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  1. Comment on Different types of 3D platformers in ~games

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    Judging by the votes, there seems to be some interest in this topic, but I see a lack of comments. Unfortunately, I am not very experienced, and have played only Mario Odyssey and Snake Pass for...

    Judging by the votes, there seems to be some interest in this topic, but I see a lack of comments.

    Unfortunately, I am not very experienced, and have played only Mario Odyssey and Snake Pass for any serious length. So, to kick things off, I will share this intetesting video on modern 3d platformers as well as this other video on movement and flow in them, a genral video on what makes a good 3D platformer, and a video on notable early 3D platformers up to Mario 64.

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  2. Different types of 3D platformers

    Spurred by this (sub)thread on the topic of 3D Mario All Stars, I thought it would be interesting to discuss different types of 3D platformers, comparing them and perhaps even managing to group...

    Spurred by this (sub)thread on the topic of 3D Mario All Stars, I thought it would be interesting to discuss different types of 3D platformers, comparing them and perhaps even managing to group the similar ones together.

    I hope such a discussion might lead people to try some other games that they haven’t before based on what they have enjoyed before.

    Some example topics, to kick-start the discussion:

    • how the character feels/controls (e.g. their momentum, jump, move-set)
    • audio-visual package
    • story and general ambience/feeling
    • completionist goals
    • specific game mechanics
    • any other reason why one is a “must play” and how is it similar or different to others
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  3. Comment on Super Mario Bros 35th Anniversary Direct in ~games

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    The level design in Mario Odyssey (only 3D I properly played), I actually like. The character controls are what I don't as much. Too bad there is no demo for A Hat in Time. Thank you for the...

    The level design in Mario Odyssey (only 3D I properly played), I actually like. The character controls are what I don't as much. Too bad there is no demo for A Hat in Time. Thank you for the warning though.

  4. Comment on Super Mario Bros 35th Anniversary Direct in ~games

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    I like Mario Odysssey, I just don’t love it. Regarding 2D Marios I recognise their importance in gaming, but hold no nostalgia towards them (I was a PC gamer as a kid), and if we’re talking about...

    I like Mario Odysssey, I just don’t love it. Regarding 2D Marios I recognise their importance in gaming, but hold no nostalgia towards them (I was a PC gamer as a kid), and if we’re talking about older platformers I prefer the momentum of other characters like Sonic, DK, Rayman, even Zool. (Madeline in Celeste is in its own league of course, and a completely different type.)

    Thinking a bit back, from all the 2D Marios I tried so far, I think I liked Super Mario Land on GameBoy the most.

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  5. Comment on Super Mario Bros 35th Anniversary Direct in ~games

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    I definitely agree that Odyssey’s (and 64’s AFAICR) controls are much better than 2D Mario. I beat the NES original on the Switch Online, just to honour Mario. Yesterday I tried both the 1 and 3...

    I definitely agree that Odyssey’s (and 64’s AFAICR) controls are much better than 2D Mario. I beat the NES original on the Switch Online, just to honour Mario. Yesterday I tried both the 1 and 3 on the SNES All Stars and while it may have been a tiny bit better, I still did not like it.

    Odyssey plays a lot nicer, and I did beat it already, and the game definitely oozes quality and charm, and the attention to detail is amazing. I draw my hat before everyone who can slide and throw 3D Mario around in those wonderful multi-jump ballets, but me and Mario somehow don’t get along that well.

    I probably should have rephrased my question more in the sense of “how would you sell these three games to someone who finished Odyssey, recognises its superb qualities, but neither loves it nor holds any nostalgia towards those games?”

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  6. Comment on Super Mario Bros 35th Anniversary Direct in ~games

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    I agree that Mario has some momentum and there’s nothing wrong with that. Sonic and Donkey Kong have it as well (probably even more so), but for some reason Mario’s momentum just isn’t my cuppa,...

    I agree that Mario has some momentum and there’s nothing wrong with that. Sonic and Donkey Kong have it as well (probably even more so), but for some reason Mario’s momentum just isn’t my cuppa, while I totally understand DK’s and Sonic’s (although, truth be told, Sonic 1’s level design made his momentum quite annoying at times). And DK definitely has more gravitas to him, while Sonic builds up momentum quite slowly, which in theory should arguably be worse, but I like them more. I guess the momentum with those two matches their characters.

    I haven’t played A Hat in Time yet, but it’s on my wishlist. What I did play already was the demo of Super Lucky’s Tale and loved it. Those controls seem perfectly spot on to me for a 3D platformer.

    Ultimately, it’s not Mario, it’s me. I just wanted to know what makes these 3D Mario games so great and see if it makes sense for me to try them out. I quite like the premise of both Sunshine and Galaxy.

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  7. Comment on Super Mario Bros 35th Anniversary Direct in ~games

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    To someone who never played a 3D Mario game before Odyssey (apart from 64 a bit in a shop), how would you pitch the 3D collection? I know they’re groundbreaking classics of their own times, but...

    To someone who never played a 3D Mario game before Odyssey (apart from 64 a bit in a shop), how would you pitch the 3D collection? I know they’re groundbreaking classics of their own times, but neither the NES nor the Switch versions I really love – Mario just feels like constantly on ice to me. I know I’m in the minority …

    I probably should have rephrased my question more in the sense of “how would you sell these three games to someone who finished Odyssey, recognises its superb qualities, but neither loves it nor holds any nostalgia towards those games?”
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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 recently grabbed City of Brass, which I feel actually is a proper 3D FPS-ish (well, sword and whip) rogue-like. Can't say much about it yet, as I just started, but so far those skelletons in the...

    I recently grabbed City of Brass, which I feel actually is a proper 3D FPS-ish (well, sword and whip) rogue-like.

    Can't say much about it yet, as I just started, but so far those skelletons in the medina are whooping my arse.

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

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    I’m currently 98% through my 100% run and am a bit stuck at one of the two secret bosses. I need a short break from the game, but I found it definitely worth re-playing so soon after my first...

    I’m currently 98% through my 100% run and am a bit stuck at one of the two secret bosses. I need a short break from the game, but I found it definitely worth re-playing so soon after my first play-through. I hope to beat it on 100% this or next week though.

    The optional quests and secret bosses definitely add to the story.

    I think its 10 h length (my first run took me a leasurely 16h) is about perfect for this game. The pacing is perfect.

    The only complaint I have, if I had to nit-pick, would be that while some NPC are very affected by the impending doom near the end of the game, most of them seem completely oblivious and just repeat the same lines as if nothing happened.

  10. Comment on Email sucks in ~tech

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    Damn, you are correct. I apologise for spreading false info. I swear, I remember seeing a presentation about the history of e-mail protocol and there they also in short discussed how SMS are...

    Damn, you are correct. I apologise for spreading false info.

    I swear, I remember seeing a presentation about the history of e-mail protocol and there they also in short discussed how SMS are (loosely) based on the e-mail protocol as well, showing different similarities. But that was years ago and I can’t find it anymore, so it seems I either misremembered or the presentation overstated the (few?) similarities.

    As a return favour, I can confirm that this is my memory of the Twitter reason as well.

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  11. Comment on Email sucks in ~tech

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    (was prove wrong, I apologise)

    Also, interesting tidbit of information: SMS is based on the e-mail protocol :D (was prove wrong, I apologise)

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

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    I just beat Iconoclasts for the first time and, while my expectations were pretty high, this game beat them hands down! The story twists and turns, the game mechanics and controls are on point,...

    I just beat Iconoclasts for the first time and, while my expectations were pretty high, this game beat them hands down! The story twists and turns, the game mechanics and controls are on point, the audio-visual package is great …and the game play just never lets you down and switches very fast between puzzle platforming and amazing boss fights. So many and so varied boss fights! :O

    I think this game deserves to be mentioned in the same group as the other modern metroidvania classics like Hollow Knight and the Shantae series. I would even say that at standard difficulty, I would recommend Iconoclasts to anyone, while the other two can be a bit more ruthless at times, which might turn some people off.

    Although it’s not typically in my nature to do so, right off the bat, I already started NG+ and am going for a 100% run.

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  13. Comment on The stock market looks like the Bitcoin economy, and that’s not a good thing in ~finance

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    Having read many of TechnoLlama’s blog posts and knowing the author as well (plus having been around BTC from pretty early on myself), I can’t really agree with this statement. I have to admit,...

    The author doesn't seem like a person who really understand bitcoin.

    Having read many of TechnoLlama’s blog posts and knowing the author as well (plus having been around BTC from pretty early on myself), I can’t really agree with this statement.

    I don't understand him completely on this but, Bitcoin mining will always be profitable to some.

    I have to admit, it’s been a while since I looked into how BTC mining works, but this is my understanding. The price of mining depends (mostly) on power consumption. I would assume there is a certain difficulty below which BTC cannot go, and if the power costs outweigh that, it’s not profitable anymore.

    As anecdotal evidence, I did try mining waaay back when one BTC still cost some €/$ cents, and even then neither my laptop nor my desktop were able to mine a single one.

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  14. Comment on It's been just under a year since the last group request thread, will/should we make another one? in ~tildes

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    Considering we are doing pretty well on lgbt, but very poorly on (cis) female representation, maybe it would make sense to rethink ~girltalk or something similar.

    Considering we are doing pretty well on lgbt, but very poorly on (cis) female representation, maybe it would make sense to rethink ~girltalk or something similar.

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  15. Comment on A new Nintendo Switch model will be announced next year, a new report claims in ~games

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    My money is on "improved stability". SCNR, please flag as joke...

    My money is on "improved stability".

    SCNR, please flag as joke...

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  16. Comment on Blockchain, the amazing solution for almost nothing in ~comp

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    Haha, yeah. My story is similar, only that I made 70+ BTC by selling old PC games to a Polish guy. But my laptop was too weak for actual mining (I did try though). Hehe, good times when we thought...

    Haha, yeah. My story is similar, only that I made 70+ BTC by selling old PC games to a Polish guy. But my laptop was too weak for actual mining (I did try though).

    Hehe, good times when we thought BTC will be actually used as currency.

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  17. Comment on Blockchain, the amazing solution for almost nothing in ~comp

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    I’ve been around Bitcoin from quite early on (first guy to sell vintage games for BTC, can also remember the bitcoin pizza actually happen), and I’ve developed a fairly simple rule of thumb: what...

    I’ve been around Bitcoin from quite early on (first guy to sell vintage games for BTC, can also remember the bitcoin pizza actually happen), and I’ve developed a fairly simple rule of thumb:

    • what problem is your solution trying to solve?
    • how exactly does a blockchain solve this problem?
    • why is a blockchain the only/best possible solution to the problem?
    • who has the voting rights/power?
    • where is the source code?

    Only if there are reasonable answers to all of the above, is it worth listening about the marketing fluff and business buzz around it.

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  18. Comment on What was the first game you ever loved? in ~games

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    I think it’s a tie between Zeliard (the first I played and loved) and Day of the Tentacle (the first I loved and owned).

    I think it’s a tie between Zeliard (the first I played and loved) and Day of the Tentacle (the first I loved and owned).

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  19. Comment on What is clean wine and should you care? in ~food

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    Excellent point. It bares also noting that what may or not be added to wone depends on jurisdiction. This seems a good starting point for what EU wines may include:...

    Excellent point. It bares also noting that what may or not be added to wone depends on jurisdiction.

    This seems a good starting point for what EU wines may include:
    https://glossary.wein.plus/agents-used-in-winemaking
    https://ec.europa.eu/info/food-farming-fisheries/food-safety-and-quality/certification/quality-labels/quality-schemes-explained/regulations-wine_en

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