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    StaceyPowers got a reaction from kingpotato in The Last of Us HBO Show   
    Actually, to me, there's arguably no better way to make such a point. Because we do have real problems as a species to deal with, and it's time that those stigmas broke down IRL. Seeing how absolutely irrelevant Ellie's sexuality is in TLOU actually is a great demonstration of how irrelevant that stuff ultimately should be IRL after everyone drops their stupid prejudices.
    Anyway, very nice post :)
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    StaceyPowers got a reaction from Crazycrab in The Last of Us HBO Show   
    Actually, to me, there's arguably no better way to make such a point. Because we do have real problems as a species to deal with, and it's time that those stigmas broke down IRL. Seeing how absolutely irrelevant Ellie's sexuality is in TLOU actually is a great demonstration of how irrelevant that stuff ultimately should be IRL after everyone drops their stupid prejudices.
    Anyway, very nice post :)
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    StaceyPowers reacted to Crazycrab in The Last of Us HBO Show   
    I figured he was keeping her gay for the simple consistently.  I don't think they really need to use the show to "spread LGBT awareness" and to be honest, The Last of Us is not really a great story to do that with.  It's a society where along with these types of social and political stigma that come with it with regards to sexuality, race and so on has effectively broken down.  Most people in this would happily kill you for a fresh pair of shoes, there are bigger, or at least more direct problems! That's why the game doesn't put hardly any focus on in it, hell the fact that Ellie is gay wasn't even addressed at all until the Left Behind DLC came out.
     
    Like I said earlier The Last of Us is a story about the relationship between Joel and Ellie and how it evolves as they journey together. We see Joel learn to love and care again, something he has been struggling to do since the loss of his daughter.  Likewise we see Ellie, a young girl who is fiercely independent and stubborn learn to trust and open up to him. That's what the Last of Us is about, it doesn't need a ton of focus on Ellie's sexuality, at least not in this story.
     
    Now the sequel (judging from the trailers anyway) does seem to be putting a bit more focus on it but we don't know exactly how that's going play out yet.
     
     
    hope this helps:
    https://www.netflix.com/CancelPlan
     
    Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to listen to some music:
     
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    StaceyPowers reacted to Shagger in The Last of Us HBO Show   
    What is your problem? Since I doubt that someone has strapped you to a chair and forced to watch the LGBT friendly content on Netflix "A Clockwork Orange" style, what is the point of this unceasing complaining about it? Netflix's content has nothing to do with the topic at hand anyway and none of us agree with nor give a shit about your homophobic ranting. You've clearly never played the game and most likely never will, something that's probably true of the sequel as well, so you've got noting of value to bring to this topic in the first place. So please, spare us your poison and direct your attention to other threads where you might have something to offer.
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    StaceyPowers reacted to kingpotato in The Last of Us HBO Show   
    But Ellie is gay 😆 Have you played the Last of Us game ?
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    StaceyPowers reacted to JoyFreak in The Last of Us HBO Show   
    I am very much looking forward to this series since playing the first one in the franchise. I also heard the writer will be keeping Ellie as gay to spread LGBT awareness. 
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    StaceyPowers got a reaction from kingpotato in The Last of Us HBO Show   
    As I just learned from @kingpotato, there is going to be a TV show on HBO based on The Last of Us. As best I can tell, it will specifically follow Ellie and Joel’s story, rather than being something else set in the same universe.
    My question to everyone here is, what do you all think about this?
    My initial reaction to putting TLOU on a screen (other than a video game screen is) is that it seems superfluous. I can’t imagine any movie or TV show based on TLOU getting anywhere near the intensity of the video game. Any other medium just sounds like a downgrade.
    But I am reassured that Neil Druckmann will be an executive producer and that he will do some writing on the series. If I’m not mistaken, even he seemed skeptical about adapting the game as a movie in the past. Being as he’s enthused about this—and an amazing writer—that is enough to convince me that it may be worth it after all. As a writer, I’ve learned so much from him, and I think this is a way I could learn more.
    There also could be ways to use this to fill in gaps and give us something other than just an overview of events we have played through. For example, there is a huge chunk of missing time between the escape from Pittsburgh and arrival at Jackson. There is no way that it was just an easy straight shot across the country. Just as Left Behind filled in a couple of time gaps, this could too. And just as Left Behind gave us more background on Ellie’s past (which I think is 100% essential to a full understanding and appreciation of the main game), this series could also tell us a lot more about both characters’ pasts.
    Are you excited about the HBO show? What would you want to see from the show? How could it add to the story and stand on its own rather than just being superfluous next to the game?
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    StaceyPowers got a reaction from kingpotato in I'm gonna pop my cherry   
    Ahh. Someone should have warned you. Skyrim is probably the buggiest game ever made. Best advice is Save Often and Expect Bugs. Most of them are annoying or funny, but some of them are a real pain in the arse. 
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    StaceyPowers got a reaction from kingpotato in Were any incarnations of Booker and Elizabeth present in Bioshock 1 or 2?   
    Both them and Tenenbaum to me fell into the archetype of "indifferent scientist who grew a conscience." Arguably they are the voice of conscience in both games.
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    StaceyPowers got a reaction from kingpotato in Any recommendations for Fallout NV Old World Blues DLC?   
    I’m partway into Old World Blues on Fallout NV for the first time. I love the dialogue, and that there is a whole new map area to explore, but I have to admit I am having a hard time with this DLC. I’m pretty useless without a companion and I forgot to bring ammo for my only decent gun. I’m level 90 or so on guns, but only like 35 for energy weapons, and almost nothing for melee.
    So far, I am bleeding supplies like crazy, burning through ammo, most of which doesn’t seem to be replaceable, and barely keeping pace with replacing stimpacks and foods. I am pretty sure I will make it through without running out of everything, but it will be tight.
    Does anyone have any suggestions for how to make the most of my supplies, other than “run away and fast travel,” which has been my top strategy? I finally figured out last night I can use the “wait” function to regenerate health with that halo thingy on my head.
    @DylanC I know this is one of your favorite Fallout DLCs. And you're always awesome with suggestions :)
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    StaceyPowers got a reaction from DylanC in Any recommendations for Fallout NV Old World Blues DLC?   
    I’m partway into Old World Blues on Fallout NV for the first time. I love the dialogue, and that there is a whole new map area to explore, but I have to admit I am having a hard time with this DLC. I’m pretty useless without a companion and I forgot to bring ammo for my only decent gun. I’m level 90 or so on guns, but only like 35 for energy weapons, and almost nothing for melee.
    So far, I am bleeding supplies like crazy, burning through ammo, most of which doesn’t seem to be replaceable, and barely keeping pace with replacing stimpacks and foods. I am pretty sure I will make it through without running out of everything, but it will be tight.
    Does anyone have any suggestions for how to make the most of my supplies, other than “run away and fast travel,” which has been my top strategy? I finally figured out last night I can use the “wait” function to regenerate health with that halo thingy on my head.
    @DylanC I know this is one of your favorite Fallout DLCs. And you're always awesome with suggestions :)
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    StaceyPowers reacted to kingpotato in Why do some people think Bioshock Infinite isn't really a "Bioshock" Game?   
    I also dont get why some people think why Infinite is not a bioshock game, probably because its not entirely about rapture but still as they mentioned on Infinite, there is always a man and there is always a city. And well the gameplay is basically the same in all 3 games
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    StaceyPowers reacted to The Blackangel in I'm gonna pop my cherry   
    I've finally decided to take the plunge. When I post again on this thread I'll no longer be a virgin.
    I'm going to play Skyrim for the first time. I'll let everyone know how it goes.
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    StaceyPowers reacted to kingpotato in "Games as movies"   
    News flash!!
    HBO is making a series about The Last of Us, with the creators of Chernobyl. 
    The Chernobyl mini series on HBO was pretty good in my opinion
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    StaceyPowers got a reaction from kingpotato in Bioshock 2: What Happened to Delta?   
    One of the biggest giveaways that he wasn’t working on BioShock 2 is the vending machines. There’s no “Welcome to the CIRCUS of VALUES!” I was amused to find out that is actually Ken Levine’s voice. So, since he wasn’t there in the second game, no vending machine voice. His voice is back for some of the vending machines in Infinite (i.e. “I appreciate a woman who appreciates QUALITY!”)
    Anyway, did you finish Infinite? What did you think? And are you playing Burial at Sea? I adored Infinite and could probably write a novel about why, and I loved the ending, as bittersweet and ambiguous as it was. Burial at Sea I have mixed feelings about. It’s definitely worth playing, but I have issues with it.
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    StaceyPowers got a reaction from kingpotato in Bioshock Infinite Blew My Mind   
    Hah, ignore my questions on the other thread about whether you finished. Obviously you did :)

    I'm glad you loved the game. I feel it's a masterpiece on so many levels I don't even know where to begin. I felt like the ending of Infinite was so victorious--like by cutting off that unwanted set of branches from the multiversal tree through sheer will, Booker became a FACT, a constant, without the Comstock variable. I actually believe in a multiverse and am sort of obsessed with trying to be a constant and to value the likely constants in my life across time and space--so I guess you could say for me the game was almost like a religious experience. 

    Burial at Sea kind of bothered me because I felt like it erased the messages of hope and redemption of Infinite somewhat--Elizabeth seems doomed to repeat the mistakes of her lineage, even though they erased that lineage, etc. And ironically, I think that version of Comstock she murdered was actually on a redemption path toward becoming more like Booker. But I really like what you said here--that in a way, doing so was what erased her and created balance--indeed, her existence did seem to be an anomaly, and it kind of makes sense she'd wipe herself out in that fashion. Still, it would have been nice if our heroes hadn't been consumed by all that self-loathing in the end. For all their flaws, they were remarkable people. Comstock was a monster on an incredible scale--so the fact that Booker managed to beat him means that the good in him towered even higher than his demons, and the same was true for Elizabeth in Infinite. I guess I just wished she'd been able to see that in Burial at Sea. Still, her act in saving Sally did a wonderful job tying full circle to the thematic elements of the first two games and the protection of the innocents as what makes a life worth living--and what makes it worth sacrificing if necessary.
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    StaceyPowers reacted to kingpotato in Bioshock Infinite Blew My Mind   
    ***SPOILERS***
     

    I just finished the game during the weekend. Oh my god this game was awesome, I liked the little details with the Lutteces where they always knew if Booker will get heads or tails 122 times because it was not the first time that they tried to save Elizabeth, or how they knew he will get the ball 77 in the raffle, Constants and Variables. The ending was sad, I feel that Elizabeth's death in Burial at Sea was the universe's way of creating balance, Elizabeth only existed because of father Comstock and since she got rid of the "last" version of him on Rapture there was no reason for her to continue to exist.
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    StaceyPowers reacted to The Blackangel in Give up gaming for cash . . .   
    A billion I could do. I think.🤷🏻‍♀️
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    StaceyPowers reacted to The Blackangel in Give up gaming for cash . . .   
    One million dollars and I had to rely on that for the rest of my life? To those on the bottom, a million sounds great. But in all truth, that's not exactly a lot of money these days. It wouldn't last very long. So I would say no to it, and keep my games.
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    StaceyPowers reacted to skyfire in Which game(s) are you wanting for Christmas?   
    I wanted to get bigger screen badly but then realized that I have no plans on getting new apartment. 
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    StaceyPowers got a reaction from kingpotato in In BioShock Infinite, why did Comstock have artwork of Elizabeth’s journey?   
    SPOILERS follow:
     
    On a replay of BioShock Infinite, I stumbled on something that confuses me. In the room on the zeppelin right before you go deal with Comstock, there is some artwork on the walls in panels that shows the journey Elizabeth and Booker have taken over the course of the game to reach that moment.
    I am not confused about why Comstock knows about those events—I know he was looking through tears at possible futures. My question is, why does he display beautiful artwork proudly of these events? Considering what’s about to happen to him, it’s utterly bizarre. All I can come up with is:
    1-Maybe he thinks he will survive the encounter.
    2-He’s tired, thinks he’ll win through Elizabeth, and doesn’t care if he survives the encounter.
    Or
    3-He has a secret deathwish and welcomes his demise/failure.
    The last of those would be the most interesting possibility, though he really does seem to have put his all into killing Booker. Then again, a guy with major self-loathing issues and amazing mental compartmentalizing capabilities (consider his racism), I wouldn’t put it past . I mean, he’s literally created his own private hell in Columbia. Being as he wants to punish himself, maybe he also secretly wants to clear the debt. I thought this theory was outlandish until I just finished Burial at Sea Part 1, wherein there was at least one Comstock seeking redemption (and forgetfulness, yes--but via Sally, definitely self-improvement).
    Thoughts?
    @DylanC @skyfire
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    StaceyPowers got a reaction from kingpotato in Were any incarnations of Booker and Elizabeth present in Bioshock 1 or 2?   
    SPOILERS BELOW
     
     
    I still have not played Burial at Sea, but I have now played Bioshock 1, 2 and Infinite.
    So much about Infinite felt (and feels) like a puzzle I am trying to solve. I thought playing 1 and 2 would provide some answers, but I have nothing but more questions and confusion.
    Elizabeth said, “There’s always a man, always a lighthouse, always a city.” Obviously, we’ve got the lighthouse and the city. But who is the man?
    Is Booker Andrew Ryan? Jack? Delta? And what about Elizabeth?
    The clearest parallels seem to be between Elizabeth and Eleanor, and thus potentially between Booker and Delta. We know Delta is a diver that the people of Rapture nicknamed “Johnny Topside,” but his real name was never revealed. Then again, his name wouldn’t necessarily matter. That could be a variable.
    I am aware that a “Booker” exists in Burial at Sea, which just increases my confusion. Not that two versions of a man can’t exist in one universe; obviously that was all over Infinite.
    The other odd thing is all the links in the environment, as well as other parallel figures in the stories.
    Like it’s strange to me that the plasmids exist in both worlds, and the vending machines are nearly identical, and so forth. And there are similar characters like Fink and Fontaine (who could be the same man). But I could easily imagine the same personnel who would join Rapture would also find their way to Columbia.
    Lamb certainly reminds me of Comstock, though it would seem odd to assert that Delta and Lamb are the same person.
    Anyone have any theories about all this, particularly Booker and Elizabeth’s potential Rapture identities?
    @DylanC Tagging you again in hopes you have some thoughts to share.
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    StaceyPowers got a reaction from kingpotato in Bioshock Infinite Questions After Finishing (Spoilers)   
    Please note: SPOILERS below.
    I just wrapped up my first playthrough of Bioshock Infinite. I am pretty sure there are no solid answers to these questions, but if anyone has anything they’d like to chime in, please do.
    Here are some things I’m unclear about:
    1-Why did Booker only lose his memory while crossing between universes at the start of the game? Why not on other crosses?
    2-What is the significance of his nosebleed? I get that he is dead in other realities … but we all are.
    3-What are the implications of the after-credits scene? All I can come up with is that this is a surviving Booker and Anna (or a series of them) who splintered off before the baptism event (in other words, he never went there).
    4-Was he drowned before or after he made the actual “decision” about the baptism? (I don’t think there is really any way to confirm when in time the “decision point” occurred) In other words, did this kill Comstock and Booker, or just Comstock?
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    StaceyPowers got a reaction from kingpotato in Bioshock Infinite Blew My Mind   
    I just wrapped up my initial playthrough of Bioshock Infinite, and have thought about it pretty much nonstop ever since.
    SPOILERS below. Just a few reasons this game blew my mind:
    -A logical, well-reasoned story about the multiverse (I feel most people get the concept wrong)
    -A different take on the nature and value of choice than you usually see in arguments about choice v. determinism.
    -An unbelievably atmospheric setting. Columbia feels “real” to me still, like it’s hidden somewhere, just on the other side of a portal to another world.
    -Amazing character development and some of the most brilliant “show-don’t-tell” writing I’ve ever seen. By the end of the game, you know that in a pretty literal way, Booker has been battling his own demons in his own personal hell through the entire game. The setting tells the story of the man.
    -Seriously inspirational. The ending ripped my heart out, but at the same time, I loved it as an achievement of ultimate redemption. 
     
    If you’ve played the game, please share your thoughts!
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    StaceyPowers got a reaction from kingpotato in Did anything in Rapture (in Bioshock) deserve to be saved?   
    Excellent analysis, and you’ve expressed your thoughts really clearly. I completely agree with you that the entire philosophy behind Rapture was flawed from the off. The irony to me is that Fontaine did exactly what Andrew Ryan encouraged everyone in Rapture to do with its runaway cut-throat capitalist ideology. And Rapture ended the way that it would inevitably end. Ryan was surprisingly naïve in his belief that the system he put in place was sustainable.
    I hear a lot of people say this, though I liked it. It didn’t have any “twists” in it and lacked the cleverness of both BioShock 1 and Infinite, but I thought it still told a solid story, albeit one which was more interesting personally than politically. Although I did like that it took on collectivism and its dangers when taken to extremes. What do you feel would have made for some improvements in the plot?
    One thing that did irritate me was that I really wished Eleanor had killed her mother in my playthrough, but alas, the only way I can make this happen is apparently to make decisions earlier in the game that feel lousy to me.
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