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# 1
Gaming / ATTN Meep: Yakuza discussion
19-07-2024, 12:23:11 PM
Started 5. Completed part 1 with Kiryu at 10 hours. SO MANY RANDOM ENCOUNTERS. The first city area is so small and boring. The side missions are mostly rehashes of old ones with old characters. Like why bother making some of these when they're less challenging fights than the 4 random encounters it took to get to the side mission marker. I did do all the taxi missions despite them being pretty repetitive and boring. I thought there would be a good reward (wrong). The races in particular, ughh. They've got nothing on Big Rigs.

This game is bloated ah. Back to back 15 minute cutscenes that say nothing and say nothing slowly. And when that happens the production value changeups between the cutscenes are really jarring. From nice looking, fully voiced in-game cinematics, to badly compressed prerendered scenes to text-only dialogue talking head parts, it's all so tiring. I will attempt to speedrun thru the rest of the game. Kinda looking forward to the Haruka part if only for it being something different and hopefully a breath of fresh air.

Bad news, Saejima's hunting minigame is even worse
# 2
We don't have the infrastructure, culture or tactical knowledge to be good at it. We can't simply throw more money at it for a quick fix.

The problem starts from the lack of good coaching in the US. If American kids show talent and want to take soccer seriously, their parents need to get them into a club team that offers real coaching. These cost thousands of dollars, and how many parents are able to pay for that? In Europe, clubs will send scouts to local village matches to find the most talented kids. The best talents are identified and brought into club academies to receive professional training. This doesn't cost the parents much (if anything), and it's a relatively trivial investment for the clubs as well, with the potential of one of these kids being worth a ton of money in the future. (There are issues with the youth system to be sure, particularly for the kids who are good enough to stay until they turn 18, but not good enough to make a living professionally). Fortunately, American academies are more common now. It's common for a few teenagers to get sold from MLS teams to European clubs every year. They're getting better coaching and playing against elite opposition every week. There's a long way to go but the talent level is improving.

Another issue is that the USSF is full of nepotism. When we hired Jurgen Klinsmann in 2011, he was quick to point out how the systemic problems of US soccer. Much of his tenure was spent implementing European-style coaching and stressing that our best players need to leave MLS if we ever want to improve. He brought in many players who were raised/trained in Germany and dropped popular Americans from the 2014 World Cup squad. When he was fired in 2016, we brought in Bruce Arena who had done a lot previously but was a terrible choice for the modern team. We missed qualifying for the 2018 World Cup as a result. Then we signed Gregg Berhalter who was an awful coach and fired him in 2022... then we re-signed him in 2023 so he could fetch us over again and crash us out of the group stage of the Copa America, despite having a ridiculously easy group.

Finally, Americans can't stand being anything other than #1. Do you think the average American is going to celebrate if we make the quarterfinals at a World Cup? We're happy to tell ourselves "we'd be the best in the world if we took it seriously" and leave it at that. Realistically, there's no reason the US can't consistently be a top 10 team on the world stage, but I don't know that it'll ever happen.
# 3
Football's never coming home
# 4

Should be good matches, I'm looking forward to Germany-Spain and Uruguay-Brazil
# 5
Gaming / Star Citizen
21-06-2024, 14:16:43 PM
You get some pretty big FPS drops in a couple of the cities but overall it runs fine. Most of the major optimization mods work with it
# 6
Gaming / Star Citizen
20-06-2024, 21:12:24 PM
Tamriel Rebuilt progresses at a glacial pace. It's entirely free and what's released varies from good to excellent. I don't know that it'll ever be done but they have been progressing more in recent years and seem to have a good team together.

Star Citizen will end up hitting a billion dollars of crowdfunding at some point, but is little more than a ship storefront. If you think of it as a live service game it makes more sense. The endless cycle of "updates" will continue forever because the main purpose is to convince enough idiots that they should be buying $500 ships.
# 7
Social/Off-Topic / Midnight snack of champions
20-06-2024, 21:01:18 PM
You should fix that
# 8
11-06-2024, 23:09:38 PM
# 9
Social/Off-Topic / Midnight snack of champions
11-06-2024, 23:04:24 PM
Round 2

should've used imgur, asshole
# 10
Social/Off-Topic / Investment Thread
06-06-2024, 22:26:07 PM
Investing in the AI revolution can be an exciting opportunity, and there are several ways to approach it. Here are some strategies to consider:
  • AI Stocks: Investing in public companies that are actively working on AI technology is one way to get involved. This includes companies that provide the hardware and infrastructure for AI, as well as those creating and deploying AI systems.
  • AI ETFs: Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) that focus on AI can offer a diversified investment in this sector without the need to pick individual stocks.
  • Private Companies: If youíre looking for potentially higher returns and are comfortable with higher risk, investing in private AI startups could be an option.
  • Tech Giants: Some of the established technology giants are heavily invested in AI and can be a more stable investment option.
  • Education and Research: Staying informed about the AI industry and its developments is crucial. This knowledge can help you make more educated investment decisions.
Remember, investing always carries risks, and itís important to do your own research or consult with a financial advisor before making any investment decisions. Diversification and due diligence are key in navigating the investment landscape, especially in a field as dynamic and rapidly evolving as AI.
# 11
Loved to see Athletic do well this year. Pompey can fetch off but the rest of those clubs are good
# 12
Social/Off-Topic / good books thread
04-06-2024, 00:57:43 AM
I'm reading Winesburg Ohio now. I haven't read a lot of American classics. I'm enjoying it.
# 13
Social/Off-Topic / good books thread
04-06-2024, 00:54:08 AM
More importantly, they didn't have access to
# 14
Gaming / Secret of Pokemon Sword.
04-06-2024, 00:12:08 AM
Has there been any innovation in Pokemon in the last 10 years?
# 15
The Darren Bent beach ball goal and this win against Arsenal:

When I moved to college I was able to watch Premier League matches live on Saturday morning. After doing that for a while I decided I wanted to pick a team to follow to make it more interesting. I had to avoid the Big Four, and these two events happening so close together told me I needed to be a Sunderland fan. I've followed them closely since 2009, including the great escape years, the doomed Championship relegation and the miserable League One years. I've been on the SAFC discord for like 6 years now and have since learned a lot more about the history of the club and city. I haven't been to a match yet but I do plan to eventually.
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