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When are they doing a quick look of Sekiro?

Edit : Never mind links
Sekiro Quicklook.

Of course Brad is driving. Why do they make bad decisions.

Ok, how long has Alex been splayed out in the background of the Die Another Friday banner like the creepy gold spray painted woman in Goldfinger? Because that's pretty, uh, golden.

I also expect Dan thinks that jacket passes as a tuxedo.

SpacePPoliceman wrote:

Ok, how long has Alex been splayed out in the background of the Die Another Friday banner like the creepy gold spray painted woman in Goldfinger? Because that's pretty, uh, golden.

The entire time, actually.

I'm not too surprised I never noticed.

I am also starting to suspect that God Hand might be sh*tty. Not in the same way Altered Beast is, but still sh*tty.

God Hand is supremely difficult to play the way they are doing it; one hour every two weeks. There’s a lot of flow, combo tweeking, and understanding what your abilities do that they just haven’t been able to internalize anything. They are, essentially, trying to brute force their way through a game that actively punished you for doing that.

Fair enough, but there's also repetitive music, rip-off fusion Devil May Cry/Fist of the North Star aesthetic, and lack of a proper lock-on to contend with. I also hate the way the dude runs.

Great Noclip vid interviewing Jeff Gerstmann for an hour covering his entire career. Also available in podcast format.

Is the WWE wrestler who had a guest appearance on the Beastcast someone who is famous outside the world of wrestling? They only introduced him as "Jack Gallagher" without further explanation, so it took a while to figure out he wasn't like a Rock Paper Shotgun editor in town for the weekend or something. Even when they started talking wrestling in connection to him I wasn't clear whether he was like a commentator or someone who covers wrestling, but I eventually pieced together that he was a wrestler. I'm inclined to say that they (/maybe just Dan) assume too much about the general population's awareness of who wrestlers are, though I guess I can't say for sure this guy isn't some sort of The Rock/John Cena level performer who might be known for stuff outside of wrestling.

To further criticize Dan (a popular activity in this thread I don't usually participate in!) he seems to be backsliding into more of his obnoxious Old Dan stuff, such as with his bad faith defense of his bathroom line-cutting. I loved when, after Dan took everyone on some tangent about not knowing what egg yolks were and Alex pointed out that wikipedia could solve this for him in 30 seconds, Dan responded something like "well I don't care enough about the answer to actually go and look it up" and Alex replied "and yet you want to devote 10 minutes of our podcast to talking about how you don't know the answer!" Alex is on point as usual.

Alex is at his best when he's making fun of Dan.

Also, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gentle...

mrlogical wrote:

I'm inclined to say that they (/maybe just Dan) assume too much about the general population's awareness of who wrestlers are, though I guess I can't say for sure this guy isn't some sort of The Rock/John Cena level performer who might be known for stuff outside of wrestling.

He's been a guest on the Beastcast before, I think they assumed we'd know him from there.

The latest Mass Al'ecks hits a critical milestone: the introduction of the single dumbest character in the ME universe, Kal'Reegar, the Quarian who inexplicably talks and acts like an American Marine to the point of shouting "Ooo-rah!" because he's played by noted piece of sh*t Adam Baldwin, who apparently decided he should do Marine sh*t whether the character calls for it or not, as his Green Lantern in the first Injustice has a similar problem. Reegar "doesn't do technical stuff," despite his very survival depending on the highly technical suit he wears, and the idea that his nomadic space-faring people should be prepared to repair their ships at any moment. It's fun watching Alex do things I didn't, but he really should have let Reegar die.

I'm through part 7 of Mass Alex. Does Alex ever figure out reloading his gun? I am constantly watching him sit back in cover with "reload" flashing on his screen because he has 2, 1, or even 0 shots left in his magazine, and he just sits there waiting for enemies, stands to fire, and then immediately has to reload. It's maddening!

Not at all but it hasn't affected his combat.

They are playing the game exactly like I do so it really tickles my fancy.

PokeMonday Night Combat is my favourite thing on the website. It's extremely relaxing and Jan is a delight.

Wait, he was in cover? He gives up that habit somewhere between 7 and 12, apparently.

I have started skipping the bulk of the scanning and combat sequences in Mass Alex because, much as I love Mass Effect 2, those parts just aren't particularly interesting to watch.

I have linked this mod in the comments of the videos before, but Alex likes scanning too much to probably ever use it:

No Minigames

On a random whim, I watched the video version of the Bombcast for the first time ever this week. It didn't really add anything to the experience, but watching/listening to the conversation unmodified, as opposed to listening to the podcast at 1.2x speed with silences trimmed, made me surprised to realize how much those little tweaks change things. It felt so much slower! Normal speed made me feel so impatient. It's kind of hard to imagine I listened to podcasts at normal unmodified speeds for years and years until whichever podcast app I was using first added these kinds of tools.

mrlogical wrote:

On a random whim, I watched the video version of the Bombcast for the first time ever this week. It didn't really add anything to the experience, but watching/listening to the conversation unmodified, as opposed to listening to the podcast at 1.2x speed with silences trimmed, made me surprised to realize how much those little tweaks change things. It felt so much slower! Normal speed made me feel so impatient. It's kind of hard to imagine I listened to podcasts at normal unmodified speeds for years and years until whichever podcast app I was using first added these kinds of tools.

Can't comment much on the speed of the show, I haven't tried changing the speed but the best benefit I find from watching the video version is seeing Jeff get angry. It's just so fun.

Wait til you get your playback speed up to 2x. Everyone sounds stoned when I listen on normal speed now.

Chaz wrote:

Wait til you get your playback speed up to 2x. Everyone sounds stoned when I listen on normal speed now.

For a while I was listening to the show exclusively at half speed (I have an hour+ drive to work each way) and when I went back to normal speed everyone sounded hyper.

It’s funny what you get used to.

doubtingthomas396 wrote:

For a while I was listening to the show exclusively at half speed (I have an hour+ drive to work each way)

Of all the ways to entertain myself on a long commute, slowing my favorite podcast down enough that it wouldn't end before I reached my destination has genuinely never occurred to me as an option. You could listen to it twice! Or find other podcasts! Or...do just about anything else!

Why are people in a rush to finish podcasts to the point they need to speed them up? I didn't realize this was a thing people did? O_o

I can't speak to people who opt for speeds like 2x, which I don't find comfortable, but at 1.2x and with silences trimmed, everything still sounds normal but it just feels like it has been edited very well. I think, if you just started listening at the speed that I do, you wouldn't even notice the difference, and yet you'd get through many more episodes of podcasts (and I do listen to a whole lot of podcasts, so it strikes me as a bonus that I can get through 5 hours of podcasts per 4 hours of listening, if I'm doing that math right, which I'm probably not). For the silence trimming alone, my podcast app tells me that in the year and a half I've owned this phone, the feature has eliminated over 168 hours worth of pauses. That's a lot of dead air to listen to!

JeremyK wrote:

Why are people in a rush to finish podcasts to the point they need to speed them up? I didn't realize this was a thing people did? O_o

If you don't have too many podcasts that are worth listening to on a daily basis, I don't even know where to start explaining.

Personally, I'm not a fan of silence trimming, unless everything you listen to is purely dry, informational content. While I certainly understand that increased speed settings also have an effect of comedic timing and dramatic presentation, I feel like when I've tried out silence trimming features in various apps the damage it did to my ability to enjoy what I was listening to was much more significant, whereas I'm so accustomed to using a speed modifier that I barely notice it at all.

Also, continuing a conversation from the Questions You Want Answered thread, one of the many features I like about PocketCasts is that I can configure speed settings on a per podcast basis when I want them to deviate from my default. Music podcasts play at normal speed, and my favorite comedic or dramatic podcasts get a lower increase in speed than others.

Honestly, I used to do 1.5x, then got up to 2.2x on some podcasts, but eventually I found that I wasn't really processing or enjoying as much as before and I was really just "consuming". I've reverted back to 1x or 1.1x, and I'm enjoying them much more. I feel like before I was just inhaling my food and barely breathing, now I'm taking the time to enjoy each bite.

Isn't it funny though that when you do listen sped up? You don't notice much until music plays. Like our brains can adapt to voices going faster, but music just sounds weird because we have different expectations.

zeroKFE wrote:

Personally, I'm not a fan of silence trimming, unless everything you listen to is purely dry, informational content. While I certainly understand that increased speed settings also have an effect of comedic timing and dramatic presentation, I feel like when I've tried out silence trimming features in various apps the damage it did to my ability to enjoy what I was listening to was much more significant, whereas I'm so accustomed to using a speed modifier that I barely notice it at all.

Also, continuing a conversation from the Questions You Want Answered thread, one of the many features I like about PocketCasts is that I can configure speed settings on a per podcast basis when I want them to deviate from my default. Music podcasts play at normal speed, and my favorite comedic or dramatic podcasts get a lower increase in speed than others.

Same here. I tried trimming silence for a while, but I found that it ruined the natural flow of conversations. Small moments of silence can be surprisingly important for providing context or making jokes work.

I also use PocketCasts and the per-podcast settings for speed. My default is 1.2x. I use 1x for shows that are related to or heavily feature music.

Speaking as someone who has been on a few different ill-fated podcasts at this point: I can't stand listening to myself without silence trimming. I have the most maddening Shatner-esque long pauses in my speech pattern, and it makes me happy that there's an option out there to make me actually listenable for the end user.

hbi2k wrote:

Speaking as someone who has been on a few different ill-fated podcasts at this point: I can't stand listening to myself without silence trimming. I have the most maddening Shatner-esque long pauses in my speech pattern, and it makes me happy that there's an option out there to make me actually listenable for the end user.

I spent many, many hours cutting blank space out of the podcasts I've done in Audacity before I found out about Audacity's "Truncate Silence" feature.