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  1. Comment on ‘The Fantastic Four’ forms with Pedro Pascal, Vanessa Kirby, Joseph Quinn and Ebon Moss-Bachrach in ~movies

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    The Fantastic 4 have been on that echelon, just not in this era. They were one of the main driving IPs in Marvel's early years, and a lot of the first appearances of important characters came from...

    The Fantastic 4 have been on that echelon, just not in this era. They were one of the main driving IPs in Marvel's early years, and a lot of the first appearances of important characters came from their comics (Black Panther and pretty much all of the space stuff). Spider-Man has always been in a tier of his own, but there has absolutely been time periods where the F4 have been more important than the X-men and Avengers. The problem being that those times were like 40+ years ago compared to the X-men, and in the past 20 years the Avengers have become way more ingrained into the cultural mainstream because of the MCU. They are a relic of the past, but they are a pretty significant part of the history of American comics.

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

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    Supports in FE are weird. Getting them in the GBA games is a ton of busy work. It's more time consuming to get them compared to the post awakening games, but the latter games are more intrusive...

    Supports in FE are weird. Getting them in the GBA games is a ton of busy work. It's more time consuming to get them compared to the post awakening games, but the latter games are more intrusive with the mechanic. Old supports still had a gameplay effect, but they also felt like hidden dialog, while they feel almost mandatory in the new ones. I can't really say that the games would be better without them though because I think the good ones are really good.

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

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    All Kaps when you spell Mortal Kombat's name. As a genre, fighting games aren't a big fan of traditional spelling. Mortal Kombat, Soul Calibur, and Samurai Shodown. Glad you had fun though.

    All Kaps when you spell Mortal Kombat's name. As a genre, fighting games aren't a big fan of traditional spelling. Mortal Kombat, Soul Calibur, and Samurai Shodown.

    Glad you had fun though.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on What are your favorite Christmastime movies that don't deal with Christmas as a topic? in ~movies

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    Tokyo Godfathers is a good one. It's absolutely a Christmas movie, but being a Japanese animated movie, the cultural expression of Christmas themes still feels different compared to western...

    Tokyo Godfathers is a good one. It's absolutely a Christmas movie, but being a Japanese animated movie, the cultural expression of Christmas themes still feels different compared to western Christmas movies.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Hayao Miyazaki notches record $12m+ US opening with ‘The Boy And The Heron’ in ~movies

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    I think it's his best looking movie.

    I think it's his best looking movie.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    I read Skyhigh and its sequels by Takahashi Tsutomu. It's a collection of stories about the souls of people who were murdered or killed in accidents, who were given the choice to reincarnate,...

    I read Skyhigh and its sequels by Takahashi Tsutomu. It's a collection of stories about the souls of people who were murdered or killed in accidents, who were given the choice to reincarnate, haunt the earth as a spirit, or to kill someone and go to hell forever. While the premise makes it seem like a revenge fantasy series, there is a lot of moments about choosing life and forgiveness. It was quite sentimental and beautiful a lot of the time. The main series and the sequels are all only a volume or two long, so it isn't a particularly long read. I would definitely recommend it to people who like anthology style content.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on The Game Awards 2023 nominations in ~games

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    AC6 is my personal goty because I really loved the combat, but I think it's getting fairly rated. Everything is well done, but limited in scope. It looks good, but I think only the boss fights...

    AC6 is my personal goty because I really loved the combat, but I think it's getting fairly rated. Everything is well done, but limited in scope. It looks good, but I think only the boss fights have anything really crazy looking. There is a lot of reused locations, and the mook enemies are pretty forgettable. I think the story and voice acting are good, but there is significantly less of it in comparison to the story driven games that are nominated. For the audio based awards, I don't think its score really beats anything there. I do think the audio design is a snub though, the warning pings your AC gives you are a super vital part of your experience. (I think the whole HUD is masterfully designed) Then there is a whole bunch of awards it just doesn't qualify for because genre or whatever.

    Overall it could have qualified for 9 of 31 categories, and it qualified for the one it absolutely kicks ass in. Which I think is good enough.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on The Game Awards 2023 nominations in ~games

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    Damn, Bomb Rush Cyberfunk didn't get nominated for anything.

    Damn, Bomb Rush Cyberfunk didn't get nominated for anything.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Tekken 8 | Reina reveal and gameplay trailer in ~games

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    She seems to be the focus of 8's story, so they are intentionally keeping who she is vague. Heihachi is dead in the story, so this seems to be their way of keeping a Heihachi function still in the...

    She seems to be the focus of 8's story, so they are intentionally keeping who she is vague. Heihachi is dead in the story, so this seems to be their way of keeping a Heihachi function still in the game.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on Tekken 8 | Reina reveal and gameplay trailer in ~games

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    I completely forgot to post the Victor Chevalier trailer, so I'll do that here as well. Between them and Azucena, I'm pretty happy overall with Tekken 8's newcomers.

    I completely forgot to post the Victor Chevalier trailer, so I'll do that here as well. Between them and Azucena, I'm pretty happy overall with Tekken 8's newcomers.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on SAG-AFTRA approves deal to end historic strike in ~movies

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    As of right now, only the states of New York and New Jersey give unemployment checks to striking workers. California is also trying to pass a similar bill as a result of this strike. But yes, for...

    As of right now, only the states of New York and New Jersey give unemployment checks to striking workers. California is also trying to pass a similar bill as a result of this strike. But yes, for most Americans being on strike is a huge financial burden, and it's basically the core driving factor as to why they don't happen very often.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on SAG-AFTRA approves deal to end historic strike in ~movies

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    Number of days unemployed is a pretty significant number for the people actually striking.

    Number of days unemployed is a pretty significant number for the people actually striking.

    7 votes
  13. Comment on Steam might let you hide those embarrassing games in your profile soon in ~games

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    Good change. I have a friend who has account on private because I gifted him a porn game as a joke (no clue why he accepted it). I'm sure he'd be happy to hear that he may finally be freed.

    Good change. I have a friend who has account on private because I gifted him a porn game as a joke (no clue why he accepted it). I'm sure he'd be happy to hear that he may finally be freed.

    7 votes
  14. Comment on Tildes' 2023 Backlog Burner: The blaze has ignited! in ~games

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    Setting this up late Bingo! Part of a trilogy Has an aggregate review score above 90 Your friend swears it is the greatest game ever Has an aggregate review score below 70 “When the hell did I buy...

    Setting this up late

    Bingo!
    Part of a trilogy Has an aggregate review score above 90 Your friend swears it is the greatest game ever Has an aggregate review score below 70 “When the hell did I buy this?”
    Has cute, feel-good vibes Won an award From a series you’ve never played Came out more than 5 years ago Has creepy, unsettling vibes
    From a developer in a different country You've been meaning to go back to Has a non-human player character Considered a “classic”
    Known for its soundtrack From a series you have played Begins with one of your initials Has one-word title Owned for more than one year
    Considered a “disappointment” You own on physical media You can save/pet/care for animals In a genre you don’t normally play Considered a “cult classic”
    2 votes
  15. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I finished up playing Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon. I enjoyed it a fair bit. If I had a complaint, it would be that it's slower paced than a lot of games, but it is in a weird spot...

    I finished up playing Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon. I enjoyed it a fair bit. If I had a complaint, it would be that it's slower paced than a lot of games, but it is in a weird spot where the slower speed feels very much intentional and actually sorta adds to the charm of the game. All of the cutscenes are done with a storybook styled aesthetic. There's a narrator and visual page turns. I feel like its method of conveying information is just really slow, especially in the beginning of the game where you are given a lot of story set up with very little gameplay. But it's also really well done, it invoked the feeling of my grandmother reading me bed time stories perfectly. And the plot is a children's fairytale about a child getting lost in a magical forest, so that decision is the correct one. The character movement speed is also pretty slow. Also something that I think it intentional given that you have to control two characters at the same time. The combat starts out very easy, but the end game stuff is actually a challenge, and I think it would be frustrating if the whole game moved faster. The one big gripe with the speed though, is that since the map is very much a metroidvania style map, you explore things way slower, and back tracking takes way longer than I would like.

    The good parts of the game are really good. It is very pretty. The character models are way more simplified compared to Bayonetta 3, but aesthetically it blows it out of the water. Bayonetta 3 is a decent looking game really struggling to meet it's full potential with the Switch's outdated hardware, Cereza and the Lost Demon looks amazing in spite of the limitations. If they ever made a Bayo 4, I would be 100% okay with it looking more like Origins than the mainline games. The combat is simpler than the mainline series for sure, but it is still very fun. Cereza can't attack, but can freeze enemies, and Cheshire does the hitting, but has somewhat limited abilities to handle multiple opponents at a time. Battles become a time management thing, where you decide if you to separate their attention to manage the crowds, or if you want both of them to focus on destroying one enemy as fast as possible.

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    The upgrade tree made the combat more traditional Bayonetta-like power switching being like weapon switching. When the final bosses made it actually just like Bayonetta I had the biggest fucking grin on my face.

    I actually also think that this is just straight up the best Bayonetta story, and while there were hints about it, I was genuinely surprised by the final twist. Though I guess it should have been obvious that the fairytale would have an evil witch in the woods

    Overall I would recommend it if you are a fan of the series.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Announcing the Tildes Backlog Burner event for 2023: Shrink your unplayed games list this November! in ~games

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    A game your friend swears is the greatest game ever.

    A game your friend swears is the greatest game ever.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    I watched Pluto. I was a big fan of the manga, and I'm very happy with this adaptation. Pretty much every scene that I loved in the original was done justice. I don't watch a lot of adaptations,...

    I watched Pluto. I was a big fan of the manga, and I'm very happy with this adaptation. Pretty much every scene that I loved in the original was done justice. I don't watch a lot of adaptations, because a lot of the time I feel like I get the thing I like, but worse. This time it was just as good.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on Nintendo shocks competitive fans with strict new community tournament guidelines in ~games

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    As always, it is extremely unreasonable that a company gets control over streaming rights to a product that they no longer sell, and haven't sold for over a decade.

    As always, it is extremely unreasonable that a company gets control over streaming rights to a product that they no longer sell, and haven't sold for over a decade.

    28 votes
  19. Comment on Under Night In-Birth II Sys:Celes | Tsurugi reveal trailer in ~games

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    French Bread may have had some ulterior motives when they added Mash to Melty Blood. All of the characters getting added in UNI 2 had some form of presence in the story already, but Tsurugi had...

    French Bread may have had some ulterior motives when they added Mash to Melty Blood. All of the characters getting added in UNI 2 had some form of presence in the story already, but Tsurugi had the most by a large margin, and I ended up liking him a fair bit. He's probably the least cool looking though.