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  1. Oment

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    There are a surprising amount of sites that I frequented when I was under half my current age that are still up, and it never ceases to amaze me that they've somehow endured.
     
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    Way too late. This was a meme 12 minutes after the announcement.
     
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    Mike Laidlaw (one of old BioWare's biggest names, worked on Jade Empire and all 3 Dragon Age games) announced on Twitter that he's joined Ubisoft Quebec as Creative Director for an unannounced project.

    This is interesting news to me. Mike left BioWare after DA:I, that was when BW just went straight downhill. I'm not saying that Laidlaw's leaving caused this, just that he was another one of the BW people who left and then BW golden era came crashing down. KOTOR, JE, Dragon Age, the ME trilogy... We all know what happened with their next game after DA:I. I hope Mike is working on a new RPG IP, though I don't know how likely that is, given that the closest thing Ubisoft has to an RPG is FarCry, and I'd never call FarCry an RPG before calling it an FPS.

    Ubisoft used to be the most ridiculed among the AAA names, mostly due to lackluster AC games after Black Flag and the ever sad client that is UPlay. But then they decided not to release an annual AC sequel in 2016 and AC:Origins was hailed as super and reviving the franchise. Of course Ubisoft seems to be going back to their derivative MMO-lite open world ways, given that Odyssey is basically a reskin of Origins.

    But Ubisoft has surprisingly avoided the wrath of gamers lately, though I don't give them credit for that, it's very much the fallout of everyone else racing to build the highest fuckshit stack.

    EA... where to even begin. From lootbox fuckery to killing Titanfall 2, pride and accomplishment, ME:Andromeda, Patrick "don't buy BFV" Soderlund. Then BFV releases with a quarter of the content greyed out behind "coming soon", game goes on a 50% sale a week after release. Btw, no one is talking about Anthem. No one. It's actually astonishing how nonexistent marketing is for it.

    Activision/Blizzard demonstrated an astounding disconnect with their playerbase by announcing a Diablo mobile game at Blizzcon, an event attended by Blizzard's PC-based hardcore fans. What a spectacle.

    Bethesda, in true Bethesda style, released a broken game in 2015, modders fixed it, then Bethesda released another broken game in the same franchise featuring the same bugs that modders fixed in the last game. The PR fuckup with the Deluxe Edition and the canvas bag, now it turns out there was an information leak. Holy shit, Bethesda seems determined to outdo EA. I'm not linking to the leak articles because I refuse to give Kotaku/Polygon/etc clicks.

    Even CDPR, the beloved AAA studio, didn't miss an opportunity to call some of their fans harassers because they had to appease game journos after a tweet referencing Gamergate.

    Games journalism continues to be absolutely retarded.

    I can only stare in stunned amazement at the garbage fire that is the game industry right now. I cannot fathom what 2019 will bring.
     
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    As some of you may recall, at the start of the year, there was a brief debate about Formula One’s new cockpit protection device, the Halo, introduced for the 2018 season.

    Similar to the majority opinion of fans, I was critical of its introduction, however, my objections mainly lay with a) Jean Todt introducing a device that looked both extremely ungainly and, while having undergone cursory track testing, had never actually seen any extensive running under real-world conditions, and b) having done so via what comes pretty close to an executive order against the majority of drivers’ and teams’ opinion. (Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff is on record as saying that he “wanted to take a chainsaw to it” the first time he saw it on his car.)

    After a year, though, I can (somewhat) proudly announce that I am now a supporter of the Halo, for various reasons.

    1. While there’s still the occasional “hiccup” when a car is shown from a weird angle, I generally don’t notice it anymore. Camera positions on the cars as well as the incorporation of the Halo into the car designs might also be adjusted for future seasons and sets of regulations.

    2. F1’s graphics department actually made a pretty cool overlay for cockpit cameras that hid/utilised the Halo’s arc, featuring the usual mixture of throttle/brake application, speed, gears and revs, which was introduced for the Baku round of the championship in April.

    3. It brought with it some interesting marketing applications. In addition to teams featuring social media handles, driver abbreviations and race numbers on their Halos, both Force India and McLaren announced sponsorship deals with flip flop companies. (Also, the former’s bright pink Halo actually looked pretty cool with their paint scheme.)

    4. Most importantly, it may already have saved drivers from serious injury. In addition to the Halo averting a tyre that was on course for Formula 2 driver Tadasuke Makino’s head during a crash in may, the FIA today released its findings on an incident that took place in August, at the notorious La Source hairpin in Spa, in which Fernando Alonso went over the top of Charles Leclerc’s car. Said findings revealed that without a Halo, Leclerc would have gotten a faceful of Alonso’s front wing endplate (even though, admittedly, the severity of that clash was impossible to determine).

    Details can be found in the following article:

    https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/140545/halo-saved-leclerc-from-visor-strike-in-spa-crash

    Lastly, F1 race director Charlie Whiting said of a comparison with IndyCar’s still-in-development Aeroscreen, that it would not have held up remotely as well. F1 and IndyCar are in communication over their respective devices, so the future might yet hold some more interesting developments. For the moment, however, the Halo is here to stay.
     
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    Leclerc could have literally lost his head in that incident without the halo there, so yea, I'd say the argument is pretty much over at this point. There will always be grumbling, but I can't see any real arguments against it holding up anymore.
     
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    AI tech is still extraordinarily limited, the best programs relying on supervised learning techniques --- that is, it has to be "trained" on pre-labeled data sets. China's unique edge in AI is likely the data factories filled with masses of workers (cheap relative to the US --- Chinese labor is expensive for third world by this point) manually labelling images for input.

    ProPublica/Atlantic effort on how the IRS was gutted through a decade of periodic Republican manufacture of fake scandals, their especial expertise. It is understaffed, underbudgeted, hamstrung, and operating off archaic equipment; particularly as many ACA provisions depend on IRS consideration, and by now has been pressured into auditing impoverished Americans at virtually the same rates as the rich.
     
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    Chang'e 4 reportedly landed on the far side of the moon, a much harder feat than US/Soviet moon landings.

    The ridiculous thing is the program was shielded entirely, even to Chinese media. No publicly available live feeds, so people were getting latent updates only through text/twitter.
     
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    Which, honestly, makes me doubt the legitimacy of it. China's far from above claiming an achievement they didn't manage, and since it's on the dark side of the moon, there's no readily available way, as far as I'm aware anyway, to independently confirm it like there is with the landings the US managed.
     
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    This also might be their millionth attempt at landing on the dark side of the moon.
     
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    The landing site is, in fact, surrounded by the corpses of failed previous attempts.
     
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    Aquaman is now the highest grossing film of DCEU. Just short of 900 mln, it has a straight shot at 1 bln total box office.

    Another pebble for the "this truly is the X-est timeline" pile. I mean, congrats, I guess, but also what the fuck.
     
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    12 years ago you wouldn't believe the top Superheros of their franchises would be fucking Aquaman and Ironman.
     
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    Apparently people exist who think that Black Panther should have won the Best Picture Golden Globe over Bohemian Rhapsody. I'm counfounded.

    Still haven't seen it, but Spiderverse won Best Animated Feature.
     
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    Say what now?

    Seriously though, I haven‘t seen Bohemian Rhapsody, but in my opinion, both BlacKkKlansmen & A Star Is Born were superior movies to Black Panther. It‘s one of the better Marvel films, but that‘s about it.

    Meanwhile, the Danes are apparently trying to build "Europe‘s Silicon Valley" (Guardian). Good luck to them.
     
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    But muh black panther and muh black culture celebration. :eyeroll

    I get that it was great because there are literally no black super hero movies of note, but I think its getting out of hand at this point.

    On merits alone, it wasn't that good of a movie. There were things that could have been executed better.
     
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    I can't really offer an informed opinion, as I haven't seen Bohemian Rhapsody, but is "people have different opinions about films" really that newsworthy?

    Spider-Verse was astonishing though. I haven't seen most of its competitors from the Globes, but it seems like a worthy win.
     
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    Definitely didn't deserve its own thread, so...
     
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