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  1. Comment on Cyberpunk 2077 delayed to September in ~games

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    Wow, I feel incredibly sorry for the people working on this game.

    Wow, I feel incredibly sorry for the people working on this game.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Cyberpunk 2077 delayed to September in ~games

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    While I doubt it since they didn't mention anything about it, I do hope it means that their staff isn't crunching quite so hard as that was one of the problematic things CDPR workers said about...

    While I doubt it since they didn't mention anything about it, I do hope it means that their staff isn't crunching quite so hard as that was one of the problematic things CDPR workers said about working on The Witcher 3.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on What are your unpopular game opinions? in ~games

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    I'm going to go out on a controversial statement and say that Half Life 2 is a boring game that is weaker than Half Life 1. And that Portal 2 is a weaker game than Portal 1. Half Life 2: I...

    I'm going to go out on a controversial statement and say that Half Life 2 is a boring game that is weaker than Half Life 1. And that Portal 2 is a weaker game than Portal 1.

    Half Life 2: I remember playing this roughly when it came out and I just found it incredibly boring. About 6 years before Half Life 2 I played Half Life and whilst I didn't play up to Xen (I think I played about half of the game), half of that game was immensely better than anything I played in Half Life 2. True, I didn't play Xen so I didn't get to feel all the disappointment and frustration of those levels (thank goodness), but I believe H:2 is the complete opposite to HL in many ways:

    • The guns are weaker. I can't really explain it, but nearly all of the arsenal in HL feels powerful to some degree. In HL2 only the shotgun felt powerful, but was only powerful when you used the two shells mechanism instead of one.
    • The AI is abysmall. HL had some of the best AI from the millitary to the little creatures on the floor. Millitary people would give the impression that they communicated to each other and would organise together to sniff you out. I hated playing against them, but I respected how challenging they were. In HL2, the AI just aimlessly runs towards you to get shot or play peekaboo behind cover.
    • The levels. The only memorable level I remember for being fun was Ravenholm - where I had the opportunity to blitz zombies using the gravity gun and whatnot. Every other level felt like a simple boring chore of mopping up enemies or wasting a long time travelling from X to Y. While I agree giving players a break from the action is necessary, the way HL2 did it was mind numbing and tedious for me.
    • The constant physics puzzles. This ties in with the levels, but it got boring really quickly placing a block of wood on a barrel and then placing a few bricks on the other end to get to a certain area.
    • The scenario. I admit being an absolute sucker for HL's dread-filled atmosphere, so this is something I can understand is a matter of personal taste. But the world in HL2 was just boring. I never really felt any sense of dread or despair in HL2 (probably except for Ravenholm) so I was just bored throughout.
    • The fanservice. My god - I get it. Gordon Freeman is seen as a badass, but HL2 pretty much had every character kiss Gordon Freeman's arse (and by extension, the player's arse). It was too much, honestly. I get that they want the player to feel powerful, but having in game NPCs be cheerleaders for the player over and over was pretty weak. Alyx just being this sort of distant love-interest to a mute man was especially cringey.

    As with Portal 2, I think I enjoyed Portal's short length mixed with the weird odd humour. With P2, the flow went start level -> joke -> puzzle -> joke -> end level, and that motonony really bugged me. Especially as I didn't really find the game that funny - not compared to the pitch black humour of the first game. What I will say in P2's defence is that it had the better end-game boss than P1. But overall I really enjoyed P1's puzzle and humour over P2.

    With both HL1 and P1, I was sad when I stopped playing them. With HL2 and P2, I was relieved for it to end so I'd never play them again.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on App tracking alert in iOS 13 has dramatically cut location data flow to ad industry in ~tech

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    As someone who has an Android phone and has tried to use an iPhone in the past but didn't really enjoy it, good on Apple for this feature. If there's anything the software industry needs, it is a...

    As someone who has an Android phone and has tried to use an iPhone in the past but didn't really enjoy it, good on Apple for this feature. If there's anything the software industry needs, it is a serious clampdown on the pervaisiveness of data collection for the sake of data collection.

    If Apple didn't bother putting this in iOS, I'd doubt it would incentivise Google to do the same. But even still, I know the problem is so much more severe than just collecting location in the background. I made a post on it, and this problem is prevalent on both Android and iOS phones, so while this is good, it's just scratching the surface IMHO.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    So I've come back to this post after a long break and I've been drinking so I'm feeling pretty chill, and I read what you said, and you know what? Reading the entire thing wasn't so bad. I barely...

    So I've come back to this post after a long break and I've been drinking so I'm feeling pretty chill, and I read what you said, and you know what? Reading the entire thing wasn't so bad. I barely remember the marvel films, so I'll take your word for it (it's not the drinks - I pretty much watched them and let the whole experience wash over me).

    I don't know if I agree with what I wrote knowing how I feel now, but I do know that when I initially read your post, I saw this line

    You sound like you've never seen the goddamn film – or the rest of them, for that matter.

    and immediately I got flashbacks of all the times I spent wasted arguing with a toxic redditor/Twitter account. In fact, I couldn't even properly read your post because I was blinded by all the hurt and the rage from past experiences.

    I know you aren't responsible for those actions, but for people like myself, when I see words that one have (admittedly a mild) swearword coupled with this overly generic assumption of my views or beliefs, I just want to curl up inside and not respond.

    The sad thing is that everything between the two sentences I quoted was absolutely great. But unfortunately I've used the internet for discussing things that I've liked and I've wasted endless time "fighting" people in my youth, and those two sentences are the kind of sentences that other people would use to... well... stir drama, cause fights, troll, etc. You get the idea.

    I feel bad as I've now read the post and I understand it really wasn't as bad as I originally thought when I read it 6 in the morning. But at the same time (this is something I struggle with) it's not what the words mean to us, it's what it means to the recipient.

    Maybe it's the time I've spent away from posting (I tend to go away for a while from any social website, especially when I get that feeling of hostility), maybe it's the drunkenness, but I can now see that the post isn't that hostile. And maybe I've got some sort of lizard brain that automatically saw that as concerning, but I don't think I'm alone?

    Especially when dealing with people on Reddit, that has left me with a very sour taste in my mouth. I came here to seek refuge from that, and while I admit I won't get that 100% of the time, the optimist in me hopes I can at least get closer to that goal than before.

    Sorry in advance if this is an incoreherent ramble.

    8 votes
  6. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    I feel incredibly seen (at least with the films I've watched - have no idea about Speed Racer/Stealth/Russian films/Primer). I would say that I thought everyone knew Death Proof was rubbish? If I...

    I feel incredibly seen (at least with the films I've watched - have no idea about Speed Racer/Stealth/Russian films/Primer).

    I would say that I thought everyone knew Death Proof was rubbish? If I remember correctly, even Tarantino acknowledged it was his worst film.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    As much as I enjoyed JW3, I did notice that and laugh at how ridiculous it was. I agree with all your points, but when I watched it I pretty much shut off the part of my brain that did any sort of...

    they kill a guy in a crowd and nobody bats a fucking eye

    As much as I enjoyed JW3, I did notice that and laugh at how ridiculous it was.

    I agree with all your points, but when I watched it I pretty much shut off the part of my brain that did any sort of critical thinking and I enjoyed the film. No doubt if I watched the films back to back I'd have these exact gripes.

  8. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    I haven't watched it because even if it was absolutely stellar in every single category, Cats isn't my type of movie - not a fan of musicals. But I'm glad someone liked Cats. I was actually...

    I haven't watched it because even if it was absolutely stellar in every single category, Cats isn't my type of movie - not a fan of musicals. But I'm glad someone liked Cats. I was actually starting to feel sorry for all the people who worked tirelessly making the film for it to bomb in cinemas because the CGI was bad.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    This post is incredibly hostile - I get that you are enthusiastic about the films, but you could've explained it much better without using language and phrases that attack the person you're...

    This post is incredibly hostile - I get that you are enthusiastic about the films, but you could've explained it much better without using language and phrases that attack the person you're replying. And by this, I mean.

    You sound like you've never seen the goddamn film – or the rest of them, for that matter.

    But you've decided to focus on the five minutes of that one guy toting his two assault rifles in one film.

    I would have instead phrased it as

    I've watched the films and I can remember several instances that this isnt true:

    It shows you disprove of the comments but removes all of the aggression. And remember, we are talking about entertainment - there's no need for any kind of aggression.

    10 votes
  10. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    John Wick is terrible story wise, but incredible action wise. I normally get pretty lethargic from watching action films but John Wick is the first series where I don't feel bored/tired from...

    John Wick is terrible story wise, but incredible action wise.

    I normally get pretty lethargic from watching action films but John Wick is the first series where I don't feel bored/tired from watching the action - perhaps because the moment-to-moment action feels somewhat unpredictable.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    I don't know if this counts, but I tried rewatching Scott Pilgrim vs the World - I watched it as a teenager and loved it, but nearly a decade on I can barely stand it. I got to about 30 minutes in...

    I don't know if this counts, but I tried rewatching Scott Pilgrim vs the World - I watched it as a teenager and loved it, but nearly a decade on I can barely stand it. I got to about 30 minutes in before I had to turn it off and do something else.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    My unpopular opinions are Die Hard is overrated and so is Hot Fuzz. I'm not a fan of Star Wars series, but I think that's just me and my individual tastes rather than anything I can point to and...

    My unpopular opinions are Die Hard is overrated and so is Hot Fuzz.

    I'm not a fan of Star Wars series, but I think that's just me and my individual tastes rather than anything I can point to and say "that doesn't seem right".

  13. Comment on What are you using these days as an alternative to YouTube? in ~tech

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    This seems perfect for the desktop - it's everything I basically wanted in YouTube but had to download billions of extensions to get working. Cheers!

    This seems perfect for the desktop - it's everything I basically wanted in YouTube but had to download billions of extensions to get working. Cheers!

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Dedoimedo's best Linux distribution of 2019 in ~comp

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    My PC was one of these custom designed PCs from pcspecialist.co.uk so I'd have to look up individual hardware listings which is something I'm not really interested in doing - especially given that...

    My PC was one of these custom designed PCs from pcspecialist.co.uk so I'd have to look up individual hardware listings which is something I'm not really interested in doing - especially given that Windows works just fine on here.

    This PC was a >£1k PC for gaming so I'm pretty sure there are some proprietary things (graphics card, ethernet, motherboard, processor, etc) that screw with the Linux installation. Regardless, ever since I got a switch I barely ever play on the PC. It is a great PC that has lasted me nearly 5 years and it's still going strong - still incredibly fast and powerful with little issues (it struggles to shut down properly, but that's a separate issue). But my next PC probably won't be so... "gamerish" and will probably be a bit cheaper with hopefully a lot more hardware components that are supported as standard by the Linux community.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on What are you using these days as an alternative to YouTube? in ~tech

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    For me, I've tried Nebula and perhaps others, but I end up going back to YouTube/Netflix. I wouldn't say I'm a massive YouTube fan, I think the quality of content has gone somewhat downhill with...

    For me, I've tried Nebula and perhaps others, but I end up going back to YouTube/Netflix.

    I wouldn't say I'm a massive YouTube fan, I think the quality of content has gone somewhat downhill with all sorts of bad actors trying to abuse the system for profit (see ElsaGate). Not only that, but the amount of time misinformation that can spread and proliferate on YouTube is pretty awful. As much as I would like to, I no longer trust amateur video creators making factual videos due to the issue of accountability. Add in the algorithm trying to get everybody to pump out stupid amounts of content at the risk of their own mental health and I'm pretty much deterred from it.

    Netflix seems to be the opposite of that - accountability, creators making decent money that they wouldn't make anywhere else, and due to the volume of content on Netflix (regardless of how interested I'm in each thing) it definitely seems creators on there aren't abused silly like YouTube. So I tend to gravitate to that for actual factual content - although I need a break every now and then as it feels like there's something new to get outraged on with Netflix (a bit like Twitter).

    There is a gap that YouTube occupies that no other streaming service seems to be filling in - random video blogging or just random content creation. I do find myself going back on YouTube, but often for those random videos/channels about cat/dog owners filming crazy antics of their pets. YouTube grew from people randomly blogging about their lives, and I still think that's valuable content to a lot of people - in an increasingly lonely world, people want to reach out and see how other people live their lives.

    Also, lets not discount those one-off tutorial videos - I know I made a big flap about YouTube's factuality, but I went to a job interview this week, and I learned how to do a full windsor knot tie thanks to a 2-5 minute video on YouTube. If other platforms have videos that help people to tie a knot or set the pressure on their boiler etc, that would help in growing that platform.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Dedoimedo's best Linux distribution of 2019 in ~comp

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    It was about a year ago? I've definitely have used the Live desktop feature - the issue comes when I install the distro and it boots up and the OS breaks due to driver issues.

    It was about a year ago? I've definitely have used the Live desktop feature - the issue comes when I install the distro and it boots up and the OS breaks due to driver issues.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Dedoimedo's best Linux distribution of 2019 in ~comp

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    I ditched Linux a while ago since I couldn't get Ubuntu Linux to work on my desktop PC with dual monitors, but this has got me excited to try Linux out again. When I was in my twenties, I'd love...

    I ditched Linux a while ago since I couldn't get Ubuntu Linux to work on my desktop PC with dual monitors, but this has got me excited to try Linux out again.

    When I was in my twenties, I'd love bleeding edge software/distros. Now I long for boring stuff that just works.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Bojack Horseman - Season 6A - Discussion Thread in ~tv

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    I watched Season 6A and it's absolutely brilliant. Without spoiling anything in particular, there is a stronger focus on individuals and either their current lives or a deeper back story. I'm sure...

    I watched Season 6A and it's absolutely brilliant. Without spoiling anything in particular, there is a stronger focus on individuals and either their current lives or a deeper back story.

    I'm sure this is also setting up something for 6B, but already the writing is absolutely incredible. I'm just amazed at how each episode manages to be brilliantly written with clever jokes to stop the show from being too much of a downer.

    I don't think I've ever re-watched a series, but I think I might have to do that for Bojack Horseman as I can only imagine how great it must be to see this show evolve over time.

    5 votes
  19. Comment on How podcasts went from unlistenable to unmissable in ~tech

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    I used to listen to the Jimquisition every single week as it seemed like listening to three friends shoot the shit and talk about relevant gaming stuff. Now that I've sort of given up on gaming...

    I used to listen to the Jimquisition every single week as it seemed like listening to three friends shoot the shit and talk about relevant gaming stuff.

    Now that I've sort of given up on gaming and that entire world, it felt like three people just having a moan all the time - I completely get it, it's why I left gaming, but doing so sort-of killed the podcast for me.

    I've tried listening to others and I never realised how ad-heavy the format is with other people. I kind of miss that old format of friends casually chatting shit about the state of the world. Everything has either been super casual or super dense in information and absolutely lathered up in ads.