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  1. Comment on Death Stranding for PC will release on Steam and the Epic Games store on June 2, 2020 in ~games

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    As someone who also played it, I really don't think it was a good game (I still finished it), and I sure think "Kojima's genius" is a big overstatement. I often wonder why people call him a...

    As someone who also played it, I really don't think it was a good game (I still finished it), and I sure think "Kojima's genius" is a big overstatement. I often wonder why people call him a genius, and why a lot of people seem to think he invented a genre of game. He didn't, he made a game that had some great aspects (the part where you didn't play), some VERY bad writing, and I mean very freaking bad writing. It's a game that, to me, suffers an identity crisis. It doesn't really know what it is. Is it a deep game? Is it a funny one? A goofy one ? I don't know, and I'm not sure anyone really knows. And to that, you add a whole lot of cheesy non-sense moments that I can only compare to Kingdom Hearts.

    If I had to point out games that actually invented a genre, I'd say Monster Hunter for sure, and Dark Souls to some degree (more like a spin off of a genre).

    But Death Stranding? Yeah, an experience for sure. Some of the mechanics were nicely thought, but most of the time, it was pretty annoying to carry stuff. And the whole is about carrying stuff. It's like taking that one RPG quest where the pnj tells you "hey can you deliver this to the other end of the world please?" and make a whole game out of it with clunky movement. The structure sharing part was great, but seriously, the weight management was a pain in the ass. I can understand why it's there, but I personnaly didn't like it at all.

    I guess I'm ranting a bit here, but I'll finish with this. I also don't agree with you when you say it doesn't feel or respond the way video game. I think it feels like a heavier Geralt pre-movement patch (you know, when turning in the Witcher 3 was a pain), or somewhat like Red Dead Redemption 2. Your character has weight, and any small rock on his way will throw him off balance. It's supposed to be "realistic" I guess, but I don't think it is : as humans, we have many reflexes that a controller can't translate. And most of the time, Sam is the most clunky character I've every played.
    Also, Die-Hardman almost made me quit the game with his calls and "Sam" after each quest. Can't the game let me figure some things out instead of having a dude call me every 5 min for 30h to tell me what to do? "Sam, go to a terminal", as if there was anything else I could do in the game anyway. :(

    There, rant over, it had to come out. Sorry !

    All of that being said, a lot of people liked the game, so it must be good to some, but to me, it's not. And I kind of regret putting those 65€ in it.

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  2. Comment on Concepts in music you’re easily impressed by? in ~music

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    I really like Heilung because of the stark contrast between the harsh throat singing and the singeress' voice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1BsKIP4uYM My favourite songs are In Maidjan,...

    I really like Heilung because of the stark contrast between the harsh throat singing and the singeress' voice.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1BsKIP4uYM
    My favourite songs are In Maidjan, Krigsgaldr, Alfadhirhaiti. You can find them here if you wanna try. It's pretty disturbing at first but when you stop expecting "melody" as in regular music, you start to enjoy it. It's mostly bones, steel and voice.
    (also, visually, they're probably the most beautiful band/set I've ever seen)

    2 votes
  3. Comment on What is/are your favorite quote/s? in ~talk

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    “Call a jack a jack. Call a spade a spade. But always call a whore a lady. Their lives are hard enough, and it never hurts to be polite.” Patrick Rothfuss, the Name of the Wind. I always liked...

    “Call a jack a jack. Call a spade a spade. But always call a whore a lady. Their lives are hard enough, and it never hurts to be polite.”

    Patrick Rothfuss, the Name of the Wind. I always liked this quote. There's never a good reason to be an asshole to someone.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Is Tolkien's prose really that bad? in ~books

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    I had a very similar experience. I tried to read the Lord of the Rings 3 times. The first, I got bored at Concerning Hobbits. I was 14 I think. It was just too long for me, and I wanted to get to...

    I had a very similar experience. I tried to read the Lord of the Rings 3 times. The first, I got bored at Concerning Hobbits. I was 14 I think. It was just too long for me, and I wanted to get to the exciting parts.
    Second time, I got bored after Tom Bombadil's rescue.
    Third, I fell in love with the writing for some reason. I thought it was like reading some book of old, like a medieval piece. And I just read it through and through. My 1st language is French, but I've been reading mostly in English for five years now. And I gotta say, it's a very beautifully written books to me, only topped, so far, by Rothfuss and Allan Poe in terms of prose. (This is all subjective, I'm in no way an expert in literature)
    I'll say this though : even though some parts of the books made a lot more sense than the movies, I still preferred the movies because of how they create empathy with characters, which is something that, in my opinion, is lacking in the books.
    One part I regret especially is the one where Gandalf must choose between the two kings. Basically, he abandons Theoden and goes for Denethor. It is never said nor shown in the movies, but this was such an important choice for Gandalf in the book. If I remember well, he says something like "Something very bad will happen if I come with you Pippin, but I will come nonetheless".

    All of this to say that I agree with some of the criticism :

    1. Character development is not bad, but empathy is not conveyed in the best way imo. I didn't have any strong feeling while reading the books.
    2. The long dialogs can sometimes be nice (like the speech of Eowyn before she fights the Witch King", but sometimes, it lacks impact. "I'm no man !" is much more efficient, I think, than "A man I am not, I am Eowyn, daughter of Eomund..." Same thing applies for "I cannot carry it for you, but I can carry you !" which has such a big impact on me. I thought the book version of this scene was pretty dull compared to the movies'.
    3. Pacing is pretty broken too. But that's a matter of tastes : Tolkien wrote for lore, and you can feel his love for it. So even though the pacing could be improved, learning about Middle Earth was nice. It could do with fewer songs though !

    So overall, great read, but I'll remember the movies more, as sacrilegous as it can be. The Tolkien family can bitch all they want about Jackson, he did a fucking great job.

    ... just noticed I ended up writing my longest post in here. Sorry for the big thing, the subject is interesting !

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  5. Comment on What music reminds you of autumn? in ~music

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    https://youtu.be/MIoRID25-0s?t=80 Mabon, by Omnia. It really feels like Autumn and the end of something. There is a sadness to it while hinting at hope too.

    https://youtu.be/MIoRID25-0s?t=80

    Mabon, by Omnia. It really feels like Autumn and the end of something. There is a sadness to it while hinting at hope too.

  6. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    How is that unpopular though?

    How is that unpopular though?

    6 votes
  7. Comment on What old game would you most want to see remastered/remade? in ~games

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    Prince of Persia : the Sands of Time. I loved everything about this game. The great storytelling, the eastern feeling, how the storytelling blended with death, pause, reload, the game mechanics...

    Prince of Persia : the Sands of Time.
    I loved everything about this game. The great storytelling, the eastern feeling, how the storytelling blended with death, pause, reload, the game mechanics (even though combat might be better). Ah, still one of my favourite stories so far.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on What are you reading these days? #23 in ~books

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    I tried really hard to read 1Q84 but... I just couldn't. Half the story is very interesting and the other half is the most boring thing I've ever read. Also is it me or does the author have an...

    I tried really hard to read 1Q84 but... I just couldn't. Half the story is very interesting and the other half is the most boring thing I've ever read.

    Also is it me or does the author have an issue with women?

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Having issues setting goals and sticking with them? I’m working on a solution in ~tech

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    That looks like a nice app. I'd be happy to test it, I need to get some writing done. :D

    That looks like a nice app. I'd be happy to test it, I need to get some writing done. :D

    3 votes
  10. Comment on What is something you have done, or not done, that you are still regretting today? in ~talk

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    I did think about therapy, I'll give it a shot soon, especially since this year has been a hard one. Thank you for the comfort and for the text, gonna read that today.

    I did think about therapy, I'll give it a shot soon, especially since this year has been a hard one.

    Thank you for the comfort and for the text, gonna read that today.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on What is something you have done, or not done, that you are still regretting today? in ~talk

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    I know man, and I'm trying but I can't seem to forget. And it always comes back stronger twice a year : the day we first kissed, and her birthday. I think it also has to do with where I live :...

    I know man, and I'm trying but I can't seem to forget. And it always comes back stronger twice a year : the day we first kissed, and her birthday. I think it also has to do with where I live : many places here remind me of her since we lived quite close to each other and often met near a metro station which I have to use a lot.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on What is something you have done, or not done, that you are still regretting today? in ~talk

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    I do believe in souls as well, I just didn't know if you did too so I put my answer in an atheist viewpoint, even though I'm a deist myself. I hope this will help you. I wish you all the best.

    I do believe in souls as well, I just didn't know if you did too so I put my answer in an atheist viewpoint, even though I'm a deist myself. I hope this will help you. I wish you all the best.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on What is something you have done, or not done, that you are still regretting today? in ~talk

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    Oh I already told her. A year ago I wanted to send her a letter, but I learned that she had moved. So I fell back on an sms. She thanked me for being honest and said she felt much better after...

    Oh I already told her. A year ago I wanted to send her a letter, but I learned that she had moved. So I fell back on an sms. She thanked me for being honest and said she felt much better after that, and wished me the best in life. That's it.
    So I guess she's done indeed. I still wish her a happy birthday every year, since I can't seem to forget that one date, but we have no more conversation, and she doesn't seem to want to have one.

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  14. Comment on What is something you have done, or not done, that you are still regretting today? in ~talk

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    Well, I think I was kind of depressed at the time but didn't really know it. And I felt a bit trapped in the relationship because it didn't evolve any more. It's silly, but I was really interested...

    Well, I think I was kind of depressed at the time but didn't really know it. And I felt a bit trapped in the relationship because it didn't evolve any more. It's silly, but I was really interested in going abroad and maybe start over. (I was only 22 though, so it's even sillier !)
    So the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to go to Taïwan (I live in Belgium) and, I don't know, find someone else, start a new life. So I broke up, because I didn't know how to talk to her and explain how I felt, which absolutely would have helped. I learned my lesson about communication now but damn I wish I knew it then. Communication is fucking key.
    The other reason is probably because I started seeing more of her bad sides, even though she had very few, instead of her good ones. And of course, she had plenty of those.
    Also I might be idealizing her now, but I can't really know any more. We both have changed after all.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on What is something you have done, or not done, that you are still regretting today? in ~talk

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    The first three points seem like good advice for anyone in a similar situation. Thank you ! For the last point, it must be haunting indeed. For what it's worth, you were young as you said, and you...

    The first three points seem like good advice for anyone in a similar situation. Thank you !
    For the last point, it must be haunting indeed. For what it's worth, you were young as you said, and you are regretting it. Many people would quickly forget about it. It might sound silly, but have you tried apologizing? I mean, a bit like saying farewell to the dead you know.
    It might help to adress an apology to the lizard itself and say goodbye. It's a bit different I guess but before my grandfather died, I didn't visit, and then he was just gone and I regretted it for a long time. Then I adressed him a kind of prayer, even though I'm not tied to any religion, and just apologized and wished him the best of luck wherever he was. I feel good about it now.
    (I know it might just be a psychological trick but... if it works it works right?)

    2 votes
  16. Comment on What is something you have done, or not done, that you are still regretting today? in ~talk

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    Well I tried but she doesn't really want to hear about me. She's been pretty cold everytime I tried to speak with her, unfortunately. I don't think I have any chance left. :(

    Well I tried but she doesn't really want to hear about me. She's been pretty cold everytime I tried to speak with her, unfortunately. I don't think I have any chance left. :(

    3 votes
  17. Comment on What is something you have done, or not done, that you are still regretting today? in ~talk

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    I broke up with my girlfriend (3 years relationship) for no real reason instead of talking with her. It's been three years now, and I still think about her. A lot.

    I broke up with my girlfriend (3 years relationship) for no real reason instead of talking with her. It's been three years now, and I still think about her. A lot.

    6 votes
  18. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1 discussion in ~tv

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    That really isn't an argument though. People tend to confuse realism with coherence. Having a dragon in a show doesn't mean people will start walking on their heads and everyone should accept it....

    That really isn't an argument though. People tend to confuse realism with coherence. Having a dragon in a show doesn't mean people will start walking on their heads and everyone should accept it. And yet, I always hear it brought in when fantasy is involved. "What? There is dragon and magic in the show but that one detail bothers you?"

    3 votes