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  1. Comment on What is your favorite Final Fantasy game? in ~games

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    That’s as far as I made it at least haha

    That’s as far as I made it at least haha

  2. Comment on What is your favorite Final Fantasy game? in ~games

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    I feel you haha—I thoroughly enjoyed almost every second of Chrono Trigger, but FF is a different beast. Even octopath is too cutscene-heavy and convoluted for me.

    I feel you haha—I thoroughly enjoyed almost every second of Chrono Trigger, but FF is a different beast. Even octopath is too cutscene-heavy and convoluted for me.

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

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    Prob for a future playthrough—dunno if you're looking for more balanced boss encounters (tree fragments?) or just a fightin chance lol, but if it's the latter: I finally gave in and upgraded a...

    Prob for a future playthrough—dunno if you're looking for more balanced boss encounters (tree fragments?) or just a fightin chance lol, but if it's the latter: I finally gave in and upgraded a Great Stars + Wild Strikes, beat Rennala & most of the other big names straightaway.

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

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    As someone who loves a good Bethesda-type loop of finding gear, keeping the best, selling the rest for upgrades, etc, I loved Cyberpunk on launch & hadn't paid much attention to the DLC—I thought...

    As someone who loves a good Bethesda-type loop of finding gear, keeping the best, selling the rest for upgrades, etc, I loved Cyberpunk on launch & hadn't paid much attention to the DLC—I thought it was just additional missions, didn't realize it was a whole new area. Might have to check that out post-Erdtree!

  5. Comment on The growing scientific case for using Ozempic and other GLP-1s to treat opioid, alcohol, and nicotine addiction in ~health

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    You have to consider: "Who profits?" According to the Social Security Administration, the ratio of old people (i.e. beneficiaries) to workers has gone from 5.1:1 to a projected 2.1:1 in 2040,...

    You have to consider: "Who profits?" According to the Social Security Administration, the ratio of old people (i.e. beneficiaries) to workers has gone from 5.1:1 to a projected 2.1:1 in 2040, which is unsustainable unless we raise the retirement age. If a quarter of the population is 65+, and—at the other end of the age number line—there is even a small drop in fertility rates (which we already saw post-2020), the math starts collapsing pretty quick. The golden number for population maintenance is a fertility rate of 2.1 babies per woman having babies, and a ton of countries are way below that already (US is 1.79). So it wouldn't take a giant drop in fertility to cause serious financial concerns for wealthy boomers, who make the vast majority of corporate and governmental policy decisions in America. So basically if ozempic or anything else looks like it might threaten that even a little, then yeah I'd bet my proletariat ass it would get yanked pretty quick.

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  6. Comment on A long-ish essay about Elden Ring in ~games

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    Yeah I've definitely made the sports comparison when trying to describe the uniqueness of their approach—and like sports, different things are challenging for different people, based on your build...

    Yeah I've definitely made the sports comparison when trying to describe the uniqueness of their approach—and like sports, different things are challenging for different people, based on your build or your experience or who knows what. I beat Manus first try, then was shocked to find out how many people have struggled with that one, vs. like Lothric + Big Lothric, man that one seemed almost impossible. Adaptability & experimentation are 100% key.

    And you're right about the marketing; it felt very similar to 90s Sega ads in the US being targeted to backwards hat-wearing 11 year olds with sunglasses on, or 80s Megaman cover art in the US vs Japan—if they had concentrated on a different target audience I think there would be a very different perception of DS, and I think they corrected course with ER and it has paid off bigtime.

    Man would people listen to 45 minutes of this every week, because a From podcast would go pretty hard imo

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  7. Comment on A long-ish essay about Elden Ring in ~games

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    Well I didn’t intend to write an essay but I think I did lol. As I’ve partially documented on here, I played through DS1, 2, and 3 after the DLC release date announcement, and then had to go back...

    Well I didn’t intend to write an essay but I think I did lol. As I’ve partially documented on here, I played through DS1, 2, and 3 after the DLC release date announcement, and then had to go back through ER again too because I forgot about the NG+ I started last year, and I agree with everything you said. I think “overcoming adversity” is probably a theme of most video games from Pac Man on, but you are spot on in your assessment of it being at the core of From games. I was just telling someone who asked if Elden Ring was like Skyrim that Elder Scrolls could be the source material for Dark Souls and Elden Ring, basically: once there was a king, once there was a savior—and in Bethesda games you start out small and weak but quickly realize you’re the Dragonborn, the Hero of Kvatch, or whatever, and you do become that savior—but in From games that was long ago, there is no savior and there is no salvation, and it is definitely not you, because Lesson #1: you don’t matter.

    Everything in the world you arrive in is already broken and dead and you are just a small dead part of it that has the gall to think you could be any different, or do any better. Most everyone around you has given up and gone hollow—losing their soul, their will to keep fighting, literally and metaphorically. Almost every character you meet is on a collision course with some incomprehensible outside force (meta: the developers) that has set in motion their inevitable demise, usually because of something you did, if not by your very hand. There is not really any hope immediately visible: you can’t lift a sword effectively against other undead tryhards who repeatedly just eviscerate you, and every death means another trudge, running the gauntlet yet again. Elden Ring absolutely perfects this—Undead Burg is dirty, dilapidated, inhospitable, so you see it coming and things get worse from there, but Leyndell after the graveyard is immediately cinematically gorgeous, colorful, inviting, and there’s a helpful golden knight who will make you feel better after that man in the mask was so nasty to you, right? Lesson #2: you don’t matter. Gird your loins or something and get back out there, or put your foolish ambitions to rest. Or run away, that’s a good trick.

    The Tarnished is just one of many washed up in the Lands Between who have tried to become Elden Lord (meta: all the other ER players), like the Ashen One and the Chosen Undead are one of many—nothing special, not notable, not likely to succeed. Many NPCs and every real-life player are on the same quest as you, and if you give up they may not win but you certainly lose, understandable though your ceding victory may be. So why? Geez, why bother? When you finally make it into the room with Godrick or Ornstein & Smough or the godforsaken Pontiff, or Rennala, there’s no pattern visible, no prior knowledge to apply—it can absolutely appear hopeless. As it should, because you’re no Thieves Guildmaster or Wasteland Survivor of legend, you’re a piece of shit lol. This is an eight foot tall woman with a ten foot sword in a hidden room at the base of a giant hidden tree, wtf are you even doing here? And so you ask for help and there’s a man in his underwear with a pot on his head who just blasts her—Lesson #3 (meta): not only do you not matter as a character in the game, you don’t matter in relation to real people in the real world‘a level of ability in the game, either, because they can eviscerate the literal deities you cannot.

    But there’s nothing stopping you from doing it too. That guy was the same piece of shit as you, not so long ago—and no one in Caelid sings his praises when he gets there, they try to murder him there just like you so don’t feel too bad. I fully embrace that Elden Ring is an auteur video game, a pinnacle of the medium, a shining achievement. It is so big and it makes you feel so very small, and you don’t really ever get any bigger, just stronger and smarter and 187 levels better, and it really feels like you deserve it when you finally beat that five-story dragon, even if you had to drink a potion and cast seven spells and reinforce your weapon and call in your best ghost assassin friend to help out. It’s a real sense of pride and accomplishment, in the best way.

    I love the indirect storytelling, so that you the player can understand somewhat how Miyazaki felt reading what he could understand about European fantasy and historical figures like Arthur and Merlin, looking at the pictures in a library book in wonder and piecing the rest together. I love that there’s always a knight who’s in super rotund armor and who is in ridiculously far over his head. I love that the base gameplay loop, present in the majority of games for 45 years or more, of dying and trying again and dying again is given an in-universe lore explanation that is expounded upon throughout the series. I love that the Grace in front of Godfrey points at you, the player, because it is his destiny to defeat you just like it is your destiny to defeat him—and who will win? There’s no plot armor for you in Elden Ring, because you can just give up and it all still keeps happening: I would say it’s even expected, statistically, that you will do just that (meta: they make them hard on purpose). I love that the games being hard are part of the story and structure of the games, because it always feels like they’re hard for a reason, which is not always true in other games, or other media, or real life. You see Radahn and he machine guns you then literally turns into a meteor and mass-extinction-events you—can’t parry that. But you know there’s gotta be a way, even when there’s no hope, and I think that may be the secret, at least for me: you have to make your own hope. Practice, experiment, just bang your head into a wall repeatedly, because what is bravery without a dash of recklessness? But don’t give up skeleton. Everyone feels crestfallen, sometimes, but will you let it linger? Will you let it define you? Even if you can’t actually change anything about the state of things, the ruined world you are doomed to inhabit—even if you don’t matter, isn’t it worth it just to change you?

    Also c’mon, Blaidd?! “What a sick way to fight” Just friggin awesome lol

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  8. Comment on Your favorite deeply unpopular music in ~music

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    In my fantasy world E from Eels adopts Daniel Johnston like Johnny Depp adopted Hunter S. Thompson and they go on adventures together. Edit: I cannot believe it but Daniel was only two years older...

    In my fantasy world E from Eels adopts Daniel Johnston like Johnny Depp adopted Hunter S. Thompson and they go on adventures together.

    Edit: I cannot believe it but Daniel was only two years older than E. I however refuse to adjust my fantasy lol

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  9. Comment on The most profound cosmic horror or weird lit stories you've read that are not Lovecraft or Ligotti in ~books

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    A) I would read that story lol B) I think Clarke was in such a Judeo-Christian America that a story where God isn’t paying attention or doesn’t exist would not have gone over well, or even been...

    A) I would read that story lol
    B) I think Clarke was in such a Judeo-Christian America that a story where God isn’t paying attention or doesn’t exist would not have gone over well, or even been published. So again, I’d read yours 100%

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  10. Comment on The most profound cosmic horror or weird lit stories you've read that are not Lovecraft or Ligotti in ~books

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    Arthur C. Clarke’s “The Nine Billion Names of God” may sort of fit your bill here; it always struck me as a more serious Douglas Adams story. It’s available online if you want to check it...

    Arthur C. Clarke’s “The Nine Billion Names of God” may sort of fit your bill here; it always struck me as a more serious Douglas Adams story. It’s available online if you want to check it out—otherwise some of Stephen King’s stuff gets pretty cosmic.

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  11. Comment on What slow-burn game is worth the time? in ~games

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    I loved this one, totally different from anything else, until the point that comes (I’m assuming) pretty late and the whole thing completely changes, could not crack that nut.

    I loved this one, totally different from anything else, until the point that comes (I’m assuming) pretty late and the whole thing completely changes, could not crack that nut.

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  12. Comment on What are the most effective ways to help get Joe Biden re-elected in the US? in ~misc

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    I wouldn’t assume this is a choir-specific area—I can remember when places like Reddit were pretty left-leaning, but a lot of factors (endless summer, the trump administration lol) have combined...

    I wouldn’t assume this is a choir-specific area—I can remember when places like Reddit were pretty left-leaning, but a lot of factors (endless summer, the trump administration lol) have combined to make the internet much more conservative, or at least conservative-friendly.

    I’d love to see a poll but I’d bet tildes has a ton of “fiscal conservatives.”

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  13. Comment on Riven (2024) | Launch trailer in ~games

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    Oh I meant the OG five CD-ROM set—don’t know about the graphics for PS1 comparatively, and I would shudder to play it without a mouse lol, bill so first choice would be the new version. But...

    Oh I meant the OG five CD-ROM set—don’t know about the graphics for PS1 comparatively, and I would shudder to play it without a mouse lol, bill so first choice would be the new version. But compatibility-wise the PSX version does work.

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  14. Comment on Riven (2024) | Launch trailer in ~games

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    It didn’t work too well on Win10 last time I tried it unfortunately—you’d have better luck with the PS1 version & an emulator, if you want to go that route.

    It didn’t work too well on Win10 last time I tried it unfortunately—you’d have better luck with the PS1 version & an emulator, if you want to go that route.

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  15. Comment on Riven (2024) | Launch trailer in ~games

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    @kfwyre I played myst and riven as a kid, and even with the prima games paperback guide to help out they were still too hard lol. It was frustrating even then, but I loved them—all part of the...

    @kfwyre I played myst and riven as a kid, and even with the prima games paperback guide to help out they were still too hard lol. It was frustrating even then, but I loved them—all part of the draw! Lean into it : )

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  16. Comment on How generative AI could reinvent what it means to play in ~games

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    What’s really gross is that Minecraft could have easily 10-15 years ago claimed that it was using “AI” to the same level almost anyone is today, if that buzzword had been in vogue at the time. AI...

    What’s really gross is that Minecraft could have easily 10-15 years ago claimed that it was using “AI” to the same level almost anyone is today, if that buzzword had been in vogue at the time. AI in 2024 = “the cloud” from like 2016–it’s just “someone else’s computer.”

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  17. Comment on ‘Furiosa’ fires up Cannes with six-minute standing ovation for Anya Taylor-Joy and teary Chris Hemsworth in ~movies

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    They mean that not enough people are going to see it to be considered successful/a “hit”—$118M total so far against a budget of $168M, and it was supposed to be one of the first “big” movies of...

    They mean that not enough people are going to see it to be considered successful/a “hit”—$118M total so far against a budget of $168M, and it was supposed to be one of the first “big” movies of the summer. No relation to how good it is haha, although often good reviews can help pump those numbers up—a lot of people since covid are prob like me, it looks good and I’ll watch it. On my TV. For little to no money. Because that’s what I’ve got.

    Edit: did watch, was good. Not as good as Fury Road, more like a direct-to-video 90s disney sequel to Fury Road, to the point that I was surprised when I read that George Miller did this one too. But still fun.

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  18. Comment on Welcome to the millennial midlife crisis in ~life

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    Is the US still objectively a good country to live in (mostly, with disclaimers)? For sure. Was it a better/easier country to live in, economically, in previous decades (again, mostly, with...

    Is the US still objectively a good country to live in (mostly, with disclaimers)? For sure. Was it a better/easier country to live in, economically, in previous decades (again, mostly, with disclaimers)? Definitely. There is a vague but perhaps coalescing feeling of having the ladder kicked out from underneath us, societally—or perhaps rolled up from above: my dad recently was adamant that it would be a crime to forgive student loan debt, when he worked his way through college. I asked incredulously, “You paid for college while you were in college? With a part-time job?” “Absolutely I did, I wasn’t about to take out a loan—and I only made a couple dollars an hour, too.”

    So yeah if people today could do the menial jobs, even for menial pay, but afford to make it past that point, I think there would be less of this feeling. But unfortunately several factors in that haven’t held up.

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  19. Comment on Welcome to the millennial midlife crisis in ~life

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    hell if I was a healthy single white male with a decent income I’d be collecting pinball machines too.

    hell if I was a healthy single white male with a decent income I’d be collecting pinball machines too.

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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 did it! Parrying all over the place now lol

    I did it! Parrying all over the place now lol