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  1. https://deadline.com/2021/04/cartoon-network-studios-europe-renamed-as-hanna-barbera-studios-europe-1234729256/

    1. Mr Loopone

      Mr Loopone

      It doesn't make much sense unless remakes of old Hanna-Barbera cartoons are happening and from that press releases looks unlikely.

      Thinking about it, Cartoon Network was already a known brand name and the old HB stuff was rarely animated in Europe outside of those Czech Tom & Jerry shorts. It would have made more sense in the US or at least Asia where they outsourced the animation to have the HB name.

      Sure there is nostalgia for the old HB cartoons especially Flintstones, Wacky Races and Top Cat because they used to put them on TV but they haven't for quite a while...

  2. https://www.ign.com/articles/at-469-million-did-netflix-pay-too-much-for-knives-out
     

    “We’re already in massive debt, might as well add more!”

  3. Mind, even if this news is true, this isn’t gonna give Microsoft an instant win as some are saying, since they still have their own problems with their exclusives among other things.

    1. Jovahexeon The Undyne

      Jovahexeon The Undyne

      Oh god, of course it's not gonna give them a win. It will however, present them an opportunity to capitalize. Now, whether they take the hint, is up to them and I'm not holding my breath.

      It's really hilarious though, how it feels like Microsoft and Sony are trying to ying yang in balance with each other of all their flaws. It's almost like a competition of seeing who can get away with more crap towards consumers.

    2. Teoskaven

      Teoskaven

      Wich in turns has the latter being caught in the middle and forced to either take side or get dunked on. Simply put for me, the disadvantages in "siding" with Microsoft (having to wait more for games to be released due to exclusitivity deals and having the risk of them not being optimized at launch) feel more manageble than accepting this new policy from Sony (assuming it's true).

    3. AlphaRuby

      AlphaRuby

      Yeah, at least the nearer Sony exclusives look promising, whereas Microsoft’s, especially Halo Infinite, not so much.

      Meanwhile, Nintendo are probably standing at the side, shrugging at all this.

    4. AlphaRuby

      AlphaRuby

      For me, having the consoles for both sides, this’ll be an interesting battle.

    5. Supah Berry

      Supah Berry

      It's less a matter being the one superior company, but just being the lesser of the two/three evils in terms of current practices

    6. AlphaRuby

      AlphaRuby

      I’m not gonna judge on ethics since all three have at least one really questionable practice.

    7. Teoskaven

      Teoskaven

      I think this clip sums up the whole situation:

       

      At the very least a lot of third parties are still holding up atm so i can rely on them for the time being.

    8. Strickerx5

      Strickerx5

      Quote

      It's almost like a competition of seeing who can get away with more crap towards consumers.

      Well if this isn't just the best one sentence summary of capitalism I've seen.

       

      Eh, while I'll definitely say that I don't agree with Sony's move here... at all really, I can't say I don't see why they're doing it. If I look at my PS4 library (hell even my PS3 library)... it does consist mostly of the larger titles.

      Though truth be told I'm not really sure I'm even in their target audience these days (with my main platform being PC and Halo Infinite really being the only game on my radar so far this year)... yet I own a PS5... idk

    9. Jovahexeon The Undyne

      Jovahexeon The Undyne

      Out of the three:

      Nintendo arguably give the most consistent rate of quality and don't opt to abuse their developers and force crunch. With them, normally they do give a game the proper love and care it needs. That said, their greatest weakness is that they can be well behind the curve...and not take advantage of that. Instead of learning from all mistake their competition does, they sometimes repeat them, albeit not as bad, but they should still know better. And they are dinosaurs at online, yet have the nerve to charge for it when they originally had the advantage of it being free.

      Sony were champions with 8th gen, especially since they were going against the asinine decisions that Microsoft were making. Problem is, they had their own skeletons in the closet. Skeletons that are becoming way more prominent. They do offer pretty high scale production values and definitely do eventually give players stuff to chomp on. Their problem is that their uber pride leads them to make baffling decisions. From denouncing crossplay to charging terrible prices for mobile games to rampant censorship and doing an abysmal job job at retaining old classics. Sony's strength is high production, but their weakness is constantly missing the trees for the forest.

      And then there's Microsoft. Arguably the best at retaining classics via backward compatibility of the three, they'd be so on top, combining classics and games of all shapes in sizes while having a powerful system.....shame they keep screwing things up. And while they appear to be benevolent on the surface, they still keep doing things to remind us why they lost the crowd back in 2014 and onward. Microsoft's strength is that of an all around company in the department of supplying third party titles while remembering the classics. Shame that their own output is arguably the weakest aspect and boy does it show. And they keep. Screwing. Things. Up. They constantly have a chance on a silver platter, but they arguably throw it out the most. Nevermind them screwing up thier own flag ship franchises as well.

      Overall, it really depends on which you prefer.

    10. Ryannumber1gamer

      Ryannumber1gamer

      I’d argue there’s far more problems than that. Nintendo have a habit of continually repeating mistakes and not innovating enough, along with a heap of issues. They are in fact even worse than Sony in this regard. They couldn’t get away with things during the Wii U era, they were the ones behind, so they had to play to their strengths. Great quality games, consistent releases, budget game options, classic re-releases, and intergrating features people wanted like GBA, DS, Wii and N64 VC support.

      When the Switch came out, there was a heavy focus on attempting to achieve the best start they can get. Heavy hitter innovative titles like Breath of the Wild, Mario Odyssey, sequels to fan favourites like Xenoblade 2, fun small Eshop titles like Snipperclips, and portability for then current games.

      But the Switch has established itself as an actual competitor now, and Nintendo has fallen into so many archaic and anti-consumer policies that it’s not even funny. Their adversity to the Smash community and Melee community especially, their treatment of fan creators, their awful online functionality, their step backs in backwards compatibility, their garbage tier pricing (Still nearly full price for exclusives nearly five years of release at this point), releasing half-baked games with little content and then promising additional “free” content later to fill the gap when it’s too little too late, their limited time exclusivity bullshit and having the balls to re-release games with minor alterations for full price again years later, with the latest, most egregious example being Skyward Sword HD.

      So much about how Nintendo does business absolutely infuriates me on all levels, which sucks because their games are mostly good. Then there’s just the issue that while the Switch was impressive back in 2017, it’s fallen off hard five years later, showing its age more and more, where even Nintendo’s own first parties are having difficulties getting consistent performance out of the device.

      We can sit here arguing about how Sony’s let their ego get to them now they’re on top, and I don’t deny they haven’t to a degree, but no one compares to how egregious Nintendo gets when they’ve found success and aren’t having to do their damnest to keep up with the game. They’ve found a market that no one occupies and abuses the everlasting fuck out of it because they know they can get away with it. You don’t buy a Switch as your sole console usually, it typically acts as a companion to something more powerful, or as a portable device and Nintendo knows it, it doesn’t have to worry about competition, because they know the Switch will succeed anyway due to being one of a kind, so it’ll push its luck as far as it can.

      Meanwhile, Sony is in the weirdest position because while they’ve had a number of bafflingly idiotic policies (no one wants BC because they look old, dumbass censorship of random games meanwhile they allow a garbage tier fully naked uncensored sex scene into TLoU2, the awful usage of PlayStation Now, their game price increase, and so much more), the issue is...they clearly haven’t stopped trying. It’s not like Nintendo where they know they can get away with farting out old games onto new consoles for full price. It’s not like Microsoft where their UI and system features remain exactly the same as their previous console.

      Sony’s policies have gotten worse and more bafflingly over the years, ever since they dominated last gen, but they’re still actually putting out stuff you can’t experience anywhere else. Barring a few games, Sony’s exclusives remain as high quality as ever, the Dualsense is a legitimately new and innovative experience you can’t get anywhere else and adds a new layer of immersion to games, games like Miles Morales, Astro’s Playroom, and Demon’s Souls are still incredible games to play through, and need I even mention how much PS Plus has improved over the last year alone? We went from old exclusives to games like Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Oddworld Soulstorm, as well as free PS5 games each and every year.

      There’s still very clearly effort present on Sony’s part, and clear attempts to improve the quality of their games and services, which is why it just makes their mistakes so weird and bafflingly. Like they can push out so much quality in some areas but miss the mark so ungodly hard in others. The latest of which being the closure of the PS3 and Vita stores, a poorly communicated, dickhead move.

      Microsoft is in the same place as Sony. They have some excellent consumer friendly models. Backwards Compatibility is fantastic, The Series S is a excellent system that focuses on performance over visuals, and is a cheap entry model to the ecosystem, X-Cloud looks great, Game Pass is one of the best things you can get in gaming, period, and they do a great job of boosting stability and performance of older titles. Not to mention how good Quick Resume is.

      But then you also have the dumbass shit MS does too. The attempted price bump of Xbox Live Gold, the lack of exclusives if you don’t give a shit about Halo or Forza, the snapping up of various game studios as a quick means to buy exclusives instead of creating a studio and helping them grow to create new IPs and experiences, the lack of innovation when it comes to their UI and new system features, etc. Exclusives have always been Microsoft’s downfall and I still don’t particularly like their new direction on how to handle it, not to mention that will still tell on if the issue will ever truly be fixed when all of MS’ games drop day and date on PC now.

      All three seem to just go into the same cycle. Fight like hell when they’re behind, but push their luck and try to screw everyone over whenever they’re ahead.

    11. Mr Loopone

      Mr Loopone

      The Nintendo fans still love Nintendo no matter what they do. They could be treated like poorly and still find a way to defend them. In a way it has sort of reverted back to the Hiroshi Yamauchi era where it was no-nonsense business like vibe. Lately there have been a lack of attention grabbing games (perhaps already thinking of moving to another console?) and think even some publishers are moving away from the console. In terms of series, it has more or less become the Mario/Zelda/Pokemon/Animal Crossing console now (for myself, only like Mario out of that list) with less small budget/quirky games. There hasn't been an original game for a while. It also perhaps doesn't help that many games on the Switch now are just a download code in a plastic box or literally an incomplete game and have to download the rest of the game due to cartridge costs. The only plus is that Nintendo themselves haven't got that far yet. Would even go as far as saying if it wasn't for the third party support and the odd game, it would have been another Vita by now.

      Sony are still focusing on exclusives but like Nintendo, they have pruned to the high hitters (Last of Us, God of War, Horizon, Spider-Man, Ratchet & Clank, Gran Turismo) with smaller games are getting pushed out of the way and shoving them out as quickly as they can to close them. They used to be like Nintendo, have smaller more experimental series and have lesser known but still quality games. Since Japan Studio have really cut back and many of their other studios closed (Evolution, Studio Liverpool, Bend is uncertain) or moved elsewhere (Ready at Dawn, Supermassive, Ninja Theory, Quantic Dream), I would say some studios and series are on life support. All it takes is that one flop to add to a list that would make EA blush. Sony's policies have moved fans especially ones who favour the Japanese art style to the Switch or/and PC, those fans were around at least since the PS1/PS2 era. Plus their AAA or bust strategy will eventually backfire as not everything is GTA V, I mean developing The Last of Us remake already? That means that they will be getting rid of the PS4 next since that had the game and would have been easier just to update it and charge less than RRP depending on how much work is needed to be done. Yet Sony dominates because they see console gaming more than just Japan/US/the main five/six European countries and in many countries you have choice between a PlayStation or a PC. It wouldn't matter if they lost Japan and if they get China/Brazil/the Middle East in return. That's also another advantage on Sony's point, they localise the games and even translate games (both dub and sub) into languages that Nintendo/most developers never do such as most European languages, Arabic, etc. Except MLB The Show that is still the outliner of a mostly US only game, one of the two existing Sony games that have licensed content from the bygone PS1/2 era (the other being Gran Turismo) and even then that's now on the Xbox of all things.

      Strangest thing was that Microsoft actually had a decent lineup and variety during the original Xbox and early 360 days but then went to the cycle of Halo/Forza/Gears of War for years with Kinect Sports on top and a barely advertised Zoo Tycoon reboot. It's still there but all three of them series have been declining in the public eye and not much to replace them, it took MS years to realise this and why as a quick investment buying those high profile studios just to have something as well as bringing back Flight Simulator. They have plenty of dormant series, e.g. a new Crimson Skies game would create hype. It is also strange that they are US focused yet Windows is opposite and is a global thing. Microsoft could have been more successful in the console market if it solved those two issues that have been for over a decade.

  4. Falcon and the Winter Soldier spoilers

    Spoiler

    Captain America has completely lost his head

     

    1. AWild No.1 washed up gamer

      AWild No.1 washed up gamer

      We knew it would happen.

    2. TheOcelot

      TheOcelot

      Every episode gets better.

    3. The Master

      The Master

      He had it all coming. Now he just needs a punishment.

    4. mayday2592

      mayday2592

      I'm expecting that his actions will be defended by his supporters in universe, seeing as he killed a criminal. Sorta like real life, esp seeing how this show has been mirroring recent events in real life.

  5. https://www.ign.com/articles/netflix-makes-deal-for-rights-to-sony-pictures-including-upcoming-spider-man-films

    Sony Pictures films will be on Netflix after their theatrical release, yet the deal isn't an exclusive one.

  6. Watching Superman 3 and WHAT THE HELL IS EVEN THIS MOVIE

    1. Crow the BOOLET

      Crow the BOOLET

      This movie!

       

       

  7. I've seen both versions of Superman II this week.

    The Donner Cut, despite it's unavoidably choppy editing at times, wins because of a more consistent tone, as opposed to the original that had weird jokes in the middle of dramatic fights.

  8. Minor Falcon & The Winter Soldier episode 3 spoilers

    Spoiler

    Seriously, in fiction why does no-one in disguise ever switch off their phones?

     

  9. Your favourite character has now retired to a tropical island.

    1. AWild No.1 washed up gamer

      AWild No.1 washed up gamer

      I mean... He visits a lot of Tropical islands regulary.

  10. I see what Crash and Spyro's VA direction is now: Put together veterans of western cartoons and anime VA's.

    I like it, nothing wrong with variety :)

    1. Azure Blue Tori

      Azure Blue Tori

      It's nice that voice actors are getting more respect these days compared to the early anime dub days where they were usually relegated to cheap, low-tier studios.

    2. Your Vest Friend

      Your Vest Friend

      Sonic did the same thing. Heck, there are a lot of productions where you can find both Sonic and Crash/Spyro cast.

  11. Interesting that the Legend of Spyro games managed to keep on Elijah Wood and Gary Oldman across all three games, yet Sparx and Cynder kept getting recast each time.

    1. Supah Berry

      Supah Berry

      Robotnik was hallucinating Sonic and CO the whole time from his time around animals when he became a detective

    2. TheOcelot

      TheOcelot

      Allllllllllrighty then

  12. Interesting start to Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

    Spoiler

    So, the new Captain America is...some guy.

    And Falcon doesn't look too happy for obvious reasons.

     

    1. Ferno

      Ferno

      Forgot that it came out today and now I'll have to avoid spoiler gushing from coworkers all day before I can get home to watch it

  13. Just bought Skullgirls

    1. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      I hope you enjoy it.

      Literally no idea what it's all about, but I'm pretty sure widely regarded as being great and has done big fans in this site too. I wanna say @Sean likes it? Either way, have fun 

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