Post by HowitzerJoe on Jul 18, 2014 18:46:36 GMT -5
I don't think we have a thread or ongoing conversation here regarding video games. If we do feel free to delete this. I just wanted to get some folks thoughts on what their favorite video games are or were. Also if they still play. Unfortunately I don't have much time as I used to and I'm trying to change that as my PS3 has essentially sat on my shelf gathering dust for most of it's existence. I'm in my late twenties now and was able to enjoy the SNES, Playstation, and Playstation 2 for the majority of their life spans. I actually went back and played some old SNES games through emulation on my computer which was fun (even though I was pressed for time in most instances). So what is the status quo with video games in our life? I definitely think the medium has grown so much since I was a kid. A lot of games are essentially movies now. Where do you see it going also? Express whatever you'd like about the world of video games.
Post by adamwarlock2099 on Jul 18, 2014 19:06:39 GMT -5
I'm currently playing Army of Two: The 40th Day with my son and really enjoying it. I like the difference from the first game in that in this one you can small and large moral decisions based on what happens around you. Some have a bearing on the game as far as unlockables and rewards. It's usually based on little information that helps you make the decision. It's a gut reaction that shows your morality. Of course there's achievements for both the positive and negative morality route, but I haven't taken the negative route. Another interesting thing is after you make your decision there is a scene that shows the results of your decision. And sometimes the results aren't always what you'd expect for say a positive morality choice. It's really an interesting addition to a franchise whose previous game was a straight forward third person shooter.
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Post by comicscube on Jul 18, 2014 19:20:26 GMT -5
I'm only, at best, a very very casual gamer, so I shall do this by platform:
NES: Mario, Mario 3 (possibly my favorite game ever not based on other properties), Megaman 1, Megaman 2, Megaman 3 (Nostalgia gets me more with video games than with anything else), and Mike Tyson's PunchOut, the most racist game ever
Sega Genesis: Maximum Carnage (I still love this game, and play it on the emulator a bit)
PS1: Spider-Man 1, Spider-Man 2 (Can you tell who my favorite video game superhero is?)
PS2: Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts 2 (my favorite video game ever), Spider-Man 2 (my favorite comic based video game ever)
PS3: NBA 2K whatever is out now
PC: I love the LucasArts Games (Day of the Tentacle, Sam and Max, Monkey Island) and the Telltale Games based on things I like (Monkey Island, Back to the Future, Sam and Max, Bone, and most recently the Wolf Among Us)
AND SHIT, if someone has played the Wolf Among Us, can we talk about that ending?!?
I used to have 11 game consoles hooked up to my TV. Then I learned how to homebrew my Nintendo Wii. I still have all those games (for legal purposes), but I can play the roms from one console with save states whenever I need them with four wireless controllers.
However, I'm not up on new games at all. I think the most current thing I've played is Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
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The very first "game system" we had was Pong in about '75 or so. In 8th grade I got an Atari for Christmas (so Christmas '82). The last game system I owned was the original Nintendo. I realized that video games sucked up way too much of my time and if they were there, I would play them, so I just got rid of them. I never would have gotten published if I had a video game system because I lacked the discipline to have a system in my home and not play it. I've occasionally played games since at friend's places, and there have been a few games that tempted me to get a system, but I've stuck to my guns and not had one. My wife is the same way as she would while away hours playing Baldur's Gate on the PC, but we made a conscious choice not to have the time sucks in our house. When we play games, we prefer they be at a table with other people there in person now and have it be a social occasion.
I am still amazed how the level of tech sophistication in modern games, but I just don't have the time to play and still have time and energy for the other things I want to accomplish, and now that I just turned 45, I feel the sands in the hourglass even more acutely and would rather spend the time writing or at the drawing board than playing video games.
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I'm not playing any games currently. We have a Wii but don't use it. And haven't seriously played in about 8-9 years. I used to be a big Madden and NCAA football fan. Recently I've been playing Mario Bros 3 and I'm trying to beat it but usually end up getting frustrated and quick about 10 minutes into playing. Some of my favorite games of all time are Zelda Ocarina of Time (N64), Punch Out (NES), and Goldeneye (N64).
I've been thinking about looking at playing some new games but there's so many vintage games I'd love to play.
Post by hondobrode on Jul 18, 2014 22:15:11 GMT -5
I just got back onto DC Universe Online, after being offline for months due to my hard drive going down, and then constant errors and calls to SOE until finally tonight it's fixed.
The weekends are always busy, but, as a premium member I'm supposed to be able to get in line before standard and free-to-play members, but I couldn't tell tonight, so I shut it down.
I've been offline for about 6 months now and it feels really weird getting back into it.
DCUO is the only online game I've ever played, but since it's DC I had to try it and love it now. At first I was kind of miffed I had to make my own character but really like it now. The campaigns are really cool and it's great getting online with my son, 2 states away, and tackling the good (or bad) guys.
We tried DC's Infinite Crisis, which we love the idea of but hated the style of game play and dropped it instantly. Too tiny and frustrating. Felt like a throwback neither one of us wanted.
He and I and 3 of my brothers used to play Magic : the Gathering what few times a year we get together, but now he and I play that online too and actually like it more than in person, with the artificial intelligence being the rule keeper.
Bought a used Xbox 360 just so I could play Injustice : Gods Among Us and have had a blast with it, though I haven't played for months now.
That's the extent of my gaming, which is mostly DC-centric, but yes, it can certainly suck up the time if you're not careful. My nephew is amazed I don't have more games, and I told him these are more than enough for me.
Post by Crimebuster on Jul 18, 2014 23:24:47 GMT -5
Like mrp, I'm what I think of as a first generation gamer. We got an Atari 2600 for Christmas in 1980 and I've been playing games ever since, both console and PC. I've had the original Nintendo, Playstation, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360 and a couple other consoles, and have played a ton of PC games as well. I have very clear memories of the summer Doom came out; the seismic shift in gaming that Doom brought cannot be overstated.
And I've been playing MMOs since before they had graphics - back when they were text-only MUDs, in the first days of the internet. MMOs I have played (to various levels of obsession) include FFXI, FF14, WoW, DCUO, Rifts, Eve Online, Atlantica Online, Conan, Secret World and several other smaller ones.
As far as right now, I just finished X-Com and am playing Hearthstone. A couple months ago I was heavily into Call of Duty: Black Ops II for a while. I'm really looking forward at present to Dragon Age III, as Dragon Age and Mass Effect are maybe my favorite games ever. Also up near the top: Uncharted 2. If I had a PS4, I would also really be looking forward to Destiny. And long term, No Man's Sky looks like it could be a real game changer if it can deliver on its promise.
Video games are another favorite hobby of mine. I wish I had more time to play them, but with two little girls and a wife to please that's not going to happen any time soon.
Most recently I bought and have been playing The Last of Us. Wow. Amazing experience. Probably the best game I've played in a long, long time. It feels like a mixture of the Walking Dead series and the Silent Hill games, but the story is the star of the show. I can't recommend this game enough.
Haven't really had the time to play since my kids were born a couple years ago, but I have both an Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. I also enjoyed playing retro games every now and then.
Being this is a comics board and all, I should mention that the two entries in the Batman Arkham series I played (Arkham Asylum and Arkham City) were phenomenal... two of the best games ever released on the XBox, and perhaps one of the few instances of a licensed game that actually was done well.
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Post by Crimebuster on Jul 18, 2014 23:57:16 GMT -5
For comics fans, the best comic game I have ever played, hands down, bar none, was Marvel Ultimate Alliance. It's 8 years old now, so the graphics are probably a bit outdated, but this game was so incredibly awesome. It was everything a classic Marvel fan could hope for.
A great indie game I'll mention: If you have an Xbox 360 or Xbox One, check out Super Time Force. It's got an awesome retro 8-bit style with an ingenious gameplay system. It's super hard, but if you die you can rewind the game to any point and this time you are joined by your previous self. You can choose from a bunch of different characters, and by the end of the level you just have this giant squad of characters that will help you get through and beat the boss.
This video explains the gameplay better than I can: