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#448236 What games are people playing these days!?

Posted DirtyHarry50 on 17 February 2018 - 11:47 PM

Tonight I finished the epic adventure of Final Fantasy VII on the PS4. Despite its age, this truly is a timeless classic in my opinion. Iím so glad I gave it another chance early on when I questioned why I was I playing a game from 1997 on a PS4 with a hefty backlog of modern titles. Something made me want to press on and see why this series is so endearing to so many people. I think I know now. The game has so much going for it even after all these years with its beautiful music, wonderful characters, interesting take on character progression, battle system, large world to see and an excellent story with a fair number of surprising twists and turns. I became very attached to the characters in the game over time. Although it remains at 4:3 aspect ratio, the increased resolution and what I think was some work on the character and monster models really looked surprisingly good to me. Once I became invested in the story and characters the visual issues became unimportant and as sometimes happens when enjoying an old classic, the looks and some of the mechanics took on a certain nostalgic backdrop for what still is a great example of what an outstanding, single player, story driven role playing game can be. I really loved playing this game.

#448226 Feral's upcoming project?

Posted DirtyHarry50 on 17 February 2018 - 10:57 AM

I fought the law and the law won...

#448172 Star Trek Discovery

Posted DirtyHarry50 on 11 February 2018 - 04:59 PM

Star Trek is an American media franchise based on the science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry. The first television series, simply called Star Trek and now referred to as "The Original Series", debuted in 1966 and aired for three seasons on the television network NBC. It followed the interstellar adventures of Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and his crew aboard the starship USS Enterprise, a space exploration vessel, built by the United Federation of Planets in the twenty-third century. Others followed where nobody had gone before but not as good. There is no good space shows like then today.

"Wink wink nudge nudge. Say no more, say no more."

#448170 Homeworld Remastered Released for Mac!

Posted DirtyHarry50 on 11 February 2018 - 04:45 PM

I think the context of such threads should clarify what they are about but that does require paying some minimal amount of attention to what is being responded to.

Anyone can miss a date or respond to the most recent post without realizing what is going on once in a while. My response here and elsewhere on the same day was in recognition of a trend of not seeming to pay attention to what was being responded to. Naturally, I welcome whatever response Anas may have to offer to my comments. However, another trend I have noted is that his posts seem to be just FYI things for our enlightenment in which no further discussion is warranted no matter how we might respond to them.

#448148 Public Apology

Posted DirtyHarry50 on 09 February 2018 - 08:52 PM

View PostFrost, on 09 February 2018 - 06:37 PM, said:

Wait, was it really 11 years ago I sent you that "At least you're not 60 yet!" happy birthday IM on here for 59?

It was funny for me to read this as I was born in 1959 and next month I will celebrate my 59th birthday.

ďHow old would you be if you didnít know how old you were? Age is a question of mind over matter. If you donít mind, it donít matter.Ē - Satchel Paige

I had long thought that the original form of this famous quote came from Mark Twain. This is a short and interesting little summary about the known history of it for anyone interested such as folks pushing 60, 70, etc.


#448127 Public Apology

Posted DirtyHarry50 on 08 February 2018 - 12:50 AM

And now for something really fun and positive!


#448032 Puzzle Quest

Posted DirtyHarry50 on 25 January 2018 - 05:41 PM

Also, I would agree with checking out Paul the Tallís site in case heís already created a turnkey solution with Wine which he has done for many games and he shares his work freely as well last I knew. If not though, using Wineskin is not difficult although a little reading first is going to be needed if itís all brand new to you. For a Mac gamer, itís a great investment in learning that pays off in being able to enjoy many GOG games as one important example, that donít come already setup for Macs. Always check AppDB on the WineHQ site I linked first when trying to find out what can be expected to work well, pretty well or not at all. I used this often in the past with excellent results including with Steam games.

By the way, if you happen to own a PS2 or Xbox 360, you can get the game for those platforms too along with the Nintendo DS if I recall correctly.

Last but maybe not the least, if you happen to own a PS4, the PS2 version is available for that also as one of the titles that runs with their built in emulator and so runs at higher resolution with trophies support added to it. This version is going for $9.99 presently but the PS2 games lineup is frequently discounted if you watch for sales.

#447958 What If Google Had Not Deleted The Fake Steve Ballmer Blog?

Posted DirtyHarry50 on 19 January 2018 - 11:39 AM

View PostSteve Ballmer, on 17 January 2018 - 07:34 PM, said:

I shall cure you my brother!

There is no cure for the likes of me. Ask tBC. Heíll tell you. He even tried electrocution but to no avail. Besides, my sister-in-law promised sheíd never speak to me again if I went Apple. You donít really think you can motivate me to change now I hope because there is no way I am giving that up for anything.

#447957 Best Arcade and Board Games for mac

Posted DirtyHarry50 on 19 January 2018 - 11:26 AM

I might be wrong but I donít think posting a link to your website of top 10 lists of software with what I assume are referral links to the App Store in every case is really appropriate for here.

Also, if you are the digital marketing expert you claim to be on this site, I would expect that it would occur to you that having someone edit the copy who is fluent in the written English language would be more than a little helpful if you want to be taken seriously by native English language speakers. I am inclined to wonder how someone with a marketing degree would not know this. This leads me to question your real motive in posting it.

On a bright note, the fact that I am this direct is why I am not a moderator which is for the best. Perhaps I am wrong here but I donít think so or I would not have responded.

#447942 Casual Play as Therapy

Posted DirtyHarry50 on 16 January 2018 - 02:17 PM

View PostG_Player, on 16 January 2018 - 03:17 AM, said:

Here's an encounter to illustrate.

There was a particularly lovely spot that I often visited alone, filled with vert plants, tall trees, diverse flowering plants, butterflies of wondrous colors, and a small stream wound its way gently through.

On this occasion I happened to be dressed all in white and holding a staff. There was a teleport stone nearby which was mainly used as a way point to other locations, not necessarily to where I was. But more often than not, the stone lay silent and unused.

After a time a young man appeared, took a few steps from the stone, looked about, and then quickly returned to the stone and popped away. This he repeated many times over the next five minutes or so. Sometimes wandering out a bit further but always when he returned he'd stop to stare at me, then quickly pop away again.

Curious, (as elves tend to be) I watched his comings and goings which didn't seem to have purpose. When next he appeared and stood looking at me, I addressed him.

(keep in mind that I, as an elf, try my best to always speak in a sort of middle english, for immersion's sake. Sometimes I use words fallen out of common usage long go. It lends an air of ancient mystery of days long past, a connection to something very old, and I always remained in-character)

"Greetings, M'lord. Thou seemeth unsure of the path before thee. Doth thou seek a thing which is found not?"

He stood silently, struck to the spot where he was standing.

"Come," I said, "take pause here next to me. No harm shall I do upon thee."

He came over and we both sat next to the stream.

We spoke about the teleporting stone and I explained how to best use it. But he also had other questions about game mechanics and troubles with a few quests.

After about 20 minutes or so he was encouraged to try again, but he was so enchanted in the kindly way I responded to his needs he wanted to know if I was part of the environment (an actual part of the game) or a GM.

"I know not what a GM is, m'lord. I hath ne'er beheld such. Yet glad am I to lend thee aid and good counsel. Freely seek me if thou hath need again.", I replied.

As he left I could see that he was completely enthralled by the magical encounter and the elf in all white who gave him help.

And what made it all happen was this teeny silvan environment created by a group of very talented artists.

Imagine what could be done with a whole valley.

My very first experience in the world of Norrath was quite like this and I can still fondly recall it, coming upon a gnome seated by himself and pleased to meet a new adventurer. It was pure magic.

Iíve had many one on one encounters while exploring, fishing, etc. and they are some of the best experiences in those settings. Iíve also invested time counseling and building up some young people Iíve met along the way in areas that pertained to their real lives. They thought I gave them a lot but I let them know they gave me more.

Gaming has brought a great deal of good to my life that extends well beyond enjoying the games themselves which I certainly do. For deeply personal reasons that I would not get into here, itís been very good therapy for me. As just one example, it led me here to a great group of people who I am grateful to have come to know over time. If we ever lose this forum, I hope weíll figure out a replacement somehow.

#447928 Forget EA and Bungie, this is the most amazing post-launch thing I've see...

Posted DirtyHarry50 on 15 January 2018 - 12:41 PM

View PostFrost, on 14 January 2018 - 07:41 PM, said:

Redid the special event a second time to try and make as cinematic a recording as possible for folks who can't play, or are having trouble not dying (not something I've never experienced personally, but you know)

Skip straight to 20:16 for the Predator encounter if you don't want to lead-up, but if you want it done movie-style, do the whole thing!

Now, thatís entertainment!!!

Morning coffee with Frost hunting the Predator. What could be a better start to my day? Well, I just donít know! Thanks for making and sharing that. I really did have a good time watching just now.

#447917 Forget EA and Bungie, this is the most amazing post-launch thing I've see...

Posted DirtyHarry50 on 14 January 2018 - 09:43 PM

I have 2% battery left so I bookmarked this to Entertainment.

Iíll be back....

#447902 Most missed hardware feature

Posted DirtyHarry50 on 14 January 2018 - 11:10 AM

After the comment I wrote above about wireless charging in cars I saw a car advertisement during the Patriots game (Go Pats!) that mentioned having one as a built in feature. I forget what car it was but I guess I should have figured that would already be a thing.

So this problem is easily solved after all. Ignore these guys with their cheap half baked dongles and blue teeth baloney and just buy a new car that solves the problem and does it right! You are an Apple user. You know how this works. You get what you pay for.

#447898 Trouble with new speakers

Posted DirtyHarry50 on 13 January 2018 - 04:54 PM

It does sound like the speakers are defective. I have encountered this once, a long time ago. I brought the speakers to the company that made them and interestingly an audio engineer there could not hear the sound that I could easily reproduce with a particular recording. Ultimately I left there with a replacement pair of speakers that did not have this defect.

If they are still under warranty I would just ask for refund or replacement.

#447896 Xbox, PlayStation, and Switch News

Posted DirtyHarry50 on 13 January 2018 - 04:06 PM

View PostMatt Diamond, on 13 January 2018 - 03:17 PM, said:

I'd like to understand your distinctions. If there's IAP you won't play the game, or you'll play but ignore the purchases?
How do you feel about ads?

Iíll work backwards here. I might look at something ad supported and buy out the ads if I find the cost reasonable but I think I have only done that once for a weather app I liked. I donít have any objection to this even when ads are intrusive because I donít mind paying for any worthwhile software I want to use. This would only be an issue for me if I had no option to just buy an ad free version.

The kind of IAP I used as an example, gems, coins or whatever does mean I wonít even look at it. I guess good clear examples of what I am fine with would be Feral releasing two expansions to Rome: Total War or Aspyr later releasing dlc content or expansions to CIV VI, both of which technically are IAPs but I see these an entirely reasonable.

What I really take issue with is anything designed from the ground up for ongoing money extraction, being nickeled and dimed for something badly designed to begin with.

Getting away from iOS but on the same general theme, what could be fantastic games if the developers had their way, I am thinking AAA here, are ruined by corporate greed and Star Wars Battlefront II is a perfect example of this. Once they turned off the gambling which is so intertwined with progression in that game it became crystal clear how broken the design is without a lot of added consumer spending which was still a crapshoot even on a good day. The game is broken beyond repair and there is no cure because it was built on a money extraction design doomed to failure. Itís a classic case of corporate suits being clueless about the customers they serve. Nothing can save that broken disaster now.

Itís sad too how developers are left holding the bag and taking the blame when I suspect itís out of their hands. I cannot imagine the suckage that would be working for any company published by EA, Activision or Ubisoft among others. I donít think DICE, Bungie and others are the villains in this stuff but they often get the hate they probably donít deserve aside of guilt by association I guess.

I do ultimately see a light at the end of the tunnel though when publishers begin reacting to consumer outrage. People are starting to vote with their wallets in larger numbers or at the minimum publishers are trying to avoid this when we see companies like Microsoft order Forza 7 be fixed or EA temporarily turn off loot boxes for damage control while they try to figure out how to fix the mess they made. It looks like EA wants to be regarded as the worst company in America again. They must be in the running.

All of this has caused me to rethink how I used to view kickstarter projects. I can better understand why people will take chances on well intentioned projects by smaller companies wanting to craft quality entertainment without corporate constraints imposed on them along with various other equally valid reasons. Iíd rather gamble on some decent people trying to make something good than preorder the next steaming pile of whatever out of EA, not that I ever preorder anything anyway but thatís yet another topic and Iíve already rambled on too much about stuff you didnít ask me to. Sorry!