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What’s wrong with the Star Wars sequels?

Well here’s my main gripes with all 3 movies in a nutshell.

The Force Awakens

-the big problem is its a rehash of A New Hope and wasn’t very innovative or creative.

-Starkiller Base, yeah that got destroyed faster than the first Death Star and nobody blinks an eye.

-The First Order, where did they come from? how did they get so powerful?

-Why isn’t Finn dead from being slashed with a lightsaber? How come he could wield a lightsaber?

-Why is Rey so powerful?

The Last Jedi

-all the plot threads set up in TFA were abandoned. Rey’s parents were nobodies. Snoke was just some guy. Luke throws his lightsaber away.

-things that looked visually cool but didn’t make any sense; Leia surviving in space, Holdo maneuver etc

-TLJ version of Luke is widely criticized by most fans as being out of character

-all the Rose/Finn parts of the movie

-Why is Rey so powerful?

The Rise of Skywalker

-too many things go unexplained. How did Palpatine survive? How did he get his large army? Why did he create multiple Snokes? How did the Death Star II survive in that explosion? Anakin’s lightsaber is repaired now? There’s a bunch of Sith spectators now? Who? What? How?

-fake out ‘deaths’ like Chewie and C3POs memory wipe.

-Finn never got to tell Rey something. Chekov’s Gun anyone?

-Rey and Kylo kiss. Why?

-Why is Rey so powerful? and learning ridiculous force abilities that we have never seen before out of nowhere

Out of the three, The Force Awakens was the best cause it had the least flaws and The Last Jedi is easily the worst because not only did it ruin the Force Awakens by discarding all those plot threads, but it also set up the Rise of Skywalker for failure.

Rey is one of the most uninteresting main characters I’ve ever come across. Has very little personality, little explanation for why she’s so flawless and powerful, very unrelatable as a result, very one dimensional, steals everything from Luke (his lightsaber, home, x-wing, even his name at the end), really wished that they would have turned her into the dark side for real (too bad it was just a brief illusion) and let her die instead of Kylo. Disney, please look to Ahsoka Tano for a female main character with an actual relatable personality. Why wasn’t she the protagonist instead of this Rey person?

Kylo was the most interesting character of the trilogy. Finn could have been the most interesting character but they sidelined him in favor of new characters that were not necessary.

I feel like the thing that makes the sequel trilogy really fail is the lack of a cohesive storyline. Even though George Lucas is a terrible director, at least he wrote a somewhat coherent storyline for the prequels and made them all tie in with each other. the sequels feels like JJ and Rian were fighting with each other on the storyline and that really hurts it. They should have had either JJ or Rian (but not both) direct the entire trilogy.

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Why don’t internet chat rooms exist anymore like in the 90s?

They still sorta exist but its pretty much in the form of applications and games now. Any multiplayer online game is essentially a chat room. Matchmaking lobbies have always been chat rooms. VR apps like Big Screen, Altspace, Sansar, VRChat, Facebook Spaces are all virtual chat rooms. One of the first avatar based chat rooms I used was Habbo Hotel and that’s still there, remarkably! And Second Life is also still there. So is mIRC and other IRC clients. Discord and Telegram can also be used to find ‘chat rooms’.

But the same kind of chat rooms, the ones that used to exist on random websites on the internet i.e Yahoo Chat, Java applets that had chat rooms, etc those are mostly gone, and that’s a shame. I made some of my first online friends using online chat rooms (I think it was a website called iSketch).

I think the reason random websites with chat rooms no longer exist is I think as an online population we’ve gotten more cautious than we did before. In the 1990s and early 2000s the internet held a sense of wonder for most people, and we went to various websites, we didn’t care so much about security, we wanted to meet and discover new people, talking to strangers online was kind of cool! the popular phrase A/S/L came about because we were all meeting random people online. I remember when webmasters and webmistresses would just leave their AIM/MSN handle on their contact page, and I would add them randomly and start talking to them. Imagine that! It was definitely a more innocent time.

And then social media came. Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram etc and with that we shifted the way we used the internet. Talking to strangers was now a ‘dangerous’ activity because we don’t know who they might be, they might be a pedophile, they might be a stalker, etc. We only talk to friends and people we trust now! 

Another problem is these chat rooms were often filled with spambots. That made it very annoying to use these rooms sometimes as these bots would have to be manually kicked by the host of the room (who is sometimes afk).

And that’s kind of sad. That sense of wonder and discovery that the early internet brought has largely disappeared as people became more wary of meeting people they didn’t know online. Can you imagine in today’s world giving people your age/sex/location? that used to be such a common thing at one time.

RIP internet chat rooms.

Yahoo Chat

SharedTalk by Rosetta Stone (I remember using this in 2014 before they shut down)

Java Chat applets (used to be everywhere on early websites)

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What is your game of the 2010s decade?

There’s quite a few options.. for me these would be the games from the 2010s most impactful on me

-Starcraft II (2010) – played this for countless hours with friends and my brother

-Diablo 3 (2012) – ^ same

-Hearthstone (2014) – ^ same

-Overwatch (2017) – how does Blizzard keep doing this?

-PUBG (2017) – hard to understate how influential this game has been it has spawned an entire genre of battle royale games

-Minecraft (2011) – this is probably the right answer for this question even though I don’t play it. Minecraft is a pop culture phenomenon and the single best selling game of all time.

-GTA 5 (2013) – the best selling console game of the decade and one of the best selling games of all time

-The Last of Us (2013) – the swan song of the PS3 and some might say its greatest game

-Zelda Breath of the Wild (2017) – the best launch title ever? Or up there, at least

-Bioshock Infinite (2013) – a personal fav of mine, I don’t beat a lot of games but this one I played all the way to the end

-Fallout New Vegas (2010) – ^ same

-Elder Scrolls: Skyrim (2011) – this game has been modded and worked on for seemingly ages – and Bethesda is STILL using its engine to this day!

-Witcher 3 (2015) – so successful that now there’s a Netflix series about it

-Sims 4 (2014) – I mean this had to be on here because what a cash cow this series is for casual players

-Sleeping Dogs (2012) – this is the “GTA clone” I’ve sunk more hours into than any other game and that includes GTA 5

-Borderlands 2 (2012) – such a great co-op game, in a genre where there’s less and less of that

-Far Cry 4 (2014) – yes I know it’s not the best far cry (some might say 3) but for me I’ve played this game with a buddy the longest out of any other game