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Get in the hype train Communism simulator is coming in 3 days. Which will be your starting nation?
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Is this game dead?

I've noticed modders dropping support for this game, and that's bad when all the AI mods are now out of date with the current version of the game. The AI is fundamentally broken.

Without mods, the diplomacy AI is going to make it so that you're randomly backstabbed by allies and great powers intervene against you randomly in diplomatic plays for no apparent reason. What's more, the AI has no clue how to run its economy, which can make snowballing really easy with a nation that has access to all the resources it needs, but also really difficult if you're a nation that doesn't, because you cannot import the resources you need for your economy because the AI likely isn't producing them. And I'm not talking about niche resources like dyes and rubber either. The AI regularly will let provinces producing key industrial resources like coal, iron and sulfur lie fallow the entire game. This means that not only is importing these goods expensive, you often literally cannot import enough of them and run a deficit anyway.

I hope that Sphere of Influence makes major changes to the AI or at least brings back the modders.


I checked steam player count, its doing the worst out of all modern Paradox grand strategy titles, with exception of Imperator. So I really dont think Paradox is going to be investing greatly reworking core mechanics, which is the only thing that could fix this game.


Class consciousness rising.


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depends anon the recent update boosted the average player numbers.
Meanwhile skylines 2 is rapidly falling to 3 numbers


skylines 2 is approaching the 10,000 mark which is around vic 3 numbers

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What do you use to run Windows games on Linux? Vanilla Wine, Bottles, Steam?
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Afaik you can run wine on flatpak without having to install a front-end like Bottles.


just play tuxmath


Oh, there is much more. Just off the top of my head:
0 A.D.
Warzone 2100
Battle For Wesnoth
Urban Terror
Cortex Command Community Project
Cube series and AssaultCube


Game library manager with community scripts for running stuff on Wine if need be
Connects to your Steam and GOG libraries


Proton. There's only like 2 games that I have that needed more than 1 minute of setup with it, gaben did a good job

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- level shrink again back to 60, I know they did this with shadowlands but raising it again in dragon flight goes against what they were trying o do to avoid pissing off fans
- making gold useful again. Seriously retail wow has a fuck load of materials and random currencies I can’t be bothered to look into the lore for or care about. Please blizzard if any employee is reading this, simplify the fucking economy, only hardcore players are gonna be able to understand what the fuck is going in progression considering the amount of shit your casually expected to pick up on mid game.
- keep dragonflights talent tree system, I get not everyone liked it but I appreciate the fact that isn’t was readable for the average new player even if the skills had borderline cryptic levels of complexity behind their function.
- simplify the UI again, add a mouse lock button and an interact button. Simplifying the UI once was an amazing decision that did alot for new and casual players like me, the addition of a mouse lock button built in game and not in an add-on would make moving around way easier, coupled with an actual dialogue/interact key would make the game easy to handle enough for controller/console players.

I don’t care that much about the content at this point, there’s well more than enough of it, I just want the game to feel a lot smoother to play like what you’d find in a single player title.
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There was a big thing a month or two ago where a lot of people were calling for the game to be massively simplified across the board, especially in the realm of abilities and spells. Brewmasters were awful to play at the beginning of the expansion, you pretty much needed a gaming mouse with 10+ extra buttons to use their toolkit properly. Dunno if it's any better now. The game's also hard to commentate/watch at events because no one can follow wtf is happening on the screen. I'm really interested in seeing how the new seasonal server goes (even if it's directly ripping off the Ascension private server) but at the same time I'm worried the new talents will end up bloating the game and watering down the classes in the same way as retail.
They're revisiting Northrend in the last third of the upcoming three-part expansion so they might end up reworking Azjol-Nerub, but that's at least a few years away.


Burning Crusade introduced silliness from the books, namely time travel, which is a death sentence for any story. But at least it was confined to basically one location, as an excuse to revisit iconic Warcraft moments.
WotLK completely fucked Arthases character, making him actually sacred good guy by holding back the Scourge, having repressed "innocent" side represented by child version of himself, and the whole "redemption" after he is defeated. "There always must be a Lich King", Im sorry what? That is so fucking stupid, Wacraft Arthas wasnt some reluctant servant enslaved by Lich King, he was cartoonishly evil, delighting causing death and destruction.


Sorry, didn't feel like starting a new WoW thread.
Anyone playing Season of Discovery? I'm interested in checking it out and was wanting to know the leftypol opinion.
One reason I gravitated towards FFXIV was because the combo system made it easier to really know where you are at in your rotations, the GCD is much slower and more reasonable, and you can actually see what is happening when you turn down all the graphics. TBH I haven't played WoW religiously since maybe Pandaria or Draenor, but my memories of how fast and chaotic the game became over the years kept me away.


My retail WoW wish list:
>shaman tanks

I played it for a couple weeks after it came out and had fun. Not sure where things are now but the servers were absolutely packed when I was playing and everyone seemed to be having fun still. I've wanted shaman tanks for over a decade now so maybe I'm a little biased.


>WotLK was fine story-wise
Sorry, but no. Arthas's soul was supposed to have been stolen by Frostmorne. Arthas still having his soul makes the entire Undead campaign of WC3 not make sense. It means he effectively destroyed his homeland and everything he loved for shits and giggles.

What's more, Arthas has absolutely no reason to want to be the Lich King. Ner'zhul, on the other hand, does actually have motivations and reasons to want to be Lich King. Deciding that Arthas is the Lich King now meant that the Lich King we got was completely directionless. What's worse, they changed his personality so that he was a Doctor Claw knockoff instead of the king of banter from WC3. So we ended up getting the worst of both worlds.

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A general permanent thread for the ICUP and /pol/eague meme tournaments.
Previous thread: >>10211
Note that during a cup, a thread will be made on /leftypol/, then merged into here after the end.

>ICUP: Infinity Cup, a competition between a wide range of small imageboards.

info - https://anon.cafe/icup/
vids - https://archive.org/details/@icuparchive
>/pol/eague: A 4chan Cup invitational league for /pol/ generals.
info - https://implyingrigged.info/wiki//pol/eague
vids - https://implying.fun

Aesthetics files: https://git.leftypol.org/comrade/divegrass_aesthetics/
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There might potentially be an icup 8 in 2 months.


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Grace gives me Mario Strikers vibes.


Depending on the personal situation of the host, there may be an upcoming /pol/eague 8 in March/April.


Potential theme song candidate, although I don't think it will replace The Internationale.

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Undertale is primarily a commentary on the ways people approach media. Genocide route, in that context, is a response to playing through games in the increasingly prevalent mechanical and consumptive way. While there's enough in there to support Toby exalting authorial intent, I think he's noticing trends in the ways people approach games (consumptive and completionist), but hasn't really diagnosed the cause, which is why he condemns the player for playing through genocide (or choosing to see it without playing themselves) as a personal failing rather than getting at things like the culture industry or trends in game design and marketing that encourage that kind of approach. As not a great fan of authorial intent I still see a lot of value in a game (or anything really) having the guts to resist people who only want to engage with it in a boring or distanced way.
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Its no more complicated than million other things already present in a game. Its not like games are being stripped to their core basic, the trend in the industry is exact opposite, lack of focus, with every AAA title being bloated with different (usually unconnected) mechanics. More options on how to deal with enemies isnt an issue of budget, but of conventions.


And a lot of these mechanics are arcane rather than apparent, like Skyrim's stagger being fully reliant on RNG rather than what you would expect either mechanically (stagger/poise stat) or realistically (based on weight and attack impulse). Like a lot of AAA titles have the right ingredients for the game soup, but cannot quite prepare them properly, which ruins the flavour.


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>Its no more complicated than million other things already present in a game.
That's true in a vacuum, but we're talking about the core mechanics here. Those have to interact with more moving parts in the game than any of the subsystems tied to more specific and contextual things. The more complex you make something, the more it will be subject to change when you iterate on it. If you have some more complicated social mechanics, if you change how those pieces fit together, you are then going to have to make sure none of the related systems break with the new changes. If the social mechanics are one of the minor subsystems (like dialogue trees in a typical ARPG), there are fewer things connected that you have to review and possibly change whenever you iterate on that system. On the other hand, if you change the XP, skills, or combat systems a lot of other things are going to have to change, because those are the central mechanics and connect to a lot more things.


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>every AAA title being bloated with different (usually unconnected) mechanics.
And to put a finer point on this, it's precisely the lack of connection between mechanics that makes things cheaper. Making the pieces interact is where the most complexity comes from since the pieces become interdependent and iteration on one entails iteration on another. You need to have the different departments at the dev studio coordinating with each other to update the connected mechanics or else you will break things. It's much easier to have the fewest related pieces and let the team split up to make largely unconnected parts that still tie into the bare minimum core systems.


you don't need "complicated social mechanics" to sell a concept of an enemy fleeing. like look at fucking metal gear revengeance, if you tear enough limbs, your enemies will just say fuck it and "activate their cloaking" (they just despawn). it isn't a technical feat, and though they were obviously going for it being goofy, it's enough to sell an enemy retreating.

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Mass Effect 1 having Shepard being an antivaxxer as a paragon option was so funny, same with Liara bringing up she's considered a child in her society right before having sex with Shepard. The most neocon game of all time. The whole Paragon/Renegade thing in Mass Effect 1 boils down to 'America gets UN approval before Iraq' vs 'America goes it alone (still morally correct)'.
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This thread made me download Legendary edition to start another playthought. Uninstalled after finishing tutorial because I was reminded how bad the gameplay part of this game was. Some of the worst gunplay ever put in a videogame, combined with even the wizard class having like 4 abilities total, each with a minute long cooldown.


IMO there's no real reason to play the game now that we know the 'your decisions matter' stuff was a giant lie


The first one is the one I return to the most even with all the jank and its combat being the worst of the series. It's comfy being not-space-Jesus and going around reading all the planet descriptions.


he was 100% right thoughever and was mega based in ME 2 for killing all the lumpen drug dealers in Omega who were making life miserable for the proles of the galaxy


>he was 100% right
only for plot reasons. the whole reasoning was based on vibes. bioware writing at its finest

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Another instance where the security system is a tool for those in power to opress those below. dude shouldnt earn a life sentence over fucking leaking a video game, rockstar lost 0 money on this shit (if you count youtube views ofc, but even then 99% of people use adblockers, so no ad money) why should someone who leaked a video game trailer (not the game itself) recieve such a harsh punishment while there are people out there with money and status committing crimes way more deserving of such punishment?

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But he did. That's why he's being thrown in jail.


It's more of an indefinite sentence, and it's cuz he said he'll go back to doing it like a dumbass


>and it's cuz he said he'll go back to doing it like a dumbass
yeah it seems based but he could do much more if he tried to lay low at first just to get a better sentence


Did the same guy leak the GTA V source code?


Yeah the thing about becoming a notorious hacker is that it breaks the anonymity and you can add it to your Resumé/CV which is the strange paradox.


I have looked all over the catalog both on /games/ and /music/ and have not found the VG OST thread so I guess it got wiped by the bumplimit, so here we go again.
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The most gangster video game soundtrack ever created.


Particularly love the first three tracks, Celtic ones.




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I play Swat 4 and Ready or not religiously not because I like them, but to train myself on how to prepare if a police team raided my apartment


Based. Continue.


dude, i loved that game but I got chain banned on all the good servers because I asked how to download hacks as a dumb kid.


oh nvm i meant swat 4


So what's the meta then?


Very Based indeed.

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GTA VI trailer just dropped
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In the first seasons of L&O: SVU they just openly talk about using commitment to keep offenders locked up indefinitely after doing their time or putting people without evidence. In 1995 people already understood it to be a subversion of due process. No liberalist pretext of compassion either, just abject contempt for the concepts of rehabilitation and burden of proof. American fascism manifest championing its favorite tools.


>American fascism
He was trialed by a british court dawg


all anglo countries are the same tbh


Most of Yuroop is an American colony. Cultural at least, if not fully. The UK most of all.


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chihuahua = epic

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