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I've been playing Stars in Shadow recently. It's a nice little Master of Orion clone, available on GOG and Steam. You can tell it's heavily WIP, the UI is sometimes a little rough around the edges, there's no espionage sub-system yet, the AI has diplomacy options that you don't have, etc. but it's a great turn-based space civ game. No fixed starlanes! No real-time tactical combat!

 

Simple MoO1-style planet management instead of the Civilization/MoO2-style: instead of splitting the population into various kinds of jobs (farmers, workers, scientists, traders, whatever) you have a number of building slots on the planet (the bigger the planet's maximum population, the more slots availables) where you can build five different types of buildings, for increasing the planet's production, money, metals, food, and research output. You don't have to deal with having to upgrade the buildings as you unlock technologies, that's all abstracted away, new techs just make your buildings more efficient. An increased population also makes them more efficient as they can be fully staffed, but again you don't have to worry about it, it's safely abstracted. You don't have to deal with things like dragging a million farmers to the labs to speed up research or whatever, and increasing your population will improve all buildings regardless of what they do. It's both simpler and actually more realistic.

 

The game encourages you to have a cosmopolitan empire, integrating various alien species on your planets. This is because each planet has various biomes, and each species is more suited for some biomes than for others. If you have an Earth-like "garden" planet, with a human population, well you can increase its population by putting in a bunch of seahorse aliens that will settle on the reefs the upper layers of the ocean. They do not live on solid ground, so your planet's max population will increase quite a bit, and increased population means more buildings and a more efficient planet overall. Then you can add the deep sea rolly polly aliens that live around the volcanic vents at the bottom of the oceans, where neither your human population nor your seahorse population live. There you go, you increase the max population again! You can find aliens who live on barren, airless planets; or aliens who thrive in the toxic atmosphere of the Venus-like planets; or aliens who love the sub-arctic cold, etc. If you have the right aliens at your disposal, even the worst planet can become a prosperous, productive world in your empire. Inversely, the wrong aliens can make a paradise world utterly useless.

 

I'm also replaying some Master of Orion: Conquer the Stars at the same time, which is also available on GOG and Steam, because its (indispensable, mandatory, don't even think of trying the game without) unofficial patch was updated recently. CTS has a much sleeker presentation, giving it a cinematic feel with its many movies, its cast of prestigious voice actors and actresses, its orchestral music, and so on; but SIS is just a much better game than CTS underneath: the early game is faster so you waste less time just waiting for progression bars to fill up while nothing happens, the turn-based combat makes tactical combat between large fleet fun instead of a nightmare, the game mechanics are overall just better thought out, and the various factions play a lot more differently.

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FIFA and CS:GO are my favorite games that I have already played for many years. Except for playing games, I like to watch esport tournaments. I think it may be really useful for gamers, as it's a good opportunity to improve your skills and become a pro gamer. I can recommend a good source which provides live streams, reviews of tournaments, guides and many other https://egamersworld.com/

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I finished 3rd in a Street Fighter 2: Champion Edition tournament on Fightcade earlier today. Obviously not the end result I was looking for, but I'm happy with my performance and the commentator thought I was pretty good. "Ajora is a fucking beast." I wish the stream showed my matches against supergood as I got two consecutive perfect rounds against him. Omega Red wrecked me in the semi-finals. 

 

https://challonge.com/4lrbs3zr

 

 

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I was playing King Of Fighters, until my faulty arcade stick for the Nintendo Switch wasn't detecting anymore. Weaponlord and Tmnt tournaments for PC is having problems detecting this arcade stick. I can't really afford to raise the price to give away 200 dollars for a last long arcade stick anymore. Also, new generation fighters for me is false hope to like and there's no tomorrow for old school fighters, so I might as well permanently call it quits. Everything is just dumb down for new comers from this genre, because people don't want to put in the work for a more unforgiving learning curve and execution barrier.

 

Going to another genre is best.

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30 minutes ago, Pegg said:

Did you see the new Samurai Shodown? @Lygophilia

 

Yes. I liked the series, but anything after sprite based fighters, I did not like. Sources said it was coming this winter on the Switch, but I don't know if I should take a gamble on it.

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Plenty of Hexen, and finished a couple of wads in the meantime.

 

Man I love this game, and I'm still having much, much more fun with it than I've ever had with Heretic. Chances are, after I eventually get to Faithless I'm going to bury Heretic since that's a game I simply can't bring myself to truly enjoy, despite my efforts and the various wads I've played for it.

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53 minutes ago, Lygophilia said:

 

Yes. I liked the series, but anything after sprite based fighters, I did not like. Sources said it was coming this winter on the Switch, but I don't know if I should take a gamble on it.

It is getting a lot of good reviews and already released :P. It actually looks better than the 2 entries before it.

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Doom64 via Doom64 ex (works perfectly), various wads for UDoom and Doom II (always UV), The Elder Scrolls: Arena. Sometimes Solitaire bundled with XP (always draw three). Thinking to replay Chrono Trigger (SNES version) someday.

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DOOM3.

 

I had the xbox version way back when but never beat it (i blame the orange box).  Repurchased with the 360 but it didnt have co-op.  Now again I got it on the 360...

 

just realized the revenant in this trailer is a lot faster moving than in the final release.  dang!

 

 

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Started playing strife for the very first time. And I am liking it so far.

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Been playing GTA 5 which I just got. Already think its my favorite of the series. Love the heist missions.

Also been playing Civilization 6, as usual.

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Finished Heart of the Woods last night. I got a sad ending but it was 2:30 in the morning so I had to go to bed sad. Going to try to find the happy ending.

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Spent some time with Goldeneye and Star Fox 64 before I packed away my n64 for the big move, currently playing Crossout again and I'm not to big on the changes they made to the missions.
Also playing Pokemon Moon since I found my 3DS charger.

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This Logitech G500 is getting on my damn nerves with the LMB double-clicking and not letting me drag and drop stuff. It seems to be a common problem with Logitech mice and in my case, it happens more during warmer temperatures. I've already opened the microswitch housing three times before to adjust it, and I really don't want to open it again for fear of cracking off the latch and rendering the button broken. Maybe a tiny strip of scotch tape can close it in that case? I really don't want to go looking for a new mouse if newer ones have the same problem.

 

I'm waiting for a rom hack of Zelda II to come out completed. Yeah, there's a beta patch of all the latest improvements on the first page and the author says it is all but done, but I'm not just keen on playing it. I'm not really a fan of being in beta testing nor Early Access, and certainly not the shenanigans of the likes of Shenmue 3 et al.. Maybe I'm just old-fashioned.

 

I borrowed a Nintendo Switch controller to play emulators on my computer and I rather like it. It's one of the Nintendo-endorsed-but-not-first-party wired USB controllers and is matte black with a gold D-pad and Zelda BOTW branding. No rumble, gyro, wireless connectivity nor amiibo things. It's laid out like the Xbox360 controller instead of the PS3/4 or WiiU gamepad, so my right thumb can touch the D-pad for inventory instead of moving my left thumb off its stick. D-pad is responsive without being awkward for the left thumb. Thumbstick resistance is much closer to the PS3/4 than the 360 and has a large plastic flattop with little ridges on the edges. Index fingers rest comfortably on the digital trigger buttons (never was a fan of the analog ones) and bumpers are quick to tap. I have to use XOutput to get it recognized as a generic controller and map its buttons, but it's painless enough. Great for a no-frills controller.

 

There was an old saved blurb about Killing Floor 2 here, but now is replaced with verbal diarrhea in the spoiler.

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The devs behind KF2 are going to sell new weapons for ~10 USD each (including 5 exclusive skins) in the next update onwards. They say they cannot continue to put out the current level of free content updates (2-3 new weapons, 1 maybe 2 new maps, event-themed cosmetics and lootboxes) with the money they have. Either that or they'd have to drastically scale back the content updates. This brings back bad memories of a maligned DLC pack from the first game, which gave a powerful ranged weapon for the Berserker and too-strong-for-its-tier flare revolvers for the Firebug.

 

This isn't their first fling with controversy. They had put in cosmetic lootboxes during the game's Early Access period in late 2015, under the premise that money from the lootboxes would go to fund free content updates, though they decidedly point out there's nothing saying for how long. No doubt they were trying to get a piece of the lootbox pie pioneered by the likes of TF2 and CS:GO. The "Zed-conomy" never took off like those games, and now I guess it wasn't enough for them now if they decided to go with putting a paywall to new weapons. Interestingly enough, the paid lootboxes had no-dupe protection put on them some months back, so you could get everything in a particular lootbox including the gaudy gold-plated Precious cosmetics. As a result, the flood of cosmetics have forced prices in the Steam Market to plummet to more reasonable prices, much to the anguish of greedy sellers on Steam Market. But that seems like scant atonement in light of this coming paywall, on top of the lootboxes, direct purchases of cosmetics/characters and the Steam Market. Oh, and the publisher of KF2 announced EGS exclusivity for their upcoming shark game, but that's another 55-gallon drum of worms.

 

They are bringing up their Shared Content system as a way for paying players to share with non-payers. Previously, the system was used for crossover weapons with games you had to purchase to get. So long as the payers are in the game, non-payers can purchase the weapon in the Trader Pod. They're also toying with the idea of having certain weapons work differently based on your current Perk, and maybe mimic the DLC weapons. One possible combination was hinted in a recent trailer, by putting a .500 Magnum revolver by a Support Specialist (shotgun user) icon to create a shotgun revolver. The same trailer puts a Nailgun by a  SWAT (SMG user) icon, and I have no idea what that's about other than aping Quake 1.

 

The community's response at the moment is pretty mixed: disappointment at this turn of events but understanding of the monetary and effort cost (at least described in the PR blurb), disbelief at the high cost per weapon relative to the base game's price of 30 USD, apprehension about the future of the game and where this paywall will bring it and of course, vitriol from those against lootboxes, MTX, pay-to-win and other such predatory practices manifested in bigger games. I was expecting a lot more vitriol, but I guess that will come in time when people get word of this change.

 

The community (or at least the subreddit and Steam forums) has gotten a lot more hostile since the summer 2018 update. A lot of veterans dropped the game due to controversial additions: the Upgrade system (spend dosh on a weapon to boost damage) rebalancing weapons to account for upgrades, and the EDARs (robotic ranged enemies that stand in stark thematic contrast to the organic, mostly melee mutant clones). A lot of it was due to growing frustration from feeling the devs ignored detailed and comprehensive feedback for a long time, and concern that the Upgrade system would make players more selfish with dosh (why help a squadmate who died or just joined get kitted out and better able to survive the wave when I can waste dosh upgrading my weapon and probably not hit any damage breakpoints that matter?). Now in their place are players who seem intent on making the coop experience an unnecessarily miserable time under the banner of "I'll play however I want, even to the detriment of the team as a whole, and anyone who tells me otherwise can fuck all the way off".

 

An especially contentious point are people who play Field Medic without doing any healing at all. Even with the Medic speccing in combat skills, he isn't going to do nearly as much damage as the other 8 Perks dedicated to killing the enemies. It'd be much more preferable to choose a Perk that can apply relevant bonuses to the Medic's weapons and keep up the firepower while healing injured squadmates. Hell, the heal darts auto-track and hit when launched in the general direction of anyone needing healing, so what gives? I read an observation that 'combat' Medics who aren't healing squadmates are likely choosing the Perk for its high Armor durability, fast movement speed, and near-instant improved healing to overcome the fact that they're getting hit an awful lot. It seems they don't learn generalized skills applicable to any Perk to mitigate damage, like situational awareness, map knowledge and good places to camp or kite, enemy spawn points, killing enemies as far as terrain and accuracy allow, prioritizing hostile threats, headshots (!), reading enemy animations, sound cues and such. I also blame the Medic's progression requirements because killing enemies with the Medic's on-perk weapons nets a lot more XP than healing squadmates; it isn't as restrictive as the first game's healing-only requirement, but it sure makes for a growing number of people who ignore the purpose of being a Medic.

 

Steam says I've played nearly 1500 hours in the 2 years and 8 months I've had it. In truth, actual playtime is around 20-25% with doing daily and weekly objectives mostly. The rest was idling on the main menu for the same small pool of free cosmetics compared to the ocean of lootbox cosmetics. It's very rare that I play the game just for fun. That Vault Dosh for free cosmetics is what gets me to venture begrudgingly into Suicidal difficulty, even if it is now tolerable especially with level 25 Perks, and I was considering moving up to Hell on Earth. That damn white whale in the form of a chrome skin for the starter 9mm pistol is what keeps me going. But knowing my luck, RNGesus will just give me the finger and duplicate cosmetics. A PS4 player had that same white whale, and managed to get it as the last unique skin in that pool ONLY by a freak bug and glitching thousands of the free crates and hundreds of rerolls.

 

Now that non-cosmetic DLC is on the horizon, does continuing to play KF2 mean I implicitly endorse where the game is going? I've already dreaded reading the news blurbs about updates and fearing the game will finally cave in to the poorly-thought ideas of people who couldn't be bothered to make it fit in terms of aesthetics, gameplay, difficulty balance, unique niches in the arsenal and such. For some reason, I keep thinking of the Modern Warfare 2 PC boycott and the subsequent picture of said boycotters having thousands of hours in the game anyway. Maybe if I play through Jim Sterling's braying videos about MTX and "it's just cosmetic" for the next few days, it may dampen the siren call to play more.

 

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I've already played through Cave Story a few years ago but didn't get the best ending and fairly recently started a new game with the intention of getting the best ending. Bloody hell, even for me, the final segment of the game is pissfucking brutal. 

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11 hours ago, Chow Yun Thin said:

This Logitech G500 is getting on my damn nerves with the LMB double-clicking and not letting me drag and drop stuff.


I murdered a few mice this way playing too much Diablo.

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16 hours ago, Chow Yun Thin said:

This Logitech G500 is getting on my damn nerves with the LMB double-clicking and not letting me drag and drop stuff. It seems to be a common problem with Logitech mice and in my case, it happens more during warmer temperatures. I've already opened the microswitch housing three times before to adjust it, and I really don't want to open it again for fear of cracking off the latch and rendering the button broken. Maybe a tiny strip of scotch tape can close it in that case? I really don't want to go looking for a new mouse if newer ones have the same problem. 

I don't think anything other than replacing the microswitch will work. I've had the problem several times and I've ordered a small bag of them.

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Just finished Resurrection of Evil for the first time a few days ago.  It's been the one Doom game I've never played/beaten (withholding the mobile RPGs and Maximum Doom if they count.)

 

It was a solid experience, the enemy count increase and SS was a great addition.

 

Gonna wait on Doom Eternal now....

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