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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 7:50 pm 
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Here's a spin-off of the ever-popular worst things thread so we can complain about video games without interrupting the stream of sad things less trivial than video games. Not that video games are trivial.

I finished Rage today. It wasn't particularly good, but this is my second time through it. I played it first on xbox 360. I played on nightmare difficulty (which was not a challenge) and I intended on making this my 100% run, until I looked up a list of card locations and found out that there are some in a location you can only visit once, and I missed one. That's when I said fork it and beelined to the end.

Anyway, the pertinent part is that the best parts of the game are the last two missions. And then you get a cutscene that ends the game on a ridiculous cliffhanger, which we will probably never see resolved as Rage didn't do great critically, nor did it sell well. So unfulfilling. And now I don't know what to play next.

Oh and Diablo 3 came out and it's all forked up and everyone on the internet won't shut up about it.


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I fully support this thread even though the only game I ever play is Plants Vs Zombies.

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Plants vs. Zombies is this week's Steam midweek sale. $2.49. Add that to my list of worst things today. I have $20 burning a hole in my Steam wallet and the midweek sale is goddamned Plants vs Zombies.


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Man. I was just trying to load Jet Set Willy on my Amstrad. forking stupid tapes that take 30 mins to load! Gaaah!

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Does Scrabble count? My crush is now beating me! I taught him how to play! Phd in Russian lit, but he was horrible at Scrabble. Now it's game on!

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Ehhhhh I'll allow it. Until this turns into the worst scrabble thing about your day.


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Plants vs. Zombies is this week's Steam midweek sale. $2.49. Add that to my list of worst things today. I have $20 burning a hole in my Steam wallet and the midweek sale is goddamned Plants vs Zombies.

Aaaand I play it on a Mac.

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My worst video game thing about today is that Diablo 3 came out, and I have lost my partner to it. Lame!

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I'm sorry for your loss. That is, if your partner can actually stay connected long enough to play the game.


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It was technically today, since it was very very late last night.

I had my Lorraine 40t (a French tank with ridiculous specs-- no armor but a stupidly rapid-fire gun-- here if you're interested in poorly-translated Russian people talking about French sci-fi tanks that were real) and was tooling around looking for victims in one of the desert maps. I rushed forward and hid in a village near the middle of the map, just in time to surprise and totally destroy a German Tiger tank. This wasn't easy-- they're tough opponents and can do much more damage than I can per hit, although I fire faster. I took a hit and was limping a bit by the time I finished him off. So that was one tough enemy down.

Meanwhile, I spotted an enemy artillery unit within firing range and took him out too. So that's two enemies down.

Then somebody started capturing our flag-- as the quickest unit on our side, I rushed back to find a Chinese Type 59 beating up on our paltry defenses. I blasted toward him, firing away, and managed to hit him 4 out of 6 shots, bringing him within 2 hits of destruction. That emptied my autoloader's magazine, though, and I had to hide for 45 seconds, during which time I was basically a sitting duck, unable to fire back! Weirdly, the Type 59 was distracted and didn't come after me, and I had enough time to reload and come up behind him and take him out. So that's 3 enemies destroyed out of 15 on the other team, and 2 of them were quite tough. I was feeling pretty awesome about it.

And then one of the few remaining enemy units showed up out of nowhere and finished me off. Sad. But we could still win! Except that my teammates were all out putzing around in the desert, WAY too far away from our base to get back in time to keep the dude who shot my tank from capturing our flag. Failure was pulled from the jaws of victory, and we lost. Alas. I would have gotten TONS of XP if we'd won, but we didn't. :(

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But we could still win! Except that my teammates were all out putzing around in the desert, WAY too far away from our base to get back in time to keep the dude who shot my tank from capturing our flag. Failure was pulled from the jaws of victory, and we lost. Alas. I would have gotten TONS of XP if we'd won, but we didn't. :(

I am always shocked when I manage to accomplish a goal with the help of random strangers on the internet, because putzing around seems to be the goal of most players on public servers.


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brian wrote:
solipsistnation wrote:
But we could still win! Except that my teammates were all out putzing around in the desert,

I am always shocked when I manage to accomplish a goal with the help of random strangers on the internet, because putzing around seems to be the goal of most players on public servers.


It was kind of weird, because previously I had a whole string of pub games (that is, random 15v15 matches) with some really good team players. I guess I got complacent. :(

I am, incidentally, in the top 3% of World of Tanks players on the US server. You may all feel awe now. (I do. Or I guess, bemusement? It's always kind of weird to discover that I'm good at something like this.)

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Ehhhhh I'll allow it. Until this turns into the worst scrabble thing about your day.


No danger. It's a one time ego readjustment.

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Anyway, the pertinent part is that the best parts of the game are the last two missions. And then you get a cutscene that ends the game on a ridiculous cliffhanger, which we will probably never see resolved as Rage didn't do great critically, nor did it sell well. So unfulfilling. And now I don't know what to play next.


Yeah, while I liked Rage, I still had to look to make sure of what it was since the name is just so nondescript. :/ I'd certainly like to see more in that world with that art style and stuff. It was fun!

If you like that kind of shooter and can put up with lots of ridiculously immature jokes sprinkled liberally across your setpieces, Bulletstorm is also fun and also didn't do great critically or sell well, and includes some of the most gratuitous shooty business I've ever seen. I'm giving it just a little longer before a second playthrough since some of it is still a little fresh in my mind, but it was good solid intelligently-stupid fun, if you know what I mean. And GORGEOUS. And actually funny, in the same sort of was as a 12-year-old who doesn't quite know what all the words mean. ("You'll kill my dick? What does that even mean?") And there's a demo on Steam if you aren't sure if it appeals.

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brian wrote:
Anyway, the pertinent part is that the best parts of the game are the last two missions. And then you get a cutscene that ends the game on a ridiculous cliffhanger, which we will probably never see resolved as Rage didn't do great critically, nor did it sell well. So unfulfilling. And now I don't know what to play next.


Yeah, while I liked Rage, I still had to look to make sure of what it was since the name is just so nondescript. :/ I'd certainly like to see more in that world with that art style and stuff. It was fun!

If you like that kind of shooter and can put up with lots of ridiculously immature jokes sprinkled liberally across your setpieces, Bulletstorm is also fun and also didn't do great critically or sell well, and includes some of the most gratuitous shooty business I've ever seen. I'm giving it just a little longer before a second playthrough since some of it is still a little fresh in my mind, but it was good solid intelligently-stupid fun, if you know what I mean. And GORGEOUS. And actually funny, in the same sort of was as a 12-year-old who doesn't quite know what all the words mean. ("You'll kill my dick? What does that even mean?") And there's a demo on Steam if you aren't sure if it appeals.

id still does some of the best tech bases ever. I loved the way the Authority enemies and levels looked.

I am all over Bulletstorm. I forking loved it. You know what killed Bulletstorm? A bad demo. Of all things. I had a lot of hype for Bulletstorm until they put out that demo. It didn't highlight what was fun about Bulletstorm, it was just shooting dudes with machine guns. I even canceled my pre-order because the demo turned me off so much.

But then I bought it for cheap somewhere, and holy shiitake. It was amazing. Bulletstorm has an offhand kick button. You can reload while doing a sliding kick. You get extra points for shooting bad guys in the crotch. It's a beautiful game. The scoring mechanics make me want to play better. Waggleton P. Tallylicker. I love Bulletstorm.


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In the interest of making bad financial decisions I ordered a new computer and the graphics card is on backorder. I keep seeing Max Payne 3 videos and they're making me cry with rage. Even though the company gave me an ETA I'm checking my order status multiple times a day just in case maybe it will arrive early, though in the back of my mind I know that won't happen.
And the other day all my fish died and I had to travel to 2 different star systems to replace them. Total bummer.

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I bought all those fish, didn't know they need to be fed, they all died. Then I found out later that the yeoman will feed your fish if you tell her to.


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I've moved the offtopic post to the thread where it belongs!


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I bought all those fish, didn't know they need to be fed, they all died. Then I found out later that the yeoman will feed your fish if you tell her to.

I think you have to flirt with her and invite her to dinner. I'm not pursuing any romantic options with this character until ME3, and even though inviting her to dinner doesn't technically count as romance in the game, it seems too manipulative for my paragon Shepard. Luckily, stores restock fish and I still have my hamster.

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A day late, but last night I was playing Serious Sam 3 and I was getting forking destroyed by a boss. He's shooting rockets at me that I can blow up by shooting at them, but all I have is a sledgehammer, pistol, and shotgun. No automatic weaponry. I get him down to a about a quarter of his health and then he gibs me.

Earlier last night I had just started up Alan Wake "The Writer", and I was having a hell of a time with the first fight because they toss a lot of taken at you and the fireworks don't seem to be as effective as they were at the farm.


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I got into the Torchlight 2 beta weekend, and tomorrow I'm leaving for my summer internship. My desktop is staying home because it's enormous, cumbersome, and I'll be coming home on the weekends, but I won't be able to play much this weekend, and there's no guarantee I'll get invited to the next beta weekend. Poor timing!

But it's pretty fantastic! I think I got up to level 10 with my berzerker.


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In case you didn't know this, MBM is the best wife ever. I'm spending most of my summer an hour from home in an apartment paid for by the company I'm interning with. I left my desktop PC at home because it's enormous. But I am so bored here, and she brought me my desktop PC. On the release date of Alan Wake's American Nightmare.

But this is the worst video game thing thread, not the best video game thing thread, and god damn it I have a doozy. I'm away from my xbox, I've got my PC, and I want to play Bulletstorm. I loathe Games for Windows Live because it always kicks me off of my xbox (which is usually streaming Netflix on a loop) but my xbox is at home so now is a good time to enjoy fantastic games saddled with some of the worst DRM imaginable. Like Bulletstorm, and Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, and Bioshock 2. I have a whole category in Steam dedicated to games I've (usually, mistakenly) purchased that are hampered by Games for Windows Live.

I've already got Bulletstorm installed, so I fire it right up and nothing happens. It's been an age and a half since I last played it, may as well uninstall-reinstall. Now it runs, but it says I need to sign into GFWL to continue. Except GFWL never comes up, and I can't even quit out without task manager. Uninstall Bulletstorm, uninstall GFWL, reinstall Bulletstorm. Now it runs, GFWL prompts for login, and then GFWL wants to patch Bulletstorm. Download the patch. Now we're back to the login-no login loop. Google the problem, someone on a forum says to uninstall GFWL, reboot, then reinstall it outside of the Bulletstorm installer. Now I'm back to being able to login, but it's downloading the patch again and I doubt it will change the outcome much.

I have a game, which I've paid money for, which runs just fine, that I can't play, because the DRM is forking it up. GFWL can go suck a fork. GFWL can jump off a cliff into the deepest ocean and drown itself. GFWL makes PC gaming suck.


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