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    What is the appeal behind Fantasy?

    sci-fi & fantasy are closely related, they're both forms of storytelling with extraordinary elements. the essential difference is that one uses magic while the other uses advanced technology.
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    What do you think of the "boomer" meme?

    it has to do with friction and tensions between different generations. also what NoXion said.
  3. the red pill. the Matrix is a classic, but I've always objected to the 'battery' concept. the concept of humans as an energy source doesn't make sense, especially when they could use nuclear power instead. however, that wasn't the original plan. I read somewhere that humans were supposed to be used for processing power, but the execs thought we were too dumb to get that, so they changed us into batteries. humans as CPUs makes far more sense, because human intelligence is very different from machine intelligence. there are things AI can do far better than us, but the reverse is also true. so just as we use computers as useful tools to augment our intelligence, in a machine-dominated world, it makes sense that AI would use human minds as their laptops/smartphones instead. this is a really thought-provoking concept, and it's unfortunate that it didn't make the cut, and was replaced by a nonsensical explanation instead.
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    Anyone scared of water monsters in video games?

    I think it's instinct. humans are at a disadvantage in the water, so we're much less able to defend ourselves against sea creatures compared to those on land. animals/monsters aside, deep water also means the risk of drowning. those are perfectly valid reasons to feel uneasy.
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    Fox News Is Staffed By Gibbering Lunatics

    Fox is biased, but so is the rest of the legacy media at this point.
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    Your greatest achievement?

    acquiring some proficiency in Japanese, entirely self-taught. getting into graduate study. being a massive autodidact and knowing about lots of stuff as silly as it sounds, recently finishing the Hexen walkthrough content on the doom wiki (as well as other vidya related things) but my main achievement is still forthcoming. it's been long delayed due to life disruption that happened years ago, but it'll get there. I won't say what it is just yet, but it's tangential to the above.
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    Doomworld is full of old cranky curmudgeons.

    I'm something of a guest in this community, but it has a nice feel for the most part. I appreciate the energy in keeping DOOM alive and kicking over the years.
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    Why is there a Fandom Doom Wiki?

    at long last, I've done it, I've completed my Hexen walkthrough content. I started on it years ago, made lots of progress, but then it languished in an unfinished state. finally I did the last of the rewrites on Hub 3. of course, I can always go back and polish/edit, but now I've officially covered the entire game of Hexen. nothing against the old content of course, it got the job done, and his writing style is kind of endearing. often I drew inspiration from it and incorporated its wording/structure into my own content. However, I decided that I could rework it into a more detailed, comprehensive form. writing content about a video game from the 90s might be a grain of sand in the larger scheme of things, but it's something.
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    C O M E D Y

    I believe the point of this is surrealism and absurdity.
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    Why is there a Fandom Doom Wiki?

    Hi, is it ok if I up an old thread? Wikia has always been terrible, and they've only gotten worse with the FANDOM change. the whole concept is to monetize people's content while providing the shittiest service possible. Wikia is plastered with ads, and the interface is difficult to even use. I started out writing Hexen walkthroughs there, and was away during the departure, fortunately Gez pointed me in the right direction. since then, I've done lots more content on the real wiki, and I've reverted everything I did on Wikia. I ran into a bit of trouble because there's a few admins still on the Wikia: Robertatfm/evilquoll: some guy who likes Wikia for some reason Justice Infinity: haven't interacted personally, but I've heard he's a massive troll and author of terry wads. Liz: don't know her, hasn't been active for a few years Robert/evilquoll is the one who banned me and put my content back up. since then I've made new names and edited back-and-forth. I'm happy to say that I've finally succeeded in reverting all my content, replacing it (and some other stuff) with brief walkthroughs from StrategyWiki. I should've waited til Doomwiki was set up and only edited there, but all's well that ends well. what they do is wrong and exploitative. the community is what matters, that's who puts their time & energy into keeping this stuff alive and making content. if the community decides to fork to another site, the decent and honorable thing to do would be to take down the Wikia/fandom version, but of course they don't, because they want to milk it for ad revenue.
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    I appreciate you all

    this isn't my main community, and I've had my share of disagreements around here. but this is a pretty cool place overall, and I appreciate the dedication in keeping Doom alive and trucking over the years.
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    didn't know the man, but RIP. death is never easy to grapple with, but especially when it strikes young. who knows how much more he would've done if his life weren't cut short.
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    What "Lost Media" are you interested in?

    redundancy of data is important. even in the modern world, when we have plenty of tools for backing up data, lots of stuff gets lost or trapped in archaic formats. for example, this may be hard to believe, but the original Star Wars films (as seen in theaters in the late 70s/early 80s) were nearly lost, because only the Specialized editions were released (which had various changes and sfx added). luckily the fans intervened, so we have projects like Harmy's Despecialized, 4K, Silver Screen, etc. which faithfully capture the originals. what I'm most interested in is all the lost content from classical antiquity. while we have great works from Ancient Greece & Rome, there's lots more (histories, poetry, religious texts, plays, philosophies, etc) that are lost to time. we can only wonder what we're missing from the ancient world.
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    5D Chess With Multiverse Time Travel

    4d chess is enough for me, personally.