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@  wonko the sane? : (28 October 2020 - 08:03 AM)

Twilight zone. Duh.

@  -LittleAutob... : (28 October 2020 - 07:52 AM)

Um.... what did I log in on...

@  Paladin : (28 October 2020 - 06:17 AM)

have they actually gotten worse than the one where Homer gets paralyzed by a spider and has to learn to communicate through his farts?

@  unluckiness : (28 October 2020 - 05:53 AM)

It's only fitting that SImpsons have halloween specials since it's been a shambling corpse of its former self since its teens.

@  Maximus Ambus : (28 October 2020 - 04:12 AM)

No I caught one of the latest one with parodies of Stranger Things which admittedly is horror series but Heaven Can Wait and The Shape of Water are Fantasy films. Plus implications of the characters being sociopaths or twisted has become a norm these days.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (28 October 2020 - 02:58 AM)

Which probably adds to the "reasons they should just stop making more of The Simpsons" pile.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (28 October 2020 - 02:58 AM)

You make it sound like The Simpsons becoming less repetitive is a bad thing.

@  Maximus Ambus : (28 October 2020 - 02:48 AM)

Remember when Simpsons Halloween specials parodied horror movies and would have the characters make off out of character remarks like "we chucked donuts at a old man for kicks."? they don't and can't do that any more.

@  Steevy Maximus : (27 October 2020 - 08:00 PM)

Tired of the same old Halloween stuff? Check out Tubi. The depths of the schlock available is astounding.

@  Donocropolis : (27 October 2020 - 11:51 AM)

Not sure if it's news or not, but I'm at Ross right now and they have Masterpiece Movie Ironhide for $24.99

@  Steevy Maximus : (27 October 2020 - 12:45 AM)

Final Fantasy 7 Remake’s Best Buy exclusive deluxe version is available for $10 as one of today’s daily deals

@  PlutoniumBoss : (26 October 2020 - 08:50 PM)

We can play the "Is it a real headline or an Onion headline" game.

@  Steevy Maximus : (26 October 2020 - 08:22 PM)

It's weird to see how much of Larry Hama's "satire" from the old GI Joe comic has no longer become satire in the past few years.

@  Maximus Ambus : (26 October 2020 - 11:29 AM)

Funny how 2020 gave me new appreciation for Dawn of the Dead 1978.

@  Sukoshiko : (25 October 2020 - 07:43 PM)

@Fenix Twilight Sure. Just not a good one.

@  Fenix Twilight : (25 October 2020 - 04:02 PM)

@Sukoshiko Well his clothes left an impression on you didn't they?

@  TheMightyMol... : (25 October 2020 - 06:09 AM)

I just read "Tesla Cybertruck" like AC/DC's "Thunderstruck", now it won't get out of my head, so I inflict it on all of you as well.

@  Sukoshiko : (25 October 2020 - 12:25 AM)

Tesla Cybertruck: amazing or just silly looking? I can't decide.

@  Sukoshiko : (25 October 2020 - 12:24 AM)

Weird question: I had to deal with a guy today... I'm not exactly up on modern fashions... or even archaic fashions... But this guy... Tuxedo Jacket and shirt, studs in all the button holes except the bottom one, blue jeans, and cowboy boots... Take a moment to imagine that get up. And this was to a business meeting, trying to impress someone. What look is that? Who on earth would dress that way? (I mean on purpose)

@  wonko the sane? : (24 October 2020 - 06:04 PM)

I think the few up here were lost to bad placement, poor weather, and the usual language trap.

@  TM2-Megatron : (24 October 2020 - 04:25 PM)

There are 5 spread around southwestern Ontario, all run by the same company. I've only been to the one in my area, but it seems to do good business even in non-pandemic times. On long weekends, when they do triple features, there's a normally a lineup to get in Friday and Saturday nights

@  Telly : (24 October 2020 - 01:51 PM)

there been one outside of my town for as long as ive been alive at least. its gone through its share of owners and periods of being closed down, but its been open for the past decade at least

@  Otaku : (24 October 2020 - 12:08 PM)

Bias from personal experience, but drive-in theaters are nearly extinct.  I grew up near one but it went out of business in the late 80s, and was torn down and replaced with some other business by the early 90s.

@  wonko the sane? : (24 October 2020 - 07:47 AM)

Out here, I mean. Couldn't comment on their popularity in place where they actually exist.

@  wonko the sane? : (24 October 2020 - 06:44 AM)

I wouldn't know. They've only come back into vogue with the social distancing from the plague, and while some places have made an effort to shoestring the places together, it's all largely too distant to be accessible.

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 09:46 PM)

I'd hate to see ours replaced by condos. They're a great way to spend an evening, whether with family or on a date. And they've never been as common in Canada as the US, so we cna't afford to lose as many

@  wonko the sane? : (23 October 2020 - 09:45 PM)

Largely they were either poorly placed or bought out and torn down to be replaced by something other than over priced short term parking. Mostly condos.

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 09:14 PM)

I guess your winters are worse, so they have a shorter operating season. Drive-ins in the Toronto area can usually operate until early or mid-December; maybe even into early January if there's no real snowfall, and open up again sometime in March.

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 09:13 PM)

THere's really only 1 left in the entire province?

@  wonko the sane? : (23 October 2020 - 09:03 PM)

Ha! It's probably faster for me to drive to your drive in than to make my way to the only one left in quebec.

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 06:57 PM)

Fortunately we still have a drive-in theatre that's exempt from the closures about a 10 minute drive away

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 06:57 PM)

Theatres around here are closed again for at least another couple weeks (wouldn't be surprised if it's extended by another month or so, either), but that's what they've been doing here as well. Playing the old classics

@  Maximus Ambus : (23 October 2020 - 02:36 PM)

I got Earthrise Megatron, he's better then I thought he'd be though Netflix Megatron is still tops.

@  Bass X0 : (23 October 2020 - 10:44 AM)

The original Rocky movie is also showing. May go next weekend. That’s how you get people back in the theatres - show the old classics every adult loves.

@  wonko the sane? : (23 October 2020 - 10:35 AM)

They did a limited run showing of it up here too, back when the theaters were open... red zones suck.

@  Bass X0 : (23 October 2020 - 10:13 AM)

The original Back To The Future is showing in the Odeon in the UK now. I think I will go see it tomorrow.

@  Donocropolis : (23 October 2020 - 05:51 AM)

It was either the Bumblebee or Cliffjumper. Can't remember the colors.

@  Kalidor : (22 October 2020 - 06:43 PM)

What did it look like?

@  Donocropolis : (22 October 2020 - 01:34 PM)

I swear I remember getting the Happymeal G1 minibot as a child, but I live 2.5 hours from St. Louis, which is the only place they apparently came out. It's possible that I got it on a family vacation, though, as we went to Six Flags pretty often.

@  ▲ndrusi : (22 October 2020 - 01:07 PM)

Conversely, I had the Gobot helicopter from Wendy's and I was absolutely convinced it was an actual Transformer.

@  Donocropolis : (22 October 2020 - 08:13 AM)

I used to rubber-band Hot-Wheels style construction vehicles together and pretend it was Devestator.

@  Bass X0 : (21 October 2020 - 05:26 PM)

When I was about four years old, my parents bought me Bugbite and tried to tell me it was Bumblebee. I was not yet a fan of Transformers, but I knew that wasn't Bumblebee. I didn't even have the real Bumblebee at that time.

@  Maximus Ambus : (21 October 2020 - 01:39 PM)

It would come with two soundtracks: the eighties classic and one featuring dubstep and the VAs are popular Youtubers.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2020 - 12:13 PM)

But yeah, reading it: I came off as a bit of an ass.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2020 - 11:52 AM)

I just couldn't think of worse music than disco...

@  NotVeryKnightly : (21 October 2020 - 11:35 AM)

What were you trying to imply with the mocking sarcasm, though? Nobody suggested that '80s music was any more "of it's time" than '70s music.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2020 - 11:18 AM)

I said that disco wouldn't fare much better with the same context: media is property of it's time; biases, culture and limitations are all inherent in that. Some stuff can be brought forward because of an inherently timeless nature or the simplicity with which it was made but lots of media is a time capsule of the period of when it was made.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (21 October 2020 - 08:46 AM)

I'm not sure what you're trying to imply, or what you even think I said.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2020 - 08:11 AM)

Yeah, cause disco would make the transition so much better...

@  NotVeryKnightly : (21 October 2020 - 07:17 AM)

I feel the '80s music would be jarring when running over current-day CGI instead of well, '80s visuals.


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Posted 17 September 2019 - 11:20 PM

get ready for cringefest2020


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Posted 18 September 2019 - 09:39 AM

That is going to be a ridiculous shit show... but it'll probably bump brand recognition for a year or two until people actually realize how badly the whole hit the ground.


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Posted 18 September 2019 - 10:07 AM

They didn't learn from the last time they tried this and ended up killing the show for a few years?

 

Not like it's going to be a big loss anyway. Pretty much every major developer has their own convention now-a-days to announce to the friendliest crowds possible (And yet Blizzard still managed to screw that up), so E3's relevance has long since waned. I mean, this year wasn't it Sony who simply didn't even bother to show up? I suspect the writing is on the wall and E3 is desperately failing to remain relevant by appealing to the "Influencers" crowd.

 

I mean, these are people who love to get their ego stroked, and what better stage to be stroked upon than E3?



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Posted 18 September 2019 - 10:11 AM

Just show cool new games that are in the works is that so F-ing hard??


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Posted 18 September 2019 - 10:35 AM

Just show cool new games that are in the works is that so F-ing hard??

 

It is when companies like Nintendo and Sony decide to hold their own and cut out the middle man.

 

Plus it seems like people are already seeing through ESA's bullshit:

 

https://twitter.com/...8341818374?s=09

 

 

Wow. The ESA literally puts it in writing:

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Posted 18 September 2019 - 01:28 PM

A lot of this really does sound...terrible.  But, I'm not sure I'm against the basic idea of "Lets turn E3 into the San Diego Comic Con of video games".  



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Posted 18 September 2019 - 07:12 PM

One of the content creators I watch litteraly said he'd rather stay home and do reaction videos than go to E3.



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Posted 19 September 2019 - 06:22 AM

A lot of this really does sound...terrible.  But, I'm not sure I'm against the basic idea of "Lets turn E3 into the San Diego Comic Con of video games".  

See, I don't functionally have a problem with your concept, but truthfully: that's not what their doing. They're trying to turn E3 into the the hugging instagram of video games.


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Posted 19 September 2019 - 06:51 AM

 

A lot of this really does sound...terrible.  But, I'm not sure I'm against the basic idea of "Lets turn E3 into the San Diego Comic Con of video games".  

See, I don't functionally have a problem with your concept, but truthfully: that's not what their doing. They're trying to turn E3 into the the hugging instagram of video games.

 

 

This whole thing reeks of "old people don't understand". Like, the whole reason Keanu got the reception he did, isn't because "Hey someone famous and popular lets pay attention to that." its because it was a totally left field play. No one knew he was gonna be there, no one expected him to be there, and bam there he was. This is the kinda "surprise mechanics" that gamers like. You can't build you're damn show around that, because it removes the 'wow factor'. If you got a dockets of who's gonna be there, when they're gonna be there, and where exactly you go to see them.. People aren't gonna care, at least not in the same way as they did about Keanu.


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Posted 19 September 2019 - 10:09 AM

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Posted 19 September 2019 - 11:44 AM

Can I roll back to E3 97?


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Posted 19 September 2019 - 12:30 PM

 

 

A lot of this really does sound...terrible.  But, I'm not sure I'm against the basic idea of "Lets turn E3 into the San Diego Comic Con of video games".  

See, I don't functionally have a problem with your concept, but truthfully: that's not what their doing. They're trying to turn E3 into the the hugging instagram of video games.

 

 

This whole thing reeks of "old people don't understand". Like, the whole reason Keanu got the reception he did, isn't because "Hey someone famous and popular lets pay attention to that." its because it was a totally left field play. No one knew he was gonna be there, no one expected him to be there, and bam there he was. This is the kinda "surprise mechanics" that gamers like. You can't build you're damn show around that, because it removes the 'wow factor'. If you got a dockets of who's gonna be there, when they're gonna be there, and where exactly you go to see them.. People aren't gonna care, at least not in the same way as they did about Keanu.

 

It reeks of one part "old people don't understand" because the ESA has absolutely no idea what it gamers actually want, or how to represent the companies that make them. And one part "desperation and fear" because they are literally flailing to keep this one aspect of legitimacy to their existence alive.

 

This is nothing less than a desperate life support move. Attendance (and consequently, importance.) will drop year to year until it's literally just influencers fawning over themselves and wondering why the E3 hashtag isn't trending.


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Posted 06 October 2019 - 04:51 PM

Remember that E3 is run by the ESA, which is a lobbyist firm for the videogame industry that has its origins in defending the industry from the videogame violence scare of the early 90's over games like Mortal Kombat and Night Trap. (Which lead to the creation of the ESRB)

 

E3 itself was primarily a trade show, intended for publishers, developers and retailers to spit numbers at each other and make business deals; media presence was a distant, secondary concern.  It was only as enthusiast press started to take off, and then later when streaming gave people at home a front row seat, did E3 start to become more known as a media spectacle.  The recent push for a consumer friendly E3 has nothing to do with being for the fans and everything to do with the ESA trying to shore up flagging profits for E3, as everyone and their mother realizes they don't need to got to E3 to have a presentation full of announcements.  (Nintendo Direct, State of Play, Inside Xbox.. not to mention shows like XO and the Playstation Experience).

 

Given the ESA has been recently seen going to bat in favor of lootboxes, being anti-union and boneheadedly exposing the personal information of thousands of journalists and influencers, I think it's important to realize that the ESA does not, and has never, given a damn about gamers: they care about profit and if they can get that from gamers, they will.  And if gamers get in the way of that, then they'll side against them.

 

E3 used to be one of my favorite times of the year, but at this point I won't shed any tears if it finally goes away.


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Posted 06 October 2019 - 05:10 PM

I still cant believe that people where worked up over Night Trap back in the day


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Posted 07 October 2019 - 11:35 AM

They were worked up over it because it was something that had never really been seen before. And, realistically, it was a pretty amazing feat given the technology they were working with.


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Posted 11 March 2020 - 04:01 PM

Maybe this should be a new thread, but I'll put this here for now.

 

E3 2020 is officially cancelled.

 

https://www.e3expo.com/

http://operationrain...2020-cancelled/

 

They say that it's because of Coronavirus concerns, but considering this would be in June...I think they were just looking for an excuse to close, since Sony and Nintendo are no-shows two years in a row.

 

Kind of a shame, since I have a lot of fond memories looking forward to new games being announced in summer, but...there probably is no need for a full-on show like this anymore, with the internet being a thing.

 

And I assume we'll probably get a Nintendo Direct, a Sony State of Play, and whatever Microsoft and the indies come up with to replace it this year.  It's kind of bittersweet, but a kind of inevitable.


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Posted 11 March 2020 - 04:44 PM

And 2020 ends in a whimper

 


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Posted 11 March 2020 - 05:55 PM

Sorry Tec, but it's only march. There's plenty of screaming left in 2020.


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Posted 11 March 2020 - 06:01 PM

People have been saying "E3 is dead" for as long as I've been following the gaming press. And then like clockwork, those same people turn around and give coverage to every piddly little thing that happens at E3.

 

It's about time someone just put a bullet in its head. Let's hope it doesn't get up.


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Posted 11 March 2020 - 06:23 PM

Sorry Tec, but it's only march. There's plenty of screaming left in 2020.

Really, we got a Presidential election, more movie delays for that sweet Chinese money (Latest James Bond pushed to November due to concerns of Box Office performance), toy delays and a possible shortage of materials by the end of the year due to a probable pandemic in the east.  We got plenty of nastier things to look forward beyond the loss of the annual industry press show.


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