Out of the Blue

We revived our Monday Night Mutant gaming group last night with an evening of Borderlands 3. Our game sessions have always been a little chaotic, and the wonky interface of the looter-shooter sequel added fuel to the anarchy. The game met with mixed reviews, but we had a lot of fun to start, so I'm looking forward to further adventures in the wasteland.

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Jul 29, 2020, 16:15
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WarPig wrote on Jul 28, 2020, 23:20:
Can't you order a freezer from Amazon?

Yeah probably, (although it is kind of funny that the one you linked to is out of stock) but I do kind of need something that can take the heat of my garage, which is why I had my heart set on that GE freezer. I guess I could get a really small one and try to fit it next to the washing machine... that's a thought. It's just one of those things that I never thought of as being really hard to find, but it does make sense - 2020 sense at least.

Yeah, there were only a couple left when I looked at the page. I guess in the era of CV19, extra freezer storage means fewer trips to the store means less exposure. Also, we've got hurricane seasons starting, so it's always good to have an extra freezer for that.
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Kxmode wrote on Jul 29, 2020, 04:45:
I finished Death Stranding. It is an interesting game that is wildly original and unique. I feel like had it been presented linearly, the plot would have been more, I guess, straight-forward to follow. I like stories that are more like that. Death Stranding at times felt like a confusing mess with way too much in-universe techno-babble monologue. Many instances of "so-and-so think that and so that must be the reason," scenes felt weak. I think Kojima should have spent more time letting the monologue play out as short cut scenes instead of barfing out literal dozens and dozens of minutes of endless dialog. I believe one cut scene alone lasted about 30 minutes.

I liked its human element and found that to be the game's greatest strength and the thing that kept me playing until the end. Further, Death Stranding left no glaring holes that I recall (there was trivial side stories, but I didn't care much for them). The entire main story gets explained in the last 20-30% of the game. With the veil pulled back, I was not too fond of its premise. I know Kojima is straddling the fence between fantasy and reality. However, when someone dives into the particulars of humanity's origins and the very nature of death itself in the way that Death Stranding depicts it, I found myself more than a few times rolling my eyes hard and sighing. So anyhow, 56 hours later, the adventure is over.

Would I recommend it? Yes. But just be prepared for something unlike any other.

Thanks for the mini-review!
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jul 29, 2020, 04:45
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Jul 29, 2020, 04:45
 Kxmode
 
I finished Death Stranding. It is an interesting game that is wildly original and unique. I feel like had it been presented linearly, the plot would have been more, I guess, straight-forward to follow. I like stories that are more like that. Death Stranding at times felt like a confusing mess with way too much in-universe techno-babble monologue. Many instances of "so-and-so think that and so that must be the reason," scenes felt weak. I think Kojima should have spent more time letting the monologue play out as short cut scenes instead of barfing out literal dozens and dozens of minutes of endless dialog. I believe one cut scene alone lasted about 30 minutes.

I liked its human element and found that to be the game's greatest strength and the thing that kept me playing until the end. Further, Death Stranding left no glaring holes that I recall (there was trivial side stories, but I didn't care much for them). The entire main story gets explained in the last 20-30% of the game. With the veil pulled back, I was not too fond of its premise. I know Kojima is straddling the fence between fantasy and reality. However, when someone dives into the particulars of humanity's origins and the very nature of death itself in the way that Death Stranding depicts it, I found myself more than a few times rolling my eyes hard and sighing. So anyhow, 56 hours later, the adventure is over.

Would I recommend it? Yes. But just be prepared for something unlike any other.
"Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And, weak men create hard times." - Those Who Remain by G. Michael Hopf
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Jul 28, 2020, 23:20
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Jul 28, 2020, 23:20
 WarPig
 
Can't you order a freezer from Amazon?

Yeah probably, (although it is kind of funny that the one you linked to is out of stock) but I do kind of need something that can take the heat of my garage, which is why I had my heart set on that GE freezer. I guess I could get a really small one and try to fit it next to the washing machine... that's a thought. It's just one of those things that I never thought of as being really hard to find, but it does make sense - 2020 sense at least.
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Jul 28, 2020, 21:18
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jdreyer wrote on Jul 28, 2020, 15:28:
El Pit wrote on Jul 28, 2020, 14:10:
Something's brewing over at CIG... It is time for another Star Citizen thread!

You're referring to the recently released alien delicacy cookbook?

Reading the RSI forum comments, it's clear to me that CIG could post a picture of anything, and the replies would be "Nice," "Very cool!" and "what?"
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Jul 28, 2020, 19:16
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El Pit wrote on Jul 28, 2020, 14:10:
Something's brewing over at CIG... It is time for another Star Citizen thread!

What's brewing? They finally ran out of money or they've found a new way to con even more of the stuff from suckers?
"If you're going through Hell...keep going."
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Jul 28, 2020, 17:46
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Also, if any of you scally wags are looking for a new game, Obsidian's "Grounded" was released in Early Access.
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Jul 28, 2020, 16:34
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jdreyer wrote on Jul 28, 2020, 15:29:
El Pit wrote on Jul 28, 2020, 11:33:
Where is the stream, Blue? Guys? How about recording it and releasing the stream of your adventures on Youtube?

Just wondering which character Blue chose...

I like snipers to start with, and I'm crazy about animals, so it was a no-brainer.
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One advantageous way humans are more like dogs than Neanderthals
Jul 28, 2020, 15:47
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One advantageous way humans are more like dogs than Neanderthals Jul 28, 2020, 15:47
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"Survival of the friendliest"

Reminds me of the book "Super Cooperators" by Martin Nowak, now ex-director of the department of evolutionary biology at Harvard.
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El Pit wrote on Jul 28, 2020, 11:33:
Where is the stream, Blue? Guys? How about recording it and releasing the stream of your adventures on Youtube?

Just wondering which character Blue chose...
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El Pit wrote on Jul 28, 2020, 14:10:
Something's brewing over at CIG... It is time for another Star Citizen thread!

You're referring to the recently released alien delicacy cookbook?
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Jul 28, 2020, 15:19
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WarPig wrote on Jul 27, 2020, 21:35:
I've been grocery shopping for my mom for the last few months, which means freezer space has been at a premium, so I thought I'd buy a small chest freezer to stick in the garage - yeah, good luck with that. GE has a line of "Garage Rated" freezers that are supposed to handle extreme temps, which is what I need, but as far as I can see, you can't even order one right now, and I started looking in May.

Even though my garage is attached and insulated, it's 95F in there right now, and the temperature is supposed to hit 110F here on Thursday (outside, hopefully not in my garage).

Can't you order a freezer from Amazon?
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Re: Out of the Blue
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 El Pit
 
Something's brewing over at CIG... It is time for another Star Citizen thread!
"There is no right life in the wrong one." (Theodor W. Adorno, philosopher)
"Only a Sith deals in absolutes." (Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jedi)
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Jul 28, 2020, 13:20
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El Pit wrote on Jul 28, 2020, 11:33:
Where is the stream, Blue? Guys? How about recording it and releasing the stream of your adventures on Youtube?
agreed, show us what you got.
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Jul 28, 2020, 13:16
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COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU)

It's entirely possible none of this ever had to happen. There was an advanced pandemic team, with more than 40 top epidemiologists from the US embedded with China from the previous administration. It had at least another 40 members on a global watch and respond system, with emergency action plans to create PPE and ventilators. It was disbanded in 2017 by a stable genius worried about paying for people doing nothing. Luckily, the worldwide system for fast tracking vaccines could not be canceled, since so much was in other countries.

The worst criminal in human history, undeniably. There has never been a figure in political history, so dedicated to destroying the prospects of organized human life on the planet, in the near future.

Beating and Gassing Americans for Jesus!
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jul 28, 2020, 11:33
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Jul 28, 2020, 11:33
 El Pit
 
Where is the stream, Blue? Guys? How about recording it and releasing the stream of your adventures on Youtube?
"There is no right life in the wrong one." (Theodor W. Adorno, philosopher)
"Only a Sith deals in absolutes." (Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jedi)
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