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  1. Comment on Fandom buys TV Guide, Metacritic, GameSpot and other brands for about $50 million in cash in ~games

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    Not just extremely good SEO, but they hold your SEO hostage if you ever try to leave. They'll keep dominating the search results because they keep using all the stuff you put years of hard work...

    Not just extremely good SEO, but they hold your SEO hostage if you ever try to leave. They'll keep dominating the search results because they keep using all the stuff you put years of hard work into building

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  2. Comment on Fandom buys TV Guide, Metacritic, GameSpot and other brands for about $50 million in cash in ~games

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    Oh fuck no. That means Fandom now has Gamefaqs by the balls. Of all the old, infinitely valuable data repositories out there, Gamefaqs is unrivaled in the depth of knowledge on old video games,...

    Oh fuck no. That means Fandom now has Gamefaqs by the balls. Of all the old, infinitely valuable data repositories out there, Gamefaqs is unrivaled in the depth of knowledge on old video games, and has remained relatively unscathed since the early days. With Fandom taking charge... That's... Not good. That's very not good.

    9 votes
  3. Comment on Embracer Group, parent company for a vast and expanding roster of studios and publishers, goes on a spending spree buying up Middle-earth Enterprises and more in ~games

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    I don't trust this to stay sane. While Embracer has, in the grand scheme of things, remained relatively decent compared to other media conglomerates, such impressions are almost always skin deep...

    I don't trust this to stay sane. While Embracer has, in the grand scheme of things, remained relatively decent compared to other media conglomerates, such impressions are almost always skin deep and fall apart rapidly once the seams start to show. With the HUGE number of companies Embracer has consumed in the past 3 or 4 years, this could be wild.

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  4. Comment on Reddit launches NFTs in ~tech

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    There's an ongoing crash and they chose now of all times to release it. Tonedeaf, absurd, very nearly insane. Even aside from the simple fact that the blockchain has zero practical uses that...

    There's an ongoing crash and they chose now of all times to release it. Tonedeaf, absurd, very nearly insane. Even aside from the simple fact that the blockchain has zero practical uses that cannot be better addressed by pre-existing tech that's safer, more easily managed, and vastly easier to set up, this is just the worst possible time to try this nonsense. I'm still using reddit here and there, but every day that passes I feel less and less inclined to return, and their adamant refusal to ever fix things (like the freaking video player, for goodness sake, they can set up a blockchain scam but can't fix a video player?!) while constantly rolling out ideas nobody asked for, nobody wants, and which end up being a net negative for the site's enjoyability, usability, and more... It certainly isn't helping.

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  5. Comment on California imposes sweeping ban on pumping river water in San Joaquin Valley, Bay Area in ~enviro

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    It absolutely is insane, horrifying, ridiculous, wildly destructive, and altogether a very bad thing to pump so much water into the maintenance of golf courses. It is also by no means the biggest...

    It absolutely is insane, horrifying, ridiculous, wildly destructive, and altogether a very bad thing to pump so much water into the maintenance of golf courses.

    It is also by no means the biggest issue, generally speaking. No, that would be agriculture. Of the totality of water used in California, on average, half is for environmental purposes (essentially, it's water they either just let flow freely or redirect to key locations for environmental protection purposes- yes, they count that as 'used'), then 40% is for agriculture, and the remaining 10% is for urban usage.

    From there, you also have to consider that individual water use isn't necessarily the biggest part of the data involved here- I couldn't readily find the breakdown beyond "10% urban". But some types of manufacturing use more water for a single large-scale factory than a city of millions for day-to-day use (particularly semiconductors and such- those require INTENSE amounts of water for cleaning, etc). Once you consider all that, even a luxurious golf course is relatively insignificant... Though it's still an incredibly wasteful and environmentally destructive abomination.

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  6. Comment on Twitter accepts buyout, giving Elon Musk total control of the company in ~tech

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    That's because they ARE trying to provide cover for bigotry. Freedom of expression (what we in the US usually refer to as "free speech") doesn't include bigotry. Or hate. Or death threats. Or...

    That's because they ARE trying to provide cover for bigotry. Freedom of expression (what we in the US usually refer to as "free speech") doesn't include bigotry. Or hate. Or death threats. Or misinformation.

    It is the free exchange of ideas. But there are no ideas in hate- only hate. There are no ideas in death threats- only death threats. There are no ideas in misinformation- only lies. Misgendering someone, or calling them the n-word, or the r-word, or the t-slur, or any of a hundred other things doesn't contribute to anything. It's not an idea- it's bigotry. None of it has any inherent value. In fact, it has negative value, as bigotry, death threats, misinformation, and so on damage the existing conversation and drive valuable ideas away. By allowing those negatives to thrive... Well, yeah, you always get 8chan. Or Parler. Or the far right subreddits. Those zones never actually have a conversation going on unless they get tricked into it. It's always the most echo chamber of echo chambers with nothing but vitriol and violence as their core tenets.

    In some cases, those who speak out for "free speech" are just unaware and uninformed. But I don't have the slightest hope of that for Musk because he paints himself as a "free speech absolutist"... While union busting, as well as severely limiting workers' speech, customers' speech, trying to shut down the free press, directing his fans to edit wikis, cutting contact with companies in retaliation for their speech, hiding business details, and more. He, as well as Tesla, has been taken to court over a huge variety of different issues directly related to free speech, and the only times when he's been in support of speech is when he gets to call an innocent man a pedophile.

    7 votes
  7. Comment on I need help with gender options in my game in ~lgbt

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    Genderfluid person here. First thing: While some people may be a little disappointed if you don't go beyond he/she/they, there's not many who will be genuinely angry about it or anything. If you...

    Genderfluid person here.

    First thing: While some people may be a little disappointed if you don't go beyond he/she/they, there's not many who will be genuinely angry about it or anything. If you can just text input for the he/him/his/himself equivalents, that'd be practically ideal, but it's not a major problem if you do otherwise. Unfortunately, there's no perfect option here, and what you can at least try to do is insert a tooltip that can give some kind of reasoning or something if you really want to stick to those three to make... Something work. I don't know what's going on in your head or in your programming and how that might change things. But, assuming you want to keep the options limited and don't want to give the player the option to choose anything within the program... Let's look at some other stuff, starting with the names.

    Second thing: The names. Alice/Alan/Al feels, to me at least, like two masculine and a feminine. Maybe Alay/Alè, if you really want to hold to AL-something? Not really sure on that- there's a lot more possibilities here to look through, and names are ultimately a lot subjective.

    Third thing: Adding a way to change names/pronouns mid-run sounds like a really good idea to me. Sometimes people realize they're trans later in life and may be uncomfortable coming back to a save file that misgenders them when they had the option otherwise, and sometimes, for the rare handful like me, it just changes because it's an annoying little social construct that won't sit still. Being able to change it on the fly shouldn't be overly taxing on you (I hope), but will be very meaningful to the few who use it.

    Fourth thing: You've already hit upon one of the big things I wanted to call out, but I'll restate it. If someone wants to use "Alan" and "She", that's her choice. Sometimes gender is a complete mess, and there's no need to restrict that. Thanks for being supportive of that.

    Fifth thing: Is gender actually important to this in any significant way? I get the feeling this isn't going to be heavy on character creation, and this isn't necessarily 'me' that's in the game, so there's a few options there that I think you could think over for it. Some might take more careful scripting, but are still functional. The option of just... Removing the concept of the player's gender from the game. Give them a set of names to work with, and connect no gendered concept to any of them- no one ever refers to you by he, she, or even they- it's always "you", "Alan", "my rival", "Captain", and so on. This could take a LOT of work, and may come off a little stilted if you don't do it just right. But there's also just the choice of... Making a definitive character. Not every story needs to be a self-insert. Then it becomes the question: What do YOU want from YOUR story?

    Sixth thing: In line with the tooltip idea explaining your reasoning above, could you do as FluffyKittens said in this very thread and leave the pronouns/names/etc., as a plaintext config and have the tooltip explain how to edit that file should the player desire to use neopronouns, or use a mix of pronouns, or whatever?

    Thanks for thinking of us in the first place, by the way. Even just being willing to ask is a really, really good start.

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  8. Comment on Nuclear waste is safer than you think in ~science

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    And that's stuff from '78. It would take multiple consecutive acts of god to breach a cask.

    And that's stuff from '78. It would take multiple consecutive acts of god to breach a cask.

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

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    That's certainly fair, though I should point out that anyone making a reasonable, honest debate on the question (Rather than the all too common angry tribalism) would have to acknowledge the...

    That's certainly fair, though I should point out that anyone making a reasonable, honest debate on the question (Rather than the all too common angry tribalism) would have to acknowledge the gimmick of characters like Saitama. That is, the stronger their opponent, the more certain that opponent will lose. The more bravado, the more confidence, the more world-shattering consequences, the easier they'll be taken out. It takes a completely inconsequential threat- such as, say, a single annoying mosquito- to defeat a joke character like Saitama.

    Which tends to be why characters like Saitama are dismissed in these conversations, because they don't really count, because you have to be too weak to win.

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

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    Yeah, this is a good, short summary. I went into the idea a bit more in a reply of my own, but the basics of it is just as you said: It's lazy writers, or writers who just want their personal...

    Yeah, this is a good, short summary. I went into the idea a bit more in a reply of my own, but the basics of it is just as you said: It's lazy writers, or writers who just want their personal favorite to be the superultrabest, etc. Dozens and dozens of writers over what's rapidly approaching a century of Superman have made him equal to the Japanese "joke characters" the likes of Saitama and Arale, who are literally unbeatable because it's funnier that way, but without the point being the humor- instead, the point is... Being the best.

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

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    Honestly? The Japanese equivalents do exist. It's just always the wrong ones being chosen. You wanna give Superman a fair fight? Or, hell, have Superman get his ass beat almost instantly? Pick...

    Honestly? The Japanese equivalents do exist. It's just always the wrong ones being chosen. You wanna give Superman a fair fight? Or, hell, have Superman get his ass beat almost instantly? Pick someone who doesn't have limits. Go for Saitama from One Punch Man. Go for Arale, from Dr. Slump/Dragon Ball. Go for the characters for whom physics is a joke they laugh at.

    But even then, it doesn't necessarily work the same way for a few key reasons: Goku is the same Goku as Goku was in 1984, give or take a few details. Superman has been replaced, rewritten, reworked, remade, reshaped, and reimagined so many times that there's literally dozens of him. Modern Goku would barely need to raise a finger to beat the Superman seen in the first ever comic. But that was 1938. And if you compare 1938 Superman to 1984 Goku, Superman wins without even trying.

    Superman started stronger, started more than four decades earlier (and thus has had four decades longer for power creep to make him grow in power beyond the gods), has passed through dozens more hands (Toriyama has basically always been on the edge of things, if not directly involved, and everything has always been intended to be at least somewhat similar to what Toriyama would have done, whereas Superman's creators were disconnected from him so early it's hardly worth mentioning that they created him), and more.

    Western media just functions differently, too. That passing through dozens of hands thing is a lot more common in Western media than in Japanese, and often leads to the most overpowered characters as each new hand in the mix becomes all the more devoted to their favorite hero being the strongest instead of their favorite hero being what they were originally intended to be. So Batman becomes the superultramegaextramastermind of geniusness who can totally out-plan a literal god who could obliterate him in an instant because he's just that smart, we swear. Superman becomes... The literal god who could obliterate anyone in an instant because he's just that strong, we swear. The Flash becomes so fast that time itself has no meaning, reality is fiction, and he can totally beat Superman because he's just that fast, we swear. And so on and so forth, forever and ever, everyone beating everyone else because they all want their favorite character to be the superultrabest, and then any outside media that doesn't represent a joke character whose baseline starting strength is "literally unbeatable" (Arale, Saitama, etc.) physically cannot compare, because they have a cohesive identity.

    And that's why Superman beats Goku. Because Goku is a better, more sensible, more soundly made character, with a set list of abilities and a power level that makes sense in-universe... And Superman is "the best, dude, trust me".

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  12. Comment on Humble Stand With Ukraine Bundle in ~games

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    And now it's done. "This bundle was live from Mar 18, 2022 to Mar 25, 2022 with 473,614 bundles sold, leading to $20,720,580 raised for charity." Twenty million dollars!

    And now it's done.

    "This bundle was live from Mar 18, 2022 to Mar 25, 2022 with 473,614 bundles sold, leading to $20,720,580 raised for charity."

    Twenty million dollars!

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

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    I've always found the Goku v Superman idea truly absurd. It's not a fight. It's never been a fight. In order to be fair, you have to play by death battle rules- the strongest official version of...

    I've always found the Goku v Superman idea truly absurd. It's not a fight. It's never been a fight. In order to be fair, you have to play by death battle rules- the strongest official version of each character competing.

    And there's no possible way for Superman to lose that, because Superman has been so comically, absurdly, impossibly, over-the-top powerful that the best Goku could ever do is a stalemate, and even for that you'd need a Goku that's so far beyond the strongest Goku we've ever seen it's absurd. Without the use of Kryptonite- a weakness Goku not only doesn't know about, but, as per his character, would never utilize even if he did know about it, Superman is stronger. It's what they said in that Death Battle: Goku can surpass any limit. But that's the problem: Superman isn't a limit to be surpassed. Superman, at his peak, has no limits. He's so fast he can time travel at will. He's so strong, he can knock out godly and invulnerable beings while mostly dead, never mind while at full strength. He can control his heat vision with such precision he can deactivate psychic abilities by manipulating your brain- and do it so carefully that you'll fully recover in a day or two. He can create a hurricane by breathing out. His brain functions on such a ridiculously fast level that he can read and, with his heat vision, rewrite computer programs as they function. That's not a level of ability you can compete with. It's a fucking joke. Goku still, however tenuously, toys with the theoretical limits of reality- Superman hasn't cared about reality for decades.

    The only way Goku can win is to do things his character would never, ever do. When the lives of literally everyone he ever knew, and the very existence of his own planet, were on the line, he still fucked around and waited to make sure his opponent was at full power so he could fight them at their best. More than once. The use of kryptonite, or destruction of the sun, or any other action of the likes of that are things he would never do because then he'd be fighting a weaker opponent instead of the full-strength logical impossibility that is Superman.

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  14. Comment on The big semiconductor water problem in ~enviro

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    While I'm enjoying the read, I would like to highlight exactly one tiny segment of a sentence here because I enjoyed it so much:

    While I'm enjoying the read, I would like to highlight exactly one tiny segment of a sentence here because I enjoyed it so much:

    reverse electrodialysis, where salt ions are transported through a membrane using the power of friendship,

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  15. Comment on ‘What is a yute?’: An oral history of ‘My Cousin Vinny’ in ~movies

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    Ah, one of my own favorite movies, and a very interesting read indeed. I honestly do feel sorry for Pendelton, and I completely understand the frustration with... Well, the entire business. I...

    Ah, one of my own favorite movies, and a very interesting read indeed. I honestly do feel sorry for Pendelton, and I completely understand the frustration with... Well, the entire business. I completely get that. And honestly, if I had to pick a weak scene in the movie, it's probably that one, but that's coming from me... And I was born with a stutter (not that most would notice it these days- I've gotten exceptionally good at avoiding it... Y'know, right up until I don't). So I've always felt... Awkward watching that scene. At the very least, it doesn't drag down the rest of the movie much. Basically every other scene is absolute gold from start to finish.

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  16. Comment on The twitches that spread on social media in ~science

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    I hesitate to say much on this because it's a sensitive subject, but I do think you might be right on the cause here. We live in a stressful, hellish society. We look around us and see wars, hate,...

    I hesitate to say much on this because it's a sensitive subject, but I do think you might be right on the cause here.

    We live in a stressful, hellish society. We look around us and see wars, hate, violence, and so much worse, our most cherished downtime leisure plagued by knowledge that so much of it is enabled by slavery half a world away, and we're expected to still go to work/school/whatever in the morning and act like nothing's wrong. And we work more than basically any group before the last couple centuries- roundabout the industrial revolution, where work hours on average soared- despite supposed advances allowing more productivity.

    We produce an infinity of waste, hate, destruction, and chaos, and that causes an unbelievable amount of strain on our minds. Once we find something our brain... 'likes' as an outlet, we'll latch onto it in desperation. If that means shouting profanity... Well, maybe that's it. And then, as that only causes even more stress from losing status because it is, subconsciously, only a terrible, maladaptive coping mechanism, we latch onto it all the harder- again, not consciously, but as a desperate measure by some deeper part of ourselves.

    We also then latch onto the community that gave our brain that coping mechanism because our modern world reinforces isolation and loneliness. We don't want to lose that cool person we were following- we want to stay in our community, the only community we have... Which is made more and moreso into the only community that accepts us as we shout profanity because of a stress-induced reaction to a world that is too abysmal to handle.

    I don't know if this is how it works- though it is hinted at as a possibility a time or two in the article above- but it'd certainly make sense to me, at least.

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  17. Comment on The failed logistics of Russia's invasion of Ukraine in ~misc

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    This does bring the question of whether or not Russia will be able to recover long-term, or if Ukrainian action on the ground will prevent any long-term solutions Russia attempts. Considering the...

    This does bring the question of whether or not Russia will be able to recover long-term, or if Ukrainian action on the ground will prevent any long-term solutions Russia attempts. Considering the calamity that is the current Russian economy, I'm gonna guess it won't be terribly successful long term regardless.

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  18. Comment on UC Berkeley must withhold thousands of acceptance letters after state Supreme Court ruling in ~news

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    Ah, that last detail is a pretty critical component here- if it's NIMBY BS causing both problems at the same time, then I may have to re-evaluate that. Honestly, NIMBYs suck so much...

    Ah, that last detail is a pretty critical component here- if it's NIMBY BS causing both problems at the same time, then I may have to re-evaluate that. Honestly, NIMBYs suck so much...

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  19. Comment on UC Berkeley must withhold thousands of acceptance letters after state Supreme Court ruling in ~news

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    Yeah, again, not sure on the legal specifics of it, but this just seems to me like Berkeley is trying to maximize profit for minimal effort by not even bothering with the basics and foisting that...

    Yeah, again, not sure on the legal specifics of it, but this just seems to me like Berkeley is trying to maximize profit for minimal effort by not even bothering with the basics and foisting that on somebody else. I mean, if the numbers are matching to the actual lack of housing, that's 2500+ people who would be injected into the community with no plans for housing. That's... A lot. A LOT. 2500 spare people who need a place to stay could have serious impact on the place, and if Berkeley isn't going to take responsibility for the additional stresses on the local housing situation and plan accordingly, maybe it just... Shouldn't. And based on the tone of the article- which, as you said, seems to be on Berkeley's side here somehow- you'd think they'd point out the reasons better if there were any good ones.

    Edit: Another commenter added an extremely relevant detail as I was writing this. According to them, local NIMBY efforts prevented the attempt at creating affordable housing options in the first place, AND are behind this case. At the same time. In which case, Berkeley, while still doing the wrong thing by continuing with efforts to expand the population without getting that construction done in the first place, isn't entirely in the wrong here- it is, as is so often the case, freaking NIMBYs.

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  20. Comment on If you could make one change to improve your favorite sport, what would it be? in ~sports

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    I'm gonna count Battlebots and Combat Robotics overall as sports because if F1 counts so does Battlebots. In short: Remove the limiters. Long version: Battlebots has become an extremely dangerous...

    I'm gonna count Battlebots and Combat Robotics overall as sports because if F1 counts so does Battlebots.

    In short: Remove the limiters.

    Long version: Battlebots has become an extremely dangerous event over the years. Way back when combat robotics was early on, Blendo (Jamie Hyneman's crown jewel) was granted co-winner status on more than one occasion because his design was causing too much damage to... Well, everything. But things have advanced significantly since then. These days, combat robotics takes place in a huge, contained box, made of extremely thick bullet-resistant glass, with AR500 steel plate making the bulk of the box itself. This makes it pretty safe, honestly. Bots explode, chunks get launched at hundreds of miles per hour across the box, shit goes completely haywire, and... Everyone outside is, at worst, scared. Over the last few years, though, they've made some changes which are very noteworthy, and I think are driven by financial concerns. Weapon weight on spinners, for example, has been capped at 80 lbs (the main show is Heavyweight robotics, which uses up to 250 lbs total. Weapons used to exceed 100 lbs). Weapon speed on spinners has been capped at 250 mph (rather legendarily, Tombstone's weaponry used to exceed 400 mph at max spin and had to be seriously nerfed to be allowed to compete after the rule change). There's caps on flamethrower size. There's caps on this and that, there's caps on EVERYTHING. If I had to guess, it's because they don't want to have to spend as much replacing floor tiles, glass panels, etc. and upgrading the box to handle the potential damages.

    I want those caps to piss right off. Screw all that nonsense, if you can spin up a spinner to 500 mph at 120 lbs while still keeping mobile and controllable, you fucking DO IT. If you want flamethrowers that can genuinely put the fear of god in your enemy, GO FOR IT!

    Is this going to turn the meta into literally nothing but the biggest, baddest, most horrifying spinners being on top?

    Actually, no! Turns out that agility and control are a HUGE part of the sport at the top level and have been for ages (In fact, some of the top bots from before the limitations were added were lifters, flippers, and bots with considerably smaller weapons which were used in precise ways rather than blunt force attacks)! One of the biggest vertical spinners currently can barely function in a fight because the gyroscopic forces of their vertical spinner are so massive they can barely move without exploding (Deep Six- back in season 4, it literally killed itself in a test spin-up by trying to move, though recent restrictions have lessened its power... But it still has significant issues moving and struggles against more agile opponents). But if someone manages to wrangle it into function (Lookin' at you, Ray), let 'em have it! Maybe have a rule where you gotta give 'em a season's warning if your new weaponry exceeds the most powerful weapons to enter the box before that point so they can upgrade it appropriately.

    Also the meta is currently "literally just be Bite Force" anyway so it's not like a screwed meta can get that much more screwed.

    There's only three real issues that I see arising from that. One, it's less accessible to newbies, as getting up to par with the higher bar is gonna be more difficult. This isn't really that much of a problem, if I'm being brutally honest. Battlebots isn't exactly for newbies. It's one of the top combat robotics competitions, and maybe newbies should start at lower level competitions and with smaller scale robots if they want to get into the sport. Two, the competitors would likely take considerably more damage in the fights with bigger opponents, so additional time and resources may be needed behind the scenes to support the teams mid-season and prevent early dropouts, as well as additional rewards for participation to encourage joining in. Three, there would be additional expense in upgrading the safety measures, the durability of the battlebox, etc., and in replacement parts, which would likely add up after a while... Though I suspect it could still be profitable regardless.

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