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#9 Game of Thrones S8 in Off Topic

mmm I think the bigger problem with that scene is the fact that littlefinger is built up in the books as an extremely cunning, almost visionary person who can play the game like a chessboard, but when he's convicted of treason his rebuttals are:

"i'm a bit confused"
"none of you were there"
and "please sansa i've only protected you"

the show has always failed to make littlefinger appear as tactful as he is in the books, with precedent leading all the way back to season 1, the first time you see dialogue between littlefinger and cersei. littlefinger randomly says this inflammatory thing to cersei, showing that a) he wants her power and b) he isn't to be trusted, and cersei just fires back with this one-liner that renders him speechless. book lf would have done his best to both brown-nose as much as possible and avoid altercations with more powerful people he's trying to control.

it's been shit like this that turned me off from the show, leading all the way back to the first season. it needs to be said, though, that the first few seasons are MILES ahead of the last few from following book narratives to overall quality

posted 3 months ago
#18 the current condition of movement shooters in Videos

I don't work in the sales department of the video game industry, so it's likely i'm missing something, but from my perspective there's a weird relationship between mechanics and marketability that seems almost entirely contrived. i think if tf2 came out a couple of years ago in the state it's in now, it would've been huge. there are a lot of things developers can add to games to make them more appealing to a casual audience. for example, fortnite actually has quite a lot of mechanical depth in its building/editing and the speed at which you're required to do it, but the average 12 year old only really cares that they can run around in a chicken costume and shoot grenades. and even in the fortnite world, where you're playing a battle royale with hardly any (if any at all) skill-based matchmaking algorithms, these casual players are sometimes getting smacked around by players like tfue without even realizing it. and they're still logging in to play everyday.

a game like melee had an incredible underground scene that learned all of the crazy techniques you see people still mastering and utilizing 2 decades later, but from a casual standpoint the game was a massive success. for some reason people/nintendo seem to think otherwise? i'm pretty sure the sales for melee were monumental, and there was no need to make brawl a game that tried its hardest to eradicate the competitive side of the franchise.

i would imagine that if you're really new and have a casual approach to games, most of the mechanical depth in melee, csgo, quake, tf2, etc. will go entirely over your head and you won't even have to experience much of it, because you'll play with and get matched against people in that same bracket. it seems like the key in the development of mechanically deep games is to have a very friendly and shallow base to your game that everyone can enjoy for what it is, while supplementing that with cosmetics and extra content.

posted 4 months ago
#17 Genesis 6 in Other Games

now that I've watched a good amount of ultimate from genesis, I think one of the game's most frustrating mechanics to spectate is the fact that every single hit slows the game like it's a cinematic

coming from someone who spent the last 15 years of his life on and off studying melee and learning/practicing all the adv tech, it looks and responds so slowly comparatively

in general I'm okay with the games being fundamentally different, and it seems skill/speed wise ultimate is the closest the smash community has come to melee, but at the same time I still think the game has very casual, hand-holding mechanics like its ridiculous hitstun and edge-play

posted 4 months ago
#42 top spotify artists/tracks in Off Topic

Top artists -- Short Term (4 weeks)

Thrice
Kanye West
Beach Bunny
Dance Gavin Dance
Lena Raine
Nujabes
Green Day
I The Mighty
Circa Survive
Emarosa

Top artists -- Medium Term (6 months)

Scary Kids Scaring Kids
Thrice
Dance Gavin Dance
Alexisonfire
Kanye West
Emarosa
Lena Raine
Linkin Park
The Killers
Saosin

Top artists -- Long Term (years)

Dance Gavin Dance
Drake
Saosin
Circa Survive
Kanye West
Alexisonfire
Emarosa
The Beatles
Slaves
Emancipator

not sure how slaves is on my long term, maybe kept a song on repeat when I was afk

posted 8 months ago
#124 froyotech benched from playing as a team in RGL in TF2 General Discussion
HildrethIt's funny cos even though I despair at the thought of playing RGL Sigafoo is actually right whether you disagree with his methods or not and I am guessing most people don't even play RGL or watch it nor fund it they just are insulted that Sigafoo is doing something not 6v6. Personally I wouldn't be insulted by this if I was always challenging Froyo, I would be more insulted that people are trying to stop me getting free prize money now that the best team in the league are restricted.

It's also funny people are trying to decide what should or should not be disrespectful to Ascent or whoever else failed to challenge them. I think truth kinda hurts here. Sometimes it does in TF2.

Is this parody? This is hands down one of the most narcissistic viewpoints on competition I've ever seen. You would be genuinely upset that the community isn't banning the best team? That the community isn't allowing you an undeserved 1st place? That you couldn't make marginally more money? There are so many questions. Where are your explanations? You made a sweeping claim that he was right. Based on what? Are there statistics on how many players are playing now that froyo is banned? I mean, probably not, right? The season hasn't started. Is there a way to qualify that more people playing RGL due to froyo's ban is "better for TF2?" It's very clearly not a popular league, nor will it be anything that Valve supports. So...?

All I can infer from this is that you're highly narcissistic. You value the potential money that you'd earn and the "work you've put in" over winning the league fairly. Other teams, like froyo, put in work as well. It's a competition; the players who can be most effective under the rules of the competition deserve to win. One's own bitterness and exasperation that they aren't good enough isn't an exception and shouldn't be supported.

Also, lol? From the words of Ascent players themselves, it is disrespectful to act like they put no work in. You could assume based on that admission that it's disrespectful to ban froyo to allow 2nd place teams to finally win, because then they've effectively avoided work entirely to win. This post is one wild ride, man.

posted 9 months ago
#88 lol b4nny in TF2 General Discussion

this is the kinda stuff i just hate to see... this game would be an esport if people were just nicer to each other

posted about a year ago
#51 favorite song? in Off Topic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=366cVJsrSY4

posted about a year ago
#105 Whats your honest opinion on b4nny? in TF2 General Discussion

I just want to point out that there's someone trying to argue with b4nny on twitter whose profile picture is maela, and banner is MGEMike's head. I think it's clear that regardless of your reasoning, the instant you start a war with UGC players, you've already lost.

posted about a year ago
#14 TF2 at the Olympics? in TF2 General Discussion

i'm not sure too sure about tf2 (it's pretty old and a bit lacking competitively), but i think overwatch should be included and it'd shock me if it didn't cross their minds

posted about a year ago
#136 Se7en not going to i61??? in TF2 General Discussion
MakI think that's the point tho people just want a response.

I think it's very astute of you to realize that people would appreciate a response. However, I would go as far as to say that at this point in time a response would be something the lines of, "We are still deciding on the logistics behind attending i61." Unfortunately, that response would probably do nothing but stir the masses, with their feet repeatedly tapping the floor in impatience as they await a secondary announcement.

Most likely, posts that already assume Se7en will not respond, such as, "Is no one from Se7en going to officially respond?" are probably pretty annoying for Se7en/Kaidus to read, as he knows fully well both the situation surrounding the team and his responsibility regarding those who have supported them. I would be very shocked if Se7en fades into obscurity and never responds, considering Kaidus' reputation as a player, the work he has put into the team, and the foothold they have in the community.

If you need any more painfully obvious explanations, please hesitate to ask.

posted about a year ago
#78 Froyotech will not be going to i61 in TF2 General Discussion

hahahahahaha yeah as a man VERY educated in the dictionary such as yourself you would know the phrase "a lack of interest" is mutually exclusive to money

SURELY the money and headache of attending aren't both reasons why you wouldn't be interested

hahahahahahahahaha holy fuck

dictionary

posted about a year ago
#72 Froyotech will not be going to i61 in TF2 General Discussion

Why are people getting downvoted for defending them for not attending? Most fundraisers aren't actual reimbursements, they're just a percentage of the reimbursement, and if you come in 1st you MIGHT break even, considering the astronomical cost of everything else there.

You have to pay for the flight there (at this point in time, it's probably at least $1000 from the closest places in NA, hundreds more as you go west), the hotel, the transportation, the food, and lastly, the drinks, who almost everyone will partake in, as you don't just go halfway across the world to not socialize and have fun. If you have all the money settled, and you actually want to attend, you have to take off of work that Monday and likely Thursday/Friday, maybe even Wednesday if you decide you don't want to spend only 3 days at a tournament where you'll be playing for almost 2 entire days. In reality, for those who work regular schedules, you're losing even more money than simply the amount of the flights, travel, and LAN.

I really enjoyed going the first couple of times (the second time only because I met everyone I hadn't met the first time), but any amount more and it becomes kind of tiring. You dread the travel, you dread playing day 1 from like 9 am to midnight the next day on jetlag and minimal sleep, you dread the loss of money. It's not like it's some kind of fucking conspiracy that no one wants to go, as if you're all better people who would die for a chance to go to LAN and you're disappointed that everyone on froyo is missing this deal of a lifetime. Yeah, no shit, it would be your first time there, you're thinking entirely hypothetically, and you have no idea what the process actually entails. Once you've experienced everything, it can become not only overwhelming, but you can easily think of more reasons to not attend than to attend. And as banny says, if one person doesn't want to go, it becomes a domino effect. One person not wanting to go makes the next person, who thinks his presence invaluable, uninterested in attending. If you're going to spend money out of pocket to miss days of work and attend a LAN in Europe, you're going to want to do it correctly, with a real roster.

posted about a year ago
#11 no froyo @ i61? in TF2 General Discussion

by volume alone sure, but when you consider which "na teams" are going as a top player, you're talking about notable teams that might actually take a few rounds off of you rather than open-level teams

rewind will always have more lower-level na teams than i61, whether "all" the top na teams make their way there in addition to i61 is a toss-up

posted about 2 years ago
#82 ESEA has outlived it's usefulness in TF2 General Discussion

Even though ESEA serves no purpose anymore, as it's clear the game is going nowhere, you still risk losing players by switching leagues. I'm sure there are many people who are hanging onto TF2 by a thread, and if one thing changes, they're probably done. You'd have to hope the new influx of players makes that worth it.

Saying NA players are stubborn for not wanting to leave ESEA is exceptionally closeminded. If ESEA opened by supporting EU as well as NA, and offered identical support, there would be no ETF2L and European players would be dealing with the same dilemma as you are now. You're going from a league that has been the primary league for the region for 7 years, with prestige and money, to a community-run league with no precedent or veteran support staff to work with it.

For the record, I think you should ditch ESEA, because paying money to a shady league for the 8th year in a row, without any chance of the game growing or becoming an esport, is depressing to imagine. They're continuing to collect, while never updating their rules/system to include map bans, a more flexible map list, a more varied map pool that doesn't repeat itself every week, a DM plugin for pregame, etc. It's just much harder than you probably think, and it's a unique situation compared to ETF2L, considering ETF2L has been the primary league for that region for a very long time, and ESEA was never a real alternative for them, as they proved they didn't have the ability to support both regions when they last tried to support EU.

posted about 2 years ago
#37 To Valve. RE: The current state of demoman in TF2 General Discussion

obviously in a competitive ruleset in which you're allowed 2 of every combat hero except for demoman, he gets the short end of the stick. the reason demoman was limited to 1 in the first place is his ridiculous control over the game.

it's unlikely valve will balance the game around an arbitrary ruleset of "class limit 2, except for medic, demo, engineer, or heavy" or whatever the accepted ruleset is

posted about 2 years ago
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