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As I’ve been sitting here at work scrolling this sub - still haven’t done anything yet today, I’m still just as excited to log off and go play as I was the day it dropped.
Haven’t felt like this about a game in years. Such an awesome feeling! Such a bad thing for productivity though lol
So I played The Callisto Protocol this last week and finished it. It's not a great game but the graphics are absolutely stunning.
With that in mind I started Cyberpunk today thinking it's going to be as good if not better and my first rection was "lol is this half life 2"?
It pales in comparison.
The only thing great about it is the lighting. The Callisto Protocol, Plague Tale Requiem, God of War, The Last of Us and maybe even Uncharted LoTC all look better in terms of graphics fidelity but without the fancy real time lighting that eats up all your performance.
What do you all think? Am I delusional or does anyone else agree?
According to the tutorial, Modern Control users will be able to select the strength of a special move by using the motion input instead of just pressing the SP button. By using manual inputs, Modern players get to access more depth, inching closer to classic controls. But something is wrong with certain characters, I hope it was just an oversight.
Ryu can pick all 3 varieties of fireball and dragon punch with manual inputs. He can't manually select ground tatsu since that motion (QCB) conflicts with hashogeki. This makes sense. But he still can manually input air tatsu since hashogeki only works on ground.
What doesn't make sense is that Manon can't manually input Dégagé, even though there is no direct motion conflict. QCB isn't used at all in Modern Manon. For a move with pretty radically different uses, not allowing manual inputs for Dégagé seems to really hurt her.
The only possible reason i can see for omitting Dégagé from manual inputs is that perhaps QCB interferes with HCB, the input for her command grab. If that's the reason, then I would want the ability to select which manual input to use through a character config. Just about everything else in the game is adjustable. I think i would use manual Dégagé more than the manual command grab, but would like the opportunity to test/try it.
Before anyone shouts at me to just use classic, since the announcement of Modern Control, Capcom has been constantly saying that it is meant to be viable in competition. Omitting depth from the modern controls seems to conflict with this.
Spiritbox were supposed to play two shows in Finland in the beginning of July in Helsinki and Seinäjoki. Today both festivals had to announce that Spiritbox won't be able to make it due to "logistical issues". The band haven't said anything about it. Was looking forward to seeing them live but I guess that won't happen anytime soon.
I hate that this has become so common at least in the northern parts of Europe for the bands to do. I guess that as going through Russia is no longer a possibility the costs have risen as you have to get over the Baltic sea to reach Finland. Would like to hear a more detailed statement from the band. The radio silence makes it look like they don't actually give a shit about it.
What’s the result when a bunch of teenagers
make shit up for their creative writing exercises
all meditate and have dreams about spirit animal guides, and post on a talking cat roleplay forum about it?
An evil polar bear that tries to kill you.
This is the third write-up I’ve made about Virtual Warrior World, a Proboards roleplay forum based on the Warrior Cats book series by Erin Hunter, which I’ve already covered in these two previous posts
. Some forum members I mentioned in the first post also show up here, as you’ll see later. (You don’t have to read any of the other posts to get what’s going on here, but the first gives more in-depth context.) Spirit Animals
A spirit animal, also known as a totem, is a sacred guide that can take the form of an animal and is seen as a protector. Spirit animals are important in many cultures, including certain Native American ones (such as the Ojibwe). They also tend to be appropriated by neopagans, New Age hippies, and white American teenagers.
Obligatory disclaimer time: I don’t know anything about spirit animals other than what’s written about them on Wikipedia. This writeup is NOT intended to mock anyone’s spiritual or religious beliefs, nor make a claim that such cultural beliefs around spirit animals are inherently “fake” or “imaginary”. It’s important to note that nobody in this club (as far as I know) was Native American or indigenous, nobody performed religious rites or even acknowledged such aspects, and several members years after the fact admitted that they had been making the whole thing up and never saw any spirit guides, animal or otherwise. This writeup is all in the spirit (no pun intended) of fun, and is not in any way supposed to be commentary on real religions or cultures.
Now that’s out of the way, let’s talk about the club itself. The Spirit Animal Club
On VWW, there was a section dedicated to clubs that members could make about their interests. The site admin, Jai, made a fair few clubs of her own and created sub-boards for them (one of them was a fan club for The Lonely Island, whom you might know as the masterminds behind such iconic hits as “Jizz in My Pants” and “I’m On a Boat”); if your club got popular enough, she would make a board for it too. So there were clubs dedicated to the usual subjects: debate, writing, gaming, anime, the LGBTQ+ community, etc.
One particularly notable club was the spirit animal club, which a (white) member named Abby (whose character was Skyflight) came up with and Jai made a board for. The club’s actual name was “Animal Spirit Guides Club”, but because that was too clunky, everybody just called it the spirit animal club.
The club was about
who could write the most creative story about yourself and your favorite animal
finding your spirit animal and connecting with other members who were communing with theirs. You didn’t have to have your own spirit guide to join; anybody could sign up, but the point of joining was that you would somehow find it eventually.
Abby’s spirit animal was a hawk named Farrow; Jai’s was an eagle named Baldwin. Most spirit animals were “cool” or “pretty” animals in that vein, such as tigers, cheetahs, foxes, bears, panthers, deer, horses, robins, swans, ravens, and wolves (that last one was particularly common, for some reason…). Rare were the outliers: one had a boa constrictor as their spirit guide. Another had a clownfish. And absolutely no one had, say, a slug or a mole rat as their spirit animal.
The club was divisive: it was pretty popular at its peak (around fifty-nine members!), but it had its naysayers who wanted to get rid of it. The most vocal of them was Mike (the resident gay admin who hated his job for a myriad of reasons), who
thought the whole thing was a creative writing exercise and (by his own admission) also sort of, kind of wanted it gone out of spite. He might have succeeded if it had been smaller or less popular, but because Jai herself was a member, it stayed.
Other than that, everything was smooth sailing. Discussions centered on how to meditate to find your spirit animal, what your spirit animal was like, what your spirit animal told you today, what your spirit animal ate for breakfast…okay, not that last one, but you get the idea.
One memorable thread
discussed past lives: Steph (the staffer who later helped with the hack of VWW) claimed she had been a Native American girl in a Seneca tribe who drowned in a river when she was around twelve to fourteen. Another member named Jenny said
she had once lived in ancient Greece and died when she fell from a cliff. Abby had a whole saga
about how in her past life, she had been an ancient Egyptian princess who was murdered by her stepmother for challenging her authority, and she had an evil older brother and an older sister (no word on whether or not the sister was evil too), and her father was the Pharaoh for a short time (which somehow explained Abby’s bad relationship with her own dad), and her mother had been one of the Pharaoh’s concubines, so her stepmother was hateful because she couldn’t have children of her own, and…
You get the idea. The thread capped off with one more member claiming
her past life had been as a First Nations girl who loved salmon and ran away from home in winter when she was twelve, then froze to death, and concluding that was why she hated wearing scarves or hats in winter.
Notice that all these past lives ended in dramatic deaths at a young age
, and nobody had died from old age or illness. That was the spirit animal club for you.
But alas, such peace could not last long. That leads us to the: One, Two, Jason's Coming for You
Remember the outlier with the clown fish for a spirit guide? Her name was Jessica (she was also a staff member; her character was Sparrowfeather), her clownfish was named Chloe, and one day in October 2010, she (not the clownfish) made a post
that would change everything for the club.
In this post, she detailed how she had fallen asleep and dreamed that she was looking for Chloe. When she went to a pond, a polar bear showed up and she assumed he was a spirit guide too. She asked who he was, and he introduced himself as Jason before attacking her. Fortunately, a leopard named Amber showed up in the nick of time to protect her; unfortunately, she woke up with sore and red arms that left her scratching them. Totally befuddled by the whole thing that definitely
happened, she asked what it meant.
The first reply
was from a member named Jordan, who oh so helpfully told her that Jason was probably a “shadow guide” (without explaining what that meant) and that she probably deserved to nearly be killed because she must’ve done something bad to warrant it! Classy. The other replies
were about the same level of usefulness, with nobody understanding where this Jason weirdo had come from.
Later, Jessica posted again
in her thread that Amber told her Jason was not her spirit animal, and that her clownfish guide, Chloe, had once been contacted by the kid Jason was supposed to guide. The kid died, Jason blamed Chloe for it, and the fish went into hiding. How exactly a clownfish from the astral plane was able to cause the death of a child went unexplained.
Abby’s helpful advice
was that Jessica should research leopards and polar bears, and eventually confront Jason to get rid of him. She cited the fact that she and Jai had both apparently had a problem with an “evil guide” in the past and dealt with it by confronting it, but unfortunately didn’t elaborate on how that happened.
There was some radio silence for a bit, then Jessica posted again
. Her next thread was about how she had a dream of walking up a creek and encountering a panther that could shapeshift. Conveniently, she somehow realized that it was Jason, and then it turned into a polar bear and attacked her. When she called out to her spirit guide for help, Amber helpfully told her that she’d been told not to “interfere with destiny” and sent her good wishes, spouted off some
poorly Google Translated
random Italian, and disappeared, leaving Jessica on her own to wake up just as Jason tried to kill her again. Couldn’t ask for a better spirit guide.
Jessica naturally asked her friends
what this meant; Abby posited
that the Italian that Amber had spoken was her giving Jessica her magic energy
(as it literally translates to “Security for the baby. Sure it will. Out of harm's way, oh, can win the battle. I am sending my will, my strength and power. Let child.”). When
if Jason was an evil spirit (as anyone would do after nearly being murdered in their sleep by an evil polar bear), Abby said definitively that Jason was a lost spirit animal without a human.
All was quiet for about two months, but like any good slasher movie villain, Jason made his return (making his name even more appropriate—funny, that). His next victim was fittingly Jordan. Jordan had (allegedly) had a problem
of his own with his spirit animals three months ago: he’d had two spirit guides, a wolf named Nightshade and a snake named Ankh, and they left him because they were “messengers” to herald his real
spirit animal, a snowy owl named Aurora. That would’ve been well and good until, horror of horrors, he dreamed
that Nightshade was attacked!
He found Nightshade bleeding violet blood, which we all know talking wolves have, because Jason mauled him. Aurora, ever the helpful type, told Jordan that they could protect him from Jason for a while, but like any good heroic anime protagonist, he’d have to face Jason eventually. Apparently, Jason was a demon who fed on fear and negativity, and the only way to ward him off was to show no emotion around him. The unmentioned alternative solution would probably have been to turn your back when he tries to attack you so that he’ll evaporate…wait, wrong slasher villain. Never mind.
Anyway, Jordan’s post did not get the attention he so desperately craved; he only got one response from another member named Zach, who told him to meditate and then wished he had his own spirit animal so he could ask them about Jason. Jordan’s reply
was to give the sage advice to everyone in the club to get away from any sign of Jason in the “physical world”, which apparently includes movie posters and stuffed animals, because he’s totally an Empath™ and can tell that, shockingly, the polar bear that keeps trying to attack people feels “anger, bloodlust, and death-urges”! Who’d-a thunk it?
The next day, a girl named Carolyn posted
about how her two spirit animals had disappeared. When she encountered a polar bear, she asked him if he’d seen one of them, he introduced himself as Jason, and attacked her until a hawk showed up and scared him off. The only advice
was to meditate more
, and Jordan helpfully told
her that Jason was dangerous and had raging bloodlust (just in case she might have gotten confused and thought Jason was going around to give hugs).
The thread petered out after she claimed
that the hawk told her that her previous spirit animals had left her forever, presumably to avoid dealing with any pesky bears. Ah, spirit animals. Gotta love ‘em.
Literally one day later, a club member named Emily piped up with a Jason story
of her own. She claimed that not only did she believe her spirit animal, a white tiger named Leila, had been with her since she was a kid, she also
believed Jason had been trying to target her back then. Apparently, she asked her mother about her childhood and whether or not polar bears had been involved, and her mother definitely
told her that Emily had once woken up, screaming, “He’s gonna get me, the polar bear!”
So from this totally legit information, Emily drew the logical conclusion that Jason was going to try to kill her, and
she could destroy him, and like any good chosen one protagonist, only she
could do it. Somehow.
Her fellow club members—including Zach and Jordan—were not so accepting
of her radical ideas, and told her she was being paranoid and to get some sleep (because, you know, that’s totally what you should do when you think an evil polar bear’s trying to kill you in your dreams).
Jordan added the crucial information that demons didn’t focus on solely one target and sought to create as much chaos as possible, because I guess he somehow became the expert on demons in addition to being an Empath™. He also claimed
that Jason was actually rather cute if you got past him trying to murder everyone, because we all know attempting to murder children is a very minor character flaw that can be easily overlooked.
Emily’s response? She claimed
she somehow fell asleep immediately after posting, was attacked by Jason in her dream, and screamed for Leila, who didn’t show up. How convenient! The only advice
she got after that
was to talk to Abby or Jai about it, since they were the club admins. Three, Four, Better Lock Your Door
Not even a week passed before a fourth member, Jody, posted
that she'd seen Jason too. She had been trying to contact her own spirit guide, a swan named Dooslan, when Jason showed up. She asked him what his name was, he told her his name like any true gentleman would, and then started attacking her until a deer and a cardinal showed up and told him
"Swiper, no swiping"
to stop. Then she woke up.
This sent the other members into a tizzy
, and Zach suggested that Jason, like any classic anime villain, was planning something. Steph claimed that her spirit animal told
her that saying Jason's name was what made him appear.
Another member claimed
that she got blurry visions of Jason even though she hadn’t even tried to contact her spirit animal.
Four days later, a member named Lilly posted about how she’d been talking to her spirit animal, a wolf named Lacriasca, until the wolf suddenly vanished (adding another example to the pattern of spirit animals being useless thus far) and she woke up back in the real world. Then, while still in said real world, she saw Jason in front of her! And what was her reaction to being faced with this notorious terrorizer of teens she knew on the internet? Hug him, of course.
Naturally, this ended with her arm being broken
—but not from Jason, actually! She told
another member that she’d been meditating outside, then conveniently got hit by a basketball right before
Jason showed up. And she had somehow
been able to hug this angry astral plane polar bear with an arm that got broken moments earlier by a basketball. Or the basketball breaking her arm was caused by Jason’s arrival, I’m not sure. It’s not really clear. Maybe Jason was also a basketball player in addition to being a killer polar bear?
Jenny made a thread
to document the pattern of everyone
who got attacked by Jason. Jessica herself commented
and was shocked, shocked,
that Jason had obtained more victims! No one had any solutions to this problem, except for Abby and, surprisingly, resident spirit animal doubter Mike. Sort of. Five, Six, Grab Your…Wait, That’s It?
Several days later, Mike posted a simple challenge
on the board for a member to explain what exactly their “spirit animal” business was all about. Abby reacted to this very
calmly and gracefully, as you can see here
, and told everyone else in the club not to respond to him. After some back
between them, Abby linked to an expert
on spirit animals to show where she’d gotten her interest in them. Personally, I have no idea who this guy is or how much of a verified expert he is on spirit guides, but the font he uses for everything on his site is Papyrus. Make of that what you will.
Although Abby wasn’t a fan of Mike’s little stunt, she did agree with one point he’d brought up—namely, that spirituality was largely based on your subconscious and what you manifested of it through dreams, meditation, or the like. She made a thread
to lay down the law about Jason: it was best to no longer give him attention because it would make the issue worse, and the only person she believed about the Jason attacks was Jessica—everyone else was overreacting, because she (somehow) knew for a fact that the spirit world had guards to keep beings like him out. From now on, anyone who wanted to talk about Jason could only
do it in a PM to her. No more posting about the evil polar bear.
Not a lot of people responded, but Jenny pointed out
the oddity of the fact that Jason had first been classified as a spirit animal without a human and was now considered a demon. Abby’s response
was that the whole Jason thing was just a product of an “overactive imagination” (insert obligatory snark about self-awareness here), because spirit animals couldn’t actually hurt people physically at all, let alone cause a broken arm. According to her, Jason couldn’t be a demon because demons work for the devil and no one on the site was a Satan worshiper (as far as we know), and somehow she knew all of this because she’d been attacked by spirit animals before and only got hurt mentally. Unfortunately, she didn’t elaborate on this claim (again).
The only member to respond to Abby after that was Jordan, who suggested
that Jason was a figment of a collective imagination and that everyone should stop obsessing over Jason and move on. Sound advice, which Abby agreed with, and that was the end of the thread. All’s well that ends well, right? Well… Seven, Eight, He’s a Poor Little Cinnamon Roll Now, Actually!
Jordan proceeded to take a massive dump on his own logic and made a thread
later that same month, with the oh so civil title of “You People Are Idiots”. He posted about how he’d been meditating in his basement until Jason showed up, touched his nose to Jordan’s chest, somehow caused Jordan to hallucinate about his loved ones, and turned into a little cub.
Then Jordan was transported to his “spirit world”, where he met with Nightshade, Ankh, Aurora, and his fourth
newly found spirit guide, a black panther named Masen, because he apparently was somehow soooo
special that he got not one, not two, not three, but FOUR spirit animals. The whole gang was shocked that Jason was now a cute cub, and Jordan heard a voice telling him that this would all make sense later. (Spoiler alert: it did not.)
He concluded the post by saying Jason followed him around everywhere now, and threatened to rip anyone who called Jason evil to pieces because he was soooo
totally "badass", being an alleged Empath™ with five spirit animals now and all.
The reception to his self-aggrandizing little display was lukewarm, to say the least. Jenny expressed skepticism
that Jason was able to attach himself to Jordan, abiding by Jessica's story that Jason was another kid’s intended spirit guide who went rogue and Abby's claim that the “attacks” on the other members were just their imagination. Abby had no response other than to wish him luck
with Jason, stating
that demons could shapeshift and deceive.
was that it did
happen, and that he’s totally
an Empath™, and Jason’s totally a good guy now, girls, really, he’s a cute little de-aged cub now and everything! He went on to say
that his wolf, Nightshade, was wary and always beside him whenever Jason was around (considering that Jason, you know, mauled him and all), and he was ignoring Nightshade now because the wolf (very logically) thought he was going to do something stupid. Truly a guy worthy of having four spirit animals.
Abby and Jenny didn’t take kindly to this and told
him to listen to his spirit animal, Jordan conceded
the point, and that was that. Nine, Ten, We Can All Sleep Again
The next month, Jordan posted
about how he thought he was being demonically possessed because he kept waking up to bleeding cuts on his arm. He claimed that this demon possessed him to go into the restroom during class and cut the name “Drew” into his arm with a paperclip, and he somehow
knew that was the spirit’s name. Oh, and he was sure his friend was being possessed too because, uh…her pupils were big and “gear-shaped” (I assume this was a typo), and she was laughing a lot and being clingy. Because those count as signs of demonic possession now.
Zach advised him to meditate
, but Jordan whined
he couldn’t do that because all his spirit animals except for Jason were (understandably) ignoring him. The only one talking to him was Jason, who had no advice because he was currently infantilized. No one else had much valuable advice
, and Emily (remember her?) told
him on her other account to get holy water or an exorcism. Jordan rejected
both options because of his hatred for priests and shared that the demon’s full name was Drusilla (because I guess she took the time to introduce herself in between the self-mutilations).
Conveniently, he refused
to post any photos of his arm’s cut because it was too “gross” (sure, Jan). When advised
to burn sage instead, he claimed
he’d already tried that and helpfully filled in that his spirit animals had previously been shunning him because of Jason, so he cut ties with the cub, and now his guides were fighting the demons for him. So much for ripping anyone who insulted Jason to pieces.
him he had to say holy words while burning the sage to make it work, and that he shouldn’t get a “Luigi board” (I presume she meant “ouija board”) because that’d make it worse. Jordan responded
that the demons were now conveniently gone and he’d put “protection charms” around his home and his friends (which I guess absolved his friend of her possession too), so it was all resolved now. Yay?
Jason basically faded into irrelevance after that, and only got a mention in two more threads. Carolyn posted again
, this time about how she definitely
saw a shadowy figure manifest in front of her, and when Zach suggested
that it might be Jason in search of a new home, Jordan barged in
to “correct” him that Jason wasn’t a demon (which had nothing
to do what Zach had said). Jenny chided
Jordan in turn for talking about Jason and reiterated definitively that Jason had been another kid’s spirit animal who solely messed with Jessica, and all other sightings of him had been imaginative. After some spamming
from another kid, Abby resolved the matter by stating the shadow figure was not a demon, but a shadow guide (and yet again failed to explain what that was).
The other thread
was from a member named Morgan who talked about how, while daydreaming in math class, she had found her spirit animal sitting on the back of a polar bear. When Zach suggested
that it was Jason, Abby cut in to reinforce
the decree that Jason wasn’t real and had been a figment of everyone’s imagination. Zach reminded her
of what Jordan and Jessica had said about him; Jordan screeched
once again that his precious little baby Jason (whom he abandoned) wasn’t a demon and
was somehow not a spirit, conceded grudgingly that some of Jason’s attacks had been imaginary (presumably not including his own experiences), and whined that people were stupid. Oh, and Morgan said
her polar bear’s name was Cascade, but by that point nobody cared.
So, what can be learned from this episode? Not a lot, other than maybe the fact that an evil polar bear can do a lot to grip a bunch of teenagers’ imaginations. Sadly, that was the only exciting thing to ever happen in the spirit animal club, so there’s not much else to write about after that. There are some chat logs
discussing the incident years later, though (“Roy” is another name Jordan went by and, to my knowledge, is not his real name).
And on a final note: from what I’ve heard, Abby still believes in spirit animals to this day. Do whatever you want with that information.
Yesterday and in the morning it was fine.
What is going on and how to fix?
GPU is 5700 XT, the one that was recommended for the game..
Ram is 32gb.
Cpu is i7 4790
Prepared for downvotes since I’m posting an opinion that’s not the same as most of this Reddit.
LIBAD is… it’s an album. And it’s not a good one. It’s not bad. But it’s not good. The album is nonsensical and not cohesive in any fashion. It has its high points — I LOVE Cosmic. That song is top tier in their library. Mattel is solid. Game Over could have been good if Matt didn’t mumble the entire verses.
It’s better than I anticipated, I’ll say that. But it’s possibly my least favorite album they’ve ever done, and that’s saying a lot cause I don’t like Sounding the 7th Trumpet. I’m gonna listen to it more today, but I don’t know if I’ll ever listen to it again after today.
Go peep the store on xbox – stubs are actually on sale. Im guessing it was meant to come later today but you can get 150k stubs for $69 right now instead of $99. May help some of yall get an early jump on cards before they announce