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  1. Comment on The Witness - A great game that you shouldn't play in ~games

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    Maybe overthinking in the wrong direction but this is a Jonathan Blow game. It's had more "thinking" put into it than probably any game ever released, like crazy mind games all the way through....

    It's an interesting video, but really, I think the author's overthinking it.

    Maybe overthinking in the wrong direction but this is a Jonathan Blow game. It's had more "thinking" put into it than probably any game ever released, like crazy mind games all the way through. Even just how the backgrounds are laid out and in what meta-meta way the puzzle ideas and audio logs connect. It's a game designed to obsess over.

    6 votes
  2. Comment on Braid, Anniversary Edition - Entire game re-painted in more detail, upgraded sound and music, with extensive developer commentary. Coming in early 2021 in ~games

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    My favorite game! I'm pretty excited by this. Blow dropped hints of an effort to remaster this but I had no idea it's a whole thing with redrawn backgrounds and remixed sound! I'll be honest, I'm...

    My favorite game! I'm pretty excited by this. Blow dropped hints of an effort to remaster this but I had no idea it's a whole thing with redrawn backgrounds and remixed sound!

    I'll be honest, I'm not a "4K!!" kinda guy... so the most amazing announcement for me is actually this:

    The goal is to make it the craziest, most-in-depth commentary ever put in a video game.

    I love hearing Jonathan Blow talk about game design. It's soothing. It gives me hope for the medium. This will be excellent.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Pikmin 3 is coming to Nintendo Switch in October with all DLC and a new co-op mode in ~games

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    I've been waiting for a Pikmin title on the Switch since 2017, it's easily become my most anticipated franchise so I'll happily take Pikmin 3 Deluxe, thank you! But I gotta say, Nintendo has a way...

    I've been waiting for a Pikmin title on the Switch since 2017, it's easily become my most anticipated franchise so I'll happily take Pikmin 3 Deluxe, thank you! But I gotta say, Nintendo has a way of dangling that carrot in front of you.

    This could be a Metroid-Prime-style trilogy release with Pikmin 1+2, that would fully cover the nostalgia. Also, supposedly Pikmin 4 has been "almost finished" 5 years ago, so what's that all about? A Pikmin 3 re-release (for a full $60 price tag, of course) is enough of a life sign to prove they haven't abandoned the franchise completely but it's just barely enough to do that.

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  4. Comment on ‘Mulan’ to skip theaters for $30 rental (September 4th on the Disney Plus platform) in ~movies

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    I have no idea how their business model works out in the long term (I bet it’s a gamble, even for them), but that number should be seen in relation to the batshit amounts of money they threw at...

    I have no idea how their business model works out in the long term (I bet it’s a gamble, even for them), but that number should be seen in relation to the batshit amounts of money they threw at original content creation. I saw some figures (that was a few years ago) that blew my mind. $8 billion a year or something. That’s 80 Game of Thrones seasons?

    Considering the amount of trash Netflix actually produces, just to see what sticks, Disney’s comparably focused, big-name-brand productions should be both cheaper and way more profitable.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Microsoft Flight Simulator PC hands-on: A generational leap in graphical realism in ~games

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    Hands down the most technically impressive video game released in ages. I'm close to giving this a shot for that alone, even though flight sims are not my thing. It's IMO also an example of...

    Hands down the most technically impressive video game released in ages. I'm close to giving this a shot for that alone, even though flight sims are not my thing.

    It's IMO also an example of Microsoft returning to a franchise that fits them as a product, which is so fucking rare, lol.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Do we believe in U.F.O.s? That’s the wrong question in ~misc

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    I think the poster means "UAV", "unidentified aerial vehicle"? Also it's a good point that it's likely the navy has considered all the explanations internet armchair analysts have come up with....

    I think the poster means "UAV", "unidentified aerial vehicle"? Also it's a good point that it's likely the navy has considered all the explanations internet armchair analysts have come up with. But even the navy makes mistakes and maybe these reports never really got a lot of expert attention? Here's the video I was referring to. IMO "this is impossible and nobody knows what it is" is a more unlikely explanation than the infrared camera showing images that are easy to misinterpret.

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  7. Comment on Do we believe in U.F.O.s? That’s the wrong question in ~misc

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    Well, I think we're still comfortably far from a scenario where we would have to emotionally prepare for the possibility real-life aliens. The video I mentioned is sobering. The weirdest part...

    Well, I think we're still comfortably far from a scenario where we would have to emotionally prepare for the possibility real-life aliens. The video I mentioned is sobering.

    The weirdest part about the article is that they're starting to directly reference crashed "AAVs" ("advanced aerospace vehicles", specifically not Russian or Chinese) which are an entirely different topic. But it's oh-so-hard to get that info, probably because it doesn't actually exist. That's the most boring and thus most likely explanation.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Do we believe in U.F.O.s? That’s the wrong question in ~misc

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    It legitimately freaks me out that this is a New York Times article. There was a rather convincing video, though, that debunked all of the “UFO videos” that were released, recently. Most...

    It legitimately freaks me out that this is a New York Times article.

    There was a rather convincing video, though, that debunked all of the “UFO videos” that were released, recently. Most conspiracy theories work the same way: See a pattern and look for the most exciting explanation—rather than the most sensible one.

    10 votes
  9. Comment on Web-based rich text editor in ~tech

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    It's weird how often I've been pitched Dropbox Paper, by Dropbox (I have a Dropbox Pro subscription, too), and this is the first time I've seen it explained in an approachable way. So it's...

    It's weird how often I've been pitched Dropbox Paper, by Dropbox (I have a Dropbox Pro subscription, too), and this is the first time I've seen it explained in an approachable way. So it's basically an office suite?

  10. Comment on 72nd Emmy Awards nominations announced - HBO's Watchmen takes the top spot for program nominations with twenty-six in ~tv

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    I hate Lost with a passion but loved Watchmen, ironically because all its weird plot points worked towards a sensible conclusion (very, very much unlike Lost). No idea how that happened, Lindelof...

    I hate Lost with a passion but loved Watchmen, ironically because all its weird plot points worked towards a sensible conclusion (very, very much unlike Lost). No idea how that happened, Lindelof usually is a warning sign for me, too! It's probably worth another try?

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  11. Comment on More than 1,000 people at Twitter had ability to aid hack of accounts in ~tech

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    Why? Because that's apparently the number of people needed to manage 300+ million active accounts. I'm not saying this is a great situation, but how is that number surprising?

    Why? Because that's apparently the number of people needed to manage 300+ million active accounts. I'm not saying this is a great situation, but how is that number surprising?

    1 vote
  12. Comment on If the Louvre was on fire, should we rescue the art first or the people? in ~arts

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    If this is just an analogy for a larger argument, it's a poor one. Nobody would seriously choose the art. Maybe in answering an abstract question, but if you were a security guard, having to press...

    If this is just an analogy for a larger argument, it's a poor one. Nobody would seriously choose the art. Maybe in answering an abstract question, but if you were a security guard, having to press the "open the fire door to save this crying human" or "lock away some tacky-ass Delacroix painting" button, unless you're an actual psychopath, you'd save the human being. Not that it even matters at this point, but I'm sure every single piece of art in the Louvre has been scanned to such absurd detail that it could be reproduced to a point where, without a microscope, you couldn't distinguish it from the real thing. The value lies in the choice of colors and composition, not the physical paint craquel-ing on the canvas.

    The more interesting conclusion is the tangent in the last paragraph, which might as well be the real inspiration for the article. As you put more distance (physical or conceptual) between the act, you start to see more examples in the real world where people choose abstract things over life. But that distance is the point. Illustrating with an example where that distance no longer exists doesn't really help.

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  13. Comment on Anti-mask protesters' new weapon: Wearing masks that offer no COVID-19 protection in ~health.coronavirus

  14. Comment on My 2017 iPhone X died: I got a 2016 iPhone SE for $70, upgraded the battery and added wireless charging — it's great in ~tech

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    I haven't yet checked but I plan to (eventually, might take years) replace my current SE with the upgraded one. I hope the size increase isn't too drastic. The old SE lets me reach the opposite...

    Apart from that, I love having a phone that fits in my pocket - any pocket at all - and I know the 2020 iPhone SE is larger.

    I haven't yet checked but I plan to (eventually, might take years) replace my current SE with the upgraded one. I hope the size increase isn't too drastic. The old SE lets me reach the opposite corner with my thumb, just barely. It's perfectly sized for one hand use. I assume that will be gone.

  15. Comment on Netflix shares fall after lower-than-expected earnings and appointment of co-CEO, weak guidance for subscriber growth in third quarter in ~tech

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    With companies as omnipresent as Netflix, I always wonder about the value of constant calls for "subscriber growth". Isn't literally everyone who'd want Netflix already subscribed to Netflix?...

    With companies as omnipresent as Netflix, I always wonder about the value of constant calls for "subscriber growth". Isn't literally everyone who'd want Netflix already subscribed to Netflix? Honestly, I think it's an achievement for them to not shrink, with a lot of competition popping up, recently.

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  16. Comment on My 2017 iPhone X died: I got a 2016 iPhone SE for $70, upgraded the battery and added wireless charging — it's great in ~tech

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    My 2016 iPhone SE is the best device I ever owned. I have no real complaints (the few I have are minor quirks with iOS).

    My 2016 iPhone SE is the best device I ever owned. I have no real complaints (the few I have are minor quirks with iOS).

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  17. Comment on Sigmoid curves are game designers’ friends in ~games.game_design

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    Don't most videogame-y programs use the smoothstep function? I saw this excellent video on it that completely de-mystified its math (it's basically an interpolation of x^2 and its flipped version).

    Don't most videogame-y programs use the smoothstep function? I saw this excellent video on it that completely de-mystified its math (it's basically an interpolation of x^2 and its flipped version).

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  18. Comment on Every time someone is better at something than you are, it just means they failed at it more times than you did in ~life

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    I found it surprisingly easy to replace any phrase like “has talent for” with “has patience for”. Your passion overshadowing your frustration with something.

    I found it surprisingly easy to replace any phrase like “has talent for” with “has patience for”. Your passion overshadowing your frustration with something.

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  19. Comment on Can we have an option to collapse all the threads too? in ~tildes

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    Isn’t there a reason for the box to be at the bottom? If this was a UI issue, it would be solved by simply having it at the top, like reddit does.

    Isn’t there a reason for the box to be at the bottom? If this was a UI issue, it would be solved by simply having it at the top, like reddit does.

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

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    I posted about this last week, it's such a good game! I must be near the end but there's a few things I can't seem to figure out and I refuse to read guides since it's one of those games where...

    I posted about this last week, it's such a good game! I must be near the end but there's a few things I can't seem to figure out and I refuse to read guides since it's one of those games where it's so damn satisfying to figure things out by yourself. Also, despite there being basically zero handholding, I also feel that constant stream of progression, so it's never frustrating.

    Highly recommended, maybe entering my personal top 10 games of all time. It's almost shocking how unique it feels in its sense of discovery, are there any other games like this?

    3 votes