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  2. Fortnite

    If you'll be playing on console, take any payment options off your account first. via Kotaku's article on rampant account hacking (emphasis mine): " “Epic Games doesn’t require a pin or a back code to do payments,” John explained. “When you do an online payment, they [other places] at least ask for the log-in details of your PayPal or any info. . .”. To make a purchase in Fortnite, a player just clicks on what they want and hits “Purchase.” That takes them to a screen displaying redacted PayPal account information where they can review and place the order. Then, buying is as easy as clicking “Place Order.” All the information is saved. A few weeks ago, Epic Games added in 2-factor authentication, and yet, the attacks are still ongoing." so while I do not think someone is going to hack your account to spend money, it seems phenomenally easy for, say, a child to absentmindedly rack up $100s in non-refundable purchases for a game you don't play. If they're playing on console, and they already have a separate profile, you oughta be good, but maybe double check anyways. Either way, figured that's a good thing to know going in.

    Really the bummer is that they announced this on a tuesday. My condolences to everyone who has to wrestle tonight in the middle of the Non-Stop Yes Chant.

    WARHAMMER VERMINTIDE 2 [no rating, refunded] I did one mission with friends. One asked me "What do you think." I said "The combat is a little samey." They said "yup." In a year where Monster Hunter World didn't come out, this game might have stood a chance with me. HEROES OF HAMMERWATCH [no rating, refunded] hey remember hammerwatch well what if get money build town watch more hammers MARIO & LUIGI REMAKE [3] Bought this after quitting DQ8. I've been meaning to replay this game for years, and I'm loving large parts of it, but they made a confounding choice with the controls. See, in the original, the way the game worked was that Left Trigger cycled between Luigi's actions, and Right Trigger cycled between Mario's. The start button toggled who was in front. In this game, for no real reason, they've changed how that works entirely: there's now a set menu of available actions that you cycle through with left and right trigger. Or, you can cycle with the touch screen, but if you do that you lose the map functionality (that's actually really useful since the map screens are not logical distances apart). This is infuriating to me. Everything else is as good as I remember. MURI [3] This game will appeal to a VERY limited audience. It is an attempt to make a super accurate MS-DOS era, VGA graphics, onboard speaker sound platformer. It is pretty good at accomplishing this. I like playing it just because of how like hypnotic it is to me and my own memories, but I don't know if I'd recommend it if you never dabbled with that kind of platformer back in the day, because it's not like it's great. And even if you REALLY WANTED to play something in this style, I'd recommend Kero Blaster (same basic goal but made by the Cave Story guy) before I'd recommend this.
  5. Best North American in ring performers of last 20 years

    if you didn't name drop someone else right before you came on here, I would swear you are hoardak

    Was reminded of this a few days ago. I think Talking Heads might be the Kings of Superior Live Versions

    This has been a bad few days for me and games. I beat Monster Hunter World's story, and was like ready for the quest up to the end of the ranking system, but what the game did instead was just instantly promote me from rank 14 to 29. Like, I put in 130 hours of work climbing from 1 to 14, and so when I unceremoniously jumped to twice that rank it felt like they'd just made their own in game number meaningless. Instead there was just a bar next to Rank 29 to signify the new grind ahead. It's a tremendous misstep and it's kind of taken the wind out of my sales. I quit Dragon Quest 8. The last boss I fought was a corny (probably white) dude voicing a mole making non-stop James Brown jokes. When I beat him, I won a boat. The boat moves extremely slow. The ocean is full of enemies that one-shot my casters. So I would have to restart my progress over and over when one of them died, in my slow fucking boat, attempting to cross the ocean. I closed my 3DS. The battery died overnight. My last save is front of the mole. I'm fuckin' good. That makes three Dragon Quest games I've quit in my process of playing all of them- 2, 8, and 9.
  8. Random music thoughts

    i dunno rtj2 is pretty much wall to wall bad tracks
  9. Random music thoughts

    Even if you try to have that conversation, the thing about hip-hop is that there's so much just amazing stuff left obscured on tapes you may never find. Like, think about the old Memphis scene- the biggest names to come from that are probably Three 6 Mafia, but like you can put on a Tommy Wright III record like Feel Me Till They Kill Me and he's amazing and unsung, AND it'll be covered in killer verses from people you've never heard of. So if Tommy Wright III is obscure, the rabbit hole he makes with those guest verses is like the French catacombs. It's a unique problem in hip-hop, although "too much good" is a good problem to have. Although I'll say that the other thing that makes hip-hop interesting is that there's a few answers for best MC that are like instant qualifiers for how much you may not want to talk to someone about things. One of my friends has some of the most boring rap opinions because the pinnacle of it to him is Kool G Rap. And that's not talking shit on Kool G Rap- he's clearly a master- but it's the same thing as a guy saying the last album he bought was a Joe Satriani record. I could name other names like this but I'd just come off as bitter. All the rappers I'd float for best active right now are people I've been screaming about on here for years to no avail- milo, Wiki, Earl Sweatshirt, KRIT, etc. Once I get through her back catalog I'm probably gonna end up adding Jean Grae to that. I know that the consensus is probably Kendrick, but like Kendrick is all spectacle to me. When his album drops it feels enormous. About a month later I'm good with never hearing it again. My west coast sound affinity kept TPAB in rotation longer than the others, but otherwise that's what it's been. Producers is probably an easier question, because there's a few big names that actually have the depth in their catalog to make the case (Dilla, Kanye, etc) and then like there's one layer underneath that that's like the gatekeepers to underground shit (your Alchemists and Madlibs and what have you) and you could reasonably make a case for anyone at that level. I think Black Milk's at that level with Alchemist and the only thing that would keep people from saying otherwise is just raw ignorance.
  10. "I can't believe you like this" BATTLE

    I'm sure most of you have some song or singer that if you put it on near Anyone You Know, they look at you like you are a poor quality body double. This thread is for those artists, whoever they may be. FUN FACT: this whole record is an answer I would accept for "what is the best album of this decade"

    It is definitely possible that I am extremely impatient. Also I'm using the cart, so, maybe it's not so bad if you download it. but like if the game had long load times AND let me just throw angelo into the ocean and leave him there forever, then hey I'd be alright

    I am REALLY struggling with Dragon Quest 8. PROS -They establish a villain immediately, which is something that the other games have been inconsistent about. 6 in particular is awful about it, not even showing you the Big Bad until the final boss fight. In DQ8 you see him pretty much immediately, and he's immediately doing awful contemptable shit. -The first characters they introduce- Yangus and King Trode- are classic. I want to hang out with Yangus. I want to help King Trode and Madea. -The first four towns have the Episodic Feel that other games were fantastic for, because it gives you goals and natural points at which to stop. CONS -Everything about how this game treats Jessica bothers me. The first party member I picked up after her can't stop trying to get with her. The first large armor upgrade I got for her put her in even skimpier clothes than her default outfit which is like Classic Anime "How Are Your Boobs Not Out" attire. She is SEVENTEEN. Fuck's sake, man. Like, I'm playing Bayonetta at the same time as this, and DQ8 makes me WAY more uncomfortable. I figure it's because Bayonetta is out there being like "HEY LOOK IT'S GENDER PERFORMANCE WOOHOO" and Dragon Quest is taking time out of being a broad charming fantasy to be all AROOOOOGAAA over the teenager. -Related to the previous con: I want to throw Angelo against the ground until his body parts fly off like a cheap GI Joe. I deeply resent that I cannot just automatically waste Angelo and still have a chance in the dungeons. I am mercifully playing it on 3DS where I know for a fact I will get other party members later. I'm not sure I'm going to make it. Angelo is the worst party member in any Dragon Quest game. -Speaking of the 3DS version, load times. They're not bad, but the problem is it's the same length load between everything. So going from city to open world is really fast. Good! Going from touching an enemy to a fight takes about five whole seconds of totally blank screen. Bad! -The levelling system is just the worst. It was the thing I hated most about playing 9, and while it's not as amazingly cruel as 9, all that means is that I'm looking at that menu twice as often and it's still boring to think about. -this is a minor gripe comparatively but it's what compelled me to write all this- having a boss who's gimmick is Lots Of Critical Hits while half your party has under 100 HP is a real fucked up thing to do. I'm not even 10 hours in and I'm really weighing giving up. The idea that people think this is the high point of the DQ games blows my mind.

    stand on the apron for like twenty (in-game) minutes and then put a submission on the guy who has taken the most damage
  14. The Podcast Thread

    Hi! I have a podcast now. Here's the summary: Two of my friends have been intentionally divebombing a netflix account for years to see how bad they can make the recommended queue. When one of them asked me how to record a podcast, I said I would do it for them as long as he funded my next home studio upgrade. This netflix account is named Bob. When its time to watch a bad movie, we dial Bob for bad. http://www.dialbob.com We record two kinds of episodes: some are just us bantering about San Diego and this leatherbound quote book we found in a crate and other things that amuse us. The other episodes are commentary tracks over the bad movies Bob picks for us. New episodes go up on some Saturdays so if yr plans fall apart, you'll always be able to hang out with us at least.
  15. Random music thoughts

    this is maybe not going to be the most controversial thing I ever say (at least to other nearby pseudo-heads) but I tend to think that at his best Black Milk is one of the best beatmakers to ever do it. There's maybe a batting average problem in the past but fukin whatever because he put out a new record last week called FEVER that is just track after track of heavy beauty. The good news is, if you don't believe me and don't have money to spare, the whole record is uploaded as a youtube playlist. If you need convincing, here's how it starts.