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Thread This narrative forming that "At least the prequels had a story/narrative"
The narrative is forming... because it's the right conclusion. The PT may be overstuffed with bad CGI and stilted dialogue, but it has a clear storyline about the fall of democracy (with the rise of alt-right across the world, it's more current than ever). They may be badly acted, but the characters have clear motivations and arcs. The ST is a cynical exploitation of nostalgia/storied franchise, with cinematic craftsmenship, but devoid of any substance or meaning. It's the definition of fastfood. It's got more in common with Bayformers, Independence Day Resurgence, Battleship, TMNT and the like than the OT/PT.
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Thread The Mandalorian Episode 6 releases tomorrow. Place your bets; *potential spoiler?*
It's Giancarlo, but calling him the main villain, when we got 3 eps left is a bit generous. He's the villain of the week. Now, if they make it so Mandalorian is Boba Fett and those flashbacks are of him saving the child, not the child... nah.
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Thread ROTS vs TLJ
Not even a contest. One has a bad acting and bad dialogue, but an interesting thought-provoking story, great mythos, characters and worldbuilding. It moves the overall story along and ends on a high note. It isn't the best movie, but it's earnest. The other is just bad. Too long, dull and often illogical, retreading ESB and ROTJ beats, with a muddled message, and a lot of non-characters (Rey/Finn/Poe are all diminished in this movie), cringe humor and an almost spiteful disdain for the themes and topos of the 2 original trilogies. It ends with nowhere to go. It's a hipster ironic take on SW.
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Thread The Mandalorian |OT| A Complicated Profession [SPOILERS ON EPISODE DROP]
Because it feels like a live action cartoon. Those 12-14 missing minutes could have given us some solid character work and allowed us to learn about the characters. As it is now, The Mandalorian is a paper-thin cliche of a protagonist and rest of the cast is non existent. Which is fine for a cartoon focused on action/adventure, but makes it a pretty dull show (despite cool scenes).
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Thread Obi-Wan series announced for Disney+ with Ewan McGregor!
No one likes those crazier old EU stories. But Lucas did take from the EU, most natably Coruscant first appeared in the Zahn trilogy.
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Thread Star Wars: The Mandalorian Trailer (Disney+)
It's reaching, but plausible (though I thought you needed a Tibanna Mining Facility for that). Just... why? It's plausible Anakin Skywalker put together Threepio who got his memory erased and ended up on Tantive IV... but why? A character does the exact same thing that an identical character did in a movie you remember. Again, 'word spread around' works for in-universe logic if you squint, I just find the coincidence in the previous sentence lazy.
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Thread Star Wars: The Mandalorian Trailer (Disney+)
Simplest explanation is that it's Boba Fett, not that the bounty hunter community must've passed through Jabba's palace and made it a standard practice, c'mon... :D And I say this hoping The Mandalorian is a new character (Boba Fett is a no-character).
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Thread Star Wars: The Mandalorian Trailer (Disney+)
Ok, let's go on this lore speculation journey! Han Solo was on display for a year in Jabba's Palace. His vitals were stable, but nobody knew if he could be revived. He was a trophy. Most of the people who saw him de-frosted died on Jabba's Barge. So, using carbonite for bringing in 'live' bounties would be rather risky. At least risky enough not to make it the industry standard. Bounty hunters wouldn't really start installing carbonite chambers on their ships en masse. Also, the chamber in Cloud City was huge and miniaturization (and tech progress) doesn't seem to be a thing in the SW universe. All of this makes me think 'unlikely', not impossible or illogical, just unlikely. . Because why would you put two classical images that went together in the past, again: cheesy nostalgia used for marketing or it's Boba Fett. 50/50 for me ;)
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Thread Star Wars: The Mandalorian Trailer (Disney+)
Yeah, the carbonite freeze. It was shown in ESB as an ad hoc, unproven dangerous method of imprisonment. The bounty hunter that was introduced to this was Boba Fett. Now a new bounty hunter on the same planet with the same armor transports prisoners the same exact way. So... ...it's either a retcon or it's Boba Fett. Can be both. I can totally see Favreau hand waiving it "ah, they did it to Han, word spread, now they're doing it this way', which is fine, but why make a visually identical character do the same thing (other than nostalgia money ;)).
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Thread Bloomberg: Star Wars is Struggling to Win Over the Next Generation of Kids
The Prequels are light years better than ST though. From a franchise-sustaining way at least. They may have awful dialog, stilted acting and dated CGI, but at least they're about something, they have story arcs and great world building. They have a soul. And the stories stay with people, while the sucky specifics fade. The ST is just a big bowl of nothing. It's a soulless consumer product with no direction and point to exist other than to make money. There is no mythology there or stories to recount, just a series of almost random events happening one after another.
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Thread Bloomberg: Star Wars is Struggling to Win Over the Next Generation of Kids
My 2 cents - don't want to start a debate here, as I know the ST has some genuine fans here. I'm not one of them. The two mainline Disney SW movies were awful. If not for the name attached, they'd be standing proudly next to Jupiter Ascending. They're a perfect storm of being bad on their own and being bad as a continuation of a franchise. - both are glorified remakes (TLJ less so, as it mixes ESB, RotJ and 'subverting expectations') with rehashed plots - nostalgia pandering without adding anything of substance - TFA wants to simultaneously be a reboot and appeal to old fans, ends up dishonoring legacy characters and undercooking the new ones - no regard for the mythos and worldbuilding, which are these movies' foundation - no regard for what came before, only lip service; JJ's TFA is just carelessly indifferent, while Johnson's TLJ is actively mocking of the stories/characters and fandom - disservice to all the new characters who really don't have time or opportunity to become 'their own' (maybe save for Kylo) - TFA is an empty promise of the worn 'mystery box' idea - TLJ is a petulant reaction to that focused on meaningless 'gotchas' and the idea of subversion, only to end up on the same tracks by the end, while somehow completely cutting the potential of a sequel It was like a perfect one-two punch of awful. And Disney already laid the groundwork for the franchise's decline, by angering fans prior to both movies releases. - they canceled the Clone Wars TV series, which by that point was a) beloved and b) really good - they canceled the original tv series from Lucas set in the 'dark times' between PT and OT - they canceled all the in-production games, including 1313 which was generating buzz with the fans - they handed the license to EA, which proceeded to a) sleep on it for 7 years now, not counting b) Battlefront, which is mired in the lootbox controversy - in one fell swoop they made the old EU redundant, a) making a lot of people feel cheated and b) making the SW world a lot smaller; it doesn't help that the new EU isn't that great (the new EU's problem is that a lot of it is inconsequential, it's a glorified promotional material for the movies, while the old EU, with all its warts was mostly interested in telling new stories) Gutting the old EU made a lot of existing merchandise worthless, while making movies with undercooked characters that don't really have much to do (Finn, Poe, Rose, to a lesser extent Rey) made these characters less desirable as toys. It's actually surprising that SW is doing this well. Disney is now in full damage control mode and to their credit they seem to be making all the right decisions to course correct: - bringing back the Clone Wars - making a tv series set in the OT continuity, with actual fans at the helm - making another tv series and game in the 'dark times' period (maybe reusing some of the stuff from the Lucas tv series) - retconing a lot of TLJ - not really touching the ST period Time will tell if it's enough to return the brand to the glory days.
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Thread Remnant: From the Ashes - Story Trailer + Gameplay Details (Souls & Shloot)
Time for the hard questions... what's the business model on this one? You've got a great initial price (digital release only), but what about 'reccurent spending'... any microtransactions? Lootboxes? Skins? Boosters? ;)
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Thread Star Wars Rebels |OT| Counting down to a New Hope and the Last Jedi
I'm probably old enough to be your dad. Also, this weeks episodes continue to show what a clusterf*ck the sequel trilogy is.
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Thread Star Wars Rebels |OT| Counting down to a New Hope and the Last Jedi
When a Saturday Morning Cartoon does adult emotions and character arcs better than the Last Jedi...
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Thread PSA: It's not so difficult and pricey to get into FFXIV !
Not in a user-friendly way, I'm afraid. Spent 10 minutes in the menus trying to set something up and then quit ;) I'm on PS4 btw.
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Thread PSA: It's not so difficult and pricey to get into FFXIV !
Always wanted to play it, for the story/music/feel, because I'm a huge FF fan. Got the trial, but the cluttered HUD is a no-go for me :/
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Thread Extra Credits: Stop Normalizing Nazis - Socially Conscious Game Design
People taking offense at a video aimed at fighting the rise of neonazism because they feel they are being called stupid need to find a better use of their time. People have been playing these games for 2 decades and look were we are now. And are you really arguing that criticizing the right to play as nazis is censorship? Are you really pulling out that tried and true rightwing rhetoric of a slippery slope?
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Thread Extra Credits: Stop Normalizing Nazis - Socially Conscious Game Design
It shows we woke up too late to stop the initial wave of normalization and the rise of the alt-right. But I'm glad people are starting to take a strong stance against fascism (finally...?).
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Thread Tim Sweeney: Epic Games will cover future refunds and work with other stores to ensure key availability for crowdfunded games that go Epic exclusive
Developers can make separate deals with 3rd party resellers with a different split or rules. I believe that's how Humble Bundle works in the first place?
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Thread Tim Sweeney: Epic Games will cover future refunds and work with other stores to ensure key availability for crowdfunded games that go Epic exclusive
This is a complicated subject due to the nature of the agreements between developers, publishers, stores and 3d party key sellers. Developers can make deals with 3d parties, the question is, will they want to share that regained %. What are the incentives for going 3d party seller? I.e. why do the keys pop up there in the first place?Isn't that what everyone in a capitalistic system is doing? We can go all the way up with this type of logic ;) I'm not telling you to do anything. I'm offering a perspective from the other side of the fence. Valve is not some benevolent entity some of you want to believe. Steam is a business and has a dominating position on the PC market. You can dislike some the things the Epic store is doing (I do), but uniformly rallying behind Steam is misguided.So I'm either ignorant, stupid or evil. Ok, this will be an EoT from me after this respones.
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Thread Tim Sweeney: Epic Games will cover future refunds and work with other stores to ensure key availability for crowdfunded games that go Epic exclusive
The first one is true, because you've got 2 steps to it, digital is one. Though if you have publisher, they can also take a cut above the 30%.What? I didn't say anything of the sort. I said Steam is overcrowded with shovelware so it's hard to be noticed even if you have a good game, hence it's good there's now an alternate place you can go to try sell your game.Yes, but the developer is still paying the costs of that 'phantom' middle-man ;) I.e. either by being forced to take on a digital publisher (for marketing/visibility) or having to pay for that yourself. The shelfspace in a store is limited, so you knew your game would be there somewhere. It was similar to this on Steam in the early days; Steam provided some of the things a publisher originally did. But now, with unlimited 'shelf' space, your game can effectively diapppear on a storefront.If you ask me, they should work it out with the devs; make a different split for gift cards. It's really not that hard to do. What I suspect is happening is that Epic just doesn't want to go into gift cards. They either don't see a profit in them or consider them a hassle. Which is a shame.Did you just 'my friend me'? :D Epic is going for the big money with those titles, same way as Steam reduced the split for their largest partners (but not for idies, oh no). Nevertheless, Epic store IS an opportunity for the indie devs.
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Thread Tim Sweeney: Epic Games will cover future refunds and work with other stores to ensure key availability for crowdfunded games that go Epic exclusive
Too many posts to answer at once sorry. G2A came to mind as I just watched the Jim Sterling video on them... What I can say is this: things are not packages, no matter how they are sold to you as - revenue split is not inexplicably tied to cutting out third party sellers for example.Yes, that was the perspective I was trying to highlight, because that is where I'm coming from. The trade-off on moving towards 88/12 for consumers is negligible, because the split itself is arbitrary, it's not based on services by the middle man, but on tradition. There are trade offs to specific Epic store policies - which I don't approve of and would fight against. But forcing the entire industry to rethink the 70/30 split? That's a noble goal I think, that can bring a lot of good and make the industry a better place to work with. Siding with a megacorp that has a de facto monopoly (yes, a de facto monopoly ;)) on the market, not so much. There are also many other facets to this problem: like content curation (none vs restrictive, so Active Shooter vs. Epic turning down indie games because they don't look pretty enough), policies and so on, too many to name. Ok, I see there are 4 more replies waiting, I'll never dig out of this conversation :D
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Thread Tim Sweeney: Epic Games will cover future refunds and work with other stores to ensure key availability for crowdfunded games that go Epic exclusive
That's a fair point! Though it has nothing to do with the split. just Epic's greed and maybe a lack of business sense with dealing with emerging markets. I'd definitely change the strategy on that front.Steam (and other online RETAILERS) are the retail store of the Internet. The barrier of entry by obscurity (too many games on Steam released monthly to make an impression without a marketing budget) is what makes Epic store that much lucrative.
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Thread Tim Sweeney: Epic Games will cover future refunds and work with other stores to ensure key availability for crowdfunded games that go Epic exclusive
I''ll take your question at face value as a legitimate one and explain how I see it. If you could offer a good to the consumer/customer directly and effectively, you would indeed take 100%. Like EA or Ubisoft or Activision Blizzard do on their own stores. If you are forced to go through a middle-man, like the Apple Store or Steam, you need to pay for that. Now, what's a 'just split'? You can approach it pragmatically or idealistically. The 70/30 split was based on physical goods distribution. Creating and delivering physical goods is a lot more expensive than digital. Effectively, a digital storefront is taking same for less. It's no wonder developers push back against it. Idealistically, I would like for the one who created the game to earn more than the one who puts it on their storefront. This is reflective of my liberal (European liberal, so also socialist) views. It's the workers own means of production mnetality ;) It'd be more rewarding to be a creator and you'd get a lot more diverse stuff. That last sentence evokes a strange sentiment "Screw you, we've got it worse". Changing the split certainly won't be worse for customers and can lead to a more diverse market with a lower barier of entry for indie devs who need to put up development money out of their pockets.
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Thread Tim Sweeney: Epic Games will cover future refunds and work with other stores to ensure key availability for crowdfunded games that go Epic exclusive
Well, that's on them then! I don't see a lasting change on this front happening.Well, it's easy to imagine why devs take those deals. Being on Steam is not what it used to be, you're getting a worse split. On top of that, Epic is paying you for 'exclusivity'. I'm putting that in quotation marks, because in reality it's not the same thing as consoles exclusives. Those bar entry by forcing you to buy a $400 console. PC exclusivity has no such monetary barier of entry. That's why a lot of devs take this deal, they bet on the fact that gamers will come in same/similar numbers, even if the game is not on Steam. We'll see if this is the case in a longer term.I am specifically talking about indie devs. There are also several types of publisher deals. Some are for game development (publisher pays for creating the game), but others are just for marketing/visibility. I would argue that the Stream's large audience can mean little if you have no way of grabbing their attention (ie. Steam is crowded, while in the Epic Store you can stand out, at least for the moment).If you'll read my post, I said I was mostly talking about indies, as I did point out that larger companies are unlikely to pass the benefits to their employees.I would argue that "f you, what's in it for us?" is an attitude that got us ad a civilization to the brink - and is also the philosophy that drives the largest companies to nickle and dime you, chase trends and disregard any ethics whatsoever. 70/30 -> 88/12 is not about the consumers first, that's clear. But it won't harm the consumers either. What is at issue is the Epic 'exclusiveness'. I have no doubt no one would question the change if it wasn't also for Epic's moneyhatting ;) BUT! Customers will benefit from more and better quality indie games and games from smaller studios. I have no doubt things like Phoenox Point will benefit from the funds the developer got from Epic. What is regretable here is the broken promise of releasing on Steam - Steam had a 15 year head start, I hope the Epic store will introduce a lot of these features. If not, it'll eventually die, exlusives will only take you so far and the Fortnite money will eventually dry out. However, I would be hestitant to say what the money goes for, because we really have no solid data on that. Steam was actually quite stagnant as a store and slow to introduce changes. It's only now, with Epic on the horizon, that it expedited changes, which I see as another positive. However, I'm not here to argue for the Epic store, I have no stake in it (and the games I work for have not been or are not going to be Epic exclusives), I was just commenting on the revenue split.Maybe Valve could, but Valve doesn't. Valve proposed better splits for the largest publishers, because if they left, that would make a mark. They don't care about appeasing the indie devs, because they've got a store full of smaller games. About losing 18% vs. not being accepted. That's a different conversation altogether, however I'd imagine there are reasons for not being accepted. Steam is full of shovelware and asset flips, because it takes them all, but it really doesn't mean you will sell anything.I did, thank you! Though it'll be hard to move the convo there now :/Well, I'm also speaking as someone in the industry, though I won't say fuck to your arguments, just debate them ;) Crunch is a product of bad management (or greed), that much we can agree upon, but rallying behind Steam and the 70/30 split against a, in my opinion more fair, 88/12 is just cheering for a megacorp against weaker and smaller business entites. And to paraphrase your first comment. No one is on Steam because they want to. Either you are big enough to bypass it or you are forced to be on it due to the de facto monopoly. As for the larger Epic Store debate, I have an opinion (whether it succeeds or fails, it will make for a healthier industry in the long run), but I was only interested in sharing my views on the revenue split, as that's a topic I have first-hand experience with as a developer and writer.
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Thread Tim Sweeney: Epic Games will cover future refunds and work with other stores to ensure key availability for crowdfunded games that go Epic exclusive
There's a lot of nuance to the conversation: - there are devs that are going because of the split and visibility/promotion (I see no problem) - there are devs that go the 'exclusive' route because of monetary compensation (I'm still ok with that) - there are devs that promoted and/or sold their games as Steam titles and then went Epic exclusive (I'm not ok with this; I can see the reasoning in some cases, but you should always honor your promises). Third party sellers like G2A? Third party sellers are a different topic altogether....
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Thread Tim Sweeney: Epic Games will cover future refunds and work with other stores to ensure key availability for crowdfunded games that go Epic exclusive
I'm advocating for a revenue split for developers, I'm not advocating for Epic or their practices towards their employees. In that regard, I'd like for game developers to unionize. Without a strong backing, employees of larger companies will always be treated unfairly, be it Epic, Rockstar, EA or any other company.
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Thread Tim Sweeney: Epic Games will cover future refunds and work with other stores to ensure key availability for crowdfunded games that go Epic exclusive
My 2 cents. For years, Valve's de facto monopoly on the PC front meant you had to go to Steam and had to take whatever terms they proposed to you. 88/12 is a godsend to indie developers, especially when Steam is now crowded with games (value of being on the Steam Store has deminished and became more a requirement). In many cases 88/12 equates to making almost double the profit. When you run an indie studio, every new project is a make it or break it prospect. The higher split gives indies more security and stability. They can even invest in pre-production in other titles. That is why you see a lot of them flock to the Epic Store. It's just a peculiar concept to on one hand defend 70/30 and on the other demand that prices go down at 88/12. The pie remains the same. Those two concepts are not connected in the way you think. Between the developer and the middle-man, it's the middle-man who could better take the hit on prices. Prices could go down with the current split, it's not the split that's the obstacle here. Also, the prices of games have remained the same for over 10 years now, while development costs have risen. But even that's not the whole picture. Check the inflation rate over the last 10 years. "According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, today's prices in 2019 are 19.37% higher than average prices throughout 2009. The dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 1.79% per year during this period, meaning the real value of a dollar decreased." Everything went up by 20%. But not video games. Compared to 2009, games are actually 20% cheaper today. That's less than the 18% changing hands on Epic Store. The only way for game prices to go is up - or to hide the added costs in microtransactions, DLC etc. Well, it really depends on the developer. If it's a multibillion $ company, they probably could (especially with all the underhanded tactics they're using to rake additional funds, like lootboxes, microtransactions and so on). Realistically, they probably won't pass the 'savings' to their employees too. On the other hand, small developers can actually introduce quality of life improvments thanks to the improved revenue share. Higher more staff, offer better contracts, better offices. 88/12 split can only be a net positive for developers. People who bemoan crunch and decry poor working conditions in the industry should absolutely and without exception be for the 88/12 split and go easier on Epic.
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Thread If Valve Were To Trust The Development Of Half-Life 3 To Another Studio Who Do You Think They'd Choose? Who Would You Choose?
They'd let fans make a Half-life 3 mod, then strongarm them into a very unfavorable contract ;) /s
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Thread The Daily Dot: Why did Netflix erase the queerness of ‘Evangelion’? (Spoilers)
Are you a secret alt-right boy? Because you sure sound like one. As to the the terrorist thing, I was under the impression it was a reference to the Aum Shinrikyo, which sure, you can call leftist and ignore it was a religious sect.... IF you're the type of person you likes to mislead people and have an agenda.
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Thread The Daily Dot: Why did Netflix erase the queerness of ‘Evangelion’? (Spoilers)
Does it transition well in translation to our culture? Does it mean the same thing? Is it integral to the plot?
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Thread The Daily Dot: Why did Netflix erase the queerness of ‘Evangelion’? (Spoilers)
Of the two, I'm more appalled by the terrorist -> leftist terrorist change. Like... how does this get through any form of scrutiny?
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Thread It is time to be honest with ourselves, Assassin's Creed Odyssey is one of the best open world games of this generation
It seems that way, but like all UBI games as of late, it's mostly empty calories. There's very little in terms of story, worldbuilding, quest design, combat. Everything is very samey and bland and safe. There is no real exploration. The overarching AC story i going in circles for a few years now. It's pleasant and inoffensive and a nice time-sink to relax, but doesn't leave any lasting impression whatsoever. It's the definition of game as a consumer product rather than art.
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Thread It is time to be honest with ourselves, Assassin's Creed Odyssey is one of the best open world games of this generation
Hm. If I had to pinpoint one thing, it'd be making you genuinely feel something. Another way is making stuff memorable, either through setup, execution or payoff. Enriching you with backstory, secrets or discovery. In recent memory, Witcher 3 comes to mind. The sidestories of Lost Odyssey. The character stories of Shadow Hearts: Covenant. A flawed example might be the side stories (not quests) from Horizon: Zero Dawn; flawed, because in the end they're audiologs, easily skippable and slowing down the pacing of the quests; but from a story standpoint, they build an evokative picture. The quests in Odyssey feel like somewhat paid lip service to the whole thing. Like they had a qoute'a to fill. They are mostly light-hearted (but nothing too offensive) and follow the same fetch quest structure. They also leave the main character unaffected. This last thing is also worth noting; a lot of quests, not only in Odyssey, but in general, seem to exist in a somewhat removed state from the main character. The character does something on someone else's behalf, but is not personally invested in them. He's more of a courier or hired muscle. It's really hard to care. An example that comes to my mind of something more involved would be the side quests in AC:Revelations. It's not the best game in the series, but it nailed (IMO) the emotional stuff - the whole quest chain of old Ezio finding love that late in life is charming, yet memorable for example. It informs my character, it shows me he's growing, by the end of the quest chain he's story is irreversibly changed. Compare that to another farmer looking for his lost child.
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Thread Game devs of Resetera, how do leaks impact your work?
It's not the end of the world, though it does impact our work. Think of it this way: you work really hard to prepare a suprise birthday party for your friend for them to just come over to you and say they know all about it. It just deflates you. On the business side, in a crowded market, it can mess up a marketing campaign, which can cost the company money. If the company is publicly traded, it can impact this too. If you're working with a licensed IP, it can sour your relationship with the licensor or cause some, albeit minor, legal trouble. I respect Schreier for his investigative journalism, but he's wrong on this one. Reporting on leaks is not real journalism, it's done for publicity/clicks, it's the equivalent of celebrity gossip.
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Thread Disney announces upcoming slate of films through 2027
The article I linked is more recent. It's also not uncommon for a writer to work on a project (be it a show bible or a GDD) that will never see the light of day. Writers are cheap and it is better to have a ton of written material and not use it than want to use it and not have it. I should know.
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Thread Disney announces upcoming slate of films through 2027
So we're talking about the same thing. It's just that you're an optimist and I'm a pessimist. The new list confirms there will be only 1 trilogy made in the next 10 or so years. There's really no reason to go with RJ as the frontrunner; however small you think the backlash to TLJ was, there's no reason to go with him if you can go with someone who didn't divide the community. Maybe he'll be in the back seat of the D&D trilogy, but he will not be its face. It's a business decission. That's my take on it anyway.
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Thread Disney announces upcoming slate of films through 2027
Well, the best source is the linked list. There's only 3 SW movies on that list. I will say they are not working now with RJ or D&D for a 2028 movie release. However, there were articles pointing to a collaboration between RJ and D&D, so the 2 trilogies likely merged into one:
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Thread Disney announces upcoming slate of films through 2027
3 of those are not getting made. And the other 3 are probably in the air, considering the lukewarm reception to GoT S8. Maybe they should let Favreau and Dave Filoni handle this.
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Thread Best Lightsaber fight scene in the Star Wars movies
In a sense, you're right. I dislike TLJ, so I'm more critical of it. However, we're talking specifically about the best light saber fight, so I feel a higher degree of scrutiny is warranted. The throne room fight also seems the least important of the bunch, as it's against faceless, nameless goons after a more significant moment in the story; there are also no personal stakes in the fight, while each other scene has them. It's a void just like the movie its... ah, here I go again ;) Back on topic, I would nominate this light saber battle from Rebels: It's pretty low key and not as flashy as all the other, but contrary to most of these fights, it tells you a lot about the story and characters. There's a lot of charisma here from both Obi-Wan and Maul, one is at peace, while the other burns with rage and regret. It's a callback to the Ep VI scene (Maul senses Obi-Wan is protecting someone and only then does Obi-Wan engage) and the Ep I and Ep II fights, with Obi-Wan showing his later stance, then switching to Qui-Gon's stance to bait Maul. The exchange is short, but has a great payoff, it shows that Maul has failed to evolve (trying the old trick), while Obi-Wan transcended who he was.
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Thread Best Lightsaber fight scene in the Star Wars movies
Have any of you seen the Throne Room fight? There's a disapperaing lightknife, a guys throwing away his weapon, so he can get killed, a straight kick that throws away 3 guys at the same time and a guy running away from the frame to just come back into it. It's laughably bad.
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Thread Best Lightsaber fight scene in the Star Wars movies
The missing weapon is one thing, but there's also the spinning attack that goes over Rey's head, the guy running out of frame for no reason and the guy that THROWS HIS WEAPON AWAY WHEN CHARGING SO HE CAN GET CUT DOWN :D
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Thread Does 'Endgame' mark a decisive win for 'Content' over 'Cinema' ?
Why use a new buzzword, content, when you just compared it to serialized television, which it is. Spoiler: people like series more than one-offs, it is true for novels, it was for radio dramas, it is for TV and now it's also true of cinema (like we didn't know it already with all the sequels and trilogies).
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Thread Finally watched Black Panther, really disappointed by its depiction
I agree with you, OP. This aspect of Black Panther will age really badly and be seen as exploitaitive by future generations. It worldbuilding by way of 'take what white people know of Africa and just make it futuristic' rather than extrapolate. It reminds me a lot of:
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Thread Study: Association Between Release of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why & Suicide Rates in the US
There's an 18th century book called that had a similar effect in its time. This is also why I dislike depressing and nihilistic movies or movies/tv series humanizing villains and turning them into 'heroes' (looking at you, Breaking Bad) as a rule. They have a way of influencing peoples' perception more than we realize.
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Thread Who is the most forgettable Final Fantasy party member (PS1 era and later)
FFVII: the girl with the throwing thing, the gut in the coffin, the pilot FFVIII: laguna's other friend; the other girl on the team, not quistis FFIX: the guy with red hair, the littile girl FFX: rikku maybe? FFXII: vaan's girl friend FFXIII: i just know snow, lightning and saz. FFXV: there's only 4 of them, so they're all pretty memorable
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Thread Rewatching Star Wars 4-6: TLJ got Luke Right.
They probably only had this one take. But I'm puzzled at te decision to add the laser in post at that moment. It is straight up comedic. Somedoby must've said something. It'd be kind of awesome, but terrible, but awesome, if Rian Johnson intentionally made this movie the "Freddy Got Fingered" of the SW universe. Making a movie that gave the middle finger to the production studio without them realizing it and intentionally pushing the franchise off the pedestal he thought it did not deserve to stand on. That'd be a subversion worth of a Sith Lord.
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Thread THAT scene in Gears 2 (spoilers)
I think the reactions to the scene tell more about the way you played the game or were as a person then, rather than about the scene itself. I feel you've either been invested and stayed invested, or you've lost interest in the storyline/tone before this happened and so felt nothing when it did. For me, it felt sad; this and Tai's death really sold the bleak prospects of the GoW world. It could have been framed better or the characters might've been more fleshed out more before it happened, but considering the limited way a 3d action shooter can tell it's story, it did it pretty well.
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Thread Boardgame "Solar City" Kickstarter collapses after CEO steals all the money/product and flees country
These are the same guys who forged customs papers last year to lend credence to their product delay. The company has a history of shady behaviour. Wouldn't put much stock in anything they say, especially any sensationalist story like this.
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Thread So Everything that Luke,Han and Leia did on EP.6 is Pointless ? (Big Spoiler)
I mean, they had unlimited funds and personnel, a talented director and a talented scriptwriter. They also had the wealth of EU to cherrrypick from. They absolutely could have done better, they had the talent. They just didn't care enough. Anyway, if we're talking about groundwork, funny thing about TFA, I was thinking they were incorporating the Dark Empire storyline (with Kylo 'undercover' instead of Luke). They even had the space cannon that could shoot through hyperspace. With the revelations of IX teaser I wouldn't be suprised if they went this way with the Palp stuff.
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Thread So Everything that Luke,Han and Leia did on EP.6 is Pointless ? (Big Spoiler)
Both versions of RotJ end on a positive note, showing Coruscant (an EU addition at the time) notwithstanding. And it's not about laying eternal peace. You need conflict for a good story. Even the old EU, with all its faults, managed to move the story and characters forward. One easy way of doing this would have been to just move 50+ years into the future and create a different kind of antagonistic force (Empire was order, so the new one could be chaos?) nad leave the old characters alone (or in positions of power, just not able to help). Or make the FO the underdog, like modern terrorist organisations. Show us the peace that was built by the heroes of the past and the evil people who want to destroy it. Imagine, if you will, an alternate The Force Awakens, where a decorated retired general Han Solo goes on one last mission into the Outer Rim, because his son went missing on an errand for Luke Skywalker, Jedi Master. Han travels with Poe, they get separated, we get all the stuff with Poe, Finn and Rey Jakku/Tatooine, then Han picks them up and they escape together. At the same time Leia's on a mission to find infromation on some super secret New Republic project, only to find out the Republic is building Starkiller Base! They want to use it as a deterrant for future conflicts (something something A-bomb allegory). Leia opposes this short-sighted militarization, of couse. Then Takodana happens, Kylo takes Rey and the infromation BB8 had (it's the Starkiller Base launch codes!), then the FO hijack Starkiller Base and try to point it at Coruscant. Rest of the movie happens, Han learns Kylo didn't kill his son, he is his son; Kylo kills him, goes to fight Rey, Luke shows up, saving Rey at the last moment (she wasn't ready to face him, but she will have to in a future movie), Starkiller blows up WITHOUT wiping ouf the Republic off the board. This wasn't very hard to come up with; it salvages 90% of TFA as is. It's still a retelling of ANH, but with a, dare I say it, subversive twist. Again, I don't know what it would be, because it does not exist. That script was never used, some elements of what Lucas was planning made it in, some didn't. Lucas wasn't happy with the ST in the few interviews he did about them. However, to answer your question, if Lucas directed the exact same movie as TLJ, I would be as dissatisfied as I am with Rian Johnson's movie.
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Thread So Everything that Luke,Han and Leia did on EP.6 is Pointless ? (Big Spoiler)
You just don't read carefully. In my first post I wrote that if Disney wanted to continue, they should, just without tarnishing what came before. I can't really imagine Lucas-written/directed movie that would be this disrespectful to what was simultaneously not offering anything in return. But hey, Lucas didn't write or direct such a movie, he ended the story on RotJl if you visit any alternate reality where that's not the case, please bring back a novelization for the rest of us schumcks.
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Thread So Everything that Luke,Han and Leia did on EP.6 is Pointless ? (Big Spoiler)
I think you're missing the point. It's not that there are episodes 7, 8 and 9, it's what they are.
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Thread So Everything that Luke,Han and Leia did on EP.6 is Pointless ? (Big Spoiler)
We will never know how that would turn out in the end. In ESB pre-production, the Hoth base was supposed to be attacked by an army of Wampas, so... things change. Anyway, Lucas is not beyond scrutiny, the Prequels are uneven; but we're talking about what Disney did not what Lucas could.
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Thread So Everything that Luke,Han and Leia did on EP.6 is Pointless ? (Big Spoiler)
There are stories about happy endings and there are depressing stories about futility. The OT was the former, the ST made it the latter. What is there not to get? This is on point and I said something in a similar vein. Lucas new when to end the story. Disney didn't. If they wanted to tell a depressing story, they should have populated it with their own characters. Lucas told a depressing story about the fall of a Republic and his main character, but he had the good sense to not mess with RotJ ending. The stories of those characters were complete, there was no reason to drag them out and shoot them in the back in a dark alley just to have their passing the torch moment. They could have acknowledged their legacy and growth by showing that they have won their happiness, or they should have skipped a generation and made them a part of history. The ST is neither here nor there, a product of corporate greed with no thought put into it other than how to maximize profits.
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Thread Rewatching Star Wars 4-6: TLJ got Luke Right.
Both TFA and, to a larger extent, TLJ, are the perfect mixture of wrong: they slavishly adhere to the surface-level aesthetic, making them poor remakes of the OT at best, while at the same time betraying all the core values and ethos of the series. Unmaking character progress for the main OT characters like Han (TFA) and Luke (TLJ) and story progress (state of the Galaxy) is one of their many failiings. For all failings, the Prequels never strayed that far. The ST will stand as a monument to creative bankrupcy of big corporations, the guns-for-hire anything goes attitude of those they employ and the rebelious nihilism without a cause of one Rian Johnson (and, to a lesser extent, JJs; though JJs is just an unintentional by-product of his theme-park-ride mystery box approach to movies) .
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Thread So Everything that Luke,Han and Leia did on EP.6 is Pointless ? (Big Spoiler)
This is the biggest failure of the ST, making what came before retroactively an excercise in futility. It's true 'nothing lasts', but if you want to show the cycle repeating, do it with a clean slate and don't involve the old characters. Otherwise you are stating that the actions of those characters really were for nothing. And also on the 'it bought peace' argument. It's just empty words, as we're not shown any of that. We go from 'evil is finally defeated' after 3 movies to 'all your heroes lives went to shit' in, what, a passing mention? And the worst part, there is no story excuse for this, it's just a way for Disney to phase out 'the old product' and introduce 'the new product'.
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Thread "Yet Another Generic White Dude" - A legitimate discussion on criticism regarding character design diversity
For me it's not about him not being a PoC or a woman. He's generic even by white male standards in and of themselves. His visage gives us nothing, story-wise. I understand they want to go as generic as they can to broaden the appeal, but by not giving the character a standout look, they open themselves to the critique of not offering a character creator.
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Thread Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker Announced; Official Teaser Trailer
I dislike JJ's movies and his take on Star Wars. Having that said, seeing people get salty at the TLJ retcon:
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Thread New Zealand announces ban on military-style semi-automatics in the wake of Christchurch terror attacks
Because when you go duck hunting, you need a semi automatic /sarcasm
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Thread PewDiePie attempts to distance himself from Christchurch Mosque shooter who pledged support (READ THREADMARKS)
On the contrary, finding someone who courts a ban because he's a Korwin-Mikke fan on a forum like Resetera is bizzare. That's like dying on a hill no one can see. This thread is delivering on the banwagon.
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Thread PewDiePie attempts to distance himself from Christchurch Mosque shooter who pledged support (READ THREADMARKS)
First sentence is calling you names. Second sentence is about fighting communists. Mostly rambling.
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Thread PewDiePie attempts to distance himself from Christchurch Mosque shooter who pledged support (READ THREADMARKS)
Wouldn't call it fascist per se, just very offensive and deluded. And breaking the forum rules.
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Thread PlayStation posted two CDPR related videos: How The Witcher Took Over The World/The Origins of CD Projekt Red
I like the documentary. It's just a shame they try to whitewash history, because what they call 'cottage industry' was plain old piracy. Games sold on a bazaar basically. It's a shame, because it glosses over the fact how free access to information can help a developing country like Poland get back on its feet - and that piracy more often than not is a force of good.
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Thread PlayStation posted two CDPR related videos: How The Witcher Took Over The World/The Origins of CD Projekt Red
No, I understand why they do it, I just wish they'd see the bigger picture ;)
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Thread Mark Hamill Once Again Expresses Unhappiness With New ‘Star Wars’ Sequels
Marik Hamill is probably a sexist alt-right troll, right? /sarcasm He doesn't like what they've done with the legacy of Star Wars and it's hard not to agree with his points. You may argue his points aren't important (I strongly disagree), but they are 100% correct.
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Thread RTTP-Final Fantasy XIII- A lore rich world with a fantastic setting and incredible soundtrack and phenomenal combat....
I rest my case, your honor.
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Thread Star Wars Han Solo, is the best out of the new Stars Wars Movie {spoiler}
Solo was an enjoyable romp indeed. It didn't need to be a Han Solo movie, I would have preferred it be about new characters, that would elevate the stakes quite a bit. Didn't care for the fan service, like Han's blaster, Chewie's name and so on, but the didn't bother me. Alden Ehrenreich did ok, considering the thankless job of filling someone's giant shoes he got, Emilia Clarke was Emilia Clarke, but still passable, rest of the cast was great. It did have a new type of story in the SW universe, new types of characters, new set pieces and visuals, it wasn't base on nostalgia, which I found surprising and a bit baffling. The spin-off movies based on known ideas (Han Solo, Death Star) continue to be innovative, while the main saga films are regurgitated dreck, go figure. It wasn't a lesser copy of a better movie with a ton of plotholes (EP7) or a cluster*** of a movie (EP8) and it had better fleshed out characters than Rogue One (the reshoots, too, weren't as detrimental to it as they were to Rogue One, which is surprising and a testament to the workmanship of Ron Howard). EP8 reception did influenced the box office, to a certain extent, but it was a hard sell from the start - nobody asked to recast Harrison Ford and nobody wanted a Han Solo movie to begin with.
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Thread Would Mass Effect 1 receive the same acclaim if it was released today?
Please don't misunderstand me. I'm not saying everything in ME2 is horrendously bad, a lot of the stories are quite enjoyable. I'm saying I could live with it and the overarching story (that of Repear cullings) would continue undisturbed. Imagine saying that about Empire Strikes Back or the The Two Towers.
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Thread Would Mass Effect 1 receive the same acclaim if it was released today?
Some of these things are definitely subjective, but ME2 and ME3 felt smaller and more claustrophobic in scope than ME1 (and not in a good Alien claustrophobic way). ME2 and ME3 became more action oriented, more shooter than exploration. Again, this is all IMO. The main plot - that of Harvesters and the Human Reaper - might not exist and nothing of substance would be lost. As for the side stories, the genophage - and the Krogan dillema - was heavily set up in ME1 (you could even kill Wrex for it). Rannoch I will give you - but it does not hold the weight of a whole game - for me, that is. Both these comments hit the nail on the head. ME1 was about space exploration in the vein of genre classics, it was slower paced, oriented towards the weird, towards the alien. ME2 and ME3 went the shooter route and WAR!, jettisoning what made ME1 atmospheric and unique. There is a reason for that and it's not artistic vision. Andromeda and Anthem are a logical conclusion of the route mapped out with ME2. Anyway, I don't want to start a ME measuring contest, just sharing an opinion.
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Thread Would Mass Effect 1 receive the same acclaim if it was released today?
I'm really torn on DA1, never having finished it, so I reserve the right to be wrong on omitting it as the last great ;)
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Thread Would Mass Effect 1 receive the same acclaim if it was released today?
Yes, some of the systems were unrefined. But ME2 and ME3 didn't refine them, it removed them. ME1 had the flawed premise of visiting dozens of worlds, while ME2 and ME3 had resource scouting. ME1 had an ambitious story, ME2 was a glorified side-quest, which can be entirely skipped without anything of (storytelling) vaulue being lost, while ME3 narrows the scope and delivers an unsatisfying ending to the trilogy. Of the three, only ME1 had the feeling of alienness and visiting other worlds and meeting alien races. ME2 and ME3 were space shooters. This is of course all IMO.
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Thread Would Mass Effect 1 receive the same acclaim if it was released today?
Mass Effect 1 is still the best of the three. The one with the best and well thought-out story (with a twist), the one that is a true rpg and the one that feels the most love was put into. Mass Effect's scope has been shrinking since then. It's also the last true great Bioware game. What it would need is an overhaul of the Mako mechanics ;)
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Thread In what realm of sanity did EA believe forcing all their devs to work on Frostbite was a good idea?
In the realm of on paper cost reduction.
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Thread Disney, Nestle, Epic Games pull ads from YouTube after reports of site facilitating child sex ring
Topical: ID would not make spying easier, because it already is easy. It would make as accountable towards each other as individuals. And, to bring this back on topic, I was talking content creators. Let's say you create a harmful then you set it into the wild, anonymously. Anyone can share it and claim deniability. There are TROLL FARMS that exists solely to create fake news and memes to muddle the waters. When you buy a newspaper, you know who the publisher and author are. When you buy a candybar you know the manufacturer and the ingredients. You know what you are consuming and from whom. This does not eliminate all the problems. But it's better then the open seas of the Internet when anything goes. Where you can harrass someone or send death threats or create anti-vac propaganda anonymously. I mean, this is a problem any public figure has to deal with. It goes with the territory. It's not only celebrities, its local reporters, writers, public servants, anyone who is in the open. If someone wants to doxx you, they will, you leave a digital fingerprint. What a digital ID would do, it would allow to identify the mob of hateful posters. Any I never said I want you to give your real name to the public, just as you don't wear your real ID on your forehead. But you need to made accountable when you do stupid, hateful, harmful stuff. None here oppose the social media justice dished out to the degenerate among celebrities. But finding about this stuff would be a lot harder if those people weren't identifiable, if everybody would wear a mask so to speak. Transparency more often leads to rising standards rather than some dystopian dictatorship. On the other hand, Internet anonymity and freedom hasn't stopped the rise of autoritharian governments and alt-right movements, on the contrary, it faciliates it.
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Thread Disney, Nestle, Epic Games pull ads from YouTube after reports of site facilitating child sex ring
I don't believe anonymity of the Internet contributed to the global connectivity. Free access to all income classes did. There's a curious duality to what you're saying: either the government knows everything about you before you walk in or it doesn't. If they know everything about your real life, they can know about your digital life too. What protects your anonymity on the Internet is not you not having a digital ID, it's you being one of a billion people that are of no particular interest at the moment. Surveillance states can and will grow independant of the freedom of the Internet, because shutting down the Internet is like flicking a switch. If your goverment will want to control you, they won't do it through digital ID, they will just go to your service provider. What the anonymity will bring - and you can already see it - is the rise of populist agendas, like the alt-right with their alt-facts, and falsehoods, like the anti-vaccination movements. And when those people, that use the Internet to spread their ideologies, rise to power THEN they will take your freedom of privacy from you - and, again, not through digital ID. What digital ID would be useful for is a more civil and accountable Internet on the 'local' level. Also, if you have a phone with a microphone enabled, use services like Facebook, Instagram, Amazon, Netflix etc., the people running those companies know everything about you already. And you gave it all away freely. To them you're not anonymous. But they don't use this knowledge for your betterment, they use it to make money. I feel the type of privacy you think of - freedom from giant entities like government or corporations - is already gone, people just don't realize it. What is lacking is that accountability of personal actions.
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Thread Disney, Nestle, Epic Games pull ads from YouTube after reports of site facilitating child sex ring
I don't agree. In the course of history humans have always been accountable for what they do and say. The rise of accountability systems, like morality, barter or law has allowed us to evolve as a civilization. The Internet seems like a throwback to those early days, when you could say or do anything, then move to the next village and start again. There's been dozens upon dozens of studies that show that anonymity lowers one's feeling of responsiblity for one's words and actions.
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Thread Disney, Nestle, Epic Games pull ads from YouTube after reports of site facilitating child sex ring
You contradict yourself. Either they are easily traced and there is no privacy, only the illusion of it, or they're not. And I'm not talking about punishing criminals, I'm talking about stopping the wave of false, unscientific, racist, mysoginistic, undemocratic content that is easy to replicate and propagate.
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Thread Disney, Nestle, Epic Games pull ads from YouTube after reports of site facilitating child sex ring
That is why moderation is still needed. Good luck showing your picture when you're de-platformed.
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Thread Disney, Nestle, Epic Games pull ads from YouTube after reports of site facilitating child sex ring
I strongly disagree. Like with most psychology-related topics, it's not about what is, but what it appears to be. People feeling anonymous and untouchable on the Internet has caused a lot of harm and not a lot of good. Also, it's a ridiculous proposition. It's like saying real life ID systems hurt the ordinary people, because criminals don't have ID's on them when committing crimes. The paperwork with opening accounts and taking loans hurts ordinary people because bank robbers exist. This is very disingenuous. The real reason most people push back on Internet ID is not about privacy, it's about power and the fear of losing it. When you're accustomed to being able to freely say and do anything on the Internet, any sort of accountability feels like oppression. There is, I think, a parallel to be made with the pirate freedom ideologies of the 17th and 18th century.
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Thread Disney, Nestle, Epic Games pull ads from YouTube after reports of site facilitating child sex ring
Well, I'm afraid there is only one way to stop this and other worrying Internet trends like the rise of the alt-right, fake media, stupid and harmful theories and conspiracies gaining traction and so on. As Dawkins put it in The Selfish Gene in the 70s, it's not the best idea that prevails, it's the one that is the most memetic, i.e. is the most likely to replicate. Sensational news, outrageous theories, banned content, all have a better ability to replicate than well researched facts and data, which are slower to acquire and put into the world and are also, generally, more dull than fantasy. I know none of you will like it. But here it is: . You want to post something on the internet in places of high traffic like YouTube, Facebook, news sites etc., you own it by signing it with your real credentials - so there is, again, accountability for words (and images). In the case of juggernauts like YouTube, there probably needs to also be a fee to post a video - the proceeds from this should pay for an army of moderators.You got it backwards. The Internet needs to have as much privacy control as real life does. Because as it is, Internet is just a game of shadows with total anonymity for those who seek it. And those who seek TOTAL anonymity are more often than not societal disruptive forces. It's a case of 'this is why we can't have nice things'.
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Thread Disney, Nestle, Epic Games pull ads from YouTube after reports of site facilitating child sex ring
Facebook enfoced this in 2017. There's 10+ years of unregistered users on there who weren't asked for it. Also, the problem is not individual users, the problems are annonymous sites and groups and aggregates who propagate false information, false news, misleading theories and memes without claiming individual authorship. This creates a space where any idea, no matter how stupid or harmful can be put into circulation with no accountability. If we don't start to attach qualitative value to the information we put out, the information creep will drown us in a boundless sea of lies and false flags. The Internet at its inception became a tool to propagate freedom, but this unchecked freedom created perfect conditions for radical disruptive elements, like the alt-right, who continue to weaponize this freedom against the principles of freedom itself.
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Thread Disney, Nestle, Epic Games pull ads from YouTube after reports of site facilitating child sex ring
This may be a local issue, in my country displaying Nazi iconography is a crime and doesn't fall under freedom of speech.
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Thread Warhammer 40K for Young Readers
A bit bummed by this. WH, especially 40k, is - and I say it with a heavy heart, because I have a soft spot for the universe and also think its creators didn't intend it this way - like an introduction to alt-right philosophies.
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Thread Warhammer 40K for Young Readers
I know what it was supposed to be - but Starship Troopers it isn't. The 'parody of fascism' and 'nuanced' may have been a part of it at its inception, but they're really not part of what WH40k was for the last 20 or so years. Pick up any Space Marine codex and read the fluff, it's all straight. The Imperium may be shown as horrible, but it's 'all for the greater good'. Those of other faiths, those that are alien or different, they are the real enemy. The white, almost exclusively male, hypermasculine warmachines safeguard the world by serving thier God-Emperor. "Beware the alien, the heretic, and the mutant." "Burn the heretic. Kill the mutant. Purge the unclean." These are used unironically in in-game text and outside, by fans. And listen, I still like aspects of it as an adult, and I'm also not inclined to turn fascist because of it. But what is a 10-12 year old supposed to think of it? It's the heroes. I think it's a part of a larger discussion, about how fantasy and games (video games too) glorify totalitaristic regimes that fight the greater evil (very real in their fictinonal universes), while completely missing the fact that real world totalitarian regimes invent fictional enemies to legitimize their rule. It's kinda depressing.
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Thread Anthem Review Thread
This is also what I am getting at. The world is interesting enough for people to want to delve deeper. Even when the only thing people have to go on is something's visual look, it's interesting enough to hint at a story behind it.
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Thread Anthem Review Thread
It feels like there was no love behind it. Destiny comparisons are the most apt. Even though Destiny 1 was gutted before release and had a non-story (up until The Taken King), it has a striking artistic and visual identity. From the world design to the different enemy races, everything was meticulously designed. From the distinct looks of the alien races, each unique, with a clear ideology behind it, to the post-post-apocalyptic worlds. Even the UI of that game had a ton of love poured into it. In the end, even without a narrative, Destiny had a coherent, unique techno-fantasy world to fall back on. Anthem reminds me of Dawngate, EA's answer to LoL.
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Thread Do you go to bed with dread? Do you wake up with it?
I suffered from this too. It was diagnosed as generalized anxiety disorder, so 'a dread from a thousand cuts' rather than one big thing looming over me. After a long lone battle with my mornings, I went to a doctor. Proper medication (and slowing down my life) eliminated my condition. So, don't worry, just visit a doctor and you'll be fine :)
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Thread "every Pole suckled anti-Semitism with his mother's milk" said Israel Foreign Minister
You can read on it here:
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Thread "every Pole suckled anti-Semitism with his mother's milk" said Israel Foreign Minister
You do understand that Poland was under occupation/divided between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union during WW2 and that 6 million Poles died during that period? Your family may have been deported from the territory of Poland, but that was not by the will of the legitimate Polish government or people.
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Thread Star Wars IX has finished principal photography
That is true, however, those are not decisions that you take on a whim. Rogue One didn't underperform for a spin-off, it's only Solo that saw the large drop. TLJ, the mixed-reception, the alt-right trolling and misinformation, the poor sales of merchendise AND Solo all contributed to that decision. You can also see Lucasfilm falling back on what worked and backtracking on the unofficial no-Prequel material directive with Clone Wars' new season, Clone Wars in Battlefront II, in the X-wing miniatures game and so on.
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Thread Star Wars IX has finished principal photography
Yeah, they lost a lot of good will along the way with a series of bad decisions. If they didn't cancel the Clone Wars, close Lucasarts and cancels all those games, didn't retcon the old EU out of existence (should have gone the MCU route) etc. maybe the reception of the movies would have been different.I heard rumors about it being implied. Like with that Prequel Podracing easter egg cut from Force Awakens. Gradually, when they found out that the Prequel hate was over, they started to incorporate it. Rebels is a curious case; I would say it's still more OT than PT, but in the later series you do get that connection.Maybe it'll be a Journey to the West reinterpretation ;)
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Thread Star Wars IX has finished principal photography
I imagine they may insert more Eastern influences into the new movies (like - if they're going to the Old Republic - making the ancient Republic/Sith more China-like in architecture and so on).
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Why do you say that? We're on a video game forum. The big publishers regularly report sales in the milions while simultaneously saying they're short of projected revenue and estimations. Companies like Disney are interested in all the money, not just some. TFA was generally well received and made over 2 billion. TLJ probably underdelivered on internal projections. Also, it had a giant, larger than normal drop off in its second and subsequent weeks. It also underperformed in China, which over the last decade became one of the major markets.
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That may be so, but the Force Awakens DID make 124 millions in China. And it was not on the back of nostalgia. I think they will work to replicate that at least.
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There's really no mystery to it, SW is probably the 'fandom' I'm into the most, so those are the topics I frequent the most. You will also find me in the Bor Gullet thread and maybe Prequel memes.
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It really depends on your arrangement. If you're on a retainer, yes. If you've just got a development deal as an option - depends on the contract. Remember at this point this is mostly talks, maybe a treatment. Think of it as optioning an IP. If there was an intial fee, it was already paid. There is no financial reason for the licensee to return a license before it expires. There is also no reason for Disney to annouce RJ trilogy as terminated at this point in time. Nothing to be gained and a lot to be lost. It's more prudent to just wait.
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I understand you find a critique of a movie you personally like 'trolling', but it is nothing of the sort. I've made my arguments way over a year ago and won't be rehashing them in every comment. Also, because you seem to not understand, me commenting on a movie is not equivalent of you commenting on me. Again: please stick to the topic and cut it out with the ad personam.
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In my opinion this is not a good analogy, as we're talking about very different markets (time-wise). It would be more accurate to compare the ST to other contemporary trilogies or movie series (like the Batman Trilogy, Marvel trilogies or the post-soft reboot Fast&Furious movies).
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Rather, I was thinking about, for example, the firing of James Gunn. It was a decision motivated purely by business (and a possible loss of business if he remained hired). What I mean by 'shadow fired' is that they simply are not interested in actually making a movie without firing anyone to not be seen as reactive. It's actually quite cheap to have a screenwriter on a prolonged script-writing pre-production duty without actually commiting to production. And I'm not saying Disney is giving two shits about TLJ detractors. It isn't. But it does give a shit when it comes to the bottom line. If Rian Johnson's trilogy is sidetracked, it's bacause of the money, not because someone said it was a bad movie. But the fact is TLJ made less money than it could have. To Disney Rian Johnson isn't anybody special. There are 10 more eager guys like him waiting in the wings for their chance. If Disney has the opportunity to make a new movie, and they can decide between the guy who stokes controvery and someone who doesn't... there's really not much they can gain with sticking with the former. This is my two cents on the matter. I don't presume to know 100% what will happen, this is my take on it from my limited exposure to the industry.
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Well, yes, it's speculation. I never claimed to have insider knowledge with 100% accuracy on this particular matter. None of us can claim that. This is just my take on the matter. I try to explain the reasoning behind it. I think Disney's reaction after TLJ and Solo, i.e. cleaning the slate of new movies and saying they need to slow down the pace, is a signal the movies underperformed. Solo was probably a box office bomb; its hard to say how much it lost, because of the extensive reshoots. TLJ WAS profitable, more than any other movie that year; yet it made about 33% less than it's predecessor and generated controversy; it's something somebody talked in an office somewhere. "Why didn't it do as much as TFA and what we can do to make the next one earn more'. My opinion of Rian or TLJ is not important for this conversation. I dislike the movie, but I also dislike Venom, but it's clear to me why that is getting a sequel.Well, now you're just acting like an alt-right troll.
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:)I'm really puzzled you need to resort to ad personam arguments. I've shared my opinion, as you do on a forum, please refrain from commenting on my person, ok?
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I agree! Disney doesn't want to associate with pedophile jokes because of their branding. There's no reason to risk losing even a fracture of the audience when for all intents and purposes the creators are replacable (see Edgar Wright etc.). But it also isn't like the screened Gunn before-hand to make sure he's clean; they didn't care until it was public knowledge and stoked controversy. TLJ is the second-biggest Star Wars film of all time, and one of the biggest films of all time period. As far as the bottom line goes, I'm pretty sure Disney was happy with it. Otherwise, they wouldn't have, you know, said yes to his pitch for another three movies.Well, there's the whole 'stopping the SW movie machine' decision. There's also the decision to hire JJ, not RJ to finish up the trilogy.
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They probably shadow fired him, though. They cannot fire him outright, because this would give the TLJ detractors ammunition and make Disney look weak and pandering to the crowd. At the same time, the movie divided the fanbase and cost them a lot of business and they've fired for a lot less. I imagine they will just quietly let this 'Rian trilogy' slide into oblivion.
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Thread Post-Brexit, the United Kingdom sets its sights on a return to Imperialism
If only more people had watched Babylon 5, this could have all been prevented ;)
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Thread The Division 2 beta has ended. Are you buying at release, waiting, or passing completely?
Maybe it would, if not for the realistic setting of the game. You're in a gang-infested post-epidemic NY, there's really not a lot of mystery to these audio logs. G.I.Joe? I was just thinking that it was close enough to reality to have everything the Division has (realistic guns, setting, terrorists), while at the same time has enough fantasy/sf to allow for more varied gameplay (through gadgets and abilities etc) and justify more outlandish storylines and characters. Just musing.
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The beta was a vertical slice of what they got to offer. There was nothing of the sort in those 2 missions (and all the side missions and all the content), so it shows it clearly wasn't a focus of development. It'll end up as window-dressing. This is also how it was in the Division 1 and nothing seems to have changed in that department.
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No. I said I find the gameplay too repetitive. Worldbuilding/story is often a saving grace for me, but I don't find evidence of it here. If, at a later date, I see there's focus on these, I will gladly revisit my decision.The first Division barely had a story. Someone releases a virus, chaos reigns, you're sent to mop up. This sums up most of it. The eco-terrorist malthusian thread is interesting, but is not explored, both plot-wise and moral-wise. There's really no feeling of the plot moving forward too, the story is too slavishly bound to the game progression. It, and all the characters, don't elicit any emotions. Re: environmental storytelling, it is there, but it is mostly one-note and it runs into the problem Fallout 76 has been criticized for (rightly so). All those stories already happened, those people are dead and their stories don't inform the main storyline. In other words, there's no reason to care. The combat does what it can within the limits the game set upon itself with the setting. You can see them trying to expand on it with the drones and robot dogs, you can feel it with the unrealistic berserker goons and grenade-happy lobbers, but, for me, it's still too little to support a living service loot game. Anyway, the thread asks how our experience translates to our interest in the game and this is what I got from the Beta (and Division 1). EDIT: IMO, Ubisoft missed a trick here, not making the Division a G.I.Joe game. That would open up the game in the gameplay and storytelling departments.
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The combat and overall mechanics are really repetitive, highlighted by the Endgame mission, which was somewhat fun (because it was challenging), but basically the same thing as normal missions. I feel like I've seen everything this game has to offer in 2-3h of the Beta. Without strong worldbuilding, characters or narrative to fall back on (these elements are practically non-existent), there's nothing to entice me to play the game.
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Thread Rumor: First concept pictures of Star Wars 9
I know! The movie has no moral. It pulls on a lot of contradictory strings, making it more of a nihilistic deconstruction of the monomyth (with a tagged on 4th act reversal for the sake of the franchise). Anyway, don't want to start that old tired discussion here. Let the past die ;)
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I mean... let the past die, right? Especially Ep VIII. It's in the past, let it die. On topic: It's hard to tell if JJ can salvage this trilogy. F looks a bit like Lando's disguise. Rest is standard SW fare, which is to say, I like it.
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Thread The Division 2 Xbox One X/PC Private Beta First Look! - A Flagship Showing for the Snowdrop Engine?
Different things. I'm talking mechanics, not aesthetics.
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They don't have to add them. The problem I had with the Division 1 was that the realistic setting was holding Massive back. Enemy variety, gun variety, mechanics variety, it all suffers under the yoke of realism. Leveling up and looting aren't as exciting. It's really hard to expand on the concept, when all you are fighting is guys with guns and the occassional Armored Large Man (who's quite unrealistic in his own right). And that's on top of the already unrealistic mechanic of HP bars and bullet-sponges. You can see they're trying to shake things up with the Boston Dynamics Dog Drone. Imagine what they could do if they went with a near realistic setting, like Esoterrorists.
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Thread The Future of Overwatch: Where does it go from here after almost 3 years?
Follow what Apex is doing, Team Hero BR. With objectives? Anyway, this is the cheapest solution to shake things up.
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I mean, it's not less relevant now. The video shows a lot more dogbots too. I'm not picky, I'll settle for ghosts, mutants or aliens.
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So... have they implemented monsters yet?
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Thread Gillette’s inspiring new ad addressing toxic masculinity asks: “Is this the best a man can get?”
Great ad. All change meets with resistance.
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Thread Michelle Yeoh Star Trek spinoff in development at CBS All Access - Official
CBS: You thought Star Trek Discovery played fast and loose with canon? Was edgy, grimdark and forewent the principles of Star Trek? Just you wait for our anti-hero blacks op series, so we can show you your future utopia couldn't have been built with behind the scenes torture, murder and mayhem.
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Thread Destiny 2 Monetization and Engagement Levels drop to pre-Forsaken levels again
There's virtually no difference. I don't know how your LFG experiences have been, but mine boil down to finding the first open spot on a team of 4+ and hoping it fills up fast. There is no bonding, there is no mic check, there is no quiz to see if you know the content. There is only 'must be 560/570/600' etc. which is simple level gating and that already exists in-game. What LFG is, for me, is manual matchmaking that wastes 30+ minutes of my life. In-game LFG would be a step in the right direction, but there is no reason there shouldn't be matchmaking too.
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I have completed the raid and I call bull on that. It's elitist for the sake of elitist. I'm really tired of going to an exterior LFG site to group up for content, be it the raid, Nightfall or anything else. Enable matchmaking for everything. The people who don't want to use it can simply not use it, I assure you, no random will invade the privacy of your pre-made group.
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People 'beat' Forsaken and don't want to grind the same content. For this type of game to remain consistently high it needs 4x the Forsaken content, yearly; one major expansion per quarter, the annual pass&grind doesn't cut it. They could also boost those numbers by allowing matchmaking in all activities, but that's a dead horse argument, so I'll stop here.
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Thread Star Wars: The Last Jedi |OT3| The War is Just Beginning (Unmarked Spoilers)
I like the porgs, while hate the movie. They're inoffensive and cute. Their situational humor, though simple, works better and is better timed than the awkward 'real jokes'.
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Yo, maybe you stop telling others what to do and keep to yourself? Of course Jumanji is going to make less out-front - it's not a 40-year old legendary franchise, it's a remake, it doesn't have the budget or marketing. Just pointing out TLJ is hemorrhaging viewers. Also, Jumanji may turn out to be almost as profitable, because it's not about the absolute value, but relative value - that's why they keep making low-budget horror movies for example. Edit: As I've received a moderation warning, I won't be participating in the discussion for a while. I'll be back when the box office dust has settled.
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Meanwhile, in the real world: TLJ trailing behind Jumanji remake.
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Fortunately, the alt-right asshats are a lot less numerous than people give them credit for, they just shout a lot. As to the anti-losing the EU agenda... if people are displeased with retconning the stories they liked with a story they don't like, it's there right to voice their opinion. Either way, that's how opinions work - if you want the RT audience score to be higher, just ask your friends that liked TLJ to put that in writing on the page.
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This seems reasonable. Also RT made a statement denying it was review-bombed. Thank you.
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Feel free to read my posts about the nihilistic deconstructivism of TLJ, its pacing issues and the broken character arcs - because those are my main offenders.
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I'm trying to break the circlejerk by showing not everything with TLJ and its reception is as black and white, fine and dandy, as some would like to believe. I may be doing it in a cheeky manner, a stark contrast to some who get excessively aggressive about this stuff, but I'm not doing it just for 'trolling'.
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Have you been paid? You should have been paid. You can really pull off the fan in fanatic.Well, I was being sarcastic. I've got nice things to say about it too. It's beautifully shot. I also liked the porgs.
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The disgruntlement is part of it, yes, that's what drove Lucas away from Star Wars in the first place. The acting is TLJ is ok, not Prequel bad, but it's nothing to write home about (Driver is the best of the bunch). It's not the actors fault, the script just hampers them. I don't think this movie will be that acclaimed in a few years - but we'll see. This is of course just my personal opinion, so, whoever is reading this, don't get worked up about it.
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But the Resistance Fleet is outside of the FO flleet's and Dreadnought's range - except the orbital guns. This is shown both by the FO on the Resistance and and also by Poe lone-wolfing it to the Dreadnaught (and then turbo boosting). So, why did he do it in the first place? If the bombing run wasn't ordered, why go for the main deck guns and not the orbital cannons?
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I was thinking of the situation earlier - the bombers come in after Poe deals with the turrets, but there's no other reason to deal with the turrets than to use the bombers. Anyway, I just like to poke holes, these things don't bother me that much, as I've already mentioned earlier in the thread. My beef with TLJ is structural and thematic ;)
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I brought it up when talking about the 'Poe arc', but it gets ignored here, like most of legitimate criticism, the echo chamber is strong in this one.
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Please read again, because there's at least 1 error there, Poe shot at the main deck guns, while the lower guns were used in the bombardment. Also: the 2 lower-deck giant guns were about to fire on the Resistance fleet. Also, why was Poe attacking the main deck guns in the first place, if the bombing run wasn't an authorized mission? This movie is such a mess.You're probably right, though the old EU had, what 30 years for the Crystal Stars and Triclopses to accumulate. Give the new EU some time ;) King Richard's the best ;)
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That's what I meant. Though the old EU also meddled with the movies, like SotE did. The adventures of Poe Dameron are a slog. The Star Wars main comic has the worst art i've seen in a comic for a long time (the painted over movie still for faces give me nightmares). Heard good things about Aphra, but can't really stomach the C3PO/R2D2/Chewbacca evil alter egos.
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I always skim the new comic books, but I feel nothing really happens in them. I remember the old stories, they were bonkers, but moved the world forward. Now everything is beholden to the movies, so the stories can't really expand the world that much; at least, that's the feeling I had. But there's always place for the ol' Lightsaber Rifle of the Old Librarian from AOTC.
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I love the new EU, it really shows Disney's hand: in the end it's both inconsequential and as bonkers as some of the old EU.
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I just... well, we'll have to agree to disagree :) Tension was falling for me since the moment Kylo killed Snoke and Holdo the fleet. The head of the FO was cut, the body crippled. More than this bunch of Resistance fighters could have ever hoped for. They just tried to escape and ended up taking part in the destruction of FO's heart. It's comical to read the statistics about those FO ships; did you know that the Supremacy was supposed to have a 2 million crew? Anyway, the whole sequence on Crait didn't do anything for me, because Poe, Finn, Rose and Leia didn't do anything meaningful throughout the movie; the important stuff was happening between Rey and Kylo. Killing Finn in that scene would've been actually surprising, though I don't think it was earned.
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Well, yes and no ;) I believe that might be how it went down. I also don't reject the Henry hypothesis. Also, Trevorrow is supposedly hard to work with, so that's a third. I also think TLJ leaves little room for a third movie in a trilogy and it might've been too frustrating for someone with Trevorrow's ego to clean up after his predecessor who wrote him into a corner. That'd certainly explain going back to JJ, as he's a mercenary and just doesn't care about scene continuity.
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No, you misunderstood me; I know the Resistance was trapped. I was just suggesting that the audience might not care about it. Firstly, as I mentioned in the previous post, all the leads were somewhere else, leaving us with the B plot characters. Secondly, we've been getting accustomed to Resistance personnel dying throughout the movie; from the bombing run, to the 2 other ships blowing up, to the transport getting shot; it's a bit desensitizing. Thirdly, the movie itself tells us there's more Resistance out there, they just don't want to come and help, which undermines the whole 'last stand' feel. Finally, the setup for the FO vs. Resistance conflict is really vague and poor in the ST; In TFA, I was led to believe that they were a fringe group hiding on the outskirts of the Galaxy. TLJ happens days after that. The Resistance was on the forefront of the battle, but there's a whole Galaxy of unconquered Republic worlds that can resist as well. There is no galactic war going on. Starkiller Base destroying Hosnian Prime was the first salvo and this happens not long after, on the orbit of the Resistance base planet (and deep space), still at the periphery of the Galaxy.
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The 'it' is rewriting the scene. From my experience this is not how things work out. No one quits or gets fired, because he/she is not able to write a particular scene. This is not a high school play, people treat it dead serious. So I'm saying that if Trevorrow left/was let go because of a story reason, it was because of a total creative clash on what the story should be about. As for the rest of your post, begrudingly agree. Thought there may be other morals to this story. TLJ wasn't as calamitous, yet it's the most divisive of the three. If Solo underperforms or is poorly received, if other directors/writers face the same woes - Johnson can't direct everything - maybe there'll be a shakeup at LF itself. I don't know how secure is KK's position after the sale.
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You blanked out, because: a) the movie already had its (first) climax and b) there were no stakes for the battle; both mains (Kylo and Rey) were somewhere else.
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I mean... it is in the realm of things that could possibly happen in a physics-based universe. But it never does. Believe me, there is always a way and even an average screenwriter will find it, let alone two. It Trevorrow couldn't piece something, it must've been the whole story, the often-cited yet always vague, creative differences. This I can believe; his vision didn't mesh with that of Disney or he didn't want to continue from where TLJ left off - sure. But him leaving after the Book of Henry flopped and many starting to question his ability to direct IX... I dunno. Moreover, the constant problems of Lucasfilm and their talent really put LF in a bad light; this can happen once or twice, but this is too much to be just a series of unfortunate events.Lol ;D
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That film made over $1 billion, which at the time was a more impressive feat. It was shot back-to-back with At World's End, which reduced filming costs. It's still above RO in the BO. It was also a movie that received a mixed critical reception (53% RT), but an overall positive audience reception (72%). The franchise went on, but with diminishing returns and diminishing critical reception. I honestly don't know what your point with DMC is?
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You didn't read anything I wrote for the past few pages, did you?If you think that Trevorrow was fired because he COULDN'T think of a way to insert Leia's death then I don't know what I can tell you There's troubling and then there's apocalyptic. You're all so hysterical and prone to hyperboles. Just chill, I just said that TLJ is underperforming box office-wise. Which is not controversial, considering how experts weight in the audience drop-offs. I was also talking about Disney movies, so no mention of JL.Yeah, maybe. Maybe, like Ridley Scott said, he's malleable and so very useful. I didn't say he'll get the boot definitely, just that we should take a more measured approach. I personally think their faith must be wavering now - at least the business people's - but it may as well calm down.
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But... what SW movie hasn't? TFA made a lot of money, AOTC made a lot of money, TFA made really a lot of money. So did RO and TLJ. Do you think the suits see Johnson as some kind of visionary without who a different TLJ would have totally bombed? Do you think a tighly-controlled studio like Disney would let one of their franchise movies bomb? Even Pirates still make money. You know what Disney movies flopped in the recent years? Tomorrowland, John Carter and Lone Ranger.
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I would hold with that Johnson trilogy celebrations. I bear the man no ill will, but since Disney took over: Michael Arndt was removed from scrinwriting duties, Josh Trank was fired before taking off, Gareth Edwards was sidelined and 40% of RO reshot, Lord and Miller were fired a mere few weeks before the filming on Solo wrapped. Trevorrow was also fired before shooting a single scene. It was heavily implied it was because of Book of Henry's performance and reviews; but this is the same Trevorrow that filmed Jurassic World, a derivative sequel that made more than $1.6 billion worldwide. Again: risk-averse.What? I claimed no such thing. I said I think the reception of TLJ is mixed and it''s a divisive movie - which some of the posters here vehemently deny. Me pointing you to the TPM and AOTC Cinemascores was to illustrate that it's not the most reliable measurement. Ask a hyped out fan what he thought of a movie just after seeing it on opening night and you'll likely get positive results.
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You are measuring success like an individual who won a lottery. That's not how Hollywood works. That's not how showbusiness works. Success is always measured up to something - even a potential other investment that could've yielded even more money. That is why - for example - EA closed Visceral and bought Respawn. It's not that Visceral's game would've flopped or not made its money back. It's that other investments can earn a lot more money in the same amount of time or with a smaller budget. Studios are also extremely risk-averse. What I've said is that TLJ is losing audience at a pace that is considered to be troubling for such a tent-pole title, which aligns itself with the mixed responses. Nothing more and nothing less. But the reactions from some of you...Yeah? Here are some CinemaScores for you: Be sure to spot The Phantom Menace and Attack od the Clones.
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Yeah, lumping everybody who dislikes the movie into one, convenient group you can hate and discredit, that's certainly not an underhanded tacitic used by populist movemements, like the alt-right, right? This is distasteful and delusional, and you guys should know better.
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A billion dollars is, in fact, not a billion dollars. You need to take budgets and marketing into consideration. TLJ has twice the budget of TPM or AOTC for example. The marketing always follows suit. I talked about inflation. You also need to think about the long-term impact to the brand, how does a mixed reception and an audience retention rate than RO bode for the future? And, anecdotally, I can ASSURE you that if a Shitting Simulator Game would earn $2 billion, EA wouldn't bat an eye to finance it over Visceral's game. It doesn't matter to them what the product is, just to have the highest gain with the lowest cost.I don't think so. I mean, it's not Code Red in Disney HQ. But these things don't go over well. Even the slightest hiccup results in a course-correction. I would assume, in this case, it'll mean a return to the nostalgia filmed movie for Ep IX. Maybe some more ambitious projects are postponed while we get more standard, recognizable fare.
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Insulting the person, not arguing the points, classy. I hoped this forum would have some level of civil discourse.
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You can check what I'm actually claiming in my posts, the hyperbole is all you.
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RO started from lower box office numbers - as a spin-off with no-names is expected to - yet had higher audience retention. Moreover, TLJ is estimated to have earned less on 01.01.18 than RO on 01.01.17 OR 02.01.17, in the same number of days.See above. And thank you, we get paid by the click, you know.
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Yes, I said the exact same thing. Have you read my post?
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Well, the annulalization of the SW franchise, for better or worse, makes SW less special. Anyway, I don't think we'll have to wait for IX to find out. And Solo won't really be a benchmark, for it may well fail of its own accord - the troubled development, the rumors from the set, the 'insider' take from last week, not being a mainline title, launching close to Avengers, everything suggests it will underperform.
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It is quite literally stopping almost twice as fast as TFA.
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There's never a 1:1 comparison, we're dealing with the numbers we've got. You mentioned ESB underperforming after ANH - and ESB is the one more revered. You mentioned AOTC performing lower than TPM - and it is in fact the worse SW film to date. With your logic, saying TLJ is the third highest-grossing film is also untrue, because you don't account for inflation. But I'm being cheeky. The fact is, TLJ is losing audiences at an alarming rate. It's losing more than RO and this should tell you something. Couple that with the fan backlash... you need to willingly avert your gaze to not see the movie is highly divisive among the general audience. This tells nothing about the quality of the movie, of course. In a few years it might be held as high as ESB, or, as others think, despised like AOTC. But trying to steer the conversation in such a way that it's business as usual? That is being dishonest.
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You guys are still at it, impressive! :D I think the box office results - compared to TFA, RO and other recent blockbusters - start to validate the Rotten Tomatoes/Metacritic audience reviews and the YT critical reviews, don't you all think?
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I wouldn't call it interesting, the opposite in fact. This is really bad writing.
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Oh yeah, that's totally my speculation - I was poiting out the trajectory that was set with ROTJ.No, of course, TLJ TELLS us that he actually didn't conquer that flaw. But that's all I am saying. I would be on board with any direction, if it was properly handled, which, in my opinion, it was not. We're left with a triumphant hero at the end of ROTJ, freshly after conquering his weakness and then jump to him being broken 30+ years later; for this to work, his downfall should've been more fleshed out. To confound the matter, this isn't even Luke's story, it's Rey's and Kylo's, so we don't get the crucial Luke - Kylo interactions. Even after finding his groove back via Yoda, Luke comes of as callous and uncaring about his nephew. And this is because, even if we accept he had his moment of weakness, that moment passed. The Luke we know, would have dig out from the ruble and go after Kylo/Snoke. For him not to do this, he would have to change a lot more thant just having a moment of weakness - and for that, we would have to see more. With the decision to restart the whole conflict to Empire vs. Rebels and to shit all over the lives of our 3 main characters (Luke, a broken man, failed teacher, lost his family and students and the Jedi Order and his whole life purpose; Han and Leia splitting, Leia losing her position in the post-war order, having to fight the never ending fight after losing her son to the dark side, Han, also losing his son, demoted, even losing his ship, relegated to hauling some stupid cargo for small fry criminials) comes off as extremely nihilistic, though I think unintentionally. It's not even on-pause, as you mention above, its regression or diminishment for our characters whose lives amounted to nothing.I've shared my thoughts on his character flaw above. And you've mentioning good storytelling. I never implied he should start where we left off, just that this development is out of left field. Bitter, old and disillusioned, this would better fit Obi-Wan after ROTS, at least how that movie went, not Luke after ROTJ. And finally, if you've commited yourself to this arc, stick to it. The scene on Crait, with Luke's projection, were he redeems himself, is both, very derivative of Obi-Wan in Ep. 4, while simultaneously, in the end, giving us - and the Galaxy - Luke the legend. It's a lot of screen time that amounts to very little. You reset a character's progress at the start of the movie to seemingly end where you started. As I mentioned before, it's much ado about nothing; you can consider broken Luke as original, but his end is derivative; there were more interesting, more daring directions Johnson could've taken Luke, but didn't. Probably because the mandate is to phase out the OT characters. As to the resetting of character arcs, Johnson does this alot (Finn has to re-learn what courage is, Rey has to relearn to not focus on her past, Kylo has to decide if he's cool enough for the dark side), which along with the reused plot point from the OT and the uniteresting space chase and uneventful Canto Bight sequence create a movie that is 2h 31 minutes long, but during which not much happens. Ooh. I need to go to bed, have fun tearing into my arguments, all ;)
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The only thing we are TOLD in the movie is that he felt the darkness and acted upon it. This is unconvincing storytelling that's contradictory how the character was SHOWN to behave. I know I'm repeating myself, but it's all there is to it. If you take an established character, you must make the effort to either stick to the characterization or be convincing in showing change. Good storytelling vs. bad storytelling. There's two things to this. On one hand, I don't know if putting a real world nihilistic outlook on life into a mythology-style space adventure is the right move (for this is what it boils down to, not only for Luke, but also Han and Leia, all their hopes and dreams and deeds turned to dust). Having said that, the end of ROTJ put Luke precisely on that trajectory. If the filmmakers wanted to change it, they should have made a more concerted effort (see above and my earlier posts).
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Maybe if it happened during the OT. But he conquered that character flaw. And had 20+ years to become a wiser man. He had the support of his friends and the Republic, he had the new Jedi Order and his Force Ghost pals. Even if he sensed unfathomable darkness - which we are not privy to - it would not go the way you think. He also wouldn't - basing on his character from the OT - just pack up and leave. Especailly if he thought it was his fault. He'd attempt to turn Kylo and/or kill Snoke. Bah, he'd talk to Leia and Han about it and they'd try to do something about it, it was their child after all (and Luke did visit Leia, because he left his R2 with her).
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I was trying to say what I said below that intro, re: we needed to see things, not be told things. We were told Ben was bad and Luke hesitated and that's what those flashbacks amounted to. That's why people don't buy it, because it goes against everything they've seen in the OT and the overall message of that trilogy. If you want to subvert that, you need to work harder than just flip it and call it a day. Well, there's a chance you've played a game I've written for by now. But this is neither the time or place for this conversation. I did ask to be verafied, so that will be coming, I guess.
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It's a general consensus among fans I was referring to. And also, it was a refferential point, don't get hang up on it. And thirdly, we are not talking in PMs, I may be replying to your post, but it's also a part of a larger discussion.I've written for video games and movies. I've written several novels (and no, not self-published). I don't need to legitimize myself to you, but I will ask to be vetted by the mods, you think that will do? And yeah, you might not like anything I've created, but that's neither here, nor there, is it?
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That was just to illustrate why people talk about lack of characterization.No, I am not 'just curious', if I gave you that impression, I'm sorry. What I am saying is that this character arc doesn't work because of the lack of work put into it. Any character arc would work. Grey Jedi Luke would work. Dark Side Luke would work. Lofty arbiter balance Luke would work. You would just have to put it in the movie. And it's not there. This is the problem with the ST, they don't take time to build up anything, everything just happens because of lazy directing and writing. Everything is conveniently close to each other (you can see the 'parabolic laser' from starkiller from Takodana...), everyone knows everything, everyone achieves everything without effort; Poe is the best pilot, Ray knows how to fight, fly, fix, speak wookie and droid, shoot, mind trick and swim; Finn knows every starship and starbase plan by memory. There is no backstory to anything, no texture to anything, the last episode takes place literally in the void of space. Everything seems smaller, from the Resistance and FO to the entire Galaxy. A Republic of hundreds of thousands species is reduced to 4 planets. Instead of going in a new and exciting direction, each new episode resets the status quo (every character, save Poe, even goes through the same 'arc' they had in TFA) and it'll happen again with Ep IX, because they've written themselves into a corner, and the stakes have never been lower. I can go on like this for a long while. And I am not bitching about being faithful to some canon or about technical plotholes (there's many, but they don't really bother me in these types of movies). I'm having issue with the plotting, the meandering story, the rehashed character stuff, the broken character arcs, implausible characterization (Luke, Hux) or weak characterization, lack of stakes, lack of real progression of the story (its a rethread, only Kylo is now the big boss), lack of thought put into the structure, resulting in a 4-act story in a 3-act movie and subversivness for subversiveness sake. Everyone can like or dislike this movie however they please, but saying there are no problems with it is disingenuous.I would have liked to know who the knights were or who Snoke was, but that is not essential. What is essential is learning about the Luke and Kylo dynamic and why the things are the way they are. In the movie Rey asks him why he hated his father and he says he didn't, but the past must die. Without explaining how he got to that point of thought makes him look like a lunatic; and he becomes a loony toon villain in the end.
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People watch 3 movies about Anakin's hate and fear, and killing the women and children too and say it's hard to believe he'd turn, while you think that showing a 10 second flashback clip is enough to justify character assassination? Everything can be shown convincingly. If we spent some time in that flashback, saw Luke's worry, Kylo's downward spiral, the darkness inside him, saw, I dunno, things that would change Luke's character from the hopeful man he was at the end of ROTJ (he won, redeemed his father, killed the Emperor, defeated the Empire and started his own Jedi Order, he should be even more optimistic than before) to the doubtful man that draws a sword on his student, nephew and son of both of his closest friends... maybe. But Rian Johnson didn't want to waste time on trivial things like characterizations, he needed to drag us through Canto Bight.
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Well, to be honest, the alt-right whiners and misogynistic man-babies are tainting everything now with their BS. They so desperately need to validate their waning position in the world. It's a worldwide masculinity crisis and it smears itself all over every piece of media. Having said that, people who try to discredit you by saying that a hateful pathetic group also doesn't like the movie is disingenuous at best and harmful to the social discourse at worse.'You people'? Listen to yourself, man.
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All legitimate complains, but you're not gonna get through to anyone, sadly, the trenches are now really deep.
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You misunderstood me. I'm not talking about what Cinemascore pays people. I'm talking about the money invested in the movie. Going to a premiere on a Friday night is not cheap and I think it polarizes views. It's money well-spent vs. money wasted. The effect wears off after a couple of hours, but going straight out of the cinema, you are more likely to give a more exaggerated view one way or another. This is a topic for a different thread though, so lets get back to bashing/praising TLJ :)
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I think this is the crux of the matter for a lot of people. Luke was a symbol and legend to many and Rian Johnson tore him down, very conciously of course, as the narrative is constructed to highlight hero worship. The thing is, after the novelty of the subversiveness wears off, we're left with just one less ideal to aspire to, with nothing proposed in its place. I think Rian Johnson realized that too, because he directs Luke to make a comeback to that legend status in the end. The curtain has already been torn, unfortunately, and we see the man behind it. The legend told by the kids at the end rings false, as those kids in the audience that watched the movie witnessed Luke's disgrace. We are left with a Star Wars movie that is more realistic in the way it treats hero Luke, but in doing so takes one of the cherished symbols that people looked up to and exchanges him for one of a countless number of broken protagonists that populate modern cinema. I'd propose that the myth was there for a reason. TLJ is just a reflection our world, while the OT created an idealized one we could strive for.
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Well then. I majored in sociology, doing my phD now. I do not work as a sociologist, but that methodology would not fly. It would be a good 'pilot study' that would provide a basis for creating a more sophisticated research tool (survey), but it could not be considered any credible evidence. 400 surveys across all age groups, both genders and classes is a really small sample. Just saying. It's of course better than anecdotal evidence or self-selecting polls on the Internet. But it's also selective, as it asks the people who are they on opening night, week after week. So you might say it focuses on film enthusiasts. The only credible metric measuring a movie's popularity (not 'critical acclaim') is and always will be ticket sales compared to ticket sales of similar productions. I did not want to detract this thread, this is more me talking about the methodology than dissing TLJ.
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Do they really do it this way? 400 cards per film on opening night from people who have a monetary stake in this (paid for tickets)? Wow. That's some bad methodology. And I'm saying this outside of TLJ context. Never knew how they did it. It's a nice way to get a general feel in the fleeting moment of a premiere to get the word of mouth going, but statistics it is not.
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The Phantom Menace crossed 1B in 1999. Fate of the Furious did 1.2B this year. There's no point in talking to a fanatic, is there?
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Lol, man, get a grip. It's not a conspiracy. A sizable group of people doesn't like the movie. A sizable group does. It's fine. You don't need to try to diminish the dissenting voice each time you type in a post. If the movie is good, it'll float.
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Amazing, every word... no, no, I can't, sorry ;)
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He is. Which just puts into perspective how awful this new trilogy is, unfortunately.
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Thread Dark Souls games should have an easy mode
Yes, we are in agreement. The challenge and the "pride in achieving something" are integral parts of the DS experience IMO and, as you say, introducing an easy mode, would ruin some of the appeal. BTW, the Souls games have a secret easy mode: it's called co-op ;)
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Thread Dark Souls games should have an easy mode
In most cases, nobody makes games with 'difficulty modes' in mind, because it's very time consuming. Most of the time difficulty is a crude slider like 'damage reduction' or 'enemy damage/hp'. In those cases, there is a baseline difficulty that the game was meant to be played, ie. it was mostly playtested for that mode. You've mentioned normal and easy, but it's more of a problem with harder difficulties; for example, they make enemies bullet sponges, which isn't that much more difficult, but takes more time, creating a different encounter dynamic; such a game might be deemed boring, because the fights take too long etc. A good example of a game created with different difficulties in mind is Thief: The Dark Project or its sequel, The Metal Age.
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Thread [IGN] Blizzard Has 'No Plans' for Warcraft 4 Right Now, Warcraft 3: Reforged Is the Priority
Of course it is, they need to refresh the Warcraft formula to make Clash of Warcraft on Mobile instead ;)
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Thread Will Borderlands 3 save us from shallow games like Fallout 76?
Hah, well, Borderlands was the first game that had the 'NPCs talk to you via audio logs while you're shooting, so you don't pay attention' problem, so...
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Thread Into the Breach |OT| FTL: Fighting Tactical Leviathans
I love the mechanics, it's a really elegant puzzle/tactical turn-based strategy. Would recommend. BUT So disheartened it's rogue-like. For one, the market has been oversaturated for years and moved past this sort of thing. But my main gripe is the rogue-like mechanics stop the tactics from evolving. I see a potential for something a'la X-com here, but IMHO, it's squandered and the game is relegated to a "little time-waster" status. I don't see this game making waves, like FTL did back in the day. But to reiterate: the basic mechanics and setup of the game are sublime.
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Yes, FTL did it... and I, personally, didn't need a repeat of that. I'd say than in Into the Breach your tactics don't evolve at all. You may get 1-2 pieces of gear, but getting the cores to power them up is rarely worth it, as the most useful things you can do with a core is put it into HP and Movement (at least on Normal). I beat the game twice now (Easy and Normal) and there's nothing for me to come back too. I did unlock new teams, but am not really tempted to do it all again. Just my 2 cents.
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Thread At least 9 killed, 60 shot in Chicago this weekend
This is disturbing... For comparison, there were a total of 15 murders (counting attempts) with a firearm in Poland in the whole 2016. There were a total of 469 murders in total.
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Thread The Witcher: Netflix Series
Well, as the story goes, Sapkowski took a lump sum for the games instead of royalties. A really small sum - so even though it's his fault, you can understand his anger. Also, if you check the European database of trademarks, Sapkowski and CD Project share 'The Witcher' trademark - they got to use it in different fields of exploitation.
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Thread Fans offer to cover budget to redo Star Wars: The Last Jedi
I hate TLJ as much as the next guy, but this is absurd. It's absurd because Disney would never consider it, because they could never possibly raise $600 million and because letting rabid fans do something like this would be a colossal mistake, both story-wise and PR-wise.