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General Gaming / Re: Google Stadia
« on: Yesterday at 04:02:29 PM »
I... was curious about whether streaming games could be handled by my rural internet.
Can it?

General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Out for the Season (Broken Hand)
« on: November 19, 2019, 10:21:41 PM »
Lakers win despite letting Dennis Schröder score 31 points. They’re winning a lot of games they don’t deserve to which is concerning. It’s frustrating watching the Lakers repeatedly give up double digit leads. They let the Thunder get within four by giving up a 7-0 run with under three minutes to play. How does that even...

General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Out for the Season (Broken Hand)
« on: November 19, 2019, 03:44:46 PM »
I’m fairly confident Ja Morant personally made that highlight reel.

RE Warriors: they weren’t winning a championship this year with Klay Thompson’s coming back in February/March. He’d have to work himself into playing shape while building chemistry with the rest of the team. Not impossible, but from a practical standpoint, resting two all-stars after five straight Finals appearances as well as tanking without tanking for a lottery pick will put the Warriors in a much better spot moving forward. If you’re not going to win, you might as well be really bad. People were writing the Warriors off after Kevin Durant left, weirdly forgetting how good they were without him. Granted, the Andre Iguodala trade and retirement of Shaun Livingston hurt the team’s depth. Still, the Warriors will have two good assets to help improve, three if they’re willing to part with Draymond Green which they won’t (and shouldn’t).

General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Out for the Season (Broken Hand)
« on: November 18, 2019, 01:28:35 PM »
The Kings ended the Celtics winning streak which means the Lakers are currently the best team in the NBA by record. I told myself I wouldn’t celebrate until the team was at least 10 games above .500. They are nine games above .500. I’m still skeptical of this team (unless/until they end up with Andre Iguodala). But man, that Danny Green dunk.

D’Angelo Russell injures his thumb and is out for two weeks. What is with this team and hand injuries? Anyway, a whole year without Steph Curry and Klay Thompson is bad for the NBA. Full stop. I feel bad for Draymond Green. He’s not having fun out there. If the Warriors win the lottery this year, the league better watch the **** out next year (by packaging it with Russell).

Side-bar: it would really great if the Knicks slipped in the draft again because EPSN’s analysts dunking on the Knicks gives me life.

General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Out for the Season (Broken Hand)
« on: November 15, 2019, 08:26:26 AM »
There's a difference between a player sitting because they're not healthy & a player sitting because they don't want to play
I don’t agree with this. There are certain implications to saying players “don’t want to play.” They do this for a living. Of course they want to play. When players rest, everyone in the organization is on the same page because there are built-in incentives for winning. Teams are deciding whether some players play when games “don’t matter” vs. when they do.

I completely get where you’re coming from. As a basketball fan, I want to see the best players play all the time. However, I can’t really argue with the results. Fans are upset until it’s their team having a parade rolling through their city. Who would trade a championship for those DNPs? Ideally, you’d get both, but we don’t live in that world. We live in a world where the Spurs built an entire culture around DNP-rest and have five championships to show for it.

General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Out for the Season (Broken Hand)
« on: November 15, 2019, 07:00:37 AM »
I don’t particularly like load management, but I don’t hate it either. It has clearly worked. And it’s a decision that has to be approved by ownership who are writing the checks. They know what’s at stake. They’ll take the hit with player salaries because they stand to make so much more if the team wins a championship (i.e. merchandising, ads, TV contracts, season ticket sales etc). If a team is bad, their best player isn’t getting the green light to sit out (unless it’s like Kobe’s retirement tour or something).

Additionally, I don’t like the league fining teams for load management because it shouldn’t be valuing some players over others. When a completely healthy non-star player rides the bench for seven straight DNP-Coach’s decision, no one sheds a tear (and rightly so). If ownership wants to shoulder the burden of resting players in both dollars and fan goodwill, that’s on them. That said, the idea of the league trying to dictate who plays doesn’t sit well with me because it isn’t applied indiscriminately, and it should if this happens at all. What we may see is players like Kawhi Leonard suiting up for games then never checking in. Then what do you do?

Resting players extends their careers. You have to weigh whether it’s worth a player missing fifteen to twenty games a season if it means they may play four or five more seasons. Manu Ginobili was 39 when this happened:

broodwars brought up Stockton, Malone, Jordan and Barkley. Stockton is an edge case. Malone may have a championship ring if he had some DNP-rest for some games in his lone Lakers season. Jordan sat out almost two seasons. Barkley’s body broke down so he is one of the worst examples. I was a huge Barkley fan back in the day. He talked about retiring when he was on the Suns.

General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Out for the Season (Broken Hand)
« on: November 14, 2019, 09:27:08 AM »
I like the idea behind teams wearing different jerseys even if some of them are... not great. The Lakers wearing purple at home while the Warriors were wearing yellow had to be intentional trolling.

Bruce Campbell would have been my choice for a Sully. He currently isn’t doing anything since Ash vs Evil Dead was canceled.

General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Out for the Season (Broken Hand)
« on: November 12, 2019, 08:33:58 PM »
Lakers win even though they seemingly forgot free throws are a part of basketball. Kuzma hit some big threes in the closing minutes. This game should not have been this close.

Damion Lee, on a two-way contract with the Warriors, broke his hand and is out for two weeks. At this point, I’m half expecting someone on the team to spontaneously combust (then break their hand).

Movies & TV / Re: Disney+
« on: November 12, 2019, 06:44:35 PM »
They supposedly went with original aspect ratios for the Simpsons
The Simpsons’ aspect ratio is messed up on Disney+

The older seasons (i.e. the good ones) are cropped. I suspect Disney will eventually fix this and offer the original 4:3 aspect ratio. For now, I’ll deal. The Simpsons is a perfect show to put on in the background only to inevitably stop what I’m doing and watch for a while.

Movies & TV / Re: Disney+
« on: November 12, 2019, 05:55:18 PM »
My inaugural Disney+ stream was season 6 episode 8 of The Simpsons “Lisa on Ice”. The aspect ratio is weird.

New Sonic The Hedgehog trailer is out.


Looks so much better without Abomination of Nature Sonic®. It will likely still be a bad movie. My opinion hasn’t changed. I’ll likely watch it for Jim Carrey.

General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Out for the Season (Broken Hand)
« on: November 12, 2019, 05:06:56 AM »
I also listen to lots of games on the radio. If they didn't play-by-play, I'd be lost.
TV commentators are relying on the fact that they assume you are also watching the game, or are withing visual range of the TV that way if they have a reaction to something in the game, you'll know to direct your eyes towards the TV quickly. Otherwise, they are usually just shooting the **** and occasionally commenting on on big things like buckets, fouls and turnovers.
What’s a radio?

General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Out for the Season (Broken Hand)
« on: November 11, 2019, 06:06:12 PM »
I feel like commentators these days don’t do as much play-by-play as they did in the past. You can’t really put a game on in the background and still follow what’s happening.

+ The Ridley fight was cool and for once it felt like the game had some music of its own. The lead-up to it was a bit dumb considering Samus has routinely wrecked his **** so many times before it's like her weekly Friday spin class, but that cut-scene wasn't as bad as I anticipated.
Then, Sakamoto added another one to Samus Returns. The cutscene rubbed me the wrong way in 2010. It hasn't gotten better with time.
The Queen Metroid fight basically cheats us out of a second Ridley encounter
I'm more irked that we even got a first encounter. I like Ridley as a character. I liked that he wasn't originally in Metroid II. Showing up in every game now and being retconned into remakes of old games makes his appearances less special and they increasingly feel tacked on.
- I wasn't really paying attention during the whole Adam flies into space bit, buuuut... Wasn't the point to take the Metroids down with him? I know they wanted to mirror the scene where he decouples his brother's module, but surely there were dozens of other options here?
1. Yes.
2. Yes but not dozens. Adam worked with what he had. He presumably destroyed Sector 0 against the orders from the Galactic Federation. I would have appreciated at least one line of dialog for why they couldn't damage Sector 0 from the outside what with their fancy spaceship dealies.
Here's a few: nuke the station like the Federation does anyway. Send in Samus, the Metroid killer, instead. Maybe first see if the Metroids really have a weakness? Ice beam + super missile did the trick perfectly.
1. They'd have to have a nuke.
2. Sector 0 was swarming with Metroids that Galactic Federation scientists genetically altered to be invulnerable to cold. I guess Adam could have sent Samus to see if there was some other weakness. Personally, I wouldn't take that chance. Of all my gripes with Other M, I'm willing to give them this one.
- Do we ever get closure on the Traitor angle? It's not Adam or Anthony, right? We find James dead, Maurice too, who else was alive? Are the Traitor and the Deleter not the same person after all? If the Federation sends in the Deleter... Why not just nuke the station from orbit like they do anyway? Why send a single dude in a tractor after Samus, who destroys planets on her lunch breaks?
Do I need to play the post-game to find out what happened here, or did the game just... Forget this was the plot...?
1. No, not really. Samus kind of never mentions it again. While it isn't really acknowledged, James Pierce is implied to be the Deleter.
2. Correct.
3. No one besides Anthony.
4. No, they're the same.
5. The game never plainly states what the Deleter's mission was. One can infer that someone in the Galactic Federation sent him to investigate what happened, try to recover data/samples, and cover any tracks of illegal activity if discovered (including killing members of the 07th Platoon when necessary). The Galactic Federation either nuked the Bottle Ship because Adam destroyed Sector 0 meaning Metroid research/subjects were destroyed or the not-corrupt members of the Galactic Federation decided to destroy the entire facility once the true nature of the Bottle Ship was discovered.
6. No.
Okay so final thoughts:
I had heard this game was awful, but can't really ride with that take; it's just a dull action game with the added problem of trying to fill a legacy it can never dream of coming close to. It introduces almost nothing new to the series, but also doesn't come close to perfecting previously existing features (and in fact, is a step down in basically every way).

I do think the most painful question here is: why does this exist? Does it cater to new Metroid fans? No, because it basically requires familiarity with Super Metroid right from the first second, and relies on Metroid Fusion to give meta-textual weight to the presumed importance of Adam.
But it doesn't cater to existing Metroid fans either: Samus' characterisation just introduces inconsistencies, and plot-wise this is probably a nightmare to fit into any 'canon timeline'.

It doesn't push any new ideas, introduces no new interesting villains/bosses, the control setup isn't as revolutionary as I imagine Prime 3's was... The entire story just chains together a sort of highlights reel of Metroid moments (Queen from II, Ridley from III/Prime, TV face from Fusion), which would presumably cater to the Metroid fanbase... Who have already played those moments, in better ways.
I'm mostly with you here. I don't think Other M is awful either even in 2019. It's mostly pointless and causes way too many narrative and characterization problems to remain canon.

I disagree with the red bolded part. Other M offers more about Adam than Fusion did through an overuse of cliche flashbacks and Samus' asinine narration. I don't think one needs Fusion in this regard. However, I don't think Other M did a good job of making anyone care about Adam in either Other M or Fusion so it doubly failed.
I guess I found it compelling~ish enough to see the ending, but not sure if I'll go for the postgame too. Is it worth doing so? Does it take long?
1. Not really. The post-game is an epilogue in which Samus decides to retrieve Adam's helmet because she somehow has no other mementos of her father figure/sempai. Also, you get a fan servicey boss fight pulled from Super Metroid followed by five minutes to play as Zero Suit Samus for absolutely no reason.
2. No. Maybe half an hour if you skip upgrades you either missed during the main game or can only access post-game.

General Chat / Re: The Fast Food Thread - Would You Like Posts With That?
« on: November 08, 2019, 05:37:06 PM »
I tried the Popeye’s chicken sandwich last night. It’s... a chicken sandwich. I tried not to get caught up in the hype. This thing made headlines by selling out everywhere and apparently someone was fatally stabbed for cutting in line the other day. It’s fine for what it is. I’d order it again even if I wouldn’t go out of my way to do so. May be a little greasy, but that’s to be expected from deep fried chicken at a fast food joint.

General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: about to take our talents to Brooklyn
« on: November 05, 2019, 07:27:03 PM »
Lakers come back from 19. Stop doing this to me. This game was infuriating until the end of the third quarter.

Kuzma looked good. We really needed his production especially with Avery Bradley out.

General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: about to take our talents to Brooklyn
« on: November 04, 2019, 08:27:29 PM »
Looks like it’s about to happen. Who knew the Suns would be this good?

General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: about to take our talents to Brooklyn
« on: November 03, 2019, 05:06:28 PM »
Kuzma at the buzzer!

That game was embarrassing. It never should have been that close. The Lakers were up by 19 then just forgot what a basketball was. Glad they won, but they're so hard to watch sometimes.

General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: about to take our talents to Brooklyn
« on: November 03, 2019, 07:45:22 AM »
To be honest, I watched the play, I really don't see how the refs didn't call the hold, it was BLATANTLY egregious, and a deciding factor on why Danny Green was open to make that last shot to tie the game. Howard literally grabbed Curry with both hands by the jersey and held him (like the pic shows) allowing green to be open to accept the pass on the 3pt line.
There's no way the refs didn't see that. It was very obvious.
We all watched the play. The refs intentionally didn't call it.

Ideally, the refs always call it like they see it, everyone accept genuine missed calls, and no one complains. We don't live in that kind of world. There is definitely room for improvement, and the NBA is trying things like the one-per-game coach's challenge. Ultimately, refereeing is inherently inconsistent due to the human element.
This often isn't true, and just stating it as a fact doesn't make it true. "Letting them play" depends on the game, the foul, the players involved, the situation...  This is why they started doing the two-minute reports, so fans can see that calls are generally made without issue for the vast majority of games.
Which part isn't true? It's documented that refs will hold their whistles at the end of games. The NBA won't admit it, but there's tons of video of supporting this practice. Whether this happened in the Lakers-Mavericks game is obviously my opinion.

The last two minute report is meant to be a good faith action by the league to be transparent, but even some players have admitted publicly that it doesn't make sense. They only draw more attention to other missed calls that aren't in the report.

General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: about to take our talents to Brooklyn
« on: November 02, 2019, 09:00:50 PM »
Sure... except it was pretty egregious.
My intention is not to argue semantics or what constitutes as egregious. To clarify though, someone has to get practically mauled or intentionally fouled as in the player tells a ref before the play begins “I’m going to foul [player]” (like a hack-a-Shaq kind of thing) for refs to blow the whistle. If the commentators saw, the refs did too. They didn’t stop the play because they generally tend to let end of games play out.

The Lakers absolutely should have lost that game (side-bar: I kind of wish they did; learn from it and don’t fall behind 15 points). I’m not defending this practice by the refs and/or NBA, just relaying some information. This isn’t insider info. Journalists, analysts, and former players admit refs swallow their whistles at the end of games all the time on shows, podcasts etc. Why do the refs/NBA do this? I guess it makes better television with the added benefit of more advertising revenue. This was a nationally televised game. 🤷‍♀️

General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: about to take our talents to Brooklyn
« on: November 02, 2019, 06:56:06 PM »
I don’t think the refs missed the call at the end of the Lakers-Mavericks game. Unless it’s egregious, they tend to let the players decide the game.

Anyway, D’Angelo Russell is injures too?! At this point, I’m surprised Steve Kerr didn’t just suit up tonight. No one is currently wearing #25 on the Warriors, right?

General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: about to take our talents to Brooklyn
« on: November 02, 2019, 09:00:58 AM »
Nice, hard fought win. The Lakers are so infuriating to watch sometimes. You can’t let yourselves fall behind 15 points. The Mavericks are decent to good this year, and it took literal last second heroics from Danny Green to make this win happen. Against more elite teams, don’t expect to come back and win by nine.

General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: about to take our talents to Brooklyn
« on: November 01, 2019, 09:38:14 PM »
I’m glad the Lakers won. After watching the last play in regulation, I don’t know why the Mavs closed out on LeBron. Let him get the dunk. There were fewer than three seconds left; he’d be doing you a favor because the Lakers were down by three.

Anyway, the Warriors are getting worked. D’Angelo Russell has 30, but just isn’t getting a lot of help based on the box score. Also, the Jazz lost to the Kings. Someone check on broodwars.

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