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  1. I've heard the same thing. I'm very tempted to try it out. My only concern is that it uses the microsoft store which is kinda crap and limits your ability to use fixes/mods from the community. I've had a few games recently that had some issues with ultrawide resolutions that I fixed with small community patches. Not everything on their gamepass is also available on PC, but quite a lot is and I think support has become better over time. For single player games or games you were on the fence about buying it makes absolute sense.
  2. https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2022/01/18/welcoming-activision-blizzard-to-microsoft-gaming/ I didn't have this on my 2022 bingo card... Aside from the normal concern for consolidation in the industry, I'm not sure the exact reason for this purchase. Microsoft bought a ton of smaller developers over the last few years with the big one being Bethesda. Activision/Blizzard is on a whole different level in terms of size - and is currently suffering serious damage from it's terrible reputation. I'm hoping that means that bobby kotick will get bought out and leave, and maybe Microsoft has the guts/money to completely fire large portions of the upper management to try and lift the gloom from all the sexual misconduct and mistreatment allegations. Sidenote: I feel good for Phil Spencer, that dude has been running the xbox arm of microsoft for years and until Nadella's leadership he wasn't given much of a budget to work with, now he's basically running the biggest games publisher with control over more games developers than anyone else on the planet. He's always come across as fairly genuine in the interviews I've seen of him and I hope he can navigate all these projects/games in a good direction moving forward. Also, Nadella is again proving he's willing to spend big on moving Microsoft forwards.
  3. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. https://www.npr.org/2021/12/12/1063489922/california-governor-gavin-newsom-assault-weapons-ban-texas-abortion-law
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. https://oag.ca.gov/news/press-releases/attorney-general-bonta-secures-victory-lawsuit-challenging-california’s-ban Duncan V Bonta was ruled on by an 11 judge panel of the 9th circuit court of appeals. They have upheld the law stating that purchase AND POSSESSION of magazines over 10 rounds are illegal. There's some additional judicial fiddly business still pending, namely this goes back to Judge Benitez's desk so he can make a final ruling (as directed by the 9th circuit). There's also the additional chance for an appeal to the Supreme Court. It is unlikely (but possible) that Benitez could stay the ruling pending appeal (which is the current status). I can't say I'm surprised by this ruling at all. However, there is a very real chance of this being taken to the Supreme Court and potentially being ruled on by the conservative majority. There is another 2nd amendment case currently on their docket (expected ruling in April 2022) so that should give some indication as to how it might be ruled on. There are another handful of cases including a magazine capacity case from New Jersey in line waiting for a Scotus appeal, which could be combined with Duncan V Bonta or completely ignored. Also there were several other California cases that were put on pending status until Duncan V Bonta was resolved - this means we may see additional restrictions come down quickly (in the judicial sense of the word) as those cases are freed up to proceed. This includes additional bans on "assault weapons" and various attempt to limit the 2nd amendment rights. Also this is directly from Judge Van Dyke's dissent:
  12. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11126994/ I've been waiting for all the episodes to release before I watched this, but I saw nothing but praise. It's hard to convey just how good this show is. The animation quality is genuinely unmatched; it goes beyond the unique style of 3d/2d they've used, it really is next level stuff - the stuff that happens when you mix arcsystemworks tech (guilty gear strive / dragon ball fighterz) with hand crafted animation. The writing is solid enough to carry the story even if they rely heavily on emotional beats to push things forward. The few issues I have are an odd style choices like the shoehorned music segments, riot's music department is really good and they kinda pushed parts of some episodes into music video territory, which works but aren't the strongest points of the show. I think there's certainly more for fans of league of legends, or at least people with knowledge of their world/lore, but the story definitely stands on it's own without simply spotting references and characters from the game. The story is presented in 3 acts with timeskips in between, if you're concerned that the characters are children in part 1, just power through, this isn't a children's focused show by any stretch. Even if you know absolutely nothing about league of legends, it's totally worth a watch - strongest recommendation I can make.
  13. Never read the books so I don't have any preconceptions going in. The casting suffers from the same issues as every YA show does - pretty looking actors with mediocre performances that will invariably be involved in romance and drama that I find either half baked or simply uninteresting I agree with kuhla that this show looks and acts very YA, but then suddenly you have some rather substantial violence and gore. I can't tell if that's for shock factor or to try and convince me it's not actually a YA show. The show feels best when the main characters aren't the focus. Episode 4 in particular felt really solid because a large portion of it was focused on the aes sedai and the wardens; conveniently all actual adults with a better level of acting. I normally give a show 3 episodes to make an impression but I'm sort of glad I went and watched the 4th. I feel like even if this show follows through with the normal chosen one tropes and romance subplot bullshit, I might be able to stomach that for 8 total episodes. At least the pacing feels like everything is moving relatively fast. So far this is a fair bit better than shadow and bone, but we'll see if I feel the same way once this season is over. Sidenote: the original author died, and Brandon Sanderson wrote the last few books (at the original authors request) he's sort of active on reddit and even though he's a producer on the show and did some consulting on scripts - he has been posting relatively unvarnished reviews of the various episodes. He's basically said that this adaptation is a "different turn of the wheel" than the books but he still likes it. I'm sure there's some book spoilers in there (that I don't give a shit about) but feel free to cruise through some of his posts on reddit.
  14. This show clearly has a huge budget behind it, but could use some better writing. The empire plotline is the part that kept me entertained. Lee Pace does a good job with what he has. Gaal and Salvor are boring characters and neither actress is doing a particularly good job. The god awful narration makes me feel like someone on the writing team likes noir films and threw that in there as a last ditch effort to flesh out characters but it feels cartoonishly bad. There's also some genuinely weird plot holes and space wizardry that I'm not particularly enjoying - it's extremely hard to take seriously and has been done much better *cough* Dune *cough* I guess we're getting a second season at some point, and I'll probably tune in just to see if they can salvage a big budget scifi show.
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    Battlefield 2042

    I think the covid work from home excuse isn't some catch all for poor design decisions, bad UX and a history of broken releases. These games aren't made in 1 year or 2, they take 3+ years. Battlefield 5 released November 2018 (3 years ago) and even if you think they kept their entire dev team on for another year to help with content (take a look at bf5's content and tell me that with a straight face) That's still 2 years of development. I'm fairly certain most devs made the shift to work from home right at the start of the pandemic and have been dealing with that for nearly 2 years now. If they really thought it wasn't ready, they could have delayed - if the choice was to release in this state with no delay, that's a management decision, not a pandemic decision. EA isn't so broke they can't afford an extra year of dev time. Also, lets be clear, there are other games being released right now that had to deal with the same shitty conditions and they're not in such a poor state. I may not like back4blood but that thing at least released feature complete and with major issues. Battlefield 4 released like hot garbage, battlefield 1 was a messy release and battlefield 5 was released ugly, even battlefront 2 released ugly and had to make major fixes. Fact is Dice release some janky ass games that often are saved 1+ year later with a bunch of additional content and balance updates (mostly). What concerns me is that the bones of 2042 feel wrong enough that I'm not sure it can be saved. Specialists feel meh, and the universal class system leaves a ton to be desired. Scoreboard and UX stuff isn't going to be an easy fix, might not even be possible at this rate. The lack of content and balance stuff can be fixed but I'm not sure what that would take and if it would even be worth it. We might get an anthem situation where they just abandon it and move forwards to try and cut their losses. I'll still play because I'm desperate for a multiplayer game to sink my teeth into, and I enjoy battlefield, but I'm not going to sit there and act like there aren't severe structural problems with the game - or defend releasing games in this state.
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