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Messages - tysixtus

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"Not the Gettysburg invasion, the other one!"
that's not even it. like i don't expect anyone but experts in the field to always be able to recall exact incidents. it's just that while "what if this one random thing went the other way and the whole outcome was different???" is kind of the foundational premise for all alternate history and so it's inescapable i still hate it because that is really, really rarely how shit works.

Heh, maybe you need to, heh, check out a certain Ashton Kutcher movie, you gross nerd.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8_dgqfPXFg&t=6s
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"Not the Gettysburg invasion, the other one!"
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It will be awesome if the north is basically universal health care, green vehicles and mass transit, etc.

It will be funny, but I don't know how/if they can do that without being insufferably smuggo.
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ETA see how fast I responded to this, wheres you left me hanging on the anime thread for a several days and I had to go to 4chan to get my answers?? YOU DID THAT.
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Social Justice Warriors are insane lunatics in love with their own words, exhibit 84,982,716,338.
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Arts and Entertainment / Re: Whatcha playing'?
Also, here's the secret for the Blood Starved Beast and Vicar Amelia.

From Software is notorious for giving people the easiest way to win right up front, and this game is no exception.  Take the Saw Cleaver (in regular mode, not trick mode), and get it to +3, or ideally +4, or even to +6.  You can get it to +6 if you let the Body Snatcher (the really tall guys with the blood sacks) take to you to the Hypogean Gaol.  Then, just farm the Body Snatchers in the Gaol for Twin Bloodstone Shards, as they drop pretty regularly. 

But even if you don't want to bother getting the cleaver to +6, get it to +3.  Then, pop a beast pellet and use fire paper.  The Saw Cleaver in regular mode is serrated, which means it does extra damage to beasts.  Fire paper also does extra damage to beasts. And finally, the beast pellet will increase your overall damage.  You will absolutely wreck any beast enemies doing this -- the Cleric Beast (though usually, you should have killed him already), the Blood Starved Beast, Vicar Amelia, and Darkbeast Paarl.  

In other words, the story-canon weapon is actually the one you want to be using in the beginning of the game.  You will fuck shit up, I promise.
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Arts and Entertainment / Re: Whatcha playing'?
I put my nose right in her ass
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Arts and Entertainment / Re: Whatcha playing'?
I bet you guys thought under/unemployment and low labor force participation was caused by a combination of technology, outsourcing, etc.  But you'd be wrong.

U. of Chicago economist Erik Hurst has it all figured out: it's videogames.

eta: Bloomberg to the rescue!

Lol.  If you only knew how much trouble this study has caused me over the last two weeks.  Mother fuck.
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Arts and Entertainment / Re: Whatcha playing'?
It is a great game.

Hey, how did you deal with the brain guys that cause frenzy?  I hated those guys.  I think I just put on all the frenzy resist stuff I could tried to creep up on them and just ran in ax flailing when they noticed me.

Usually didn't end well.

I don't know if it's even fair to call it a souls game.  It's so much faster and you get rewarded for being aggressive unlike Dark Souls which will push your shit in if you get too aggressive.

Bait them into attacking, riposte, visceral attack.  It will kill them in one strike.  Also, if you time it right the frenzy damage will occur while you're in the middle of the visceral attack, so you won't take any damage.  This guy gets it right, though he waits a little too long for my comfort:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p70HgAuLQpA

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Arts and Entertainment / Re: Whatcha playing'?
I've beaten it multiple times -- it might actually edge out DS1 for my favorite game.  It is a masterpiece.
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Arts and Entertainment / Re: Whatcha playing'?
EpicNameBro has probably the best DS1 series called "From the Dark".

I would watch a Ty series though.

Do you stick to the SL120 meta or whatever it is now?

No.  I usually don't event get my guys to 120, I really don't like NG+.  I don't see the point.

Did you play Bloodborne?
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Arts and Entertainment / Re: Whatcha playing'?
I like 3 a lot and it's the one I've beat the most times.  But I don't know if it was a great idea to put Bloodborne enemies in a Dark Souls game.

Ty, have you played the DS3 DLCs yet?  I have them but haven't played them yet.  I heard The Ringed City is Old Hunters tier good.

Oh and bili for your first playthrough try to avoid fat-rolling.  Fat-rolling happens when the weight of your gear is a certain percentage of your carry limit.  Unless you are able to get parry timing right (I suck at parrying) rolling will be the main way you avoid getting hit.

Also protip: Stamina is life.  Don't forget to put your shield down otherwise your stamina will not regenerate fast enough.

I have the DLC's and am playing through them now, for the first time.  I recently upgraded my rig so I am playing DS3 on my now-kick-ass machine.  The game is so much better at 60 FPS, makes a huge difference.  I'm not at Ringed City yet, just Ariendel (which, I hear, is the weaker of the two DLCs.)

Mostly I got it so I could fight in the undead arena and school dudes with my Cathedral Knight Greatsword.

Bili: If you start playing DS1 I will make a YouTube series called "Old Souls" and I will walk you and other people through DS1, how does that sound?
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Arts and Entertainment / Re: Whatcha playing'?
Anything at all I guess I could google a synopsis so stick with "what keeps you going back"?

To the series in general?  It would be the depth of the game play, the mechanics, and the replayability. 

The game (all three of them, really, but especially 1 and 3) is built so that if you're playing as a heavily armored knight, your experience will be almost completely different than if you played as a sorcerer, or a thief, etc.  If you think of the game as one large puzzle, the way to navigate the puzzle is based on your character class.  For me, that's tremendously fun.

Also, the difficulty is certainly high, but it is not insurmountable.  So, beating certain challenges is actually rewarding, instead of "Okay, beat this, next level."  In general, the game demands concentration and focus, so if you're doing it right you end up in the zone and it is almost meditative in its ability to force out -- or force you to force out -- distractions.

Then you've got everything else: phenomenal art design, a great score, a great atmosphere.  I can't recommend the series enough, though if it has a weakpoint it is the second game.  I you played 1 and 3, you'd be fine.
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In honor of Rednose being back, let me comment:

This bitch is 100% fucking crazy. 
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Arts and Entertainment / Re: Whatcha playing'?
Dark Souls.  Always going back to it.
I would like to know more about this

What would you like to know?
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Voice acting is much better now.

Ty, tell me you're not watching english dubs.

Back in the day -- when everything was on VHS -- all you could get were English dubs. 
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Inb4 anime was a mistake, etc.

So I just plowed through the 4 episodes of the Castlevania show on Netflix, and this was the first anime series I have watched in a long, long time.  Some random questions/observations in no particular order:

  • Animation seems to have changed quite a bit -- it looks, I dunno, more jerky? Like, if I were to use a video game term, it feels like the animation in this show is at a lower frame rate than what I remember.  If I compare Cvania to, say, Ninja Scroll, the latter seems to have much smoother animation, as if they have simply drawn more frames. 
  • In the same vein, older classics like Ninja Scroll and Vampire Hunter D seem to be much flatter in their drawings.  Newer creations are more detailed, and have more depth.
  • Am I wrong about these above two things?
  • One of the things that used to annoy me about older anime was the reusing of frames and sequences to draw something out. For example, this scene in Ninja Scroll where they basically just recycle the same ninja asset a few times.  There doesn't seem to be any of that in Cvania -- is that a new thing? Or did they just not use it here?
  • Likewise, Cvania does not have any of those long pause scenes (I don't know what the fuck they are called) where the screen freezes except for one or two things moving.  I'm sure there's a technical term for that, but I don't know what the fuck it is.  Anyway, they seemed really popular back in the day, but I don't think I saw one in this show.  Is that the new normal?
  • Voice acting is much better now. 
  • Color palettes seem much more saturated and, I dunno, "digital"?  Really bright blues, reds, and greens.
  • The Castlevania show is pretty good, especially for old fans.  I just wish it was longer than 4 episodes, that feels kinda lame.
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Arts and Entertainment / Re: Whatcha playing'?
Dark Souls.  Always going back to it.
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I've seen some people on the left advocating that Dem politicians emulate Trump and Republicans by shouting transparent bullshit forcefully and never backing down, but I don't think that what motivates GOP voters will necessarily work on Dem voters.

They're kind of already doing this, with the whole "REPUBLICANS WILL KILL MILLIONS OF PEOPLE!!" nonsense.  Now, the Republican plan is clearly pure shit, and just thinly disguised tax cuts for billionaires, and will have dire effects on healthcare of many people, and does nothing to address the root causes of higher premiums, etc.  But this kind of hyperbolic nonsense makes it easy for everyone but die-hards to just tune this shit out.

the plan does actually kill tens of thousands of people a year though

The problem with this argument -- and others like it -- is that you can always draw a line to connect government policy with a potential body count.  Nobody listens to this shit, as an argumentative tactic it fails utterly.  I mean, this is along the same line as "The Obama administration has killed thousands of babies through its funding of Planned Parenthood."

that line only works if you are already anti-abortion and buy that "abortion=baby killing" though.

Exactly.  It is only useful if you are talking to people who already agree with you and your definitions, which is exactly why this particular line of arguments from Democrats is so ridiculous. Republicans will say -- and are saying -- "Hospitals are not allowed to let people die, don't be ridiculous, etc,"

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I guess I just don't agree that pointing out the actual, concrete results of "cut taxes for the rich and health care for the poor & middle class" is bad messaging. What message do you think they should be making instead if "this bill kills people to give millionaires a tax cut" is bad rhetoric even though it's 100% the intention of it?

Well first, if you think the intention of the bill is to kill people, that's ridiculous.  And if Democrats are really suggesting that Republicans are intending to kill people -- that they want to kill people -- we are back where we started, with my argument that this is hyperbolic nonsense still fully intact.  You can talk about how shitty the bill is without claiming that republicans are killing 10s of thousands of people on purpose.  Come on.
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I've seen some people on the left advocating that Dem politicians emulate Trump and Republicans by shouting transparent bullshit forcefully and never backing down, but I don't think that what motivates GOP voters will necessarily work on Dem voters.

They're kind of already doing this, with the whole "REPUBLICANS WILL KILL MILLIONS OF PEOPLE!!" nonsense.  Now, the Republican plan is clearly pure shit, and just thinly disguised tax cuts for billionaires, and will have dire effects on healthcare of many people, and does nothing to address the root causes of higher premiums, etc.  But this kind of hyperbolic nonsense makes it easy for everyone but die-hards to just tune this shit out.

the plan does actually kill tens of thousands of people a year though

The problem with this argument -- and others like it -- is that you can always draw a line to connect government policy with a potential body count.  Nobody listens to this shit, as an argumentative tactic it fails utterly.  I mean, this is along the same line as "The Obama administration has killed thousands of babies through its funding of Planned Parenthood."

ETA: Also, I'm unaware of data out there that shows how many "lives saved" Obamacare can take credit for.  Not saying it isn't out there.
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I've seen some people on the left advocating that Dem politicians emulate Trump and Republicans by shouting transparent bullshit forcefully and never backing down, but I don't think that what motivates GOP voters will necessarily work on Dem voters.

They're kind of already doing this, with the whole "REPUBLICANS WILL KILL MILLIONS OF PEOPLE!!" nonsense.  Now, the Republican plan is clearly pure shit, and just thinly disguised tax cuts for billionaires, and will have dire effects on healthcare of many people, and does nothing to address the root causes of higher premiums, etc.  But this kind of hyperbolic nonsense makes it easy for everyone but die-hards to just tune this shit out.
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Maybe incoherent bluster is the true path to power.

How do you think I got where I am?
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bernard brothers.

Quick question, why I have never seen this before
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Most AK variants are cheap pieces of shit.  I will buy a quality, American-made firearm. Goddamn it.