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The Old Guard - 3/5 (the people who can't die movie)

Charlize Theron carries this movie, but I've generally liked her in the things she does; she does 'intense lady' very well, although I wish she'd get more varied roles.

The action scenes when they happen are really well done, if a little generic. Theron's character also has a cool as fuck backstory that is barely touched on. The other main lead is unfortunately pretty weak in my opinion, both as a character and in performance.

Having said all of that, it's not a bad movie. Just more than a bit bland, especially given the subject matter. It's also very explicitly a set up for a sequel (meh) or a tv series (way more interested, if only for Theron's character).

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@the_nubster: It's the character I don't like. I like the mischievous, crazy old one.

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No. What a weird idea. Show me a website that looks the same as it did five years ago and I’ll almost definitely say it’s a bad website.

This isn’t just a website, it’s a business whose business is being a website. That’s some serious Yogi Berra shit, but genuinely their goal has to be to stay on top of a constantly changing content-consuming landscape. On top of that, i honestly think it’s actually better if you want to take advantage of their main output: videos. The organization changes alone make the whole upgrade worthwhile.

I hope the folks who did all the work on the new site don’t read the forums. People put a lot of time and effort into this and others piss all over it because it’s different.

A lot of people (including me) have very specific problems with the new design. The front page is a straight up fucking mess full of redundant carousels and a huge banner of the latest video that somehow still conveys less information than they used to. This isn't about 'oh it's different', I've been following this site since 2009 and have seen all the changes since. All have been 'oh this is different, I'll have to get used to it', but this is the only one where I've actually had problems finding what I want and navigating through content.

There a bad elements to the new the design that should be changed. This isn't people shitting on the site engineers, I'm sure designing a new front-end is hard, but that doesn't excuse mistakes when they've been made. The front page needs to be sorted to better convey information to PC users, and there is a strong argument to bring back the white design of the site, even if this is a hassle. I've never used the white version, so I didn't see what the issue was until people pointed out there is not an insignificant proportion of people who struggle to read white-on-black writing on screens. At that point it's not a 'oh it's different' thing or 'I don't like it' thing, it's a 'I can't use the website now without getting a headache' thing.

But hey, I guess those people are just 'being pissy'.

The new logo is also a fucking travesty.

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I think a merger with Motherboard is maybe what will happen. In my opinion the 'dedicated-video games site' is a crowded space right now, and Waypoint doesn't do enough (and isn't established enough) to set itself apart. A site entirely and exclusively dedicated to 'gaming culture' just isn't going to make it as a distinct part of a commercial entity. As pointed out, it could function well as a smaller, fully independent blog supported by Patreon and ad money.

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I want this to be kind of self-aware, so Ryan Reynolds is a good choice, I just hope they lean into it. If it tries to emulate the tone of the original cartoon movies, eh...

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Hate the new site. It's even worse than the idea to put everyone behind a sterile desk. These changes are not making me want to visit the site or watch the West coast.

Yeah, I felt like kind of a dick who was off base about not liking the new desk they have, but in association with the redesign, you can see a dark trend where GB is just going to become GameSpot's video site. They're very clearly going for a particular look, which screams 'We're intimidated by YouTubers, so we're doing all we can to emulate them'.

I liked them playing on the couches and everything sometimes being on fire or messy, because it was all about GB being a scrappy underdog, and the guys really just all being friends who hang out and play videogames. The casual nature of GB is why I ONLY come to this site, I don't want it to become another GameSpot or IGN.

All the recent changes, especially the new desk and the insane change in logo, feel like decisions being made by a marketing department in CBS somewhere, which is looking to make GB more commercially appealing for the mass market, hip-teen streamer audience. I swear to fucking god if they hire some high-energy 18 year old with green hair I may just cancel my subscription...

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Given this is the 'official' feedback thread, I'm going to repost my response from the other thread here, updated with my suggestions for fixing it.

In short; the redesign is a garbage fire, but like a bad one you didn't mean to light.

I like the dark theme (but I get why people who liked the choice for white or black would be pissed), and I like the grouping of videos together into 'shows' or whatever. But fuck the rest of it.

  • The 'new thing' on the homepage is GIANT and takes up too much space. If it's something I'm not interested in, well fuck me I guess because it takes up the entire page so I have to scroll to see anything else. Also it's huge, but somehow it's still just a picture and a (relatively) tiny title.
    • Fix it by going back to the old size. That was big enough. I also like seeing the descriptions from the title page.
  • The 'thanks premium person' block is too big for what it is.
    • Get rid of it, or replace it with something useful, like latest Premium content, or maybe a counter with how much time you have left on your subscription, or maybe some unique little feature for Premium users. Really anything else that's actually useful.
  • 'Upcoming' needs more colour. Right now it's a list, and I can't immediately differentiate stuff. I think different types of shows or whatever should have different colours or bands.
    • Little half-cuts of the picture or something, or have a separate symbol for each show and then a general one for non-specific stuff.
  • The 'Live on GB Infinite' band is just jammed right in there like it was an afterthought.
    • That needs to be on the top banner IMO. It's basically 'GB TV', so I should be able to tell what's on wherever I am on the site at a glance, and I'm saying this as someone who doesn't even watch GB Infinite.
  • The rest of the video stuff just makes me think "Well I guess this is just YouTube now..." Although I do like the 'Day in History' thing.
    • We get it, its a video site. The major problem I think is that what is there takes up too much realestate and the user might not give a shit about. The 'Shows' and 'Quick Looks' carousels are useless, you already have links to both in the top menu.
  • The Community box is WAY too low down the page. A huge part of what makes GB great is the community, and right now it is literally at the bottom of the page. I think that should be pretty up front, the message being "Look at the cool shit our staff does, and the look at the cool shit our COMMUNITY does! How awesome of a website are we?" And instead its more like, "Hey we make videos about videogames. Also we have a forum."
    • It should be second or third item on the front page, basically where the Premium box is.
  • Put the Search Bar back. Right in the centre, with a proper fillable box. Not a goddam button over in the far right corner besides my profile shit that I never look at that I had to hunt for because the major consoles apparently don't warrant their own sections under the 'Forums' tab anymore.
    • Seriously, unless you guys are planning on burning down the Wiki, put the search bar back in right fucking now because the decision to relegate to the far corner with a tiny icon is straight up wack.
  • Fuck, Fuck,FUCK that new fucking Bomb face. He's a happy, helpful, pleasant little piece of shit, and I want my wacky, mischievous psycho back. Shit, you can't even tell the new guy is even bomb.
    • Bring back the old bomb. Like, of all the shit that's been changed, I can at least see a reason for it in a site redesign, even if I think it's dumb/wack/shitty. Except this. I don't understand why the logo was changed at all other than to make it look more 'professional' and appealing in a 'marketing department made this' way, and it's kind of a 'fuck you' to the site's history.
    • So I just noticed all the new merch is just to showcase the new logo, so my suggestion is you just pile up all that stuff and burn it.
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When was the last time a handheld came with a carrying case bundled in? I honestly can't remember.

Anyway can't say I relate to any of the complaints here besides the kickstand (though I've never outright snapped it off, what the heck were you doing to it). As someone who's owned every Nintendo handheld since the original GBA, the Switch is an awesome piece of hardware that I've been very impressed with ever since I got it.

This isn't merely a handheld though, this is a major console with a prominent touch screen. The GameBoys didn't have so sensitive screens, and the DS's closed over the screens to protect them.

I was just opening the stand. I put my fingernail under the edge and pulled backward, after a fair amount of work, it came loose suddenly and I pulled it back too far. The hinge is designed to disengage at that point though, so I didn't break it. Still...

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Without knowing his real name/address you're pretty limited I think. Messaging the people on his friends list was a good idea, but I think that's the most you can do.

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I like the dark theme, and I like the grouping of videos together into 'shows' or whatever. But fuck the rest of it.

  • The 'new thing' on the homepage is GIANT and takes up too much space. If it's something I'm not interested in, well fuck me I guess because it takes up the entire page so I have to scroll to see anything else. Also it's huge, but somehow it's still just a picture and a (relatively) tiny title.
  • The 'thanks premium person' block is too big for what it is.
  • 'Upcoming' needs more colour. Right now it's a list, and I can't immediately differentiate stuff. I think different types of shows or whatever should have different colours or bands.
  • The 'Live on GB Infinite' band is just jammed right in there like it was an afterthought. That needs to be on the top banner IMO. It's basically 'GB TV', so I should be able to tell what's on wherever I am on the site at a glance.
  • The rest of the video stuff just makes me think "Well I guess this is just YouTube now..." Although I do like the 'Day in History' thing.
  • The Community box is WAY too low down the page. A huge part of what makes GB great is the community, and right now it is literally at the bottom of the page. I think that should be pretty up front, the message being "Look at the cool shit our staff does, and the look at the cool shit our COMMUNITY does! How awesome of a website are we?" And instead its more like, "Hey we make videos about videogames. Also we have a forum."
  • Put the Search Bar back. Right in the centre, with a proper fillable box. Not a goddam button over in the far right corner besides my profile shit that I never look at that I had to hunt for because the major consoles apparently don't warrant their own sections under the 'Forums' tab anymore.
  • Fuck, Fuck,FUCK that new fucking Bomb face. He's a happy, helpful, pleasant little piece of shit, and I want my wacky, mischievous psycho back. Shit, you can't even tell the new guy is even bomb.