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[Steam]: Where backlog progress and sales collide.

MudzgutMudzgut OhioRegistered User regular
edited March 22 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.

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.

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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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.
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.

How do I join the Steam groups?
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. 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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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!

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

Trading cards? Badges? Steam profile levels? Boosters? FOILS?! What the hell?
Jrraghen put together this helpful guide: The House of Cards!
Many games 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. Join the Steam group we created for trading cards: PA Card Sharks
Also check this handy tip from HiT BiT:
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.

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 $5,315.84 for Child's Play in December 2016!
Previous Years
***If someone finds the 2015 total before I can dig it up, please PM me, @Mudzgut***
December 2014: $9,248
December 2013: $11,903

Fanda shared this with us:
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 it up.
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 a nice list of all free DLC you can add to your steam account 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.

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  • CorriganXCorriganX Registered User regular
    edited January 18
    A whoooole new woooooorld.

    Update on the Backlog Challenge so far.

    Benji in the lead with 480
    Phileas 2nd place with 397
    Chrissy in 3rd with 321


    The final day for reporting your game completions is this Monday by 11:59pm Eastern time. Theres still plenty of time for anyone to win. I'll be listing a few more bonus objectives today or tomorrow, to round out the contest. <3 KEEP UP THE AMAZING WORK GUYS!

    Spreadsheet with the totals for each team.

    Word Doc with all the submissions and links.

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  • jclastjclast Registered User regular
    GO TEAM PP!

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  • IoloIolo iolo Registered User regular
    Woo Backlog Challenge - gooooo Phileas!!

    @CorriganX, could you relink the spreadsheets from your handy #2 post, above? <3

  • durandal4532durandal4532 Registered User regular
    I finished INSIDE last night and wooooow howdy that took a turn!

    Very neat, very much like LIMBO but just done significantly better and with more effective environmental storytelling.

    Take a moment to donate what you can to the International Rescue Committee, the National Immigration Law Center, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the American Civil Liberties Union. There has never been a more urgent moment to do so.
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  • RoyceSraphimRoyceSraphim Registered User regular
    Still trying to learn Silent Storm.

    Had a man jump out a window asking for help.

    I handed him a german sub machine gun I scavenged off a dead soldier.

    This man who came to my aid was gunned down a few minutes later.

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  • chuck steakchuck steak Registered User regular
    Mmmm, fresh!
    People seem to be liking this, but I have no interest in visual novels.

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    And got this free on PS4, where I will probably not play it.

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  • Pixelated PixiePixelated Pixie Future world ruler Registered User regular
    akajaybay wrote: »
    Then at the end there's a one of those click real fast jobs, that's also on a very short timer. I missed it the first time, and it game overed, and rewound about 7 minutes earlier. I thought maybe I just hadn't been paying attention enough. Get back to the spot again, start clicking away, nope failed it again. Let's start the scene all over again, just suck the momentum right out of this plot. Got it on the the third attempt by positioning the mouse in a way so that I could rapid fire the mouse button at an angle. Such a bizarre design choice. And to have it reset back so far. It's like they suddenly decided their lightly interactive game/film wasn't hard enough so they threw in a tough one at the end when the story is essentially climaxing.

    Well, you know. Sometimes to get to the climax you have to sort of go crazy on the button.

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  • Wolf of DresdenWolf of Dresden Registered User regular
    Knocked out Stories: The Path of Destinies the other night. Arkham-style combat mixed with some minor stealth, lever puzzles and some light grappling hook action (but no real platforming), played out in a setting that is sort of like a steampunk Star Wars. With animals (foxes, cats, rabbits, ravens and toads). And magic.

    The gimmick is the main character can rewind the major choices to go back through the story - and he must do so to proceed as he has to come to understand certain "truths" before he can take the enlightened path. Different choices send him to different areas and the game cranks up the difficulty incrementally (by introducing new classes of opponent) as truths are revealed. Thus, even if you glue a walkthrough to your hand and play with it open, you'll go through the game at least five times (and die at least four times along the way). As with Bastion and Transistor, there is a narrator who handles all the dialogue and internal monologues (Bastion's influence is most clearly felt in the series of jokes about smashing pots, crystals and the like to see if there is loot inside); one of the most interesting bits for me was how the internal monologues changed in later trips to the same story, offering up new reflections on events seen in previous chapters. Injuries to the main character persist between chapters but disappear when he rewinds, so health can be a little scarce if you are still learning the combat system and building your abilities (tracked here through forging new swords, spending points on the skill tree and finding gems in chests - as with all Arkham games, once you near the bottom of the tree, you are night unstoppable).

    This is the sort of game that will work very well for some and fall completely flat for others. Other than the execrably generic name, I really liked the everything on offer and enjoyed the way alternate paths and loot opportunities open up in previously visited settings. However, if you hate fighting your way through the same place twice (or the same five enemies, that's the number of different classes of ravens to oppose you) then this game will hammer a railroad spike into your cortex. I also thought the art and elaborate environments were very attractive and just enjoyed looking around, especially when time slowed in a big fight and the particle effects got out of control. Oh and if you hate narrators then run screaming in the opposite direction.

    I should also add that I appreciated the absence of boss fights. Even when you think there might be a boss, well, there isn't. Though there might be a choice which results in a quick death...

    Oh and this game is definitely made for a controller. Would not recommend to mouse and keyboard purists.

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  • KoopahTroopahKoopahTroopah The koopas, the troopas. Philadelphia, PARegistered User regular
    edited January 18
    Link to the Gabe Newell AMA
    [–]send_me_a_naked_pic 4364 points 18 hours ago
    If you could go back in time, what would you change about Steam?

    [–]GabeNewellBellevue 14.0k points 18 hours ago
    Biggest issue has been how we structured support.

    You don't say...

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  • cB557cB557 voOOP Registered User regular
    cB557 wrote: »
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    I guess everyone just already has this game?

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  • ButtcleftButtcleft Registered User regular
    edited January 18
    Link to the Gabe Newell AMA
    [–]send_me_a_naked_pic 4364 points 18 hours ago
    If you could go back in time, what would you change about Steam?

    [–]GabeNewellBellevue 14.0k points 18 hours ago
    Biggest issue has been how we structured support.

    You don't say...

    Valve had support? Could have fooled me.

    I read some of that AMA, and honestly..other than blunt replies about support (which I'm sure were only given cause recent attention to it in the gaming news), he really didn't give much of an answer to anything. just used a lot of clever wording to say a lot of things without answering anything.

    Which just increased my dislike for him.

    On an unrelated topic
    Humblebundle has a bundle that includes Rust, Shadowrun Hong Kong and Homeworld Remastered for 10 bucks, for those that are interested.

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  • KalnaurKalnaur I See Summer Heat Waves . . . Olympia, WARegistered User regular
    Kalnaur wrote: »
    Kalnaur wrote: »
    Zek wrote: »
    Nobody talking about the Gabe Newell AMA?

    TLDR:
    Still explicitly being cagey about HL3 and the veracity of the leak reporting that it's dead.

    Holy shit!
    Why even have an AMA. They don't have anything to really talk about right now.

    I know!
    It's to make the fanboys froth and guess and spin conjecture so Valve can pretend to be something more than a storefront cashing in on other people's digital goods for a bit longer.
    Too harsh?

    Maybe a little; they did launch their VR stuff last year after all.

    Well yeah, I was mainly just being pissy. I mean, they also have the Steam Controller, which I will sing praises to until the heat-death of the universe, and their other hardware.

    I was mainly just ribbing them for not releasing a game in . . . how many years now?

    Do you count The Lab?

    . . . Grudgingly?

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  • ButtcleftButtcleft Registered User regular
    Kalnaur wrote: »
    Kalnaur wrote: »
    Kalnaur wrote: »
    Zek wrote: »
    Nobody talking about the Gabe Newell AMA?

    TLDR:
    Still explicitly being cagey about HL3 and the veracity of the leak reporting that it's dead.

    Holy shit!
    Why even have an AMA. They don't have anything to really talk about right now.

    I know!
    It's to make the fanboys froth and guess and spin conjecture so Valve can pretend to be something more than a storefront cashing in on other people's digital goods for a bit longer.
    Too harsh?

    Maybe a little; they did launch their VR stuff last year after all.

    Well yeah, I was mainly just being pissy. I mean, they also have the Steam Controller, which I will sing praises to until the heat-death of the universe, and their other hardware.

    I was mainly just ribbing them for not releasing a game in . . . how many years now?

    Do you count The Lab?

    . . . Grudgingly?

    Dota 2 was their last game like 4 years ago, wasn't it?

    more like 6 years since their last single player game.

    that's it, I'm shutting this entire forum down, everyone thank buttcleft
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  • RoyceSraphimRoyceSraphim Registered User regular
    Knocked out Stories: The Path of Destinies the other night. Arkham-style combat mixed with some minor stealth, lever puzzles and some light grappling hook action (but no real platforming), played out in a setting that is sort of like a steampunk Star Wars. With animals (foxes, cats, rabbits, ravens and toads). And magic.

    The gimmick is the main character can rewind the major choices to go back through the story - and he must do so to proceed as he has to come to understand certain "truths" before he can take the enlightened path. Different choices send him to different areas and the game cranks up the difficulty incrementally (by introducing new classes of opponent) as truths are revealed. Thus, even if you glue a walkthrough to your hand and play with it open, you'll go through the game at least five times (and die at least four times along the way). As with Bastion and Transistor, there is a narrator who handles all the dialogue and internal monologues (Bastion's influence is most clearly felt in the series of jokes about smashing pots, crystals and the like to see if there is loot inside); one of the most interesting bits for me was how the internal monologues changed in later trips to the same story, offering up new reflections on events seen in previous chapters. Injuries to the main character persist between chapters but disappear when he rewinds, so health can be a little scarce if you are still learning the combat system and building your abilities (tracked here through forging new swords, spending points on the skill tree and finding gems in chests - as with all Arkham games, once you near the bottom of the tree, you are night unstoppable).

    This is the sort of game that will work very well for some and fall completely flat for others. Other than the execrably generic name, I really liked the everything on offer and enjoyed the way alternate paths and loot opportunities open up in previously visited settings. However, if you hate fighting your way through the same place twice (or the same five enemies, that's the number of different classes of ravens to oppose you) then this game will hammer a railroad spike into your cortex. I also thought the art and elaborate environments were very attractive and just enjoyed looking around, especially when time slowed in a big fight and the particle effects got out of control. Oh and if you hate narrators then run screaming in the opposite direction.

    I should also add that I appreciated the absence of boss fights. Even when you think there might be a boss, well, there isn't. Though there might be a choice which results in a quick death...

    Oh and this game is definitely made for a controller. Would not recommend to mouse and keyboard purists.

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  • IoloIolo iolo Registered User regular
    edited January 18
    Woo Epistory complete!

    What a lovely game! Great gameplay with clever use of typing. Beautiful papercraft aesthetic and lovely world to unfold (ha!) and lots of nooks and crannies to explore. A good length campaign that doesn't overstay its welcome. Nice music and soundwork as well. This is worth playing, if it's sitting in your backlog, or picking up sometime.

    Big thanks to the super classy @Heatwave for giving me Epistory back in June! This was a treat, and much appreciated. <3

    EDIT: My only caveat - if you are deluding yourself about your typing ability, this game will put the lie to that. Thanks, game, for putting my thoroughly mediocre typing speed and error-rate in my face. :razz:

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  • GroveGrove Los AngelesRegistered User regular
    Whelp...two days after starting, and becoming completely strung out on Stellaris, Steam puts all the DLC on sale.

    My withered soul can only take so much!

    I'm glad I'm going out of town for a few days tomorrow. I need to break this game's hold on me.

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  • BeryllineBerylline One Tiara to rule them all Registered User regular
    Just a quick reminder that tomorrow, Thursday the 19th, at 9:00 pm EST will be Benji Costume Day for Saints Row 3! I've been working my way through the game, so it's possible I might be beating it tomorrow, too. As always, I'll be streaming at BerryBea on Twitch.

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    I tried that mission two more times.

    Snipe in open ground, time breaching building to leave a full salvo of bullets on enemy.

  • AstharielAsthariel The Book Eater Registered User regular
    Anyone wants some classic RTS?

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  • UreshiiAkumaUreshiiAkuma Registered User regular
    Here I am, sitting at home sick, trying to get some work done remotely, when a Steam, message pops up from @Arithon32 in the background, with a mysterious link. On following it, I see I've been gifted with Shadow Run: Hong Kong extended edition! Awesome! Thanks, made my otherwise miserable day :biggrin:

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  • KalnaurKalnaur I See Summer Heat Waves . . . Olympia, WARegistered User regular
    Grove wrote: »
    Whelp...two days after starting, and becoming completely strung out on Stellaris, Steam puts all the DLC on sale.

    My withered soul can only take so much!

    I'm glad I'm going out of town for a few days tomorrow. I need to break this game's hold on me.

    So . . . how's that backlog you've been working on?
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    @Arithon32 hath bestowed upon me a copy of Homeworld Remastered. Praise unto you.

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  • IsornIsorn Registered User regular
    Don't think I saw this posted but the new Steam beta client lets you move games to a different folder/drive without having to resort to third party programs or doing it by hand.

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  • CorriganXCorriganX Registered User regular
    The Final update for Bonus Objectives!

    Thanksy - Helpful Graffiti in a game. Dark Souls-like notes is good. Spray painted signs leading to treasure (Lambda cache) or locations (Safehouse symbols) are acceptable. Not a street sign with an arrow stylized on it. Helpful spraypainted stuff.
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    Illiterati - Fake Alphabet/language. Portuguese doesnt count.
    Smile! - A smiling animal. Cat, Rabbit, even a dog counts. Has to be clearly smiling. If you send in a picture of your own pet smiling, I will also count this.

    Okay, that gives us 30 total objectives to look out for.

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  • GroveGrove Los AngelesRegistered User regular
    Kalnaur wrote: »
    Grove wrote: »
    Whelp...two days after starting, and becoming completely strung out on Stellaris, Steam puts all the DLC on sale.

    My withered soul can only take so much!

    I'm glad I'm going out of town for a few days tomorrow. I need to break this game's hold on me.

    So . . . how's that backlog you've been working on?
    :biggrin:

    I got two down before this happened to me, I swear!

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  • durandal4532durandal4532 Registered User regular
    I completed that mission in House of the Dying Sun with the bonus objectives by realizing that the game only cares if YOU kill THEM, it doesn't care if you lose your fleet doing so! So yeah the shattered hulk of my Frigate held off the Traitor Flagship long enough for me to deliver a coup-de-grace to the last Destroyer and warp out.

    It's a REALLY neat game. I think people were a bit too harsh on the length, too. It's been about 5-6 hours for me on the easiest difficulty. Granted, I'm both not great at flight simmy stuff and a perfectionist so that's accounting for a lot of restarting time, but jeezamacrow, I was thinking it'd be done and dusted in like a night. Getting all the achievements should easily eat up a perfectly reasonable number of hours.

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  • Gear GirlGear Girl Registered User regular
    Isorn wrote: »
    Don't think I saw this posted but the new Steam beta client lets you move games to a different folder/drive without having to resort to third party programs or doing it by hand.

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    Finally!

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  • RoyceSraphimRoyceSraphim Registered User regular
    I completed that mission in House of the Dying Sun with the bonus objectives by realizing that the game only cares if YOU kill THEM, it doesn't care if you lose your fleet doing so! So yeah the shattered hulk of my Frigate held off the Traitor Flagship long enough for me to deliver a coup-de-grace to the last Destroyer and warp out.

    It's a REALLY neat game. I think people were a bit too harsh on the length, too. It's been about 5-6 hours for me on the easiest difficulty. Granted, I'm both not great at flight simmy stuff and a perfectionist so that's accounting for a lot of restarting time, but jeezamacrow, I was thinking it'd be done and dusted in like a night. Getting all the achievements should easily eat up a perfectly reasonable number of hours.

    The weekly challenge missions are as addictive as warframe to me.

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    Link to the Gabe Newell AMA
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    If you could go back in time, what would you change about Steam?

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    Biggest issue has been how we structured support.

    You don't say...

    "We wouldn't even pretend to offer any."

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  • RoyceSraphimRoyceSraphim Registered User regular
    I hope that now that Cowboys and westerns are making a comeback, that we get to see that mid-twentieth-century Amazon Pulp Fiction make a comeback.

    Those xbone exclusives seem like they come close.

  • urahonkyurahonky Registered User regular
    Is Doom on sale anywhere where I can get a key? $60 is a lot to drop on a game I'm not sure if my friend will enjoy as much as me.

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  • BedlamBedlam Registered User regular
    urahonky wrote: »
    Is Doom on sale anywhere where I can get a key? $60 is a lot to drop on a game I'm not sure if my friend will enjoy as much as me.
    https://www.humblebundle.com/store/doom

    A little under $20

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  • DyasAlureDyasAlure SeattleRegistered User regular
    Bedlam wrote: »
    urahonky wrote: »
    Is Doom on sale anywhere where I can get a key? $60 is a lot to drop on a game I'm not sure if my friend will enjoy as much as me.
    https://www.humblebundle.com/store/doom

    A little under $20

    Doom is so good though. I have been playing it lately.

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  • IanatorIanator Delightfully mediocre! Registered User regular
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    I managed to be the second person this Challenge to beat this silly Compile Heart title. A very short description would be "Neptunia meets Disgaea" but that wouldn't be entirely accurate.

    THE GOOD:
    -Character art by Takehito Harada and music by Tenpei Sato. Yes, the folks who do Disgaea's art and music bring a lot of personality to the game's aesthetic.
    -The humor draws from the best of both NIS and Compile Heart. Seriously folks, I've never laughed this hard at the word "peon" and the concept of Chou-Chou literally appealing to the fetishes of inanimate objects is ridiculous.

    THE BAD:
    -Lots of disparate battle systems that almost actively resist your attempts to take advantage of them.
    -Moe Kill~! Turn your enemies into peons! ...Or turn *some* of them into peons and make the rest stronger and harder to kill.
    -Effect crystals! ...Which have none of the reward for planning around them like Disgaea's Geo systems.
    -Blast Off! Knock enemies and crystals around the field! ...Except Crystals take forever to break and you're just as likely to scramble your own lines.
    -Airship battles! ...Where hints about the enemy's actions are vague enough that you can easily end up dunking yourself.
    -The game's general difficulty curve turns sharply upward as you approach the end of the story. You will either grind levels or activate some of the overpowered item DLC included with the game in order to get past it.

    Very witty but also very flawed. I may come back for New Game + to get the Good End and mess around with the postgame. 6/10

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  • Kai_SanKai_San Commonly known as Klineshrike! Registered User regular
    I mean that sounds a lot like how I would describe Disgaea. Except the Geo crystals were legit awesome in that. I loved how rewarding those sick ass chains could get in the item world.

    I only played through Disgaea 1 but the gameplay eventually hits a point where you can't shake the fact that all of this is just a pointless numbers game, and making them go really, really high.

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  • Stabbity StyleStabbity Style Warning: Mothership Reporting Walla Walla, WARegistered User regular
    Kai_San wrote: »
    I mean that sounds a lot like how I would describe Disgaea. Except the Geo crystals were legit awesome in that. I loved how rewarding those sick ass chains could get in the item world.

    I only played through Disgaea 1 but the gameplay eventually hits a point where you can't shake the fact that all of this is just a pointless numbers game, and making them go really, really high.

    Pretty much the reason I'm not really into that series. Which is too bad, because I think the writing/characters/world is cool, but the numbers game just makes it really tedious for me.

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  • IanatorIanator Delightfully mediocre! Registered User regular
    edited January 19
    Kai_San wrote: »
    I mean that sounds a lot like how I would describe Disgaea. Except the Geo crystals were legit awesome in that. I loved how rewarding those sick ass chains could get in the item world.

    I only played through Disgaea 1 but the gameplay eventually hits a point where you can't shake the fact that all of this is just a pointless numbers game, and making them go really, really high.

    I think the biggest disparity is presentation. Disgaea makes its Geo Effects obvious, challenging you to utilize them and rewarding you for a massive Geo Burst combo with extra rewards and a satisfying conclusion to what could otherwise be a long battle. Mugen Souls isn't a TRPG in the same vein so it just seems like a "Me too!" system, introducing the concept in a single tutorial battle and then leaving the player to flail against it for another thirty hours.

    Honestly, I would recommend the game next time it goes on sale, if only to present a better case in action than I ever could in words.

    ...And about the numbers: I can understand it feeling like a treadmill. I will say though that Disgaea does a good job of giving me lots of postgame content to apply those numbers to. Apply liberally. Directly to forehead.

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    Woo!

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    Thanks @jclast for Ceasar 4! I played a whole lotta Ceasar III back on the Apple ][E (that earthquake level has stuck with me ever since for some reason. That was a rude suprise the first time I encountered it!) Now I can check out the sequel - thanks very much! :)

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    This is my house now:
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    It's cold out, and I haven't seen another living person for the last 15 days. I've got a rifle, some fishing line and some rabbit snares, so I should be able to eat for a while. I'm wondering if I should:
    a) Stay where I am as long as I can.
    b) Take a trip north-east along the rail tracks. The dam is that way, and further on is the coast.
    c) Take a trip south down the rail tracks. I have no idea what is there, but I think I can get past now.
    d) Avoid the rails, see what I can find out in the wild. I've heard rumours of a prepper with a bunker somewhere...

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  • KalnaurKalnaur I See Summer Heat Waves . . . Olympia, WARegistered User regular
    For some reason, Really Big Sky won't launch for me at all. Tried validation, changing resolution, and several other fixes (including turning off the overlay, which apparently worked for me back on Windows 8, I found an old thread I posted in while Googling my problem). At this point, I feel like I should just chock it up to a game poorly coded, but if anyone is running Windows 10 and can open it, let me know?

    Anyways, on to Seasons after Fall! :biggrin:

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