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#62 Half-Life: Alyx in Other Games

depends on the definition of gimmick. it's a "gimmick" because the VR experience is 95% of the reason for playing a VR game. I've tried a fair amount of VR games, and while beatsaber is great, it's just DDR bro. and that brings me to another example, in this sense, the interactive aspect of DDR could be seen as a gimmick too. it's just a game with arrows that fall down the screen. I wouldnt have played that game at all without the physical aspect because there's just not much else there. and while that's fine, my worry with VR, at least during the early stages, is that the games will have a poor narrative with boring mechanics, simply because the main focus of the game is the VR. and while those things could only improve the VR experience, will these new, trailblazing games like half-life really focus enough on the other tenets of a video game? only time will tell.

but honestly, even with those things aside, half-life just doesn't feel like a VR game. I want to shoot at things and jump around with source movement. maybe that's the boomer in me tho

posted 2 weeks ago
#79 Can you justify why you're not vegan in Off Topic
hooliveganism without supplementation is not optimal for health. it lacks essential nutrients such as but not limited to vitamin a, d, b6, b12 and k2

furthermore there's nothing unethical about killing animals for food. life consumes life and eating a cow is the same as eating a head of lettuce. the difference is that we can empathize with cows because we are also mammals.

others have touched on the dubious environmental claims but i would like to add that the vast majority of the world's oceanic pollution(95+%) originates from a small handful of asian countries and no amount of lentils is going to put a dent into that. indians bathe in the holy ganges river which is quite literally a river of trash and raw sewage.

https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.est.7b02368
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8lu9ntmPJo

I don't mean to be rude but I'm extremely confused by your second paragraph. I don't think you're grasping the term "ethical." The point is that the argument of "life consumes life" becomes an ethical dilemma when we, as intelligent and sentient humans, make a conscious choice to consume other sentient, intelligent (albeit, less) organisms. As our intelligence reigns supreme on earth, we can identify the questionable morality of farming livestock en-masse in horrible conditions as a source of food, especially when there are alternatives that will only continue to be more feasible as we advance as a society.

In short, wolves don't share these moral quandaries when eating rabbits because they aren't intelligent enough to consider an ethical framework that supersedes something as basic as a food chain. And even if they could grasp ethics, they don't have the tools to do something about it. However, humans do. And there lies the ethical dilemma.

posted 1 month ago
#20 b4nny doesn't support iseries in TF2 General Discussion

*shrug*

people are just very committed to the idea of the game becoming an esport. it's understandable, because nothing sounds cooler than playing the game you love as your job. but in a lot of cases, that glamour is just idealistic. I went to play overwatch solely to understand and experience what playing a game as a passion-fueled career would be like. but unless you have the right game, that career is really just a job you have to put mindless time into. there are a few people that i'm sure are living their dreams, like cs players who have been grinding the series for a decade, or who grew up on watching and playing it like a kid would player soccer or baseball, to then become one of the people they looked up to their whole lives. i don't really think that's too common, though.

posted 1 month ago
#17 b4nny doesn't support iseries in TF2 General Discussion
funhaver1998we dont need and never have needed any support from valve. theyve only fucked the game

idk why u guys think if they just throw money at the game then itll be good thats not how it works and even if it is how it works thats awful

as a community our focus should purely be how can we make the game more enjoyable to play

that is unfortunately very much how it works for modern games. esports became very profitable very quickly and so companies and investors jumped on the opportunity to artificially churn out games and leagues in pursuit of money off of esports. games like CS, dota, starcraft, etc that only became esports once the money caught up to the passion are so few in number comparatively, because you have to create your esports quickly now as opposed to just letting them grow organically.

i agree that the reality of the situation is terrible, though. tf2 would definitely be an esport if money were thrown at it and leagues were made to profit off of that. however, it would probably be a no class limits, all items available, chaotic tf2 that would need many iterations of balancing to get it to an enjoyable level. in fact, there's so much of this game that makes it good that would have to be changed if you wanted a real esport out of it, so it's really just unrealistic.

posted 1 month ago
#36 Riot Games Character Based Tactical FPS in Other Games

melee's technical ceiling was 'by accident,' but the game itself was developed in a way that cultivates that kind of gameplay while casting aside those technical limitations. even without wavedashing, the game would still be highly technical. in the grand scheme of melee fundamentals, wavedashing is only one piece of the puzzle. a tiny piece, too. especially among inexperienced players, wavedashing has more flair than usefulness. the important point of this is that the game was difficult to play and punishing at every level. the characters move quickly, there aren't really any anti-snowball mechanics, the game is very free-flowing, the attacks don't necessarily have ridiculous hitboxes that reach across the stage and last forever, etc. so you'll see newer players missing 90% of aerials, getting smash attacked in the face, running off the cliff by accident, and generally looking like they have limited control over their character.

in contrast, a lot of newer games stress the barrier to entry for newer, and especially younger, audiences, which dilutes the experience on a foundational level. that being said, I have no idea why the tf2 community has to be so negative and cynical in response to new shooters. tf2 is not going anywhere, you should hope that this game is designed to be competitive and and not to hold the hands of every new child that launches the game. that reality would benefit everyone in fps limbo, including everyone on this forum.

posted 1 month ago
#9 Game of Thrones S8 in Off Topic

mmm I think the bigger problem with that scene is the fact that littlefinger is built up in the books as an extremely cunning, almost visionary person who can play the game like a chessboard, but when he's convicted of treason his rebuttals are:

"i'm a bit confused"
"none of you were there"
and "please sansa i've only protected you"

the show has always failed to make littlefinger appear as tactful as he is in the books, with precedent leading all the way back to season 1, the first time you see dialogue between littlefinger and cersei. littlefinger randomly says this inflammatory thing to cersei, showing that a) he wants her power and b) he isn't to be trusted, and cersei just fires back with this one-liner that renders him speechless. book lf would have done his best to both brown-nose as much as possible and avoid altercations with more powerful people he's trying to control.

it's been shit like this that turned me off from the show, leading all the way back to the first season. it needs to be said, though, that the first few seasons are MILES ahead of the last few from following book narratives to overall quality

posted 9 months ago
#18 the current condition of movement shooters in Videos

I don't work in the sales department of the video game industry, so it's likely i'm missing something, but from my perspective there's a weird relationship between mechanics and marketability that seems almost entirely contrived. i think if tf2 came out a couple of years ago in the state it's in now, it would've been huge. there are a lot of things developers can add to games to make them more appealing to a casual audience. for example, fortnite actually has quite a lot of mechanical depth in its building/editing and the speed at which you're required to do it, but the average 12 year old only really cares that they can run around in a chicken costume and shoot grenades. and even in the fortnite world, where you're playing a battle royale with hardly any (if any at all) skill-based matchmaking algorithms, these casual players are sometimes getting smacked around by players like tfue without even realizing it. and they're still logging in to play everyday.

a game like melee had an incredible underground scene that learned all of the crazy techniques you see people still mastering and utilizing 2 decades later, but from a casual standpoint the game was a massive success. for some reason people/nintendo seem to think otherwise? i'm pretty sure the sales for melee were monumental, and there was no need to make brawl a game that tried its hardest to eradicate the competitive side of the franchise.

i would imagine that if you're really new and have a casual approach to games, most of the mechanical depth in melee, csgo, quake, tf2, etc. will go entirely over your head and you won't even have to experience much of it, because you'll play with and get matched against people in that same bracket. it seems like the key in the development of mechanically deep games is to have a very friendly and shallow base to your game that everyone can enjoy for what it is, while supplementing that with cosmetics and extra content.

posted 10 months ago
#17 Genesis 6 in Other Games

now that I've watched a good amount of ultimate from genesis, I think one of the game's most frustrating mechanics to spectate is the fact that every single hit slows the game like it's a cinematic

coming from someone who spent the last 15 years of his life on and off studying melee and learning/practicing all the adv tech, it looks and responds so slowly comparatively

in general I'm okay with the games being fundamentally different, and it seems skill/speed wise ultimate is the closest the smash community has come to melee, but at the same time I still think the game has very casual, hand-holding mechanics like its ridiculous hitstun and edge-play

posted 10 months ago
#42 top spotify artists/tracks in Off Topic

Top artists -- Short Term (4 weeks)

Thrice
Kanye West
Beach Bunny
Dance Gavin Dance
Lena Raine
Nujabes
Green Day
I The Mighty
Circa Survive
Emarosa

Top artists -- Medium Term (6 months)

Scary Kids Scaring Kids
Thrice
Dance Gavin Dance
Alexisonfire
Kanye West
Emarosa
Lena Raine
Linkin Park
The Killers
Saosin

Top artists -- Long Term (years)

Dance Gavin Dance
Drake
Saosin
Circa Survive
Kanye West
Alexisonfire
Emarosa
The Beatles
Slaves
Emancipator

not sure how slaves is on my long term, maybe kept a song on repeat when I was afk

posted about a year ago
#124 froyotech benched from playing as a team in RGL in TF2 General Discussion
HildrethIt's funny cos even though I despair at the thought of playing RGL Sigafoo is actually right whether you disagree with his methods or not and I am guessing most people don't even play RGL or watch it nor fund it they just are insulted that Sigafoo is doing something not 6v6. Personally I wouldn't be insulted by this if I was always challenging Froyo, I would be more insulted that people are trying to stop me getting free prize money now that the best team in the league are restricted.

It's also funny people are trying to decide what should or should not be disrespectful to Ascent or whoever else failed to challenge them. I think truth kinda hurts here. Sometimes it does in TF2.

Is this parody? This is hands down one of the most narcissistic viewpoints on competition I've ever seen. You would be genuinely upset that the community isn't banning the best team? That the community isn't allowing you an undeserved 1st place? That you couldn't make marginally more money? There are so many questions. Where are your explanations? You made a sweeping claim that he was right. Based on what? Are there statistics on how many players are playing now that froyo is banned? I mean, probably not, right? The season hasn't started. Is there a way to qualify that more people playing RGL due to froyo's ban is "better for TF2?" It's very clearly not a popular league, nor will it be anything that Valve supports. So...?

All I can infer from this is that you're highly narcissistic. You value the potential money that you'd earn and the "work you've put in" over winning the league fairly. Other teams, like froyo, put in work as well. It's a competition; the players who can be most effective under the rules of the competition deserve to win. One's own bitterness and exasperation that they aren't good enough isn't an exception and shouldn't be supported.

Also, lol? From the words of Ascent players themselves, it is disrespectful to act like they put no work in. You could assume based on that admission that it's disrespectful to ban froyo to allow 2nd place teams to finally win, because then they've effectively avoided work entirely to win. This post is one wild ride, man.

posted about a year ago
#88 lol b4nny in TF2 General Discussion

this is the kinda stuff i just hate to see... this game would be an esport if people were just nicer to each other

posted about 2 years ago
#51 favorite song? in Off Topic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=366cVJsrSY4

posted about 2 years ago
#105 Whats your honest opinion on b4nny? in TF2 General Discussion

I just want to point out that there's someone trying to argue with b4nny on twitter whose profile picture is maela, and banner is MGEMike's head. I think it's clear that regardless of your reasoning, the instant you start a war with UGC players, you've already lost.

posted about 2 years ago
#14 TF2 at the Olympics? in TF2 General Discussion

i'm not sure too sure about tf2 (it's pretty old and a bit lacking competitively), but i think overwatch should be included and it'd shock me if it didn't cross their minds

posted about 2 years ago
#136 Se7en not going to i61??? in TF2 General Discussion
MakI think that's the point tho people just want a response.

I think it's very astute of you to realize that people would appreciate a response. However, I would go as far as to say that at this point in time a response would be something the lines of, "We are still deciding on the logistics behind attending i61." Unfortunately, that response would probably do nothing but stir the masses, with their feet repeatedly tapping the floor in impatience as they await a secondary announcement.

Most likely, posts that already assume Se7en will not respond, such as, "Is no one from Se7en going to officially respond?" are probably pretty annoying for Se7en/Kaidus to read, as he knows fully well both the situation surrounding the team and his responsibility regarding those who have supported them. I would be very shocked if Se7en fades into obscurity and never responds, considering Kaidus' reputation as a player, the work he has put into the team, and the foothold they have in the community.

If you need any more painfully obvious explanations, please hesitate to ask.

posted about 2 years ago
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