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  1. Comment on Looking for a very specific kind of submarine video game in ~games

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    I'm not sure what piloting a normal sub is like, but I do know the Iron Lung is controlled by a very, extremely simple ("minimalist" according to Wikipedia) panel with buttons you click to change...

    I'm not sure what piloting a normal sub is like, but I do know the Iron Lung is controlled by a very, extremely simple ("minimalist" according to Wikipedia) panel with buttons you click to change the direction of the sub ("the submarine's heading and forward velocity") and not through keyboard or mouse controls.

    I don't consider it a puzzle game of the type like Portal or other typical puzzle games, but there is a mystery and exploration I think is the main feature of the game.

    The game is very short so it probably won't be your main submarine game, but it might slightly scratch the itch.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on Looking for a very specific kind of submarine video game in ~games

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    This might be stretching it but, does Iron Lung count? Set entirely within a claustrophobic one-man submarine nicknamed the "Iron Lung," ...you have to navigate purely via an incomplete map,...

    This might be stretching it but, does Iron Lung count?

    What I want is

    1. inside a submarine,

    Set entirely within a claustrophobic one-man submarine nicknamed the "Iron Lung,"

    1. looking at screens full of radar and sensor information,

    ...you have to navigate purely via an incomplete map, proximity sensors, sound, and a primitive external camera which can be used to take the pictures you need to complete your mission, or to get a grainy low resolution visual of what's happening outside.

    1. and letting me control the sub in a realistic manner, only with the information provided in the control room.

    Experimental minimalist gameplay, where your senses are limited and anything could be lurking around you
    Glimpse your surroundings through the lens of a grainy still camera and navigate using an incomplete satellite map and proximity sensors

    1. Ideally, I play on the Xbox. My laptop is a potato, so it's only good for very old or otherwise lightweight games

    System Requirements
    Minimum:
    Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    OS: Windows 7/8/9/10
    Processor: Any made within the last decade
    Memory: 1 MB RAM
    Graphics: Any made within the last decade
    Storage: 200 MB available space
    Sound Card: Any
    Additional Notes: You can run this

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

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    Natural Selection and the sequel Natural Selection 2 (previous games by the developers who made Subnautica) has tiny bits of the RTS (commander uses team resources to build structures on a map and...

    Natural Selection and the sequel Natural Selection 2 (previous games by the developers who made Subnautica) has tiny bits of the RTS (commander uses team resources to build structures on a map and take control of the map) and FPS (players as space marines fight other players as alien creatures) elements. A bit similar to some Battlefield games with the commander issuing orders but also with building/upgrading equipment.

    I can't say the games were extremely popular but I did like the unique take they had. I personally prefer single player games vs AI or games that also have a fun campaign (single player or co-op) like Warcraft/Starcraft/Age of Empires as I am in no way good enough to play competitively.

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

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    This answer definitely had me go on a little journey to find good successors for Spore. Most are either abandoned or still in Early Access.

    This answer definitely had me go on a little journey to find good successors for Spore. Most are either abandoned or still in Early Access.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Guild Wars 2 Steam launch and tenth anniversary is tomorrow in ~games

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    If you do decide to go through the Steam route, you'll have to use a brand new account which will resolve your inventory problems. The downside obviously is that you'll have none of the...

    (Note: Existing Guild Wars 2 accounts can’t be linked to Steam and vice versa. Please visit our knowledge base for more info

    If you do decide to go through the Steam route, you'll have to use a brand new account which will resolve your inventory problems. The downside obviously is that you'll have none of the potentially valuable items that have accumulated nor any of the progress in the game you've made so far. I'm in a similar (but more likely vastly smaller) boat.

    I think you get at least some of the same benefits if you manually add GW2 as a Non-Steam Game to Steam but I'm sure there's still some features that will be missing (I'm not sure what exactly though).

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Avatar: The Way of Water | Official teaser trailer in ~movies

  7. Comment on ‘Avatar 2’ is officially ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’: James Cameron debuts first footage at CinemaCon in ~movies

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    No clearly it's, "Avatar 5: The Last Air Bender" just to make everything more confusing.

    No clearly it's, "Avatar 5: The Last Air Bender" just to make everything more confusing.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on 64-year old finds the ejection handle in an impromptu fighter jet ride. He survives and now hates his co-workers. in ~life

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    This was a fun little story. I'm sure there were many lessons learned. Maybe this will allow them to find and fix the potential flaw in the jet and other jets, and at the very least they didn't...

    This was a fun little story. I'm sure there were many lessons learned.

    Maybe this will allow them to find and fix the potential flaw in the jet and other jets, and at the very least they didn't lose the entire plane (brief look at Wikipedia mentions maybe €101.1 million or €160.5 million each?).

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Tens of millions of filthy, used medical gloves imported into the US in ~health

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    An interesting thing from the article I only looked a tiny bit into is the story about Louis Ziskin. The article mentions Ziskin, CEO of AirQueen, one of the companies that got the counterfeit...

    An interesting thing from the article I only looked a tiny bit into is the story about Louis Ziskin. The article mentions Ziskin, CEO of AirQueen, one of the companies that got the counterfeit gloves:

    Louis Ziskin decided to go to Thailand in an effort to recover his company's lost $2.7 million, but things quickly went wrong.
    Ziskin and several others were arrested and charged with assault and kidnapping after a confrontation in a Bangkok restaurant.
    Ziskin says he wasn't there and strenuously denied the charges.

    I've only briefly searched online, but I think the story is more interesting than it first appeared. This press release from DropIn, another company Ziskin founded and was CEO of, explains he was actually in Thailand, not to recover some of the money AirQueen lost, but to

    file a criminal fraud complaint with the Economic Crimes Division of the Royal Thai Police

    The press release mentioned several news articles falsely reported or gave misleading/incorrect facts about when he was arrested in Thailand. For example this Daily Mail article (archive link, since it's a source I've heard that is not particularly reputable) says Ziskin was a former US marine but DropIn says he was never a marine nor enlisted in any military service. I also found other articles/news sources with images and videos, and the situation does sound a bit like a movie plot.

    I'm not sure if Ziskin had anything to do with the kidnapping/attempted murder/ransom case, but there actually is footage of a person that looks like they are being dragged out of a restaurant against their will. Some stuff about an Israeli private detective being hired, a different person who actually was a former US marine and other foreign collaborators (some still on the hunt from Thailand’s Crime Suppression Division), and a Taiwanese businessman being forced to call his employers for a ransom all sounds to me like something from a Taken film or other action flick.

    6 votes
  10. Comment on Blizzard botched Warcraft III remake after internal fights, pressure over costs in ~games

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    Not sure why, or if it's only me but the parts on bnnbloomberg that were cut off: and Should say: A few pictures and links that were in the article were missing as well judging by:...

    Not sure why, or if it's only me but the parts on bnnbloomberg that were cut off:

    Blizzard also faced widespread criticism and calls for a boycott after banning a player who .

    and

    In lieu of official support, a group of fans began writing their own patches for the game, building a service called that aims to add back missing features.

    Should say:

    Blizzard also faced widespread criticism and calls for a boycott after banning a player who supported Hong Kong’s protest movement on a livestream.

    In lieu of official support, a group of fans began writing their own patches for the game, building a service called Warcraft 3 Champions that aims to add back missing features.

    A few pictures and links that were in the article were missing as well judging by: https://www.bloombergquint.com/technology/inside-activision-blizzard-s-botched-warcraft-iii-reforged-game

    Different (parent/child?) company or regional differences?

    2 votes
  11. Comment on A rising actor, fake HBO deals and one of Hollywood’s most audacious Ponzi schemes in ~movies

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    Reminds me of the story of Anna Delvey-Sorokin, of which according to the article there will be an HBO project and a Netflix series.

    Reminds me of the story of Anna Delvey-Sorokin, of which according to the article there will be an HBO project and a Netflix series.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Officer Kim Potter fatally shot Daunte Wright, police said. She’s a 26-year vet, served as union president. in ~news

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    Speaking of the war on drugs, Nixon, and his aide, John Erlichman, I remember a quote: I wanted to make sure that was real and historically accepted so I checked r/AskHistorians and in this...

    Speaking of the war on drugs, Nixon, and his aide, John Erlichman, I remember a quote:

    “You want to know what this was really all about?” he asked with the bluntness of a man who, after public disgrace and a stretch in federal prison, had little left to protect. “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

    I wanted to make sure that was real and historically accepted so I checked r/AskHistorians and in this question the top comment also points to a Lee Atwater (Republican strategist and white house advisor) quote from the 1980's:

    Y'all don't quote me on this. You start out in 1954 by saying, "N····r, n····r, n····r". By 1968 you can't say "n····r"—that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states' rights and all that stuff. You're getting so abstract now you're talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you're talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I'm not saying that. But I'm saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me—because obviously sitting around saying, "We want to cut this", is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than "N·····r, n·····r". So, any way you look at it, race is coming on the backbone.

    Second highest (parent?) comment goes more into the history and background of the time as well.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Officer Kim Potter fatally shot Daunte Wright, police said. She’s a 26-year vet, served as union president. in ~news

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    I don't think they deserve their own posts but wanted to share. Here is some satire from "America's Finest News Source." Minnesota Police Say Officer Accidentally Discharged Weapon After Being...
    4 votes
  14. Comment on Do you tend to participate in April fools day? in ~talk

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    One thing I've seen is that sometimes April Fool's (or some joke/prank ideas) can be used as a test to gauge interest or popularity of a new idea/product. If the idea is favorable, then the green...

    One thing I've seen is that sometimes April Fool's (or some joke/prank ideas) can be used as a test to gauge interest or popularity of a new idea/product. If the idea is favorable, then the green light can be given, and full development can proceed. If the idea does poorly with fans, then hey it was just a little light April Fool's joke, no major effort was involved.

    An example I can remember is when Blizzard announced the Pandaren for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos in 2002. The concept then proceeded to become a pretty big component of the Warcraft franchise. Another possible example, although I cannot confirm, is Google in 2014 may have created the concept of what was to become Pokemon Go as an April Fool's joke.

    Obviously there are other methods of gauging interest or testing new ideas with different audiences, but this is a relatively easy and well-recognized method of both trying out something a bit "out there" and having tiny bit of fun at the same time.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on New groups and site mechanics - 2021 edition in ~tildes

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    This was already tried. I don't remember exactly how long the trial period was but on September 5, 2019 those groups were added, and as far as I know, there were either (or both) not enough posts...

    Subgroups in ~science would be welcome for the same reason (dedicated groups drive up activity, as seen with ~design and ~games.tabletop). I really like the organizational structure @Algernon_Asimov[+] proposed:

    This was already tried. I don't remember exactly how long the trial period was but on September 5, 2019 those groups were added, and as far as I know, there were either (or both) not enough posts in each subgroup to justify their existence or some other issue which lead to the groups remerging. Unless you are proposing that those groups should split again?

    The other point I want to make is that much of the differentiation of groups are probably better off handled with tags, but I think the current system would need to be adjusted slightly.


    This wasn't meant to be targeted directly at you (@petrichor) but was just an idea I had while typing my reply.

    I have a proposal, but there are some major problems that I list below. My proposal (maybe as only a temporary fix) is to have the ability to manually create custom "groups" on the sidebar which are in actuality just a filter/search that displays topics within the larger groups with those specific tags.

    That way if someone is really only interested in ~science.social (either posting directly to the subgroup/specific tag or viewing only), they can click on their custom group and it would only show topics tagged with the science.social tag. I think then the issue would be having only science.social topics displayed on their home page while other non-science.social topics are hidden if they do not wish to see those or something. I'm not entirely sure of all the various edge cases or if I am being coherent at the moment.

    Additionally, when a topic is posted after going into their custom/temporary ~science.social group (or whatever), that tag is automatically filled in when they wish to make a new post to that group.

    There are a few huge problems with this idea. First someone would actually need to write the code and submit it. I am not a programmer and I subsequently have no idea the effort needed to implement this idea, but I imagine it is not a trivial thing especially considering this may only be a temporary or stop-gap measure to avoid having excess official groups. Another major problem is if everyone creates their own custom "groups" with bunches of various tags and posts then we will likely find ourselves in situation where not only would we have ~science and ~science.social tagged in posts but also posts with unrelated or unnecessary variations (e.g. ~science.socialsciences and misspellings/typos) . This might not be an issue if users agreed to the same conventions but that might be difficult to enforce. I think there might also need to be more tag clean-up being done. There are a few solutions to this particular issue that I have the start of some ideas for but nothing fully fleshed out.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Hosting company OVH had a fire at their Strasbourg, France data center last night, completely destroying the "SBG2" location and damaging others in ~tech

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    https://twitter.com/playrust/status/1369611688539009025 I don't play Rust, but I saw this earlier this morning.

    https://twitter.com/playrust/status/1369611688539009025

    Update:
    We've confirmed a total loss of the affected EU servers during the OVH data centre fire. We're now exploring replacing the affected servers.
    Data will be unable to be restored.

    I don't play Rust, but I saw this earlier this morning.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on Reddit announces online presence indicators in ~tech

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    I've seen the same or similar on the Funcom forums for Conan Exiles, so I don't believe it is entirely unique.

    I've seen the same or similar on the Funcom forums for Conan Exiles, so I don't believe it is entirely unique.

  18. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~food

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    This comedic video from Bitwit reacting to the The Verge video usually follows to help illustrate some of the things people like to pick on about the original video:...

    This comedic video from Bitwit reacting to the The Verge video usually follows to help illustrate some of the things people like to pick on about the original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vmQOO4WLI4

    4 votes
  19. Comment on Anthem development ceases, BioWare to focus on Dragon Age, Mass Effect in ~games