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Star Citizen / Funny In-CCharacter Fan Announcement for SC
« on: January 28, 2016, 11:06:07 PM »
Note : This isn't from RSI... :(  just a fan letter.

source: https://www.reddit.com/r/starcitizen/comments/433nmb/original_systems_announces_star_marine_delay/

"Star Marine" has been delayed until 2Q' of 2946. Original Systems announced the delay for virtual gaming division Electronic Access’ first-person shooter simulation.
"We understand the feverish anticipation for our revolutionary simulation software throughout the 'Verse, and we will use these few extra months to make sure that when you step into the massive Gold Horizon station and experience the fury of first person battle, it’s as entertaining, impressive, and memorable as it can be. So yes, it is still in the pipeline," said Senior Lead Producer Tristan Blair.
"Star Marine" was originally expected to release in 4Q' 2945 — the same day as ActeeVision's MobiGlas title, "Duty Calls: The Tevarin Conflict IV". Original Systems revealed the previously anticipated release date at E3 2945 in June of last year.
Original Systems most popular game to date, "Arena Commander" has become a hangarhold name throughout the Galaxy, and rocketed Original Systems to their current place in the spotlight. For the few still disconnected from this award winning software, "Arena Commander" allows pilots to gain valuable combat experience without putting themselves in harms way. What really set it apart from its predecessors is its focus on lifelike immersion: the gameplay blurring the lines between what was simulation and what was real. The scalability of the software itself is equally impressive - allowing play on everything from dedicated gaming desktops to (most ideally) the internal computers found aboard star ships.
Some analysts have suggested the enormous public demand for Arena Commander software and resulting consequential scaled support and infrastructure has put Original Systems in a difficult position. "It's an interesting spot to be in for sure", said one analyst,"the growth they've had in the last 18 months is tremendous, but is their model sustainable in the long term?". Others had a much more cynical short term outlook. Opined a former MobiGlas small time indie game developer, "I gave them 90 days. Tops. Now it's trending downwards. Guaranteed."
While Original has undoubtedly survived the off-the-cuff "90 day" prognostication of some, the large scale infrastructure now in place throughout the Galaxy has set the bar high for expectations on the developer's next titles. Original Systems' survival may depend on selling similarly large unit numbers for its upcoming titles, including "Star Marine", in order to stave off possible hostile takeovers from looming larger publishers.

heh, funny way to do it.  I like it.  I wonder if Duty Calls : The Teravin Conflict 4 was any good.

Darkfall / Darkfall Throwback
« on: January 28, 2016, 01:02:36 PM »
Found this in my repository today.  Good times... good times.

Star Citizen / Ship I Missed - The Argo
« on: January 14, 2016, 12:56:42 PM »
I hadn't seen this little guy...

Little utility ship for the Idris.  Looks like it's being called the Argo.

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Other Games and Interests / Thranx's Steam Winter Sale 2016 Megathread
« on: December 22, 2015, 01:50:10 PM »
It's that time again *cue bing crosby's it's begining to look alot like christmas*... and since my opinions are the only one in the world of gaming that matter, I shall force them upon you and encourage the draining of the wallet or the staying of thy hand in the execution of EXTREME SAVING.

Things I'm looking out for this season, Witcher 3 if it's got a real good discount, Rebel Galaxy, Hurtworld, Stonehearth

The usual formatting still applies with buy/meh/pass  recommendations, and the occasional super buy recommendation.

Wed Edit - I realized that the top section of the steam sale are the "major" deals with the bottom section being the every 8 hour "flash sales" they have traditionally done.  I'll leave feeback on the major deals and pop in for the occational "OOOO THIS IS GOOD" on a flash sale.

Fri Edit - Sorry for the delay of the 24th, was busy with family festivities ALL day.

Monday the 28th
(sorry, been swamped lately, this will be brief)

Buy : Star Wars Jedi Outcast, X-Wing vs Tie Fighter, Knights of the Old Republic, Mount and Blade Warband (AMAZING and $3!), Counter Strike
Meh : Tales from the Borderlands, Lego Franchise (Buy for Kids!)

Not Played/No Opinion: Dragonball Xenoverse, Alien Isolation, Mordheim, Final Fantasy Franchise

Saturday the 26th
BUY - $Varies - Fallout - These all rock.  Like... best game series of all time.  Yes, ahead of The Elder Scrolls and Monkey Island.  Order of purchasing priority if you're JUST getting into Fallout for the first time:  New Vegas, 4, 2, 1, Tactics, 3
BUY - $3.99 - Left 4 Dead 2 - Really a fun game.  I'm not typically a fan of zombie games, but this one is great.  Best with friends.
BUY - $13.79 - Verdun5 - Surprisingly good WW1 FPS.  Does a good job of balancing the slow pace of period weaponry with fun gameplay.  Back and forth trench warfare is fun and keeps rounds from getting stale.
BUY - $16.99 - Shadows of Mordor - This may take game of the year, even over Fallout 4.  Definitely close for me.  This open world third person beat 'em up RPG hybrid is fantastically fun to play.  Combat is simple yet entertaining.  Domination (while mildly gruesome) is a very interesting mechanic.  The ability to dominate and then command a lieutenant/war chief and then command them is awesome.  Great game all around, can recommend and nearly any price.  There's a TON if gameplay packed in here.
MEH - $Varies - Assassin's Creed - It's ok... there's some good and some bad in here.  If you're interested in the series, try Black Flag for $7.49... interestingly one of the most fun mechanics/features of the entire series ends up being the ship gameplay that only exists in this one.  The rest... meh.  I could take 'em of leave 'em.  Avoid Liberation HD... it's a crappy mobile port, I've completed about half the rest, all the majors except unity and Syndicate.  I may pick up Unity at the price, but Syndicate is still to high-priced.  It's not a great series, but there's fun to be had if the price is right.  $10 for #1-#3 is decent.  No idea why Black Flag is less than the older ones... especially since it's better.  :)

No Opinion/No Experience - Evolve, The Talos Principle, Company of Heroes, Minecraft Story Mode,

Flash Sales: Dynasty Warriors is fun, but an aquired taste, Spintires is just dumb/silly, Thief was flat, Prototype 2 is ok, but... maybe not at $10, Risen 3 is a poor man's elder scrolls... go buy Skyrim, StarMade is really cool but has a long way to go, Creeper World 3 missed the original's awesomeness somehow... just buyCreeper World 1 instead, Rogue LEgacy is terrific fun.  Plauge Inc is cool, but a $5 game at the most, Transistor's prettier than it is fun.

Friday the 25th

BUY - $35.99 - Grand Theft Auto 5 - This really is a fantastic game.  The story's pretty good, intermigling the lives of 3 very different individuals in interesting ways.  The game play is solid, graphics are decent and online play adds many hours of greatness.  GTA5 is worth most any price.
MEH - $9.99 - Crusader Kings 2 - It's a quality title, but didn't manage to pull me in.  It's a slightly less deep Victoria or EU, with more emphasis on patronage and dynastical marriage mechanics.
MEH - $Varies - Sniper Elite - eeeehhhh... the prices are good, but the games are just OK.  Not bad not great.  If you like sniper games and a more points based approach to mastering a single encounter or level in an FPS, you'll enjoy it.  Disclaimer : I have not played 3, I have played 1 and 2 a decent amount.  I may buy 3, 'cause it's only $10.
PASS - $Varies - Call of Duty - Nope.  Last good Call of Duty was #2.
PASS - $4.59 - Euro Truck Simulator 2 - I mean... if you REALLY like being super bored... go for it.  This has EVEN LESS to keep you occupied than Farming Simulator.  The price of this game is actually more than listed, because you need to have a Netflix, Hulu or Prime subscription so you have some shows to binge watch while playing.

No Opinion/No Experience - Subnautica, RainbowSix Siege (tho I played for a weeked and I'm buying it), Football Manager 2016 (*cough Soccer*)

Flash sales: Universe Sandbox isn't worth the cash, War of the North is good not great and $5 is about right, Half-Life 2 should be played and beaten by every PC Gamer ever... know your roots, it's one of the most important games ever made, How to Survive isn't great, but damn, a buck-fifty you may as well give it a whirl, F1 2015 is only for very dedicated racers, it's very unforgiving, Fez falls flat

Thursday the 24th
BUY - $13.99 - Rocket League - Soccer with rocket powered cars... also, a mode that's hockey with rocket powered cars... like... do you need any more convincing?
BUY - $Varies - XCOM - EXCEPTION:The Bureau ... DO NOT BUY.  It's terrible.  XCOM Enemy Unkown and everything else XCOM is tremendous.  It's a really solid AAA experience for $10.  There's a ton of play time in that $10.  The new one feels good, and while it loses a little from the old UFO Defense's broader gameplay, it plays really well as a modern turn based strategy game.  Very fun and is the best looking 3rd Person Strat I've seen.
MEH - $26.79 - Divinity:Original Sin - Disclaimer: I've only played it 5 hours.  This game is pretty good, and i give it a MEH on price alone.  It's kinda teetering on the edge.  I'd probably give ita  buy at $20, definately at $15.  It's a quality title with a (so far) interesting story.  I'd recommend Pillars of Eternity over this easily.
MEH - $2.49 - Garry's Mod - I think Garry's Mod is neat and a fun waste of time, but it's impossible to recommend as a game.  There's just not enough to do. 

No Opinion/Not Played - Soma, Act of Aggression, Insurgency, Resident Evil

Quick thoughts on flashsales - Mass Effect 2 for $5 is a fantastic deal, great game, Oddworld just didn't play right in this decade, Spore is a fun diversion for a good price, Road Redemption seems cooler than it is, I Am Bread is a loltastic points challenge game, Bastion is visually interesting but gameplay in uninspired and Trine 2 failed to capture the magic of the first one.

Wednesday the 23rd

BUY - $17.99 - Pillars of Eternity - Great game, reminiscent of the classic 3rd Person Isometric RPGs of the late 90's.  Plays really well, the story (as far as I've gotten) is engaging and interesting.  This is a good long play game.  Commit to it and you won't be disappointed.  It's on my short list to beat.

BUY - $3.99 - Portal 2 - Great game.  Worth about 10 hours of play solo, and another 5-6 co-op if you have a friend.  Not as good as the original, but well worth the $4 entry fee.  Fun FPS puzzler with great writing.

MEH - $4.99 - Dishonored - This one is on the edge between buy and meh... I didn't really enjoy the world or the gameplay, but it is very well made and is alot of game for $5.  You'll definately have other opinions saying it's excellent... it just didn't grab me.  $5 is a great price for it tho.

MEH - $Varies - Arma Series - This just isn't a game I can ever recommend just because of what it is.  It's a very detailed, very picky FPS.  This isn't something you can just sit down and goto town with.  It attempts to be a realistic modern combat infantry simulator, and while it seems to do a very good job at it, the learning curve and patience to get anything out of it is quite extreme.  It is good, and there are some fantastic mods (battle royale, original DayZ) that have come out of Arma 2 and 3... but it's not something I can just openly recommend.  The price on Arma 2 is very good, the price on Arma 3 is... so-so.  Even if you know what you're getting into, I'd say at $30, it's a bit of a stretch.

PASS - $Varies - Warhammer Franchise - I'm not a fan of the Dawn of War series, and I've given them PLEANTY of chances.  It's not a type of RTS I enjoy.  I lean more towards Supreme Commander or Age of Empires type RTSs.  Small force RTSs aren't my gig.  DW1 was that, DW2 went even more to the small force RTS style.  I have no experience with Space Marine, so... that's on you.  ;)

No Experience/No Opinion - Hurtworld (tho I'm buying it), Undertale, Mortal Kombat X, South Part The Stick of Truth.

Notes on the morning flash sale: Speed Runners is fun, but not a 7.49 game, Dirt 2 is great, Dirt 3 is crap, Dirt Rally is the best racing game of the last decadeRage is rubbish, even at $5, Remember Me was a total flop, interesting story/setting, uninteresting gameplay.  Absolute Drift is super awesome, but not worth $7.79... it's a $5 game and terrific fun.  The Banner Saga is great at $5, but it's very slow paced... only pick it up if you have the time to immerse yourself in it.

Tuesday the 22nd

BUY - $4.99 - Skyrim - Like... this is just silly.  Why does it even need to be on the list?  I'd tell you to buy if it was $100.  If you STILL don't have it.  Stop it.  Just... ... for the love of God, if you have a computer made in the past 5 years... you need to play this.

BUY - $4.99 - Back to the Future - The Game - to be honest, I've only played about 1 hour of the game, but it is quality, has excellent feedback and is ALOT of game for $5.  This is a very safe buy if you like adventure games.  If you've played TellTale games before, you'll know.  If you've never played an adventure game by TellTale, this is a great one to try out at a fantastic price.

BUY - $3.74 - Spelunky - If you enjoy a challenging platformer, you probably already own this... if you don't, you should.  Really fun to play.  Interesting mechanics, SOLID platformer.  Not a mushy, hard to control platformer like some cheap platformers.  This one is very well made with mechanics that make sense are fun to play with and don't feel gimicky.  I'm not a bug platformer fan, but this is a good one.

BUY - $4.99 - Reign of Kings - A great Survival Mankill Simulator that has an melee combat system.  It is the best melee combat in any of the various survival PvP style games, bar none.  While the progression isn't super deep like with (crap, I can't remember the name... edit later) it PLAYS much better.  Rust has better building, but this has better combat.  Think Chivalry meets Rust.

BUY - $3.74 - Defense Grid 2 - Sequel to the best Tower Defense game ever made.  It continues the excellence.  Fantastic price, a GREAT game to play.

BUY - $5.59 - Besiege - A fantastic puzzle/physics type game where you build a siege weapon and break things.  So good.  I don't understand how/why it's so cheap.  Regular price is only like $8... it's easily worth $20-30... Go.  Buy.  Smile.

MEH - $Varies - Stalker - Really a cool series, but it has NOT aged well.  It's actually kinda hard to play.  Super neat concept, open world, WAY ahead  of it's time... but, tough to play.  If you really want this, msg me, I think I may have a spare copy of Shadows of Chernobyl.

MEH - $Varies - The Witcher - 1 and 2 are 1.49 and 2.99 respectively... it's pretty tough to not get your money's worth out of those.  I still say MEH because... the combat's just still pretty weak.  Get 1, for super cheap, give it a whirl, don't perv out over the lady cards.

MEH - $Varies - Tropico - Meeeeeh... if you're interested in this, get Tropico 3 for $2.49 and try it out.  You'll know within an hour if it's your kinda game.  The humor is good, but the game play as an emprie builder/simulator is pretty mediaocre.  4 and 5 don't add much to the formula apart from new settings and graphical updates.  3 actually stil looks pretty good (graphically) for its age.

MEH - $2.49 - Quake 1 - I mean... it's hard for me not to say buy on this, but... only get it if you're looking to do a whos-who of PC Gaming history.  Some summer I will force my child to beat this as part of a summer project... but, unless you really want to say "yea, I've played all the important games" you can skip it.

PASS - $Varies - Civilization - Sorry Sid, the prices just aren't good enough.  Beyond earth is really weak, and 5 is only great iwth the add-ons, and the complete edition is $12.49... which still seems a little high.  It's a good game, but... if you don't already have it, I can't recommend it at this price.  Edit - Under $20 for Civ 5 Complete is solid.  I can recommend it at 12.49... but, you're going to need alot of time for it.  :)

PASS - $20.09 - Killing Floor 2 - It's failed to capture my heart like the first one did.  There's something wonky about the FPS mechanics and the guns don't feel distinctly different.  Why buy a $2800 gun when the $800 feels, shoots aims and damages almost identically.  *shrug*  Needs work, avoid it for now.

PASS - $8.99 - Car Mechanic Simulator - Completely uninteresting.  Even as a "simulator" game it wasn't really any good.

PASS - $11.99 - State of Decay - Man, such a cool idea executed so poorly.  It's buggy and just ends up being not fun to play after like... 2 hours.  :(  Too much inconsistency in friendly NPC behavior makes it VERY frusterating.  It's a little bit of a messy port too, so that doesn't help.

PASS - $10.79 - Empyrion - Galactic Survival - DISCLAIMER, I have not played this... but I've followed it quite closely.  I fell in love with the game/concept during its kickstarter which failed... for good reason.  It just looks too shakey.  I want to say "go go go" but it really needs some work before I can do anything but disuade people from buying it.  It looks like Space Engineers with actual survival components to it... and that's what it's supposed to be, but the execution is currently pretty jank.

Unplayed/No Opinion - Gone Home, Killer is Dead, Men of War 2, Metal Gear Solid 5, Heroes of Might and Magic, Game of Thrones by Telltale, Devil May Cry Franchise, Ashes of the Singularity, Party Hard

General Discussion / Achievement Get! - 2016 Edition
« on: December 11, 2015, 02:04:22 PM »
Spoiler  The Long Version:

My Steam Profile (from SteamDB)

  • Worth: $17165 ($5116 with sales)
  • Games owned: 1626
  • Games not played: 1072 (66%)
  • Hours on record: 8,304.9h

I buy a lot of games.  Mostly just in dirt cheap bundle deals.  I spent $2 yesterday and 12 games.  12.  They aren't big games (mostly) but there was still a small development team laboring months over an idea, a design; something that (hopefully) they were proud to create.  I just gave them 18 cents for it.  I don't really feel bad about that because in many cases, these bundles are the only revenue for forgotten games.  But people made this... people think its neat, and I wonder if they're right.

2016 is almost here and I'm never one for New Year's resolutions, but I've been mulling over my vast steam library and I have a genuine desire to experience more of the things that I already own.  To that end I've been trying to come up with a way to challenge myself to experience more... and possibly challenge YOU as well.

My initial thought was to break it down into play/beat/100% and try to set a target for myself.  In that way I'd give 1 hour to games I hadn't played, "beat" some games, and 100% (full achievement unlock) the ones I really liked the most.

I started saying "one a day" is reasonable.  1 hour a day over the course of the year?  In reality, that'd be 2 or 3 hours a couple times a week, maybe the occasional Saturday binge... it would take commitment to pull off, but that's what I'm going for here.  When I started adding "beat" a game and "100%" a game, it made the play 365 games harder... but I still wanted to do it.

So, I decided to come up with a set of tiered challenges and then pose them to the community as well.  Obviously complete honor system and self reporting, but for those of you who have a lot of games you haven't played, this could be some motivation to focus on experiencing some thing you wouldn't ortherwise force yourself to experience. The achieveability of them is approachable I feel, especially Bronze... with Platinum being a crazy target.

(above is the full explanation if you're interested) I don't do new year's resolutions, but I've been wanting to experience more of my steam library.  To that end I devised a challenge for myself and a tier challenge I'd like to offer to all of you.  Set a target for yourself and lets do this!  Played = playing a game you've never played before for 1 hour.  Beat = completing the primary story line of a main game (no dlc/expansion content required).  Complete = all steam achievements for a game.  For me... I'm going for Platinum in 2016.  I'm going to make badges that fit with the TG theme for us to throw in our sigs upon completion.


Let me know what you think, I'll make a separate thread just for tracking that anyone who accepts the challenge can just make one post in that thread and update it for tracking.  Keep that one clean and have the discussion on the topic here.  Even if no one else is interested, it's something i'm going to do for myself and will document here anyways.  :)  So, zero interest is fine... this is for me, just something I want to share with all of you.

General Discussion / Heard Booms Got Some New Tats
« on: November 24, 2015, 05:39:39 PM »

General Discussion / Retail Employees - May The Force Be With You
« on: November 22, 2015, 10:41:17 PM »
Just a courteous condolences and best of luck to folks like Athyr, Dag and all our members in retail.  Their season of bane is soon upon us, and while many of us take joy in the season of gift buying and giving, I know many of them will spend their time stocking and re-stocking shelves, dealing with people who thing 180 for a TV is worth waiting in line 4 hours for and breaking up fist fights over furbies, Oakland Raider snuggies and two for one retro popcorn poppers.

*salute*  My your season only involve 2 calls to the police and a steady stock of ibuprofen.

General Discussion / Star Wars Trailer... Redone?
« on: November 19, 2015, 08:22:11 PM »
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I really wanted to be mean and call this "New Star Wars Trailer" but, that kind of dickery is a bannable offense around here.

It's kinda rough in the begining, but it gets really good when the shots are faster paced.

Other Games and Interests / Endless Sky
« on: November 06, 2015, 12:11:28 PM »
Cool little game that I've only begun to scratch the surface of.


For me, right now it's just running a trade ship, doing missions hauling freight and the occational passenger, but piracy is a thing too.  I think my next ship will just be a beefier trade ship so I don't have to run from every fight, but can knock down some of the little guys harassing me.

Totally worth checking out.  It's on steam, and it's free.  Like... total free, no microtransactions or vanity stores... free.

Crowfall / Crowfall Time Filler
« on: November 05, 2015, 04:17:32 PM »
It's too quiet in here, so... lets do something pointless.

Come up with your best/worst ability for one of the archtypes in Crowfall.


A torrent of magical energy heats the core of your maul, turning it molten.  Upon smashing the group, your maul magically shatters, spraying molten bits of iron in a 3m circle around you doing dealing impact damage and a small 12 second fire based damage over time.  Returning your maul to your shoulder, the bits of iron rush back to its head, reforming.

D-List Doppleganger - Felcia Day

Transform into a D-list internet celebrity for 30 seconds, distracting any neck-beard or memegrl archtypes in a 50 meter radius.

Eve Online / Valkyrie
« on: November 05, 2015, 04:07:26 PM »
My tears flow.  I sold my Oculus Rift a few months back in anticipation of the new one.  There are times I am filled with much regret.

Other Games and Interests / SALE : Anno and Battlefront
« on: November 03, 2015, 10:34:32 PM »

The new Anno is only $35

and in case you missed the last sale, Battlefront is $45

Other Games and Interests / Fallout Hype Inside
« on: September 24, 2015, 03:58:02 PM »
Just listen... no need to watch... LISTEN TO EXCITE YOUR HYPE PARTS

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more musically bits via the soundclound embed a ways down this page : http://bit.ly/1WlsPmS  I'd have linked to the soundcloud bits directly, but they're private.

TG Sports! / TGFF Keeper - Week 3
« on: September 24, 2015, 02:24:01 PM »
I lost by .1 last week.  .1

I need to figure out my defense.  Normally it's super strong.  :(  BLEH.

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