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  1. 16 points
    The interview was an absolute success! They were really impressed with my portfolio. As reward... gonna see Captain Marvel again!
  2. 14 points
    I don't usually draw real life portraits. I thought I'd give this one a try. Um...it's supposed to be Stan Lee.
  3. 14 points
    Diogenes

    Are we in a new dark era?

    Maybe you should because, uh...maybe Lost Levels aside those are all good games? SMB2 US is weird but it's still a solid game that ended up adding quite a bit to the Mario universe, the NSMB games got kinda samey but they were all fairly solid and fun games, and Galaxy 2 is great. I'm not saying Mario has an entirely flawless record, but I'd struggle to call any Mario platformer bad, and he's certainly not had anything on the level of Sonic's biggest failures.
  4. 13 points
    You want to know why Sonic and Shadow don't just kill Eggman? This is why. I'm not even going to fucking entertain this topic's existence. I'm thinking this series is genuinely not for you, so please stop talking about this crap here.
  5. 13 points
    Diogenes

    Sonic Forces Anniversary~

    Ah, Forces. A game that failed to meet even my rock-bottom expectations. I was turned off from the very first teaser, and everything revealed after only confirmed or exceeded my worries. Modern Sonic's gameplay is a mess. The boost gameplay has managed to get even worse, with levels being shorter, more linear, and more automated than they've ever been. I've argued for years that it's a rotten style that we desperately need to replace, but I'm still shocked at how far it's fallen; I could at least understand some of the appeal when it was big, fast, and flashy, but now it's just completely rotted out. Classic Sonic continues to prove that "classic" is just a cheap gimmick in Sonic Team's eyes. There's literally no reason for him to be here other than Sonic Team being able to say "hey look Classic Sonic is here! From Generations! And those other games you like!". The closest thing to a narrative justification for his inclusion is that he cheers up Tails, but this amounts to him showing up, being a Sonic, and this apparently cures Tails' depression instantly. And his gameplay is, of course, still trash. They've apparently tweaked some values since Generations, but they still haven't bothered to figure out how classic Sonic gameplay actually works nor do they have the guts to genuinely try to come up with their own take on classic Sonic, so it's basically the same broken mess again. The Avatar character maybe manages to be the least awful of the three styles, but that's no compliment. As a player-created character the customization options are pretty weak, with the focus largely on unlockable clothes and accessories that tend to result in characters that look overdesigned and out of place, while options that more properly define a Sonic character's design like species, hair, and color patterns are disappointingly limited. Their gameplay is little more than a stripped down version of Modern Sonic's; swap the homing attack for a no-less-automated grappling hook and the boost for one of a few wispons to chew through excessively large hordes of passive enemies and that's about it. The wispons are largely interchangeable as weapons, and the wisp powers associated with them are a crapshoot; some are decent, some are bad, and if you choose the wrong wispon for a level, well, you get nothing, sucks to be you. And of course the tag-team gameplay fixes nothing with either character. And the story is no better. It's an absolute waste of the "Eggman wins" concept, an idea that you can only really try once; instead of getting a world that actually feels like Eggman has taken over, he gets pushed entirely into the background in favor of the dull and unfitting "war" theme and the complete non-entity that is Infinite. And that guy, fuck me is he bad. Nothing more than the most generic edgelord villain personality combined with a power that could have interesting uses but in practice is only ever used as brute force. We don't even get anything close to a proper motivation until Shadow's campaign, and the answer still doesn't make any goddamn sense. They couldn't come up with even one interesting idea to do with this guy; he shows up, he's evil, he beats you, you beat him, he dies, the end. Not that anyone else is much better, of course; Eggman, again, is pushed entirely into the background, Modern Sonic just does the usual Sonic heroing thing with his early defeat never actually meaning anything, Classic does nothing, anything interesting with Tails ends as soon as it begins, the copy villains are a narrative bust, and most of the resistance just stands around talking at you the whole time. The Avatar is the closest to having any kind of actual story arc, and that just amounts to "I'm scared and I suck but I'm gonna try hard and Sonic believes in me so now I'm strong!". Except it doesn't even land since you can already do crazy grapple hook flips and take out tons of enemies from the first level and the only indication that he's not already basically a superhero is that he stumbles in one QTE. It's just, like...everything is bad. It's not an utterly broken game like '06 or RoL, but from start to finish every choice they made was the wrong one. I can only hope that Sonic Team's learning the right lessons from this and from Mania, but given they made this mess in the first place, I don't have much faith in them figuring it out.
  6. 11 points
    Scored an interview for the University I applied for! Things are looking bright!
  7. 11 points
    The copyright giants... ARE VANQUISHED, THE INFINITY WAR REVIEW HAS DROPPED.
  8. 10 points
    You crack me up, little buddy!
  9. 10 points
    3rd Day in without a Cigarette. Feeling it a bit this morning I gotta admit.
  10. 10 points
    I tried out 3D modelling! Naturally, I had to make Sentinel Sonic.
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    • DreamSaturn

      I continue to be baffled by Sega's decision to include Denuvo in TSR.
      · 0 replies
    • Dr. Mechano

      ...did they ever say why Zavok was working for Eggman in TSR?
      · 0 replies
    • Eurisko

      Amazon still has't shipped my TSR yet. Anyone else in the same boat?
      · 4 replies
    • Sonic Fan J

      A thought I've found myself having of late is that I'm kind of growing tired of conflict in stories without reward or where the characters just suffer only to die in the end (no, this isn't a GoT post as I neither watch or read the books). It's kind of a more nuanced feeling than that though and kind of hard to explain.
      As an example, I think it has to do a lot with my state of mind sometimes such as when I watched Madoka Magika my own depression really allowed that show to resonate with me so much. Yet my favorite character met a horrible end and for as much as I enjoyed eth rest of the series their death and the emotions surrounding it just left me feeling empty. Even when everything wrapped up and they got a little more closure it was more painful to see them continue to lose everything despite their good intentions even if they could be awfully selfish. It was part of what I enjoyed about seeing the Rebellion movie as it gave them some life and joy back but then it just had to have that ending which also sucked. But even then my depression at the time that I watched it in a world where everyone was all sunshine and rainbows was a breath of fresh air where I could escape my emotions by seeing others faced theirs. Since then though I've just found myself growing tired and negativity s everywhere.
      It doesn't matter if it's in fiction, be it videogames, movies or what not, or in real life or online. Everywhere I look right now is constant negativity and the need to attack everyone else for feeling differently bar those hollow worded positivity posts that I always see popping up everywhere. It's just getting overwhelming and so when I do retreat to entertainment to just feel better by being entertained the constant suffering in fiction as well with no resolution that feels earned and rewarding just makes even trying to entertain myself feel like a hollow pursuit. 
      I remember when the stories I used to be exposed to would start off lightly and full of joy until the protagonist was challenged with growing stakes along the way where there were frequent celebrations of victory along the way. Even at the darkest of those times when the stakes were at the most dire success brought back the joy from the beginning and it was cathartic to see victory achieved because you went through so many ups and downs with the characters that their victory meant so much to you as well as them. But stories don't feel like that to me anymore. Just out of anime that are being simulcast this spring every victory is tempered with a humbling bitterness about how little was achieved and the weight that the characters are still carrying. Most notably Kimetsu no Yaiba's latest episode should have had a pretty awesome sense of victory but it just felt hollow and empty as nothing notable was achieved before the story ran headlong into further overwhelming the protagonist and making things even worse for him. And it's not a pacing problem either. It just seems to be how stories are evolving and I don't know if I enjoy that anymore. Victory feeling worthless and conflict being constant just starts to leave you asking why and when depression is your constant companion waiting for the chance to make your life miserable that question being in your entertainment is a very disheartening experience.
      Anyway, I've ranted long enough and have to get back to my own writing where I'm probably falling into the traps I'm complaining about.
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    • Jovahexeon Ogilvie Maurice

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      It's likely fake, but do be on the look out at E3 to see if Grookey's final evolution really is called Baboom.
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