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  1. 5 points
    Holy shit I just played for six and a half hours without moving from my couch somehow... This is basically one of those goofy ass experimental, yet awesome, mid-tier PS2 games but with an insane AAA budget. I can't even tell you why or how but somehow the basic Hiking Fetch Quest Simulator gameplay loop is addictive as fuck. The terrain is highly designed in a way that really quite simulates and feels like...actual hiking. I used to hike a lot and the thought process it pushes you into feels familiar. I'm constantly scanning the environment, also oddly satisfying, and intently watching the ground and judging inclines and so on. It's not even like there's much at stake here but something makes it work for me. The story and characters are peak Kojima anime absurdity which I find thoroughly entertaining in its silly schlockiness. About seven hours in total and...I somehow really like whatever the fuck this is and I certainly didn't expect it to engage me for six and a half hours STRAIGHT.
  2. 4 points
    For almost as long as this forum has existed, being Target Guy has been an established part of my identity. I am now Kroger Guy. More importantly I'll be working in a warehouse, not a store, which was slowly destroying my soul. This should be a much better fit for me, and I'll have a lot more opportunities here.
  3. 4 points
  4. 3 points
    I’ve never agreed with this time frame. Not to mention some have Millennials going out to the early 2000s. my experience around high school was quite different from those born in the mid 90s and early 2000s. By the time they were hitting puberty cell phone ownership and usage in schools among kids was becoming more and more common. Homes with an internet connected PCs were common. And Social Media had become a thing. I feel like Gen X should extend at least to 1985.
  5. 3 points
    I feel I'm about 10 hours or so in now. While I never found the delivery stuff amazing, it was fairly serene and satisfying. I could see myself doing that for a while and enjoying it. And then the game starts to take a bat to your kneecaps every 10 steps. Constant interruptions and hassles and systems designed to make things as unpleasant as possible, and not in a fun, surprising way, just you rolling your eyes and saying "Not this shit again." The BTs are completely unfun forced stealth/action sections, every time they show up you're treated to a six and a half hour long gameplay interruption of your little gizmo thing going nuts, right after the game slows down before that as a... warning or something I guess? That part alone is a slog, and you get the same thing when you exit BT territory, the game slows down and your flower ghost detector does a little celebratory thing that's cute maybe the first time it happens. But when you're in that BT territory, it's not scary or tense or anything. It is those things very early on (the first cutscene does a far better job at selling BTs than any gameplay I've been through) and then it's just a hassle. Avoiding them is dead easy unless you're super low on stamina, in which case it's essentially impossible as you can't hold your breath long enough (maybe there's some pro strats I don't know about?) so you're super likely to get caught as BT territory feels damn near endless. So if you do get caught, there's a chance when they're trying to drag you down, even if you're successful at not getting dragged under, that parts of your cargo will fly off and take massive damage, meaning you'll have to escape the BT, then wait the tar pit to vanish, then go inside and get the cargo if you're unwilling to abandon it. Then you get grenades that can handle the BTs, which should be empowering but is instead even more tedious. They take your blood, or blood from blood bags you have on you, which can cause issues in and of itself, but with how long they take to die and how many there are, it can take even longer to get through like this! You eventually learn to start pushing it and having those grenades ready to go at an instant, but you'd better not fucking miss. And it seems like some BTs take just one shot, while others take two? I might be wrong on at one and could just be wasting a grenade because they take SO long to die that I think they can't be dead yet. The most "fun" I've had with this mechanic is when I get on my motorcycle and am successfully able to just blitz through without them catching me, using my roboflower to give me enough general guidance to avoid them... unless they're dead ahead. Then your motorcycle takes damage along with your cargo and it's just a really insufferable slog/mess. That's not to mention the terrain that is clearly designed to be annoying in spots. Not just "this is handcrafted so you can't blow past it," but "this is the most irritating possible terrain we could've possibly imagined for your current kit." Yeah, you get tools and upgrades to make these insufferable things tolerable, but that's just it. What should be fun upgrades just kind of make things less irritating. At which point it's kind of just... boring? See, the thing about the delivery structure is that that sense of hiking and whatnot, at least for me, kind of wore off after a few hours. I'm struggling to imagine how I'm even going to fathom 40 more hours of this. And I usually don't force myself at all when I'm not having a good time, but I feel like I'm always just one or two steps away from having a good time.... but I never get there? The structure building and ladder stuff is way less cool than I thought, every time I get to a spot where I'm like "fuck, made it up this weird mountain, let's pop a ladder and hit the top" I got some dumbass message about being outside the allowed construction zone. I turn around and face it the other way and it works just fine. So I don't know if ladder placement has rules I don't understand or what, but half the time I just can't place them where I want. Outside of prefab buildings and of course spots without enough physical space, I don't think there should be any building/placement limits. You can't even place structures too close to each other. Wouldn't it be dumb, inefficient, but potentially cool to put a few buildings side-to-side and use them as a sort of staircase/platform/spot to put a ladder and make a ramp for vehicles? Except it seems like even for the basic bike, a ladder doesn't serve as a viable platform, which I guess is to be expected, but still disappointing. Gimme a sandbox to go wild in! All these artificial limitations... I'm already rambling too long, but this game really feels like fetch quest: the game, but instead of a normal fetch quest, someone's just fucking kicking you in the knees every couple of minutes to make sure you're not just having a pleasant, zen time. I get why, in terms of story, but I don't think that's a good excuse. Frankly if the game was one long seamless journey across Totally-America-Even-Though-It-Looks-Nothing-Like-America with maybe a couple delivery missions along the way, no combat, keep the Timefall but create more ways to deal with it, etc, have regular upgrades that make traversal really interesting when you get across more wild terrain, I think that would make a really solid 10-15 hour game. As it stands I have no idea what the goal or the point of this game is in terms of gameplay. And don't get me started on the fucking story. It manages to simultaneously have some very bizarre and imaginative imagery while being utterly mundane in every way that matters, metaphors and allegories so surface-level the characters might as well be named the first 3 sentences of their bios. Unsubtle imagery and storytelling is one thing, Kojima then spending 45 minutes to tell you exactly what's going on, after you could tell what was going on going by the first fucking sentence that came out of someone's mouth, is just painful to the point of being unbearable. There's no filter, there was clearly no editor, no one to tell Kojima that you don't need a character to explain their motivations to you, and then follow that up with a codec conversation reiterating literally the exact same thing, followed by a multi-paragraph email detailing it further exactly the same, followed by an interview from 3 years ago that, just in case you missed it the first time, is here to finish the job and put the fucking "Did you get it?" bullet through your brain. Hope you like hearing 8 conversations about chiral being greek for hand and how your hands don't mirror each other perfectly if you face them away from yourself and put one on top of the other, despite being the same if you put them palm-to-palm. Fuuuuuck man, I had hoped hearing all the negative stuff would set my expectations properly and allow me to sort of skirt by the parts that reviewers found boring, but it has only served to underscore just how boring they are. This is paragraph 36 and it still wouldn't equal half an average cutscene conversation in Death Stranding, all to say even less than I'm saying here. That's the problem, they spend hours saying ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. And the most ironic part is that the Fed Ex/walking simulator part of the game is the most interesting bit with the most potential, when it's not trying to poke you in the side with a thumb tack.
  6. 2 points
    Bobs opinion is longer than the actual game. Stopped reading at I feel...
  7. 2 points
    Precisely. But many have come around to those two games in the intervening years, and I think fans of those two games specifically will really like Death Stranding. This is Kojima far more towards the future sci-fi weirdness of MGS2 and MGS4 than it is the typical "realistic" and "grounded" MGS games everyone loves, MGS3 and MGS: Peace Walker (to me, all great games in all very different ways).
  8. 2 points
    Where is the evidence that keeping the program simple is worth it? If you want to argue it on principle that it should be like public schools, that’s one thing. But trying to pretend like administering means testing doesn’t work or doesn’t save lots of money is incorrect. As an example, Warren’s means tested student debt forgiveness costs 1.25 trillion over ten years vs Sanders who doesn’t means test which costs 2.2 trillion. A trillion dollars is not just slightly more money. This is a shit load of spending. Buttigieg makes Obama look like Sean Hannity.
  9. 2 points
    For whatever reason... I bought Death Stranding. So far I love it. I watched some trailers here and there when they came out but didn't remember much. I thought the beginning 90min of the game was pretty intense. Excited to dig back in when I get a chance.
  10. 2 points
  11. 2 points
    People of color live in Quebec in the back country?
  12. 2 points
  13. 1 point
    The problem is the people actually using the summer break for something will almost certainly be louder than the people who'd prefer that change. We had the same thing at my college, back in the 1950s they instituted a 5 week winter break because they didn't want to pay to heat the buildings in January, and then it stuck because people started using the break for internships and stuff (even though it causes problems for people with summer internships because we wouldn't be done until after Memorial Day).
  14. 1 point
    The main 2 things I see about this game 1: I can’t put it down 2: When does it get good?
  15. 1 point
    Oh, also The Thing game on the og XBOX is noteworthy and considered a canonical sequel to the film
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  17. 1 point
    Buncha random-ass letters and numbers that roughly translate to “get the job done”.
  18. 1 point
    i7-5820K 16GB DDR4 2400 RTX 2080 Super El Gato HD60 Pro 2 2TB HDD 2 256GB SDDs 2 1TB M.2 drives Creative Labs Audigy 5/Rx sound card Corsair 540 Air case EDIT: I forgot the sound card and case.
  19. 1 point
    i5-4570 @ 3.6 16GB DDR3 @1600 GTX 1060 6GB 1TB Crucial SSD Windows 10 Pro
  20. 1 point
    I need to get some stuff fixed with my PC. Windows 8 64-bit Intel Core 2 Quad 6600 @ 2.4 GHz GeForce GTX 650 DDR 2 4 GB ram 232 GB HDD
  21. 1 point
    Means tested programs fail to imagine every possible situation a family can be in and inevitably leave benefit people the program was designed to help, especially those who aren't good at navigating complicated bureaucracy (which tend to be the ones in most need). Let's say you have a student who's parents make good money but disown their kid because he's gay and therefore refuse to fund his college, how do you come up with a policy that's not going to punish him for having shitty parents. I had a friend in college who hadn't seen her father in years, but his income blocked her ability to get financial aide. How do you prevent an exception from being exploited by those making $151k and are now staring at a $50k tuition bill? Now you've got to come up with a method to combat that. It's the same endless cycle of fighting welfare fraud, which every time hurts those who really need it. I've spent the last 3 weeks trying to arrange my new Full Time job's compensation and benefits around 4 different disability programs, each of which has strict means testing (SSI, Medicaid, Medicaid Waiver, Department of Voc Rehab) but have programs to get around those rules which are also means tested with strict rules (SSI 1619B, Voc Rehab economic offset, ABLE Account, Special Needs Trust). My point is, anytime we create a government program that excludes X, we need to think about are the enforcement mechanisms worth the harm you're going to cause to your target population. Buttigieg's program excludes the top 10% of earners, all things being equal with admissions that should only cost the program 10% more. That cost increase is absolutely worth not having a bureaucracy which erode's people's faith in government, especially the middle class.
  22. 1 point
    i7 8700K Scythe Mugen 5 rev B CPU Cooler RTX 2080 Founders 16GB 3000mhz RAM 1 TB m.2 970 Samsung Evo 500GB Crucial MX500 500GB Samsung 860 Evo 700w PSU Meshify C TG 2 - Noctua case fans (I can't remember the model number) LG 27GL850 - Monitor Some crappy 1080p monitor with 75hz freesync for my secondary (I also use this with my xbox) Glorious Gaming Model O - Mouse Vortex Vibe Cherry MX Blue - Keyboard DT 990 Pro - Headphones Samson Meteor Mic
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  24. 1 point
    Powerspec 1710 gaming laptop. Runs well, but gets to 95c playing GTA V with the fans maxed
  25. 1 point
    7700k 1080ti 16GB RAM 256gb m.2 on-mobo SSD 500GB SSD for games 2 x 2TB HDD for photo editing + movies
  26. 1 point
    -Intel i9 9900k -Gigabyte Z390 Aurous Pro -32GB DDR4 3600 -MSI RTX 2070 Armor 8GB -480GB Corsair M.2 NVME -2TB Sandisk SSD -Phanteks Eclipse P400S
  27. 1 point
    i7-9700K @ 3.6GHz 32GB RAM RTX 2080Ti
  28. 1 point
    i5 2500k @4Ghz 16 GB Ram Zotac 980 ti Extreme Amp edition ......... Windows 7.
  29. 1 point
    I love the Guardians movies but are they really an accurate representation of the MCU as a whole? Both movies, Guardians 2 in particular, have always felt like outliers to me. James Gunn elevates the meaningless MCU format into something that is thoughtful and has something to say about our familial relationships. It has the emotional weight that almost all of the other movies sorely lack.
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  31. 1 point
    Ryzen 7 2700x Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 Ti (MSI Gaming X Trio) 16 GB DDR4 3600
  32. 1 point
    6930k oc to 4.4gbz 32gb ddr4 2 ssds 1 regular hdd Geforce 650 (for basic video usage sold the 2080ti a couple months ago whilst unemployed to pay rent) BEAST Also a win2 and an i7 16gb surface pro 6 tho
  33. 1 point
    Ryzen 5 2600X Geforce GTX 1080 TI EVGA FTW3 32GB DDR4-3200 Crucial Ballistix Sport LT (OC'd to 3333) Asus ROG Strix X470-F 1TB Inland Premium NVME SSD 2TB Crucial MX500 SSD 8TB WD HDD 550W Seasonic Focus Plus Gold Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360R RGB Lian Li O11 Dynamic White case HTPC: Core i7 3770k Geforce GTX 1060 3GB EVGA SC 16GB DDR3-2133 G.Skill Ares Asus P8Z68V-LE 500GB Crucial MX100 2TB Seagate Constellation HDD 650W Corsair TX PSU Xigmatek Gai SD1283 cooler (Hyper 212+ clone) Thermaltake Level 10 GTS Black case Accessories: 27" Dell S2719DGF 1440p 155 Hz monitor 24" Asus VG248QE 1080p 144 Hz monitor Logitech Z333 2.1 speakers Superlux HD681 headphones Logitech G502 Proteus RGB / Razer DeathAdder Elite / Logitech G400 mice Corsair K70 Lux mechanical keyboard 6TB and 3TB External WD HDDs.
  34. 1 point
    Please explain the difference between i5 and i7. Recently purchased the Microsoft 3 laptop with i5
  35. 1 point
    i7 4790k Nvidia 970 3.5 GB (Fuck you still Nvidia) 16GB 140GB SSD I built it for the Witcher 3 so I don’t regret it but I was extremely annoyed about the gimped vram on the 970. I ended up converting it to a HTPC. My wife asks the “what’s that box for again?” question every 6 months or so. I think she wants it gone from the living room. I won’t allow my salt to be washed away so I keep it even though I rarely use it at this point outside the occasional Civilization game I play.
  36. 1 point
    I am of the belief that @SaysWho? created this thread to whip up some board controversy and nothing more
  37. 1 point
    OK I LOVE SCIENCE !!! pcpartspicker.com exact list NZXT 700 Case Intel I7 9700k Corsair H100i Platinum RGB Cooler Asus Prime x390 A Motherboard Cosair Vengence RGB Pro 32gig {4x8} DDR4 3200 Memory Samsung 860 Evo 2.5 TB Solid state drive {for games} Samsung 890 Evo 500Mb M-2 Drive {operating system} Zotec 2080Ti Rtx Extreme Amp Edition Corsair 750 Watt gold PSU Gigabyte PCIe Wi Fi Adapter Total was around 2400.00 so I love it. my dream PC gamer for sure . . . Finished PC Video
  38. 1 point
  39. 1 point
    My wife just had a 7 hour teaching day then came home for 3 hours to grade. So uh, here's one.
  40. 1 point
    hero rock showing the people who dont know how to drive.
  41. 1 point
    Boomer is a state of mind, having more to do with being out of touch than being born between 1945 and 1963, you buncha dorks
  42. 1 point
  43. 1 point
    MGS2 and 4 were my least favorites in the series.
  44. 0 points
    Trump calls for Pelosi, Schiff and Biden to testify. How much ya wanna bet the Republican leadership echoes his demands?
  45. 0 points
    I have: 16 GB DDR3 an i5-4690k an Asus X97-e motherboard an a radeon R9 390x graphics card. I never really understood the rankings of cards - like people always say they have like a "1080" or whatever, and I dunno if that's just Nvidia vernacular or what. At the time my card was pretty good. It's still holding up well for me.
  46. 0 points
    The fact we live is a world where the President operated a charity, which was effectively a slush fund, and it hardly makes a blip is amazing. Sad, and amazing.
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  49. 0 points
    400Mhz Pentium II (with MMX), 128 MB SDRam, 13GB hard drive, 56K external modem, and Sounblaster Pro. Rocking dual iomega ZIP Drives and a SNAPPY jacked into my parallel port for full frame 640x480 video image capture. But I only use that one for my graphics work. My regular PC is a piece of shit.
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