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Console Gaming Discussion / Re: New Switch owner here
« on: April 13, 2021, 06:35:39 PM »
I've been more than happy with my Switch purchase so far. Pac-Man 99 has been a blast during the moments I get to play it. Also can't wait to pick up the Mario Golf game in a couple months too.


Extremely excited for Mario Golf, and love both of the 99 games. I've only gotten so far as 8th in Pac-Man (once, my ONLY time doing better than being in the 30s, so I guess it was a fluke).

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Console Gaming Discussion / Re: New Switch owner here
« on: April 12, 2021, 07:14:07 PM »
what is Switch? I have no idea lol

Going to approach this seriously and hope I haven't been taken in by sarcasm :D

So after the Wii U, Nintendo came out with the Nintendo Switch. Initially there was one version, now there are two (soon to be three). At a low level of explanation:

Nintendo Switch - the original. Basically, a large handheld device that has a separate dock (sold WITH, I think, but a separate physical piece) so that it can be played both on-the-go, and via a TV through the dock connection. Comes with two very small controllers called joy-cons, and has other controllers that can be bought (the "Pro" controller being the most Xbox/PS like). I'm not a huge fan of the joy-cons myself. Has some internal storage, and MicroSD support for add-on storage.


Switch Lite - this is what I own. I use my PS4 (and eventually PS5) for most of my big AAA games and co-op games (Apex Legends, Overwatch, etc), so I wanted something solely for the on-the-go or "I just want to play on the couch while we watch irreverent TV" type of deal, and that's the Lite. CANNOT be docked or hooked up to a TV in any way, you can buy external controllers for it but like a Gameboy, the controls are built into the device on purchase. Little more battery power for on-the-go, little less processing power though so games can be a bit more clunky (I've definitely noticed this with Apex compared to watching others with an actual Switch). I'm very happy with it, because it's exactly what I wanted, and the Nintendo eShop has a robust selection of great indie games, a lot of pixel-based ones too (The Messenger, Shovel Knight, Into the Breach...a lot of indies of the same type I used to buy on Steam).

That being said, I did recently buy a bunch of Mario games, and they play smoothly on the Lite (Mario Maker 2, Mario 3D World, Mario All-Stars which is no longer on sale as of March 31st because Nintendo is weird....)



Nintendo Switch...Pro? - not much known about this, but basically supposed to be a stronger powered version of the regular Switch, to compete with PS5 and XBox S, although not to win that competition. That being said, I think this is mostly hearsay at this point and hasn't OFFICIALLY been unveiled yet, although I could be wrong, I haven't fully followed it.

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Console Gaming Discussion / Re: MLB The Show 21
« on: April 12, 2021, 06:01:14 PM »
Sounds like I should keep playing MLB 19.

This kind of explains the push to have The Show 21 on XBox Game Pass, if they're going for this monetization heavy style (seems to be the way all sports games are going, although we see how Madden 22's "renewed focus on Franchise" works out).

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Chit Chat / Re: The Life Thread
« on: April 06, 2021, 05:40:55 PM »
I remember that and on best days I could complete that shit lol.
Remember the Tae Bo fad?


I think I was a kid back then but I definitely remember the commercials (that was Billy Blanks, right?)

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Chit Chat / Re: The Life Thread
« on: April 06, 2021, 03:57:11 PM »
Honestly, way back in my Navy days (so...................literally over a decade ago), I used that "Beachbody Insanity" with Shaun T at home, and lost a ton of weight. I pirated it back then, not sure how easy or tough that is these days but it was a great at home workout for shedding weight. Sure there was some muscle building too there but it wasn't the main focus (whereas I think P90x, at the time, was considered the muscle builder). Plus Insanity didn't require any additional items (no weights or cables or anything), just a full body workout.

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Chit Chat / Re: The Life Thread
« on: April 06, 2021, 03:21:22 PM »
Thought we had a thread about books but it appears we only have book reviews, which is fine, but I'm not done with this book so I can't really review it, so I guess I'll double up on replies here -



I bought a few books that I haven't read yet during this pandemic, mostly focused on historical pop culture and/or generally the 70s. I'm building some sort of curriculum for myself, to what end I don't really know.

Right now I've got The Great Movies III by Roger Ebert on my shelf, and I've started digging into Hoberman's An Army of Phantoms, which is part of a 3-book series (although I missed out on the first book so may need to go back) covering movies from the 50s through the Reagan years. Hoberman's books contain bibliographies, so I'm basically keeping track of other books he references in his notations (as well as movies he spends extended time on), and am building out a Goodreads list of books based on those books, and a Letterboxd list of movies based on those references, which I'll do with each book as I go.

I've got a few lists on Goodreads started of books I've read up on that I either want to buy about the 70s:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/16962625-michael-grella?ref=nav_mybooks&shelf=70s-reads

or about movies and their history around that time period:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/16962625-michael-grella?ref=nav_mybooks&shelf=movies-tv-want-to-read

Or general past culture (more music than movies, but there's a few bits I'd like to read more about certain people. As you can tell from the list, The Andrews Sisters are one of those I'm curious on):
https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/16962625-michael-grella?ref=nav_mybooks&shelf=movies-tv-want-to-read



Assuming I ever read all of these, and/or more, what will I do with this knowledge? i don't know. Maybe I'll win more bar trivia. But it interests me, so, here I go.





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Console Gaming Discussion / Disco Elysium
« on: April 06, 2021, 02:53:11 PM »
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/games/disco-elysium/

Has been out on PC for a few years, although I've never played it. Picked it up yesterday and played for about 2 hours or so. Easy to tell this is a LONG game (I'd imagine around total RDR2 playthrough time, if not longer, but I don't fully know yet).

You play as a detective with a serious alcohol problem in a dystopian city, as you navigate various social and political entities and environments as you attempt to catch a murderer (or murders? Maybe?) I'd been waiting for this to come out on PS4 since the console release was announced, and so far haven't been disappointed.

RDR2 was well-noted for just the amount of vocal work in the game, amongst the main cast and especially the extras/side characters, and Disco Elysium is no different ("Disco Elysium has added full voice acting and new quests in the Final Cut update. Fascinating detective RPG Disco Elysium today becomes bigger and fancier with its Final Cut, released as a free update. The Final Cut adds voice acting (one million spoken words, they claim"))

You have 4 different stats (Intelligence and Psychology, which I put all my points into, then Strength and I think....Motivation?), and with those stats comes extra skills that you upgrade with skill points earned via XP (Currently I have the Suggestion skill upgraded 2 points, so I get extra dialogue options with the potential to basically incept the people I'm talking to).

Like I said, not very far myself, but if you're looking for a single player game with a ton of detail, easy to learn and play (there's a lot going on but it never feels like a burden, and the UI is simple and intuitive) and that'll last you a bit, can't go wrong here.

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Chit Chat / Re: The Life Thread
« on: April 06, 2021, 02:48:03 PM »
I have been pretty potato-y during the whole pandemic. It's strange though, we went snowshoeing back in January during a small vacation (AirBnB, out in the mountains), and I felt pretty good.

This weekend, we went to a tulip festival and did some grilling outside on Sunday, and my legs and, strangely, my arms were SO SORE yesterday. Just a shit ton of tension in my shoulders, and this weird pain around my left bicep. Naturally I feel fine today because I guess it was just more activity than my body's used to lately, but YIKES.

So anyways I'm finally starting the most minimal workout routine since I'm WFH anyway (a few exercises with a set of just 5 reps for each hour of work) which, I'll increase week to week to, not to GET JACKED or LOSE ALL THE WEIGHT, but apparently to put my body back into just a state of "can handle the slightest uptick in physical activity," because damn.

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Chit Chat / Re: Your Unpopular Opinion
« on: March 26, 2021, 03:09:07 PM »
I'm always around, even if I don't talk as much (I wish I had your guys love and appreciation of music...) Still, especially during this pandemic but even before, it's been really nice to have BSB still here and to shoot the back and forth with you guys (with surprise appearances by BBB and Tider that one time).

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Chit Chat / Re: The TV thread
« on: March 12, 2021, 05:35:55 PM »
Whenever we start a new show, we usually give it at least three episodes before we quit if we're not feeling it. So, although I'm watching this show alone, figured I could give it a review since I just watched the third episode.

Superman and Lois

I'm honestly already head over heels for this show. I never got into any of the superhero TV stuff, I didn't watch Gotham, I never watched any of the other CW shows (Green Arrow, Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman), and I haven't watched a single episode of WandaVision, so this isn't simply me being a comic book geek. I'm picky of my live action TV.

That being said, I also have a preference for my Superman (Supermen?) I enjoyed Cavill's performance in the latest Superman movies, even if I didn't care much for that Superman's characterization (nor much of the movie around him in at least 2 of his latest showings).

Superman and Lois' Superman/Clark Kent is played by Tyler Hoechlin, reprising the role he played in CW's Supergirl (and the "Arrowverse" in general). I don't know much about the CW DC-verse, except they had some multiverse shenanigans which are supposedly all settled, but may be playing into the plot of this show.

The first two episodes work as a sort of two-parter, with the initial pilot running longer than a normal episode. The pilot begins with the usual recap that rushes through what we already know: Krypton, baby rocket, Jonathan and Martha, Superman, Lois. Then it keeps going, and now we see in addition to the usual (Daily Planet, Metropolis), Lois and Supes also have two teenage boys this time around.

The show plays as a family show, for sure, and I like that about it. This is back to the big blue boy scout, aw-shucks type Superman, but takes him out of his element by giving him this family to care for in addition to the entire world (live action-wise. In the comics, Superboy's been around as well as other Kent-Lane kids I think, and of course Superman Returns broached this subject a bit, but nowhere near as in depth as this show).

The main premise is simple: After returning to Smallville for a brief period, Lois and Clark decide to move back to get their kids out of the big city for more family time, and so Clark can give back to a community he sees as having raised him. Naturally, this doesn't solve everything, because he's still Superman and has to spend time away, and meanwhile a Jeff Bezos type, Morgan Edge, is eyeing Smallville for his next big project (bring jobs to the town type of thing), despite the last town he bought out failing to achieve anything he promised which sets Lois Lane on her own investigative journey. Things become even more complicated when Superman is attacked by a mysterious, powerful figure who seems to know who he is, where he's from and his entire history. Naturally, all we know about him is that he goes by the name "Captain Luthor," but it's not QUITE what you think.

Being on the CW, I was expecting something not particularly great, as I'm pretty much only familiar with Riverdale from the CW (and Sabrina, which was Netflix show, but made by the same people). Superman and Lois is NOT that. The two teenage boys are actually pretty realistic, rather than just angsty teenage stereotypes (I wouldn't even refer to Jonathan as an angsty teenager, which is great!), and the show really solves the Superman problem by grounding it in Smallville with the attention being how he goes about raising these kids and working on his marriage with Lois, while also still trying to be the world's hero.



Lot of great stuff in these first three episodes. The Captain Luthor bit takes up time in the first two episodes, and I found the payoff there (so far) to be really satisfying. I'm enjoying Lois having her own sort of villain in Morgan Edge, and the boys high school storyline is actually keeping me interested (it never gets super melodramatic, or feels inauthentic to the highschool/teenager experience, like a Riverdale, and also leads to a pretty amazing football montage in the third episode). I'm excited to see where this goes, but have been very happy with the first three episodes so far. Apparently the pilot was one of CW's most watched ever and it's also their most streamed show already (which seems surprising given that Supernatural is one of theirs....)


Anyways, if you haven't checked it out yet, like your goofy Clark Kent type Superman, I'd highly recommend it.

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Chit Chat / Re: The Movies Thread
« on: March 09, 2021, 01:39:10 PM »
https://www.bizbuysell.com/Business-Opportunity/hi-way-drive-in-movie-theater-in-upstate-ny/1814375


I've got 5,000, who's putting up the other 870,000 with me? Guys? Anyone?

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Console Gaming Discussion / Re: New Switch owner here
« on: March 08, 2021, 11:32:16 PM »
I went from "I don't need Mario All-Stars, I've played Mario 64 enough in my life" to "I'm getting all 120 of these fricking stars at least once on my life" pretty quick, but it was worth it. On to Sunshine next I guess.




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Chit Chat / Re: The TV thread
« on: February 25, 2021, 05:01:03 PM »
Search Party Seasons 2-4

So just to see this thing through and get some quick thoughts out, we finished up the rest of the series a bit ago. Seasons 2 and 3 are pretty much in sync with season 1, as the events of that season lead into and inform the events of those two seasons. All-in-all, I was very happy with them, season 2 probably being the highlight for me (and probably the darkest season of all four).

Season 3 was a bit of a genre change and provided some delightful moments (Elliott's lawyer, as played by Chelsea Peretti) and down moments (as Crewe pointed out in the spoilers above, there are mirrored scenes early in season 3 with Dory and Portia, and the Portia part is just so heartbreaking to watch).

Season 4's probably the biggest break, with a pretty out-there concept (that takes from multiple Stephen King stories, but mainly Misery) and the group split up. I think I liked this season the least out of all four, as it seems the most disconnected from what we've seen so far, which isn't a bad thing, just an adjustment. That being said, the ending isn't quite as ambiguous as I had been lead to believe. It's very reminiscent of the penultimate episode of
Spoiler: show
Bojack Horseman
, so I don't think the continuity is destroyed, but I imagine it'll have a large effect on the character involved.

Regardless, a very good show, highly worth a recommendation. At 10 episodes a season, about 22-23 minutes per episode, it's a pretty quick watch (especially during quarantine), but very rewarding.

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Chit Chat / Re: The Life Thread
« on: February 19, 2021, 11:45:53 PM »
Grateful for your safety, and glad your family's doing well, one burst pipe aside.

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Chit Chat / Re: The Life Thread
« on: February 19, 2021, 02:37:59 PM »
Soooooo....how's it going, Crewe?

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