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  1. Comment on Donation goal met! in ~tildes

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    Props to @umbrae for boosting! Also incredible bitcoin donation, with two and a half grand, holy moly! @Deimos I have a question regarding donation policy: if the goal is met, is the surplus going...

    Props to @umbrae for boosting! Also incredible bitcoin donation, with two and a half grand, holy moly!

    @Deimos I have a question regarding donation policy: if the goal is met, is the surplus going to the next month or will it only count towards this month?

    18 votes
  2. Comment on What is your dream game? in ~games

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    I've thought about the next step for city builders for some time. It seems to me that we've pretty much done it all in terms of actual city layout, construction* and traffic management. What is...

    I've thought about the next step for city builders for some time. It seems to me that we've pretty much done it all in terms of actual city layout, construction* and traffic management. What is sorely lacking is policy, the impact of the city on citizens and the feedback loops that can exist.

    When I look at a classic city builder, all I can really set are tax levels for 3 income brackets. Plus maybe some bonus program to lighten the load on services, such as mandatory fire alarms.

    What I really want to see is having the option to implement social welfare programs, to have different services either handled directly by the city, or by competing companies or both. I want to see actual problems in my city due to my government, maybe even riots. I want to not only build and manage, but also to govern.

    I think a city-state setting would be perfectly suited for this type of game.

    (*) Well there is maybe one thing on my construction wishlist. A blueprint, so that I can simulate what exactly I need to destroy, to build, and fine tune every detail before anything is done.

    5 votes
  3. Comment on New YouTube terms will allow Google to terminate accounts that it determines are not "commercially viable" in ~tech

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    ...are you saying that sarcastically? They made Firefox a second class citizen for a lot of products: Youtube was slowed down, Google Earth could not be accessed (still can't access it from my...

    ...are you saying that sarcastically? They made Firefox a second class citizen for a lot of products: Youtube was slowed down, Google Earth could not be accessed (still can't access it from my Firefox install), etc. Sure, they're not explicitly telling Firefox users they can't use YouTube, but they're slowly and surely driving people towards Chrome.

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  4. Comment on New YouTube terms will allow Google to terminate accounts that it determines are not "commercially viable" in ~tech

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    I mean, there may be more browsers with that kind of technology coming out, but Chrome absolutely dominates the field in terms of marketshare. They have aleady taken steps to stem the...

    I mean, there may be more browsers with that kind of technology coming out, but Chrome absolutely dominates the field in terms of marketshare. They have aleady taken steps to stem the effectiveness of adblockers in their desktop browser. And remember that mobile users are now the large majority, so that's people that are either going to use the YouTube app, which will show ads, or use Chrome Mobile, which does not allow addons. They're already on their way there.

    9 votes
  5. Comment on New YouTube terms will allow Google to terminate accounts that it determines are not "commercially viable" in ~tech

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    If you need something on Android you can use NewPipe but if you want to use a website there's Invidious.

    If you need something on Android you can use NewPipe but if you want to use a website there's Invidious.

    7 votes
  6. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Received my new shiny computer yesterday, so I'm going to test every graphics intensive game I have and play those new games I kept seeing recommended. I briefly played Forza Horizons on a console...

    Received my new shiny computer yesterday, so I'm going to test every graphics intensive game I have and play those new games I kept seeing recommended.

    I briefly played Forza Horizons on a console but trying it again on PC I've got to say the Ultra experience is incredible (and 21:9 is the icing on the cake). Sure, you could say that realism is not an aesthetic but the way they built the world really makes it so beautiful to lay your eyes upon. Also began to play Control (finally), love the atmosphere and, strangely enough, the gameplay. I say strangely because I haven't really enjoyed either Alan Wake or Quantum Break's actual gameplay so I just assumed I would zoom along Remedy's new game for the story alone but they really made it enjoyable. I look forward to see what the game has in store. I'm not going to list every game I've done because the rest essentially boils down to "download, install, run, turn everything to ultra, see if it works, uninstall" just to benchmark the machine.

    And up next, I have come upon a game called Escape from Tarkov which seems like the blend of milsim and quick multiplayer experience that could get me hooked. The game has apparently been in beta for a long time and people have been complaining about performance issues, so I'm hoping that I can just bruteforce those problems away. I have a lot more on my list but it's probably the one game I'm most curious to test out.

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    • CPU: Ryzen 7 3700X
    • GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2060 Super
    • RAM: 32GB DDR4 3000MHz
    • SSD: M.2 256GB
    6 votes
  7. Comment on What's one thing you HAVEN'T been able to find online, no matter how hard you tried? in ~talk

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    Unfortunately no, but thanks for having looked :)

    Unfortunately no, but thanks for having looked :)

    1 vote
  8. Comment on What's a question you're hesitant or afraid to ask? in ~talk

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    That's what I wanted for him. But he categorically did not want to see one, for admittedly good reasons. However, it left me without anything to try except going out with him and talking basically.

    is there a different way to help? Helping a friend find a therapist, perhaps?

    That's what I wanted for him. But he categorically did not want to see one, for admittedly good reasons. However, it left me without anything to try except going out with him and talking basically.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on What's a question you're hesitant or afraid to ask? in ~talk

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    Thank you for this thoughtful answer. I'd like to add something for people reading the thread, another approach that worked for me. Of course this is heavily anecdotal: Some other friends I had...

    Thank you for this thoughtful answer.

    I'd like to add something for people reading the thread, another approach that worked for me. Of course this is heavily anecdotal:

    Some other friends I had made along the way tried very hard to make me do all sorts of activities with them. It made me go out instead of staying indoors alone, and provided plenty of nice moments. I got happy memories and it helped me see some positive aspects to my life.

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  10. Comment on What's a question you're hesitant or afraid to ask? in ~talk

  11. Comment on What's a question you're hesitant or afraid to ask? in ~talk

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    There was a group of friends that I had. Some of them I met some time ago, some more recently and overall I considered them to be the first true friends I ever had. During university, over the...

    There was a group of friends that I had. Some of them I met some time ago, some more recently and overall I considered them to be the first true friends I ever had. During university, over the course of a year, I fell into my roughest depression to date. According to some concerned classmates, I was visibly drained. Some of my friends were in my class, so I thought that maybe some of them would pick up on the cues of depression and maybe offer to help, cause I sure as shit could not do anything more than go through the motions of life at that time.

    But none of them tried. As I became distant, they did too. They stopped inviting me to lunch, parties, and so on. I was very resentful, and felt betrayed. When I eventually got better, I stopped trying to stay friends. With those that were in my class at least, as, in my eyes, they knew but did not act.

    Thing is, of course, maybe all of this would have been resolved had I clearly communicated to them what I was going through, I'll give you that. It honestly seemed like an impossible task at the time. To this day I've only told one close friend that I had been going through that.

    The other thing is that I also had a depressive friend. The short version is that he tried to ask his crush for a date and got rejected, which he took very harshly. I feel partly to blame as I encouraged him to try. But his depression lasted 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, 3 years and all we could talk about was this. Which would invariably turn to tears. It broke my heart and at the same time I did not know what to do. I felt really bad not knowing how to help him. Over time, it felt more like an emotional drain than a friendship (I was going through the aforementioned depression at the time) so I slowly stopped initiating conversation. I tried to rationalize this stance in my mind after reading an article saying it was not your duty to support others in depression at your detriment.

    So my question is, in that scenario, am I applying different standards to my behavior and that of others? I feel like maybe those older friends could have been going through a tough time without me knowing or even trying to know and I did not help either, or maybe they felt the same way about not wanting my depression to drain their energy. At the same time how can I complain of being abandoned in a rough time when I literally did that to one of my friends?

    Don't hesitate to criticize, please. I'm afraid that people take too much sympathy in my past plight and don't want to upset me.

    14 votes
  12. Comment on Which games have great communities, and what do you like about them? in ~games

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    Gosh I'd really enjoy the game more if overall the community was like that. I feel like every tier upward is people screaming and insulting each other.

    Gosh I'd really enjoy the game more if overall the community was like that. I feel like every tier upward is people screaming and insulting each other.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on I'm seeking recommendations for PC games in ~games

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    Already purchased GRIS on the Switch but never took the time to finish it... Yeah Celeste always seemed daunting. I was really into those hard platforming games when I was younger but nowadays I...

    Already purchased GRIS on the Switch but never took the time to finish it... Yeah Celeste always seemed daunting. I was really into those hard platforming games when I was younger but nowadays I barely have the time to get good at those which leads to the aforementioned frustration.

    I have now realized that I am but a casual gamer haha

    1 vote
  14. Comment on I'm seeking recommendations for PC games in ~games

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    Ooh, you're right to bring up Xbox Game Pass, good value, I'll probably get that.

    Ooh, you're right to bring up Xbox Game Pass, good value, I'll probably get that.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on I'm seeking recommendations for PC games in ~games

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    I have trouble with the "pipeline" genre (Satisfactory et al), don't really know why... not that I didn't try though!

    I have trouble with the "pipeline" genre (Satisfactory et al), don't really know why... not that I didn't try though!

    2 votes
  16. Comment on I'm seeking recommendations for PC games in ~games

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    Haha, yeah, huge fan of Stanley Parable and the Beginner's Guide, can't wait for the Ultra Deluxe version of the former. That Hell Let Loose game does indeed seem like something I'd enjoy, that's...

    Haha, yeah, huge fan of Stanley Parable and the Beginner's Guide, can't wait for the Ultra Deluxe version of the former. That Hell Let Loose game does indeed seem like something I'd enjoy, that's going on the list, thanks

    3 votes
  17. Comment on I'm seeking recommendations for PC games in ~games

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    Wait, Destiny 2 is free to play? How have I missed this?! Thanks for the info! I don't usually mind grinding when the gameplay is engaging, seems like it could be the case here.

    Wait, Destiny 2 is free to play? How have I missed this?! Thanks for the info! I don't usually mind grinding when the gameplay is engaging, seems like it could be the case here.

    1 vote
  18. I'm seeking recommendations for PC games

    Hello everyone, As I've previously mentionned in a previous comment, I'm getting back into PC gaming after 3 years with a simple laptop. I would be grateful if you could share some...

    Hello everyone,

    As I've previously mentionned in a previous comment, I'm getting back into PC gaming after 3 years with a simple laptop. I would be grateful if you could share some recommendations! Here are a few details that I think can help you:

    • Looking back, the genres I like the most are
      • City-building games (Cities Skylines, SimCity 4, ...Rimworld?)
      • Tactical shooters (Arma 3, Insurgency)
      • First-person role-playing shooters (STALKER, Fallout 4)
      • Atmospheric indie titles (INSIDE, Kentucky Route Zero, Night in the Woods, Oxenfree, What Remains of Edith Finch)
    • I don't tend to like competitive multiplayer games, I get easily frustrated about my lack of skill.
    • I'm mainly aiming to catch up with what I could have missed these last couple of years. But if you think there's an ""older"" title I'd like, tell me anyway.
    • I've already got my eyes on Control, Cyberpunk 2077, Outer Wilds and The Outer Worlds

    Phew! I hope I haven't reduced the list of candidates too much

    11 votes
  19. Comment on What's one thing you HAVEN'T been able to find online, no matter how hard you tried? in ~talk

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    Would that be the conspiracy channel Spirit Science? It is hilariously bad

    Would that be the conspiracy channel Spirit Science? It is hilariously bad

    3 votes