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cyber_turnip

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« Reply #120 on: 03-16-2015 20:44 »

So, after last week's, it seems like we're back to the episodes being downright atrocious. Fair enough.
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« Reply #121 on: 03-20-2015 02:29 »

I didn't think it was that bad, just completely forgettable. And again, a LOT of instances of the show rehashing better episodes in the plot (Homer's already been a mascot before, Homer's already discovered you don't need beer to have fun, Homer's already publicly humiliated Duff in front of a stadium of people, etc.). I don't recall groaning/cringing at anything in particular, but I also don't recall laughing at anything. This one seemed like an all around middle-of-the-range episode to me.
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« Reply #122 on: 04-09-2015 19:08 »

http://m.ign.com/articles/2015/04/09/no-more-simpsons-seasons-released-on-dvd

Even though I haven't bought a season past 11, this still really bums me out
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« Reply #123 on: 04-09-2015 20:01 »

Well, that must be a real gut punch to the loyal fans who were still collecting the dvds. Personally, I'm just worried this might cause other shows to follow suit. hmpf
winna

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« Reply #124 on: 04-09-2015 21:20 »

DvDs are obsolete fuckng garbage. I threw one hundred of them away the other day.
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« Reply #125 on: 04-09-2015 21:35 »


Well-mastered DVDs aren't bad up to 40-50 inches or so.  Blurays are cool.

Scrappylive

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« Reply #126 on: 04-09-2015 22:44 »

Lamesauce. Purchasing the physical copy of a movie, TV show, or album has always been a personal statement of my dedication to that movie, TV show, or artist, respectively. Not to mention my desire to actually own a physical copy of my favorite media.

Personally, I'm just worried this might cause other shows to follow suit. hmpf

And, now, so am I. hmpf
Quantum Neutrino Field

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« Reply #127 on: 04-09-2015 23:18 »

Some day I'll buy the season 15 DVD and later seasons I don't really want. There's probably less market for them for that reason alone. The Simpsons is the only series I know that releases DVDs several years after they've aired, which may be a factor too.
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« Reply #128 on: 04-09-2015 23:40 »


That really steams my shorts, man!

Well, I guess that I'd better start purchasing all of the Blurays on my potential wishlist (or DVDs in some cases) before it's too late!  Also Bluray ripping software, against the day that players are no longer manufactured.  Also better start looking into some sort of secure torrenting.

Bastards!

tyraniak

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« Reply #129 on: 04-10-2015 00:51 »

I don't really see this happening to that many other shows, especially since the second longest running show still on is South Park and they've had no problem catching up DVD wise
JoshTheater

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« Reply #130 on: 04-10-2015 04:44 »
« Last Edit on: 04-10-2015 04:52 »

Tachy: Most shows are now legally available for digital purchase (download, not streaming) through iTunes or other services, if you want to bypass the whole disc-ripping process while still supporting the show creators. Same with movies.

To be fair though, a lot of those services suck, specifically iTunes. I seem to recall the files needing to be activated through their servers on different devices? So not entirely free to do what you want with.

Anyone know any better services?
winna

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« Reply #131 on: 04-10-2015 04:59 »

I've heard a little bit about some service called torentin that I've been told works pretty well. I think the creators made some application for it called youtorentin or something like that. It might be worth checking out.
Scrappylive

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« Reply #132 on: 04-10-2015 05:26 »
« Last Edit on: 04-10-2015 05:44 »

In the US, it's perfectly legal* to torrent digital media if you already own a legal copy of said content. So you could buy the episodes in disc format or via a digital distributor (with all those pesky strings attached) then just download a nice, clean, DRM-free, unnecessary-hassle-free copy from whichever is the most popular torrenting service these days.





winna

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« Reply #133 on: 04-10-2015 05:41 »

I sincerely doubt I've ever met a sane person in my life.
JoshTheater

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« Reply #134 on: 04-10-2015 05:51 »

winna: He already mentioned torrenting, I was suggesting alternatives if he still wished to pay and obtain shows legally. Personally I don't care if people torrent, though I do think people should attempt to support the content creators they like in some way or another.

In the US, it's perfectly legal* to torrent digital media if you already own a legal copy of said content. So you could buy the episodes in disc format or via a digital distributor (with all those pesky strings attached) then just download a nice, clean, DRM-free, unnecessary-hassle-free copy from whichever is the most popular torrenting service these days.

This is most certainly not at all true.
Scrappylive

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« Reply #135 on: 04-10-2015 06:08 »

Asterisk
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« Reply #136 on: 04-10-2015 06:09 »

Some of us still like to own a physical copy. frown
Scrappylive

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« Reply #137 on: 04-10-2015 06:16 »

Torrent

Burn to a DVD

Draw the disc cover design in colored Sharpies

That's what I used to do with CDs, back when I used physicals discs for the listening in the 1940s
winna

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« Reply #138 on: 04-10-2015 06:32 »

I used to make my own dvds by drinking copious amounts of cooking oil and rubbing alcohol, then forming the product into a disc shape and etching the data onto it with a bright sewing needle.
JoshTheater

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« Reply #139 on: 04-10-2015 06:44 »

Some of us still like to own a physical copy. frown

Yes, you're known as hoarders and there are psychologists who can help. tongue
Box Incorporated

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« Reply #140 on: 04-10-2015 08:11 »

So apparently the show's having another "voice actor contract crisis" again.


http://animationguildblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/limited-simpsons.html?m=1


Really doubt the show's going anywhere still, but hey, I'm all in for a Matt Groening voiced episode, whether the contracts are settled or not.
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« Reply #141 on: 04-10-2015 08:43 »

A Groening voiced episode would actually be pretty damn funny.
tyraniak

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« Reply #142 on: 04-10-2015 13:52 »

This just makes it obvious that there's no exit strategy and that Al Jean is beyond delusional
Scrappylive

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« Reply #143 on: 04-10-2015 14:43 »

A Groening voiced episode would actually be pretty damn funny.

Finally, there's something The Simpsons haven't done yet!
cyber_turnip

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« Reply #144 on: 04-10-2015 18:28 »

Well, Groening has guest-appeared as himself at least twice, now, so that's only half-true.
Monster_Robot_Maniac

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« Reply #145 on: 04-13-2015 00:21 »

Matt Groening as every single character in the show? I've seen worse ideas come from Simpsons, so I'm all for it!
Scrappylive

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« Reply #146 on: 04-13-2015 02:56 »

And in shots with crowds and multiple talking characters, he'll (attempt to) voice all of the characters in one take.
Box Incorporated

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« Reply #147 on: 04-14-2015 03:25 »

Someone from the animation department has been tweeting about the show today, and it's official. The show's on hiatus and currently not renewed.

https://twitter.com/eiVega

"Latest rumors-producers are figuring out emergency back-up plans for being behind schedule w/ an insanely impossible workload #TheSimpsons"

Judging by how long animation takes to make, I'm wondering how they'll be able to make enough episodes on time if they are renewed, unless they put some cost cutting measures in there (which would basically go down to flash at this point). For sure Season 27 is having less episodes at this point. Maybe if they finish 6 episodes by Spring next year, they can have a 13 episode Season mixed in with the holdovers (though with a lot of spacing probably to spread the airdates).
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« Reply #148 on: 04-14-2015 03:43 »

Given the amount of holdovers each season of The Simpsons has these days, I'd say it's about time they caught up with themselves.

And really, is anyone disappointed by this news? If anything, having fewer episodes to churn out might actually improve the show's quality.
tyraniak

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« Reply #149 on: 04-14-2015 05:42 »

Fuck, maybe they should just work on a finale and have a shortened season 27 and leave it at that
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« Reply #150 on: 04-14-2015 06:23 »

I wouldn't mind that, either. Hell, if the final season's going to be shorter, it'd be nice if they put a little bit of effort into it and had the show go out on an objectively high note. Even something of roughly season 15 quality would be better to end on that the average quality of these past few seasons. Granted, it's not enough to make up for what's happened to the show, not by any means (hell, you'd need to take a time machine back to 1998-ish to ensure the show ended with its legacy fully in-tact), but given how painful the show can often be to watch now, I'd at least like to see them try for its final season - and not *just* on the last episode, bearing in mind Holidays of Future Passed was originally written as a potential finale.

But fuck, even "hey, if this is the end, maybe put a bit more effort than usual into these last 13 episodes" is probably too damn much to ask. frown
Gorky

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« Reply #151 on: 04-15-2015 04:31 »

I am far more saddened by the prospect of no more DVD box-sets - call me old-fashioned, but I like a tangible collection I can put on my shelf, not some stupid app on a smartphone or whatever it is the kids use nowadays - than I am by the show's potential (imminent?) cancellation. The longer the show goes on, the crappier it gets (even if individual episodes in those progressively crappier seasons stand out as being on-par with the quality of, say, the Scully era) and the more I resent its producers, directors, writers, and actors.

That being said, I do hope we get a proper finale. I have long doubted that the show can die with any semblance of dignity, but I guess a non-finale would be the greatest indignity of all. The crew at least deserves a shot at a partway decent ending.
tyraniak

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« Reply #152 on: 04-16-2015 00:38 »

God, if this gets cancelled I am dreading the internet backlash/petitions that will undoubtedly follow
Scrappylive

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« Reply #153 on: 04-16-2015 01:17 »
« Last Edit on: 04-16-2015 01:21 »

How can you guys be so content with the terminality of the show that gave us The Simpsons Wrestling? cry

Seriously, though, I am surprised and even a bit saddened by this news. Even if the show is nowhere near as good as it used to be, I would still catch it on Hulu from time to time and enjoy it more than half the junk that's on the airwaves these days. I was always hoping that it would keep getting better after its low point in its late teens/early twenties*.


*This is based solely on my personal, under-informed opinion.
tyraniak

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« Reply #154 on: 04-16-2015 02:11 »

They should've stopped after 21 since by then they broke the primetime tv record, but to quote the show "you got greedy, martin"
Gorky

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« Reply #155 on: 04-16-2015 02:34 »

How can you guys be so content with the terminality of the show that gave us The Simpsons Wrestling? cry

I kind of love that game; I recall renting it from the video store on several occasions in elementary school and spending a pleasant weekend wailing on sundry Springfield residents.

That being said, my favorite Simpsons game is obviously Hit and Run, but still...
Scrappylive

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« Reply #156 on: 04-16-2015 03:45 »

Hehehe, I haven't played it in ages (since I rented it in elementary school), but The Simpsons Wrestling is kind of a guilty pleasure of mine. Every now and then, I'll think back to how much fun I had with it in the summer of 2001. My favorite part (and pretty much the only part I remember clearly) was Flanders's special move.

I still haven't had a chance to play Hit and Run, sadly.
tyraniak

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« Reply #157 on: 04-16-2015 03:50 »

Hit and run was pretty solid, but my all time favorite will always be the arcade game
Gorky

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« Reply #158 on: 04-16-2015 03:57 »

Oh, Hit and Run is really fun. I'm also quite fond of The Simpsons Game, which came out the same year as the movie but shares nothing in common with its plot; it's graphically a nice-looking game, and though some of the levels are kind of irritating (you have to do this tag-team thing with various family members to clear certain obstacles, and it can get tedious), it always keeps you on your toes.

And one mustn't forget Road Rage, which is just good, mindless, arcade-style fun. Really all Simpsons games from the first decade of the 2000s were pretty solid; I passed many a pleasant hour glued in front of my Xbox when I could have been kissing boys or playing outside or doing whatever it is normal 10-to-15 years olds do for fun.
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« Reply #159 on: 04-16-2015 04:37 »

I never played Hit and Run or Road Rage. The Simpsons Game was decent, though nothing special. And The Simpsons Wrestling was fucking abysmal.

I used to have some of the old Mega Drive Simpsons games, too. I remember finding Bart vs. The Space Mutants insanely hard as a kid. hmpf
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