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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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    Continuing Yakuza 0 after picking it up and putting it down several times over the past several months. For a while it felt like it should be called Minigames, Fetch Quests and Collectibles, The...

    Continuing Yakuza 0 after picking it up and putting it down several times over the past several months. For a while it felt like it should be called Minigames, Fetch Quests and Collectibles, The Game. So of course I was surprised when stuff started actually happening and mattering, a few chapters and a dozen hours into the game. All of a sudden I feel invested and want to push forward with the story, and feel like I've gotten a taste of why the series might be so popular.

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

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    Dr. Stone is pretty good, I caught some on Adult Swim at a hotel over the holidays. It feels like an action anime without action. It's about science. I missed that the Rascal Does Not Dream of...

    Dr. Stone is pretty good, I caught some on Adult Swim at a hotel over the holidays. It feels like an action anime without action. It's about science.

    I missed that the Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai movie came out half a year ago, and some friends reminded me about it so I plan to watch that soon. Also about science, but romantically.

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  3. Comment on What are some games like VA-11 HALL-A and Read Only Memories : 2064? in ~games

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    If what you're looking for is "visual novels with gameplay" then the quintessential recommendations are: Danganronpa series Phoenix Wright trilogy Zero Escape trilogy, starting with the two...

    If what you're looking for is "visual novels with gameplay" then the quintessential recommendations are:

    If you have PlayStation 4 or Vita, there is the Utawarerumono series, which is an anime visual novel with turn-based strategy battles.

    Note that all of the above are not necessarily at all like VA-11 HALL-A or ROM:2064 thematically or aesthetically.

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  4. Comment on What are some games like VA-11 HALL-A and Read Only Memories : 2064? in ~games

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    Do anime visual novels interest you? Given that I don't know how much exposure you have to them, Planetarian is a very nice, short (3 hour) read, easy to recommend to people who have not played...

    Do anime visual novels interest you? Given that I don't know how much exposure you have to them, Planetarian is a very nice, short (3 hour) read, easy to recommend to people who have not played many VNs and are curious about them.

    Planetarian English translation on Steam

    HD edition without English for some reason

    Both around $3 during the current Steam sale.

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

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    I'm loving it too! I'm almost done with Claire's B route. I only played the beginning sequence of the original a long time ago, and so happy they remade it so I had an excuse to finally experience...

    Resident Evil 2 Remake

    I'm loving it too! I'm almost done with Claire's B route. I only played the beginning sequence of the original a long time ago, and so happy they remade it so I had an excuse to finally experience the full story. I was worried about playing through the game twice, as Leon then Claire, but finding they changed enough between the two routes that it's a lot more palatable than I expected. I really love the pacing and how there's almost no filler aside from a few optional collectibles, everything feels like one big main quest.

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

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    Setting expectations low, I would actually stick with FF13. I enjoyed the character arcs, which are intentionally written to be unlikable at the beginning and to grow on you as the story...

    Setting expectations low, I would actually stick with FF13. I enjoyed the character arcs, which are intentionally written to be unlikable at the beginning and to grow on you as the story progresses. Gameplay wise I completely agree with @TheJorro in that the later two entries are superior. However the original was still better than I expected; again keeping expectations low for a mainline Final Fantasy. On the flip side, in some ways the two sequels did not completely satisfy me story- and character-development-wise, but were good in gameplay.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on What’s your shampoo of choice, and why? in ~talk

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    Head and Shoulders once every five days because I get dandruff. Shampoo more frequently and my hair feels dry and brittle. Once every five days works well. If more washing necessary in the...

    Head and Shoulders once every five days because I get dandruff. Shampoo more frequently and my hair feels dry and brittle. Once every five days works well. If more washing necessary in the interim, like hot sweaty days, I rinse my hair with water.

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  8. Comment on What are you doing this week? in ~talk

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    Holiday obligations like tipping the mailman and sending cards and gifts to family, and putting up the tree. This time of year always feels extra busy, for better or worse. I've been involved with...

    Holiday obligations like tipping the mailman and sending cards and gifts to family, and putting up the tree. This time of year always feels extra busy, for better or worse.

    I've been involved with my HOA too. Even small rule changes take forever, thanks to meetings happening many weeks apart. I have a lot of respect for the long-time board members who have to deal with member problems, and also must work within the slow bureaucratic process dictated by law. All for no pay!

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

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    Kakegurui XX. Episode 4, I think. Cruelty is fun! I find Mary Saotome very likable, kind of miss her evil antics though.

    Kakegurui XX. Episode 4, I think. Cruelty is fun! I find Mary Saotome very likable, kind of miss her evil antics though.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Exploring Google Stadia's "Negative Latency" in ~comp

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    This last piece is the most interesting to me: The servers could easily run multiple predictive branches at once. The tricky part is when there are way more than 5 possible inputs, as with analog...

    This last piece is the most interesting to me:

    But one other interesting option might be to combine input prediction with the "speculative video" technique we explored above. If you can predict that a user's input is 99.999% likely to be one of 5 cases, then you only have 5 possible frames of video to send over, drastically reducing the amount of data you have to send. In the cases where the inputs can't be predicted, or the prediction is wrong, you would have some latency or jitter, but the server would never actually be making inputs "for" you.

    The servers could easily run multiple predictive branches at once. The tricky part is when there are way more than 5 possible inputs, as with analog directional inputs. It might work well with, say, a fighting game that translates analog to the 8 directions, contrary to the popular expectation that fighting games would suffer the most due to their strict framerate requirements.

    Even so, running all those predictive inputs, even if it's something "reasonable" like 10-100 branches, sounds so incredibly wasteful. If you have to use all that electricity on this predictive work, it would be more environmentally friendly to give every player their own console.

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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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    Horizon: Zero Dawn was half-off during the last sale, so picked it up on PS4 per Internet recommendations. Currently 80% of the way through the game. It's a cool game but a bit overhyped or maybe...

    Horizon: Zero Dawn was half-off during the last sale, so picked it up on PS4 per Internet recommendations. Currently 80% of the way through the game. It's a cool game but a bit overhyped or maybe I'm not that into open-world games. I love discovering and fighting new enemy types, and some of the ways the game mixes up the fights in the main quests: some stealth, some "tower defense," some brute force massacres. I know a lot of people would love the huge map with sidequests and collectables everywhere, but I'm finding it overwhelming with a lot of empty stretches between fast-travel points.

    Some of the platforming parts are cool, very similar to Tomb Raider. A lot of frustrating platforming that I wish they'd left out though. Especially with the day-night cycle that completely obscures visibility at night and I found obnoxious at times.

    The sidequests are not very compelling and I'm finding myself skipping a lot of them due to repetition, and skipping a lot of dialogue due to boring writing and voice acting direction (everyone sounds... unsure... of themselves almost... every sentence). Sylens is great though!--Voiced by the guy from The Wire.

    I'd recommend it on sale, especially to open world game lovers. Doesn't quite hit my games of all time list, but pretty unique experience with good nuggets of fun to be found within.

    3 votes