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Movies & TV / Re: Star Wars IX The Rise of Skywalker
« on: December 07, 2019, 08:40:33 PM »
You know, I had been avoiding this thread because I figured it'd end up bein guys shitting all over the luke-warm interest/excitement of everyone else for absolutely no reason but to make it known how edgy they are for not liking Star Wars anymore...

Glad to see I didn"t miss out on anything.

Don't worry. As these forums have always shown, there will always be a place here to worship our new rodent corporate overlords. Hell, these forums probably wouldn't still exist without them.

Besides, I only came in here to mention Jedi Battle Meditation since folks were talking about the possible introduction of new Force Powers. It's a power that I'm surprised Disney hasn't reintroduced at this point considering its implications in large fleet battles. It's also an ability that could be introduced without half the fanbase calling B.S. on since it has an origin in the EU and was prominently featured in one of the most beloved Star Wars games. It's also so vaguely defined that Disney could spin it any direction they pleased.

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Movies & TV / Re: Star Wars IX The Rise of Skywalker
« on: December 07, 2019, 08:09:32 PM »
When you rule decades of books that were previously canon "non-canon" just so you can put out your own terrible books,
To be clear the original Expanded Universe was also mostly terrible books. Do you want "The Character Assassination of Han Solo Courtship of Princess Leia" or would the distinguished works of Kevin J Anderson be more your liking.

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of original Expanded Universe books, games, comics, etc. Yeah, in a sample size that large, you're going to get duds. I think I actually did read quite a few Kevin J Anderson books back in the day, though, in particular the Young Jedi Knights series. There were the usual ones everyone read, of course, too, like Timothy Zahn's Thrawn Trilogy, etc.

Funny thing is, Disney brought Zahn back in to write new Thrawn books once Rebels brought him back from Disney's Thanos Snap. Haven't seen or heard anyone say anything about them. Say what you will about the original Expanded Universe novels, but people actually read them. And I daresay people would have preferred where Luke; Leia; & Han ended up in the EU over how they've ended up in the Sequel Trilogy.

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Movies & TV / Re: Star Wars IX The Rise of Skywalker
« on: December 07, 2019, 03:07:52 PM »
Disney isn’t stealing if it belongs to them.

When you rule decades of books that were previously canon "non-canon" just so you can put out your own terrible books, I think it's fair to call it "stealing" when you go in and take entire characters and settings from the books you'd discarded. It's certainly creative theft if not in the legal sense.

But hey, remember that Kathleen Kennedy recently said that it was "hard" making new Star Wars films since "there’s no source material. We don’t have comic books. We don’t have 800-page novels. We don’t have anything other than passionate storytellers who get together and talk about what the next iteration might be.”

Unless, of course, you find yourself in need of a villain for Rebels and you decide to just revive Grand Admiral Thrawn from those novels that don't exist.

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Movies & TV / Re: Star Wars IX The Rise of Skywalker
« on: December 07, 2019, 01:02:38 PM »
I'm actually kind of shocked that Jedi Battle Meditation hasn't made its way back into the official canon, considering the EU and Knights of the Old Republic used it. It's not like Disney's been reluctant to just steal elements of the EU they liked & then pretend they created them.

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General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Out for the Season (Broken Hand)
« on: December 04, 2019, 08:14:34 PM »
I want to find whoever convinced every member of the Jazz to only shoot 3 point shots or mid-range floaters and beat them within an inch of their life.  :rolleyes:

...

I hear the Corpse of Dante Exum managed to get himself injured again, albeit possibly temporarily this time. I'm so glad we wasted 5 years on that loser.
It’s only a game, Focker.

It's only an expression, one of frustration at a collection of players & an organization that's proven satisfied with being continually mediocre for almost 20 years. Nothing frustrates me more than seeing apathy from a team that's historically known for giving it their all on the court. This team had the excuse in the past that they simply didn't have the firepower, so management tried to buy a Championship like other teams do every year. Now that they have the firepower, the passion just seems to be gone outside of a few guys.

It's frustrating, and if the Jazz continue to get blown out night after night by opponents both weak and strong, Synder's going to get the boot. And Exum is a loser. I've been mocking him since LONG before this game for his total uselessness and general propensity to shatter into a million pieces if anyone so much as looks at him. There are guys playing well on other teams right now that the Jazz cut to keep Exum, and we have nothing to show for it.

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General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Out for the Season (Broken Hand)
« on: December 04, 2019, 07:09:05 PM »
I want to find whoever convinced every member of the Jazz to only shoot 3 point shots or mid-range floaters and beat them within an inch of their life.  :rolleyes:

Seriously, those are the only plays the Jazz run anymore, and every team has that figured out. Quin Synder is rapidly on the path towards being fired at this rate. The Jazz have too much talent to get run out of the building by every team that comes their way these days. So much of the franchise's future was sacrificed to finally make this team a legit competitor...

I hear the Corpse of Dante Exum managed to get himself injured again, albeit possibly temporarily this time. I'm so glad we wasted 5 years on that loser.

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Stale Jokes / Re: Cyber Monday? More like Cyber Dumbday
« on: December 02, 2019, 07:22:19 PM »
Weird. This has been my most active Black Friday/Cyber Monday in years. Lot of discount PS4 games & anime BluRays going around.

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General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Out for the Season (Broken Hand)
« on: December 02, 2019, 04:51:29 PM »
*glances at the scores*

You know...some days I hate it when I'm right.

Heads need to roll over in Jazz management for how spectacularly underwhelming this team is turning out to be.

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General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Out for the Season (Broken Hand)
« on: December 01, 2019, 03:54:27 PM »
Lakers get an easy win. I don’t believe James and Davis played in the fourth quarter. I expect the Lakers to lose at least two games next week, back-to-back against the Nuggets and Jazz is a tough schedule.

Yeah, well...by the time we get to that game, the Jazz will be on a 3 games-in-4-nights run of the Raptors & 76ers on the road followed by that game with the Lakers, so the game against us might be easier than you expect. I wouldn't be surprised if the Jazz lost all 3 of those games, especially with how terribly the bench has been playing lately.

Schedule woes abound.

As a Raptors fan I'm also dreading the upcoming week-and-a-half: Utah, Miami, Houston, Philly, and then Chicago before taking on LAC (on the second night of a back-to-back again). Exclude Chicago, and Utah is the "easiest" game from that lineup based solely on current standings. That's ridiculous.

The Raptors' 14-4 record so far is admirable and proof that Toronto knows how to grind... but unless Lowry and/or Ibaka get back healthy soon there are losses on the horizon.

I think you'll have a harder time with the Bulls than you are with the Jazz tonight. I gave that game up as a loss halfway through the 1st quarter.

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General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Out for the Season (Broken Hand)
« on: November 30, 2019, 01:33:00 PM »
Lakers get an easy win. I don’t believe James and Davis played in the fourth quarter. I expect the Lakers to lose at least two games next week, back-to-back against the Nuggets and Jazz is a tough schedule.

Yeah, well...by the time we get to that game, the Jazz will be on a 3 games-in-4-nights run of the Raptors & 76ers on the road followed by that game with the Lakers, so the game against us might be easier than you expect. I wouldn't be surprised if the Jazz lost all 3 of those games, especially with how terribly the bench has been playing lately.

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Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last movie you've seen
« on: November 24, 2019, 10:22:33 PM »
I wouldn't expect the sequel to a Disney princess movie to be good. Bad track record.

Yeah, I think the only good one we've had was...Cinderella 3?

I'd argue the Aladdin sequels were good ones.

I'd argue that Return of Jafar is trash, but King of Thieves is good. I have a hard time thinking of Aladdin as a "Disney Princess Film", though, especially since King of Thieves was also the series finale to the animated series, where Jasmine had a much more prominent role.

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Movies & TV / Re: Disney+
« on: November 23, 2019, 06:44:37 PM »
Was over at a friend's house, who pretty much tied me to a chair & forced me to watch episodes 1-3 of The Mandalorian. It's fine, I guess (I got him back when we had to get through the torture that is Steins;Gate 0). What was really bugging me was the movement in that show. Is it just me, or are the characters moving unusually fast, like they're at 1.5x speed? It was really distracting.

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General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Out for the Season (Broken Hand)
« on: November 22, 2019, 08:15:01 PM »
*sigh*

I see the Jazz continue to play down to their opponents. All these years, and all these roster changes, and fans are still seeing this team do the exact same thing the post-Stockton/Malone Jazz always do.

How are us Jazz fans supposed to buy into this story management's been spinning since the off-season that this team is a legitimate championship contender when we're going to the wire and/or getting blown out by the likes of the Grizzlies; the Timberwolves; the Kings; & the (worst in the league) Warriors? The Finals-era Jazz of the 90s would be grinding their inferiors into the ground & then stomping on their necks for good measure (possibly literally).

Well, at least we won. Sheesh, our bench needs Ed Davis back from injury...soon. I see the Corpse of Dante Exum is maintaining his 2 points-per-game average. Glad we held onto him all these years! I see all that time in development was well worth it! I can't think of any player we possibly could have playing backup PG/SG that could possibly improve upon those stats, not to mention actually manage to play without career-ending injuries.

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Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last movie you've seen
« on: November 22, 2019, 03:21:13 PM »
I wouldn't expect the sequel to a Disney princess movie to be good. Bad track record.

Yeah, I think the only good one we've had was...Cinderella 3?

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Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last movie you've seen
« on: November 16, 2019, 03:56:50 PM »
In light of the new (and apparently quite good) Star Wars game coming out, I decided to finally check out Rogue One. A year or so back, I commented on how much I dislike The Force Awakens, and someone (Adrock, I think) commented that I would probably like Rogue One. Well, I've now seen it and...yeah, I actually do quite like it.

Something I find somewhat curious about this film is that the big thing I always heard about this movie over the years was that it was "Pandering: the Movie." Yeah, I can definitely see that with a few things like the blink & you'll miss them cameos by the "You'll be Dead" Guys; Artoo & Threepio (seriously, what the **** were they doing on Yavin 4?); and the entirety of CG Tarkin & CG Leia.  Still, other than that I really didn't see anything particularly eggregious. Characters, ships, & factions were pretty much where you would expect them to be at this point in the timeline, so their appearance in this film was pretty fitting.

What I like about this film is that it doesn't pull it punches, something I had serious issues with in both the Clone Wars & Rebels animated series, shows that were supposed to take place during violent warfare. If a character should die during a particular sequence, they generally do and usually not in a particularly heroic way. The film also has easily the best vehicular battle sequence (counting the planet & the surrounding space) since Return of the Jedi, and that is quite the high water mark.

And yes, everything about that final sequence with Vader was fucking awesome. But you knew that already.

I really only had a few issues with the film:

1. The really shitty editing of the 1st half of the film, where there's a LOT of jumping around from planet to planet without really establishing anything. The battle sequences in that part of the film are also very confusingly shot so it's not entirely clear what's going on and where characters are in relation to one another.

2. The entire existence of CG Tarkin & CG Leia. I agree with the comparison that Tarkin looked like he'd stepped out of that CG Jim Carrey Christmas Carol movie, with a very rubbery face and gigantic nose. Leia looked like a bobblehead after a few seconds.

3. Diego Luna's acting as Cassian Andor: I've seen a lot of complaints about the acting in general in Rogue One, but for the most part I thought it was fine for the kind of movie this was. The one actor I can't excuse is Diego Luna as Cassian. He spends 9/10 of the movie staring out blankly into the middle distance, and good god is he **** at it. Yeah, the guy playing "The Pilot" does a lot of that, too, but he actually manages to convey expression while he's doing it. There's an actual performance there.

I could nitpick & complain about all sorts of little issues throughout the film (like the entire existence of the U-Wings, considering the Rebels never use them again after Rogue One, or WHAT THE HELL WAS EVEN THE POINT OF THE GIANT MINDREADING SQUID), but overall that was a solid film and probably the lone good Disney Star Wars film.

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General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Out for the Season (Broken Hand)
« on: November 15, 2019, 08:11:25 PM »
Well, the Corpse of Dante Exum earned himself a "DNP - Dante Exum". Shame, too, because we could have used SOME bench performance tonight in a tough 1 point loss to the Grizzlies.

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General Gaming / Re: Game of the Decade: Let's get this flame war started.
« on: November 15, 2019, 10:22:33 AM »
Minecraft released in 2009, so isn't that the previous decade, or are we clarifying it by a specific later release version?

Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey are obvious candidates for the short list. I can also see a case for Smash Brothers Ultimate, considering it's celebration of all things gaming.

Star Dew Valley and Animal Crossing also deserve consideration.

Broodwars, that sounds a bit extreme to say there would likely be no console market without Witcher. You mind expanding on that argument a bit more?

I would argue for Skyrim's inclusion as well.

Regarding Witcher 3, it's something that I've heard from multiple gaming journalists & pundits, most notably Jim Sterling and Jason Schreier (in his Blood, Sweat, & Pixels book): there was an exceptional amount of pessimism towards console gaming in the early first few years of the PS4 & Xbox One. The previous generation had gone on for so long & mobile gaming had picked up so much that a lot of publishers were holding back projects until they could be sure that the new consoles would be a success. We saw a lot of conservative releases & releases with ports to previous gen consoles as a result.

Then Witcher 3 hit and was a massive success, which (according to these pundits) drove publishers to give the green light to the big projects we've seen ever since, because it was a big, single-player offline 3rd party title that sold extremely well.

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General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Out for the Season (Broken Hand)
« on: November 15, 2019, 07:39:22 AM »
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Malone may have a championship ring if he had some DNP-rest for some games in his lone Lakers season.

Or to more accurately put it, he would possibly have had a championship ring if the Lakers' medical staff wasn't completely incompetent.

There's a difference between a player sitting because they're not healthy & a player sitting because they don't want to play, and to me Load Management favors the latter more than the former. It just doesn't sit well with me, especially since Stockton is my all time favorite player. He had no business playing as many games as he did, but he did and he's a Legend for it.

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General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Out for the Season (Broken Hand)
« on: November 15, 2019, 04:27:02 AM »
The Corpse of Dante Exum is slated as "probable" for tonight's game against the Grizzlies. IT HAS RISEN AGAIN! :P


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General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Out for the Season (Broken Hand)
« on: November 14, 2019, 09:15:27 PM »
The stat I kept seeing bandied about by ESPN is that Kawhi signed that contract with the Clippers because they were willing to offer a contract where he only played 65 games a season, spread out throughout the year (most notably back-to-backs). That's why we keep seeing the "Load Management". It's unfair to the rest of the players; the fans; & the spirit of the game to have Superstars sitting out games NOT risking injury & normal wear & tear like everyone else "just because".


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General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Out for the Season (Broken Hand)
« on: November 14, 2019, 08:44:06 PM »
Some surprising wins tonight. Knicks beat the Mavs. Knicks spoil Porzengis return to the Big Apple.
 Pels beat the Clippers.  Paul George had his first game of the season but Jrue Holiday was key versus him for stretch's of the game.  Also the Pels had Zion, Lonzo, Ingram, Hart and Okafur out for the game.

It's also worth noting that the Clippers had Kawhi out on the good 'ol "Load Management." Considering how many games they've lost already due to that (plus the game they lost to the Rockets where he actually played), you have to wonder how much longer the Clippers are going to let him keep pulling that. I understand that it's a contractual thing, but "Load Management" disgusts me. It shouldn't be allowed in the NBA. You'd never have seen Stockton, Malone, Barklay, Jordan, etc. pulling that crap. Hell, Stockton only ever missed 8 games his entire career outside the season he was out with surgery. And the league back then was much more physical than today's touch foul-driven play.

Today's players are coddled.

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General Gaming / Re: Game of the Decade: Let's get this flame war started.
« on: November 14, 2019, 04:50:17 PM »
I kind of feel like it has to be Witcher 3. Not only is it a fantastic game in its own right as an RPG where every quest is meaningful, but it's the game that proved to game publishers that video game consoles weren't a dying market. As such, it is largely responsible for the successes that occurred since. Without Witcher 3, we probably don't HAVE a console market outside Nintendo.

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General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Out for the Season (Broken Hand)
« on: November 12, 2019, 08:46:27 PM »
Meanwhile, despite some godawful officiating (including a flagrant foul that's sure to get reviewed), the Jazz managed to come back from 15 points down to defeat the Nets (thanks largely to a 13-0 run at the beginning of the 3rd).  We remain undefeated at home.


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General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Out for the Season (Broken Hand)
« on: November 12, 2019, 07:09:44 PM »
*sigh* I see the Jazz, as usual, are playing down to their competition. I'm honestly surprised we beat the Warriors the way we're playing the Nets right now.

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General Gaming / Re: What are you playing?
« on: November 12, 2019, 06:02:02 PM »
Been playing & completing a lot of stuff lately:

- Indivisible (PS4)
- Walking Dead: The Definitive Telltale Collection
- New Super Lucky's Tale
- Luigi's Mansion 3
- The Aladdin/Lion King Collection
- Trine 4
- Concrete Genie (little bit)
- Ghostbusters Remastered
- Yooka-Laylee & the Impossible Lair
- Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled
- The Outer Worlds (little bit)
- MediEvil PS4

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