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  1. JDubYes

    Have you ever completely mastered a game?

    There are a fair few things I managed to get really good at, back before The Backlog meant I rarely stuck around anything for longer than it took to complete it and move on, but I did manage to get Gold on every event (Race and Showoff) with every rider on SSX Tricky, which was a bit... wait for it... I was a long-time Tony Hawk player, so it took a while to get used to the trick system (I think I had an epiphany one day when I was giving it a(nother) go whilst off sick), but once it clicked I never looked back, and it's still one of my very favourite games of all-time.
  2. JDubYes

    Arsenal

    Just the Lavazza derby going about as well as expected, unfortunately. We feel so isolated, talent-wise, in that we’re good enough to stay ahead of the chasing pack without really feeling like a match for the “proper” Champions League contenders. i like Emery enough to continue giving him the benefit of the doubt for now, and can see us improving further under him, but I’m not sure what he’ll be able without further (and better) reinforcements, either in January or the summer. That’s assuming I’m right to give him the benefit of the doubt in the first place, of course. I’m also beginning to wonder how many other Premier League defences I wouldn’t swap wholesale for ours. I know we have a lengthy injury list, but that doesn’t seem like an acceptable reason for them veering between terrifying and mortifying, with only very fleeting glimpses of competence interspersed.
  3. JDubYes

    Arsenal

    Yeah. We’re definitely moving in the right direction in some areas, but our (low-key great - who’d have thought three years ago we’d have Auba and Lacazette?) strikeforce in particular are making us look better than we are. It’ll be interesting to see how the next couple of transfer windows go, not least because of the Ozil (and potential incoming Lacazette) situation, as we’ve got some really good players, but are missing some cover and consistency, and I expect much more personnel turnover (budget allowing) as Emery tries to make the squad “his”.
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    Arsenal

    I’m not totally sold on him (though I certainly lean toward liking him), but in fairness I think his starting position was probably right, it was just that Lichtsteiner’s touch left him in limbo. I’m assuming I’m not alone in not really enjoying watching us much at the moment. We’re capable of some great stuff, and have some really good players, but we’re incredibly far from convincing, and our first halves/defending/early subs are invitations to heart attack central. We’re definitely still a work-in-progress, and while we’re in a good spot considering how early we are in our rebuilding process, I’d be very surprised if we’re back in the Champions League next year.
  5. JDubYes

    Football Thread 2018/19

    https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2018/nov/24/river-plate-v-boca-juniors-copa-libertadores-final-second-leg-live?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other Nicely illustrates the utter shitshow that occurred tonight; the violence before the game was supposed to start, the confusion after, and the ineptitude throughout. i will admit to not knowing that the game was on, let alone how beautifully set up it was - a final between unquestionably the two biggest teams (and rivals) in Argentina, tied at 2-2 after the first leg (with no away goals rule) - but I’m really interested now. Will be an odd game to watch in the circumstances though, especially if it is played behind closed doors.
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    Hearthstone

    Rogue would appear to be Pirates, supported by the two-drop that's this set's Hench-clan Thug (a theoretically neutral card that is really a Rogue card in disguise), Sharkfin Fan, which is a two-mana 2/2 Pirate that summons another 1/1 Pirate every time you take a swing. I fully expect an aggro Pirate build or three to be tried (with Even and Odd versions of each), especially seeing as they've apparently printed card draw for (versions of) the deck too (a three-mana draw two Pirates that also draws a weapon if it's Combo-ed). The Rogue Epic they've shown today (a seven-mana 5/7 that Discovers a 1-mana 1/1/ version of a Battlecry minion) being a peg-leg but not a Pirate seems a bit weird though. The legendary Loa (a five-mana 2/2 that swallows a (presumably random) minion in your deck, absorbs its stats, and then puts it in your hand when it dies) doesn't really work in an aggro deck either. It'll be interesting to see what all these new cards do to Rogue in Wild too, bearing in mind the Pirate-heavy Odd deck running roughshod over the format, and the "Big" Deathrattle deck that is also pretty good (and good fun*) already. * Yeah, I'm back already - I had a break, then a weekend of dog-sitting (of all things) made some phone gaming very convenient, so I've been playing (a bit less, mainly doing quests), often in Wild (a bit more). Looking forward to the expansion coming out in a couple of weeks too, as despite the break I've actually got even more gold saved up than usual, presumably because Boomsday had so few really good cards I didn't feel so compelled to keep getting packs for as long as usual.
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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    I agree that Angel probably doesn’t have as many obviously standout episodes as Buffy (possibly due to there being less variance in quality/theme?), but I love the final season, and the series finale might still be my single favourite episode of anything ever. I hadn’t realised it was on Prime now - that makes the rewatch I’ve never gotten around to slightly more likely, and I might go watch the last episode (or two) now...
  8. JDubYes

    Football Thread 2018/19

    I appreciate that any (real or perceived) big club bias must be incredibly frustrating, but still, fucking hell.
  9. JDubYes

    Arsenal

    Second Half FC strike again. What a sublime goal that third one was. By the time the ball hit the back of the net I was actually laughing.
  10. I've just looked at the prices for this on PSN. Jesus. I'm not missing anything though, am I - basically everything included in the Special/Ultimate Editions is a 'free money' cheat (for Online and/or Story mode, and I can't decide which is worse), an outfit or a horse, with barely anything of note in terms of content? Is there actually anything worthwhile in there, that I've just missed? Everything in there just looks like it should be a preorder bonus, not something to try and sell for an extra £15-£30 on top of an already pretty bloody expensive game. I was pretty hyped for it before I had a look, but it's actually soured me on it somewhat.
  11. JDubYes

    Hearthstone

    Also, the nerfs are pretty bad. Mana Wyrm now costs 2 mana. This makes it shit (why not just take away 1 hp?!), and destroys Tempo Mage, which in principle I don't really mind, but it does take away one of Quest Rogue's worst matchups even as... Giggling Inventor now costs 7 mana. Again, why not switch up the card instead of just murdering it? I get that it just being 6 mana would've made all Even archetypes a nightmare, but still. Aviana is now 10 mana. Well, yeah. Sort of a shame, but had been rendered necessary. But they've also left alone the entire Druid shell that makes the game boring in Standard*, and probably made pretty much the only decent anti-Spreading Plague tech (Mossy Horror) less appealing by murdering the only other decent target for it (unless you're playing a Deathrattle deck). I continue to have pretty much given up. * - Nourish, Wild Growth, Swipe, Branching Paths and Spellstone are all in 90+% of all Druid decks, but have all been left alone. So has Spreading Plague, which continues to be possibly the worst card they've ever printed.
  12. JDubYes

    Hearthstone

    For the first time since around May 2014, I don’t have Hearthstone installed on any device. Between the rock-paper-scissors nature of the meta*, the fact I’ve achieved most of what I can reasonably achieve in the game, Druids, and the way that all of these have combined to suck a lot of the fun out of the game for me, I’m out, at least for now. There was an announcement that there’ll be an announcement (FFS) about balance next week, and of course there’ll be a new expansion before the end of the year (though I think we need rotation rather than more cards at this point), so there’s always a chance that those (or indeed habit) will draw me back in (I certainly don’t hate the game...yet), but it’s so hard to generate any enthusiasm for it all at the moment. * this is an interesting read about the meta polarity issue - https://www.vicioussyndicate.com/meta-polarity-and-its-impact-on-hearthstone/
  13. JDubYes

    Crimson Skies is ace!

    I knew it was too much to hope that the thread had been bumped for a remaster/remake. (Not that it'd probably come to PS4 anyway.) Such a brilliant game. Of all the XBOX games I had, it's the one I'd most enjoy playing again now, I think.
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    Arsenal

    I think part of the problem (with buildup and general quality of play) is that we’ve been playing an admittedly talented front four, but we’re playing three of them out of position; Auba is on the left, which does make some sense, and I think we might get away with, except that then Ozil is too far out wide, and pretty ineffectual, and Ramsey is too far forward (literally, a lot of the time - he was often further forward than Laca and Auba yesterday, and/or making speculative runs that he’d have been lucky to have any of his teammates spot, let alone find him on). I was genuinely surprised, given Ramsey’s contract news, that Emery hadn’t opted to drop him and put in the more in-form Iwobi, or even Wellbeck, and move Ozil back into his preferred position. Certainly those two fit the system better, while also giving us a bit more pace, and it was telling that we played better as soon as they came on, and added some real impetus. (The second goal was partially down to that, and partially down to the fact that Watford, who’d played well, keeping us in check while still able to push forward, and really deserved better, finally had to push out with some urgency, and we just hit them on the break almost immediately.) Leno looked decent when he came on, much more comfortable on the ball than Cech, and he made some good saves after a nervy start. He looked in part like the goalkeeping personification of the (recent) Arsenal - talented, good on the ball, but a bit indecisive - and that worries me a bit in a goalkeeper, as does his apparent reliance on punching (rather than collecting) the ball. There were a few other positives (the Katsu burger at Bird, Torreira, one of the kids’ penalties at halftime getting put right in the top corner, the performance/impact of the subs, seeing the hateful racist scumbag near me in the crowd being forcibly ejected) in what wasn’t a great performance, but was a good result against a decent, in-form side, but the main one was definitely the performance of Holding, who was rightly man of the match; he was great in the air, and made some timely interceptions and one great, potentially goal-saving block. A very promising showing.
  15. JDubYes

    Recommend me non fiction

    I can’t speak for their quality yet, beyond knowing that they’re well thought of, but three books by Michael Lewis (The Big Short (the book the film is based on), The Undoing Project and Flash Boys) are all in the Kindle Daily Deals for 99p if anyone’s interested.
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