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Developing an attitude with sleep where if I wake up too early I just get up, stretch my legs, drink some water, and Try Again until I've technically been in bed for well over ten hours. Two weeks of these in a row and I bet I'll feel like a person again

Video game analysis/personal philosophy 

Games that tweak your experience in those ways to make you feel more powerful are a long way from being skill-free, and they'd still have plenty of value either way, but I'd still like to engage with them a bit more critically than I have been. I'll probably get Assassin's Creed Valhalla after the pleasant experience I had with Odyssey but I'll be working my way through it with a "more tools if you've got 'em, please" mindset

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Video game analysis/personal philosophy 

I think my newfound appreciation for fighting games (and ever-present appreciation for rhythm games) comes from feeling like a lot of genres lie to you about the skills you're developing -- both in the sense of "this upgrade tree gets you all sorts of overpowered abilities" and "ah! we've noticed you've died a few times, let's just silently crank down enemy attack damage by an unseen percentage for your next attempt so your path to credits can continue"

If you ask me, we should remove any reference to intelligence from RPGs. And I've actually thought of how to do this a bit, using the standard dnd set.

Instead of INT, WIS, and CHA, just have two "mental" stats: Focus and Influence (FOC and INF). Focus is your ability to memorize and recall information, as well as your ability to concentrate. Influence is your ability to persuade, blug, beguile and intimidate.

Then have ALL stats be things you can work on increasing every level.

current events 

be gay

if you do crimes, don't admit to them on the internet

People created and customized user accounts to follow and participate in my Mixer channel and I won't forget that

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The death of Mixer just reminds me that I once actually considered it the individual consumer's job to help cultivate a market full of alternatives, when it's virtually impossible to do that on Mixer's scale without a substantial incentive for each individual user

Thinking out loud about laptops :servbot_at_work: 

Just to provide closure on this: After a false start with a unit that had a single bad keyboard key I finally received what appears to be a fully working machine: an FA506IV-BR7N12. I deliberately chose one with a 60Hz screen (I've heard when you go above it's hard to go back), and was pleased to find it also had an HDD bay; now to get back to whatever I was doing back when I last had a computer I could use outside a tiny corner of my room

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Snarking about a different game for a similar reason 

"Wow, Kingdom Hearts 3 is $8!" It's a giant ad for a suite of Disney properties and attractions with gameplay attached; I know people find value in the story and characters, but they should still be paying you to play it

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Snarking about a game 

It installed directly into my computer's recycle bin, weird

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Snarking about a game 

Wow, they're giving away Injustice: Gods Among Us: Ultimate Edition on Steam! I finally own a game that takes place in a grim and dire universe reminiscent of the modern Justice League films. With this generous gift from the WB corporation, I can pit Superman against The Flash and find out which is the victor, all to an intense orchestral soundtrack in the style of what you'd find in a prestige media production

The shoryuken inputs make her give her opponent a little kiss, what more could you possibly want

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Phen and I played Them's Fightin' Herds as every character earlier tonight; Paprika is incredible fun to mess around with mechanically, her personality is a delight, and one of her optional color schemes makes her look quite a bit like Grace, my llama OC

Requisite DoH/DoL intro quest acceptance montage. Old news, but I think non-Ul'dahans visit Ul'dah last (which has crafting guilds laid out left-to-right on the map) partly to cap off a new player's crafting run with the last question

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I tried completing Sastasha as a tank and couldn't stand the party-forming wait, so this feline's a healer now. I was initially on the fence about his name in social situations, but that disappeared the first time another player asked "Smoky" for help

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Don't forget about the greatest album cover of all time: Doin Thangs by Big Bear

This is a real album which exists and is honestly just mediocre late-90s hip-hop, but this cover is just perfection

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