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Link to Proton.

Most games require minor "tweaks", but every Windows game for Steam that I own runs on my Linux box under Proton.

EDIT: Naked gaming is the BEST gaming.

Grand Lodge

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And with Steam, there's no reason NOT to be naked while gaming!


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Point of order: WINE does not mean "Windows Emulator". It is a self-referential acronym meaning "WINE Is Not an Emulator".


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NobodysHome wrote:
TriOmegaZero wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Let's see how long I can hold out...

Stand strong, brother!

(On the plus side, I notice that some of my visual novels have Linux releases, so I might seriously start building a box to try that out.)

** spoiler omitted **

looks at stack of H games

The memories...


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I possibly have another kid for afterschool D&D.


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I'm multitasking at work, I only partially read Scint's post, went back to what I was doing...and then went "Wait...no...go reread that. Scint does not have kids." Clauses matter.


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Yay, done interviewing people for the India team for the day.


Tacticslion wrote:
So, uh, Seis Manos (Wikipedia) is interesting, and kind of feels like Jackie Chan Adventures at first, but is violent and can be kind of hard hard to watch.

So, having now seen all of Seis Manos, it is brutal, but I enjoyed it.

The world-building is excellent, and feels very deep: it is a world where Mexican mysticism (and I do mean Mexico-specifically, as opposed to generic Latin) stands side-by-side with Wuxia nonsense and both feel entirely "realistic" and reasonable (insomuch as any of these things can) features within the same setting.

It also gives decent reasoning for why the power(s) involved are the kinds of things people would fight and kill for, but why they wouldn't automatically be able to take over the world.

The characters need new clothes, but that's an artifact of the animation-style and what they're going for, I think (hence intentional).

Its use of the "actual" film reel pausing or falling off-track on occasion is funny, and works as intended.

It ends with the promise of more, of course, but it ends well enough on its own - it completes the arc that it started and in a manner that is effectively satisfying.

Over-all, it's a difficult watch at times, and can be quite gory, but it is a good and emotionally-satisfying watch, even distracting me enough from chores and to turn off other things and sit and watch at times.


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Castlevania is coming out with a 3rd season and I have no idea how.


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Another typical day at Global MegaCorporation:

Co-Worker (In charge of one area of the product): Oh, you should write a lab that does xxx.
NobodysHome (Spends 90+ minutes writing lab. Learns that the functionality already exists in the application so he just wasted 90 minutes of his life): That functionality already existed!
CW: Oh, well, that means it was a good lab then, right?


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Wow... I knew that Apple had gone screaming downhill in a greased-up luge since Steve Jobs died, but they've managed to plummet below Microsoft in my opinion.

You haven't be paying much attention in the past, then...

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And that's impressive.

Remember how I had to turn off automatic updates a couple of days ago to protect my legacy apps from going bye-bye?

Well, for Apple, "Turn off updates" doesn't actually mean "turn off updates".
I got a notification this morning that an update was ready to be installed. And there was *NO*, "No, bugger off. Do NOT install any updates" option. Instead, my "best" choice was, "remind me tomorrow". At which point it turned automatic updates back on and tried to start updating my system.

I killed that immediately, of course, but the approach of, "We will produce an update that kills your legacy apps and then force it upon you no matter how you try to stop us," is really pretty appalling.

Let's see how long I can hold out...

At least Windows let you turn off the updates if you want to, and pick manually what you want (not sure if Windows 10 got rid of that, Windows 8.1 works fine for me).


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Drejk wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Wow... I knew that Apple had gone screaming downhill in a greased-up luge since Steve Jobs died, but they've managed to plummet below Microsoft in my opinion.
You haven't be paying much attention in the past, then...

Er... I'm running a 2012 Mac Mini and an iPhone 4S. If you don't upgrade your hardware, Apple's idiocy is less of an issue...


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Drejk wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Wow... I knew that Apple had gone screaming downhill in a greased-up luge since Steve Jobs died, but they've managed to plummet below Microsoft in my opinion.

You haven't be paying much attention in the past, then...

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And that's impressive.

Remember how I had to turn off automatic updates a couple of days ago to protect my legacy apps from going bye-bye?

Well, for Apple, "Turn off updates" doesn't actually mean "turn off updates".
I got a notification this morning that an update was ready to be installed. And there was *NO*, "No, bugger off. Do NOT install any updates" option. Instead, my "best" choice was, "remind me tomorrow". At which point it turned automatic updates back on and tried to start updating my system.

I killed that immediately, of course, but the approach of, "We will produce an update that kills your legacy apps and then force it upon you no matter how you try to stop us," is really pretty appalling.

Let's see how long I can hold out...

At least Windows let you turn off the updates if you want to, and pick manually what you want (not sure if Windows 10 got rid of that, Windows 8.1 works fine for me).

Windows 10...doesn't let you turn them off forever. You can delay them, but that's about it. Microsoft's thinking there is "We tried it your way and then you blamed us for s!!$ being non-secure when you're the ones who never updated. So guess what? You're getting the updates."

So, at least in that model, you do get to blame Microsoft when they update and break stuff. Their testing policies/procedures need more work, to say the least. But I do get where they were coming from with that stance. Clearly people were not updating in Windows 7 and XP, and that does cause problems going forward.


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Ok...let me rephrase...Yes, you can turn off Win 10 updates forever. There are a couple registry keys you can change to make it look for a non-existent WSUS server that it can never connect to, and turn off its ability to use the internet to update.

So yeah, it can be done. You shouldn't do that, but you can.

EDIT: When I was writing/editing on the fly I ended up with a subject/verb agreement issue. This cannot stand.


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Vanykrye wrote:
Castlevania is coming out with a 3rd season and I have no idea how.

awesomeness.

That's how.

Please let this be order of eccelsia...


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Hello, everyone!


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NobodysHome wrote:

Another typical day at Global MegaCorporation:

Co-Worker (In charge of one area of the product): Oh, you should write a lab that does xxx.
NobodysHome (Spends 90+ minutes writing lab. Learns that the functionality already exists in the application so he just wasted 90 minutes of his life): That functionality already existed!
CW: Oh, well, that means it was a good lab then, right?

I'll look away while you hit him. Honest.


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Here we go: Got back from lunch and there's a Windows Update requiring a restart. Just verified that my Wi-Fi network adapter is disabled... aaaand...

EDIT: My wireless adapter remained disabled!

So we at least have proof that it doesn't always re-enable wireless.

I must admit, I was surprised by the result...


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Yay, done interviewing people for the India team for the day.

Are they at least as smart as moderately cognizant monkeys?


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Drejk wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
Yay, done interviewing people for the India team for the day.
Are they at least as smart as moderately cognizant monkeys?

Yeah, intelligence really wasn't the issue with any of them.

Candidate 1) "I will always check the logs first before doing any other troubleshooting."

Um. Great...ok...but...um...don't you think that maybe after you've seen the same issue come up a few times that you won't need to check the logs any more? That you can, you know, just move right into fixing it? No? "I will always check the logs first. It could be different this time." No. Ok then.

Candidate 2) I couldn't tell with this person if there was a tendency to not listen or an "English is not his primary language" issue. And his technical answers weren't...bad...per se...but they weren't good either.

Candidate 3) "I am confident this will work." Great, except I just told you that it didn't. You tried that option, it didn't work. So what's next? "Oh...well...you can do blah blah blah blah, but again, I am confident that the first thing I mentioned will work." Oh. Ok. At least you're confident even when being told by the interviewer that your solution to the scenario was found insufficient. And it continued like that. He couldn't really see past Plan A. If he did move on to Plan B, then he was utterly confident that would work and the scenario was broken instead. Since, obviously, having more than two attempts at solving a problem is unprecedented.


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Vanykrye wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
Yay, done interviewing people for the India team for the day.
Are they at least as smart as moderately cognizant monkeys?

Yeah, intelligence really wasn't the issue with any of them.

Candidate 1) "I will always check the logs first before doing any other troubleshooting."

Um. Great...ok...but...um...don't you think that maybe after you've seen the same issue come up a few times that you won't need to check the logs any more? That you can, you know, just move right into fixing it? No? "I will always check the logs first. It could be different this time." No. Ok then.

Candidate 2) I couldn't tell with this person if there was a tendency to not listen or an "English is not his primary language" issue. And his technical answers weren't...bad...per se...but they weren't good either.

Candidate 3) "I am confident this will work." Great, except I just told you that it didn't. You tried that option, it didn't work. So what's next? "Oh...well...you can do blah blah blah blah, but again, I am confident that the first thing I mentioned will work." Oh. Ok. At least you're confident even when being told by the interviewer that your solution to the scenario was found insufficient. And it continued like that. He couldn't really see past Plan A. If he did move on to Plan B, then he was utterly confident that would work and the scenario was broken instead. Since, obviously, having more than two attempts at solving a problem is unprecedented.

*marks "lazy but confident macaque tier" checkbox on the form*


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Ugh. I think I'm going to have to snitch on my neighbors.

I tend to be an, "I'll follow the rules, but if you don't want to and it doesn't seem to be hurting anyone other than you I'll let it slide" guy. The best example in this area is roofers: On my walks I constantly see people who've hired a bunch of guys in unmarked pickup trucks who are doing some appalling stuff up on a roof (my favorite was a group that didn't know to remove the shrink wrap protectors from the shingles before nailing them on). But the damage done will be to their house, so whatevs. The real, licensed roofers around here are booked solid, so they're not hurting anyone other than themselves. (The permit for a legal job is all of $200 or $300, so the city's not losing a ton of money over it either.)

The people who own the house across the street threw out the alcoholic, abusive, screaming family and brought in a middle-aged gay couple and they were awesome neighbors. But they've moved on, and the owners are prepping the house for the next renters.

Cue a bunch of unmarked pickups doing floor work, gardening work, roof work, etc. (I'll give them credit -- they actually hired an electrician with a labeled truck to do the electric work.) I let it all slide.

But now they have a big "For Rent" sign in their front window, but NO web presence -- it's basically, "Either you walk by or you know the owner."

And THAT boils down to a huge kettle of worms: Do they have a business license? If not, they're likely trying to duck Albany's new rent control laws, which is vile. It also opens the door for discriminatory renting.

Want to ruin your house without endangering mine? Fine.
Want to bypass the law to screw over your tenants? Nah, I'm not letting that one go. I was a tenant who suffered through such a landlord once. If I can protect someone else, I will.


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Speaking of updates...

I bought some DLCs for Stellaris. They installed very quickly... But the updating of the launcher took a while.


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well, that was a lot easier than I thought. It turns out the head chaperone is also the city clerk, so I just asked her via her personal email to do a double-check on it.


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Kiddo came in during homeroom to build her ranger. I've got the weekend to brainstorm a job appropriate for level 1s to give them at the Plot Device Guild of [City Name Here].

...I should probably also brainstorm names for the guild and city.

Current Roster:

Half-orc barbarian
Tiefling warlock
Tiefling ranger
Human bard
Elf rogue
Dwarf druid
Human ranger


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"Ms. Scint, can we keep the door open today?"
"Yeah, sure."
"Yay! Why couldn't we open it yesterday?"
"Because we hadn't finished the Huck Finn audiobook."
"So?"
"...do you really want to blast that into the hallway?"
"...oooooooooh."


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Dear Universe,
I am attempting to rid myself of worldly possessions.
Every day I throw one item out from the house, the back yard, the studio, and the studio shed. That's 4 items a day. 28 items a week. 1461 items a year.

So how can I be falling behind!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

PLEASE tell all my friends and relatives that there's no such thing as a "harmless little gift" or "this made me think of you so I bought it for you". I'm seriously at the point of accepting gifts, turning around, and throwing them straight in the trash without even opening them.

The latest sponsor of this diatribe? A "do-it-yourself" Canadian passport kit.

WTF. There is no way I will ever use this for anything other than packing in a cranny in a landfill or recycling facility. Next time save your money.

seethe


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NobodysHome wrote:

Dear Universe,

I am attempting to rid myself of worldly possessions.
Every day I throw one item out from the house, the back yard, the studio, and the studio shed. That's 4 items a day. 28 items a week. 1461 items a year.

So how can I be falling behind!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

PLEASE tell all my friends and relatives that there's no such thing as a "harmless little gift" or "this made me think of you so I bought it for you". I'm seriously at the point of accepting gifts, turning around, and throwing them straight in the trash without even opening them.

Wouldn’t this just make Shiro buy you more stuff?

Quote:


The latest sponsor of this diatribe? A "do-it-yourself" Canadian passport kit.

WTF. There is no way I will ever use this for anything other than packing in a cranny in a landfill or recycling facility. Next time save your money.

seethe

... what is this?


Scintillae wrote:

Kiddo came in during homeroom to build her ranger. I've got the weekend to brainstorm a job appropriate for level 1s to give them at the Plot Device Guild of [City Name Here].

...I should probably also brainstorm names for the guild and city.

** spoiler omitted **

Is the warlock at all nature themed? Or get themde? Either way, they could be called “ruthari” or something similar?


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NobodysHome wrote:
WTF. There is no way I will ever use this for anything other than packing in a cranny in a landfill or recycling facility. Next time save your money.

I keep a recycling box next to my entryway table. I don't bother to inspect unrequested gifts. They just go into the Local Thrift Shop holding bin until the box is full and I can drop it off.


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(1) The house is legit.

(2) Shiro is cruelly whimsical, but not excessively so. When he tried to be, I re-gifted the item back to him. But we've known each other roughly 8-9 years now and he's given me 5 things that I can think of, and 2 of them were t-shirts I actually wanted.

(3) On the cover it says, "Stop threatening start packing! Become a Canadian! Inside: Map! Translations! More!"
I haven't bothered opening it. I doubt I ever will.


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CrystalSeas wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
WTF. There is no way I will ever use this for anything other than packing in a cranny in a landfill or recycling facility. Next time save your money.
I keep a recycling box next to my entryway table. I don't bother to inspect unrequested gifts. They just go into the Local Thrift Shop holding bin until the box is full and I can drop it off.

We are fortunate enough to live on a street frequented by parents and kids. I put out board games, crayons, chalk, balls, and anything else I think I can give away and almost all of it slowly vanishes. (I was amused when Clue and Sorry went, but Apples to Apples didn't. The kids hate that game.)

Similar idea, I just don't have to leave the house for it.

EDIT: Most hilarious teenager story: I put out the kids' 12" bike, complete with training wheels. Suitable for a 3-4 year old.
The teenagers found it and rode it for DAYS, including 2-3 on it at a time. The training wheels bent, the chain ripped off, but hoo boy did the kids have fun. And it was a steel frame, so after disassembly most of it recycled.


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I swear...

As most people know, I am at my current company due to an acquisition. I continued to work on training for my former product until 2015, at which point the executives, determined to kill our (better) product for their (inferior) one, forbade me from ever producing training for it again.

So I haven't worked on it in 4 1/2 years.

People still send me bug requests.

One came in this morning, sat around all day, I gave them a couple of hints, nobody did anything, everyone said it was too complex, etc..

I had some free time, so I logged in to the problem machine and looked at my suggestion #1: "Make sure the server is running."

It wasn't.

I started it.

Problem resolved.

I'm not a genius. Other people are just lazy.


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NobodysHome wrote:
I put out board games, crayons, chalk, balls, and anything else I think I can give away and almost all of it slowly vanishes. (I was amused when Clue and Sorry went, but Apples to Apples didn't. The kids hate that game.)

I know a lot of siblings fight over Monopoly -- and we did our share of arguing and yelling over it too -- but Sorry was banned in our house because every game always degenerated into horrible physical fights. My sister kicks like a mule, except frontward. We weren't allowed to get Uno until we were all in our teens and older.


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NobodysHome wrote:


(3) On the cover it says, "Stop threatening start packing! Become a Canadian! Inside: Map! Translations! More!"
I haven't bothered opening it. I doubt I ever will.

I am somehow even more simultaneously incensed and confused abiut what this is?


Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
I put out board games, crayons, chalk, balls, and anything else I think I can give away and almost all of it slowly vanishes. (I was amused when Clue and Sorry went, but Apples to Apples didn't. The kids hate that game.)
I know a lot of siblings fight over Monopoly -- and we did our share of arguing and yelling over it too -- but Sorry was banned in our house because every game always degenerated into horrible physical fights. My sister kicks like a mule, except frontward. We weren't allowed to get Uno until we were all in our teens and older.

Wow.


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Yeah, I think the start of our complete falling-out with my sister-in-law was a game of Monopoly I played with her. I grew up in an era when video games didn't exist, and board and card games were how you entertained yourself (plus lots and LOTS of reading). I played regularly with around a dozen other people, and none of us ever had issues such as our resident Slaad describes.

Yet when I played with my sister-in-law, she offered me a terrible deal (if I recall, she got the orange in exchange for giving me the light blue). I refused. She argued with me. She got angry. Had I not been significantly bigger than her, I honestly think there would have been physical contact. For the rest of the evening, she shrilly shrieked about how stupid I was for refusing such a "fair" deal. It was an extraordinarily unpleasant evening, and in the morning she apologized.

But seriously, if you're a fortysomething adult and you can't control your emotions over a frigging board game, you have deep-seated psychological issues...


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NobodysHome wrote:

Dear Universe,

I am attempting to rid myself of worldly possessions.
Every day I throw one item out from the house, the back yard, the studio, and the studio shed. That's 4 items a day. 28 items a week. 1461 items a year.

So how can I be falling behind!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

PLEASE tell all my friends and relatives that there's no such thing as a "harmless little gift" or "this made me think of you so I bought it for you". I'm seriously at the point of accepting gifts, turning around, and throwing them straight in the trash without even opening them.

The latest sponsor of this diatribe? A "do-it-yourself" Canadian passport kit.

WTF. There is no way I will ever use this for anything other than packing in a cranny in a landfill or recycling facility. Next time save your money.

seethe

....

You wouldn't happen to have a matte black stub nib pilot vanishing point fountain pen lying around would you?


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The General once solved Clue on the first turn.

No one else even got to roll a dice.


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My falling out with my brothers took years of exclusionary a*@!+*&ry.


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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
I put out board games, crayons, chalk, balls, and anything else I think I can give away and almost all of it slowly vanishes. (I was amused when Clue and Sorry went, but Apples to Apples didn't. The kids hate that game.)
I know a lot of siblings fight over Monopoly -- and we did our share of arguing and yelling over it too -- but Sorry was banned in our house because every game always degenerated into horrible physical fights. My sister kicks like a mule, except frontward. We weren't allowed to get Uno until we were all in our teens and older.

my friends have a very real "no drinking and catan" rule that is seriously enforced.

Monopoly leads to fights. I only play the most whimsical of variants on the game. I would love to see a FAWTL monopoly.

I have seen very ugly fights break out over uno.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Wow... I knew that Apple had gone screaming downhill in a greased-up luge since Steve Jobs died, but they've managed to plummet below Microsoft in my opinion.

And that's impressive.

Huh, and here I thought everything about Jobs' absence from reality was an improvement.


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captain yesterday wrote:

The General once solved Clue on the first turn.

No one else even got to roll a dice.

damn, shes good.


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NobodysHome wrote:

(I was amused when Clue and Sorry went, but Apples to Apples didn't. The kids hate that game.)

Bwuh? Why?


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My brothers to this day refuse to play Risk and Battleship with me and I once got one of them to rage quit Life (I didn't go to college, he did, he ended up in the poor house, I didn't.).


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I have vague memories of a book or perhaps it was a collegiate paper of some sort that blamed the downfall of American society on the fact that many of our children's board games(video games weren't big yet) actively encourage vile displays of active treachery vis a vis Monopoly, Sorry, and other board games.


Freehold DM wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

The General once solved Clue on the first turn.

No one else even got to roll a dice.

damn, shes good.

“I will take this chip! And EAT it!”

“It was Light with the Death Note and a mini tv. Suck it, L.”


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Our kids love Ghost Fightin' Treasure Hunters!

It's a cooperative game that has a quick mode and a complicated mode.


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gran rey de los mono wrote:
Point of order: WINE does not mean "Windows Emulator". It is a self-referential acronym meaning "WINE Is Not an Emulator".

The most hilarious part of that is the note in Wikipedia:

Wikipedia wrote:
There is some confusion caused by an early FAQ using Windows Emulator and other invalid sources that appear after the Wine Project name being set.

I was around at the very earliest stages of Wine, so I probably ended up reading one of those FAQs way back when...


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Freehold DM wrote:
I have vague memories of a book or perhaps it was a collegiate paper of some sort that blamed the downfall of American society on the fact that many of our children's board games(video games weren't big yet) actively encourage vile displays of active treachery vis a vis Monopoly, Sorry, and other board games.

Both Shiro and GothBard point out that up until the 1980s board games were uniformly cutthroat, with a single winner who benefited from screwing over the other players.

Fully cooperative games such as Arkham Horror are apparently a relatively new phenomenon.

On a purely anecdotal basis, I think it helps.

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