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  1. Comment on Doom Eternal Review (Lazy Game Reviews) in ~games

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    I actually partially agree with you here so far. I've gotten through the first two campaign missions, and while I really like the new UI and color scheme – I think the colorful nature of it really...

    I actually partially agree with you here so far. I've gotten through the first two campaign missions, and while I really like the new UI and color scheme – I think the colorful nature of it really works, personally – I really do dislike how the story starts in the middle-of-nowhere. 2016 DOOM was great in that it had a sensible start point where you knew as much as your character did. Now we've got what's apparently like 3 months (?) of lost time the story just skips over.

    I also really didn't like the fact that a bunch of cutscenes seem to suddenly swap to third-person and how guns float in the air and such. I get that things like the latter are there to be like older shooters, but it really hurts the immersion. I loved getting animations every time I picked up a new gun and the character actually picked it up from the world where it was lying in a way that made sense. Now it's just there because-we-say-so, and it's just not as fun.

    Disclaimer: I should note that I actually do like DOOM Eternal so far, primarily because the combat is wicked fun, but I still hold these gripes and so far the game's not done much to address them.

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  2. Comment on I have coronavirus and I'll be fine, and so will about 97% of people infected. Please stop the hysteria and focus on the 3% at serious risk in ~health.coronavirus

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    I want to emphasize that I'm focusing on the U.S. exclusively here. I fully understand that in countries like China that this virus is not at all something to be taken lightly. But even when...

    I want to emphasize that I'm focusing on the U.S. exclusively here. I fully understand that in countries like China that this virus is not at all something to be taken lightly. But even when liable to spread fast here, this severe of a reaction feels like overkill.

    I should also note that I'm still in favor of avoiding large get-togethers like conventions. We do still have the virus here, so taking reasonable precaution is perfectly rational. I stop understanding at the point where people start raiding stores for toilet paper or becoming so genuinely fearful so very fast.

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  3. Comment on I have coronavirus and I'll be fine, and so will about 97% of people infected. Please stop the hysteria and focus on the 3% at serious risk in ~health.coronavirus

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    Typo, sorry about that. I've edited it out. And regarding the case count, that's fair, but it's still nothing compared to the flu.

    Uhmmm that's 29 deaths, not confirmed cases.

    Typo, sorry about that. I've edited it out.

    And regarding the case count, that's fair, but it's still nothing compared to the flu.

  4. Comment on I have coronavirus and I'll be fine, and so will about 97% of people infected. Please stop the hysteria and focus on the 3% at serious risk in ~health.coronavirus

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    I've heard rumors to this effect, but not found much to substantiate them yet. Do you have a source? I'm genuinely curious about this. As for the rumors, it's worth remembering that the flu shares...

    It's frankly obvious to everyone that the low confirmed case rates in the US is because of massive under-testing.

    I've heard rumors to this effect, but not found much to substantiate them yet. Do you have a source? I'm genuinely curious about this. As for the rumors, it's worth remembering that the flu shares a lot of symptoms with COVID-19, so those "suspicious cases" could very easily be that, assuming they aren't just hearsay.

    Uh…

    If this was supposed to bring across a point, I'm not seeing it.

  5. Comment on I have coronavirus and I'll be fine, and so will about 97% of people infected. Please stop the hysteria and focus on the 3% at serious risk in ~health.coronavirus

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    Confirmed deaths in the U.S., nationwide, are at 29 at time of writing. We haven't even gotten to a thousand confirmed infections, let alone deaths. I can't say what a good line to draw might be,...

    Confirmed deaths in the U.S., nationwide, are at 29 at time of writing. We haven't even gotten to a thousand confirmed infections, let alone deaths. I can't say what a good line to draw might be, but if this – or even anything near it – constitutes the point wherein we should begin to panic, the flu should by all rights cause mass hysteria and rioting every year.

  6. Comment on I have coronavirus and I'll be fine, and so will about 97% of people infected. Please stop the hysteria and focus on the 3% at serious risk in ~health.coronavirus

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    This article largely echoes how I've felt so far about the virus. Other countries have had it worse, so I obviously can't speak for them, but in the U.S. most states have few (if any) confirmed...

    This article largely echoes how I've felt so far about the virus. Other countries have had it worse, so I obviously can't speak for them, but in the U.S. most states have few (if any) confirmed cases, and by comparison the flu has been far worse so far. While COVID-19 may have a higher fatality rate, the flu infects a dramatically higher number of people and so causes far more damage than Coronavirus has in half the time. Combine that with the fact that so many people don't bother with the flu vaccine and I just don't get the panic about this particular virus.

    EDIT: I'm putting this here to reiterate that I'm focusing on the United States when I say this. I'm well aware that other countries are in dramatically different situations, and that for them, this reaction makes sense.

  7. Comment on Are there any fans of the SCP Foundation wiki on Tildes? in ~talk

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    Oh man, I love this one. Easily my #1 -001 proposal all-time. An excellent idea with excellent execution. Speaking of -EXs though, have you seen 4386 (B Gone, B)? It's not technically an -EX, but...

    SCP-001-EX: A Good Boy

    Oh man, I love this one. Easily my #1 -001 proposal all-time. An excellent idea with excellent execution. Speaking of -EXs though, have you seen 4386 (B Gone, B)? It's not technically an -EX, but it contains a sort of sub-skip in it that kinda ends up as a little -EX by the end. It admittedly might be due to some bias on account of the fact that I program a lot, but I always felt it did a fantastic job of doing an "explanation" story.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on What's the Coronavirus like where you are? in ~talk

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    I'm in Wisconsin. Last I checked, we got one confirmed case with one more being tested, but otherwise nothing's happened. Altogether I'm not really worried, and neither is anyone else I've asked.

    I'm in Wisconsin. Last I checked, we got one confirmed case with one more being tested, but otherwise nothing's happened. Altogether I'm not really worried, and neither is anyone else I've asked.

    2 votes
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  10. Comment on Silicon Valley ruined work culture in ~life

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    Sad thing is that if they worked to improve employee happiness, they'd get that extra profitability through the extra productivity it would grant. The problem is that it'd take a little time to...

    Sad thing is that if they worked to improve employee happiness, they'd get that extra profitability through the extra productivity it would grant. The problem is that it'd take a little time to show, so it tends to fly by the all-too-often myopic structure of most corporations.

    8 votes
  11. Comment on California state lawmaker introduces bill to create universal basic income of $1K a month in ~news

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't one of the points of UBI was to improve on your average aid programs by eventually replacing/providing an alternative to them with something more efficient that...

    But doesn't this strike anyone as backwards? The people on those programs are likely the ones in most need in the State, and yet they are the ones that are going to be ineligible for CalUBI.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't one of the points of UBI was to improve on your average aid programs by eventually replacing/providing an alternative to them with something more efficient that also can't be taken away? I.e., UBI could have comparatively low bureaucratic overhead for things like checking eligibility, and could also better encourage individual improvement since unlike many programs it wouldn't be taken from people should they pass an arbitrary threshold.

    I'll grant that this proposal doesn't seem like it'll be the most effective implementation of UBI, but it still looks good to me overall.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on The biggest political party in America you've never heard of in ~misc

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    The tribal behaviors aspect is a big issue, though. We shouldn't have political parties at all, let alone be required to get recruited into one just to vote. I genuinely don't understand how this...

    You literally just check a box while registering to vote. It's, like, a 4 question form and the hardest part of it is needing a valid drivers license number or proof of address.

    The tribal behaviors aspect is a big issue, though. We shouldn't have political parties at all, let alone be required to get recruited into one just to vote.

    You barely have input on your own party's candidates. Do you really think you voting as one of the ~3 million other people in a primary process, and then having that vote condensed through some arcane formula to count as a delegate to a convention, means you've had any meaningful "input?" Your contribution, individually, means nothing. It only counts for anything in the aggregate.

    I genuinely don't understand how this is supposed to be a counterpoint; all it seems to suggest is that, since you have little input already, having even less input elsewhere doesn't matter.

    What exactly do you think is the purpose of a political party? Do you feel like you need to have a seat-at-the-table with the boards of Coke and Pepsi before deciding on which soft-drink to buy?

    This feels incredibly dismissive. The only purposes I can see for political parties are to divide people into groups based on nothing more than vague collections of beliefs, so as to benefit those running said party. If that is indeed their intention, it's yet another reason they should cease to exist. Furthermore, having a say in how things are run is the point of elections to begin with, so I don't understand why you seem to be putting it down.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Tildes' Valentine's Day Game Giveaway: Gaming Blind Dates! in ~games

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    I picked #12 on the list, which was this for those who haven't seen the Steam thread: Turns out, it was SEUM: Speedrunners from Hell! The concept is simple, but excellently executed: You're a...

    I picked #12 on the list, which was this for those who haven't seen the Steam thread:

    Date #12
    I'm a precision 3D parkour platformer FPS!
    Win, Mac, Linux
    Steam key
    @kfwyre

    Turns out, it was SEUM: Speedrunners from Hell! The concept is simple, but excellently executed: You're a redneck, and Satan stole your beer. In turn, you stole his arm, and have gone to hell to get the beer back as fast as possible.

    I'd spotted the game before on Steam, but it never really seemed like something that'd be very fun to me. I'd played games that lent themselves well to speedrunning (e.g. Marble it Up!), but while the game as a whole still felt really fun, I always found trying for really good times to be rather frustrating, and I figured this would be the same. In the end though? I shouldn't have asseumed, because I've played through three floors so far and it is insanely fun.

    All throughout the game every mechanic I've encountered has been thoroughly solid and engaging, with loads of different ways to use them to get faster times. Restarting is utterly painless and happens instantaneously, so failing doesn't feel nearly as irritating as I expected. The goofy dialogue scattered throughout tops it all off excellently.

    All in all, I'm sure I'll be playing this again seum enough! 10/10

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Tildes' Valentine's Day Game Giveaway: Gaming Blind Dates! in ~games

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    I expected that as well, or at the very least the numbers of gifters/receivers to near match up, but the surplus present so far is honestly astonishing. I kept thinking I'd soon stop finding new...

    I expected that as well, or at the very least the numbers of gifters/receivers to near match up, but the surplus present so far is honestly astonishing. I kept thinking I'd soon stop finding new reasons to like Tildes, yet I keep being surprised!

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Dangerous Domain Corp.com Goes Up for Sale in ~comp

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    On the same note though, I don't get why the guy selling the domain doesn't just ... not sell it to the bad actors he's so worried will buy it? He mentions that he won't give it to Microsoft for...

    On the same note though, I don't get why the guy selling the domain doesn't just ... not sell it to the bad actors he's so worried will buy it? He mentions that he won't give it to Microsoft for free because "Microsoft should stand up and shoulder the burden for their mistake", which I rather understand, but holding Microsoft accountable shouldn't come at the expense of everyone who's been put at risk by their mistake.

    As for keeping it himself, he says he's "basically auctioning off a chemical waste dump", which I don't get; as far as I'm aware, the only thing he would need to do to keep the domain is pay a periodic fee, and given that by his own admission he doesn't need the money, I don't really understand why that would be an issue.

    9 votes
  16. Comment on Iran's Qassem Soleimani killed in US airstrike at Baghdad airport in ~news

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    I haven't really invested too much time reading in to this topic just yet, but I really gotta say your comments here have been coming off as incredibly hostile so far. I get if this topic is...

    I haven't really invested too much time reading in to this topic just yet, but I really gotta say your comments here have been coming off as incredibly hostile so far. I get if this topic is sensitive to you, but you're not going to convince anyone by angrily cursing at them.

    7 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 playing Mindustry for a while now after finding it on Steam's Interactive Recommender, and I've been having a blast. It's primarily a tower defense-factory builder hybrid game – which I...

    I've been playing Mindustry for a while now after finding it on Steam's Interactive Recommender, and I've been having a blast. It's primarily a tower defense-factory builder hybrid game – which I have also loved – but I've been having some of the most fun in PvP.

    The number one thing I usually found myself wanting when playing an RTS was less micromanagement of units, and this has been delivering in spades. Not only do you not need to control your units, but you actively can't, with the only available options being three simplistic "retreat", "rally" and "attack"commands (which have no options by the way) only available once an expensive Command Center building is built.

    What this generally ends up meaning is that while your units tend to be pretty dull-minded (e.g. ground units rush the enemy core, attack while moving, and ... that's it. Air units are better, however), PvP maps still tend to have some pretty interesting fights going on constantly. Combine this with constant opportunities for an improved economy by way of the variety of resources available, as well as the fact that you can join the battle yourself via a variety of mechs, and things get really interesting.

    7 votes
  18. Comment on What do you want for Christmas? in ~talk

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    Oh wow, thank you so much for the offer! I'll probably leave it though; I wouldn't be able to fit a CPU into the motherboard, and my GPU (RX 470) is the least out-of-date part of my build, so the...

    Oh wow, thank you so much for the offer! I'll probably leave it though; I wouldn't be able to fit a CPU into the motherboard, and my GPU (RX 470) is the least out-of-date part of my build, so the 970 wouldn't change much. Still though, I appreciate this tremendously — even knowing you'd be willing to help me out here was a fantastic thing to see for Christmas, so again, thank you!

    Sorry for the late reply by the way. I swear I read this and promptly forgot to respond like five separate times :/

    1 vote
  19. Comment on What do you want for Christmas? in ~talk

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    My first instinct would be for my computer to be able to be upgraded. Pretty much all of my hardware is several years old and no longer all that great. The more I think about it though, a proper...

    My first instinct would be for my computer to be able to be upgraded. Pretty much all of my hardware is several years old and no longer all that great. The more I think about it though, a proper programming job would be better. My current job isn't awful – I have great coworkers – but it gives no real moment-to-moment agency, and I really miss that.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on Sixth Democratic debate live stream (Dec 2019) in ~news

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    Honestly, I don't watch much of the debates, but stuff like this is starting to feel like a running trend. Seems that nearly every debate so far, some question has been thrown that – despite being...

    Honestly, I don't watch much of the debates, but stuff like this is starting to feel like a running trend. Seems that nearly every debate so far, some question has been thrown that – despite being perfect for Yang to answer – was given instead to somebody who'd never much talked about the subject matter at all prior to the debate.

    EDIT: In retrospect, this isn't all bad. If we already know candidate A's stance on X, hearing it again isn't very useful when we could hear from candidate B who otherwise may never talk about it. That said, it's still good for A to be able to make their unique stance clear to those who don't know them well on things that are central to their campaign.

    2 votes