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  1. Comment on Apple Event (8th March) - Peek Performance in ~tech

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    All of these events are so boring for me usually. Processor gets faster. Tablet/iPhone gets updated slightly. Hit us with the AR headsets already.

    All of these events are so boring for me usually. Processor gets faster. Tablet/iPhone gets updated slightly. Hit us with the AR headsets already.

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  2. Comment on The metaverse is so stupid in ~tech

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    I concede. You're right, the pixel density is probably triple that of a smartphone. I think you should consider that consoles are generally sold at a slight loss initially, which is what I would...

    I concede. You're right, the pixel density is probably triple that of a smartphone.
    I think you should consider that consoles are generally sold at a slight loss initially, which is what I would compare a Quest 2 to. Even with the special display, I don't really see what would raise the price to triple. I expect they aren't making money off the hardware but from the store.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on The metaverse is so stupid in ~tech

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    Vastly inferior screens? Quest 2 has an LCD display, not OLED. Phones with SD865 easily go for sub $400 currently. Quest 2 cameras are also awful compared to those on a smartphone, so very cheap....

    Vastly inferior screens? Quest 2 has an LCD display, not OLED. Phones with SD865 easily go for sub $400 currently. Quest 2 cameras are also awful compared to those on a smartphone, so very cheap. Smartphones also pack a lot more features.

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  4. Comment on The metaverse is so stupid in ~tech

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    Double or triple the price to be profitable? I'm quite doubtful about that. The XR2 processor is based on the SD865 iirc and the cameras and sensors aren't that expensive. I'm sure they don't have...

    Double or triple the price to be profitable? I'm quite doubtful about that. The XR2 processor is based on the SD865 iirc and the cameras and sensors aren't that expensive. I'm sure they don't have high margins from the hardware itself or might be selling at a slight loss though. The idea that they are highly subsidizing the hardware seems false to me. Look at Lynx R1. Much smaller company, comparable price.

  5. Comment on Before Your Eyes uses first person perspective to tell a third person story in ~games.game_design

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    I think 'first person' and 'third person' are a limited simplification of the combination of choice in reference frame and control model. The in-game controls act as a model which the player can...

    I think 'first person' and 'third person' are a limited simplification of the combination of choice in reference frame and control model. The in-game controls act as a model which the player can learn and eventually become 'immersed' with. Consider learning to drive a car. Initially it seems complex and unnatural, but over time an experienced driver might start to feel one with their vehicle, as the car model becomes so embedded in their brain it's like a natural extension of themselves. Many video games feel immersive because they share control models with many other games but also map appropriately to real world controls. If I think 'move forward' my body already knows what that means from learning to walk as a child. When we play a game with an unconventional control scheme it can be difficult to reach a high level of immersion, but after much practice, if the game's response to our inputs stays consistent, it is totally possible. In a way I find these kinds of videos quite pretentious. I wish 'game analysts' viewed games less as some super artistic medium that is so thought provoking and more as the software that they really are. A reductionist approach would go a long way.

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  6. Comment on "Free will" is an illusion: Your life runs on a pre-destined trajectory in ~life

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    I used to think that since physical laws seemed practically deterministic and out of my control, this meant I have no free will. A few months ago I read about attention schema theory and since...

    I used to think that since physical laws seemed practically deterministic and out of my control, this meant I have no free will. A few months ago I read about attention schema theory and since then it has changed my views. With the idea that my consciousness is my brain modelling itself, I now have an increased appreciation for my own decision-making processes. It might all be an illusion, but by viewing myself as a complex mechanism and diverting my attention to how it works rather than entering an existential crisis about whether it is truly me making a decision, I feel more in control than before. I think it boils down to increased self-reflection as a result of my curiosity in how I think.
    More here: https://www.pnas.org/content/118/33/e2102421118

    2 votes
  7. Comment on The Matrix Resurrections: A review in ~movies

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    I thought the movie was boring and the action pretty uninspired. It does something I've noticed in many mediocre movies recently. When two people are speaking the camera just zooms onto their...

    I thought the movie was boring and the action pretty uninspired. It does something I've noticed in many mediocre movies recently. When two people are speaking the camera just zooms onto their faces and that's it, like a sitcom. No interesting camera angles like in the original. Just the most basic shots to progress their pretentious story.

    6 votes
  8. Comment on What were the best shows you watched this year? in ~tv

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    Been binging sitcoms (kinda embarrassed about it). Really recommend New Girl if you're in a similar state of mind. It's very chill and basically a group of friends doing dumb stuff. Was watching...

    Been binging sitcoms (kinda embarrassed about it). Really recommend New Girl if you're in a similar state of mind. It's very chill and basically a group of friends doing dumb stuff. Was watching it alongside Seinfeld and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, but ended up liking it most due to its wholesome-ness.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on Tildes Game Giveaway Thread: Holiday 2021 in ~games

  10. Comment on What were the best games you played this year? in ~games

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    Played through Hitman 3 (with all maps starting from Hitman 1), Mafia Remake and lots of Halo Infinite MP. I also tried a bunch of other games, but I couldn't get into anything of them. Hitman has...

    Played through Hitman 3 (with all maps starting from Hitman 1), Mafia Remake and lots of Halo Infinite MP. I also tried a bunch of other games, but I couldn't get into anything of them. Hitman has gameplay with many choices and is like a puzzle sandbox that you can role-play and set your own challenges in. Mafia has a gripping story and phenomenal graphics. And Halo is just mindless fun.

    3 votes