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  1. Frozen 2

    Let's have a discussion about Frozen 2's treatment of its themes! I particularly enjoy thinking about how the various characters are motivated. Christoph being motivated by his need of Anna; Anna being motivated by her compassion for Elsa; Elsa being motivated by a potential self that removes the veils of ignorance' Olaf motivated by a similar potential-self that is hinted at by a sense that others know more than they do. There are a lot of neat ways to graph the patterns and permutations. Other/Self, Past/Present/Future, Awareness/Ignorance and so on.
  2. Game Pass

    Slay the Spire allows for much more strategic and tactical choices than I expected. Yoku's Island Express is very much not my thing; it feels like a game made for people who don't like pinball who want to like pinball. But they removed a lot of what makes pinball enjoyable. Learning a playfield is a huge part of the game, the way Yoku's moves you around constantly feels so bloated and boring for me. I never get a feel for the playfield. And you can't dead-flipper pass. I could have ended up eventually buying Yoku's in a Steam sale so gamepass is doing a great job for me.
  3. I saw The Art of Self Defense last night. The narrative was predictable and the rhetoric is so concise and relevant. The film effectively ridicules toxic-masculinity while still presenting the severity of its perspective.
  4. Game Pass

    I isn't clear to me whether or not you can go back to regular gamepass after subscribing to Ultimate, so I just went with that and found out they have a 3 months for $10 deal which is pretty much what I was hoping for. I didn't realize Slay the Spire is on console. Looking forward to trying it out.
  5. Game Pass

    Buying 3 years of a subscription service in bulk was not appealing to me since I don't use Xbox Gold. But after reading this message I got an ad for two months of Ultimate for $2 so... thanks? I'm a low-capital kinda guy.
  6. Marvel movies

    It means that most of the movie is going to be stunts with quips and some physical humor.
  7. Game Pass

    Thinking about resubscribing but it has become hard to justify again now that I'm not getting some incredible multi-month deal. Every time I'm about to do it, I decide I can just play Overwatch for free.
  8. Marvel movies

    I'm starting to think of super-hero movies as similar to martial-arts films. No matter how well received it is, it is still going to be a super-hero movie.
  9. Clickbait Games Journalism: Polygon vs Kotaku

    Maybe we should use this thread to post games-writing that we found worthwhile. I'm sure such a thread exists here, but... idk seems like a good solution.
  10. Idle Thumbs Hiatus

    It's a bit slower. It feels to me like a lot of the users moved to the Slack channel and Slack fulfills most of what folks wanted from the forum. It is different though.
  11. Clickbait Games Journalism: Polygon vs Kotaku

    I've fallen out of using gaming news sites. I feel like I get enough general information about what is available from checking Twitter, ResetEra, and listening to the Beastcast. If I get curious about something in particular I'll search it out and that is usually the only time I'll read something on Polygon or Kotaku or Rock Paper Shotgun or PC Gamer or whatever. If I just want to browse through games-writing I'll check what's up on Critical Distance.
  12. Game Pass

    Seems like we might need a thread to talk about Game Pass and the games on it since so many of us are using it. I was pretty much uninterested in it until they offered 3 months of Game Pass for $1. They totally got me. I'm playing Vampyr and Outer Wilds because the low investment allows me to excercise my curiousity. I haven't enjoyed every game I've downloaded, but since the investment is diversified it is fine. I wasn't a fan of Sunset Overdrive, Crackdown 3, Masterchief Collection, Samurai Showdown II. I did enjoy playing Abzu to completion.
  13. Li Ziqi

    Have y'all seen these videos? They are some of the most satisfying videos I've ever seen. I find them incredibly suspect.
  14. Vampyr

    Vampyr is available on the Xbox One gamepass as well. That is how I've been playing it. I started playing Outer WildsWilds though. One I figure out how to make everything alright in the solar-system, I'll go back to Vampyr.
  15. Vampyr

    Anyone playing/played Vampyr? I was interested in playing it when I heard some folks taking about how you essentially choose which friendly NPCs to suck dry, but it wasn't until it came out on GamePass that I gave it a try. I'm currently level 13 or so and I've come across 3 of the NPC hubs. Right now I'm headed to a church to confess my sins as far as the main story mission goes. Vampyr is the Bioware game I've wanted for a long time. The sense of consequence is really setting it off for me. At first I didn't understand the pacing of the game or the main systems of providing medical treatment, sucking NPCs dry to level up, and moving the story forward. The freedom that is allowed to the player was pretty confusing for me. I'm playing on hard (which seems like a must) and I am still not sure if I am supposed to have wandered into some of the areas I have wandered into by underleveling myself and just letting monsters fight vigilantes. But now that I have embraced a few NPCs and the story is moving again after I got bugged out of a main quest for a long time, I'm getting it and this game is a gem. As far as the combat goes, I like playing under leveled in this and at first the combat seemed too simplistic and awkward. It is still awkward, but I actually really enjoy using a stake and a hatchet. In facte I just looked at the aggressive abilities that I haven't unlocked (I use the mist one) and I was like "I don't want to fuck with my flow." I imagine that if I was to play with a two handed weapon or a pistol it would be much different. The targeting system is still frustrating for me, but I've enjoyed my crowd-control methods and farming blood from one enemy so I can use it on another around the corner. I also run around the mobs when I can (which I think adds to the atmosphere). The only big problem I have (with the exception of targeting being clumsy for me) is that on the Xbox the loading times after death are excruciating. But I just check Discord on my phone. Spoilers regarding finishing the blackmail in WhiteChapel mission: additional spoilers if you want details about how I finished that mission: