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  1. Comment on Are there any remakes as good as the original movie? in ~movies

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    I'd say given that no one remembers that The Wizard of Oz was a silent movie in 1925, the 1939 remake was superior.

    I'd say given that no one remembers that The Wizard of Oz was a silent movie in 1925, the 1939 remake was superior.

    11 votes
  2. Comment on What are your unpopular game opinions? in ~games

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    I never even played 3. I played 1, and started into 2 but the gameplay as a whole felt completely uninspired. I will say that I preferred the gameplay in 1 to that of 2.

    I never even played 3. I played 1, and started into 2 but the gameplay as a whole felt completely uninspired. I will say that I preferred the gameplay in 1 to that of 2.

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  3. Comment on What are your unpopular game opinions? in ~games

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    Bethesda being creatively bankrupt is not a new thing. Mass Effect is extremely overrated, as is Borderlands. Rockstar has the least predatory and least Pay2Win microtransaction model in the...
    • Bethesda being creatively bankrupt is not a new thing.
    • Mass Effect is extremely overrated, as is Borderlands.
    • Rockstar has the least predatory and least Pay2Win microtransaction model in the industry.
    • Saints Row 1/2 and Saints Row 3/4 are equally valid, and simply hit different tastes overall. (SR 1/2 is better story, SR 3/4 is better sandbox)
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  4. Comment on What are your unpopular game opinions? in ~games

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    I'll add on to this: Sandbox games are more "game" than story-based games. Note: I am not saying that story games are bad (for me, they are), but the games I keep going back to are ridiculously...

    I'll add on to this: Sandbox games are more "game" than story-based games. Note: I am not saying that story games are bad (for me, they are), but the games I keep going back to are ridiculously open-ended. I still play Master of Orion II on occasion.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    I think the change to WWI was to avoid comparisons to Captain America: The First Avenger. Also, honestly, there are plenty of WWII movies.

    I think the change to WWI was to avoid comparisons to Captain America: The First Avenger. Also, honestly, there are plenty of WWII movies.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    I personally loved Wonder Woman (obviously), mostly because WB showed they can finally make a superhero movie with some lighthearted moments.

    I personally loved Wonder Woman (obviously), mostly because WB showed they can finally make a superhero movie with some lighthearted moments.

  7. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    To date, there's never been a decent Batman live action film. Chris Reeves' Superman was the only decent mainstream DC film until Wonder Woman.

    To date, there's never been a decent Batman live action film. Chris Reeves' Superman was the only decent mainstream DC film until Wonder Woman.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on Lab-grown food will soon destroy farming – and save the planet in ~enviro

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    What we need to do is focus on an exit strategy now, something akin to an anti-homesteader's act. Not force them to move, but some free training in jobs that don't require being in an urban...

    What we need to do is focus on an exit strategy now, something akin to an anti-homesteader's act. Not force them to move, but some free training in jobs that don't require being in an urban environment. Or help moving if that's what they want. But modern farming is not sustainable.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Lab-grown food will soon destroy farming – and save the planet in ~enviro

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    It's tough love, but necessary though. Our current agricultural model is doing harm to the ecosystem (not just animals, either... the land we use to grow crops destroys the surrounding habitats.)

    It's tough love, but necessary though. Our current agricultural model is doing harm to the ecosystem (not just animals, either... the land we use to grow crops destroys the surrounding habitats.)

    3 votes
  10. Comment on You get to reboot any TV show, and give it a twist. What gets made? in ~tv

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    Daria. The show's name: "The Morgandorfers" Daria is now an adult, and a mother. (She has an ex that she still gets along with, but he's not central to the show.) She's a successful adult in a...

    Daria. The show's name: "The Morgandorfers"

    Daria is now an adult, and a mother. (She has an ex that she still gets along with, but he's not central to the show.) She's a successful adult in a media field (managing editor for something progressive.) Her main source of stress comes from her interaction with her teenage daughter. Her bright, chirpy, popular daughter.

    Quinn, too, is a divorced mother (her ex's name begins with J is all we ever find out) to a pair of twin boys. Quinn has matured, abhors who she used to be, but is very good friends with Stacy, since she gained more confidence once she left the Fashion Club. She and Daria are much closer than they were in their teen years.

    Helen is a widow. Jake had a heart attack from the immense stress he placed himself under. Helen is a grandmother and a partner at her law firm. She does her best to help her family, but still has her habits (she dotes on Daria's daughter and supports her popular girl ways, which annoys both Quinn and Daria.)

    The show is about three generations of a family with very strong women, and the different ways in which they view the world. (And, of course, Daria's biting cynicism and her trying to deal with a daughter that's essentially teenage Quinn.)

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  11. Comment on Lab-grown food will soon destroy farming – and save the planet in ~enviro

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    Lab grown meat is something I have been following avidly, but this goes so far beyond what I've heard about. I am very excited, and the time frame (<2 years!) is highly encouraging. This fills so...

    Lab grown meat is something I have been following avidly, but this goes so far beyond what I've heard about. I am very excited, and the time frame (<2 years!) is highly encouraging. This fills so many basic needs, from growing food in places without arable land, to eliminating methane produced by cattle, to growing food in environments beyond our planet (such as Mars.)

    7 votes
  12. Comment on That Time the Mediterranean Sea Disappeared in ~science

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    It's long but it's so worth it.

    It's long but it's so worth it.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on What are your hobbies? in ~hobbies

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    Reading books is absolutely a hobby. No question about that. If just collecting things (arguably one of the most entry level hobbies there is: "I have a new thing now") can be considered a hobby,...

    Reading books is absolutely a hobby. No question about that. If just collecting things (arguably one of the most entry level hobbies there is: "I have a new thing now") can be considered a hobby, then the bar is already fairly low. A hobby is simply an activity you do for fun and relaxation, and perusing sites like this most definitely fits.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on What are your hobbies? in ~hobbies

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    If a hobby is something you do, as per the topic, "for fun and entertainment", watching videos or browsing a site like Tildes, Reddit, or Fark are absolutely viable hobbies. I'd say Tildes (for...

    If a hobby is something you do, as per the topic, "for fun and entertainment", watching videos or browsing a site like Tildes, Reddit, or Fark are absolutely viable hobbies.

    I'd say Tildes (for depth) and Reddit (for breadth) are hobbies of mine, but my primary hobby is definitely gaming.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on Why It's Already 2020 - Tom Scott in ~misc

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    YouTubers who rely on actual ad monetization are like Motown singers relying on their contracts to be fair. Videos are so often demonetized that more often than not the money goes straight to...

    YouTubers who rely on actual ad monetization are like Motown singers relying on their contracts to be fair. Videos are so often demonetized that more often than not the money goes straight to corporates. Which is why most YouTubers rely on things like Patreon.

    In the case of actual sponsorship, most of the time a video is fairly clear about who sponsors them before the actual ad comes up.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I've been pretty heavily invested in Interstellar Space Genesis as of late, and it has not disappointed. It's the best 4X game I've played in a good while, and a total love letter to the Master of...

    I've been pretty heavily invested in Interstellar Space Genesis as of late, and it has not disappointed. It's the best 4X game I've played in a good while, and a total love letter to the Master of Orion series. It even managed to make sense of MOO3's planetary management system, a Herculean and Sisyphean task for any game.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on 8tracks, a site for sharing music playlists, is shutting down on Dec. 31 - The story of their 11-year journey from launch to shutdown in ~tech

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    I used to use Pandora when I wanted to discover a new comedian... their stand-up randomness was nice. Stopped listening, came back after two years and recognized every track.

    I used to use Pandora when I wanted to discover a new comedian... their stand-up randomness was nice. Stopped listening, came back after two years and recognized every track.

    6 votes
  18. Comment on What skill were you once good at that is now completely irrelevant? in ~life

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    Making autoexec.bat files to be able to manage loading games easier in Windows.

    Making autoexec.bat files to be able to manage loading games easier in Windows.

    9 votes
  19. Comment on I think I'm done with Amazon. Recommend me some alternative storefronts in ~misc

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    Their substitutions are almost always in your favor. I recently placed an order that included sugar free cool whip. They sent me reduced fat cool whip. Brilliant... except, it still had sugar.

    Their substitutions are almost always in your favor. I recently placed an order that included sugar free cool whip. They sent me reduced fat cool whip. Brilliant... except, it still had sugar.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on The Measurements to Convert Common Whole Spices into Ground in ~food

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    This is going to prove quite useful. Bookmarked!

    This is going to prove quite useful. Bookmarked!

    2 votes