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  1. Confused about Social Media...

    I think there is a tendency to idolize the past. 20 years from now people will feel like nothing is as authentic as Facebook groups once were. That isn't to claim that you (particularly) don't need something that Facebook groups aren't offering. As far as finding what you are looking for, I suggest trying to make it. It's not that you will necessarily create an interesting space, but I suspect that the process of creating it and promoting it will bring people out of the wood-work that have similar sensibilities and they might know where the real stuff is happening.
  2. The Big VR Thread

    This year's CES has announced multiple 180 3D consumer video cameras. This is exicting imo. One's I've heard of thus far: -Lenovo Mirage Camera -Yi Horizon VR180 ------------ Also I played with King Spray again today to make a graffiti asset for a game. It turned out great and man that app is so much fun to use.
  3. Star Wars Episode 8

    I watched this movie for the second time last night. I liked it the first time, but I enjoyed it more the second. Kylo Ren is easily my favorite Star Wars character ever. He is so interesting as a villian. To be honest, I watched the movie the second time in order to pay attention to and it did not disappoint.
  4. Star Wars Episode 8

    Dune (I've only seen the movie) would pass as Star Wars for me. Good example.
  5. Star Wars Episode 8

    A big part of Star Wars for me is the aspect that feels like serfs fantasizing about being royalty (with an element of ancestry to it) and that meaning something in the context of religion, morality, and power. I don't get that from something like Space Balls or those series you mentioned.
  6. Star Wars Episode 8

    This makes me want to look through fan-edits and mashups of the Star Wars films (that hopefully include material from other stuff) until I find something that continues to use the characters, aesthetics, and political fantasies of the series, but doesn't feel like Star Wars anymore. It would be interesting to find the limit in order to see what I think the essence of Star Wars is. Lately I've been thinking a lot about Dracula and Nosferatu and examining how that aesthetic was formed and what its purpose has been. After watching The Last Jedi, I'm starting to wonder about how those thoughts can apply to it.
  7. Confused about Social Media...

    Some people tend to treat Twitter as a personal space, but I will follow people generously if I feel like my online social-time is too slow. Then I will reply to their tweets if I have something relevant to say regardless of whether or not they follow me. This pisses some people off and a few of them will act indignant but I just unfollow them and go on to greener pastures. I've ended up having a lot of meaningful interactions with a sizable amount of folks who were interested in communicating over time after I initiated this way. This tends to work much better with accounts that have smaller amounts of followers and they have to be cool too. One promising way to find them is to look at game-credits for games (Soundcloud would probably be similar). My mutual interests tend to be game-jam type stuff so the folks who are more receptive to my methods of initiation tend to actively promote events or smaller groups that they are participating within. There is a lot of small social projects that are starting up with very few members all the time. For instance, I just joined an Experimental Games Reddit group because someone I followed on Twitter retweeted it. That Reddit group then has its own Discord it was advertising so I joined. I end up running into people I've already seen in other Discords or on Twitter and at this level of fame (very low, but still producing creative content) they tend to be appreciative that someone noticed that they exist or that someone found something they made interesting. Some people will be dicks though, I don't mind I just unfollow them; It's just their way of saying they aren't interested. Don't let that stop you from meeting the people who want to be met.
  8. Mouse Wrist Pain

    Have any of y'all successfully mitigated mouse wrist pain? If so, how?
  9. Mouse Wrist Pain

    So between the excercises, the trackball, using a Xbox Controller more, and paying attention to which hand I use for opening doors; inflamation is much less of an issue. Still I'm interested in more solutions. Has anyone had experience with whether or not the Steam Controller agravates wrist-pain? I'm considering buying one for FPSs
  10. GOTY of the Year

    @plasticflesh Mount & Blade: Warband does this. NPC factions are constantly trading territory, marrying one another, and trading. So the open world game develops a history that includes you and continues on.
  11. GOTY of the Year

    The idea that open world games become less as you strip them of missions is kinda interesting.
  12. GOTY of the Year

    I liked Uurnog a lot. It was whimsical, took about 9 hours for me to complete, and the puzzles were so loose that I often felt like I was cheating. I don't tend to enjoy metrodvanias or puzzles, but Uurnog didn't seem like it cared much for them either so it was perfect for me.
  13. Pinball Club

    I took the leap and bought the Zaccaria Pinball Platinum Bundle. If you like pinball tables from the 60's 70's and 80's, and you have and Oculus Rift or Vive, then I would recommend this; it is awesome. The pricing structure is not intuitive. Here is what I gathered: You can try most of the tables for free (with a score limit and a message across the screen). Downloading the game allows you to play Time Machine without limit. VR support costs $8. The Bronze Bundle doesn't give you any tables. I doubt I would have bought this if not for the VR support and I was nervous that I wouldn't like it in VR, but I like it a lot. I love these older styles of tables and since I live in the U.S. I haven't seen these tables before.
  14. I kept thinking back to the Flotilla discussion as well.
  15. Pinball Club

    I forgot how much I enjoy playing Fear Itself. The voice-acting and the music pump me up as that ball flies around the table.
  16. @Siromatic I started playing a VR game called The Invisible Hours and it is pretty much a Sleep No More kinda thing. There is no interactivity beyond choosing where to be and picking up objects for examination (they settle back into place automatically). I've only played for about an hour, but it is awesome. The performances are better than I would expect, the characters are wonderful, and everyone is a suspect. I'm not only intrigued by the mUUrder, but by the history of the characters themselves and the alliances that are forming in one side of the house while I'm watching an interrogation in another. It's awesome.
  17. Pinball Club

    I'm no physicist.
  18. Pinball Club

    But if we level the playing field, the ball will never drain. It'll just stay up in one of the orbits.
  19. Pinball Club

    I enjoy maxing out the challenges on the tables. It's helping me get into tables I've never liked and giving me reasons to play old favorites again (though briefly). I like the 1-ball challenge the most, but part of my process is to unlock the absurdly over-powered rewind-time upgrade by getting 5 stars in the 3rd challenge type. I think it's cool that the latter challenge types allow folks to see what completing a mode is like since they have always-on ball-saves. The scoring system that includes upgrades does bloat scores, but I like that the default mode accounts for time spent on a particular table. I also like that is essentially makes the table easier over time. A lot of Zen's tables have become too easy for me which results in a single game lasting +30minutes in a lot of cases, but for beginners I can see this potentially incentivizing them to keep learning a table until they come across the wizard-mode. For the tables that take too long to lose on, I'll just stick to classic after I max-out the challenges. Also, the table-guides are much better than they used to be. I'll join a tournament if one of you starts one. My only preference would be that the scoring be classic.
  20. Pinball Club

    I'm installing it now. I read the Tom Chick review and I want to examine the purist-sentiment I feel welling up in me. The leveling-up sounds like sacriledge (though I imagine it could get more folks into pinball abd he says that classic leaderboards are still available so why not). I want to find out if I enjoy the experience-points idea or if it'll feel like added bloat to something elegant.
  21. Mouse Wrist Pain

    Since I'm doing multiple things to take care of this, I'm not sure which things are helping more than others. But I wanted to share this video because I've been casually doing these exercises and I think they are helping.
  22. Mouse Wrist Pain

    The only one I'll have to give up is Rainbow 6:Siege. The other FPSs I play are still fun if I can't shoot well.
  23. Mouse Wrist Pain

    I ended up getting a thumb trackball. It arrived yesterday and I've been trying to use it since then. I didn't think it was solving the problem because my wrist was still sore. I pulled out the mouse three matches into Overwatch (it's a difficult thing to accept the loss of half your dexterous capability in a game you play frequently). As soon as I started using the mouse my wrist-pain was apparent af. So I wound its cord around it and shelved it for a while. Eventually Competitive Play will match me with the other trackball players.
  24. Ingrid Goes West

    I saw this the other night and I keep thinking about it, especially how it compares to BladeRunner 2049. Has anyone seen Ingrid Goes West? I recommend it.