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  1. Comment on Looking for suggestions of investigation-based games in ~games

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    How about the Danganronpa and Zero Escape series?

    How about the Danganronpa and Zero Escape series?

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Is there anything considered pseudoscientific/unscientific that you suspect has some truth to it and might be re-examined in the future? in ~talk

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    I'm fairly certain personality theories like MBTI and Enneagram are true.

    I'm fairly certain personality theories like MBTI and Enneagram are true.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Is there anything considered pseudoscientific/unscientific that you suspect has some truth to it and might be re-examined in the future? in ~talk

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    That's unscientific? I thought those were precisely things found out by research.

    That's unscientific? I thought those were precisely things found out by research.

    7 votes
  4. Comment on What are your feelings towards achievements? in ~games

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    I don't really care about them, really. I mean, if I suddenly get one I'm like "oh, nice", but I don't go out of my way to obtain them as a goal or anything.

    I don't really care about them, really. I mean, if I suddenly get one I'm like "oh, nice", but I don't go out of my way to obtain them as a goal or anything.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Asian Kung-Fu Generation - Denpato (2003) in ~music

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    Really love how energetic and upbeat this song is, super uplifting stuff.

    Really love how energetic and upbeat this song is, super uplifting stuff.

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

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    Going through the Mega Man X games again in order to immersive myself for my MMZ/MMZX replay, currently at X5. So far I've been finding these games way harder than I remember them being, I kinda...

    Going through the Mega Man X games again in order to immersive myself for my MMZ/MMZX replay, currently at X5. So far I've been finding these games way harder than I remember them being, I kinda feel like an old guy now since I used to be much better at them.

    On the side I'm also playing Virtue's Last Reward which is really interesting.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Hi, how are you? Mental health support and discussion thread (May 2021) in ~talk

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    I have this too atm, kinda became a hermit.

    My social life is non existent cause of quarantine and I feel like I’m going insane from the lack of social interaction. I have no one to talk to about anything so I just have been bottling up everything and it sucks.

    I have this too atm, kinda became a hermit.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on What's something that took you a long time to like? in ~talk

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    Not sure if I've tried that one yet but it looks pretty good.

    Not sure if I've tried that one yet but it looks pretty good.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on What's something that took you a long time to like? in ~talk

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    Can't stand boiled eggs but I love fried eggs. Have you tried those?

    Can't stand boiled eggs but I love fried eggs. Have you tried those?

    2 votes
  10. Comment on What's something that took you a long time to like? in ~talk

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    Gorgonzola. The first time I ordered a quattro formaggi pizza, I dug the other 3 cheeses but I thought the Gorgonzola was like a rotten spot or something and after being told that it was supposed...

    Gorgonzola. The first time I ordered a quattro formaggi pizza, I dug the other 3 cheeses but I thought the Gorgonzola was like a rotten spot or something and after being told that it was supposed to look like that I tried it and found it super gross.

    But because I liked the other 3 cheeses I kept ordering it since I didn't want to get back to my usual pizza at the time (Margarita). After many times of ordering it though I love it nowadays.

    It has to be good Gorgonzola though. I've also ordered a few that had like replicas or cheap alternatives and that stuff tastes terrible. But real Gorgonzola is amazing.

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

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    Still watching Naruto and Blood Blockade Battlefront. Naruto is great as usual, though BBB is a bit... eh. Like, it started off great and seemed like just the right thing for me, but I'm 3-4 eps...

    Still watching Naruto and Blood Blockade Battlefront. Naruto is great as usual, though BBB is a bit... eh. Like, it started off great and seemed like just the right thing for me, but I'm 3-4 eps in now and I just can't really seem to care for the characters, and everything is a bit hard to follow. No real good fights either so far.

    I'm also reading One Piece vol 2 now, wish I got into it sooner.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Does anyone else take other people's negativity pretty badly? in ~talk

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    Then again, if you use something as escapism, isn't that basically saying "I normally wouldn't bother with this but I need to use it as a crutch and therefore spend time on it, but in an ideal...

    Then again, if you use something as escapism, isn't that basically saying "I normally wouldn't bother with this but I need to use it as a crutch and therefore spend time on it, but in an ideal situation I would be doing something else"?

    2 votes
  13. Comment on What game(s) have you tried to repeatedly get into but ultimately could not? in ~games

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    I realize that that's pretty much the core of metroidvanias, but in a lot of cases it seems like you're supposed to just randomly shooting, stab or bomb around to open up new paths and that's...

    I realize that that's pretty much the core of metroidvanias, but in a lot of cases it seems like you're supposed to just randomly shooting, stab or bomb around to open up new paths and that's really vague sometimes. Or there's stuff like with how to get the true final boss in Castlevania SotN. If someone can figure that out without consulting a guide or walkthrough they're probably a prodigy if you ask me.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Does anyone else take other people's negativity pretty badly? in ~talk

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    Yeah, I think it's just a sort of bad habit or automatic thing, but it's indeed a good idea to cut that out. ...and who knows, maybe I'm subconsciously a masochist or something.

    As for your internet usage, you don't have to quit using the internet, just quit reading other people's opinions of the world. You can read that news story and digest it, but why read the comments? How does knowing Joe from Rapid City's opinion on a police shooting help you? I would avoid the echo chambers like Twitter and Facebook, or find some way to curate the negative things out of them in your personal feed if you can.

    Yeah, I think it's just a sort of bad habit or automatic thing, but it's indeed a good idea to cut that out.

    ...and who knows, maybe I'm subconsciously a masochist or something.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Does anyone else take other people's negativity pretty badly? in ~talk

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    I notice this too, I wouldn't say all uplifting/positive news is like this, but this is why I generally avoid places that actively go out of their way to be as "healing" and positive as possible,...

    There's this duality at play, where positivity can have the opposite intended effect. The recent trend of "uplifting" stories bum me out more, because while there is humanity in them, there's also this dark undercurrent for why they needed uplifting in the first place. Like neighbors buying an old man a new lawnmower so he can keep mowing their lawns to pay his bills. Or people getting their medical bills crowdfunded.

    I notice this too, I wouldn't say all uplifting/positive news is like this, but this is why I generally avoid places that actively go out of their way to be as "healing" and positive as possible, it only makes it more apparent that there's kind of a negative background to it.

    Loosely related, but I also find it kinda depressing when I hear people talk about their hobbies as escapism, it makes it sound like they actually don't give a single damn about the hobby itself but moreso that it functions as a sort of coping mechanism for them, and also the fact that they even need one in the first place is kinda like the same issue I have with the example you mentioned. It's indirect pessimism.

    5 votes
  16. Does anyone else take other people's negativity pretty badly?

    For some reason I don't really have much issues with most things if I'm by myself, but when there's someone else (either irl or online) venting about the issue at hand, another issue or their own...

    For some reason I don't really have much issues with most things if I'm by myself, but when there's someone else (either irl or online) venting about the issue at hand, another issue or their own issues in a super negative way it always brings me down so hard.

    Like, if I were watching the news and there was something about a murder or something on, I would watch and think "that's bad" but move on pretty quickly, but if you check for comments on the news online it's all super misanthropic and pessimistic shit about how the world being a vile place, etc, and funnily enough that's the thing that triggers far more of a reaction that the issue at hand itself.

    Similarly, if I read all sorts of comments of people online about stuff like "hope being a joke", "life being a piece of shit", "humanity being a disease", etc, I feel all anxious and hopeless until it eventually just fades from my attention or if I see someone argue the opposite.

    I've also always heard people in school complain about this or that, and I just... do it and shut up about it? Sure, I complain too sometimes, but overall I don't really got bogged down into a swamp of darkness like that.

    This is really making me want to severely cut my internet usage since it's like this on an almost daily basis, though I'm not really in the position to do this atm since I don't have a job, education or anything else so this is like my main source of socializing. But I'm definitely going to go through with it once I get back into the flow of things.

    Does anyone else have this problem?

    20 votes
  17. Comment on What game(s) have you tried to repeatedly get into but ultimately could not? in ~games

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    I don't really have this experience as much with games as with music, but two that come to mind are the Zelda and Metroid series. Zelda I mostly like for the music really, but I just can't seem to...

    I don't really have this experience as much with games as with music, but two that come to mind are the Zelda and Metroid series.

    Zelda I mostly like for the music really, but I just can't seem to get into the flow of things, the puzzles, etc. There's something about these games that just never worked for me, and it's hard to put why.

    As for Metroid, I love the immersive atmosphere, I love the gameplay, the soundtracks are highly atmospheric and cool, boss fights are intense, etc, but I always get stuck and have no idea what to do and just quit. I do want to play them in full sometime though, but I suppose I'll have to get a guide.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on Are r&b, funk, soul and jazz the least controversial music genres or is it me? in ~music

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    Interesting comment, you sound quite passionate about jazz!

    Interesting comment, you sound quite passionate about jazz!

    3 votes
  19. Are r&b, funk, soul and jazz the least controversial music genres or is it me?

    I've been thinking, and it seems like most genres are a love/hate thing (metal and punk are highly controversial for example, they have super hardcore fans but are largely disliked by the majority...

    I've been thinking, and it seems like most genres are a love/hate thing (metal and punk are highly controversial for example, they have super hardcore fans but are largely disliked by the majority of people, pop is the opposite, most people like it but there's a very vocal minority that absolutely deplores it and wants to watch it burn, electronic music as a whole also tends to gather mixed reception, etc), but out of all music I pretty much never see any dislike aimed at r&b, funk, soul and jazz (except for smooth jazz, although a lot of people don't consider it actual jazz).

    Is there some truth behind this? I personally don't like these genres (and neither do the people around me) and I've always had the feeling we were pretty alone in that sense.

    8 votes