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    Mel's Classical Music thread

    I'm reviving this thread! It's some Mozart this time. A kind of playful piece and yet also a little daunting. The harpsichord is just too dang powerful.
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    Unpopular Opinion Thread

    It's not that writing in video games can't be good, it's just that writing in video games isn't good. Some games have deep moments, some games are technical marvels, some games are like art installations and their experience outside or beyond the writing are very good and effective in the...
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    Best video game dicks

    This is tough because most male character models are rendered like Ken dolls while the women's crotches, asses and chests are hand sculpted by horny men who haven't seen their wives in months over worked developers.
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    So you've finished The Last of Us 2, and now you want to talk about it

    @RiffRaff Yeah I feel like the moments that were effective were like short story moments. Joel's interactions with Ellie and their fear and pain of potential and then actual loss is all well executed in a microcosm. What I'm feeling, day by day, slip away from me are the bigger details about the...
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    So you've finished The Last of Us 2, and now you want to talk about it

    I wouldn't say I agree with Ebert. I thought his point was "games can't be art", which isn't my position. Only that as currently produced, many games until recently are just not well made stories. I feel like I need to clarify I do think some games have very well crafted stories. I think Inside...
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    So you've finished The Last of Us 2, and now you want to talk about it

    Agreed, games do not need to fill all of the criteria. They're clearly interactive. Dear Esther isn't a movie, it's much closer to a videogame and it's sold on game consoles... it's a "game". If you can give it praise, then it's a good "game". If we want to get granular about genre and...
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    So you've finished The Last of Us 2, and now you want to talk about it

    The arguments are actually not in disagreement. What I'm generally saying, and Jim says it too in his video, is that games which try too hard to be a movie fail to be a good game. There are plenty of well written games, they just don't tend to be the big cinematic ones that are trying to be...
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    So you've finished The Last of Us 2, and now you want to talk about it

    Jim Sterling recently released a less favorable take on the game, or at least it's a discrimination between this game and other pieces of media that it has been compared to. Some people REALLY gushed hard about this game, and even if it's some after-glow honeymoon shit, I'm not too worried about...
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    So you've finished The Last of Us 2, and now you want to talk about it

    You haven't at all? I got a lot out of this experience not knowing just how far they were willing to go. I'd personally recommend not reading any further details, but that's up to you.
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    So you've finished The Last of Us 2, and now you want to talk about it

    That's the boat I'm in. Can't be more clear that this thread will discuss all story elements of The Last of Us 2. The short version: This is one of the grimmest pieces of media I've ever experienced. Almost laughably so (I found myself laughing at points because of how completely dark the...
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    Positive Post-Covid

    It's funny because I've been given probably the exact opposite information. I'm perfectly willing to consider both a likely means of contraction. But man, this is like information problem almost as much as it is a disease problem...
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    Positive Post-Covid

    I'm not sure how that's different. Close proximity means through airborne inhalation -- I don't mean it's airborne like some kind of ambient 20th century miasma lol. My point was people are focusing primarily on not touching stuff and wiping down surfaces, when really it's breathing in...
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    Mel's Classical Music thread

    Let's continue with the harpsichord and Alessandro Scarlatti and a piece that sounds terrifyingly difficult to actually play.
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    Positive Post-Covid

    I'm a little leery of mass transit getting a bad reputation after this, the last thing we need (in the US especially) is more people thinking "fuck public transit!" That's just not feasible for urban spaces. I don't think we're going to be in a permanent super-flu existence where we have to...