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  1. Comment on Rune II developer Human Head Studios is being sued by publisher Ragnarok after it abandoned the game one day after its release in order to join Bethesda in ~games

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    It's an interesting case. Ragnarok isn't just suing the now (presumably) dissolved corporation Human Head Studios, but also the principals of that company. Unless there were any personal...

    It's an interesting case. Ragnarok isn't just suing the now (presumably) dissolved corporation Human Head Studios, but also the principals of that company. Unless there were any personal guarantees made, it's possible that Ragnarok won't be able to get anything back but their IP and the game, though the fact that some ex-Human Head employees made changes to the software after they were no longer working for Human Head may open them up to liability.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on James Bond - No Time to Die trailer in ~movies

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    But classy explosions and car chases. Not like that lowbrow Fast & Furious stuff. I kid. I love all car chases equally.

    But classy explosions and car chases. Not like that lowbrow Fast & Furious stuff.

    I kid. I love all car chases equally.

    7 votes
  3. Comment on What are you doing this week? in ~talk

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    I'd like to read that post. More content that's about crafting is definitely up my alley.

    I'd like to read that post. More content that's about crafting is definitely up my alley.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on What are you doing this week? in ~talk

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    I'd be interested in checking out your store. If you don't feel comfortable with self-promotion here, send me a DM?

    I'd be interested in checking out your store. If you don't feel comfortable with self-promotion here, send me a DM?

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Riot Games will pay at least $10 million to settle gender discrimination suit, split between all female employees who worked there in the last 5 years in ~games

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    Why? Were contractors less exposed to or is this just another way that people treat contractors as second-class people?

    The final dollar amount ... will vary depending on how long they worked for Riot, with full employees receiving more than contractors.

    Why? Were contractors less exposed to

    inappropriate behavior such as “crotch-grabbing, phantom humping, and sending unsolicited and unwelcome pictures of male genitalia” and managers circulating a “hot girl list,” ranking female employees by attractiveness...

    or is this just another way that people treat contractors as second-class people?

    6 votes
  6. Comment on Let's rename some gaming genres to make them more accurate. in ~games

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    I mean, you can give my idea a pass if you think it's a stinker. I might be full of hot air but I'm confident that Free Action RTS is something that can definitely cover a lot of ground.

    I mean, you can give my idea a pass if you think it's a stinker. I might be full of hot air but I'm confident that Free Action RTS is something that can definitely cover a lot of ground.

  7. Comment on Let's rename some gaming genres to make them more accurate. in ~games

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    Ok, then drop the "online" bit and we've got a winner.

    Ok, then drop the "online" bit and we've got a winner.

  8. Comment on David Siegel’s Chocolate Porn in ~food

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    Wow, that guy is really heavy on the opinions. It really adds to my appreciation of the world to know that basically all chocolate is trash and marketing, and that almost all consumers are...

    Wow, that guy is really heavy on the opinions. It really adds to my appreciation of the world to know that basically all chocolate is trash and marketing, and that almost all consumers are ignorant fools.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Let's rename some gaming genres to make them more accurate. in ~games

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    Maybe Free Online Action RTS?

    Maybe Free Online Action RTS?

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Ethos Capital paid $1.135 billion for the acquisition of Public Interest Registry (.org) in ~tech

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    Ethos Capital has promised that they won't raise the rate by more than 10% a year, which (even if they keep said promise) is solidly more than the average improvement in the stock market and is...

    Ethos Capital has promised that they won't raise the rate by more than 10% a year, which (even if they keep said promise) is solidly more than the average improvement in the stock market and is also absolutely consistent. This 1.1 billion will pay off in spades, because .org is never going to go away. They'll be making money off of this for as long as websites are displayed how they are right now, with no need to innovate or put any effort in.

    11 votes
  11. Comment on Ethos Capital paid $1.135 billion for the acquisition of Public Interest Registry (.org) in ~tech

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    I'm sure they aren't going to attempt to recoup that investment from .org holders. Certainly not. They won't raise rates at at least the maximum they promised forever, of course not. And I have a...

    I'm sure they aren't going to attempt to recoup that investment from .org holders. Certainly not. They won't raise rates at at least the maximum they promised forever, of course not. And I have a bridge to sell you, as well.

    15 votes
  12. Comment on Volkswagen defends presence in China's Xinjiang amid uproar over Uighur abuses in ~news

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    Yes, VW, that's the problem.

    Speaking with DW on Tuesday, the company said its 2012 decision to open the Urumqi facility was "based purely on economics."

    Yes, VW, that's the problem.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on No Man's Sky - Synthesis Update (releasing tomorrow) in ~games

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    Those are all really nice changes. I don't know if it'll bring me back to the game, but it solves pretty much every issue I had last time I played.

    Those are all really nice changes. I don't know if it'll bring me back to the game, but it solves pretty much every issue I had last time I played.

    3 votes
  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 ever willing to give Transistor a second go, see if you can beat it and go for the second run through. There, when you're injured you temporarily lose access to some of your abilities....

    If you're ever willing to give Transistor a second go, see if you can beat it and go for the second run through. There, when you're injured you temporarily lose access to some of your abilities. It turns it from rewarding the absolute optimum build to rewarding the ability to find new synergies in a limited set, and makes you use more of the abilities you normally ignored because the abilities you might have locked are the ones you were using when you were knocked out.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on When a deep red town’s only grocery closed, city hall opened its own store. Just don’t call it ‘socialism.’ in ~news

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    Yes, clearly. I was being flippant in my response to highlight the logical leap the mayor was making. He's arguing that any expansion of government services to fulfill a citizen need can be...

    Yes, clearly. I was being flippant in my response to highlight the logical leap the mayor was making. He's arguing that any expansion of government services to fulfill a citizen need can be shrugged off as not a change from the status quo, because it already fulfills some needs. When he's asking questions like:

    “Should [local governments] be in private enterprise all the time?” he mused. “Maybe not. But for situations like this, yeah, definitely I believe they should.”

    he's already acting socialist, he's just working within the acceptable political vocabulary for his region.

    8 votes
  16. Comment on When a deep red town’s only grocery closed, city hall opened its own store. Just don’t call it ‘socialism.’ in ~news

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    Oh, but you see: Because they aren't socialists, what they do isn't socialism. Easy peasy, problem solved.

    Oh, but you see:

    “We take the water out of the ground, and we pump it to your house and charge you,” he told The Post. “So what’s the difference with a grocery store?

    Because they aren't socialists, what they do isn't socialism. Easy peasy, problem solved.

    9 votes
  17. Comment on Members of the Final Fantasy VII Remake development team discuss their thoughts and feelings about the highly-anticipated reimagining in ~games

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    I guess my leading sentence was not enough to make clear that the quote was talking about the imagery?

    I guess my leading sentence was not enough to make clear that the quote was talking about the imagery?

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Members of the Final Fantasy VII Remake development team discuss their thoughts and feelings about the highly-anticipated reimagining in ~games

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    I think this line really sums up my feelings about increased fidelity in games:

    I think this line really sums up my feelings about increased fidelity in games:

    In FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE, there will be much less room for player imagination.

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

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    *Project Zomboid On a technical level I'm still well inside the learning curve here, and starting to tweak the world generation options when I die. There's a remarkable degree of customization;...

    *Project Zomboid

    On a technical level I'm still well inside the learning curve here, and starting to tweak the world generation options when I die. There's a remarkable degree of customization; you can have sprinting supersoldier zombies a la 28 Days Later or weakened shambling hordes, change the likelihood of different loot types... Whatever you want. You can start from any of the presets and tweak from there, if you want something almost but not quite like one of the base modes. It's still fun, and the ability to tweak the day range when the water and power fail means you can set the general time when you suddenly have no light or refrigeration but still be surprised and devastated when it actually happens.

    This game has me caring more about my character than most survival games. Other zombie games let you get totally wrecked by zombies and then you bounce back and everything's fine in a few days. PZ is not like that. If you're exploring a house and you don't clear your path back out or fail to watch your back, you can be bitten. Once you're infected, that's it. You may walk around for another couple of days, but there's no cure. You're going to die. Giving the player some time to accept the futility of their efforts is cruel and really, really effective.

    I made a bad call clearing a house looking for books on carpentry, and a swarm of zombies piled out of the upper floor to cut me off. I got away, but I didn't get away clean. I disinfected and bandaged what I could with the limited supplies I carried with me, and piled into the car I'd been carefully babying along the broken roads. No longer time for quiet, I peeled out for home, bleeding on the seats and praying that I could get to my supplies before I bled out, but also that my screeching tires wouldn't draw a horde. Finally back at my boarded-up house I bandaged my wounds and ate the first robust meal in ages. I'd been trying to draw out my food supplies, but none of that mattered in the face of needing to heal. I changed the bandages and disinfected the wound regularly, but even as the bite slowly healed I grew hotter and hotter. It was just a matter of time, and I couldn't bear to watch her end.

    I admit, I walked away and I grieved a little bit. I had such plans! I had the start of a garden! A working car! I was just a little practice away from building rainbarrels so I didn't need to just leave out buckets and pans to catch rain! There was so much to live for... and none of it mattered in the end. A careless moment and a bite. This was how I died.

    6 votes
  20. Comment on Peckish pedestrians in Copenhagen will soon be able to pluck healthy snacks directly from greenery around the city in ~food

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    I have an anecdote of it being a problem: Davis, California had olive trees planted all over. When the fruit was ripe, the streets were covered with a slippery, oily paste that smelled of rotting...

    I have an anecdote of it being a problem: Davis, California had olive trees planted all over. When the fruit was ripe, the streets were covered with a slippery, oily paste that smelled of rotting olive oil. They finally had a student organization start harvesting the olives to sell the oil. It never made money, but it broke even and the streets weren't disgusting anymore.

    2 votes