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2020 is almost over and I think the only 2020 release I played was the C&C remaster.

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Been kinda obsessed with V-Kaos recently. Awful name aside, she was Diabolicum's keyboardist and female vocalist, as well as live guitarist for Asagraum, and her solo stuff is incredible. Just raw black metal, mostly without drums or anything else unnecessary.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFgOOaYFnDo

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@deadweezel: the hard part is to make the lines perfectly vertical, but essentially all you have to do is to breathe on your phone's camera lens and then wipe it with your hand, leaving it slightly dirty and wet. The angle you wipe it at will affect the direction of the light 'beams'. You may want to put some protective film on the lens or use an old camera where it doesn't matter if you scratch it since you'll need to redo it a few times in order to get the right look.

Once you get close enough you can always just record and then crop and rotate the video a little during editing. That'll of course give you even more of that digital zoom look (and then use pretty heavy compression to make the look even dirtier).

Your best results will probably be with some cheap android phones or tablets, no fancy Samsungs or stuff like that (except maybe their cheaper Galaxy Ax line). You want as cheap and bad cameras as you can get.

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People seem to forget that every Battlefield launch in the last 10 years has been disastrous. Battlefield 4 is fondly remembered now, but it was completely broken for a year, to the point that EA had to apologize for the state of the game (and got a place in Giant Bomb's 2013 GOTY awards in the "Please Stop" category - "Games That Require Post-Launch Apologies").

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I'll say some of the earlier Civilization games (especially Civilization II: Test of Time, Call to Power and Call to Power 2) had much more in-depth environmental mechanics than the more recent ones, though Gathering Storm for VI is a bit of a return to form.

Maxis' Sim Isle also comes to mind. It tries to simulate an island ecosystem, though the scenarios are all kinda balanced towards letting the player "sustainably" turn every island into a shopping mall or golf course, which is a bit of a bummer, because there seems to be a bit more than that to the actual simulation.

We also have the 2021 release of Imagine Earth, which tries to have an environmentalist message though I'm not quite sold on how it works mechanically, it really just feels like you're balancing a few different meters, and you can find magical (ancient alien) sources of power that let you temporarily pause or even revert climate change.

When it comes to a more traditional RTS, I might actually also suggest Total Annihilation. It doesn't really have an environmental model, but if you don't play on one of the metal maps (which gives you infinite access to metal all over the map), there are some interesting quirks in how it handles resources that makes you start recycling the wrecks of fallen units as well as clear the map of trees and rocks to power the war economy. It also has a rudimentary fire simulation going on, that like C&C will have forest fires spread across the map and damage nearby units. Like, it's not deep environmental simulation by the metrics of some of these other games, but few RTS games have anything even close to this.

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I'm not sure it was a direct causal relationship, but, yeah, I haven't played anything in months and haven't felt like playing anything either.

I have an 'essential job' though, so I was never off work, couldn't work from home and still had to meet hundreds if not a thousand people daily, and was rather overwhelmed with stuff for a good part of last year, got covid twice and we only got to use masks in the last 8 months or so.

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The Norwegian jazz musician Nils Petter Molvær put out a new album this year, and I've been kinda obsessed with the single "Nearly Invisible Stitches". Back in the 90s he was one of the pioneers of future jazz, incorporating elements of drum and bass. This most recent album leans a bit more towards progressive rock-ish vibes, but the electronic elements are still in there: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wKEvdqgOaE

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Can't say it's a regular thing, I rarely feel the pressure to play something because it's the thing people talk about. One that does come to mind is XCOM 2012 though, it was pretty hyped at the time and I had been missing something scratching that X-COM itch for years at that point.

And, well, initially it absolutely bummed me out. People were talking up all these cool aspects of it, but it really wasn't doing what I wanted out of an X-COM game (what do you mean you can only have one squad, one base and one drop ship, just let me actually try to tackle all these terror missions at the same time instead of forcing me to pick) and fell off it pretty quickly.

I returned to it around the Exquisite Corps as less of an X-COM game and more on its own terms, and enjoyed it a lot more. Still haven't managed to turn that corner on XCOM 2 though.

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@asylumrunner: oh yes, the Section 8 games were great budget shooters, really scratching that Tribes itch at a time there was nothing else like it out there.

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Dust 514, MAG and Defiance come first to mind. Really enjoyed all three, covering slightly different niches of MMO shooters.

There are also two that got shutdown before I felt I could get my money's worth out of them. Landmark and Darkspore. The PC I had when I purchased Landmark couldn't run it properly, I upgraded about a year later but by then the game had been shut down. I tried marathoning through Darkspore in the last week before its closure, but didn't get all that far. It getting shut down was particularly annoying since so little of it was actually online, it essentially only made online checks for the inventory, seems like they could've patched it to be playable offline, but they didn't.

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I guess the first thing that comes to mind is Diablo 1's theme song. Everybody knows the Tristram theme, and they keep repeating that one in every game, but they've never really revisited the original theme song, which I think is an exceptional song, setting the tone perfectly for the game (a tone which I felt the sequels lost too). Just really evocative of the whole journey the player makes through the game.

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