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  1. This korean MMO has been out for a while but finally is releasing in the west. Expect all the usual korean mmo trappings: great visuals, grindy as fuck, and pay to win.
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    League of Legends

    This needs a little bit of context - they're releasing a new champion in league and a new character in valorant that are very similar. They have the same voice actor and similar kits/abilities based around electricity. They were designed by the same game designer as well. This is a clearly intentional move to see if they can do a bit more to connect valorant and league (which they've done a bit in the past).
  3. I think the film felt very design by committee and "get this done, or we'll give it to someone else." I also want to briefly shit on the wachowski's because it's well deserved. They wrote/directed the matrix films and before that bound (which is worth a watch) - what have they done since then? Speed Racer, Cloud Atlas, Jupiter Ascending, Sense8 and now matrix 4 (at least one of them). So basically they've managed to create big budget garbage films ever since the matrix trillogy and let's be real, matrix 2 and 3 had some issues too. Why do studios give these people money? They've produced nothing of value. Fuck hollywood for enabling these grifting shitbags (and many others) to continue making garbage media.
  4. Having played the games, and read some of the books, they decided to go in some new directions with the new season. Most of my thoughts are spoiler filled so I'll just drop them below.
  5. I think that's a really neat design. Ian also tested it out and while it did technically fail when he fully submerged it in mud, it was only because he couldn't rack the slide. Once he racked the slide it still functioned after a pretty nasty mud bath. The downside is that it's a little bit expensive right now... The limited edition pre-orders were $5,000 and the standard models are still really expensive. I'm curious if designs like this might be more widely made at some point.
  6. https://www.npr.org/2021/12/12/1063489922/california-governor-gavin-newsom-assault-weapons-ban-texas-abortion-law
  7. Space Marine 2 I'm hyped for. I enjoyed the first one, it's absolutely a power fantasy game and its still one of the best renditions of the 40k universe. Curious about some specifics of this game because reddit is doing some serious reading into the trailer and depending on how that breaks we could see this game set much further in the timeline than much of 40k media. Not sure what Titus is up to, but I suspect it will be cool. Horizon Dawn will eventually come to PC, that seems to be Sony's new trend. With God of War coming to PC, I think they're just figuring out how long they want to keep it playstation exclusive before porting it. I suspect they'll settle on the 1 year mark. Hellblade was kinda neat, curious what the sequel will do. Cuphead was cool, if frustrating at times. The game is rather difficult. This is technically DLC for the original, but it's coming so long after the release it's weird. Elden Ring is another soulsbourne game, they're cool but I have some personal issues with stamina based systems in games. I might give this one a try, but I might not. Star Wars Eclipse had a weird/cool trailer, but it's a David Cage game, so I'm expecting it's going to end up being a meme-worthy piece of garbage with terrible writing. Homeworld 3 I'm hyped for. I never finished Deserts of Karak, but I did enjoy my playthrough of the remastered homeworld games. Honestly, I've read they're in even better shape than when they initially launched and they're absolutely worth playing through if you're interested in sci-fi settings or RTS games. Bonus points: the music and cinematics are genuinely incredible, there's a reason why people still to this day reference at least one of them. It went on sale for $3.49 last steam sale - which is practically free - pick it up next sale if you're even remotely interested.
  8. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4244994/ The film is good. The action sequences are solid, and the duel in question is nearly worth the price of admission, it's just as good as some of the best action sequences of Gladiator. The film's subject matter is made to be uncomfortable, but it isn't overwhelming. There are some blunt scenes that spell out how women are property, or that rape was fairly common and normally born with silence - I do think some of that dialogue while accurate, comes across as a bit on the nose. The 3 character viewpoints mean there's a fair bit of the film where the same scenes are played out but with some minor and some major differences. Even with the repeated scenes the movie doesn't drag, the character drama and dialogue segments are well acted and still manage to carry the slower parts of the film - Adam Driver is fantastic in this. The film clearly centers around charges of rape and that scene is played twice, with both being disturbing but not unwatchable - there's nothing graphic but I can see why some people would prefer to avoid this film because of it. Definitely worth a watch. Sad to see it performed so poorly at the box office because it means big budget original films will have an even harder time being greenlit in the future.
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