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From: Lyra at 2017-12-05 00:44:55
Warfraaaaame

this but also fallout new vegas

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and a f2p model that doesn’t just vacuum all your money immediately don’t forget that

Edited by applebappu at 2017-12-21 19:21:052017-12-21 19:21
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From: Lyra at 2017-12-22 04:26:22

From: roodi at 2017-12-22 02:36:54
close but the credit card

so you can buy your Dr. Boom and friends

fuck

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playin hella mount n blade today and yesterday

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nice, ps3 version actually has acceptable drop rates

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I picked up skyrim again cause I just had oral surgery so I wanna be a blob on the couch and not work too hard

if you mostly ignore the quests (unless youre hard up for some direction) and just roam around exploring on your own it’s a nice little fun loop

plus I’ve had the solstheim dlc all this time but never touched it before, turns out it’s p neat. basically they tried to do morrowind again

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update: I am ALL ABOUT Don’t Starve these days

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yeah, i can see that being a thing

on the one hand, like any game once you get its mechanics figured out it’s not so bad and as somebody who’s pretty good at it i enjoy how it never really gets to be completely monotonous or effortless, even in later days you’re always working on SOMEthing. there’s also a ton of content on offer with the reign of giants and shipwrecked expansions, and every character brings their own unique playstyle to the experience plus the worldgen is highly customizable so there’s so much replay value

but i can see how, either if you’re the type of person who gets overwhelmed by to-do lists, or if you haven’t reached the point where the mechanics are second nature to you yet, it could be a stressful experience. the simple mechanics hide a game of really striking complexity, lots of moving parts to consider at any given moment

Don’t Starve Together definitely makes things easier on you by letting you play multiplayer and split up the workload, if you’re at all interested in learning to enjoy what’s on offer

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but like, survival games in general when they’re done right (which is rare, but Don’t Starve definitely nails it imo) deal directly with the experience of living on the edge of mortality and having it in the back of your mind which can be a pretty Real fear and might fuck with your enjoyment for sure. so they’re not for everybody

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that shit was way too scary for me lol

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update: I might take a break from don’t starve for a while
I’m breaking my face against adventure mode and it’s reeeeeeeeally frustrating

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playing hella bloodborne now

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From: Jeff “Zeb” Veasey at 2018-02-05 10:01:51
im playing EDF 4.1 again. excellent game.

hell yeah

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From: Tiko at 2018-02-05 09:24:49
im back to mario galaxy got like 720 moons maybe going for the 100%

odyssey is so good holy cwap

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lancers are cool but hard to use and the weapons they get don’t really keep pace with the kinds of missions you’re up against eventually imo

flying ladies 4 lyfe

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i was thinking more of missions where you have to take down transport ships, or towards the end with the dyson sphere stuff, where you have to shoot way up into the skybox

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maybe i just never got good lancer drops tho lol. that’s also a possibility

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nice yeah i never found that one

hmmmm might have to put some more time in, there

i really enjoyed zipping around in the air and sniping things tho too

edf 4.1 just owns all around

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you should get a switch anyway tho

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ps4 for bloodborne u mean

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bloodborne is EASILY worth having a ps4 for, by itself even

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From: typhy at 2018-02-15 15:21:28
Wow!

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I picked up The Long Dark on steam sale yesterday and so far it really owns

had my eye on it for quite a while, it’s nice to see an early access game actually finish and be good (apart from the story which they’re releasing in chapters)

it’s also nice to see a survival game that focuses more on survival instead of combat. and the setting is hauntingly gorgeous

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barbeques, tea kettles, and gobs of axle grease
there comes a time when every man must sail the seas of thieves

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been completely lost in subnautica the past couple days
it owns so hard

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update: still playing subnautica

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update: subnautica kinda started to lose me a bit in the endgame, i’m not finding it as compelling once you make the prawn suit and are forced to confront some of your biggest fears up to that point and realize that they’re not actually as dangerous as you thought they were

also the longer i play that one save file, the worse the game’s performance got, to the point that i actually had to jump my settings down one level across the board

so now i’m back on that hollow knight / skyrim kick

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From: Nergal at 2018-04-02 07:29:57
Been obsessively burning all my free time with Monster Hunter World.

i’m waiting for the PC port so my husband and i can play together (we only have 1 ps4)

so for now it’s a mix of like, daggerfall and minecraft

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Now play crimson butterfly

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I’ve been into duskers lately
it’s really awesome. picture a cross between Hacknet and XCOM set in a dead version of the Alien universe

you pilot drones using a text interface and rudimentary blotchy video feeds and schematics, docking with derelict ships looking for scrap and trying to find out why everyone else is dead

and you’re not alone

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trailer

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woah, i’m pretty sure i’ve played that

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From: Tiko at 2018-05-05 05:45:40
been playing Endless Space 2 again
very relaxing 4X game
i love how the different factions have such different gameplay. my favorite are the tree people who root up the galaxy and take over systems via ‘pacifism’

love 4x

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From: iforgotnmyname at 2018-05-05 10:27:33

From: applebaps at 2018-05-04 16:54:49
woah, i’m pretty sure i’ve played that

I think it’s on GOG for a few bucks but you can also find it on many abandonware sites, I nabbed it from here (it comes with it’s own DOSbox setup so it’s pretty simple to get running)
https://gamesnostalgia.com/en/game/master-of-magic

yeah i picked it up on GOG. i like that it runs on linux as well! didn’t expect that for a dos-era game

i found it kind of confusing until i read the manual and turned the difficulty up to normal so i could turn off the grand vizier (which wasn’t building anything i wanted it to) and make a custom wizard (which is super awesome)

my favorite 4X game is galactic civilizations 2, which lets you build custom races as well as build custom spaceships from component parts based on what you’ve researched and unlocked. so anything customizable is great

i’m having difficulty with taking over lairs, like, at all. i think i need a much larger military to really pull it off

super fun though and i’m digging the soundtrack

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From: Lyra at 2018-05-05 05:58:01
i just started playing this game called “minion masters”

i’m told that it’s “like clash royale” but it’s for PC instead i guess

for $5 it’s been fun enough i guess

you were kicking ass at it last night, really fun to watch

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Corruption of Champions

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From: imgay at 2018-06-04 11:11:57

From: roodi at 2018-02-05 17:27:30

From: typhy at 2018-02-05 10:18:08
im playing game “CELESTE”, a good game for gamers with excellent music

User imgay will return and boost this post one day

hi

the chosen times, we bear witness

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ive been experimenting with minecraft mods

played thaumcraft for quite a while then got a bit soured on it

now ive been learning botania

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mini reviews:

thaumcraft 5 is a great mod that’s closer to a total conversion than a simple addition. it centers largely around “aspects” which it assigns like elemental properties to nearly every item, block, and mob. it also leans heavily on an “aura” mechanic where chunks have aspected energy that flows around from place to place and powers a lot of your magic and mechanisms.

because it’s so involved, with an in depth research game to unlock more magical theory, 3 new kinds of crafting, not to mention the essentia management, it has a tendency to be an end in and of itself which still necessitates some vanilla actions to get started but later replaces them entirely with mod-specific tasks and objectives

botania, in sharp contrast to this, is a flexible and minimalist tech mod masquerading as a magic mod. it revolves around generating “mana” (power resource) and crafting using naturally spawning flowers and materials converted from wood and stone. it eschews pipes and wires in favor of directly linking machines together with a wand to fire mana “bursts” through the air

even though it has 2 new crafting methods (runic altars and the petal apothecary), and unlike Thaumcraft, all botania-specific actions are conducted in world rather than through guis, which is a nice immersive touch

furthermore, if botania gets to a point where it replaces vanilla actions, i havent hit it yet. it seeks to add a bunch of cool toys to your toy box rather than replacing them. a lot of the fun is had through using botania items to augment automation you could already do with redstone, but really kick it up a notch

it also adds quite a lot of really nice looking decorative blocks

as such, players looking for a more directed experience would probably enjoy thaumcraft, whereas redstone wizards and those looking to build beautiful buildings will probably prefer botania

it’s worth noting that both mods are riddled with typos and grammatical errors. botania also loves anime references. it’s really put of place

Edited by applebaps at 2018-06-05 15:53:092018-06-05 15:53
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if youre going to pick up either mod, i recommend acquiring them directly from their respective sites and setting up forge for them, rather than using a mod pack. packs often contain other random things and the mod versions are usually outdated

in particular, Simply Magic (which tries to be an intro to all major magic mods) is 2 versions behind on Thaumcraft and idk how many on Botania

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vermintide 2 is ok

i personally dont much care for the feel of the weapons, and i encountered enough gamebreaking bugs on release that i felt burned by the purchase and stopped playing

maybe eventually itll be better with patches

also needs more content, and ai manager tweaks to make it feel less samey

but nothing else is really scratching the l4d itch so it’s a good effort

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kf2 nails the gamefeel aspect imo

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From: Tiko at 2018-06-25 06:04:02
lately ive been looking for a chill space game but i got cogmind instead and its very unchill but its fun
the text graphics are beautiful and the UI & controls are really good for a roguelike

oh that’s been on my radar for a while now

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From: imgay at 2018-06-25 06:22:13
infinifactory is the chill space game

this too I want it

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I’ve been ALL ABOUT Endless Legend lately
it’s so good
even tops MoM in a few ways which I didn’t think any 4X really could

Edited by applebaps at 2018-06-25 20:49:402018-06-25 20:49
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From: Tiko at 2018-06-25 06:08:07
of course i enabled text mode immediately, fuck tiles

my man

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yea

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From: applebaps at 2018-06-25 20:48:28

From: Tiko at 2018-06-25 06:04:02
lately ive been looking for a chill space game but i got cogmind instead and its very unchill but its fun
the text graphics are beautiful and the UI & controls are really good for a roguelike

oh that’s been on my radar for a while now

update: i got it and it’s pretty awesome

armored core roguelike, basically. in an older school sense of the word than i’m used to lately
lots of tactical decision-making on the fly and managing limited resources. i’m into it

it’s like somebody saw the cooler bit of IVAN where you can swap out body parts and they all get damaged individually, and went “hey this should be the whole game”

Edited by applebaps at 2018-07-07 23:02:492018-07-07 23:02
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From: iforgotnmyname at 2018-08-10 22:43:32
hooked on Dead Cells the past few days now that it’s officially released

it’s a rougelite metroidvania, more or less, with tight as hell combat and a good variety of weapons/power/skills that also interact well with each other - you can pick from a lot of different playstyles/builds to work with

haven’t beaten the final boss yet, bastard is very unforgiving with his attacks bu so far the game has been a blast

yeah dead cells owns a lot i’ve got that myself

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MONSUTAA HANTAA WAARUDO tho

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yeah hollow knight is really really good

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monster hunter generations ultimate

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i like s&s quite a bit
it needs work in a few key areas (like the music, which you mentioned) but it filled a void for me when it came out. it’s a p good game

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how much apm can a bird achieve

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man, that takes me back
and yeah i’ve never been much good at RTSes in a human competitive sense
i always played them for the campaigns

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From: Tiko at 2018-10-18 11:43:32

From: applebaps at 2018-10-17 16:13:41
man, that takes me back
and yeah i’ve never been much good at RTSes in a human competitive sense
i always played them for the campaigns

I always just played custom maps (UMS in Starcraft)
I never even played the campaigns properly
but I’m finally doing that for the first time and it’s a ton of fun
almost done with the Zerg campaign in vanilla SC

also fuck wikia, it’s such a cash grab

yea to all of this

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i’ve been picking up The Long Dark again recently
the Vigilant Flame update overhauled the cooking mechanics, and as much as i love the direction it’s taking the game, the initial launch of the overhaul had some weird bugs and issues
they’ve hotfixed a lot of it so i’m back on my shit

i mostly like to play on Interloper difficulty but this weekend i started working on actually completing some of the challenges, since i haven’t done any of those yet
almost done with Nomad, gonna finish it up tonight after work

update: i did it!

Edited by applebaps at 2018-10-25 19:29:192018-10-25 19:29
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i just discovered The Dark Mod http://www.thedarkmod.com/main/

it’s a fan-made rebuilding of the classic Thief engine, with heavy support for fan missions and mods. basically Thief without the Thief branding. i downloaded the client and a few missions to test it out so tonight that’s what i’m all about

i also grabbed the Sneaky Upgrade fan patch collection for thief 3 (deadly shadows), which makes the game WAY better in a variety of ways https://www.moddb.com/mods/thief-3-sneaky-upgrade

i actually liked thief 3 when it came out regardless, but i can’t deny the sneaky upgrade makes it a much much better game, on par with 1 and 2 without question. so once i’ve messed around in dark mod for a bit, i’ll probably start replaying thief 3 again

inevitably though i know this will all end with me just replaying thief 2 lmao >_>

Edited by applebaps at 2018-10-25 19:33:072018-10-25 19:33
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all about civ 6 on the switch these days

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From: Lyra at 2019-02-04 06:32:10
Playing Re7

watching him play re7, backseat driving

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From: applebaps at 2019-02-03 17:05:55
all about civ 6 on the switch these days

From: Lyra at 2019-02-04 06:32:10
Playing Re7

From: roodi at 2019-02-04 19:14:26
Mario kart 8

final fantasy 9

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i’ve been HELLA into zachtronics games lately (shenzhen i/o, infinifactory, tis-100, opus magnum)

really love the stiff challenge

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zachtronics is a company (originally one guy named Zach but it’s a decent size now and Zach himself doesn’t run the business side of it) that makes puzzle games

http://www.zachtronics.com/

generally they’re games that involve using a set of intermediate tools or machines or code, to make things from component parts, or break them down and put them back together differently, or something

they’re also called esoteric programming games

two of them (tis-100 and shenzen i/o) literally have their own made up assembly language that the game revolves around

opus magnum is about alchemy, bonding alchemical marbles together into patterns using rotational arms

spacechem is like that too but with grabbers on a track and you’re making chemicals

exapunks is about programming viruses

infinifactory has you welding blocks together and moving stuff around on conveyors

Edited by applebaps at 2019-02-22 21:57:592019-02-22 21:57
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they also made Infiniminer, which was the main inspiration for minecraft

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yeah that sounds about right lol

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i’ve beaten nethack precisely once in 20+ years of playing it, with a lawful human valkyrie

basically just everything went right for once, it was a once in a lifetime run where things just lined up perfectly every step of the way

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yeah I gave up on playing unspoiled after about 10 years and it helped a lot lmao

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what’s that one

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woah what the heck, that sounds cool

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oh, it’s not a video game but on the forums here some friends and i have been playing vampire the masquerade. i’m storytelling, it’s a blast

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oh shit! daaaaamn

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yeah the astral plane can really catch you out

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started playing horizon zero dawn

it’s so goddamn good, i’m pissed that i didn’t try it sooner

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been really into DJMAX Respect lately, on PS4

i put like a thousand hours into DJMAX Emotional Sense on PC back in the day and at least dabbled in Portable 1, Portable 2, and Black Square, though some of the magic was lost for me when Emotional Sense shut down

Respect is amazing. it’s kind of an anthology game, with every single Portable 1 & 2 track (which is basically most of Emotional Sense’s original track list) plus 40 more new ones. you can get clazziquai, portable 3, black square, trilogy, technika 1, 2, and 3 as DLC but like, if you want to get everything it’s expensive as hell just fyi

they also make a really really cool but suuuuuuuper expensive controller for Respect, with the trademark two turntables and something like 12 buttons. but it’s like over three hundred bucks so that’s probably not happening for me any time soon lol. in any case the game is very playable and fun on a regular controller, and people play it at the very highest level that way. (see:

)

the game has some really fantastic music. the new tracks for Respect are far and away some of the best in the series and that’s coming from someone with HEAVY nostalgia for the old classic stuff lol.

here’s a few samples

tok! tok! tok! (technically from tapsonic top, neowiz’s mobile rhythm game)

bullet, wanted!

killer bee

lift you up

people basically only post themselves playing it on the highest difficulties but the game is extremely accessible, way more than its closest equivalent, Beatmania IIDX. the game scales all the way down to 4 button mode and all the way up to 8 button, then two more hidden modes above that, 10 and 12 button. though the note charts are set up in a way that respects the PS4 controller’s limitations. for instance, you’ll never be asked to press left and right at the same time

here’s a 4B song, “let’s go baby”. this is one from the original game, though here it’s credited as being from Portable 1. also showcased here is DJMAX’s obsession with lesbians. seriously like every other song’s video is about gay girls lol it’s great

“let’s go baby” on 4B normal is a 2-star song. stars go from 1 to 15, with generally pretty big jumps in difficulty at 6 and 11 stars. any song can be played on any button mode, and usually there will be at least two difficulties available within that mode. so like, let’s go baby can be played on normal or hard in 4B, normal or hard in 5B, 6B, etc. sometimes there’s also a “Maximum” difficulty of a particular chart, sometimes there’s ONLY a “normal”, it varies. but there’s a looooooooooot of songs and difficulties and button modes. anyone can start getting into it somewhere

oh! and that reminds me. a lot of the older videos were in like, 240p resolution lmao. that’s how old Emotional Sense (the original game) is. so they went through and painstakingly redrew literally every old video

also distinct from IIDX is a “freestyle combo system” where basically you’re allowed to hit buttons that aren’t coming in as notes, and it doesn’t break your combo. the timing window is also fairly generous in that you can hit stuff wide to either side on the note’s proper timing and it won’t technically break your combo. however, it does sharply curtail your score unless you hit the notes dead on. so you can generally jump in really easily but there’s lots of room to get really really good

fuckin game owns. like, it’s just really good

Edited by The Applebaps of Video Games at 2019-04-29 21:44:212019-04-29 21:44
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one of the other distinctive things about DJMAX as a series is the unlockable gear/notes. fulfilling certain requirements gives you access to a good selection of different “gears” (the playing field on which the notes come in, including the score and life display, etc) and the notes themselves, which can be anything from straightforward bars to stuff like cats and eggs if you wanna get weird with it

you can also freely set the speed at which notes come in at you, even adjust it on the fly during gameplay. there’s a “Fever” mechanic that’s basically just a straight up multiplier to your score that’s kinda like star power except without the healing. triggering it repeatedly steps up the multiplier through 2x, 3x, 4x, then 5x, and doing it again before it runs out at that level just renews the 5x multiplier. you can turn this off entirely or set it to automatically go on its own if you want. you can also set various “faders” and “chaos” settings to fuck with yourself to make the game way harder, like having notes disappear partway down the field, or only appear when they’re close to the line, or making it so the speed of the track increases endlessly as it goes

also if you’re coming from more modern rhythm games, stuff based on instruments like guitar hero or rock band, you should know that DJMAX is of the old school. there’s not a backing track that stops or starts based on whether you hit the notes. it’s more that the notes themselves PLAY the track, or parts of it. and your timing determines whether the song sounds like crap or not. it’ll definitely beat a good sense of spot-on rhythm into you quickly lol. also there’s no quick healing mechanic like star power, here. every missed note (“break”) will cost you huge chunks of your life, and you only get that life back by playing many many notes with good timing. no shortcuts, play the song or fail out

Edited by The Applebaps of Video Games at 2019-04-29 21:28:242019-04-29 21:28
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From: TJ “Henry” Yoshi at 2019-05-13 20:54:36
i hope u have a good surround sound setup lul

lol

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hacknet owns a lot imo
i love how central the command prompt is to the experience, it feels much more like Serious Movie Hacking than say, Uplink did

in fact, if you’re fast enough, during That One Sequence

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where someone hacks you back and deletes your GUI, you can actually stop it from happening if you can identify the job that’s doing it and kill the process with typed commands lol

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just finished the Shadowbringers expansion story in ff14

easily the best story the FF series has ever done, easily the strongest writing I’ve ever seen in a jrpg much less an mmo

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startin a minecraft bedrock SMP realm with some friends

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From: The Applebaps of Video Games at 2019-04-24 00:19:46
started playing horizon zero dawn

People stopped talking about this

it’s cause breath of the wild came out like 3 days later lmao

it’s SUCH a good game though. between botw and hzd i think hzd is actually the better game overall, which is nuts to say because botw was very good. and also because prior to hzd, the dev team was mostly known for the killzone series which is not very good lol

Edited by Applebaps at 2019-10-03 18:23:552019-10-03 18:23
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which one is you

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From: iforgotnmyname at 2019-10-09 06:55:42

From: Applebaps at 2019-10-07 16:18:19
which one is you

all of them, that’s my local high score list

all roles ascended

oh jeez

congrats, damn

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actually i’m a huge nethack fan but i’ve only ever ascended a valk even though i’ve played it for over a decade. spent the first 8 years or so playing entirely unspoiled deliberately. i don’t recommend it lol

how would you rank the difficulty of each role? did you have a favorite role?

got any good stories from your ascensions?

what did your ascension kits look like, was there any real variation or did everyone end up like dual wielding artifact weapon and sword, heaviest armor, ring of free action, bag of holding, wands of digging, etc

Edited by Applebaps at 2019-10-09 16:36:022019-10-09 16:36
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did you have a favorite/least-favorite quest?

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a friend bought me Noita for my birthday so i’m gonna play that tonight

my present to myself was Code Vein which is fun and chill so far

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in other non video games news, I’ve been busting my ass for quite a long time now to get stronger at Go, and I’m starting to be able to beat certain weaker AIs pretty consistently. I think I’m at about 15 kyu now, which means I’ve come a long way this year. I started 2019 at probably about 25 kyu.

its taken nearly constant study, working problems in downtime at work, playing on my go app when I get a spare moment, grinding out match experience and being active in my local club. it’s really paying off and it feels great to see the results on the board

I play a lot of games but Go is my real passion. but I’ve played it and been garbage at it for too long. got serious about it this year finally

Edited by Applebaps at 2019-10-14 06:57:472019-10-14 06:57
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elite dangerous all day every day

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df always owns, i like to come back and check it out every couple of years

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i just discovered Slay the Spire and it’s fucking great

i always figured there was a core fun game inside the deckbuilder genre but i’d never seen an example that wasn’t a cancerous CCG with aggressive monetization shitting all over it

slay the spire proves that yes deckbuilding is fun and interesting

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been revisiting old monster hunter titles, namely freedom unite on the psp and 4 ultimate on the 2ds

i have mixed feelings on 4u and feel like generations ultimate is way better. freedom unite still owns tho

also playing a lot of iceborne. feel like that’s been pretty great but i crave more classic mh

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man I’m very hype for repentance

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same. i feel like that takes a lot of the fun out

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From: iforgotnmyname at 2020-02-08 02:30:43

From: Applebaps at 2020-02-07 16:22:28
man I’m very hype for repentance

I wasn’t aware of this untill I was looking some stuff up last night. Kinda hyped now.

yeah, a canon port of antibirth? sign me the heck up

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From: meepches and pentell at 2020-02-08 03:05:01
i 100%ed the original version (until they released a third expansion or something?) and ive never played it again

theres just so many times where you didn’t get any damage powerups and everything just takes forever to kill its not about dodging anymore its about not being bored

yeah, rebirth had some serious power curve issues that it’s taken literally all of afterbirth and afterbirth+’s extra patches to correct

the game is in a pretty good place atm with all expacs fwiw but it still sucks to get locked out of treasure rooms or to get to It Lives and realize you just don’t have the power to go beyond that without it taking 3 hours

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that’s just what happens when you’re the first game in your genre and don’t have the benefit of being able to look at other games to learn what not to do i guess

it could be a lot worse, too. it could be Enter the Gungeon lmao. like 80% of the guns in that game are utter shit. at least in isaac the bad picks only amount to like 10-15% of the item pool at this point

Edited by Applebaps at 2020-02-08 17:48:30Feb 8 17:48
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gettin back into my old-ass rpgs, playing ToME and etrian odyssey 3

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From: Tiko at 2020-05-29 14:01:14
got kinda burnt out on animal crossing
playing pso2 now

same and same
what ship are you on? pm if you want

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rip

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that’s where the goons are

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yeah i think it’d probably be pretty nice to be able to walk around in lobbies without having to go through the fire and frames lol

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i’m training for the 2020 US e-Go Congress, it’s been moved online due to the pandemic

i’m entering the US Open and the DDK tournaments, both as a 10kyu which i think is probably about right

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also playing a fuckload of Don’t Starve for some reason

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oh lol yeah i’m learnin

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feels like i’m right on the cusp of breaking through into SDK

i can occasionally peel a 3 or 4 handicap game off of 1k/1d amateurs but my OGS rank begs to differ

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lotta stuff lol. especially when i was trying to make a breakthrough in the low DDKs i read a LOT. these days i’m more focused on playing lots and lots of games to let the theory settle in

i think the book that woke me up the most was actually not a go book, it was sirlin’s “play to win”

kageyama’s “fundamentals” was hugely influential on my play. it’s like my little yellow bible

“rescue and capture” is an excellent book of problems that helps me get stones out of bad situations a lot once i started internalizing the situations

“fighting fundamentals” by jasiek is also great though it’s a bit technical / mathematical for my current playstyle

i also train occasionally with a leela zero setup on my pc. it’s important not to play against AI too much or they can actually just crush your desire to play at all. if you just do like an opening and midgame against one and then review their recommendations afterwards you can get a lot out of it in a short time tho, usually with minimal feelings of puny mortality lol

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i really can’t emphasize enough though the importance of match experience. more than anything else the thing that’s helped me get stronger has been little doses of theory coupled with LOTS of matches to let it cook into something i can use. after a while you start to recognize good and bad shape, potential places to go, forcing moves, situations where you’re in danger, where you’re alive, etc. but you really can’t fake it

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YES. reviewing games is crucial. just like watching your own replays in a fighting game, or anything else like this imo. there’s two ways to do reviews i think, with their own merits and flaws

you can review right then and there after a game so it’s fresh, and do it with your opponent so you get their perspective too. this is basically impossible to do right now because of the pandemic. this improves your reading and memory though which are important skills for playing on a real board

the other way is to take an electronic game record in SGF format and feed it to an AI after you let your mind rest for a while. like a day or two later go over it with the bot and see what they think. bot reviewing gets to the heart of things but can be tough to understand at first since all you see is winrates and stuff.

i have a tsumego app on my phone and i’ll do some in my downtime too yeah

i love the game so i tend to be thinking about it a lot, going over stuff in my head with spare brain power in my downtime, or wanting to play it a lot lol. i think the game you try to get really good at should be like that, personally, because it’s going to take so much of your time, you’ll want it to be something you’re naturally inclined to want to do anyway. obsession is a plus

i go through phases of development where tsumego will help me more or reading books will help me more or playing will, etc

i also like goproyeonwoo on youtube, she’s a pretty strong korean pro who does very helpful videos in the post-AI era, i’ve found her analysis really invaluable for learning from the bots https://www.youtube.com/user/goingceo which is key to being strong now

Edited by Applebaps at 2020-07-16 18:13:00Jul 16 18:13
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you can definitely play too much, also

go in particular is very taxing mentally. i’ve overtrained and gotten to a point where it felt like i couldn’t make moves with any meaning

then i had to take a longer rest from the game, sometimes as long as a month where i have to just ban myself from thinking about the game or playing at all until i recover

it’s tough to know where your line is sometimes but it’s important to know so you don’t overtrain or overplay

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yeah our local club here hasn’t met since the pandemic really started hitting us in March. 4 months without touching the stones, ugh. i actually just broke out my set this morning to do some research and just to like, hold and feel the stones again. i really miss it

you play chess, eh? i’ve heard that chess and go have both been seeing record numbers of people streaming and watching online lately. like 50k+ for chess on twitch which is unheard of and awesome

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and thanks! this will actually be my first major tournament so i’m really looking forward to having my ass handed to me lmao. it’ll be valuable experience either way

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you said you have single convex stones, what material are they? i have yunzi stones myself. love the feel, the weight, and the way they glow in the light

From: MasterOfMagic at 2020-07-16 18:18:53
I’m a weird one and I love spending time holding the stones in front of the board and, for more in depth problems, will lay out the board and place/remove stones.

For some reason that helps my memory.

not weird at all! or if it is, i’m also weird. the physicality of go is a big part of what attracted me to the game in the first place

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think i’m probably 4 or 5 stones stronger on a real board than online

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aren’t they awesome? i won’t settle for any other material at this point. i’ve played with shell and slate japanese stones even and i prefer the yunzi tbh

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yeah like, those are THE stones for a super serious retirement set just because of the history

but they tend to be quite fragile stones, they chip really easily and they’re also harvested endangered species lol

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yeah

for one thing that’d be the only way to actually afford them lol

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yeah definitely. same sort of appeal there

what kind of board and bowl material do you have? bamboo and ….. shit i forgot what kind of bowls i have. maple? idk. nothing special. i got a yellow mountain imports set a long time ago lol

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so i guess they’re bamboo

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i had no idea yunzi stones had lead in them, holy shit

i’m looking around now to get more information

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From: MasterOfMagic at 2020-07-16 18:28:11
If there’s interest I have previously created https://baduk.thread.zone/.

it says not authorized! is the zone private?

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From: MasterOfMagic at 2020-07-16 18:30:25

From: Applebaps at 2020-07-16 18:29:09
i had no idea yunzi stones had lead in them, holy shit

i’m looking around now to get more information

Some of them do. It’s not every batch. There was a scare and people were ordering lead test kits and chasing up YMI for exchanges.

jeez. well, i mean, if there’s lead in my stones… i’ve routinely snacked while playing, i’m drinking coffee even right now as i play with my set at home, i’ve played with older people on this set

i think i’d like to test my set and see. thanks for mentioning that! no matter how nice they feel or look, if they’re a health risk i’m going to take that seriously

From: Applebaps at 2020-07-16 18:29:22

From: MasterOfMagic at 2020-07-16 18:28:11
If there’s interest I have previously created https://baduk.thread.zone/.

it says not authorized! is the zone private?

Fixed - I set it to private after creating it because I was thinking about the structure I wanted to open it with and then just sort of forgot about it.

cool, thanks! lemme just pop in there rq

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From: MasterOfMagic at 2020-07-16 18:33:42

From: Applebaps at 2020-07-16 18:32:58

jeez. well, i mean, if there’s lead in my stones… i’ve routinely snacked while playing, i’m drinking coffee even right now as i play with my set at home, i’ve played with older people on this set

i think i’d like to test my set and see. thanks for mentioning that! no matter how nice they feel or look, if they’re a health risk i’m going to take that seriously

https://www.usgo.org/news/2014/02/yunzi-stones-and-lead-an-update/

sadly, i don’t know if we can really trust test results from a chinese factory tbh. they’re at grave risk of losing face if it gets out that they still have lead contamination so they have a strong incentive to lie

i think i’ll get a home testing kit and find out if my particular stones have lead in them or not

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for anyone reading this who’s not in the baduk zone: i tested my stones, it came back negative

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From: Applebaps at 2020-07-16 17:15:56
also playing a fuckload of Don’t Starve for some reason

update to this: after 120 hours i finally beat Adventure Mode
i used WX-78 and i strongly recommend if you’re trying to do it too, use them. lots of gears in adventure mode

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From: Tiko at 2020-07-20 22:25:00
been playing Death Stranding and the new super hot

how is that btw, the new super hot

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From: Tiko at 2020-07-21 00:12:40

From: Applebaps at 2020-07-20 22:48:36

From: Tiko at 2020-07-20 22:25:00
been playing Death Stranding and the new super hot

how is that btw, the new super hot

it owns
the core gameplay is the same as the original but they added a bunch of meta progression type stuff that adds a ton of playability
the systems they use are really similar to the two games i made but implemented 100x better lolz

also added some new weapons which are neat

lol nice

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