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News Comments > Out of the Blue
35. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 21, 2017, 03:19 Slick
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 20, 2017, 14:21:
It is polite to say only good things about the dead.

The cardinal is dead. Good.

Mazel Tov
 
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General Discussion > Star Wars Spoiler Thread
24. Re: A.Weishaupt@gmx.at Dec 19, 2017, 05:35 Slick
 
El Pit wrote on Dec 19, 2017, 03:14:
There is only one way left they can save this: a Dallas cop out. The very final scene of episode IX (after fading to black after whatever stupid final the Mousepire and its servants can come up with) should be Luke waking up in his bed. In the Jedi temple he built and where he is training the new padawans. And then Luke smiles and says: "What a stupid dream". Start the credits.

There, Darth Diznee. This is your final chance to save Star Wars. Do it. Redeem yourself. It would prove that there is still something good in you. Don't let Luke and the fans down now.

I'd love to get your feel for Episode 7 then, if this is how you feel about Episode 8.

I don't really know what all these people thought should have happened that wouldn't have been utter fan service:

- shocking discovery about character's lineage!
- good guys saving the day in predictable way!

etc.

I can't tell you how nice it was to be surprised with parts of EP. 8. It's honestly the closest I'll ever feel to being able to watch the original trilogy for the first time in the theatres, when it was all still so weird, and not adopted into popular culture. Fucking puppet yoda and Ewoks, the dog-person that follows Han around, force choking, all of that nonsense shit that we just take for granted now.

I feel that there's some mystery left in the SW universe that isn't just a stock tale about stock heroes going through the heroic motions to overcome evil.

And I can't see how any of that shit would have made EP 8 in particular a better movie.

The shit people are complaining about is surreal.

The same people who bitched about how EP. 7 was nothing but pure fan-service flashback "member berries" and undiluted nostalgia, EP 8 manages to cut away from all of that shit. But they're even more angry now.

I'd LOVE to hear what EP. 8 SHOULD have been. I've seen a few examples of this, and they're each more boring than the last...
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Dec 18, 2017, 17:30 Slick
 
Lol, sueing Amazon because the post sometimes runs a bit slower a week before Xmas.

Fuck right the fuck off.

And trust me, I'm on the front lines with my own Amazon store knowing exactly how fucking retarded that company is, but this is retarded. You can live without a discount waffle iron for another 24 hours.
 
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General Discussion > Star Wars Spoiler Thread
21. No subject Dec 18, 2017, 03:57 Slick
 
I'm sure a film snob could outdo me here, but I think the central question is "WHO IS REY". Rey and her powers, where she wants to go, discovering her past etc. The 3 act structure I believe revolves around her development.

Act I "Who are you?"- Luke "I'm nobody" - Rey

Act II "Can you tell me who my parents are?" - Rey

Act III "I'm actually nobody, but I'm okay with that, and will forge my own future" -Rey

Something like that.

The Rebels escaping the First Order is just a vehicle for the rest of the development happening. You could fold the central question into what Rey is going to do regarding the First Order, and the Rebellion. Where her allegiances lie, what side she will chose after seeing her hero being a reclusive old bat. Really it's about her self-discovery. But it's very much an inward journey rather than seeing answers outside. And perhaps that is the most important lesson Luke teaches her, about what the Force actually is. It lets her start to use her own confidence to find herself.

Or something, who the fuck knows. Most characters have pretty solid arcs, but even though Rey doesn't really participate in much of the "main" sequence of the Rebels escaping the FO, I think her story is central. Even after losing like 95% of the Resistance, Leia says: "We have everything we need."

OH also, something from the battlefront game, the new SP DLC has you stealing the plans for a Dreadnaught, the first time they're seen. I played it a day before the movie came out, pretty cool. ALSO, they mention a couple times that even though their numbers are thin, they have "friends in the outer rim", which was parroted in the movie at least once, i think twice. So this has to be the main thrust of Ep. IX. To see the good guys come back from near-annihalation with friends will be nice to see. Along with a generous helping of growth and learning from past mistakes. It's almost more of a "Star Trek" message of hope than Star Wars. (runs for hills).

Also, I wasn't feeling GotG2 as much as the original, which was very tight. Still good movies, but the only good development in GotG2 was between the sisters. I somehow didn't care for Star Lord's daddy issues at all.
 
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General Discussion > Star Wars Spoiler Thread
19. No subject Dec 17, 2017, 23:38 Slick
 
Also, I liked the Casino planet. The way the plot is structured, there's an evacuation from the Rebellion planet at the beginning, and they finish at Crait at the end. Other than Luke's planet side-quest, there was no real places to visit to break up the visual storytelling form a production standpoint, unless they discovered a dusty holodeck onboard.

It was silly, but I think that was more a problem with the pacing of that whole planet. If there were just 2-3 more minutes of a slower pace before the sillyness it would have landed better. Not much, but just enough to make it not feel that we were just getting pushed through all of it too quickly for it to feel anything but inconsequential. Even though it all turned out to be inconsequential.

That quote you found JD is very good. It's all about heroes failing. What was that Yoda line? "pass along everything to those you teach, especially your failings" or something to that effect... I know I butchered that line.
 
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General Discussion > Star Wars Spoiler Thread
18. No subject Dec 17, 2017, 23:34 Slick
 
I heard this elsewhere, but I think it has weight: That the "stable urchins" were hamstrung in there just so they could have that memorable closing shot of one of them using the force to sweep, then holding the stick like a lightsaber. I have to admit that I was a bit miffed as to why they were there mid-way through the movie, mostly bad flashbacks to small children, pod-racing etc. But it makes sense to tee up that final shot (or one of the final shots, can't remember). It's a fundamental shift from thinking that only people have to have the right genetics get to be heroes, without even touching the abonination that midichlorians were. This breaks the cycle of the saga, always caring about heridity, who the fuck cares! If I want space opera I'll watch Star Trek  
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News Comments > Obsidian Denounces Loot Boxes and Microtransactions
21. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 16, 2017, 19:18 Slick
 
Slashman wrote on Dec 16, 2017, 18:55:
Personally, I don't care about microtransactions as long as they are cosmetic only. I begin to get real fucking annoyed when they are selling overpowered weapons and armor that completely turn multiplayer on its head for the people who DON'T dip into the scheme.


Of course.

The only games that I've personally played that do this however are APB: Reloaded and Black Desert Online. One of which is F2P, and the other is practically F2P.

Games have been $50-60 USD for a long time, and people show real resistance to paying more than that, if they could even be asked to pay that amount (many wait for a sale). So I don't know what the solution is, but I think it's a varient of MTX.

We need to get the people that can drop $10,000 on a game to do that, without them getting ridiculous rewards for it. If it's just convenience ie. I can get the EXACT same shit they can through a grind, then I don't see what the terrible shit is.

They ONLY have to do it so they don't have MTX at launch. Give it 2 months. People just paid FULL PRICE for a brand new game, they should be rewarded for the hours they put in for at least a couple of months before they open it up to the deep pockets. But those deep pockets could very well save gaming from sur-$60 prices, and eliminate the divisive practise of season passes.

Look at Destiny 2. I've had it for a little over a month, and I'm already behind cause I didn't buy the DLC, it's ABSURD. That shit is FAR WORSE of a deal to me than letting rich people bankroll development for me. As long as I can still earn all the shit they have just by playing the game. I don't understand how this is a controversial thing. At it's core it's very good towards gamers.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
7. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Dec 16, 2017, 17:03 Slick
 
The CDC news is fucking Goebbels-tastic

But the cellphone shit is SUCH GARBAGE. My wife is a physicist, and laughs at this nonsense. The people making these laws don't understand what non-ionising radiation is.

Fucking California... the best and the worst of America.
 
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News Comments > Obsidian Denounces Loot Boxes and Microtransactions
17. Re: Obsidian Denounces Loot Boxes and Microtransactions Dec 16, 2017, 16:39 Slick
 
Quboid wrote on Dec 16, 2017, 14:35:
Slick wrote on Dec 16, 2017, 11:47:
I wonder if this game will have any sort of post-launch DLC that they charge money for. Call me a literalist, but if you charge $14.99 for content not included in the original vanilla game... that's a fucking microtransaction.


It's a transaction, but it's not micro. I'd say something over $5 and largely self-contained (so more than just a weapon that affects the main game's balance, for example) is fine, as long as it's not filling a glaring omission in the base game.

Alright, so the main complaint against battlefront was that it would cost $3000 to unlock everything via "micro" transactions. I honestly don't think that people were that upset with people who would honest-to-god only spend $5. "Micro transactions" seem to be targeted at the 1% of big spenders that will drop a paycheque on it.

It's a bit of a semantic argument, and I understand the differece between an item, skin etc. and a map pack. My point is that both cost money after-the-fact. And there's a GREAT deal of uncertainty about what exactly people are mad about in the recent furore.

"Lootboxes" aren't a problem, as chance loot drops have been in games since the beginning. "MTX"es I don't really think are the problem either, if they're not just a cash grab, but a way to pay for post-launch content (expansions) for everyone.

I think what people were really mad about (and rightly so) is the idea of paid progression. That's the term that people should focus their anger on. That to me makes total sense. The idea of someone paying money and being able to do the equivalent of 1000 hours of grind in 5 seconds. That's a problem.

There's still many caveats with regards to my pet cause SWBF2 (I'm a DICE fanboy, get over it), because for the normal trooper classes there are zero starcards that affect health, or weapon damage. If you can outshoot someone, you'll still win everytime. The WEAPONS themselves are HUGELY important in this dmg/hp balance, and you can only unlock them by getting kills (not even assists, needs to be a full "kill"). You need 500 kills to get the 4th weapon in any class, and that's the only thing that will make you kill other people quicker. A pretty fundamental point that has been utterly glossed over because "lootboxes" is the only thing people care about.
 
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General Discussion > Star Wars Spoiler Thread
9. No subject Dec 16, 2017, 16:32 Slick
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Dec 16, 2017, 16:05:
Slick wrote on Dec 15, 2017, 20:21:
The good parts were Snoke getting iced in a really smart way.

Wait you liked this?

This was such shit, Snoke was the best character, they gave a little taste of his power and then.. he was killed in the most anti-climactic way possible.

Why couldn't the have had Snoke kill luke, kylo betrays snoke and kills him to take power

I COULD WRITE BETTER SHIT THAN THIS TRASH.

Yes I liked it, because it was unexpected. We were all expecting Snoke to be a major player, so it was genuinely unexpected to see him bite the dust halfway through the movie. This cements Kylo as the seris' main antagonist (doesn't waste much time on the Sidious-type archvillain). Kylo is more interesting than Snoke from a character standpoint because he has a backstory, and is obviously still conflicted. Snoke was just a stock evil character archetype.

While I would have enjoyed learning more about him, I'm totally fine with the direction Rian chose to take here, because it was unexpected. And considering all my complaints about episode VII, unexpected is good.

Also, the general theme of VIII was "let go of the past, we're moving forward" which I'm also excited about.

The movie had a lot of problems, but the way in which Kylo axes Snoke was done in a smart way ie. Snoke could see everything in Kylo's mind, but he was outsmarted.

Overall I was happy to be surprised by a plot twist that didn't involve the reveal that someone was someone's else's son/daughter/distant familial relation. I like that they didn't push that shit at all, as it's been done. Ren could be the last of the Skywalker line.
 
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General Discussion > Star Wars Spoiler Thread
8. No subject Dec 16, 2017, 16:27 Slick
 
RedEye9 wrote on Dec 16, 2017, 13:30:
plotholes :
If the commander lady could lightspeed through their main ship's hull at any time, why didn't the medical ship think of doing that?
The first order had the chance to disable or destroy the "commander ladies" ship but choose to continue firing on the transport ships.
If the medical ship had stopped and then turned around, the first order would then have been in range and the hospital ship would have been destroyed long before it could make the leap to hyperspace.

I don't know about that, it was taking shots to it's shield for like 8 hours straight until it ran out of fuel. I think it could have managed a 180 in the 5-10 seconds that would take then just zap through the big ships' hull.

I mean the whole "OJ chase" as it will eternally be known to me now, was just so riddled with plot holes, it's exhausting picking them apart.
 
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News Comments > Obsidian Denounces Loot Boxes and Microtransactions
3. Re: Obsidian Denounces Loot Boxes and Microtransactions Dec 16, 2017, 11:47 Slick
 
I wonder if this game will have any sort of post-launch DLC that they charge money for. Call me a literalist, but if you charge $14.99 for content not included in the original vanilla game... that's a fucking microtransaction.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
35. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 15, 2017, 20:30 Slick
 
David wrote on Dec 15, 2017, 19:34:
Not sure why the "Mary Poppins in deep space" complaints from the movie. "Mary Poppins" was using the Force and it's science fiction, so what's the problem?

Yeah I agree, and it "runs in the family". I'm going to run back to the spoiler thread before someone gets mad.
 
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General Discussion > Star Wars Spoiler Thread
4. No subject Dec 15, 2017, 20:21 Slick
 
The good parts were Snoke getting iced in a really smart way. The conversations between Ray and Kylo were very interesting. Ghost Yoda pulling arson on the great Jedi temple... just cuz. Kylo and Ray fighting alongside each other, seeing that they have some sort of connection... also makes me think that Kylo's whole spiel about how Ray's parents were nobodies could be bullshit, because it's revealed that they were both being manipulated by Snoke at this time for their connection thingy, so it could have been a plant by Snoke. Although the last shot of the rando kid with his force sweeping makes it feel like she might just be a nobody, and that anyone can become a force pro. You just need to think happy thoughts or something.

Crait's artistic design was very beautiful. Playing that map in SWBF2 is fucking cool, as the speeder bathtubs actually have those massive red rooster tails which linger for about 20 seconds like giant smoke grenades just EVERYWHERE, so the initial push on just flat terrain is broken up by these dynamic smokescreens that real players are pretty obliviously laying down everywhere, as they're really just trying to run people over. It's not the best map ever, but it looks gorgeous, and has a pretty neat and genuinely new gameplay mechanic I've never seen before.

Anyways, back to the movie, the lightspeed kamikaze through Snoke's ship was breathtaking. When the sound cut out our theatre got a few VERY loud: "WOW!"s from the audience, which was interesting. Like totally involountary but very audible "WOW". The fight scene with Snoke's henchmen in the throneroom was pretty cool, people flipped out when Kylo aced the last guy through the noggin with that sabre ploink.

There was other stuff, mostly interesting dialogue, the common theme of FORGET THE PAST, WE'RE MOVING ON was great, and some genuine grey areas of people's intentions, and where their true hearts lie from all the main characters. Including Finn in the casino I guess... but he can be forgiven to have his mouth agape a bit, he would have never known anything like that to even exist.
 
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General Discussion > Star Wars Spoiler Thread
3. No subject Dec 15, 2017, 20:12 Slick
 
So I feel that the 2 major plotholes for me were:

1) The whole premise of them slightly outrunning the First Order. I mean, it's so dumb and EVERYTHING hinges on it. If the commander lady could lightspeed through their main ship's hull at any time, why didn't the medical ship think of doing that? How could that ship the size of about 50 destroyers not have 500,000 tie fighters just rip the Resistance ships to shreds?

OH!

And WHAT THE FUCK:

So the FO is tracking the big ship, so small ships can get away without anyone noticing, right? What about Finn and asian girl escaping on a small ship, going to lightspeed and playing a few rounds of baccarat? WHAT THE FUCK. Why couldn't everyone do that? Surely the "transports" could hit lightspeed, considering just about every ship in the galaxy can do lightspeed...

and 2)

Luke Skywalker tried to kill Ben Solo, even for a moment. This is so out of character, even if it was a split second. And then the first half of the movie Luke is just basically Yoda from empire, "no I won't train you" "okay I'll train you"... just grumpy... And then he fucking dies after some astral projection shit at the end, WTF. WHY. His body just gave out, like his mom lol. So dumb.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 15, 2017, 15:41 Slick
 
I think all of the glowing reviews have the stated or not-stated context of being "for a star wars movie".

It's not super predictable, and that's where it's strength lies. It's an interesting watch.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 15, 2017, 12:25 Slick
 
The morning after I have to admit I'm thinking about the movie alot more than I thought I would.

There were some genuinely good moments, and it really didn't feel like a 2 hour nostalgia fap-fest, which can't be overstated. But there were some odd moments too, some beats just didn't land. Mary Poppins yes was odd, but the whole plot setup that carried the resistance throughout most of the film just seemed really really dumb. I mean REALLY ddumb. I couldn't get over it, I won't get over it. The premise of everything happening in the movie except Luke/Rey is predicated on something really really dumb that makes absolutely no sense.

If Blue wants to open up a SPOILER SW thread at some point I'd love to talk about it. Not just the dumb part(s), but the REALLY GENUINELUY FUCKING COOL parts too.
 
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News Comments > Morning Patches
2. Re: Morning Patches Dec 14, 2017, 13:31 Slick
 
bhcompy wrote on Dec 14, 2017, 11:40:
Modders bring Battlefield 2142 back from the dead, multiplayer working, featuring even custom maps.

What about the in-game billboards? Futureweapons is long gone.

I remember those. The only one that made sense was Intel, as it could plausibly exist 150 years in the future. But there were also some for a bad Nick Cage flick from 2007, that didn't work so well.

Overall I think ads in games are dumb, but some games somehow get around it where it's actually encouraged. Isn't there a popular GTA V mod that upgrades all the visuals and also swaps the billboard ads to reflect real companies? In that context it kinda works, as we all know that the "Sprunk" ads are really just mimicking "Sprite".
 
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News Comments > Wild Buster: Heroes of Titan Early Access
2. Re: Wild Buster: Heroes of Titan Early Access Dec 14, 2017, 10:21 Slick
 
I just wanted to post on the top article right now...

for anyone interested in watching a snuff livestream, the FCC is about to kill the open internet, you can watch it happen live here:

https://www.fcc.gov/general/live
 
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News Comments > Star Wars: Battlefront II Adds The Last Jedi Content
11. Re: Star Wars: Battlefront II Adds The Last Jedi Content Dec 13, 2017, 17:28 Slick
 
I think the sin of saying that Anakin was born from a virgin and impregnated by Midochlorian was possibly worse than anything else those movies did wrong, and that's saying a lot.

Still, I rewatched the prequels recently after playing a lot of their maps in SWBF2. For all the nonsense, they still managed some high-value production on the different worlds, and characters. Strictly A/V, not writing/directing.

I think that Vader should have a debuff on Tatooine and Jakku because he hates sand.
 
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