First Post! October 9, 2019

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Hey Shacknews! The First Post! feature is back, and this is my first time running it. This article was designed to kick off conversation on our Shacknews Chatty forum back when we did not have a rolling 18 hour expiration on threads, but I have decided to bring it back after requests from the community. This article will go live every day, around 10:00 AM ET. 

How goes your Blizzard boycott? Some players from American University held up a "Free Hong Kong, boycott Blizzard" sign during a collegiate Hearthstone broadcast. Please take a look.

Sounds like Facebook really learned a lot from 2016. The company rejected a request from Joe Biden's campaign to remove Trump ads containing false information. I wonder what the Shackers in the daily Trump Dump thread think of that? (Turn on political filters to see that massive thread)

Californians are bracing for potential power outages in the bay area as PG&E tries to prevent forest fires or something. Be safe NorCal Shack!

In case you missed it, we have several reviews that hit the site over the last few days:

What are you up to today, Shack? Let us know in the comments section. If you haven't, be sure to subscribe to Shacknews Mercury to help support our site for as little as $1/month. Here's a picture of Lola to start off your day.

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Asif Khan is the CEO and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Tendobox.com. Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

From The Chatty
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    October 9, 2019 7:25 AM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, First Post! October 9, 2019

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      October 9, 2019 7:27 AM

      First First Post! post!

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        October 9, 2019 1:52 PM

        I remember when "first post" would get nuked.

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          October 9, 2019 1:55 PM

          Me too, it hasn't been a problem in a long while, probably won't be unless it happens too frequently again.

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      October 9, 2019 7:31 AM

      Recommendation: the root post of these threads should be auto-expanded on the article pages. To reply, you either have to click "Go To Thread" or click the root post and then click "Reply."

      Reducing the friction necessary to contribute may increase engagement.

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      October 9, 2019 7:39 AM

      Wheeee

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      October 9, 2019 7:42 AM

      Today, I am working on the further adventures of using MDT to capture and deploy OEM images; all while spending too much brain power thinking of solutions to problems in Oxygen Not Included.

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      October 9, 2019 7:42 AM

      Yes, you are doing it right.

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      October 9, 2019 7:43 AM

      Thanks for linking the reviews! I've been eyeballing both John Wick Hex and Indivisible.

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      October 9, 2019 7:43 AM

      pgharvi has copyrighted first post and will be suing you

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      October 9, 2019 7:48 AM

      Highlight benefits of mercury in there somewhere. Glad to see this back!

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      October 9, 2019 7:53 AM

      What game are you (yes, you!) playing right now?

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        October 9, 2019 7:54 AM

        Resident Evil 4 for the Nth time, Link's Awakening remake, and Super Mario Maker 2 forever and ever. How about you?

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          October 9, 2019 7:56 AM

          I haven't played much of anything, recently.

          My son is currently trying to re-create Hollow Knight's Path of Pain in SMM2 tho.

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        October 9, 2019 8:35 AM

        Dark Souls remastered on the ps4. Killed gravelord nito last night. Doing a faith build. have a Divine Long Sword +6 and a Crescent Axe +5, and a +15 claymore for dudes who have high magic resist.

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        October 9, 2019 8:39 AM

        BL3 has all my time

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        October 9, 2019 8:43 AM

        klev and I have been playing Castle Crashers in switch. It is now the 3rd copy of that game that I own, but just as with all things, the switch is the best console for it.

        It’s exciting for me. We haven’t played a vidya game together since snipper clips.

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          October 9, 2019 9:02 AM

          I love Castle Crashers and have been playing it from time to time with my kiddo! It's the only game I've played at all in the last six weeks. :(

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            October 9, 2019 9:11 AM

            It’s so fun and the button mashing style of gameplay works well for her.

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              October 9, 2019 10:00 AM

              I played a bit with my new girlfriend a couple weeks ago. She likes simple, retro-style games a lot, so this was right up her alley.

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        October 9, 2019 9:36 AM

        Astral Chain.
        Sayonara.

        I finished Link's Awakening, and loved it. Zelda is great.

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        October 9, 2019 9:47 AM

        Hoping to re-borrow Link's Awakening, I only got about 5 hours into it, I'm not sure if I've done 2 or 3 dungeons, one thing felt kind of like a half-dungeon? Or maybe I'll put more time into the Gameboy Color version now that I've well overshot that save... which was only at the first dungeon as the next day the remake was announced; I do suppose I have my backlit GBA SP all charged up.

        The other day I played a few hours of Smash Bros. Ultimate as it had been about six months but I saw Banjo & Kazooie dropped... so, obviously I had to get back to it. Ran a bunch more of the classic modes which is always fun.

        Towards the end of my night I finally unlocked Luigi (I have something like 75 characters), and had an amazing run with him in Classic getting up to 8.6 but then got wrecked by Dracula. He is the boss I hate the most mostly because of that stupid high up limited hit box and enormous amounts of invincibility frames seconds. I used to hate the hands the most, they're still my second least favorite boss, but Dracula just isn't fun for me at all.

        Got a bunch of Spoopy games installed and ready to go. Finally gonna play Detention, though I'm still annoyed I didn't pick up their newest game before it got pulled because Xi Jinping is a whiny little baby who can't take the slightest criticism.

        Probably gonna play Paratopic first though as I know that's fairly short and light on violence which... I don't know, I'm not really feeling horrific/torturous graphic violence right this moment (hilarious graphic violence is pretty much always fine though).

        Also I'm looking forward to playing John Wick Hex, that looks rad but I have yet to purchase it. Tempted to wait for a Switch version as it feels like it would be a perfect fit for the console.

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        October 9, 2019 11:08 AM

        Been enjoying the recent update to bad north

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        October 9, 2019 11:39 AM

        Playing some shitty casual games I found at the thrift store and having a blast :)

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        October 9, 2019 11:46 AM

        Been playing this pretty cool city builder, Cliff Empire. Noone else seems to be talking about it.

        https://store.steampowered.com/app/809140/Cliff_Empire/

        It's really difficult though and I've started over a lot.

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          October 9, 2019 11:50 AM

          Never heard of it!

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            October 9, 2019 11:53 AM

            Yeah, I showed it off at work today. Noone had heard of it before, but everyone loved the visuals.

            Personally I find the UI in the game a bit tough though.

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              October 9, 2019 11:53 AM

              rough*

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                October 9, 2019 12:09 PM

                From the trailers, I get the idea that the devs don't speak English as their first language.

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                  October 9, 2019 1:30 PM

                  Yep, pretty sure it's a Russian team.

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        October 9, 2019 11:46 AM

        None really. I should probably fix that.

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        October 9, 2019 11:52 AM

        Horizon Zero Dawn. Late to the party I know but really digging it!

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          October 9, 2019 11:53 AM

          oh and Link's Awakening and Goose Game!

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            October 9, 2019 12:17 PM

            You, sir, have extremely good taste in games.

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        October 9, 2019 12:02 PM

        Slay the Spire
        Civ 6
        Wilmot's Warehouse
        Smash Ultimate

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        October 9, 2019 12:05 PM

        Been trying to get good at SF5, but haven't had time to play in the last 3 or so weeks :(

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        October 9, 2019 12:09 PM

        my gaming time is limited. tetris 99 fills in the gaps easily.

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        October 9, 2019 12:13 PM

        WoW Classic and Borderlands 2 (seeing if I enjoy it enough to warrant a purchase of BL3).

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        October 9, 2019 12:18 PM

        can't seem to stop playing State of Decay 2

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        October 9, 2019 12:20 PM

        Apex legends. Played a bit of gears 5, then went to check it season 3 of Apex and I'm hooked right in.

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        October 9, 2019 1:01 PM

        Dragon Quest Builders 2, I'm near the end (I think) and I'm ready for it to be over.

        It was fun but the islands are all way too damned big.

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        October 9, 2019 1:04 PM

        still fire emblem :3 i think astral chain is next up on deck though; it's already downloaded!

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        October 9, 2019 1:41 PM

        Haven't really played anything since beating Ori & the Blind Forest. Been playing Antimatter Dimensions but that's just a weird clicker.

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        October 9, 2019 1:43 PM

        Finished the Link's Awakening remake. Thinking about picking up my save game for Octopath Traveler... but that game is soooo boring...

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          October 9, 2019 1:47 PM

          Yeah, I've tried to get in 3 times, I don't even have all the characters yet and I just can't make it through. I think I'm done with traditional turn based RPGs, at least if they don't have compelling characters and/or story.

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        October 9, 2019 1:52 PM

        Days Gone. It's very big, very long and has the best written characters in any game I played last few years.

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        October 9, 2019 1:53 PM

        NCAA College football 2013!

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        October 9, 2019 1:56 PM

        Just finished Control, which fucking impressed the hell out of me. Not sure what's next. I have many games in the backlog but I'm looking at Astral Chain for something new and shiny.

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        October 9, 2019 2:04 PM

        Bloodstained}. That intro boss was a doozy on hard. Starting to really enjoy it the more I progress.

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        October 9, 2019 2:32 PM

        Still Dead Cells and CounterAttack, LoL and Destiny 2, but I got back on some Grim Dawn recently.
        Pisses me off how the Grim Dawn DLC was handled though. I can't use it with my existing characters, it branches them off into a "DLC Version"; I cannot play DLC chars with Vanilla chars. I cannot add a DLC class to my existing single class vanilla char (had the second class slot still open). Also the DLC has my chars at the levels and equipment at the time I purchased it I guess (5-20 levels ago, depending on char).

        In Destiny 2 it feels weird to be "weak" again. I guess 'normalized' would be better. Also strange to have no gear superior to any others in power level. And I'm not wasting an upgrade on 750 -> 760.
        I've only really gone in to check out any obvious changes; feels about the same, but I have occasional instances of 'too much shit going on/blowing up' video lag now. Also something feels off with the viewport / FOV. I upped it to the max of 105 (which I would like to note, is NOT 110), but still something not right.

        As a plus, I feel that when enemies are shooting at you, the projectiles are a lot more ... readable? visible? slow moving? better models and/or lighting? I'm not sure, but projectiles coming from your front arc (in particular, though it seems improved overall) look way better to me now.

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        October 9, 2019 2:38 PM

        Lumines Remastered time attacks. It's crack.

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        October 9, 2019 3:51 PM

        Overwatch. I'm fully back into it now thanks to role queue. QP is so much better now.

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        October 9, 2019 5:18 PM

        I bought Apsulov, having finished Control. Haven't started it yet tho!

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        October 9, 2019 5:21 PM

        Yooka-Laylee, Civ 6, DQ XI, Noita, Spire

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        October 9, 2019 6:41 PM

        I finished Dragon Quest 1, and I'm almost done with Dragon Quest 2. I just need one more of the elements or whatever.. Im pretty sure I can just March in the castle and end it, but I want to get in area in the mountains with the fire.. There are a couple of other things I'd like to clear up, but I'm hitting that "What else can I do wall?".

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        October 9, 2019 7:10 PM

        BotW in master mode! I don't play games frequently these days so it's taking a long time.

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        October 9, 2019 11:49 PM

        Thronebreaker. I'm hooked, which is unusual because I dont really like card games. But the art, music, story and gameplay all work together to fuck over my spare time.

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        October 10, 2019 1:04 AM

        Currently working through Gris and getting in a half hour or so a night of The Flame in the Flood.

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      October 9, 2019 7:53 AM

      Classic Shack! I love that this is back.

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      October 9, 2019 7:58 AM

      That's a really good first First Post! Keep it up. :D

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      October 9, 2019 8:32 AM

      New post, who dis?

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      October 9, 2019 8:39 AM

      Wow. I had to do a double take when I saw "First Post!"

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      October 9, 2019 8:42 AM

      I am talking to customers today. All day. like I do most days, unless I am talking to team members about customers. and the world turns for another day.

      Oh, and I am working in word and powerpoint. again. :)

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      October 9, 2019 9:03 AM

      I like it

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      October 9, 2019 9:30 AM

      Gooooooood morning Chatty!

      On the topic of Activision-Blizzard caving for the mere sake of profit to behaviors that I think we all wish China's government would stop, Washington State's Lieutenant Governor chimed in with a simple, "Shame".
      https://twitter.com/cyrushabib/status/1181752500870713345

      This isn't the first time I've said it, but I like Cyrus Habib, he seems like a good guy. I remember during the Sea-Tac Airport ICE protests he was quite possibly the first government official on site to support it, he got there really fast.

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      October 9, 2019 10:44 AM

      does this mean Evening Reading is gonna make a return too?!?

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      October 9, 2019 10:57 AM

      I ate a cat!

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      October 9, 2019 11:04 AM

      Awesome, this is a great feature to bring back!

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      October 9, 2019 11:42 AM

      Reading through the reviews of Indivisible and John Wick Hex on my phone, I feel that the score box is completely in the wrong place.

      Putting the score box below the author blurb, the tags, the Lola and the related stories might as well mean it doesn't exist. The link to the chatty post is also too low in my opinion.

      Is there a chance you're going to look into this? I know the text should stand for itself and the score box shouldn't be emphasized. But I really feel it's in the wrong place right now, essentially unlinked from the review it summarizes.

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      October 9, 2019 11:45 AM

      You are doing it right! Don’t be discouraged if these eventually don’t get many comments. People will start their own threads I assume.

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      October 9, 2019 12:06 PM

      Oh whoa. No, I didn't know there was a review for Indivisible.

      Game looks good!

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      October 9, 2019 12:12 PM

      I really like that you're bringing this back!

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      October 9, 2019 2:08 PM

      Would anyone be interested in a return of the top LOLs / tag count posts?

      I've come up with a way to get the top lols, and posted about it over the weekend, although I didn't get much response. https://www.shacknews.com/chatty?id=38961335#item_38961335

      I wouldn't want to have these post be under my account. I will provide my program and code to someone who would like to run it, or I'm considering possibly making an account just for these summary posts that the program makes. (And I'm looking at the 'terms & conditions" to see if that is allowed)

      If a few people would like to see a return of my version of those posts, I'll figure something out. Also let me know if you have any suggestions for my formatting of those posts, or things I could add.

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        October 9, 2019 6:51 PM

        Yes please.

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        October 9, 2019 7:12 PM

        I saw that, seems cool. I think you should do it!

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          October 9, 2019 7:13 PM

          Oh, one suggestion might be to delay each reply by a while so that the thread gets bumped throughout the day instead of all at once. It might get more traction that way? Not sure.

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        October 9, 2019 7:50 PM

        Yeah, would be nice to see again.

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      October 9, 2019 2:08 PM

      What year is it ?! Seriously though, happy to see a return to form!

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      October 9, 2019 2:19 PM

      Bring back Bunched Up Briefs!

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      October 9, 2019 3:53 PM

      We dont deserve you

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      October 9, 2019 5:22 PM

      Hmmm, Indivisble review has me interested

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        October 9, 2019 5:24 PM

        Warning. Warning.
        https://www.shacknews.com/chatty?id=38971582#item_38971582

        Art is great. Voices are great. I just don't know if my aging monkey brain can deal with the actual game part of the game.

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          October 9, 2019 5:25 PM

          I read your post earlier, has me worried since I'm usually pretty monkey brained when it comes to complex mechanics or real time multitasking in games

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            October 9, 2019 7:12 PM

            honestly it depends on how slowly you are introduced to them. if it's all at once then fuck that. but if its a good pace, (ie. Astral Chain), then it all works out.

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      October 9, 2019 5:25 PM

      I like the vaguely Iwata-like cadence you hit here. It's a good flow!

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      October 9, 2019 7:32 PM

      Solid Bro \m/ :) \m/ [ high five ]

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      October 9, 2019 8:34 PM

      Yes you are doing this right.

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      October 9, 2019 8:39 PM

      ER is up

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