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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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    I'm a fan of Street Fighter V's latest season; I hadn't played in a long while, so I came back to the game learning a new (for me) character: Sakura. While it's frustrating at times to go through...

    I'm a fan of Street Fighter V's latest season; I hadn't played in a long while, so I came back to the game learning a new (for me) character: Sakura. While it's frustrating at times to go through the old annoyances of not knowing how to answer specific situations with a new toolset, the process of discovery is itself really fun! This game is saddled with half a decade's worth of DLC, but I think I can easily recommend the Championship Edition when it's on sale ~$22 would get you the game and all the DLC characters and most of the costumes since launch; you just wouldn't get the latest season's characters, is all. That's still 40ish characters; a pretty huge roster, imo.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on What does analog have that digital doesn't? in ~talk

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    As someone who owns a record player and a modest handful of vinyls, the bit of ritual in playing (and cleaning) them is a large part of the charm; and quite the tactile endeavour besides.

    As someone who owns a record player and a modest handful of vinyls, the bit of ritual in playing (and cleaning) them is a large part of the charm; and quite the tactile endeavour besides.

    14 votes
  3. Comment on Dota 2 introduces many new features and systems to help new players, and makes smurfing a bannable offense in ~games

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    Yeah, I wouldn't be surprised if they use that as a suspicion factor either. In combination with the other things they should be looking out for, though, I don't think false positives should be a...

    Yeah, I wouldn't be surprised if they use that as a suspicion factor either. In combination with the other things they should be looking out for, though, I don't think false positives should be a huge issue.

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

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    The art looks really cute. I might pick this up for Switch when work drops off a bit.

    The art looks really cute. I might pick this up for Switch when work drops off a bit.

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

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    I hopped into a weekly (online) tournament for Guilty Gear Xrd, the best fighting game of all time. Or, at least my personal favourite. I got absolutely crushed, having gone 0-2; great times. I...

    I hopped into a weekly (online) tournament for Guilty Gear Xrd, the best fighting game of all time. Or, at least my personal favourite. I got absolutely crushed, having gone 0-2; great times. I was the first casualty on-stream, this week, even!.

    Aside from my usual time spent on fighting games, I've been getting better at Beat Saber and Sound Voltex; I suspect most would be already-familiar with Beat Saber, but Sound Voltex is probably less well-known. It's an arcade rhythm game (like, literally a game you'd find at arcades) with a pretty unusual-looking controller consisting of six buttons and two analog knobs..

    Lastly, I've broken 150 hours on Valheim now; my playgroup is finally approaching the last boss that's currently implemented. At 150 hours, I think I can say I've gotten a pretty good amount of enjoyment from my viking life. Really excited to see what's around the corner.

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

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    I've been putting more time into Beat Saber; gosh, it's pretty much the only thing I do with my VR headset, but I feel like it carries the purchase all on its own as-is. I don't think anyone with...

    I've been putting more time into Beat Saber; gosh, it's pretty much the only thing I do with my VR headset, but I feel like it carries the purchase all on its own as-is. I don't think anyone with a VR set needs an introduction to the game, but once you've got mods, there's an ocean of content that just grows by the day. Very tiring, though; works up a serious sweat.

    Granblue Fantasy Versus is seeing some more playtime from me, now that I've found a handful of people to play with again. It's a very fun game to just mess around and press buttons in; pretty much the only fighting game I play where I've bothered to try and "learn" more than one character.

    In Valheim, my friends and I are about to finish our progression in the Mountain biome; we've been taking it fairly slow, since we only really have matching timeslots during the weekends. Overall, I feel the game has some pretty rough edges; but that's to be expected of a truly early access title. I'm hopeful that the little gaps in progression will be filled in over time; but I suppose even if development stopped today, I've gotten more than my money's worth.

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  7. Comment on What's something you're into that you wish you could share with someone? in ~talk

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    That sounds pretty good. I've played very little FS, but it's famously easy to get into, so I'd be happy to hop on and play sometime. I'll PM you steam/discord info so we can coordinate sometime.

    That sounds pretty good. I've played very little FS, but it's famously easy to get into, so I'd be happy to hop on and play sometime. I'll PM you steam/discord info so we can coordinate sometime.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on What's something you're into that you wish you could share with someone? in ~talk

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    I'd be down to jam some fighting games with you sometime! I've got a Chun Li stashed away in my head, but I'm unfamiliar with her changes in the latest patch. Should be a fun time.

    I'd be down to jam some fighting games with you sometime! I've got a Chun Li stashed away in my head, but I'm unfamiliar with her changes in the latest patch. Should be a fun time.

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

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    I play on both platforms, actually! It's a reality for me that I generally have to buy these kinds of games both on PS4 and PC, because I have friends who only buy one or the other. Playing some...

    I play on both platforms, actually! It's a reality for me that I generally have to buy these kinds of games both on PS4 and PC, because I have friends who only buy one or the other.

    Playing some games with you sounds great; would be happy to coordinate over Steam or Discord. Have ya found a main?

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

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    Valheim. I'm really enjoying the restrictions on building in this game; worrying at least a little bit about structural integrity, ventilation, and the onerous sourcing of materials (and...

    Valheim.

    I'm really enjoying the restrictions on building in this game; worrying at least a little bit about structural integrity, ventilation, and the onerous sourcing of materials (and replanting of trees) helps for that big, rewarding feeling when a build is complete. I've just gotten to the Mountain biome with some friends, and hopefully we'll be geared up to bully the boss by the weekend.

    Granblue Fantasy Versus

    I've been playing this off-and-on since its release. I love fighting games, but it's difficult to stick to a game like GBVS, where online play is honestly painful to sit through. I'm more than happy to play long sets, even if the connection isn't the best; but most of my friends have moved on from this game, so I've been stuck in ranked queues and waiting for games on Discord. It's unfortunate. If anyone here would like to play sometime, I'd love to oblige! But I think maybe the move is to just wait for Guilty Gear -Strive- to release next month, and go all-in on that. I truly enjoyed its beta, and was able to get some playable games from US-West to Finland!

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Why you should play fighting games - and how in ~games

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    Lots of the people who talk loud about fighting games aren't particularly good at them to begin with. There's oceans of loud people who like to call professionals "washed up" for losing or...

    Lots of the people who talk loud about fighting games aren't particularly good at them to begin with. There's oceans of loud people who like to call professionals "washed up" for losing or whatever, but guaranteed they probably haven't gotten anywhere themselves. In my experience, most people aren't particularly good; and even among the selection of people invested enough to actually go to in-person weeklies (before quarantine, of course), most people just show up to press buttons and have fun, not necessarily to prove their superiority. 25% of all entrants go 0-2, and all that.

    Speaking of Virtua Fighter, are you excited for Virtua Fighter X Esports?

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  12. Comment on Why you should play fighting games - and how in ~games

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    I wish I knew. I'd like to write a sternly worded letter, send it through Google Translate, then mail it off to them.

    I wish I knew. I'd like to write a sternly worded letter, send it through Google Translate, then mail it off to them.

  13. Comment on Why you should play fighting games - and how in ~games

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    Ahh, yeah, that's an issue for me, too, as I'm reaching late 20's. I mostly play Guilty Gear, which (at least, locally, for me) seems to have a fanbase that skews a touch older, so it isn't as bad...

    Ahh, yeah, that's an issue for me, too, as I'm reaching late 20's.

    I mostly play Guilty Gear, which (at least, locally, for me) seems to have a fanbase that skews a touch older, so it isn't as bad for me. But -- if you'd like someone to play some games with, I play SFV as well. On the topic of SFV's UX and interface; yeah, it's really hard to defend. My eyes roll into the back of my head every time I boot that thing up; it takes literal minutes to get to the main menu every time. So frustrating. And then the main menu is just plain ugly, and sometimes you have to dismiss a ton of modal popups by scrolling down to the bottom, and...

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  14. Comment on Why you should play fighting games - and how in ~games

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    Yeah, these criticisms are mostly more than fair. People definitely don't do all they can to ensure good connections; which is awful, because most of these games have absolute garbage netcode. I...

    Yeah, these criticisms are mostly more than fair. People definitely don't do all they can to ensure good connections; which is awful, because most of these games have absolute garbage netcode. I can't speak for MK11, but SFV totally nickle-and-dimed people throughout its life until Championship edition. In 2020, though, I think I can recommend it, if you can get over the grudge, heh. I think they said they made the hands/feet proportionally huge for gameplay reasons -- since they're particularly important to, well, see during a match. Definitely looks awful, though, I agree.

    For the first and last points, though, I've got a couple things you could consider.

    The DS4 isn't that bad; there are numerous professional players for pretty much every game that prefer a DS4 to an arcade stick. They make use of the d-pad, not the analog stick, though. I can't speak to this too much myself, though, because I do prefer an arcade stick, lol.

    And as for playing with friends -- my favourite games have absolutely dead matchmaking queues, so I rely largely on Discord to find random people to play with. There's a great benefit, if you're willing to go out of your way like this; the "random person" can quickly and easily become a friend, and then a friend group!

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Why you should play fighting games - and how in ~games

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    I see. If that's the case, I think I could recommend Punch Planet or Fantasy Strike; I don't play much of either (but would be happy to play! They both have fantastic online play, which is rather...

    I see. If that's the case, I think I could recommend Punch Planet or Fantasy Strike; I don't play much of either (but would be happy to play! They both have fantastic online play, which is rather uncommon in this genre), but they should be most similar to those games you were familiar with. And particularly for Fantasy Strike, you can reach a level where you're not fumbling with the controls, and go straight into the more strategic play after about five minutes. Every single character has a video embedded IN THE GAME that teaches you their gameplan, and the inputs are infinitely easier than the Street Fighter you grew up with!

    Edit: Fantasy Strike is also free to play on every platform it's on (which, I believe, is every modern console + Steam); and there's cross-play between all of them.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Why you should play fighting games - and how in ~games

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    I realize fighting games such as Street Fighter or Guilty Gear are pretty niche these days; they're notorious for being difficult and unforgiving. Some people with debate how much these games...

    I realize fighting games such as Street Fighter or Guilty Gear are pretty niche these days; they're notorious for being difficult and unforgiving. Some people with debate how much these games deserve that reputation, especially now that the barrier to entry is a ton lower than it once was, with titles like Granblue Fantasy Versus having simplified mechanics/inputs, such as one-button special moves; or Fantasy Strike, being free to play and having inputs easier and more forgiving than the Smash Bros. series.

    I particularly liked this video's way of (re-)introduction to the genre; it takes a few minutes to really get started (and it's thirty minutes long, lol), but it does such a great job of emphasizing their appeal, and addressing the most common pain points for people trying to get in.

    Personally, after a lifetime of being straight up garbage at these games, a couple years ago I got to know someone who really taught me how to think about approaching and thinking about these games, and the situations they present. As a result, I've become one of those players who show up to tournaments and have fun getting destroyed in the bracket, haha.

    So I ask: Are there any among you with a fighting spirit, or at least a passing interest? Anyone happened to try out Fantasy Strike now that it's free to play?

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

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    I've been trying to learn Dragonball FighterZ. It's my first time really trying to learn a tag-team fighting game, and it's honestly been pretty rough. I forget about assists during my offensive...

    I've been trying to learn Dragonball FighterZ. It's my first time really trying to learn a tag-team fighting game, and it's honestly been pretty rough. I forget about assists during my offensive phases all the time, and it's still tough trying to remember all three different characters on the team.

    But it's fun! And mercifully, inputs in this game are lenient as heck. With universal combo routes, the characters I haven't really put time into aren't just dead weight, too.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on The Creeper World 4 demo is now available in ~games

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    I thoroughly enjoyed Creeper World 3 after a friend recommended it to me; I didn't think there was going to be another entry! How exciting.

    I thoroughly enjoyed Creeper World 3 after a friend recommended it to me; I didn't think there was going to be another entry! How exciting.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on What are some bugs/glitches/exploits that have actually made games better? in ~games

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    So the legend goes: in the original Street Fighter, special moves such as Hadoken or Shoryuken were especially difficult to perform, as they required extreme precision in inputs and timing. When...

    So the legend goes: in the original Street Fighter, special moves such as Hadoken or Shoryuken were especially difficult to perform, as they required extreme precision in inputs and timing. When they worked on the sequel, Capcom added mechanics to relax the execution requirements; a side-effect was that you could input these special moves while still in the middle of a normal attack, creating unintended combos. We call this "special-cancelling" today, and it appears in pretty much every fighting game now.

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