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  1. Comment on The statue of the Little Mermaid in the entrance to Copenhagen harbour has been daubed with the words “racist fish” in ~arts

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    Anyone got a clue why this statue in particular was targeted? The article doesn't point into too many directions, and the statue itself seems harmless.

    Anyone got a clue why this statue in particular was targeted? The article doesn't point into too many directions, and the statue itself seems harmless.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on 2K Games breaks gaming's de facto $60 (USD) price ceiling, announces MSRP for next-gen NBA 2K21 as $70 in ~games

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    If MSRP increases, other sources of revenue won't decrease, you'll just have a $100 game with lootboxes.

    If MSRP increases, other sources of revenue won't decrease, you'll just have a $100 game with lootboxes.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on 2K Games breaks gaming's de facto $60 (USD) price ceiling, announces MSRP for next-gen NBA 2K21 as $70 in ~games

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    Correct. Why would they decrease MTX when they already know people will buy them? These companies have no interest in acting ethically, or morally. They will take all they can, so if they can sell...

    Correct. Why would they decrease MTX when they already know people will buy them? These companies have no interest in acting ethically, or morally. They will take all they can, so if they can sell you a $100 game with lootboxes, MTX etc. well then they fucking will.

    People will still buy this game because people buying sports games aren't the kind to complain about it, but this is just a testing run and we can expect the AAA price to rise if this experiment succeeds.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Dark Sky delays shutdown of Android app until August 1st in ~tech

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    I heard that for the US folks Dark Sky was pretty good, luckily enough in Europe it wasn't that great so I never used it. But yeah it's a shitty move on Apple's part. But hey, that's capitalism...

    I heard that for the US folks Dark Sky was pretty good, luckily enough in Europe it wasn't that great so I never used it. But yeah it's a shitty move on Apple's part. But hey, that's capitalism baybee.

    Problem with weather is, it's hard to to sell it as a service to people because people are used to using it for free. But a weather app is a service. You have constant server costs and API call costs you need to cover.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on The Chinese government is engaging in a widespread, systematic campaign of forced birth control and sterilization on Uighurs and other minorities in ~news

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    In diplomatic escalations, war would be the last one, the first would be talking to them while embargoing China on a global scale.

    In diplomatic escalations, war would be the last one, the first would be talking to them while embargoing China on a global scale.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on The Chinese government is engaging in a widespread, systematic campaign of forced birth control and sterilization on Uighurs and other minorities in ~news

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    I mean we knew of the concentration camps already, but this just cements my feeling about this; now I know how the people in ~1940 felt when the Third Reich was happily genociding jews and other...

    I mean we knew of the concentration camps already, but this just cements my feeling about this; now I know how the people in ~1940 felt when the Third Reich was happily genociding jews and other desireables, and no one did anything.

    We thought we learned, but we never did.

    21 votes
  7. Comment on How should I host my images? in ~tech

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    I can recommend cubeupload: https://cubeupload.com/ They're pretty cool.

    I can recommend cubeupload: https://cubeupload.com/

    They're pretty cool.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on 365 Days: The "Polish 50 Shades of Grey" has been a surprise smash on Netflix despite being absolutely terrible in ~movies

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    I mean if you want the authentic outrage experience, watch Game of Thrones and then head over to r/freefolk because they're still mad and still making memes about it.

    I mean if you want the authentic outrage experience, watch Game of Thrones and then head over to r/freefolk because they're still mad and still making memes about it.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Flirting for morons in ~life

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    I don't know. The best and most "natural" way would be I think through a hobby, but good luck if you're into something like chess lol. I feel like the best way to be happy is to not be hunting...

    We know about the wrong ways for a man to get into a relationship, but what's the right way now?

    I don't know. The best and most "natural" way would be I think through a hobby, but good luck if you're into something like chess lol.

    I feel like the best way to be happy is to not be hunting relationships all the time, like go into a date only expecting a good conversation and nothing else, and you'll be fine, but I'd have problem maneuvering myself into places and conversations where I could even ask someone out. I don't want to force myself to go to a bar or a club, because I'll just be miserable there and that isn't really the best basis to meet people. But then how the fuck are you supposed to broaden your social circles?

    Lonely, sex-starved young men seem to find more productive advice for their dating life from the alt-right than anywhere else, and that seems like a problem to me.

    It is, because the dating advice they get is laced with political messaging about gender roles and liberals bad and whatnot and the men lap it up because they think it's going to make them happy.

    Ultimately if you aren't happy on your own, you won't be happy in a relationship, but that statement also rings hollow to me, since everyone's looking for a relationship for a reason.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Flirting for morons in ~life

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    At the chance of turning this comment chain on the sexual harrassment women experience into what about the men (and considering the skew of Tildes' community to the male side and the fact that...

    At the chance of turning this comment chain on the sexual harrassment women experience into what about the men (and considering the skew of Tildes' community to the male side and the fact that your comment is already the top rated comment, it probably will), I'll say this:

    I'm 22, and am in a longterm relationship with a girl I love that I met in school, ya know, highschool sweethearts, going to prom together, et cetera, the whole thing. But should this relationship not last (we've had a short break before, not due to being incompatible, but due to geographical issues), I honestly have no fucking clue where to even begin in the dating scene. Dating apps are terrible for my mental health (the constant grind, the constant rejection due to the sheer number of "applicants" that women on those platforms get is insane), I don't go to clubs because I can't stand music that is so loud that it makes my eardrums want to commit suicide and when I meet up with friends we don't do it at a bar, we do it one of our apartments coz we usually do boardgame nights or just talk and you aren't bothered by loud music, the noise of other people etc.

    This eliminates most of the location where I think it's socially acceptable to go talk to stranger with romantic intentions. I have hobbies, I don't think I'm a boring person, but the fact is that I don't want to approach women in public coz it's gross and honestly at best you just come over as annoying and at worst as creepy.

    I get this whole idea that you shouldn't force things like this and I'm all on board when it comes to just waiting for the right person to come along, but living this I'd hypothetically get into my 2nd relationship when I'm in my thirties, and honestly that makes me really fucking anxious.

    10 votes
  11. Comment on The Last of Us Part II tries to be profound. It fails in ~games

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    Spoilers for The Last of Us 2 ahead I don't have a problem with linear games, or games that give you a clear goal that you have to achieve. Ultimately it would be irrational to expect game devs to...

    Spoilers for The Last of Us 2 ahead

    I don't have a problem with linear games, or games that give you a clear goal that you have to achieve. Ultimately it would be irrational to expect game devs to cater to every choice a player can make in a game, although I think that the games that attempt this are better than the games that don't. However it doesn't have to kill a game to not have this and I agree with you that this way the devs can focus on making the scenes absolutely stellar (and they have, TLoU2 is a gorgeous game ranging from graphics, mo-cap performances, animation, voice, etc.) because they can justify spending money to make this particular cutscene the best it can be, cause everyone will see it. My favourite games are Bastion, Transistor and Witcher 3, all sharing that top spot, so I can definitely enjoy a good linear game just as much as an open-world game.

    The problem here is that gameplay and story work against each other, particularly with the ending of the game. The gameplay consists of murdering the absolute shit out of hundreds of people. And I don't mean from the distance, where a person can rationalize it away, no, most of the kills that you do in the game happen up close, usually with a knife or other melee object. This changes people. You cannot walk out of killing hundreds of people and still value human life in the same way. This is what makes Ellie's decision in the end so revolting, and is also why most revenge plots actually involve completing the revenge so the character realizes that it has brought them nothing and I think it would've been the better choice here.

    I've read explanations that that how Joel's death comes about makes sense because he's been living in a secure and gated community for 4 years, which would've softened him up, but I don't entirely buy it. The man has survived the apocalypse for 31 years. That he didn't trust people and would rather save himself than help a stranger was a major point of the character in the first game, and I don't think it would just vanish in 4 years, especially not up to the point where he walked into a room filled with like 10 strangers armed to teeth, introduce himself and tell everyone where he lived. There are just better ways to do that, but I feel like the writer really wanted to have a scene where Joel saves Abby at the start to make it some twisted form of Karma I guess? This is what I mean by changing character intentions and abilities so that the writer can have the scene he envisioned in his head.

    The pacing is also problematic. I don't think Abby's PoV should've been where it was in the game. It sends the games' narrative to a screeching halt at a point where you really don't want it to. Generally I think the story envisioned would've worked better as a third game, and this game would've been entirely about Abby and her struggles in that cruel world. It would've allowed for a tighter narrative in this game and for a tighter narrative in the third game, because then you don't have to waste time introducing everyone and also you don't have to weird PoV switches and dialbacks in the timeline to make a character likeable to really hammer this point about vioence bad home.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Scott Alexander has deleted his Slate Star Codex blog due to the New York Times planning to reveal his real name in an article in ~misc

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    Using usernames anonymizes them. If the NYT had a "strict" policy they would've requested IRL identification from the mods or not run the story at all.

    Using usernames anonymizes them.

    If the NYT had a "strict" policy they would've requested IRL identification from the mods or not run the story at all.

    8 votes
  13. Comment on Scott Alexander has deleted his Slate Star Codex blog due to the New York Times planning to reveal his real name in an article in ~misc

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    So I don't know much about this blog or about this situation outside of what was written in this post, but I find it very strange that the journalist the author spoke with demanded on using his...

    So I don't know much about this blog or about this situation outside of what was written in this post, but I find it very strange that the journalist the author spoke with demanded on using his real name. Using fake names, or keeping people anonymous is one of the basic things a journalist should do, if the person they speak with wants to, no? The German newspaper I read does it all the time. They just use different names and state that it's a fake name. No one cares. Why is this persons' real identity so important in this case?

    27 votes
  14. Comment on The Last of Us Part II tries to be profound. It fails in ~games

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    Yes but then it would be suited better for a book, or a movie, no? Making games like this feels like a waste of the medium. And it doesn't fix the character problems.

    Yes but then it would be suited better for a book, or a movie, no?

    Making games like this feels like a waste of the medium. And it doesn't fix the character problems.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on The Last of Us Part II tries to be profound. It fails in ~games

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    It changes characters' abilities to follow the plot because the author had a set idea from the start on how he wanted to do this. The games' story also does not take into account that the players...

    It changes characters' abilities to follow the plot because the author had a set idea from the start on how he wanted to do this. The games' story also does not take into account that the players are actually playing the game inbetween story cutscenes, which makes the ending all the less of a gutpunch and more of a "I killed literally like 10 people 5 seconds ago, why are we stopping now?"

    Essentially the characters a placed in certain contrivances because the writer wants them to be there, not because the characters have any natural progression to get there.

    From a gameplay perspective, this whole theme of violence bad doesn't work because the player at no point can choose to not commit violence. The game forces you to, all while berating you about how bad it is. There is no good ending, there is no way to abstain. The game punishes you from abstaining, while the story berates you for continuing. This means that gameplay and story effectively work against it each other, a problem very common to games from Naughty Dog (you can read multitudes of articles about leudonarrative dissonance in Uncharted).

    In the end this leaves you frustrated as a player, because the game berates you for doing its objectives, and there is no way to play around that, ya' know, like IDK, you were in a game?

    4 votes
  16. Comment on The Last of Us Part II tries to be profound. It fails in ~games

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    I can recommend this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iss5bRQ7yVM It's got all the relevant story bits + conversation in the actual level. I'd personally refrain from criticising the game...

    I can recommend this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iss5bRQ7yVM It's got all the relevant story bits + conversation in the actual level. I'd personally refrain from criticising the game further until you've watched it all.

    We have too many people jumping on bandwagons these days instead of forming their own opinion. Who knows, maybe there are parts of the game you'll like.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on The Last of Us Part II tries to be profound. It fails in ~games

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    The only discussion I've seen online was on r/PS4 and those people weren't telling me how to feel, just how they felt personally, and a lot of those feelings were overlapping in content.

    I can't go online without hearing about how utterly disappointed I should be. If anything is a disappointment to me, it's the gaming "community" for fostering this toxic wasteland of a behavior.

    The only discussion I've seen online was on r/PS4 and those people weren't telling me how to feel, just how they felt personally, and a lot of those feelings were overlapping in content.

    7 votes
  18. Comment on The Last of Us Part II tries to be profound. It fails in ~games

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    You should play/watch a playthrough then. The context around those leaks makes the events transpiring a little better, except for the first major event in the game, thats just dumb.

    You should play/watch a playthrough then. The context around those leaks makes the events transpiring a little better, except for the first major event in the game, thats just dumb.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on The Last of Us Part II tries to be profound. It fails in ~games

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    We've previously discussed the leaks of TLoU2 on Tildes, and now that the game is out, I do have to admit that it wasn't as bad as the games made it out to be, but it's still bad. TLoU2 retcons a...

    We've previously discussed the leaks of TLoU2 on Tildes, and now that the game is out, I do have to admit that it wasn't as bad as the games made it out to be, but it's still bad.

    TLoU2 retcons a major aspect of the first game and changes characters' abilities and skills around to make a plot happen that is so generic, overly preachy in it's morality about violence bad that I ultimately can't call it good writing.

    The animations, graphics, world design are all legitimately great. Gameplay is unchanged and thus serviceable at best, but the writing and pacing are just fucked. I can't go into specifics without discussing the story in detail, so if there's interest in that discussion, let's have it, otherwise I'll leave it at that.

    8 votes