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  1. Comment on Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice's New Combat Options Means Bosses Are A Little Different in ~games

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    I find it astonishing just how creative the people at From Software can be. Many consider the Souls series to be the pinnacle of combat in video games, yet this is a fresh new take that looks even...

    I find it astonishing just how creative the people at From Software can be. Many consider the Souls series to be the pinnacle of combat in video games, yet this is a fresh new take that looks even better to my eyes.

    Even though I've only seen a small bit of gameplay, I'm convinced Sekiro is going to be their best game yet. I can't wait.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Steam - 2018 Year in Review in ~games

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    Steam has my full support over every other storefront due to their incredible support for Linux games. Proton is advancing far faster than I thought it would, and the community has been doing...

    Steam has my full support over every other storefront due to their incredible support for Linux games. Proton is advancing far faster than I thought it would, and the community has been doing amazing work in the wiki.
    On PC gaming in general, I like the fact that Vulkan adoption is picking up, and the Vulkan for Metal wrapper should help see it become the leader in close-to-hardware APIs. I don't care at all about AAA games moving to their own shitty stores, because I don't play many of them. Indie and medium-sized studios are the future, and Asian game publishers are almost exclusively putting their games on Steam, with many of them being excellent. Overall I'm really looking forward to seeing what the next 5 years bring to PC hardware and Linux gaming.

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

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    I'm on volume 6 of the Barefoot Gen manga, all of which I eagerly read in only a couple of days. While it can be a bit cheesy and has a lot of now-common manga tropes, the underlying story is...

    I'm on volume 6 of the Barefoot Gen manga, all of which I eagerly read in only a couple of days. While it can be a bit cheesy and has a lot of now-common manga tropes, the underlying story is seriously good. It does a really good job at portraying the Japanese civilians as normal people who's lives were ruined by war in ways Americans couldn't even dream of.
    I wish my classmates were forced to read this back in high school because we had multiple mock debates where most kids defended the nuclear bombings as ethical using examples like "well the Japanese were being trained to fight the American troops with sharp bamboo sticks, even women and children." This example was technically true and portrayed in the manga, but once you realize they were desperately waiting for the war to end and only trained to save face it's truly sobering how easy it is to dehumanize people.

    On a lighter note, I've also been watching Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, and I like it so far. It has a lot of funny moments involving the supporting characters and it's pretty interesting to see all the steps that go into making manga. I just wish it had actual romance, because there's essentially zero.

    Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun Anilist MAL

    Barefoot Gen Anilist MAL

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Your ideal smartphone in 2019? in ~tech

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    I was eyeballing the KEY2 when it was announced and almost switched from an iPhone, but the specs are a bit underwhelming, especially considering its introductory price ($650). I keep my phones...

    I was eyeballing the KEY2 when it was announced and almost switched from an iPhone, but the specs are a bit underwhelming, especially considering its introductory price ($650). I keep my phones for 3 or 4 years so I really try to future proof when looking at replacements. I did type on one and almost bought it though, wonderful build quality.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Your ideal smartphone in 2019? in ~tech

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    I would kill for a high end phone with a physical keyboard. The one thing I truly miss from my Blackberries.

    I would kill for a high end phone with a physical keyboard. The one thing I truly miss from my Blackberries.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on What anime should everyone watch? in ~anime

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    Hunter X Hunter. I think it's a show that'll exceed most people's expectations by virtue of being so long and progressing at an even pace. It's still a shounen and has some of the associated...

    Hunter X Hunter.

    I think it's a show that'll exceed most people's expectations by virtue of being so long and progressing at an even pace. It's still a shounen and has some of the associated tropes, but it really delivers something special that will probably draw in whoever's watching it into the medium. Every new anime watcher who I've shown it to loved it.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Who are your 5 favorite anime characters of all time? in ~anime

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    Really hard to choose only 5, but these are mine in no particular order (except for Yang, always no. 1 in my heart). Yang Wen-Li (Legend of the Galactic Heroes) Reinhard von Lohengramm (same as...

    Really hard to choose only 5, but these are mine in no particular order (except for Yang, always no. 1 in my heart).

    • Yang Wen-Li (Legend of the Galactic Heroes)
    • Reinhard von Lohengramm (same as above)
    • Killua Zoldyk (Hunter X Hunter)
    • Ippo Makunōchi (Hajime no Ippo)
    • Kagura (Gintama)
    3 votes
  8. Comment on The end of scientific, rational thinking: Donald Trump, Doug Ford and Jordan Peterson in ~misc

  9. Comment on Would anyone be interested in a weekly discussion thread for currently airing anime? in ~anime

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    I would be really happy to see and engage in a weekly discussion thread for the season. I think it would be doubly nice to see in a small community like this one.

    I would be really happy to see and engage in a weekly discussion thread for the season. I think it would be doubly nice to see in a small community like this one.

  10. Comment on Science: The Secrets of Cooking Rice — The Cause of Recipe Failure is Not What You Might Think in ~food

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    Aren't expensive rice cookers basically pressure cookers as well? They just use special logic specific for rice. I've also found that my Instant Pot makes far, far better rice than my $60 rice cooker.

    Aren't expensive rice cookers basically pressure cookers as well? They just use special logic specific for rice.

    I've also found that my Instant Pot makes far, far better rice than my $60 rice cooker.

    2 votes