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Thread Trudeau announces massive $85 billion financial aid package for individuals and businesses in response to COVID-19, includes paid sick leave for all
I'm hoping that after we are through the eye of the storm with COVID-19 and everything starts going back to normal that a real push for Universal Basic Income begins. Because we cannot leave people that are in your position or others in similar positions unsupported ever again. Not to mention UBI would help with getting everything back to "normal".
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Thread PS5 allows off-the-shelf NVMe drive upgrades, will need to be certified
Cerny did say you could run your Ps4 library off a normal external HDD if you want, but you could also transfer it to your Ps5 hard drive as well. So it does support extra storage at launch, but seems to be for BC.
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Thread PlayStation 5 System Architecture Deep Dive |OT| Secret Agent Cerny
Just FYI - The Ps2 was not fully backwards compatible with the Ps1 and the PS3 was not fully backwards compatible with the PS2/PS1. There are always exceptions, and its hard to guarantee because some games are just coded in a way that doesn't support it, or involve peripherals that won't be supported.
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Thread Top 100 PS4 games will support Boost Mode at launch for PS5 BC, rest run through legacy mode, PS5 too fast for some titles, fix on game-by-game basis
The best example will always be tying framerate to game speed and physics. *coughFromSoftwarecough* It's why when you play the original Dark Souls 1 port on PC and toggle 60 FPS, you'd often fall through the world on ladders, plus bugs like weapon durability being tied to frame rate. Another good example of this: Plug your really old CD copy of Warcraft II into your PC. Computer will be raiding your base with end-game units after about 60 seconds.
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Thread Top 100 PS4 games will support Boost Mode at launch for PS5 BC, rest run through legacy mode, PS5 too fast for some titles, fix on game-by-game basis
Sony has always opted for hardware backwards compatibility, which has never supported 100% of the games, because of the way some games were programmed and/or the peripherals they required.
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Thread PS5 Speculation |OT12| - Aw hell, Transistor's running this again? [Please read 03/16 staff post]
I think it depends. My point of view, as someone who has been gaming since the NES, is that a dedicated portion of the fanbase will ALWAYS be there day one to buy your new hardware. I think things like Stadia, the Wii U and even Ouya proved that there is just always a market for new tech. With that said, if you are building hardware the formula doesn't only have to take into account that people are going to buy your hardware, but how much they are going to like that hardware and evangelize for you. I believe that's a key thing many people forget to take into account: Word of mouth marketing is potent, especially when you are in a competitive industry. Some marketing plans (not video game hardware) rely almost entirely on word of mouth, and it's still one of the most powerful tools a marketing teams try to harness. What I believe these reveals are for is to get your first few waves of buyers "in". I'd break down those first waves of buyers into a couple of categories, including but not limited to: A) The person who was going to buy your thing anyways (low-effort to market to needed) B) The person who was thinking about buying your product but was waiting for more info (low-to-mid effort) C) The person who was either going to buy your product or the competition (mid-to-high effort) D) The person who was not going to buy your product but you convinced them to (high effort) E) People who need to be swayed by parties other than you. F) People still on the fence (more on this one in a bit) G) People who are price-sensitive and waiting Looking at the above, groups A and B are your core base. C and D are who you are going to put marketing effort into from now until launch. However, A, B, C and D all have the power to influence E, whether it's through forums such as these or just telling other people about the product, and group E is key for waves beyond the first. That's why it's key to mobilize those first four groups and have them evangelize for you. Now how does this tie into competitors? Well, they are doing the exact same with the exact same groups, just different people within those groups. I think the kind of person that will be swayed either way is Group F, people on the fence, and I think that group has a lot of interesting mechanics at play in it, because I honestly believe a lot of the people that say they are on the fence actually lean more one way than the other, as I think looking at two things completely objectively with no biases in play is a rarity in today's heavily marketed world. I think some people are quick to react in today's world without having all of the information, and as I've said before, from now until launch (no matter when launch is) is a marathon and the opportunity for a lot of information, not a sprint to fire all the proverbial missiles now. The people who react to small technicalities will likely waffle back and forth between then at least a few times, and targeting them right now is expending a lot of effort when you want to be shoring up the first-wave buyers right now and securing your evangelists, as many of them are going to start promoting you and "spreading the word" in their circles before they even get your console.
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Thread PS5 Speculation |OT12| - Aw hell, Transistor's running this again? [Please read 03/16 staff post]
I don't fully agree. The GDC announcement was not just about reaching out to the greater market, but also developers large and small, who are also now waiting on some of the information you were going to tell them, as perhaps some of their plans rest on that. Sony pivoting to what they are going to do now kills two birds with one stone: gives the developers the information they would have gotten at GDC at the time they would have gotten the info anyways while also reaching out to the greater consumer market and giving them new info as well. I actually feel like their pivot is causing a nice bit of serendipity for them, and I feel the same about the Xbox announcement yesterday as well. It would make no sense to schedule a whole bunch of calls or conference calls with these developers at this point since the chance of someone leaking said call goes up exponentially. Might as well just announce yourself to everyone and unveil things the way you want to.
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Thread PS5 Speculation |OT12| - Aw hell, Transistor's running this again? [Please read 03/16 staff post]
I didn't say marketing doesn't adapt, I said getting into ridiculous slap fights, especially right now, would be getting off strategy, as the strategy at this point in time is securing your hardcore user base for next-gen purchase. I fully believe that Sony has a strong system that they are confident in, but I also believe that revealing a lot of the technical details now was almost always the plan after COVID-19 became a global event. Whether the PS5 is stronger, equal to, or weaker than the PS5 adjusts the tone of the message and the words used, but I fully believe that talking to the market now was always in the plan, if that makes sense.
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Thread PS5 Speculation |OT12| - Aw hell, Transistor's running this again? [Please read 03/16 staff post]
You are too focused on the us vs. them mentality and back and forth between console makers. Sony has had a plan for a long while now, and while that plan has been tweaked and fine-tuned (as all good plans are), the reason why they are pulling the trigger now is because they had mapped this out and feel it is the best time to do so. I'll put it in other terms: When you sell a console to 120 million people and your competitor sells 50 million, do you structure your whole marketing plan for next gen around those 50 million people using your competitors device or around the 120 million people base you've help nourish who are in your ecosystem? If Sony is weaker, which I don't believe they will be by a significant margin, now still makes sense for them to announce. Again, they are reaching out to their 120 million install base, namely the people that will be day 1 buyers. The second your marketing plan revolves around responding to the competition is the second you've lost the plot as a marketer, as you are no longer focused on the grand strategy but instead engaging in an endless war of slapping each other for no reason.
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Thread PS5 Speculation |OT12| - Aw hell, Transistor's running this again? [Please read 03/16 staff post]
As I said in a post a little earlier, I feel that Sony was always going to speak at GDC and say something about their console, and that was planned a long while ago. The specifics of the message likely changed over time due to COVID-19, but a message was always planned for now. I think a lot of the video game news we are getting this week was stuff planned for or to time with GDC.
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Thread PlayStation: Mark Cerny will provide a deep dive into PS5’s system architecture tomorrow at 9am PT
I doubt it. Even if the two consoles are mirrors of each other with minute differences, people are still going to console war. Don't forget, your average console warrior thinks having the most teraflops determines who has the strongest system, when it is never that simple.
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Thread PS5 Speculation |OT12| - Aw hell, Transistor's running this again? [TRANSISTOR MADE A STAFF POST. READ IT, MMKAY?]
Sony has said plenty when you line up all of the information they have given on a sheet of paper. What people are craving right now are the technical specs, which I totally get, but Sony has a very clearly mapped out marketing plan and we will be getting those specs when they are good and ready to announce them. Sony announced that they would be "hunkering down" months ago and people seem to be acting surprised that Sony is hunkered down right now, even though that's what they said they would be doing. Saying nothing to the greater market right now is a perfectly valid strategy, as is Microsoft's very aggressive strategy of blasting out a good portion of their messaging right now. Console launches are a marathon however, not a sprint, and which strategy was the right one will not really be able to be determined until a year+ into the next console gen. Until then, everyone just needs to be patient, even if you are going a bit crazy at home in self-isolation :)
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Thread PlayStation Worldwide Studios |OT Se7en| What's in the box?
Of course there are people that know the specs for both next-gen consoles. Some people have known for quite awhile. Just because they aren't tooting their horn about it or bragging about it does not mean people do not know. Most people respect their business relationships within the industry too much.
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Thread PlayStation Worldwide Studios |OT Se7en| What's in the box?
This isn't how marketing works...at all. The second your marketing plan revolves solely around your competitors is the moment your marketing team has lost the plot. Sony is clearly marching to the beat of their own drum and marketing-wise, its the right move.
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Thread PlayStation Worldwide Studios |OT Se7en| What's in the box?
It does exist and from my point of view, their marketing team has been doing an excellent job. It's a marathon, not a sprint, and with so much news coming out from all over the world right now, it's better to say exactly what you want to say when you want to say it, rather than panic and start launching missiles that scatter all over the place. The only reason their silence "speaks volumes" is because you want it to. Stop doomsaying and be patient. It'll be worth it.
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Thread Canada PoliERA |OT 2| I Got Ninety Nine MPs, But An Albertan Ain't One
I honestly think the self-isolation/quarantine a lot of people is going through right now are going to be extended another week or two because of the lack of screening at airports and the influx of people coming back home from down south that are about to happen, in addition to how things are going in the US. It really sucks, but people should not be risking their health right now and every person that comes back is a potential risk right now.
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Thread Canada PoliERA |OT 2| I Got Ninety Nine MPs, But An Albertan Ain't One
I never said anything about food. Obviously food and pharmacies should always be open, but you are taking an unnecessary leap there between me complaining about movies and partying still going on to me saying food stores should be closed, which again, I will NEVER say. Quebec should not blanket ban everything, but everything considered non-essential should not be open at this point in time. That is the only way to truly flatten the curve.
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Thread Canada PoliERA |OT 2| I Got Ninety Nine MPs, But An Albertan Ain't One
Quebec was too late to react. It doesn't help that non-essential stores are still open as well. People I know are thinking this isn't a big deal and still going out to movies/partying/etc. I also know a teacher who has been told daycares will likely be open on Monday and those with lower seniority might be called into work. We really aren't doing enough in the province to flatten the curve. Edit: Not to mention all the snowbirds coming back, they are going to help spread this too. Even my dad, who lives with us, refuses to go quarantine himself away from us despite my wife and I both showing symptoms. It's just pure stubbornness.
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Thread Canada PoliERA |OT 2| I Got Ninety Nine MPs, But An Albertan Ain't One
Hope the situation improves for both of you & My wife and I are both mildly sick (nothing crazy, feels more like the flu), but luckily she works at a school so she now has two weeks off and my work has called off work for two weeks so we will be isolated anyways
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Thread Maximilian Dood's SoulsBorne Tier List: Best Of Souls & Blood (From Software Only)
My personal list (keep in mind its my personal list) and I'll be including some non-From tangentially related games: Tier 1A: Bloodborne Tier 1B: Demon's Souls Tier 2: Dark Souls 3 Tier 3: Nioh Tier 4: Dark Souls, Dark Souls 2 Tier 5: The Surge Tier 6: Sekiro Tier G: Lords of the Fallen Sekiro was such a disconnect with me between what they were selling the game as, what my expectations of the game were and the game design that did not click with me at all. I was deeply disappointed that more stealth and "tricky" ninjitsu were not an option and I felt like the game design did not mix up the mechanics enough. It's also the only game in the From soulslike pantheon where I felt like the levels and level design (because a lot of the normal enemy designs could make full use of the game's mechanics, such as stealth) was absolutely better than most of the bosses. The game has amazing art direction and music and the setting is just right for me, but it just does not work for me as a finished piece for some reason.
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Thread Why aren't there leaks for everything?
It's pretty simple: there's generally a lot more competition within the video game industry, especially with the rise of Games As A Service. Marketing 101 states that you generally want announcements to have an impact, so that is generally why game companies hold back on announcements until they have a chunk of something to announce. If companies just announced very small bite sized bits of information for their big reveals, a lot of them would be forgotten about two to three weeks later because of how often games come out. The video game industry is also more secretive due to circumstances, but still comparable to both TV and film in terms of pace and strategy. However, both of those industries have to contend with set leaks that they need to get ahead of, hence things like unveiling the new Batman costume prior to it leaking so that WB could control the message. The video game industry is also more susceptible to cancellations and greatly altered products from first starting a project to completion, and it's generally good practice not to announce things you can't guarantee will be in your game. Edit: Also, don't think the video game industry is super unique. My company for instance (a software product that many industries use, including the video game industry) doesn't announce new versions publically until the day they release. While it could leak prior to our announcement, our timing allows us to blitz the market onc we release in a way that tends to be very successful for us.
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Thread Why aren't there leaks for everything?
My old job running at home beta tests actually had us sit down with clients and point out which parts of their game and were likely to leak. Our advice always was (and still is to this day) that our clients announce everything contained within the chunk we were going to test in advance so that it did not leak and so that they could control the message. So announcements to prevent leaks are a thing too!
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Thread Why aren't there leaks for everything?
As big as the industry is, it's also small enough and connected enough that your reputation travels with you. I can tell you that a lot of the things I know within the industry comes from how interconnected everyone is. Even my old job, working at a third party QA outsourcing studio, meant I have industry secrets that I'll likely keep to myself for the rest of my life, including major unannounced games, games that were in prototype phases that required testing/market research and games that were far along and were cancelled. Not to mention actual friendships you build with people all over the industry that you won't want to betray. If I leaked something from a project friend A is working on, friends B, C, D and E that work in the industry will be much less likely to give me information or even trust me. Edit: The above is also why it's generally way less damaging relationship wise to confirm a leak or say "I heard this too" after someone else or multiple other people leak it, because you aren't the source and people generally won't get as mad at you.
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Thread Canada PoliERA |OT 2| I Got Ninety Nine MPs, But An Albertan Ain't One
I mean, that isn't much different that crossing over into the UK then flying to the US. It just shows how shortsighted this decision was. EDIT: also, as mentioned in the other thread, people have to wait for 14 days after leaving an "afflicted" country before entering the US regardless.
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Thread Canada PoliERA |OT 2| I Got Ninety Nine MPs, But An Albertan Ain't One
My company (entertainment and tech industries) just banned all international and domestic travel, including cross country rail without permission from the very top of the company. They say more will be coming in the next few days, but I'm curious to see what our workers abroad have to do. A couple of employees just came back from Europe and were told that quarantine wasn't required and a few others were planning to head to Asia at the end of the month.
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Thread Rumor: E3 about to be cancelled, official announcement coming soon (Update: All but confirmed)
This is also the same event that was so poorly run with such relaxed security that it leaked the personal information of many attendees last year. As good as E3 has been as a marketing event, the ESA has been pretty hurtful to the industry the past couple of years, and that's where the celebrating is coming from. They really needed to get their act together and hopefully, this is more of a kick in the pants for them to do just that.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
Someone in Montreal that was infected took the same public transportation at the exact same time I did on February 24th. While I feel fine and the deadline to monitor for symptoms was yesterday, I still notified my work just in case. It's funny in retrospect since I've been nothing but cautious since heading back to work after spring break, but it may have been already too late at that point had I been infected.
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Thread Canada PoliERA |OT 2| I Got Ninety Nine MPs, But An Albertan Ain't One
Update from Info-Sante: I'm all clear to go into work tomorrow but I have to monitor myself for any possible symptoms (i.e. fever, cough or difficulty breathing). This virus really sucks, by the time someone shows symptoms they've already likely infected other people.
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Thread Canada PoliERA |OT 2| I Got Ninety Nine MPs, But An Albertan Ain't One
Ugh, so we have a Quebecer in Montreal who had COVID-19 and . Turns out, not only did they take public transportation, but they also took the bus line I regularly take and went through the metro stations I go through as well. They also took public transportation at the same time as me, according to . While it's unlikely I have anything, I'm going to have to go to work tomorrow and let my boss know and see if she wants me to self-quarantine just out of precaution. Apparently the times that match up to me expired yesterday though and I'm not feeling super sick, so that's good at least.
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Thread So, we're all in agreement that Ori and the Will of the Wisps is the best looking 2D game ever right
It doesn't count as 2D to me, because much like Dead Cells, everything was created in 3D. Same with Guilty Gear. They are both absolutely gorgeous though! Gris is stunning and so Thunder Lotus' output (Spiritfarer, Jotun and Sundered). I also will always have a soft spot for Third Strike's fluid animation.
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Thread PS5 and Xbox Series speculation |OT12| - Aw hell, Transistor's running this again?
I have general issues with Takashi Mochizuki's writing style in general, such as when he wrote a headline in 2018 proclaiming that the PlayStation successor was 3 years away because he didn't properly interpret a quote correctly. I think for whatever reason he adds his own spin to quotes that distorts the message enough that I personally question what the person he is quoting originally said and if his interpretation is accurate. I feel, especially based upon my own experience in the video game industry, that the accuracy of his writing has a few problems.
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Thread PS5 and Xbox Series speculation |OT12| - Aw hell, Transistor's running this again?
You seem to be talking in a lot of absolutes about things that are far from absolute. The BOM article had a few very questionable errors in it that made it not the most accurate thing in the world and Sony is far from "screwed" if their high-end console costs the same as Microsoft. Also, your margins are not realistic, as console makers can take a loss on hardware and you are grossly overinflating chip price increases. I.e. Nothing you are saying has basis in reality.
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Thread PS5 and Xbox Series speculation |OT11| Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Dogs of War [NEW NEWS, NEW THREAD - CHECK OUT THE STAFF POST]
As someone who works in product marketing and has been a part of the video game industry for a number of years, nothing about Sony's approach is tone deaf or is hurting their products. In fact, their marketing so far has been perfectly normal and in-line with what I thought it would be. Also, I don't think any sizeable portion of their consumer base is honestly worried about their product. Even if they were, a certain portion of every market is going to knee jerk panic about things and you don't plan your entire strategy around that 1-2% (if that) of your base anyways since they were pretty much always going to panic. Sony knows what they are doing, have patience :) Also, try not to project how you personally feel on a whole wide market filled with millions of people, that leads to false conclusions.
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Thread PS5 and Xbox Series speculation |OT11| Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Dogs of War [NEW NEWS, NEW THREAD - CHECK OUT THE STAFF POST]
It's neither A nor B. They announced "early" because they finished dead last the gen before and needed to get aggressive in getting the messaging of their new console out there. Their whole marketing plan was built around this and the timing of their messaging is one of "Let's keep that positive good will some users have for us going into this new gen if we can". Microsoft's current strategy is one of "speak loud, speak often, don't let them forget you." Sony, on the other hand, are finishing the gen firmly in first place. Their approach is a rather simple one: take your time and get the message right. They have been drip-feeding info, a lot of it actually, and that has been generating buzz within the enthusiast community and those enthusiasts are also hyping other people with their excitement. This allows them to prep the full head-to-toe reveal exactly how they want it to be and when the excitement surrounding their product gets to the level they want it to be at, time to announce. Two very different (and both perfectly valid) marketing plans at work here with different goals and coming from different starting points.
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Thread Which of the major Soulsborne titles do you think is the hardest overall?
I think Sekiro is the most difficult, but I find that From's balance was off on the game as a whole, as a lot of the mechanics within the game were difficult for reasons that I felt were out of my control or were difficult for the sake of being difficult. I found a lot of the enemy design and mechanics as a whole to be a step down from the rest of their recent action titles. Nioh, on the other hand, was "hard" because of awkward level design and some weird enemy design choices but things like magic being completely broken took a lot of the difficulty away. I also thought the fact that the game could be played without needing to use the stance system to be a positive and negative on the game itself, as I feel like it threw off the entire game balance if you mastered stances and KI pulse. TLDR: Sekiro was the most difficult game for me and Nioh second hardest, but they were also less enjoyable than the rest of the games because I felt like they suffered from worse design choices.
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Thread Say something nice about your least liked Final Fantasy entry so far
Mainline: FF9 has a beautiful art style and I thought the setting was fantastic. I also thought the town design was probably the best out of 7-8-9 (although 8 is my favorite of those 3 games) as the cities are charming, beautiful, sprawling and memorable. Good use of end-of-life PS1 tech! It also has some of the better summon designs, and Atomos, Odin, Bahamut and Alexander in cutscenes are all really memorable. Spinoff: I thought Type-O's initial premise of a wartorn region was cool and had a lot of potential.
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Thread Marvel Cinematic Universe | The Things They Say About Her
As much as I love GLOW, you should watch Community! Quite a few people on the cast at this point has been in a MCU movie and the Russo Brothers directed quite a few episodes. Brie Larson also shows up in an episode. Seasons 1, 2 and 3 are probably my favorite TV.
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Thread On Monday, I return to work as a peer of the ex-boss who canned me.
Congrats on the better role! I actually kind of had the opposite happen: I was at a company working on a project that only that company had, and I was offered a substantial bump from a competitor to go there instead and help build a competing project which I accepted. I also accepted the job with the understanding that I'd be growing into a leadership role on the team, getting to design things and avoid some mistakes of my older company First week at my new company went well, I worked with someone who had been trying to replicate what we were doing with no luck and I started building out what they were missing. Week 2 came and there was a company announcement that my new company was buying my old company. This caused what I was working on to go into a bit of a holding pattern, and then I was asked what I thought of my old team, which I gave a two page document on to my then boss, highlighting strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and outlining things that had to change with the old team in order for it to be successful. Week after that I found out that my ideas were being scrapped and I was going back to my old team in my old role (I got to keep my pay). It was a bit surreal to go back to my old desk about a month and a half after I had left it. I stayed for about a year before I had enough of people not knowing what they were doing and left for something much better. Strangest boomerang timing I could ever imagine.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation |OT11| All Hell Has Broken Loose. CONTEST INSIDE!
The silence is really nothing to worry about. The people that were in charge of PS4 market strategy are not the same team that is in charge of PS5 market strategy and even if they were, the market has changed quite a bit in the past 5 years with the rise of direct-to-consumer video and many other things that can cause a strategy to change. There's a difference between choosing to be silent and being silent because there is nothing to say. Sony is pretty clearly choosing to stay silent at this point in time even though they have plenty to say and it's a completely valid strategy. They'll announce when they are ready. Trying to read into it any more than that is foolish.
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Thread Atlus West invites known racist and sexual abuser RelaxAlax to Persona 5 Royal preview event
As someone who works in marketing and has done this kind of work before: Atlus USA would have still gotten the list of attendees or invitees at some point for them to vet/make last minute changes to. This means it is still completely Atlus' fault. I've had to google a whole bunch of people that companies have suggested we invite before and every one of them was vetted both internally and externally to prevent stuff like this from happening. Atlus USA was careless, and whether they outsourced it or not, did a really poor job both on the optics front and on the actual follow through part of what they have been saying lately. It's gross because I largely love Atlus games, but they need to stop punching themselves in the face unprovoked.
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Thread Have you ever been a moderator of a community?
Not only have a I modded a lot of communities (started at FFShrine way back when), I'm now responsible for creating and managing them! In total, I've been moderating communities of various shapes and sizes for about 15 years now. Overall I've always had fun being a moderator and it's helped me springboard into where I am today. It's also nicely tied into my love of video games and marketing in general at various points in my life. Being able to identify and solve community problems is always fun and I've thought about doing some consulting work in the future since many organizations and groups miss the mark on running a healthy community.
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Thread The Jimquisition: Credit Where Credit's Due
As someone who used to work in QA: Fuck off with this line of thinking. QA people are often the most overworked and least compensated parts of game development teams and are the ones doing 60-80 hour weeks on projects, or else they lose their jobs. They also often get paid minimum wage. It's an absolutely thankless job that is often uncredited and even worse, a lot of the time you are laid off/need a new project after your current one ends. Your line is thinking is destructive, hurtful and dismissive to literally hundreds of people. In fact, I know of at least one project where the QA team on it was taken OUT after the game released via patch because the developer felt that the credits were getting too long.
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Thread 2020 Academy Award winner: Hair Love Short Film (Full) | Sony Pictures Animation
My wife hadn't seen this yet, and I showed it to her earlier and she almost bawled. If anyone would like to read a more in-depth interview with Matthew A. Cherry about this project and what it took to get done, I highly recommend this article: Full disclosure: I work for Toon Boom but did not write or have anything to do with that article, its just a fantastic interview in general. I know the rest of the office will be so happy Hair Love won!
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Thread Deadline: How ‘Birds Of Prey’ Went Astray With $33M+ Opening aka Blackhawk down.
By your own math (85+50), the movie would have to make at least 270 to break even, and thats giving them 50% of the profit both domestic and international (which often doesnt happen and is being quite generous). I think 50 for marketing is also low. I think "break even" for this movie is likely closer to 300-350, depending on which territories it hauls in money from and how much they spent on marketing globally. They likely can break even on merch/digital/dvd/etc sales afterwards, but it might take a bit to get there.
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Thread Sam Raimi in talks to direct Doctor Strange 2 (Endorsed by Derrickson)
While many seem to think they don't have a style, or they just don't like it, I'd argue the Russo movies also have a lot of their cornerstones and style in them as well. You notice it more if you watch a lot of the Community/Arrested Development episodes they directed.
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Thread Canada PoliERA |OT 2| I Got Ninety Nine MPs, But An Albertan Ain't One
Having lived in both provinces, both of them need to take a look in the mirror and come to some realizations about the modern world, modern policies and properly taking care of the people that live in the province. Different realizations for both of them, but realizations nonetheless.
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Thread Black Widow - Super Bowl trailer
This movie has a lot of potential for setting up pieces for the future, especially since the Thunderbolts SHOULD be a thing by now. Zemo in Falcon &TWS, the Leader is still around, Abomination too, Yelena, Taskmaster, Ross... they are pretty much all you need to get Thunderbolts off the ground.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT10| - We aim to transition those from OT9 at a pace never seen before.
I'm in a similar industry and generally, these events are starting to be planned 3-6 months in advance. However, that does not mean the public would be aware, since generally invites to events like this are sent 2-4 weeks ahead of time, depending on the travel season and location. Even when my own company goes to major conferences, that takes months of planning. So there's at least a few people within Sony that have mapped out what's coming and are working their way towards it.
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Thread Poll: Are You Happy With PlayStation’s Dead Silence?
As someone who worked in the video game industry and now works in the marketing department of a tangentially related industry: Yes. Be as quiet as you need to be and take as long as you need. But, when it is time to reveal, make that reveal strong!
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT10| - We aim to transition those from OT9 at a pace never seen before.
Jez also gets a bad rap for signal boosting and being friends with a homophobe. See here: His info may be legit, but I think quite a few people take issue with him in general. On topic: If Sony is announcing anything this week, it's likely before Friday. Hopefully we see something from them soon, before people get even more antsy!
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Thread PS5 and Xbox Series speculation launch thread |OT9| - For flops sake!
Not that I believe this rumor at all but in my experience the marketing team would have access to all of this info well in advance of an event like PlayStation Meeting since they would have to make and approve/design presentations, videos, design the flow of the show and plan marketing collateral such as emails, handouts, etc. So it is likely that the team handling the marketing for the PS5 knows a lot about it, if not everything planned. That does not mean this rumor is believable though :)
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Thread Cyberpunk 2077 Dev Team Will Work Extra Long Hours After Latest Delay
TLDR: Crunch sucks and it always effects the workers at the "bottom" of the company totem pole the worst. I personally believe, after seeing multiple AAA video game projects, that crunch is absolutely almost always a sign of inefficient management and project planning when it occurs and it has a real human cost that can take a lot out of people. As someone who has crunched on a tangentially related AAA game (that I cannot name) that was delayed twice (the first time for about 8 months, second for another few weeks) I do not think of crunch as something that always has to be a bad thing if it is well managed. The problem is that keeping crunch well managed is notoriously difficult, and there tends to be at least a couple (if not many) inexperienced managers in the chain that really hurt their teams. In my case, initial "crunch" for my team (QA) on the project was nothing crazy: the managers and leads had to readjust their schedules to cover a newly formed night team, and we moved to a night and day team. This eventually moved to a night, day and skeleton hour team (i.e. almost 24/7 coverage) and even that was mostly fine, since people were not asked to work more than 40 hours a week (aside from some managers who felt obligated to do so, but that's a management style I'll never understand). Everything seemed fine until about 6 months prior to release, where members of the team started burning out (burn out on a project is normal in QA, it is extremely difficult to play a game you might not like 40 hours a week for extended periods of time, nevermind the fact that some people had been on the project for YEARS at that point) and shrinking because my company had signed a bunch more contracts meaning other projects needed more people. From that point forward, we were never told we HAD to do overtime, but there was an unsaid expectation both from management (for performance review reasons) and teammates (so they werent stuck doing all the OT) to do at least a little bit of extended hours, and these extended hours initially started with either working an extra 2-3 hours by staying late and then as release drew closer things kept getting added on such as: 1) Saturdays would suddenly open up as a possible workday, starting with half days and eventually becoming full days. A few weeks after that, Sundays were added too. 2) The 2-3 hours once a week I mentioned earlier became 2-3 hours available every day. At the peak of the overtime craze on our project, I worked 72 hours a week for about a month straight. While I definitely got paid extra and made good money, I was willing to work myself to the bone at the time because I was trying to forget a bad breakup and I also at the time knew it would further my career. It absolutely did too since doing all of that overtime also gave me a good reputation around the office and was worn as a badge of honor, as every time I interviewed for a position to move up at the company from that point forward, the 72 hours every week for a month became an easy answer to the question "Are you dedicated to your projects and willing to see them through?" After working on and seeing multiple similar projects: "Crunch" can be well managed by adept and highly skilled managers with minimal impact to the team however a large amount of the time it initially starts off as something well planned but all of the wheels fall off the cart at some point. There is a real human impact to crunch and societal and team pressure are very real things, especially when you are at the lower end of the totem pole and horror stories are spread around the office about people being put on-call (i.e. let go unless needed for emergency work) because they weren't "team players". I was able to leverage the fact that I did a crazy amount of crunch (plus other skills) into a lot of job mobility for myself, but once I got to manage my own teams I quickly learned that my bosses (back when I was low on the totem pole) were under pressure from their bosses to get certain people to crunch because the client (we were outsourced QA) wanted specific, skilled people on the project at all times and did not want to bring in people who did not know the project (since commonly someone new to the project was either brand new and had to be trained or was someone off another project that had to learn the rules and methods of ours).
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Thread Girlfriend Reviews : Here We Are!
It's cool that they finally put their faces out there, I know part of the fun for some people with their early content was guessing what they looked like (strangely enough). Shame they turned out to be complete shitheels though with the PewDiePie and Boogie shout outs. It's what got me to stop watching their content in the end.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT8| - The Dark Tower (See Staff Post)
I don't think it's always just because of price though. It has also been because of library and word of mouth in the past, often a combination of all three. If it was only about price, the Ouya would have done amazing! (hyperbolic funny example I know) Like I said, the backwards compatibility aspect of the formula is likely changing the library side of things for next-gen, and I wonder by how much.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT8| - The Dark Tower (See Staff Post)
Well it also used to also be because of library, but next gen it will likely be more of a pricing thing, yes. Both consoles being backward compatible and having support of the previous gen library will change things, the by how much is the question.Nintendo always seems to be an exception to the rule, so to speak, but even they were not immune to it (3DS comes to mind). The Switch and Wii also launched at a comparable price to competition who had already reduced from their launch price from what I remember too (Could be wrong, but was pretty sure the Switch launched at a comparable price to an already discounted X1/PS4 and Wii was cheaper than Ps3, obviously, and was comparable to a discounted 360). Don't quite remember how it played out in the US during 360/PS3/Wii launch years since I'm from Canada :) Traditionally in tech, early adopters were not the "buy your kids electronics" persona. The mobile phone market is obviously different and may be comparable to what modern console launch might be like, I'll be curious to see how close (or different) the parallels turn out to be.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT8| - The Dark Tower (See Staff Post)
First year console buyers generally are not the "buy-a-console-for-your-kids-for-Christmas" crowd. That group is usually year 2 or 3 buyers, which is why Lockheart makes a lot of sense, if its still a thing, for holiday year 2.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT8| - The Dark Tower
Oh, I agree that it is a good indicator. Was just being clear that it is not the only indicator and if the Tflops gap is small enough, the "weaker" of the two can pull ahead through other means. I'd never pick just one stat for these kinds of things and I think hyping one stat as the end all be all is how we can end up being a little misled. Important, yes! Only thing that matters, certainly not.
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Teraflops are not the whole story to begin with, since there are a lot of other factors in play that determine how strong and how efficient a console is. So really, it just tells us who has a higher number on paper and who, theoretically if both companies execute the same machine perfectly, would come out on top.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT8| - The Dark Tower
Generally, you are a nice person my friend, but please stop with this repeated "the sky is falling!" kind of post. People, as seen by just now, actually think you are reacting to legitimately new info, and it does nothing to help keep the known info clear. Breathe. No matter which console ends up more powerful, everything will be okay. We promise.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT8| - The Dark Tower
Since I'm getting deluged with mentions (yay!) I'll take the time to rewrite what I was trying to say, since my message didn't land the way I intended. All I was trying to highlight was that you often run with your own strategy you plan out well in advance, you don't just knee jerk react to competitors. That's on me for writing from my phone in public transit though, so I'll completely take the L on that since even on rereading my post has some flaws that I could have better corrected for.It's not, not even close.I didn't mean flawed as in there's something wrong with the product, I mean flawed because every product has weaknesses and you always want to soften those weaknesses and play up your strengths. It was not making a judgement that the Xbox is weaker (I don't know if it is, nor do I care) but rather one of general strategy.No, I mentioned that there is way more than 4, those were just the 4 I went with because I was trying to highlight some of the reasons, generally the most common ones (in my view) why you'd want to go first. It's not a rule and there are millions of exceptions, I will never deny that :) What Sony did the with PS4 is also highly accurate to this situation, but even then they didn't do any "reacting" to the competition at the reveal, they reacted at E3 by rehighlighting points of strength. The most you can say they reacted was the whole used games video they did, but that was more a rake Microsoft stepped into, one I can't imagine either side doing this time. So back to what the point of my original point of my post was supposed to be: Microsoft likely has their strategy laid out and has for awhile, and to me the reasons why they went at the Game Awards was the C I outlined: it made sense to go then to get people who don't pay attention to their brand to start paying attention. And if that was the intention, it worked fantastic. There are many other reasons, yes, but I feel that the best boon for them was that, followed by getting to lay claim to some of the key marketing buzzwords that'll be used this gen. None of my points aside from A were to be interpreted as negatives by the way, and even A wasn't really a giant negative. Like I said, every product has "flaws", it's not a bad thing, and companies always want to highlight strengths and play down weaknesses. I honestly don't care which one ends up with more computational power, that doesn't factor into my purchase decision in the end.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT8| - The Dark Tower
Honestly, critical thinking cap on here: Why do you want to announce your thing before the competition does? A) you have the more "flawed" product, and want to get out ahead of the announcement. B) you want to claim and occupy some of the marketing terms, such as "super fast load times", that you think the competition will use C) You think your last product did rather underwhelming on a global scale and The Game Awards was the best place to announce your new one, knowing even that people who do not like your product will be watching. D) You had planned this from the very beginning to meet criteria A, B, C or criteria not mentioned above. You always leave room in your messaging to react to competitors, but you don't change the whole project when people are already working off its framework, except for small changes.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT8| - The Dark Tower
No "signs" point to anything at this point in time. The Game Awards drop certainly does not point towards a cheaper Xbox either. The reliable insiders here are still pointing towards a stronger PS5, or near equal systems. Anything else is fantasy. Your post has no basis in product marketing reality. Neither does the stupidity of secretly going with the approach they did so they can last minute upclock in case their competitors do, which I've seen brought up here.
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Thread PlayStation Worldwide Studios |OT6| The only JRPGs we're getting are Jim Ryan Party GIFs
My own personal opinion is that yes, at least one. I also think that Sony is also going to weigh their options and kick around the possibility of Demon's Souls 2/Bloodborne 2 without From. Not as an immediate thing, but just as a possibility of something that could be done if the right team were to be available. Sony has nothing like those two games in their library, and I think they are completely doable without From but they would need a hell of a studio with a careful, master hand guiding them. As someone who loves the entire Souls franchise, I don't think what From is doing is some mystic magic that another team cannot crack. Obviously, in any scenario I'd offer both those games to From first. Having a plan B never hurts though.
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Thread Godfall announced for Sony PlayStation 5 and PC (Counterplay Games, Gearbox Publishing)
No, you don't counter a console announcement with a first look at an indie game that isn't even first party. Also, when you are market leader, you don't panic when your competitor does something like this either. That narrative makes no sense from a marketing perspective. This was a Gearbox and developer made decision, the video is riddled with signs of it: 1) Trailer uses current gen branding 2) Trailer uses generic text for PlayStation 5 3) Placeholder black screen with PlayStation brand logo As I highlighted earlier in the thread, there wasn't a much better place for an indie dev/Gearbox's publishing arm to make this announcement. So they got permission from Sony to use the current marketing, current gen logo and PlayStation in random font. It requires no further thinking than that.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT8| - The Dark Tower
Honestly, the only one that will require special marketing is Ghost, the rest of their titles will be out or close to out by then. I also think, in the case of Ghost, you can market it as a cross-gen game if need be, since I'm sure they'll have cross-gen marketing ready to go regardless. We already know that there are some games releasing on both, so you already need some way of indicating that.
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More plausible and likely. Can be a start of the show announcement that everyone quickly moves past. I believe we saw this in the first E3 for the PS4 after reveal, a short burst of PS3/Vita then onto the new stuff. That kind of strategy makes sense. Like I said, the key to me is that you always want the last things in your conference to be the things people walk away with, thats why the "megatons" tend to happen there. They also (more rare) happen at the beginning if you want to set the pace for your entire conference. A great example of this is the God of War reveal.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT8| - The Dark Tower
You forgot a few interesting questions that I love thinking about: - What game do you show off first? - What game do you show off last? - Do you show the form factor? (Last time, they did not!) - At what cadence do you do 1st party, third party, and indie? How do you do indie? Do you show smaller indies by having multiple on stage all playing at once and then cut between them? They did that at one point!
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While this can be true, I don't think it makes sense when we consider the way Sony usually does things. Example: During the PS4 reveal, they didn't talk about the PS3 at all and only talked about the Vita in its relation to supporting the PS4's feature set. This was also noticeable afterwards too, where "Where's the Vita?" became a meme at almost every conference/marketing release, Gio aside. To me, if you wanted to put the super slim announcement near the show, you either do it in the pre-show or post-show. You generally don't want people leaving your new product press conference thinking "Oh, the old product has a new model!". Plus, I think a price cut on the current model 2 months after it was already heavily price cut (for Christmas) isn't the kind of thing to generate market interest either I think. The super slim might be something brought up later down the road when Christmas is 6-8 months ago, rather than merely 2. I could be wrong, companies do weird things all the time, but it doesn't make much sense to me for those reasons.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT8| - The Dark Tower
No, that would be a marketing misstep. The last thing you want to do when promoting your brand new thing is get people to think about your old thing in a new way in any shape or form. You want to focus on your new product, anything more than that is muddling things. PS4 Slim would be a random PlayStation Blog reveal or a reveal separate from the main PS5 reveal.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT8| - The Dark Tower
What do you mean by "officially announce"? They've already officially announced it. If you mean a look at the console, well the PS4 console wasn't included in the PS4 reveal (it was saved for E3). If you mean a game for it, technically we got that last night! If you mean another PlayStation meeting, likely Februaryish like the PS4.
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Thread A Critique of Red Letter Media’s Bigoted Content (See Staff Post)
It's amazing to me that a group that has proven themselves to be quite sexist and racist gets their own OT in hangouts. It's actually gross and we as a community all just whistle and pretend it doesn't exist. I used to watch RLM stuff back when they were making fun of Transformers, but quickly lost interest in their content due to the juvenile humor, problematic content and near Cinema Sins level of critique.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT7| - nm
My own personal hunch about the pricing of these consoles is that I think one of them will come in at $50 more expensive than the other. So for example: PS5 - $449 Xbox Series X - $499 or: PS5 - $499 Xbox Series X - $449 I.E the price won't be the same but the differential really won't matter. It's not based out of any actual analysis I've done, because I like my free time right now! Might do one for fun over the Christmas break.
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I mean, honestly it could be louder and less powerful, quieter and more powerful and then all the configurations you laid out. In my current setup the "noise" of the Pro does not bother me at all, but my wife does notice it sometimes and ask if the console is going to explode. I'm way too used to it.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT7| - nm
I was trying to give him the benefit of the doubt. At this point, saying that one next-gen console is definitively stronger than the other is disingenuous trolling, because the past 400 pages have clarified this point over and over again. Nothing Microsoft has unveiled or said has changed where we (knowledge-wise) stand.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT7| - nm
You are falling for marketing and PR. They have branded this as THEIR fastest, most powerful console. Which, no matter what, it is. Klee has not been vague at all, so I don't know why you are trying to call him out. Even if you think Klee is wrong, other reliable people (and one more garbage human) have chimed in with their thoughts on the power comparison as well. Klee is not the only source here.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT7| - nm
Too early. You can't just drop all the important info 10 months before and then repeat yourselves for the next 10 months until release. People will get bored of the message and start to poke holes in it. Marketing 101.The reveal wasn't a Sony reveal. It was a Gearbox reveal from their publishing arm of an indie game. All they did was get permission from Sony to say that it is releasing on the PS5. You can see that this is obvious by looking at the end of the trailer, which uses current gen marketing/branding. They'll likely have new marketing/branding for the official reveal.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT7| - nm
The correct PR/marketing move here is to say this quote even if you know you are weaker. Why? It's easy to walk back and shows that you have confidence in your brand and product. In reality, it does not mean much of anything.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT7| - nm
I work in PR/Marketing as a Product Marketer/Community Manager, so I've had quite a bit of practice! The trick, not sure if it was the same for you, was to always look at what was NOT being said. When a company knows they have a unique selling point/feature/strength, they almost grind it into the dirt from shouting it so much. This is not one of those cases, yet (or it may not be the case at all). Either way, always nice to see another PR friend :)
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Thread Godfall announced for Sony PlayStation 5 and PC (Counterplay Games, Gearbox Publishing)
An indie game company should hold back the biggest platform of the year for their game to get exposure because Microsoft showed off Hellblade. What? Again, this was a Publisher and Developer decision, and it was the right one for them. Even revealing this at the PS5 reveal event may not have given them the level of exposure they wanted. Think about it, at this event, saying "Hey we are a PS5 game!" was a unique selling point that basically only they got to say. If they did it later on at E3 or the PS5 reveal, being a PS5 game is not a unique selling point...
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Thread Godfall announced for Sony PlayStation 5 and PC (Counterplay Games, Gearbox Publishing)
First off: You keep coming at this from the point of view of Sony, who likely don't give a shit. Why? Because this is a game they might be partnering on but this ultimately is not their title and is of minimal consequence to them. Their games will look plenty pretty once they start their marketing machine up. The only people who care about this being a "bad" "first look" at a PS5 game are console warriors. Again, putting this trailer in the show was a Publisher and Developer decision. Also, I have seen this thread, it has 11 pages of discussion (for better or worse) about a small indie game. So you know, it could be argued that the method they went with worked.
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Thread Godfall announced for Sony PlayStation 5 and PC (Counterplay Games, Gearbox Publishing)
This happened last console transition as well, with Watch Dogs, Star Wars 1313, among others. It also technically happened with the Switch with Dragon Quest XI. It's fairly normal.
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Thread Godfall announced for Sony PlayStation 5 and PC (Counterplay Games, Gearbox Publishing)
From my experience in the industry, sometimes the explanation is far more simple: - This game is being developed by a small indie team and thus, a decision needed to be made to focus on certain platforms first - Gearbox, while publishing, may not have super high sales aspirations for this, so they do not want to spend money porting a game that may not land the way they want to. - Both the developer and the publisher needed marketing help, and Epic and Sony were willing to do so in exchange for the 6 month exclusivity. This happens in the game industry all the time, I do not see why this situation would be any different. Hell, the game a lot of people are comparing it to, Warframe, did the slow rollout too.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT7| - nm
PS5 has a UHD drive in it and yes, it makes sense to have one. The cost that is incurred by putting the disk in far outweighs the market positioning cost of not having one in and letting your competition use it as a talking point against you. Plus, UHD adoption has grown a lot since the PS4 Pro, where it was much more niche. It's still niche, but important to have. Proof the PS5 has one (though you likely knew this already, its good to cite sources): " Either way, physical games for the PS5 will use 100-GB optical disks, inserted into an optical drive that doubles as a 4K Blu-ray player." Edit: While the overlap isn't 100%, I do think there is one between early console adopters and people who have a UHD collection.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT7| - nm
Like any game, it really depends. I think the key is to support options for the people that want them. I can tell you though that Destiny 2 looks great on my PC, even as a "last gen" game at 1080 and 120 fps. I really do think the option for 120 (except, again, in cases like fighting games) should always be there for the people that prefer it. Hell, I'd even add 8k/30 support in my own world if I could. Options are good! I don't think there is a good reason, in most cases, to stick with "just" one resolution and framerate. The Pro/X mid-gen consoles have shown this to be true.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT7| - nm
While this might be true, you forget that developers are already deep in development on multiple next-gen games already, and have been for quite some time. The reveal of the Anaconda/Lockhart specs that the larger public went through were unlikely a massive reveal to them. I know of at least one third party dev thats known what both consoles were shaping up to be, power wise, for quite awhile. Granted, they wouldn't tell me any info even if I had asked, but they are absolutely someone who would know about this kind of thing. Getting a large amount of devs to aim for one power level and then having to cut down features because you did not meet them is a completely different task than saying "Hey, we came in above target" and even that is a stretch in itself. Companies spend millions of dollars on product development, things like the PS4's "last minute" (that wasn't actually last minute) RAM change are rare. So if anything, I would say the fact that they have both been close to each other power wise for a couple of months now shows that they are going to stay there, and there is very unlikely to be any last minute massive adjustments. The fact that we keep having source after source, repeatedly, saying they are going to be close to each other is pretty much confirmed at this point. The only question is by what degree, and to me thats not a super exciting thing to discuss until more concrete info comes out about that.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT7| - nm
As someone who actually was a QA tester for a long time, on some major AAA projects, and even was a QA senior and then QA lead...eh? The QA team excuse is not a good one. QAs job is to break the game, and even in games with one steady frame rate there is a way to break said framerate anyways. I know of at least one title that I worked on that went live with a player teleportation glitch and also the ability to remove the framerate cap. A well managed QA team is also testing the PC version anyways on multiple configs, so this really is no different. If anything it's even more restricted than PC testing (no drivers, no windows versions, no antivirus tanking the frame rate unexpectedly) so a good lead would be able to handle the multiple configurations with minimal problem. I know I did, and there were people far better and more skilled than I was in the industry. Edit: Hell, I've tested PC games too that break when you uncap the frame rate because they tied their entire game engine to it without thinking that through. Telling them that was always heartbreaking (although most knew already or at least had an idea).
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT7| - nm
Yep, then you factor in Andrew Reiner and Colin (who is a garbage human being but has had sources in the past) both saying the PS5 edges out the new Xbox and then you have a slight leaning in the "power debate" or whatever you want to call it. That does not mean anything is confirmed, that does not mean that anything is final, it just means at the point in time where Klee/Matt/Reiner/garbage human got their info, things were leaning a certain way, and its certainly possible that all three of them all had the same source (and that source was wrong) and Matt's was right. The reverse is also possible. The whole "who is more powerful" is still a wait and see. But one thing that pretty much every insider has said is that they are both very close to each other. So that, if anything, should be the major assumption people should be running with.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT7| - nm
I said "it is said that the PS5 is stronger" which was not intended to make a judgment call either way. As I said, most, if not all of them, agree that they are about equal with a couple saying the PS5 might slightly stronger, with Matt saying that the difference (either way, he did not say the PS5 was more powerful) would not be significant, with him stating that significant would be greater than 15% difference. So please do not attempt to twist my words, one of the things I've rallied the most against in this thread is the twisting of others words. But yes, there is still a long way to go before the final numbers being confirmed.Lockhart sounds like it was a revival/change of direction, which happens in product development all the time at this stage as everyone is prepping for the big reveal in the next month or two. I don't think saying that everyone was surprised by Lockhart is entirely accurate either, since some of the more trustable sources had no comment/said nothing, while some others did claim it was dead. That can be attributed to having different sources though. I don't think any of the insiders we have here took a shot at the 12TF ball because they were worried it might give them (or their source) away. Do not forget that when you see a NDA project or find out NDA info, you are often not sure how many other people know about it. Outing info as "concrete" if you are the only source puts you at risk, especially if the company is intentionally fishing for leaks. If you want a good example: I've worked on games in the past that I literally cannot tell anyone else about, even my wife, because I know that less than 10 people saw the prototype that I saw (as an example). I'm not going to be dumb enough to talk about it. However, if someone else posted news about the title and gave the details that I could then back up, that is a different ball game because it shows a wider net of people know. Essentially: No one that leaks anything ever wants to be the primary source of the info, they always want to be people confirming the info by being a secondary source. If you are the primary source, you yourself are the news, and thats a realm for journalists.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT7| - nm
This isn't true though. There really hasn't been much contradictory information at all coming from the reliable sources posted in this thread so far aside from the whole Lockhart is/is not cancelled thing. All of the reliable sources have actually been rather spot on so far. It's the pastebin/fake insider nonsense that has derailed this thread, as well as people trying to boost unreliable people as something more than spewers of garbage that has hurt this thread the most. As I said earlier, some people are intentionally misleading others by pretending to know what they are talking about, which is having a knock on effect as people are reading their garbage and going into other threads and perpetuating it. That also has an effect here as someone comes in and says "I heard X!" And then we spend two pages either discussing the new garbage or debunking it by explaining why it's wrong So based off of insiders we CAN state that the consoles are close to each other and the PS5 is said to be stronger, but that's not confirmed yet. They are also both stronger than 10.24 teraflops.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT7| - nm
It sucks, but you have to ignore the garbage and look for reliable sources who have dropped reliable news in the past such as Klee, Matt and Tomwarren!MS does have two SKUs, Lockheart and Anaconda, as confirmed by in a fantastic recent article.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT7| - nm
As someone who formerly worked directly on this issue: Some dev kits, particularly on Xbox, can toggle between a test environment and live rather easily. No matter what network you are talking about, there is always a need for at least some portion of test machines within it to connect to the final version of said network to check for unexpected bugs. So Spencer's console either has a toggle or is an in-network model designed to test certain features. A good example of why this config might be needed is testing cross-gen play on the current Xbox Live environment.
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Thread MLB: The The Show about to go multi platform in 2021, no longer a PlayStation Exclusive
Sony never had an exclusive license to lose, so that angle makes no sense. Because they never had an exclusive license, MLB could not dictate where the games released (although they might have encouraged Sony to go multiplatform, as any partner in that kind of situation would). So this is rather clearly motivated by Sony, and why wouldn't it be? The amount of money Sony stands to make here if they play their cards right is comparable to an EA sports game with all their ultimate team nonsense.
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Thread MLB: The The Show about to go multi platform in 2021, no longer a PlayStation Exclusive
Yes? Its a GaaS game that does nothing but benefit them by being on every platform possible. In addition to that, the people buying consoles just for MLB games was likely a super niche that they figure they can still hook with exclusive content or something of that nature, or other games. Sony stands to make a LOT of money here since they own the developer in this situation and could be the publisher as well. Add to the fact that the game is micro-transaction heavy and you have something akin to Minecraft (although obviously not nearly as big) for Sony.
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Thread Resident Evil 3 $179.99 Collectors Edition Announced (Includes Jill Figurine & More) [Gamestop Exclusive in NA]
Gamestop isn't a thing in Canada and EBgames Canada doesn't have anything up yet. I hope that I won't have to import this...
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT7| - nm
The reason Xbox was the butt of jokes at the beginning of the gen was not only was the Xbox One weaker, it was also $100 more expensive and came with mandatory Kinect. It also had some silly and badly messaged ideas when it was officially announced, and all of these things (plus some others) are what hurt the brand early in the gen. So the isolating factor wasn't just that they were weaker, it was the car crash pileup of a whole bunch of factors that caused them to shoot themselves in the foot. By comparison, Sony had their messaging and market positioning clearly defined and were also relentlessly on-message this entire gen. Whether you look at this forum, twitch chats, Youtube comments or other gaming sites, its important to always remember that all of that data is not only anecdotal but also a lot of it is passed down information from the people who truly push new tech out through word of mouth: early adopters. Whether or not the new Xbox is weaker or not to the new PlayStation will largely be inconsequential to the greater market as long as there is no giant gap. Microsoft (and Sony) have to nail their messaging more than anything else, and the only way power matters as a massive differentiation happens is in the following scenario (which we will say Sony > Microsoft in terms of power just for the sake of example): - Microsoft decides their brand messaging for new Xbox is "the world's most powerful console" and rolls that out - Sony's counter-marketing proves that to be false - Microsoft (in this example) ends up with egg on their face. You can replace the above with just about any marketing talking point, from game streaming to SSD tech to whatever else, and it would all be a similar example, showing that power is not a unique super selling point in the industry. If Microsoft does not lead with "the world's most powerful console" their messaging will be focused on other talking points, and thus Sony (in this example) will be the ones saying "the world's most powerful console" and that becomes one of their talking points. It cannot ever be the ONLY talking point though, and both companies will need to come out guns blazing with all of their messaging in order to have an impact. Another example: Google Stadia bragged and bragged about how much more powerful they were than the modern consoles when they were doing their PR, and no one gave a shit because the rest of the message was so bad. Source: I work in Marketing, most notably in Community Development, Management and Product Marketing.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT7| - nm
If Xbox ends up being the weaker console of the two, it will be by a delta of about 15% at the maximum (from Matt's info about the differences between the two) and if that's the case, the marketing move is a simple one: 1) "This is the strongest console we've ever created" 2) "We have unique services and offerings such as GamePass and Xcloud" 3) "We have a plethora of first part studios that will be releasing content on our platform" You can already see most of these talking points out in the wild, so to speak, already. There will not be large amounts of negative PR if the two systems are so close together power wise. Any executive above D-tier is capable of handling the PR speak regarding differentials between their competition and Spencer is no exception. He's also not going to be asked in every interview about having the weaker console, because that isn't reality. Someone IS going to have the "weaker" console between the two of them, and no matter if its Sony or Microsoft, they'll just focus on their unique value propositions rather than being the "strongest". Advertising yourself as the "strongest" never amounted to all that much anyways in the past gens (without factoring in a number of other things), and the niche few who care about that extra small amount of power will just pick up the more powerful revision down the road instead. You don't fight in a market as diverse as the video game industry for one talking point, you fight for multiple. This idea that a large amount of non-enthusiasts actually care about minute power differences (and minute power differences is the ONLY thing they care about) is frankly insane. You can't win every battle when you make a new product, so you fight PR wise on the fronts you think your product is stronger. Power is just one of the many spokes in that wheel and one, in the past, that has proven to not be a large factor in buying decisions for the greater market. This is ESPECIALLY true heading into next gen, where the first priority for both Sony and Microsoft will be keeping their current customers locked into their ecosystems while trying to acquire new customers from other ecosystems/the greater market.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT7| - nm
Black Flag was on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Wii U and Xbox One, so same situation as Black Flag means both gens (if that wasn't obvious!). It actually released first on PS3/360 as well. (Not saying you are wrong, just adding additional info for those that don't know).
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT7| - nm
You are leaving out Watch Dogs: Legion, Rainbow Six Quarantine and Gods & Monsters, which Ubi already confirmed will be cross-gen titles. I would also expect EA to be there with the standard lineup of Madden/NHL/Fifa/etc. Edit: Oh, and Avengers.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT7| - nm
The answer to this question is that the PS5 is not only The 10.24 number has been debunked by Klee, so if you trust him at all then the 10.24 number goes out the window as well.While these threads are not to be taken seriously (and that's fine!) I still feel there is a responsibility among the posters here to separate fact from fiction, especially when they know better. Even applying a slight amount of critical thinking to the things being said in this thread can debunk some of the fringe ideas really quickly. While it might be fun to say "omg the Ps5 is 8 tflops confirmed" or to "joke" with doomsaying about how Sony or MS is done after a somewhat reliable piece of info comes out, there is a contingent of people following this thread and then running to other threads and spouting off some of the things stated here as fact. Especially when people are joking about being insiders or saying other unverified people are insiders, as the ability to read a joke or sarcasm on the internet is always inherently difficult. It's easy to flag speculation as speculation and there really is no reason to present something as a fact when it is not. Especially when someone is twisting/misinterpreting the words of the actual vetted insiders who have came into this thread to offer their opinions or things they know. In fact, twisting someone elses words will just drive those kind of people away, and it is not something we should be actively encouraging. If you look at the last 100 pages of this thread it is full of people twisting the words of reliable people in order to fit some bizarre narrative they have conjured or worse, troll other people. I think its a dishonest form of posting that does nothing good for this thread, as there is plenty of people reading through it just trying to keep up with the news that are trying to understand what is fact, what is fiction and what is likely. Muddying those waters for the people just looking for info is a shitty thing to do to fellow posters here. We are better than that and this thread can be not serious and full of jokes without being an ass to each other or confusing less informed people.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT7| - nm
They didn't do anything of the sort. No one with insider knowledge has confirmed or stated that Anaconda > PS5. Spreading that line of thought is spreading false information. Now if you want to spread false info, go for it. But a lot of people following this thread are looking for reliable, close to confirmed info and this statement does not help do anything but confuse. A lot of this thread is people taking someone's conjecture and running off of it as confirmed fact. Stop and think for a second and see where the source of the original info is before going more offroading people :)
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Thread SIE Worldwide Studios |OT5| Part II
This is what we call a false equivalency. Death Stranding was announced as coming to PC before Death Stranding was even a thing. MLB The Show on every platform in the world makes sense considering its GaaS. So the only examples are really Journey, Helldivers and the David Cage stuff. Oh, and Dreams, but that makes sense because Media Molecule wants to push it as a game design platform.
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Thread Bluepoint Games: PS5 Project Will "Become the Achievement We're Most Proud Of"
All of those (except Bloodborne) are vastly inferior to Demon's Souls from an art design standpoint. In fact, Bloodborne is so memorable because they went back to Demon's Souls, specifically the Tower of Latria, for the design inspiration. Dark Souls 3 comes to closest to matching Demon's Souls out of the trilogy, but still misses the more horrific elements.
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Thread Bluepoint Games: PS5 Project Will "Become the Achievement We're Most Proud Of"
Bluepoint has said they want to do one more remake before trying their hand at a new IP. There's a lot of reasons why doing these remakes is a good thing for them, so all the more power to them for owning this niche. I think they might be hoping they get snatched up by Sony too with all the work on their IP.
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Thread Bluepoint Games: PS5 Project Will "Become the Achievement We're Most Proud Of"
Why? We want the game to be good. Platinum games may have the game play down, but the rest tends to be pretty lackluster. From Software games may not be technical marvels or action spectacles, but the lore, world building, system mechanics and overall level of design are just something Platinum hasn't shown me they are capable of yet. IMO, if Sony really wanted to do Bloodborne II or Demon's Souls II without From, it's either Bluepoint (provided they nail it) or an internal team combined with Japan Studios that isn't built yet. Platinum just isn't a good fit for what Souls is.
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Thread Why does my DS4 only charge with a USB attached to the PS4?
My PS4 controllers charge connected to my Xbox One in sleep mode (PS4 is at the other end of the room under the TV, Xbox is right next to the seating area) so this definitely sounds like something wrong with the wires, controllers or electricity in your house. I've also charged PS4 controllers when plugged into my PC or my old phone connector. The ONLY cable that has ever given me problems is the cable that came with the NVIDIA shield, where the PS4 controller charges just fine and will charge if I plug it in while in use, but if I try to turn on my PS4 and the controller while its plugged in to the shield usb wire nothing will happen until I unplug it and press the PS button without it connected. So yep, no problems here charging a whole bunch of different controllers a whole bunch of different ways. Edit: also they are launch controllers, so they are olddddd.
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Thread How bad is the motion sickness problem with PSVR?
I get really bad motion sickness, to the point where car rides are sometimes unbareable and I got PSVR last year. For the most part I'm fine but some games take ginger supplements (to counteract motion sickness) and time (to get used to it) before I get comfortable. Wipeout was a great example, that game made me queasy but the more I play it, the easier it is on my senses. Beat Saber/Astrobot/other big titles though? No problem whatsoever. Just don't over exert yourself: i.e when starting out do 15 minutes at a time with a break between then add time as you get more comfortable.
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Thread EA (And Other Studios) Apparently Have Policies That Require Developers To Gather Permission Before Producing Any Creative Works Outside Of Work
It's not always about owning the employee. In my old job, I know at least two people that took ideas for their own side projects from games they were QA testing at the time. That's generally frowned upon, especially when their side project would be out before the NDA'd game was. Sometimes it's just done subconsciously too.
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Thread Digital Art Hardware/Software ERA [OT]
Hi all! It's a bit tangentially related to this thread but, if anyone is interested in a annual desktop subscription for either Toon Boom Harmony or Storyboard Pro, they'll be 50% off of full price tomorrow. Store page goes up tomorrow morning. A little bit of self promotion since I work there, but I also know our products are rarely on sale, so I thought it was worth mentioning. Else, hope everyone lands whatever art stuff they are looking for this Black Friday!
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Thread ResetEra Moderation Staff is Fucking Up Beyond Belief on LGBT+ Issues
I do remember you filling that role, and I think you did an admirable job with what you had! I do believe that things have been leading to needing that role again, or at least a role similar to your old role, if not more expanded with a bit of a bigger scope. I didn't necessarily mean to imply that we are sitting on a gold mine or anything, as I know how expensive running a site can be. My comment was more so one of exploring all potential avenues and aligning the right ones that meet community needs, while also providing the site with a bit of a bigger war chest. In my opinion (granted, limited by knowledge at the moment) I think the potential would be there to do some cool things. That's all I was saying!Think you quoted the wrong person! I hopefully have said nothing negative or anything that can be misconstrued as anything but support for the people airing their grievances here.
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Thread ResetEra Moderation Staff is Fucking Up Beyond Belief on LGBT+ Issues
I do agree with this, and yes, a lot of what I'm saying is what proper Community Managers and Directors do! In the professional world, a great community manager/director generally does not come cheap either and there's a reason for that. However, that does not mean (from my point of view) that this forum doesn't need that kind of role/experience on its staff, because it does. A "good business plan" does not always mean the quest for money in my view and I believe the "passion for the community" can be harnessed as a force of good in times like these when channeled properly. My other point was that professional help is out there and can be contacted/reached out to/used for advice. Hell, this community alone has at least 20 people with community management/moderation experience in it to some degree that could maybe be harnessed in an effective way. Ultimately, Era cannot remain amateur run (from my point of view) without running to repeated bumps in the road anymore. It needs an actual staff member to support the community, the moderators and everything else in the future, as there is so much potential here for improvement that it becomes frustrating to see the improvements and communication channels not opening. I believe the investment (whatever it might be, does not necessarily have to be monetary) would be worth making and would improve things here leaps and bounds.
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Thread ResetEra Moderation Staff is Fucking Up Beyond Belief on LGBT+ Issues
I mean, I think we might be 400 feet down the road when we want to take one step at a time first with some of the above, but sure: 1) Leverage a community manager/director/etc willing to volunteer their time (they have at least one willing to) and see what the community needs are both internally (from the moderators and site staff) and externally (from the forum members). Getting this forum, a home for many of us, to a better place is in the best interest of a lot of people here, and there are people here who volunteer as staff, volunteer as moderators and other roles on the site might be filled by volunteers too, at least for now. 2) Have said community professional(s) build the business case for whether a full-time, part-time or volunteer community manager would be needed long term here. Defining processes will help determine what is needed, what level of investment is needed and what the actual cost would be. 3) If we are really serious about improving the community, that requires investment, both time and possible actual money. This is why an actual business plan is so important and necessary, even as a "casual for fun" site. When something grows to this size, eventually you either have to start treating it like a real business proposition (the goal doesn't have to become rich, but instead can be remain funded for staff) or it will continue to be disadvantaged by not having that plan in place. While it might sound scary, I refuse to believe that this place supported by an actual well thought out business plan (even one of the keep-the-lights-on variety) would not make some means of profitability. But again, that's what #2 is for! 4) The way GAF was run years ago does not mean that is the way Era has to be run, as the internet has changed rapidly in a few years. GAF made some fatal flaws that did it in, and not all of that was related to one egomaniac, as I believe issues happening here would have happened there in time. Other forums have not seized the opportunity to better themselves, that does not mean we have to let that opportunity float on by either. There is a real opportunity here to make the proverbial tree sprout bigger and taller, and like any project, there is an inevitable part that is risky. However, with what I've outlined above, there is a lot of risk mitigation built into what I've outlined and it's designed to keep the cost down for now. Being a member of this community for as long as I have (and the previous version of this community as well), I refuse to believe that there isn't still massive potential here. It just needs to be harnessed properly. I have not at any point dropped this guillotine on the heads of the moderation staff, because having been one in the past I know what kind of shit they go through. They need support and actual process plans in my opinion, and the community needs a clear channel to voice any of their feedback through. It's possible to empower both sections here in a meaningful way! This would also create accountability all around and clearer signs of what needs to change.
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Thread ResetEra Moderation Staff is Fucking Up Beyond Belief on LGBT+ Issues
I mean, the "business management" aspect of handling a community may be the decision to "democratize" it. They aren't mutually exclusive! Business management doesn't have to be a scary term or a term that comes with negativity. I will say, at least from my business perspective, the site as a whole needs better public relations support regardless of what direction it heads in. This does not mean I think the site needs someone who will regurgitate word fluff, but someone with significant experience needs to properly review important statements before they head out because we've seen time and time again that some of the things said by staff here have unfortunately led to walking into easily avoided landmines. Also, my opinion (having been a moderator for a largeish site in the past before entering my profession) is that from an outside perspective, it seems like a large amount of moderation team support might be needed.
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Thread ResetEra Moderation Staff is Fucking Up Beyond Belief on LGBT+ Issues
The rest of your post is 100% correct but I just wanted to highlight this part. In the professional world of product marketing, public relations and community management, feedback about moderation, moderators and approaches to thread moderation should be welcomed and invited, and all of that feedback would head to someone in charge of parsing it, pulling out the important information and making community improvement/action plans based off the feedback. This would create a system where moderators are allowed to focus on doing their jobs efficiently while community members can also feel like they are being listened to and followed up on in a way that shows actionable change. This is usually bolstered by ideas such as monthly community chats to talk about community direction and other ideas along those lines. These ideas aren't "pie in the sky" or things that seem nice on paper. They are all fully achievable.
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Thread ResetEra Moderation Staff is Fucking Up Beyond Belief on LGBT+ Issues
I don't personally think putting an artificial length of time on how long one could be a moderator would solve much. Mods should be managed and given support/support tools by a proper community director, like any other real established community, and given time off when needed. They should also be given proper guidance in how to deal with even the thorniest of PR issues, as being a moderator also means speaking for a site, the site policies and what the organization stands for. All in all, this place would benefit from becoming a bit more "professional" so the speak and being run much like how a modern business runs their community. The fact that this hasn't been implemented yet is what's biting the site in the ass right now. As I said earlier, the site as a whole needs an actual experienced professional in the marketing/PR/community building and management realm.
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Thread ResetEra Moderation Staff is Fucking Up Beyond Belief on LGBT+ Issues
I think the site as a whole needs an actual, experienced community director as site staff. While moderators here are human and volunteers, the history of moderation and enforcement of the site's rules has been spotty at best and looked like favoritism at it's worst, and certain topics, such as this one, show deeprooted problems that really need to be solved over the long term and prevented in the future. An actual overarching plan and a proper set of support tools for the staff implemented by a community director would go a long way to destressing the moderation team, providing clear and consistent forum policy and preventing these grey areas (which really aren't grey at all). I volunteered my time in the past (proper community building, marketing, PR, all areas of expertise this site is currently lacking) and got promptly ignored (which is 100% okay!) but I still believe to this day that this place needs experienced guidance on issues such as this, and "winging it" is not, and has not, been working. I really hope a thread like this leads to an open discussion about what needs to change and an actual proper plan on how to get there. It is now 2019, almost 2020. Forums and communities as a whole can not be run in the modern area in a style of how they were run 5-10 years ago. Times have changed a lot, and they are going to keep changing. The friction does not have to be there, and it is a fixable problem in the long term. I hope the site realizes that and gets the proper person in place to work towards that betterment of everything here because this place still has so much untapped potential for good.
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Thread Pokémon Sword and Shield |OT| God Save The Vespiquen
It's a perfectly acceptable Pokemon game to jump in on! My wife had never played a Pokemon game until Let's Go Eevee about 3 weeks ago and now she's plowing through Shield while I play through Sword. She's also playing Pokemon Go in her spare time in anticipation for Pokemon bank. So yes, Pokemon Sword/Shield is a great place to start!
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Thread Canadian Gaming Deals & Discussion | OT2 | High on Shipping, Low on Deals
Contacted support and they said since I ordered the double pack there was a "technical error" and they would only be able to ship it out in 24-48 hours. I told them to cancel the order and I went and reserved in-store pickup at Best Buy. 4 hours into the game now!
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Thread Canadian Gaming Deals & Discussion | OT2 | High on Shipping, Low on Deals
Damned Amazon: " I have checked it out for you I could see the order is not shipped due to technical glitch that I have fixed for you it will ship wthin next 24-48 hours for you "
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Thread Canadian Gaming Deals & Discussion | OT2 | High on Shipping, Low on Deals
Still no shipping notice, but they did take the money out of my credit card, so I'm waiting and seeing at this point
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Thread Canada PoliERA |OT 2| I Got Ninety Nine MPs, But An Albertan Ain't One
Wrong thread! On topic: I'm interested to see how much the NDP thinks it can hold up things.
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Thread Feige responds to Scorsese’s claim that there is no genuine revelation or emotional risk in Marvel films
It's working out quite nicely for Scorcese too. Everyone is asking him about Marvel and no one is asking him about the rape charges (yet again) just announced against his friend/someone he gave a very public standing ovation to in the past. That whole thing is just going to fly under the radar, again, because people are so caught up on what he said about Marvel.
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Thread My wife and I now have 2 dogs. Any advice welcome from multi dog owners
As someone that owns two dogs: realize that they have their own likes, dislikes, temperament, and behavior. For instance, one of our dogs is a leader and the other is a follower, so the follower will often go outside in the snow because the leader is out there (for instance) and then whine and cry because he doesn't want to actually be outside in the snow and cold. Also, one of our dogs likes his space and likes having his own area, the other is the complete opposite. One likes to have his face pet, the other not so much. The smaller, younger dog has anxiety so he needs things to chew on and play with constantly, and he turns into an energy demon at about 7 PM every night. Other dog? Would literally sleep all day/rest if he could, not interested in walks unless I'm going outside, mostly acts grumpy towards the energy demon when he's trying to sleep and the younger dog won't leave him alone. Enjoy it! It takes some getting used to. Of course, both my dogs are over 80 pounds, so its a bit different for smaller dogs.
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Thread We as a community need to be better about falling for alt-right YouTube videos.
Should take a look at the RedLetterMedia thread in the OT community section every time they have a racist or sexist take on something. People don't like when a thing they like is called out as being problematic when highlighting racist, sexist and transphobic ideas in all forms of media is a fundamental staple of online discourse and how society learns and gets better. Learning that the people you watch have flaws is a fundamental part of this process. The antics of channels like RedLetterMedia led me to stop watching them. It's okay to acknowledge that content creators that you like are either a product of ignorance, a product of their time or do not reflect well in 2019. I love the Cthulhu mythos and everything that it has spawned, but I'm not going to bat for one second for HP Lovecraft because of how problematic he was. Modern creators have taken that mythos and also reflected the racism it was born out of, which makes me happy! Every time I see a post along the lines of "Brie Larson is a bad actress" there is almost always some underpinning of sexism (or racism in other cases), and it has become so transparent that the only people being fooled are the people making those posts, who deny their own sexist views
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Thread Martin Scorsese writes an Op Ed in the NY Times explaining his Marvel comments
I'd argue that the small, niche art theatres, at least in my area, are all mostly closing and going out of business because people don't want to pony up the money when they get a similar experience (to them) at home. The massive megaplex theatre seems to be doing just fine though, going off the ones near me since they keep expanding. I completely agree with you. There's more platforms than ever these days to upload your art to and get it out there to the public. The theatre used to be one of the only avenues and now it competes with every other form of media broadcasting - video games, phones, home TVs, etc. No better time to be a creative, just have to roll with the new lay of the land.
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Thread Martin Scorsese writes an Op Ed in the NY Times explaining his Marvel comments
Coming from the video game industry, another visual medium: To me, anyone that can get their vision to a screen is some form of artist. This includes CGI artists, directors and producers, and there is certainly an art to producing movies and pioneering things that have never been done in film (which is what the MCU is no matter how you slice it).This comment is hilarious to me because Scorsese is speaking out about the "death" of the art film because that's a "real thing at stake" yet his repeated defense of a pedophile is something everyone just brushes over and pretends it is not a real thing that he does not speak out about. Not that your comment fell either way on that whole thing, its just the way you worded things that triggered that thought. Anyways, the art theatre was always going to die. As tickets cost rise due to the movie theatre becoming a more niche thing, people want "sure things" to spend their movie on as they want to be entertained and don't want to spend $70 (which is how much a night out at the theatre can cost for me in my area) and risk the chance that they have a bad time. Entertaining four-quadrant action movies are just the film that people feel safe going to see at this point in the zeitgeist.
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Thread [OPEN SPOILER] Now that the entire Sword/Shield Pokédex leaked, let's mourn the Pokémon that got Thanos-snapped by Game Freak
Wow, no Allakhazam? RIP my favorite Pokemon. I really wish Game Freak would have announced that they would add the rest, just over time. I.e. they'd add say, 5 a month. This is especially dumb because they didn't cover all of the Pokemon in Pokemon Go, which you'd think they would because they want both games to encourage play in the other. Even no Meltan is supremely dumb. I really wish this game was getting a DLC chapter or something covering most of the rest of these Pokemon. Also, say what you want about the original 151 but they should all be importable into Sword/Shield, else what is the point of Pokemon home.
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Thread Sony Q2 FY2019 (July-Sept) Results - PS4: 2.8m (LTD: 102.8m) / PS4 now 2nd Best Selling Home Console of All Time
The 13.5 forecast isn't big news when your biggest exclusive of the year slipped back to another fiscal year.
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Thread Blizzcon 2019 |OT| Seize the means of hype (READ STAFF POST)
Indeed! I got into PCs and PC gaming because of Warcraft 1 (and then 2) and I've played every Blizzard game since then pretty religiously for more cumulative hours than most "true fans" and I have only one statement to make about this year's BlizzCon: Free Hong Kong.
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Thread SIE Worldwide Studios |OT5| Part II
Sometimes it's worth taking the bag of cash from people to have them incur the risk. Publishing Detroit (and Death Stranding) on PC has a form of risk involved (port costing vs. likelihood of recouping the money vs. other factors) so sometimes its worth it for a Publisher to take a bag of money from someone else to let them publish instead. Plus, it's Sony's IP, they still make money out of other people doing the work for them.
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Thread Death Stranding coming to PC in Summer 2020 (505 Games publishing)
Not that weird. Sony still makes money from the sale (its their IP) without incurring any of the costs associated with porting the game, marketing it or anything else. In essence, 505 is taking the "risk" here, which likely works just fine for Sony.
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Thread Death Stranding coming to PC in Summer 2020 (505 Games publishing)
Doesn't invalidate what I said, the Kojima partnership was announced in late 2015. Companies can change their perspective, happens all the time.
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Thread Death Stranding coming to PC in Summer 2020 (505 Games publishing)
"Second party" is not actually a thing, no matter how badly some people try to make it a thing. It's a first-party title being worked on by a third party team, the end.
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Thread Death Stranding coming to PC in Summer 2020 (505 Games publishing)
This deal was signed years ago. Perspectives can change but contracts often do not.
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Thread Death Stranding coming to PC in Summer 2020 (505 Games publishing)
Sony has said multiple times in the past that they don't view PC as the same type of competition as MS and Nintendo. Hence Street Fighter V, Final Fantasy XIV, Rocket League, etc all having crossplay.
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Thread Which next-gen console will you get next Fall?
This isn't true though, for multiple reasons: - All of the "goodwill" Microsoft has earned this gen will not necessarily transfer over to next gen. Even if we sit back and look at what that "goodwill" did for them this gen, they still are on pace to finish in a distant third place and they at best kept up with being outsold at a 2:1 pace by Sony. - The gen isn't a hard reset, since both consoles (and peripherals like PSVR) are backwards compatible. Sony is already banking on this hard as a way of just "pick up the new device and keep playing all your old stuff if you want, but also buy all this new stuff too!" in its messaging so far. - The 360 gen is not comparable to this upcoming gen, since the 360 came out a year before. That won't be happening this time around. - PlayStation is a stronger global brand than Xbox, which isn't a slight on either platform. It means, from a marketing and user acquisition perspective, it takes less effort for Sony to acquire a new user outside of territories like North America and the UK than it does for Microsoft. This means that Microsoft has to improve their global reach. Can they? of course, but even if you look at the heights of the 360, it was still very NA and UK centric. - Will next gen be a close race at first? Maybe, but it could also play out in a whole bunch of other ways. One way is not more likely than the other at this point of time, but it does seem like Sony has the "inside track" currently based off their current market position and global reach. The Switch can also disrupt both Sony and Microsoft, so there are still some unknowns unaccounted for. Stadia is also, an example of another unknown.
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Thread Which next-gen console will you get next Fall?
PlayStation 5 for me! I need a backwards compatible UHD player so that I can declutter my living room down. Right now my living room has 2 switches, 1 X1 (for UHD playback) and 1 PS4 and collapsing what I use a X1/PS4 for into one device will allow me to have more space! Also, I own PSVR. Whatever Microsoft does next currently does not make all that much sense to me since I own a beefy PC I plan on upgrading in two years. I'm open to whatever unique selling points they have, but it wasn't until the 1 S and the UHD player and the really cheap price that I finally picked one up.
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Thread How'd you get over your last ex?
What I did to get over my last long term relationship is take a break from dating for at least 6 months. Why? Because at the time of the breakup I realized that I was dating for the sake of dating because I did not want to be alone. After about a year of sorting that out + self-reflection and recovery, I jumped back into the e-dating pool and met a few women, but I had the confidence to say no to the relationships that were ultimately not for me. I dated someone for a short period of time and saw a few other people and then I met someone 3 years ago that I am now happily married to. So the real answer is: give yourself time to heal, time to evaluate your past relationship in terms of things that worked and things that did not, and then when you get back into the dating pool realize that there is plenty of fish in the sea and you don't have to settle for someone that isn't what you want. Also: fill that free time you now have with things like you like to do.
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Thread Trudeau to serve another term, as Canada remains a leader of the progressive world by rejecting right wing populism
It's pretty simple: Trudeau is not thought of as racist because his record from his first term in office is seen as pretty progressive and embracing of minorities. Also: it seems, in Canada at least, a lot of minority groups got over the whole Trudeau in blackface thing and attributed it to being a dumb person under 30. On the flip side, the people that have been droning on about the whole incident here have been our right wing Donald Trump like party, which I think a lot of Canadians saw through. When it's mostly people with white skin being offended by the blackface thing (in perception) it's hard for those white people to go to minority communities and continuously yell "Why aren't you offended?" in a way that makes them look good. TLDR: people here seem to know it was an extremely stupid thing for him to do, but are willing to forgive based on his governing record. Edit: Plus people did seem to think his apology was genuine and he did admit when making the apology that there were other incidents when he was younger. So it was pretty above the table while all the rest of it came out.
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Thread Canadian Election 2019 |OT| One Long Year of Scheer Stupidity [Today is Election Day -- GO VOTE if you haven't already!]
Your mortgage is killing you, ouch. Ours is 600 every two weeks (about 1200 a month) and we are in the renewal phase for about 1300 a month that we will be taking for January 1st. 1800 is rough!
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Thread Canadian Election 2019 |OT| One Long Year of Scheer Stupidity [Today is Election Day -- GO VOTE if you haven't already!]
Bought a semi-detached house in Saint-Hubert for just under 280k in 2017 that the city estimates will be worth almost 350k in about 2 years. It's absolutely crazy. We live 5 minutes from the new REM line being put in at Dix 30 too. House value is going to spike up even more once all the new public transit is finished. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathroom for reference. My wife and I make due on about 70k a year but we should be at about 100k a year in a bit of time with some luck that'll make starting a family easier.
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Thread Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town Remake announced for Nintendo Switch (UPDATE: localization by XSEED confirmed)
If I buy this JP version will I get the EN version as well once it comes out?
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Thread Francis Ford Coppola backs Scorsese in row over Marvel films
If that's the case, perhaps these interviewers should be asking Coppola and Scorsese why they are propping up, giving money to and/or applauding the works of pedophiles instead of what their opinions of Marvel movies are. Actually on his thoughts on Marvel movies: I don't understand why he cares about whether or not they are cinema, a simple "no comment" would have went a long way.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT6| - Mostly Fan Noise and Hot Air
As someone who worked in a video game office not so long ago, building towers out of consoles and dev kits is almost tradition. So much so that IT used to yell at people doing it because they'd cause some consoles to overheat and die (Xbox One's don't like having things stacked on top of them). Edit: think the craziest tower I saw was 4 X1s all on-top of each other because someone was solo testing network latency things.
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Thread Wait, so if I can already play my ps4 games on the go....why is xcloud seemed as a new thing?
Remote play is free on PS4 (and PC and other platforms that support it as long as you own a PS4). PlayStation Now is closer to the "you don't need a PS4/3/2" in order to play games part of what you said. Just clarifying because what you said confused me at first and might confuse others :)
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Thread Bluepoint Games' next game is being developed for the PlayStation 5 and is a "big one"
I hope it's Demon's Souls. And I hope if they stick the landing on it (which I think they will), they'll be the ones behind Demon's Souls II with consulting from From and Sony Japan. We need more Japanese Action RPGs like DeS!
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Thread Layoffs hit Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
When you prep for any new product launch you look at your current pipeline and identify weaknesses and areas to improve. It's very common for companies raking in loads of money to lay people off like this. Doesn't make it any less sucky, but sometimes people just aren't in the plan for the future. I hope everyone that was laid off finds new jobs quickly that they are more than happy with! I know what they are going through and it is never an easy time.
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Thread Canadian Election 2019 |OT| One Long Year of Scheer Stupidity
Quebec wouldn't transition to 100% English overnight, it would take generations. French Quebecois outnumber everyone else in this province at a ratio of 8:1 or more. Like I said, promote French, reward the use of French so that it remains the primary language, but Quebec doesn't have to implement stupid laws like 21 and 101 because they are afraid of minorities and that's what those laws represent: fear. Just as minorities should be better equipped to learn French. French speakers should be better equipped to learn other languages, including English, since it's a language used in media, when they travel, etc. My wife, who is a pure Quebecois, was raised in the French school system and works in it today, and she says daily that French children are not being equipped enough to learn other languages and aren't equipped enough to learn French itself. That needs to be fixed too.
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Thread Canadian Election 2019 |OT| One Long Year of Scheer Stupidity
It really does not need to be protected at all. The protection of French in Quebec is nothing more than xenophobia, paranoia and the constant trampling of minority rights that Quebec loves to do. Quebec always pulls out the victim complex too when called on its bullshit, and it's gross every time. You know how you keep your language relevant? By evolving it and promoting its use, not by restricting others. Quebec doesn't know where the line is half the time and has no problem denying non-Francophones service all because they are so afraid of minorities. It's gross, has always been gross, and there really is no excusing it. Montreal is a centre of commerce, of course people should speak English given all of the external tourism. People should also be educated and provided support to learn French, it doesn't have to be the us vs. them mentality that sickens the entire province. I've seen non-Francophones in Quebec denied service, physically attacked, been told they don't belong here and all sorts of other gross things. Quebec hurts its own economy and growth time and time again by implementing stupid laws like 21 and 101, going through referendums and then hiding behind a shield of "Well it happened to us too!" and "Je me souviens!" when called on their bullshit hatred of anyone who isn't a purely Francophone Quebecer. The faster the xenophobic separatist older population goes away in Quebec, the better off the province will be for it. Embracing multiculturalism has always been the best path for the future, and Quebec as a whole needs to embrace that. Not just the city of Montreal. Signed - a born and raised Quebecer. (If it wasn't obvious, not attacking you personally, you've always seemed like a nice person! The situation here just causes my blood to boil sometimes as someone who has friends and family who have been through some gross things)
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Thread Canadian Election 2019 |OT| One Long Year of Scheer Stupidity
Back on topic: Early voting next weekend! Somehow despite living in Saint-Hubert I'm actually part of the Montarville riding so that's going to be interesting.
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Thread Canadian Election 2019 |OT| One Long Year of Scheer Stupidity
The kind of accusation that whether true or not, people are going to keep it bringing up for the rest of forever. If it's false (and I hope it is) that is an incredibly devious and damaging rumour.
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Thread Martin Scorsese Says Marvel Movies Are “Not Cinema”
There's a certain sense of irony here considering his latest movie's budget crept so out of control that it is basically going straight to Netflix. So in a way, Marvel movies are more cinema than what he recently made! (Joker producing aside) Cheap joke aside: Marvel (and the modern blockbuster) drives a lot of revenue towards movie theatres these days and helps boost their business. If anyone cares about the modern theatre experience: You want these big budget action films to keep making money. Without them, less people would be going to the theatre and it would be at risk of becoming a niche experience, and to me that would be absolutely depressing. It is entirely stupid to be gatekeeping what is and what is not cinema when movie theatre chains doing well and staying profitable is what allows them to show smaller art films. Scorsese more than anyone should know this.
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Thread Gizmodo: PS5 devkit name Prospero, both PS5 and Scarlett dev kits include camera, MS will ‘make the camera a priority while Prospero uses older tech’
The PS5 is expected to have some form of a camera, current PSVR works off a camera system and they've already said currently PSVR will work on PS5. So PS5 having a camera is non-news as it was completely expected.
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Thread FORUM GAME: The developer of the last game you played is picked up to do the next Pokemon entry
Last game I played was Stardew Valley with my wife last night, so technically the developer would be Eric Barone/ConcernedApe, since he developed most of the game himself! I personally think Pokemon would come out improved.
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Thread Canadian Election 2019 |OT| One Long Year of Scheer Stupidity
Thanks to the climate protests tomorrow in Montreal my company has told us all we can work from home if we want. Hope the climate protests go well, I'm excited to not get trapped in the gridlock it'll cause tomorrow
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Thread Alexis Kennedy accused of predatory behaviour. Described as "open secret" in the industry.
That article is absolutely insane and brings receipts to this whole situation showing that Alexis is a manipulator and a liar. What an absolutely crazy read. Thank you for sharing.
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Thread Questions Regarding a Career in Community Management
The first step of becoming a community manager is realizing that every company has pretty much a different definition of community manager, along with giant differences in pay. Some companies have Community Manager roles open for minimum wage and others somehow think social media manager and community manager are the same job (they are not!). My honest recommendation if you want to become a community manager: focus on gaining marketing experience and then focus on acquiring general business experience. Community ties a lot of departments together (and are often their own departments at giant companies) such as Sales, Customer Success, Support and Marketing, but generally from my experience non-independent community teams live within marketing. Volunteer experience helps (my own personal background of doing community management on the side and moderating forums when I was younger got me to where I am now) but the real key thing for you to prove yourself is having the ability to identify a company's community, how to engage with that community and how to grow it. Also: realize that working in the video game industry will surpress your pay a lot. Where I live, Community Manager can range from 30k a year to 80k a year in pay, with a majority of the higher paying jobs being outside of the video game industry. I got my position largely because of my experience (my schooling background is business administration, so marketing, project management, finance and business in general) and because my companies community was in shambles. My actual video game industry background was QA tester to Senior Tester to Coordinator (which is where I started my community work). I would have never gotten where I would have without that business background, and getting where I have allowed me to spring off that to a sales, marketing and pro services coordinator job within two years. After attaining that job I was recognized for my community know how and then moved into my current role as a community manager as part of a great marketing team, where I am paid quite a bit more than minimum wage due to experience. Long story short: don't get too attached to the video game industry, it's full of dead ends and the industry itself preys on the "oh video games are cool!" to make sure everyone's wage stays as low as possible. Business background can give you a lot of the fundamentals of how to be a good community manager, since it touches a lot of the same bases. Marketing experience especially helps. Edit: also do your research! At my old company "Community Managers" were just forum moderators which has very little to do with actual community management, and they were paid the lowest wage possible because of that.
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Thread ABC just ran straight-up Republican propaganda associating AOC with genocide because "socialism" [SEE THREADMARKS]
Direct your hate at Sinclair who owns and influences way too many news stations and can freely promote gross ads such as this one.
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Thread Canadian Election 2019 |OT| One Long Year of Scheer Stupidity
Don't know if anyone else has brought it up but Trudeau was on the latest episode of Patriot Act (US Political comedy show on Netflix) and I actually liked his responses to some things, even if the episode does highlight that Canada, while progressive, does have some issues we need to hammer out:
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Thread Canada PoliERA |OT| Two Years of Sunny Days? That’s Scheer Madness!
Posted in the other thread but I'll post here as well for those that have not seen it: Trudeau was on the latest episode of Patriot Act on Netflix.
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Thread Air Canada has to pay $15,000 to a couple because the word 'lift' was not in French
While it generally does not have an effect on huge corporation films, movies and games, it can mean we in Quebec miss out on things like video game collector editions and other things because a company does not want to translate the packaging, for instance. It also means we run into really weird cases of loopholes, since our language police try to get smaller companies and business to change their names or part of their services while big monoliths such as Best Buy can just straight up ignore them, since they create so many jobs in the region that they would just threaten to leave if the language police ever threaten them. The illusion of protecting the language is more important to the language police than actually protecting the language. Quebec runs into these problems a lot, where they whine that they are suppressed minority within greater Canada while suppressing their own minorities that live in Quebec. See the religious symbol ban and many other examples of xenophobia across the province. The province also has issues like the historical suppression of English to the point of driving them out of the province by closing their schools and a lot of other things. My own personal opinion is that we should be encouraging the use of French in Quebec, and there is nothing wrong with that. But removing services that used to be multilingual and making them only French and policing language just supresses minorities and pisses people off. Getting back on the main point: Not being able to get something I want in Quebec causes Quebec businesses to lose money since in the modern era I just order it from Amazon, Best Buy or drive to Ontario to get it. So Quebec accomplishes nothing except shooting itself in the foot through some of these rules.
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Thread ProJared reappears three months later to address the accusations, claims "you've been lied to"
Whether or not someone has brain damage when you tried to hook up with then while they were underage not only makes you even more of a monster, but it also says a lot about you that you attempt to deflect from serious accusations by saying "but the other person was possibly doing something bad too! She's even mentally ill!" This is an attempt to PR spin things so he can try and make a comeback and it's coming from the same place that has allowed people like Louis CK to come back. He doesn't deserve the come back and it's gross that anyone is even falling for this giant deflection. This was also pretty clearly timed to release while his ex-wife was away and had finally started moving on. It's typical abusive behaviour "Oh? You are finally moving on from me? Let's hook you back into the situation to prove I still have control." As the Simpsons so eloquently put it, just don't look people. Any noise generated from this is just furthering the abuse and just dragging the victimized women back through the mud.
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Thread Apparently cruise ships are really fucking horrible (Hassan Minhaj segment)
This episode was fantastic. It is absolutely crazy how much damage a cruise liner does to an ecosystem, nevermind multiple.
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Thread [DisneyPlus] Founder's Circle Avaiable for D23 (FREE) members. Save 23$ a year for three years (US only)
Yep, not there at all on my account (Canadian).
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Thread The Marvel Cinematic Multiverse of Madness
That design is definitely the Brood, there's no question. Why wouldn't the Brood make sense? Even if Disney now owns the Xenomorph, the two races have diverged quite a bit in the comics.
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Thread Avengers: Age of Ultron is so deeply sexist, it's blowing my mind.
This is the scene I had the most issue with in the movie, but luckily it was short. It's amazing that Whedon got to do this gag twice in both a Marvel and DC movie. The other small thing that annoyed is that Black Widow is the character that Ultron captures. I feel like that was calling back to the fact that they didn't want to make Hawkeye the one "missing" from the team again, and she got picked, unfortunately.
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Thread Disney-Sony Standoff Ends Marvel Studios & Kevin Feige’s Involvement In ‘Spider-Man’ (negotiations still on-going)
The key thing to remember is that the "fuck Sony" and "fuck Disney" sentiment is the entire reason why this story was leaked. If Disney leaked it, they likely believe people would be in an uproar and blame Sony (which is what is happening) and if Sony leaked it (which would be misreading of things) they expected a strong "fuck Disney" war cry. I feel like this is Disney starting to leverage all that they have to force Sony into a deal. And it is absolutely the right play for them, because they do have leverage to use.
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Thread Disney-Sony Standoff Ends Marvel Studios & Kevin Feige’s Involvement In ‘Spider-Man’ (negotiations still on-going)
They absolutely knew, but you have to take the chance in negotiations in case the party just accepts anyways. 10-25% is likely where Disney was aiming, but you obviously don't start there in negotiations. The other thing is that Disney likely feels like they have a lot of leverage (and they do) while they feel that Sony has none and are now doing this to put pressure on Sony to cave.
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Thread Disney-Sony Standoff Ends Marvel Studios & Kevin Feige’s Involvement In ‘Spider-Man’ (negotiations still on-going)
In this thread: people who have no idea how negotiations work. Sony was never going to get Disney to agree to reupping the current deal and Disney was likely never going to get 50% of the revenue. They can and should have negotiated for something similar to a 75/25 split. With that said, this was clearly leaked to the press on purpose with the aim of stirring up the hornets nest in order to get one party to move. Looking at the optics, this screams to me that Disney is trying to send a message to Sony that a lot of the reason why Homecoming and Far From Home have been so successful is because he was under the Disney wing. They are hoping strong, fierce backlash will get Sony to change their mind. This is marketing and PR 101 and is designed to soften negotiations. While they still might not come to a deal, I fully expect both sides to "work hard" and a deal will be reached at some point. There is too much money at stake.
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Thread Katy Perry accused of sexually harassing actor Josh Kloss at a party
It's a real shame that it seems like this news is just dying on the vine. Male sexual assault victims already have a steep uphill battle just to reach the level where they feel like they can come forward, and the world collectively plugging their ears and not being interested in their stories really, really sucks.
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Thread Ion Fury devs show signs of transphobia among other issues. [Update: Voidpoint Twitter Responds]
Well, my interest in this game has dropped to zero. Good job ruining any of your marketing Voidpoint by allowing your team to express such abhorrent views. Time to tell my friends to avoid this game as well.
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Thread Out Magazine: Marvel’s Chairman Isaac Perlmutter Is Also Donald Trump’s Largest Donor
But this has basically happened already. As mentioned earlier, since 2016 he's not had creative control over Marvel anymore because of how involved he's been in Republican politics and he basically survives off the stock. And if you are going to punish companies based off merely who owns stock in them, well thats going to be a long list of companies. Not that I think Perlmutter is a good human being or anything, he's not. I just don't believe there is much to be done to de-power him within Disney when that largely has already been done.
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Thread Fire Emblem: Three Houses |OT| My Students' Class Reunion Can't Be This Bad!
I took one look at Caspar and his axe-focused path and decided to make him a Wyvern Lord. He absolutely destroys maps when paired with Petra as a Falcon Knight. They are so good together that I can have them clear 1/3rd of the map as a pair while I work up the other side with the rest of the party. He's so good in fact that he tends to be the highest level on my team by 1-2 levels.
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Thread We need to talk about how toxic discussing the Epic Games Store is when it comes to accusations and insults (Read OP and Threadmarks Before Posting)
Indeed! And like any business, if they make a bad business decision, whatever it is, they either learn from it or are doomed to repeat it. To bring this back on topic, the Epic Game Store seems to be working for most of the companies who have accepted the deal so far.
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Thread We need to talk about how toxic discussing the Epic Games Store is when it comes to accusations and insults (Read OP and Threadmarks Before Posting)
Devs don't necessarily need to take their fans opinions of the EGS store into account before signing deals if they think enough oftheir fanbase will still buy the game anyways. Even if they have contempt for fans who won't follow them, that doesn't mean that you have to go low as well. Take the high road and call them out for their negative behaviour all you want, but saying only "they are trash" or anything else as reductive as that does not move the discourse forward, it just makes it worse. If someone is being extremely black and white, the solution is not to go to the opposite pole of the argument as them and then say "Well I'm here" and then argue back and forth. Obviously racism, sexism and other extreme things such as that is a different story, but ultimately the Epic Game Store for non-Epic developers is a choice made in best interest of their company.
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Thread We need to talk about how toxic discussing the Epic Games Store is when it comes to accusations and insults (Read OP and Threadmarks Before Posting)
Hoping people with significant others and families fail in their business endeavours merely for choosing to support a platform willing to give them some job security is pretty low. Imagine if people were rooting for you to fail every day in your work place because your company (not necessarily you specifically) chose to play it safe and get their employees job security in a volatile market, it would be sheer lunacy. Blaming the entire development team for a decision that they all likely didn't take part in is also a horrible look. Edit: this example obviously leaves out the Ubisoft's of the world, who have alternative business reasons for leaving Steam.
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Thread We need to talk about how toxic discussing the Epic Games Store is when it comes to accusations and insults (Read OP and Threadmarks Before Posting)
"I don't agree with your decision and it kind of sucks that it won't be on my platform of choice but I understand that you have to make choices that are best for your business. Best of luck with the game though, it looks really cool!" There, you've expressed your "great" annoyance, informed the devs at to why you are annoyed and still kept your chin up and wished them luck with their product.
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Thread Childless millennials are ruining Disneyland
My (now) wife and I went to Florida last year to get married near Disney World and our honeymoon was spent in the park. It was such a blast. While I had reservations about going "back" (I had been to Disney World when I was much younger as they were building Animal Kingdom, so like 25 years ago when I was 10) but actually being there I realized that while expensive, Disney World felt like a quality experience all around. Even staying in a cheaper in-Disney hotel was a wonderful thing for us, nevermind the delicious food. The key thing we did was not cram our days and realized we couldn't do everything in our time there on 4 days of park without doing sun-up to sun-down every day. We didn't do that, instead choosing to focus on relaxation and enjoying the rides we actually did want to do. Despite not being a giant Disney fan, Avatar fan or any of that, I still had a blast since fun rides are still fun no matter the drapery around them. Flight of Passage and Navi River Journey are engaging, impressive and a blast, whether or not my wife or I care about Avatar. We recently decided that we are going to start planning for a family soon, so the prospect of one big trip next year before starting a family popped up. Both of us, without even really thinking twice, decided that we could be going back to Disney World. This time we will be adding a day of Universal to the mix, but when we were on our honeymoon some of our family that was there had their children with them (some quite young) and it really opened our eyes on how the couple with no kids experience is vastly different to the whole family experience at the parks. My cousin and his girlfriend might be coming with us this time, and they are debating bringing a 4-5 year old, and we have told them that its going to alter their park plans and they may miss out on the stuff my wife and I want to do since we won't be wanting to go on the rides for young children. TLDR: Disney has a whole bunch of different rides, hotels and other things targeted at adult crowds. Not only is all of that stuff fantastic, it's more than enough to get just as much enjoyment out of the whole thing even when you aren't a massive Disney fan. I feel like women like the one ranting on Facebook wanted to go to Disney for the young couple/no-kids experience, such as the more thrilling rides, the later nights, etc but she's lashing out because she's stuck doing the family experience because she chose to have kids.
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Thread Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers |OT| First World Problems
Indeed. I leveled Ninja to 70 and I haven't leveled it to 80 yet because the job is balanced around the theoretical maximum damage it can cause a raid or group to do, which rarely happens in real gameplay. But the job suffers for it. I think Ninja would be in a better place if Trick Attack was removed and they were balanced accordingly.
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Thread Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers |OT| First World Problems
Cool, all they have to give up is Trick Attack. That is the grand problem with Ninja, it's balanced around Trick Attack being a thing.
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Thread Bands that have dramatically changed styles from unsigned to present day?
While they have shifted their sound a little (particularly the latest album, although that still has traditional songs like Rats and Faith) the biggest thing that has changed how they sound is a production budget. I love Ghost, but until Infestissumam they had no production budget. I'd say their sound has been consistent since then, with only a shift in the number of "hard" songs on each album. Tobias taking over more of the musical production has also resulted in the shift too. A good example of this is comparing Ritual to Year Zero, only one album apart but much better production and mixing. Listen to a live version of Ritual from 2019 for an even better example.
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Thread Game Development is Hard - A Video From Thomas Brush
I liked Thomas okay enough until he started signal boosting PewDiePie. He actually made an entire video series about making a game for "Pewds" as he calls him. That caused me to both stop watching his content and also to unsubscribe from him in the future. I highly encourage anyone to think about the above before clicking this video. With that now out of the way: game development is indeed hard! One of the most important things is learning to efficiently manage your time and it's something I struggle with every day. I applaud anyone who can manage it consistently.
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Thread Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers |OT| First World Problems
In the support & help section there is an option to report people. I've had nothing but good experiences reporting people and the GMs usually reply quickly after. They'll ask for details like when the offence occurred, the group and instance if it was in a dungeon, what was said, etc.
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Thread PSA: It's not so difficult and pricey to get into FFXIV !
Do you live in Europe? If so, that would be why. 3 worlds on the Crystal NA data center and quite a few JP worlds are marked as preferred:
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Thread PSA: It's not so difficult and pricey to get into FFXIV !
Some jobs do, especially past 50. Lots of jobs get a plethora of off GCD abilities. Mechanical mastery becomes doing your GCD rotation while "weaving" your off GCDs so they don't clip your rotation. So some jobs can squeeze two OGCDs within 1 GCD cooldown. Dancer is a good example of this. If you just unleash all your 10 off GCDs at once, you are clipping into your main rotation/resource generation while not properly dodging mechanics and are bad! That's why the game is fun even if it makes for a slow 1-50 because of the nature of trying to teach people things slowly and properly. Palace of the Dead becomes the best way to get a taste of each job once you get them to 30, since you can play as a 60 within it without actually being 60. That will still leave you out of the 61-80 skills and job gauges though.
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Thread PSA: It's not so difficult and pricey to get into FFXIV !
This boost still exists for "Preferred worlds". What only exists for new servers is 1 million Gil bonus for hitting 30.
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Thread Which MMO is better - FFXI or FFXIV?
To be honest, I think XIV 1.23 (the latest patch before they blew everything up) did some things better than modern XIV although obviously they had to blow everything up and that was definitely the right decision. Yoshi-P did a great job understanding the limitations of 1.0 XIV and adding meaningful content and mechanics to it that the game could actually support. I like modern XIV quite a bit, but I don't think a fight in modern XIV has made me feel in love with the game as much as 1.23 Darnus did. I think XIV still has things to learn from both XI and 1.23 XIV to make it feel less like a WoW clone. Focusing on story was one thing both those games had that they doubled down on in 2.0 FFXIV, which is great, but I do think there are other things that would be good to adapt or modernize for 2.0 XIV as well. An expansion of this from 1.X XIV is Hamlet, which had a lot of problems but the potential was there to make meaningful content that gatherers, crafters and battle classes were all needed for.
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Thread Which MMO is better - FFXI or FFXIV?
XI is definitely more of a challenge because a lot of the game design and systems come from a pre-WoW age of MMO design, so its closer to older school Everquest. There is EXP penalties for dying (although they've been lessened to be less rough) and there is a hell of a lot to do since the level cap was 75 for multiple expansions, then moved to 99 for multiple expansions, creating a wide breadth of content (quite a bit of which is irrelevant now but its still there). However, as mentioned earlier, unless you played it in like 2002-2005, the mechanics, gameplay and setup can be extremely obtuse when compared to modern game design, and they've had to retrofit a lot of their systems for things like mounts, achievements and a new questing system. XI is very much a game you need a guide or a wiki to play, because it also does very little explaining. With all that said, I find the gameplay engaging in every class I've every played in the game (which is all of them) and there is a lot of good story and fun things to do. I like the alternate progression systems that open up to you at 75 and 99, and this is the area that XI remains superior to WoW and XIV to this day, because instead of just upping the level cap and forcing you to re-level, they diversify the content available at max level and give you reasons to keep XPing at max level and progress your character beyond leveling up. I would not recommend playing it though unless you are ready to fully commit to it, which is why I recommend XIV at this point in time. Since it just got an expansion, the player base and community are booming and there is a lot to do. With XI, the game is at the end of its lifespan, so it's content is rather static right now and will likely remain that way until the servers go down when they do in a few (?) years. Despite thinking XI is the better game, I subscribe to XIV regularly and I only go back to XI for free periods or once every 3-6 months to just have some fun for a month.
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Thread Which MMO is better - FFXI or FFXIV?
FFXI is the better game IMO with the better story. However it is ancient and hard to get into, and you'll need to look up community guides on how to do things in 2019. It's worth playing through to do the whole story and the entire story can be soloed using NPC trusts to help you as long as your skill level is above average and you pick your story job carefully. Most of the people left playing XI these days are veterans who know near everything about the game, so you won't have that new adventurer feel. XI also only mainly gets maintenance updates and small changes, along with balancing these days. FFXIV is a modern MMO and has a lot of appeal. It is fun, the story is high quality and it just got a massive expansion and the player base is as large as ever. It also has fun side content, engaging crafting and gathering content to do and a lot of other fun things. I play both regularly but if you are looking for other people to play with, I'd recommend XIV.
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Thread Which MMO is better - FFXI or FFXIV?
Honestly, you do not need a linkshell to do any of the story at all, as long as you play a class that has strong innate tools. A good example of this is Dancer or specifically, Ninja. I was not able to solo the last boss fight in the main story as a Dancer (but I did everything else with trusts easy enough), so i did Ninja 45-99 in a weekend and soloed it (with trusts) instead with little difficulty. That's the kind of game XI is, where you are expected to level a different job if you run into a roadblock and you need multiple jobs to at least 49 to be subjobs to your main job. The only reason to be in a Linkshell is if you don't want to do things solo or if you would like to socialize with others, But yes, modern FFXI means follow Records fo Eminence, it should get you setup and understanding of most of the basic mechanics.
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Thread Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers |OT| First World Problems
People do them every day as part of the Alliance and trial roulette. Some may be longer waits than others but you'll be able to get them all done IMO
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Thread Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers |OT| First World Problems
Apologies! Your question came off more asking what it is to me. Esprit isn't 100% chance and seems designed so that it can work with the spellcasting classes, so I think there is still testing going on as to whether there is an internal GCD or not limiting how fast you can gain it. In your group composition I'd go with the SAM for single target fights (your reasoning is sound I believe) but for AOE I'd go with the Monk due to the faster monk attacks + you wanting to AOE more. Either way, I'd do a lot of your own tests for this because mine have come back as fairly inconclusive so far.
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Thread Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers |OT| First World Problems
You need to hit 80 on your own and finish the role quests first. It's a gate but not the usual one we are used to seeing. The logic makes sense after you see what that quest unlocks. It's just clunky.
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Thread Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers |OT| First World Problems
Trusts are smarter than your average duty finder person. They are actually quite good at teaching you a dungeon. Like squadrons, they do ignore some mechanics simply because they are immune to them. Great to use for completing the MSQ but annoying to use after that since you have to level them up from 71 yourself by running dungeons over and over with them. It takes about 6 just to get them to 72, but only after you complete the MSQ. They level with you before that.
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Thread Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers |OT| First World Problems
Esprit is a resource you start gaining at 76. It comes in pretty consistently even when solo You dump it with the move you learn at 76.
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Thread Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers |OT| First World Problems
Do Palace of the Dead a few times and you'll pick up the basics, from there move on to off tanking trials and doing the leveling roulette. You'll be fine! And if you have any questions, just ask! You can also practice with your squadron.
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Thread Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers |OT| First World Problems
I've reported people before for similar behavior and they've absolutely gotten banned, even if it hasn't been for long. Not sure if the GM's have changed their internal rules since then but it has always been my experience that FFXIV GMs are harsher than WoW GMs when it comes to abusing other players. FFXI GMs were super strict too. Hell, I knew someone that got banned for excessively spamming the ACT meter because they were acting like it meant anything. As for the tanking anxiety, at least trusts exist now to run through a dungeon with, get familiar with tanking, boss mechanics, etc and then you can do it on your own free will with a group. I really wish trusts were available for all content.
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Thread Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers |OT| First World Problems
I used to run a 200+ person FC and they'd get banned because they'd let us know they got banned. They just didn't know I was the one reporting them :)
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Thread Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers |OT| First World Problems
Just had to report a Samurai who decided to pull the last boss of Dohn Mheg because they claimed the tank was slow and the tank was the "worst tank they've seen since they resubbed", just with added profanity. When I called them out on it, they said that they could because they had an 80 tank themselves, which I do as well. 1) If the tank is going too slow, tell them before the last boss maybe? 2) It's a leveling dungeon and people's buttons have changed a lot, give them a bit 3) The tank actually was chaining pulls (pulling 1-2 packs at once, moving on from a single pack to another pack as it died). I.e. the tank was doing a perfectly fine job in a leveling dungeon Overall, I just don't understand why people complain about finishing a leveling dungeon in under 20 minutes with a random group, that is about as good as you can ask for. Oh well, reported them to a GM and they'll take a ban.
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Thread Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers |OT| First World Problems
Right now basically no one is max level, so its all guessing. In addition to that, balance adjustments generally don't happen until the launch of the raid, so even if there was a clear answer, stuff will be re-balanced in the next two weeks. With that said, I'm really enjoying DRK!
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Thread Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers |OT| First World Problems
Good luck! I hit 75 about 20 mins ago, trying for 78. 78 might be pushing it but it would free up the rest of my weekend, which would be nice!
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Thread Male Body Image in Modern Television and Film
You are kind of discounting the thousands of people who suffer from depression due to their weight and cannot muster the effort due to it, the time because they have to work 2+ jobs just to make ends meet and the money because they barely scrape by on rent. What you think is encouraging healthier habits is actually demoralizing and demotivating for a significant enough portion of the population. Especially since it's skewing beauty standards and perceived dating standards (whether its true or not isn't the point). It also pretty directly helps creates incels, since men who feel hopeless are more likely to fall in line with that ideology. EDIT: It's also toxic masculinity because the "you just have to do it!" attitude of some people completely discounts mental health factors that inhibit people from "just doing it". So your line of thinking is actually at the root cause of a lot of bad attitudes.
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Thread Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers |OT| First World Problems
Get your weekly challenge log as close to finished as you can and then finish it once on GUN. Will be a nice burst of exp. Also do your daily raid and dungeons.
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Thread What’s your favorite Final Fantasy title released in the last decade? (excluding remasters/re-issues)
Nah, cause FFXIV's main story scenario is the best (mostly) single player FF of the past decade. Only 11 came close to the amount of depth everything up to Stormblood has.
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Thread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT5| - It's in RDNA
It's not even a matter of being negative. Even neutrality or trying to bring people back down to earth from unrealistic expectations gets people attacked. It's rather insane.
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Thread Applying for jobs is exhausting and soul-crushing
I left the video game industry a year ago and lately I've found myself really wanting to go back to the industry (not my old company). Since I live in Montreal there is a lot of solid industry jobs and a friend who works for one of the big AAA publishers here suggested I put a resume in with them that he could boost a little. While I'm not miserable at my current job, I'm not happy either, and I find myself wanting to get back to what I love. I'll also be applying to EA and all the other usual suspects if I don't hear back in two weeks. My current job is also promising me career growth via job title change later this year, so I'm not doomed and I can luckily take it slow and aim for jobs I really want. Even with all that said, modern job hunting can be soul-crushing because you get hopeful when you turn in a very solid resume and CV that should logically lead to an interview (and when I aim at any other industry but video games I do get at least an interview) only companies to never get back to you. I'm very thankful I have a job because if anything it allows me to just keep accruing experience to hopefully springboard back into video games. Everyone else going through the grind: good luck!
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Thread World of Warcraft Patch 8.2: Rise of Azshara Arrives June 25th
FFXIV solves the "Garrison problem" by actually having interesting things to do out in the world. For instance, daily hunt logs to do, dailies, FATEs, weekly objectives people complete for EXP, gold and currency and a whole bunch of other reasons to not sit in your house. And that is with the AH and bank being accessible from your personal house (or close enough to it). The other way XIV gets people out in the world is by having everything on one character, there's never a reason to not be doing SOMETHING. In a dungeon queue? Switch to another job and kill some enemies, or fish, or do other stuff. If you REALLY want to sit in your house all day, you can, but you end up missing out. Places like the Gold Saucer encourage daily visits without it feeling mandatory.
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Thread World of Warcraft Patch 8.2: Rise of Azshara Arrives June 25th
This would only work if Blizzard got away from their "mythic, raid or PvP" gear treadmill. I played WoW for years but end game (from Vanilla to BFA) has always been dry and lacking depth. WoW's other problem is that they've always struggled at telling their narrative in an engaging way. FFXIV can get around this by going full bore into complex story while also having things like the Golden Saucer as fun side attractions they update regularly. They also have the standard mount, pet, transmog collecting as well as both guild and individual player housing. Not to mention crafting and gathering with crazy amounts of complexity and depth. Hell, FFXI from 2002 has Inn room customization, interesting end game progression once capped (that they up rarely, creating content depth) and mounts and transmog now. What WoW does is mostly not "special" anymore, especially given how badly they have botched the writing of key lore characters dating back to Burning Crusade. Erasing everyone's progress each expansion and hitting reset can only work so many times before people get tired of it. I think having to have multiple characters for multiple classes makes things feel even more like a grind, because at some point you've done the zone you are in a million times and everything becomes robotic.
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Thread FFXIV surpasses 16 million players + highest number of subscribers before Shadowbringers
There's a myth about the FFXIV GCD largely based on the early levels. Early game FFXIV tends to be slow because of the 2.5 seconds GCD but by the time you hit max level you have so many OGCDs that you are rarely if ever waiting to press buttons on a lot of the jobs. Plus XIV throws in a lot more movement and things like positioning between GCDs, which I find infinitely more engaging. Some of the jobs in XIV are higher APM than most of WoWs specs.
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Thread dr disrespect banned from Twitch
The whole "accent thing" is a method of mocking how minorities and how people different than you talk. In this case, it is especially racist because he is mocking in a way that has been traditionally be used to make fun of how Chinese people speak. I don't know why I'm bothering to educate you since you'll be banned soon, but hopefully you learn something from the people trying to tell you why it was racist.
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Thread Avengers: Endgame |Spoiler OT2| Changing the past doesn't change the future
Gamora: She has a scene with Star Lord and then she flees. Falcon: Watch the Disney+ show to find out. But if you must know - being Captain America was never about being super strong, the first movie in his trilogy reinforced this multiple times. Sam can wield the shield fine, can fly and has tech gadgets like Redwing. He will be just fine. Shield: Captain America is becoming a mantle and Steve wanted someone to protect the world in his stead since he knew he'd come back old, if he came back at all. Sam is the closest to him morally and it makes complete sense to pass the mantle to him. Shattered Shield: Steve went to an alternate timeline to live out his life with Peggy, one in which the shield wasn't shattered yet. Even if you assume that shield eventually shattered, Steve could alter things just by his mere presence and maybe Howard made multiple, or T'challa made him one. The main point is there are a lot of sources for a new shield. It's the biggest hint that he went to a different timeline.
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Thread Social media is absolutely trashing Pokémon and Masuda for not including all Pokémon in Sword and Shield
This is really disappointing. Went from "must buy" to "skip" pretty hard on this game because the biggest appeal to me was bringing my entire Pokemon collection (3DS, Go and Let's Go) together in the game. This news makes me just want to wait for the game that does bring it all together.
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Thread dr disrespect banned from Twitch
He's a piece of shit for the racist jokes he's made in the past and how he's tried to play them off as either being "in character" (which doesn't excuse it) or some other form of trying to play it down. The fact that he's cheated on his wife in the past just kind of adds to that pile.
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Thread Deep Silver: "No version of Shenmue III planned for Xbox One"
Honestly? Nothing. The market research they have done (and most of them have done market research) have told them that releasing their games on Xbox are a financial risk. And that's all they need, the chance that they won't make their money back, to pull the plug. I used to do a lot of market research type data gathering for game companies, and Japanese companies used us for this kind of thing all the time, even giving us their games to get western opinions on it. Many of them have not released here because the risk is simply too high. And that's PC/PS4 games, nevermind the more niche Xbox JRPG market. Companies are just following that money, and some have higher risk tolerance than others, or are willing to do it for other reasons. Sometimes a platform holder is willing to cover some or all of the costs to take the risk.
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Thread Confirmed: Transfers from Playstation 4 to Stadia are pending approval from Sony
Final fantasy XIV has fully implemented cross save (and it's glorious). So does Dauntless. There are others too, but I wouldn't be sure of the list.
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Thread Forbes (Tassi): ‘Anthem’ Is About To Get Through All Of May Without Its Cataclysm, Or Even Mentioning It
Anthem cannot get a FFXIV style resurrection because EA will not make the sacrifices Square Enix made to get there. XIV was worth redoing for Square because XI was the most profitable Final Fantasy game for them ever, and they knew they could get it right with XIV at a high cost and it could work out in the long run because of MTX and monthly subscriptions. SE had to put a lot of projects on hold (including XV) to divert all their resources to XIV. EA is not going to do that, especially since Anthem doesn't have the bonus of a monthly sub to add to its potential profitability. Not to mention that the XIV revamp was also a giant risk, one that has paid off but a massive one none the less. It could have easily put SE into an even bigger hole if it flopped.
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Thread ProJared Allegedly Creeped On, Fished for & Sent Nudes to Fans, including Underaged Fans [UP: ProJared responds, see threadmarks]
This thread is partly about a woman speaking out against a serial abuser who leveraged his fame, wealth and power to control her and extract nude pictures from fans, some of who were underage. Those are all very relevant things to talk about. And the fact that he was abusing his power to keep his wife trapped (in her view) while gaslighting and cheating on her is all very much tied in with the larger picture. To say that we shouldn't talk about the cheating is akin to trying to sanitize this man's abuse of women, namely the one he was married to. The only people that bring up the cheating as the sole problem here are trying to deflect or play down everything else.
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Thread ProJared Allegedly Creeped On, Fished for & Sent Nudes to Fans, including Underaged Fans [UP: ProJared responds, see threadmarks]
To go along with this: she states in later tweets that he held all the financial power over her and it was hard for her to get out. In a relationship where power is that unbalanced, the one with more power tends to take advantage of it by demanding things like polygamy when their partner isn't interested (and she says she wasn't). So this is gaslighting, abuse of power, exploiting your partner and many other gross abusive things. That before we even get into the sending sexual pictures to minors bit of everything...
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Thread ProJared Allegedly Creeped On, Fished for & Sent Nudes to Fans, including Underaged Fans [UPDATE: NormalBoots disassociates; manipulated fans for sex]
If the accusations of her trying to silence victims is true, and any of those people were the underage victims he was preying on, she belongs under the jail right next to him.
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Thread ProJared Allegedly Creeped On, Fished for & Sent Nudes to Fans, including Underaged Fans [UPDATE: NormalBoots disassociates; manipulated fans for sex]
In addition to the NDA mentioned above, he was also gaslighting her the entire time including blocking her and posting his "we are getting divorced" message as a way to control the narrative. Stop trying to downplay rampant abuse, it's becoming extremely transparent.
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Thread USgamer: "This Is How They Get Away With It:" Former NetherRealm Studios Contract Devs Reveal a Troubling Studio Culture
It's worse that you think. Quite often the contractors as these companies, especially QA, are those that are high-school educated if even that. Some have other degrees that they haven't been able to find work in, such as art and such. It's really about taking advantage of people who are just happy to have a job because they don't think they can do better. I was lucky since I had a business degree when I decided to become a QA tester and I was able to leverage the hell out of everything I learned to move up in the company rather fast. But just because I had that privilege does not make me blind to the hordes of other people at the company who didn't have my background or luck. Many people enter the meat grinder that is the video game QA department each year with a hope that it will lead to the department they truly want to be in at the company. Often that doesn't work out and some aren't even given the chance to get their foot in the door because of luck. For instance, it wasn't uncommon for my old company to ramp up by 20 freshly hired testers for a game about to release that is causing people to crash and burn from overtime then let go of almost the entire team once the game ships one or two months later. This is why quite a few QA testers dread the words "being put on call". It means a lot of times that you will never be called in again unless the company gets desperate. Hell I've known companies that put underperforming or problematic workers on call with the intention of never calling them in so they don't have to fire them or deal with the HR side of things. One of my older companies actually cancelled people's insurance while they were on call and those that filed for unemployment were given side eye when some of them returned.
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Thread USgamer: "This Is How They Get Away With It:" Former NetherRealm Studios Contract Devs Reveal a Troubling Studio Culture
These companies promise their workers that if they work hard they'll move up. They also constantly allude to spots either opening soon or spots that'll be available to workers at the end of the project to keep morale up so that people don't feel like they will be let go near the end of the project. The other problem is that the video game industry promotes "paying your dues to work your way to the top" and keeps that message cycling constantly with internal messaging and PR talking about people who were "just like you" at one point in time but worked their way up giving people the illusion that it could be them if they just worked hard enough. In all truthfulness the company was never planning to keep these people anyways, if spots were open they were very few and already promised to people on the team that were good friends with someone who could make it happen.. Source: worked in a third party QA company that treated their workers much like NetherRealm did. These workers should unionize, as fast as they can.
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Thread [OPEN SPOILERS] Game of Thrones S8 |Leak Discussion| We're in the ENDGRRM now . . . Almost.
Since this is the spoiler thread: Ghost is in the preview for the next episode. If you freeze frame about halfway through the trailer you see a shot of Dany walking left and him almost center frame. Thankfully. So the whole initial charge was a red herring so they didn't have to deal with where he was this episode.
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Thread Avengers: Endgame |Spoiler OT| Let's go get this son of a bitch
Nothing on your quote disproves the person you were replying to. That quote says nothing about sacrificing what you love "most".
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Thread Avengers: Endgame |Spoiler OT| Let's go get this son of a bitch
The great thing about using Natasha and Clint for this scene is that it works in both contexts. They love each other and they love their families and would do anything for them.
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Thread Avengers: Endgame |Spoiler OT| Let's go get this son of a bitch
A lot of people seem to be misreading the Soul Stone thing. The Soul Stone requires sacrificing what you love and what Widow is giving up is her love - the rest of her life with her family. Both the Avengers and Clint's family are the only family she's ever known. She gives up her own life because of how much she loves them. She was also paying a debt she owed Clint for saving her life pre-Avengers. Clint would have been giving up his life for his actual family, a similar sacrifice. He thought himself irredeemable for what he had become. The Soul Stone bit contains no further thinking required.
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Thread Avengers: Endgame |Spoiler OT| Let's go get this son of a bitch
They aren't wrong. The person getting the stone in both cases is losing something they love a lot. Natasha is a close aunt to Clint's family and they have been partners for over a decade. After his family gets wiped away, she's all that he has left. She also is the only one who believed in him enough to go get him in Japan. They would both be making a large sacrifice if the other died, but would also both be making a large sacrifice by killing themselves. Because it goes both ways, it meets both criteria no matter what happens.
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Thread Avengers: Endgame |Spoiler OT| Let's go get this son of a bitch
Two reasons: Manipulating the past can cause dangerous side effects. Just because this film didn't cover all of the possible branches of how other realities were altered based off of what Avengers did does not mean other realities won't spin into chaos from major event changes caused by Endgame (like Loki escaping). Other reason: Villains such as Kang exist, which can easily be brought into the universe now that they have the rights back. Time manipulation wouldn't do much to him. As Mordo said (when talking about messing with time): "The cheque always comes due". I.e. messing with time is going to create a greater villain and greater problems and it comes with a steep cost.
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Thread [OPEN SPOILERS] Game of Thrones S8 |Spoilers, theories, speculation| 6 more weeks of Winter
I don't hate Dany at all, she's actually one of my favorite characters. Just through reading the books and watching the show, and maybe because I read the books first, I always got the impression that she was naive (at first) and a rather poor ruler, to the point of doing evil things without realizing their reprecussions. Even the show Mareen arc alludes to this, with her dragons eating kids and sheep and then her plan to punish the wise masters slightly backfiring when she ends up punishing some of those that would have stood with her. Her abandonment after conquest of Yunkai and Asatapor were also poor decisions that could easily be seen as "evil" within the world. I think the main point with her is that she does what she thinks is good and righteous and just, but if you look at her through the lens of most other characters she would almost unquestionably be evil. Even some of her allies like Barristan who advised her to do moral and good things were ignored for "Fire and Blood". Do I think she's a full villain like Cersei is? No. But I would personally put her on the side of lawful evil, just because she, like a darker flipside of Ned in a lot of ways, is so obsessed with justice that she commits rather horrible acts to justify it. Still love the character! It says something that she's been written with enough complexity that people still love her and think what she's doing is saving everyone. It's good people think that way. I just personally think that is not how things are going to end for her, and to me it's been obvious since early in the series that she isn't a moral arbiter of truth. Edit: To add a bit more, I think while her actions look good on the surface, if you follow the trail of good and bad that sprouts from them you almost always end up with a large amount of bad. To me, she's the epitome of well intentioned (most of the time) but executes in a way that causes impactful collateral damage. This tracks all the way back to when she tried to save Drogo.
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Thread [OPEN SPOILERS] Game of Thrones S8 |Spoilers, theories, speculation| 6 more weeks of Winter
I'm not sure why a villain dying would be so shocking that it would turn people off of the show... And if people don't think that character is a villain, what show have they been watching these past few years?
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Thread My Time At Portia out April 16 on consoles
For what it's worth my wife went from Stardew Valley to most of the way through Yoshi to this and she hasn't complained at all about the game to me yet and she is playing the Switch version. In fact, she's logged 15+ hours since it came out. So your mileage may vary.
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Thread Advertising and branding has gone too far
Fun fact: the Marvel branded bananas have been happening since pre-Black Panther, because that's when my girlfriend (now wife) and I noticed them. At least with Captain Marvel there's about 10 different stickers, which is neat I suppose. Edit: in my area, only Wal-Mart bananas have these stickers.
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Thread Is Outsourcing of Animation Unethical?
Not only is a lot of animation outsourced and worked on by multiple teams, often competing for work, but it's also commonly freelanced by some of those outsourced studios in order to get their headcount or fill gaps on the team they might need to fill. Source: Currently work in animation. Even some of the biggest projects that you think are just one team these days are supplemented with freelancers and outsourcing.
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Thread NA/SA The Great Indoors PSN Sale ends 3/29 - 25% Off 12-Month PS+ Sub and over 1000 items
I just beat Moonlighter a week ago. It is a very fun game but the game loop gets a bit boring by the time you reach Dungeon #4. With that said, it does have plenty of interesting things about it and I found it to be quite an enjoyable 2d zelda-ish game. The combat was enjoyable as well, even if I only used a Sword and Shield the whole time. I'd definitely buy it for $5-$10, and even though I paid more than that for it, I didn't feel like I got cheated out of my money. I got the trophy for beating it in less than 10 hours on my first playthrough. Edit: Also, the devs are still updating the game and recently just patched it to add mini-bosses to all the dungeons & combat pets. So it is still getting plenty of support and additional game mechanics.
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Thread Which Pre-MCU Marvel Actors Would You Like to See Return in Someway in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
She's already in the MCU as well!
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Thread Which Pre-MCU Marvel Actors Would You Like to See Return in Someway in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Don't think Marvel is going to put someone in their movies intentionally these days who targets women under 18 and was #MeToo'd.
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Thread Am I unreasonable to be legit upset at Fury in Captain Marvel? (spoilers)
It was a desperate call for help, he didn't know whether or not she was there, but he was trying anyways.
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Thread Am I unreasonable to be legit upset at Fury in Captain Marvel? (spoilers)
She says in the movie that the pager only has a range of "a couple of galaxies". She wasn't in range and/or Fury thought the current team could handle it and didn't bother to call her. Maybe he didn't feel Loki or Ultron were emergencies. Either way, both explanations work. Both Avengers 1 and 2 are on a lower level threat wise than erasing half of existence as apparent in Avengers 3.
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Thread Am I unreasonable to be legit upset at Fury in Captain Marvel? (spoilers)
I don't agree with this bit at all. Captain Marvel establishes that the Skrulls are manipulators (who are ultimately good) and the Kree are high powered super soldier, but both are still killable via weapons and good recon. The reason for leveraging the Tesseract given in the Avengers is that Thor and the Destroyer leveled a city fighting each other and they can both very much NOT be killed via traditional bullets. I think this one still makes sense in context and is not a retcon.
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Thread Am I unreasonable to be legit upset at Fury in Captain Marvel? (spoilers)
Nick Fury has, at every point prior to Captain Marvel, always told the heroes what he thinks would be the most effective form of motivation, rather than the truth. This goes back to him lying in the Avengers about Coulson's death and a myriad of other times he's flubbed the truth in order to make things go his way. The fact that a Flerken took his eye out and he uses it as a more motivating story about not trusting anyone is perfectly in line with his character Edit: to add to this: that story he tells Cap in Winter Soldier about his grandfather and the cash? Likely a lie too. He's ALWAYS lying, that's his character.
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Thread [UNMARKED SPOILERS] Captain Marvel - Spoiler Thread
She did exist during Avengers 2 though, to the point that her and Spider-Man were supposed to be in the new team at the end. I have never been so glad that Kevin Feige overruled Joss Whedon.
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Thread [UNMARKED SPOILERS] Captain Marvel - Spoiler Thread
I don't feel that way at all. THESE Skrulls might be good, but they have a queen and a super soldier program, one that they likely will jump start when they regroup and vow to never be the underdog again. The seeds were absolutely planted for what could become Secret Invasion.
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Thread Anthem Review Thread
As said, there as unquestionably QA on this game, and lots of it. The problem is that they either closed the issues, thinking no one would care/they could not fix them, or they made a bad judgment call and thought they could launch with them and fix them later. Also, QA is not going to catch bad game mechanics, boring story, long load times (that aren't excessive) or a myriad of other things that Anthem may or may not suffer from. They are merely there to make sure everything is functioning as the developers intended. Whether or not the experience is "fun" or "well designed" is not the job of a QA department.
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Thread Shawn Layden Seems to Refute Devs on Twitter Who Implied PlayStation was the Reason Behind their Lack of Crossplay
Nah, not shorter. Different criteria. I've been involved in cert passes for multiple games on multiple platforms and each company has very specific checks that devs have to pass. I think on this front Sony is being more difficult and I am wondering why and where it is coming from that it isn't a problem on the platforms you mentioned (PC, Android, iOS). It's why I said I want the devs to elaborate more, because if they've contacted their account managers recently then this is Sony walking into a prone rake to the face PR wise, which makes little sense to me. If that's the case though, oof.
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Thread Shawn Layden Seems to Refute Devs on Twitter Who Implied PlayStation was the Reason Behind their Lack of Crossplay
That isn't always what technological assurances mean. I dont know this specific case (cross play on a live title) but I do know of games in the QA stage (i.e. Alpha and Beta) that had cross play enabled for testing purposes (easier to do a populated a game lobby test by queueing on all the platforms together). For those games, yes, cross play was the matter of just flipping a switch, however that cross play (on non-final) game code did occasionally cause issues (and sometimes huge ones). And that was before these games went through certification, where they need to meet each console manufacturers checklist before they could release on the platform. From what I knew of the process in the past, there was some conflicts between some cross play initiatives and certification checks (not just on Sony's side) that led to games that were supposed to have cross play that had to be canned/removed. In short, I definitely would want more information in this case. I'm less sympathetic if the devs are whining on twitter because they don't want to go through the safety checks necessary to enable cross play (I am NOT saying this was the case). However if they DO want to go through all the hoops (and they should) then Sony absolutely owes a better explanation than the one they have given here. In short, I wish we had better, clearer information. As I said earlier, I hope the devs struggling with getting cross play fully approved elaborate on it more soon.
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Thread Shawn Layden Seems to Refute Devs on Twitter Who Implied PlayStation was the Reason Behind their Lack of Crossplay
To be fair, unless these devs come out and say otherwise, no one knows yet when they last contacted their PlayStation account manager (which I do hope they comment on because if it was recent then that is absolutely noteworthy!). From there, what I know of the process is that there is still questions that need to be answered before the green light is officially given. From what I know of the game development process, I think it's entirely fair to need certain assurances before just enabling something on your platform, no matter how easy it looks. Either way, I hope the devs comment on it and they can get their issues resolved so that the games can be enabled.
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Thread Planning a Disney vacation is practically a job
I just went to Disney World this past October (and got married while in Florida) and I can tell you that it isn't as bad as it looks. Don't stress over the Fast Pass and the restaurants. Your hotel will have solid food, and you can hotel hop (my wife and I did) to get a large variety of food. Only reserve the restaurants that are important to you and your family (we only reserved 3 restaurants for our entire week there, and one of those was a large reservation for our quasi-reception dinner). As for Fast Pass, use it for the rides that are important to you, but don't feel the anxiety that you need to stick to them like the holy grail. My wife and I reserved all our Fast Passes as well, and what we realized was that unless it is a highly trafficked ride, Fast Pass is entirely pointless. Some Fast Pass lines were actually longer than the non-Fast Pass line while we were there. We ended up cancelling quite a few of our fast passes because the line was short and we didn't want to wait for a time to get in queue because we were already at the ride. If you want the rare rides, it's better to plan around Magic Hours instead if you are staying in a Disney hotel. For instance, when we wanted to do Flight of Passage, we didn't bother with a Fast Pass, instead we got up at 6 Am, had breakfast and took the first bus over to Animal Kingdom. They open the park at 8 technically for hotel guests but doors were actually open at 7:30, so we made our way over to Flight of Passage, which is by far the longest line in the whole park. We waited a max of 30 mins and then we had our entire day free to do the rest of the rides while all the normal people were showing up at 8 and 9 to get in the line we had already done. TLDR: prioritize what you really want to do ride wise, but don't feel bound to it. If you are staying at a Disney resort, leverage Magic Hours to your advantage. Also I highly recommend Disney in October around Halloween. Just avoid the actual park on Halloween day (take a pool day) and enjoy the food festival that is also there every year at that time in Epcot. Edit: to add to the above: we did basically every ride in every park, so our strategy worked very well for us.
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Thread Job Interview Questions - Which Ones Throw You Off the Most?
We are interviewing candidates at my company this week for a very high up position and I have gotten the chance to sit in on these interviews. They've been pretty grueling, often 2-4 hours of interviews a day per person with a large array of people at the company, because the position is so important. I'm part of the last group to interview them, I've been able to ask the last interview question they hear, and that question has been "Since you have been here for a few hours now, what has been the most interesting thing you have heard?" All of the interviewees so far have been a bit thrown off by this question. One even flat out didn't know how to answer it without a very long pause. Im not even asking it to trip people up, I'm just curious what has peaked their interest the most. After being on the other side of the interview process for so long, it's been interesting getting the reverse view on such a tough process.
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Thread Do Any of You Want to Work in the Games Industry?
To be honest, if you are going for an entry level QA position (which is generally Functional QA) a third party QA house will hire you for minimum wage with very little experience, often only having to pass a small knowledge test. The test often includes questions about how well you know video games, general questions about how you think and maybe a game or two as examples that you need to find bugs in and describe in as much detail as possible. Once in a QA place, you can then move to their compliance or compatibility departments (if they have them). First party developers such as Ubisoft, Square-Enix, WB, etc. will often look for people with X number of years of Functional QA testing at one of these third party QA houses when hiring for their own internal QA. Rarely they will have positions open at the entry level like third party QA studios, but the application process will be similar. What "helps" (slightly) is having database knowledge, such as JIRA. Knowing how to write a clear, concise bug report also goes a long way. An at-home testing program will also give you a bit of experience in testing products in alpha/beta states. All this stuff helps your resume, but generally won't help you escape the entry tests. Knowing someone at the company that can vouch for you also helps!
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Thread Do Any of You Want to Work in the Games Industry?
You are never too old to get into the industry! For reference, I'm in my early 30s as well. I've had coworkers range from the age of 18 to 60+, although older people tend to be more rare. The 72 hours a week was during crunch for a big project for a major client. While doing over 40 hours was entirely optional due to local labour laws, doing all that extra work does have an effect on people above you as well as your peers, since they tend to see you as "paying your dues". I'm not American, so I cannot really comment on whether or not being a veteran helps your chances, but it would mostly depend on what you are applying for. I think the most realistic thing to say is that you should not expect to start at a management position at any video game company coming fresh out of school. A lot of them of the management positions are based upon technical know how you gather at lower positions, such as what JIRA is, what Testtrack is, etc. You'll likely get a better job outside of the video game industry, especially to begin with. What I did for myself was set a goal when I first started at my company that every 6-8 months I'd aim for a raise or a new position. If I did not get that, I'd start looking outside the industry. There were times where I was close to leaving, and even a time when I got a job offer outside the industry, which I used to leverage better pay from my video game industry employer. The Business Administration background gives you many options that many people working at in many types of video game departments wont have because of the flexibility and applicability of a degree like that. It becomes more about knowing when to apply leverage, how and where, since if you tried to apply leverage as a normal QA tester it probably would not work. Is it worth getting into? That's ultimately a factor of where you live and where you are in life multiplied by your passion for video games. If I had a family and kids when I got into the industry, I may have been less patient sticking around for minimum wage and "paying my dues".
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Thread Do Any of You Want to Work in the Games Industry?
Can you clarify what you mean by "game tester"? There are many different types of jobs that go by that name. For instance, there are companies that allow you to be a game tester from home with no training, but it does not really reflect anything about about formal QA. If you are asking about formal QA, it can be fun! There are many types of QA game testing though:- These are people that look for bugs for the most part, such as falling through world, sound not working, art looking weird, etc. This can be a pretty fun job some days, sometimes you are trapped in one level your entire week that you have to play through over and over again trying to find literally everything on the level that can be broken.- These are people that look at the game as the eyes and ears of the console developers (Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo) to make sure that the game passes certification and does not have any platform specific bugs. A good example of a compliance bug is a game deleting your PS4 save file if you do something wrong.- These testers are the oens who test PC games on as many different configurations as possible, "looking" for the games minimum and recommended specs. They provide the client with the average frame rate, low frame rate, high frame rate and any specific PC bugs they can encounter, such as if the game does not work with a certain CPU or Graphics card. - These people generally do not translate, but instead they look for errors that are translation related. A good example of this is when text does not fit in the text box its designed for. There are many, MANY other types of QA. However, because there are so many types, some might be boring to you and some might be really interesting. I personally loved compatibility testing the most because I loved building PCs and I got to do that all day. However, I got promoted and do not regret that one bit. Hope that helps and feel free to ask me anything else!
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Thread Do Any of You Want to Work in the Games Industry?
So maybe this helps, maybe it does not, but I too have a Business Administration background and I went into the games industry. I got my foot in the door in 2014 as a minimum wage Functional QA tester for an external QA house. This was 4 years after finishing my business admin degree. While it sucked to begin with, I realized even back then that not many people have the business background in the industry, so I was able to learn by working my butt off (there was a month or two of 72 hours a week) and by relying on my organization skills given to me by my educational background, which allowed me to take on more work. In this time I took interest in our testing video games from home division of the company, for a little extra cash on the side. I also did a few months in our PC compatibility department, gathering knowledge. All these different avenues gave me knowledge not many other people had, and put me in a unique position as a "normal" QA tester. I became a Senior QA Tester in 2015 and because of my business and project management background working in conjunction with all the knowledge gained in the office and I was given a small project where I also took on Lead responsibilities. While this was happening, I moved up at the work from home position to basically a moderation role, in charge of managing groups. This role allowed me to really flex that Business Admin educational background, since the focus is on management, client relationships, presentations, tracking metrics, etc. All of this came to head in 2016 where I became one of the people in charge of running the work from home teams. Now I use basically the full arsenal of everything I learned in school combined with what I learned professionally, and it tends to be a great boon to both me and the team I'm on. Since many of them don't have something as simple as PR training, a lot of the community facing stuff is given a run by me just to double check wording and language used. I'm aiming to move up again to Project Manager at my company by years end with a bit of luck and a lot of hard work. So I guess my point is: If you use your education degree wisely and really want to work for a video game company, you can move up extremely quickly at a video game company just because you may have knowledge that is extremely valuable to the company. But you do need to "do time" and start from the bottom, especially since a lot of video game companies like to look internally before they start looking externally. So while it might suck doing a lower paying job for an extended period of time, absorb information around you like a sponge and always look for new knowledge within the company. It may not work for everyone, but its gotten me this far so far.
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Thread Analyst: Xbox One global sales at 41 million; digital sale ratio far higher on Xbox One than on other platforms
There really isn't much to deny. And the only response possible would be to spin it. Better for them to just keep quiet, which is part for the course regarding their hardware sales this gen. Although it might have been nice to celebrate 50 million sold, no point when that metric doesn't look good in comparison to competition.
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Thread Analyst: Xbox One global sales at 41 million; digital sale ratio far higher on Xbox One than on other platforms
They might need a step ladder to reach said jugular if they don't improve their brand image and reach outside of the US and UK.
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Thread Analyst: Xbox One global sales at 41 million; digital sale ratio far higher on Xbox One than on other platforms
That's kind of my point. Are they getting enough positive press outside of the NA/UK areas where they sell strong? If they are, is that translating into actual interest in their products, and will that carry into the future such as their next gen offerings. There's a lot more to this than "Well they are getting positive word of mouth in my region, that must translate for the rest of the world". That was mainly my point, what they are doing may be resonating for the NA/UK and some other markets, but I don't know if it is resonating everywhere else. Based on their sales numbers, it isn't really resonating, no matter how "good" their message is these days.
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Thread The Atlantic: Bryan Singer's Accusers Speak Out
He hasn't. Watch "An Open Secret", I believe it is free on YouTube. People just conveniently "forgot" or ignored all of these accusations, because they have been piling up for years.
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Thread Indie Games: What's the opportunity cost of NOT releasing on all platforms at the same time?
There is multiple reasons why a dev releases on a platform 6 months to a year after: 1) They think the demand is there still 2) They want to learn how to port a game to that console because they want their next game to be multiplatform 3) They are a small team and it just takes time 4) They were waiting to hear back on some aspect of certification 5) They needed to save up the money in order to start the port 6) Someone offered to help them with the port 7) They are planning to release more content to the game/make a sequel so they want to get their game out there before that content drops 8) They just wanted to see if they could
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Thread Indie Games: What's the opportunity cost of NOT releasing on all platforms at the same time?
Your assumption is faulty because it assumes that they have the money to "invest a bit more and do it upfront". Yes, many small studios are terrible at marketing and advertising, but that is a learned skill and they have to learn it at some point. Edit: Not to mention: Marketing and advertising costs money, a lot of it too.
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Thread The 2000 X-Men movie has aged horribly....
The entire X-men franchise has become an unwatchable mess to me because it was built by someone who preys on children. I realized this when I was watching Logan in theatres, which I thought was a good movie but the stain on the franchise from Singer is just never going to wash off for me. The last time I watched X-men 1 (which was pre-Logan, when I hadn't fully realized my disdain yet and couldn't put into the words why these movies revolted me), it was a complete dumpster fire of a film that misses the point with a lot of the characters. I thought the cast was mostly fine though, just everything else was really rough. Did not think that when originally seeing it in theatres.
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Thread Polygon: Game developers need to unionize
In the case of QA (who need unionization probably the most in the entire industry), everyone who publically supported a union would just be put on call and then never called in for project work ever again. Some third-party outsourcing companies have become so huge as well that they'd have no problems closing their North American branches or trimming them down to a skeleton staff and bolstering their overseas staff (like India) instead. The entire industry needs to unionize at once in order for things like this not to happen. This is not just a developer problem either, it needs to cover every person that works on video games. Because if it doesn't, the work will just be passed down to a non-unionized part of the chain. For instance, if developers were unionized and QA still was not, I'd expect those 70-80 hour work weeks that I sometimes did to become much more of a norm.
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Thread Polygon: Game developers need to unionize
It's fear. It's hard to get someone to pick up that flag and carry it, especially in an industry that underpays people to begin with. In the case of QA, you are asking someone who has pretty much been told they are a minimum wage making replaceable part to risk everything to try and champion a union, it's a lot to ask. In addition to that, the video game industry tends not to be all that big, reputation can mean a lot when applying to other places. Almost all the QA houses, whether internal or external here in the Montreal region utilize the on-call system, so you are always at risk to be put on call simply because a manager doesn't like you. Hell, I've seen clients ask for people to get booted off projects simply for crossing unspoken rules and the external QA company will say yes no questions asked. These are the same type of companies that buy competitors, put all the new employees on daily schedules (so people don't know if they are working the next day) and then strip them of their health insurance because they don't want their old employees "to get upset". The system is broken, and if it wasn't so broken it might not need unions to fix it. Unfortunately, there is basically no way out except unions at this point.
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Thread AVENGERS 4 | Speculation Thread (Open Spoilers, Set Photos and Leaks)
Or the snap is undone halfway/early on in Endgame and Doctor Strange portals everyone to earth or wherever everyone else is for the final battle..
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Thread In case you needed a reminder that Louis CK is terrible... (Check threadmarks for staff post)
I think in this case it's because he's sorry he got caught more than he's actually sorry. Proof of this can be seen earlier when someone heckled him at his show. It throws him off and he gets a deer in the headlights moment until the venue sweeps it under the rug by taking the heckler out of the venue. He's got one fragile ego right now, also evidenced by him complaining about how hard this is on him. I wish every one of these comeback shows had someone just yell out that he's a sexual abuser. People shouldn't think about forgetting or forgiving this asshole until he is actually genuinely sorry. The fact that he's targeting a new audience by just saying as many offensive things as possible is also benefiting him by keeping his name in the news and the public consciousness. It's gross.
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Thread I think The Avengers movies miss a certain kind of charm without Whedon's involvement.
Small correction: The Russo's don't write dialogue for any of their Marvel movies (besides maybe small changes when filming). The people who do are Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus, who wrote for the following Marvel movies: 1) Captain America: The First Avenger 2) Thor: The Dark World (Whedon also added jokes to the script of this film) 3) Captain America: The Winter Soldier 4) Guardians of the Galaxy (Gunn and Perlman wrote nearly everything, but they helped with a bit of polish) 5) Captain America: Civil War 6) Avengers: Infinity War (Also wrote some Agent Carter) I think they are far better character moment writers than Whedon. Whedon edges them out in humor (although I think some of the funny stuff they write is underappreciated). As far as directing goes: The Russo's are far better directors than Whedon, and it isn't even close in my honest opinion. They really do comedic timing well when given a chance, see some of their Community and Arrested Development episodes for a great series of examples. I think it was actually detrimental to Age of Ultron for Whedon to write and direct the same movie. Had he wrote it, and not directed it himself, I think its quite possible the movie may have been quite a bit better. Avengers 1 is fine though because it served its purpose perfectly, but some of the lighting and cutting decisions in that movie are rough looking back on it.
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Thread Unofficial ResetEra Discord |OT| Play games! Win games! Gaze at our Eggplants!
Indeed. Come join us if you haven't! While this forum is our home, we still discuss a whole bunch of smaller topics on Discord.
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Thread The Canadian Gov Stripped Postal Workers of Constitutional Rights. Now Protests Are Breaking Out.
I think the challenge for the Canada Post workers is that public opinion is a fickle thing. They are absolutely striking for the right reasons and I hope they get some if not most of what they want, but I worry that the longer this drags on the more a portion of the public might turn against them. I think there is a breaking point there that they have to carefully navigate. For instance, I had a package that was supposed to get to my house two days ago via Canada Post and I've steadily watched it's delivery date get postponed every day, to the point where it was originally bumped back to Monday the 3rd and by the end of this week it was bumped back to December 7th. This certainly causes me some level of frustration, but I think if other people end up in my boat they'll start blaming the workers, rightly or wrongly. I think the decision to put on the pressure during the holiday season is not inherently risk free for them.
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Thread Eurogamer: The human cost of Red Dead Redemption 2
This is simply not true for the people who work in the QA department. While Rockstar may be slightly different, many QA workers are fresh out of school or people with no school degrees who may not know better. So no, it's not as easy as "Rockstar employees can just quit and go elsewhere" and to say that is rather dismissive. Some people feel like this is the only choice they have career wise.
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Thread Eurogamer: The human cost of Red Dead Redemption 2
Anti union rhetoric and union busting before it germinates are both subliminally and not so subliminally done at video game companies to the point where coworkers will turn on you when they are supposed to be on your side. For instance, if someone brings up what they view as problematic work practices at a company general assembly, their leads (bosses but tending to be lower tier management just as taken advantage of in a lot of ways) will make fun of them in management chat, with upper management saying "Dont worry, we will take care of them" instead of listening to their concerns. This gets to the point where other people at the same level as the person raising a point are conditioned to roll their eyes and disassociate. Companies and co-workers can view those that don't tow the company line as ineligible for promotion, and I've seen some of the vocal people have their hours cut or be put on call. Is it the exact same at Rockstar? Not sure, but I wouldn't be shocked if a lot of similar practices happen there.
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Thread Eurogamer: The human cost of Red Dead Redemption 2
As someone who just left a similar work environment recently in the video game industry, there's a couple of reasons: 1) You like the people you work with. When you are in the muck, all you think about sometimes is "if I leave these friends of mine will have to carry my workload" rather than putting yourself first. 2) Apathy. You are already used to being treated poorly, so you don't see just how bad it really is, and you even find yourself defending, making excuses and finding silver linings. 3) The job market can be scary. People can trick themselves into thinking that the job they have is all that they can get, especially if they don't have a strong work history or educational background. Their self worth is not where it should be, so they become susceptible to being taken advantage of. 4) Prestige. Companies trick employees with things like "Here is your new game room!" Or "Look at all these great articles people are writing about our game!" When in reality these things are mostly just smoke and mirrors designed to make you feel good and mask the bad. 5) Ruthless execution of dissent. A lot of video game companies will target "bad seeds", such as those that want to start unions or change the word conditions and ostracize them. Even worse, they've conditioned the rest of the work force to do it too, making things like unionizing them all a very tough uphill battle. I'm so glad to be out of the company I used to work for, but I see many of my ex-co-workers exhibiting a lot of the signs some of these Rockstar employees are. "Well I don't know where else to get a job", "Well here I'm established already", "But the company lets me leave early for school one day if I do OT the other 4" when many companies do that these days, all illusions that are very hard to break. It's all preying on people that don't know their own value and underpaying them as much as possible while taking advantage of them. It helps when there's a huge line up of people that don't know better to take your place.
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Thread Kotaku R* QA Studio With Hardest Crunch Told Today That Supposed Mandatory Overtime Is Optional
If you don't see what the big deal is about these horror stories, imagine this: You want to work full time as a video game tester. On average, you generally don't have anything past a high school diploma or maybe 1-2 years of university, possibly not complete yet. "Starting off" you are given 10-20 hours a week, mostly late and evening shifts at minimum wage. But you want 40 hours a week in the industry because you need the experience to work at a Ubisoft, a Square-Enix, a Warner Brothers or a Rockstar. So you beg your bosses constantly if there are any 40 hour openings on the day shift, HR comes in to meet your 50 person team each week and asks you all to pick a number between 1 and 75. Those that guess the number they are thinking of? congrats! You are given the 40 hour shift on a big project that'll last a long time. Then you get on that project and you find out that the project regularly has an "optional" overtime shift coming up that weekend. You say "while I wish I could, I already have plans because it's my family member's birthday" and it's your anniversary with your significant other so you mark yourself down as not available. Before that weekend even happens, your project senior (a boss of sorts) pulls you aside and says that while you can freely skip the weekend, you shouldn't because "it might look bad because the team needs you". You stick to your guns though because you already had plans that weekend. They might let that slide. But miss the next weekend of OT too? Be ready to be either A) put on call, only to be called in for work when the company is desperate because in all likelihood you might never be called in again or B) told that the project parameters have changed and they'll be moving you back to the 10-20 hour night shift. It might sound like an exaggerated story, but that was the reality I and many others lived in our first year or two in the video game industry. And that expectation to break yourself for the team permeates the whole industry. I got out of of that meat grinder rather fast and I was lucky, but even when I became salaried leadership (a job where I was still underpaid compared to some my peers by about $5000 a year or more despite being the one in charge) there was still an expectation that if your client said they had a last minute patch or last minute cert pass, sorry, you were going to have to do extra 4 hours or so a day that week unpaid for all that extra time. Oh wait, their patch fix for their broken patch failed? Well now your team needs to do 12 hour shifts on the weekend (and your boss expects you to be there because they don't want to call in someone else from another project). You might get OT for that, but be ready to fight with your boss about it because unless you get it in writing beforehand, expect your boss to say "Well I never confirmed it in writing" even if they told you otherwise. This is all just a fraction of what I saw in my years in the industry, and thats not even the bottom of the barrel. So if you are salaried and occasionally do extra work to go above and beyond? Great! But that is not the reality for many of the people that work within the industry, especially at outsourced companies.
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Thread Kotaku R* QA Studio With Hardest Crunch Told Today That Supposed Mandatory Overtime Is Optional
I worked for a third party (outsourced) QA company for 4 years. Most QA people are just trying to get their foot into the door of the larger industry, working absolute minimum wage for companies that largely treat them like crap. One of the only ways to stand out from the hoards of other people at your meat grinder of a company is to throw yourself at projects for more than 40 hours a week, because at some of these companies just getting on a 40 hours a week project is difficult enough. I sacrificed myself to crazy OT (at one point doing 80 hours a week for a AAA game close to release) and it did pay off at my company by allowing me to scale the corporate ladder (as I was seen as someone who would make "sacrifices") but there was a massive sacrifice that came with it. Even with all that OT, you are still talking about a minimum wage job, so the OT really just helps you have a bit of savings, nevermind anything else. You don't get a pension, you often don't get a RRSP, and as mentioned in this thread, a lot of devs often have a combative relationship with you, to the point where each project generally has a handbook (often off the record) of "how" to speak to the devs. For example, on one project, you weren't allowed to describe an expected game behaviour with "should" because the devs had gotten really catty about that and respond with "Well are you a dev?" to someone who used that phrase. These are the same devs that can tell your team lead or company, at any point, that they no longer want you on the project for any reason and your company will happily comply in order to not lose business. And I have seen it happen to many people, regardless of how good they are at finding bugs. QA is an absolutely thankless job, and it's where most of the abused work force is in the video game industry. If any sect of the game industry needs unionization, it's QA.
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Thread Ghost announces new Album "PREQUELLE"(June 1st), First Single "RATS" available now.
Entirely disagree. While their newer stuff is a little more 80s rock, their previous album (Meliora) and the albums before that all had songs that were perfectly in line with their imagery. Check out: "Mummy Dust" "From the Pinnacle To The Pit" "Year Zero" "Spirit" Even the lighter stuff from those CDs have pretty dark undertones if you read/listen to the lyrics. The entire thing is tongue-in-cheek of course, but thats part of why they are so entertaining.
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Thread Marvel Cinematic Universe | All Hope Lies In Doom
They aren't really shooting on location. They film at a large film lot on the way out of town. It is surrounded by highway and is a bus route, so it is not really surrounded by paparazzi or anything. Source: My bus passes by daily and I've seen some of the sets.
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Thread Wolf-like dogs are awesome.
My dog is excellent with people! He adores kids, but not in the "knock them down" sort of way. My ex had a 6 and 8-year-old and he'd always be extremely affectionate with them and never harmful. As far as other people go, he generally likes meeting other people and other dogs. Tamaskan's are very much "pack" animals, and you can notice this in his behavior with both the humans in my household and the other dog. For instance, he will be slightly possessive of his own food and give the other dog we have crap for going near it, but he will give it up without hesitation to either me or my fiancee without much of an argument besides a slight protest since he realizes we are the boss. Tamaskan's shed a ton. The best advice is to brush them regularly and ensure they have a healthy diet. We bought him a hairbrush for about $100 that gets most of it out, but he can shed hair piles in the size of a large cat daily if ungroomed. The biggest behavioral "flag" that you should know about in regards to a Tamaskan is the separation anxiety. It takes a LOT of patience to train it out of them. For instance, while my dog rarely (if ever) barks, he absolutely used to howl like crazy if I left his line of sight and he could not follow me. He's destroyed a wooden door, some dog cages and a couple of other objects while training him that it is okay to be alone. He will still claw a door if we take too long to get him or if he feels left out, but it is exceedingly rare. We also got another dog, which I also feel ended up helping him. Also, a Tamaskan's way of communicating is by squeaking, howling, growling, and behavior. As mentioned, since he does not bark he tends to start crying or howling if he wants something. The squeaking occasionally drives my fiancee nuts since she does not fully get that he is squeaking because he is anxious. The best way to explain it is that a Tamaskan forms a very deep bond with someone (sometimes more than one person) and absolutely hates being denied access to that person or it's "pack". While not my video (although I have plenty of similar videos myself), here is a good example of how a Tamaskan reacts when home alone, except maybe add on 300% more howling:
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Thread Wolf-like dogs are awesome.
Oooooh a Tamaskan thread! I have had my Tamaskan for 6ish years now, and I love him to death. Absolutely the perfect dog breed to me. The only negative trait that I had to "train" out of him was his separation anxiety. He does a lot better now, but he used to throw a fit whenever I left his sight. I'll put some pictures of him down below in quotes: I'm always skeptical of "wolfdogs", which is why I went for a Tamaskan. Their long projected lifespan and minimal genetic health problems also helped. It's not uncommon for people to think that he is a wolf though.
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Thread JurassicERA |OT| A New World Rises from a Fallen Kingdom
Also: I don't find the whole "dinosaurs are loose on the mainland!" thing impactful at all since Lost World already showed how that would play out with the Rex. I still maintain that is the absolute worst addition to the franchise other than the gymnastics raptor bit because it completely undermined any future movie from doing it full scale. And that is absolutely how I felt about Fallen Kingdom, upon seeing the animals released on the mainland, my first instinct was "Oh here we go with the Lost World again"
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Thread JurassicERA |OT| A New World Rises from a Fallen Kingdom
Yes, yes I do. Despite all of Jurassic Park 3's problems, it is still my favorite entry in the franchise (for a variety of reasons). A couple of things really hampered it: - The script being tossed 5 weeks before shooting. They should have waited for one they were truly happy with. Didn't even finish the script during production. - Keeping the raptors in the movie besides a cameo. Jurassic Park 3 was about moving on to new, different never before seen things and yet the Raptors and that whole dumb plotline bogs the entire movie down. To me, the Spino parts were mostly great (considering how last minute they were) and the aviary part was great too, and they were new to the franchise! (Although the aviary is straight out of the book). - Nonsensical character decisions because of the script. Why in the hell did Billy survive? - Odd cutting. To me, this is most apparent during the Spino river attack with the long shots of the kid on the phone trying to find his mom. That looked like a clear cover up that they did not have enough attack footage. So yes, I would more than welcome a "new" Jurassic Park 3 that actually tries to change the formula up because I think there is plenty of room to play in that pool. Could have also slow burn mixed in the genetic experimentation angle too. I actually liked World and Fallen Kingdom, but I do find myself wishing the third movie would strip it back, go smaller and try something different. There is nothing inherently wrong with bringing back the old dinos. But the new dinos just feel like cameos aside from the hybrids and the Mosasaur. From my view, the old dinos should be the cameos. The T-Rex is no longer impactful because we see so damned much of it.
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Thread JurassicERA |OT| A New World Rises from a Fallen Kingdom
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Hopefully they bring him back for the sequel. That would have made me so happy. Although it dying right away like that would have sucked. Hoping that means there is a bigger plan for it.
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Thread Resetera's Top 100 Essential RPGs - Voting stage running until July 22nd!
--VOTE INFO START— Bloodborne Demon's Souls Dark Souls 3 Final Fantasy 6 Persona 3: FES Horizon: Zero Dawn Final Fantasy 5 Final Fantasy 11 Earthbound Final Fantasy 8 Final Fantasy 12 Darkest Dungeon Diablo 3 Nioh The Witcher 2 Dragon's Dogma Chrono Trigger Super Mario RPG Persona 4 Persona 5 --VOTE INFO END--
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Thread Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom |OT| The Park is gone [Open Spoilers]
In the supplemental material all the Site B dinos were moved to the main island and then Sorna was destroyed. Even the Spinosaurus was allegedly moved but apparently it did not survive for whatever reason. I expect them to retcon this at some point and bring the Spino back. Or a new one. Hopefully one bigger than the one in JP3, which was still on the small end. The JP 3 Spino was still not even close to fully grown, only at 46 feet max. Spinos generally closed in at least 49.2 ft, if not 59.2 feet. You can see in this piece of supplementary material which dinos are alive (black) and dead (red):
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Thread JurassicERA |OT| A New World Rises from a Fallen Kingdom
I'd argue its partly because the Dilo is pretty much the most inaccurate dino in the entire franchise. Spielberg sized them down (though they were sized back up in World) and added the stupid frill. The other part of it, as others have said, the "medium sized" predator space has a lot of competition in the JP franchise. If you look at what else they've used predator wise that is the same size (roughly) as the Dilo is supposed to be: JP - Velociraptor, Baryonyx (book only + movie promotional material), Dilophosaurus JP 2 - Velociraptor, Carnotaurus (book only) JP 3 - Velociraptor, Ceratosaurus, Baryonyx* & Suchomimus* (*replaced by Spinosaur just before production) JP: W - Velociraptor JP: Fallen Kingdom: Velociraptor, Allosaurus (multiple, all juvenile), Baryonyx (for real this time!) , Carnotaurus (ish), Indoraptor The Velociraptor being as popular as it is kind of displaced all the other medium sized predators (and predators in general because it seems like they HAVE to appear) from the franchise until Fallen Kingdom, where they started to be used much more. That's arguably the "best" part of 3, they were not afraid to leave the T-Rex on the sidelines aside from the cameo to fight the Spino (and even that movie has way too much Raptor) TLDR: Like someone else said, Raptors.
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Thread Marvel Strike Force |OT| Blitzin' Makes Me Feel Good
My alliance crumbled and fell so I'm in need of a new one. I poked Great Lakes ERA (as Lateralis) but I'll join whoever has room on their raid team! I'm level 60 with an almost maxed team :)
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Thread People on resetera with significant others - how did you meet him/her
My fiancee was ready to get engaged after 6 months of dating. She knew I was the one that she wanted to be with (she's in her late 20s). I actually sold my parents house about 6-9 months into our relationship and decided to move closer to her neck of the woods (also gets me closer to work) and then she moved in when I did. After 6 months of living with her, I knew her good and bad habits inside and out. I'm in my early 30s and both her and I have the same wants in regards to number of kids, timing of kids and we are on the same page about virtually everything. While cliche, "when you know, you'll know" is apt for how her and I both feel. It also helps that both her and I are very experienced with what we don't want. Her and I actually thought it would be good to get married on the day of our first date, two years later, so we actually went ahead and planned all of it before getting engaged. While I did playfully torture her a bit with the engagement, we got officially engaged 2 months ago. I could not be happier with her.
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Thread People on resetera with significant others - how did you meet him/her
Met on eHarmony after about 2-4 months of me seriously diving into the online dating pool. Met/went on dates with three other women, but once I met her I was no longer interested in anyone else. Fast forward two years (October 2018) and we will be getting married on the same month and day that we had our first date.
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Thread Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom |OT| The Park is gone [Open Spoilers]
They actually cover this in the movie. This "generation" of Indoraptor that you see in the movie has a piss poor temperament because it was raised in isolation (which is why Wu kept saying he was a prototype and he is not to be sold). The whole point of Blue is for FUTURE Indoraptor generations. Wu even says that it may take a long time before they get it right, to which the villain says something to the effect of "sounds like a lot of money". Blue is extremely important to the future plans, the current Indoraptor was likely going to be destroyed once Blue was "captured". It was merely put up for auction to gauge future interest in the product line. Take issue with that explanation all you want, but it is very well explained during the movie.
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Thread Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom |OT| The Park is gone [Open Spoilers]
My fiancee wanted to go see this again and since we have Sinemia, we did. She really, really likes this movie (we did a marathon watch of the whole franchise prior to seeing Fallen Kingdom) and likes World 1 and World 2 a whole lot more than the original trilogy. I can see why too, she did not grow up with them like I did, and her entry point to the franchise to begin with was World. To her, the CGI in Jurassic Park 1 looks absolutely ancient (and it does, although it held up for a long time) and the plot was a little too plodding I think. She doesn't remember much of Jurassic Park 2 and 3 (to the point where she didn't remember the Spinosaur) but she remembers all of World 1 and World 2. I still love the original movie for what it is (although I do think it is inferior to the book) and Spielberg kind of bastardized some of my favorite Dinos. With that said, my personal favorite movie in the franchise remains 3 cause I love the Spinosaur and I embrace the pure camp territory of that film. Upon a re-watch of Fallen Kingdom I kind of wish they dropped the Indoraptor. I like what it did, but when I was watching the movie earlier today I wanted more of the Baryonyx and Allosaurus, especially the Baryonyx after it was supposed to be the main villain in 3. I also found myself thinking they could have dropped the whole mansion plot into its own movie and left the island escape as its own movie and fleshed them both out more into full fledged movies. To me it would have made complete sense that the Dinos are brought to the sanctuary island at the end of World II and then World III would have dealt with assholes capturing them and trying to auction them. I can't decide if what we got instead was truly the best way to go with the narrative. All that said, I still enjoyed The Lost World the least out of the 5 films (although I don't think its the worst directed, if that makes sense, to me that is World 1), especially since it is such a massive step down from the book for me. I'm interested to see what World 3 brings, but hopefully Trevorrow gets the boot. From my perspective, Fallen Kingdom looks so much better than World and is directed so much better than World. Wish Bayona had full reign.
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Thread Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom |OT| The Park is gone [Open Spoilers]
Can we just admit the best part of this movie is the Baryonyx running around smacking his head on things and getting burned by lava. I really did enjoy that dino and wanted more of him because he was the most entertaining bit.
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Thread Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom |OT| The Park is gone [Open Spoilers]
Really, really liked it. Having just marathoned the whole movie series the month before I thought it fit right in with the rest of them in the "enjoyable" camp. This movie made me wish even more than the San Diego section of the Lost World did not happen, because I can only imagine this ending would have been more powerful if it was an actual "What if?". To me, the horribleness of the T-Rex in San Diego kind of took some of the novelty out of it. My girlfriend cried multiple times throughout the movie, and its rare for a movie to do that. I think the Baryonyx was my favorite character, shame we didn't get more of him. I thought the movie worked best when it was playing up the horror side, although the Indoraptor being an almost literal mustache twirling villain was a bit much.
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Thread Hearthstone |OT1| New Era, Same Meta
Dean Ayala: "Thanks for re-posting this. As with all early meta-games, we're closely monitoring all the perception and data trends. If something becomes an issue we'll figure out how to address it. Otherwise, things have been going well. There is a good amount of class representation and deck popularity feels like it's still shifting pretty rapidly."
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Thread Hearthstone |OT1| New Era, Same Meta
Shudderwock's only problem is the excessively long animations. The deck itself isn't really uber powerful. At most it is uninteractive, like quest rogue or quest mage, since how you play really does not matter since its a battlecry combo. You just have to kill them before they go ham. I hate uninteractive decks in general.
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Thread Hearthstone |OT1| New Era, Same Meta
### Spiteful Druid # Class: Druid # Format: Standard # Year of the Raven # # 2x (1) Fire Fly # 2x (1) Glacial Shard # 1x (2) Prince Keleseth # 2x (3) Druid of the Scythe # 2x (3) Greedy Sprite # 2x (3) Mind Control Tech # 2x (4) Saronite Chain Gang # 2x (4) Spellbreaker # 2x (4) Swift Messenger # 2x (5) Cobalt Scalebane # 1x (5) Harrison Jones # 1x (5) Leeroy Jenkins # 1x (5) Rotten Applebaum # 2x (6) Spiteful Summoner # 1x (7) Countess Ashmore # 1x (7) Malfurion the Pestilent # 1x (8) Grand Archivist # 1x (8) The Lich King # 2x (10) Ultimate Infestation # AAECAbSKAwivBJAHws4CmdMCnOIC0OcCm/ACxfMCC94F8gWXwQLrwgKbywLKywKHzgL55gLX6wKL7gKQ7wIA # # To use this deck, copy it to your clipboard and create a new deck in Hearthstone I'm not a giant fan of some of the cards (for instance I use Harrison Jones so little currently) but because the deck is working so well I'm not going to touch it for now.
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Thread Hearthstone |OT1| New Era, Same Meta
AOE outside of Geddon and Anomalous (lol). Bodies to protect face. Something very sticky. Pyros is way too slow, although it is value. You can argue that since its mage there would be a lot of room for blizzard, etc. But this archetype being peddled for Witchwood seems designed to be spell-less.
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Thread Hearthstone |OT1| New Era, Same Meta
It's a goofy combo, but quest mage that finishes the quest, drops Alexstraza then 5-6+ apprentices (2 innate, 2 simalcrum, 2 from arugal) can just pay 8 for two pyros for lethal now if they are bored and want to do it. Sure it has no real practical implications, but fun for science!
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Thread Hearthstone |OT1| New Era, Same Meta
That minion + the spellbook from earlier is going to allow quest mage to find all their minions that they need so much faster its not funny. I do hope it makes elemental mage kinda viable, thats been my favorite possible non-functioning archtype since Jaina has been revealed.
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Thread Canadian Gaming Deals and Discussion Thread
One thing I've noticed lately in the past week is that my Amazon shipments are no longer arriving the day Amazon says they will. Instead they arrive at 6-6:30 AM the next day. I wonder if thats the deliverer being overworked due to the holidays or if hes just slacking.
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Thread Marvel Cinematic Universe | We robbed you. Do you remember? That's us
I feel the same. Mackie also tends to playfully troll. It would not surprise me if he did that to Frosty though and Frosty didn't get it/wasnt in the mood and it turned combative. However, they have interviewed together a bunch of times so I'd assume they are usually on the same wave length. I don't think it was Mackie. Don't think we will ever know though since everyone will squash it.
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Thread Marvel Cinematic Universe | We robbed you. Do you remember? That's us
Wonder if Mackie and Frosty got into a disagreement about Man of Steel again. I feel like Frosty tends to be a bit combative in interviews for no reason.
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Thread Marvel Cinematic Universe | We robbed you. Do you remember? That's us
Hela taking place of Death makes very little sense. Especially since Death, the cosmic entity, is already established in the MCU as being a being that exists. Hela and Death are on very different planes, and this early Thanos story (Infinity Gauntlet) only works if it is Death, who is much more powerful than he is and basically ignores him. As for Hela, whether or not she is dead is kind of irrelevant, since she's Asgardian and Surtur caused Ragnarok. But I don't think she's gone for good if they want to bring her back.
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Thread Dark Souls: Remastered |OT| The Dark Souls of remasters
You can run up to them and make them follow you down the ramp. You can also kick the right one off the edge. You can also just roll past the right one at times. After you take one out, the other is a breeze.