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  1. Comment on May 2024 Backlog Burner: Week 4 Discussion in ~games

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    I didn't realize there was a remake! Hmm, I need to work out if this could have changed things for me card. :D It also has a number in it! I wonder if it was banned anywhere. I have been playing...

    I didn't realize there was a remake! Hmm, I need to work out if this could have changed things for me card. :D It also has a number in it! I wonder if it was banned anywhere.

    I have been playing the original, and thus far I have been enjoying it for the most part. The other game that had a similar control scheme was one that I only dabbled in because I ended up not liking trying to control multiple things at once, but thus far I have been finding it, for the most part, quite decent. It seems a bit strange to me that there's a remake - this one still looks pretty acceptable, and doesn't feel too clunky or anything. I might have to figure out what the differences are between the OG and the remake.

    Thus far I think it is a very charming game, and I am pretty happy with it.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on May 2024 Backlog Burner: Week 4 Discussion in ~games

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    I greatly enjoyed the card this time and I think the improvements you have made to the generator are fantastic, so thank you for doing what you have done. It's super simple and usable, does...

    I greatly enjoyed the card this time and I think the improvements you have made to the generator are fantastic, so thank you for doing what you have done. It's super simple and usable, does exactly what it needs to without doing things it doesn't. It's not frequent that I have that experience.

    It was interesting trying to finagle things into the card, and I feel like I did get a bit lucky. I actually spent more time thinking about games than I did playing some of the games I selected (Warhammer and Okami).

    2 votes
  3. Comment on May 2024 Backlog Burner: Week 4 Discussion in ~games

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    Bingo! Card fully blacked out. The Card is done Mode: Golf Winning Bingo! Finished 24/24 ✔ Bendy and the Dark Revival ✔ Bendy and the Dark Revival ✔ Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons ✔ Bendy and the...

    Bingo! Card fully blacked out.

    The Card is done
    Mode: Golf Winning Bingo! Finished 24/24
    Has both combat and puzzles
    ✔ Bendy and the Dark Revival
    From a genre you find challenging
    ✔ Bendy and the Dark Revival
    Uses a unique control scheme
    ✔ Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
    Recommended by someone IRL
    ✔ Bendy and the Dark Revival
    Great reviews, but not your usual type
    ✔ Bendy and the Dark Revival
    Released before you were born
    ✔ Breakout
    Popular game you never got around to playing
    ✔ Bendy and the Dark Revival
    From a genre you don’t normally play
    ✔ Bendy and the Dark Revival
    Known for its impact on gaming
    ✔ Breakout
    Has a number in the title
    ✔ Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus
    Has a lives system
    ✔ Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus
    You got it at full price
    ✔ Breakout
    Has robots
    ✔ Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus
    Has a branching storyline
    ✔ Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus
    Set in space
    ✔ Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus
    Has a campaign longer than 13 hours
    ✔ Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus
    Has survival mechanics
    ✔ Bendy and the Dark Revival
    Has less than 4 achievements
    ✔ Breakout
    Is one of the oldest games you own
    ✔ Breakout
    An updated version (remake, re-release) of an older game
    ✔ Okami HD
    “When the hell did I buy this?”
    ✔ Bendy and the Dark Revival
    Has been banned, censored, or challenged
    ✔ Okami HD
    From a studio you haven't heard of before
    ✔ Bendy and the Dark Revival
    From a different culture or country
    ✔ Breakout

    Good Stuff

    Breakout was probably the rockstar of all the games, from a gameplay perspective. What a classic, what a bunch of fun to get working on an old Atari 2600 and old TV. Game is still great, and I'm giving a lot of thought to getting the new Atari that will play old games and having it around the house.

    Bendy and the Dark Revival had a great art style, good gameplay, and was quite creepy. I'll probably keep playing this, and recommend it to anyone who has played and enjoyed the other Bendy games (@Weldawadyathink) or likes this sort of game. I'm also going to keep an eye out for the other Bendy games.

    Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons has a unique control scheme where the left control stick is one character and the right is another. I say "unique" but I immediately thought of another game called Morkredd which felt similar, so I instead interpreted it as "the control scheme is an intrinsic part of the game experience" which is certainly true for Brothers. It's pretty good so far - a cute little puzzle game where two brothers are trying to heal their father.

    Stuff that was OK

    Warhammer 40,000 Mechanicus had robots, space, and numbers, and it is a tactical game with a good, fairly long storyline. I played the tutorial a couple of times, and just didn't get into it. I'm not really sure why - some of it might have been that I found a few things immediately cheesy about the story. For example, one of the characters is named "Redditus" which was just goofy, or that any time numbers were shown they were famous constants. Writing that out seems like a very silly complaint, but it just took me out of what I was doing. I think this could be quite a decent game, and maybe I'll get back to it at some point in the future, but I just wasn't feeling it right now.

    Okami HD - I needed a remaster. I'd never played Okami, and I didn't get that far into it before turning it off. There's nothing wrong with this game, but it didn't immediately catch me and make me want to play it more. The HD remake is absolutely stunningly beautiful though. The woodcut / watercolor style is amazing. Note: Okami was banned in Saudi Arabia.

    So I played five games to fill out the card. I'll probably play a few more over the rest of May, and report back next week.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Fifth American tourist arrested at Turks and Caicos airport after ammo allegedly found in luggage in ~travel

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    Not to put too fine a point on it, but the only person who has explicitly stated that someone who has loose ammo should go to jail is you, and you did so facetiously. The group you are counter...

    Not to put too fine a point on it, but the only person who has explicitly stated that someone who has loose ammo should go to jail is you, and you did so facetiously. The group you are counter arguing with suggested two things: don't travel to countries and break their laws, and be careful with your ammo even when you're at home.

    8 votes
  5. Comment on May 2024 Backlog Burner: Week 3 Discussion in ~games

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    Oh man, I used to love Frogger so much. You know, if you'd pressed me for more Colecovision games, I probably would have added Frogger, and also Donkey Kong JR (added in that one as extra just in...

    Oh man, I used to love Frogger so much. You know, if you'd pressed me for more Colecovision games, I probably would have added Frogger, and also Donkey Kong JR (added in that one as extra just in case). I actually played Frogger on a restored arcade unit some time in the last several years - one of my cousins is a pinball repairman, and has also restored some other units, and he had a Frogger in his basement for a while. I also found it replayable and the kids even loved that one, though I think that might have been form factor at least in part.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on May 2024 Backlog Burner: Week 3 Discussion in ~games

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    It's going to get fiddly after this though. I'm trying out Warhammer 40000: Mechanicus though - I think that might get me a few more tickboxes!

    It's going to get fiddly after this though. I'm trying out Warhammer 40000: Mechanicus though - I think that might get me a few more tickboxes!

    1 vote
  7. Comment on The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power | Season 2 official teaser trailer in ~tv

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    I too went digging! I also enjoyed the Man-Maiden fact, and found two other things: A quote from Tolkien: I (and many others) read it as trans acceptance. Second, Bridie Sisson played The Dweller...

    I too went digging! I also enjoyed the Man-Maiden fact, and found two other things:

    A quote from Tolkien:

    But when they desire to clothe themselves the Valar take upon them forms some as of male and some as of female; for that difference of temper they had even from their beginning, and it is bodied forth in the choice of each, not made by the choice, even as with us male and female may be shown by the raiment but is not made thereby.

    I (and many others) read it as trans acceptance.

    Second, Bridie Sisson played The Dweller - one the three Mystics of Sauron - and the actress herself is trans. It's not a plot point at all, just a thing of interest.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power | Season 2 official teaser trailer in ~tv

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    Maybe I've misread it, but when the comment was made, there were two comments in the chat - mine and Kopper - and they were both tepidly positive about the show. So I parsed it as saying that our...

    This chat is crazy.

    Maybe I've misread it, but when the comment was made, there were two comments in the chat - mine and Kopper - and they were both tepidly positive about the show. So I parsed it as saying that our opinions were garbage, which is supported by the hyperbolic "this is the worst thing ever put on film" comment.

    And yes, people are allowed to dislike something fiercely. There are any number of movies that I strenuously dislike, and I have posted some negative things about some shows too, but I always try to refrain from calling into question the sanity of people who like something, vehement hyperbole about the quality of things, or mistakenly attributing my own opinion to large groups of people for whom I cannot actually speak.

    10 votes
  9. Comment on May 2024 Backlog Burner: Week 2 Discussion in ~games

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    I actually did a sequel to this in the last couple of days! Bendy and the Dark Revival. I thought the art was pretty great, the atmosphere is creepy, and it's overall pretty decent. I don't know...

    I actually did a sequel to this in the last couple of days! Bendy and the Dark Revival. I thought the art was pretty great, the atmosphere is creepy, and it's overall pretty decent. I don't know if I'll finish it, but I'm going to try to get back to it.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on May 2024 Backlog Burner: Week 3 Discussion in ~games

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    This week I added Bendy and the Dark Revival to the list of games I tried out. 15/24 Mode: Golf Bingo! Finished 15/24 ✔ Bendy and the Dark Revival ✔ Bendy and the Dark Revival Uses a unique...

    This week I added Bendy and the Dark Revival to the list of games I tried out.

    15/24
    Mode: Golf Bingo! Finished 15/24
    Has both combat and puzzles
    ✔ Bendy and the Dark Revival
    From a genre you find challenging
    ✔ Bendy and the Dark Revival
    Uses a unique control scheme Recommended by someone IRL
    ✔ Bendy and the Dark Revival
    Great reviews, but not your usual type
    ✔ Bendy and the Dark Revival
    Released before you were born
    ✔ Breakout
    Popular game you never got around to playing
    ✔ Bendy and the Dark Revival
    From a genre you don’t normally play
    ✔ Bendy and the Dark Revival
    Known for its impact on gaming
    ✔ Breakout
    Has a number in the title
    Has a lives system You got it at full price
    ✔ Breakout
    Has robots Has a branching storyline
    Set in space Has a campaign longer than 13 hours Has survival mechanics
    ✔ Bendy and the Dark Revival
    Has less than 4 achievements
    ✔ Breakout
    Is one of the oldest games you own
    ✔ Breakout
    An updated version (remake, re-release) of an older game “When the hell did I buy this?”
    ✔ Bendy and the Dark Revival
    Has been banned, censored, or challenged From a studio you haven't heard of before
    ✔ Bendy and the Dark Revival
    From a different culture or country
    ✔ Breakout

    This was good for 8 achievements apparently. I think they are all above board:

    • Has Combat and Puzzles
    • From a genre you find challenging (first person horror)
    • Recommended by someone IRL - vaguely cheaty, because I asked someone to recommend something with combat and puzzles, but here we are
    • Great reviews, but not my usual type - I have been trying to get into first person horror games more, because I really want to love them, but they get to me more than movies do
    • Popular game / series I never played before
    • From a genre I don't normally play
    • Survival Mechanics
    • From a studio I haven't heard of.
    • When the hell did I buy this? I still don't know.

    Overall... I think this could be a good game, and I'll probably revisit it, but I'm turning into a big ol' softy and find it hard to stay engaged in horror survival games these days. It makes me want to go back to The Long Dark which is a game that I actually loved, but haven't played in a long time. It also seems like it's probably reminiscent of Five Nights at Freddy's which I never played, and Amnesia: the Dark Descent, which I have started 5 times, and never gotten particularly far.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power | Season 2 official teaser trailer in ~tv

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    Even if you interpret things the way you are saying, how is it not a dramatic put-down to people who have expressed even the mild approval that appears in this thread? There's a philosophy of...

    Even if you interpret things the way you are saying, how is it not a dramatic put-down to people who have expressed even the mild approval that appears in this thread?

    There's a philosophy of "don't yuck someone else's yum" and everyone should try it. I don't want to convince anyone else to watch or care about this show, but it's really easy to chat about something without using hyperbole like in the parent comment.

    Clearly, some people who love the books can also like the show. I've read everything that both Tolkiens have ever written, and thought the show was just slightly positive (maybe a 6/10) and shows some possibility of getting better. It's not a shame or an abomination, and people expressing even mild like for it aren't expressing something crazy.

    9 votes
  12. Comment on The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power | Season 2 official teaser trailer in ~tv

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    That's actually what slightly tipped me that it's possible that this person just read something online and had perhaps only watched the movies. Ignoring the existence of Bombur - who as you said...

    That's actually what slightly tipped me that it's possible that this person just read something online and had perhaps only watched the movies. Ignoring the existence of Bombur - who as you said is canonically enormous but also gets after it, having 14 children - is very silly.

    6 votes
  13. Comment on The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power | Season 2 official teaser trailer in ~tv

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    I think the hobbits, at least, boil down to Tolkien's underlying love of the pastoral, simple life, and his dislike for the hustle and bustle of cities and technology. Then, when the writers of...

    I think the hobbits, at least, boil down to Tolkien's underlying love of the pastoral, simple life, and his dislike for the hustle and bustle of cities and technology. Then, when the writers of the show (who admittedly are not the best writers ever) reinterpret that, it becomes tired Irish clichés.

    Scottish dwarves is a trope that I straight up love, but I hear you on that as well.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power | Season 2 official teaser trailer in ~tv

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    I try to act on Tildes with the belief that every person is here to talk in good faith about the subjects at hand. If I believe that someone is not acting like that, I'll use the malice tag and...

    I try to act on Tildes with the belief that every person is here to talk in good faith about the subjects at hand. If I believe that someone is not acting like that, I'll use the malice tag and not respond.

    I also know some people in real life who got upset about some of the same things, and when they asked me why it didn't bother me that some things were changed from the books - like Elves and Dwarves all being white - I gave them this same breakdown and they realized that they were being silly. Sometimes people don't know that they are parroting racist bullshit, and if you explain to them, they'll stop.

    6 votes
  15. Comment on Wicked | Official trailer in ~movies

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    Exactly! It just seems like a really questionable decision. I might actually see it if it was one movie, but I don't want to go see two 83 minute movies.

    Exactly! It just seems like a really questionable decision. I might actually see it if it was one movie, but I don't want to go see two 83 minute movies.

  16. Comment on Wicked | Official trailer in ~movies

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    Hard not be at least a bit excited with Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande in a great musical, and everything so far looks really good. I'm concerned about it being two movies though. I realize that...

    Hard not be at least a bit excited with Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande in a great musical, and everything so far looks really good. I'm concerned about it being two movies though.

    I realize that this is the comment that everyone makes about this.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power | Season 2 official teaser trailer in ~tv

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    I am going to rebut this and presume that you may want to engage in good faith even though this sounds a bit dog-whistly. For the purpose of rebuttal, I'm going to say "Tolkien" but I really mean...

    race swapped elves, race swapped hobbits, race swapped and obese dwarves, a trans person of non-distinct something

    I am going to rebut this and presume that you may want to engage in good faith even though this sounds a bit dog-whistly.

    For the purpose of rebuttal, I'm going to say "Tolkien" but I really mean "JRR Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien" as a lot of material actually comes from JRR's son Christopher.

    Dwarves - Tolkien does not ever explicitly say the skin tone of dwarves. He also explicitly says that dwarves can be fat. "race swapped and fat dwarves" is thus irrelevant; dwarves may be any race, and fat dwarves can even be main characters.

    Elves - Elves are often described with fair skin, but that's specifically the Eldar. The Avari are not typically described at all. It's certainly possible to have darker skinned elves.

    Men - the Race of Man in Middle Earth has people of many different skin tones. The Folk of Beor were described as anything from fair to swarthy, and as they are the progenitors of many of the men in the show, then having a mix of humans is certainly appropriate.

    Hobbits - Hobbits are described as having different skin tones as well. The Harfoots specifically are described as "browner of skin", and these hobbits are, I believe, Harfoots. So if they were white then they would actually be race swapped.

    Turns out, most of the whiteness of the Lord of the Rings movies was actually race swapping, and maybe that's an actual problem and not the casting of the movies.

    I don't even know what you're talking about with regards to a trans character, but generally speaking if you have an issue with a trans character simply existing then it's probably time for self reflection.

    17 votes
  18. Comment on The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power | Season 2 official teaser trailer in ~tv

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    Here's a life pro tip: you can express dislike for something without calling people who don't dislike it in the same way crazy.

    Here's a life pro tip: you can express dislike for something without calling people who don't dislike it in the same way crazy.

    26 votes
  19. Comment on The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power | Season 2 official teaser trailer in ~tv

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    I believe that you are correct that they do not have the rights to the Silmarillion, but most of what is covered in Akallabeth (the bits of the Silmarallion that are relevant) is also covered in...

    I believe that you are correct that they do not have the rights to the Silmarillion, but most of what is covered in Akallabeth (the bits of the Silmarallion that are relevant) is also covered in the appendices, and everything that is covered by Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age is covered by the books themselves. There are various other writings that are probably relevant that they may not have rights for (Unfinished Tales for the most part, but also the Letters), but for the most part, they are pulling things that do not have a lot in the way of sources to begin with, so the changes that are being made aren't to exceptionally fleshed out portions of the lore. Not to put too fine a point on it, but Akallabeth basically boils down to "Here's a list of people that ruled Numenor, also Sauron came back, Numenor got corrupted, there are Rings and Palantiri now, Dwarves found a Balrog and got rekt, everybody in Numenor drowns except a few faithful, Sauron loses his nice face, and then there's a big war." They're going to hit most of those notes, they're just not spread out over several thousand years.

    I don't really care one way or another if the show didn't work for some people - that's the nature of the arts, some people might get a lot from something, and others might hate it - but the specific idea that changes to the pacing and some details on timing necessarily make the story worse kind of irks me, because honestly, the story of the second age is not itself a particularly compelling story as it stands, it is rather a historical chronicle that highlights what happens. I think it's absolutely acceptable for someone to try to pull something compelling from these histories; it might be nice if they didn't try to fit several thousand years of history into a show that takes place over a much shorter timeline, but that's not really what fans are going to expect, so I understand that they are putting in as much as they can with a changed timeline, and as long as the show can be consistent, I think it should be okay.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power | Season 2 official teaser trailer in ~tv

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    You can apply that reasoning to almost every instance of something that was a book that was then made into a movie or television show, so, no I don't think it's a good reason to not adapt this...

    You can apply that reasoning to almost every instance of something that was a book that was then made into a movie or television show, so, no I don't think it's a good reason to not adapt this source material. Making changes to material to adapt to other media is something that happens a lot. Different doesn't necessarily mean worse, but I think a lot of fans go into something ready to hate, because they think that different must be worse.

    9 votes