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How about a little tank n’ spank: gaming thread
  • I forget, anyone else play WoW or any other MMORPGs? The other half and I bought a Retron 3 today, along with the Ghostbusters game for NES. Haven’t played it yet, has anyone here?

  • No MMOs for me, though I once installed that DC Universe one and played for about four seconds before uninstalling.

    I haven’t played any games in a while. I think it’s just due to, like, summertime awesome funtimes, but I’m kind of like that. I’ll go through spells where I play a lot, and then it’ll be months without. I still haven’t beaten Portal 2. Or Fallout: New Vegas, for that matter, which I had started before my Xbox got stolen, and then bought for PC and never yet installed it.

  • So just played the Ghostbusters NES game… Wow, it’s terrible. I should have gone with BurgerTime.

  • I played Arkham Horror with a couple of people last night. It was a lot of fun! The first tabletop game I’d played in years, board- or otherwise. I was a little intimidated by the seeming complexity of it at first just b/c it had been so long but I actually picked it up super quick and had a really good time the whole ~4 hours. Would definitely play it again.

  • I was thinking about mario bros 3 three the other day and got kind of scared. I mean you’re traveling through these worlds right, and each world you go to eventually you end up trapped in a small dark room with nothing but you and a monster and you have to fight it. Damn. Also the hand that grabs you.

  • I played Arkham Horror with a couple of people last night. It was a lot of fun! The first tabletop game I’d played in years, board- or otherwise. I was a little intimidated by the seeming complexity of it at first just b/c it had been so long but I actually picked it up super quick and had a really good time the whole ~4 hours. Would definitely play it again.

    Awesome dude! My wife and I are wanting to play this again with some people. Game is real fun.

    Last night we played Carcassonne with a friend while drinking coffee, it was really nice.

  • Arkham Horror sounds like a lot of fun, I’ve always wanted to play it.

    My wife found this game Barbarossa at the thrift store. Though it’s got a board game structure (involving dragons and elves for some reason), the actual point of the game is to make objects out of modeling clay, and have the other players guess what they are without making it too easy or too hard. It’s pretty neat.

  • I just started playing Borderlands 2 but it makes me want to vomit so I need to figure out how to get my money back from Steam. I’m done with Diablo III having done everything except for Inferno Diablo and I don’t really feel like grinding til the point that I can get there.

    IRL, I started up a D&D group again as the DM. We played our second session the other day and my players hit level 2. Maybe I can make a thread about their adventures?

  • I have D3 but have yet to start it. WoW put out MoP last week - it’s okay, and now you have to level to 90, which I’m not too down with.

  • I got a gamestop gc for my bday and i’m pretty sure it’s a $50 jobber and the one thing I really wanted to get was Mass Effect 3 and that’s down to like $20 now so I guess I gotta figure out what other cheap games to get

    I also got an Amazon GC and preordered Halo 4 ‘cause I’m a tool.

  • DCDave said

    IRL, I started up a D&D group again as the DM. We played our second session the other day and my players hit level 2. Maybe I can make a thread about their adventures?

    ~~~~~~~~~~YES~~~~~~~~~~

  • weren’t we going to skype D&D way back when?

  • I remember that. I totally have a video camera on my laptop now too.

  • Diablo 3 is basically pointless to play at this point if you planned on ever doing anything online because even me at 60(17) is so far behind everyone else.

  • God help me, I started getting interested in MOBAs (DOTA/ League of Legends). The community are a bunch of foul-mouthed immature teenagers (who are the only people with enough free time to excel at it) but the gameplay is so intricate and interesting, I don’t know if I can resist.

  • I don’t play WoW, but I just read this and now I’m fascinated:

    Entire Cities Dead on Certain Realms

    All those bones

    (btw, “Entire Cities Dead on Certain Realms” would be an awesome song title.)

  • Yup, WoW was hacked (so the rumor goes on the discussion forums) and everything was down for a few hours on Sunday. Many nerds were PISSED.

    (i will write that song with you)

  • I brought up the idea w/ Scott (formerly of Dear Astronaut), and he liked the idea of us only getting together a couple of times a year to write like two long songs and release them as an EP.

  • “Entire Cities Dead on Certain Realms” would of course be one of those

  • Man, I was lookin’ for a game thread before I made my Dark Souls thread but I couldn’t find it. Silly me.

    Hey guys, I’ve been playing Dark Souls! Everyone should play Dark Souls.

  • Mechwarrior Online is the shit, especially if you are an Asperger Kerensky who used to play Battletech tabletop.

  • Bought final fantasy 3 (err, VI, or whatever) for Wiiware and have been playing that all week. Still a super fun game. My friend let me borrow Skyward Sword and I have been noodling around on that. It is fun, but I have yet to ever beat ocarina of time (wiiware versions), twilight princess or spirit tracks for ds (or wind waker, for that matter), so maybe I just don’t like Zelda games anymore? I guess I’ll just keep at it…

  • Beat my first game of XCOM. It’s a very, very worthy update of the original, and for a while there made me incapable of doing anything except playing more XCOM. There are some things from the original I’d like to have seen (aliens assaulting your base, for instance), but I’d say all of the things it added to the game—the skill system for troopers, the new movement system—are unqualified successes, and it’s a hell of a lot of fun to play.

    People complain about it being hard, which it is. But largely it’s an issue of people not wanting to lose any of their troops during a mission. This is a mistake. Roll with the punches—the game is a lot more fun that way.

    (There are still some ‘noob-traps’—suboptimal play which no experienced player will indulge in but which is available for new players to fall in to—especially not ramping up your earning potential by launching and protecting satellites. Most games have these, especially ones with rich systems like XCOM does, and it’s no worse at this than most any other game. In conclusion, if you’re playing XCOM, don’t concentrate on your ‘ground game’ too much and sink all your resources into equipping your troops: revenue and research are the most important things.)

  • I am considering playing a video game soon! It’s been like… 18 months, maybe? What should I get for Xbox? Last few games I really enjoyed were LA Confidential, Portal 2, Fallout: New Vegas. I like big immersive games with high production values, but I often have trouble finishing stuff.

  • Marinus convinced me that I should play the Walking Dead game. Is that available on XBox?

  • Yes. https://www.telltalegames.com/walkingdead/

    It’s an adventure game, so mainly you’re just making your way through the narrative, interacting with the world, and making gut-wrenching decisions. It’s split into 5 episodes, of which the 4th just came out (the last one is due next month). The first episode can be downloaded for free at the above address if you want to give it a trial run.

  • So glad that XBox arcade and Steam have brought back the adventure game.

  • Just started playing XCOM when I got back. Really, really fun.

    I don’t know, I don’t find it very difficult, even on the harder settings. As Marinus says the macro game is a mindless resource-shepherding/research grind, and in the tactical portion I very rarely lose units unless I do it intentionally for purposes of dramatic tension (Lt. Rivera, your sacrifice at the alien base will forever be remembered).

    But then I cut my teeth playing Terror From the Deep (famously more difficult than the original X-Com) when I was 12 or so.

    Has anyone actually played Dishonored? I considered playing that first, but I have a nearly two-decade old relationship with the X-Com franchise, so I had loyalties to satisfy first.

  • Well, @Dick, if Terror from the Deep is your standard, then there is nothing in the world which could scare you.

    Finishing a game of XCOM2012 makes me really want to dig into the original again.

  • Some parties (like Dick, but I’m sure he already knows) may be interested in the interview of Tarn Adams of Dwarf Fortress fame on Roguelike Radio. http://www.roguelikeradio.com/2012/10/episode-49-interview-with-tarn-adams.html

    Very good and in depth, but I’d have liked some mention of Liberal Crime Squad, which is actually a hell of a lot of fun and has been name-checked on that podcast before.

  • Anyone play SpaceChem? I don’t play a lot of puzzle games, but I downloaded the demo and am now hopelessly addicted.

  • Man, did I ever play SpaceChem! Steam tells me I put in 36 hours, and I still was quite a way from finishing it before I burnt out after marathon sessions. When you beat one of the harder puzzles it makes you feel like you deserve a Nobel Prize, which is a great quality in a puzzle game. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

  • fuckin milly and thermo and I just got into an hour or so of killin, halo 4 style. good stuff. Xbox360 dudes, come out and play with us sometime

  • I wish I could get into shooters! I am not twitchy enough for that shit!

    Lately: Dead Space 2, Rainbow Moon, Need for Speed, King of Fighters XIII.

    I didn’t have any fun with the first episode of Walking Dead, but I think that has more to do with the fact that I don’t enjoy the Walking Dead as a franchise/world than as a game.

  • I feel like I’m not brave enough for dark souls.

  • Oh, I don’t mean I’d be scared. I’m just a fairly unskilled gamer, and I am easily demoralized.

  • jamesschneider said: I wish I could get into shooters! I am not twitchy enough for that shit!

    fwiw Halo is less twitchy than most shooters. Though Halo 4 multi seems faster-paced than some of the previous versions.

    We had a great time anyway. ex-LPTJer girl popped in for a bit just to chat via XBox Live party, though she apparently refuses to buy the game. Somebody else in this group was a Halo hater IIRC, was it you alistair? or Chet? Somebody I thought.

    Get Halo 4 and play with us dooooooo iiiiiiiiiiiiit

  • I’m feeling convinced on Dark Souls. Will pick that up once I’m through Dead Space 2.

    No halo for me, I’m a PS3 guy, no xbox to play on.