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Cake day: June 5th, 2023

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  • That’s a really good point about their business model potentially being unsustainable, but I still question if adding gambling is the answer.

    Things that get me to go out (and I know that is anecdotal at best) are things like trivia nights, theme nights, stand up comedy, etc. I don’t think I would be very tempted to go out by the opportunity to be hustled in Angry Birds.

    I agree that Dave & Buster’s needs to develop a more novel niche to not get erased by home entertainment, but I would be shocked if this was the best way to do it.





  • At this point, I’ve lost count of the number of times Elon should have been let go. I recall him recently saying that dosing himself with cat tranquilizers was cool and a good business decision actually.

    That’s not even getting into turning Twitter into a Nazi bar (and throwing out its extremely valuable branding) or pushing for the cybertruck that cuts its passengers, looks like a dumpster, and corrodes if you look at it funny.

    The fact any board of directors considers this man employable at all is mind boggling to me.


  • Honestly, that’s my main hope as well; that all the charging team talent will disperse across the market and help other chargers spread as well. The article mentioned Tesla having 60% of the fast charger market, so hopefully we will see other companies fill the gap.

    My concern is that if no companies pick up the ball Tesla just dropped (or more accurately angrily chucked over the fence), that this could set the EV charging network back significantly; which would definitely be a problem for mass adoption of EVs.






  • While Nic Cage being attached is no guarantee of quality, I do find it interesting this is his first TV series. I’m sure he’s been offered TV roles before, so to me this implies he might really believe in the project.

    Lord and Miller being involved is a good sign, too; but I’m not sure how much influence a producer really has, to be honest, so it might not mean anything for the show’s quality.

    Either way I’ll definitely be watching it since I love Nic Cage and greatly enjoyed him as Spider-Noir in the Spider-Verse movie; but with Sony’s track record, I’m only cautiously optimistic.



  • While Nic Cage being attached is no guarantee of quality, I do find it interesting this is his first TV series. I’m sure he’s been offered TV roles before, so to me this implies he might really believe in the project.

    Lord and Miller being involved is a good sign, too; but I’m not sure how much influence a producer really has, to be honest, so it might not mean anything for the show’s quality.

    Either way I’ll definitely be watching it since I love Nic Cage and greatly enjoyed him as Spider-Noir in the Spider-Verse movie; but with Sony’s track record, I’m only cautiously optimistic.



  • Microsoft has certainly made games based off IP they owned without the original developers. But the only examples of that I can think of is Halo, which I don’t think was highly regarded.

    Similarly (though not at Microsoft), when Shu Takumi took a break from the Ace Attorney franchise to do Ghost Trick, the quality of the franchise was widely regarded to have a dip as well (though now he has returned for the Great Ace Attorney Chronicles, the quality is considered to have returned). Ghost Trick was considered to be a very high quality game as well.

    While IP is valuable; as an outsider to the industry, the skilled game devs seemed infinitely more bankable. I was certain that Microsoft wanted Bethesda for its quality devs, but clearly I was wrong.

    You don’t sack the team responsible for your best regarded game in years, if you’re concerned with making good games.

    You’re probably right. Microsoft is probably not worried about the quality. People will still buy their favorite IP, even with a notable quality dip


  • Honestly wild they would close Tango, of all developers, after they delivered maybe Xbox’s only coveted exclusive (though it has since gone multi-platform). Redfall and Starfield were both duds, and I’m not sure if Xbox has had any other exclusives at all (coveted or otherwise).

    Having said that, it’s pretty bad that Xbox is closing these studios regardless of if they have put out a hit recently or not. As Arkane Lyon chief Dinga Bakaba points out:

    You say we make you proud when we make a good game. Make us proud when times are tough. We know you can, we seen it before.

    Microsoft certainly has the money that they don’t need to be making these cuts. This is clearly the result of Line-Go-Up syndrome, and will only hurt them in the long run.

    PlayStation is already eating Xbox’s lunch since Xbox has no console selling exclusives. How are they going to make any good exclusives after cutting so much of their staff? (Also as a side note, I find it wild how much Microsoft spent on Bethesda just to cut so many of those studios.)

    Overall, a cruel and short-sighted move from Microsoft.


  • Thanks! They were not my initial plan, but I think they turned out quite well.

    I actually spent several months trying to track down a bulk quantity of blue “Flying Fist” toys to be the glove. Three pastel "Flying Fist" toys. These childrens' toys will launch the fist using air pressure if you squeeze the handle. I was also considering mini boxing glove keychains for a little while. Eventually I somehow had the brain-blast to make a custom sticker instead, which would be much easier (and cheaper) to get.

    It worked out really well, too, because I was about to put each guest’s name on the back of the sticker so every person would get a gift-bucket with the right sized shirt in it.









  • I’m definitely a little late to the party here, but I just wanted to say that I love coffee but almost exclusively drink decaf and the lack of flavors is the bane of my existence.

    I think because decaf coffee drinkers are the minority, coffee roasters don’t want to invest a lot in decaf varietals; but if you think about it, decaf should have the most roast/flavor varietals since if you’re drinking decaf, you’re only drinking it for the flavor (you certainly aren’t drinking it for the caffeine).


  • It really does feel like that’s what happened. Is WBD going to can something every time they lose an expensive bet?

    To add insult to injury, I don’t think anyone was clamoring for an online-only looter-shooter version of this game. If they had just let Rocksteady do their thing, it probably would’ve been a hit. WBD (probably) meddled hard with what would’ve been a solid game, and now a bunch of smaller developers are paying the price…

    That does not feel like a good way to build brand loyalty. Especially because no artist is going to want to give their work to a corporation who will throw it in the trash first chance they get.