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Thread TLJ Luke (depressed and cynical) vs TROS Luke (who is faithful to OT era Luke): Which did you prefer?
I agree. But some people wanted all powerful, pulling X-Wings out of the sky Luke Skywalker, instead of a 3-dimensional character I loved the “never meet your heroes” theme that Rian Johnson utilized in TLJ. Full disclosure, I enjoyed the entire ST, even though TRoS dropped the ball in quite a few ways, but had some really good stuff in there as well. For example, the ST trio having more time spent together in TRoS than the OT trio; I think people forget that they were only a trio in ANH, and only for, like, half of that movie once they rescue Leía from the Death Star. Then it’s the Death Star attack, and they’re split again. They have one scene together in Empire after Luke is rescued by Han, then they split up since Luke goes to Dagobah, and Han and Leía are fleeing the Empire and end up on Cloud City. Then in Jedi, they’re not together outside of one moment before they head to Endor when Luke returns from Dagobah where they barely interact. Then they get split up on Endor. This whole, “why wasn’t the gang back together like in the OT” is a bit overblown. Han and Leía spend the most time together out of the trio. Luke is almost always off doing his own thing and generally only interacts with them one on one, not as a group. But back to Luke and TLJ. It was completely in character for him to react to failure the way he did. He’s always been emotionally reactive and impulsive. His highest hero moment was destroying the Death Star (redeeming Vader was heroic for HIM, but not so much anyone else). His lowest hero moment was briefly contemplating killing his nephew when he saw the horrors Ben Solo would cause because of his corruption to the dark side. It was a foolish mistake by Luke, but a costly one. He ended up bringing about the very darkness that he considered killing Ben would avoid. Exploring that lowest moment lead to some of the most compelling content I’ve seen in these movies. Not to mention Hamill brought his A game to Luke in that movie acting wise. Hands down his best performance as the character. What TLJ illustrated so well was the notion of the “perfect hero,” and how unhealthy it is to place these “heroic” or celebrity figures on an infallible pedestal. Luke was a human being, not some flawless specimen who could do no wrong. In the old EU, there was this notion that both fans and the writers of EU content had that Luke was ungodly pure and always right and what he decides was law, and his mistakes were glossed over it downplayed because god forbid the great Luke Skywalker’s rep gets tainted by a bad decision. What I loved about TLJ was that it highlighted how hero worship can lead others to complacency and apathy. Why should they act against an evil regime when the mighty Luke Skywalker would no doubt step in and save the day? It’s such an insane burden to place on anyone. And yet without Luke, the galaxy fell into apathy and acceptance. It was easier to kowtow to the First Order than fight against it. The end of TLJ was kind of a have your cake and eat it too moment, but I felt it was effective and executed incredibly well. Luke’s showing on Krait DID inspire the galaxy to fight. Yes, Lando and Chewie went to rally the troops, but before Luke’s moment facing Ben, that spark was burnt out. If Lando and Chewie had gone to rally the troops pre-TLJ, I guarantee they would have been met with silence. After TLJ, that hope was reinvigorated, and they answered Lando’s call very much so because of Luke’s actions in TLJ. So when the moment came for them to ACT, and direct that fighting spirit somewhere, they came. Luke’s more nuanced and complex portrayal in TLJ is one of the high points of the entire Star Wars film saga for me. Between him and Ben Solo, they are two of the best realized characters in the series (on film, not counting TV shows or books; although there are very much excellent characters in that content as well; Clone Wars does a fantastic job with Anakin, Ahsoka, and Darth Maul, to name only 3, for example). I love Luke Skywalker. TLJ didn’t diminish his character at all. It showed me a side of Luke I never expected to see, and it was super fucking compelling. Seeing him return to his former optimistic self by the end of TLJ was incredibly triumphant. In the end, the hero clawed himself out of his lowest moment, and saved the day in a less direct way than we usually expect from heroes. Sure, he needed Yoda to smack him on the head and knock some sense into him, but when HASN’T he needed that? TRoS Luke just reinforces that change of heart from TLJ. It doesn’t walk it back, and I’m amazed at how few people actually pay attention to the things these movies show you. Like, I’m still perplexed at people thinking Yoda burned the “Sacred Jedi Texts,” when it was shown that Rey took them at the end of TLJ. Those same Jedi texts she’s flipping through in TRoS (and it’s implied she’s been studying them religiously in the time between TLJ and TRoS). Tot be fair, I can kind of see how some folks might miss her having the texts in TLJ, since it’s a small shot at the end, so I can only speak for myself when I say I noticed the books and laughed at Yoda’s trolling of Luke and his line that Rey “already possesses that which she requires.” The entire ST has its issues, but overall, I think there’s more good than meh stuff, and I find them all entertaining, and each film unique.
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Thread TLJ Luke (depressed and cynical) vs TROS Luke (who is faithful to OT era Luke): Which did you prefer?
They’re both faithful to Luke, so I choose both. TLJ Luke was a joy to watch, and Hamill killed it. TRoS Luke was there just to pull a Yoda and get Rey out of her funk, much like Yoda and Ben did for him in Return of the Jedi.
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Thread Remaster or Remake? We need more terms
Personally, I don’t get hung up on having a dozen different classifications for stuff like this. I keep it simple: Remaster: Basically the same game you played on the original system, but “cleaned up” for HD screens (ie; Dark Souls: Remastered, The Last of Us Remastered, etc). Sometimes this includes slight gameplay tweaks/balance that wasn’t possible during the time of the original release (ie; Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age. Bottom line, it’s still the same game visually and often mechanically at its core. Remake: The game is built from the ground up in a new way. New assets, gameplay or design shift. It’s not exactly like the original, and simply takes the concept of the original and literally remakes the game (ie, Ratchet and Clank PS4, Resident Evil 2 and 3, and Final Fantasy VII Remake). I feel like it doesn’t need to get any more complicated than that. With that said, I still classify Shadow of the Colossus PS4 as a Remake, because it was rebuilt with a new graphics engine that is so far removed from the original game that it’s more than just a straight Remaster like a traditional one, so I call it a Remake.
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Thread Konami confirms recent Silent Hills rumors are fake
As a Ratchet and Clank fan, I’d love that. As for GR, yeah, the timing was unfortunate, but for enthusiast gamers that clamor for something interesting and original, they get really picky when it comes to what titles they blather on and on about. Like a Zelda or Animal Crossing needs the word of mouth. I love those games too, but I try to spread the word as much as possible when it comes to titles like Gravity Rush, or Yakuza. The super charming animated shorts they did for Gravity Rush 2 also had me wishing for an animated series. Hell, I STILL want an animated series. I actually managed to grab the limited edition physical copy of GR Remastered from Amazon, and it’s one of my favorite physical games I own. I still think that IP has a chance, but it may need to expand to other media to really get some eyes on it. Kat is too damn lovable and charming to be relegated to such little exposure. She was also super fun to play as in PlatStation All Stars. But anyway, this thread is about Konami! Lol I wouldn’t be surprised if Konami and Sony work out a publishing/licensing deal for Silent Hill or Castlevania game development. Konami’s already shown how reluctant they are to develop expensive games, so I imagine a deal where they don’t have to pony up all of the cash for a new game, but get the benefits of keeping their IP profitable (the whole point of owning an IP when you’re a corporation), could be enticing. Outright selling the IP? God no, that’s be foolish. But licensing it, and getting a fat percentage of the profit? Sure, why not?
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Thread Konami confirms recent Silent Hills rumors are fake
I’m a HUGE Silent Hill fan, but I’d rather have a Gravity Rush 3. I’m generally not a bitter person, but I admit I hold a teensy tiny bit of smoldering rage for the people that kept sleeping on Gravity Rush, but once, not twice, but THREE times! Such a charmingly inventive and enjoyable game, with an amazing protagonist, incredible OST, and beautiful art direction and fun gameplay (especially the sequel), and barely anyone bought it... but I digress. Anyway, I’m not surprised Konami doesn’t give a fart about their IPs, or the fans clamoring for more entries in those series. With that said, I’m wondering if Konami is looking into taking Silent Hill the Netflix route, with a live action series. I’d format it like American Horror Story: Each season has a new protagonist, set in a different time period in the history of the town,and play around with the psychology of the protagonist, and how Silent Hill twists itself into a horrific manifestation of their psyche. I’d shy away from adapting the games stories, and just tell new stories within that framework.
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Thread Important Warning about Animal Crossing: Nintendo please fix this
That sounds absurd for something that Nintendo could have done to make multiple people (ie, families), playing on the same system. If they cared that much, they should have let the Island Rep be able to choose between "locking" his/her island so that other player's on the same system can't edit it, or "unlock" it so they can progress things and actually get a complete AC experience. Basically forcing families to have to have multiple Switch consoles to enjoy the game's features is bullshit. I've been playing AC since the original on GC, and I remember me and my ex-wife (girlfriend at the time), would go back and forth between playing the game. She had her own town, I had mine, all on the same Gamecube, and we'd visit each other's towns, share fruit and stuff, and leave each other messages on the bulletin board. There's no reason for this game to not allow other profiles to have their own distinct islands to run. It's a stupid, backwards ass decision, and the apologists from some folks in this page is really disheartening to see.
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Thread What's the most powerful force feat we've seen in the Star Wars films?
The backstory is that it's probably from the Jedi texts Rey took from Ach To in The Last Jedi. They're not pageturners, but when you're as much of a Force weeb as Rey, you'll read them front to back. I have no doubt that during TLJ and RoS, Rey spent a lot of time reading and studying the books she got. That's how she learned how to transfer some of her life essence into the snake creature, then Ben later on. And since they're a dyad in the Force, and their connection has been shown to be a two way street since Episode VII, Ben no doubt picked up the ability to transfer his life essence into Rey at the end of the movie. I may not be in love with RoS (although I really liked it), I feel like this entire trilogy gives us enough information to infer a lot of things about the events in the movies without having to explicitly spell it out for us. No one is saying that anyone has to like or accept what the movies show us, just that the movies give us enough to pick up on. Context clues, visual storytelling, etc.
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Thread Important Warning about Animal Crossing: Nintendo please fix this
Well, that's some garbage. My roommate was very interested in checking out AC on the Switch after watching me play, and I thought that if she created her own account on the Switch, she'd be able to start a game and play it like a normal person. Nintendo needs to sort its shit out when it comes to multiple people playing the same game on a single console. What's the point of having multiple profiles if you can't actually use them like individual profiles?
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Thread No artistic skill whatsoever, I want to learn Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. Any Youtube recommendations?
For sure! It’s never too late to pick up drawing as a skill, and now is definitely a good time to dive into it. And yeah, those artists are very informative and inspiring. I often watch them just because it’s a pleasure to see them work, even when I’m not studying their work.
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Thread No artistic skill whatsoever, I want to learn Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. Any Youtube recommendations?
Here is a list of a few of my favorite channels/artists on youtube. There's a bunch more I love, but here are a few to get you started down that rabbit hole: Dave Greco: Jake Parker: Stan Proko: Nadiaxel: Marc Burnett: Alphonso Dunn: Moderndayjames: I've been watching their videos for the past few months, and they've been immensely helpful. For both refreshing my mind and reinforcing concepts I'm familiar with, as well as introducing me to deeper ways of thinking about art. They have a of videos, from beginner to advanced, so you can easily spend hours going through their work. I recommend watching a video first, then watching it while you follow along drawing. For me, the first watch is always nice for just absorbing what they're saying, without splitting my focus on my own drawing. The second watch is where I can start to practically apply their words while drawing along myself. Edit: Hogarth is a really good one to study, but I'd also like to add George Bridgman. He has some really good books on constructive anatomy, and what I really like about him is that his style really reinforces the planes of the human figure, adding in perspective knowledge on top of your anatomical knowledge. I have both his and Hogarth's books in my library, and they're totally worth investing in.
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Thread No artistic skill whatsoever, I want to learn Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. Any Youtube recommendations?
Definitely learning to draw should be step one. XD. Fortunately, learning to draw isn't too bad, but it requires some serious commitment. I've been an artist entire life (going on 41 years now), and it has not been easy. If you truly have a passion for art, just remember that bad days happen. Sometimes your creative juices just aren't flowing that day/week/month. When that happens, I tend to go into "sponge mode." I immerse myself in the things that inspire me: movies, tv, books, video games. The thing is, I'm no consuming them purely for entertainment. I'm studying them. How does this artist/filmmaker/writer construct things like composition? How do they use lighting to evoke a mood? How did they solve this trouble spot with anatomy. Generally, that approach will shake me out of my funk, and I'll start to feel that creative motivation returning. Another thing to think about is that if you can draw a circle, square, or triangle, you are already on your way. If not; learn how to draw circles, squares, and triangles. You will be using them a as most objects both organic and inorganic, are composed of spheres, cubes, and cylinders. Once you've gotten drawing spheres, cubes, and cylinders down, you'll have to learn how to draw those things in perspective. Perspective is a bitch, but fortunately, it has clear rules (rules that can be bent, depending on what you're going for, but that's something to consider for a later time). Don't go into it expecting to be able to produce work like Artgerm. Go into it with a love of art, and a desire to find your own unique voice. It took me decades before I finally felt I had developed a style that I would call my own. It's definitely a mix of my various influences, but it's also my own way of approaching art and self expression. Back in school, I wore my inspirations on my sleeve. I wanted to draw like Todd McFarlane, then J. Scott Campbell, then Katsuhiro Otomo, then Joe Mad. Once I realized that they were them, and I was me, I stopped beating myself up over not being at their level, and focused more on bettering voice andexpression. And I'm learning and growing and trying to master my craft. I don't think I'll ever be satisfied with my work, but I am 100% proud of it. I'd have to look into my youtube subscriptions for some suggestions, but I just wanted to chime in and wish you luck!
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Thread It's Happening! Invisible Man, The Hunt, Trolls 2 coming to VOD immediately
Me and some coworkers saw Invisible Man in theaters a few weeks back and it was really good. I went in completely blind, having not seen a trailer, or read anything about it. I didn't even know who was in the movie. Came out of the theater very impressed. Very tense, suspenseful movie with some really clever cinematography that actually heightens that suspense. I highly recommend it if you're a fan of thrillers. I'm tempted to rewatch it when it goes VoD. I actually planned on purchasing it, so if that's also an option, I'd rather buy it outright.
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Thread Country Music Icon Kenny Rogers Dies at 81
RIP, Kenny. I never listened to his music much (country was never really my genre), but as a child of the 80's, I was oh so familiar with him and his popularity, and he was almost always popping up on tv in some way or another. I mainly remember him and Dolly Parton regularly pairing up and they always had good chemistry.
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Thread Kenneth Copeland: If You Lost Your Job in the Pandemic, “Don’t You Stop Tithing”
That's so fucking gross and deplorable. I'm so disgusted by people like this. Exploiting other's faith and desperation for salvation and improvement in their lives to make millions. It's disgusting.
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Thread What is people’s problem with Return of The Jedi?
I honestly don’t know and don’t care. I love RoTJ, and that’s good enough for me. It’s a fun movie. Not as good as Empire, but it was still entertaining, and had more than a few standout moments. The Palpatine, Vader, Luke confrontation was fantastic. I still tear up when Vader says to Luke, “You already have.” Good stuff. I like Empire and Jedi more than A New Hope, full disclosure. Without ANH there’s be no Empire or Jedi, of course, but I’ve rewatched those two more than I have ANH. They’re all good movies, so I can’t complain.
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Thread Trump tweets about the "Chinese virus" UP: Trump: "It's not racist at all"/Official White House position: It's the media's fake outrage
Trump is a racist piece of shit. I’m so tired of the constant jumping through hoops to rationalize racist behavior. Being racist is more that spouting racial epithets. It’s a mindset and a philosophy that comes in all flavors. Trump knew damn well what he was saying, and what what he was saying was implying. He’s not as clever or slick as he thinks he is. But that goes without saying.
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Thread Next step for Castlevania?
What I’d like from Castlevania is many things, as it’s one of my favorite series since the original back in the 80’s: I’d like more Legacy Collection releases: the GBA and DS games, please. Or at least gimme Aria of Sorrow re-release. I really liked Lament of Innocence and Curse of Darkness as well, so I’d like an HD remaster of those. Then, going forward, I’d like new entries in the series. Bloodborne gave me a taste of what a 3D Castlevania could be, so that’d be cool, but I’m a sucker for Igavania’s, and would love more 2D releases. Bloodstained was awesome, so I’d love that as a template for a modern 2D Castlevania reboot. The animated series was awesome. A reimagining of Castlevania 3 could be awesome, especially since we have the original CV3 in the Legacy Collection already. I don’t expect Konami to do any of these things, but it’d be nice.
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Thread Has Sekiro Impacted Your Interest in Ghost of Tsushima at all?
From Software has become the new Platinum Games when it comes to people being aghast if you aren’t a fan. It’s rather annoying. And I love From Software games. Sekiro is pretty awesome (though I have yet to beat it). Not everyone has to like everything, and not everyone is a fan of every developer. I’m always excited for the next From game. But that doesn’t diminish my excitement from other developers I’m also fans of, like Sucker Punch. As a huge fan of both the Sly Cooper series and the inFAMOUS series, I am stoked for Ghost of Tsushima. I neber understand why everything has to be a competition. And some of the assumptions being made about how Ghost will play mechanically is a little silly to me. It reminds me a lot of people dismissing Horizon: Zero Dawn because they weren’t fans of Killzone. Developers grow, evolve, learn from past games, and always strive to apply that to their newest games. I have absolutely no idea how Ghost is going to feel to play, but I also have no reason to think it won’t be, at the least, enjoyable to play, based off of Sucker Punch’s previous games, which were also fun to play (for me, at least). Like I said before, Ghost and Sekiro are different games, in different genres of game design. I don’t feel like a comparison between the two makes sense. Now, if it was comparing Sekiro to Nioh, I’d understand. At least those two share way more dna than they do with Ghost.
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Thread Has Sekiro Impacted Your Interest in Ghost of Tsushima at all?
No. Why would it, though? They’re totally different games doing very different things. Theme is not the same as genre. Yes, both games have a Samurai theme, but their genres are completely different. I’ve never played an open world Samurai game. That’s what has me excited for Tsushima. Not to mention that Sekiro is supernatural horror, whereas Tsushima seems to be going for a more realistic take on ancient Japan.
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Thread #CrunchNoMore I will not buy Last of Us 2. Join me
I can admire the intention behind wanting to boycott the game. As someone who works in the gaming industry, and has for a very long time, I can say that crunch mentality is a top down problem. It’s upper management and producers that push those types of initiatives and mentalities. While a boycott is super noble, the upper management isn’t going to be affected like the lower level employees, who often rely on performance bonuses and other incentives for various reasons. I’ll say that bonuses have definitely bailed me out of difficult financial times, and my fear is that low sales/scores for the game will do more harm to the lower level employees, as upper management decides that the low performance means they need to re-evaluate and restructure the financial side of the business, not the people side. And believe me, this isn’t just a Naughty Dog issue. Many, many companies are slaves to crunch mentality, so a large part of the problem is that laid off or displaced workers will be forced to look for work at other companies, and I can say that here in LA, many of the big companies still adhere to some level of crunch time, so their situation will remain the same at their new home, if they’re lucky to find employment at another company (some companies have initiated hiring and traveling freezes until this corona virus situation is under control). By no means am I saying don’t boycott the game, because I think it’s good for people to stand by their principles, I just urge exploring as many alternative ways to spread our disapproval of crunch time. The hashtag is great, and I hope that other publications run with this story, as well as the stories of other companies that suffer from this mentality. Even then, that’s just one avenue of combating crunch time. I have a personal stake in seeing this practice eradicated, even though I find myself at a company that doesn’t have a crunch time mentality. But the reason why we don’t is because our higher ups (the CEOs and producers), actively enforce a no crunch time policy. They’ve lived it, hate it, and don’t want to perpetuate it. If it was just us employees raising a ruckus about it, I doubt it’d have been any different from the other companies I’ve worked at that would threaten our employment and livelihoods if we didn’t participate in crunch time.
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Thread The Trump Administration Will Move Ahead With Its Plan To Kick People Off Of Food Stamps Despite The Coronavirus Outbreak
What a disgusting group of shitstains. They’re legitimately supervillains if the kind our Saturday morning cartoons warned us about. And the most troubling part is that we put them in power with our apathy and “I got mine, fuck you,” mentality, and treating political parties like sports teams where it’s about “winning and losing,” and not about the welfare of every single person that calls this country home. Obviously I’m using the royal “we,” and not specifically talking about us. I feel like that shouldn’t be said, but Americans voted these dipshits into power, and unless people start taking accountability for their shit decisions, nothing will change. We warned them this type of shit was going to happen, but they “it won’t happen to me and mine” convinced themselves because hurting brown and black people had them salivating. Now here we are. It’s infuriating and I’m personally tired of having to constantly “I told you so,” idiots when shit once again hits the fan.
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Thread I genuinely think the Xenomorph is the coolest monster design ever and will never be topped, so post monsters you think beat or come close to it.
The xenomorph/alien is an absolutely fantastic design. Sure, it’s been kind of demystified in recent times, but not really. It’s genuinely terrifying, has nightmarish traits, and is incredibly intimidating. Like, many of the creatures in this thread are wonderful, and scary, but the xenomorph really does seem like something out of your nightmares, and I can’t imagine seeing one of them in person and not losing my shit, figuratively and literally. Cthulhu and mindflayers are also horrifically scary. I know Demon’s Souls gave me a greater fear of mindflayers than I already had. Beholders are pretty great too. Man, there are so many excellent creature designs, but I think Geiger’s alien design has influenced so many of those that came after it I feel like it deserves top spot.
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Thread Fortune.com: Will Remote Work Become the Norm?
Working from home definitely has benefits, but working in the office does as well. I’d be down for a mix, and it should be optional. I feel like as long as the system isn’t abused, employees working in fields where WFH makes sense should have that option. I wouldn’t mind working from home two days out of the week, but I also enjoy spending time with my coworkers, and I’d miss them and their shenanigans if I was working from home full time. The social aspect of my job is pretty great, and I know for a fact I’d miss it. I know I wouldn’t mind working from home on a Monday, that’s for sure lol. The corona virus has us all working remotely from home for the time being, so I’m curious to see if we have any adjustments once things settle. Even before the outbreak, more than a handful of my coworkers would regularly work from home, so it’s not unheard of here already.
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Thread Batman Beyond or Spider-verse, which was better?
Batman Beyond is a great animated series. Into The Spider-Verse is a great animated film. They're both so different I think the comparison is really strange. I still voted Spider-Verse lol I'd love to see Batman Beyond get that treatment though. That world is very, very fascinating visually, and I imagine an animated feature film with the level of stylish design and strong characterization like Spider-Verse would be fantastic.
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Thread Jason Schreier: As Naughty Dog Crunches On The Last Of Us II, Developers Wonder How Much Longer This Approach Can Last
It's really gross and manipulative. Another old chestnut from my time at various companies was "there are plenty of people that would kill to work in the gaming industry, so if you don't like it, there's the door" (paraphrasing, but that was the gist). Having a passion for games, and having a passion for making games, can be exploited very easily by corporations that bank on your passion for the industry to exploit your skills/talents as much as legally able, and even "legally" can be bended and exploited. One tactic that I experienced frequently was keeping you as a contract worker for as long as possible by getting you stuck in a "lay off" cycle, so that your time at the company was too short to meet the requirements for becoming permanent (and thus qualifying for benefits like insurance). I can't tell you how many times I was contracted for a few months, laid off for a few months, contracted again for a few months, laid off for a few months, etc, etc. When I finally landed at a company that wasn't about that, I was already so traumatized by that cycle, that I was always stressed coming in to work not knowing if it would be my last day. I ended up at that company for almost 6 years, still the longest tenure I've ever had at a gaming company. I was contract for about 3.5 years before they hired me on permanent (and I finally got medical, dental, and vision insurance as a result), and got to enjoy the benefits of being a full time employee before we unfortunately had to close our doors and we were all let go. I actually loved working there, and our CEO was incredibly kind and supportive of everyone that worked there, contractor or full time. We never had crunch time either. Just occasional period where we'd be asked to work an additional hour or two max from our regular 8 hour shift to try and get updates out the door or some such. Up until my current employer, it was the best experience I had in the industry as far as work/life balance. I had to take a year off one year after my time at Activision because I was so burned out and exhausted. I worked in other industries, but my love of games always brought me back to gaming. More nefarious motivated companies prey on that. The way games are made needs a top to bottom reworking, and it's really only going to be reworked from top to bottom, because often, there is only so much the "lower tier" employees can do when their livelihood is constantly in question should they dare to speak up. As the sold breadwinner in my household, I couldn't afford (literally and figuratively), to rock the boat and fight for change, and the few times I did? Guess where I ended up? The unemployment line, you say? You get a prize. XD XD I can't reiterate enough how lucky I am to have landed where I'm at, with a president that worked from the bottom of the industry, to the position they're in now, and understand what it's like to be at that bottom level of the totem pole, and formed a company where work/life balance is a key pillar of our company's ethos. My hope is that more companies can reach that point, but often, the powers that run them have a "profit > product > people" mentality, and even then, the "people" portion is more like "profit > product >>>>>>>>>> people, i guess."
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Thread Jason Schreier: As Naughty Dog Crunches On The Last Of Us II, Developers Wonder How Much Longer This Approach Can Last
That's so frighteningly close to what our team was told at one of the companies I was QA for many years ago. "No guarantee you'll be put on another project if you don't put in the hours, but hey, this isn't mandatory, of course, so we're not you..." The implied threat kept a lot of us terrified enough to work whatever they wanted us to work. Especially those of us that were married or had kids to take care of.
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Thread Jason Schreier: As Naughty Dog Crunches On The Last Of Us II, Developers Wonder How Much Longer This Approach Can Last
That's good to hear, because when I worked at Activision, it was atrocious. To the point where I vowed to never work at that company again, and I can't bring myself to buy their games because of how they treated the employees at the lower end of the work food chain. To be fair, it's been quite a while since I worked there, but I still have a lot of work related PTSD from my time there that crops up from time to time.
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Thread Jason Schreier: As Naughty Dog Crunches On The Last Of Us II, Developers Wonder How Much Longer This Approach Can Last
Those saying delays just lead to more crunch, that's not an excuse that holds water. Production schedules are generally meticulously overseen by producers and studio heads. If a delay somehow means more crunch, that's poor management on the producers and studio heads part. The point of a delay is to give developers more time to polish and refine the game. Let's say you need 1000 extra man hours of work to get your game in a polished state that everyone is proud of. A producer will work to plan out that 1,000 hours of extra man hours over a certain period of time. Unless you're a studio really, really hurting for cash, there is literally nothing else stopping the producer from spreading out those 1,000 overs over a reasonable 8-10 hour work schedule, 5 days a week. Does that mean the game gets delayed? Most certainly. But what it also means is that you don't have workers killing themselves squeezing in that 1,000 man hours in a tiny period of time. There is most certainly an unspoken pressure on employees that if they don't put in those insane hours, they don't care enough about the product, or they don't have a "strong work ethic." That mentality is toxic, but is incredibly prevalent. At the company where I worked 12 hour days, 7 days a week, it was not so subtly implied that by not doing that work would mean we'd lose our jobs. The "hilarious" irony is that once that crunch time was finished, and the project shipped, we were still laid off en masse. So all that blood, sweat, tears, arguments with the spouse, time lost with family/friends that you can't get back was kind of for nothing. Also didn't help that the game was pretty mediocre and didn't do well anyway, so there wasn't even that feeling of "hey, at least the game is something I can look back on with pride." Instead, I was like, "I wish I had spent more time with my wife, but I needed to pay the bills." It's bullshit, and a garbage mentality that the industry needs to grow out of. If the game is so massive in scope and ambition that the company feels it's worth it to fund it/back it, then they should also feel that it's worth it to back up their employees, and create a design schedule that will still ensure quality, without the entire team needing to expend all of their sick and vacation days to recover after it goes gold and launches. Making video games is hard, and often thankless and demoralizing, and that's not including crunch. One of the things that I appreciate about my job is that we have a People, Product, Profit style mentality when it comes to how we approach our games. The people come first. The people that are making the game, and the people that will eventually play the game. The product is the result of the people, and if the people are going into it passionate, energized, motivated, and in good spirits, the product will reflect that. The profit will come if the product is quality, and a quality product is a result of the various incredibly talented people that put in the work. We still get stressed and frustrated (because making games is hard, as I said before), and we push ourselves hard to make our game the best it can be, but at least we don't have the specter of crunch casting a shadow over us, and even then, our leaders are incredibly adamant about us not overworking ourselves, even when we to spend some extra time in the office to get "just a little more in there." So many of us have a kind of PTSD from past experiences at other companies, that it's taken many of us a long time to adjust to a non-crunch life. It's sad, and it shouldn't be this way. It's going to take a massive shift of mindset within the gaming industry, and unfortunately, many studio heads are determined to stick to the "old way" of approaching game development, at the detriment of the very people that make the products they produce. Delays don't to mean "more crunch," and I refuse to accept that as an excuse.
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Thread Jason Schreier: As Naughty Dog Crunches On The Last Of Us II, Developers Wonder How Much Longer This Approach Can Last
As someone who has worked in the gaming industry for 14 years, there's just no excuse for crunch. It's incredibly devastating to the workers and their families/friends/mental and emotional health. My thoughts are that if the game needs to take longer to make to ensure that employees have a healthy work/life balance, then so be it. If dev time is 3 years, but heavy on crunch, scrap that plan and push release. I understand smaller studios may not have that luxury (budget and other resources), but I feel like the larger studios have no excuse. The worst I've had it was working 7pm to 7am, 7 days a week, for a month straight. It was exhausting, and I didn't get to see my wife (not ex-wife) at all, because on top of that shift, I had a 3 hour commute to work. I'd get home, crash, wake up, get fresh for work, then head out. Maybe, , I'd have an hour or two to spend time with my wife until I had to leave. It was awful. I'm very fortunate that where I'm at now is adamantly against crunch time. Primarily because the studio heads have all come from previous company's/culture that forced crunch on employees, and they know how detrimental it is to all involved. It's not easy striking that balance between making sure your product is the best it can be, but also that your employees aren't burning out from overwork. It's also not some impossible thing to treat the people that make these games like human beings, with limits and personal lives. Crunch time just isn't worth it.
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Thread Polygon: Sony’s PS5 Radio Silence Has Done Wonders For The Next Gen Xbox
Yeah, that definitely makes more sense! For me, I’m a huge fan of Naughty Dog, Sucker Punch, Insomniac Games, Santa Monica, Guerrilla Games, Media Molecule, Japan Studios, Ben’s, etc. And I’ve been following those studios for over 20 years now, so where they release games, I’ll be there. On the third party front, I’m generally only interested in Square, Ubisoft, CD Projekt, Atlus, and maybe a handful of others, so the vast majority of use I get out of a console is from their exclusives. Microsoft owns Obsidian, which is another of my favorite devs (and I’m probably a little biased since I used to work for them and they’re some good people!), but they tend to release on PC also, so if I really, really wanted to play their games, I can just play them on PC. Game Pass is pretty amazing, but so I need an Xbox for that? I can definitely understand why it’d be enticing for anyone not particularly interested in Sony’s first party offerings.
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Thread Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault
Saw this news this morning. So good. Rot in jail, you piece of shit. I’d love to see more scum like him get justice served. We still got a long way to go, but this is nice.
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Thread Polygon: Sony’s PS5 Radio Silence Has Done Wonders For The Next Gen Xbox
I find that rather interesting. Like, why did you get a PS4? The games, correct? So what’s different this generation compared to the current one, and the one before that? If you purchased a PS3 or PS4 because you were a fan of Sony’s stable of developers and IPs (of which they have a pretty impressive roster of exclusive developers that consistently put out quality titles), it’s a no brainer that the PS5 will have more of the same. The specifics of what they’re doing, or the features of the system are nice, but I expect the same thing I’ve gotten from the previous 4 PlayStation consoles: games from some really talented studios. That’s enough to cement a purchase. I skipped the Xbox this current gen, primarily because I wasn’t particularly interested in the exclusive titles they had. It was weird for me, because it was the first Xbox console I passed on. I’ve owned the previous 2, so was pretty sure I’d get the One. Ultimately, it’s the games that get me to purchase a console, and Sony’s history with games is pretty stellar. I guess I just don’t see what would be different this time around. I view the ancillary features a console has as just extra bells and whistles compared to the most important function of a console: “what games will I be playing on it, and from which studios?” Like I said before, I’m expecting a PS5 blowout reveal after either The Last of Us 2 launches, or Ghost of Tsushima launches. Revealing anything substantial about it before those two games release would do more harm than good to those titles, as it’ll just swallow up any coverage they would be getting as the gaming enthusiast press has shown a penchant for chasing the latest hot news item for clicks. If PS5 and all its features were revealed now, the news cycle would be like “The Last of Who?” “Ghost of What?” But back to my original point, I ask why you would be unsure of where to go next if you enjoyed the PS4? It’s a safe bet that the PS5 will continue that trend/trajectory.
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Thread E3 2020 officially cancelled (ESA planning replacement online event in June)
It is unfortunate. One of my favorite parts of E3 was meeting cool people, discovering a bunch of games the gaming enthusiast media ignore in favor of the big publisher’s products, and bumping into old colleagues I hadn’t seen in ages. The social aspect of E3 was really important. It wasn’t always about megaton reveals and memes for a lot of us. I’ve met so many awesome people during E3... :( I feel even worse for the hundreds and hundreds of people potentially losing their jobs because of the show cancellation. These events don’t set up themselves. People work and build E3, now what do they do if they can’t line up another gig?
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Thread Polygon: Sony’s PS5 Radio Silence Has Done Wonders For The Next Gen Xbox
While I generally shy away from these discussions, I will say that I imagine Sony’s focus are on promoting the three remaining rather large and important titles they have yet to release. Final Fantasy VII Remake, The Last of Us Part 2, and Ghost of Tsushima are pretty significant product releases, deserving of a lot of marketing energy/funds. My thoughts are they’re waiting until at least two of those games releases before discussing the PS5 in specifics. Then, after those titles launch, and are in players hands, they can use any potential positive accolades from those titles to pimp the “power of the PS5,” and how BC with older games is like breathing new life into them, and then have a few PS5 specific launch titles to entice those that don’t want to revisit old titles. If people genuinely thinks that Sony’s silence isn’t a calculated business move, I don’t know what to tell you. I’d be concerned if there weren’t still a significant number of high profile exclusives yet to release on PS4, where any PS5 news would be bound to take attention away from them. If it was just one title waiting in the wings, sure, but three? Nah
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Thread Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition launching on Steam this Summer
And this is bad, why again? It’s a smart move. Games are expensive as fuck to make, and releasing hit titles like this on PC is a great way to make some extra cash, but also a great way to broaden the audience for said hit games. Horizon is a fantastic game. It’s also 3 years old now. Horizon 2 will no doubt hit the PS5, and then some years after will hit PC. But some PC gamers that loved the first, may be tempted to just get a PS5 because they enjoy the game. It’s a win/win for Sony. And a win/win for gamers.
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Thread We need to have a serious talk about the way the black electorate is discussed on here.
The OP and this post are so spot on. It’s incredibly exhausting and frustrating to be talked down to and condescended to as a black voter. Aside from the fact that we aren’t a monolith, we often don’t have the luxury of taking risks with our well-being and quality of life. The goal is to get Trump and his ilk out of the White House by any means necessary. I supported Warren and Sanders, but it really does seem like Biden has the best chance of beating Trump, so if he gets the nod, he gets my vote. Am I happy about it? No, but Trump has to go, and I can’t risk fucking that up and inflicting another 4 years of him on the American people if I can help it. In 2016, I got into many heated debates from “allies” that took their ball and went home because Sanders didn’t get the nom, and they refused to vote for Hilary. I mean, I didn’t want to vote for Hilary either, but...it was Donald Trump. It was a very eye-opening year, and I was disheartened that so many of my friends just didn’t care about the affect a Trump presidency was going to have on people not living in a privileged bubble like them. Some side eyes were given, that’s for sure. I had family and friends in Wisconsin that refused to vote, and when Trump got Wisconsin, and especially by such a slim margin, I was legitimately crushed. That stubborn apathy caused so much damage to this country, so my only hope is that people learned their lesson, and we won’t get a repeat of righteous indignation that kept people from voting because their precious “perfect candidate” didn’t get the nomination. It must feel fine to have that luxury of standing by your principles and good conscience, but we don’t have that luxury.
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Thread Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker |OT2| The Thread Speaks! They Fly Now Too?! (OPEN SPOILERS)
I mean, it’s stupid as fuck, and Reylo makes me throw up a little in my mouth every time I think about it, but to be fair, Star Wars was always a little ass backwards when it came to how easily it seems to forgive the atrocities of its “redeemed” heroes. I mean, Obi-Wan had to asspull a certain point of view to reconcile lying to Luke about what happened to his Vader. His whole, “Vader ceased to be Anakin Skywalker” is a load of horseshit, but we’re supposed to go with it, because if we didn’t, Luke’s whole arc in RotJ would fall apart. We all know he’s still the same fucking dude! Ben Solo and Kylo Ren are one in the same, just like Anakin/Vader. Star Wars has always been poor about holding its characters accountable for their actions. Which is why, for me, it was nice to RJ attempt a little bit of that with Poe in TLJ, even if he didn’t go all the way with Poe receiving a true punishment for his actions, it was better than what we usually get from this series, which is Jack shit. Rey is operating on Star Wars logic, so Ben ditching the Kylo Ren outfit and helping to defeat Palpatine was good enough for her. It’s stupid as fuck, but it’s not exactly unprecedented in this universe.
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Thread What was your first Amazon purchase?
Batman: Arkham Asylum. I had never ordered anything online before, actually. So it was my first online purchase of a physical item. I was always concerned about not getting the package I ordered, and preferred to just walk into a store and buy stuff like games, but after that first purchase, and Amazon delivered it quickly, with no tax and shipping fee? I was sold.
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Thread Best/Worse "Guy with a Gun-stance" Cover Art
Yeah, I think this is a pretty good one. I haven’t played it, but from this image, I think it says a lot about the main character. His posture, expression, the pile of helmets, it gives the impression that he just had a crazy gunfight that he really didn’t want to have. He looks resigned and tired. Don’t know how accurate it is, but I like the atmosphere it evokes.
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Thread Drawing While Black: A social media celebration of Black Artists
It 100% needs to be a permanent trend. I’m amazed I never came across this hashtag before. Like I posted on my Twitter, our contributions to the world shouldn’t be limited to just BHM, and should be celebrated year round. I feel weird plugging my own art, but if anyone wants to check me out, my art Instagram is @figboy.fundamentals, but I’m not a fan of their cropping/compression, so I post full size images on my Twitter (as well as tumblr): @StefanoTerry This thread is amazing, and man, I have found so many new artists to follow! Thank you!
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Thread Drawing While Black: A social media celebration of Black Artists
I wish I had known about this before yesterday. I’m still gonna use that hashtag for my artwork going forward. Foujd some amazing artists like the one in the OP and first post to follow now. It’s criminal this thread isn’t longer already lol I don’t care that it’s only been up for almost 2 hours!
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Thread America: 68-year old woman turns to OnlyFans & sex work to pay for medical bills and food for herself and her disabled son
That’s so sad. This country and it’s medical industry is garbage. We should be ashamed of ourselves.
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Thread Characters Who Writers Want You To Sympathize With/Root For (and fail)
Lol right? I really liked how Rian exposes the “hotshot maverick who defies his superiors because he’s high on his own supply” archetype for how dangerous it actually is. As audiences, we’re conditioned to idolize that type of brash recklessness, but he had literally just gotten dozens of soldiers killed, and lost them vital ships that they couldn’t just replace like it was nothing. He cost them dearly because of his actions, got demoted, then caused even more loss by creating a mini-mutiny. I really like Poe, and I loved his arc in TLJ. In any other movie/show, his actions would have been framed as being right, and he was a hero. He wasn’t entitled to an explanation. It was his job to follow orders and respect that his commanding officers knew what they were doing.
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Thread Characters Who Writers Want You To Sympathize With/Root For (and fail)
Oh man. Lol For me, he was like that since the first book and never got better, and it was such a turn off for me. I think it’s fine to have a character like that, but it seemed clear to me that the readers were supposed to root for him and cheer him on, but he was I sufferable me. Like, in You, Joe is an awful person, and you aren’t supposed to like him or root for him. Empathize in some ways, sure, but he’s not hero or lovelorn tragic figure. He’s a manipulative sociopath. I initially felt that way about Walter White, and I couldn’t stand him. Then I realized we weren’t supposed to be rooting for him to succeed, and he was truly a villain, not a hero. Then I got sucked into the show. That was an initial error on my part, but to be fair, I didn’t start watching it until it was on streaming, and everyone was saying how awesome he was, and how they wanted him to win. I felt like I was watching a different show. Lol. I was like, “you’re rooting for this guy? He’s a monster!” Such a great show, and I think it executed the “good” guy gone bad archetype incredibly well.
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Thread Kazuhisa Hashimoto (Konami code creator) has died
RIP It’s amazing how the Konami Code is a part of the video game lexicon that has endured for decades. I don’t think there’s an old timer gamer alive that doesn’t know it, or has heard of it. That code is how me and my cousin beat Contra and Super C. Don’t think we’d have done it without it.
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Thread Characters Who Writers Want You To Sympathize With/Root For (and fail)
For me, it was Rand Al Thor in the Wheel of Time books. He was the protagonist, so of course you’re supposed to side with him and root for him, but he was so incredibly unlikable, refused to listen to reason and the people who genuinely wanted him to be safe/do smart things, and eventually I just got tired of him. It’s been a while since I’ve read the books, but I just couldn’t keep reading the series because he pissed me off so much
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Thread Man seeks to prove the Earth is flat by launching himself in a homemade rocket
Could he have bought an expensive drone to go up that high and pilot it remotely, capturing footage instead? I actually don’t know much about commercial drones to be honest. I swear I saw this awesome video on YouTube when I was looking for 4K streams to break in my new TV and some guy posted some gorgeous footage of a drone he piloted over Hawaii. That looked to be pretty high up.
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Thread Knives Out | Spoiler Thread | Whodonut?
I finally watched it on Tuesday while I was at home sick, and absolutely loved it. Great cast, funny dialogue, and a really fun take on the whodunnit genre. I’m definitely in the camp that want more Benoit Blanc adventures, but I also think Marta is such an endearing character that she should be the Watson to his Holmes. Arma and Craig had great chemistry, and played off of each other so well, it would suck to lose her as a character. But I also understand that it’s more of a Benoit Blanc vehicle, so any sequel to Knives Out would probably shift away from Marta. I still think there’s a way to have her assist Blanc on his cases. I don’t think the purpose of the movie was to be a pure whodunnit. I had Ransom pegged from the beginning, but especially when he convinced her to let him help her in the diner. I loved that they resolved how Harlan died so quickly, and shifted focus. Whodunnits have a very clear structure, and I’m so happy that Rian managed to give us our cake and eat it too. Comfort food classic whodunnit, but with added flavor in the form of a suspenseful thriller where we watch the “killer” try to avoid capture while also befriending the very detective who is supposed to bring them in. Such good stuff. People make such a big deal of the alt right lambasting, but what I enjoyed the most was the absolute reaming Johnson gave supposed liberal and progressive “allies”. I mean, the masturbating nazi is an easy target. We know we’re supposed to boo them. The way Johnson highlighted how hypocritical, diet racist, condescending and patronizing so many people that claim to be true allies of marginalized groups was brilliant. Don Johnson handing Marta the plate is such an amazing visual indicator of how much lip service is given to seeing one another as equals, but actions tell the tale so much more. I can’t wait to watch this movie again. There were a lot of things to pick up on, and I like that the movie gives you everything you need to piece the murder together, without withholding information for a last minute “gotcha!” or twist for the sake of a twist. Like having Marta be a mastermind killer after all would have undercut so much of the underlying message about immigrants and their wanting to just live a better life and putting in the hard work to do it. Yeah, let’s feed into the notion that immigrants are rapists and murderers by having our Cuban protagonist actually be a murderer. Yeah, no thanks. That ending was perfect. I actually finally started watching Columbo, as I had only ever gotten to see random episodes here and there, since this movie has scratched my whodunnit itch, and Columbo is such a great character. I’m only 2 episodes into season 1, but it’s such a good show, and Peter Falk is so damn good as Columbo.
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Thread Lara Croft is 52yrs old today
I'd honestly love to see a Tomb Raider with an older Lara. I'd also love to see a crossover with Nathan Drake, but we all know that ain't gonna happen. Within her own universe, an older, more experienced, but ultimately very human Lara being forced to confront her own mortality while doing what needs to be done to save the world from yet another dangerous threat would be awesome. In my mind, I liken her to Sigourney Weaver as Ripley in the Alien movies. She clearly got older, but was still a badass. I want to see a Ripley style Lara. Veteran and still kicking ass. Maybe schooling a new group of young and obnoxious Tomb Raiders on how you get shit done.
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Thread Was Horizon Zero Dawn ever bested on a visual level?
I did as well. And I think the reason why for me, is that the original Red Dead Redemption has this really awesome "painterly" aesthetic, that actually has it age really nicely. It wasn't photo-realism, but reminded me of those old western paintings I'd see in museums or novel covers. RDR2 leaned more on realism, and that loses a bit of its appeal for me. It's still amazing looking, but I still get blown away by the vistas and sunsets in RDR1. Horizon is also a much stronger game than RDR2 in the art design department. It's this exaggerated, enhanced "realism" (in particular the color palette's you see during sunrise/sunset/nightfall), that I still don't think has surpassed it. If you're talking about a game that is trying to nail realism, Death Stranding is incredible. It was kind of funny watching my buddy play the game, and his kid's older nanny came in and wanted to know what movie he was watching. She was blown away by the environments and how real they looked, and that it was a video game, and not a show or movie. Artistically, I think HZD is better looking. It's mostly because I just love the art design so much. It doesn't take away from the other game's graphical accomplishments however, as many of the games listed in this thread are also phenomenal looking (Metro, RDR2, DS, etc). As someone who grew up playing video games in the 80's, I'm just perpetually blown away by how far visuals have come, so I don't generally get hung up on which game(s) have the "best" visuals. I only notice when the art design and visuals are truly poor. Visuals fitting the game are all that matter to me, more than being top dog in graphics.
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Thread KATANA KAMI, the Way of the Samurai spin-off in which you play as a warmonger blacsmith is getting day and date release (Feb. 20, PS4/Steam/Switch)
I never even heard of this game/series, but I love the Way of the Samurai games, and for $30, I’m definitely sold
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Thread Rian Johnson (Knives Out director) on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
So true. There’s nothing wrong with disliking the movie, and there’s nothing wrong with liking the movie, but the extreme reactions on either side are just so... dumb to me. It really isn’t that serious. Perhaps Rian legitimately enjoyed the movie, despite it not being a 100% direct follow up to his film. I mean, I know I personally enjoyed it despite it not following every element of TLJ like I envisioned in my head. Much like the prequels, we got the movies we got, and they are what they are, for better or worse. Doesn’t mean you can’t criticize or praise them, just that they’re done. They’re finished. Committed to film. For me, there’s no more point in dwelling on “what could have/should have been.” But that’s just my perspective on it.
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Thread Rian Johnson (Knives Out director) on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Sometimes I think people really do not pay attention to dialogue between characters, or look beyond surface level stuff flashing on the screen. All Kylo knew about Rey came from him probing Rey’s mind and their connection. In TDA, and TLJ, he is only looking into what Rey sees/knows herself. If Palpatine’s son and his wife fled his Nazi father before Rey was born, hid out on Jakku, then all Rey knows is that her parents were junk traders on Jakku. To her 5-6 year old mind, she probably very much believed that her parents at sold her off for drinking money. Kylo just had Rey say aloud what Rey felt was the truth. Then he twisted the knife. He had no inkling who her parents were beyond what he saw in her head. In Rise of Skywalker, at the start of the film, Kylo confronts Palpatine, and asks him what’s so special about Rey (paraphrasing). Palpatine laughs and we move in to another scene, but that moment is when Palpatine tells Kylo who her parents really were. From that point on, Kylo now knows the truth about Rey’s lineage, while Rey is still oblivious to it.
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Thread Rian Johnson (Knives Out director) on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Or maybe... he actually did enjoy the movie. Crazy, I know. Not everyone is a frothing at the mouth negative Nancy just itching to bitch and moan about something. I loved The Last Jedi. I also really enjoyed TRoS. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either. It was a fun, often ridiculous time, but fun nonetheless. Sure, it’s possible he’s being diplomatic about the whole thing, but maybe he didn’t want to feed into the embarrassment that Star Wars discourse has devolved into by providing a delicious soundbite that people on the internet can memefy.
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Thread VFX Society Slams Oscar Jokes About ‘Cats,’ Says CGI ‘Will Not Compensate for a Story Told Badly
Lmao! I actually had no idea Corden had a reputation for being a prick, but from what I’m hearing about him, me neither XD
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Thread VFX Society Slams Oscar Jokes About ‘Cats,’ Says CGI ‘Will Not Compensate for a Story Told Badly
Lol, it always cracks me up too, but for some reason, the Terrance Howard one is the one I associate it with the most. Maybe because it was the first time I saw the story, and also maybe because I can 100% see Terrance Howard behaving like that in a store On topic, this is such a low blow and cheap shot to take. The VFX industry is wildly exploited and overworked, and they can only do the best job they can within the confines of what’s given them (time, budget, overall direction). Such a thankless job, and good or bad film, the VFX teams put in their work. It irks me when they’re thrown under the bus. Same goes for QA in the gaming industry. Most gamers have absolutely no idea how hard QA works finding and reporting issues, only to have people of a higher pay grade veto a fix because of various weak excuses, only to have gamers throw out the old chestnut “was this game even QA’d? Hurr Durr!” The people behind the scenes do the best they can, and only the people in front of the camera tend to receive the lions share of praise when things go well (and the director after them). I empathize with the VFX houses that are just being treated like bodies thrown at a project, to be discarded after without a second glance.
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Thread So I played through Horizon Zero Dawn for the first time
One of the aspects of the game that I loved and haven’t seen many bring up is the fact that you can just fuck off in the middle of a quest because something shiny/interesting caught your attention, and it doesn’t result in a “quest failed,” or “you are leaving the mission area.” One of the biggest failings of many open world games I’ve played is that some missions will take you to an area of the map that you haven’t seen, but won’t let you explore it because you’re in a mission, and when the mission is over, a lot of the time you won’t remember that cool location to revisit. I loved being able to just go investigate a cool area I see while doing a mission, go explore it, then come back to the mission without missing a beat. It made the game feel less video gamey, and more immersive to me.
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Thread Is this pet name racist?
So they lived in the south and want to call their black dog “blackie?” Yeah, that’s not gonna fly with me. I’m about 100% certain they know exactly the connotations of the word. And while I’m not one to chastise for original naming of your pet (I named my cat “Luna,” after my favorite Harry Potter character, and the moon because I’m a Cancer, so who am I to judge?), they could have come up with a more creative name, and with one not steeped in a racist history. How about Sirius, Onyx, or Obsidian? Jet? Shadow? Alucard? Anything but Blackie, come on. :/
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Thread So I played through Horizon Zero Dawn for the first time
Horizon Zero Dawn is one of my favorite PS4 games. It’s up there in my top 5 personal best PS4 games along with Bloodborne and Uncharted 4. The story, world building, gameplay, graphics, all top notch. It had been a while since I was that invested in a narrative, and one I didn’t already figure out what was going on and what was going to happen until it was revealed. And that ending was perfect. The Frozen Wilds DLC was also great. Zero Dawn is also one of the few games I played so much I got the Platinum Trophy for it (I don’t give a shit about trophies, and don’t actively pursue them).
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Thread How do you feel about Ratchet & Clank (2016)?
I loved it. It’s a fun game, and it was awesome seeing it updated to PS4 levels. I didn’t mind that it was different than the original. It was still an entertaining reimagining of the original R&C. I just wished we’d have gotten an HD remaster of the Future Trilogy. I’d love to revisit A Crack In Time, which is probably my favorite R&C along with Up Your Arsenal. I’d love a Remake of Arsenal, as well, not just an HD remaster.
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Thread Great acceptance speech or greatest? Adam Sandler at the Independent Spirit Awards
I’m definitely never surprised. There have been countless comedic actors that excel at dramatic performances. I feel like being funny is definitely a harder skillset when it comes to acting, but I’m not an actor, so I don’t say that definitively.
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Thread Great acceptance speech or greatest? Adam Sandler at the Independent Spirit Awards
That was definitely a good speech, and genuinely funny. Very humanizing and genuine. As someone who hasn’t been a fan of Sandler in a long time, I think he’s an incredibly underrated dramatic actor. I can do without his modern comedy work in film, but his dramatic performances are always solid. I still need to see Uncut Gems.
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Thread Mother Reunites With Her Deceased Child in VR
This is fucked up. I’m not sure this use of technology is helpful to the grieving process or healing process of the bereaved. Death is a natural part of life. Mourning lost loved ones, and ultimately finding closure and acceptance of that loss is part and parcel to the human condition. I just wonder what kind of effect this type of thing can have on someone long term. I also think it’s gross for it to be televised. Seems exploitative to me.
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Thread AI: The Somnium Files was review bombed on Metacritic (From 8.2 to 1.9 in 1 day)
I’ve never heard of this game, oddly enough. I have the zero escape games, but I haven’t gotten around to playing them. Will definitely add this one to my collection. Review bombing is fucking stupid. Such a garbage practice. I don’t pay attention to review scores at all, but I know a lot of people do.
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Thread Kunai |OT| Metroidvania 外伝
Looks cool! I may have to snag it later on down the line. I have so many games on my plate at the moment. Never heard of this one until today, which is always a pleasant surprise when you learn of a new game, and it’s already available to purchase if you want!
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Thread Sam Raimi in talks to direct Doctor Strange 2
I hope this is true! Raimi is a fun, talented director with his own style that I think would translate rather nicely to Doctor Strange. There are elements of Spider-Man 3 that are pure Raimi, and elements that aren’t and feel off. I feel like Marvel will let him do his thing, without shoehorning characters he’s not interested in exploring. Spider-Man 2 is one of the best superhero movies ever made, so I’m down for Raimi returning to the Marvel Universe. I’d love to see him direct Tom Holland’s Peter Parker as well one day.
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Thread Sly Cooper animated series comprising of 52 episodes starting from Oct 2019
I've been wanting a Sly Cooper show for ages. I have no idea why Sony takes forever to bring their IPs to animation. There should have been Sly Cooper, Jak and Daxter, Ratchet and Clank, and even Little Big Planet cartoons by now. It's a market they refuse to tap into. I'd have loved a PlayStation All Stars cartoon, done in a format similar to Captain N, where the characters cross over and interact with one another across their worlds. Sigh. Definitely excited about this one. 52 episodes is surprising. They must have a lot of faith in the product to order so many.
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Thread Yakuza 0 was an INCREDIBLE experience. But now in Yakuza Kiwami, the characters I fell in love with are almost unrecognizable (LTTP?)
Yeah, I think Kiwami is pretty great. There's a reason why this series is beloved by its fans, and Yakuza 1 is still a solid game. Just that it's sequels built upon it and improved upon that formula in many ways. I preferred to play Kiwami first over 0 because I knew that 0 was going to have features and content that Kiwami wouldn't. That doesn't make Kiwami a lesser game, in my opinion. It's an older game with a new coat of paint. It's not like the Ratchet and Clank PS4 Remake, or the FFVII Remake. They wanted to preserve as much of the feel of the PS2 original as possible, for better or worse.
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Thread Yakuza 0 was an INCREDIBLE experience. But now in Yakuza Kiwami, the characters I fell in love with are almost unrecognizable (LTTP?)
Ah, thanks for the correction! I couldn't remember which one came out first, as I didn't buy Yakuza 0 until after I beat Kiwami, and didn't pay attention to the release dates. I was thinking in terms of game design. Kiwami is a remake of a PS2 game. I played the original Yakuza 1 (although I never beat it), back on the PS2, and with the exception of a few changes like Majima Everywhere and the combat updates, the game is very much a reskinned version of that PS2 game. It doesn't go much beyond what was available in the PS2 Yakuza (some additional quests isn't the same thing as, say adding a feature where you run multiple businesses in an attempt to take over the area. Yakuza 0 had the benefit of being designed "fresh" (ie, it was designed from the ground up and wasn't bound by having to recapture the feel of an older console's release), and has a lot more content/features than the original Yakuza, so as a result, it feels like an evolution of Kiwami, rather than a precursor. Yakuza Kiwami is a 2005 game re-released in 2016 with a fresh coat of paint. Yakuza 0 is a 2015 game released in 2015, if that makes sense.
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Thread Yakuza 0 was an INCREDIBLE experience. But now in Yakuza Kiwami, the characters I fell in love with are almost unrecognizable (LTTP?)
It's generally why I prefer to play games in release order instead of chronological order. Prequels are almost always weirdly executed in gaming, because the prequel will often feature refinements, mechanics, and polish that the "sequel" does not. I only played a little bit of the original Yakuza when it released on PS2, so I was excited to play Yakuza Kiwami. I beat it, and loved it, and then went on to Yakuza 0 (which I believe I'm only in chapter 7 or so at the moment). For me, it was more enjoyable experiencing them that way because 1), I was able to appreciate Yakuza Kiwami on its own merits (it's still a fun beat-em up with an entertaining story), 2) It was really enjoyable to see the 80's version of the district I spent so much time roaming around in Kiwami, and had grown rather familiar with, so it was really fun, and 3) The tighter mechanics, polish, and expanded gameplay/narrative wasn't as jarring to me, because I played it after Kiwami. It's going to be interested when I get to Kiwami 2, however, since it's not going to have some of the features that I've grown accustomed to with 0. I hear it's the best game in the Yakuza series anyway, so I'm not terribly concerned though.
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Thread Which Star Wars trilogy was better, Sequel trilogy or the Prequels?
The sequel by a long shot. Each film has faults (which is true of the entire 9 movie saga), but the gravest sin of the prequels are that they suffer from poor writing and terrible performances by the majority of the cast not named Liam Neeson, Ewan MacGregor, and Ian McDiarmid. I recently rewatched Revenge of the Sith, and it truly could have been a good movie (the novelization is actually really good), but the dialogue and weak performance by Hayden Christensen kill it. The sequels have better dialogue and acting, with more likable and human characters, even if the narratives of each film stumble in various spots. I thoroughly enjoyed the sequel trilogy, even if I wasn’t the biggest fan of some of the plot decisions in TLJ and TRoS. They’re much easier to rewatch for me than the prequels. The Clone Wars Cartoon is fantastic though, and that’s where I get my prequel fix.
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Thread Yakuza 3,4,5 Remaster coming to PS4
For sure! I just really love having as few consoles as possible connected to my TV. Right now, I have my PS4, PS3, Switch, and Raspberry Pie all hooked up to my TV. It's absurd. Being able to retire my PS3 would be great, but there are still some games that have yet to be brought over to the PS4 (sigh, Folklore...why? :'( ).
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Thread If you could forget one single game to experience it again like the first time
Man, that a tough one. Maybe Chrono Trigger. It was the game that got me into JRPGs, and I still fondly remember how it felt to experience that world, those characters, and that soundtrack for the first time. Runner ups: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Silent Hill 2 Metal Gear Solid Uncharted 2 Bloodborne
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Thread Do you use your actual photograph on social media platforms?
I do. I use my real photo here too. I’m terribly non-anonymous on the Internet, and I stand by the things I say online as well as in real life. Besides, my social media accounts cleverly use my real name, so I failed at that part anyway
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Thread How do we fix racism?
Believe me, I know that their privilege blinds them to that self reflection. It’s why allies are so important beyond just back patting lip service. While white allies can’t force their peers to self reflection, but they set an example through actions. Racists and bigots certainly won’t put themselves in the shoes of marginalized groups, but they’ve shown a predilection for listening to those like them, and those like them that they see as being their “betters.” A well liked PoC or member of a marginalized group is seen as an aberration, or “one of the good ones” . A well liked white person, especially one in a position of power, is seen as a leader. Someone whose views are worth at least giving consideration. It’s still up to the bigot, racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, islamophobic individual to reach that level of self reflection themselves, but seeing someone of affluence, that looks like them, could definitely serve as a catalyst of some kind. It’s better than nothing. Of course marginalized groups shouldn’t just stand by and wait for the white savior to step in and save them, but it’d be foolish to not work with allies to try and enact change. Being the “model minority” and hoping that changes hearts isn’t effective or even enough. Sure, there are exceptions, but generally the bigots views only change for that individual minority that they’ve befriended. Extending it to all on that group is the challenge, and where real growth happens. My experiences as a black man definitely helped me, specifically, connect and empathize with other marginalized groups, but the privileged have a different path to that that they must discover themselves. It’s why I said earlier that I don’t know what the solution is. I honestly have no idea how the privileged can learn to look outside of their own bubble and work in the best interests of not only themselves, but those unlike them.
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Thread With great power comes great responsibility
Hmm. I’d probably low key help people, maybe not necessarily be a crime fighter, per say. Like, maybe I’d patrol parts of the city at night from time to time to keep people from being mugged/robbed/sex trafficked. Otherwise, I’d try to keep a low profile. I’m not into sports, so I don’t think I’d want to be a pro athlete. But making enough money to live and keep a roof over my head and food in my stomach would be nice. I just don’t want the attention. It’s a tough question, because I’d love to use my powers for good. No desire to rob a bank or steal, or use my powers for controlling others. I also wouldn’t want to be used as a tool/weapon by the government.
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Thread How do we fix racism?
I don’t know what the solution is, but I’m about 100% sure that it’s not being told that the onus is on marginalized minorities to coddle their racist as fuck oppressors in the hope that that will somehow magically make them see us as human beings, and not less than animals (Protip: racists view their pets with more love, respect, and humanity than they do their fellow humans who just happen to be a different ethnicity than they are). It’s not up to us to teach those that would rather see us dead or imprisoned for the color of our skin empathy. I’ve seen with my own eyes black people (among other PoC), be as cordial, polite, and kind to racists, and still be treated with disdain, condescension, and vitriol. Racists have to change themselves. No amount of coddling is going to do that for them. Even calling them out on it often has them double down on their hatred. Ultimately, there is a moment of realization that a racist must have, and that requires a lot of self reflection and an ability to look inward at themselves and the reasons why they feel the way they do. I’ve mentioned it before, but I grew up in the Midwest. As a young black man, I learned about racism from a very early age, but even Moreno, I grew up on FOX news, and a conservative family that harbored some pretty hateful and disgusting views about non-blacks and other marginalized groups (but even I was prone to holding racist views about my own people; how fucked is that?). I was homophobic. I was transphobic, I was islamiphobic. I never outwardly treated the few people in those groups that I met in the Midwest any differently, but it was still there and in me. It wasn’t until I moved out of that environment, and started to interact with those that I held racist and phobic views of that I began to question what I was told my whole life by FOX news, and reinforced by those around me. But even more so, it wasn’t until I acknowledged my own bigotry and racism, until I realized my own hypocrisy in that I was a staunch advocate for the civil rights of black people, but completely closed off and ignorant to the struggles of other marginalized groups that I began to change my views. Like, who was I to, on one hand, desire for me and my people to be seen as human beings deserving of basic rights and humane treatment, and on the other, shut out those same struggles of those that wanted the same thing. It was disgusting. I began to challenge my entire belief system and upbringing. Applying my views on my struggles as a black man to the struggles of immigrants, the LGBTQ community, women, indigenous peoples, etc etc. Finding the commonality and the compassion. The unity. And it opened my eyes, and I changed. It wasn’t the oppressed extending an olive branch to me, or trying to explain why I was a piece of shit. That wasn’t for them to do in the first place. It was on me, and for me, to realize that dark, shitty part about myself, exercise that empathy that I always felt I had for my fellow man, and work to become a more empathetic person to others, not just those like me. And what do you know? That shame and self reflection worked. The onus was on me, and me alone. So forgive me if I don’t subscribe to the newsletter for oppressed groups having to contort themselves to make racists and bigots and sexists feel comfortable enough to address their own shittiness, and then, somehow, accept that they are, indeed shitty, thanks to the kind words and acceptance expressed by the very people they don’t see as human? Nah, that thinking is a very special form of victim blaming designed to not actually have to take responsibility for their part in the systemic oppression of marginalized groups, and therefore they’re robbed of their need to self reflect and grow as a person.
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Thread Name 3 things that defined your childhood
Hmm. Reading Rainbow Nintendo Entertainment System Having fun with my neighborhood friends Good times all around Saturday morning cartoons were huge for me as well. So hard to condense it all to three things, because there was so much that defined my childhood.
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Thread I died in my dream last night. I thought that couldn't happen?
I've died in my dreams more times than I can count. I usually don't experience all black nothingness though. Generally, it's like, "fuck, I'm dead," then I'll either wake up, or I'll segue into another dream. The worst is when I die in my dreams in a completely "normal"/"realistic" way, like drowning, hit by a car, shot, stabbed, etc, etc. It's one thing to die in a dream because you were eaten by a dragon, but another to die in a dream where you were robbed at gunpoint. That shit sucks. I always assume it's normal to die in dreams, and I don't think I ever heard it was impossible to die in a dream. Even so, it's happened so many times for me that I'd have ignored the people saying you can't anyway XD
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Thread What is wrong with Star Wars Jedi : Fallen Order (PS4) ?
That's awful that those bugs hindered your enjoyment. I just recently beat it last week on PS4 Pro, and honestly, I didn't run into a single bug or glitch like that. The worst was the game crashed on me once. Outside of that, and one moment of slowdown during a cutscene, the game ran really smoothly for me.
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Thread Wish more Open World's would have a better sense of vertical scale
Awesome shots! The scale of the game is so good. I haven't played it on PC in VR, but I imagine that's quite a feeling. Playing No Man's Sky in PSVR still blows me away with the scale, especially when you're in your ship flying over a massive planet, or entering the atmosphere of a new one. There was this one planet I found that was like, 90% water, and I flew around for trying to find a piece of land to land on. The VR in that game is so good. Looking around my cockpit for a spot of land was such a cool feeling.
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Thread Unofficial: PlayStation software reaches 5 billion sold
It really was. :( Such a fantastic handheld. I own over 270 games for that beautiful bastard. It's a nice mix of PS1, PSP, and Vita games, but a ton to play for sure. Leave me on a desert island for a few years with my Vita, and I'd still have a shit ton of games to play and get through. I'd have loved to see a proper successor to the Vita (with 4 shoulder buttons, and clickable L3 and R3 analog buttons; basically a PS4 controller with a screen XD XD ). My hope is one day Sony finds its way back to the handheld market. The Switch is a wonderful system, but I'm a big fan of Sony first party studios and titles, and would love to have some of their titles on the go. Hell, just give me a handheld PlayStation that can play PS1 and PS2 classics, and I'd be happy with that too. I don't expect a portable PlayStation to be able to run PS3 and PS4 games without melting my hands and/or sounding like a jet engine (why not both?). Not to mention garbage battery life.
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Thread WipEout Omega Collection VR : A Love Letter
Honestly, I get super motion sick when I try to play this in VR. I'm usually pretty good with VR games, but I can't go longer than a minute in wipeout VR before i have to stop. even with the "safety" settings tweaked. I absolutely the wipeout games (and i'm not really a racing game fan), and the collection is amazing, but I just can't do the VR. which is a shame, because it really is incredibly immersive, and of the best VR experiences on PSVR. I just wish I had a stronger constitution for it.
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Thread Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition |OT2| We Shall Always Remember the Night...
I forgot this game came out on the Switch, so I snagged it thanks to this sale! And because I don't pay much attention to my Nintendo points, I was able to get the game for $3, so woot! I've never played it, so I'm looking forward to diving into it later tonight!
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Thread Wish more Open World's would have a better sense of vertical scale
As someone who's lived in Los Angeles for the last 20+ years, I'm always so blown away by how well GTAV executes the of Los Angeles. Obviously, it's not a 1:1 recreation, but the layout of the geography/locations of things is fantastic. Like, there was a mission in story mode where we were told to go to downtown Los Santos, and i just drove there, without even needing the GPS, because of how the location of DTLS is very, very similar to the location of DTLA, so I just knew what direction to go to. I had those moments repeatedly while playing the game. It got LA without being LA. So weird. I kind of want to reinstall it just to dick around and take in the sights. It really is gorgeous, and to keep things on topic, the scale, not just horizontally, but vertically is also really good.
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Thread Wish more Open World's would have a better sense of vertical scale
Gravity Rush 1 and 2 are both verticality: the game. I can't sing the praises of that series enough. I wish more people had supported it, because Kat deserved better. Hands down one of the best games on the Vita, and the PS4 remaster and sequel were excellent. Such a delightful game. But yeah, OP, it's all about verticality in that one. Soaring around the environments is immensely satisfying.It was pretty intense booting up Spider-Man PS4 and using the PSVR headset to play the game on the 163" virtual screen. Jumping off of a building and diving to the ground actually gave me a brief moment of a pit in my stomach. Since the screen was so huge in the VR environment, everything felt so much more massive in scale. Now I need to boot up Gravity Rush and play it on the virtual big screen too. lol
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Thread Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker |OT| Revenge of a Sith (SPOILERS NOW OPEN)
Me too. I didn’t get swept up in the “mystique” of Snoke. He just felt like Palpatine 2.0, and I correctly assessed that Kylo would kill him in episode 8, because it felt like his journey was going to be inverse of Luke’s, and Snoke was an impediment to his path down the Dark Side, not a boost. The only thing I cared about was who Rey’s parents were. I didn’t think she could be an Organa, Solo, Skywalker, or Palpatine (hah!). I thought maybe, if she just had to have a special lineage, it’d maybe be Kenobi, or one of the other families in the expanded universe. It wasn’t until The Last Jedi made her a nobody that I saw how beautiful that was. In the same way I think that her taking on the bake Skywalker is beautiful, especially when I think of it as a nod to George Lucas’ own adopted daughter. Blood isn’t the only thing that makes people family, and the sins of the father/mother don’t always dictate the type of person you’ll choose to become. I’m still not a fan of Rey Palpatine, but I’m all in on Rey Skywalker (that was another prediction I had on NeoGAF way back when as well; that she’d take on the Skywalker name by the end of the trilogy, even if she wasn’t related to them by blood). I was satisfied with this trilogy, but I’m also very much intrigued by the new EU period after this film. I may start reading Star Wars novels again.
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Thread Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker |OT| Revenge of a Sith (SPOILERS NOW OPEN)
Saw it for the third time today, and I came away still enjoying the movie. I definitely have issues with it, but it’s a fun movie. With this third viewing, I still think act 1 is where the main problem with the editing is present. Well, mainly the first 10 minutes or so. After that, I think the movie settles. Parts that I thought flew by were much slower than I remembered. From Pasanna on, I think it has a pretty good pace going from there on out. Scenes are a little longer, and character moments are much stronger. Rey is incredibly likable in this movie. The core trio all are. Poe is a grumpy space boy, but he never struck me as abrasive. Just overwhelmed by what has been thrust in his lap; leading the resistance, which he still doesn’t feel equipped to do. I understand him hopping in his X-Wing and getting directly involved in the final battle over calling the shots from a command ship. Why bench your star player when he still has some good games in him? I really like Finn and Jannah’s dynamic, and I only wish she could have been introduced into the trilogy sooner. The way she looks at Finn for guidance is some untapped story potential I have no doubt we’ll see in EU content. I love the idea of him leading a group of Force sensitive ex-stormtroopers, and going on missions to help de program first order troops that are still in the thrall of the now defeated faction. It’s Star Wars, so the conflict is far from over. Another nice little moment I enjoyed from my first viewing, but stood out even more in subsequent viewings, is when the group are in the serpent cave, and Rey hands Finn her lightsaber. I thought it was a little bit of foreshadowing on my first watch, but definitely on rewatch. It also felt like a TFA callback, having him hold the lightsaber again. And hinting that Rey instinctively senses his Force sensitivity, even though she’s not actively trying to. There are also little moments between Finn and Rey that make me think there’s a budding romance between them in the future. Like when they’re repairing Ochi’s ship and their hands brush against each other for a split second. Neither one acknowledges it in the scene. And the few scenes where it’s just the two of them. I also get why Finn didn’t tell her about his Force sensitivity during those few moments they have alone. Each of those scenes has Rey distracted and wrestling with her own problems. In rewatch, Finn’s face seemed to imply that he didn’t want to drop one more thing for her to worry about, especially after Chewie “dies,” and the second scene they have together is after she learns she’s a Palpatine and tells Finn that her parents were killed on Palpatine’s orders. Then they all split up again for the final act, and don’t come together until after the battle is won. The movie has a lot of problems, but the through lines are fine. It’s easy enough to read and parse. I don’t like all of the editing decisions (I know a lot of things were cut, and I’m very curious to read the novelization), but it’s a solid enough film. Rose’s role being reduced so significantly is one of my biggest disappointments with this movie, but she was in it more than I remembered, or at least had more lines that I remembered. Just a bummer that she didn’t go on the adventure with the main group. I’m hoping her deleted scenes will be available to see as well. It definitely felt like her role was part of a C plot that had to do with the Sith fleet. Most stories have a “what could have been” element to them. It’s a shame that this one was clearly too big for a single movie, and was tied down with a three film structure. Moving away from trilogies will probably be the best thing to happen to Star Wars going forward.
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Thread ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Cut Info Explaining Palpatine’s Return Because ‘It Seemed to Go Off Topic’
I don’t take it as them cloning the Force. Remember, the Force is in all living things, according to the OT. Clones are living things, so the Force is in it as well. A clone of a powerful Force user would probably also have the capacity to harness the Force in as much of a powerful way as the original subject of the cloning. I don’t see it as an issue, personally. And it’s not like clones of Palpatine in the previous EU didn’t have some Force capability either, if I remember correctly. This isn’t a JJ concept.
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Thread 'Girls Do Porn' Goes to Trial Over Allegations Women Were Tricked Into Videos [Up: Witness Testimonies in Threadmarks]
That’s true, but at the least I hope they serve some jail time. That’d be something, I suppose.
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Thread 'Girls Do Porn' Goes to Trial Over Allegations Women Were Tricked Into Videos [Up: Witness Testimonies in Threadmarks]
Good. My heart goes out to the victims. $12.8 million spread out across 22 women seems paltry considering the damage that’s been done to many of their lives and reputations. In either case, I’m glad they won. I was worried that the GDP people would find some way to weasel out of it. Fuck those guys.
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Thread Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker |OT| Revenge of a Sith (SPOILERS NOW OPEN)
I don’t remember which kid was Palpatine’s offspring because it’s been a while since I’ve seen the movie. That doesn’t change the fact that getting hung up over Palpatine boning and having kids is incredibly stupid and pedantic. We were told all we needed to know about Rey’s parents for the purposes of her growth and characterization: they were junk traders. From Rey’s POV, that’s literally all she was aware of her whole life. When Ben probed her mind in TFA and TLJ, he could only know what Rey, herself knows. So he tells her they were junk traders. The drinking money part is most certainly Ben being the abusive prick he is and targeting Rey’s weakness and fear of being unwanted/abandoned. Ben doesn’t know she’s a Palpatine, because Rey doesn’t know she’s a Palpatine. Then we find out in TRoS that her junk trader parents were also the offspring of Palpatine, and that she wasn’t abandoned out of hate or because her parents didn’t love or want her. Did we really need some long, drawn out explanation beyond that? Do we really need to know more about Rey’s parents in order to understand Rey’s conflict, which was thoroughly explored in TLJ already? Did we need the backstory of Owen and Beru to understand why Luke was ok with leaving for Alderaan with Obi-Wan? The movies give us more than enough to work with to understand the context of the situation our protagonists are in, and why they are in the mental states they are in during those moments of the film. It’s not even remotely an example of “extremely poor writing.” I genuinely want to know what more should have been said about her parents. For me, it all seemed pretty clear, straightforward, and easy to connect the dots.
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Thread Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker |OT| Revenge of a Sith (SPOILERS NOW OPEN)
People are legit hung up on the Emperor having a kid? And a kid that decided having space Hitler as his dad isn’t a good look is also crazy? And people are also arguing that he doesn’t look older than 30 when in the same film series we have Ewan MacGregor turning into Alec Guinness in the span of 19 years? Come on, guys. There’s being pedantic, and there’s being PEDANTIC. Jesus Christ. At the end of the day, these are still movies aimed at a younger audience, and the focus is going to always be on the protagonists, so going into excruciating detail about the antagonists and their history. Before the prequels, all we knew of Vader is that he was: ANH: A former Jedi pupil of Obi-Wans who went to the dark side ESB: The right hand man of the Emperor (who we also see for the first time in this movie), and Luke Skywalker’s father. ROTJ: Conflicted between his loyalty to the Emperor, and his familial connection with his son. He had given up hope of redemption until Luke’s unwavering faith that there was still good in him was the spark that was needed to turn him back to the light, and at the least, reconnect him with the light side of the Force and his son before he died. As far as Palpatine goes, I don’t find it hard to believe that the Emperor of the Galaxy has groupies. Power is attractive to many people, man or woman. I guarantee there was no shortage of sycophants that would cozy up to Palpatine. So let’s go down that rabbit hole. Emperor Palpatine meets a woman attracted to his power. They hook up (it’s not like people don’t fuck in the Star Wars universe, we just don’t see it on screen). She gets pregnant. Maybe she has a crisis of conscious during or before RoTJ happens, and she takes her child (does TRoS say Rey’s father or mother is Palpatine’s kid? I can’t remember), and she flees Palpatine before he can reclaim his kid. She goes into hiding (again, not a foreign concept in Star Wars). She raises the kid into adulthood, they meet their spouse, have Rey, raise her on Jakku (maybe her parents were also raised on Jakku and it’s true they were junk traders), then when she’s 5 or 6, Palpatine’s specter or cultist followers discover that Palpatine’s offspring lives, track them to Jakku, and we’re off. Maybe Ochi has no idea they had a kid. Film storytelling and editing, Rey was shouting at a ship that was really, really far away. And since when have Star Wars ships have rearview mirrors? That complaint is so stupid to me. If Ochi was unaware that they had a daughter, he wouldn’t be looking for one, let alone a little girl yelling in her little girl voice at a ship that was already in the atmosphere, blasting into space with its engines firing. There’s a lot to criticize about the movie, but the sheer lengths people are going to keep their nerd rage going is a little weird. You don’t have to nitpick the movie to death to justify why you dislike it.
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I agree, but Star Wars threads are almost exclusively “Confirmation bias, the thread.” The Terrio interview was genuinely interesting. I have no reason to believe that any of their creative decisions was born out of spite, but out of their own individual readings of the story they were telling. JJ started the trilogy, Rian continued it, and JJ ended it. No matter how much people want to assume Disney is the one making these creative decisions and forcing shit on the creators, this was a Lucasfilm production. Kathleen Kennedy, JJ, Rian, and the rest of Lucasfilm ultimately spearheaded this trilogy. If it’s not what you wanted, that’s fine. It happens. The prequels weren’t what I wanted either. You just kind of accept it and move on. This sequel trilogy also wasn’t what I wanted, but I ultimately loved it. I’ve learned to curb my expectations about many things, and that’s not a pessimistic statement. I just think not building things up to such a high degree that it becomes impossible for any outcome to satisfy you is a healthier approach. There are things objectively wrong with this trilogy. The rest is all subjective. It almost always boils down to, “I don’t like thing, therefore thing is bad.” With little to no elaboration on why the thing they don’t like is bad. Then there are some that completely misremember moments from the film, or missed a piece of dialogue that would more than likely have cleared up a particular grievance, or explained an element in the film later on that they initially were upset/unsure about. I know that’s definitely happened to me on more than one occasion watching movies. Sometimes a rewatch is beneficial for sure. Some of my favorite movies didn’t happen first watch, some did. Like 12 Monkeys. I hated that movie the first time I watched it. Now it’s one of my favorites. I’m not saying every movie deserves a rewatch, but sometimes, depending on the film, a rewatch has a more positive result.
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Oh, that’s no doubt true. I guess I’m just burned out on it all. It’s why I haven’t participated in Star Wars discussion threads much until this past month. Making movies is hard. Just like making video games is hard. A lot of variables can effect a production, or force the creative team to make difficult decisions and work with what they have. I think RJ and JJ did a fantastic job of reigniting the Star Wars IP in film after the prequels turned away all but the most ardent of fanboys and fangirls. All 3 films are flawed. They also all ooze potential. They have quality ideas and plot potential. Creating a story is like Schrodinger’s Cat. Your story can be all things at once until a choice is made, then it exists. The thing is, once your choice is made, all other choices have to stem from one another or it all falls apart. Each choice from the creative team directly impacted the next creative team’s work. JJ’s work impacted Rian Johnson’s work, which impacted JJ’s work on TRoS. That’s not a negative, by the way. It’s how these things work when you’re telling a story with multiple parts, trilogy or otherwise. And considering that RJ was working on TLJ while JJ was working on TFA, I refuse to believe this narrative that neither knew what the other was planning with their stories. TRoS was probably the most difficult, since JJ was brought on super late, and had a tight deadline, so there probably wasn’t nearly as much collaborating with RJ (though I doubt JJ never spoke with him at all during production of TRoS). All of the conspiracy theorizing and fantasizing about a disastrous production seems like wasted energy. If you liked the movie, cool. If you hated the movie, cool. The reality of what went on behind the scenes more than likely isn’t nearly as dramatic as anyone thinks. At least when it comes to the notion of some kind of bitter rivalry between JJ and RJ, and how they both set out to shit in each other’s serial. I don’t envy JJ having to tie up this trilogy, especially with a tight deadline, and the loss of one of your key actors. And no, killing Leia off offscreen would have been such a disservice and insulting to her character, as well as Carrie Fisher’s contribution to this franchise. Bringing Palpatine back this late in the game is a questionable decision, but I do kind of like the idea that these 9 movies are about these two powerful, almost dynastic families fighting among each other. Like, the Palpatines and Skywalkers are linked since The Phantom Menace, and now both families conflict has been put to rest. I don’t like Rey being a Palpatine, because I loved her being nobody, but I can also find the poetry in her “uniting” the Palpatine and Skywalker lines. She is not her grandfather. She is still her own person. And she honors her mentors by taking on their last name. She is a Palpatine by blood, but a Skywalker in spirit. Still not a fan, but I can reconcile it. It also opens the door for more in depth stories with Rey and her lineage in EU material.
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It wasn’t just in the opening crawl though. Han flat out tells Finn and Rey in The Force Awakens: “ He was training a new generation of Jedi. There was nobody else left to do it, so he took the burden on himself. Everything was going great, until... one boy, an apprentice, turned against him, destroyed it all. Luke felt responsible. He just walked away from everything.” There’s not much ambiguity there. Did people just not listen to Han’s story? He spells it out pretty clearly. Luke left everything behind because a student of his destroyed it. Rian Johnson picked up that thread, because it’s not like he could ignore it. I mean, I guess he could, but that would be shitty writing, and poor characterization of Luke. I’d like to know what people expected of Luke Skywalker in this new trilogy. That he’d just show up with a laser sword and take on the whole First Order, I imagine. Rian made Luke a much more layered and 3 dimensional character. I love that. Yeah, there was shell shock from our idealistic image of Luke Skywalker (which RJ smartly works into the story by having Rey be the audience surrogate in terms of her expectation of Luke Skywalker vs the reality). It’s a simple “never meet your heroes,” but in the end, Luke does become that idealized version that fan girl Rey, and fandom audiences expected to see. It was just done in a more nuanced and satisfying way than a generic as fuck Starkiller Force Unleashed style display of mastery. Seeing Luke at his lowest point, then triumphing over his demons and guilt is heroic as fuck. It’s what makes characters like Peter Parker so fun to watch/read about. Yes, they possess incredible power, but it’s their humanity that makes us love them and care about their struggles. TFA should have prepared us for Luke in TLJ, and in my opinion it did. Han’s explanation to Rey and Finn had me more than curious to see how Luke would be portrayed in episode 8 (I knew he wasn’t going to show up until the end of TFA, since this trilogy isn’t about the old cast, and the opening crawl flat out stated that the thrust of the movie was going to be finding Luke, and that they weren’t going to do that at the halfway point of the movie). This whole trilogy has been great for me, but TLJ is probably my favorite, warts and all. It’s handling of Luke though, is one of my favorite elements of the movie. He was still the same Luke to me, just viewed through a different lens. I dug it.
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This type of shallow generalizations need to stop. Not everyone that loved TLJ hates TRoS, and vice versa. I loved TLJ. I have some nitpicks with it, but overall I think it’s one of the best Star Wars movies out of the 9 saga films. I also really liked TRoS. Again, I have some nitpicks and two major complaints (making Rey a Palpatine, and Rey kissing Ben), but overall, it’s a fun, enjoyable movie. I don’t think it retcons or throws out TLJ to the hyperbolic levels I see online, nor do I think there’s some soap opera-esque drama between JJ and Rian Johnson. My personal friend circle also really enjoyed TLJ and TRoS, so, no, not everything is so fricking black and white, either/or. It’s not even a matter of turning off your brain, or having a film critics eye when watching movies. It’s about individual thresholds. Everyone is different. For some people, a plot point here, or an editing choice there, will grate on them, and affect their enjoyment. For others, that same plot point or editing choice won’t bother them at all. It’s this obsessive need to be right all the goddamn time that kills discussions on forums. I’ve had some pretty awesome discussions about these movies with coworkers and friends, for example, and they also run the spectrum of people that loved the ST, or hated the ST. I went last minute to see TRoS with some coworkers opening night, then again with my best friend and his son the next morning, and my coworker, who hated TLJ, loved TRoS. My other coworker who loved TLJ, enjoyed TRoS, but not as much as TLJ. I’ve personally loved this ST. Not everything landed for me, but overall, I enjoyed them by a significant margin. Definitely more than the prequels, though not nearly as much as the OT, obviously. I never expected any post OT Star Wars movies (prequels or ST), to recapture that feeling of the OT. That the ST managed to be both entertaining, nostalgic, and introducing new characters that I love as much as the OT cast was more than I imagined. Rey, Finn, Poe, and Ben are all wonderful characters, and I have no problem diving into the new EU to continue their adventures, much like I did with the old EU. The films aren’t sacred. Not a single one of them. Hell, the best PT content we’ve ever gotten was in The Clone Wars cartoon, not the films. If we can get some ST content nearly as good as The Clone Wars cartoon, featuring Rey, Finn, and Poe, I’ll be ecstatic. Fingers crossed Lucasfilm doesn’t become reactionary to the vocal minority on the Internet, and instead focuses on creating some quality content with these endearing characters. I’d love an Adventures of Rey Skywalker series for sure. Not everything has to be confined to film, and I find the long form of television and animated series way more suitable to stories of this scale than a film trilogy. Star Wars, as a whole, is more than just the films. No, you don’t have to engage in that EU content, and you can solely focus on the movies, and rebuying each rerelease of the OT that comes out, but that EU stuff exists, and still has merit. The old EU wasn’t all gold, but there were some great things there. And like I said, The Clone Wars cartoon is the best realization of the prequel era concepts and characters, hands down. Basically, I don’t put too much of my love of Star Wars solely on what the movies do and don’t do. Hell, if that was the case, I’d have dropped the franchise after The Phantom Menace. I don’t fault anyone for disliking the ST, or individual movies in the ST. I just lose patience for the over the top hyperbole I see in every single ST or Star Wars related thread. Like what you like. Dislike what you dislike, but don’t act like your word is the final law on it. I’m talking to myself as much as anyone else, to be fair.
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My read of the scene was that if she had killed him earlier in the scene, he would have possessed her. However, instead of opening herself up to the Sith and killing him, she opened herself up to the Jedi, who then channeled their strength into her, and that’s how she was able to deflect his lightning, kill him, and not become a vessel for Palpatine. She had to be a willing host for him, and she clearly was not. It’s also why Palpatine stops drying the ships to focus on killing Rey. He knew that if she were to kill him NOW, the process of transferring his spirit to her wouldn’t work. At least that’s my read of it.
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My best friend mentioned that he viewed the kids as less romantic, and more of forgiveness. I still think that’s bullshit, and I hate the kiss and the implication it sends to young girls (the whole, “I can change the bad boy if I love him hard enough” trope is gross as fuck), but I can maybe delude myself into thinking it was a platonic kiss on rewatches. i always saw Rey and Ben as new canon versions of Jaina and Jacen Solo, only not twins, and not related by blood. Their battle in the throne room in TLJ, and them facing off Palpatine in RoS just made me think want that to be their relationship instead. I honestly really enjoyed the movie for how absurd and pulpy it was, but that kiss kills me. My audience was all in on the final act (they erupted in cheers when Lando showed up with the fleet, and when Rey handed off the saber to Ben, then when they both turned to face Palpatine, holding blue lightsabers, and when Rey calls herself Skywalker), but there were audible groans and “what the fucks” when the kiss happened. I admit I was a little happy that I wasn’t alone in thinking shipping those two characters is gross and destructive as fuck. I even went back and rewatched the throne room seen in TLJ, and, yeah, Ben was just fucking SAVAGE to Rey. Textbook negging and gaslighting, and her closing the door on him at the end felt so powerful and earned. To see her embrace him and kiss him (with her the aggressor in initiating the kiss), just doesn’t sit right with me at all. The single most disappointing part of TROS for me. I wouldn’t mind editing that part out when I buy it digitally Like, just cut it after Rey wakes up, they smile at each other, then he dies. Perfect, and gets the point across that they’ve made peace, and Ben has returned. I mean, I get it, Jedi are quick to forgive, but they don’t have to make out.
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I’m convinced some people are willfully turning off their comprehension.exe just so they can maintain some cynical rage at these movies. General Pryde made enough sense to me. TFA establishes that Ren and Hux don’t like each other. Every scene between them is Hux smirking at tattling on Ren. TLJ continues that rivalry, but Snoke keeps Hux around, because he still serves some use. Now, here’s the important part for the balcony area: Ren kills Snoke, becoming the supreme leader, and therefore the leader of the First Order. Ren hates Hux, as established across two films. I have no reason to doubt that one of the first things Ren does after the battle of Crait is reduce Hux’s role within the First Order as soon as possible. Like, by, bringing in a more capable and competent General that doesn’t actively work to undermine everything he does. Pryde is there because he’s not Hux. Ren isn’t completely stupid, so I’m sure he sussed out that Hux would be a perpetual thorn in his side, so he sidelines him. And Hux, being Hux, can’t stand Kylo Ren, so he betrays him to the Resistance. Not because he’s good now, but just like he says, “he just wants Kylo Ren to lose.” If he had survived RoS, I have no doubt he’d have tried to weasel his way to a higher position since Ren is dead now. The thing is, Hux was never going to be more than a sniveling, plotting weasel. It was always portrayed that way, from TFA to TLJ, and now RoS. And no, we don’t need all of this shit spelled out in the movie. It really isn’t that hard to read between the lines, and connect dots, as the vast majority of entertainment media asks this of us. and is something most of us reflexively do due to the language of film and television, and storytelling in general. We, as outside observers to events know that there will be gaps between scenes. The length of the gaps varies from film to film, and story to story, but we know it’s there. Why this becomes such a big deal for pedants on the internet boggles my mind. It reaches a point where it feels like folks are being intentionally obtuse just to keep shit going.
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To the bolded: i mean, I feel you, but you weren’t forced to obsess over the show like that. That was on you. It’s part of the experience of watching a show weekly, and it is a double edged sword, especially when a show is formatted around cliffhangers. I feel truly fortunate that I was able to absorb four seasons of the show within the few weeks/months it took me to catch up, and able to just, no pun intended, get lost in this huge story that played out over many episodes and seasons. I’m in the camp that became more invested in the characters than the mysteries as the show progressed. I know that others were in the other side, more interested in the answers. I think both perspectives is fine. Even when I was watching seasons 5 and 6 as they aired, I steered clear of the forums, and I feel like I was able to enjoy the show more that way. To each his own, but it’s not necessary for me to understand how obsessed people were about the show, building up it’s mysteries to be so much larger than they ultimately turned out being when the answers for the main ones came. I understand the disappointment. And make no mistake, there were many answers to the major questions, and some of those answers were lackluster, but there were also many dangling threads and dropped storylines. I’m always interested in hearing what creators have to say about their work, but it’s not necessary for me to evaluate and enjoy or not enjoy the work itself. Marketing and marketing hype does what it does. I tend to avoid most of it if I can, and just focus on the actual work. I disagree that a show like LOST has to be viewed in small, weekly doses, but that’s okay. I don’t have to agree. You had your experience, I had mine, and we came to different conclusions based off of that. There’s no right or wrong way to watch shows I think.
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I mean, there's no takeaway. I was responding to the dude's comment about how somehow me not watching the show when it first aired is a lesser experience than me watching four seasons uninterrupted. I don't feel like I need to repeat myself, but watching the show that way resulted in a better experience It's not about being cynical enough to distrust the creators. I thought I spelled it out clearly: Marketing is going to market. Its job is to entice people. To dangle a carrot and get people to chase it. I don't like that, so I try to avoid marketing as much as possible, and just let the movie/show/game/book/whatever do its thing when I experience it. When it's a video game, I'll watch the trailer, maybe read an interview/hands on about the content/features of the game, then buy/not buy based on that. With a movie, watch a trailer, see if it intrigues me, then decide if I want to see it in a theater or wait for rental. TV is trickier, especially for an ongoing series, which is why I generally tend to wait until a series has a few seasons under its belt before I dive in (I didn't watch Mad Men, Breaking Bad, LOST, etc, etc, until they were well into their runs). I admit I've been burned so many times by promising shows I enjoy having the plug pulled on them after season 1 that I've become incredibly cautious about jumping into new shows. That in itself is a double edged sword/catch 22, because if more people had that mentality, they wouldn't be watching new shows, and the numbers would be so low that the show wouldn't get renewed, and it's a vicious cycle. But I digress. The creators are only in control of so much messaging themselves. Of course they aren't going to say, "These mysteries aren't actually building up to anything, and we're making everything up as we go along, so no promises; stop watching the show." They're going to try to be diplomatic and cagey. As a writer myself, I understand all too well about how important it is to have payoff after building something up. Unfortunately, television is weird, and long form television even more so. Things could be meticulously planned before hand, and other factors will throw that all in disarray. Those factors could be time, budget, the realities of shooting on location as opposed to a sound stage, actor issues (personal and professional), etc, etc. Also, "making it up as you go along," is kind of standard fare for a lot of writers. There's usually a bare bones skeleton of a plot, with a few key pillars/milestones that the writer would like to hit as the story progresses. The minutiae is often up in the air. How characters get to those milestones is kept vague, because, as a writer, it's fun to have some spontaneity when writing chapters/episodes. With that said, I don't think it absolves the writers of getting carried away with so many "micro-mysteries" that the core of the show buckles under the weight. Sometimes writers drop the ball (and in a six season show of 100+ episodes, with a team of writers all handling different episodes, often concurrently, I can see how it'd be easy to drop a few balls), but then again, I never said that the viewers were solely at fault for getting sucked into the mysteries of the show. I said that for that particular poster I was quoting, he wasn't forced to obsess until 2am about the show. That is, quite literally, on him, not the writers of the show, or the other viewers of the show. It's a personal choice he made to get sucked into obsessing over the mysteries and how they affected him. As I stated before, I didn't follow the shows ancillary content. I didn't follow the interviews and PR or any other content revolving around the show, so I honestly don't know what the creators said or didn't say. I only know what I watched either through streaming/dvd, or as it aired (in the case of Seasons 5 and 6, which I was able to watch as they aired every week). But even watching those last two seasons, I didn't feel terribly compelled to go on forums, or dig up interviews, or speculate. I was just enjoying the ride. After the fact (after Season 6), I go to one of the old LOST forums and read what people were saying about the series and finale, but I wasn't a part of the crowd that came together every week to discuss the show. I empathize with the poster I was quoting in that the show is somehow retroactively ruined because of that final season, but I don't feel the same way. shrug. I think it's unfortunate that the creators were cagey about the mysteries, and how they built up and then resolved/not resolved those mysteries, and I think that sucks, but it doesn't ruin the show for me. I see how it may upset people like the poster I quoted, however.
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I was someone that got into LOST very late in the game. I was able to marathon Seasons 1-4 without participating in any of the community talk and forums. I watched seasons 5 and 6 as they aired, and loved them both. Overall, I thought the series finale was really good. I’m a sucker for mysteries and the mystery box, but at the end of the day, I was more involved with the characters of the show, so “the answers” weren’t as big of a driving point for me as I’m sure it was for those people that had been there since day one, waiting for each episode to air as letting the mysteries build and speculation grow. I had the benefit of being able to just take in the seasons without having much time to “stew” on things, so to speak. A lot of my questions were answered, but not all of them. I admit that I don’t need everything to be solved or spelled out for me, because I truly enjoy theorizing and speculation and coming up with my own theories. With that said, I also understand the disappointment many people had. I also think the danger of a mystery box isn’t the mystery box itself, but often that the answer to the mystery has a disappointment factor proportionate to how tantalizing the mystery box itself was. And how tantalizing a mystery is is mostly subjective. For example, I couldn’t care less about why the statue has four toes, but for some people, that mystery was everything. For others, the mystery of the smoke monster or the Black Rock, or the whispers on the island were important. And the answers to those mysteries could have disappointed them. For me, LOST is, as a whole, one of the best television series I’ve ever watched. Not every season or storyline was a winner or well executed, but overall, it was amazing television, and I admit to being a little bummed I didn’t hop on board sooner to be a part of that community. It seemed really fun/insane to speculate with everyone else about what was going on. The fact that people can still talk and argue about it to this day I think says something positive to its effect on our culture and television series production as a whole.
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Right? Like why wouldn’t they keep the last name Hitler after clearly falling out of favor with their Nazi father/father-in-law? I imagine it’d probably hurt job prospects keeping a surname like that post ROTJ. And you’re right, Rey should have kept her parents new last name so she’d be easy to find? I mean, it DID work for Owen and Beru keeping Luke’s last name Skywalker, even though he’s in hiding and Obi-Wan no doubt told them that Anakin has fallen to the Dark Side and the child was in danger and needed to be protected and hidden from his father, Anakin Skywalker, at all costs... I don’t think Rey forgot whatever last name was, just that Unkar Plutt never referred to it, or directly told her to not use it or tell anyone. Rey not acknowledging her last name never bugged me. I really loved TFA, TLJ, and I actually think I loved TROS, even though I’m disappointed with some aspects of the movie like Rey being a Palpatine and the kiss. Most of it is goofy, pulpy fun. I also don’t subscribe to the notion that it retcons TLJ in its entirety. I think it follows through on most of the plot threads established in TLJ outside of Rey’s lineage. Her parents were technically no one, in that they weren’t an established set of characters, but her grandfather WAS someone, which I wasn’t a fan of. Another observation from TFA and TLJ; Rey never wonders who her parents were. Ever. That was all post film fan theorizing. Rey never gave an indication that she had no idea who her parents were, just that they were gone and she had no idea where they were. She asks the mirror to show her her parents, not because she wants to know who they are, but where they are. Are they alive? Dead? What star system are they in? What planet are they on? If she was unaware who her parents were, she’d have asked “Who are my parents?” Instead, she says, “Show me my parents.” Ben not knowing they were Palpatines, and assuming they were junk traders who sold her for drinking money is what he gleaned from Rey’s mind. Rey more than likely didn’t know they were Palpatines (especially since she was born after RoTJ and her parents changed their identities and went into hiding). As far as we know, Rey only knows that her family were junk traders on Jakku. She was only about 5 or so when they left her, so her I can buy a child not knowing the specifics of her situation. She knew Unkar was her guardian and authority figure, and he probably didn’t talk about her parents much.
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Yeah, my second viewing I noticed she was holding the medal as well. If you wanted to add another layer to it, Maz giving Chewie the medal could also be alluding to the life debt Chewie has with Han, and beyond the Falcon, Han’s medal is the only thing Chewie has left of his best friend of 35+ years. Obviously, it works as a meta callback to Chewie not getting a medal in ANH, but I like to view it less cynically, and as a gift to him still tying him to Han in a small way
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Sure, go for it! It’s how I described it to my friend after leaving the theater this morning! It really doesn’t feel like it shit on TLJ any more than TLJ “shat” on TFA. It felt like a blending of both, for better or worse. Johnson took the threads set up by JJ and put his spin on them, and JJ took the threads set up by RJ and put his spin on them. Sometimes it worked (the Force connection), and sometimes it didn’t (the kiss between Rey and Kylo was just ick for me). My theater yesterday loved the movie. They cheered, they gasped, and they applauded when the credits rolled. My theater at our company screening was a little more subdued, but they still cheered at certain points, and applauded at the end of the movie. Especially when Rey said her name was “Rey Skywalker.” Overall, I think audiences are enjoying the film. It’s fun, it’s light, and I feel like, if there is anything you can say that it does contrary to TLJ, it’s that it isn’t as subtle in its message and themes by comparison. Considering how people still think the message of TLJ was “let the past die,” I can understand why they went so heavy handed with the messaging in this film. It’s a very easily digestible film. I guess I’m also not in the camp that treats “crowdpleasing” like it’s a bad thing. There’s nothing wrong with audiences enjoying something. Sometimes it wreaks of gatekeeping superiority when I see comments like “well, I guess the normies will enjoy it.” The Last Jedi wasn’t even that deep, but it definitely had varying layers of complexity. Doesn’t make me a scholar for appreciating it, or those that don’t mind just sitting back and letting a movie entertain them with its silliness or absurd elements. A movie that allows characters to breach space time to pass objects to one another doesn’t suddenly destroy my suspension of disbelief when cosmic coincidences or “well, was convenient” moments happen. I’m looking forward to seeing it a third time at some point over the holiday break for sure.
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Some more thoughts I have about the movie: It makes me think of two parents that have a kid, and while the kid may not look like both parents, it still somehow favors both. My niece and nephew for example are fraternal twins. Neither of them look like their parents wholly, but you can totally see my sister and her ex-husband in both of them. Like, you know it’s their kid, and you know they’re siblings as well. the Rise of Skywalker is most assuredly the child of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. It doesn’t take every feature from either, but contains aspects of both. I think the film builds off of elements of both previous movies, sometimes well, sometimes not so well. It’s not even close to be a clusterfuck, or a dumpster fire, but it’s certainly not a masterpiece (spoiler: not a single Star Wars movie is a masterpiece). I’m really looking forward to seeing deleted scenes, as well as the difficulties they had in trying to reconcile Leia’s story with Carrie Fisher’s passing in a way that was tasteful and respectful. I thought they did a fantastic job considering what they had to work with.
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Thread Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker |OT| Revenge of a Sith (SPOILERS NOW OPEN)
I’ll just repost my thoughts from Facebook after getting home from the movie last night: “I really liked it! There are some creative decisions I wasn’t a fan of, and I feel like it’s a movie that would have, oddly enough, benefitted from a longer runtime, as a few key moments didn’t have nearly enough time to breathe because the pace is so breakneck, especially in the first act. I certainly wouldn’t have minded the finale of the Skywalker Saga to be a 3+ hour epic, instead of the 2.5 hours we got. Overall, the story was fun, the main cast was great, and have such wonderful chemistry, and I don’t feel like it “shat” on The Last Jedi to the extent that hyperbolic reviews and negative nancys imply. The events of the film are just as much a payoff to TLJ as it is a follow up to The Force Awakens. Visually, it’s beautiful, but like I said before, I’d have loved it if more scenes were given time to breathe and we were allowed to settle in to the visuals before moving on to the next set piece. Carrie Fisher’s passing definitely had a significant effect on the production of this movie, and her loss is very much felt in the finished product, though what they managed to do to keep her a core component of this final trilogy in the Skywalker story is commendable. I’ll be seeing it again tomorrow thanks to a Disney company screening of it, and I think I’ll be able to absorb more of it second time around. First time watch, though, I was thoroughly entertained. As a whole, this was a wonderful trilogy that surprised me and entertained me, and as a die hard Star Wars fan, it’s been a pleasure to experience this universe in film again, helmed by some truly talented filmmakers that clearly have as much love for the series as I do, even if I didn’t always agree with every single one of their creative decisions. I’m excited for the future of Star Wars, and seeing where Lucasfilm will expand on the universe going forward, now that the “Skywalker Legacy” has officially been put to rest.“ I saw it again this morning when I took my best friend and his son to a Fox employee screening. He went in completely blind to it (he didn’t watch a single trailer, tv spot, or read any reviews before seeing it). He loved it as well. Both of us also really liked The Last Jedi and The Force Awakens, and while I didn’t love everything about this trilogy, I ultimately came away entertained and satisfied and can’t wait to be able to revisit all three at home. I actually enjoyed it more upon this second viewing, as I was able to just sit back and take it all in, speedy pace and all. For me, I have no interest in “beating” a movie, or breaking down every plot point and trying to find ironclad logic in a world with space wizards and a cosmic Force capable of influencing events and people behavior. It’s not that I’m incapable of deeper or more complex analysis, it’s just that I pick and choose my battles when it comes to how high I want to dial my “suspension of disbelief” switches. Like, Get Out? Yeah, that’s a film where I find breaking down the themes of the film enjoyable. Same for The Last Jedi, since it’s a film attempting to do things beyond surface level. Rise of Skywalker, though? It was clear from moment one that JJ’s goal was to make a pulpy, fairly lighthearted and fast paced romp with these characters one last time. There’s nothing wrong with disliking this movie. There’s nothing wrong with liking this movie. But discourse was be so much mire enjoyable for both sides if it wasn’t marred by Cinema Sins level “gotchaisms”.
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Thread Mission Impossible 7&8 to hit theatres July 2021 and August 2022
I really enjoy the MI series, but I’m hoping these last two will be the last for Cruise as the action star, and maybe transition it over to a new series star, with Cruise taking over IMF and maybe being a leadership role, doling our the missions to his agents. In either case, I’ve loved the McQuarrie movies, so I’m on board for these two for sure. I’m assuming they’re being shot back to back.
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Thread A year without an Assassin’s Creed is sad.
I'm sorry, but I disagree. I think more time spent on developing a game, the better. I loved Origins and I'm not terribly far into Odyssey, but I'm loving that as well, but yearly iterations on games is often incredibly unhealthy for the teams that produce those games. Bi-yearly I think lets dev teams have a health work-life balance, that also results in a better gaming experience because they can spend more time iterating on their ideas and work on the game.
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Thread IP MAN 4 (2019) Official US Theatrical Trailer | Donnie Yen, Scott Adkins & Danny Chan as Bruce Lee
I love the IP-Man movies. It’s basically Rocky at this point, and I’m all for it. The first was really good, the second was also pretty good, the third was kind of silly, and this one looks absurd. I’m always down for Donnie Yen, so I’m looking forward to this conclusion of the saga. Until Ip-Man 5: Ip-Man in Space. Sometimes I just want to enjoy a movie, and this series is definitely enjoyable. I highly recommend it to those that haven’t seen any yet.
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Thread It's been 7 months since Game of Thrones ended, what do you think now?
I thought the season was ok, but the ending was terrible. I’m not one of this people that laments how a bad ending can retroactively ruin a long form series, but in this instance, the ending of GoT killed my interest in rewatching the series. Well, season 1 is pretty fantastic, so maybe I’ll rewatch that, but it feels so pointless now. I would have been fine with the ending if it actually had room to grow and breathe. Unfortunately, it was clearly rushed, and character development felt unearned and hollow.
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Thread I owe ERA a Goodbye.
Don’t give up on yourself. No matter what, you worth something, and matter. No one is worthless. Who you see in the mirror isn’t the totality of who you are as a person. Rebuilding yourself isn’t easy, and it’s not a quick process. It may take months, years, decades, but it will ultimately be worth it in the end. Start small, the smallest step forward, but it’s still a step. Something as small as getting up out of bed in the morning. Focus on something within your circle you can control. We spend a lot of our energy fixated on what we can’t control, or what others think of us. Instead focus on you. On reclaiming who you k ow you can be. Don’t try to overhaul your thinking at once. Do you write? Do you draw? Do you sing? Read? Dance? Even if you aren’t particularly good at those things, indulging in them can not only improve your skill, but your disposition. Deep down inside, you know you are worth something. You never would have opened up to us in this thread if you didn’t think you meant something to this community, and you . I’ve certainly been through the shit, and am going through the shit, but I refuse to let it beat me. You are someone worthy of joy, happiness, and peace. Call a suicide hotline. Get the help you deserve. Love yourself, truly, and understand that there is no such thing as perfection. Times will be shit. Times will be great. Those things ebb and flow and circle around again, but you still push through. Despite it all, you are still here, because you belong here. Don’t give up on yourself. Trust me, the people telling you that it gets better aren’t just spouting empty platitudes. It’s because they’ve been there as well, and are offering their strength, support, and experience to help. You are not alone, and you never have to suffer alone. My door is always open if you need to vent, or an ear to listen, shoulder to lean on.
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Thread The Rise of Skywalker (2019) social media impressions
I loved The Last Jedi, and I was ecstatic that JJ was back for episode IX. I also loved The Force Awakens. Just because a vocal minority spout off on the Internet doesn’t mean it speaks to the whole. This goes for TLJ haters and JJ haters, and RJ haters, etc etc. I loved both sequel movies for what they were, not what I wanted or expected them to be. I don’t agree with every single thing the filmmakers did in their respective films, but I loved them. JJ coming back set me at ease, because I know the kind of filmmaker he is, but he also has an existing Star Wars film under his belt, so I know his take on the characters and world. A new director would have potentially added to some trepidation about how this movie was going to be resolved. If Rian Johnson has directed episode IX, I’d have been ecstatic as well, again, because I know his take on the characters and world. Not everything is so black and white. And not everyone that loved TFA hated TLJ, or loved TLJ hated TFA. Not everyone thinks RJ or JJ are hacks and “ruined their childhood.” Not everyone was expecting a sequel trilogy to a 40year old franchise to somehow magically recapture the feelings they had when they first saw the movie as a kid. Some people just aren’t as bitter, jaded, and cynical as countless YouTube personalities and armchair film critics. And this goes for both sides of the argument. Not everyone is on an extreme of love or hate. Some of us just want to sit back, Gabe a good time at the theater, then be able to discuss that experience (both positive and negative opinions), without it turning into an embarrassing shitshow. Unfortunately, discourse about the ST has been the latter, which has turned off a lot of the gray area, more objective fans from even bothering to engage in discussion. Obviously, there are still those people around, some even posting in this thread and others, but it’s often drowned out by that vocal minority of extreme lovers and haters of the new movies. I know I personally stopped discussing Star Wars online up until recently, because the discourse has been obnoxious, and not enjoyable in the slightest.
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Thread The Rise of Skywalker (2019) social media impressions
Ironically enough, your post is exactly the first lesson Luke was trying to teach Rey. The Force doesn’t belong to the Jedi. Having a connection to the Force isn’t the sole purview of the Jedi. Even Yoda says this in Empire, and Obi-Wan in A New Hope. The Force resides in all matter, and in between all matter. And some people have an affinity for accessing it compared to others. The Jedi were specifically looking for people that showed a high affinity for connecting with the Force. Han doesn’t connect with the Force not because he can’t, but because he has no interest or desire to try. Luke fails to lift his X-Wing out of the swamp, not because he can’t, but because he doesn’t think he can do it. So no, Han couldn’t have become a Jedi specifically, but he’s still a part of the Force, and possibly had Force potential if he was open enough to tap into it and let it flow through him. Being a Jedi or Sith isn’t the sole purpose of the Force. What Luke was teaching Rey (and the audience, who also share her misunderstanding that only Jedi and Sith can wield the Force), is the Force is more than just the Jedi, Sith, and lifting rocks. Though Rian humorously has her lifting a shit ton of rocks at the end of the film, which I loved. Luke wanted to end the Jedi because people’s insistence that the Jedi way was the only way to resolve conflict or to engage with the Force is flawed. In a way, it parallels modern religious conflict. I was raised Christian, but it’s foolish to think that it is the only path in life, or the only ethic standard by which people should live their lives and find meaning and purpose, and that those that either follow a different faith, or don’t believe in any faith at all are wrong or bad people. Luke come to realize that the people’s adulation of the Jedi and the idea of the Jedi could prove useful in galvanizing them to reach into themselves and find the strength to fight against the totalitarianism of the First Order in their own way. Much like Poe coming to realize that hopping in a ship and blowing things up isn’t the only way to be a “hero,” or to lead and inspire people. You don’t have to be a Jedi to access the Force. The Force is in everything. It belongs to everyone. Much like Star Wars.
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Thread A guide to The Last Jedi, or why the movie is rich in storytelling and set-ups/payoffs of themes (Nerrel video) (open spoilers for everything)
Right? I love that moment in RoTs with the silent Anakin and Padme, with the haunting music. So well executed and beautifully shot. It’s a shame the prequels didn’t have that more evenly spread out across its entirety. I’ll never deny that the prequels had some wonderful ideas, set design, costume design, art direction, and musical score, but the execution fell woefully short of its potential.
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Thread A guide to The Last Jedi, or why the movie is rich in storytelling and set-ups/payoffs of themes (Nerrel video) (open spoilers for everything)
But, that’s kind of the point of Kylo Ren’s character. He’s not meant to be cartoonishly evil or one dimensional. He’s conflicted, but it’s the inverse of Luke’s conflict. Luke was wrestling with the dark side. Ben is wrestling with the light side. Throughout TFA, Ben makes multiple statements about how he feels the pull to the light. In TLJ, it’s less stated, and instead shown, such as his hesitation to kill his mother after Snoke rebuked him for how killing his father didn’t solidify his devotion to the dark side, but instead “split him in two.” In that brief moment, he’s like, “I can kill her. I have her dead to rights. But will it make me stronger in the dark side? Or will it split me in two again?” So he hesitates, then his wingmen take the shot. It’s was one of my favorite moments in the film. Adam Driver is so good at displaying conflict in just facial expressions. Something that was sorely missing from the prequels for the characters that were absolutely built to wrestle with internal turmoil (ie, Anakin). Ben isn’t just pure evil, but part of his arc in the first two films was about setting him on a path of darkness, which he came just one more step closer to by killing Snoke, another barrier to his growth that was just using him for his own ends. By the end of the film, Ben is untethered. He’s acting on his own, for himself, for the first time. No Leia or Han to guide him, no Luke to lecture him, and no Snoke to manipulate him. It’s like that first taste of freedom you get when you move out of your parents home and into your own place. Ben is now unsupervised and able to do as he pleases. I’m interested to see how that plays out in RoS.
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Thread A Critique of Red Letter Media’s Bigoted Content (See Staff Post)
I’ve never liked RLM. They come off as insufferable, thin-skinned neckbeards. I’m also tired of the boring nihilistic cynicism masked as insightful critique of entertainment media, and that’s not exclusive to RLM. It does nothing to add to any genuine discourse, and just waters down and distracts from engaging discussion
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Thread Star Wars: How Luke's final act made the Skywalker Saga's Buddhist themes more explicit
Finn’s ship was already melting before he even got close to the cannon. It wouldn’t have made a dent. His sacrifice would have been for nothing, and Rose was right to stop him (but stupid for ramming her ship into his; like, really? How did that not kill them both? ). And the Jedi Master that’s astral projecting across the galaxy, and has shown a penchant for being able to glimpse into the future couldn’t possibly have sensed that Rey was already on Crait, and would be able to remove the blockage that had trapped the Resistance through the same Force he was using to buy them all time? Simplest explanation is that Luke knew Rey was on her way to help the trapped Resistance, and was simply trying to buy them time, like Poe said. was his plan. Igniting hope in the Resistance throughout the galaxy was an added benefit of his actions. Not to mention Luke appearing in the base gave Poe the notion that there must be a other way in/out of the base. No, he didn’t expect the way to be blocked by rubble, but good thing Rey was already there in the Falcon actively searching for a way to help them escape. Like Obi-Wan says, “In my experience, there’s no such thing as luck.” In a world with space magic, I don’t view such happenstance as coincidence or plot contrivances. There are definitely things to criticize TLJ for, but Luke’s actions on Crait aren’t one of them.
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Thread What is the worst part of The Phantom Menace?
For me, Jar Jar and the pacing. The concept and core of the story is sound. The movie is just very boring to watch. It starts off fine, and ends fine, but the middle portion drags, and I feel like so much could have been condensed and made tighter. Rewrite Jar Jar’s character, and truncate all of the Gungan and Tatooine/Anakin stuff, and it could be a solid movie. The script itself is just poorly written, so that’s a large part of it. Lucas should have stayed story consultant, and let someone else write the screenplay. Another director may have been better, but it’s not like he’s a horrible director. He’s definitely a better idea man. Oh, I imagine not making Analin a kid would have done wonders too. A teen would have worked so much better. Like 15 or 16.
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Thread What is the worst part of The Phantom Menace?
Yup, it’s definitely The Last Jedi fans that keep this shit going in every Star Wars related thread... Unless it was sarcasm. Oh, I’d also get rid of the obnoxious racist caricatures. I couldn’t cringe hard enough when watching it in the theater for the first time.
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Thread Star Wars: How Luke's final act made the Skywalker Saga's Buddhist themes more explicit
I thought it was a beautiful send off for the character. I loved his arc in The Last Jedi, and really enjoyed seeing him regain his faith and confidence and school Ben one last time. It seems a lot of fans were expecting some Starkiller level shit, which would have been ridiculous in my opinion. His portrayal at the the end of TLJ was so perfectly zen and embodying of the Jedi ethos that I can’t imagine his confrontation with Ben being handled in a way that wasn’t a disservice to his character. Luke was always going to be a “problem” with this new trilogy. The sequel trilogy isn’t about Luke, Han, or Leia, and never was going to be. Maybe if Lucas had done the trilogy in the mid to late 80’s, but even Lucas’ original concept for the sequel trilogy was to be a passing of the torch and have Luke be a secluded hermit after his Jedi Order was wiped out by one of his pupils. You bring him back too soon in The Force Awakens, and he takes over the story. It’s no longer about Rey, Finn, and Poe. Especially if he shows up swinging a lightsaber and force pulling Star Destroyers out of the sky like so many people wanted/expected. Bringing him into TFA after our new protagonists have found their footing and established themselves as heroes in the first film is smart storytelling. They didn’t have Luke or Han to swoop in and save the day, and had to succeed by their own merits. Him showing up at the end was the best place to put him and not take away from the journey of who this trilogy is really about. Pushing him to the second film still doesn’t solve the Luke Skywalker problem, though. He’s no longer missing, so he to be in the film, but how do you do it without sidelining and overshadowing the protagonists? How do you address the expectation that when Luke comes back he won’t just solve all of the problems the protagonists face? More smart storytelling by actually addressing that conflict in the film itself. The fans expect Luke to be a magic wand, but the characters in the film also think the same thing. Rey is the audience surrogate in the film. She expects ROTJ Luke. Instead, she gets Hobo Spider-Man. And much like the audience, she is disappointed, because it’s not what she expected. Luke tells her as much on Ach-To. Having a Luke that was “defeated,” not by a powerful Sith Lord, but by his own guilt and disappointment in his failure to reignite the Jedi Order (again, Lucas’ own concept for Luke in his Episode 7), is a smart way to sideline him for a whole film, give him his own meaty character arc to undergo, let the new protagonists once again stand on their own two feet and learn their own lessons, and still manage to have him be heroically triumphant in the finale of the film. All without overshadowing our leads and “stealing” the movie from them. It was honestly a very smart and well executed solution to the Luke Skywalker problem. The fact that Johnson managed to do that and still give him a fantastic sendoff is a testament to his skill as a storyteller and tying themes into narrative and characterization. The Last Jedi is a far from perfect film, but I think his handling of Luke/Rey/Kylo was pretty damn great. I wonder how those that dislike Luke’s portrayal in the film would have handled it without making the movie solely another Luke Skywalker adventure. What would Rey, Finn, and Poe have done in the movie if Luke was there to just kick ass and chew bubblegum, and he’s all out of bubblegum? Balancing characters and plotlines and themes is hard for a writer to do. Rian didn’t succeed completely in TLJ, but he did where it counted, and still at least gave Finn and Poe some character arcs and growth as well, even if it wasn’t as strong as Rey, Luke, and Ben’s arcs.
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Thread A guide to The Last Jedi, or why the movie is rich in storytelling and set-ups/payoffs of themes (Nerrel video) (open spoilers for everything)
Right? It definitely ups the tension. As an audience, we expect the heroes to succeed in whatever daring plan they undertake. It’s like when the bomb always gets defused a second before it hits 0. We’ve come to expect the “huzzah, we did it!” moment. By robbing the audience of that moment, it makes them tense and uncomfortable, and ups the stakes. Like, “fuck, they got caught and didn’t disable the hyperspace tracker! Fuck, the ships are being picked off! Fuck, DJ ratted then out and now the First Order knows their escape plan!” It’s a massive tension builder. If Finn and Rose has managed to find the proper code breaker, disabled the hyperspace tracker, and returned to the Resistance ships, then what? The Resistance hyperjumps and escapes the FO, roll credits I guess. Their failure definitely sets up the final act of the film, and with it some of the best moments the series has produced thus far (Luke appearing and talking to Leia, schooling Kylo, reigniting the rebellion, his heroic sacrifice, Rey saving the survivors and reuniting with Finn, etc). I have my issues with Finn and Rose’s storyline, but then failing in their mission isn’t one of them.
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Thread A guide to The Last Jedi, or why the movie is rich in storytelling and set-ups/payoffs of themes (Nerrel video) (open spoilers for everything)
That was a fun video. I loved the Snoke backstory part the most XD XD. Not sure I agree completely with his take on balancing the Force, but he at least articulates his thoughts on it well and in depth. Discourse around Star Wars has become obnoxiously toxic and unfun. The Last Jedi was a good movie, with some spotty execution in some of the subplots. The core story of the movie (Rey/Luke/Ben) is excellent. Hands down the best portions of the movie. The Poe subplot is also really good, and has some meaty commentary about heroes and heroism, and what that really means. Poe's John Wayne/Clint Eastwood mentality is questioned, and how that mentality can run counter to the greater good/goals of the Resistance. I liked that it took a loved character like Poe, and used his often infallible bravado to not so subtly address sexism in the workplace. The Canto Bight subplot was the weakest of the bunch, but it didn't undermine the core theme of the movie of failure and overcoming it. If Finn and Rose had succeeded, sure, it would have felt good to the audience, and would have been incredibly boring and predictable. Not to mention that it gave us an insight into Rose as a person, and served to open Finn's eyes to the bigger picture, although it still didn't sink in for him until the climax of the film when he foolishly tries to sacrifice himself for no gain to the Resistance. As I've mentioned in numerous discussions about TLJ before, I wish they had integrated Phasma into the Canto Bight subplot, as that really could have added to the tension of that scenario, as well as give Finn and Rose more to bond over (ie, Finn confiding in Rose his fears/anger at Phasma as they duck and dodge her and her squad while trying to find and escape with the codebreaker, and his reluctance to confront her again, making his actual confrontation with her the Supremacy that much more emotionally resonant). Rewatching the film the other week, the Canto Bight sequence is actually really short. It's broken up over the film, but it makes up a really small portion of it. Like, they land, get arrested, meet DJ, escape, and then are on the Supremacy. I also wish they had kept the scene in the elevator where Finn bumps into an old Stormtrooper comrade. It was a nice moment that added a little more backstory to Finn (he was clearly underestimated by his peers, further indication that he was never cut out for that Stormtrooper life). All in all, it's a really solid, thought out film. Johnson had a very clear idea of the story he wanted to tell, and like any filmmaker, his style, strengths and shortcomings are present as well. It's far from a perfect film, but it's good. And no, not everyone has to like it, love it, or hate it, but I've definitely grown tired of the back and forth bickering between the extreme sides of the camp. If you hate it, cool, move on and find something you enjoy. I personally don't waste time discussing the movies/games/tvshows that I don't like, and just let the people that enjoy it have their fun. If you love it, cool, have fun with whatever it is that you're enjoying, and don't waste time trying to convince the other side that they're wrong to dislike it, because it's just not gonna happen. My personal irritation is with the internet's incessant need to perpetually remind everyone how much they loathed or hated some movie/show/game or another, in every thread about that topic. Real world things don't quite apply in my opinion, but when it comes to subjective entertainment, I'm just like, "dude, let it go." Even moreso when their contribution is just "it's dogshit/garbage/dumpsterfire." That's not critical discourse, just low level, no effort, twitter style "hot takes." It serves no purpose other than to goad the side that enjoyed it. I find the "it's amazing/fantastic/goat" level of discourse just as low level/ no effort when it comes to actually building a real discussion around the topic.
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Thread Midichlorians? JJ explains why they're left out of the new trilogy.
Midichlorians are a really dumb idea, and I’m glad it wasn’t used in further Star Wars stories after the PT. the force doesn’t need to be explained scientifically. I’m with J.J. in that what always stuck with me as a kid, was the idea that this force was inside of me, and I’d I tapped into it, I could be as powerful as Yoda and lift X-Wings and shit.
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Thread Ghost of Tsushima - State of Play 2019 Teaser (Full Trailer at The Game Awards)
Seriously. As a fan of Soulsborne games, god damn, not every game needs to play like a Soulsborne! That shit is so tiring to hear every single time a new action/adventure game is released with a focus on melee weapons. Yes, the Soulsborne style of combat is very, very good, but there are so many other combat systems that can be developed, iterated on, and perfected. and "Soulslike combat" is not the only worthwhile avenue to pursue when developing a combat engine. There's this unspoken elitist snobbery that wafts off of Souls fanatics when discussing the games. Usually coming from a place of superiority because they "got gud" at those games, and feels it ups their "real gamer cred." It's obnoxious as fuck. I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm always up for more games in the Soulsborne genre, but I really don't need every game to play like they do, or to play like they do. Sorry for the rant, but I'm just gonna blame this flu I caught from my coworkers, so I'm in a mood today. XD XD As far as Ghost of Tsushima goes? Sucker Punch is one of my favorite developers, and I've yet to play a game from them I didn't enjoy. They make fun games, with excellent controls. I have no doubt Ghost will be a joy to play. I'm stoked for it, whether it be PS4, PS5, whatever. I'm so looking forward to seeing more.
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Thread John Boyega expresses disappointment over Finn in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
I love The Last Jedi, but I agree. Johnson did a poor job exploiting Finn's story potential. I actually don't mind the Canto Bight subplot, but in terms of how he could have used it to expand on Finn's growth, it's frustrating. It did do a lot to get into Rose's head and motivations, which I really liked, but it really could have been a great moment to have Finn do more than just quietly react to what Rose was saying. If they had thrown Phasma in the mix as an ever-present pursuer and threat to Finn and Rose's mission, we could have gotten even more out of the Canto Bight subplot. I love Finn, and enjoy seeing Boyega play the character, but Johnson did not know what to do with him, and probably should have gotten some outside perspective on Finn's arc. Maybe even discuss it with John and collaboratively shape the character. With that said, I love the back end of Finn's story in TLJ. Him finally fighting something larger than himself, and not just for Rey. In TFA, he was running away. In the TLJ, he just wanted to protect Rey from returning to danger. By the end of TLJ, he learns to not be so selfish and to embrace the bigger picture. It's Johnson got him there that's hollow and full of wasted potential. I'm very interested to see how TROS handles his character. I'm hoping JJ will do more with him. He did a great job with him in TFA, so I'm cautiously optimistic.
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Thread Ghostbusters: Afterlife Trailer (written and directed by Jason Reitman)
God damn, some folks are so frigging cynical and jaded. Just impossible to please. If they play up nostalgia, it’s a cheap attempt at pulling at your fond memories of the original. If it distances itself, tweaks the tone, and tries to present the series from a different perspective, then it “doesn’t feel like >insert franchise here
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Thread Four new Ghostbusters: Afterlife stills revealed, trailer Monday
Ditto. It was embarrassing. As a Ghostbusters fan and a Star Wars fan, I have to say I’ve been completely disgusted by the overt toxicity, misogyny, and racism I see from some members of the fanbase. It’s definitely soured me some on the IPs as a whole. I really enjoyed GB 2016, primarily the chemistry of the cast, and the fact that I’ll watch anything Kate McKinnon is in because she’s amazing. The movie wasn’t fantastic, but I thought it was funny and entertaining. It was different from the OG films, but I don’t hold the originals to some untouchable standard that will be impossible to reproduce. I fondly remember the hype and excitement for the release of GB2 when I was 9-10 years old, and it’s simply not possible for that magic feeling of seeing those films for the first time, so I don’t ever expect these sequels/reboots to iconic franchises to “make me feel like a kid again.” It really is an impossible standard to meet. GB2016 was flawed and fun. I personally know more people from my friend circle and coworkers that really liked it over hating it to the level that I was seeing online.
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Thread Breathtaking shots in games where you're overlooking something massive
Not your fault. Of all of the screenshots of Death Stranding they could have posted, they had to post one with a pretty cool easter egg that I personally would have loved to have been surprised by in the game (I haven't picked it up yet; budget reasons, but was planning to next week on payday!). I'm generally not overly sensitive to spoilers, but I admit that it's nice to go into something blind, and I was doing pretty good at avoiding anything DS related since it's initial announcement trailer. As a huge Horizon Zero Dawn fan, I would have lost my shit seeing that pop up in DS. It's not a big deal, just a little disappointing that I missed out on a fun surprise. Same thing happened with the Mandelorian (another show I purposely tried to go in blind on) thanks to people posting gifs and memes the day after the episode aired, and I hadn't gotten a chance to watch the episode day one. lol. It didn't come close to ruining anything for me, but I imagine people being able to experience those types of moments fresh and unexpected were like, "Holy shit, that's great!" But yeah, I played about two hours of DS at my friend's house last week, and it's vistas are gorgeous. I'd put DS, Horizon Zero Dawn, RDR2, Days Gone, and AC: Odyssey on my list of games with breathtaking vistas. Horizon:
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Thread What was your first PlayStation console?
The original PlayStation. But I didn't get it until I was 18, in 1997. I was poor when it released, so I only got to play it at friends or family's homes, or when my brother-in-law would rent one. When I got my first job at 18, I bought my own PlayStation with my very first paycheck. No regrets. XD I remember staying up all night playing the original GTA, and then shortly after Silent Hill, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and Final Fantasy VII released. I was in heaven. Some of my fondest gaming memories since the NES days.
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Thread Is Kojima the M. Night Shyamalan of the gaming industry?
I'm legitimately curious about when it became the in thing to hate on Kojima? Like, when did that start, exactly? He's consistently made some incredible games, and while I've only played a few hours of Death Stranding, it's clear that he's created something different. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's an intriguing game and concept. He's a talented game designer, with a penchant for infusing his work with his eccentric world view. I don't understand the need to hate on him at the level I see in every thread about him. If you don't enjoy his work, just don't engage with it. I can't stand Michael Bay or Zack Snyder, so I don't waste my time consuming their content, and I certainly don't go out of my way to shit on them in every thread related to them. I guess I just feel like my energy could be spent towards discussing things that don't make my blood pressure rise or put me in a foul mood.
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Thread It blows my mind just how successful america was convincing everyone that welfare queens/ abusing welfare is so easy.
Ditto. And back then, it wasn’t a cute little discreet EBT card. It was that big ass booklet that looked like Monopoly money. I was always so embarrassed when we had to use it at the grocery store. I used to think the looks we got from people were in my head, but they were not. Not to mention the teasing at school when your well off classmates found out you were on food stamps. Me and my ex had to rely on food stamps and government assistance for a really rough period in our marriage, but it would usually only cover us for three months, and it still wasn’t enough because our monthly bills/needs were still higher than what I was bringing in, and she didn’t have a job, and I was stuck in the QA tester cycle of irking for a few months, then being unemployed for months, then working for a few months, rinse and repeat. It was pretty impossible to pull ourselves out of the hole. On topic, this country is easy to sell on any concept that paints black and brown people as less than.
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Thread Doc Brown wanting to see the birth of Jesus Dec 25th 0000
Is this another example of someone trying to “beat” a movie, instead of just enjoying that bit as a humorous gag playing off of the audience’s knowledge of December 25th being a significant date the vast majority of the US at the time could understand, and thus laugh at the reference? I never got any indication that Doc Brown was religious. He’s undoubtedly a man of science. Back to the Future is just a comedy, man (albeit, one of my all time favorite film trilogies). It was just a joke Doc was making to the benefit of the audience. I can’t think of two other dates that mainstream audiences would instantly recognize and find humorous for that gag.
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Thread Do you prefer the mystic or sci-fi side of Star Wars?
Why not both? Space is cool. Wizards are cool. Space Wizards are therefore cool. I probably lean more towards the mystic side of Star Wars, but I enjoy the mix of the two. I feel like that’s what make it Star Wars. That combination.
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Thread Setting the record straight: The message of The Last Jedi was *NOT* "Let the past die".
I mean, “TLK,” “TL”? It’s just one letter off in the alphabet! Of that hack Johnson just ripped off The Lion King. Fricking shameless. I’m absolutely disgusted. I bet Rise of Skywalker is going to be a rip off of The Hunchback of Notredame. Abrams is just as bad of a hack as Johnson! Forking hacks, the lot of them. Hack.
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Thread Every Jedi who survived Order 66, except Yoda, vs Sheev and Vader
I think the idea of Jedi surviving is fine. I’d also chock it up to the surviving Jedi being shook as fuck. I mean, The Jedi Council is dead. Mace Windu, one of the most senior members of the Jedi Council? Dead. Yoda, the oldest and wisest of the Jedi Council? Beaten by Palpatine and vanished without a trace. Obi-Wan Kenobi? Last seen confronting Palpatine’s apprentice on Mustafar, presumed dead, since Palpatine is still alive, and he has this towering dude dressed in black armor as his right hand man, wiping out any random Jedi he comes across. I buy that many of the surviving Jedi would view the situation as hopeless, and would keep their Force sensitive status a secret as best they can. With that said, I do think the EU went a little overboard with Order 66 survivors. Force sensitives is a different story, but actual trained Jedi? Maybe tighten the numbers some? Lol
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Thread JJ Abrams: “There was a plan”
wow, thanks so much! I’m glad my process can add a little something to your own! and yeah, it’s very easy to get caught up in the worldbuilding, to the point where the characters can become overshadowed or shown a disservice to it. My goal with world building is to always serve the story that I’m telling at that particular moment. At the very least, I want the rules and history to be developed enough that the story has solid foundations to grow on. It doesn’t need to be a 300 page bible (though that certainly doesn’t hurt ), but something fairly solid. Then I think about how my protagonista and antagonists would exist within that world, and what they think of it, and it spirals outward from there, and then how my plot effects them and so on and so forth. It’s a lot of fun, but also kind of exhausting. My current project is having some growing pains, but I’m finally out of the world building stage, and am working towards fleshing out the cast. I’d love to hear about other creators processes as well! I’m always eager to learn more about how they do what they do. It’s also why I love director/writer commentaries XD
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Thread JJ Abrams: “There was a plan”
Sometimes I feel like the rhetoric surrounding Johnson “throwing out” the plot developments of TFA come more from a disappointment that everyone’s post TFA Head canon was incorrect. Personally, I think TLJ flows and builds off of TFA fairly well. It literally picks up where the last one left off. The fact that the story doesn’t match up with what you think should happen, doesn’t mean the writer/director threw out what came before. “Subvert expectations,” has become the new “uncanny valley,” when it comes to how exaggerated and incorrectly the phrase is used in modern film discourse. As if subverting expectations is inherently a negative. I also think that that criticism is seriously overblown with TLJ. I think it only has three, perhaps four major moments of expectations being subverted: 1, Luke’s reaction to being handed his father’s lightsaber, 2, Poe actually being in the wrong in his assessment of Holdo and her motivations, and 3, Snoke being not only betrayed by Kylo Ren in the second part of the trilogy, but actually by him! Anything else that happens is more of a cascading effect from those major subversions. Ultimately, I feel like the technique was used smartly, and effectively. There’s such an overly cynical view of entertainment these days. A kind of “us against them,” mentality where any element of a piece of entertainment that isn’t to your liking was done intentionally by the creators of said entertainment, or was done for some other cynical purpose like money, spite, incompetence, etc etc. It makes discussing this stuff so much more of a headache than it should be. XD
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Thread JJ Abrams: “There was a plan”
lol! Dodged a bullet! I’m glad you didn’t have that moment spoiled for you, especially by me! XD I think a part of it is that I do a lot of studying when it comes to writing, story structure, character arcs, and some stories adhere to that mold more than others. It’s not like I’m always right when it comes to where I think a character arc is going, and I’ve been surprised plenty. But sometimes it seems fairly straightforward and clear. Usually it doesn’t hamper my enjoyment of a movie/show/book if I happen to figure out where it’s going before it gets there. I mean, as long as the overall package is entertaining I’m good!
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Thread JJ Abrams: “There was a plan”
Yeah, exactly. Kylo’s Journey has been like a dark mirror to Luke’s, so it made sense to me that he would kill Snoke. The part that I was wrong about was a theory I had that Snoke didn’t actually have any Force ability, and was basically Wizard of Ozing Kylo and the First Order. Smoke and mirrors. But Kylo killing him to further his journey to the Dark Side was always my expectation, and that he’d do it in the middle film. It just made sense to me. For all of the complaints about this sequel trilogy being a rehash if the original trilogy, people seem to get very pissed when the obvious Palpatine analogue was done away with. Snoke was always a discount emperor. Just one more element of the ST that reminded people of the OT. Getting rid of him wasn’t as much of a curveball but an inevitability when taking into account that Rey and Kylo are the leads, and their growth has been center stage of both movies so far. Snoke was an obstacle to Kylo’s growth. He had to go. XD
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Thread JJ Abrams: “There was a plan”
The way I view Snoke is that he was a narrative tool to highlight Ben’s further descent into the Dark Side, and was always going to be. After the Force Awakens released, I remember posting on NeoGAF that Ben would kill Snoke in the next episode. That his arc was like the inverse of Luke’s in the OT. Luke struggles against the Dark Side, Ben struggles against the Light Side. Luke refrains from murdering his father for the Emperor, Ben succeeds in murdering his father for Snoke. And since Ben’s arc is one of fully embracing The Dark Side of the Force, his next step will be to murder his master to complete his training. It’s like how Luke became a Jedi over the course of the trilogy, Ben is becoming a Sith of sorts, over the course of this trilogy. Little does Ben know, he is not the hero of this story, Rey is. This wasn’t met with much support back on NeoGAF, and since I don’t go to that place, I can’t dig up my old posts from 2015 (I was Figboy there too), but I admit I felt a little vindicated when Kylo killed Snoke in The Last Jedi. I never thought Snoke was anything more than an obstacle for Ben to overcome on his path to the Dark Side.
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Thread JJ Abrams: “There was a plan”
no problem! I mean, it’s just my process, but I think it works for me. Sometimes I’ll write scenes that stick with me, then later realize that it doesn’t fit with the overall flow of my story/themes, and have to scrap them. XD I think every writer just does what works for them, and has their own ways of tackling a story. I just feel like the “no plan” hot takes show a lot of ignorance of the creative process. Especially when it comes to an IP as massive as Star Wars. At the bare minimum, I have no doubt the broad strokes of the trilogy were planned. Ie, “Where do we want Rey, Ben, Finn, and Poe to be by the end of the third film?” The “How do they get to that point,” is the part that is being left to the individual filmmakers. Then the realities of film production/management dictate the rest. The unpredictable circumstances. Like the firing/replacement of a director and his creative team, or the death of one of the primary cast members. “The best laid plans,” and all that jazz. I remember this one story I was writing, I had it completely plotted out. Each issue of the comic, I knew where it was going. Then, during scripting, a sequence happens, and it became clear to me while writing that a key character wouldn’t possibly be able to survive this scenario. It just felt more natural in that moment for the character to die. I twisted myself in knots trying to come up with a solution to keep them alive, because I liked the character, but that felt forced and hollow, so they had to go. Lol. Obviously, that changed the plot I had meticulously thought out, so I had to adapt the story to the loss of that character. It ultimately worked in the story’s favor, and I think it ended up better by letting the narrative organically evolve, despite the plot outline. That happens a lot when writing sometimes. You want to go one way, but your characters/story decide to go another. I think it’s fun, and makes the writing process more fun when it takes on a life of its own.
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Thread JJ Abrams: “There was a plan”
lol! Right? The OT was definitely not planned. Thank god Alec Guinness was such a fantastic actor that he played Obi-Wan in such a clever way that revisiting the film after seeing ESB gives off an air of planning and foresight on Lucas’ part. The Leia sister thing is probably the biggest hole punch into the “Lucas had it all planned” theory, because there’s no way in hell they’d have laid on the live triangle between Luke, Leia, and Han so thickly if they did. I wouldn’t be surprised if the crux of the Lucasfilm story group meetings about the ST focused mire on the character arcs than, say, the intergalactic conflict parts. And played out something like this: “Episode VII.We meet Rey, a lonely scavenger on Jakku with a troubled backstory fueling her fear of abandonment and sense of belonging. Unbeknownst to her, she has some latent Force potential that puts her on conflict with Kylo Ren, a powerful Dark Side user with delusions of grandeur, desperate to live up to the legacy of his grandfather, Darth Vader. By the end, Rey embraces her Force potential, and saves the day with the aid of an AWOL Stormtrooper who is wrestling with the realization of working for the baddies. Luke Skywalker is missing, as his presence any earlier in the film would take away from our goal of telling a story with new characters, no matter how compelling they may be. At the very end, Rey finds Luke. Roll credits.” “In Episode VIII, Rey is on a search for guidance from Jedi Master Luke Skywalker. Luke, much like Yoda before him, teaches Rey about the Force, as Kylo REN continues his descent towards the Dark Side under the tutelage of his master, Snoke. By the end of the film, Rey’s heroic resolve is strengthened, while Kylo’s villainous destiny is cemented. Roll credits.” “In Episode IX, Rey and Kylo are heading towards a final confrontation between the light side and the dark. Spoiler alert, the good guys win, because that’s what heroes do.” (I kept this part even simpler, because I haven’t read spoilers, and don’t even want to speculate on them, but it’s kind of a no brainer that the good guys will ultimately triumph). Honestly, you don’t need much more than that to get the backbone of a trilogy. those pieces fit together can be left up to the individual creative teams to do with as they please, but that core is enough. Oh, and my hypothetical story meeting didn’t even go into the discussions around Finn, Poe, Han, Leia, and Luke, who would also have their broad character arcs discussed in some fashion. The point I’m trying to make is that a long form story doesn’t to be meticulously planned, but it’s disingenuous to suggest that there was plan at all.
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Thread JJ Abrams: “There was a plan”
Not surprised by the reactions here, but often, when I’m writing, I’ll have a general idea of where my story is going. Like, I know where I want to go, but I tend to keep the particulars fairly vague, and let the actual minutiae happen as I write. Then in subsequent rewrites I tighten it and tighten it. Writing a story isn’t always like a crime show, where you have a wall of post it notes with string connecting everything together. A lot of the fun of writing is letting the characters and story surprise you. Some unpredictability. I have no doubt that going into this trilogy, the team at Lucasfilm knew where they wanted the characters to end up at the conclusion, but they let the individual film teams handle the point to point of how they get there. Some writers are meticulous, sure, and have insanely detailed plot outlines, covering every single moment of the story. My work flow is usually like this: 1. World building. I’ll spend a ton of time here, setting the groundwork for what the backdrop of my story is. Once I feel like my world has enough meat on its bones, I’ll work on fleshing out my primary cast of characters. 2. Plot outline1. This is really broad. Something like this: A, K, Z. I sketch out a rough outline of my beginning, middle, and end. 3. Plot outline 2. Now that the skeleton of the story is established, I start to flesh it out some more: A, E, H, K, R, U, Z. This would be a more scene to scene outline. Some key moments/sequences that I really want to have in the story. Sometimes I’ll write them in more detail, and they’ll get shuffled around during final plotting. 4. Plot outline 3. Probably my final plot outline, and is even more detailed than the 2nd: A, B, C, E, H, J, K, Q, R, S, U, X, Y, Z. I still don’t have every detail mapped out, but usually by this point I have enough to go on to move to scriptwriting. 5. The actual writing of the script/story. Taking all of my detailed plot and then adding all of the detail that fleshes out a story. Sometimes things I put in my plot outline get completely scrapped because the story/characters take a turn as I’m writing it. I actually enjoy that part XD. Then I rewrite and rewrite and rewrite until the story is in a spot where I’m happy with it and can say it’s complete. Thinking that the Lucasfilm creative team behind the new trilogy was just winging it without at least a broad idea of where they wanted the trilogy to end is just foolish confirmation bias. They left enough room for the filmmakers to tell the story they wanted to tell, but the backbone of the story, that A, K, and Z? No doubt that’s been there since the beginning. The , is the part that the screenwriters and directors had complete freedom to do with as they please. I do think that Carrie Fisher’s unexpected passing messed with their plans, and they were forced to adapt, but I think the trilogy is still ending where they wanted it to end.
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Thread Disney removing Baby Yoda GIFs due to copyright issues
I’d be upset about this, but since I had the baby toda reveal spoiled by friends on Facebook before I got a chance to watch The Mandelorian because they were all posting gifs, the spiteful part of me is kind of like, “Good.” Not everybody can binges things the moment they come out, people. Non-spiteful me, however, thinks this is fucking stupid. It’s gifs! Can they do that with gifs? I can understand removing clips or episodes, but short gifs? That’s lame.
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Thread Setting the record straight: The message of The Last Jedi was *NOT* "Let the past die".
I admit I do find it amusing that people are latching on to the ideology of the of the movie... It’s clear as day that the overall theme of the movie is Failure, and how our characters process and grow from that failure. Each character experiences a series of failures, driven by individual character traits/flaws, but ultimately comes away from that failure having learned something. Except Ben. Ben refuses to learn from the past, and takes L’s continuously because of it. Luke has always been brash, reactive, and headstrong. His pride and hubris caused him to turn his back on everyone, because he bought into his own hype like everyone else. How could he not? He’s only human. He destroyed the Death Star. He redeemed his father and helped defeat the Empire once and for all. He was a Jedi. I have no doubt that he was pretty high on himself after RotJ. Not necessarily an arrogant jerk, but someone who felt he could take on any adversity that came his way. So when his own flesh and blood fell to the Dark Side and destroyed everything he had built thus far (The New Jedi Order), it’s unsurprising that he handled that failure poorly. Shame, guilt, wounded pride. The “mighty” Luke Skywalker failed his sister, his best friend, Ben Kenobi, and Yoda. At least in his mind he did. It wasn’t until Yoda knocked some sense into him that he realized how much of a child he was being. A pouty little brat (kind of like ANH Luke, actually ). He finally stopped focusing on the failure itself, and on what the failure could teach him. Then he gets his shit together and schools his nephew. Who once again refuses to learn anything and fails Luke like Rey said he did. It’s a pretty straight forward movie, and easily digestible. How people keep missing the point of the movie is beyond me. Love it or hate it, it’s not terribly subtle with its messages. Then again, people were also confused by the time travel in Endgame, despite that movie having three separate scenes spelling it out for them, so I’m not gonna say that people are watching movies wrong, but they certainly don’t seem to be paying attention to what the movie is showing them (and in some instances, outright them). But yeah, people seem more concerned about “beating” a movie and repeating oh so snarky YouTube “analyses” than actually engaging in good faith discourse about them (whether they enjoyed the movie or not).
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Thread Setting the record straight: The message of The Last Jedi was *NOT* "Let the past die".
Yeah, exactly. Lol. It’s not our fault that they tuned out of the movie when they realized it wasn’t their cup of tea. Not paying attention to what the movie is showing you isn’t the same as the movie failing to convey its meaning. Some films legitimately fail at that. TLJ isn’t one of those movies. And it’s perfectly fine to dislike the movie. There are certainly aspects of the movie I’m disappointed with, but overall I love it. I think it’s one of the best Star Wars movies since Empire. I think there’s some really wonderful character work going on in the movie, and there is also some weak character work going on in the movie. As a whole, it’s uneven, but also fairly tight in terms of its through line and purpose. The story actually a purpose, which I think sets it apart from other SW movies. It’s a pretty solid middle chapter, and leaving the theater I legitimately had no idea where the story was going, and that’s not a bad thing. Sometimes I think that part of the anger I see at TLJ is because it robbed some folks of their “hurr durr, it’s just the OT redux! hurr durr” talking point that was common place since TFA released. Everyone just how this trilogy was going to play out because “Disney’s Star Wars,” “creatively bankrupt, etc etc”. And TLJ flipped that on its ear. Smug folks on the internet don’t like to be proven wrong. Hell, the original EU was mired in recycled concepts outside of a handful of stories that actually tried to broaden the Star Wars mold. Most of it was derivative trash (how many Imperial super weapons did they have to destroy again?). TLJ was hardly The Empire Strikes Back HD Remaster, and funnily enough, I think that pissed some folk off. It’s easier to hate on the sequel trilogy when you don’t have to go any deeper with actual critiques of the film beyond low hanging fruit like ”retreading the OT.” ”You mean I actually have to exercise my gray matter and engage in a more involved level of critique?! Quick, what does RLM have to say about it, so I can pwn people in my favorite forum!” Like I said, there are genuine discussions to be had about the good and bad of this sequel trilogy, but the discourse around it has been garbage. It’s one of the main reasons I rarely comment on Star Wars threads. I used to love it (I fondly remember getting Into some fun debates on the Star Wars forums back when the prequels were releasing). Now it’s just frustrating.
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Thread Is Assassin's Creed in a feudal Japan setting the most ignored customer desire by a game company?
Setting is one thing. Gameplay/Genre is another. Yes, there are games set in Japan. Yes, there have been games set in feudal Japan, but how many open world, Red Dead/Witcher style games have their been set in feudal Japan? And if there have been some, please, please let me know. I'd love to play them. It's like dismissing an open world game in the cyberpunk genre because there have been a lot of games that have been set in a cyberpunk setting. I have been clamoring for an open world cyberpunk game, and we're finally getting one in Cyberpunk 2077. I'd love to have an open world game set in feudal Japan. Thankfully, Ghost of Tsushima seems to be at least one entry, but it's still not out yet. Bringing up Nioh or Sekiro isn't countering the OP's point. Those games have Japanese settings, yes, but the gameplay is wildly different from something like the Assassin's Creed series. I know I had been waiting for an Assassin's Creed set in Egypt since the very first AC released. Finally getting that in Origins was fantastic. I hope the same will happen with an AC set in ancient Japan, and ancient China. There is always room for more games in a particular setting in a particular genre. To my knowledge, while feudal Japan is a popular setting, its use across genres has been fairly limited.
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Thread Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker TV Spot
But... he's black. That's all we can do in entertainment media: "Woo," "Damn", "Aw, Hell Naw, and "You go, girl/boy." There you go, budding screenwriters of Era, I just created at least a hundred black support characters for your first indie film! I love Finn, and I honestly think he's a solid character, but man, we need more PoC writing screenplays, or at the least having our voices actually heard in the writing room. I sometimes wonder if there's a section in the writer's rulebook with very, very specific guidelines about how to write a black character that is only somehow visible to non-black eyes? Anyway, this TV spot was pretty cool! I'm excited for the movie. It's crazy that it's so close already! I guess because I've dipped out of the vast majority of Star Wars discussion on the internet, since it's mostly insufferable these days, so I'm very, very in the dark.
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Thread "I read the spoilers for Rise of Skywalker and i'll let you know in every single TROS thread by vaguely talking about spoilers"
It's super obnoxious. And people aren't as clever or slick as they think they are. I remember I was talking to a friend of mine about a movie I wanted to see, and he was like, "Look, I don't want to spoil it for you, but just remember the movie Zatoichi, that's all I'm gonna tell you." And I was like, "Dude, come on, man." Some people just can't help themselves. They just have to let others know that they know something they don't. Like they feel so much cooler/better/smarter than the other people that don't have an interest in absorbing every little detail of a popular movie. I'm not even overly sensitive to spoilers most of the time, and some things I like to go in blind about, and some things I don't mind reading more into and digging into spoilers. But that's at least my choice to make. This type of thing isn't even limited to Star Wars, either. I see all of the time on this forum and others. It really shouldn't be that hard to be considerate of others and that maybe they aren't as clueless as your oh so "vague" spoiler comments imply. In short, people are bad at discussing spoilers. There's usually spoiler threads where you can discuss that shit to your hearts content. But then, people in spoiler threads also know the spoilers, so how can you feel like a badass knowing something others don't? (insert eyeroll here)
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Thread You're now a billionaire, now what?
I’d quit EvilCorp, and get to work on establishing my own production company (staffed with more business savvy people than me), making movies, television, video games, etc. then I’d buy a nice little house somewhere (nothing absurd, but ideally with enough rooms to have a game room/theater room, kids rooms, and guest room). I’d travel to the few places I’ve always wanted to visit, but could never afford to because I was dirt poor. Then I’d try and set up foundations that provided adequate service/way of life for homeless people, the mentally ill, and other families that suffer from poverty, systemic racism and oppression. There’s no way I’d be able to spend my billion or so dollars. I don’t care much for lavish spending. I just want to travel, have a roof over my head, and food in my stomach. Maybe some video games and movies and shit. I don’t need a mansion, or overpriced clothes, or a fancy car. The rest of my money is just sitting there, so I’d rather see if I can put it to use helping folk.
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Thread More consistent movie franchise: Rocky or Mission: Impossible?
Hmm, that’s pretty tough. I grew up with the 80’s Rocky movies, so 3 and 4 have a special place in my heart, but I think MI might win for me. I’ve enjoyed every film in the series so far. Even 2, which is so John Woo, and I love it for it. It’s just so damn over the top. I’m also a big Face/Off fan, so I think I just enjoy how much he stretches believability in his movies. Rocky 1-4 are solid entries. I don’t even remember if I ever watched 5, but Rocky Balboa hit me with the feels, and both Creeds are great. It’s lame, but they’re kind of tied in my mind. They both have highs and lows (Rocky hits the lowest low with V), but both franchises are consistently entertaining, I think. This is a good comparison thread. I feel they’re both in the same league as far as long running franchises that manage to have more quality entries than not. Not many series can boast that, and over such a long period of time, as well.
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Thread Let’s settle this: Did you like The Last Jedi? (Poll)
Yes. I liked it a lot. Loved it, actually. I have my issues with some of it, primarily the pacing, and underserving Finn with a compelling, but weakly executed plot that, of tweaked just a little bit more, could have been really good. Overall, it’s a really good movie. Well acted and directed, with generally solid writing (especially with the Luke/Rey scenes, and the Snoke/Kylo scenes). Tightening up Finn’s arc, and tying Phasma into it from the start would have made it even stronger.
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Thread Dolemite Is My Name is certified fresh 98% RT - Eddie Murphy, Wesley Snipes Netflix movie (in theaters and on Netflix now)
Totally forgot about this movie! I’ll definitely add it to my list and hopefully get to it this week! The trailer was great, and the performances look damn good. Eddie and Snipes were always money. It’s just the scripts/projects they found themselves in were lackluster. It was their choice to take them of course (I mean, people need to eat), but it was never an indicator of their acting talent.
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Thread I dont get people not washing their hands after using the bathroom
I wash them every time. Then I’ll use the lotion at my desk to moisten them, because sometimes they get really dry after. There are quite a few people in my office who don’t wash their hands, and it grossed me out every time I see it.
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Thread BREAKING: Roman Polanski accused of raping French actress in 1975
Fucking disgusting sycophants. Clapping like fucking trained seals. Polanski is scum. Period. I don’t care how talented and reknowned you are. The people that downplay this shit and make excuses are getting a big fucking side eye from me also. I hope this guy gets his comeuppance, but at this point, I doubt it.
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Thread Japanese women have taken to social media to demand the right to wear glasses to work
This guy clearly hasn’t experienced the delights of the “naughty librarian”aesthetic... In all seriousness, what the flying fork is this? It’s genuinely absurd. I’m glad that Japanese women aren’t putting up with this shit anymore and fighting it. So god damn stupid. Looking “feminine” is more important than, um, actually being able to at work. The hell...
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Thread Beyond Good and Evil 2: Hype Check?
I mean, it's so far away. I'm definitely excited at its existence, but it's hard for me to get hyped over something so far off. Beyond Good & Evil is one of my favorite games of the PS2 era, and I've been waiting forever for a sequel. It's a shame that it's not going to be a continuation of that story, but I am happy that we're getting another game set in that universe.
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Thread Could people be considerate with spoilers in thread titles ?
It’s not about breaking down what is and isn’t a spoiler, and trying to navigate that minutiae though. You don’t have to handwring trying to figure out what a spoiler is for others. The point is that it’s not hard to come up with a thread title that indicates conversation in the thread is going to contain spoilers. I haven’t created any threads on Era yet, but in the past, before I create threads, I ask myself, “does this thread title need to be specific?” ”Let’s talk about Vader being Luke’s father in The Empire Strikes Back” compared to “SPOILERS: Discussion about the big moment in The Empire Strikes Back.” or “SPOILERS: Foreshadowing in The Usual Suspects (Kizer Soze talk)” Personally, I don’t care if it’s a new or old piece of entertainment. I don’t live in a bubble, and there are a lot of people that haven’t been exposed to every piece of entertainment out there. It’s not some big mental contortion I have to do to keep spoilers out of a thread title. All a thread title needs is the subject and purpose. Any extraneous details can be saved for the actual OP in the thread itself.
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Thread THE RISE OF SKYWALKER: Carrie Fisher's brother reveals details on Leia's original role
That would have been wonderful. Leía was always my favorite as a kid, and I’d have loved to have seen her get more Jedi time. I loved the bit we got in The Last Jedi, though. Cant wait to see how they wrap up her arc in Rise.
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Thread Think back... You're a kid, it's Saturday Morning cartoons and you've got a bowl of cereal. What are you watching/eating?
I was flipping between the various channels, but my Saturday morning watching usually consisted of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Gummi Bears A Pup Named Scooby Doo Flintstone Kids He-Man GI Joe Thundercats Voltron Comic Strip X-Men (when it was on weekends) Garfield and Friends The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh The Littles The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show (and the other Looney Tunes varient shows they’d air on Saturday mornings) Muppet Babies Duck Tales The Super Mario Bros. Super Show Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles And a ton of others I can’t think of at the moment. I grew up in the 80’s, so I pretty much watched every cartoon that was on tv that Saturday. There was no shortage of cartoons to watch, just limited time, and lots of channels to flip back and forth between. I was usually eating cereal of some kind, like Fruity Pebbles, Cap’N Crunch, Frosted Flakes, Fruit Loops, ir their discount store version since we were poor. Or Pop Tarts. Then I’d cap it off with WWF Wrestling around noon, and go outside to play with my friends. Saturday Morning cartoons were great. Such nostalgia... This video brings me back. I watched most of these:
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Thread Hey Era, how does one flirt?
You ever hear of the shoulder touch? I’m not sure I know how to flirt myself, but I think it comes naturally when two people are vibing. I feel like, with me, it’s just a matter of feeling confident in myself, my sense of humor, or any other charming quality I hope I exude when I’m interacting with a woman I’m attracted to. Generally there’s a lot of laughing, teasing, light touching (shoulder, arm, hand, back, maybe the thigh if the vibe is really strong). It’s very dependent on the person. Everyone is different, and responds to different types of flirting. I’m incredibly shy, but I’m also a silly goofball that enjoys making people laugh. Having recently gotten out of a 14 year relationship, I’m feeling more than a little rusty when it comes to flirting, so maybe I’m not the best person to give advice...
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Thread Could people be considerate with spoilers in thread titles ?
It doesn’t seem unreasonable to request that people refrain from putting spoiler details in thread titles. Like, it really isn’t that hard to title your thread something like, “X movie/tvshow/video game discussion (Spoilers).” I’m not overly sensitive to spoilers, but sometimes I like to not know too much about a piece of entertainment I’m interested in, so I actively try to avoid spoilers. It’s easy to avoid a thread that is labeled as a Spoiler thread. It’s impossible to avoid a spoiler heavy thread title. It’s not about walking on eggshells or tiptoeing around the spoilerphobes. Honestly, the way some people are dismissing the simple request from those that aren’t keen on spoilers comes off as super assholish. It doesn’t hurt anybody to exercise a little bit of consideration for your fellow Era-members. The contents of your fist post can be full of all of the spoilers your heart can handle, but the thread title itself should be a little more considerate. And this coming from someone who actively sought out spoilers for GoT, Harry Potter (books), and Star Wars. I’d never want to intentionally ruin another person’s enjoyment of something we’re all passionate about. Not everyone is able to watch/play every movie/show/game that releases when it releases. I know I don’t have nearly enough time in my life to be on top of the flood of content released on a regular basis. There’s a lot of selfishness I’m seeing in this thread. And an amazing lack of empathy. How such a simple request can be met with such hostility and aggression is pretty crazy to me.
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Thread Would You Work At A Job Affiliated With the Porn Industry?
I already did. I used to review porn movies for a pretty huge adult industry news site. A job is a job, and I got to hang out with porn stars, who, GASP, are people like anyone else. Unless it’s a shitty company that treats its employees like garbage, I don’t get the handwringing over working in the adult industry. The demonization of sex and people that work in the adult industry is ridiculous. Oh, I remember I kept it from my mom for a few weeks, but eventually realized there was nothing to be ashamed of, and told her what I’d did for a job. It was pretty hilarious, actually.
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Thread Person stabbed to death over Popeye's chicken sandwich in Maryland
Over a chicken sandwich. God damn this country has problems. So many problems. Someone was stabbed to death over a chicken sandwich. What the fuck, man.
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Thread How involved are you with extra-curricular activities at your work/office?
Yeah, though not all of them. We do have regular company events like parties and summer/Halloween events, and happy hour every Friday evening. I go to the ones that interest me/seem fun. I work with a lot of awesome people I genuinely love being around, which makes it really easy to be down for after work activities!
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Thread After Endgame, can we finally admit that the Avengers theme will stand next to the greats?
I think it will eventually. It’s a catchy theme, in particular with Infinity War and Endgame making it much more bombastic and orchestral. I think the earlier arrangements of the theme were “soft” if that makes any sense? I think around the time of the first Infinity War trailer is when the theme really started to resonate. I know it’s definitely memorable and iconic to me on a personal level. Even though most people can only remember the main part of it, it’s still a damn good theme. To be fair, most people can only remember the main parts of most iconic themes like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Superman, and Batman.
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Thread NA/SA PS+ Double Discount Sale begins 11/1, ends 11/22
I bought it a while back when it was somewhere in the $10 range, and I really enjoyed it. It harkens back to old school adventure games, and the premise is interesting. The gameplay is enjoyable, if fairly simple. The mystery intrigued me, so I could overlook the fact that it didn’t have the best visuals. Solid atmosphere, and playing as a ghost and being able to go through walls and explore fairly freely was nice. For $2, it’s totally worth it.
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Thread John Witherspoon Dies: Comedian & ‘Friday’/Boondocks Actor, Star Was 77
RIP He was hilarious, and I loved him in Friday. Kind of want to rewatch it for the millionth time now!
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Thread Is there anyone who thinks that Silent Hill 1 is better than 2 or 3?
Hmm that’s tough. Silent Hill 1 was the first one I played of course, and I remember being absolutely horrified the entire experience. But when SH 2 released, it blew me away with its presentation and atmosphere compared to the original. I think if SH1 has the benefit of the visual upgrade 2 experienced, I may think it’s better. I’m torn, personally. I think both are fantastic. I think 3 is as well, but 1 and 2 tapped into my fear in a way that 3 didn’t (although 3 scared the shit out of me too). There are aspects of 1 I like more than 2, in particular the opening, but I think the narrative in 2 keeps it as my fave SH. I could take 1 or 3 in the number two spot, because I love them both and can’t decide between the two runner ups. I’d have loved to have seen a proper remaster/remake of the entire trilogy, but we know that’s never gonna happen.
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Thread Prediction: I think Persona 6 will move away from a Turn Based Combat System to a Real Time Combat System.
I certainly hope not. I love the turned based systems in Persona, and it’s a large reason why I enjoy playing the series beyond the social links being a lot of fun. while I wouldn’t throw a tantrum if it moved away from a turned based system, I feel like doing so would be removing a part of what makes the Persona series the Persona series. P5 definitely polished the battle system and made it more sleek and intuitive, but I don’t need it to be “innovative,” just fun. Not everything needs to break the mold and revolutionize the industry/genre. Sometimes if it ain’t broke, you truly don’t need to fix it. Just refine it and make it more efficient. Save the experimentation for spin off games.
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Thread PlayStation-only players, have you had trouble getting into The Outer Worlds because of the potential sequel's Xbox-exclusivity?
Heck yeah! I go where the games go! Well, more like where the developer's go. If I have the budget to get all available platforms, I'll certainly do it. If I don't, then I'll go for the platforms that have the most games I want to play on them. Between PlayStation, Switch, and my gaming PC before it died, I was covered. I'll eventually rebuild my gaming PC, but I've been in no hurry these days.
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Thread Return of the Jedi is the middlest Star Wars movie.
I love RotJ. It’s always a fun rewatch. It’s also funny that by the time the Jabba’s Palace scene is over, you’re pretty much halfway done with the movie lol. The middle is definitely where it flounders, but the final act is fantastic. It’s up there with my favorite Star Wars movies. The ones I can rewatch over and over again. Those are Empire, TFA, TLJ, and Rogue One. Maybe RoTs if I want to laugh at some of the more quotable lines (not a fan of the prequels, but it legit has some great quotable lines).
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Thread Nolan North (Nathan Drake) and Bruce Straley (director of Uncharted 2 & 4) express interest in Uncharted 5
I love Nolan, and his portrayal of Drake, but I feel like 4 was such a beautifully executed wrap up of his story that I don't want another Uncharted with him as the lead. Personally, I'd love to see the series continue with Chloe and Nadine as the protagonists. I think there's enough content between the two characters and their history to span a new trilogy of games set in that world.
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Thread PlayStation-only players, have you had trouble getting into The Outer Worlds because of the potential sequel's Xbox-exclusivity?
Nah! I bought it on PS4, and I figured if I love it and want a sequel, I'll get it on whatever platform it's available on, whether that be Xbox or PC.
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Thread Was it wrong for me to take a picture with my friends girlfriend?
You didn’t do anything wrong. Taking a picture with a friends girlfriend isn’t a big deal. Your friend sounds painfully insecure if he’s upset at you over this. Stop feeling bad over nothing. This drama isn’t worth your time, and is between them. I don’t know your friend, obviously, but he sounds like a dick. He needs to grow up and work on his insecurities.
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Thread losing weight after 35 is hard
It’s definitely hard, but not impossible. I just turned 40 this summer, but I weighed 180lbs last year. I’m down to 134lbs now. I’m a short guy, so I should not have been that heavy, but I didn’t really notice how much weight I had gained until I had compared an older picture with a more recent one later in the year after I had started Most of it was a change in diet. I cut back significantly on fried foods and sugar, cut out fast food completely, watched the portions I was consuming, would do some light cardio and weights roughly 4-5 times a week, and just overall tried to stay active. The biggest contributor was my change in diet. I was eating incredibly unhealthily last year, and once that changed, the weight loss followed, then I supplemented the diet change with some exercise regularly. If you were interested in a comparison, here's a before and after of me. The first pic was around February 2018, the second was about April 2019, and the third is the most recent weight loss update I've done, so September 2019: Just try not to get discouraged and disheartened. If this 40 year old can do it, I'm 100% sure you can too!
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Thread Jason Schreier/Kotaku: The Last of Us Part II Delayed to Spring (May 29th 2020)
Shrug. It’s not a big deal. Game development is always fluid, and release dates are tricky. A lot of the time, unforeseen things crop up towards the end, and if you’re not confident you can polish things by the expected release date, then things get delayed. At least they realized this four months from release, and not a month before, when discs are already getting sent out for manufacture. Also reduces the chances that it’ll have to have a massive day 1 patch on launch day. Doesn’t mean it won’t have a day 1 patch, just that it might not be a gigantic one. I’m also all for devs not killing themselves with obscene hours to force a game to release on a tight launch date. Work/Life balance is vital, and we’re only human. I can wait a few more months for a highly anticipated game to release. The team’s family and loved ones straining their relationships just so I can get mah vidya game asap isn’t worth it to me. Like I view all delays: eventually the game will be in my hands. I have plenty enough to keep me busy until then. The entitlement that fears its ugly head when this happens is so ridiculous to me.
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Thread Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker | Final Trailer (No Spoiler/Leak discussion!)
While I think Palpatine coming back is kind of goofy, I also am into the idea that Palpatine is like this Albatross around the Skywalker family's neck. This thorn in their side that they just can't seem to shake. If we're going to call the 9 mainline movies in the Star Wars Saga the Skywalker Saga, I think it's more than fine to bring Palpatine back to close out the saga properly, since he's played such an integral role in the series if we're going from Episode I - IX. I'm not a big fan of the prequels. I think they're awful movies (with some really good moments peppered throughout bogged down by Lucas' piss poor direction/writing/pacing), but the concept of them is strong, and Ian McDiarmid is the best thing about them (and MacGregor's Obi-Wan, so I guess if you're last name has a Mac or Mc in it, you're golden for Star Wars performances), so I'm actually looking forward to seeing him ham it up in this one. His trolling of Luke in Return of the Jedi still gets me pissed off, even though I he's going to get his clock punched, it never fails to make me want to stab him in the face with a lightsaber. Andy Serkis did a great job in TLJ channeling that over-confident villain so assured of his superiority, but it still didn't quite reach the level of RoTJ Palpatine.
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Thread Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker | Final Trailer (No Spoiler/Leak discussion!)
I mean, while I love Finn, and of course I want him in the movies more than he has been, but I'm always befuddled by the people that say he has no arc across the two released movies. I think his arc is pretty clear. I have issues with how it was executed, but it's disingenuous to say he doesn't have an arc at all. In TFA, his arc was Stormtrooper that defects because of his conscious, with his primary motivation being to flee. He was only looking after himself. Even him rescuing Poe wasn't because Poe was a cool dude, but because he needed a pilot, and, well, if I needed a pilot, and one of our prisoner's just so happened to be the Resistance's pilot... Then he and Poe become fast friends, he meets Rey, who treats him like a human being when all he's known were authority figures like Phasma, and he imprints on Rey. He still wants to run, but now he has a friend that he cares for, so he wants to take her with him, away from the First Order. Rey is Rey, and she's not gonna run away, and Finn slowly starts to find the strength to no longer run away from the First Order, but instead confront them. That's his arc in TFA In The Last Jedi, Finn doesn't consider himself part of the Resistance. Yes, he played a role in the destruction of Starkiller Base, but he's humble enough to not see himself as a hero. And even then, he still only cares about his friends, Rey and Poe. The only reason he leaves the Resistance is to try and warn Rey about the inevitable doom lumbering towards the Resistance fleet, and doesn't want her to be killed. It's not the same as him fleeing the FO in TFA. He has no problem with confronting the First Order. That part of his arc was resolved in TFA. His concern is that he doesn't want his dear friend to come back to a certain death, so he wants to hatch a plan to save her. By the end of TLJ, he has found a reason to fight that isn't just self preservation. He's not just fighting the First Order for himself or his friends, but for the good of the galaxy as a whole. He finds purpose. Rose's cheesy yet touching line about fighting for "what we love, not fighting against what we hate," spells out Finn's character arc in TLJ with no subtlety or ambiguity. I don't see how it's hard to miss for some people. His arc isn't as grand as "lonely desert youth learns the ways of the Force and helps the rebels destroy a planet decimating machine," but it's about on par with "cocky, self-centered smuggler learns to think of the bigger picture beyond himself and helps destroy a planet decimating machine." I didn't mean to rant this long, but my point is that Finn totally has a character arc! It's roughly handled, but it's definitely there.
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Thread How many times was difficulty in a game the cause of you disliking it or even writting a negative feedback?
Probably Kingdom Come: Deliverance has been the only one in recent memory. The lock-picking in that game is so unnecessarily difficult that I stopped playing the game. Even after they "improved it" it was still just so obnoxious. I was glad I got the game as a gift, or I'd have returned it. I've debated going back to it, but I honestly have very precious few hours to play games, so I try not to waste them on games where I'm not having run.
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Thread George Lucas reacts to the Rise of Skywalker trailer (Deepfake)
I mean, I don't agree with his insults, but I still found the video hilarious. Probably because his Lucas is so spot on, and hearing the father of the Star Wars Saga talk shit about the Star Wars Saga cracks me up for some reason. It also felt like he was taking the piss out of the sequel haters that spout the same tired criticisms over and over again. It's low hanging fruit comedy, but it's low hanging fruit comedy delivered by a deepfaked George Lucas. A part of me thinks that Lucas would find deepfake technology intriguing. Outside of some of it's nefarious uses, I definitely find it fascinating. This is at least an entertaining use of it.
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Thread George Lucas reacts to the Rise of Skywalker trailer (Deepfake)
I love the sequel trilogy so far, but this video had me dying. Such a good Lucas impersonation. Like, he nails not only his voice and laugh, but his mannerisms like the head bob he does are spot on. Now we need a Lucas reacts to Lucas Reacting to The Rise of Skywalker trailer. But with the real George Lucas. XD XD
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Thread ZhugeEX: unexpected news about a Sony first party title soon
I’d imagine it’s Ghost of Tsushima moving on to become a PS5 launch title instead. But is that really unexpected news? It’d be a really nice title to package with the launch of the new system. It could always become cross platform, but I wouldn’t be bummed if it shifted towards a PS5 exclusive.
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Thread Spread awareness of what's happening in Chile. President Piñera says we are at war (against his own people) (Update: 42 deaths, see threadmarks)
This is fucking horrible. Stay safe, everyone.
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Thread Is the Chemical Plant Zone song from Sonic 2 one of the best pieces of music in the history of gaming?
It's definitely high up on the list. It's probably the most memorable stage music to me from Sonic, seconded only by the Green Hill Zone music. Although for GHZ, it's mainly the nostalgic feeling I get whenever I hear it. Really wonderful memories of booting up the Genesis for the first time and popping in Sonic 1 at my friend's house.
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Thread The Order 1886, Forza Horizon 4 and Detroit Become Human honestly look next gen at times
such as? I’m genuinely curious as to what WTF gameplay choices are? Aside from pretty visuals, the weapons and gunplay were fun to use, and combat encounters were tense and hectic. A nice amount of spectacle, as well as a variety of well designed locations (with some being stronger than others). Generally, I only hear QTEs as a knock against the game, and that’s fair, although subjective, but I think it’s a competently designed game with a story that doesn’t live up to its potential. I like to learn as much as I can behind people’s reasons for making statements as broad and generalized as “WTF gameplay choices.” As a game designer, I’m always striving to understand the medium from not just a designers standpoint, but a gamers standpoint as well.
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Thread Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker | Final Trailer (No Spoiler/Leak discussion!)
The best part of this gif is BB-8 rolling into battle. Like, what are you gonna do, little guy? Cute them to death? (I love BB-8) Anyway, beautiful trailer. The musical choice was perfect. At first I was like, "Huh, that's interesting," but it's a bombastic take on a theme we've heard so many times in so many trailers (and the films themselves). I've loved this sequel trilogy so far, and this one looks just as beautifully shot and full of spectacle and emotion as the last two. But like I said in another thread, the discourse around Star Wars has completely turned me off from my desire to discuss the films on the internet. Now I just chat about it with friends and co-workers, and even then, it's not much. It's a bummer, because I used to love talking about the series online. Eventually, arguing the same talking points over and over again became exhausting and simply not fun anymore.
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Thread The Order 1886, Forza Horizon 4 and Detroit Become Human honestly look next gen at times
The Order is a genuinely good game. It also has incredible visuals. The gunplay was actually really enjoyable, and the atmosphere was incredible. The story was standard fair, but really started to open up towards the end, which is unfortunate. They shouldn't have kept so much back for a sequel that wasn't guaranteed. The game ends with at least a few more chapters that could have elevated it. Even so, I loved it. It's not perfect, but it's really good. I feel like as time passes, more people will appreciate the game for what it is, not what they expected it to be. I'm thinking of replaying it again at some point, just to take in the visuals and soak in the atmosphere. I'd have loved a sequel. The story and characters had a ton of potential. It's like Assassin's Creed 1. A solid, if flawed start to something special. But it never got the chance to have it's Assassin's Creed 2 moment.
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Thread The best plot twists
It's so good. I love that game to death, and what was so great about it is that I genuinely didn't see it coming. Like, while playing it, my brain wasn't even thinking about the story as being setup for any kind of twist at all. Such a well executed narrative.
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Thread The best plot twists
:O Seriously. So disappointing. It's generally why I tend to try and avoid the internet when a game with a heavy narrative element comes out. It doesn't always work, and I've been spoiled for what could have been really awesome plot twists because of the internet, but I still try my best. The culture has a way of running this type of shit into the ground, not really considering that everyone is on the same gaming time table as everyone else, and can't always play the games day one, or even month one. I didn't play Bioshock day 1 (didn't have a good enough PC, nor an Xbox, so it took me a few months to finally get to play it, but by then it was too late as far as that particular spoiler goes).
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Thread The best plot twists
A few that popped into my head: KOTOR 1 inFAMOUS 1 Silent Hill 2 Silent Hill: Shattered Memories Second Sight the various endings in Shadow of Destiny MGS1 MGS3 Horizon Zero Dawn Batman: Arkham City I'm sure there are a lot more, but these are the ones that I felt jumped out at me and that I thoroughly enjoyed. I'd have added Bioshock to the list, but thanks to the internet, and their penchant for running things into the ground seconds after it becomes a thing, so the whole (spoiler phrase) ( end spoiler phrase) had me piecing the plot twist together long before I even got there, since so many people were fucking quoting it over and over again. When I finally reached the end, it didn't have that "Oh my fucking god!" impact that it was probably intended to have. So, yeah. Thanks, internet.
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Thread RTTP - Ghostbusters 2 [Spoilers for a 30 year old movie]
I loved Ghostbusters 2, and think it’s pretty underrated. I remember the hype leading up to its release as a kid, and because it had a little more in common with the animated series than the first movie, I, as a 9 year old at the time, loved it. It’s goofy and cheesy, but I still love it now. I thought Murray was hilarious, in that it’s so clear he’s checked out and doesn’t want any part of the movie, but it oddly works for Venkman’s character. The world of the psychic bit at the beginning still cracks me up, especially the little nod at the one psychic accurately predicting the end of the world as being on the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve. XD Also, Peter MacNichol is a national treasure. Every time Janosz is on the screen I crack up. He’s so good in that movie, and pretty much anything else I see him in. Sure, it’s not as adult as the first GB, but it’s still fun, inoffensive entertainment. The courtroom scene is also pretty fantastic, and the subway scene scared the shit out of me as a kid. Viggo is also a really scary antagonist. I have a soft spot in my heart for GB2, and can still rewatch it with zero irony about how entertaining it is. Legit laughs, good atmosphere, a story that doesn’t take itself too seriously and is clearly having fun with the premise and characters. And Winston got a lot more to do compared to the first one (albeit still not much). Although even as a kid I was bummed he didn’t get to help during the courtroom scene, but on the other hand, Winston wasn’t stupid enough to take part in digging a gigantic hole in the middle of the street, so, it checks out.
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Thread Slate has outed Mitt Romney's secret Twitter account, 'Pierre Delecto,' and it sure is something.
Lol! Pierre Delecto is a pretty could name, honestly. Nothing too surprising about this, but it’s still pretty funny.
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Thread Obsidian is skeptical of creating a potential The Outer Worlds 2 as a fully open-world game
Not every game needs to be open world. Nor does semi-open world equate to a lack of scale or immersion. I think GoW pulled it off really well, and I enjoy getting familiar with a location that isn't massive like, say, Witcher 3, but also not as confined as a Deus Ex. From the looks of it, The Outer Worlds is going to be a nice in between size world, but that excites me, because it implies that more time could be put into content/quests/world-building, etc. The Witcher 3 is one of the few games that I felt managed to make its side quests feel fleshed out despite the world map being absolutely huge and overwhelming. I'm pretty sure there are large portions of the Witcher 3 that I haven't even because eventually I just got too exhausted by the size of the world, and began to focus more on the story than exploration/adventuring.
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Thread I feel "It gets better at point X" is not a valid defense.
I disagree. Some games absolutely improve as you progress. It's also not a "defense" of a game. Like movies, books, and even television, some entertainment experiences take their time to set up characters, the world, the plot, but since games are interactive, there are times when setting up gameplay mechanics are necessary. I've definitely played my fair share of games in the past that overwhelm the player with mechanics right out of the gate, and I personally feel like those games burn out fast because they blow their proverbial load so quickly, or the systems are so complex so soon, that it's easy to forget x mechanic or y mechanic. Sometimes it's smart to ease a player into the mechanics, as well as a way to keep gameplay engaging with a "carrot on the stick" style approach. It really depends on the game and what it's trying to convey. The inFAMOUS series did a really good job of meting out mechanics, letting the player have fun with the new powers, then dangling a new power/upgrade in front of them that fostered a "just another 30 minutes, then i'll stop playing" type of result. While I can appreciate a God of War-esque epic start to a game, I'm also not against a slow burn. Sometimes, a game just doesn't click with a player until later on. One approach isn't better or worse than the other, and some games work well with either approach. Day's Gone is a recent example of a game that I feel most definitely gets better as it progresses. Not just the narrative, but the gameplay progression as well. The first two or so hours are purposefully limited in what the player can do, and then it opens up shortly after, and they did a good job of tying weapons/abilities/locations into the narrative, so it made sense why your character isn't a walking arsenal at the start of the game. Pacing is also something to consider when introducing new mechanics to the player. Sure, you can drop in all of the mechanics at once, but like I mentioned before, it can overwhelm the player to the point where they aren't even experiencing a fraction of the content you've produced, because they just stick to the mechanics that help them get from A to B, or give up in frustration when they encounter a scenario later on in the game that requires you to have had knowledge of y mechanic, that you totally told them about at the start of the game. Being able to pace out progression/mechanics, is a solid way to ensure that the player is experiencing multiple things: 1) A smoother escalation of mechanics, especially if your game has a lot of complex systems. Giving them time to absorb and "master" one mechanic before being introduced to another. 2) The player is less inclined to burn out on your game and feel like it's "getting repetitive" because you're introducing newer mechanics/challenges/mission/level design to them at carefully considered intervals. Number 2 is a lot harder to balance, because the threshold for player "boredom/interest" varies from person to person, so you work really hard to strike an acceptable balance. Same games do this well, some games don't. point is that the "it gets better at point 'x'" is totally a valid opinion to express. No different than when talking about a tv show that maybe starts off wonky for the first two or three episodes, but then gets its hooks in you at episode four and beyond.
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Thread LTTP: Bloodstained....people think this game looks ugly? LOL
I like how it looks, and thinks it looks great the vast majority of the time. The only thing that is a little distracting are the backer portraits, and some of the enemies based off of backer pets. Everything else looks damn good. The polish pass they did during the final stretch of development really paid off, I think.
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Thread Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End surpasses 16 million copies sold, The Last of Us moves over 20 million copies on PS3/PS4
True. The "Nathan Drake" theme always gives me goosebumps when I hear it. I've been on board the Uncharted train since Drake's Fortune, singing its praises when so many people were trashing the PS3 year one lineup, and it's been a really awesome thing to see Naughty Dog come into their own and get the accolades they've always deserved. Uncharted 2 really blew the roof off for them and highlighted their talent. But Uncharted 1 was the game that really made me take a long look at ND. I enjoyed the first Jak and Daxter and Crash Bandicoot back in the day, but I never got into the series like I did, say, Ratchet and Clank or Sly Cooper. Drake's Fortune just felt like an interactive Indiana Jones movie, and I fell in love with it. Then UC2 took it up a notch. UC3 was a technical masterpiece, and the story and gameplay were about on par with UC2, but Uncharted 4 was a fantastic sendoff for Drake and company, and Lost Legacy is an excellent place where I feel they can continue the series with a new cast (Chloe and Nadine are awesome characters and I want more games starring them). But yeah, that Uncharted theme. Damn. When it kicks in in Uncharted 4, with the title sequence playing, it gave me the same feels I got playing Metal Gear Solid 4 after being a fan of that series for 10 years since MGS1. It doesn't hurt that the cast of Uncharted is so damn endearing and likable, that I'm as invested in them, as I am the insane setpieces and crazy visuals. I can't wait to see what Naughty Dog does next after TLOU2. TLOU is also a fantastic series, but I'm wondering if it needs a third entry? The world is definitely compelling, but I think the Ellie story should resolve after 2. I hate to see characters I love constantly put through the ringer after a while. Like, give them a break, dammit! Let them be happy for pete's sake!!
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Thread LTTP: Gravity Rush: Remastered | "I'm in no rush to play a Vita port!"
Gravity Rush and Gravity Rush 2 are two of my favorite games of the last console generation. I adored GR1 on Vita, and the PS4 Remaster was excellent and beautiful. Gravity Rush 2 took everything I loved about Gravity Rush 1, and expanded on it, with an even more enjoyable story, and fleshing Kat out as a disgustingly lovable protagonist. It breaks my heart we won't get a third, because I'd have loved to have had a trilogy of games featuring her. The art design, music, gameplay, story, characters, were just so damn endearing. I wish they had sold more, but I'm so glad they exist anyway. At least I got 2 beautiful games I can revisit whenever I want. I grabbed the physical copy from Amazon day 1, and am so glad I did. Ditto for the Vita version. I just knew I'd want to have a physical version of this game for all time. XD
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Thread Most of Lebanon is literally on fire as wildfires are out of control, media keeps silent
This is awful! I have a friend that lives there too!I hope everyone is safe.
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Thread Hillary Clinton Says We Must Be ‘Sensitive’ to Transphobia
Racist/homophobic/sexist/transphobic/etc people have been coddled their entire existence. How about we start throwing some of that hand wringing empathy to the victims of their abuse? In short, shut up, Hillary. I am so sick of this notion that the onus is on the oppressed to educate and sympathize with their oppressors. We always have to contort ourselves to forgive their bullshit, but they would never extend that to us were the balance of power be on the other foot. Just shut the fuck up and stop inserting yourselves into other peoples lives. Someone’s sexual identity isn’t anyone’s business but their own. Let them live their lives in peace, with the same rights and privileges as everyone else. It isn’t a hard concept to grasp.
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Thread Martin Scorsese clarifies his Marvel movies comments: ‘There is only one Spielberg, Lucas
That's unfortunate! But yeah, I definitely think moviepass systems are pretty good at maybe giving people more affordable options to see movies. I'm going to show my age now, but when ticket prices were about $6 per ticket, and $3-4 for popcorn and a drink, I used to see a lot more movies in the theater (not to mention the super slow turnaround for movies going from the theater to VHS release, it made more sense to see them in the theater). Another thing to consider is that a lot of people have families, and it's not like the children's ticket prices are that much better. A family of 4 going to see a movie starts going up in price significantly. In my area, I definitely see families of 4 or more going to see movies, and I'm like, "Damn, how much is this trip costing them?" It's no surprise that often a lot of families will hold out for the 3 months to see it at home, drop $20 for the digital or Blu Ray release, then have the movie available for the kids to watch however much they want.Yeah, exactly. Most of the theaters near me are in the $25 range. When me and my ex wife would go to the movies, it was pushing $50, and at the time, I wasn't making that much money, so even though there were movies we'd have loved to have seen in the theater, we were priced out of them, even some blockbusters we really wanted to see. It was more affordable to just wait for home release.
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Thread EuroCosplay ban League of Legends Cosplayer for blackface
It's pretty simple. I'm a black dude, and a light skinned black dude. I love my Miles Morales Spider-Man costume, but you know what I don't do when I go to a convention wearing my costume with the mask off? Painting my skin darker, or adding a hair piece to look more like the comic/animated version of Miles. I just wear the fucking costume, because that's more than enough to convey the character I'm cosplaying as. If I were to wear a Peter Parker Spidey Suit, or an Ant-Man suit, I wouldn't paint my skin white so I could look more like the comic versions of the characters. Go to just about any non-white cosplayer's page on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, whatever, and you'll see that practically all of them just wear the costume of the character they're cosplaying. And you know what? That doesn't change the fact that people are like, "Oh, that's Phoenix. Oh that's Psylocke. Oh, that's Cyclops." Skin color is not a costume. Unless you're cosplaying Gamora, Drax, or any number of alien characters that don't have a traditional skin tone. When it comes to real world ethnicities in cosplaying, the rule is simple: Just Don't Do It. If you're white, and want to cosplay as Blade or Black Panther, go right ahead. Just don't paint your skin color black. The costume will do more than enough to get across who you are. My skin tone is not a costume you can just wash off. It's insulting to dismiss it as such.
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Thread LTTP: Batman The Animated Series.
It’s my favorite animated series of all time. Beware The Gray Ghost is possibly one of the best episodes of western animation of all time. Or at least deserving of a top 5 spot. Not every episode is a winner, but by and large the first three seasons are top tier. I wasn’t a fan of the change in art style to help integrate it into the DCAU, but even then, there are still great episodes for that season too. The Blu Ray boxed set is fantastic. I’m so glad I had it preordered way back when, and it was so worth it. My friend had never seen it, so I’ve been watching a few episodes with her over the past week, and she’s loving it. It’s a timeless cartoon for sure. The visual aesthetic and the storytelling ensures that it will continue to be enjoyed by viewers of all ages for a long, long time. Glad you’re enjoying it too!
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Thread Martin Scorsese clarifies his Marvel movies comments: ‘There is only one Spielberg, Lucas
I feel like it’s a bigger issue than just theme park movies. a lot of it is that ticket prices are incredibly expensive, with no sliding scale for ticket prices at most theaters, and film goers are completely free to decide what they want to spend their money on. Here in LA, most theaters are charging $25 a ticket. Some films I’d rather see at home. Some films I’d rather see in the theater. for me, I really enjoy the aural and visual fun of a blockbuster in the theater, and I like the crowd excitement and spectacle of the audience as much as the movie itself. I feel that $25 a ticket, plus $7 for popcorn, and $6 for a drink is a lot to spend on smaller films that would probably be more enjoyable to watch at home. I don’t go to the movies much in general, but the cost is the main reason why. So when I do, I want to feel like I’m getting my money’s worth. I really like Scorsese’s movies, but trips to the theater aren’t cheap, so I have to really pick and choose what I drop my $35-40 on. Although, to be completely honest, I’d rather spend that on a video game, so even blockbusters aren’t enough to entice me to the theater.
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Thread Elizabeth Warren has absolutely savage response to question at CNN LGBTQ+ Town Hall
Same. It’s absurd that it’s used as a means to govern a country founded on allowing everyone to pursue their own liberties, and freedom to worship or not worship. It’s obnoxious.
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Thread Endgame is kind of an example of people not actually caring that much about plot holes/contrivances (spoilers)
Sorry if your post has already been addressed, and I’m not trying to come off as too harsh, but your “plot holes” are a genuine case of you not paying attention to the vast majority of things the movie is showing you (and even outright telling you repeatedly. I’ll address the concerns in bold: 1. A rat activates the van letting Ant Man out of the quantum realm... Somehow. 2. Ant Man has not aged at all in these five years despite... This being a huge and major point of Ant Man and the Wasp! You do age in the quantum realm! That was two movies ago! 3. Ant Man not aging in the quantum realm is a plot hole that is not a minor thing but sets the entire movie in motion with him being like "well I didn't age so what if we did time travel?" 4. Tony discovers time travel in like one to two days. 5. Hulk almost discovers time travel in like three days. At this point, the Avengers have infinitely many advantages and the movie has no potential tension so a lot of really ridiculous stuff is introduced to keep the drama up. 6. They don't wait for Captain Marvel. 7. They only have enough Pym Particles to do two time travels each I guess. 8. But then they find a ton of Pym Particles pretty easily so IDK. 9. Nebula, who has grown a lot as a person, seemingly does not tell Hawkeye or Black Widow about the fact that one of them will have to die to get the stone. Why she didn't tell them is completely unclear. 10. Nebula's network fucks up and alerts Alt Thanos to their plans... feels weird she didn't manage to get it patched or updated in five years. Feels weird it works this way... I mean, maybe it could but it's super convenient for the plot. Then there's the big fight scene and after the wizards and Wakanda army and other heroes arrive, the fight is clearly over. The fight is especially over when Captain Marvel shows up. So there needs to be some way for Thanos to possibly win. So a bunch of dumb things happen to make this ending interesting at all because Thanos needs to have a chance and Tony needs to die. 11. They decide they need to return the stones to the past IMMEDIATELY for some reason instead of like... just having Dr. Strange teleport them away to some stupid place Thanos couldn't find for a couple of days. 12. To return the stones to the past immediately, they decide to have like... Spider-Man and other heroes like Spider-Man dodge through Thanos' army to get to the van to return to the past. Instead of like... having Dr. Strange teleport Scarlet Witch carrying the gauntlet. 13. The writers clearly realized how Dr. Strange immediately solves every issue the Avengers have in this fight and have him fight a natural disaster but like... Other wizards are around to do the teleporting. 14. Instead of Captain Marvel just using the gauntlet or maybe just a couple of stones to get a bit more powerful to kill Thanos she doesn't and instead, a human with no powers in Tony has to use the gauntlet and thus obviously dies.
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Thread Freddie Prinze Jr's tears down the arguments from Star Wars "fans" and explains the balance of the Force
Lol! That was great, and spot on. I’ve actually stopped going into Star Wars threads and talking about it, because a very vocal group of fans have managed to suck the fun right out of discussion of the series and characters. Arguing the same points over and over again is exhausting to me, not enjoyable. I absolutely love Star Wars, and have since I first saw the trilogy in the mid 80’s as a kid, but I just can’t discuss it online anymore. The sequel trilogy has been pretty great so far, and I’m excited as fuck for The Rise of Skywalker, but I’m not sure I’ll be joining in on forum discussions much. The discourse around TFA and TLJ has been a huge turnoff for me.
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Thread What is the best Ninja Turtles cartoon?
I grew up with the 80’s turtles, but the 3D Nick one was wonderful. It felt like an updated homage to what I the 80’s show being like. I still adore 80’s turtles, but I think the 2012 one is an easier watch, with better characterization and storylines. I actually still need to finish the final season. I’ve been so busy it’s hard to catch up on all of the things I’m behind on.
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Thread Elizabeth Warren has absolutely savage response to question at CNN LGBTQ+ Town Hall
lol probably. There’s a way to spin almost anything into a negative. plot twist: I’m actually a Christian, and believe that people should be allowed to live their lives in peace, and they sure as fuck don’t need me to try and force my faith down their throats. Modern day Christians are dishearteningly un-Christlike. Although, they’ve been that way for centuries, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, really.
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Thread Elizabeth Warren has absolutely savage response to question at CNN LGBTQ+ Town Hall
That was pretty great. But I certainly didn’t need to be sold on her. She’s had my vote for POTUS for years now. That question was such bait. Hoping toget a damning soundbite and, well, they got one. Just not the one they were expecting XD
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Thread Do people really think the American SNES is ugly?
I loved it. Back when it released, I thought it was the coolest looking thing. The hype for the SNES was so crazy in my school back then. When I finally saw one in person (I was too poor to afford it, so I only got to play it when I'd sleep over at my cousin's house every few months), I was blown away. I still think it's a pretty slick design. The EU SNES kind of looks like an old school tape deck of some kind. I think the US SNES looks like it wouldn't ever be mistaken for one of these: To be fair, I grew up with the US SNES, so it's kind of seared into my brain that that's what that console looks like. I imagine it's the same for those that grew up with the other versions of the system.
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Thread Hidetaka Miyazaki on Bloodborne 2, his favorite From Software game and more. (Gamespot Brazil)
Bloodborne is quite possibly my favorite PS4 game. It and Horizon Zero Dawn are always the first two that pop into my head when I think of my top tier PS4 experiences. In regards to Bloodborne 2, I wouldn’t put it all on Sony. Yes, Sony owns the IP, but From Software is the team, and they seem to have plenty on their plate. I imagine it’s a mix of Sony trying to find the right scheduling for Bloodborne 2 in their slate, and that coinciding with the right scheduling for From Software to actually work on it. Since developers don’t sit around twiddling their thumbs, they’re not doubt working on other games, and can’t just drop it because Sony finally says they’re ready to greenlight the project. With that said, I’d be very surprised if we didn’t get a sequel for PS5 at some point.
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Thread Bluepoint Games' next game is being developed for the PlayStation 5 and is a "big one"
yeah, I definitely agree with that. Although I didn’t think KZ2’s controls felt bad. I really liked how it felt. Killzone 1 would definitely need a straight up remake though. I really enjoy it, but it’s very rough. I think your suggested updates would do the trick. I’m just really disappointed we never got a KZ HD Collection or a Resistance Trilogy HD collection. The funny thing is, I’m not even a huge FPS fan, but I loved those series. Outside of the original Halo, they were the only FPSes I played that I throughly enjoyed. I’m more of an RPG and third person shooter gamer. while were wishing for shit, I’d love to see Folklore remastered, as well as Warhawk and Starhawk. I’m a single player gamer, but I was legit addicted to Warhawk and Resistance 2’s multiplayer.
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Thread Bluepoint Games' next game is being developed for the PlayStation 5 and is a "big one"
I'd love to see the Killzone games revisited. A remake-re-envisioning of Killzone 1, 2, and 3 would be pretty awesome. Of course I'd love a return of Demon's Souls, but I'm not sure that's what they're working on (I'd love it if they were, though). In any case, I'm excited for what they're working on next.
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Thread Silent Hill Nurses- Which disturbed you the most?
I think the Silent Hill 2 nurses. SH is one of my favorite horror game franchises of all time, and the nurses in 1 were definitely terrifying for their time, but I think, with the improved visuals, as well as the narrative theme in 2, the sequel nurses work so much better. They scared the shit out of me when I'd hear them shambling down the hallways, or get a hint of them moving around in the darkness, coupled with the radio static. Horrifying. Then they ruined them with each subsequent SH entry that featured them because the devs completely missed the point of why the nurses looked the way they did in 2, and thought "Hey, let's make them 'sexy' monster nurses cuz that's what they're supposed to be!" It was like cramming Pyramid Head into later games, despite his whole purpose being so closely tied to James' journey through Silent Hill. With all of that said, if we were to get the Silent Hill 1 nurses actually rendered in high fidelity and matching their intended art design, they'd probably take the number 1 spot for me.
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Thread White House tells House Democrats in eight-page letter it will not comply with impeachment inquiry, calling it "illegitimate and unconstitutional"
What the hell have I been reading the past few pages? Jesus Christ people, take a breath. This level of panic and chicken littling, while amusing, is deeply troubling. My head is kind of spinning by some of the conspiracy theories I’m reading from some of you. Amazing.
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Thread Should I feel comfortable that my SO introduces me as her "best friend"?
“Hetero-lifemate” seems like a good one. In all seriousness, “boyfriend/girlfriend” seems fine. I mean, it’s pretty much boyfriend/girlfriend until she becomes your fiancé. I referred to my ex-wife as girlfriend until we got engaged. Well, that or introduce her by her first name only. The fact that we were holding hands, had arms around each other, or pecked each other on the lips was usually enough to convey we were more than friends.
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Thread Concrete Genie Review Thread
I don’t pay attention to reviews, but I’ve had my eye on this game for a long time! I had no idea it was releasing this week, and am so unprepared to buy it. Will have to wait for next week, sadly. At least that will give me more time to chip away at my backlog... it looks like a beautiful game, so I can’t wait to spend a relaxing weekend playing it!
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Thread Inktober 2019 |OT| Ambition hitherto undreamt of
Thank you! I was initially just going to paint over the pencil sketch, but I enjoy inking so much. XD Nothing wrong with taking your time to get the line weights looking right! Since I’ve been digitally inking for so long, it’s a bit easier to play around with the inking brushes and line weights and experiment more without worrying about the permanence of doing it traditionally lol
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Thread Inktober 2019 |OT| Ambition hitherto undreamt of
That's so awesome! Love the colors! I've been trying to improve my digital painting, and part of it has been moving out of my comfort zone and actively trying to curb my negative coloring habits. It's been a fun week so far. I've been learning a lot!
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Thread What lies ahead for Insomniac Games after Spider-Man?
Realistically, they're going to make a sequel to Spider-Man. After that, who knows, but probably a 3rd Spider-Man game. They made the best Spider-Man game of all time, and they are passionate about the character. It was also a critical and commercial success. I'm a diehard Ratchet and Clank and Resistance fan, so I'd love to see more games in those series (or at least an HD Remaster collection of the Future Trilogy, and Resistance Trilogy). I'd also love to see a new IP from Insomniac at some point, but I'm more excited at the prospect of a new Spider-Man from them on the PS5. The first was a fantastic springboard to build that universe off of. Fingers crossed for more R&C, as it's one of my favorite Sony IPs, but I certainly won't complain when the inevitable Spider-Man 2 is announced. EDIT: Also, I completely missed the news that Sony bought Insomniac. Which I always thought was a possibility, but I hadn't been following gaming side much the past few months XD XD.
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Thread Inktober 2019 |OT| Ambition hitherto undreamt of
Inktober Day 6? I missed some days, but this was a commission I did for a friend! Here’s the black and white and colored version! I’d post the grayscale one too, but I don’t want to overload this post anymore than it already is!
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Thread I really fucked up
Seriously. Agree 100%. One of my dear friends is going through something very similar. The vast majority of the men in her life are only interested in fucking her, and she’s now second guessing every platonic friendship she has because of it. It fucks you up when you don’t know if someone is in your life because they genuinely care about you and value you as a person, and not because of your looks or physical attractiveness. That feeling of being objectified is awful. Your friend was under the impression that you were a true friend. You going from 0 to fucking was a slap in the face to her perception of your platonic relationship. No wonder her trust in you was shattered. Also, if you have to ask... You’ll know it and feel it when a friendship is developing beyond platonic. Once that feeling happens, you can tell them how you feel and ask them out on a date. Not ask them for sex. I truly hope you get some counseling and help, because you definitely have some things to work out in regards to the drinking and the obsessive tendencies. Use this as a learning opportunity to better yourself and respect the relationships you have in your life. Stop pitying yourself and do some honest self reflection about the situation. Let her go and move on. This friendship is over.
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Thread James Franco accused of sexual exploitation or abuse by five women
I think it’s fair to lump him and Louie in with the Spacey/Weinstein crowd because it’s still an instance of abuse of power, and manipulating individuals because of the balance of power. If Franco was some schmoe on the street trying to coerce women to take off their clothes and trying to remove their panties, it wouldn’t fly. Instead, he’s a rich, famous, powerful young filmmaker in Hollywood, and he’s using that to prey on those lower than him in the Hollywood hierarchy. The incident with him removing their plastic vagina protectors during a sex scene makes it fair game to me to put him in the creep category with Spacey. That was sexual assault. The genital guards are there to protect actors and actresses during sex scenes, and he removed them without their consent. For me, it’s not about legality or prosecuting them (not that I don’t want them to be prosecuted, but I know how hard it is to get justice for cases where most of it will boil down to “he said/she said,” with little to no evidence to prove the accusers case), but about working to eliminate the culture that allows creeps and serial abusers like Franco, Spacey, Louis, and Weinstein to prosper. Drawing a clear line in the sand that behavior like Louis CK’s, and Franco’s isn’t acceptable period, we’re inching toward an environment that is safer for actors and actresses to perform and do their jobs. It’s a job, not a party. I get that it’s a cool job, but it’s a job nonetheless. Sure, there are various definitions of sexual assault and sexual abuse, and these actors being accused of them are obviously not being accused of 100% the same thing (that’s not how t works), but abuse is abuse, and Franco and Louis are abusers, and sexual abusers at that. One of the really damaging things when it comes to highlighting sexual abuse is that people have too narrow of a definition of what sexual abuse is, and when victims try to define it, they either get told, “well, that’s not that bad,” or “hur dur, so, what, I can’t even wink at a woman anymore?, hur dur!” We need to open our minds up to the notion that sexual abuse and assault isn’t just raping someone or forcing yourself onto someone. It’s a wide range of inappropriate and unsolicited behaviors toward a victim that is clearly not interested in sex or sexual things. If I walked into my job interview last year, and my interviewer was buck fucking naked, I’d say that was sexual abuse in some way. Or if he/she was masturbating when I walked in, or asked if they could masturbate while they interviewed me, that’s assault. If they said I’d have to be willing to work with my shirt off or nude in order to get the job, that’s still abuse. There’s no scale ranging from “not that bad - bad.” It’s all abuse, it’s all bad, and they are all abusers.
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Thread James Franco accused of sexual exploitation or abuse by five women
Thank you all so much for the kind words! It's just frustrating that it takes so much explanation for people to empathize and view these kinds of hard topics from outside of their comfort zone. I don't think I really understood and was able to empathize myself until I'd have these super informative conversations with my wife about her experiences being a woman in America, and me relating my experiences as a black man living in America and finding a lot of common ground between the two, and opening up to understanding the differences and troubles as well. Even now, I still don't "get it, get it," and am trying to improve there, but I "get it," at least in some small measure, and try to empathize from outside my comfort zone as a man.
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Thread James Franco accused of sexual exploitation or abuse by five women
Right? I will never understand it. "That poor dude in a position of power that he used to prey on those underneath him shouldn't be forced out of said position of power that he used to prey on those underneath him! Won't somebody think of this poor rich dude?!" It rings very false. The notion that a predator is somehow being inconvenienced by getting punished for his predatory behavior by losing the job that contributed to his ability to be a predator never ceases to amaze me. Or at least never ceases to illicit a face palm from me.
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Thread James Franco accused of sexual exploitation or abuse by five women
Uh, why would I nag my wife for sex, though? Like, am I owed sex because we're married? If she's not in the mood for sex, we don't have sex. And it goes both ways. If I'm not in the mood for sex, we don't have sex. It's not a complicated set up, man. I'm not clubbing her over the head and dragging her into the bedroom when I'm horny. Also, equating what these dudes are being accused of doing to these victims with a spouse wanting to have sex with their partner is disingenuous. Even if she was in a relationship with Franco or whomever, if he forced her to give him a blowjob, and she went along with it because she was afraid of upsetting him, that's still abuse. People aren't owned by other people, and people can change their minds about sex any time, yes, even in the middle of having sex, and even if the person is in an intimate relationship with the other person.
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Thread James Franco accused of sexual exploitation or abuse by five women
Thank you! I swear I remember hearing shit about Franco from friends that have worked in the industry, but it was so long ago I can’t be sure. I just remember having a reason for disliking him as much as I did back then. I thought he was fun as Harry Osborn, but I never cared too much for him. He triggered my creepdar, and that was before I knew a thing about him.
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Thread James Franco accused of sexual exploitation or abuse by five women
#believewomen shouldn’t have to be explained any more than #blacklivesmatter but here we are. People contort themselves with all sorts of mental gymnastics to whip out some tried and true whataboutism whenever uncomfortable topics like sexual abuse and sexual assault of women, and the perpetual effects of institutional and systemic racism that affects minorities, in particular black people in America. Anything to downplay it and shift blame/onus to the victims. It’s frustrating, because it’s clear to anyone willing to engage in good faith that #believewomen does not mean “women never lie, have never lied, and will never lie, so believe everything that comes out of their mouths and disbelieve the accused regardless of what they say in their defense.” It’s a simple call to take a woman’s accusations of sexual assault seriously, because history has shown us that false sexual assault/rape allegations are 1, very rare, and 2, tend to cause more blowback to the victims coming forward than the accused. Especially in the instances where their abuser is in a position of power over them (this could be a parent, a boss, a politician, and yeah, an actor who’s influence can literally make or break your career), the victims are almost always ostracized and ridiculed and called “liars” or “gold digging whores” just trying to get their 15 minutes of fame and a sweet sweet payday. And we wonder why victims stay quiet for years, even decades, and only come forward when they feel they may be “safe” from their abuser, with the bitter irony being that by waiting so long, the statute of limitations is up, and nothing can be done to the abuser, legally. Even worse is that in the cases of sexual assault and abuse, evidence is almost never present because of the nature of most sexual assaults/sexual abuse. The hostile and toxic environment victims expose themselves to when they finally find the strength to speak out against their abuser is disgusting. And that’s for the victims that come forward. Imagine how many more victims stay quiet because of the reactions of some people in threads like this. Not being believed when you live with the effects of your abuse for the rest of your life, and knowing that coming forward will more than likely make things worse for you, not your abuser, who will probably go unpunished, is indescribably awful, and emotionally scarring. #believewomen isn’t just a catchy hashtag for likes on social media. It’s a tool for victims and those who legitimately support the victims to empower them and embolden them so maybe they won’t feel so isolated and alone, and are able to dig deep and find the strength to say, “this person abused me, and I’m not going to stay silent anymore.” Or at the very least, give them support and strength to go forward with their lives. I can’t say there is a woman in my life that wasn’t sexually abused at some point in their lives, and being there for them (as well as living with my own sexual abuse) is about all we can really do. It’s not always about justice, Internet justice or legal justice. But if we can stop predators like Franco and Spacey and Weinstein from being in those positions of power that allowed them to prey on innocents unchecked for so long, as well as shift the culture that allows these predators to wield so much power? Sign me up to burn it all down. So many stories of abuse float around Hollywood circles, but very few names are spoken aloud. Those days are changing. Good. Out them all. I don’t give a fuck how much you enjoy their movies. If it was your son or daughter, or niece or nephew, or brother or sister being abused by these assholes, would you still be using mental gymnastics to look your loved one in the face and say, “Well, it wasn’t that bad, right? You knew what you signed up for, daughter. Just suck his dick when he wants,” because this dude made a movie you liked? Pathetic. The amount of people willing to turn and look the other way so they can keep watching a tv show is disgusting and disheartening.
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Thread Inktober 2019 |OT| Ambition hitherto undreamt of
I doubt I'll be able to keep up with Inktober this year, but here are my Day 1 and Day 2 entries (and yeah, Day 2 is just Day 1 colored, but it was for a commission for my friend's son, so I couldn't do more!) Teostra from Monster Hunter World:
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Thread Inktober 2019 |OT| Ambition hitherto undreamt of
Inktober Day 3: Full Disclosure, this is a piece I did for Inktober 2017, but I really wanted to color it, so I did that for today. Sorry! I can't remember if I participated in Inktober 2017 on GAF, so I guess it could be considered new for some folks! XD XD I did use the black and white version as my avatar here for a little bit before switching to my current me in my Spidey cosplay one. Ann Takamaki from Persona 5. Man, I want to replay it again so bad, but I have too much other stuff to play!
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Thread Botham Jean's brother embraces Amber Guyger after she was sentenced 10 years for the murder of his brother
This act of forgiveness wasn’t for her. It wasn’t for me, it wasn’t for you. It was for . Speaking as someone who lost a family member to senseless murder, I know how hard it is to let that anger and thirst for revenge go. It’s not easy, and it may never come, but I’ve learned in my life that it doesn’t do me any good to hold that kind of hatred inside of me. if this helps open the path for him to move forward, then good on him. Whatever he feels he needs to do. the 10 year sentence is garbage, and continues to highlight how much a black life is valued in this country, but this moment by Botham Jean’s brother isn’t for anyone but him. I wish him and his family all the healing in the world. Ditto for all of the families whose lives have been torn apart by racism and senseless murder.
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Thread Samurai Jack's ending is still just so baffling (ending spoilers of course)
I loved the season, but definitely felt like the last episode was rushed. I think an additional 2-3 episodes could have given them enough room to keep the ending they have, but flesh it out a bit more. not a fan of Ashi dying at all, though.
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Thread When you watched Return of the Jedi, did you think the Emperor had been defeated at the end?
No body, no death. Those are the rules. Also, Palpatine always struck me as Space Dracula, and we all know how hard fucker is to kill. Just ask the Belmonts.
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Thread Watch: Trial for police officer who fatally shoot man after entering apartment she allegedly believed was her own. (Update: Found Guilty of Murder)
Wow. Legit shocked she was found guilty. I really hope the family can rest a little easier now that justice has been served. Such a heartbreaking, unnecessary tragedy.
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Thread I initially hated the delivery of "Avengers Assemble" in Endgame, but now I realized it was perfect.
I don’t know. Him screaming “ASSEMBLE!” not only would have felt incredibly cheesy, but it wouldn’t have messed with where Cap was at mentally and physically in that moment. I think Evans made the right call. Cap had just gotten beaten down by Thanos after wielding Mjolnir and giving him his best, Thanos’ army was bearing down on him, and he was still gonna put up a fight, despite barely being able to tighten his broken shield around his wrist. He knew he wouldn’t win, but he was sure as hell gonna take out as many of those fuckers as he could before he goes. Then he hears Sam’s voice over the radio, and the portals open, and his allies come to his aid. His “Assemble” was perfectly delivered. The anger and determination in his voice sold it. yelling is dramatic and all flash and no substance, but nothing puckers up your butthole more than when your parents come at you with a calm, measured voice like “you know you done fucked up, right?” Cap was doing that to Thanos. Lol yeah, it’s often drowned out by the crowd reaction, but I still prefer it to a bombastic yell. That gritty determination in his voice really worked for me, personally. Edit: it actually reminds me of Christopher Reece’s, “General, why don’t you step outside,” from Superman 2. Not bombastic and over the top, but you that Supes was about to tear Zod a new one.
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Thread Super Smash Bros Ulimate has 19 white male characters (6 of which are blue eyed / blonde hair), and 0 women of color
While it's not Nintendo's fault, it's definitely indicative of a problem with the industry as a whole over the past 40+ years. It's a shame that it's taken so long for the industry to become more inclusive and improving representation in their games. My hope is that eventually we'll see more iconic video game characters that are diverse. Doesn't mean we can't and shouldn't have white iconic characters, just that it'd be nice to see some diverse characters rise up and become as iconic. I definitely think it's problematic that Smash's roster is so homogenous, but I also understand that it's not solely Nintendo's fault, but it is a bit of a indictment of the industry's history at large when it comes to representation. With that said, Nintendo is honestly the last publisher that pops into mind when I think of inclusivity and diversity. I'm hoping they make better strides in that area going forward. Many of their contemporaries already boast quite the diverse lineup of characters that are, in their own right, becoming fairly well recognized. It's a shame PlayStation All Stars never found its footing. It was a fun game, with fun combat, but lacked 3rd party support and budget to really be as strong as it could have been.
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Thread People of the old place, how much more or less active are you?
I'm much less active. But that's because I have a lot more responsibility at work that doesn't give me as much time as I used to have to browse and contribute to threads here.
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Thread Inktober 2017 |OT| New ERA, same old ink
Final Inktober piece from me this year. I wish I had been able to contribute more this month. Rushed drawing of Omni-Man from one of my favorite comic books: Invincible!Okay, just one more: Cuphead!
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Thread Inktober 2017 |OT| New ERA, same old ink
I wasn't terribly productive this inktober, but here are my submissions for this month, in order of completion (sorry for posting so many pictures): Swaptober Thanos: Ann Takamaki, aka, Panther, from Persona 5: Ryuji Sakamoto, aka, Skull, from Persona 5: Rey and BB-8: Haru Okumura, aka, Noir, from Persona 5: Frog, from Chrono Trigger (one of my favorite games of all time!): 2B from Nier: Automata: Black Panther: Robo, from Chrono Trigger:I haven't been able to draw more this month, but I'm hoping I can finish my intended piece for tonight to end off Inktober!
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Thread My friend needs my help
from my experience, it’s best to make sure that your happiness comes from within, and any happiness you experience from your SO is a supplement/complement to that happiness, not the sole source of that happiness. love yourself first and foremost, because when you do, that happiness radiates out to others and draws them to you. But it also means that if/when that person exits your life for whatever reason, you’re still able to draw on that love and fulfillment you get from yourself to move forward. Source: my fourteen year relationship with my now ex-wife that ended a little over a year ago. it wasn’t easy, but learning to love myself and find my self esteem, confidence, and sense of self worth that wasn’t dependent on another person’s perception of my value really helped the healing process from my divorce.
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Thread Tvtropes and it’s affect on gaming storytelling (TLOU2 trailer spoilers)
I find it interesting that some people think that Naughty Dog would spoil such a significant plot point in a trailer. Misdirection was all over the place, and I also can’t imagine Naughty Dog going down the road of fridging Ellie’s girlfriend to advance her story. Not all trailers are linear experiences highlighting the entire plot of the game in 2 minutes. Personally, I don’t think Dina’s death is what sets Ellie on her path in the game. I mean, of course I could be wrong, but I’ll give the ND writers a little more credit than that considering their stellar work on the last decade + of ND games with pretty excellent narratives that manages to avoid being overly tropey, and definitely do their female characters justice.
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Thread The Thunder in the Rotunda: How Nancy Pelosi rope-a-doped Trump.
This is hilariously stupid. Trump Trumped his way into impeachment. It wasn’t some grand plan by the dems to give him enough rope to hang himself, and why they didn’t do it sooner. “It was all...part of the plan.” Okay, yeah.
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Thread Boys Pin Down Black Classmate, Cut Her Dreadlocks at Virginia School
Fucking disgusting. This type of behavior is learned, not inherent. Their parents should be taken to task for sure, but this is also a moment for the boys to learn about accountability and consequence. The school itself also sounds pretty fucking garbage.
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Thread BBC: Why It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is the best US sitcom
I mean, I can’t really disagree. I’m only five seasons in, but it’s hands down one of the most hilarious sitcoms I’ve ever seen. If it’s not the best, it’s at least worthy of a top 10. Probably top 5.
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Thread White House releases rough transcript of phone call with Ukrainian president Zelensky
Fucking word.
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Thread The Last of Us Part II - Official Trailer (2 discs - releasing February 21, 2020)
I think the trailer is cleverly edited. I'm not convinced Ellie's girlfriend is the one that sets her on her revenge path. I can definitely see the Joel thing happening at the beginning, and he's the one that is killed. I feel like that big of a plot point (the death of her girlfriend being the catalyst for the story) is something that wouldn't be revealed in the trailer. Think about the beginning of the first game. I won't go into specifics, because I'm sure a lot of people still haven't played The Last of Us, but the trailers for the game didn't hint at the beginning with such clarity as what's implied here. Sure, they could play it straight, but I'm not entirely sure it's as linearly spelled out as the trailer indicates. Although, I can't really see them killing Joel off that early either, but who knows at what point in the game that the "main" story kicks off? We could be playing for hours before the inciting incident happens. Spend some time catching up with Ellie and Joel, going on some runs, etc, etc, then BOOM, tragedy strikes and we're off. Game looks phenomenal. TLOU is one of my favorite games of all time, and damn if this trailer doesn't make me want to dive back into the game again, despite my massive backlog screaming "stop playing shit you've already beaten a dozen times and play us instead!!" I want that collector's edition so bad.
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Thread Iga on Bloodstained ROTN's Switch version: "we didn’t expect it to be as bad when it was released"
tales from his butt, clearly. Development is never the same across developers. Things happen during development that are completely unexpected or unforeseen, and in the case of Bloodstained, not only were they developing the game for higher spec platforms, but the original Nintendo platform they were developing for got discontinued mid development and they had to switch platforms (no pun intended). The effect that has on development is significant. It’s not like they could press the “convert this to switch” button and it automagically makes an optimized switch port. Time, budget, and resources are also a significant factor, and publishers are very tight with all three. Even a week delay has to be fought tooth and nail for when making video games, because it has a cascading effect on development and any other plans for the project (like dlc, new features, and general bug fixing). Performance always takes top priority, but when resources are limited, and the publisher is pushing for a certain release date, you try to get as much optimized as possible for that, then scramble to continue support post launch and hope that the fanbase will be understanding and patient as the optimizations and bug fixes roll out as they can. Making games is hard as shit, and it rarely if ever goes smoothly. In the off chances a launch go smoothly, you can bet your ass it’s because the entire team sacrificed a lot of blood, sweat, tears, sleep, family time, and much needed r&r to do it. Even when a launch goes poorly, the same applies. The “lazy devs,” or “incompetent devs” rhetoric is insanely insulting and untrue. These men and women bust their asses to make a game they can be proud of, but the realities of game development, and devs having very little to no control over things like delaying the game when they aren’t also the publisher of said game, means that they can’t always release a super polished, top notch game day one. Especially when a publisher is breathing down your neck. Yeah, it’s super disappointing that the switch version released in the state it’s in. I have no doubt they’ve been heads down working on optimizations, but these things take time. Not all developers have the same resources at their disposal, and it’s such a disservice to the general health of the gaming industry and the people that work in it to think that because dev 1 was able to do xyz in terms of patches and bug fixes and optimizations that dev 2 should be able to do the same. That mentality fosters things such as crunch time and overwhelming working conditions for developers, because they feel if they can’t produce those results within days of launch, they are judged to be incompetent, or shady, or lazy. :/
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Thread No Man's Sky |OT| 2.0 Infinity & Beyond
I jumped into some PSVR on the Pro last night thinking I’d just play it for a minute, and ended up playing for an hour and a half. XD The visual fidelity is definitely improved from before. It’s a lot sharper than before, and the draw distance is better. It’s still blurry at far distances, but less so. My home planet is gorgeous, but it looks the best at night in VR, where I can see the ring around the planet against the sky and it’s a striking visual. The cockpit of my ship is also much better resolution and I can read the display so much better now. In general, performance seems a lot better than I remember VR. I held off jumping back into it until the patch, and I’m glad I did. I’m not sure how to upload discoveries in VR, though! When I try, it asks me to rename the subjects, but I don’t want to. I just want to upload them. I still prefer playing in flat mode, because it looks the best, but the VR is so, so good. I might play some more in VR tonight when I get home from work.
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Thread Cats (and dogs) not walking into bathrooms - is this a thing?
My cat has no problems with going into the bathroom. She has this weird habit of deciding to use the restroom every single time I go in there to use the restroom. And I mean, literally, every time I go to use the restroom, she comes in to use it also. Even if she had already gone just a few minutes before I did, she'll still come in and use it again. It never fails. it's like, "Hey, is it potty time? sure, i went already, but i'll join you!" It's so weird.
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Thread Official Trailer for 'The Night Monkey', from Sony Pictures Entertainment
As heartbroken as I am to see Spidey leave the MCU, that was pretty hilarious.
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Thread Are you more polite online or in person
I’m about the same on both. I do think I’m more entertaining in person though. I play off of others a lot better than online. My online self and offline self are pretty much exactly the same from what I can gather. I’m always polite though
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Thread What's your favorite new Sony IP this decade?
That was really tougher than I anticipated. Blood borne, Horizon, and Gravity Rush are three of my faves, but I’ve only put over 300 hours in one of them, and that was Bloodborne, so it won my internal struggle. Some fantastic new IPs from Sony’s studios/exclusive third party partners this gen. Days Gone is also really good, and I’m enjoying it immensely, but not enough to take the top spot from the other 3 I listed. Horizon is fantastic, and has one of the best stories in a game of its type that I’ve ever played. I need to revisit it once I chip away at more of my backlog
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Thread Is it just me, or is the Nintendo Switch becoming one of the greatest RPG consoles of all time?
It definitely has a really good selection of RPGs, but no, I think PlayStation still holds that title. There are a of RPGs that just aren't on the Switch that are available on PS4. EDIT: Missed the "Of all time" part. That's definitely a "no" then. The PS1, PS2, and even the Vita have way more RPGs than the Switch. SNES, DS, 3DS, and PSP also. Oh, I did want to add that I love that it's getting more western developed RPG support. Being able to take those games on the go is a great bonus. Though I have yet to want to double dip, since most of them I own already, and some I'd rather play on the big screen. Even so, it's pretty awesome to have something like The Witcher 3 portable.
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Thread LTTP: Uncharted Lost Legacy
I’d love for the Uncharted series to move forward with Chloe and Nadine as the protagonists. Maybe being able to switch between the two of them (with a nice fighting system upgrade for Nadine, but trade that off by having Chloe be the better marksman). But maybe reduce the release schedule to one every 3-4 years. I’d prefer quality installments of such a long running series, and we know so little about Nadine and Chloe it’d be great to see more of their story over multiple games. Maybe bring Cutter back too lol Edit: I had no idea people disliked Nadine. She’s awesome, and a great foil to both Drake and Chloe in the two games she was in. I’d love to see more of her. She’s badass and likable, but also a lot more gray area morally than Drake and Chloe are. That’s a fun dynamic to play around with narratively.
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Thread 'Crazy Rich Asians' Co-Writer Exits Sequel Amid Pay Disparity Dispute
Good for her for sticking to her guns. Pay disparity is gross and bullshit. I get paying more for experience, but that gap is insulting. Hilarious that they no doubt thought they’d find a similarly talented Asian writer to replace her, no doubt offering the same 100k pay for it. Lol
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Thread Bad Boys For Life - Official Trailer
That actually looks fun. I loved the first one, the second one felt really forced and too long, but I like Will and Martin’s chemistry. This one looks like it has the vibe of the first as far as the comedy goes. Less bitter bickering like in 2, where it felt less like they were improving off of each other, and instead screenwriters trying to write Will Smith and Martin Lawrence humor. I’m definitely gonna see this one
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Thread Alexis Kennedy accused of predatory behaviour. Described as "open secret" in the industry.
Yup. He’s a shit stain. The way he abused my friend was deplorable. Zak is trash, and I’ve never wanted to punch someone in the face more than him. Maybe Trump. And I’m not a fan of physical violence 99% of the time.
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Thread Aladdin (2019) Review Thread
I’ll repost my Facebook “mini-review” from this morning, since it sums up enough of my thoughts on the film: “Just got back from the Disney employee screening of Aladdin, and, honestly, I loved it. The original animated film is my favorite Disney movie, so I went into this one with genuine reservations. Those reservations were unfounded. It’s a really well done adaptation of the animated film, and Will does a fantastic job as the Genie. Much like Williams before him, he makes the character his own, and he’s no less as charming and endearing as the inimitable Robin Williams. It’s funny, it has heart, it expands on characters (especially Jasmine, who is fleshed out so much more than she was in the original, and the songs are just as catchy and well done as the original film (Friend Like Me and Prince Ali are standouts for me, personally). I definitely recommend it. It surprised me how enjoyable it turned out after all the internet kerfluffle.” I really liked it a lot, and actually wouldn’t mind seeing it again in a theater that wasn’t just coworkers and other Disney/FOX employees. I’m interested to see how the general audience reacts to it. I was very pleased with Will’s Genie. Genuinely funny and charming, as was Aladdin himself. I had never seen him in anything before, so I didn’t know what to expect from him.
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Thread TV personality Jessi Combs killed in Land-Speed Record Crash
How sad. RIP I’m honestly not familiar with her, since I’ve only seen a handful of myth busters episodes, but my heart goes out to her loved ones. 36 is so young.
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Thread The War of the two Aladdin
Genesis for me. I still have my cartridge (and my Genesis!) Loved that game, and at the time, it felt so much like the movie, with it's excellent animations and visuals. The SNES one just kind of looked like every other side scrolling action game at the time. I feel like I should clarify that that doesn't mean the SNES one was a bad game, just that I like the Genesis one much more.
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Thread First Look at Harley Quinn Animated Series
I'm down. I love Harley and Ivy, so I'm always up to seeing more shenanigans with those two. The show looks fun. Probably gratuitous for gratutiouses sake with the R rating, but whatever. I'll give it a shot. The animated stuff from DC is usually pretty damn awesome.
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Thread No Man's Sky |OT| 2.0 Infinity & Beyond
There was no way I was starting from scratch with the update. I have a 40-something slot ship, 200 hours invested in it, and 850 million units in my bank account. So far, I haven’t run into any progression hampering bugs with quests, but I’ve only fully completed the Atlas quest line. I haven’t even touched The Abyss content yet. So much of my time in NMS has always been just exploring and upgrading equipment, soaking in the atmosphere. I love it. Eventually I’ll get around to more quests. I tend to only do a few at a time anyway when I do. Now that it’s the weekend, I can finally sink my teeth into this update!
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Thread No Man's Sky |OT| 2.0 Infinity & Beyond
Yeah, exactly! I work for a pretty substantially sized team, and our game isn't on the same scale as NMS, and it's not procedurally generated, which can no doubt be a pain in the ass to playtest and iron out kinks when so much of it can be unpredictable, and it takes considerable work to isolate and fix issues in a timely matter that won't impact player's game time, but sometimes these fixes take time. Not to mention that some fixes can splinter out and cause other unforeseen issues, which then require time and manpower to address. They've done a fantastic job supporting this game, and getting fixes out as fast as they can. At times, I feel like it has to be stated in every NMS topic that Hello Games is a very, very small studio. They don't have the resources (ie, manpower), of a company like Blizzard, or Ubisoft, or EA. Their tiny team is putting so much blood, sweat, and tears into this game, and it really shows with each update.
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Thread No Man's Sky |OT| 2.0 Infinity & Beyond
I mean, Hello Games is a team of like, 14 people, and the scope and scale of their game is already massive. I'm sure they'll continue to iterate and add improvements to all aspects of NMS, including VR, as they can.
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Thread Why is Thanos so strong? (Infinity War & End Game spoilers)
Thanos is a Titan and half Eternal. They are super strong and resilient. Also, it's a movie, and drama trumps realism. He was as strong and as weak as he needed to be for maximum dramatic potential. Creative writers try their best to balance the drama and realism, but it's not an easy thing to do sometimes. In Infinity War, the Avengers were at their worst. Splintered and unfocused. In Endgame, they were unified and determined. The writers found ways to handicap them so they wouldn't steamroll Thanos. Thor caught him off guard with Stormbreaker, otherwise, I imagine he'd have whooped his ass too. Extra also; power levels are stupid. When handled poorly, it sticks out. When handled properly, most viewers that aren't super pedantic and nitpicky can just run with it because the story being told is entertaining them. "Power levels" is just another tool in the writers toolkit when creating stories. Superhero stories can be annoying to write because of it. I try to at least have my heroes win against powerful foes through means beyond just "I hit harder than you, because of POWER LEVELS!" or finding the power of friendship and going Super Saiyan because I've written myself into a corner with an antagonist that is just too strong. Then the threat has to be even stronger, so they have to power up beyond threat, then the next threat has to be stronger than , etc, etc. It's exhausting.
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Thread Please stop referring to women as "females" (READ OP)
Well yeah, if the people I'm talking to know my wife, I'll just say her name. If they don't, I'll say, "my wife," because they will have no idea who I'm talking about if I just use her name. Sarah could be anybody to people that don't know her, so of course I'll say "my wife," or "my wife, Sarah said XYZ."
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Thread Please stop referring to women as "females" (READ OP)
What else am I supposed to say when describing my wife then? I mean, she's my wife. I'm her husband. I guess I could say, "The woman that I made my marriage vows with," but that seems like a mouthful when, "My wife," suffices.
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Thread Please stop referring to women as "females" (READ OP)
Doesn't sound like an unreasonable request to me. Whenever I hear anyone say "female(s)" it makes me think of Ferengi. You don't want to be compared with a Ferengi. I usually just say "women," or "girls" (when talking about actual girls, not adults). I'll say "female" if I'm talking about animals and stuff.
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Thread No Man's Sky |OT| 2.0 Infinity & Beyond
I kind of hope they release a No Man’s Sky Complete edition that has all of the updates thus far patched in. I bought the original physical release, but I then bought it on sale digitally so I’d always have it installed on my PS4. It’d be awesome to have all of that content on disc without having to worry about not being able to access it when it becomes a legacy title. Of course, by that point we may just have NMS2, so it wouldn’t matter.
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Thread No Man's Sky |OT| 2.0 Infinity & Beyond
I woke up this morning to the update already installed on my PS4Pro, so I fired it up in VR and played for about an hour and a half before I started work. A quick aside is that I had a doctors appointment scheduled for today, long before I even knew this update was coming, so I’m working from home for a few hours, meaning I’ll get to play more. Back to the important stuff: the VR is really awesome. The image quality isn’t as good as, say, Astrobot’s Rescue mission, but it’s not a shit show like Skyrim. Th stylized visuals of No Man’s Sky lends itself to some solid VR. The biggest hurdle for me was coming to grips with the new control scheme. I could have just played it with my dual shock controller, but I wanted to see how it felt with dual moves. Overall, it was good! I had to adjust to not being able to melee boost, and the sprint speed seemed really slow compared to using the DS (I did try it at the end of my session). Flying the ship felt looser, and was the hardest part to figure out, but at the end of my hour I could feel myself getting the hang of it. Flying around was very comfortable, and I know with time I’ll really get the hang of it. The scale is excellent. My ship is a massive towering hunk of metal, and the environments really feel epic in scope. I wish I had more time to explore, but I was watching the clock since I had to start work. One of my biggest concerns about the VR was motion sickness. I generally don’t get motion sick, but there are some games in VR I can’t play longer than a few minutes (like wipEout HD). I didn’t feel even a twinge of motion sickness while running around on foot and flying my ship. I turned movement from teleport to smooth, and it was very comfortable. Now here I am, waiting in my doctors appointment, eager to get back home, finish work, and dive into the world again. I haven’t even touched the QoL improvements and other changes they’ve made. I will say that the VR mode is a childhood dream come true for me, and I’m so, so impressed and happy that they were able to pull it off on PS4 after all. Related, performance on the Pro in VR mode seemed pretty good. Aside from some longer feeling load times when warping to another base, I didn’t encounter too much yet that caused noticeable framerate issues for me. But again, I only played for an hour, with a lot of that adjusting to the controls on Move Controllers.
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Thread No Mans Sky introduces logic and electricity systems (a fully functioning game of Rocket League can be played out within the game)
I’m so excited for this update. Me and my friend have been playing it together off and on, and she ended up buying a PSVR because of it, and so we can play VR together. Out of all of the amazing things they’re including in this update, the VR is what got me to pull the trigger on a PSVR back when they announced it. I was luke warm on VR, but I absolutely adore NMS, and have since day one, and the thought of exploring a planet or cruising through space in VR is the kind of thing young me used to dream about, but never imagined possible in games (I grew up in the 80’s; the best we could hope for back then was wireframe vector graphics. ) The 14th can’t get here soon enough.
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Thread Days Gone best selling new IP of 2019 (so far) in UK
It's one of those things that makes me understand why so many games do the almost now cliche "opening of the game takes place somewhere near the endpoint of the game, then we flashback to '2 weeks earlier', and the game sets your character back to level 1." so many gamers are impatient, and hate a slow burn (another reason why so many modern action movies jump into the action within the first 10-15 minutes of the movie, instead of establishing character/tone/plot), so developers compensate by teasing late game content at the start, then reign that in (either by depowering the character, or using the aforementioned flashback technique). Days Gone most certainly has a rough start. It takes its time to set up its protagonist and supporting character, and holds your hand for a lot longer than what we're used to, and doesn't open up until after at least the first 2 hours of gameplay. Once the training wheels are off, the game really sings. If you have the misfortune of stumbling across a horde early game, you learn really quickly that you are not prepared to deal with them. Eventually, you'll have upgraded your skills and weapons to the point where Hordes are manageable, but still terrifying and can quickly go south. I can't think of many open world Zombie games with an interesting story and cast of characters (Deek is a prick early on by design. he's not meant to be instantly endearing like Nathan Drake in the first scene of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, but he grows as a character over the course of the game, and because the game is so long and methodical, it takes its time letting you get into Deek's head and understand his worldview, even if you don't agree with it. he's actually a surprisingly well thought out character). Getting past that first two hour block is the hardest part of Days Gone. Not every game needs to start off like God of War 3, but I can understand how people can check out. Sticking with it past that block, though, is so, so worth it.
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Thread Youtuber Brooke Houts accidentally uploads footage of her abusing her dog
Horrible person. Her dog should definitely be taken away and put into a home that doesn’t abuse them.
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Thread My friend has been cheating on his girlfriend, something amusing just happened.
That’s a really toxic and unhealthy relationship. Your friend is an asshole for cheating, and his girlfriend sounds like she has some serious insecurity issues to work through. They don’t need to be together. It’s unhealthy for both of them. If he’s afraid to leave while she’s there, then he needs to pack up his shit and move while she’s at work. That’s what my mom and sisters did when they left their abusive spouses. It’s not easy, to uproot like that, but it’s not impossible, and it’s necessary. She refuses to break up with him? That’s not how it works. She doesn’t own him, and can’t control him, and vice versa.
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Thread Scientists discovered a shark that's been living for more than 400 years, speculate longer lifespans.
that's fascinating. the idea of anything current living to be 400+ years old is amazing to me.
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Thread Republican state senator in Nebraska accuses own party of enabling white supremacy, GOP response is astounding
Good on him for calling it out. “Telling it like it is,” as the Republicans are so fond of saying. And there’s nothing astounding about their response. It’s expected. They’re a shithole party full of racists, misogynists, homophobes, and everything in between.
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Thread Sheev Palpatine vs Thanos, who's more quotable/memeable?
That’s a good trick! Thanos is a well written character with some great lines, but Palpatine is infinitely quotable due to how much fun McDiarmid was clearly having with the role, and the hokiness of the writing. I hate the prequels, but it is so much fun to quote, and not just Palpy.
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Thread US Era, if Trump gets re elected will you seriously consider emigrating?
Nope. The fight is here, and I’m going to do my part to push back against him and his administration as best I can. I can’t do that if I leave. Well, I could vote absentee, but I’d rather stay here and fight.
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Thread Actor Jon Voight says Trump's not racist and our forefathers solved racism long ago
Shut the fuck up, Jon.
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Thread Trump Supporters: "We’re All Tired of Being Called Racists" (in case you needed to laugh this morning)
it must really suck to be called a racist. i mean, it sucks for me being a black male living in America, but, like, that pales in comparison to being called racist. so i've been told. by racists. -_-
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Thread Mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio [Update: 9 dead]
Another one. Because of course there was. So sick of this shit. Fuck this place. RIP once again to the victims of this senseless hate and violence.
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Thread Mass Shooting Reported At Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas [Update: 20 Dead, Suspect Arrested]
Sigh My heart breaks for the victims and their families. Another day in America. This shit is disgusting, and everyone in our government that has the power to do something about this has blood on their hands. Fucking deplorable pieces of shit.
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Thread 'You're gonna kill me!': Dallas police body cam footage reveals the final minutes of Tony Timpa's life
Cops are fucking disgusting. I hate to generalize, but if the “good cops” outnumbered the bad cops like they love to say, the bad cops would eventually be weeded out by the “good ones.” I’m not holding my breath. All I get from these stories is that entire precincts are full of compliment assholes that look the other way, or actively protect their peers. That’s not being a good cop. Period.
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Thread Playstation 4 is at 100 million. Where will it end up?
Yeah, I meant to say that I agreed with the post I was quoting. lol. But that's exactly how I used to get through console generations on a limited gaming budget. Waited until the console fell in price to my affordable range, then cleaned up on all of the classics that were between $10-$20 by that point. Generally, it was enough to keep me more than occupied well into the life cycle of the latest console, where I'd rinse and repeat. I think the PS3 and PS4 eras were the only two eras where I was able to afford the console during their first years (about 6 months after launch for PS3, and i got my PS4 on launch day).
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Thread Playstation 4 is at 100 million. Where will it end up?
I think people are underestimating how many casual consumers aren't chomping at the bit to drop $400-$500 on a new console just because it's the latest version of a current console, and can play their old games. As always, hardcore gamers and early adopters will be flocking to the PS5 during that first year or so of release. The casual consumers that haven't purchased a PS4 yet (and there are still plenty, because not everyone can spend over $300 on stuff), so if they aggressively price the PS4 (like sub $200), that's going to entice a lot of casuals. I know when I couldn't afford to buy game systems at launch, or because they were two expensive, $200 and less was the sweet spot for me. I could usually afford the console, and a few of the must have classics that were generally heavily discounted at that time (PS Classics were a godsend to my broke ass). And those casuals will buy into the PS5 when it hits their sweetspot, because they know their PS4 library will carry over to the new machine.
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Thread The Lion King (2019) Review Thread
I adopted a cat from a rescue back in March, and I absolutely loved how accurately they recreated the subtle things that cats do when the move and even emote. The body language of the lions was so, so good, and baby Simba reminded me of my cat so much, I kept wanting to just go home and play with her. The movie was overall solid. The Lion King is one of my favorite Disney animated films, and yeah, a part of me certainly found myself comparing the too, but overall, I enjoyed it. I do wish they had made the lions a little more stylized (not as stylized as that weird looking "fix" somebody created a little while back, but mainly just making the faces slightly more emotive, without pushing too far to cartoony), so the emotions would read better, but yeah, as a cat owner, I totally picked up on a lot of the subtleties of what the animators pulled off. Visually, the movie is incredibly beautiful.
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Thread Mass Shooting in Gilroy, CA at Garlic Festival [ 4 confirmed dead, 15 wounded ]
Fucking heartbreaking and infuriating. I’m absolutely disgusted with this country and it’s obsession with gun culture. People are dying but they don’t give a fuck because “mah gunz.” I’m also not looking forward to the “he was mentally ill” brigade coming out of the woodworks to downplay the fact that this guy was more than likely just a piece of shit who wanted to kill as many people as he could, and we have a serious gun problem in this country. Not to mention a racist president that emboldens people with hateful views to act out in this way. My heart truly goes out to the victims and their loved ones. I don’t even know what else to say.
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Thread Avengers: Endgame writers on their thoughts for a Superman movie:" You don't have to dirty him up"
Of course you could make an amazing Superman movie in this day and age. It’s just WB/DC entrusted him to a nihilistic jackass who fails to understand the core of the character and what makes Superman Superman. Steve Rogers 100% embodies that earnestness and genuine kindness that Supes does. I wouldn’t be surprised if Steve Rogers read Superman comics as a kid and it inspired him (in this scenario, Superman exists as a fictional character in Steve’s world). I’d love to see these guys take a crack at him. I’d imagine they’d adapt some version of All Star Superman, which is one of the best stories featuring the character. That and Superman: For All Seasons. I’m not the biggest Superman fan, but I like the character and think he can be amazing in the hands of talented writers that understand him. The notion that you have to make him dark and “edgy” to be relevant has always been stupid and misguided.
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Thread Detroit: Become Human |OT| Like Tears in Heavy Rain
I don't. I really would have liked to have been able to play it over my long weekend, though. It's fucking obnoxious. I don't have much time to game during my work week (ironically, because I work in the gaming industry XD), so this three day weekend was a great chance for me to dive into the game. I can't get that time back, so I'll just have to try and squeeze in some time during the week until this weekend, assuming I don't have a ton of errands to do over the weekend.
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Thread Detroit: Become Human |OT| Like Tears in Heavy Rain
I haven’t gotten my copy yet. It was supposed to arrive Friday, and Amazon customer service has been worthless. I was looking forward to playing it over the three day weekend, but no luck. I could have just went to the store and picked it up, but I wanted to use my amazon prime discount. I paid $52 for instead of $64, but fuck, I wanted to play my game! Between this an the Bloodstained console code fuckup, this weekend has been a big as headache. It’s to be delivered today, but I’m not holding my breath. Maybe I’ll be able to squeeze in an hour if I don’t get home late from work. :/
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Thread Detroit: Become Human |OT| Like Tears in Heavy Rain
Hopefully I'll get mine tomorrow. Ran into a bit of a snafu when I had to update my payment information to my replacement card. Really looking forward to diving into it. I'm very excited to have three games to sink my teeth into this three day weekend! Feels like I've been waiting for Detroit for forever.
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Thread Media Molecule will hire small game development teams to develop games within Dreams
Such a great idea. Encouraging and nurturing creative talent is always a wonderful idea, and I love that Dreams is as accessible as it is to many would be designers/creators that maybe don’t have access to quality tools to realize their visions. Media Molecule is a gift to the gaming industry. You know how some filmmakers are so in love with films that may make movies that are love letters to the film industry? Media Molecule is like a game developer that is in love with making games, so they make games that are love letters to making games.
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Thread Geoff "iNcontroL" Robinson (Starcraft 2 player, host and commentator) has passed away.
Wow. I’m not familiar with Geoff, but how sad and tragic. My heart goes out to his family and friends. So young too. Just really awful. I don’t even know what else to say. RIP
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Thread LTTP: Symphony of the Night
It's one of my favorite games of all time. Tied with Chrono Trigger. Granted, I played it when it launched way back when, and I had never played anything like it (and I'd say since, but Bloodstained does a great job of feeling like SOTN, without some of the more dated systems). I adore this game so much. I still replay it at least once a year. I'm actually in the middle of streaming my latest replay on PS4. It's still a ton of fun. Also, "breaking" the game by becoming super powerful, or discovering the best weapon/accessories/spells to use to decimate enemies/bosses is part of the design, not a flaw in the design. The Crissaegrim + 2x Ring of Varda combo is still my favorite. It's not like the designers made that weapon, and it somehow slipped through the cracks how absurdly op it was. Same thing with the other items/weapons/spells that make you a walking murder machine (as the son of Dracula should be). Becoming hilariously OP is most certainly part of the design. Of course, there's nothing wrong with not liking that aspect of the design, but it's not a flaw. It's just how the designers designed the game.
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Thread Marvel Studios announces Thor: Love and Thunder for November 2021. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, and Natalie Portman (as Thor herself)
Yes they are. Because they’ve been conditioned to see women in male power fantasies like comic books as props solely existing for the benefit of the male hero. They can’t wrap their heads around the idea that the people playing these parts in movies may not be 100% thrilled to have nothing substantial to work with when it’s their job to act and embody these characters. It’s no different from the clerk working an office job where they have to stamp paperwork all day. It gets tedious, boring, and ultimately unfulfilling. They know they can do more/better than what’s being asked of them, but they aren’t getting that chance. Poorly written/executed characters have the same effect on an actor. Portman was rightly annoyed with how poorly Jane was written in the previous films. Now there’s a writer/director who has reinvigorated the Thor franchise, and clearly has plans for Jane. I’m sure they pitched the idea to Portman, who was clearly impressed with what they’re going to do with Jane beyond just making her Thor, and that excited and reinvigorated her interest in returning to the character. Just like that clerk would be reinvigorated if their boss was like, “hey, you don’t have to stamp shit anymore, we’re going to put you in charge of project management, like you’ve always wanted to do.” A job is a job, and creatives working in creative industries want to exercise that creativity. The incel crowd also can’t wrap their heads around the idea of women characters having their own agency and lives outside of how they impact the male hero. They didn’t see Jane as anything more than the chick Thor hooks up with. Sadly, the writers of the Thor films seemed to think of her the same way, and gave her storylines with about that much thought put into it. Just enough “personality” so she wasn’t cardboard, but about as shallow as a kiddie pool. Thankfully Taika is not of that camp, and will no doubt do wonders with Jane’s character, and Portman, being a great actress, will make that shit sing.
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Thread Marvel Studios announces Thor: Love and Thunder for November 2021. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, and Natalie Portman (as Thor herself)
It’ll be Jane FosThor.
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Thread Jak, Ratchet, or Sly?
I absolutely love the Ratchet and Clank games, but I also love Sly Cooper. Jak and Daxter is good as well, but I've always been a bigger fan of R&C and Sly. I'm so sad that we never got an HD Remaster of the Future Trilogy on PS4. I really, really want to play A Crack in Time again, and I don't want or need to subscribe to PS Now (I have nothing against PS Now, but I just don't have the amount of free time I'd like to justify paying for it at the moment). Oh, I'd also love to see a PS4 R&C style remake of Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal. May be my favorite R&C, possibly tied with A Crack in Time.
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Thread Marvel Studios announces Thor: Love and Thunder for November 2021. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, and Natalie Portman (as Thor herself)
I’m super excited for this! As for Portman as Thor? I’m stoked for that too. I don’t blame her for being meh considering how weakly they handled Jane in the past. Adapting the Jane as arbor storyline is a great way to give her something to work with, so while I’m sure they gave her a nice paycheck, I’m not that cynical to think that that’s the only reason she came back. Actors act, and as I said, they didn’t really give her much to work with in the two previous Thor movies she was in. I imagine playing just “the love interest of hero” isn’t exactly a role that leaves you begging for more. She probably saw how much fun Ragnarok was, and how energetic the production of that movie was, and wanted in. And if they pitched her carrying the Thor series forward, I can totally see why she’s jump back in. This is definitely the announcement I’m most excited about, despite there being some great stuff coming.
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Thread Do you find it difficult to play older games?
it depends on the game. some games i can revisit regularly (like Castlevania: SOTN and Chrono Trigger), and then there are some games where the mechanics just don't feel good enough to overcome my nostalgia (ie, Red Faction 1 and 2). it's not even a graphics thing for me (i can replay MGS1 and Silent Hill 1 no sweat). It's just older games in some genres don't feel as fun to play. i've noticed this mostly with PS2 era 3rd person shooters (with a few exceptions). One of the biggest issues i notice is with cameras. a lot of 3rd person 3D games back in that era had really funky cameras (like Kingdom Hearts 1), which makes revisiting them annoying. some i can still enjoy, but often it just doesn't feel good to me to battle the camera (or the looseness of the camera is really disorienting).
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Thread How does Era feel about the changes made to MCU Spider-Man?
Its kind of funny to me: people complained about how someone as poor as Peter could create such an elaborate superhero costume in the Raimi movies, so the MCU shows that, like a teenager with limited financial means, he’s swinging around New York in a hoodie and jumpsuit you could probably buy from target. Because Peter doesn’t exist in a vacuum, his Spider-Man antics caught the attention of Tony. Why wouldn’t he keep tabs on a mysterious masked hero vigilante in his own backyard. After vetting him in Civil War, he gives him some new duds, and bam, we got the “classic” Spider-Man suit we all know and love (with some MCU flavor via Tony Stark). And what teenage kid wouldn’t want to be an Avenger, or look up to the most prominent one that is Tony Stark (who is also a super genius, and Peter is something of a scientist/inventor himself. ) And I’m not sure of many of the people complaining about “Tony Jr.” paid attention to Peter’s arc in Homecoming, as well as seen Far From Home. In Homecoming, by the end of the film, he realizes that he kind of just wants to stay in his lane. He proves that he doesn’t need Stark’s suit to be a hero, or even a better Spider-Man. He is Spider-Man, and he likes taking on the “smaller” crimes that are beneath the Avengers pay grade. They take it further in Far From Home, and the He’s not picking up the mantle of Iron Man, and he was never going to, but his relationship with Tony was intended to, 1) integrate Peter Parker into the MCU, something we had never seen before in live action movies (Spidey interacting with other superheroes), and 2) serve as an emotional springboard to hit familiar themes and concepts that are inherent to Spider-Man in a fresh way after five previous films featuring the character as a solo hero in his own world, and sucked the bone dry milking a more traditional take some on the character.. Uncle Ben is important to Peter. We as an audience has seen that horse beaten to death in the previous two film iterations of the character. Marvel doesn’t have to spell that out for us each time. Like the death of Bruce Wayne’s parents being shoved into nearly every film adaptation of Batman, despite the vast majority of films reiterating that loss repeatedly. You don’t have to like the MCU take, of course, but I do think he fits in well with the film version of the Marvel universe
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Thread How does Era feel about the changes made to MCU Spider-Man?
I don’t have a problem with it. I mean, it says it all in the title: it’s the MCU version of Spider-Man. The MCU isn’t a carbon copy of the comics. It’s its own universe, with its own take of the characters and their interpersonal relationships and connections with one another. I don’t mind that Uncle Ben has been downplayed. We’ve seen that dynamic played out in previous iterations of the characters. Not to mention that Uncle Ben, even in the older films, was simply a vehicle to impart a lesson about responsibility to Peter and die. I like that we basically get that through Tony and Peter’s relationship, and because we’ve been living with Iron Man over the course of 10+ years, we, as an audience, have a deeper connection with him than we ever had with Uncle Ben (film version), so the impact of Spider-Man growing into his responsibilities has strong impact. Especially considering that the MCU is a condensed version of the Marvel universe. Unlike the comics, which have had 60+ years of time to build its world and characters, the films have had a fraction of that time and 23 movies to try and connect with audiences. So as storytellers, they need to leverage what exists in their universe for maximum drama and emotional impact. So Tony “replaces” Uncle Ben, even though Uncle Ben is still felt in some way in Spider-Man’s MCU appearances (like Civil War, when he talks to Tony about why he is doing what he’s doing, and Homecoming implies that he is still hurting from the loss of his Uncle; and why he seems to be given a lot of leeway with some of his actions in that film regarding school, the academic decathlon team, repeatedly blowing off Liz and his other classmates/friends, etc). FFH focuses more on the legacy Tony left in his lap, and his growing relationship with MJ. As for MJ, I don’t care that she’s not Mary Jane Watson in name or personality. We’ve seen that version of the character in the Raimi movies (love or hate Dunsts’ portrayal, they tried to adapt the social butterfly model actress version of the character). A new interpretation of her is, for me, at least, very appreciated. Zendaya does a great job playing a modern, awkward teenager version of MJ, and her and Holland have great chemistry in both HC and FFH. I also like the changes made to Flash Thompson as well (although I’m hoping they flesh his character out going forward. After FFH, I imagine they _have_ to address his relationship with Peter and Spider-Man. XD). I have the comics. I have the cartoons. I have the video games. Seeing an updated or modified take of the Spider-Man mythos is appreciated. Not just recycling the same plots, but maintaining the core of them is, in my opinion, creative storytelling. It’s why I don’t mind not seeing Goblin or Venom storylines in the MCU Spidey films so far. If they do tell those stories, I imagine they’ll have that MCU spin to make them feel fresh in some way. Ultimately, I just accept that the films are the films, and they aren’t going to be a 1:1 adaptation of the comics. At least they’ve been fun, entertaining movies that capture the spirit of Lee/Ditko era Spider-Man were they to be conceived in the modern day. Not an easy feat, yet they’ve managed it somehow.
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Thread Bond's number is up: black female actor 'is the new 007'
I really liked her in Captain Marvel, so I’m really interested in seeing how they portray her being 007. In definitely in the thinking that she’s taken over for a retired Bond, but the movie will still have a heavy focus on Bond. I can see it if she’s well received the next 007 movie will star her. I love to see studios at least attempting to diversify. Now my hope we get quality entertainment from it.
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Thread NYT: Teenager Accused of Rape Deserves Leniency Because He’s From a ‘Good Family,’ Judge Says [Rebuked by Appeals]
Good. But how fucking gross that he even thought that was a just ruling. Disgraceful. Good riddance you POS. I feel so awful for the victims in cases like this. This country seriously disgusts me sometimes. These days, a lot more than it used to, actually.
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Thread Kamiya says games are not art (NSFW)
This is such a silly argument. A commercial product can be art. It’s all in the eye of the beholder, ultimately. If you don’t want to see the product as art, you don’t have to, but to try and make a definitive statement on what is or isn’t art is folly, and reeks of some level of narcissism where your opinion is law. Games can be art. Books can be art. Film, television, music, plays, etc can be art. And of course, not all games, books, film, television, music, plays, etc are art. Kamiya has always been a jackass, and this is him showing it yet again.
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Thread ResetEra Post Your Picture Thread!
I was going through some old photos, and found this photo of me and my mom from July 2018, and compared it to a recent photo from last week, I think? I hadn't realized how much weight I had lost until I saw these pics! I'm still a ways from where I want to be, but I'm pleased with my progress so far!!
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Thread ResetEra Post Your Picture Thread!
Lol! That sweater is adorable. Sickeningly cute! That’s me after spending two days at the FOX lot for work. I was exhausted. I hadn't shaved or slept in like, 48 hours, because I was in crunch time finishing up colors for my comic. I was waiting for the train to come and take me home so I could send off the finished book to my publisher, then crawl into my bed and sleep for a few days. Also, for those curious, I have vitiligo! It developed when I was in my early 20’s. It’s taken me a long time to get comfortable in my own skin. Especially enough to take and share pictures.
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Thread What's your favourite Konami franchise of all time and why?
That was super tough. I grew up on Castlevania and Contra, and love Metal Gear and Silent Hill, but I think at the end of the day, Castlevania still gets me super excited when I hear about any new entries in the series. Bloodstained has been absolutely amazing when it comes to satisfying that CV metroidvania itch for me.
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Thread No Man's Sky's Sean Murray explains why it's best for Anthem and Fallout 76's developers to stay silent after launch
Oh man, I’d love a Pro patch for Bloodborne. It’s probably still my favorite PS4 title, and I have a of favorite PS4 titles .
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Thread No Man's Sky's Sean Murray explains why it's best for Anthem and Fallout 76's developers to stay silent after launch
God damn. Some people are absolutely incapable of moving on and letting go. NMS had a terrible launch. Yeah, it is known. It is also known that Hello Games ran into some pretty crushing roadblocks for a small indie studio to deal with that would have generally destroyed a studio (ie, the flood that wiped out their offices, forcing them to lose thousands of man hours that would have otherwise been spent on working on the game, running out of money, causing Murray to have to sell his home to continue funding development, etc), yet they still managed to release a functioning game that was light on promised features. If it was an EA or Activision, yeah, I'd have been pretty pissed if they released an incomplete game. But it was more understandable that a studio of roughly 14 people weren't able to deliver every single little thing they showcased prior to launch (and also taking into consideration that games change quite a fair amount from concept to execution, even late in development. "kill your darlings" doesn't just apply to writing scripts/stories). Let alone a studio that was hit by a massive flood, and were running out of money. Yes, Sony was providing marketing, but that's the thing: that money was for , not development. Anyone that was interested in engaging with the development of NMS in good faith would know that Sean Murray was very candid about what happened with NMS during development, especially after it launched so poorly, and the setbacks they faced, and the hard decisions they had to make. No developer wants to release an unfinished product. Anyone that knows how difficult game development is, and how, even with big studios with hundreds of employees, schedules and deadlines, and costs can take unexpected turns. The value of man hours, especially when your team is already very small, cannot be stressed enough. For a team of hundreds, man hours are important to track and manage, sure. For a team of a dozen? Man hours are . Every hour that isn't being spent on the game's development can affect the process in huge, even devastating ways. Think about it: You have a studio of 14 people, working anywhere from 8-16 hours a day, 5 days a week. Minimum, that's 560 hours a week being put into your project (8 hour shift, not including overtime/crunch time hours). Now, imagine that your office was hit with a flood, and you lose 2-4 weeks of progress on your project while your whole studio relocates/recovers from the flood. That's thousands of man hours lost on your project (not to mention the cost of replacing damaged equipment, setting up shop in a new location and/or waiting for the current location to be repaired eats into development budget; time and money). Hours of coding, debugging, art asset creation, feature brainstorming and design sessions, etc, is lost and can't be made up for unless you delay the project. It's no surprise that things fell behind schedule. And with money running out, you literally can't afford to delay the game to implement all of the planned features, so you do the best you can with the time you have, but also have to make some executive decisions, sometimes at the last minute. So they released the game in the most "complete" state they could at the time, and were probably praying to the gods that the community would enjoy what was released, the game would be successful enough to keep the lights on long enough to continue to iterate on the game and refine it, polish it, and add features. Fortunately for Hello Games, both scenarios happened, and they were able to continue to build on the game and improve it. It is most certainly a different beast than it was at launch, and that's rightfully praised and commendable that they were able to take that success and faith the community put into them, and pour it right back into the game. Hello Games could have just called it a day after the game sold so well, and just tucked their tail between their legs and faded into obscurity/retirement, laughing at the "poor saps" that spent money on their unfinished game. They didn't do that. They released the game, and went right back to work addressing the many criticisms thrown at the current state of the game. He had already said numerous times that they had a lot of post launch support they wanted to bring to the game a'la Minecraft, so that part was always expected. It was just unfortunate that the perfect storm of being a tiny team with an ambitious goal, a literal natural disaster, and dwindling funds all coalesced to make the release of the game a nightmare. If you thought it was a nightmare for you, as a consumer, it was an infinitely worse nightmare for the studio that just wanted to make an awesome game that met their own expectations, let alone the expectations of a ravenous fanbase. Game development is hard. Sometimes soul-crushingly hard, and I'll always have empathy for stories like Hello Games. And I'll always respect a developer that manages to take it on the chin and turn it around. There aren't a lot that can do that, or have done it in the past. Hello Games took a nightmare of a development situation, and managed to turn it around. That's awesome. I'd be interested in seeing a list comparing the "expected" launch day features, and the current list of actual, in game features they've added post launch. They put in a ton of work in getting No Man's Sky to where they want it to be, and yet they aren't done adding to the game. I've been following its development since its reveal, and I've enjoyed it since launch, but it really has come a long way. I think people that haven't been following its progress, and that will approach the game in good faith, would be impressed at what they've turned it into. Definitely more than was promised in their initial reveal for sure.
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Thread No Man's Sky's Sean Murray explains why it's best for Anthem and Fallout 76's developers to stay silent after launch
Thanks for compiling this. I’ve been following the game since it’s reveal, and have also been there since day 1. I pretty much devoured every little bit of information I could dig up about the game and Hello Games during leadup to launch, and even before the game released, I’d obsessively watch the live streams that people who got the game early were posting. I guess I wasn’t pissed like many others, because I tempered my expectations accordingly. I had an idea of what I was getting Day one, and figured that if successful, they’d build on it. That’s not always the case, but it was fortunate that Hello Games were eventually able to deliver. I had no doubt that “promised features not there day one” existed in some form, but time, money, deadlines, an impatient publisher more than likely not pleased the game had to be delayed at all forced their hand, and they released the most stable build of the game they had, holding off on incomplete features because a model sued feature is better than a poorly implemented one.
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Thread No Man's Sky's Sean Murray explains why it's best for Anthem and Fallout 76's developers to stay silent after launch
It’s also one of those things that makes opening up shows like E3 to the public a little scary. It’s not that the industry is trying to be elitist by not allowing the public access to events like that, it’s that many projects at E3 are still in development, and that shit can change at the drop of a hat. A mechanic or feature that’s working nicely in a small vertical slice of the game may not play as well or be fun when the whole picture is put together, so maybe the team tries to scramble and rework it so it works, but sometimes the hard thing has to be done, and the feature gets scrapped. I remember being QA on a title ages ago that had whole levels cut from the game because they just weren’t working on a gameplay level, as well as a technical level (crashes, map holes, etc etc). Funnily enough, those levels are still referenced in dialogue later in the game. Lol Most of the industry folks at shows like E3 understand that what they’re seeing isn’t going to be 100% indicative of the finished project, so there’s tempered expectations when seeing them. I think, aside from Sean Murray just not being well versed in PR, and not enjoying public speaking (I can empathize; I hate it too. Hell, I hate giving presentations at my job about characters we’re working on, but it’s part of my job, and I’m trying to improve in that area), as well as probably a naive belief that maybe his team would have been able to pull all of it off in the time frame they had before launch. Considering where the game is at now, I think it’s 100% clear that this was the game they wanted to make, but many circumstances out of their control forced their hand. It happens. Does it excuse some of the mistakes and missteps he made prior to launch? No, but it certainly puts it in context, and I sympathize and understand where they were coming from. I enjoyed NMS for what it was at launch, and I’ve sunk over a hundred ninety hours into it since release, and I think it’s a delightful game. It’s not for everybody, but no game is. I just don’t think it’s worth the energy to hold onto such seething hatred for a botched launch. If you passed on the game, fine. If you bought the game and feel deceived and scammed, fine. But at some point you just have to let it go and move on. I’ve certainly been burned by games in the past. It sucks, and it’s awful and frustrating, but I could barely recall most of them at this point. But people are certainly free to feel how they feel, whether they love NMS or loathe it.
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Thread Spider-Man: Far From Home |Spoiler OT| Even dead, I'm the hero
I absolutely when he finally relied on his Spider-Sense and took out the hallway of drones, with the flashes of the real world and Mysterio's illusions interspersed. So, good. Quiet Spidey is scariest Spidey, and that's not even just a cheesy bit from the comics. When you consider that he could literally punch someone's skull in without breaking a sweat, and his affable nature and good heart is what keeps him from going too far, it's really satisfying to see him cut loose a little. The way he was dismantling those drones like it was nothing was pure Spider-Man. God help anyone that pushes him too far, were he to be a villain. The Mysterio Illusion battle is definitely setpiece of the film, but I think the Peter Tingle barrage at the end deserves some love too. It was a flashy action scene, sure, but it also served the character (Spider-Man learning to channel his Spider-Sense in a way we haven't seen in the films up to this point). I've seen the movie 3 times now, and I've enjoyed it more on each viewing. It really is a tightly done movie. It still manages to capture that high school movie feel of Homecoming, while putting Peter Parker in an unfamiliar setting, and challenging him in a slightly different way than other films have tackled his "With Great Power" thematic motif.
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Thread CNN: Woman was humiliated when American Airlines made her wrap a blanket over her summer outfit, lawyer says
I was legitimately expecting it to be some kind of string bikini or thong. . And even then, who cares? But ? Wow. That’s fucking nothing. Just a typical summer outfit. She should definitely win some kind of lawsuit.
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Thread What's Something The Amazing Spider-Man Movies Did Better Than the Other Spider-Man Movies?
The thing is, that scene just wasn’t about Peter. It was about MJ as well. Up until that point, MJ was shown to be more of a self centered socialite without a care in the world. Peter says as much in the scene itself. The end of the scene, where she doesn’t leave his side isn’t just about her consoling a grieving Peter, but her growing as a character/person. She’s a self centered socialite. She never has been, it’s just we’ve only seen that part of her up until this point. There’s more to Mary Jane Watson than meets the eye, and we start to see more of that going forward. Her relationship with Peter begins to grow naturally from there. Something the Raimi movies really failed to capture, as much as I enjoy those films, and something the ASM movies ignored completely. They wanted the shock value of Gwen’s death, but completely ignored the drama and the ramifications on Peter’s life beyond “I’m so sad my gf is dead.” Not having MJ as a presence in the ASM series was a mistake. If they cared at all, they’d have had both Gwen and MJ in ASM1, building up friendships with Pete, while he’s in love with Gwen. Continue Gwen and Pete’s relationship in ASM 2, while cementing MJ as a good friend. Then, in ASM3, play out the Goblin storyline and Gwen’s death, but cap it with a similar scene between Pete and MJ at the end, where it’s implied that a potential romance is going to bud, but it doesn’t have to be blatantly spelled out for the audience. Let Gwen’s death be felt still in the end credits. A fourth film wouldn’t really be necessary, but if there was, you could then really pay off Peter and MJ’s relationship, and then growing into destined lovers/soulmates or what have you.
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night |OT| We Have Paid Our Tribute, Igavania Is Resurrected
That's actually a longer route. I just started a NG+ playthrough, and I did this instead:
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night |OT| We Have Paid Our Tribute, Igavania Is Resurrected
Lol! I admit I was stumped about it for my very first playthrough, but NG+ has been so much fun. Just being able to go through the game decimating enemies is so satisfying, especially after I crafted the Rhava Bural before I converted my Clear save to an NG+ save. I have a huge backlog of games to get through, but I'm just enjoying replaying this one too much to move on yet. I generally don't bother 100%-ing games, unless I am absolutely obsessed with it (like Spider-Man PS4), but I actually think I might go for 100% completion in this one. I already got 100% of the bestiary, but I haven't gotten 100% of anything else.
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night |OT| We Have Paid Our Tribute, Igavania Is Resurrected
LOL! It's the only spoken dialogue I haven't skipped in my replay. Her line delivery just makes me laugh every time. I love it.
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Thread What's Something The Amazing Spider-Man Movies Did Better Than the Other Spider-Man Movies?
Hmm. Not much, to be honest. I’d say the suit in ASM2 was pretty great. Closer to the comics than any of the other suits (although I do love the Stark Suit with the expressive eyes). Emma Stone is always a delight, and I’d watch her in just about anything. She was a really good Gwen considering what they gave her. Flash Thompson is definitely better in ASM, although I feel like they’re going to do some interesting things with him in the MCU. The one scene is ASM that actually sticks out to me is when Flash tells Peter that he “gets it,” after his uncle Ben dies. I thought that was really touching and showed that Flash wasn’t just a stereotypical douchebag bully. That he was capable of empathizing with the “dweeb” that he made fun of was a nice touch. But all of the other Spider-Man movies are better than both ASM movies. Yes, even SM3 is better, as goofy as it was it was still watchable and very Raimi. The MCU Spideys have been the best version of Peter and Spidey we’ve gotten on film in live action. Spider-Verse is in a league of its own, so I don’t expect other superhero flicks to reach that level anytime soon.
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Thread Spider-Man: Far From Home |Spoiler OT| Even dead, I'm the hero
It was amazing to me how many people in both showings of the movie I saw got up and left as soon as the director’s name popped up on screen. I was tempted to yell, “where are you going?! There’s more!” But was like, “fuck it. If you don’t know by now to stick around for a Marvel movies credits, then too bad for you.” And the fact that this mid credits scene was such a doozy made it even more painful to see folks leave so soon. Watching the movie a second time was even better than the first time. I think I appreciated the first half of the movie a lot more during my second viewing. And of course being able to pick up on the subtle foreshadowing and other character tidbits on a repeat viewing. I also loved that we finally got an MCU Peter swinging through New York sequence. I know it’s been in done a ton in previous Spider-Man films, but it never stops being exhilarating to watch him swing and flip around. Those were always some of my favorite moments in the Raimi films. Watts mentioned that he didn’t want to retread that in Homecoming, and I think it was a good decision, but I’m so glad he did it in FFH.
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Thread Spider-Man: Far From Home |Spoiler OT| Even dead, I'm the hero
I definitely think they’re too big for a single movie. They should at least split the Sinister Six into a two parter: Spider-Man: Sinister, And Spider-Man: Six (XD I kid with the titles). Fortunately, we got Vulture, Mysterio, Shocker, and Scorpion already established, so we’d really only need to introduce Doc Ock and whomever the sixth member will be (I don’t think it should be Green Goblin; maybe Elektro, Sandman, Rhino, or Kraven the Hunter). Then you could spend the two films focusing on fleshing out the two new Sinister Six members, and just continue to build off of what has been established already for Vulture, Mysterio, Shocker, and Scorpion. I also think a third and fourth Spider-Man film could bail Peter out by introducing Miles Morales. It’s been 5 years since Homecoming. Assuming Miles wasn’t dusted, he could be Peter’s age, or a few years younger than Peter (like a freshman in High School). The red and black costume in Far From Home made me think of Miles, and since Peter has been forced to grow up due to FFH (and the future ramifications of being outted), they could fit in a narrative where he reluctantly teaches Miles the ropes of being Spider-Man, while also juggling the rising threat of the Sinister Six, and his public notoriety thanks to JJJ. I could see Peter finally saying the “with great power” line to a struggling Miles. He basically becomes a mentor himself, but an even better mentor than the two people that he viewed as mentors before him (Tony, and Beck). Thanks to Into the Spider-Verse, audiences are familiar with Miles, so you wouldn’t need to do much with introducing him to audiences, just a clever bit to cover him getting bit, his reaction to Peter being outted, and him deciding to become Spider-Man himself. Maybe he’s even distrustful of Peter at the beginning, due to being branded a murderer. And really, I just want to see an awesome fight scene where two Spider-Men face off against the Sinister Six. That’s something we haven’t really seen before in live action. It could be spectacular.
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Thread Spider-Man: Far From Home |Spoiler OT| Even dead, I'm the hero
Saw it with a date last night and loved it. The Mysterio illusion fight was perfection, and exactly what I hoped it would be. The first half of the film was definitely disjointed, but it had to cover a lot, while still maintaining the tone of Homecoming. It was fun. But the latter half was pure bliss. Classic Spidey and I loved it. I’m seeing it again with buds this weekend, and I can’t wait to see how they react, especially the mid credits scene.
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Thread SPOILERS The Walking Dead TV show leak and comic book thread SPOILERS
Man, it’s so crazy to think that it’s over. Loved the ending. Not everything needs to be bleak and nihilistic, and for a comic book series that was as gut-punchingly brutal as The Walking Dead, I’m glad to see it have a positive and happy ending. In the end, it wasn’t all for nothing. All that pain and struggle the survivors went through mattered. Rick’s life and death mattered. As an epilogue to last issue, it felt good. Great length, and I felt like it covered who and what it needed to cover. Very satisfied. What a run. I need to buy the compendiums, but I just don’t have anymore room on my bookshelves for more books, so I’ve been buying my books digitally these days.
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Thread do people mature out of video games?
I’ll be 40 tomorrow, and I sure as hell haven’t. I mean, do people mature out of movies, reading, fishing, listening to music, tv? Video games are just another form of entertainment and escape. Sure, some people may not be able to play as often as they used to, but I don’t think it’s because they’ve matured out of it. But there’s lots of people out there, so who knows!
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Thread Sony Interactive Entertainment considering game company acquisitions
I could see Bluepoint and Insomniac. Bluepoint has done a fantastic job remastering and remaking some of their classic IPs, and with Spider-Man being such a huge success, as well as it being an Insomniac developed IP for the foreseeable future, if Ted Price ever decides to shift away from being an independent studio, I can see them going with Sony and PlayStation. The vast majority of games they’ve developed over the last 15-20 years has been exclusive to PlayStation anyway. Might as well put a ring on it at this point.
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Thread 'Bill & Ted 3' Casts Daughters for 'Face the Music'
I admit I’m not familiar with either of their work, but they totally look perfect for the part. I’ll hane to check out what they’ve done. I always loved the Bill and Ted movies, so I’m oddly optimistic about this one. They’re dumb, fun movies, so as long as this keeps that tone, I think it’ll be alright. Now I feel like rewatching Bogus Journey. Well, why not both, actually? XD Also, I totally love that they named their daughters after one another. Such a Bill and Ted thing to do. Lol
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Thread "__________ While Black" | OT
Any excuse to deny us the same privileges others get in this country without ever having to think about it. Bank tellers are being “hyper vigilant” about the 12th potential transaction fraud in how many months? How about the black people in this country having to be hyper vigilant about being black in america when everything we do, even the most mundane and innocuous, is viewed under a microscope? It’s exhausting. We just want to be left the fuck alone so we can live our lives unmolested.
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Thread ParentERA:18 year old daughters and sleepovers
She’s 18 now, dude. You’ve done 18 years of parenting, and have no doubt raised her to be responsible (the fact that she even asked is rather telling of that fact). She trusted you to be good parents. Now trust her to be a good young adult. You’ve both done all you can for her. Baby bird’s gonna fly eventually, and you can’t watch her every second of her life. It’s not even about seeing her as an equal now that she’s an adult. It’s about trusting her, and showing that you respect her as an adult now. You’ll always be her parents, and will always have her best interests at heart, but she is old enough to make decisions for herself. Especially something as innocuous as spending the night with her bf and his parents. Being worried and anxious about it is perfectly natural, so I don’t blame you guys one bit. It’s what parents do. Nothing wrong with giving her the worried parent talk, of course. Trust her. Trying to control her will just guarantee she’ll not be as open and honest with you in the future. Extending her some freedom instills trust. You’re not letting her run rampshod, but letting her make decisions as a new adult, and she’ll be appreciative of it, and more than likely respond with the trust you’ve placed in her with a desire to respect that trust by not being irresponsible or foolish.
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Thread The Walking Dead #193 to have series-altering twist (MASSIVE SPOILERS)
I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s true. Can’t say I’d feel upset by it. It was quite the journey! I’m definitely looking forward to this issue even more than I already was, that’s for sure! XD
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Thread Switch vs ps4 Pro, 20yrs ago.
PS4 Pro for sure. As someone who grew up gaming in the 80's, I'm always impressed by how far technology has come in the past 35+ years. Games like Bloodborne, Uncharted, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Spider-Man, God of War? I'd be floored. I love the Switch, but I was more of a console gamer than a portable gamer back in '99, so the PS4 Pro would impress me more, for sure. EDIT: The portability of the Switch would have definitely impressed me, but the sheer quantum leap in visuals compared to what we were getting in '99 would have blown me away much more. I wouldn't have been able to wrap my head around something like Uncharted 4 or Horizon: Zero Dawn visually. 19 year old me was much more impressed with visuals and how the industry was pushing them back then.
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Thread First Look at Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri from Netflix Show
Not bad, to be honest. I’m not a fan of Cavill, but I’ve been surprised by unexpected casting choices before, so let’s see how this plays out.
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night |OT| We Have Paid Our Tribute, Igavania Is Resurrected
I actually had a really pleasant experience with the game performance wise. I managed to avoid the progression breaking chests, despite starting the game before the 1.02 patch on PS4 Pro, and outside of a few glitches and framerate hiccups, I only experienced two crashes in my 28+ hour playthrough. Just very lucky. My hope is that they continue to update and polish performance, so others can have a better experience. It’s such a fantastic game it’s a shame that performance is spotty as all hell. I may shoot for 100% completion on my NG+ run in a few weeks!
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Thread Housemarque: "Sometimes you need exclusive deals because money doesn't grow on trees"
I don’t blame them. Games are made by people. People need to eat, shelter themselves, clothe themselves, and ideally avoid other harm to their persons, so their games need to make money. Making money from games, no matter how good or fun, isn’t easy. If an exclusivity deal keeps food on the table and talented developers employed, I’m all for it. Housemarque has made some amazing games that I love, so I hope they’re able to continue to do what they’re passionate about.
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Thread The Witcher: Netflix Series
I always thought it was funny when NPCs in Witcher 3 would refer to him as ugly. My wife is also like, “Uh, he’s hot. I’d go there.” Then I deleted the game from my PS4. XD (after beating it and the DLC of course. XD)
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night |OT| We Have Paid Our Tribute, Igavania Is Resurrected
Finally got the true ending last night. Such a fantastic game. I also got the other endings during my play through. Beat it at a little over 28 hours, and 99.60% map completion. Still not even close to 100%-ing the rest of the game, but I’ll get to it later. Maybe in NG+. I’m so glad I backed this game. It’s the love child of SotN and Aria if Sorrow, and I couldn’t be happier. Looking forward to the DLC, and I hope the game does well enough to spawn a sequel or dozen.
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Thread Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise?
Lol! As much as I dislike the prequels, there are a few scenes in each movie that I think I are genuinely solid. This scene is one of them. If only the rest of the movies were as watchable and entertaining. Ian McDiarmid is always fun to watch, and he was clearly having a great time in Episode 3. For me, The Clone Wars cartoon is the only prequel content I need. Such an awesome cartoon, especially once it found its footing around season 2 or so.
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Thread 15 years ago today, the greatest live action superhero film released in the US.
It’s a pretty amazing movie. I have nothing but fond memories of it. It’s not perfect, but it’s really, really well done, with clear themes, character arcs, and a wonderful antagonist. I remember being so surprised they got Alfred Molina to play Octavius, but he crushed it. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it hasn’t been topped by other superhero movies that came after, but it most certainly set the bar for modern superhero movies to aspire to and exceed. Personally, SM2 should be the low bar of quality for other superhero flicks. Also, Into The Spider-Verse is the best superhero movie of all time.
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Thread Super Mario Maker 2 |OT| Make Your Own Witty OT Title | Competition submissions open, see threadmark
Snagged it this morning when I got in the office, but have only played the first two stages in story mode. Really charming so far! Looking forward to sinking more time into it this weekend. This is my first time experiencing MM, so I’m excited to create my first levels. It’ll probably be a while though. Between this and Dreams, I’m regretting not having as much free time as I’d like to create. I can definitely see myself doing more SMW and SMB3 themed levels, since I have such fond nostalgia for those games aesthetics compared to the NSMB and 3D World styles.
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Thread How Insomniac stole the heart of Spider-Man | Eurogamer
They nailed it. Hands down the best Spider-Man game ever created thus far. I can’t wait to see what they pull off in the sequel on PS5. Even after beating the game and getting the Platinum, I’d fire it up just to swing around the city. It’s incredibly exhilarating and smooth, and it’s fun to try and do “flawless” web-slinging runs that I make up for myself while swinging around. Stringing together swings and vaults and leaps, trying to make it look as cool and cinematic as possible. Good times. My only hope is that they continue to expand on the swinging in future games.
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Thread Crunch is "not sustainable" but Blizzard wouldn't be Blizzard without it, founder says
As someone who works in the game industry, and has worked in the gaming industry for over a decade, I can say that crunch is fucking horrible. The toll it takes on you physically, mentally, and emotionally, not to mention how your personal relationships can suffer because crunch has no work/life balance at all... But hey, you gotta get your vidya games at this company mandated release date so that investors can make sure they hit those sweet profit numbers. Spoiler: release dates don’t exist so you guys can play your games during your holiday break/vacation. Release dates exist as a strategic move to maximize profits for that quarter of the year. When that doesn’t happen, the release date is pushed to the next maximum profit quarter. I feel incredibly blessed that I work for a company that cares very deeply about work/life balance. We all want to make awesome games that gamers enjoy, but not at the cost of the health of its employees. “Crunch” is something we work really hard to avoid, and we’ve done a fantastic job so far. I’ve worked at a lot of companies that literally don’t give a shit if you can’t see your wife and kids, or have to go to the hospital for fatigue/exhaustion, or any other physical issue that can crop up from being worked like a fucking mule. As a gamer, I understand being excited and wanting to play my highly anticipated games as soon as possible. As a human being, however, I don’t think that’s worth the negative effect crunch has on the lives of the people that make the games I enjoy. I can handle waiting another 6 months to a year for my most anticipated game if it means the devs aren’t killing themselves to reach the release date because reasons. And of course, as someone who makes video games for a living, I kind of want to enjoy the living part after a hard week’s work. Having a passion for creating video games, and being able to actually contribute to making video games is great, and it’s my dream job, but also, making video games isn’t sunshine and lollipops. It’s frigging hard, and the men and women that create the games you play put a ton of blood, sweat, and tears into it. Call me biased, but I think they deserve to be treated like human beings and not company assets existing solely to please investor’s lust for high profit margins.
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Thread Someone is making a puppet TV show in Dreams and it is too damn good.
Those were both great. I’m definitely going to subscribe. Dreams is such a delightful tool. So far beyond what LittleBigPlanet promised, and I adore LBP. I just wish I had more time to dive into creating content in Dreams myself.
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Thread Murderer of Yingying Zhang convicted on all counts, potentially the first death penalty in Illinois since the abolition of capital punishment
Honestly, after watching When They See Us, they should lock this fucker up for the rest of his life in solitary confinement. Death is too merciful for this monster. Let him rot in solitary forever.
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night |OT| We Have Paid Our Tribute, Igavania Is Resurrected
Those glitches sound hilarious, but yeah, I’ve had a few myself, but I can’t really remember them because they didn’t hamper gameplay for me so didn’t stick out. Squeaky shoes sounds hilarious and annoying at the same time.
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Thread Impossible burger no longer selling to public. Available only at Burger King.
I’ve been meaning to try one. Hopefully I’ll get a chance. I hear really good things about them.
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Thread Scream TV Series Reboot (season 3) finally coming out
I thought the first two seasons were mediocre, but a guilty pleasure for me, since I’m a huge fan of the film series. Also pretty cool that this looks to be a predominantly black cast. I’m not used to Scream being this diverse. XD I like it a lot.
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Thread Satoshi Kon's 'Millennium Actress' coming to US theaters in August with a new English dub
:O I remember seeing this in the theaters ages ago with my best friend. Really enjoyed it. I’m definitely interested in checking this out!
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Thread NYPD on Twitter: "We regret to inform that Desmond Amofah aka Etika has been found deceased." (See guidelines before posting)
Damn. That's really sad. I'm not familiar with him, but how heartbreaking. My heart goes out to all of his loved ones. :(
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night |OT| We Have Paid Our Tribute, Igavania Is Resurrected
I find the Pro frame rate comments surprising. I’ve been playing for about 17 hours now, and outside of a few instances where the game would pause for a moment when collecting a new shard for the first time, and killing a Morte after warping back to the village, I haven’t encountered any framerate drops while roaming around and playing the game. I’m playing on a PS4 Pro on a 4K tv. It’s been an incredibly smooth experience for me performance wise this far. In the 17+ hours I’ve played, I’ve also only crashed twice, and days apart. I’ve been playing it every day since last week Monday, putting in roughly 1-2 hours per play session. I wonder how long the average play session is for the people that seem to be experiencing more issues with performance.
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Thread I'm thinking of purchasing a PSVR but have a couple of questions
I've owned a PSVR for a few months now, and it's pretty awesome. I was very skeptical about VR, but the announcement of No Man's Sky VR is what caused me to pull the trigger, and I'm glad I did. There are some truly excellent games on it (like Atrobots Rescue Mission, Beat Saber, Blood & Truth, and Falcon Age). I definitely recommend getting a bundle that comes with the Move controllers. It'll save you some hassle, and guarantees that you'll be prepared to play any games that release on it that may require them. I have no regrets jumping into VR, and PS5 being fully backwards compatible with it makes me more comfortable in my late purchase of it.
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Thread Castlevania Season 2 |OT| Dracula's Curse of Darkness
Forgot this was coming out. Really excited for it, but my weekend is going to be busy with Red Dead 2 and LA comicon. Hopefully I can still squeeze an episode or two in. Loved season 1.
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night |OT| We Have Paid Our Tribute, Igavania Is Resurrected
Well, I lucked out it seems, and was able to get the silver bromide, despite starting the game on 1.01 and updating to 1.02. I’m about 7.5 hours into the game, and didn’t really want to start over. Game is fantastic so far. Exactly what I hoped it would be. So glad I backed it for sure. It really is what I imagine a console successor to SotN would be. I can’t stop playing it. I can definitely see myself replaying this regularly, just like I did with Symphony.
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Thread Dark Souls: Remastered |OT| The Dark Souls of remasters
Even though I played the fuck out of Demon’s Souls, my first build in Dark Souls was all over the place. I’m really looking forward to diving back into it with a clearer focus of the type of build I want, not to mention my overall experience with Souls games since I played the original. It should be fun. I’m pissed that my Detroit delivery was delayed until next week, so it looks like it’s going to be an all Dark Souls weekend. Not a bad thing, but I was hoping to play a game I haven’t played before for the long weekend. :(
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Thread Dark Souls: Remastered |OT| The Dark Souls of remasters
Man, I have this and Detroit on their way. It is going to be a delightful weekend. I actually never beat Dark Souls 1 on PS3. I got about halfway through, but got distracted by other games. By the time I thought about going back to it, I was convinced that there'd be a PS4 remaster at some point, so I've been holding off. I still beat Dark Souls 3, but I've been itching to dive back into this one. Not looking forward to fighting Smough and Ornstein again, but what are you gonna do? Back then, I'm sure my build was ass, and I at least know what I'm doing now. Or so I tell myself.
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night | Official Update Thread
Yeah, I backed the game at the $150 tier, but I didn’t hear about the vote for the DLC being expanded to non-backers. If I had, boy howdy, that would have been a resounding NO! How dare people that didn’t back the game get access to some game content! I wanna feel smug and superior for having the foresight, and/or disposable cash to back this game early on, so no gamer should ever have access to content made for me, the sole person that made this game possible!! It’s all about my gatekeeping privileges! I them!! Now that that’s out of the way, I don’t see what the big deal is making content for backers available for everyone. When I backed the game, I didn’t back it because it was going to come with goodies. I backed it because I really wanted a true Igavania. All the extras, and stretch goals, and bells and whistles were a cool bonus. Letting non-backers have access to that stuff at some point (and they’re being charged for it too), is no skin off my back. Let people enjoy the game. An extra Boss fight and weapon being made available to folks is seriously a non-issue for me, personally. I mean, if it upsets you, you do you, but I’m all for it.
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Thread Did Uncharted 4 deserve to be 2016's Game of the Year?
Well, it was . Don’t care if it was anyone else’s. XD It was a fantastic game that felt like a fitting conclusion to Nathan Drake’s story. Lost Legacy was also fantastic, and I’d be happy if the Uncharted series continued with Nadine and Chloe as the leads from here on out.
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Thread Andy O'Neil, co-founder of Bluepoint Games and technical lead on Metroid Prime passed away
Damn, another one. So sad to hear. :( RIP, Andy. My thoughts go out to you and your loved ones.
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Thread How does Era feel about the idea of punching Nazis?
Well, I probably wouldn't initiate the punch, but I certainly don't begrudge anyone that would just straight up cold cock a motherfucking Nazi in their hate-filled faces. I can't see myself to punch them, or trying to put myself in a position where I punch them, but I'm not against it if they turn violent and I'm defending myself, and I'm not against someone else punching them if it came to that. I'm past the whole, "just talk to racists" rhetoric. It's clear that approach doesn't work. There is no excuse for ignorance and hate-filled viewpoints in this day and age, where knowledge and information is literally in the palm of our hands thanks to modern technology. Not to mention exposure to others that may not share your same ethnicity, religion, political beliefs, etc, etc, is a lot more widespread than it used to be. Then again, racists aren't lacking in intelligence, and I think that's a poor excuse to justify their hatred. They're lacking empathy and compassion. Many of them willingly refusing to accept another's humanity based off of their skin color or religious beliefs. They know full well that what they believe is bullshit. They just don't care. I have a zero tolerance policy for intolerance, and Nazi's are disgusting, pathetic "human beings." Fuck 'em.
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night |OT| We Have Paid Our Tribute, Igavania Is Resurrected
I played for about 2 hours last night (PS4 copy arrived yesterday afternoon! Woot!), and I love it. It’s exactly what I hoped for from a modern Igavania. Very glad I backed it. .
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Thread the “dad bod” is the new six-pack, new survey reveals
To each their own. Being confident in yourself is vital for your mental and emotional health, so I don’t have a problem with body positivity and promoting loving yourself. I also know that since I’ve lost weight, I’ve felt better all around. Physically, I’m a short guy. I was 180lbs last year, and now I’m 136lbs, 15.4% body fat, targeting 135lbs and maybe 13% body fat. My energy levels are much better now, and not waking up at 2am with massive heartburn is kind of nice. Emotionally and mentally, the change in my physical health has given me a little boost to my self esteem, and I feel more confident when I walk down the street. I don’t particularly care about validation from others, but it’s certainly flattering when I’m complimented on how I look now (and the compliments have come from both men and women!). Ultimately, love yourself, and if you’re trying to lose weight, make sure you’re doing it because of the health benefits, and not because society says you should look like a Greek god/goddess. I’m not a fan of body shaming people at all.
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Thread Animal Crossing: New Horizons E3 Nintendo Direct reveal trailer!
I've always loved the Animal Crossing games, even though I haven't played my 3DS one is ages (although i don't play my 3DS at all these days). Really looking forward to this one. It looks super charming and cute, as always.
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night |OT| We Have Paid Our Tribute, Igavania Is Resurrected
Here’s the thing though; game development is always in flux. I have no doubt that they were targeting 60fps across all platforms, and at the time they closed off platform switching for backers, they were still targeting 60fps across all platforms. But sometimes, during optimization, you realize that your target can’t be reached, so you’re forced to make an executive decision. A developer never sets out to screw over their fans. We’re not sitting their, twirling our mustaches going, “how can we give a lesser experience to our players?! Nyah ha ha ha haaaaa!” I’m sure the Bloodstained team tried their damnedest to hit 60fps on the Switch, but for reasons unknown, they weren’t able to do it. I can guarantee with 100% certainty that one of those reasons was not to screw Switch owners out of an optimal experience. These types of decisions are never made maliciously. If they could have hit 1080p/60 or 720p/60 on Switch, they would have. Hopefully it’ll be a locked 720p/30fps on Switch. Optimization is always such a tense period when making games. No developer wants to reduce the scope of their game if they can help it.
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Thread SPOILERS: God of War SPOILER Thread (SPOILER THREAD, BEWARE OF SPOILERS!)
I beat it this past Sunday and it was amazing. Me and my wife were enthralled from beginning to end, and the team up with Kratos and Atreus fighting Baldur in the final battle had us hooting at the screen like idiots. What a great “relaunching” of this series. I’ve loved every GoW game, but I think one may now be my favorite. The scope, combat, lore, narrative, characterization, art design, sound design, game design was just top notch all the way through. I still have a few side tasks to complete (like 100% all areas and defeating the five remaining Valkyries), but what a satisfying game that still leaves a lot of meat left for sequels. and Santa Monica Studios: Bravo. Beautiful game. I’ll eventually get around to writing a more thorough review, but ultimately, it’s a must own game. I played it on my 50”4K Samsung and a PS4 Pro...whooo Lordy, what a gorgeous game. Presentation was also splendid. Having a single take camera was a great design decision.
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Thread Fire breaks out at Notre Dame cathedral, developing situation [Update: major structural collapse - Art and other Assets Saved] (See Staff Post)
So heartbreaking. The loss of irreplaceable history always upsets me in a way that's hard to describe. As an artist and lover of history, it's gut-wrenching to think about. I'm ultimately glad that no one was hurt, and that what was saved was saved, but how tragic.
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Thread Phoenix Police Officer Threatens to "Fucking Shoot" mother whose daughter walked out with a 99cent Barbie
Yup. The black experience in America, ladies and gentleman. It’s kind of funny that I thought the introduction of cameras on phones would lead to people actually taking us seriously when we tell our truths. I’m sure officer fuckstick is going on a nice paid vacation. Until proven otherwise, I will always regard the police force as a bunch of dangerous thugs. I can’t even describe how terrifying it is when I have to interact with them in any capacity as a black man. Knowing that at any moment, for any reason, they can decide to end your life, and get away with it. This video is infuriating and typical. For some people, it’s an upsetting video of police brutality. For black people, it’s just fucking Tuesday.
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Thread Phoenix Police Officer Threatens to "Fucking Shoot" mother whose daughter walked out with a 99cent Barbie
Of course they do. They think: “That is a black.” Then they assess: “Blacks are dangerous, so I should probably threaten, and or kill them as soon as I can.” The only time police attempt to de-escalate a potential situation is when the suspect is not a minority. Outside of that, they are prepared to kill. so if the potential suspect is black.
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Thread Woman, 72, died after APS cuts her power over $52 unpaid bill in Arizona summer.
That’s fucking deplorable. Fuck these companies and their bullshit. Someone lost their life over $50... unbelievable.
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night |OT| We Have Paid Our Tribute, Igavania Is Resurrected
It feels like forever ago I backed this game, and it’s finally here! Woot! My PS4 copy should arrive Monday, according to my tracking information, which is nice, so I’m excited to be able to dive into the first console Iga game in ages! I feel like I should finish my stream of SOTN before it arrives. Not like I haven’t beaten dozens and dozens of times before, but I know I’ll be engrossed in Bloodstained, and will never finish my SOTN stream once I have my copy. XD
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Thread Haitian guy excited about Cyberpunk 2077 representation of his people
This thread is giving me a headache, and I don’t feel like retyping out my thoughts, so I’m just going to copy/paste what I said in a thread we were having at work. The topic was primarily centered around the transgender controversy surrounding Cyberpunk, but my statement can also apply to representation in general: “Whenever someone uses the phrase "outrage culture" unironicallly, I cringe. From my perspective, marginalized groups (people of color, women, the LGBT community, etc), have had an uphill struggle regarding representation in entertainment media for generations. Calling out problematic representation in said entertainment media (even entertainment media that i'm personally super stoked for, like Cyberpunk 2077), isn't "outrage culture". As a straight, black male, I can't say I have much say in regards to CD Projekt's problematic treatment of the transgender community, so I gladly defer to the actual community that is feeling upset, misrepresented, or exploited, to offer a more informed opinion about why it bothers them. The worst thing that happens in the discourse of sensitive topics like sexism, racism, transphobia, homophobia, islamophobia, is that too many people's kneejerk reaction is to get defensive, especially if it's leveled at something that they enjoy. That's not helpful to the conversation, and flippantly dismissing the group's concerns over problematic representation as "outrage culture" is, to me, incredibly disrespectful to those groups. I have quite a bit to say about how people of color are represented in popular media. I have a vested interest in seeing that representation (and lack of representation), improved across all entertainment media. CD Projekt hasn't exactly had the best record when it comes to representation in their games, so when they do decide to be inclusive, it's not surprising that the groups being represented will have something to say about it. And I think it's more than just a little worth it to to any grievances or concerns they may have about how they are being represented. As a creator myself, I welcome as much constructive input as I can get when creating my worlds and characters, especially when they include marginalized groups that I am not a part of, and have less experience with.” I’ll also add that just because a handful of people from a marginalized group may be grateful to see themselves represented at all, doesn’t negate the people from that marginalized group that concerned about their representation. So, should women just collectively be happy that they even exist in video games, regardless of how piss poor they’re represented across the industry, or should they continue to call out sexist and problematic portrayals of women because some women may not have a problem with it? Of course not, so why dismiss concerns of Haitians that do have a problem with the representation of their culture, or their culture being reduced to one overused, stereotypical element (like Voodoo)?
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Thread Indian man fakes Airplane hijack to get girlfriend to spend time with him, gets life sentence.
Sentence seems harsh, but what the fuck, man? I mean, sure, I would do anything for love, but, um, you know the rest. And it was for his mistress. So he was already an asshole for cheating on his wife, but then he tried to get his mistresses job closed by...faking a hijacking? Whut? I don't see how he thought this plan was, A) Romantic, B) Would work and C) Wouldn't have dire repercussions when it inevitably backfired.
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Thread Doctors told me today I have around 8 weeks to live [Update: in remission!]
Always glad to hear that you’re still doing well! Stay strong, bud!
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Thread Doctors told me today I have around 8 weeks to live [Update: in remission!]
Dude, that’s fantastic news, and certainly brightened my day! Definitely not as much as your day, of course, but after a rough week, it feels good to see good things can still happen to people that deserve it. To your continued health and recovery. I’m so happy for you, man. Keep fighting!
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Thread Doctors told me today I have around 8 weeks to live [Update: in remission!]
I’m so glad to hear from you, Talal! And with such great news! It really warms my heart that the community was able to come together and help out someone in need! Don’t give up fighting!
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Thread Doctors told me today I have around 8 weeks to live [Update: in remission!]
Thinking of you and wanted to check in, Talal! Keep on fighting, man!
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Thread Doctors told me today I have around 8 weeks to live [Update: in remission!]
Lol! I’m not worried, I hired Lionel Hutz! He came highly recommended, and cheap! I wanted to also say thanks for helping Talal out. I was worried that a stranger transferring money to him could go terribly wrong. I admit I’m a cynical bastard these days, but I’m glad you were able to step up and get it to him safely. Faith in humanity restored +50 points.
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Thread Doctors told me today I have around 8 weeks to live [Update: in remission!]
As a huge Arrested Development fan, it amuses me to no end that BobLobLaw wired you the money. It just doesn’t seem like something he’d do. He’s a terrible lawyer. XD Anyway, I’m elated that you got your first treatment, and I’m sending all the positive vibes and energy your way. Just focus on getting better. I’ll probably donate again this weekend after I sort out my bills. Keep up the good fight!
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Thread Doctors told me today I have around 8 weeks to live [Update: in remission!]
I’m so glad that the campaign was funded! Good luck, and beat this thing, Talal!!
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Thread Doctors told me today I have around 8 weeks to live [Update: in remission!]
Donated! Best of luck, and I really hope everything works out and you get your treatment!
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Thread Doctors told me today I have around 8 weeks to live [Update: in remission!]
Did you look into that generosity.com thing someone mentioned before? It’s possible you may be able to receive money from the US that way as well. Don’t give up. 40% chance is pretty big. I’ll gladly donate to whatever you get set up!
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Thread Doctors told me today I have around 8 weeks to live [Update: in remission!]
I’m also up for someone trustworthy to set up a go fund me page, then wire the money to Talal. I’m not terribly trusting of people, though. I refuse to let cancer take someone else if I can help it though, especially at 40%. I’ve never used gofundme or anything, but I’ll gladly set up the account and work with Talal to get him the money. Never give up, Talal. There are good people still in this world who will help you if they can. There’s no good reason for something like gofundme country restrictions to cost someone their life when there’s a chance to save it.
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Thread Doctors told me today I have around 8 weeks to live [Update: in remission!]
I hate to hear this, man. It truly hurts my heart. I’m wishing you the very best in your remaining time, and I have to say your calm attitude is impressive and inspiring. Enjoy the rest of your time with us. Stop putting off some stuff you’ve been meaning to put off. Finish at least one task/project you’ve been meaning to finish. Spend time with the people that mean the most to you. Stay off social media, I say. Absorb as much goodness and beauty as you can. I mean, do what makes you happy, really. I was just thinking of the things I’d personally try and do. In the end, it doesn’t matter what I suggest. Just make yourself as happy and comfortable as possible. Godspeed.
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Thread Honest Trailers: Captain Marvel
Honest Trailers is always really fun. Enjoyed this one a lot too. The “Marvel designated black friend” but was great. I really liked Captain Marvel (especially my second viewing), and this Honest Trailers was pretty spot on (they usually are, actually).
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Thread Polygon: CDPR responds to sexualized trans advertisement in CyberPunk 2077 (Read Staff Post Before Posting)
This is actually the first I’m hearing about this ad, but not the first I’m hearing of CD Projekt’s problematic history. I’m much more interested in hearing what the transgender community has to say about this and their response. I think her reasoning behind the ad makes sense to me, but I can’t divorce it from CD Projekt’s previous actions/comments. As excited as I am for Cyberpunk, I have a big issue with how they’ve represented minority groups in their past games, and with Cyberpunk as well. Just brushing off the people that are upset about this ad and the poor way CDPR has handled representation isn’t the way to go. If people are upset, don’t get defensive. Actually listen to what they’re saying, and why it upsets them. As a black male in America, I’m all too familiar with having your voice shouted down or ignored because “thing you like,” isn’t getting slobbering praise from marginalized groups sick of how they’re being represented (or not represented at all), in said thing.
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Thread VR Users of Era! Which Headset Do You Use?
PSVR for me. I’ve been really enjoying it. I had no plan to dive into VR so soon, but No Man’s Sky VR got me to pull the trigger, and I’ve been enjoying a lot of the other VR games on the platform too! I’m addicted to Beat Saber, and Astrobots Rescue Mission is excellent. So many other really good VR titles. I didn’t expect to fall in love with it like I have.
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Thread Konami reveals the Contra, Castlevania, and Arcade Anniversary Collections (Switch, Steam, XB1, & PS4) [$19.99 Each]
It’s about time. This has been in the works for a bit, so I’m glad it’s finalky seeing the light of day. In for the Castlevania and Contra collections for sure. I have so many fond memories of playing Castlevania 1 and 3 on the NES in the 80’s, and Super CV IV at my cousins house. I was hoping the collections would all release at the same time, but I can wait until summer!
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Thread Cyberpunk (the genre, not just 2077 specifically) uses a lot of Japanese imagery because of xenophobic fears from the 80's.
This thread has given me a headache. God damn some people have incredibly thin skin and think everything is a personal attack. Having grown up in the 80’s (I was a young boy at the time), even I remember the fear of Japan and Asian cultures subsuming the US and becoming the “dominant” superpower. Obviously, the cyberpunk genre treats the multiculturalism of the future as a positive . That doesn’t negate that some of the imagery and subtext back when it was christened has elements of xenophobia and “othering.” America has always been xenophobic. Anything that wasn’t “we’re number one, always and forever!” was a conceit to be feared. The thought of our country not being the dominant superpower was terrifying to many Americans. That another country could overtake us and somehow “alter” what “America really is,” was a nightmarish thought. I mean, shit, some of that mentality is still prevalent today from the “Make America Great Again” crowd. Does that mean cyberpunk is inherently bad? Of course not, and that was never the intent of this thread. It was to highlight some of the historical context behind my favorite genre, and I love that. Is that the only viewpoint from which to see cyberpunk? No, obviously, but it is definitely an element of it. I’m glad that the genre has evolved beyond seeing the multiculturalism as a negative, and I’m glad it’s a part of the aesthetic of the genre. The visual backdrop of most cyberpunk stories is now less about the subtext of xenophobia, and more about the positive blending of various cultures. No, cyberpunk isn’t all about xenophobia, but yes, there were definitely elements of it in certain works of fiction at the time. And yes, cyberpunk futures are generally supposed to be dystopian. Most of us that love the genre and want to “live” there would, realistically, be miserable in a world like that. But it’s a cool premise and genre to be the augmented protagonist in these worlds, and there’s nothing wrong with that. There’s no need to get your feathers ruffled because there is more to your favorite thing that what’s on the surface. Thanks for the topic, OP, as I find it really fascinating stuff.
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Thread Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, and Dan Aykroyd to Return for Ghostbusters Sequel
I love Ghostbusters 2. I actually enjoy it more than the original, although I definitely love the original. I was 9 when GB2 came out, and I still remember the hype building up to it. I bought the trading cards, and was a huge fan of the cartoon as well, so I was practically bouncing up and down with anticipation for it. And it didn't disappoint. Even rewatching it now, as an adult, I still love the movie. Maybe even more now. Peter McNichols was so good, and I even thought Murray was hilarious in it. His tired, phoned in demeanor worked perfectly with where Venkman's character was at in the story. Rick Moranis was also hilarious, and still cracks me up. Viggo was great, and as a 9 year old, there were some legit scary moments in the movie. The river of slime photo scene, the train tunnel, some good stuff. And the music was fantastic. Such a late 80's movie. I love it, and still rewatch it at least once a year.
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Thread No Man's Sky: NEXT |OT| A Korvax, a Gek and a Vykeen walk into a base..
Yes to both. I was playing by myself Tuesday, and was in a space station running around exploring and customizing my character when I saw another player running in the background of my customization menu. XD I didn’t know the player at all, and so we started chatting, then we hopped down to another planet and started exploring and he built a shelter, then eventually peaced out. It was really cool. Later he sent me a friend request. Lol
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Thread No Man's Sky: NEXT |OT| A Korvax, a Gek and a Vykeen walk into a base..
I didn't run into any crashes during my play time on Tuesday (about 3 hours? I'll have to double check my stream to know for sure), but I did run into an issue where I entered my freighter (I'm continuing from my 176 hour save because I don't want to start from scratch yet), and then fell through the floor when the door opened to the main area. When I respawned (I fell into the abyss and died), I landed in my freighter, but the hanger was all broken. I haven't tried to trouble shoot it, so I'm worried my freighter may be borked. I'm playing on a 4K tv with my PS4 Pro, and outside of a few hitches while flying around, performance has been solid. I'm itching to play some more, but my niece is visiting us this week, so I haven't had much time, and this coming weekend is going to be slammed as well. This is one of those times where I wished I could play it portably. I don't trust remote play at work enough to try it. But since I'm here, maybe I will...
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Thread Final Fantasy VII Remake - First look at Tifa
She looks awesome. Her combat looks badass too. I’m actually getting excited for this release. Probably because there’s actually a release date now. XD
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Thread DJ Khalid isn't happy debuting #2
Dude’s ego is off the charts. He’s always irritated the fuck out of me. Talent or no talent, I will never understand the arrogance and ego of people like this guy. Being upset that your album is only number 2? Get outta here with that shit.
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Thread Kuwait records world’s highest temperature
That’s fucking awful. And I thought it was bad when I lived in Vegas before moving to LA, and it was between 110-115 degrees fricking day. At least at night it would drop down to a cool 90. /s I hope everyone is being safe, especially children and the elderly.
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Thread Rate the Avatar above you
Yes I did! And thank you! I was rushing to add an avatar after being approved, so I didn’t have time to do a custom one of the face. I’ll definitely think about doing a close up one after I close it! Your avatar looks like Yoshitaka Amano artwork, so 10/10. XD EDIT: There we go! I used my phone to crop the image!
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Thread Rate the Avatar above you
Lol! Thank you! It’s actually Ann Takamaki from Persona 5! I drew it for Inktober last month! Your Avatar gets an 8/10 because it creeps me out! Edit: Pogijones, you get a 7/10 because I can’t grow a beard and I’m jealous!
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Thread Avengers: Endgame |Spoiler OT2| Changing the past doesn't change the future
That moment landed pretty hard for this one woman in the theater at the third showing I went to. She was bawling from Tony’s death on, but as soon as Morgan said she wanted cheeseburgers, she just exploded. It’s such a great callback. Generally, a call back is done for humor, irony, or a “fuck yeah,” moment in these films, but this one was so bittersweet and emotional because of the history of the callback, and the context in the seen. It gets me every time. Like father, like daughter. :(
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Thread Avengers: Endgame |Spoiler OT2| Changing the past doesn't change the future
*shrug Movies are designed to elicit a response from the viewer. Her crying didn’t impact my enjoyment of the film, and it’s not like she was wailing loudly. She just happened to be in the row in front of me. She also wasn’t alone. Quite a few people in that showing were weeping during that final act of the movie. I don’t begrudge people getting so into a movie and expressing emotions that the filmmakers clearly hoped to bring out of the audience. don’t have to like it, but to each their own. Edit: Fuzzy, I love how emotional Kevin Smith gets from these movies. He clearly loves the medium and the characters, and I enjoy his reviews.
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Thread Avengers: Endgame |Spoiler OT2| Changing the past doesn't change the future
I can’t believe people are still arguing about the Bruce/Ancient One scene. In Doctor Strange they mention multiple realities, and even in Infinity War, Strange tells Tony, “Protecting your reality, douchebag,” not, “Protecting your timeline, douchebag.” So, for the scene with TAO, substitute the word “time,” in your thinking to “reality.” I mean, the only time she says “time” in her talk with Bruce is when she tells him that the six infinity stones create what we as the flow of time in his reality. She then creates a visual representation of reality, with the six stones circling it. Removing a stone from her reality causes a splinter that will alter reality, and send it down a doomed trajectory because they will be unable to defeat Dormammu or any other threat that appears from the point the time stone leaves her reality. By returning the stone to her reality at the moment it left, that doomed trajectory is averted. Bruce’s reality is separate from 2012 Ancient One’s reality. His 2012 has already come and gone. There’s no changing that. It’s his past. Her 2012 is her , which she’s trying to preserve. It was a big gamble giving him the time stone. She had no idea if he’d be capable of returning it. When she learned that Strange gave Thanos the time stone of Bruce’s reality, she understood it must have been for a reason, so she gives hers to Bruce, believing that it’s the right course of action, and that he will return her stone and save her reality from a potential doomed fate. From her perspective, Bruce gets the time stone, vanishes, then Captain America immediately appears on the rooftop and returns the stone to her, like it never left. It was probably gone from her reality for seconds, much like how they show Scott disappearing into the Quantum tunnel and reappearing (albeit as young and older versions of himself) shortly after leaving, during the time travel tests.
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Thread Avengers: Endgame |Spoiler OT2| Changing the past doesn't change the future
Yup! That was the first thing I thought when that scene played in Endgame. So many subtle and overt callbacks. Another really touching and human moment was Happy talking to Morgan about the cheeseburgers. Yeah, it’s a callback to Iron Man 1, but the scene plays so well for anyone that has ever been to a funeral with really young children, in particular the child of the deceased, and they haven’t quite processed what’s happening, but the adults are trying to be as comforting as possible to the kids. It was a very believable moment, and I’m glad it was Happy sharing that moment with Tony’s daughter. I mean, Favreau kicked this whole thing off thanks to Iron Man being such a good movie. It was fitting to me that he’d have a moment like that for this final Tony Stark movie.
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Thread Avengers: Endgame |Spoiler OT2| Changing the past doesn't change the future
Yeah, I saw that just now and I’m like, where did that come from? Lol. I’m on my phone, so maybe I was going to respond to it in another thread but didn’t, and it saved it in my quote tags? Lol
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Thread Avengers: Endgame |Spoiler OT2| Changing the past doesn't change the future
I think the biggest unsung thing the writers and actors of Endgame executed was making these larger than life heroes human. Tony: being emaciated and at death’s door at the start of the film. His amazing reunion with Cap and the surviving Avengers when he confronts Steve. His relationship with his daughter. Even little details like him washing dishes at his cabin. Natasha: Her desperation to do something, anything, to make a positive difference in the world. The peanut butter sandwich scene is so incredibly human. Like, “superheroes eat PBJ? So do I!” Her friendship with Clint and how deep it is (and pays off so much over the course of these movies). Her inability to move on after their second defeat (Thanos got the last laugh even though he loses his head). Clint: His despair and survivors guilt and anger after losing his entire family. I mean, it wasn’t just his wife that was dusted, but his 3 children as well. How can that not break a person? I totally understood his arc in this film. And then he loses Natasha, his dearest friend, when victory still wasn’t assured at that point in the film. His scene at the beginning with his daughter was also touching and human. No superheroics, just a man having a picnic with his family and joking with his daughter. Thor: We’ve seen this guy as a cocky, arrogant prince, and a powerful thunder god, but his depression and sorrow and regret, and guilt was some of the strongest emotional throughline of the movie. Hemsworth killed it. And yeah, fat Thor had moments played up for laughs, but his mental and emotional state was so, so believable and human. I never felt the humor undercut that in any way. His scene with Rocket, and with his mom are two of the highlights of the film. Steve: Even though they lost. Even though the world is gone to shit, Steve is in a support group with regular, non-super powered people trying to help them move on and find hope, even when he doesn’t feel it himself. Even when he’s incapable of moving on. The line about how he went into the ice after meeting the love of his life makes that final scene with Peggy that much more beautiful to me. The PBJ scene with Nat and the mention of him coming to do his laundry is another small moment that grounds all of these characters and makes them feel human. I love the first hour of Endgame because the tone it sets wouldn’t be out of place in a drama about people that don’t run around in tights and suits of armor for a living. Just really well done stuff. I love little details that make characters feel real, and the cast and crew of this movie delivered that, while also delivering an insanely spectacular and over the top final act. It’s such a great compliment to Infinity War, and a wonderful bookend to the 22 movies that came before it. It’s not a flawless film, but it is an impressively made film. I can’t wait to own it.
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Thread Avengers: Endgame |Spoiler OT2| Changing the past doesn't change the future
[ Thanks guys! And yeah, there so many other little things that really sell how human these people are. I didn’t even touch on the death of Tony, and Peter’s desperate, “it’s me, Mr. Stark, it’s me, Peter,” and Scott’s expression when he hugs Cassie before saying, “you’re so big.” Rudd nailed that little bit of realization on Scott’s face that he missed being a part of his little girl’s life, especially after how charming their relationship was in Ant-Man and the Wasp. I was so sad for him at the end, when him, Hope, and Cassie were on the porch watching the fireworks. Thor’s talk with his mom about failure and being who you’re meant to be, even if it’s not a king or a thunder god was great stuff. And on a more personal note, Sam getting the shield and effectively becoming the new Captain America. His “I’ll do my best,” with the Cap Firsr Avengers theme playing gets me every time. As a black kid growing up loving comics, it always saddened me how few heroes looked like me, and I honestly didn’t expect Hollywood to make Sam Cap. I thought it’d be Bucky, so that moment meant a lot to me. I’ve seen this movie four times already, and I kind of want to see it a fifth before it hits Blu Ray.
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Thread Avengers: Endgame |Spoiler OT2| Changing the past doesn't change the future
That too. XD I've just seen a lot of people saying how Cap just completely bailed on Bucky, but I think Buck was more than happy for Steve getting his happy ending.
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Thread Avengers: Endgame |Spoiler OT2| Changing the past doesn't change the future
I've seen the movie four times at this point, which is nuts for me, but one of the things that really jumped out at me, that I noticed in my second or third viewing, but didn't really think to much of it, was Bucky and Caps interactions at the end of the film. I'm 100% certain Cap told Bucky that he was planning on staying with Peggy. Bucky's line, "I'll miss you, buddy," and Steve's, "You'll be okay," would be an odd exchange for someone who was, theoretically, supposed to step on the platform, disappear, then return in 10 seconds. Bucky's smile as he turns away to see Steve on the bench, as Sam is in the background yelling at Hulk to bring him back, is also a telling moment. Him and his expression were the focal points of that shot, and that smirk was totally him thinking, "Hey, he did it."
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Thread Marvel’s Spider-Man |OT| Face it, Tiger… you just hit the jackpot!
Finally beat the story mode today. Tears. Beautiful game. Great writing, voice acting, gameplay, soundtrack, graphics. Just a fantastic game. I knew Insomniac would deliver. The game drips with a love and passion for Spider-Man that’s been sorely missing from the Activision titles. I hope Insomniac continues to be his home for a long time. I still have some side quests and other activities to complete, but man, what a ride. I have very few issues with the game, personally, but when I sit down to write my thorough review I’ll mull then over. Combat is so satisfying, and web swinging is fantastic and insanely satisfying. I could swing around the city for hours. It’s so damn cathartic and relaxing.
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Thread Marvel’s Spider-Man |OT| Face it, Tiger… you just hit the jackpot!
I love this game so much. I’ve been playing it every day since Friday at midnight, and I can’t stop playing it. I was happy my four day weekend coincided with this release. XD I’m loving the story, and the characterization is great, even though I think they skipped a few beats with Martin LI. I’m about 56% into the game, and have completed all the landmarks, backpacks, map towers, Fisk towers, and research stations. Yet I still have a ton more stuff to do. I’ve been streaming each episode so far, and that’s been fun too! God I hope people will finally stop felating Spider-Man 2 The Game now. That game was always mediocre and the swinging was good for the time, but is pretty awful (and this is from someone who worked on the game as QA back on 2004, and knew it’s intricacies inside and out). This game is far, far better, in every way (as it should be, honestly; SM2 was 14 years ago. XD). I’m playing on a 50”4K Samsung with a PS4 Pro, and holy shit is this game gorgeous. Just a beautiful rendition of Manhattan, with superb lighting and texture work, especially on the costumes. I’ve been playing with the Homecoming Stark Suit, because it just looks so damn beautiful. The combat is fun, and honestly, people, of you are playing it like Arkham, you are doing it at least 80% wrong. He’s Spider-Man! To all about movement, verticality, and being on the offensive. He’s not wearing body armor to absorb hits and bullets, so dancing around your opponent and keeping them off balance because you’re too fast is the best way to approach combat. It took me a bit to get into that groove, and now I look forward to the combat, even when the random crimes are super repetitive. You can have some fun improvisation during combat, and I’ve finally started mixing up gadgets into my battles, instead of hoarding them, and that’s opened up a lot of fun combat encounters for me. Then there’s traversal and swinging. It’s fantastic. I’ve never felt so in control of Spider-Man while swinging through the city. It took me a little bit to get into the groove, and I’m still finding clever ways to move around and keep momentum going, but when you go from point a to point b in one fluid series of swings, vaults, corner turns, and air tricks, it just looks and feels so damn good. I could swing around the city all day and never get bored. It’s jist immensely satisfying. Insomniac has always been one of my top five developers, so I knew Spidey was in good hands, but to say they have overdelivered on my expectations with this game would be an understatement. There’s so much to grow and build on, and improve on, but hot damn did they nail Peter and his world and the gameplay glue that ties it all together. I’m pleased as punch with this game. It’s the best Spider-Man game ever made, bar none. Amazing what time, talent, budget, and passion can do for a game.
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Thread Dreams Gets Its First Early Access Patch June 6
I can’t to actually have a free weekend so I can dive back into this game. I’m looking forward to starting my own project soon.
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Thread People are suddenly screaming at each other about 80-year-old comic strip character Nancy
I remember reading Nancy back in the 80’s when I was a little boy. I’m not sure who’s run it was (I assume it was Bushmiller’s), but I remember loving how weird it was. TheBushmiller stuff in this thread has been great. I feel like I should buy a collection. Gilchrist’s work is legit terrible, though. Like, wow, it’s really bad.
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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?
Honestly? Just watch them all. Even Hulk. Just watch all of them. 23 interconnected films has never been done before, as far as I can recall, and Endgame is the perfect send off for such an unlikely to succeed gamble. There are weak films in the MCU, but I'd argue any of them are actual, legitimately bad movies. Thor 2 is forgettable, but not an awful movie. It's relevance to Endgame makes it a must watch, however. Still. Just watch all of them.
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Thread Marvel Strike Force |OT| Blitzin' Makes Me Feel Good
Hey, folks, I'm still looking for more members to my guild! The Revolver Ocelots! We're trying to work on these Deadpool raids, but we could use some more heads!
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Thread Marvel Strike Force |OT| Blitzin' Makes Me Feel Good
I'm sorry to hear that. I mentioned a few times in this thread over the past month that my alliance is accepting members, but only had a few people join, so I assumed people weren't interested. I barely scraped by getting enough pieces for Thanos. My wife got him like a week ago and I was super jealous. My alliance is still accepting members, so feel free to join, everyone! It's The Revolver Ocelots.
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Thread Marvel Strike Force |OT| Blitzin' Makes Me Feel Good
Accepted! We're currently saving up keys for the Thanos Raid, but some of the other Raids should be going on too. We had a few people leave, so I'm trying to build our numbers up again. It's a pretty casual Alliance. At least that's the plan...
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Thread Zack Morris Is Trash
Lol. This is one of my favorite Youtube series. I wish they could produce them faster, but they're gold. I remember watching Saved by the Bell every day after school. Zack is such a fucking tool. The other series they have are pretty great too. The 7th Heaven one posted in this thread is also hilarious.
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Thread PlayStation VR |OT| Virtually A New Era
Thanks! I definitely don’t have a big head, and I didn’t get headache every thirty minutes, I just think it’s good practice to take breaks from games every hour or so. The headset fits very comfortably. I was actually concerned it would fit loosely on my head, but the adjustment knob is great for keeping it snug and comfy. I played with it all day once it arrived, with the only discomfort being eye strain coming towards the end of my play session. I probably clocked about 6-7 hours on it yesterday, taking breaks every 1-2 hours.I had no idea about the extra stuff for Raw Data! Nice! I’ll have to give it a try again now! And yeah, I eventually got to a point where I’m able to put on/take off the headset without smudging it. It’s very similar to what you described, actually!
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Thread PlayStation VR |OT| Virtually A New Era
My thoughts after kicking around with it for a few hours yesterday: The good: - Setting it up was pretty straight forward and easy. It’s basically plug and play, with some calibration stuff to perform once it’s all hooked up, but it was fairly painless. - Comfortable to wear, wasn’t too heavy or cumbersome and fit over my glasses. I was concerned it’d be weighted heavily in the front, but no, it’s very balanced. - The virtual “cinema mode” screen is awesome for watching movies and playing non-VR games. I have a 50” tv, but the screen sizes in “cinema mode” are 117”, 163”, and 226”, so it felt like I was watching a movie or playing a game on my own personal movie theater. Very cool. - When playing non-VR games and watching tv/movies, I was able to lie back on my bed in a nice comfy position and get lost in it. After a while, I didn’t even notice I was watching/playing with a contraption on my head. XD - 3D movies on this thing is great. I popped in Avatar 3D and watched a little bit of it and I was very impressed. I can definitely see myself getting more 3D/Blu Ray/DVD combos in the future. - I tried a few VR demos, but didn’t play many of my full length games in it, but there’s some fun stuff. Battlezone, Raw Data, and wipEout HD collection we’re pretty sweet in VR. I’ll have to play Astrobots and Moss later (the full games came with the PSVR itself), and do write ups on them. From what I hear, they are two of the best VR games on the platform, so I’m looking forward to diving into them. - Allumette was a super charming and neat VR experience. It wasn’t a game, but more of an interactive short film that allowed you to move around as the story was unfolding. Being able to stand up and observe the world in all degrees as the film played out was very cool. It was simple, but a great first experience with the headset. I may have to download more of these VR experiences to see if they were as well done as this one. - The Raw Data demo caught me by surprise in that I thought it’d be kind of generic point and shoot mechanics, but it was very fun. Using the Move controllers as my dual pistols, and taking out wave after wave of robots trying to destroy a data core was tense and enjoyable. Aiming the pistols and dual firing, Lara Croft style, holsterong the guns at my hips to reload, made me think of how fun a Time Crisis game would be in VR. - wipEout HD collection isn’t a native VR game, but the VR support is really cool. Sitting in the cockpit and racing around the track is adrenaline filled, but the breakneck speed could definitely cause a few folks to get motion sickness. More of a short burst game than one you play for hours. - Starchild was a demo that also caught me by surprise, as I didn’t know what to expect when I booted it up from the demo disc. It’s a 2.5D sides roller that made me think of Metroid (minus the combat so far). The art design was appealing and colorful, and the environment was atmospheric. You control the character on screen in third person, but can look around the environment in all directions. The demo was way too short, but it had me intrigued, so I may purchase the full game. One of the aspects I really liked about it was how being able to look around the environment made it feel so much more alive and grand in scale. A 2D Castlevania done in this way would be awesome. Lol. The bad: - Despite having a 4K capable HDTV and PS4 Pro, the resolution of the games and movies is pretty so/so. Not as sharp as watching them on my native 4K/1080p screen, but not so low that it was unenjoyable. I hope with the PlayStation 5, and a future VR update, they’ll iron out the resolution and at least be able to give us a crisp 1080p or higher resolution. - Not good for long play sessions. Definitely take breaks every 30 minutes to an hour, to avoid a headache/motion sickness. I popped an Excedrin Migraine before using the PSVR just in case, and that helped a lot. Some games/VR experiences can make you nauseous (looking at you, BattleZone). - Not much use for the PS Move controllers outside of a few games. Most games support a dual shock controller, which is GREAT, but considering how much Move Controllers cost, it’s a shame that not more games support it. The few that do are pretty awesome (like Beat Saber, and Raw Data), but there’s still a lot of potential in the Move Controllers. - The lenses get smudged very easily. Initially, there’s a lot of adjusting of the headset when putting it on, so the lenses on the inside have a chance of getting smudged by your head/nose/face/fingers while getting it on. Ideally, you don’t want to take it off and on too much once you’re “inside,” just to minimize the chances of you accidentally smudging the lenses. - Small “play area.” This is primarily due to where my TV is in relation to my bed, but the play area is generally pretty small for the VR games. This makes sense because you don’t want to accidentally bump into things if the play area is too large, but what this meant for me is that I couldn’t recline on my bed while playing VR games, and had to scoot forward to either the middle, or the edge of my bed to play them. It’s not a big deal, but as some games don’t require movement of your body, it’d have been nice to have a wider play area for the PS Camera to pick up and track the headset and Move Controllers. All in all, PlayStation VR is very fun and enjoyable. I bought it primarily for the No Man’s Sky VR patch releasing this summer, but theres a nice amount of content and functionality that made it worth the investment so far. It’s funny that the most use I can see myself getting out of it is the virtual movie theater mode. I just love watching/playing games/movies on such a huge screen. XD I’m looking forward to trying out more games on it, as the potential for some really immersive experiences is high.
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Thread PlayStation VR |OT| Virtually A New Era
Just ordered a PSVR from Amazon today. Should arrive Sunday, so I’m looking forward to it! I mainly bought it in anticipation for NMS VR, but it comes with Moss and Astrobots, which I’ve heard good things about. Not sure what other games are worth grabbing though, so I’ve been looking into it!
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Thread Can we stop saying "Happy Friday"? (discussion about pet names for days of the week)
Happy Friday! I took today off so I could have a relaxing four day weekend and some much needed R&R!
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Thread Stranded in LA
I live near Downtown LA, so where is this meetup going to be and at what time? Also, if you need anymore help, , let me know. I have a futon if you need another couch to crash on, and I should be able to kick a few bucks your way if you need food money! I do have a kitty I recently adopted a month ago, but my door is always open to those that need it! I don't have a car, sadly, but I know the out of LA public transportation! XD XD
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Thread Fox X-Men gets a lot of hate, but this scene....
DOFP was awesome. One of my favorites in the series along with Logan. I didn't realize it wasn't generally considered a quality X-Men movie. It's a shame they followed it up with Apocalypse, but meh. I did get to see an advanced screening of Dark Phoenix for FOX employees, and while I won't give any spoilers away, it was actually...good (I so did not think I'd come out of the movie having enjoyed it, that's for sure). I think they did a much better job with the Dark Phoenix story and premise, and the tone and feel of the movie was really well done. Pleasantly surprised, as I expected it to be a dumpster fire considering it was being helmed by the same person that wrote the abysmal The Last Stand. It was actually a solid conclusion to this style of X-Men films. If it had been left at Apocalypse, that would have been a sad way to end that era. It's not up there with Logan, Deadpool, DOFP for me, but it's better than X-3, and Apocalypse by a longshot. I have pretty strong nostalgia for X-Men and X-2, so I tend to have a soft spot for them, but I don't think they've aged particularly well, though they do have some standout stuff in them.
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Thread X-Men: Dark Phoenix |Spoiler OT| I've seen evil and I'm looking at it now
I thought Sophie was pretty bad in Apocalypse, but she seemed to have improved quite a bit in this one. Her accent was definitely better, and overall she felt more lively and less stiff? She played Dark Phoenix pretty well too. Not an amazing performance, but definitely an improvement. I wish we had gotten more depth with the antagonists though. Super bland and 1 dimensional. I feel like they could have trimmed some scenes to make room for more scenes that fleshed them out more. Or made them kind of sympathetic in some kind of way. Their motivations were weak. Not awful, just super weak and typical.
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Thread Wait...Magneto and Xavier are supposed to be over 60 years old in Dark Phoenix?
Outside of the original trilogy, I kind of just view each successive movie as individual movies, with actors that we enjoy seeing in those roles. Like, each one a parallel reality with minor things altered or changed, but core elements the same (ie, Xavier and Magneto having a troubled past, Mystiques relationship with both of them, etc etc). When the movie is fun, or good (like DOFP, Logan), it’s something I can overlook and just enjoy the fun/good story the filmmakers came up with. But when it’s bad (Apocalypse), it sticks out more. Like, I think setting X-Men movies in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s is a neat idea. The problem was then trying to pretend that they’re all interconnected without even attempting to alter the appearances of the cast, or age up some of the actors. That’s silly, but ultimately doesn’t bother me. Logan, if you want to dissect it, falls apart when trying to fit it into the established X timeline. But if you just roll with what the story is trying to evoke, it’s great. Definitely my favorite. Yeah, it leans heavily on our affection for Jackman and Stewart’s portrayal as Logan and Xavier, respectively, but it works. Days of Future Past, for me, is the end of the X-Men film series. I thought it was a fun amalgamation of the original cast and the first class cast, and was a fun, entertaining movie. Apocalypse and Phoenix are just “what ifs” to me. And I actually don’t hate Dark Phoenix. It’s just not very memorable for me. Entertaining, but dumb. Better than Apocalypse though.
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Thread Dark Phoenix Review Thread(RT: 22%)
Yeah, it’s definitely not a bad movie. I’ve seen legit bad movies. This isn’t one of them. I feel like it’s ultimately forgettable, but not the dumpster fire people were expecting. I actually didn’t notice the reshoots either, so they did a solid job of masking that, unlike, say Fant4stic (full disclosure, I haven’t seen Fant4stic, but I’ve seen the reshoot comparison videos, and that shit sticks out like a sore thumb).
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Thread Dark Phoenix Review Thread(RT: 22%)
I saw it Monday, so I'll repost my "mini-review" from Facebook: "Dark Phoenix was actually...good? Wait, what? Just finished an employee screening of the movie, and while I won’t go into specifics since it’s not out yet, I will say I actually really enjoyed it. I have some issues with a few things, but overall, it was a solid, entertaining movie. X-Men: The Last Stand continues to be the low point of the series. Yes, even lower than Apocalypse (at least that one is watchable and goofy). I admit it’s not that high of a bar to be better than Apocalypse and The Last Stand, but I was pleasantly surprised. Sophie Turner was so much better in this one than her last putting as Jean Grey. She seemed more comfortable and natural in the role this time. Her American accent was definitely better too." My biggest issue with the movie is that the antagonists are uninteresting and underdeveloped. I think having a bit more to flesh them out would have elevated the movie further. Overall, it's far from a dumpster fire. Much better than Last Stand and Apocalypse (a low bar, I know), but I thought it was entertaining and watchable.
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Thread Uncharted Movie, starring Tom Holland , will release December 20, 2020.
So much for my dream of Oscar Isaac playing an older Drake. Also, I always got the impression that Drake was multi-ethnic. I never saw him as "just a white guy."
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Thread "When They See Us" has sparked a boycott against Central Park Five prosecutor Linda Fairstein
I love her coded language, referring to them as a “pack.” Not a “group”. But a “pack,” like animals. It’s the subtle wording that gives away people’s true mindsets, and another example of the way bigots and racists subconsciously dehumanize minorities, especially black people. It’s really fucking gross. Glad she resigned. She’s still well off and I doubt this hurts her too much, but it’s better than nothing. Those boys got it so much worse, largely due to her and other racist’s actions, but I’ll take what little comeuppance she gets in the short term. I hope she’s forever remembered as that racist DA who helped put five innocent teenagers behind bars for a large chunk of their youth. I think about the things I’ve done in my life from age 15-25, and it breaks my heart for those men. The things I was able to enjoy and experience and learn from. The people I met. The friends I made. Relationships I found. I’d have never gotten that had I been locked up jail. It’s infuriating to think about what these men were robbed of by a corrupt, racist, deplorable judicial system and generational smearing campaign racists have waged against black America, to the point where racism and bigoted views against us are ingrained in our society like muscle fibers. Systemic and institutional racism is the backbone of this country. Disgusting. I don’t expect Fairstein to get much more comeuppance than this, but at least it’s something.
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night | Official Update Thread
They say it's a backer exclusive shirt, so I imagine not. Perhaps they'll change their minds later on down the line, but it's doubtful. That video is really nice. The game looks so polished! I'm hoping they ship out the physical copy of the game on time. I'd love to actually be able to play it on launch day. I don't care about waiting for the physical backer awards to arrive at the same time, I just want my PS4 copy!
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Thread Collider's Kristian Harloff reaches peak entitlement over Star Wars Galaxy's Edge
He seems fun at parties. Entitled is definitely an apt description of this dude. Get over yourself. Being a fan of something doesn't earn you a cookie. And you probably didn't get an invite because you're insufferable to be around. I'm assuming Collider get an invite and press badges. Just not . Can't imagine why... I didn't watch the video in the OP, because it's too early in my work day for a cringe dosage, but I'll watch it later.
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Thread Console players: Do you actually play exclusives or third party most? And either way, which of those matters more in your system purchases?
First party titles or 2nd and third party exclusives are generally why I’ll choose one platform over the other for an initial console purchase. Then I buy third party games to supplement the exclusives. For me, personally, Sony’s first party developer stable is some of the best in the industry, and I’m a big fan of their IPs and developers like Santa Monica, Naughty Dog, Guerrilla Games, Media Molecule, Bend, etc etc, and will pretty much buy whatever their next title is, on whatever platform it’s released on. But since they’re all owned by Sony, I go PlayStation. This is one of the few generations where I haven’t owned all three of the major console platforms. I have a PS4 Pro and a Switch, but passed on the Xbox ONE this time around, because there just wasn’t much that interested me that I couldn’t either play on my PS4, or on PC. I will usually own both a PlayStation and Xbox, but not this gen. Maybe next console cycle I’ll own an Xbox.
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Thread So, Days Gone... Yay or Nay?
Yea for me. It’s a really good game. I find it weird/disappointing that game discourse these days gets boiled down to a game either being GOAT or Dogshit. Like, why can’t a game just be good? Or a flawed gem? Not every game needs to redefine the industry or the genre. I’m a firm believer in just letting a game be what it is. Days Gone is a really good, atmospheric, fun game, with an interesting story and gameplay mechanics that are solid and enjoyable, and complements the world and story. It’s not flawless, and certainly has glitches and other little nitpicks, but overall it’s very polished and well executed. No, it’s not GOTY or GOAT, and it doesn’t have to be. The beginning is definitely the roughest part of the game due to the slow build up and deliberate meting out of mechanics and systems, but once it gets going it gets its hooks in you. Gunplay is satisfying, as is driving the motorcycle, and unlocking new skills and abilities opens up the game even more. I haven’t read a single review of the game, since reviews don’t factor into my purchasing decisions, but I’ve been very satisfied with the game so far. I’m not terribly far into it story wise, but I’ve sunk a good 25+ hours into it as of this post, and can’t wait to find some more time to play it. Is it worth it at full price? I say yes, but I also don’t fault people that want to wait for it to be cheaper. I actually preordered it ages ago on Amazon, back when they were still doing their 10% off preorders, so I got it for $52 USD, but I’d have bought it at $60 too.
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Thread Netflix's When They See Us |OT| Mini-series based on the Central Park Five - 5/31
I hadn't even heard about this series, but I'm going to watch it when I get the chance this weekend. I don't think I'm emotionally prepared to watch it during my work week.
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Thread I just defeated Father Gascoigne in Bloodborne for the first time!
Awesome! Congrats! I remember the first time I fought him it took me hours to finally beat him. Now I can school him in less than 3 minutes, and that includes his intro cutscene setting up the fight. Lol. I think I actually uploaded that video to YouTube. XD It’s the fight that really trains you for what’s to come, as well as the fight designed to teach you the parry system.
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Thread Avatar: The Last Airbender Book 3 has serious issues.
This thread reminded me that I don't actually own Avatar: The Last Airbender on Blu Ray. So I just bought the complete series! Thanks, OP! I've only watched through the series once, but I remember overall being satisfied with how the final season went. I'm very much looking forward to revisiting it once my set arrives. I also loved The Legend of Korra, primarily for how different it was from Avatar. In a way, it reminds me of Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross. Both are fantastic, but different, with their own highs and lows and individual tones, scope, and creative/narrative goals.
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Thread Days Gone |OT| A Deacon of Hope
lol! yeah, I love that too. Last night as I was hiding in the bushes, this dude was like, "Hey, just come on out, it'll be fine!" I killed them all. Deek wasn't born yesterday. XD
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Thread Days Gone |OT| A Deacon of Hope
I'm totally the same. I've been stealthing all of the time. I'm playing it like I would if I was really in a situation like this. I'm almost always at full inventory because I don't use my weapons once. Last night I faced off against my first small horde (maybe about 20 or so), and that did have me using everything I could do survive (I died quite a bit before I finally killed them all. i have it all captured on my stream for posterity. lol). I really, really love the tone and atmosphere of this game. It's super intense.
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Thread Days Gone |OT| A Deacon of Hope
I'm really, really enjoying the game so far. I didn't have much time to play this weekend, but I sunk about 5=+hours into it, maybe? Love the setting and atmosphere. The controls and gunplay are really good as well. A fun thing that happened last night: I was sneaking around a small camp, planning my stealth kill strategy for some human enemies, when they started yelling and shooting, and I'm like, "what the hell, how did they spot me?" Apparently, some wolves had wandered into their camp, and they were shooting at them. So I killed the other dudes while the rest were distracted by the wolves, then looted the corpses of everyone left. The wolves were eventually killed by the remaining guys. I love emergent gameplay like that.
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night | Official Update Thread
Yeah, I don’t see what the problem is. I backed it at the $150 tier, but I missed the survey to decide on whether to sell the backer exclusive content as DLC. Personally, I’d have said to go right ahead and sell it. I hate when I’m locked out of content in a game because I either couldn’t preorder it, back it because of being short on money, or press an email confirmation quick enough. I guess my mentality on kickstarters, and often the reason backers pay a premium, is that I’m backing this game so it exists. Without the backers, there’s a very, very high chance this game wouldn’t exist. A game in a genre I’m very much passionate about. So yeah, I paid a premium to help development come to fruition. I don’t particularly feel that it gives me some kind of entitled exclusivity to content. Maybe it’s because I’m a game designer myself, and work in the gaming industry, but I don’t like the idea of keeping content from gamers that have paid for that content. Sure, backers paid extra, so the game could reach stretch goals and provide content. If the motivation was just so I could get exclusive stuff that no one else could have so I could wave my epeen around online all smug and shit... that’s just immature to me. I backed Bloodstained because I desperately wanted an Igavania on consoles/pc/portable. I also wanted more gamers to have a chance to experience an authentic Igavania title (no offense to the myriad of indie titles clearly inspired by his work in the genre and were some pretty amazing Metroidvanias as well). I couldn’t give a rats ass about non-backers being able to buy the Iga Back Pack. I’m just happy the game exists and my tiny contribution helped make it happen. It’s not like I’m shut out of the content myself, so what’s the problem?
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night | Official Update Thread
It’s funny, my initial pledge was, I believe, $60, so I could get a physical copy of the game. I knew the game was already successfully funded, and that’s all I cared about, but I wanted to throw a few bucks their way to show my love of the genre and Iga’s work. I would have pledged more the , but I didn’t have enough money at the time. Months and months later, I finally had the money to upgrade my tier to the $150 one. Honestly, having my name in the credits of an Igavania was worth it alone, but I also wanted the art book and other little physical rewards that aren’t actually important, but neat to have. I’m a huge fan of art books though, so I’m always up for acquiring more. I admit I’m pretty terrible at keeping up with stretch goals and project updates, so I remember being pleasantly surprised when I discovered that we were getting Curse of the Moon. To think that the project I wanted to back actually spawned titles! It felt even more worth it. Especially as someone who grew up in the 80’s, playing the original Castlevania back in ‘87, when I was 8 years old, and falling in love with the series and that style of game. Curse of the Moon being so good, and such a nostalgia trip for me was a highlight of this whole Kickstarter. And to think that wouldn’t have existed if like minded passionate gamers hadn’t taken the risk to support development of this game via Kickstarter or Fangamer. I’ve only kickstarted a handful of things. So far I’m still waiting on one to be complete, but the others were so worth it. It doesn’t sour me on the concept of kickstarters. I think when managed correctly, the benefits outweigh the risks. But there risk.
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night | Official Update Thread
I played a little of the demo using the Steam Link and my PS4 controller, and it was nice. Really digging it. I have a few little issues about some of the responsiveness, but overall, it feels great. Better than I was expecting it to. Visually, it looks much, much better than some of the videos I've been watching as well. I may miss sprite based CV, but this one still looks very good. I haven't finished the demo yet (I completed the boat section and made it to the town), and I want it to release already. It feels like forever since it was announced.
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night | Official Update Thread
I booted up the demo before I got the steam link and played for a few minutes, and the controls feel the same as when using the steam link. The game feels very good overall. About on par with other Igavania's in my opinion. There's definitely some differences, because you are dealing with 3D models in 3D space, compared to 2D models, but it's good. I think maybe you mistook my comment to mean that I was having these huge, laggy moments with the controls, but it's more of a subtle, I jump to hit a hanging lantern, attack with my weapon, and the hit detection doesn't seem to respond correctly, and I don't break the lantern. I have to hit it in a very specific way in order to break it. It's an incredibly minor thing.
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night | Official Update Thread
Not to mention they fixed the embarrassingly over the top character model for the boss of the demo. The character model looks so much better now.
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night | Official Update Thread
The lack of stagger reaction is probably a polish thing. Various things get prioritized over the course of development, and it’s likely that that particular enemy hasn’t been looked at yet beyond basic attack animations, and death animation. This game still seems to have a ways to go, so I imagine the game won’t be entering polishing rage anytime soon. And I think that applies to all areas of the game, from character animations, lighting, post-processing effects, etc etc. I don’t doubt that what Bloodstained looks like in this November 2017 update video, and What Bloodstained will look like 6 months from now, will be noticeably different.
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night | Official Update Thread
Pretty much. It’s also why a lot of us will show CGI trailers when we reveal a game. Sometimes it’s jist not ready to be seen. With Kickstarter, it’s damned if you do, damned if you don’t, because you want to be as transparent as possible, so people know their backing is well spent, but often if you do, you have to show it down an incomplete project, which hasn’t even had a polish pass yet. I think what a lot of gamers don’t realize when they see a game shown off at E3 or similar conventions is that those games aren’t done. It’s not like developers are sitting on complete games waiting for the perfect time to reveal them so they can win E3. Many of them are months, maybe even a year from release, so we show the most polished section at that particular moment in time. Bloodstained is probably still a year off, if we’re lucky. We aren’t seeing even close to a finished product. It’s a shame that so many gamers are quick to judge an unfinished product. Then people complain if we sit on it until closer to release. It’s a double edged sword I think.
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night | Official Update Thread
While I’m not in love with the 3D models, the game looks awesome, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it already. The music and art design is awesome. I understand why they couldn’t do 2D sprites, so I’m not terribly disappointed. I’m so glad I backed this project. I’ve been dying for some legit Igavania, and What better fix than from the man himself?