Community really is back. I have to admit that while I enjoyed all the yahoo episodes so far, I felt it was still suffering from the transition. Something was still off, although not as badly as during the Dan Harmon absence as the show was still very entertaining.
Now this new paintball episode and everything is back to the rapid fire greatness it was.
The only reason why the books weren't misery porn was that you got some distance by reading of it, and when it got so bad, the book could just characters to someone having a bad day in a different, but often less harrowing way (for a time).
First of all, F' sites that have non-mutable background music. What is this, the 90s? What's more it's an anime song, really?
Anyway, while I agree with a lot of EA criticisms, but I look at that chart and see as much bloat of BF2 and potentially BF3 than I see missed opportunity. It reads more like complaining about something that could never be this unattainable goal.
Stuff like number of planets and maps is a ridiculous comparison. BF2 maps, and all their associated art assets look like crap today. Massive stretched blurry textures, pitifull polycount, crappy FX stuff that takes relatively little time to produce. Meanwhile, this new battlefront has maps that look almost exactly like the movie, which takes time to do.
Ground combat doesn't need players hopping into starships and leaving the ground devoid of anyone. You don't want the only reason for players to be on the ground is due to passive aggressive objective placement forcing players to be there.
If anything, bring back XvTF so we get the best of both worlds.
But yes, F' EA for mishandling some of my most favorite studios then shutting them down when they couldn't meet those same unrealistic goals I mentioned. But, EA can make some good games regardless.
While it may seem they're stripping down so much from games these days, a big part of that really is that AAA games are just that much more expensive and time consuming to make these days. It's that just as much as it is money grubbing from publishers.
I suspect they might use the Flashpoint story where Cold's sister is murdered, making him go hero for a while, becoming Citizen Cold. This would explain why she's not shown.
Budget Iron Man + Ant-man is an interesting combo. But I'm glad to see him separate from Arrow/Flash, since I kind of like the character, but knew that he wouldn't be enough to carry his own solo show.
Kind of glad they went for this level of silliness. At the same time, the rationalizing hero stupidity the writers for both Flash and Arrow did towards the ends of their seasons went to an all time high. To the level of the worst comic book writers, only saved by their actor portrayals. I'm not sure I can handle an entire B cast.
Also totally called Sara getting revived by the pit. I suppose that helps alleviate one of my major peeves about Arrow's story, with Oliver working with Merlin after he literally murders Sara in cold blood. If they can play it as Merlin maneuvering him into getting access to the Lazarus pit to bring her back, then Arrow acting so stupidly the entire season is slightly more tolerable.
I guess the same goes for Captain Cold on the latest Flash.
I think we've all pretty much guessed that Fallout 4 is coming. The way the games leap frog each other it's only natural that FO4 comes out next since the dev team will be working on that the longest. Skyrim, while old, still was the last big open world game they've released, and it was already pushing
I think Fallout is probably a better game for a new engine and testing.
Just remember, the more bugs and design techniques they iron out for Fallout, the better the next Elder Scrolls game is.
My big question is whether they will retain their stance on providing mod tools and having an open modding scene. I don't think it was any coincidence that the Skyrim paid modding "experiment" happened recently. Which makes me think they will have open mod tools as before, but that the failure of the paid thing will either make them decide against that, or they will develop their mod tools even further. If they create their own backbone systems that are paid mod friendly, they circumvent those backbone modders that pretty much put a stop to the paid modding.
So, wow. Great season finale. So many things paying off.
Also, so strange seeing the IT girl from Castle as Agent 33.
Spoiler for Hiden:
Coulson and Cal's exchange and turnaround was a great. Cal's character was also weird and villainous, but had that compelling Dad aspect that they wove in over time. Great to see his character come to an interesting conclusion.
Raina dying as she did, wow, that was quite a redemption. I kind of hope she somehow survives just because I kind of thought they wasted her character a bit, especially after her new creature make-up restricted a lot of her actress' acting ability. But, this is a decent way to send her character off, and her abilities would be a bit much during the show. They'd have to make her annoyingly cryptic, or not around enough to matter.
Fitsimmons finally getting that moment before battle.
What's with them giving Skye so many crazy fight scenes. I wonder if her actress asked for more action.
Sad to see Agent 33 get offed like that, but also good to see Ward get one of his stupid and insane plans foiled. It's also nice to see him being positioned as a bigger villain, which also means at some point they'll be able to finally kill him off.
Coulson losing his arm at the end was a scary moment. Seeing him start to petrify, I knew he couldn't die, but I wonder what they would do. Just as I realized that Mac had an axe, and that arm was lying right there, the axe came down.
At least we also know what happens with the InHumans between this season of AoS and the InHumans movie. Unfortunately, we don't know what the deal with Jemma is being swallowed up like that. I don't know the marvel universe that well so I don't know if she might become something specific, or a new character.
Also, the spin off with Bobbi and Hunter isn't happening, and I'm kind of glad it didn't. But also very glad to see AoS doing really, really well in the ratings. I wonder if the plan is to spin off a Secret Avengers show as they were hinting in the final scenes. After all, if Skye is pursuing a secret team of powered people, it'll be hard to have both a powered team and a regular team cast at the same time. Although, Jemma might now be one of those powered types. Mac is also know established as being touched by Kree technology, so that might show up later too.
Well, it does relate to America heavily. It's not really subtle the allegories it makes.
A lot of these storylines in the comics were affairs that crossed every single comic in print at the time. They have to attach a name to it, and Captain America works best. The Avengers movies deal with bigger threats to the world. As Winter Soldier established, Cap will deal with as much internal strife as external strife.
I'm not too worried. The Civil War storyline ties pretty well into all the supers across the MCU, so it makes sense there will be a lot of appearances. For marketing reasons, you can bet even though they've announced all these appearances, some of them will be really, really quick appearances. Having them show up will help reinforce how this new, almost fascist directive is tearing apart the powered community.
Thanks for all these comments, given me a bit to think about. I'll probably end up with a chromebook at some point to cover roving use as a tablet replacement. As for tablet PCs, I ended up with my original choice of the HP Spectre, mainly because despite costing so much, it also runs all the 3D software I use as well as my very old gaming/3d work laptop, while still having amazing battery life, and there's a pen upgrade for it.
Anyone have personal opinions on Chromebooks or similar limited use cheap laptops?
I've been doing the usual searches on the topic, but wanted more personal anecdotes of anyone that might have tried them. I'm in the market for a very portable laptop to do a lot of writing and office work on the go.
Thanks to a new job(!), I'm eyeing one of the newly released ultrabooks, the HP Spectre x360, which is just within my price range of $1000. However, I'm wondering if I could save money and just buy a chromebook. Google docs is limited, but works well enough and ~$250 is always better than $1000.
I need a laptop that I can actually carry around and has battery life. It doesn't need to be current or powerful, just enough to do a lot of writing on. I actually already have a powerhouse laptop for work, but the battery doesn't hold a charge and only gets 30 minutes anyway.
I thought I'd check to see if anyone has an old laptop they want to get rid of before I pay for a new ultrabook.
And this is what happens when you get entrenched Japanese style executives.
Complete inability to react to market and utilize their IP, and unwilling to compromise with talent.
They won't be making their own games, they'll probably farm out to some crappy mobile devs that promise the world, when in reality, the mobile market is as saturated as it will get, and their crappy IPs won't go far. Well, it might keep them afloat in the Japanese numbers.
Quote from: Blackjack on April 24, 2015, 10:15:19 PM
I will try adjusting the FOV setting wider, and maybe see if there's a "disable bobbing" setting, but I'm pessimistic I'll be able to play this much. Just seems to get worse as I get older, not just in FPSs but in various 3rd person games too.
Can you change your crosshair? I heard making the crosshair really noticeable can help alongside the usual FoV adjustments.
Yeah, so how the heck did this show get so good? Has there been a complete turn over in the writing and directing crew?
This latest episode didn't feel like just a bunch of prep work for the season finale, even though it was.
I think I can see what angle they'll be going for with the spin-off. Something like, "SHIELD Undercover" where as speculated above, they deal with normal threats. Still tying into the powered stuff, but tangentially and with more spy intrigue and mystery, more Alias than SHIELD. Wouldn't be surprised if they took on a different organization other than Hydra, maybe AIM? Meanwhile Coulson and whatever he has planned manages powered threats as per agreement with a unified SHIELD.
I also just realized that Avengers 2 is out next week, meaning next week's finale leads right into Avengers 2. He absolutely has to show up again in that movie, so that finale will put him in some kind of position to appear, and something in the show itself could help the Avengers. Then, when season 3 picks up, you get to build up for all the other Marvel stuff coming out.
Even though whoever is running this is getting paid a helluva lot, I don't envy the work they have to do.
Yeah, I don't watch the next episode previews, so I don't know what's coming up.
The DC TV universe is being established as pretty far reaching, so magic being introduced is not much of a stretch from superpowers.
Either way, I still think the motivations and reasoning of this season have gone of the deep end. Action is happening because of it, but it's based on such stupid premises that at times I preferred Agents of SHIELD's first half of season 1 over this. The whole contrived situation with Malcolm, for example, is the worst of it all.
Quote from: MonkeyFinger on April 18, 2015, 12:47:53 PM
Damn... more death. Well, at least Ray seems to be catching on about Felicity.
Spoiler for Hiden:
I'm pretty sure that Thea's death won't stick. She'll either be super critical, or actually be dead, and the only way to bring her back is for Oliver to become Ras Al Ghul, giving him access to the Lazarus Pit to revive her.
Overall however, I think I'm kind of done with this show, even for comic book characters the motivations and reasonings for doing things are insane and stupid at the same time.
Not surprised at all. High end industrial sized 3D printers are big nowadays.
However, for most things, they'll probably print a set of pieces and then use molding and casting to replicate enough for all the extras and stuntmen. It's just too slow of a process to print hundreds of full costumes, or even prop guns, at full scale and high enough resolution to appear on screen in close up.
Also, I noticed in the SW Battlefront reveal thread they mention female stormtroopers, probably wearing the same armor. Not too surprising considering one of the lead villains is the same actress as Brienne of Tarth from GoT.
Looks like it's using segway tech and magnets to hold the head in place and turn it. Extra controls in the head to let it look around and lean without moving. A great bit of FX prop work. I wonder if that thing actually had enough torque to roll through sand, or if they had to prepare a lot of pathways ahead of time for it during filming.
It'll be okay, the core team is doesn't have powers, right now the arc is dealing with powered people, and prepping for the Inhuman movie way down the line. Plus there's the two shields storyline going at the same time.
I think that was the season finale right? Anyone see the whole season like me?
I'm both disappointed, but still interested. The whole season seemed more setup for a season 3, with even more pointless obtuseness than season 1. But where season 1 had that driving threat of Narvik, season 2 lost a lot from these weird cult meanderings. Characters went no where, or off the deep end.
Meanwhile, the whole flash forward and back was kind of interesting, especially in the context of the everything. It just seems like no one was really prepared for making a second season and just made the whole thing to prepare for season 3, if there will be one.
This takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe right? That incident they mention in the beginning was the attack in Avengers right?
Nice to see this darker story also tie in, showing more of the fallout from those events. Just from that aspect I like the place this has in the setting, dark and gritty, showing the effects on normal people and smaller conflicts than what the movies cover.
This kind of makes me want movies of this kind of stuff, and I realize that the only way this stuff exists now is because of streaming media companies with a lot of leftover cash, but are also losing all their content. So despite all the decentralization of content, stuff like this is a benefit of that.