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2 hours ago, JerseyToughGuys said:

how do you give a kid a digital download for Christmas? steal an empty box from gamestop? print a lame made up coupon?

Lots of games have merchandise that you could buy then just put a note on the card/box/whatever that says they get the game too. 

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11 hours ago, Mad Cow said:

Yeah,  you have the Enhanced for BG, BG2, Icewind Dale.  Neverwinter Nights is older but amazing.  NWN2 great.  

I think I confused myself looking at to many games today.

Is Neverwinter the same game family as Neverwinter Nights or are these two different things entirely?  If different, is Neverwinter any good?

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Took advantage of a few Black Friday deals and finally broke down and bought an HTC Vive that's arriving tomorrow. For those that don't know, it's one of the real VR Headsets. Also bought a bunch of games for it. Steam has a 2 hour trial on their games which I'll use to determine which games I want to keep/refund. There were a lot of games that had equivalents that isn't clear which is the 'better' option, so I bought both and will try both for 90 min while refunding the other. For example Audioshield vs Holodance and Project Cars vs Assetto Corsa. There's also a ton of free smaller games I'm going to try out. Luckily most of the games I got were also on sale during the Steam Autumn sale. 

If people are interested in what VR is like right now, whether I think it's worth the price, or if it's simply a gimmick, I'll leave a comprehensive review after I've tried it out for a bit to let you know what I think.

My initial concerns:

All the games that I've see right now available for it are by indie developers and seem to have very little content. They look more like glorified tech demos which explains the usual $10-30 price tag on these games. However, if the experience is just 5 hours, is it really worth it? I'll find out.

There is a HUGE divide in the VR community on the preferred type of locomotion used by a game. Read: How the hell do you walk around? The three main options are 1) Using the touch pad on the Vive controller similar to Steam Controller. 2) D-Pad on XBox (or similar) controller. 3) Teleportation where you aim on the ground and teleport a short distance like a click-to-move adventure game.

The last option seems like a horrible option from an immersion perspective (I mean, you've got a VR headset and you're clicking to move? How crappy does that sound?!) However it also seems to unfortunately be the preferred movement type for a lot of players because the other options make them feel a bit seasick since their body movement is disconnected from their perspective. For some reason moving with a dpad while in VR makes some people feel ill, enough so that many games don't even offer other locomotion options other than teleport. I'm particularly interested in my findings on all 3 locomotion types.

The vast majority of AAA developers may not produce actual content for VR for quite some time due to there only being a few hundred thousand units in circulation and it's difficult to turn a profit even if EVERY VR user buys their game. People are waiting for great games before they plunge into VR and great game developers are waiting for people to buy VR units before they invest in great games. Bethesda is working on Fallout 4 VR sometime in 2017, but it looks to be a teleport locomotion... Ugh.

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Dear god Wolfenstein: The New Order is good. Im sick of FPS but its so good. Enemy IA is intelligent and they often give you situations where they get you in a corridor and the enemy is bunched up as cannon fodder. Weapons are ridiculous. So fun.

You know, over the years I have learned that I get the most joy out of taking a chance on $5-$20 games. I hit on them far more often then games which cost more. Even if I pay $5 for a game that has some type of fun MP an I can play just a night or two with a buddy and drink a few beers, its still cheaper then going to the movies and I get far more hours out of it.

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1 hour ago, STEADYMOBBIN 22 said:

Dear god Wolfenstein: The New Order is good. Im sick of FPS but its so good. Enemy IA is intelligent and they often give you situations where they get you in a corridor and the enemy is bunched up as cannon fodder. Weapons are ridiculous. So fun.

You know, over the years I have learned that I get the most joy out of taking a chance on $5-$20 games. I hit on them far more often then games which cost more. Even if I pay $5 for a game that has some type of fun MP an I can play just a night or two with a buddy and drink a few beers, its still cheaper then going to the movies and I get far more hours out of it.

Yup that one was really good

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58 minutes ago, STEADYMOBBIN 22 said:

You know, over the years I have learned that I get the most joy out of taking a chance on $5-$20 games. I hit on them far more often then games which cost more. Even if I pay $5 for a game that has some type of fun MP an I can play just a night or two with a buddy and drink a few beers, its still cheaper then going to the movies and I get far more hours out of it.

This is just an expectations thing. It happens to everybody and it happens in almost every industry. My "favourite" vehicle was a beat up 94 Ford Ranger. My expectations for that vehicle were so low that when it didn't just immediately fall apart, it vastly exceeded my expectations. 

Same thing with games, there's lots of $5-$20 games that I enjoy but overall they have also varied a lot depending on how much I'd heard about them. Journey, for example, I heard was this amazing game that people cried at the end of. I didn't think it was that great at all. 

I'm not saying you are "wrong" I'm just putting out a likely cause to as to why you feel you "hit" on those more often than full price games.

Also, I believe that Wolfenstein was either released at $60 or $40 originally. In that aspect waiting for a game to age and get a price drop is the smartest thing anyone can do, that plays offline games. Better price, usually more content and most of the bugs are fixed. 

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1 hour ago, TheAristocrat said:

Anyone play Stellaris? Looks like a combination of Civ plus Dragon Age which would be fun but don't know if it's $40 fun.

Steam was recommending me that game I was buying a Total War package. Looks interesting but it looks extremely deep too. If the price is concerning, just wait. Steam is usually pretty good with sales. Have you watched any YouTube videos of the game?

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3 minutes ago, Borden said:

Steam was recommending me that game I was buying a Total War package. Looks interesting but it looks extremely deep too. If the price is concerning, just wait. Steam is usually pretty good with sales. Have you watched any YouTube videos of the game?

I watched some 20 minute YouTuber game start. It looked fun and awesome or stagnant in replay.

But I really don't need another game. I've played half of too much in the last 24 - one millionth months.

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3 hours ago, NewlyRetired said:

I think I confused myself looking at to many games today.

Is Neverwinter the same game family as Neverwinter Nights or are these two different things entirely?  If different, is Neverwinter any good?

Neverwinter is an MMO. NWN and NWN2 are games that can be multiplayer or singleplayer.

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8 hours ago, Borden said:

Also, I believe that Wolfenstein was either released at $60 or $40 originally. In that aspect waiting for a game to age and get a price drop is the smartest thing anyone can do, that plays offline games. Better price, usually more content and most of the bugs are fixed. 

The Old Blood was released originally at $20. The New Order was a full price retail release.

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1 hour ago, JerseyToughGuys said:

Battlefield 1.

i have some generic game boxes. I suppose I will task Mrs JTG with printing the crap out.

Just thinking here but there are sites out there that have the exact box art for people who burn games. 

I know this cause I printed out a custom one years ago for 2K5. 

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Still haven't played the Titanfall 2 I grabbed last weekend, but picked up The Old Blood for $6 on Steam.  I think I have about 4 years worth of backlog if I didn't work and just played games straight through. :bag:

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30 minutes ago, ydoc said:

anyone play cities:skylines....?

i had it in my wishlist from a long time ago and it is on sale for like 8 bucks...

Yes and it's fantastic. It has dethroned SimCity. I paid full price when it was released and it was worth every penny. Make sure you hook up to the steam workshop for the good mods and custom buildings. 

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13 hours ago, STEADYMOBBIN 22 said:

Dear god Wolfenstein: The New Order is good. Im sick of FPS but its so good. Enemy IA is intelligent and they often give you situations where they get you in a corridor and the enemy is bunched up as cannon fodder. Weapons are ridiculous. So fun.

You know, over the years I have learned that I get the most joy out of taking a chance on $5-$20 games. I hit on them far more often then games which cost more. Even if I pay $5 for a game that has some type of fun MP an I can play just a night or two with a buddy and drink a few beers, its still cheaper then going to the movies and I get far more hours out of it.

 

Thanks, I had this in my games wish list on amazon and the Steam download is only $7 right now and I had a few $1 credits for slow shipping so I pulled the trigger.  I have a hard time paying over $20 for a game so I usually wait a year or so to buy games.  I wore out Return to Castle Wolfenstein back in the day, so looking forward to the member berries here.

 

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39 minutes ago, CBusAlex said:

Well holy ####. They released an update for No Man's Sky this weekend and... it's actually a game now.

I read about that and one of the guys that works for me was talking about it.  It sounds much better but I think I'll wait for another big update to go back to it.

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2 hours ago, Mad Cow said:

Still haven't played the Titanfall 2 I grabbed last weekend, but picked up The Old Blood for $6 on Steam.  I think I have about 4 years worth of backlog if I didn't work and just played games straight through. :bag:

I still have Witcher 1&2 I bought in a steam sale 4 years ago and barely scratched the beginning of 1.

Sigh

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14 hours ago, Pots said:

Took advantage of a few Black Friday deals and finally broke down and bought an HTC Vive that's arriving tomorrow. For those that don't know, it's one of the real VR Headsets. Also bought a bunch of games for it. Steam has a 2 hour trial on their games which I'll use to determine which games I want to keep/refund. There were a lot of games that had equivalents that isn't clear which is the 'better' option, so I bought both and will try both for 90 min while refunding the other. For example Audioshield vs Holodance and Project Cars vs Assetto Corsa. There's also a ton of free smaller games I'm going to try out. Luckily most of the games I got were also on sale during the Steam Autumn sale. 

If people are interested in what VR is like right now, whether I think it's worth the price, or if it's simply a gimmick, I'll leave a comprehensive review after I've tried it out for a bit to let you know what I think.

My initial concerns:

All the games that I've see right now available for it are by indie developers and seem to have very little content. They look more like glorified tech demos which explains the usual $10-30 price tag on these games. However, if the experience is just 5 hours, is it really worth it? I'll find out.

There is a HUGE divide in the VR community on the preferred type of locomotion used by a game. Read: How the hell do you walk around? The three main options are 1) Using the touch pad on the Vive controller similar to Steam Controller. 2) D-Pad on XBox (or similar) controller. 3) Teleportation where you aim on the ground and teleport a short distance like a click-to-move adventure game.

The last option seems like a horrible option from an immersion perspective (I mean, you've got a VR headset and you're clicking to move? How crappy does that sound?!) However it also seems to unfortunately be the preferred movement type for a lot of players because the other options make them feel a bit seasick since their body movement is disconnected from their perspective. For some reason moving with a dpad while in VR makes some people feel ill, enough so that many games don't even offer other locomotion options other than teleport. I'm particularly interested in my findings on all 3 locomotion types.

The vast majority of AAA developers may not produce actual content for VR for quite some time due to there only being a few hundred thousand units in circulation and it's difficult to turn a profit even if EVERY VR user buys their game. People are waiting for great games before they plunge into VR and great game developers are waiting for people to buy VR units before they invest in great games. Bethesda is working on Fallout 4 VR sometime in 2017, but it looks to be a teleport locomotion... Ugh.

I, too, purchased the Vive. It's under the tree so it won't be touched until Christmas. I can hardly wait. 

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5 minutes ago, Insein said:

I still have Witcher 1&2 I bought in a steam sale 4 years ago and barely scratched the beginning of 1.

Sigh

I have almost 3000 hours of just my Steam games, not counting multiplayer.  Don't even get me started on my PS4, XB360 and now XBone games, let alone my Origin ones.

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Just now, belljr said:

HOW do you guys have time to play that much

I don't.  That is the point.  I have opened up my wallet and willingly paid for games I know I have no business buying because I will never have time to play them. :nerd::bag:

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8 minutes ago, belljr said:

i prbably don't have 125 days in the last 10 years :unsure:

That is how many I would need to finish my backlog.  My gaming time is ridiculously low, especially the last 5-10 years.  I get maybe 8 hours a month.

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Since they announced they're stopping making them, the Disney Infinity stuff is super cheap.  I just picked up the 3.0 Star wars bundle (game, pad, story, 5 characters) for $20 from walmart.com and then another 8 or so characters for $4 each from Toys R Us.  Gonna be a good Hanukkah up in the Chateau Kanil!

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