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Unprofessional Fridays: A Relaxed Friday Stream 07/30/21

UPF is the one place where you can have an extended conversation about pizza cutters, trampolines, and gas station pills!

The end of the week is here! You made it! Let's sit back, relax, and close the week out in style with some video games.

Jul. 30 2021

Cast: Jeff, Matt, JERF, Jan

Posted by: Jan

58 Comments

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It's FRIDAY

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Great stream :)

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Scared about Jeff's comment that this plays like Call of Duty. I prefer the classic Halo gameplay without running.

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Edited By Drunken_Towel

holy shit. i think im gonna quit premium. i dont give the slightest bit of a fuck about the overdramatic soap opera americans call wrestling. i really dont get why they have to talk about that crap all the time. its even worse than the endless droning on about fast food. god damn i think im done

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Fun stream, thanks guys! I'm excited to see more of Halo

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That's Matt Rorie's music!!

Good games on this here stream.

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Skip to about 18:45 to get past the wrestling talk.

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That Nick Gage episode of Dark Side of the Ring, I can confirm, is fascinating and great. God, that show is so good...

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Rorie should come onto the show, just like that, every time.

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So great to watch childhood dreams fulfilled.

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@deadstar: It even looks like Call of Duty now it's... really not inspiring.

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Always makes me laugh how little tolerance people have for a few minutes of wrestling talk.

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Edited By Frojomojo

If you don't like Wrestling talk like, sorry fam, you're on the wrong website lol

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@drunken_towel: isn’t the whole point of these streams that they’re just relaxed and having a good time and talking about whatever?

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@deadstar: It really doesn't feel like CoD, it's a slightly faster halo 3 with better movement but sprinting is only 10% faster than walking. It feels fantastic.

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I'm surprised Jeff doesn't have a wrestling podcast thing.

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Im happy Rorie still at GB nice to see him

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Maybe Rorie still has a pagefile enabled on a spinning HDD in his PC.

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@jackedup: they should totally bring it back if it’s going to keep wrestling talk off all other content.

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Halo Infinite isn't like CoD at all. Sprinting is only slightly faster than walking, and the TTK is much higher. Feels really good, but am interested to see how it is with other maps and modes, and of course, against other people.

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Thanks Jeff, I'm going to be the master chief of my story

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@deadstar: As someone currently playing in this test flight, I think I get what he's trying to communicate, but it doesn't actually feel like Call of Duty. The time to kill is still very Halo, the moment to moment gameplay and how the guns feel is still Halo, and the maps are still designed for that classic Arena style combat.

I think where the CoD comparison comes from is that the movement is a little quicker, but the Sprint is actually less drastic than it used to be. There was a great comparison video I saw where someone walked and sprinted the same distance in Infinite and the Sprint got them faster by like only a second. They seemed to have boosted the base movement a bit and the Sprint just adds a touch of speed and enable a slide. They've actually done away with the thrust and ground pound from Halo 5, so it feels a lot more classically Halo in its movement with just slight modernizations to make things feel a bit faster and more responsive.

I honestly think it's the best iteration of Halo's gameplay 343i has accomplished in their tenure heading the franchise. It's does a great job of maintaining what is Halo and how it differentiates itself from other shooters while making it feel more accessible to a modern shooter audience in more subtle ways than adding way too much maneuverability like in Halo 5 or just flat out adding Killstreaks like in Halo 4.

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Halo Infinite still doesn't look Next-Gen at all. Maybe they are using all that graphic power of the Series X/S for the story mode, but it looks no different than that disappointing reveal last year to me. Maybe that's why its FTP. And the Trampoline segment was fun. Good UPF in a while.

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@av_gamer said:

Halo Infinite still doesn't look Next-Gen at all. Maybe they are using all that graphic power of the Series X/S for the story mode, but it looks no different than that disappointing reveal last year to me. Maybe that's why its FTP. And the Trampoline segment was fun. Good UPF in a while.

The multiplayer being lower-detail than the story mode would make sense since they have to shoot for a much, much bigger F2P customer base on the last-gen systems as well as, I'm assuming, deliver a consistent 60FPS experience across all machines. When it comes to multiplayer, I'd much rather have a high framerate than graphical bells and whistles, personally- doubly so if that means the players on older hardware can enjoy that benefit too.

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I play a lot of Halo mp and I am digging the feel of this flight. Some things are off, like the sniper but I like the removal of thrusting it feels more like classic halo but still has the newer aiming model of 5 which I prefer.

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Edited By BisonHero

I don’t like wrestling either, but the comments seem to be overreacting to the few minutes of wrestling talk in this video. Since Dan and Alex are gone, there is effectively zero discussion of wrestling. Who is Gerstmann gonna talk to about wrestling, himself? This really does feel like the first time in months and months that anyone has talked about wrestling on the site.

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The reason why I find wrestling talk on this site impossible to follow because it's between people who watch wrestling. Usually when they dive into topics that are unrelated to video games, be it Pokemon trading cards or building mechanical keyboards, it's fascinating to listen to even though I have no interest in the subject because it's one person explaining to rest of the crew who don't know anything about it, basically serving as an audience surrogate.

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Halo Infinite plays very well. While it's modernized, saying that "it plays like call of duty" is selling it extremely short.

In some ways it's faster and in some ways it's slower than Halo 5, my early impression is that it's much better than Halo 5 and plays extremely well.

Visually it looks amazing too, the texture details, Lightning and art style look super nice on a 4k TV running on my Series X.

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@av_gamer: You should look at comparison videos because it looks a lot better. You're also seeing it at 1080p which doesn't do it any justice, it looks really nice in person running on a Series X on a 55 inch 4k tv with HDR active. Way better than that reveal. Lighting and textures are really good. The clean art style doesn't show well at lower resolutions Imo.

From my perspective given this build is 2 months old and not representative of the final visual quality I'm extremely happy with the fidelity. It's going to look even better at launch.

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Fun stream!

Congrats on finally finishing Trampoline Terror, Jeff! I hope to one day finish Castle of Illusions myself.

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i love how 13 years later on this website and there's still people around being like "i don't care about this thing the people on the website want to talk about, they should only talk about the things i care about" as if this website isn't first and foremost an energy drink review website and the only place to go to get the latest games available for download on nintendo handhelds

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I BROKE MY NECK BRUDDAH
-Taz

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@janman There has literally never been a better time to bring the Powerbombcast back! Just give me an hour or so every two weeks of you and Jeff G. talking about wrestling, and get Bakalar to come in as the guy who knows nothing about it and is baffled by the whole thing.

At least in my case it would justify a Premium subscription and it's a fairly "no frills" kind of thing. I know stuff is busy, but considering the current push for more Premium features I hope you at least consider it.

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@goosemunch: I'm sorry it feels impossible :/ As a fan I completely understand this sentiment (as opposed to a lot of verbose hyperbole). I feel that way whenever they get into pc specs or network setups or all their build stuff. I'm sure every fan gets one thing that might feel slightly alienating. I just like listening to these folks jabber about almost anything!

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@helenquinn: Glad I'm not the only old head here stunned by this.

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You mean I've been holding the pizza cutter wrong for 34 years??? I need some time to think about my life.

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@drunken_towel: If a few minutes of casual banter, about a subject that's barely been mentioned over the past two years, is enough to get you to cancel your subscription...well, you never really valued your subscription in the first place.

@helenquinn: You mean, this ISN'T the premiere website to visit when looking for dank vape reviews?!

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Damn some of you operate on a entirely different time scale then me.

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I'm so mad about the like 100 minutes of this video where there was no wrestling discussion. arrrrgh

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AEW talk. Awesome.

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Bumper Jumper > all other control schemes

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After a decade of watching, I think I'm realizing what my video bullshit threshold finally is, lol.

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@bisonhero: Yes and it’s been a glorious few months. In all seriousness I’m not going to cancel my subscription or anything Wild like that but as has been pointed out it’s a lot different when they talk about PC builds or a range of other topics that are industry related than when they start diving deep into a topic that a lot of people don’t follow at all. So for me personally it’s just sitting there fast forwarding because I have no idea who any of these people are not to mention my general distaste for it. A lot of folks here are huffing and puffing but it’s a valid complaint because it’s nothing like talking about energy drinks or reviewing fast food. You don’t need to know anything about Monster Energy Drinks to follow along someone describing what they like about it.

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@the_nubster: 120fps Halo MP even lol

The talk about Halo being like Halo from people who like Halo and being like COD from people who like COD (not universally, of course) is encouraging to me at the end of the day, I think. Certainly has the potential to be a big deal. We shall see.

Edit: Did not expect a Stree Overlord (or whatever) reference in this stream. Nice.

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@av_gamer said:

Halo Infinite still doesn't look Next-Gen at all. Maybe they are using all that graphic power of the Series X/S for the story mode, but it looks no different than that disappointing reveal last year to me. Maybe that's why its FTP. And the Trampoline segment was fun. Good UPF in a while.

I believe the Xbox version of the Tech Preview was for the Xbox One, even if playing from a Series X. I'm not sure if the PC version has all the bells and whistles yet either. For example, I don't think Ray Tracing is present in the PC version. It will undoubtedly look much, much better on the Series X and final PC version at launch.

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@humanity said:

You don’t need to know anything about Monster Energy Drinks to follow along someone describing what they like about it.

The thing is, everything you said is totally subjective. I know absolutely nothing about American wrestling. I have *zero* interest in American wrestling.

Despite all that, I enjoy listening the the GB crew talk about wrestling, because it's more about learning what Jeff & co. enjoy as human beings, and the "we're just a bunch of everyday people who enjoy everyday things" angle has always been GB's biggest advantage in the eleven-odd years I've followed them.

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Holy cow its the first time i had a clear view of what Bakalar kid looked like and its insane how much he looks like his father! it was like watching a mini Jeff