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  1. Q: Why didn't the art forger get his work to the black market?


    A: He couldn't make the van Gogh.


  2. Come on Paramount, this is a Modern Sonic movie, get with the program:


    1. Diogenes


      I guess you missed the updated version showing they're targeting Adventure fans?


    2. Adamabba


      Chill & Lickable???

    3. Lord-Dreamerz
    4. Diogenes


      @Adamabba she can't resist the taste


  3. Bowbowis

    New characters: Should they stay or should they go?

    Orbot and Cubot: What do they actually contribute? Seriously, do they actually do anything other than undermine Eggman and eat up screen time for irrelevant jokes (Duuuuuuude)? I don't mind Eggman having lackeys but I'd rather they be fully capable and developed characters in their own right (e.g. Shadow and Rouge in SA2), or else accentuate Eggman's mania rather than distracting from it (I don't mind 5A-55 in Unleashed so much for this reason, he's more like Eggman's J.A.R.V.I.S., a somewhat snarky AI assistant who discusses things with Eggman instead of sitting off in the corner doing nothing of importance or actively getting in the way). What if, instead of Orbot and Cubot, we brought back Metal Knuckles and Tails Doll? Then, when Eggman gets pissed he uses Tails Doll as a punching bag, Metal Sonic and Metal Knuckles share a somewhat concerned glance, and Eggman continues to rant. You get the slapstick, you get the reaction shot, and you keep the focus squarely on Eggman where it belongs. The Deadly Six: Setting aside their obnoxious personalities and questionable designs I just don't see much of anything to do with them. Even other villains who get trashed for being flat I can at least think of things I could expand on to create new stories and deepen their personalities. Compare: Mephiles: One half of the sun god Solaris who was forcibly split in two by a lab accident, seeks to reunite with his other half. Manipulative and theatrical, with a particular taste for irony. Has power over time and darkness, his true form as Solaris rips reality a new one merely by existing. Black Doom: Alien warlord who conquers planets for resources, in particular he seeks to use their inhabitants as a food source for his people. Hails from a martial culture, his conquest has ritualistic overtones hinting at a religious motivation as well as a practical one. As the Black Arms progenitor and hive mind he can create and control new members of his species, he's visited Earth multiple times in the past and hidden tools all across the planet in preparation for an invasion, he can detach his third eye and use it to observe things from afar. Infinite: Mercenary hired by Eggman, volunteered to be fused with the Phantom Ruby after suffering a humiliating defeat. Sadistic and proud, he enjoys making his victims suffer but does genuinely care for his allies in Jackal Squad. With the power of the Phantom Ruby he can create illusions which can physically interact with people and can limit their effect to certain individuals. The Deadly Six: Zeti from the Lost Hex. Individual personalities are Leader, Crazy, Depressed, Old, Fat, and Girl. Can repurpose Eggman's tech and do something with magnetic fields. From a writer's perspective the Deadly Six give me nothing to work work with. Their personalities are flat, their powers are nothing that Eggman couldn't do with a machine, and Lost World gives me no context for what a Zeti is or why anyone should care to visit the Lost Hex to encounter them in the first place. Little Planet has the Time Stones, Angel Island has the Master Emerald, Babylon Garden has lost technology, but Lost Hex just exists with no history or apparent value. There's simply nothing to latch on to and expand upon and, while that does technically give carte blanche to fill in the blanks, I'd rather just create new characters from whole-cloth than try to salvage the D6. Infinite: Unlike the Deadly Six Infinite is charismatic and his backstory and powers give me something to work with. Bring him on. Sticks: I stand by what I said here:
  4. Bowbowis

    The General 'Murican Politics Thread

    This is, without question, the most beautiful thing I've seen in a long time.
  5. https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/16/us/gm-toledo-racism-lawsuit/index.html 

    What the fuck?! How is this happening in 2018!?

    1. Osmium



    2. Kiah


      I think you do have to ask why hatred drives people to do disgusting things that are not only insulting and demeaning but going to the point to death threats. Simply because of the color of one’s skin. This should of never happened at any time but especially when advancements for equality have been made throughout history. 

      Reading that really hurt. That is absolutely abhorrent. I know racism and acts of hatred have become more prevalent these days but I was legitimately shocked to learn all that happened there at GM and that is absolutely disgusting.

  6. Bowbowis

    The General 'Murican Politics Thread

    I don't know about that, but I do know hamberders and covfefe both go great with some hickory smocked bacon.
  7. When is SEGA going to realize nobody likes the Deadly Six?

    1. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      When Sonic Team makes a good Sonic game.

    2. Blacklightning


      Probably around the same time they realize nobody likes Wisps anymore either.

    3. mayday2592


      I mean a few people here did say they liked them.

    4. Ernest the Panda

      Ernest the Panda

      I like Zavok and the fat one. The others can take a hike.

    5. Jovahexeon Fitzroy

      Jovahexeon Fitzroy

      I like them. Well, most of them. They aren't exactly unpopular.

    6. Diogenes


      when they realize nobody likes sonic

    7. Wraith


      They're the only characters I see near unanimous thumbs down on

    8. Kuzu the Boloedge

      Kuzu the Boloedge

      Nobody likes a lot of the characters and they're still around

  8. Better question: Has the Sonic's shitty friends mentality ever not been a detriment to the series? At best Sonic Team's catering to people who whine about characters other than Sonic and Eggman upsets fans of those characters and limits gameplay and story options. At worst it leads SEGA to demonstrate an utter lack of confidence in what they've built over the years. Case in point: Has any other videogame franchise in history ever advertised its lack of additional content as a selling point?
  9. Bowbowis

    The General 'Murican Politics Thread

    The Senate at large isn't necessarily the problem here, Republicans aren't exactly thrilled with the shutdown either and there's a good chance the House bill would garner enough support to override a veto. The problem is the Senate can't vote on legislation without Mitch McConnell's approval. As long as he refuses to budge the House bill is stuck in Limbo. If things get really bad the Democrat's could try threatening to impeach Trump for dereliction of duty and hope either he or McConnell will back down. I think Nancy Pelosi would rather not do that, for a myriad of reasons, but it may wind up being the only way for her to end the shutdown without giving in to Trump (which would be tantamount to telling him he can get whatever he wants if he shuts down the government long enough), assuming she's not willing to resort to blackmail or murder.
  10. Bowbowis

    The General 'Murican Politics Thread

    People are arguing over whether Trump or Pelosi and Schumer are to blame for the shutdown. Although it is, objectively speaking, Trump's fault the shutdown started (as he himself admitted last month) I'd argue the person most responsible for perpetuating it is actually Mitch McConnell, who refuses to allow the Senate to vote on the spending bills Congress had previously passed near unanimously, on the grounds that the president won't sign it. This despite the Constitution explicitly saying a presidential veto can be overridden if 2/3 of the House and 2/3 of the Senate agree to it. Here he is arguing the point earlier today: Short Version:
  11. After reading the plot summary for the movie I'm starting to think the military is just coming up with excuses to keep Sonic out of San Francisco.

    1. Waveshocker Sigma

      Waveshocker Sigma

      To be fair, considering what happened the last time he was there, can you blame them?

  12. To fish, or not to fish? That is the question: Whether 'tis nobler for the devs to suffer The stinging anger of outraged critics, Or to take action against a sea of fans And by opposing lose them. . . . Honestly? It's for that very reason I think it would be smarter for SEGA to remake SA2 before attempting an SA1 remake. SA2 sidesteps a lot of the issues with SA1, it drops the most controversial gameplay styles from SA1 (Fishing); it refines the remaining styles shooting and hunting feel less like an afterthought and more like coequal aspects of the overall experience; the level design is more focused, with each stage being tailored to a single style instead of trying to make three different styles work with the same layout; and the game just generally feels less like its being held together with band-aids chewing gum. Even looking at the complaints SA2 gets its mostly stuff with easy fixes like spreading the controls out over multiple buttons, tightening up the mech controls, or unlocking the Emerald radar, nothing which would fundamentally change the game like removing fishing from SA1 would. Even the bigger stuff can be worked around without riling up purists by changing what's already there. The levels are too linear? Add in some new paths in addition to the original route. The back story isn't entirely clear? Maybe destroying the gold beetles in each level unlocks some in-universe documents from G.U.N.'s archives which help clarify some of the murkier elements of the game's story. If SEGA were able to earn back some goodwill towards the Adventure games, and remind everyone that SA1 paved the way for a much more polished experience in SA2 ,I think people might be more willing to forgive a SA1 remake for some of the rougher edges carried over from the original game.
  13. Anyone want to play some Smash Ultimate?

  14. Bowbowis

    The General 'Murican Politics Thread

    CNN had another bomb scare Thursday and yes, the MAGA crowd is crying "false flag" again.
  15. I'm an American. I live in a state that went for Trump. The first time I saw somebody wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat in real life was in 2018. In London's Parliament Square.

    How's that for crazy?

    1. JezMM


      I live in a pretty unassuming town on the south-east coast of the UK and the other day I saw a confederate flag flying outside of some random person's house, was pretty bizarre.

    2. Patticus


      Racists, and separatists and people ignorant of the nuances of American history, all across Europe, have been appropriating American symbols like the Confederate battle flag for a while now...


      Mark Pitcavage, senior research fellow at the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, says Europeans who use the flag can typically be divided into three groups.

      First, he said, there are the out-and-proud racists. 

      “White supremacists in Europe will often use American hate symbols just as white supremacists here will use hate symbols derived from Europe,” he told HuffPost. “I’ve seen Swedish skinheads with Klan and Confederate tattoos.”

      Neo-Nazis across Europe ― especially in Germany, where displaying the swastika in public is outlawed ― have been known to use the Confederate flag. And they well know what it means, Pitcavage said.

      At an anti-immigrant rally in Poland in 2015, a protester could be seen waving both a White Pride flag and a Confederate flag. And here’s the flag at an anti-refugee rally in Germany that same year:

      The second group of Confederate flag-wavers, Pitcavage said, are right-wing political activists, many of whom have separatist inclinations. 

      The flag, for example, is a common sight at games of the Italian football team Napoli. That’s because many people in southern Italy see common cause with the Confederacy, The Washington Post reported. Both regions once were absorbed or defeated by a larger Northern power ― Rome, in the case of Italy.

      During the Ukraine-Russia conflict, both far-right pro-Kiev groups and pro-Moscow separatists have been seen using the flag, or an approximation of it.

      And the Red Hand Defenders, a protestant paramilitary group in Northern Ireland, often march with the Confederate flag. They claim to do so because there were so many Northern Irish troops in the Confederate army.

      And further south in County Cork, Ireland, soccer fans are known to wave the flag, seeing parallels between the Confederacy and Cork’s history as a “rebel county” in Ireland’s fight against British rule.

      But the most common reason the Confederate flag flies across Europe, Pitcavage said, is ignorance.

      “Even Americans are infamously ignorant of the culture and history of other places,” he said. “Many Europeans don’t have a detailed or nuanced understanding of the U.S. and they sometimes get a Confederate flag because it’s a symbol of Americana to them.”

      “They don’t understand the racial or dark history of that flag and what it represents,” he said. 

      Miroslav Mareš, a professor at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic who studies right-wing extremism, agrees.

      “In some subcultures [the flag] is used without deeper political meaning,” he told HuffPost in an email. “It is simply a symbol of the ‘way of life’ in the U.S. South (tramping, motorcycle gangs, Southern rock scene etc.).”

      One of the clearest example of this is in Sweden, where people involved with the “raggare” subculture are obsessed with Americana ― often wearing cowboy hats and driving around in vintage American cars with Confederate flags. For them, the flag is just another piece of kitsch, divorced from its historical context.


      I would imagine that the MAGA hat will be being worn primarily by nationalist right-wingers and generic racists, white supremacists, etc, right now. Europeans may not be immersed in the nuances of the old Confederate flags, but they know the modern symbols of racist nationalism when they see them.

      It is a bit strange that you haven't seen any Trumpist symbols in your own state though, @Bowbowis. To think of it, I don't know if I've seen any myself, and I'm pretty sure Ohio went Trump too, and I'm in a very rural, conservative part of it (Michael Moore's Trump Land, actually). I see Confederate flags semi-regularly though.

      Could be that people in Trump-leaning states don't feel an explicit need to wear their political allegiance, at least outside general election time.

    3. Speederino


      One of the biggest Trump supporters I've ever known was a Scottish guy. I don't mean Scottish-American, I mean literal Scotsman living in Scotland. And no, I could never properly wrap my head around it.

      As for me, I know I've seen at least one of those hats around.


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