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  1. Comment on Let's rename some gaming genres to make them more accurate. in ~games

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    Literally every FFA deathmatch game was a Battle Royale by the prior definition of the term. Quake, Doom, Unreal Tournament are all free for all games involving lots of players. Battle Royale...

    Literally every FFA deathmatch game was a Battle Royale by the prior definition of the term. Quake, Doom, Unreal Tournament are all free for all games involving lots of players.

    Battle Royale games as a genre are unique in that they specifically have aspects of the Movie: a large remote island, "danger zones" that force the players close to each other as the game goes on, random weapons.

    If the movie "Battle Royale" didn't exist, those games would either not exist, or not be called battle royale games, because there's nothing that makes them battle royale games that doesn't also apply to prior deathmatch games besides the references to the movie.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Let's rename some gaming genres to make them more accurate. in ~games

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    Not sure if you read my comment or not. The concept of a "Battle Royale" was just any large free for all fight before the movie. Having a huge area where people kill each other with random guns...

    Not sure if you read my comment or not. The concept of a "Battle Royale" was just any large free for all fight before the movie. Having a huge area where people kill each other with random guns while danger zones slowly forced them all to come into contact with one another was invented by the book. The games are directly referencing the movie.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Let's rename some gaming genres to make them more accurate. in ~games

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    My least favorite genre name is "Immsersive Sim". It was coined by Warren Spector for games in the style that looking glass was known for (Ultima Underworld II, System Shock, Thief, to a lesser...

    My least favorite genre name is "Immsersive Sim". It was coined by Warren Spector for games in the style that looking glass was known for (Ultima Underworld II, System Shock, Thief, to a lesser extent) and games that its successors made (Deus Ex, Prey).

    I think the name is extremely pretentious and not descriptive at all. They're just first person RPGs. There's nothing significant that separates something like Deus Ex from something like Oblivion, systems-wise. They shouldn't be considered a separate genre.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Let's rename some gaming genres to make them more accurate. in ~games

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    Battle Royale just referred to a free-for all fight before the 1999 book and the 2000 film. Under that definition, a conventional FFA deathmatch game could be considered a battle royale. The genre...

    Battle Royale just referred to a free-for all fight before the 1999 book and the 2000 film. Under that definition, a conventional FFA deathmatch game could be considered a battle royale. The genre specifically references the movie though. Wide open outdoor areas, "zones" that eventually force everyone together and random loot all specifically reference that movie. The genre label doesn't really make much sense without it.

    8 votes
  5. Comment on Go grandmaster Lee Se-Dol retires saying artificial intelligence cannot be defeated in ~games

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    Talking about metagaming in competitive videogames vs tabletop RPGs are comparing two completely different concepts. They don't have anything in common whatsoever besides the fact that they share...

    Talking about metagaming in competitive videogames vs tabletop RPGs are comparing two completely different concepts. They don't have anything in common whatsoever besides the fact that they share a term.

    Metagaming in D&D is conflating player knowledge with character knowledge. You're not roleplaying a character in a competitive online game, so it's not even something that's possible. Moreover, the goals of each activity are completely different. In a TTRPG you're creating a shared story that everyone at the group can immerse themselves in. In a competitive online game, you're trying to beat other players

    It's like comparing cheating in online videogames with cheating in singleplayer games. Completely different concepts.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Please Leave The Corvette Alone in ~misc

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    So he's upset because Ford made a mustang body style that people wanted? And he doesn't want GM to make a Corvette body style that people want? Huh?

    So he's upset because Ford made a mustang body style that people wanted? And he doesn't want GM to make a Corvette body style that people want?

    Huh?

  7. Comment on Please Leave The Corvette Alone in ~misc

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    I can't really discern a cohesive point from what the guy is saying to be honest. I guess he doesn't want an electric corvette for some reason?

    I can't really discern a cohesive point from what the guy is saying to be honest. I guess he doesn't want an electric corvette for some reason?

    5 votes
  8. Comment on Why is childcare so expensive? in ~life

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    Wouldn't a higher minimum wage also increase the costs of childcare at almost a linear rate though? Most childcare workers are either making minimum wage or close to it, and labor is by far the...

    Wouldn't a higher minimum wage also increase the costs of childcare at almost a linear rate though? Most childcare workers are either making minimum wage or close to it, and labor is by far the biggest cost of childcare.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Why is childcare so expensive? in ~life

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    The concept of a nuclear family isn't what's ridiculous. It's the fact that both parents need to work. If you're a parent, your primary job is to care for your kid. It's crazy that the norm is to...

    The concept of a nuclear family isn't what's ridiculous. It's the fact that both parents need to work. If you're a parent, your primary job is to care for your kid. It's crazy that the norm is to spend the majority of your waking hours not even in the same building as them.

    8 votes
  10. Comment on Tesla Made a Pickup Truck for the End of the World in ~tech

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    You don't think much safety testing went into a production vehicle that's slated to be sold in a year?

    You don't think much safety testing went into a production vehicle that's slated to be sold in a year?

    2 votes
  11. Comment on U.S. Army cadets told not to use TikTok in uniform in ~tech

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    It can be, but most lab sessions are out in full gear where you have plenty of carrying space for a cell phone, and you're not running around constantly like you are in football or something. ROTC...

    It can be, but most lab sessions are out in full gear where you have plenty of carrying space for a cell phone, and you're not running around constantly like you are in football or something. ROTC Cadets also generally wear their uniforms all day when going to all their classes at least one day a week, and for those days they're just like any other college student, except in a uniform, so there are definitely plenty of opportunities to browse dank memes in ACUs.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on U.S. Army cadets told not to use TikTok in uniform in ~tech

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    ROTC is like any other class. Most lab sessions are going out and doing troop leading procedures in the woods. Most of the time, collecting everyone's phones and handing them back out would take...

    ROTC is like any other class. Most lab sessions are going out and doing troop leading procedures in the woods. Most of the time, collecting everyone's phones and handing them back out would take up a third of the time you've got. Besides that, cadets use phones for the same thing everyone else does. Sometimes people need to get in contact with them in an emergency, sometimes they need to call their room-mate to tell them that when they left, there was a half eaten pizza they need to clean up, and sometimes someone gets lost in the sticks and having an easy way to call them saves everyone two hours of searching around in the woods. In most actual training exercises, like monthlong rotations in the national training center out in CA, and during your initial entry training, they will indeed take everyone's cell phones, but for the majority of training in the military it's not very practical.

    7 votes
  13. Comment on Tesla "Cybertruck" Unveiling Livestream: Event starts 8PM PT in ~tech

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    Personally I think it looks pretty cool. I can appreciate cars that don't look like the other 500,000,000 vehicles on the road.

    Personally I think it looks pretty cool. I can appreciate cars that don't look like the other 500,000,000 vehicles on the road.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on That Starlink Problem Astronomers Were Worried About Is Totally Happening in ~space

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    We don't have to imagine it, because practical concerns have always had a higher priority than theoretical scientific research. It's not like people had to give up vaccines to enable Einstein to...

    We don't have to imagine it, because practical concerns have always had a higher priority than theoretical scientific research. It's not like people had to give up vaccines to enable Einstein to develop the theory of relativity, or people had to stop sending their kids to school so that Galileo could make more star charts. The opportunity cost for enabling that research was extremely low. Continuing to bar hundreds of millions of the most impoverished people in the world from humanity's collective consciousness is not a low opportunity cost.

    I wonder, would you decide to permanently shut down the internet in the country you live in if it meant a better view of the sky? That's what we're talking about here.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on That Starlink Problem Astronomers Were Worried About Is Totally Happening in ~space

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    Starlink's benefit isn't just the internet, it's getting the internet to places where it would never get to. There are regulatory issues preventing some of that, but in more cases, it's simply...

    Starlink's benefit isn't just the internet, it's getting the internet to places where it would never get to. There are regulatory issues preventing some of that, but in more cases, it's simply physical issues. Who is going to run a fiber line to a remote village with 200 people in it? Who is going to fix it when it breaks? How much ecological disruption will the installation and maintenance of that line cause?
    At this point, not having access to the greatest information tool ever created because of where you were born is no longer acceptable, and every other proposal to solve that issue falls short in some area (balloons), or is completely unfeasible (running fiber last-mile to every single human being on earth). Starlink is the best solution I've heard of in that regard. It sucks for astronomers, but forgive me if I don't shed a tear for a small group of extremely privileged people doing research that, while certainly interesting, doesn't actually improve human lives in the near term in any measurable way.
    The impact of being connected to the rest of the world is huge, and it will undoubtedly improve and save lives.

    6 votes
  16. Comment on Half-Life: Alyx in ~games

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    You get somewhat of a feeling of solidity in VR. Obviously you wouldn't be able to lean on stuff, but you unconsciously walk around tables and are careful not to hit your head on things that are...

    You get somewhat of a feeling of solidity in VR. Obviously you wouldn't be able to lean on stuff, but you unconsciously walk around tables and are careful not to hit your head on things that are in VR even though you go right through them. I've had the vive since it was released, and I still catch myself trying to lean on desks and walls every so often.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on What is your dream game? in ~games

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    Check out Talespire. I don't know if that satisfies your requirements (mostly because I'm not totally sure exactly what your requirements are; do you want some sort of rules engine built in?)....

    Check out Talespire. I don't know if that satisfies your requirements (mostly because I'm not totally sure exactly what your requirements are; do you want some sort of rules engine built in?). It's rules system agnostic, meaning it's basically just a 3d playmat in which you can build terrain and buildings, and it also has some neat scripting stuff built in (When you step on this tile, the lights in the room go out, etc).

    1 vote
  18. Comment on What is your dream game? in ~games

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    I want a game that captures the feeling of a long sci fi journey in space alone with my friends. Sort of like FTL, but not a roguelike. I want a long campaign where you meet aliens, upgrade your...

    I want a game that captures the feeling of a long sci fi journey in space alone with my friends.
    Sort of like FTL, but not a roguelike. I want a long campaign where you meet aliens, upgrade your ship, solve problems, fight pirates and such. I want to do it with four player coop though. I want to have that feeling where your friends and you are in a shared minecraft server, building stuff together, but I want that "stuff" to be a spaceship that's the only thing sitting between you and cold, hard vacuum. You could prioritize weapons or speed or shields for a different kind of play-style, and you could spend a lot of time meandering around, taking on jobs and collecting resources to beef up your ship, or you could just bee-line it home as fast as possible.

    Ideally I'd like part of the game like mining and random little jobs to be procedurally generated, but the main story missions and such to be handcrafted.

    I also want another great new asynchronous multiplayer stealth game. Splinter Cell Chaos Theory/Pandora Tomorrow were some of the most novel and absolutely amazing multiplayer experiences ever made, completely unmatched by anything else in the series since then. I want something like that. One team plays as stealthy and acrobatic spies, able to crawl through ductwork and underneath floors quietly, but unable to do any real damage. The other team plays as high-tech, well armed mercenaries, defending objectives with heavy weapons and armor. Both teams have an array of high tech gadgets that let them accomplish their goals while suiting their playstyles. I'd love another game like it. I'd just keep playing CT/PT, but they're pretty difficult to get running on modern hardware suitably at this point, and the online community is dead.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on What's a piece of media (show/movie/game/album/book/comic/etc.) that you passionately like, but never see anyone else mention? in ~talk

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    Grim Fandango is my favorite videogame of all time. It so perfectly nails its aesthetic; this weird mish-mosh of meso-american/mexcian folklore, turn of the century art-deco, and classic film noir...

    Grim Fandango is my favorite videogame of all time. It so perfectly nails its aesthetic; this weird mish-mosh of meso-american/mexcian folklore, turn of the century art-deco, and classic film noir such that they don't feel like different elements jammed together, they feel like they were made to compliment each other from the start. The story, writing, and acting are all great, and it has one of the best scores of any game I've ever played.
    The issue is that most people don't seem to really appreciate it unless they grew up with 90s adventure games. I tried to get my wife to play it, but after a couple of hours, she said that there was no way to possibly know how to solve the puzzles, and that's basically true. You just have to spend a lot of time trying everything, which is definitely not a popular style of gameplay anymore.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on Smart TVs Collect Data for Political-Advertising Use in ~tech

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    A universal remote should still work. I don't use CEC whatsoever, and have a smart tv that I completely bypass using an HDMI switch. The HDMI switch has a remote of its own, so I just programmed...

    A universal remote should still work. I don't use CEC whatsoever, and have a smart tv that I completely bypass using an HDMI switch. The HDMI switch has a remote of its own, so I just programmed the universal remote to change inputs via the HDMI switch, not the TV.

    The only signal I ever send my TV is power on and power off. Volume is controlled on the soundbar, inputs are controlled on the HDMI switch, and everything else is done through the roku, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Steam Link, etc.