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I'm with the crew that the tone throughout is incredibly weird and off-putting, even without the current allegations hovering over Ubisoft. Starting off their Legion stuff with a take on that poem, and then doing a U-turn into "aint this goofy?!" is just... Baffling and ridiculous. I want to be interested in it, but everything they're doing to promote it just feels so tone deaf it's hard to take any of it seriously.

Other than that, I was really looking forward to seeing more Valhalla. As an Assassin's Creed fanboy who loved Origins and Odyssey, my biggest concern after those games was the feeling that the series would continue to stray further from 'stealth action' into that samey Ubisoft 'action' feel. From what I've seen and heard so far, those worries haven't gone away. I'm hoping that what they've shown and what Alex got to play is only a specific chunk and that there is some meatier Assassin's Creed stuff in this Assassin's Creed video game. Also, yeah it was super weird how they pushed their Vikings as simple farmers looking for a home and then turned around and had gameplay of the player burning and pillaging a random village and the like.

I think Vinny said something along the lines of "How do they keep getting this stuff so wrong?", and... Yeah. That's pretty much how I feel.

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@xbob42:I think Cold Steel deserves more credit than that, but it mostly comes down to personal preference I suppose. I will agree that it does have it's issues, though. I just recently finished replaying 1 and 2 in preparation for Cold Steel 3 and I came away with some more complicated feelings than I remember having when I originally played them on PS3. I've been thinking about trying to write something about it as a way to organize those thoughts, but I kind of want to get through more of CS3 first.

@sethmode: That is, unfortunately, an issue that plagues the series as a whole. I'll refrain from getting too deep into it, but Trails' handling of what queer characters it has isn't... Super great...

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I think Sky FC is kind of a tough sell, and probably the major roadblock people run into when trying to get into the Trails series as a whole. It's a great JRPG, but its definitely showing it's age when it comes to visuals and design. That coupled with its notoriously glacial pacing, the length, and the knowledge that there are two more games on top of it that complete the story being told in FC and set up the most modern looking entries in the series can be a significant hurdle.

If you can appreciate it for what it is without already being hooked on the Trails canon, than it's well worth playing. Otherwise, starting with Cold Steel can give you that extra push you might need.

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I'll add to the sentiment that the Trails series (especially the Liberl arc) is some of the most anti-streaming content you can get. But I get it, if you're going to start playing it in lockdown mode, might as well stream it.

I will also say that I know how adamant some fans can be about it, but I think starting with Cold Steel 1 is absolutely a fine way to get into the series. It's probably a little easier to stream if that's the route you want to go, and the more modern design and aesthetics are likely easier for non-Trails fans to get into. Then if that hooks you, go back and muscle through the Sky trilogy at some point.

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We've been having to go into work since the beginning since testing airplane engines is still considered 'essential' despite everything. The fun thing is that somehow our workload increased at the start of the month, and that coupled with management getting to work from home has left the lab in a sorry state. It's depressing to have to go into work. Everyone I see looks and feels defeated, and I swear just about every conversation I've had with someone has included some variation of "I feel like we're being sacrificed but what else can we do?" has come up. We've had people leave or refuse to come in due to anxiety attacks, and yet the direction from corporate is basically "wash your hands and try to socially distance".

To make matters worse, one guy got sick a week or so ago and when he tried to get tested he was told he doesn't qualify unless he requires emergency care. So he showed up to work again since our company's special sick leave policies only recognize cases where an employee has tested positive or is actively waiting for a test. Then he mentioned to someone that he still had a fever, and I guess the GM happened to be there and got pissed at him for 'trying to start something', which prompted a bunch of guys to walk out.

It sucks. But hey, they've finally started recommending people wear face masks, so...

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Been playing a couple hours of Animal Crossing, of course. I bought my Mom a Switch for Christmas (for Ring Fit) and convinced her to pick up AC since she's working from home. So I've been helping her figure out how to play and she seems to be enjoying it a great deal. The online experience takes some getting used to, though.

But mostly been replaying the Trails of Cold Steel series after picking of Cold Steel 3. Just finished the first one and getting started on 2.

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The real-time aspect of AC has always been something some people have struggled with. The series isn't really built to support someone who's going to sit there and play for a dozen hours a day, but that has never stopped anyone from doing just that.

Also yeah, the rise of social media and streaming and so on has basically created an environment where 'serious' progression and all the subtle side effects that come with chasing/following that are heavily ingrained in the way people play and share now.

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These are kind of extreme circumstances, and I don't think anyone was prepared for this. Jeff maybe more than the others because of his Jar Time and other solo streams, but even that isn't completely comparable to doing regular content for the site as a replacement for stuff like UPF or group Quick Looks.

I'd say give it some more time. Right now everyone is still in the process of getting things figured out and settling into a comfortable rhythm. Maybe it sounds corny, but I'm just thankful that the crew is working as hard as they are to continue having a presence during a literal pandemic. It's some small amount of comfort to continue to hear from them, even if it isn't perfect.

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The panic buying has finally hit the Charlotte, NC area. Local Target is completely out of toilet paper, soup, and medicine. Every grocery aisle is half empty. I work in physical testing so I still have to go into work and now I'm worried I won't be able to buy groceries to make lunches come this weekend.

It's also crazy to follow along with how things are going seeing as my brother is a medic in the Army... And currently lives in Seattle. The funny thing is he just finished being stationed in Italy for a few years, so I guess he was going to be in the middle of it no matter what.

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Now that E3 has been officially cancelled, it'll be interesting to see if Jeff was onto something with the comment about there not being another E3 after this. I think a few other reporters mentioned there being something deeper going on at the ESA that suggests that even if it does come back next year, the E3 we know is already dead and buried.

Congrats Big Jeffrey on outlasting E3.