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JezMM

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    JezMM got a reaction from Monkey Destruction Switch in Chamomile   
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    JezMM got a reaction from Monkey Destruction Switch in Chamomile   
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    JezMM got a reaction from Monkey Destruction Switch in Chamomile   
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    JezMM got a reaction from Monkey Destruction Switch in Chamomile   
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    JezMM got a reaction from Monkey Destruction Switch in Chamomile   
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    JezMM got a reaction from Blue Blood in Sonic Mania Music Loops   
    You can more or less tell by using the official soundtrack release as a guideline, where every track gets at least 2 full loops before ending or fading out.  If it sounds like the song has reached a loop and the progress bar is about to hit the halfway point on the running time, it means there's no second variation.  If you're only about a quarter of the way through when that happens, it means the first loop isn't really done yet - there's about to be a repeated section with some reworking done, as you described for Flying Battery, before the loop of the Mania version is over.
     
    Having said all of that, off the top of my head, I'm fairly sure Green Hill Act 2 is the only song other than Flying Battery Act 2 that goes for this.  Only about 80% sure on that but yeah.
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    JezMM reacted to Dr. Mechano in Cancel Culture Needs to Stop   
    None of your examples are "cancel culture," is the thing.
    A company choosing to change its own products of its own volition - even if it is for the purpose of adapting to changing worldviews - isn't being "cancelled." It's just redesigning or - in Pepe's case - retiring a character.
    I do think "cancelling" can be a serious issue when it applies to real people, but I also want to be clear that I don't think rightly criticizing someone for their words and actions is "cancel culture" in and of itself. I'm referring more to digging up decade-old posts that espouse views that these people may not even hold anymore for the purpose of tearing them down. That's not good, and it certainly doesn't help anyone. I'd happily agree that this sort of "cancel culture" is bad.
    So yes. I think something you could call "cancel culture" exists and is a problem. But I also think the term is ridiculously overused to deflect criticism in general, and is even applied to things that are so far removed from the very concept of "cancelling" - like this example of a private company changing aspects of its own brand - that the term is quickly losing all meaning.
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    JezMM reacted to Diogenes in Cancel Culture Needs to Stop   
    Oh no, how can society possibly survive when Sexual Harassment Skunk is under attack?
    There are some actual problems with bad faith "cancelling", harassment, digging up of old issues, what it takes for someone to make things right after they've done something shit, that are worth discussing, but "rapey cartoon skunk is being retired" and "bunny girl has less tiddy" are not serious issues to be concerned with. I mean you want to talk about people looking for reasons to get offended and outraged, just look at the guys who are real mad about the cartoon rabbit in a children's movie not being sexy enough.
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    JezMM got a reaction from Syntax Speedway in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - PLEASE SPOILER TAG LEAKS   
    I wouldn't automatically say the doors are open, it's notable that all the Advent Children tracks were directly remixes of music that originated from Final Fantasy 7 rather than original songs.
    If anything, to my memory, the only time Smash has ever featured original music from a non-video game entry in a series, was when they included the two versions of Ai No Uta in Brawl for the Pikmin stage (and hey that French version was really nice, it's a shame it was so short).
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    JezMM got a reaction from Supah Berry in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - PLEASE SPOILER TAG LEAKS   
    I wouldn't automatically say the doors are open, it's notable that all the Advent Children tracks were directly remixes of music that originated from Final Fantasy 7 rather than original songs.
    If anything, to my memory, the only time Smash has ever featured original music from a non-video game entry in a series, was when they included the two versions of Ai No Uta in Brawl for the Pikmin stage (and hey that French version was really nice, it's a shame it was so short).
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    JezMM got a reaction from Monkey Destruction Switch in Chamomile   
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    JezMM got a reaction from Syntax Speedway in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - PLEASE SPOILER TAG LEAKS   
    Deadly Six would've probably been a spirit if Lost World had still been the most recent game, but, well, Forces was, so yeah.
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    JezMM got a reaction from Monkey Destruction Switch in Chamomile   
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    Oh... and a bonus thing I made this week too:

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    JezMM got a reaction from Monkey Destruction Switch in Chamomile   
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    JezMM got a reaction from Ryannumber1gamer in Chamomile   
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    JezMM reacted to Wraith in Favourite video game stories?   
    Majora's Mask. spoiled cause I accidentally rambled a lot and I think you should play it(and OOT)

     
     
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    JezMM got a reaction from SgtBloxx in Chamomile   
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    Oh... and a bonus thing I made this week too:

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    JezMM got a reaction from Vee-Skies in Chamomile   
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    Oh... and a bonus thing I made this week too:

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    JezMM got a reaction from Natie in Balan Wonderworld (Yuji Naka + Square Enix)   
    With still nary a professional review in sight, dummy accounts that have never reviewed any other game are giving Balan 10/10 reviews on Metacritic in a flagrant attempt from Square (I'd hope not the devs themselves) to get any more sales they can in this rapidly-decreasing window of time:
    https://www.metacritic.com/game/playstation-4/balan-wonderworld/user-reviews

    This is just getting sad now.
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    JezMM got a reaction from RadicalLaRuby in Balan Wonderworld (Yuji Naka + Square Enix)   
    I apologise for phrasing that so concretely, naturally there's no confirmation that the Metacritic thing is being done by anyone involved in the production of the game, when I said it was flagrantly Square that was just me stating a personal assumption.
    But it's just SO suspect that not a single one of them is an established account with reviews for other games too.  There is a chance that they're just hyper-defensive fans, but the fact that they're all so Engrish-laden too MASSIVELY stinks of fakery to me.  Oh, and finally, all the account names are vaguely-name-resembling gibberish, not a single one of them tells the tale of belonging to a real person with a username influnced by personality or interests.
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    JezMM got a reaction from Syntax Speedway in Balan Wonderworld (Yuji Naka + Square Enix)   
    Even as someone who doesn't care about NiGHTS that much (finally played the original recently and it didn't live up to the hype at all), I don't think it's unreasonable to be disappointed that it isn't in some way a spiritual successor.
    The designs and main character are SO evocative of NiGHTS in the same way that Yooka-Laylee, Mighty No. 9 and Bloodstained evoke Banjo-Kazooie, Mega Man and Castlevania respectively.  Yes, just because those games were intentionally spiritual successors, it doesn't mean Balan has to be. Judging it in a vacuum, Balan can be whatever it wants to be... Except... it's not in a vacuum.  It's being judged by humans who have the wider context of gaming to consider it in.
    So, either it was a conscious decision to make it NiGHTS-esque and we're kidding ourselves if we expect people to see that and not hope for a NiGHTS successor.  Or it was coincidental that the same people that came up with NiGHTS wanted to do the same sort of thing again but not quite and THEY were kidding themselves that people wouldn't react hoping for a NiGHTS successor.
     
    I mean, wanting it to be NiGHTS or not doesn't really change much when the game is crap either way, but I dunno, I feel that angle of disappointment is defensible.
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