All Quiet on the Gaming Front

Hello, this is The Dude with the keys to the AoSHQ Kingdom ready to bore you with gaming crap

Thankfully for me though there really isn't much to talk about other than Nintendo did another big blow out of their upcoming system, the Wii U (they should have gone with the name of what they are using in pr in Japan, the Super Wii). Where they promise you that they still care for core gamers and third party support by having companies release old ports and then have the third parties abandon them in a year when the actual next gen starts with Microsoft and Sony.

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Took forever but Nintendo finally announced the specs of something no one will ever use, the web browser

In a brief flash of Nintendo finally "getting online", they announced no more crappy friend codes but rather a standardized login to be used in everything

Of course, notice in how I said brief as they drop three turkeys with the announcement of how you transfer content from your dusty Wii, How to play the small amount of good Wii games and that you can't save downloaded software to an SD card.

So spend your $350 on the 18th for your very own dust collector where you can have some fun for the 2 good games released a year.


All right, no more shitting on Nintendo.


THQ continues their streak of bad news as not only did they announce the delays of their upcoming money making games (Company of Heroes, the South Park RPG and the Metro sequel), news also came out that they have defaulted with Wells Fargo to the tune of $50 million. No savoir coming to them, with their debt, it's not worth the cash. Just let them finally close their doors and buy IPs and Relic, Volition, Vigil Games and 4A Games. Wouldn't mind WB picking up the good bits myself.

Sad that Black Friday looks like a bust on videogames but hopefully Amazon and Valve will step up

And once again in other news, Vita is still dead (or Sony isn't that far behind). Seriously, the Vita is selling worse than the Dreamcast ever did.

And since I'm alone posting (aoshqgaming at gmail dot com), I'm going to dump my Best of Halloween games doohicky that was supposed to be posted the Sunday before the 31st (hey, it was a light week and I am here to melt your modems with walls of text and videos)

MY BEST OF HALLOWEEN GAMES
Unlike most Best of Halloween Game lists, I'm bringing you some overlooked and/or under appreciated gems that for the most part I still play each and every year at this time (except for the Clock Tower series and Rule of Rose because I lost them moving and I'm too fucking cheap to replace them as they're fucking expensive as shit)

Pathologic (PC)
Eurojank at it's finest, too ambitious, hilariously bad translation and a few bugs thrown in for good measure. But if you can take it, it's one of the most unique experiences that you can ever have. You get three different characters who arrive in a town that is being over run by a mysterious plague with only three days to uncover what is happening. You will fail, you will fail quite often but that's part of the game as you will have an over abundance of quests and you can only do so many during each day which it then lets you decide on who will live and who will die. Think of it along the lines of a more ambitious The Last Express. Do you save a rich dude or a dissolute kid? Which one will drop a nugget of info on what is happening in town? Don't know but it's there for the taking. Or you could just sit back and let the good times roll as you just watch everyone die off. But if anything is certain, it is that you will be playing it repeatedly till you unlock every scrap of info on this mysterious plague. You can typically pick it up cheap on sale and it's worth throwing a few bones their way.


Penumbra: Overture & Penembra: Black Plague (PC)
Everyone knows of Frictional's masterpiece Amnesia but don't overlook the games they had before it (except for Requiem as it ruins characters as it tries to fill in some story) as you would be doing an injustice in skipping their Lovecraftian series (more so than Amnesia), Penumbra. You play as Philip who after his mother's passing receives a letter from his long lost father urging him to come to northern Greenland. And like every horror cliche, he follows to find his father. Unlike Amnesia, though weapons are scarce and not really advisable, you can actually fight back against the monsters with hammers and pickaxes. The basic insanity mechanics of Amnesia got their bones from this series as it slowly drives you insane from sounds and it's dense atmosphere. If you can get over some rough patches (namely AI pathing), you will be rewarded in 10 hours that does everything that the term Lovecraftian means. Very much worth the $5-$10 that the collection runs you around this time of the year.

Clocktower 1 & 2 (SFC, PSX)
There are four games in the series and a spiritual successor named Haunting Ground but the first two are the ones to play. Series started off on the Super Famicom and ported to the WonderSwan and PC (yes, to play the first one you will have to pirate it and grab a English patch or stumble through Japanese with a copy of the SFC cart) and it's one of the creepiest "unstoppable force" horror series around. In the first two games, you play as Jennifer Simpson who is adopted by the mysterious Mary Barrows and is brought to her mansion. Game starts off as your standard slasher but as you delve deeper into the story, it opens up quite a bit into a tale of a psychotic mother and her children. Game play is your standard point & click adventure on a single plane, that is until you have the series mainstay Scissorman pops out of the darkness and chase you down. Can't do anything to him except hide. Not counting the story, this is where the fear comes in and sets itself up being different than the majority of p&c games. Don't know when he will appear so you are best to be on your toes. Quite a bit of replayability as there are nine different endings.

The second game which is a direct sequel came out in the US under the name Clock Tower is Jennifer Simpson as she is on the brink of psychosis being adopted once again by a psychologist by the name of Helen Maxwell who is infatuated by her Jennifer Simpson's tale of survival. And before you can say go, Jennifer is abducted and brought back to the Barrows mansion and Scissorman once again stalks her. Gameplay is the same but with more of an evolution in puzzles to solve with an added bonus of a second character to play as you get Helen Maxwell's story. To be honest, the sequel doesn't exactly live up to the predecessor but it's a crucial play through as it ties up the story with a nice bow while walking through horror cliches.

Rule of Rose (PS2)
You know, I put this game on my list as it's a must play if you dig horror or videogames but actually talking about it is impossible. When people list the most disturbing games ever, there is a reason why this one is always on top of the list. The game is seriously fucked up and so damn good. Play as Jennifer who is lead to an orphanage that is run by a group of kids that is ruled by a hierarchy, a hierarchy of cruelty. Gameplay wise, it sticks to the Silent Hill formula but throwing in the wrinkle of having you and a dog be given periods of time to find something to give as an offering to the children while they constantly humiliate you each month. Shit is graphic and legitimately disturbing. With some sexulaization that isn't titillating but also really disturbing thrown in for good measure. The game is one of those that you will have to play more than once to actually get. But if you can stomach through it, you get one of the most powerful anti-rape and incest statements in entertainment. Thing is fucking breath taking in it's beauty. That's about all I can say other than if you can snag a used a copy for under $70 on ebay, I implore you to do so.

Theresia (DS)
In a war torn land, you find yourself locked up in a dungeon. Can you break out and find out what the fuck is going on? This is the third part of a series of mobile phone games but the only one to be released in English. Gameplay wise, it's a standard point & click but moving between rooms is done in first person all the while taking D stylistic instant death traps. If that sounds remotely interesting, you're in for a bit of a treat as you find yourself picking up breadcrumbs on what is a kin to a airborne bubonic plague while waning on a mother's love, tormented love but love none the less. Once beaten, you are given a second playthrough as someone on the other side of the war. Though it keeps quite a bit of the psychological side from the first part, it goes more into body horror as you see the effects of the plague up and close. If you can find a used copy at Gamestop, you could do worse than dropping $3 for it.

Siren: Blood Curse (PS3)
Well, it took them three games but they finally got the formula right in Siren: Blood Curse which for all intents and purpose, is a remake of the first game with a different story and characters. You play as an 18 year old American who gets a letter from a friend to come with them as they film a tv special on a cursed village in Japan. As to be expected, spooky shit happens as shibito (Japanese zombies) come out of the woodwork. Gameplay wise, it's more about stealth as you make your way through village while shibito stand guard while not trying to knock stuff over to alert them to your presence. Sure, there are some weapons you can use but stealth is the way to go. Thick in atmosphere with a top notch art design. Game had a weird release, it's a direct PSN purchase at $15 each for a pack of four episodes (12 episodes in total) or $40 for the full game. Or you can import a UK or Asian (Asian release and not the Japanese release) release on disc for about $30.

Fatal Frame (PS2, Xbox, Wii)
Oh how I love this series, other than the running speed, the series is picture perfect in everything it does. Even the weak link Fatal Frame III was top notch. But if I had to choose which stands above every other entry, there can only be Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly. Seriously, this game doesn't miss a beat on anything with likeable protagonists, awesome ghost story, amazing ghost designs and refined combat mechanics. You can't but help to hope that Mio and Mayu can somehow make through this ordeal even though you know that dread is awating. Throw in the ghosts that help you along your path and......man, I am so getting lovey dovey with this game. It's on my personal perfect game list. Throw in the Director's Cut version for the OG Xbox and Wii and it's straight butter. Maybe not the scariest game ever but I wouldn't change a thing about it. It's just.....fuck, if you've never played it, have an OG Xbox or Wii (with a freeloader disc which you should have anyways for Another Code: R) then you have no reason not to play through this. Sure, it may cost you $40-$50 but fuck is it well worth it. Sadly, with Nintendo essentially owning the IP, we'll never get the fourth game nor anything else outside of Spirit Camera (which though cool, is way too short and pretty barebones without any the charm) since they have no fucking balls to release anything for the hardcore (fuck you Reggie and your pleading that you care about the hardcore here in the US) or anything that isn't Mario. Even NOE wouldn't even release the fourth fucking game. Cocksuckers...all of them

Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth (PC, Xbox)
Of games that should have gotten another chance, this is one of the biggest ones for me. Sure, it's not exactly The Shadow Over Innsmouth but then did a bang up job with the material even with some frustrating action sections and some bugs on the side of Eurojank (though bugs are patched out and made easier with an un-offical patch). Even with the problems, the critics loved it (six years after it was announced) only for it come out to a major thud and the closing of the devs who had plans for two more Lovecraft games. If it's ever on sale, buy it for the pittance price, download the fan mod and strap in for Mr. Toad's Wild Ride

Eternal Darkness (Gamecube)
You know, there was a time where people didn't hate Silicon Knights, this and Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain are the reasons. As a student at your granfather's mansion, you find a book called The Tome of Eternal Darkness (ie Necronomicon) that transports you to different tales in history as people fight an Ancient (ie Old One). Gameplay wise is a bit more action oriented with being able to attack and kill monsters with a lot of puzzle solving but the coup de resistance is the game's sanity meter. The more damage and unsightly things you see, the more the game takes an active role in fucking with you, the player. The most infamous being it bringing up a screen saying that the Gamecube crapped out and your memory card has been erased. Can't lie, the graphics are a bit dated (it is 10 years old) but it's very much worth the $10 or so for a used copy to pop into your Wii and have some fun

Kuon (PS2)
If there was ever a developer to have your eyes on over the years, FROM would be on top of my list. Like Eastern Europeans, they may have bigger ambitions than their talent levels but they sure know how to make something fun and this is other notch in their bedpost. Their main staples in genres has typically boiled down to three catagories: Mechs (Armored Core and Chromehounds), Action-RPG (King's Field and their spiritual successor Souls series and Lost Kingdoms) and Horror (Echo Night series). This game on the other hand weaves a good little kwaidan story of an exorcist unleashing hell during 11th century Japan. Gameplay wise is action oriented with a weapon and magic upgrade system (akin to their Otogi series). But running hurts your health and draws demons to you. You get three different stories and quite a bit of playtime. Have to admit, it's been a few years since I dug this out and played it. Remember having a blast with it though. Got a reprint so it's a cheap game, run you about $30.


Comments

1 First!

CEO of Papa John's says employees' hours will likely be cut due to ObamaCare
Published November 11, 2012FoxNews.com

Posted by: The Man From Athens at November 11, 2012 03:36 PM (RXQ2T)

2 Wow, shit worked. Big thanks to Merovign

Posted by: The Dude at November 11, 2012 03:36 PM (tw6Ar)

3 I was first!
I like being first!

Posted by: The Man From Athens at November 11, 2012 03:37 PM (RXQ2T)

4 Any idea idea if a new "Harpoon" video game will be coming up. Rather enjoyed that game back in the '80's and '90's.

Posted by: The Man From Athens at November 11, 2012 03:39 PM (RXQ2T)

5 At first I broke the blog posting it. Then Rd broke it posting it. The offending command that broke the blog < br) (without the space)

Posted by: Zakn at November 11, 2012 03:42 PM (zyaZ1)

6 Sadly that series hasn't been hit with the kickstarter bug but there have been games that has filled that niche

Posted by: The Dude at November 11, 2012 03:42 PM (tw6Ar)

7 I think I've only heard of the Cthulhu game. I'm ok with that.

Posted by: weft cut-loop at November 11, 2012 03:42 PM (SX6wc)

8 Posted by: Zakn at November 11, 2012 03:42 PM (zyaZ1)

Fuck me, I shouldn't have fucked with shift that I didn't completely grasp. I did upload a file that Mero compiled for me on moveable that was supposed to be solid

Posted by: The Dude at November 11, 2012 03:44 PM (tw6Ar)

9 No worries man. It looked solid on preview. Thinking about Planetside 2. I don't have a PS3, so Dust 514 is not an option

Posted by: Zakn at November 11, 2012 03:45 PM (zyaZ1)

10 Let. It. Burn.

Yeah, I bought a Vita. You shall all pay for my mistake. Burn!

Posted by: JDTAY at November 11, 2012 03:46 PM (a0nis)

11 It loaded clean on this end but I know sweet FA about what happens when Pixy gets hold of it, or for that matter MT.

The one I got was full of html coded brackets and quotes breaking the html.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith's mobile at November 11, 2012 03:49 PM (DYWM0)

12 4
Any idea idea if a new "Harpoon" video game will be coming up. Rather enjoyed that game back in the '80's and '90's.

Posted by: The Man From Athens at November 11, 2012 03:39 PM (RXQ2T)




http://tinyurl.com/befbodl

this is the player written database

http://tinyurl.com/adcv7aq

Posted by: redclay at November 11, 2012 03:51 PM (+PlLU)

13 Also I didnt use MT I just fixed the errors so it ran and validated ¤as an html file¤.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith's mobile at November 11, 2012 03:51 PM (DYWM0)

14 @1

At this rate, libs will have to boycott the whole economy.

To be fair, the economy's boycotting libs too, but for completely understandable reasons.

Posted by: JDTAY at November 11, 2012 03:51 PM (a0nis)

15 Yeah, I bought a Vita. You shall all pay for my mistake. Burn!

Posted by: JDTAY at November 11, 2012 03:46 PM (a0nis)

yeah, I have one too. At least Ragnarok Odyssey has been a good buy and I still have Technika Tune coming

Posted by: Princess Peach at November 11, 2012 03:52 PM (tw6Ar)

16 Do any of y'all have any recommendations for racing games? I have a 13 year old nephew who is wanting one and I have no clue.

He doesn't want one of those driving around raping and robbing ones, just one where he feels like he is actually driving a car.

Posted by: Tammy al-Thor at November 11, 2012 03:53 PM (2rMmy)

17 Also, on the actual topic, I think in the Spirit of the Looters, I think I'm only interested in free games now.
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That and the last few I paid for were such clusterbumbles.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith's mobile at November 11, 2012 03:53 PM (DYWM0)

18 Do any of y'all have any recommendations for racing games? I have a 13 year old nephew who is wanting one and I have no clue.



He doesn't want one of those driving around raping and robbing ones, just one where he feels like he is actually driving a car.

Posted by: Tammy al-Thor at November 11, 2012 03:53 PM (2rMmy)

have a good PC? If not, you have Gran Turismo and Forza. Have a PC and you have tons upon tons of awesome racing games

Posted by: Princess Peach at November 11, 2012 03:54 PM (tw6Ar)

19 Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith's mobile at November 11, 2012 03:53 PM (DYWM0)


Did you ever get to finish Skyrim, Dark Lord?

Posted by: Tammy al-Thor at November 11, 2012 03:55 PM (2rMmy)

20 @15

I enjoyed Virtue's Last Reward, but I could've bought that for my 3DS. At least it had trophies...

Posted by: JDTAY at November 11, 2012 03:56 PM (a0nis)

21 Have a PC and you have tons upon tons of awesome racing games
Posted by: Princess Peach at November 11, 2012 03:54 PM (tw6Ar)


He plays some sort of online game with a billion other people, so I think he does have a good PC. Titles?

Posted by: Tammy al-Thor at November 11, 2012 03:57 PM (2rMmy)

22 Heh. My gaming life keeps intersecting with my work life.

Started playing WoW many years ago. Then Mrs. Chronda asked me to take a look at a bug in one of her mods, so I got introduced to Lua. I happened to be working on something that needed scripting at the time and, as is my wont, I was working up a custom FORTH. However, I discovered that Lua is more powerful than the FORTH I was cooking up and just as easy to extend, so I went Lua instead.

These days, I do most of my work programming in Lua, at least for exploratory stuff and personal tools.

A few months ago, I started playing Kerbal Space Program. Then I found myself in a situation at work where I needed to be able to drive a point around in a 3-space. So I swiped the core idea from KSP and came up with a program (in Lua, of course) that lets my fly my point around kind of like it's a KSP spaceship (didn't use the navball idea, though; wanted to, but decided other instruments would make more sense to folks that aren't me).

Showed it to my boss Friday and he's all "wow, folks have been asking for something like this, but I've been telling them we can't do it".

Now I'm going to try sneaking in a gamepad to make controlling it seem more natural...

Posted by: Anachronda at November 11, 2012 03:57 PM (1c58W)

23 I enjoyed Virtue's Last Reward, but I could've bought that for my 3DS. At least it had trophies...

Posted by: JDTAY at November 11, 2012 03:56 PM (a0nis)

Yeah, I couldn't get myself to buy it for the Vita since I played 999 on the DS and didn't want to continue that series on the Vita.

Posted by: Princess Peach at November 11, 2012 03:57 PM (tw6Ar)

24 Can I clog up this thread with angry rantings about the election?

Posted by: Call Me Ishmael at November 11, 2012 03:58 PM (p4U6S)

25 There's more posts coming up Call Me

Posted by: Zakn at November 11, 2012 03:59 PM (zyaZ1)

26 Tammy tell us what system.
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I am moderately a fan of the Need for Speed series, I play less since I sold my wheel.
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Fuel had a very open world to drive and race in but was not a robby fighty thing. Grid by the same people had funparts.
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Trackmania but I don't even know if they have it on consoles.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith's mobile at November 11, 2012 04:00 PM (DYWM0)

27 He plays some sort of online game with a billion other people, so I think he does have a good PC. Titles?

Posted by: Tammy al-Thor at November 11, 2012 03:57 PM (2rMmy)

rFactor 2netKar ProiRacing (it's a sub based MMORacer)Richard Burns RallyProject C.A.R.S.

also make sure he has a good wheel (good starter one is G27 with the spring mod)

Posted by: Princess Peach at November 11, 2012 04:01 PM (tw6Ar)

28 format fail

rFactor
netKar Pro
iRacing
Richard Burns Rally
Project CARS

Posted by: Princess Peach at November 11, 2012 04:02 PM (tw6Ar)

29 Ishmael, there is nothing keeping you from using a previous post to rant in. The upcoming posts aren't political.

Posted by: rdbrewer at November 11, 2012 04:02 PM (Iyg03)

30 then of course there are all the SimBin racers

Posted by: Princess Peach at November 11, 2012 04:03 PM (tw6Ar)

31 I think I've only heard of the Cthulhu game. I'm ok with that.


Posted by: weft cut-loop at November 11, 2012 03:42 PM (SX6wc)

FATAL FRAME SERIES!FATAL FRAME SERIES!FATAL FRAME SERIES!FATAL FRAME SERIES!FATAL FRAME SERIES!FATAL FRAME SERIES!FATAL FRAME SERIES!FATAL FRAME SERIES!

Posted by: Princess Peach at November 11, 2012 04:06 PM (tw6Ar)

32 Officially going to take the nerd plunge and try to go to Fanfest 2013 in Iceland....

Passports are expensive!

Posted by: Zakn at November 11, 2012 04:06 PM (zyaZ1)

33 @29

Aw c'mon, it's not like anything is actually happening in gaming this week.

Unless you count Paper Mario: Sticker Star.

Posted by: JDTAY at November 11, 2012 04:07 PM (a0nis)

34
Posted by: Zakn at November 11, 2012 04:06 PM (zyaZ1)

should still be $100 as I don't think they raised the price, extra $30 for getting it expedited

Posted by: Princess Peach at November 11, 2012 04:08 PM (tw6Ar)

35 fuck me, still posting as Princess Peach

Posted by: Princess Peach at November 11, 2012 04:08 PM (tw6Ar)

36 Wow, I had no idea there was so much gaming stuff. I may have just found a new escape from reality.

Posted by: Infidel at November 11, 2012 04:10 PM (Vk6ZI)

37 All "quite" what on the gaming front?

Posted by: RushBabe at November 11, 2012 04:10 PM (tQHzJ)

38 Did you ever get to finish Skyrim, Dark Lord?

Posted by: Tammy al-Thor at November 11, 2012 03:55 PM (2rMmy)


Well, it took five months after I bought it to START playing because of the hundreds of bugs and the fact that they let their user base do all of their tech support and most of their bugfixes.

And no, I haven't "finished" it, because the main plot isn't that interesting and the two groups you're supposed to side with are both assholes.

I have spent some time running around doing stuff, built up some characters, and installed a bunch of mods. Need to take a high-powered character to Elseweyr (one of the Khajit mods, opens up a large new area to go to and play in, but they buffed the crap out of all the critters and they don't level with the character, so you have to be high level).

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at November 11, 2012 04:11 PM (bxiXv)

39 Must not play Guild Wars 2, have writing to do.


Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at November 11, 2012 04:11 PM (B9up3)

40 Mega thanks to Conservative Monster who dragooned a couple of his friends to sign the ValU Rite Pudding guild charter so there is now a Horde guild on WoW's Hellscream server.

Anachronda, my Son and I are the current players but anyone else from the HQ is(are?) very welcome. Right now we're level 3.5 and do have a guild bank.

Posted by: Polliwogette, disappointed hobbit at November 11, 2012 04:12 PM (NYki8)

41 Used to play WoW all the time, and on a PvP server. Got back into it after the latest release (Panaria). It's a good release, despite all the Kung Fu Panda/Disney cutzy elements. But, boy has the climate changed regarding world PvP. This may be due to cross-realmworld play, which is new to me. But, omg has the ganking gotten bad. I'm by no means a care bear when it comes to PvP, but holy crap has doing the dailies become a slug-thru-the-gankfest chore. Renders that aspect of the game unplayable at times.

Posted by: Cowboy at November 11, 2012 04:12 PM (WcgMM)

42 Tammy does this sprog have Steam? You can sign up without buying games for yourself, and buy them as gifts for him, for example during the presumed Black Friday sale.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at November 11, 2012 04:13 PM (bxiXv)

43 Darn you Merovign, 45k words already. And I just got 16k, perhaps Guild Wars 2 is a viable idea after all. Kill monsters to vent frustration.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at November 11, 2012 04:14 PM (B9up3)

44 At some point, even though traffic on these threads is light, I would like to pre-plan a "your presence in free MMOs" thing so people can meet up online. My problem is I play them intermittently / occasionally.

Not into paying for MMOs - because I play them intermittently and occasionally.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at November 11, 2012 04:14 PM (bxiXv)

45 On the creepy games topic, I liked Alan Wake quite a bit, particularly the use of light as a weapon.


I had to stop playing Silent Hill because it wound up freaking me out so much. Sadly, I'm discovering that I'm too much of a wimp for the hard core horror games.


I'm tempted to get Dishonored because supposedly you can play through without killing anyone which sounds utterly impossible. Also I may get Halo 4 and start playing it thus to cause the singularity with how much I suck. You're welcome.


Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Our only hope. Literally. at November 11, 2012 04:15 PM (Gk3SS)

46 43 Darn you Merovign, 45k words already. And I just got 16k, perhaps Guild Wars 2 is a viable idea after all. Kill monsters to vent frustration.
Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at November 11, 2012 04:14 PM (B9up3)




Planning to hit 50k tonight.

You are doing fine, don't look to my pace, I was doing more like you last year, and I finished.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at November 11, 2012 04:15 PM (bxiXv)

47 May have to roll one on Hellscream to check u guys out. I'm on Korgath atm

Posted by: Cowboy at November 11, 2012 04:15 PM (WcgMM)

48 24 Can I clog up this thread with angry rantings about the election?

Posted by: Call Me Ishmael at November 11, 2012 03:58 PM (p4U6S)


Can I bitch about Andy using the word of a criminal and political attack dog to try to excuse and abet political fraud?

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at November 11, 2012 04:18 PM (bxiXv)

49
Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Our only hope. Literally. at November 11, 2012 04:15 PM (Gk3SS)

I was going to put Alan Wake on my list but I just it felt odd when I wrote it up. That being said, I loved Alan Wake so damn much. Other than a few missteps at the end story-wise, game was almost perfect.

Posted by: The Dude at November 11, 2012 04:20 PM (tw6Ar)

50 If you say so Merovign. Finally settled on a title. And I still have 34k words to insult Naruto and Deathnote fans. Along with making sure every reader knows what an odious pr*ck one person is.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at November 11, 2012 04:20 PM (B9up3)

51 All "quite" what on the gaming front?

Posted by: RushBabe at November 11, 2012 04:10 PM (tQHzJ)

of that was the only typo you found then I did all right

Posted by: The Dude at November 11, 2012 04:21 PM (tw6Ar)

52 Hope to see you on Cowboy. I'm new to the guildmaster thing (actually, new to the WoW thing) so please let me know what you're looking for from a guild (you too Anachronda).

Congrats Anachronda on the serendipity of your game experience helping you design something cool.

Posted by: Polliwogette, disappointed hobbit at November 11, 2012 04:22 PM (NYki8)

53 50 If you say so Merovign. Finally settled on a title. And I still have 34k words to insult Naruto and Deathnote fans. Along with making sure every reader knows what an odious pr*ck one person is.
Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at November 11, 2012 04:20 PM (B9up3)




Are you doing the 11k challenge this 3-day weekend? Not sure if it's an all-regions thing or local.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at November 11, 2012 04:23 PM (bxiXv)

54 What 11k thing? Obviously not read the threads enough. Good gosh, I know I have cranked out 5k words in a day one time but 11k? eeek!

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at November 11, 2012 04:24 PM (B9up3)

55 I was going to put Alan Wake on my list but I just it felt odd when I
wrote it up. That being said, I loved Alan Wake so damn much. Other than
a few missteps at the end story-wise, game was almost perfect.



I agree. Yeah, it's not quite creepy enough to be a Halloween game but not exactly your standard game.


You know, I would add Epic Mickey to the not too too creepy but not normal list. It was far far darker than I expected a Disney game to be.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Our only hope. Literally. at November 11, 2012 04:25 PM (Gk3SS)

56 54 What 11k thing? Obviously not read the threads enough. Good gosh, I know I have cranked out 5k words in a day one time but 11k? eeek!

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at November 11, 2012 04:24 PM (B9up3)


Three days. so like lessa 4k per day.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at November 11, 2012 04:25 PM (bxiXv)

57 I could punch someone in the neck over those subs in Fatal Frame. Ugh...it's like someone translated it, then shit all over it.

Posted by: Elilla at November 11, 2012 04:26 PM (ZmOCa)

58 Wow, I had no idea there was so much gaming stuff. I may have just found a new escape from reality.Posted by: Infidel

A lot more than most imagine.

Take for example Mods.
Game companies began to allow users to modify games and distribute the modifications 15 years ago or so. The mods range from changing characters' appearances, to music, to creating whole new scenarios for users to play.

Some of these mods are turned into full-fledged games, either by the original game co. or by a new studio formed by the amateurs who created the modification.

One mod, Garry's Mod, was just a 'sandbox' program that allows the user to animate and play with game elements from others games. It has been downloaded x100,000's at $10 a pop. The mod's single programmer became a millionaire in a couple of years.

Now almost all of the younger generation of game programmers and artists started learning their trade through mods.

Posted by: weft cut-loop at November 11, 2012 04:28 PM (SX6wc)

59 Merovign, perhaps might catch up and exceed the daily average tonight. Don't know about making 11k in three days however.

Elilla, those who made the sub-titles got set up the bomb?

And I just realized my current hash looks like a cheat code.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at November 11, 2012 04:28 PM (B9up3)

60 Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith's mobile at November 11, 2012 04:00 PM (DYWM0)

I am not sure which system belongs to which kid, but there is a Wii and PS3 and an Xbox in the house. I know he uses consoles, but I think he mainly games on his computer. I am not sure about Steam, do you need to for WoW type stuff?

He is getting the wheel, and I think he is actaully going to build some sort of thing so it's set up like a real car, with pedals and a gear shift thing. I am not sure where all this is coming from, but his enthusiasm is kind of contagious.

Thanks for the recommendations everyone, I really appreciate them.


And God forgive me, Dark Lord, but it cracks me up whenever you get to going on Skyrim. I hate that you were so upset by it, but damn, you make me laugh!

Posted by: Tammy al-Thor at November 11, 2012 04:29 PM (2rMmy)

61 Clock Tower! Somebody else knows about Clock Tower! Awesome! Though that game really, REALLY needs a PC version with mouse support; moving a cursor around with a gamepad is a pain.

Also, I'd like to add Haunting Ground to the list. It's not as SCARY-scary as some of the other games, but the mechanics are good, you have a dog you can train to help you, and what the bad guy(s) want is creepy and makes sense.

Posted by: Viridian at November 11, 2012 04:30 PM (Mizkc)

62 I am not sure which system belongs to which kid, but there is a Wii and PS3 and an Xbox in the house. I know he uses consoles, but I think he mainly games on his computer. I am not sure about Steam, do you need to for WoW type stuff?

Posted by: Tammy al-Thor at November 11, 2012 04:29 PM (2rMmy)


WOW is non-Steam. Steam is a distribution platform, they sell a lot of games online, you download them, it handles security, yadda yadda. There are MMO games there, but not WoW.

If he's setting up the special desk as a driving thing at his PC, then he will need games for the PC. Ask if he uses Steam, if so, check out the upcoming sales, they can have some pretty good deals. If you can get him 3-4 decent games for the price of one new full-price one, that might be cool. Also he can just download and use them, no wrapping paper.

Make sure he doesn't already have them, of course.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at November 11, 2012 04:33 PM (bxiXv)

63 I finally just got into Fallout:New Vegas which I picked up a few months ago on steam with all of the DLCs. I've also got the texture packs and the successor to the community bug fix roll-up.

I haven't played many games lately and I figured that I needed to attempt to escape reality somehow. Of course, the game I picked has me wandering a vast, doomed wasteland which only reminds me of how my twilight years will be spent in real life...

Posted by: Sandra Fluke's solid gold diaphragm at November 11, 2012 04:34 PM (9SwFX)

64 And God forgive me, Dark Lord, but it cracks me up whenever you get to going on Skyrim. I hate that you were so upset by it, but damn, you make me laugh!

Posted by: Tammy al-Thor at November 11, 2012 04:29 PM (2rMmy)


Ask me about Mass Effect 3.

...

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at November 11, 2012 04:34 PM (bxiXv)

65 Now almost all of the younger generation of game programmers and artists started learning their trade through mods.


I know nearly all of my computer and tech stuff because of fandom. Being a bitter old fandom queen, I started back in the days of having to link up two vcrs in order to copy tapes. Proceed from that to learning how to convert video to digital to coding webpages to working on dbase stuff. I know someone who now works for the IT department of a very large university who got the job due to the tech skills she developed to run a fan community.


Of course, whenever I think I miss having a fandom, I remember what fandom is actually like. A standard day in fandom makes this week's recrimination threads look like a calm and peaceful place.



Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Our only hope. Literally. at November 11, 2012 04:34 PM (Gk3SS)

66 I haven't played many games lately and I figured that I needed to attempt to escape reality somehow. Of course, the game I picked has me wandering a vast, doomed wasteland which only reminds me of how my twilight years will be spent in real life...

Posted by: Sandra Fluke's solid gold diaphragm at November 11, 2012 04:34 PM (9SwFX)


Fallout's not a game, it's training. Fighting mutant bandits, finding clean water and food, trading ammo for medical supplies...

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at November 11, 2012 04:35 PM (bxiXv)

67 "Do any of y'all have any recommendations for racing games? I have a 13 year old nephew who is wanting one and I have no clue."
Forza Horizon came out recently for the major platforms and should suit a 13 year old's tastes nicely. The PC games recommended earlier are all great games, but PC racing games lean towards the grognard aspect of racing games that might turn of a 13 year old who just wants to feel awesome driving fast cars. You don't also want to buy him a game that he might not be able to run or not like. As a console game you don't have to worry about technical issues and it's arcady but still-simmy controls will be a lot safer choice.
What's happening to THQ is a bummer, especially since they put a big focus on creating quality "core" games. The good news is that the individual studios are too valuable to not be sold. Letting Volition fall apart after making Saints Row: The Third would be a crime.

Posted by: LongestSilence at November 11, 2012 04:36 PM (C3tk3)

68 Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at November 11, 2012 04:34 PM (bxiXv)

I hear you might be having issues with Mass Effect3, Dark Lord..... care to tell us about them?

Posted by: Tammy al-Thor at November 11, 2012 04:37 PM (2rMmy)

69 I hear you might be having issues with Mass Effect3, Dark Lord..... care to tell us about them?

Posted by: Tammy al-Thor at November 11, 2012 04:37 PM (2rMmy)


You're one of those ladies that likes ot throw a verbal grenade and then stand back and watch the carnage, aren't you?

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at November 11, 2012 04:38 PM (bxiXv)

70 My name is Garrus Vakarian and this is my favorite spot on the Citadel.

Posted by: LongestSilence at November 11, 2012 04:39 PM (C3tk3)

71 70 My name is Garrus Vakarian and this is my favorite spot on the Citadel.

Posted by: LongestSilence at November 11, 2012 04:39 PM (C3tk3)


Diamond in a manure pile, that scene.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at November 11, 2012 04:41 PM (bxiXv)

72 My name is Garrus Vakarian and this is my favorite spot on the Citadel.

Posted by: LongestSilence at November 11, 2012 04:39 PM (C3tk3)

one of the greatest characters in gaming history

Posted by: The Dude at November 11, 2012 04:41 PM (tw6Ar)

73 66


Fallout's not a game, it's training. Fighting mutant bandits, finding clean water and food, trading ammo for medical supplies...


Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at November 11, 2012 04:35 PM (bxiXv)

Heh. Good point. Maybe I should re-start the campaign in "hardcore mode."

Posted by: Sandra Fluke's solid gold diaphragm at November 11, 2012 04:42 PM (9SwFX)

74 Alexthechick, should I mention for NaNoWriMo I am writing about what goes on at a science fiction/fantasy/anime con? Must exorcise the demons of the flame wars.

http://youtu.be/cIE0wTFg364

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at November 11, 2012 04:47 PM (B9up3)

75 Good list. Let me suggest Deadly Premonition as a worthy addition. Cheesy, scary, funny, dramatic -- and you develop an affection and concern for the characters that no other game has yet matched for me (though Red Dead Redemption came close).

On a mostly unrelated note, my iPhone/iPad app "Enneaglyphs" is still free on the App Store!

Posted by: The Chap with the App at November 11, 2012 04:48 PM (fscec)

76 That is one hell of a gaming review thread Dude. If I played games, this would definitely be a thread I looked forward to.

However, it's all Greek to me. Still, good job.

Posted by: GnuBreed at November 11, 2012 04:50 PM (ccXZP)

77 Started Halo4 on Tuesday and have played through twice. I needed some escape from reality. But I really like it, too.

Posted by: megthered at November 11, 2012 04:51 PM (iR4Dg)

78 Thanks, Longest Silence. I am not sure what grognard is, but I'll take your word for it!


Moi, Dark Lord? Certainly not. I just like getting you going because you're so funny when you get pissed.

Which is annoying of me, but is naturally YOUR fault, not mine.

Posted by: Tammy al-Thor at November 11, 2012 04:54 PM (2rMmy)

79
Posted by: The Chap with the App at November 11, 2012 04:48 PM (fscec)

That game is so fucking hilarious. One of the best $15 I've ever spent. Director's Cut for the PS3 should be out in a few weeks

Posted by: The Dude at November 11, 2012 04:57 PM (tw6Ar)

80 Started Halo4 on Tuesday and have played through twice. I needed some escape from reality. But I really like it, too.

Posted by: megthered at November 11, 2012 04:51 PM (iR4Dg)

hope you made sure you connected your credit card so take advantage of the free $25

Posted by: The Dude at November 11, 2012 04:58 PM (tw6Ar)

81

No game thread would be complete without the Halo 4 video parody:

HALO 4 - Glad You Came (The Wanted Parody)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbOU2noH56k

Really. Enjoy. It's too funny. And, it's crazily catchy.

We're low on rounds; with Grunts inbound...

Posted by: gamer moronette at November 11, 2012 05:00 PM (LpQbZ)

82 Moi, Dark Lord? Certainly not. I just like getting you going because you're so funny when you get pissed.

Posted by: Tammy al-Thor at November 11, 2012 04:54 PM (2rMmy)


That's not an accident, it's how I avoid terminal cortisol poisoning. If I'm pissed, I at least *try* to make it funny.

Doesn't always work.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at November 11, 2012 05:03 PM (bxiXv)

83 I played through Dishonored a couple of weeks ago. You can play through most of it without killing anyone. There's a prison breakout level at the beginning that it *may* be possible to finish without murderizing anyone, but not easily.

Past that, all the missions can be finished non-lethal, though I only managed to finish one that way. Would have been two, but I shot a guy standing on a roof with a sleep dart... Only to see him keel over the edge and drop six stories to ruin his ribcage and my score. Selfish bastid.

Posted by: Secundus at November 11, 2012 05:07 PM (P+Rq+)

84 Halloween games, you say? How could you ignore Costume Quest?

Posted by: red sweater at November 11, 2012 05:12 PM (CUi62)

85 Wow, no F.E.A.R. especially the original.

Posted by: Evil_Bun_Bun at November 11, 2012 05:12 PM (8qoUN)

86 Anyone have any opinion of Halo2?

I loved the original, and want to continue the series.

And, can you tell how current I am with gaming?

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at November 11, 2012 05:14 PM (GsoHv)

87 Halloween games, you say? How could you ignore Costume Quest?


Posted by: red sweater at November 11, 2012 05:12 PM (CUi62)

was going to scary or creepy
Wow, no F.E.A.R. especially the original.


Posted by: Evil_Bun_Bun at November 11, 2012 05:12 PM (8qoUN)

I'm one of the few that actually didn't like FEAR

Posted by: The Dude at November 11, 2012 05:17 PM (tw6Ar)

88 There's a Lovecraft RPG for iOS called Wasted Land. The writing is pretty bad but its an old-school isometric game so I have to give it props.

Posted by: W.H. Doubter at November 11, 2012 05:17 PM (Td9D+)

89 And, can you tell how current I am with gaming?


Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at November 11, 2012 05:14 PM (GsoHv)

Good till the ending where it then becomes a joke

Posted by: The Dude at November 11, 2012 05:21 PM (tw6Ar)

90
Posted by: W.H. Doubter at November 11, 2012 05:17 PM (Td9D+)

not bad just feels off. Only Cthulhu game I've liked on iOS is the version of the board game, Elder Sign.

Posted by: The Dude at November 11, 2012 05:24 PM (tw6Ar)

91 All I am playing right now is Farming Simulator 2013.

Posted by: Deathknyte at November 11, 2012 05:29 PM (M9tod)

92
Posted by: Deathknyte at November 11, 2012 05:29 PM (M9tod)


http://tinyurl.com/6o99hy8

Posted by: The Dude at November 11, 2012 05:32 PM (tw6Ar)

93 not bad just feels off. Only Cthulhu game I've liked on iOS is the version of the board game, Elder Sign.

Yeah I have that too. Major time sink.

Posted by: W.H. Doubter at November 11, 2012 05:32 PM (Td9D+)

94 91 All I am playing right now is Farming Simulator 2013.
Posted by: Deathknyte at November 11, 2012 05:29 PM (M9tod)


You know at first glance that looks terrible, but when you think about it it might be interesting.

If it was cheap I would probably have got it when it came out, but I don't buy expensive games anymore because on average I get burned.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at November 11, 2012 05:33 PM (bxiXv)

95

waiting on a spanky new mmorpg

I've got the bug...

Posted by: gamer moronette at November 11, 2012 05:35 PM (LpQbZ)

96
Posted by: W.H. Doubter at November 11, 2012 05:32 PM (Td9D+)

Can't beat Ithaca to save my life

Posted by: The Dude at November 11, 2012 05:36 PM (tw6Ar)

97
Posted by: gamer moronette at November 11, 2012 05:35 PM (LpQbZ)

such a dead genre right now

Posted by: The Dude at November 11, 2012 05:36 PM (tw6Ar)

98 http://tinyurl.com/6o99hy8
Posted by: The Dude at November 11, 2012 05:32 PM (tw6Ar)


Defining annoying down.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at November 11, 2012 05:36 PM (bxiXv)

99 I don't think MMOs are a dead genre, I just don't give a shit because they're huge time sinks trying to nickel and dime you to death.

If I was a gazillionaire I would make mmo-like single-player or networked games that didn't harass you to buy shit and didn't require teams for things.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at November 11, 2012 05:38 PM (bxiXv)

100 If I was a gazillionaire I would make mmo-like
single-player or networked games that didn't harass you to buy shit and
didn't require teams for things.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at November 11, 2012 05:38 PM (bxiXv)

well GW2 is the closest it atm as you can solo pretty much everything except for the last mission which is a dungeon run

Posted by: The Dude at November 11, 2012 05:40 PM (tw6Ar)

101 Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at November 11, 2012 05:33 PM (bxiXv)

30 bucks on steam. It's not horribly bad, but you had better like simulation games, or farming. Not much mental power involved really. It does have multiplayer, no idea how good it is though. I was thinking it would be a nice game to play with my nieces, until I realized that I am the only one with enough graphics power to actually play it.

Posted by: Deathknyte at November 11, 2012 05:45 PM (M9tod)

102 iPosted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at November 11, 2012 05:36 PM (bxiXv)

I was thinking whoever made that should be fed to the pigs.

Posted by: Deathknyte at November 11, 2012 05:46 PM (M9tod)

103 I've pretty much decided to go for a laptop for my computing needs, and a gaming console for that, since it looks like I'm going to have to replace my desktop fairly soon. I'm presently inclined to the 250 GB(?) Xbox 360 Holiday Package since it includes Skyrim and a racing game Mr. Empire might enjoy, but I wonder if my fellow Morons have any better ideas. Please?

Posted by: Empire1 at November 11, 2012 06:35 PM (avCLy)

104

Yeah, I may play GW2 while I wait til the next best thing. I do love PvP as well.

On the plus side, an excuse to upgrade my gaming pc :-). Although, my hubby says mine is more powerful than his, even tho he upgraded, but, meh.

He just bought another huge monitor (Overloard Computer 27"), which he is tracking using that coolio overeas tracking, which shows his actual ship (hehe, yeah, and name of ship, country origin (germany), etc, and where it is located by coords on the ocean atm).

So, he'll have 3 monitors to my 2.

And, yeah, we're competitive... PvP'ing together can be fun.

Posted by: gamer moronette at November 11, 2012 06:41 PM (LpQbZ)

105 well GW2 is the closest it atm as you can solo pretty much everything except for the last mission which is a dungeon run

Posted by: The Dude at November 11, 2012 05:40 PM (tw6Ar)


I gave up on GW after about 10 minutes. Really didn't get into it.

As far as Empire's question, I hope someone can help, I'm not a console gamer.

If you get an Xbox, just keep it cool. Don't run it in a close cabinet or block airflow. Most of the dead ones I've seen dies from heat exhaustion.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at November 11, 2012 06:42 PM (bxiXv)

106 As for NaNo, it's a lost cause for this year. Between the car getting creamed on Election day (an omen for the country, as it turned out)< dealing with insurance companies, trying to find a new-to-us used car and financing, I've already lost a solid week. Maybe next year, or maybe I'll just do the 30-day challenge on my own.

Posted by: Empire1 at November 11, 2012 07:02 PM (avCLy)

107 Oh, yeah, and our older dog dying yesterday evening ... (sigh)

Posted by: Empire1 at November 11, 2012 07:07 PM (avCLy)

108 Oh Empire, I am so sorry. You have had the worst week ever! Losing dogs are especially bad. We had 3 go in a month and our house and I thought we would go crazy. The cars are more expensive and a pia, but the dogs take a piece of you with them.

Posted by: megthered at November 11, 2012 07:38 PM (iR4Dg)

109 was going to scary or creepy

Posted by: The Dude at November 11, 2012 05:17 PM (tw6Ar)


Umm, yeah. That game made me piss my pants and cry out in horror. I couldn't sleep for days.

Posted by: red sweater at November 11, 2012 07:47 PM (CUi62)

110
*87
I'm one of the few that actually didn't like FEAR
Posted by: The Dude at November 11, 2012 05:17 PM (tw6Ar)

I liked FEAR a lot. The first expansion pack was a waste (never played the second one). The second game was just a retelling of the first game with a different set of characters (because for a while Monolith had to account for the fact thatthere was a rights issue involving who got what from the series - until WB bought everyone involved). And the third game was a disappointment, imo. But the first game was up there
But you're not the first person I've heard from who didn't really care for it.

Posted by: junior at November 11, 2012 07:50 PM (Qe0cl)

111 At some point, even though traffic on these threads is light, I would
like to pre-plan a "your presence in free MMOs" thing so people can meet
up online. My problem is I play them intermittently / occasionally.



Waiting for SWTOR to go f2play soon ...

Posted by: ConservativeMonster at November 11, 2012 08:54 PM (GPIWm)

112
Anyone still here?
FWIW, I saw Dance Central 3 for $29.99 and Assassin's Creed: Revelations for 7.99 on black friday at Best buy. I need those games and since I doubt they'll sell out, I'll just roll in around 2PM and snag them (my standard Black Friday these days, find shit only I really want, roll in after the crowds, profit.)

Posted by: tsrblke at November 11, 2012 09:16 PM (GaqMa)






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