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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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“There’s just something about those games that I find so satisfying,” he says. “There’s new DLCs coming out all the time and I’m looking forward to whatever the next one is.”

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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