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  1. Amazon’s 2017 pilot season - March 17

    Probably the difference between one company being solely focused on entertainment and the other having a lot of other things going on as well. Amazon likely has more capital as a whole, but they have a ton of different divisions that go beyond their television programming.
  2. Video Games: Dawn of Waaaaagh!

    Similar, yeah. There are 100 people in Battlegrounds games, and the map is massive (it's based off of a DayZ mod I believe, so the map is similar in size and set-up). There's also no crafting, although there are weapon attachments that you can find and add to your weapons. It's very much last man standing, with no respawns, although you can be "revived" if you're only knocked down rather than killed. I guess Battlegrounds is made by the guy who popularized the Battle Royale multiplayer format, PLAYERUNKNOWN (hence the game being titled PLAYERUNKNOWN'S Battlegrounds).
  3. NFL Offseason: What's a Chris Collins Worth?

    I think it's also that they've essentially become TMZ, which is something I have no interest in, and even less interest if my goal is to catch up on the day in sports.
  4. NBA 2017: Playoffs? Playoffs?!

    I don't think Leonard deserves the MVP simply because the Spurs would still find a way to win fifty games without him. Not that he's not a great player and he deserves to be in the conversation, but the Spurs are such a system team that I doubt they'd be that much worse without him. They wouldn't have a prayer of winning a title, but they'd still be a top West playoff team I'm guessing.
  5. Bosch... Amazon Original

    Damn, season two of this show has been great so far. I'm binging the fuck out of this thing. Also cool to see so many actors from several of my favorite shows pop up in addition to the ones in the main cast. Although it is really strange to see the guy who played Billings on The Shield play a competent detective.
  6. Video Games: Dawn of Waaaaagh!

    Bought Battlegrounds at the urging of several friends. Only played one game, but it's pretty fun. We had a team of three counting myself and made it to the very end of the game. Sadly, my game decided to lock up while I was still alive, and by the time it started running again I had been killed. So yeah, you can tell the game is still in beta form. Still, it's a really great multiplayer format. If you're unfamiliar, the basic premise is that you and up to 99 other players parachute down to an island filled with weapons and vehicles. You can either be alone or in a team of up to four players (and if you play on a solo server you will be kicked if you team up with other players), and your goal is to arm yourself and be the last man standing. The map is huge, but every couple of minutes the area of play shrinks. It's controlled by an electric field, so if you don't make it into the new area of play in time, you get fried. This smartly keeps the game moving and prevents long-term camping, as this system is randomized so you never know exactly where the new area of play will be. It's constantly tense and requires communication if you're on a team server. I would have played more, but I finished downloading the game right as most of my friends were calling it a night, and I'd prefer to stick with team play until I get a hang of all the game mechanics and develop some basic strategies. We did a great job in the one game I did play of securing buildings as a trio and then finding spots to camp temporarily as the game map shrank. We took down a handful of enemies by locking down smaller buildings and covering all the entrances.
  7. WGA Strike 2017. . . The return of Dr. Horrible (?)

    A lot of US shows are made in other countries, though, so I assume they would be impacted as the writers are probably registered with the WGA and work for US production companies.
  8. Pretty sure the scenes of him working there are set after Breaking Bad, as it's really the only place that would fit in the story.
  9. Bosch... Amazon Original

    There is another major storyline in season one in addition to the one introduced in the first episode, and I'd say it's the more entertaining of the two. That main story reminded me a lot of the early seasons of Dexter before the show went to absolute shit.
  10. NBA 2017: Playoffs? Playoffs?!

    Jordan would blackball Thomas from that team like he did from Team USA.
  11. Bosch... Amazon Original

    I watched the entire first season of Bosch without realizing that Crate was Mac's dad. Finally realized it in the second episode of season two, and only because of his voice. He looks totally different.
  12. Glen Cook's The Black Company series adaptation

    Dubious that they can do this on a TV budget, as even Game of Thrones really struggled in the early seasons with accurately portraying the more epic stuff (see: Battle of the Blackwater) and I doubt this will have that kind of budget. Plus I feel like this has a ton more crazy shit than Game of Thrones. Still, loved the books so I'm willing to give it a shot. The Last Kingdom doesn't have the best production values (the costumes and settings are fine but the battles are mostly underwhelming), and I've gotten hooked on that. Telling an interesting story goes a long way even if the combat kind of sucks.
  13. Well I mean to be fair he was totally untrustworthy.
  14. (Book spoilers) American Gods on Starz

    That one day wait is a real deal-breaker.
  15. You could level this complaint on a lot of shows and books, though. You can be pretty sure in most instances that your main character isn't dying. Even in Game of Thrones this is largely true of certain characters, and that show more than most others is known for killing people off.