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  1. Comment on Meet the angry gaming YouTubers who turn outrage into views in ~games

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    76 BR actually seems to have turned out pretty good, judging from the response. I play 76 but have no interest in PVP so I can't speak from experience, but if it was bad the community would...

    76 BR actually seems to have turned out pretty good, judging from the response. I play 76 but have no interest in PVP so I can't speak from experience, but if it was bad the community would definitely have made noise about it. At least in r/fo76, the vibes have been positive.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Thoughts about novelty accounts on Tildes in ~tildes

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    I'm against them being on Tildes. They don't have enough potential value to make up for the potential drawbacks.

    I'm against them being on Tildes. They don't have enough potential value to make up for the potential drawbacks.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Board game recommendations to replace Monopoly? in ~games

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    Wil Wheaton had a web series called Tabletop (playlist link) featuring a ton of different board games. You'll be able to get some idea of how the game is played, although they occasionally fudge...

    Wil Wheaton had a web series called Tabletop (playlist link) featuring a ton of different board games. You'll be able to get some idea of how the game is played, although they occasionally fudge the rules a little. Many of the games suggested here appear in the show.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Star Trek fans: what's your position on the amount of technological mumbo jumbo? in ~tv

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    Data is learning how to have what humans call a "personality." One element of "personality" is "quirks." Data has chosen the absence of spoken contractions as a "quirk."

    Data is learning how to have what humans call a "personality." One element of "personality" is "quirks." Data has chosen the absence of spoken contractions as a "quirk."

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Favorite Kaiju Movies? in ~movies

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    Shin Godzilla. Originally, before all the campy entries where Godzilla is our big green friend, Godzilla was simply a force of nature, neither good nor evil on his own. Also, the original Godzilla...

    Shin Godzilla. Originally, before all the campy entries where Godzilla is our big green friend, Godzilla was simply a force of nature, neither good nor evil on his own. Also, the original Godzilla movie (also worth watching, but only in the original version, not the Americanized version) is as much a social commentary dealing with the horrors of the bomb as it is a monster movie. Shin Godzilla is a return to that paradigm, much more so than the Legendary movies. It also has a couple of the coolest Godzilla moments I've ever seen, and I've seen nearly all of the Godzilla movies ever made.

    The 2014 Godzilla movie is enjoyable too, but it's very much a summer blockbuster type of movie. If you're watching multiple kaiju movies, both of these should be on the list. The human parts of the movie aren't as good as Shin, though.

    Pacific Rim. Imagine if a 10-year-old boy had an idea about a movie where giant monsters fight giant robots, and then Guillermo del Toro wrote and directed a big-budget adaptation of it. This movie knows what it is and revels in it. If a movie where a giant robot has a jet engine built into its elbow so it can punch giant monsters harder appeals to you, watch this.

    10 votes
  6. Comment on Atomic Veterans Were Silenced for 50 Years. Now, They’re Talking. in ~misc

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    In addition to the hundreds of thousands of Japanese civilians who died in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, an estimated 400,000 American soldiers and sailors also observed nuclear explosions—many just a mile or two from ground zero.

    After the tests, the soldiers, many of whom were traumatized, were sworn to an oath of secrecy. Breaking it even to talk among themselves was considered treason, punishable by a $10,000 fine and 10 or more years in prison.

    In Knibbe’s film, some of these atomic veterans break the forced silence to tell their story for the very first time.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Journey will release on PC next week, pre-orders available on Epic Store for $4.99 USD (due to current store-wide sale) in ~games

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    Not really. Buy it on GOG, only GOG gets money and only GOG's bandwidth gets used. You can't get it from any other site without re-buying. nothis was describing something more like "buy it on...

    Not really. Buy it on GOG, only GOG gets money and only GOG's bandwidth gets used. You can't get it from any other site without re-buying. nothis was describing something more like "buy it on Steam, download it from Epic or GOG or whoever else offers it."

    1 vote
  8. Comment on The Sealed Garden That Was Only Watered Once in 53 Years in ~enviro

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    Probably a typo. "Dead leaves" makes more sense.

    Probably a typo. "Dead leaves" makes more sense.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on What are your top three favorite games of all time? in ~games

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    Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri/Alien Crossfire The best turn-based strategy game I've played. Not as polished as later Civ entries, and maybe there's some nostalgia involved here, but the depth of...

    Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri/Alien Crossfire

    The best turn-based strategy game I've played. Not as polished as later Civ entries, and maybe there's some nostalgia involved here, but the depth of strategy allowed made the game very engrossing for me.

    NFS Most Wanted 2005

    The best cop chases in any game ever. No nostalgia factor here; I reinstalled the game late last year (after being disappointed by Payback) and for the most part it still holds up.

    Portal/Portal 2

    It's hard to even describe why I like these games so much, but reasons would include puzzle design that strikes the right balance between difficulty and frustration, a tone of humor I quite enjoyed, and the way it takes a fairly simple basic mechanic and comes up with so many ways to employ it.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Sonic The Hedgehog (2019) - Official Trailer in ~movies

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    If the rest of the movie is as tone-deaf as the music selection (what does Gangsta's Paradise have to do with Sonic?), I don't think this will even reach "so bad it's good" territory. The Pikachu...

    If the rest of the movie is as tone-deaf as the music selection (what does Gangsta's Paradise have to do with Sonic?), I don't think this will even reach "so bad it's good" territory.

    The Pikachu movie trailer made it at least look like someone who made the movie cared about the source material. This doesn't.

    25 votes
  11. Comment on For Japanese, family names are the worst growing pains in ~life

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    I thought this was an interesting look at an aspect of Japanese culture. Having grown up in the USA, I never put much thought into what pronouns I used to address my parents.

    I thought this was an interesting look at an aspect of Japanese culture. Having grown up in the USA, I never put much thought into what pronouns I used to address my parents.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on Massive ‘Avengers: Endgame’ footage leak hits Twitter, Reddit in ~movies

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    To be fair, many fans of the movies haven't read the comics. Also, details can be important, like the survival of your favorite character.

    To be fair, many fans of the movies haven't read the comics. Also, details can be important, like the survival of your favorite character.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on Sean Murray at GDC in ~games

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    But in his very next tweet he says Which makes it sound like you can cross paths - and therefore interact with - other players. It's still misleading, intentionally or otherwise. He made it sound...

    But in his very next tweet he says

    The chances of two players ever crossing paths in a universe this large is pretty much zero.

    Which makes it sound like you can cross paths - and therefore interact with - other players. It's still misleading, intentionally or otherwise. He made it sound like the game wasn't MP because it'd be hard to find other players, not because it was literally impossible to interact directly with, or even see, other players.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on How has playing a video game helped you in an unexpected way? in ~games

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    Messing around with making "games" on the TI-8* series in high school gave me a basic understanding of programming.

    Messing around with making "games" on the TI-8* series in high school gave me a basic understanding of programming.

    7 votes
  15. Comment on How Bioware's Anthem Went Wrong in ~games

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    Crunching the game into the fiscal year got us Anthem. Surely there's a happy medium.

    Crunching the game into the fiscal year got us Anthem. Surely there's a happy medium.

  16. Comment on How Bioware's Anthem Went Wrong in ~games

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    They had to stick to the release deadline because of EA's fiscal year. Granted, they had already had plenty of time, but EA and money was a factor in its release state.

    They had to stick to the release deadline because of EA's fiscal year. Granted, they had already had plenty of time, but EA and money was a factor in its release state.

  17. Comment on How Bioware's Anthem Went Wrong in ~games

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    It's my understanding that multiplayer was an idea at BW as early as ME1. Of course both ME3 and ME:A ended up with MP, so the MP focus of Anthem isn't as big a surprise to me. I do think EA's...

    It's my understanding that multiplayer was an idea at BW as early as ME1. Of course both ME3 and ME:A ended up with MP, so the MP focus of Anthem isn't as big a surprise to me. I do think EA's insistence on continuing monetization pushed BW even more in that direction; one ME3 dev said that one player spent $15k on ME3 loot crates. tl;dr EA probably indirectly pushed them in this direction but I don't think it was an EA mandate.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Banning of users and the discussion of controversial subjects in ~tildes

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    Hypothetical: The general opinion seems to be that the more people who participate in a forum or social platform, the worse it gets. Would getting the "silent 900" to be more active accelerate the...

    Ever wonder what a forum would look like if we could wake them up and get them submitting and commenting?

    Hypothetical: The general opinion seems to be that the more people who participate in a forum or social platform, the worse it gets. Would getting the "silent 900" to be more active accelerate the (perceived) degeneration of a given social platform?

    2 votes