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General Gaming / Re: What is your most recent gaming purchase?
« on: Yesterday at 04:33:05 PM »
Super Mario Maker 2 was delivered today. It was on sale for $39.99 on Amazon so I decided to snag it this time.

Since I bought Super Mario Maker 2, I signed up for a year of Nintendo Switch Online since the main reason I bought it was to play other people’s stages. I also bought the Super Nintendo controllers for Nintendo Switch since they were in stock and you need a NSO membership to buy them.

I also managed to get Ring Fit Adventure shipped and sold by Amazon for MSRP. Originally, I wasn’t interested in this game at all. However, I heard we’re not returning to the office until next year. I started running (which I thoroughly dislike) and have been doing 100 push-ups a day since April. It hasn’t been enough. I hurt my back “playing basketball” (recklessly tossing a basketball at a rim) on Saturday. I feel like this is due to loss of core strength since I haven’t been able to go a gym since March. I have no intention of immediately returning when they reopen due to the frighteningly large amount of people unwilling to wear masks in public. I don’t want to be in an enclosed space with people if I can help it. That said, I’m looking for ways to be active. Ring Fit Adventure is apparently great for that.

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Update: I snagged Golden Sun: The Lost Age. I got it for slightly below trending price. I've been pretty lucky with sellers accepting offers. I'm always looking for good deals, but I try to be fair compared to other listings and what I feel comfortable spending on a particular game.
The 3DS c-stick nub sucks for some a lot of games, so you can pull out the eraser head and the exposed part will allow for you to pop a PSP3000 stick cap right on there. Works great for Monster Hunter and other games that heavily use it, but I find that it will occasionally drift and I need to restart the game to get it back to a proper neutral rest.
I just looked this up on The YouTube. Yikes. No, thanks, bro. I would break everything immediately. I don't think I really used the analog nub. I can see why people would do so for Monster Hunter.
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I plan to mod it with a switch for toggling between regions so I can use it to replace my black US Gamecube that cannot read discs at all (plan to fix that one since it is an OG system with the DVI port in the back, and I still have a dream of running a 16-player lan game of Double Dash someday).
Interesting. I didn't know that region toggling mod was a thing. The only Japanese only GameCube game I'm even mildly interested in is DreamMix TV World Fighters, and it's bad. My friend has it. I would only get it for a lark. And not that we'd ever be in the same area, but I have Mario Kart: Double Dash and a LAN adapter for GameCube. Keep the dream alive.
Weirdly enough, YouTube recommended a video to me that talked about modding a GBA with the IPS screens and the new speaker with an amp.  It looked really cool!
I subscribed to This Does Not Compute a few weeks ago. I saw a bunch of his videos while I was researching whether to get into Game Boy modding. The Retro Future, Macho Nacho Productions, and makho are also very good. There are a few others too.
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With modded consoles, I've always been intrigued by doing one, but never really went for it.  I have been interested in buying some parts for someone to mod for me, but I've never gone for that either.
Once I get the nerve to actual attempt a mod, I'll post some pictures/impressions here. I plan on keeping two modded GBAs (in case anyone ever wants to play Four Swords Adventures) and the DMG styled GBP (due to its pure sexual energy). I'm only doing this for fun. It doesn't look that hard so I'd recommend just going for it if you can stomach the cost of all the supplies I listed above.

What console mods were you thinking about? I'm not at a point where I feel comfortable offering to mod for someone. I've only done the soldering training kit. Hopefully, I'll get there though.

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General Chat / Re: The COVID-19 Virus is Coming For Us All Thread
« on: July 07, 2020, 02:32:37 PM »
But I'm not sure how get through to him, other than to just give him his space before he starts to compromise the rest of us.

Just thought I'd lay that out here and get it off my chest.
I’ve ended whole friendships over ignorant **** like what you described. At the same time, I also have a stubborn friend I’ve known for over 15 years, who similarly has outlandish beliefs based on 🤷‍♀️. I’m currently on an I-need-a-fucking-break-from-this-person personal distancing (no contact because I can’t deal with his dumb bullshit). The short version is he defended Chris D’Elia (yes, the Chris D’Elia who was recently caught grooming a 16 year old) and several attempts to “get through to him” have been met with “you’re not going to change my mind on this.” This is not the first one of these, mind you. In a less gross instance, I tried to explain that Atkins/keto diet is extremely unhealthy, the vast majority of dieticians denounce it, and provided several links as proof only to be met with some variation of “you’re not going to change my mind on this.” I often think about whether it’s finally time to cut this person out entirely.

I’m not trying to make this about me. I just wanted to preface my actual response to you with an explanation for how I came to the following conclusion: You won’t get through to him. He’s going to have to figure this out on his own. And you may have to accept the difficult truth that he may never figure it out. Neither of the examples above endangered my health (just my patience). If your friend keeps up this nonsense about Coronavirus being a hoax (and likely not taking the proper precautions to be safe), only you can decide what’s best for you and the people in your life. That said, unfortunately, I don’t think there’s anything else you can do that you haven’t already. I’ll leave you with the following tweet (I don’t have a Twitter so I just take screenshots):

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1. What was wrong with your 3DS c-stick? Were you able to fix it? Was the PSP madness part of it? I have so many questions.

2. Why did you disassemble your phones?

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Per Shams Charania, Dwight Howard confirms he will play when the season resumes and donate his salary to his non-profit campaign, Breathe Again.

This is a great way to make a statement for an issue that is important to him and the world at large right now.

From a basketball standpoint, good for the Lakers because they weren’t winning **** without Howard.

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General Gaming / Re: Atari VCS, Amico, Micro Consoles
« on: July 06, 2020, 03:37:27 PM »
Atari 800 VCS Console Gets a Release Date, Costs $399

The link states it will ship on November 27. This thing is walking right into PS5 and Series X. WTF is Atari thinking?


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I’ve been working from home since March 18 due to quarantine. After several weeks of mostly putzing around, I wanted to make better use of all this additional free time. YouTube started recommending furniture restoration videos because why not? This was of particular interest to me except I have few tools and no woodworking skills/experience.

I decided to mod/restore old consoles instead. I figured I’d start with Game Boy because once you remove the back, you pretty much have access to the motherboard. I looked into modding the GameCube to, for example, add an HDMI port. Turns out, the kit is hella expensive ($165) and almost never in stock. The actual mod is pretty invasive since you have to remove the digital AV out and file down the shell to make room for the port. F that noise. The EON GCHD MK-II is $150 and does not require modding. GameCube also has a ton of screws and tightly integrated parts so I don't feel especially comfortable modding it. I plan on cleaning out my old consoles at some point so that's as far as I'd go. For modding, I'm probably sticking exclusively with handhelds.

I had none of the tools or supplies, but they’re still cheaper than what I'd need for furniture restoration. I did an egregious amount of research so I added links below if anyone is interested in getting into this as a hobby. Here's what I've purchased so far:
So that's about $275 and does not include the $10 soldering training kit. I'm considering a third hand/PCB holder to help with soldering (~$30) and a rotary tool to help with cutting the plastic shell where needed (ranges from $40 to $90) which would bring the total to around $facepalm.

I bought three Game Boy Advance AGB-001 models and two Game Boy Pocket models for about $240 total. I spent a little extra on two GBAs (one cobalt blue Toys R Us exclusive and another spice/orange that never released in  North America) and DMG-styled GBP. Every modding video I've seen has stated it's easier to use a new custom shell. I read that they don't feel the same so I opted for the much more difficult path of cutting the original shell. For GBA, the new IPS screens are larger than the original so you have to make the "window" larger. One Youtuber compared to slicing hard cheese and said it took an hour. This would be easier with a rotary tool.

I will probably look into modding Game Boy Color once larger IPS screens are made available. I feel like the bezel is weirdly large on GBC so ideally there will be a screen that takes advantage of that space in the future. For now, I can play GBC games on the GBA I'm modding/restoring.

I'm only replacing the screens, lenses, and speakers (which comes with an amp). I got my first screen and speaker from Handheld Legend. That came out to around $70. I bought four additional speakers/amps as well as a few LCD brackets (to center the new screens without needing to guess/know what you're doing which I absolutely do not) for about $50. I bought the other four screens directly from Funnyplaying. I believe they manufacture the screens in China which are then sent to them in the UK and finally sent to me. Each screen is about $17 to $20 cheaper from Funnyplaying than Handheld Legend, mostly because you don't have to futz around with international shipping if you go through Handheld Legend. I think the expected delivery is July 24.

I still plan on buying the Analogue Pocket and dock, but for now, I wanted to learn a new skill (soldering) and start a new hobby (game system restoration). I also wanted to replace the batteries in all of my old cartridges. This is the first time I actually added everything up and while I let out an audible "Yikes" when I saw the totals, I'm okay with it. The pricier tools are high upfront costs and once you have them, they'll last a while (for me, likely a decade or more). Has anyone here ever modded game consoles before? I'd love to hear stories and any advice.

Since I'm going through all the trouble of modding and restoring these Game Boys, I decided to buy some games I either missed out on or traded (stupidly) back in the day.

Here's are all the Game Boy games I had before starting this whole endeavor:
  • Donkey Kong
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (OG, not DX)
  • Metroid II: The Return of Samus
  • Super Mario Land
  • Tetris (OG, not DX)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
  • Wario Land 3
  • Boktai: The Sun Is In Your Hand
  • Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
  • Castlevania: Circle of the Moon
  • Final Fantasy IV: Advance
  • Final Fantasy V: Advance
  • Final Fantasy VI: Advance
  • Golden Sun
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past - Four Swords
  • Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga
  • Metroid Fusion
  • Metroid: Zero Mission
  • Sigma Star Saga (This is still shrinkwrapped)
  • Tales of Phantasia
  • Wario Land 4
I could have sworn I had Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins, Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3, and Final Fantasy I and II: Dawn of Souls. I may have traded in Pokemon Blue and Pokemon Ruby.

I've recently acquired (most have shipped but I haven't received them yet):
  • Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance (Traded back in the day, easily the worst GBA Castlevania. I received this last week.)
  • Drill Dozer (The seller accepted my offer so I saved $10, but I'm still a little embarrassed to admit how much I paid for this. It's also a GBA cartridge with rumble.)
  • Metal Gear Solid (I bought a kind of gross copy [stained label] at GameStop over a decade ago because I wanted to play it. This was when GameStop cared so little about GB/GBC games they had them in a cardboard box on the counter that anyone could have stolen from. I paid $11 then traded it once I completed the game. I'm too embarrassed to admit how much I spent on ebay.)
  • Mother 3 in English (This may be the only reproduction cartridge I'll ever buy and only because Nintendo flat-out fucking refuses to release this in a way I can play it legally. I know I could have played it on PC for free; I wanted to play it on GBA like it was originally intended.)
  • Perfect Dark (I heard this game is bad, and I only really wanted it because it's one of the few GBC cartridges with rumble.)
I'm currently looking into:
  • Astro Boy: Omega Factor (I could have had this when Game Crazy was closing, but I passed. It's apparently one of the best GBA games and also a vintage Treasure title.)
  • Golden Sun: The Lost Age (I always meant to buy this then I never saw it in a used games case.)
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (I traded this forever ago since I didn't love it; I also have it as an Ambassador title on 3DS.)
  • The Simpsons: Road Rage (It's a rare 3D game on GBA and has mode-7 with slopes.)
  • Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins DX (This would be a reproduction cartridge with the color mod added.)
  • Sword of Mana (I passed up every opportunity to play this game. I heard it isn't great.)
  • Wario Land II (I thought I had the non-Color enhanced gray cartridge, but I can't find it. I'm angling to get the black cartridge for color.)
I would very much appreciate any and all recommendations. I thought this thread might encourage some discussion especially after broodwars commented that he wouldn't bother posting anymore "like the rest of the forums." If you would like to prove him wrong as well as help me out, drop a line. I have a handful of threads I've wanted to start yet haven't mostly due to laziness.

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The tl;dr version of this is that a frighteningly large amount of people in the fighting game community fit into three categories, some falling in more than one category:

1. Abuser
2. Heard about abuse, actively tried to hide abuse and/or discredit victims
3. Heard about abuse, did nothing about it

I'm horrified but also not surprised that a community left to its own devices had no ethical guidelines let alone an establishment of actual oversight.

This isn't the end of the FGC as a whole. Games companies will distance themselves from the existing entities like EVO as well as the outed abusers, several of whom should probably be charged from a legal standpoint. However, these companies aren't going to stop making competitive games, and they know how important sanctioned events are to keeping said games relevant. There are a lot of things that can be done moving forward to make the events and space safer for people, particularly younger people.

I hope the egregious string of allegations will deter people in the future. However, what has happened in the FGC speaks to a larger issue we have as a society that does very little in supporting and protecting its most vulnerable members.

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You can put an asterisk over anything if you really want to be a stickler. For example, Steph Curry barely played, Kevin Durant didn't play at all, and Kobe Bryant (a retired player with ties to dozens of players) died violently.

The way I see it, an asterisk is helpful in a historical context to denote 2020 was the year thousands of people died and the league shut down for over four months (additionally, there was an entire social movement as well as murder hornets for a week or so). History books should at least mention that, right? Like I said before, if anything, current circumstances makes winning the title harder. There's the emotional toll, no home court advantage, no fans etc. In the long run, we'll view it the same: a championship is a championship.

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The Lakers are apparently expected to bring in J.R. Smith for the rest of the season with Avery Bradley deciding not to go to Orlando (which is fair, his son has respiratory issues).

Nick Young was a long shot, and honestly, I would rather bring him in if the Lakers just want a dude to spot up and shoot threes. Young is a minus defender for his career but actually improved when he was on the team during the dark times. He even stole a game winner from Lou Williams. On defense, Smith and Young are probably not far off from each other at this point. I just like Young’s attitude more. At the very least, he never forgot the score in a Finals game or threw soup at an assistant coach. Smith probably got the okay from LeBron though. Ultimately, Bradley’s minutes are most likely going to KCP while KCP’s minutes will be split between Alex Caruso and Dion Waiters.

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Can we start a poll..... 2 parter.

1) Who think the NBA will continue this year despite everything happening in Florida?

2) Regardless of your answer to the above question, who wants it to restart anyway?
1. I know it’s official now, but my answer would have been yes anyway. I still think restarting in Florida is a bad idea. I get the whole Disney World thing; it’s just... you know... Florida gonna Florida.

2. There are layers to this. From a strictly sports/business standpoint, it makes more sense to finish this season if they can because it was almost over. Might as well finish this season given the opportunity presented itself because there’s still a risk of losing next season. That’s future-NBA’s problem. Deal with the problem at hand now.

For the protests and social change, it’s a platform the players can use, and I hope they use it during pre-game warmups to post-game interviews. Keep reminding people. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I get exhausted reading and being reminded of what a clusterfuck the news is every day, particularly American politics. That said, having basketball as a palette cleanser and having players promoting an important and positive message is definitely better for my mental health.

For physical health, I don’t know. Any kind of gathering is increasing risk. At the same time, without the season restarting, no one is getting paid. I feel lucky that I’m able to work from home. I’ve been getting a paycheck every other week this entire time. I only have two cats. The players, team staff etc. have families.

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General Chat / Re: The COVID-19 Virus is Coming For Us All Thread
« on: June 25, 2020, 07:21:13 PM »

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I haven't finished the first Curse of the Moon.

Dominique's design is ridiculous in the new art. I looked it up. Her chest is just as egregious in the "Ritual of the Night" art; she just isn't standing awkwardly with her tiddies pushed out.

The title is a little clumsy. Typically, a number isn't placed after a subtitle because the subtitle is already the differentiator. It's like if J. R. R. Tolkien named "The Return of the King" "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2". Part of the problem is "Curse of the Moon" is no longer a prequel to "Ritual of the Night", and IGA/Inti Creates never changed the title. I know no one else cares about this.

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A lot of piss and vinegar in the ResetEra thread regarding Min Min over Twintelle, who was admittedly my choice. I never played ARMS so I picked Twintelle for representation and because I like the design. Choosing an ARMS character who doesn't use her arms would admittedly be kind of weird. I totally get why people are upset about this.

Here's how to make it right:

1. Port Xenoblade Chronicles X to Switch.
2. Pair its announcement with Elma's newcomer reveal trailer in Fighter Pass Vol. 2.
3. Start the trailer with Elma shooting lasers at Rex because his design is terrible (besides the incomprehensible heels, Elma's design is excellent)
4. Bonus: Announce Doc Louis as free DLC. He's an Echo Fighter of Little Mac who is weaker and heavier but has a much better jump. His final smash is he rips his red track suit jacket off to reveal the leopard print shirt. Everyone is immediately KO'd.

Anyway, my 7 Day Trial of Nintendo Switch Online ended today. Some takeaways regarding playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate online for a week:

1. I'm bad at Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Granted, I primarily used Palutena, and no one uses Palutena.
2. Joker and Byleth are super popular choices. I encountered both quite frequently.
3. Listen to Sakurai. If you're interested in playing online, make sure you have the LAN Adapter.
4. I completed all the Online mode Challenges so I never have to play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate online again.

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I was hoping for Twintelle because she’s female and a person of color. Min Min also checks those boxes though I like Twintelle’s design a little more. Not disappointed.

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General Gaming / Re: What are you playing?
« on: June 21, 2020, 08:26:41 PM »
Indivisible (Switch)

I didn't realize I would receive both a digital and physical copy of the game. I downloaded the game thinking I wouldn't get the physical copy until July or August. I got it in the beginning of June.

Finally booted this up. It's pretty good so far. I'm not good at combos, and there wasn't really a training section. A lot of battles require combos such as breaking an enemies shield. It isn't especially forgiving as you can waste whole turns dealing like a single point of damage. There's a quick tutorial in the beginning with Ajna's father showing her how to block attacks, but he doesn't offer to do the training again. You would have to restart from the last checkpoint. I thought that was little weird.

The battle system appears pretty deep so there definitely should have been more guidance. Indivisible's battle system is like a souped up version of Valkyrie Profile's (unless I forgot the complexities of the latter). Holding a direction and the attack button does a different move for every party member. I just reached the third area, and I've only recruited six other characters. Having to remember every party member's moves has proven to be pretty difficult especially since thus far, you can't farm experience. You fight the enemies that show up. I'm not getting a lot of practice unless you count all the times I've died.

The graphics are fine; I like how colorful the world is. The backgrounds are noticeably simple with the art direction doing the heavy lifting. The music is great so far. The voice acting is uneven. The cutscenes are odd. Indivisible has a really gorgeous animated opening. With the crowdfunded budget the game had, there was no way Lab Zero Games could animate every cutscene. That said, some scenes have splash images with some minor animation while others are merely dialog on the gameplay screen with character portraits appearing with dialog boxes. It's really inconsistent because some are fully voice and others aren't. I understand not voicing every NPC. However, not every playable characters is voiced in their introductory cutscene which was weird. Not a huge deal, but I would have liked more consistency.

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General Chat / Re: The COVID-19 Virus is Coming For Us All Thread
« on: June 18, 2020, 01:53:11 PM »
Video unavailable?
Just confirming the video plays for me. Maybe it’s locked by region? You’re in Canada, right?

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General Chat / Re: The COVID-19 Virus is Coming For Us All Thread
« on: June 18, 2020, 11:48:58 AM »
Even after Coronavirus is under control, I’ll probably still be that little old Chinese lady who wore masks everywhere even before the pandemic. One, because we can never be too careful now. Two, I can pretend to cosplay as a ninja.

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On a meta-level, I still think it's a huge flaw of this forum to be so strict on political discussion, it's a misguided attempt to exist within a vacuum and trying to deny the pervasive presence of power structures in every facet of human social lives.
I wasn't a forum member when this rule was instituted. I always presumed there was some blow up argument, and the moderators/administrators made it a forum rule in order to keep discourse civil (the same rule applies to religion, I believe). This is mostly a Nintendo forum so I get it. I like discussions, not arguments, and I try really hard not to get roped into any with varying levels of success (the back and forth regarding the personal responsibility of a fictional character rebuffing sexual harassment/assault is probably the one I'm least proud of, but I feel strongly about the issue in real life).

It's a personal rule of mine not to discuss religion and politics at work so doing the same on a message board isn't a stretch for me. If y'all read my posts, you probably know where I stand on both. Personally, I don't especially care where people land on either spectrum as long as they aren't hurting anyone (which is intentionally vague).
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Are there any Youtube channels or podcasts from trans creators y'all would recommend?
Laura Kate Dale leaked the ever-living hell out of Switch so I used to listen to her "Let's Play Video Games" podcast. It was so good, and it has also been dead for just over three years. I think she has another podcast which I haven't listened to. In terms of podcasts/Youtube, I tend to lean toward:
  • Video games (mostly Nintendo. Shocking, I know.)
  • Technology (computer, smartphone etc. reviews)
  • NBA (mostly Lakers. Also, shocking)
  • News/documentary
  • Wrestlers telling old stories from the period when I regularly watched wrasslin' (1998 to 2004)
  • Miscellaneous
That's just the long way of explaining why I haven't listened to her new(er) podcast.

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Nintendo won’t refund if you have purchased the wrong DLC for Pokemon Sword & Shield

Yikes. Not a great look, Nintendo.

More importantly, why aren’t there more failsafes for stuff like this? There’s a warning message if I remember correctly. However, some extra lines of code to check the account’s previous purchases and/or save file then disable the option on the UI is not a lot of work from an IT standpoint. 🤷‍♀️ Sure, Nintendo can make money due to people’s negligence. Customer satisfaction is probably worth more in the long run.

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It shows that Gorsuch isn't entirely bound by political ideologies which is a good sign for the court in the future.
That’s why I said “yes and no.” I’ll remain skeptical of Gorsuch due to controversy surrounding his nomination in the first place, but that skepticism applies to anyone in any position when there’s potential fuckery. More relevantly, “Human beings finally get basic civil rights after centuries of oppression” isn’t something I’m going to praise anyone for supporting. You don’t bonus points for being decent. That’s like getting an award for not murdering someone.

I don’t really want to delve into politics. Ultimately, I’m glad this happened and during Pride Month no less.

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This is great even though *checks calendar* yeah, it's 2020. I guess better late than never.
Best part is, Neil Gorsuch (Trump's first SCOTUS pick) wrote the ruling. You love to see it.
Yes and no. I get the irony here, but that will always be Merrick Garland's stolen seat. Gorsuch is 52 years old and will probably serve for 30+ years because for some reason, there are no term limits on the Supreme Court. It's hard for me to derive any joy even if I'm in favor of the ruling.

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They don't want to draw away the focus and attention of the BLM/Police Reform movement by distracting the masses with America's New Favorite pasttime - Basketball.
They can do both. Colin Kaepernick peacefully protested by kneeling during the national anthem. The Heat came out with their hoods up after the murder of Trayvon Martin. The Lakers wore "I can't breathe" shirts after the murder of Eric Garner. The players can use the platform of nationally televised games to keep the protests in social consciousness. And anger Fox News and its viewers so you know, win-win.

I miss basketball, but it isn't that important to me. For the protests and call for reform, I think reopening will actually help the cause. However, for the health of the players, I'm more worried about the league playing in Florida. Did it have to be Florida?
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I'm sure many of them would rather "stay home" with family and friends, than to risk it all so the league can get it's ratings.
At the same time, the players don't get paid if they don't play. Sure, superstar players like will be fine financially. It's dicier for role players on minimum deals.

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General Gaming / Re: What is your most recent gaming purchase?
« on: June 13, 2020, 04:10:21 PM »
I decided to connect my PS4 Pro directly to my router which made a world of difference. Ultimately, I folded and bought the officially licensed Hori Wired Internet LAN Adapter for Switch. It was slightly on sale for a little less than $27 before tax. Yes, it made a world of difference here as well. I was playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate earlier, and for brief moments I was getting frustrated at people I could tell didn’t have the LAN adapter before refocusing my frustration on Nintendo for not including an Ethernet port in the dock it sells for $90. Boo/hiss.

I tend to play a lot of 2D indie games so I also folded and finally bought an 8bitdo SN30 Pro Plus. I tried the tape mod on my original black Switch Pro Controller. I don’t get the false presses anymore, but I felt as if I missed some presses entirely, and I covered less than half the contact with Kapton tape. The crosspad on the 8bitdo SN30 Pro Plus is in the primary position so I think I’ll like it more.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Switch 2 Speculation
« on: June 13, 2020, 03:49:37 PM »
Doesn't the regular, vanilla Tegra X1 in the launch Switch have that hardware exploit hackers used? I thought that was the one of the main reason Nintendo wanted the new Mariko chips. My understanding is Mariko can get better performance due to its ability to draw more heat since its on a smaller node. Nintendo has no need for a significant performance boost. Again, Switch games are made for portable mode so Nintendo released a portable-only Switch and a regular-Switch with better battery life for portable mode.

And sure, Nintendo can go extra-Nintendo® on hardware power for a successor. It shouldn't. Period. By now, Nintendo knows every successful gaming hardware ever released, notably it has ever released has had consistent third party support. Even Wii which didn't have great third party support still had their attention. That third party support won't happen if Nintendo fucks around with hardware. Can the money Nintendo saves on hardware make up for the loses of having little to no third party support? No, probably not. Learn the right lessons. Nintendo got ports of Doom, The Witcher III etc. without even really trying to have hardware capable of running those games. Nvidia gave Nintendo stock Tegra X1, and it just worked out. The wonders of a more modern architecture. With that in mind, Nintendo has a tried and tested path for success. Lean into it this time. Unless Nintendo pulls another cultural phenomenon out of its hat, a Switch successor is going to have to be plenty capable.

I still think 2022 is the magic year to launch a successor. If Nvidia can provide Nintendo with PS4-level performance (minus the CPU bottlenecks) in portable mode, that would be ideal. I'm simplifying. Faster, more efficient RAM, solid state memory, DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) etc. can all really help Nintendo close the gap to consistently score ports of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X titles.

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