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Thread [Jason Schreier] Electronic Arts removes the "live service" from Dragon Age 4, now it is a SINGLE-PLAYER RPG
Was hard biting my tongue every time a DA thread popped up and half the posts were always "this is going to be GAAS trash!11!!:" lol.
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Thread Would You Be Ok With Hugh Jackman Returning As Wolverine in Deadpool 3?
Jackman was the perfect Wolverine, and while I'll never really say no to seeing more of him in the role, I feel like Logan was a perfect send-off and his character deserves that ending. Even if this takes place prior to Logan, it'd still be more of Jackman as Wolverine, and Logan was a fitting end to him onscreen at all.
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Thread Meghan McCain, co-host of "The View" calls for Dr. Anthony Fauci to be fired because...
They've repeatedly said on numerous occasions that vaccine rollout for the general public (as in being able to walk up and get one any day) will likely start happening some time in April. Chill the fuck out.
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Thread Bill Gates: Permanent Facebook ban of Trump would be 'a shame'
Some of the replies here are wild. "I actually kind of agree"... I think we can draw the line at a president who consistently attacked the very foundation of American democratic ideals and quite frankly the existence of America itself, and literally attempted a coup and online platforms to spread those messages, Bill.
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Thread BlizzConline 2021 | Behind the Scenes of Overwatch 2 (New Maps, R.I.P. 2CP, Tank Rework Ideas, PvE, Story, New Designs, Sojourn gameplay, etc.)
Hero MP games aren't my thing at all but I love Blizzard's storytelling so sign me up for that narrative mode. I'll pick it up for that.
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Thread Opinion: Our students fell way behind this year. It’s time to start talking summer school.
My 7 year old is already practically in mental hell at home trying to learn remotely since last March (seriously, he'll get into tears sometimes with my wife trying to teach because there's so much distraction with the other two toddlers), there's just no way we can keep that up over the summer too. We're already counting down the days to end of this school year.
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Thread The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD announced for Nintendo Switch, available July 16th, special edition Joy Cons, new button controls
Never played the original on Wii and I want to try it but there's just no way I'm shelling out 60 bones for it. I'll wait for cheaper prices, new, used, whatever the case is.
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Thread [VGC] Konami looking to outsource Metal Gear Solid & Castlevania franchises for new titles
Ehh, most of that is on the VO manager and those who oversee recording sessions lol. Hayter's voice and performance abilities likely haven't changed, the inflections and manner in which he uses his voice is guided by the studio and whoever's directing.
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Thread Would you rather: Stab a photograph of your family five times with a sharp knife Or stick your hand in a bowl of live cockroaches?
I'm someone who couldn't be farther removed from conspiracy theories but ermm, cockroaches are harmless and I'd rather not damage a family photo of mine...has nothing to do with believing it's sacred lol, just don't want to tear a picture of my family to shreds if it's a keepsake. If I have multiple copies then fine, I'd rather do that. Guess it depends on the picture (old+sentimental).
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Thread Marvel's Avengers - Next Gen Trailer (upgrade coming March 18) - Hawkeye trailer and new deep dive Wartable
I'll pick this up at least just to play through the story. Saw a lot of people on my timeline praise that part at least.
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Thread Do you have a harder time falling asleep or waking up?
I can put my head on my pillow and genuinely usually be knocked out in a couple minutes. I have 3 kids so it's not hard at all lol. Waking up and getting into the groove of things takes a little bit. I'm always fucking sleepy.
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Thread When was your peak gaming era?
2007 Senior year in high school, had a lot of free time on my hands. Playing Halo 3, Call of Duty 4, Bioshock, Uncharted, Assassin's Creed and then Mass Effect all within the span of a few months was pretty much absolute gaming nirvana for me. I really felt like I'd finally entered next gen.
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Thread eBay sees record 142% domestic trading card growth: Pokémon tops list as most popular category, Soccer sees 1586% growth
I kick myself every day that I literally gave away my full original, jungle and fossil Pokemon sets to a friend when I hit my teenage years. All in great condition. Even had a bunch of Japanese cards including rare holos.
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Thread Pokemon Sword and Shield are even worse in hindsight
As a longtime fan who dropped off after B&W and jumped back in with Sword & Shield, I have to say I enjoyed them well enough but was still left underwhelmed. I don't have any problems with the cut down Pokemon roster. My issues were its incredibly easy difficulty (seriously I think I died once) including your 'rival' (who's actually your best bud), a main story that's just bad - Team Yell is a joke and posed no interesting challenge whatsoever, and visuals that while colorful and varied and did their job fine, could have been so much better. Pokemon has so much more potential.
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Thread It's 2021 - are indie games a major part of your gaming sessions now or are you still ignorant of most of the indie library?
I meant more along the lines of traditional storytelling techniques. Many aren't voiced, and even less have cutscenes or similar. It's not a ding against them, it's mostly down to budget. And that's more my personal tastes.
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Thread It's 2021 - are indie games a major part of your gaming sessions now or are you still ignorant of most of the indie library?
I just play what I'm interested in, which typically happens to mostly be AAA stuff, but I don't avoid indies for the sake of it. I'll play it if it looks interesting. Inside is one of my favorite games from last gen. Loved Little Nightmares, Florence, enjoying Hades right now a lot. I'm more into narrative driven stuff which is usually a little scarce in the indie space.
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Thread You have to watch a maligned sequel trilogy all in one sitting -- do you pick Star Wars prequels, Star Wars sequels, or The Hobbit?
I enjoyed all of these but probably The Hobbit films the most so I'll go with that.
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Thread It seems really silly to let the ending of a series retroactively make you dislike what came before.
I agree. I can not retroactively deny the quality of the work I enjoyed throughout a film, game or TV series even if the ending itself ends up bad. Yes it's a sour note to end on, but I'm not going to lie to myself and take back my feelings for what came before.
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Thread Mass Effect Legendary Edition launches May 14 on PC (Origin/Steam), PS4 and Xbox One (with enhancements for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S)
Updated eye shaders was one of the improvements done throughout. Definitely looks a lot better. Can't wait for them to show more of ME1's companions. Liara looks so good.
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Thread Mass Effect Legendary Edition launches May 14 on PC (Origin/Steam), PS4 and Xbox One (with enhancements for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S)
They endured heavy crunch to ship on time. Animation department likely noted it but things get moved around the priority ladder a lot leading up to launch.
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Thread Mass Effect Legendary Edition launches May 14 on PC (Origin/Steam), PS4 and Xbox One (with enhancements for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S)
Touching up on this, I was reading the Game Informer issue for my own curiosity and there's a comparison of Ash. The specular highlights are definitely there in the remaster, but aren't visible here in the trailer. Could just be due to lighting changes.
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Thread Mass Effect Legendary Edition launches May 14 on PC (Origin/Steam), PS4 and Xbox One (with enhancements for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S)
Fair but honestly I think the 'red lightning' was probably early artistic liberty for a first crack at a Reaper design more than any conscious design choice. But who knows.A lot of people actually lol...ME3 femshep is fairly popular. The old default femshep is still there too.
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Thread Mass Effect Legendary Edition launches May 14 on PC (Origin/Steam), PS4 and Xbox One (with enhancements for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S)
Import bugs are definitely part of the things they paid attention to for this. I can't say for certain but I can't imagine they'd ignore it.
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Thread Mass Effect Legendary Edition launches May 14 on PC (Origin/Steam), PS4 and Xbox One (with enhancements for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S)
It was mostly a response to fan outcry about the default Femshep in 1/2 being low quality compared to male Shep (Vanderloo's facescan), so they tried to do a more custom model and wanted to include players in the process.
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Thread Mass Effect Legendary Edition launches May 14 on PC (Origin/Steam), PS4 and Xbox One (with enhancements for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S)
How so? I'm not sure I recall any references to it being different from the rest, other than basically being a Reaper 'scout' so to speak, to trigger the rest.
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Thread Mass Effect Legendary Edition launches May 14 on PC (Origin/Steam), PS4 and Xbox One (with enhancements for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S)
Tried to grab as high res as I could from the trailer and 4K playthroughs of the original games. OG ME has heavy motion blur in cutscenes so it's super hard to get a perfect still shot.
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Thread Hideki Yasuda, Senior Analyst, Ace Research Institute: Nintendo has practically eradicated Playstation from Japan
I think you're taking my wording a little too literally. By 'ballooning' I mean they're doing better than ever. And yes, the PS3 almost sunk the division, they're in a far, far, faaaar better spot than they were 10-15 years ago. I mean we just had this thread: I think they're sitting pretty happy.
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Thread Hideki Yasuda, Senior Analyst, Ace Research Institute: Nintendo has practically eradicated Playstation from Japan
Not to discount Nintendo's success in Japan, kudos to them, but Sony probably isn't looking at this the same way. They've also seen their presence balloon worldwide outside of Japan, and continue to do so. Of course having a strong position in Japan would be nice too.
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Thread Mass Effect Legendary Edition launches May 14 on PC (Origin/Steam), PS4 and Xbox One (with enhancements for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S)
Remaking Resident Evil 2 took years and was genuinely a AAA release done from scratch. Doing that across 3 big RPGs+DLCs that are much bigger in scope would be a massive undertaking that'd take 5-10 years to complete...
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Thread Mass Effect Legendary Edition launches May 14 on PC (Origin/Steam), PS4 and Xbox One (with enhancements for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S)
I hope they show Therum soon. The shots I've seen look sexy.
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Thread Disrupted schooling, learning loss will have effects long after pandemic, say education experts
Our son is in first grade now and yeah, my wife is pretty much a part time teacher while I work weekdays. It sucks hard because we can see the despair in him every time we have to start school each morning and it's just staring at the screen all day. Doubly so because this is a critical time when he's learning how to read and write. I'm sure that's the case with millions of others in this country. Doing the best we can but this shit is ROUGH. Everyone needs to get vaccinated asap.
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Thread Happy Birthday Mass Effect 2 - Remembering its release, and preparing for the Legendary Edition
Don't expect a visual overhaul on the level of Halo 2 Anniversary or something, but there's definitely a good amount of work that's gone in, not just visually but systems wise too.
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Thread Robinhood Has Restricted Users From Buying GME, AMC, BB, NAKD, and NOK Stocks.
While it's noble to try and presumably help people, I think telling regular folk they shouldn't be able to invest or pump/dump their own money as they see fit a bit off the deep end. Might as well tell 'commoners' they shouldn't be able to go to a casino too.
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Thread Happy Birthday Mass Effect 2 - Remembering its release, and preparing for the Legendary Edition
One of the best games I've ever played. I remember every character and quest in incredible detail because of how memorable it all was. I hope we see & hear about the Legendary Edition soon too. Ehem. Very soon.
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Thread Surge of Student Suicides Pushes Las Vegas Schools to Reopen
Our son is 7 and definitely struggling with remote learning. Kindergarten through the first couple grades are critical years to establish a baseline of learning and social interaction. He loved school last year but I can see the absolute sadness and despair in him when my wife is having such a hard time teaching him. Bouts of crying, anger, hopelessness. Add on two other younger kids in the household we have to take care of. Shit's a nightmare. I can only imagine how older kids are handling it.
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Thread Xbox Live Gold will no longer be obligatory for Free To Play titles, price hike cancelled
Good to see a quick response like this, kudos to the Xbox team. At the same time I'm stunned that this even happened in the first place. Everyone in the decision making process should have immediately reacted with "Hey this probably isn't a good idea" when it was proposed lol.
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Thread BBC's Walking with Dinosaurs was oddly kinda gory for a show that a lot of children watched back in the day
And I remember loving every minute of it. Really wish there was a modern high quality dino documentary. We're solely lacking in them.
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Thread CNN's Chris Cillizza: The 2022 Senate map looks very good for Democrats
TL:DR Chris surmises that R's have 20 seats to defend in 2022 vs 14 for Dems, open seats are easier to overcome than incumbents and there will likely or highly likely be open seats in PA, NC, WI, and Iowa, and Trump primarying seats, not a lot of vulnerability for Dems besides GA and AZ (as Warnock and Kelly's seats are terms set to expire in 2022 and up for re-election), and so on.
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Thread CNN's Chris Cillizza: The 2022 Senate map looks very good for Democrats
Whaddya know, I had no idea lol. Thanks!I mean yeah, this is just informed speculation on Chris's part, he always does these. But it may (hopefully) not be as dire as we think. We'll see where things stand next year.
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Thread My youngest brother just died.
So sorry OP. I lost my older brother to alcoholism just a few years ago. He was only 34, and it tore our family apart. Similarly we tried to help for so long, I tried to as much as I could. When I got the call from my other brother, I almost fainted, and like your mom, mine was a wreck for days on end, I had to practically carry her from place to place because she couldn't muster the will to walk. I can't say anything to change it, but you and your family will get through it...because there's nothing else you can do :( Keep your head up and just be there for your family.
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Thread HITMAN 3 |OT| Agent 0047
So this has probably been answered in the thread already but I don't see it in the OP (unless I'm blind), how do you get access to the 'improved' versions of Hitman 1 and 2 on consoles? Never got around to playing them and I want to pick up 3 but I'll play through 1 and 2 first. Do you just download them in the menu somewhere?
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Thread Biden delivers emotional speech before tomorrow's inauguration in Washington D.C.
Browsing the different news channels and it just kind of hit me how much shit we've endured the last 4 years, a never ending assault on our psyche and conscience from a man who has no moral compass to get to this point and, despite not being perfect, a person who is at least a fucking human. Damn it's something.
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Thread The Trump administration bailed out prominent anti-vaccine groups during a pandemic - ceived more than $850,000 in PPP loans to help small businesses
History is not going to look back kindly on this administration at all. AT ALL.
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Thread Has Sony fixed the Playstation 5 Rest Mode?
Sadly I don't think it's been fixed yet, at least with consoles that have experienced it before. I had 17 crashes while playing Miles Morales and using rest mode. I'm not sure if that was specific to rest mode usage or MM itself but that was my experience. Guess I'll just stick to completely shutting down the system from now on.
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Thread Fauci says U.S. will likely return to 'some degree of normality' at same time as Canada
Schools have been open here in Florida for a while, but I haven't felt comfortable putting my son back in the classroom, even though they say they wear masks and social distance, etc. I don't trust elementary school kids lol. Hoping by August it'll be relatively safe.
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Thread Fauci says U.S. will likely return to 'some degree of normality' at same time as Canada
My main concern is getting my kids back into school. I'm praying that's relatively safe in the fall, because goddamn these last 5 months homeschooling with my wife and juggling both our jobs with 3 kids has been a fucking nightmare of hellish proportions.
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Thread My first experience with painkillers or holy moly no wonder people get addicted to these
Yeah, I've never smoked weed or taken any other drug but I got Vicodin prescribed to me when I had all 4 wisdom teeth pulled and goddamn...best sleep indeed. Felt like my body was just...loose. Relaxed. That shit knocked me on my ass good. I can definitely see how people get addicted. I used up the whole bottle even after the pain was gone. I wanted more but luckily I couldn't get any.
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Thread Trump appointed Acting U.S. attorney in Atlanta signals lack of merit in election fraud cases eyed by Trump
Huh? It's saying the acting AG literally finds nothing of merit in these 'fraud cases'. That's it ending lol.
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Thread Grand Theft Auto III E3 2001 Trailer. People Were Not Really Interested In The Game At The Time.
I was so fucking hyped for it and devoured every bit of media I could prior to launch. I remember going over to my best friend's house the day of release being floored at what I was seeing. I just couldn't believe anyone could make such a detailed open world game at the time. We played all night.
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Thread Donald Trump Ballistic After Ban From Twitter, Scrambling To Find Out His Options
It's so he could get a massive following on his personal account so that after he's out of office he still has a gigantic platform. That's exactly why he never used the POTUS account. Thankfully that's done and dusted now.
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Thread Forbes warns against hiring Kayleigh Mcenany & other Trumpists; "Forbes will assume that everything your company or firm talks about is a lie"
More of this. Let none of these anti-Democratic snakes find stability again.
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Thread After today, is this the end of Trump's Era or the beginning of decades of unrest within the USA ?
These crazed motherfuckers have always been here, and they'll still be here after he's out, it just took someone like Trump to let them off their leash.
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Thread How would you rank the year 2020?
Being stuck in the house for the majority of the year with 3 little kids was an absolute nightmare. My health deteriorated due to concerns with going to the gym. No traveling, no going out, no social life... Second worst year of my entire life, particularly mentally.
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Thread Did you Ever Thoroughly Enjoy a Game with a Really Bad General Reception & Bad Review Scores? (aka your Guilty Pleasures)
Quite a few... The Order 1886 Anthem Crackdown 3 I fully acknowledge The Order's shortcomings, but I was into the alternate Victorian London Ready at Dawn created, and the combat felt good. Anthem's issues for me was just lack of content. I genuinely think the combat is the most fun I had in a looter shooter. Crackdown 3 was just mindless fun, had a blast.
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Thread Outstanding/unresolved MAJORLY IMPORTANT stories in currently on-going games and franchises.
Beaten to death and back again but Half-Life. I'd give anything for it to be wrapped up. And on another note, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. What a cliffhanger.
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Thread Immortals Fenyx Rising for $29.99 on all platforms @ GameStop 12/25 - 1/2
I'm still unsure if I'd be into this one. I'm an AC fan, enjoyed BotW, but if the narrative is light here it might not be for me. And from what I understand there are a lot of puzzles too. Not really keen on puzzles right now lol.
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Thread I considered Metal Gear Solid my favorite series and finished every game I played. Then I played 5.
Sadly have to agree, and it's hard to say that because MGS1-4 are genuinely some of my favorite games of all time. I think MGSV has the best gameplay in the series, at least in terms of controls and fluidity but everything else was just empty. The environments were barren, I did not like the mission design or pacing at all (some of them are literally repeats of each other), so much story via tapes, and like you said, the base just wasn't exciting. Nothing kept me hooked.
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Thread Digital Foundry | FIFA 21: PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S - The Next-Gen Difference Tested ; Hair analysis
Absolutely insane. Yeah it flows too much so it's not perfect and realistic but still a massive, massive jump over the mostly static meshes we still see today. Already looks nuts, with continuing improvement it's going to pass that uncanny valley stage. Hope we see this in other Frostbite games moving forward too.
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Thread Ubisoft Is Now Selling XP Boosters For AC: Valhalla
Yeah leveling up isn't grindy at all in Valhalla. The pacing is actually pretty good compared to Origins & Odyssey so...if someone just doesn't have as much time on their hands and wants to spend money, have at it I guess, no skin off my back.
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Thread 3rd Person Games and Cinematic Slow Walking
Honestly it has never really bothered me. Firstly I'm never in a rush when I'm playing so it's just not a big deal to me. And usually stuff like that is going on when the situation is poignant or the game's trying to explain something important. I'd rather have that than running around all over the place while something serious is going on and I'm taken out of the moment lol.
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Thread Why is Ori and the Will of the Wisps being overlooked in Nominations?
Honestly that does kind of feel cynical. The Game Awards, and subsequently a lot of the individual sites' nominees are the result of basically tallying up everyone's personal picks... I would say there's just a preference towards good games. And many times that happens to be these big narrative driven action adventures or RPGs, because they resonate with a large audience. That's just the way things fall. I'm sure Ori was nominated by quite a number of the press but others won out because like I said, people get attached to those former experiences even more. And it's not always the case. Journey won in 2012, Overwatch in 2016, Breath of the Wild in 2017, Sekiro last year... I'm sure plenty of them loved Ori but felt other games were just...even better. And there's nothing wrong with that. In the end these picks are the personal preferences of each person. What's the solution? Tell some of them 'Sorry, some of you have got to pick Ori'? I don't know if that's the right way to go about it.
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Thread ABC: Trump Org argues to NY judge that attorney-client privilege extends to engineer who assessed properties(Up: Judge denies)
Will this actually go through or get appealed a billion times for the next 3 years?
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Thread What games that are considerably long or "bloated" that you personally find to enjoy despite the criticism of said game's length?
Assassin's Creed games. They're definitely long in the tooth but damn do I get sucked into the loop of doing main missions, side missions, anomalies, treasure hunting, taking out camps, etc.
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Thread Denis Villeneuve on HBO Max move: "AT&T has hijacked one of the most respectable and important studios in film history"
I don't get the Nolan hate at all. I don't generally keep up with the film industry in terms of directors and behind the scenes stuff, but I legitimately love his films. What did he do lol
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Thread Do you think Ghost of Tsushima would be receiving such high fan praise if TLOUII wasn't such a polarizing game?
GoT is excellent and easily in my top 10 this year, but...I do think there's a subset of nasty players out there holding it up on a pedestal and propagating it as some kind of pushback against baseless perceived wrongs from TLOU2. That other thread had links that showed as much. I remember tweeting how much I enjoyed Ghost of Tsushima on completion and got hundreds of tweets about how it's a "real game" and "respects players" as opposed to TLOU. Bunch of dumbass gamergaters out there.
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Thread Supreme Court rejects Texas-led effort to toss out election results in four key states that Biden won
I know, I'm saying it's like Republicans just can't fathom Trump lost and they won't control the presidency. Like they can't comprehend it. Get over yourselves already!This.
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Thread Supreme Court rejects Texas-led effort to toss out election results in four key states that Biden won
Is this how it's going to be every time a Democrat wins from now on? Holy fuck it's like IT'S NOT POSSIBLE A DEMOCRAT IS GOING TO BE PRESIDENT ANYMORE.
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Thread An Overview of TGA 2020's Game Announcements (With Game Listed) - Let's Give Our General Thoughts On The Event! And What Are Your Most Anticipated?
Inject that Mass Effect straight into my arteries.
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Thread The Next Mass Effect - Official Teaser Trailer (Milky Way / post-ME3 seemingly confirmed)
That is most definitely not a Kett ship. It's the ship from the "Mud Skipper" concept. The shape and naming designation ("XT8") implies human origin, or at least partial.
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Thread The Next Mass Effect - Official Teaser Trailer (Milky Way / post-ME3 seemingly confirmed)
So, yeah, I've been super hesitant to share my excitement about this before more was said (because I wasn't keen on getting attacked again lol), but since it's already out there, here are several reasons: There is a lot of strong old school talent from the original trilogy working hard to do this, including who's directing, though it's not my place to say and speak for them.
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Thread Telltale confirms they are moving away from episodic development model, will talk more about Wolf Among Us 2 at a later date
Sounds great to me. TWAU2 is one of my most anticipated projects. They should take all the time they need.
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Thread Samsung to begin ditching included power adapters just 3 months after mocking Apple for doing the same
This is insane to me. I stopped buying iPhones for a while now, love my S10. How the fuck are you going to sell your electronics product without its own charger...
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Thread Bioware companion tier list. Lets rank them!
Humanity is still new on the block, and her family history helps explain her adversity towards aliens at the beginning. At the same time, depending on how you play the game, her feelings can change quite a bit. She grows as a character.
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Thread What are your views on having children?
I have 3 kids and love them to death. Would I change anything if I could? Yes, I think I had them way, way too early (I was 25 when we had our first). Kids legitimately tie you down for a while and it has affected my prospects professionally for now. At the same time I understand anyone who doesn't want any. They really do flip your life upside down. I mean the responsibility of another human life is on your shoulders. In a way after having my kids, I kind of think I'm not even a "kid person" myself in certain ways to be honest lol. I love them and would die for them nonetheless.
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Thread Deadline: AMC CEO Slams Warner Bros HBO Max 2021 Theatrical Window Concept: Studio Sacrificing “Considerable” Profit
It's weird to me too. I don't understand why more options isn't a good thing.
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Thread Collider: Disney discussing combining Hulu and Disney+ into a single service to appeal to both families and adults, Hulu executives being let go
This better not raise the price...I don't give a damn about Hulu stuff.
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Thread Jim Ryan: "We do feel like we have a responsibility to that community [PS4 players], and an opportunity to keep making great PS4 games"
That is not an indication of the budget or scope of the game.
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Thread Jim Ryan: "We do feel like we have a responsibility to that community [PS4 players], and an opportunity to keep making great PS4 games"
Yeah pretty much. I don't think the "We believe in generations" necessarily meant "absolutely no more PS4 games", but rather they also understand the desire to push next-generation hardware (through exclusives obviously) and we're already seeing that with Demon's Souls and Ratchet & Clank.
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Thread Bethesda Softworks during the 8th generation - How did they do?
Excellent as a publisher. Wolfenstein, Doom, The Evil Within, Dishonored, Prey were all fantastic. Bethesda Game Studios was a different matter. I do think Fallout 4 is a good game, it just didn't quite live up to my expectations. And Fallout 76 is self-explanatory.
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Thread Moderna Covid vaccine 94% effective, final results confirm. Zero severe cases. Applying now for FDA approval. First shots as early as Dec 21
Can someone explain the science behind this to me? Aren't we testing the effectiveness of the vaccine? And only 11 there were given the vaccine and 185 weren't? I genuinely don't know how this works, feels like I'm missing something.
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Thread Digital Foundry: Assassin's Creed Valhalla Patch 1.0.4 - PS5 vs Xbox Series X/ Series S - Has Frame-Rate Improved?
Decided to stick to quality mode on Series X. Certainly prefer the smoother feel of 60 in general but I'm so used to Assassin's Creed at 30 for over a decade that I have no problems going with that for that crispy 4K image. 30 still feels pretty smooth in general here. Tried performance for a little while and the resolution drop was getting into blurry territory for me.
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Thread Is it just me or is Q1-2021 looking kinda meh for next gen right now ?
I'm just confused why anyone who doesn't have a Switch would have a rough year when you've got games like GOW2, Horizon Forbidden West, Ratchet & Clank, Returnal, GT7, RE8, Far Cry 6, Gotham Knights, Hitman 3, Halo, Elden Ring, Kena: Bridge of Spirits, Deathloop, Ghostwire Tokyo and likely more that haven't even been announced yet slated for 2021... And is there even much announced for Switch yet?
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Thread AC Valhalla patch introduces Graphics and Performance options on XSX/S and PS5, and a ton of fixes. Update: Out. Makes PS5 run worse.
I had atrocious screen tearing on Series X and just tested it now and it's seemingly gone, both in performance and quality modes. Quality mode looks native 4K when I really look at the image up close.
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Thread Millions ignore travel warning as COVID-19 cases surge (AAA expects up to 50 million Americans to travel.)
Sad to say my own brother is part of this, coming down to see our mom (who herself is in her 60's and isn't in the best health). It's not even like he's some anti-Covid zealot either, they both just say he'll take precautions and wear a mask etc...after I repeatedly told them it's not worth it. Wonder how many others are in the same boat with family members who won't listen.
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Thread Do you care about achievements and trophies in your games?
I couldn't care less to be honest, I rarely ever check the trophies or achievements I get while playing. I just play games like I always have pre-trophies & achievements. I'm glad they exist for those that enjoy them though.
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Thread The Last of Us 2 wins Game of the year at Golden Joystick Awards and Hades wins Critics Choice Awards (Other Winners Inside)
Really well earned, TLOU2 was unforgettable. As it stands now it's easily my GOTY but that may change next month with Cyberpunk.
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Thread Trump accepts US presidency transition to Biden must begin
That's exactly what has happened, which was always inevitable. He knows he's done and has no pathway to retain his power. He knows all legal options are exhausted. He won't concede though, he was never going to in the first place. But transitioning doesn't require formal concession so he can whine all he wants. This is as good of a "concession" as you're going to get from him.
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Thread Would you vaccinate today?
I might wait a month or two just to see how things shake out in the general populace but for the most part yeah absolutely. My wife's an RN and she's a little hesitant on it because she says vaccines usually take years and years of research and clinical trials to study long term effects while this one's been developed in the span of, I don't know, 8 months or so? She feels like it's really being rushed. We're very much a pro-vax family so it's not like that, but anyone have some knowledge on that particular point I can share with her?
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Thread Would you vaccinate today?
Yeah that's another part too, we discussed that, or at least to the extent of our own knowledge about vaccines. That they've always been DNA based or something and this one targets mRNA that puts it even more into uncharted territory and 'how did they do all this in the span of months?', etc.
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Thread Demon's Souls Remake on PlayStation 5: The Digital Foundry Tech Review
I played the original right after playing Uncharted 2, Killzone 2 and MW2 lol. It was...quite jarring, it always held that "man this shit looks ROUGH" position with me ever since lol.
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Thread NBC News: Biden hopes to avoid divisive investigations of Trump, "just wants to move on" and prefers unity; Plans to not interfere with the DOJ
Exactly. Biden's job now is to get the stink of Trump out of the White House and re-establish some basic fucking norms, namely, the DOJ isn't the president's personal fucking law firm. For Biden to say he wants to prosecute Trump and former officials, especially now when his cabinet has to be confirmed, is stupid. He'll let the next AG and DOJ do their jobs, and if they want to investigate, he won't stop them. Meanwhile this says nothing about various state charges that likely won't stop.
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Thread "Fantasy world": Pennsylvania attorney describes Guiliani's amazing feats of lawyering
Mark Aronchick is representing the various counties in PA against the Trump campaign and honestly it's even funnier listening what it was like today coming from his own mouth lol.
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Thread I think the dualsense is the best controller ive ever held.
It's probably the best controller I've ever used. The build quality is far and above the DS4 and it fits perfectly in my hands. I just finished Astro's Playroom and the haptics and adaptive triggers were eye opening. I was smiling the entire time.
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Thread Bill Maher apparently thinks its ridiculous to apologize for blackface,homophobic jokes,sexual assault,racism and being friends with a war criminal
I'll never understand why anyone cares about what this shit human being thinks.
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Thread BioWare confirms a new Mass Effect in development and Mass Effect: Legendary Edition details, Spring 2021 on Xbox One, Series X|S, PC, PS4 & PS5
Drew is working with Archetype Entertainment on their new sci-fi RPG. Hoo boy that's one to watch. Whole hell of a lot of ex-Bioware, and ex-Naughty Dog talent there.
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Thread ‘Purely outlandish stuff’: Trump’s legal machine grinds to a halt - The campaign has lost nearly all of the cases that have been decided so far.
So much winning.
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Thread How plugged in are you in the Western AAA space? (CoD, Destiny, GTA/RDR, AssCreed, Fortnite)
RDR2 was my GOTY that year so I guess pretty 'plugged in'. I love anything Rockstar does. Assassin's Creed is always great every year too, and I dabble in COD and Destiny every now and then. My favorite games are mostly Western (Sony first party, Halo, etc). Couldn't care less about Fortnite though.
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Thread Embark Studios (Patrick Söderlund) teasing their first game with video, development update.
That footage is the first game they've been working on, not the PVP shooter seen in the artwork, which is the second game. Looks incredible though.
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Thread Republican Senator may have spine, calls on Biden transition to begin. Update: Spine not found.
Oklahoma Senator Lankford is Chair of the Senate Ethics Committee and said he would "step in" if Joe Biden doesn't have access to intelligence briefings by Friday. Edit: Seemingly back pedaling already.
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Thread Arizona Will Stay Blue
Trump lost decisively. It only feels like he didn't because these counts are taking so fucking long. Biden won back WI, MI and PA by bigger margins than Trump did four years ago. We flipped Arizona and Georgia, two red states that haven't gone to Dems in decades. If there wasn't any fuckery involved and early ballots were done and counted election night, we'd have been sitting at 306 EVs for Biden days ago and it'd be done.
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Thread Bloomberg article on next-gen pricing - "Sony was discussion going even higher before settling to $70"
Well...yeah, of course there were discussions on different price points until they settled on something. It's not like they held a roundtable and everyone in unison immediately went "70!" and that was that lol. That's how you...make decisions?
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Thread Donald J. Trump (The Art of the Deal, The Apprentice) is thinking about running for POTUS in 2024
If he hasn't been sued for all he's worth and arteries haven't clogged up by then lol. Bring it bunker bitch. We'll come out in droves once again.
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Thread Samsung KS8000 / KS7000 |OT| Because crossing the Atlantic Ocean adds 1000 KS.
I was thinking about upgrading next year but honestly I'm not going to be playing games on my PS5 or Series X at 120, so I'm not sure why I'd need a new set. The only thing I'm thinking about are OLEDs and if the picture is worth it over my KS8000.
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Thread BioWare confirms a new Mass Effect in development and Mass Effect: Legendary Edition details, Spring 2021 on Xbox One, Series X|S, PC, PS4 & PS5
I actually don't know if Walters is on it, so if he is I didn't mean him. But yeah Gamble's one, he's project director (per his bio). When they say "veterans" as the blog says, they really mean OGs from the trilogy. At least from the ones I know. I can't wait.
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Thread BioWare confirms a new Mass Effect in development and Mass Effect: Legendary Edition details, Spring 2021 on Xbox One, Series X|S, PC, PS4 & PS5
Right, they're more big picture stuff. But there's a bit of a unique relationship there with Casey and Mass Effect. I wouldn't be surprised to see him have a bit more input on it than a typical GM. It really is his baby, you can imagine a strong push to bring back the series from him.
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Thread BioWare confirms a new Mass Effect in development and Mass Effect: Legendary Edition details, Spring 2021 on Xbox One, Series X|S, PC, PS4 & PS5
The team leads haven't been officially announced but I think people will be very happy when they are. I can't wait to see this game progress.
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Thread Rupert Murdoch-owned US outlets turn on Trump, urging him to act with 'grace'
It's hilarious they think there's any sort of "legacy" to hold onto, and that exiting the stage like a child wouldn't be any different from the last 4 years...like at all.
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Thread Glenn Greenwald Finally Goes Full Full Mask Off
Yeah, sorry, we'll just have to agree to disagree, strongly. Even with how much of an asshole Bush was, we didn't see Bush caravans and flags converging on cities threatening people's lives and running campaign buses off the road or literally threaten governors on live TV.
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Thread Glenn Greenwald Finally Goes Full Full Mask Off
If we want to cherry pick and focus on atrocities, yes every American presidency has its share. But to assign Trump just 'some tweets' or personality issues is a gross reduction of the democratic norms that have been shattered because of this man. The DOJ is basically his personal law firm, he denies science, literally cozies up to dictators around the world while actively fighting against our allies, undermined basic democratic processes here like elections, has genuinely embraced white supremacy out in the open and puts people's lives in danger through his words. For God's sake, we have businesses being boarded up and the White House converted into a fortress. We're genuinely on the cusp of sliding into an authoritarian regime. It's completely asinine and incredibly irresponsible to compare this presidency in totality to what's come before in modern American history.
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Thread Hopefully Biden wins, and if he does I hope some of you don't rub it in.
Rub it in? No. But I will shun and show utter contempt for any Trumper afterwards. Bigotry and anti-science should have safe space in this country. They need to be treated as outcasts.
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Thread 2020 US Presidential Elections | OT | Endgame: Battle for the Soul of the Nation
This is so dumb and pointless lmao. What would filming people dropping off ballots even do? You can't glean any information from that. A large amount of voters tomorrow will be Republicans voting for Trump. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.
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Thread 2020 US Presidential Elections | OT | Endgame: Battle for the Soul of the Nation
Listening to Beto now...if Texas goes blue that's it, everyone can literally just go to bed and sleep the best sleep in the last 4 years. Ballots have already started being tabulated since Friday. Come on Texas, bring it home.
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Thread If Trump loses, will you try to reconcile with people you cut out of your life ?
Nope. I could have made an exception if they supported him in 2016 but realized their mistake, but if you support what this man peddles after these last 4 years, you're absolutely not someone I want to associate with.
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Thread [US] Scale of 1 to 10 how nervous are you for next Tuesday with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest?
Probably 3. Just observationally looking at all the data comparing now to 2016, who's voting, early votes, polls, district polls etc, I'm confident Biden has this. It's post-election fuckery I'm keeping an eye on.
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Thread NBC Reporter: At a Trump rally in 87 degree FLA has multiple people needing medics, fire trucks hosing down the crowd to keep them cool
87 can feel like 100 here. It's always humid as fuck. Plus being scrunched up between a thousand people doesn't help.
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Thread GOP is attempting to have 100,000+ Harris County drive thru ballots rendered invalid and tossed out (up: Supreme Court rejected the attempt)
What the fuck difference does it make if I'm in a vehicle or on my own two feet when dropping off a ballot?
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Thread Help turn Florida blue in the 2020 election
Florida's one of the closest races in the country right now, everyone's working as hard as they can to continue getting as many people to turn out as possible. There's a big push inside Miami-Dade County as the numbers aren't as high as they could be, so there's a lot of focus being put there. It can swing Florida. I just donated myself, so if you'd like to, here's a link. Or at the very least a retweet. Every little bit helps.
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Thread US may not be back to normal until 2022, Fauci says
I don't see why tbh. Vaccines will come out, we'll continue to understand the virus and how to mitigate it and things will eventually return to normal. I highly doubt we'll still be in this predicament years and years from now. At least...if Trump is gone...
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Thread Who's financing the Biden and Trump campaigns? Interactive map by zip code
Thought this was a really interesting tool to play around with. Happy to see more blue support here in my county in Florida all things considered. Map link: If it asks you to sign up before viewing, try opening the page in incognito mode.
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Thread Trump's "60 Minutes" interview apparently went poorly; bashes Lesley Stahl on Twitter (airs 7 p.m. EST on Sunday)
Kind of a sidebar but I wish pundits and journalists and everyone in between would just let Trump self-combust and not bring any awareness to him that he might change his tone. I see people on CNN, ABC etc in bewilderment on what Trump's doing two weeks before election day and saying he should be doing this and doing that. Just shut the hell up and stop giving him any ideas on course correcting and let him destroy himself lol.
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Thread Trump privately told donors it would be ‘very tough’ for GOP to hold Senate, saying: ‘I don't want to help some of them’
Well that explains Dobbs throwing Graham under the bus lmao.
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Thread Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition |OT| Microsoft Christopher Columbus Simulator 2020
Did I miss something or is there no difficulty slider in the game? It's been a while since I've played the original but has there never been one?
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Thread Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner threaten to sue The Lincoln Project over Times Square billboards
Love the ads, but I don't understand why they're in NYC of all places, which is solid ass blue. Put these up in battleground states you dummies.
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Thread U.S. government concludes Iran was behind threatening emails sent to Democrats
The nuclear deal was also negotiated with their Supreme Leader's blessing, the ultimate authority in their country and where any operation at this scale would no doubt go through. Granted there are different forces and factions inside Iran but I don't think there's any disunity in their intelligence operations.
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Thread U.S. government concludes Iran was behind threatening emails sent to Democrats
Their economy and overall global freedom of movement really, was far better under Obama than it is today. There's no doubt Biden would try to renegotiate the nuclear deal. Trump's also cozied up and conceded to Israel way more than any previous admin. I still just can't see any scenario where they want this to continue.
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Thread U.S. government concludes Iran was behind threatening emails sent to Democrats
I'm not sure if this is sarcasm but why in the world would Iran want Trump to win? He pulled out of the nuclear deal, reinstated sanctions and assassinated one of their most important figures just this year.
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Thread 538's new election map clicky thing is anxiety-inducing
He barely won last time, as an unknown newcomer, against one of the most disliked opponents in election history. And rural areas don't give an accurate picture of the whole state. I understand being anxious but this is a whole different ballgame. He always has a chance, but it's not a high chance.
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Thread [POLL] Which would you hate/fear more? Sony buying Capcom or Sony buying Square Enix?
I'd prefer neither and for them to stay independent to be honest, but business is business. I wasn't a fan of Microsoft's acquisition of Bethesda either and I fear it'll start a bidding war among big tech like Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, Tencent, etc, if it hasn't already. It was a MASSIVE buyout and I just don't want to see further consolidation.
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Thread How will your Series X|S / PS5 launch day look like?
For the vast majority, most likely. I'm anticipating third party games looking and running better, if not equal to PS5. At the same time there's been a few instances where titles on the PS4 Pro sometimes run better than the X so I'll probably wait for Digital Foundry analyses a lot too.
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Thread This May Sound Horrible, But I Kinda Dread the Weekends Due to my 2-yr-old Son
Dude, 31 here with a 6 year old, 3 year old and a 5 month old. My wife works weekends at the hospital...night shift...I got time for during the day. And yeah, 3 is absolutely worse. Buckle up peeps lmao.
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Thread I can barely notice the difference between 4K and 1440p
1080p -> 4K is a large difference in my setup. I sit about 8 feet from a 60 inch 4K TV (KS8000) and it's hugely noticeable. 1440p -> 4K is less of a difference as I think 1440p games still look pretty sharp but the extra clarity going up to 2160p is still obvious to my eyes.
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Thread Politico: Biden eyes GOP candidates for Cabinet slots
A Biden admin will likely keep these people in check.This plays to his 'moderate' image and will pull people from the right or center right towards supporting him, even if it's a tiny percentage, while I highly, highly doubt this will push any Dems this year into not voting against Trump.
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Thread If a COVID 19 vaccine became available in the next month, would you be eager to take it right away?
I'd take a hard look at what the real medical community and scientists say. But I don't trust Trump as far as I can throw him, and that's not very far.
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Thread Watch Dogs Legion is 4K/30 w/ RT on XSX and PS5
? It's not a 'take' lol...I'd like more options too, but realistically developers will still continue to push visual splendor and not everyone's going to offer options.The vast majority of launch games are cross gen. I think once we get into the full swing of next-gen games a couple years from now, you'll see a lot more 60 compared to current gen but 30's still going to be most common. And I'm fine with 30, you won't find doom and gloom from me.
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Thread I haven't touched my Switch in Months. ( Games too expensive )
I've been playing it more recently but for the most part I agree. After getting it at launch I literally only have 8 games for it as opposed to over 100 on PS4 and XBO over the years. Games stay high price for so long my purchases are few and far between.
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Thread FBI investigating Hunter Biden 'laptop story' as being part of foreign intelligence operation
Edit: I think a lot of the replies in here are misinterpreting the piece. The FBI is investigating whether this "story" and the way it's being pushed is a foreign operation (i.e. Russia), not Hunter or his actual 'emails' lol.
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Thread Trump Says States He’s Losing Are Just Dumb: ‘We’re Winning Everywhere Where People Are Intelligent’
1. The fact this is even the state of US politics right now is insane 2. Good, it'll make his defeat even more humiliating in his tiny brain.
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Thread Over 9.3 million Americans Have Voted, Compared to 1.6 million by this point in 2016 turnout on track for high turnout.
Heh, my mom and stepdad (both in their 60s and voting for the first time here in Florida) texted me a pic of their signed ballots begging when they can drop them off at a dropbox lol. "He's getting impatient...we're just so excited to get this bastard out."
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Thread Joe Biden sets new record with $383 million raised in September
I'd bombard Florida with a good amount. Trump loses FL, he's fucking toast. Use the rest on key swing states and ones that are looking pretty good too like Georgia, Iowa and Texas. Like you said, not much time left so might as well spend it all.
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Thread Over 9.3 million Americans Have Voted, Compared to 1.6 million by this point in 2016 turnout on track for high turnout.
I just requested another ballot for both of us. Pretty sure I read somewhere that that's fine, so hopefully should arrive fairly quickly.
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Thread Over 9.3 million Americans Have Voted, Compared to 1.6 million by this point in 2016 turnout on track for high turnout.
Yeah I just called and they said it happens all the time and they just cross check each ballot as they get them but I don't know...I don't want to take any chances. I might just take them to the polling booth so they can be voided and just vote in person. Or request another ballot.
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Thread Over 9.3 million Americans Have Voted, Compared to 1.6 million by this point in 2016 turnout on track for high turnout.
So...my wife and I were filling out our mail-in ballots (Florida), finished them up and everything and...we forgot that our names are printed on the outside envelope and accidentally signed the other person's envelope. Now I don't know what to do.
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Thread Over 9.3 million Americans Have Voted, Compared to 1.6 million by this point in 2016 turnout on track for high turnout.
I don't know if this crass of me but goddamnit so many 3rd party votes going to waste
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Thread Over 9.3 million Americans Have Voted, Compared to 1.6 million by this point in 2016 turnout on track for high turnout.
At a drop box? I thought early polling places (and thus drop boxes) open on the 24th? I'm in Seminole County so just wondering.
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Thread If Biden wins, do you plan out rubbing it in the face of Trump supporters online or in person?
"Mocking", no. But they deserve to be completely shunned and shoved back into the hole they crawled out of. No more room for normalizing that shit, it needs to be challenged head on.
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Thread So have y'all sold off or traded your systems yet to prepare for next month? I finally sold my PS4 Pro and will miss it ;_;
PS4 Pro and One X both sold off on eBay over the last week. Just me and my lonely Switch waiting for the new hotness now.
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Thread Joe Biden's polling better than any challenger since 1936
Yes but this is a referendum on Trump, not a governor's race. A lot has happened in the last two years. Hell, this year has changed everything. I'm not saying it's in the bag, but there's vastly different circumstances.
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Thread Joe Biden's polling better than any challenger since 1936
I wouldn't be so sure. There are a lot of pissed off dems here, the amount of people that have come out to get the vote in already is insane compared to 2016. There are a lot of racist shitbags here but there are a lot of signs that a good chunk of seniors or moving towards Biden now.
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Thread Joe Biden's polling better than any challenger since 1936
You're underestimating the amount of damage COVID has done to Trump's campaign this year, especially among seniors here in Florida. Like you said, Biden is seen as a moderate to a lot of these people vs Gillum. And, well, he's white, and hell Trump only beat Clinton by like...1% here...and that's with Clinton being one of the most unpopular candidates in recent memory. It's a very different ballgame this time.
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Thread President Donald Trump and the First Lady have tested positive for coronavirus (read Threadmarks to keep up)
I'm curious, does anyone know how contracting COVID and recovering affected Boris Johnson and Bolsonaro's popularity afterward?
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Thread CNN: How Biden's lead over Trump differs from Clinton in 2016
Before the dozens of expected replies, *sigh*, yes please ignore the polls, please vote, do everything you can to make sure your vote is counted. That being said, it's also good to understand why and how this election is different than 2016, if anything just to set the record straight. It's been explained many times over, but CNN Political Analyst Harry Enten summarizes it all pretty well in the video below:
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Thread To those getting both Next Gen consoles, have you decided which will be your Multi-platform machine?
Most likely Series X but I'll also keep an eye on Digital Foundry to see where a version looks and runs the best, never know for sure. If there are deals I can't pass up, that changes things too (pre-ordered Watch Dogs Legion on PS5 for $40 a little while ago for example).
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Thread November is gonna be a big month for gaming, but also for spending. How much do you think you'll spend next month?
Probably about $1400 for both consoles and Demon's Souls, Spider-Man, Cyberpunk, Watch Dogs and AC Valhalla
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Thread Joe Biden: You'll know my opinion on packing the courts the minute the election is over
Fair play to keep the whole focus on Trump and his failures instead of making headlines about it and scaring away moderates who are going to vote Biden.
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Thread How often do you actually replay the exact same games?
Depends on the game really. I've played the original Mass Effect literally 18 times. DAI a good 4 times, The Witcher 3 three times... If I really enjoyed something it'll at least get another playthrough. The ME trilogy is the only one that I've played every year.
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Thread CNN's Electoral College Puts Biden above the 270 threshold to win the presidency
I get pushing people to vote as much as possible, but goddamn people there is NO evidence polls make people complacent or apathetic to getting the vote out lol. This country is more energized than ever, polls are not going to make people stay home.
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Thread CNN's Electoral College Puts Biden above the 270 threshold to win the presidency
Dude literally said he could go out on 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and people would still vote for him. And he's bang on, his supporters are in a whole different reality.
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Thread The Commission on Presidential Debates Announces Second Presidential Debate Will Be Virtual, Trump Claims He Will Not Participate
That's exactly who Donald Trump is. I'm positive his team is trying to change his mind right now but I'm not sure the combo of his ego and drug cocktails swishing around his small brain can change his mind.
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Thread Assuming Trump does lose, he’s still gonna have 2 months left and that terrifies me
If Biden wins and it's certified and done, he'll lash out like a child and probably try some shit but probably nothing that would put our national security at risk. With a new admin on the way, at least the military wouldn't go along with anything, domestically or internationally.
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Thread Over 3.3 million Americans Have Voted, Compared to Fewer Than 78,000 by this point in 2016 turnout on track to be highest since 1908
Wife and I got our ballots the other day here in Florida and filled them out. Just waiting until early voting opens up so I can drop them off at a drop box asap. I don't want to mail them.
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Thread Between PlayStation and Xbox, which controller has the better face buttons?
I don't care about letters vs shapes, but I'm not a fan of the super hard plastic of the Xbox face buttons. They're clicky and a little loud. Dualshock buttons have always felt...'softer' if that makes sense. Both are great controllers though.
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Thread The Ritual is one of the best horror films in recent memory
Originally found this on a whim on Netflix and surprisingly left a very lasting impression. I've rewatched it three times now and this one really just came out of nowhere for me. The acting's actually pretty good given the cast, at least they're not anyone I've seen before but more importantly the premise itself is creepy as fuck. The forest has an exceedingly evil presence, the buildup from first entering the forest to everything that happens to each character is intense, the cinematography is fantastic, and the creature design is incredibly unique and menacing. It's still on Netflix now so highly recommend if you're looking for some real scares. Edit: The 2017 film.
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Thread Over 1 million Americans Have Already Voted, Compared to Fewer Than 10,000 by This Point in 2016(updated)
There's a polling station at our local library so I'm definitely dropping them off. Not trusting the fuckery Trump's pulling.
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Thread Over 1 million Americans Have Already Voted, Compared to Fewer Than 10,000 by This Point in 2016(updated)
You can put in your name and DOB here: When you hit submit, there should a hyperlink that says "Access Ballot & Precinct Information", seen here:
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Thread South Carolina Senator Debate: Jaime Harrison absolutely destroys Lindsey Graham
Kind of gone under the radar with everything happening to Trump, but the SC debate was also held tonight. I saw a bunch of clips on Twitter from various places (including Harrison's own account) and he straight up spit fire the entire time. Graham shifts and squirms the entire time like a cornered kitten lol. Look up the debate or Harrison's name or Lindsey's name on Twitter for reactions. Even saw some former GOP members say Harrison had it in the bag. I suspect he'll pull even further ahead of Graham in the polls now. Some examples below:
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Thread The White House has released these photos which purport to show Donald Trump "at work" at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
This is some "leader is strong" North Korea style shit lol.
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Thread Anthem Update (Blog) - Loot & Equipment Goals
Anthem's combat is honestly probably my favorite among 'looter shooters' that I've played, still lots to be desired in other areas. But there's some pretty good stuff in that blog post, sounds promising. If they can relaunch it with those kinds of systems in place and it works well, I might jump back in next gen.
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Thread Anybody else surprised that they are legitimately thinking of buying a Xbox Series X/S BEFORE a PS5?
I've owned every Xbox since the original and have a Series X pre-ordered but can't say it has taken precedent over a PS5 for me. I love Halo, Gears, and all of Bethesda's stuff but Sony's first party IPs still trump anything else to me. And I'm anticipating all next-gen games to be $70 anyway, it's not a "Sony thing".
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Thread According to 538's Current Election Forecast As of Sept 28th, If Trump Loses PA. His Chances of Winning are essentially over.
I will never understand why this country doesn't just go with the popular vote and call it a day. Everybody's vote is equal.
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Thread According to 538's Current Election Forecast As of Sept 28th, If Trump Loses PA. His Chances of Winning are essentially over.
Unfortunately yes. How anyone can be 'undecided' at this point is mind boggling but it is what it is. There's also a couple third party candidates apparently. I recently saw the name "Jorgensen" on sample ballots. Whoever the hell that is, I have no idea lol.
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Thread It’s been three years since I graduated from university and I’m still having dreams about missing exams and courseworks
I don't know about the rest of the replies in here but I graduated 4 years ago and never think twice about it now. I don't even remember what it's like to study for a test, I was so over that shit lol.
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Thread Pennsylvania poll: Joe Biden leads Trump by almost 10 points thanks to big boost from women
Is there? I didn't know. Pennsylvania's an important swing state so I thought it might have deserved its own thread. Mods can feel free to merge it with another thread or whatever is best.
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Thread According to 538's Current Election Forecast As of Sept 28th, If Trump Loses PA. His Chances of Winning are essentially over.
Not everyone wears their politics on their shoulder lol. Ignore the yard signs. By that measure you'd think Trump is enormously popular if you watched his rallies.
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Thread CivicScience(US based survey): Intent to buy new PlayStation and Xbox Consoles is neck-and-neck this Holiday season(58% PS5/42% XSX); And other stuff
Both are going to sell out and be great machines, but I think we have very different definitions of "neck and neck" lol.
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Thread The Rock works the jabroni marks into a shoot by putting over Joe Biden while cutting a promo
This doesn't hurt anyone, only helps whatever number of people who might be swayed to hopefully vote for Biden. This election can't be a "well, they could do better", it's life or death for this country. Whatever it fucking takes
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Thread Over 860,000 Americans Have Already Voted, Compared to Fewer Than 10,000 by This Point in 2016
I read that they're going out here in Florida but we haven't got ours yet. I requested mine back in June. When I go to track my ballot it just shows up as "requested" for now. Getting worried :( I'm in Seminole County.
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Thread First time Super Mario Galaxy player - how is a game this good?
I rarely make threads but I picked up Super Mario 3D All Stars for my Switch last week and started Galaxy yesterday for the first time. I never got around to getting a Wii so this is my first experience with it, just what the hell is this? It's good. I've always liked PlayStation and Xbox outputs more personally speaking, but I still enjoy Zelda and Mario to different degrees. This is just sublime. Everything from the buttery smooth controls, to the solid 60 frames to the art direction, the fantastic musical score, the feedback both visually and audio wise when hitting enemies, gathering stars, or engaging in any action at all, the variety and unique design of every damn planet. It's magical. I've played a lot of 3D Marios over the years. And I loved Odyssey...but this, this is hitting different. Era, ya'll never told me how good this was. (<<<
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Thread 6 months into this pandemic, how are you holding up?
Struggling mentally and emotionally. Working from home now, just had a third baby back in May, our oldest started first grade last month and is practically depressed staying home and having to learn on a computer from his mom. The middle one runs around and needs attention, the newborn needs constant attention, it's difficult to work and concentrate and we do our best to stay level headed. I haven't gone to the gym since March and I used to go almost every day. It was a big stress reliever. We haven't gone to a restaurant since then either. It's a nightmare for the most part. Just trying to keep it together.
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Thread (VentureBeat) Mass Effect: Legendary Edition reveal and release delayed to early 2021; Main reason is to make improvements in ME1; Won't have ME3 MP
The collection was leaked and thus everyone's getting impatient and antsy, but none of this is on EA or BioWare or anyone else working on the game. They'll show it when they're ready, not because of pressure from leaks.
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Thread "We'll have to see what happens," President Trump says when asked if he'll commit to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose in November.
Why not? He says all kinds of shit and nothing happens to him.
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Thread "We'll have to see what happens," President Trump says when asked if he'll commit to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose in November.
He already said the only way he loses is if the election's 'rigged'. He will contest the results no matter what happens.
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Thread PlayStation Studios |OT14| Let's be honest: |OT13| could have been a lot smoother
The first 12 months are just more solidified, and that's relatively speaking (COVID). But they're not sitting around the offices staring at walls all day lol. They'll do everything in their power to continue the course and will adapt like always, don't worry.
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Thread Eurogamer.de: Assassin's Creed Valhalla will also be in 4K60FPS on PS5
Perhaps the PS5 and Series X versions aren't running at 'ultra' PC settings in order to hit 4K. The article seems to indicate Ubisoft clarifies it's actual 4K:. "By which they mean true 4k resolution, as they stressed, which should be expected." In any case, AC Origins and Odyssey are 2-3 years old now. Would make sense they probably optimized the engine since then?
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Thread XBOX Game Studios vs. PlayStation Studios - Whose output and potential output excites you more?
I'm anticipating Sony first party studio output more than anything this gen with stuff from Naughty Dog, Sony Santa Monica, Guerrilla, Insomniac, Sucker Punch, Japan Studio and Bend. But that's not to say I'm not absolutely stoked for Xbox too. I adore The Elder Scrolls, Doom, Fallout, Gears, Halo and anything Arkane makes. Throw in Fable and Avowed...we've got a mighty fine stew going. I'm picking up a PS5 and Series X anyway so I'm good either way.
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Thread With these talks of acquisitions, is it possibly for a big Japanese Publisher(Square, Bamco, Capcom, Sega, etc) to be bought?
With this kind of logic they'd buy up every third party available. That's not how corporations look at mergers and acquisitions. What would be worth a certain price tag to Sony or Amazon or Tencent or whoever might be different to the value Microsoft places on it.
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Thread Console gamers: Why don’t you game on PC?
A mix of 2 and 3. I have a fairly capable rig (7700K, RTX 2070, 16GB RAM, SSDs) and I've played a decent amount on it, but after encountering issues with a game every so often like Control recently not loading textures properly, Greedfall hiccuping, and a few other games giving me problems embarking on a wild goose choose to track down answers, I just said screw it. My time to play is limited as it is, I don't have the time or patience to look up if drivers are the issue or going into game files to check things or troubleshooting this and that. So I just stick to consoles. Put a game in, install, boom I'm playing. That and honestly consoles already put out some damn good looking stuff, especially with next gen coming up. I'm more than satisfied with the visuals I get. I mostly stick to RTS games on my PC now.
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Thread Do you think Microsoft has done enough so far to win back some of the Xbox 360 fans they lost this gen?
Not really. I had both a 360 and PS3 last gen but would definitely say the 360 was my main console that time. It flipped pretty handily this gen, and while I'm still getting a Series X day one, with not even Halo at launch...the PS5 will likely get the bulk of my time again due to incredible first party output and exclusive deals.
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Thread Trump supporters come out and block early voting site in Virginia
Saw the other early voting Virginia thread and thought this deserved its own thread. Guess it was a matter of time. Trump's drones are coming out and actually blocking voting sites. To be clear: Where are the cops? Who knows.
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Thread So what's your switch's gaming role?
Just an exclusives machine for me. And that's being generous. Games rarely drop in price so I rarely get any. I've had mine since launch and still only have: Breath of the Wild Luigi's Mansion 3 Super Mario Odyssey Pokemon Sword Link's Awakening Everything else is on other stuff. No real chance I'd get third parties on it that pale in comparison visually.
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Thread What is Destruction AllStars? We're supposed to pre-order this without any real understanding of the gameplay?
This is Lucid's game that we are supporting, so ultimately it's in theirs and Sony's hands. All I can say is there will be plenty of details coming between now and launch, don't worry. I know launch is pretty dang soon, so just hold tight
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Thread It's rather disappointing we still haven't seen true next gen graphics
Personally stuff like Ratchet & Clank & Demon's Souls look stunning to me, but fair play if they don't to others. Regardless, it usually takes a bit for stuff to have that wow factor. Compare The Last of Us: Part II or RDR2 to 2013 games. It's night and day. There's going to be stuff next generation that blow this gen away, slowly but surely.
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Thread Demon's Souls Remake - New Gameplay | PS5
Isn't that just the tutorial area? I haven't played Demon's Souls myself but I did beat Bloodborne and played some of Dark Souls 3 and recall the first several enemies going down in one or two hits max in the opening areas. Unless I'm remembering them wrong.
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Thread Sony Japan: Astro's Playroom, Demon's Souls, Destruction AllStars, Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Sackboy A Big Adventure are PS5 launch titles
It's all good. Plenty of time between now and November 12th.
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Thread Jim Ryan: "The PS4 community will continue to be incredibly important to us for three or four years"
Are people taking the piss in here or what lol? Just like the PS2 and PS3 were supported for years post new gen launch, the same will happen with PS4. He's not saying everything from Worldwide Studios will be cross gen for 3-4 years.
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Thread Xbox Series X/S Pre-orders go live on 9/22, at least at Gamestop - Up to $200 for trade-ins towards preorder
You can take measures against that. I never allow anyone with 0 feedback to bid on my items. You can also check options that only members with registered US addresses can bid, etc to minimize the chances of trouble. I've gotten scammers before but that's before I started doing all of that. Its served me well since.
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Thread The Xbox Series X releases in two months, and we have yet to see any new games running on the actual console
I'm not sure I'd put them in the same ballpark to be honest. Sony's shown Ratchet & Clank in depth, the Gran Turismo 7 video was straight up gameplay, and all the in-engine and in-game trailers (which included gameplay sequences) at the June showcase were all captured on a PS5 except for GTAV, including third party stuff. Even the COD footage we've been seeing is all PS5. I'm not trying to come off like a fanboy because I'm definitely not lol, but just making an observation.
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Thread Have any of y’all gone to the dentist since the pandemic began?
Nope. My last cleaning was just before March too but I'm not going back until things have really settled down and actual vaccines are available. Just keeping my teeth as clean as possible, thankfully don't have any issues that need taking care of.
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Thread CNN: We need to prepare for this 'deeply worrying' scenario on Election Night
Have you seen the kind of shit he's pulled these past 4 years? He practically owns the DOJ. He's ripping apart the post office. States can count everything and declare the real winner but he's in his own reality. That shit doesn't matter to him, he'll just call it rigged. And once that happens, you know he'll tell his cretins to take to the streets. It's so obvious you can see it a mile away.
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Thread CNN: We need to prepare for this 'deeply worrying' scenario on Election Night
I don't see how it's "fear mongering", that just sounds like a convenient way to dismiss a very plausible scenario. Trump consistently tries to sow doubt in the confidence of our elections I have no doubt he's going to pull some fuckery when it counts start showing him losing and telling his supporters to take to the streets and shit. Come on.The scenario is extremely plausible. Unless you think election night will go down without a hitch and Trump will go quietly into the night.
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Thread CNN: School closings linked to increase in depression and suicide (China) , study finds
I can imagine. We've been homeschooling our son since the outbreak spread here in Florida in March and it's like pulling teeth. He's absolutely miserable and dreads anything to do with school now. Granted he's only in first grade but I'm sure older students might have it even worse.
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Thread Xbox Series S Won’t Apply Xbox One X BC Enhancements, Microsoft Confirms
I think some people might have assumed since the Series S is more powerful than an X1X, it'll run and display games equal to or better than the X1X. It's targeting 1440p for next-gen games but older XB1 games that run at 4K on the X1X could do the same on the Series S given its hardware, but I imagine the RAM is probably the likely culprit there.
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Thread Dr. Fauci: May be at least a year before life in the US returns to pre Covid-19 normal
Lol, it's going to be a little while but no, it won't be like this forever. You think a decade from now absolutely nothing will have changed? People will get vaccinated and vaccines will adapt and improve and scientists will continue to learn and have a better understanding of it.
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Thread Woodward book: Trump says he knew coronavirus was ‘deadly’ and worse than the flu while intentionally misleading public (Trump to speak at 2 pm EST)
We don't know what sort of agreements or contracts were made to when these interviews could be made public. Kind of feels like people are jumping to conclusions that they were held back intentionally. It's a catastrophe on the administration's part and a stain on the country that we've lost so many now. At the same time this sort of information wouldn't have moved the needle or had as much of an effect if it was released months ago. We some 50 odd days away from the election where the public is hyper aware and attuned to news. This is when this shit hurts. I'm saddened for how many we've lost and yet acknowledge this will stick stronger at this point in time. Whatever it takes to get this motherfucker out before he destroys us all.
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Thread I think that this coming gen is gonna be the last gen with physical games on Xbox and PlayStation
I don't have any crystal ball but I wouldn't think so. Physical retail is still a hefty chunk of sales and I'm not sure the internet infrastructure in a lot of nations is ready for huge digital downloads, even next gen.
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Thread Woodward book: Trump says he knew coronavirus was ‘deadly’ and worse than the flu while intentionally misleading public (Trump to speak at 2 pm EST)
Biden is going to be all over this. Easy fucking ammo.
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Thread Vizio Reveals OLED Pricing ($1999 65", $1299 55"). Supports HDMI 2.1, VRR, 4K/120hz. Releasing this Fall.
I'm fine with my KS8000 this year but next holiday looks like a mighty fine time to upgrade. Hoping to find sub-$1K 60" sets next year.
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Thread Worrying Signs' of Falling Trust in Coronavirus Vaccines, as 79 Percent Would Not Get Shot Right Away
I'm 100% all for vaccines but yeah, there's no way I'm getting one rushed out by the orange shitstain occupying the White House at the moment.
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Thread What do you expect from Cyberpunk 2077's gunplay?
I don't think it'll handle as buttery smooth as something like COD or Titanfall or anything, it's such a massive game with so many intertwining systems that focus probably went to a lot of other things. At the same time it's been in development for a long time and I think they've learned a lot from other shooters on the market and upped their combat game since TW3. I think it'll be fun to play and probably won't get boring.
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Thread What is the best launch line up a console has ever had?
Probably the 360, for me at least. Kameo: Elements of Power Perfect Dark Zero Condemned: Criminal Origins NFS: Most Wanted Call of Duty 2 Quake 4 Project Gotham Racing 3 Damn good gaming right there. I was in HD heaven. Heck even that King Kong game was pretty damn cool.
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Thread The Pentagon has ordered Stars and Stripes to shutdown a newspaper that has been a lifeline and a voice for American troops since the Civil War
Sounds like someone doesn't want our troops knowing the kind of bullshit he's spewing about them back home.