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Unprofessional Fridays: A Relaxed Friday Stream

Nothing more relaxing than training AI to create ART.

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. 9 2021

Cast: Danny, Matt, Jason, Jan

Posted by: Jan

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Love seeing Rorie on UPF, love that guy.

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JEFFCON 2 IS SO GOOD, RORIE BRINGING THE GOLD AS USUAL

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An alternative description for the video could be "NOTHING relaxing about training AI to create ART."

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I bet Jason has that A/C now!

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Awesome show - thanks, duders!

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JASON!

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Yaaay Jason's back on!

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Happy jasons back on and hoping all is going great with him.

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Woo, Jason. Glad he's feeling good about the move.

And that he laughed all through Jan's depressing Deathly Hallows 2 story.

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Welcome back Jason!

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Good to see Jason again! Now hopefully all fighting games have good netcode. I still miss Ranking of Fighters...

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Yo that art demo is... insane... How did Nvidia suddenly become a world-class AI shop in the last couple years? wtf lol..

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Oh man.. Jan being interested in Football Manager is quite something.

Sadly, playing that game as a newcomer is quite awful as a stream, given that you have to spend quite some time understanding all the screens and what options they give you. The act of finding the right kind of players to sign and offload is basically spreadsheet management and being smart about finding what you need in a huge database. It's not unusual to start a season and only end up playing the first actual match 4 hours after the start of the game, because you've been so busy putting a team and staff together.

On top of that, i can have the experience to know that a 31 year old winger costing me 10% of my wages should be sold and that i could find a better option in the market for that kind of wage, but if you're completely new to the game you don't know what good value is and what's not. You might not have a good idea how valuable young talent can be, even if they don't look very good as you buy them.

I will say that this FM is the easiest one so far, so if you pick a good team and put the best players in the best spots, you'll end up winning quite a bit. But honestly, winning games with one of the best teams not the main appeal of FM for most players, given that you don't control your players at all. What keeps people glued to the screens is the ability to find that young 17 year old for a crazy good price that ends up being the world's best player. Or taking this russian club out of debt and making them a household name in european football. It's a game with relatively few moment-to-moment highlights. More a game where the long-term journey is what matters.

I will say, that it's quite a fun game to check in every day for 15 min through a youtuber and see this story of a save unfold over time.

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Good UPF. Danny says he does not have a game type but I wonder if the commodore amiga would be the raised from ashes for a series.

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Really fun show, and great to see Jason back on stream!

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Is anyone else having issues playing videos on mobile lately? It will play around the first minute then stop as if the video has ended. Older videos work fine but for the last week or so, new videos just won't play on my phone.

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Unpuprofessional Fridays, am I right?

Alos, that art thing is incredible. Hopefully people keep inventing neat stuff like that because I want to see what a program like that could do in, say, ten years.

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Whenever there's not a Jeff on screen, all the other characters should be saying "where's Jeff?"

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"You're part of the problem, Rorie, you fucking scumbag." - Danny O'Dwyer

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I see Tower Unite, I click.

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@onemanarmyy:

In this supposed new era of "Weird" Giantbomb, they could make a FM series work. I'm not sure how it would work, but I maintain that there exists a format where it's possible.

I think the game is more approachable than many people think it is. The only real barrier to a potential fan (someone who isn't totally ignorant of soccer, and isn't completely repulsed by Grand Strategy games, which is what FM is) is that the worst and most boring part of the game, pre-season, is what you have to start with. You can do the start unemployed, or fast-forward to season start options, but they introduce their own problems.

Crusader Kings 3 had an enormous amount of crossover success. Anybody that "gets" CK and understands that you are playing as a character, not as a country/army/realm, can potentially get Football Manager.

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@magnetphonics: Oh i have no doubt that Jan could play the game and end up enjoying it. I just don't think that the first 10 hours of someone's Football Manager experience is going to be riveting content or necessarily enjoyable to the player itself. Just like i don't have the patience to watch the first hours of a new player's CK save as they try to make sense of what the game is. I want to see someone like Quill18 start a CK3 save and be able to make things happen within the first hours. Even if Jan found himself a FM sherpa, to get to the magic of FM, you kind of have to be in it for 3-4 seasons, which can translate to a month of gametime. It just seems like a huge ask for someone that's on the fence.

Two short-term options could be 1) Picking a national team and playing Euro 2020 with that team. 2) fast forward to Christmas, take a team that's struggling and try to end up higher.

But if Jan is interested in the game, i definitly think he could start playing it a bit and figure out if he likes it or not. It's a fairly overwhelming game at first, but not necessarily a hard game.

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Great UPF, missed it live .But was a great thing to wake up to.

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Yay Jason and Rorie! ❤️

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Is anyone else having issues playing videos on mobile lately? It will play around the first minute then stop as if the video has ended. Older videos work fine but for the last week or so, new videos just won't play on my phone.

Hmm what device are you on? Are you using an app or the mobile browser? Have you tried a different browser?

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Loved this one, and seeing how excited everyone is about the upcoming shows is making me feel really optimistic about the future of the site. Really seems to have lifted everyone which is so great to see!

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Jason confirmed! :D

Rorie is always a great addition to the Friday streams.

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What a great UPF!

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Just want to say that I'd love to see some Final Fantasy XIV or other MMORPG playing from you guys. I always love multiplayer stuff the most. I know it's harder to set up and all, but man, I love it :)

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Congratz on the new house Jason!

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@rorie: I'm using Chrome on a Pixel 5. I have tried using the desktop site on mobile to no avail, but I shall try a different browser!

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I support increased baseball talk. After years of hockey, football (both kinds), and "sports are boring" conversations the 3 minutes of talking about baseball was a breath of fresh air.

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Totally agree with Rory, just let me sprint (without holding a button).