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  1. Comment on Please stop closing forums and moving people to Discord in ~tech

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    I hate this trend. It's been going on for a while. Oddly enough, the one that hit me hardest was IMDB shutting down their forums in 2017. Not that the average forum post there was particularly...

    I hate this trend. It's been going on for a while.

    Oddly enough, the one that hit me hardest was IMDB shutting down their forums in 2017. Not that the average forum post there was particularly high quality but it was a very specific source of information. Want to know about a certain cut of a movie from the 80s? Someone likely posted a list with detailed descriptions. Want to know how production is going for some major upcoming movie? Someone probably posted photos of the shoot in Romania. Want to discuss an obscure detail about a character in your favorite movie? Sure, just spawn a 10-page thread and get the input of the 20 people on earth who obsess about it as much as you do.

    It's just a different structure for discussion. On reddit-esque sites, the barrier to post a new topic is just slightly higher. Threads also disappear much quicker since they have to compete with actual news and content posts that IMDB, for example, would just have on the movie's main page. Chat platforms like discord are designed for casual conversation so you don't get the in-depth posts. Also its messages disappear even quicker. Forums have a very specific way of preserving all available information about a certain discussion topic and let you expand on it.

    As for why it's going away: I blame the assholes.

    Sure, it's a money decision but that money would have gone to moderators (server cost is a factor but I doubt it's the biggest one or what made the decision). There's always been assholes on the internet, but somehow it got worse over the past 8 years or so. The bizzare absorption of right-wing ideology, the general self-righteousness, the astroturfing... I mean, I kinda get it. Who wants to deal with this shit? I get gaming sites doing it and I get why Nintendo is avoiding doing any kind of serious social networking on the Switch. Still, it's a shame that it has come to this.

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  2. Comment on Westworld (1973) and its source code in ~comp

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    That’s cool! Never even occurred to me that “pixelation” itself is already CGI!

    That’s cool! Never even occurred to me that “pixelation” itself is already CGI!

    2 votes
  3. Comment on PlayStation Showcase 2021 in ~games

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    I was surprised to hear this also coming out on PS4 but looking at it, I can imagine how. Everything looks very sharp and crisp in this PS5 caputre. But I can't see a single pixel on my 1080p TV...

    I was surprised to hear this also coming out on PS4 but looking at it, I can imagine how. Everything looks very sharp and crisp in this PS5 caputre. But I can't see a single pixel on my 1080p TV from couch distance so they can just cut resolution by a factor of 4 and that seems to be the only thing that truly matters. It looks sharp, but it looks like "a videogame", the way games have looked for 10 years, now. Clothing doesn't wrinkle right under arm pits, foliage looks like painted cardboard and during combat, all I see are colorful flashes, anyway.

    With the current chip situation, I couldn't buy a PS5 if I wanted to but so far... I'm good.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Hands-on with Facebook and Ray-Ban’s first pair of smart glasses in ~tech

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    Well, my point isn't about technology, though, it's about brand!

    Well, my point isn't about technology, though, it's about brand!

    1 vote
  5. Comment on The Matrix Resurrections – Official trailer 1 in ~movies

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    I might actually need to track this down, lol. Fan cuts are a weakness of mine.

    I might actually need to track this down, lol. Fan cuts are a weakness of mine.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Hands-on with Facebook and Ray-Ban’s first pair of smart glasses in ~tech

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    What baffles me about facebook investing so much into this: Who wants to wear facebook? Like, what potential early adopters are passionate about facebook, the brand? Apple? Sure. Microsoft? Maybe...

    What baffles me about facebook investing so much into this: Who wants to wear facebook? Like, what potential early adopters are passionate about facebook, the brand? Apple? Sure. Microsoft? Maybe in business circles. But fucking facebook? I genuinely don't see this happening, solely because their brand is toxic.

    Even playing devil's advocate, I'd spin that shit off into a new company, let's call it "Xe" or maybe "Academi" and hope people forget who the parent company is. From the comments on the article's website: You will never hear me utter the words "Hey Facebook, take a photo/video."

    8 votes
  7. Comment on The Matrix Resurrections – Official trailer 1 in ~movies

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    I guess "grandiloquent" is my word of the day. Yea, the dialogue could get awful as well.

    I guess "grandiloquent" is my word of the day. Yea, the dialogue could get awful as well.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on The Matrix Resurrections – Official trailer 1 in ~movies

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    I'm quite superficial with the Matrix movies: The less cave shit, the better. The third movie was almost entirely mech fights in caves. Two already had too much of it.

    I'm quite superficial with the Matrix movies: The less cave shit, the better. The third movie was almost entirely mech fights in caves. Two already had too much of it.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on The Matrix Resurrections – Official trailer 1 in ~movies

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    Weird emotions: Matrix 2 & 3 were crap. A lot of famous directors returning to their iconic franchises resulted in disaster (George Lucas and the Star Wars prequels, Stephen Spielberg and Indy 4,...

    Weird emotions:

    • Matrix 2 & 3 were crap.
    • A lot of famous directors returning to their iconic franchises resulted in disaster (George Lucas and the Star Wars prequels, Stephen Spielberg and Indy 4, Ridley Scott and his weird new Alien stuff)
    • Some worked, though! Mad Max: Fury Road is easily the best action movie in decades and arguably the best Mad Max movie. Blade Runner 2049 rocked (different director, though).
    • Maybe, with Matrix 2 & 3 out of the way, we can go back to something good? I know I'm treading on dangerous ground here, but I like some of the new Star Wars stuff, for example (The Mandalorian, The Last Jedi).
    • I like that the trailer looks "different"/"modern". Don't know how else to say it. Some 90s retro feel would have possibly ended up tacky. I also like seeing Keanu Reeves with a rubber ducky on his head. I mean, there's unexpected stuff in here, at least, it's not generic "Mr Anderson!" shit, it tries something new.

    This could actually be fun but I wonder if anyone will care about it 5 years from now. I have doubts.

    14 votes
  10. Comment on The Matrix Resurrections – Official trailer 1 in ~movies

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    I did a quick search whether anyone knows why Laurence Fishburne isn't coming back. Apparently, there's no easy answer. He said he would have returned, but wasn't asked! It doesn't look like the...

    I did a quick search whether anyone knows why Laurence Fishburne isn't coming back. Apparently, there's no easy answer. He said he would have returned, but wasn't asked! It doesn't look like the age is a problem (as both Reeves and Moss return). I haven't heard of any backstage beef between the directors and Fishburne and I don't think he's been canceled or any controversy like that.

    So the theory is that, maybe, because Morpheus actually still has a physical body by the end of the original trilogy (it's been ages, no idea what that even meant in context of the movies) while Neo/Trinity do not, they're no longer part of the same Matrix. But why cast an actor who almost looks like Morpheus to play a character who acts and talks exactly like Morpheus? It doesn't seem clean, concept-wise and it's almost like there's some other, personal drama going on that we don't know about. It's kinda weird and ruins the feel of the trailer for me.

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

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    It's a first-person RPG! Much more so than even Bioshock, for example, which had a focus on action. Even the combat sections don't necessarily involve much shooting.

    It's a first-person RPG! Much more so than even Bioshock, for example, which had a focus on action. Even the combat sections don't necessarily involve much shooting.

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

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    I was shocked (heh) how much this is Systen Shock 3 in everything but name. Like, except for literally licensing the name, it's System Shock. It got psi hypos! It's like the AAA games industry...

    I was shocked (heh) how much this is Systen Shock 3 in everything but name. Like, except for literally licensing the name, it's System Shock. It got psi hypos! It's like the AAA games industry decided to have one last hurrah for a genre long abandoned and I loved every second of it. We won't get another game like this for a very long time.

    Commendably, it doesn't merely carbon-copy System Shock, it has its own fresh ideas. I love the mimics, the goo gun and the zero gravity space walk sections. It's all so good that I no longer need the actual System Shock 3 to live up to my sky high expectations (on the one hand, they got Warren Spector, on the other, they were bought by fucking Tencent), I'm satisfied. If SS3 turns out terrible (I'd say there's a 60% chance it will be), I'll shrug it off and recommend people just playing Prey instead.

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  13. Comment on Rick and Morty - Season 5 Discussion in ~tv

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    I watched some of these making of clips after the episodes. It's kinda weird to have this all this deeply self-ironic stuff and then have Dan Harmon talk about growth and trust and character...

    I watched some of these making of clips after the episodes. It's kinda weird to have this all this deeply self-ironic stuff and then have Dan Harmon talk about growth and trust and character development in this super serious tone. I honestly thought the whole citadel thing is basically just one branch they're doing to cover a particular flavor of interdimensional travel joke but they talk like they really want to take this seriously? I don't think it will be much more than a season 6 special episode. And while there's some good jokes with "infinite Ricks", I'd rather see individual episodes that pick up other sci-fi tropes and have fun with those.

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

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    But I enjoy it! I enjoy a lot of badly designed games! I just like to think about why I enjoy games. Maybe I like overthinking this too much, which is why we're in this thread, lol. I like the...

    Just because you don't enjoy it does not mean that it's designed badly.

    But I enjoy it! I enjoy a lot of badly designed games!

    I just like to think about why I enjoy games. Maybe I like overthinking this too much, which is why we're in this thread, lol. I like the game because of a lot of little things embedded in an overall bloated exterior. It being a homage to a certain kind of MSX era game preserves a lot of random, disjointed ideas that were actually good and which have since been streamlined out of better/more successful games so they're no longer part of a modern game blueprint. The interesting part is the "lost in translation" type of discovery, the bits that make you go "hmm, why haven't I seen a single modern game even attempt this in recent years?". And it's got a lot to do with the willingness to let players fail or get lost. I like failing for not noticing a pattern in a room that corresponds to a hint given earlier. I hate failing because I haven't encountered a health refill in 30 minutes and a fucking fish jumps into me within 0.1 seconds of entering a new room. Or because I press a button that just triggers a trap with no way of knowing beforehand. I'm sorry, that's not a challenge, that's just the game randomly resetting your progress every few minutes.

    What I find interesting is that this, as an idea, could be done in a much more focused way and I don't think there's a game like that out there, currently. Most metroidvanias are near 100% focused on combat. In this game, exploration, following clues and paying attention is actually a much bigger part of the game than combat. I like that a lot! It's just doing it in the clumsiest way.

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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 mean, even if you intentionally imitate bad game design from the 80s, it's still bad game design. There's some stuff in there that's complete and utter bullshit, lol. Like, I just beat a boss...

    I mean, even if you intentionally imitate bad game design from the 80s, it's still bad game design. There's some stuff in there that's complete and utter bullshit, lol.

    Like, I just beat a boss and after it, it throws you into a room with no exits and a 30s death timer running down. If you die, you have to beat the boss again. There's plenty of situations where the solution to a puzzle could either be insanely hard or literally impossible because you don't have the right item yet. The only way to find out is trying a potentially impossible task 50 times in a row. That kind of stuff just wastes my time, I get nothing out of it except, maybe, a chuckle at the sheer absurdity of it.

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

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    La Mulana. It’s an Indiana Jones themed indie metroidvania with a focus on puzzle solving and following obscure clues (which is rather unique). There’s also more traditional combat and a stubborn...

    La Mulana. It’s an Indiana Jones themed indie metroidvania with a focus on puzzle solving and following obscure clues (which is rather unique). There’s also more traditional combat and a stubborn commitment to ca. 1990 game design conventions which makes it infuriating to an almost comical degree.

    Being a puzzle game nerd, I’m trying to apply my usual rules of not looking up clues/guides so I don’t spoil myself a nice ah-ha moment. It nearly broke me, though. Think spotting a slightly differently colored block in the wall you need to hit to unlock a door. Applying a clue you read in some random corner on the other side of the map. Things like this.

    Honestly, though, it’s the combat that hurts the most. Movement is awkward, touching an enemy catapults you back 3 tiles and the only way to heal is either collecting dozens of green orbs to fill up your healing bar (can take half an hour) or going all the way back to the starting area to sit in a hot spring.

    I mean, it’s a pretty poorly designed game. But it’s unique. It reminds me of games from the 80s when there were no rules of how to spoon feed ideas to the player. Like the original Zelda or Metroid on the NES. I’m weirdly enjoying it, in a masochistic way.

    7 votes
  17. Comment on Dutch cities want to ban property investors in all neighborhoods in ~news

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    Funny you mention Vienna, which also has one of the best public housing programs in the world. While not perfect, I don't think it's impossible to find an affordable (and livable) place to live in...

    Funny you mention Vienna, which also has one of the best public housing programs in the world. While not perfect, I don't think it's impossible to find an affordable (and livable) place to live in Vienna, no matter what income bracket you find yourself in.

  18. Comment on What shortages have you noticed recently? in ~talk

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    To kinda counter-act that lust for doomsday panic: Literally nothing (Central Europe). I heard graphics cards and cars are getting insanely expensive due to chip shortages. Good thing I don't need...

    To kinda counter-act that lust for doomsday panic: Literally nothing (Central Europe).

    I heard graphics cards and cars are getting insanely expensive due to chip shortages. Good thing I don't need either.

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  19. Comment on Why many scientists say it’s unlikely that SARS-CoV-2 originated from a “lab leak” in ~health.coronavirus

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    As much as I hate China's handling of this (and many other things), "punishing" them doesn't matter so much. What matters is assessing the risk of gain of function research.

    As much as I hate China's handling of this (and many other things), "punishing" them doesn't matter so much. What matters is assessing the risk of gain of function research.

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  20. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    Barely worth a post, but I tried actually using the Visual Basic part of Excel to do a custom macro. Horrible. Good god, Microsoft, why can't you make things easy?! Annoying popups, weird...

    Barely worth a post, but I tried actually using the Visual Basic part of Excel to do a custom macro. Horrible. Good god, Microsoft, why can't you make things easy?! Annoying popups, weird restrictions, blackboxed errors, unintuitive naming, crashes. I'm not even blaming VBA per se, just all the shit they built around it to actually use it in Excel. They even have a halfway decent editor in Visual Studio Code, now, can't they get some people to do the IDE part for them?

    I give Microsoft a chance to no longer suck about once a year, doing something that they should actually be interested in doing well (last "experiment" was using the Microsoft store, sure enough they managed to make that a disaster). They always disappoint. It would be funny if this wasn't a quasi-monopoly on office software. Just thinking of the literally billions of hours wasted each year on their bullshit makes me pull my hair out.

    (Before anyone brings it up: I used LibreOffice for years. It's worse.)

    6 votes