The Great CT - Community Thread

Socar

Active Member
Worst thing to ever happen to me.

Ordered the orzly tempered glass for Switch and the order hasn't arrived yet, removed the hori screen protector thinking that the dirt was underneath the screen and now my parents have pushed me to HCL thinking that it is the best place to work for me.

I hate HCL with a passion because its not dedicated place to work on game testing and I can pretty much guarantee that I am going to suffer there in the long run. I wish I could die someday so that I can be at peace.

By the way, is it safe to use the alcohol wipes for the Switch screen?
 

EvilTw1n

Even my henchmen think I'm crazy.
Moderator
To anyone thinking about playing Warframe, this is a good read. Not just about the game itself, but about the business model of games as a service.

https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/...er-at-the-crossroads-between-art-and-business

"It's the lovechild of Phantasy Star Online and Vanquish" is a helluva sell for a game. That's why I wanted to play it. But...this game isn't free. Oh, you never have to spend money, but the cost is your time. And that's the curious thing: it is effing amazing that you can get a quality game that you could sink 400 hours into and pay no cash for it, but the personal cost of that time sink kinda puts me off of the game.
 

simplyTravis

"A nice guy, but looks like a f'n Jedi!"
To anyone thinking about playing Warframe, this is a good read. Not just about the game itself, but about the business model of games as a service.

https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/...er-at-the-crossroads-between-art-and-business

"It's the lovechild of Phantasy Star Online and Vanquish" is a helluva sell for a game. That's why I wanted to play it. But...this game isn't free. Oh, you never have to spend money, but the cost is your time. And that's the curious thing: it is effing amazing that you can get a quality game that you could sink 400 hours into and pay no cash for it, but the personal cost of that time sink kinda puts me off of the game.
I'm strangely enjoying Warframe but it's obvious to me that I'm only in it for now to fill in time before Smash and the next season of Diablo III. There are too many things unexplained in the game and too many instances where you build something then must wait for a day. I'd be ok paying a little bit for something like a Battle Pass just to support the devs but Prime Access is a crazy price. I also can't justify purchasing weapons that I could grind (forever) to get.

That being said, I think it's an important game for Nintendo from a graphics perspective. It's just gorgeous. This has no right to run so well on a tablet. Bravo Panic Button, bravo.
 

mattavelle1

Crunk Ain’t Dead!!!
Moderator
Today was tough. Rode with my brother and cousin to get my dads casket. He was a very proud Marine. Because he was such a large man tho there haven’t been really anything to fit him. We got very lucky and found a place on the Tenn / Bama boarder about 4 hours away. They special made us one and we went to pick it up. So we had a lot of time to talk.

Pray for us the next 2 days for sure as tomorrow we have visitation, and then Friday is the Funeral. I will be speaking the eulagey
 

sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
Good morning TNE!

Steve2 and I are headed to NYC for the weekend, so I'm going to get to see the Nintendo World Store in person.
We have other things on the agenda (friends, family, dinners, Rockefeller Center, shows), but I'm excited to see the Nintendo Store.

Hope you are all doing well!
 

EvilTw1n

Even my henchmen think I'm crazy.
Moderator
My God, the Game Awards were an abomination this year. Same five games in every category. "Reveals" that were for existing stuff ("hey everyone, it's snowing in PUBG!"). Trailers with no thematic composition and zero gameplay. A gahdam furry accepted an award.

I'm out. The show is irredeemable.
 
My God, the Game Awards were an abomination this year. Same five games in every category. "Reveals" that were for existing stuff ("hey everyone, it's snowing in PUBG!"). Trailers with no thematic composition and zero gameplay. A gahdam furry accepted an award.

I'm out. The show is irredeemable.
It could always be worse, somehow...
Konami set the bar pretty low back in the day.

 

sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
So NYC was amazing! It flurried on Saturday while we were in Central Park so that was fantastic!
The Nintendo store was great. Super busy. Was interesting watching people play Smash on a screen the size of a bedroom.
Got to see the tree in Rockefeller Center, and then we saw the Rockettes who were phenomenal!

Turns out I'm quite good with navigating the city on foot and subway without looking like a tourist.

It was a high of 34 and low of 22 while we were there, which is a big switch from 60s and 70s here in FL, but it was also a nice change.

 

Socar

Active Member
In other news..

I will miss Stan-Lee. It will take a century for his work to be fully appreciated. Spider Man is always gonna be my favourite super hero.

I'm meanwhile struggling with my life...I have no clue what I could possibly want to do besides gaming. This new company is boring and is worse than what I went through earlier. Currently waiting for three months to see how it goes and I need to fix up a counsellor.

On the bright side, atleast I got a better screen protector called Orzly tempered glass. Hopefully, it lasts for a long time...
 

MANGANian

Megalomaniacal Robo-Zombie
I'm trying really hard to defend Windows 10 at this point, but it's becoming the most frustrating experiences I've ever had with an OS since Windows Vista, which I actually have a soft spot for. I can't believe I'm saying this, but as much as I hated paying US$139(which is somehow TT$1299 to Microsoft. I dunno why we're paying almost double for the damn thing!) for a faqking OS to even begin to use my computer, I heavily prefer the standalone releases than this "OS as a service" thing, if it's going to be this infuriating!


I have to deal with the instability with almost every damn update like I'm somehow their beta tester while having to deal with a very inconsistent and ugly-looking UI that feels like a damn collage! Now I have to clean install the entire thing all over again, because an update messed something up and my recovery files have mysteriously vanished!



@mattavelle1 , sorry to hear that. Don't let it get you too down, but don't go bottling it up either.
 
Allow me to just ramble about video games.

Anyone who pays attention to the game completion thread knows that I play my fair share. I contribute that to a few things, mostly that I had a big backlog. Whether it was a Humble Bundle, big sale storewide, or games ''that I had to play one day''. This year I got my backlog shrunk to two games: Deus Ex and Legacy of Kain Soul Reaver. I want to play those games but I don't want to play them for the sake of it like I did with a few other games, I want to enjoy those games so I'm waiting until I'm in the mood. Other than that I do have a few PC games that my laptop can't run so they're on the "when I buy better hardware" list.

This brings me to what I've been thinking about lately, replaying games. Replay factor is a big thing for me. I've beaten Resident Evil 4 and Ocarina of Time over a dozen times each over the years and those are some of my all time favorites. I think about my time with The Evil Within and when I finished it and unlocked the rocket launcher and assault rifle I wanted to immediately play it again, but since I was in "clear backlog" mode I didn't. There are few games I want to play right away after finishing it, Pikmin 1 comes to mind, but because of being overloaded with games I didn't do another playthrough of TEW yet. If I had TEW in high school like RE4, I have no doubt I would have played that game to death.

So what have I been playing lately? Wii. I recently played Super Mario Galaxy, my first playthrough in years (maybe since high school) and I forgot how magical it was. Tonight after I finished some Christmas baking I played some No More Heroes and it's still an experience. Maybe I've been feeling nostalgic lately, but the Wii was something else entirely. I wonder if it's because the last few years had me just blow through games for the sake of finishing them, maybe it's because I'm getting older, but I'm thinking the Wii was the last console to really wow me with genuine new experiences. As much fun as I had with Horizon Zero Dawn, I've seen a lot of these mechanics before. I believe I told Matt years ago, but my issue with the Wii U wasn't the quality of the games, it was just lacking those No More Heroes or Galaxy type games - games that were fresh and new. With the exception of The Wonderful 101 I can't think of much that pushed the imagination like the Wii did. While I think Tropical Freeze, Mario Kart 8 and Pikmin 3 are phenomenal as hell, a lot of the U library had similar games/franchises on the Wii and 3DS. Same with the PS4. I think Dishonored 2 is great, along with the Tomb Raiders, but quite a few of them are sequels or use mechanics from other popular genres/franchises.

When I look back at just the last couple of years, some of the most stand out titles that come to mind are Gravity Rush, Nier Automata, and DOOM. Gravity Rush and Nier aren't perfect but they're so gosh darn unique that I can't help but just love them. DOOM for being badass as fuck. Then you have the old PC games I missed out on when they were new: Hitman Blood Money, System Shock 1 and 2, the full Duke Nukem 3D (only had the shareware version when I was younger), and Ys. Blood Money may have been the most pure fun I had with a game in ages.

So what's the whole point of this wall of text? Just me rambling really. Going forward I'm not gonna build up a big backlog again. I have a few games on my radar, next up is Kingdom Hearts 3. But between major game releases and the occasional indie/Steam game I think I'm just gonna replay games. Super Mario Galaxy 2, No More Heroes 1 and 2, MadWorld, Wonderful 101, and Bayonetta are games I want to go through again. Also, I think I'm gonna look at those large ass lists from the games completed threads and see what I've beaten. If there are games that I can't remember much, or feel like I should appreciate more I'll give them another go as well. I think games are best when I can just enjoy them as a hobby rather than a series of checklists. I'm not shitting on backlogs, I know we all have them, it's more of a personal thing.

Yeah this was all over the place. I guess the tl;dr version is I just want to be wowed by games again rather than just say "what's next?". I'm hoping that now I don't have so many games waiting for my attention, I can give each game I play going forward the time and attention they deserve.

Like my other recent long post on Mega Man Zero, if you're still reading this, you're awesome and I hope you have a good weekend and holidays.

 

Juegos

All mods go to heaven.
Moderator
Allow me to just ramble about video games.

Anyone who pays attention to the game completion thread knows that I play my fair share. I contribute that to a few things, mostly that I had a big backlog. Whether it was a Humble Bundle, big sale storewide, or games ''that I had to play one day''. This year I got my backlog shrunk to two games: Deus Ex and Legacy of Kain Soul Reaver. I want to play those games but I don't want to play them for the sake of it like I did with a few other games, I want to enjoy those games so I'm waiting until I'm in the mood. Other than that I do have a few PC games that my laptop can't run so they're on the "when I buy better hardware" list.

This brings me to what I've been thinking about lately, replaying games. Replay factor is a big thing for me. I've beaten Resident Evil 4 and Ocarina of Time over a dozen times each over the years and those are some of my all time favorites. I think about my time with The Evil Within and when I finished it and unlocked the rocket launcher and assault rifle I wanted to immediately play it again, but since I was in "clear backlog" mode I didn't. There are few games I want to play right away after finishing it, Pikmin 1 comes to mind, but because of being overloaded with games I didn't do another playthrough of TEW yet. If I had TEW in high school like RE4, I have no doubt I would have played that game to death.

So what have I been playing lately? Wii. I recently played Super Mario Galaxy, my first playthrough in years (maybe since high school) and I forgot how magical it was. Tonight after I finished some Christmas baking I played some No More Heroes and it's still an experience. Maybe I've been feeling nostalgic lately, but the Wii was something else entirely. I wonder if it's because the last few years had me just blow through games for the sake of finishing them, maybe it's because I'm getting older, but I'm thinking the Wii was the last console to really wow me with genuine new experiences. As much fun as I had with Horizon Zero Dawn, I've seen a lot of these mechanics before. I believe I told Matt years ago, but my issue with the Wii U wasn't the quality of the games, it was just lacking those No More Heroes or Galaxy type games - games that were fresh and new. With the exception of The Wonderful 101 I can't think of much that pushed the imagination like the Wii did. While I think Tropical Freeze, Mario Kart 8 and Pikmin 3 are phenomenal as hell, a lot of the U library had similar games/franchises on the Wii and 3DS. Same with the PS4. I think Dishonored 2 is great, along with the Tomb Raiders, but quite a few of them are sequels or use mechanics from other popular genres/franchises.

When I look back at just the last couple of years, some of the most stand out titles that come to mind are Gravity Rush, Nier Automata, and DOOM. Gravity Rush and Nier aren't perfect but they're so gosh darn unique that I can't help but just love them. DOOM for being badass as fuck. Then you have the old PC games I missed out on when they were new: Hitman Blood Money, System Shock 1 and 2, the full Duke Nukem 3D (only had the shareware version when I was younger), and Ys. Blood Money may have been the most pure fun I had with a game in ages.

So what's the whole point of this wall of text? Just me rambling really. Going forward I'm not gonna build up a big backlog again. I have a few games on my radar, next up is Kingdom Hearts 3. But between major game releases and the occasional indie/Steam game I think I'm just gonna replay games. Super Mario Galaxy 2, No More Heroes 1 and 2, MadWorld, Wonderful 101, and Bayonetta are games I want to go through again. Also, I think I'm gonna look at those large ass lists from the games completed threads and see what I've beaten. If there are games that I can't remember much, or feel like I should appreciate more I'll give them another go as well. I think games are best when I can just enjoy them as a hobby rather than a series of checklists. I'm not shitting on backlogs, I know we all have them, it's more of a personal thing.

Yeah this was all over the place. I guess the tl;dr version is I just want to be wowed by games again rather than just say "what's next?". I'm hoping that now I don't have so many games waiting for my attention, I can give each game I play going forward the time and attention they deserve.

Like my other recent long post on Mega Man Zero, if you're still reading this, you're awesome and I hope you have a good weekend and holidays.

 

Socar

Active Member
Just took out my protector and before applying the other one, I saw new hairline scratches on the actual screen. While I am sad that it's there despite how I baby it, atleast the protector masked the scratches...

I guess that alcohol wipe must have caused those scratches...oh well.
 
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