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Ashtear

@Ashtear@lemm.ee

Getting it done with the power of friendship since 1991.

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The legality of the emulation itself has long been established, but I've been concerned for a while that illegal DRM circumvention of the games themselves has been a viable legal avenue. Under the DMCA, even the process to dump your own legally-licensed games has arguably been in a legal grey area for a while now, with how they are locked down. If any method to playing the games become illegal, any unauthorized emulation of games becomes de facto illegal.

I'd cite legal precedent here, but there's been a substantial right-wing, pro-corporate shift in American courts over time. Who knows how this will go.

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I love the mods and graphical upgrades. For example, the "FFT Complete" hack on PSX is still my preferred way to play Final Fantasy Tactics, and I can get a buttery-smooth 60fps on Link's Awakening (2019).

Lately I've also been dabbling into CRT filters with mixed success. Every now and then I'll get the nostalgia buzz, but a lot of the time I feel like I'm just looking at a game with visible scanlines. I've heard it's better on 4K displays though, and I don't have regular access to one.

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The wild thing about last summer was it revealing how remarkably stable their unpaid labor pool is. Take away their tools, mock them in the national press and on the site, and the worst most of them will do is participate in a perfunctory protest. They weren't willing to go to war or even organize in a meaningful manner.

It makes me think of how nationalism has sent millions to their deaths. Who needs money? People will put themselves through hell just to protect an identity.

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Yeah, mostly in terms of the day-to-day operations of the site remaining largely business as usual, at least in terms of what matters to corporate. Plenty of impotent response abounded, too. For example, one of the largest subreddits, /r/games, never even joined the 48-hour blackout.

There's an argument to be made that content quality is down, but that's a subjective measure, and I'm not even going to try to unpack my own personal bias on that front given I moved here because of this in the first place.

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I was mostly in the niche subreddits anyway, and it's frustrating that Reddit is essentially still the only searchable website for non-sponsored content in hundreds (if not thousands) of niches. Quality in my niches is still the same ebb and flow that it was.

There still are questions of validity, though. Message boards like Reddit haven't really had their payola/Gamergate/astroturfed-FCC-comments moment yet.

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It's still a trilogy. In any case, Disc 2 of the original was much shorter than the first, and Disc 3 was almost entirely ending cinematics.

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As a heads up, don't read the Gamespot review if you're carefully avoiding spoilers. The review tries to discuss the ending without revealing too much but wasn't entirely successful.

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Last week I went deep into Next Fest and came up with a bunch of demos, to varying success. Tried Synergy (promising), Sword of Convallaria (great, but deeply concerned about the mobile/gacha systems), Guild Saga: Vanished Worlds (not great, borrows shamelessly from Divinity: Original Sin 2), and Balatro (surprisingly interesting).

For now, I'm kind of bouncing around, not being able to settle on anything. Might go back to Atelier Ayesha tonight.

Often we say infinite growth (capitalism) is not sustainable and reasonable. Can we also say infinite progressivism is also not sustainable and reasonable?

This question is social/political, and meant to trigger a nice debate on the negatives of imbalanced infinite progressivism we seem to be heading in social and technological spheres, ignoring science, practicality and reason....

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You've been told why elsewhere, but I'll reiterate.

It's happening because you led off with calling transgender persons and their allies irresponsible, immature cultists, with some flimsy attempt to couch your rhetoric.

In the interest of assuming good faith--and I'm really having to stretch to see good faith here--maybe you're just completely ignorant of the history involved. "You'll grow out of it in your 30's" aka "it's just a phase" is the exact same rhetoric used against gays and lesbians a generation ago, and against any woman in general that dared step outside of the prescribed "get married and have babies" role before that. It's not a good look.

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Then please, feel free to reframe the statement here. You didn't even attempt to revise your derogatory language in the other comment chain.

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Great, thanks for the dose of existential dread.

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For a long time it's been Kiseki no Umi. Composed by Yoko Kanno, Maaya Sakamoto on vocals.

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A terrible loss for the industry, especially after getting a new startup off the ground. Beloved by the Suikoden community. His new game was only a couple months away.

By all accounts, a good guy, too.

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But don't sleep on the Persona 4 anime. That one was amazing.

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I don't watch a ton of anime, but it's certainly the best I've seen (or heard of, for that matter). The recent Castlevania is good too, but I don't even know if that counts?

Agreed on the Golden episodes. Wasn't the same.

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I played a bit of Terranigma this past week for a Discord Game of the Month run. Would love to see this and Illusion of Gaia get remasters with script updates.

Currently playing No Man's Sky. This is my third attempt with it since it came out, and it's going a lot better so far this time around. Ironically, it might have been the things missing from Starfield that finally whetted my appetite for what this game has to offer.

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That's near the top of the list of what I've been working on. I got snagged again by something I remembered hating about the main quest last time, getting stuck in one system working through it. This time was particularly awful because it kept sending me back to the same extreme world to do it, ugh.

Now I'm just trying to find a semi-permanent base location. Finding a comfortable biome that doesn't look ugly to me has been shockingly diffcult 😅

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This is a meaty demo, taking me a little over 2 hours.

As someone who adored the "City Building" series by Impressions (Caesar, Pharaoh, Emperor) and thought going in that Synergy had similar vibes, it's about what I expected. It has a lot of similar systems with plenty of different resources, both physical and "well-being," which is like Desirability. It does away with the really fussy stuff like city walkers and labor availability, and instead gives buildings a range of effect. Travel time for your populace still appears to be important (like Tropico).

It also has its fair share of jank. Building work orders are by far the biggest problem; you can only assign one task, and even when there are available resources for an alternative task, the building will just idle. This is especially bad in the gathering huts because you have to manually select the plants to collect from, and plants have multiple resources (but only one mode is available at a time). I could see this being a recipe for micromanagement hell. There are some other small issues I figure will be resolved for the full release, like missing ambient audio from the settlement itself and untranslated elements, although the translation itself was good (this was developed by a French studio and publisher in case you couldn't tell; no native English speaker in their right mind would release a video game named Synergy).

Overall, I'm interested. I also got the impression it might be a continuous city campaign, unlike the chapters you'd get in the City Building or Tropico series, which could be a fun change of pace. I'll be keeping an eye out for a release date.

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Finished Xenoblade Chronicles 2 - Torna: the Golden Country last week. The gameplay was largely the same, and I didn't find that to be the base game's strength. I mostly liked the story but the dozens of forced side quests absolutely killed any pacing it had going for it, and there was sidequest-styled filler even before that in the main questline. On top of that, I have a few nits to pick about how the story closed out. Ultimately I was rather disappointed, considering I'd heard a lot of positive word-of-mouth on this over the years.

For now, I've got one more year left in Atelier Meruru, so I'm going to see about closing that one out. This is probably going to end up being my favorite in the series so far, but I'm really looking forward to the games with the looser/no time limits.

I also just started the demo for Synergy, an upcoming city builder in the style of Pharaoh and Emperor. Mostly good, but the biggest problem by far is that the buildings need a more developed work-order system. Could see this being a worthy successor in this genre.

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If it's part of a shift that includes dropping Xbox hardware, that's very much not a good thing. Less competition doesn't turn out well for consumers.

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Yeah. Between these rumors and Microsoft not having a next-gen GPU contract yet, it's a possibility.

Hope I'm wrong.

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Wish I had this problem. I'll do something like open the fridge, see my big jar of beni shoga, and get annoyed because I can't think of a way to use it that sounds good.

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That's a new one for me, lol. Then I'd have to get some shochu, and figure out what the hell to do with all the leftover shochu 😅

I just need to make some more okonomiyaki.

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Oh wow, I guess I always just assumed they had a draft mode. The game's been on my radar for a while, but that's a non-starter for me without one.

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It depends on the implementation, but typically, everyone sits down at the table as equals. No advantages are brought in from collections, unlike constructed formats.

Building a deck is also a separate skill to piloting one. Especially when there is a timer involved, it can be a frantic, fun challenge to draft correctly.

Finally--and perhaps most importantly to me--it takes a long time for draft sets to get "solved" by meta-gaming. There are so many moving parts in new sets that you have to play the game to find out what works. And even if a set does get solved, you're still having to work with limited options and need a good plan B or plan C.

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Toxic discourse in large Internet communities predates Reddit, even. It's been a thing since before there was the web, becoming significantly more likely to find once you get to a critical mass of people.

It's a good time in the political cycle to find and contribute to niche communities. I almost never come across this kind of thing because that's where I hang out.

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George Miller? Kojima gets the most fucking random people, I swear.

Léa Seydoux seems better this time around, somehow? I wasn't thrilled with her performance in the original game. Something always a little bit off.

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Katharine's review today steps back from that flash-in-the-pan take (and it wasn't a good one).

No doubt there's some empty calories here, though.

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You're getting downvoted, but I think there's something to this, even if it's not the whole story. The game had a robust presence unnaturally quickly on Tiktok and among streamers. This studio isn't big enough to have engineered a big campaign, but it's quite possible they did some small, targeted marketing and it really paid off.

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Mm, "it plays itself" is a common, reductive argument against turn-based combat that I don't think is helpful.

Otherwise, I think this review is mostly okay for those new to the series (or the genre). Saying that he had a motivated start is interesting, as the story's notoriously slow start is a frequent complaint about the earlier versions (and the series in general).

It's good to see a new player in the mix, though the reviewers who are familiar enough with the original games to outline what is missing were the most valuable to me. The missing content makes this a "wait for a sale" purchase for me.

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Finished Lost Odyssey over the weekend, and I've moved on to Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Torna.

The menus still drive me nuts like they did with the base game, but it's still fun to wander around. The characters are already growing on me a bit too.

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Some, yes. The flashbacks in XBC2 give a general idea of who's around, plus some new characters.

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Yeah, I think D:OS2 is still a good call for people wanting more. Trying to talk my gaming partner into picking it up.

I think the first D:OS is too much of a quality-of-life nightmare at this point to recommend.

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I had a good time with Loop Hero for a while, a few months after it came out. Ultimately stopped running it because it felt like I was never able to pivot mid-run if I found a great drop. Had a "what's the point of the randomness then?" thought after that and it broke the spell for me. Don't know if they ever made any changes along those lines.

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I had a great time with a couple card battlers last year, Cobalt Core and Nitro Kid.

Cobalt Core has a similar presentation to FTL, with a turn-based format instead. Plenty to do in it, great soundtrack, charming writing.

Nitro Kid is on a more traditional 2D grid with an isometric viewpoint. It appealed greatly to my love of 80's settings, but I'd wait for a sale as it's thin on content.

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In new relationships where the topic of kink hasn't come up yet, there also tends to be an expectation that men (even those of us that are submissive) be dominant to some degree. It often leads to formative behaviors where men who want to be submissive play the switch role at best. Another reason why there may not seem to be as many subs as it appears. It's a hard habit to break.

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Hah, oh no. I'm sure there's been no shortage of kink "tourism" from guys on the goth mommy front, too. But hey, if it normalizes masc sub behavior, I'm all for it 🤷‍♂️

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Sorry to hear that. I'm sure it's especially difficult for those who want the lifestyle outside the bedroom too. My ex was the type that expected me to muscle up (I'm a big person) if someone was mistreating her while we were out instead of de-escalating or walking away. Obviously, that's not my style, not to mention a good way to get killed.

I'm not looking to play the role 24/7 in a relationship, but it bleeds over enough into everyday life that I feel I can't get to a point where I have to keep it secret.

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Several hours in, I couldn't even make it to a point where the story started rewarding me. Which was part of the problem. I "cleared" one of the planets (Brittle Hollow), with its platforming elements (something I don't like in 3D), and my "reward" was a small piece of a puzzle. I needed a lot more than that.

Even before that point, the game hadn't made a good first impression. There was nothing about the intro section on the starting planet that particularly interested me. And then the ship controls drove me a bit nuts. The loop was the only interesting part about the game for me then.

Felt like the writing was on the wall for me after exploring that first planet, so I dropped it.

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Having played through the PL story, I didn't like the overhauled skill system as much as I'd hoped, but I still want to go back through the main story again. There are still some old sidequests I never got around to as well.

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Professional sports leagues are another example. Put a shit product on the field, you're going to get shit back from the fans. Every now and then a young star player comes up (especially in American football) that received adulation for years at the college level and suddenly gets faced with jeers. They react like Colossal Order does here and--eventually--learn that they are picking a fight against collective emotional response that they are never going to win.

CO is learning that lesson now. While they can and should take actions against those that cross the line (death threats, etc.), there's not much in the way of effective corrective action here. It's all on them. They can a) put out a better product, b) hire community managers with thicker skin that can better assuage their fans, or c) withdraw from community interaction. Most that can't handle it pick the third option.

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Even if this was the case, not assuming good faith is throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

Conversation doesn't have to be that way.

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Maybe it's just me, but I'm perfectly happy with seeing a creatively bankrupt game if it also eventually means genuine competition in a genre that's been thin for decades.

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