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  1. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Wait, are you saying the NGE movies actually... make sense? I really disliked how little the series explained about what was happening and why it was happening. I was going to start in on the...

    Wait, are you saying the NGE movies actually... make sense? I really disliked how little the series explained about what was happening and why it was happening. I was going to start in on the moves when I finished the series but decided I hadn't enjoyed the series enough, in part thanks to this factor, to justify spending more hours of my life on the franchise.

  2. Comment on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - D23 special look in ~movies

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    Am I alone in thinking that unfolding saber looks silly?

    Am I alone in thinking that unfolding saber looks silly?

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Baumgartner Fine Art Restoration: The Conservation of George Inness' "The Roman Campagna" in ~arts

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    While I know basically nothing about fine art, I find this conservation process utterly fascinating. This is one of the simpler ones he's posted. There's one where the painting has literally been...

    While I know basically nothing about fine art, I find this conservation process utterly fascinating. This is one of the simpler ones he's posted. There's one where the painting has literally been ripped into 4 pieces and just overall thrashed that's (to me) even more impressive.

    That said, if someone had asked me "what tools do you think a painting conservationist would use?", "table saw" probably would not have been one of my answers.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on What are your unpopular anime opinions? in ~anime

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    Did you watch Houseki no Kuni? It's 80%-ish 3D, with I think 2D work on the character's faces.

    Did you watch Houseki no Kuni? It's 80%-ish 3D, with I think 2D work on the character's faces.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on What the games industry can learn from Warframe in ~games.game_design

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    There is a minimap. Your teammates appear on the minimap. Players can put markers which everyone can see. The location of any mission objective is marked on the map.

    There is a minimap. Your teammates appear on the minimap. Players can put markers which everyone can see. The location of any mission objective is marked on the map.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Need for Speed Heat - Reveal Trailer in ~games

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    Oh yeah, MW 2012 was terrible for its DLC. I wasn't crazy about the "find cars to unlock them" thing in general, but the DLC integration was so bad. Fortunately they didn't do that in any games...

    Oh yeah, MW 2012 was terrible for its DLC. I wasn't crazy about the "find cars to unlock them" thing in general, but the DLC integration was so bad. Fortunately they didn't do that in any games since then. NFS 2015 didn't have any DLC iirc and Payback, while it did have microtransactions and loot boxes, only had car DLC as regular purchases.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Need for Speed Heat - Reveal Trailer in ~games

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    The community manager has confirmed on reddit that there are no loot boxes. There will be paid DLC and "collectibles marked on the map."...

    The community manager has confirmed on reddit that there are no loot boxes. There will be paid DLC and "collectibles marked on the map."

    https://old.reddit.com/r/needforspeed/comments/cq9c1n/under_the_hood_nfs_heat/ewuqqy4/?context=10000

    I'm still going to wait for the reviews, but this is at least one step in the right direction. I was really quite disappointed with Payback.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Who are your favourite female YouTubers? in ~talk

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    Simone's tumor isn't cancerous.

    Simone's tumor isn't cancerous.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on CATS - Official Trailer in ~movies

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    Does the stage play use large props that are meant to make the performers look roughly housecat-size like the movie does?

    Does the stage play use large props that are meant to make the performers look roughly housecat-size like the movie does?

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Several deaths and many injuries in Kyoto Animation studio fire in ~anime

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    K-On is my favorite anime of all time, and probably always will be. Every injury and life lost in this tragedy is of course horrible, but I have to admit when I read the news the first thing that...

    K-On is my favorite anime of all time, and probably always will be. Every injury and life lost in this tragedy is of course horrible, but I have to admit when I read the news the first thing that came to mind was "please not Yamada please let her be okay." It says a lot that someone I've never met, who will never know I exist, could have such an impact.

    2 votes
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  12. Comment on The bounty hunters of Fallout 76 will kill anyone you want, for a price in ~games

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    Mostly the former, plus to some extent the desire to role-play imo. There are very minimal benefits; if a player has already attacked someone else, the game puts a price on their head that anyone...

    Is this happening simply to settle scores and cause chaos, or are people doing this because there are in-game benefits to doing so?

    Mostly the former, plus to some extent the desire to role-play imo. There are very minimal benefits; if a player has already attacked someone else, the game puts a price on their head that anyone who kills that player can collect, but it's usually in the double digits to start. (Note: the max "caps" or currency you can have on any one character is 25,000.) The killed player will drop any "junk" (crafting resources) they're carrying for others to loot (but anybody can loot it), and they will drop a portion of the healing items they're carrying if playing in Survival Mode (see below), but I'm not sure if those are lootable.

    Does the killed player receive any sort of penalty for dying?

    Aside from dropping the aforementioned stuff, no. You can immediately respawn. Indeed, when Fallout 76 launched a major complaint was that PVP was pointless because there were so few consequences and so little reward.

    Is there a way for a player to avoid getting griefed in this manner if they've been targeted?

    There are 3 game modes in FO76: Adventure, Survival, and Nuclear Winter. The last is a battle royale; the article isn't talking about that, and what they describe would be impossible there anyway. In Survival mode, everyone is flagged for PVP at all times. The last part of the article where the author was used as bait had to have happened in Survival. Avoiding the bounty hunters in Survival would be basically impossible afaik. In Adventure mode, if player A attacks player B, B will take almost no damage until they retaliate, at which point both players do full damage. If someone attacks you and you ignore them, there's nothing they can do. Also, you can turn on "pacifist mode," which prevents you from doing damage to others and thus flagging yourself for PVP by accident. Additionally, you can log off at any time; the scenario that opens the article had to have happened with the victim playing along, either because he was in on it or just wanted to role-play. He could have logged off to escape with no consequences.

    Note: I haven't played Survival mode, so there may be some minor inaccuracies; for instance, I'm not sure if you lose caps on death or if someone collects your bounty after you attack someone else.

    8 votes
  13. Comment on What was your most memorable gaming moment? in ~games

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    I think I was watching my brother play when we got to that point, so it didn't have quite as much impact. My most memorable moment from Portal (and one of the most from games in general) is the...

    I think I was watching my brother play when we got to that point, so it didn't have quite as much impact. My most memorable moment from Portal (and one of the most from games in general) is the very first portal, where you see yourself moving around through the portal. I had never seen anything like that in a game before. It was awesome.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on What are some of your favorite examples of storytelling via gameplay? in ~games

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    SWTOR, Imperial Agent storyline. Spoilers. TOR uses Bioware's dialogue wheel, where you're presented with a preview of what your character will say, and then they voice a line accordingly. There's...

    SWTOR, Imperial Agent storyline. Spoilers.

    TOR uses Bioware's dialogue wheel, where you're presented with a preview of what your character will say, and then they voice a line accordingly. There's a section of the IA's story wherein you're acting as a double agent, working for the Republic while actually reporting back to your Imp bosses. Turns out, the pubs have someone on the inside too (iirc) who gave them a codephrase for your mental indoctrination, so you can't tell your Imp bosses anything the pubs don't want you to. In one conversation with your handler, you're presented with dialogue previews that say things like "help, I'm being controlled by the pubs," but your character then voices a line like "everything's going according to plan." It's a small thing but I thought it was great .

    3 votes
  15. Comment on "13 Minutes to the Moon" - BBC documentary podcast on Apollo 11 in ~space

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    Article from Ars about the podcast. Just found out this exists so I can't comment on its quality. Seems pretty solid based on the article, though.

    Article from Ars about the podcast. Just found out this exists so I can't comment on its quality. Seems pretty solid based on the article, though.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Horns are growing on young people’s skulls. Phone use is to blame, research suggests. in ~life

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    Okay, my apologies.

    Okay, my apologies.

    8 votes
  17. 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
  18. 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.

    5 votes