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  1. Comment on What are your favorite and least favorite gaming tropes? in ~games

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    Collectibles. They ruin my immersion in half the games I play. And I know I don't have to collect them, but when I'm aware they exist, something in my brain just gets obsessive about finding them...
    • Collectibles.

      They ruin my immersion in half the games I play. And I know I don't have to collect them, but when I'm aware they exist, something in my brain just gets obsessive about finding them where I can. "You probably won't play this game again" it says, "this will be the one time you'll be able to do this."

      Plague, Uncharted, God of War-- the side characters will even tease you for it, "Hey, where are you going? We need to go this way!"

      I wish developers would either turn them off until I've beaten the game once, or turn them into small, optional story-blip moments like the original Deus Ex did (e.g. I wandered into the women's restroom, my boss berates me for doing so; I read the newspaper, it adjusts its headlines based on what I've been up to).

    • Mature games where you're not just killing things.

      I'm just generally getting sick of killing lots of people in every game I play. Neil Druckman said he wanted to make the player really ask themselves if they need to kill someone in The Last of Us and not just have the enemies be nameless thugs, but then the game's enemies are all pretty much horrible people complaining that the survivors they killed didn't have shoes that fit. Fallout 4 had a lot of cool places and things to explore, but it felt like every quest I was given involved me killing someone. I was disappointed there was a "haunted" place with a backstory that wound up just being another kill-this-thing event.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on What do you think is the next big technological breakthrough? in ~tech

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    I really hope they do become affordable and not just an excuse to charge more like 'organic' tends to be. Like, I know veggie patties cost more (presumably) for the "exotic" ingredients, but...

    I really hope they do become affordable and not just an excuse to charge more like 'organic' tends to be. Like, I know veggie patties cost more (presumably) for the "exotic" ingredients, but c'mon... $3 more? I can just see them doing the same with lab-meat.

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

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    Finished Alyx! Made it through without any spoilers, and am glad I did. Good stuff! Now I'm onto Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners which is OK so far. I don't know if I'd missed some stuff in the...

    Finished Alyx! Made it through without any spoilers, and am glad I did. Good stuff!

    Now I'm onto Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners which is OK so far. I don't know if I'd missed some stuff in the tutorial, but it feels very hands-off once you get to your starting base. I'm not generally a fan of open world games wherein you're shown all of the potential stuff you can earn right from the start; I'd rather it trickled out to me. But I also just started, so we'll see if that gets better.

    Other than that.... paintball matches in Rec Room. It's a fun little workout. Yes there's a lot of little kids and there can be bigoted trolls, but there's also enough mechanics in place to mute/block/report them that they're never debilitating. I also suspect-- because I have an old account with them-- that their report system trusts users after a set amount of reliable reporting; often times if I report someone for bigotry/trolling, they're removed within the minute, which is very satisfying. ...it's also satisfying to be reasonably good at paintball and be able to physically dab with my controllers on the kids screaming names at me, or floss in the waiting room in front of the score board to my wife's chagrin. ...hey man, I work customer service, I need an outlet somewhere!

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

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    Hadn't heard of Delivery Us The Moon, looks great! If you don't mind my asking, how did you hear about it? I feel there's a lot of walking sim/story-driven games put out that I missed on account I...

    Hadn't heard of Delivery Us The Moon, looks great! If you don't mind my asking, how did you hear about it? I feel there's a lot of walking sim/story-driven games put out that I missed on account I didn't have a good gaming rig for the longest time, and their advertising's never the best.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on What are your favorite short horror films available online? in ~movies

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    That Oats Studio stuff has been in my backlog for ages, I really need to watch it all-- thank you!

    That Oats Studio stuff has been in my backlog for ages, I really need to watch it all-- thank you!

    1 vote
  6. Comment on What are your favorite short horror films available online? in ~movies

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    Always fine with subtitles. Thank you!

    Always fine with subtitles. Thank you!

    1 vote
  7. What are your favorite short horror films available online?

    Hi! My wife and I met through our mutual love of horror films, and really love watching movies together in general-- good or bad. For the past three years we'd go to the local horror film festival...

    Hi!

    My wife and I met through our mutual love of horror films, and really love watching movies together in general-- good or bad. For the past three years we'd go to the local horror film festival around her birthday which, sadly, is not happening this year, so I thought I'd wrangle up some horror films available online for us to watch instead.

    Do you have any favorites?

    Here's some of mine!:

    • Transmission 1 (warning: starts loud): This was a webisode released to help promote the 2007 horror film The Signal in which a sound emitting from electronics affects how people behave.
    • Spider: A prankster doesn't know when to stop. (trigger warning & mild spoiler: some eye stuff)
    • Lights Out: Something seems off more than the lights (all of this guy's stuff is pretty decent as far as short horrors go).

    I know those are higher production value than most of the stuff you'd see at a festival, so don't worry about that. We really enjoyed one last year called Finley that was just a complete delight.

    15 votes
  8. Comment on Recommend me a movie that _________ in ~movies

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    I love me some bittersweet hope: Annihilation: A scientist embarks with a team of other scientists into a mysterious area her husband returned from to learn what happened to him. Road to...

    I love me some bittersweet hope:

    • Annihilation: A scientist embarks with a team of other scientists into a mysterious area her husband returned from to learn what happened to him.
    • Road to Perdition: A mobster must protect his son after witnessing something he shouldn't have.
    • Life is Beautiful: A pauper tries to maintain optimism in his family during World War II.
    • Children of Men: A smuggler is paid to transport contraband in a future where everyone's mysteriously unable to reproduce.
    • Moon: A blue collar astronaut completes a contract on the moon and returns home.
    • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: A depressed man pays a company to help him forget a painful relationship.
    • The Fall: An injured stuntman befriends a little girl during their stay in the hospital, telling wild stories her imagination runs away with.

    If you play video games:

    • The Last of Us: A smuggler is paid to transport contraband in a future where everyone's mysteriously unable to reproduce.
    • SOMA: A man with a brain injury is transported in the middle of an operation from modern day to sometime in the future.
    7 votes
  9. Comment on Garlic shortage hits, a side effect of the coronavirus pandemic in ~food

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    Sure thing! There's also pre-minced ginger usually in the same location, if you make a lotta food that needs it!

    Sure thing! There's also pre-minced ginger usually in the same location, if you make a lotta food that needs it!

    2 votes
  10. Comment on What are your favourite Space Games? in ~games

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    I'd be down if we got a third player-- I can't think of any other games right now, but co-op story games imo are best experienced with someone who hasn't played them before. I hated the partners...

    I'd be down if we got a third player-- I can't think of any other games right now, but co-op story games imo are best experienced with someone who hasn't played them before. I hated the partners I'd get it in Resident Evil 5 who came so decked out in endgame gear it sapped all the fun from it, or the Division games who pair me with people who've played the missions thousands of times and know precisely where everyone's gonna come from.

  11. Comment on U.S. Navy releases new UFO incident reports: This is about newly-released written incident reports, not the grainy videos that made headlines several weeks ago in ~news

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    I agree. But I also feel enough hubris on behalf of mankind with the agreement to have a little doubt paired with it; I would not be surprised if a being not from Earth had the foresight, ability,...

    I agree. But I also feel enough hubris on behalf of mankind with the agreement to have a little doubt paired with it; I would not be surprised if a being not from Earth had the foresight, ability, or contingency in place to help conceal their presence on Earth.

    Or, if we go the life-is-a-simulation argument, I think of it akin to an admin visiting a server; they can read the logs well enough to be like "oh dip one of the npcs spotted me. can't let that storyline unfold and affect my timeline."

    -- mind you I don't know that I believe any of that second part enough to indulge it further, but I like to imagine every now and again.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on What are your favourite Space Games? in ~games

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    Homeworld 1 & 2 I suck terribly at both games, but will often just play it on an easy skirmish on account I just really like the atmosphere.

    Homeworld 1 & 2

    I suck terribly at both games, but will often just play it on an easy skirmish on account I just really like the atmosphere.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on What are your favourite Space Games? in ~games

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    I've had that game in my VR backlog for ages and haven't touched it on account I'm holding out hope my friends will eventually get VRs to play with. Otherwise, the few times I've done the...

    I've had that game in my VR backlog for ages and haven't touched it on account I'm holding out hope my friends will eventually get VRs to play with.

    Otherwise, the few times I've done the multiplayer stuff, I'm always paired with someone who knows the missions backwards and forwards which-- while being a nice way to get introduced to stuff (beyond the tutorial)-- kinda saps the fun from it.

  14. Comment on What are your favourite Space Games? in ~games

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    Those games were ruthless. IIRC there were a whole bit in the first Space Quest wherein you read the manual on how to refuel an escape pod to get off a self-destructing ship. You'd follow all the...

    Those games were ruthless. IIRC there were a whole bit in the first Space Quest wherein you read the manual on how to refuel an escape pod to get off a self-destructing ship. You'd follow all the instructions to the letter, get in the escape pod, take off and... die. Why? Because you didn't buckle up. Which wasn't going to be an instruction manual for refueling the pod, but is just common sense.

    Good stuff.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Universal's audible watermark in ~music

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    It was subtle until I was directed on how to hear it from that test. I got 13/16 on it and that's with tinnitus. Now I fear I won't be able to unhear it if I spot it in my music collection D:

    It was subtle until I was directed on how to hear it from that test. I got 13/16 on it and that's with tinnitus. Now I fear I won't be able to unhear it if I spot it in my music collection D:

    1 vote
  16. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    Well I guiltily admit I've never loved reading/barely do it voluntarily unless it's an easy read like Bird Box, Shrill, or books where I've seen the movies first and all the imaginative works'...

    Well I guiltily admit I've never loved reading/barely do it voluntarily unless it's an easy read like Bird Box, Shrill, or books where I've seen the movies first and all the imaginative works' been done for me. But this is just reminding me of all the books I hated reading in middle & high school. The only time I read is daily for ~30-40 minutes before bed, and this book works in that it puts me right to sleep.

    It has its moments. My wife and I wanted to read it before we dove into the AMC adaptation, but... I just don't care about half the shit they're talking about. Aside from the maps and locations, you should also be familiar with nautical terms (boat locations, nautical hierarchy, parts of the boat, etc.); I have it on my kindle and keep checking for definitions of words I'm completely unfamiliar with. And there was an entire chapter all about people at a table having a discussion, and the first half of it was all about who was sitting next to who was sitting next to who was sitting next to who, and I just don't think it's worth it to get to the juicy bits.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    The Terror.... still... it's been like four months of reading this... I hate it, but I'm like 65% of the way through. I think I'd said it before but I'll say it again: I don't think I care for...

    The Terror.... still... it's been like four months of reading this... I hate it, but I'm like 65% of the way through. I think I'd said it before but I'll say it again: I don't think I care for historical fiction. Especially ones where it feels like I have to have a map out at all times to know the places they're referring to-- normally I just gloss over those parts in any other book and tough it out, but so much of the book is about locations and people who's appearances I've just started lazily stereotyping into various crew members I'd see on Pirates of the Caribbean.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on Tildes' Game Backlog Burner Event: Week 3 Update Thread in ~games

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    I Kickstarted The Long Dark! ...and I have yet to touch it beyond the first ~2 hours 😅 There's no fault with it whatsoever (other than my being distracted by Mark Meer/Commander Shepard's voice...

    I Kickstarted The Long Dark! ...and I have yet to touch it beyond the first ~2 hours 😅

    There's no fault with it whatsoever (other than my being distracted by Mark Meer/Commander Shepard's voice acting), it just feels like one of those games that really have to give 100% of my attention to/shouldn't play other games around the same time, lest I forget the story/controls/etc.

    That said, I can't really attest to the differences between the two, but The Forest is essentially an open world crafting game with a story nudging you into other areas of the map that you then explore for items that unlock other areas of the map. There are monsters that have a seemingly arbitrary (but supposedly patterned) progression system as to what prompts them to attack you and seek out your base, which adds to the horror element; a night or day may pass and you don't see anyone, and the next you are completely bombarded. My sister has allegedly played half the game without provoking any monsters enough to come attack her after she'd researched what does and doesn't set them off. It IS a little glitchy (programmed by only 5 people I think?), but it's so fun and intense that I forgive a lot of it. I think my crack with crafting/base-building games is just give me a giant map to explore and a story to guide me through it-- it's not enough to just be like Minecraft, Rust, or 7 Days to Die and not give me any real linear objectives. I like solving mysteries.

    If you're indifferent about horror games, there's several cheats and game modes to tone that part down. As I'd said the monsters can absolutely just get more annoying than they are scary. I do not find it fun having to repair the walls of my base every night I'm attacked and would rather spend the days hunting/gathering supplies to make journeys elsewhere.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Tildes' Game Backlog Burner Event: Week 3 Update Thread in ~games

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    Glad you liked A Short Hike, @aphoenix! That game just had such an infectious charm, like reading the Sunday comics on a lazy afternoon. I have not been able to game as much as I'd have liked to...

    Glad you liked A Short Hike, @aphoenix! That game just had such an infectious charm, like reading the Sunday comics on a lazy afternoon.

    I have not been able to game as much as I'd have liked to these past couple of weeks (missed last week's update). Ironically my friends have never wanted to hang out more than they do now during this quarantine business via Hangouts and what-not.

    The time I did get in I played:

    • Endzone: A World Apart. I don't know why I keep trying my hand at strategy games, I suck terribly at them and don't have much fun. I think I just enjoy the idea of building up an isometric town over time based on nostalgic memories of games like Red Alert or Fallout 1 & 2 (where I know you didn't build towns, but the isometric views were nice). I should've liked this game. The tutorial was a bit too hands off, but the game was easy enough to pick up. Over time you're told about new hurdles your colony has to overcome, but their checkpoints seemed a bit arbitrary. For example, nobody in my colony had tools or masks for the longest time, but suddenly after X months pass, it's the biggest problem. I may come back to it some other time, but for now I refunded it and put it back on the wishlist.

    • More Conan Exiles. It's filling the MMO hole in my life for now (even if it's not technically an MMO). I really like the idea of a game like WoW with an accessible ending. I don't want the carrot on the end of that stick forever. Plus I am a sucker for base building as I've mentioned before.

    • I talked friends into playing The Forest on PS4 which one of them was reluctant to on account he hates horror games. But I turned on "vegetarian mode" which makes the monsters only come out at night (and stay in caves), turned off base destruction, and we're all having a hell of a time. I am playing it for the second time and only saw ~60% of the stuff the first playthrough. As we get more and more powerful over time, the friend who hates horror games is having the most fun turning the tides of the monsters. Also if I'm being honest, the monsters get to be more annoying than they are scary if you don't have those options enabled. You can barely get anything done as they keep coming in hordes for you over time.

    • I keep trying to wrap up Conarium on my lunch breaks... which feels disrespectful and not at all how it's meant to be experienced, like watching an epic movie on an iPhone or something. I know I'm falling victim to the whole sunk-cost thing (even though it was free, so nothing's been spent other than my time), but I also know I'm so close to beating it I just want to power through for no reason whatsoever or than for myself-- whatever that means. If it were a longer game I'd have probably given up and uninstalled.

    • In VR land I picked up Apex Construct on sale... meh. I just wanted to fire bows and arrows at enemies constantly and so far I've done way more of that in Skyrim. Also I think my VR standards are just raising over time and Apex just feels like a bland tech demo compared to my immerse/intense experience with RE7, or the exploration in No Man's Sky, etc..

    • Next Friday my friends and I will try World War Z which we all got for free through Epic a few weeks ago. We decided to forego the Predator after being unimpressed by the demo.

    • Since the only time I've had to game has been in the afternoon/daylight, I think I'll forego my horror backlog for now and maybe focus on powering through the rest of Black Mesa, which has been fun... but honestly I played Half-Life 1 so many times that this redux hasn't gotten any bigger a reaction out of me other than "...neat! That is the same ol' map with some added stuff." I was hoping they would have a VR port, but no dice.

    4 votes
  20. Comment on What are the most worthwhile DLCs you've played? in ~games

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    You’re probably right. It helped I had a full group of friends to play it with. I could absolutely see it being boring without em.

    You’re probably right. It helped I had a full group of friends to play it with. I could absolutely see it being boring without em.

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