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  1. Comment on What was the last game you played that really surprised you? in ~games

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    For me the biggest surprise was Skyrim. I didn't think I'd like it as much as I do, a decade after it came out (I first really played it in April 2021). I was watching a streamer, Burke Black,...

    For me the biggest surprise was Skyrim. I didn't think I'd like it as much as I do, a decade after it came out (I first really played it in April 2021).

    I was watching a streamer, Burke Black, talk about how Skyrim seems to have endured a decade while still being immensely popular to play, and for streamers to even draw views with. He pushed the point that the reason it was still so popular was because it was so good, even arguing with his viewers that the modding community is only as strong as it is today because Skyrim can still attract players. Being a somewhat passive Elder Scrolls fan, who "didn't have time" to start these intensive RPGs, I figured "Fuck it, I'll give it a shot." Got out of Helgen, went for the story, and it felt good. I'd always liked TES combat, at least from Morrowind and Oblivion, but this was a step above: It was tight, you could dual wield, dual cast, use a spell and a sword, I could basically have any configuration I wanted. My previous experience with an RPG was The Witcher which is boring in the combat department, basically a short rhythm quick-time event every couple of seconds. Before I knew it, I'd sunk 120 hours into my first Skyrim save in six weeks (while still keeping up with school, and life).

    I always found open world games intimidating, even Breath of the Wild has the issue where I could do anything in the game, and just quit to do nothing. Skyrim is even worse about it, but I came up with a rule: Do major quest lines, and anything I encounter that looks interesting. I got into my character's development, even creating some sort of moral code to follow for specific characters where certain quest lines align, for example (also a potential strat for achievement hunting). I'm running several different characters with very different builds to explore different play styles. I never would've done this in a game a year ago: Once I beat a game, I'm done with it. I've cleared Skyrim's main story twice in three months, did Dark Brotherhood, Thieves Guild, and College of Winterhold on various saves, and am working on Solsteim with my mage character. I also have the issue where I really like what TES does across its three single-player 3D games, and I'm not sure any other franchise will scratch the same itch the same way: It's the way the first person perspective feels that I don't think anybody has ever come close to.

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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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    Yeah. Zan mentioned doing it this year, I think, and I was looking wistfully at my Steam library for an escape from Elder Scrolls games when I saw the announcement. EDIT: It's an addon, and the...

    Yeah. Zan mentioned doing it this year, I think, and I was looking wistfully at my Steam library for an escape from Elder Scrolls games when I saw the announcement.

    EDIT: It's an addon, and the price of Hedon will go up to account for it, sort of like how Shovel Knight did it.

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

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    Skyrim. I just beat the main story with a high elf mage character, using bound weapons to check those skill trees out. I wanted to play with bound weapons and defense spells (Oakflesh, Ironflesh,...

    Skyrim. I just beat the main story with a high elf mage character, using bound weapons to check those skill trees out. I wanted to play with bound weapons and defense spells (Oakflesh, Ironflesh, etc), and found that once you limp up the steep starting curve, it's really fun.

    I'm finally getting bored of Skyrim a bit, so I'm turning my attention back to Oblivion. I was going to close all the gates when I thought there were 16 of them, but it turns out there are 60, not 16 like I'd somehow originally thought, and have instead pivoted to playing like my first Skyrim run: Do the stories (Main, Thieves, Mages, DB, etc). I did the same in Morrowind, and actually need to get back to that playthrough as well.

    I picked up Hedon again, because the sequel comes out in August. The puzzles are actually pretty difficult, which was why I accidentally walked away from it initially. Despite being built on GZDoom, the platforming and movement in general actually feel pretty good, and I was reminded of that coming back to it.

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  4. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    I drilled a presentation I had to make today on Sunday. It was two slides out of a larger ~7 minute slideshow and basically had to figure out how to get enough information in comfortably enough to...

    I drilled a presentation I had to make today on Sunday. It was two slides out of a larger ~7 minute slideshow and basically had to figure out how to get enough information in comfortably enough to hit a minute.

    I also wrote six out of eight pages for my internship class's paper, which is easy because it's about a company I've worked for for seven weeks, and my experiences at the company. I just need my internship to "end" this week before wrapping it up, sending it in, and getting the grade.

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  5. Comment on Don’t farm bugs in ~humanities

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    It's "Consider the Lobster" on a large scope. It's an interesting idea to consider that if we start raising insects for food, we're just doing the same thing we currently do, but to a different...

    It's "Consider the Lobster" on a large scope.

    It's an interesting idea to consider that if we start raising insects for food, we're just doing the same thing we currently do, but to a different animal. Some of the imagery is striking: Enough larva to go to the moon and back 25 times. What's more interesting is insects aren't mainstream food yet, and we're already pulling these numbers.

    I don't see sentience as a reason to not eat something on its own (though one of many reasons I, despite still eating meat, occasionally feel guilty). I see it as a reason to treat your food humanely, which would also be a potential failure on our part, much like it already is for many crustaceans, where our primary solution is to physically incapacitate them so they don't splash around too much when we boil them alive.

    I think I agree with the greater point, assuming I've got the right takeaway: Bugs aren't our savior, we'll be forcing the same set of problems onto another group of animals, one that'll be even easier to mistreat.

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  6. Comment on How did you find niche stuff before the Internet? in ~life

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    I was born in 90, so maybe I'm too young to claim a purely internet-free experience, but I've only been online consistently since 2005, when we got our first DSL connection. Before that, it was...

    I was born in 90, so maybe I'm too young to claim a purely internet-free experience, but I've only been online consistently since 2005, when we got our first DSL connection. Before that, it was dial-up with an interruptor and a busy phone number, so I wasn't exactly able to be online for a long stretch. Even at that, most of my internet time was spent playing Runescape, flash games, or doing research for school work. I couldn't find new stuff online because I simply wasn't.

    I think I can summarize my experience best with video games: I got games from people I knew, or else had to take a huge chance as a relatively poor kid. My mom bought us all GameBoys, and a few games as she could, and a neighbor gave us a pile of games, some of which are still my favorites (Kirby's Dreamland, Link's Awakening, for example), but I would've never found these games another way. Industry media (Game Informer, EGM, and Nintendo Power) also showed me new things.

    I knew people who had other games, like SimCity or Super Smash Brothers: Melee, which I would argue were formative moments, a teacher who let us play copies of Quake II, III, Wolfenstein 3D and StarCraft, which introduced me to games I would come to love later, but would've ignored with no previous experience.

    As far as taking chances, my older brother (by a year) happened to be into fantasy stuff, and was shopping around for various games that caught his attention. He bought "Black and White," "Myst," and this particularly weird one called "Morrowind" in the early 00s.

    I feel like that generally sums my experiences in general: You either don't know, it gets given to you, you catch a whiff of something and chase it, or you just stumble into something great. It happens much faster with the Internet, of course.

    EDIT: I'm not referring to niche stuff, exactly, but for where/when I was doing this stuff I mentioned it didn't really have much traction in the circles I was in, or eventually became stuff that everybody seemed to have experience with, but didn't talk about until we were all older.

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  7. Comment on Should you be wearing a mask again? Here’s a map of the Covid hot spots subject to the CDC’s new guidance in ~health.coronavirus

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    As mentioned in an article linked here the other day, the only time to get vaccinated is when you're knocking on death's door according to some people.

    As mentioned in an article linked here the other day, the only time to get vaccinated is when you're knocking on death's door according to some people.

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  8. Comment on Valve argues anti-Steam suit lacks “the most basic elements” of antitrust case in ~games

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    Oh yeah... I came to Steam in 2006 and it'd already started getting a lot of third-party stuff.

    Oh yeah... I came to Steam in 2006 and it'd already started getting a lot of third-party stuff.

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  9. Comment on Valve argues anti-Steam suit lacks “the most basic elements” of antitrust case in ~games

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    Basically what I was going to say. I'd say they did have a monopoly back in the late 00s, early 10s, but GoG and Epic have emerged to be competitive (Origin was basically EA's answer to BattleNet:...

    Basically what I was going to say. I'd say they did have a monopoly back in the late 00s, early 10s, but GoG and Epic have emerged to be competitive (Origin was basically EA's answer to BattleNet: little more than an update/distro platform for their games).

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  10. Comment on The male millennial vernacular of getting swole in ~life

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    This didn't quite resonate with me. It isn't that I don't buy that men have body issues (I've got a few myself) but they're different enough as to not cleanly compare to women's issues in this...

    This didn't quite resonate with me. It isn't that I don't buy that men have body issues (I've got a few myself) but they're different enough as to not cleanly compare to women's issues in this regard. Even today it is more acceptable for men to be fat. Masculinity is portrayed by size, muscle, then fitness in order. The recent trend of superhero media may have shifted it a bit for the younger generation, so maybe I just haven't seen it.

    I also see the lack of male teenager media as a benefit. Seventeen, and similar magazines have done massive amounts of damage to the young female psyche, and having male teen media would only start men on body image issues sooner.

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  11. Comment on Tobacco firm Philip Morris calls for ban on cigarettes within decade in ~news

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    My question was more to hint that Phillip Morris isn't done with selling nicotine products. They're also not interested in selling customizable, standardized box mods and DIY juice supplies. I...

    My question was more to hint that Phillip Morris isn't done with selling nicotine products. They're also not interested in selling customizable, standardized box mods and DIY juice supplies.

    I think PM, and the rest of Big Tobacco, is going to try to stick their fingers in as many pots as they can to keep the money coming.

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  12. Comment on A stifling new heat wave is baking the US in ~enviro

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    Meanwhile, down here in Southern California, it may just hit 90, which is perfectly normal for early August. We broke 100 with one heat wave, but it's been a very mild summer. It even rained the...

    Meanwhile, down here in Southern California, it may just hit 90, which is perfectly normal for early August. We broke 100 with one heat wave, but it's been a very mild summer. It even rained the other day.

    I also don't think California will have as bad a fire season because that typically requires rain to grow plants, followed by a rough summer, but typically more green areas will definitely be worse off.

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  13. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of July 26 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I managed to get it together last night talking to my brother: I guess it's all COVID infections post-vaccination (appropriate dosage + time to activate), I thought it was with the exception of...

    I managed to get it together last night talking to my brother: I guess it's all COVID infections post-vaccination (appropriate dosage + time to activate), I thought it was with the exception of some variants or something, but it isn't.

    And yeah, for symptoms anything that leaves you able to walk and breathe under your own power is apparently considered "mild."

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  14. Comment on Ratz Instagib: The purest arena shooter in ~games

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    A pure OSOK FPS takes some temerity to publish. However, OSOK is probably one of the most fun deathmatch variants ever, whether it's something slow like AssaultCube or something fast-paced like...

    A pure OSOK FPS takes some temerity to publish. However, OSOK is probably one of the most fun deathmatch variants ever, whether it's something slow like AssaultCube or something fast-paced like Xonotic or Quake (what I'm familiar with) or even what Ratz looks to be. He does a good job of capturing what's fun about that microgenre, to be honest. You're dead or you aren't, and it's simply "Who made the shot?"

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  15. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of July 26 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Ah, the call of last year: "Two weeks to flatten the curve!" I sincerely hope they're right, and this considers the issue of noncompliance that's causing a large part of the issue, goodness knows...

    This is not something we have to do for years. This is weeks, perhaps a couple of months.

    Ah, the call of last year: "Two weeks to flatten the curve!" I sincerely hope they're right, and this considers the issue of noncompliance that's causing a large part of the issue, goodness knows we've unfortunately got the data now to make a better forecast.

    I'm not completely bitter about it, I don't think it'll ever be as bad as the last year was, considering we've got a vaccine that can at the very least keep 95% of the vaccinated population from being infected (in reality, it's maybe like 45% of the American population, at least, probably less). Please let me know if I'm wrong, I'm trying to catch up on my knowledge of wtf "breakthrough" cases are.

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  16. Comment on Amazon’s mission: Getting a ‘key’ to your apartment building in ~tech

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    This could be resolved via an open standard so maybe the government regulates it instead of a private company. Give it to the USPS, even, and make tampering a felony like mailboxes. The only...

    This could be resolved via an open standard so maybe the government regulates it instead of a private company. Give it to the USPS, even, and make tampering a felony like mailboxes. The only organization allowed to tinker with mailboxes is the USPS.

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  17. Comment on How has the pandemic changed you? in ~talk

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    I got furloughed, then quit my job when it was almost time to come back because I didn't see a point to going back to my job for a year only to quit after I graduate. I lucked out on an internship...

    I got furloughed, then quit my job when it was almost time to come back because I didn't see a point to going back to my job for a year only to quit after I graduate. I lucked out on an internship at a great company that should turn into a full-time opportunity in a field I want to work in.

    I got even more doughy, gaining 20lbs (peaking at a fully clothed 300lb), and lost the strength and cardio I had from my pre-covid life: cycling to a physical job and school.

    I was forced to confront some issues, mostly alcoholism and immediate family issues. I drank more than is strictly healthy before, but it never really impacted me until I wasn't burning off enough energy to go to sleep at night (and whatever other benefits there are for leading a normal life). I was never a day drinker or anything, but it did impact things like leaving me groggy enough to be late registering for classes one semester (pre-pandemic, but I managed to stay on track), and becoming fairly useless after about 10PM. I learned about the potential biological component to alcoholism, and kept drinking, but paid attention to what I did and why if I found myself spiraling into a heavy night. I decided not to quit drinking, but just not do it at home, as I never overdo it in public where I can't just pour another glass and need to be functional.

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  18. Comment on US parents say Peppa Pig is giving their kids British accents in ~tv

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    Maybe don't sit your kid in front of Peppa Pig for a year. I'm more inclined to suspect they're picking up Britishisms more than accent, but maybe it could be dependent on the age of the kid, too.

    Now she has a posh English accent after spending a year at home watching Peppa Pig.

    Maybe don't sit your kid in front of Peppa Pig for a year.

    I'm more inclined to suspect they're picking up Britishisms more than accent, but maybe it could be dependent on the age of the kid, too.

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  19. Comment on Who am I? in ~health

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    I do similar things. You don't want to know how many yoyos and rubik's cubes I've got, for example, all acquired after the age of 23. I also went from devout Christian to raging atheist to lay...

    I do similar things. You don't want to know how many yoyos and rubik's cubes I've got, for example, all acquired after the age of 23. I also went from devout Christian to raging atheist to lay Buddhist, and even stuck to using Arch on a netbook for two years exclusively.

    There's nothing wrong with you, you're experiencing a dilemma that has been debated for millenia, the struggle for authenticity.

    I'm going to have to dip into some notes from a philosophy class because there's stuff I'm only half-remembering, but here's my understanding and something I find quite helpful to consider: The issue with the struggle for authenticity is it can be difficult to know what you are. It's incredibly difficult, and some philosophers (Sartre in particular) argue that it is impossible to be truly authentic because we are "abandoned into this world" and have to conform to already existing rules and norms.

    Sartre also claims that should one strive to be authentic, you must also grasp that you are inauthentic, the result of your navigation of the world you're born into, and decisions made for you. You have two choices at this point:

    1. Accept who you are.

    2. Reject who you are, and attempt to change your values into who you feel you are.

    Most of our current self is the result of repeating the above conditions.

    What's wrong with me?

    You haven't answered (1) and/or (2) enough times to come to a satisfactory position. It's not your fault, nobody ever actually has. To stop considering the above decisions is to stop growing and changing. As @mrbig said, "you are change."

    I don't mean this as a concrete solution to your issue, but having had similar struggles, this is the sort of thinking that helped me out, even before I was aware some old dead European dudes had already tried talking about it.

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  20. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    I got my GMMK Pro running QMK's develop branch, where they've accepted a PR for community created RGB support (thanks to the person who made that work). I'm just too excited about it, and I can...

    I got my GMMK Pro running QMK's develop branch, where they've accepted a PR for community created RGB support (thanks to the person who made that work). I'm just too excited about it, and I can qctually get my "normal" keyboard running with all of it's features.

    I signed up to take my AZ900 exam on Thursday, and my manager is giving me the day off to cram/chill before the afternoon exam (he told me he does that when he takes a cert). It's not a super big deal, as it's not required for my internship to become a job offer, but I want to learn this material, and a deadline will be a good study buddy.

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