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(Wired)   Why video games are meant to be played at your house with friends and not online with strangers. For you hardcore gamers, 'friends' are complicated NPCs with whom you can interact over long periods of time, engaging in barter and missions   ( wired.com) divider line
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2014-06-18 09:36:58 PM  
One of my closest friends lives 1300 miles away and we play online all the time.   When visiting him recently we decided to spend a night in playing games and were bummed to realize just how many games we couldn't play because we were in the same room.  Our choices basically came down to Twisted Metal, Street Fighter and anything published by Nintendo.

/Fortune Street win with only three properties!!
 
2014-06-18 09:49:03 PM  

FunkyBlue: Cheaper than an XBox One or PS4:

If people come to my house to play games, we play analog.


A fine game, but you can only play one game on it - unless you buy the DLCs. And the more you buy, the closer you come to the cost of a console.
 
2014-06-18 10:46:22 PM  

akya: Ego edo infantia cattus: As someone who sells video games for a living, I've heard every boring, harebrained opinion involving the game industry a thousand times. I couldn't give less of a rat's ass how you prefer to play or why. Your well rehearsed arguments are akin to telling the Pizza delivery guy why you like or hate pineapple as a topping. Just STFU and give me your money you little crack monkeys.

/Remember this next time you're in a video game store.
//Nice headline subby.

This is why I never buy video games from a chain store:
1.New, most items are priced above amazon. Plus sales taxes.  I'm not of the age where I can't wait 2 days for any video game. (plus new release games can arrive on the release date from amazon)
2.Used items are usually priced well above what I could get them on Ebay for.
3.They give you next to nothing for selling your used stuff.  again Ebay
4.More and more full sized games are available for download from the built in store at reasonable prices, removing the need to leave the house.

The only plus I can think of to buying at a store is the social aspect of conversing with a friend/employee who has a similar hobby, but apparently I shouldn't, lest I bore or annoy them.

Please, tell me, given the list above, why I should ever set foot in a chain video game store again?

/I guess I might go in there to use a bathroom, or to escape the heat/cold.  But I wouldn't buy anything.
//Going the way of blockbuster
///good riddance
////There is one independent seller I buy from in town occasionally.  He is a really nice guy and sells a ton of old stuff you can't even find on Ebay.  He has no employees, owns the business, and enjoys talking about anything game related all day long.  He also hosts table top gaming in the back.
//My kind of place.


Some snarkily says that he doesn't want to be your friend or listen to your nerd rant on a topic he couldn't care less about at the register, in classic Clerks style... and you respond that you'll go to Amazon to show him? What are you going to do, regale the support guys about your opinion about the gaming industry? Put it in every product review? I don't think you even read what he wrote.
 
2014-06-18 11:41:16 PM  

The_Original_Roxtar: I just wish publishers would start including robust single player campaigns again rather than treating solo mode as an add-on. Guess there just isn't as much money in developing an engaging storyline... probably why we still don't have HL2 episode 3, but we have 80 billion hats for TF2.


C'mon now. There are plenty of amazing single player games that end up being huge successes in gaming. Mass Effect (ending notwithstanding), The Arkam series, Bioshock, Elder Scrolls, GTA/Red Dead, etc. Those are games that focus heavily on story and content and are still played and enjoyed by millions. As much as the FPS genre has basciall become multiplayer only, there are tons of single player story games out there if you're willing to branch out from FPS into other types of games. One hour playing Arkam City is more enjoyable to me than 100 hours of the latest Call of Honor 9 FPS.

My main reason for not liking modern FPS multiplayer games is twofold. I don't have the time to get good at them and thus end up not enjoying getting the shiat kicked out of me over and over when I do play. And I can't stand games that try to be as realistic as possible...except in the ways that really count. I would love to play a multiplayer FPS like the latest Call of Duty but where you have to actually use tactics and strategy to be good. Slicing the pie, overwatch, Australian Peel, covering fire+flanking, etc. Actual military tactics that soldiers use in real battles. Add in guns that perform as close to real life as possible. No HUD, having your ammo split up into magazines and not just a mass of rounds to shoot. I would love a game where if you reload a 30rd magazine that only has 12 rounds left, that 12 round magazine gets put back on your vest and when you reload back to it again, it still only has 12 rounds. Make different parts of the body getting hit cause real effects in game play. Get shot in your right arm and your character has to shoot one handed from the left arm and reloading takes longer. Get shot in the leg and have to apply a tourniquet+not moving as fast. Have the environment in the levels have real cover/concealment effects. A wooden door shouldn't stop any bullets. Your armor can stop 1 or 2 before being useless. Higher caliber rounds can punch through thin steel while pistol rounds can't. That sort of thing would make these games a lot more fun to me.
 
2014-06-19 07:22:13 AM  

taurusowner: The_Original_Roxtar: I just wish publishers would start including robust single player campaigns again rather than treating solo mode as an add-on. Guess there just isn't as much money in developing an engaging storyline... probably why we still don't have HL2 episode 3, but we have 80 billion hats for TF2.

C'mon now. There are plenty of amazing single player games that end up being huge successes in gaming. Mass Effect (ending notwithstanding), The Arkam series, Bioshock, Elder Scrolls, GTA/Red Dead, etc. Those are games that focus heavily on story and content and are still played and enjoyed by millions. As much as the FPS genre has basciall become multiplayer only, there are tons of single player story games out there if you're willing to branch out from FPS into other types of games. One hour playing Arkam City is more enjoyable to me than 100 hours of the latest Call of Honor 9 FPS.

My main reason for not liking modern FPS multiplayer games is twofold. I don't have the time to get good at them and thus end up not enjoying getting the shiat kicked out of me over and over when I do play. And I can't stand games that try to be as realistic as possible...except in the ways that really count. I would love to play a multiplayer FPS like the latest Call of Duty but where you have to actually use tactics and strategy to be good. Slicing the pie, overwatch, Australian Peel, covering fire+flanking, etc. Actual military tactics that soldiers use in real battles. Add in guns that perform as close to real life as possible. No HUD, having your ammo split up into magazines and not just a mass of rounds to shoot. I would love a game where if you reload a 30rd magazine that only has 12 rounds left, that 12 round magazine gets put back on your vest and when you reload back to it again, it still only has 12 rounds. Make different parts of the body getting hit cause real effects in game play. Get shot in your right arm and your character has to shoot one handed from the left arm ...


The problems is, you're not 12. That's what CoD's target audience is.
 
2014-06-19 09:39:04 AM  
At their most fundamental, every FPS is about as basic as a toddler's game... "move the cursor over this dot on the screen and push the mouse button."
 
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