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  1. Comment on What are your unpopular game opinions? in ~games

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    If you're looking for something recent, I heard good things about Disco Elysium. I couldn't quite tell if people applaud the writing in general or how well it was implemented as gameplay (could be...

    If you're looking for something recent, I heard good things about Disco Elysium. I couldn't quite tell if people applaud the writing in general or how well it was implemented as gameplay (could be a stylishly done choose-your-own-adventure-book mechanic?) but I'm tempted to try it to see whether they pulled off something that's complex enough to actually benefit from being a videogame.

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  2. Comment on What are your unpopular game opinions? in ~games

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    Dwarf Fortress on the one end, more abstract stuff like The Witness on the other. Oh, and Papers, Please of course! There’s plenty of ways of doing it. What bores me is just stopping the gameplay...

    Dwarf Fortress on the one end, more abstract stuff like The Witness on the other. Oh, and Papers, Please of course! There’s plenty of ways of doing it. What bores me is just stopping the gameplay to play a movie every hour.

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  3. Comment on 'Spoons are so brutal!' Paris Hilton's cooking show is a rare work of comic genius in ~food

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    Is this like... planted? How on earth is that video making headlines? I don't get it at all! I'm procrastinating heavily right now and hoped for something hilariously absurdist but aside from...

    Is this like... planted? How on earth is that video making headlines? I don't get it at all! I'm procrastinating heavily right now and hoped for something hilariously absurdist but aside from leaving out the onions, it looks like edible lasagna. The salt was applied – and haphazardly removed – inelegantly (though it seems in the end it shouldn't ruin like 3 kg of meat). The rest is 00s-era it-girl bullshit and a messy kitchen. I've cooked worse. And I've seen way more funny influencer videos.

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  4. Comment on Google researchers find serious privacy risks in Safari’s anti-tracking protections in ~tech

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    I don't think anyone is seriously suggestion Google is doing that to sabotage Safari's anti-tracking protection as some kind of hidden agenda. But it taints the research a little. At best it's...

    I don't think anyone is seriously suggestion Google is doing that to sabotage Safari's anti-tracking protection as some kind of hidden agenda. But it taints the research a little. At best it's ironic, at worst it can be considered a conflict of interest. The real story might be a different one: Maybe that one of the top user-spying companies in the world now has acquired some of the best security researchers in the world, subtly biasing their work in their favor. And even if it's just perception. Psychology is part of security.

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  5. Comment on Designing Manifold Garden's believably unbelievable world and puzzles in ~games.game_design

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    Beautiful, I'm so looking forward to finally playing that game, it's been on my radar for its entire development time. Just need to find the time.

    Beautiful, I'm so looking forward to finally playing that game, it's been on my radar for its entire development time. Just need to find the time.

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  6. Comment on Indie Games and Developers in ~games

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    My favorite find last year was Mirror Drop. It actually won the IGF Award for Excellence in Visual Art, that's how I found out about it. It's basically a high end ray-tracer turned into a game....

    My favorite find last year was Mirror Drop. It actually won the IGF Award for Excellence in Visual Art, that's how I found out about it. It's basically a high end ray-tracer turned into a game. All surfaces are reflective, so you get these absurd hall-of-mirrors effects, it kinda breaks your brain, in a good way.

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  7. Comment on Developer says their game started selling 400% better on Steam after releasing torrent in ~games

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    I'm genuinely curious whether game piracy might be down because people just don't bother anymore? If you can't afford games, well, you can dedicate your time to one of a dozen F2P games all your...

    I'm genuinely curious whether game piracy might be down because people just don't bother anymore? If you can't afford games, well, you can dedicate your time to one of a dozen F2P games all your friends play.

    People who actually bother to torrent indie games must be a somewhat unique demographic.

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  8. Comment on Let's talk about humorous podcasts in ~talk

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    I'm a fan of The Jeff and Casey Show (who apparently got new episodes, I'm way behind!). The two guys are programmers, so things get predictably nerdy. It's mostly two or three topics per episode,...

    I'm a fan of The Jeff and Casey Show (who apparently got new episodes, I'm way behind!). The two guys are programmers, so things get predictably nerdy. It's mostly two or three topics per episode, over-analyzed to hilariously obsessive detail. They love making fun of Silicon Valley type techno-religion, "the internet of things", bad movies and shows, generally unnecessary inventions and covering all kinds of "weird news" articles. It's a bit hard to explain. There's often half-hour rants about super programmer-specific issues and whatnot, which maybe a bit much if that's not your thing, but mostly it's about literally anything that's weird and funny.

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  9. Comment on Google Stadia announces plans to add over 120 games this year, including over 10 exclusives in ~games

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    Too little too late. Any "Stadia exclusive" game is a Stadia product first and an inspired game second, why would any respectable game developer lock themselves into Stadia?

    Too little too late. Any "Stadia exclusive" game is a Stadia product first and an inspired game second, why would any respectable game developer lock themselves into Stadia?

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  10. Comment on What are your unpopular game opinions? in ~games

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    Yea, that's what I meant with the Ken Levine bit. Emergent story is something that absolutely works and can be amazing (I still remember Bronzemurder, for example!). I'm more talking about games...

    Yea, that's what I meant with the Ken Levine bit. Emergent story is something that absolutely works and can be amazing (I still remember Bronzemurder, for example!). I'm more talking about games where it's like "you play a starving orphan in 19th century France" and all you do is clumsy platforming (made up example but I bet there's something close!). Super Mario Bros isn't a game about Italian plumbers, right? Of course, every single modern AAA game also does something weird in this regard ("ludonarrative dissonance", as horrible as this phrase is).

    It's funny you mention Braid and The Witness cause those are like my favorite games and my reply is basically just aping every Jonathan Blow talk, ever. So yea, that kind of "story" through gameplay, actual gameplay, is what I want more of.

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  11. Comment on What are your unpopular game opinions? in ~games

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    That sounds kinda amazing!

    It's something I've been exploring for a few years. Recently I've been working on a concept of a magic system that can create non-encoded, dynamic effects based on the combination of spell parts it uses. I have a vague idea of "grammar" that would entail certain interactions between given parts of the spell, assuming it consists of more than one component. Something similar has already been done – picking characteristics from a list to form a single spell. What I'm aiming to do is make sure those effects are dynamic, as well. All that should be set is the base elements that can form any other complex form.

    That sounds kinda amazing!

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  12. Comment on What are your unpopular game opinions? in ~games

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    Storytelling in games is overrated. Or rather: The way stories are "told" in games often do not benefit from any interactive parts (the only reason to make it a game in the first place?) at all,...

    Storytelling in games is overrated. Or rather: The way stories are "told" in games often do not benefit from any interactive parts (the only reason to make it a game in the first place?) at all, making me wonder why the creators didn't just write a book or do a movie short or something.

    To add a more constructive note: I think Ken Levine, at least in theory, might be onto something with his vision for "storytelling" that's simulated as gameplay rather than providing a background.

    PS: Can't resist putting this lovely tweet here. It illustrates perfectly how disconnected "story" and gameplay can be, even – like in this case – if it's entirely non-verbal.

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  13. Comment on What are your unpopular game opinions? in ~games

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    Lots of overlaps, here! Katamari Damacy sits comfortably in my top 10, basically, since I discovered it exists. One thing about "arena shooters" and RTS games reaching mass appeal, though: I think...

    Lots of overlaps, here! Katamari Damacy sits comfortably in my top 10, basically, since I discovered it exists.

    One thing about "arena shooters" and RTS games reaching mass appeal, though: I think it's pretty pointless to split game genres (which are already separated along weirdly drawn lines) even further and pretend like, for example, "MOBAs" aren't just the most popular form of RTS games right now. Same with "arena shooters". There's PUBG and a last-man-standing game mode that has been around since the 90s and that's just the FPS flavor currently popular.

    I think it's telling that projects trying to bring back "arena shooters" (Reflex Arena, Toxikk) essentially look like perfect clones of Quake 3 or Unreal Tournament. Those aren't really "genres", they're just two specific ways of doing an online FPS, their appeal heavily relying on the freshness of the technology at the time. Since then we had Tribes, which added large environments, Team Fortress, which added classes and Counter Strike, which added scenarios based on real events. The FPS just evolved. Almost everything a Quake 3 did still exists (with the possible exception of bunnyhopping). Quake 3 today just looks like (I'm so, so sorry) Fortnite. Again, I'm sorry, but it does. StarCraft today looks like League of Legends.

    I think the reason "arena shooters" aren't a thing today is that the term "arena shooter" is trying to repackage like 3 games as if they had enough potential to be redone in endless, unique ways. They're not. A "modern arena shooter" is simply a "modern FPS" and we all know what that looks like.

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  14. Comment on Ray tracing, VRS, and DLSS in id Tech 6 and Wolfenstein: Youngblood in ~games

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    Ironically, the one complaint about raytracing I get is that it's barely distinguishable from the hacks we had before and in the video you posted I had to squint to even see the parts where it...

    Ironically, the one complaint about raytracing I get is that it's barely distinguishable from the hacks we had before and in the video you posted I had to squint to even see the parts where it makes a difference. I would get things like generic blinding effects from bright light sources but you get those without raytracing, just less accurately. I just don't believe the gameplay argument. Imagine someone playing paintball (in real life) and complaining about puddles on the ground being distracting because of the reflection.

    And aren't there cases where you could potentially see an enemy behind a corner when seeing his reflection?

  15. Comment on Ray tracing, VRS, and DLSS in id Tech 6 and Wolfenstein: Youngblood in ~games

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    I don't think that's a problem. I like to distinguish between "effects", i.e. stuff thrown at the screen for flash/decoration and rendering techniques that increase "accuracy". Raytracing is...

    I don't think that's a problem. I like to distinguish between "effects", i.e. stuff thrown at the screen for flash/decoration and rendering techniques that increase "accuracy". Raytracing is simply a slightly more accurate way of representing light. It's the same with HDR lighting, which long was lumped in with overdone bloom effects when, in fact, correctly done HDR it's simply a more accurate representation of how the eye perceives great contrast in light intensity. Nobody finds it "distracting" to simply see surfaces do what they'd do in real life.

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  16. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    It's IMO the best thing to come out of the Star Wars franchise since the original trilogy (but let's face it: that's only a bold statement because of quantity, not quality). I loved how it brought...

    It's IMO the best thing to come out of the Star Wars franchise since the original trilogy (but let's face it: that's only a bold statement because of quantity, not quality). I loved how it brought Star Wars back to focusing on a single story, giving moments some time to sink in before moving on to the next big spectacle.

    That being said, wow was it corny at times! It had to be a bit intentional, hadn't it? I mean, they did have the budget to do whatever (I heard GoT level $15 mil per episode, with only 8 episodes and 30 minute run times) yet some parts felt like 90s era bottle episodes. And that one where he's meeting a bunch of space-peasants (complete with an awkward love interest) felt like something out of Star Trek. It was so weird, compared to the others! Weird acting by all the supporting cast, too!

    Overall, I'm impressed how it was all held together. I have big hopes for season 2.

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  18. Comment on Lab-grown food will soon destroy farming – and save the planet in ~enviro

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    I'm so ready for this. I'm prepared for the usual political friction and discussions about how it's "unnatural". But I want my lab-grown burgers! It's a fantastic development! The only potential...

    I'm so ready for this. I'm prepared for the usual political friction and discussions about how it's "unnatural". But I want my lab-grown burgers! It's a fantastic development!

    The only potential issue I see is an interesting point he brought up towards the end of the article: That such a technology could be caught up in patents, further monopolizing the food market.

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  19. Comment on Prince Harry and Meghan quit the Firm - couple step back as senior members of Royal Family in ~news

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    Royal gossip has an eerie ability to annoy me.

    Royal gossip has an eerie ability to annoy me.

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  20. Comment on Trump backs away from further military conflict with Iran in ~news

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    As much as a lunatic Trump is, I genuinely believe he's anti-war. Like, this is the closest thing to a moral principle he actually has.

    As much as a lunatic Trump is, I genuinely believe he's anti-war. Like, this is the closest thing to a moral principle he actually has.

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