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    Candescence got a reaction from Jovahexeon Ogilvie Maurice in Phantasy Star Online 2 finally coming outside of Japan   
    They'd also be picking a really bad time to release in the US without reworking how the F2P elements work, because of the anti-loot box bill on its way through Congress.
    Though, the licensing stuff isn't gonna be that much of an issue if the Phantasy Star Portable games managed to do it. I'm really just interested in the Fate cosmetics, and they made into the Portables just fine.
    Though, I'm wondering if there's gonna be JP account transfers or do we have to start all over again.
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    Candescence got a reaction from 8ther in The General 'Murican Politics Thread   
    So this probably is of most interest to a gaming-focused forum like this, so... The text of the anti-loot box bill proposed by Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) is available online. It is being co-sponsored by two Democrats.
    This could be tightened up just a little, but analysis so far basically confirms that this bill, if it passes, will basically kill loot boxes and pay-to-win microtransactions outright. The intent is to prevent exposure of loot boxes to kids, but in practice it'll force games with loot boxes to have an adults-only rating, which is a kiss of death for games outside of Steam these days - when push comes to shove, I expect that devs and pubs will junk loot boxes and P2W stuff rather than risk losing a big chunk of their audience. 
    If this passes, this will basically force a fuckton of games, especially most of the free-to-play market, to completely change their monetization strategies. Asia-only games will continue to have gacha and such until Japan follows the US' lead.
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    Candescence got a reaction from lbyrd2 in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    Yeah, it seems weirdly puzzling logic to try and push the Storybook games out of continuity with. I for one enjoyed the reference, and I do open it leaves the door open for additional opportunities, such as, well, revisiting the Storybook worlds.
    I would actually be down for Sonic seeking non-scientific solutions to the problem of the Zombot plague if Tails can't cure it in time, such as using the World Rings to empower a wish by Shahra or using the power of Excalibur's scabbard to purge the infection, and perhaps using the World Rings/Excalibur to combat Eggman with the Chaos Emeralds if needed. (And yes, Exalibur's scabbard is depicted as a corrupting influence in Black Knight, but that aspect is honestly out of step with the Arthurian mythos and the vast majority of depictions of the scabbard in general, and the titular Black Knight isn't the 'real' King Arthur anyway, so it's probably that said corruption is really just misuse of its power driven through temptation by unworthy individuals, since Excalibur and its scabbard was meant to be owned by the true Once and Future King, aka Sonic.)
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    Candescence got a reaction from Yuli Ban in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    What the... HE ACTUALLY REJECTED THIS?! This is perfect! It actually resembles an echidna while sorta resembling a Sonic character, but completely distances itself from looking like an 'echidna' in Sonic.
     
    If you excuse me, I need to send this link to Strife. If Ken ain't gonna use that echidna design, I bet Strife would for Freedom Planet, if the original artist lets him.
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    Candescence reacted to Celestia in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    Come on, the Rowling comparisons aren't fair at all.
    Penders was already like this long before she really started putting her foot in her mouth.
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    Candescence got a reaction from Polkadi~☆ in April Fools 2019   
    I don't think anyone can top this one.
    The best April Fools jokes for me are the ones that make you legitimately doubt if it's actually fake even when you know it is ahead of time. Like... This looks like an actual legit Splatoon mobile spin-off, even if there are small details that indicate lack of polish, mainly animations.
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    Candescence got a reaction from Emperor Robrainiac in April Fools 2019   
    I don't think anyone can top this one.
    The best April Fools jokes for me are the ones that make you legitimately doubt if it's actually fake even when you know it is ahead of time. Like... This looks like an actual legit Splatoon mobile spin-off, even if there are small details that indicate lack of polish, mainly animations.
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    Candescence got a reaction from Ryannumber1gamer in April Fools 2019   
    I don't think anyone can top this one.
    The best April Fools jokes for me are the ones that make you legitimately doubt if it's actually fake even when you know it is ahead of time. Like... This looks like an actual legit Splatoon mobile spin-off, even if there are small details that indicate lack of polish, mainly animations.
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    Candescence got a reaction from Forte-Metallix in April Fools 2019   
    I don't think anyone can top this one.
    The best April Fools jokes for me are the ones that make you legitimately doubt if it's actually fake even when you know it is ahead of time. Like... This looks like an actual legit Splatoon mobile spin-off, even if there are small details that indicate lack of polish, mainly animations.
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    Candescence got a reaction from Sonictrainer in April Fools 2019   
    I don't think anyone can top this one.
    The best April Fools jokes for me are the ones that make you legitimately doubt if it's actually fake even when you know it is ahead of time. Like... This looks like an actual legit Splatoon mobile spin-off, even if there are small details that indicate lack of polish, mainly animations.
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    Candescence got a reaction from SupahBerry in Five Nights at Freddy's - Help Wanted in Virtual Reality   
    To be fair, the owner posted on Reddit and he was a very good sport about it and was flattered. It wasn't Scott's fault, though, in any case.
     
    In any case, though, it's nice to finally have an official FNAF game with real-time 3D visuals.
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    Candescence got a reaction from DreamSaturn in The General 'Murican Politics Thread   
    I don't believe in the 'bootstraps' myth or the 'dignity of work', especially since automation is increasingly going to eliminate many jobs. In the cases of many people, getting out of poverty is simply not achievable without outside assistance. Over time, the threshold for being able to even get a job is going to get higher as automation becomes more common, and suddenly not everyone will be able to get fancy degrees or even be able to survive through college/university. It isn't helped by the fact that unionism in the US is in a horrifyingly bad state thanks to the demonisation of unions by the right-wing and union-killing laws, which reduce wage growth and working conditions.
    Economics requires the vast majority of the population to work right now, but that's going to change. Ultimately, to avoid a violent revolution, policymakers will have to think about how capitalism will have to change to accommodate the rise of automation and an increasing class of people who simply can't get a high-skilled job not taken by robots. And, well, that will likely involve taxing the rich who own the robots.
    Still, even a universal income isn't going to stop the vast majority of people from working. Humans are greedy, we want more shit and fancier shit. And, well, some people just straight up enjoy their work. But universal income will also free up a lot of people to do things that aren't stable income-wise, like art or writing, or more 'charitable' work (such as actual charities and stuff like wildlife rescue centres). And ultimately, the goal of society should be a system where everyone doesn't have to work, and ideally people should be able to do work they want to do.
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    Candescence got a reaction from KHCast in The General 'Murican Politics Thread   
    I don't believe in the 'bootstraps' myth or the 'dignity of work', especially since automation is increasingly going to eliminate many jobs. In the cases of many people, getting out of poverty is simply not achievable without outside assistance. Over time, the threshold for being able to even get a job is going to get higher as automation becomes more common, and suddenly not everyone will be able to get fancy degrees or even be able to survive through college/university. It isn't helped by the fact that unionism in the US is in a horrifyingly bad state thanks to the demonisation of unions by the right-wing and union-killing laws, which reduce wage growth and working conditions.
    Economics requires the vast majority of the population to work right now, but that's going to change. Ultimately, to avoid a violent revolution, policymakers will have to think about how capitalism will have to change to accommodate the rise of automation and an increasing class of people who simply can't get a high-skilled job not taken by robots. And, well, that will likely involve taxing the rich who own the robots.
    Still, even a universal income isn't going to stop the vast majority of people from working. Humans are greedy, we want more shit and fancier shit. And, well, some people just straight up enjoy their work. But universal income will also free up a lot of people to do things that aren't stable income-wise, like art or writing, or more 'charitable' work (such as actual charities and stuff like wildlife rescue centres). And ultimately, the goal of society should be a system where everyone doesn't have to work, and ideally people should be able to do work they want to do.
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    Candescence got a reaction from Legosi (Tani Coyote) in The General 'Murican Politics Thread   
    I don't believe in the 'bootstraps' myth or the 'dignity of work', especially since automation is increasingly going to eliminate many jobs. In the cases of many people, getting out of poverty is simply not achievable without outside assistance. Over time, the threshold for being able to even get a job is going to get higher as automation becomes more common, and suddenly not everyone will be able to get fancy degrees or even be able to survive through college/university. It isn't helped by the fact that unionism in the US is in a horrifyingly bad state thanks to the demonisation of unions by the right-wing and union-killing laws, which reduce wage growth and working conditions.
    Economics requires the vast majority of the population to work right now, but that's going to change. Ultimately, to avoid a violent revolution, policymakers will have to think about how capitalism will have to change to accommodate the rise of automation and an increasing class of people who simply can't get a high-skilled job not taken by robots. And, well, that will likely involve taxing the rich who own the robots.
    Still, even a universal income isn't going to stop the vast majority of people from working. Humans are greedy, we want more shit and fancier shit. And, well, some people just straight up enjoy their work. But universal income will also free up a lot of people to do things that aren't stable income-wise, like art or writing, or more 'charitable' work (such as actual charities and stuff like wildlife rescue centres). And ultimately, the goal of society should be a system where everyone doesn't have to work, and ideally people should be able to do work they want to do.
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    Candescence got a reaction from SupahBerry in Nintendo Direct Megathread   
    I have only one thing to say in reaction to seeing the contents of this direct.
     
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    Candescence got a reaction from 8ther in The General 'Murican Politics Thread   
    Don't. Seriously, just... Don't get your hopes up.
    A third party isn't happening unless the US electoral system is changed to preference voting or proportional. The current system makes it basically impossible for third parties to gain any kind of clout outside of highly unusual circumstances.
    The last time a third party gained any kind of clout was when Teddy Roosevelt split from the Republicans and ran for president under a third party banner, and even then he didn't win, but he was popular enough to get second place and more votes than the Republican nominee, Willam Howard Taft. But again, those was significantly unusual circumstances, spearheaded by a former US president who was very popular, but even then it shows how third parties can be a problem for one side of the political spectrum, as the Republican vote was split and allowed the Democrats to win.
    Just vote for the party you prefer and advocate for electoral reform. You have a democratic duty to vote, don't waste it.
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    Candescence got a reaction from 8ther in The General 'Murican Politics Thread   
    So, about the Wohl/Burkman dumbass conspiracy... It gets dumber and even more hilarious.
     
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    Candescence got a reaction from Patticus in The General 'Murican Politics Thread   
    So, about the Wohl/Burkman dumbass conspiracy... It gets dumber and even more hilarious.
     
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    Candescence got a reaction from lbyrd2 in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - PLEASE SPOILER TAG LEAKS   
    I don't know why you're whining about Sakurai when it's been stated that his team's hands are tied with basically doing more with Sonic due to Sega.
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    Candescence got a reaction from lbyrd2 in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - PLEASE SPOILER TAG LEAKS   
    Good lord, the salt is real.
    The final fighter reveals could've been a lot better, frankly, but all things considered, it's obvious the focus has been on adjusting the existing cast, and polishing the game in general more than just adding more numbers to the roster.
    That being said, it's an enormous relief that the single-player content is now significantly more substantial than Smash 4. I doubt they'll drop Event Mode as its own thing, but Spirit battles is a cool alternate take on that, with potentially hundreds of unique scenarios, and it looks a lot less grindy to acquire customisation stuff than Smash 4's equips. Also, World of Light looks enormous, and I do hope there is at least unlockable scenes, since there doesn't seem to be a standard story-driven progression, but it looks a lot more fleshed out in terms of gameplay than any other adventure mode before it (people forget that while Melee's adventure mode was neat it had only had a couple properly fleshed out platforming stages, and Subspace's environments and enemies were kinda bleh).
    Trophies being gone sucks, but I'm not surprised. The increasingly escalating number of trophies is just way too much high-quality modelling work for one game.
     
    In Ultimate, every stage shares its music with every other stage based on the same series.
    But apparently there's not gonna be much of a boost in terms of Sonic tracks or new Sonic content in general because apparently either Sega is being even more of a stubborn jackass than Konami (Metal Gear is also getting new remixes) or there's still a bunch of idiotic legal problems involved with Sonic and his music stuff, according to what we've heard on the issue from Sakurai. So, blame Sega.
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    Candescence got a reaction from FFWF in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - PLEASE SPOILER TAG LEAKS   
    Good lord, the salt is real.
    The final fighter reveals could've been a lot better, frankly, but all things considered, it's obvious the focus has been on adjusting the existing cast, and polishing the game in general more than just adding more numbers to the roster.
    That being said, it's an enormous relief that the single-player content is now significantly more substantial than Smash 4. I doubt they'll drop Event Mode as its own thing, but Spirit battles is a cool alternate take on that, with potentially hundreds of unique scenarios, and it looks a lot less grindy to acquire customisation stuff than Smash 4's equips. Also, World of Light looks enormous, and I do hope there is at least unlockable scenes, since there doesn't seem to be a standard story-driven progression, but it looks a lot more fleshed out in terms of gameplay than any other adventure mode before it (people forget that while Melee's adventure mode was neat it had only had a couple properly fleshed out platforming stages, and Subspace's environments and enemies were kinda bleh).
    Trophies being gone sucks, but I'm not surprised. The increasingly escalating number of trophies is just way too much high-quality modelling work for one game.
     
    In Ultimate, every stage shares its music with every other stage based on the same series.
    But apparently there's not gonna be much of a boost in terms of Sonic tracks or new Sonic content in general because apparently either Sega is being even more of a stubborn jackass than Konami (Metal Gear is also getting new remixes) or there's still a bunch of idiotic legal problems involved with Sonic and his music stuff, according to what we've heard on the issue from Sakurai. So, blame Sega.
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    Candescence got a reaction from Sonictrainer in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - PLEASE SPOILER TAG LEAKS   
    I don't know why you're whining about Sakurai when it's been stated that his team's hands are tied with basically doing more with Sonic due to Sega.
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    Candescence got a reaction from Sonictrainer in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - PLEASE SPOILER TAG LEAKS   
    Good lord, the salt is real.
    The final fighter reveals could've been a lot better, frankly, but all things considered, it's obvious the focus has been on adjusting the existing cast, and polishing the game in general more than just adding more numbers to the roster.
    That being said, it's an enormous relief that the single-player content is now significantly more substantial than Smash 4. I doubt they'll drop Event Mode as its own thing, but Spirit battles is a cool alternate take on that, with potentially hundreds of unique scenarios, and it looks a lot less grindy to acquire customisation stuff than Smash 4's equips. Also, World of Light looks enormous, and I do hope there is at least unlockable scenes, since there doesn't seem to be a standard story-driven progression, but it looks a lot more fleshed out in terms of gameplay than any other adventure mode before it (people forget that while Melee's adventure mode was neat it had only had a couple properly fleshed out platforming stages, and Subspace's environments and enemies were kinda bleh).
    Trophies being gone sucks, but I'm not surprised. The increasingly escalating number of trophies is just way too much high-quality modelling work for one game.
     
    In Ultimate, every stage shares its music with every other stage based on the same series.
    But apparently there's not gonna be much of a boost in terms of Sonic tracks or new Sonic content in general because apparently either Sega is being even more of a stubborn jackass than Konami (Metal Gear is also getting new remixes) or there's still a bunch of idiotic legal problems involved with Sonic and his music stuff, according to what we've heard on the issue from Sakurai. So, blame Sega.
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    Candescence got a reaction from Johnny Boy in The General 'Murican Politics Thread   
    Still, Pelosi is a very competent whip, there's no dispute about that. 
    Meanwhile, there's plot to maybe frame Robert Mueller for sex crimes that may actually be a fake plot designed to discredit the "mainstream media" and the #MeeToo movement? And it involves a woman who apparently doesn't exist being contacted by a shady 'intelligence agency' that also doesn't exist?
    If that sounds confusing or just stupid, well, it's both. It's an extraordinarily idiotic plan devised by Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman:
     
    Basically, it's a plot that is so poorly set up that "amateur hour" is an insult to amateurs. It makes a very poor assumption that the media won't do their homework and actually try to make sure that the material they receive is actually legitimate. It also opens Wohl and Burkman up to multiple charges including obstruction of justice. I've been following the thread on ResetERA, and the whole saga is a fucking hilarious comedy of errors.
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    Candescence got a reaction from tailsBOOM! in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - PLEASE SPOILER TAG LEAKS   
    I don't know why you're whining about Sakurai when it's been stated that his team's hands are tied with basically doing more with Sonic due to Sega.
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