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Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: June 13, 2019, 06:03:00 PM »
Played through What Remains of Edith Finch, which was free on PS+ last month (or the month before?).  Interesting game, or rather "interactive story".  At least there are no fail states, so what little gameplay there is doesn't distract from the story.  Very somber tone overall though, and not every mini-story was explained very well so the impact wasn't as strong as it could've been (or maybe I missed some details).  Not sure if it would be a great game to play when dealing with family tragedy or a terrible one.

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Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: June 11, 2019, 05:42:14 PM »
... not counting the one with Keanu, of course. ;)

;) I'm counting the conferences as a whole.  Keanu might be the best moment for many, and understandably so, but not every game at the Microsoft conference was as well presented as that.


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Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: June 11, 2019, 12:04:39 PM »
The Nintendo Direct was pure fire.  Breath of the Wild is getting a sequel (eventually).  Dragon Quest protagonists and Banjo-Kazooie in Smash.  The Dark Crystal (yes, the movie) is getting a Tactics game.  Seiken Densetsu 3 is being remade as Trials of Mana, as well as the original in the Mana Collection being out for Switch today.  No More Heroes 3 and Luigi's Mansion 3 look cool.  I haven't bought a Nintendo console since the SNES, but I have to admit they arguably had the best E3 showing (besides maybe Square-Enix).

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Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: June 10, 2019, 09:24:47 PM »
FF7 Remake stuff looked great.  3/3/2020, showed off several bosses, combat with Cloud/Barret/Aerith/Tifa.  Also FF8 finally getting a remaster.

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Gaming General / Re: So I fired up D2 again
« on: June 10, 2019, 05:41:38 PM »
Nice!

I've taken a break from it.  Still have it installed, will go back to it when I get the urge again.  Will probably never make an Enigma, but it would be nice someday.

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Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: June 10, 2019, 12:52:25 PM »
Keanu was pretty sweet, although I think most people were already all-in on Cyberpunk.  The Bethesda conference was mostly ruined by the audience screaming at every word, so they were obviously employees and/or paid to be there.  I've never bought a Devolver game, but I appreciate their meta-style of announcements, and that they announced a new arcade cabinet of all things.  All of the conferences so far (besides EA) have shown a few new things that looked interesting, but none of them have really taken advantage of Sony's absence either.  I know people interested in Phantasy Star Online 2, but that game came out in Japan in 2012, and finally jumping into an MMO 8 years after its release doesn't seem that enticing.

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Gaming General / Re: Borderlands Sanctuary
« on: June 04, 2019, 10:52:24 AM »
The Handsome Collection is free on PS+ this month. 

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Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: May 27, 2019, 03:36:52 PM »
Kept seeing Burnout Paradise Remastered on sale for less than $5, which is a game I enjoyed a lot 10 years ago.  The trophy requirements have been lessened quite a bit, as the collectables all require only doing "half" of them instead of "100%".  I figured I wouldn't even try doing the online ones, since they require 8 people to cooperate for some of them, but I joined one today and everyone was actually really nice and helpful, and in about 30 minutes I randomly got the platinum.  It's generally my type of racing game, where crashing is not really a huge deal and doing "cool" things is rewarded.

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Movies & TV / Re: What are you watching?
« on: May 15, 2019, 04:43:44 PM »
Just got home from seeing What You Leave Behind, which is the Star Trek Deep Space Nine documentary.  Special showing in theaters just tonight, but it'll be on DVD/Blu-ray in August.  Pretty great overall, with a lot of cool stuff, lots of interviews, and having the writing team write a hypothetical present-day Season 8 Episode 1, where the characters and the show would be 20 years later.  Was very meta too, with a lot of in-jokes during the credits about what couldn't make it in.
I just got done binging all of the DS9 epsiodes on Netflix about 3 weeks ago.  I hadn't seen it for years, and loved watching them all again.  I think DS9 was my favorite Star Trek series.

I was always way into it when it was on, but I can understand how this documentary showed how much the actors felt marginalized because they were never shown on their own.  There was always TNG or Voyager on at the same time, and apparently Paramount always treated them as 2nd class for "not being real Star Trek", and they were mostly only shown the worst of the reviews and internet comments about them (which they read many in the doc).  The "planet of the week" style of the other series works for entertainment for casual fans, but the serialized form of DS9 is way better at telling meaningful stories and teaching allegorical lessons about humanity.  Of course, being serialized has also made it age pretty well, considering our ability now to binge watch everything through streaming.  With Paramount not really backing them as much as they should have, they had a lot of problems of affiliates dropping the network or shifting around the air time constantly in the later seasons, so it was hard to get the whole continuous story until the DVDs came out (which were like $140 per season).  Time has been and will be good to DS9.

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Movies & TV / Re: What are you watching?
« on: May 13, 2019, 10:35:41 PM »
Just got home from seeing What You Leave Behind, which is the Star Trek Deep Space Nine documentary.  Special showing in theaters just tonight, but it'll be on DVD/Blu-ray in August.  Pretty great overall, with a lot of cool stuff, lots of interviews, and having the writing team write a hypothetical present-day Season 8 Episode 1, where the characters and the show would be 20 years later.  Was very meta too, with a lot of in-jokes during the credits about what couldn't make it in.

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Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: May 02, 2019, 11:32:03 AM »
Fun to revisit KOTOR2 from time to time.  Did a Dark Side playthrough, Sentinel/Assassin, with the Restored Content Mod.  Being really dark side seems to break several quests, as apparently I bypassed several ways to get lightsaber parts and they can't drop from enemies until you build your own, so I was without one until I had basically completely finished Dantooine and Nar Shaddaa.  Focused mostly on getting Hanharr's influence up so I could trigger the "Lesson of Strength" lines from him and Kreia, which are some of the best in the game.  The restored HK Factory can be a slog combat-wise, as only HK-47 is involved and he's far from the strongest, but the dialogue is excellent, listening to the HK droids teach torturing methods to each other ("Exclamation: I will tell you nothing!  Electrocute me, dismantle me, as many times as you want, and I shall permit it!").  Interesting that Zez-Kai Ell is the only Master that you aren't forced to fight if you're Dark side (at least until you go back to Dantooine later), Kavarr and Vrook force you to fight immediately, which makes some sense given that he is the most like the Exile, having almost given up the force himself.  Always lots to think about after each playthrough, with all of the direct criticism of the Jedi, the Sith, and even the so-called Grey Jedi ("Apathy is Death").

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Movies & TV / Re: Avengers Endgame
« on: April 26, 2019, 02:27:07 AM »
Saw it just now.  Won't say anything more than I'm in a really good mood.

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Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: April 24, 2019, 12:09:50 AM »
Finished God of War (plus the platinum).  Kinda disappointed that the game sticks with the very simple and very small stakes, despite all the references to everything going on with some of the "greater" gods.  The goal within the first 5 minutes of the game remains the goal all the way through the ending, which is perhaps a bit TOO simple (but maybe why it's so widely praised by the masses).  It was a nice touch that the ending credits started while still in control of Kratos.  The ending and kinda-mid-credits scene set up several things for a sequel, along with a big twist, but given how powered up my Kratos was by the end, having done all of the Niflheim and Muspelheim trials and grinding, where the final boss literally couldn't hurt me, it's hard to imagine Kratos or Atreus being threatened by anything.  Getting the collectables for the platinum did require a guide, since I couldn't be bothered to stand in every spot in every area of the game looking around for ravens, or for one random item I didn't pick up, but thankfully the map does label each "region" with a list of what you've found there, which made it go much quicker.  If you're a fan of the Marvel Thor films and like the idea of the Byfrost, this game's version of that looks 10x better, and it was pretty cool to explore "most" of the realms (and is a good excuse to have some visual variety).  Overall it's a solid game, with several things I'd tweak to make it better, but I can see why it got so many GOTYs, since it is often "cinematic". 

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Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: April 22, 2019, 11:20:09 AM »
Getting near the end of God of War.  Not too thrilled with the combat, as it relies on a flash system to tell you if an attack is unblockable, will break your guard, or not, but about half the time the flash doesn't come until after the attack is already hitting you, and a lot of blockable attacks are undodgeable, meaning you get punished either way for guessing wrong.  Lots of attacks that should be blockable aren't for no reason, and lots of attacks that shouldn't be blockable are (why am I able to block ground shockwaves with a shield?).  I've currently taken out 4 Valkyries which are optional bosses and have interesting movesets, but they are some of the most problematic in regards to how the combat is "supposed to work" as above. The exploration has been very good for the most part, with a lot of treasures shown but without any obvious way of getting to them, hence needing to investigate and solve some puzzles.  The lore has been solid regarding the 9 realms, but the main story has taken some somewhat unrealistic turns in the Kratos/Atreus dynamic that I'm still waiting to see get resolved. 

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Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: April 18, 2019, 03:03:55 AM »
Started God of War yesterday.  It's... ok, so far.  The exploration is pretty limited, and there are a pretty large number of puzzles, all of which have been very simple.  The combat is "cinematic", but it's also heavily stat-based, meaning very early on it's easy to run into random enemies that one-shot me because they are a significantly higher level, even though they're surrounded by guys I can take just fine.  There are also a crap ton of gatekeeping measures all over the places, several different types of chests and doors I can't open, can't get more health/rage or improve my weapons/armor unless I advance the story, etc. It's a pretty game, and I'm happy to see it go into Norse mythology with the 9 realms and all that, so we'll see how it goes. 

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