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#14419400 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by Jesse_Dylan on 01 September 2021 - 04:18 PM

Hey guys, just thought I’d share this inspiring story of a former iBanker who is using his children to mine cryptocurrency during their summer break … my heart hasn’t been this warmed since I watched all those little kids learning critical job skills in the mine from Temple of Doom …


I feel sad, but the saddest part is that my sorrow is mostly because they make way more money than me and probably always will when I'd be satisfied with bare bones.  There is a reason I'm a cheapass...

#14418619 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by Jesse_Dylan on 28 August 2021 - 02:15 PM

It's weird they don't include LSL4 on their bundles too... also missing from steam... Must be some rights issues.



I did ruin it. Didn't notice the winky face. LOL. 

Don't feel bad.  I was about to let them have it, too.  "OMG u kids, there is no 4, wtf yo!"  That was a very hidden wink, and invisible if you're reading the e-mail digest (or not clicking things).

#14417835 Nintendo eShop Deals and Discussions

Posted by Jesse_Dylan on 24 August 2021 - 04:09 PM

If a feller is into something, I think a feller appreciates an anniversary.


The rest of us get annoyed because the marketing tries to push us to care if we don't, because they want us to buy it.


I'd love almost any kind of SNES 30th, personally.  I was also really annoyed they've never done anything for Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion's anniversaries, where as I'd imagine like 90% of gamers really do not care at all.  (Yet they have done 9000 Skyrim anniversary things, which annoys me... and also 90% of gamers...  Hm.)


TL;DR: If you love something, you will enjoy an anniversary, but other than that, it is annoying propaganda desperate to take your money, so it is also totally understandable to be annoyed.

#14412240 Playstation Deals, PS Plus games, and Discussion

Posted by Jesse_Dylan on 25 July 2021 - 02:19 PM

Metal Max Xeno is the sequel to the PS2 game Metal Saga which was one of the hidden gems on the PS2.  


I enjoyed Astebreed, but it wish it saved after each stage.  I think that the developers want you to play it all the way through to the end in one sitting, but I don't have the attention span for that anymore.  :bomb:

Hi guys.  Another nerd here wanting to jump in.  I have looked at Astebreed each sale and may finally purchase it.


As for Max, I have been following this series since it's Super Famicom days.  Like many, by the time it reached the US, it was no longer as well regarded, however, I was looking forward to trying this one.  


Was going to grab it, but apparently there is a Metal Max Xeno REBORN or something coming to Switch.  so I'll see you guys back here in a couple years when that one is $5.  No, for real tho, I feel this series has been trying hard to capture the magic of the Super Famicom iterations (which, in all truth, I never played, even after unofficial translation).  The Reborn version might finally be the chance if they actually take care of all the problems people complained about.  I think it could be a crazy gem.




Coming to all platforms according to this

#14408782 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by Jesse_Dylan on 09 July 2021 - 05:33 AM

You can still download/play delisted games. They are just removed from the store and are unavailable for purchase.
Edit: Ah, didn't realize there was an issue with this particular game becoming unplayable (not familiar with the M&M games).


Yeah, it was a goofy setup to begin with, which is why a lot of people really rail against that type of DRM.  I'm no fan, but it's usually okay.  In this case, it was not okay, but it sounds more like a security vulnerability.  They probably won't make this mistake again... I'd like to say...


No clue. Might be worth checking with support with Uplay or Steam on this one, depending on where you have it, if you are looking to refund.


Or...you could hope modders fix it or somehow Ubi actually officially fixes it.

No dice on the refund.  They might actually fix it, though, or someone might!  Pretty sad.  M&M deserves better.  It was once a great franchise, and they seemed semi-serious about rebooting it with M&M X, and now it's practically abandonware.  Poo on Steam but also can't really blame Steam...

#14407487 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by Jesse_Dylan on 02 July 2021 - 04:11 PM

Psp version of ff4 has a number of negatives to me. Grindy, nerfed arrows on the girls whereas in the original release I can rely on those to kill enemies, inflict status ailments like charm and petrify, edge they removed a lot of the weapons you can throw.

The difficulty increase is mostly ignorable until the final boss. Couldn't be bothered to grind hours worth of random encounters to level in the final dungeon to meet the recommended level to beat it. As I was about the same level as the original snes version.

The ability to finally change your party is a interesting addition but doesn't come till the end of the game and you'd have to backtrack to do it. the only character that people might swap out is edge. really just a tossup to replace him with one of the twins.

hi!  FFIV-obsessed autistic person here.  Was wondering, was your previous experience with FFIV the original SNES "easy" version?  Just curious, because after the original SNES release as "Final Fantasy 2," I believe all subsequent releases were the actual Japanese games translated, where as our FFII on SNES was the Japanese "easy" version (I guess designed for Americans... but it is similarly rather sparing compared to subsequent versions)  


Just wondering


Like someone else said, neat to see FFIV come up.  I'm 39 and grew up playing "Final Fantasy II" obsessively.  Oddly enough, since then, I have really only played the Game Boy version, although I had meant to play the PSP version (and the DS/PC version which I never liked)...  So I'm looking forward to playing through all these pixel remasters.


Also pretty psyched for the Dragon Quest III 2.5D thing whoa.  Suppose it would be weird and impossible for them to do all the old DQ and FFs like that.  I find it far more palatable than the low-poly attempts or the high-def sprite remaster version thingies.


Thanks for listening to me jabber.

#14401109 Playstation Deals, PS Plus games, and Discussion

Posted by Jesse_Dylan on 05 June 2021 - 06:39 PM

Uhh no. There are tons of high quality indie games in this sale. Also "shovelware" is one of the most overused terms in gaming. Basically people use it to describe any game they are not interested in. 



Turns out I was just referring to the indie games on sale for PS5. I actually haven't used that term in years. I agree it's overused, but not by me. The grand majority of these games come from devs with no pedigree and absolutely harken back to Wii shovelware days. Most of them have this same-y Unity asset flip vibe to them

I agree with you both, in the words of that Reddit person, but at the same time, I think sometimes people mean the sheer breadth of these sales, everything plus the kitchen sink and donkey, the terrible website and filters...  Every sale starts to feel like a "shovelware" sale when there are like 1000 items and it's difficult to sort through.  It's tedious as hell, and a lot of it is complete crap, and of course a lot of it some of us may already have, and of course some of what we do want might be out of our cheap range.


I know all that contributes to overusing the term, but when I see 1100 games in a sale...  

#14398349 Playstation Deals, PS Plus games, and Discussion

Posted by Jesse_Dylan on 21 May 2021 - 10:31 PM

I want to say sorry, because I think if I hadn't made a remark, it never would have gone so off-topic.  I am also sorry because I really enjoyed hearing thoughts/opinions.  Didn't meant to cause stress for anyone and don't want to ruin CAG for anyone, but I did enjoy it.


About 200,000 people move out of California per year. That's the equivalent of losing the entire population of a decent-sized town every year. And they all seem to move here to Colorado, driving up rent and home prices, and then continue voting for the exact same kind of scumbag politicians that caused them to flee their old state like refugees. I guess I am just tired of seeing hybrids with California plates drive by every minute here. They don't even bother getting new plates when they move here lol. Sorry for derailing the thread, I wasn't going to say anything else, just irked by this comment in particular. I have no desire to revisit California and don't care about how expensive it is, but just want you all to stop migrating here in mass numbers if California is so wonderful. Also, it would be nice if your state's massive inept government bureaucracies filled with unqualified cronies could get a handle on those wildfires that keep ruining our air quality over here every summer, that would just be wonderful, thanks.

I also just want to say that this is a problem in many places and is something we have to look at (in my view) at a national level.  There are mass migrations all over.  Many of the huge amounts who moved to California then move to Denver, or... to Boise.  That's right; in Boise, people say, "I wish all these damn people from California would stop moving here, because it has driven up costs."  And it has!  Not a knock of California people, or anyone-- just the opposite, I'm trying to say this is a bigger issue.  If a "low-income" person in California takes their money to Boise before this happened, they can get a lot more for it.  But enough people do that, and Boise changes.  Actually, lots of folks moved where I am, too, for jobs, NOT because it is a popular place.  :P  It brought many great things with it, but it made it a mess here, too.  I am not trying to one-up or compare, not knocking anyone either.  Again, just saying this is a big issue happening many places.


Frankly, I'd love to find a great place to move, too.  People in California, Washington state, Colorado, Boise, New Mexico-- they will all say "Okay, but for god sake, DON'T move here!"


I want to move somewhere more sparsely populated, so I am unlikely to irritate anyone when I arrive (I hope).


Sorry for all that.  That was just in general, not for you specifically.  I know possibly no one will read it.  Shrug!


Sadly, no.  Houston.  Anyone have thoughts on that area?

Yeah!  I don't have many good thoughts, though.  :P  Sorry!  I have friends there and have visited.  They are able to do decently, however, so they don't have the issues.  it sure is a strange place though.  I'd love to narrate if it didn't offend.  I also have friends in the Ft. Worth area I have not visited (I think), and they have similar issues, where it takes what I'd consider a huge income just to afford to live at all.  My buddy makes $60k out of school at age 23.  I was his advisor, plenty older than him, and the most I've ever made is $30k.  I am nowhere near that now.  From my perspective, he has done incredible!  Yet we are both in the same boat of financial insecurity, paycheck to paycheck, trying to figure out a sustainable life.  The person who said they were sick of working 30 hours per week and not being able to make it, I feel the same.  Some jobs were more like 50-60 hours, for even less pay.  Makes a person sort of give up (luckily I do not have kids)


And that's why people migrate around, often without enough knowledge to understand the choice they're making.  But as long as it greases the money wheels, no one is going to try to solve these sorts of issues very hard.


SORRY AGAIN to all for derailing.  Obv. if I were really sorry I'd stfu now, so sorry for that too!

#14397922 Playstation Deals, PS Plus games, and Discussion

Posted by Jesse_Dylan on 20 May 2021 - 02:47 PM

My library never closed and was immediately deemed an essential service (which libraries quite plainly are). They did curbside service for a few weeks at the beginning of the pandemic, and then went back to normal. Not everyone lives in some nutty place like California where the governor can unilaterally decide to shut everything down while he dines out maskless with lobbyists.

Libraries are also a social service paid by tax dollars, which doesn't sound like something you'd particularly love (eek socialism!).  I'm not a fan of elitist behavior either, but at least they try to take care of folks in California.  And maybe next time you go to your library, you can think about the fact that the majority of folks working there don't even get $15 an hour.  I would not have wanted to have to work in a library for $10.50 during a pandemic.  

#14396979 Playstation Deals, PS Plus games, and Discussion

Posted by Jesse_Dylan on 15 May 2021 - 02:53 PM

I know I'm late to complain, but I just want to add another wtf to the weird ending for Play At Home.


It isn't like I care; I'm thrilled to not only get Subnautica free (already had it free on PC I think... but I wanted to play it on PS5/couch/controller) but unexpectedly get the PS5 version I didn't know existed.  i never would have wanted to pay money for that.


They could have given us... like... something as a sendoff...  Maybe they don't want us to Play At Home anymore.  I'd have taken a Go Out and Spend Money freebie and then still just played at home.

#14396557 Nintendo eShop Deals and Discussions

Posted by Jesse_Dylan on 13 May 2021 - 02:52 PM

Looking forward to an 80% discount with today’s store update.

Barring that, I predict a "summer sale" for 25% off or more, and a Christmas sale at 50%.  I'll make sure to whine both times.


I think I'll try to play them before they can go on sale.  That way I can be one of those annoying-ass people who is like "BOUGHT FULL PRICE TOTES WORTH IT BRO"

#14396554 Nintendo eShop Deals and Discussions

Posted by Jesse_Dylan on 13 May 2021 - 02:49 PM

Hey hey, if anyone is interested in Famicom Detective Club, I just bought both for the paltry $10 discount, wagering they'll never really go on sale much.


Therefore, I have guaranteed they WILL go on sale, possibly deeply, likely before I even play them.  You can thank me later.

#14396543 Playstation Deals, PS Plus games, and Discussion

Posted by Jesse_Dylan on 13 May 2021 - 02:07 PM

Finally grabbed Life is Strange: Before The Storm - Deluxe Edition.  Need to finish it before True Colors comes out.

Be ready to cry!  If my story below doesn't make you cry (it won't), Before the Storm will.  


Unrelated but has anyone recently had their PSN account locked? I haven't turned on my PS4 for a while nor logged into the PS store since last month to claim PS Plus games but I tried to log in just now and it said my account was locked. 


I don't have any emails or anything regarding my account being accessed or anything. 

This isn't helpful, and it was back in like 2012... ancient history for some of you young bucks...  But this was the dark ages of PSN, and due to a Gawker Media breach, and due to me using the same PW for everything, my account was hacked.  Sony were absolute assholes, blaming me, implying I was lying, implying I was the criminal.  Complete fucking jerks.  Sony USA obviously.  So, I reported them to the Better Business Bureau, which is kind of a sham organization, but that got results.  I got a call personally from some higher-up.  But still, he implied I was at fault, did not accept liability, just wanted to end my attack, and he offered to take the $20 I still had on my account and call it even.  Huh?  Call it fucking even by taking MY money?


I've been an incredible customer over the years since I got my account back.  And who can I even complain to about it now?  Nobody.  But what a bunch of fucking asshats.  I suppose none of those people are even there anymore.  I hope not.

#14396468 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by Jesse_Dylan on 12 May 2021 - 11:01 PM

Random post but does anyone remember the old game series Warlords? I was playing the remaster of the first game and it got me wondering why that type of game hasn’t been built out in a modern series. I think Warlords IV was the last game made and III was the pinnacle, but the simplicity of a big open world map with castles and stronger main warlords plus armies and fantasy monsters … it’s pretty good stuff.

The core gameplay is really fun … would be cool to see something with the added complexity of Civilization combined with the Warlords model. Anyone aware of any modern games in the last few years that emulate a similar type of gameplay?

Hi.  You maybe reached the only person within earshot who even knows what you're talking about.  :)  I get the digest and just happened to catch it and sometimes pop out of the lurk.


Unfortunately, I can't help much.  We could try GoG; when it was not available on there, there were many who complained, and presumably some are still there. 


I could yammer endlessly about Warlords... how I played it in my dad's friend's basement with his kids (my contemporaries) on his black and white Mac... how I played it in my own basement as a teenager...  on and on.  I was never good at it and probably never even totally understood the concept.  I just enjoyed it.


I think there were some attempts to modernize it, i.e. the RTS versions (Battlecry), which actually did fairly well critically at least, but not with the RTS crowd (I think Starcraft existed by this point).  The developers went on to do Puzzle Quest and some other stuff.  It's set in the same universe, I think, Erathia, and fun fact, the main designer dude guy (not sure if it's his wife who is the other designer or what) also did the music for all the Warlords, at least the turn-based ones, and I think he did the music for Puzzle Quest too.  I could be wrong about all of this.


Anyway It was always rooted in wargaming, i.e. the beer and pretzels wargaming, board games, and the nerdy "grognard" type stuff (how do I even remember these terms).  That is kind of making a comeback now, along with D&D and whatever, but now it's nerdy kid stuff instead of nerdy old man stuff.  I don't care; I'm just happy it's happening (I was never an old man playing these things anyway... well I will be!)


All that said, I suppose there are some "fantasy" type Civ-alikes that are similar to both Warlords and Civ... kinda...  But if I recited them, would it be anything you don't already know, or just Master of Magic clones?  I know you don't mean Master of Magic or Heroes of Might and Magic...  If you meant that, you'd have said so, and maybe 2.3 people could reply on Master of Magic and 134 and 1/2 people  on HoMM.


Maybe my yammering will attract others to your question.  Again, some stuff comes to mind, and maybe it was influenced, but to my mind, stuff like Warlock is probably more inspired by MoM and maybe HoMM.  On the other hand, MoM itself was inspired by Civ and was meant to be a Microprose fantasy Civ since they published Civ in the first place (and of course X-COM and plenty of other stuff Take Two now owns... guess they must have just bought them out at some point).  You could check out some games inspired by Master of Magic, but it kind of leaves behind some of the core aspects and simplicity of Warlords.


Actually, that might be part of the issue, is it is too nerdy, too slow, too "simple" for modern standards, and the Civalikes sort of steamrolled the whole concept into a mainstream street pancake.


Suppose we could ask the devs!  Presumably they are known more for Puzzle Quest at this point.

#14395858 Playstation Deals, PS Plus games, and Discussion

Posted by Jesse_Dylan on 09 May 2021 - 03:17 PM

Some of the arguments you guys get into, I tell ya.  Kudos to some of the really interesting and informational posts added to the discussion tho.  Other than that, it did seem like some folks were just picking a side and saying anything they could to support it.  Maybe it ain't always about logic.  But being an emotional lurker this time, I learned a thing or two.