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I watched a couple streamers play it and my sentiments echo those in the review. The game felt kind of soulless. It’s the little things in Smash Bros – from Link’s silly HYAH when he spin attacks to the literal hundreds of iconic music tracks to the unique 3-second victory jingles for every fighter – that really make it feel like the characters are there. Nicktoons Brawl just felt like smashing a bunch of silent action figures from shows I watched as a tween against each other.
The game may be technically proficient (I have no idea, I’m way too much of a fighting game boomer to opine on things like wavedashing), but it looked like a lot less fun than the premise because of how unfinished it seemed.
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Never ceases to amaze me how people on the internet enjoy jumping to conclusions just so that they can get angry about something.
Especially since the Nintendo website already answers your question and says that you’ll get prorated for your existing membership.
once in a while there is a decent, Trek like, episode.
See, I don’t care if there’s "trek like episodes" at all. There’s hundreds of "trek like episodes" for me to watch in the back catalogue if I want something like that. I don’t need another show that just rehashes the same exact things that have been done dozens of times before. It’s fine for me that Discovery is something different.
Disliking the writing or plots is going to come down to personal aesthetic preferences, and that’s so subjective that your take is perfectly valid there. Having watched some truly heinous television in the past, though, I still find even the worst episodes of Discovery (and Picard, fwiw) to be at least "watchable," which is far better than some of the junk out there.
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I don’t mind it for what it is. The cast is good, the production quality is high, and some of the ideas it presents are intriguing. It’s a fine way to get an hour of entertainment a week. It’s certainly not my favorite Trek, but I don’t need to it be.
Discovery is different than TNG. That’s fine. If I want to watch a Starfleet captain wrestle with deep philosophical questions of ethics, I’ll put on an episode of TNG or TOS or whatever. I have a few hundred episodes to choose from, after all. I don’t need every Star Trek to be a carbon copy of that for all eternity. I’m happy the franchise is in a healthy enough place that it can take storytelling risks and try new things.
I’ve never understood why "it isn’t like TNG" is a bad thing. Do you really want to just watch "the new adventures of Jean Luc Picard, but with CGI!"? That’s dull.
Year of Hell.
All Good Things.
Every Star Trek series, including your beloved TNG, has had its share of episodes devoted to singular existential threats to all of humanity complete with big explosions and spaceships. I too can pull up the one or two episodes from each series that had stuff like that, so pointing out that Voyager’s best episode happened to also be one that was very violent doesn’t prove or disprove anything.
Voyager definitely fell further on the side of "ethical problem of the week" than the highly serialized and more action-oriented stories of Season 3 Enterprise and on series (including Discovery).
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Yes, there are 9 books total (8 currently in print, the final coming out soon). Assuming this final season of the show keeps pace with the story of the books (which is should), the end of the season will coincide with the end of the 6th book.
It actually kind of makes sense to end the show here because there’s a 30-year time jump in the books between the 6th and 7th books. So adapting the final 3 books is probably going to require at least a decent amount of recasting and whatnot. Hopefully they get to it, but if not it’s a good stopping point.
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I’m usually not someone who complains about spoilers on here (and I tend to actively push back on people who do because some folks on the internet complain about the littlest and least important shadows of spoilers and it’s getting silly), but this review really did go a fair bit too far. It’s not a problem to discuss spoilery topics in a review where relevant, but there really should be a disclaimer at the top for this one.
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It’s not really a new thing. People have been conflating graphical fidelity with overall quality for as long as video games have existed.
The big shift recently has been that numerical slogans about graphical fidelity have become a prime marketing gimmick. "4K 60 fps" is just the new "blast processing" – it’s a marketing shtick that people think is more meaningful than it actually is. Well designed and optimized games that don’t reach that arbitrary threshold can still be quite playable and enjoyable, while a game that meets those graphical numbers does not guarantee that it’s an actual quality experience.
I’m sure in another decade we’ll have moved along to some other new soundbyte for console warriors to complain about.
Nomura has directed eight Kingdom Hearts games (give or take a dozen depending on how you want to count the multitudinous remixes and recuts). This isn’t some small franchise by a plucky up-and-comer, the guy has been a game director for two decades.
In all that time, I have yet to find a game directed by him that I enjoy. I find that the mainline Kingdom Hearts games are rote ARPGs with inconsistent art direction and nonsensical plots. The spinoffs that I’ve tried are varying degrees of the same uninspired gameplay with even worse writing. I just don’t enjoy them. And that extends to FFVII Remake as well, which I found to be an absolute slog to play through because of how boring the gameplay loop is. Nomura was bailed out there because the source material is so strong, but I’m sure if he was coming at it on his own we’d have another nonsense plot to contend with.
I’m more than happy to accept that some people like his games and I’m sure they’re quite excited about Sora’s inclusion. I’m happy for them, really. But for me personally, I don’t like Nomura’s work and as a result I’m not excited about a character from his franchise being added to the game. Whoopdido.
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Ah yes, and "your comment is stupid" is a much more engaging response.
/spit has been a harassment tactic lobbied by a high-profile (and exceedingly toxic) streamer in recent months. It had to get hotfixed out of Classic already, this is them extending it to retail as well.
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I know Sora was a popular request so I’m happy for all the people who wanted this.
I personally did not want it. I have yet to play a game directed by Nomura that I enjoyed.
I have no problem engaging with good faith critiques of DEH. The play has elements that reasonable people can disagree about.
My issue is that a lot of the critiques here – including the one I am responding to – are not good faith critiques. They’re based on something that doesn’t exist. The play does not end with the character "getting the girl" or in a happy place. That isn’t subtext. That’s the text of the play. People don’t get to rewrite the contents of the play in order to build a straw man against which to rail.
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It’s getting exhausting to write over and over again that DEH does not have a happy ending where everything is okay and it’s blatantly obvious that the people saying that have never seen the play and are therefore talking out of their collective asses, so I’m not even going to bother.
Comment 3 recs
Do you think Don Draper going back to advertising is a happy ending?
Do you think Evan Hansen losing nearly everything in his life and only getting the barest "we don’t actively wish for your death anymore but never speak to us again" message at the end is a happy ending?
The Wikipedia summary of the plot does it a great disservice, because the actual play does not have a happy ending. Maybe you should actually see it before popping off on the internet.
Comment 3 replies, 1 rec
You put it so much better than I could have.
I felt like I was reading some strange alternate universe plot summary of the play when going through this article. The play is extremely pointed in the fact that Evan is not a good guy, that he does not get a happy ending, and that he suffers severe consequences for his actions. The absolute best-case reading of the epilogue is merely that Connor’s family doesn’t actively hate Evan anymore, which is a pretty far cry from "ending up with the girl." I don’t know if the movie changes that (and if it does, it deserves all the ridicule it’s getting), but the play was definitely did not have any kind of "exploit people and profit with no repercussions" message which a lot of people here seem to be accusing it of containing.
It’s strange to me how so many people will laud stories of protagonists who are objectively terrible people in some media (The Sopranos, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and basically every other prestige drama of the last two decades all are built on the idea of doing so) but not others.
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This isn’t price gouging, though.
$50 for a toy is expensive, but it’s in-line with the market price we pay for controllers for modern consoles. Gouging would be charging hundreds of dollars, clearly out of line with market expectations. "Expensive" and "price gouged" are two completely different things, you can’t conflate them.
Price gouging has a distinct legal definition, you shouldn’t be throwing it around just because you want things to be cheaper.
Comment 1 reply, 2 recs
Well, one could argue that while the end goal of a capitalist is monopoly, in an idealized capitalist system a monopoly would be unsustainable. Any firm that achieves monopoly would innovate slower without being forced to by competition, which would in-turn open the door to disruption by an external innovator, which would then break the monopoly as the innovator’s product steals market share. Now, that is (of course) a complete pipe dream that doesn’t play out in the real world, but in the real world we also have things like governments that can step in to curb antitrust behaviors.
Like I said, this is a conversation way outside the ambit of discussing the value proposition of a $50 toy.
Comment 2 replies, 1 rec
Holy crap man, not everything needs to be Citizen Kane for it to have value.
Light entertainment for a couple hours is fine. That’s the purpose of movies in the first place. It’s okay if a film doesn’t interrogate the human condition or grapple with complex issues of morality or redefine the boundaries of what filmmaking is capable of showing. Not every film needs to do that. As long as the film has provided some period of entertainment (and perhaps a few good yucks) for the person watching, it’s served a purpose. Illumination is like the Wendy’s of animation houses. It’s not going to be the same as a five course meal at a three star restaurant, but if you just need something easy for dinner you can certainly do a lot worse.
People like you are why the Academy Awards have been such a shitshow for the last 20 years.
Comment 2 replies, 8 recs
"Anti-consumer" means doing artificially exploitative things. Monopolies, cartels, using proprietary tech for no reason other than to lock people into your walled garden, etc.
Pricing these at a point where they’re still going to sell like gangbusters isn’t that. It just means the rest of the market is fine paying a price for them that you aren’t. You can be upset about that and wish it was cheaper (as I personally do), but it isn’t anti-consumer.
Unless of course you’re arguing that all of capitalism is anti-consumer, which is a much larger discussion than whether spending $50 on a toy is too much.
Comment 2 replies, 6 recs
Nintendo is pricing things at a point that the market will bear. "Anti-consumer" would be things like using proprietary storage devices. This is just capitalism.
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Breaking out the Smash Direct makes perfect sense if it’s the usual "Mr. Sakurai Presents" where he goes through the fighter’s moves, stage, plays a few games, etc. Putting all that into an already 40 minute Direct would be a little insane. It’s a little strange not to show off the character trailer now, but it’s in-line with how Smash fighter announcements typically work.