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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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    Yes! Same here! I was an absolute die-hard DRM-free person, but this device man... I mean, how can I not support Valve after the Steam Deck! I absolutely love it - no mincing words! It's funny - I...

    For a long time I prioritized GOG over Steam, but Valve’s Linux support won me back over. At this point I’ve re-bought most of my GOG library on Steam simply for convenience’s sake.

    Yes! Same here! I was an absolute die-hard DRM-free person, but this device man... I mean, how can I not support Valve after the Steam Deck!

    Anyway, enjoy your wonderful new device and all the delight it brings!

    I absolutely love it - no mincing words! It's funny - I bought a PSP to play some GTA games on that platform. Then the Steam Deck comes along and replaces my PSP, Xbox Series X, and my Nintendo Switch (as a handheld device, although I've heard it can emulate it, and ngl I am rather tempted to emulate the Switch). It's just such a magnificent beast!

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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 last week I got my Steam Deck. I didn't really know what to think when I put a preorder down, but I was willing to give it a shot on the grounds that: I have a Mac as a "PC gaming machine" The...

    So last week I got my Steam Deck. I didn't really know what to think when I put a preorder down, but I was willing to give it a shot on the grounds that:

    • I have a Mac as a "PC gaming machine"
    • The Steam Deck was fundamentally a PC dressed up like a handheld.

    Oh. My. God. I friggin' love this thing! Easily the best tech equipment I've got in a while! The openness to faff around, mod stuff, add new things, and tweak existing things is just unparallelled. So far I've:

    • Got GTA 3, Vice City, San Andreas working on SD with the definitive-edition-project.com mods.
    • Got Bejewelled 3 and Sim City 4 up and running with decent controller setup to emulate mouse and keyboard
    • Got GTA IV and V up and running at 60FPS with no modification
    • Got Saints Row 3 & 4 up and running at 60FPS with virtually no modification (SR4 needed to be set to run with Proton as the Linux version ironically crashes on boot while the Windows binary works with Proton out of the box!!)
    • Got EmuDeck up and running and now I have PS2, PSP, Xbox, Mega Drive, Nintendo, SNES, and I think some others setup. I've tried the PS2 emulation and I could only dream of Metal Gear Solid 2/3 at 60FPS with no hitches!!
    • Got Xbox Gamepass Cloud Gaming setup on my machine! I can now play Flight Simulator on the can!

    It is such a beast, I love it! Honestly, right now I'm just playing all the games because I can! The only thing I had difficulty was playing GOG titles, and honestly that's fair enough - I think that will require a lot more tinkering than what I'd like, but at least the option is there in case I feel bored!

    I would say that as someone who grew up PC gaming, loves Linux, and is a tinkerer at heart, the Steam Deck feels like it was built for me specifically. I know some prefer the "plug it in and play" approach, and honestly that is fine and great too - for me, the Steam Deck is the dream device I never knew I wanted until it arrived in my hands.

    8 votes
  3. Comment on Rockstar Games issue message regarding recent leak in ~games

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    So for those who aren't aware, Rockstar Games suffered a pretty massive leak on the weekend when someone uploaded videos of a pre-alpha version of their game. Of course, Take Two lawyers are in...

    So for those who aren't aware, Rockstar Games suffered a pretty massive leak on the weekend when someone uploaded videos of a pre-alpha version of their game.

    Of course, Take Two lawyers are in the process of taking down those videos across YouTube and Twitter.

    Lots of people who work/have knowledge of the videogame industry have said this is a serious blow for Rockstar Games developers (the stress of having pre-alpha work out there, the fact that rapid changes happen in a month etc). Meanwhile, some fans of Rockstar Games have expressed a bit of glee (mostly towards Take Two) over the fact that they are nervous/upset about this leak.

    Some developers have expressed sympathy and support for the situation - Neil Druckmann is one of those people.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Help me decide what technology should I use for this project in ~comp

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    It’s the same as anyone. The most important thing is using whatever you can to iterate quickly on your ideas so you can see what works and what doesn’t. Best of luck to you 👍

    It’s the same as anyone. The most important thing is using whatever you can to iterate quickly on your ideas so you can see what works and what doesn’t. Best of luck to you 👍

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  5. Comment on Help me decide what technology should I use for this project in ~comp

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    I would say work with what you are familiar with. There are C# developers out there if you wish to open source, and Microsoft documentation is honestly some of the best documentation there is (I'm...

    I would say work with what you are familiar with. There are C# developers out there if you wish to open source, and Microsoft documentation is honestly some of the best documentation there is (I'm primarily a Java developer fwiw).

    You could write it in a web based language - even Electron where you get the desktop toolbar features with the Javascript language that most people are familiar with, so can contribute.

    But first? Make your idea. Use whatever langauge you feel is best. I guarantee you that you will make mistakes along the way, and then you'll think "hmm, I should've done this or that" etc. You may even think "yeah my idea wasn't so great" and shelve it - but at least you tried it and iterated over it and found flaws in your product/idea before actually getting serious with another framework/tool you weren't familiar with.

    TL;DR - stick with what you know. Don't think - just build, build, build.

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

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    I finished the new Saints Row a few days ago too! I would agree with everything you've said but I ended up having a lot of fun with the game and really enjoyed the ending even if everything...

    I finished the new Saints Row a few days ago too!

    I would agree with everything you've said but I ended up having a lot of fun with the game and really enjoyed the ending even if everything leading up to it was a bit sub-par.

    I found the exact same thing with the Assault shotgun, but once I got the police shotgun and upgraded it, I was damn near invincible close range. Those enemies with two health bars were reduced to nothing after two shots. The Combat rifle was a good all-rounder, even if you had to empty your clip. And the SMG was good for shooting at cars.

    I think the overall area just won me over as well as the day/night transition. Santo Illeso to me looked absolutely goregeous at times. Also, I was playing on XSX, so I think with a controller and heavy use of the game's auto aim, the game is actually playable (although I had to knock down the difficulty one down from medium to get the chaotic power fantasy I was used to in previous Saints Row games).

    The sniper rifle is a strange one to me - When I use it on XSX the viewfinder looks terrible, as if someone smeared vasiline on the screen or digitally zoomed in on a camera. However, like you said, you can one hit kill enemies, and if you shoot from far away, you have bullet drop. A very weird inclusion for a franchise this silly, but oh well.

    My thinking was that the failure of Agents of Mayhem hit the studio very hard, and they had to cut a lot of corners on this one to make it fit within budget - it definitely has the feeling given how repetitive the side missions can be and how barebones the main story is (everything is quickly rushed over). However, the ending about friendships etc I personally feel that was Volition staff really wanting to include that message and meaning given that in the end credits, two Volition staff members passed away during development, which for me the whole ending really hit hard on an emotional level.

    I don't really know how to feel. On the one hand, the game is severely undercooked and has several fundamental problems with dated design and bugs. On the other hand, it was the most fun I've had in a while and was absolutely nowhere near as bad as GTA Definitive Edition (I fell through the map on that one, as well as driven on invisible bridges, had missions become insanely harder due to weird glitches that were not present in the original, etc) and for me, Cyberpunk (I eventually bought the game second hand, and I just could not get into the game. The whole world felt dead and lifeless and the mission design was very, very much Witcher 3 but in first person).

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

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    So my paycheck came through last week, so I caved in and bought Saints Row. OK. So it isn't anywhere near as bad as the internet will have you believe if you've played and enjoyed SR2-4 games....

    So my paycheck came through last week, so I caved in and bought Saints Row.

    OK. So it isn't anywhere near as bad as the internet will have you believe if you've played and enjoyed SR2-4 games. However, it does have it's cringe moments - but so far it never gets as bad as Agents of Mayhem writing. I will say that the Boss you play as is entertaining, even if not as entertaining as past bosses (good enough).

    The environment goes from "OK" to "wow that's neat". Some side hustles are really enjoyable, others less so. Having to press a button 5 different times at different points to learn about a town in Santo Illeso is not fun, especially for the rewards it gives.

    The radio station is OK. It has Outrun FM, so for any synth fans you'll love it (although it has unknown artists). If you're not into that, the rap/hip hop radio is amazing. Outside of that though, I didn't really spot anything else that was "wow".

    The bugs tho. The bugs. Man, this is a buggy boi. It's bugs in all the weird corner cases, like I was browsing the uploaded bosses, and I got hit by a car which took me out of the menu. OK, not cool but not the worst. Only when I got into a side hustle (side mission) that I noticed the game changed the voide to the boss I was looking at in the menu.

    Still, it isn't so bad. However, I got to a mission and I was out of the "safe zone" which I needed to return to in 10 seconds unless I fail the mission or something. Except it never got me to fail the mission, it just hung on the loading screen.

    There's little bits and stuff like that which litter the game and ruin the presentation. If you want to play this and you are willing to look past the bugs, go for it. It isn't a bad way to spend time. For others, I would wait a few months and/or a sale.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Lord of the pings: How I turned off my phone notifications, and got my life back in ~tech

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    I wish iOS was intelligent enough to detect that I'm dismissing notifications much more than tapping/interacting and could suggest a prompt of "do you want to see these notifications any more?"...

    I wish iOS was intelligent enough to detect that I'm dismissing notifications much more than tapping/interacting and could suggest a prompt of "do you want to see these notifications any more?" and have it able to just dismiss it from the notification area.

  9. Comment on Lexica - Search engine for images generated via stable diffusion in ~creative

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    Because of the NSFW tag, I typed in "penis" into the search engine and got pictures of Matt Damon. Thanks OP for the funniest start to my morning.

    Because of the NSFW tag, I typed in "penis" into the search engine and got pictures of Matt Damon.

    Thanks OP for the funniest start to my morning.

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  10. Comment on Luca Guadagnino: We need more ‘surprising’ sequels like ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ in ~movies

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    I saw Top Gun: Maverick last night. It's a very good film! The first half looks back on Top Gun in nostalgia, and the second half tries to wrap up the plot gently peppered in the first half, and...

    I saw Top Gun: Maverick last night. It's a very good film! The first half looks back on Top Gun in nostalgia, and the second half tries to wrap up the plot gently peppered in the first half, and it works.

    I think the thing that surprised me was how traditional it was in terms of story and plot beats. It felt like a film that could've been made in the 80s with how conventional it was (it was still excellent).

    I can't tell if I really enjoyed it because it was a good film, it had a conventional feel-good story, or if it wasn't a superhero movie.

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

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    From what I’ve heard it starts off great and polished but slowly falls apart as you go on, story wise and bugs wise. I’ve noticed that volition under deep silver have become a bit… economical with...

    From what I’ve heard it starts off great and polished but slowly falls apart as you go on, story wise and bugs wise.

    I’ve noticed that volition under deep silver have become a bit… economical with their games as opposed to under thq (saints row 1-4 vs gat out of hell, agents of mayhem, and now this). I think the team are super talented, but they are severely constrained by money and resources.

    The fact that the message I’ve seen from volition is “we’re super proud of what we’ve made” when it’s in the weird buggy state that it’s in makes me think that they are very proud, but unable to do their absolute best due to third party concerns.

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

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    I would either hold off or get the steam version. Steam version seems to get more regular updates and doesn’t have quite the poor performance (although on my Mac m1 at 1920x1080 I’m struggling to...

    I would either hold off or get the steam version. Steam version seems to get more regular updates and doesn’t have quite the poor performance (although on my Mac m1 at 1920x1080 I’m struggling to hold a stable 60fps, keeps wobbling under it between 55-60fps).

    I bought the Xbox version and that version has so many glitches it is quite embarrassing how it made it out in that state. Oh well, here’s waiting on a new bug fix for consoles.

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

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    Yesterday I was looking at reviews for Saints Row, and they're... not great. Not bad, but not great. Especially the bugs. It makes me think that good open world games are just too expensive and...

    Yesterday I was looking at reviews for Saints Row, and they're... not great. Not bad, but not great. Especially the bugs. It makes me think that good open world games are just too expensive and labor intensive to make. I think I'll wait a few months for that until I buy it.


    In the meantime, I picked up Cult Of The Lamb. It's like Binding of Isaac meets Dungeon Keeper. It's absolutely brilliant and I never knew such a combination could work, but here we are. It's so good I bought it for my mac and then my Xbox! Never have I been so excited to go through rounds to pick up a new recruit, get them into my cult, and get them doing random busy work. It's such a strangely addicting loop! I will say that I've noticed the Xbox version does give me some weird bugs like the screen will randomly hang on stuff from time to time - the game isn't frozen, and you can just save, go out, and go back into the game and resume where you left off. But it's weird the Xbox version is giving me these issues whereas the Mac version is just fine...


    A few days ago, I found Manhunt 2 on an abandonware site. I've played (but not completed) Manhunt and I honestly enjoyed the first Manhunt for it's horror vibe and soundtrack. I used to think Manhunt would be this wicked evil game, but then I tried it out and I enjoyed it so I figured, why not try Manhunt 2?

    Yeah... Manhunt 2 is not like Manhunt. It is extremely edgy, extremely violent (and the kills are pretty sadistic in nature), and doesn't seem to have much in the way of boundaries. For example, the first Manhunt had you killing criminal gangs - no innocent folks are harmed (well, up to the point I've played).

    In MH2 you kill pretty much everyone under the sun - a noticable bit is where you kill a gardener (for the simple act of being in your way) and you hear a little boy yell "Daddy!!!". I'm sure someone at R* found that very funny, but that is pretty grotesque.

    Not only that, but MH2 goes into so much lore, but at the same time leaves things unexplained. It's boring, confusing, and overstays its welcome (despite being a shorter game than MH1).

    The only positive I can give is that the controls have been tightened up quite a fair bit (especially on PC), especially the gun combat, and like 50% of the game is gun combat, so it's quite easy to breeze through. But honestly, there is a reason why the first one is so adored and the second one isn't talked about so much.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on The Last of Us | Teaser trailer in ~tv

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    Honestly, seems very interesting. The casting for bill seems absolutely perfect.

    Honestly, seems very interesting. The casting for bill seems absolutely perfect.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on yt-dlp: A youtube-dl fork with additional features and fixes in ~tech

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    I gave yt-dlp a try yesterday and I thought the fast download was just me. It managed to download a video essay that would've taken 1hr+ in <5mins. My mind was blown.

    I gave yt-dlp a try yesterday and I thought the fast download was just me. It managed to download a video essay that would've taken 1hr+ in <5mins. My mind was blown.

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  16. Comment on yt-dlp: A youtube-dl fork with additional features and fixes in ~tech

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    This seems kind of cool, but I'm a bit confused as to why this was made/what was the purpose or context behind this? I've seen the list of default behaviour differences, and from what I can...

    This seems kind of cool, but I'm a bit confused as to why this was made/what was the purpose or context behind this?

    I've seen the list of default behaviour differences, and from what I can gather, it does a better job at integrating metadata and adding subtitles of different varieties to videos (e.g. live chat).

    Nevertheless, I'm happy this exists. I do like the idea of multiple different versions of youtube-dl existing given how the project nearly died to a dubious and overzealous takedown request.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on Noto Emoji: A new black and white emoji font in ~tech

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    I absolutely agree. I think as well when I wrote my post, I was having a bit of an identity implosion. For context, my parents are Pakistani and therefore I am Pakistani. But I've been bought up...

    I absolutely agree. I think as well when I wrote my post, I was having a bit of an identity implosion.

    For context, my parents are Pakistani and therefore I am Pakistani. But I've been bought up in the UK in a very western society amongst very, very pale white nerds & geeks because I identified the nerdiness and geekiness in myself. I have never really been that religious or culturally linked to my Pakistani heritage. There is a bit of a slur amongst the South East asian community of calling someone a "coconut" - brown on the outside, white on the inside; but I think that really does apply to me as I've never really "connected" to the Pakistani side of me at all.

    So for me, these skin tones makes me go "what should I put myself down as? I don't want to be ashamed of my skin colour, but I don't necessarily want people to identify me, ask questions about my background, and then wrongly assume I have that deep connection with my South East asian roots. But I don't also want to appear like I'm looking down on others for that lack of link nor do I want to feel ashamed of that lack of connection as it is what it is." and now I've got all this baggage and questions around my identity, which was sparked by "👍🏽".

    But I do think there is value in being able to express more. One of the most limiting things is not seeing accessibility emojis.

    3 votes