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  1. Comment on Tell me about your smartphone! in ~talk

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    I currently have the Sony Xperia XA2 which is the single most suicidal phone, I’ve ever had due to its sleek design. The specs are OK, and I picked it up as it is one of the few Sony “Open...

    I currently have the Sony Xperia XA2 which is the single most suicidal phone, I’ve ever had due to its sleek design.

    The specs are OK, and I picked it up as it is one of the few Sony “Open Devices”, which means that you can simply unlock the bootloader and flash it with a custom system. I wanted to flash SailfishOS onto it, but as it took so long to gain official support, I ended up using LineageOS.

    With LineageOS I’m pretty happy though. I still miss the glory MeeGo days of old…

  2. Comment on Songlink (song.link) has changed name to Odesli in ~music

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    Was bound to happen. Unfortunately most FOSS projects and even startups don't do even a quick search through a trade mark database to check if their preferred name happens to be used by someone...

    Was bound to happen. Unfortunately most FOSS projects and even startups don't do even a quick search through a trade mark database to check if their preferred name happens to be used by someone (in the same category) already.

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

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

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    Oh, wow, did not expect you to go on in so much detail. I really appreciate it. I played Xenogears way back on an emulator, and XC2 is my first Xeno game after that, so I am very happy to hear XC1...

    Oh, wow, did not expect you to go on in so much detail. I really appreciate it.

    I played Xenogears way back on an emulator, and XC2 is my first Xeno game after that, so I am very happy to hear XC1 coming to the Switch in a remastered version. I am far from finished with XC2, but very much enjoying it. (Apart from the jumping, that is just awful.)

    I did make the mistake of checking too much on the wiki and had two big story twists spoiled for me. But the fighting system in XC2 is just so complex I needed to look it up again.

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

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    Thanks for a very detailed analysis. How would you compare XC1, XC2, and XCX between them?

    Thanks for a very detailed analysis.

    How would you compare XC1, XC2, and XCX between them?

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

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    That does sound fun. Thank you for bearing with me here.

    That does sound fun. Thank you for bearing with me here.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on What keyboard shortcut was a game changer for you? in ~tech

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    Technically not a keyboard shortcut, but middle-mouse-button paste was really a game changer for me. On Linux, both in several desktop environments and the console itself, if you press the middle...

    Technically not a keyboard shortcut, but middle-mouse-button paste was really a game changer for me.

    On Linux, both in several desktop environments and the console itself, if you press the middle mouse button it will simply paste whatever was previously highlighted by the mouse cursor.

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

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    I’ve seen the trailer and checked some (p)reviews. With the “jerk simulator” I mean that just playing a goose to be a jerk towards everyone else in the world could either be a really cool and fun...

    I’ve seen the trailer and checked some (p)reviews.

    With the “jerk simulator” I mean that just playing a goose to be a jerk towards everyone else in the world could either be a really cool and fun mechanic for a broad audience to enjod, or really bland where unless you just take it as an excuse to be a jerk to (virtual) it’s not much of a game.

    I’m not sure I get across what I want to say/ask. Basically, I’m concerned that this game could be a huge hit or miss and I guess I’mm trying to get into your mind why you like it.

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

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    Thanks, that does indeed sound pretty cool. I'll keep an eye on it.

    Thanks, that does indeed sound pretty cool. I'll keep an eye on it.

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

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    I would love to hear more about your experience with it. It looks very cool and intriguing, but its mechanic seems like it can either really excell the game or break it.

    I would love to hear more about your experience with it. It looks very cool and intriguing, but its mechanic seems like it can either really excell the game or break it.

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

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    Regarding the Doom series, apparently the Right Way to Play™ is through one of the FOSS engines like ZDoom, GZDoom, ChocolateDoom, CrispyDoom etc. Could you elaborate on the Untitled Goose Game?...

    Regarding the Doom series, apparently the Right Way to Play™ is through one of the FOSS engines like ZDoom, GZDoom, ChocolateDoom, CrispyDoom etc.

    Could you elaborate on the Untitled Goose Game? I’m on the fence about that. On one hand it seems like it could be really fun, on the other it seems like just a jerk simulator with an excuse as a game. There’s just so much that can be wrong with this game, or be done really well.

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

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    After putting in way too many hours into Starlink: Battle for Atlas last week, I decided to play something less addictive, as I really need to finish some projects. ARMS – I’m currently 35+ hours...

    After putting in way too many hours into Starlink: Battle for Atlas last week, I decided to play something less addictive, as I really need to finish some projects.

    ARMS – I’m currently 35+ hours into this game and adore it. This Sunday I finally braved up and joined one of Casual ARMS’s online events and had an amaaazing blast playing for 2 hours friendly (unranked) matches against about a good dozen other players from around the world. I can warmly recommend ARMS as a game and Casual ARMS as a community. Sure, there are players there who put in 600+ hours into the game already, but I never felt treated unfairly and the chat on Discord was very encouraging and helpful.

    Zelda: Breath of the Wild – with 140+ hours, it’s the Nintendo game I’ve put most time into so far, and I still love it. It brings a great balance and freedom of whether you want to do puzzles, explore, fight, progress in the story, cook, etc. etc. It very much deserves its cult status.

    Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse – OK, so this was a mistake, but for all the best reasons. I really liked the Shantae: ½ Genie Hero (have the physical release), so I got this when it was discounted. The mistake I made was that I started it when I wanted to play something less addictive than Starlink. The game immediately pulled me in and if Shantae: ½ Genie Hero is more similar to Wonder Boy, I found Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse to be much more like Metroid. Now, since the game is divided into nice manageable stages, it sounds like a great game to play for a few minutes during the breaks, but in practice it just pulls you into the “just one more stage” want, which soon grows into “just one more island” and suddenly it’s been just three days, but you’re 5+ 10+ hours into the game (send help!). Comparing the two Shantae games, I don’t know which one I like best – they’re both brilliant and fun to play. I’m looking forward to the next Shantae game coming out soon and how it fares. I’ll probably get it, but when depends on the price and reviews.

    Tetris 99 – there was a Kirby theme to unlock during the weekend and it’s Tetris against 99 other people – ’nuff said ;)

    Ori and the Blind Forest – I was thoroughly hyped that this is coming on the Switch and as soon as the demo was released tried it. The audiovisual presentation is amazing and the prologue is awesome. But for some reason the gameplay mechanic with the "homing missiles" and the controls just didn't leave me wanting more of it. What it did was want me to fire up Yoku's Island Express (already 100% it) and Hollow Knight (still need to finish it) again. That being said, I read that the controls stop being squirrelly later in the game. So I'll probably buy it, but wait for a sale (or sequel).

    Astebreed – it has been on my wishlist for some time, and I picked it up because it was discounted. It is highly praised as a hybrid shoot ’em up where you control your mecha both in side-scrolling action (both shooting and sword wielding) which flawlessly transitions into quasi-3D behind-the-back view action and back. So far I only played it for a few minutes, but it seems I will enjoy it quite a bit. It is a bit difficult to follow the story as it unfolds while you are in the middle of the action and English is only in subtitles (where your eyes aren’t), but that‘s a minor gripe.

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  13. Comment on Seth Vargo, the author of Chef Sugar, discovered that ICE was using his code, so he pulled it from GitHub in ~comp

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    I have seen questions of FOSS definition(s) in this topic, so I’m starting this thread to help clarify. OSI has the Open Source Definition, which is summarised in the following rules, commonly...

    I have seen questions of FOSS definition(s) in this topic, so I’m starting this thread to help clarify.

    OSI has the Open Source Definition, which is summarised in the following rules, commonly referred to OSD1 to OSD10:

    1. Free Redistribution – The license shall not restrict any party from selling or giving away the software as a component of an aggregate software distribution containing programs from several different sources. The license shall not require a royalty or other fee for such sale.
    2. Source Code – The program must include source code, and must allow distribution in source code as well as compiled form. Where some form of a product is not distributed with source code, there must be a well-publicized means of obtaining the source code for no more than a reasonable reproduction cost, preferably downloading via the Internet without charge. The source code must be the preferred form in which a programmer would modify the program. Deliberately obfuscated source code is not allowed. Intermediate forms such as the output of a preprocessor or translator are not allowed.
    3. Derived Works – The license must allow modifications and derived works, and must allow them to be distributed under the same terms as the license of the original software.
    4. Integrity of The Author's Source Code – The license may restrict source-code from being distributed in modified form only if the license allows the distribution of "patch files" with the source code for the purpose of modifying the program at build time. The license must explicitly permit distribution of software built from modified source code. The license may require derived works to carry a different name or version number from the original software.
    5. No Discrimination Against Persons or Groups – The license must not discriminate against any person or group of persons.
    6. No Discrimination Against Fields of Endeavor – The license must not restrict anyone from making use of the program in a specific field of endeavor. For example, it may not restrict the program from being used in a business, or from being used for genetic research.
    7. Distribution of License – The rights attached to the program must apply to all to whom the program is redistributed without the need for execution of an additional license by those parties.
    8. License Must Not Be Specific to a Product – The rights attached to the program must not depend on the program's being part of a particular software distribution. If the program is extracted from that distribution and used or distributed within the terms of the program's license, all parties to whom the program is redistributed should have the same rights as those that are granted in conjunction with the original software distribution.
    9. License Must Not Restrict Other Software – The license must not place restrictions on other software that is distributed along with the licensed software. For example, the license must not insist that all other programs distributed on the same medium must be open-source software.
    10. License Must Be Technology-Neutral – No provision of the license may be predicated on any individual technology or style of interface.

    There is also the FSF which defines Free Software as software that gives its users the following four freedoms, commonly referred to as freedom 0-4:

    • The freedom to run the program as you wish, for any purpose (freedom 0).
    • The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
    • The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help others (freedom 2).
    • The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others (freedom 3). By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.

    Before someone mentions the differences between the two (happy to discuss if someone is really into this stuff), here’s it is from the horse’s mouth (Bruce Perens, the author of the Open Source Definition):

    “Open Source” is the proper name of a campaign to promote the pre-existing concept of Free Software to business, and to certify licenses to a rule set. Please treat it as a proper name, rather than a descriptive term, when it is applied to any work to which a license compliant with the Open Source Definition could possibly apply. That means you should capitalize both words.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Who is "John Smith" in your country? in ~talk

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    In Slovenia it is "Janez Novak". Novak is a common surname for people who were new to the community, and Janez is John. I guess you could translate that to John Newbie.

    In Slovenia it is "Janez Novak". Novak is a common surname for people who were new to the community, and Janez is John.

    I guess you could translate that to John Newbie.

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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 eyeing Starlink: Battle for Atlas for quite some time, but didn’t get it earlier because 1) price (esp. the toys for life version, which if you want all can take you back 300€), and 2)...

    I’ve been eyeing Starlink: Battle for Atlas for quite some time, but didn’t get it earlier because 1) price (esp. the toys for life version, which if you want all can take you back 300€), and 2) there were some negative reviews in the line of “good, but repetitive gameplay”, “weak story, characters are not memorable, StarFox saves it all” etc.

    Now it was highly discounted on the Switch eShop, I took the plunge and got the version with the first (of two) DLC pack for 30€ …and boy, was I in for a good surprise! I had a hard time putting it down. In 10 days I clocked in 35+ hours and seriously had to force myself today to put it down and save it to savour it more a bit later.

    Not only do I like how the game plays – the controls are tight; there is a lot of customisability both for the same (paintjobs) of it and functional – but also the content. The story starts meh, but then is more than OK – let’s be honest, space shooter games rarely have a fantastic and groundbreaking story. But I was also very pleasantly surprised by the characters. Sure, no-one pops up as iconic, and whom you play as does not change the progress of the game, but it does change the dialogue, which is a nice touch. The pilots are quite varied in skills and the ships as well (although with mods you can beef up any ship really well) and I haven’t even played as StarFox, as I’m saving him for his own missions. Around 20h in, I got the second DLC pack (discounted for 20€) which includes just the rest of the pilots and weapons – that’s how much I like the game!

    What I’m currently doing is playing every ship with the pilot that owns it (e.g. Shaid in Nadir) to level them at least to the point where their mentor skills are maxed out. So far I’m on my 6^th^ ship+pilot combo (out of 8 available digitally) and they all have their pros and cons. Can’t say any is overpowered or particularly more fun than the others. I think the pilots are so varied that anyone can find someone they like more and although I share the dislike of Levi’s personality (both with many gamers and in-game fighters), I like it that they included a directly dislikable character in the roster – spices things up :)

    Sure, the game is not perfect and there could be more variations in quests (most are fetch, kill, or scan quests) and enemies, but I honestly don’t mind the grind. It gives it a somewhat resource management strategy vibe that is kinda like a ultra-light-4X game.

    The look, sound (use headphones!) and feel of the environments is really good as well. I miss some more interaction between the fauna and more difference between the day and night cycle, but that’s nit-picking already, I guess.

    Oh, and I finished the main story of Super Mario Odyssey – great game, loads of polish, will happily continue playing its post-game content. (Yeah, Starlink left such a good impression, that I mention Mario in passing.)

    Whew, had to get that off my chest. I guess this week I’ll pick up something more relaxing, perhaps BotW, TumbleSeed, ARMS, Hollow Knight.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Nintendo Switch - Indie World Showcase - 8.19.2019 in ~games

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    For reference, the list of all games announced in it is: Risk of Rain 2 (Hopoo Games, Gearbox Publishing) — Summer 2019 Eastward (Pixpil, Chucklefish Games) — Early 2020 Freedom Finger (Wide Right...

    For reference, the list of all games announced in it is:

    • Risk of Rain 2 (Hopoo Games, Gearbox Publishing) — Summer 2019
    • Eastward (Pixpil, Chucklefish Games) — Early 2020
    • Freedom Finger (Wide Right Interactive) — Sept. 27, 2019
    • Röki (Polygon Treehouse, United Label) — Winter 2019
    • Torchlight II (Panic Button/Runic Games, Perfect World Entertainment) — Sept. 3, 2019
    • Skater XL (Easy Day Studios Pty Ltd) — 2020
    • Youropa (frecle) — 2019
    • SUPERHOT (Superhot Team) — Today
    • Dungeon Defenders Awakened (Chromatic Games) — Feb. 2020
    • The Touryst (Shin’en) — November
    • Skellboy (Umaiki Games, Fabraz) — Dec. 3, 2019
    • EarthNight (Cleaversoft) — 2019
    • Hotline Miami Collection (Dennaton Games, Devolver Digital) — Today
    • Blasphemous (Team17) – Sept. 10, 2019
    • Close to the Sun (Wired Productions) – 2019
    • Cat Quest II (PQube Limited) – Fall 2019
    • Spiritfarer (Thunder Lotus) – Spring 2020
    • Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince (Modus Games)
    • Creature in the Well (Flight School Studio) – Sept. 6
    • One Finger Death Punch 2 (Silver Dollar Games) – Dec. 2
    • Best Friend Forever (Alliance) – Feb. 14, 2020
    • PHOGS! (Coatsink) – Early 2020
    • WHAT THE GOLF? (Triband) – Winter 2019
    • KINE (Chump Squad) – 2019
    • HYPERCHARGE: Unboxed (Digital Cyber Cherries) – Winter 2019
    • Northgard (Shiro Games) – Sept. 26, 2019
    • Sparklite (Merge Games) – Fall 2019
    • Munchkin: Quacked Quest (Asmodee Digital) – Fall 2019
    • Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Games, Xbox Game Studios) — Sept. 27, 2019
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  17. Comment on Nintendo Switch - Indie World Showcase - 8.19.2019 in ~games

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    I’m mostly looking forward to: Ori and the Blind Forest The Touryst SuperHot Creature in the Well I’m cautiously optimistic about: Youropa Röki

    I’m mostly looking forward to:

    • Ori and the Blind Forest
    • The Touryst
    • SuperHot
    • Creature in the Well

    I’m cautiously optimistic about:

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

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    So Octopath gets better afterwards? I played the demo with all the characters (except one, I think) to its max, but was let down. I found it a good turn-based JRPG, but not as great as they hyped...

    So Octopath gets better afterwards? I played the demo with all the characters (except one, I think) to its max, but was let down. I found it a good turn-based JRPG, but not as great as they hyped it up to be. In any case the fact that the party characters don’t interact much, for me is the biggest missed opportunity and mostly likely won’t buy it.

    For the turn-based JRPG fix, I’m waiting for Dragon Quest XI S (the definitive edition on Switch). Apart from being the series that defined this genre, I really dig that they offer both modern 3D and retro 2D gameplay options, as well as a way to play (in 2D only I think) through some quests in previous DQ worlds.

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

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    I am currently waiting for my Flip Grip to arrive to play Zaccaria Pinball (and Downwell) in TATE mode, but also to play some other shoot’em’ups. I haven’t installed any proper ones, but have...

    I am currently waiting for my Flip Grip to arrive to play Zaccaria Pinball (and Downwell) in TATE mode, but also to play some other shoot’em’ups.

    I haven’t installed any proper ones, but have several on my wishlist from this Starter's Guide to Shmups on Switch and AzorMX’ series of posts on Greatest Shmup of Them All. I warmly recommend both resources, if you are looking for a good overview.

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

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    I dunno, I found the accents quite enjoyable. In fact, it always struck me a bit odd that all the people in a vast world spoke not only the same language, but also the same accent. I haven't paid...

    I dunno, I found the accents quite enjoyable. In fact, it always struck me a bit odd that all the people in a vast world spoke not only the same language, but also the same accent.

    I haven't paid too much attention, but AFAIA the accents in XC2 should be consistent with where the character came from - e.g. all Gormotti have the same heavy accent. I find that a really nice touch.