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

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    Been playing Tiny Tina's Wonderlands and I gotta say, not really enjoying it. Gearbox has been trying (and failing) to recapture the same spark from Borderlands 2 and it shows. The game just isn't...

    Been playing Tiny Tina's Wonderlands and I gotta say, not really enjoying it. Gearbox has been trying (and failing) to recapture the same spark from Borderlands 2 and it shows. The game just isn't funny. In fact, it's so woefully unfunny that I find it hard to keep playing. The gameplay alone isn't radically different enough to entice me to keep playing it over 2 or 3. Maybe it's because they went for a T rating this time around? Mainly though the characters just won't shut up and everytime they open their mouth it's to make a joke that usually falls flat

    2 votes
  2. Comment on How DALL-E could power a creative revolution in ~arts

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    Not something I could see having any real use until AI is much more advanced. For all the funny meme images it's able to create, most of it can be firmly placed in "Lovecraftian horrors that...

    Not something I could see having any real use until AI is much more advanced. For all the funny meme images it's able to create, most of it can be firmly placed in "Lovecraftian horrors that mostly resemble the characters/things you specified." I can't see it being of any use to anyone unless they wanted free abstract art

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

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    Been checking out some XTC! Spotify threw Mayor of Simpleton in my discovery playlist and I immediately loved it. I went ahead and checked out the rest of the album it's off of (Oranges & Lemons)...

    Been checking out some XTC! Spotify threw Mayor of Simpleton in my discovery playlist and I immediately loved it. I went ahead and checked out the rest of the album it's off of (Oranges & Lemons) and I gotta say - wow! Such a delightful album with great hooks and lots of unexpected directions. XTC seem to have this habit of playing oddball chords when you least expect it. Scarecrow People is a great example of that. I love the range of sounds on the album. It makes for an eclectic ride!

    Trying to check out their other stuff but honestly after checking out Skylarking, Nonsuch, and Drums & Wires, only a few songs off the latter album stuck with me. I'm gonna keep listening but I'm thinking I may just need to be in the right mood.

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

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    I've been on a helluva Oingo Boingo binge lately! After getting pretty heavy into their first two albums Only A Lad and Nothing To Fear last year, I've recently checked out the albums Dead Man's...

    I've been on a helluva Oingo Boingo binge lately! After getting pretty heavy into their first two albums Only A Lad and Nothing To Fear last year, I've recently checked out the albums Dead Man's Party and Boi-NGO. Gotta say, these guys' sound is timeless. I consider myself to have a fairly eclectic taste, but I do love great hooks and catchy tunes over all else. And boy does OB do that so very well. Elfman's a hilarious lyricist, Bartek makes some catchy riffs, Hatch was a madman on bass those first two albums, Avila is solid as a rock on the latter albums. It feels like a supergroup with the amount of talent that oozes from every song. The brass section is phenomenal, too. It wouldn't be Boingo without the brass. If you like 80s wackiness, or wackiness in general, I highly recommend them. Nothing To Fear is a great start if you like more zaniness, and Dead Man's Party is a great start if you lean towards the contemporary.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Face masks make people look more attractive, study finds in ~life

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    I'll drink to that, comrade

    I'll drink to that, comrade

    7 votes
  6. Comment on What are some VR games that are good with an audience? in ~games

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    Blade and Sorcery if you'd like to broadcast your inner psycho to everyone around you. I swear that game brings out the inner caveman rage in us all

    Blade and Sorcery if you'd like to broadcast your inner psycho to everyone around you. I swear that game brings out the inner caveman rage in us all

    2 votes
  7. Comment on 'Halo Infinite' might be throwing the worst live event I've ever seen in ~games

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    The game mode specific weekly challenges also ensure that, several times a play session, you'll get people constantly quitting matches as they look for the specific game mode they need. The way...

    The game mode specific weekly challenges also ensure that, several times a play session, you'll get people constantly quitting matches as they look for the specific game mode they need. The way Reach did it was perfect. You get a base amount of XP per match, and then are awarded more XP proportional to your performance and then some XP per medal. Super rewarding and didn't take long at all. This challenge business is harmful to matches because people are all throwing in favor of completing them.

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

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    Been playing some Receiver 2! Stupid hard game, but only because I'm an idiot and the game really punishes you for that. Super neat game with the most complicated reload methods in all of gaming,...

    Been playing some Receiver 2! Stupid hard game, but only because I'm an idiot and the game really punishes you for that. Super neat game with the most complicated reload methods in all of gaming, but it's really fun getting really quick with it. You basically run through a randomly generated level (preset "cells", but put in random order and with small changes every run), collecting tapes, and avoiding/disabling robots called KillDrones that, well, want to kill you. You have to pick up a certain amount of tapes every level to proceed. To help with this, you're given an assortment of revolvers and semi-automatic pistols to unlock and learn how to operate. I managed to get to the last level, where I unlocked the Single Action Army. I was climbing around, trying to squeeze past a drone-filled area, when I fell a good distance and shot myself in the leg and died, because I didn't practice the cowboy load with the SAA. Right after I died, the game gave me the entry for the cowboy load. If you're not aware, the Single Action Army revolver didn't have great safety features, and if you fully loaded the gun, the hammer would always be just shy of touching the bullet in the chamber. With a sharp enough drop, or jolt, the hammer could potentially jostle enough to strike the primer and fire the bullet. If it's seated in your holster when this happens, you'll be taught a very painful lesson. The way to get around this is to always keep one chamber empty, and keep it so that the hammer is resting on this empty chamber. That's the cowboy load. I knew this, and I died because of it. Very good game lol.

    I've also been playing Persona 3:FES. I'm at about 80 hours in, but I've been using the turbo feature on PCSX2, so it's maybe closer to 60/70 I think. I do enjoy this game, but it's immediately a tougher, and less polished game, than its successors. This game really wants you to grind. It's very hard if you don't make sure you go as far as you can in tartarus before the next boss fight. I've seen lots of forum posts of people struggling to fight a boss when they're 20/30 levels lower than they should be. Luckily, I don't mind the grind all too much (and the turbo button certainly expedites it), so I've been exactly where I need to be almost the whole game. P3's music is great. It's probably my second favorite soundtrack next to P4 (Nothing can beat Heartbeat, Heartbreak). Voice acting is suuuuper rough. I'm really glad it got better as Persona became more popular. Audio quality is poor, too, but that's to be expected of a console game with this much dialogue. Skill inheritance sucks because it's completely random, Mudo/Hama skills suck because even if an enemy is weak to them, it's still horrible odds to hit, 3 different physical damage types is a bit much, and a handful of the tartarus sub-bosses are harder than any boss fight in the game, which I think is funny, but also painful. After I beat this game, I'm planning on starting my Persona 4 Golden NG+ run. I'll probably bowl through that, then either do a P3FES NG+ run, or try out Persona 3 Portable.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Jackass Forever | Official trailer in ~movies

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    I totally get it - it's bro humor at its finest. I just can't stomach it lol.

    I totally get it - it's bro humor at its finest. I just can't stomach it lol.

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

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    Man Nioh 2 is probably the best soulslike that manages to form its own identity and have some original combat mechanics, too. Mastering the Ki Pulse is crucial to gitting gud, as it keeps you in...

    Man Nioh 2 is probably the best soulslike that manages to form its own identity and have some original combat mechanics, too. Mastering the Ki Pulse is crucial to gitting gud, as it keeps you in the fight longer, and many abilities rely on it. I'm always afraid of any of the big guys no matter what; they kick your ass quick if you slack. I'm also a sucker for paranormal feudal japan era stuff. Youkai are sick. Also fuck yeah, switchglaive. Love that wicked thing

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Do you use game streaming services? Which ones and why or why not? in ~games

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    I'm super picky about how the games that I play run, and I don't have good enough internet to stream any games without input delay, quality drops, or fear of disconnection. Call me curmudgeonly...

    I'm super picky about how the games that I play run, and I don't have good enough internet to stream any games without input delay, quality drops, or fear of disconnection. Call me curmudgeonly but I just don't think it's a worthwhile investment unless you get pretty good internet and have the money to pay for said internet. I'm biased, of course, because I already have a good gaming PC and a PS4, so I'm not exactly hurting for ways to play games

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Faith No More - Kindergarten (1992) in ~music

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    Great song with some stellar work by Gould. He's shaping up to be one of my favorite bassists. Been getting into FNM hard lately and I'm going through Angel Dust after listening to King For a Day,...

    Great song with some stellar work by Gould. He's shaping up to be one of my favorite bassists. Been getting into FNM hard lately and I'm going through Angel Dust after listening to King For a Day, Fool For a Lifetime for the better part of a month. Super impressed so far

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

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    That game is such a fucked up fever nightmare and I love it

    That game is such a fucked up fever nightmare and I love it

    3 votes
  14. Comment on New platform launches to bring TV ads to console games in ~games

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    That's precisely what I'm afraid of. Usually slippery slope isn't something I agree with, but in this particular case...

    That's precisely what I'm afraid of. Usually slippery slope isn't something I agree with, but in this particular case...

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

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    I've been listening to Faith No More's King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime for the past week. This album is something else! As a bassist, Billy Gould's tone and technique immediately caught my ear...

    I've been listening to Faith No More's King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime for the past week. This album is something else! As a bassist, Billy Gould's tone and technique immediately caught my ear in songs like What A Day, King For A Day, and Just A Man. Patton's voice is downright sultry in Evidence. I would list what I think are weaker tracks but it seems like every listen through I find new parts about songs I wasn't super keen on before. Cuckoo for Caca is fucking crazy and I love it. I guess I'm not so keen on Get Out and Ugly In The Morning currently. Very much a 9/10 album for me. Excellent musicianship all around. Love the twisted sounds they make on this album.

    I've also been really enjoying the album Gift by Kazusou Oda (aka Coda). You might know him as the vocalist for a few Jojo's Bizarre Adventure openings. This album is great! Some very nice folk/alt rock with beautiful vocals and guitar work. Love the bass on this album, too. The 4th and 5th track (They're in Japanese and unfortunately I cannot read Japanese lol) are standouts. I've yet to figure out how exactly to put into words how these songs sound, but the best word I could use is probably comfy.

    Also been checking out Tiny Music...Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop by Stone Temple Pilots. What a surprise! After really only knowing them for their grunge sound on their first two albums, I was very nicely surprised by this one. The intro track is super cool, almost elevator music sounding, with a really cool yet simple bassline. And So I Know is a very surprising track, being heavily bossa nova inspired. Very nice feeling. Some songs on here can get a bit samey, but STP really knows how to write hooks. Ride the Cliche, Adhesive, Trippin On a Hole In a Paper Heart, Seven Caged Tigers, and And So I Know are all standout tracks

    1 vote
  16. Comment on New platform launches to bring TV ads to console games in ~games

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    Yikes, this is gross. Thankfully I don't play any F2P games, so I won't have to experience this, but I have a strong feeling that this shit's gonna keep being pushed more and more over time

    Yikes, this is gross. Thankfully I don't play any F2P games, so I won't have to experience this, but I have a strong feeling that this shit's gonna keep being pushed more and more over time

    3 votes
  17. Comment on Apophenia, audio pareidolia, and musical ear syndrome in ~science

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    Oh wow I didn't know MES was even a thing. I'll occasionally hear what I think are voices from a room away, or parts of sentences, but I hear music a lot more often. I listen to music pretty...

    Oh wow I didn't know MES was even a thing. I'll occasionally hear what I think are voices from a room away, or parts of sentences, but I hear music a lot more often. I listen to music pretty religiously, so I wonder if that has any bearing on it?

    2 votes
  18. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    I finished OddTaxi this week! It was such an amazing show. I've been getting really tired of samey character designs, outdated tropes, fan service, etc. and was starting to get bored. OddTaxi was...

    I finished OddTaxi this week! It was such an amazing show. I've been getting really tired of samey character designs, outdated tropes, fan service, etc. and was starting to get bored. OddTaxi was such a breath of fresh air. Characters actually talked like people. Right down to mundane conversations and trivial disagreements. I loved the characters and the way the narrative kept slowly unraveling this tightly knit mystery. I really hope we get more sooner rather than later. There was also apparently an audio drama that released alongside it? I had no idea so I plan to listen to that, or at least read a translation since it's probably only in Japanese.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on New study highlights the virality of hate in ~tech

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    Thanks for the rec! I don't read as often as I should but I'll keep that on my radar. And I think I've more found that conservatives tend to believe that they're on the side of logic, as opposed...

    Thanks for the rec! I don't read as often as I should but I'll keep that on my radar.

    And I think I've more found that conservatives tend to believe that they're on the side of logic, as opposed to being logical. At the very least, I've noticed this pseudo-intellectual shift in younger conservative thinkers. Of course this "logic" is just fear and hesitance to adopting new ideals, which is fundamentally conservative, but I've talked to a few people who would call that "Logical".

    3 votes