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  1. Comment on Meryl Streep: it’s ‘hardest thing’ for men to see themselves in female characters in ~movies

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    But they aren't real though are they? They're fictional movie characters and fictional male characters are far more established than fictional female characters. When the extent of female...

    But they aren't real though are they? They're fictional movie characters and fictional male characters are far more established than fictional female characters.

    When the extent of female character is not much more than the aforementioned swooning mistress it'll need some time before a good female character is established. And I know we aren't there yet because we're currently in the asocial strong powerful woman phase. Very much not like an actual person either.
    Now there are good female characters for sure, Ripley is an easy example, but it's not ubiquitous for writers rooms to land on a good lead yet. Nothing is worse than a decent female lead pulled into a love triangle, which becomes her entire identity from then on.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Meryl Streep: it’s ‘hardest thing’ for men to see themselves in female characters in ~movies

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    I don't know what it means to identify with someone on television. They're an abstract of humanity and what's interesting is their story, whether or not it follows something related to my own life...

    I don't know what it means to identify with someone on television. They're an abstract of humanity and what's interesting is their story, whether or not it follows something related to my own life is irrelevant. Rather, if something is far removed from what I know it's possible that will be a far more interesting concept to explore.

    What I do see is that female characters are written badly, not exclusively but often by male writers, and that's far more jarring than the fact they're women. If a female character is written well I have little to no issues being engaged with their story. Same with male characters.
    Male characters are well threaded ground at this point, so it's far easier to write a male character that isn't awful than it is to write a female character that isn't awful.

    I think the problem comes from a plethora of badly written female characters constantly submissively swooning over men where it's no wonder nobody can "identify with them" as they're barely based on anything real.

    12 votes
  3. Comment on How makers of nonconsensual AI porn make a living on Patreon in ~tech

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    They tricked nobody, they just did it. One of the most frustrating aspects of today is how no company has a decent service desk anymore. You can see the fraying everywhere. Moderation pushed to...

    They tricked nobody, they just did it.

    One of the most frustrating aspects of today is how no company has a decent service desk anymore.

    You can see the fraying everywhere. Moderation pushed to users, or worse, power users.
    Service Desks that are borderline unreachable or so toothless they can't really help.
    Websites with a support phone number so deeply buried you might as well give up trying and tangle with the god awful chatbot instead.
    Chatbots.
    Perpetual "this line is busier than normal so your wait is longer than expected" IVR messages.

    Moderators are just a subset or extension of this. There aren't enough people that want to do it. The ones that are, don't want to do it anymore and are overworked.

    But tricked? Naw. It was just an easy avenue to slash costs and who's going to complain when they can't call a helpdesk anyway?

    19 votes
  4. Comment on Assassin's Creed Shadows | Official world premiere trailer in ~games

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    Well made, stylized trailer (if a bit played safe) for an otherwise boring franchise. Ubisoft has been an automatic skip for years and it doesn't look like it's changing. The game is also another...

    Well made, stylized trailer (if a bit played safe) for an otherwise boring franchise.

    Ubisoft has been an automatic skip for years and it doesn't look like it's changing.

    The game is also another $130 that they dare ask for mediocrity. Their pricing is beyond the pale.

  5. Comment on People without an inner voice have poorer verbal memory in ~humanities.languages

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    I can conceptually understand colours even if I can't visually imagine them. Red as a colour doesn't disappear from memory as soon as I stop looking at it.

    I can conceptually understand colours even if I can't visually imagine them. Red as a colour doesn't disappear from memory as soon as I stop looking at it.

    6 votes
  6. Comment on People without an inner voice have poorer verbal memory in ~humanities.languages

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    Spatial awareness and visualisation are two separate skills.

    Spatial awareness and visualisation are two separate skills.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power | Season 2 official teaser trailer in ~tv

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    I would've worded it differently but yeah. I ended up not watching all the way through and probably never will finish it. What a frustrating experience. Bad dialogue, one dimensional acting, odd...

    I would've worded it differently but yeah.

    I ended up not watching all the way through and probably never will finish it.

    What a frustrating experience. Bad dialogue, one dimensional acting, odd pacing, distances were relative (the Witcher suffered from this one especially), and just the overall fake feeling backgrounds made it look like actors in costumes playing something they didn't believe in. Even if it wasn't LOTR it was a bad show.

    9 votes
  8. Comment on Ubisoft shut down The Crew. Here is what we can do about it. in ~games

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    You're arguing the status quo when stopkillinggames is arguing we need regulations for these exact scenarios you're painting. No we never had these rights, but perhaps we should. The problem is...

    You're arguing the status quo when stopkillinggames is arguing we need regulations for these exact scenarios you're painting.

    No we never had these rights, but perhaps we should. The problem is becoming unacceptably large because it's now the standard: launch a live service game and pull the plug after a couple of years. This was rare, and this is now the norm.

    So no, the consumer should not have to care about these licensing rights. This needs to change.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Ubisoft shut down The Crew. Here is what we can do about it. in ~games

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    Let me apologise in advance for the terse answer, but none of that is or should be the problem of the consumer. The case Ross makes with stopkillinggames.com is that there are no regulations...

    Let me apologise in advance for the terse answer, but none of that is or should be the problem of the consumer.

    The case Ross makes with stopkillinggames.com is that there are no regulations whatsoever for a company to just revoke your access to a paid product whenever they feel like it. The car licensing problem is secondary, if not tertiary, to this entire story.

    11 votes
  10. Comment on Medieval historian and game developer, Jason Kingsley CBE, reacts to Manor Lords in ~humanities.history

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    As @cfabbro said, it can be entirely disabled if you so please. But it does bring some interesting facets on how to manage your village while half of your male population is conscripted into a...

    As @cfabbro said, it can be entirely disabled if you so please. But it does bring some interesting facets on how to manage your village while half of your male population is conscripted into a militia and on campaign.
    So far, all while keeping combat from being overbearing in its complexity and focus.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Fine work skeleton. You got gud. Ornstein and Smough is such a rite of passage that there's little that matches the tense skill check of that fight, even with Elden Ring. It's also the peak of the...

    Fine work skeleton. You got gud.

    Ornstein and Smough is such a rite of passage that there's little that matches the tense skill check of that fight, even with Elden Ring.

    It's also the peak of the first game so it's good you went to the DLC after because the rest of the base game remains a bit of a slog.

    Dark Souls 2 again feels a lot different than 1 and Elden Ring and if anything I recommend reading up on ADP (adaptability) as a skill because it affects your roll and i-frames.

    Keep up the good work, and don't you dare go hollow.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Outdoor time is good for your kids' eyesight. Here's why. in ~health

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    That's possible with your (probably inattentive) variant of adhd. My eyes are absolutely shot and I have the D. So maybe, maybe not?

    That's possible with your (probably inattentive) variant of adhd. My eyes are absolutely shot and I have the D.

    So maybe, maybe not?

    2 votes
  13. Comment on OpenAI considers allowing users to create AI-generated pornography in ~tech

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    That's already possible if you self host an instance of something like stable diffusion and train it on the bad stuff.

    That's already possible if you self host an instance of something like stable diffusion and train it on the bad stuff.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Sony backed down from the PSN requirement to play Helldivers 2. How will this change how the community reacts to game changes? in ~games

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    It's odd because he 180'd on that specific statement by straight up recommending refunding and negatively reviewing. I wonder what happened in between.

    It's odd because he 180'd on that specific statement by straight up recommending refunding and negatively reviewing. I wonder what happened in between.

  15. Comment on V Rising 1.0 out now in ~games

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    An actual good game plagued by a barrier of entry. The other Arena games and MOBAs were simply both easier and cheaper to get into.

    An actual good game plagued by a barrier of entry. The other Arena games and MOBAs were simply both easier and cheaper to get into.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Sony backed down from the PSN requirement to play Helldivers 2. How will this change how the community reacts to game changes? in ~games

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    The community manager in question has paid for their efforts dearly and has been fired. He mentioned knowing speaking out against your publisher was risky and he got canned.

    The community manager in question has paid for their efforts dearly and has been fired. He mentioned knowing speaking out against your publisher was risky and he got canned.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Sony backed down from the PSN requirement to play Helldivers 2. How will this change how the community reacts to game changes? in ~games

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    According to the CEO of Arrowhead, Sony decides where it sells.

    According to the CEO of Arrowhead, Sony decides where it sells.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Sony backed down from the PSN requirement to play Helldivers 2. How will this change how the community reacts to game changes? in ~games

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    Reddit subreddits consistently collapse in quality as soon as they hit some arbitrarily decided critical point in subscriber count. I wouldn't expect anything else, but that also means I do not...

    Reddit subreddits consistently collapse in quality as soon as they hit some arbitrarily decided critical point in subscriber count.

    I wouldn't expect anything else, but that also means I do not think they're necessarily worse than others simply by virtue of most large subreddits being sort of frustrating.

    The Discord (barring General Chat 1) is actually quite alright most of the time. Some whinging when weapons get the stick is to be expected but it's not insufferable.
    YouTube videos are generally well considered, Twitch streamers seem to mostly behave, and the in game community has been one of the most pleasant I've been a part of in a loooong while.

    Maybe I'm in too deep, or maybe I just don't see it, but none of the antics by the community at large have been excessive, or unwarranted, especially when compared to some other (mainly competitive) gaming communities.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on V Rising 1.0 out now in ~games

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    I did, same as you. Early on too. These devs have been pretty ok in my book since the Battlerite days. A game I've always hoped would gain more traction. Perhaps this one has more staying power.

    I did, same as you. Early on too.

    These devs have been pretty ok in my book since the Battlerite days. A game I've always hoped would gain more traction. Perhaps this one has more staying power.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on Sony backed down from the PSN requirement to play Helldivers 2. How will this change how the community reacts to game changes? in ~games

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    Valve often responds to legitimate large scale negative reviews.

    Valve often responds to legitimate large scale negative reviews.

    2 votes