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    Candescence got a reaction from Tornado in Half-Life: Alyx - VR - it actually happened   
    Bloody hell, this is gonna be VR's Mario 64 and you guys are down on it being a "VR spinoff". For shame, fellas.
    Valve have been working on this thing for years. They've been singlehandedly writing the book on how to make a premiere VR game, along with engineering the top-tier VR hardware, and on the software side, this game is gonna show the fruits of their labors. This isn't gonna be merely a spinoff, this'll be an event on the level that Half Life 2 was.
    No, it's probably not gonna resolve the cliffhanger. But if Valve News Network (who have been spot-on about this project for years) and a certain former Valve employee posting over at ResetERA are correct, this is gonna be the game that makes everyone wish they had a VR headset. Valve are aiming to showcase what VR can do and make VR's killer app, they are willing to take a hit to do so.
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    Candescence got a reaction from Polkadi~☆ in Half-Life: Alyx - VR - it actually happened   
    Bloody hell, this is gonna be VR's Mario 64 and you guys are down on it being a "VR spinoff". For shame, fellas.
    Valve have been working on this thing for years. They've been singlehandedly writing the book on how to make a premiere VR game, along with engineering the top-tier VR hardware, and on the software side, this game is gonna show the fruits of their labors. This isn't gonna be merely a spinoff, this'll be an event on the level that Half Life 2 was.
    No, it's probably not gonna resolve the cliffhanger. But if Valve News Network (who have been spot-on about this project for years) and a certain former Valve employee posting over at ResetERA are correct, this is gonna be the game that makes everyone wish they had a VR headset. Valve are aiming to showcase what VR can do and make VR's killer app, they are willing to take a hit to do so.
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    Candescence got a reaction from Strickerx5 in Pokémon Sword & Shield (Coming November 15th, 2019)   
    As someone who has actual game development experience and prior knowledge of what Game Freak has already done in 3D...
    I'm gonna echo Stricker and Blue Blood here, I cannot fathom any reason why there isn't a National Dex. The models, textures and animations already exist. Other data can also be imported with some coding for specific things like where special effects start. And they're workable for the Switch - hell, they were significantly overkill for the 3DS. We even know Sword & Shield already has imported animations from the 3DS games.
    This reeks of complacency biting Game Freak in the ass, or laziness, or incompetence, or any/all of the above. And considering Game Freak have stated they have no intention of rectifying this mistake going forward, I'm going to say all of the above, because fucking hell. There shouldn't be any reason why they wouldn't port everything over, unless their development toolset is that terrible, and that implies an incredible amount of incompetence.
    If development of an entire roster of Pokemon is a problem, then get a separate studio dedicated to handling the problem (which would also allow Game Freak and other devs access to a library of Pokemon assets of consistent quality). I'm pretty sure that was Creatures Inc.'s job with X&Y, at least, make them do it, for fuck's sake.
    Seriously, I'm really getting fed up with Game Freak's whims. Their previous shit such as not carrying over cool features between games was one thing, but this is the straw that breaks the camel's back. Also, I have to roll my eyes at the defense force that's sprung up, because God forbid that Game Freak actually fucks up.
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    Candescence got a reaction from Waveshocker Sigma in Pokémon Sword & Shield (Coming November 15th, 2019)   
    As someone who has actual game development experience and prior knowledge of what Game Freak has already done in 3D...
    I'm gonna echo Stricker and Blue Blood here, I cannot fathom any reason why there isn't a National Dex. The models, textures and animations already exist. Other data can also be imported with some coding for specific things like where special effects start. And they're workable for the Switch - hell, they were significantly overkill for the 3DS. We even know Sword & Shield already has imported animations from the 3DS games.
    This reeks of complacency biting Game Freak in the ass, or laziness, or incompetence, or any/all of the above. And considering Game Freak have stated they have no intention of rectifying this mistake going forward, I'm going to say all of the above, because fucking hell. There shouldn't be any reason why they wouldn't port everything over, unless their development toolset is that terrible, and that implies an incredible amount of incompetence.
    If development of an entire roster of Pokemon is a problem, then get a separate studio dedicated to handling the problem (which would also allow Game Freak and other devs access to a library of Pokemon assets of consistent quality). I'm pretty sure that was Creatures Inc.'s job with X&Y, at least, make them do it, for fuck's sake.
    Seriously, I'm really getting fed up with Game Freak's whims. Their previous shit such as not carrying over cool features between games was one thing, but this is the straw that breaks the camel's back. Also, I have to roll my eyes at the defense force that's sprung up, because God forbid that Game Freak actually fucks up.
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    Candescence got a reaction from SaturnWolf in Pokémon Sword & Shield (Coming November 15th, 2019)   
    As someone who has actual game development experience and prior knowledge of what Game Freak has already done in 3D...
    I'm gonna echo Stricker and Blue Blood here, I cannot fathom any reason why there isn't a National Dex. The models, textures and animations already exist. Other data can also be imported with some coding for specific things like where special effects start. And they're workable for the Switch - hell, they were significantly overkill for the 3DS. We even know Sword & Shield already has imported animations from the 3DS games.
    This reeks of complacency biting Game Freak in the ass, or laziness, or incompetence, or any/all of the above. And considering Game Freak have stated they have no intention of rectifying this mistake going forward, I'm going to say all of the above, because fucking hell. There shouldn't be any reason why they wouldn't port everything over, unless their development toolset is that terrible, and that implies an incredible amount of incompetence.
    If development of an entire roster of Pokemon is a problem, then get a separate studio dedicated to handling the problem (which would also allow Game Freak and other devs access to a library of Pokemon assets of consistent quality). I'm pretty sure that was Creatures Inc.'s job with X&Y, at least, make them do it, for fuck's sake.
    Seriously, I'm really getting fed up with Game Freak's whims. Their previous shit such as not carrying over cool features between games was one thing, but this is the straw that breaks the camel's back. Also, I have to roll my eyes at the defense force that's sprung up, because God forbid that Game Freak actually fucks up.
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    Candescence got a reaction from Tornado in Pokémon Sword & Shield (Coming November 15th, 2019)   
    As someone who has actual game development experience and prior knowledge of what Game Freak has already done in 3D...
    I'm gonna echo Stricker and Blue Blood here, I cannot fathom any reason why there isn't a National Dex. The models, textures and animations already exist. Other data can also be imported with some coding for specific things like where special effects start. And they're workable for the Switch - hell, they were significantly overkill for the 3DS. We even know Sword & Shield already has imported animations from the 3DS games.
    This reeks of complacency biting Game Freak in the ass, or laziness, or incompetence, or any/all of the above. And considering Game Freak have stated they have no intention of rectifying this mistake going forward, I'm going to say all of the above, because fucking hell. There shouldn't be any reason why they wouldn't port everything over, unless their development toolset is that terrible, and that implies an incredible amount of incompetence.
    If development of an entire roster of Pokemon is a problem, then get a separate studio dedicated to handling the problem (which would also allow Game Freak and other devs access to a library of Pokemon assets of consistent quality). I'm pretty sure that was Creatures Inc.'s job with X&Y, at least, make them do it, for fuck's sake.
    Seriously, I'm really getting fed up with Game Freak's whims. Their previous shit such as not carrying over cool features between games was one thing, but this is the straw that breaks the camel's back. Also, I have to roll my eyes at the defense force that's sprung up, because God forbid that Game Freak actually fucks up.
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    Candescence got a reaction from NegaMetallix in Pokémon Sword & Shield (Coming November 15th, 2019)   
    As someone who has actual game development experience and prior knowledge of what Game Freak has already done in 3D...
    I'm gonna echo Stricker and Blue Blood here, I cannot fathom any reason why there isn't a National Dex. The models, textures and animations already exist. Other data can also be imported with some coding for specific things like where special effects start. And they're workable for the Switch - hell, they were significantly overkill for the 3DS. We even know Sword & Shield already has imported animations from the 3DS games.
    This reeks of complacency biting Game Freak in the ass, or laziness, or incompetence, or any/all of the above. And considering Game Freak have stated they have no intention of rectifying this mistake going forward, I'm going to say all of the above, because fucking hell. There shouldn't be any reason why they wouldn't port everything over, unless their development toolset is that terrible, and that implies an incredible amount of incompetence.
    If development of an entire roster of Pokemon is a problem, then get a separate studio dedicated to handling the problem (which would also allow Game Freak and other devs access to a library of Pokemon assets of consistent quality). I'm pretty sure that was Creatures Inc.'s job with X&Y, at least, make them do it, for fuck's sake.
    Seriously, I'm really getting fed up with Game Freak's whims. Their previous shit such as not carrying over cool features between games was one thing, but this is the straw that breaks the camel's back. Also, I have to roll my eyes at the defense force that's sprung up, because God forbid that Game Freak actually fucks up.
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    Candescence got a reaction from Zaysho in Pokémon Sword & Shield (Coming November 15th, 2019)   
    As someone who has actual game development experience and prior knowledge of what Game Freak has already done in 3D...
    I'm gonna echo Stricker and Blue Blood here, I cannot fathom any reason why there isn't a National Dex. The models, textures and animations already exist. Other data can also be imported with some coding for specific things like where special effects start. And they're workable for the Switch - hell, they were significantly overkill for the 3DS. We even know Sword & Shield already has imported animations from the 3DS games.
    This reeks of complacency biting Game Freak in the ass, or laziness, or incompetence, or any/all of the above. And considering Game Freak have stated they have no intention of rectifying this mistake going forward, I'm going to say all of the above, because fucking hell. There shouldn't be any reason why they wouldn't port everything over, unless their development toolset is that terrible, and that implies an incredible amount of incompetence.
    If development of an entire roster of Pokemon is a problem, then get a separate studio dedicated to handling the problem (which would also allow Game Freak and other devs access to a library of Pokemon assets of consistent quality). I'm pretty sure that was Creatures Inc.'s job with X&Y, at least, make them do it, for fuck's sake.
    Seriously, I'm really getting fed up with Game Freak's whims. Their previous shit such as not carrying over cool features between games was one thing, but this is the straw that breaks the camel's back. Also, I have to roll my eyes at the defense force that's sprung up, because God forbid that Game Freak actually fucks up.
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    Candescence got a reaction from Lord-Dreamerz in Pokémon Sword & Shield (Coming November 15th, 2019)   
    As someone who has actual game development experience and prior knowledge of what Game Freak has already done in 3D...
    I'm gonna echo Stricker and Blue Blood here, I cannot fathom any reason why there isn't a National Dex. The models, textures and animations already exist. Other data can also be imported with some coding for specific things like where special effects start. And they're workable for the Switch - hell, they were significantly overkill for the 3DS. We even know Sword & Shield already has imported animations from the 3DS games.
    This reeks of complacency biting Game Freak in the ass, or laziness, or incompetence, or any/all of the above. And considering Game Freak have stated they have no intention of rectifying this mistake going forward, I'm going to say all of the above, because fucking hell. There shouldn't be any reason why they wouldn't port everything over, unless their development toolset is that terrible, and that implies an incredible amount of incompetence.
    If development of an entire roster of Pokemon is a problem, then get a separate studio dedicated to handling the problem (which would also allow Game Freak and other devs access to a library of Pokemon assets of consistent quality). I'm pretty sure that was Creatures Inc.'s job with X&Y, at least, make them do it, for fuck's sake.
    Seriously, I'm really getting fed up with Game Freak's whims. Their previous shit such as not carrying over cool features between games was one thing, but this is the straw that breaks the camel's back. Also, I have to roll my eyes at the defense force that's sprung up, because God forbid that Game Freak actually fucks up.
  10. Promotion
    Candescence reacted to Strickerx5 in Pokémon Sword & Shield (Coming November 15th, 2019)   
    Ok, a couple of things here because I've been seeing this come up a lot and I quite simply don't understand it.
    For starters, Dynamaxing is quite literally them just enlarging the models. That is it on the animation side. The pokemon themselves don't get any new animations, nothing is done to their base model, they're just... bigger. The only things that really seem to change are their movesets and even that seems to be generalized to a huge degree from the footage shown. Beyond the new special move effects which GF has shown, time and time again, are never really specific to a pokemon and are reused to match other similar moves, models, ect... this is not a reason for excluding previous gen pokemon.
    Second, why on earth does every single pokemon have to be set up for the camp feature? That's certainly not how mega evolutions were set up. Not every pokemon has one of those so I fail to see why these new features absolutely have to be functional with every other pokemon too. It'd be a nice to have, but I doubt anyone is asking for that. It certainly shouldn't have been the bar set for excluding Pokemon.
    And as far as the overworld goes. Yeah, just no. Each of the previous gen pokemon have walking (and running) animations already tied to them. They've already done the work here. With the footage I've seen, that's all these models are using when seen in the fields. If GF wanted, they could easily have all of these things obtainable in there but, hell, that isn't even how the games functioned in other generations so I have no idea what on earth makes these games so special.
     
    Also, real talk here, this "inevitable" pokemon limit isn't something GF should be facing yet. Nor, imo, is something they should be even close to running into for a long while now. For starters, the entire tech argument is completely bs to me. Again, they already did most of this on the gd 240p 3DS... how on earth can the Switch not handle a hundred or so more? It also isn't like Nintendo's going to up their hardware game anytime soon so GF should have a long while before they even begin to start worrying about the polygon count in these things (plenty of time for upkeep basically).
    There are... a lot of methods they could use to stop such a thing from ever happening. One example would be to limit the pokemon that you can simply find in the overworld as to not crowd it and keep the newer ones at the forefront of the experience. Hell, they're already employing a lot of methods themselves. Reusing assets, keeping the animations low quality (even though Battle Revolution is still running circles around their efforts on the gd Wii 13 years ago but hey), not including older gen pokemon in new, non-vital, gameplay mechanics (see mega evolutions), balancing being what it is and always has been (unimportant), ect.
    The only real reason GF is cutting pokemon here seems to fall purely on the fact that both them and the Pokemon Company don't want to actually invest that much effort into them anymore. Why don't they just delay the game? Because Pokemon is a fucking giant franchise with a schedule that seems to revolve around these games just existing (quality or no). Why don't they just get more resources on hand? Because GF probably doesn't want to invest more into this when it's been shown that they can get away with less. Plus, with Go seemingly starting to be where TPC is looking going forward, they might not want to keep relying heavily on the franchise. Why don't they just add in the Pokemon post launch? Because they're probably going to be well on their way into the next disappointing titles at that point.
    Quite frankly, this all just screams of complacency from Nintendo, TPC, and GF imo. Here's one of their biggest products in a multi-billion dollar franchise, getting corners cut on its biggest feature.
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    Candescence got a reaction from Nina Cortex Jovahexeon in Phantasy Star Online 2 finally coming outside of Japan   
    They'd also be picking a really bad time to release in the US without reworking how the F2P elements work, because of the anti-loot box bill on its way through Congress.
    Though, the licensing stuff isn't gonna be that much of an issue if the Phantasy Star Portable games managed to do it. I'm really just interested in the Fate cosmetics, and they made into the Portables just fine.
    Though, I'm wondering if there's gonna be JP account transfers or do we have to start all over again.
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    Candescence got a reaction from 8ther in The General 'Murican Politics Thread   
    So this probably is of most interest to a gaming-focused forum like this, so... The text of the anti-loot box bill proposed by Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) is available online. It is being co-sponsored by two Democrats.
    This could be tightened up just a little, but analysis so far basically confirms that this bill, if it passes, will basically kill loot boxes and pay-to-win microtransactions outright. The intent is to prevent exposure of loot boxes to kids, but in practice it'll force games with loot boxes to have an adults-only rating, which is a kiss of death for games outside of Steam these days - when push comes to shove, I expect that devs and pubs will junk loot boxes and P2W stuff rather than risk losing a big chunk of their audience. 
    If this passes, this will basically force a fuckton of games, especially most of the free-to-play market, to completely change their monetization strategies. Asia-only games will continue to have gacha and such until Japan follows the US' lead.
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    Candescence got a reaction from lbyrd2 in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    Yeah, it seems weirdly puzzling logic to try and push the Storybook games out of continuity with. I for one enjoyed the reference, and I do open it leaves the door open for additional opportunities, such as, well, revisiting the Storybook worlds.
    I would actually be down for Sonic seeking non-scientific solutions to the problem of the Zombot plague if Tails can't cure it in time, such as using the World Rings to empower a wish by Shahra or using the power of Excalibur's scabbard to purge the infection, and perhaps using the World Rings/Excalibur to combat Eggman with the Chaos Emeralds if needed. (And yes, Exalibur's scabbard is depicted as a corrupting influence in Black Knight, but that aspect is honestly out of step with the Arthurian mythos and the vast majority of depictions of the scabbard in general, and the titular Black Knight isn't the 'real' King Arthur anyway, so it's probably that said corruption is really just misuse of its power driven through temptation by unworthy individuals, since Excalibur and its scabbard was meant to be owned by the true Once and Future King, aka Sonic.)
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    Candescence got a reaction from Yuli Ban in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    What the... HE ACTUALLY REJECTED THIS?! This is perfect! It actually resembles an echidna while sorta resembling a Sonic character, but completely distances itself from looking like an 'echidna' in Sonic.
     
    If you excuse me, I need to send this link to Strife. If Ken ain't gonna use that echidna design, I bet Strife would for Freedom Planet, if the original artist lets him.
  15. Chuckle
    Candescence reacted to Celestia in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    Come on, the Rowling comparisons aren't fair at all.
    Penders was already like this long before she really started putting her foot in her mouth.
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    Candescence got a reaction from Polkadi~☆ in April Fools 2019   
    I don't think anyone can top this one.
    The best April Fools jokes for me are the ones that make you legitimately doubt if it's actually fake even when you know it is ahead of time. Like... This looks like an actual legit Splatoon mobile spin-off, even if there are small details that indicate lack of polish, mainly animations.
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    Candescence got a reaction from Emperor Robrainiac in April Fools 2019   
    I don't think anyone can top this one.
    The best April Fools jokes for me are the ones that make you legitimately doubt if it's actually fake even when you know it is ahead of time. Like... This looks like an actual legit Splatoon mobile spin-off, even if there are small details that indicate lack of polish, mainly animations.
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    Candescence got a reaction from Ryannumber1gamer in April Fools 2019   
    I don't think anyone can top this one.
    The best April Fools jokes for me are the ones that make you legitimately doubt if it's actually fake even when you know it is ahead of time. Like... This looks like an actual legit Splatoon mobile spin-off, even if there are small details that indicate lack of polish, mainly animations.
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    Candescence got a reaction from Forte-Metallix in April Fools 2019   
    I don't think anyone can top this one.
    The best April Fools jokes for me are the ones that make you legitimately doubt if it's actually fake even when you know it is ahead of time. Like... This looks like an actual legit Splatoon mobile spin-off, even if there are small details that indicate lack of polish, mainly animations.
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    Candescence got a reaction from Sonictrainer in April Fools 2019   
    I don't think anyone can top this one.
    The best April Fools jokes for me are the ones that make you legitimately doubt if it's actually fake even when you know it is ahead of time. Like... This looks like an actual legit Splatoon mobile spin-off, even if there are small details that indicate lack of polish, mainly animations.
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    Candescence got a reaction from Supah Berry in Five Nights at Freddy's - Help Wanted in Virtual Reality   
    To be fair, the owner posted on Reddit and he was a very good sport about it and was flattered. It wasn't Scott's fault, though, in any case.
     
    In any case, though, it's nice to finally have an official FNAF game with real-time 3D visuals.
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    Candescence got a reaction from SaturnWolf in The General 'Murican Politics Thread   
    I don't believe in the 'bootstraps' myth or the 'dignity of work', especially since automation is increasingly going to eliminate many jobs. In the cases of many people, getting out of poverty is simply not achievable without outside assistance. Over time, the threshold for being able to even get a job is going to get higher as automation becomes more common, and suddenly not everyone will be able to get fancy degrees or even be able to survive through college/university. It isn't helped by the fact that unionism in the US is in a horrifyingly bad state thanks to the demonisation of unions by the right-wing and union-killing laws, which reduce wage growth and working conditions.
    Economics requires the vast majority of the population to work right now, but that's going to change. Ultimately, to avoid a violent revolution, policymakers will have to think about how capitalism will have to change to accommodate the rise of automation and an increasing class of people who simply can't get a high-skilled job not taken by robots. And, well, that will likely involve taxing the rich who own the robots.
    Still, even a universal income isn't going to stop the vast majority of people from working. Humans are greedy, we want more shit and fancier shit. And, well, some people just straight up enjoy their work. But universal income will also free up a lot of people to do things that aren't stable income-wise, like art or writing, or more 'charitable' work (such as actual charities and stuff like wildlife rescue centres). And ultimately, the goal of society should be a system where everyone doesn't have to work, and ideally people should be able to do work they want to do.
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    Candescence got a reaction from KHCast in The General 'Murican Politics Thread   
    I don't believe in the 'bootstraps' myth or the 'dignity of work', especially since automation is increasingly going to eliminate many jobs. In the cases of many people, getting out of poverty is simply not achievable without outside assistance. Over time, the threshold for being able to even get a job is going to get higher as automation becomes more common, and suddenly not everyone will be able to get fancy degrees or even be able to survive through college/university. It isn't helped by the fact that unionism in the US is in a horrifyingly bad state thanks to the demonisation of unions by the right-wing and union-killing laws, which reduce wage growth and working conditions.
    Economics requires the vast majority of the population to work right now, but that's going to change. Ultimately, to avoid a violent revolution, policymakers will have to think about how capitalism will have to change to accommodate the rise of automation and an increasing class of people who simply can't get a high-skilled job not taken by robots. And, well, that will likely involve taxing the rich who own the robots.
    Still, even a universal income isn't going to stop the vast majority of people from working. Humans are greedy, we want more shit and fancier shit. And, well, some people just straight up enjoy their work. But universal income will also free up a lot of people to do things that aren't stable income-wise, like art or writing, or more 'charitable' work (such as actual charities and stuff like wildlife rescue centres). And ultimately, the goal of society should be a system where everyone doesn't have to work, and ideally people should be able to do work they want to do.
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    Candescence got a reaction from Legosi (Tani Coyote) in The General 'Murican Politics Thread   
    I don't believe in the 'bootstraps' myth or the 'dignity of work', especially since automation is increasingly going to eliminate many jobs. In the cases of many people, getting out of poverty is simply not achievable without outside assistance. Over time, the threshold for being able to even get a job is going to get higher as automation becomes more common, and suddenly not everyone will be able to get fancy degrees or even be able to survive through college/university. It isn't helped by the fact that unionism in the US is in a horrifyingly bad state thanks to the demonisation of unions by the right-wing and union-killing laws, which reduce wage growth and working conditions.
    Economics requires the vast majority of the population to work right now, but that's going to change. Ultimately, to avoid a violent revolution, policymakers will have to think about how capitalism will have to change to accommodate the rise of automation and an increasing class of people who simply can't get a high-skilled job not taken by robots. And, well, that will likely involve taxing the rich who own the robots.
    Still, even a universal income isn't going to stop the vast majority of people from working. Humans are greedy, we want more shit and fancier shit. And, well, some people just straight up enjoy their work. But universal income will also free up a lot of people to do things that aren't stable income-wise, like art or writing, or more 'charitable' work (such as actual charities and stuff like wildlife rescue centres). And ultimately, the goal of society should be a system where everyone doesn't have to work, and ideally people should be able to do work they want to do.
  25. Chuckle
    Candescence got a reaction from Supah Berry in Nintendo Direct Megathread   
    I have only one thing to say in reaction to seeing the contents of this direct.
     
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