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General Off Topic / Re: Xant
« on: March 11, 2019, 01:06:17 AM »
Ok, how much do you receive in welfare?
How dare you.

General Off Topic / Re: Xant
« on: March 10, 2019, 12:07:28 PM »
Will your welfare check ever run out?
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« on: March 10, 2019, 12:37:18 AM »
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General Off Topic / Re: Thread of Medieval Movies and TV shows
« on: March 09, 2019, 02:41:59 PM »
I am  Lotr fan, but the fact that its just a movie about walking is a common criticism from people who don't like it.
I bet those people love 80s action movies and modern superhero movies. Constant, mindless, pointless action. What could be more fun!

General Off Topic / Re: Game of Thrones - Season 8 - 4/14/2019
« on: March 09, 2019, 07:30:49 AM »
ASOIAF is such a shitty book series to read. You have to re-read it like five times to remember what happened before each new book comes out. Or, well, realistically, the series is never going to finish. Last book took six years. This one's going to be at nine years soon. Martin'll be dead before the last book comes out. Not even mentioning how ridiculous it is to wait twenty years for two books.

General Off Topic / Re: Game of Thrones - Season 8 - 4/14/2019
« on: March 08, 2019, 06:22:31 PM »
A lot of strong female characters do strong female things. We'll have strong elite female warriors, dexterous elite female warriors, cunning elite female leaders, charismatic elite female leaders, and the ending will be female.

General Off Topic / Re: Thread of Medieval Movies and TV shows
« on: March 07, 2019, 11:47:01 AM »
The Last Kingdom is a better GoT. Don't @ me

I don't have high hopes for this last season of Game of Thrones. First of all, the last few seasons have been dogshit compared to the first ones, as already stated in this thread.

Second, they're going to have to rush like fuck to wrap up all the plotlines. Nothing seems any closer to conclusion than they did six seasons ago, yet everything is supposed to be concluded satisfactorily in just one season? I sincerely doubt they're going to be able to pull it off.

Third, the best thing about the show has always been the nuance, the human conflict, the power plays, the little moments. Now there's every indication that the last season is going to be a classic "let's unite to fight the zombie horde + dragons and shit" fantasy. Not much room for intrigue there. Fighting a dumb zombie horde is just boring, and it's obvious which side the audience is going to root for.

Fourth, related to the last point, judging by the trailer and last season, they're more and more focused on these hero wank fantasies where Arya/Jon/whatever pull off unrealistic heroics, rather than the down-to-earth stuff of the first seasons.

Still going to watch it, but not that hyped. More looking forward to the Expanse and Bosch, for example.

Like yes, LoTR is a 6 hours of midgets walking, but dammit that's what its all about. 

It's what makes LoTR what it is, really. The world feels alive. It's the depiction of the journeys, the showing of these run-down taverns, the breakfasts, the miserable weather and wet clothes, campfires.... all of it makes the books and the movies feel really magical, like you're watching some alternate history or some shit, it's a believable world and feels like an adventure. Part of it is definitely because of how old I was when I first read the books and saw the movies, but nothing else has come close to giving me the same feeling as LoTR. I'm cautiously optimistic for the big-budget Amazon show, especially if it focuses on young Aragorn, but on the other hand, it's probably going to be about explosions and strong warrior girls saving the white male Aragorn constantly.

GoT, especially lately, is just ticking boxes for "huge battle at A, huge battle at B, bad ass moment at C", etc. No time for the little things that make the world believable and add context to it all.

... and all the other things floating around out there / Anthem
« on: March 02, 2019, 06:19:25 PM »
Any Anthem fans? :)

LOL jk, Anthem blows and bioware is dead.

This is now a Star Citizen thread. Star Citizen is coming along nicely. Anthem took six years to make and it has no content, so it's only to be expected that SC's development takes time too. But they're really ambitious, and there's been some great progress in the past year. In two years it'll be in a full-time playable state is my guess. Already possible to have fun with it but they're still building the basic mechanics.

... and all the other things floating around out there / Re: apex legends
« on: February 19, 2019, 11:41:03 AM »
You should never give the enemies the opportunity to gun you down when you use it. You shouldn't try to appear right next to them, but preferably a bit behind. Or just use it at the start of a flank. If they don't see you, great. If they see you, that's fine, you're moving faster than usual and you should be flanking from far enough away that you can't be lasered down before you get to cover. The cloak is a "nice to have", not something you should plan your route around. Then it works great.

And yes, Lifeline is great, just don't play her myself.

... and all the other things floating around out there / Re: apex legends
« on: February 18, 2019, 11:20:14 PM »
As for the legends, I think Wraith is ridiculously overrated. Her Q makes her extremely vulnerable. She can't see you, she can't draw her gun immediately after exiting, she can't open doors, she's really visible, etc., etc. It's only useful against bad players and in very niche scenarios where you have instant cover and the enemies are far. Like the video I posted last page has more than a few Wraiths using it to absolutely no avail. Her passive is one of the best passives, but in a game like Apex it's just a nice to have, not awesome or anything. Her ult is a double-edged sword at best. Sometimes it can be nice, but as an ultimate it's pretty fucking meh.

Bangalore's just OP, her passive needs a nerf. Her passive is a ten times better Wraith Q and she has it up constantly. The smokes are also too good because once you get Digital Threat, you can just free kill anyone who doesn't have one. Sadly, her voice lines are so fucking cringey and annoying it's hard to play her.

Pathfinder's cool but pretty much the only legend who has no abilities that help in a direct gunfight. Grapple can be useful before or after, but hardly ever during, since you're very vulnerable while in the air. His passive is the worst passive in the game. Knowing where the next circle is does absolutely fucking nothing in this game.

Bloodhound's ult is pretty damn good in theory but in practice I don't like it because enemies glow red and the HCOG's red dot just fuses right into them, making it harder to aim. He also has no mobility/escapes outside of his ult. He's also loud as fuck in his ult.

Mirage is probably my favorite. Another nigh useless passive (except maybe if you have self-revive), but his active is the best active in the game IMO. You can have a decoy up 24/7 to scout for you, and you get a notification about where the enemy shot it from. The uses for decoys are so many, and you can use it while healing. Also a very good counter against Peacekeeper campers in houses. If you know you're against a good player, you can even do some Dota 2 style jukes where you pretend you're a decoy to escape. His ultimate is also one of the better combat ultimates. That's mainly because the competition isn't very stiff, but still. The circle of decoys is basically useless except as visual obstruction, but the movement speed and cloak can be really good. Not as a last minute escape, but for flanking and engaging. Sometimes it can be annoying, though, because you can't end it when you want to. So if you get spotted (by, say, a Bloodhound in ulti) it can fuck you over hard. Doesn't last for that long though and you can usually juke until it ends. But again, there's never a fight where the decoy doesn't help in some way, which is extremely good. Every other legend's active abilities are very situational.

General Discussion / Re: Damn admins read this before you mute me
« on: February 17, 2019, 11:45:31 PM »
Don't read it admins

... and all the other things floating around out there / Re: apex legends
« on: February 17, 2019, 09:58:02 PM »
Battle royale does indeed suck as you have so aptly pointed out. I really dislike the genre now, especially since no one is brave enough to do away with the retarded RNG at the beginning. It'd make so much more sense to start everyone with a pistol (and in Apex's case, grey armor, because otherwise finding or not finding an armor makes far too big a difference in the outcome of fights). Main thing keeping me from playing more than a few Apex games at a time is the fact I have to endure the beginning RNG looting phase every time. Also, why is every dev so obsessed with dropping down from planes?

Apex's mechanics are good, though, which overshadows the suckiness of BR as a format, at least for a few matches at a time. For getting the "deaths matter + looting" vibe that BRs are famous for, I much prefer Tarkov-like approach (and arguably it makes you even more scared of dying and happier about winning). Even aside from the RNG of who wins and who dies before you're looted up, I don't like the fact that you can't decide which gun you're using (you can't decide to master, say, Spitfire, because you may not find it for several games in a row), or which attachments you get (legendary barrel and/or stock? Or none? What difference do those make for recoil? Who knows! Too random and rare to get used to what they do. And even worse, some guns are unusable without extended mags.)

Apex is ten times more fun when you're looted up than when in the loot phase (or with crap loot). Even just having no shield batteries will mean you can't actually take fights against more than one person because you'll never be able to recharge your shields in time. And that changes the gameplay completely. And so on.

... and all the other things floating around out there / Re: apex legends
« on: February 17, 2019, 09:07:16 PM »
Yes, HCOG is the pure red dot. Everything else blocks your vision or is too indistinct to be good (Digital Sight). Also not helped by the fact that there are some truly awful ironsights, like Spitfire is basically unusable without optics.

... and all the other things floating around out there / Re: Metro Exodus
« on: February 17, 2019, 08:29:25 PM »
Why you gotta make it personal? Not cool. Reported to the moderators.

... and all the other things floating around out there / Re: apex legends
« on: February 17, 2019, 07:47:21 PM »
Some (mostly solo) squad takedowns from today:

Gave the Longbow my first serious try and honestly I liked it a lot as a secondary, especially when fully kitted. Being able to take out 1 guy and maybe damage the others before pushing them can be a massive help.

Also only really noticed from the recording how much recoil R-99 has beyond 10 meters, it's pretty insane. R-301 on the other hand is great everywhere.

Not too sure about EVA... I was fucking up the timing between the shots (really doesn't help that it changes with the barrel attachment) too much to really decide yet, but didn't feel that good.

On a somewhat unrelated note, I really hope they add more 1x sights in March. The only one with a decent sight picture is the HCOG 1x Classic (or whatever). The rest are trash for tracking and flicking, even the Digital Threat which is the only other tolerable optic but still pretty shit.

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