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  1. Well you know what you're going to get with him, at least
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    I think Djokovic's haul is due to luck with the competition in a way Federer didn't. It looks like there might finally be a changing of the guard, but Federer ran into peak Nadal and early Djokovic and Murray, while Its primarily been the same faces providing challenge until now. I think Murray's injuries are very significant - he was at his career peak, had hit number one, racked a couple of slams and then boom, he's completely gone. In the alternative reality where his hip doesn't give in, there's a number of titanic battles and Djokovic doesn't win all of them. Also if Nadal was even fractionally worse on clay than the greatest of all time and its not even close, Federer would be out of sight. As for surfaces, I wish they'd add variety again, at least at Wimbledon. No one wants racket technology powered 90s blink and you'll miss it mens tennis, but I just don't think you should be getting 6 hour monster baseline rallies on grass. It should be fast enough to hit winners. Tl;Dr Federer is grace and beauty personified with amazing hair and he's the greatest ever and I don't care what you think
  3. Tedious. I think there is a difference between people who hold a subset of opinions you disagree with or dislike - even ones you think beyond the pale - and people who are actively trying to weaponise those opinions, may not even believe them and are using cynical advertising methods to push them. Its impossible to eliminate the first, and complaining about it is into Everyone I Disagree With Is Hitler. I think the Critical Drinker has some interesting things to say about stories and characters, interspersed with rants about about culture warriors that I completely switch off for. The overall drunk thing isn't even that funny. But the difference between him and Red Letter Media isn't that great and he's closer to it than some of the others which are just hate machines.
  4. I think being a grifter is a different thing. The Critical Drinker is a talented dude with some shitty opinions. However I don't believe he's presenting those opinions in a cynical manner just to drive traffic or stoke controversy. I think he just has shitty opinions and likes to vent. Disliking him and not driving traffic for having shitty opinions is of course, entirely reasonable. But I think it's a different thing.
  5. I still think The Critical Drinker is a bit apart from those groups, he has a bit more substance marred by annoying alt right bullshit. His actual review of Shang Chi is a lot more nuanced than any of that.
  6. It's not a toss up, it's Star Trek and it's not even close and it's terrifying.
  7. They had a big cliff hanger on one of the other ones But that one still felt like a complete story. I can see what they were trying with this one - it's a small part of a bigger tale but it did just feel like part one of a two parter. I wonder if That might give some closure. Alternatively there'll be follow ups in season 2.
  8. Yeah, I don't get the lore complaints. Other shows would have dragged that plot line out over every season, and that info dump would have been 12 episodes. Here they just went, fuck it, we'll dump some lore because it'll let us shake up the status quo for a bit anyway. And then they'll probably retcon the entire thing at a random point for badness.
  9. That was somewhat tongue in cheek, but McCarthy is owed an apology. He should have had the chance in the playoff he qualified for, and he got a mountain of shit for a fraction of what Kenny has done. Martin O'Neill also need reappraised. It's a decade or more job to fix this properly, and we've not even started.
  10. England will never have the player problems we have. That's a goal to aspire to. In the interim the association is broke and qualifying for the next Euros could fund youth development. Right now, we need Big Sam, and we need to hoof it at every opportunity.
  11. Under 21s was the right place for Kenny, or rather in charge of the entire youth system. I am all for the style he wants to play, I just don't think League One loanees are going to deliver it. We have to build a pipeline of players. As it is, we're going to have the worst of all worlds. He'll probably be lost from the entire set up and we'll get another manager who will scrape up results from our meagre resources but the media will hate. Nothing will change and we'll just have to luck out on players at some point. Maybe we'll miraculously string a run together that avoids the chop. Or maybe we've just no money to change anyway. We'll see.
  12. It was bad. I can forgive a certain amount of jank, and consoles near the end of their life can get pushed harder than they should. But Cyberpunk hit Perfect Dark framerates on base consoles, had a mountain of weird bugs and I find the amount of times it has straight crashed out on me - even after multiple patches and a Series X unforgivable. I think the PS4 version is up to minimally acceptable now. But they just decided to target high end PCs and new consoles and ignored the base machines. Deserved all they got and hopefully a lesson to others.
  13. It's a good game, but anyone suggesting it's the game of the year.much less decade has lost the run of themselves. It has a remarkable sense of place. The story will keep your attention and some of the side quests are very good. But it doesn't quite hold together. The main quests and side quests are done quite quickly, and what's left when they are done is a bit mindless. The story itself moves really fast in a way not really consistent with an open world game, and Keanu ranges from fun to annoying. Act One feels like a missed opportunity to set things up before forcing the big change. Side quests vary, and it feels like there should be a few more endings to tie in with them. You get stupidly, murder everything in sight powerful very quickly, there's way to much inventory to manage for no real gain and the driving mechanics are jumpy at best. It is also riddled with bugs. I have had something like 10 straight crash outs on my Xbox, first S then X which is a record by a massive margin. Then there's all the weird stuff that happens. My favourite was when I called my bike and it appeared under cars and jumped then up. Ultimately its just a really good open world game. No more or less. But it seemed to promise a lot more and I think that's why people are disappointed.
  14. I have no idea why indie bands are getting a kicking here, since there is derivative shite in every form of music and you'd struggle to name any in the last five years. In any case, pixel art, like indie guitar bands and every other form of music, is really great when it's great. It doesn't matter if I played Final Fantasy III (VI) in 1994. It still looks great, and every attempt at improvement has made it look much worse. I do tend to much prefer 16-bit esque to 8-bit. But there are exceptions. Shovel knight is great, for example.
  15. Tempting fate but James to Leeds appears to be done. Seems a little pricey given our position a few weeks ago, and I'd really have preferred a centre midfielder but Bielsa really likes him and you'd expect him to improve him.
  16. The technology is a good point. A lot of "retro" games would melt the original hardware they are aping - bust the sprite limits, bust the palette restrictions, bust the number of background layers or sound channels and a hundred other things. Even where it is theoretically possible, it's only because it has access to an amount of memory that would have cost more than your car at the time. So then it becomes a sort of exercise in creating games you imagined when you were younger but weren't actually possible.
  17. Leeds are definitely taking a gamble not strengthening more this summer. We've laboured so far, and the Man Utd game was a car crash. I think we'll stay up, but could easily get pulled into it. An injury to Philips would be big trouble.
  18. It's photography vs painting. Pixel art is its own thing. Sometimes developers are trying to evoke a previous era, but that's hardly unique in art. Sometimes it will be a cost thing but that's also fine, games just wouldn't get made otherwise. Generally I have no preference, there's good and bad across all styles. I dislike when things are too busy though, and it's easier to go over the top in a 2d game if you are pushing lots of effects.
  19. Been caning this and got out once. The genius of it is that its extremely well balanced, so there's a huge range of viable builds. Last night I about to give up after a disastrous first area and boss but wound up with crazy passive damage and absolute sliver from beating Redacted. Some of the Hammers seem complete busts though. I assume there's therefore YouTube videos of people breaking the game with them.
  20. @DeDeDe There's both a PS Vita and Xbox port of AM2R. The former needs a jailbroken vita, the latter either dev mode or the thing where you are added to the test list for the app to run on retail - https://gamr13.github.io/
  21. I've never really watched The Clone Wars bar a few clips here and there on YouTube, though I did watch Rebels. While I've no doubt I'd have got more out of it if I'd watched the Clone Wars, I have enjoyed it without doing so.
  22. I simultaneously liked this and thought it was a bit of wasted opportunity.
  23. I assume this was recorded individually which is probably going to be more difficult for people not experienced in voice acting. I wasn't overly fussed on the animation and much preferred MoTU to be honest. I think the premise was handled very well. Steve Rodgers remained heroic and wasn't cheaply killed off either. I'd have liked it even if he'd have remained heroic without an Iron Man suit, but hey, there was a lot to do in a half hour. I saw a review complaining that this was entirely for Marvel fans and required you really knew the plot of the original and felt they'd spectacularly missed the point. This was a lot more fun than I thought it'd be.
  24. We were a substantially worse team last season without Phillips last season, and I'm not sure why we've not bought another quality midfielder. Bielsa is great at developing players, but his record of converting positions is spottier. This is cruel on Koch. Replay of last season when we torn a new one on the counter attack, anyway.
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