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  1. Very much enjoyed the first two episodes. There’s a reason the books are considered unfilmable, and I feel they’ve made interesting changes in order to preserve the themes and ideas but make the show more fitting for the format.
  2. I think the thing that’s strange about fragment is that it’s a problem King’s Canyon doesn’t really have. In most BR games a POI in the centre of the map will become super popular, and end up being a default place to land. But on KC I couldn’t even tell you what’s in the middle, and there’s no obvious most popular place since they removed Skull Town. I feel like it’s crazy that it’s still the best balanced map.
  3. At what point did the most expensive items shift from being actually rare stuff to sealed copies of Mario games? The AES Euro Kizuna that sold for about 12k was definitely the most expensive retro game sale of all time in the early 2000’s, at what point did the balance tip towards sealed Mario? Because I feel like it was before all this WATA auction house shit.
  4. Who cares? He’s not made a decent game in 15 years, he’s a con artist and a total twat.
  5. Chris Pratt seems bland enough to play Mario, who doesn’t exactly have much personality. I’m guessing the good stuff will go to Luigi and bowser and that sounds alright.
  6. I liked that one a lot, thought it was really funny.
  7. Yeah Battle Angel Alita. The first series is just called that, you start at the first volume. I think there’s collected editions available too. The second series is called Last Order, and the new one is Mars Chronicle, which is still ongoing.
  8. Tell him to go in with low expectations for the ending though.
  9. Tell him to keep reading One Piece If he didn't get through the first ten books he's not seen what it's really got yet. Otherwise, based on those things, I'd reccomend Battle Angel, but I always do. Vinland Saga also might be a good shout.
  10. I suppose the problem with a horror RPG is the conflict between the feeling of powerlessness which is at the core of horror and the progress and power which often define the growth of your character in an RPG. Even something like Bloodborne which is a horror RPG has to strike a fine balance between the horror of cosmic forces and letting you prevail and overcome those things, whereas most horror games end with you desperately escaping something you could never defeat.
  11. I thought that was a really good finale. Not too saccharine but emotional and thoughtful.
  12. I’m a big fan of XV, but I’m also excited to see other things in the series, and Forspoken looks to be following on from XV so we should hopefully all get what we want.
  13. The XV team moved straight on to Forspoken, which I think you can see from the trailers. So wherever XVI staff are coming from it’s not going to be the XV team.
  14. It was from the random one I got from my daily treasure pack. I’ve bought a few here and there but I’ve definitely not opened 500 yet so the luck was on my side. Playing with friends though I’ve definitely got better RNG luck than a lot of people. I’ve also not got a main, I play Loba most but she’s not got one and isn’t a great pick at higher levels. I think I’ll probably get Bang’s knife or Bloodhound’s axe, though the choice is paralysing me at the moment
  15. From what I’ve read it’s still very common for Japanese developers to spend their entire career at one studio. Matsuno seems to be a bit of an outlier in that he moved about and frequently disagreed with his bosses, but the norm is still staying put and working your way up, and SE have never had rough enough patches to cause mass layoffs. Unlike say, Naughty Dog, where the average employee lasts three years and there’s functionally nobody from the Crash Bandicoot team still working there, it’s extremely likely that there’s still members of these teams present and that the older ones will have chosen and trained the younger people, so I think at a large Japanese developer who have never had major financial troubles (aside from the Enix merger, but I don’t think that resulted in layoffs) this graphic is more interesting than it would be at somewhere like Rockstar.
  16. Interesting graphic from Reddit:
  17. The Escapist really is a haven for genuine wankers. The whole tone of that article is so irritating. My kids don't really play games with me much anymore, and seem to generally think that if I like something it means that thing is shite, which I think is natural. When they were younger I was kind of in charge of what they played, and I guess they did play a lot of games I like because they were always around. But as they've gotten older they've developed their own tastes which I think is probably pretty normal. My youngest doesn't really like games much, though I guess my view of that is probably weird because I like them so much. He plays stuff socially, Fortnite or Roblox or Minecraft, whatever is popular with his friends, and occasionally plays things with me and my partner, where we usually default to whatever she likes because she's a bit picky. My older one likes playing competitive games and beating people, but we're way past the stage where I can offer any sort of challenge to him. I figure it's always like that with stuff your parents like though? I remember working at the comic shop with someone who thought comics were stupid. He laughed at us for enjoying them, so eventually I asked him why he worked there. He said his Dad was friends with the manager, and eventually I found out that one of the friendly old dudes who I used to talk to about Spider-Man was his Dad. Dude had a picture of him and his Dad meeting Stan Lee that he thought was super embarassing.
  18. Both the last two felt like they just stopped. The episode that ended with ego and quill did a much better job of telling a story but leaving the implications of the ending open. Both these just felt like they ran out of time and had to stop. What’s annoying though is that moment to moment I was enjoying them both, probably because they have stuff a bit more time so the pacing felt better. But the abrupt, unsatisfying endings were both really rubbish and ruined my enjoyment of the episodes. I really like seeing the interplay between weird character combinations like hope and Peter and pepper and young shuri. Plus the opportunity to show us versions of characters from earlier than their canon introductions in the MCU. And the sound is excellent, the use of the music from black Panther in the latest one was brilliant. Shame about the overall plotting but tonnes of good scenes. I also feel like the last few were much better at exploring the consequences of the change, rather than just telling the same story with minor differences. If they could nail down the pacing it could be really special.
  19. I often wondered about the time thing. I think there’s two possibilities: One possibility is the clock resets once a year and they’re all basically living the same calendar year again and again. The deal Cypher is offered and the Animatrix short Program suggest that the machines can put people back into the matrix and alter their memories. I’d guess that the 99.9% of the humans who accept the matrix could probably deal with this but the few who are already prone to questioning their reality might be more likely to feel that way around new year in this scenario. So people’s lives progress but they don’t notice it’s always 1998. The other potential scenario is that time keeps passing but the world doesn’t progress meaningfully in technology or politics. The world is endlessly trapped in a 90’s world even though the clock is ticking up and there’s no meaningful progress. Assuming that the machines can change memories this would also account for the resetting of the matrix, as they could change the memories to wipe over the inconsistencies.
  20. Neos body was taken by the machines and it’s totally possible that Trinity’s was. He did go to the source, but from the point where he decides to go through the door back into the matrix in reloaded he’s left the path of the one. It’s not clear what exactly returning to the source means but it might be completely different if the physical body goes to the source in the real world than if the one chooses to return to the source from the architects room.
  21. So there’s been some kind of leak from the GeForce Database. A lot of these games aren’t announced yet, or they’re console games that haven’t come to PC yet (a number of the PlayStation games fall into this category). Sony Microsoft Square Enix Capcom Take Two EA Bandai Curve Digital Devolver Crytek D3 Sega Atlus WB Valve Paradox
  22. There won’t always be a neo anymore, the choice he made in reloaded meant the prime program wasn’t returned to the source, so no more ones will be created in the matrix. He’s a confirmed cast member. Assuming TMO is still canon the Morpheus from the first three movies is dead.
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