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Okay, I'll admit it. The day has finally come that I feel there is a worthy game to take nethack's place in my heart.

If you're not familiar with nethack, it was the successor to rogue, an early game for text-only consoles. Rogue has become a genre unto itself, continuing to spawn games that attempt to capture its glory. Nethack was basically rogue with a nearly inexhaustible store of replayability that came from the thousands of contributions of users all over the net (hence the name).

Now, Terraria isn't a rogue-like game. It's not turn-based, it's not a straight-up dungeon-dive, it's largely an open-world crafting game like minecraft, and death is not necessarily permanent (there is a hardcore mode).

So why do I say that it's a "worthy game to take nethack's place"? Because it serves the same role in my pantheon of games: a simple game that doesn't require twitch-based reactions (there are some boss fights that come close, but they're mostly strategic rather than tactical) and it has, as of its 1.3 update, a jaw-dropping amount of content! You can play in non-expert mode and reach a satisfying conclusion in a few hours if you're REALLY good (people who have done speed runs have gotten this down to a half hour, but that's not at all practical for anyone who hasn't played it to death, carefully crafted the world options and skipped almost all of the game's content). That gets you to the start of "hard mode" which basically throws you into a completely different scenario where the world fundamentally changes, so many prefer to call that the "end" and that's fine.

But to play out the rest of the game, and to appreciate every little niche of crafting, fishing, building, world events, advanced bosses, etc. You could spend a very long time...

You can pick the game up through Steam directly or from Humble Bundle's storefront.
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Very cool! The launch discount and a sticker price of $7.50 makes it very tempting.
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I did not know that...
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Follow the link for one of the best reddit comment exchanges I've seen in a long time, and a bonus gif...
343 points and 40 comments so far on reddit
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This library of images is from the Google Inceptionism blog post that is summarized in this Guardian article: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jun/18/google-image-recognition-neural-network-androids-dream-electric-sheep?CMP=fb_gu and which you can find discussion for on reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/3ae3mn/google_sets_up_feedback_loop_in_its_image/

Enjoy the trip!

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The cornerstone for the Statehouse has been laid by the Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts with the new time capsule.
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All lined up. 1500 Masons for the statehouse cornerstone event!
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Nutshell review for Frequencies (2013): everyone should see this movie. It's on Netflix. Go.

More detailed, but non-spoiler review:

Frequencies is a sometimes frustrating, but always creative film about two people named after famous scientists for unexplained reasons that I think become obvious if you're paying attention. It's a very different take on the love story genre, and in the end it manages to be the most innovative love story I've ever seen by actually analyzing love and its relationship to human relationships.

I'm not sure how to categorize it. It's almost American Magic Realism in the style of Gun With Occasional Music (though some dispute that that novel fits that genre...) and it's almost straight-up science fiction. What it's not is routine... ever.
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Best line of the talk isn't even in the talk itself, but in response to a question after: "huge urban craters we call 'parking lots.'"

Also the bit with the duck was laugh-out-loud funny!
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An article that uses my current company as an exemplar of successful startup formulas. I'm not sure I entirely agree with their assessment. I think that the history of any company is more complex than this, even ours, but there are definitely a lot of useful insights in the article!
Maybe you don't need VC funding after all.
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Project ARA. WANT.
sorry about so many articles on this. But I very much want it to succeed.
All you need to know about Google's Project Ara (development stage, specifications, size, price, release date, etc.) and modular smartphones in general.
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Looking back over yesterday's events... I'm still in awe. To be part of that kind of history is just stunning! These are the three previous posts I made about the rededication of the cornerstone and updating of the time capsule first laid by Grand Master of Masons, Paul Revere and Governor Samuel Adams:

https://plus.google.com/+AaronSherman/posts/iFXKiWakCCB -- The News before the event

https://plus.google.com/+AaronSherman/posts/dN5awjfs77g -- View from the ground.

https://plus.google.com/+AaronSherman/posts/HcJ31HjsGwX -- View from the lawn (there's also a video of this, below)

The capsule's contents now include coins from all three time periods, the plaque that was created by Paul Revere and updated in 1855, and many other items that people will hopefully re-open in a couple hundred years!

As the Grand Master said, this ceremony was the same one performed when the Statehouse was built, for the Bunker Hill monument and for the Capitol Building in DC, among many others!
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Being a part of history is amazingly addictive! You are fortunate to be a part of a group that consistently offers you the opportunity to take part in it.  Enjoy!
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Because cilantro is evil.
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  • Cogo Labs, Inc.
    2012 - present
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    2001 - 2008
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Aaron is a software developer and former systems admin who likes gaming of all sorts, movies and good food.

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