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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 11:33 am 
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Ah, yeah, got it. I never really considered the difficulty of a no-kill, no-alarm run. I typically employ stealth so much that it allows me to conserve ammo. Overall, I prefer the stealth model in DX:HR, but Dishonored does the between level stats better. In DX:HR, you have no idea if you ever secretly tripped an alarm or killed someone until you get to the end and that achievement doesn't pop. In Dishonored, you get clear stats at the end of each mission. You may not know how you accidentally killed someone, but you'll know you did.
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don't make me need to recharge my batteries to punch someone

My biggest complaint right here! I am cyborg robot man, and I have to eat a battery every time I want to punch someone in the face with my robot arm? Punching someone in the face can be more power consuming than BEING INVISIBLE. So dumb. But a persistent lack of energy seems to be a trend with Deus Ex games. I had a lot of problems with the original Deus Ex giving me a lot of fun cyborg toys, and never enough power to use them as often as I'd like. My power was always being eaten up by my light-up robot eyes.


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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 11:57 am 
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I can't get the second Bioshock to start for some reason. Now I'm grumpy.

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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:43 pm 
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Brian, I think they did that due to the fact that there just weren't that many enemies to fight in the game, at least compared to Deus Ex and Invisible War. If you could sneak disable as much as possible you'd be unstoppable.

My next challenge for the game is to disable the entire police station.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:55 pm 
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Mr. Shankly wrote:
I can't get the second Bioshock to start for some reason. Now I'm grumpy.

Without knowing anything about why it won't start for you, I'm going to assume it's a Games for Windows Live issue. Bioshock 2 uses GFWL. Whenever I play a game that uses GFWL and it won't start, the problem is always GFWL. Check out the forums, there's probably a fix for it somewhere.


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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:59 pm 
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Yep. I seem to recall running into GFWL issues when I played it-- I wanted to just play a game but NO I had to spend my precious quiet evening hours messing with GFWL instead.

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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 12:57 am 
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fork Steam, I have my Amiga emulator back up and running. SWOS all day and night

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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 2:08 am 
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joshua wrote:
fork Steam, I have my Amiga emulator back up and running. SWOS all day and night

This is the Steam PC gaming thread! Get out with your Steam hating language! More Steam for me!

I will play with it again when I get the chance. I was so ready to play and then bam, mood killer.

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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
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I am trying to play Lucius but it's already tedious. First off, he walks at a snails pace for no apparent reason. Second, you can't save the game, it saves between chapters which are fairly short BUT if you get caught being a demon child, the game is over. I got caught levitating a box after I had completed a chore of carrying five boxes through four rooms (having to open the doors every single time) and I was like, "fork that."

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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 12:45 pm 
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The Swapper is on daily sale today. I forking loved The Swapper. Here's an excerpt from my favorite review of The Swapper.
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The Swapper is a slow and thoughtful game unnervingly fixated on its gratuitous death toll. It's a puzzle game that asks you to consider your actions, both literally and mentally — what they did and what they cost. It is the space marine shooter inverted. Its antagonists are immobile, talkative rocks; its environment is static and action-free; its sole weapon only kills you. And The Swapper is a fantastic puzzle game because its best riddles are the ones that can't be solved.
http://www.polygon.com/game/the-swapper/11263


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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
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Interesting, I'll check it out. I actually haven't been playing any games lately.

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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
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Hm, I have it from the sale... I'll check it out, uh, sometime.

I really like Ittle Dew-- the art is super cute and the puzzles are brain-destroyingly difficult.

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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 2:09 pm 
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The Tropico 4 Modern Times DLC is pretty great, although the campaign seems too easy. I'm always rolling in cash pretty quickly and I've had over a few million in the treasury for most of the first 3 episodes. I'm loving all the little Bond movie references.

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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 2:20 pm 
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Yeah, once I figured out the best way to get money is to be a Booze Baron and use the skills that will help that out and to get a rum factory built ASAP, money isn't a problem (unless it's one of those islands where you basically can't grow sugar anywhere). The way I run out of money is I can't get those lazy mustard builders to work fast enough so I end up speed building things and oh shiitake, there goes the treasury!

I like Tropico because it's got more structure to it than Sim City so I can pick up a game easier since there are tasks to do. If I don't play Sim City or The Sims for awhile, I have to start a new game because I don't know what's going on anymore.

I like how the timeline of things unlocking is different for each Modern Times level.

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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 2:34 pm 
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I always end up with 150 construction workers lazing around.

I start off very unvegan. I build smoked beef ranches and a mine or two, if possible. You can go from the initial $20,000 to rolling in dough within the first two to three ships. I usually do oil tycoon in the hopes that I can get a refinery going quickly too. The environmentalists always hate me. But, even with similar strategies, I'm having an easier time making money in Modern Times. In the regular campaign, I was always veering wildly from -100,000 to +100,000 and back again. My treasury management was lousy because I just like to spend.

I try to alternate the skills/traits just for fun, and am trying to build up max in most of them. I don't see the point to some of them like womanizer or corrupt, etc. The downsides are way worse than any small gain.

I was hooked on The Sims for a while years ago, then I realized that I was wasting time making little cartoon video game people pee every five minutes and found something better to do. Building/decorating houses was the best part.

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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
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The Enviromentalists are the hardest to make happy, which is why I try to avoid oil and mining. I also use 'elected as a socialist' so the communists will complain less about their poor health care and shitty housing. But to be fair, even when I have abundant housing and make some of it free to live in after I have more high end real estate built, some people STILL live in shacks.

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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
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It is impossible to get rid of shacks. No matter what, some of those little forkers woud rather pop up a shack than live in an empty rent free mansion next door. I always avoid the eliminate shacks tasks because they are too frustrating?

The thing about the environmentalists though is that there usually aren't very many of them, so they can be ignored without severe consequences (usually). Logging seems to peas them off the most, so I usually avoid logging if possible, at least until everybody else is happy enough that I can then just bribe the faction leader.

Same with the intellectuals, but they are easier to appease. As horrible as I am, I have trouble with the religious faction. I just can't ever issue the book BBQ. I guess that's the line I won't cross.

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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:31 pm 
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I'm missing my game night with friends!

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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 12:43 pm 
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HEY EVERYONE! Gone Home comes out tomorrow!!! HOORAY!
http://store.steampowered.com/app/232430

Also, someone released a completely worthless version of Catan on Steam! Seriously, what the fork is the point if I can't play it multiplayer?
http://store.steampowered.com/app/239410

And Betrayer is on early access! It sounds interesting, and it apparently involves some former Monolith (NOLF, FEAR) employees.
http://store.steampowered.com/app/243120


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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:59 pm 
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Oh cool. I pre-bought/supported-whatever Gone Home. Looking forward to that!

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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
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Huh, maybe I didn't do that after all. Weird.

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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
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So uhhh the new Humble Bundle is all EA games. Through Origin. Windows only. But most of them come with Steam keys. And all EA/Origin's cut is going to charities.

https://www.humblebundle.com/

I know I've personally had some problems with Origin as a service in the past, and EA has certainly done some shady crepe, but I can't shiitake on them for this. They're giving away games for charity donations, and the games they're giving away are neither particularly old, nor bad. These aren't the second string EA games, this is the stuff that's pretty good and definitely still popular.


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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 10:48 pm 
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When are we going to have another group game?

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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 8:25 pm 
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The first, uh, 45 minutes or an hour of Gone Home is pretty fantastic.

It's kind of weird to play it adventure-game-style, though-- I go in and go through all the drawers and stuff. It's funny, because while I know that's what they want you to do (since that's how the game unfolds), but would a kid home from Europe in an empty house basically ransack the place?

...well, probably I would, so there's that.

There's also a little joke about leaving the lights on that I appreciated...

Recommended so far, anyway!

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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
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I finished it! I really liked it. It's almost as moving of an experience as To The Moon. And the tone of it shifts around. There's times when the house feels welcoming and familiar, and times when it's a creepy old house that might have a ghost in it. I got to know the people who lived there through the bits and pieces of their lives scattered all over. Nothing in it feels particularly game-y. It all feels real.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 11:46 am 
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Yeah, that was good.

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