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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 1:19 am 
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I really liked Jade Empire. It's a Bioware RPG with sort of action-game fighting combat, which mostly works. There are a couple of interludes with a top-down flying-machine shooter minigame, but even those aren't bad. The story itself is pretty cool, and the writing and settings are pure Bioware. If you like Bioware, Jade Empire is more of that, just in a cool Asian fantasy setting.

It's worth playing.

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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:58 am 
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So now that the sale is over.... does anyone wanna organize some events for killing floor? or l4d 1 or 2?

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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:28 am 
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Steam is getting a native linux distro version. they announced it this month no date yet given for the release. The news has me excited.

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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
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Pfft Linux :)

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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:39 am 
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very excited for steam on linux


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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 9:09 pm 
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This is not entirely steam related but is video game and charity related, plus I didn't want to start a special thread but our shop (The Last Game Store) is currently doing a Megamanathon for Child's Play. All proceeds go to the IWK a local kid's hospital for games and game equipment.

We have a live stream of the marathon mega man's 1-10 going on and there is an online donation button as well as our facebook event page.

If anyone is interested in watching the stream, it's kinda fun: MegaManathon.

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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:31 pm 
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He's been playing since 11am, it's now 12:31 and we're on megaman 9. Getting closer if you wanna check out the action!

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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 12:55 pm 
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Did anyone else get an update for steam with new user guidelines? I didn't get a chance to read it before the boy hit accept.

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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
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The addition is that you can't lodge class action lawsuits against them.

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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
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Ticket To Ride is finally half off! Buy it so I can finally beat PPKers at a Steam game!

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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:36 am 
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I just finished Binary Domain, and no one else cares, but maybe someone here will, so I'm going to gush a bit.

All of the descriptions of this being a Japanese Gears of War are basically completely accurate. It's a third-person cover-based shooter, with a quirk in that you can influence how much your team likes you by speaking to them using your headset. You get prompted with yes/no questions pretty often, and they like/dislike you depending on your performance in combat. Shoot a bunch of robots, they think you're great! Shoot them, and they complain. Something I didn't necessarily realize is that the social system affects your ending!

The game looks great. It's super-smooth, with only a little bit of slowdown when I'd have like 10 robots exploding at the same time, and that was really rare. There are a ton of boss fights, but none of them are frustrating as they all subscribe to the "shoot the blinking parts" philosophy. The controls work great with mouse and keyboard. The voice acting isn't perfect, but your team is comprised of soldiers from different nations. Some of the accents are bad, and some are passable, but what thrilled me is that the Japanese police, who would have no business casually speaking English to each other, actually speak Japanese with subtitles! That tiny attention to detail means a lot to me. When Return to Castle Wolfenstein came out and all the Germans spoke English with German accents, I was totally disappointed.

The story is well written. It's a nice sci-fi, what makes a man yarn. It has a pretty lighthearted tack to it, without being completely cartoonish. It's more like a good action movie that occasionally asks serious questions. It sets up a sequel, which I'm looking forward to, but I don't think we'll see. I don't think Binary Domain sold all that well, and it's a serious departure for its creator who previously made all of the Yakuza games. I never played any of them, but they have a rather dedicated following.

Next time Binary Domain goes on sale somewhere (I got it from Amazon, Steam-redeemable), you should get it. Don't be completely turned off by the B grade cover art. It definitely exceeded my expectations.


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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 8:50 am 
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mrsbadmouth wrote:
Ticket To Ride is finally half off! Buy it so I can finally beat PPKers at a Steam game!


that's a great game, have it on ipad


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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:26 am 
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MBM I have ticket to ride, I can install it and lose if you like (i'm terrible at the board game, so i imagine i'll be bad at this too).

Brian, that sounds kinda awesome, I might have to try it out.

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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
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HEY! Binary Domain is today's daily deal! I think it's totally worth the $10. Jump on it!


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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
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Darksiders 2 is out today! The first game was a fantastic mashup of Legend of Zelda, God of War, and 90's comic book art. I don't even like Zelda (its biggest influence) and I loved Darksiders! All reviews I've seen so far have been very positive on Darksiders 2, so I'm jumping on it. You can get it for $45 off of Amazon and it's Steam redeemable!

http://amzn.com/B005XFGZ4W


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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:52 pm 
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I got into the new community beta! I got two invites in my inventory. I didn't really pay a ton of attention before using one on myself, but it worked so I have to assume it was needed. I gave the other one to MBM.

It's certainly a change! They removed the news tab at the top, probably because no one used it, and replaced it with friends, which is more like the previous community tab. It has kind of turned into a Facebook feed, where you can comment and like things that are on the activity blotter.

The new community tab is all about games, and screenshots, and videos, and workshop, and (not yet usable) Greenlight. I didn't mess with it much.

Edit: oh and Valve gave everyone with Portal 2 a 75% off Portal 2 coupon. Anyone who wants mine can have it!


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:30 am 
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brian wrote:
I got into the new community beta! I got two invites in my inventory. I didn't really pay a ton of attention before using one on myself, but it worked so I have to assume it was needed. I gave the other one to MBM.

It's certainly a change! They removed the news tab at the top, probably because no one used it, and replaced it with friends, which is more like the previous community tab. It has kind of turned into a Facebook feed, where you can comment and like things that are on the activity blotter.

The new community tab is all about games, and screenshots, and videos, and workshop, and (not yet usable) Greenlight. I didn't mess with it much.

Edit: oh and Valve gave everyone with Portal 2 a 75% off Portal 2 coupon. Anyone who wants mine can have it!

I own portal 2 and got no such coupon.

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 Post subject: Re: The Steam PC gaming thread!
PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:22 pm 
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I got one!

So if you know anyone who doesn't have Portal 2 yet, I can send it on.

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Everyone should get Thirty Flights of Loving. Well, first everyone should play Gravity Bone, but that's free and not on Steam. But then get Thirty Flights of Loving! Made by the same dude who made Atom Zombie Smasher, and Flotilla, but it's a lot less game-y than those two.


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I am slightly mistaken! Thirty Flights of Loving now includes Gravity Bone, not as a separate executable, but a selection in the new game menu. Even more of a reason to buy it! It's short, really short, but it's got a great style to it and it's slightly more interactive than Dear Esther.

Edit: And listen. While I'm at it. You should go to Blendogames.com and play all of his stuff. I think some of his early stuff is really fantastic, even if some of them are just interactive walking tours. I freaking loved Barista 2.


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I have an extra copy of Civ 5 if anyone wants it. Just pm me a link to your steam profile.

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I've got a ton of games, but no Civ 5. But I also have a pile of games in my inventory, so maybe we can strike a trade? Check out my inventory and let me know.


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We still have a spare copy of LFD2 on the off chance you don't have it!

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I've been spending too much time playing Torchlight II lately...

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solipsistnation wrote:
I've been spending too much time playing Torchlight II lately...

This is a really ludicrous time for gaming, right? We got two loot games (Torchlight 2, Borderlands 2) in the same week. I'm torn between them. In less than two weeks, we get X-Com and Dishonored. I want them both, and I'll be lucky if I get just one. In November is Halo 4, and CODBLOPS 2, if you're into CODBLOPS 2. And between all of these are stuff like Castle Crashers, Mark of the Ninja, Doom 3: BFG Edition, and Zone of the Enders HD Collection. Don't these people know that I'm taking 18 credit hours this semester, and working part-time?!


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