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Everything posted by NoXion

  1. One of the perks of being an adult is that you get to spend your hard-earned money on whatever the fuck you want. Video games offer a diverse range of experiences in a manner that can be extremely cost-effective. They can be played alone, with friends or total strangers, and that's entirely your choice depending on what game you choose. It's a no-brainer as far as entertainment options go. As far as people I know in real life are concerned, as opposed to people I see on a screen, video games are a completely normal pastime for adults. My mum is in her fifties and still plays video games. My sister, a mother to two children, plays video games. Her partner plays video games. My adult friends play video games. My workplace at a FTSE 500 corporation has a Slack channel for talking about video games. None of this would even be possible if video games were just a childish plaything one inevitably grows out of. Maybe Maher is doing a bit and is just pretending to be some complete fucking Boomer dinosaur, I don't know him too well. Or maybe he's as much of a fucking pillock as he comes across. Either way, opinions like that are not worth taking seriously at all.
  2. NoXion

    What Video Game Are You Currently Playing?

    I also got the MCC a while back and played through the first game. I honestly forgot about the painful areas where you went backtracking across cut-and-paste interior levels. They weren't so prominent in my memories of the game. But the outside areas are better and the gunplay was fun, after I once again got used to the idea of only carrying two weapons at once. Halo is definitely more fun when played with friends in my experience.
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    Doomworld has been compromised.

    Not just that, but it seems like a lot of effort for little reward. It's not like this is the kind of site where people are going to be chucking around their bank details.
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    What Video Game Are You Currently Playing?

    I felt it was time to get into a game I'd never played before, instead of just playing the same old classic Doom and modded Minecraft sessions. So I chose Elite: Dangerous, because I've hardly played any space flight games and it had been sitting on my Steam wishlist for a good while. I even bought an X52 Hand-On-Throttle-And-Stick in order to complete the whole "piloting your own personal spacecraft" experience. Two months and 360 hours later, and I'm now in my massive Type-10 Defender on my way to Beagle Point at the other end of the galaxy, rendered in glorious 1-to-1 scale in all its 400 billion star glory. Yeah, I think this game has got me. o7
  5. From what I understand, it's possible to make a blockchain that doesn't consume stupid amounts of energy to function. I don't think banning any and all blockchains would be a worthwhile move, from an enforceability standpoint if nothing else. I do think that all of this cryptocurrency and NFT nonsense as it currently stands is entirely parasitic on the real economy, and is probably the 21st century's answer to Tulip Mania. I don't think it's sustainable in the long term, but various countries might choose to help speed along its demise with changes in taxation and other laws.
  6. I'm almost certainly explaining it poorly, because I think NFTs are a fucking stupid idea, if not some kind of scam. Maybe reading the Wikipedia article would be more helpful. They try to aim for neutrality, so you can make your own mind up about them.
  7. They're like a digital certificate that can be authenticated as to their identity and ownership. They can be associated with an artwork, but not necessarily. What you're really paying for is an entry on a cryptographic ledger or something like that. It's all really fucking tedious bullshit and I have no fucking clue why people get into it. People shill NFTs because they have literally no intrinsic value otherwise.
  8. I think the low effort nature of it is part of the problem, though. As far as I can be bothered to understand NFT bullshit, you can make an NFT out of literally anything. Just so long as you can convince a bunch of stupid nerds with more wealth than sense to fork over a bunch of digital Monopoly money, you're good. Maybe it's a bit weird to have the images of actors being used to make films after they're dead, but at least we could have a debate about the commercial and artistic merits of doing such a thing. But all this NFT bullshit fucking stinks to high heaven.
  9. Do their estate still get royalties for using their image? If so I don't see the issue.
  10. I think the context and presentation matters. Doom Eternal is very violent, but the player character is morally unambiguous, and the only possible targets of his violence are the demons of Hell and those who are masterminding the destruction of Earth. So I would feel more comfortable introducing a younger child to that, as opposed to a similarly violent game where the player characters operate in more of an ethical grey area and/or direct their violence towards others characters who aren't just straight-up evil.
  11. NoXion

    YouTube is removing dislikes.

    I'm sure that YouTube management ran this idea past some finance drones first, but they can't tell you if such a move is going to be well-received by the public. I've no doubt that the decision on YouTube's end was dispassionately made entirely for the purposes of making money, rather than as a means of rubbing it in the faces of the plebs. But ordinary site users are still going to perceive such treatment as contemptuous, and I think there's a good reason for that. The audiences on YouTube largely do not pay for their viewership, this means that they are not customers, they are the product. Like with Facebook. YouTube doesn't want to control its customers, we can see that easily in how lax their standards are for checking adverts. Like any good company, they want to more control over their stock, I.E. the audiences that YouTube pumps ads at.
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    YouTube is removing dislikes.

    I think for a lot of people, the issue is not so much the removal of the dislike counter in and of itself, but rather that such a move is as much a statement from YouTube as it is a minor UI change. There is a widespread perception, one that cuts across political lines, that the corporate and political elites of our society view the common person with a kind of contempt. Moves like this from YouTube feed this perception, and personally I don't think it's entirely incorrect. It also reinforces the notion that YouTube is more interested in getting into bed with Old Media, rather than supporting the creators and their audiences which brought YouTube to the position it is today. The fact that YouTube is doing this rather than trying to deal with the porn, misinformation, abuse and spammers speaks a lot about where their true priorities lie. I don't think it's unreasonable for ordinary people to get pissed off when big corporations start jerking each other off at the expense of everyone else.
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    What powerup would you want IRL?

    Berzerk pack, easy choice. The visual effects are temporary but it never runs out.
  14. Are you me? Because this is very close to how I was introduced to heavy metal music, right down to later being introduced to Fear Factory and Pantera. That was the point where I started to really acquire a taste for metal, since before FF I was finding most metal vocals hard to get into. But the voice of Burton C. Bell turned out to be my gateway drug. I've seen a fair amount of people slag off nu-metal, but I think the people doing that fail to appreciate that it's popularity injected a bunch of young blood at the time.
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    Microsoft Windows 11 confirmed exclusive to 64-bit CPUs.

    That reminds me, it feels like only recently that we got a proper Dark theme for Win10, and even now with Win11 on the horizon, it still feels incomplete; setting a Dark theme has no effect on programs like Notepad.
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    Matrix Resurrections

    I'm planning to wait until I've cooked dinner to watch the trilogy again, so in the meantime I decided to watch back to back the trailers for the first Matrix movie and this new one. My impressions; looks good, but why not-Morpheus? I read an article a couple of days back that asked Laurence Fishburne about it, and he said he'd be willing to reprise the role, but apparently he has not been contacted about it; or's he under a really strict NDA such that he can't even mention a thing about it, but I'm not sure if that's legally possible. Maybe Lozza is just biting his tongue so as not to spoil the film, that's not implausible given Fishburne's apparent good relations with the Wachowskis. The same article also talked about how Morpheus died in the storyline of the Matrix MMO, which quickly died on its arse, explaining why I had never previously heard of the game, nor of Morpheus' death. I feel like making predictions about this movie. I'm betting that the title of the movie is a reference to the resurrection of the original Morpheus. We see Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss alive, and they seem to be reprising their old roles. It looks to me like Neo starts the movie once again as a prisoner of the Matrix, which has obviously been updated to the latest version, because all the inhabitants are glued to their smartphones. Definitely-Not-Morpheus will turn out to be a construct by the machines, sent to fool and lead Neo astray in his blue-pilled state (perhaps providing a "false awakening" to try and seal the deal), with Trinity rescuing Neo from his false mentor's clutches at some point. Or maybe I-Can't-Believe-It's-Not-Morpheus turns out to be completely on the level, and he's one of Morpheus' more devout followers, who believes that he can bring his spiritual leader back to life, and seeks the help of Neo and Trinity to do so. Yeah, I know I've been harping on a lot about the lack of Morpheus. But in my defence, I think he's the most interesting main character in the entire original trilogy.
  17. NoXion

    Matrix Resurrections

    Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself.
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    Matrix Resurrections

    This thread reminds me that I haven't seen the Matrix trilogy for years. Time to fix that, I think. I remember liking the first and second movies, and looking at clips on YouTube the action scenes still hold up. Third movie not so much, I remember the lack of armour on those open gun-mech things being a bit of a facepalm moment. Even some mild steel plates around the pilot would have at least given some protection from shrapnel. Surely for a defensive operation, it would have made more sense to put the machineguns inside static armoured turrets fed by magazines? At least then defenders of Zion wouldn't have run out of firepower because their squishy organic ammo-carriers got splattered by one of those highly lethal squid-bots. I can suspend my disbelief when it comes to wonky shit within the Matrix itself, but that battle was supposedly taking place outside of it. Despite my niggles with the latter parts of the original Matrix trilogy, I'm tempted to go see this latest one, although largely because I miss the experience of going into the cinema.
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    F.E.A.R is a very overrated video game trilogy

    One could say the same thing about Doom.
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    Nobody likes Lost souls.

    Lost Souls are annoying and not fun to fight. Despite that, they're redeemed by the introduction of the Pain Elemental in Doom 2, which gives them a purpose beyond just being minor yet irritating speedbumps.
  21. Not being American I've never been to a Dairy Queen, but this "fan food" nonsense sounds 100% like pure marketing BS. Every brand of fast food tries pulling off something like that, in order to try and distance themselves from the fact that the primary appeal of their products owes a lot to sugar, salt and fat.
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    Do you agree that Doom is becoming a "cute" game?

    The classic demon designs can look kind of goofy and cartoonish due to their bright colours and "drawn by a bored kid at school on the back of an exercise book" aesthetic, but I wouldn't say that they're cute unless one considers films like Army of Darkness to be cute as well.
  23. I would be honestly surprised if there hasn't been at least one "DoomBurger" WAD, perhaps as a Doom version of DN3D's Duke Burger level.
  24. Gold is notable for its lack of reactivity to most substances; it's very good at keeping its lustre without having to be polished or alloyed with other metals. This is why it doesn't taste of anything. It will pass through the system untouched.