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  1. Comment on What's something you're into that you wish you could share with someone? in ~talk

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    Thanks for the offer! Sadly, I've turned to PC gaming now, and have let my PS Plus subscription expire, so I wouldn't be able to play PS4 online. I don't have SFV for PC. But if you're up for...

    Thanks for the offer! Sadly, I've turned to PC gaming now, and have let my PS Plus subscription expire, so I wouldn't be able to play PS4 online. I don't have SFV for PC. But if you're up for Fantasy Strike, let me know. It's free to play.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Valheim Tildes Community Server Update #2 in ~games

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    I tried, and was able to log in just now. Thanks.

    I tried, and was able to log in just now. Thanks.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Valheim Tildes Community Server Update #2 in ~games

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    Przmk makes good points in his comment. I'll just add: If you don't mind seeing spoilers or feeling "behind", then you can dive right in and set up a house in the main village. If you do want to...

    Przmk makes good points in his comment. I'll just add: If you don't mind seeing spoilers or feeling "behind", then you can dive right in and set up a house in the main village. If you do want to avoid seeing spoilers, or you want to advance your character a bit first, there's nothing wrong with finding a secluded area away from the village, and setting up your first dwelling there. The world is quite big, and even if there were 20 active players who log in and out of the game, there would be plenty of free space available.

    Personally, I would encourage you to give it a try. I don't see any problem with joining an established, mature server as a new player. Naturally, you'd be a bit behind in terms of resources and research/recipes, but there is no rush to advance these things, and the world is big enough for you to be able to do things on your own for a while. Plus, PvP is entirely opt in, so you don't have to worry about high level players stomping you. I don't think I've seen any PvP at all on the Tildes server.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Valheim Tildes Community Server Update #2 in ~games

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    @Icarus : I couldn't connect to the Tildes server today. Did anything go wrong? I randomly noticed in the Changelog that, yesterday, they added a "public" flag to servers. Does that have anything...

    @Icarus : I couldn't connect to the Tildes server today. Did anything go wrong? I randomly noticed in the Changelog that, yesterday, they added a "public" flag to servers. Does that have anything to do with it?

  5. Comment on What's something you're into that you wish you could share with someone? in ~talk

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    I guess maybe this is kind of shallow, but, for me, I wish I knew more people that shared the same tastes I have in video games, and who were also passionate about playing them beyond casual...

    I guess maybe this is kind of shallow, but, for me, I wish I knew more people that shared the same tastes I have in video games, and who were also passionate about playing them beyond casual level. Playing with randos isn't the same, and it's rare to find online players who you "friend" and play with often. The people I know in meatspace are only casual players, or are interested in different games than me. Some games that are a lot better with like-minded friends:

    • FPSes: Battlefield series, Rainbow Six Siege, CS:GO, Tannenberg/Verdun
    • Fighting games: Street Fighter V, Fantasy Strike
    • Card games: Eternal Card Game, Hearthstone
    5 votes
  6. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Kingdom Come: Deliverance : This is a really good game. The graphics and sound are really good, and so the immersion is great. Walking through the countryside or a forest, with sun shining, birds...

    Kingdom Come: Deliverance : This is a really good game. The graphics and sound are really good, and so the immersion is great. Walking through the countryside or a forest, with sun shining, birds chirping, brooks gurgling, you feel like you're there in the game world. There's a good balance between quests that keep you on a narrow, linear pipeline, and free world roaming, to escape the linearity. There are design elements that prevent you from behaving too much like you know you're in a video game. Some examples: If you just run and jump willy nilly all over, if you jump from too high a height, you can hurt your foot/ankle, and that impacts your run speed. If you randomly punch NPCs, you will get a negative reputation in the village, which affects how people interact with you. With some quests, you can't just dawdle and do whatever you want, whenever you want. For example, if you're supposed to meet up with an NPC somewhere, in order to travel together, if you take too long, the NPC will go on ahead without you. It's also possible to fail a quest by taking too long. e.g. if you're supposed to do something "today", it might go to a failed state at sundown.

    You can't just abuse a save-and-reload playstyle. The game saves automatically at key points, and also when you go to sleep for the night, but otherwise, you have a limited number of saves available. I kind of like this design, because it makes your choices matter more, and makes danger more dangerous. You have to decide more carefully whether or not you're going to take a risk, instead of just relying on the safety net of being able to save and reload any time.

    It's clear to me that the developers put a lot of effort into this game. The game art, character design, clothing, architecture, behaviour and animation modelling, the historical references, and game lore -- it's all very good.

    Bug-wise, it's not without the occasional glitch, but they're not game breaking. They just break immersion, and are relatively minor.

    I highly recommend this game to anyone who likes adventure games, or medieval stuff.

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

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    Check out Fantasy Strike. It is designed to have a very low barrier to entry. Very small move lists per character, boiling down the fighting to the core essentials of tournament-level play...

    I just find [those fighting games] too hard to get into and frustrating to execute on for how little time I can put into practice.

    Check out Fantasy Strike. It is designed to have a very low barrier to entry. Very small move lists per character, boiling down the fighting to the core essentials of tournament-level play (spacing, countering, etc.). It's probably becoming my favourite fighting game (for reference or comparison, I've played these series: Street Fighter, Tekken, Virtua Fighter, Soul Calibur). It is free to play, but I actually voluntarily paid for it, because I like what the developer is doing with the innovations in FS, and want to support them. Cross-platform: Switch, PS4 and PC, and the versus play is also cross-platform.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Valheim Tildes community server town update in ~games

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    The village really has a lot of tech in it by now. If anything needs "community service", I suppose here are a few things that could be done: ensure fence doesn't have any gaps or sections in...

    The village really has a lot of tech in it by now. If anything needs "community service", I suppose here are a few things that could be done:

    • ensure fence doesn't have any gaps or sections in disrepair
    • add a watchtower or elevated platform next to one of the gates, similar to what's found outside Folkvardr's house
    • chop wood, then make wood piles (crafted from 50 wood units) in some central spot (maybe near the bonfire?), and add a sign that they're free to take
    • add (donate) wood to campfires, resin to standing torches
    3 votes
  9. Comment on Valheim Tildes community server town update in ~games

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    I do invite others to join, as it's fun doing stuff together. The veterans can help newbies get acclimated to the game, and can offer basic resources, and tips. The main village we're talking...

    I do invite others to join, as it's fun doing stuff together. The veterans can help newbies get acclimated to the game, and can offer basic resources, and tips.

    The main village we're talking about is about half a minute southwest of the point where you first start in the game. Keep walking till you get to the edge of the woods, and you can't miss it. Feel free to type /s hello into the chat when you first join. This will "shout" into the game world, so that (I believe) everyone who is online can see your chat, and help you out if you need it.

    In case it isn't obvious, it's also basic etiquette not to just randomly take objects from other people's houses unless they're clearly marked with signage that they're free to take. And please keep the village gates closed after you use them, as this prevents monsters from just wandering in and wrecking things.

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

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    I have this wishlisted, but keep putting it off, even when I see it on a modest sale. Sounds like I should up my "max spend" threshold on this one.

    I have this wishlisted, but keep putting it off, even when I see it on a modest sale. Sounds like I should up my "max spend" threshold on this one.

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

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    I'm still playing Euro Truck Simulator 2 (my earlier review is in the last "what games" post) and Valheim. Nothing new to say about ETS2. Still having fun, enjoying the increased immersion...

    I'm still playing Euro Truck Simulator 2 (my earlier review is in the last "what games" post) and Valheim.

    Nothing new to say about ETS2. Still having fun, enjoying the increased immersion afforded by my 3-monitor + steering wheel setup, and growing my transport company with more trucks and NPC drivers. I also bought and tried American Truck Simulator (by the same developers), but it was a big turn off to see that my character/company development has to start from scratch there. So I'm putting that on the backburner for now, and may or may not return to it, depending on how itchy I am to see American landscapes and landmarks. The base game seems to be centered around the west (California and neighbouring states), so that restricts the appeal even more.

    Valheim: I'm plodding along, growing my character, and seeing our community develop the world (new tech, new buildings). Player activity still seems a bit on the low side; I'm sometimes alone on the server, other times just with one other player, and usually in different parts of the game world. Also, I am not sure I'm liking how the game has joint/co-op advancement of the world, tech/research trees, and boss, quest and dungeon completion. I don't think I have an easy solution to apply, but it just feels like a negative experience to see things advanced or completed while you were gone from the game world. Like, in a single player game, it would be like returning to your saved game, and finding someone else played the game and advanced your game state. Perhaps this is just me being new to co-op world games, and not understanding that this is standard in this genre?

    Last night, I started Kingdom Come: Deliverance . I liked what I saw from the preview videos, etc. so it was an easy sell for me to buy it on sale. I'm scarcely an hour and a half of playtime into it, but I'm liking what I've seen. Graphics and mechanics are nice, and reminiscent of Skyrim. It's mostly first-person perspective, but dialogues are third person view. The cut scenes are lengthy, but in a good way, and the acting and character animation is decent. The tutorial/intro system is good and helpful. The story is engaging and intriguing. Also, of course, the whole context of the game is rooted in history, and I like history, so that increases the game's appeal for me. I look forward to progressing through this game.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Facebook is a global mafia in ~tech

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    Am I misunderstanding the problem, or isn't the solution just ("just") to use other sources than Facebook to get (or spread) news?

    Am I misunderstanding the problem, or isn't the solution just ("just") to use other sources than Facebook to get (or spread) news?

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

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    I think you should feel free to break down a section of the fence and rebuild it to expand in whatever direction you want. Also, nothing wrong with just tacking on an expanded section without...

    I think you should feel free to break down a section of the fence and rebuild it to expand in whatever direction you want. Also, nothing wrong with just tacking on an expanded section without breaking it down. Just add a new gate or even just an opening to allow movement between sections.

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

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    In light of your comments, maybe we should start tailoring this first village into becoming a place to welcome new players.

    In light of your comments, maybe we should start tailoring this first village into becoming a place to welcome new players.

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

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    I'm supposing spoiler hidden portals ought to help with the [lack of] traffic in the starter area(s), or tourism in general? As a noob, it just seems to me that I wouldn't want to abandon my first...

    I'm supposing

    spoiler hidden portals

    ought to help with the [lack of] traffic in the starter area(s), or tourism in general? As a noob, it just seems to me that I wouldn't want to abandon my first home if I had put a fair bit of time and effort building and crafting it. A little bit of Sunk Cost Fallacy going on there, perhaps...

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

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    I have noticed and felt these things too. Earlier on, a week or so ago, there was a lot more activity in the village. You're right, though; I run into people a lot less now. I don't know if...

    It’s hard because there hasn’t been too much cooperation from what I’ve seen. More than a few people seem to have their own bases off somewhere and keep to themselves and see way ahead of everyone else.

    Outside of building my own house in the town and trying to contribute to defenses or resources I don’t really know what’s going on. Would be neat if it was more centralized and cooperative. I think we need a Discord for that though.

    I have noticed and felt these things too. Earlier on, a week or so ago, there was a lot more activity in the village. You're right, though; I run into people a lot less now. I don't know if they're not logging in much any more, or if they're active elsewhere in the game world.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on What pandemic-related norms would you like to see remain once the current COVID-19 crisis is "over"? in ~talk

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    What about having this (it's not a current in-pandemic norm, but an idea): video conference tech (and, why not, Internet access in general, too) as public utility, built and maintained for the...

    What about having this (it's not a current in-pandemic norm, but an idea): video conference tech (and, why not, Internet access in general, too) as public utility, built and maintained for the common good of the community, city, province, country, humanity.

    8 votes
  18. Comment on CT scan catches 70% of lung cancers at early stage, NHS study finds in ~science

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    This seems like great news! Though I did see this elsewhere:

    This seems like great news! Though I did see this elsewhere:

    One slight problem with this is the implied presumption that since CT scans are not surgically invasive, they have no side effects. The detection of tumours, in soft tissue, by CT involves the injection of a “contrast enhancing” chemical into the blood stream. [I know someone who] had two CT scans, and [their] body has now become allergically sensitised to the chemical - meaning that a third scan had to be cancelled.

    The more that CT scans are used as “routine”, the more people are going to have problems with repeat scans.

    I’m not saying that they shouldn’t be used - because, as the article says, it is a really useful way to spot tumours at an early stage. I’m just saying that [there's] rarely a win without any form of caveat.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on What pandemic-related norms would you like to see remain once the current COVID-19 crisis is "over"? in ~talk

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    I hear you, and I totally get that some people would have this perspective. At the same time, me personally, I miss shaking people's hand, and look forward to being able to do so again safely. Of...

    I hear you, and I totally get that some people would have this perspective.

    At the same time, me personally, I miss shaking people's hand, and look forward to being able to do so again safely. Of course, if someone doesn't want to shake my hand, I will respect that without question. But I think there's something about making that physical connection. Something positive, something friendly, something meaningful. I'm not sure what it is.

    7 votes