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  1. Comment on What is your favorite game you'll never finish? in ~games

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    Play Isolation in chapters, that's the best way to go about it imo. That's how I got through the Dead Space series; the games are divided into nice little chapters that I can put it down and pick...

    Play Isolation in chapters, that's the best way to go about it imo. That's how I got through the Dead Space series; the games are divided into nice little chapters that I can put it down and pick it up again when I want.

    Now if only more games could get on that Alan Wake boat and show recaps of the previous chapter for when I invariably put the game down for too long, I'd be set.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Protesters in Portland and Seattle shatter windows and light fires in ~news

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    Just gonna say what others might not know: The protests have always had "bad apples" (to steal our PPD's terminology) in the crowd bashing windows and lighting fires. When my wife and I marched...

    Just gonna say what others might not know:

    The protests have always had "bad apples" (to steal our PPD's terminology) in the crowd bashing windows and lighting fires.

    When my wife and I marched for Floyd back in the Spring, we went from a NE park to the Police Department and people were bashing windows of insurance centers, Starbucks, Nike, Burgerville (for being anti-union), and most banks that we passed by. People did step in to try and stop them every now and then-- especially when it was almost about to happen to more local businesses, but people generally kept on moving like myself. I guiltily admit I'd hear a window bash, look to see it was Bank of America and think "...meh...fuck Bank of America."

    We did bail when the protestors got to the Police Department because A) That's where the flyer said the march would end and B) Nobody was really doing anything/giving any speeches/calls to action (those were at the beginning) except starting fires and destruction, which... isn't what we signed up for.

    We stopped attending the protests lately after my wife got a retail job/it'd feel irresponsible to go to them and then to work interacting with a bunch of old folks, but whenever I see articles like this where the headlines just reads off property damage and omits the protest cause, I can't help but take the news with a grain of salt.

    ...then again, I don't really agree quite yet with the anger the protestors have already cast on Biden. I'm ready to critique him just as much as the next person, and I don't have high (or any) expectations from him on these protestors, but it's been one day, and calling him out right now just feels like it's asking for ridicule.

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

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    More Phasmophobia: had to try out the new prison map and play it with a group of friends. I love that game. It's such an accessible horror experience with regards to you not having to have fast...

    More Phasmophobia: had to try out the new prison map and play it with a group of friends. I love that game. It's such an accessible horror experience with regards to you not having to have fast reflexes or aim well (for most of the game). I'm really hoping it encourages more devs to try out co-op horror games-- I know there's already a fair amount, but I feel they're so focused on combat or agility when they don't need to be.

    More Overwatch: I'm just an addict to quick multiplayer experiences, I think especially now during quarantine. And there's enough roles (Mercy, Rein, Brigitte) that don't require A+ aiming to be good at.

    Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners: I kept picking this game up and putting it down, but have now just started doing 1-2 days at a time per (VR) session. I really don't like that the zombies re-spawn so shamelessly (e.g. you go around a corner, go back, suddenly zombie), especially in a game centered around resource management and immersion, but it comes with another more welcome flaw of the AI NPCs (non-zombie) being really dumb, like Oblivion dumb; they investigate a sound for 2 seconds, don't notice dead bodies, and barely have any awareness. Another flaw is the mechanics seem a little finicky at times; I keep dropping my crafted weapons when really I mean to holster them. Or I'll mean to stash an item by putting it over my shoulder and into my backpack, but it somehow misses and just crashes on the floor -- but whatever, I'm having enough fun, and there aren't many other VR games like it, that I'll put up with 'em.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Do you use the ignore feature? What type of posts do you ignore? in ~tildes

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    A lot of comp/programming/tech tags. I am not a programmer and there is a lot of programmer/coding/tech stuff I don't care to read about.

    A lot of comp/programming/tech tags.

    I am not a programmer and there is a lot of programmer/coding/tech stuff I don't care to read about.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on Do you own a VR headset? in ~games

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    I got mine through VR Optician and got two pairs; one for my wife, and just a scratch-free lens for everything else. Compared to the PSVR, the lenses on the Index feel like they're right there up...

    I got mine through VR Optician and got two pairs; one for my wife, and just a scratch-free lens for everything else.

    Compared to the PSVR, the lenses on the Index feel like they're right there up against your eyes. And I'd heard enough horror stories in the Index subreddit that I just didn't wanna risk scratching them.

    I would recommend getting them now if you haven't already, as the order can take a while. Same goes for the Chilldex and gaskets, or at least put the gaskets on your wishlist.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Do you own a VR headset? in ~games

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    I've got an Index and a PSVR. I haven't been able to leave the house much for various reasons (even pre-pandemic) so it felt like the closest I could get to the experience. I used to play it a...

    I've got an Index and a PSVR. I haven't been able to leave the house much for various reasons (even pre-pandemic) so it felt like the closest I could get to the experience.

    I used to play it a lot, but I do not feel like playing it in this hotter weather. Yes I know there's AC, and I can put a fan on, and I've even got a Chilldex, but something about slapping a headset on is just the last thing my brain wants to be doing in this weather. When Fall comes around I'm sure I'll get back into it.

    I think if you're a horror fan and love being scared, you have to try VR. Resident Evil 7 was the scariest friggin' thing I've ever experienced in my life and it was just so much fun. Even the Until Dawn: Rush of Blood rollercoaster's a hoot. And then there's the Exorcist: Legion, which is a walking simulator horror experience, and Dead Secret, a horror mystery puzzle game. I can't get enough of it-- and by "can't get enough" I mean I have to play in 20-30 minute segments before I have to take it off and relax.

    If you're trying to be frugal, I would not recommend most ports, as it's just a controller + VR view, and I'd rather play something that embraces my knuckles.

    I've gone all-out with my Index so far on peripherals: I got prescription lenses so my wife can play without her glasses, I got a Chilldex to help cool my face while I play, some plastic covers for my knuckles to help with grip, and extra gaskets so we can swap them out between plays/don't have to put each other's sweat on when we switch the headset between us.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Requiring a Facebook account for Oculus VR is bad for users, devs, and competition in ~tech

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    God I fucking hate this bullshit. Not the most tactful way to put it, but I'm just especially sour because I helped Kickstart Oculus before it was bought out by Facebook, and all I have to show...

    There's already concern about Facebook's actions. "Let's talk about how Facebook is screwing us in VR," BigScreen VR developer Darshan Shankar posted on Twitter on Tuesday. He went on to explain that his app's built-in store, which sells licensed content like films, must fork over a transaction fee to Oculus for every sale. "Bigscreen's video store must pay Oculus: we lose >$1 for every $1 we make," he wrote. "We asked for help. Facebook told us to find a better business model like games."

    That doesn't bode well for existing, popular third-party apps—like Rec Room, VRChat, BoxVR, and more—should Facebook carpet-bomb the Oculus operating system with its own versions of apps. And it'd sure be a slap in those developers' faces after their services attracted so many users to Oculus in the first place; as I've written time and time again, Oculus' first-party efforts have routinely underwhelmed compared to the competition.

    God I fucking hate this bullshit. Not the most tactful way to put it, but I'm just especially sour because I helped Kickstart Oculus before it was bought out by Facebook, and all I have to show for it is a stupid t-shirt and a poster-- I opted not to get the Oculus itself 'cause I thought I'd save up for it, but by then FB stepped in.

    And now that I'm excited with VR games (with my Index & PSVR) and love both BigScreen VR and Rec Room, that is absolutely bullshit if Facebook is the reason those services get sidelined into more predatory, price-gouging tactics (though I would happily pay a monthly fee for Rec Room any day/I'm expecting that to happen regardless).

    Fuck you Facebook! Fuck youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!

    15 votes
  8. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Nothing. I used to have a whole VR fitness regiment wherein I'd do 10-15 minutes of cardio in VR followed by some strength exercises, but... I hate this heat. I hate it. It just saps all the...

    Nothing.

    I used to have a whole VR fitness regiment wherein I'd do 10-15 minutes of cardio in VR followed by some strength exercises, but... I hate this heat. I hate it. It just saps all the energy out of me. I become a sweaty lazy mess in the morning and a sweatier lazier mess at night.

    Fortunately my weight hasn't gone to hell/I've only gained five pounds, but I need to get back on the wagon. I just haaaaaaaate this heeeeeeeeaaaat.

    ...and yes I do have AC, but knowing summers are only going to get hotter every year, I feel obliged to tough it out as best I can before resorting to it, so we usually only turn it on in the evenings when it's at its hottest.

    I have a Chilldex coming next week, we'll see if that helps at all.

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

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    I've been playing A Plague Tale: Innocence. I thought I'd love it, because I should; it's linear, it has a minimal UI, some stealth & combat elements, beautiful setting and production value, super...

    I've been playing A Plague Tale: Innocence.

    I thought I'd love it, because I should; it's linear, it has a minimal UI, some stealth & combat elements, beautiful setting and production value, super dark, but...

    ...I don't know what it is, it's just not great to me. The puzzles are too easy and I'm a little over halfway through the game. The story is fine, but the characters are a little too... one-dimensional? I'm not even sure if that's the problem. But like, there's a LOT of death and destruction all around, and the little brother (no spoilers) is just kinda like, whiny through the whole thing, but not that affected by it? I think it's just the combination of the voice acting and the writing just feeling like more of a husk than a fleshed out story.

    Anyways, it's not bad. I think I'm just too jaded to enjoy it, and it probably doesn't help that I'm playing it after TLOU2, which I loved.

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

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    My wife and I have to play on easy difficulty with no domination victory, and we team up against the AI (who themselves don't get to play on teams). It's stupid and stress-free, but we really just...

    My wife and I have to play on easy difficulty with no domination victory, and we team up against the AI (who themselves don't get to play on teams). It's stupid and stress-free, but we really just want to build cities and watch them flourish.

    I suck at strategy games, and hate that I suck at Civ 'cause it's turn-based, so I have all the time (and information) in the world to make a decision, and I'll still loose. But I want to like them 'cause I just love that isometric/top-down view of a city getting built over time. I know there's Cities Skylines, but that gets boring after a bit of time. Anno 1800 seems to be the only one that's hit me right where I like it.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on The Witness - A great game that you shouldn't play in ~games

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    No, you don't. And yes, 100%ing the game is very hard. Outside of achievements, there's just a lot of very obfuscated puzzles.

    So you don't need to do any of the super obscurely keyed puzzles to finish the game?

    No, you don't. And yes, 100%ing the game is very hard. Outside of achievements, there's just a lot of very obfuscated puzzles.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on If you have pets, what is it like? in ~talk

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    Two indoor cats: Babby & Graybie Babby's a 3 year old lynx point siamese we met at a cat cafe wherein you eat and drink while meeting various cats through the cat adoption team. He's named after...

    Two indoor cats: Babby & Graybie

    Babby's a 3 year old lynx point siamese we met at a cat cafe wherein you eat and drink while meeting various cats through the cat adoption team. He's named after an old meme because... well, no reason, it just kinda fit.

    He head-butts your face like nobody's business, insists on head-kisses. Drools a lot. Lies around belly up all the time. We call him a "movie cat" 'cause he follows you from room to room, finds a place to lie or sit down, and just stays there until you go to another room.

    Graybie is a 2 year old Russian Blue cat we just saw at a pet store (not bred/it's also through the pet adoption center) and we wanted to get Babby some company. He's named Graybie which was short for "Graybeard," as he's got a little patch of white on his chest, but we never call him that and Graybie eventually just stuck. He was a kitten when we got him, and typically it's the older cat that has a hard time getting along with the younger cat, but this was the other way around; Babby insisted on being friends, following a terrified Graybie around doing a chitter-meow (which is apparently cat for "Follow me!" "Friends?"). Graybie eventually warmed up to him and the two have been inseparable ever since.

    Both my wife and I have lived with numerous cats throughout our lives, but these are the first two we've owned ourselves.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on If you have pets, what is it like? in ~talk

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    😍 I love a good shoulder cat. I'm so jealous.

    😍 I love a good shoulder cat. I'm so jealous.

  14. Comment on If you have pets, what is it like? in ~talk

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    So did Stormageddeon get her name from her wild tears? How did Stella get her name? My friend's got a dog named Stella and he picked it after an old comedy show he liked by the same name.

    So did Stormageddeon get her name from her wild tears? How did Stella get her name? My friend's got a dog named Stella and he picked it after an old comedy show he liked by the same name.

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

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    That's a shame it doesn't translate seamlessly into VR. I'd think it'd be a shoe-in for that :/

    That's a shame it doesn't translate seamlessly into VR. I'd think it'd be a shoe-in for that :/

    1 vote
  16. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Just beat The Last of Us 2! Loved it, 10/10 as far as I'm concerned. The story might've docked it down to 8/10 on its own, but the execution, gameplay, etc. puts it back up to 10/10 afaic. Plus I...

    Just beat The Last of Us 2! Loved it, 10/10 as far as I'm concerned.

    The story might've docked it down to 8/10 on its own, but the execution, gameplay, etc. puts it back up to 10/10 afaic. Plus I haven't played gut punches like that in a long time. Good shit.

    Also beat Bendy and the Ink Machine. I only played it to see what all the fuss was about-- and by "fuss" I mean the toys at Hot Topic-- and uhhh, yeah it was OK. Mostly a "meh" reaction all in all. A very forgiving horror-themed game with clunky combat but fun setting and characters.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Congrats! I have a lump in my lower neck on my right side right before my shoulder starts-- I forget what it is, but I'd always assumed it was a knot that needed to be worked out or something to...

    Congrats!

    I have a lump in my lower neck on my right side right before my shoulder starts-- I forget what it is, but I'd always assumed it was a knot that needed to be worked out or something to fear until a doctor was like "what? no, that's your x" -- I feel bad for spacing what it is, but anytime I search "lump in neck" lymph nodes are the first result, and this is significantly lower and only on my right side. Go figure.

    Anyways, that freaked me out, as did the xiphoid process(sp?) something where your center chest area slowly hardens and gets a bit sensitive to the touch. Apparently it's a real weak spot. Anyways, everyone knew about it but me apparently.

    Congrats again on your lifestyle changes! Did anything galvanize you into your decision specifically, or was it just a gradual change?

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Donald Trump calls for delay to 2020 US presidential election in ~news

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    I feel like there's a lot of stuff this administration has done that's been coupled with "no way he can do that." and then he does it. I'm just a bit nervous. Maybe more than a bit.

    Just to be clear, Trump does not have any ability to delay or hold off the election.

    I feel like there's a lot of stuff this administration has done that's been coupled with "no way he can do that." and then he does it.

    I'm just a bit nervous. Maybe more than a bit.

    14 votes
  19. Comment on 72nd Emmy Awards nominations announced - HBO's Watchmen takes the top spot for program nominations with twenty-six in ~tv

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    Ha! You're not crazy. I did indeed make the same comment. I've liked Brian Cox since Long Kiss Goodnight and appreciated he had a sense of humor to be in Super Troopers. Then there's The Bourne...

    Ha! You're not crazy. I did indeed make the same comment.

    I've liked Brian Cox since Long Kiss Goodnight and appreciated he had a sense of humor to be in Super Troopers. Then there's The Bourne Supremacy, X-Men 2, and let's not forget Mahunter and the Manhunt video game.

    1 vote