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  1. John0

    Formula E

    So after a every crazy thing that went down in that season we end up with... Mercedes winning both Championships and a big grin from Toto! But yeah De Vries got pretty lucky overall, he was good but I don't think you could say he was demonstrably better even than his teammate, not to mention a handful of others. Even going back to that shitshow in Valencia where half the field contrived to give Merc a massive haul of points - that gave them the Championships in the end! Amongst other things.. Super gutted for my boi Jake Dennis, and a shame after all the drama we didn't get the title fight that it was set up to be (race was still pretty good though). But that was one hell of an entertaining season! I look forward to the next one . I do wonder if they'll rethink the qualifying format after seeing how tight the whole field was.
  2. John0

    Formula E

    This is insane!
  3. John0

    Formula E

    De Vries was so close to getting collected by Mortara too.
  4. John0

    Formula E

    Oh my God!
  5. John0

    Formula E

    Loved the race today! And it's all set up very nicely for the finale tomorrow. 9 points separating 7 drivers with another couple of still having a legitimate shot too. Should be fun!
  6. There's a bit of chat in the general motorsport thread about it to be fair. Realise I'm in the minority, but I've really enjoyed this FE season! It's delivered in having both giant clusterfucks (Valencia, London) and genuinely exciting/interesting more traditional races as well (Monaco). Yeah it's not perfect, the qualifying format generates a bit of a false sense of balancing the field, and obviously fan boost is ridiculous. But it's the first season I've properly followed and I've found it really entertaining. Would 100% recommend watching Monaco without spoilers if anyone's not seen it even if you have 0 interest in FE. Pumped for the finale this weekend
  7. Wouldn't it be more like reading that someone was watching a very specific bit of The Crown, assuming that they already knew what happened, and then talking about the future events of that specific bit whilst quoting them directly? Of course we can't ban talking about certain past events but I think just a little bit of courtesy and conscientiousness in this specific situation is all that's being asked for.
  8. Level 42 now and joined your kingdom @Theholyhogg. Still have no idea what I'm doing.
  9. John0

    Pokemon Go

    Yeah I feel the same (@Arn X Treme) - the game is best enjoyed with a very casual attitude and zero expectations these days. I have bought a Go Fest ticket two years running though (though was refunded for the 2020 one obviously) but haven't spent any money apart from that since 2016 due to my stubbornness about how people shouldn't make such obscene amounts of money with such low standards of software development. Yeah it's hard to sum up just how frustrating being a Niantic "customer" has been over the past few years. The community reaction may seem petulant at times I guess but damn you can only squeeze the patience out of people for so long. Definitely had some great times with the game though like you say! Got some good memories. Yet the game still feels like it hasn't fulfilled the potential of the core idea.
  10. John0

    Pokemon Go

    @Arn X Treme Yes sadly you're probably right and it will come to nothing in the long run. I think this is the closest we've got to people getting so pissed off that it might actually change something though, so thought it was noteworthy. We'll see!
  11. John0

    Pokemon Go

    My personal feelings on this are that I find this a strange hill to die on from both sides. Niantic seem surprisingly stubborn in their desire to bring back the original stop/gym interaction distance. On the face of it it seems like making the changes permanent is of no real detriment to them, and would be worth a lot of goodwill with the players. Though perhaps you could speculate that they might have legally binding contracts with whoever they're selling their data to that the increased distance is impacting. Or that their data is just worth less without the reduced distance and this would affect their profit in ways that only they can calculate. But from the players I find the strength of the reaction a bit surprising too. From day 1 playing this game has been a case of wading through bugs and unhelpful design choices in order to enjoy the magic of pokemon in the real world - and the systems have been getting steadily more predatory and cynical for years now. Maybe its a case of the straw breaking the camel's back but personally there are a number of things I think are more important than the stop/gym distance being reduced and going back to playing how we were. Yes it's annoying, but I find things like the flying type catch bug, the constant stuttering and frame drops on my very capable Android phone, the XL candy system, the lag and inconsistent mechanics in GBL - all more frustrating. But Niantic have been walking a tightrope of ignoring (at best) or showing outright contempt for (at worst) their users from the very start, so in a way I do find it a bit satisfying that it's finally come to a head. Might need to re-stock on popcorn for the next few weeks.
  12. John0

    Pokemon Go

    We're currently seeing the biggest kick-back by the player base in the 5 years of this game's lifetime. Various vague calls to boycott or at least not spend money, but most prominent was this open letter to Niantic from various youtubers/influencers linked here, but here's an excerpt: Niantic responded with this statement today. Excerpt: The statement does not really attempt to hide it's corporate PR roots, and needless to say has not gone down very well. Pokemon GO has been a bumpy ride for everyone to say the least, and it has survived a myriad of bugs, regular blunders and odd design choices from its creators. But this does seem to be the closest we've come yet to the communities dissatisfaction affecting its success. Time will tell I guess!
  13. Hardly played but am now level 10 and have joined the Earthen faction! So slowly getting there...
  14. John0

    Rocket League

    While you guys appear to have all gone on to bigger and better things, let the records show that I actually hit Diamond a little while ago. I lost all three games, immediately dropped out and am now back to whiffing in Plat 2 again
  15. Man I'm exhausted. What a race! Very happy for Ocon and Alonso v Hamilton was soooo good. And 6 points for Williams!
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