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  1. Comment on Razer closes its game store after 10 months in ~games

    calcifer Link Parent
    Wait, now you are saying you don't use other platforms because they are not as developed as Steam, which implies you would use them if they got the features Steam has. Doesn't that contradict with...

    Wait, now you are saying you don't use other platforms because they are not as developed as Steam, which implies you would use them if they got the features Steam has. Doesn't that contradict with your statement below?

    If ever given the option, I WILL use Steam. Period.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Razer closes its game store after 10 months in ~games

    calcifer Link Parent
    You say this: but then also say this: Isn't a monopoly that controls nearly the entire PC gaming landscape much worse for the consumer than a multitude of stores?

    You say this:

    All of these different storefronts with their own logins, refund policies, technical problems, etc. are just bad for the consumer, and I'm sick of it.

    but then also say this:

    If ever given the option, I WILL use Steam. Period.

    Isn't a monopoly that controls nearly the entire PC gaming landscape much worse for the consumer than a multitude of stores?

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Razer closes its game store after 10 months in ~games

  4. Comment on A 4-Year-Old Trapped in a Teenager’s Body in ~life

    calcifer Link Parent
    Can you tell homosexuality from an embryo?

    choice of parents to abort homosexual children

    Can you tell homosexuality from an embryo?

    1 vote
  5. Comment on A 4-Year-Old Trapped in a Teenager’s Body in ~life

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    This guy got very lucky but what he did is extremely stupid and cruel. He risked a painful and scary childhood for his son because he wanted him to suffer just like he did.

    “It’s a boy!” I cried, just like in the movies.

    We named him Ned after her beloved grandfather. We brought him home and lay around the house and stared at him for two weeks while friends and family brought us food. And then we got the test results.

    They were negative. Ned hadn’t inherited the mutation. My friends and family reacted appropriately — with relief, with congratulations, with happiness. I barely reacted at all.

    This guy got very lucky but what he did is extremely stupid and cruel. He risked a painful and scary childhood for his son because he wanted him to suffer just like he did.

    14 votes
  6. Comment on Games as a Service - What drives retention in ~games

    calcifer Link Parent
    I think you meant this as a reply to me :)

    I think you meant this as a reply to me :)

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Games as a Service - What drives retention in ~games

    calcifer Link
    This is a pretty good summary of how mobile games are developed and monetized. There is a reason that the vast majority of mobile (and increasingly PC and console) games follow a few basic rules:...

    This is a pretty good summary of how mobile games are developed and monetized. There is a reason that the vast majority of mobile (and increasingly PC and console) games follow a few basic rules: free to play, short core game loop (2-5 minutes), infinitely replayable, never too challenging. The number one priority of these games is to keep you coming back. Even getting you to pay is secondary - your presence helps increase the odds that other players will pay.

    Unfortunately, this also means enjoyment is at best the third priority, usually not even that. If your feelings are somewhere around "meh, it's not bad" and you put a dollar or two in it every month or so, that's more than enough for the developer.

    Sure, there are niche mobile games that don't fit into this pattern, but unless there is a fundamental shift in people's willingness and ability to pay for things, this will only get worse.

    Source: many years in this industry.

    7 votes
  8. Comment on Why some Japanese pensioners want to go to jail in ~life

    calcifer Link
    The salient bits:

    The salient bits:

    "The pensioners don't want to be a burden to their children, and feel that if they can't survive on the state pension then pretty much the only way not to be a burden is to shuffle themselves away into prison"

    "Ultimately the relationship among people has changed. People have become more isolated. They don't find a place to be in this society. They cannot put up with their loneliness"

    5 votes
  9. Comment on What games do you have on your Steam wishlist that haven't come out yet? in ~games

    calcifer Link Parent
    Never heard of it before, looks very interesting. Thanks!

    Never heard of it before, looks very interesting. Thanks!

    1 vote
  10. Comment on The Boring Truths I’ve Learned About Losing Weight and Keeping It Off in ~health

    calcifer Link Parent
    Yes, there are many, many conditions - including abnormal gut flora - that can prevent weight gain, but my point was about weight loss, which cannot be prevented by any disease given a caloric...

    gut microbes that allow you to turn 11 calories into 5

    Yes, there are many, many conditions - including abnormal gut flora - that can prevent weight gain, but my point was about weight loss, which cannot be prevented by any disease given a caloric intake below your body's daily expenditure. That's the argument behind CICO.

    I know for a fact that this person eats much, much, less than a number of other people who are able to eat large amounts and put on no weight

    Then those other people have higher caloric expenditure; i.e they burn more than they eat. We can both eat 10 cheeseburgers per day and you can lose weight while I gain. That doesn't contradict CICO.

    in many cases they will skip certain meals entirely

    When you eat has no bearing on weight gain or loss. It does effect other important things, like electrolyte levels, sleep patterns and so on but once again, the rules of thermodynamics don't change with time of day.

    they cannot eat junk food, or most fatty foods, without suffering for a number of days.

    This is also unrelated to weight changes. As long as you are getting above minimum levels of macro and micronutrients, your entire diet could be McDonalds and you could still lose weight as per CICO. It would have secondary effects on your cholesterol etc. but that's besides the point.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on What games do you have on your Steam wishlist that haven't come out yet? in ~games

    calcifer Link Parent
    Indeed and I'm looking forward to it :)

    Indeed and I'm looking forward to it :)

    1 vote
  12. Comment on What games do you have on your Steam wishlist that haven't come out yet? in ~games

    calcifer Link Parent
    Looks very interesting. Wishlisted, thanks!

    Looks very interesting. Wishlisted, thanks!

  13. Comment on What games do you have on your Steam wishlist that haven't come out yet? in ~games

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    I choose to not count it as a Valve game, since they've only bought the studio (Campo Santo, of Firewatch fame) when the game was already in development. If these people ever get to make another...

    I choose to not count it as a Valve game, since they've only bought the studio (Campo Santo, of Firewatch fame) when the game was already in development. If these people ever get to make another game, then I'll count that for Valve :)

    1 vote
  14. Comment on What games do you have on your Steam wishlist that haven't come out yet? in ~games

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    Thanks! Here are some of the more memorable games I've played this year, in no particular order. Ranging from simple point-and-click games to 3D action-adventures, what they all share is a good...

    Thanks! Here are some of the more memorable games I've played this year, in no particular order. Ranging from simple point-and-click games to 3D action-adventures, what they all share is a good story :)

    7 votes
  15. Comment on What games do you have on your Steam wishlist that haven't come out yet? in ~games

    calcifer Link
    Quite a lot, actually. Mostly indies. The older I get (I'm 30), the more indie my tastes become. Nowadays, I seem to prefer story-heavy single player games that are on the shorter side (<8 hours)....
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    Quite a lot, actually. Mostly indies. The older I get (I'm 30), the more indie my tastes become. Nowadays, I seem to prefer story-heavy single player games that are on the shorter side (<8 hours). If there is any online multiplayer, especially in an FPS, there is a 99% chance I have no interest in it, which coincidentally eliminates most AAA games these days.

    Anyway, of the 56 games currently in my wishlist, 23 are not out yet:

    11 votes
  16. Comment on Are any prescriptivists any good at it? in ~talk

    calcifer Link Parent
    Wow, thank you for those Wikipedia links! I have spent a solid hour reading through them and it's truly fascinating to me. Though I personally wouldn't bother, I feel a strong kinship with those...

    Wow, thank you for those Wikipedia links! I have spent a solid hour reading through them and it's truly fascinating to me. Though I personally wouldn't bother, I feel a strong kinship with those arguing on the "let's use proper dashes" side :)

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Are any prescriptivists any good at it? in ~talk

    calcifer Link Parent
    I agree that language is amazing and fascinating and what not, but I also think grammatical correctness is part of that. Personally, I find it really difficult to take someone seriously when they...

    I agree that language is amazing and fascinating and what not, but I also think grammatical correctness is part of that. Personally, I find it really difficult to take someone seriously when they write, say, "Your just a grammar snob".

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Are any prescriptivists any good at it? in ~talk

    calcifer Link Parent
    Indeed. Hi! I'm not assuming ignorance at all. I'm simply stating that, when someone corrects a mistake (accidental or not) getting offended is the wrong response. Either it wasn't accidental, in...

    Turkish? Wow, it is great to encounter another Turkish speaker here! Nice to meet you!

    Indeed. Hi!

    First of all, you can not assume ignorance that easily, because people who know the rules make mistakes too, they sometimes do not realise them (and that is why proofreading exists), or, because the linguistic register at play is not an elevated one, they sometimes ignore it.

    I'm not assuming ignorance at all. I'm simply stating that, when someone corrects a mistake (accidental or not) getting offended is the wrong response. Either it wasn't accidental, in which case you learn something, or it was and there is no harm in the correction. It might even help someone else reading the same discussion.

    Or say when texting in Turkish, I dont really care if I add a space before the particle "dA" each time, and if my interlocutor corrected that, that would be annoying.

    We should never text then :) I would link you to https://ayriyazilir.com/

    "making mistakes, one learns".

    Well, one only learns from their mistakes if they know it's a mistake, no?

    4 votes
  19. Comment on Are any prescriptivists any good at it? in ~talk

    calcifer Link Parent
    But that's exactly the point where corrections should be most welcome. It's not even about being a native speaker (I'm not - you and I share a native language), it's about accepting that, for any...

    Many times, the author of some piece of text is not a native speaker of the language they are using

    But that's exactly the point where corrections should be most welcome. It's not even about being a native speaker (I'm not - you and I share a native language), it's about accepting that, for any given topic, there are those who might be more knowledgeable than you, and being offered a correction should be seen as an opportunity to learn and improve yourself, not something to get indignant about.

    Does this correction add to the discussion or clear any ambiguity? No. Then it's totally unnecessary whatever be the reason of the (supposed) mistake.

    First, there is nothing "supposed" about a mistake involving e.g there/their/they're. It's either right or wrong. As for necessity, it's firmly in the eye of the beholder. One can either choose to learn from it, or bury their head in the sand and get offended by it.

    More generally, I'm horrified by the rise of anti-intellectualism and the supposedly progressive attempts to dress up ignorance as something not only acceptable, but commendable.

    5 votes