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  1. Comment on Are any other Tilders Red Dead Redemption 2 Junkies like I am? in ~games

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    I can't for the life of me find all but one of the bone locations myself, haha. My first save file I sold all the cards, but I'm hoarding them this time. They are a real bitch to find too, but at...

    I can't for the life of me find all but one of the bone locations myself, haha. My first save file I sold all the cards, but I'm hoarding them this time.

    They are a real bitch to find too, but at least you can always get a random one by picking up or buying premium cigarette packs.

  2. Comment on Are any other Tilders Red Dead Redemption 2 Junkies like I am? in ~games

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    The amount of things to do and collect is... a bit ridiculous. I'm loving it, but it's WAY too much for most gamers to even want to touch. I've heard the idea tossed around that the sheer amount...

    The amount of things to do and collect is... a bit ridiculous. I'm loving it, but it's WAY too much for most gamers to even want to touch.

    I've heard the idea tossed around that the sheer amount of stuff to check of collection lists was, in large part, more to impress investors as to how much time players could spend in Rockstar's big new game. Of course, very few, insane people (like myself) would realistically be willing to put that much time into completing one game with the constant slew of titles always on the horizon.

  3. Comment on Are any other Tilders Red Dead Redemption 2 Junkies like I am? in ~games

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    Exactly! GTA IV really broke new ground in my eyes as to what animations could look in a video game. EVEN though mechanically speaking, it leads to more sluggish movement that not everyone is a...

    Exactly! GTA IV really broke new ground in my eyes as to what animations could look in a video game. EVEN though mechanically speaking, it leads to more sluggish movement that not everyone is a family, I've been a fan of it since GTA IV, and I still am.

    But that's just me, and I understand why not everyone agrees with me on this.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Razer closes its game store after 10 months in ~games

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    Well, my apologies if you genuinely found how I wrote it confusing. I am a person of conviction, for one, but more than anything, I occasionally capitalize words as part of my inner voice. But...

    Well, my apologies if you genuinely found how I wrote it confusing. I am a person of conviction, for one, but more than anything, I occasionally capitalize words as part of my inner voice.

    But that's aside from the point, and I'd like to move on from it. I've already clarified my stance as to whether I could be convinced, in theory, to willingly adopt other digital distribution platforms.

    And if having to deal with a multitude of different launchers isn't a problem for you, great! I'd rather not be annoyed by any of this business either, but that is not the case, and I am far from the sole person voicing this opinion.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Razer closes its game store after 10 months in ~games

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    You're assuming a lot. My quote that you seem to love so much is a reflection of how I feel currently, not forever and ever. The fact of the matter is, Steam works well, most of my PC library is...

    You're assuming a lot. My quote that you seem to love so much is a reflection of how I feel currently, not forever and ever. The fact of the matter is, Steam works well, most of my PC library is on it, and for the most part, cannot be accessed by all of these other launchers that I would be forced to bloat my hard drive with if I truly cared about getting all of the new releases.

    Thankfully, most of the publishers opening these stores are ones that I no longer support, generally speaking, with their track record as companies as a whole. So sure, I could be convinced to use other launchers, but it's not likely unless these companies make fundamental changes to their business practices.

    Now let me as you a question. Do you like having all of these different game launchers divided by publisher on your PC?

  6. Comment on Razer closes its game store after 10 months in ~games

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    I'm not arguing that Steam should completely own the market. Ultimately, as things currently stand, the competition simply can't compete because they are unwilling to accept some of the practices...

    I'm not arguing that Steam should completely own the market.

    Ultimately, as things currently stand, the competition simply can't compete because they are unwilling to accept some of the practices that Steam has given us, namely, user reviews and a decent refund policy.

    Steam is far from perfect, but until the competition starts developing platforms that actually offer something beneficial to the users, rather than just hoarding their IPs on them to maximize the amount of money they can get out of us, most of these other storefronts are just making life harder for the majority of PC gamers.

    GOG is really the one notable exception, but even they lack a lot of Steams nicer features, and their catalogue of old games, while valuable, can't compete with services that get most if not all of the new releases available on them.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Are any other Tilders Red Dead Redemption 2 Junkies like I am? in ~games

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    I have yet to get to epilogue. I've had it spoiled for me, but it's all good. Wasn't spoiled until the bomb was dropped in chapter 4, if you know what I mean. At that point I spoiled the rest...

    I have yet to get to epilogue. I've had it spoiled for me, but it's all good. Wasn't spoiled until the bomb was dropped in chapter 4, if you know what I mean. At that point I spoiled the rest myself.

    I'll get to the ending... when I'm ready. Until then, I'm playing this game like a completionist. Either until I get sick of that, or I actually do it, haha.

  8. Comment on Are any other Tilders Red Dead Redemption 2 Junkies like I am? in ~games

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    I'm 100% sure that some primal part of my sub-conscious is really enjoying and receptive the way Rockstar designed the whole wildlife and hunting system. Between the amazing animal AI, beautiful...

    I'm 100% sure that some primal part of my sub-conscious is really enjoying and receptive the way Rockstar designed the whole wildlife and hunting system.

    Between the amazing animal AI, beautiful visuals, and complex, challenging, and rewarding hunting system they've made, it makes sense to me why I enjoy this, vs. any of the other hunting video game options I've seen on the market over the years.

    And yes, the vegetarian part is the ultimate hilarious irony, haha. The humor isn't lost on me. It may sound weird, but as gruesomely violent as the hunting is in the game, it somehow makes me respect it more. You are penalized for being a bad hunter. If you fuck up your shot, use the wrong weapon for your target, etc, not only is the skin quality ruined and meat yield is lowered, but you are forced to face what you did as the animals cry out and suffer, until you end it.

    It makes me feel a lot of things, and that's something I really respect Rockstar for being able to do.

  9. Comment on Are any other Tilders Red Dead Redemption 2 Junkies like I am? in ~games

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    Honestly, the control delay seems to be the most divisive part about the game, haha. And I get it, really. Games generally do feel better if your character goes in the direction you input, when...

    Honestly, the control delay seems to be the most divisive part about the game, haha. And I get it, really. Games generally do feel better if your character goes in the direction you input, when you make the input. I could never imagine playing something like, say, 2016 DOOM with delay. It would be a nightmare.

    I actually like the feel of Red Dead, but I also like the feel of Rockstar's open world games in general. Since GTA IV, most of their games have felt similarly sluggish, slow, and deliberate in their animations. I'm pretty sure this is because of the physics engine they developed for GTA IV and continued to use and upgrade.

    It's really hard to explain why I like this type of movement, but I suppose it's just a combination of being very familiar with it, as well as the fact that I personally feel more immersed while playing because of it. It feels more "realistic" to me.

    I don't know if this has anything to do with it, but I've had a fair amount of experience in trades as a career, and it kind of reminds me of operating machinery, hahaha. But I'm weird.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Are any other Tilders Red Dead Redemption 2 Junkies like I am? in ~games

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    Soooo funny thing about me, I haven't beaten the story. I got to Chapter 4 on my first play-through, then something... dramatic happened, and I realized I had rushed the game much faster than I...

    Soooo funny thing about me, I haven't beaten the story. I got to Chapter 4 on my first play-through, then something... dramatic happened, and I realized I had rushed the game much faster than I wanted. I've never had a game emotionally effect me so much like that.

    I went back and started a new file. I'm still on Chapter 3 doing as much side content, challenges, trapper clothing collecting, as possible. This truly is a game to be enjoyed slowly, and I feel patience is one of the overarching themes of the whole story.

    All I can say is keep enjoying the side stuff, and don't do anything for Dutch in chapter 3 involving a trolley station unless you're ready for things to be... different. That's all I'm gonna say. The ending is somewhat spoiled for me, sadly, but it's stuff that I'm personally glad to know before-hand.

    I also recommend making hard saves for each chapter in case there is something you would like to revisit later.

  11. Comment on Razer closes its game store after 10 months in ~games

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    There was a much better comparison graph than the one I have, but this compares the services Steam has vs. the recently quite controversial Epic Game's store. Courtesy of Reddit. And truth be...

    There was a much better comparison graph than the one I have, but this compares the services Steam has vs. the recently quite controversial Epic Game's store.

    Courtesy of Reddit.

    And truth be told, most of the other distribution services lack most of the features listed here as well. So yes, Steam is still the gold standard.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Razer closes its game store after 10 months in ~games

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    I really hope so. All of these different storefronts with their own logins, refund policies, technical problems, etc. are just bad for the consumer, and I'm sick of it. -If ever given the option,...

    I really hope so. All of these different storefronts with their own logins, refund policies, technical problems, etc. are just bad for the consumer, and I'm sick of it.

    -If ever given the option, I WILL use Steam. Period.

    -GOG is great for older titles, and it's really nice to be able to have DRM copies of your games.

    -I have Origin as well... I fucking hate it. Even though they say they have an offline mode, I've never been able to get it to work. I only use it for the Mass Effect Trilogy on PC and The Sims 4.

    Thankfully, EA as a company has been churning out nothing but garbage I'm not interested in for the most part for a while now, so I barely have to touch Origin...

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Anyone here into homebrewing? in ~hobbies

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    But home distillation would be illegal! ;) Hahaha.

    But home distillation would be illegal! ;)

    Hahaha.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Anyone here into homebrewing? in ~hobbies

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    It's been SO LONG, but I still have my 5 gallon extract brew gear, and a kit laying around somewhere. Belgian ales were my main interest. I live in a small apartment with pretty low income at the...

    It's been SO LONG, but I still have my 5 gallon extract brew gear, and a kit laying around somewhere. Belgian ales were my main interest.

    I live in a small apartment with pretty low income at the moment though, so temperature control and putting money and time into brewing hasn't been much of a priority. Plus my last batch was my first attempt at a custom-ish recipe, a peanut butter stout, and it did not turn out well... only got 2% abv out of it and it tasted like soysauce ass.

    9 votes
  15. Comment on What’s something that you wish more people would inform themselves about? in ~talk

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    Sometimes I feel like I was one of the only ones ever listening in high school science classes... Seriously, I'm generally not a fan of our education system, but I still feel I got enough out of...

    Sometimes I feel like I was one of the only ones ever listening in high school science classes...

    Seriously, I'm generally not a fan of our education system, but I still feel I got enough out of it to understand the basics of the scientific method at least. Then again, I'm sadly sure a large portion of the population stopped really learning after they got out of school... if they ever really began learning while they were in it.

    9 votes
  16. (Still don't know if Tilders is a thing, but I'm rolling with it.) Red Dead Redemption 2 has hooked me like no other game has in years, and that's saying something. My collection is massive...

    (Still don't know if Tilders is a thing, but I'm rolling with it.)

    Red Dead Redemption 2 has hooked me like no other game has in years, and that's saying something. My collection is massive between my Steam library, PS4 library, and all the older titles I hoard. But ever since RDR2 came out a few months ago, it's almost all I have played on a daily basis.

    Aside from the fact that the graphics and animations are objectively jaw-drop gorgeous, there is something about this game's pacing, writing, thematic story telling, game-play, and characters that has absolutely captured my imagination, and has become my go-to way to unwind after a long day. Most of this applies to the story mode.

    But I also dove completely head first in the Online Beta for a few months straight. I'm now rank 101, have all I want really for online as it stands, and I loved every minute of my crazy solo-hunting/fishing/griefer oblitherating grind. Taking a break for new content coming on the 26th of this month, and also really need to get some friends to play with... (I have a perma-posse on PS4 named "The Pariah" as well if anyone decides they may be interested)

    I'm a lifelong vegetarian, and somehow, RD2 MADE ME FALL IN LOVE WITH HUNTING IN IT. I could go on, but I'm hoping to get some discussion out of this and not just blabber on and on like I do in real life about it.

    So... please tell me I'm not the only freak on here that loves this game. The Reddit communities for this game are a toxic dumpster fire, and I really want to discuss it with some people who actually like to... discuss.

    11 votes
  17. Comment on When the Cure Is Worse Than the Disease in ~health

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    For what it's worth, your caution is probably why you've been able to effectively use them without too much in the way of negative side effects or addiction. Which is great! You are using them as...

    For what it's worth, your caution is probably why you've been able to effectively use them without too much in the way of negative side effects or addiction. Which is great! You are using them as they are meant to be, and that is something to be proud of.

    Psychoactive substances, whether its an opiate, cannabis, or hell, even alcohol, should always be approached with knowledge, respect, and healthy appreciation of how they could ruin your day (or life). I'm sorry that fear extends so far that you aren't always able to get relief when you need it. Have you tried other practical methods to deal with pain prior to deciding you need to use an opiate?

    I'm hesitant to ever recommend substances to anyone, legal or otherwise, as I am no doctor. (Just a guy in his mid-twenties absolutely fascinated with anything and everything psychopharmacology related.) Cannabis could really be a boon for you during those times that you're in pain, but afraid to take an opiate. I'd say at least try CBD, as CBD alone is completely non-psychoactive, and it seems to help a lot of people. Technically it is federally illegal still, but we all know the feds aren't going after CBD. Hell, they barely fight cannabis anymore, but CBD can actually be bought online just about anywhere completely safely without touching the black/grey market.

    I'd talk more on Kratom too, but I really don't want to give anyone ideas to try it because it sounds like something safe to experiment with. Take it from me, it's not going to ruin your life, but it's best to stay away unless you really need it. All I can say on that is to do your own research.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on When the Cure Is Worse Than the Disease in ~health

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    The common consensus among the public these days (and politicians especially) is that opiates are evil and should never have been invented. This is false. I'm really of the belief there is no drug...

    The common consensus among the public these days (and politicians especially) is that opiates are evil and should never have been invented. This is false. I'm really of the belief there is no drug out there that is inherently evil. They are simply tools, and like all tools, some have incredibly dangerous potential, but we use them anyway because we need them.

    Sadly, the fact of the matter is is that we need opiates if we want people in pain to live quality lives. Making it harder to be prescribed opiates legally for people who legitimately need them to function is only driving people to the black market to get their opiates. Ya know, the thing we don't want?

    At least cannabis is finally getting closer to being publicly accepted, but it can only help so much with pain. We need both. Perhaps in the future, cannabis could be one of the first steps to chronic pain relief, and opiates would be reserved for serious cases not receptive to cannabis.

    Also, Kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa) needs to stop being demonized as "legal heroin" and properly studied. It is an opiate, but a very atypical one that is much gentler than traditional opiates, and doesn't have the same risk of respiratory suppression that is what kills people during ODs. It could be another incredibly useful tool, but the FDA is dead-set against it, and is actively trying to make it illegal in the US.

    Make no mistake, Kratom has addiction potential despite what some may try to tell you, but addiction potential has never been a good reason to not use a medication when truly needed. Currently, Kratom is just about the only thing, including cannabis, that is able to let my fiance live a somewhat normal life with her chronic pain.

    8 votes
  19. Comment on Trump Declares National Emergency To Help Fund Southern Border Wall in ~news

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    Fight ignorance with ignorance. I love it.

    Fight ignorance with ignorance. I love it.

  20. Comment on Trump Declares National Emergency To Help Fund Southern Border Wall in ~news

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    I'm sorry to say, Greg, that you're right. And I don't have the faintest idea what to do about it either. I don't think anyone does. And that's what terrifies me.

    I'm sorry to say, Greg, that you're right. And I don't have the faintest idea what to do about it either. I don't think anyone does.

    And that's what terrifies me.

    1 vote