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  1. I hope I can get the hang of this language one day. It's a tough one to learn.


    1. FriendBot


      Sacre noot!

    2. Dr. Crusher

      Dr. Crusher

      I can get that part down no problem, that one's easy.

      But when I try to say anything else in French Accented Penguinese, all I do is sound Welsh. =(

    3. FriendBot


    4. Nepenthe
    5. Dr. Crusher
    6. Kiah


      Too complicated for me. French is challenging enough on its own for me ;) 

      @sansy I see what you did there and I like it. I'm very tempted to start saying "biblinootque" instead of bibliothèque :P 

    7. Dr. Crusher

      Dr. Crusher

      It took me longer than it should have to spot the joke in blblinootque.

      So I guess I was all like:


  2. So Luigi's had a spinoff... Peach has had a spinoff... Toad... Wario... Yoshi... Donkey Kong... they've all had spinoffs... That leaves the most important one of all. You'd think they would have made one for him sooner, given how popular he is.

    I hope they're taking their time with Big Bob-Omb's Banging Birthday Bash.

    1. Forte-Metallix


      I don't have high hopes for that game, unfortunately. 

      It looks like it's gonna bomb.

    2. Dejimon11
  3. Sheev and Snoke sounds like a comedy duo.

    1. Klinsy


      Sheev and Snoke go up in Smoke.

    2. Dr. Crusher

      Dr. Crusher

      They went downhill when they went Solo.

    3. Jack / Joker

      Jack / Joker

      Eh, I found their dynamic pretty forced.

    4. Dr. Crusher

      Dr. Crusher

      It did sound like a bit of mindless Bibble at times. I heard they were a bunch of Sleazebagganos off-stage as well.

  4. Something's not right here, but I can't put my finger on what it is.


    1. Klinsy


      Yeah, that's clearly a Cadence account.

    2. Celestia


      I should've left it like that for the rest of the day. Hell, that's what I should have done in the first place, without the name change. Alas...

  5. By the end of the week, I'll have probably seen literally 502 Bad Gateways.

    1. Spееdy


      Yeah, me too =) Even in personal user's signatures for some odd reason...

    2. Blacklightning
    3. Dr. Crusher

      Dr. Crusher

      502 Bad Gateway Simulator 2016

    4. LovieHats


      Maybe this is an April Fools joke

    5. Dr. Crusher

      Dr. Crusher

      Maybe the joke itself went through a 502 Bad Gateway.

      Which is why it started in March.

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    I think I've been spending too much time with Mario 64 parallel universes on the brain. I laughed at this way more than I should have.

    1. Dr. Crusher

      Dr. Crusher

      Seriously, I'm so glad this phenomenon exists. It's not often you feel smarter when you know more about something memetic. And it makes me love Mario 64 even more, so it's a win on all sides.

  7. So when Mephiles rejoins with Iblis and becomes Solaris again, and he's doing his thing... is Robotnik still tumbling down cartoonishly from the sky during that time?

    1. Treacher
    2. Dr. Crusher

      Dr. Crusher

      Okay, good stuff. Now I can continue imagining that Robotnik was still falling with style when he got caught in the white flash.

  8. I've never heard anyone say this before. =\ Nor have I ever heard anyone put the current version of Tails on that high of a pedestal. (And if I could recall anyone of the sort, I could probably still count them with my fingers.) Even from other people who like Lost World and/or defend the game overall, they're usually critical of how Tails was in the game. The criticism for how he was handled seems to be mostly unanimous from what I've seen. Hell, nine times out of ten I see nothing but rants about him. Anyhow, while I'm here, I have another unpopular opinion of my own. This one is more about the fandom side of things in a way, but this is probably the best topic to put it, so here goes: I'm not in a hurry to watch videos and/or read rants about all the ways Sonic has went wrong/how the franchise could be improved/etc. Now this isn't a personal attack on anyone who has ever made such creations, like with Shay and SuperBunnyHop in recent times, but in a nutshell, whenever a video or rant of this type pops up, however good or bad the presented points may be, it's very rare for me to hear anything new, and it's very rare for them to get me to think about anything new. The effort is admirable, but it gets really boring to hear the same things about physics and boost pads and story tone and all the other bits and pieces all the time. Yes, I do understand why the familiar points are brought up as often as they are, I'm just saying that I can't be bothered to personally go through yet another video/rant about things I've already heard countless times before.
  9. Two months late on this, but I've only just recently been learning about the Mario 64 "parallel universe" thing. I find it every bit as fascinating as it is funny.

    1. Your Vest Friend

      Your Vest Friend

      Yes, but are you QPU aligned?

    2. Dr. Crusher

      Dr. Crusher

      As long as Mario's de facto speed is involved.

    3. Tara


      An A, press is an A. press you can't just 1/2 A. Press.

    4. Dr. Crusher

      Dr. Crusher

      That's where you're wrong, "Tara".

    5. Dejimon11


      Parellel universe?

    6. Dr. Crusher

      Dr. Crusher

      @Dejimon: Someone was doing a TAS of Mario 64, with one self-imposed challenge on the player's part being that they had to collect all the stars in the game whilst touching the A button as little as possible. Cut to one mission in Hazy Maze Cave, and... well, maybe you ought to see for yourself. (Just a warning though that it's a pretty lengthy video.)

  10. So I've been thinking, if - very big if - Crash ever comes back with a new game, whether this year or in the future, which characters will appear in the game? Obviously there'll be Crash, Cortex, Coco and so on, but who else? Ripper Roo? Dingodile?

    I have a hard time imagining Tiny wouldn't turn up, considering he's always been one of the most recurring characters in the series.

    1. Crow the BOOLET

      Crow the BOOLET



    2. Colada


      it would only be the original characters in an attempt to start with a clean slate and profit off the nostalgia-value (which is the only reason it would be made)

    3. Dr. Crusher

      Dr. Crusher

      Well seeing how we haven't been to the Crash universe in years, I'd be fine with Cortex pulling a Ganon.

      Although to be frank, as long as Tiny, Dingodile, Pinstripe and the rest are there, or at least enough of them are in, I'm happy.

    4. MightyRay


      No Coco, no sale.

    5. Dr. Crusher

      Dr. Crusher

      @Colada: If that happened, it wouldn't even get off the ground. Whoever it would be that would be making a new Crash game would know full well that the Crash fanbase didn't waiting for years for a brand new cast entirely.

      *didn't wait, bah.

    6. Forte-Metallix


      I'd want Coco, Cortex, Crunch, Aku Aku, Uka Uka.... pretty much everyone.

      And for pete's sake: ditch the Titans redesigns!

    7. Dr. Crusher

      Dr. Crusher

      @Forte-Metallix: The thing that gets me about Titans' Tiny is that we're supposed to think that's Tiny. If it were a completely different character, I don't think that example would have been as bad.

      Incidentally, this is also how I feel about Metal Overlord, in the sense that I'm fine with robot dragons, just not robot dragons that are also Metal Sonic.

    8. CrashRatchetFan


      Bit late on this but I'll give you my thoughts.

      Crash has been out of the picture long enough for a full-blown reboot to not be shocking to anyone. It's not like the story was ever integral to the experience. I would go with a reboot if only because the continuity has become really messed up. As long as the characters we love are there, that's all that really matters.

      Seemingly. I've been looking at the concept art and animation of "Crash Landed". God the game looked amazing aesthetically. I almost hope the new game looks closer to that then to the Naughty Dog games, but I know that's a pipe dream, since they'll go for the nostalgia tokens. Not that I'm complaining, it's been a long, difficult eight years for Crash fans.

  11. "This was the best idea I ever had," cackled Eggman as he pitched his Sonic cartoon to Dingo Pictures.

    1. Smoke


      no if eggman made a sonic cartoon he would make sonic look bad!!!! i don't like that :(

    2. Forte-Metallix



      ...Yes, that-...

      that's the joke.

    3. Smoke


      @Forte-Metallix i know but it's not a good joke because it makes sonic look bade!!! why would you want sonic to look bad?? you call yourself a sonic fan you're not even a TRUE SONIC FAN!!!!!

    4. Shaddy Zaphod

      Shaddy Zaphod

      Oh boy we've got one of these, do we?

  12. Not to undermine your opinion, but I don't really get this notion that the series only started to ensue mishandling since 2010, when games like Sonic '06 and Shadow the Hedgehog already happened beforehand.
  13. Say what you will about Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly, but I think it had some pretty cool level concepts, particularly Thieves' Den and Jurassic Jungle.

  14. Actually, before I forget, I'd like to mention another, more minor choice: G.U.N. (I know it's not technically a character, but still.) A lot of people who don't like Shadow sometimes say that they look at Shadow as a sort of personification of everything that they personally don't like/want to see in the Sonic series. While Shadow has never been one of my top favourite characters, I don't feel that way about him specifically, even though I was never really interested in his backstory with Gerald, Maria, and so on. (If anything, I was more curious about what the deal with the Biolizard was.) But I do feel that way about the G.U.N. organisation. Why? Because simply put, I don't see anything entertaining about them. Their creations are pretty dull, any form of personality we see from anyone that isn't Rouge is dull, and anything regarding them that's quirky or humorous is either unintentional (everything about the G.U.N. Commander) or not really specific to the organisation anyway (Generations G.U.N. Truck, which was probably may have been tampered with by Robotnik anyway). I see them as nothing more than another generic military with shady morals, and I generally don't care for that archetype anyway due to how overdone it is in my opinion. What's more, I can't think of a role for them that I'd be overly bothered about, as I'm pretty content with Sonic and Co. fighting whoever without this boring military getting in the way of things. Also, I know they were instrumental in how Shadow's past on the A.R.K. worked, but I always thought his backstory was a little silly even before Black Doom's involvement was added in. (Once he became part of Shadow's story, it merely became a different type of silly for me.) Also-also, it should go without saying that I'm not talking about Rouge herself when talking about G.U.N. On the contrary, she's one of my favourite characters in the series. Wasn't it established that Starlight didn't actually consider the long-term consequences (aside from the Mane Six never becoming friends that is) due to her revenge-induced shortsightedness? Like that was the whole point as to why Twilight was lecturing her about the consequences, with the barren wasteland that Twilight showed her being a serious wake up call (note her conflicted-looking demeanour when taking in the scenery). Then after that happened, even though she briefly tries to soldier on with her plan even after having witnessed what would happen, remember that she was currently in the middle of an emotional breakdown. Presumably her thoughts and feelings were all over the place and thus she was thinking even less straight about what she actually wanted to do. Once she went back to Twilight's castle, she finally had some time to calm down and come to proper terms with "Wow, I almost destroyed the world. Fuck." That's what I got from the whole thing anyway. Not that I'm trying to change your mind about her, I'm well aware that what happened with Starlight in the finale was controversial for many fans, and I can understand why. (I personally didn't mind it too much and will be looking forward to what they have in mind with her, but that's just me.) But then again, former antagonists having reformations that are considered rushed but then get elaborated upon isn't anything new in this franchise, so I'm not too concerned about what will happen with her in Season 6 for the time being. Although I do agree about her backstory being rather minimal for a justification. Also, about Starlight being super powerful for a regular unicorn, it could go either way, but I think that might get elaborated upon in Season 6 as well, as this show does have a tendency to do that sort of thing with a few of it's plot points. (Eg: How Twilight's status as a princess not meaning much during most of Season 4 - which was a common complaint at the time - ended up being a plot point for that season's finale all along.) We'll just have to wait and see, I guess.
  15. It's always awkward for me to look back at older posts. There are a few parts in that post of mine that I cringe at now, I could have worded it so much better. Nevertheless, my opinions on Scourge haven't changed since then, so I won't bother going on about him since Verte did a good job with him. Instead, I'll talk about Eggman Nega. -Blaze is a unique alternate dimensional equivalent to Sonic, with her own personality, appearance, and abilities. And it wouldn't be unreasonable to guess that Marine is Tails' alternate dimensional equivalent as well, and if she is, then she too is pretty unique. Yet all Robotnik gets for his alternate dimensional equivalent (and/or his descendant, but whatever) is a guy who looks and acts exactly like him? If Blaze's villain has to resemble the good doctor, why not just use Captain Whisker instead? At least he has a more unique personality than just "Eggman, but worse". -Those who claim that Nega works because he's "a darker Eggman" don't get that the regular Eggman is perfectly capable of having his darker moments already, and by existing in the way that he does (or did, seeing how he now tends to only appear in Olympic titles these days), Nega is basically stealing his more villainous traits for himself, which isn't appreciated when Robotnik was already going through that whole decade getting himself screwed over by nearly every other villain. -Another common claim of why Nega is good is that he's the Chaos to Robotnik's Order. Not only do I not think this works well at all, but also, I think Sonic being the Chaos to Robotnik's Order is a way more interesting setup, seeing how more often than not, the more Chaos-centric side is always the antagonist in other franchises. -There is pretty much nothing Nega could do with his brand of villainy that couldn't be covered by regular Robotnik. Even if it involves going to other dimensions, Robotnik already has the technology and resources to achieve that. Nega just showing up in itself was enough to make the plots of the two Rival games ten times more of a mess. -His plan in Rivals 1 in particular is incredibly stupid, because if his plan went off successfully, then logically, he wouldn't exist. Like Mephiles, he fails to think things through, and also like Mephiles, "being evil" and "having a crazy side" aren't good excuses. There are Looney Tune villains who are more on-the-ball than he is, and we're supposed to believe this guy is so much smarter than regular Robotnik? -All in all, he undermines Robotnik in the sense that he's a shallow copy of him (with a voice that resembles Palpatine on helium if Rivals 2 is anything to go by, Mike Pollock even sounds like he's trying not to laugh when doing his voice), and he undermines Blaze because if she's going to have a nemesis of her own, a character as great as her deserves something better. I'll talk about Mephileslie the DeviantDARK some other time. There was a pretty detailed post I made about him back in 2014, but I think it might have been during the period that got wiped clean in the server reset. Bah, humbug.
  16. The most commonly known example is that there was an Indiegogo project back in 2013 that had promised things like new shows, improved equipment, and basically improved quality overall, and it had successfully received a fairly large amount of money to back it up, around ninety thousand dollars or close to that. Cut to 2015, and the only thing relating to the whole project that had been released by that point was the first episode of one of those new shows, that being the first episode of that Pop Quiz Hotshot I believe. And then because the production values of even that in itself ended up not having much to show for it, that only made everyone all the more curious as to what exactly the money had been going to if it had seemingly been wasted this badly. (I'm aware that at least one more episode of Pop Quiz Hotshot was released later on, but the general consensus seems to be that the quality and production values of that one weren't much better.) I've seen plenty of sources about this, but the problem with trying to find a reliable one is that you can never be too sure as to how biased the person speaking may or may not be, as it can be all too easy to hear about something like this at face value and then go straight to the demonising extreme. Either way, it had been spreading pretty wildly among the community from what I've observed, and the aforementioned results (or lack thereof) of the project - combined with the fallout that the site and it's contributors (and CEO) have been going through in recent years - does seem to stack pretty high against them, unfortunately. Having said that, if there's anyone on here who has better or more updated knowledge about all this, feel free to correct me on anything that I may be mistaken about.
  17. Sorry, I should have listed a few examples. It's mainly things like questionable competence and morals regarding site management, suspicious use of finances and funds and such, a lot of serious in-fighting between the people who run things, that sort of thing. This and more has all been coming out of the woodwork in recent years.
  18. I suppose I might as well add my own take on this. So I used to watch the Nostalgia Critic during the 2009-2011-ish days. I didn't watch it super-religiously, it was just a little weekly something to look forward to. I never really paid much attention to the other guys on That Guy With The Glasses, but I didn't hold anything against them. Anyway, sometime in 2012 - which was when the Critic was originally retired anyway - was when I started to lose interest in the show. Not really because of anything to do with the show itself mind you, I was just starting to resonate much more with the style of other reviewers/comedy reviewers by that point, such as JonTron and SomeCallMeJohnny. But I still respected Doug and his work, I would occasionally go back to some of his videos, and I would still fondly remember something from this or that review. That said, I've heard about (and occasionally discovered for myself) what's been happening since then, and not just regarding Doug, but with Channel Awesome in general. I know about what happened with Demo Reel. I know about the many questionable goings on behind the scenes. And while I've only seen bits and pieces of the Critic's new reviews (I've only seen a handful of them in full), I've seen enough to be able to tell that I wouldn't regard them as being all that great for the most part. The behind the scenes business at Channel Awesome in particular gets me the most. Obviously you'll keep in mind that there'll be a few disagreements and whatnot behind closed doors with these things - nothing goes along perfectly - but to learn about just how far this particular rabbit hole goes, and how bad things apparently are/were all this time... yeah, I won't lie, I have a bit of a tough time looking at the folks over there the same way nowadays, especially when a large number of them appear to be involved in one controversy after another. As for what happened with Demo Reel, I'm reminded of Jon Peters' obsession with giant spiders. If you're not aware, producer Jon Peters was for whatever reason absolutely obsessed with having one of his films involve a giant spider of some sort, regardless of whether it made sense or even what genre the film was. He had previously attempted to try and get Superman to fight a giant spider for instance, to which he was effectively told "Nah mate, it's not happening, sorry." He finally got to use the giant spider idea for the 1999 Wild Wild West film, and then that film went on to not do very well (albeit for various reasons, not just that on it's own). Anyway, what I mean by this comparison is that from what I'm gathering, Demo Reel is to Doug what the giant spider is to Jon Peters, albeit not necessarily in the exact same way. Now that Demo Reel came and flopped, he seems to be having a lot of trouble coming to terms with this, and so he's trying to incorporate Demo Reel into his reviews as much as he can, not realising that his audience are most likely only going to dislike Demo Reel even more because of this, rather them endear them to it. (By the way, I'm guilty of being one of those people who generally never cared that much about the "storylines" that the guys on there did. I didn't hold a strong dislike towards them, but aside from the occasional exception, I felt they would often just slow things down for the most part.) Now don't get me wrong, I am aware that Demo Reel was Doug's dream project, and I understand that to witness it doing as poorly as it did must be hard to deal with. If I were in his position, I'm sure I would have trouble dealing with it too. But this... this isn't the way to go about it, you know? He just seems to be very bitter and callous about the whole thing, something that doesn't hide itself very well in his more recent material, whether he knows it or not. And regardless of the quality of his sketches, I think that's the biggest problem that his new reviews are dealing with. After all, if he's not even bothering to hide his demeanour on what happened with Demo Reel, the increase in sketches and other things that the general audience aren't keen on are probably partially influenced by it. I used to have a lot of respect for Doug, but now... maybe not so much. His debatable joke quality aside, I know he's more intelligent than this, so to see him... well, like this, only makes it all the more confusing and disappointing. Even outside of the Critic/Demo Reel business, him and the rest just seem to be... I don't know, falling apart I guess, including his morals and things that he originally stood for and believed in. It really is a massive shame.
  19. "Now Black Doom is the key to all this... if we get Black Doom working. Cause he's a funnier character than we've ever had in the games."

    1. Failinhearts


      Now I'm just imagining Black Doom intentionally being the comic relief...

    2. Dr. Crusher

      Dr. Crusher

      It's so dense.

    3. Failinhearts
    4. Rey Skywalker-Ren

      Rey Skywalker-Ren

      i can see him being in boom lol

    5. Spin Attaxx

      Spin Attaxx

      Again, it's like poetry, it's sort of - they rhyme. Every stanza kinda rhymes with the last one. Hopefully it'll work.

  20. This criticism always puzzled me as well. For example, I'm not an expert on Star Trek, but I heard that Nicholas Meyer, the guy responsible for Wrath of Khan, knew next to nothing about the franchise before working on the film, and essentially had to binge-watch the whole original series in order to get an idea of what sort of material he was working with. Yet sure enough, that film became not only a success, but it's still considered by many Trek fans to be one of if not the greatest thing to come out of the franchise. So yeah, I won't disagree that having interest in a series/being a fan of it can certainly help from time to time, but I don't think it's an inherent make or break detail in the grand scheme of things.
  21. I understand the context behind Sonic's mountain of handkerchiefs wish at the end of Secret Rings, and I still think it's ridiculous. I bring this up because from what I've heard, a lot of folk who poke fun at this scene apparently disregard or otherwise remain ignorant of the context of the scene. I don't do that, I know full well that Sonic's doing something to help with Shahra's feelings about what had happened with Erazor and all that (as well as it being a callback to the game's first scene). But it's still a little silly even with that in mind, and despite everything that led up to it, I can't really take it all that seriously.
  22. The most I ever found previous cutscenes that funny were usually through the unintentionally amusing or dumb things. For a long time, I didn't even realise that there was even a joke in Sonic's reaction to Tails talking about the Egg Carrier changing shape, I had thought for a long time that Sonic's drooping eyes were just Adventure 1's graphics... being Adventure 1's graphics. Which is funny in a different way, but I digress. Like when people mention things in past games that are considered funny, I just look at most of the examples and go "Well, that's kind of amusing I guess", but I can't think of many examples that provided particularly strong reactions out of me. With Sonic and Caliburn's relationship in particular, their interactions never did anything for me in the humor department, partly because neither of them are characters that I have any strong interest or fondness towards, so all it is on my end is just two characters that irritate me a little sassing to each other. EDIT: Not saying that more recent games are that much better in this department by the way. I'm just saying that I never saw much that was especially hilarious about previous game cutscenes (that were intentional examples) either.
  23. While maybe not to the same extent as later games, I'd argue that Unleashed was the first game that started the trend of characters talking and not doing much else. There's a bit of heavy action near the beginning and end, but aside from the odd bit of slapstick and obligatory "something bad happened" reactions, a lot of not-much happened in the cutscenes during the middle section aside from talking and finding the temples.
  24. Sonic's faceplant gag never really left though? It was still there back in Lost World, wasn't it? (I know that was a wall and not a floor, but you know, details details. ) Anyway, what little things would I like to see, and I'm keeping in mind what things I could actually consider "little", so I'm not going to say more obvious things like more playable characters and such. Hmm... -I suppose I can agree with the idea of more active cutscenes. I haven't been too bothered about recent ones since I don't think previous ones were that much greater in comparison, but more action narrating the story would be something I'd get on board with. -I also agree with more Fumie Kumatani-made music, I always did love her work in the series. -More realistic locations like in Unleashed are not inherently bad, but let there be a good amount of less realistic locations as well. I don't hold it against Unleashed since the whole "real world" thing was one of the whole points of the game, and I suppose it did pull off what it tried to do, but I still don't really gel that much with a game in which the most and arguably only full-on fantasy-like location in a Sonic game is the bad guy's lair. So in other words, you can have your Rooftop Runs and Skyscraper Scampers, as long as you have some Quartz Quadrants and such as well. If the art style is consistent enough throughout the game, you shouldn't have a problem with anything looking too out of place. -If Robotnik was a little more hands-on like he's known for, that would be grand. The games' Robotnik as he's been lately is already just short of perfect for me in all honesty, so if that little detail was added in again, that would be smashing. -Most importantly, there needs to be a cutscene in which Tails says "I'll try spinning, that's a good trick!" while driving the Tornado. I may or may not think of some more later. Who knows.
  25. I agree that some of the mods don't do that much around here, and that some others who do don't necessarily handle things in the most responsible manner. I also agree that mods sometimes get away with things that regular members would have never gotten away with without getting a warning/strike/etc, such as the creation of certain types of topics. That's not to say that I expect mods to be robots who do everything absolutely perfectly, of course I don't. Mods are human beings too after all. I just feel that a sizable number of them could do with a little improvement all around. One of the whole points about moderator responsibility is being fair and having reason to your actions, so if you let your temper, snarky side, bias, or whatever else get the better of you and your judgement a little too often, then it starts to become a problem.
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