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#486440 The Star Wars TV Show Topic

Posted by Spark on Yesterday, 12:34 PM

#486407 Movie/Television/Disney Entertainment Conglomerate News

Posted by Spark on 11 January 2018 - 09:48 PM



#486374 Movie/Television/Disney Entertainment Conglomerate News

Posted by Spark on 01 January 2018 - 03:50 PM


Season 2! Let's do this. Seems like this season will be covering Books 5-9 (Austere Academy, Ersatz Elevator, Vile Village, Hostile Hospital, and Carnivorous Carnival)


So unless they decide to seriously back pad the end game, that means Season 3 will be enough to cover the whole series, clocking in with Books 10-13

#486363 Movie/Television/Disney Entertainment Conglomerate News

Posted by Spark on 29 December 2017 - 10:45 AM

Someone distract Ocy so he doesn't this pic of Cap rolling up his sleeves:



#486310 Star Wars Movies: Let's Watch'em. #ReyloOTP #LetShirtsDie

Posted by Spark on 20 December 2017 - 11:09 PM

Wait, that was a bad thing?

#486264 Star Wars Movies: Let's Watch'em. #ReyloOTP #LetShirtsDie

Posted by Spark on 17 December 2017 - 01:31 AM

So spoiler tag one



Spoiler tag two


#486261 Star Wars Movies: Let's Watch'em. #ReyloOTP #LetShirtsDie

Posted by Spark on 17 December 2017 - 12:39 AM

My reasoning for putting it up there with ESB is how I feel it's gonna shape film in this Era of the Megafranchises. By now, most of the big established ones like MCU have begun falling into a pattern and expectations that flow in the wind like a tree.


And here TLJ comes along and just mercilessly destroys everything. There's no more real 'set feeling' for Star Wars anymore. Not really. This thing has cast doubt on these committee-dictated 'styles' forced upon movies as of late. And it'll be interesting to see how the wider industry reacts to one of the most visible IPs in the history of entertainment exploding perceptions of it so drastically.

#486255 Star Wars Movies: Let's Watch'em. #ReyloOTP #LetShirtsDie

Posted by Spark on 16 December 2017 - 10:13 PM

Right now, I'm of the opinion...


It's no longer a question of IF The Last Jedi is the best SW movie. It's a question of WHEN will it be universally considered so like ESB started to be in the late 90s/early 00s?


People forget the borderline worship of ESB didn't really start until the Prequels were well underway.


For some edited clarification; I'm not declaring ESB as a lesser film anymore. OT is always gonna have a special place. But TLJ just forces me to examine all of my most deep-seating feelings about what Star Wars is or should be.


I have to be honest. My interest and faith in this world had been steadily declining through the cusps of early adulthood, and while TCW and Rebels had been holding the torch for me, TFA was only a middling bump of resurgent interest. I was at the point where if TLJ didn't do anything for me, I was gonna bow out after Rebels ends sometime early next year.


This movie challenged every aspect of my once-strong reverence for Star Wars. And through the fires of examining, deconstructing, and even a little rebuilding, has reforged my love of the series stronger than ever.

#486253 Star Wars Movies: Let's Watch'em. #ReyloOTP #LetShirtsDie

Posted by Spark on 16 December 2017 - 07:26 PM



#486241 Star Wars Movies: Let's Watch'em. #ReyloOTP #LetShirtsDie

Posted by Spark on 16 December 2017 - 01:00 AM

I said my spiel on the Discord earlier. In short summation: It's aight.


Non-TL;DR: That was BLOODY-FREAKING FANTASTIC. This is the kind of Star Wars I hoped I'd see in the wake of TCW and Rebels. It took the edge, subversiveness, and straight up weird elements that characterized some of the best TCW and Rebels had to offer, and actually applied it to a real red-blooded Star Wars movie.



#486158 SSLF Spark Thread (Guest Starring Screenshots)

Posted by Spark on 05 December 2017 - 02:48 AM

Screens just really do not do Gears of War 4 justice. But they'll try their hardest.












Ok one more, but in spoiler tags:



Now if I came back and started posting all the Final Fantasy XV screens I've been taking with my Xbox One X, I'd probably break the site.

#486157 What Are You Currently Playing?

Posted by Spark on 05 December 2017 - 02:28 AM

So recently I returned to Gears of War 4 since I don't feel like I gave the campaign a fair shake back when it first hit, because I was too busy being salty over the changes to Horde, and the really confusing, lootbox-rampant MP character customization...at least it was all cosmetic.


So the past few days, I did a whole new playthrough, I think only the 2nd time I've played the campaign. I should be kicking myself, considering I love replaying through Gears 2 and 3 at least once a year. Anyways, to my surprise, I really enjoyed it this go around.


Gears is a great universe that's sadly hidden under stereotypes of large meatheads yelling and shooting things. On a sliding scale of tone, it falls pretty damn far on the cynical end, with just enough hope to avoid the dreaded Darkness-induced Audience Apathy trope.


(Before I continue, I'm just gonna plug the 5 GoW books that released between the original 3 games. Aspho Fields, Jacinto's Remnant, Anvil Gate, Coalition's End, and The Slab. They're all excellent.)


So with Gears 4, it's set 25 years after the end of Gears 3 (Itself took place 18 years after the Locust first attacked, making it a few years shy of half a century since the world went to hell.) the small amount of humanity that survived has managed to decently repopulate, and with the help of brilliant minds like Baird have somewhat rebuilt civilization through technological advancement. A reformed COG oversees dozens of new cities hastily built through automation.


Marcus Fenix retired away from the COG with Anya, and had a son named James Dominic Fenix (JD). When he grew up and after Anya had passed, JD went against his dad's wishes and joined up with the new COG along with his best friend, Del Walker. They managed to make it up to officer ranks before they abandoned the COG in the aftermath of a mysterious conflict involving one of the settlement cities.


JD and Del fell in with the Outsiders, a faction of people that refused to live under COG rule, and struck out to build their own civilization. They're lead by Reyna, mother to a young woman named Kait Diaz, who quickly became friends with JD and Del. Gears 4 starts 6 months after this, and takes place over the course of a single day (by Sera standards, 26 hours)





Gears 4 story stuff:


#486123 Twenty Seventeen's SSLF Goatee Awards, sponsored by Mountain Dew

Posted by Spark on 29 November 2017 - 12:53 AM

Take our combined suggestion, Scorp. Play Prey. That thing is right up your alley if you love the old school System Shock stuff.


And no I'm not saying that just because I want to see your take on a Morgan Yu minifg...




Before the (Freaking) Storm



It's not even finished yet, but I'm confident on giving it a solid spot already because the current 2 (of 3) released episodes have already been 2 absolute highlights of the year for me. The original Life is Strange was one of my 2016 discoveries, and it hit me like speeding train. And BtS might be even better. It's certainly one of the best prequel stories I've ever come across. Prequel. Yep, to LiS. And whoever here has played it knows just how much looming anguish and grief awaits these characters. And yet...when you're playing BtS, you start hoping and praying that stuff won't come to pass, despite its inevitability.


Chloe's new VA is fantastic and I hope she has a bright career ahead (Ashly Burch unfortunately couldn't do VA work during the strike, but she still helped with dialogue in the game.). Rachel is pretty much lives up to the hype of her myth established in LiS. And the best part is its telling its own self-contained story within its prequel trappings. So while it's beholden at large to LiS, it still has its own identity, one I would argue that enhances the original, and rises above it. Seriously give this game a try. Right now, or when it's complete. Either way.


The last hurrah of Arcadia Bay and its inhabitants deserves the attention.


Also, the group Daughter made an entire album specifically for the game, and it is GLORIOUS. Give your ears a listen at this sampler:


#486079 The Video Game News Thread

Posted by Spark on 21 November 2017 - 07:41 PM

The State of Hawaii just likened the Star Wars brand to that Joe Camel thing a certain cigarette company tried pulling in the 90s.


EA's ass is grass. Well, realistically speaking, it's stewardship of games developed in the Star Wars IP.


The reputation hit it's taking could result in upper-level turnover too. Maybe something that can save EA from itself.

#485969 What Are You Currently Playing?

Posted by Spark on 07 November 2017 - 01:44 PM

The New Order was absolutely like The New Colossus, really the only difference in huge gameplay factors was the lack of the 'contraptions' from the back half, and being able to pick and choose dual-wielding. You wanted to dual wield, you're using 2 of the same gun.


Since I've probably gotten around to every new thing I'm gonna play this year, I've got a preliminary list of stuff I'm eventually gonna have to put numbers in front of.



-Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

-Super Mario Odyssey

-Life is Strange: Before the Storm

-Destiny 2

-Resident Evil VII

-Horizon Zero Dawn


Breath of the Wild was....ok. Mario Odyssey just blows it out of the water.