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  1. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    The new expansion for Destiny 2, Shadowkeep, has dropped so I've been playing that. The post Activision Bungie seems to be finding it's groove for what it wants Destiny to be. It grieves me...

    The new expansion for Destiny 2, Shadowkeep, has dropped so I've been playing that.

    The post Activision Bungie seems to be finding it's groove for what it wants Destiny to be. It grieves me because I think Destiny could've really lived up to its potential had Activision not meddled since Destiny 1. The individual story lines haven't always been the strongest and the various activities can be hit or miss but the overall game play is strong and the writing has, albeit in small increments, has gotten better as the game has gone on.

    Shadowkeep is the first expansion following the Bungie-Activision split and, so far, seems to be a strong entry overall. Still a ways to go in the main story line before I can offer up much of an opinion on it but I'm excited for it

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  2. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    Pineapple, under no circumstances, belongs on pizza

    Pineapple, under no circumstances, belongs on pizza

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  3. Comment on Amber Guyger, police officer who shot a man to death in his apartment, found guilty of murder in ~news

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    Not surprised they found her guilty. She most certainly is. Surprised they found her guilty of murder. Texas law requires murder to have intent. That she went to the apartment with the intent to...

    Not surprised they found her guilty. She most certainly is. Surprised they found her guilty of murder. Texas law requires murder to have intent. That she went to the apartment with the intent to kill him. Nothing in the trial indicates she did that. I thought manslaughter would’ve had an easier time being proven.

    I suppose it depends on where they drew the line of where intent was decided.

    Did she go to the apartment to kill Botham Jean? No

    Did she decide to kill when she realized someone was in what she believed to be her apartment? Yes.

    Either way, it was a tragedy. An innocent man shot dead in his home for, presumably, no reason other than negligence and fear

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  4. Comment on 'Joker' director Todd Phillips pushes back against 'outrage,' 'far left' criticism in ~movies

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    It’s meant to be sympathetic because the film, similar to The Killing Joke, paints Arthur to be a genuinely nice man who society beats down until he eventually snaps. He wasn’t inherently evil....

    He’s a loser that takes to widespread violence and criminality in an effort to make something of himself. How is that sympathetic?

    It’s meant to be sympathetic because the film, similar to The Killing Joke, paints Arthur to be a genuinely nice man who society beats down until he eventually snaps. He wasn’t inherently evil. The Joker may have never existed had Arthur not been failed by the healthcare system, had people not been so cruel to him, had he been treated with a modicum of kindness.

    Does that excuse what he becomes? No. Is the Joker a sympathetic villain? Absolutely not. But sympathy is meant to be directed at Arthur Fleck, not the Joker.

    I think the moral of the film is supposed to be “How many Jokers has society created because we don’t care enough? How many bombers and mass shooters might have gone down a different path had society not kicked them to the curb every chance it got?”

    It’s not exactly ground breaking material and has been before plenty of times. This movie is simply using one of the most infamous characters of all time to do it.

  5. Comment on What do you want someone to ask you about? in ~talk

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    At what point......does someone know they’re depressed? I know that’s probably impossible to answer but it’s been on my mind for several weeks now. I’ve been struggling, wondering if I was...

    At what point......does someone know they’re depressed? I know that’s probably impossible to answer but it’s been on my mind for several weeks now. I’ve been struggling, wondering if I was crossing over from general unhappiness into true depression.

    Is depression something that someone knows they’re suffering from?

    For the last few years, I’ve been feeling more and more....just down. Hobbies have lost their luster. LARPing, video games, even sports. Thing I loved doing just don’t hold the same appeal to me anymore. I used to think that maybe I was just growing out of them. I’m 31. Shit happens right?

    But as more and more of my hobbies have fallen by the wayside and I’ve just generally felt more and more unhappy, I’ve been wondering, for the last several weeks, if I’ve slipped into depression somewhere along the line.

    I’m not suicidal, I don’t have suicidal thoughts or ideations.

    But I’m just not happy. I wake up, I go to work, I come home and I usually hop on WoW or Xbox. But it’s not enjoyable right now. I play just to pass the time till I go to bed.

    I don’t know. I’ve talked with my doctors PA on it and she did blood work which revealed low testosterone levels. I’m getting ready to start treatment for that. I’m wondering if that’s contributed to my feelings.

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  6. Comment on It’s Time for Black Athletes to Leave White Colleges in ~sports

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    I live in Texas so I'm fully aware of the power of football. Played it in high school(5A, which was the highest classification at the time) and college for a D2 school. We've got stadiums that...

    I live in Texas so I'm fully aware of the power of football. Played it in high school(5A, which was the highest classification at the time) and college for a D2 school. We've got stadiums that cost more to build than a lotta college stadiums. Small towns really do shut down for the Friday night high school games. Texas-OU games draw out everyones burnt orange and maroon shirts and going to the State Fair is always best when the Cotton Bowl is being played because the crowds disperse to watch the game.

    It's really a chicken and egg scenario. Alabama only has that money to pay for someone like Nick Saban because they have a strong foundation and tradition of football excellence(Bear Bryant) but ultimately, to quote a favorite NFL writer, it's "players, not plays". It's the players who built that foundation. It doesn't matter how good the coach is if the players aren't good enough to execute the game plan. See how well Nick Saban did in the NFL. He took over a bad Dolphins team, didn't have the personnel for it, made a grown man cry, and went back to the college ranks because the team didn't perform.

    While I don't disagree with your premise that big schools pay big money, they're only able to do that because of the alumni you mentioned but mostly because the schools have demonstrated football excellence(over decades) which requires the top players.

    As of 2018, these are the top 10 schools for producing NFL talent. They're also perennially top ranked schools

    1. Notre Dame – 495
    2. USC – 479
    3. Ohio State – 426
    4. Penn State – 359
    5. Nebraska – 346
    6. Michigan – 346
    7. Miami – 341
    8. Oklahoma – 328
    9. LSU – 325
    10. Alabama – 319

    Did these schools make the players? Or did the players make the schools? It's a little of both, to be sure. But ultimately, the schools successes, just like the pro teams, rest more on the players. All these schools have top tier training staffs, top tier coaching staffs, top tier NFL pedigrees. They live and die with their recruiting classes. The better players they're able to recruit, the better the program will be. The better the program, the more money they get from bowl games, tv and ad money etc.

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  7. Comment on It’s Time for Black Athletes to Leave White Colleges in ~sports

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    I would disagree with this. Recruitment for the professional levels of any sport boils down to finding the best talent no matter what school it goes to. It's why MLB has such a strong presence in...

    If all if the black football players self-selected out of the best football programs, you would just see a trend towards more white pros

    I would disagree with this. Recruitment for the professional levels of any sport boils down to finding the best talent no matter what school it goes to. It's why MLB has such a strong presence in the international markets like Latin America and Asia. Why the NFL has continually tried to build it's brand in Europe. Why the NHL is made up of players of dozens of nationalities. The professional sports leagues have a product to sell and the best way to sell that product is to put the best product on the field, regardless of where it comes from.

    The only reason the big D1 schools have all the talent is because that's where the talent goes. NFL teams don't scout every Alabama game because it's Alabama. They scout it because that's where the best players are.

    If all the best talent, in this case, all the black athletes with the talent to go pro, start going to HBCUs, that's where the NFL will go to find their next generation of players.

    It really does have everything to do with race. Nearly 70% of the NFL is black. 80% of the NBA is black. Those two sports are, by far, the biggest money makers for the NCAA. If those players left schools like Alabama, Clemson, Florida for Grambling, Howard, etc, it would absolutely change the landscape of collegiate sports and, by extension, the professional levels. You'd see tons more money flow into the HBCU's. More advertising money, more TV money. You'd see better coaches go to those schools, better facilities built. More jobs for the local populations. In theory, anyway, you'd see those HBCU's and their communities benefit the way Tuscaloosa, Austin, South Bend and all the cities that have those big D1 schools do.

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  8. Comment on Magic Eraser Juice: Driving an ambulance in a opioid-torn city in the age of Narcan in ~life

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    As a former EMT, and now 911 Dispatcher, my city has seen a few fentanyl OD's......My brother, who works for the fire department in a neighboring city, has seen a few more, administering Narcan...

    As a former EMT, and now 911 Dispatcher, my city has seen a few fentanyl OD's......My brother, who works for the fire department in a neighboring city, has seen a few more, administering Narcan himself a few times to bring someone back.

    It's awful that we're reaching this point where Narcan use is almost as common as Epi Pen use. And Narcan is extremely easy to administer to the point where no one shouldn't know how to use it. My ambulance didn't have the epi pen style Narcan of the author but ours were basically single use, intra nasal syringes. They had a fixed dose, with a sponge like tip, that we could stick in the nose and plunge the syringe. Boom, instant Narcan, right into the respiratory system.

    But as long as healthcare remains a for profit industry, we'll never make a dent in the various healthcare crises around the country because it's simply too profitable to keep throwing drugs at these people rather than get them the help they actually need

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  9. Comment on What did a fictional character say that stuck with you? in ~talk

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    Honestly, there are entirely too many but I'll try to narrow down a few of my favorites that guide my every day life. "It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in...

    Honestly, there are entirely too many but I'll try to narrow down a few of my favorites that guide my every day life.

    "It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule"- Gandalf, The Return of the King

    An eloquent way of saying "You can't control everything but the things you can control, leave it better than you found it so the next generation has a good chance too". It's really guided my political thought processes with regards to the future.

    "Anger clouds the mind. Turned inward, it is an unconquerable enemy"- Splinter, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles(first, and best, film)

    -This is one I've kept in my head ever since I was a child. When I was losing my temper, usually with my siblings(3 brothers, 2 sisters), this quote would often help calm me down. It is now a staple of my daily routine.

    "Until the possible becomes actual, it is only distraction. Be mindful of what is, not what might be", Obi Wan Kenobi/Qui Gon Jinn, Revenge of the Sith novelization

    -Star Wars and it's wisdom has been a key part of my life since I was a child and Master Yoda first enlightened me. It was hard to narrow down just one Star Wars quote to use because there are quite a few but this one has stuck with me, more than most, since I first read the lines. Reminds me to keep things in perspective and keep focused on the moment at hand and not let all the possibilities and the "what ifs" cloud my judgment

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  10. Comment on Nintendo Direct - September 4, 2019 in ~games

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    This may be the first time in a long time that I skip a Pokemon release. The open world excited me but any excitement is rapidly dying over Game Freak removing Mega Evolutions and Z Moves in favor...

    This may be the first time in a long time that I skip a Pokemon release. The open world excited me but any excitement is rapidly dying over Game Freak removing Mega Evolutions and Z Moves in favor of this Dynamax mechanic, removing the National Dex, and just generally feeling like they've run out of ideas for the Pokemon(Polteageist?). I mean the feeling of "running out of ideas" has been there for a few gens now but it feels worse this time around.

    I don't know.....maybe it's just the general nostalgia speaking but I would've preferred a Switch remake of HeartGold/SoulSilver or even X/Y.

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  11. Comment on JOJO RABBIT - Official Trailer in ~movies

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    Haven't seen that trailer before but I'm legitimately intrigued. Think I'll check that one out

    Haven't seen that trailer before but I'm legitimately intrigued. Think I'll check that one out

  12. Comment on Joker - Final Trailer in ~movies

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    I'm genuinely excited for this film but I do hope we get an easter egg or callback to a more traditional looking Joker, something that implies that Arthur Fleck either transforms into the Joker we...

    I'm genuinely excited for this film but I do hope we get an easter egg or callback to a more traditional looking Joker, something that implies that Arthur Fleck either transforms into the Joker we recognize or at least will down the road. That face paint legitimately throws me off every time.

  13. Comment on What are you doing this week? in ~talk

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    This has been a big week for me on multiple fronts. Mostly good, some not so much. Here goes. Started a new work schedule. Previously, I had been working 6p-6a Sun-Wed. For the most part, I...

    This has been a big week for me on multiple fronts. Mostly good, some not so much. Here goes.

    Started a new work schedule. Previously, I had been working 6p-6a Sun-Wed. For the most part, I enjoyed it. I got along with my co workers and because we were working the night shift, it was fairly common to have down time where I could whip out my laptop and play some WoW or my Switch or watch Netflix or something.

    Physically, it was starting to wear on me. I haven't been sleeping well for several months now. I got so used to the night shift that even trying to transition to a relatively normal schedule for the back half of my week was almost impossible. I had resorted to taking various sleep aids(melatonin) and was considering stepping it up to something like Ambien. I've had a terrible diet of fast food and diet soda because, even when I was meal prepping, the long hours would inevitably lead me to getting the munchies.

    Ultimately, when the last shift bid came around, I chose a new schedule. Monday through Friday, 8am-4pm. It's the first time in years that it's even been offered because it's the first time in a long time that we even have the manpower to allow for it. That started this week and it's been, so far, a good time. I'm slowly getting adjusted and I feel like I'm sleeping better. I'll better be able to watch what I eat and hopefully restart(for the umpteenth time) my weight loss. I'll have time in the morning to workout and I'm even playing softball again in the evenings.

    An added benefit is that I was able to re-enroll in school. When I found out that I would be getting that schedule, I re-enrolled in my local community college and realized that I only need 4 classes to finish my associates degree. A small accomplishment but after years starting and stopping because I could rarely afford to attend classes, I'm excited to cross that off my list and perhaps pursue a Bachelors.

    Classes have started this week and, even though I'm already somewhat feeling overwhelmed from the work load, I feel more focused than ever simply to knowing how close I am to accomplishing a goal. To piggy back on another commentor, walking around college campuses in Texas, in August, sucks balls. Even in the evening, it's still easily 90+ degrees.

    As was already noted by someone else, WoW Classic has launched this week. As someone who never played Vanilla WoW, I'm super excited to give this a try and see where Classic goes.

    On a less positive note, I learned that low testosterone is a thing for me and now I'm trying to decide how I want to address it. It certainly could be a cause or contributing factor to many of the issues I've had over the last few years(low energy, increased weight gain, low libido) but I had always just chalked those up to poor diet, poor habits, and a mismatch with the girlfriend on our love life.

    Now I'm wondering how much of that might improve with the hormone treatment my doctor recommended.

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  14. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Killswitch Engage's new album, Antonement.

    Killswitch Engage's new album, Antonement.

  15. Comment on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - D23 special look in ~movies

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    HOLY SHIT This is amazing stuff. I'm very interested to see where they go with this

    HOLY SHIT

    This is amazing stuff. I'm very interested to see where they go with this

  16. Comment on Colts QB and former #1 overall pick Andrew Luck abruptly retires from pro football at only 29 years old in ~sports

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    Corrected Internet lied to me

    Corrected

    Internet lied to me

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  17. Comment on Colts QB and former #1 overall pick Andrew Luck abruptly retires from pro football at only 29 years old in ~sports

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    That is very true and something I should’ve touched on. It’s a joke around the NFL that NFL doesn’t stand for National Football League but “Not For Long” Not only is the average career only 3-4...

    That is very true and something I should’ve touched on.

    It’s a joke around the NFL that NFL doesn’t stand for National Football League but “Not For Long”

    Not only is the average career only 3-4 seasons, but only a fairly small percentage will ever see the millions and millions someone like Andrew Luck or Tom Brady see/saw.

    Most of them will be sent packing with whatever earnings and aliments they managed to collect and, as you mentioned, most will be bankrupt within a few years of being out

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  18. Comment on Colts QB and former #1 overall pick Andrew Luck abruptly retires from pro football at only 29 years old in ~sports

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    This is a huge development in the NFL world. As a Jaguar fan, I can't say I'm sad to see Luck retiring. He's a phenomenally talented player and the Colts stroke of luck to go from Manning to Luck...

    This is a huge development in the NFL world.

    As a Jaguar fan, I can't say I'm sad to see Luck retiring. He's a phenomenally talented player and the Colts stroke of luck to go from Manning to Luck caused many of us Jaguar fans to be salespeople for Morton Salt especially given the Jaguars QB woes and inability to find their own franchise QB.

    As a football fan, this is a somber reminder of the toll the sport takes on it's players. Jacksonville had it's own sudden retirement in linebacker Telvin Smith who took the season off for his mental health. Buffalo center Eric Wood retired at 31 after a neck injury. Ryan Shazier, of Pittsburgh, has been lucky just to walk again. Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots tight end, was retired at just 29 following multiple concussions. NaVorro Bowman was 27.

    For all the flash entertainment the NFL provides, the human cost is real.

    We often take it for granted that these guys are being paid millions of dollars to play a game. It's something every young football player aspires to. But the physical toll is now causing many players to retire much earlier than they would've. And the reasoning is always the same. "Get out now before it's too late".

    Now many parents are refusing to let their sons play the game out of fear of the long term impact to their health. Across the country, the numbers of young players are falling. Not drastically, not yet. But noticeably. Parents are guiding their children to sports that take less of a physical toll.

    Hell, I only played 5 years over high school and college and still feel the aches and pains at 31. My knee hasn't been the same since my ACL popped, despite having surgery for it. My memory is shit. I mostly chalk it up to just being absentminded but in my worst nightmares, the fear that maybe I developed CTE becomes a horrifying thought.

    And the other injuries I witnessed.....I remember seeing one of my teammates, our running back, get carted off the field after his leg snapped in half. Literally. Snapped right at the midpoint of his lower leg. My brother broke his femur as a sophomore and my other brother tore all the ligaments in his ankle.

    I cannot blame Luck for his decision and I think it's classless that some Colts fans were booing him after the news began breaking he had decided to retire. The Colts organization, by and large, did a piss poor job of finding players to protect Luck and he was consistently one of the most sacked QBs in the league.

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  19. Comment on Megan Rapinoe: 'We're everything Trump loves – except that we're powerful women' in ~sports

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    Good job. I sincerely commend your efforts here. However, it's simply not feasible for the majority of humanity. You're making a similar argument that Boomers do with their constant "Well back in...

    I don't wear clothing made in sweatshops, the only laptops I own are second-hand and outside of one, manufactured ethically in my home country, my desktop, similarly, only has parts that were made in my home country, along with my phone. I don't even care that much about environmentalism and still make sure to offset my carbon footprint every year, my furniture's all by local craftsmen, I don't play video games, and I don't eat meat. You're painting a strawman, quite clearly. Oh, and I don't use proprietary software, either.

    Good job. I sincerely commend your efforts here. However, it's simply not feasible for the majority of humanity. You're making a similar argument that Boomers do with their constant "Well back in my day I worked and afforded school with no problems!". You're dismissing the realities of hundreds of millions of people.

    You refer to "my home country". I'll assume you're not living in America so I'll respond to your point bit by bit

    I don't wear clothing made in sweatshops

    Fantastic. Not feasible for most Americans, however, because the clothing most Americans can afford comes from places like Wal Mart and Target. You linked an article for ethical clothing but look at the prices for places like Mat and Nat and Aday. Those simply are too expensive for many Americans to afford on a daily basis especially if they're shopping for growing children.

    the only laptops I own are second-hand and outside of one, manufactured ethically in my home country

    Similar to the clothing situation, this is not feasible in America. At least, according to this, https://www.neweggbusiness.com/smartbuyer/components/born-in-the-usa-computer-hardware-made-in-america/, there doesn't appear to be a single laptop maker that 100% manufactures their laptops here in the USA. Bits and pieces are made here but the majority of laptops here in America are outsourced, either in parts or assembly or both.

    my desktop, similarly, only has parts that were made in my home country, along with my phone.

    Same as the laptops

    I don't even care that much about environmentalism and still make sure to offset my carbon footprint every year

    Again, not feasible for many Americans. Majority of Americans don't make enough money to even attempt reducing carbon footprints. Gotta get to work, need a car for that. Hybrids and electric cars are typically too expensive. Gotta go for the cheap family vehicles. And most people don't live close enough to work for bikes or even public transportation. Gotta put food on the table but that typically means grocery shopping for the most cost effective options, often at Wal Mart/Target, which aren't exactly healthy or environmentally friendly food options.

    my furniture's all by local craftsmen

    Awesome. I truly appreciate hand made furniture. When made by a master craftsman, the quality is unrivaled. Unfortunately, it's usually considerably more expensive than the cheap, particle board stuff I can get from a Wal Mart/Target/Amazon. My stepdad is quite good at building things but he can rarely afford the time off to really dedicate to it. He works 70-80 hours a week for an AC company in Texas. By the time work slows down enough for him to devote any time to hobbies, the weather starts getting too cold and his work picks up for heating. Many Americans live this sort of life. We cannot always afford hobbies and even when we can, being fortunate enough to be skilled enough to profit off that hobby is another matter entirely.

    I don't play video games, and I don't eat meat.

    Both being personal choices but the meat part isn't always feasible. Cheap, ground beef was a staple for my poor family growing up. Rice and Beans(white rice, ranch style beans, and ground beef with corn bread) was a weekly meal because it could feed 6 kids and 2 parents for fairly cheap. Could we have cut the beef? I suppose. But again, ensuring six kids are well fed isn't an easy, or cheap, task. Every corner that could be cut, usually was.

    Oh, and I don't use proprietary software, either.

    Good for you but unless you're a computer professional, it's not easy to avoid anything done by Microsoft or Apple for low-lower income families.

    I'm sorry but you're coming across as "I can do it! Anyone can!" and it feels like you're either intentionally or accidentally ignoring the realities the vast majority of the world faces.

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  20. Comment on The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance - Trailer in ~tv

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    Agree wholeheartedly. I’m a Star Wars apologist. I love everything Star Wars and have been called a Disney shill more times than I can count for liking ALL of the recent films. That being said,...

    A well designed puppet and and a talented puppeteer will probably be more realistic than CGI

    Agree wholeheartedly. I’m a Star Wars apologist. I love everything Star Wars and have been called a Disney shill more times than I can count for liking ALL of the recent films.

    That being said, how Lucas managed to have such a downgrade in quality from ESB Yoda, which is just phenomenally done and made in 1980, to the TPM puppet and subsequent CGI Yoda blows my mind.

    I get they wanted Yoda to fight and be more active which is why they went CGI but it just looks bad compared to how good ESB Yoda looks. It looks CGI and fake whereas ESB Yoda could pass for real.

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