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  3. I think more "mature" (oh boy that's a heavy word) readers ask the question "why" more often. I think generally speaking the reason morally grey characters feel "better" is because the author is then obligated to explain their goal/their motivation. They have to. If you don't explain why the good guy did a bad thing or why the bad guy did a good thing then the character doesn't make any sense. Black and white characters don't need any explanation. The good guys are doing good because they are good. The bad guys are doing bad because they are bad. Mechanically it works but there is no explanation, no "why". This feels unfulfilling. I think you can still have a "main character on a quest to save the world" and still have morally grey characters but it just does not happen very often. Now mary sues on the other hand almost always feel like garbage. How am I supposed to connect/empathize with this character? He can do everything and he can do it well and if he cannot do it right this minute then he can somehow learn it faster and better than anyone else. How can that character truly have any conflict? Anything challenge that appears will be overcome either immediately or shortly thereafter. Every event in the story just ends up feeling useless since you know how it's going to end.
  4. I have not been installing GFE for a long time now. At best I have no use for the features it provides. At worst it's just another program that adds another screen overlay, or another driver, or some security vulnerability, or another thing checking for updates/doing stuff in the background when I don't expect it to, more complexity that can introduce problems.
  5. I initially used it to help get some basic graphical settings recommendations. They started pushing for logins and were somewhat recently hit by a security vulnerability (I believe that has been patched). The geforce experience can stream/record/highlight pretty well, and there's nothing wrong with using it to stream - it's far simpler than OBS. But I like the different features OBS provides (even if I use very few of them). Beyond that I'd rather cut down the bloatware I have on my computer and reduce the attack surface my computer represents, within reason. Nvidia drivers already contain some substantial bloat, the audio driver over HDMI (I don't use) and 3d vision and a few other pieces that aren't needed. So cutting the geforce experience is an easy part I can opt out of.
  6. do you guys not install the geforce experience ? stand alone driver ? i use them to stream and it seems to work alrite i supposed. but yeah extra garbage.
  7. I think I have some physical Drizzt books somewhere on my bookshelf. I don't remember if I started at the beginning or just sort of picked a few up. I vaguely remember that the books covering his childhood/upbringing were sort of interesting because the dark elf society was nobility warring against one another with plenty of backstabbing. Something about how Lolth promotes chaos or whatever. Honestly they were super forgettable, and when he later teams up with his companions all of them felt super basic and uninspired. I think a large portion of "traditional fantasy" feels very samey because they often followed the same set of tropes and very obvious black/white morality. I don't know if my tastes have changed but I've found myself seeking more books with some morally grey characters and anti-heroes rather than the traditional "main character on a quest to save the world" books. I'm almost done with the Machineries of Empire series: https://www.goodreads.com/series/160439-the-machineries-of-empire It's a strange sci-fi setting, very handwavy when it comes to tech, but still interesting. The author is a mathematician which is why much of the tech is explained with "calendars and math stuff" but the only time they ever mention specific mathematical elements is something about a timed lock that used prime factorization, which was supposed to be unhackable. The universe building elements are kind of interesting, but the main characters are more of a means to an end than a central driving force throughout the story.
  8. I'll wait for the next one. https://old.reddit.com/r/nvidia/comments/csvqh5/game_ready_driver_43602_faqdiscussion_integer/ According to this thread, with a post from someone claiming to be an Nvidia Community Manager, this was a bug and they took the drivers down for a while and it has now been fixed.
  9. So for Mint, looking at the non-promo prices, $35 per month gets you.... 8GB 4G LTE (gsm, tmobile mvno) and then throttled after that Unlimited talk and text (assuming within USA) Free international calls to Mexico and Canada That seems pretty decent.
  10. Recently finished reading the The Dark Elf trilogy of books by R. A. Salvatore. This is the fantasy story about Drizzt, the Dungeons & Dragons character. There are more books but I stopped after that. It was easy reading but I was already getting pretty bored half-way into book two. The story just feels so reptitive and the main character is such a mary sue. I do not think it is marketed as young adult fiction but it certainly felt like it. Currently reading A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony and I'm about 3/4 of the way through it. It is fantasy and part of a longer series of books ("Xanth series"). The setting is "super magical" as in pretty much everyone and everything has magic (including animals, water, etc.) although some of it is consider totally useless (one example given in the book is someone who can change the color of their urine to any color on command). It's weird because it moves very very fast and feels almost episodic in some sections. Main character is on a journey and along the way runs into some new person with a basic problem, he helps them with their problem and then leaves and that new person or their issue is not mentioned again. Easy to read and I'm sort of curious where they are going with the story. Still very much on my to-do list.
  11. ok soo i switch to mint. so far soo good i move my numbers to google voice and i get new number from mint. did the same with kat. my goal is so that i can switch carrier and keep my number. kat got a 714 number and i got the new orange county area code 657 feels about the same like a tmobile service. and i save a ton of money over the year. got the 8 gig 3 months and free 3 months on both lines cost me around ~60 bucks
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  13. article - https://variety.com/2019/film/news/matrix-4-keanu-reeves-carrie-anne-moss-lana-wachowski-1203307955/ Why? Why?? Stop It's already dead
  14. Malaphax

    Destiny 2

    Sorry, that's my bad. Yea it's cross-SAVE. You could theoretically take your current PC progress and boot up the game on another platform. Where it gets weird is licenses are platform specific. While I could technically boot up my character on xbox/ps4/stadia on October 1st, I wouldn't have the lisence to play the forsaken content or shadowkeep, just the free bits that come with new light. I still think we might see an uptick in the PC population, but we won't suddenly be matched against console players (ever since shadowrun, no one does that). Speaking to the crucible grind, I've certainly started to notice the issues. I've started running into leavers, and I've also run into some real pubstompers, with 2x2stacks or a full 4 man, not to mention just way better players. I genuinely believe that their matchmaking system is straight trash and I hope the supposed fixes they have planned for Shadowkeep include some serious updates to their matchmaker. Honestly, this just proves to me that pvp is an afterthought, which is weird coming from the same developer that made the early halo series.
  15. Sort of. Nvidia flat out admits there are 3 settings: Off, On - same as setting max_pre-rendered_frames_1 in prior drivers, and ULTRA. They are adding an extra code/instructions for the Ultra setting that uses a different just-in-time scheduler. Again, Nvidia mentions that this works best in the 60-100fps range when you're GPU limited. So it's not a silver bullet, but it might make games feel slightly more responsive in that fps range. The really big caveat that people aren't mentioning too much is that DX12 and Vulkan already use different rendering instructions so this does not work with either. I suspect that this is basically backporting the vulkcan/dx12 rendering instructions to dx11 and dx9, which has limits. Speaking of Linux, many linux enthusiasts are quietly hoping that stadia helps push developers to properly roll out linux/vulkcan support for newer games. This could be yet another push towards linux gaming (valve has been carrying that torch for many years) which might eventually making linux gaming a real possibility. I did a bit of research into linux gaming recently and the two major issues I came across are anti-cheat software not working (easy anti-cheat being the big one) and the need to troubleshoot games/workarounds. I'm hopeful with many new games moving towards vulkan renderer, and Google throwing money at developers to release on stadia, we might see another big jump in linux support for gaming. I'll continue to keep my eyes open, at this point I think any one of us could comfortably run a dual-boot setup successfully, but I don't think Linux is ready for full time just yet.
  16. kuhla

    Destiny 2

    Actually the other way around, this is a client side option no? This could mean an influx or new players in crucible, gambit, etc.? If yes, I look forward to some fresh meat. Competitive crucible has been brutal (I think we can all attest to that). EDIT: Wait, cross PLAY or cross SAVE? EDIT2: Ok. It's cross SAVE.
  17. I'll wait for the next one. What is this? Why have I not heard of this? https://www.amd.com/en/technologies/radeon-software-anti-lag https://www.techspot.com/article/1879-amd-radeon-anti-lag/ *reads* Ahhh. Ok. This is basically about limiting prerendered frames. This has been done before. It's not all upsides. EDIT: Nvidia added more compatible monitors too https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/products/g-sync-monitors/specs/
  18. Malaphax

    Destiny 2

    https://www.bungie.net/7/en/Destiny/Shadowkeep?ciid=48001 Some minor/interesting bits. Power cap will be 960. Remember everyone can reach 950, but only "pinnacle activities" drop weapons/gear over 950. Also people are estimating that the seasonal artifact provides +40 max which would put the absolute maximum possible at an even 1000. Some minor rumors suggesting 999 is actually the absolute max because there's some weird lore/items in the game that talk about 999. Either way, they've certainly extended the power cap for the next expansion/season. I'm not sure how I feel about grinding 200 power out, or if each season will further increase the power cap, or just release a new artifact where you can grind up to +40. Either way bungie have said they're trying a few new things with power and we'll see how this shakes out in October. You can now link your battle.net accounts to your steam accounts. Tomorrow they will allow you to turn on cross-play if for some reason you feel like playing destiny 2 on a console/stadia. More info here: https://www.reddit.com/r/DestinyTheGame/comments/csyqht/d2_cross_save_faq_megathread/
  19. Nvidia pushed out some new drivers, 3-5% increase in certain titles. They also enabled a low latency mode, I assume this is to compete directly with AMD's "anti-lag" options. Finally, they also added full integer scaling, which allows pixel art games to properly scale at higher resolutions, that's actually pretty great considering how many pixel art games there are and the current renaissance of that art style. Nvidia press release: https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/news/gamescom-2019-game-ready-driver/ Driver link (win10 64): https://www.geforce.com/drivers/results/150300 As a note some sites mentioned that geforce experience is not optional on this release, hopefully that's just a small bug.
  20. OH BABY, NEW HOMEWORLD ANNOUNCEMENT!!!! Honestly, I should really go and play/finish the deserts of karak, I just never got into it. Considering they've already remastered the old homeworld games, and Blackbird Interactive got the rights to homeworld from gearbox when they released deserts of karak, I suspect we'll be getting a new homeworld. There's not much to look forward to when it comes to RTS titles, I think it's mostly this and Iron Harvest - aka diselpunk company of heroes.
  21. The Answer is simple: Kojima Here's some gameplay clips that show actual "combat" which includes shooting/melee, but it's probably going to play similarly to metal gear solid 5, with a larger focus on traversal/exploration and some stealth/combat thrown in. Honestly, if you haven't played a kojima game, you should avoid this entirely probably try out metal gear solid 5, it has some problems but it is by far the best "sandbox" game I've ever played.
  22. ? ? ? DEATH STRANDING ?? ???? How can we have this must footage and discussion about it and I still don't understand what it is about. Walking baby ladder simulator??
  24. I finished the second season. I think this season was weaker overall, but still interesting. The primary focus was on the Altlanta child murders - which technically still remain largely unsolved, because they could not prove the murderer committed all the crimes. They also show bureaucratic meddling and severe incompetence on the part of the police and FBI, which is refreshing - considering most crime dramas only show the heroic detectives saving the day. I think the show again leaned heavily on the characters' personal stories and relationships, which this season felt unresolved. Sidenote - Netflix usually provides a button to skip the opening credits, but the final episode of this season they changed the opening credits from a piano melody to a boy's choir, and they placed a bunch of single frame cuts of crime scenes and dead bodies throughout the standard opening. Most western shows don't tend to mess with the opening credits, in fact I normally only see that in anime, but it worked really well in this series.
  25. I know people are joking about this being the bootleg/knockoff avengers but the gameplay looks super uninspired. I'm sad to see that taskmaster is relegated to a shit-tier villain and probably means that the real MCU has no intention of using him.
  26. This is idle with the silent fan profile, I'll try and remember to get temps after a gaming session, but it sounds like you're chipset is running hot.
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