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  1. I loved the first season, but it changes things up a little for the next three and becomes one of my all time favourite shows.
  2. Aside from the implied support of buying the game funding Rowling's transphobia, surely it's enough that people just don't want to give money to the hateful person? I've seen lots of posts here trying to justify it because it's just "a drop in the ocean" for her, or indeed somehow a positive thing as it's not "surrendering the argument". After all the best form of protest is no protest at all, as it's the last thing they'll be expecting! Personally my main reason for not wanting to give her my money is because I don't like giving money to hateful bigots, regardless of what impact it would or wouldn't have. And sure, there are better ways to make an impact than not buying a game, but I really don't see how that makes it okay to just buy it anyway and make no impact at all. It's really easy not to buy it. As for this thread, I'm starting to think the best solution is just to put it on ignore. It's just too depressing otherwise.
  3. Absolutely not, for the same reason that any other TV show thread doesn't assume you've read the book, comic or whatever it's based on. This show in particular has apparently reached far more people than have played the games, based on game sales and current viewing figures, so it would be very unfair to assume most people have played the games. That doesn't mean you can't talk about the games, obviously, but keep it to clearly marked spoiler tags.
  4. They talk about this in the podcast:
  5. I thought the last season was brilliant when it aired. It felt like everyone involved was just having a great time, and included a really good time loop episode. The show managed to reinvent itself several times to varying levels of success, but it always managed to feel fresh at least.
  6. Yeah that was brilliant. Vague spoilers ahead:
  7. The show will presumably have an original story though. I think the character and the "brand" are hugely recognisable in spite of the stories, and it's that which Amazon will want to to draw upon rather than come up with their own "Adventure Lady".
  8. I've just started to get back into the first season, having watched the first three episodes or so when they came out, and it definitely improves as it goes on. That's probably not too different to the average DnD campaign to be fair, and everyone settles down a bit and rounds out their characters.
  9. Any 3.1 soundbar should do the trick, as you just need a centre speaker to stop voices being mixed into the left and right speakers. I remember having to manually switch from 5.1 to 2.1 on old DVDs to get audible voices back.
  10. That's fair, but while "safe" and boring I don't think I'd class them as problematic in the same way some of the other examples in this thread are.
  11. It really weirds me out to the point where I've avoided many Japanese games I'd otherwise be interested in. I do think the Yakuza games are probably better than some of the other examples here. I don't remember anything particular dodgy in Yakuza: LAD, and it's a rare example of a JRPG dealing with characters my actual age (and certainly not underage!). I get the impression that part of the issue is that a lot of Japanese games seem to be aimed squarely at horny, straight male teenagers. That doesn't excuse the content of course, but I wonder if there's less of a market over there for older gamers?
  12. Harry Potter has always appealed to people way outside the original target age group. I started reading them in my late teens, but there were people far older than me queuing to buy the books on launch day. It was a widely reported phenomenon. Until Rowling's transphobic views came out I still loved Harry Potter. I went to see The Cursed Child a few years ago and thought it was fantastic. I went to see Fantastic Beasts as well, which was, well. I would definitely be interested in this game if it wasn't for Rowling's views.
  13. No? Once again, nobody's saying that buying the game means you are supportive of Rowling's views. Buying the game absolutely supports her and her views, but that doesn't magically transform the buyer into a bigot if they're not already. This is the first time I've ever seen anyone trying to twist a boycott into somehow supporting the target. You'll have to explain this I'm afraid. Are you saying people against Brexit should have voted for it instead?
  14. Now we're just going round in circles, but once again it isn't ceding anything to not reward Rowling for her views. It's very easy to not buy this game. And yes, I have no doubt the game will be very successful. That doesn't mean I should want to be a part of that.
  15. I haven't said this. I've said many times that a purchase of the game is perceived this way, regardless of the intention of the person buying it. Lots of people will buy this game and be completely in the dark regarding Rowling's views, but the success of the game will still be used to indicate support. Again, I have claimed no such thing. There is certainly transphobic content in her Strike novels, but Harry Potter's issues lie more in the realms of casual racism (Cho Chang, 'nuff said), and indeed the general attitude towards not challenging the toxic status quo. That steve video essay on the subject posted a while ago addresses this stuff perfectly, highlighting for instance how Hermione is teased for her anti-slavery activism, and eventually proven "wrong" for wanting to free the house elves. It's not like the pages of Harry Potter are filled with overt hatred and bigotry, but you'd have to be very selective to not think they're at all problematic.
  16. I also agree with it though. Buying the game is a show of support. It sends a message that you're okay with what she's doing, or at least don't care about it. Besides it takes an impressive amount of doublethink to think that buying a product that directly benefits Rowling is somehow a protest.
  17. That's demonstrably not true though. That narrative already exists, as shown by Rowling's own tweets.
  18. You're misinterpreting what I'm saying. My whole point is that there's no nuance involved in making a purchase. There's no tick box when you place the order to say whether you agree with Rowling's views, but the implication remains. A purchase of the game shows support for Rowling's views whether you actually support them or not. I don't think anyone on this forum would agree with the hate spewed by Rowling. At least I certainly hope so!
  19. I'd also add that buying games, tech or whatever else produced in any part from exploitation of workers (that is, most stuff) is generally not perceived as showing support for those practices. Businesses know they're being awful, or at least know they'll be perceived as such and try and hide this fact as much as possible. Buying this game however is basically giving Rowling a thumbs up to keep doing what she's doing. She thinks she's in the right, and is being bolstered by her own, ever growing echo chamber of people who now feel similarly empowered. Did you read the rest of my post? Once again; "Ultimately, it's never a bad thing to show support to marginalised people who deserve it. It's better to support a single cause than it is to support nothing, and it's never a good argument to suggest people must either boycott everything or nothing at all."
  20. Spreading and normalising bigotry > screwing over workers in my book. That's not to say that the latter isn't terrible, it's also a fundamental part of capitalism. Companies will always do everything they can get away with to exploit workers and minimise costs while benefitting execs and shareholders, and it seems nothing short of a full blown revolution is going to change this. I am absolutely not defending this, but I'm not about to stop buying stuff because capitalism, because that simply isn't practical. Rowling is an absolute arsehole who is obsessed with demonising trans people because of her bigotry. It's a particular brand of bigotry which seems to be becoming more and more acceptable in the UK, due in no small part to Rowling and people like her, and it's making life increasingly horrible for trans people. Ultimately, it's never a bad thing to show support to marginalised people who deserve it. It's better to support a single cause than it is to support nothing, and it's never a good argument to suggest people must either boycott everything or nothing at all. You're probably right, but I don't think anyone here is suggesting we're going to bankrupt Rowling by not buying a game. It's simply a matter of whether you want to show support for her and her views.
  21. As a new parent myself, the Steam Deck has been very handy to have around. Portability is obviously a big help, but quick resume is also a godsend. As for quick tactics games, I haven't played it but Into The Breach is meant to have quick, small scale (well, large scale but low unit count) battles. It's maybe more puzzely than Xcom but might scratch that itch. This is completely not what you're asking for, but I've been enjoying the odd visual novel recently and Coffee Talk is the perfect visual novel for the short of time. It's only about four hours long, according to HLTB, and so far each chapter has only lasted a few minutes. It's short and snappy with interesting, well written characters, and mixing drinks for them all is oddly engaging.
  22. You could decide that based on "a man with some weird opinions", or check out the opinion of everybody here. Up to you.
  23. Thanks! I've been curious about the game for a while, but was disappointed to see it had no Steam Deck compatibility info whatsoever. I think I'll give this a look in that case.
  24. Boom shakalakalaka! Boom shakalakalaka! Hey there! Hey there! Three bags full! Weirdly that's one of my strongest memories of the show. It's not a good scene, but it's certainly memorable.
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