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Re: What video/computer game are you currently playing?

Postby Lootifer on Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:16 pm

Yeh it def is that. Very well polished for an indie game too.
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Re: What video/computer game are you currently playing?

Postby AndyDufresne on Fri Jun 21, 2013 2:35 pm

AndyDufresne wrote:I've heard that Fez is a decent game. Anyone play it? It is 9.99 on GOG.com, but I'll probably wait for even more of a deal.




Gog.com is having a massive sale, and Fez is a game I've been waiting to see if they mark it down (though 9.99 is a deal anyways). Now it is 4.99

FTL is also on sale for $2.50

Check it, and tons of massive bundles they have discounted: http://www.gog.com/


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Re: What video/computer game are you currently playing?

Postby Woodruff on Fri Jun 21, 2013 4:49 pm

If you like RPGs and want a taste of something a bit...different...Recettear is a lot of fun. It really is a great game once you get into it, though the tutorial may give you the impression that it's silly...it's really peripherally silly, but a lot of fun.

In fact, BigBallinStalin in particular would probably LOVE it.
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Re: What video/computer game are you currently playing?

Postby BigBallinStalin on Fri Jun 21, 2013 6:02 pm

Hrm, maybe. Even though I'm an economist, dealing with sales, debt, and money doesn't excite me too much.

I've been digging FTL. The uncertainty, the difficult decisions, and the inability to see one's plans come into fruition are extremely enjoyable aspects of the game. No saving before trying something risky. No steady streams of useful goods to purchase. No sitting around the same area to grossly level up. And there are plenty of regrettable mistakes to be made!

It's you and a dependable crew, battling through the blackness of space, trying to deliver crucial information to Whoever. In the battles, when you lose, you lose hard, and when you win, maybe you'll make it through the next one. Maybe...

FTL is probably the best RPG(ish) I've played. I really enjoy the uncertainty. Games get boring when you detect the patterns and play off them to your success. FTL can simply level your plans. It is one of the few games which challenges one's ability to design a robust enough team and ship to deal with a multitude of problems.


RPGs like Oblivion are boring because they're predictable and are not challenging. If they are 'challenging', they simply give the AI more health, but the level of uncertainty remains very minor, so the boredom becomes prolonged. You're always striding confidently through the game, defeating whatever, and not really worrying about much.

Where's the feeling of imminent doom? Where's the "oh shit!" factor? It occurs when you realize you might not win the battle--and if you retreat, you'll very likely die. In games like Oblivion, you can casually stroll from any fight while glancing off the fire and arrows. There's no agonizingly slow retreat because you can't get crippled in the game! Where's the game that punishes you for being a coward? Or punishes you for making a dumb mistake? With those games, money comes easily, risk and uncertainty are almost nonexistent, and the consequences are insignificant (e.g. invulnerable NPCs, offending an NPC doesn't permanently close off dialogue, choosing path X doesn't close the opposite path Y, choosing either X or Y doesn't really matter anyway, etc.). Fantasy: "You can do anything, and it doesn't have to make sense!" Reality: "Here's some scrap; make it gold."

Oblivion-esque is the World of Wimps with its glossy graphics and lame gameplay. Those games are for people who say No to life. FTL is for people who say Yes to life.* FTL is the tight rope over the abyss, and Oblivion is riding in a cab being fat, sloppy, and drunk.

    *Actually, the people who said Yes aren't playing video games. :P
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Re: What video/computer game are you currently playing?

Postby BigBallinStalin on Fri Jun 21, 2013 6:04 pm

Another good game was that side-scroller where you wake up from your apartment, and you've got to (1) figure out what('s) happened, and (2) dodge/kill extremely dangerous zombie freaks.
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Re: What video/computer game are you currently playing?

Postby Woodruff on Fri Jun 21, 2013 10:29 pm

BigBallinStalin wrote:Hrm, maybe. Even though I'm an economist, dealing with sales, debt, and money doesn't excite me too much.


The game really makes it highly enjoyable and EXTREMELY challenging, though. Like...high-end difficulty, in my opinion.

BigBallinStalin wrote:I've been digging FTL. The uncertainty, the difficult decisions, and the inability to see one's plans come into fruition are extremely enjoyable aspects of the game. No saving before trying something risky. No steady streams of useful goods to purchase. No sitting around the same area to grossly level up. And there are plenty of regrettable mistakes to be made!

It's you and a dependable crew, battling through the blackness of space, trying to deliver crucial information to Whoever. In the battles, when you lose, you lose hard, and when you win, maybe you'll make it through the next one. Maybe...

FTL is probably the best RPG(ish) I've played. I really enjoy the uncertainty. Games get boring when you detect the patterns and play off them to your success. FTL can simply level your plans. It is one of the few games which challenges one's ability to design a robust enough team and ship to deal with a multitude of problems.


It really is a blast. And much of what you list here is why I think of it so much like the old Rogue game (which I still also play). And after literally hundreds of play-throughs, I've managed to defeat the enemy mothership once. Not "three times for final victory once"...but rather..."only once of three needed".

BigBallinStalin wrote:
    *Actually, the people who said Yes aren't playing video games. :P


I don't think I like your attitude.
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Re: What video/computer game are you currently playing?

Postby BigBallinStalin on Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:00 am

Woodruff wrote:
BigBallinStalin wrote:Hrm, maybe. Even though I'm an economist, dealing with sales, debt, and money doesn't excite me too much.


The game really makes it highly enjoyable and EXTREMELY challenging, though. Like...high-end difficulty, in my opinion.


I'll check it out then!

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BigBallinStalin wrote:I've been digging FTL. The uncertainty, the difficult decisions, and the inability to see one's plans come into fruition are extremely enjoyable aspects of the game. No saving before trying something risky. No steady streams of useful goods to purchase. No sitting around the same area to grossly level up. And there are plenty of regrettable mistakes to be made!

It's you and a dependable crew, battling through the blackness of space, trying to deliver crucial information to Whoever. In the battles, when you lose, you lose hard, and when you win, maybe you'll make it through the next one. Maybe...

FTL is probably the best RPG(ish) I've played. I really enjoy the uncertainty. Games get boring when you detect the patterns and play off them to your success. FTL can simply level your plans. It is one of the few games which challenges one's ability to design a robust enough team and ship to deal with a multitude of problems.


It really is a blast. And much of what you list here is why I think of it so much like the old Rogue game (which I still also play). And after literally hundreds of play-throughs, I've managed to defeat the enemy mothership once. Not "three times for final victory once"...but rather..."only once of three needed".


I've won twice out of 33 times. I almost won a third time, but true to the nature of the game, shit got real suddenly, and I died. It took me a few seconds to understand what happened.

I can get there (usually without too much difficulty)* using the Engi Cruiser. You sit back, keep hitting their shields with the ion, and throw out an anti-missile drone, and an anti-ship drone. When their shields are down, cut into their ship with that beam cannon thing (halberd?).

If you want to get fancy, you can also wreak havoc with a fire cannon and teleport those Rock guys in there. Killing the crew earns greater profits, so half-way to 3/4 of the way through, you'll have enough scraps to max out shields and weapons/drones.

*The Engi Cruiser starts with a weak crew, so it's easy to be killed by intruders early on.

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BigBallinStalin wrote:
    *Actually, the people who said Yes aren't playing video games. :P


I don't think I like your attitude.


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Re: What video/computer game are you currently playing?

Postby chapcrap on Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:04 am

Conquer Club.

I miss the days of game consoles though. Sadly, I haven't played much since Elder Scrolls 3. Then my XBox broke and I had a kid.
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Re: What video/computer game are you currently playing?

Postby Woodruff on Sat Jun 22, 2013 1:38 pm

BigBallinStalin wrote:I've won twice out of 33 times. I almost won a third time, but true to the nature of the game, shit got real suddenly, and I died. It took me a few seconds to understand what happened.


I have noticed that I get very tunnel-visioned when I have boarders on my ship, often failing to notice that my own drones have been knocked out.

BigBallinStalin wrote:I can get there (usually without too much difficulty)* using the Engi Cruiser. You sit back, keep hitting their shields with the ion, and throw out an anti-missile drone, and an anti-ship drone. When their shields are down, cut into their ship with that beam cannon thing (halberd?).


Of the three ships I have access to so far, the Engi Cruiser is BY FAR my favorite. The other two have good things about them, but the bad things are ENORMOUSLY bad, in my opinion. I agree with you on the "ion cannon thing with anti-ship drone" strategy...it's pretty devastating.

BigBallinStalin wrote:If you want to get fancy, you can also wreak havoc with a fire cannon and teleport those Rock guys in there. Killing the crew earns greater profits, so half-way to 3/4 of the way through, you'll have enough scraps to max out shields and weapons/drones.


I haven't experimented much at all with transporting my guys over, so perhaps that's what I need to start working on.

BigBallinStalin wrote:*The Engi Cruiser starts with a weak crew, so it's easy to be killed by intruders early on.


I really haven't found this to be true, to be honest. The Engi Cruiser's "auto-heal capability" (I don't remember what it's called) more than offsets that, in my opinion.
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Re: What video/computer game are you currently playing?

Postby Woodruff on Sat Jun 22, 2013 1:39 pm

chapcrap wrote:Conquer Club.

I miss the days of game consoles though. Sadly, I haven't played much since Elder Scrolls 3. Then my XBox broke and I had a kid.


The last game console I played on was an Atari (probably the 2600). That was before I owned a computer. I've never been very drawn to console gaming, to be honest.
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Re: What video/computer game are you currently playing?

Postby Gillipig on Sat Jun 22, 2013 4:30 pm

chapcrap wrote:Conquer Club.

I miss the days of game consoles though. Sadly, I haven't played much since Elder Scrolls 3. Then my XBox broke and I had a kid.

Wow, so you gave birth? Impressive, especially if you're a guy ;)!
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Re: What video/computer game are you currently playing?

Postby AndyDufresne on Thu Jul 04, 2013 1:27 pm

GOG.com is having another big sale. FTL is like $3, Fez is like $5, Back to the Future: The Game??? Is $3.75. Lots of bundles too.


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Re: What video/computer game are you currently playing?

Postby muy_thaiguy on Thu Jul 04, 2013 1:37 pm

I say Andy should play the E.T. game.
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Re: What video/computer game are you currently playing?

Postby AndyDufresne on Fri Jul 05, 2013 2:44 pm

Amazon selling Bioshock 1, 2, and Infinite for $40.00 (via steam download). I already purchased 1 and 2, so I'll just continue to wait for Infinite to drop in price, since I haven't even started #2 yet. Still working my way through X-Com, Enemy Unknown.


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Re: What video/computer game are you currently playing?

Postby Jdsizzleslice on Fri Jul 05, 2013 3:02 pm

STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT 2 for PS2 lol. :P
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