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

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    Seems like a big update! I've tried to read the changelog but I haven't played Rimworld enough to understand most of the changes. What are your main takeaways?

    Seems like a big update! I've tried to read the changelog but I haven't played Rimworld enough to understand most of the changes. What are your main takeaways?

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  2. Comment on Add-on support was just merged into Firefox Preview. in ~tech

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    It's the version of Firefox that uses GeckoView, Mozilla's replacement for Google's WebView. That means that we can now have different brosser engines on Android - up until now, it was an Apple...

    It's the version of Firefox that uses GeckoView, Mozilla's replacement for Google's WebView. That means that we can now have different brosser engines on Android - up until now, it was an Apple situation, where you could do a new UI but underneath it was still WebKit

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  3. Comment on Tildes Issue Log - January 2020 in ~tildes

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    Small question to learn something new: I heard Postgres has a pub sub system included, is it not what you're using redis for? If it is, is Postgres' worse or are there other reasons to use redis?...

    Small question to learn something new: I heard Postgres has a pub sub system included, is it not what you're using redis for? If it is, is Postgres' worse or are there other reasons to use redis? If it is not, what is redis used for in tildes?

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  4. Comment on Introductions #7 - It's been a while... Let's have an "Introduce Yourself" post! How's everyone doing? in ~talk

  5. Comment on Warcraft III: Reforged—the re-creation of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne—is now available worldwide in ~games

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    I'm curious about the boycott, do you think many people stopped playing Hearthstone as well? I have a poor knowledge of Blizzard's financials but isn't that their cash cow?

    I'm curious about the boycott, do you think many people stopped playing Hearthstone as well? I have a poor knowledge of Blizzard's financials but isn't that their cash cow?

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  6. Comment on Introductions #7 - It's been a while... Let's have an "Introduce Yourself" post! How's everyone doing? in ~talk

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    Well hey, it turns out I never posted in one of these. How rude of me to enter this website without ever saying hello! I'm a fellow human being from France, and my line of work is in software...

    Well hey, it turns out I never posted in one of these. How rude of me to enter this website without ever saying hello!

    I'm a fellow human being from France, and my line of work is in software engineering. I know! - how original! I like photography, drawing and coding. My current hobby is simracing. The music genres I mainly listen to are synthwave, synthpop, with some additional vaporwave, industrial and chiptune every so often. I love movies like Akira, Citizenfour and Arrival. I'm just cruising through life at the moment, trying to be a better person and a better friend.

    Disillusioned by the rampant bigotry and circlejerks of reddit, I quit using the site some 3 years ago but I still longed for something with a similar website format. When Tildes appeared on my radar through one of the alternatives to reddit list, I asked for an invite and got in.

    My username doesn't have a happy backstory behind it I'm afraid to say. I have been struggling with depression for some years now and when I looked for a new nickname that described me, I could only reference the emptiness I felt inside and how it often left me staring blankly at the world. Don't worry, those feelings have largely subsided. Only the username remains :)

    Honestly I wouldn't really want other groups per se. However, even if it wouldn't really be in the spirit of this website, I wonder how a French group might behave.

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

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    Look at that, still on iRacing! Seems like it's really something I enjoy, which is very nice. I don't feel like I get bored at all, which I find amazing given that now other games frustrate me...

    Look at that, still on iRacing! Seems like it's really something I enjoy, which is very nice. I don't feel like I get bored at all, which I find amazing given that now other games frustrate me extremely quickly.

    I had previously tried to race on Laguna Seca. As a rookie I was very excited, but obviously, there was a lack of preparation. So after panicking I quickly spin out and failed to finish at all. This was slightly demotivating at first, but I knew then that working at it was the only answer. So I set a goal of training for a week on the Tsukuba Circuit and finally race on Sunday.

    I've watched some of iRacing's lessons whilst commuting. Their format is enjoyable, with each video having a single purpose. They get straight to the point and explain every term and concept. This gave me a rough understanding of things like the racing line.

    During offline practice however I did not apply any methodology at first, except maybe "go fast". This was a mistake obviously. All I did was go at breakneck speeds and spin or crash every other lap. It wasn't until I watched this very informative video that I realized this was ineffective. I set out to understand the circuit, spot markers and be consistent in my lap times above all else, whilst trying my best to learn to control my car in order to stay on the tracks. And it worked nicely despite my skepticism. The previous personal best times began to fall, sometimes without even trying to my great pleasure.

    Come Saturday, I decide to do some online practice to get used to other drivers on a track and how to handle them. I also try to do a real race some hours later. It did not go well. I'm afraid to say that iRacing at the lowest levels can be as frustrating an experience as other regular video games can be. In my particular case, another driver got angry that they were pushed off track, so in a fit of rage they tried to block the incoming traffic, which ended up being me, wrecking my Mazda by crashing into them at 80mph despite my best to avoid this. This was really frustrating, because here I had spent a week training for something only for this asshole to ruin my time.

    Anyway, I tried again on Sunday, which went much better. I didn't win, not by a long shot. But I held my own against other rookies, some Class Ds and even a few Class Cs. I ended up finishing 6th out of 12. This was really rewarding and sorta offset the experience of the previous day.

    I'm going to do the same this week and I can't wait :)

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

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    Maybe a newfound appreciation of the value of your free time? When you're a kid, you have so much free time that playing is essentially all you do. Being an adult means having a job or at the very...

    Maybe a newfound appreciation of the value of your free time? When you're a kid, you have so much free time that playing is essentially all you do. Being an adult means having a job or at the very least pursuing an education, having to do chores, maybe meet with friends, spend time with your SO, maybe you have children, etc...

    So as a kid, spending 2 hours on a quest did not give you pause for thought. Whereas you now know how precious your free time is, so 2 hours might be double what you have each day.

    Might not be that for you, but I'd be curious what your reasons could be.

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

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    In the context of prolonged use in PC simulations, I don't think the Quest would be for me. I already have a headset for my Samsung Galaxy for videos and small games, so that's covered haha. And...

    In the context of prolonged use in PC simulations, I don't think the Quest would be for me. I already have a headset for my Samsung Galaxy for videos and small games, so that's covered haha. And for the Quest to work on PC I'd need an additional proprietary cable bringing the total price closer to the Rift S.

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

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    I've used the iRacing calculator with similar results, but this one is easier to use thanks. My FOV is barely allowed by the sim, roughly 45°. Of course I've no problem playing at a higher FOV but...

    I've used the iRacing calculator with similar results, but this one is easier to use thanks. My FOV is barely allowed by the sim, roughly 45°. Of course I've no problem playing at a higher FOV but it doesn't seem encouraged, given the relatively small screen I use. What FOV do you consider "good enough"?

    I'm thinking, that screen looks very nice yet I can't help notice that its price is similar to the Valve Index, one of the high-end headsets. Are there any obvious advantages to the screen that I'm missing?

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

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    Still racing, although I definitely have less free time with work and all. However I can feel like I'm getting better just by practicing so it feels nice not feeling stuck. I've picked up two more...

    Still racing, although I definitely have less free time with work and all. However I can feel like I'm getting better just by practicing so it feels nice not feeling stuck.

    I've picked up two more games through the Humble winter sale: both of the games in the Assetto Corsa series. If you'd say that it looks like impulse buying I would absolutely agree haha. I tried the BMW 3 Series E80 in the original AC and I love it, including the 90s look.

    I'm having a hard time with field of vision. I'm tempted to pick up a VR headset. It still seems like an expensive endeavor. Mid-end hardware like the Rift S is not exactly cheap, yet its refresh rate isn't good IMO. Anyone have any enough experience with recent headsets to give recommendations?

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

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    To be honest I don't see any of your points as being unpopular. My gut feeling is that as we've moved from custom-made engines (up until 2005 I'd say) to general purpose engines (prominent from...

    To be honest I don't see any of your points as being unpopular.

    III. Too few games are made and/or optimized for lower-tier hardware, even though there's a wide market for things that can work on such machines, particularly in poorer countries

    My gut feeling is that as we've moved from custom-made engines (up until 2005 I'd say) to general purpose engines (prominent from 2010 onwards) the knowledge inside the studio was lost. It used to be that there was a person or a team in the building that made the engine, which was made with the end result in mind. Now, I'm absolutely not saying game engines were perfect but when management allowed QC to point out issues, it made for really optimized games. Now all the internal knowledge about the engine is hard to come by, you don't have someone that knows the engine inside and out, you can only hire UE4 experts and hope to iron out performance issues if you have made a mistake.

    There's also the fact that as our hardware grows stronger, our engines did too, and the sheer quantity of code is astounding, you can't hope to grasp everything, I'm not sure that any one person at Epic truly knows what goes on in the Unreal Engine.

    Add to that the rise of indie games, created by teams that can barely afford to exist, and you get performance issues for most games.

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

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    I don't know what it is about deep characters and healthy relationships, but we don't see them often. Are they boring to play? I know most stories are born out of conflict, but that conflict can...

    I don't know what it is about deep characters and healthy relationships, but we don't see them often. Are they boring to play? I know most stories are born out of conflict, but that conflict can be external to the interactions with the people you're supposed to get attached to in games.

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

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    This point was never questioned. The contention was that there's too few of them.

    This point was never questioned. The contention was that there's too few of them.

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

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    The good/bad interactions ratio you're mentioning might not look the same as yours if you're a woman using voice chat, because every other game will be a bad experience. Not disagreeing with the...

    The good/bad interactions ratio you're mentioning might not look the same as yours if you're a woman using voice chat, because every other game will be a bad experience. Not disagreeing with the rest of the post.

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

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    You can definitely argue with me that this is a chicken and egg problem, but they're not as popular as they used and they're not part of the modern trends, that's why they're dead. You can say...

    Arena shooters and RTS games aren't dead, it's just that nobody has invested money into making good AAA ones in far too long. (Hopefully Doom Eternal has a proper multiplayer this time.)

    You can definitely argue with me that this is a chicken and egg problem, but they're not as popular as they used and they're not part of the modern trends, that's why they're dead. You can say that's because no one is pushing any of those games in the mainstream, but that doesn't negate the fact that they're "dead".

  17. Comment on What's your daily routine like? in ~talk

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    No I'm quite lucky in that regard, and to be honest I'm probably pushing that luck. I either eat at a restaurant with friends in town or eat for 30 minutes and relax with colleagues, playing...

    No I'm quite lucky in that regard, and to be honest I'm probably pushing that luck. I either eat at a restaurant with friends in town or eat for 30 minutes and relax with colleagues, playing cards. But it's not like that for everyone in the company. Some are in the situation you were in, because they're managers with lots of meetings or they're contractors trying to get their commissions.

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

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    It's worse than pretending to be a parody, GTA has become an unironical representation of American capitalism through its rampant microtransactions and gambling driven online. The idea of...

    It's worse than pretending to be a parody, GTA has become an unironical representation of American capitalism through its rampant microtransactions and gambling driven online. The idea of transgression is alluded to by having crass characters and lots of explosions and violence. It makes me sad to see such a huge pool of talented artists put so much effort towards such an empty game.

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