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  1. Comment on Introducing Worms Rumble - A real-time, 32-player Worms game with deathmatch, last worm standing, and battle royale modes in ~games

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    This looks fun, even if it's a departure from the turn-based nature of earlier Worms games. Amongst my friends as a kid I was considered the "final boss" of Worms Armageddon... I rather suspect...

    This looks fun, even if it's a departure from the turn-based nature of earlier Worms games. Amongst my friends as a kid I was considered the "final boss" of Worms Armageddon... I rather suspect that I won't be able to claim that title with something more twitchy :P

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  2. Comment on Daily thread for news/updates/discussion of George Floyd protests - June 4 in ~news

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    Well I finally got around to reading it, and you’re not wrong. That is pretty terrifying.

    Well I finally got around to reading it, and you’re not wrong. That is pretty terrifying.

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  3. Comment on How knitters got knotted in a purity spiral | A process of moral outbidding is corroding small communities from within in ~humanities

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    I thought this was an interesting read, and it encapsulates some of the worries and thoughts I've previously had about "cancel culture" as a whole. Currently listening to The Purity Spiral which...

    I thought this was an interesting read, and it encapsulates some of the worries and thoughts I've previously had about "cancel culture" as a whole. Currently listening to The Purity Spiral which is the BBC radio documentary to come out of this article (I don't know if it's available outside the UK unfortunately)

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  4. Comment on RoguelikeDev Does The Complete Roguelike Tutorial Starting June 16th 2020 in ~comp

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    Sweet! I think I'll get in on this, thanks :D

    Sweet! I think I'll get in on this, thanks :D

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Electronic Arts games listed on Steam in ~games

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    Mass Effect 2 works like a dream under Proton, but then I don't think it needs Origin ¯\(ツ)/¯

    Mass Effect 2 works like a dream under Proton, but then I don't think it needs Origin ¯\(ツ)

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  6. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    Already digging it! Just got up to the part where The virus hits the Aegean and the team are stranded on Nod. I assume I'm about to hit a time jump and catch up with what the octopuses are up to :D

    Already digging it!

    Just got up to the part where The virus hits the Aegean and the team are stranded on Nod. I assume I'm about to hit a time jump and catch up with what the octopuses are up to :D
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  7. Comment on Daily thread for news/updates/discussion of George Floyd protests - June 4 in ~news

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    Granted, I've only read the introduction to the piece, but it sounds pretty off the wall. I'm sure as I get into the actual nitty gritty of it I won't be as excited... Update to follow I guess!

    Granted, I've only read the introduction to the piece, but it sounds pretty off the wall. I'm sure as I get into the actual nitty gritty of it I won't be as excited... Update to follow I guess!

    2 votes
  8. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I just finished reading Children of Time and have made a start on the sequel. It's one of the best bits of science fiction I've read in years, and cannot recommend it enough. There's a few...

    I just finished reading Children of Time and have made a start on the sequel. It's one of the best bits of science fiction I've read in years, and cannot recommend it enough. There's a few different threads going on through the story. One follows an ark ship of humans fleeing a dying Earth and trying to find a new home, in a very Battlestar Galactica-esque series of "and then things got worse" events. The second one follows the history of a planet populated by super-intelligent spiders, and their rise from basic hunters in the wilderness to a planetary civilisation.

    It's an absolutely superb read, one that deals with all sorts of fantastic themes including gender equality, artificial intelligence, and religion. 100% worth your time.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on Daily thread for news/updates/discussion of George Floyd protests - June 4 in ~news

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    Oh this sounds entertaining. Will give it a read after work, thanks! :D

    Oh this sounds entertaining. Will give it a read after work, thanks! :D

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Podcast discussions & recommendations! What are you listening to? in ~talk

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    Because I haven't seen it mentioned yet, The Film Reroll is some of the purest joy you can experience in podcast form. A bunch of people take existing movies, turn them into a roleplaying game,...

    Because I haven't seen it mentioned yet, The Film Reroll is some of the purest joy you can experience in podcast form. A bunch of people take existing movies, turn them into a roleplaying game, and improv their way through the story, diverging from the original in many weird and wonderful ways. They're currently doing Ocean's Eleven, which has been one heck of a ride so far.
    Other particularly brilliant rerolls are Aladdin (there's a twenty minute segment where the GM and the Genie player discuss the grammar of a particular wish to decide how badly to fuck over the wish-maker), E.T. (turns into a planetary siege movie), Goonies (off the wall chaos exactly in the spirit of the original), Weekend at Bernies (praise the sun god!), Friday the 13th (the players didn't know they were in a horror movie!), and Jumanji (things go horribly right, and then horribly wrong).

    One that might not be the most sensible listen given the current situation in America, but that I think is absolutely fascinating is It Could Happen Here. It's a sort of future-history documentary that discusses how a second civil war could easily break out in the USA within the next few years. A lot of it makes for decidedly grim listening, but it does break you out of the mindset of thinking that Western countries have grown beyond internal wars. Bleak stuff, but it's one of the best limited-run podcasts I've listened to in years.

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  11. Comment on Daily thread for news/updates/discussion of George Floyd protests - June 4 in ~news

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    Crikey some of the replies to that tweet are mind boggling. Also, can anyone explain what "You were Q'd" means?

    Crikey some of the replies to that tweet are mind boggling. Also, can anyone explain what "You were Q'd" means?

    2 votes
  12. Comment on What are your favourite Space Games? in ~games

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    Both games are fantastic, and I've had a lot of mileage out of making them pseudo co-op. My friends and I used to throw up the games onto the TV and work out our plans as we went through. Great...

    Both games are fantastic, and I've had a lot of mileage out of making them pseudo co-op. My friends and I used to throw up the games onto the TV and work out our plans as we went through. Great fun to do, and makes playing the games on higher difficulties a bit easier too!

  13. Comment on Sir Curse - Graphite in ~music

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    My band's single which we released back in the Before Times. Very pleased with this track, it's a much heavier outing when compared to the first one, but it's still distinctly "us". Let me know...

    My band's single which we released back in the Before Times. Very pleased with this track, it's a much heavier outing when compared to the first one, but it's still distinctly "us". Let me know what you think! :)

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  14. Comment on The pandemic is giving people vivid, unusual dreams. Here’s why in ~health

  15. Comment on Apple developing high-end headphones with interchangeable parts in ~tech

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    Yeah, I'd be willing to bet these end up closer to $450, knowing the way Apple operates...

    The product will compete with high-end offerings from Bose Corp., Sennheiser Electronic and Sony Corp., which currently retail around $350.

    Yeah, I'd be willing to bet these end up closer to $450, knowing the way Apple operates...

    2 votes
  16. Comment on The pandemic is giving people vivid, unusual dreams. Here’s why in ~health

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    I thought this was quite an interesting read. It's not something I've experienced personally, but my girlfriend has told me about a lot of particularly strange dreams/nightmares she's had in the...

    I thought this was quite an interesting read. It's not something I've experienced personally, but my girlfriend has told me about a lot of particularly strange dreams/nightmares she's had in the past few weeks, when normally she doesn't tend to remember her dreams. It's fascinating to see that there's a physiological cause.

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