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  1. Comment on Why a tire company gives out food’s most famous award in ~food

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    I assume the same reason why a brewery makes a world records book every year. More revenue avenues, more brand recognition/marketing, and expanding the company's interests/diversifying

    I assume the same reason why a brewery makes a world records book every year.

    More revenue avenues, more brand recognition/marketing, and expanding the company's interests/diversifying

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

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    The recent Subnautica 2 news gave me a hankering so I jumped back in and am replaying the first game. Oh my god, this game is so much fun. Even knowing most of the stuff from 4 years ago when I...

    The recent Subnautica 2 news gave me a hankering so I jumped back in and am replaying the first game.

    Oh my god, this game is so much fun. Even knowing most of the stuff from 4 years ago when I first played it, it's still a blast.

    This game is just perfection. Everything it tried to do it excels at. Gameplay, atmosphere, aesthetic, tension, progression, story, exploration. It's all perfectly executed.

    And immediately jumping back in I am hooked again. Even though I've played this all before it's just as much fun again.

    The updated creatures and building stuff is great. I love that they back ported the large hab buildings from Below Zero.

    Even games I love and games I enjoy more (not many but there are some) I couldn't say are perfect, but Subnautica truly is and I'm so freaking excited to see what comes next!

    7 votes
  3. Comment on ‘Enshittification’ is coming for absolutely everything in ~tech

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    Steam doesn't really fit into this discussion though since they are a private company, not beholden to shareholders, and do whatever they want. They aren't chasing that infinite unsustainable...

    Steam doesn't really fit into this discussion though since they are a private company, not beholden to shareholders, and do whatever they want. They aren't chasing that infinite unsustainable growth, that's why they are still the king and likely won't be dethroned as long as Gaben is alive and his vision persists for the company

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

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    Yeah I'm interested in the show but I wanted to play the game first before watching it

    Yeah I'm interested in the show but I wanted to play the game first before watching it

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

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    Yeah it's still a decent game, I'm enjoying playing it overall, it's just been built up as this masterpiece and to me it probably won't be that, doesn't mean it isn't still good. And good is hard...

    Yeah it's still a decent game, I'm enjoying playing it overall, it's just been built up as this masterpiece and to me it probably won't be that, doesn't mean it isn't still good.

    And good is hard to find these days.

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

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    Well that's the same, the story feels like it's been done also. It feels very similar to Telltales TWD, or to a lesser extent Mandalorian/Bad Batch. It's just person/people taking care of kid who...

    Well that's the same, the story feels like it's been done also. It feels very similar to Telltales TWD, or to a lesser extent Mandalorian/Bad Batch.

    It's just person/people taking care of kid who has nothing left and build a connection together/found family.

    The story may have felt more revolutionary at the time, but just like the gameplay, similar stories have been told since that I already have a stronger connection with.

    Obviously I don't know exactly what I have in store for the rest of the game, I'm only about 1/3rd through it right now, but between the overhyped expectations, the time, and the little I know of it from cultural osmosis, I don't expect I'm going to have that connection everyone else seems to have

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

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    I loved Firewatch! It's a fairly short game, 4 hours ish for a first playthrough. Hope you enjoy!

    I loved Firewatch! It's a fairly short game, 4 hours ish for a first playthrough. Hope you enjoy!

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

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    It's very mild on the puzzle aspect, it's mostly referred to as a puzzle game because it's the closest description. Since it isn't really a walking simulator game, and it isn't a story driven game...

    It's very mild on the puzzle aspect, it's mostly referred to as a puzzle game because it's the closest description. Since it isn't really a walking simulator game, and it isn't a story driven game necessarily, it's kinda hard to pin down. There's some lightweight puzzles to figure out how to get from a to b sometimes so puzzle is the closest descriptor.

    Definitely not open world, whoever called it open world is crazy. It's absolutely a linear experience.

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

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    Finally started Last of Us Part 1. It's...fine. I'm a decent way through the game, finished the town with Bill and am in the middle of fighting some raiders trying to get to a bridge. Not sure how...

    Finally started Last of Us Part 1. It's...fine. I'm a decent way through the game, finished the town with Bill and am in the middle of fighting some raiders trying to get to a bridge. Not sure how far in the game that is total but it seems a decent amount.

    I think it's fine. The gameplay is fun, but nothing about it seems very standout. The characters are well written and the story is keeping me interested for now.

    I think it's really suffering from overhype for me. I've never heard anything but praise for this game and if I had been able to play it when it came out I may have been much more invested but for some reason it just seems like a good zombie game. Not a great, epic, industry defining piece of art.

    Maybe that'll change as I play more but idk, definitely feeling a big disappointed

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Researchers were able to isolate the brain from the rest of the body of a pig, and kept it alive and functioning for five hours in ~science

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    I think this is more about brain research than removing and putting back yet. Sure this is a step towards that as well but doesn't sound like that's the goal with this particular research

    I think this is more about brain research than removing and putting back yet.

    Sure this is a step towards that as well but doesn't sound like that's the goal with this particular research

    5 votes
  11. Comment on Researchers were able to isolate the brain from the rest of the body of a pig, and kept it alive and functioning for five hours in ~science

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    I think 30 seconds is very plausible. Just because the blood flow stopped, doesn't mean the brain stops immediately. It'll run out of oxygen quick without blood flow but there would absolutely be...

    I think 30 seconds is very plausible. Just because the blood flow stopped, doesn't mean the brain stops immediately. It'll run out of oxygen quick without blood flow but there would absolutely be a window there where you are still conscious after decapitation.

    Just like in movies when someone dies immediately after getting shot. Like no, you're still alive for a few minutes unless they hit the heart or brain. You're going to sit and bleed out or whatever organs were hit stop functioning.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on Electric cars are not the future – In cities at least, e-bikes make more cultural and consumer sense in ~transport

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    The other thing that is never mentioned is groceries and shopping. When I go to the grocery store, how am I supposed to transport all that food home on a bike? You could fit a few small things in...

    The other thing that is never mentioned is groceries and shopping.

    When I go to the grocery store, how am I supposed to transport all that food home on a bike? You could fit a few small things in a compartment on the bike, but not everything.

    People who like to go to the mall and buy a bunch of stuff, same thing. Maybe it's time for a new wardrobe or they're the type of person who enjoys shopping, you can't fit much on a bike.

    If I'm going camping, how am I going to fit all my camping gear on a bike? A tent, sleeping bag, clothes, food, stove, etc? Can't fit all that on a bike.

    Bikes can be useful for commute and transportation some places but they can never replace vehicles.

    9 votes
  13. Comment on My 3D printed Catan upgrade set is now live in ~games.tabletop

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    This would be cool if I ever played the base game. Anytime I play Catan it's with Seafarers and Cities and Knights expansions. No one in my friend group wants to play just the base game because...

    This would be cool if I ever played the base game. Anytime I play Catan it's with Seafarers and Cities and Knights expansions. No one in my friend group wants to play just the base game because it's not interesting enough anymore.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on "Goodbye internet": MatPat retiring from YouTube in ~tech

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    I'm not saying we should be killing people off, just people need to have less children. As it is we have enough problems with foster children and adoption programs, abusive parents, children in...

    I'm not saying we should be killing people off, just people need to have less children. As it is we have enough problems with foster children and adoption programs, abusive parents, children in poverty. So so so many cases where people should not have had children.

    And sure less waste would be nice, but how realistic is it? How feasible in the modern world where everything runs on technology and constant change and new things? It seems a lot more feasible to reduce the population over generations by encouraging decreases in birthrates. I mean we can do both too. Large populations will always consume more, so if population decreases and waste is reduced then both factors are helping the problem simultaneously.

    And I do believe that people are the problem. We have done all of this. Drive down any highway (at least in the US) and you see so much trash everywhere, despite how much is put into driving the point home about not littering. People don't care. People will do whatever they want. There's far too many selfish people in the world who will just do whatever they want and not care especially when there's nothing holding them accountable. People maybe not necessarily be the source, but they're a multiplier. If you have 10 pieces of trash left by 100 people, then you'll have 100 pieces with 1000 people. It multiplies with the population. Reducing population (again over time, not advocating for genocide) reduces the problem by that multiplier.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on "Goodbye internet": MatPat retiring from YouTube in ~tech

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    Population should not be increasing, we have too many people on this planet already, we need to decrease the population and keep it at that level. That is not natural to keep growing the...

    Population should not be increasing, we have too many people on this planet already, we need to decrease the population and keep it at that level. That is not natural to keep growing the population just to make more money.

    Everything has a plateau and rather than focus on providing a good service, they would rather enshittification their platforms and services just for a few bucks more per person to keep that increase, rather than focus on maintaining a good product or service at a stable level.

    You can make profit without increasing insane amounts every year.

    There is nothing wrong with making the same amount of money you did the previous year. Yes inflation is a thing so naturally prices should increase slowly to match that, but that isn't what we're talking about here.

    The problem is, we made $1 billion this year, let's make $1.4 billion next year, now how do we do that? When it should be, we made $1 billion this year, how do we maintain that for next year, and if we have good ideas and features that improve what we offer or get more customers then that's a great bonus on top of that.

    If you are profitable, all expenses paid for and still making money, then chill. Focus on maintaining and improving rather than just increasing the number in the account that says you own that number of money.

    Make a good product or service and let the rest happen naturally. That's how it should work

    4 votes
  16. Comment on "Goodbye internet": MatPat retiring from YouTube in ~tech

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    "I have been hearing that the amount of money that comes from YouTube from advertising is going down (which is kind of crazy given that the amount of advertising only seems to go up)." This is...

    "I have been hearing that the amount of money that comes from YouTube from advertising is going down (which is kind of crazy given that the amount of advertising only seems to go up)."

    This is capitalism. How can they constantly keep increasing revenue? What corner can they cut, what price can they increase. Decreasing your outcome by giving less to content creators and increasing your income by adding more ads are two ways to stretch those numbers.

    This is fucking capitalism

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

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    The whole malaria thing was a big turn off right off the bat. I didn't want to constantly be hassled with this mechanic, and I found the gunplay and AI really frustrating. I played Far Cry 1 first...

    The whole malaria thing was a big turn off right off the bat. I didn't want to constantly be hassled with this mechanic, and I found the gunplay and AI really frustrating.

    I played Far Cry 1 first and absolutely loved it as a classic Half-Life esque story shooter. And Far Cry 2 changed that entirely to the more open world style that the series is known for, but did it in just not a fun way I felt. It's kinda hard to remember any specifics because this was over 10 years ago now that I tried that, so this is all just my memory of how i felt about it. Not to mention the story of 2 didn't grab me either. Just every part fell flat for me.

    Far Cry 3 obviously did a significantly better job with the mechanics and story.

    Blood Dragon just seemed pretty generic. The atmosphere was weird and it was just here's the same mechanics as 3 with the enemies replaced by polygon things...idk felt lazy. Also hard to remember details on this one as it was a long time ago.

    So I much prefer the more standard Far Cry formula that 3 and 4, (and I assume the rest afterwards) follow.

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

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    For that part of control, I had the exact same thing. Couldn't figure out where to go and got to the ashtray maze which you can't get through yet. That's much later in the game you go there. From...

    For that part of control, I had the exact same thing. Couldn't figure out where to go and got to the ashtray maze which you can't get through yet. That's much later in the game you go there.

    From where you enter the big room from the elevator there's an area diagonally across and down a floor which has some red stuff blocking the path, that's the way to go. But you have to kill a bunch of enemies before it'll open up.

    I absolutely loved Control, I went in only playing it to get the Alan Wake stuff in time for Alan Wake 2, but ended up loving Control so much. However if your this far in and not enjoying it, it may not be for you.

    But if you want to try to keep going, that's where you need to head next.

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

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    I just played 4 a couple months ago and found myself pleasantly surprised. I mostly was just playing it to get through it because I really want to play 5, and I want to play all of them, or at...

    I just played 4 a couple months ago and found myself pleasantly surprised. I mostly was just playing it to get through it because I really want to play 5, and I want to play all of them, or at least give them a fair chance. I couldn't stand Far Cry 2 and gave up on it pretty quick, similar with Blood Dragon.

    But 4 was just kinda there so I got into it and found myself enjoying it quite a lot. Granted it's been a long time since I played Far Cry 3, probably 6 or 7 years now, but it felt like it improved on everything 3 did me hanically speaking. The story was fine, perfectly acceptable for a Far Cry game. I'm not expecting some grand epic narrative heavy game here, I'm mostly wanting to shoot bad guys and blow shit up.

    But I went in expecting a slog/not caring and ended up having a lot of fun and enjoying it. Still a good game if you like the Far Cry formula, which I do.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on Taskmaster's New Year Treat 2023 | Full episode in ~tv

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    Nice! So glad more people are getting into this show, it's so good!

    Nice! So glad more people are getting into this show, it's so good!

    2 votes