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Since my hand is broken and I don't have much dexterity with a mouse or controller, I'm playing Pokemon Emerald.

Last one I really remember getting into, though not even when it came out but instead like... 2012 lol. Already liking it more than Diamond. I think by then they were kinda losing the plot for the game franchise. It's a lot of people's favorite, but you can see similar mindsets in certain decisions that remind me a lot of problematic things in the games now. This is when it started to get weighed down by endless changes and additions... like a shonen that's run for too long and fallen into the power scaling trap to advance major plot beats. Whatever new Pokemon RPG comes out basically revolves around some gimmick pokemon/mechanics, usually at the expense of some core mechanics, that will find a way to make it less fun and rewarding. Additionally, they still add pokemon like they always have, instead of doing, like a couple fistfuls of really good ones per gen. Back in the day, they got away with hyping new pokemon because there wasn't already about 1000 pokemon in existence. By 3-400, I feel like the designs were getting phoned in more. Next gen might really push it over 1000. And again, I ask you, why? Why do that when the majority aren't even worth a damn? Why put WORK into that?

Also, fuck the transformations lol. That's the DBZ method rearing up. For those who don't know, the OG creator intended to end the series several times, but was asked to keep it going. So he kept basically retconning old power limits and adding constant transformations over the years. Most fans will say the show suffers immensely for this - it destroys your ability to get attached to anything when you know the slate will just be wiped for more of the same later. It doesn't really matter because you already know that the show must go on. Even as the stakes get superficially higher, it's not very interesting. I gotta be 'that guy' there too and say that the Frieza saga was the peak. That show has forever been jumping through hoops with transformations and power scaling to try and make it hit like when they invented space-Hitler-with-actual-galactic-level-power. Sometimes it still works! But it's like everybody involved is just chasing the dragon... people watching are doing that too.

Consider this... the core Pokemon games don't run on hardware than can support a game with that many pokemon in it - not that a full open-world game with that many would make sense in the first place. So basically, nobody is ever happy with the selection for a new title. And it's a hole they just make bigger every time they drop a bunch more. It's capitalist game design 101. A new pokemon game is just a cheap commodity, designed to bring in another couple year's worth of sales. I wonder how many of them will ultimately just be forgotten about.

I get that people want to see the new designs. But that's maybe why you don't give'm a bag of 80-100 with like 10 good ones in there? Why make filler pokemon? Aren't the older ones better filler? People at least like a lot of those. You can still change them from region to region, give them new stats and moves - tweak designs. Just kinda slow the progression on new ones, focus more on making the games themselves more interesting, with some deeper reasons for adding/removing mechanics than just 'new paint.' They can do that now, with an adult audience. Buuuut the merchhhh mannnn! Gotta sell lots of merch with each one. Pays a lot more than pouring sweat and tears into making art that people will mostly just talk about and enjoy. Shame, though. Just feels like a waste.

They need somebody to come into their office, tell them their shit sucks, and give them a really good risky move to play. Emerald is fucking great, even with their weird oldschool stat splits and stuff. But over a decade later they are still making and remaking this game.

I would say the Emerald has some of that ick, too. But to me it still feels like a good answer to gold/silver/crystal. And it still feels like a proper pokemon game. The newer ones just don't have that for me - they're so generic. And it's more than sprites. It's the whole spirit of the game - the balancing of the different mechanics, designs of the creatures, ideas in the worldbuilding. That shit ain't there for me in any of the new stuff. For games centered around 'evolution,' their devs really haven't done much to evolve them over the past say... 15 odd years. Pokemon evolve, but the games never really do.

Once I'm bored with this, I'll move onto Chrono Trigger. Been years.
 
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Just started Dragon Age: Inquisition for the first time, another of those games I have had in my library for some time, got this one about 3 years back for pennies in a Steam Summer sale, not my usual kind of thing but worth a try I suppose.
I have about 1000 or so that I picked up for pennies and haven't got around to. Life's too short :(
 

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I have about 1000 or so that I picked up for pennies and haven't got around to. Life's too short :(
Well I am 62 so life is getting shorter :) However now I am retired gaming time is getting a little longer :D
 
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Nothin too major with the hand, but thanks peeps. I get to wear a removable custom brace since there isn't much rotation - no surgery. Just fractured the pinky metacarpal on my right hand. The long ones you get for each finger. I didn't think it was broken for almost 3 days because the pain and swelling weren't like other breaks I've had. Much easier to type than work a mouse or controller with this. My hand is kinda always shaped in a claw, with my pinky/ring finger side braced up on hard plastic that runs all the way down past my wrist. I get to use the first two and thumb pretty freely, so I have the needed fingers, but not quite the grip or wrist to really work it for any kind of action - it ends up affecting the bone. The prognosis is good - not a major risk to the use of the hand. It's just gonna take a couple months to get all the way back, so I've gotta bide my time. Price I paid for being in a hurry, trying to get something big and heavy through too small of a doorway. Pinched my hand and sheared the bone right up before the first knuckle joint.

Hearing that Chrono Trigger music has me in a pretty good mood today though. Been too long since I had a good tear through such an absolute classic. The last time I got really into it, I was more or less stuck in an RV for a couple of weeks. 1 playthrough carried me through that pretty well.

Come to think of it, I need to try some platforming with a controller. I can work the letter buttons with decent timing. It's the triggers and right stick that are most problematic.
 
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Dyson Sphere Program. A million times better than Satisfactory. Yes, the thing above is hyper ineffective, but it just happened. I thought it was like a base builder game (as in strategy game) and had no idea what I was doing. But I quite like it. Satisfactory was only annoying, slow and obnoxious. This isn't. Plus there's an actual goal to the game. You're here for a specific reason.

DO. WANT. TY.
 

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However a couple more hrs into it & the max of Vram so far is hovering around 8Gb @ same settings.
The cut scenes can be a little too long but hey, that's the style. :)

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Well I am 62 so life is getting shorter :) However now I am retired gaming time is getting a little longer :D
lucky you retired at 62. in my country it's at 67

what was your profession?
 
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I find these days that having a good laugh is important. I've noticed that modern gaming AI is more "A" than "I".
I've got to install this again and "go to town". :D:p:nutkick:


they are still smarter than CP77 cops
 

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lucky you retired at 62. in my country it's at 67

what was your profession?
I actually finished work in late 2019 at 59 just b4 the pandemic (was always going to finish when 60 but the opportunity to take voluntary redundancy arose), state pension age here is 66 currently, only ever had 2 jobs, 28 years in the military and 14 years as a Regional manager for a national youth charity.

To kind of keep this on topic .............. Dragon Age Inquisition is a strange game, takes some getting used to, for me anyway. :)
 
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Mythforce? just received an update eldritch emporium. At first server connections were very bad and unplayable.
I am hesitant to spend my money. Can anyone tell me if this is a good game?
 

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To kind of keep this on topic .............. Dragon Age Inquisition is a strange game, takes some getting used to, for me anyway. :)

It's not strange, it's just bad. I tried it when it came out, and really disliked it. This summer I bought it at a sale, thinking "was it really as bad as I remember?" and it totally was.
 
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I was supposed to be writing an article about screen recorders, began to test one out on TR2 and never finished the article :)
They do leave keys in the oddest of places.
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Spider Man is a bit of a disappointment, looks dated, action gets repetitive, i hate quick time events. Story in ok.

Also having some issues, at the start i had some stutter and it didn't use more then 70% of the gpu, but it got better the more i played, and a bit choppier getting in and out of cutscenes, weird stuff
 
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Spider Man is a bit of a disappointment, looks dated, action gets repetitive, i hate quick time events. Story in ok.

Also having some issues, at the start i had some stutter and it didn't use more then 70% of the gpu, but it got better the more i played, and a bit choppier getting in and out of cutscenes, weird stuff
Quick time events? Ffs, do devs still put those instruments of Hades in games?
 
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To kind of keep this on topic .............. Dragon Age Inquisition is a strange game, takes some getting used to, for me anyway. :)
Play it like you would a grindy MMO. It kinda works that way. And it suddenly has a pretty good narrative alongside the grinding also.

Its all about expectations ;)

Quick time events? Ffs, do devs still put those instruments of Hades in games?
Some games turn everything into quick time events with their 'on screen control tips'. Basically every game where any time you walk up against half height walls it says 'vault over with SPACE' or anything of the sort. And a good portion does that in combat as well! Its crazy if you think of it like that, how deep we have fallen down the pit with that crap.
 
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or is it bipolar? who gives a toss.It is all fun at the and of a day, cheers.
 
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Play it like you would a grindy MMO. It kinda works that way. And it suddenly has a pretty good narrative alongside the grinding also.

Its all about expectations ;)
Yeah, at the time of posting yesterday I was struggling a bit, so many quests, some very tricky at the lower levels but today I hit level 8, did a couple in the main quest line and the game changed, suddenly opened up a bit with more story and within a couple of hours of gameplay it felt like more of a journey and less of a grind.
 
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tonight Solitaire' i havnt played it for years and its too hot for anything else.
 
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I think 3rd person works for the witcher 3 due to the amount of sword moves, etc. ??

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Ya think so? look at Skyrim in first person play through. Can melee/one-handed combat in that game no problem.
3rd person breaks immersion for me & that is the whole point of gaming imo. To be immersed in that virtual world can be attained by first person perspective... its like your actually living in it.

This will open up a debate now on why 3rd person is superior... I await the commentary. :laugh:
 
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