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  1. Comment on Why You Should Start a Blog Right Now in ~life

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    I very much agree. Also, there is no need to push yourself to blog on a regular weekly (or even daily!) time schedule. Well, unless that is your work. For maintaining a blog, static blog...

    I very much agree. Also, there is no need to push yourself to blog on a regular weekly (or even daily!) time schedule. Well, unless that is your work.

    For maintaining a blog, static blog generators (e.g. Pelican) are perhaps a tiny bit harder to learn to use initially, bu the easiest to maintain. Especially since even if you forget to update the software for years, there is no security risk, as it is all just HTML.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Why You Should Start a Blog Right Now in ~life

    hook Link Parent
    No need to keep shoveling out content on a regular schedule. Write when you feel like it.

    No need to keep shoveling out content on a regular schedule. Write when you feel like it.

    5 votes
  3. Comment on We Read 150 Privacy Policies. They Were an Incomprehensible Disaster. in ~misc

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    A worthy cause to make the ToS bog easier to navigate is the project ToS;DR. I warmly recommend everyone to install their browser plug-in and anyone who has some time to spare, to contribute.

    A worthy cause to make the ToS bog easier to navigate is the project ToS;DR.

    I warmly recommend everyone to install their browser plug-in and anyone who has some time to spare, to contribute.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Popular licenses in OpenAPI in ~comp

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    I updated the blog post, to remove the bogus “Creative Commons” entry due to my initial sloppy methodology. I also wrote an explanation of how the bogus entry (likely) came to be and how I got rid...

    I updated the blog post, to remove the bogus “Creative Commons” entry due to my initial sloppy methodology. I also wrote an explanation of how the bogus entry (likely) came to be and how I got rid of it.

  5. Comment on What games have you been playing lately? in ~games

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    BoTW definitely has a different pace than XC (at least XC2). It leaves even more control in your hands on how fast and just how you want to approach everything. If you are looking for a different...

    BoTW definitely has a different pace than XC (at least XC2). It leaves even more control in your hands on how fast and just how you want to approach everything.

    If you are looking for a different RPG vibe and slower pace, Child of Light might be worth checking out.

    The next big one on my list is Dragon Quest XI – it will be nice to tackle a traditional turn-based JRPG again. And I’m new to the series, so that’s exciting :D

    3 votes
  6. Comment on What games have you been playing lately? in ~games

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    I just finished: Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap – hoo, boy that took me a while! 14h to finish, and I still miss the Mouse Charm stone to 100%. It’s a metroidvania classic, which has aged extremely...

    I just finished:

    • Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap – hoo, boy that took me a while! 14h to finish, and I still miss the Mouse Charm stone to 100%. It’s a metroidvania classic, which has aged extremely well, especially in the new remaster. Don’t worry, you can switch between modern and retro look and sound on the fly. Amazing game, frustrations, d’uh moments, happy wins, discoveries – it has it all!
    • Velocity 2X – took me 8h to finish the main game. Very successful mix of a vertical shooter where time matters with platforming levels in between. Boosting for speed and warping/teleporting to solve puzzles is a huge part of the game. Warmly recommended. Will come for more, high-scores and daily challenges later.

    What I will probably continue playing in the coming days is the following:

    • ARMS – I absolutely adore this game. It is a proper 3D fighter with stretchy arms, where you control apart from the movement of the fighter, their arms’ trajectory. It has an amazingly diverse and well-balanced roster, where every fighter plays very much differently. My current goal is to beat the (single-player) Grand Prix on level 3 with every fighter, to learn their moves. I’m currently playing my 10th player (Helix) out of 15 available, and he’s a very odd stretchy beast.
    • TumbleSeed – a special spin on rogue-likes, where you indirectly control a rolling seed climbing up the procedurally-generated mountain full of enemies and traps, by moving and tilting the vine it stands on. It is notoriously hard, but a great challenge. I recently finished the second (out of four) peak – the Jungle – as a stand-alone level, and hope to make some progress with the third. Before I tackle the full adventure (one procedurally-generated mountain with all four peaks following one after the other), I want to finish the individual static peaks and train myself on the daily and weekly challenge mountains. (It is currently on sale on Switch until 2019-07-25 for under 5 €, which is a ridiculous price for it!)
    • Zaccaria Pinball – for my taste, the best pinball video game out there right now. In the Switch version you can play it also in portrait mode, which is really cool. It has a (hi)story mode and campaign mode as well, where you play through all the Zaccaria tables by beating individual challenges. I usually play this in the evening or when I don’t feel like playing something big.
    • Tetris 99 – there is new skin to unlock this weekend in the Maximus Cup, so I’ll probably try to snatch it. Fun stuff, trying to beat 98 other player at Tetris at the same time.
    • Kamiko – a nice short top-down retro-inspired hack’n’slash game. I managed to play it through with one character (the sword-wielding one), and am planning to finish playing with the second one (the bow-and-arrow one) and then leave the last one (the shield-carrying one) for a later playthrough. The controls are really tight and the look and feel is great. The story is very shallow, but for 5 € the game is more than worth it.
    • Katamari Damacy Reroll – at some point I stopped playing it, but I plan to pick it up again. If you haven’t heard about Katamari Damacy before, you either lived under a rock or are of a (much) younger generation. In any case, it’s a really cool odd and specific game that words fail to describe. Just look up a video. (currently on sale on Switch until 2019-07-25 for 14 €)
    • and last, but by far not least, two that should need no introduction, I will probably continue playing either The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or Xenoblade Chronicles 2. In Xenoblade I think I’m at about ⅓ through the main story, with Zelda I probably ⅔ in, but in both cases I am roaming around and enjoying the game more than running to a quick finish :)

    With some stuff I had on my wish list on sale right now, I bought some new games and tried them out, but haven’t played for a long time yet. So here are my first impressions:

    • Floor Kids – you have to make your character do cool inventive dance moves to the hip-hop beats. I’d say it plays like if you put Bayonetta’s controls on top of a rhythm game. Pretty cool, I think I’ll enjoy myself :)
    • VideoKid – basically a modern remake of the legendary Paperboy, only with voxels instead of pixels, VHS cassettes instead of newspapers, and brimming full of 80’s (US) pop culture references. It’s still as annoyingly hard as I remember the original to be.
    • The Next Penelope: Race to Odysseus – top-down 2D (pod?) racing game with weapons, where the acceleration happens automatically, but is influenced by boost, boost markers on the track and bumping into stuff. I haven’t played it for a long time yet, but once you learn the controls it seems to be a very good game.
    • Child of Light – so far I played only the first three(?) chapters, but I can see I will like it, once I decide to play though it. It is a mix of side-scrolling platformer and turn-based RPG with some specific mechanics. The look and feel is amazing, as befits the UbiArt Framework. I am not far into the story, but I hear it is an enchanting fairy tale, so I’m looking forward to that.
    • Valiant Hearts: the Great War – so far I played only the first three(?) chapters, and while the gameplay is overly simplistic, it is an amazing visual novel about WW1. I am enjoying it, but it will be one of those games when I don’t want a challenge, but still want to see progress and
    4 votes
  7. Comment on Interesting fast-paced space-themed racing games on Switch in ~games

    hook Link Parent
    I was eyeing it, but apparently the Switch port is awful.

    I was eyeing it, but apparently the Switch port is awful.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Interesting fast-paced space-themed racing games on Switch in ~games

    hook Link Parent
    And Fast RMX just got discounted 30% today.

    And Fast RMX just got discounted 30% today.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Interesting fast-paced space-themed racing games on Switch in ~games

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    Nice! Thank you for re-igniting my interest in Mario Kart. I’m just worried about becoming too good when people want to couch-multiplay. Having the host always beat you when you come to their...

    Nice! Thank you for re-igniting my interest in Mario Kart.

    I’m just worried about becoming too good when people want to couch-multiplay. Having the host always beat you when you come to their party is always a bit of a downer.

  10. Comment on Popular licenses in OpenAPI in ~comp

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    Shameless plug, but I thought maybe some people might be interested here in my little research on what the most commonly used licenses are in APIs that follow the OpenAPI specification.

    Shameless plug, but I thought maybe some people might be interested here in my little research on what the most commonly used licenses are in APIs that follow the OpenAPI specification.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Interesting fast-paced space-themed racing games on Switch in ~games

    hook Link Parent
    Oh, very much so! It’s not really a casual racing game at all.

    Oh, very much so! It’s not really a casual racing game at all.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Interesting fast-paced space-themed racing games on Switch in ~games

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    I honestly did not know there are F-Zero stages in Mario Kart 8, and I have it. Truth be told, I haven’t played it a huge lot, as I only play it as couch multiplayer. Personally I prefer Fast RMX,...

    I honestly did not know there are F-Zero stages in Mario Kart 8, and I have it. Truth be told, I haven’t played it a huge lot, as I only play it as couch multiplayer. Personally I prefer Fast RMX, and play MK8 with others, as it’s much easier to get into and it is a lot more fun as a party game.

    … So I looked online :)

    For the uneducated oafs like me, it seems there is a track called Mute City in the Egg Cup. Looks pretty cool. I may take it for a single-player spin again today. Thanks :)

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Interesting fast-paced space-themed racing games on Switch in ~games

    hook Link Parent
    If you do, Penelope's discount expires today, so hurry

    If you do, Penelope's discount expires today, so hurry

    1 vote
  14. After our discussion about Tempest-like games, I looked at what else could at least scratch a similar fast-paced space-theme racing, with optional shooting itch on Switch. To kick off the...

    After our discussion about Tempest-like games, I looked at what else could at least scratch a similar fast-paced space-theme racing, with optional shooting itch on Switch.

    To kick off the discussion, these are the games I already tried that I kinda like. I‘ll update this list, once people suggest other entries. I realise it’s a bit of a mish-mash, but it’s more about the feel than a specific genre.

    Fast RMX is a very fast-paced pod-racer, with a similar feel to Wipeout, if you take away the weapons, and add a boost mechanic where you need to switch your booster’s code with the speed lane. I prefer playing it with motion/gyro controls, which admittedly makes it harder to play, but with that actually feels a lot more like you’re travelling at massive speed where every unintentional jerk of the steering wheel can cause you to wipe out.

    Velocity 2X is a very successful mix of a vertical shooter where time matters with added platforming levels in between. Boosting for speed and warping/teleporting to solve puzzles is a huge part of the game.

    The Next Penelope is a top-down 2D (pod?) racing game with weapons, where the acceleration happens automatically, but is influenced by boost, boost markers on the track and bumping into stuff. I haven’t played it for a long time yet, but once you learn the controls it seems to be a very good game.

    VSR is a pure zero-gravity, zero-friction 3D space racer. Which makes mastering the controls very hard for anyone who is not used to it. To be honest, I haven’t mastered them yet either, but haven’t given up, as I really liked RPGs and shooters with such a mechanic. It just gives a specific type of zennish “in the zone” feeling, once you get into it.


    Fast RMX
    price: 20 € 14 € until 2019-07-25
    reviews: 81 % on MetaCritic
    length: 3½ h main game (57 h completionist) on HowLongToBeart

    Velocity 2X
    price: 20 € 8 € until 2019-07-18
    reviews: 87 % on MetaCritic
    length: 5 h main game (26 h completionist) on HowLongToBeat

    The Next Penelope: Race to Odysseus
    price: 13 € 2 € until 2019-07-11
    reviews: 79 % on MetaCritic
    length: 2½ h main game (5½ h completionist) on HowLongToBeat

    VSR: Void Space Racing
    price: 5 €
    reviews: 66 % on MetaCritic
    length: (no HowLongToBeat entry yet)

    6 votes
  15. Comment on Buy Nintendo Switch now or wait for new release? in ~games

    hook Link Parent
    No, I see the point. And a ⅓ cheaper kit for all those who play it only hand-held is a great thing. Especially with a proper d-pad! It’s just not for me, that’s all. I guess I’m the ideal original...

    No, I see the point. And a ⅓ cheaper kit for all those who play it only hand-held is a great thing. Especially with a proper d-pad!

    It’s just not for me, that’s all. I guess I’m the ideal original Switch target group in that regard :D

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Buy Nintendo Switch now or wait for new release? in ~games

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    Well, it seems a new revision of the Switch is in the making, according to The Verge and based on FCC filing, it would have: a new SoC a new NAND (and therefore) a new board

    Well, it seems a new revision of the Switch is in the making, according to The Verge and based on FCC filing, it would have:

    • a new SoC
    • a new NAND
    • (and therefore) a new board
    2 votes
  17. Comment on Buy Nintendo Switch now or wait for new release? in ~games

    hook Link Parent
    Sure, you can connect joycons to it, but do you really want to play it that way, when you can't connect it to the TV and it even has no kick-stand?

    Sure, you can connect joycons to it, but do you really want to play it that way, when you can't connect it to the TV and it even has no kick-stand?

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Buy Nintendo Switch now or wait for new release? in ~games

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    You’re right, and that’s a good to hear. I amended my comment to what I’d miss.

    You’re right, and that’s a good to hear. I amended my comment to what I’d miss.

  19. Comment on Buy Nintendo Switch now or wait for new release? in ~games

    hook Link Parent
    I noticed it makes it a lot more manageable (and actually kinda nice), if you hold the joycon horizontally and facing forward when triggering the gyro puzzles. As for the bow and arrow, the same...

    I noticed it makes it a lot more manageable (and actually kinda nice), if you hold the joycon horizontally and facing forward when triggering the gyro puzzles. As for the bow and arrow, the same goes for stretching out the arm.

    1 vote