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  • Thought I blocked you, my mistake

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  • I said some people. If that’s not how you operate then you have nothing to worry about.

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  • Do you know what’s so frustrating about these people? They often won’t show up until 6-9 months before the election and start complaining about the lack of choice. They don’t vote in the primaries, they don’t work the other 3 1/2 years on campaigns or for causes they care about. They do nothing at the local or state levels. They show up last minute, scream “nothing we do matters,” then fuck off until the next general.

    Just grenades complaining and griping and destroying things with no end in sight.

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  • Missed that fair point. Either way you’re both being ridiculous.

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  • And the reason OP’s analogy falls apart is choosing nobody or someone else is actually valid when you are deciding who to date. But there is going to be a president, it is going to be one of those two people, and not voting/voting third party in 2024 does not change that.

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  • The whole point of the trolley problem is to illustrate how difficult culpability/blame is and how a single choice can be incredibly multi-faceted to the point where you can’t possibly untangle it and find the “correct” answer unless you adhere to a strict, well-defined moral framework. Which usually means making a choice to ignore other factors and other valid moral frameworks. Hence the conundrum. It’s real use is to test drive how each framework handles the situation and to see your reaction to it.

    You're missing the lesson here, or purposely obscuring it to win an internet argument in the hopes no one looks too closely because you cited a thoroughly-meme’d smart sounding philosophical question.

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  • It was in response to your patronizing nonsense. Yes, they should have turned the other cheek, but you literally started this! So yeah, you forfeit your right to critique it

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  • these flippant “just let them secede and suffer and die” comments are sad to read.

    You’re also not allowed to complain about him calling you “bro” after you ended with “babe“ previously.

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  • babe

    seriously?

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  • I don’t understand the question. We don’t elect based on popular vote.

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  • I didn’t dodge questions. Some of us critiqued your shit analogy and you got butthurt. That’s what happened here.

    Have a good one mate. Last word is all yours - I’m sure it’s very important to you.

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  • And the point is she doesn’t have to have anybody. We do. We have 2 people and 1 of them will be here whether we like it or not. We can’t opt out.

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  • That would make way more sense tbh

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  • I live in the gulf coast. The violence is not removed from me. It’s arguably worse here than anywhere else in the US, they test those insane policies here. You know nothing about me or my family.

    Interesting you dropped off that SCOTUS discussion. You seemed pretty smug and sure there too.

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  • If you and I choose not to vote for Trump or Biden, who do we wind up with?

    If she says no to both guys, who does she wind up with?

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  • If the comment was sufficient we wouldn’t be here. It’s a bad analogy. Accept that it has flaws or make your case. Don’t keep pointing to the same insufficient comments as if the only answer is our lack of comprehension. Several people clearly disagree with it on the same grounds so maybe consider you’re wrong.

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  • I have read it don’t be an ass. Make a point or don’t.

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  • What are you talking about? The senate has to approve them. The GOP controlled the senate. I get you don’t understand our system but before acting so smug I’d make sure I understand what happened.

    Also they’re not “my” democrats.

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  • Voting isn’t doing anything? Did you not see what happened when Trump got to pick three Supreme Court justices? Roe is gone dude. This stuff matters.

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  • Non-participation is not the same as doing nothing. If she chooses to date neither, neither is in her life. If you do nothing, you still get trump or Biden. The analogy doesn’t hold.

  • True Gaming @kbin.social BolexForSoup @kbin.social
    Dave the Diver isn't holding my attention.

    So over the winter holiday or so Dave the Diver exploded onto the scene. I finally got to play it and I totally see the appeal! Super charming/chill atmosphere, great art and visual style that's super dynamic and playful, and a lot of fun mini-games comprising the core loop such as the Diner Dash experience of running the sushi bar and the constantly changing blue hole fishing.

    The cast of characters is also incredibly enjoyable. The chef and his cut scenes when he "enhances" a dish or otherwise takes a special action add so much to the game. The surfer beach bum friend who is giving you directions throughout has this vaguely "used car salesman but he's still your friend and wouldn't screw you over" vibe. The weapons geek is a little iffy with the way they handle weight and the "basement dweller" trope though, which I was a little surprised to see unfortunately. Still, a fun wacky cast and a great energy define this game that makes it very easy to see why people flocked to it.

    But I. Am. BORED. I do not enjoy the fishing at all, it just isn't fun for me. The O2/weight restrictions kill my chill zen state really quickly (though I totally get why they are there) and if I get curious at all I have to react kind of quickly to the inevitable hostile predators. The diner dash mini game has a "timer" going for each customer but it's so stripped down and forgiving that I just get into a light flow state and enjoy it more readily. Under the sea though just isn't for me.

    Anyone else play(ing) it?

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    True Gaming @kbin.social BolexForSoup @kbin.social
    Financial woes in the video game industry

    It is no secret that the industry is experiencing a pretty rapid, substantial contraction. Sega US announced layoffs yesterday, Embracer just a few days ago, Microsoft laid off 1900 actvision/xbox employees, and the list only grows larger/more dramatic the more you look into it.

    I'm just curious what people here think. Is this an opportunity for indies? Could this lead to a substantial overhaul in how some studios are run? Is it just going to get worse and deeper as we enter a new dark age?

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    True Gaming @kbin.social BolexForSoup @kbin.social
    What has everyone been playing?

    Hello again! I finally wrapped up Bluey: The Video Game with my son, and I am proud to say we collected everything! He really enjoyed visiting all the classic locations from the show. Like I said in a previous post, it’s a little rough around the edges but it does what it sets out to do for the most part and the $40 price tag makes it a little more tolerable.

    I am looking forward to playing The Finals soon. Got it downloaded but haven’t really had a chance to sit down and sink my teeth into it. I haven’t played a multiplayer shooter in a while, so I’m hoping this one delivers!

    I have also been plucking away at my second playthrough of BG3 and while a lot of the issues revealed themselves on playthrough 1, I am still very much enjoying it. You really can change your experience in wild ways if you want to!

    So what is everyone playing right now? What do you have on the horizon?

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    True Gaming @kbin.social BolexForSoup @kbin.social
    What are you playing this week?

    Back with the weekly thread!

    My son and I have been playing Bluey: The Video Game. He has definitely enjoyed it. It is basically one big collect-athon where you are doing an interactive episode of Bluey, more or less. At $40 I would say the price is fine but it’s a little thin/janky at times. Still, they got the voice actors and my son seems to love it, so the primary check boxes are definitely ticked.

    We get to spend 20 to 30 minutes running around memorable locations from the show, many of which are pretty much carbon copy lifted straight from the show, so he’s happy haha!

    What have y’all been playing?

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    True Gaming @kbin.social BolexForSoup @kbin.social
    What are you playing right now?

    Hey everyone! As this is "True Gaming," we would of course love to see a few sentences elaborating on your thoughts of what you are playing.

    I actually took a solid week away from the computer and games! My wrists haven't been great so figured some time away from it the phone and such was a good call. Excited to dig into Cocoon and Dead Space this week. Also might get the Bluey video game for my son, we'll see.

    So: what are you playing?

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    True Gaming @kbin.social BolexForSoup @kbin.social
    What are you playing?

    Hey everyone! Going to test out a weekly "what are you playing?" thread to encourage some discussion. As this is "True Gaming," we would of course love to see a few sentences elaborating on your thoughts of what you are playing.

    Right now I am putzing around in Baldur's Gate 3 trying to see what whacky things I can pull off or incur in my second playthrough. I also have the Dead Space remake tee'd up for play soon and have been occasionally playing Arcade Paradise with my son, which has been a real delight - once you beat the game it's just a fun arcade to run around working on high scores in. He just loves picking up all the trash and the little "gamified" aspects of the arcade himself!

    So: what are you playing?

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    True Gaming @kbin.social BolexForSoup @kbin.social
    The future of FMV's

    I love FMV's in games, plain and simple. I think they're so rarely deployed that at this stage it's almost always to great effect. Sam Barlow is the obvious one that comes to mind (Her Story, Telling Lies, Immortality) but there are also some famous examples from the past such as the often campy/ham-fisted but always fully-committed and enjoyable performances in Red Alert and Command & Conquer. I also really enjoyed Dr. Darling in Control.

    All of this is to say that that FMV's as a component or the centerpiece of games frequently comes across, at least to me, as being film's "found footage" equivalent in video games. FF films got a bad rep for "shaky cams" or being a way to mask cheap productions, but some of the best films I've ever seen were shot in that style (for those of you who haven't seen [Rec.] do yourselves a favor). Every now and then the style gets a brief moment in the sun and everyone moves on. Perhaps it's just seen as too gimmicky but I don't want to get too thick in the weeds here.

    I've now seen several great examples of FMV's and I feel like there's just this barrier it can't cross. I'm not sure if it's technical - asking developers to also be versed in filmmaking, even though many of the same principles in games translate such as lighting and camera angles is maybe too big of an ask - or if it's just not something that interests many devs yet. Either way, I'd love to see more of it and I'm curious how people think it can be deployed in new and interesting ways. Immortality is a great example because of how it integrated not just the footage but the very tools used to edit films. The UI is a gamified moviola which was necessary for editing and reviewing back in the day. Having editing experience myself actually made the game play better, but it was still very accessible to my friend who had never edited a clip in their life.

    I know this is sort of half rant/half question, but I just really wanted to talk about FMV's so here we are!

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    Music @kbin.social BolexForSoup @kbin.social
    Kingdom Hearts, for all of its much-due ridicule, really does music very well. "Dearly Beloved," which is the menu screen/probably most recognizable theme across all the games, is such a rich and beau

    Kingdom Hearts, for all of its much-due ridicule, really does music very well. "Dearly Beloved," which is the menu screen/probably most recognizable theme across all the games, is such a rich and beautiful melody. I just heard Hayward's orchestral arrangement and its very hard not to feel a deep swell of emotions from it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxblKlPf89E \#music #videogamemusic #kingdomhearts

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    Where is the line between "suggestion" and "hand holding"?

    We had an interesting discussion on the discord about "hand holding" in video games. To describe a game as "hand holding" is 99% of the time a pejorative when I see it. So my question is 1) what constitutes "hand holding" and where would you say the line is? Is there "good" hand holding or is it always a bad thing akin to babying or not respecting the player? Always love good examples but mostly just curious what people think here.

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    Looking to dip my toes into Linux for the first time. I have a 2016 Intel MacBook Pro with pretty solid specs collecting dust right now that I think I’m going to use. Research so far has indicated to

    Looking to dip my toes into Linux for the first time. I have a 2016 Intel MacBook Pro with pretty solid specs collecting dust right now that I think I’m going to use. Research so far has indicated to me that the two best options for me are likely Mint or Elementary OS. Does anyone have any insight? Also open to other OS’s. I would consider myself decently tech savvy but I am not a programmer or anything. Comfortable dipping into the terminal when the need arises and all that.

    @linux #linux

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    Books @kbin.social BolexForSoup @kbin.social
    Just finished *Blood, Sweat, and Pixels*. Really enjoyed it, hungry for another good game dev (especially stories from the industry) book. I’ve read *Significant Zero* as well but not a ton yet so thr

    Just finished Blood, Sweat, and Pixels. Really enjoyed it, hungry for another good game dev (especially stories from the industry) book. I’ve read Significant Zero as well but not a ton yet so throw out whatever!

    @books #books

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    It says something about the current relationship of large corporate apps and users when Slack makes an update - of particular annoyance is that the search bar at the top basically eats the entire bord

    It says something about the current relationship of large corporate apps and users when Slack makes an update - of particular annoyance is that the search bar at the top basically eats the entire border now making it impossible to move the window around unless you make the window sufficiently large - and my immediate thought is “this must have been deliberate in order to make sure Slack takes up as much of my screen as possible.”

    It’s hard for me to think of a legitimate reason for how massive that search bar is and why it is so damn close to all the edges at the top making the window virtually immovable unless you greatly expand it.

    It’s just malicious design as usual.

    @technology

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    Former landed gentry.

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