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  1. The problem is the only remaining potential Republicans left who could potentially do this all want to have many more years of political careers. There's no about-to-retire moderate left who could step in as a career capstone, like Fred Upton.
  2. Yeah, we'll have to see. Republicans had previously threatened to block Feinstein from stepping down from the committee and being replaced. But they didn't say what they would do if she died or retired and there was a new senator from CA. Maybe that would be a bridge too far for some of them. But theoretically they could still block a new appointment and the committee gets stuck for the rest of the session. And getting around that would require one of Manchin or Sinema to vote with the other 49 Democrats+Harris to change the rules.
  3. I agree with the sentiment that Larian's been shielded by the fact that Act I is so polished. Which means that people get 30+ hours before they see any issues and 50+ hours (Act III) before things get really bad. So there were multiple weeks where all the discourse about the game was purely positive. And then, since players hit Act III at different times, there was never a critical mass of people all at once complaining about the problems. Also, many of those players were predisposed to give Larian every possible benefit of the doubt because they had enjoyed the game so much up until then. It's a very different experience from a game that has issues right from the start of playing it.
  4. Cyberpunk 2077 wasn't delisted because of bugs. There's far buggier games out there on the PSN store. It was delisted because CDPR told consumers to contact Sony if they wanted a refund.
  5. I think they will. To me, this was more that the Republicans in the state legislature didn't want to be the ones actually creating the district and then all get primaried as "RINOs" by people who don't understand that they literally did not have a choice. But I don't think they're at the point yet where they will refuse to passively comply with a court-created map.
  6. Of your list, Elden Ring. It's amazing and way less stressful than most From games by nature of it's open world. I'd also strongly rec (if you haven't played them): NieR Automata, The Witcher 3 (just in case you haven't, it is 8 years old now though), the entire recent Hitman trilogy, and Yakuza: Like A Dragon (if you like turn-based games) or Yakuza 0 (if you like action bralwers).
  7. Generally a strong list; though I'd bump up Pathfinder: WoTR a lot and probably push down BG3 at least a few spots. Also, I feel like Final Fantasy Tactics is a notable omission; maybe drop Mass Effect 2 since it already counts as part of the Legendary Edition (and bump that up a bunch).
  8. I'm not sure any of the back-ups actually available are any better than the basically retired veteran free agent QBs; Matt Ryan, Blake Bortles, Colt McCoy, Carson Wentz, etc. Probably better to get one of them for free rather than make a trade. All ugly options, but the Jets legit need to sign someone. Even if they think Wilson is actually the best available option right now, they at least need some sort of back-up for him. Last night, if he went down (and he did look a little concussed one play), Randall Cobb was the available QB3. Unless any of the actually good back-ups are available. But I imagine any team would demand a (relative) king's ransom for them, knowing how desperate the Jets are.
  9. Depends which situations you mean. The crusade system, which is the replacement of the kingdom system, is much easier; almost impossible to lose if you read up a bit on how it works. And you can fully automate it if you want (though you do miss some cool scenes if you do that; also it locks out 2 of the evil mythic paths, which require certain crusade buildings to be manually constructed). For the regular gameplay though, it depends. There are certain fights for instance that are a breeze if you have a certain buff already up (e.g., fire resistance) but very hard otherwise; so you might run into a few reload situations like that. Overall though, I think it is more balanced, with a more smoothed out difficulty compared to Kingmaker. And there are some QoL changes to help out, built into the mythic powers system. Like by mid-Act II you can have your main buff character's buffs that last over 5 minutes last for 24 hours instead, so you can just cast all of them right after a rest instead of trying to guess which fight it makes sense to use them for. Overall, there's still that heavy, heavy "crunch" that the Pathfinder 1e system has, so it really depends on how you feel about that. I adore it, but I get the frustrations around 'trap' builds and the like. If you can at least tolerate it, the game has a really compelling narrative; with way larger, and more meaningful, choices than you usually see in an RPG.
  10. Ah fuck. And just when my little Jets heart was finally beginning to thaw after over a decade of being out in the cold. Although, this does open the slimmest possible window of Tom Brady dressing up as a Jet, which would be objectively hilarious.
  11. I first installed Steam in 2010, but didn't start to seriously use it until 2014. I had been a console gamer mostly, with a handful of physical PC games plus WoW. But I didn't really have the money at the time to upgrade to the PS4/Xbox One era; and also I'd been a 360 guy and really didn't like the Xbox One (but didn't want to switch the the PS4 eco-system either). I think I may have gotten a couple free games in 2010/2011, but my first steam purchase was Fallout 2 for $4.99 in July 2012. I had 3 more purchases in the next 25 months. And then floodgates opened in August 2014, beginning with Divinity: Original Sin 1. I now have 5,404 hours (which is actually lower than I'd have guessed, but I guess I do still play a fair amount on PC outside of Steam) spread across 451 games, which is eerily similar to Wert's numbers. My top 15 most played are: 1. Pathfinder: WotR- 1,013 hours (I have a problem, I know) 2. Pathfinder: Kingmaker- 309 hours 3. Stellaris- 255 hours 4. Divinity: Original Sin 2- 232 hours 5. Secret World Legends- 205 hours 6. Europa Universalis IV- 187 hours 7. Civilization V- 182 hours 8. Troubleshooter: Abandoned Children- 166 hours 9. Baldur's Gate 3- 149 hours 10. Elden Ring- 139 hours 11. The Witcher 3- 133 hours 12. Cyberpunk 2077- 129 hours 13. Mass Effect Legendary Edition- 115 hours 14. Hades- 112 hours 15. Pillars of Eternity- 93 hours It's interesting to me how top-heavy the list is; and also just how big the COVID effect has been on my gaming habits. Most of these are games I've played in the past 3+ years. I think I am gaming more than before, but also gaming on more steam than before. I certainly use PC Gamepass still, but my days of using other launchers seem to basically be over now.
  12. Hardsuit Labs fired a lot of people in the lead-up to Paradox yanking the game away from them. There's still never been any clarity on exactly what was going down, but it seems like the state of the game must've been awful. Whatever it was, considering how long The Chinese Room will have had the game by the time it comes out, and the fact that the plot appears to be entirely different, it seems likely that they basically scrapped everything and restarted from scratch. The optimistic take is that the game we get is fine and everything has been fine the past few years and the problems were isolated to Hardsuit Labs; with Paradox just being too hands off. But who knows?
  13. I believe the original studio of the new game, Hardsuit Labs, has undergone massive layoffs since the game was taken from them. But the new studio who put out this trailer, The Chinese Room, has had a huge hiring spree to staff up. (They did have their own mass layoffs back in 2017, but that was a separate issue that happened before they got the game). Also, The Chinese Room has only done story-games before ("walking sims") so there's a good chance they put out a combat-driven trailer because they figured that's where the most skepticism would be. And, yeah, at one point, while Hardsuit Labs still had the game, Brian Mitsoda was fired. He wasn't the only writer for the first game, but certainly was very important. Although, the fact that the first studio fired him and the replacement studio ignored all his work suggests that maybe there were fundamental problems with whatever he had come up with. Certainly, I remember a lot of fans being disappointed with the reveal of the thinblood plothook. The development of this game has been incredibly snakebitten and there's every reason for skepticism. Still, I'm willing to wait and see what the new devs have done before writing it off entirely.
  14. Yeah, exactly. And also, because all of the broken things can be great fun there's no need to try to find the exact perfect, optimized build. I'm not even sure if there is one (though I assume it involves vivisectionist levels somehow). The weak character building aspect of 5e is the one big complaint I have about BG3. Some of the best fun I had in the Owlcat pathfinder games was simply figuring out what I wanted to do on the level-up screens.
  15. It's just too easy to optimize in 5e though. I don't seek out perfect optimization in Pathfinder 1e because there's no need and because there's so many ways to do it. But in 5e, it's so obvious usually.
  16. Lol, that's been my actual tabletop experience as a sorcerer too.
  17. I got back in my new playthrough to where I was in Act II at the last light inn. And, despite 2 patches (one of which seemed to claim to fix this), I'm having the exact same issue as before: In the initial conversation with Jaheria I pass a DC 21 CHA check to hide the existence of the artifact; but then in the follow-up conversation she talks all about how the artifact will protect. I don't usually get this hung up on relatively small stuff, but this completely breaks my immersion in the game and really puts me off playing any further. If my dialog choices are ignored this easily, what's the point of any of it?
  18. Fallout 76 is hot garbage, especially in it's release state. But "skepticism" is not the same "actively hostile" when thinking about a potential future game.
  19. starts at just after the 23:52 mark. The exact line is: "I've gone from being giddy with excitement for Elder Scrolls 6 to being actively hostile." Any reviewer saying they have predetermined thoughts about a future game should be rightfully blacklisted.
  20. The Eurogamer one is definitely suspect. Seems like Bethesda didn't give review codes to any reviewer owned by ReedPop, which is a division/subsidiary of RELX; a large UK conglomerate. Which feels like the result of some sort of weird corporate bad blood between them and Microsoft itself. But Eurogamer is big enough in the gaming space that as soon as they publicly complained someone high enough up at Bethesda/Xbox made sure to get them a code quickly. The Skill Up one makes sense though. After Fallout 76 released, he said he was going to be "hostile" to the next Bethesda release. If a reviewer has publicly said they'll be biased against you it makes sense to blacklist them from review codes.
  21. Nah, he mean Coca-Cola. It's not actually as exciting as it sounds though. I had hoped it was basically a Chinese soup dumpling filled with Coke and deep fried, but it's not. Basically you just mix coca-cola into your batter instead of milk, make donut balls, and deep fry them. In some recipes, you reduce the coke down to it's syrup and use it as the butter instead. And either way, after the deep frying is done you top the donut balls with coke syrup.
  22. It's for precisely conversations like this that the term 'lean' was invented. MN isn't a swing state in that it doesn't regularly vote for one party and then the other. But any state that gets even with 5% in a presidential election, much less 2%, certainly isn't a safe state either. Minnesota leans Democratic for sure, and Democrats have an extremely high floor that makes it very hard for Republicans to get to a win. But it's not a sure thing like Hawaii or Vermont. Also, Amy Klobuchar regularly demolishes her senate races; but other Democrats aren't so dominant. Mondale straight up lost in 2002 (though that was a weird circumstance; Franken won by only a few hundred votes in 2008; Franken did have a good re-election in 2014 and Smith had a good special election in 2018; but then Smith only won by 5% in 2020- again, not safe.
  23. The dark urge can be played as either evil (giving in to the urge) or good (resisting the urge). And I think both are way more interesting than a baseline custom character. There are two evil things that you have no choice about in the game (and one you actually can avoid if you have 'speak with animals' up), but besides them you can resist the urge the entire time. And since you aren't in control of yourself for those two evil things, and have dialog options to express deep remorse over them, arguably you are still 'good' despite doing them. I like the idea I saw of manually rolling a d20 when dark urge options come up, with a DC of whatever you feel is appropriate, to decide if you resist or give in. That basically lets you play a third way, of being a dark urge who doesn't want to give in but doesn't have enough self-control to always resist.
  24. It also sounds like an unintended interaction that'll probably eventually get nerfed. It reminds me of a similar tedious interaction in Wrath of the Righteous. Pathfinder 1e has the spell 'cave fangs' which lasts 10 minutes/level; and as a free action (which you have an unliminted number of per turn) you can burn 10 minutes of it to do 3d8 damage (or half of that on a saving throw). So it's a decently powerful spell, which if you cast at level 20 could do 60d8 damage. Which seems high, but is kinda nothing compared to what level 20 casters can do in that system. Anyway, in Wrath you could get get a mythic feat that lets spells that last over 5 minutes actually last 24 hours instead. Which was intended mostly as a QoL feature to cut down on how often you needed to cast buff spells. But it also applied to cave fangs since it was a spell with a duration of over 5 minutes. You could get the spell by level 5 and have the feat by level 9. Meaning at level 9 you could do 432d8 damage. As soon Owlcat had dealt with the game breaking bugs they nerfed the feat to not apply to cave fangs. Anyway, back to BG3, I'm noticing a lot of new gameplay bugs since patch 1. Stuff poison clouds no longer being visible but still causing damage, more dialog lines where the audio bugs out and it's silent, etc. All rather frustrating really.
  25. That's true, but at the same time Democratic vote shore in the Rio Grande valley (and I suspect other Hispanic areas in the state too, but I don't know the numbers for sure) has been in decline. A Republican winning TX-15 in 2022 should be a massive alarm bell about trends in the state. Demographic change has helped make the state closer, but I don't think it flips until Dallas-Forth Worth is like Atlanta (it's getting closer, but isn't there yet). The issue around "winner take all" Republican primaries is separate from whether they're open or closed. And as for getting less radical candidates, generally speaking the issue isn't the primary structure; it's how radically gerrymandered the districts are. There's a reason why it's GOP Representatives are so much crazier than the GOP Senators, and why GOP state legislators are overall worse than the Governors. Granted, all of them are quite bad compared to a baseline. But that's a function of the whole party getting more and more nuts. But changing the primary structures doesn't really help that. Most people vote in the primaries of the party they identify with, even if there's more value voting in the other one. Alabama has open primaries for instance. And theoretically every Democrat should be voting in the Republican primaries for which candidate is least worst, since that's the only opportunity that exists to influence politics in the state. But they don't. Most either don't vote at all, or vote in the Democratic primaries for whoever the sacrificial lambs are for the election.
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