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[Steam]: Your game library has increased. (-1 to your backlog skill)

MudzgutMudzgut OhioRegistered User regular
edited November 2016 in Games and Technology
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Welcome to the Steam thread!
This is a pretty neat community of people who like to talk about video games, sales, digital distribution, hat economies, classiness and classholery. We enjoy long walks on the beach, digital hoarding, gifting, the suffering of longtime members, and raising money for charity.


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This is a big, busy thread. There are some guidelines to keep things nice and orderly:
  • Be civil.
  • This thread is for Steam-related discussion. Try to look for other, more appropriate threads before discussing games or other topics in here. Let's not drain other threads of precious content!
  • If you feel someone's acting inappropriately, then quietly report the responsible parties to forum mods.
  • Don't post links to active kickstarters without prior mod permission. Forum-wide rule.
  • Linking your Steam profile in your sig will help community members find you, see what kinds of games you like, invite you to MP games, etc.
  • Do not beg for games.

Steam Game Categories
You can make a copy of of the file below to backup your category tags!
\Steam\userdata\*USERIDHERE*\7\remote \shareconfig.vdf

PA Steam Groups
We have two core Steam groups: Both of these groups have chat, and both are used sometimes to try to limit giveaways to community members. If you've just arrived, hang out here in the thread for a while and talk games with us before you ask for membership. When you do ask, include a link to your Steam profile. Steam name search is poop from a butt.
Penny Arcade is a general Steam group for folks from the PA forums.
PA G&T Adventure Team is a group that was originally created to get multi/coop going for smaller or older titles. Because it is actively moderated, a lot of folks use it as a giveaway group (to avoid problems we've had in the past with non-forumers scooping up gifts intended for the community.) Membership is locked during major sales.
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Occasionally we also go on quests to slay a dragon and win the heart of a princess
The Newell needs those hearts (apparently they are used as power supply for the Steam servers).
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PA G&T Friday Night Game Fever!
@CorriganX had this crazy idea of getting some folks together to play games and thus Friday Night Game night began. Each week a game is posted as the Friday selection and at 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific we all get online and fire up some multiplayer action. If there is a big enough reception, a second round of the game is usually played on Saturday or Sunday at Noon Eastern/6pm Central European so our friends from across the big drink can join us without needing to pull an all nighter. The games are typically streamed by at least one or two folks for viewing as well.
Thanks to @HiT BiT for this awesome banner!
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On the nature of gifting.
Sometimes people gift games.
  • Don't feel that you have to gift games to be a part of this community. It's just one of many things that go on. Some people can give lots of games. Some people can give a game or two a year. Some people make amazing images. Some people find hidden indie gems and report about them. Some people relay amazing gaming moments. Some people report sales. Some people are hysterical. Etc. There are many ways to participate in this community. Gifting is just one of them and is not required.
  • If you run a contest, have entries PMed to you. The thread gets too cluttered otherwise. You can, however, post the winning entries.
  • If you receive a gift, then take a moment to thank the gifter. Use the notification system so they can see your thank you post! ( @NAME. Use quotes around names with spaces.) See below for an example.
  • If you win a Steamgifts giveaway, in addition to thanking the gifter, be sure to mark the gift as received on Steamgifts. You tie up a gift 'slot' for the gifter until you do.
  • In addition to contests, wishlist gifting, ninja gifting, revenge gifting, pile-on gifting and Steamgifts.com giveaways, we have the new [ codes ][ /codes ] tags which can fire off one or more Steam codes (or activation links). More info about [ codes ] below.
A Steam thread participant preparing for gifting...
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Rare footage of a gift fight in action...
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Steam sales are legendary. From small to honking massive:
Daily Deals: One game a day goes on sale at 10am PT for 24 hours.
Midweek Madness: Starts 10am PT Tuesday and ends Thursday afternoon.
Weekend Sale: Starts midday Thursday and ends with the sale rollover Monday. Sometimes accompanies free play weekends for MP titles.
Publisher Sale: Many of the publishers games will get a modest discount with a single title or franchise getting a featured day with a deeper discount. Follow the big sale guidelines.
Seasonal Sales: Mardi Gras time here in the thread. Huge swaths of games go on discount, with daily specials, flash sales, community vote sales, and whatever else the evil geniuses at Valve cook up to separate us from our money. There are often metagames such as sale achievements or collectibles or other madness that rewards buying, playing and gifting games and participating in Steam's community. The summer sale usually starts in the last week of June and runs for two weeks, and the Winter sale usually runs for two weeks across Christmas and New Year's.
Other retailers like Amazon and Green Man Gaming get into the act now too, so there are often great values to be had during sales for Steam-activatable games from other sites.
Seasonal Sales Birthdays are basically a big deal around this thread.
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Important Note: If you are waiting for a particular game, be sure to mind the countdown timer on the game's store page. Starting Winter 2013, the last day of the sale was just a recap of top sellers. Most games went back to full price.

Steam's refund policy, Abuse section:
Refunds are designed to remove the risk from purchasing titles on Steam—not as a way to get free games. If it appears to us that you are abusing refunds, we may stop offering them to you. We do not consider it abuse to request a refund on a title that was purchased just before a sale and then immediately rebuying that title for the sale price.


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How do I join the Steam groups?
Membership to the two Steam groups is for reasonably active community members. If you have been on the PA forums for a while and have participated, post a link to your Steam profile here in the thread and a Steam group mod will take care of you.
If you've been on the forums for three days during a major sale and your only posts have been to casually express your strong desire for certain games, your request is unlikely to find a positive reception. Ditto if your very first post on the forum is to ask for group membership. Sadly this does happen sometimes.
The best parts of this community are available to you now just by showing up. Read some posts, make some posts, ask to be invited as a guest to chat, buy some games, play some games, etc. Group membership is modest icing on delicious cake.

Warning: This guy's going to make you buy games. All the games.
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How do I tag someone in the thread?
If you want to @ someone with spaces in their name, use quotation marks around the name so it looks like this:
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Which will then turn into this:
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Oh, and if you quote text that has an @alert in it, please take a moment to remove the @ (unless you really want that person to get another notification.) Sometimes we get to chatting and someone will get 3, 4, 5+ notifications all at once.

Where are you guys getting those nifty Steam Signatures?
Check out Alabaster Slim for his lovely signature generator.

Has Game X ever been Price Y? How can I keep track of all the sales and discounts?
http://isthereanydeal.com/ is your friend. You can sync your Steam wishlist to it if you like and get notifications when prices drop. Double check that you are getting a Steam key from a 3rd party site before buying.

How do the new [codes ][ /codes] tags even work?
Put a series of Steam activation codes (or activation links, or movie quotes, or winning lottery numbers...) inside the tags, each on its own line like this (without the spaces inside the brackets, of course):
[codes ]code 1
code 2
code 3
...
code n[/codes]
That will create a little box with a clickable link and a number. Each forumer who clicks the link will get a popup and a PM with the next line. Each line can only be sent out once and each forumer can only click once. It was originally designed to allow developers to hand out lots of codes for a game without some goose grabbing the lot.
Just one code thingy per post!
Note: [ code ][ /code ] is a different tag. Be sure to get that "s" up in there!

Trading cards? Badges? Steam profile levels? Boosters? FOILS?! What the hell?
Some games (more every week) now have trading cards. You can earn some of these cards by playing/idling the game. Some of them you'll need to get by trading or buying them from the Steam community market. Completing a set lets you craft a badge, which gives you an emoticon, a profile wallpaper, a coupon (usually) and profile experience. Leveling up your profile increase your friend cap, earns you customization options for your Steam profile and, allegedly, increases your chances of getting a booster. Boosters are packs of three cards that show up in your inventory sometimes. You can open them or sell them on the market. Sometimes cards are foil. Each game has a regular badge with five levels and a single-level foil badge. Oh, and you must be a certain level to get your card drops.

But that's pure, diabolical evil!
Yes, that's right.

Can we trade cards in the thread?
You can but it's inefficient. Use the Steam feature that shows you which of your friends has the cards you need. Oh, and join the Steam group we created for trading cards: PA Card Sharks
Also check this handy tip:
HiT BiT wrote: »
A little Steam trading trick some of you may not be aware of:
-Go to your Steam Inventory
-Click on the "Trade Offers" button
-Then click on the "Who can send me Trade Offers?" link
-Below you will find a "Trade URL"
You can share this URL with other Steam users to allow them to directly send you a trade offer even if they aren't on your friends list.
You can share this URL anywhere, including your forum sig.
If you have shared or posted your URL and would like to stop receiving trade offers from it use the "Create New URL" button. A new Trade URL will be created turning the previous one inoperative.
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Is Steam down?!
Is it Tuesday? It's probably scheduled maintenance.

It's not Tuesday. Is Steam down?!
http://issteamdown.com/

What are you people talking about? Why hats and what is an "Isy?"
Check out the handy Steam Thread Primer, written by @Smokestacks!
Steam Thread Primer:
Gaben/The Newell - Gabe Newell, Director of Valve Software. Called "Gaben" because in the commentary for older Source Engine games he would tell players to email him at "Gabe N. at valvesoftware.com" with user feedback.
Serve the Newell - To buy games on Steam, to give Gaben your money. From this comic edit.
Bad Rats - An incredibly awful 'physics' based puzzle game, available on Steam, notorious for being as awkward as it is broken. Will haunt your dreams. Popular gift to give to people.
Class - An attribute demonstrated by people who will generously purchase games and then give them to internet strangers.
Class War - When two or more forumers buy each other games back and forth until one of them gives up. I know this sounds really crazy, but it happens.
Bundle - Originally the Humble Indie Bundle, which was a "pay what you want" system for a group of games, now usually means any website selling a group of games (usually able to be registered on Steam) for a low price.
Giveaway/A Giveaway - Usually refers to a giveaway on Steamgifts.com, a website where you list a game you want to give away, people enter, and then a winner is randomly decided among all entrants after a set time period.
Hats/The Hatconomy - The purchase and sale of in-game hats or sometimes other items in TF2. Some hats are very valuable, which is funny because they are just hats for videogame characters. People who have valuable hats or other items in their inventories sometimes get messages from random people on Steam begging for those items.
Backlog - The list of games you have purchased, but have not gotten around to playing yet. Tends to grow over time, often to immense proportions. If you do not have a backlog yet, between the thread and the sales you will get one.
Spies/Russian Spies - People who lurk the thread or try to get into the various PA Steam groups not to participate in the community, but to try and get free games.
Steamsigs - Custom forum signatures that display a link to your Steam profile, as well as an image of a game you are currently playing, have played the most in the last two weeks, or have played the most over all time (if you haven't played any games on Steam in the last two weeks). Available here courtesy of forumer Suds. Having a Steam sig (or some sort of clickable link to your Steam profile in your signature) makes it considerably easier for people to add you to their friends list.
Child's Play - A charity started by the writer and artist behind PA that raises money for videogames/toys that go to children's hospitals, originally started in '03, has grown every year. Helps sick kids feel better about their time in the hospital while simultaneously refuting the idea that gamers are antisocial jerks.
Isy - Big Classy, a forumer. Formerly known as "Big Isy", he was granted the new name after donating a hefty amount of money to Child's Play during a fundraiser. Sometimes referred to as Isy, which might cause confusion to people who haven't been around very long.
Summer Dale - A phone's auto-correction of "Summer Sale", which through some sort of internet voodoo produced an actual entity, a smooth voiced funk loving man who lives in a world where the 80s reign eternal and supreme. Also sometimes used to describe the upcoming Summer Sale itself.
Rainbow and/or Slash - Two forumers by the name of Rainbowdespair and slash000 who are notable for developing the third and fourth installments of the Penny Arcade: On the Rainslick Precipice of Darkness series. Also developed Breath of Death VII and Cthulu Saves the World, two RPGs that, along with the Rainslick games, are available on Steam.
Also, sometimes shit gets real. Like that time we all murdered each other for bloodsport games. And there was a kabob conspiracy and a kind of Cthulhu bunny. @akajaybay took us down that particular rabbit hole. ;)

Why are you people obsessed with Bad Rats and Amnesia?
A moment of ill-advised swagger from anoffday turned into a horrifying LP of Bad Rats which, because reasons, turned into over $6000 raised for Child's Play.
CorriganX raised over $1100 for Child's Play via Amnesia.

Classy Christmas
We raised $11,903 dollars for charity in December 2013 and another $9,248 in December 2014!
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For our Christmas fundraiser to restore TychoCelchuuu's threadmaking privileges (and help the kids), I donated to Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children. This week I received a nice letter from them! I figured I'd share part of it with y'all, since this applies to all of you at least as much as it does to me.
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What is this Steamgifts site? I wish to create a giveaway! I cannot enter a giveaway!
Steamgifts is a neat site that lets people create giveaways for games on Steam. Points for entering giveaways are accumulated over time, so just wait a bit if you need points. Entry to giveaways can be limited by Steam group membership to prevent mooches from getting games.

How do I make one of those cool Steam Gifts signature giveaway banners?
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What are all these bundles you people keep talking about?
In addition to Steam sales and sales of Steam keys on other sites and gifts, we live in a golden age of bundles! Bundle sites sell batches of games for modest amounts of money, often as low as a few dollars. Many, but not all, contribute to charity and many, but not all, give you Steam keys for the games. Sometimes you'll buy an indie gem that isn't even on Steam, and later when arrives on Steam you will get a key through the bundle site. Be careful if you plan to gift some of the games, as sometimes the bundled games will come in a single Steam key. We have a separate bundles thread.

I have too many games! Which do I play?
Steam Roulette randomly picks a game for you to play.

I have too many games! How do I move them to my new hard drive?
Steam Mover makes transporting your massive library much easier.

But wait! I have ALL OF THE GAMES installed! I need more space on my hard drive! wat i do?
You download Tikione Steam Cleaner and clean up that shit
Steam Cleaner also available through GitHub!

Okay that helped. Now I have more room for stuff. Free stuff.
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Someone on a steam forum made [url="http://forums.penny-arcade.com/discussion/comment/29711524/#Comment_29711524"a nice list of all free DLC you can add to your steam account[/url] if you have the base-game but that thread is currently not available so I figure I post it here. Since it is pretty easy to miss some of these.

The sale prices aren't right! What's going on?! Oh God, the darkness is closing in...
During the seasonal sales, you are one of a million monkeys hammering F5 at 10am PT to see the new sales. The system is always borked for 5-20 minutes. Take a deep breath. The Newell will deliver, and the new dailies will be available for 48 hours.

Why are some games not available in my region?
Publishers determine what countries get what games. Someone in a suit decided that it wasn't worth the money to make the game available to your region, so it isn't available on Steam. This also applies to cases of games having edited/censored versions showing up on Steam in certain countries. The good news is that you can generally get around this by having someone from another region gift or trade you the game.

Steam is downloading slowly. What gives?
You can head to Steam -> Settings -> Downloads + Cloud and change your download region until things improve. Since other regions are typically less populated, you will probably get somewhat better results even if the new server is in another country.

I enjoy watching video game streams. Where can I find some streamers that call the Steam Thread home?
@Houn has made a hub for finding Steam Thread Streamers.

The Steam thread has a proud tradition of marrying our love of Steam and Penny Arcade in comic edits:
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    MudzgutMudzgut OhioRegistered User regular
    edited September 2016
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    All images lovingly stolen from Valve because I'm terrible at photoshop
    So you own a lot of games. But they're just sitting there in your backlog, doing nothing for you. Do you know what you need? Steam Trading Cards So you've got that game that you want to get, but are just a dollar short in your Steam Wallet and can't bring yourself to pull out the credit card. Do you know what you need? Steam Trading Cards So you like the Steam Community, but think your profile is kinda drab. Do you know what you need? Steam. Trading. Cards. About a year and a half ago, Valve introduce this little meta-game into the Steam Community called Steam Trading Cards, which has since been added to Literally thousands of games. In order to get your cards, you need to play your games - crazy concept for people in this thread, I know. As you play the game, cards will periodically appear in your inventory until you've gotten all drops available for that game - always half of a complete set. Free to Play games work a little differently, where you get 1 drop every $9 USD (appx) spent in the game.
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    So now you've got your cards, the question is what to do with them. Well, there's three main options:
    • Sell them on the market
    • Build a full set of cards
    • Trade/gift them with/to friends
    The market works like a stock market - you'll put yours up for sale at whatever price you're looking for, and buyers can list the prices they're interested in buying cards at. There's even historical data for the card available on the card's page if you check before listing, so don't just list it for 3 cents, or whatever the current cheapest one is. Maybe you can make more of a profit!
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    If you want to build a full set, you just do the same, but in reverse! Click the buy button, choose the amount you want to pay for the card, and then let the buy order sit until a match can be found. If one already exists, you'll get it immediately, or if you choose a price cheaper than what's listed, you'll get it when someone lists it. Higher prices take priority in the queue, so if you make one for 10 cents, and there's another buy order for 15 cents, if a card is listed for 10 cents, the 15 cent listing will take priority. And obviously, you've got to already have the money in your wallet in order for the order to take place. Once you've got that set built, you can go and craft a badge. Go to the "Badges" page under your profile dropdown, and you should see something like this:
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    Clicking the "ready" button will cause a silly little animation to play, and you'll be rewarded with a badge. Badges are little bling for your profile to show that you've crafted a badge.
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    Each badge can be leveled up to level 5 (so 5 complete sets of cards), with the exception of foil badges, which can only be crafted once. Foil badges are crafted from foil cards, which drop in place of normal cards approximately 1% of the time. In addition to your badges, you'll get emoticons, coupons, and profile backgrounds for the game in question.
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    Truthfully, emoticons are mostly useless because the messenger window is so tiny, although there's a few which are worthwhile. Coupons can be hit or miss - their value varies from 25% or so at the low end to as much as 90% (although those are obviously more rare), but tend to be on the sorts of games which are on the weeklong deals. It's rare to get a coupon for a real AAA game. That being said, they are discounts, and discounts are always nice. Backgrounds, on the other hand, can be applied to your profile, and some of those are simply excellent artwork.
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    Also, each card (if you click on them) has much more detailed artwork themselves, and once you've crafted a badge, you can access that artwork regardless of whether or not you have the card. Some of these are super nice!
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    In addition to this, you get 100 XP. That's right, Steam itself is a game now! As you gain experience points, your Steam account will level up. Levels 0-10 cost 100XP per level, 11-20 cost 200XP, and so on and so forth. Every level, you get 5 more spots on your friends list added, and the ability to add new sections to your profile.
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    And finally, being higher level increases your chances of getting booster packs. Once you've gotten all card drops for a given game, any time anyone crafts a badge, a booster pack is generated and given to someone, somewhere in the world who is eligible for that game. Booster packs can be sold like items, or opened to get 3 cards (which could include foils, but once more only 1% odds). At level 10 you get a 20% boost to your chances, level 20 a 40% boost, and so on and so forth. So as you level up, you'll get booster packs much more frequently. Now, buying cards isn't the only way to get cards. You can trade them, too! If you go to the badge page for a badge you're looking for, and scroll below the cards, there will be a listing of people on your friends list who have the cards you're missing.
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    You can then submit a trade or send a message to any of them to see what they'd want. And if none of your friends have cards, there's a number of places you can go to try to find trades, which will save you money in the long run, since Valve and the developer don't take their cut of the transaction of buying a card.
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    But now you've got all these emoticons and backgrounds which you don't want, but you don't necessarily want to sell. Well, you can turn them into gems! In your inventory, there should be a numerical amount of how many gems your items are worth - they vary from very low numbers to 100 gems, based off of prevalence in the market. Foil cards are the only items that can go for over 100 gems, as they're always 10x the value of normal cards. The more common an item is in the market, the more gems they're worth. These values were set in the Holiday 2014 sale, and may be rebalanced at some point. Why turn items into gems? Well, you can use gems to craft booster packs! These booster packs can be opened for more cards (and an additional shot at a foil), or sold on the marketplace, presumably for fun and profit.
    But what about special sales?
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    Well, it will change from sale to sale, so I'll refrain from giving specific advice. However, the following rules seem to be the standards anymore
    • There will be special badges for the sale, with 10 cards per level
    • The badge can be leveled up infinitely, including the foil badge. Some of these go up STUPID high. For example, here is the Holiday Sale 2013 badge for level 2000+: e041163b0c4d5cba61fb54612973612636cdd970.png
    • You will get one card for every set of other cards you craft, in place of coupons
    • You will get one card for every $10 you spend in the store.
    • You will get one card for per day when you vote in the User Choice poll (number of times will vary depending on number of polls per day).
    • Cards will expire one day after the sale ends, so they must be sold or crafted by then, or they will disappear.
    • In some sales (NOT the Winter 2014 sale), you will get some bonus item for a free to play game which can be redeemed for your account or sold if you craft a sale badge, 3 items if it's a foil.
    This past summer, there was another metagame where everyone was split into teams, so it was potentially better to hold onto your cards. This past holiday, there was an auction prior to the sale starting, so crafting early would have been a benefit as you'd have more items to make more gems to bid. Holiday 2013, there was just items and some of them were quire rare and valuable, so crafting as soon as possible was the best option. I'd recommend taking a stance of "wait and see," particularly for the first morning of the sale - Steam gets hammered at the start of the sale, and it's not uncommon for item drops to get screwed up if you craft around update (10am PST). Either commit to being early, or wait until the rush has passed. So that's the long and short of it. If you've got any questions, feel free to PM me. Some other resources for you to check out:

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    IoloIolo iolo Registered User regular
    Well I fired up Warlock of Firetop Mountain, as I know some folks were keen to hear impressions. I've got a couple runs at the mountain under my belt. I'm going to take a few more, maybe with the two default characters I haven't tried yet, before I ossify those impressions in a post.

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    Steam profile.
    Getting started with BATTLETECH: Part 1 / Part 2
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    ZavianZavian universal peace sounds better than forever war Registered User regular
    edited September 2016
    new Humble Bundle (really awesome one for game developers):

    $1 Tier
    Clickteam Fusion 2.5 Standard
    Rock Rock Rocket (source code)
    Oniken
    Plantera
    Tick Tock Isle
    Necromonads (+ source code)

    $7 Tier
    Universal Windows Program Exporter
    The Yawhg
    Five Nights At Freddy's 3
    Quadle (+ source code)
    room13 (early access) (+ source code)

    $15 Tier
    Clickteam Fusion 2.5 Mac Editor
    Concrete Jungle
    HTML5 Exporter
    Saucer Squad (source code)
    Fusion Shapes (source code)
    Environmental Station Alpha
    Install Creator Pro
    iOS Exporter

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    SpawnbrokerSpawnbroker Registered User regular
    How have none of you jokers made a Battlerite thread yet.

    This has been corrected.

    Also, thanks @Iolo for gifting me The Banner Saga! You rascal, I'll get you someday. Next time, Gadget..next tiiiiime

    Steam: Spawnbroker
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    GoumindongGoumindong Registered User regular
    @heenato

    I have not played princess maker 2 but reading the suggestions in the prior thread it's probably a good idea to do the daycare thing before allowong the drinking thing.

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    baudattitudebaudattitude Registered User regular
    Hi Steam thread. I'm still playing two MMOs at the same time. For anyone who values their backlog progress I do not recommend this.

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    RiusRius Globex CEO Nobody ever says ItalyRegistered User regular
    Is there really a Gabe-monster you can unlock in Crawl, or is that merely just a fantastic edit?

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    Ed GrubermanEd Gruberman Registered User regular
    edited September 2016
    Rius wrote: »
    Is there really a Gabe-monster you can unlock in Crawl, or is that merely just a fantastic edit?

    I'm pretty sure it's real: http://www.pcgamer.com/gabe-newell-is-a-boss-in-crawl-powers-up-with-beard-and-knives/

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    MudzgutMudzgut OhioRegistered User regular
    Rius wrote: »
    Is there really a Gabe-monster you can unlock in Crawl, or is that merely just a fantastic edit?

    Everything I see online says it's a real deal, there are a ton of screenshots of it as well. Gaben is an actual boss mob in Crawl.

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    heenatoheenato Alice Leywind Registered User regular
    Goumindong wrote: »
    @heenato

    I have not played princess maker 2 but reading the suggestions in the prior thread it's probably a good idea to do the daycare thing before allowong the drinking thing.
    Psh. If I cant make my god gifted daughter into the literal queen of hell what's the point?

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    MudzgutMudzgut OhioRegistered User regular
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    Now I'm done with Hexcells Infinite. Unless I want to go another round or spend more time in Infinite...

    Hexcells Infinite is one of my goto zone out games. I just hit 1000 games played in Infinite mode. I usually start with the "today's date" option and then hit random a few times until I'm relaxed, then I go back to whatever I was doing before hand. I still can't believe how well they did on the random generation and making sure there is always a clue somewhere in each level to get you through it completely.

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    New thread, New Post!

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    SmokeStacksSmokeStacks Registered User regular
    edited September 2016
    Zavian wrote: »
    new Humble Bundle (really awesome one for game developers):

    $1 Tier
    Oniken
    Some other games I guess

    Oh man I will never not recommend Oniken.

    I complain a lot about modern devs who try to do 2D "retro aesthetic" games without really understanding the core fundamentals of restriction based art direction (and tend to end up making muddy looking messes instead of games), but Oniken is one of the few that just nails the retro game visual style. It's a game you could actually envision having been released on the Genesis. It's also pretty tough though.

    It's a steal at a buck, worth it just to hear the great soundtrack alone.

    SmokeStacks on
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    CorpekataCorpekata Registered User regular
    edited September 2016
    Posted in last thread but since it was closed right after, if you have or were waiting on Hyper Light Drifter, they patched in 60 FPS support today, though it's just a Beta branch for now. Also added a Boss rush mode. Can enable the beta by going to the Betas tab under properties and selecting the Next Update version.

    It's also on sale to celebrate it. Game is great, and 60 FPS feels awesome.

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    HiT BiTHiT BiT 🍒 Fresh, straight from Pac-man's Registered User regular
    Oh man I will never not recommend Oniken.
    It's a steal at a buck, worth it just to hear the great soundtrack alone.
    In fact, here's a key for the grab.
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    SmokeStacksSmokeStacks Registered User regular
    Oh! Also, in my quest to work my way through the main Arkham trilogy, I beat Arkham City the other night. Spoilers up to and including end game ahead:
    What a bunch of shittyass bossfights! Almost every boss was the exact same thing! Here's a boss character and also like thirty fucking mooks you have to fight at the same time! Here's a boss that has two health bars for no reason! Ughghghghghghghghghg fawk

    The Clayface fight was different though, just a standard "memorize the pattern" bossfight... but no, he's got two healthbars too! And the second half of the fight is him plus a shitload of enemies to fight! I like that he sorta slithered into the Lazarus Pit right before it exploded though, coulda been some interesting sequel bait there.

    The Solomon Grundy fight was interesting because you had to use explosives though.

    Then there were the dumb Deadshot/Two Face style "sneak up on them when they aren't looking" "bossfights".

    The only really good bossfight in the entire game was Mr. Freeze, because you were basically trapped in a room and couldn't fight him head on because head to head he will pull a Wesley Willis and whup Batman's ass. Instead you had to sneak around and use the environment to fight him. I loved how he would destroy/remove whatever thing you used to hit him (icing over the vents, icing the magnet, blocking holes/doorways, etc) so you couldn't just cheese the fight. I think that fight would have been better if it was longer and in a bigger area.

    I finished all of the sidequests except for the Riddler one, because it's tied to your Riddler Trophy collection, and that's dumb as shit. I only have like 250 of them and there's over 400 so yeah nah.

    Moving around the city is kinda stiff. Once I understood that grappling into a ledge and boosting would send me perpendicular to the orientation of the ledge itself and not continuing in the direction Batman was grappling from that made more sense, but the grappling itself was goofy as shit. Batman would oftentimes grapple onto ledge behind him or in a different direction than the one I had the camera on.

    Also, I beat the game but there is still more stuff to play? I didn't really like playing as Catwoman and I was kinda drunk at the time so I somehow missed the "Two Face will continuously spawn more henchmen" thing, which meant I think I absolutely destroyed like thirty dudes before it hit me (I saw a new henchman teleport into the map using Thief Vision). That fight can be over in like ten seconds if you know exactly what to do.

    I liked that there were supervillians that Catwoman interacted with but Batman never meets. It makes it feel like Arkham City had so much shit going on that even Batman couldn't keep track of it all.

    Also I saw what I guess was a weird bug - I grappled to the top of that building near the busted highway on top of the flooded streets, the one with the frozen swimming pool. The enemies all saw me and I jumped off on the other side and landed on top of the piece of busted highway. I was looking away when I heard a splash, so I turned back and watched two of the inmates jump over the ledge and fall down into the water. Pretty sure the game bugged out and didn't realize there wasn't anything solid on the other side of that ledge, but I like to think that instead the Batman terrified several hardened criminals into suicide.

    Speaking of, after a few frustrating group fights my new headcanon is that Batman has snapped and is now beating people to death. There is no way that the "beatdown" move doesn't leave an unarmored guy gasping to breathe on the ground with a bunch of destroyed organs. Even without that I'm leaving people unconscious in the snow in less than 30 degree wearing nothing more than prison jumpsuits.

    Anyway I had fun. I didn't think it was anywhere near as good as Arkham Asylum was, but I still liked it. After dealing with some of the issues it has I have significantly less patience for bullshit though, so I might wait a little bit before I fire up Arkham Knight so I don't get Batman'd out.

    After playing the Batman games (and especially after playing Just Cause 3) I have basically destroyed any enjoyment I might have had from future third person games that don't have a grapple and a wingsuit/cape though.

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    ElderPaoElderPao Registered User regular
    New thread! I guess now is as good a time as any to see if I can figure out how to give away some games:

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    bloodatonementbloodatonement Registered User regular
    Zavian wrote: »
    new Humble Bundle (really awesome one for game developers):

    $1 Tier
    Oniken
    Some other games I guess

    Oh man I will never not recommend Oniken.

    I complain a lot about modern devs who try to do 2D "retro aesthetic" games without really understanding the core fundamentals of restriction based art direction (and tend to end up making muddy looking messes instead of games), but Oniken is one of the few that just nails the retro game visual style. It's a game you could actually envision having been released on the Genesis. It's also pretty tough though.

    It's a steal at a buck, worth it just to hear the great soundtrack alone.

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    XeddicusXeddicus Registered User regular


    How this gets interpreted as "adding women makes the game worse" is looking for a reason to be offended. He's clearly asking "Where should be spend our time and resources". That's a logical stance even if you're a billion dollar company even if it doesn't fly so well there. No idea how many people those guys have/had, but the vote clearly got the point.

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    ElvenshaeElvenshae Registered User regular
    @Ianator @Mudzgut

    My only problem with Hexcells: Infinite is that, after enough random games, you can recognize the patterns a little too easily. Like, "Oh - this is the field of 3-2-3-2s, it should end about there."

    Other than that, spot on, amazing game, and one of the best ways to spend a couple bucks on Steam or anywhere!

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    cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    If you want good boss fights, Arkham Oranges is your game.

    Not a typo, I just like calling it that.

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    MuddBuddMuddBudd Registered User regular
    Xeddicus wrote: »


    How this gets interpreted as "adding women makes the game worse" is looking for a reason to be offended. He's clearly asking "Where should be spend our time and resources". That's a logical stance even if you're a billion dollar company even if it doesn't fly so well there. No idea how many people those guys have/had, but the vote clearly got the point.

    It gets interpreted that way because that's what he meant.

    He literally made a poll between 'adding a female model' and 'improving everything in the game'. What ELSE would people pick. That's not a choice. That was him justifying not wanting to do it.

    That's like making a poll asking people if they'd rather have
    A. A new wallet
    B. Five thousand dollars

    Both of those are nice, but one is clearly the superior option that they are expecting people to pick. So the only reason to ask is to point out how worthless you think that wallet is in comparison.

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    Santa ClaustrophobiaSanta Claustrophobia Ho Ho Ho Disconnecting from Xbox LIVERegistered User regular
    Is this an old thread for some reason?

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    SmokeStacksSmokeStacks Registered User regular
    edited September 2016
    If it's a female character than wouldn't it be more like

    Do you want
    A.) A girlfriend
    B.) Five thousand dollars

    ?

    People make that choice (or have it made for them) every day.

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    XeddicusXeddicus Registered User regular
    If it's a female character than wouldn't it be more like

    Do you want
    A.) A girlfriend
    B.) Five thousand dollars

    ?

    People make that choice (or have it made for them) every day.

    hahaha.

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    MuddBuddMuddBudd Registered User regular
    edited September 2016
    If it's a female character than wouldn't it be more like

    Do you want
    A.) A girlfriend
    B.) Five thousand dollars

    ?

    People make that choice (or have it made for them) every day.

    I was trying to mirror the actual choice. In this case, both would improve the player experience. Just one clearly more so.

    Perhaps a better analogy would be...

    A. Getting a new case for your PC, of a similar model but with slightly different styling
    B. New CPU, Motherboard, and GPU

    The other issue with that tweet was the idea that somehow adding a female player model would take as much work as making the rest of the game better.

    You barely see the player model in Subnautica. How could it possibly be that difficult?

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    CorpekataCorpekata Registered User regular
    His poll is basically "Would you rather do homework, or eat ice cream?"


    The poll is clearly dismissive of the option. I don't think he's saying "adding women to the game makes it worse" as much as "adding women to the game is a waste of time" which is much classier, obviously.

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    MuddBuddMuddBudd Registered User regular
    Corpekata wrote: »
    His poll is basically "Would you rather do homework, or eat ice cream?"


    The poll is clearly dismissive of the option. I don't think he's saying "adding women to the game makes it worse" as much as "adding women to the game is a waste of time" which is much classier, obviously.

    This.

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    cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    But how can we make an analogy featuring cars?

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    heenatoheenato Alice Leywind Registered User regular
    But how can we make an analogy featuring cars?

    Do you want shiny new hubcaps or a new engines that goes RN-NN-NN-NN?

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    AstharielAsthariel The Book Eater Registered User regular
    edited September 2016
    I returned to Renowned Explorers with dlc More to Explore.

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    Oh my God

    words cannot describe how much i love this game

    And this little girl Princess Necromancer? There is small questline with her, and it's bloody awesome. Go buy / play this game.

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    SmokeStacksSmokeStacks Registered User regular
    MuddBudd wrote: »
    Perhaps a better analogy would be...

    A. Getting a new case for your PC, of a similar model but with slightly different styling
    B. New CPU, Motherboard, and GPU

    Does the case have LEDs?

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    MuddBuddMuddBudd Registered User regular
    MuddBudd wrote: »
    Perhaps a better analogy would be...

    A. Getting a new case for your PC, of a similar model but with slightly different styling
    B. New CPU, Motherboard, and GPU

    Does the case have LEDs?

    Yes, two in the front.

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    SmokeStacksSmokeStacks Registered User regular
    Is there a USB port for my dongle?

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    Sir CarcassSir Carcass I have been shown the end of my world Round Rock, TXRegistered User regular
    I'm just wondering if there would be the same reaction if the default was a female model and the question was about adding a male model.

    I'm thinking no.

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    JeixJeix Registered User regular
    I'm just wondering if there would be the same reaction if the default was a female model and the question was about adding a male model.

    I'm thinking no.

    But why male models?

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    SmokeStacksSmokeStacks Registered User regular
    Subnautica Bug Report: Player character cannot turn left

    Developer Response: Working as intended

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    AegeriAegeri Tiny wee bacteriums Plateau of LengRegistered User regular
    This is like if Bethsoft asked players some time ago:

    1) Would you like horse armor?
    2) Improve the rest of the game?

    It's a poll that's set up specifically to generate the answer that the person who created it wanted. It's also an immensely shitty poll in every respect as well.

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    Sir CarcassSir Carcass I have been shown the end of my world Round Rock, TXRegistered User regular
    Aegeri wrote: »
    This is like if Bethsoft asked players some time ago:

    1) Would you like horse armor?
    2) Improve the rest of the game?

    It's a poll that's set up specifically to generate the answer that the person who created it wanted. It's also an immensely shitty poll in every respect as well.

    Oh, I agree it's a terrible poll, and the developer seemed to think adding a female model was a waste of time at this stage and was kinda passive-aggressively saying that. I just don't think it's worth boycotting something over, but I also don't understand most of the outrage generated these days.

    #getoffmylawn

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