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Alexcremers plays videogames?!!! :o

I used to play Tomb Raider on the PS1 when I was a young laddie. I love to find my way through labyrinths and pyramids. I think I must've been a pharaoh in a previous life. Journey is the first game that appeals to me since first generation Lara Croft. I kid you not, this game is really beautiful.

I hate those games with character interaction, yikes! The Elder Scrolls? Could've been good, but by god, all that dialogue!

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What about Pong?

The difference between Tetris and Pong is that Tetris is a brilliant game that stood the test of the time and by any right will still be popular in 50 years, whereas Pong's fame derives entirely from the fact that it was the first interactive action video game. It was never a good game.

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No bashing. Pong was primarily a proof that doing games on computers is feasable. I'm sure there was no serious thought about "game design" behind it in any way. Tetris, on the other hand, is pure game design, on a level reached by only the very best video games.

Inspired by Tim Schafer's Kickstarter campaign, and thanks to the wonderful ResidualVM, I've bee re-playing Grim Fandango. It's been so long since I played it (unlike most Gilbert and/or Schafer games I've played, I only played through it once), I can barely remember anything about the puzzles. Unfortunately, I seem to have run into what seems to be the only remaining blocker bug in ResidualVM and am basically stuck right in the middle of the game now.

Still, this game fully deserves all the praise it gets. It's truly one of the best, and especially best designed (as far as game design, characters, visual design concept and music go), games in history. The controls suck, but the game is way too emotionally involving to be seriously bothered by that. How sad that one of the best received and most loved games at the same time was considered a financial failure and brought about the end of studio-backed adventure games.

Two reasons why Grim Fangango can easily be considered art:

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Alexcremers plays videogames?!!! :o

I used to play Tomb Raider on the PS1 when I was a young laddie. I love to find my way through labyrinths and pyramids. I think I must've been a pharaoh in a previous life. Journey is the first game that appeals to me since first generation Lara Croft. I kid you not, this game is really beautiful.

I hate those games with character interaction, yikes! The Elder Scrolls? Could've been good, but by god, all that dialogue!

You ever try anything in the Myst series Alex? All exploration and puzzle solving, with minimal to no character interaction.

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Not really, but long ago a friend of mine was playing Myst and I remember that the puzzles were a little too difficult for me back then. I love to find my way from one place to another but I had a feeling that I didn't quite catch the logic of the Myst puzzles. I admit that Journey is pretty simple (even compared to the original Tomb Raider games) but the easthetics and the elegance by which you move your character through the landscapes is really something else. I think I would deem Myst too static these days.

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yeah but Alex plays videogames for old people, it doesn't count

Age has nothing to do with it. Some people are 60 years old and think the Harry Potter movies are the highest achievement of American cinema. It all depends on what makes you tick. Shooting people in the face is not my idea of games, that's all. Talking about agressive games, my son, who loves them online shooting games (Halo, Call Of Duty, Battlefield), likes Journey very much and he's still a kid.

Alex

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I'm just happy that older people (parents, grandparents) are playing video games -- period -- instead of dismissing them as juvenile tripe. It doesn't matter if they play online gambling or hidden object games or non-confrontational exploration simulators or actually do sit down and play shoot-em-up murder simulations.

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Completed Trinity Soul of Zill'oll. Fairly long game. What I love about JRPG's are those optional bonus bosses.The ones that take a 1 hour epic battle to bring down. This one had a 50 level optional dungeon with no save points!

Now I think Final Fantasy 13-2 or Tales of Graces-F

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My friend Joe and I played Black Ops on Saturday and generally we'd get irritated on how we're killed. However, there was one particular match on Saturday that we played on Silo, that the way how both of us died was funny as hell.

Joe was wondering why the hell I was laughing at that particular point. When the match was over we went into theater mode and showed him what I saw from my perspective, then we went into free roam mode and watch it again. Seeing it in free roam mode made us laugh even more. It was something I had to document and we both couldn't help but laugh at it.

Edit: BTW why Joe was jumping around is because when the team mate died, he sort of got stuck and that's why he was jumping around. We were kind of messing around with the dude because he kept getting in our way up there on the tower, even though we were up there first. Anyways here's the clip.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAnHilSkkUc

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Now playing Dungeon Siege 3. I got the DLC too

i hate having the controller scheme of the previous game I played imprinted in my reflexes for the first few hours of gameplay

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Reading the glowing Eurogamer review of The Witcher 2: Enchanced Edition, I just found out that it's isn't open-world a la Skyrim. That's a complete surprise to me and as a result I've promoted the game to insta-buy.

Whoop! Just managed to grab myself a copy of it from our local Tesco which had broken the street date, thanks to a tip-off from the aforementioned Eurogamer. Just in time as well - it's since been pulled.

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Reading the glowing Eurogamer review of The Witcher 2: Enchanced Edition, I just found out that it's isn't open-world a la Skyrim. That's a complete surprise to me and as a result I've promoted the game to insta-buy.

I still have to read the last book, but I'll have to re-read the previous one before. At this rate I'll never play the games!

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Reading the glowing Eurogamer review of The Witcher 2: Enchanced Edition, I just found out that it's isn't open-world a la Skyrim. That's a complete surprise to me and as a result I've promoted the game to insta-buy.

it sounds like some areas open up as the story progresses, but you can move freely in each area. It doesn't seem like linear areas with invisible walls like Dragon Age Origin or Final Fantasy

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I've counted I fully finished 50 games on the Xbox360/PS3 so far, over a span of 2 years. Most of them 60+ hours RPG's

The only ones I started and didn't finish are Bioshock, Far Cry 2 and Sacred2 Fallen Angel

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I just finished listening to the score for Journey by Austin Wintory. Excellent, evocative stuff. I wish I had PS3 so I could play this game.

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Well, I wish I had 2000€ more on my paycheck each month so I could buy a lot of stuff. Life sucks. Deal with it.

Wait, haven't I done this joke before? Boy, I really need to find new ones.

And you know for some dialogues it does not work well to use the same insults again. They won't work and you just end up losing and having to have the same conversation again and again.

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I've had Journey sitting on my ps3's hard drive since the day it released. Just haven't started it yet.

Reading the glowing Eurogamer review of The Witcher 2: Enchanced Edition, I just found out that it's isn't open-world a la Skyrim. That's a complete surprise to me and as a result I've promoted the game to insta-buy.

it sounds like some areas open up as the story progresses, but you can move freely in each area. It doesn't seem like linear areas with invisible walls like Dragon Age Origin or Final Fantasy

Yeah it's a mish-mash. This is one of the most plot-heavy game's I think I've ever played, but the direction and quality script make it rather enjoyable to absorb and navigate one's way through. That in itself is very refreshing, considering the genre. One thing I will say though: the lengthy tutorial is horrible. Trouble is, it's pretty necessary - the combat is very complex.

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I think I'll get Witcher 2 on Tuesday and play it right away. Well after I'm finished Dungeon siege 3

I'll postpone Kingdom of Armalur since they keep making DLCs and Witcher 2 already includes all the DLC's

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I've spent about five hours on it in all today, after about three yesterday. So far progress has been slooooow. There's a lot to take in and the cluttered and terribly sluggish menu interface is a hinderence, but I'm getting on with it regardless. Unusually, there doesn't appear to be healing potions in the game. You basically enter a fight and win it, run away or die. If you win your health regenerates. It's an interesting dynamic which makes combat a very tense affair; victory is often earned by the skin of your teeth as you frantically throw whatever is in your arsenal at them. Sighs of relief are common place in this game. Still early days though, so maybe you learn how to heal a bit further in.

The thing I'm appreciating most so far though is the design of the side quests - at last an RPG where incidental missions are often tied into the main plot and even become integral parts of it. As a result, fetch-quests with genuine purpose and effect don't feel like fetch-quests at all.

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I want to play on the PC.

Heh, I find it hilarious that the seemingly only good adaptation of my favourite fantasy series are video games. This might me get a bit more into gaming. Something that ought to happen at some point, damnit.

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Flower and Journey are both brilliant games. I need to play fl0w.

It isn't common, Alex, but there are developers and publishers that push the boundaries of video games these days. For you, I recommend ICO, Shadow Of The Colossus, Heavy Rain, and possibly Portal/Portal 2.

I've almost peaked on Modern Warfare 3, and have been falling back on the tons of games I have purchased but haven't finished. Currently on Dead Island. I started over, even though I only played for an hour originally, and have found its groove. It has a deep combat system that relies on melee, making it better than any other zombie game I've played (sans original Resident Evil games). The graphics are poor but the nonexistent loading times make up for it. Before this I tried to go back to New Vegas and spent 30 minutes trying to move. Obsidian didn't patch this game at all, completely broken and useless. Hopefully Bethesda develops Fallout 4. Anyway, Dead Island is zombie survival at its finest. I can spend an hour out in its world, careful with each step and every strike just so I can make it back to a safe house. Unfortunately the quests are tedious and stupid, and I can already tell the overarching story will be crap, but for now I'm enjoying it.

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I played the demo of Flower and it was interesting and rather attractive, but there wasn't enough there for me to get into; the imagery and ambience alone wasn't enough to insure I made a purchase, even in the recent sale. The gameplay was okay, but repetition set in even before I finished the demo. Still, it's important that devs continue to experiment with such fair.

I doubt Alex would enjoy ICO now. It's quite dated imo. I'm making my way through the HD remaster and whilst it's a good exploration/puzzle game, the visual clean-up can't hide the dated textures and lighting. Still enjoyable gameplay, so long as you don't mind the fact it's showing its age. Maybe Alex should try the terrific Limbo instead; so long as he doesn't mind a challenge which matches its dark style.

Anyway, I bought Fez last night. Now this is the sweet antidote to stodgy RPG and shooter games! Wonderfully designed and charming art to boot.

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... but repetition set in even before I finished the demo.

Hey, I played Williams Pinball Classics so I don't mind repetition. It's only like 6 levels for 7.95 Euro. It's either that or nothing. OTOH, I'll check out Limbo. It's not a platform game, is it? I hate those!

We have Portal 2 but I have a problem with orientating myself (in real life) so it drives me completely nuts.

I looked at ICO but the princesses and giants scare me off.

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Hmm, you probably won't like Limbo then, since it is a side-scroller. I wouldn't call it a platform game in the vein of Mario or Sonic, but there is a degree of precision required in order to move forward. It's a shame though, because it's a beautiful and ambiguous title. Maybe try the free demo.

Alex, you should sit down and settle in to Portal 2. Give yourself a chance to find your bearings and you will soon adjust. For me, it's the best game of the last five years, and I've played a lot. Portal 2 is a landmark title.

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I doubt Alex would enjoy ICO now. It's quite dated imo. I'm making my way through the HD remaster and whilst it's a good exploration/puzzle game, the visual clean-up can't hide the dated textures and lighting. Still enjoyable gameplay, so long as you don't mind the fact it's showing its age.

Maybe I'm just remembering incorrectly, but the HD remaster looked better than a lot of early PS3 titles.

I looked at ICO but the princesses and giants scare me off.

There are no giants in ICO, just shadows. It can essentially be called a long escort mission, but the music, setting, design, and gameplay make it so much more. There is no dialogue apart from the opening, I think.

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I looked at ICO but the princesses and giants scare me off.

There are no giants in ICO, just shadows.

I think he mixed it up with Shadow Of The Colossus. This is where the giants are. But there are also shadows, obviously, just as in ICO. Well, at least one shadow, the one in the title.

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I had to re-start my game from the beginning. I picked a bad character at the start and there's no way I could have completed it.

I finally killed that stupid wizard

But I do like a game that doesn't allow you to coast to the end

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Well Dungeon siege 3 was a short game, under 20 hours. So it felt like half a game RPG wise, something you play for a few days in between more substantial titles. Could have been great if the story had been more epic. And the DLC "Treasures of the Sun" was more fun than the main quest

I just bought Kingdom of Armalur so I'll play that now. I'll wait for a discount in Witcher 2

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I love the look of Kingdom of Armalur with the bright colors and high fantasy environments.

I was getting a bit tired of the washed out color palette of Bethesa games (fallout, Skyrim)

Shit I bought the game used and just realized I'm locked out of online contents that came with the game . Fuck E.A. to pull this kind of shit on a single player game

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Used games will soon be a thing of the past. Game companies get no money from second-hand sales. It's only been a matter of time that they make incentives to buying the game new. You've just become a victim of such an incentive.

Welcome to a situation that PC gamers have been seeing get bigger since the mid 90s: serial numbers that limit the number of activations based on either the user account or the actual system.

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