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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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    I picked up Deep Rock Galactic in one of the recent sales, thanks to the excitement fellow Tildoes have expressed. It's fun! I think I could get addicted to the silly hijinx. The challenge level...

    I picked up Deep Rock Galactic in one of the recent sales, thanks to the excitement fellow Tildoes have expressed. It's fun! I think I could get addicted to the silly hijinx. The challenge level is pretty high for me and I keep getting KOed every mission so far, so I'll probably get hooked on equipment upgrades as well.

    The game is similar in a lot of ways to Monster Hunter, co-op missions to get materials while fighting monsters, upgrading equipment, rinse and repeat. For some reason I bounced off Monster Hunter while DRG is clicking for me. Maybe having tons of little monsters is more fun than chasing one elusive one, or maybe it's how the game has a chill vibe and doesn't take itself too seriously. Maybe it's the ADHD gameplay where you're constantly looking around and pressing buttons, throwing flares, digging tunnels, shooting bugs, whatever.

    Friendly rando teammates too, community living up to its reputation.

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

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    So I just finished Prey recently and my experience was quite a bit more positive than yours from the sound of it. I was met with a pretty good amount of challenge the whole way through. On...

    So I just finished Prey recently and my experience was quite a bit more positive than yours from the sound of it.

    I was met with a pretty good amount of challenge the whole way through. On Standard difficulty IIRC. This might be because I played on a controller, which isn't my first choice for FPS games, I'm way better on KB+M. Also I never bought the Combat Assist (time slowdown) upgrade, nor did I upgrade my health past 115, because the "extends your natural lifespan by 25 years" skill description creeped me out. So yes, self-imposed challenges, I suppose we could call it.

    The lore was pretty good, my only complaint there was they lay down a half dozen copies of each book, so I started to be disappointed finding the same lore snippets again and again. I liked the voice recordings painting characters as human, whether that meant noble, rude, nerdy, dumb, jealous, or corporate drones. A lot of character development was packed into those short clips, which I appreciated.

    The endgame is the weakest part of the game IMO. They throw the same game mechanic at you for a few hours, killed a lot of momentum. Enemies suddenly ramp up in difficulty and it does indeed feel like a skill tree check at times.

    Storywise, I was satisfied with the payoff, but at the same time I'm sure other players have been disappointed. They could have dialled down the game lengthening running-around parts and put more into the story.

    What bad game mechanic? Zero-gravity flight for what felt like hours, and the nonexistent directional navigation during these sequences.
    3 votes
  3. Comment on Tildes Game Giveaway Thread: Holiday 2022 in ~games

  4. Comment on Tildes Game Giveaway Thread: Holiday 2022 in ~games

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    Results: Hyper Light Drifter goes to @Protected uncontested Satisfactory goes to @Maethon uncontested Slay the Spire goes to @pseudolobster uncontested Subnautica goes to @Eidolon uncontested...

    Results:

    I used https://www.random.org

    Eabryt = 1
    under = 2
    under = 3

    1
    Min: 1, Max: 3
    2022-12-19 21:39:05 UTC
    

    Sorry @under! Pick another game as a consolation prize?

    4 votes
  5. Comment on Tildes Game Giveaway Thread: Holiday 2022 in ~games

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    Yep you understood the rules just fine. Thanks for entering and good luck!

    Yep you understood the rules just fine. Thanks for entering and good luck!

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Tildes Game Giveaway Thread: Holiday 2022 in ~games

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    (Dec 19) The drawing has concluded. See you next time! Get your Steam keys here! I'll check back in 48 hours and do a random draw for each game. Rules: Each person gets a free entry ticket to...

    (Dec 19) The drawing has concluded. See you next time!

    Get your Steam keys here! I'll check back in 48 hours and do a random draw for each game.

    Rules:

    • Each person gets a free entry ticket to enter into one drawing.
    • Get another ticket by linking to a Tildes topic or comment that influenced you to play, or want to play, a new game.
    • Get one more ticket by linking to a topic or comment that you authored sharing a gaming experience. For example, in the "What have you been playing this week?" topic.
    • You can spend your tickets on one game, or spread them across 2 or 3.

    Games:

    • Back 4 Blood
    • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
    • Dear Esther: Landmark Edition
    • HyperLight Drifter
    • Into the Breach
    • Lust from Beyond: M Edition
    • Metro Exodus
    • Ryse: Son of Rome
    • Saints Row: The Third
    • Satisfactory
    • Slay the Spire
    • Spyro Reignited Trilogy
    • Subnautica
    • SUPERHOT
    • Undertale
    • The Witness
    5 votes
  7. Comment on What's the best laptop for performance? in ~tech

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    Congrats! I've heard good things about MSI gaming laptops. Don't second guess yourself too much: practically every hardware purchase is outdated before it's even reached your hands. Enjoy your new...

    Ended up buying this

    Congrats! I've heard good things about MSI gaming laptops. Don't second guess yourself too much: practically every hardware purchase is outdated before it's even reached your hands. Enjoy your new rig, sounds like a beast.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Almost fully caught up with SPY x FAMILY season 2! I'm sad about running out of episodes, but then again, it's something of a mood-setting show that my partner and I will replay during laid back...

    Almost fully caught up with SPY x FAMILY season 2! I'm sad about running out of episodes, but then again, it's something of a mood-setting show that my partner and I will replay during laid back weekend brunches, rather than the kind that pulls us along solely by the plot.

    I've noticed we let the opening and ending music videos play all the way through, every time. The videos are surprisingly detailed and beautiful, and the songs are catchy as heck.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on What's the best laptop for performance? in ~tech

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    No heating problems with Legion 5i with RTX 2060. The Legion 7i model you posted sports a 3070 Ti though, so I don't know how much worse that would be heat-wise. Warranty? The standard 1-year that...

    No heating problems with Legion 5i with RTX 2060. The Legion 7i model you posted sports a 3070 Ti though, so I don't know how much worse that would be heat-wise.

    Warranty? The standard 1-year that comes with it should cover manufacturing defects. Back in school I got a 4-year warranty since I was carrying my (Dell?) laptop around everywhere, and it ended up being worth it, after some display panel issue senior year. Today, speaking to my own situation, I wouldn't pay for an extended warranty since I just use it at home.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on What's the best laptop for performance? in ~tech

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    Love my Legion 5i for gaming. It's only 1080p but has a 240 Hz refresh rate, which is amazing for games, in particular Apex Legends. It's a few years old so looks like they changed things up,...

    Love my Legion 5i for gaming. It's only 1080p but has a 240 Hz refresh rate, which is amazing for games, in particular Apex Legends. It's a few years old so looks like they changed things up, newer models having higher res and lower refresh rate, but 165 Hz is still a major improvement over the 60 Hz you'd get with the MacBook. IIRC Apex caps at 144 Hz. It's anecdotal but my memory tells me I was getting top-3's in Apex way more often, in large part thanks to the faster display. This was around Season 7 or 8.

    The fan does get loud. It helps that you can toggle between regular gaming mode and quiet mode, which sets a temperature cap. But even quiet mode can still get somewhat noisy depending on the game.

    It handles every game I throw at it at medium-high settings, including VR. Has enough USB ports to plug a gaming keyboard and mouse without a separate dock or adapter. The 230-watt power brick is big, but doesn't matter much in my current setup.

    Finally, Nvidia still has the lead when it comes to non-gaming GPU applications (CUDA), like AI and video transcoding. Apple silicon is making headway for sure, but Nvidia has had a huge head start by being the industry standard for quite a while.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    My partner and I are enjoying SPY x FAMILY. It's funny because it sounds like the opposite of the type of shows you were looking for (dark, philosophical). It's a lighthearted romp great for...

    My partner and I are enjoying SPY x FAMILY. It's funny because it sounds like the opposite of the type of shows you were looking for (dark, philosophical). It's a lighthearted romp great for family audiences. I'm having fun with it; just check your expectations!

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  12. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Same boat as you more or less, right now I happen to be in Anime Mode though for the holidays and having time to resubscribe a month of Crunchyroll. See what's popular by keeping a loose eye on...

    Same boat as you more or less, right now I happen to be in Anime Mode though for the holidays and having time to resubscribe a month of Crunchyroll.

    See what's popular by keeping a loose eye on /r/anime and fan art on Pixiv, and/or the reposts on English-language communities. Chainsaw Man is hot right now, and SPY x FAMILY season 2 is popular as expected. I've been catching up on both this week, along with slightly older moderately popular ones like Zombieland Saga.

    Having a time limit really helps me not overthink and just watch something. At the same time I'm not pressuring myself to finish anything; I can always resubscribe again.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Reddit CEO Steve Huffman discusses how he wants every subreddit to be its own media company and he wants to see money being exchanged from users to users and users to subreddits in ~tech

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    In principle yeah absolutely, but in practice lol no. Not at Reddit. For them, it's not either-or. It's both, and the reason is Reddit's taken on over a billion in debt as of their Series F last...

    In principle yeah absolutely, but in practice lol no. Not at Reddit. For them, it's not either-or. It's both, and the reason is Reddit's taken on over a billion in debt as of their Series F last year. They don't even have the freedom to choose a monetization strategy other than "all of them" and designed in such a way that profits must continually increase year over year. With Meta's properties hemorrhaging users and ad views, I can only imagine how hard of a push Reddit is making to capture those eyeballs. They won't be reducing reliance on advertising anytime soon. Just hedging that strategy with a basket of other, much much smaller, revenue generators.

    Putting Reddit aside, I could see that new sites taking ideas like the user subscription model will succeed in segments where Reddit cannot. As long as the new players don't make the folly of massive disproportionate funding, they can be freer to align themselves with their userbases, instead of profit extraction models requiring KPIs like a maximum percentage of users to piss off before putting on the brakes.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on I've beaten Final Fantasy VII Remake. How to approach the Postgame and Hard mode? in ~games

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    I do appreciate the attempt, but my question is referring to the Remake specifically, which has its own post game content which hinges on getting good at Hard mode.

    I do appreciate the attempt, but my question is referring to the Remake specifically, which has its own post game content which hinges on getting good at Hard mode.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on I've beaten Final Fantasy VII Remake. How to approach the Postgame and Hard mode? in ~games

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    That's some great advice, thank you! The no-items definitely puts a damper on my play style of mowing everything down with the strongest spells as fast as I can. No idea what this is referring to!...

    That's some great advice, thank you! The no-items definitely puts a damper on my play style of mowing everything down with the strongest spells as fast as I can.

    I would learn the extended cloud combo (beyond square square square square) if you haven't already.

    No idea what this is referring to! I usually mash square and sometimes hold it down when I feel like I have an extra second to spare.

    Tifa is way more fun IMO, so toward the end of my Normal playthrough I put Cloud on Magic duty and controlled Tifa all the time.

    1 vote
  16. I've beaten Final Fantasy VII Remake. How to approach the Postgame and Hard mode?

    I beat Final Fantasy VII Remake last week. Those last chapters were exhausting, and amazing, and now that I've gotten some rest I'm thinking about going back and doing some postgame content and...

    I beat Final Fantasy VII Remake last week. Those last chapters were exhausting, and amazing, and now that I've gotten some rest I'm thinking about going back and doing some postgame content and Hard mode.

    Any tips on where to begin? I tried picking Chapter 9 to go to the Colosseum and get a couple upgrades I missed for Aerith, but quickly died to some easy mobs within the first 15 minutes of the chapter.

    So I'm thinking I need to do some grinding first, probably on Normal, before attempting Hard? My characters are around Level 40.

    How did you go about the postgame content? Did you replay the chapters in chronological order, or prioritize specific goals? What worked well for you (read: made the postgame enjoyable and not frustrating), and what would you have done differently?

    10 votes
  17. Comment on Epic offers new direct payment in Fortnite on iOS and Android to get around app store fees, and is removed from both stores in ~tech

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    I wouldn't read that much into it. It's a simple parody of Apple's 1984 ad, playing off the irony that Apple was once the underdog and has now switched to the opposite role.

    I wouldn't read that much into it. It's a simple parody of Apple's 1984 ad, playing off the irony that Apple was once the underdog and has now switched to the opposite role.

    15 votes
  18. Comment on Epic offers new direct payment in Fortnite on iOS and Android to get around app store fees, and is removed from both stores in ~tech

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    One tub of popcorn isn't enough. This PR stunt has me considering supporting Epic, despite being on the anti-EGS bandwagon. It's so funny they had this sixty page legal complaint ready the literal...

    One tub of popcorn isn't enough. This PR stunt has me considering supporting Epic, despite being on the anti-EGS bandwagon. It's so funny they had this sixty page legal complaint ready the literal minute Apple removed them.

    13 votes