the game. The room's data is still there, though - here it is: Same curtains, same wallpaper, same chairs, etc. Not clear if this is supposed to be this room though or if they simply made the FMV after they decided to cut the room and reused an area that was half-complete.
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Thread Do you think the FFVII Remake should alter the Avalanche / Turks relationship?
In Before Crisis the 'original' pre-Barret Avalanche is based out of Wutai, and the Turks actually infiltrate the base, plant bombs there, and blow it up. So the connection has been established in the world before, but it's now being added to this new version of FF7's lore. The whole Wutai story is interesting, as the original game doesn't really go into detail on it. All we know really is that Shinra wanted to build a reactor there, Wutai said no, and then the two went to war. Despite only being mentioned in passing the war is an important backdrop, because the war is where Aerith's mother's husband dies (so when she's waiting at the train station for him to return and discovers Aerith instead, it's from the Wutai war), it's key to pretty much everything about who Yuffie is, and it's also (in CC) one of Zack's greatest triumphs - he's basically the one to end the war. The Wutai as shown in FF7 is a weird one, because though the game justifies it by saying that post-war, capitulated, the country is reduced to a tourist trap, it doesn't look like a country capable of going to war with Shinra, leave alone a war that'd force Shinra to conscript civilians like Elmyra's husband... even if it is producing ace ninjas like Yuffie. Between this and the line from the president in the trailer about "Wicked Wutai, our sworn enemy", it may be that in this version of the story the war isn't exactly over. If this is true it completely shifts Yuffie's story and motivation, however, as the whole reason she's out in the world stealing and stuff in the original game is because she left Wutai disgusted by her father's surrender to Shinra. So... hmm.
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Thread Do you think the FFVII Remake should alter the Avalanche / Turks relationship?
I think a big part of the problem is just that a lot of their decisions just don't make sense, tbh. Like let's look at Tseng - the game goes to great pains to emphasize he's known Aerith since she was a little girl and that they're really friends, if friends with a professional barrier between them - but in the end he has no problem delivering her to Hojo, and he's worked at Shinra long enough that he must know what happens to Hojo's experiments. So that's fucked up, but then later Tseng has a good turn again when he lets you go in the Mythril Mines and does the right thing at the Temple before getting popped. Reno and Rude - their double act is silly, yeah, and not entirely befitting of what they . It's worse in AC, but the original is just as guilty. It's the sort of thing you can get away with when they're chibi models but harder now, so I imagine it'll change. You have to imagine Wutai will change significantly and become part of the critical path, so I bet that's very different. There's also the question of how the lore is expanded and what ends up getting used from the compilation. Like, we've already got hints about more Avalanche cells beyond Barret's in the official website, so does this trend towards a reveal of a longer-term conflict between Avalanche and the Turks, as detailed in Before Crisis? Because if so, that changes the parameters and context for their encounters/battles in this story.
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Thread Do you think the FFVII Remake should alter the Avalanche / Turks relationship?
This is one of the things about the original game and one of the challenges of doing a 'photoreal' remake -- the Turks' actions are suddenly harrowing and horrible. That said, they were never depicted as lovely in the original, so it's weird: the game goes at great lengths to tell us they're involved with kidnapping and assassination, for instance, but then the game treats them as quite harmless and fun, so there's definitely a disconnect. I really hope they don't lessen the impact of the plate dropping by showing mass evacuations (also, they still destroyed thousands of homes and livelihoods) or indeed by allowing Biggs, Wedge or Jessie to survive - but they double down on it, they make it worse. In the end, the Turks do have an arc: by the end of the game they're still vaguely loyal to Rufus, but also clearly have 'woken up' and even help you a bit. In a remake, maybe dropping the plate (which will presumably come towards the end of part 1) will shake their belief system and then they'll gradually wane until they actually flip sides in the end, probably once Tseng 'dies'.
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Thread Tetra Master for Final Fantasy 9 was more of a shit show than I originally thought!
If you think it's bad in game, I owned the physical version of this and trying to play it is fucking nuts. You need a calculator, about a thousand sheets of A4 and a PHD to calculate what every move means.
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Thread How would you feel if FF7 Remake is 5 parts with the following splits
I really don't think this is true in that if you split the first game up into three acts analysing it as a typical three-act structure, Midgar is absolutely the end of act one. Sephiroth/Jenova's killing spree in Shinra HQ and realizing there's a whole world you're going to have to chase him across is absolutely the call to action at the end of act 1, for both Cloud and the player. What's the call to action at the Cargo ship? Fighting an enemy they already knew about?
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Thread How would you feel if FF7 Remake is 5 parts with the following splits
I've said for a long time that a good way to think about the split - and how hopefully they have - is what your three-act structure is within each game. This is where FF7 is in danger, because it's the Hobbit movie problem - how do you split three act structure into nine? You need three stories, each with their own three-act structure that stands alone. Obviously not all stories have to follow the standard sort of three act up-and-down, but the FF games typically do as they're not really all that sophisticated from a storytelling perspective (which isn't a dig - the stories are still great regardless. Complexity or sophistication does not equal quality, after all). The structure I've been a fan of for a while does give a good three-act outline to the existing story with room for expansion and stuff. The second game in paritcular - rather than the end of the game, you shunt to the middle of the game, where it becomes the end of the second act. Think of this as the moment where Luke realizes his friends are in danger in Empire Strikes Back and abandons his training with Yoda. Then you have the moment where Cloud goes missing, which sort of forms that ending moment. That structure also has tutorials offered in quite a natural-feeling way, cos you've got young Cloud in the flashback at the opening of game 2, learning from Sephiroth, and Tifa as a leader for the first time and getting to grips with that at the start of game 3. But, as pointed out by another...The only issue, I think, is the size of game 2. That's a lot of ground to cover, a lot of assets to build... but the advantage of that is then that game 3 would be mostly asset reuse. Game 3 would be lighter on content, but you'd probably save stuff like a visit to Wutai, the final optional showdown with the Turks in the underwater base, and learning about Vincent's past for the third game to help pad it out. I think as far as Game 2 goes, it depends. Junon will obviously be sizable, as will the Gold Saucer. But Corel and Costa Del Sol can probably stay small... and Nibelheim be small, as the whole point is that Cloud and Tifa are small-town kids. But yeah. It all depends on how they do it.
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Thread How would you feel if FF7 Remake is 5 parts with the following splits
I've said for a long time - years - if were in charge how I'd split it would be:Kalm to Junon has the Nibelheim Flashback, which if expanded to take in ideas from CC and the like could run 3-4 hours on its own. It also has Fort Condor, which could be expanded to be a huge game, a large dungeon, gaining entry to Junon, Yuffie's recruitment (which is sure to turn from a 4-minute conversation into a multi-stand quest) - there's more than it seems. But probably not enough to make a "full size game" even with a lot of padding, imo. The funny thing is Kalm to Junon is probably not much shorter than Midgar in the original game in hour-content terms, but there's not nearly as much depth/content there in terms of how the setting could be explored or expanded when compared to Midgar.
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Thread After Link's Awakening I think we deserve a Oracle of Season/Ages remake
I really want them to do this, but I don't want it to have the art style of LA if they do. I love the LA art style, but for very specific reasons it really fits that game in particular. If they do these, perhaps something more like a HD Link Between Worlds visually...
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Thread Jason Schreier: "Final Fantasy VII Remake's Box Art Sure Is Misleading"
The main problem with this sentiment is that FF7 is so beloved that any one section that you might think is shit filler is the favourite bit of the game to somebody else. Kitase even said this in justification for splitting the story up: he said they wouldn't want to cut anything from the original because it would upset somebody, so the natural way is to make it as multiple games. If they were going to strip the game back and streamline it, they probably could've done it in one game more easily. I fully expect the remake in general to be additive in this sense. Like, I bet Fort Condor is some fully-fledged nuts RTS thing in game 2 that you can pump 15 hours into if you want, Blitzball style. I don't think they'll cut it. This is an assumption, obviously, but it's one based on Kitase and Nomura's own comments about the scope of the games they wanted to make.Their concerns are founded, though, I'm just saying we shouldn't write off the new content. The new content could be good the game could be a narrative disaster; the two are not necessarily mutually exclusive. This could easily be a Hobbit-style fuck-up. So I think debate and discussion about what we know is only natural and smart, I just don't think it's good to assume it'll be shit. Concern is smart tho, imo.
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Thread Jason Schreier: "Final Fantasy VII Remake's Box Art Sure Is Misleading"
While I 100% support the concept of criticising and examining the decision to not make clear what this game consists of as it relates to the original game, this disingenuous imo, as the tone is suggestive that everything they add will be unworthy filler, and . If they do it well, the new content should be exciting and interesting, and should give this chunk of the story more full character arcs and a proper three-act progression that wasn't there in the original. If they get it right. And that's a big if! But let's not act like they've failed before we've seen the game in full.
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Thread Jason Schreier: "Final Fantasy VII Remake's Box Art Sure Is Misleading"
This is a fair point but also a silly take considering none of this shit was envisioned when the story they're retelling here was created, and also keeping in mind Nomura has made clear they aren't remaining in step with the compilation additions for this remake anyway. Like maybe Cissnei will show up in this, but the story of FF7 is one complete work in the original game, and the compilation actually has surprisingly little to say/add to that original work anyway.
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Thread Jason Schreier: "Final Fantasy VII Remake's Box Art Sure Is Misleading"
I don't know what's hard to understand about this. Let's break it down for a second: let's say Midgar makes up a sixth of the story of the original FF7, right? If this only contains Midgar, it contains . It will also contain a lot of that has been added to pad out the offering; but it will always only contain one tenth of the original narrative nineties players are familiar with. Like agree or disagree with Jason's problem - fine - but that is pretty much a fact? What they add, change, remove or streamline can and will make the difference for better or for worse in terms of the quality of this package and its sequels, but this game will still only be the Midgar part of the original story, which is only a slice of the original game & story.
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Thread Jason Schreier: "Final Fantasy VII Remake's Box Art Sure Is Misleading"
These arguments can just go in circles forever, but basically, all the arguments in this thread will certainly boil down to a few points:Both points are totally valid and true. The comparisons to The Last of Us are dumb though, right? TLOU was envisioned as a complete story and then they decided to expand it, and part 2 as the name is most likely chosen to be evocative of a of sequel. (I wouldn't be surprised if TLOU2 has the 'Godfather structure', and I guess we'll find out tomorrow. Same for the brain-dead "how dare Fellowship of the Ring not be labeled as part one" take. Silly. Tolkein wrote and conceived the story in that form, and that's the key - this story was originally conceived as a whole. But to stick with Tolkien, what this is more like is how they split the Hobbit into two and then three films. It's more like that, in terms of how you break a narrative up and try to turn one three-act structure into three sets of stand-alone structure. This is where The Hobbit fell flat, and why The Lord of the Rings worked in this sense: LOTR was conceived as three different three-act stories that just happened to be linked; the Hobbit was conceived as one and then broken up and forced to conform to that structure. With FF7, hopefully it goes better than that did for the Hobbit. But the point is, if you blind-buy a game called 'Final Fantasy VII Remake', you'd expect it to have the same narrative content as the original game, right? This is what makes this situation different: 'Final Fantasy VII' has a meaning to people in terms of what it is and what it represents. Even if a sequel was planned, nobody knew what The Last of Us was when it released, so nobody had an expectation for where that story would begin, go or end. That is the point people are making, and I'm really confused as to if the people who don't seem to get this by screaming "it's a complete new game!!" are being facetious or really, truly don't understand that. In the end, SE isn't putting a designation on this for obvious reasons - a part one or chapter one on the box could deter some people who might choose to wait for a 'complete package'. It's about the money, and full size game or not, they want to shift as many copies of this as possible and they'll worry about selling the sequel in a couple of years. They're a company, and a company is going to service the bottom line, which is fair enough -- but I think the fans who can't at least acknowledge why this name might mean the game shocks or disappoints some are absolutely nuts. SE clearly were aware of this, too, because they were very careful to get right out in front of this - within ten minutes of introducing the game to the world, Kitase laid out exact parameters of where it would start and end. That, as an act, is telling that . But they also know that putting it on the box could push some sales away. So here we are.
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Thread Would you all of the Daleks? "Spoilers for Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks"
Well, 9's whole thing in the end is he gets within a press of a button from wiping out all the remaining Daleks in the universe (or so he thinks), but he bottles it. He can't do it. "Coward, any day." And then 10 repeatedly gives them chances over and over again. It's only really when you get to 11 that a cavalier, fuck 'em attitude emerges.
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Thread Would you all of the Daleks? "Spoilers for Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks"
I mean, it was Moffat's plan for the original draft of Day of the Doctor, but RTD said in an interview that in his mind originally he envisioned the regeneration into 9 being triggered by whatever act it is that ended the war, which is why the trauma weighs so heavy - he was 'born' in the blood of that moment. But it was never on screen, so hey ho.This isn't just extended universe - RTD wrote this in Doctor Who Magazine a bit. He basically retroactively added several Dalek/Time Lord skirmishes from the classic series into being part of the war, even though people didn't realize it at the time of their involvement - and he considers Genesis the first act of the war. Which isn't a surprise really, as it an act of war on the Time Lords' part, really.
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Thread Star Wars EP.9 Story Rumor/Leak So Far (Spoiler Obiviously) (Now with poll!)
I mainly love this because reading this I imagined them failing to get Hayden back and so just using a body double while overdubbing lines from ROTS
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Thread GameDaily.biz - E3 2020 planning document proposes overhaul with 'queuetainment,' new floor plan, industry-only day
If they really want to do this shit, they need to move. I'm all for it becoming a Gamescom-style event - as somebody who has to work there, I'd love them to go all the way and outright separate the public and business areas - but to do that, it needs to get out of the LACC, and probably LA in general. The venue isn't big enough.
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Thread New Final Fantasy VII Remake gameplay featuring Tifa, Ifrit and a Boss fight.
The two situations are obviously quite different, but the broad point is the same for all sequels: you have to be additive and exciting, because you can't necessarily just sell people "more of the same". That's true regardless of if you have a story trajectory planned out or if you busk it and make it up as you go along to make back exorbitant R&D costs on the first game (as was the case with FF13). Obviously the first entry is going to break records for SE/FF - hype is sky high, it looks absolutely incredible, etc etc. But there's a lot of moving parts to anything like this; the question mark over this release is of course the story additions and padding, stretching 4 hours of story into 40+ hours of game. That'll be where the game really soars or doesn't, I guess - not just in how satisfied fans are with the story changes and additions, but also in stuff like quest design - side quests had better not just be a bunch of find, kill, turn in like FF15, for instance. I'm really hopeful about this the more that we see, but this is the stuff I'm getting at - your post suggests an overwhelmingly positive reception for this is a foregone conclusion, but there's so much we don't know that could color public perception and consensus even as the game sells well, and that would - like FF13 - have a knock-on effect on future entries. But even if the game is perfect, I think there'll be a lot of work to do to to sell 'part 2', and then 'part 3' and stuff. This is where the FF series has made a rod for its own back; because people expect every entry to be sufficiently 'new', they'll probably have to work quite hard to grow the game's systems to make each game have a unique flavor. Being split into multiple games has interesting impacts here, too - like Ifrit and Shiva are key "awesome new ability for combat" moments, but in the original they both come after Midgar. They clearly didn't want to make a game without summons, which is fair enough. So, what do they build to replace those rewards at those moments in game 2? This is what I mean - there's a lot of questions to be answered when they approach a second part. Obviously they'll be adding a few more characters with unique skills and stuff, which helps a great deal, but the challenge they'll have I guess is balancing the consistency to make the games feel like one cohesive whole work (with FF13 definitely did not do, like you said) with the need to be new and exciting enough to make people justify a purchase. I don't doubt most of us in this thread are in it for the long haul regardless, but the thing that made FF7 notable in the series was how it reached well outside that demographic to people who never usually played that kind of game - and if it draws them back, drawing them back two or three or four times is obviously something SE will be thinking really hard about. That's all I mean.
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Thread New Final Fantasy VII Remake gameplay featuring Tifa, Ifrit and a Boss fight.
This is what Lost Odyssey did as well, and I can honestly see it working this way for FF7. More importantly, though: in real terms, you could probably restructure the story in such a way that they don't need to deploy an actual world map until the third game. So we might not get an answer to this question for a long, long time. But FF7's story is really quite linear, and could be structured like FF10 (or... whisper it, FF13) up until after you first visit the Northern Crater. There's a bit of openness with the buggy and Tiny Bronco, but you could genuinely cut or streamline that and little of worth would be lost, especially if they're making every area larger and more impressive. Like, if the trade off for the buggy is that coral prison is a thriving dirt town of sorts, and more memorable, that's ok, imo.The challenge with this game will always be the further parts. This is always going to sell millions, but the challenge will be getting people to come back in the same or greater numbers for part two - and beyond. I'm not saying Square won't finish it if it doesn't live up to expectation - I think they'd sooner go bankrupt, tbh, so they definitely will finish it - but hopefully the numbers stay up to justify the big budgets these games require. That was what was most brutal about the FF13 sequels; the mad vanishing point of the budget for Lighting Returns because of 13-2's incredible, brutal drop-off in sales. That meme of the Lightning Returns dog is basically: this is what happens when you've committed to finishing this story but don't have the sales justification to pump in loads of money.
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Thread Final Fantasy VII Remake 4K Gameplay - Full Demo Walkthrough
FF13 definitely feels like a stepping stone to this, imo. There's something to be said for 'feel' - and the classic command menu was there in FF13, too, it's just the game was often moving too fast to actually use it. We also know some characters (Cloud, at least) will have stances which is reminiscent of paradigm shift - but none of that is surprising given that this game seems to share a fair number of high-level staff with FF13. In terms of staff lineage, it feels like a mix of FF13 and KH2, specifically.
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Thread Final Fantasy VII Remake 4K Gameplay - Full Demo Walkthrough
The victory fanfare is in this video, fwiw: At around the 4 minute mark. So there's that, at least.
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Thread Which FF should get the FFVIIR treatment next?
I would actually rather get new FF worlds and stories more quickly, tbh. I would go for REMake style versions of 8 and 9 if they were so inclined, though.
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Thread Final Fantasy VII Remake - TGS 2019 trailer
This is a smart observation, but I also want to point out the number of discs is a pretty nuts/useless metric as it doesn't mean anything. Like FF13 shipped on three Xbox 360 discs because they couldn't be bothered to re-compress most assets from PS3, which is why that game shipped on 3 discs while its similarly-sized sequels all squeezed onto one disc. predicting the size of the game or anything else based on the number of discs is folly as we don't know what we're dealing with - it could be CG cutscenes, it could be multiple languages, it could just be massive 4K-ready textures while other games have done stuff like 4K texture pack downloads. It's truly impossible to know.
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Thread Final Fantasy VII Remake - TGS 2019 trailer
At the end of the day their plan is surely to take the money that comes with being the FF7 remake. they will cross the bridge of selling the sequels when they reach it in years' time. I'm not advocating for their approach, but the reasons why are obvious. They have said multiple times it'll be multiple full-price, full-size game releases; Kitase said the most obvious comparison was to FF13/13-2/Lighting Returns. So it'll be like that.
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Thread Final Fantasy VIII Remastered |OT| You're The Best Looking Remaster Here
I actually think I prefer the older models in the sense that while they're less than perfect, obviously, they sort of fit the 'mood', style and era of the game more. Rather than the model updates, what would've been interesting would perhaps have been for them to take the battle models and use them also in the field - the field models are lower poly, and those are the ones that people tend to post pictures of with the fucked up faces etc. The field model is the genesis of the "you're the best looking guy here" meme. The battle models have something about them though - an energy of the era - that I prefer to the clean, HD models. I dunno what it is. it's hard to put my finger on. Maybe they could've cleaned those models up with HD texture work and some extra polys for smoothing it out, which is what they did with FF9. Either way, FF9's 'new models' feel a lot more 'cohesive' with the rest of the game than the new FF8 models, I guess. I imagine the new models would feel more fitting if we had properly high res backgrounds and stuff, but as we know that stuff is all lost and is impossible.
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Thread Doctor Who-ERA |OT| It's Almost Time... But Not Yet
This surely has to mean the next Tennant audio is her, too. I always thought it was weird they went Donna-Rose-Donna; I fully expected them to hop to Martha before returning to Donna. SHe must be next, surely.
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Thread Digital Foundry: Final Fantasy 8 Remastered vs Original Comparison - The Definitive Version?
A lot of it has been lost. Like, the reason that this version doesn't have rumble or analog movement is because it's based off the PC version, and the PC version stripped that code out because they weren't possible features on PC at the time. And the reason it's based off the PC version is because they don't have the PS1 data, it's gone. They have less of FF8 than 9, so chances are none of the original CG background or cutscene masters exist. All they can do is smooth, upscale, whatever.
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Thread Terry Bogard from SNK's Fatal Fury announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
I can't ever not roll my eyes when I see this bullshit. If we put aside the person you're replying to being hyperbolic over Terry, let's talk about Steve a sec: that character is the mascot/cover character of the number one best selling game of all time - 176 million copies. It also happens to be one of the top selling third-party titles on 3DS and Wii U, and is one of the best selling third-party titles on Switch, consistently hanging out high on the eshop charts. Minecraft is a hundred times more iconic to ten year olds today than Banjo or Mega Man were in the 90s. Like, the argument that a character must be a strictly "Nintendo character" has long been out of the window now, so the question is really relevance to gaming as a whole and the broader audience, of which Minecraft has oodles of it... and a of success on Nintendo platforms.
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Thread Terry Bogard from SNK's Fatal Fury announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
The flip side of this is that given how Nintendo has been better than Sega and Capcom at capturing the 90s essence of their characters with Sonic and Mega Man, I'd be really interested to see how they made the Minecraft art and style mesh with the rest of Smash, tbh. I think it could be really interesting.
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Thread We are far enough away from it, I think we can safely talk about how terrible Torchwood was.
I mean, Torchwood broke viewership records for BBC, was moved to a big boy channel, was hugely successful and is still spewing books, comics and audio plays despite being . Torchwood had a significant fanbase, and its effect can't be overstated, as in the Tennant years of Doctor Who it built a larger audience than Doctor Who on BBC America and BBCA then weaponized that for the huge marketing push that saw the Smith/Moffat era of Doctor Who become a proper cult hit in the US. So there is an audience, it just wasn't there for Class. A lot of Torchwood is shit, but at least it has an attitude and identity and was also very much of its time. Class was just bland and boring, which is why it failed.
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Thread Final Fantasy VIII Remastered |OT| You're The Best Looking Remaster Here
It's unlikely the eight way run will ever be fixed because the PC release this is based off didn't have analog to begin with, right? It is what it is though. There's only so much you can do when so much code is lost. The biggest problem with 8 compared to 9 is how they baked in a lot of NPCs into the pre rendered backgrounds... So in some garden scenes you have PS1 quality Cid baked in and then new shiny Cid in alternate shots. I don't think 7 or 9 used this technique at all, so it's a unique problem to 8 and legit more or less impossible to solve.
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Thread A lot of Fable series issues were caused by Peter Molyneux and Don Matrick apparently
Fable 2 is amazing and the dog is great. 3 clearly ran out of time and money, which sucks.
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Thread I saw some teenage boys at Gamescom yesterday cosplaying German Wehrmacht soldiers and it worries me.
I went to a World of Tanks event in the UK once (to cover it for work, not out of any real personal interest) and there was a guy in a full SS outfit. Rightly, the organizers turfed him the fuck out.
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2019 Season - Year of the Kicker!
Sometimes you just have to go for it. We draft tomorrow, but last year my luck was incredible: I drafted Le'veon Bell first pick (a risk, but fuck me, I thought it'd be a month's holdout at most), and the my third round pick was Jerick McKinnon... who tore his ACL and was out one day after our draft. A nightmare scenario. But at the same time, it was actually kinda satisfying to try to pull something from those ashes.
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Thread Final Fantasy VII Remake General Discussion Thread [Open Spoilers]
To be honest, points like this just strike me as a reality of making a game in 2019: in 1997, they would build weird one-shot things and then not reuse them... but stuff like the bike or the submarine mini-games were programmed by a handful of people. Now there'll be whole squads of people dedicated to just that mechanic. With how expensive that is, you're not going to want to build your expensive bike-riding mechanic/gameplay system and then only use it for one five-minute segment... so what's the natural thing to do? Well, obviously, it's to insert other uses of that into other areas of the game that make sense. You see this all the time in modern games, where it's designed in - so, say, the jeep not just being a one-shot thing in Uncharted 4, but a system woven into most levels of the game. Because they wouldn't spend all that money on something they'd use once. Everything about the other bike scene we've seen, with Jessie on the back, screams out the Sector 0 tunnels that connect the different sectors together that you traverse on foot after escaping the train before the second Mako Reactor mission (and much later in the game revisit on the way to Hojo): So chances are this section of the game has a new motorcycle set piece, which is a double whammy: first off, it means that expensive-to-build bike mechanic is reused. Second, it's fulfilling the need to pad out and add to the original FF7's pacing and story. In this sense, of course Cloud isn't on the Hardy Daytona... he hasn't stolen it at this point.
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Thread Final Fantasy VII Remake General Discussion Thread [Open Spoilers]
In real terms, you probably save it for game 3. Game 2 has the playable flashback, Cloud's version, and then in Game 3 when you get the reveal, you then replay it but as Zack with the key differences and the true version.
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Thread Final Fantasy VII Remake General Discussion Thread [Open Spoilers]
The thing is, where does this fit if this is just the Midgar chapter? If you do this, it really dampens the impact of the Sephiroth flashback - and reveals the truth about Zack/Cloud before it's meant to be revealed. Sephiroth as a taunting presence, either through hallucination or magic, but not somebody you actually fight, works for this game, I think. If there's one thing that's good about this game just being Midgar, it's that it's going to give us the Nibelheim Flashback as a cold opening to the second game... y'know, the opening will be Cloud and Sephiroth fighting the dragon. That's a opening, and also a great proper introduction to Sephiroth.
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Thread Doctor Who-ERA |OT| It's Almost Time... But Not Yet
Well, we all know the answer there is pretty simple: if it's a hard sell to get kids to buy toys for £10 for a toy set and you still have the license, you can always charge the hardcore fans £70(!) for three as a limited edition bundle, ha ha ha But in real terms, I'm talking about the period when you couldn't walk into a Toys R Us (RIP) or Entertainer at Christmas (or any time of year) without seeing rows and rows of Daleks. I remember in like 2009 or 2010 the Doctor Who display in my local TRU was as big as the bloody Lego display. It was a different time though. It was a time when I impulse-bought the 1.5ft tall Dalek for nearly a hundred quid.
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Thread Doctor Who-ERA |OT| It's Almost Time... But Not Yet
I ultimately think, to be honest, that in the future Smith will be thought of as an incredible Doctor largely let down by a lot of his material, while Capaldi I think plays the role well and has a really large number of good-to-outstanding episodes that all stand alone very well... which isn't that much unlike Tennant, except his portrayal got the real reach and accolades, a bunch of BAFTAs etc. But a lot of Capaldi's tenure is going to age really well, I think. In this sense, I think Smith has more to gain out of Big Finish than Capaldi (or Tennant, whose output so far just amounts to 'here's some lost episodes that sound exactly like an episode from the era with the screen switched off'). Mind you, I think there's a general challenge with New Who and Big Finish, which is... New Who is a lot better (and simply ) defined than the old series. So, like, whereas it's very easy to find new spaces to take old Doctors stylisically, the new ones I'm not surprised to see merely sound like blacked-out versions of episodes from that era. I wonder if time and distance will help them to get more experimental, but to be honest, I'm fine with it anyway. Listening to the 10/Rose and 10/Donna ones are legit like falling through a time portal into 2008. It's great.
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Thread Doctor Who-ERA |OT| It's Almost Time... But Not Yet
The new Tenth Doctor adventures star Tennant and the rest of the cast, yeah. The first set is Tennant and Tate, the second set has Tennant and Piper, but also Camille Coduri (Jackie). The third set is back to Tennant and Tate, but this time with Cribbins (Wilf) and Jacqueline King (Sylvia), so they're bringing the families in as well. If the two of you like new Who in general, there's some great options beyond that, anyway. Some people will point you to the Time War and stuff, which is really new series backstory, but in the realm of full cast audio plays, there's also:Some of that all crosses over, too, like the River Song series eventually features the UNIT cast, etc etc. Probably the River stuff is the most worthwhile to a Nu-Who fan outside of the main Doctor stuff, and only if you like that character, but yeah. I think a lot of the Time War stuff is a bit long in the tooth, tbh. The River stuff so far has her crossing paths with the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Doctors... and there's a story where she battles 4 incarnations of the Master at once, including Missy, all played by the original actors. River really wore thin for me on the show, but she's here - they sort of really lean into the concept of River as a James Bond-like figure, and she gains a lot from it. Growth like that after-the-fact is really what Big Finish does at its best. There's also loads of one-offs, like Rose stories with her running alt-universe Torchwood (with relevant cast returning), a story about Christina from Planet of the Dead(??)... lots of mad stuff like that.I think it's a little from column A and a little from column B, really, but there was definitely just a shift where Doctor Who ceased to be X-Factor style 'event family viewing', and I think that's partially down to adults and partially down to the kids. It's not just about ratings, either, but also about, like... character options drastically reduced the number of Doctor Who toys and action figures they were making after series 5, and by the time we hit series 7 were making basically none. Which is indicative of . Are there any series 11 figures apart from of the Doctor herself? They didn't even make one of the new style scrap Dalek!
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Well - you're right, and I wasn't disagreeing that the show is more convoluted in the Smith tenure - Moffat himself said around Series 8 that he wanted to strip back the big plots and get back to basics. And he did. Missy being in every episode is reminiscent of Bad Wolf or missing planets or whatever; very light touch (though also, somehow, still too much, in that the cut-aways when somebody dies sucks tension out of a few meaty deaths) -- but by that point the point about the show being too complicated for its own good or whatever had been already well established. The show had spent years being pilloried for it in the press. Capaldi's era oversaw a continued drop, but Smith's era also dropped pretty significantly after series 5. I don't actually think -- well, you're right - kids do like twisted timelines and big epic stories, but it's really about execution. RTD's was quite light touch, and so was Series 5 - comparatively speaking - but I really do believe series 6 was hampered by it, as was some of the back end of Smith's run. It's really about series 6, though, which I considered a test on the casual audience that Moffat's era never recovered from in the UK. It's a nebulous thing to try to explain, but broadly speaking I think RTD's tenure on the show was just better at hitting that Pixar-style cadence of being really accessible and fun for kids but also enjoyable for adults - with a little more depth, some adult gags, but switch your brain off and enjoy it. I think there's a sort of post-Sherlock shift in Moffat that means you have this really fun, kid-friendly Doctor but thrown into stories that aren't very satisfying for the other segment of the audience that really matters - not the nerd adults, but the parents who control the TV remote and ultimately the household watching agenda. So maybe, yeah, actually Moffat's Doctor Who didn't lose the kids so much as it lost the larger segment of the family, which in turn drives down the audience share for the kids. The fact is the UK audience took a painful hit, though - even timeshifted - and during Smith's time as well. Then there was the bigger loss in from the RTD era, which was Who transforming from a prestige show that was a press darling in the papers to just another TV show - which is going to happen over the years, ultimately. Capaldi obviously wasn't a publicly beloved choice for the role no matter how good he was, but I do feel his age has become a sort of scapegoat, of sorts, for some of the wider issues. Anyway, the point is - this trend has been ongoing for a while, but for over half of his time in the top job Moffat was shielded by huge international growth. Chibnall finds himself in a similar situation to Moffat, except he doesn't have that as a meat shield, so the pressure from the BBC is probably immense.
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I mean, ultimately, it's a show for children. I never particularly thought the expansion Moffat oversaw in the US was particularly "good" for the show in that sense, because what happened was that while the show went after twisted timelines and epic over-arching stories, kids in the UK lost interest. And really, it's their show, and I've always believed that. The adults just borrow it.
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The main reason I think there's a grain of truth to it is that there were whispers that Chibs was struggling last year, before Series 11 even aired, so I wouldn't be surprised if that has continued into Series 12 and the BBC has just had enough. Running this show on this budget is something doing Broadchurch does not prepare you for, and this is something both RTD and Moffat ran aground on as well. RTD had an amazing production team and lived and learned, while Moffat's production era lurched from mess to mess while surprisingly managing to maintain quality and keep the BBC happy primarily because of a growing audience in North America. Chibnall has the same problem, except the NA audience is now shrinking.
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The end of Series 8 was because Jenna hadn't signed on for any more at that point and was iffy, but Moffat wanted to leave it open-ended for her return. Then she signed on, but only for Christmas. Then Last Christmas was more clear-cut - she actually said she was leaving, then had a change of heart at the episode read-through, so the last-minute swerve was actually pink pages added to the script.
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I mean, usually there's never smoke without fire on this stuff, so I wouldn't be surprised if some serious shit went down behind the scenes and there was the threat of a quitting or whatever and it blew over. Like, every time it was rumored Moffat was walking there was a grain of truth to it but he re-upped in the end.
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Thread E3 organization leaks data for over 2,000 journalists and analysts [Update: More leaks. 2800 from one past show, 3300 from another]
It's 2004, 2006 and 2019. If you attended one of those years, you're out there. The lists certainly seem like a complete list of people with media badges, so it follows...
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Thread E3 organization leaks data for over 2,000 journalists and analysts [Update: More leaks. 2800 from one past show, 3300 from another]
How does GDPR actually work in this sense? Like, this is why a lot of NA-based websites straight-up don't allow EU residents to visit them - like if I visit a lot of regional US news sites, I get a message saying sorry, you can't read our content because of GDPR and the data we store on our visitors. Other sites, compliant sites (like Era, even!) ask your permission to store the data, and presumably by doing that, they are agreeing to be held responsible if it gets out? I honestly don't know, curious if there's any Euro law folks on Era who are knowledgeable.
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Thread Why do gaming sites have comment sections?
The main reasons are cynically that comments can increase engagement and how long a user stays on a page. They also increase return visits as people come back to discuss in a comment thread. All that brings in revenue from ad displays. I will say on RPG Site we find them pretty useful and interesting sometimes - commenters have really helped us to fill in the gaps in our Fire Emblem guides, as in a game like that with loads of choice you're bound to have a few holes here and there... but for everything insightful there's grossness that has to be deleted and stuff. I think the two biggest discussions I see in games media going on that haven't reached a solid conclusion are about if we need review scores and if we need comments, heh.While you're right about trolls, I wanna say that the reason you see Disqus so often is that it's quite easy implementation and the company is actually pretty damn good about staying on top of ad bot accounts and stuff. They're constantly updating their algorithm to catch it and auto-filter that stuff, and unless you're a huge site/company with the tech bandwidth to keep up with that yourself, it's arguably the best bet.
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Thread The UK Government and PM Boris Johnson have a working majority in Parliament of one following Brecon and Radnorshire by-election
It's not ridiculous at all; if Labour is down over 12% in a region where they didn't stand a chance, that's one thing. If anything close to that dip is found in other, competitive seats, the party faces electoral annihilation. Even in a seat where Labour stands no chance, history would dictate that you'd expect them to see a subtle rise given the unpopularity of the current government. I live in such a seat - it's a CON vs LD gauntlet, but there was a significant swing in LAB's favor (that has now sapped away). This isn't supposition either: you can look at any by election in recent memory where an incumbent government has survived with a reduced mandate for an example of where the Labour vote should be trending, and in this instance, it's Indeed, Corbyn's Labour has suffered in by elections regardless of how safe the seat is for or against Labour. In 2015, they contested one seat and saw a 7% rise. In 2016 they fought 6 contested seats; four were negative, two were positive. In 2017, 2018 and 2019 they have contested six seats, and . The four in 2018 and 2019 have been particularly brutal: three were down by over 17%, this one by 12.5%. There is a pattern here, even if people really devoted to Corbyn don't want to see it.You're absolutely right, but politics is always top-down. If Corbyn can't figure out what needs to change policy and presentation wise to turn things around, the buck stops with the current leadership team and they have to make way for somebody who has an idea if the party is to really compete.
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Thread 2018-19 Season TV Cancellations/Pilots: The Day the Clown Cried
Just to add a touch of Brit perspective on this, I think it makes a lot of sense, as the show was a slow burner, a real grower, in the UK as well. It wasn't until its third year that it exploded, because it's a show that really relies on the social media impact, the word of mouth spread, etc. You have to think that the UK production company (who is still directly involved) made this clear to CBS and CBS went in knowing to have a chance they'd to give it at least a couple of years. I think part of the problem (from what I've read, anyway) is that the US one is more polite; just US culture, the niceties are firmer, whereas in the UK version of the show people get territorial and nasty, which obviously makes for good viewing.
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Thread Doctor Who-ERA |OT| It's Almost Time... But Not Yet
Just beware of those Tennant/Eccleston era blu-rays, as apart from Tennant's list 5 episodes (which were filmed in HD) some previous HD transfers have had massive problems with nasty blurring and even some frame rate/audio sync issues. Wait for reviews
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Thread UK PoliticsERA |OT1| - Strong and Stable Government? No. Coalition Of Chaos! PART 2
Can't believe Labour did so badly (12.5% down) that they almost lost their deposit and only beat the Monster Raving Loony Party and UKIP - a joke and a dead party whose base has transferred to another that doubled Labour's share. This may not have been a Labour seat by any stretch of the imagination, but this paints a picture. How much more of this sort of stuff needs to happen before the party wakes up and realizes something needs to happen to stop a horrific electoral slide in the next GE?
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Thread The UK Government and PM Boris Johnson have a working majority in Parliament of one following Brecon and Radnorshire by-election
Corbyn's leadership saw Labour to a 12.5% slump in the vote in this by-election - actually more than the Conservative share loss - and they came dead last apart from Monster Raving Loony and UKIP. They were a handful of votes from having such a small share that they would've lost their deposit. What is he supposed to do? In real terms, a LD surge in the next GE is currently the best we can hope for, as Corbyn and the current Labour brass is clearly as tainted electorally as Johnson and his nightmarish cabinet are.
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Thread Xbox Game Studios |OT6| I'M BACK (TO RISE)
This happens more often in Japan than the West, but it totally is viable... but I think it makes more sense with the Mistwalker style of setup where you are a creative agency of sorts with big names attached, then pitch your idea to find a publisher, then you and the publisher together go and find an appropriate co-developer. There's advantages and disadvantages to it, as with anything. Square Enix had CyberConnect2 working on FF7 Remake in this sort of manner and it wasn't working, which is when that game got quietly bought in-house and partially rebooted... so it can fail, but it can also totally go great. In truth it's not dissimilar to what you see in movies: so, say, Adam Sandler's production company coming up with another terrible comedy idea, shopping it around to studios, eventually Sony or whoever picks it up... so then it's a Sony Pictures movie, but by [production company] that the big name is attached to. See also, like, Bad Robot & JJ Abrams. Bad Robot doesn't have the bandwidth to make a Star Wars movie, but LucasFilm hires them to be a co-producer, and then JJ and the creative minds at Bad Robot work with LucasFilm to shape the creative direction of the project - same for Paramount and Star Trek, etc etc. The issue is with it being a first party situation, I think. The creative agency sort of set up works better when you're going from project to project with less consistency, but I'd imagine Microsoft wants in-house studios that can contribute to the greater internal game studio scene (IE by contributing assistance to other studios where needed, or sharing tech) and a studio that can be enclosed and develop sequels and ideas without a third party being involved. Internal studios should be an investment for hardware creators... and having it done this way is probably less efficient in that sense. But that is just a read, supposition, on my part.
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Thread Xbox Game Studios |OT6| I'M BACK (TO RISE)
Despite working together Mistwalker isn't really what MS has typically looked to pick up, either, as it doesn't have the bandwidth to make anything beyond a mobile game. It's a tiny, tiny studio, and their big games were all co-developed by a larger company. So Lost Odyssey was actually by feelplus; Mistwalker was like the creative control agency that shaped the direction of the game, but didn't actually make it. the three Blue Dragon games were the same but with artoon, while The Last Story was AQ Interactive, etc etc. Like, Mistwalker is a good get in that you get Sakaguchi, but unless MS is willing to put together the time, funding and effort to essentially build a proper team from scratch for them - at which point you might as well set up a studio from scratch - Mistwalker ain't the one. Their headcount is only like 15-20. A lot of Mistwalker, including Sakaguchi, is based out of Hawaiii too, which isn't as useful if you want to develop an actual Japanese-based powerhouse.
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Thread No, Game Freak doesn't make Pokémon 3D models or animations, Pokémon CG Studio does
So, is this company also responsible for the models in Pokemon Go? Or do Niantic handle those in house?
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Thread Astral Chain: You can customize your character!
Just wanted to add that I saw a where they also showed that the changes you make to your character will be reflected on your sibling, who is also part of the story. So if you make 'em black, or blonde, or whatever, they both will be (within reason). It's the Mass Effect Andromeda setup where if you pick the brother the sister will be a significant story NPC, and the reverse.
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Thread Boris Johnson confirmed as next UK PM as Conservatives announce new leader
The answer to your question is nothing, but to play Devil's Advocate for a second: an opposition leader that continues on when it's fairly clear (from polling etc) that they will struggle to get a mandate because they're divisive could arguably be said to be in part responsible for what an incumbent government is getting away with. Like, the Tories aren't just a disgrace in terms of what they've been doing to the country for the past ten years, but they're also a shambolic mess now that probably any Labour leader post-Kinnock would've been able to exploit. For whatever reason, Corbyn's Labour has been just as much a mess, however, disunited, embroiled in in-fighting and scandalous chaos of the kind usually reserved for the regicide-obsessed Tories. The great shame is that a more united Labour probably could've topped May's government and slammed the brakes on all of this madness, and in the sense of social progressiveness in the UK this is probably the greatest setback of all. By rights the Tory government should've been toppled under May and we should've been heading to another ten years of Labour, or Lab/LD/SNP coalition. The missed opportunity is absolutely a fair reason to criticise Corbyn, as whatever the reasons people won't unite behind him, the buck stops with the leader in the end. It was exciting to see somebody so staunchly, properly left take up the Labour leadership, but years in now I can say I would've rather had another Blairite, another diet Tory, rather than a Tory party so emboldened and unchecked that they've gone as off the rails mad as they have. The only reason the Tory party is so nuts now is because elements within it feel emboldened that there will be no electoral consequence because they're that confident Labour can't hurt them (indeed, their real fear is Farage). This has emboldened specific people, too - Rees-Mogg has spent his entire career blowing up metaphorical bombs inside his own party's chambers, but he only started to build them large enough to begin having an impact on the outside once they felt bold and confident about their position vs the opposition. But in real terms, obviously, it's hyperbolic BS to say Corbyn has done anything remotely as bad as May. But it's possible to be angry with the government for what they've done and with the opposition for failing to be a better, well, opposition. The two aren't mutually exclusive.
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Thread Boris Johnson confirmed as next UK PM as Conservatives announce new leader
Basically, if you earn up to £12,500, you pay no income tax. If you earn up to £50,000, you pay 20% tax on everything between 12.5k and 50k. If you then earn over 50k, you pay 40% tax on everything you earn between 50k and 150k. Anything you earn over 50k you pay 45% tax on. Boris wants to shift the 40% bracket to be higher, so people don't start paying 40% until later - until , which is a whole lot. In real terms, the 'Boris cut' as proposed will save you 2 grand in tax for every 10 grand you earn over 50k. If you earn 80k or more, you'll save 6k in tax a year. It seems to be a cowardly cut to make, imo, very cynical, but here we are.
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Thread Boris Johnson confirmed as next UK PM as Conservatives announce new leader
I don't think Boris actually wants no deal, it's just a lot of bluster. Like Trump, when push comes to shove Boris is a coward. But unlike Trump, Boris is quite intelligent (the bumbling man thing is absolutely an act), and he knows no deal would mean his personal legacy would, in the long term, be dirt. He doesn't want that, I don't think. He only cares about himself, after all.
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Thread Boris Johnson confirmed as next UK PM as Conservatives announce new leader
I dunno, I think legacy is absolutely everything to narcissistic people like him. It's why Cameron quit straight away - he knew his legacy was fucked but it'd only be worse if he stayed. It's why May was so devastated; because her legacy is a net zero (and we even got leaks from inside number 10 about her incredibly panicked, negative reaction to the when she announced she was going). You're right that power was all he cared about, but he has that now. He'll want to cling to power for as long as possible, but he also surely knows that in hindsight when he leaves office his legacy will be his power. His legacy will also determine his earning power post-premiership, which is why Blair is so loaded and has fingers in so many pies while the disgraced Cameron and now May will probably have a very low public profile going forwards. Leaks and reports from his camp have indicated that he knows No Deal is a path to ruin not just of the country, but of the Boris Johnson 'brand', and he cares about that. That's why for a long time Rees-Mogg and the other disgusting lowlives wouldn't support him, because they thought he wouldn't have the bottle. Whatever he said to them to reassure them, but to be honest I don't think he does. He will brandish No Deal as a threat and hope the EU blinks. If the EU does not blink, he will hope parliament blinks. If Parliament does not blink and stop him, he will bottle it and call a General Election, so then if No Deal has to be forced through he can say it was mandated by a strong Brexit Party position in parliament, absolving himself of a share of the blame. I feel you can mark that.Like I say above, I think an election is part of the cynical back-up plan between now and October 31, to be honest. I think he'd rather rush through a lukewarm deal, a slight improvement on May's, of course. But I think either way, we'll have an election announced within 6 months. If we're cruising for a really damaging no deal he will press that as an emergency get out of jail free card. If he manages to get a deal through, he will immediately have a GE before the implications and ramifications of the deal become clear to get a new 5-year mandate on the "he freed us from the shackles of the EU!!" narrative.
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Thread Boris Johnson confirmed as next UK PM as Conservatives announce new leader
I think the idea that he's engineering that is far fetched conspiracy, but in theory, to entertain it for a second, it would give him a sense of deniability - he lost because he wasn't ready, it was too soon - rather than what happened to May, which looked like her calling an election out of hubris then getting smacked by the weakest opposition for years. The Boris camp is very leaky, though, and we know he has actively entertained the idea of calling a fast election to "smash Corbyn" and gain a mandate, and I honestly think that will happen - just not straight away. He'll get to Halloween, and if Brexit goes through in any measure, he'll call a GE before the negative effects of Brexit become clear, and thanks to jubilant Brexiteers he'll probably walk away with a bigger majority and a five-year mandate.
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Thread Boris Johnson confirmed as next UK PM as Conservatives announce new leader
I think in real terms Brexit is unlikely to just sail through, however, which I think means an election sooner. Honestly, I expect Johnson to wave around no deal at the EU, brandish it far more threateningly than May did, and hope the EU balks and backs down. If the EU doesn't, the buck then passes to parliament: he will secretly be hoping parliament blocks him, thus taking the pressure of enacting a damaging, unpopular no deal off him. At which point he'll call an election to break the deadlock and also to buy more time from the EU, as they've indicated an election as one of the few things they'd delay again for.
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Thread Boris Johnson confirmed as next UK PM as Conservatives announce new leader
Not that the royals really , but it says something that Boris has already fucked it and broken royal protocol, by blubbing the substance of his private conversation with the queen within about 5 minutes of walking through the doors to number 10 - which has thus been promptly leaked to the press. This is how he is most similar to Trump, honestly - a complete disregard for whatever rules, tradition, history, or even common sense might dictate.
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Thread Star Trek Franchise |OT| To Boldly Go.....
Wasn't the order always intended to be Picard > Discovery S3 > Georgiou spin-off (with Lower Decks mixed in somewhere?) I'm curious where a Pike/Enterprise series might slot in now, as it's clear with the Short Treks appearances and verbal teasing that they're going to run that one into production sooner rather than later. Maybe it'll happen instead of the Georgiou/Section 31 thing.
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Thread Bond's number is up: black female actor 'is the new 007'
In the books it is definitively one man, and over in film from Connery up to Brosnan is all one man. Sometimes this is more explicit - so we see both Connery and Moore actively reference their dead wife, Tracy - who was killed in Lazenby's single film. Moore even visits her grave in one film. Dalton and Brosnan don't reference Tracy (which makes sense - referencing an event from a 1969 film in 1997 feels nuts), but there's nods in dialogue and their performances (like slightly sad stony-faced stares when asked if he's ever been in love/married) that are veiled keeping of that continuity. You've also got stuff like Brosnan being in possession of the Goldfinger car at the start of GoldenEye, or him using some of the Connery-era gadgets in Die Another Day. In the end, they just sort of had this continuity but made Bond a man out of time in that he never aged, and the characters around him were recast or their roles adjusted when they got too old; so Q is more of a father figure to Brosnan and Dalton than he was to the others, and Moneypenny was recast et.c With Craig's Bond it becomes more complicated, because Casino Royale was sold as an outright reboot of the series, so everything from the past was jettisoned and considered a separate 'lore'. But then three films in they started breaking the rule a little... so Craig has the Goldfinger car, complete with gadgets (which suggests that the old Q existed before Craig's day?), and it appears in this new film he's also going to have one of Dalton's old cars, an 80s Aston. It's these things, post-reboot, that have given some the cause to speculate that maybe going forward James Bond will be a codename granted to a new agent.
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Thread Bond's number is up: black female actor 'is the new 007'
Not that it isn't a tired-ass trope, but let's not credit Bourne... I mean, that plot device was used in On Her Majesty's Secret Service & You Only Live Twice, which were published in 1963 and 1964 and then adapted into film in 1969. Spectre is essentially a soft remake of OHMSS (and they know this - they even used the OHMSS theme in the trailers), but the one bit of it that isn't there is the death of Tracy/Madeline at the end, and as soon as Spectre released a lot of people speculated that'd be bumped up to be the pre-credits sequence of the next film. So this is less Bond cribbing from Bourne and more the writers (for better and worse) returning to Fleming's source, which they've done a lot throughout Craig's run as the character.
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Thread Bond's number is up: black female actor 'is the new 007'
This is a weird thing to pick up on, but I guess it's because 'Daniel' isn't very iconic (and neither is 'Craig', really), but when you say 'Idris' everybody knows exactly who you bloody well mean. It's just an automatic mental tick, I guess.I'm A-OK with them killing off Bond at the end of this if they really want to, but what I hope for is that they don't indulge the silly arse "James Bond is a codename" thing, which is something really far removed from Fleming's intentions and also, frankly, . I don't need that continuity. Just kill Craig's bond off and then have a new guy and just . Don't 'reboot' it. People will understand; they did four times before. What I'd like from Bond once Craig leaves the role is for the series to drop most of the pretense of being a GREATER STORY, because it hasn't been very successful and largely feels hamfistedly crowbared into things. None of this is helped by the fact that they just busk it, they never had a grand plan for these stories, which is why Quantum is so uneven, Spectre completely disconnected and then retconned back to be part of the overall plot in Spectre. It's a mess. I understand this is a hard ask in a post-MCU world where everybody wants a universe (which I why I think a female-led Bond spin-off to run concurrently is likely again after falling at one of the later hurdles towards production in the 90s), but, god, just make Bond a villain-of-the-week deal again, where each film he can tackle a silly villain that is connected to something contemporary in the world at the time.
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Thread Bond's number is up: black female actor 'is the new 007'
This is great news for representation, but anybody thinking this has an actual longer-term implication is misguided, I think. The franchise character is James Bond 007, not whatever other agent takes the 007 number, and next movie once Craig is out they will inevitably cast another man to be James Bond. I don't think they have the guts to actually make it a female led franchise or stray far from Fleming's character. I think there's a chance for Bond to be a black man next time, though. They've acknowledged the thirst for Idris in the role too many times, and though Idris is probably very close to aging out of Bond (considering whoever takes it has to be willing to sit in the role for a decade and Idris is only a few years younger than Craig), but there's a bunch of young black British actors who'd be great for it. However... EON has had ambitions for a female-led spin-off for years. They first kicked around the idea for Michelle Yeoh's character in Tomorrow Never Dies, then they actually had a script for a solo movie for Halle Berry's character from Die Another Day... but then Die Another Day was terrible and a combination of the Bourne movies and real-world events like 9/11 turned the espionage movie genre upside down, so that got canned alongside another Brosnan movie to make way for the Craig reboot. Anyway, what I'm getting at is that the Bond producers have talked multiple times in the past about setting up a secondary franchise within the Bond universe to work as a 'Winter Olympics' to the main Bond's 'Summer Olympics' (their analogy, not mine), and they talked a lot about it in a pre-MCU world... so you could certainly see Lynch's character being a potential opening for that again. And maybe this time that'll work. I just hope she doesn't get offed or incapacitated in the course of this film (which is usually the fate of other 00s in this franchise). I'd generally like Craig's supporting cast (Wright, Fiennes, Wishaw, Harris and now hopefully Lynch) stick around in a continuity-free way into his successor's movies.
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Thread Love Island [2019 UK] - Starts Monday 3rd June at 9pm on ITV2
I dunno, man. If it's up to the other Islanders it'll definitely be Joanna leaving. If it's up to them, I can see Michael trying to do the gentlemanly thing and offering to go. I think the real question is if he really isn't interested in Amber or not. He says he isn't, but a lot of people don't see it. If he sees no chance with Amber, he'll go.
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Thread Love Island [2019 UK] - Starts Monday 3rd June at 9pm on ITV2
The first look has just dropped for tonight's episode, and though there's not a huge amount in there, it does reveal that the bottom two couples risk being dumped tonight. So... prediction time. The producers don't decide the format of a dumping until they see the results... and the fact that it's the bottom two, rather than just the last placed being dumped, suggests to me that... I think they're going to do a couple split again. Like, one from each of the bottom couples. And I think this because... I bet Michael is in the bottom two. The public have been hugely anti him since the Amber split, of course... But the first look also has Amber confessing her feelings to him , so I feel like the producers will bet that the Islanders will send Joanna home, which leaves him in the awkward position - does he leave with Joanna, or does he stay and give things another go with Amber? This is the drama the producers (and public) want...
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Thread Doctor Who-ERA |OT| It's Almost Time... But Not Yet
The interesting thing is that there's a Big Finish story, Storm Warning, where the 8th Doctor basically says he had a hand in the Frankenstein story, with him quipping that the story isn't entirely accurate to the real events that inspired it, heh.
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Thread Love Island [2019 UK] - Starts Monday 3rd June at 9pm on ITV2
I think Ovie and Amber stand a really strong chance of easily placing in the top three if nobody comes in for either of them - Amber has a great 'narrative' with the Michael thing, and people just love Ovie.
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Thread Love Island [2019 UK] - Starts Monday 3rd June at 9pm on ITV2
Curtis is a proper snide dickhead now. Can't help but feel like he should've made his mind up and made where he stood clear to one of the girls; it just isn't fair. Then the way he spoke to Maura, who was clearly upset - just a knob. Patronising and creepy. I thought he was a game player with the Amy stuff, but maybe he's just a full-blown creep. Despite Michael's wobble, I actually think Amber has a good thing now with Ovie. The public seem to adore the two of them, so I could totally see them cruising to the grand final in a platonic coupling if they stick it out together... a friendship couple has placed in the top 3 before, after all.
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Thread Love Island [2019 UK] - Starts Monday 3rd June at 9pm on ITV2
If this is the US one you mean, we don't really know how it's going to pan out... it's an export of the UK show (which is what this thread is primarily about), and the UK show is a TV phenomenon here and has been successfully imported to Australia and some European countries already. The reason that it's so many nights a week, though, is because the show is 'real time' - so at 9pm you see the previous nights' events from like 7, plus the whole day up until about 7pm, and then the same the next day and so on. So what's different to a lot of reality relationship stuff on TV is there's a sort of immediacy to everything, and viewers are usually pretty highly engaged in voting on things to shape what happens through the app etc (so a good example is in your average show, they might leave public voting open for a day, several hours, or even a week... in Love Island votes are only open for 30 minutes, because they need to get the result and action it so they can feature the result and the aftermath in the following night's show. There's less padding than you'd think. Not sure how the US one is going to turn out, anyway, but the UK one this thread will I'm sure heartily recommend, and it is available there on some service or another.
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Thread Love Island [2019 UK] - Starts Monday 3rd June at 9pm on ITV2
I think she's a dickhead, but I want to be fair: being a pharmacist is different to just working in a pharmacy. Obviously any old person can work behind the counter but the pharmacist (the person the counter person inevitably has to go and get if you ask for advice) has to have a Master of Pharmacy degree, and they're held to the same sort of practice standards as doctors. NHS Pharmacists can even prescribe medicine for patients on their own on the spot without consulting a doctor apart from in a few situations, which in a weird sense puts them higher on the medical authority scale than, say, nurses. So, y'know, she's a dickhead but she have academic chops and absolutely is in a scientific discipline. She's an immature dickhead though.
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Thread Love Island [2019 UK] - Starts Monday 3rd June at 9pm on ITV2
Don't buy the Curtis 'doubts' at all, to be honest. He strikes me as the very first time this show has a self-aware contestant in the sense that I'm continually getting the idea that he's watched the past series' and is engineering his relationship/run towards a storyline he thinks will take him far. Thus we get him coupling up with and being deeply dedicated to the first girl he's with, complete with schmaltz like the half girlfriend thing from practically the first week... plus him inserting himself into every situation going and styling himself as the villa's advice guru. In the past these two 'archetypes' have gone far - I mean, two of the previous four series' were run by rock solid couples who were together from day one. And now this. Another couple who won, of course, had a big, notable wobble in Casa Amor where they both picked other people and then realized their mistake when they reunited. And, honestly, I can't help but be suspicious he knows what he's doing and is deliberately combining events and stories he knows have worked on the public in the past. Plus, you don't get screentime while in Casa Amor unless you're starting up with someone new or wrestling with doubt. The show has had game players who work the rest of the contestants to get closer to the 50k before, but this feels like the first time you can see somebody actively trying to game the public perception/opinion side, imo. I'm not convinced she's 'in on it', though, I think she's probably clueless, given how she's unwittingly given herself a pretty negative public perception. Either way, he and Amy are just... geez. Not a fan. I like Amber, but I hope Michael gives it a go and sees what happens with one of the new girls.
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Thread Final Fantasy VII Remake General Discussion Thread [Open Spoilers]
It's probably not gonna be the same to CC, but the words in the trailer from Sephiroth are him taunting Cloud (in Cloud's mind) with Zack's last words. I mean, look: "Cloud. I have a favor to ask of you. Run away. You have to leave, You have to live." Even the delivery says that this is almost certainly what this is, so you're probably getting a more wordy scene. Hopefully it's not excuted with as much melodrama as CC though.If they are going for 3 parts, the absolute best place to split would be when Cloud hands over the Materia at the Northern Crater, as that gives a nice introduction to the next part where they're searching for Cloud. In content terms this also means the split is around 50/50 of the remaining post-Midgar content... but this is why they're probably not ready to commit to three games yet, because to my mind that's a of world assets for game 2 and 3. it could easily split 4 ways, really.
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Thread The Materia System will be faithful to the original, says FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE director Tetsuya Nomura
Mass Effect doesn't really carry over gear, but it has pretty good excuses for that in-universe in that at the end of each game/start of the next there's a major sea change story-wise that precipitates most or all of your gang being broken up/going different ways, including your ship changing etc, taking the gear with it. Also, there's months in-universe between each ME game, so there's gaps where more shit went down that you then retroactively find out about in the sequel, so it all makes sense and feels right. FF7 obviously won't have that ability, unless they tweak and change the story in a way to allow such things (like, you could have gear confiscated in Shinra tower, I guess, but then that'd leave you without it for the final stretch of the game, which doesn't work). The thing is, gear in Mass Effect doesn't matter as much from the RPG perspective anyway. You have armor and weapons that do have significantly different stats, but what Mass Effect did a good job of carrying over was your specs and stats and stuff. So your character class and therefore possible ability pool do carry over. Then all they did from ME1 to ME2 is - depending on your level, you'd get an EXP/level boost in ME2. So you'd be the same class, but iirc if you were level 60 in ME1, you'd get an instant boost to level 20 in ME2. The ME2 skill tree is completely different cos they changed it a lot, but that gives you enough skill points to buy abilities right away that approximate where you left things in ME2. ME3 has a more direct continuation from 2. Because you had this and the story carrying over quite seamlessly, the loss of your gear doesn't feel like a big deal. This is the real challenge for them, especially if the gear system carries over as-it-was - your progression is tied to your materia, the EXP of each individual item of materia etc. Like, if they bring over your Level 30 Cloud but not your Fire materia that's leveled up to Firaga that'll be a bummer. So that's the tough one. One would assume story choices will have to carry over, too. Nomura and Kitase have briefly said about the choices and the amount of responses and dialogue in the game because of them, but those surely need to carry forwards? IE of the 30-odd choices you can make that impact the date sequence, like 20 of them are in Midgar... so unless they make the date one canon thing, you have to imagine they're gonna want to read your save and carry story over. That's interesting too, because SEJ has never done choice on that scale before. I know Kitase has played Mass Effect, though, as he name checked it/BioWare in an interview I did for FF13-2 once, citing it as an inspiration for game's branching stuff.
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Thread Elements of the Final Fantasy VII established in the FFVII Compilation series will be included in the Remake
Not saying I want them, just saying why from a story perspective they could absolutely show up. I think pretty much the entire compilation is a misfire that at best is misguided fanwank and at worst fundamentally misunderstands what made FF7 great
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Thread Love Island [2019 UK] - Starts Monday 3rd June at 9pm on ITV2
In a sense also cancelling all the post-exit media interviews and stuff is also bad, because let's face it - these guys are going in here to get famous, and with every passing day Joe's limited-time window to make some fame (and with it, some money) is slipping away. Three days after leaving last year's Islanders were putting in appearances at night clubs for £15,000 a pop.
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Thread Elements of the Final Fantasy VII established in the FFVII Compilation series will be included in the Remake
I mean, Deepground was founded and the underground reactor beneath ShinRa HQ built 30 years before FF7, and that's established in the lore, so you very well might encounter Deepground people in FF7R. The story detail in the background of Dirge is that the Deepground people were sealed in their nuclear bunker style deal directly underneath Shinra Tower for the Meteor event and were trapped there for years because of it. So they're around during FF7. Deepground is just a top-secret military organization (even above SOLDIER), after all, so if they expand out and have many more hours of you as part of AVALANCHE attacking Shinra and evading capture, you might come into contact with one of them. And given they're supposed to be super- soldiers even more powerful still, they might make pretty good additional boss candidates, especially since the Midgar chapter of FF7 is lacking in non-Shinra robot bosses.
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Thread Elements of the Final Fantasy VII established in the FFVII Compilation series will be included in the Remake
While Dirge takes place after FF7, a vast majority of the story is backfill information about Sephiroth, Jenova, Lucretia, etc etc. Which of course adds a lot to Vincent as well. But I'd fully expect a lot of that stuff to find its way into the remake in some form as part of fleshing out Sephiroth. A lot of Dirge is really bonkers compared to FF7 and feels very FF13-ish in terms of the visuals (like, look at Omega compared to a Shinra tech or even a Weapon... it's a very different style), the Regenesis org looking like fuckin' Star Ocean characters, etc.
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Thread Elements of the Final Fantasy VII established in the FFVII Compilation series will be included in the Remake
I wouldn't be surprised if those Guardians of Fate black ghosts things are retconned to be the non-corporeal form of the Sephiroth remnants (The Advent Children trio) before they are actually willed into a physical being... but serving the same role the Jenova renuion creeps originally served in early versions of FF7's script (which matches up to what we've seen so far)
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Thread Love Island [2019 UK] - Starts Monday 3rd June at 9pm on ITV2
Going to be interesting to see how the producers handle Joe, who is in for a hell of a time due to the (deservingly) negative response to his gaslighting of Lucie. Given everything that's gone on in the past year you imagine they'll be keen to protect and prepare him for being a public villain
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Thread Doctor Who-ERA |OT| It's Almost Time... But Not Yet
It's funny, but while that feels like an accurate description of Moffat's time in charge of the show, I consider the distinctive divider between RTD and Moffat something that'd make you think this isn't the case. Like, in an interview, Moffat once described himself as being "medically unable" to contradict past canon, whereas RTD was quite open about how he'd trash any piece of existing lore if it served the story he wanted to tell. And, honestly, that defines their eras to me. That's how you get Clara being the one to point the Doctor to the TARDIS, the plot twisting itself into knots to get the chance to hand-wave the regeneration limit, a naff and unnecessary story beats to explain new designs for the Cybermen and Daleks both etc etc. Funnily enough Moffat seemed to loosen up in his last year or two, but to me I'll always think of the two this way, for better and for worse.
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Thread Doctor Who-ERA |OT| It's Almost Time... But Not Yet
Well, this is the point, really - in Day of the Doctor Moffat doesn't contradict canon without explanation; he goes to great, great pains to ensure everything slots together and "works", to make sure that story stands but also doesn't impact any of the RTD canon of the time war... but in going to those pains, it's almost a messier story for it. This happens loads, where it feels like he wrote a solid story, then had his continuity editors check it against the past of the show and then wrote a bunch of bunk in to justify stuff that ultimately wrecks it. I think the only thing RTD did to retroactively fit something to a past event in a big way was to say that Genesis of the Daleks was later viewed as the first act in the Time War (meaning the Time Lords technically , but even then that was something he stated rather than wrote in the show. The point is more that there's a lot of Moffat twisting his stories to fit canon or inserting detours to explain a story does still fit old canon. The regeneration limit thing is the ultimate example, where RTD ponce said he considered he'd already written around the old established limit in Sarah Jane Adventures - where when one of the kids asks the 11th Doctor how many times he can regenerate, he says "507." That sort of flippant thing is how RTD approached that sort of stuff. I have to admit I've deleted a lot of Hell Bent from my mind, because
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Thread Final Fantasy VII Remake General Discussion Thread [Open Spoilers]
The remake is a different continuity from the original game and the compilation as far as they're concerned. So think of OG FF7 and the compilation as a closed loop now, a complete work. The remake will retell and change the story of FF7, and it will presumably include bits of the prequels to help expand (it's fairly easy to imagine the Nibelheim Flashback will look more like Crisis Core than OG FF7 this time around, for instance). A good example of where they're (probably) going with this is that the words Sephiroth appears to be taunting Cloud with in the E3 trailer seem to be pretty obviously some of Zack's words to Cloud in scene (Cloud. I have a favor to ask of you. Run away. You have to leave. You have to live...), but if that is what it is it doesn't actually match up to either FF7's optional flashback to that scene or Crisis Core... but tonally, it's very similar to the end of CC.
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Thread Doctor Who-ERA |OT| It's Almost Time... But Not Yet
Thinking critically and analytically about a piece of art/entertainment doesn't mean you're not a fan and doesn't mean you can't enjoy it as well - I enjoy plenty of things riddled with problems, including this latest series of Doctor Who. Often times people involve themselves in such debate because they care and want the thing in question to be better. Some fans absolutely conflate criticism and debate with unbridled hatred and go on the defensive, though.
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Thread Sega CD Optical Drive Emulator Announced | Play Ripped ISOs on Original Genesis/Mega Drive Hardware, €232.00, Launches in August
So... will this work with the Mega Sg?
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Thread Final Fantasy VII Remake General Discussion Thread [Open Spoilers]
I feel like it's inevitable it ends up working like DQ11 and Lost Odyssey, to be honest. A world map you can only drive on with vehicles, where you can only stop and 'disembark' at marked areas that lead to a regular game zone.
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Thread Final Fantasy VII Remake General Discussion Thread [Open Spoilers]
Yeah, I know people wanna know. I'm the same. The main problem imo, to peek behind the curtain for a sec, is there are two types of interview with most Japanese developers: 1) You get an interview through email, and it goes through multiple layers of PR, Marketing and Branding people in multiple countries, plus translation, before it reaches the subject - they might tweak phrasing, they might take a question out entirely because they don't like it, etc. Then when the person answers, they write an answer and it then goes through a translator again, and the answer winds its way back through the same system (and god knows if it gets changed, too). 2) Or there's an event, meaning the person you're after is either flown out to the SE offices near you or you happen to be in town somewhere they are, like TGS or E3 or whatever and you can have a chat face-to-face. Obviously PR and stuff is still involved, but you can have a more natural back-and-forth this way. This varies from company to company if I'm honest - like, with Capcom, in my experience it's a touch easier generally to say "yo, I have a couple of questions for Ono" and get them sent and back within like a week with seemingly very little interference (but of course their PR and marketing are going to be looking along the way). With Square, again, being honest, I've had relatively low-impact interview questions to Yoko Shimomura yanked just because they didn't like the sound of them. It's just part of the PR/media dance, you have to find a way to get the information you want through whatever artificial barriers are raised. It's no bad blood, it's just part of the game and people doing their jobs. This exists with Western developers too, but obviously when you have a shared language it's easier to trade business cards at an event and then reach out to them directly (which PR dislike intensely, but I digress) if you want to talk about something that's not a specific topic. The problem is, #2 only really happens if that subject has a big enough project for a pub like SE to put them out there. You can reach out and ask for an Ito interview, but given that he's not working on a currently announced project there's no guarantee it'd be accepted anyway - but it also means if it was you'd almost certainly be limited to an email Q&A (which what I'm getting at is always lower quality/less interesting/raw/honest), the chances of catching up with him in person are minimal. I did try to get a chance to chat to him around FF12 and FF9 re-releasing back when both those first hit PS4, but no luck on either front, sadly. I'm the guy who asked Shinji Hashimoto if Ito was still at SE in 2015, though, and at that time Hashimoto-san said he was still there and was working on a proposal for a new project. I don't think that's FF16, though, before anybody jumps to conclusions. So yeah. That's it. That's the thing.
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Thread Final Fantasy VII Remake General Discussion Thread [Open Spoilers]
I always felt like in the FF6 crew Sakaguchi had created two perfect heirs, in that Kitase is really a very talented director who perhaps isn't as great at game design - which makes sense because Kitase never wanted to do games initially, he wanted to work in film - and Ito, who is just one of the most talented game systems designers in Japan. They did a great job together (I mean, no surprise, those two skill sets is a potent combo), and it certainly felt like the intention was then to split them up - so you had Kitase doing 8 and 10 and Ito doing 9 and helping Matsuno heavily on tactics, but the two then prompted up further so quickly we sadly didn't get much more directorial stuff from them, which is a shame.
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Thread Final Fantasy VIII Remaster Announced - E3 2019 (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
They redid the models. I mean, you only have to look at that image to tell; a glance at Zidane's cuffs, or waistline, or even jawline shows a significant uptick in triangles. Also, in FF9 Remastered you can actually the difference between the key players in the story (with new models) and lesser characters (who only have updated textures). This is quite well hidden in FF9 because the game has mostly non-human NPCs with out-there designs - but in FF8 it's probably gonna be a lot more noticeable, if they do the same level of work. Maybe this'll force their hand to actually remodel the NPCs, though, but I doubt this will happen as FF8 has lots of weird stuff going on with NPCs - like some models in highly populated areas like Deling are actually baked into the CG backgrounds for frame rate reasons, and can't be updated because of that. These remasters are always gonna end up a little uneven because of stuff that, I guess.
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Thread Final Fantasy VIII Remaster Announced - E3 2019 (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
Regarding the bolded, it's semantic wank anyway. They've realized that putting 'Remastered' in the title is a sales draw because it makes clear the game has been changed and improved. It's the same reason FF7 Remake is called FF7 Remake and not FF7 Remake: Episode One or FF7 Remake: Episode Midgar. Naming matters. They've put 'remastered' in the name this time, but every screenshot shows a similar level of update work to FF9, which was , so I don't see what the problem is or why people are on the defensive at the idea that this might simply be a re-release on the same level as the FF9 one. But that aside, Square Enix referred to it as remastered in their announcement press release for FF9's re-release: "TIMELESS FINAL FANTASY IX REMASTERED FOR MOBILE DEVICES". (Dug the email back out). The press releases for the PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox versions of the game all make note of the "updated character models" for FF9, too. It's the first bullet point (alongside "high definition movies") on the press releases they put out for that game (or at least, on the four I have copies of). So, er, yes, they did advertise it. The changes made to FF9 are likely absolutely the template for the changes now being made to 8. The truth is we don't , but what's been shown so far is totally the same set of changes/improvements made to FF7 and in particular FF9, and if they were sitting on some magic, major difference-maker in the remaster process I would've thought it would've been highlighted in the trailer. FF7 had less changes because it was harder to improve with all the model disparity and stuff, but yeah. The biggest difference that could be made this time around would be for them to use machine learned-upscaling for the CG backgrounds rather than the blurring filter they used for FF7 and 9, as demonstrated by FF7/9 PC mods. That'd be nice.
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Thread Final Fantasy VIII Remaster Announced - E3 2019 (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
I'm not sure if anybody hacked it apart, but 9 runs in Unity, yeah. IDK if that's just a shell to run the PS1 code or what. I'd be curious if anybody here knows.Well, by which I mean: they couldn't dive into the raw code, so they used the PC version as a base and hacked it and messed with it to get it where it needed to be. Which is why FF7 mobile/etc launched with (and still has some) bugs and foibles that were found on the 98 PC release but not in the PS1 original. One very early reissue of FF7 PC even had remnants of some fan mods that made it work on modern operating systems in the code, heh - but that was patched out. And... yeah, it created new bugs too. That's a very different process to starting from having all the raw materials of a game, which is what a company like Bluepoint Games did for Shadow of the Colossus or Tantalus did for Twilight Princess HD or whatever else. The catch by the other member up above comparing the UIs and noting the screenshots for this are identical to the current PC version at least suggest this is the same deal, but we'll see. It's nigh impossible to get SE to actually say for certain one way or another though, as I think they don't like admitting what they do and don't have in source code terms of their classic games, even though there's no shame in stuff being lost because nobody archived anything back then.
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Thread Final Fantasy VIII Remaster Announced - E3 2019 (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
Well, I think the evidence of the screenshot above where the menus are pixel-perfect identical to the PC version is compelling, but we also have, just this week, the SE president of their legacy games in general: "." I will admit, I obviously have skin in this game: I did a twitter thread on FF7 and FF8's missing code, and later wrote an article detailing it more fully. That article wasn't just based off conjecture: it was based off conversations with sources I trust who would have a direct understanding of the situation. So while it is a "twitter rumor", I absolutely stand by it, and I think people who follow my work would say I've got a pretty decent track record on stuff like this. In, I conclude: That is, by my estimation, what happened: they probably took the time to go through the lengthy process of reverse-engineering the PC release, as they did with FF7. We also know from first-hand conversations and interviews that (for instance) source art was lost for FFX and KH1, so for those remasters textures had to be redrawn from scratch rather than recompiled at a higher resolution. We know from various interviews that much of FF7 was lost (including the amazing quote to Polygon from the ex-head of Eidos, who published FF7 on PC before SE acquired them, explaining that SE called him when they were doing the 2012 PC re-release and asked if he had a copy of the PC version's source), so the chances of FF8 being entirely intact are very slim.
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Thread Final Fantasy VIII Remaster Announced - E3 2019 (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
Yeah, that's fair enough. And I can only research, talk to those I can behind-the-scenes and report back on what my understanding of the situation is; everybody is at that point free to analyse, question and believe what they want from it. I can't help if people don't read or misattribute though; the article is pretty clearly not from SE, and it's also clearly an explanation of why these re-releases take time and why they're never perfect as opposed to an argument for why it was never going to happen. People just need to actually . I think this is strictly referring to PC and they did some slightly different work for Mobile/Console (these versions don't have feature parity, at least), but Halkun is a in the FF7/8 PC modding scene whose work I've followed for like a decade so his word is certainly gospel to me
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Thread Final Fantasy VIII Remaster Announced - E3 2019 (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
Do you get why I'm saying this might be setting yourself up for disappointment given FF9 also had new character models for its entire core cast, and also had all of the features so far advertised for FF8 Remaster? And was also described by Square Enix as in their own press releases? And was made by the same team? To me the only difference appears to be that this time around they decided to put the word remastered in the title. We'll see, I guess. What else would you anticipate them ?It's raw midi music, basically. Back in 2000 when that PC version came out if you had a really good sound card you could get OK sound out of it, but given MIDI is hardly a focus for modern PCs when they re-released it on PC over ten years later it sounded like a nightmareI anticipated it'd be based off PC just based off source code problems, but this is a really good catch in terms of actually seeing if it's the case.
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Thread Final Fantasy VIII Remaster Announced - E3 2019 (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
Hahaha, yeah. The flat faces in FFX, I'd forgotten about that. All these remasters have these little things, I guess.
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Thread How are Capcom fans feeling about this week? [Update: It’s looking dire]
The fiscal year ends in March, and they could easily announce a major title that's coming out in Feb/March as late as November or December. Only time will tell though. At the end of the day Capcom's had mega output year after year now, so it makes sense they may need a year of downtime before continuing again.
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Thread Famitsu Update : Final Fantasy 7 Remake is not in two BD discs
Mass Effect 2 was this way, too. I wonder what the data reasoning is, huh.
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Thread Famitsu Update : Final Fantasy 7 Remake is not in two BD discs
I've reached out to SE to confirm, but I think this is Famitsu just getting their wires crossed. This game is just Midgar, and is split across two discs because of the volume of content and audio and stuff. I think. I'm checking, though.
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Thread Phil Spencer: "I think it would be nice if we found an Asian studio, in particular a Japanese studio, to add [to our studios]"
The main problem here is that Mistwalker isn't even a real studio; it's very small, based out of Hawaii. It's more like a production company for Sakaguchi. They have the bandwidth to make small-scale mobile games, but every one of their console projects has involved them overseeing another, larger dev who actually does the heavy lifting development work. Sakaguchi would be a great person to helm an Xbox 1st party team, but Mistwalker isn't what they need infrastructure wise... buying that place, they'd basically be building a console bandwidth studio from scratch.
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Thread FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE - Trailer for E3 2019 w/ Details & Gameplay Demo
In the actual lore, Midgar isn't really 'one city' in the traditional sense - it's eight unique cities that are all linked, with each section of the plate its own sort of ecosystem. Like, getting the train from sector to sector is the equivalent of getting the train to the next city over. Hell, there's eight different above the plate sections and eight different slums, too. The lore was always clear on this right from the start with ultimanias and stuff, but the original game doesn't touch on it much. If they're going to expand Midgar to be a 30+ hour experience, there's plenty of room to grow into.
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Thread FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE - Trailer for E3 2019 w/ Details & Gameplay Demo
This is what the press release from Square Enix says: is a reimagining of the iconic original game that re-defined the RPG genre, diving deeper into the world and its characters than ever before. And we know from pre-order information that this first game, out in March, consists of two discs. It's cut and dry. It's just Midgar.If you take the raw text files of the script start to finish, from the opening to the final scene at the edge of Midgar is very, very close to a third. A tiny bit less. Obviously you can get out of Midgar in 10 hours and spend a lot more time exploring elsewhere as the game opens up, but in terms of script & story pacing, it's about a third.
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Thread FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE - Trailer for E3 2019 w/ Details & Gameplay Demo
Well, if it's , they will have to pad out everything or else they'll be fucked. I stand by my pre E3 prediction:
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Thread FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE - Trailer for E3 2019 w/ Details & Gameplay Demo
In script terms, Midgar is more or less exactly 33% of FF7. In terms of areas/screens, it's less than that, but once you leave Midgar FF7 just burns through areas like crazy. Anyway, point is - if you assume the game is padded out/added to evenly, three parts sounds about right.
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Thread Final Fantasy VII Remake - E3 2019 Trailer & Details
From the press release: "F is a reimagining of the iconic original game that re-defined the RPG genre, diving deeper into the world and its characters than ever before. and presents a fully standalone gaming experience that provides a great starting point to the series." So... it's two discs of Midgar? I think? Then a second and third game, presumably.
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Thread Final Fantasy VII Concert turned scam.. not all songs are live, and 3/4 are MiDi Files
No denial Wild Faery is poor here, and yeah, they could've used Brass De Bravo or even A New World arrangements (If they could get them, but rights to arrangements is another issue - like there's great FF7 material from the German concerts, Symphonic Fantasies etc, but they probably won't share their work), but then there's other challenges beyond that when you have part of a concert program that uses one orchestra setup and another uses a different one - it just gets complicated, messy, and hard to execute. This is why they do A New World and Distant Worlds as separate shows, too - you even really need different venues for different sorts of setups, depending on the acoustics, and that hall is a fuckin' venue. So, like, there wasn't enough material for what they proposed, really. I stand by that analysis. Distant Worlds has been doing it right, where they're doing a 'FF7 tribute' show where in the first half they cram a little over an hour of music from every other FF and then in the second half do 45 minutes of 7.There's a lot of factors, I guess. There's licensor/SE approval, quite often composer approval, and even multiple layers within SE itself (licensing, brand, creators - these are different branches, any of which might take issue). For Distant Worlds, there's also video sync which all has to go through visual works etc - though not all concerts have this concern. I've interviewed Roth from DW several times, though, and in one of them he did say it was a months-long back and forth process to add a new track to the repertoire when a proper orchestral score doesn't already exist. Obviously when it does, like with orchestrated tracks from newer games, the whole process is massively expedited on all levels, as even from the licensing perspective you're no longer asking for approval of a new arrangement, just approval to use an existing, already approved one.
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Thread Final Fantasy VII Concert turned scam.. not all songs are live, and 3/4 are MiDi Files
The problem, by the way, is that orchestration is expensive and time consuming. Just adding one score to Distant Worlds can take months (I've had some pretty interesting chats with Arnie Roth about this over the years), so the second they announced a FF7-only concert I was like "hang on... where are they getting all these scores from? Not enough arrangements exist to fill a show." And that's why you get stuff like a third of the show being piano-only versions as shown on the piano arrangement CDs, and why also some tracks were just the original recordings, I guess - the groundwork wasn't there for this show to actually work. It might be if a good chunk of the remake music is orchestrated for the actual game, though, as at that point they can just use those scores - again, this is why Distant Worlds has been able to do like 6 different FF14 tracks and 4 different FF15 tracks in a few years but can only add tracks from older games a few per year - because they can use orchestration composed for the original live recordings. No excuse for this being as shit as it was, though.
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Thread FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Trailer for FFVII - A Symphonic Reunion
Want to add to this to also say that actually my greatest worry with the black clouds and the "this couldn't have been us..." "but what if it was...?" lines from AVALANCHE is that what they might be doing is making Sephiroth/Jenova interfere at the same time as AVALANCHE, with those black clouds working to do more damage. One thing I like about the original is that AVALANCHE is fairly unflinching and they don't really question the innocents they're killing until the very last moment, so you've got things like Jessie saying she's proud of her bomb two screens away from somebody who says hundreds of innocents were slaughtered, but at least they died quick. It was , and morally ambiguous, but I always knew they'd want to soften it for this - and if Sephiroth/Jenova is more corporeal from the word go, I can see that being used as a mechanism for that... which I wouldn't be too fond of (on paper, at least).FF7's story is a tad confusing in this sense anyway. The Sephiroth you chase throughout the real game is Jenova, or pieces of Jenova's body, taking the form of Sephiroth. There's a bit of confusion as to if Jenova is using Sephiroth's form or Sephiroth is using Jenova's body, and the original isn't hugely clear (and the translation even less so), but yeah. The funny thing about FF7 is you're not really chasing Sephiroth anyway, just something that looks like him, cos the real body was tossed into the lifestream and that was that. This is an element of the story I imagine they'll change a lot if only to tidy it up, but also because Sephiroth himself is way more iconic now and they might want to make it all more plainly about him.
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Thread FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Trailer for FFVII - A Symphonic Reunion
In the original plan for the original game, the Sephiroth Clone Reunion dudes in black cloaks were actually ghost-like figures not dissimilar to what we see here, and rather than being failed clones/people who've been experimented on, they were actually pieces of Jenova's body under the cloak. Imagine a body part - the right arm, the heart, the eyes - floating under a cloak. And the fact that's what it was would be a reveal. And in the script at that point, these things interfered more directly, and actually replaced the Sephiroth that stomps around for much of disc 1 entirely. They cut this, but it sure seems like they're merging what happened in the original game with this cut concept. There's also the three 'Sephiroth remnants' or whatever they were called from Advent Children. AC retconned the original game to say these guys were floating around without corporeal form even during FF7, but gained physical form once Sephiroth was killed. Given there appear to be three ghosts, this could also be a representation of them. Whatever the case, it;s very clear now this is gonna be a very different version of the story.
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Thread Would you canonize a certain Mass Effect story/ending if that means getting a Mass Effect 4?
Of all that Andromeda got wrong, the manner in which it found a way to break with the canon but take bits with it was just fine. Let that fourth Ark arrive and bring the rest of the races with it, find a maguffin to allow for Mass Relay style travel to get out of one system, and just continue the series from there. Fast forward Andromeda 200 years. Ryder and the Tempest are legends, the first frontier, but they're long gone, as they were part of the problem with Andromeda. Meanwhile, the original races are now established there, with planets, settlements, underbellies, etc. Done. If they really wanted to do a 4 set in the original Galaxy, Destroy is the ending to go with.
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Thread Minecraft has sold 176 million copies worldwide (plus 200 million registered users in China.)
Amazing that a game that doesn't even have a creator, that just appeared out of nowhere, has gone on to become this. But seriously, MS has done great things with it since picking it up, too. I didn't think it could go much higher at that point, and they've smashed those numbers to pieces - and the way they've supported it has been the way, giving resources and assistance for growth without meddling. Props.
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Thread How Would You Split Final Fantasy VII Remake Into Multiple Parts? [VG24/7]
I said this in the article a little, but I think that the order has to follow the narrative first; they can pad it out how they want after that. As far as structure goes, though, I do think it'll resemble FF10/13 early on. I can see you being given areas of Midgar to approach in a more nonlinear fashion - in the style of FF12 or even a slice of FF15, like one region (say, Hammerhead), but FF7's story is by definition a road trip, moving from place to place as you chase Sephiroth. As it happens, 10 and 13 are both road trips too... so they both make sense. The funny thing is that the "road trip game", FF15, actually isn't very road-trippy in terms of design, so I can't see 7 resembling that. One thing I touch on but don't really expand in the article is this idea of: maybe we don't actually see a traditional world map until the third game. FF7 is funny because it a road trip, A to B to C, for most of the game, but at the very end, before the finale, it really opens up with a lot for you to do in different areas of the map. Nomura has also spoken in the past about the difficulty of realistic-styled games and a traditional world map (we know they tried to make a world map work in Versus before it became 15 and couldn't) - but the problem disappears if you hold the world map back until that late point. Lost Odyssey did this; it runs point-to-point with a slick animated map with cool music for most of the game, then when you get the ship (and later, airship) you get access to a traditional world map - scaled to the large ships - which avoids the chibi character trekking across mountains dissonance that Nomura mentioned struggling with.I posted my theory on Era, then a day later thought "actually, that'd make a pretty good piece," so fleshed it out from about 200 words to 1600. If I'm being honest, a lot of my articles are initially born in era posts or twitter threads that I stop and think are worth expanding on, haha. My verified tag makes clear where I'm from, though.The problem here is the -- let's call it the Mass Effect problem, yeah? You want to for simple marketability reasons ensure that every entry can be played as the first. Obviously, nobody should've been going to Mass Effect 3 as their first entry in the series, but BioWare still made massive mechanical changes and design considerations to ensure you A game that is all side quests and late-game bosses might work as DLC, but it wouldn't work as a full release. Any full release sort of needs its own impetus, its own critical path, and that's why I'd say there's zero chance disc 3 makes up its own game. Also, the volume of content/assets/areas on Disc 2 is just , so it makes sense that'd split. Midgar is the most dense individual area, but disc 2 takes you to way more places.For the same reasons as above, I just don't think this stacks because disc 2 is content, and unlike with Midgar disc 2 isn't one area that's cohesive in design, allowing for a bit of asset reuse - it covers loads of ground, which makes it a lot of work. In content terms, the halfway point is probably about a third of the way into disc 2. I could totally see this as an alternative ending point for the first game instead of escaping Midgar, though, with the second game then again, as I sorta proposed, running up to giving up the Black Materia. More than anything, though, I think Kitase's very pointed comparisons to the FF13 trilogy comparing their plans to that suggest it will indeed be three.
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Thread How Would You Split Final Fantasy VII Remake Into Multiple Parts? [VG24/7]
That's the cool thing about Lost Odyssey, though - it has that FFX style map early on, but in the late game it gives you - so it's successfully the best of both worlds, which FF hasn't managed yet.
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Thread Final Fantasy VII Remake State of Play 2019 Trailer; More to come in June
I don't get people saying it looks like FF15 combat-wise when it demonstrably looks like KH2 and even has the dev lineage to go along with it
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Thread Jeremy Kyle show taken off air following death of (an unaired episode's) guest
I think the big difference between Love Island and Big Brother is that everybody on Love Island is . These are people who aren't necessarily prepared for the brutality of fame, or people for whom fame ends up leading them on a path that takes them to dark places. At 20-something they are inherently higher risk, I think. The way TV companies act is despicable, though, absolutely, and Jeremy Kyle and things like Judge Rinder etc are in a different exploitative league to things like Love Island or Big Brother, as those shows are actively manipulating and insulting by design.
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Thread Final Fantasy VII-R Part 1 could very well take place all in Midgar and still be a full-fledged game. It only takes a little imagination to see it.
Expanding the game in this way isn't difficult, as Midgar (and FF7's world in general) is a rich place with lots of empty space in terms of both lore and geography that can be filled in. It's relatively easy to create content to pad it out, it just requires the resources and effort. Doing this without obliterating the of FF7 is, however, the question and problem. FF12, 13 and 15 all suffer from pacing problems too, imo, as I think they've never really managed to get the pacing nailed as these games have changed as we've had more realistic visuals etc. But I do think part 1 will be Midgar. My prediction would be three games, a trilogy - they name-checked FF13, 13-2 and LR when they were explaining how the split would work, after all - and if I was splitting it three ways, here's what I'd do:
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Thread Final Fantasy VII-R Part 1 could very well take place all in Midgar and still be a full-fledged game. It only takes a little imagination to see it.
I actually think Nojima is . He has his awful moments (the GF made me forget etc etc), but there's a lot good in his work too, especially in 7 and 10. His work on 13 has flashes of brilliance and I think the outline he did for FF15/Versus had lots of potential that obviously was hampered and changed a lot by the game changing shape so much. However... I think my big worry is in what you just said there - his work on the compilation shows either a disregard or (I think more likely) strong lack of understanding of what made FF7 great. This is one of my biggest concerns in general, honestly... the question is, can they recapture that tone? Do they understand why it was special? It's the George Lucas prequel syndrome, where sometimes the creators of something wildly successful can't see the forest for the trees and get lost, imo.
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Thread Final Fantasy VII Remake State of Play 2019 Trailer; More to come in June
I've said before, but apropos of no inside information (and I just wanna make that clear 'cos I've said some stuff about FF in the past), I think the system for the world map that'd make the most sense for this game would be to have it like Lost Odyssey. Specifically, when developing Versus we know from Famitsu/interviews/etc that Nomura struggled with the chibi, out-of-scale characters on a representative world map. We've heard him say this was a conundrum, and in some very old Versus stuff - photos of the studio and stuff - we've seen photos of what looked to be a world map with a small but out-of-scale figures on it. But it also does appear this was gone by the time the game became 15. But the funny thing is, Sakaguchi's Lost Odyssey had a great solution for this years before. In Lost Odyssey, anything on foot or in early-game vehicles takes place in the style of FF10 & 13. So you travel from place to place without hitting a world map. Sometimes there's a cool map screen with and you watch the dotted line carry you from place to place to give a sense of the size of the world, Indiana Jones style. But when you get a boat and then airship in the mid/late game, that flips on its head: at that point you have a traditional world map, except it's realistically scaled to the proportions of the (huge) ship. So you can take the ship around, but you don't have that chibi figure on the map that's problematic for immersion. You can 'dock' the airship places, and when you do, that loads up a normal area to scale with the character models. In LO unlocking the ship (and then airship) is a big deal for this reason, too, as it means there's loads of little dock areas (caves, secret islands, new towns, etc) that you can finally fly over to and visit. Waterlocked places you couldn't reach on foot, etc. So it really feels like it blows the game wide open all of a sudden. I honestly feel like this solution makes a ton of sense for FF7, as aside from a few bits that could easily be saved for later or made part of the critical path (and Yuffie, certainly, will be folded into the critical path), most of your Disc 1/2 world map travel in FF7 is simply to go from Plot Area A to Plot Area B, not actually exploring. So making it like FF10/13 for those early segments makes a lot of sense - but for the back half of the game, when you have the airship, you can basically recreate the PS1 map, but only have it scaled to the Highwind.
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Thread Final Fantasy VII Remake State of Play 2019 Trailer; More to come in June
Well, that's basically what I described - Lost Odyssey approaches this too, though with a very 2008 approach to 'open areas' - but at the end you have the 'reward' of a traditional world map you can float around using an airship, which is sort of the best of both worlds.
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Thread James Bond 25 Cast Revealed | Jeffrey Wright, Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch and more
I'd really love to know what blackmail material these pair have on Broccoli and Wilson to getting work.
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Thread James Bond 25 Cast Revealed | Jeffrey Wright, Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch and more
I mean, they wrote Die Another Day, as well. That was their (as a duo - one of them co-wrote The World is Not Enough, which is also deeply troubled at the script level). And they're still here! How good Casino Royale was can only take you so far, surely.
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Thread Final Fantasy 7 Remake is still an episodic release
It's not just about hour count though, is it? FF7 clocks in at 40 hours - often less, I think - but it absolutely burns through areas/assets like mad. That's the problem. It's not "the game is so long we couldn't possibly release it in one part," it's "the game is so content-dense we couldn't possibly create it as one game in a cost effective way". This is the problem. They even got burned on this with FF13, where it ran away from them and got too expensive and extensive... and that's a big part of why we got two cheap cash-in sequels, to recoup some of the hefty costs burned on the initial game.
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Thread Final Fantasy VII Remake State of Play 2019 Trailer; More to come in June
The assumption here is that it'll have a traditional world map. I wonder if the structure will end up being more like Lost Odyssey, where everything pre-airship is just area-to-area, like FF10 and FF13, and then you'll get the world map exploration when you finally get an airship. Lost Odyssey was really clever about solving that disconnect between the realistic proportions and the map, too, since you couldn't 'walk around' on the map - you could only fly the airship, which was proportionately appropriate, and 'dock' it at areas (at which point it'd load into a new place). I think this makes a lot of sense in that part 1/2 could be more linear and part 3 could truly set you loose on the world to set it to rights (thus padding out the weakest section of the narrative) before the finale.
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Thread We need to talk about narrative inconsistencies in the MCU. SPOILERS EVERYWHERE.
What sort of deconfirms this is that in an interview this week the Russos have said that originally Tony had no final line - he just smiled and it did it - and that the "I am Iron Man" line was the last thing they shot, as a reshoot - and they even struggled to persuade RDJ to come back because "he thought he was done with the character". I forget what interview this was in, but it's in one of the absolute slew of spoiler filled interviews that were uploaded yesterday and today.
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Thread We need to talk about narrative inconsistencies in the MCU. SPOILERS EVERYWHERE.
In fairness to Rhodes, by the time he says this there's been a giant alien ship over both New York and Edinburgh, and Tony has going missing. That seems like it'd be enough, like they'd be significant enough events to change his mind. The funny thing about this complaint, however, is that I think the MCU was guilty of it with the first two Avengers movies. There you have this sort of push-and-pull, where there's a status quo set after Avengers - and then we have Iron Man 3, Cap 2 and Thor 2. Now, Thor 2 is largely inconsequential, but Cap 2 and IM3 have major implications for characters and organizations. But because Age of Ultron is a sequel to Avengers, it brushes past a lot of those. So you've got Tony, having blown up his suits, completely happily and non-reluctantly going on Avengers missions. More than that, though, you've got him building of suits. SHIELD is destroyed, but there's Jackson at the end with a Helicarrier anyway, etc. This is even true at a character level where it really feels like Black Widow changed in Winter Soldier, but come AOU she's back to where she was at the end of Avengers. It always felt like they didn't want to really take major developments from the solo films on board in case it scared away fans of just the team-up movies, as the box office indicated such people clearly existed. In Phase 3 that worry seemed to shrink and disappear entirely, though, and I feel like those sorts of things are a lot less common or noticeable in anything after AOU.
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Thread I've only seen Iron Man and want to binge the MCU. What should I skip and should I go chronological or release?
By order of release, and do them all except Hulk. The only exception might be... if you really enjoy the first, feel free to do Guardians Vol. 2 straight after the first, as it in-universe picks up very soon afterwards, and the next time you see those characters in a cross-over movie a few years have passed - but those films are disconnected from the rest until very late on, so you can watch them back-to-back if you want.
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Thread Avengers: Endgame |Spoiler OT| Let's go get this son of a bitch
Marvel has never done a director's cut of any of their movies, and the Russos have said in interviews they didn't really cut much, thus the length. So it seems unlikely.
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Thread Greg Miller and Andrea Rene handwave Notch and PewDiePie racist, transphobic and anti-semitic behaviour (UP: Greg Miller responds; see threadmark)
How long has Pewdiepie lived in Britain, a country where using the word in a pub would get you flattened, again?
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Thread Avengers: Endgame |Spoiler OT| Let's go get this son of a bitch
He's there; he's actually surprisingly front-and-center during the initial charge towards Thanos' troops. Like, between Cap and BP.
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Thread Avengers: Endgame |Spoiler OT| Let's go get this son of a bitch
I'm pretty sure in interviews etc they said Okoye took over, which seems to make sense and tally with her reporting in from Wakanda to Avengers HQ after the time jump. She's one of the leaders - there's Rocket handling part of Space, Danvers handling the other, and then Rhodes, Widow and Okoye are handling various aspects of Earth. Maybe M'Baku was so shellshocked by what he'd seen he didn't want to take over.
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Thread Avengers: Endgame |Spoiler OT| Let's go get this son of a bitch
It definitely feels like whatever happens after GOTG3, Rocket (and Groot) will be kept around for this reason. An iconic character, a stand-out, and in a boon for Marvel, all CG, which presumably will help to keep Cooper's contract from escalating as much as some of the other big stars. I genuinely think after Guardians 3 a CG-driven Rocket and Groot adventure film seems like a foregone conclusion.
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Thread Rumour: possible leak on future MCU projects (Endgame Spoilers)
The thing to keep in mind is that with the Marvel TV stuff actually coming in-house under Feige - not under another wing of Marvel, or Netflix or Fox or whoever, and with Marvel kicking off that initiative by giving their established film stars/characters shows - it is perfectly reasonable to think that we can have with some of these characters. Like, maybe Kamala is a character who has a TV show, but also shines brightly in her appearances in other films or team-up films. I'd be okay with this, tbh.I might be forgetting, but when in that film is he shown to be weak or cowardly? He just says stronger men than him have tried to kill the Avengers with force (truth), so he tries a different approach. We don't see him fight, but over the course of that people he butchers people through bombings and up-close and personal maimings, so I don't think he's any less applicable to villainy in the MCU than a character like Crossbones, tbh. Being part of a team also means they don't need to be showstoppers individually.
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Thread Avengers: Endgame |Spoiler OT| Let's go get this son of a bitch
She's at the funeral, but presumably it kept her out of commission through Tony doing what he did.
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Thread Can we just stop just a moment to remember the Harry Potter films
The films are fine, but I've never been a fan of what they did with Ron and Hermione's characterisation in particular throughout compared to the books - and that's just the tip of the iceberg... Where the films are most successful is in fabulous casting and visual design true to the books. JK has gone off the rails with recent Wizard stuff, but the original books really are something special in what they create. I think one day, when the film franchise is dead, there's a really good big budget TV adaptation waiting to happen.
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Thread The first ever Final Fantasy VII only concert is coming to Los Angeles on June 9th
While people are connecting this to the remake (and it seems fair to think that we may get news before or at E3), it's worth noting these concerts are licensed to external companies and are produced by SE.
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Thread A trilogy or something for FF7 still doesn't make any sense.
This is absolutely possible, but to be fair -- The original idea was probably never about style and was most likely about the scope of the original FF7 and the sheer number of areas, assets and work involved. Part of the reason they tacked two sequels onto FF13 was that the tools and game were incredibly expensive to make, but by making two more games reusing assets and the tools they were able to make a good return on those extra games and offset the original game's costs more fully. It's difficult to see how the optics there on cost could've changed in this time (though if anyone at Square has the clout with management to move that particular mountain, it's Nomura)
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Thread A trilogy or something for FF7 still doesn't make any sense.
A few points to this: One, and most important, is this: this is going to be more a re-imaginining than a remake in a sense. This idea that it's going to be the same game, IE to suggest the same pacing or (gosh) the same number of NPCs in areas is to be completely off the path, I think. Second, in development resource terms, just Midgar probably is comparable to a game like FF13 in terms of the number of unique environments, enemies and so on. More than that, though, you could easily greatly expand the Midgar segment of FF7 to make it into a deeper, more exploration-driven place. In particular, in FF7 you go from one reactor mission to the next with next to no downtime, but if you were to apply something like a FF15 model to the structure (for better and worse), you could have that downtime last days, allowing proper, fuller exploration of a teeming neighborhood of Sector 7 before AVALANCHE head on another mission. Side quests, hunts, whatever. You could easily build 10 hours of content here or more, especially if you're happy to deviate from the source, which Nomura and Kitase have made absolutely clear they are. I've said before that if you were actually FF7, I think the thing that makes most sense is:If you're cramming in shit like full exploration of areas like Midgar and flashbacks to events previously depicted in BC/CC, you can easily make up the time... but that said, these games don't necessarily to be 50 hours each either.I think a very interesting question is if modern Square/Nomura has it in them to portray this story with the same level of nuance now regardless of how the project is broken up, tbh. The tone of FF7 is potentially really challenging for a modern Square Enix game imo, and I'll be interested to see if they can stick that particular landing. I even wrote very specifically about it:
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Thread Analogue announces the Mega Sg (shipping early, March 25th)
More than the headphones, I feel like the stronger comparison is - and this was something Analogue's CEO said to me in an interview last year - like - the official retro micro-consoles are the equivilant of the sorts of cheap record/vinyl players you find in stores as ideal Christmas gifts for $40 or what have you; record players with features like bluetooth connectivity and stuff. They're cheaper and simpler, they don't guarantee accuracy, but they offer the illusion of an old-school experience. The Mega Sg and Super Nt are the equivalent of the new record players that cost hundreds and are actually accurate modern recreations of players from decades ago. The analogy fits I feel because these are about recreating retro experiences, but for different people different levels of fidelity are required/desired.
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Thread Lttp: Spectre
The biggest problem with the film is the same problem as Khan in the rebooted Star Trek: they treat the name Ernst Stavro Blofeld as a revelation, but it's only really a revelation to the audience because they know who that character is. To Bond, the revelation is that it's his (sorta) brother - the name he took is irrelevant, and at the point the name is uttered Bond has known that for a while. To Swann the whole thing means nothing. So when you get this moment of "I took the name... Ernst Stavro Blofeld!!!" the film plays it in a way where this is a big shocker but it doesn't actually resonate in the film at all. This is sort of emblematic of a wider problem with the film in general, imo. It's the tip of an iceberg of a script that worked backwards from "the legal struggles are over, we can use Blofeld again" - which is why you get the unceremonious dropping of the Quantum organization, the weird retcon to fold this Bond's previous experiences into a Spectre conspiracy, etc. It's a mess. The climax is bizarre, too. Props to Léa Seydoux, though - she puts in a stunning performance. Her character is wafer thin and even gets damseled in the final act, yet she's one of the best female leads in the series in her own way. She has the thinnest set of ingredients to work with but really makes that character sing regardless. That vague look of contempt and resentment she wears for basically the entire movie is just . She's brilliant.
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Thread Naoki Yoshida (FFXIV) has a large scale next gen title in full development
This is a smart take. Takai also directed a very forward-looking, experimental RPG with a sizable budget last generation in The Last Remnant. That game wasn't amazingly received but garnered a cult following and has exactly the sort of attitude SE seem to look for in projects from would-be directors of their biggest games. It was also a game with an adventure, open-ended sort of feel to it - which I think any modern FF will embrace as FF15 did. He makes a lot of sense. Of course, SE is big on the 'co-director' thing lately too - though that's only so far been with Nomura on FF7 and KH3, probably to stop him from getting bogged down in and distracted by details. But a co-director credit might make sense - Yoshida is loved, and from a marketing and messaging perspective suggesting he is as close to the project as possible might be desirable, so maybe he could be co-director and producer. I think it's also pretty safe to imagine this is FF16, given that the current staff layout seems to suggest there's nobody else left who could do 16, 'cos so many of the traditional FF people are tied up on 7 and we know that what remains of the FF15 crew is working on a new IP. I think the real question is if, this being a MMO studio, this will have some online/multiplayer element. I could honestly see a FF16 trying to bridge the gap between the 14 and 15 - a game that can be experienced as a offline single-player RPG that also takes cues from things like Destiny and Monster Hunter to offer co-op experiences. While obviously Luminous is now off doing its own thing, one can't help but imagine this team has also been watching Comrades closely. I could easily see this being the first (non-MMO) FF with a player-created protagonist that you can then also take online.
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Thread DF Retro: Analogue Mega Sg Review: The Ultimate Genesis/ Mega Drive Clone?
I wanna note that the guys behind the Sg have basically said to me that the 32X is something they're not yet giving up on, and Analogue is working on a digital to analog converter that, among other things, could allow the 32X to work. Their main problem with the 32X, they say, is the way its analog connection back to the system works. On the converter: "It will allow you to use 32x and of course give access to every single analog video and audio output. It's the end all be all and completes the Analogue ecosystem. Meaning you can play all your systems on CRTs, light gun games, analog only peripherals, etc" If this'll work in action is another question, but basically - it might be possible to plug a 32X in down the line, but it'll require extra hardware and require you to spend more money. I mean, in the end... it's not like there's an enormous amount being missed out on with 32X, but still.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
The cut down ones were on the DVDs (reduced from about 45 mins to about 25 on average, mostly cut to get rid of the licensed music as people say) of the RTD era. Not sure if they're on the modern prints, but those cut downs are on the original UK DVDs at least. The Moffat era episodes are entirely MIA. There's loads missing, tbh. Like the RTD era did two commentaries for every episode - a DVD commentary, but also a podcast released online immediately after the episode aired. There's a fucking incredible one with Moffat, RTD and Tennant recorded literally a week after Moffat taking over was announced, and it has those two relentlessly ripping into him (in a friendly way) about all of the rumors of things he'd have coming back and do with the show. Some of those commentaries are gold, others really fascinating, and the BBC website has just swallowed them up. Most of the most significant episodes of DWM are available online in their original format in dodgy forms, just usually you have to search for the episode number. Here's the one you're after:
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
Oh, they were on Series 6 as well! It just seems like they were even more brutal cut downs - 14 minutes! Then again, afaik the Moffat era Confidential was 15 minutes shorter anyway...?
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Thread UK parliament indicative votes reject all 8 tabled brexit plans.
It'd be unprecedented, but I actually think the smartest solution would be to hold a GE and a 2nd Ref concurrently, and have both parties agree to carry out the result of the ref (make it legally binding, even). So Corbyn and whoever (Johnson? Grieve? Fucking hell) can campaign on issues beyond Brexit with the understanding that they will carry out the wishes of the people if they get a mandate, including dropping the issue entirely if it comes back Remain. Within that, it means they can also campaign for different Brexit options on the trail, so the GE vote will also be a litmus test of their vision of what sort of deal if the vote comes back as Leave. Part of the challenge with a 2nd Ref is... how do you phrase it? Is it just Leave or Remain again? Is it Leave with No Deal, Remain, Leave with May's Deal? If it's a multiple choice option, do we do multiple choice proportional representation? You'd probably have to, as the Leave Politicians would say that anything else would split their vote between No Deal and various deals, while remain would be gathered into one vote. In this sense tying the whole thing into a GE makes sense, imo.
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Thread UK parliament indicative votes reject all 8 tabled brexit plans.
I think there are six factors in favor of remain winning a second referendum conclusively:Leave has this in its favor:I really think Remain would handily win, maybe by as much as a 10% majority. Which, ultimately, is why the ERG and other anti-Europe groups are desperate to frustrate and prevent any re-run.
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Thread UK parliament indicative votes reject all 8 tabled brexit plans.
The fact is that should've been the original question on the original paper. It wasn't. A 2nd ref is a difficult enough option to sell without also saying that we're moving the goalposts as well. I wrote to my MP saying a larger majority should've been required at the time, when the format of the question on the paper was being debated in the HOC for months on end - did you? It's too late to do this shit now, realistically, without ugly repercussions (not that Brexit itself isn't ugly). Given the disaster it is clear this is, loads of dead elderly leave voters in the last two years and just as many young people likely to lean remain joining the electorate, Remain should be able to win without resorting to this anyway. I'm more keen to ensure the 2nd Ref happens at all, and if you table is at this sort of question even Remain-leaning Tories will probably turn on it as an option.
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Thread UK parliament indicative votes reject all 8 tabled brexit plans.
I know people are shitting themselves about this all coming back No, but people need to remember this result was . This wasn't a vote to find a majority, it was a vote to figure out what could gather enough affirmative votes to find . People will know begin working on the two or three contenders around this, and begin trying to rally and whip for support next week. So the strong near-miss result for a 2nd Ref, for instance, actually pushes us to that, not further away. They are all useless fucks, though.. and ultimately I do think the true end game of this is a general election now. The make-up of the commons can't comfortably break this deadlock, which means the make-up needs to be changed by a GE. I also don't think you can really do a 2nd ref without also doing a GE either shortly before, immediately afterwards or even possibly concurrently.A lot of Ministers abstained on other options, but voted on that one as it was really the most contentious.This is the problem though. You can't democratically move the goalposts like this. I strongly advocate for another vote, but I worry about what it will do to the country: if it does return as Remain, people will say that democracy was stolen from them. It's the sort of event that will radicalize people and fuel a further rise in far-right parties and groups, because people with (malicious or misguided) views around Brexit will be driven right having been "betrayed" by the political class. I'd predict a rise in violent protest, in attacks on MPs and Councillors, and so on. The implications socially for Britain in the event of a 2nd Ref with a remain result honestly frighten me almost as much as No Deal - in some ways more. If you moved the goalposts to stack the deck against leave further the impact would be even worse. Cameron's government made a mistake with the text of its question the first time around, and the country now must deal with that.
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Thread Google - GDC 2019 Teaser
I think the confusion is mostly about what they are going to show today, what is a product ready for public consumption, and what they've been experimenting with behind the scenes that's been causing gossip and buzz. What I mean by this is: obviously they're going to do streaming stuff. Dongle, controller, whatever. Obviously that is going to be the main tentpole of this reveal. Do I think they've also been experimenting with and working towards a more traditional hardware box ? Yes. I'm happy to say I'm quite confident in that based on conversations I've had. Is it ready to talk about? Is it something they'll actually ever follow through on and ship? Well, that's the question...
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Thread Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition |OT2| Street Fighter Has Come Home
I don't think the game is finished just yet, but now we're three months in with so little, I'm convinced plans have changed and 2019 is the final year for SF5 support.
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Thread Shenmue III - ‘Ryo & Master’ Trailer [MAGIC 2019]
Hey ERA. I got to sit down with Suzuki and saw about 15 minutes of gameplay (not live, pre-recorded, but only recorded a few days prior) at MAGIC. I wrote a thing about it: I think it looks really cool, tbh, so long as you can accept the budget/style for what it is.
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Thread [Hypothetically] Resident Evil 3 Remake is revealed to be more akin to RE4/REV 2 - How does Capcom quell your fears on going back to action?
I think when they do RE3 Remake it won't be a million miles from what we just got with 2, tbh. Stylistically I'm sure it'll be a bit more of an action game - just like the originals - but I can't see them not doing just as they did on PS1, reusing the work done on RE2 to turn around RE3 quite quickly. RE8 will be when we'll really get answers to what direction this series is gonna go in.
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Thread Do you still believe Final Fantasy 7 Remake will live up to it's premise?
The main problem, I think, is that the extracurricular compilation material shows that latter-day Square doesn't actually really understand how to use or deploy the best themes of FF7. The compilation gets the flash and style right but the substance almost always misses the point of the original delivery and arcs. The other problem is that FF7 is a weird, eclectic game, something it got away with both because of the era and because of its two unique art styles. There's stuff which will appear way more horrid and grim portrayed in a photoreal style and stuff that'll just seem silly af. Stuff will have to change significantly to make it all feel cohesive in a modern design, and obviously changes risk upsetting fans. Being different is fine, obviously, but at a point it becomes a clash of the two ideas - where elements of the original game that must be respected risk compromising the new stuff and the new stuff compromises the classic stuff. Cross-contamination. Whereas the mission set out before RE2 was relatively simple - RE2 is a project with a pretty simple tone and style - FF7 is loads more complex. In this sense I think while fans are focused on the scale of the game and the being split into multiple parts thing, the scope of the project, actually nailing the tone and feel and not ending up feeling like a caricature of the original (something RE2 remake nailed) is actually imo the biggest challenge for the project.
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Thread Favorite James Bond?
Dalton is, imo, the complete package. If he'd had more films he would be much more appreciated, but both the films he has are stone cold classics even though they're opposite ends of the spectrum - one painfully formulaic and the other a very off-beat response to the action movies of the time, like Die Hard. Brosnan is the best Bond that never got a chance. He was in the wrong era and the wrong stories, but I think broadly speaking his interpretation of the character at its core is probably most like the original Fleming books. Craig is absolutely perfect for the back-to-basics but also post 9/11, Bourne-aware tone they go for CR and to a lesser extent Quantum, but ever since then as they've trended back sillier he's felt wrong in the role to me. Connery is of course Connery and was so good that Fleming adjusted literary Bond's backstory in places to make him better fit Connery. Lazenby is way better than anybody gives him credit for, but he's lifted up, admittedly, by being in one of the best films in the franchise. Moore has some great films and some absolute wrecks, but nothing about him particularly stands out as the character after his first three films.
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Thread Should SFVI start from scratch (like previous SF games) or reuse SFV assets for a larger roster?
We honestly don't know if this will be the case for SF6, however - and DMC and RE7/2 have safely used some outsourcing without this being a major issue. Capcom has shown willing in terms of making a fighting game in house already with Infinite (lol) as well - so I think RE Engine could be an to bring it in-house rather than a reason not to, as the engine clearly has great abilities and being in-house can bring cost savings of its own. It's all about budget in the end though, I guess. It'd require staffing up, but Capcom is in a better position to do that than it's been in for about the last 15 some years. As an aside, when I interviewed Itsuno on the DMC press tour I mentioned how great the game looks at 60fps and how the next natural jump in my mind was to wonder about how a fighting game would look in that engine, and Itsuno laughed and basically said they're working hard to diversify the engine to have the potential to power all the types of games Capcom makes. I think the work to make a fast-paced, 60fps game in DMC5 has a few natural applications outside fighters (it'd help with scale on titles like MH and DD), but Street Fighter is obviously a core pillar for Capcom, so I totally think it's possible... but I also think the decision (probably?) lies with Ono in the end, which is a wrinkle in itself. I think the aspects of Street Fighter that most don't gel with RE engine is the exaggeration, like character fists getting bigger etc, plus the fact that so far the engine has specialized in using real life actor scans for models, even for more stylised characters in DMC. I wonder if they'd want to face scan somebody for Ryu, and I wonder if they didn't want to how the look of the engine would adapt - but the flip side of that is that the most popular, best selling fighter on the market also has a 'photoreal' style, and part of me wonders if the success of the NRS games could actually make Capcom take a step back with SF6 and try to make something that looks a little more like that - and for that, RE Engine is obviously well suited.
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Thread From the KH3 Ultimania interview: “As for the next Kingdom Hearts, there will be at least one more game before KH4.”
The problem is - and this isn't specifically at you - I feel like when you get people who haven't played everything since KH2 laying out a criticism of KH3, so often the response comes back from the hardcore basically telling them to play the others or get fucked, and it's difficult to believe that people think that's an appropriate concept. But I've seen it so often and it does rub me the wrong way, thus my response to you. Also, if somebody plays KH3, is overwhelmed by all the lore and says "this series isn't for me" over "oh, I should play the rest" I think that's totally a reasonable response, too. That's why any long-running franchise needs to be open and careful with onboarding, and KH3 is a disaster at it.
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Thread From the KH3 Ultimania interview: “As for the next Kingdom Hearts, there will be at least one more game before KH4.”
This is an absolutely ridiculous sentiment because it asserts that anybody who hasn't played the games prior has no right to make any comment other than a positive one lest it's 'trolling'. Kingdom Hearts 3 is, when push comes to shove, a Disney game, and there will be younger people who weren't even playing video games when KH1 and KH2 came out who might be tempted to pick it up because Big Hero Six or Tangled are in the advertising for it. This is the same fringe audience that made KH1 such a hit, incidentally - it wasn't just the FF audience buying it, but the FF audience combined with a demographic who this type of game, but did because Disney. Anyway, telling that audience they need to play eight other games first is ridiculous, and if that's really the case, that's a failing. Even Mass Effect, a complicated narrative-driven series where your saves actively carry over, took massive steps each game to ensure newcomers wouldn't be alienated. There is no excuse. In this instance, it's totally possible to find a balance. KH2 found that balance well, I think, btw. The Roxas stuff in the opening is surprisingly deft, because it at once is feeding intriguing information to those who did play COM, while those who played KH1 but skipped it are left curious about what's going on and where Sora is - and finally, for newcomers, the Roxas section acts as a leisurely-paced tutorial, as Destiny Islands did. It has a triple purpose, it's very cleverly designed. KH3 just has no idea tho.
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Thread From the KH3 Ultimania interview: “As for the next Kingdom Hearts, there will be at least one more game before KH4.”
While I get the sentiment, the problem is with how these games are named, and that's how this is bullshit. They need to give things that are clear, important, vital parts of the main narrative names that indicate as much. There's a reason there are 'Star Wars' movies with episode numbers and then 'Star Wars Stories' without; it makes it absolutely clear which is which. When people talk about KH being convoluted, I agree, but it isn't just because of how the narrative is told: it's because of how it's presented, where without googling which games are actually important to the core narrative and the order they come in isn't clear at all. I'd be really interested in a KH spin-off that's directly disconnected from everything else, perhaps even letting you play a Disney character or something. I totally get what people are saying around main story, though, when they say 'no more stopgaps', because the whole thing is just .
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Thread EVO 2019's main line-up will be revealed on February 26th at 6pm PST (Live Now!)
I said over on twitter, but I really think they should drop a game from Sunday. It runs late every year, but last year was a real debacle, and the running so late actually damages the final game or even last two games as it puts it definitively out of reach for Europeans (unless you're nuts and stay up til 5am like I do) but also you even start to lose East Coast folk to bed when you run that late on a Sunday night. I just feel like they should shift one of the games back to Saturday. If it's 8 games, do 2 on Friday all the way to GFs, 2 on Saturday, then 4 on Sunday. Or 2, 3, 4. 5 has just always felt like a massive stretch, but now they're in the Mandalay Bay it feels like the extra prep and work required on the ground in that huge venue means it feels out of reach.
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Thread Smash Bros Ultimate datamine: Mementos seems to be Joker's stage (further confirms Persona 5R/Erdrick for Switch leak?)
In the Persona fighting games so far, the main characters only use their main, iconic, unique Persona, so I'd honestly imagined Smash would be the same.
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Thread Smash Bros Ultimate datamine: Mementos seems to be Joker's stage (further confirms Persona 5R/Erdrick for Switch leak?)
See, I take that to mean Jack Frost appears on mementos and uses a skill, much the same as "Bahamut appears on stage and casts Megaflare", but to be fair either definition could work.
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Thread Gggmanlives (sponsored influencer) has negative Anthem review taken down (now edited + reuploaded). In talks w/ EA over original issue
Very different if it was a sponsored video, though. Paying somebody to make a video then being pissed off that video is negative is very different to buying ads via an advertising department then being taken by surprise when the editorial from a separate department is negative (which is what went on with Gamespot - the ads people then complained, leading to Gerstmann's dismissal). Both are bad, but they're very different things.
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Thread Gggmanlives (sponsored influencer) has negative Anthem review taken down (now edited + reuploaded). In talks w/ EA over original issue
I think this happens more often than people think, but rather than formal blacklisting, sometimes if you deliver a negative review you just find a publisher suspiciously ignores you, fails to send you their next game ahead of release, etc etc. Then eventually it blows over and shit goes back to normal. I've encountered it personally a lot, and from a wide range of publishers. Sometimes publishers/PRs/marketing people just start guessing about what publications/regions/people the game will do well with, then selectively deliver code. That is, after all, part of their job - to do they can to try to create the best public perception. And part of the job of media and critics is to work around that shit and inform the public. It gets nasty when you get to stuff like formal bannings and stuff like that though. I feel like you're more likely to see that with influencers who post sponsored posts, too, cos you're gonna end up more annoyed if you pay someone four (or if you're massive, even five) figures and then it works against you, and sometimes even contracts for the deals stipulate against this sort of thing. RE what makes this review stand out, it's hard to say, but it is worth noting the guy is an Aussie; so this could be EA Australia kicking off while the other regions are taking it on the chin. Again, that sort of mismatch is common.
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Thread Smash Bros Ultimate datamine: Mementos seems to be Joker's stage (further confirms Persona 5R/Erdrick for Switch leak?)
The previous leak/rumor that suggested Mementos straight up said stage effects with Persona appearing (Jack Frost named in particular), so pretty likely I think. Sits very much in line with what they did with summons in Midgar, too, as some iconic Persona can serve to represent the rest of the series outside 5, just as Shiva, Ifrit, Bahamut, Ramuh do for FF.
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Thread Smash Bros Ultimate datamine: Mementos seems to be Joker's stage (further confirms Persona 5R/Erdrick for Switch leak?)
Persona takes place in a combination of real-world Japan and "shadow worlds", which are different in each game but are basically alternate dimensions where the demons live. Straight up Tokyo wouldn't be very interesting for Smash, especially to the devs, and Mementos is basically the main recurring area of the shadow world in P5.
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Thread (RUMOR) Nintendo and Microsoft are working on big things together
The end goal for Microsoft is surely getting people signing into Xbox Live on Switch (as they do for Minecraft already), and eventually, if the tech works, getting XCloud on Switch so you can sign up for Game Pass (or whatever) and Stream those games to Switch. They clearly want Xbox to become this 'Netflix of gaming' destination where you can pay a subscription or buy games and play them anywhere. They've already shown stuff like Xbox One games streaming to phones... Switch is a natural candidate for that, and it's really a win/win for both companies. All this ties in with other things we've known about, like the reported Fire/Chrome stick style Xbox Streaming device that leaked but appears to have been canned for now - that of course required an Xbox One elsewhere in the house to remotely stream from, but the Azure-powered XCloud future they envision won't require that. Meanwhile, for direct, local play of their titles they'll also still ship a new piece of Xbox Hardware.
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Thread Square Enix Expects A Major Game Release Later This Year [Final Fantasy VII Remake Or Avengers?]
I mean, what I'm getting at is if the original plan was to show it in 2018, it's unlikely they were going to show it when it was years and years away from release. The Eidos games are ultimately controlled by the Western arm of Square Enix, usually out of London, and though obviously Japan has a say, the Western side has been pushing towards tighter and tighter reveal-to-release loops over time, whereas Japan has a lot about doing that but has had little success with it. My point is if you historically look at games from Crystal and Eidos over this generation, they've followed something of a pattern: they announce things early with a teaser/basic press release to help quell speculation and assist with recruitment, then silence until a reveal and release with a shorter turn-around. They did this with the last few Tomb Raider games. Mankind Divided was pre-announced in 2013 via press release, then revealed in April 2015, and around 18 months later released. It feels like Avengers is probably going to follow a similar pattern - or a shorter one. Thus my hypothesis; when the game resurfaces it'll be in a state where they will have an absolute, definite release date locked down and it'll be less than 18 months away. When I see this spike on the revenue charts, my gut instinct is to say that instead of revealing Avengers in more depth in 2018, they decided to hold fire and have an even tighter loop from announcement to release. Obviously Avengers was announced the same year that FF7 switched direction, so they've had roughly the same time in that sense, but while I think it was early days when they spoke about it in 2017, I think Avengers has probably had longer in the oven than it might appear. Crystal has been on it since they wrapped Rise of the Tomb Raider - so since the end of 2015. Crystal was even considered too busy to handle the PC or PS4 versions of ROTTR - that was handled by Nixxes, and then of course Shadow was developed by a new team within Eidos in Canada. Anyway, point is - unless there was a mysterious cancelled project in the middle, Avengers has been in development since the end of 2015, which means by the end of this year it'd be a four-year project - and one with two studios working on it, as when Deus Ex was done a good chunk of Eidos Montreal seemingly went to work on it too. This has essentially been a two-team game in a sense - and that lines up with comments from Matsuda to places like GamesIndustry.biz suggesting it is a notably huge scale project for them. Anyway, all this is to say: gut instinct says this is to be Avengers than FF7, as I think Avengers has a better chance of being further along what with FF7 shifting and changing after being bought back in-house. Could easily be wrong, though - it's just looking at the situation. FWIW, I think also Avengers did at least change direction a bit in 2018 - CD went on something of a hiring spree looking for people to help with single-player content, like a single player mode producer and stuff - whereas the hires they were doing post ROTTR were more focused around multiplayer, co-op, shared world etc. But that's not dissimilar to what we saw with something like Battlefront, where EA hired up and used Motive to put a solo-focused campaign together later on in development. I still think the game is far enough a long to be a comfortable Q4 financial 2019/20 game, though. I'm excited for both though, and I'm sure we'll get loads of FF7 info this year... and I would be pumped if it that.
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Thread Square Enix Expects A Major Game Release Later This Year [Final Fantasy VII Remake Or Avengers?]
They literally said the following: "The Avengers project is being designed for gamers worldwide and will be packed with all the characters, environments, and iconic moments that have thrilled longtime fans of the franchise. Featuring a completely original story, it will introduce a universe gamers can play in for years to come. " And rumors suggest at least one of the 'other games' is an Eidos Montreal led Marvel game (though EM is also working on Avengers) - possibly Guardians of the Galaxy. Anyway, the point is, they literally said they'd give more details on Avengers Project and essentially said they'd also announce another Marvel game in 2018... then they didn't show anything or talk about the game at all. It's been radio silence. So it's pretty safe to assume plans changed.
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Thread Square Enix Expects A Major Game Release Later This Year [Final Fantasy VII Remake Or Avengers?]
Something to remember is that when SE announced Avengers in 2017, they said they'd talk about it "next year" - so at this point we're well overdue a big info drop for that game. The question is - is that because they decided to wait to show it until it was very close to release, in which case a release this year is likely, or is that because it hit trouble?
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Thread Metro Exodus Review Thread
On VG247 I call it "a brilliant sequel that wrestles control away a little too often". The sandbox environments work and the game systems work - but the story doesn't always land and the presentation leaves a bit to be desired despite being very pretty indeed. PC version tested.
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Thread When will it begin to sound ridiculous for the narrator to announce the next mainline Final Fantasy?
I've long thought that the numbers sounded a little silly once we hit double digits, sequels to numbers and had online and offline games mixed together... and I also think that they might sometimes work against the series. I've said for a while they'd be better off with just subtitles (Like, Final Fantasy: The Zodiac Age is a name), but the problem I guess is that the series has so much going on, so many spin-offs and side games of very varying quality that the numbers are the only thing that serve to differentiate between the rest of the franchise and the games that matter.
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Thread PC gamers, if Microsoft keeps bringing XB exclusives to PC, how interested are you in the next XB?
I just think the equation has changed for Microsoft - not just Xbox, but the whole company. People often think this is all Phil, but this is driven by Nadella as much as anything else, as the 'services shift' is happening right across the company, from Office to Windows and on and on. It's just Xbox moving to be aligned with everything else that's going on.
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Thread PC gamers, if Microsoft keeps bringing XB exclusives to PC, how interested are you in the next XB?
The whole point of Microsoft's shift in strategy is that they don't really care where you play their games, so long as you're signing in to Xbox Live and using their services. New dedicated hardware will exist for people who want it, but MS clearly want more people playing in more different places across the board - be that on PC, or XCloud streaming on mobile, or even other platforms. So I suspect to Microsoft - if their strategy plays out how they envision - it doesn't matter either way. For me personally, it'll come down to how good the box is outside games. If everything is on PC, I'm less inclined to buy a box, but if the box is a really solid multimedia box then obviously at that point it becomes very tempting to install one in the living room.
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Thread Capcom said Hideaki Itsuno could make Dragon’s Dogma 2, but he chose to make DMC5 first
I just don't think Capcom is as hardcore "KEEP THE SECRETS" as a lot of Japanese devs (like a Square Enix or whoever). Like, if DD2 coming, this is exactly the thing I'd want to let out as part of a PR plan. It slowly builds hype. Fans begin to get excited. This is a company that teased and teased RE2 in similar ways in interviews and little nods, right through the RE7 promotional cycle... and then announced they were doing it in, like, a Facebook post (or something like that - where did they post the 'We do it?' thing?) The important thing about RE2, and the thing that I think Capcom has realized/nailed, is that it's OK to say stuff like this 'cos the fans aren't dumb. By saying out loud they were doing RE2 remake they didn't kill the excitement of that actual reveal trailer at E3. If anything, they enhanced it: fans speculated for years, and waited and waited, and so when it was announced there was an explosion of excitement. Now, sure, they could've got that explosion of excitement through secrecy then an announcement, but this is where it's smart. For one, they avoid leaks. It can't be leaked that they're doing RE2 Remake, because they've revealed the fact themselves (this, a note taken from the movie production playbook. With hundreds of devs and many contractors outside of the sealed offices of developers working on games now, is it really viable to try to keep projects 100% secret any more? Why not just say what you're doing?) But two, they were able to coast for a few years without fans going WHERE THE FUCK IS IT (see FF7 Remake) and then release the game less than 9 months after properly 'revealing' it. This also means you can have a really air-tight, clearly planned promotional plan. Like, here's point A, the official reveal, here's the release, months later - let's do this at Gamescom, this at TGS, a press preview here, an influencer hands-on there. (DMC clearly had a plan like this too, where it was E3 reveal, TGS Dante hands-on, pre-launch V hands-on - a clear arc from announce to release that doesn't exhaust with either too much or too little information). Again, contrast this to a FF7 situation: drips and drabs here and there, suddenly gameplay footage then nothing for years, then a key render and nothing for years. Now, FF7 can pull all this back when they are ready to show stuff (this year, hopefully), but imo makes a difficult battle more difficult. EA/BioWare's done this a lot as well, to their credit. Like, after Mass Effect 3 shipped and once the ending dust had settled they very quickly outlined what was happening - that the core team would make a new IP (Anthem) and a new team would make a new Mass Effect. Likewise, they never made a secret that they had more Dragon Age coming after Inquisition... but then announced them all later. BioWare hit a lot of problems with these games, but their management of the fans and their expectations has generally been masterful, imo. Anyway... I'm not saying I expect a DD2 announcement to be handled the same as RE2 - director and producer choice clearly plays a lot into that and with DMC5 Itsuno went for surprise (though he was also still openly saying "new game incoming" on twitter in the run up to E3, just not what it was), but what I am saying is that Capcom of recent years has been pretty happy to think outside the box and be a little more transparent.
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Thread Capcom said Hideaki Itsuno could make Dragon’s Dogma 2, but he chose to make DMC5 first
Honestly, as the guy who sat in this interview and listened to this answer, I firmly believe the opposite. I don't think he would've raised this fact if he didn't know DD2 was what he was now going to now that DMC5 is done. Everything about the phrasing - saying, moments apart, that DMC5 is now done, and that he had ideas for DD2 years ago, and also saying the original is the game he's most proud of. I mean, one thing is clear: they have their next game greenlit. "I’m already gearing up for my next project. We can’t say what it is, but we’re looking forward to getting to work on it." Given this was said in the same breath as talking about DD2, I'm personally inferring it's almost certainly that. It'd be bad PR to give this answer otherwise, as it'd just be an unfair tease. And in the past, say a year ago at E3, Itsuno was answering DD2 questions by saying "I know there's a fanbase, please ask Capcom" and the like - this is a very different tone of answer.
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Thread Capcom said Hideaki Itsuno could make Dragon’s Dogma 2, but he chose to make DMC5 first
The narrative of this game completely falling flat expectations wise has always been slightly dicey, to be fair, because it smashed expectations significantly in Japan - it just struggled in the West. However, when push come to shove, at the end of the financial year Capcom still told investors they considered it a "major success". Still, they were clearly surprised by how well it ended up doing on PC... but what this interview shows also is that Capcom was clearly ready to make another well before the game got that second chance. The main reason this narrative of failure has emerged, I think, is because for a while during development Capcom thought it was going to break-out like an Oblivion or something. It didn't, obviously, but there is now a very real opportunity to springboard into something bigger and better. Also: I wrote this! Itsuno is a super cool dude. Matt Walker, too. Itsuno and I spent a while after the interview nerding out about the Mega Drive, arcade preservation via MAME, etc.
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Thread Devil May Cry 5 Preview thread - HYPE IS REAL BOYS
Hey! I played this and I can always answer some questions (within embargo) but I also want to drop into this thread and say I think V is . Super clever design, really different to the others. Here's my write-up:
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Thread Wi-Fi Mesh vs Traditional Router - Help
Worth pointing out - I've no idea how well it works, but Asus have their own in-house multi-router mesh style solution now, and the AC68U is on the compatibility list: No idea how well it performs - write-ups seem to be decent - but this'd be a way to use your existing router in a mesh-type setup, potentially.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
I think in large part it's about audience, though. YouGov polls the general British public, all ages, and that was always the point about Moffat's era: versus the RTD era, it had way higher international audience but seriously dipped in the UK, and I think that just means when you get a poll as broad as what yougov does... the results skew towards the Doctors with the most popular eras that were the most widely watched in the UK.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
It's back in "very early 2020", but they're filming now. I assume we'll get an episode either at Christmas or New Year followed immediately by a series.
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Thread Resident Evil 2 Review Thread
I think he's fucking brilliant, tbh. He toes the line well between being a constant threat but also being escapable enough to not make him a nightmare. If you're very quiet or still and hide he'll even walk right past you... the worst thing you can do is panic. The game also does really well at giving you warning in that you'll very often hear his footsteps and hear the music that plays when he gets close fading in before you him (apart from when it's an engineered jump scare), as once he's in the room the music will start and you'll hear the footsteps from a mile away. The footsteps thing is a great tension-adder, too, since I got fooled more than once where I thought it was zombies, opened a door and wham, there he was - nearly shit myself. The inverse has been true, too, where I've been scared to open a door as I've thought it was him, then discovered it was just zombies. The thing that makes it work is the design of the RPD. Rarely will you ever be backed into a corner and forced to go him - usually you can turn tail and kite around to get to where you need to go in another way, losing him in the process. Later areas don't always play by these rules, but you're better equipped by then. I also really like the structure: he doesn't show up at RPD until you've explored the lion's share of the building, so you have plenty of time to become familiar with it all. When he shows up, it tests your knowledge of the building, mastery of the map and the routes around it - and also forces you to approach it in a different way, as suddenly you want to not fire guns unless absolutely necessary because it'll attract attention.
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Thread Resident Evil 2 Review Thread
Once he's on the map in RPD, he's and can go most places and into most rooms (but not all, so there are safe spaces). You can lose him, but doing stuff like firing a weapon might draw him from the other side of the building to where you are, etc. He tracks you, basically. Once you leave RPD, he'll show up in a similar fashion in other locations, though he's never as a threatening, always-on-you presence as in his earliest appearances.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
It's a family show that's really kid-friendly. It moves about rapidly, hopping from hardcore sci-fi concepts to campy adventures to horror, philosophy and stuff that's borderline cartoon. It has more in common with Harry Potter than Star Trek, in a way. You have to go into it knowing what to expect, really, including the fact that whatever year you pick the effects aren't going to be up to scratch with the best stuff. The Eleventh Hour is weird, though (like Rose), because it was their very first time grappling with HD and so while I think the show looks quite lovely, all the CGI stuff looked naff then and worse now. To give you an idea on budget, on average at a time when they were both on fair a single episode of Doctor Who would cost less than a third of a single episode of Enterprise. So, y'know, that's where the show is at. It's remarkable what they achieve, tbh.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
It was mutual, I think. Gold was done but also Chibnall wanted a change. Gold had to be persuaded to stick around when RTD left anyway.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
Trivia time... The Wars of Mars was originally conceived as a Halloween special - so they would've had Halloween decor around the base & references to it in dialogue. Originally, the plan was for Easter, Halloween, Christmas to be the Tennant/RTD finale specials year. But then X-Factor finals or something was on Halloween, so they shifted the plan to be one at Easter and three(!) at Christmas - like 20th, 25th, 1st. The fact they were a sort of trilogy was part of why they leaned heavily on that cliffhanger ending of the Doctor realizing he's gone too far, etc. That's also why Waters of Mars is set around Christmas, with Christmas Decorations & Christmas video messages from family etc. Then they changed it again because they thought like that was all their eggs in one basket, but at this point The Waters of Mars had already begun production. It got shifted back, but not as far back as it initially was due to the scheduling/rivalry worries, so it ended up going out a few weeks after Halloween. But then you had this slightly weird thing of a Christmas Episode airing in mid November. They tried to tone down the Christmas elements a bit in editing.
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Thread Doctor Who Series Eleven is Great. Why is it so polarizing?
I think this is a complicated issue. Honestly, it feels like this is the truth:Jodie stuck the landing. Chibnall did not.Jodie's debut had the highest ratings for any Doctor debut ever and ratings in the top five for the show since it came back in 2005. It dropped a lot later on, however, and the holiday special was the lowest rated holiday special since 2005. In terms of series average viewing figures, we won't know consolidated figures for a bit yet but it looks like this series will either be second behind Series 4, Tennant's last, or third behind Series 5.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
Honestly, when the show doubled down on this for several years in a row it was the final nail in the coffin for the original run, to the point where in those final few series' they obsessively tried to strip the character/lore back to inject some mystery and in the process arguably went too far. The companion is the audience surrogate and more often than not the show is 'about' them - certainly under RTD the show was about Rose, Martha and Donna, and I'd actually say Amy is very much the protagonist of her year - but there is a there where we begin to follow the Doctor more. That for me is where the show begins to meander a bit. In the end, part of the problem is that 3 companions is a lot, so nobody can develop to become the 'sole' protagonist... and it's baked into the very DNA of the show right back to 1963 that the Doctor isn't the protagonist, so it's not her either. I'm not really sure who the protagonist of this era is so far. Not being the protagonist doesn't stop the Doctor's relationships from being important; in fact, it makes the relationship with the companion(s) the most important thingin the show.
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I get the point, but the question "Why isn't the Doctor the lead character in his/her own show?" is a mistaken concept, imo, because when the show is at its best the Doctor isn't the lead character anyway. I'd argue a lot of the big problems with some of Moffat's work was an over-focus on the Doctor. The problem is that Yaz is a whole lot of nothing, though.
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Thread SPOILERS - Second Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC Fighter Datamined
Mainly I just feel the shouts are like moves practically for Smash specials, but yeah - easy enough to rep TES in general with spells and references.
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Thread SPOILERS - Second Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC Fighter Datamined
Have always felt, and continue to feel, that the Dragonborn would make a lot more sense than the Doomslayer - mainly due to the challenges around a Doomslayer moveset avoiding realistic guns, which was a big challenge with Snake. Same company and, I'd argue, at this point probably equally iconic. Doom guy is much older though, of course.
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RTD said in his personal head-canon that he thinks one regeneration can be influenced by the experiences of the last - so specifically he suggested that the Tenth Doctor was a direct response to Rose and even ended up with the accent he did in a subconscious attempt to be attractive/pleasing to her. Moffat raised this theory again in some panel somewhere and furthered it by suggesting that the Twelfth Doctor was Scottish out of a sort of subconscious affinity for Amy. One can extrapolate this further, obviously - Missy was very important to Twelve, so maybe that's why we ended up with the switch for Thirteen, etc. I've always liked this idea though, especially the suggestion that it's just subconscious and can't be helped.
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I mean, the real reason Tennant spoke in the accent he did and not in his own is RTD didn't want the character to do a "regional tour" with another regional accent after Eccleston, but these fannish explanations from the showrunners are cute, if nothing else.
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Thread So I turned on BBC America and they're showing the Premier League of Darts
There's a fair number of similarities ranging from big to superficial, but as far as impacts go in terms of body-to-body impacts rugby does tend to be more brutal generally speaking. It doesn't have the concussion problem as badly though they don't have helmets - the lack of helmets means players don't lead with their heads and actively avoid head-first collisions, whereas if you're wearing a helmet you're more likely to just go for it, which ironically then raises rates of concussion and stuff.
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Thread Marvel Confirms Loki was Mind controlled in The Avengers
Isn't the whole point that the stone when in the scepter, at least, fuels negative emotion? This is why when all the heroes are in the same room as it they begin to fight and seriously escalate - Banner reaching for the Scepter, Fury his gun, Stark and Rogers offering a fist fight to each other? Like, it says it influenced Loki, not controlled him. We know he has sociopathic, psychotic tendencies. They're his. The stone just exaggerated them.
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Thread Capcom quietly disables "Sponsored Content" in-game ads in Street Fighter 5
Capcom just had its most successful game release ever, and SF5 - to my understanding, at least - is quite successful with DLC and post-release engagement/sales, even if the actual software sales haven't lived up to SF4's various revisions. At the end of the day, nobody (sane) is going to argue that SF5's in-game ads were a good idea well executed - it's a dicey idea poorly executed. Nobody likewise should really stand up for the Fight Money economy, which has been significantly worsened over the last year or so since AE launched (too many FM sinks, not enough opportunities to earn). But all of this is more chalked up to Capcom being confused and experimenting, unsure of what they actually want to with Street Fighter in the future. Like, both of those feel like a shot at trying out more aggressive monetization with an eye towards a free-to-start SF6, imo, but the problem is in SF5 it's at odds with the other more traditional aspects of the game. Considering these experiments have been generally flawed, it'll be really interesting to see what they do with the next game. (I'd like to see large elements of it stay, like extra battle and FM as a concept, but make characters free and instead build the post-launch revenue model around costumes, stages and other cosmetic stuff. Basically, Overwatch.) I don't think SF5 is finished just yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if after a full spread of content in 2019 if that's it for the game. I know Ono said in the past that they had plans through 2020 - so theoretically five seasons - but 2020 will very likely be next-gen time and SF5 seemingly is doing ok but clearly isn't as successful as Capcom had hoped. AE was a big roll of the dice for the game and, honestly, it didn't offer the recovery they needed and didn't even help SF5 to reach Vanilla SF4 numbers, leave alone the numbers that game went on to reach with the 'stand-alone' releases of SSF4, AE and USF4. It's a great game underneath all the crap going on around it, though.
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Thread Sid Meier’s Civilization VI out now for iPad
Man, this is surely going to chug like hell when it hits later turns, surely? Still amazing to see mind. XCOM 2 when?
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Thread Should SFVI start from scratch (like previous SF games) or reuse SFV assets for a larger roster?
Oh, don't get me wrong - I love the mechanic, I just think that if they were to keep some assets from SF5 one of the key things they should do to differentiate the game should be to change SF5's 'unique mechanic', just as focus attacks were replaced. The difference is that V-Triggers are measurably better than FAs though, so I'd like the new mechanic to still be quite similar. It's just a way to make a new game stand out though.
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Thread Should SFVI start from scratch (like previous SF games) or reuse SFV assets for a larger roster?
Build on the SF5 system - make some minor art style/lighting changes to make it stand out and differentiate it, but keep the animations and the cast. Perhaps change some designs/costumes as necessary. Mainly, what I'd like is a new game building on SF5's foundations with the V-system replaced with something new.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
We'll see where it lands, of course, but if you assume around the same percentage checking in every week, there will be a relatively 'consistent' decline across the series (though not every week) which is an outlier vs other series', but the figures are still better than Smith, Tennant and Capaldi.
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Final numbers and stuff. Tom Spilsbury (previous DWM editor) has a great summary on twitter. Here's his account, but here's the tweets in a local format too: So, some good and some bad there. Mostly very good though - and most interesting!
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Thread Did fans in the UK ( and other places) really not clap at any point during Infinity War?
UK here - have experienced very polite, subdued applause as the credits begin to roll. Have genuinely never experienced it in any other moment of a film in my life, with one exception - during The Force Awakens and Episode 3 release-day showings some people clapped when the Star Wars fanfare began and the opening crawl started. Feels like in the movie you run the risk of a spare of applause drowning out some sudden dialogue... so people just don't do it.
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The funny thing is the flip side is I think this has been a less engaging series for kids (anecdotal evidence, admittedly - but my partner is a teacher and thus has a relatively good idea of what is being talked about and inspiring play in the playground) than I'd like Doctor Who to be. It's doing good stuff - episodes like Rosa and Demons are - but kids love a bit of shooty-bang and exciting running around, and this hasn't got nearly enough of that. I think a chunk of the kids audience was lost as the series became embroiled in deeper over-arching plot lines during Moffat's era, and while this returns to something closer to the lighter-on-arcs style that Davies oversaw, it lacks the bombast to really get kids excited, at least from what I've seen. I doubt there's many kids in playgrounds running around pretending to be Tim Shaw. This is also why it moving from Christmas Day makes sense - if the special episode is in line with the rest of the series, its lower key attitude doesn't really make sense for 7pm on Christmas Day anyway. And here's the thing: the show a children's show. David Tennant said it best when he once said that the show really belongs to the children watching - of which at one point he was one - the adults just borrow it and also enjoy it. At its best, Doctor Who should have something of the quality of a Pixar movie; immediately engaging and never boring to children, but interesting and thought-provoking to adults. I feel like RTD's era expressed that best, but Moffat also had a good bash at it before giving way to hardcore fanwank and increasingly convoluted plots.
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According to the Mirror, who reported on it a while before the trailer made it obvious, they indeed are.
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My main dread is the new design, again, given that it was a disaster last time.
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Thread Metro 2033 film project halted because ‘A lot of things didn’t work’ - VG247
Not to be arsehole, especially since I work there, but this story has been reported by Variety based on a lengthy, in-depth interview on VG247. That's where the quote is from. There's more from the interview here, too:
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Thread Metro 2033 film project halted because ‘A lot of things didn’t work’ - VG247
I actually linked the wrong story, there's two! It's not really your fault, given Variety didn't even deign to put a link in themselves, tbh. But just wanted to point out!
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I think it was really smart to just make things entirely fresh this year, though I'd now like to see a couple of old names return next year. I'd quite like to see Cornell or Whithouse return from the longer-term alumni, and it'd be great to see Mathieson do some more, too.
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Capaldi's writing was mostly fine. It was Smith that was let down by his stories in Series 6 and 7, and it's a similar story to Jodie but for competely and totally different reasons.
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I imagine the most likely 'good news' explanation for the delay would be a return to the 13 episode format.
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
I've got a problem with my ARC on an LG HDMI set. I've got the Xbox One X hooked up to HDMI1, our set top box hooked up to HDMI3, and the sound bar is connected to HDMI2 to give it the Arc connection. ARC works fine with the built-in live TV and with the Xbox - sounds great - but whenever it's connected to the set top box I'm not getting ARC, just regular TV speakers. Everything looks as it should, but I must be missing something. Any ideas?
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
The rumor was only six episodes next year, at which point both Chibs and Jodie would depart. So we're not out of the woods yet... fingers crossed we get confirmation of a longer series. The rumor's logic/reasoning was after the show's success the BBC wanted more, quickly - more quickly than had previously been agreed - but Chibnall has struggled with the workload of Doctor Who compared to other drama (this bit, at least, is verifiable) . So when the BBC said "we want another 12 next year" he said no, and opted to leave - but agreed to do six to bridge the gap... and Jodie said she'd go with him. We will see...
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Thread Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Review Thread
Hello! I reviewed the game, so - FWIW, 'naturally' with no cheesing, I think around 10 hours. You can probably take that down to around 6 if you knowingly make some adjustments to how you play. If you really want to cheese, there's a method you can do that'll bring it down to around 2 hours.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
Kill the Moon is a disaster, as is the Forest one, but Mummy and Flatline do sort of balance that out. I would say this has been the best guest ep line-up since either S1 or S4.
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Thread AVENGERS 4 | Speculation Thread (Open Spoilers, Set Photos and Leaks)
Errr, because if you're Square Enix and you're putting out the Avengers game you're probably asking Marvel to send whoever you can who is a 'name' to stan for the game. There are few people who could give it legitimacy like the Russos short of getting the named actors, but those guys are too big/expensive. Trailer could make sense the same day, though. "As you might have seen earlier/last night, we showed a trailer for a little movie we're making... but that's not the only Avengers project coming." roll trailer for the game.
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They have been, though figures abroad don't matter as much as the BBC isn't technically allowed to take foreign sales into account when commissioning shows (because of the license fee remit etc etc) - if a show does well abroad it's a bonus, but not much else. This is why despite the huge international growth in general, the Smith era never actually got any more money, because it was sort of treading water and maintaining in the UK rather than growing.
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Series 12 will have Daleks and another returning species, and that'll be the whole marketing push. Maybe not Cybermen though. Maybe Daleks and a popular new-Who monster? Ood or something. He said "No returning creatures this series", but also separately noted that NYD isn't technically part of the series. Also said "We haven't seen them yet," about Daleks -- when they still had three weeks filming (specifically on the NYD episode) to go. I think we could easily see them at New Year, tbh.
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The main thing I've been really surprised by is that not one episode has felt like it's truly benefited from the extra 5 minutes running time. I don't know if that's a problem with the format or with the pace Chibnall decided to shoot for, but yeah. Every episode (except episode 1, which used its hour quite well) could've easily been 45 with some tight cutting, and even probably would've been better episodes for it.
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Quite liked this. Two good ones in a row! I agree with you about 13's moral hypocrisy and I feel like even if unintentional a reactive reckoning is coming, but - what's the source on this? I've literally never seen this said anywhere, fwiw (and I soak up a lot of silly Doctor Who BS). Like, we know Tennant was offered quite a lot in monetary terms to stay on for Series 5 and we even know how the series arc would've played out with him, but given the BBC had tried to give Capaldi the shove a couple of times & briefed to press him in an attempt to move the show on I find this really difficult to believe (despite loving him in the role myself)
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This makes more sense, I think. Capaldi said in some late-game interviews before Christmas that he hadn't even spoken to Chibnall, compared to Tennant who Moffat separately reached out to despite his decision to leave saying "are you sure?" - and that's what I mean. Like, it's polite, but it's no secret the BBC were never really happy with an older white dude as the Doctor again - none of the wins from diversity, none of the wins from being a sexy young man.
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Huh, that's very interesting, especially since Capaldi said he hadn't spoken to Chibnall around the end of Series 12. It's irrelevant anyway though, I guess... we all know they wanted a clean break. I think it's been good, though I also think this series has suffered (versus S5) by not having sort of continuity thread. River, for all her faults, did wonders.
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Moffat offered the job to a black man before Smith. He's admitted this but he's never said who it was (for good reason, as that's the sort of thing that'd follow the actor around for the rest of their life). There was a of smoke around Paterson and in interviews he's as good as admitted he auditioned for the role - plus Paterson had just recently worked with Moffat on Jekyll, playing a very over-the-top, eccentric role. Patreson has never said if he was the one who turned it down, and I can't see a smaller-level actor like him turning it down - so I imagine he auditioned and wasn't right. I think the one who turned it down was probably Ejiofor, tbh. Nobody auditioned for 12 other than Capaldi and nobody auditioned for 10 other than Tennant, so it only really came close to happening that once... but it was a close call.
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Paterson is one of the better things in Jekyll - grinning, hand-wringing, over-the-top evil businessman. There's something Doctor-ish about how over the top he is in that role (or even, Master-ish, tbh), and you can see why he'd have been on Moffat's shortlist a year later.
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The thing about the rumour that maybe makes me wonder if it could be true is I was surprised when Chibnall took over the show - as here he is coming off the back of award-winning, home-grown drama... and he's taking over this franchise he doesn't ultimately own and have control over? He's not quite the same level of mega-nerd as RTD and Moffat were, either, and it made me wonder how long he'd do it for before he wanted to do something else. Because of that, the narrative of the show as a victim of its own success - where the BBC now wants more, quicker, and Chibnall isn't willing to meet that requirement... on paper it makes sense, because we know RTD faced similar demands in his era, when the show was wildly popular. Indeed, Sarah Jane Adventures exists because the BBC started to put early production in motion for - I shit you not - a CBBC show about the Doctor, the Master and other time lords as kids on Gallifrey. RTD found out, thought the idea was a disaster, and pitched them SJA to them from making that show without him. Then, midway through Series 3, with Torchwood, SJA and Doctor Who plates all spinning, RTD nearly had a breakdown. So, y'know...
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I don't know that he was rumoured to leave so specifically, but it wasn't much of a secret that after Series 8 failed to set the world on fire the BBC thought casting somebody older like that was a mistake. BBC sources (presumably covering their asses so they could blame Moffat etc if the ratings tanked) said and leaked some pretty shitty things to newspapers about Capaldi's age around that time. This then led to speculation he was gonna get kicked out. As so often is the case with these things, that's not true, but there's truth to it, basically.
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Thread Just Cause 4 Cinematic Trailer by Visual Works
Visual Works is a Square Enix division, and all they do is CG - for games, for ads, for spin-off movies, contract work for external companies etc. The high-end research Visual Works do is also folded into their real time engines as often as possible. It's a core part of their business.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
The infamous "you are erased from Doctor Who!" public producer firing was series 7, but the series 7 situation was led to by Series 6. Supposedly a few things happened during/around S6. First, one of the Series 5 producers got disciplined for nepotism or something - like, she hired her own partner on to the production of the series 5 episodes that filmed abroad (Vincent & Vampires iirc) and then they stayed on in Croatia after filming was done for a little holiday - a breach of BBC rules. She was disciplined for this as Series 6 was spinning up, and then she left the BBC entirely. Her co-producer, who presumably looked the other way, was promoted 'sideways' off Doctor Who into a similar position elsewhere in the BBC. (He's done alright for himself though, as he's now controller of Drama or something). Then Moffat had some really bad scripting problems where the workload was just untenable because of Sherlock... he gave up a couple of episodes he was scheduled to write. All of this was a factor (though not the deciding one, afaik) in the series getting split in two, and when it was split in two it also had to be re-ordered and rewritten to accommodate that. While all of this comes from insider scuttlebutt and all that, Moffat is plainly on the record explaining that it was one of the most stressful years of his life and he strongly considered leaving after Series 7 and the 50th in the wake of it. I dunno if my description of the most tumultuous time is entirely true, to be fair - that might go to midway through Series 3 when torn between Torchwood, Sarah Jane Adventures, Doctor Who and all his other duties RTD began to have a breakdown and Julie Gardner began actioning plans with the BBC to bring Doctor Who to a close and take it off the air at the end of series 4... the amazing thing is we came that close, then RTD burst back in, the workaholic, revitalized and insisting the show continued. Part of Series 3's all-over-the-place quality and the mad Deus Ex Machina ending of Last of the Time Lords is due to the ridiculously high-pressure situation it was delivered in, though. Series 3 and 6 have that in common.
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Thread Kingdom Hearts III development has wrapped; new trailers
It's not even really 100% Disney any more, in that as the series has grown it's shifted: whereas before it was probably like 60% Disney classics, 30% original stuff and 10% Final Fantasy, I'd say it's probably 50/50 between the Disney cuts and their own KH lore now, as they've built up a of it over the years. As for FF, they've suggested FF characters might in this game, but haven't revealed any.
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Thread Sony releases first image of Monster Hunter movie
The synopsis is out there, and it's basically that a UN squad of soldiers ends up getting sucked through a portal to another world - the MH world - and once there, they team up with the native hunters to close the portals to stop the monsters from getting through to earth. It's a pretty standard solution for having audience surrogate characters, I guess.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
Planet of the Dead is shit, but there's a whole lot to love in the Sontaran episodes, I think. Raynor had this weird knack for getting the details of antagonists and drama right in an episode, making for the works of a great episode, then draping it in absolute shit to drag the whole thing down. Like the human sub-plots in Evolution of the Daleks, and the fucking awful school for geniuses plot in Sontaran Strategem... The way the Sontarans are, the way they were re-characterized as this angry race with an ugly imposter complex, the hakas, the fact they've begun to resort to cowardice outside of their ideals of 'pure warfare' etc - it's really, good. (A shame, since the combination of Strax and the only other Sontarans shown since being entirely incompetent undermines that characterization somewhat.) Also, the stuff with Martha is great - her in UNIT, the Doctor approving but not approving of her being with a military organization, the way Donna steps out of the TARDIS and there's zero animosity - they just and get on... Donna's return to family is truncated, but no less effective than the ones with Martha and Rose. Like, there's a lot to unpack in those episodes, and I think they're good. Just, yeah, there's that awful shit with the school and stuff that's a nightmare. Same for Evolution of the Daleks. Like, thematically I think it's the most interesting Dalek story in the modern show. That could've been Asylum, but it was squandered when "insane Daleks" was taken to mean Daleks that er, are a bit broken physically. But here you've got this contradiction of Daleks encouraged to think outside the box and where that leads. I think the design and the performance of the 'human Dalek' is great, but what I like more is how the pure Daleks slowly turn against him. Eyestalks side-eyeing each other as they begin to doubt his leadership. The Dalek controllers do a great job in these episodes, because they have . You can tell they're nervous about what's happening, then angry. Then there's them down in the sewers, literally scooting close to each other in a corner to conspire. I that stuff. But then, y'know, there's Tallulah and Pig Men and all that shit and . Anyway, I'd take both of those two parters over the generally inoffensive but rather boring Sontaran one from Series 5, etc. I really do think Series 4 and 5 are about even, in quality terms.
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6 is a wreck, but then again the show was in the greatest behind-the-scenes turmoil of its rebooted life at that time. Lovely two-parter to open it though, and many episodes with great , just not many great episodes, sadly.
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The flip side of all this is I can remember Tallulah's name, and the name of Luke the snotty genius from Sontaran Strategem - and how he's obsessed with calling it the "Atmos System" is a tautology... whereas I can't remember the name of almost any of the incidental character from the last few weeks. Except Rosa, for obvious reason. So it was doing something right even when it was bad.
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Really enjoyed Kerblam. Bit of a sloppy ending that I think is a bit rough on the Doctor's characterization, but this was a more tightly written story this week, and it's proved that Yaz, Graham and Ryan can all get character beats and moments. Yaz in particular has some great moments this week - we even see her get to use her police training, instinctively and correctly restraining the antagonist! Great! Far better than her going "So it's like [contemporary reference], but in space!" and nothing else like she did in Tsuranga. Still feel like episode has had a weird pacing problem. This week had a very sharp wrap-up and conclusion, and yet it sagged in the middle? It's very strange. The final scene in the TARDIS feels weird to me, too - we keep having these final 'summary' scenes in the TARDIS, and I don't really think they work, and I'm not sure why they exist. I'm glad to see the TARDIS set get some use, but I'd rather see more pre-adventure banter there than return there, which somehow feels like it sucks some of the immediacy out of the conclusion. Basically, I think the stretch in run time hasn't served the show well any week apart from week one - and Doctor debuts are usually an hour anyway. Really liked this episode though. Just a good, solid romp. No major complaints.
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I hope if Chibnall goes, Jodie stays. Her leaving after a year and a bit is just a bad look that would make the anti female doctor idiots go 'AHA! WE WERE RIGHT!!' and honestly I think her interpretation could be served better under a new showrunner.
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It was used very briefly in episode 3, I think? That or episode 4. It was definitely used, because I remember thinking it was weird that she just used it and didn't explain it to the others (and thus to the new audience)
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This is part of the problem, imo. Like, I agree, that episode of Life on Maris is , as is Broadchurch, but there's a style of dialogue that goes with that sort of deeply naturalistic, down-to-earth, gritty show, and in a show like Doctor Who it can take what is usually a fast-paced adventure show and suddenly keep slamming on the brakes for back-and-forth dialogue that just didn't exist in the last two eras unless it served a specific purpose, unless the show was slowing down to make a particular emphasis, like the difference between the speech patterns of John Smith and the Doctor in Human Nature. I think people often conflate the term 'bad writing' with other things, anyway. Chibnall writes good episodes of TV. He's a good writer. But for a show like Doctor Who, a lot of the dialogue currently isn't right, imo. So there's a good chunk of bad dialogue. The shows are generally well-written though.
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Nobody's going to die because the cast is massive and none of them have had a proper chance to develop. If you're going to have a TARDIS crew that significant and have them all full-time, you really need to commit to them being around for a few years.
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The loss of Christmas Day is a bummer because it was just a great big tentpole day for the series, and New Years Day isn't nearly as busy. It was a place to draw casual viewers into the series - I don't think Series 4 would've fully broke the records it did without the incredible teeing up of Voyage of the Damned (still the most-watched episode of the modern show), etc. But alas. I don't think this form of Doctor Who would really fit at Christmas anyway?
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Thread FFP's video explores Tabata's history at Square Enix and how he was treated unfairly.
My understanding is simply that SE wanted to take Luminous Productions in one direction, a different direction from that initially agreed when they set up the studio. He didn't agree with the new direction and a compromise couldn't be found, so off he went. Luminous will continue partially on the path he set them on making a big new AAA game, though. Can't remember who, but somebody 'in the know' on twitter etc, a Japanese industry analyst, suggested the FF15 DLC cancellation came Tabata decided to leave, in that SE decided they didn't want to continue with those without him. This makes sense to me based on what I know about t he circumstances of those projects being greenlit - IE that the extra year of DLC and some of the more hardcore PC support was absolutely Tabata's pet project/baby. Without him on the team it may simply have been that the passion/interest for that wasn't there, especially since surely there are young members of the team now keen to strike out and make something out from under the shadow of FF15 and its accumulated decade of baggage (as let's face it, that round two of DLC existed in part to address continuing concerns around that game that were in-part fueled by Versus). That aside, regarding low risk, high return, I point to what Kotaku's Jason Schreier said in the wake of this news initially - that he's heard from a lot of developers that single-player focused DLC simply doesn't sell very well.
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Thread FFP's video explores Tabata's history at Square Enix and how he was treated unfairly.
The 33m write down was due to throwing out work that was being done on existing projects that now have been cancelled. This includes 15 DLC, but also stuff Luminous was making first attempts on. Tabata had grand designs for Luminous including outside games, but SE decided it didn't want to go down that path. Shutting down those productions resulted in the extraordinary loss they posted, since the cash already invested in those things will be lost. At the end of the day, SE didn't believe the stuff they cancelled had the potential to give them a reliable and decent return in investment. It sounds like Tabata did, so he'll try to secure funding from elsewhere and do it alone. He probably will, too - while he made his share of mistakes bringing FF15 home proves he could be a valuable, bankable investment for some other company or investor. On the SE side, I'm sure the new Luminous will produce something interesting too. I've always believed Sakaguchi knew what he was doing when he nurtured Ito and Kitase and put them on FF together. Ito is a better video game designer. He's one of the best Japan has to offer period in the RPG space, imo. His resume speaks for itself, not just in direction, but in ideas he originated, systems, design. Kitase is, by his own admission, somebody who wanted to work on films but ended up in the game industry. He is a good storyteller (at least when divorced from. Toriyama's stories). When they work together it's golden as a result, as each offsets the other's weaknesses. This is FF6. But also when the were drafted to help bring Chrono Trigger the story is the same: Ito focused on systems tweaks, Kitase worked to tighten the story. Ito wasn't made a producer because it wasn't what he wanted to do, I'd wager. He's a designer first, hands on, and enjoys being in the trenches. And if I had to guess, he's been moving between various concept projects and assisting as an advisor on a range of SEJ titles (he's had a shit load of special thanks credits) for the last decade.
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Thread FFP's video explores Tabata's history at Square Enix and how he was treated unfairly.
The 2013 one was me, before Tabata was announced to be helping on FF15. In one day I ran an FF gauntlet, interviewing Yoshida (13), Kitase & Toriyama (LR), Nomura (KH3/FF15) - and then finally FF big-boss Shinji Hashimoto (the meme guy.) Anyway, a few questions I asked back then - two months after FF15 and KH3 were announced - end up relevant. One, because now I think this answer was referring to Tabata: And on Ito: I want to also say that while Tabata undoubtedly got dealt a rough hand, almost all of the speculation in this video is absolute bollocks. FFP is passionate about the games (to the point where he is perhaps too much, since it clouds ability to take a step back) but when it comes to the ins and outs doesn't know what he's talking about at all, imo. I don't want to call him out, but I just think he has no real idea about how SE works internally based on the content of this video. So I wouldn't take it as gospel.
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Thread FFP's video explores Tabata's history at Square Enix and how he was treated unfairly.
As I wrote in a story on VG247.com and as Eurogamer reported, on the day his leaving was announced sources suggested to us that Square Enix made every overture and offer (within reason) to keep him, actually, but with the shift in focus for Luminous Productions he didn't want to stick around and to strike out on his own. Like, this narrative of "he's shit, they got rid of him because he sucks" might be convenient for your biases, fine, but it, er, isn't true, as far as all account by people I and others have spoken to inside or connected to Square Enix goes. It was a "creative differences" split. Square didn't want to take Luminous in the direction he did. It's that simple, really.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
It could be that, but I also think Tsuranga's low AI is a consequence of the show's new attitude/direction. That is to say - generally speaking you can have a really shit episode (like, say, Fear Her or Curse of the Black Spot) but it'll get by on AI because it's got a cool-looking monster, or pirates. Or, like, the Adipose were silly, but Partners in Crime definitely gets by on a combination of the Tennant/Tate comedy and the heartfelt scenes with Wilf. My point is like - there have been a lot of episodes comparable to Tsuranga in the reboot years, I think, but because the Chibnall era is shaping up to be less sharp and witty and doesn't barrel along at such a "ah, forget it and just enjoy the ride" pace, people can linger on what's uniquely crap about it more easily and that results in lower AIs. My tldr is just to say that I think the show's new tone means that worse episodes are more easily exposed as such, whereas sometimes a stinker could trade on bombast alone under RTD and Moffat. I still think it's likely we'll get New Year Daleks, but I think the whole pitch for Series 12 is likely to be "LOOK! Old monsters!! Campy monsters!!", as that seems to be the most common criticism.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
Sorry, my mistake, but the only final consolidated number there is for Episode 1 (Overnights for that were 8.2m). The others are all overnights. The picture painted is similar though - beating Capaldi, similar-ish to Smith (behind S5 but above 6 and 7), behind Tennant.My longer-term concern is that younger audiences are bouncing off the show now because it's not as much of a swashbuckling adventure any more. I'm loving Jodie and the cast, and individual episodes are great, but I'm feeling more and more the hope that they, y'know, mingle the sort of attitude they've found in Rosa and this week with some tonally camp invasion-of-the-week stuff with aliens that bark memorable catchphrases that can be copied in the playground.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
The Tsuranga Conundurm had the third-lowest AI in the history of the reboot iirc (after Love & Monsters and Sleep No More). People didn't rate it.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
Ratings for this week are in. Here's a recap of the series so far (overnights - each episode rises by about a million and a half, give or take, for timeshift)...I wonder where we're going to land now. The new Doctor (and female Doctor) sheen is wearing off for casuals now, so a chunk of the audience is leaving, but where will it land? If it can maintain the numbers from week 4-6 it'll be above the Capaldi era and above all of the Smith era except Series 5 (when averaged out), but below all of the Eccleston/Tennant stuff.
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Thread Any members or Era from Birmingham U.K help me plan my trip
Added a bit to that post, too - specifically that if they want more shopping there's also Resorts World, of course. I just think One Stop and the Fort are naff. But you could definitely kill this many days just tooling around the city center, tbh.
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Thread Any members or Era from Birmingham U.K help me plan my trip
Bullring, Grand Central (a train station, but lots of shops inside) and Bullring Markets will serve you well for shopping. Also make sure you carve out a good chunk of time for the Christmas Markets, which are basically all over Birmingham City center, all up New Street and around the city hall etc at that time of year. Be prepared - it'll be very busy! The truth be told, you might not need to do The Fort, One Stop AND Merry Hill. These are less 'destination' shopping locations like the Bull Ring and more just standard shopping complexes with everyday shops. The Fort, for instance, has stuff like Boots, Debanhams, H&M, Moss, Oasis etc - all shops you will be able to find in the Bullring and the city center. If you want to do another, do Merry Hill - by far and away the biggest - but I don't think you'll get much out of doing all of them tbh, unless you're chasing a single specific shop in a given location. Also, if I'm honest, Birmingham is a city with real hard, harsh ups-and-downs, and I would categorize the One Stop in particular as being in a pretty bad bit of town. If you want another shopping town, perhaps consider Solihull - if you go to Birmingham Moor Street station (two minutes from the Bull Ring) Solihull is about 15 minutes away on the train. Solihull is a nice little town that was voted the best place to live in the UK a few years back, and it has a town center with some smaller local shops plus Touchwood, which is like a smaller version of the Bull Ring. Solihull is lovely (though I would say this as I live there), and it'll also have the Christmas Markets and stuff at that time of year. The other option is Resorts World. This is a new complex out by the airport. It's a bunch of shops, a huge cinema, a casino, and a group of bars and restaurants. It isn't the most groundbreaking place in the world - it's still new - but it's again probably a better shopping option than somewhere like the Fort, is easy to reach (a train from Grand Central) and has the facilities for a good afternoon shopping followed by food and some booze. it's close enough too that if you drink and decide you don't want to get the train back you're probably only looking at £15 or so in an uber back into the city center. Also, honestly, if you're going to Birmingham, you should go to Stratford Upon Avon. Again, from the city center it's 30-45 minutes on the train, is beautiful (if a shallow tourist trap) and a great Midlands day-trip. Being a tourist trap there's lots of tourist-friendly stores there, too. There's some great cocktail bars and restaurants in central Birmingham - it's a great cultural melting pot of a city and you can find great food of pretty much any stripe within 5 miles of the city center. There's obviously great Indian and Pakistani food, you'd expect that, but there's also really good Japanese, Chinese, Korean options down by the gay village and stuff, for instance. Abuse that! There's also some really interesting museums and the like in the area - the , of course (though that requires a trip out of the city) and the actual Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is right in the city center and free-of-charge. There's a lot of weird niche museums too - like the is super cool, unique and macabre (based on the site of a famous, prestigious coffinworks that used to make the stuff for burying royals), the pen museum is surprisingly interesting (seriously) and is a great little time capsule. People love to take the piss, and Birmingham obviously isn't a shining gem or anything, but there's a lot more to it than it seems if you're willing to go exploring, so good luck!
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
Well, it was 70-odd years ago. The thing that actually threw me more was that the woman cast as the grandma is clearly in her seventies herself and doesn't look anywhere near old or frail enough to be the 90-odd she'd be now. Obviously time travel, but why would Yaz go and speak to an earlier, younger elderly version if her nan were still alive (and clearly she is as she always refers to her in the present tense). Though the episode sort of needed that end scene, really, and jobbing 90-year-olds are hard to find, so I get it.
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Thread Never Seen a Bond Film, Need Recommendations
I think for a newcomer to the franchise a fun thing to do is to do a movie from each actor in the role. So:Tomorrow Never Dies is a better film than GoldenEye. A film from each actor really gives you a great overview of the franchise, and then each actor has an obvious second-best movie to do if you end up getting hooked (Goldfinger, For Your Eyes Only, License to Kill, GoldenEye, Skyfall)
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
You're missing out on a deeply flawed piece of television that simultaneously is one of the most interesting episodes of Doctor Who ever written in terms of having something to say (about friendships, loss, obsession and fandom). Like, I get people hate the monster and it was indeed literally designed by a seven year old, but there's a lot to that episode. Christ, the scenes with Jackie where you really see what she's like when Rose is gone and realize the extent to which Rose and the Doctor are unwittingly destroying her life are . Speaking of Jackie... I think this crew is good, but they needed to really look at what RTD did with series 1 and think about it in that way. There should've been one companion - probably Ryan, really - then bring another one in later on for one or two episodes, then another. When you think about Series 1, think about the size of the roles Jackie and Mickey had without ever entering the TARDIS - and arguably those two characters had more development in Rose, Aliens of London/World War Three and Father's Day than Yaz and Ryan have had in six episodes actually in the TARDIS. It's mad, really, but it's just crowded. I honestly wonder - do we have three companions because of focus grouping? By which I mean - did somebody at the BBC look at the show (or did Chibnall pre-emptively weigh up his plans) and say... "Well, we need a spunky young woman because tradition. But also, y'know, we need an attractive young man..." (This especially in the wake of a perceived loss of a certain segment of the Tennant/Smith audience with Capaldi.) Certainly, I don't think Ryan would exist if the 13th Doctor had been a man. The way the characters are written, it feels like Graham is the companion he to write.
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There's no need any more. The Doctor-lite episodes existed because as of Series 2 (2006), the BBC added one more episode to the production schedule (Christmas), but only two weeks of extra filming when an episode takes on average 4-5 weeks. So, basically, the idea was... while Love & Monsters was being made, it was 'double banked' with The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit, meaning there were two units out filming at the same time for two different episodes. This basically let them condense the schedule enough to squeeze an extra episode in. It's really obvious in Series 2 (Love & Monsters) and Series 3 (Blink), but then they get clever about it... for series 4 they obviously split the Doctor and Donna up for Midnight & Turn Left, so those two were double-banked together. Series 5 didn't need one because the Christmas special attached was produced by the previous production crew, but then for Series 6 they repeated the S4 trick with The Girl Who Waited (which basically only has Smith on the TARDIS set - one day of shooting - it's really an Amy/Rory episode) and Closing Time... though they're structured in such a way that it feels less obvious than with Series 4. Anyway, we haven't had a need for one since, sadly. Series 7 didn't need one because it was split across two years, allowing for the extra filming time... (one thing that's a slight missed opportunity is Moffat said had he had the need for another double-bank scenario he would've done a 'stand alone' River story, and while I was bloody sick of that character that could've been very interesting.) Capaldi's era shrank the schedule to 12 episodes, making for 13 total as opposed to 14. There's no need now it's only a 10-episode series... unless they want to do it for artistic reasons, but I can't see that - Whittaker is paid for, so they'll use her. Shame, really - the current crew might blossom in new ways without her, given how crowded it is and how often they feel squeezed out of episodes atm.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
Really liked the episode. Some really good touches here and there, and I liked how Manish's attitude sort of mirrors and is (sadly) relevant to the present day. However - this is my problem with this series in general. If we'd had this and Rosa and then some adventure romps, it would've had balance. The problem is every episode has felt like this - the methodical pace, the TARDIS crew as less active participants... and it makes the show feel and . I was really excited as we got cool silhouettes of a new alien design and we had the Doctor using their own tech against them - but then it quickly becomes clear they're not really antagonists and that element of the story unravels. As it happens this was absolutely the right choice for story, but it feels like it's happened so many times this series that it's a strain. It's great drama, but modern Doctor Who has been at its best when it's been a mix of drama, soap-like character melodrama and science fiction adventures - and it feels like this has lost the sci-fi adventure show element of its identity. The flip side is, y'know, Moffat's Doctor Who often lost all drama in favour of only melodrama and sci fi romps, so it's hard to get right (all hail RTD, etc etc) - but because low-substance adventure romps are easier to land with the audience because they're inherently exciting, it can leave to this all feeling a little dry by comparison. I love the Doctor observing history and I think it is (generally) a better way of doing historical stories, but the tone here has also carried into everything else they've done, and that's where my problem is.
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Thread Is "James Bond" a codename or is it all the same guy?
It's an actor being recast. The character is, as in the novels, a man named James Bond. The movies have explicit continuity, with references to Bond's dead wife taking place in the series years after she died on-screen. Try not to think about it too much. Craig's era was always an explicit reboot in a new continuity. I feel like the code name theory is something that's been pushed by a lot of people who want to see the role passed to somebody less traditional or in-keeping with Fleming's writing, but they already really broke that mould with Craig, who is as far from the book descriptions as possible without crossing a racial boundary or whatever. So my point is - they don't need this stupid code name theory to cast a black man, if that's what they want. They should just do it. I firmly believe that period-driven biases aside Fleming would be ok with this, too - he was very receptive to changing his character in line with the screen interpretations, and did in the final books before he died.
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Thread Tabata resigns from Square-Enix. FFXV DLCs canceled (Episode Ardyn still coming) (READ OP)
Ultimately Luminous Productions is a Square Enix studio though, and they have the final say. In the end, it appears Tabata couldn't get approval to continue exploring the avenues he wanted to explore within the company, so he walked. I agree the way it was announced on a stream, like a bizarre public execution of FF15's future, was weird though.
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Thread Tabata resigns from Square-Enix. FFXV DLCs canceled (Episode Ardyn still coming) (READ OP)
I want to add my voice to this, with what I wrote on VG247: "VG247 has been led to believe that Tabata’s departure is a direct result of these shifts at his new studio, and that he was provided with several options for the future of both himself and Luminous Productions at Square Enix and found none of them attractive." I also want to say this stuff was swirling around at TGS - that he might be leaving - as drunken gossip and stuff. At the time I just wrote it off as a load of rubbish, haha.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
There's a bit more money per episode, though not loads. Partially influenced by the decrease in episodes a year, too. I think you can see it on-screen though.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
I think the main thing with Chibnall's writing so far for me is...I don't think any of the episodes have been , but it's just been sort of... bland? It's really weird, as the component parts are really great. The budget bump, the new look of the show, the editing, the way it handles suspense... it almost feels like the show somehow is than the sum of its parts right now. It's one of those weird things where I think even an average RTD episode like, I dunno, Partners in Crime, has more of that 'x-factor' to it than Chibnall's efforts so far, even though when you break it out on paper it's blatantly inferior. It's weird. Teething, though. I'm sure they'll get there.
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Thread Square Enix books extraordinary loss of ~$33 million over Luminous Productions
They never actually said outright what they were doing, but given this is the team behind FF15 under another name, it's reasonable to expect that Luminous were working on smaller-scale games, movies, anime, etc etc - other peripheral works to tie in to whatever they were doing game-wise. Tabata suggested this in a few interviews too. So chances are the stuff canned is smaller-scale games and non-game side projects using the Luminous' new game world & tech. Either way, what I said is correct. The TLDR of that official statement is: Luminous Studio had a much larger focus. They've now decided to refocus on AAA games and cancel anything else they were working on, resulting in a loss of expenditure from those projects that now won't be recovered. All I was explaining to the poster I was replying to is that this loss isn't just a write-down of the cost of setting up the studio, it's a loss resulting from the studio changing course and killing off some projects they didn't believe in. Clearly, they're still making Tabata's big game... just probably now no longer an extended universe to go along with it, heh.
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Thread Square Enix books extraordinary loss of ~$33 million over Luminous Productions
This is semantic wank. Square Enix owns the controlling stake in the studio and has the final say. Square Enix clearly looked at what they were doing and decided that a chunk of it wasn't going to be a good return on investment; that's the very definition of a lack of belief corporately. So they canned them to focus on the stuff they think will make money. It's pretty simple really. The fact they were willing to accept a 30 million plus write-down indicates they didn't think this stuff was going to make money, too. That's fine. Not everything works out. Who knows if even the game will - only time will tell. The level of belief in whatever was canned within the studio is largely irrelevant; they either will have agreed with SE's conclusion or disagreed, made their argument and failed to persuade SE. Either way it doesn't matter, tbh, unless the disagreement were to cause a crisis of confidence in general, which I doubt would happen.
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Thread Square Enix books extraordinary loss of ~$33 million over Luminous Productions
It's a fully-owned subsidiary, so I think the term "they didn't believe" is pretty interchangeable between SE and Luminous because in the end, like I said, the result is the same - the projects are gone, and the one(s) that survive is that which they think will make money. It doesn't matter. Point is these projects weren't up to whatever scratch they had, so they had to go. Well, the 'loss' is just because a bunch of work and resources already committed has gone into the bin. That's all. It's not difficult to parse. To your second point - possibly this demonstrates a continued lack of ability to control wastage and stuff, but they appear to be doing better in other senses. They can't keep up with the wastage, though - as games get more expensive, the damage this sort of meandering can inflict is becoming more profound, so hopefully they can continue to learn and lock it down.
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Thread Square Enix books extraordinary loss of ~$33 million over Luminous Productions
No, this is them writing off costs on projects the studio has been pursuing since opening that they are no longer pursuing. This is why it's an "extraordinary loss" - like, if you set up a studio you expect those costs to be factored into the budget or be recovered by the successes of whatever thy make. Then you either have a profit or an acceptable, predicted, budget-for loss (an investment, then). An extraordinary loss occurs when the business takes a turn that means you suddenly have an additional loss you hadn't planned for. In this instance, as said above, it appears a bunch of the more ambitious Luminous Studio side projects have been permanently shelved, so all the money spent on those projects and the resources for them is a write-off. The studio will continue with its other projects and they'll be working within the agreed budget. A notice of extraordinary loss in this sense is about alerting investors to the fact projects have been canned and direction has been changed as much as it is about the money lost, in that sense. These are project(s) that will now never make a profit as they'll never be finished so whatever money spent on them so far is lost, obviously, but also there's no chance of them being a sleeper hit that claws it back either.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
For what it's worth, I really wasn't the hugest fan of vast swathes of Moffat's era, but I just think something about the writing here isn't doing it for me. I don't think it sucks, as the component parts are very good - especially the cast - I just wish it were... more?
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
It's bizarre to me, yeah. Like, there's no sense of panic in the character in Cold War or The Impossible Planet or any of the numerous other episodes where the Doctor thinks the TARDIS is lost. The thing I'm getting off Jodie's Doctor so far is that she's like Smith in his later years. In series 5, Smith has a more layered portrayal of the Doctor. The kookiness is there, but there's also surprising darkness, self-doubt, anger, etc, plus him as a seventh Doctor-esque manipulator, even of his friends. A lot of this evaporates in Series 6 and 7. In a weird way, Smith's Doctor suffers what I call the 'post-regeneration retcon' . What I mean by this is in the show's history once an actor playing the Doctor has moved on, their portrayal of the Doctor ends up being diluted down to its most memorable aspects if they return. You don't have time to re-establish them, so you just go for the beats most remembered by the audience and even play them up to the point where they're not actually accurate. So when Troughton came back for later episodes, his Doctor was always played as 'the clown one', with the recorder and being bumbling. There was a lot more to Troughton's interpretation in his actual era - in fact, it's one of the most nuanced in the classic era - but when he returned, he was boiled down to The Clown. That's who his Doctor 'is'. This is true in modern Doctor Who, too - in Day of the Doctor you get Tennant's version of the character boiled down to the romantic and the off-beat hero - so you get the grandstanding speech to the rabbit, the Elizabeth stuff, even flirting with Clara. We all know Tennant's Doctor was a lot more than that, but this is shorthand for his Doctor. The shorthand always means a returning Doctor does out-of-character stuff as part of the shortcut, too. The moment that stands out to me in Day of the Doctor is him doing this flirty, grinning as he turns a handshake with Clara's into kissing her hand when he says goodbye - that's not the sort of thing he ever actually did in his era (in fact, he always mostly bemused at each romantic advance upon him). He was never that smooth. But this is the post-regeneration retcon, the shorthand: he's the romantic Doctor. They even go in for the reaction shot of Smith watching him, looking bemused, like, "I can't believe I was like this." You can guarantee that when Smith returns he'll be the 'Goofy one' and Capaldi will be the 'no-nonsense shouty one' too, even though Capaldi's version is also quite tender. Anyway. A curious thing about Moffat's era, and Smith's part of it in particular, is that Smith hits that phase straight away. Series 5 is more scattershot with characterization and so Smith can do more, but by Series 6 it feels like Moffat had watched back Series 5 a few times, decided what worked for Smith best and doubles down on those elements and does away with everything else. The same is actually true of Capaldi, but it's less so, I think in part because Capaldi was approaching it from a very different angle to Smith (as a fan) and was constantly cramming references to other past Doctors into his interpretation, which adds a lot of texture. It's weird, but I think they're both more shallow versions of the character when you take in the entirety of their work than Tennant despite amazing acting work from the leads... and it means that Smith and Capaldi's Doctors in particular have a to gain when they hit Big Finish. I'll get to my point eventually. Bloody hell. Point is, I feel like Jodie's Doctor so far is almost like the Smith of Series 6 and 7, like she's missing a layer or two, like she's stripped back. And that isn't her fault, she's brilliant - as with Smith's later series', it's in the writing.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
I think Jodie's fantastic, but she's just... it takes a really special sort of actor to make this sort of dross dialogue sound good. I don't think Smith or Tennant could've made it work, for instance. Maybe Eccleston or Capaldi. Walsh is one of the actors who makes bad lines sing, somehow.
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Thread [Rumor] Iconic Star Wars villain returning for Ep. IX
If they want to bring this character back, the way to do it is probably a young-bodied clone or a brain transfer into a new body anyway, rather than bringing Palpatine back as in ROTJ, probably even more decayed, even. Somebody like Smith as a 'young' clone makes perfect sense for a backup plan, and we already know the technology exists and Palpatine would've been aware of it via Jango & Boba. Whatever. Do it.
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Thread I keep being called "racist" for doing my job and it's really starting to tear at me
In some cities (London, certainly) there are even chain stores - like Starbucks - where in order to use the bathroom you have to have a passcode for an electronic key lock, and the only place those (randomly rotating) codes are given out is on the bottom of receipts, so you have to buy something. It's a business, not a charity, and if you want to restrict the restroom to only customers, that's fine, imo. As long as this rule is not being applied specifically to minorities or 'shady' looking people, it's cool. Rules are rules.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
Oh, this episode is probably home to the first proper piece of referential fanwank of the Chibnall era? The species the computer UI scrolls through before finding the Pting... bring back the Ood
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Thread Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DT12 | News, Site Updates, and Speculation | The Cat's Out Of The Box
Tails always felt like he'd be the most interesting Sonic addition, to be honest, other than Robotnik - and it felt like the Robotnik move set has now basically been expressed in Baby Bowser's clown car. Anyway, Tails is interesting because you can still give him the basic Sonic move in the spin dash (down special), but Tails obviously has a 'status' in the Sonic series with his 'boy genius' trope. Like, the Final Smash would obviously be the Tornado, he'd have Fly as his up special, probably a spinning tail whip as his side special, then probably some sort of gadget (there's a few to pick from here, but Tails has a bit of a history with explosives) as his neutral special. He's always made the most sense, assuming they weren't going to go for Shadow as a quick echo job. Knuckles is cool, but Smash has a fair few bare-knuckle brawlers already. Tails could sorta be a hybrid between Sonic and Fox (which makes sense, I guess), and fit into a unique spot as a result.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
For an alternate take on this: Series 1 is messy but with some bright spots, Series 2 is much more confident, Series 3 is the best and most unsettling piece of TV modern Doctor Who has ever produced, and Series 4 is an absolute train-wreck. Series 4 was made under really weird circumstances - it was a US/UK co-production, so is US series sized - so it's one big, brilliant RTD idea (what if people stopped dying? Like, everybody becomes immortal, even if they are braindead, or ravaged by disease?) spread out across over 20+ episodes - way too many even for an idea that strong. It was written by a lot of people who worked on Buffy and shows like that (which were of course inspiration for Torchwood) and halfway through RTD had to reduce his influence because his partner was sick, so he flew back to the UK. You really feel his departure, and after a really strong opening 5 or 6 episodes it falls to absolute ruin and isn't worth watching, imo. Watch 1-3, understanding that it improves over time, and forget 4 exists (as everyone appears to). There's an RTD-sanctioned 'Series 4' of Torchwood through Big Finish now, so if you're really thirsty for more listen to that instead.
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Thread So uh, the final season of House of Cards is out now
Regarding your spoiler - the problem, I think, is just that this season had nothing on which to base. I think this show has always been at its best when it's closely followed, Americanized and modernized the UK show on which it is based. This is why as it's stretched longer and longer it's struggled, I think, but it's also why this season was doomed from the start. Primarily because (spoilers for both the UK and US shows)...
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Thread Smash Ultimate has 74 Characters, yet lacks Black/Brown characters (READ OP)
I'm all for Smash needing more diversity (I'm pulling big-time for Twintelle and Urbosa, DLC-wise), but let's be fair here: Ryu is Japanese, but he has a tan skin tone because the whole point of his character is he wanders the world alone, doesn't have a home, and thus spends loads of time up mountains, out in the sun, training. He's just tan because he's always outside. Also, to be fair to Smash: the more tan Ryu was something that developed in the series, so he really only gets the tan look with 3rd Strike onwards. If you look at the SF2 sprite, which Smash is based on, he's paler. Even Capcom know this - in the 'retro' Street Fighter 1 Ryu costume in SF5, he has a lighter skin tone. This has always seemed deliberate to me, like the older Ryu gets and the more he commits to his wandering master lifestyle the more tan he becomes, as the Street Fighter Alpha prequel series sprite is even lighter-skinned than the SF2 one. Also, characters that are tan really don't count in this discussion anyway imo, as surely people are talking about representation of different ethnicity. There are arguments to be made about Ganondorf, as obviously the Gerudo have always been a Middle Eastern analogous race in Zelda, but Ganondorf himself has always been a weird one. Especially in a post-TP world, as in TP they gave him this sickly, unrealistic, fantasy grey skin-tone, and that's leaked into every version of the character since. I feel like the one in OOT had an off-colour grey tint but was still recognizably 'of colour' in a real world sense, but recent interpretations (including the Smash version of the OOT design) have him with that same weird grey/green off-colour - and when you compare that to the skin colour of characters like Nabooru or Urbosa you see why people don't necessarily identify with it, as it's more like a Lord of the Rings Orc fantasy skin colour.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
The first part of The End of Time is RTD in that it's really, really good ideas but rushed to the screen and so not expressed well. Like, the concept that RTD puts forward of time travel and linear time in the Doctor's life - this idea of how despite having a time machine, events he is directly involved with still have a timer on to him - is really great. In the script, the way the sequence where he lands on the Ood planet, realizes the Master is being revived and tries to rush to stop it but is too late because of his own idiotic delaying - that's a really well-written piece that's fascinating in terms of implications for how the Doctor lives his life.... but on screen, it doesn't really come across as . Then there's just stuff like the Master as a hobo... it's a great idea, this pompous character reduced to living on the streets, unable to claw out any other existence because of his face, because he looks and sounds like a murderous ex-PM. But the original versions RTD was pondering, the stuff that would've made it into Torchwood (ie The Master luring a rent boy into a public toilet before killing and eating him) is, again, probably better than the lightly-censored stuff we got. But it's full of these great moments, too. Everybody remembers the scene with Wilf and the Doctor in the cafe (and the later one in the ship) because it's an all-time high, but I love the moments like when the Master realizes the drum beat isn't just him. "It's real!!!", I love the Vinvocci as a benevolent alien influence, etc. Books of Saxon is obviously flim-flam, but it's needed to get you there. And again, I love elements within that scene. I like the idea that Lucy resists, that she sabotages his revival. It's the classic RTD thing, like I say... underneath the rough edges there are wonderful character beats.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
A Christmas Carol is undoubtedly the best one, but discounting regeneration stories (and counting The Christmas Invasion, since that isn't a regeneration story but rather a debut), I'd take every single RTD Christmas Special over the rest of Moffat's. Then again, I'm one of those people with an enormous soft spot for The Runaway Bride, so, y'know. Take that as you will.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
Doctor Who has had a Christmas slot for thirteen years, so that slot hasn't evaporated for no reason... and a seven-day delay to new year's day is hardly going to help the timeline much anyway.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
It's hard not to see the bump from Christmas Day as anything other than a downgrade. New Year's Day is a significant TV day, but doesn't have anywhere near the ratings boon Christmas has - to the point where RTD panicked about The End of Time part 2 being there and even considered doing part 2 on boxing day. Hopefully the show finds its niche on that day, though. The reports coming from within saying it was shifted because Chibnall felt there were no more ideas for Christmas-themed episodes is weird, though. Just do a good, campy episode for all the family and give it a Christmas dressing! Like, Voyage of the Damned, The Runaway Bride, The Husbands of River Song, Doctor Mysterio... loads of these episodes aren't really Christmassy at all, they just slap a bit of Christmas dressing on them. INn fact, it's easier to count the ones that really are about Christmas - just A Christmas Carol, Last Christmas and The Christmas Invasion, really.
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Thread Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DT12 | News, Site Updates, and Speculation | The Cat's Out Of The Box
Here's the potential flip side to that argument: Verge got a lot right, and if he heard rumblings about Steve (like the idea that Microsoft/Mojang & Nintendo were in talks), it's fair to assume there was smoke (and therefore some fire), even if it doesn't ultimately come to pass. He could, too, have been misled, but plans change, situations shift, etc. That's the problem with presenting information before it's public. DLC might be a good place for 'difficult' third party characters to be resolved, as in a situation like that you can work out a revenue share with the IP holder that's far simpler than the ones in place for the core game, too. So, like, it's not impossible, and I feel like the tendency for Era and similar places to write off Minecraft as a potential for Smash is foolhardy: it is the most significant third party game on Nintendo platforms probably for 15 years. That and Just Dance, I guess. Of all the all-new additions I can think of, Steve/Alex (split 4/4 on the skins like Villager & Inkling) probably makes the sense in terms of audience significance. Plus the iconic items of Minecraft and its world design make a move-set and a stage really obvious in their potential. Then there's other obvious ones, of course: an ARMS character, Tails, etc. But Minecraft has made a lot of sense, especially since Sakurai is a fan.
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Thread Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DT11 | News, Site Updates, and Speculation | It's A Thread About Nothing
I absolutely am just using them as an example, yeah. Just a speculative example. (Though if you ask me my gut feeling on the status of Geno for base roster, my feeling is no - but unlike with Banjo and the like, Geno I'm not about.)
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Thread Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DT11 | News, Site Updates, and Speculation | It's A Thread About Nothing
I've said before - if Nintendo is going to reach out and talk to Microsoft, why on earth would they ask for Banjo before asking for some Minecraft representation? I think Microsoft would be properly up for it, but the thing I've never believed about Banjo is that they'd ever go for him over a representative from the best-selling game of the last decade, and the #1 or #2 third party game on the last couple of Nintendo platforms. Minecraft is significant to today's kids in the same way the NES classics were to 80s kids. I also want to be clear: I've talked about my info from my sources in this thread before, and this about Minecraft It's just my thinking process. (Though with that said, for what appears to be similar reasons to Emily I'm confident Banjo is a no-go). I still feel like Minecraft would be a really, really obvious DLC grab, tbh, though I don't expect it on the base roster any more. I think we know two of who we're getting on Thursday now (honestly, if you look at the consensus among 'insiders' it's plainly Ken & Incineroar), and that there's at least one surprise besides. beyond that: the elephant in the room remains DLC, as Sakurai could always reveal the few remaining of the final on-cart cast for the release but also pull what Capcom did with Street Fighter 5 last year - say "and the first year of character DLC is..." with just portraits or whatever, saving gameplay for later. It'd not be a huge leap... in fact DLC is a huge question in general. Like, we need to learn about Spirits and the rest of the single-player offerings and remaining characters, yes, but the other big question mark right now is DLC - what sort of model are they following, will they charge and if so will there be a season pass, or will they follow a Splatoon-like model of free smaller updates then a bigger 'expansion'? Will there be DLC echoes, and if yes will they be cheaper, or even free...? All this is stuff that hasn't been clarified, and though they could save it for after launch I'd totally not be surprised to see it addressed tomorrow. It'd be very easy for Sakurai to announce three final characters for the cast tomorrow, but then have the likes of Shadow or Geno announced as the first DLC for 2019.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
I mean, you're right, but also I don't associate the Tenth Doctor with that sort of bombast in the same way. Like, there's that joke in The Day of the Doctor where he grandstands to a rabbit, but the tenth Doctor never quite has a moment as self-indulgent as the "never put me in a trap" scene in The Time of Angels, the "let somebody else try first" in Pandorica, the memory eating scene from Akhaten, blah blah. If anything, I think a lot of that imagery with RTD was visual (the Tenth Doctor standing tall over someone, surrounded by flames, being carried by angels like christ ascending), whereas with the 11th it was more verbal, where Smith had two or three of those big speeches every year. I also think there's a difference in utility a lot of the time, too - like when the 10th Doctor blathers on to Cyber Trigger about nothing in The Age of Steel, he's doing it to buy time to waltz across the room to the way-too-conveniently-placed phone dock that wins them the day. When the 11th Doctor does it to the Angels, he's literally just doing it to intimidate and show off. Like, the speech the 11th Doctor gives the lead fish vampire lady in Vampires of Venice where he gives her a chance to leave and live is far closer to what we most often got from 10. 10 rarely stood on top of something and shouted his enemies down, but 11 did it . I think it's telling that their final pre-regeneration scenes are both monologues, but for 10 it's a more personal rant, him and one other person, and for 11 it's standing on top of the clock tower shouting at Daleks before literally exploding them out of existence. That is their characterizations in a nutshell. This was a trick Moffat got away with a lot, because these moments are cool - just have Gold blast something like "Words win Wars" and people will drink it down. Capaldi does it less, but the "Every time - You always lose!" scene with the Cyberman for 12 is functionally identical to the 11 Dalek scene. 12 also sort of developed the penchant for those speeches later on - interestingly, that first year Moffat transplanted that job to Danny Pink, who gets the big finale monologue (This is the promise of a solider, etc). Later on, 12 starts doing it more like 11 did.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
He's actually chosen his words really carefully, though. On the Daleks: "We’ve got two weeks left of shooting, and we haven’t seen them yet," and while he has used the phrase "this year", it's always been in the context of 'this year's run', IE series 11... which Christmas isn't technically part of. We know there's going to be a Christmas Special, anyway, and whatever it is has had zero public filming. I really think that's probably going to be what it is. We'll see though. I could also see a stand-alone Christmas story with a Dalek-related cliffhanger that leads into Series 12, tbh. RE the rest - they really need to lock the show into a rhythm and regularity ASAP. Hopefully the ratings success continues and the BBC fast-tracks and provides extra money to get it on this time next year, though I could also see them bumping it back to the Spring... which would indeed make it 2020.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
This was the episode where she really became the Doctor for me, and I think it's finally beginning to coalese which Doctors she's taking influence from - a lot of 10 and 5 in particular, than of course lots of her own choices. I really like where she's landed. I think what the show sorely needs at this point is another good, y'know, alien threat. It's clear now why we saw so little in the trailers - in four episodes we've only really had one that was really alien and typical Doctor Who, and though the spiders and the space racist and the threats on Desolation were all competent, it's time for some traditional foils too. I'm still working on the assumption we're going to get Daleks at Christmas, and that's really interesting. God knows how they as villains mesh with this new tone/dynamic/pace.
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I think RTD sort of split the difference very well in this sense, though. We had the speeches, but it was generally much more subdued than the "I'm a badass" moments Smith's Doctor trotted out all the time. I also think Moffat got better about this with Capaldi's Doctor, to be fair to him, but the funny thing is I think if you split the difference now between what Chibnall's done so far with dialogue and what Moffat did before him, the middle ground is remarkably close to what Davies was doing between 05 and 10.
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Thread Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DT10 | News, Site Updates, and Speculation | A Change Of The Heart
I can happily say I've only spoken directly to one person who has given me information (and they've thus far been reliable), but I've also spoken to other people who have similar information and confirmed they're not getting it from the same person. The flip side of this is, to play devil's advocate: who is the source's source for them? Is it verifiably direct (IE do they work on the game, would they be in a position to directly receive this information?) With a lot of effort, just like crafting a fake it'd be so easy to insert 'sources' into different places to create an echo chamber that spreads misinformation. This is where my about reporting come in, and how in traditional journalistic areas anybody would want two or more verifiable sources before going to print. They don't just want two sources: you want to make sure you can also verify they have the means to possess the information they do and also that the two sources are independent - ensure that they're not saying the same thing because both heard it from the same place, which could be incorrect. This is why you haven't seen any really big leak reports on big-name websites about this, and why most of the discourse is just people (be it influencers, media, social media folks, community members or whatever else) shooting the shit on twitter. I don't think anybody has really been able to piece together that sort of water-tight sourcing, so of course people could be being misled. I don't think it's all that likely though, because there's a lot of people from a lot of different areas who seemingly don't know each other singing from the same song sheet.
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Thread Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DT10 | News, Site Updates, and Speculation | A Change Of The Heart
I'm happy to go on the record and confirm that Ryce's post reflects my position exactly too. This is my tweet, and look - I've been quite active in this and both the previous locked threads giving really my exact and thinking behind not buying this rumour, and I've happily engaged in similar debates on twitter as well - so it's not all snark. It's difficult to swallow the temptation to snark when you try to offer up some line of thinking and try to explain how you came to that position while balancing it out by explaining it's only single sourced, while protecting sources... and get told to fuck off, die, etc etc. ERA has been fabulous about it in responding to my posts, btw, but that doesn't stop idiots lurking the thread then taking to social media to fire off some abuse, or the stupidity encountered on twitter. So, aye, I bit a bit. In the end, I woke up this morning, scrolled through twitter and saw this insane 'Isaac was pushed from the September direct because of the Earthquake" conspiracy complete with photoshop diagrams and I was just like "Man... christ alive". I caveat as always, as I'm sure most do, by saying that it's so easy to be mislead and misinformed, especially when you can't double or triple source something... so I really hope this is true, especially Isaac and Banjo, who'd be dreams come true for me personally. But I don't buy this leak list just yet, though it is extremely convincing. The fact that I don't buy it when it's so convincing speaks to how much I trust the sources who've said things that contradict it... but as Ryce so eloquently explained, it could well be we have incomplete info.
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Thread Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DT10 | News, Site Updates, and Speculation | A Change Of The Heart
Stars is an interesting one that I keep seeing bought up in this context around insiders and Smash, and the thing I'll say yet again is this: plans change, and it's very possible that when Eurogamer wrote the Stars report that was the actual plan. Then the plan shifted. A publication like EG doesn't run rumours without multiple verifiable sources, as their very successful rumour reporting (from the same writer!) on the Switch itself proved. But sometimes you get tripped up by plans switching and changing. Eurogamer even ran a follow up report, again through many sources, explaining how the Stars plans were shelved and how we got to where we now are. That was less widely shared, of course, because it wasn't a juicy exciting new leak. This is the onus on people who hold themselves go traditional reporting standards, so people on big sites etc. Obviously youtubers and influencers and stuff often don't vet their sources or work go multiple source nearly as much (though some do! But it's far less common), and that's why you see those sources go wrong more often. With that said, anyone can be tripped up. Sometimes you just get tripped up in slightly off base ways, like I was told about Simon and Richter very early this year and told it'd be an E3 reveal. I never could get the second source and so never reported it, but if I had I'd have been lit up as a fraud at E3 because my source got the timing wrong. Getting the correct information but ever so slightly off is Also really common, which again is why multiple sources can be so vital for proper reporting - it reduces the margin of error.
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Thread Doctor Who-ERA |OT| It's Almost Time... But Not Yet
Even then, the nature of the Time Lords is that they're stupid ass boring senators droning on while wearing stupid hats. The interesting ones are all the ones who go mad, and all the ones who go mad leave the planet. It's not even about the presentation (though boy, compare the description of Gallifrey in Gridlock - which itself quotes Susan - to where we eventually end up in Hell Bent - what a bummer), it's just about by their very nature Time Lords aren't interesting, as they lack all the facets of the Doctor that make the Doctor (or the Master, or even the Rani) stand out.
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Thread RUMOR: Massive Smash Ultimate leak is allegedly an emotional roller coaster [UPDATES IN OP]
I've gone into this earlier in the thread, but a major difference is that journalists typically will follow a double source or even triple source rule, which means you need at least two verifiable (though they can remain anonymous to the public, but verifiable to the reporter), disconnected sources that are saying the same thing without any cross-contamination. This is proper reporting protocol. I hear plenty about games, plenty of it correct in the long run, but I don't print it because I can't get the two sources together. Obviously people on blogs or youtube influencers or whatever aren't necessarily beholden to these rules. In fact, nobody is, but the bigger and more 'professional' an outlet is the more likely they have rules around stuff like this in place.
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Thread RUMOR: Massive potential Smash Ultimate leak allegedly reveals every character (now w/ poll)
I think it depends, right? Like, sometimes you get told stuff by people you absolutely know will be telling the truth, like a company employee giving you a heads up as to what announcement might be coming soon, or what DLC plans are, or whatever. Sometimes they'll even reveal stuff to influencers/media/etc as a way of taking the temperature as to what the reaction to an announcement might be. That depends on the company too, of course - like, if we're just talking in the pantheon of fighting games, it was a lot easier to find out who the Dissidia DLC was, or who was in the SC6 launch cast than to find anything out about Smash definitively, because Nintendo runs a very, very tight ship. With that said... I don't always think it's easy to get something right. Like, when I first heard the name Simon suggested to me it was way before anyone even thought Snake could realistically be coming back. It was the sort of thing where when I heard it my response was to smirk and say "Okay then, we'll see," half writing it off. And that aside, I want to stress this: context is everything when it comes to leaks and 'insider information'. Hypothetically, if somebody comes up and says "I hear character A and B are in Smash", that's one thing, but usually somebody worth their salt will then also provide other corroborating information on other things - possibly not even stuff connected to that game. This sort of stuff might cement their status in your mind as a trustworthy source (so say, for instance, that the person who provided that information provided a bunch of more obtuse, less interesting stuff that pan out at E3), but the more of that context is revealed publicly the easier it potentially is for somebody revealing this stuff to be tracked down and punished, so that's where the water gets really muddy. You can't really reveal the context, but if you reveal the information without revealing the context alongside it people think you're making vague stuff up. This is where imo the reader needs to come in. Like, only you can really judge who among the youtube/press/influencer 'insiders' you trust, and whose hints and tips and nods you're more likely to believe. If anything, a job of an insider or influencer in this sense is to gather as much information as they can from as many cases as they can and then disseminate only the stuff they think actually has a chance of being true. I personally would never just believe someone fresh off the bat without rock solid, incontrovertible proof... unless that person has a track record and I know they've been solid in the past. Even then, people get stuff wrong. Plans change, dates move, and people get their wires crossed and misunderstand things. This comes back to what I said in some other posts in this thread too, about the difference between journalistic reporting and just people shooting the shit on twitter or Era, or people posting in a more fast-and-loose way on YouTube or whatever. People with proper journalism training will generally only want to report on stuff if they can get two verifiable, trustworthy, unconnected sources to report the same thing without any prompting or cross-contamination. When you see places like Kotaku or Eurogamer file large reports, they're doing it in this style, and this is proper and correct. This is also why I haven't posted about any of this stuff at work, on the website: I don't have the water tight sourcing I'd want to file a formal report, which is a more serious matter than shooting the shit on Era or twitter. A lot of the people rolling around with insider info about character rosters don't worry about this sort of thing, though, so the buck is passed to the reader: it turns to the individual and the community to figure out who you trust and who you don't. Which is why threads like this are good. Sometimes the hysteria goes to people's heads, I admit, but I think whenever this stuff is posted it's interesting to discuss and hash it out and try to separate the wheat from the chaff. I think over time you can really figure out who the reliable people are. Like, there's a bunch of leakers in the Street Fighter community, but only a few have emerged as the guys who get stuff like upcoming DLC right, and as such the things they reveal are treated with the appropriate level of skepticism. I think with Smash people just lose their heads easier, though.
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Thread RUMOR: Massive potential Smash Ultimate leak allegedly reveals every character (now w/ poll)
You're dead right to think if somebody is being vague it's probably best just to take it as slightly informed speculation rather than any confirmation, because at the end of the day with a lot of leaks like this you've got people skating on super thin ice rumors from super shaky sources, and that's why a lot of people won't put up and put it down in writing or video in a more formal manner. I firmly believe out there in the 'insider space' or whatever the full roster is out there, but it's mixed in with a bunch of BS as well. This is why none of this roster stuff has ever been reported on big sites, too, because nobody can actually anything, so anywhere with a high editorial standard on leaks and rumors can't get it off the ground. Somebody mentioned Pokemon Stars in this thread, mind, and that's a different sort of scenario - you know when a site like Eurogamer writes a quality report like that it has been double or triple-sourced and checked over multiple times. Nobody can do that with this Smash stuff, I don't think, so it's a bit of a crapshoot.
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Thread Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DT9 | News, Site Updates, and Speculation | The Day the Music Died
In fairness, Eurogamer did a great follow-up report on the Pokemon Stars thing - "What Happened to Pokemon Stars?" - where they discuss that reporting. Their conclusion is that the information was correct at the time they published it, which is fair enough. Stuff does change. As for Star Fox Grand Prix, I think time will tell with that one - I don't know anything more personally, but that easily could be true, we still just don't know. On this topic of Smash, though - the big elephant in the room is DLC, anyway. Nobody seems to know what Sakurai and Nintendo have planned for DLC, so who knows if everybody hearing about Incineroar is just them hearing about the first DLC character? I think it's fun to speculate anyway, as long as people aren't losing their minds and going over-the-top. I would've never said Banjo would make it, I always figured if MS and Nintendo came to an agreement they'd do Steve/Alex from Minecraft, so if this is real I'd be fucking psyched.
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Thread RUMOR: Massive potential Smash Ultimate leak allegedly reveals every character
Originally, Dixie was intended to be part of Diddie's move set as a tag character, like Ice Climbers but with an actual tag mechanic like in DKC. Not sure why they cut this - if it was a design problem, or tech, or just if they decided against it. But we know this as Sakurai revealed this after Brawl's release in a magazine column. The issue now is the question of if Dixie is actually relevant enough to be a whole original character, and if not if she'd really be convincing/correct as a Diddy echo, as they're clearly now not gonna change the Diddy move set they eventually went with.
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Thread RUMOR: Massive potential Smash Ultimate leak allegedly reveals every character
Well, I'm the VG247 guy, and I'll say this outright, like -- somebody I trust who was right in the past (IE not Verge, but somebody else who told me about Simon and Isabelle before I think he'd mentioned them - though I don't follow him closely so not 100% on that) said Incineroar would be on the roster, and given they nailed Simon and Isabelle months in advance I'd feel inclined to trust their word for Incineroar - who obviously has been out there in the rumor world for ages. So that character not being on this list suggests to me the list is either wrong or incomplete, but as I also said over on Twitter - in the end, it could just as well be that I'm misinformed. That's the problem with back-room whispers and information, and why I'd never post that on the site in a news story - for something to be reported, I'd need multiple concrete sources, and I don't have them. I quoted a poster earlier and said they were probably spot on when they said people are probably unsure on this really convincing leak because they have contradicting information from equally convincing places, because that's definitely where I stand. If I hadn't heard about Isabelle and Simon from the same person who told me about Incineroar, I'd just write the Incineroar claim off as wrong, but when somebody gets two right like that, obviously you're then inclined to trust them on the third go around. I really hope this is true, though, it'd be cool as hell, especially Banjo - and I'd hope that'd mean Nintendo & MS were talking to potentially look at doing some Minecraft content as DLC.
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Much of this is really smart, I think. I don't think any one given 'insider' knows the whole roster, but different people know different bits and pieces, but because they all contradict each other, they all think the others are wrong. Much of this leak is really convincing, in particular how it appears to have emerged, but people are hedging their bets. The attitude often taken to that is "well, say what you know or get fucked, coward!!" but honestly speaking out is imo even more frightening just because of how people react if you're wrong. It drives people away from revealing much of anything beyond hints. Well, that and worries about exposing their source.
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Thread RUMOR: Massive potential Smash Ultimate leak allegedly reveals every character
I'll say this regarding 'insiders', given there's a lot of calling them out going on in this thread - look, a lot of information gets put out there, and if you're well plugged-in you often get contradictory information from equally reliable sources with good track records on certain things in the past. So, y'know, it's . Some people are plainly more prone to stepping beyond their actual knowledge than others, obviously... and it's up to you guys to judge who is who there and figure out who you trust. In the proper media, at least, properly trained people won't go to print on anything without two verifiable sources on that information - even if the sources have to remain anonymous in the final piece. Where this gets muddled is that there's a lot of people in games without traditional journalistic training who don't hold information/sources up to these traditional standards, and obviously once you get to the realm of bloggers and youtubers - who do amazing reporting in their own right - these ideas are largely entirely out of the window. Anyway, this is why, say - I write for a games publication as my full-time gig, but I've not printed anything about Smash because the information has always come from one place and has often had contradictory information also swimming around, either misguided or outright made-up. A good example is that I had somebody telling me Simon and Isabelle was in Smash before E3, and that the former was going to be revealed at E3. That information did the rounds among some game media in a big way, but nobody felt confident enough to report... and then it didn't happen at E3, and everybody wrote that source's information off as false. Then, a few months later... you get it. It gets very hard, even in the 'confidential leak' world, to sort the wheat from the chaff, especially with a game as highly anticipated like this where people feel encouraged and emboldened to fake more and more leaks.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
Yeah, I'm not sure what you're getting at. Like I said, we know Krasko's time there doesn't overlap with River's, but my point is you'd think of all people time traveling criminals would be aware of the Doctor, that's all. The suggestion has always been in various extended media that were it not for his missing memories (which was never resolved) Jack would've known the Doctor as soon as he saw the TARDIS thanks to his Time Agent training, too. That's also sorta backed up by the time/space police people in Let's Kill Hitler immediately knowng who he (and by extension, River) is, too.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
I generally agree the deification of the Doctor has been silly, but a random alien species the Doctor hasn't encountered before rings differently to a time traveler in a prison she's had significant encounters with, that's all. It's not the idea that everyone should know the Doctor, but more just of all people, you'd expect someone in Stormcage to be the type to know the legend.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
Well, people are aware of the Time War - we have multiple characters over the years offer the Doctor their consolation/sympathy when they hear they're Gallifreyan. Higher powers are obviously aware of the Time Lords, it's just races that don't yet have that sort of tech that aren't. Jack Harkness instantly knows what a TARDIS is, for instance - but he's a Time Agent, from a period in history when Time Travel is no longer a secret. It's all complicated, anyway, because we don't know where exactly that guy is in his personal timeline. Being a time traveler, he could be from some future time when the Time Lords are fully established again, or from before the war. The point is, there's more than one TARDIS out there, and there always is... but also the Gallifreyan policy of not meddling means that generally you'd imagine TARDISes are rare sights out in the universe. The Doctor is the exception rather than the rule in that sense. The thing that surprises me more is that people in Stormcage would see a blue police box and not know what it is - not that it's a TARDIS based off the energy readings, but that it is TARDIS, belonging to . Even if Kraskow's time there doesn't overlap with River's, you'd think a prison full of time traveling criminals would know about the Doctor. Yes, the 11th Doctor made some moves to reduce his footprint across the universe, but he's still in the right circles, so you'd think they'd know.
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Thread AVENGERS 4 | Speculation Thread (Open Spoilers, Set Photos and Leaks)
There's a million legal reasons they do this as explained by other posters, but I wouldn't be surprised to see a major universe-altering event with unseen effects that open up the opportunity for them to write certain things out of existence (for instance, here is an opportunity to provide an 'official' reason for rebooting/recasting Luke Cage/Iron Fist/etc without having to outright acknowledge the existing shows) or write certain things in. They don't have to say "hey, here's the X-Men!" in this movie, they just have to have the ending of this movie state that the universe has changed as a result of Thanos' actions and undoing them. This can then become a catch-all excuse for whatever they want to do. A good example is, say, on TV, Doctor Who has done this loads - when a show runs for 55 years, occasionally you have to wipe the slate clean. So even recently, they had a 'crack in time' caused by a major plot device that deleted past events, allowing them to retcon shit out they no longer wanted. Actually explaining what has changed (like the emergence of mutants) doesn't need to happen in this movie. And it won't, because of all the legal hoops currently being jumped through.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
The Doctor meeting celebrities is pretty common - we've had Charles Dickens, Agatha Christie, Madame de Pompadour, Winston Churchill etc as major guest stars like Rosa here - but this is significantly more involved with real historuy. Other times it's typically been more campy, like Dickens actually encountering "ghosts" (actually aliens) and Christie being trapped in a scenario straight out of her own murder mystery novels.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
Ellard's notes are always brilliant, though of these this is the one that stands out most prominently to me: This is really important stuff, and the sort of thing that RTD and Moffat were really good at, I think - both with a really strong comedy background, so they're used to just slicing all the fat clean out of any script so you can pack it in and make it as funny as possible. The thing is, you can also apply this to other genres, and this is where RTD in particular was so celebrated - it wasn't just his Doctor Who, but also stuff like The Second Coming and Casanova. You have to be careful to not turn it too much into over-optimized TV dialogue (at this RTD was better than Moffat), but I think this sort of dialogue of Chibnall's is where these episodes have had a bit of drag, pacing-wise. It makes sense Ellard would get this, too, as he's probably best known for script editing Red Dwarf - again, sitcom. Very keen to sink my teeth into an episode written by somebody else this week, and it'll be a first real, true indication of what Chibnall's vision is. Week 3 is also the first real, true ratings test, too. Fingers crossed on all fronts!
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Thread BBC One & Netflix team up to co-produce Dracula - from Sherlock's Moffat & Gatiss
Doctor Who is a show with a nearly 60 year history, so there are eras people love and hate and you'll find people who love and despise any given chunk of it. FWIW, though, I think both Sherlock and Moffat's era of Doctor Who had the same problem: they were really popular in the early phases because the tricks they had were really fresh, new and neat, but by the time they were three or four years in the tricks had worn paper-thin and nothing had replaced them other than unpalatable self-indulgence. Sherlock far more so. Gatiss really knows gothic horror, though, so one has hope.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
I think it's a bit of both, tbh. In The Writer's Tale RTD describes having actual week-to-week continuity of character development & 'light arcs' as part of his mission statement when bringing back the show, as the old show was very often like a sitcom or something where the characters would 'reset' every week. Other than arguably Sarah Jane, very few companions in the classic series arced and changed in their tenure... I mean, this is why Sarah Jane is viewed as so special by the modern show - she was the proto-Rose, and Rose was really in turn the template for at least everybody who came since, at least up until now. You also look at the arcs experienced by people like Jack, Mickey or Rory - they're really significant compared to what came before. So I think it's a little of both, honestly. Audiences definitely pay more attention and remember more now, which in turn encourages show runners to insert the sort of content that rewards those really paying attention. That in turn means that the series' past and what it has done before has to be respected/remembered more.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
I don't think he has to at all. If the Doctor has decided to leg it and stay away from them again, it's pretty easy to assume they'd never catch up with him/her. I'm sure we'll get Time Lord in Chibnall's run, or references to them like in The Doctor's Wife, but he absolutely doesn't have to go back to Gallifrey or get into all that dog shit gallifreyan lore if he doesn't want to (and honestly he probably shouldn't)
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
The coolest thing about Dinosaurs on a Spaceship is it introduced some friends of the Doctor who were cool, interesting and used as a one-off, not dragged back to shamble around awfully in a later episode (something Moff was, let's be fair, prone to doing)
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
Even in old Star Wars, though, there were levels of bullshit, but the broad rule was "If it doesn't contradict the films, consider it gospel until it , which is exactly how all Who canon is operated. Regarding new TV adaptations 'replacing' their audio/novel counterparts, though - I guess it depends. You're right to suggest that Jubilee and Spare Parts aren't really bumped out, for instance, but Cornell has said in interviews he almost turned down RTD's Human Nature pitch because he didn't want to usurp his original story, and even says in the Confidential for one of those episodes that he's sad to make that story partially irrelevant but also happy because he thinks the TV version is better. But you're also right, with Doctor Who's time paradoxes obviously you can always write anything away. RE the Atlantis point - you're right there too, of course, but the fact is the modern show cares more about continuity in things like that than the classic show did. The classic show did not care at all. The modern show won't go back to Pompeii again or, I dunno, the 2012 Olympics again, methinks, or at least not in any way that could seriously overlap the original stories.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
Hmm, so, thoughts...I really enjoyed these first two weeks in general, but it doesn't quite feel like the show is off to the same storming, confident start it has been with the last two big reboots - though by far the least to blame is Jodie, she's brilliant. I don't think this series is going to entirely recover from these fumbles and will continue to present in the same good-but-flawed way for the next eight weeks, but I hope a nice big campy Christmas epic could serve as a point where the show finds its feet with the comedy and stuff. In fairness, the idea that you grow a TARDIS rather than build it was laid out way before the coral piece planting - the Doctor says so in Series 2 (The Impossible Planet, when they think they're stranded and Rose suggests building another), and in Torchwood there's a minor side plot point/background detail that goes nowhere that Jack is trying to grow his own. They do and they don't. It's a lot like it was with Star Wars prior to the great Disney purge, actually: all the extracurricular stuff is considered canon until the point where it contradicts the main show, basically. Consider the Big Finish/novelized 8th Doctor adventures, for instance: in Night of the Doctor, part of the New Who TV canon, we hear the 8th Doctor name-check a bunch of his most significant companions from those adventures before he regenerates. They are canon. The BBC also has the current show-runner sign off on things like books and audios - so a good example is around Series 2/3 time, RTD vetoed a book that was going to feature the 10th Doctor alongside Winston Churchill because they considered Churchill the sort of figure the show might want to one day tackle... and three years later, they did just that. Also, as mentioned, the show has adapted some of the best other medium stories for TV - Human Nature, Spare Parts (Rise of the Cybermen), Jubilee (Dalek), etc. Obviously as these stories were adapted they dropped out of the canon, replaced by their TV counterparts, because the TV show is the 'top line' of the show. And since Cushing was mentioned, a fun fact about that: a scene was cut from Day of the Doctor where in the Black Archive it's mentioned that the Cushing Dr Who and the Daleks movies in the TV Who universe and are sci-fi movies taken as fiction that are actually secretly based off real exploits. Actual real-world posters of those films are in the background of the archive in the aired show, even. There's a joke that the Doctor and Cushing were friends, and a joke that Cushing's appearance in Rogue One was actually, er, due to a trip in the TARDIS. This was cut from the TV broadcast, like I say, but reappears in the novelization of Day of the Doctor (alongside other fan-wank scenes like the Tenth Doctor and River sharing a bath) which was written by Moffat himself. Anyway, the point is, even the Cushing stuff is kinda-sorta canon, in its own way. I'm curious about the Timeless Child... the obvious idea is Susan, of course - it's probably the most significant loose end from the classic era left hanging after Moffat unraveled most of the others for better and for worse, but I'm guessing it'll be something all-new as Chibs tries to keep this regenerated show largely separate from what came before, at least for his first year.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
She actually seemed quite up for it in November last year... "I had a really great time on the show, I really loved the character, it brings so many people so much joy. So never say never! I feel like there was more to explore with Martha, definitely, but I don’t know what form that would take. I know I kept doing audiobooks until after I’d even left the show. So I don’t know – it could be case of maybe one day, maybe one day soon, maybe one day in 30 years time. We will wait and see." She's arguably the one (other than Karen Gillan obviously) who has done the most unique/big stuff outside Who since then, though - lead in Law & Order UK, plus main cast in a few US shows like that Sex & the City Reboot, Sense8 and now New Amsterdam. So maybe that's why it's harder for them to get her, ey. I assume she's living in the states, too, while Tate and Piper are still in the UK. Maybe Freema will be one of the classic Big Finish hold-outs who doesn't do it for 20 years. The main thing I continue to be surprised by is that they haven't done a Tennant/Barrowman story, tbh. It's funny/insane to think in a decade we'll be looking at these stories with this shiny new cast. I love this dumb endless show.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
Although this is a series 10 thread, just announced: Three new audio adventures with Tennant & Tate, but they're also bringing back Bernard Cribbins as Wilf and Jacqueline King as Sylvia! Yesss. Surprised they're not completing the set though - three with Rose, three with Donna... you would've thought three with Martha would be next. Alas. The stories: This is the weird thing about Doctor Who. Even when it's all new and shiny and exciting, the old stuff is . With the original cast! Amazing.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
This is the answer. Are you really a fan if you don't sit and grimace your way through Fear Her, Curse of the Black Spot, Forest of the Night, etc etc, even on a rewatch?
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
The numbers are really exciting/encouraging, wow. Obviously there's going to be a 'historic event' inflation because Jodie is a real first, but I really hope people stick around in the coming weeks.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
We don't actually know if this is true, but he has absolutely ruled Daleks out in this 10-episode run. I'm assuming we'll get them at Christmas though.
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Thread Doctor Who Series 11 |OT|- She’s Here, and It’s About Time
Jodie fantastic. Music brilliant. Supporting cast great. And yet... the writing feels like it needs more. Maybe it is that witty, comedy-background spark RTD and Moffat had, but it feels like it had a pacing problem in that sense - it took its sweet time often, and that's good, but also... not? It's a family show, but there were big old stretches of that where I just wondered what on earth 10-year-olds would make of it. It's sort of personified in that "coming soon" trailer, where it's a bunch of actors and faces that adults will recognize, but what will the kids watching think? The kids want to see how exciting it's going to be. The show has never looked this good, mind. So basically: enjoyed it. New production values are excellent... but worries about what exactly Chibnall would bring to the table not yet pushed aside. Specifically, I worry his experience mostly on adult series' leads the show down a path that will offer legitimacy to it as arty TV, but dent its family appeal. Looking forward to next week. Gomez has said she's done, and the fact she's in Big Finish is the nail in the coffin - BBC wouldn't have signed off on it if she was in Chibnall's plans. Jack or something familiar... It'll be next year, surely. Or Christmas... though Daleks seem the more likely Christmas thing.
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Thread Doctor Who-ERA |OT| It's Almost Time... But Not Yet
The other nice thing, really, is that Martha is just . Jack, too. If, in twenty years, somebody wants to bring them back like Sarah Jane, they just have to ring up Johnny B and Freema and they'd surely do it. I mean, anything can be written around, but it's nice to have characters open like that. (And honestly, one assumes the only reason we've not had Martha & Mickey adventures on Big Finish is because they've been saving her debut for a series with Tennant - and presumably she'll be next.)
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2018 Season
Debating on a low end flex between Sterling Shepard and Javorious Allen - Shepard has the form coming off last week, but I think the Giants could run aground at Carolina, whereas theoretically Baltimore should have an easier time with the Browns. Allen also has the better average points per game, even though he had a middling week last week. Also very much torn on if I should start Cousins or Dalton this week for QB. Any thoughts, Era?
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Thread Doctor Who-ERA |OT| It's Almost Time... But Not Yet
Capaldi is one of those who has some potentially really interesting Big Finish stories in him because of this. Tennant and Smith are relatively static (Smith has his flunk post Ponds, yes, and Tennant has his as-yet unseen 'dark phase' between The Waters of Mars & The End of Time (apart from Day of the Doctor, which falls in that gap), but Capaldi is one of the few to really change on-screen in a significant way, I think, and there's many seasons of development between Season 9 and 10 for him waiting to be told in the coming years.
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Thread Doctor Who-ERA |OT| It's Almost Time... But Not Yet
It's just "Vale", which plays a few times as 10 approaches his death/regeneration, most notably when he sees the Ood at the end of The Waters of Mars iirc - but it plays a lot in that area and in The End of Time. Vale Decem is like an evolved version of that piece.
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Thread Itsuno was "really pumped" to make DmC2 before DMC5
I just said it'd be cool, that's all. It wasn't a part of the serious interview chat, it was just shooting the shit; I was just explaining to them I really like both strands of DMC. A full, uncut Q&A format version of the interview should be going up very soon, btw.
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Thread Itsuno was "really pumped" to make DmC2 before DMC5
Itsuno was quite hands-on with DmC, and as he says in the interview, he went to Cambridge every two months minimum during its production - and that's not going there for a day, that's like going for a week or two or more every two months for the better part of three years. He was really deeply involved, as was a good group of Osaka staff - which is why he feels so closely to it, probably. This interview is mine, btw, and I spent a chunk of last week with the DMC5 guys, playing the latest build, etc etc. If one thing is absolutely clear to me from spending a little time with them, it's that the respect and even love for DmC is real. The thing I'd like them see them do (and I said this to them) is eventually find a mind-bending way to bring the two continuities together, tbh. I'm sure it'd be very silly, but DMC already is.
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2018 Season
Should I start Javorius Allen, or should I take a punt on Aaron Jones now he's back? I picked Jones up on the Waiver this week. I have a disproportionately weak RB game as I drafted Bell 2nd overall (fuck!) and McKinnon 3rd round - about 24 hours before he got injured and ruled out for the whole season (fuuuuuck!). I've been trying to patch up holes ever since, though I've been lucky in that decent WR picks have carried me to 2-1 (and the loss was close) so far. On the same topic - I would've won week 3 if not for 2 Minnesota players and the absolute nightmare they had. QB wise I have Andy Dalton or Cousins. Gut instinct is to go for Dalton even though Cousins is better stats wise given that Cousins is coming off the back of a rough week against a team that's on fire, because because Dalton has a favorable match-up vs Atlanta imo. Just curious if ERA would make the same decision...
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Thread Wait, did Microsoft recently get the James Bond license?
Ah lordy, had no idea. Thought they'd just let it expire. Bond feels like the sort of license that in the wake of Spider-Man will be snapped up, though perhaps not until Craig is gone and the franchise is getting a hopefully exciting/invigorating reboot on film. Hopefully the lesson learned from Spider-Man is that with a character like Bond the better thing is perhaps to not lean on the films and the current Bond - license the stuff like the Omega watches, the Aston Martin etc etc for authenticity's sake, but Bond, or re-adapt Fleming's original work for a video game rather than do a shit movie tie-in. This is why GoldenEye on Wii was the best of Activision's efforts - it re-adapted GoldenEye to better fit that sort of style of game in interesting ways and ways you could never do if you're trying to make a current film tie-in that closely follows or weaves in and out of the film plot. The same for EA's efforts - the best was From Russia With Love (for the same reasons as GoldenEye) and Everything or Nothing. I don't even think you need to get the likeness/voice of the current Bond though, as that's a mindfield (as Craig's deadpan, fucking boring give-me-my-paycheck performance in the Acti games showed) - better off to just cast an original Bond.
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Thread Wait, did Microsoft recently get the James Bond license?
I mean, they still need the license and EON's blessing to actually license it as a James Bond pack, which they're doing. Otherwise they'd have marketed it as "spy cars" or something. The Bond license is also presumably no longer with Activision, as it was one of those deals where it was they had to put out a game every [x] years to keep it rolling and Activision hasn't put one out for ages. So the license is out there. I'm guessing this is a one-time licensing deal for Forza rather than, y'know, MS picking up the Bond games license wholesale though.
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2018 Season
I've got a similar question to this - Should I go Cousins vs Rams or go with Dalton? Before last week's performance I was confident to stick with Cousins even on the assumption that the Vikings would lose, but with the Vikings taking a kicking I'm wondering if there's gonna be a psychological effect, especially against an unbeaten team that's really on the march.
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Thread Doctor Who: Series 11 Trailer #2
This is just a guess, but Chibnall's (new showerunner) comments in interviews etc have suggested he wants to get away from a reliance on over-arching plot and move back towards being a plot-of-the-week style show. I expect there will be , but probably something very light touch like Bad Wolf or Mr Saxon versus something that more explicitly runs through the season like we got in some of the later series'. There's no two-parters to be sure.
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Thread Doctor Who: Series 11 Trailer #2
Set reports from people leaking here and there seems to suggest she'll be somewhere between Tennant and Smith. The cleverness and the happy wonder at everything... but, of course, she's going to put her own stamp on it too, no doubt.
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2018 Season
Somehow I'm 2-0 despite my #1 pick not reporting (Bell) and my #3 pick (McKinnon) picking up an injury before the season started. I dropped McKinnon and picked up Morris - but ultimately, my RB game is poor and the worst in the league. Somehow I've managed to scrape by on strength of my WRs, but I really need to fix my RB problem soon.
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Thread Theory: Reason Square Enix kept Final Fantasy on Sony Systems in the past
Q-Fund was an existing program prior to FFCC and funded a number of Gamecube games. A good example is Genius Sonority, an independent company made up of a mixture of ex-Enix and Game Freak employees, which was one of the first companies to be founded out of the Q-Fund. After a bunch of experimentation Nintendo/TPC allowed them to make a Pokemon spin-off which eventually became Coliseum. Genius Sonority is still a private company to this day that only makes games for Nintendo consoles. The Q-Fund had a part in the founding of over 10 studios or subsidiaries who'd work on the GBA and GC - and FFCC wasn't anywhere near the first project with the fund. All I'm arguing is for Square it would've made sense at the time with or without any Sony interference. The core teams are busy working on the PS games - on FF10, 11 and 12. In order to create a GC game you need new technology, a new team, and new tools because the architecture is different. Nintendo, licking wounds from the GC, is happy to offer up a cash & support incentive to make it happen via a scheme they have going. The GC audience is small compared to PS, and Nintendo knows they need to open up their wallet to encourage third parties to make the effort (and to minimize their risk). Setting up a new subsidiary is a relatively simple action - if it in turn gives them access to those funds, which helps solve the team/tech/tools problem and mitigate risk, that's a win/win for SE. If it works out they have a new great selling game and a new audience on a new platform. If it doesn't, they get to keep the subsidiary and the tools/knowledge they gathered. These sorts of third party assistance offers from platform holders with cash grants and the like are pretty standard even today (though Nintendo doesn't seem to indulge in it much any more). They're especially common when somebody is in market share - Microsoft did it a lot at the start of the 360 generation before they realized they were gonna be successful and recently since Spencer took over Xbox One. TLDR; Square taking advantage of the Q-Fund is not necessarily something that has anything to do with a Sony 'stake' in the company, especially given Sony's stake was so minor. Like, maybe it did, maybe it didn't, but Square's use of the Q-Fund being an indicator that Sony said 'no' to the core company doing GC games is just supposition based on pretty weak evidence. Regarding the point about RE and MGS - different companies and relationships leave different approaches, but Capcom didn't just 'decide' to do the 'Capcom 5' for GC out of nowhere - there was, as there always is, back room dealing, agreements, co-marketing cash offers, etc - which is why when Capcom later backed out of elements of that deal Nintendo was furious.
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Thread Theory: Reason Square Enix kept Final Fantasy on Sony Systems in the past
This is all a theory based on the Game Designers Studio's existence in making FFCC, but it raises a question: why was that studio founded? In that is the answer to this. What I mean is - it really could've been founded for one of a few reasons:I think the last point has made the most sense - that this has been more about Square and Nintendo than Square and Sony. Nintendo had a lot of good reasons to get FF back, but by throwing money at it the Q-Fund it saved a bit of face of them admitting they were wrong when Yamauchi angrily said FF was worthless when FF7 went to PS - while Square got a nice incentive - all they had to do was set up a shell and then later absorb it into the mothership, which they did.
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Thread Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DT7 | News, Site Updates, and Speculation | Welcome to Hard Lock Cafe!
This sort of stuff is just why the 'echo' terminology/definition is confusing af, as Daisy could've easily been a Peach alt in this way too. It's just not very clear, imo. Alas.
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Thread Game Journalism Was Hell and I'm Glad That I'm Out - What Do You Think?
I think a large part of it is - like any job - finding a team and job that works for you as much as you do for it. Part of the problem in the industry, imo, is either young and inexperienced or disinterested but established parent companies - I've been lucky to work for one that is young but engaged and understands games and the people who love them - and as a result, I feel cared-for and looked-after. As far as money goes, I think that's similar - some people are better compensated than others and you really need to fight for the pay you think you deserve, or at the very least the right to also freelance on the side to supplement your income. I mean, that's the quantitative, literal side of things. The flip side is the emotional side: and yes, it can be a draining job with the comments, the attitude, and sometimes feeling like you can slave for hours on a quality article only for nobody to read anything but the conclusion, or the score. That stuff is frustrating, and I think all you can do there is either come to the job with a thick enough skin to push past it or develop a method of coping. Some people can't, and I've seen people leave the industry over it. Obviously one hopes and pushes for a change in the attitude towards the way games professionals are treated, but that isn't going to happen overnight so for now being able to is a key component of the job - and not just that, but being able to deal while also still paying attention to the genuine, smart feedback that's inevitably buried among all the horse shit abuse. That's really difficult. Anyhow, I don't think it's hell and I absolutely love doing this job, but I won't lie and say it's always easy. To friends, I often say being a games critic (I consider myself more a critic than a journalist, personally, as I don't do much/any 'proper' journalistic work these days - I focus more on criticism) is like working in a chocolate factory - from the outside it sounds amazing, but there's a lot you don't realize about how the sausage is made and eventually, every now and then, you want a break from the smell and taste of chocolate. Which really means... it''s like any job, really. It's just cooler on the surface. It's not for everyone. I think often that can be hard to accept, especially when it's 'dream job' material like working in games. But you need to be happy, so good on you for deciding it's time to walk away - you need to put yourself first.
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Thread The most hated person in Britain is a boring old man
The fact is whatever you think of him he's not electable any more (if he ever was), and that means the party needs to get him out of the leadership and reposition itself to be more electable, even if that means a shuffle back towards the center. Right now what Britain needs is strong opposition to May's government, and Corbyn isn't providing it. Simple as.
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Thread House Of Cards - Teaser: Grave
Spoilers for the original UK show, but very well what might happen now if they choose to follow the source material show & book: I always felt this was where the show was leading as an ending - with Claire taking over in the final episode - but now obviously they're getting a final season out of it with her in charge. How much of this could be accomplished without Spacey, or with the footage he shot before being removed... that's another question.
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Thread Police officer fatally shoots man after entering apartment she allegedly believed was her own
How is this an "administrative leave" situation? She was returning home, she wasn't on duty, right? She wasn't responding to a call? She was just confused? How is this anything less then manslaughter and an arrest?
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Thread Doctor Who-ERA |OT| It's Almost Time... But Not Yet
Not that it matters, but in-show they've been clear that it's not even going to be commented on - she's just going to get on with it. Out of the show, I think a conversation absolutely should happen and they should make a noise about it, as it's important and historic. I agree in the show it just needs to be as if nothing has really happened though - after all, this is normal for a Time Lord.
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Thread Final Fantasy XV Sales Top 8.1 Million Worldwide
This is still good enough to place it as the second-best FF ever released numbers-wise, keep in mind. The flip side of that is this: the gaming audience has in general grown and expanded since the days of FF7, the series' best-selling entry. Franchises that are as comparatively big now as FF7 was in the 90s sell a fair amount than FF7 did at the time, so the phenomenon is that FF isn't growing its audience as games as a medium grow; it's more maintaining. That'll be SE's next goal - to see growth beyond FF7 numbers, not just clawing back the losses since then. That'll be the goal for 16. 15 has done a lot to reverse the fortunes - consider that it's almost sold as much now as the entire FF13 trilogy. But FF isn't really seeing growth beyond where the series has been historically, whereas MHW was new and exciting to a whole new audience, a complete unknown. Of course it jumped so dramatically.
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Thread Doctor Who-ERA |OT| It's Almost Time... But Not Yet
In fairness Doctor Who will be sharing that space with franchises like Star Trek and Mission Impossible and as far as BBC shows go that park is also making use of the shambling corpse of Top Gear - it's just Paramount trying to make their new UK theme park suitably 'British' with licensing deals, heh. BBC Worldwide sold the license, but they couldn't actually be bothered to find a new location for their own Doctor Who venue, which sucks.
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Thread Doctor Who-ERA |OT| It's Almost Time... But Not Yet
That's a fair point, yeah. Glancing at the schedules, something like this makes sense: Countryfile @ 6pm, Doctor Who @ 7pm, Strictly results show, then a sitcom, then a drama. That's basically where Who would most naturally fit. Countryfile isn't much of a lead-in, but one hopes that Who can grow Sunday nights. The alternative is that Who becomes less of an "event show", which would be bad for the show. More than anything, it feels like the BBC blinking first at how much competition there is on a Sunday. What I don't like about that is that at its best, Doctor Who has always thrived under going toe-to-toe with behemoths like the X-Factor, so to move it away is an admission of defeat of sorts that makes me sad. I'm sure the show will be fine either way, but I want to see it grow again, not just maintain the shrunken numbers from the last few years.
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Thread Doctor Who-ERA |OT| It's Almost Time... But Not Yet
I mean, it's worth pointing out that Saturday was never a drama hotspot for the UK either, but Doctor Who forged a unique place in the schedules in that it was a drama, but it catered to and was lapped up by the same audiences that tuned in for Strictly and X Factor. It was bloody unique for a few years, and uncontested at that for a good five or six years there. It also just seemed to a Saturday, being an energetic, excited show... rather than the 'oh god, work/school tomorrow' mood of a Sunday night.
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Thread Doctor Who-ERA |OT| It's Almost Time... But Not Yet
Sunday is the wrong day for this show and represents a significant downgrade imo, but what can you do? I guess a lot of the audience is timeshift now anyway, but we've moved a long way from the RTD/Gardner edict of "we must keep the show as a staple part of the most important TV night of the week". Sarah Jane Adventures used to air on a Sunday. Christ.
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Thread Doctor Who-ERA |OT| It's Almost Time... But Not Yet
I mean, a lot of stuff is different in the UK around TV just because of the nature of the license fee, the BBC as a publicly-funded, ad-free broadcaster, their remit, etc etc. Ultimately, Saturday is considered a really important day for the BBC as it's a very high day for prime-time, whole-family viewership. Saturday nights are when the big variety shows get put on - X Factor, Britain's Got Talent etc - or the biggest quiz shows, or whatever. For a while the BBC was really trailing behind rivals on Saturday nights, and then Doctor Who was actually their solution - it rescued Saturday nights for them and other rival channels commissioned very similar shows to Who like Primeval to counter it. Even the BBC started commissioning other shows, like Merlin, to fill the Doctor Who gap on a Saturday night when Who wasn't on. Sundays tend to be either for the very light touch kids stuff earlier on in the day - like tea time - or the more adult dramas or documentaries later. The stuff in between is always sort of meh, or traditionalist stuff like antiques roadshow, so it's weird/interesting to see Who put in that slot. The counter-argument is that with time shift and online and iplayer being so big the day of the week matters less than it ever did, but it is something of a thing. The big Saturday night shows are the ones that get Christmas specials, sorta. Davies and Gardner used to say that it was key to keep the show present in the mind of the BBC as their most important weekend show. That's Strictly now, obviously, but before DW could at least claim to be on par with it. Being shunted to a different day removes that chance, but alas. It is what it is, though. There is no sugar-coating it: whatever you think of the era (and I enjoyed much of it), Capaldi's time and even the latter half of Smith's time saw big drops to the live audience - disproportionately large, even, compared to the natural drop off in viewers thanks to more people shifting to watch online after the fact. So one understands why the BBC would reach this conclusion. Doctor Who used to be big enough that it could muscle into Strictly and push it later. It isn't any more. It's not the end of the world, but reversing this trend needs to be a priority for Chibnall... and maybe the new time slot will help. Maybe it won't.
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Thread Is Dragon Ball FighterZ's Jump Festa trailer the hypest fighting game trailer?
It's a specific thing that requires a certain level of fandom for DBZ and then it becomes massively exciting, obviously. That's fair enough. I agree with the Smash and SF5 AE posts in here, but one that'll always stick in my mind is the trailer for Super SF4 that revealed the SF3 characters (Makoto, Dudley, Ibuki). Capcom was doing this thing back then where they did 100% original music arrangements for the trailers, and that's what really makes it, I think. At the time, the excitement of seeing these characters again was also paired with hearing these snippets of their themes arranged. Again, though, it's a really specific, personal thing, since at the time this trailer came out I was absolutely a million percent invested in SF4 and so I rewatched the trailer time and time again dissecting how the new guys would play.
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Thread Doctor Who-ERA |OT| It's Almost Time... But Not Yet
The Time Lords are utter balls and RTD was absolutely right to do away with them and it was a disaster actually bringing them back, imo. Day of the Doctor should've been where it was left - them still gone, the guilt resolved but the lessons learned maintained, but a loophole to bring back any old Time Lord (or a new one) as an individual who somehow escaped. The only thing the Time Lords would theoretically be good for was also replaced with the Shadow Proclamation (which Moffat even uses!) - a sometimes-good, somtimes-bad higher power the Doctor can run to for help or fight against depending on the circumstance... having them back full-on is just guff. Hopefully Jodie's Doctor never goes near there.
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Thread Doctor Who-ERA |OT| It's Almost Time... But Not Yet
I think it's worrying, tbh, as it suggests that the show isn't being seen as so important that it can stake its claim in the schedule and instead is at mercy of being shunted around.
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Thread Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition |OT2| Street Fighter Has Come Home
No idea about the Go, but E3 week I was able to do the missions on a three year old Surface Pro 4. You wouldn't want to play online with it tho.
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Thread Cammy White finally has a costume that gives her pants in Street Fighter.
This is fan made of course, but I feel like this exact costume officially is a matter of time. This is basically what Kylie Minogue wore in the SF movie, and I feel like as we see them embracing some reference costumes within the series for fighting chance (Cannon Spike Cammy, SF1 Sagat, 'Mike' Balrog) costumes based off the movie (specifically, the blue camo military garb for Cammy/Guile and Chun's red dress) have to be on the cards. The 'street clothes' Cammy from SF4 should come back, with the ripped leggings and leather jacket. Great costume.
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Thread Doctor Who-ERA |OT| It's Almost Time... But Not Yet
It's about the popularity of the show, really. The RTD era and the first two years of Moffat's era happily coexisted with Strictly, and from the BBC's perspective it was actually the perfect Saturday show to lead into it. It's just the status of the show changed a lot in the latter Smith years and especially the Capaldi years. Moffat's era was in general a pivot to be more of a 'hard sci-fi' show that kids can also enjoy... rather than a kids/family show that sci-fi fans can also enjoy. That distinction sounds small but is actually enormous, imo.
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Thread RPGamer Editor-in-Chief, #TeamHandheld Founder Michael A. Cunningham Passes Away
I only met Michael in person once at a Bethesda event, but we spent four days hanging out and he was really great fun. We knew each other online beforehand: as the co-owner/founder of RPGSite.net, RPGamer were of course friendly rivals of ours, and so we spoke fairly regularly sharing tips and thoughts and trying to help each other out. That's something that I think says a lot about him - between rival websites, especially in a niche, it's so easy to be... cold to each other. Or worse, to be aggressive. RPGSite and RPGamer were never that, and a lot of that was thanks to how kind, lovely and thoughtful Michael was, especially towards the newer, younger site on the block at the time. It's been a real wave of grief through the RPG Site team today - loved him. Which, like I said, says a lot. I can't imagine how his family, friends and team on RPGamer feel and my heart goes out to them. He was a really wonderful, passionate person, and I wish we'd spoken more recently, as we last spoke months ago. He leaves behind a brilliant legacy on that site and though I don't know as much about his life outside of the site, I'm sure he leaves one equally great in that sense too. I'll miss him. RIP.
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Thread How did squaresoft cram out 4 worldclass Final Fantasy mainline titles in such short timeframe?
Rather than soul searching with every game in a big way, they had a formula that worked and that they believed could be profitable and just went for it hard. These games were also disproportionately expensive (for the time), filled with outsourced work and I'd also argue the teams, which were very talented, were less laden with expectation and demand than they are now. Also one absolutely key thing: post FF7 there was no peer that could come close to touching FF, which I think gave them the confidence to do more mad and risky stuff. The biggest change for FF, I think, is that the series now has major peers and rivals to worry about. That leads to market research shenanigans, which in turn leads to extra wastage, etc. In the end, they were games of their time and the teams behind them happened to be on a roll. The formula established in FF7 worked from both a popularity and a development standpoint, and the moment they started to move away from the template (often outsourced CG backgrounds, the game structure) you can see the uncertainty start to kick in. I think even FF10 has that uncertainty and sense of unease about it, then 12 a little more. By the time you hit FF13 in a post-Oblivion world, it's in overdrive.
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Thread Game soundtracks on vinyl | 45rpm All new cartridge
Listening to Viva Pinata again and I the level of surface noise on this record. INSANE. The only records I have that sound like this are thirty years old and have it from the age/poor care
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Thread Variety: Disney stands firm in James Gunn not returning to GotG3
They're properly fucked, really, because if they shit can Bautitsta for a political opinion they're going to get lit up by a number of major news organizations just as hard as they did for Gunn. It'll come from a different place and be for very different reasons. But Dave clearly isn't gonna shut up about it. He's gonna be talking about this shit on the red carpet. I bet he's not doing any media tour for Vol 3 or Avengers 4 now. I'm sure they won't be giving him any new roles any time soon, but as far as Marvel goes, they've got a minimum of two more movies with him to go and, well, good luck to them. If they were to fire him from Vol3 it'd be pouring gas on the fire.
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Thread Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DT5 | News, Site Updates, and Speculation | Reach for the Chairs
Chun would be very interesting in Smash, especially if they gave her the air lightning legs shenanigans she has in the Versus games. Shame Ken (or Akuma) are easy echoes, though. I sorta expect Chun as an assist.
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Thread Idris Elba says he's not the next James Bond
I don't think anyone with their head screwed on right is suggesting that a young Bond would solve the franchise's current problems, the suggestion is just that when they cast the role after Craig leaves they will factor in age in order to try to ensure they get a good return on their casting investment (IE a decade's worth of movies - probably five being their target). That balancing act is about more than the guy looking like he can convincingly do Bond stuff without putting his back out though - it's about where an actor is in their career, their expectations etc. I've always had the impression the producers feel like they got a bit burned with Craig in this sense, as they've said they very much would've liked to have released more Bond movies and more quickly than they have. You are right though, a bad film is a bad film, and every Craig film post Casino Royale is progressively more laden with problems than the last imo.
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Thread Idris Elba says he's not the next James Bond
Probably the biggest black mark against his era is that by around For Your Eyes Only he's starting to look knackered and rough around the edges, and in his last two films he just looks ridiculous. Also, the franchise needs to make a choice when the actors are older anyway: if they're going to do that, they need to be comfortable casting older women as the primary love interest. Obviously they did this a bit with Belluci in Spectre, but they cut half her scenes and of course she was a secondary interest. There's those scenes in For Your Eyes Only where Moore's Bond is with an 18-20 year old and it's just . Anyway, the main point is this, I think - I don't think they'd ever let a Bond actor age to Moore levels again. Even then they knew it was wrong - Moore was leaving, then the whole McClory produced Never Say Never Again Connery film came about and the producers got nervous and decided recasting would be too risky while the franchise had a direct off-brand rival, so we got Octopussy and View to a Kill. Moore was 57/58 during AVTAK filming which is just crazy. They're not gonna get to that again, and they're going to want to try to cast somebody who can be in the role safely for around a decade... so Mid 40s is the absolute maximum they'd go to, I think. Hardy's a great candidate, I think, because we know Nolan wants to do it, we know Nolan would cast him, and presumably when Craig goes he'll be 42 or 43, so he's basically right in the sweet spot. Cavill is also in the exact sweet spot and will be for about the next ten years, though I wonder with him - he's done so many Bond-like roles (MI, UNCLE, etc) I wonder if they would now view him less favorably? I never thought Idris stood a chance of getting cast because he is too old now, I think (he could play a very convincing Bond now, but the producers will want to think five to ten years ahead), but I think the producers joking and teasing and saying he'd be a great Bond is their way of signalling to the public and fans that the next time they cast they're going to be open on race. There are other Black British actors who could do an excellent job, and there are even people in their twenties (even Boyega comes to mind, tbh) who in another ten to fifteen years when they're the 'right age' for Bond could really do it justice. A really, important note about Cavill is he was second for Casino Royale. Director Martin Campbell actually even preferred him over Craig, but given his age the producers declared he was too young and so they went with Craig. During Craig's era Cavill has matured right into the look/feel of Bond, and at 35 he's now exactly in the age bracket the producers like and will be, like I said above, for about the next ten years. We also know he wants to do it - he said in an interview he'd love to replace Craig just last month, even.
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Thread Idris Elba says he's not the next James Bond
The thing is Cruise has assumed absolute control of the MI franchise as a producer etc, and those films are tailor-built as vehicles for him. Bond isn't like that - Craig has a greater degree of control than any of his predecessors, but EON is asking an actor to give them ten years of their life and their career - this, for instance, was why Ewan McGregor decided not to audition for Casino Royale even though they asked him to. He decided he didn't want to spend ten years of his career on Bond, because as a franchise it does take over your life and preclude you from doing other things. Which is fair enough. Then there's the factor of how many films to make - when they cast Craig, they wanted to hit a film every two years regularly, but Craig pushed back against that hard and reduced the cadence. In the modern cinematic universe climate I can see them pushing for a film every 2 years again, which is just grueling for an actor, I think - whereas Cruise leisurely puts out an MI film every 4 years or so and entertains other projects at the same time - something his large degree of control allows. So I don't think it's just about the age of the character - I think it's about where an actor is in their life and career, and a younger actor is more likely to commit to a franchise in that way. But also - not many 56 year olds are as fit or as convincingly young looking as Cruise, either.
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Thread Danny Boyle No Longer Directing Bond 25
I feel like this may be it and spells the end of Craig's Bond, though. They said two more, obviously, but if this gets pushed back by 6 months or more I can't see him doing another one, especially now the media narrative is shifting to paint him in a negative light. I think the time has come for a clean slate, though, so hey-ho. Whoever directs this (or the next film) should bring back David Arnold, though. The scores have been largely unspectacular since Quantum.
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Thread Should the Final Fantasy series continue to use CG Cutscenes?
Honestly I feel like there's massively diminishing returns at this point. Opening, ending, some establishing shots of large-scale locations - that's all that's needed, if that. FF15 made pretty good use of them, I thought.
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Thread Pepsi is acquiring SodaStream for $3.2B.
The sub is pretty poor, I think, but the Phillips PerfectDraft is basically the lead product that I think will ultimately be looked back on as the genesis of a category. (I've owned both). Larger kegs, better refrigeration, better carbonation as the keg depletes, better choice of kegs - providing you like European lagers and IPAs, anyway.
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Thread Shenmue I & II HD |OT| Like a polished mirror
A funny thing about this is that Sega clearly have a definition: emailing back and forth with Sega about reviews, I referred to the game as "Shenmue HD Remaster", and in a reply the Sega chap i was talking to corrected me, to say - it's not Shenmue HD Remaster, it's just Shenmue 1 & 2. I think the argument is largely semantic, though, as I've definitely played "HD Remasters" with less polish/changes than this.
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Thread What’s the next big fighting game you would like to see from Capcom?
Yeah, absolutely, this could work. I've for a long time said that they should do a free version of the game with characters on rotation: so maybe in August it's Ryu, Laura, Menat and Birdie who are free-to-play, then in August it switches to Ryu, Bison, Juri and Laura instead - I think that'd work, but you give players the chance to cough up the cash and get their characters for nothing. Really, what you're doing is positioning the free version as a gateway drug that is aiming to encourage people to buy the full game, which I think would be great for getting new players on board. The thing is, it's still a difficult tightrope to walk. The obvious successful example to point to is DOA5, which made a killing on fanservice costumes etc - but there's also something deeply ugly about that game in its F2P form with its thousands of dollars of DLC. I really like that structure you suggest, with a free and premium version, but honestly, I would be okay with the FM system being replaced by something like Overwatch - where you earn loot boxes that have random stuff in them (costumes, stage variants, fighter profile backgrounds, titles etc). They've taken a step towards this with Fighting Chance, but the problem with Fighting Chance as it stands is that it is the way to get the costumes tied to it. At least in Overwatch as you get duplicates you build up currency that can be saved up and/or used to buy a specific item rather than you being forced to just reroll repeatedly and pray to the gacha gods. That one extra wrinkle, being able to buy stuff, pairs with the relative ease with which you can earn loot boxes to stop OW feeling scummy while allowing it to make cash hand over fist. It takes a really even hand to get this stuff right, though, and given they're currently charging what they are for single premium costumes I'm not sure I trust Capcom to get it right. I think part of it is an East/West thing, too where gacha/loot box systems in Japan are primarily being led by mega scummy mobile games, so there's poor examples being set to the devs there anyway.
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Thread What’s the next big fighting game you would like to see from Capcom?
They do, but the point of my initial post was more that rather than diluting their focus across a Capcom All Stars and SF6, I'd rather they focus down on figuring out the aspects of SF5 that didn't work so well. It a different situation, because typically in the past Street Fighter has re-examined its soul each game in terms of mechanics, cast, etc etc. I fully expect them to do that again - one of the things that makes SF great is how it throws mechanics out from game to game. We're talking something different now though: there's a conversation to be had and thinking to be done about the systems the game - CFN, DLC delivery, post-launch monetization, etc. This is something SF hasn't really had to think about before in this way - for SF5, this stuff was new (given DLC was largely a bodge-job in SF4 generation and DLC/online was handled in the simplest way possible). It'd be very easy for them to say "well, SF5 worked alright, let's keep that and finesse it a little bit to take the rough edges off" while reinventing the game systems as they always do, but I really hope they step back and look at how this side of the game could be delivered better, as if they want to really grow SF5 in esports and all that stuff they need to do that. I think they really need to consider and weigh up every possible path, right down to a free to play option.
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Thread What’s the next big fighting game you would like to see from Capcom?
I'd like a Capcom All Stars, but what I really want them to do more than anything else is do a big old soul search and decide what worked and what didn't with the roll-out of SF5, CFN, and SF5's content model and really produce something industry-leading with SF6 next gen. That'd be my #1 priority if I were them, and I think they can do it.
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Thread What’s the next big fighting game you would like to see from Capcom?
I think the issues are a lot more complicated than just one guy, honestly, and Ono is an extremely hard-working man. But SF5 was an interesting transitionary game for them in terms of tech, in terms of esports being big but not enormous, etc. There were a lot of things working against that game in that sense, but I think the amazing thing is they turned it around and I really think it's a very, very good game now. I'd like an SF6 early next gen, but honestly I would also be okay with a (almost Smash style) retooling of SF5 from the ground up, re-examining everything for a new release. Mainly with that game now I think the divide between free content and paid content and how free content is earned needs to be reconsidered, and honestly if I were them I'd try to make the characters free next time (properly free, not grinding out ass modes for fight money free) and focus the DLC side on cosmetic stuff. We'll see, though.
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Thread Is There a Better Cast Adaptation Than the Harry Potter Movies?
One thing I always wonder is how different Potter would've looked on the whole, as a series, if JK hadn't had the principal cast having to be British and the filming having to be England written into the contracts. One thing that's really interesting about those films is that you see a lot of British TV-level stars getting big movie roles they otherwise wouldn't usually have, and it's hard not to imagine at least a smattering of those roles going to Americans without JK's intervention. A funny note about this is that she wasn't the first choice for the role anyway - they gave it to someone else (again, an actor better known for British TV/stage work than for film), but she then had to pull out because she was pregnant. Later on, they cast her as Narcissa Malfoy.
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Thread FACT: Luigi is an Anti-Vaxxer.
It's actually pretty good. It's probably arguably the best Sonic cartoon or at least joint-best alongside the Looney Tunes style one from the 90s. It has a very similar sort of tone going on, though, where rather than a serious plot it's sort of just dumb, funny slapstick of Sonic and Friends.
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Thread Game soundtracks on vinyl | 45rpm All new cartridge
I posted an angry, sweary tweet about 8bit and the Viva Pinata vinyl release's final quality - they obviously do name searches of their own name cos a day and a bit later they replied to me and we got into a bit of a back and forth about the quality of their releases. They called themselves "" in one reply
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Thread Variety: Disney stands firm in James Gunn not returning to GotG3
It's worth pointing out that both previous Guardians films had the songs in place at the script page, written into the script on a per-scene basis - so if they do with Gunn's script, chances are they also have his song choices on paper already as well. If the new Director would choose to honor that is another question, of course, but the pressure would be on for the tone to match.
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Thread "The Fighting Game Scene no longer needs Street Fighter to thrive"
God forbid companies put up pot bonuses and sponsorships that allow players to actually push towards going full time! Disgraceful strong-arming and bullying. This line of thinking about publisher support is ludicrous.
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Thread "The Fighting Game Scene no longer needs Street Fighter to thrive"
I'm talking broadly and in general since a train of thought I've seen crashing through this thread frequently is the idea that Melee survives while other games like SF4 fail to because companies like Capcom pump in pot bonuses for the new game, but if we're talking specifically Smash I've seen anger at Nintendo allowing things like Smash 4 to be broadcast on TV over Melee, fear over Nintendo actually going in on esports with Ultimate - and really, what do people them to do? Melee is ancient. The only thing that's going to see Nintendo want to acknowledge it is if they re=release it, and even then we'll be in for hand-wringing over if it runs properly, lag, etc etc. Yeah, a few times they tried to shut down tournaments. It was bloody years ago. I think it's fair to say Nintendo has learned over the years, though, and I can't believe that's still being held over them. When it mattered they backed off, relented, and even learned. With Ultimate they're clearly making moves to be more embracing, but it's delusional to think they're going to highlight a fifteen year old game over that.
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Thread "The Fighting Game Scene no longer needs Street Fighter to thrive"
I think a chunk of it depends on how long the game goes on, too. DBFZ matches , and the game is great but I think from the spectator POV single elim could work for that game.
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Thread "The Fighting Game Scene no longer needs Street Fighter to thrive"
Side games aren't run officially by Evo. So if Evo were to 'cut' Melee, players could then opt to run it as a side game and Evo would offer some support and a top 8 streaming slot, but obviously you see that doesn't carry nearly the same level of prestige as being a "full" Evo game, and one presumes a lot of Melee pros - who appear to throw their toys out of their stroller at the tiniest perceived slight - would not deem a mere side tournament worth their presence, which'd probably have a knock-on effect and keep even more casual players away. In the end, it's unlikely 1500+ people are going to show for a side tournament is the point, anyhow. You're right though - at a point you have to draw a line under it, and I think Evo has a wider duty as the larger tournament to keep switching things up and keep showcasing all the different facets of the FGC. That's also why if there is a year to cut Melee and go with just one Smash game, next year is it, as the hype and entrance numbers around Ultimate should be big enough to cover a lot of the fallout.
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Thread "The Fighting Game Scene no longer needs Street Fighter to thrive"
I honestly am not a fan of seeing both at Evo, but the thing is that the difference gameplay-wise between Melee and the later Smash games is so pronounced they might as well be different games. A great example is that at Evo 2016 there was a greater player cross-over between Smash 4 and SF5 than between Melee and Smash 4 - Melee players often just don't play Smash 4 at all, and the reverse. So I get they don't move on, but obviously when the two communities are so fucking toxic to each other it makes the whole thing even worse, because you have these two weird sibling communities fighting and acting like assholes. I also think the Smash community is often pretty painfully immature - even by FGC standards, which is saying something. It's a difficult problem to solve, and I get why the Evo organizers are in a tough position - if a lot of the Melee players don't play anything else, cutting them out of Evo potentially leaves a lot of money on the table from people who otherwise might skip the event entirely - whereas you could safely cut USF4 in 2016 because you knew that regardless of how it'd pan out quality wise, players would move on to SF5.
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Thread "The Fighting Game Scene no longer needs Street Fighter to thrive"
I think bullying is a ludicrously strong/hyperbolic term, tbh. Capcom has the pro tour though, and if you want to be part of that it only supports the current game. That makes sense. Capcom is not against supporting more than one game on the tour though - they ran SFxT on it alongside SF4 long after it was clear that game was fucking finished - but they have a logic about only one game of a given 'type', which I think is absolutely fair enough. They're a business and I don't know who can begrudge them promoting their 'current' game, but it's also fair to say that outside of prize pots they are generally quite supportive of their older game's side tournaments and seem very proud of each game's tournament legacy. Plus... if throwing around pot bonuses that drive up entrance fees and thus get more players to sign up (in turn earning TOs more and legitimizing events to larger host locations), then, fuck, I dunno what they should do. I certainly wouldn't want them taking a leaf from Nintendo's playbook. Not to knock Nintendo, mind... like, the above considered, Smash fans/pros should be careful what mess they sling about this sort of thing, as I get the strong impression that NOA/NOE are really into the idea of actually trying to make a run of the esports thing with Ultimate, and that might actually be the nail in the coffin that fully pushes Melee out of things like Evo Sunday Finals forever. Here in Europe, at least, NOE has been spending some decent bank on esports stuff around Splatoon and Smash - they're only dipping their toes in, but it plainly could lead to bigger and better things. Isn't this just fighting games in general? Balance is an imperfect thing by nature, and imo one of the things that's about the modern, rolling update style of fighting game is that at least the meta charges semi regularly and forces players to re-learn, grow and adapt.
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It's sort of a chicken and egg situation though, where an audience is there for Melee because top players don't move on and people want to watch the top players. It's difficult to say which has more influence, tbh. The big difference is generally speaking SF players agree to move on and make the most of it even when the replacement game isn't ideal, as was the case with launch SF5 etc. I think if a good contingent of the SF pros refused to move away from SF5 when 6 lands though you'd see a far increased interest in seeing SF5 tournaments continue and stronger continued viewership, etc.
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I'm talking more about Sunday specifically, which is five games. The post I was replying to was saying Rev2 will be a Sunday game next year, and I was simply saying: once you get SF5, DBFZ, Smash5 out of the way that's over half of Sunday. Tekken is I would say likely