playing games on a PC, misc. chatter, Steam names, etc...

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I thought we could you a general PC gaming thread as mentioned by some others on the confusingly wii titled thread...

Jeff LeVine, Tuesday, 19 August 2008 21:26 (eleven years ago) link

Has anybody tried out Tank Universal yet?
Basically the tank part of tron it looks like. I guess it's out for real in a couple of days? Wish it had multiplayer...

Jeff LeVine, Tuesday, 19 August 2008 21:28 (eleven years ago) link

It would be cool to have more "steam friends," where I do most of my PC gaming, I guess. If anybody wants to add me, my steam tag is jefflev13

Jeff LeVine, Tuesday, 19 August 2008 21:29 (eleven years ago) link

You've bought a lot of stuff off Steam! I'll friend you once I get my stuff going... if that ever happens, or if I join in for another free TF2 weekend.

Nhex, Wednesday, 20 August 2008 02:55 (eleven years ago) link

TF2 is free again this weekend... though I'll be out of town and away from my computer (which is probably a good thing). All the new stuff they added to the game today seems pretty awesome, but now it has so much content it's a bit overwhelming with all the different modes and everything going on all of a sudden

Jeff LeVine, Wednesday, 20 August 2008 04:04 (eleven years ago) link

i bought something called someone-or-others-big-bucks-shooting on steam. but it's rubbish.

i'm guessing with the imminent release of gta4 on pc, that new games are probably becoming way too heavy for my pc spec to handle.

Ste, Wednesday, 20 August 2008 09:08 (eleven years ago) link

There are a lot of awful games on steam - I guess they don't really say no to anybody. A little quality control probably wouldn't hurt. Though there are also more good games on there than there's time for.

Ste - I do think there's actually a trend away from making the new games super demanding. Sure there are a few titles, the upcoming Crysis and Far Cry 2 look hefty, but the more interesting stuff are these games most computers should be able to handle, like Left4Dead (still using the source engine) and the promising looking, low spec Battlefield Heroes.

Jeff LeVine, Wednesday, 20 August 2008 16:41 (eleven years ago) link

I am playing through deus ex for the first time; so great and so many ideas

recommend me some other games I should play; I'm on a macbook (windows under boot camp)

cozwn, Tuesday, 2 September 2008 00:24 (eleven years ago) link

ooooh, this PC gaming is amazing!! finally a chance to play all those games I never had a PC powerful enough to play

system shock 2 is something ELSE

cozwn, Tuesday, 2 September 2008 16:07 (eleven years ago) link

Jeff LeVine, Tuesday, 2 September 2008 20:36 (eleven years ago) link

I am GEEKING OUT on this stuff

fallout, fallout 2, system shock 2, deus ex

christmas at cozen's

cozwn, Tuesday, 2 September 2008 21:44 (eleven years ago) link

Dude. After you're done with the Fallouts - Planescape Torment.

Nhex, Wednesday, 3 September 2008 01:11 (eleven years ago) link

The late 90s were a golden age for PC gaming, I think.

Nhex, Wednesday, 3 September 2008 01:12 (eleven years ago) link

next on the list are: x-com and thief

any other recs?

cozwn, Wednesday, 3 September 2008 01:54 (eleven years ago) link

Anybody else get into the GOG early access beta?

I just got my key and the set-up seems pretty nice. I haven't bought anything yet, but when I have the time I'd like to check out at least the Fallouts, MDK 2, and Descents (since I never played any of 'em yet). Any othger recommendations?

If you don't know what this site is, it's basically a steam like set-up for selling older PC games that have been updated to run on XP/Vista, at great, inexpensive prices (like six bucks for most titles) and with no DRM.

Jeff LeVine, Thursday, 11 September 2008 18:16 (eleven years ago) link

yeah, I got it

two-for-one on fallout and fallout 2? yes please!!

thanksbutnothanksonthatbridgetonowhere (cozwn), Thursday, 11 September 2008 19:12 (eleven years ago) link

I'm in, too. Gotta love how it looks so far - explicitly catering to that late 90's nostalgic PC gamer who played or wanted to play all those Interplay games, and yet the site has a weirdly smooth Apple-like appearance (also catering to me) and the prices are very good (yay, me). I still have my Fallout 1/2 CDs, so I haven't decided what to get yet - perhaps Freepace 1/2, and that Jagged Alliance 2 expansion. I remember Messiah being really buggy back in the day, but it was pretty well-executed in most other ways. Hope this site does well and expands.

Nhex, Friday, 12 September 2008 01:52 (eleven years ago) link

Like cozen, I just got XP running on a pretty spec MacBook Pro. Will it be able to run new things well? What should I get. Currently all I have on it is... Quake II.

milling through the grinder, grinding through the mill (S-), Friday, 12 September 2008 06:16 (eleven years ago) link

If it's got an Nvidia card, it should be able to handle pretty much anything recent. Look at Steam and GameTap (Psychonauts free!), there's decent stuff out there.

Nhex, Friday, 12 September 2008 09:03 (eleven years ago) link

Oh shit, Multiwinia just got released. Must find more time!

Anybody else planning to pick this one up?

Jeff LeVine, Friday, 19 September 2008 20:20 (eleven years ago) link

Steam weekend deal : Grand Theft Auto, Grand Theft Auto 2, Grand Theft Auto 3, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Manhunt, Max Payne, Max Payne 2, Midnight Club 2, Wild Metal
all for $29.99 ($34.99 in europe)
thats a whole lot of game!

zappi, Friday, 26 September 2008 22:27 (eleven years ago) link

Damn, if I had a steady job right now I'd love to get that - I never played San Andreas, and always wanted to play Manhunt and Max Payne 2, even though I heard they were pretty mediocre.

Nhex, Saturday, 27 September 2008 06:20 (eleven years ago) link

You could get San Andreas for 9.99 and skip lunch (don't have to but the whole pack)...

Jeff LeVine, Saturday, 27 September 2008 16:35 (eleven years ago) link

San Andreas is my favourite game of all time. I almost don't want to play it again, because I'm afraid looking at it with 2008 eyes will sully all my beautiful memories.

antexit, Sunday, 28 September 2008 17:38 (eleven years ago) link

Gravitron 2 just added to the store today. It looks interesting. For only five bucks, I'll probably pick it up when I have a little more time...

Jeff LeVine, Wednesday, 1 October 2008 04:29 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...

I finally picked up San Andreas for $10 at Best Buy a few days ago. Of course, Steam decides to do a $10 sale on Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodlines! Very tempting...

Nhex, Saturday, 1 November 2008 05:52 (ten years ago) link

Anyone used direct2drive? I prefer it over steam. Simpler to use.

calstars, Saturday, 1 November 2008 12:14 (ten years ago) link

Does D2D have the download and install anywhere for an unlimited number of times and auto-patching Steam has? I haven't actually used it myself, but was thinking about it when Bionic Commando came out. I could see how not having to load that Steam client would be nice, though.

Nhex, Sunday, 2 November 2008 01:09 (ten years ago) link

Yes, I've d/l'ed Bioshock from D2D 3 or 4 times. No auto-patching though AFAIK.

calstars, Sunday, 2 November 2008 13:03 (ten years ago) link

Starscape and Mr. Robot are now available on Steam for That's less than half of what you'd pay getting them from Moonpod directly. Mr. Robot's okay, but Starscape's a really nice little title, a souped-up Sinistar with some RPG elements from Star Control II in building your shipbase, the ship fighting, and resource gathering.

Nhex, Tuesday, 4 November 2008 00:58 (ten years ago) link

Whoops! Wish I had that "edit post" function...

Nhex, Tuesday, 4 November 2008 00:59 (ten years ago) link

they cost a URL?

s1ocki, Tuesday, 4 November 2008 01:39 (ten years ago) link

two weeks pass...

most accurate life sim ever. for real (c/o PTG) (protest)

Nhex, Monday, 24 November 2008 03:13 (ten years ago) link

Did anyone ever get to play that Tank Universal game?

Ant Attack.. (Ste), Thursday, 27 November 2008 10:51 (ten years ago) link

I bought it, but I still haven't played it! Shameful, I know. Will get around to it soon.

Right now I'm playing Half-Life :)

Jeff LeVine, Thursday, 27 November 2008 19:43 (ten years ago) link

two weeks pass...

looks like Steam in europe is switching over to local currency, no more taking advantage of weak dollar. boo.

zappi, Friday, 12 December 2008 20:06 (ten years ago) link

Aquaria is now up on steam...

I tried out the demo a while ago (a year ago?) and thought it was pretty neat. Very relaxing / very nice music / a little confusing. Will probably pick up the full game before the end of the year (it's on discount).

Jeff LeVine, Tuesday, 16 December 2008 00:28 (ten years ago) link

Big ass sale on Steam. Portal is $5, TF2 is $10, etc.

Vault Boy Bobblehead - Drinking (kingfish), Friday, 26 December 2008 19:35 (ten years ago) link

woah - some GREAT deals on there...

$2.49 for Trials 2 is the one I highly recommend (I paid $20.00, I think, pre-steam version). A pretty amazing / extremely challenging game, but also very addictive. It's basically a puzzle game on motorcycle - check it out.

Jeff LeVine, Friday, 26 December 2008 21:14 (ten years ago) link

The sale is nuts - check out the full list of discounts here. Bioshock for $5! And I just picked up TF2 earlier this month during one of the weekend sales. Steam is just insanely tempting all the time.

Is the full Trials 2 significantly different from the flash game? I thought that was okay but not super different from most flash physics sims.

Nhex, Friday, 26 December 2008 22:00 (ten years ago) link

woah - I'd never seen the flash version of Trials before! It is sort of just like that, in concept, but the graphics in Trial 2 are fully realized, semi-3d, up to 1080p and there are tons more tracks + leaderboards, and you can play it with a joystick, which I think makes it just a tiny bit easier / more natural to control. But damn, it's such a hard, frustrating game (trying out the flash version brought it all back). I still have tons of levels in there I haven't beat - makes me want to go back to it.

From the sale I just picked up Brothers in Arms RtH30, the original Far Cry, Indigo Prophecy and Aquaria all for less than the cost of one new game. Pretty nice! May get a few more things too before the sale ends on the 2nd, though fuck, I'm swamped in games now.

Jeff LeVine, Saturday, 27 December 2008 01:47 (ten years ago) link

Oh man, I just noticed you can get both Railroad Tycoon II and III for like $7. I loved those games, and my discs for RRT2 had a flaw that wouldn't play any of the music.

Vault Boy Bobblehead - Drinking (kingfish), Saturday, 27 December 2008 13:56 (ten years ago) link

Any other recommendations? Sale ends today.

Nhex, Thursday, 1 January 2009 16:04 (ten years ago) link

I really wish trials 2 would come to xbla; that games look great

cozwn, Thursday, 1 January 2009 16:06 (ten years ago) link

Full X-Com pack for $5 - sale ends today. Wondering if it's worth it just not to have to futz around with DOSbox and the like when I break out UFO Defense every couple of years, but then despite including XCOMUTIL you still have to do some patches (like putting the old screams back in). Sorry in advance if none of you know what I'm talking about, but it's aggravating over the years to figure out ways to get it to work through fan patches again (I even own the Windows Gold/Collector's Edition CD).

Nhex, Sunday, 11 January 2009 20:37 (ten years ago) link

one month passes...

Left 4 Dead is $25 this weekend. Pretty good to coincide with the free DLC announcment, fair price, too. I'd probably jump on this sale if I hadn't just bought Retro Game Challenge. I'm still playing TF2 regularly, anyway...

Nhex, Friday, 13 February 2009 21:25 (ten years ago) link

three months pass...

You know, I keep meaning to ask this, though I'm not sure it really deserves an answer: who are like half the people in the Steam ILG group, anyway?

Nhex, Sunday, 24 May 2009 07:17 (ten years ago) link

matteus is the only one I don't recognise. maybe it's you! rest are all ilxors, qaopspace is stet i think. i'm the delmot.

So anyway, Plants v. Zombies. Does this game get hard, ever? Am on to stage four and I think I've let two a grand total of two zombies through, pretty much by accident. I have 2000+ sun power left at the end of every game.

man saves ducklings from (ledge), Thursday, 4 June 2009 11:20 (ten years ago) link

oh i see there's some chat about it on the what's hot 2009 thread. gotta lunch now though!

man saves ducklings from (ledge), Thursday, 4 June 2009 11:30 (ten years ago) link

qaopspace is me not stet

Ant Attack.. (Ste), Thursday, 4 June 2009 11:39 (ten years ago) link

liking Owlboy a whole lot; it feels like a late-period SNES platformer stuffed to the gills with modern gameplay amenities. buy it while it's on sale right now.

btw does anyone have an opinion about that game Steep? the pitch is that it's like skate (RIP), but with snowboarding rather than skateboarding; it sounds appealing to me, but even with the sale discount it's still $40.

thos beads (jamescobo), Wednesday, 28 December 2016 01:36 (two years ago) link

sorry, never heard of those.
playing through _inside_ right now...

calstars, Wednesday, 28 December 2016 01:38 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

i'm going to be up for getting a new laptop soon and i'm torn. on one hand i feel like since my #1 activity is gaming i should probably switch back to a PC but otoh i like using OSX significantly more than i like using Windows. why can't apple just make a good gaming laptop?

Mordy, Friday, 10 February 2017 15:11 (two years ago) link

how much does whatever difference there is between windows and osx actually come up day-to-day with what you're using a laptop for? personally i can't see any sense in getting a mac, including paying the mac premium, when you know you'll be playing a lot of games.

Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 10 February 2017 15:18 (two years ago) link

i use both at work - literally side by side. a lenovo touch screen ideapad and a macbook retina pro. i find it significantly more pleasant using the macbook. just simple things like Mail vs. Outlook. cannot stand using Outlook.

Mordy, Friday, 10 February 2017 15:29 (two years ago) link

Right there with you dude
At the moment I'm using boot camp on my 2014 retina mbpro to play through resident evil 7. I have a stand alone cheap windows laptop as well, which can play the game at a better frame rate and resolution - but the regular user experience is so much worse. So rather than switching back and forth I'm just using the mac (and now my mac partition is running out of space). Can't win

calstars, Friday, 10 February 2017 16:26 (two years ago) link

so i've got my ps4 streaming wonderfully thru my macbook w/ zero lag and great looking graphics so i don't actually feel like i'm missing any games (and i don't have to deal w/ the pita of bootcamp)

Mordy, Friday, 10 February 2017 16:29 (two years ago) link

i gave into bootcamp this time around for Overwatch
a decision was that Windows 10 doesn't nag you/cripple you to register, so you can run it pretty much forever without having to buy it
that said, my Steam backlog (even counting only the Mac games) has more games than I can ever play, I'm sure it's the same for you

Nhex, Friday, 10 February 2017 17:06 (two years ago) link

yes, definitely. not to mention games i sunk considerably time into, wandered away from meaning to go back to (coughpillarsofeternitycough) and likely never will

Mordy, Friday, 10 February 2017 17:10 (two years ago) link

Legit windows 10 keys can be had over on Reddit for about $30

calstars, Friday, 10 February 2017 17:37 (two years ago) link

"legit" sure

Nhex, Friday, 10 February 2017 19:47 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

coming to Steam!!!!!!!

thos beads (jamescobo), Friday, 3 March 2017 02:31 (two years ago) link

i want to play the suda51 game in the series where your character kills himself in the ending

Einstein, Kazanga, Sitar (abanana), Friday, 3 March 2017 06:11 (two years ago) link

new dream: make a career developing video games where you kill yourself at the end

Nhex, Friday, 3 March 2017 19:23 (two years ago) link

Karl Malone, Friday, 3 March 2017 19:25 (two years ago) link

i imagine a career in video games would do that to you

Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 3 March 2017 19:26 (two years ago) link

Am loving these pseudo-ZX Spectrum games being made for pc, like Rock Boshers.
This latest one called Z-Exemplar takes it's style from the shootem up R-Type conversion. I just purchased it for £4

PressAnarchyToContinue (Ste), Monday, 6 March 2017 14:03 (two years ago) link

looks cool

Nhex, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 23:41 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Heh, Steam gives you a goofy surprise on your "Steam birthday".

Nhex, Tuesday, 2 May 2017 05:10 (two years ago) link

it goes 24 hours without downloading an update?

The Real Remoaner (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 2 May 2017 05:50 (two years ago) link

four months pass...

played a game called the shrouded isle. resource allocation game in the guise of managing a human sacrifice cult. not a ton to it but nicely done and was good fun figuring it out. would recommend if it pops up in a sale or bundle, or if c. 3 hours of game for $10 is not too off putting.

Roberto Spiralli, Sunday, 3 September 2017 13:57 (two years ago) link

help me out, ilx. desperate for a new good game, but nothing on the horizon appeals.

likes: STALKER, splinter cell (esp latest ones), dishonoreds, mgs5, that deus ex one, gta vc & sa, dayz, samorost, inside, firewatch. well-written sneaky-about stuff basically.

dislikes: cutscenes.

is there anything recent (past 4 or 5 years) i should try out? get even's shooting system is too unwieldy and unfun, gta5's script is dismal & early missions zero enjoyment. worth persisting with deus ex mankind divided or trying out witcher 3? at the moment im thinking of finishing off mgs5 but it all became some unholy samey grind once i got to the second island. failing that, back to my first love: sensible soccer 96-97.

NI, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 22:41 (two years ago) link

witcher 3 100%. check out prey and horizon zero dawn too.

Mordy, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 22:44 (two years ago) link

thanks mordy, had witcher 3 installed a while and never got round to it but heard tons of good reports. not heard of HZD before but it's on the list for when i get round to buying a ps4. prey sounds perfect, can't believe i hadn't heard of it yet - thanks again!

NI, Thursday, 7 September 2017 17:04 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

wow, it only took them a decade but you can finally redeem keys in browser without having to open the client

Nhex, Friday, 22 September 2017 06:37 (two years ago) link

four months pass...

i guess we don't really have a thread for anticipating games? anyhow, this is the new game from the FTL ppl, it looks fun, hopefully it will be:

and i am also looking forward to frozen synapse 2

Roberto Spiralli, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 16:27 (one year ago) link

Yeah, I'm keen on Into The Breach - it's been sat on my Steam Wishlist since last Feb when it was announced, with their infuriating "When it's ready" release date. Excited it now has a release date, and that it's released on my birthday!

CraigG, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 16:33 (one year ago) link

i would very much look forward to both of those.

there are so many games right now. it is overwhelming. especially considering that while there are lots of excellent shorter games, there are also more and more games that you could conceivably devote years to without getting bored (Europa Universalis, for example).

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 16:34 (one year ago) link

Found FTL too frustrating too quickly, hopefully ITB won't be as brutal

Nhex, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 19:49 (one year ago) link

Can anyone recommend a FPS for PC? Doesn’t have to be super new

calstars, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 23:30 (one year ago) link

doom? superhot?

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Thursday, 8 February 2018 00:03 (one year ago) link

single or multi player pref?

In space, pizza sends out for YOU (Ste), Thursday, 8 February 2018 00:50 (one year ago) link

Doom seems hectic and Superhot gimmicky

calstars, Thursday, 8 February 2018 01:10 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

Woo Killer7 getting ported to PCs! One of the "best" gaming experiences ever for me.
Some hearty lols from the comments pointing out this is using GameCube emulator footage....

Nhex, Monday, 28 May 2018 06:11 (one year ago) link

four weeks pass...

lot of deals on Steam right now. i just got Arkham Knight: Premium Edition for $9.99. they are selling Tomb Raider (2013) for $2.99.

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 25 June 2018 04:21 (one year ago) link

slay the spire is on sale for $10

Mordy, Monday, 25 June 2018 05:00 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

my steam library just got too overwhelming so i had to organize it into genres. not sure if this'll interest anyone who isn't me but here are the categories i drew up and was mostly able to sort everything. since you can tag games with multiple categories i was able to sort stuff by producers that i like as well as genres, themes and some other notable sorting areas. by the end there were some redundancies that i will probably eventually sort out:

4x, action, adventure, bejeweled-esque, board game, card games, city builder, cyberpunk, double fine, dystopian, fallen london tree, fighter, first-person shooter, horror, interactive fiction, literary, lovecraftian, mcmillen, metroidvania, multiplayer, music, open world, paradox, platformer, political, puzzle, racing, roguelike, rpg, rts, science fiction, shoot 'em up, shooter, simulator, space, sports, steampunk, subset games, supergiant, survival, telltale, total war, tower defense, turn based strategy, unity engine, war game, zombies

Mordy, Wednesday, 29 August 2018 17:03 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

Thimbleweed Park is the free game on Epic this month. Yes please.

Next month is Slime Rancher, which I've definitely also had my eye on.

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Friday, 22 February 2019 22:36 (eight months ago) link

So disappointed I missed free Axiom Verge! I've had it on my steam list forever and haven't been able to justify the price

Dan I., Saturday, 23 February 2019 09:17 (seven months ago) link

three months pass...

Xbox Game Pass for PC is now a thing, $1/£1 for the first month then $5/£4 afterwards

list of initial games here
but includes Gears 4, Hellblade, Forza 4, Shenmue 1&2, Crackdown 3, Metro Exodus, Sea of Thieves, Wolfenstein 2 etc

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Sunday, 9 June 2019 15:52 (four months ago) link

forza horizon 4 definitely worth playing for a month on the cheap if nothing else

ciderpress, Sunday, 9 June 2019 15:54 (four months ago) link

actually looking at the full list that's quite strong, lots of ciderpress-approved games on there

ciderpress, Sunday, 9 June 2019 16:21 (four months ago) link

Only catch is having to play games on a PC, which is my nightmare at this point

don't mock my smock or i'll clean your clock (silby), Sunday, 9 June 2019 16:25 (four months ago) link

yeah i mean i've already played a lot of the good games on there and the rest are ones i'd rather have on switch so it's not for me but it's not a ripoff for the price is what i'm getting at

ciderpress, Sunday, 9 June 2019 16:26 (four months ago) link

I thought this "Netflix of gaming" thing was what Stadia was going to be, their $10 sub for what, 4k streaming + Destiny 2? seems very lightweight in comparison

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Sunday, 9 June 2019 18:15 (four months ago) link

google had like 20-30 games in their launch lineup but it wasn't deep on good indie titles like this

ciderpress, Sunday, 9 June 2019 18:41 (four months ago) link

yeh but those games were not part of the sub, apart from D2 you have to buy them to play them

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Sunday, 9 June 2019 18:46 (four months ago) link

oh i thought some of the games were included in the google sub. if the sub is just in place of having to own a pc or console rather than giving you the games then i can't imagine anyone already in the gaming ecosystem choosing google over microsoft for this sort of thing

ciderpress, Sunday, 9 June 2019 18:55 (four months ago) link

yeh they are doing different things, but I can't see many people choosing stadia in the short term.
then again I'm installing the new windows 10 update so I can install the xbox app so I can download the games and ... it really is a pain in the ass!

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Sunday, 9 June 2019 18:59 (four months ago) link

im sure microsoft will get a similar stream to browser window thing off the ground alongside their new xbox

ciderpress, Sunday, 9 June 2019 19:30 (four months ago) link

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