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  1. Comment on Virtual reality has real problems. Here’s how game developers seek to delete them. in ~games

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    Smooth locomotion definitely took some getting used to for me. I call it "getting your VR-legs". At first my body would try to lean in the direction that I was moving in game, which led to lots of...

    Smooth locomotion definitely took some getting used to for me. I call it "getting your VR-legs". At first my body would try to lean in the direction that I was moving in game, which led to lots of almost-falling. After I put more hours into it, though, I don't have any issues with smooth locomotion. Smooth turning however, is disorienting as hell. I don't get motion sick or disoriented at all otherwise, but smooth turning in Alyx especially made me wanna fall over at first lol

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  2. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Been checking out Ween's demo album Caesar. Lots of good stuff, and a few songs I wish made it onto Quebec instead of The Fucked Jam or Alcan Road. Things You Already Know, She Caught My Fancy,...

    Been checking out Ween's demo album Caesar. Lots of good stuff, and a few songs I wish made it onto Quebec instead of The Fucked Jam or Alcan Road. Things You Already Know, She Caught My Fancy, Potluck, and I'm Wide Open(this one's a little rougher) are all standout tracks for me

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  3. Comment on Ween - She Caught My Fancy in ~music

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    A beautiful, stripped down Ween demo. I've had the Caesar demo album on repeat for the past week, and I'm loving everything in it. Also, hope someone can tag it a little better than I can. No clue...

    A beautiful, stripped down Ween demo. I've had the Caesar demo album on repeat for the past week, and I'm loving everything in it. Also, hope someone can tag it a little better than I can. No clue what genre I'd call this

  4. Comment on The morality of canceling student debt in ~finance

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    Always saddens me when people want others to suffer just because they did. As if improved quality of life isn't something we should all strive for

    Always saddens me when people want others to suffer just because they did. As if improved quality of life isn't something we should all strive for

    13 votes
  5. Comment on The morality of canceling student debt in ~finance

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    Don't have anything to add really other than I completely agree. It's a shame people can't/don't want to see things from a different perspective. I won't even consider college the way things are...

    Don't have anything to add really other than I completely agree. It's a shame people can't/don't want to see things from a different perspective. I won't even consider college the way things are going right now. I have zero interest in paying more than I'll be able to handle for what is essentially "Part 1" of a career

    12 votes
  6. Comment on Beat Saber (& the Oculus Quest 2) in ~games

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    Unfortunately, I think the Quest's library is always going to be rather stunted comparatively due to it being a wireless peripheral. Of course you have the quest link, but that sort of removes the...

    Unfortunately, I think the Quest's library is always going to be rather stunted comparatively due to it being a wireless peripheral. Of course you have the quest link, but that sort of removes the only (imo) advantage of the Quest. It's the main reason I don't think I'd ever purchase a Quest, as most of the games I like playing need the power of the PC. I do like the camera system that tracks the controllers, however. I have the Rift S and it's super easy to set up. I've heard people complain of controller occlusion but I haven't ever had issues with it

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Spotify claims it’s dominating the podcasting market because of a million-plus tiny podcasts in ~tech

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    Cable 2.0, here we come...

    Cable 2.0, here we come...

    7 votes
  8. Comment on The morality of canceling student debt in ~finance

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    I think many, many people are still under the impression that college degrees are these fantastical portals to a dimension that makes you rich beyond your wildest dreams. And because of that, they...

    I think many, many people are still under the impression that college degrees are these fantastical portals to a dimension that makes you rich beyond your wildest dreams. And because of that, they think that you absolutely should have to spend more than most people might make in 5 years just for what is actually a small stepping stone to an actual career. I think most of the people arguing against cheaper college/waiving predatory student loans have never actually been saddled with absurd amounts of debt like this

    14 votes
  9. Comment on Black Mesa: Definitive Edition - The final major update for the fan-made re-imagining of Half-Life in ~games

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    I'm really glad these guys finished it. Thanks to Black Mesa, HL1 is probably my favorite FPS of all time. When I want to just play a no bullshit run n gun game, it's HL1 all the way.

    I'm really glad these guys finished it. Thanks to Black Mesa, HL1 is probably my favorite FPS of all time. When I want to just play a no bullshit run n gun game, it's HL1 all the way.

    10 votes
  10. Comment on What is your favorite game to livestream? in ~games

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    I don't livestream yet, as I'm waiting to upgrade my CPU to even be able to handle streaming any game that is decently graphically intensive, but one game I can't wait to be able to stream is Hot...

    I don't livestream yet, as I'm waiting to upgrade my CPU to even be able to handle streaming any game that is decently graphically intensive, but one game I can't wait to be able to stream is Hot Dogs Horseshoes and Hand Grenades. It's a firearm simulator with tons of guns and "scenes" that are basically game modes. The Take and Hold mode in particular is my favorite. You move around an underground bunker looking for holds to capture. When you go to a hold and then start it, you have to fight waves of enemies while waiting for the "encryption" to appear. The encryption floats in the air above you and must be destroyed to move to the next encryption. There are often 3 waves of encryption per hold, and different types of encryption present different challenges. Throughout the map, you'll encounter Supply Depots, which are shops where you can buy new guns/attachments/melee weapons, or change your ammo types.

    That mode is super fun to play, as you're always looking to improve your aim and speed for a better spot on the leaderboards. I'd like to stream VR in general, but H3 in particular is fun to stream. Ideally I'd want to stream whatever I want (Jerma, Vinny, and Tomato are all favorite variety streamers of mine), because I rarely focus on a game for very long unless I really like it

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Xbox Series X/S vs. PlayStation 5 - A direct comparison and the Ars launch-month verdict in ~games

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    Silly as it may sound, the PS5's controllers are selling me on the PS5. I love cool shit like that and it's surprising me that Sony is innovating that way. It definitely does remind me of...

    Silly as it may sound, the PS5's controllers are selling me on the PS5. I love cool shit like that and it's surprising me that Sony is innovating that way. It definitely does remind me of something Nintendo would have tried. I really hope more games utilize it

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Xbox Series X/S vs. PlayStation 5 - A direct comparison and the Ars launch-month verdict in ~games

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    There obviously seems to be a soft limit on noticeable increases. But it's always seemed painfully obvious that people who claim they can't tell the difference were just seeing it on mismatched...

    There obviously seems to be a soft limit on noticeable increases. But it's always seemed painfully obvious that people who claim they can't tell the difference were just seeing it on mismatched hardware. Of course you won't be able to notice 120fps on a 59hz monitor. I am (sort of consistently ;-;) able to run Destiny 2 at around 90 fps (having a 144hz monitor) and whenever it jumps up there it's so clear that I have to stop and behold it lol

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  13. Comment on Xbox Series X/S vs. PlayStation 5 - A direct comparison and the Ars launch-month verdict in ~games

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    I feel like the whole "30fps is fine, you can't even see 60fps" was just propagated by console fanboys haha. If someone hasn't seen 60fps before then I get it, but after having played PC games for...

    I feel like the whole "30fps is fine, you can't even see 60fps" was just propagated by console fanboys haha. If someone hasn't seen 60fps before then I get it, but after having played PC games for a few years now, 30fps is painful to look at. On some games, I can even run near 144fps and, having a 144hz monitor, that is even more amazing.

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

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    If you're a fan of horror/creepy stuff, you should seriously check out World of Horror. Very Junji Ito-inspired, with nice splash of Lovecraftian mythos. It has wonderful 2bit art (or 1bit if you...

    If you're a fan of horror/creepy stuff, you should seriously check out World of Horror. Very Junji Ito-inspired, with nice splash of Lovecraftian mythos. It has wonderful 2bit art (or 1bit if you enable it) that you can customize with preset color schemes. The music is amazing, I love the soundfont. The visuals are superbly unsettling at times, but are always impressive. It is early access, but it's so obviously a product of passion that I'm confident it's only going to get better. I highly recommend checking it out, and if you're not sure from the screenshots, Vinesauce (Vinny more specifically) has a few VODs of it on his Youtube channel.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Vulfpeck - Disco Ulysses (Instrumental) in ~music

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    Probably my favorite Vulf song. The bass fills in the latter half are superb

    Probably my favorite Vulf song. The bass fills in the latter half are superb

    1 vote
  16. Comment on “Elves are Jews with pointy ears and gay magic”: White nationalist readings of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in ~games

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    Ahh right, the OG Doom. I was worried the newer ones had influenced some people to action. I somehow didn't consider the original ones

    Ahh right, the OG Doom. I was worried the newer ones had influenced some people to action. I somehow didn't consider the original ones

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

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    Hades - Seriously good game. Yes, I know everyone is raving about it. It's deserved. I haven't enjoyed any of Supergiant's games prior, but I've respected their talent greatly. Hades sucked me...

    Hades - Seriously good game. Yes, I know everyone is raving about it. It's deserved. I haven't enjoyed any of Supergiant's games prior, but I've respected their talent greatly. Hades sucked me right in and is such a delightful blend of gameplay and narrative. Sometimes I caught myself wanting to purposefully bungle runs so that I could talk to NPCs! Great characters, and such amazing renditions of the classic Greek gods and goddesses. Them actually having some varied Greek (Mediterranean? I'm not sure) skin tones was a fantastic choice. The voices are great as well. Exuberant gods, edgy gods, reserved gods, party gods, all the voices fit. Also the music. Fantastic basslines. I love how the music is dynamic, and I love how when the fighting is finished in any room, that dirty bass is left almost all alone to do it's thing. It's a damn shame those bass tracks aren't included in the game's official OST, because they're killer.

    Disco Elysium - This game is pretty far outside my comfort zone. I tend to avoid slow, isometric CRPGs. I have very little patience, so I tend to get bored quickly. Disco Elysium has blown me away. It is such a lovingly and meticulously crafted game that it's hard to not just be in awe of the game's scope. The map isn't enormous, but all the stuff packed into it is nothing short of impressive. Great voice acting, amazing writing, and consistent humor. Such a stylish game, and it certainly captures a vaguely familiar time period, despite none of the locations or happenings actually being real. I highly recommend this game. It truly does transcend its genres.

    Halo: Master Chief Collection - A classic. Or rather, several of them. Halo 3: ODST is my favorite in the series, and so I ran through the campaign on legendary with some friends. It is wayyyy easier than I recall. But the music and atmosphere are still so delightfully lonely and insidious. I then tried Halo 1 on legendary, and deeply regretted it. No thank you lol. Fiesta slayer is still a delightful clusterfuck

    2 votes
  18. Comment on “Elves are Jews with pointy ears and gay magic”: White nationalist readings of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in ~games

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    I am genuinely curious, what have people done in the name of Doom? I shudder to think of any real world analogues lol

    I am genuinely curious, what have people done in the name of Doom? I shudder to think of any real world analogues lol

    2 votes