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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1350 on: 03 Dec 2019, 19:39 »

Thanks for the elaboration, Michael.

CP2020, as tabletop games go, was very popular in Poland at one point, by pure happenstance. It was one of the first published tabletop games in Poland alongside AD&D and WFRP, and many older players know it because of that - when the hobby was being introduced here in 1980s and early 1990s, people played and knew the few games that someone happened to publish here. And the decisions to publish one game over another were often rather arbitrary.

CD Projekt being a Polish developer, I'm like 90% sure that CP2077 as a game was created because many people in the company are nostalgic for an old RPG from their youth ;) from what I understand, the game was never that popular in gaming circles in the West, it was niche at best.

I've heard that after Poland's 'colour revolution' (no idea how Poles call it, sorry), there was a time when there was an appetite for stories featuring 'detached, apolitical professional heroes' of the Geralt of Rivia type? (I don't remember the source, and it was in the context of a discussion of Sapkowski's books & CDPR's game, so ... it could contain a certain degree of retconning). If so, it'd be no wonder that Poles took to Cyberpunk during that time - that's half the aesthetic of the damn' genre.

I don't know whether people in the WestTM weren't as eager for the Cyberpunk thing - Gibson is American-Canadian, Mike Pondsmith is American, nevermind Neal Stephenson and Bruce Sterling ...  and there was enough of an appetite for them to make a good living off it. What is probably true is that Cyberpunk never really came to be a dominant cultural paradigm, instead simmering kind of in the background for decades. Just like Punk never went mainstream, but never truly went away, either. It probably didn't help that Gibson was an extremely reluctant posterboy for the 'movement', and he has that horror of revisiting past ideas, which seems a bit of a handicap for the elaborate world-building needed for an RPG.

Also, there's the fact that people in the WestTM are positively crazy for 'Eastern' games and SF-aesthetics, as evidenced by the success of CDPR, or the the STALKER games (and those were some of the buggiest shit seen in years, defended by the most hostile PR-people to ever harangue a customer to boot  :laugh:).

IDK - I have soft spot for SF & Fantasy from 'the East' (*). Sometimes there's elements that are familiar, but somehow, there always an angle I've never seen before, and an authenticity that I feel many of 'our' authors have lost to a degree.

(*) Sorry for lobbing everyone from one side of the former Iron Curtain into one box here. I know it's probably even more wrong than the alleged cultural homogeneity implied in 'The WestTM' - what I'm aiming at is the fact that a certain set of people where exposed to Western CultureTM very suddenly at roughly the same point in time in the early 90s. And how I think this may help explain the 'somhow familiar, but brandnew at the same time'-feeling I often get enjoying their creations.
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1351 on: 03 Dec 2019, 19:49 »

Lest I forget: Here's Mike Pondsmith himself expanding on the respective Universes of Cyberpunk 2020 and -2077 (start at 1:16:01).

CD Projekt being a Polish developer, I'm like 90% sure that CP2077 as a game was created because many people in the company are nostalgic for an old RPG from their youth ;)

Looks like you're right that a lot of the CDPR-team working on 2077 were fans of the original tabletop game - Pondsmith says as much.
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1352 on: 05 Dec 2019, 16:35 »

I don't know whether people in the WestTM weren't as eager for the Cyberpunk thing - Gibson is American-Canadian, Mike Pondsmith is American, nevermind Neal Stephenson and Bruce Sterling ...  and there was enough of an appetite for them to make a good living off it. What is probably true is that Cyberpunk never really came to be a dominant cultural paradigm, instead simmering kind of in the background for decades.
There's been a fairly steady flow of cyberpunk-ish movies (Blade Runner perhaps most obviously) and video-games (System Shock series, and Deus Ex series, for example). But maybe <anything>-punk can't become a dominant cultural thing without ceasing to be punk.

CD Projekt being a Polish developer, I'm like 90% sure that CP2077 as a game was created because many people in the company are nostalgic for an old RPG from their youth ;) from what I understand, the game was never that popular in gaming circles in the West, it was niche at best.
In the world of tabletop RPGs, everything except D&D (in which I include its semi-clone Pathfinder) is niche. :-\  I speak here as a one-time Traveller player, or, as I suppose one should now say, a "2d6 Science Fiction Role Playing Game" player, since the scene is so fragmented, thanks to a long series of decisions by publishers that might have been calculated to hamstring their own products. I just wanted to be a gun-slinging space-pilot like Akima Kunimoto, was that so bad? :lol:
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1353 on: 08 Dec 2019, 05:50 »

Recently tried my hand at Call of Cthulhu.

Switching up to a tabletop that isn't combat focused was pretty interesting. Too bad the module we tried ended so abrubtly.
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1354 on: 22 Dec 2019, 19:30 »

I've been playing WHTW2 a lot lately. Even did an Arthurian Legend playthrough as Bretonnia and renamed all characters I could based off Le Morte D'Arthur and put them together according to cannon (Like Trystram De Lyonesse was a lord with a Paladin "Sir Dinadan" and Damsel "Le Beale Isueld")

I started going on the reddits because I like the meme and found out today that Henry Cavill revealed in an interview with GQ that he'd rather be home in a t-shirt playing Total War: Warhammer 2.

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The total war fandom was so thrilled b this they photoshopped him as Karl Franz:
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1355 on: 22 Dec 2019, 22:40 »

Anybody play River City Girls yet?

It looks good but money is tight right now.
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1356 on: 24 Dec 2019, 09:52 »

Went back to The Last of Us after not playing it for two years with a buddy. His PS3 died, so we had to start over and burn through it this weekend.

Somewhat hilariously having played the RE:2make in between we were vastly better at resource management and found the portion of the game we had already played to be a bit of a breeze.

It's really an excellent game - the story is great, the gameplay is fantastic; I can't believe how realistically frantic the combat feels.
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1357 on: 07 Jan 2020, 07:14 »

I've been playing Pokemon Shield on the switch. It is fun but it takes a while to actually get fun. My major gripes are:

1) Its 2019 (when it was released) and I feel like these cut scenes should be voiced. The non cut scene dialogue doesn't have to be, but I feel like the actual cut scenes should have it.

2) There is just too much hand holding at the beginning of the game.

It felt like 2 hours of tutorial BS. It would be better if you could opt not to have it. One character actually asks at one point if they need to explain something and you have the opportunity of saying "Yeah I know about it" to skip it, but everything else was just kind of painful to get through. Which sucks because I feel like there was a major plot point early but it seemed overshadowed to me by all this hand holding tutorial-ness. After you get to the first town and register as a trainer it becomes fun and feels like a pokemon game.  Just getting to that point felt tedious and annoying. Call me an old fart, but I am used to gen 1 and 2 where there wasn't much hand holding and it felt like you started on your adventure fairly quickly (barring that old man in Veridian city that forced you to watch him catch a pokemon so you could learn how to). Just let me explore!
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1358 on: 07 Jan 2020, 08:05 »

I got Link's Awakening for Christmas and I started playing it. I'm loving it so far, but the slow down is kind of noticeable in some parts
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1359 on: 09 Jan 2020, 08:11 »

Played and streamed Alpha Polaris over the weekend. Old school point and click horror game set in Greenland, where a young Norwegian biologist and an American oil team are drawn into a nightmare under the lights of the Aurora Borealis.

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Not a bad game, but definitely starting to show its age.

This weekend, I'm hitting Oakwood....not the theme park. More's the pity.
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1360 on: 24 Jan 2020, 07:57 »

I've reached the Wind Fish in Link's Awakening so I've only get a little bit left to go

I'm kind of surprised how short the game is
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1361 on: 05 Feb 2020, 08:48 »

Been replaying RE7 for research on a podcast friends and I will be doing soon.
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« Reply #1362 on: 05 Feb 2020, 10:06 »

Been replaying RE7 for research on a podcast friends and I will be doing soon.
Ive watched SGS play that on several occasions. Its great!
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« Reply #1363 on: 07 Feb 2020, 09:17 »

It is a truly excellent game.
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1364 on: 07 Feb 2020, 10:47 »

Playing Pokemon Shield. I am endeavoring to come up with a Godzilla team. Because I have shield I was able to get a Tyranitar to be Big G himself. Hydreigon would be ideal for Ghidorah but unfortunately the are exclusive to sword whereas I have shield. Frosmoth will be Mothra (sorry butterfree). I think Turtonator will make a decent Anguirus but is also sword exclusive. Haxorus could pass as Destoroyah (sans wings).

So basically I have:
Godzilla (Tyranitar) rock/dark
Mothra (Frosmoth) ice/bug
Destoroyah (Haxorus) dragon

Kind of lost on who to collect to get a team of 6. Togekiss (fairy/flying)could pass as Rodan I suppose, but its a bit of a stretch. I suppose I could use a Crawdaunt as Ebirah, but I always felt Ebirah was lame.
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1365 on: 07 Feb 2020, 13:05 »

Welp, I might as well confess to it.   Despite all of my complaints about it, I resubbed to wowcrack a few months ago.  Now, of course, I'm raiding again on my hpally, and probably going to start soon on my disc priest.
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1366 on: 08 Feb 2020, 11:12 »

Playing Pokemon Shield. I am endeavoring to come up with a Godzilla team. Because I have shield I was able to get a Tyranitar to be Big G himself. Hydreigon would be ideal for Ghidorah but unfortunately the are exclusive to sword whereas I have shield. Frosmoth will be Mothra (sorry butterfree). I think Turtonator will make a decent Anguirus but is also sword exclusive. Haxorus could pass as Destoroyah (sans wings).

So basically I have:
Godzilla (Tyranitar) rock/dark
Mothra (Frosmoth) ice/bug
Destoroyah (Haxorus) dragon

Kind of lost on who to collect to get a team of 6. Togekiss (fairy/flying)could pass as Rodan I suppose, but its a bit of a stretch. I suppose I could use a Crawdaunt as Ebirah, but I always felt Ebirah was lame.

Ghidorah (Hydreigon)


I've been playing Control and it's pretty funny, creepy environment and nice story
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1367 on: 11 Feb 2020, 21:54 »


Ghidorah (Hydreigon)


Yeah but thats only catch-able with Sword, I have shield.  :cry:

So I beat the last gym and its time to take the train to go fight the champion. Anticipating that I was going to fight the champion, I went into the wild area instead and grinded up to level 60 with my league team. This took some time (its not called grinding for nothing!). So once I was ready, I went to the train station. Anticipating to go toe to toe with the pokemon champ when I arrived...but that didn't happen. The train drops you off at route 10 and you still have to fight your way to Pokemon's version of London (Wyndon). All the pokemon, both wild and trained, were level 40-45. I stomped them. It wasn't even fair! I got an extra level or two on them. After getting to Wyndon, I felt weird having level 62 or 63 pokemon...so I went out grinding again and got them all to level 65.

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I'm too tired to continue so I will go to the stadium tomorrow and fight the champ, or whomever constitutes this gen's version of the elite 4 (I've only played gen 1 and 2).

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Cinderace
Corviknight
Frostmoth
Raichu
Umbreon
Sylveon
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1368 on: 12 Feb 2020, 08:12 »

I definitely did not think I'd have Corviknight for as long as I have, but it's a real beast. I don't know why but it wrecks so many Pokemon

Oh, just wait for the post game, it gets even weirder
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« Reply #1369 on: 12 Feb 2020, 12:37 »

Well I was planning on going to the stadium...but I ended up going to the wild area, just wanting to hit up all the D-max spots first...and then it happened! I ran into a G-Max pokemon! An Orbeetle! Its design was amazing! I ended up spending all my time and candies leveling up my Cinderace so that the AI team-mates would stand a chance (apparently they are at a level 70% to your own). I didn't realize that G-max pokemon are not guaranteed catches on defeat like the D-max ones so I missed out on Orbeetle...but I did run into G-max Hatterene and Toxicity and caught them both! Now all my team consist of all the same I mentioned before at level 66, but Cinderace is now lvl 95.

I think I have the champion battle in the bag.
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1370 on: 18 Feb 2020, 13:34 »

Played through a couple of the campaigns in Resident Evil 6 with my buddy, since that seems to be a thing we do now.

We're eagerly anticipating both Last of Us 2 and RE3make.

But yes, RE6 was reviled when it came out, but playing it now, with two of us in control, it's actually an enormous amount of fun. It's absolute garbage and very stupid in many places - it had wayyyy too many quicktime events and sequences encouraging you to waste ammo on unkillable bosses, particularly by the end.

But the rest of the game was a real blast. Satisfying weapons, and very playable with the both of us doing it. It must have been unimaginably hideous a game to play with an AI doing it.
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« Reply #1371 on: 18 Feb 2020, 19:17 »

Update, I am Pokemon champion now. It took awhile because of all the shenanigans that happened when I went to fight the Champion. I wont spoil it as it was pretty awesome. I stomped his pokemon flat. It was a good match though.
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« Reply #1372 on: 20 Feb 2020, 14:22 »

Finally played Frostpunk throughout (have had it for about a year, but only played it for a little while initially). After a few unsuccessful attempts, I managed the main game scenario on Medium difficulty (which was still pretty tough).

The game is very good throughout, but the climactic challenge at the end of the scenario (no spoilers) is... something else. I legit don't remember when I was last so emotional, so invested and so stressed out (in a good way) during a video game's climax. The game does a stellar job telling a story through a combination of in-game events and game mechanics.

(EDIT: also, I can't wait to finally be able to play through Disco Elysium and Outer Worlds. I've had both since Christmas, but I made a deliberate decision to not play them until I don't have anything serious, work related or otherwise, on my plate. I play plenty of games, but I want to play those with relatively few distractions. I already played Disco Elysium for a few hours, and I can't wait to play the rest of the game, although I'll probably start over after such a long time)
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« Reply #1373 on: 21 Feb 2020, 05:21 »

I've been playing Stellaris lately. It's fun, but a major timesuck (e.g. start at 8:30 pm thinking I'll play for an hour or two, and next thing I know it's 2:30 am and I have to go to work in the morning). For anyone who hasn't played it, it's basically Civilization, except you're on a map of a galaxy.

I'm playing as the Blorg Commonality (they're Fanatic Xenophile/Militarist and the species is Hideous, so they love every other species but every other species hates them). So far I've conquered the Xenophobe empires to my southwest and southeast, and I'm building up my fleet so I can take on the Spiritualist Fallen Empire to my west, because I'd really like to settle on their Holy Worlds without getting stomped on.
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