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  1. Comment on How a support group for the dateless became one of the internet’s most dangerous subcultures. in ~misc

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    I first heard of "incels" after the Elliot Rodgers murder spree, which is weird since I consider myself nerdy enough to usually have encountered fringe internet slang before it pops up in...

    I first heard of "incels" after the Elliot Rodgers murder spree, which is weird since I consider myself nerdy enough to usually have encountered fringe internet slang before it pops up in mainstream news. This shit is rather underground, even for internet standards.

    I had a look at that site the article mentions and it's disturbing in its nihilism. They don't have a goal that can realistically be achieved, it's mostly wallowing in self-hate and depression. The overall sentiment is that they're all fucked (or rather, aren't), there's nothing they can do about it and society should fundamentally change so women can be forced to date ugly losers like them. The "ugly loser" part isn't an insult, it's how they refer to themselves, it's an accepted "fact" any suggestion to overcome it is met with sarcasm and anger. There's a lot of "science" (read: unsourced excel graphs copied from some website) "proving" that non-chads have no chance of ever finding love. It's math, people, you can't escape it!

    If you look at the avatars and usernames, you see a lot of images of mass murderers. Like, every third avatar. This is some dark shit. I recognized several Rodgers photoshops, that image of the Las Vegas Shooter with closed eyes, the Batman-movie-theater shooter with his dyed red hair and the Toronto guy. Some of these users have thousands of posts and are deeply integrated with the community.

    It's places like this that make you question whether the historic proponents of freedom of speech ever considered a medium like the internet. There's no way this shit can be healthy for society. This is basically a psychopath training camp.

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  2. Comment on Meal Kits Have Smaller Carbon Footprint Than Grocery Shopping, Study Says in ~enviro

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    It also costs more and gives you less choices.

    It also costs more and gives you less choices.

  3. Comment on Experimental Gameplay Workshop 2019 in ~games

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    This is my favorite presentation at GDC each year, I just noticed this year's video is out and available for free (which technically is the case every year but GDC stuff is often published rather...

    This is my favorite presentation at GDC each year, I just noticed this year's video is out and available for free (which technically is the case every year but GDC stuff is often published rather irregularly). You usually hear about indie games that become niche hits (for a recent example, Baba Is You) years before they get big. This year's presentation starts particularly quirky with an "edible games cookbook" but stick with it even if that feels too far from "videogames" to you!

    I love their rather strict submission requirements, which are at the same time open enough to include absolutely bonkers stuff yet require actual gameplay rather than just cool graphics or storytelling. It's explained in detail on their website. This presentation has been going on for over 15 years and saw first looks of games like Katamari Damacy and Portal.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Tencent Controls 15% of Gaming Market and Brought In Nearly $20 Billion in 2018 in ~games

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    Fine. As a European, I'd rather have the US control it than China. There, I said it out loud! What we really need are laws against giant companies going grocery shopping and just buying every...

    Fine. As a European, I'd rather have the US control it than China. There, I said it out loud!

    What we really need are laws against giant companies going grocery shopping and just buying every piece of competing media.

    9 votes
  5. Comment on What To Expect From Sony's Next-Gen PlayStation in ~games

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    Are you sure you've read this correctly? I assumed he meant someone hacked his account and the hacker then shouted racial slurs while logged in with his username, thus provoking a ban.

    I thought someone had hacked my account and shouted racial slurs in the voice chat.

    Are you sure you've read this correctly? I assumed he meant someone hacked his account and the hacker then shouted racial slurs while logged in with his username, thus provoking a ban.

    11 votes
  6. Comment on Mayor Pete Buttigieg's 2020 Presidential Announcement Speech in ~news

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    Because they know the alternative is Trump?

    Because they know the alternative is Trump?

    1 vote
  7. Comment on A Bill Banning Most Abortions Becomes Law In Ohio in ~news

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    I'd propose a bill disallowing politicians to name their bills.

    Human Rights Protection Act

    I'd propose a bill disallowing politicians to name their bills.

    6 votes
  8. Comment on The Vanishing of Flight 370 | LEMMiNO in ~misc

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    It's amazingly well produced! I might check out the others, thanks!

    It's amazingly well produced! I might check out the others, thanks!

    2 votes
  9. Comment on The Vanishing of Flight 370 | LEMMiNO in ~misc

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    I'm only 6 minutes in and... wow. This story was all over the news for a long time, I read many articles on it, every week there was some new bit of information. But I never realized just how...

    I'm only 6 minutes in and... wow. This story was all over the news for a long time, I read many articles on it, every week there was some new bit of information. But I never realized just how mysterious the whole case is. This is a fascinating story but also it's kinda baffling/humbling how much detail you simply do not know about big events, even if you think you've read a lot of news articles.

    7 votes
  10. Comment on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order — Official Reveal Trailer in ~games

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    Wow, without being asked, lol. The Battlefront fiasco really had an impact. Also, I have no problem with (substantial) DLC whatsoever. By denying the "micro" part from "transactions, this might...

    No loot boxes. And no, we won't be adding them.

    Wow, without being asked, lol. The Battlefront fiasco really had an impact.

    Also, I have no problem with (substantial) DLC whatsoever. By denying the "micro" part from "transactions, this might actually mean big, juicy DLC missions which can be great if done well (and easily ignored if not).

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Sean Murray at GDC in ~games

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    Noctis was wild! I remember playing that back in the day and having to stop because the framerate or some flicker effect gave me horrible headaches or something. The premise was ahead of its time,...

    Noctis was wild! I remember playing that back in the day and having to stop because the framerate or some flicker effect gave me horrible headaches or something. The premise was ahead of its time, though, it's amazing what's possible if you sacrifice AAA graphics in favor of trying interesting simulations.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Sean Murray at GDC in ~games

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    Right! I forgot about Molyneux, as pretty much the personified example of this. And I agree that it kinda sucks and naivete on the consumers' side should not be exploited, the only thing that...

    Right! I forgot about Molyneux, as pretty much the personified example of this. And I agree that it kinda sucks and naivete on the consumers' side should not be exploited, the only thing that bothers me is that people essentially picked a single, fairly innocent game and unloaded all their hatred on a single guy.

    I think even if you want to criticize the larger trend of over-promising and over-hype, if you focus this narrowly on one game it makes it look more like an isolated example when in fact it's pretty much the norm. Maybe it achieved that indie devs are now more careful about communicating their plans to consumers pre-release but you could also argue that this just reduces the information we get. I'd rather see some beta footage than cut-scenes and teasers only.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Sean Murray at GDC in ~games

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    Sorry for starting my post this way but I think here it's relevant: I get downvoted massively for suggesting this on reddit but I genuinely believe the No Man's Sky internet outrage was one of the...

    Sorry for starting my post this way but I think here it's relevant: I get downvoted massively for suggesting this on reddit but I genuinely believe the No Man's Sky internet outrage was one of the most embarrassing chapters of gaming history. A bizarre witchhunt.

    So Sean hinted at you being able to see other players in an interview (at one point, with a strong disclaimer of that not being the point of the game and likely never happening) and that didn't make it in by release. The fleets were smaller, the planet systems weren't simulated in as much detail and some customization features didn't show up in the final game. That's... it? And somehow it was turned into a huge scandal? There's always been a suspicious lack of genuine gameplay shown in previews, it was presented as a "70s sci-fi bookcover simulator" (literally), the "you can tag procedural species" part seemed shallow and I generally advised people against buying it at launch for this reason. But no, everyone bought it anyways and got mad.

    I remember this obsessive list of "things they lied to us about" and if you look close, it's ridiculous details like there being "no butterflies" and then a later correction "butterflies are in after all!". A lot is taking vague interpretations like "creatures affecting the landscape" from alpha trailers and interviews from literally 2 or 3 years before the game was released. It's mostly interpreting the prerelease material in the most enthusiastic way possible and then being pissed when it doesn't live up to those expectations.

    You can do this with nearly every major game that was promoted over multiple years before launch. I remember Half-Life 2 cutting about a third of what was shown in preview material, for example, no one was pissed because it was an actually good game despite of that. I'm sure there's more recent examples of this (in fact, I consider the uproar around Colonial Marines comparably stupid).

    Games change during development. Often things are scrapped last minute because they don't work, maybe for technical reasons or because during playtesting they frustrate players too much. That's why you don't buy games at launch. I don't think Sean Murray "lied" a single time during those interviews, he just cheerfully spilled his plans for what they wanted to implement and maybe didn't prefix it with enough disclaimers that these plans might change by release. That was his only crime. You could see the game being shallow from the first glimpse of gameplay, years before release. People just filled that with their hopes and dreams and then couldn't handle that it didn't turn out that way.

    10 votes
  14. Comment on What are you playing this week? in ~games

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    I had a lot of fun doing some backlog-work and installed a bunch of indies I had for literally years and never got to play. Currently playing Closure, a great puzzle platformer where only parts of...

    I had a lot of fun doing some backlog-work and installed a bunch of indies I had for literally years and never got to play.

    Currently playing Closure, a great puzzle platformer where only parts of the world illuminated by a light source are solid. It's a clever trick that leads to some interesting stuff, kinda breaks your brain in a good way. I just wished you wouldn't die so easily, there was a lot of restarting a level because I jumped 2 pixels too far in the last move. It's an older indie game, before the goldrush, but I like the rougher presentation and how it focuses on pure gameplay.

    Also back to Infinifactory, maybe I'll finally beat it! It's maybe one of the most elaborate Zachtronics programming-puzzlers, with a Minecraft-style (or should I say Infiniminer-style, since Zach made the game Minecraft copied that style from!) 3D block structure but somehow it's not harder than their 2D games, maybe even the most accessible one. Basically, I told myself to finish this one before finally trying Shenzen IO and Opus Magnum.

    I also bought Splatoon 2, despite absolutely hating the art style because I just had too much fun with the week-long online demo. What can I say, it's Nintendo once again taking a genre they had nothing to do with (competitive online shooter) and nailing it in their own, very Nintendo way. The paint-coverage mechanics is genius. It's the most brilliant thing, really. I also equally enjoy online vs, the coop tower-defense mode and singleplayer, even though it's still mostly a team-based online shooter with the other modes built on top of that.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on Russia Closes its Grip on the Internet in ~news

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    From a comparison to China's censorship at the end of the article: It annoys me a little when people bring up VPNs as some kind of magical solution in situations like that. VPNs can easily be...

    From a comparison to China's censorship at the end of the article:

    They’ve also been cracking down on virtual private networks — software that can be used to get around internet filters by creating encrypted links between computers and blocked sites.

    It annoys me a little when people bring up VPNs as some kind of magical solution in situations like that. VPNs can easily be blocked if a government truly wants to and (as it's slowly starting to be the case) understands how. Encryption? Let's just ban encryption then, any traffic not readable gets blocked.

    We're as dependent on governments when it comes to internet freedom as with any other technology. The laws just take a few years to catch up. The internet wasn't relevant until facebook, 10 years later, governments are catching up.

    12 votes
  16. Comment on U.S. EPA chief defends big energy projects, says climate not top priority in ~enviro

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    I don't think they go this far. I don't think anyone literally thinks "I don't care about what world my children grow up in because I'm selfish, haha". I think there's genuine denial going on and...

    I don't think they go this far. I don't think anyone literally thinks "I don't care about what world my children grow up in because I'm selfish, haha". I think there's genuine denial going on and it's real because they make it real through their actions (or rather the lack of it). In their world, climate change isn't an issue, because it can't be, because it would be too tedious if it was real. Rather than getting angry at them ignoring facts, it's probably wiser to look at the psychology of the denial because that's the only point where you can actually reach people. Or you ignore them and hope you can vote them out in the next election. But good luck hoping for the latter.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on Hungary Is Lost in ~misc

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    Yea, the fact that this is a global development makes me feel claustrophobic. You can't escape it. It's the same story, with slight local flavor, in the US, in the UK, in Italy, in Austria, in...

    Very chilling similarities to the current situation in the United States

    Yea, the fact that this is a global development makes me feel claustrophobic. You can't escape it. It's the same story, with slight local flavor, in the US, in the UK, in Italy, in Austria, in Hungary (and most smaller European countries, in various stages), in Turkey, in the Philippines, in Russia. Germany got the AFD, which is still small but a shock considering how fast it grew out of nowhere. I know very little about South America but articles like this one make it seem they follow the same trend. Whenever you read of an election, it's a "strong", narcissistic, right-wing leader who promises to smash the status quo to pieces to bring back patriotic pride and prosperity to his nation. If a war broke out, what side would I even want to be on?

    10 votes
  18. Comment on “Just Switch to Linux” Is The Loser’s Game in ~tech

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    No problem! Thanks for looking into it so fast!

    No problem! Thanks for looking into it so fast!

    4 votes
  19. Comment on Black hole picture captured for first time in space ‘breakthrough’ in ~science

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    It's absolutely fantastic that I'm staring at a real-life picture of a black hole but I gotta ask... is there anything to gain from the higher resolution? It kinda looks like 20x20 pixel image...

    It's absolutely fantastic that I'm staring at a real-life picture of a black hole but I gotta ask... is there anything to gain from the higher resolution? It kinda looks like 20x20 pixel image blown up in photoshop.

    5 votes