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About TwinIon

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  1. Apple Special Event - September 12‎ at 1 pm EDT

    I haven't had any issues on my iPad at all.
  2. THOR: Ragnarok - RT Watch

    After reading Matt Singer's review I'm not really even up for a moviepass viewing. He makes it sound like it's much more boardroom drama than geostorm destruction.
  3. THOR: Ragnarok - RT Watch

    Yeah, I think that one might be my favorite of his, you just have to pay to rent it.
  4. Ok, the Iraq War was worse than anything Trump has (yet!) done. Bush's failings as President are far from forgiven to my mind. Still, this speech being given by the last Republican President is notable. Some excerpts courtesy the Post. “Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.” “We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism.” “We’ve seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty. . . . Argument turns too easily into animosity.” “It means that bigotry and white supremacy in any form is blasphemy against the American creed, and it means the very identity of our nation depends on passing along civic ideals.” “Bullying and prejudice in our public life … provides permission for cruelty and bigotry.” “The only way to pass along civic values is to live up to them.” He all but calls Trump out by name, absolutely going after the practice and culture of Trump. For as much (well deserved) criticism Bush got for his comparative inarticulateness, this speech is one more reminder of how far we've fallen.
  5. THOR: Ragnarok - RT Watch

    If you're not familiar with the director, Taika Waititi, NYT Magazine just put up a great profile of him. It also offers a small window into the degree that Marvel directors are able to put their own stamp on the material. Also, his movies Boy (which I haven't seen) and What We Do In the Shadows (which is great) are on Amazon prime.
  6. Bought a Switch...

    People keep saying it, but it's not true, at least not yet. Nintendo just put out their timeline of new games, and it's split directly down the freaking middle! Sure, you can say the Switch is Nintendo's primary platform, but you still have to live in a world where that primary (and still portable!) platform isn't getting the new Metroid, Pokemon, or multiple Mario games. Mario party in particular seems like it should have been a Switch game. When they announce the end of life for the 3DS and stop announcing big first party exclusives, the whole "unified Nintendo platform" talk will actually start to matter. Also, not to harp on Nintendo too much, but the big deal about indies on Switch is that they exist at all and have relatively little competition. Almost all of them are ports, many of older games. If you only have access to a Switch it's a whole new world and that's great. If you have basically anything else, it's table stakes.
  7. Bought a Switch...

    I expect that to be the case for me as well. It's just the expected value for Nintendo consoles at this point.
  8. I didn't realize that you can't use Bluetooth headphones with the Switch. That's bonkers. How is Nintendo so good at making games and so bad at literally everything else?
  9. No, there isn't. This new update is the first and only way to backup save data at all. Nintendo is seemingly petrified at the idea of the Switch being hacked and they're so god awful at anything involving the internet that they've had zero ways to backup save data at all.
  10. I'm still amazed that so many in the GOP will simply accept whatever Trump tells them. Sure, there's a built in team mentality and certainly the man has diehard supporters, but the degree to which they'll pick up his causes is quite something. On stuff like this or Russia or the NFL protests, it's not as if he's just pushing harder on the standard party line and people are following him where they were already heading. He's pointing the party in new directions and they're going along with it.
  11. Trump vs Goodell...

    A running list of charitable efforts from teams and players that these protests have lead to.
  12. Let's look at the best selling games for this year. (Yes, I know the source is questionable, but it's surely good enough for this exercise.) AAA games with large single player campaigns show up at 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 19, 20, 25. Of the games that aren't on that list, most are sports games which have increased the single player aspects of the game. Some of those games are hard to categorize, since COD and GTA have huge multiplayer aspects, but they certainly still have "big budget single player" campaigns. Looking at the upcoming slate, we slate we still have plenty of big budget single player games coming out. From Mario to God of War to Assasin's Creed. I don't think there is any question that the most profitable games right now (and likely forever more) are big multiplayer titles. I'm sure that PBUG has seen a good return on investment and League of Legends sure rakes in a nice haul. Still, there doesn't seem to be any indication that the industry as a whole is avoiding large single player games.
  13. This story from the BBC has some incredible photos and is worth going through to see the current state of Raqqa.
  14. All this does lead to the biggest problem with Movies Anywhere: it's inconsistency. It's unclear what of these issues are technical or licence issues, but one of the good things about Disney Movies Anywhere was the consistency. You knew if a movie would work with it. Expanding the service is great, but it's going to be very confusing while all this gets sorted out and it's not clear that buying a movie in one place grants access in another or not.