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I don't really have a video game one. Usually my opinion aligns with if not the majority opinion then one that has a reasonable audience.

More out there: Klingons and Romulans should either be absorbed into the Federation or at best minor regional issues. The idea that slavers and conquerors could keep up for centuries with an egalitarian, peaceful society is pretty antithetical to the entire point of Star Trek. I mean by accident, they've shown the Mirror Universe requires cheatcode, after hack, after mods to even keep some level of parity with the prime. From stealing Vulcan tech, to being handed TOS tech, to having to steal a later Defiant's plans. Hell, if beefy TNG era Klingons had shown up and fought some away mission squad, only to eventually be called off by their masters the Ferengi, that would have done a lot to cement those new aliens as a real threat. And of course had precedence in history where nations rise and fall often because they have a threat to one side and cannot deal with another elsewhere. Same with maybe the Romulans and Cardies.

EDIT - To piggy back on the previous post. I wouldn't mind a Battletech version of Crusader Kings. Its the recognition that the spies and the people that order them around that are the real power in a setting of 100 ton mechs and spaceships was what made me fall in love with that setting.

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@old_school_gaming: oh I agree. I was a dummy and forgot that second part, i.e. High level threats should always be on the map no matter your level, but low level threats do everything they can to avoid you.

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My problem is enemies in games typically have no morale. They are ALL suicidally committed to their opposition to you. Doesnt matter if you look like you are on your last legs or you've just murdered a hundred other folks. They will keep coming.

So I'd be fine with level scaling if the combat only happened when these high level characters happened upon you, rather than mysteriously never existing until they needed to show up.

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Seems...fine. I can't say I'm super excited about any of them but none seem like bad choices.

People who complain about non-DC characters in the DLC don't seem to understand the point of DLC. It's MEANT to be flashy and a bit incongruous to entice people to buy it. The core game has a ton of DC characters, and basically all the big popular ones, so adding yet another minor character isn't going to move the needle. People aren't going to buy some third tier hero. Something like Hellboy, with a built in fanbase, or Raiden, for MK fans, is more likely to garner attention and sales.

The main game is where DC fans get their roster. It's big and decently well fleshed out. DLC is about selling novelty. "I can fight Superman with HELLBOY? Cool." sells.

IDK, DLC being flashy, sure, but incongruous doesn't strike me as an especially critical component of DLC.

I mean I love Hellboy, but fighting Superman with him has not ever crossed my mind. Now if it was Thor or something then we are getting closer to the mark, but in a weird way that makes more sense than a Dark Horse character.

No big deal, but I don't think it's some crazy idea that a game about DC characters would draw DC fans that would in turn be really stoked about the possibility of minor DC characters being DLC. Frankly, I hope the next iteration to come out in 3+ years will go further with the custom skins so even more minor characters can show up.

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@maluvin said:

I mean the thing is that what game "wins" really isn't the point so much as having an interesting or entertaining discussion. Sometimes it works better for certain categories or certain years but generally it's fine.

Also in regards to taking them seriously...I think there's a distinction to be drawn between having a serious discussion and having an impassioned one. The way they approach and cover games makes the whole thing rather absurd in the first place. Usually only a handful of them have played any particular game anyways so I'm just not sure what a more vigorous voting process is really going to do.

I think someone mentioned a weighted vote. That would be where this would play out. Would Austin putting Invisible Inc number one be enough votes/points over a few other Bombers putting a game in their 8-10 spots.

Given we already get their individual Top 10. Assuming they put the right amount of thought into those, we can already do this ourselves I guess.

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When Ben was talking about his game having FOUR separate rules book I just really wanted someone to chime in with, "Well no wonder you were bored. You were playing a baby game for babies."

Did you have to take into account local barometric pressure? That the previous Tuesday fell on an odd day of the month WITHOUT being a prime number day of the year? Are you sitting near a taller person? But is THAT person sitting near a person wearing glasses?

That said Ben's game does sounds kind of crazy in its granularity, even if my tabletop games are of the RPG variety that actually require a minimum of 4 rules books often enough.

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@jonny_anonymous said:

I see a few people complaining that having a large snake is too "fantasy" for an AC game. Yeah, this is a world where you can relive the exact memory of your ancestors and play with advanced magitech created by a precursor race.

I think it's a silly thing to get hung up on, but it's not hypocritical to be completely cool with allowing a bonkers thing without wanting everything to be weird. Just about any zombie narrative or alien invasion story pretty much requires you to accept an almost fundamentally impossible premise. It doesn't mean the internal logic should now be Looney Tunes.

EDIT - In regards to Origins, I'm hoping the origins of the Assassins in Ancient Egypt specifically have something to do with the death worship they engaged in. This being a culture where one god of death wasn't enough and the god with the head of a scavenger was replaced by basically an undead god.

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I wouldn't worry. This game is based on a setting that had an NPC from an NPC-based splatbook that was famous. She was famous because she was once on the cover of Time as a six year old. That six year old was dirty and wild eyed and sporting a holdout pistol in the ruins of her once middle class neighborhood during the Collapse in the US that makes up the backstory of this setting. That Collapse has a lot of topical factors. Ongoing ambivalence to pandemics happening elsewhere, a neverending war on drugs and engagement in foreign brush wars, and of course serious social stratification based on lack of economic mobility. Another brief flavor passage clearly details (from the point of view of the abductee) a teenaged girl that was in the most generous viewing used as a surrogate womb and more likely as a victim of repeated rape to provide a child to a wealthy family. Which is about as economically dystopian as it gets.

That said it's also a setting where in the Bay Area two old Techies by the name of Steve run some electronics kiosks in the local Mall Megaplex that have a certain...fruit based iconography...

And REO Meatwagon is the name for the number two company for emergency (and AGGRESSIVE) ambulance services.

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I managed to get a NES Classic (after sitting in front of a best buy for a few hours one morning before Christmas) and honestly I haven't played it that much. I've been thinking about hacking it and putting a lot of games on it. Just never got around to it.

Also thinking about selling it and putting the money towards a Switch. But I also don't want to be one of the scumbags I was bitching about when I was trying to find one.

Like others have said, if you wanted one you just had to be proactive about it. I almost spent $100+ on one a couple times and then just started reading rumors online of when they were going to release another shipment and went to a best buy one night. It really wasn't that bad. I spent 4-5 hours one night sitting outside listening to bombcast and playing games on 3DS, when I wasn't going to be doing anything anyways. And I managed to get an NES Classic for $60.

You just have to want it I guess. I know the whole thing is stupid though. I think Dan tweeted recently that he went to try to get one and he was standing in a line of about 100 people or so and they ran out as he was 6 people away from the register.

I've been there done that trying to get things before. It sucks. You'd think as large and connected as a company as Nintendo is they'd have better research to know how demand is going to be. This isn't exactly a new thing to them, this happens with just about every thing they do. Which means they either don't give a fuck or someone is fucking up consistently over there. At this point you have to wonder if it's worth the trade-off of pissing people off all the time to the point where they don't care to buy the products anymore versus making more than enough, which will eventually sell anyway, just maybe not quickly. The case becomes stronger all the time that Nintendo just uses manufactured scarcity as a business tactic.

Or they chance going out of business tying up manufacturing lines that have to be paid for in advance and storing merchandise that doesn't get sold. Like THQ did with the uDraw. It sucks, that much is for sure, but since people DON'T just buy every Nintendo thing ever no matter what, they have to be conservative and hope they can ramp up production later.

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I believe that the Empire, on average is pretty good.

First off, let's address the arguments against. Alderaan was destroyed by the Empire; thing is, it was destroyed by a very, very small part of it. In Rogue One, they say the senate (the Empire is still a Republic) was not informed that a moon-sized Imperial super weapon destroyed the City of Jakku. The people in the Empire that destroyed Jakku and Alderaan (enslaved Wookies, committed genocide and more) where truly evil and power hungry. I've learned that the Empire (as a whole) brought happiness and prosperity to people not only in the Core Worlds, but in the entire galaxy. In the book "Thrawn", I've learned that the Empire fights pirates, slavers and any other threat to society! The Empire really did bring (to a point) peace and prosperity to the galaxy!

Also, the vast majority of the Imperial Navy honestly believed that their cause was truly good (so did the Rebels).

The one thing Palpatine, being a Sith, wanted more than anything else, was power. To achieve that power he would do anything (including commit mass genocide multiple times). That, of course, is pretty darn evil. So yeah, he would commit said atrocities but only if something threatened his power. If the Rebellion hadn't been so violent and aggressive, maybe there would still be an Alderaan... or Jakku... or stable Wookie population.... So, like said before, Palpatine brought peace and prosperity to the galaxy until the Rebellion showed up trying to bring back a past corrupt democracy. So maybe you're wondering, "But wouldn't Palpatine eventually become a brutal, soulless dictator?" Well no. I say that because if he did, there would be good reason for Rebellion, thus threatening his beloved power.

A few more points to add:

-The Empire replaced a corrupt government heavily controlled by megacorporations.

-Palpatine (evil, but did some good stuff) ended the bloodiest war the galaxy had ever seen (The Clone Wars) and strived to end corruption.

-The Empire was, ironically, still a republic. The Senate was intact until Palpatine dissolved it. Before that, Palpatine wasn't that much of an Emperor, more of a powerful and glorified President.

So these are just my thoughts on this topic, chill out, it's just an opinion.

One last thing, the Empire was pretty Xenophobic, but hey, most of the try alright?!

First, Palpatine was already a soulless brutal dictator. It's a testament to his planning (or plot device) that the Rebellion wasn't larger.

-The Empire itself was a corrupt government now controlled by a theocracy with no oversight.

- Palpatine initiated the bloodiest war the galaxy had ever seen, putting into place all the pieces and players needed to make sure it WAS the bloodiest war. That was the point, to overwhelm the standard response mechanisms of the Republic to make sure in the end he had indefinite and complete powers handed to him.

- Republic in name alone, see also Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea.