I do not know whether I am in the minority or majority of players in this regard, but today the daily/weekly task cycle in most multiplayer games I play broke me. Maybe it stems from the fact that I am a completionist and enjoy getting to that 100%, fully completing a game and moving on, something that clashes with the design of modern multiplayer games.
I logged in into World of Warcraft, completed all my daily and weekly tasks and then looked at the list of my alt characters that I prepared to play aswell. There are 4 covenants (aka factions) in the new expansion, I MUST have at least one character for each one, right? 4 times doing the same thing but with a different color just to experience all of the content. Reasonable right?
I boot up PUBG to have some fun, but wait I have to complete my daily and weekly missions to get the cool new outfits released with the seasonal battle pass. It spices up the gameplay and is fun to unlock stuff. And then after 3 months a new one will come out, and then another, and then another. 10 seasons in and I have collected all of the challenge mission prestige skins, only for more to come out the next month. But I collected all of them so far, I can't stop now right?
Some Siege with the boys? Daily and weekly challenges for renown you need to unlock new operators unless you want to pay cash.
Some Fallout 76 with a friend while we wait for some new coop survival games to come out? Daily and weekly challenges to get new fun stuff that was added.
RDR2 Online is now cheap and my friends want to play? Do daily tasks to get more gold so you can get more $ to get more stuff.
Again, I do not know whether I am in the minority or majority of players in this regard, maybe I am a type of person that is bothered by the "end goal" and "completion" too much, but on the other hand I wonder how much did these systems themselves affect me.
I just miss the times when I went to a LAN cafe to play CS 1.6. I didn't have any skins, I didn't have any tasks or missions, I didn't have any statistics and goals or unlocks to chase, all I had was my nickname and all I chased was more fun and game knowledge.
Edit: To elaborate one thing, my main point is that companies would rather have people log in every day for 1 hour than have someone play for 20 hours but only during the weekend, paired with constant FOMO stuff. The design of these systems shifted from "how much you need to play" to "how often and exactly when you need to play". I would r... keep reading on reddit ➡
>"If Harden is traded today, the James-Harden Rockets era was a massive success. ... If he 'failed' it's bc he wasn't quite good enough. He wasn't better than Steph, KD or LeBron. Yeah, they gave him a lot of power. It worked as well as it realistically could've." —
>In the last 40 years, 38 champions have had a Top 20 all time player. Only the 2019 Raptors & 2004 Pistons didn’t. The Rockets problem wasn’t enabling Harden, it was that as great as Harden is he isn’t quite good enough.
This is my low-effort update to another post I made 3 months ago so I can round out 2020 (total count at the time was 70+).
I really appreciate AEW featuring indie guys during this pandemic era so I compiled a list of all the indie/unsigned talent they featured on DARK since they had no-crowd shows (3/24/2020 edition of Dark). Since then they've featured more than 130 wrestlers (136 by my count) and signed a few names that we are now quite familiar with.
I didn't do this just because it's AEW. I enjoy seeing new & obscure talent when WWE did it with local jobbers and on TNA's Xplosion. I just decided to jot down this list in Google Keep 3 months ago because Tony Khan made a point of saying he was going to feature indie wrestlers to help them out during the pandemic.
Alan Angels - now known as "5"
Big Game Leroy
Brian Pillman Jr
Capital Vices (Sin, Money)
Dream Girl Ellie
El Cuervo De Puerto Rico
Fuego Del Sol
George South Jr
Griff Garrison (Who TF is he?)
Jon Cruz - now goes by Serpentico
Preston Vance - now known as "10"
My inner amateur sociologist has been pondering this lately; I'd love to get others' perspectives.
I've met a substantial number of partners in person through friends or at parties and I feel that's probably always best, yet I've always been fascinated with the wild card of possibilities offered by the internet. I was actually an early pioneer of online dating myself in the early 2000s—
I remember things like Nerve personals that were basically online versions of personal ads in newspapers. What I really loved about that era was craigslist, though—specifically the clean-slate, blank-canvas, free format. You could write anything you wanted; there were no templates to conform to.
And I don't mean "casual encounters", I mean the real personal ads where people would write beautiful, multi-paragraph prose. I met a couple of very attractive girlfriends like this back in the day, even using ads without pictures!
Going on in history: circa 2010 or so, OkCupid was awesome. Those Ivy League math kids were on to something. I met some brilliant people with keyword searches for terms like "perspicacity" or "snuggling" or "introvert". But then they took away the keyword search and it went downhill from there.
Then of course Tinder came along and disrupted everything. I don't feel I need to elaborate on this.
There are others now (Bumble, Hinge, etc.), yet I don't feel they're a significant divergence from what's been done before. Grindr is very interesting conceptually (the ease of Tinder without the limitations of the swiping paradigm) but I'm skeptical that would ever work for straight people, even with extreme filtering.
Personally, I miss the freedom of the blank page. To me, it's like the difference between Buzzfeed and The Atlantic. I love pouring my heart out with well-crafted words and I love reading other people doing the same.
I wonder if our beloved Reddit will become somewhat of a thing, as it once again allows for inspired, unfettered, long-form writing. I don't have a strong feeling it'll ever become particularly mainstream, though.
People across virtually all demographics seem quite discouraged by and tired of the fast-food ethos of swipe apps.
What's going to be next?
I was just reading on lexicanum about space wolves and their non codex standard numbers for their chapter.
In there it mentioned something about the 13th legion going into the eye of terror during the heresy, not to be seen again for 10,000 years. Which would put them pretty much into the current time. But they're full of wulfen and stuff, and lost in the warp for all that time.
Of course all of the missing primarchs that aren't dead.
And the big blue hero.
But as far as non demon possessed people.... Cypher?
A few people have said a number of primaris are from that area... Which confuses me. I thought primaris are a newer thing? Or can an old space marine get a new lease on life from crossing the rubicon primaris and get a few extra millennia?
Edit#2: Wow! Thanks for the great responses, info, and indulging in my continuing questions. This has been great, and this community is awesome!
Edit#3: A lot of people are saying Dante. Consensus is he's about 1500 years old. The oldest astartes without plot ... Er I mean warp fuckery. Longest tenured chapter master. But not from the heresy era.