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Multimedia Discussion / Re: What movie have you seen recently?
« on: Yesterday at 01:32:27 am »
Anyone seen Just Mercy yet? I've heard really good things. I wanna see that and the new Star Wars so far.

I've heard Knives Out was really quality but I don't really have an interest in seeing it--change my mind.
For the record, I actually like most of Apple's products. I find most of them to be pretty intuitive, sleek, and easy to use for the average user. I tend to figure that I know more about how to use a phone/feel more comfortable than technology than the average user, but I feel as if, even if I had less technical knowledge than I do, I'd still feel very comfortable using an iPhone or an Apple product to do anything.

However, there are things that Apple shouldn't mess with. I can understand wanting to innovate, but innovation shouldn't come at the sacrifice of compatibility. I was already frustrated with Apple when they made the switch from their 40-prong cable to the lightning cable, but over time I came to like the change. Apple had a universal cable that worked with the majority of their mobile products, and, since the lightning cable was USB-based, I could essentially plug it in to any USB port and use that device to charge my phone. The good thing about the lightning cable, too, is that, well, it's a cable--if I want to use my phone while charging it, I can do so with no problem. Wireless charging eliminates these two conveniences.

I miss the days of old Apple, frankly. When I was growing up, Apple was a leader in innovation, and I know that's true for most everyone here. They re-invented how the computer was made, made a superior smartphone that pioneered the industry today, and iPods were essentially perfected versions of MP3 players before they merged with iPhones. That innovation, though, all happened more than a decade ago. I haven't done a ton of research recently, but it seems like Apple's new products for the past decade have all been new versions of the iPhone, or knockoffs of the iPhone. And sure, the iPhone is great, and it has a lot of neat features (Face ID is nice, the camera is really quality, the screen is quality and I love the full-screen display)... but none of those features seem really, truly "innovative" like mid-2000s Apple seemed.

It's a disappointing trend to say the least. I did read somewhere that countries may start forcing Apple to make their phones and devices compatible with regular USB-C cords, though, so hopefully that goes through and nips this "excluvisity-innovation" in the bud.
Pokémon Discussion / Re: Pokémon Sword and Shield Discussion
« on: January 12, 2020, 11:21:47 pm »
As for the sales thing with Mystery Dungeon, I suppose it's a double-edged sword. I'd rather get purely new content than a remake of a game that was already complete for a system that's just as capable in its context than the Switch is, but if it's the best corporate decision for them then it's the best hope we have for Gen 9.
For Mystery Dungeon, I wouldn't be surprised at all if we got extended postgame content given how much time has passed between the original games and the remakes. It would seem weird to have nearly five generations of Pokemon pass, but not add in any new content to a game made in Generation 3. I'm hopeful, at least.

The demo is fun.
Pokémon Discussion / Re: Pokémon Sword and Shield Discussion
« on: January 10, 2020, 02:51:16 pm »
First of all; very glad that Pokemon Mystery Dungeon is getting a remake. Even if it's not a new story and just has updated graphics, I'm perfectly fine with that--it's been quite a while since I've played a Mystery Dungeon game, so I'm happy that the games are coming back in any capacity. Perhaps if they sell well, they'll make straight up new Mystery Dungeon games next time.

And yeah, Sherkel, my attitude towards the expansion passes pretty much mirror your own. The content itself looks amazing and I'm glad we get a bonus adventure (it's like an actual postgame compared to the garbage two hours we have right now), but... it should have been included with the original game. Sword and Shield themselves felt incomplete upon release--I shouldn't have to pay extra money for a polished, finished game. Ultimately I'm disappointed with Game Freak's decision not to include the 200 additional Pokemon and additional areas from the beginning--it makes it seem as if they purposely left stuff out of the base game to sell it back to us at a later date.

However, because I'm a sucker for Pokemon and Game Freak has me by the balls, I'll go ahead and buy the expansion pass anyway. I have no integrity!
General Discussion / Re: The Member's Guide to Topiclessness
« on: January 08, 2020, 02:04:52 pm »
My cousin's base has just been hit.
No casualties it looks like, at least from early reports. Keeping my fingers crossed everything is okay for you.
Pokémon Discussion / Re: Pokémon Sword and Shield Discussion
« on: January 08, 2020, 02:04:04 pm »
Apparently there's a 20-minute Pokemon Direct tomorrow. Will it relate to Sword and Shield? Will it reveal a new Mystery Dungeon game? Will it be Sinnoh remakes? Will I ever stop asking rhetorical questions?

Find out at 6:30 AM PST tomorrow!
Glitch City Laboratories / Re: subject schmubject lmao got em
« on: January 07, 2020, 12:52:19 am »
this is the new Admins Suck
General Discussion / Re: The Member's Guide to Topiclessness
« on: December 25, 2019, 10:26:46 pm »
Merry Christmas all!
Generation VIII Glitch Discussion / Re: Freezing Glitch
« on: December 23, 2019, 12:12:52 am »
Was there any particular area you were in where it seemed to occur more often?
Mostly in the Wild Area, but I attribute that to coincidence rather than an actual issue with the Wild Area--I spend most of my time there, so it'd only make sense. I believe it also happened to me in Hammerlocke as well. I'll grab a video of it sometime if I can.
Pokémon Discussion / Re: Pokémon Sword and Shield Discussion
« on: December 20, 2019, 01:28:48 am »
Lmao. Point taken.
Generation VIII Glitch Discussion / Freezing Glitch
« on: December 18, 2019, 11:31:12 pm »
Not sure what to call this, but has anyone else experienced the game locking up when returning from the Switch's home menu? The game still plays its music, but nothing on the screen actually animates until I restart the game.

This doesn't happen all the time, by the way--only occasionally when returning from the Switch's home menu.
General Discussion / Re: The Member's Guide to Topiclessness
« on: December 18, 2019, 11:25:19 pm »
It's been a boring few months in my life! But hopefully things will turn around for me soon.
Pokémon Discussion / Re: Pokémon Sword and Shield Discussion
« on: December 18, 2019, 11:24:21 pm »
Well, I beat the game--haven't started the postgame yet, but overall I enjoyed the game! I had a much better time than I thought I would (giving the whole drama surrounding #DexIt and all the buzz on Twitter about the game). I listed out some thoughts below.

- The EXP Share really doesn't need to be on all the time. I think this is a poor change that makes it too easy to become overleveled with a typical party of six. I ended up regularly using 18 separate Pokemon and rotated each of them in and out of my party throughout the game--I ended up being 15 levels underleveled when I fought Leon, but I was still able to eke out a win.

- Leon. Oh my god. He's really tough. I think he's the only champion that can hold a candle to Cynthia. His team was incredibly well-balanced, with multiple psuedo-legendaries, a Gigantamax Charizard which hits like a beast, and a few other quirks to his team. I had a BLAST fighting him--my team was vastly underleveled so it took a lot more strategy, for me, than usual to beat a Champion. Beating him, though... what a satisfying feeling.

- The story is pretty underwhelming. Every time I thought something cool was going to happen, Leon stepped in and shifted my focus back towards the Gym Challenge, until the entire story comes to a head at the very end. Gotta say, even by Pokemon game standards, it was really underwhelming. I felt like I didn't even get an inkling of what Marco Cosmos' was until just before the Champion battle, and even then... you really only get 3 or 4 battles with Marco Cosmos' officials until you're fighting Rose, and then Eternatus. It seemed like all the story was jammed into the last few hours of the game which I really don't get. I'd have loved to have taken a break from my Gym Challenge for a bit and gone and fought against evil for a while.

- The Wild Area is a really cool addition, and I like the direction Game Freak went with it, but it feels small. After I got the bike, I could easily go from one side of the Wild Area to the other in just a few minutes, and I felt like I was able to figure out where everything was after only a few more minutes of exploration. I'd love to see a more expansive Wild Area in the future, but this was a good start.

- I was disappointed by the lack of dungeons in the game. Some of my fondest Pokemon memories involve getting hopelessly lost in Rock Tunnel or Mt. Coronet, but most of the areas in Galar are really straightforward. Routes aren't a challenge to navigate (as is usual), but the lack of sprawling, maze-like dungeons in Galar is really jarring for me. I never felt like I had gotten lost or needed to figure out where I needed to go; the game as a whole is pretty linear. In the future, I'd love to see more fleshed out dungeons.

- Dexit... yeah, still not happy about it, but oh well. The game is still fun regardless, even if I wish I could use some of the Pokemon I've had with me since childhood.

Overall I feel like the game is a great starting point for the franchise, but that's sort of what the past few games and generations have been, too. It seems like they have a lot of room to grow and a lot of room to expand Galar's story, lore, and environment, but, knowing Game Freak, they'll just push out an extremely-similar version of the same game one-or-two years from now, leave lots of things unchanged, and then move onto Gen 9. I really like Galar and hope it gets fleshed out to its fullest potential, but I'm not exactly hopeful. I hope Game Freak proves me wrong.
Pokémon Discussion / Re: Pokémon Sword and Shield Discussion
« on: November 23, 2019, 03:47:29 pm »
I've been taking the game very slowly--only just beat the first gym yesterday, but have six hours of total gameplay logged. I have a habit of not moving onto a new route until I've caught every Pokemon on the previous route, so that's what I'm attributing my slow pace to.

Catch rate in this game is very annoying. It feels borderline impossible to catch Pokemon that are even one level higher than your own.
Pokémon Discussion / Re: Pokémon Sword and Shield Discussion
« on: November 17, 2019, 09:18:43 pm »
First impressions (picked up Shield):
- Game is easy
- Game is fun
- Wild Area is extremely cool
- Game is very visually appealing
- Routes are straightforward

There's some un-obvious technical issues, too, like things popping in and frames dropping here and there, but the game as a whole is fun, and that's really what matters. Unpolished fun, but fun nonetheless.
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