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  1. James Earl Jones has announced he's retired from voicing Darth Vader, but has given permission for his voice to be recreated/imitated with AI and other actors. Original source, if you can get past the paywall: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2022/09/darth-vaders-voice-emanated-from-war-torn-ukraine Non-paywalled summary: https://www.cbr.com/james-earl-jones-darth-vader-voice-rights-retires-star-wars/ Of course, the top comment about this news on r/movies is...
  2. Only a tiny fraction of them! I agree there won't be many streamers active right now who'll still be doing it more than a decade from now. But my point is that in the '50s and early '60s, people assumed that each band making teenybopper pop music was just a fad, and their careers would end when their fans grew out of it. That was true for most of them, but a few of them ended up growing up alongside their fans, and having careers far longer than anyone imagined. At the time, that was "uncharted territory" (as you put it). That's why I'm wary of assuming that everyone streaming video games will have a short shelf life. Most of them will fizzle out and fade away, but a small proportion of them will go on for a very long time.
  3. Mark my words! Predictions that streamers will have short careers will age about as well as the people in the 1960s who assumed that Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger wouldn't still be performing beyond the age of 30. Yep: I predict there's at least one streamer active today who'll still be making a career out of it in 30+ years! By then, video games might not be the big streaming activity, but there'll be some hobby that lots of people pay to watch other people do.
  4. Killing John Wick's dog. Stealing Tony Jaa's elephant.
  5. Bruges in In Bruges. Because it's a fairytale town, isn't it? All those canals and bridges and cobbled streets and those churches, all that beautiful fucking fairytale stuff...
  6. I'm still curious to see how assigning normal and special moves to your custom character will work. Is your custom character limited to cloning their whole moveset from an existing SF character? Or will your avatar be able to mix and match specials from different characters, but be limited to one special move of each type? (One projectile, one anti-air, one command grab etc.) Or even (most unlikely, as it'd be absurdly unbalanced) will you be able to give your character multiple special moves of the same type? (e.g. a forward DP+punch to do Ryu's Shoryuken, a forward DP+kick to do Cammy's Cannon Spike, reverse DP+kick to do Fei Long's* flame kick, and a vertical charge to do Guile's Flash Kick?) * (Yes I know he's not in the game but it's the only reverse DP move I can think of.) Also, presumably input motions will have to match the original character the move came from, right? Seems unlikely that you'll be able to reassign the commands to different inputs, letting you do a Flash Kick but with a DP motion, or a Hundred Hand Slap but with a fireball motion!
  7. The Guardian has an extract from Rob Wilkins's biography of Terry: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/sep/17/i-think-i-was-good-though-i-could-have-been-better-terry-pratchett-and-the-writing-of-his-life It includes this story:
  8. I saw the thread title and my very first thought was "running directly away from a collapsing spaceship in the direction it's moving." I didn't even hate that moment, or the film as a whole, but it was the first thing I thought of because the Internet has trained me well over the last decade.
  9. Will the comments in this thread complaining how long that bit went on for eventually go on for so long that they stop being tedious and become funny?
  10. Nick R


    Ten years later, here's a THREAD BUMP for anyone who wants to see this on the big screen...
  11. Colour key from: https://www.streetfighter.com/6/en-uk/mode/fightingground.html?p=1
  12. I can think of a few things from remasters of games that were inexplicably changed for the worse compared to the originals: In Halo Master Chief Collection, why can you choose to display EITHER score OR time, when the original Halo 3 and Reach let you show both at once? Most recently, I played through Ninja Gaiden Sigma 1 and 2 when they were added to Game Pass. Sigma 2 has a lot of changes for the worse compared to the original NG2 (such as reduced enemy counts, removal of the Tests of Valour) and a few changes for the better (no water mines!). But there's one change I found that's really bizarre: why the heck did they change it so that you're only allowed to do weapon upgrades for free at specific fixed intervals as you progress through the game, when the original let you spend money to upgrade whenever you could afford it? Without the need to pay for weapon upgrades, consumables are so cheap they might as well be free. Maybe on higher difficulties this change does improve the game's balance (I haven't played them yet), but based on my initial playthrough, it removed a layer of risk/reward from the game.
  13. Nothing to do with Frontiers but here's an impressive fan-made cel-shaded Sonic:
  14. Tornado's broadcast has been postponed again. It's currently scheduled for Thursday 29 Sept at 23:15. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001c2mq
  15. Splinter Cell 1 and Pandora Tomorrow (single player) felt really awkward to go back to after playing Chaos Theory. That third game balanced and polished the stealth so that being detected felt a lot more consistent and predictable than in the first two games.
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