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@  MEDdMI : (21 September 2019 - 08:41 PM)

speaking of geese, saw some videos for this game on the Switch: https://www.goose.game/

@  TheMightyMol... : (21 September 2019 - 06:41 PM)

Triple changer, turns from ashes to dust.

@  Rycochet : (21 September 2019 - 05:22 PM)

To Ashens we transform! We turn into a human, a brown couch and a heap of tat.

@  Patch : (21 September 2019 - 03:02 PM)

Really? Worst alt-mode ever.

@  Maximus Ambus : (21 September 2019 - 02:09 PM)

To ashes we transform.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 September 2019 - 09:14 AM)

They aren't all cranky... sure, it's hard to find one in a good mood, but still.

@  unluckiness : (21 September 2019 - 09:12 AM)

Cranky geese is a hell of a tautology

@  wonko the sane? : (21 September 2019 - 09:07 AM)

... that's like the third flock of geese this morning. Do those cranky bitches know something I should know?

@  NotVeryKnightly : (21 September 2019 - 06:26 AM)

Isn't there a thread for that?

@  Nevermore : (21 September 2019 - 05:41 AM)

I took a few hours off from work so I could attend. Actually met two coworkers there.

@  Nevermore : (21 September 2019 - 05:41 AM)

Anyone else here who participated in a climate change rally yesterday?

@  Nevermore : (20 September 2019 - 06:46 PM)

In case anyone's wondering.

@  Nevermore : (20 September 2019 - 06:46 PM)

Also, she pronounces her own name "Zuh-see".

@  TM2-Megatron : (20 September 2019 - 03:04 PM)

I think I'd read a while back she was born in Berlin

@  TM2-Megatron : (20 September 2019 - 03:04 PM)

I thought Zazie Beetz was really fantastic in Deadpool 2. Really looking forward to seeing her in Joker.

@  Liege : (20 September 2019 - 12:05 PM)

Any sightings of Ratchet at U.S. Walgreens yet? A couple of stores around me have recently restocked their toy aisles but no Ratchets yet at those ones.

@  Nevermore : (20 September 2019 - 03:54 AM)

You don't even hear a hint of an accent, and she only very rarely chooses some odd wording where she probably wasn't familiar with the more appropriate alternative due to its relative obscurity.

@  Nevermore : (20 September 2019 - 03:41 AM)

Just watched what's possibly the most relaxed interview ever of a German Youtuber interviewing Zazie while walking around Berlin. Turns out she was born in Berlin and spent quite some time in Germany.

@  Nevermore : (20 September 2019 - 03:39 AM)

Actors and actresses I had no idea speak fluent German, part 4.231: Zazie Beetz from Deadpool 2.

@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 02:14 PM)

It's too bad it's like this because some of what they're doing with tiny cars is pretty cool, but I'm not willing to sign up for that f-ing hassle.

@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 02:13 PM)

At this point I'm trying to decide how much of a markup I'm willing to pay some scalper scum or if I should just say to hell with it.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (18 September 2019 - 02:11 PM)

That is pretty much the constant story with Hot Wheels. Anything you might actually want has most likely been picked clean and marked up.

@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 02:02 PM)

I've been watching some Youtube Hot Wheels videos out of boredom and discovered there exists a new car that just came out maybe a month ago that looks just like one I had when I was little, and I've been looking around hoping to get it. Slim picking everywhere, but online there are a slew of sellers asking for 3 and 4x the retail price, plus a hefty shipping markup.

@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 01:59 PM)

Oh, that explains the problem I've encountered with finding one little car

@  TheMightyMol... : (18 September 2019 - 01:31 PM)

Oh boy. I work at Target, and literally every single morning, there are two or three guys outside who make a beeline straight to the Hot Wheels.

@  Steevy Maximus : (18 September 2019 - 01:00 PM)

Hot Wheels

@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 12:25 PM)

Which collecting community has the worst scalpers?

@  TM2-Megatron : (17 September 2019 - 09:55 PM)

I've never read the source material and don't know much about it, but I enjoyed the first film quite a bit, and found the second alright

@  Sabrblade : (17 September 2019 - 09:49 PM)

The first movie was definitely not for me. I flat out hated it. Didn't even bother with the sequel.

@  Maruten : (17 September 2019 - 05:02 PM)

I liked the first movie a lot and enjoyed the original volume of the book, and the way they were developed in parallel was really interesting. It all got super extra unpleasant as soon as they went back though. I don't remember really whether the initial sequels are "good" or not, but either way both the second movie and the second run of the book quickly demonstrated that the property sure wasn't for me.

@  Paladin : (17 September 2019 - 04:45 PM)

i have a real hard time offering praise of anything connected to an utter shitstain like Mark Millar.

@  Rycochet : (17 September 2019 - 01:23 PM)

Kick Ass 2 was okay for what it was, a sequel to a film that was okay, just okay. It had a good performance from Nic Cage while the sequel had Jim Carrey who decided he didn't want to promote it after one of america's regularly scheduled massacres.

@  Benbot : (17 September 2019 - 12:20 PM)

Was Kick Ass 2 really that bad? I never got around to seeing it, but after watching the first movie again the other day, I'm thinking about it.

@  wonko the sane? : (13 September 2019 - 01:54 PM)

Why do you feel a need to label yourself for doing something harmless?

@  Telly : (13 September 2019 - 11:10 AM)

thats more than i look at on reddit

@  Benbot : (13 September 2019 - 10:49 AM)

am I a basic bitch for only browsing the front page of Reddit?

@  Shrug : (12 September 2019 - 12:26 PM)

I managed to find about 2/3s of my goal Sega Genesis collection before the last price bump

@  Anonymous X : (12 September 2019 - 11:11 AM)

So relieved that I picked up most of my NTSC GameCube collection in 2010/11 before prices on the secondary market went bezerk...

@  unluckiness : (12 September 2019 - 12:54 AM)

I have fond memories of it since it was the last console Mario Kart that didn't have the ridiculous pre-race cart assembly

@  TM2-Megatron : (11 September 2019 - 10:26 PM)

Like many Gamecube games, underrated

@  unluckiness : (11 September 2019 - 09:24 AM)

Double Dash is great. Just watch out for blue shells

@  Bass X0 : (11 September 2019 - 07:43 AM)

I used a double dash on my mobile. The chat didn’t like it.

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 September 2019 - 04:17 AM)

The mobile version of the site chokes on certain characters, I think.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 September 2019 - 04:10 AM)

what's with that punctuation anyway

@  Nevermore : (11 September 2019 - 03:20 AM)

Now where did that come from, Bass X0?

@  Bass X0 : (11 September 2019 - 01:52 AM)

Politics and Religion — tools of foul play!

@  TM2-Megatron : (10 September 2019 - 11:10 PM)

If you owe, you're expected to actually pay it at the time you file, before they even process your return

@  TM2-Megatron : (10 September 2019 - 11:10 PM)

If you file electronically, I find you usually get your refund within a couple weeks

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 06:22 PM)

Well, lucky it took less than two months for me. For a little over 200 Euros.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 September 2019 - 06:11 PM)

Pretty much, yeah. Canada revenue will be all up your ass if you earn less than 200K and owe tax, but your refund is basically "duke nukem forever".


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Star Wars General Discussion - What will the future of the franchise look like?


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#281 Steevy Maximus

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Posted 27 February 2019 - 11:18 AM

Maybe I'm poorly remembering my early EU, but it wasn't exactly a "and the heroes lived happily ever after" story either.  They got, what, 5 years before Thrawn showed up? Then Luke starts the Academy on Yavin IV, has a student decide to murder a bunch of people, and then gets stuck in a weird force coma with Exar Kun.  That's not including stuff I've forgotten or the arrival of the Vong which murderized a good chunk of the galaxy (I think - I had dropped out by then). 

 

It wasn't exactly a happy universe.

 

It also didn't give us Luke Force-Haunting his Nephew, which better be a thing, Disney. It better

 

Let's see how much I remember:

The DAY AFTER the Battle of Endor, Luke leads a Rebellion/New Republic Fleet from an invasion from a race that sucked the force out of people to fuel their technology.

 

Couple years in, there was the Rogue Squadron stuff, but it steered clear of the "main people". 

 

Five years in, you get Thrawn. 

Next year is Dark Empire, with Palpatine returning in a clone body and Luke dabbling in the dark side

Next year is Jedi Academy.

After that is a couple MORE instances of Palpatine trying to return and possess Leia and Han's third child.

 

Then the Vong come and kill a bunch including Anakin Solo and Chewbacca.

Then Jacen Solo (Han and Leia's son) falls to the dark side after that conflict and murders Luke Skywalker's wife.  I kind of forget how it goes, but he ends up killed before he can establish his new empire.

 

Shit happens in life, especially for people so famous and instrumental to the direction of the galaxy.  Frankly, between the two, it's like how people complained that Beast Machines wasn't a "proper" sequel because it took characters in a direction fans didn't want them to.



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Posted 27 February 2019 - 12:07 PM

The Vong War canonically killed something like 14 trillion people, yet in the combined totality of 25 years of the EU the only "real" character who ever died was the unimportant and inhuman Chewbacca (yeah I said it, come at me). Now THAT, to me, is nihilism. No-stakes nobodies phoning it in against the threat of the week.

The ST was brave enough to show audiences what really happens when your life peaks at age 24.

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Posted 27 February 2019 - 12:31 PM

There's also a long run of YA books between Jedi Academy and NJO, in which Luke, Han, Leia, and Lando were happily settled into their adult lives while the younger generation got their formative adventures.

Also a scattering of smaller-scale "villain-of-the-year" novels involving Imperial warlords, scavenged superweapons, interstellar treasure hunts, small-scale wars between the Republic and neighbouring powers, and the gradual shrinking of the Imperial Remnant into an isolationist backwater.

Really, the EU didn't totally go grimdark until NJO, and I maintain that someone at the editorial level clearly conceived of NJO as a sort of "series finale" for the EU (anticipating a reboot driven by 90s Prequel-mania), then ended up having to "walk it back" when it became clear the EU wasn't ending.

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Posted 28 February 2019 - 01:36 PM

I don't think it was perfect but I'd take the old EU over the ST. It just makes more sense to say Endor was a critical victory for the rebels but they had to continue fighting Imperial remnants, balance shifting over the years. Meanwhile they made new friends, encountered new enemies, Luke continued to rebuild the Jedi and in time a new generation of heroes emerged.

 

That to me beats the pants off 'They founded a New Republic, completely forgot how the old one fell, Imperial loyalists slowly rebuilt their power, the new Jedi barely lasted and everything went to shit.'

 

Like I get the backstory for how the First Order emerged matches how the far right emerged in reality but...again, I don't come to Star Wars for a depressing 'true to life' story. Same reason I raise an eyebrow at Disney trying to insert real world gender politics. I come to Star Wars for escapist space swashbuckling. Brave heroes of all genders, evil villains, space battles, laser swords, etc.



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Posted 28 February 2019 - 03:41 PM

They could have borrowed the best elements from the EU to create a new story.  For all the garbage there were a lot of great stories--that's what I wanted from the sequel trilogy.  Build on what came before instead of pitching it into a bonfire and killing anything that remained.  



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Posted 28 February 2019 - 04:00 PM

I think what could have worked is something kind of a cross between the ST and the Thrawn trilogy.

 

It's been 30 years since the Battle of Endor and the deaths of Sidious and Vader. A New Republic was formed though the Imperial remnants continued on, holding several planets in a stalemate war. Luke founded a new Jedi order which has intervened in small scale conflicts but has stayed out of politics partly due to Luke wanting to learn from the fall of the old Jedi.

 

From out of nowhere, a new mastermind emerges to lead the the Imperial remnants. This figure unites the tattered forces and launches a blistering hit and run campaign against the Republic

 

A new war needs new heroes. With the galaxy once again in peril, hope comes to rest on a junker girl from Jakku, a fugitive former stormtrooper and an emerging ace pilot of the Republic military.



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Posted 28 February 2019 - 05:09 PM

I like that.

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Posted 28 February 2019 - 07:14 PM

One theme that I'd love to see as an overarching motif is the difference between "peace and justice" (as the Jedi serve, per Obi-Wan) and "law and order" (as all governments must serve, be they Republic or Empire). Law is not necessarily justice, and order is not necessarily peace, and Leia (the Senator), Han (the smuggler), and Luke (the Jedi) would each have very strong opinions on the subject --there's your wedge issue to drive between Han & Leia.

The raw material is already there in the Sequel Trilogy's makeup; the smaller, leaner New Republic lacking the resources to serve the Outer Rim, the First Order stepping in to "protect" people from roving bands of pirates and rogue nations --people (as we see in Resistance) eagerly embrace oppression because they think it means safety.

Maybe have the Resistance headed by Lando, as a sort of mirror-image of the First Order, both providing protection to those the Republic can't serve (for a modest fee, of course, because Lando).

Luke's Jedi are in isolation (Aich-to isn't a hermitage, it's the hidden Jedi Academy), Luke having experienced a (Prequel-inspired) epiphany; that the Jedi cannot be tied to any government for fear of becoming pawns as they did in the Old Republic. Luke's Jedi are not generals or diplomats, but wandering Kwai Chang Caine-like do-gooders, and there aren't more than a dozen or so across the whole galaxy.

That's how Kylo Ren ended up with the First Order --no one realizes that it's Ben under the mask, having gone rogue after buying into Snoke's rhetoric about bringing order to the galaxy.

The first movie is about Lando and Leia trying and failing to get the Republic to intervene; Lando convinces Han, Han convinces Leia, and Leia. . . finally comes up against a force that she can't move through shear force of will. Meanwhile, Lando's newest protege, a renegade stormtrooper, and a scavenger discover that there's a Dark Jedi running the First Order. Maybe Maz Kanata can be one of Luke's Jedi, who brings Rey with her to Luke's Academy, while Poe and Finn team up with Leia's volunteers to destroy the Starkiller.

The second movie is mainly about Rey on Aich-to, and Ben returning and having his final confrontation with his master as he reveals his dual identity and tries to recruit the other Jedi. Those who won't join him perish in fire, and Luke gets to have his Obi-Wan moment, buying time for Rey (and Maz?) to escape and join up with the Resistance.

The third movie can be about Han confronting his son (and the other Knights of Ren), and Rey destroying the First Order --still leaving a power vacuum in the Outer Rim, meaning there'll still be years or decades of work ahead of the young heroes, with only minimal support (i.e., periodic cameos) from the surviving oldsters.

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Posted 28 February 2019 - 10:55 PM

People have seen some of the new Star Wars Disney Parks. The Park's timeframe is et between 8 & 9.

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Posted 01 March 2019 - 01:17 AM

I must have Nerf Kabobs and Blue Milkshakes!

 

Actually the food they have shown looks nice. It's looking pretty awesome other than there only seems to be two real rides there. Everything else seems to be stores or ways to immerse yourself into the Galaxy not quite as Far, Far Away. Supposedly there will be full ensemble outfits to buy and wear in the park. I feel there is going to be confusion on who is and isn't staff there.

 

Also the return of build your own Lightsaber.

 

Also a new TIE variant, the TIE Echelon has been shown.



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Posted 01 March 2019 - 03:28 PM

Having been to the Avatar land I can say that 2 rides and a fully immersive area is really all you need. (Wizarding World in Universal parks confirms).

The gusts having immersive clothes is more along with the immersive hotel experience. But either way, all cast member will be wearing a themed nametag (with Aurebesh names under).

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Posted 01 March 2019 - 03:53 PM

I read some more about the upcoming park, I am going to be living there.


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Posted 01 March 2019 - 09:22 PM

Disney has also said that Galaxy's Edge is expandable, so they can add more stuff to it down the line.

 

I am just thrilled at the life like Hondo animatronic and the food options!


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Posted 02 March 2019 - 06:52 AM

It's very...ST themed.



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Posted 27 March 2019 - 10:07 AM

some potential new artwork for Episode IX (including a possible poster) went online today.

 

https://www.cbr.com/...-ren-promo-art/


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Posted 27 March 2019 - 10:30 AM

*clicks link*

*scrolls through article looking for picture*

*reads through article again looking for embedded link*


Okay.

I guess we can just take CBR's word on this one.

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 10:56 AM

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 11:07 AM

The first Star Wars movie poster EVER to not have R2D2.



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Posted 27 March 2019 - 11:18 AM

The first Star Wars movie poster EVER to not have R2D2.


I would bet that's not true.

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 11:53 AM

hes not on the original rotj movie poster, or the rots poster


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