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  1. Comment on What are your feelings towards achievements? in ~games

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    My earliest encounter with achievements was TF2, where a certain number of them were required to unlock additional gear pre-lootboxes.

    My earliest encounter with achievements was TF2, where a certain number of them were required to unlock additional gear pre-lootboxes.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Looking for suggestions of investigation-based games in ~games

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    I will say it's a very unique experience, but doesn't really have much "gameplay." It's usually on sale very cheap so it's definitely worth the price. It's probably closer to the Black Mirror...

    I will say it's a very unique experience, but doesn't really have much "gameplay." It's usually on sale very cheap so it's definitely worth the price. It's probably closer to the Black Mirror choose your own adventure episode than a video game.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Looking for suggestions of investigation-based games in ~games

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    If you want something really weird, try out Her Story - basically Database Search: The Game.

    If you want something really weird, try out Her Story - basically Database Search: The Game.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on Is there anything considered pseudoscientific/unscientific that you suspect has some truth to it and might be re-examined in the future? in ~talk

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    I think sunlight will be a big one soon. I think we've swung the pendulum too far in the avoiding sun direction and we're going to start seeing more and more research about the effects of Vitamin...

    I think sunlight will be a big one soon. I think we've swung the pendulum too far in the avoiding sun direction and we're going to start seeing more and more research about the effects of Vitamin D deficiency. I know there's research showing how important Vitamin D is, but I think the conversation in the last two decades has been much more about avoiding sunlight to prevent cancer than about making sure to get some sunlight.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on What are some great documentaries about Asian culture that are easily available? in ~talk

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    If you want a look at Taiwanese culture including night markets, the making of "13 Tongues" (a modern dance performance) is pretty cool: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoL-KJdIMLQ...

    If you want a look at Taiwanese culture including night markets, the making of "13 Tongues" (a modern dance performance) is pretty cool:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoL-KJdIMLQ
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-C5WPooAbc
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtCQktrrDSU
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8onRhdtP3g

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of April 26 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Taiwan started vaccinations about a month ago but had lower signups than expected from high risk groups. Instead of moving to other general population groups, they've opened it up to anyone,...

    Taiwan started vaccinations about a month ago but had lower signups than expected from high risk groups. Instead of moving to other general population groups, they've opened it up to anyone, including noncitizens, who plans to travel internationally for reasons other than tourism soon.

    As a result I am scheduled to receive the first AZ shot next Friday. It seems like it has a higher association with a few days of fever and headache afterwards, so I have a weekend of that to look forward to.

    I'm not planning on leaving Taiwan until late August, so I don't really need the vaccine right now, but who knows what the future looks like, so I'm getting it done now.

    Lot of emotions about the possibility of visiting the US in the near future. There are several people who were in my life who I haven't really kept in contact with since moving, some guilt there. We'll see what happens.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on Derek Chauvin is found guilty of murdering George Floyd in ~news

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    Does the possibility of her using the knife as self-defense not matter? If someone broke into your home, you called the police, and when the police arrived they saw you holding a knife and...

    Does the possibility of her using the knife as self-defense not matter? If someone broke into your home, you called the police, and when the police arrived they saw you holding a knife and struggling with someone, it would be okay to shoot you?

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of April 19 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Campaign money goes to contracted corporations, direct payments do not. I'd put money on no widespread movement for direct payments in the US. Individual communities/companies may do it on their...

    Campaign money goes to contracted corporations, direct payments do not. I'd put money on no widespread movement for direct payments in the US. Individual communities/companies may do it on their own, though.

  9. Comment on Understanding the AeroPress (Episode #1) in ~food

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    For me, Aeropress was a good bit more work for only a slightly better cup than a Moka pot. But 95% of the coffee I drink now is coldbrew so it's a mostly moot point.

    For me, Aeropress was a good bit more work for only a slightly better cup than a Moka pot. But 95% of the coffee I drink now is coldbrew so it's a mostly moot point.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on What game(s) have you tried to repeatedly get into but ultimately could not? in ~games

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    Yeah I've replayed all Soulsborne's multiple times and haaaaaated MHW - the repetition and grindiness of it (even if a lot of that grind isn't required) places it in a much different gameplay...

    Yeah I've replayed all Soulsborne's multiple times and haaaaaated MHW - the repetition and grindiness of it (even if a lot of that grind isn't required) places it in a much different gameplay category despite a few combat similarities, imo.

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

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    Thanks to the MMO thread, I'm playing P99 EQ quite a bit. Got an Ogre SK to level 9, which means I finally have my first spells. Levelling outside of Guk means a nice little stream of buffs from...

    Thanks to the MMO thread, I'm playing P99 EQ quite a bit. Got an Ogre SK to level 9, which means I finally have my first spells. Levelling outside of Guk means a nice little stream of buffs from people running into the dungeon. I'm amazed at how stable the experience seems to be for a fan-run project. 1100ish active players during primetime with no multiboxing allowed.

    Only one other person I know is playing, so I don't see myself lasting that long, but for a trip through nostalgia and a nice calming game amid being very busy IRL, it's been quite nice.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Where do you go for humor? in ~talk

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    wint/dril videogamedunkey Brian David Gilbert Reductress - I mostly just look at their Instagram and rarely at their site. /r/whatswrongwithyourdog The above are "pure" humor, but there are a lot...

    The above are "pure" humor, but there are a lot of social media personalities who mix humor into their other work.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    One of the teachers at my school left suddenly. I volunteered to rearrange my schedule to take one of her classes, and it's been a lot of work, but the students in that class are pretty fantastic...

    One of the teachers at my school left suddenly. I volunteered to rearrange my schedule to take one of her classes, and it's been a lot of work, but the students in that class are pretty fantastic so it's been worth it. I think I've been busier than at any other point in my adult life between this job and my Chinese classes and various other small responsibilities. And, while I know I don't want to do this for very long, it's a little rewarding to know that I have the ability to do it without completely falling apart. The semester only has a little less than three months left, anyways.

    This weekend is a 4 day weekend in Taiwan for the Tomb Sweeping holiday. We waited too long to get train tickets to go far, so instead we went to a little hot spring resort on the edge of town instead. Lots of relaxing, too much eating, a little grading. We're almost the only non-Taiwanese here, and almost the only people without kids, so it's a little strange, but so is everything else.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Megathread: April Fools' Day 2021 on the internet in ~misc

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

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    I installed Project1999 (Everquest) because of the MMO post from last week. I didn't realize it was doing Kunark and Velious - I had always assumed the idea was to recreate 1999 and stay there....

    I installed Project1999 (Everquest) because of the MMO post from last week. I didn't realize it was doing Kunark and Velious - I had always assumed the idea was to recreate 1999 and stay there.

    Rolled an Ogre SK. 1.5 hours playtime and I'm level 2. It took me a while to remember I could buy a torch and didn't just have to deal with the darkness.

    I doubt anyone I know is interested in playing and I don't have that much time to game right now, but I think this might be my end of the night, calming down to sleep, 30 minutes of gaming hobby. The amount of dripping nostalgia just from the sound effects is enough to keep me hooked for a while.

    Also on my 8th clear of Hades. Probably going to put it down once I get to the story "ending" on clear 10 someone mentioned, but I can definitely see myself coming back to it in a few months.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on ‘Believe Women’ was a slogan. ‘Believe All Women’ is a straw man in ~life

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    I was pretty disappointed to hear they banned a victim of sexual assault from covering sexual assault stories, but after it came to light they reversed it:...

    I was pretty disappointed to hear they banned a victim of sexual assault from covering sexual assault stories, but after it came to light they reversed it: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/media/washington-post-reverses-prohibition-on-reporter-from-writing-about-sexual-assault/2021/03/29/c0ee3be0-90c5-11eb-9668-89be11273c09_story.html

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Revenge eating in Taipei in ~life

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    Good article about 1st-3rd generation emigrants from Taiwan who have returned to Taiwan just before or during the pandemic, and about the feeling of being in one of the safest places from Covid....

    Good article about 1st-3rd generation emigrants from Taiwan who have returned to Taiwan just before or during the pandemic, and about the feeling of being in one of the safest places from Covid. Bonus feature of photos of two very common meals in Taiwan - savory soy milk soup breakfast and rechao-style dinner.

    Clarissa Wei writes about food in Taiwan and China a lot - I recommend giving her a follow. I don't know much about this particular newsletter that she's written this article for, though.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on What are some older MMOs that can still be played? in ~games

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    Yep! Even if you never interact with people who are "spoiled" by this information, the game developers have to take it into account when designing. I forgot another I missed from Vanguard/EQ which...

    Yep! Even if you never interact with people who are "spoiled" by this information, the game developers have to take it into account when designing.

    I forgot another I missed from Vanguard/EQ which are utility classes that don't fit into the tank/healer/dps trinity, or even EQ-style hybrid tanks that could do more dmg than warriors (the best tank), do some healing, provide some buffs, but couldn't main tank current content (similarly, druid healers). I'm not sure why exactly WoW / FFXIV abandoned those. I think you can partially blame parse culture but definitely not entirely. Also the move from 6 to 5 person groups.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on What are some older MMOs that can still be played? in ~games

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    The amount of nostalgia and brainspace Everquest occupies in my head is staggering. I played the first ten expansions and am still close friends with people I met in Norrath 20 years ago. I know...

    The amount of nostalgia and brainspace Everquest occupies in my head is staggering. I played the first ten expansions and am still close friends with people I met in Norrath 20 years ago.

    I know an emulator would never recapture all the aspects that made it magic, but even if it did, "Classic" holds little appeal for me. To me, the height was Shadows of Luclin. You had three expansions of relevant content and levelling zones, the addition of incremental progress at max level through AAs (plus VT shards if you were hardcore enough), and a few needed QoL changes with the Nexus portals + the Bazaar + mounts. Finally, when they made the change at the end of the expansion from the lowest level mobs you could get exp from being the best way to level to making higher level mobs worth more exp, it totally opened up new exping areas that people might not have previously considered, which was a cool little moment. I know cutting edge raiders weren't fans of Ssra/VT endgame, but as someone whose guild was barely killing Dozekar during Luclin, that didn't really matter for me.

    The two things I miss from old MMOs that will probably never come back is slow enough combat to be able to chat without using voice comms and old content being relevant. FFXIV kind of has the latter, but really only for levelling. In EQ, you could still do cutting edge content without things like the Velious shawls (an insanely long questline that required all tradeskills but ended with a really good shoulder item), an EB item (underwater breathing), jboots (tiny movespeed), Mischief flowers (self-resist element buffs that normally only some casters could cast), the largest bags, etc. etc. etc., but it had so many small ways to make your character .01% more powerful or to add tiny amounts of convenience, and those little gains could be spread across expansions so that old content didn't become meaningless immediately after new content was launched. It also helped that gear upgrades were smaller and you had more gear slots than WoW.

    God I really wish a new MMO would come out that would experiment a little more, but at the same time I know that in the era of more advanced bots/simming/web resources, many of the things that made the first MMOs magical are simply unable to be repeated, and hopefully we can find new variations beyond what WoW and FFXIV have to offer.

    5 votes