So what's your 2012 Game of the year?

Afternoon Morons and Ettes! Man do I have some Content for you today. The rest of the post has nothing to do with the title, but I like lists. So whats your 2012 GOTY?


Also ~Open Thread~


Howdy, folks, Anachronda here! I was a bit annoyed that there wasn't a gaming thread last weekend, since I was chomping at the bit to gush about all the new features of Kerbal Space Program 0.18 and decided maybe I should do something about it. So I did this here little write-up and pointed Zakn at it.

For those who don't know, Kerbal Space Program lets you put rockets together in a fashion similar to Val-u-Build® plastic building bricks, then launch said rockets in an attempt to fly your intrepid Kerbonauts to other bodies in their solar system. Recent updates have brought us extravehicular activity and new worlds to explore.

KSP is most emphatically not a space simulator. It is a game. It uses simple physics to model the celestial bodies and the rockets traveling between them. This doesn't mean it's easy to go places. You still have to deal with concepts such escape velocity, transfer orbits, and plenty of other things that are essentially a synonym for "nasty math if you think about them too closely". Playing it develops kind of a layman's sense of orbital mechanics.

KSP is under development at an alpha-level status, which means that there is a long way to go before it is ready for prime time. But even at its alpha level, it is a lot of fun and highly educational.

An older version of KSP is available for free over at http://kerbalspaceprogram.com/ if you want to check it out. To gain access to recent features, you need to pony up a modicum of dough, which earns you the right to access updates until the game is released. Had this game been available, even in its alpha state, when I was a teenager, I never would have developed into the productive member of society that y'all ridicule today; I would still be in my mother's basement launching virtual rockets and annoying blog readers with snarky comments and pointless ramblings. Oh, wait...

The most exciting features in the most recent update, 0.18, are the maneuver planning tool and support for docking. With these, even an uncoordinated idiot such as myself can successfully perform the orbital rendezvous necessary to build a space station.

Clicking on the orbit of your ship gives you the opportunity to add a maneuver. This brings up a widget that has six handles, one for each of the important directions (prograde, retrograde, normal, antinormal, uh strange, and um charmed (I'm not entirely certain about those last two); or, as I prefer to think of them, fast, slow, up, down, in, and out).

You can plan your burn by dragging on the handles. Here I've set up an orbital plane change for the good ship Escargot Eschaton. The tool gives me a dotted line drawing of the final orbit:

and adds some information to the navball, the KSP primary instrument:

-A blue marker that indicates in which direction I should point the ship for the burn.
-A countdown to the burn.
-An estimated duration for the burn.
-A graph that indicates how much velocity must be added during the burn to reach the planned orbit.

As I make the burn, the the delta-v graph and estimated burn duration are updated:

But the maneuver planning really comes into its own when you select another ship or celestial body as a target. This decorates the orbital map with information describing the relationship between the two orbits. You get markers for the locations where the planes cross (important for planning a plane change maneuver), an indication of the angle between the orbits, and markers that show the relative position of each body when their orbital planes intersect.

These tools allow even an imbecile like me to plan orbital maneuvers resulting in a rendezvous, something I had utterly failed to do with earlier releases of the game. Don't believe me? Here's my nascent space station, currently consisting of two docked ships with a cube of docking connectors between them:

The docking connectors have a magnetic attraction for each other; when activated, a docking connector will attract and mate with a sufficiently close connector. Which means that you don't have to be perfect to get a good dock, just pretty dang close.

Docked ships can transfer resources. It is now possible to refuel ships in space. This means that you can build ungodly large interplanetary ships without having to worry about lofting all the fuel in one launch; you can dock additional tanks to the ship in space and refuel empty tanks.

I've only scratched surface of the update here; there are plenty of other new toys. Larger fuel tanks. New engine types. Girder bits and pieces that folks have discovered allow you build engine clusters under the large fuel tanks. Probe controllers and ion engines (all of which require electricity, so don't forget the solar panels and/or radiothermal generators!). A couple of new, distant planets to explore. And plenty more.

0.18 is a pretty major patch that opens up a number of avenues that were unavailable in earlier versions of the game. I'm having great fun with the new features and look forward to using them to explore more of the Kerbin solar system.



I would be remiss If I didn't discuss Eve's latest expansion: Retribution. So far, I'm thinking it's pretty full of win. Mostly because of this:

Yep. We have a rather large bounty on the Alliance I'm in. Apparently a few corps that used to be in Gents are quite bitter, and placed the isk on our head. Personally I'm a huuuge fan if this means more people come and roam our home space. It usually ends poorly.

Lake, one of our FC's and Executors summed up his (and I bet pretty much everyone else's feeling well here.

I really wanted to post something about Worm holes this week, not only because I recieved this fantastic write up a Moron sent me, but also because there was a massive fight involving something like a 100bil in losses. 1 Billion isk is roughly equivalent to 30 bucks. I will save that write up for next week.

As always, feel free to write up something you'd like to see posted on the Weekly thread and send it to me aoshqgaming at gmail dot com

(sorry I left your write up off buzz, but as you can see...it's quite large already. Perhaps next week)


The Dude is up next

Hello
I'm going to get to the mundane so it's out of the way first:

In good news, Altus will be reprinting the first three Etrian Odyssey DS games to drum up interest in the upcoming fourth game for the 3DS. Hear that sound? That is the sound of resellers scattering about as they can't charge insane prices anymore for this awesome first person dungeon crawler. If I had to pick which one to play though, three would be the one as the refinement progression makes the others hard to play again. And with the reprint, you don't have to pay $80 for it anymore.

I'm going to go out of the way and say I'll be shocked if this kickstarter for a new entry in the Elite series doesn't make it's goal. My memories are fuzzy playing the games but I remember liking it a lot

For all the hubbub from Crytek that the upcoming Crysis would tax your system like the first game, I'm actually quite disappointed in the requirements:

Minimum system requirements for PC
Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
DirectX 11 graphics card with 1Gb Video RAM
Dual core CPU
2GB Memory (3GB on Vista)
Nvidia/Intel example setup: Nvidia GTS 450, Intel Core2 Duo 2.4 Ghz (E6600)
AMD example setup: AMD Radeon HD5770, AMD Athlon64 X2 2.7 Ghz (5200+)

Recommended system requirements for PC
Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
DirectX 11 graphics card with 1GB Video RAM
Quad core CPU
4GB Memory
Nvidia/Intel example setup: Nvidia GTX 560, Intel Core i3-530
AMD example setup: AMD Radeon HD5870, AMD Phenom II X2 565

Hi-performance system requirements for PC
Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 •
Latest DirectX 11 graphics card •
Latest quad core CPU
8GB Memory
Nvidia/Intel example setup: NVidia GTX 680, Intel Core i7-2600k
AMD example setup: AMD Radeon HD7970, AMD Bulldozer FX4150

Jordan Mechner released his Karateka remake and I'm sad to say that it frankly sucks. I kinda like the new art style but it doesn't have the charm that the original game had.

But on the flipside, Baldur's Gate on the iPad is quite nice. Now I wouldn't pay the premium to play the "Enhanced" version on the PC (just buy the original version through GOG or the package that contains all the Infinity Engine games) but for on the go, the transition is really damn good. Currently $10 on the iOS store with $6 in IAP for two new classes

In cool news, the LA Game Space reached it's target in funding though Kickstarter. Place sounds like it's going to be really cool

Looks more and more like that the oft rumored Xbox TV set top box may be a reality as they are currently looking for a TV producer on Linkedin. Should be interesting if they can do what many have failed to do.

Hate to admit it but these Street Fighter themed Hello Kitty products are actually kinda cool and my niece is already asking for them.

The first 3DS entry into the Fire Emblem series finally got a solid release date on the US version of this month's Nintendo Direct webcast. Dropping into stores on February 4th.

Don't know if anyone remembers Stubbs the Zombie (and shame on you if you didn't play it) which was a launch period game for the 360 but the show must go on as ex-members of Wideload Games is bringing a spiritual successor under the title of Ray's The Dead

In AWESOME news, Creative Assembly (the Total War series) have picked up the Warhammer license (the fantasy half) in a multi-game deal

On the 14th, the annual Christmas charity marathon from The Speedgamers starts. This year it will be Mario themed to raise money for the Make A Wish foundation. They always raise good money when they do these charity marathons and I really hope they can set a new bar

And in the charity realm, Child's Play is always raising money doing good work for kids in hospitals

In crossover news, Austin Wintory's soundtrack to the Journey videogame is up for a Grammy. Going up against the likes of John Williams, Howard Shore, Hans Zimmer and Trent Reznor is quite the bedpost notch

In the train wreck of development news that continues to come from Irrational, the upcoming Bioshock Infinite has been delayed again to March 26. And considering it's showing on the VGA, that is way way too early for it's release. This might sell but with everyone abandoning ship and the leaks coming out, this game is going to be a huge bomb.

And speaking of the VGA (which was the worst one to date), there were some bombshell teasers with the main ones being Kojima finally showing off the upcoming new Metal Gear Solid game Ground Zeroes under the name of The Phantom Pain from Moby Dick Studios (Viacom keeps pulling the trailer off youtube but go here and it starts at the 10:40 mark. Can also watch a new trailer for the upcoming South Park RPG which looks really good at the 4:52 mark) and a CG trailer for Dark Souls II.....so hyped


That's about it in news this week. Peace

Comments

1 Did Paris Hilton get a boob job?

Posted by: kbdabear at December 09, 2012 01:40 PM (wwsoB)

2 Free Shit Army riots in Ohio

Police Called When Crowd Signing Up For Housing List Gets 'Out Of Control'

http://tinyurl.com/b3wrpk7

Posted by: kbdabear at December 09, 2012 01:42 PM (wwsoB)

3 Game of the year has got to be Psygnosis's Shadow of the Beast.

The best parralax scroller ever!!!

Wait what year is this????


Posted by: General Woundwort at December 09, 2012 01:44 PM (0fxcV)

4 Guild Wars 2 GotY

Posted by: NJ Libertarian (@BadMesmer) at December 09, 2012 01:47 PM (GE0Kl)

5 Those things look dangerous.

Posted by: eman at December 09, 2012 01:48 PM (frNqd)

6 Game of the Year is obviously "Mass Effect 3".

The question wasn't, what's the best game of the year . . .

Posted by: boulder hobo at December 09, 2012 01:48 PM (QTHTd)

7 Still need to think about it but Legend of Geimrock is probably my GOTY

Posted by: The Dude at December 09, 2012 01:49 PM (tw6Ar)

8 Damn autocorrect on my ipad. It's Legend of Grimrock

Posted by: The Dude at December 09, 2012 01:50 PM (tw6Ar)

9 Elbows. Elbows everywhere....

Posted by: Mr. Wolf, non-Esq at December 09, 2012 01:50 PM (Irzn6)

10 Game of the Year is a hard choice this year. Borderlands 2 was fantastic. Mass Effect 3 was great as well.

I'll give it to Borderlands 2.

For Xbox 360, I think Witcher 2 enhanced edition is something that must also be considered.

Dark Souls is a tempting choice, but I think the difficulty of the game makes it such that it can't really be recommended to everyone.

Posted by: Goldgeller at December 09, 2012 01:51 PM (I69yk)

11 Yeah, her elbows are about to burst out of the suit

Posted by: boulder hobo at December 09, 2012 01:51 PM (QTHTd)

12 That bitch ain't gettin on MY ship....

Posted by: Seven-of-Nine at December 09, 2012 01:51 PM (Irzn6)

13 XCOM for goty. Omg Xceeerrm!

Posted by: James at December 09, 2012 01:51 PM (IbRel)

14 LOL @ Borderlands 2. I watched my brother play some of it. Handsome Jack is definitely one of the more hateable villains out there.

Posted by: boulder hobo at December 09, 2012 01:52 PM (QTHTd)

15 Posted by: Goldgeller at December 09, 2012 01:51 PM (I69yk)

Plus it came out last year notwithstanding the better PC release this year

Posted by: The Dude at December 09, 2012 01:53 PM (tw6Ar)

16
Best game this year?

XCom: Enemy Unknown

Released on all three primary platforms (PC, Xbox, PS3), never mentioned in the weekly games column. There's a demo available for free (on Steam, for PC users).

Planetside 2 is fun, though I have a constant crash to desktop problem. It seems to be tied to running the game in a 32-bit OS (I know...). Even so, I'm still enjoying it.

If you enjoyed Elite, you might want to check out the X series. X3: Reunion or X3: Terran Conflict are good starting points. There's a more recent one, but it's not the best one to start the series with. X4 is due out pretty soon, though.

Posted by: junior at December 09, 2012 01:54 PM (NxUYb)

17 I hear that this new game Zork is going to expand the in game experience with an expanded text parser.

So instead of just saying "GO EAST", "TAKE LANTERN" you will be able to use sentences like "TAKE THE LANTERN AND GO EAST"


Brilliant!!!!

Posted by: General Woundwort at December 09, 2012 01:55 PM (0fxcV)

18 Got to go with Planetside 2. It's the most fun I've had with a game in a while.

Posted by: Howcome at December 09, 2012 01:55 PM (a3fYY)

19
Game of the Year?
Indiana University is ranked #1 in NCAA basketball. The IUSoccer team is in the finals for the National Soccer Cup title at 2:00 while the Indianapolis Colts are taking on the Tennessee Titans on another channel at the same time. Notre Dame Football is training for their BCS Championship game.
MY teams are doing GREAT this year.

WHO has time to reflect on some Game of the Year title???

Posted by: MrObvious at December 09, 2012 01:55 PM (NlAiP)

20 Posted by: junior at December 09, 2012 01:54 PM (NxUYb)

Yeah, have a couple hundred hours in X3:TC.

When I was playing the new X-Com, I kept wanting to play Ghost Recon for the 3DS which carries the true mantel of X-Com of old

Posted by: The Dude at December 09, 2012 01:57 PM (tw6Ar)

21 @19

The game of the year is obviously the BCS Championship Bowl between Notre Dame and Alabama.


GO IRISH!!

Posted by: General Woundwort at December 09, 2012 01:57 PM (0fxcV)

22 Was Bioshock: Infinite any good?

Posted by: eman at December 09, 2012 01:57 PM (frNqd)

23 Some were talking about SWTOR, since it's gone free-to-play. I resubbed and have several characters on Prophecy of the Five on Republic side, but that's PVP. think I have a couple on Harbinger.
So, where's the moron guild gonna go in this?

Oh, and my GOTY (it was released Nov 2011) has got to be Skyrim. Hands-down.

Posted by: Inspector Asshole at December 09, 2012 01:58 PM (IOSGZ)

24 Cob-loggers, great variety today!

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at December 09, 2012 01:58 PM (piMMO)

25 i don't believe you guys



FOOTBALL

Posted by: Jones in CO at December 09, 2012 01:58 PM (8sCoq)

26 Posted by: eman at December 09, 2012 01:57 PM (frNqd)

Not out yet, from the leaks and the recent showings, game looks real rough though

Posted by: The Dude at December 09, 2012 01:58 PM (tw6Ar)

27 ref: Skyrim

It goes nearly without saying that the best version is on PC. Everyone with a PS3, you have my sympathies.

Posted by: Inspector Asshole at December 09, 2012 01:59 PM (IOSGZ)

28 Not out yet?

I though it was out months ago.

Sounds like they are fucking it up.

Posted by: eman at December 09, 2012 02:00 PM (frNqd)

29 Dude. I had to fix every single one of your links. I'll teach ya HTML 102 at some point....

Posted by: Zakn at December 09, 2012 02:02 PM (zyaZ1)

30
Eternal Journey: New Atlantis. I realize it's a little pc game compared to big shoot'em ups and such (Damn you, New Duke Nukem, for sucking), but it surprised me, went in directions I didn't see coming, and had a swell bonus chapter that explained everything from the other person's POV.
Basically, I enjoy being surprised. So little entertainment bothers to do that.

Posted by: Quint&Jessel, Sea of Azof, Bly, UK at December 09, 2012 02:02 PM (7v5Ct)

31 Posted by: Zakn at December 09, 2012 02:02 PM (zyaZ1)


hmm that bad?

Posted by: The Dude at December 09, 2012 02:03 PM (tw6Ar)

32 Yeah, those boobs pretty much knocked any game thoughts out of my head.

Posted by: Berserker at December 09, 2012 02:04 PM (FMbng)

33 I hear that this new game Zork is going to expand the in game experience with an expanded text parser.

There was an interactive-fiction competition this year. I went through most of the offerings and fell asleep.

When was the last really good IF game anyway? Violet? I haven't really been paying attention since 2000 (Shade). 1998 was the last decent year (Photopia, Anchorhead, etc).

Posted by: boulder hobo at December 09, 2012 02:04 PM (QTHTd)

34 The makers of Black Ops 2 should learn their leasson and stop including current people in their games. Having Petraeus as Secretary of Defense and he ends up resigning. Having the aircraft carrier named in The Obama when the game takes place in 2025. Just retarded.

Posted by: buzzion at December 09, 2012 02:05 PM (GULKT)

35 Just got a Nexus 7 for my birthday and I am pretty happy with it, it does a lot of interesting and useful things. The game selection could be a bit better but I think given time and demand the google play store will start to improve a bit more and see a better quality of game developer making android games. I also just bought FTL off of steam yesterday. For such of a simple game it is very addictive.

Posted by: Drew in MO at December 09, 2012 02:06 PM (YADVo)

36 That orbital simulator thingy looks pretty cool. It could be a way to teach math without the students even realizing it. Subversive.

Posted by: rickl at December 09, 2012 02:06 PM (sdi6R)

37 Zork version of Bioshock:

You are in an underwater habitat. There are plot devices here.

>GET DEVICES

Ow! Okay, now you can do stuff.

Oh no! A libertarian is attacking you.

> KILL LIBERTARIAN

The libertarian is dead.

Oh no! A libertarian is attacking you.

etc

Posted by: boulder hobo at December 09, 2012 02:08 PM (QTHTd)

38 Wowzers! I'd like to orbit her planetary bodies.

Posted by: Hanoverfist at December 09, 2012 02:08 PM (b2xYu)

39 Also a game that needs an honorable mention in GOTY discussions is Fallen Enchantress which is the game Stardock set out to make with Elemental and failed at. Great recovery and a great update to the Master of Magic style 4X genre

Posted by: The Dude at December 09, 2012 02:08 PM (tw6Ar)

40 GOTY: Angry Birds Space???

Posted by: Joe Biden at December 09, 2012 02:09 PM (ymH/8)

41 ORCA

Posted by: Gerry at December 09, 2012 02:11 PM (T4SG9)

42 Atlanta down 13-0 to Carolina at the half

The Falcons are another of the top teams that is barely winning over even bad teams

Posted by: kbdabear at December 09, 2012 02:13 PM (wwsoB)

43 Love Borderlands 2. Still haven't finished because i just love wandering and killing and looting so much I don't want it to be over. And when i do finish it i still have 4 more characters to develop.

Posted by: RWC at December 09, 2012 02:15 PM (sqp6o)

44 Where to start.

Skyrim was amazing, I started playing the elder scrolls series with morrowind, and it just got better and better.

Mass effect 3 was kick ass, little pissed off they killed off the brunette, and getting to doink a blue alien chick wasn't exactly a consolation prize, but killer game.

Borderlands 2 was frigging wild, seriously wicked gun battles and the loot pickups and constant gun upgrades were killer. It made me get borderland 1 game of the year addition, and that has some insane firefights.


Halo 4, very cool, but I won it in 2 days, it was over just as I was getting comfortable.

Posted by: Berserker at December 09, 2012 02:18 PM (FMbng)

45 WHO has time to reflect on some Game of the Year title???

One of the best moments of my recent vacation came when we checked ESPN America before watching wintersports, and they were showing footage of some boring shit in Assembly Hall, and my Deutschfreund said, "I did not realize there was basketball in Indiana."

I'm still not sure why biathlon doesn't catch on in this country. Girls with ponytails and makeup shooting guns...but men would rather watch overgrown semi-literate men play with balls. Huh.

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ at December 09, 2012 02:19 PM (hO8IJ)

46 Just started Assassins Creed 3. I'm not a big gamer but it came with my new PS3 so I thought I'd give it a try. When I was young, an Atari 2600 was state of the art, so going from 1 stick with 1 button to two sticks and 12+ buttons takes a little getting used to.

Posted by: Gran at December 09, 2012 02:19 PM (0pcT0)

47 At least you don't have to wait long for a new Halo game as there is no way that the new Xbox doesn't launch with a new game in the universe next year

Posted by: The Dude at December 09, 2012 02:19 PM (tw6Ar)

48 @33

The last great IF game was probably The Secret of Monkey Island II - LeChuck's Revenge.

True it was graphical and point and click but damn, what a story and ending!!!

And the music!!!


Posted by: General Woundwort at December 09, 2012 02:21 PM (0fxcV)

49 Jahidi K'Sar is my level 13 Jedi Shadow (Consular) on SW:TOR.

Let me know if you get to playing and I will be happy to help you out.

Posted by: Truman North at December 09, 2012 02:22 PM (I2LwF)

50 14 LOL @ Borderlands 2. I watched my brother play some of it. Handsome Jack is definitely one of the more hateable villains out there.
Posted by: boulder hobo at December 09, 2012 01:52 PM (QTHTd)

How can you hate a guy who sends death squads to kill his grandmother then tricks you into killing them so he doesn't have to pay them (meanwhile you kill granny for him.)

Posted by: RWC at December 09, 2012 02:22 PM (sqp6o)

51 Oh shit I'm on Ebon hawk, east coast PvE RP.

Posted by: Truman North at December 09, 2012 02:22 PM (I2LwF)

52 Far Cry 3 followed by XCOM Enemy Unknown

Posted by: David C. or W. at December 09, 2012 02:24 PM (DRSTH)

53 I'm still trying to figure out Galactic Civilizations II and that Math! and those tittehs send me into gimbal lock.

Posted by: 98ZJUSMC Waiting for the Sun at December 09, 2012 02:25 PM (by74K)

54 Posted by: General Woundwort at December 09, 2012 02:21 PM (0fxcV)

If you dig point and click games, you should check out Wadjet's releases. Or there is The Walking Dead

Posted by: The Dude at December 09, 2012 02:25 PM (tw6Ar)

55 I also just started a smuggler. They are fun!

Posted by: Truman North at December 09, 2012 02:27 PM (I2LwF)

56 Man, I haven't played GalCiv in a long ass time

Posted by: The Dude at December 09, 2012 02:27 PM (tw6Ar)

57 Halo 4, very cool, but I won it in 2 days, it was over just as I was getting comfortable.
Posted by: Berserker at December 09, 2012 02:18 PM (FMbng)

I don't see what the big deal with Halo is. I played one version - i think #2 — and it seemed like all the weapons were the same. Boring.

Posted by: RWC at December 09, 2012 02:27 PM (sqp6o)

58 My GOTY is NCAA 13 but you knew that.

Posted by: Truman North at December 09, 2012 02:28 PM (I2LwF)

59 58 My GOTY is NCAA 13 but you knew that

No EA game deserves GOTY period.

Posted by: buzzion at December 09, 2012 02:31 PM (GULKT)

60 The Wally Cox of threads. Very interesting, why do you hate me?

Posted by: FURPC at December 09, 2012 02:33 PM (0ImZM)

61 I'm on Shadowlands (PvE, don't much like PvP), still meandering about the starter area. Finding one or two of those lore items in mildly out of the way places, or in places I had already been in has made me a little obsessive.

I love Skyrim gameplay and concept-wise. However, I find that that I've maxed out one of the weapon and one of the armor skills before I get through three quest hubs which kind of suggests that I'd max out everything well before completing the game. Worse, the bugs (don't know if it's just PS3, but the relative delay in DLC suggests they have some problems with the platform)-my current game I got to level 64 and now the saves won't load. Which is kind of hard to get over.

Posted by: Methos at December 09, 2012 02:34 PM (hO9ad)

62 Borderlands 1 has one thing I didn't see in borderlands 2, and thats a class mod with ammo regeneration. I picked that sucker up and never bought ammo since, and with some of the firefights in that game it was a blessing. In one of the expansion games you go to jakob's cove, and its totally over run with zombies. My main weapon is a "glorious" machine gun with a huge ass 140 shot mag with 147 base damage does level 3 fire damage. It mows the zombie hordes down, and that ammo regeneration is the shit.

Posted by: Berserker at December 09, 2012 02:37 PM (FMbng)

63 I am not sure I have a GOTY but there are numerous disappointing games this year. I generally play MMOs, though in the last year I find myself no longer drawn to them. Guild Wars 2 was very disappointing, the world is nice but there is something shitty about starting with the same skills and ending with them. Guild Wars 1 had so many neat skills and you could even go out into the world and capture new skills. I really liked the Lovecraftian feel of the game The Secret World. The only problem is, is that you lose that feeling after you leave the early areas. Its still fun but once you have finished questing from New England to Transylvania there just isn't enough reason to justify spending $15 a month to keep playing.

Posted by: Drew in MO at December 09, 2012 02:38 PM (YADVo)

64 Play it with this mod

http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/19281

Posted by: The Dude at December 09, 2012 02:39 PM (tw6Ar)

65 Posted by: Berserker at December 09, 2012 02:37 PM (FMbng)

Not a class mod but you can get that ammo regen with certain shields.

Posted by: RWC at December 09, 2012 02:45 PM (sqp6o)

66 With all the high tech sniper rifles in BL2 my favorite so far is basically an unscoped bolt action.

Posted by: RWC at December 09, 2012 02:48 PM (sqp6o)

67 36
That orbital simulator thingy looks pretty cool. It could be a way to
teach math without the students even realizing it. Subversive.


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It is great fun. I've been a space nut since we were all gathered 'round a scrounged BW in a neighbors apartment to watch Apollo 11 splash down. Did plenty of model rocketry over the years. KSP is like model rocketry on steroids.

I understand there are better simulators out there if a simulator is what you're looking for; I hear plenty of talk of one called Orbiter, but I'm not sure I'm smart enough to deal with something more complicated than KSP.

Posted by: Citizen Anachronda at December 09, 2012 02:49 PM (1c58W)

68 Posted by: Citizen Anachronda at December 09, 2012 02:49 PM (1c58W)

Orbiter is fun and free to check out. What's the worst that can happen?

Posted by: The Dude at December 09, 2012 02:52 PM (tw6Ar)

69 Truman, I actually was introduced to the AoSHQ lifestyle by someone I met in GW1. He's @SithKhan on twitter

Posted by: NJ Libertarian (@BadMesmer) at December 09, 2012 02:59 PM (GE0Kl)

70 68 Orbiter is fun and free to check out. What's the worst that can happen?

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My cheap-ass alleged gaming rig dies in a shower of sparks like a Star Trek computer asked to calculate something moderately tricky?

Posted by: Citizen Anachronda at December 09, 2012 03:01 PM (1c58W)

71 That's awesome, Brad. I just @followed you btw

I don't tweet hardly at all but I like to read my feed.

Posted by: Truman North at December 09, 2012 03:06 PM (I2LwF)

72 Posted by: Citizen Anachronda at December 09, 2012 03:01 PM (1c58W)

Lol be like me playing the first ArmA on my old rig

Posted by: The Dude at December 09, 2012 03:11 PM (tw6Ar)

73 I second the recommendation for Kerbal Space Program. This 0.18 update makes for a whole new level of game. I am just now figuring stuff out again.

For those of you thinking "too wonky for me", try it anyway. It is more fun than you might think putting together rockets and then seeing if you can get them to go all the way to orbit without them going *KABOOM*

Posted by: Mordineus at December 09, 2012 03:16 PM (89INf)

74 This orbital physics simulator sounds interesting. I grew up with Macs before they could really do anything, so it reminds me of the sime fun games people developed for the Mac back in the 80s.

Posted by: Truman North at December 09, 2012 03:36 PM (jFLnC)

75 Mrs. North and the kids were horsing around and my daughter was using a foam Thor's hammer to "fix" my wife's breasts.

She says to me, "I imagined something different when I bought about Thor hammering my rack."

I love that fucking woman

Posted by: Truman North at December 09, 2012 03:38 PM (jFLnC)

76 *thought about.

Dam autocorrect

Posted by: Truman North at December 09, 2012 03:38 PM (jFLnC)

77

A suggestion for a thread:

How to Make Money Playing Games

I made money in the past selling some of my characters, lots. But, there are so many ways to make money, now, and I'm on talking about farming -- although, there's THAT.

I did a quick bing, and eHow actually had a hit:

http://www.ehow.com/how_5070051_make-money-online-games.html

There are a handful of sub-articles linked on the right, as well.

Some are kind of "scammy." I'm interested in legal ways...

Posted by: beach gamer at December 09, 2012 03:48 PM (LpQbZ)

78

The best known example of this is Second Life: According to eBay Second Life is not considered a game, and thus the sale of Second Life virtual items is not prohibited. Some “Virtual Worlds” (Second Life, IMVU, Planet Calypso, etc.) include user product creators programs that allow users to sell and purchase products which they can use in these environments. These Virtual Worlds encourage users to be creative and sell their goods using the virtual currency. Take, for instance, what just went down on Planet Calypso, where one of Entropia’s wealthier players has sold off his interests in a “Asteroid Space Resort” for an eye-popping $635,000 real world dollars.

Posted by: beach gamer at December 09, 2012 03:50 PM (LpQbZ)

79 I dunno. I just went and poked about the Orbiter site a bit. Looks like you're flying models made by someone else. A big part of the fun of KSP is building the ships; wrestling with thrust to weight ratios and whatnot. All that is mising in Orbiter.

Posted by: Cotizen Anachronda at December 09, 2012 04:00 PM (mKRyJ)

80 Don't have a GOTY as I haven't played any new games this year (which makes it like pretty much every year ever). A game is usually 3-5 years old and has already been declared GOTY before I even hear about it, which works for me since I'm cheap and they've usually dropped a lot in price by the time I play them. I noticed that the game The Dude gave specs for can't be played on my Windows XP so I have a strong suspicion that once these computers die I'm probably out of the PC game market since the kid's favorite games are Dungeon Siege and Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette, still a Hobbit at December 09, 2012 04:13 PM (wbeNt)

81 GOTY...tough call between Borderlands 2 and Planetside 2. Borderlands 2 is a great, funny game, good sequel to its predecessor, but it doesn't do anything particularly innovative, so I think for the fact that Planetside 2 has pulled off such an epic scale I have to give it the win.

Posted by: CrankyTRex at December 09, 2012 04:30 PM (08O0O)

82 I haven't played a new game this year that didn't have enough serious flaws to knock it out of GOTY running.

Also, I saw votes for Skyrim - released last year. Which had enough serious bugs (the unofficial patch, when released, fixed over 800 in its first version - NOT fixed by Bethesda I might add) that I couldn't play the game seriously for almost five months.

I will never pre-order a game again.

Grimrock is worth $4 anyway. It's basically Dungeon Hack with HD graphics. Mostly mindless dungeon crawl.

I see both of the ME3 fans were here today.

I finally got Fallout: New Vegas on the last sale, unfortunately I found out where the crappy, screwed-up, unfixable (without mods) controls in Skyrim came from. Also not a new game.

Got Max Payne 3 as a gift. Did you know the target reticle moves separately from either the character model or mouse movement, so that you can't actually aim accurately? Effin' console ports.

Seriously, the whole damned industry needs to get the hell off my lawn.

The closest thing to a bright spark was Quantum Conondrum, a Portal-like game, and that's mainly because it was like $4 also. I hear the DLC is not worth it. Anyway, I've only played about a third of it but it has that Portal element of fun puzzle solving with different rules and tropes. It fails in that it has a checkpoint save and only allows for a single user (starting a new game overwrites all previous ones), because as far as I can tell even people who make decent games have to be a fucking idiot about *something*.

I don't think it's that there are no good games, I just think it's that all the energy is going into genres or markets I don't care about, like PVP MMO/shooters, nickel-and-dime games (whether on smartphones or other systems), or nostalgia platformers or the like.

It's kind of like going shopping for a sports car and finding nothing but trucks and economy cars. They're probably fine, I just have no interest.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at December 09, 2012 04:47 PM (bxiXv)

83 What elbows? What women? I don't see any on this post and now I'm wondering if I am missing or not loading some of the AoS content.

Maybe I should upgrade to Prime...

Posted by: laffin_fool at December 09, 2012 04:52 PM (eQY9B)

84 Also, Halo 4 ended up being pretty good. But I admit I disliked it intensely for the first hour--it didn't feel like Halo to me. And one of the things I've always liked about the game, in disagreement with a previous poster and unlike the meh-level CoD series, is that the weapons are actually quite varied. Halo 2 was the worst for that because the Battle Rifle was overpowered.

And GalCivII! I'm glad to hear someone else plays that. Strategy and shipbuilding, doesn't get much better. I'm still on the fence about X3 though. Hated the first hour of X1 (I know it has a ridiculous curve) and am unsure after 30 hours and 60 notecards in X3 whether I like the game or what.

Posted by: laffin_fool at December 09, 2012 04:55 PM (eQY9B)

85 For me X3 is best for just building a trade empire.

The combat is a little squirrelly, especially the *horrible* auto-targeting that always targets the least-useful target next.

The controls and commands are a little clunky, but then it's German. Unfortunately the support and modding community are very German as well (in mentality). A lot of the questions I have turn out to be answered in the forums by "because that's the way it is," no one fixes bugs or clumsy things because apparently they were intentional.

Also the difficulty ratings on missions apparently don't mean anything - some easy missions are impossible and some hard missions are easy. Go figure.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at December 09, 2012 05:02 PM (bxiXv)

86 setup the trade routes and let the game do the work for ya

Posted by: The Dude at December 09, 2012 05:10 PM (tw6Ar)

87 Orbiter 2010 is free.

My favorite game this year? Probably not a shock given my nic. Warhammer 40k: Space Marine

Posted by: Eisenhorn at December 09, 2012 05:15 PM (OjQYm)

88 86 setup the trade routes and let the game do the work for ya

Posted by: The Dude at December 09, 2012 05:10 PM (tw6Ar)


The night before I went into the hospital I had been playing X3. I had galaxy traders and several stations and a station complex (mod).

I was sitting in my fighting outside the ring of one of the safer areas of space, parked it and went into SETA (time acceleration mode).

Well, I ended up in the hospital for three days, and when I got home my character had something like 150 Billion credits.

Oddly I didn't play that game again until a few weeks ago.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at December 09, 2012 05:15 PM (bxiXv)

89 There they are! That picture was not showing up at all on my laptop (iPhone properly displayed the elbows though).

Yeah, I noticed that about those Germans, what's their deal anyway?

I also noticed that even X3 has no learning curve or even a difficulty curve or tutorial really. Second combat in the game murdered me completely. I had to spend hours and hours before I had a ship that could almost handle the battle--still had to do a lot of scheming to survive.

I don't understand the SETA choice, why not just make a warp-engine? Eve uses one, and a great game sharing many things with Eve, Independence War 2: Edge of Chaos also uses one to great effect.

Posted by: Laffin_fool at December 09, 2012 05:16 PM (lmRB1)

90 X3 has jump engines (from one sector to another), but they're not much good for navigating within a sector, and some of the ships are REAAAAAALLLLLLLY SLOOOOOOOOOW.

Thus, SETA, to ease the pain.

Not that many of the GERMANS on the forum think using SETA is cheating, you should enjoy the 20 minutes it takes that cargo hauler to cross the sector and dock.

And by GERMANS here I don't refer to ethnicity but frame of mind, I'm sure some of the people I'm thinking of are Italians or Brits or Japanese for that matter.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at December 09, 2012 05:23 PM (bxiXv)

91 ValU Rite Pudding update. My goal is to get to at least level 6.25 by the end of today. Usually I try to get at least .01% guild advancement per toon per day but haven't been able to play as much this week and when I do Son (who has decided he *only* likes Alliance) wants me to play an Alliance toon and run with him. I know Anachronda has the sameissue because he belonged to his wife's guild first sothat needs to be his first priority.

Do I dare askhere what criteria you guys suggest for inviting non-Moron new guild members?

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette, still a Hobbit at December 09, 2012 05:28 PM (wbeNt)

92 Right, the gates are fine. Eve has gates for intersystem travel and warp drives for intra-system travel. IW2 has something analogous, jump drives just take you between established points while warp drives move you between planets in a reasonable amount of time (usually less than two minutes, but systems are much larger and it's faster to use the jump points). Two features make this system really great, one: the warp drive takes you through real space, so you can attack ships accelerating/decelerating into it or form up on them and travel with them. There are also missiles which can knock a ship out of warp speed and prevent it from going back in for a while. This allows ambushes and interdiction as you can prevent ships from running. Once fully engaged however the warp drive effectively removes the ship from normal space so you don't have to worry once you're at speed.

The second feature is the inclusion of newtonian physics. The ships fly in 3d with no aerodynamics (though there is an autopilot that uses manuevering thrusters to try to simulate aero-flight for you--leave it off). Besides just making for unique and interesting gameplay, this means there is no top speed for ships. If you want to get somewhere faster, just divert full power to the engines and slam open the throttle.

Posted by: Laffin_fool at December 09, 2012 05:35 PM (lmRB1)

93 Independence War....now there is a series I've completely forgotten about. Will probably pick that up when GOG ever has their Christmas sale.

Which is another weird thing in that I don't remember the last time where the sales haven't started yet this late in the month

Posted by: The Dude at December 09, 2012 05:52 PM (tw6Ar)

94 also want to pick this game up

http://www.gog.com/gamecard/eador_genesis

Heard good things about it over the years

Posted by: The Dude at December 09, 2012 05:53 PM (tw6Ar)

95 I-War is probably criminally overlooked, though I have only played the second one.
I really like GalCiv 2. Other than that I don't have a lot of experience with turn-based strategy.

And back to the GOTY topic, I'd have to say Skyrim. I haven't gotten around to Mass Effect 3 yet, I like the first two and Borderlands and Halo, but none of them had the effect or impact Skyrim had. And not for any story or characters either, other games have those well developed. But merely being in Skyrim was something impressive and poignant itself. Because of that and the way it handled the genre I think it's the game of the year (even though it came out at the tail-end of 2011).

Metro 2033 also had a fantastic atmosphere and was a great experience. The game was impressive synergistically, if that makes any sense. It wasn't any technical or even artistic aspect of the game the made it impressive. But the whole package, undivided and experienced together made for a bleak and striking world and adventure. I really bought into it.

Posted by: Laffin_fool at December 09, 2012 06:26 PM (lmRB1)

96 Yeah, other than a bit more restrained than I hoped from ex members from the STALKER series but Metro was really cool (and its purdy in 3d). Looking forward to the sequel next year

Posted by: The Dude at December 09, 2012 06:33 PM (tw6Ar)

97 I'm dittoing the X-Com Enemy Unknown vote.

I will also disagree with the assertion Baldur's Gate isn't a must-buy on PC. The venerable game doesn't run well on Windows 7 or 8, and the additions add playability to the game. Also at a 'premium' of $20, it's brand new at discount bin prices. Even if you CAN get the game running in Administrator mode in the old version, why fight with it? I can only hope that once they've updated BG, they turn to Neverwinter Nights.

Posted by: Shawn at December 09, 2012 07:07 PM (/lltO)

98 Never had any problems running GOG's re-release nor the pack that contains all the Infinity Engine games (mainly because its just a package of GOG's releases). And with what is added to the enhanced version, it doesn't feel worth the $10-$15 premium to be able to play it on the PC. Having it on the ipad on the other hand is worth the double dip

Posted by: The Dude at December 09, 2012 07:17 PM (tw6Ar)

99 My GOTY, Gravity Rush for the PS Vita or Assassin's Creed 3 for Wii U.

Posted by: Jawknee at December 09, 2012 07:17 PM (wSd4f)

100 22 Was Bioshock: Infinite any good?





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Its not out yet. Been delayed until next year.

Posted by: Jawknee at December 09, 2012 07:18 PM (wSd4f)

101 Gravity Rush is awesome, they made Malicious into an actual game.

Posted by: The Dude at December 09, 2012 07:19 PM (tw6Ar)

102 Was the Gog version of Planescape Torment playable? I bought the original at a discount store a few years back, but even patched is was uncooperative (crash when viewing inventory, saving, etc.)

Posted by: Methos at December 09, 2012 07:27 PM (hO9ad)

103 Some legacy bugs that are inherent too all of the Infinity Engine games but other than that, everything is emulated perfectly

Posted by: The Dude at December 09, 2012 07:34 PM (tw6Ar)

104 Plus re-reading the novel after all these years is a hoot

Posted by: The Dude at December 09, 2012 07:38 PM (tw6Ar)

105 101 Gravity Rush is awesome, they made Malicious into an actual game.


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Indeed. Can't wait for the sequel.

Posted by: Jawknee at December 09, 2012 07:52 PM (wSd4f)

106
Skyrim would be my GOTY based on the amount of hours it's drained from my life. I liked Borderlands 2, but couldn't shake the idea that it's really not that good of a game even if it is addictive. It's kind of like Black Ops 2 in that respect.
Far Cry 3 is ruining all other games for me at the moment. Everytime I try playing another game I can't stop thinking "This isn't as good as Far Cry 3."

Posted by: digitalbrownshirt at December 09, 2012 08:33 PM (G1aEt)

107
I loved the Independence War games. Played all three. It's a bit of a shame that the series ended on a bit of a cliff-hanger, but that's the way it is in the industry sometimes. Freespace 2 did the same thing.

There was one bit of trivia about I-War that always made me go "Hmm..." The drive used to get around from point to point within a solar system is the "Linear Displacement System", or "LDS" for short. LDS also happens to be an abbreviation for "Latter-Day Saints", as in "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints", aka the "Mormons". Coincidentally (or probably not...), the primary station that you launched from whenever you started a mission in Earth Orbit was called "Salt Lake City".

Always made me wonder if there was a Mormon on the writing staff, slipping in little things on the sly...

Posted by: junior at December 09, 2012 08:52 PM (NxUYb)

108 If those are real then my name is willie nelson-

Posted by: WILLIE NELSON at December 10, 2012 08:52 AM (FxBCF)

109 GOTY?

I'd have to go with Far Cry 3, at least in terms of games that kept my interest and I've been playing for months. Far Cry 3 gets in under the wire but guys, if you like open world games and you haven't played it, PLAY IT. I wasn't even all that interested- I couldn't get into Far Cry 2- but I rented it to try it out and I'm hopelessly addicted and I just unlocked the wingsuit, which allows you to jump off tall cliffs and glide for miles- so fun. That's assuming Skyrim isn't up for a nod - I think that was last year.

FU Mass Effect 3. I loved 1 and 2 but 3 left me cold, especially that absurd ending (yes, I know they fixed it but fixing it 3 months after I've finished it is pointless). I thought the time spent developing the multiplayer should have been used to expand and fine tune the single player.

Posted by: Matt at December 10, 2012 10:53 AM (c4UpU)






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