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  2. Caligula_K3

    Video Games: Devils Die Twice

    I wouldn't say The Witcher 3 is like Diablo (though I've only played Diablo 2, for what it's worth). The emphasis isn't really on loot; you will get and craft better equipment over the course of the game, but not in the Diablo sense. It's a mix of a Bioware RPG with the dodge/attack combat of many recent melee action games and a large open world (split into two main zones). It's real strength is the writing of the quests. The open world is beautiful, but not as interactive as, say, a Bethesda game; the points of interest get old fast. The gameplay can be very repetitive; just about every quest makes you go into detective mode from the Arkham games and slowly walk around following trails. But the writing in even many of the minor sidequests makes it all worth it. I've started the Old Republic as a Sith Inquisitor. I'm only on the starting planet, but I'm having a great time with it- so much so that I decided to subscribe. It is scratching that Bioware itch and I'm enjoying playing my very sarcastic character so far. I haven't really done much with the MMO aspect and am basically just playing it as KOTOR with the ability to dance at everyone and observe everyone fighting in chat over the dumbest things, but some nice people did help me with a hero quest. Best (and only) MMO I've played since Runescape in 2005.
  3. Fragile Bird

    US Politics: It’s Not A Crime If Your Feelings Got Hurt

    By the way, the Russians have come out and stated, once again, that they did not interfere in the US election. You can all rest easy now. I'm sure your president will also come out and explain, once again, that Putin assured him it wasn't true.
  4. sweetsunray

    Rant and Rave Thread

    Well, when it comes to book-Cersei I disagree with Lena. Cersei uses sex as a weapon, and always has. Even in aFfC, she beds men and women as payment for what she requires of them, despite the fact that she's the de facto ruler as regent of Tommen, not having to deal with Kevan (who left KL), etc. On the other hand, book-Cersei also has no real enjoyment of sex, except when it is with someone who in some way mirrors her (Jaime because he's her twin, or the woman because she's a woman). So, I can see her wanting more power and independence from sexually favouring someone she regards to be beneath her. In that sense, I think show-Cersei giving into Euron is partially a plotzee from aFfC when she gives into a male character wanting it for all the traitorous acts he's about to do and has set in motion. If in the speculative book-future Cersei were to be queen of Westeros in her own name, not as regent, rid of sons and Tyrells, I can imagine book-Cersei would believe herself to be free from having to pay with sex, only to end up back in a situation where a man of lesser station in her eyes demands it of her in order to preserve an alliance. Book-Cersei would do it and be deeply disturbed internally that she cannot escape this even in such a position of "power". It is an effective way to show book-Cersei how power cannot stand on its own. The problem is that the show has never delved into this aspect of Cersei: Robert's marital "rights" were rape and duty of a wife, Jaime a narcissistic love, Lancel a physical replacement of Jaime while he was captive. Can't remember but did she try to seduce Ned somewhat during her private conversatoin with him when he told her he knew Joffrey, Tommen and Myrcella were Jaime's not Robert's? In any case, show-Cersei was never really portrayed as using sex as a weapon, only that she gets turned on when learning of a defeat of one of her enemies in s7. And so it makes much less sense for show-Cersei to give into an ally such as Euron sexually. I was ok with it, because it fits book-Cersei's relation towards sex way more. Except she wouldn't be shedding a tear and look heartbroken after it, when alone again. She'd be angry and burn something. Mad narcissistic Cersei shows more grief than Dany ever has across all the seasons. And that's just warped.
  5. Mexal

    Watch, Watched, Watching: Endgame

    Yea but even in the warehouse, they still came one at a time. Yes! I forgot about the fight between the three female assassins. That was insanely good.
  6. Nictarion

    Watch, Watched, Watching: Endgame

    Fair complaint. Although it was kind of addressed in the one big warehouse scene when Taslim really took on a ton of people. He had all that newspaper and stuff taped under his jacket to protect him from being cut and whatnot. I thought the best fights were the smaller ones anyway. Other than the main one you mentioned, the fight between the three female assassins was really good, and when they first come after the little girl in his friends apartment. Idk I enjoyed the hell out of it overall.
  7. Then there's the concurrent investigation that wasn't included in the MR. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/19/opinion/mueller-report-trump-counterintelligence.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage
  8. Fragile Bird

    US Politics: It’s Not A Crime If Your Feelings Got Hurt

    Actually, reporters should start asking her, whenever she gives a response, if her answer is true or if she's lying.
  9. Astromech

    Star Wars Thread: Don't Get Cocky

    Tosa??!!!! Yes, between Episodes 6 and 7. I'm excited for another non-jedi Star Wars entry.
  10. Tywin et al.

    It's Alive!!!: Zombie Pigs Edition

    Are you talking about the old table game where you have to paint the little creators? Or is there some newer version? You’re in luck my friend. I read an article a year or so ago that projected that anyone born after the mid 80’s will likely live long enough to become a cyborg. The world is ours!!!
  11. Astromech

    Watch, Watched, Watching: Endgame

    I was going to watch this the other night but opted for Hollow Point with Luke Wilson and Ian McShane. I should've chosen The Night Comes for Us. Hollow Point was rather piss poor imo. I've been eyeing The Great Battle on Netflix. I may watch that this weekend. I've been having trouble finding a series to get into.
  12. Varysblackfyre321

    By Everam’s will; a re-read of the Demon cycle:

    Fair enough. I’ll try to fix it up. My point was that rape being frequently used as a weapon in this setting is realistic given the idea of a man’s masculinity being the most important thing. Being raped is seen as something a “real man” shouldn’t “let” happen.
  13. Gala

    [Spoilers] E801 Discussion

    No, because it has nothing to do with current discussion and it is absolutely different story. Whether Bran is going to forgive Jamie or not (personally, I hope that he does) does not say anything about Bran's attitude to Dany. Where is weakness in my argument? I told you before...let's just see, Time will tell what Bran thinks of Dany...for now I, personally, think he not that fond of her. As for Sansa...Sansa actually did everything by the rules. "Winterfell is yours, your grace" - is not just a curtesy, but it's both submission and acknowledging Dany as a queen. Sansa is not obliged to kiss her ass right away and love her blindly, she is not that stupid little girl she was in season 1 anymore. Trust must be earned. Dany came to the North as much for the North survival as for her own (since she wants to sit the Iron Throne and rule the Seven Kingdoms, which would surely be swept away by the NK and his army and then she would be "ruling over the graveyard" as Jon said). As for "You can say that about most every character in GOT" - try to say something controversial about the likes of Davos or Brianne, or Meera Reed, Dolorous Edd, Lady Mormont etc. Despite the fact that I actually like Dany, I have always been a strong believer that she is not fit to rule...at all. That is because she wants it too badly and I doubt (after this episode even more) that she would be able to give any power away, which is sadly be the end of her (I personally think so), let's say it will be a lesson for all: a girl that came all that way, survived all that she had suffered, but thinks that she is some kind of undoubted messiah, will in the end become bitter powerhungry...queen (just like Cersei). Power corrupts.
  14. Tywin et al.

    Video Games: Devils Die Twice

    Would it be fair to say it’s kind of like an open world version of Diablo? I know Diablo 2 and 3 are open world in a sense, but they are still heavily narrative driven. I actually enjoy the slow riding. It makes it easier to randomly bump into stuff. Still haven’t found the Klan though. I want to throw a stick of dynamite at them.
  15. Shara

    Conjectures on Robert Arryn’s Paternity

    Thank You The nickname is a bit of a family joke. My name is Sarah, but the traditional Welsh spelling is Sara without the 'h'. The older generation of my family (native Welsh speakers) are confused as heck about that additional 'h'. Over the years I've consistently had birthday / Christmas cards addressed to either Shara or Sarha. They know there's an 'h' but have absolutely no idea where to put it, so they just seem to randomly guess
  16. Martell Spy

    US Politics: It’s Not A Crime If Your Feelings Got Hurt

    Sanders completely pinned to the wall as her lie is exposed, calls it a "slip of the tongue." I guess is the new Alternative facts. She should be put under oath at all times, or just assume if her mouth moves she is lying.
  17. Bradam

    Cersei's "everything that you hold dear"

    she had a black curly haired child that died first, so Maggy may not know all =0
  18. WalkinDude

    My hope for AryaWaif holds on

    This is more absurd than surviving three 6 inch puncture wounds to the stomach before jumping into raw sewage, then running like the terminator no worse for wear.
  19. Fez

    It's Alive!!!: Zombie Pigs Edition

    I've been dabbling Warhammer 40K a fair amount recently, so my first thought was "Oh, alright then. I guess servitors are going to become a real thing after all." Beyond that, I totally understand the ethical implications, but I think, if properly used, this technology could be incredibly exciting, if it advances far enough. Being a living brain in a jar seems terrifying, but being a living brain in a cyborg body, I'd give consent to have that happen after I die. So long as there's legislation giving me the same rights as a human; I've read enough science fiction.
  20. Mexal

    Watch, Watched, Watching: Endgame

    I saw this awhile back and I liked it well enough but I thought the brutality of it to be extreme (guys taking on 1,000 guys and 1,000 injuries but still being fine) and the choreography was actually pretty weak in my eyes. When you have Iko Uwai and Joe Taslim and you see them fight in The Raid, you'd expect them to be able to handle multiple people at once but this felt very Jean Claude Van Damme where it was a circle of guys around one guy and they came one at a time while he cut through them. I will say the Uwais/Taslim fight was awesome. As an aside, Joe Taslim is in Warriors now. That made me happy.
  21. btw, I wonder how severely burned/wounded Lannister soldiers managed to return to KL? With the help of the Dothraki Red Cross? Or the Unsullied Ambulance Service?
  22. Mexal

    Video Games: Devils Die Twice

    Open? There is a shitload of things to do, much more than RDR2 if I remember correctly. You have secondary quests, treasure hunts, monster contracts and the main story. There are also areas of the map that have question marks that you can explore which have bandits, monster pits, power sources, all of which could make your character better with abilities or gear. One of the big differences though is that areas don't really scale with you so there are areas you won't go into until you're at an appropriate level. Think of Witcher 3 as a more classic RPG where level, gear and abilities matter. As an aside, the different in movement speed is jarring. It'll take a little bit to get used to moving quickly after coming from RDR2's glacial movement.
  23. OldGimletEye

    dany and sansa

    Just wanted to say, that the idea of Dany getting 100 thousand Dothraki into Westeros by naval transport pretty much strikes me as nonsense. I'm not saying that D&D wouldn't write that into the script. They would, without thinking about the enormous logistical feat it would take to accomplish that. Accordingly, it's a bit hilariously funny that logistical issues are now a major plot point. Realistically, yes, logistical issues would be a big deal in the North , even if the number of Dothraki were substantially smaller.
  24. UnmaskedLurker

    [Book Spoilers] R+L=J, A+J=T and other theories on HBO V.4

    @Lord Varys-- I think perhaps the analogy to my point is that after having watched the show, reading the books will be like knowing the final score of a sporting event, and even knowing which players made the plays resulting in the scoring. But of course, knowing these facts about the sporting event is not the same as watching the event, even watching the event knowing these facts. Nevertheless, watching the event knowing these facts is not the same as watching the event without knowing these facts. Which is why some people try very hard not to find out the final score of a sporting event they recorded and want to watch later. I, on the other hand, often enjoy the event more if I know before watching that the team I am rooting for wins -- especially if the team wins big. But either way, watching the event knowing the final score is not the same as watching without know the final score. Knowing the final score, in most people's view, is the same as knowing the ending of the game -- not the same as watching the game from beginning to end -- but the same as knowing how the game ends.
  25. Error-504

    [Spoilers] E801 Discussion

    Does it matter who was talking at the moment? That line was clearly intended for everyone in attendance, not just Dany. Not to mention it was Sansa that started the ball rolling down that court. You can say that about most every character in GOT. And I do not thing you can draw any definite conclusions yet as to what type of ruler she might be. Let's not involve Jamie why? Because doing so makes your argument weak? The fact of the matter is, if Bran is willing to forgive Jamie, not doing so for Dany is hypocritical.
  26. JFC to this....... no one ever mentioned it. How dumb is that? Remind me, does jaime know Cersei is pregnant? He left her because she conspired with Euron without telling him correct? So that was bad enough to leave her, but blowing up the sept with the pope and hundreds of people inside was not bad enough for him right? No way he can logically explain this reasoning to the Northern Council--No. Fucking. Way.Can.He.Explain.This So my guess is that it wont even come up. Dany will grill Jaime abt killing her father and that will be the end of it because Brienne and Tyrion will vouche for him. And possibly the Hound, idfk yes this is so dumb it make me want to throw up. Dany killed 2 idiots who could have lived but chose to die out of [2 day old] loyalty to the pope-killer. So lets all boo her while every other idiot left alive on the show has killed A LOT more Westerosi than she has and they all walk away blameless.
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