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  1. Comment on Kanye West - Donda [2021] in ~music

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    Lol yeah the album is definitely being edited as we speak.

    Lol yeah the album is definitely being edited as we speak.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Kanye West - Donda [2021] in ~music

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    Of course there would be drama even after the album is out, typical Kanye lol

    Of course there would be drama even after the album is out, typical Kanye lol

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Kanye West - Donda [2021] in ~music

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    I finished listening to it like two hours ago, I honestly think it’s really good. The production is superb and feels kinda like a mixture of Yeezus and The Life of Pablo. Very atmospheric but also...

    I finished listening to it like two hours ago, I honestly think it’s really good. The production is superb and feels kinda like a mixture of Yeezus and The Life of Pablo. Very atmospheric but also industrial, which is something I’m always a fan of and like to incorporate into my own music as well. I think the lyricism was pretty good as well, and that’s something I really miss from rap as it’s not really present in most artists these days (not to sound like a boomer lol). Overall I’d give it a solid 8/10, not sure if I have a favorite track yet but I really love God Breathed.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Is a massage gun worth getting? in ~health

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    Yeah absolutely, I have one in my house and it’s great for post-workout soreness. Don’t remember the brand or how much it cost though.

    Yeah absolutely, I have one in my house and it’s great for post-workout soreness. Don’t remember the brand or how much it cost though.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on If you've ever wore braces or any similar mouth/teeth focused apparel, what has your experience been like? in ~talk

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    I had braces in my teen years. It was very painful at first but then you kinda just get used to it, other than the occasional poke in your cheek from the metal wire. I wore my retainers for like a...

    I had braces in my teen years. It was very painful at first but then you kinda just get used to it, other than the occasional poke in your cheek from the metal wire. I wore my retainers for like a month and then stopped cause I was just lazy, and luckily my teeth haven’t shifted much but I have a small gap between my front teeth. I still get compliments on my smile so it doesn’t bother me very much, but still, wear your retainers.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on About one out of three men prefer playing female characters. Rethinking the importance of female protagonists in video games. in ~games

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    I really like what Quantic Foundry does because as someone who likes statistics and has been gaming for basically my whole life, I enjoy them giving me insight into the psychology behind gamers...

    I really like what Quantic Foundry does because as someone who likes statistics and has been gaming for basically my whole life, I enjoy them giving me insight into the psychology behind gamers and the gaming industry.

    As soon as I read the title, I immediately thought of the typical response that most guys I’ve interacted with when asked about playing female characters, the whole “I’d rather stare at a girls ass than a guys”, which of course was actually mentioned in the article. However, as some other comments mentioned, I never stopped to consider if every guy that said this actually meant it, or if they were saying that to deflect any criticism from genuinely relating to or preferring female characters for any reason other than objectification.

    This also made me think a lot about my own preferences and experiences in games, and the topic of objectification in general. I always thought it was weird when guys would say that because I would think “why are they staring at their characters ass anyway?”. But then I thought about how I, as a heterosexual woman, react similarly when I see attractive men in games. Most games don’t take the female gaze into consideration, but when they do I find myself behaving the same way as my male peers. I’ll play as them simply because they’re attractive, and if they have customizable costumes I will sometimes pick the “shirtless” option because it just looks better to me. This made me question the whole “is objectifying women bad” thing because I objectify men all the time, it’s just that women are objectified more because society is dominated by the male gaze, and men in general.

    This also made me think about how I view playing male or female characters and how it changes depending on the game I’m playing and my own gender identity. As a kid growing up in the 2000s, female characters weren’t as common and they were usually side characters or NPCs, so I was used to playing male characters in RPGs and such. However, as a young girl even though I identified as a girl, I was very masculine and didn’t particularly relate to girls my age. Because of this, role playing as a male character didn’t bother me. Games back then also had female design issues, where the male armor was really cool looking but the female counterpart of the same armor was basically just a plated bikini, which kinda pissed me off. However, i still preferred playing as women in games where your character is a complete blank slate (Fallout, Skyrim, etc) because even though I was very masculine as a kid, I still felt like a girl. This is also why I never really could fully immerse myself in games like Persona, where even though the character is a self insert, you can only play as a guy and have romantic relationships with female characters. I noticed that in games where you are playing a more directly masculine role, for example your avatar in a COD game or the protagonist in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, I prefer playing as a male character because of my subconscious bias of seeing men doing stereotypically masculine things like being on the front lines in the military or being a big strong Viking. As I got older and became more feminine and female characters became more prevalent, I realized how great it feels for me to play as female characters because I relate to them more and they are much more well designed and well written nowadays.

    I feel like I’m rambling at this point but there was one other topic I wanted to touch, which was the difference between Japanese games and Western ones in terms of the male and female gaze. I play a lot of JRPGs and it seems to me like japanese developers make both their male and female characters attractive, whereas western ones typically only care to make the female ones attractive. I find myself looking at better looking males in games like Final Fantasy and Yakuza than I do in games like Fallout or The Witcher. In fact I would even go as far as saying every single JRPG that I’ve played in recent years has had at least one attractive man. There can be several reasons for this. Is it because women play games more in Japan than in the west, which means the female fanbase is bigger and warrants more attention from developers? Is it because Japan just values the appearance and aesthetics of all of their characters, regardless of gender? I honestly think it’s the former, I’ve watched interviews with many Japanese developers and they often comment on how surprisingly large their female demographic is and that during the development period they will often ask female employees what they find attractive and then incorporate that into the games male characters, so because women are contributing so much money to these companies it makes sense that they would appeal to them just as much as the male fanbase.

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

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    I’ve been playing Scarlet Nexus for a couple days, and so far I have nothing but positive things to say about it. The art direction is the best I’ve ever seen in a game, the soundtrack is great...

    I’ve been playing Scarlet Nexus for a couple days, and so far I have nothing but positive things to say about it. The art direction is the best I’ve ever seen in a game, the soundtrack is great and I especially like it cause it sounds similar to music that I make. The plot is cool, characters initially came off as bland but as you spend more time with them they have a lot more depth than I thought. And most of all, the gameplay is super fun kind of reminds me of Devil May Cry but with unique super powers. Overall this game is just dripping with style and it’s really fun to play, definitely my game of the year at the moment.

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

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    Super late response, but I wanted to wait until I beat the game to respond to this. So I finally beat it, and you were right when you said that it gets better during the second half. I also agree...

    Super late response, but I wanted to wait until I beat the game to respond to this.

    So I finally beat it, and you were right when you said that it gets better during the second half. I also agree where you said that because I played Automata the whole human thing wasn’t a shock, I was pretty suspicious of Devola and Popola because I remembered them in Automata and knew they weren’t human since they clearly survived all those years in the future. I think my opinion of the game has improved since I first started playing it but I still think Automata is better.

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

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    I finally went and bought Nier Replicant after finding it at a decent price. NieR Automata is one of, if not my favorite game of all time and I’ve heard many people who have played both games say...

    I finally went and bought Nier Replicant after finding it at a decent price. NieR Automata is one of, if not my favorite game of all time and I’ve heard many people who have played both games say that Replicant is better so I’ve been hyped to play it, but after playing it for about 20 hours or so, I’m kinda disappointed in the plot and characters so far. The protagonist, his sister, and the book all seem kinda generic, and the plot seems cool but I don’t see why some people say it’s better than Automata, that seemed to be more interesting to me. I actually like the gameplay in Replicant more than Automata though, so it has that going for it so far.

    Overall it seems pretty good but no where near as good as Automata.

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

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    I recently beat Heavy Rain a couple of days ago and I thought it was fantastic. Probably the most depressing game I’ve ever played, and a very interesting story with compelling characters. The...

    I recently beat Heavy Rain a couple of days ago and I thought it was fantastic. Probably the most depressing game I’ve ever played, and a very interesting story with compelling characters. The score was really good too, a lot of the songs made me feel genuine dread during certain scenes. Would definitely recommend to anyone who like thriller “interactive movie” types of games.

    7 votes
  11. Comment on Hi, how are you? Mental health support and discussion thread (May 2021) in ~talk

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    Yeah it really sucks, just hoping after quarantine that life gets better from here.

    Yeah it really sucks, just hoping after quarantine that life gets better from here.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Hi, how are you? Mental health support and discussion thread (May 2021) in ~talk

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    You’re right, I always considered it but I was too ashamed to go cause I didn’t want to look “weak” or weird. But I don’t want to suffer anymore. Thanks.

    You’re right, I always considered it but I was too ashamed to go cause I didn’t want to look “weak” or weird. But I don’t want to suffer anymore. Thanks.

    6 votes
  13. Comment on Hi, how are you? Mental health support and discussion thread (May 2021) in ~talk

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    To be honest I think it might be a mental disorder, I haven’t gotten diagnosed with anything yet but I don’t think it’s normal to have mood swings this extreme. Thanks for the book suggestion,...

    To be honest I think it might be a mental disorder, I haven’t gotten diagnosed with anything yet but I don’t think it’s normal to have mood swings this extreme. Thanks for the book suggestion, I’ll give it a shot

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Hi, how are you? Mental health support and discussion thread (May 2021) in ~talk

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    Just feels like nothing in my life ever goes right, especially recently. My social life is non existent cause of quarantine and I feel like I’m going insane from the lack of social interaction. I...

    Just feels like nothing in my life ever goes right, especially recently. My social life is non existent cause of quarantine and I feel like I’m going insane from the lack of social interaction. I have no one to talk to about anything so I just have been bottling up everything and it sucks. Plus I’m about to graduate college and searching for jobs is really stressful. My mood swings are also really extreme and I feel like I’m out of control of myself. Just sad and angry all the time :(

    9 votes
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  16. Comment on Does anyone have, or has had, an addiction to music? in ~music

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    Not sure if I would call myself an “addict” but I listen to music almost literally 24/7 and I never really experienced burnout, probably because I never seemed to go through this common phase of...

    Not sure if I would call myself an “addict” but I listen to music almost literally 24/7 and I never really experienced burnout, probably because I never seemed to go through this common phase of trying to find “objectively” good music. I was always in my own bubble when it came to music, never cared about what was critically acclaimed or what the so called nerds were into, I just explored different genres and songs at my own pace. I think a lot of people fall into that mentality of trying to impress others by having “good” taste in music so they burn them selves out by listening to stuff they don’t even like just because it’s highly praised.

    At the end of the day, music should never be a chore. Even as a musician, making new stuff never feels like a chore to me because it’s something I love to do, and if I get frustrated I just take a break and do something else.

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

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    In my latest attempt to get into the game, I’ve recently started yet another playthrough of Final Fantasy 7. I first bought the game back in like 2016 after I finished FF 10 and I just could not...

    In my latest attempt to get into the game, I’ve recently started yet another playthrough of Final Fantasy 7. I first bought the game back in like 2016 after I finished FF 10 and I just could not get past the graphics. Back then the only really pre-2000s games I played were Gameboy games, but since those had 2D graphics it wasn’t an issue. But it was literally painful trying to get into PSone era games that were in 3D.

    Last year however, I’ve played and beaten FF 8 and 9, so I think I can handle the visuals better now.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on Tildes is pushing out the minority voice in ~talk

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    The internet in general is dominated by straight white men so unfortunately this isn't going to change any time soon, no matter how hard people try to be welcoming to women and/or minorities....

    The internet in general is dominated by straight white men so unfortunately this isn't going to change any time soon, no matter how hard people try to be welcoming to women and/or minorities. However, as a woman, I really wasn't a fan of that imposter syndrome article and I actually agreed with most of the posts in that thread, none of it seemed "problematic" to me but I see how some of the responses could be perceived that way.

    17 votes
  19. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Yeah it was a little wider than that when I first started.

    Yeah it was a little wider than that when I first started.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I realized after a year of training that the reason I couldn't really go below depth when squatting was because my legs were too far apart. Now I have a more narrow stance and am doing much...

    I realized after a year of training that the reason I couldn't really go below depth when squatting was because my legs were too far apart. Now I have a more narrow stance and am doing much better.

    Also, I never really was a "low carb" person but I started eating around half the amount of carbs I normally do and noticed a lot of that excess water weight isn't really there anymore, which is good since i'm cutting now.

    4 votes