jacobvandy wrote on Oct 24, 2021, 17:51:MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Oct 24, 2021, 16:55:
Avoid if you are a fan of They are Billions level of difficulty, because Riftbreaker is far, far easier, in a fun, massively overpowered, automatic nuclear missile launching mech sort of way.
You may want to actually try out Survival mode, as it has clearly been modeled fairly closely after TAB in terms of difficulty and how you have to win on the first map to unlock the next one (which is even harder because of additional environmental threats and enemy variations), etc. There is no infinite research time and endless farming to build up a base like is possible in the campaign, you have 90 minutes to start from scratch and run around like a chicken with your head cut off, hoping you build up enough to last for the duration. It's pretty common for people to have expectations like yours after beating the campaign the first time, but that will probably lead to the first attack wave being a real shit-your-pants moment, lol. Also remember there are higher levels of difficulty for the campaign if you feel Normal is too easy, though I believe they've said they're still working on tweaking the balance for those.
Anyway, this is the second time Riftbreaker has been on the list (they announced 200k sales after the first week), and I'm glad it's doing well. Anyone who enjoys action-RPGs, twin-stick shooters, RTS, base-building survival, or all of the above should check it out.
The Half Elf wrote on Oct 21, 2021, 21:42:
Not a damn thing about helicopter controls.... wtf.
And yes I'm gonna be a broken record about this. This is the one thing holding me back from purchasing the game.
Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 20, 2021, 19:09:Well, it's a very good South Korean dystopian show. Very depressing, but I basically watched it in almost one sitting; it is engrossing. Don't watch any spoilers.
I haven't even seen a clip of SG yet. But from everything I've heard on the news, I'm not in any hurry to see it.
Burrito of Peace wrote on Oct 18, 2021, 12:56:Most likely.
Sure you do. You know that China is one of the, if not the, biggest perpetrators of IP theft in the world. The US has been working on scramjet powered hypersonic missiles for decades now. It would surprise literally no one with the ability to breathe autonomously that China had stolen the tech, if not the plans, from the US.
Burrito of Peace wrote:
As for "indefensible"...no. Light still travels many times faster than a hypersonic missile, even in the atmosphere. We have the lasers but that's only part of it. What we need are tracking systems that are fast enough and accurate enough to guide those lasers to a target traveling that fast.
Burrito of Peace wrote on Oct 17, 2021, 00:58:jdreyer wrote on Oct 17, 2021, 00:32:
Does blockchain by definition require massive amounts of power? I know Bitcoin is designed that way in order that it maintain its value, but does it always mean that blockchain must use successively more resources?
In short, no.
In layman's terms, "blockchain" is just nothing more than a trustworthy ledger because each block, and the data therein, is checksummed and cryptographically signed. I won't say it's impossible to forge the veracity of any one block, just very, very unlikely and it would take someone from a incredibly tiny pool of mathematicians to pull it off.
Most people automatically equate "blockchain" with "cryptocurrency" or NFTs. Those items use blockchain technology but they are not blockchain in and of themselves. Here's an example of using a private blockchain that has nothing to do with cryptocurrency or NFTS:
Let's say you, Bob, Inez, and Ibrihim are working on a very sensitive project and you are all working out of your home offices in disparate parts of the world. You get your part done. You use blockchain to insure that the data you send to Bob is both good and secure. Bob adds his part in a new block and sends it to Inez. She can doublecheck that the parts you and Bob have sent her have not been tampered with in anyway because the data in the block matches its checksum and it matches the cryptographic signatures of you and Bob. She then adds her block and sends it on to Ibrihim who does the same thing. So all of you turn your project in and, because you have people who went to school somewhere other than ITT, they audit the entire chain. All the signatures and checksums match and the end result of your project can be determined to be true, correct, and secure.
I have started using blockchain to insure and verify the security of my backups both here and at work. It costs zero additional cycles, and therefore power, to do so. We waste much more power for playing games. You can even add blocks on to a chain or create a chain from a very low power device like a Raspberry Pi. It would take a while because of a Raspberry Pi's relatively slow speed, but it is doable.
jacobvandy wrote on Oct 15, 2021, 06:07:
I played for 8 hours this evening because the game is fuckin' awesome, but that still doesn't make sense to me, lol. I don't know what you're trying to do, since geothermal power plants do not require water, they're built on top of huge geysers after all. They fill your pipes with mud because that's the byproduct that flows from their single output space, which I don't have connected to anything on most of the ones I've built. But if you need water for something else, it can be a replacement for needing to build a standard pump out in one of the muddy ponds. In fact, when the fluid tutorial came up for me, I had to build a superfluous pump just to satisfy the objective, as all my water was coming from geothermal plants.