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  1. Comment on What are the most iconic video game sound effects you can think of? in ~games

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    Does anyone not instantly recognize "wakka wakka wakka wakka"?

    Does anyone not instantly recognize "wakka wakka wakka wakka"?

    5 votes
  2. Comment on What are the most iconic video game sound effects you can think of? in ~games

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    For me, it's actually the jump sound effect.

    For me, it's actually the jump sound effect.

    6 votes
  3. Comment on At least two MLB games postponed after Marlins' coronavirus outbreak in ~sports

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    Give it a week, I'm sure we'll be seeing more.

    Give it a week, I'm sure we'll be seeing more.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on For the people who want capitalism to be replaced by some form of socialism, why? in ~talk

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    I don't think Capitalism should be replaced by Socialism, but I do think it should be tempered by it. I believe that any system, any "ism" is bad at the extreme end of it. Freedom of speech is a...

    I don't think Capitalism should be replaced by Socialism, but I do think it should be tempered by it. I believe that any system, any "ism" is bad at the extreme end of it. Freedom of speech is a fantastic example. It's one of the most important freedoms we have, but it has limits (yelling "Fire!" in a crowded theater as the classic example), as well it should. Capitalism is the same way. So is Socialism. A middle ground must be found.

    22 votes
  5. Comment on Twitter says it's looking at subscription options as ad revenue drops sharply in ~tech

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    I actually enjoy using Twitter, but I'm not paying for social media, sorry. (I know there's overhead costs, but the quality of the vast majority of social media services is akin to broadcast TV......

    I actually enjoy using Twitter, but I'm not paying for social media, sorry. (I know there's overhead costs, but the quality of the vast majority of social media services is akin to broadcast TV... great to pass time, but not something I need.)

    4 votes
  6. Comment on D&D and Racism 2: Violence in ~games.tabletop

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    I can't in good faith say it doesn't advocate violence when one of your core classes is literally called "Fighter." Remove violence, and the most basic class loses all reason to exist.

    I can't in good faith say it doesn't advocate violence when one of your core classes is literally called "Fighter." Remove violence, and the most basic class loses all reason to exist.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on D&D and Racism 2: Violence in ~games.tabletop

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    I mistakenly made it a top level comment, when I meant to reply to the excerpt posted previously. That one's on me.

    I mistakenly made it a top level comment, when I meant to reply to the excerpt posted previously. That one's on me.

  8. Comment on Share a true story from your life in five lines or less in ~creative

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    That's the nature of the beast, sadly. The really sad thing is, I looked up the family recently. She outlived both her daughters. With that kind of role model, they never stood a chance.

    That's the nature of the beast, sadly. The really sad thing is, I looked up the family recently. She outlived both her daughters. With that kind of role model, they never stood a chance.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on D&D and Racism 2: Violence in ~games.tabletop

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    At that point, it's not really Dungeons and Dragons. The game is geared toward combat. If you remove violence and looting, there goes martial and rogue classes, for starters. In fact, I would say...

    At that point, it's not really Dungeons and Dragons. The game is geared toward combat. If you remove violence and looting, there goes martial and rogue classes, for starters. In fact, I would say there go classes altogether (without combat, mage and priest classes are left without much to do.) Interactive fiction is great, but it's a part of D&D.

    I love political intrigue as much as the next diehard roleplayer, but it's not what D&D was built on.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Share a true story from your life in five lines or less in ~creative

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    Not even during a party. They came over to visit, Mom wasn't home so it was just me, friend's mom asks to use the bathroom. I was a naive little 15 year old, so I had no idea she was a user.

    Not even during a party. They came over to visit, Mom wasn't home so it was just me, friend's mom asks to use the bathroom. I was a naive little 15 year old, so I had no idea she was a user.

    6 votes
  11. Comment on D&D & Racism I: Fictional Races & Racism in ~games.tabletop

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    That is the direction Wizards is going with their overhaul, however.

    That is the direction Wizards is going with their overhaul, however.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on D&D & Racism I: Fictional Races & Racism in ~games.tabletop

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    I love that D&D is dealing with racism, but I think they're being a tad overzealous. Yes, we should eliminate as many stereotypes (why do all dark elves have to be bad?), but there should be...

    I love that D&D is dealing with racism, but I think they're being a tad overzealous. Yes, we should eliminate as many stereotypes (why do all dark elves have to be bad?), but there should be distinct differences between species (orcs and halflings should have different stats!)

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Share a true story from your life in five lines or less in ~creative

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    A friend's mom once OD'd in our bathroom. I called for an ambulance. They took her to the hospital. Thankfully, she lived. I never saw that friend again.

    A friend's mom once OD'd in our bathroom.
    I called for an ambulance.
    They took her to the hospital.
    Thankfully, she lived.
    I never saw that friend again.

    11 votes
  14. Comment on US President Donald Trump has accused Twitter of "completely stifling free speech" after the social media company flagged some of his tweets with a fact-check warning in ~tech

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    It's worth mentioning that the head of the government is crying "Free Speech!" (i.e., First Amendment) when a private company is doing something that isn't even stifling it. I mean, the average...

    It's worth mentioning that the head of the government is crying "Free Speech!" (i.e., First Amendment) when a private company is doing something that isn't even stifling it. I mean, the average person has a problem understanding that the First Amendment doesn't apply to non-governmental entities, that I get. But I think a basic understanding of high school civics should be a prerequisite to running arguably the most powerful nation on Earth.

    37 votes
  15. Comment on You’re getting used to masks. Will you wear a face shield? in ~health.coronavirus

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    I shop once a week, or if I can stretch it twice every three weeks. But I need to eat.

    I shop once a week, or if I can stretch it twice every three weeks. But I need to eat.

    6 votes
  16. Comment on How lockdown is changing shopping for good in ~tech

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    Exactly. Industries: "Well, we'll make these changes when we have to." 2020: "You have to."

    Exactly.
    Industries: "Well, we'll make these changes when we have to."
    2020: "You have to."

    3 votes
  17. Comment on The end of meat is here in ~food

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    Honestly, this conversation isn't worth it. If I wanted bullying, I'd be having a Reddit conversation right now. Have a wonderful night.

    Honestly, this conversation isn't worth it. If I wanted bullying, I'd be having a Reddit conversation right now.

    Have a wonderful night.

    16 votes
  18. Comment on The end of meat is here in ~food

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    And if it's that taste that you want, then that's great. But frankly, if I'm in the mood for a cheeseburger, I don't want "close to" a cheeseburger. I'd rather have a pizza than an almost-burger....

    And if it's that taste that you want, then that's great. But frankly, if I'm in the mood for a cheeseburger, I don't want "close to" a cheeseburger. I'd rather have a pizza than an almost-burger. Which is why vat-grown (which I am on record as wanting) is so exciting. It's actual meat but with no suffering.

    9 votes
  19. Comment on The end of meat is here in ~food

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    I'm not going to be pleased until we have vat grown possibilities. I've yet to have a vegetable substitute that ranks higher than "tasty, but different." Edit: Because I want meat grown from vats,...

    I'm not going to be pleased until we have vat grown possibilities. I've yet to have a vegetable substitute that ranks higher than "tasty, but different."

    Edit: Because I want meat grown from vats, not bats

    8 votes
  20. Comment on House Democrats outline their next coronavirus relief bill, but GOP says it’s too soon to act in ~finance

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    My stimulus came in yesterday. If it's too soon, then when will be soon enough, when the economy has completely crashed?

    My stimulus came in yesterday. If it's too soon, then when will be soon enough, when the economy has completely crashed?

    5 votes