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Thread Warhammer Age of Sigmar
The only thing that bothers me about the 'taur vamp is that the to half is wearing super fancy armor and the bottom half is wearing a raggedy-ass loincloth. Like she got out of bed and didn't have time to get all the way dressed. Gimme some cool armor on the giant bat monster bits and we're in business. Although, it doesn't help that the sculpt for the batmonster parts are kind of a little too humanoid? Like, it's almost standing upright, that's a weird form for a 'taur.
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Thread My Hero Academia: Season 5 |OT| BakuGOAT and His Amazing Friends
Yeah, this is a much better pace than the manga had. Horikoshi was still ill at the time, page count was low, art was relatively shaky. I actually really like this arc from an adaptation perspective tbh.
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Thread Leverage: Redemption - Official Teaser
Loving all the Burn Notice love in here. Just go back to Blue Sky TV, honestly. Viva la Psych!Maybe. It's a fun, kinda quirky procedural show; it gets serious and emotional when it needs to, but that's not really the point. If you're looking for prestige television, this ain't it.
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Thread My Hero Academia: Season 5 |OT| BakuGOAT and His Amazing Friends
Momo tried so damn hard but between the mushrooms and half her team being deadweight, it just wasn't enough. Tho tbh if mushroom girl was fully serious right from the start Team Kendo probably could've won from the word jump. Lung mushrooms for everybody!!!
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Thread One Piece |OTX| X Marks the Spot
Not long. I wanna say a dozen or so chapters? Maybe less. It starts off... very weird and not good, but it tamps down on the bad stuff and starts introducing the worldbuilding after that and then it's all good. And yeah, godlike is probably the term I'd use for it. It's somehow dramatically unlike most other sports series despite being the direct progenitor of at least half of them. There are maybe other series I like more, like Eyeshield 21, but if I'm trying to be totally unbiased and objective, Slam Dunk is just better. Oh, and if you're looking for recs, check out Radiant, if you haven't already.
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Thread COMICS!!! |OT| April 2021 | Diamond is Breakable!
For me, the big one will always be Full Metal Alchemist. Because even when a studio gets to go back and give it a second shot, it's inferior to the original. You've gotta go all out or have a pretty sketchy looking source material (or both, like Demon Slayer or to a lesser extent JJK) to pass it.
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Thread My Hero Academia: Season 5 |OT| BakuGOAT and His Amazing Friends
Which would be a problem if they were making a paint or describing the color of a product, but I don't think the trademark applies to the term when used as the name of a fictional superhero, lol. I suppose it's better safe than sorry, but it's a little eye-rolling when you can hear the man say Vantablack.
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Thread Hubert von Vestra is the best 'dark mage advisor' character in any RPG that I've played.(FE: Three Houses Spoilers)
Hubert was fantastic, yes. Menacing, profoundly loyal, extremely funny when he wants to be. I refuse to acknowledge the jobber characterization, as that would mean recognizing the existence of routes other than Crimson Flower.
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Thread My Hero Academia: Season 5 |OT| BakuGOAT and His Amazing Friends
This was . Arc feels like it's getting elevated a lot by the adaptation in terms of direction and audio choices - they're playing class B like villains here with the soundtrack and it's working for me.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
Some sort of rivalry between black-and-white animals, I guess. God, the "good pitch" moment destroyed me. Todo's note was incredible too.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
I get that Gojo's power level creates a storytelling cost, but the characters having reactions like this are well worth it, IMO
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
Well, the show's already made a point of saying that in spite of Gojo's power, there's still things he can't do. He can't be in multiple places at once - if somebody suckerpunches the students when he's not there, there's not much he can do. That's sort of the whole point of the prison arc - Gojo would've absolutely rolled that curse, but the students got sent in by themselves and Yuji fuckin' died. And even if he is there, not all problems can be punched to death. He wants to shake up the Shaman status quo, but can't. So there's still stories to be told there. And again, what you're buying with these kinds of limitations are some SUPER cool moments and worldbuilding.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
They are basically themed ultimate attacks, in a way. All the coolest bankais had some environmental element, too.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
lmao for real If Gojo hadn't shown up this whole discussion would've been about how Todo carried that fight like a pro and instead Gojo just steps on his moment.
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Thread Age of Empires 4 coming Fall 2021
Yeah, AoE really set itself apart from the others by having stuff like extra resource requirements (4 to SC's 2), walls, towers, keeps, etc etc. You could build a fortress, not just a production facility for your armies. Very glad that they seem to be sticking with that here. And I gotta say, I'm a little surprised to see all the complaints about the graphics in other threads; it looks great to me. Clean, very readable, but lots of nice little details. It's a smidge cartoony, but that's a stylistic decision, and a smart one, IMO. Maybe animations could stand to be more fluid, but c'est la vie.
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Thread Age of Empires 4 coming Fall 2021
DoW is sort of an interesting example of this exactly - DoW1 was a totally different game than DoW2, and in DoW3 they pulled out the RP mechanics from 2 in favor of slightly higher unit counts and really big units, and it just wasn't enough to make it interesting.
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Thread My Hero Academia: Season 5 |OT| BakuGOAT and His Amazing Friends
The thing is, if you look at a lot of JJK's smaller-but-still-great moments, they're actually really cleverly constructed to save on detail while still being really expressive. Yuji fighting those three transformed humans on the roof of the school is an example that'll always stick with me, because it was just so , but they did it by pulling the camera way, way out so the actual forms are super low-detail and easier to animate. That's a direction thing. Obviously, if what it takes is poor working conditions, it's not worth it. But I think there's room to give it a poke when they're clearly not delivering.Right, this. It doesn't have to be All Sakuga All The Time, but there's really not a lot of effort being made to try and get it to look interesting from a directorial perspective. And when the manga goes out of its way to have these moments of incredibly cool paneling and framing, it's just a shame to see the anime drop the ball.
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Thread Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba |Manga OT| Set Your Heart Ablaze
TBH with how incredibly popular the series is I'm still a little shocked that they're dragging their feet as much as they are. I figured with COVID and whatnot a quick move to streaming was way more likely, but I guess the huge theatrical run in japan killed that.
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Thread Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba |Manga OT| Set Your Heart Ablaze
The only arc that I would be comfortable saying is definitely the arc is the last one, because the final fight dragged on and real being real, the poison was kind of a copout. But even that has quite a few things to recommend it, like the First Moon fight, or the climax of the Muzan fight with people crashing cars into him and shit.
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Thread Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba |Manga OT| Set Your Heart Ablaze
Tanjiro is pretty great. He's simple, but supremely well executed - a kind man forced to go to extraordinary lengths. There is, of course, a lot of resemblence to other shonen protags around the edges, but that core focus on kindness really does make him feel different than most, to me at least. He's not in it for the thrill or the challenge or to fulfill a childhoood dream or what have you.
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Thread Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba |Manga OT| Set Your Heart Ablaze
I don't know that I'm ever gonna stop feeling kinda salty over how they handled Kanroji in that last arc. Had a great intro in the swordsmith's village, talked up as this superhuman, and then, push comes to shove, nada.
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Thread Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba |Manga OT| Set Your Heart Ablaze
I was allll the way on the "sequel series immediately" train, but after the ending... I'm not sure. I feel like if they were in a position to roll out something soon, the ending would've telegraphed it harder.
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Thread Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba |Manga OT| Set Your Heart Ablaze
So, finally got around to reading my SJ chapters this week, and... I didn't hate it? Like, it was a little silly, sure. I don't have any particularly strong feelings about it, I suppose. But I enjoyed the bit with Not!Tanjiro parkouring his way to school, the bit about the painter, the couple with the cafe. It was... fine.
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Thread Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba |Manga OT| Set Your Heart Ablaze
This series' success is pretty much entirely built on the anime, yeah. It wasn't blowing up the charts until Ufotable did their thing. Overall, I think that the series itself was good before that. People talk about revolutionizing the format, but tbh I've always found the value of that kind of thing to be overstated. It was effective at what it sought to do. Interesting fights, good characters, strong emotional hooks - that's all a series like this needs. Lotta people just want to seem smart by saying "oh, I know that trope, therefore it's bad," but eh, that's always been a super shallow way of consuming media anyway, IMO. But yeah, the reason why people are buying it en masse is the gorgeous, gorgeous stuff in the adaptation. S'why I'm thinking that the final chapters are going to be much, much better received by anime only crowd. To us it was weeks and weeks of whip.png, but to them it'll probably be a visual feast.
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Thread Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba |Manga OT| Set Your Heart Ablaze
This is sort of a weird thing about the setting, actually: the power creep already happened and then fell off. The Upper Moons have powers that were a lot more over the top than Muzan, who mostly got by on sheer brute strength rather than flashy techniques; newer demons seem to be much weaker than the upper moons, on a fundamental level, thus the elimination of the Lower Moons. Same thing happened on the good guys' side. The Demon Hunters predated the Breathing techniques, which peaked and then got weaker.
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Thread Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba |Manga OT| Set Your Heart Ablaze
Folks always get some recency bias going with these things. Series is only as good as what happened in the last few chapters. And I gotta admit, the Muzan fight was sort of a letdown. I still think the whole final arc is good, but this fight in particular... it's good in the abstract, enormous sacrifice bringing him down through sheer weight of effort and desperate improvisation, but the way it played out, eh.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen I Manga OT I Twenty Finger Death Punch
I mean, we know that curses under the control of Geto's cursed technique can get used by him as... well, pokemon, lol. So it's possible he comes out to fight again. But his agency as a character is dead and gone, at least until Brain goes down. At that point, we don't know what happens. Toji didn't want to kill him on the risk that his curses would start to rampage.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen I Manga OT I Twenty Finger Death Punch
This is something that's always gratifying to see subverted. JJK already had it built in, a bit - special grade is sort of a catch-all for "anything outside of expectations." That's why the finger curses and Hanami/Jogo tier curses were in the same "grade" despite being wildly inferior. Radiant is a little bit like that, but moreso because of the way that the setting's structured. People barely understand how magic work, and any attempt to grade it would fall apart immediately, so in any given matchup you're never sure what to expect.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen I Manga OT I Twenty Finger Death Punch
Reread to double check, but they don't say that that guy they meet at the end is Tensen, and I don't think it is. I'm betting on an attendant of some kind.Maaaan, imagine JJK with the kind of style Horikoshi busts out for those horror-esque Shiggy scenes. I like the art we've got, but damn.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen I Manga OT I Twenty Finger Death Punch
Oooooh, yes. Gojo got the same kind of upgrade, and good point on the link between Nobara's powers and Mahito's. I doubt she could go full Idle Transfiguration, but something to do with the shape and connection between souls would be very cool.Sukuna's probably long-term villain, but I'd expect the culling game to fill up the ranks of the Mahito-tier baddies for the next while.I don't think they're in that much danger as long as they're playing along with the Culling Game. After all, the whole point is to have people go wild.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen I Manga OT I Twenty Finger Death Punch
So, rereading Volume 0, I do think they're going to make some changes in the movie to bring it a little more neatly into alignment with the rest of the series. Visual changes, of course - I would expect Gojo to have his blindfold, Yuta to have his haircut, if not the giant bags under his eyes, that kind of thing. But there's some story, setting, and power level tweaks to be made as well. Maki isn't shown to be as superhuman as she is normally, and Gojo doesn't seem to have the kind of setting-warping effect he has in the series proper. Whole bunch of people seem not to recognize him or know what they're getting into. And I'd expect them to compress the front half and expand on the 4th part so they can show off more of the Parade, get a glimpse at Todo, the third (then second) years, etc etc.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen I Manga OT I Twenty Finger Death Punch
Hey, now, let's not pretend like that's nothing. Mahito came out of that encounter rating her nearly as dangerous as Yuji - if she hadn't gotten suckerpunched in the followup, shit would've gone very differently.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen I Manga OT I Twenty Finger Death Punch
So, focusing on the rules for the battle royale - this is an extremely cool bit of setup. I assume curses are going to be worth some number of points themselves, thus providing a way for heroes to put points on the board without uhhhh committing atrocities, but the potential to exchange points for rules is fascinating. And the thing about needing to change your point total every so often is a good way of keeping people involved. Bet we're going to get somebody who deliberately decides not to participate and opts for curse removal and that's how we find out that power removal is lethal.Maybe. I just feel like Brain would've laid it out for him if that was the case, really stick in the knife, just to be a dick if for no other reason.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen I Manga OT I Twenty Finger Death Punch
This made me go back and reread that arc. Man, Nobara is an actual psycho in the best possible way. Couple of things that stuck out to me rereading Shibuya: - Whatever happened to Choso (I still think Gege is full of it about it being unrelated to Todo), it wasn't Sukuna. There's a glance at the man inside looking out and being all annoyed with Yuji, then acting confused right as Choso starts reacting to his imaginary memory. And no matter the truth of his relationship with Yuji, it fake. Brother or not, they weren't having tea parties. - Sukuna's fingers are all slightly different from one another. When Jogo unrolls his collection before he feeds them to Yuji, the bases of the fingers have different features. One has plants growing off it, another has crystals forming, a third has tentacles, and then there's a bunch more I had trouble identifying. I think that maybe each one corresponds to a different technique, and that's how Sukuna can do so much stuff. - Man, Mahito really is a next-level bastard. I'd forgotten about the hand puppet. - After Todo shows up, he begins stripping for reasons that are not entirely clear to me. Tosses off the jacket and literally rips his shirt in half. Wasn't damaged or anything. - I could probably write an essay on how this series handles sexuality compared to something like Bleach. When your "pose for fanservice" female character is wearing a... well, I don't know what it is, but it covers her from the top of her neck right down to her ankles, it hits different than when you've got women with ta-tas the size of her head covered mostly with the power of positive thinking. There's ways to do "sexy" designs that aren't just gross otaku bait. (And of course giving them character and agency and personality goes a long ways, but at the end of the day a bad design is a bad design) - I say that, and then the character in question is apparently naked in bed with her much younger brother. Oy vey. Forgot about that. - How big is Choso? He's sitting down and clutching his knees and the man is nearly as tall as the doorway. Or is this some tiny door for some reason? I have so many questions. Can he grow and shrink at will? Does Japan have tiny cubbyhole doors for maintainence robots to come out of, or are workers supposed to crawl? - We were talking about Miwa's hair: I think it's naturally blue, or at least, not naturally black, and I don't quite see why she'd dye her hair blue if her mother dying her hair black was a sticking point in her past. - Given that China is also highlighted in the "US and middle east will object to your plan" panel but goes unmentioned, I think that it might just be a bad translation. Maybe that'll get cleared up in the volume.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen I Manga OT I Twenty Finger Death Punch
I think that the thing about Choso and the brothers is that they're not spirits. They're sort of hybrids, the products of Brain's experimentation. I think that when they were running from Yuji and Nobara the truck driver could see them, too.
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Thread Xbox Game Studios & Bethesda |OTXIII| Todd Howard & The Temple of Doom
To me, the terrible basic gameplay of both prevents them from really being good sandboxes. They're not even that sandboxy, really, there's just a metric ton of quests and stuff to do. They're very, very dense themeparks. There's none of the systems creating emergent gameplay I associate with sandboxes.
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Thread Xbox Game Studios & Bethesda |OTXIII| Todd Howard & The Temple of Doom
I feel like "sandbox survival sim" and "strong storyline" are kind of... maybe not mutually exclusive but at odds with each other, at the very least. If you want to give your players total freedom to wander around and get wrapped up in the systems, you can't really engage in the kinds of timing decisions strong conventional storytelling requires. Best you could do is a Dark Souls sorta environmental storytelling deal. Honestly, thus far I have really no idea what the gameplay could even be like, going off the trailers. The very pointed lack of combat has me scratching my head a little.
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Thread Outriders |OT| Hold Me Closer, Technomancer
It's strong though, offensively and defensively. Can pop it when you're about to go down and get time to pick somebody off, or jump into the middle of a group and use it to effortlessly lay waste. It's also fantastic anti-boss CC since it makes kiting and avoiding melee reprisals dead easy.
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Thread My Hero Academia: Season 5 |OT| BakuGOAT and His Amazing Friends
MHA's animation is really holding it back compared to some of its big-name shonen peers lately, yeah. JJK and Demon Slayer stick out as just being so much looking. Art, framing, animation, whole 9 yards. It really is a shame, because I think that in the source material, MHA is easily one of (if not ) best looking books in Jump. It's just not getting the adaptation quality it deserves.
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Thread My Hero Academia: Season 5 |OT| BakuGOAT and His Amazing Friends
Almost got it to work, but about 3/4 of the way through Funi crapped out on me. Whyyyyy I do like what they're doing here, though. Feels like they're still basically doing wrapup on season 4 stuff that they couldn't fit, but it's all solid material. Todoroki family drama is always entertaining, Hawks opens up a fresh angle in the series, and even if I don't love the animation in the vestiges part, AfO's theme does a lot of work. Also, MIRKO
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Thread Monster Hunter Rise |OT| The bug is a feature
Working my way into it bit by bit. The opening cutscene/discussion with the town elder was... very weird. Did it change a lot in localization or something? Because that moment where he just starts cackling for no visible reason read really damn oddly to me.
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Thread Evil Genius 2 |OT| Subtitle blown up by do-gooders; please stand by
Iiiiinteresting. I wonder if they're all like that; there's a lot of traits that seem... well, useless, at first blush. Or at least difficult to take advantage of; since you can't direct specific minions to perform specific tasks or even direct them to receive specific trainings when slots open up. I know I had one minion who "dreamed of being a Genius," which would be fascinating.
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Thread COMICS!!! |OT| April 2021 | Diamond is Breakable!
That just sticks in the knife, honestly, lol. This thing is borne of some real toxic shit. They didn't want to make it, and the fact that it is, relatively speaking, well liked - well, that's its own set of problems. They're not going to "restore the snyderverse," and it's not like that many people actually the thing, in the grand scheme of things. I just don't think that it plays into the cancellation at all, compared to the fact that it got greenlit years ago and production has apparently been stalled ever since. Which fucking BLOWS but there you go.
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Thread COMICS!!! |OT| April 2021 | Diamond is Breakable!
I doubt it. WB hates hates hates the Snyder Cut and everything involved with it at this point. Probably just another symptom of the dysfunction over there, the movie had languished for years after being greenlit with no signs of ramping up production.
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Thread Outriders |OT| Hold Me Closer, Technomancer
Ughhh I love this Trickster build but I'm running into issues with high-damage enemies that I can't burst down. It also has a LOT of CC, which is great against mooks, but kind of fucks me over against Captains since it apparently triggers their Interrupt-immunity.100%
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Thread Outriders |OT| Hold Me Closer, Technomancer
There's a talent that ups the % chance of any drop to be a shotty that I'm quite fond of. Does extra damage, too.Same, but with a submachine gun. You need something with a little more range, just in case. And like you said, you have little shotty ammo.
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Thread Outriders |OT| Hold Me Closer, Technomancer
Man, the native wildlife you encounter in the second area is SO MUCH easier to fight than the Insurgents. It's ridiculous. Your average encounter vs. humans will take me a try or two to figure out, but I haven't gone down to the wildlife once.
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Thread Outriders |OT| Hold Me Closer, Technomancer
Servers seem more stable now than they were earlier, or at least, I'm not having nearly as many issues as I was. At some point around world tier 5 the enemies turn into glass cannons and man, I am for that. So much better than the damage sponges you get in a lot of other ARPGs. Still a lot of tiers to go ofc but I'm really enjoying this. Trickster especially with the shotty focus and the shields is just constantly run-and-gun-and-tp or else you fuckin' explode.
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Thread Evil Genius 2 |OT| Subtitle blown up by do-gooders; please stand by
This is basically where I'm at - that and the new minion tree. Is it a flavor downgrade? Sure. But this is a lot more sensible and expandable. Lets 'em have a lot more research and more variations on minion progression. In this one, for example, technicians don't train into Scientists - before, all minion classes followed identical progression patterns to fit in. Here, there's more variety, and potentially, more minion types post-release without breaking the interface, lol.I'm still chewing my way through the tutorial (VERY long, feels like you're basically on rails for a while) but I think it's a winner, a few quibbles like the above aside
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Thread Evil Genius 2 |OT| Subtitle blown up by do-gooders; please stand by
In the before thread, the question of new Masterminds came up... if I had to guess, they'd either go for mixtures of the existing ones with new flavor, or add them as part of an expac that introduces new mechanics for them to specialize in. Or maybe focus on the world map, somehow?
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Thread Evil Genius 2 |OT| Subtitle blown up by do-gooders; please stand by
Alright, I'm pretty sleep dep'd today, so I'm not 100% sure, but it seems very nifty. Almost all the old stuff is there, but with better presentation. I will say that I sort of miss the old way that research worked - it was kinda unintuitive at times, but having your minions wander around your base and analyze stuff for inspiration was fun. A tech tree is a lot more sensible, admittedly, but still.
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Thread Evil Genius 2 |OT| Subtitle blown up by do-gooders; please stand by
Ooh, I like this. The casino felt kinda... vestigial in the original; remains to be seen if it's worth putting time and energy in here. Having a Mastermind who specializes in it could give it what it needs.Also a dope idea.
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Thread Turn-based tactical RPG Lost Eidolons announced for PC + Consoles (looks like FE: 3H by way of FFXVI)
I actually really prefer more restrained character designs, but these feel like they might be a little plain. Otherwise seems very cool.
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Thread My Hero Academia: Season 5 |OT| BakuGOAT and His Amazing Friends
mmm, but imagine if they had the time and money for more elaborate displays. Could've done a lot more with the spiral blasts and whatnot. It is what it is. I know Bones is capable, not sure why that's relevant, but they weren't gonna go all out for a silly filler/recap ep.
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Thread My Hero Academia: Season 5 |OT| BakuGOAT and His Amazing Friends
Ep was fine. Could've been genuinely cool with some better animation, but given the limitations they were obviously operating under, not gonna hold it against 'em. All eyes on next week.All we know so far is "some time later." Smart money's on a week+ delay, unfortunately :-/
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Thread One Piece |OTX| X Marks the Spot
It's HxH. Most Sorcerers (though not all) have an innate Technique that operates under very particular rules. They can get more power by deliberately introducing restrictions or disadvantages, like explaining how their power works, or only having it at full strength after a certain time.
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Thread Magic: the Gathering |OT| Strixhaven: School of Mages - Tuition is free, the cards are not
I adore the flavor on this set. The mystical archive is especially brilliant - having mechanics that're otherwise not in the set is a great touch, really sells it as secret knowledge.Not as much token support in the rest of the deck, I guess. Damn, but that's a good card, though.
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Thread Batwoman's Future Costume Highlights Flaws in Female Character Design
Yeah, it's just... profoundly dumb. The skintight bottom and boob-plate top. Hopefully we're not far off from the next redesign. Mann's art is pretty good but I really don't like his character designs.
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Thread [Vox] The rise of anti-trans “radical” feminists, explained
The degree to which transphobic jackasses have so totally taken over the discourse in the UK is heartbreaking - and honestly, kind of brain-melting. Feminism has all kinds of things to say about bodily autonomy and disrupting gender roles, but somehow, these... let's go with "people" can't quite make the leap to the idea that trans people have just as much right to that autonomy, and that those same gender roles that still hold back cis women are weaponized even more egregiously against trans people. In the US, it's mostly conservatives, which is what you'd expect. Makes it even thinner and easier to spot - people on Fox talking about women's sports like they weren't just mocking the WNBA and the women's national soccer team. But in the UK it genuinely is nondenominational. These people twisting themselves into pretzels to justify caring about some women and not others. Profoundly fucked up. I'd echo the sentiment that I hate the label. Radical feminist invokes the image of feminism, but moreso. These people are Less clever, less empathetic.
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Thread This Is Outriders 101 trailer
The story is so over-the-top grimdark as to enter unintentional parody territory - that mission where you're rescuing the lieutenant sticks out as one that made me go "you can't possibly be serious" at how it ended - but the gameplay, especially for Trickster, was so damn good. And hey, it's Gamepass, and crossplay, so I'm there day 1.
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Thread Just finished both Berserk 1997 and the movie trilogy... Is 2016 really that bad?
Given the number of people recommending the source material without addressing the thrust of the OP's issue, and the nature that issue, a tap on the shoulder was thought to be necessary. And then there's the one poster talking it up as the best part.
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Thread Civilization VI: Gathering Storm |OT| Era Delenda Est
There's so much going on here. A unique improvement that has to be built in on a foreign naval tile next to a luxury or bonus resources, free trade routes and a ton of benefits to using them - but only to foreign coastal or harbor cities. Feels extremely map dependent.
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Thread What defines a Genre — aka. Is Dark Souls an JRPG?
Way I see it, all genres are defined by having some collection of tropes that distinguishes them from other genres - as in, tropes they have, that the other genres do not. Otherwise, they wouldn't be a genre in the first place. This can be things like character design or personality, dialogue styles, storytelling devices, and a million other things. If a work possess a critical mass of those tropes, then it counts. Genres can then be divided into subgenres by further setting up exclusionary groups of tropes. Dark Souls, I would argue, is very much its own animal. I don't think I'd call it a JRPG in any sense except the strictly literal - it's an RPG, and it was developed in Japan. But its DNA isn't much like its nominal compatriots in the genre.
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Thread Background characters in Star Wars films that are important people
This is unironically one of my favorite things about Star Wars. It's so dumb, and yet, so incredibly distinctive. Lots of properties toss a ton of unnecessary detail onto already reasonably important characters, like how every normal friend's dad is a supervillain in cape comics, given enough time. Star Wars takes it to just this whole other level that I find I really enjoy for some reason.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen I Manga OT I Twenty Finger Death Punch
It's all paid for from interest on Tensen's account. Dude's immortal, that's a lotta time to accrue interest. (Yes, I know that the concept probably wasn't in Japan far enough back for it to amount to a meaningful amount of money, it's a joke) More seriously... there's a lot of old-money families associated with JJK. Maybe it's just all through alumni donations and shit. E: Goddamn, those changes. COWARDS
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen I Manga OT I Twenty Finger Death Punch
There might be some missing nuance, but tbh it all lines up too well with the way shonen authors handle women generally, lol. Like, I love JJK's female cast, but take a look at those power rankings and there's a pretty notable gender gap. There's always gonna be something.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen I Manga OT I Twenty Finger Death Punch
See this is a bit of a mixed bag for me, because while I enjoyed the goodwill event and Yuji's early death was a great moment, I really really really REALLY want more shonen series that are NOT in a school setting. Really really. So I think that while their advice may or may not have helped overall, if the original plan was to set it in a school, I at least want to see the version of this that doesn't have that level of editorial oversight.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen I Manga OT I Twenty Finger Death Punch
I'd also favor them not being teenagers! They can do that. They have the powahhhhh. Nothing stopping it from being Jujutsu College with 19+ characters if you really must set it in a school. And yes, the school setting here is mostly decorative, but "fortunately they don't actually use the storytelling device they've set up" isn't much of an endorsement of that storytelling device, lol.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen I Manga OT I Twenty Finger Death Punch
Oh, sure. In this specific case I agree, it being highschool set barely comes up so it doesn't annoy me at all. Just peaking generally. And it'd be SO EASY to change it to Jujutsu U. Age everyone up like 2-3 years. Yuji's just graduated, last day of school, considering a bunch of crazy sports scholarship offers, hanging out with his clubmates one last time. Then everything else proceeds as before.
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Thread Warhammer Age of Sigmar
Hm, will have to check that out. My group actually ran a Warhammer Fantasy campaign in 5e for ages, but then the GM got really into Scion 2.0 and decided they burned out on 5e to the point that they didn't want to run it any more. If there's a way to translate that system to the Old World, maybe we can get it going again. I miss my crappy elf. Sorry, aelf.
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Thread Television shows you feel reasonably confident will never be "revived"
FarScape I adore it but between the puppets and the BDSM stylings there's no way it gets brought back today. E: Hah, just saw that on the first page. Teach me to respond to the OP.
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Thread COMICS!!! |OT| March 2021 | This seems like a colossal waste of time, money, and space.
See, I really like the more reserved designs of the protagonists. I think a lot of series trip into making their cast look kinda clownish - just too much stuff going on. Not always debilitatingly so, but to their detriment, at least. Nobara in particular looks just excellent to me. Mostly, what I like about it is some really good character writing. They feel more like actual people to me than most shonen protags, who tend to be defined by a single overwhelming character trait. In a sense, much like the outfits, they characterizations are also more reserved, which I enjoy. Other than Gojo, who is wildly over the top in more ways than one.
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Thread COMICS!!! |OT| March 2021 | This seems like a colossal waste of time, money, and space.
JJK pops off really hard later on, IMO. There's an arc that takes up basically the entire back half of the current run that has some REALLY strong stuff in it.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
There's some vibes to him where he could really easily turn baddie. There's that stuff about him putting together allies to overthrow the existing power structures - it's not impossible.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
We don't really have a good index for how strong he is, I think. He's expended roughly the same amount of effort in every fight so far - minimal, in all of them. Even Mahito would be a non-fight, I think. There just isn't anybody around who can touch him.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
It's because my boy's shiny~~ Agreed on wanting more slice-of-life stuff with the cast. The characters feel like they've got great chemistry, but it's all so frantic.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
I got to the title sequence and went HOLY SHIT WE STILL HADN'T HAD THE OP YET? God what a packed episode.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen I Manga OT I Twenty Finger Death Punch
Thinking about all the really terrible translations I've read... JJK doesn't rate, lol. At least this is mostly grammatically sensible, so many series I've read that feel like they were translated by somebody who didn't speak English at all. Really, a good editor could at least fix those. Here it feels more like a lack of communication, making it clear that Ougi is supposed to be a person and not a group, etc etc.
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Thread Total War: Three Kingdoms |OT| Pursue the mandate of heaven with your dynasty's warriors!
True on all counts, yeah. It's nice having a General-killer who doesn't have to bother with Fatigue. Helps with running down those cowards who refuse to stand and fight you. Harried Lu Bu to death like that once, took Red Hare. That was a hell of a run.
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Thread Total War: Three Kingdoms |OT| Pursue the mandate of heaven with your dynasty's warriors!
I really need to just admit defeat and look up a guide for how to handle the early part of a Bandit Queen run. I keep ending up in largely unwinnable pile-ons.
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Thread Teamfight Tactics |OT| Six assassins and three yordles walk into a bar... (Set 3 and Mobile Out Now)
The thing is, Ruunan's is just such a huge damage buff, between the AS and the extra attack, and RFC adds consistency, range, and, again, a bunch of AS. They synergize well with each other too. Kalista with both of those and a Guinsoos will shred most teams, almost comp independent. .
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Thread Teamfight Tactics |OT| Six assassins and three yordles walk into a bar... (Set 3 and Mobile Out Now)
Good to know that if all else fails, you still brute force 8 brawlers and make a comeback from 13 health. Tho the guy in first place deciding to sell his entire board to try to 3-star Lee Sin didn't hurt.
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Thread Teamfight Tactics |OT| Six assassins and three yordles walk into a bar... (Set 3 and Mobile Out Now)
Mmm I will say, I have noticed that recurve bow derivatives have sorta taken over the game. The AA characters strongly prefer them to more attack damage, and most of the spellcasting characters don't get nearly as much value out of their items. Only exception is the jeweled gauntlet and quicksilver cloak.
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Thread Teamfight Tactics |OT| Six assassins and three yordles walk into a bar... (Set 3 and Mobile Out Now)
What do you think the items have to do with it? Typically, most of the big changes have been centered around the champions - those obviously being what rotated out with each set.
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Thread Teamfight Tactics |OT| Six assassins and three yordles walk into a bar... (Set 3 and Mobile Out Now)
The issue is I think more about opportunity costs. Sure, you could put a Zephyr on somebody, if that's all that you can make, and it's better than having them on the bench... but if you could turn that belt into a Sunfire Cape and the cloak into a Runaan's that's almost always better.
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Sunfire I think is strong partly because it works best against the aa heavy lines, and also because it's free stat-independent damage. Sort of a consequence of the Champs that're strong. Agreed on the other items also being fairly heavily nerfed. But Nidalee at least does build Shojin.
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Thread The Wrap: Angel Manuel Soto to Direct 'Blue Beetle' Film About DC Comics’ Latino Superhero
AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHGiffen and John Rogers, it's a top 5 run for me, easily my fave teen superhero book ever.
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Thread Total War: Three Kingdoms |OT| Pursue the mandate of heaven with your dynasty's warriors!
I really appreciate it when a company takes fan feedback, but it also makes me feel a little uncomfortable, just because I think back on what so much "fan feedback" looks like. Damn silly reaction, I know, but it's there.
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Thread Total War: Three Kingdoms |OT| Pursue the mandate of heaven with your dynasty's warriors!
So, I read this manga, , and it got me to redownload this. Naturally I decided to bash my head against the wall that is Zheng Jiang again, but this time, the later start is actually working out. I kept refusing merc contracts until I'd captured the iron mines near her start, then I took one... from Cao Cao... to go fight Lu Bu. I shoed up right when Cao Cao himself was about to assault Lu Bu's one stronghold and so collected a few thousand gold Lu Bu's own personal spear for basically nothing. Meanwhile, Liu Bei took the city north of me, sadly, but I got another mercenary contract from Cao Cao to fight somebody who had the city straight south. Meanwhile, he was smashing the hell out of this dude everywhere else (I have no idea why Cao Cao kept hiring me, he didn't need the help), so I got a basically free city out of it. Was the guy's last province too. At which point, Lu Bu (who had joined Liu Bei) did the Lu Bu thing and snagged 4 of Liu Bei's territories in a rebellion. But I noticed he didn't have much in the way of actual armies, so I grabbed a basically-free farm province so I had everything in the commandery. After a few turns staring across a river between the farm province and a small city with a full stack worth of Lu Bu, I decided to take a risk and moved up into Ambush stance. He took the bait. Ambush failed and I was looking a pretty dire prospect, with 0 forests to take advantage of my vanguard deployment in, a small edge in numbers that was more or less negated by him having 2 units of heavy cav, and of course Lu Bu himself. I tried to get fancy and set up on a small island in a river, but it turns out shallow water doesn't do shit to cav charges and he ended up sweeping away basically all of my archers. Then something weird happened. He was refusing to duel Zheng Jiang, so I just had her follow him around and take potshots, and after a few of those he just sorta... went down? Like, really easily. After that it turned into a bit of a clusterfuck. Lu Zheng and her whole detachment got routed, as did most of my other units, but I'd snagged a legendary Vanguard general and gave him Lu Bu's spear, so between him and Zheng Jiang they managed to just grind out the remaining enemies like they were playing a Dynasty Warriors game. Was kind of ridiculous. But now I've got that city of his. He sued for peace while he was besieging it, and I was low on dude, so I took the money. Now I'm just looking for my next expansion opportunity. And hopefully some more money so I can get a second army off the ground.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
The entire beginning sequence is so weird to me for some reason, but the Panda/Mechamaru fight was great. I think I'm getting spoiled by the animation here, every fight looks fantastic. There's a couple of really simple tricks I'm surprised I haven't seen more elsewhere, like the "pull out to justify lower detail so we can focus on high-quality establishing animation" moments.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
His ear is torn up and you can see stuffing so I suspect the former, but it's JJK so there might be some of the latter just... mixed in.
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Thread Triangle Strategy ("HD-2D" SRPG from the creators of Octopath Traveler) announced for Nintendo Switch in 2022, demo available NOW!
Like I got into in another reply right above - having it be a rare resource that made all alternatives to the holy kingdom's production unfeasibly expensive would be a fine bit of worldbuilding. "All salt comes from here" is nothing.
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Thread Triangle Strategy ("HD-2D" SRPG from the creators of Octopath Traveler) announced for Nintendo Switch in 2022, demo available NOW!
Sure, but if you read all those examples, there's a lot more to it than "this region is the only place to get salt, and this one is the only place to get iron, and this is the only place to get..." honestly, I've forgotten what kingdom 3's thing is, and there's a very good reason for that. That kind of mutual interdependency means that they can't afford to ever go to war with each other unless you think you can achieve complete decisive victory in a very short period. If they wanted to get into how the holy kingdom's high taxation rate on their salt exports drove up prices across the continent and generated huge resentment, that I would be here for. But this is oversimplified to the point of being nonsensical.
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Thread Triangle Strategy ("HD-2D" SRPG from the creators of Octopath Traveler) announced for Nintendo Switch in 2022, demo available NOW!
Ah, fair enough. Theorycrafting is certainly fun, but a more focused, balanced, potentially challenging experience has its own appeal. I'm not sure which I'd prefer.
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Thread Triangle Strategy ("HD-2D" SRPG from the creators of Octopath Traveler) announced for Nintendo Switch in 2022, demo available NOW!
Maybe, but I don't think it's gonna fix my issues with the setting, bare minimum.
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Thread Triangle Strategy ("HD-2D" SRPG from the creators of Octopath Traveler) announced for Nintendo Switch in 2022, demo available NOW!
It helps that the movesets themselves are excellent. There's so many really excellent tools to play around with, and I fear what would happen if you could do something like learn a high-damage skill in one job and move over the Spy class and get an extra action... But that would be dope! So maybe they should just let us break the game wide open.
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That was such a nice surprise, the Divinity thing. I got this shaman lady and read her skills and it was just like... oh man. Now for the next level stuff.
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See, I get this answer for some things, but if you want to found your world's history and conflict on something so mundane as material resources, you should probably... make sure that it tracks, no?
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Yeah, that's a great QoL indicator. So much nicer than having to go around turning on range indicators or whatever on each unit.
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The holy kingdom apparently gets theirs from the in the middle of their big city, to which I have to ask, where the hell do they get their drinking water? They're in the desert.No, I actually am that pedantic. (But seriously though the worldbuilding is very shallow and it does annoy me) And not sure. The characters have classes, but it's not clear if you can switch them or not in the full game.
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See, if you wanted to do the three-nations resource-monopoly conflict, you can totally do that, and yeah, making it weird fantasy resources would be a better way to do that. You go in depth and explain why each resource is important, explain how the availability and uses of each one has shaped the culture of each place and how it's lead to this uneasy equilibrium. Just...
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Okay this is bugging me. The three powers in this game are said to be defined by their monopolistic hold over certain resources, which drives conflict (?!? but anyway). The holy kingdom's resource monopoly in this game is salt. But the good guy kingdom sits astride the continent's largest river. Rivers inevitably empty out into the ocean. Oceans are full of salt. Why don't they just... go downriver to get them some salt (And it's because of the alliteration)
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Thread Triangle Strategy ("HD-2D" SRPG from the creators of Octopath Traveler) announced for Nintendo Switch in 2022, demo available NOW!
Saltiron Strategies sounds like a thinktank that's actually a front for Hydra.
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Thread Triangle Strategy ("HD-2D" SRPG from the creators of Octopath Traveler) announced for Nintendo Switch in 2022, demo available NOW!
Then say so, or at least fill in the rest of the map. This fait accompli worldbuilding is always annoying. Gimme a reason why things are the way they are. And fair enough on the acronym.
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Thread Triangle Strategy ("HD-2D" SRPG from the creators of Octopath Traveler) announced for Nintendo Switch in 2022, demo available NOW!
It's remarkable that the name of the game isn't the dumbest name in the game. Anyway, bear minimum, I'm going to be calling it Triangle Tactics, because that just rolls off the tongue so much better that I'd forget it's not called that anyway.This is where I'm at. They're shooting for world with real conflict, history, and motivations. When they miss, it's very noticeable. Besides, most FEs are at least kitschy in a charming way.This is actually specified in the opening, we pick up early in the middle part of the game.
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Thread Triangle Strategy ("HD-2D" SRPG from the creators of Octopath Traveler) announced for Nintendo Switch in 2022, demo available NOW!
I could see it, though considering the character stories we've gotten so far, I'm not super optimistic there, either. Man, I just wish one of these games would put in the effort on the politics/worldbuilding stuff. So many of these settings come off as exactly the same, and their idea of what conflict and machinations look like is almost laughable. There's all these moments in the demo where people go "what could that archduke be planning?!?" as if he hadn't just successfully taken over one of the only two rival powers on the continent. Why on earth are people looking for another motive? It's just sloppy.
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Thread COMICS!!! |OT| February 2021 | Big Gleb!
A recurring theme in anti-semitism (and white supremacy and fascism more broadly) is the transparently implausible apology. The point is to be disbelieved by your critics and victims while providing enough cover for yourself if possible. It's about driving home the power imbalance and asserting control over the truth. "Look while I lie directly to your face. Yeah, I misspelled Jewelry, oops! Happens to best of us, definitely pay no attention to the star of David." I'm willing to give it a few issues. I've spent enough time watching wacky police procedural that I'd the mysteries or cast are good I can try one as a manga.
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Thread Triangle Strategy ("HD-2D" SRPG from the creators of Octopath Traveler) announced for Nintendo Switch in 2022, demo available NOW!
Okay, the voting mechanic is interesting. Curious to see how much change those moments actually impart. I'm impressed with the fact that you can fail to get the "locked" options and still successfully make your case by selecting the right options. Also, Frederica's VA is the best of the lot and I kinda wish she was the protag.
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Thread Triangle Strategy ("HD-2D" SRPG from the creators of Octopath Traveler) announced for Nintendo Switch in 2022, demo available NOW!
Messed around with this a bit. Got through the first battle. The aesthetic is gorgeous (not just the graphics, the character design is aces), the gameplay is fun, and the writing is... well, it's bad. It's not Fates, but it's not good. The worldbuilding strikes me as incredibly shallow, the "political" conflict, doubly so. The core conceit - that there's three nations on the continent (why do all of these JRPG medieval Europes have 2-3 countries at most?), each of which has one resource the others cannot do without, is just... it's dumb. That's a recipe for an interesting Cold War premise, not an ongoing open conflict - they can't afford to go to war with each other, they need the others too much. So the whole thing feels kinda hackneyed from the word jump. The dialogue is appropriately old-timey, but not nearly as strong as it could be. VA work doesn't help with that. Honestly, given that this is the studio that gave us Octopath, I shouldn't really be surprised that the story is... less than promising. Still. The gameplay great. It's adapted some mechanics from Octopath in a very interesting way, and there seems to be a lot of nuance to the tactics. I could see myself putting a lot of hours into that. And it's pretty. I just wish that the writing was better... maybe the full story will pick up somewhere down the line.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
Forreal, the animation is gorgeous (even if I don't like the song nearly as much) New ep is great btw. Yuuji rejoining was genuinely hilarious E: and done. Great ep, glad the show's back.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
I like the conceit with it being a phone video in the ED but tbh I don't like either of them as much as the current ones. Also, TOMORROW
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Thread Teamfight Tactics |OT| Six assassins and three yordles walk into a bar... (Set 3 and Mobile Out Now)
Just had a 9-dragonsoul win with the spat on an Ornn lol. Only 3-starred Trist and Brand but it legit doesn't matter, just too strongk. (Tho getting Olaf with Deathblade, RFC, and Hand of Justice probably didn't hurt)
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Thread Teamfight Tactics |OT| Six assassins and three yordles walk into a bar... (Set 3 and Mobile Out Now)
Got my first 1st in the new half! Granted, I did it with Elderwood/ASol so it sorta felt like cheating, but still. Wish I could've gotten a plat and gone for 9-elderwood but ended up doing 6 (w/ a Chosen), 3 Dragonsoul, 3 Mage, 3 Brawler. Totally screwed up my Shyvana items so that made me sweat a little (accidentally slapped something on her I didn't mean to) but ultimately the synergies are just so strong by themselves that it doesn't matter much. Although getting that round 3 Nunu Veigar drop certainly didn't hurt. There was somebody else going Elderwood, even had the exact same Chosen, but their secondary was Executioner to tie in with Xayah, who I skipped in favor of Shyv and eventually Swain. E: And ANOTHER ONE! Spirit Assassins w/ Diana. A 1-star shouldn't be that good at carrying, especially if they're also a great Chosen.
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Thread Teamfight Tactics |OT| Six assassins and three yordles walk into a bar... (Set 3 and Mobile Out Now)
Well, I got a first place with Dragonsoul! Tho I did get a splat, and it was one of those Everybody Gets A FoN games, so it's a bit weird. But hey, Sivir is actually really good in this core. Gives Trist the Sharpshooter bonus, and her spell is great for Dragonsoul. Went down to 35 hp and then totally stopped losing at 6 Dragonsoul.
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Thread Teamfight Tactics |OT| Six assassins and three yordles walk into a bar... (Set 3 and Mobile Out Now)
I feel like very time I look at trying Olaf I get my teeth kicked in so fingers crossed! (Either I don't get the items and the comp does nothing or I don't get the Olaf and the comp does nothing or I get them both but way too late and I have one bad round and explode)
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Thread Teamfight Tactics |OT| Six assassins and three yordles walk into a bar... (Set 3 and Mobile Out Now)
One thing I have to get better at doing is figuring out what units to get while I'm waiting on final units. Sometimes it's easy and obvious (final unit X has Y traits, unit B has almost all the same traits, get that and wait) but sometimes it's weird.
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Thread Teamfight Tactics |OT| Six assassins and three yordles walk into a bar... (Set 3 and Mobile Out Now)
Xin Zhao, huh. I can't say I'm a fan of him. Always feels really anemic. Here, I had the Duelist spat on Yone along with an Ionic Spark and a Quicksilver, then a Deathblade and Fist of Justice (or whatever it's called) on Yone. Shen got the tank items. Stuck a Thieves' Glove on Lee Sin, that actually put in some work. My issue with trying to carry through Kalista here is that I only got the 2 Recurve Bows, and I needed one of them for the spat item, so there just weren't a lot of good items to stick on Kalista. Plus I was drowning in Long Swords. (Truth be told I was going for the 3 Adept quest this go 'round, thus the focus on Yone. Just surprised it worked out this well.)
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Thread Teamfight Tactics |OT| Six assassins and three yordles walk into a bar... (Set 3 and Mobile Out Now)
Huuuuuge buff to Runaan's there. Sharpshooters, Hunters, both very happy. Thinking about it, doesn't actually help Kalista all that much, she's not really there for that.
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Got second place by accident trying (and failing) to complete the 3-shades quest. Cultists/Keepers with a Chosen Assassin Pyke. Very wacky. Had 4 3-star units do despite all-Bronze synergies I did okay.
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Thread Teamfight Tactics |OT| Six assassins and three yordles walk into a bar... (Set 3 and Mobile Out Now)
Double post: Look y'all duelists CAN win! As long as nobody goes full sharpshooter and you get 3 Neeko's Helps. And a Duelist spat on the Yone.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
Sukuna not giving a damn and letting Yuji twist in the wind until he thinks he's being disrespected is PEAK Sukuna. God, what a moment.
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Thread Dyson Sphere Program (Early Access): Interstellar Factorio
Profoundly annoying, but managed to make it work! Full building automation rebuild complete. Now to figure out how to handle the research. Right now it's on a seperate line, but I'm wondering if it might be better to route the extra production lines back to the main throughput and figure out something that scales better.
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Thread Dyson Sphere Program (Early Access): Interstellar Factorio
I'm making due with these unsightly 5x5 spirals. Just gimme those lifts from Satisfactory I'd be set. EDIT: I have run into a problem, namely: once you go above +8 elevation, your power transmitter towers can't power your sorters! E2: Okay, wait, this is weird. One one side of my Tower of Belts, I can bring supplies right up to the edge of the assemblers. On the other side, it collides when I try that.
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Thread IGN: Mass Effect Legendary Edition Changes Some Gratuitious Camera Shots
Thank God, that shit was embarassing. I remember playing the game and my mom came into the room. Totally normal conversation shot like... well, you know what like. Man, I caught some shit for that.
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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)
But your art style can absolutely be dependent on your gameplay systems. Strategy games need your models to be readable at a glance at a great distance, which requires brighter colors and more exaggerated proportions, just as an example. Or maybe there's an effect you really like but it creates too much visual noise for your player to be able to land their shots in your FPS. Etc etc.
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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)
Just to focus in on this... you're very, very wrong. Getting your visuals to work well with your gameplay systems is absolutely a part of design, and yes, art style is definitely part of that conversation. These are interrelated factors.
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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 guess, but then you have to explain why he'd turn the sky red, how that even works, etc etc etc. If I'm approaching this and my focus is on consistency of canon throughout all 3 games, I get the decision to just be like "change the skybox."
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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)
Sure, I guess. All I'm really trying to say is that I get why they did it and I think it's a fair enough reason that I don't really feel like it's worth getting upset about. Never say die, but given that we've gotten a teaser for the next game of an older Liara finding a ruined piece of Shepard's armor I wouldn't count on the happy ending mod in particular. And in general, taking nods from fan content is a great way to introduce legal issues for yourself down the line. I know some places don't even let their workers see (or admit to seeing) fan content precisely to avoid problems like that. I think the ending might get tweaked a little, so that they can set up one canon version, but that's about 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)
ME1 combat and UI was atrocious and I can't help but feel that everybody saying they're going to resent them changing it (fixing it, really) are from an alternate reality, like the Bearenstein/Berenstein people. The Eden Prime sky, like I said, was pretty obviously meant to be a thing that was there because of Sovereign's presence, but ME3 showed us a bunch of reapers on the ground and none of them did the same thing, so... yeah. Do I like it as much, no, but c'est la vie. Every other comparison shot has looked way better, IMO. Though I will admit a certain fondness for the crushed black shadows on the old Illusive Man.
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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)
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH It looks so gooooooooooooood Gimme gimme gimme gimme
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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)
Gotta imagine that Eden Prime got changed to bring it in line with the ME3 Reaper landings where the sky doesn't turn bright red and shit.
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Thread Twitch Rivals Killer Instinct tournament presented by Maximilian Dood, Confirmed [32-people, Monday Feb. 1st @ 4pm PT.] [LIVE NOW]
What a fucking finale, good god. Gotta get another one of these so we can see more of this at tournaments, c'mon MS
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Thread Twitch Rivals Killer Instinct tournament presented by Maximilian Dood, Confirmed [32-people, Monday Feb. 1st @ 4pm PT.] [LIVE NOW]
"I feel like I'm watching a man fight a bear" Strong vibes yeah. Wheels just having to play absolutely perfectly because if Thunder gets the ball rolling on him it will not stop.
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Thread Twitch Rivals Killer Instinct tournament presented by Maximilian Dood, Confirmed [32-people, Monday Feb. 1st @ 4pm PT.] [LIVE NOW]
I'd forgotten that they released a vampire who uses... quicksilver? Instead of water? Idk what Mira's deal was.
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Thread Twitch Rivals Killer Instinct tournament presented by Maximilian Dood, Confirmed [32-people, Monday Feb. 1st @ 4pm PT.] [LIVE NOW]
The absolute marking out over RAAM kills me Just like RAAM killed Spinal.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen I Manga OT I Twenty Finger Death Punch
Good chapter was good. I liked the pages of dialogue, very nice establishing technique. Tokyo is cut off from the rest of Japan, the Japanese government is in turmoil, cursed spirits meant to be secret (was wondering about that for a while now), and it looks like the official line is that cursed spirits are a Tokyo-specific thing since that's where the chaos is concentrated. I'd expect that they're just retconning Rika being gone. Always felt like it'd be hard to do Yuta without her. And yes, WHERE IS NOBARA
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen I Manga OT I Twenty Finger Death Punch
Okay, I think I got it all: Getwo went throughout the country marking 2 types of people. Those with the potential to become cursed vessels, and those with the potential to become sorcerers. The former he additionally had eat some kind of sealed cursed object. When he ate Mahito, he gained the ability to those marks, and in so doing, changed people with potential into people with actual powers. Then he undid the string, which unsealed those cursed objects he gave to the vessels. THEN all those cursed spirits showed up because he'd made deals to lock them away that were apparently made null and void at some point. The point of all this was to basically return Japan to a time when cursed energy and sorcerers were much more common, so he can work on somehow unlocking human potential, which whatshername thinks is best done by cutting people from cursed energy like Megumi's dad did. Which... if he's the model, fair. The stuff about other countries, I'm less clear on. The crux of the issue is that thanks to some particular circumstances, you mostly only get people who can use cursed energy in Japan, thanks to Tensen's Barrier. So creating a very clear and visible Jujustu Sorcerer Gap would piss off other nations at Japan. That's the US (and I think I saw China highlighted?) reference. But why the Middle East? Could be that you can turn cursed energy into... like, regular energy. So it's an oil competitor. But it's not like that's not happening with other alternative energy sources right now. Could be there's some competing spiritual tradition to be worried about from there, which would be interesting. I always like it when other magical systems intrude in stories like this. But if that were the case I'd expect it to be the Vatican or something, just because of how often that kinda thing comes up in manga.
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Thread Twitch Rivals Killer Instinct tournament presented by Maximilian Dood, Confirmed [32-people, Monday Feb. 1st @ 4pm PT.] [LIVE NOW]
It was at that. That Chronicle/Hologram match got me like :sweatguy.jpg:
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Thread Twitch Rivals Killer Instinct tournament presented by Maximilian Dood, Confirmed [32-people, Monday Feb. 1st @ 4pm PT.] [LIVE NOW]
This sandwich analogy is a disaster. Who the hell layers meats and veggies like that...? It's like something from one of the sandwich threads you get around here.
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Thread Twitch Rivals Killer Instinct tournament presented by Maximilian Dood, Confirmed [32-people, Monday Feb. 1st @ 4pm PT.] [LIVE NOW]
Went looking for this, forgot about timezones XD 2 and a half hours!
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Thread Twitch Rivals Killer Instinct tournament presented by Maximilian Dood, Confirmed [32-people, Monday Feb. 1st @ 4pm PT.] [LIVE NOW]
Gotta agree with the commentary rn, I don't even play KI but I love Hisako's design.
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Thread Inside Halo Infinite - January 2021
Well, it's more "different weapons have really small differences" stuff. Plasma in general doing more damage to shields, but also, the plasma rifle slowed targets, and the AR had some useful interactions with active camo (i.e. fading back into it faster)
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Thread RTTP: Stargate SG-1 - Holds up better than I thought it would (currently partway through S8)
Really? I thought it was great how they went through the X301, X302 (which didn't even work the first try), the hostage situation with the Prometheus, and then it's a whole season before it's flying and actually operational. E: This thing in Citizen Joe where someone in the writer's room clearly went "wait, shouldn't Jack have been seeing snippets of Joe's life for the last 7 years too" and the answer is literally just "he never bothered to mention it" is deeply hilarious to me for some reason.
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Thread RTTP: Stargate SG-1 - Holds up better than I thought it would (currently partway through S8)
Naw, different thing, I think. The first guy was a reporter, the tech guy with the asgard clone had his best friend since childhood/business partner get the screws put to him by the Trust, then was implied to have been killed or committed suicide. The tech guy himself got put into offworld witsec.
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Thread RTTP: Stargate SG-1 - Holds up better than I thought it would (currently partway through S8)
God, what a run. I miss my Blue Skies procedurals. At least Leverage is coming back. TBH I was thinking about all those others while I was watching SG-1 - I'd never grouped them together before, but now I think I would. Just colorful characters, easy viewing, fun stories.Agreed. I'm enjoying the movies, but it's just not the same.
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Thread RTTP: Stargate SG-1 - Holds up better than I thought it would (currently partway through S8)
Yeah, the NID/Earth politics episodes in particular shit gets kinda real.Oh man, the puppets... I'd remembered that X-Treme came back in 200, along with the Farscape bit (getting Ben Browder AND Claudia Black demanded it, I should rewatch that next), but I somehow forgot the puppets. Something to look forwards to.
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Thread RTTP: Stargate SG-1 - Holds up better than I thought it would (currently partway through S8)
So, it's been a rough couple of weeks, and I was needing some comfort food TV. Netflix popped SG-1 into my queue, and I went "sure, why the hell not." I'd seen the whole series before, but it's episodic, pretty easy to rewatch, and I figured why not? In my memory, I thought of it as a decent but problematic and kinda formulaic show. And to an extent, it is. The early stuff with Carter in particular is profoundly clumsy and kinda embarassing, it's very hoo-rah about the Air Force, and there's some weird and kind of embarrassing stereotypes in the early seasons when a lot of the episodes were them going to various formerly-Go'auld occupied worlds. And the less said about the Replicators' CGI the better. But overall, I'm just kinda impressed with how well it holds up overall, most notably in how it handles the civilian vs. military stuff and the driving force of the plot as the show goes on. While it's certainly enthusiastic about the military (how could it not be, given the pitch), it also doesn't ever really shy away from repeatedly putting a spotlight on how Daniel and the other cultural experts (and Hammond) are keeping the SGC moral, contrasting it strongly with the shady intelligence agency stereotype over at the NID. Kinsey rolls in and certainly comes off as the "ugh stupid bureaucrats getting in the way of what has to be done!", but over time it resolves into a much clearer picture - Kinsey wraps himself in the cloak of accountability and responsible behavior, but his ties to the NID show him as just being a regular hypocrite. Other political and civilian figures are much more sympathetic, often contrasting with characters like O'Neill, who's too quick to write off the soft touch approach. And while the show certainly episodic, I'd forgotten how damn continuity dense it is. Characters and events from seemingly one-off episodes will get referenced or even focused on seasons later. The core conceit of the show - that they're going out there to find allies and resources and technology to defend earth - gives them a good reason to bring back past bits of weirdness that in a Star Trek TNG type show would normally just be forgotten. The virtual reality planet gave us Teal'c stuck in a video game literally 3+ seasons later, the time they got turned into robots had the robots come back. Teal'c also apparently learned how to drive when they got thrown back in time to 1969 (which formed the basis of a later time travel episode, too!). And then there's the stuff I remembered it doing well, like characters (Christopher Judge does not get enough credit for Teal'c, dude is fantastic) and the march of the SGC's technology. I just watched the ep where they show off gate-fired missiles, where the Go'auld reacts to being painted with a targeting laser by... trying to flick it off of their shirt. That shit is FUNNY, and it highlights how far they've come from early eps where they were just barely figuring out how to take the fight back to the snakes. SG-1 definitely has its problems, and I'm not gonna try to defend them from those. But overall? I'm very pleased to go back to a show I remembered fondly and find that it's actually as good as I remember it was.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen I Manga OT I Twenty Finger Death Punch
I still say Kamo really is Kamo because otherwise... what's the point? Maybe there was somebody else in the body initially, but it'd be dumb to repeat the trope. The mind we're dealing with is probably the mind that did the stuff that earned Kamo his rep. Maybe that's the original Kamo, maybe it's somebody else that assumed the identity, but I figure it's still "the most evil sorcerer in history," and I'd wager on that person's real name being Kamo.
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I liked the reaction to finding out the real identity of Getwo. There's a lot of value in the historical Big Bad character, whether or not they show up in the present. In the same way as Gojo, big figures who warped the setting around them are just nifty. Reminds me a little of Heinrich Kemmler from the Dresden Files, who is dead by the time of the books, but whose atrocities are still felt.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen I Manga OT I Twenty Finger Death Punch
Okay, this one feels like kind of a reach to me, lol. BTW, how good was that chapter? The JJK one. Loved the texts between Nobara and Yuji especially, and him immediately recognizing the girl was very sweet. Not in the "epic" sense, just... Yuji's a good dude.
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Thread Manga Spoiler-Free |OT| The Digital Future
100% yeah. I actually laughed out loud when I saw them specifically shown tumbling to safety."Using Somameine, you can alter the power of a gun so you can shoot people nonlethally" is maybe the most "fuck logic and fuck physics" thing we've seen a Yozakura do, and that's saying something.Somebody in the MHA OT posted a panel from a little while back that actually showed Eri sitting next to All Might, watching the news coverage, and they pointed out that her horn had shrunk again. Definitely out of left field but props to Horikoshi for the foreshadowing.He's fucking
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Thread Manga Spoiler-Free |OT| The Digital Future
I'm not gonna lie, it's okay, but I can't shake this sense that it's just an inferior Way of the Househusband. It's a pretty different series, but still. Similar pitch.It's gotta be the most extreme I've seen the trope taken, honestly.
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Thread Manga Spoiler-Free |OT| The Digital Future
I'd recommend Radiant (fantasy shonen, takes about a couple of volumes to really get going, but does deal with real-world applicable discrimination and has some excellent character writing), A Bride's Tale (historical fiction set in 19th century central Asia, absolutely gorgeous art), and Eyeshield 21 (American football, pretty over the top but mostly in a good way, Murata on art). And would second the World Trigger, Spirit Circle, and Witch Hat Atelier recs you've already gotten. All are pretty excellent.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
What really struck me about the animation this episode is how smart it was - the shots were well-composited to get the most out of everything. Like, Yuuji vs. the 3 transformed humans on the rooftop. They pull back so you can see everything, don't even bother drawing in his face for most of it, and the resulting animation is just soooooo smooth. It's great.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
That was a metaphor - it was "if normal weapons worked on them." So, safe to say, it's probably not a normal gun.
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Thread Pics That Make One Laugh & Dawww and Other Media |OT 2020| Nobody Else Volunteered
This made me chuckle and then I spent like 10 minutes planning out the rest of the game. Goddamn chess club. (I think it's winnable, or at least possible to stalemate for black if you move King to... I forget the order the squares are lettered in but one to the left, but it's a huge uphill climb)
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Thread Batman White Knight Comic Series Is Some of The Best Recent Batman Stories You Should Read
Man, I read the first couple issues way back when it was first coming out and I thought it was . SGM turning out to be as much of a toll as I'd assumed from the writing did not help mattes, lol.
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Thread Hobby and Indie Game Dev |OT 2020| Discussion, Help and Show-off
I with lore (and a 10k foot pitch on mechanics). Everybody approaches the process differently, I guess. My advice would be... I guess it depends on what kind of game it is. You could start with some core setting aspect that appeals to you and work outwards from there. If you want to tie your mechanics into the lore, come up with a setting-appropriate rephrasing of how they work and expand from there. Or, coming up with one key thing that makes you go "oooh that's cool" is a great way to get the ball rolling. Maybe you want to include a particular place or character or moment - flesh that out, then figure out how everything adjacent to it/them works, then everything adjacent to those things, and so on. Like, when I'm thinking about the story, sometimes I'll start acting out scene in my head, then I'll go write down all the dialogue and stage direction, figure out who everybody in the scene is, what their roles are, their histories, etc etc. And the next thing you know I've invented the system of government and theological history for my invading empire.It's really impressively easy to work with. Can't imagine trying to put together my own engine, I'm still wrestling with blueprints XD
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Thread Hobby and Indie Game Dev |OT 2020| Discussion, Help and Show-off
Oh, somebody else using Unreal in the thread! Very cool effect. I've only just barely started messing around with materials, still working on core code and some animation stuff. Just slotting in prepackaged placeholders for now, but it's all very cool.
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Thread Hobby and Indie Game Dev |OT 2020| Discussion, Help and Show-off
Been putting in a TON of time on this project of mine lately. Got a bunch of cool stuff up and running - level streaming for switching between views (Along with moving and arranging units as needed!), really (really) basic animations for units and how to tie them into firing off other events. But I'm contemplating this fairly significant functionality change to the core combat algorithm, which I'd thought was done, and I'm just not sure if I'm approaching it the right way. Really frustrating.
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Thread Gamepass PC is a ticking time bomb that results in permanently lost HDD/SSD space unless you nuke windows
Y'all use the Windows built-in disk cleanup tools, right? Those usually catch anything hanging out in terms of temp files without risking giving a third-party tool the power to potentially fuck up your registry. Tho for me the app just works, so idk.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen I Manga OT I Twenty Finger Death Punch
This is a good point. With so many jujutsu sorcerers killed or badly hurt, and Gojo sealed, can they afford to throw Yuji away? The counter-argument, of course, is that with so many jujutsu sorcerers killed or badly hurt and Gojo sealed, they can't afford to risk Sukuna seizing control. Altho given how strong Sukuna is now, I wonder if they even kill him. Like, even if Yuji wanted to let himself be killed, it's possible Sukuna could seize control of his dead body or some shit. Or he activates the pact and escapes, but the higher-ups don't know about that.
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Thread The Expanse Season 5 |OT| Last Man Standing
Added a thing about the way a lot of other adapted series handle it. But like I said, it's really up to the people who post in the thread. Sometimes, a source material OT doesn't have enough interest to support a discussion on its own, so you end up with the more popular version being effectively the only place to talk about it. It's really up to all y'all to decide how you wanna do it.
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Thread The Expanse Season 5 |OT| Last Man Standing
Basically, we leave decisions like that up to the population of the thread, unless there's some special circumstances that force us to adopt wider spoiler policies, like in the TLOU2 leaks. For example, in the Cosmere OT, people prefer to have spoiler tagged, because it's a very large number of books released over a very long period but they're all interconnected. If people insist on violating the thread's chosen spoiler policies, we'll threadban them because... well, at that point, they're just being a jerk. One thing you see a lot for anime series that started as manga is having a manga OT, which is free spoiler for all released material, and an anime OT, where spoilers from the source material have to be tagged, like you said. Could be a model if there's enough people interested in talking about the books. Anyway, if you're not sure what y'all want that policy to be, I'd recommend putting up a poll.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen I Manga OT I Twenty Finger Death Punch
TBF Nobara kicked (that half of) his ass. Woman got suckerpunched in round 2.It's a mysterryyyyyyyy I got some theories tho:Could be Yuji having powers, could be Sukuna covertly protecting him so he's alive for whenever he cashes in that deal he made without tipping his hand that he's protecting Yuji (which might raise the question of "why")
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
I think people sorta missed this thing in the prison fight, but it's good to see it hitting home this time: Sukuna is Yuji's super-powered evil side, but the emphasis is on "evil," not "superpowered." He's not like Hollow Ichigo, a part of Yuji that he needs to reckon with and master to improve. He's not the Nine-Tailed Fox, a somewhat-misunderstood force of nature, pissed off but reasonable if you can talk them down. Sukuna acts for two reasons and two reasons advancing his goals (whatever those may be), and fucking up Yuji's life. He got what he needed out of Yuji when the kid made the pact, so he's not going to pop out and help on demand. He can't be reasoned with, he can't be talk-no-jutsu'd, and he is absolutely going to be brought around to be Yuji's friend. Unless an enemy directly threatens him, his interests, or his ego, he's going to remain purely a negative force in Yuji's life. Sukuna is a monster, and that's the beginning, middle, and end of it, barring some dramatic future revelation. Part of why I like the character so much, tbh.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
Checked out the dub 'cause that's hitting now too. They're up to ep 4. I like most of the VAs other than Yuji who sounds a little... light, I guess? Gojo's is fantastic, tho.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
Yeah, there's a few weird pacing moments in the manga that the anime seems to be handling more smoothly. What a gutpunch of an ep. I forgot how much I liked the mom.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
No, I think they basically covered everything. She's just a cool older lady. Reminds me a lot of my mom.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
I don't that curses etc are secret. Fushiguro didn't use a cover story talking to either Yuji in the beginning or the woman whose son died in the prison. I think it's mostly so they can justify having teenagers attend full-time, lol.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
Yeah, the technical school is even more of an excuse school than most Shonen highschools, lol. 3 students to a class, time spent in a conventional classroom that I can remember. It's a base for active Jujutsu Sorcerers and a place for training new ones, but it's not a real highschool by any normal standard.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
Todo 100% comes off badly in his first appearance, I don't think that's up for debate. He's not Mineta or even Sanji, but resting the foundation of his character on his assessment of your taste in women (though he does say men too, so props for that I suppose) is deeply weird and does play into objectivizing attitudes. Ultimately, he does show himself to be a mensch and a genuine badass later on, but... yeah.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
Ehhhhhh I'm supposed to be on break but this is a little thing. Sure. E: Poll gone! You gotta report it next time, tho. E: watched the new ep! Goddamn but the Kyoto students are jerks. And Toudou is so unrelentingly weird. I'd fogotten how over the top it all is, lol. Mappa sure does love throwing Megumi through buildings tho. And I appreciate Maki's motivations. "Why did you decide your calling would be running around fighting monsters you can't even see?" "Spite."
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
Gojo is legit just hax. So goddamn strong lmao.I doubt they get current in one season, but they'll probably get close? It hasn't been running for a very long time, not even 200 chapters yet, and a lot of those are action stuff which animate quickly. They probably stop right before the current arc begins.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen I Manga OT I Twenty Finger Death Punch
I wonder if it has to be an actual hand or something hand-shaped? He could just get a simple prosthetic. Or, knowing how JJK rolls, maybe he gets some creepy-ass severed hand and carries it around tied to his belt.
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Thread Windows Central: No talks over Cyberpunk 2077 removal from Xbox One, says CD Projekt Red
As this isn't really news, and frankly we don't even know that CDPR would even be of any talks, this can be discussed in the existing thread about returns policies:
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen I Manga OT I Twenty Finger Death Punch
I don't have high hopes for Inumaki. I think he was in the Sukuna Domain Zone. Everybody else would've had to have died off screen, so I think you're probably right about the rest. But Inumaki in particular... part of the point of that scene was how sudden and overwhelmingly inhumane it was. Everything rendered to dust in an instant. In that light, dying off screen would be very on theme.
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I don't think that this one counts towards that - it's bonded shikigami. Otherwise, yeah, it'd be a colossal powerup, but getting one from getting his ass kicked would be... weird. Dude was unconscious for that entire fight, lol. I don't think anything changes for him directly, yet. He'll probably be stronger 'cause he's getting experience, but Mahoraga's status hasn't changed. He's still a Shikigami he doesn't have access to yet.
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Right, I'd forgotten that one of Choso's brothers got hit with it too.Hmmm I was thinking that maybe it was Yuji's cursed technique - we don't know who his parents are, it's possible he's supposed to inherit something. But it's hard to square that with his clearly superhuman abilities - which we know are the result of taking on some great restriction. His parents could have given him a restriction that he couldn't use it deliberately, so it would only activate spontaneously when he's in great danger, but that doesn't really feel like it would merit being able to throw cars at people. Maybe it's related but tangentially. It could be some kind of protection he was given alongside the restriction, somehow. Sort of a very abstract barrier. Flipside, it could just be #1. Sukuna has some weirdass powers, as evidenced by him somehow managing to match Jougo using a cursed technique he really shouldn't (controlling and producing fire), given the rules as we understand them. Maybe he's got some mind juju. I doubt he'd be able to restrain himself from gloating, though. Ooooooh kinda depressing twist - this has been happening for a very long time. Yuji's grandpa? Not actually his grandpa. Found him when he was distressed after his parents died or abandoned him and the barrier/power/whatever him he was Yuji's grandpa.
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Yuji has cursed power but apparently no cursed . It's said you get more benefit corresponding to what you give up. Fushiguro's dad still seems to be the top level of what's possible by using this method - he gave up his access to cursed power, but not his ability to see curses. Could be he just lost more in the trade than Yuji by doing it that way, but whatever Yuji lost was impressive enough to make him his ridiculous superhuman self.
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Added dimension, so far this has only happened to people who were putting Yuji in direct danger themselves. Grandpa the attempted child killer! Anyway, the more I think on it, the less likely I think that it's Sukuna. Yes, we only saw this happen for the first time Yuji got brought back to life, but like... Sukuna is a of things, but subtle is one of them. Yes, he keeps secrets, yes, he manipulates people, but he's too proud to downplay anything. He's incredibly cocksure and lives to flaunt. If he was saving Yuji on the regular, he would be rubbing the kid's nose in it. I honestly don't think he could help himself. ... Although... since he erase Yuji's memory after his deal, he might want to act without making wonder why he was helping him. Though I think he could probably get away with pretending he's getting soft. And it's sort of a weird way to go about doing it - even if he did want to use some kind of mental attack on people trying to hurt Yuji, wouldn't you expect it to be more... Sukuna? Blood, brimstone, giant piles of skulls? But maybe the idea is to revert the memories when he's ready to take control so all of Yuji's "friends" he picked up along the way because of this without knowing why suddenly turn on him. Sort of an emotional torture. Or a way to get around the terms of the deal... Gah, now I'm not sure again.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen I Manga OT I Twenty Finger Death Punch
What, so he was so boosted in the physical department that he got cursed senses from the other direction? Jesus.Just as context, Mechamaru was bedridden for life as the cost of expanding the area of effect and power of his technique. So, going the opposite direction does suggest a rough sort of scope.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen I Manga OT I Twenty Finger Death Punch
Gojo is kinda... weird, even by the standards of other people who could be on his level. After the Toji fight he figured out some special mindset stuff that lets him keep Infinity on all of the time - that wasn't the case when he first got ganked. I'd reckon it probably wasn't the case for that ancestor that got killed by Megumi's ancestor, either. I think we can basically take it on faith that nobody currently operating is at Gojo's level. It's sorta foundational to the current status quo. Full-power Sukuna might be up there - he's got some weird-ass tricks up his sleeve - but that's about it barring some new players out of left field.
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Thread Rhythm of War |OT| The Stormlight Archive: Book 4
Renarin's bond also has a lot of implications for the wider cosmology, I feel. It's worth noting that even though the prohibition against seeing the future came about because Odium, none of the Singers, Fused, or other Spren seem to have any
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Thread Rhythm of War |OT| The Stormlight Archive: Book 4
Just finished. Ho ho ho HOLY SHIT Chiming in on ongoing convos: Shallan is great y'all just haters And the pacing was a little wonky here. Certain events feel like they fire off earlier than expected, and the result is a strange lack of urgency throughout a lot of the book. I only felt it in the flashback chapters, tbh - they covered a lot of ground we already mostly knew. At some point there's going to have to be a "sit down and exposit about the Cosmere at great length" chapter and it's going to be dreadful but it's kinda necessary at this point. Gotta get the relevant perspectives in the same room and hammer things out. There were two little ones here, but they're couched in deliberate mystery in one case and metaphor in the other, so it's not exactly helpful. I'd honestly have figured that the characters would get a better education for themselves after the events of Oathbringer, but I guess they were happy to let sleeping dogs lie, mostly. My brain, it is swirling. So much shit changed at the very very end of this one. Goddamn. Edit: Okay a few thoughts in no particular order
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Thread A Mom in Mexico hunts down her daughters killers, challenges Cartel. This is her story. No really, this is real. (NYT)
The framing of this OP does not accurately represent the intended purpose of the source, nor does it accurately do the victims' stories justice. We will be locking it until a discussion can happen regarding the framing and message. As it is currently late in the evening (or early in the morning), the appropriate staff may not have time to look at it immediately. Review of this thread will likely not happen for at least a few hours.
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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 know how much I'd spread blame out on this, tbh. Ever since labor rights got blown up in the 70s, we've been heading in one direction and one direction only: corporate squeezes workers to get as much product for as little money as possible. Creative industries were doing better on that front due to strong unionization and the fundamental fact that if you screw over your artists you get shitty art in a way that isn't really true to the same extent of, say, manufacturing - you can set a procedure and get people to follow it exactly and so long as you do that, you'll have about the same quality of lugnut or whatever at the end of the day (though there's huge caveats there as well, naturally), but movies and writing doesn't work like that. Formula works until it doesn't, and you need to keep people happy to avoid ending up in a lurch. But ever since Google and Facebook kicked off the contraction of the internet and set the expected price of digital services at "free but ad supported," investors have been trying their damndest to get the effect to replicate over. As much content for as little money as possible. Look at what happened to Deadspin and news media generally - same shit. It's the core of the dynamics with Spotify, too. A lot of artists hate the service, but it's free, so people use it, which makes it incredibly hard to sell music directly (unless you're Mariah Carey or somebody), which gives Spotify more power to screw over artists. What's unclear in all this is that it's actually , or if it's just investors feeling like dividends are more important than actual longterm success. Sure, there's some new business models that are extremely appealing, but it's not clear if they're actually sustainable without massively fucking over employees - or, in fact, sustainable. at all. To invoke the earlier examples, Spotify is still l, last I checked, losing money. Deadspin is functionally dead. But oh boy, investors sure do love moves like the ones they made. Investment market bears no relationship to reality anymore, which creates all kinds of perverse incentives. So I don't think that this is "Corporate pushing boundaries to try and survive" vs. "artists struggling with change." I think it's just corporate fucks being corporate fucks. Maybe if there was some kind of history of them not being corporate fucks I'd be inclined to give them more of the benefit of the doubt, but like, the foundation of modern American business practices is "fuck over your workers as hard as you can so you can please your shareholders no matter what it does to the health of the company" so I really have no idea why anyone would assume anything else is happening here.
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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 would count that as backpedaling. Tho I wonder if it'd be enough for some of the talent. Some folks won't be happy without a public apology, and for preference, heads on pikes. Not that I blame 'em. I like the idea of getting day-and-date movies as much as the next chump, but this was clearly a colossal fuckup.
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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"
Honestly, I feel like we're gonna see some very embarrassed backpedaling soon. No way can WB survive pissing off all the talent to the point that people are willing to say stuff like this. Failing that, idk, maybe ATT just kills WB rather than back down. It's possible.
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Thread The Fate of the Senate |OT| January 5th 2021 - Georgia Runoff Elections
It's a bit of a balancing act tbh. You're right that compared to a really active regular thread, a pinned thread is less visible. But for threads that don't get a lot of posts, being in the regular section is death. Falls off the front page and into the memory hole. Unfortunately, I feel like this is more the latter, so it'll stay pinned for now. We'll probably do some site-wide alerts later in the year as stuff like the registration deadline approaches to help boost visibility.I can talk to the tech team, but all that occurs to me off the top of my head is pinning a duplicate thread with the same OP that links to this one, which would be unpinned. I don't think one thread can be both sticky'd and not at the same time.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
Plus, all of the curses in the diner were exceptionally powerful, and there's varying degrees of psychic awareness - it's not all or nothing, I believe. That dude might not have had much going on, but he had enough to pick up on them.
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Thread COMICS!!! |OT| November 2020 | Dipped it in a bunch of mustard, took a bite, and it was not what I was expecting!
Sure, I can do that. Also, , if you wanna use the vote tallying tool we had in the Game of the Decade thread for this, PM me and I'll arrange the details.
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Thread Job Hopping or Unemployment gaps? Post-Covid
I got laid off in April, and the job market's only gotten harder since then. If they're weighing the employment gap I may be permanently doomed. Fingers crossed! Job hopping is the kind of thing that makes employers nervous because they know that means you have as little loyalty towards them as they have to you. Can't be having that.
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Thread Star Trek: Discovery - Season 3 |OT| Feel the Burnham
Really good first couple of episodes. Enjoying the future imperfect a lot, it makes the Federation principles of the main cast stick out very nicely. I think this'll scratch an itch people might not really be aware they had - seeing something good be born out of something bad. God knows I could use that after this disaster of a year.
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Thread Magic: the Gathering |OT| Zendikar Rising - Nahiri Did Nothing Wrong
Honestly, this thing where some yahoo at corporate sets some insane %revenue increase yoy always ends badly. Either people do something stupid to meet the goal, and burn out a long-term business for short-term gains, or they don't meet it and good people get replaced with people willing to make those bad decisions. Seen it up close and personal.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
Okay, so, the is pretty bad. It's not a particularly faithful adaptation, and most of the stuff they tweak is for the worse. But the is absolutely top-shelf. Takes a couple volumes to really get rolling but hoo boy. It's got this great, organic worldbuilding with a refreshing lack of power tiers, and it's not afraid to take a swing at real-deal social issues and politics. Very solid characters (that the anime messed up, grumble mutter grumble), and gorgeous art.Yeah, same. Right when the nails are about to drop, right?
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
I cannot get any of my friends to read/watch almost any series I rec for love or money. No idea why. Been stumping for this and Radian but nada. I got two people I dole out *novel* recommendations to like candy but even the one of 'em who watches anime won't give me the time of day when it comes to this stuff, lol.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
I love the way that the ink-brush outlines on the cursed energy make it look just... compared to everything else. God, what an episode. Yuji finally gets some power, winds up, shoves it right into the bad guy's face, and it does FUCKING NOTHING. This whole arc is a mood.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
Yeah, but that's usually something they do to sell the bad guy's invulnerability to an old power, thus inspiring growth. Having them *completely* no-sell the attack with that growth factored in is a lot more unusual. Even if the hero's new power isn't up to snuff, they'll usually at least get a "not a bad hit" kind of reaction. This fucker didn't even stop giggling.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
There are martial artists in it, and they fight with martial arts, but like - it's not that. I think the HxH comparison is a lot better, right down to setting "rules" that can empower you in some ways while restricting you in others. I think Nobara is sort of the illustrative example. If you have a character whose fighting style is "pound nails in monsters and make them explode," that's not really a martial arts series any more lol.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
She's definitely more of a secondary character than Megumi and Yuji, but she regularly gets action scenes and she's come up clutch in a few fights. No spoilers, but I'm mostly happy with how she's handled.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
Well, we're only 120 odd chapters in ("only"), so there's still plenty of room to fuck up, but I'd say Nobara is treated better than a lot of other female team members. She gets fights, has a personality outside of pining for the male cast, etc etc. Fingers crossed.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
TBH this is actually a feeling I get. They're still definitely *characters*, but they're characters that feel like people as opposed to characters that feel like caricatures or idealized representations. They're like real teenagers, to a much greater extent than most anime teens.
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Thread Hobby and Indie Game Dev |OT 2020| Discussion, Help and Show-off
I would agree with this. It's what makes Slay the Spire work. If a game is live-action, it operates on slightly different rules, since reacting happens in real time, but for anything turn or card based, like 's concept is, you need to know in advance so you can plan your move.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
It'll be out on Saturday. Not sure about time, I usually catch up on any anime I'm watching that season around noon.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
C'mon, saying Kakashi doesn't have a patch on Gojo isn't a slam on Kakashi. Most characters don't measure up.
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Thread Teamfight Tactics |OT| Six assassins and three yordles walk into a bar... (Set 3 and Mobile Out Now)
I mean, Elderwood/Brawlers was always more Brawlers than Elderwood - just taking advantage of the fact that 2 of the Brawlers were Elderwood to snag an easy carry option in Ashe or, if you had to, Veigar (though Ashe was so so so much stronger because of the WW synergy, as well as being pretty busted in her own right). Without that, Brawlers is kind of lacking a hard damage source. Vi means you probably want something AD, but nobody else really synergizes that well off the top of my head.
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Thread Teamfight Tactics |OT| Six assassins and three yordles walk into a bar... (Set 3 and Mobile Out Now)
The Ashe nerf is going to really hurt Elderwood/Brawlers - that's most of their damage unless you go for something wacky like AP Nunu. Not sure that the Aphelios nerf will do much to Moonlight.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
No spoilers, hinting at spoilers, etc, but: he is one of my favorite mentor-figure characters in a while. Dude does great stuff for the plot and the setting.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
I went back and reread the early chapters, and it really is shocking how much of an improvement these first two episodes are. Very stiff paneling and kinda weird art early on.
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Thread Jujutsu Kaisen |Anime OT| Don’t put a curse on me just because I found this finger lickin’ good show!
Very good episode 2. Gojou flexing on everybody, with some animation. Would've been really easy to mess that up, but it worked really well. Get hyped for next week, I love this character they're introducing. Also, fantastic ED.
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Thread Star Trek: Lower Decks - Season 1 |OT| The Final Space Frontier
Got caught up on this today and yesterday. Improved so much from the first couple eps, they really dialed down the cringe. I absolutely died at everything with the dog. Mariner I think is a much better protag than Boimler, and I think they also did a solid job of making that transition as they went. That said, I do think that her character needs a Boimler to play straight man for her , so I think he'll probably come back to the Cerritos at some point next season. Maybe not immediately, we'll see how long he lasts on the Titan.
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Thread Teamfight Tactics |OT| Six assassins and three yordles walk into a bar... (Set 3 and Mobile Out Now)
FINALLY I WANNA SHOUT OUT TO GOD AND MOSES Seriously a heart of the cards shit, I baaaaaarely eked out a win against the guy in 3rd place by pure luck and then, on the last roll, got the Sett and crushed the dude in first. I had 1 health.
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Thread Teamfight Tactics |OT| Six assassins and three yordles walk into a bar... (Set 3 and Mobile Out Now)
I feel like she's super super strong... but not into Brawlers. Or, uh Cultists, since she basically just turns on their passive then dies (assuming she can cast). It's just SO much damage. Brawlers don't care though, Kench in particular.
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Thread Teamfight Tactics |OT| Six assassins and three yordles walk into a bar... (Set 3 and Mobile Out Now)
I had such a cool build going - Brawler/Warlord/Assassin, Brawler chosen Vi with Nunu, Maokai, Garen to provide a frontline, Ashe to round out the Elderwood, Kat and Akali for extra damage... but Kat just takes so goddamn long to fire off. Should've stacked the items on the Akali and held the rest for the Ashe. Dammit.
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Thread Dresden Files |OT| The Honored Dead (Battle Ground out now, no unmarked spoilers!)
I get the decision on Peace Talks, though I understand the disappointment. Battle Ground has so much stuff going on, and it's pretty long by DF standards. It'd be like reading through a series of average sized novels and then suddenly book 16 was the size of Oathbringer. Be a bit weird. BTW apparently some people thought Peace Talks was Wacky ass nonsense. There's stuff that's a little off about the book - the opening is a smidge awkwardly written, and the end is abrupt - but by and large it presented as 100% authentic Dresden.
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Thread Brandon Sanderson's Cosmere |OT| Journey Before Destination
I fucking loved the duel. Easily my all-time favorite Sanderson action scene. Speaking of, I read White Sands volume 1-3. Do not recommend, if you can't get it reduced price. Easily the weakest Sanderson thing I've read, the story just does not work well as a graphic novel.
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Thread Brandon Sanderson's Cosmere |OT| Journey Before Destination
I you mean the epigraphs there, the chapter-starters. The interludes are the short (generally) chapters that give different perspectives than the main cast. Eshonai had some, for instance. I do like a few of them quite a bit - Lift's was fun, ditto Szeth's. But others just sorta felt like speedbumps.
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Thread Brandon Sanderson's Cosmere |OT| Journey Before Destination
Done with the Warbreaker reread. Overall, a bit sloppier than I remember it being. Very abrupt ending, very slow start. Lots of good stuff in the middle, though. Now, for the reason I read it in the first place...
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Thread Brandon Sanderson's Cosmere |OT| Journey Before Destination
Huh. It's funny, I'm going through Way of Kings again for a series reread and both of these things are what I'd highlight as the weakest parts of his writing, compared to a lot of other authors (as a most recent point of comparison, I've just read Django Wexler's new book , as well as and by K.J. Parker). I'd point to Sander's plots as great, and of course his worldbuilding is very cool, but the character writing is just okay, and I'm noticing a lot of "stop and explain stuff" moments in the narration that can make it read a little jerky at times. Overall, when I think prose in fantasy, my first thought is usually somebody like Sir Terry Pratchett. Not measuring up to Discworld is hardly a real hit on an author, though, because... what does?
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Thread Dresden Files |OT| The Honored Dead (Battle Ground out now, no unmarked spoilers!)
WOW okay, took me a day to pick it up but chewed through it all after I started it this morning. Whaaaaaaaaat Agreed on the Changes comparisons. Everything is going to be different now. Overall, despite the giant piles of tragedy on Harry in this book, this is one of the more upbeat endings. Which... actually says more about the rest of the books, now that I stop and think about it.
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Thread Teamfight Tactics |OT| Six assassins and three yordles walk into a bar... (Set 3 and Mobile Out Now)
Kalista feels like she might be bugged or a trap pick rn. Just seems to require a truly ludicrous number of attacks for her ability to fire.
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Thread Teamfight Tactics |OT| Six assassins and three yordles walk into a bar... (Set 3 and Mobile Out Now)
Goddamn algorithm keeps giving me Duelist chosen and multiple Duelists per roll and I tear things up and then fall over dead in 3rd place, over and over.I've tried Spirits/Duelists but Duelists just require too many slots.
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Thread Lore Olympus | This ain't Your Hellenistic Era's Greek Gods
Been a minute, but I read the newest Fastpass chapter and had to get a hearty FUCK APOLLO off of my chest. Also, for any folks reading this thread who enjoyed Hades (or Lore Olympus fans who haven't played it yet), there's a lot of good overlap there~
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Thread Teamfight Tactics |OT| Six assassins and three yordles walk into a bar... (Set 3 and Mobile Out Now)
I think the Chosen thing is going to put a lot of power into champs and comps that would normally lack it, which on one hand is going to go a ways to making it harder for any given game to follow the meta... but also, when you get the perfect Chosen for a strong comp, it could decide games all by itself. Randomness like that is a tricky thing to balance around.
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Thread Teamfight Tactics |OT| Six assassins and three yordles walk into a bar... (Set 3 and Mobile Out Now)
Yeah, star board only does anything to the 3-cost and below heroes. Sidenote, does anybody else keep on fucking up tier vs. stars when they talk about 'em?
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Thread Teamfight Tactics |OT| Six assassins and three yordles walk into a bar... (Set 3 and Mobile Out Now)
That's why Blitz is always going to be a valuable pick for moving people up the ladder, he encourages and rewards good scouting. Plus, it's hilarious to slap a bunch of spell damage stuff on him.
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Thread Teamfight Tactics |OT| Six assassins and three yordles walk into a bar... (Set 3 and Mobile Out Now)
Got third earlier with a real mess of a comp. 4 sorc (Zoe, Ahri, Lux, Vel'Koz), topped off with 2 Vanguard (Poppy, Mordekaiser) and 2 mystic (Soraka and Karma). Wouldn't have gone much of anywhere but as it turns out Jeweled Gauntlet and 2 Seraphs on Vel does quite a bit of work. Got him 2* early, too. Eventually though they started blowing up my team faster than I was blowing up theirs and that was that.
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Thread Someone give me the rundown on the different types of fantasy genres (high fantasy, epic fantasy, dark fantasy, heroic fantasy, etc. etc.)
Coins were the book we meet Sanya so you might've read him. Black Russian guy, poor English, great attitude.
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Thread Satisfactory - you may not like this lucious alien planet getting destroyed but this is what maximum efficiency looks like
I'm glad they're taking their time and avoiding crunch but good lord do I want that update. I HUNGER.
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Thread Someone give me the rundown on the different types of fantasy genres (high fantasy, epic fantasy, dark fantasy, heroic fantasy, etc. etc.)
New book SOON I'm hype Did you get far enough to meet Sanya, on that note? I don't think he's killed a dragon but he's wielding a sword that probably has.
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Thread Hogwarts Legacy announced (Avalanche, coming 2021) UP: Coming to PS4, PS5 , PC and Xbox family
Maybe if the artist separated themselves from the art. But it's a) not going to happen for financial reasons and b) impossible since she can't turn off the fact that she's massively well known, so it's unavoidable that buying the game means supporting and promoting a bigot. I like the idea of buying it second-hand, at best.
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Thread while people on here are mad that they can't justify their new toy's purchase, here's the reaction in my country to PS4/PS5 cross-gen games
Please no reaction threads. Feel free to report this post for a thread open, or to remake it then.
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Thread Can we have a discussion about the consistent locking of political threads?
Metacommentary threads are against site rules. If you have a question about site policy, please PM a mod captain or bring it to the community feedback thread in the Announcements section.
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Thread Manga Spoiler-Free |OT| The Digital Future
Because the male-lead ones tend to get creepy and super excessive. The core dynamic - bunch of characters bouncing off each other, dripping with will they or won't they energy - that's fun. But the ones for dudes just lean into really unfortunate power dynamics and of course the fanservice is inevitably off the charts.
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Thread The Ad Reporting Thread
Hey everyone just wanted to update you on the latest from the ad agency: As far as they can tell they believe the full screen mobile issue is localized to California and coming through Google Ads, which makes it really hard to track down. They've partially disabled Google which should help or at least make it easier to find the source. If you're seeing these outside of California please post in here to let them know. They are checking up on this thread while they look for the problem.
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Thread How to Vote: United States General Election 2020 || Early Voting Has Begun in North Carolina
The will be held on November 3rd and it's shaping up to be an election unlike any other. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we've received a number of requests from members for information about how to vote safely while ensuring that your votes are counted. As a service to our American members, we have collected all of the relevant information you might need in this thread. Your one stop shop for the essentials is . Make sure you are registered to vote, and if you intend to vote on Election Day, find your polling place ahead of time.Note that you won't just be voting for President, and there will be any number of candidates and issues that deserve your attention up and down the ballot. You can make sure that you are prepared by checking out your at Ballotpedia. This will let you know exactly what to expect when you enter the booth on Election Day. The tool from Vote Smart also offers detailed descriptions of the ballot measures up for vote in every state, including complete text, sponsors, and election results. For those who do not wish to risk standing in line on Election Day, there are alternative options available to you. Below you will find details and resources relevant to each of them. Mailing in an absentee ballot may be an attractive option for many, and as long as you act quickly, it should be safe and effective. Due to concerns about the speed of USPS mail following recent budget cuts and management issues, it is strongly recommended that voters who choose this option as soon as possible and make sure that they are mailed in long before Election Day. If your ballot is not received by the state before Election Day, it might not be counted. Don't wait. Forty states and the District of Columbia have some form of early voting in place, allowing voters to cast their ballot in person while avoiding crowds. Some states have even extended early voting due to the pandemic. The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) website has detailed information on , and Vote.org also provides . This can be a great option for those who want to avoid the November 3rd crowds. If you do not want to risk mailing in your absentee ballot, almost all states allow voters to deliver ballots in person at their local election office. To find a list of , you can search your state Board of Elections website or Secretary of State website. If you do not live close enough to return your ballot to an election office, you may be able to return it to an alternative location. According to the NCSL, eleven states and Washington D.C. allow voters to drop off ballots at any in-person voting locations in the county, including Some states allow a family member or someone else to collect and deliver absentee ballots on your behalf. The NCSL website has details on the rules governing . Drop boxes are special containers for voters to drop off absentee ballots in sealed envelopes. These have become more commonplace in the last decade, and are an efficient and secure way to return your ballot while entirely skipping the mail process. Those monitored by surveillance cameras are often available 24 hours per day, seven days per week, while others that are monitored by election workers have specified hours of operation. The number of drop boxes varies widely by state. The NCSL website has details on . Eleven states have ballot drop boxes set up in some or all counties: .
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Thread Are words like idiot, moron, dumb etc. offensive? Should we stop using them?
Yes, absolutely. It's going to be hard as fuck, though. I've been making an effort to do this for years and years, ever since I heard this great discussion with a disability advocate on a podcast I listen to. The idea that basic physical and mental capacity are used as insults really harmful. There's not really any two ways about that. But it's also really, really hard to do. This language is so closely woven into the way we speak, even the way we , on a level that it becomes genuinely insidious. I've made progress but it's slow going, because whenever you're not 100% on it, it just... slips back in. We don't process terms like dumb and stupid and moron as in the same way, because as a society, we've never really reckoned with disability discrimination in the same way we have other types (not to say that we're anywhere close to solving those, mind). So I don't begrudge people who use them. I slip up constantly. But I think it's a good thing to work on.
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Thread Crusader Kings III |OT| Long Live The King
Few more hours in, and it's definitely a lot easier than CK2 was, lol. My neighbors seem a lot less eager to jump me than they were in the same-start CK2 games I played. I can even holy war them without the entire region collapsing on my head. And unlike before, now when I finish blobbing out my immediate area I'll actually have enough troops to challenge the Fatmids, so I don't have to worry about that Sword of Damocles hanging over my head. Only headache is that because of my first ruler being a sexual dynamo and me being stuck with Gavelkind my internal borders are a But eh, I'm sure I'll get it figured out eventually. Minor pro-tip, change the default tooltip setting. The regular one is kinda buggy, but if you go for the second option, you can lock the tooltips and examine the outcomes in much more depth. Top wants right now: better portrait customization (real black hair at least), republic stuff, even moar decisions and events. Pilgrimages are pretty dull, even going on long ones I just get one event and then it's over.
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Thread Crusader Kings III |OT| Long Live The King
Maaaaaaaaan I love this game. Went through this whole multi-part event with a serial killer stalking my castle. Turns out, it was my first son! He fled my court and I denounced him. I can't wait to see what happens when I finally croak and he presumably shows up asking for the primary title.
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Thread Crusader Kings III |OT| Long Live The King
See, you say that, but with a couple exceptions, most of the CK2 religions kinda sucked. Sure, Catholicism was very different from Islam and Norse Paganism, but once you got through those 3 all the religions really started to blend together. I played a lot of Jewish rulers and most games there just wasn't much to *do*. Spend 50 gold every so often to celebrate Passover wooo. So even if the big faiths lose a little distinctiveness under the new system I think it'll be made up for in how many options it gives everybody else.
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Thread Radiant |OT| Inquisitors Keep Out
There's this thing people say about a lot of Shonen series, ones that seem like they're doing things differently but not differently enough. "It's like a regular shonen, just really well executed," basically. Radiant is what those series look like if that was actually true all of the time. It doesn't do a lot that's really unusual but absolutely every bit of it is just so, so well done on every level. Like folks mentioned, very diverse cast, and it makes a really strong effort to shuck a lot of genre conventions in interesting places. No firm power tiers at any point, just good action and some real emotional beats. Very, very excited to pick up the new volume.
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Thread Manga Spoiler-Free |OT| The Digital Future
Yeah, TPGW is done. It was an interesting pitch, though I was skeptical of how they'd manage to turn it into an actual series. Seems that the plagiarism angle sunk it so quickly they never got a chance to do anything at all. What an odd thing to have a hangup on. This is an audience that has accepted some genuinely incredibly reprehensible behavior from main characters, like, legit "go to jail and throw away the key if you do this in real life" stuff, but apparently plagiarism is a pain point.
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Thread DC's Stargirl |OT| The staff made me do it!
Finally got around to watching the conclusion! They're setting up some cool stuff with the Shadow and Eclipso and Starman being alive, but I didn't actually like the finale all that much aside from Jake letting Grundy go. Felt like the ISA went down too easily. We went from them styling on the heroes - including original JSA! - to getting their asses kicked in a straight fight without a lot changing in the interim. Oh, and Pat looking younger than Starman does make me think there actually probably is something going on with his age. If they'd made up McHale to look younger I'd have bought that Pat is just well-preserved but the extent to which they didn't makes me think they're looking to do something there.
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Thread Grounded (Early Access) |OT| Don't Become Bug Snacks
FUCK wolf spiders. Motherfuckers sneaking up behind poor innocent folks around the oak tree. Whole area's lousy with the 8 legged bastards but there's nothing quite like climbing up on a root , not seeing any, opening the menu real quick, then closing and OH MY GOD IT'S BEHIND ME I've just given up on the bag of stuff I was carrying around. Where're people building their bases? Number one concern for me has to be safety. Wanted to put it on the light near the oak tree, but, well, spiders. Sure, they can't get up there, but hauling materials into place would be such a nightmare.
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Thread Trump signs executive order banning transactions with Tencent [UP: Order does not actually do anything specifically]
I mean, I don't trust him either, but it's 45 days in 2020 time. Who the fuck knows what'll even be going on by then.
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It seems pretty plaintext. It's basically a pretext for a future action to be taken in 45 days. 45 days in 2020 is a long fucking time. Who knows if the admin will even remember this happened by then?
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Thread New Feature & Update: Tags!
Well, sure, that's a little incoherent, but how about [OT][PlayStation][Spoiler} for a new PS exclusive's spoiler thread? Or [Entertainment News][Movies][Marvel] for an update on the next Marvel movie?TBH Naughty Dog is probably specific, given the total number of threads specifically about TLOU and about ND more generally.
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Current draft list after some suggestions:Current plan is max of 4 tags per thread, so they need to be broad or else they're useless, and we don't want the pool too huge or else people can't find the ones they want easily and just pick "close enough" options. Ideally, all of the single-topic tags (so franchises like Star Wars, for instance) will be limited to stuff that makes up a decent proportion of threads so people who just truly don't care can filter it out. So probably not any one specific game franchise, since that usually only happens around new launches. With that in mind, hit me with whatever you got. Edit - Currently suggested additions:
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Alright, finally rolling this out. I've got a few thoughts of my own. Different colors made a lot of sense when they were prefixes, since it'd provide easy sorting into different groupings. Now that they're just tags, I think it makes more sense to have them all the same color. I like the purple, maybe we can just do something a little lighter. And a preliminary tag list I've been spitballing: Basically, two types of news to cover most of the bases, and then you get more specific with the single-topic tags. Threads would have 2-3 tags at most, ideally. (The reason US Politics is the only Politics tag on there is because it's the starting point, not because it's the only one. Figure we'd listen to the community and see what other variants you guys feel are most required there). Another idea we were kicking around that we're not 100% sold on is a [sensitive] tag that could serve as a guideline for discussion and potentially a content/trigger warning. The issue here is, on one hand we want to make sure people can filter out content that's bad for their mental health, but we don't want it to be an asset for the "No PoLiTiCs In My GaMeS" crowd.
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Can talk to the tech team about if it's possible/feasible to implement that natively but it'd be a different system than the tag one. Could always do a Trump tag, but he comes up in a LOT of threads, even ones that aren't explicitly about him. And in the same way, other sensitive topics come up in threads that aren't strictly about them. I do like the idea, though. It'd be a good way to support members with traumas who want to take a really rigorous approach. I dunno how technically feasible it is, and I am still worried about misuse, though it might be worth it anyway.
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Filtering by tags is 100% in the cards, yeah. You can do that now, actually, through your profile. Adding per-platform tags also looks doable. We don't want the pool to get too huge, since you start running into usability problems ("I can't find the tags I want so I'll just go for something close enough"), but an Xbox, PC, PS, Ninty set seems fine at a glance.
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Thread My Hero Academia |OT3| Another One Bites the Dust
Jesus he look like an asshole That's largely because he is one. But like, damn, way to hammer it home. That fucking expression. And I think they'll stop or at least delay Giga enough that Dabi, Skeptic, and some of the others move on without him.
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What a fuckin' chapter, goddamn. I don't think they're going to kill Midnight here, but they sold me on the possibility, which IMO is all you really need. Mt. Lady put in a strong showing, and so did Cementoss. MOMO TAKE MY ENERGY. I think she's going to do it, y'all. The rest of the League will make their way onward, or at least Dabi will, but I think they knock out Giga here. Or at least slow him down enough that the League separates from him. TBH Mudman can probably screw him up solo, when you get that big you need stable footing pretty badly. But I'm super hyped to see Momo finally bring it home - and she will. I got FAITH. (But even if she doesn't, it's not like losing to is jobbing, c'mon y'all). (Still a very cool name).
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I could see Shiggy collapsing just because he got woke up too soon. I had previously figured he'd let the heroes run, but, well, he doesn't seem inclined to do that, so he'll have to have some other reason to bring things to a temporary halt. It's pretty clear rn that nobody in the series is capable of standing up to him as things stand. Also, goddamn, 4 dead heroes over in Vigilantes this week too. Something's in the water over there.
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I really like Endeavor's arc, tbh. I grew up in a broken home with a pretty shitty dad, and like, the recognition that he and has no right to their forgiveness and they have no obligation to like him - even though some of them feel like they to? That reads... really real, to me. I don't think he can be redeemed, but I also don't think that's where the story is going, exactly. He's just complex. And tbh I would agree with the take that the adults are generally more interesting, and were more interesting right off the bat. It's not like we haven't gotten spotlight arcs for any of the kids, it's just that the adults are generally better constructed characters. Maybe after a timeskip the kids can catch up.I would hugely prefer that they remove Mineta, but he's supposed to be the butt of the joke. Which, granted, doesn't excuse the joke itself being creepy as hell, but like, he's not supposed to be a model for behavior, at least.
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So, I read that article a while back, wrote some stuff up about it on Discord. It's true that the trans representation in the series is a very mixed bag. Idk how much better you can realistically expect out of Shonen Jump. I like that the effort was made, but it definitely could be better. Ditto LGBT representation generally. Magne isn't really presented as a joke, but like, she's also killed for the drama, which as representation goes... sucks. Tiger is presented a bit more jokingly and also is that kind of trans representation where it's like "they're totally trans you just have to read the data books" which, lets' be real, it's 2020. That doesn't count. I'd like to believe Hori would do more with less editorial control, but that's just me projecting, afaik. The politics of hero society I think are my one big disagreement with the thesis of the article. It's sort of been a recurring theme that while the villains might not be right about everything, they're not wrong that the system as it is is a little bit fucked. Like, they use, "Hero-Killer Stain" as a go-to example of how simple and wrong the villains are, but he's actually broadly popular in-universe precisely because people sort of resonated with his message that too many heroes are just for-profit enforcers of the status quo - and it's not something that the series tries to downplay, either. Gentle is presented as being failed society, that he's a good guy who just didn't manage to meet some unreasonable standards, and as such he's forced to act from the outside. Some of the LoV members get similar treatment, Toga and Spinner especially (Twice too, to an extent, but it's important remember he started as a fairly normal villain). And the cops... idk, there's this thing that I've been thinking is gonna be more relevant in the future, where the cops are fed up with the heroes but for the wrong reasons, wanting more latitude to use force, even while the government has their own killer hero on staff in Hawks. I don't think it's really as affirmative of the system as the article thinks it is.
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Sasuke is, I think, much worse because of the way that the plot distorts around how he's a shitty person to accommodate for Naruto and Sakura's refusal to acknowledge that. Nobody really makes any bones about the fact that Bakugou's an abrasive ass, it's just that he's got the skills to mostly make up for it, and Deku doesn't take it personally. He's definitely got a reason to act the way he does, it's just not really used as an but rather, an explanation. Bakugou is every super talented kid who feels like they need to overcompensate for any perception of weakness. His relationship with Deku is shaped by that, and it's kind of exacerbated when he gets to UA and realized that he's not uniquely powerful/talented and might actually be outclassed in some respects. They really need to more directly address the outright bullying though, either by retconning it (just chalk it up to early installment weirdness) or putting him through an actual apology arc.
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I don't think so - they got the same thing off AfO, and we know he doesn't have the same quirkset as Shiggy. I'd put money on it being a non-mechanical thing, just pure dread.This could end with the heroes in full retreat instead, and Shiggy just elects not to chase them down for whatever reason.
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Is he going to stop acting like a sniveling lackey? Toga and Ururaka have about as much on-screen contact, but it's not presented as a motivating factor in the same way Kirishima's flashback was for him (and Mina, to an extent).
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Thinking about endgame matchups... I think I'd agree that for the most part it won't be 1v1s. I'm feeling Gigantomachia vs. Kirishima/Mina/Others. This one's pretty well set up. Machia is a multi-hero threat, Mina and Kirishima have history with him. Then, Todoroki vs. Dabi/Geten to reverse the dynamic - he's gonna end up a major power in his own right, so you pair him with Dabi (for obvious reasons) and Geten (to complete the power symmetry). Unless Shiggy ends up giving Geten's power to Dabi at some point... could be cool. I see Uraraka vs. Toga, but I'd agree it's not a pairing as is. Needs more groundwork done first or else it'll just be a designated girl fight thing. Yeah, they both like the same guy, and Toga is also a little obsessed with Uraraka, but the first is thin and the second hasn't really been explored much. Shiggy vs. Deku is pretty obvious, might have Bakugou in there too, maybe. But I think that we'll start seeing the cast open up a bit after this arc, on the villain side especially. We got that setup with the PLF lieutenants that hasn't amounted to much yet, but I think we'll get more of them in the future. So all this could be pretty easily subject to change. Shiggy needs a set #2 btw. Somebody for him to bounce off of.
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So, I've been banging this drum for a bit, but I think one thing people don't pay a lot of attention to in shonen art is paneling, and Horikoshi is actually really good at using it to his advantage. Part of what makes his art so fun when he's popping off.
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I don't think any of the students die here, but I could see Bakugou getting dequirked. And I think Ochako is following them, and is the traitor, but I don't think she'll be joining the villains here. My guess is, if she's the traitor, it was a transactional thing. Her family needs money, they gave her money for information, but she stopped a while back. But she'll get called out here and it'll be appropriately dramatic.
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The man is stylish as fuck, now, yeah. Dude's even got an X on his chest, the X-men parallels have got to be intentional. Also, I gotta give some props to Horikoshi, toga's legit full-body naked in that shot with the giant hand coming up out of the ground and damn, I didn't even notice until a reread. Looks scary as hell.
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Giga breaking out means that all the PLF members who were underground are also gonna get loose. Suddenly heroes are at a massive numbers disadvantage on top of everything else. Phewboy. It looks like the decay might have stopped, but that's about the only thing the good guys have going for them at this point.
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Toga just put *how many* bodies in the ground? Jesus. Damn good chapter. Shit just keeps getting worse for the heroes. Endeavor vs. Shiggy makes a lot of sense as a matchup, but it does mean that we're unlikely to get the climactic Dabi reveal right now, doesn't it? Unless he shows up and like, whispers it to a dying Endeavor or something. But I'd always figured that it'd happen on live TV, so we'll see. I think maybe Endeavor loses but gets away.
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The big difference is that while AfO ruled the underworld (and technically Japan) from the shadows, the hero system as we know it today still existed on some level. It just wasn't as solid. Part of Shiggy and the PLF's plan explicitly involves getting rid of it, which, on a really basic level, gets rid of UA. Why have a hero course if hero stops being a profession?
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I am increasingly convinced that they're going to ditch the school aspect entirely. Large premise shift to accompany the timeskip, much more of a straight up superhero comic vibe. There'll still be lighter moments/chapters/arcs, but the school trappings won't fit if things shake out the way they're looking to. Kids are gonna have to grow up. And... I think the series will be the better for it. Yeah, there's been some fun stuff, but by and large it's felt more like a restraint than an aid. Also, funny idea, what if they demonize Shiggy in public even while he's calling the shots in private? "We need to expand the powers of the police force and abolish the old, obsolete hero system to ensure that dreaded Shiggy can't come back" all while he's running the show.
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I think you do it without going all the way, I just don't think it'd be as good as if they did. I think there's a strong reluctance at this point across pretty much the whole shonen genre to move away from highschool, in terms of both character age and setting or premise, but I think that in a lot of cases it's to the series' detriments. Just as a recent example, the new oneshot that ran in SJ last week was made about a million times worse by the decision to stick it in a school than if you'd had a similar take but, you know, about adult characters and not a teacher. Just the latest example, but it's stuck in my head, and it's been a thing I've been noticing for a . And honestly, with how much cape comics are in MHA's DNA, and how little they've used the conventional school side of things... I think it's kinda primed to break with all that. Assuming the editors would allow such a thing, ofc. And assuming Horikoshi remotely sees it the same way I do, lol. (Oh, and a big component of the PLF getting heroes outlawed would be them getting the cops onto their team, which we know is at least possible because the police aren't happy with the heroes lately and want more power, which would just be such a cool piece of commentary too).
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Worth noting, Shiggy flattened a city once already. It's the beating the assembled forces of the heroes that's going to be the inciting incident here, assuming that this the final arc of the old status quo (I still think there'll be one more). EDIT: ooooooooooh I think the cops are going to side with the baddies. Remember that bit where they're talking about needing to seperate themselves from the heroes and take on more power? What if the PLF just... gives them that?
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Sorta depends on how you handle the takeover. Let's say it's the political revolution thing. Shigaraki is in charge, not of the underworld but not in the open, either. They don't know exactly where he is, the police work for him. Heroes are rendered vigilantes by default. That's not a problem you can just punch away, necessarily. Or, I mean, sure, you could just Gordian Knot it, but I feel like that's not really an interesting way of handling. It should be presented as more of a long journey, drawing out and beating lieutenants so you can draw out and beat Shigaraki, while working on other stuff along the way to draw in allies and create power structures that can replace what the villains built while they ran the show. It won't be "and then everything went back to normal," I feel. Beyond anything else, it's been a pretty persistent part of the setting that the current status quo is pretty far from perfect. So they have to figure that out as they go, too. Done like that, sure, most of the cast would vanish for long stretches at a time, but that's something they do , too. Hell, we've had arcs where Deku barely showed up, and he's the main character. I could see the series leaning even harder into a rotating cast setup. Now, the one part of this that I just straight up don't have an answer for is the "would this actually fly with the editors" one. It'd unquestionably be a shift to just about every part of the structure, and like, it's not like they're not doing well right now! There'd be a lot of risk averse people to overcome to make these kinds of changes. But man, it'd work so well, and be so cool.
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Underground school feels like... I'm not saying it wouldn't happen, but it'd be deeply eyeroll inducing, at least for me. The sort of thing that makes me really feel the pressure of the genre to have everything be translated to highschool rather than just being allowed to be its own thing.
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They'd follow Shiggy's orders, but there'd be a nice and respectable legitimate government at the end of the day. The social order would change, and some people - heroes, mostly - would know what's really up, but for most people life goes on. Sure, maybe there's a little more corruption and crime around the edges, but the politicians (I can't remember the name, but the PLF has a political arm in place, ready to take power already) assure them that things are much better, so maybe they are.Yes, exactly - though the analogy I'd go with here is the Thunderbolts, for obvious reasons.I don't think they'll completely win here, but I think we're one arc out from it. There'll be a prison break, which'll be reframed as a "liberation movement" a la storming the Bastille, probably focusing on Stain or, falling that, somebody more photogenic and sympathetic than AfO. Then you have your full blown revolution, complete with timeskip and/or fleeing the country.
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That's the thing, though. The status quo wouldn't be "Shigaraki rules japan from atop a throne made of rubble." The PLF's whole plan was to legitimize the whole thing. That's what'll happen. Shiggy will be pulling the strings, but he'll be sitting in a mansion giving orders to the prime minister, that sorta shit. Some foreign heroes won't like it, but if the Japanese government is under his thumb, well... what're they going to do about it? Invade Japan, pick a fight with the "legitimate" government? Nah. Villains will run the show, and there'll be some hero underground, but it won't be obvious or easy.
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Good point. To me, the school stuff always felt a little shoehorned in. The point that "oh wow we're actually doing something school-like" got used as a gag/lampshade hanging in the series itself. MHA's never really used it for more than a vehicle to shuffle people around to tests/training and setting up internships. If hero society is done, I think the school component is, too.
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Oooooh this discussion just gave me a scary thought Shiggy's decay effect looks different now, yeah? More tecchnological? More like... AfO's quirk effect we saw back in All Might vs. AfO? What if he's got the quirks of every hero he just evaporated? Snipe goes to shoot him but oop there's Crust's shield.
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The last days of heroes, goddamn. I got chills all through this. What a great chapter. It'll be incredible animated too if they put the slightest effort into it - no still shots, here, just quick cuts. Shiggy's quick has to have kind of upper end, right? Otherwise it'll be impossible to beat him absent comical plot armor. Not that I'm expecting them to win today. Sticking by my prediction: Most of the heroes get out, though with significant casualties (the ones who're already dead, some more fodder, probably Endeavor too), then we get a final climactic throwdown at the prison that ends with Shiggy breaking out the inmates. Maybe he kills AfO too, complete the cycle. Kids either flee the country or go into hiding. Cue timeskip to My Hero Resistacne.
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Liked this chapter, but it's definitely cemented the idea in my head that the arc as a whole will read a lot better collected. Pacing's gonna feel brisk then. I like that Dabi's monologuing is integrated into his character now - and it looks like Hawks might live, at least for a while. And Tokoyami got some shine, against an opponent that's a hard natural counter to him. Looks like the MLA is getting back on its feet, too. I appreciate that - element of surprise is strong as hell, but the heroes couldn't seal the deal in time, and now we got Gigantomachia entering the fray. Gonna be hyyyyype.
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I mean, with Toga I at least get it. We've gotten this sympathetic backstory (or attempt at it, YMMV) with her, and she's had real human connections with other members of the LoV. There's reasons to sympathize with her. Dabi is constantly an asshole to everybody with the unfortunate luck to be in talking range of him, and his entire backstory is still a mystery box. Folks saying he's sympathetic is 100% them projecting what they want him to be like on him.
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After that one line in the chapter, I'm putting money on this - right after this arc, we're going straight into a prison break arc, and is what's going to well and truly break hero society. Here, most of the heroes are going to get away. There, I think things will go a lot harder.
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AfO being all TO ME, SHIGARAKI is a very strong Prof. Xavier vibe. I love it. I love this whole arc, frankly, MHA firing on all cylinders is a delight, between the writing and the art. Heroes are turbofucked. And the reversal of the usual imagery in the Shiggy mindscape sequence - the villain's family trying to hold him back - is so clever. I wonder what that bit where he forgives his sister is meant to convey? He still hates his father, clearly, but the other family members are portrayed a little differently than in MVA.
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It's one of those things nerds mistake for a plot hole but really isn't. They thought he was dead, yeah? And nothing in his training or background would have "double tap the corpse to be sure" be something he'd ever think of doing unprompted. If he thought he was alive, that'd still be a wild ass thing for him to do. They thought he was comatose (because ). Just executing the guy might have been the "right" call, but it'd never have been the obvious one, considering the setting.
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Oh, wow, I thought it was closer to 28 or so. Yeah, so, more than anything, we don't have more than one example of a long arc. Maybe that just means Hori can't do them, or maybe it's just that Yakuza had other problems at the time, like his health.
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I mean, we've got a sample size of... what, two? Yakuza was fairly long, and so was MVA. The former was not great, the latter was aces. Mostly it's just that he doesn't long arcs. Even those are a lot shorter than what a "long" arc looks like in other series.
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Damn, the art in this chapter... Horikoshi can really pull out the stops sometimes. I'm hyped as hell. Shigaraki, not dead, right? Unless this whole arc has been a feint by OfA to set up a prison break, which would be bonkers. But I doubt it. Mirko I don't think is gonna be permanently sidelined. Horikoshi likes drawing her too much for that. I'm thinking a couple of cybernetics and she'll be back in the field.
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TBH, there's a of different ways things could go right now. I'm pretty hyped. Mirko fucked up Shigaraki's tank, and more to the point, the machines powering it - it might not be for him to hit 100%. So, what happens now? Maybe he wakes up, wipes out the heroes as expected. Maybe Gigantomachia smashes in and grabs him, they retreat to fight another day. Maybe some mix scenario, the heroes take huge casualties but not enough to take them off the board, Shigaraki gets away... I don't know how that one plays out. I think there's 4 basic scenarios, but I don't know which is the most likely (though I do have one pick for least): 1. Shigaraki wakes up, wipes out all the heroes around. Only the perimeter team and anybody evacuated due to injuries gets away. Shiggy is now in charge of Japan, more or less, with the help of the MLA. 2. Shiggy's resurrection is a failure, Gigantomachia grabs him and they run. Heroes go back to more or less status quo with the MLA rounded up and the LoV on the lam. I'd call this pretty unlikely. 3. Shiggy wakes up, heroes take grievous casualties, but a solid number of them escape and consolidate for round 2, which I'd be on being a prison defense. 4. Shiggy wakes up, the heroes take significant losses, but the regular cops come in with lethal force. MLA and LoV are on the run, but the hero society is shattered anyway by the new police state. I feel like 3 or 4 are the most likely, but I couldn't tell you which. There's got to be some payoff for that scene way back when the cops were talking about needing to make changes.
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Probably already posted but TAKE MY ENERGYNever say die, but McConnell is still going to be a Senator next year. Plus side, we've finally gotten some signals that the Biden admin would be okay with nuking the filibuster if push comes to shove, so we got that going for us.
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On the one hand, I don't believe it and won't believe it until I see it reflected on election day. On the other hand, we've still got 10-15 points to go until the crazification factor margin. So there's still room for him to go down.
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Mmm. That's the big thing, I think. If you've decided that they've already won, it's really easy to just... make that self-fulfilling. If they've won, why even try, right? But that's not what's happened. They're scrambling and pulling every lever because it's very possible that if they lose this one the way they're looking to, that that's it for the GOP as it currently exists. If we really get the trifecta this time, they might be forced into a position where, between voting reform, actual policy advancements, and cultural shift, their current platform becomes nonviable. Take heart from their panic, even though it means we're going to have to fight like hell.
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I mean, if we could do it, that'd be great. I'd love to shift the overton window like that. It's just that with Republican nominating Qanon folks now, I'm skeptical how viable it is - their base seems actively allergic to that kind of person at this point.
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People talk about the RINOs for hard red states thing every time the topic comes up, but the problem is that the bigots are really good at telling who's really one of their own, and they run the Republican primaries outside of a couple edge cases.
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Trump is not capable of the kind of sophistication that would be required around Duckworth. It'd be a disaster for him on every level. I like her a lot, and I'm really glad she's in the running after the initial radio silence.
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TBH... I don't see this one sticking around. Doesn't have the right kind of feel, to me. It's not that Trump's invincible, he's definitely not, it's just that somehow... I don't know how to put it, exactly. Something like Bleachgate punched right through into the mainstream consciousness because it was just that stupid. And the ongoing failure that is the COVID-19 non-response is biting at him every day because it's an everyday factor into everybody's lives. "Trump allowed Putin to put bounties on US servicemembers" is godawful terrible, but it just doesn't feel like the disasters that've hurt his poll numbers in the past. It's the kind of thing that the media definitely sees as a standard-issue scandal, so it'll get coverage, but I just don't see it making that much of a dent, certainly not compared to anything else.
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Nah. Those positions are all the actually unpopular stuff within the GOP. The base for the racism, christian dominionism, sexism is shrinking but it's still more numerous than the people who actually like their fiscal policy.
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In the abstract, I understand the reasoning on that Intercept article. If you're willing to work with people like the Lincoln Project on unseating Trump, or other mainstream Republicans on other bipartisan priorities, why not work with non-mainstream Republicans on progressive priorities? The difference is that while that all seems symmetrical on the surface, the simple fact of the matter is that the agreement you get on bipartisan initiatives generally is not really all that much like the agreement you get between the "populist right" and progressive priorities, because their support for those things is a fiction. They don't want it in any meaningful way, because their populism is a white, cis-male, straight, non-intersectional populism. It's about maintaining supremacy not class warfare. When they talk about "the elites" they mean intellectuals and Jews, not rich WASPs on Wall Street. Put another way, that Intercept piece is, speaking , somebody falling for the National Socialist label from the other direction.
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They're dead common and I'd got a step further: control freak egotistical manbabies (and a whole host of other sundry shit I could say about 'em) tend towards conservativism of all that crap. It's why compassionate conservatism became a joke so quickly. To be conservative and to be a good person are fundamentally incompatible.
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TBH, the pettiness of the response sorta speaks to the extent to which conservative media and the Trump campaign are shaped by needing to appeal to Trump as a primary audience. Would not expect better going forward.
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I think that if I were to make sense of it, I'd characterize the tactic as be more of an attempt at a fait accompli than "just" a lie - say publicly he resigned, then have him go along with it. In that framing, saying "nah fuck off" is defying him.
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TBH I doubt getting sued would stop this from happening. Media seems to be fairly well-acquainted with the Streisand Effect at this point, they'd probably welcome it. The bigger thing stopping is that... I don't think they'd view it as a good use of 90 minutes, unfortunately. Debates are a draw because they're . 90 minute interviews wouldn't get the same ratings.
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I was employing understatement. It's bad. Not campaign-endingly bad, but like, bad. Saying as much is not some crazy ass thing to do. People saying "well, now I'm not voting for him" are... well, I would disagree with them, to put it mildly. But like, them's the breaks.Then the statement fails to reference the necessary material from the platform.FWIW, education is actually the biggest spend of most municipalities, it's just counted differently so it doesn't show up in those charts. But yeah, it's true, they already get a of money.