Nov
11
2019
2

Google Stadia to have a total number of… 12/26 games in 2019.

I know that a lot of services start out with clumsy launches, but that number seems kind of ridiculous. Also, after flipping through the list: I’m not really sure who wants to shell out a hundred and thirty bucks to access these games, particularly if they already have all of the ones that they want anyway. Sure, I get the idea of cross-platform support. But I guess that I just don’t care about it?

Well, Maybe my kids will when they’re my age. But for right now it just seems like the sort of early-adopter thing that you should let somebody else scream at the monitor for a change. It’s bad enough that I have to have Steam, GoG, and Epic.

Nov
06
2019
8

Finally finished THE OUTER WORLDS last night.

Verdict: THE OUTER WORLDS is very good, scratches the New Vegas itch, I had a lot of fun with the story. And I’m not going to replay it until there’s DLC. Or else six months after they put in mod support and the game’s structural limitations* are fixed.

Moe Lane

*Level cap, lack of romantic options, most of the perks don’t seem worth taking a disadvantage for, the armor and weapons seem a little stunted, being able to spend perk points on boosting attributes would have been nice, and I hate it when you see chairs in a game and you can’t sit in them.

Nov
03
2019
3

I think that I’m most of the way through THE OUTER WORLDS by now.

Maybe 60%? I’ve done most of the companion quests, just hit 27th level (I’m a completionist), and will likely start on the endgame soon. And THE OUTER WORLDS is good, no question. I like the story and the way that its characters show some nuance. If you’re a booster of New Vegas over Fallout 4, this is a game for you.

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Oct
31
2019
6

EA comes back to Steam, for what it’s worth.

Meh?

For the first time since 2012, Electronic Arts is once again publishing new games on Valve’s Steam platform, the publisher announced today.

A preorder page for next month’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is already up on the Steam store, and EA promises that “other major titles,” like The Sims 4 and Unraveled Two, will be available on Steam in “the coming months.” Multiplayer titles like Apex LegendsFIFA 20, and Battlefield V, meanwhile, will be available on Steam “next year,” with cross-play between the Steam versions and those on EA’s existing Origin service.

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Oct
24
2019
11

Turns out THE OUTER WORLDS is available now for PC.

So I was alerted, by Constant Reader Aruges. Downloading it even as we speak. Maybe I’ll get on THE OUTER WORLDS for just long enough to create a character. …Yeah, yeah, but it’s Thursday night, not Friday. The kids have to be in school in the morning.

Oct
24
2019
3

THE OUTER WORLDS drops tomorrow.

Giving some thought to checking to see if THE OUTER WORLDS drops at actual midnight; if it does then I can download it overnight and muck about with it at some point in the not too distant future. It is turning into that kind of indeterminate time period.

Is that whining? It kind of sounds a little like whining. The chapter revision of the book is going kind of interesting; I managed two chapters today, but I’m looking ahead and the notes are starting to ask me questions that I hoped that nobody would think to ask. I can answer them, but I’m starting to get why writers hate revising books so much…

Oct
22
2019
6

Downloaded @funcom’s MOONS OF MADNESS while on field trip.

Didn’t get far because I have a ton of stuff to do, but got to here:

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Oct
18
2019
3

Trying out CONTROL.

Just finished what I guess was the tutorial. CONTROL looks very spooky, which is excellent, but it has two of the besetting video game flaws of this era: save points, and no easy mode. The first annoys me, because I don’t see the point in not designing a game where you can quicksave anywhere you damned well please; and the second makes me roll my eyes, because I’m mostly playing CONTROL for the story anyway. I’m sure that the combat’s gonna be awesome and everything, especially since you can fling stuff around and everything, but I’m almost fifty and I just don’t have those reflexes.

Still, should be fun.

Moe Lane

PS: It runs smoothly on my computer, by the way. This is a general observation that I’m apparently echoing: a lot of people were expecting the need for higher-performance PCs. Then again, this one I’m using IS new.

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