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#121621 IkedaTeramusa   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3312 Posts   Joined 9.6 Years Ago  

IkedaTeramusa

Posted 13 April 2021 - 12:26 AM

 however, if you're like me and can't wear headphones or earbuds for extended periods of time, give them a try.

Or you could just get some aftershokz which I can't even feel and since they're bone conducting don't stick in my ears when I'm working out (thus no sweat dripping in there)



#121622 Ex~   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1070 Posts   Joined 13.3 Years Ago  

Posted 13 April 2021 - 03:57 AM

Diablo 2 is easily one of my top 3 games ever. But, there's something very important for me. They didn't touch the music, did they?

I hear they’re replacing the entire soundtrack with BTS.

#121623 Souffrir   Eternally Training CAG CAGiversary!   5674 Posts   Joined 8.7 Years Ago  

Posted 13 April 2021 - 04:06 AM

Or you could just get some aftershokz which I can't even feel and since they're bone conducting don't stick in my ears when I'm working out (thus no sweat dripping in there)


Wait.

You only sweat in your ears when you work out?

#121624 INMATEofARKHAM   Looking for my padded cell CAGiversary!   6062 Posts   Joined 11.9 Years Ago  

INMATEofARKHAM

Posted 13 April 2021 - 11:34 PM

Years ago I would have said it ruined the game but that is one of the things I am fine with them changing now.  I had a bunch of 99s back then but I also had no backlog and no reason to play anything but Diablo 2 constantly so having to make a new character just to try a different build and spend dozens of hours in the Cow Level to get that character to 99 didn't bother me.

No backlog back in the day?

Its like I don't even know you, man...

#121625 weretable   is that you baby, or just a brilliant disguise CAGiversary!   1123 Posts   Joined 8.6 Years Ago  

weretable

Posted 14 April 2021 - 02:13 PM

Had time but no money, later that flipped the other way around.  Really my backlog didn't get out of control until I fell into the MMO trap.  I kept buying the games that looked interesting when they went on sale but just kept spending all of my free time in an MMO.  And then of course things became ridiculous when I started hoarding stuff on Steam but oh well.   



#121626 MysterD   40 Year Old Birthday Toaster (Oct. 25th 1980-2020)) CAGiversary!   26783 Posts   Joined 17.6 Years Ago  

Posted 14 April 2021 - 03:16 PM

Nier: Automata - Steam version will be getting an official update eventually:

https://www.gamespot...y/1100-6490094/



#121627 INMATEofARKHAM   Looking for my padded cell CAGiversary!   6062 Posts   Joined 11.9 Years Ago  

INMATEofARKHAM

Posted 14 April 2021 - 03:58 PM

Had time but no money, later that flipped the other way around.  Really my backlog didn't get out of control until I fell into the MMO trap.  I kept buying the games that looked interesting when they went on sale but just kept spending all of my free time in an MMO.  And then of course things became ridiculous when I started hoarding stuff on Steam but oh well.

My backlog started in mid/late October of 1996. Even not making a lot as an E1 in the Navy I was hard pressed to spend all of the money I had coming in as I really had no bills to pay.

#121628 shadowysea07   Cjenvy I'm ready for you awd this time I'm wearing pants CAGiversary!   6451 Posts   Joined 8.2 Years Ago  

shadowysea07

Posted 15 April 2021 - 02:31 AM

Had time but no money, later that flipped the other way around.  Really my backlog didn't get out of control until I fell into the MMO trap.  I kept buying the games that looked interesting when they went on sale but just kept spending all of my free time in an MMO.  And then of course things became ridiculous when I started hoarding stuff on Steam but oh well.   

Yep same back when I was younger. Lots of free time and little money. Now not as much free time and I have money. Such is life. I try to finish around 10-15 games a year when applicable.  Though sometimes I just don't feel like playing anything.  I get most of my gaming done on commute to work when the weathers nice. 



#121629 Neuro5i5   pʎslǝxıɔ CAGiversary!   10597 Posts   Joined 8.7 Years Ago  

Posted 15 April 2021 - 12:16 PM

Pffft. 

 

I'm in the no time/no money club.

 

I try and start one or two new games a year to simply justify my Steam account, then go back to playing Mass Effect and Skyrim.



#121630 gospelman   Irreducibly Complex CAGiversary!   3295 Posts   Joined 12.0 Years Ago  

Posted 15 April 2021 - 03:43 PM

Nier: Automata - Steam version will be getting an official update eventually:

https://www.gamespot...y/1100-6490094/

Hah yeah I was amused by the update on steam: "An upgrade patch for the Steam version of NieR:Automata is currently in development.  We'll have more information to share with you at a later date."

 

In other words, "Oops, apparently the non-existent support we've given Nier:A has left the pc playerbase expecting the exact same thing from Replicant.  We don't want this to affect the sales of our new game.  Pls buy."



#121631 MysterD   40 Year Old Birthday Toaster (Oct. 25th 1980-2020)) CAGiversary!   26783 Posts   Joined 17.6 Years Ago  

Posted 15 April 2021 - 03:58 PM

Epic Game Store:

 

Free Games Page - click me!

 

Freebies this week:

  • Deponia: The Complete Journey
  • Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth
  • The First Tree

Freebies for next week:

  • Hand of Fate 2
  • Alien: Isolation


#121632 hostyl1   Rejoice commoners! CAGiversary!   3085 Posts   Joined 15.7 Years Ago  

Posted 15 April 2021 - 04:06 PM

Pffft. 

 

I'm in the no time/no money club.

 

I try and start one or two new games a year to simply justify my Steam account, then go back to playing Mass Effect and Skyrim.

Cant wait for the Legendary Edition. Gonna bore my kids by making them play through the trilogy with me.

On another note, I actually bought and having been playing a new(ish) game: Murder by Numbers. Think, Phoenix Wright but instead of gathering evidence and courtroom battles, you solve nonograms (Picross). Upon first booting it up, I thought, "This even *sounds* like Phoenix Wright." Turns out, the composer, Masakazu Sugimori, also worked on the Ace Attorney series. Almost wish I'd bought the soundtrack half off too (...almost).



#121633 nitrosmob   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   10609 Posts   Joined 15.0 Years Ago  

Posted 15 April 2021 - 05:04 PM

I think I officially jumped on the I played too many rouge-lite/like/whatever games and I'm just getting bored of them. I'll give my opinions on about 3 of them soon. Two were EA and one was just released. Also Strixhaven a new MTG set releases tomorrow, so I'll be drafting that one for a while. While Slay the Spire isn't perfect, it takes a lot for me to really get behind newer deck building type games however they use it. I love that style of game, but there is just not a lot of really good games in that genre. I'm likely taking a break from rogue stuff until Returnal releases later this month on PS5. It seems expensive, so i'll give a review after playing it a few hours. I stacked a few coupons and had a gift certificate, otherwise I wouldn't touch a $69.99 game + tax on release, except for Ratchet and Clank, but that's just the fanboy talking. Also was burnt out on VNs, but I'm jumping back on that train again likely taking on either Muv-Luv Alternative or Baldr Sky.



#121634 BMXJouster   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1482 Posts   Joined 13.7 Years Ago  

Posted 15 April 2021 - 05:22 PM

Days Gone will be releasing on May 18th:

 



#121635 shrinerr   Are you software people ready to fucking party? CAGiversary!   1447 Posts   Joined 17.1 Years Ago  

Posted 15 April 2021 - 06:13 PM

 

 

  • Hand of Fate

 

i'm pretty sure it's number 2, not the first one.



#121636 inm8num2   The result is quite fresh and quality. CAGiversary!   3327 Posts   Joined 9.6 Years Ago  

Posted 15 April 2021 - 06:50 PM

Pffft. 

 

I'm in the no time/no money club.

 

I try and start one or two new games a year to simply justify my Steam account, then go back to playing Mass Effect and Skyrim.

Hey, at least your fallback games are relatively recent or modern.

 

If I have time and am in the mood to play something, I tend to boot up DOSBox and play games like Doom 1+2, Heretic, Hexen, or Blood. Maybe a splash of Duke Nukem 2 or Wolfenstein 3D. I've carried most of these game files over from PC to PC since the 90s.

 

Although, a few weeks ago I started playing Ziggurat again. That's a fun roguelite FPS.

 

My passion was always point-and-click adventure games yet even for a smaller genre it has been difficult to keep up with the latest and greatest titles. Realistically there's time to squeeze in gaming here and there, but my free time usually goes like this:

 

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video:

 

Spoiler



#121637 MysterD   40 Year Old Birthday Toaster (Oct. 25th 1980-2020)) CAGiversary!   26783 Posts   Joined 17.6 Years Ago  

Posted 15 April 2021 - 09:09 PM

i'm pretty sure it's number 2, not the first one.

My mistake. You're right.

I re-checked it.

 

Edited my post a few posts up on the Epic freebies.



#121638 etcrane   A Damn Fine Cup of Coffee CAGiversary!   6178 Posts   Joined 18.0 Years Ago  

Posted 16 April 2021 - 05:07 AM

Posting this here mostly because the Steam thread seems to have the oldest, most jaded members of CAG as regular posters ... so clearly it’s the most relatable place for me 😜 ... anyway ...

Is anyone else having issues actually playing games as they get older ... Case in point, I recently “acquired” Trails of Cold Steel I and II because I’ve heard you really have to play them to appreciate the story in III and IV. Tried playing the first game and was immediately bored. Couldn’t even play for 10 minutes before I just shut it off. Maybe it’s just JRPGs ... but I just couldn’t care about the slow moving plot and what seemed like way too many characters. I also had issues with Kingdom Hearts 3, which felt plodding and just awkwardly paced.

Is it just me? Is this what getting old is? It just seems like it takes way more to actually hook me on a game these days ... and it’s easier to just buy games than actually play them. I’m considering a moratorium on new games and forcing myself to Marie Kondo my game collection where I just sell it if it doesn’t bring me joy ... shame that won’t work in a Steam library 😒.

#121639 shrinerr   Are you software people ready to fucking party? CAGiversary!   1447 Posts   Joined 17.1 Years Ago  

Posted 16 April 2021 - 07:22 AM

take a break. don't force yourself. go do some of other hobbies/pastimes. unless you're totally done with videogames, the passion/whatever will come back eventually.



#121640 Ex~   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1070 Posts   Joined 13.3 Years Ago  

Posted 16 April 2021 - 12:26 PM

Realistically there's time to squeeze in gaming here and there, but my free time usually goes like this:

 

8VlmsTx.gif

This is the plot of Resident Evil 7.

 

... all I need to do to open the Mansion front door is replace the lightbulb ...



#121641 kwick7   CAG Lurking Veteran CAGiversary!   901 Posts   Joined 16.3 Years Ago  

Posted 16 April 2021 - 01:45 PM

Pc question- anyone with a good Twitter alert or discord for GPU’s for sale? I’d like to grab a low end 3060 for my virtual pinball table. I’m in no rush and it’s no pressing need, just want one for an upgrade. Used Twitter alerts to grab a ps5 a few months ago.

#121642 psunami   0118999881999119725.....3 CAGiversary!   3871 Posts   Joined 17.7 Years Ago  

Posted 16 April 2021 - 01:48 PM

Pc question- anyone with a good Twitter alert or discord for GPU’s for sale? I’d like to grab a low end 3060 for my virtual pinball table. I’m in no rush and it’s no pressing need, just want one for an upgrade. Used Twitter alerts to grab a ps5 a few months ago.

I've been watching Stockdrops on Discord for 3070 and 3080's.   



#121643 Souffrir   Eternally Training CAG CAGiversary!   5674 Posts   Joined 8.7 Years Ago  

Posted 16 April 2021 - 04:56 PM

Anyone have experience with Gamesplanet? If I get something from, say, the UK or FR site, that’s not going to be a problem unless the key is regional to begin with, right?

#121644 Insomniac_34   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   1371 Posts   Joined 9.5 Years Ago  

Insomniac_34

Posted 16 April 2021 - 06:06 PM

Posting this here mostly because the Steam thread seems to have the oldest, most jaded members of CAG as regular posters ...

 

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#121645 Insomniac_34   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   1371 Posts   Joined 9.5 Years Ago  

Insomniac_34

Posted 16 April 2021 - 06:14 PM

Anyone have experience with Gamesplanet? If I get something from, say, the UK or FR site, that’s not going to be a problem unless the key is regional to begin with, right?

It's an old post but Gamesplanet confirmed this to be true a few years back. Just gotta be sure there won't be any region lock issues prior to purchasing.



#121646 inm8num2   The result is quite fresh and quality. CAGiversary!   3327 Posts   Joined 9.6 Years Ago  

Posted 16 April 2021 - 06:30 PM

Posting this here mostly because the Steam thread seems to have the oldest, most jaded members of CAG as regular posters ... so clearly it’s the most relatable place for me ... anyway ...

Is anyone else having issues actually playing games as they get older ... Case in point, I recently “acquired” Trails of Cold Steel I and II because I’ve heard you really have to play them to appreciate the story in III and IV. Tried playing the first game and was immediately bored. Couldn’t even play for 10 minutes before I just shut it off. Maybe it’s just JRPGs ... but I just couldn’t care about the slow moving plot and what seemed like way too many characters. I also had issues with Kingdom Hearts 3, which felt plodding and just awkwardly paced.

Is it just me? Is this what getting old is? It just seems like it takes way more to actually hook me on a game these days ... and it’s easier to just buy games than actually play them. I’m considering a moratorium on new games and forcing myself to Marie Kondo my game collection where I just sell it if it doesn’t bring me joy ... shame that won’t work in a Steam library .

It's not just you. I think there are a couple key elements to this, at least in my case.

 

First, I just find it harder to be immersed in something for an extended period of time or otherwise block out everything else and just enjoy a gaming session for 30+ minutes. Other things on my mind creep back to the forefront then I feel like I should be doing something else. That ties to my earlier post about how I just find it easier to jump into classic Doom or something similar - I can enjoy the game and even relieve some stress in short bursts without needing to be too invested.

 

Related to that, I tend to not really care about story all that much (depending on the game - for action it's less important than RPG or adventure). It's funny that as a kid cutscenes were such an exciting reward for making progress. Now I just view them as mostly a hindrance to what I really want to be doing - playing the game. That's more of an issue with modern AAA larger games, very few of which I've even played - marketing and trailers these days focus much more on story than they did 20+ years ago.

 

On the other hand a good story might be the motivation I need to finish a game, after I feel like I've experienced most or all that the gameplay has to offer. Plus great storytelling is one of the reasons point-and-click adventures became my favorite type of games when I was younger.

 

Maybe John Carmack was right. "Story in a game is like a story in a porn movie. It's expected to be there, but it's not that important."

 

tl;dr - this is me watching a cinematic or having to read through dialogue:

 

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#121647 samnite   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   130 Posts   Joined 10.7 Years Ago  

Posted 16 April 2021 - 06:35 PM

Posting this here mostly because the Steam thread seems to have the oldest, most jaded members of CAG as regular posters ... so clearly it’s the most relatable place for me ... anyway ...

Is anyone else having issues actually playing games as they get older ... Case in point, I recently “acquired” Trails of Cold Steel I and II because I’ve heard you really have to play them to appreciate the story in III and IV. Tried playing the first game and was immediately bored. Couldn’t even play for 10 minutes before I just shut it off. Maybe it’s just JRPGs ... but I just couldn’t care about the slow moving plot and what seemed like way too many characters. I also had issues with Kingdom Hearts 3, which felt plodding and just awkwardly paced.

Is it just me? Is this what getting old is? It just seems like it takes way more to actually hook me on a game these days ... and it’s easier to just buy games than actually play them. I’m considering a moratorium on new games and forcing myself to Marie Kondo my game collection where I just sell it if it doesn’t bring me joy ... shame that won’t work in a Steam library .

I used to love strategy games on the PC in the 90s (C&C, AOE, CIV, HOMAM, etc). They were infinitely replayable and took as long as you wanted them to take depending on your strategies and save-scumming. I recently got back into PC gaming after several years of console-only gaming. I am having a hard time bringing myself to play these longer strategy games as I feel like I could finish a console game faster. I think the lack of time for gaming as we get older really has altered our approaches to gaming and what type of experiences we feel we would enjoy.



#121648 nitrosmob   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   10609 Posts   Joined 15.0 Years Ago  

Posted 16 April 2021 - 08:11 PM

I agree. RPGS used to be my go to along with platformers. I still like platformers most of the time, but RPGs I tend to like not love now. They take so long to beat and generally the stories and characters along with some gameplay are generally not worth the time investment IMHO. Also RPGS with weak characters/stories are generally trash for the most part, and there is plenty of those with Kemco releasing a million and the boat loads of RPGMaker games. For some reason dungeon crawlers like Dungeon Travelers 2 and Demon Gaze provide me a therapeutic feeling and generally the mechanics are good in some of those. I'm not into RTS anymore, though I was into Age of Empires and Command & Conquer when I was younger. I generally like the rogue-lite games as they generally play quickly and each run hopefully ends in around an hour. Visual novels are my kind of RPG now mainly since I read very quickly and generally enjoy those.



#121649 elessar123  

Posted 16 April 2021 - 08:56 PM

I still like them, but I prefer games that let you fast forward animations. Bravely Default 2 did this well, I guess.



#121650 JSweeney   ... CAGiversary!   11394 Posts   Joined 18.1 Years Ago  

JSweeney

Posted 16 April 2021 - 10:10 PM

This is the plot of Resident Evil 7.

 

... all I need to do to open the Mansion front door is replace the lightbulb ...

Or be the master of unlocking...