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  1. Comment on What's a video game that you really want to exist? in ~games

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    A new Silent Hill game. That's all, lol.

    A new Silent Hill game. That's all, lol.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on AlbumLove recommendations thread: May 2022 in ~music

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    Ah ok, wasn't aware that he also did the Tales OSTs. Haven't played any Tales games yet so that should be a nice thing to look forward to.

    Ah ok, wasn't aware that he also did the Tales OSTs. Haven't played any Tales games yet so that should be a nice thing to look forward to.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on AlbumLove recommendations thread: May 2022 in ~music

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    Fun fact: YouTube uses Opus (a modern audio codec) nowadays, so if you're watching/listening to newer videos, chances are the audio is actually good, as opposed to the days of 128kbps mp3 audio....

    but then I realized I could probably listen to most of your recommendations on Youtube as long as I was OK with potentially worse audio quality and the occasional advertisement.

    Fun fact: YouTube uses Opus (a modern audio codec) nowadays, so if you're watching/listening to newer videos, chances are the audio is actually good, as opposed to the days of 128kbps mp3 audio. Of course, old videos still have crappy audio, though. And may I recommend uBlock Origin to help with the advertisement issue? Ads will be a thing of the past if you install it (it's a browser extension).

    Back on topic though, what would you recommend if I like the Golden Sun OST? I'm only familiar with Sakuraba through his work on that, and the whole meme with the Dark Souls boss theme.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on What's something that you're pretty sure of, but can't really prove or demonstrate? in ~talk

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  6. Comment on Predict the next five years in the US in ~talk

  7. Comment on LittleVMills - Why Is It Always An Anime Avatar!? (2022) in ~music

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    Why Is It Always Anime Avatars People Complain About!?

    Why Is It Always Anime Avatars People Complain About!?

    2 votes
  8. Comment on "...more than half of our members globally tuned into [anime] last year" - Netflix Anime Director in ~anime

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    Well, One Piece is quite unusual. Haven't seen the Castlevania anime, what did you like about it exactly?

    Well, One Piece is quite unusual.

    Haven't seen the Castlevania anime, what did you like about it exactly?

    2 votes
  9. Comment on "...more than half of our members globally tuned into [anime] last year" - Netflix Anime Director in ~anime

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    Good, hopefully anime can make it into "popular enough to be socially acceptable" territory. Like, I shouldn't care if it is or not, but I'd appreciate it if anime would be more accepted by the...

    Good, hopefully anime can make it into "popular enough to be socially acceptable" territory.

    Like, I shouldn't care if it is or not, but I'd appreciate it if anime would be more accepted by the average public. And more people enjoying anime is always good.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Inside the fight to save video game history - Publishers and preservationists are fighting over how old video games can be saved from digital obsolescence in ~games

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    Ah, interesting. Are there still things off-limits though, like compared to say, what you could achieve if the same games were open source? Cool stuff!

    You don't necessarily need to get your hands on the original source code in order to alter a closed source game. You can still accomplish that without it by using reverse engineering techniques such as decryption, decompression, decompiling, or even runtime memory editing. And then combining that with either recompiling, system hooks (such as DLL injection), or buffer overflows, in order to get the game to run your code alterations. Crackers, Modders, and ROM hackers have been using those same techniques for decades to accomplish such things.

    Ah, interesting. Are there still things off-limits though, like compared to say, what you could achieve if the same games were open source?

    E.g. From my own personal experience. Dead Island had major issues at launch, some totally game-breaking, and many that were not really game-breaking but that I still found unbearable. So on the CheatEngine forums I hooked up with a small group of reverse engineers who had managed to decrypt and decompress the game's PAK files, which contained most of the game's assets, including its Lua scripts. And together we worked on modifying those in order to release a community patch + trainer that fixed a lot of the game's issues, and even added in a bunch more game functionality (and cheats). I personally worked on a lot of the visual elements, like adding the ability to adjust or even totally disable the game's fog, bokeh, bloom, motion blur, etc. which were originally overbearing, and not adjustable via the in-game settings or CFG files.

    Thankfully we didn't have to do anything serious to force the game to load the altered assets though, since by simply putting them back in the game directory using the same file structure as was seen in the PAK files, the game prioritized loading those instead of the ones still in the PAK files.

    p.s. You may have even seen the "Fist Of The Dead Star" video, which was made using our patch+trainer... and which even got so popular that the game devs clearly saw it, since they ended up adding an official game mode in the Definitive Edition which replicates elements of it. :P

    Cool stuff!

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Inside the fight to save video game history - Publishers and preservationists are fighting over how old video games can be saved from digital obsolescence in ~games

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    Now this bit in particular is interesting. I mean, props to them for trying to preserve games, but I already placed my bets on piracy (particulary private trackers) to take care of that problem....

    They even alter a game’s source code so games with online requirements can still be played after their authentication servers have gone offline.

    Now this bit in particular is interesting. I mean, props to them for trying to preserve games, but I already placed my bets on piracy (particulary private trackers) to take care of that problem. This though, is beyond the scope of most, and is a very interesting bit. Not sure how they manage to get their hands on the source code though, as the vast majority of games are closed source and code of older games just gets thrown away sometimes (as Konami did with the older Silent Hill games).

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Anyone can defeat Goku now in ~anime

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    The problem with characters like Saitama is that in discussions like that, you're expected to actually provide proof of a character's feats and abilities, otherwise they're not accounted for. So,...

    Go for Saitama from One Punch Man.

    The problem with characters like Saitama is that in discussions like that, you're expected to actually provide proof of a character's feats and abilities, otherwise they're not accounted for. So, while Saitama obviously seems like the strongest character imaginable, he hasn't actually accomplished much things on-screen, which makes him a bit of a dead end for discussions like these. Though if you use your imagination it'd be easy to imagine him crushing Superman into a tomato soup.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Fallout New Vegas 2 reportedly in "very early" discussions at Microsoft and Obsidian in ~games

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    That's unexpected, I'd sooner expect Fallout 5.

    That's unexpected, I'd sooner expect Fallout 5.

  14. Comment on Anyone can defeat Goku now in ~anime

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    What's it always with western comic book superheroes being so overpowered? I've always liked to imagine imaginary battles like these, but I just gave up on them long ago since those kinds of...

    What's it always with western comic book superheroes being so overpowered? I've always liked to imagine imaginary battles like these, but I just gave up on them long ago since those kinds of discussions always end with a swarm of comicbros going "haha superhero go brrrr" and the characters I like can never compare, feats-wise.

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

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    Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin I've been at the final boss for a while now and keep getting my ass handed to me. This game in general is really brutal with it's boss battles, easily wipes the floor...

    Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin

    I've been at the final boss for a while now and keep getting my ass handed to me. This game in general is really brutal with it's boss battles, easily wipes the floor with anything SotN threw at me. The actual levels are pretty doable, though. Overall I like the game, though I have my issues with the boss battles and the quest system. Love the anime aesthetic, too, not too hot on the older style.

    SMT Devil Survivor

    Dropped this one a while ago on day 5-7 since I got stuck, so I'm going through it again now. Stuck at the first of the Bel boss fights, definitely one of the worst fights in the whole game since everything is super rigged (enemy teams have their weaknesses and strengths spread almost perfectly, and I only have magic attacks that target multiple enemies so I'm forced to rely on physical attacks, Beldr can only be hit by the MC's physical attack, Beldr has Vampiric Mist which is ridiculously broken, all demons can be revived when defeated, etc). Frankly I'm on the verge of dropping it again, but I just know that if I do down the line I'll just replay it again so I want to really beat the game for once and all this time. Not sure how to get out of this predicament though.

    Drakengard

    Going through this for the third time after dropping it twice. I'm not sure what it is with Yoko Taro's games, as I really hate his edgy ass doomer writing style (I just really don't appreciate how all of his games seem to solely exist to subvert and criticize action and RPG games), but his sense of aesthetics and atmosphere is something to behold, at least (especially so in NieR). Kinda just want to put this one behind me as I keep coming back, so this time I'll finish it for real (currently in the desert stuff).

    2 votes
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  17. Comment on What’s something people commonly misunderstand about you? in ~talk

  18. Comment on You should listen to CDs in ~music

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    I follow this system: I have four directories, one is called "Albums", another is called "Check", then I have "Try Again" and "OSTs". Albums is organized by Artist->Album, and the whole idea is...

    Keep a local, digital collection that you can browse, but trim anything that doesn't 'spark joy'. Keep the collection tidy, and as well tagged as you can, with the highest resolution artwork. I've been buying an album every month from Bandcamp, and seeing my collection growing is taking me right back to the thrill I had with my CDs ten years ago.

    I follow this system: I have four directories, one is called "Albums", another is called "Check", then I have "Try Again" and "OSTs".

    Albums is organized by Artist->Album, and the whole idea is that I just store albums, EPs and singles I like there.

    Check is a directory for music that is new to me and is in need of "checking out".

    Try Again is a directory for music that I've already listened to and can't say I like much but I feel some sort of potential in, so I leave it there in case I want to try it again and hopefully have it click later on. Though I do waste a lot of time replaying that sort of stuff over and over to make it click rather forcefully, but that's another story..

    OSTs is for soundtracks. I further divide those between OSTs for anime & visual novels, and for games. I organize everything by franchise->series->entry->release name. This also includes things like rearrange albums, remix CDs, etc.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on What’s something people commonly misunderstand about you? in ~talk

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    In that case, how about this one? "The individual often becomes engrossed in serious work, which leads him to neglect his complementary need for fun and emotional release. He also feels vulnerable...

    In that case, how about this one?

    "The individual often becomes engrossed in serious work, which leads him to neglect his complementary need for fun and emotional release. He also feels vulnerable expressing himself spontaneously in public, which allows bad emotions and stress to build up, leading to depression or sudden hostility. He enjoys being around people who make him feel comfortable expressing himself, and who can make every day new and exciting.

    Although he may present a hard exterior in the company of strangers, he is likely to not be serious at all with people who know him better. His behavior changes radically - a calm and serious structured person will suddenly become jovial and warm."

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

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    Haven't watched or read anything this week, though I've been watching Fire Force lately as a part of my self-imposed genre challenge. Basically, I choose an anime that "represents" a genre and...

    Haven't watched or read anything this week, though I've been watching Fire Force lately as a part of my self-imposed genre challenge. Basically, I choose an anime that "represents" a genre and then watch them in alphabetical order (as in, for the genre names alphabetically), and I chose Fire Force for action.

    So far I'm a bit on the fence with it, I feel like it doesn't have the charm of Soul Eater and I'm really annoyed with how they handled episode 6, but I think it's still decent and Maki is really cute.

    As for reading, I've been reading Negima, really need to get back to it since I've not read it in 2-3 weeks or so. Did enjoy what I already read though, it's kinda like Love Hina meets Harry Potter or something, and I love Love Hina. High hopes for it anyhow, did hear some interesting things that piqued my interest.

    And finally, after seeing the OST on a music database site tagged with genres I like, I decided that I'll start Hidamari Sketch next week.

    1 vote