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  1. Comment on People Under The Stairs - San Francisco Knights (1998) in ~music

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    Oh man this is such a tuuuunnneee! I actually discovered this a few years ago through a hip hop radio on Spotify - still sounds so fresh today! Absolutely love this song!

    Oh man this is such a tuuuunnneee!

    I actually discovered this a few years ago through a hip hop radio on Spotify - still sounds so fresh today! Absolutely love this song!

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  2. Comment on ‘Bioshock’ creator says “throwing away” your work is most important lesson for devs in ~games

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    I had to re-read Press Reset to make sure I got my story straight, but from the book it seemed that Levine hated having so many people around and not knowing their names (this was around the time...

    I had to re-read Press Reset to make sure I got my story straight, but from the book it seemed that Levine hated having so many people around and not knowing their names (this was around the time Bioshock Infinite was being made) and Levine wanted to leave.

    Take Two execs were really worried by this as at this point they saw Levine as a "brand" and if he left, they feared their stock would tank. So Levine and the execs negotiated to give Levine a smaller company where he would directly report to T2 execs but in return he would have much greater power in how he could run his company and build his games.

    Then eventually Levine gave an announcement that he was winding down Irrational Games and only hiring a very small subset of IG staff to work for his company. Lots of people were not only caught by surprise by the news, but some were pretty surprised they didn't get picked by Levine to go into his new company, despite Levine seemingly being cool with them.

    Reading it again, I think they are both at fault - T2 execs are willing to treat staff like cannon fodder (like all videogame execs do - seriously, read the book!) and Levine having his own little group that he can eventually bully to get what he wants (it isn't what I got from Press Reset, but now reading The Verge article and seeing everything about Levine, I think he hated having many people around as there was strength in numbers and more people could shoot down his decisions and he couldn't be personal with his attacks).

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  3. Comment on The upcoming paid personal AdGuard DNS service in ~tech

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    I've just given this a go and honestly this is the bees knees. It's like a remote PiHole minus all the faff that comes with setting up and maintaining a PiHole. Thanks for sharing!

    I've just given this a go and honestly this is the bees knees. It's like a remote PiHole minus all the faff that comes with setting up and maintaining a PiHole.

    Thanks for sharing!

    3 votes
  4. Comment on ‘Bioshock’ creator says “throwing away” your work is most important lesson for devs in ~games

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    Ah, this was the original story that I was thinking of when I read the article I posted. I agree. Without The Verge link, one would probably think Levine is after perfection or something. But that...

    Ah, this was the original story that I was thinking of when I read the article I posted.

    I agree. Without The Verge link, one would probably think Levine is after perfection or something. But that Verge article paints a very different picture of someone who is terrible at management and can't keep a closed and limited scope on a project.

    If anyone wants a bit more of an eye-opener on the kind of person Ken Levine is, Jason Schrier's Press Reset book is a good read (I mean, it's a good read in general, but that bit about Bioshock Infinite made me realise what kind of person Levine is).

    5 votes
  5. Comment on If you're having trouble with Firefox, try disabling HTTP3 in about:config in ~tech

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    So I woke up this morning and Firefox suddenly stopped loading all of its tabs on my M1 Mac Mini. My first thought was my router suddenly crapped out or my modem was giving me issues. I restarted...

    So I woke up this morning and Firefox suddenly stopped loading all of its tabs on my M1 Mac Mini. My first thought was my router suddenly crapped out or my modem was giving me issues. I restarted the router and I got absolutely nothing - couldn't even go to the URL.

    I tried my Macbook Pro and that seemed to be fine so I restarted my machine. About ~5 mins later the same problem in Firefox. I tried a new website in Edge, and that worked fine. Essentially, Firefox was the culprit.

    This tweet helped me fix it. If you can't see it, here's the content:

    If you're having trouble with #firefox, try disabling HTTP3 in about:config with the 'network.http.http3.enabled' key. After setting this and restarting Firefox everything worked again.

    Bear in mind that for me, I had to run ps aux | grep firefox on the Terminal to find a lingering Firefox process, run a kill <pid> to end it, and then restart Firefox for the change to be properly applied.

    I hope this helps anyone else in a similar place.

    EDIT: A bugzilla thread for those who are interested in seeing this get solved (the above really isn't a permanent fix, but a temporary bodge) https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1749908

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

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    It is possible I missed/skipped parts - it was late last night and I was pretty much rushing at the end. I have to say, that's honestly great to hear. I know there was different builds which...

    It is possible I missed/skipped parts - it was late last night and I was pretty much rushing at the end.

    I have to say, that's honestly great to hear. I know there was different builds which allowed different skills to speak up, and by the end of it I had unlocked quite a lot of skills, but I am tempted to give it another spin - although this time I might get it on my PS4 Pro (just so I can keep my work/gaming life separate as I work from home).

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

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    It was a good ramble 👍 I never thought of it, but yes that's exactly why I love StS - I have a good enough deck, but I'm trying to make it really good for Elite bosses. That, and the...

    It was a good ramble 👍

    I never thought of it, but yes that's exactly why I love StS - I have a good enough deck, but I'm trying to make it really good for Elite bosses. That, and the experimentation with cards, relics, potions, buffs/debuffs - all adds for an exciting playthrough each round, even if some rounds I barely make it past the first stage!

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

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    I played and completed Disco Elysium last night! And... hmm... Up until the end, I was having an absolute blast being a detective and figuring out clues, helping out people, all that good stuff. I...

    I played and completed Disco Elysium last night! And... hmm...

    Up until the end, I was having an absolute blast being a detective and figuring out clues, helping out people, all that good stuff. I got my gun and my badge back as well, so I felt like I was making progress.

    Then I got to a pretty big event. Here comes the spoilers so ignore the following if you don't want to be spoiled.

    Here be spoils So I got to the point where I confront Ruby and in doing so, I learn Klassje is not wholly honest about her intentions - or is she being honest and is Ruby the one lying? It's a pretty big step and would help me figure out who the killer is.

    So I go back to the cafe to find the mercs are standing off against the Hardy Boys. I intervene and shoot one (or possibly) both the mercs and save Kim from being shot from behind. I wake up to find I'm alive, Kim is alive, and a great chunk of the Hardy Boys gang is dead.

    So I'm given one more mission to do, and I'm aware it's the ending and because I want to see how it ends I just go forward without wrapping a lot of stuff up. I end up going to a random shore that was inaccessible up until this point and long story short it was some random communist guy who killed the merc for various reasons that quite frankly have nothing to do with all of the great detective stuff I did so far.

    I go back to the island before where I'm confronted by my crew and it's the part where I'm bragging about what I've accomplished - and luckily up until this point I accomplished quite a fair bit so my guy accepts me and I even offer Kim a chance to come work with us. But this is the only bit where what I've done has any real consequence. We all get in the car, game over, credits roll for years.

    I get the best ending, including the Hardy Boys dying, Kim living (thank goodness) and the mysterious rando dude on another island not being mentioned once and just appearing to wrap the game's story up.

    Spoiler free - the choices I made didn't seem to have much of an impact on the main ongoing story in the end. All it really accounted for was some decisions right at the end, and I feel pretty let down by that, truth be told. I've seen articles commenting that it was intentional as part of a bigger point with the game, but I felt like the game innovated so much and so hard with the dialogue system and the skill tree system - only to give the most bog standard video-gamey ending I've seen.

    Half of me would like to replay Disco Elysium, but the other half is well aware that all that changes is a few bits of text and quite possibly the ending animation.

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

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    I absolutely love Slay the Spire - I own it on my PC, Switch, PS4, and iPhone/iPad. And this is coming from someone who has little to no desire in card or turn-based games.

    I absolutely love Slay the Spire - I own it on my PC, Switch, PS4, and iPhone/iPad. And this is coming from someone who has little to no desire in card or turn-based games.

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

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    Truth be told, Not A Hero's humour was pretty lame and dated even when it came out. The gameplay is great if you're into that sort of thing, but after playing several Devolver Digital games for me...

    Truth be told, Not A Hero's humour was pretty lame and dated even when it came out. The gameplay is great if you're into that sort of thing, but after playing several Devolver Digital games for me it got a bit tiring.

    Also with Enter the Gungeon - I 100% feel you. For me, ETG became much more enjoyable as a game on the side that I would come back to every month or so, chip away at it a little, and then leave it alone for another month. I went from not even completing the first level to somehow making my way to second and I think in one case a third level. Also - once you managed to kill a boss, upgrade! Before you enter the gungeon, there is a door to the left, that is the upgrade shop. That way, you're always getting better and not just failing miserably each time. I hope that helps!

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

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    Man, I really loved playing this game until I... didn't? I'm not quite sure what happened, but there was a point where I stopped and I didn't bother continuing on with the story. I think I became...

    Man, I really loved playing this game until I... didn't? I'm not quite sure what happened, but there was a point where I stopped and I didn't bother continuing on with the story. I think I became a bit fatigued with the general gameplay-story loop. The game is great, but I think I was playing it non-stop and got a bit bored.

    Might have to dig that one back out just to see where I got to and see if I want to continue.

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

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    As someone who couldn't give a crap about cars, the Forza Horizon series has done a great job at educating me about cars and actually has made me care about cars - and not just the muscle cars,...

    As someone who couldn't give a crap about cars, the Forza Horizon series has done a great job at educating me about cars and actually has made me care about cars - and not just the muscle cars, but the mundane and even the little weirdo ones.

    I will personally say that as a FH4 fan, FH5 feels a little too much like FH4, from the theme (it's in Mexico, but some areas kind of feel a bit like UK - not sure if that's me noticing the same assets, me being overly judgemental, or what) to the way events are dished out. An anecdote, but my friend says using a steering wheel in FH5 is just as bad as it was in FH4 which is disappointing. But then FH4 was pretty great, so I can't really complain too much.

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

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    I have exactly the same issues with Darkest Dungeon and I'd be so relieved if these are fixed in Darkest Dungeon 2. I've got it on my PS4 and I do enjoy the game, there are issues that you mention...

    I have exactly the same issues with Darkest Dungeon and I'd be so relieved if these are fixed in Darkest Dungeon 2. I've got it on my PS4 and I do enjoy the game, there are issues that you mention which makes me frown.

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

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    Huh, I learned something new. Thank you.

    Huh, I learned something new. Thank you.

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

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    I've been playing a mixture of games: Cookie Clicker: Just a game that's running in the background. I've finally got it to the point where my prestige level can be upgraded to 3290 which is...

    I've been playing a mixture of games:

    Cookie Clicker: Just a game that's running in the background. I've finally got it to the point where my prestige level can be upgraded to 3290 which is maddening as the last run I was struggling to increase it in the 10s. Planning to leave it alone over the holidays, come back, and pop some wrinkers for those cookie gains.

    Project Warlock: Playing this on PS4, it's a neat FPS. I got stuck on the first level (after visiting the workshop first time) and it felt damn near impossible to beat that level but I did it. I'm now doing the second set of levels and having fun even though I've barely scratched the surface with the upgrades.

    DOOM, DOOM 2, DOOM 64: Got them on PS4. Utter classics. I love all three for different reasons (DOOM was the first FPS, DOOM 2 refined it, DOOM 64 bought the eerie atmosphere in). I have got DOOM 3 on PS4 but truth be told it's a fine game but something I've beaten and I have no desire to revisit any time soon.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on 1000mods - Vidage (2011) in ~music

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    The album is pretty great if you like Kyuss

    The album is pretty great if you like Kyuss

    1 vote