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Author Topic: Video Games: What are you playing?  (Read 85990 times)

rgalex

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Re: Video Games: What are you playing?
« Reply #1050 on: October 18, 2021, 11:59:30 AM »
I reinstalled No Man's sky recently, as there's been so many updates, it's worth another look.
So far, it's been pretty fun and certainly has a lot more content since  I played it last some years ago.
Agreed. I will give full credit to Hello Games for what has to be the comeback story of the goddamn decade. I can't think of ANY game -- not just vidya, but any -- that's managed to turn things around this well.

Final Fantasy 14.  Went from a disaster of an MMO that gave it's early adopters free play time for almost a year to make up for how bad it was, to being one of the best MMOs going right now.

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Re: Video Games: What are you playing?
« Reply #1051 on: October 18, 2021, 01:26:52 PM »
I reinstalled No Man's sky recently, as there's been so many updates, it's worth another look.
So far, it's been pretty fun and certainly has a lot more content since  I played it last some years ago.
Agreed. I will give full credit to Hello Games for what has to be the comeback story of the goddamn decade. I can't think of ANY game -- not just vidya, but any -- that's managed to turn things around this well.

Final Fantasy 14.  Went from a disaster of an MMO that gave it's early adopters free play time for almost a year to make up for how bad it was, to being one of the best MMOs going right now.
I stand corrected. Well played. :)

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Re: Video Games: What are you playing?
« Reply #1052 on: October 19, 2021, 10:55:49 AM »
American Truck Simulator. Yup, it is as addictive as they say and no one can explain why.
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Re: Video Games: What are you playing?
« Reply #1053 on: October 19, 2021, 11:50:37 AM »
American Truck Simulator. Yup, it is as addictive as they say and no one can explain why.
The simulator games have gotten completely out of hand. I saw an ad on Steam for Lawn Mowing Simulator.

What the fuck.

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Re: Video Games: What are you playing?
« Reply #1054 on: October 19, 2021, 12:18:53 PM »
American Truck Simulator. Yup, it is as addictive as they say and no one can explain why.
The simulator games have gotten completely out of hand. I saw an ad on Steam for Lawn Mowing Simulator.

What the fuck.

There is a Tank Repair Simulator too.

The only explanation I can give for the success of the "Truck" simulators is not an explanation at all but a remembrance: back in the early '80s, "Truckin'" for Intellivision was the unexpected success story. I and my best friend competed on it all day long (you could play on a split screen). So, there must be something intangible that makes them compelling (the Mod scene is comparable to a flight sim, and some hardcore gamers have thousands of dollar invested in driving gear, super performing graphic cards and three monitors included).

I hear that there is a market for farming simulators too, but I'm not interested.
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Re: Video Games: What are you playing?
« Reply #1055 on: October 19, 2021, 09:44:47 PM »
I've kinda fallen for Dungeon Encounters by Square Enix.  I'm playing it on my Switch during lunch breaks at work.  It's a very minimalist dungeon crawl game.

You literally move the party along a mapped dungeon grid and all the encounters are already laid out for you.  You can check out anything ahead of time so it becomes more a strategy game than RPG.  If you see Encounter Black 07, you can look in your log and see that that encounter is Skeletons and Wild Boar and then prep your party to fight that.  White Encounter 03, well you know that's a healing shrine.

It's definitely not for everyone, but it's pretty novel and at the moment fairly relaxing to play.