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  1. 2016 National Football League (NFL) Regular Season

    Packers' front office needs to stop being so stubborn about acquiring players outside of the draft imo. It worked for a while, but I think that's largely because of the greatness of Aaron Rodgers (not to mention one of their key impact defenders a few years ago was Charles Woodson, who wasn't drafted by the team). It's honestly just straight-up weird how they seem to just refuse to use any other avenues for improving their roster. They cut Knile Davis before he even had a chance to possibly show anything (was acquired aday or two before their game and was cut almost immediately afterward), probably because they were terrified of giving up a 7th round pick. It's just bizarre. They signed a way-past-his-prime Julius Peppers a few years ago, but they'd be smart to start using trades and free agency to their advantage more.
  2. Nintendo Switch

    I see where you're coming from with this, but it's worth pointing out that Nintendo's handheld devices have been stronger for them than their home console counterparts going back to the original Game Boy for the most part, except for maybe a brief period of time at the beginning of the Wii's lifespan. 3DS, which launched back in 2011,had a rough launch but it rebounded and ended up moving a lot of units. I do agree that with smartphone games and the such there's a tougher market for a handheld video game than there was compared to the 90's or 00's, but the performance of the 3DS has to at least be somewhat reassuring. I think the fact that this seems to be Nintendo unifying their portable console market and home console market should help them. Nintendo's always had a habit of keeping certain games to certain consoles, with the home console being their machine for 3D Mario, Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros, and Zelda while their handheld console is for things like Pokemon and Animal Crossing (and now you even have something like Fire Emblem suddenly becoming a very popular series an incredible 22 years after the first entry in the series released). If this machine is really going to be the house of both future Pokemon games and future Zelda/Mario games, then I'm interested to see if it can sustain itself basically off of that alone. The Japanese market is actually where Nintendo handhelds have dominated as of late, so I'm very interested to see how this console will do there. The Wii U did horribly in Japan (and mostly everywhere) while the 3DS cleaned up. The Japanese market is known for being partial toward handheld consoles, but I wonder if the fact that this seems to be a bit of a hybrid between handheld and home console may actually harm it in Japan relative to the 3DS and DS. My hunch is that as long as it keeps getting Pokemon, Yokai Watch, and Monster Hunter games in Japan, it'll probably be fine. As a Nintendo fan, I'm really excited over the prospect of both of their previous console archetypesbeing unified if that's actually what's happening. Having a lot of my favorite handheld series (Fire Emblem, Pokemon, Mario & Luigi) and my favorite home console series (3D Mario, Zelda, Metroid, etc, etc) available on one console means this could end up having one of my favorite video game libraries to date.
  3. New Toho Godzilla in 2016

    Just got back from this. Was pretty cool. More politics than I expected, but I also liked the politics and the human characters much more than I was expecting so it was fine by me. Soundtrack sounded like it was basically lifted straight from Neon Genesis Evangelion.First Godzilla movie I've seen and it was pretty damn good, honestly.
  4. Bands that make you change radio stations

    Steve Miller Band and Foreigner are big ones.
  5. New Toho Godzilla in 2016

    I've never seen a Godzilla movie before, but I'm curious with HideakiAnno (the creator of Neon Genesis Evangelion)being a director.
  6. NBA Playoffs 2016

    I've seen plenty of games. Don't really see how an incredibly close Game 7 in the Finals between the two best teams in the league, with the huge underdog prevailing, isn't good? The defensive slog over the last 5 minutes of the game was some of the most intense basketball I've ever seen. The game was capped with great moments like LeBron's incredible block on Iguodala, Kevin Love's great defense on Curry's last 3 point shot, and that Kyrie Irving 3 pointer to break the stalemate. I don't see how this wasn't one of the greatest games ever played. There are two types of people who I can see not liking this game: Warriors fans (understandable; I'd be gutted if I were a Warriors fan) and shitty petty LeBron James haters (which are numerous, and they're some of the worst sports fans in the world).
  7. NBA Playoffs 2016

    Game 7 was the best game I've ever seen.
  8. E3 - 2016

    Most people think that Retro Studios is making a game for NX right now and a lot of people are speculating it'll be another Metroid game. Whatever game they're working on, it's been in development for nearly 3 years at this point, though it probably switched from the Wii U to the NX at some point which may slow down development a little.
  9. E3 - 2016

    I don't really think it would make sense for there to be towns in this setting. Seems like a world in ruin for the most part with just sparse traces of living humans/Hylians/whatever. I just hope there's enough to do in this world. It looks massive so it needs a lot of content to fill it up.
  10. E3 - 2016

    - I thought the only great conference was Sony's. EA's, Bethesda's, and the PC Gaming Show were dreadful. Microsoft's was okay I guess. - I'm shocked at how good the new Call of Duty was. I had no clue it was actually Call of Duty until like 3/4 of the way through what they showed. It looked like they're actually trying with that franchise for the first time in years. What I especially like is that the gun gameplay is still unmistakably Call of Duty, but there's just so much going on that it looks like an entirely different game. A better one, at that. - The other shocker at these conferences was the Resident Evil VII reveal. I don't think anyone knew what that game was until the title showed up at the end of the bit they showed. Fans of survival horror games should be hyped, though as of now we don't know a ton about the game. - I was really surprised to see Hideo Kojima make an appearance. I thought for sure any reference to his new project would take years. His new studio isn't even a year old at this point. - The new God of War looks fantastic. I'm not a big fan of super violent button mashing beat 'em up games. This looks like a great change in direction for the franchise if this is a reboot, or even if it's a distant sequel. - Horizon: Zero Dawn still looks really good. Kind of disappointed that it's not coming out until February, but it looks great and I have plenty of other games to play in the meantime. - I'm really glad that most of the Xbox One games were announced to be playable on Windows 10. The only Xbox exclusive I'm really looking forward to is Scalebound, but it's nice to know I won't have to drop money on a new console just for that. - Actually looking forward to the Crash Bandicoot remasters. I love those games. - The new Legend of Zelda looks amazing. I was really worried about it being open world, but it looks pretty great. It looks like you can do so much in this world. There are tons of mini-dungeons. I think my main worry right now is that the world will feel empty, but with so many mini-dungeons hopefully it won't be an issue. The art style and graphics both look amazing. I love the little signs of actual life that the enemies leave behind. It's a pretty small thing at the end of the day, but it goes a long way in making the world feel more alive. I do think the game should have some semblance of a structured narrative, but we'll have to wait and see. I also like how you have access to most weapon types from the start and that the unlockable weapons seem to be more intricate designs. It never really did make sense that you had to wait so long to have access to a weapon as simple as a bow and arrow. But yeah the game looks great. I'm still slightly worried as open world games have never been my favorite, but the early look has been pretty reassuring.
  11. RIP Abominable Homan

    He was one of my favorite posters here when he was more active. RIP.
  12. The RPG Thread.

    I've heard similar things about Shadow Dragon. It's the reason I never really went out of my way to get it even though I like the series. I've played through both Birthright and Conquest and I'm about halfway through Revelation at this point. It's really damn fun. There are tons of characters (there may be more than Radiant Dawn, which had a huge number). The plot's actually pretty good. The gameplay's more or less the same as usual, but now there are variants of each weapons for the different countries (which I don't think actually has much gameplay impact). Conquest is much much harder than Birthright. Birthright is a lot more straightforward and usually boils down to "rout the enemy", but Conquest has more variation in mission objectives and places you in very difficult situations regularly. I personally preferred Conquest. For people new to the series, Birthright is probably the better starting place, though (or maybe Awakening is). I've gotten ~40 hours out of each of the three routes (estimating for Revelation), and this doesn't count resets when losing units. The first route you buy costs $40 and at that point you can buy the other two for $20 each in-game. So you're basically paying $80 for the full experience, but Nintendo wasn't full of shit when they said that each route contains a full game. Birthright and Conquest both had slightly more chapters than Awakening did and rank pretty high in chapter count for the whole series. Overall I'm very happy with the games. It's also nice to see that the sales were very high. Looking forward to more Fire Emblem in a few years. It's crazy to think that Nintendo was thinking of shutting down the series if Awakening wasn't the huge sleeper hit it was.
  13. The RPG Thread.

    I think the Gamecube and Wii ones are worth playing (Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn). Awakening on the 3DS is really good, too. There are two DS ones that I've heard mixed things about. I don't know if both of them were localized, though.
  14. The RPG Thread.

    Fire Emblem comes out today.
  15. What's your favorite thing from Taco Bell?

    I usually just get cheesy potato burritos.