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tagline by hcs at 11:42 PM EST on February 25, 2020
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Yikes, Spotify has got a big problem with credential stuffing. I signed up with an old password and within two days I got an email saying it'd been signed in from a distance. Put in a proper unique password and signed out everywhere, the next day it needed another reset for "suspicious activity" (I assume from being hammered on by the attacker).

edited 5:05 PM EST February 26, 2020
by hcs at 2:33 AM EDT on March 20, 2020
Been catching up on a few games I'd bought but not played:

Portal 2 (2011) was a lot of fun, and now I know what all the lemon talk was about a few years ago. Only did the single player story.

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Heaven's Vault (2019) I was looking forward to for its ancient languages mechanic, but I've bounced off it so far. I'd enjoyed Inkle's 80 Days (2014), which is very strongly suited to multiple playthroughs. I think I don't like something longer with the feeling that I'm making irrevocable bad decisions at each dialog branch, and it's hard to decide how to consistently role play the character vs saying what I'd want to say. There's also a great deal of information being dumped and I'm a little overwhelmed and feeling I'm not absorbing essential things.

The language translation mechanic itself is a bit of a letdown, at least early in the game you're making completely arbitrary guesses without context and no way to indicate confidence level. I was expecting something more puzzley, this is very adventure gamey.

But I haven't played enough of it yet to really give it a fair try, so I may revisit it. It doesn't help that there are graphical issues (flickering) on my system, I should fix those first so the whole experience doesn't feel so janky.

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I just finished The Beginner's Guide (2015), it struck me quite strongly. It is over quickly, which allows immediate reflection on the whole course of the game. I have to think some more about it, maybe I'll end up replaying it. I didn't see it going where it did, though I can see how someone more skilled at empathy might have. Recurring symbols were employed to great effect.

I've also heard good things about The Magic Circle (2015), which I bought around the same time but haven't played yet, and which also deals in meta-art themes. That may be next for me, though I'm going to have to let Beginner's Guide sink in some more.

edited 2:35 AM EDT March 20, 2020

edited 2:36 AM EDT March 20, 2020
by SmartOne at 2:00 PM EDT on March 21, 2020
Funny, I don't even have a Spotify account but just got a bunch of emails to verify account creation.

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