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I'm always on the lookout for a mindlessly fun game I can just sort of play at night to wind down, so this may very well scratch that itch. Kamala Khan being playable AND the narrator is a plus, she's one of my favorite characters WHEN she's written WELL, so...not exactly filled with confidence this time around.

Frankly, the fact that a big-ass Avengers game might rise to the level of "fun game to have while watching Youtube/listening to podcasts" isn't exactly a glowing review. I didn't hate Ultimate Alliance 3 (it was MASSIVELY FLAWED and easily the bottom of the 3, but it was also mindlessly fun once you got into the loop, and the DLC was actually pretty neat), so the fact that this just sounds like it's going to be a bigger budget version is...yeah, I'll wait for a sale.

Here's to hoping the lesson they learn isn't "WE SHOULD HAVE HAD DEADPOOL OR SOME OTHER DUDE BE THE MAIN CHARACTER! LADIES DON'T SELL GAMES!"-industry dreck.

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I've always found Overwatch easy to jump in and out of (especially on PS4 where the apparently toxic chat isn't a going concern) and as they've streamlined it, taking out other categories and whatnot, I think it's been a great boon to newcomers, but it DOES make the game a little harder to get truly good at.

The game started by treating each character more as a weapon than as an actual character, so you'd want to change and adjust your playstyle as the match went on, but that wound up being a bit much for most people (myself included) so most major patches have felt more like streamlining. Also people LIKE getting good with a single, or a few, characters, so now it feels a bit more like a fighting game with the diversity of abilities.

In that way: you not only need to know your characters, but others as well. That said: get good with at least one supporter and you'll always find your way into a group. I started with Lucio, personally, he still does decent DPS, and his passive buff/healing encourages you to learn to be maneuverable.

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#3  Edited By Undeadpool

That Asimov quote "There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'" is what goes through my head whenever people talk about Rogan and his "openness to new ideas outside an echo chamber."

As someone above pointed out, there are MANY ways you can access information and views outside your own these days, the fact that he brings appalling people on and just lets them spew isn't "brave," it's literally just not standing for anything.

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@jacksmedulla: I saw that Lovecraft Country trailer and could FEEL my pupils dilate with excitement. Glad to hear it's great outta the gate.

And it's wild how ATLA lives up to all that hype AND I still don't really know THAT much about it other than broad strokes. Also the last several years have given me an all-new appreciation for "badguy in-power doesn't care who has to suffer or be hurt for his minor benefit/pleasure." Can't quite put my finger on WHY, though...

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Avatar: The Last Airbender came out at a time when I was putting aside childish things (not in any cool kind of way, just really looking down my nose in a shitty way at stuff that didn't involve BLOOD AND GUTS AND MATURE CONTENT! BUT NOT LIKE MATURE ABOUT FEELINGS OR EMOTION, THAT'S STUPID!...basically I was the exact target demo for Leisure Suit Larry and Duke Nukem), and now that it's on Netflix, a friend has commanded me to finally watch it.

And hoooooooooooooooooolyshit, I was wrong. I mean she said the first season is kind of a slog and overly silly, and yeah: each episode is basically "teach a kid a simple lesson" by the end, but I've sat through Parks & Rec, TNG, and Buffy's first seasons, this one is better-than-fine, and I can see where it's going. This is a show that assumes kids have brains and can deal with a little hardship/suspense, the fights are INCREDIBLE, the characters are fleshed-out and already really well-defined, and it actually lets the stakes be high! (I grew up in the era when people were supposedly "less sensitive," yet Spider-Man had 5 seasons of animations and never threw a single punch and the cops and robbers in Gargoyles had to use laser guns...).

Anyhoo, can't wait until it apparently "gets good," cause I'm already having a whale of a time!

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@ntm said:

@undeadpool: I was mainly referring to the setting, not the tone of the story.

I feel like that might partially be due to the budget constraints. There isn't a lot of money behind that show (yet), and you can feel them really tightening their belts in certain episodes.

Yeah, they do a lot with a streaming show's budget, but it was enough of a hit (and Netflix, for all their faults, aren't as dense as networks, who tend to slash budgets once shows have successful first seasons) that I think production values are going to be higher in season 2.

It's far from a perfect show, and with how confused the adaptations already are (the games take place after the books but aren't really canon, but that might change with Sapowski and CD Projekt making nice finally) it can be a lot to take in, so I recommend just taking the show as it is and not worrying about whys and wherefores and whens.

I personally enjoy how much they're nailing the characters and characterizations, and how funny the show can be. The episode where Dandelion gets cursed is hilarious but also showcases some REAL acting chops from Caville (or at least a REAL understanding of the character of Geralt).

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The Foundation is great, especially if you want to learn more about The Board and The Dissenter. It teases a lot more than it answers, but in the same way the core game did. It's very satisfying, it goes a lot into the history of the Oldest House, and the main throughline story is pretty brief and doesn't pad a lot. But there's optional side missions for more flavor and XP/resources that you can also do.

It's a lot like the Spider-Man DLC: if you want MORE of what the core game had, you should definitely get it. If you were satisfied with where things left off, maybe hold off until you can get it all on-sale. But if you weren't sold on Control, this doesn't change your mind.

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@ntm: The first episode does a lot to establish a certain tone that the rest of the series largely follows, but to be honest: it lightens up quite a bit. I'm not saying it's a cakewalk, it's got a lot of grotesque stuff that was more prominent in the books, but if you compare to Game of Thrones, it takes itself much, MUCH less seriously and actually indulges in a lot of great comedy and trope subversion.

If you've got time, I recommend another episode or 2. Dandelion is a breath of fresh, delightful air.

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I didn't realize "smog" is a portmanteau of "smoke" and "fog" until a few years ago (I'm in my 30s).

I have a friend who didn't get the pun of wrestling manager "Paul Bearer" until a few years ago too.

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@toughshed: It's definitely not perfect, but it felt more impactful. More like people were actually engaged in battle and less like they were rubbing each other's weapons on each other. Flowed better too, DA: O always felt like they really, REALLY wanted it to be Baldur's Gate, but it never got to that epic level. Which worked for the tone, but it made combat feel like it should have picked a lane.