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For starters

Posted by Jakester on Saturday, February 23, 2013

I responded to one of Omi's posts in the video game forum.
Second, are any of you lot playing any MMOs?

Since NcSoft killed CoH, I'd been with a few pals for something to replace it. Nothing really has, but we like The Secret World.
Another online buddy was playing Star Trek Online, which I had played at launch for a month or two. It was okay, but CoH pulled me back pretty quickly. I got back to STO last month and was surprised at how much had changed and improved. It's definitely a lot more complicated now, but it feels more like Trek, with diplomacy missions and duty officers that you can assign tasks to. So that's what I've been spending my gaming time on.

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 I had thought about it.  Thought about Eve since I was an Elite junkie in my youth.

....says "Kill Bond, NOW!"
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 I'd heard of Eve, but had no idea what it was about, at all. Looks like it could be groovy. I'd like to see some videos and whatnot. Might root around later.

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 Somebody on here warned me off.  Said it was too established and hard to be a noob.

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I've played the trial versions of WoW and EVE in the past, and I've decided that MMORPGs just aren't my thing.

By the end of WoW's 14-day trial, I managed to level my gnome warlock to level 15. It got repetitive pretty quickly and each new quest seemed like a slight variation of the previous one. It wasn't particularly interesting. I thought that the means of improving your in-game character in EVE were structured more interestingly than they are in WoW, since new skills aren't acquired by gaining experience points, but by "learning" from books (which can take over a month in some cases), and since the tech trees consist of intricate webs of such skills. While that approach to skill building seemed more appealing to me, the gameplay in EVE was almost more boring than it was in WoW. All the fetch quests are one thing, but the it's really the long travel times that killed the experience for me.

I guess I also approach these games the wrong way. I don't want them to be interactive experiences. Of course, it's kind of cool to know that the universe you inhabit is populated by thousands of other people who are actively involved in the game's economy and who make up its society, but I don't necessarily want to talk to those people or go on quests with them. I much prefer doing things on my own, but MMO games don't seem to be suited for that type of player because they become kind of monotonous if you keep doing the same thing over and over again by yourself.

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I played Fantasy Online for a while. I enjoyed it, though it could get a little tedious. Tedium and I are old friends, so it wasn't too bad. I liked the simple look of it. I'd probably still be playing it if our connection in Munich hadn't made it nearly impossible. I may get back into it at some point.

One thing I didn't like about it was that users could buy weapons and armor and shit that poor people had to work hard to earn. I guess MMOs work this way--especially ones that don't charge subscription rates. It doesn't really have an impact on my gaming in Fantasy Online when somebody else spends a truckload of money for a fancy shield, so I don't know why I'd begrudge this person his paid-for perks. I guess I'm just a grump.

I'm replaying the original NES Legend of Zelda. It's as awesome as it ever was. It's been about half a decade since the last time I played, so I've forgotten where a lot of the hidden stuff is. I'm torching every bush I see and pushing every rock.

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Jubbers is hoping to pull me into the world of modern gaming. She got us a used PS2. We both got some games we've been curious about. I'm pretty far behind as far as being a gamer goes. I've never really played any of the 3D, 360-degree environment shooters that appear to be the modern norm. I played a tiny bit of Wolfenstein 3D and Doom back in the mid-nineties. The controllers were all complex and I felt lost, so I never got into them the way others my age did.

I got Red Dead Revolver, Bully, and Shadow of the Colossus. I'm not sure which one to play first. I may wait until after I've played through Legend of Zelda. I'm not sure whether I'll stop after the first quest or play through the second before I start the PS2 gaming.

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I'd tell you to play Shadow of the Colossus first, but since you're not used to moving in 3D environments, you may find it too challenging to start with. Maybe you should start with Bully because it's kind of the "little brother" of the GTA series. GTA3 and Max Payne are the games that made me want to get used to games in 3D environments. Of course, I played those on the PC.

You know, Goits, I have all three of those games you listed up there. You could have borrowed them from me first if you were curious about them. I have a bunch of other PS2 games you're welcome to borrow, since I haven't played them in some time. You should try God of War. I also have Metroid Prime for the Gamecube, if you're looking for additional games with 3D environments. (Can you play Gamecube games on the Wii? I'm not sure.) The nice thing about that one is that there's a lock-on feature, so you don't have to spend a lot of time trying to aim at your targets.

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God of War is the bomb. I too have a ton of old PS2 games. I think I have all the GTA games.

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I should really get into video games someday.

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 I only play games on Facebook, where I can demonstrate my continued dominance of everyone, especially Jakester. Good thing he likes being dominated.

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I spend a fair amount of time playing Escape and Canabalt on Kongregate. I'm pretty good at both.

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I forgot to mention that I also have Ghostbusters for the PS2, but I can't tell you how it is because I haven't played it yet. I bought it at the GameCrazy on Delmar when it was going out of business, but I never got around to trying it out.

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I hear Harold Ramis sounds really fat in it.

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 Anyone tried out that awesome new Pong game yet?

Faster and faster, a nightmare we ride. Who'll take the reins when the miracle dies? Faster and faster till everything dies. Killing is our way of keeping alive. - Virgin Steele, Blood and Gasoline
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 My son likes the Ghostbusters game. I have it for the PC, but its controls are clunky, and it suffers from very slow load times unless you screw with the CPU affinity and then reset it (Mass Effect 2 had the same bug, though). He got it for the Wii for Christmas, and it's easier to play. The story's not bad, but it seems a bit over-long.

Negs is amazing at Bejeweled Blitz and Zuma Blitz. I can't fathom how she got over 5 million points on Zuma Blitz.

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Jakester wrote:

Negs is amazing at Bejeweled Blitz and Zuma Blitz. I can't fathom how she got over 5 million points on Zuma Blitz.

Because I was born to bust balls, Jake. And actually I think my all-time high is 6 mil plus.

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Mal Shot First wrote:

Can you play Gamecube games on the Wii? I'm not sure.

We can. Though we'll have to scoot the couch closer to the T.V. (thus shrinking Jubboiter's play area) since the controllers are a bit short on wire length. The PS2 controllers reach to the couch without a problem. I'm playing Futurama and The Simpsons Game right now.

I was a big MMORPG player in high school and college, starting with Asheron's Call and Dark Age of Camelot. I played WOW up through the Lich King. I find Pandaria a bit tempting, but I don't think I'll be re-signing-up anytime soon.

I do play a lot of Tetris.

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 And Goits' gut shrinks Jubboiter's play area even more.

Faster and faster, a nightmare we ride. Who'll take the reins when the miracle dies? Faster and faster till everything dies. Killing is our way of keeping alive. - Virgin Steele, Blood and Gasoline
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Goits gut IS Jubboiter's play area!

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Goits ATE Jubboiter?!?!?!??!?!

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 He is her protective cocoon.

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