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#1  Edited By frytup

@aem2169 said:

Thanks for getting back so quick! I keep hearing about Baldur's Gate 2 and Neverwinter Nights any input there?

BG2 is pretty much the gold standard for "classic" (late 90s/early 2000s) tactical RPGs. As such, it's very combat focused. Not much like PS:T at all other than the game engine and roots in D&D.

Neverwinter Nights is a somewhat similar idea, but moves to a 3D engine and doesn't have a particularly good story. Though some of the official expansions are better and NWN is know for its friendliness to user-created campaigns. Some of which are very good.

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Hey, if they wait long enough eventually consumer cards will be useless for mining Ethereum. That strategy worked with Bitcoin.

Looking forward to my 30 series card in 2024.

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@aktivity said:

Plex uses very little resources if your streaming without transcoding.

But depending on how you encode your media you may often find yourself transcoding. Plex likes some container formats more than others, and things like turning on subtitles will flip on transcode. I'm running an i5-2500 and often find the hardware struggling to keep up if I've got subs on or even just forward/reverse seek through the video too much.

When I get around to upgrading, I'll be going with a much more substantial CPU.

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@glots said:

I imagine that while probably busy still, he can now more easily spare time for doing a podcast, since he can't exactly travel around the world to interview people...and while that's kind of a bummer on it's own, I do greatly appreciate frequent Danny appearances on the Bombcast!

Yeah, that's the thing. I don't see him being available for "permanent rotating chair" status once he's able to travel again, but it's fun while it lasts.

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I'd say Kiwami 2 is the second best game in the series. If you only want to play one more before Judgment or 7, go with that.

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Very satisfying. Popping in live here and there and BSing with chat was a good time, and the discussions were productive.

"Efficient" probably isn't an especially complimentary way to describe GOTY deliberations, but I'll say it anyway. There was a distinct lack of drawn-out nonsense this year that made it much more enjoyable to listen to.

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Yeah, "let the markets burn" would be a wonderful sentiment if the vast majority of retirement funds weren't tied directly to it. And if interest rates weren't so low that dumping money in a savings account doesn't even keep up with inflation. The sad truth is if you have money to save, putting it in equities markets is about the only thing that makes long-term financial sense.

But, sure. Watching short sellers take a bath is always good for a chuckle.

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@judoboy said:

I think I'm realizing I actually want more blog-like writing than written reviews.

Yes. Writing reviews may not be worth the time investment, but writing which doesn't require finishing a game might strike the right balance between staff time and (ugh) clicks.

Certainly worth a try if they're up for it. Though probably after they start hiring again.

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Buy a house half a mile from the nearest neighbor. Or at least as far as I can get and still have decent internet.

Build a home gym.

Sleep.

Never work again.

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My budget is pretty high as I don’t want to upgrade for awhile. Around 2k total.

Assuming your PC is intended almost entirely for gaming, I'd suggest you're better off going Intel. Mostly because you can actually buy the 10900K right now, whereas the Ryzen 5900X is very difficult to track down. Those new Ryzens do perform better in most gaming benchmarks, but the difference is fairly small.

Not really sure how big a hurry you're in, but if it were me I'd probably just wait until the 5900X is actually available and the 11900K is out and benchmarked.