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  1. Comment on Are 'Exemplary' labels no longer visible? in ~tildes

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    I still don’t see it! Are you guys sure this isn’t a big?

    I still don’t see it! Are you guys sure this isn’t a big?

  2. Comment on Microsoft Teams is now officially bigger than Slack in ~tech

  3. Comment on Minecraft A.I. escaping 2b2t's spawn area in ~games

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    I heard of 2b2t. Supposedly, it's not just "an" anarchy server, it's the most extreme, over the top, free-for-all kinda of anarchy server imaginable. Like you normally die within seconds at spawn...

    I heard of 2b2t. Supposedly, it's not just "an" anarchy server, it's the most extreme, over the top, free-for-all kinda of anarchy server imaginable. Like you normally die within seconds at spawn (and just leaving the spawn area is the first and hardest challenge). I'm not really into that kind of masochist gameplay but I've gotten back into Minecraft a couple of weeks ago and I'm curious to check it out, lol. It sounds like it's the most extreme version of a certain type of gameplay possible and it's sometimes fun to test out these kinds of extremes.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on A photographer recently captured a wild video of two brown bears fighting at a forest in Finland in ~misc

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    The video is absolutely amazing! Planet Earth level stuff, only shot with a shittier camera.

    The video is absolutely amazing! Planet Earth level stuff, only shot with a shittier camera.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Dissecting A Dweet ~ Spirograph Design Generator in ~comp

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    That's super neat!

    That's super neat!

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Dissecting A Dweet ~ Spirograph Design Generator in ~comp

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    Dwitter is pretty cool! I once tried to decipher a really complicated one and had to give up halfway through. It's interesting to see it done properly, step by step, with success in the end! One...

    Dwitter is pretty cool! I once tried to decipher a really complicated one and had to give up halfway through. It's interesting to see it done properly, step by step, with success in the end! One of the coolest dweets I've ever seen, too!

    Here's my humble dwitter profitle, it's been a while. I was so proud getting basic perspective working, lol.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Introducing Steam Labs - a place for testing and giving feedback on experimental Steam features in ~games

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    I'm at a point where my understanding of good "game recommendations" is almost entirely incompatible with search and automation. I want to "discover" stuff. Something new, something I haven't...

    I'm at a point where my understanding of good "game recommendations" is almost entirely incompatible with search and automation. I want to "discover" stuff. Something new, something I haven't played before. But it's also gotta be good? It's almost defined by not being possible to deduct from looking at what I played before, like I want to be surprised.

    Now, of course, 90% of people (arguably the people that bring in the money) don't care about "discovering" games. They're happily provided for just by linking to the top 20 best selling games on Steam. But most people who actually bother to look for stuff have probably a similar interest in discovering something new. Even if you get burned here and there, it's worth it because you get to play a more varied selection of games.

    Ironically, this is where we might have gone full circle: It's probably a full time job to look at games and analyze them for how interesting they are. It's the job of a game critic. Not an averaged number based on a thousand critics, no, one game critic who can actually make connections and point out specific nuances in the games they recommend. So, indeed, Steam might have a more interesting front page by employing 10 (not a thousand, ten) people who have some taste in games and who have a human-beings-like discussion about what to put on the front page. Beneath the top-20, of course, but still. It's not an impossible job. For the 20,000 games release a year, 95%+ is probably trash that can be filtered out at a glance. The rest is probably easily identifiable by keeping an eye out for prerelease buzz on gamedev forums and Twitter and whatnot.

    Basically, let anything on, who cares, but give the job of choosing games to human beings.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on Introducing Steam Labs - a place for testing and giving feedback on experimental Steam features in ~games

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    I tried the Interactive Recommender. Seems about time Steam fed all their data into a machine learning algorithm to improve their recommendations. It's okay, but it shows me games I already own...

    I tried the Interactive Recommender. Seems about time Steam fed all their data into a machine learning algorithm to improve their recommendations. It's okay, but it shows me games I already own (?) and still seems to be stuck with "you liked Celeste, so you probably like every single 8bit indie platformer game under the sun" type recommendations. It's almost as if less personalized and more quality-oriented curation would have a better chance of pointing me towards interesting games.

    Like, I don't care about genres, really, I care about quality. Despite the 20000 games released a year, there's only like 50 quality indie games a year on Steam, still, how about you "filter" for that and I might discover something new? Like, I played some Football manager game religiously for a short while in the late 90s and some deer hunting sim in 2005 or so. Those are as absurd genre choices for me as they're probably for most people, here, but it was fun to discover that stuff. With more and more "personalized" algorithms, you're starting to find yourself in these bubbles where you're constantly recommended a dozen shitty games of some random genre you recently played.

    7 votes
  9. Comment on Albums with cover art ahead of their time in ~music

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    You got me a little paranoid, now, that all the "modern" indie-ish covers didn't invent jack shit and just copied 60s/70s covers. It's pretty obvious with the more 80s/chillwave stuff but I never...

    You got me a little paranoid, now, that all the "modern" indie-ish covers didn't invent jack shit and just copied 60s/70s covers. It's pretty obvious with the more 80s/chillwave stuff but I never realized that there's any retro connection with the "too cool to bother" 00/10s indie aesthetic, lol.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Interesting fast-paced space-themed racing games on Switch in ~games

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    I mean, there's blue shells for that, right? ;)

    I mean, there's blue shells for that, right? ;)

  11. Comment on Interesting fast-paced space-themed racing games on Switch in ~games

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    There's at least one more called Big Blue! It feels like someone on the team is really nostalgic for F-Zero and this was the closest thing to working on a track for it. With the gravity-bending...

    There's at least one more called Big Blue! It feels like someone on the team is really nostalgic for F-Zero and this was the closest thing to working on a track for it. With the gravity-bending design, the layout is actually close to a real F-Zero track, although of course less 360°-bendy.

    I want to encourage you to look into MK8 as a "real" racer. I started it up recently with no proper internet connection and no one to play with and fell into a deep hole of time-trial. It's surprisingly fun. I guess for people used to racing games, it's not that big of a challenge but it's kinda open ended, you can download some world class player ghosts to race against and whatnot.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Interesting fast-paced space-themed racing games on Switch in ~games

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    Can we talk about the elephant in the room? Not-F-Zero? Just playing the F-Zero stages in Mario Kart 8 DX (at 200cc because why not!) makes me feel nostalgic. I'm not the biggest racing fan but...

    Can we talk about the elephant in the room? Not-F-Zero? Just playing the F-Zero stages in Mario Kart 8 DX (at 200cc because why not!) makes me feel nostalgic. I'm not the biggest racing fan but something about the absurdity of it gets me. There's little chance we'll see a proper F-Zero but then there's the rumored StarFox themed racer "Star Fox Grand Prix", supposedly made by Retro Studios. It was "leaked" around the same time Pokemon Let's Go was, I dismissed it at first but it might as well be real. Could be a rather fresh entry for the system.

    Games like Fast RMX are cute but there's something about a big, fully "produced" AAA-ish game in that space that I kinda miss.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on It’s Never Going to Be Perfect, So Just Get It Done in ~life

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    Jesus. I read this a million times but I think that's the most concise way I've ever seen it put. Words to live by.

    At some point, we must remind ourselves, any changes we make to a creation no longer make it better but just different (and sometimes worse)

    Jesus. I read this a million times but I think that's the most concise way I've ever seen it put. Words to live by.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Reddit's 'Manosphere' and the Challenge of Quantifying Hate in ~tech

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    First, wishful thinking, there's lots of angry adults. Secondly, isn't that even more frighting? You're building a lot of personality in your teen years, and while many people leave that behind as...

    First, wishful thinking, there's lots of angry adults.

    Secondly, isn't that even more frighting? You're building a lot of personality in your teen years, and while many people leave that behind as they grow older, it stays in your mind. I've seen examples of incel forum type posts that were basically blaming their inability to find girlfriends on humiliating highschool experiences. It's tradition that you overcome this stuff but now we have a community wallowing in it. That can't be healthy.

    10 votes
  15. Comment on Nintendo Switch Lite Announced - $199 on September 20th in ~games

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    Damn it, they actually did it! That makes a console called "Switch" which can't switch to TV mode and can't detach its controllers. They went full-2DS.

    Damn it, they actually did it! That makes a console called "Switch" which can't switch to TV mode and can't detach its controllers. They went full-2DS.

    17 votes
  16. Comment on Pokémon Sword and Shield - 4 new pokemon, Gigantamaxing, and more in ~games

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    Did they just find an even more stupid name for “dynamaxing”?

    Did they just find an even more stupid name for “dynamaxing”?

  17. Comment on MAD Magazine will mostly cease producing new content, and its availability will be reduced in ~books

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    I guess he's genuinely successful making himself look so ridiculous that people are burnt out with mocking him. Dear god, don't let that become a viable political strategy...

    I guess he's genuinely successful making himself look so ridiculous that people are burnt out with mocking him. Dear god, don't let that become a viable political strategy...

    4 votes
  18. Comment on MAD Magazine will mostly cease producing new content, and its availability will be reduced in ~books

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    I assumed it's a story about print vs digital but it seems also surprisingly political: This is kinda bizarre/sad. I guess Mad has always been more broad in its appeal, politically, (with maybe...

    I assumed it's a story about print vs digital but it seems also surprisingly political:

    The 2017 reorganization and subsequent 2018 reboot both struggled with finding an identity for MAD in an increasingly satire-saturated world. Between websites that can deliver topical comedy in real time and a fiercely divided American populace who cannot agree on what comedy is because their preferences break down along party lines, MAD struggled to find an elusive niche. When political humor seemed to work, MAD doubled down on lampooning the Trump administration, which earned some critical praise but likely alienated conservative readers as well as putting the magazine in direct competitions with late night shows that were delivering content nightly rather than once every two months.

    This is kinda bizarre/sad. I guess Mad has always been more broad in its appeal, politically, (with maybe younger, more progressive readers looking for more modern forms of entertainment) but to come to a point where it's no longer profitable to satirize the most satirizeable president in history is on a different level.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on iOS 13 redraws your eyes using ARKit so that you're looking at the camera instead of the screen in ~tech

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    It will be like in the movie Surrogates. People just interact with others through perfectly looking robot bodies.

    It will be like in the movie Surrogates. People just interact with others through perfectly looking robot bodies.