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Short Cut to Remote Gaming Forum (29 Aug 2020)
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What VIDEO GAME(s) have you been playing?
Also I was inspired by the early access for Baldur's Gate 3 to start a new character in Baldur's Gate, since I don't have a setup that can run the new game anytime soon. I went with an Archer kit, and I'm going to be focusing on shortbows with an eye toward taking this guy all the way to the end of Throne of Bhaal. After finishing the game on Story Mode last year I wanted to try this one with some actual stakes, which for me just means Easy. As many long-time BG fans know, archery in the first Baldur's Gate is almost a cheat mode. So far I'm having a MUCH easier time in this play through than I expected. It's interesting, because I remembered BG1 having lots of empty wilderness to wander around in, and it totally does, but I'm finding it kind of meditative. It's a CRPG I can play while my wife and I watch TV together in the evening. I know it picks up in the last quarter or so, but for right now wandering around and killing monsters has gotten me pretty far. It's been great to revisit it.
I've been playing Dungeons & Dragons Online with Jim Felli. He's hardcore and has tons of resources, with which he has been very generous in helping me test the waters. This game is old, and it shows. The quests are fun and interesting, generally giving opportunities for various party members to shine.
The map... fuck that map. You can't find anything on it, nor can you just go full screen with it. There are filters, but using them is so clunky that it isn't worth it. And my god... how the hell is there no "warp to party leader" feature? We have wasted so much time with someone trying to find us in town. Long story short, I enjoy the game, but will not be hanging around. MMOs have never grabbed me and I doubt they ever will.
The first was Call of Duty Modern Warfare. Once that RPG-style progression made its way to this and every other kind of game, it was no longer about just playing for fun. It was grinding this or that. I fondly remember the days of Quake World, when you could jump in a match that was ALREADY going on, do some fragging, and then bounce back out. No need for XP gains, skin unlocks, etc.
The second big turn was the domination of streaming. Now games are made specifically to cater to that type of audience, and in my (again, old) opinion, it is not for the better.
This game is great for gamers. If you've been playing games for your whole life and can still get into CASTLEVANIA or whatever, you can't go wrong with SPELUNKY. It's a marvel.
Disgustipater wrote: The drill took me a while to figure out, but I think that might be due to poor design? There’s nothing special to do, it’s just real easy to miss.
There is something special you need to do, I'll spoiler it