[Steam]: The Backlog does matter? Backlog Challenge spreadsheet linked top of OP.

MudzgutMudzgut OhioRegistered User regular
edited January 2018 in Games and Technology

Backlog Challenge spreadsheet!!!

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.

This is a big, busy thread. There are some guidelines to keep things nice and orderly:
  • Be civil.
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  • 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!

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.
  • Steam direct gifting still works, but since we can't use our inventory the same, Steamgifts doesn't work as well anymore, thus you may find this Paypal Steam Wallet link handy should you want to throw Steam Wallet Codes instead.
A Steam thread participant preparing for gifting...
Rare footage of a gift fight in action...

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.

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.

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?!

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.

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?

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.
Isorn wrote:
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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    MNC DoverMNC Dover Full-time Voice Actor Kirkland, WARegistered User regular
    I'm gonna gift this first person who posts after me! I hope you refreshed this thread before posting!


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    destroyah87destroyah87 They/Them Preferred: She/Her - Please UseRegistered User regular
    I will gift the first person that gifts me after I make this post.

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    IoloIolo iolo Registered User regular
    SteevL wrote: »
    Iolo wrote: »
    This just went on sale today. Sleepy devs? :)

    <look down>

    Anyway, looks interesting. Not many reviews (although lots of references to Jagged Alliance and Fallout Tactics from the few there are), and only a couple friends have it wishlisted.

    One of the original people who worked on this game (though I don't think she was still there when it was finished) is the person who first brought it to my attention. She's now working with NASA and the new Australian Space Agency making space sim VR games that look amazing.


    Her name is Jennifer Scheurle and I've found her to be a very interesting person to follow on Twitter.

    Oh yeah! She's the person that asked game devs on twitter to reveal their dirty game dev secrets and got a bunch of great responses.


    C'mon and get mutated, people!

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    Pixelated PixiePixelated Pixie They/Them Registered User regular
    Someone walked into something, but I'm not quite sure who and what...

    ~~ Pixie on Steam ~~
    ironzerg wrote: »
    Chipmunks are like nature's nipple clamps, I guess?
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    KarozKaroz Registered User regular
    Well that escalated quickly.

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    MudzgutMudzgut OhioRegistered User regular
    The new start to these threads sure does take the classiness to a new and yet devious level. Nice work!


    Fall down seven times. Stand up eight.
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    Santa ClaustrophobiaSanta Claustrophobia Ho Ho Ho Disconnecting from Xbox LIVERegistered User regular
    Someone walked into something, but I'm not quite sure who and what...

    What ever it is, it comes out of classholes.

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    MNC DoverMNC Dover Full-time Voice Actor Kirkland, WARegistered User regular
    Ah, the age-old question:

    What happens when the Irresistible Gifter meets the Immovable Gifter?

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    destroyah87destroyah87 They/Them Preferred: She/Her - Please UseRegistered User regular
    edited November 2017
    I took a calculated risk, but man am I bad at math.
    @MNC Dover thank you for Wolfenstein II! Very Classy.

    Alas, I must hold to the code; you understand.

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    ZetxZetx 🐧 Registered User regular
    MrVyngaard wrote: »
    Everspace has been pretty awesome so far, if someone was interested in a roguelike sitting between FTL and Elite: Dangerous. (Mine is a GOG.com copy, but still.)

    Haven't gotten the expansion but the base game seems solid and challenging.

    If I am terrible with aerial combat, am I going to have a bad time? I was not very good at E: D but sometimes I have that space! itch I gotta scratch.

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    MNC DoverMNC Dover Full-time Voice Actor Kirkland, WARegistered User regular

    Thanks to @destroyah87 for the overwheming classy comeback. Clearly I should have known better than to set a trap with him active on the forums.


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    RoyceSraphimRoyceSraphim Registered User regular
    12 is Better than 6 is a satisfying western game. Killing banditos, killing Grey Fox troops to rescue the tribes they kidnapped. It is a glorious thing.

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    ToyDToyD Registered User regular
    edited November 2017
    Zetx wrote: »
    MrVyngaard wrote: »
    Everspace has been pretty awesome so far, if someone was interested in a roguelike sitting between FTL and Elite: Dangerous. (Mine is a GOG.com copy, but still.)

    Haven't gotten the expansion but the base game seems solid and challenging.

    If I am terrible with aerial combat, am I going to have a bad time? I was not very good at E: D but sometimes I have that space! itch I gotta scratch.

    nevermind. Saw FTL and made a terrible assumption. Carry on.

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    dresdenphiledresdenphile Watch out for snakes!Registered User regular
    New thread smell!

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    FencingsaxFencingsax It is difficult to get a man to understand, when his salary depends upon his not understanding GNU Terry PratchettRegistered User regular
    I always love coming back to the thread every so often.

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    Big ClassyBig Classy Registered User regular
    This is a good start to a new thread. I'll refrain from posting bad news lest it tarnish the spirit of the page!

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    MadicanMadican No face Registered User regular
    Well this thread is off to a smashing start. Finished my Steam nominations today.
    The “The World Is Grim Enough Let's Just All Get Along” Award: Tabletop Simulator
    The “Choices Matter” Award: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky
    The “Haunts My Dreams” Award: Tales of Berseria
    The “Mom’s Spaghetti” Award: Anima Gate of Memories
    The “No Apologies” Award: Sakura Dungeon
    The “Cry Havoc And Let Slip The Dogs Of War” Award: Golf With Your Friends
    The “Suspension of Disbelief” Award: Tales of Zestiria
    The “Soul Of Vitruvius” Award: FINAL FANTASY XIV Online
    The “Defies Description” Award: NieR:Automata
    The “Labor of Love” Award: Warframe
    The “Whoooaaaaaaa, Dude! 2.0” Award: Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy
    The “Even Better Than I Expected” Award: Battle Chef Brigade
    The “The Dark Souls of Video Games” Award: Nioh: Complete Edition / 仁王 Complete Edition

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    JazzJazz Registered User regular
    edited November 2017
    From the old thread:
    Sumanai wrote: »
    Double Dragon Neon:

    Double Dragon was a lot of fun back in the day and I've always been a bit curious about this new modern version so I grabbed this one. Thank you very much @Werewolf2000ad <3

    Double Dragon was my jam in the arcade back in the day. My local arcade was a room in the back of a video rental store, with maybe about ten machines that didn't switch out much. Most I can't remember, but there was a twin-screen Cyberball in the corner. But man, Double Dragon... I put a lot of 20p's in that thing. A shame that no home version of the era could match up to it, although the Sega Master System version was at least good on its own merits.

    Neon seemed like good fun on the 360, I really should give that another punt. (Check Steam; of course there it is, must've been in a bundle once unless I got hit by some classhole, I lose track; hit install)
    I remember chuckling at, when I hit an enemy with a baseball bat, my character said "Touchdown!"

    That game knows exactly what it is.

    Jazz on
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    JaysonFourJaysonFour Classy Monster Kitteh Registered User regular
    ...I need to do my awards, I think.

    I can has cheezburger, yes?
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    DrascinDrascin Registered User regular
    I just really don't know what to pick for half of them, to be quite honest.

    Steam ID: Right here.
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    Santa ClaustrophobiaSanta Claustrophobia Ho Ho Ho Disconnecting from Xbox LIVERegistered User regular
    The only thing I know for sure is 'choices matter' will be a city builder of some sort. Probably Cities: Skylines. All other choices will probably be poison pills guaranteed not to be in the final lists because VGAs are trite and silly. I just want the badge points to up my percentage of not getting card packs for the games I play that nobody else does.

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    DerrickDerrick Registered User regular
    edited November 2017
    The only thing I know for sure is 'choices matter' will be a city builder of some sort. Probably Cities: Skylines. All other choices will probably be poison pills guaranteed not to be in the final lists because VGAs are trite and silly. I just want the badge points to up my percentage of not getting card packs for the games I play that nobody else does.

    I went with Elex. Great RPG for that. After browsing my library, I saw Alpha Protocol should have gotten the nomination in all fairness.

    Some of the other categories I just don't understand or nothing really jumps out at me. (Or they do, but they aren't Steam games...)

    Derrick on
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    ToyDToyD Registered User regular
    One of the only categories that jumped out at me was my write in of “do you even click bro?” With a nominee of grim dawn. My poor mouse.

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    RoyceSraphimRoyceSraphim Registered User regular
    Okay, it was grey ox....not grey fox.....dammit, now I want Kojima to do a western.

    It will be some serious hyper peyote infused mysticism, but damn if it won't be fun.

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    anoffdayanoffday To be changed whenever Anoffday gets around to it. Registered User regular
    JaysonFour wrote: »
    ...I need to do my awards, I think.

    Maybe I'm lazy, but it just seems like a pain in the ass the way they have you doing it.

    Steam: offday
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    ZetxZetx 🐧 Registered User regular
    The cynic in me says it's just an additional ploy for Valve to not have to do the work themselves :lol:

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    New Thread

    Smells like the Old Thread


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    JaysonFourJaysonFour Classy Monster Kitteh Registered User regular
    The “The World Is Grim Enough Let's Just All Get Along” Award: Meadow. Because how non-combative can you get than a bunch of animals frolicking around and collecting things?

    The “Choices Matter” Award: Heroes Rise: The Prodigy. Because it's the first one I played and I was blown away by all the choices you could make.

    The “Haunts My Dreams” Award: Mass Effect 2. I don't care about the third one. The second one is the best one, and I replay it over and over just because I can. Still want that perfect ending, though.

    The “Mom’s Spaghetti” Award: Skyrim. I don't care, I just love exploring every little nook and cranny of the province and proving just how damned brokenly powerful archery is.

    The “No Apologies” Award: HuniePop. Because why the hell not, it's a nice match game with interesting... visuals.

    The “Cry Havoc And Let Slip The Dogs Of War” Award: Borderlands 2. Because it's just so much fun to douse your enemies in things and then sic your giant robot on them.

    The “Suspension of Disbelief” Award: Catlateral Damage. You're a cat. Knocking things down. That's all there is to it.

    The “Soul Of Vitruvius” Award: Nier: Automata. Played it on console, it looks damned pretty.

    The “Defies Description” Award: Costume Quest 2. You're a kid, getting sucked through time to save trick-or-treating and using your costumes to power up and beat the snot out of monsters.

    The “Labor of Love” Award: EverQuest. This game came out years and years ago and it's STILL getting updates and expansions.

    The “Whoooaaaaaaa, Dude! 2.0” Award: Fallout: New Vegas. Just... wow. I still want to fire this one up and keep playing it. It's fun, and engaging. Fuck cazadores and deathclaws, though.

    The “Even Better Than I Expected” Award: Poker Night at the Inventory. I don't care. Buy this game purely for the character banter. It still makes me laugh and giggle.

    The “The "Best Game I've Played This Year” Award: Bleed 2. Mostly because it's still a lot of fun and if you can get it for less than ten bucks, it's still a steal.

    Done with my awards. I admit, I'm not like most people with my choices.

    I can has cheezburger, yes?
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    davidsdurionsdavidsdurions Your Trusty Meatshield Panhandle NebraskaRegistered User regular
    edited November 2017
    edit oops

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    davidsdurionsdavidsdurions Your Trusty Meatshield Panhandle NebraskaRegistered User regular
    edited November 2017
    edit nevermind

    I'll try again in a few minutes. uggggggghhhhh sorry

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    davidsdurionsdavidsdurions Your Trusty Meatshield Panhandle NebraskaRegistered User regular
    Okay, apologies for the double (triple?) posting, but I'm just trying to give away a key properly for the new thread!

    So, here's a good one, Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition:


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    HiT BiTHiT BiT 🍒 Fresh, straight from Pac-man's Registered User regular
    New Thread
    Smells like the Old Thread
    Look at me.
    Now look at the Steam Thread.
    Now look at me.
    Now look at those sales.
    Your backlog just doubled.

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    Ed GrubermanEd Gruberman Registered User regular
    edited November 2017
    Last night I tried out Loot Rascals which I had gotten in the $1 tier of a recent humble bundle.

    I only played for about an hour but if you feel like playing a game that constantly makes you go WTF, Loot Rascals is a solid entry. Between the deliberately flat delivery of the Scottish/Irish (sorry, I can't tell the difference) space alien narrator and the goal of trying to save some terraformer named Big Barry (prounounced Baddy because of the accent) while some crazy pink monster from the underworld is doing whatever, I had a big stupid grin on my face the whole time. The soundtrack is sufficiently goofy too and just adds to the ridiculousness.

    Some of the mechanics are pretty interesting too. Like it's hex-based/turn based with a day/night cycle of 5 turns each. And the enemy types dictate if you get to attack first based on if it's day or night.You walk around with your joystick like in a brawler revealing the map. As between the hexes counts as a turn. The equipment is also based on collecting attack and defense cards which you equip in 1 5 x 2 array. And some cards give you bonuses/penalities based on if it is equipped in an odd/even row or column and can affect the surrounding cards. It's fairly simple and straightforward.

    I'm definitely going to give this one some more time. It's simple and goofy and I really enjoyed my quick experience with it. If anyone picked it up in the bundle recently, I recommend checking it out. I think you'll get an idea if it's your thing pretty quickly.

    EDIT: for your reference, the Loot Rascals soundtrack


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    Pixelated PixiePixelated Pixie They/Them Registered User regular
    edited November 2017

    I went to take a nap to recharge so I can play more Elex ohgodsendhelpplz and this happened while I was afk. @JaysonFour is a monster.

    Pink Rage? NO SUCH THING! >.>

    Thanks! <3<3<3

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    KarozKaroz Registered User regular
    It's what I call Pixie when she goes ape on invaders in Dark Souls 2. :smile:

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    McMoogleMcMoogle Registered User regular
    The hell is this, some sort of new thread?

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    BeryllineBerylline One Tiara to rule them all Registered User regular
    For my nominations, I tried to go with games I've played and enjoyed. So, you can also consider this a list of games I recommend!

    The World is Grim Enough Let's Just All Get Along: Meadow - This is the friendliest, most peaceful game, especially rare considering it's an mmo.

    Choices Matter: OneShot - There's one main choice here and I agonized over it. It makes a big difference.

    Haunts My Dreams: Night in the Woods - I couldn't stop thinking about this one while playing and afterwards. It's one of the very, very few games in which I immediately started a new game after finishing (and quickly finished that second game, too).

    Mom's Spaghetti: Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice - This game was so intense, my hands were physically shaking at times and I had to stop and take deep breaths to calm down.

    No Apologies: Everybody's Gone to the Rapture - This game has mixed reviews, and it definitely has its faults, but I absolutely adored it. It was easily one of my favorite games that I played last year.

    Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Dogs of War: Borderlands 2 - I know this is also a perfect one for Saints Row, but I've been playing Borderlands 2 lately and the group that I've been playing with have been enjoying going on destructive rampages. With four of us playing, "havoc" is very accurate description.

    Suspension of Disbelief: Rise of the Tomb Raider - The arguments for this have been presented in the thread and I agree with them.

    Soul of Vitruvius: What Remains of Edith Finch - The house is the character I think is highlighted in this.

    Defies Description: Forget Me Not: My Organic Garden - It's a mash-up clicker/gardening/visual novel game about organ harvesting and it's really good! I've never been able to convince anyone else to play it based on my attempts at description though, as it's one of those "sum is more than the parts" kind of things.

    Labor of Love: Stardew Valley - I know it doesn't quite fit this, considering it hasn't been out for years, but I definitely think "labor of love" applies, and it's still getting updates. (And, I really haven't played a lot of the older games that might fit this better.)

    Whoooaaaaaa, Dude! 2.0: Everything - This game is the absolute perfect fit for this award.

    Even Better Than I Expected: Rakuen - I'd been excited for this game's release, but once it came out and I played it, I was absolutely blown away by this game. I'm sad it hasn't gotten more recognition, because it's one of my absolute favorites of the (many) games I've played this year. (Think To the Moon, but better!)

    Write-in: Best Flight: AER - I really wanted to fit this game in somewhere, because I adored it, so here it is! The flight was so enjoyable in this game.

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    12 is better than 6 is a very short game but really hits that wild west spirit and I cannot believe a bunch of russians with gamemaker actua___________________________________________
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    @RoyceSraphim hit me back with Oniken which looks hard as balls.

    Wonderfully 80s throwback style, but still hard as balls. Thanks!

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    Steel AngelSteel Angel Registered User regular
    Since we're all sharing:

    The “The World Is Grim Enough Let's Just All Get Along” Award — Currently Stardew Valley - The only people that seem to not like this are ones that wanted to lean more into the farming side or the dungeon crawling side. It's been great having the Switch release to play it on the go after sinking hundreds of hours into the PC version. On top of all that, it gets another nod for this category due to the dialogue, what little there is, showing signs of understanding how hard life has been in rural areas the past few decades and giving some window into it for an audience largely in a suburban and urban social bubble.

    The “Choices Matter” Award — Currently Alpha Protocol™ - The amount of choices you can make is staggering. You are given the option to join the terrorists at the end of the opening act and drastically change the rest of the storyline at the same time you are given the option to throw the terrorist leader off a high place.

    The “Haunts My Dreams” Award — Currently Mount & Blade: Warband - Over 700 hours clocked in. Eagerly reading every dev update on the sequel.

    The “Mom’s Spaghetti” Award — Currently Hotline Miami - All the rage an elation of Dark Souls in bite sized form.

    The “No Apologies” Award — Currently Sid Meier's Pirates! - I've fired this up every few years since it was released. All the many systems are simple but effective and it does something no other pirate game seems to comprehend: Pirates want loot. AC: Black Flag was a lot of fun, but missed the mark as a pirate game when it was pushing me to attack military ships above others for upgrade materials instead of merchant ships for gold. Sometimes I play the respectable privateer route and gain titles with multiple countries and attend countless balls. Sometimes I maraud and take every damn ship I can while avoiding 4 pissed off navies. But it's always a lot of looting.

    The “Cry Havoc And Let Slip The Dogs Of War” Award — Currently DOOM - Not much needs to be said for anyone that's played it. Some other games have claimed to pursue an old school action game feel to combat, such as Saint's Row trying to justify a lack of cover system to along with weak gunplay. DOOM was a message telling them how far off the mark they are.

    The “Suspension of Disbelief” Award — Currently West of Loathing - A weird setting is required for a game so heavily rooted in parody. Meat is the currency to justify looting animals with no use for normal currency and my strongest character was a cowboy wizard who set enemies on fire with magical fava beans. Mostly I just wanted to have this on here somewhere as it's one of my favorite releases this year.

    The “Soul Of Vitruvius” Award — Currently Call of Duty®: WWII - Not my type of game, but the level of detail in the faces and models is startling, conveying physical and emotional scars. As someone that enjoys history I can at least appreciate the screen shots.

    The “Defies Description” Award — Currently NieR:Automata™ - A post apocalyptic third person brawler/top down shooter/twin stick shooter/open world action RPG that muses on the nature of sentience, desires, the human form and is the sequel to a stage play. One of my top 5 games this year.

    The “Labor of Love” Award — Currently Crusader Kings II - Still getting updates year and year after release and still drawing in new players.

    The “Whoooaaaaaaa, Dude! 2.0” Award — Currently Super Time Force Ultra - Time travel is confusing enough in shows and movies. Now it needs to be managed in a Contra style shooter where you fight along side previous time copies of yourself.

    The “Even Better Than I Expected” Award — Currently The Witcher® 3: Wild Hunt - I loved the first two games and was still blown away by 3.

    The “Best System Shock 3” Award — Currently Prey; Your category suggestion:Best System Shock 3 - Also a game that needed to work its way on here as one of the only two of my top 5 games of the year with a PC release.

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