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ICT / Re: Pick it
« on: January 27, 2018, 12:42:20 PM »
So is Superman getting all of Thor's physical stats stacked on to his, in addition to the hammer?

Still, I'm leaning X-Men, as their powers stack perfectly.

Current TV Shows / Re: Agents of SHIELD
« on: December 17, 2017, 06:09:02 PM »
So I get the Kree are the blue guys (and girls), but who are the human-looking aliens they are dealing with as equals?

ICT / Re: Movie Justice League vs Fox Apocalypse and his Horsemen.
« on: December 15, 2017, 12:12:59 PM »
Possibly. That might be true, measuring and extrapolating from the peak feats of both. Of course, this assume that their speeds are shown consistently even within their own universes, which might be true, but I'm not sure.
But yeah, QS seemed mighty fast.

ICT / Re: Silver Surfer VS Dr Fate
« on: December 15, 2017, 11:35:37 AM »
Dr. Fate continuity is all over the place. At their highest, Fate. Like most uber Mages, he is sometimes treated as beyond conventional--even cosmically conventional--superheroes. But when convenient, he can be treated like just another top tier.
And our gold standard for Fate, Kent Nelson, has little modern continuity where he is in his prime (not ravaged by age). In fact, Hector Hall Fate at the apex of his arc may be the most powerful Fate.
But Fate continuity truly is small and inconsistent. For example, at one point, wearing the helmet gave you all the power of Nabu. In other continuity, a Doctor Fate has just a portion of Nabu's true power. And Hector Hall at one point seems to exceed what Nabu could have done.
At any rate, on the whole, assuming an experienced Fate at full power, I'd call this 50/50 ish.

Music, Movies, Tv and Books / Re: What, at core, is wrong with the DCEU?
« on: December 15, 2017, 11:29:41 AM »
I'm not sure they are the major factor, but I think people are too quickly discounting the impact of intrinsic differences in the source materials. I have a feeling they matter, and perhaps matter a lot.

Explain in detail what you view as the intrinsic differences.

That's tough. And I'm not about to throw out a huge monologue here if no one else seems to believe it's true. I do believe the names hurt, a bit. Marvel has their share of names to work around, but it's tougher on the DC side.
I think the DCEU material may be higher upside and downside than Marvel's. But definitely harder to do right. And there's a possibility that what the DC material aspires to is actually a bit beyond what the superhero-genre can really aspire to, especially for most, when real light is shone on it by making it into such widely-viewed movies. So while one could possibly (and possibly not) succeed in making a DC movie with transcendent themes that really moves us, there is the question of 'why do that with superheroes?' Why not do it with something more substantial.
What Marvel source material aspires to might be pitched at exactly the right level for what one should try to do with superheroes and big budget movies. Particularly when you aim to make a whole bunch of them. With more profound aims, you might manage to catch lightning in a bottle once, and maybe twice; but how could you aim for a MCU-like formula where you can crank out 20+ movies, all of the same caliber (roughly)?

ICT / Re: Movie Justice League vs Fox Apocalypse and his Horsemen.
« on: December 15, 2017, 01:36:14 AM »
Is QS presented as the number one stunna in the X Verse? I don't think so. Thus, I don't think it's that important who is faster, the Flash or QS.

Do you really think the MCU is going to move beyond Tony Stark, Fury, Steve Rogers, the original Thor, etc. and just start focusing on new characters, or new assumers of old mantles (a new Cap, a new Iron Man, a new Thor, etc.)?
I guess rebooting the whole thing is a risk; but so is trying to have a MCU without the main guys. Myself, I'd burn it all down and start over, with everyone in it from the start.

Music, Movies, Tv and Books / Re: What, at core, is wrong with the DCEU?
« on: December 15, 2017, 01:06:17 AM »
I'm not sure they are the major factor, but I think people are too quickly discounting the impact of intrinsic differences in the source materials. I have a feeling they matter, and perhaps matter a lot.

ICT / Re: Movie Justice League vs Fox Apocalypse and his Horsemen.
« on: December 14, 2017, 02:16:18 PM »
The DCEU set Superman up at a level relative to his peers that may be problematic going forward. He honestly seems like he could solo here.
If DC keeps making DCEU movies with Superman, they may have to find a way to reduce the gap between Superman and the other heroes, perhaps by using the mental blocks angle more explicitly, or maybe just by powering Superman down with no explanation.
But he looks overwhelmingly powerful at the moment.
As for QS' speed, it's hard to judge how fast he is relative to Superman or the Flash. But you can see that the movies face the same problems with super speed as the comics do, and haven't resolved them any better. (Or even tried to resolve them.) They want insane speed for cool visuals and non-combat tricks. But they don't want speedsters to be at the top of the pecking order, or for the fights between big hitters with speed to happen at such a blur that no one else can even begin to influence the outcomes. So speed is not used realistically, and won't be. Thus, regardless of who is faster, QS or the Flash, the outcome wouldn't determine the overall battle outcome.

Music, Movies, Tv and Books / What, at core, is wrong with the DCEU?
« on: December 14, 2017, 02:06:50 PM »
I see two major possible factors, that may be working in combination:

1) This stuff is really difficult to do, and Marvel simply just has a great team that has built a great formula. But it really is tough to duplicate--executive skillz and talent matter!

2) Marvel's characters and universe are intrinsically better suited to making great movies--the characters are less hokey. It's easier to make them funny. You don't have to work around their crazy names and/or weaknesses (Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, weak to YELLOW, etc.) Also, the DCU architecture has always been very 'Trinity' focused, which can cause problems.

Anything else?

Music, Movies, Tv and Books / MCU Reboot? How will they bring in the Xmen?
« on: December 14, 2017, 02:01:52 PM »
Will the MCU reboot and recast after Avengers 4? I imagine this would be a good way to bring in the Xmen and FF (if you want to bring in the FF--they aren't that cool, IMO.)
Or will they use some alternate universe shit?
One sticking point is that apparently they want to keep Guardians going as is.

Personally, I'd love to see them blow it all up and start again from scratch.


ICT / Re: Martian Manhunter vs Orion
« on: August 11, 2017, 09:57:22 PM »
What does "on paper" even mean? "On paper" the Flash tools Superman.

Game Cage / Re: Need laptop advice
« on: August 11, 2017, 09:39:31 PM »
1000 US is still like 1300 Canadian + 15% tax = $1450 CDN + ~$100 shipping + 1550 + ~$150 Duty = ~ $1700 CDN

But yeah, US has so many better options. You think I'll need 16GB to future proof for next 4 years?

(Don't mean able to play hottest new games, ofc.)

ICT / Re: Martian Manhunter vs Orion
« on: August 11, 2017, 09:09:09 PM »
This is basically close to 50/50. I'd probably give Orion the edge if forced (just off gut feeling), but could go either way.

Game Cage / Need laptop advice
« on: August 11, 2017, 08:49:10 PM »
I'm back in Canada, at least for a while. But I'm also stuck in the boonies. I need a new laptop (my old one is 7 years old and dying).

I'd like to spend less than CAD $1,400 all in (sales tax, shipping, etc.) I like a big screen, but I always do my work at my main desk. I don't laptop on the go, or bring it anywhere. However, I tend to move from country to country suddenly, and so a desktop is a no go. My next two years are looking especially itinerant, so hooking up external monitors might not be ideal. Thus, I'd like the max screen size.

I'd like to be able to do some casual gaming from time to time. But I doubt I'd be trying to play the newest games at the highest settings.

So what I'm looking for is:

**17.3 Laptop
**NOT a gaming laptop (or at least something that does not LOOK like one--there are times others need to see it, and it can't be some kinda rainbow nerdgasm monstrosity)
**8 GB of RAM (don't really think I'll need more) of any speed
**Discrete GPU (doesn't need to be latest--but some are saying the new Maxwell series from Nvidia is so much better than the Pascal it's worth waiting for and getting)
**Intel CPU (again, don't need latest and greatest--might even consider AMD if it seems right)
**256 GB SSD and 500 GB + HDD (Or just a 512 GB SSD)
**1920x1080 Display (IPS ideally, but could consider TN)
**Don't care about weight
**Happy to go refurb or used if there is a good deal
**MUST HAVE UNILINGUAL ENGLISH KEYBOARD (fellow Canadians will understand how sometimes you can order online and get the fucked up Bilingual French/English keyboard if you order from Canadian sites)

I'm in the boonies. I don't want to find the long ride into the nearest city too many times. So ideally, I get an SSD already installed. Plus, I've never opened up a computer myself...
However, from what I am hearing, I have several problems. I really want an SSD, but flash is scarce and SSDs are generally being reserved for gaming rigs. 17.3" laptops that aren't gaming rigs are a big hole in the market, and this is especially true in the limited Canadian market where hard-to-find SSDs are being reserved for mobile workstations and high-end gaming rigs, especially at the 17.3" level.
So I might have to order from the US and figure out the customs shit. Maybe ebay.
Others have said that given my exacting specs, I'd do so much better at 15.6 since that is the most popukar size by far and has the most options and deals, especially in Canada. Many have said that since I don't move my computer much, a 15.6 plus buying a used LCD external monitor at whatever location I'm at, even if I had to buy a few and never sell them (just throw them away), would still leave me ahead of the game.
If I want 17.3, esp. in Canada with a pre-installed SSD, then maybe I need to go over $1400 Canadian. Or really consider buying the SSD separately and installing myself.

Sorry for the quickly types post. But suggestions welcome.

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