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Movies & TV / Re: HBO Max
« on: Yesterday at 10:09:20 PM »
I suspect they decided to just do one four hour movie after HBO did away with the free trial. No need to try and lock people in for a full month by stretching out the content anymore.

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What a finale! I love that the ending positioned Wanda to be both a powerful force and potential focal point for the MCU. It seemed like all the key protagonists split off for their own things. Hopes were high for the number of new focal points, but I still felt satisfied for what we got.

I suspect Wanda goes back to Agatha for training. And it's possible she attempts to steal another book. Either way, I'm excited to see how she turns up in Dr. Strange 2.

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Depeche Mode - Enjoy the Silence

Can't go wrong with a little Depeche Mode. 8)

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General Gaming / Re: Games Industry Death Watch 2010-present
« on: February 26, 2021, 04:44:37 PM »
RIP Stadia studios.

Updates and insights on Stadia

Basically, the writer says that Stadia failed to follow the usual Google approach.

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But all the buildup had some developers within Stadia worried, according to people familiar with the matter. Their deadline to ship the platform in the fall of 2019 wouldn’t allow them to deliver what players expected, they said. They argued that Google should position the launch as another beta test. After all, Google’s most successful products had followed a similar approach. Gmail was officially in beta testing for five years, for example, as the company continued to tweak and refine it.

This may or may not come as a surprise.

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Stadia missed its targets for sales of controllers and monthly active users by hundreds of thousands, according to two people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified discussing private information. A Google spokesperson declined to comment for this story.

A really interesting tidbit to me is this part about how much Google spent on each port. (Emphasis added)

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His team wooed big-name publishers like Ubisoft and Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., shelling out tens of millions of dollars to get games like Red Dead Redemption II on Stadia, according to two people familiar with the deals. The amount of money Google was willing to spend came as a shock to veteran game developers, but even that wasn’t enough. Video game platforms live or die on exclusive content. So Harrison also brought in Jade Raymond, a veteran executive who has worked on Assassin’s Creed and Star Wars, to start building an in-house development division.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Splatoon 3: Enter the Splatlands
« on: February 26, 2021, 02:51:35 PM »
I played Splatoon 2 for a good while when it first came out, but kinda fell off.
It looks like you haven't tried clam blitz. You should really give that a go. It is noticeably different from the other modes. You can check Splatlink to see when it is in the rotation.

I have not.  I might give it a try if I can carve out some time.  I also thought I had played rainmaker, but mayber not enough to get the C rank.  I appreciated them adding new modes, but at some point, the game was out of my regular rotation. And between the Salmon Run mode and regular play, I wasn't super compelled to play ranked.  I also tend to avoid ranked modes in general.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Splatoon 3: Enter the Splatlands
« on: February 26, 2021, 02:10:48 PM »
Yeah, that fast-forward was desperately needed.

I played the original quite a bit.  I really liked it at the time.  I played Splatoon 2 for a good while when it first came out, but kinda fell off.  I frequently would miss the splatfests, which went from disappointing to reaffirming me not playing as much.  I also didn't finish the Octoling expansion. :(


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That "Eternals" news is how you hype a movie.

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It's official: Spider-Man: No Way Home, in theatres this Christmas.

https://twitter.com/SpiderMan/status/1364632206765817856?s=20

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They did the double reverse with Agnes, so I'll give them credit for that, especially since I fell for it. The fun jingle at the end made me less upset that they went back to the obvious route however.

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Movies & TV / Re: Movies You Watched in 2020
« on: February 19, 2021, 12:40:00 AM »
I don't remember everything I saw in 2020, not that it was a lot.

But the best movie was probably Tenet and the worst was probably Wonder Woman 1984. 

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and let's talk about that commercial.... what was it? YoMagic, what were they parodying? somethinglike gushers fruit snacks but in a yogurt cup. Who wants to point out the deeper meaning behind the trauma in Wanda's life for this one?


Ok, so I think I've settled on my interpretation of that commercial.  Wanda is both the boy and the shark.  The boy represents Wanda by being alone, needing something to sustain him to live.  The Shark is her subconsciousness trying to convince her to sustain herself with "yomagic" "your magic" "her magic.  She thinks she can fulfill her needs by relying on her powers, but she can't.  And she's slowly realizing that it's killing her too.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Place your bets on Feb 17th Megatons!
« on: February 17, 2021, 07:16:48 PM »
Mario Kart Tour seems pretty popular, so I'm hoping Nintendo finally decides to finally get mobile players into console buyers/users with some Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC.

Other than that, calling out Smash Bros makes me think we'll see two characters or one and a new game mode.  At the very least, a timeline of when we can expect these last three characters.

Ring Fit Adventure may see some more updates too.

Technically, that's two Smash characters, lol.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: What will Nintendo release in 2020?
« on: February 17, 2021, 07:15:30 PM »
That was a fun read looking at everyone's grades!

I should've rolled forward my Splatoon prediction.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Place your bets on Feb 17th Megatons!
« on: February 16, 2021, 06:46:30 PM »
Mario Kart Tour seems pretty popular, so I'm hoping Nintendo finally decides to finally get mobile players into console buyers/users with some Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC.

Other than that, calling out Smash Bros makes me think we'll see two characters or one and a new game mode.  At the very least, a timeline of when we can expect these last three characters.

Ring Fit Adventure may see some more updates too.

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It's not too late. You can still change it.

I'll leave it for posterity and lulz.


Does this set the record for earliest failed prediction?

Lemonade and I both said E3 would be cancelled, but I think they've already threatened to hold a virtual event in some capacity, so I guess that was earlier?

E3 has to be on in order to be cancelled, so there's hope!

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I totally thought Directs were dead, so this is great news.

Same. I included that in my post for the 2021 prediction thread.  I'm very happy to be wrong though!


Direct hype is hype.  Them saying the focus is on existing games and 1st half releases makes me think they'll be another big Direct later in the year.  I'm really interested to see what's getting DLC or if they just want to highlight recently released games that maybe haven't gotten enough spotlight.

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4. Nintendo continues to do focused, "Direct Minis" without a "big one". (No non-single game specific Directs over 35 minutes.)

Does this set the record for earliest failed prediction?

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I've been thinking about this more and more, and I'm increasingly convinced it's all Wanda.  Wanda is supposed to appear in Multiverse of Madness and Spider-Man: Do the Homie.  Both of those are about the multiverse, and I'm guessing goes wrong leading to a Spider-verse thing and then Dr. Strange has to fix it in his movie.  But the question is what happened and how.  But I think whatever happens to the multiverse already happened.

Looking at Pietro, it's weird that the Fox version showed up and not the MCU one.  When Wanda accidentally sees his real body, much like dead vision, he's got the bullets holes to match MCU Pietro.  But if AoU happened in 2015 and it's at least 2024 after Endgame, that body would been decayed pretty bad.  It's had at least 5 years to decay since the timeskip, but probably upwards to 9.  So, when she's grieving for Pietro, her powers subconsciously reach out to find a body, but her earth only has a rotten corpse.  So, she pulls through the multiverse to find a fresh one and accidentally rips a hole in it.  Damaging the fabric of the multiverse may not have any  major consequences now, but it could down the road especially if Wanda does something similar.

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Administration / Re: Now That's What I Call Safe Words 17! Sign-up Thread!
« on: February 14, 2021, 08:16:49 PM »
I will sign up to hopefully turn things around.

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Movies & TV / Re: HBO Max
« on: February 14, 2021, 07:40:12 PM »
Zach Snyder’s Justice League | Official Trailer | HBO Max



I'm excited to finally see this movie.  Not that I think it'll be good, but it's been so long that I'm ready for the payoff.  Seeing Joker in what appears to be the Nightmare Batman parts of the movie is not where I expected him.  Also, seeing so much Darkseid in the trailer makes me think Synder is cramming all his "Part 2" ideas into this.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Special Edition Switch Consoles
« on: February 13, 2021, 06:35:50 PM »
I don't own any special edition consoles, and don't really look to buy any.  I enjoy seeing them because many of them looks quite nice, but I don't really want to see any one franchise get one in particular.

My favorites are the Mario Red and Animal Crossing Switches.  The red casing on the Switch itself is really nice to see since it's the only time outside the Lites where they've done that (so far).  Plus, that shade of red is fetch af.  The Animal Crossing Switch has the prettiest Joycon of all, and I love the art on the dock.  The full paint job those two give to the dock put the rest to shame, imo.

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However, people keep asking her if she wants anything changed or "Isn't this what you wanted?" to her either ignoring the question or just looking confused. Again, that could be either her powers working without her realizing or outside intervention.

It could be a monkey's paw-type situation where she got her "wish" granted by Mephisto/some-other-power and so when they ask "Isn't this what you wanted?" its a subtle reminder from her 'benefactor' that she did ask for this and these are the consequences for her actions and decisions.

That's what I was thinking.  Like Agnes and Herb seem to know what's going on and act like they're working for her (or someone else, but to her benefit).

But Pietro does say he remembers being shot in the street and then hearing Wanda call to him, which could point to it all being Wanda.  Although again she does pretty much wish for him to be there, so someone else could be granting these wishes.  I'm pretty back and forth on this, lol.

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I also think Hayward's plan is to use Wanda's powers to bring back Vision.  It's been shown that Wanda physically alters whatever is inside the Hex to be what she wants it to be.  Monica Rambeau's 70s attire turning being made of kevlar (or w/e) because that's what she wore when she went in makes me think Hayward's working theory is that Wanda can turn Vision's vibranium into a functioning Infinity Stone.  The way he watched as Vision stood outside the Hex as he got pulled back in made me think he was trying to observe whether or not Wanda actually brought him back successfully.

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So, the last episode threw the Agnes theory out the window. But now I'm back to wondering if it isn't just Wanda doing all this herself ala "House of M" on a smaller scale.  She has to be projecting personalities on to Pietro and Vision.  And I think Pietro talking asking Wanda how she did it is really her trying to figure out how everything is happening.  She blatantly asks him about the ethics of the situation, possibly because she's feeling guilty about what she's doing.  His "Your dead husband can't die again" comment almost sounds like the voice of reason next to someone who's worried about the whereabouts of a corpse.  I think this also explains how Pietro has MCU memories and a FoX-Men body; they're her memories but she's possibly ripped a body through the multiverse.  Speaking of Vision, I think his actions are Wanda's subscious feelings about wanting to get back to reality.  He knows something is amiss, that the world around him is fake, but she herself wants to pretend that it's real, so that it can be real.

So now I'm thinking that Wanda's powers are truly just out of control.  Although, I can't help but think maybe she got a power boost from somewhere.  She says she can't remember how all this started which falls in line with her powers going out of control, and Pietro making that point about how her powers have upgraded from nightmares to this makes me think she isn't sure how she got so strong.  But if you backtrack to how much stronger she got from AoU to Endgame, it's already a pretty big power boost and maybe what's happening now is a natural progression.  However, people keep asking her if she wants anything changed or "Isn't this what you wanted?" to her either ignoring the question or just looking confused.  Again, that could be either her powers working without her realizing or outside intervention.


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