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#1 Posted by SaturdayNightSpecials (2575 posts) -

Common maintains that he can "whip anybody ass at NBA Live" (though he's careful to specify a best-of-5 scenario, which is awesome). Not a very famous track (the insensitive dig at Greg Louganis probably didn't help), but one of my all-time favorites from an all-time classic album:

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I've been going through the whole list of games lately (it's under the Wiki tab, so I think this belongs here?) and I notice that sometimes a page will display way fewer games than it should. Example:

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You can see it's not the end of the list, but it only shows me 3 games. That's the most extreme case I saw. Sometimes just the last space in a page will be empty, sometimes more. It seems to come in clusters, but I can't see any common factor to them (no super-long titles or anything). Not really urgent but worth addressing.

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#4 Posted by SaturdayNightSpecials (2575 posts) -

Mateusz Skutnik

(I added him as a company, forgetting that he's part of Pastel Games. Duh.)

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The Changeling (1980) - 4/5 - An entry on two short lists: good horror movies from the '80s that didn't involve John Carpenter, and good stories about (minor spoiler) sympathetic ghosts. The latter point was helped a lot by the lead being a mature adult, rather than the mooning, emotionally fragile young woman that the plot would normally dictate. I think George C. Scott was kind of a weird fit - I'd have wanted more of an Elliott Gould type, or I dunno, Christopher George even? Just someone more "middle-aged music teacher" and less "scary grandpa." But he was fine, and thankfully they didn't really commit to Trish Van Devere as his love interest (...wait, holy shit, they were married?)

The main gripe I had was with the score. Not only was it vanilla scary-movie music (ironic for a movie about a music professor), but it wasn't even synced well to the action. It's like someone banged out the whole score in one day after reading a synopsis of the plot, and then the music editor or whoever had to jury-rig it to vaguely fit each scene. Whoever it was, they did not understand when to lay off the damn music and let the scene itself build tension. It was almost bad enough to drag the movie down to 3/5.

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Waluigi would be a monster spin bowler. Left-arm, naturally.

But also, I'd really like to see a Nintendo/Mario baseball game that wasn't farmed out to an inferior developer. It kinda seemed like Rusty's Baseball on the 3DS was designed to prime people for a more focused, competitive baseball game, but nothing ever came of it.

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#9 Posted by SaturdayNightSpecials (2575 posts) -

I like panels as long as they take place in a recording studio with no live audience. In other words, a podcast.

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@fezrock: Okay, I'm going to cheat here and change my argument. I shouldn't have said Star Trek can't work today, because it very well might...if CBS can resist chasing the millenials. The problem is, it's hard to picture a sci-fi show being made today which would grab enough of that older demographic. Crime and medical dramas are grounded in reality (more or less) and are about normal people. This gives them a dual advantage: wider appeal (especially with middle aged or older people, I'd imagine), and relatively cheap production. No weird sets, no weird makeup/costumes, not a lot of special effects.

Now, Star Trek certainly has roots, and transcends plain old sci-fi. So I'm sure a show aimed at Gen X would get enough viewers, especially if it played on TNG nostalgia (like say, digging up Patrick Stewart again). However - the cost of production is the sticking point. It will be fascinating if this new show has modest production values and is allowed to go entire episodes without CGI laser fights, but could that really happen today? Sci-fi in that vein is a dying breed; in fact, it's hard to view superhero movies separately from sci-fi movies now, the way they've converged. (Even worse, think about Transformers - those are science fiction movies.) As for TV, I can't think of any hit sci-fi shows recently that (a) are nearly as futuristic as Trek, and (b) aren't superhero shows (and/or cartoons). It would take some guts to look at the mammoth success of all that stuff in the last 10 years (including the last 3 Trek movies) and say "Let's try doing this genre in the exact opposite way." Like I said, it could work, but even if they actually go that direction, they will be very quick to kill the show if it doesn't start strong - a more likely danger when you're telling one story a week.