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2022-05-25 10:52:55 AM  
Maybe more people would be playing newer game if all the current top end video cards hadn't been sold to crypto miners.
 
2022-05-25 11:42:11 AM  
Not surprised with Minecraft.

1.  As they said, it's been around for over 10 years
2.  The community is yuuuge.  You've got SMPs like Dream's and Hermitcraft; and all the other Minecraft players trying to emulate them
3.  Constant motherf*cking updates.  1.19 comes out soon.  We get frogs!  And...uh...a new kind of swamp!  Ooh, and the warden!  And firefl...oh, wait.  Firefly got canceled.  >.>
4.  You can run mods on it to add even more non-vanilla features to the game


...which essentially makes Minecraft the Zombocom of games.
 
2022-05-25 11:43:08 AM  
I think GTA5 and Fortnite can be modded as well, but I'm not sure.  Plus the online play, communities, etc.

So, yeah, those games have serious heroin content.
 
2022-05-25 12:16:28 PM  

Snapper Carr: Maybe more people would be playing newer game if all the current top end video cards hadn't been sold to crypto miners.


My video card is fine. I don't want to pay $60 to be a beta tester.
 
2022-05-25 12:19:41 PM  
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2022-05-25 12:20:36 PM  
Maybe if every new game was a rogue-lite-souls-esque-openworld-season-pass-delivery-system more people would play them?
 
2022-05-25 12:21:06 PM  
Is there any way to get a tank in GTAV without a cheat? Also, how the hell do you accumulate money to buy more properties without robbing everybody?
 
2022-05-25 12:21:09 PM  

xanadian: Not surprised with Minecraft.


Same. The 1.18 update was a massive change to world generation which increased the height and depth of the world by 50% while the upcoming 1.19 update will add more features and mobs to the game. It's constantly evolving and staying fresh.
 
2022-05-25 12:21:20 PM  
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How the fark are so many people still falling for the blatant scam that is the Madden franchise? Absolutely pathetic
 
2022-05-25 12:22:00 PM  

Snapper Carr: Maybe more people would be playing newer game if all the current top end video cards hadn't been sold to crypto miners.


That's certainly part of it, but development also takes time, and the newer titles are the ones that were being worked on mid-pandemic.  As a result, just about every high-profile title had to get delayed, and the release cycle has been relatively slow this year because devs are still recovering and getting back up to full speed.
 
2022-05-25 12:29:55 PM  

Karma Chameleon: Snapper Carr: Maybe more people would be playing newer game if all the current top end video cards hadn't been sold to crypto miners.

My video card is fine. I don't want to pay $60 to be a beta tester.


Counter-point: I'm cool with paying to beta test if the developers fix stuff, add good features, are responsive to the game's community and the game isn't pay-to-win BS. Subnautica comes to mind as an example.

/ No Bros' Sky comes to mind as most improved by said process
 
2022-05-25 12:41:17 PM  

iheartscotch: Karma Chameleon: Snapper Carr: Maybe more people would be playing newer game if all the current top end video cards hadn't been sold to crypto miners.

My video card is fine. I don't want to pay $60 to be a beta tester.

Counter-point: I'm cool with paying to beta test if the developers fix stuff, add good features, are responsive to the game's community and the game isn't pay-to-win BS. Subnautica comes to mind as an example.

/ No Bros' Sky comes to mind as most improved by said process


While I'm rather selective with 'early access's titles, there's a few I'm glad to have picked up and supported.
Teardown being one of them. Got regular updates/bug fixes through it's year in "beta", devs listened to their community about issues and features that would be nice to have in game. Totally worth it.

That said, f*ck pre-ordering games (I make an exception for Frictional Games there though).
 
2022-05-25 12:42:04 PM  
I've been playing Borderlands 3 (2019). Sometimes the older games are still good!
 
2022-05-25 12:42:53 PM  
I dunno, maybe if devs made games worth playing and launched them in an actual mostly bug free and 'gold' state instead of making everything about a moneygrabbing hype machine, people would actually keep playing new games.

/Hopelessly addicted to Wreckfest...an 8 year old game at this point.
 
2022-05-25 12:44:10 PM  
I'm playing a heavily modded Fallout 4 as a break before finishing Trails of Cold Steel 4, so I get this article.
 
2022-05-25 12:49:07 PM  
Well there hasn't exactly been a dearth of high profile games so far this year.
 
2022-05-25 12:51:53 PM  
No Dr. Mario?
 
2022-05-25 12:55:57 PM  
I'm still playing games from several years ago. Newer games just haven't grabbed my attention like they used to.

I wanted to like Elden Ring but it farking hated me. And it wasn't the hard monsters, I was actually having fun with that, the way the whole rest of the thing is designed makes it aggressively hostile.
 
2022-05-25 12:56:28 PM  

kryptoknightmare: [Fark user image 425x333] [View Full Size image _x_]
How the fark are so many people still falling for the blatant scam that is the Madden franchise? Absolutely pathetic


I got it for free somewhere.  Can't remember if it was Epic or Prime.

I think I've played 3 games in the last year.

Don't look at me though.  I'm back in a modded Skyrim playthrough currently.
 
2022-05-25 1:04:51 PM  

envirovore: iheartscotch: Karma Chameleon: Snapper Carr: Maybe more people would be playing newer game if all the current top end video cards hadn't been sold to crypto miners.

My video card is fine. I don't want to pay $60 to be a beta tester.

Counter-point: I'm cool with paying to beta test if the developers fix stuff, add good features, are responsive to the game's community and the game isn't pay-to-win BS. Subnautica comes to mind as an example.

/ No Bros' Sky comes to mind as most improved by said process

While I'm rather selective with 'early access's titles, there's a few I'm glad to have picked up and supported.
Teardown being one of them. Got regular updates/bug fixes through it's year in "beta", devs listened to their community about issues and features that would be nice to have in game. Totally worth it.

That said, f*ck pre-ordering games (I make an exception for Frictional Games there though).


There's no point pre-ordering unless you ABSOLUTELY have to have a physical copy on the first day.

Even then...you're gonna be downloading everything after the first...say...10 gigs. Most console games are at least 50 gigs, if not 70 or more.

/ that being said...I want a copy of Hogwarts Legacy. Hopefully they release it for PS4.
 
2022-05-25 1:05:11 PM  

kryptoknightmare: [Fark user image 425x333] [View Full Size image _x_]
How the fark are so many people still falling for the blatant scam that is the Madden franchise? Absolutely pathetic


Meh, it's like the price of a few cocktails once a year.  As far as blatent scams go that is pretty anodyne.
 
2022-05-25 1:05:54 PM  
i would have figured elden ring would have made the list.  It occupies way too much of my time, and i still have yet to kill the fire giant.
 
2022-05-25 1:07:11 PM  

iheartscotch: There's no point pre-ordering unless you ABSOLUTELY have to have a physical copy on the first day.

Even then...you're gonna be downloading everything after the first...say...10 gigs. Most console games are at least 50 gigs, if not 70 or more.


Preloading usually gets more than 10 gigs downloaded.  I usually buy a day or so before launch so that when I wake up it'll be downloaded already.

Buying like weeks ahead of time is a bit of a head scratcher.
 
2022-05-25 1:07:57 PM  

xalres: I'm still playing games from several years ago. Newer games just haven't grabbed my attention like they used to.

I wanted to like Elden Ring but it farking hated me. And it wasn't the hard monsters, I was actually having fun with that, the way the whole rest of the thing is designed makes it aggressively hostile.


Some people need their hands held.
 
2022-05-25 1:15:57 PM  
I'm playing The Long Dark (2017) right now and have so far found it surprisingly compelling. I'm otherwise working through the Remedy games catalog.

My back catalog is growing, hot shrinking. Not enough hours to play new stuff.
 
2022-05-25 1:20:54 PM  

lilplatinum: xalres: I'm still playing games from several years ago. Newer games just haven't grabbed my attention like they used to.

I wanted to like Elden Ring but it farking hated me. And it wasn't the hard monsters, I was actually having fun with that, the way the whole rest of the thing is designed makes it aggressively hostile.

Some people need their hands held.


I dunno, "No way to know which quests you have going." seems like a valid criticism, no? Or should I have to get some graph paper and draw maps like it's nineteen f&%king eighty six again?
 
2022-05-25 1:22:51 PM  
My top 5 games played in 2022:

1) Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
2) Warcraft II
3) Super Mario World
4) Comanche 4
5) Space Cadet Pinball.
 
2022-05-25 1:24:27 PM  

xalres: I dunno, "No way to know which quests you have going." seems like a valid criticism, no? Or should I have to get some graph paper and draw maps like it's nineteen f&%king eighty six again?


If quests were particularly important in the game that might be a relevant complaint. They aren't, Fromsoft Quests are functionally flavor text that occasionally nets you a decent item.  At best it's a minor annoyance, nowhere near "aggressively hostile."  shiat I don't think I even bothered to finish a questiline except for Patches the entirety of my first run.
 
2022-05-25 1:34:26 PM  

lilplatinum: xalres: I dunno, "No way to know which quests you have going." seems like a valid criticism, no? Or should I have to get some graph paper and draw maps like it's nineteen f&%king eighty six again?

If quests were particularly important in the game that might be a relevant complaint. They aren't, Fromsoft Quests are functionally flavor text that occasionally nets you a decent item.  At best it's a minor annoyance, nowhere near "aggressively hostile."  shiat I don't think I even bothered to finish a questiline except for Patches the entirety of my first run.


What you seem to see as the singular vision of an auteur creator I see as lazy game design that the developer knew would be excused by their weird fans. Whatever you call it, I just wasn't having any fun with it after a short time.
 
2022-05-25 1:34:59 PM  

Karma Chameleon: My video card is fine. I don't want to pay $60 to be a beta tester.


This.

I don't know what is going on in this video game industry but it needs to stop.  I just bought GRID Legends because it went on sale, and guess what...bugs galore in the menus including game progression breaking ones.

Codemasters used to be good, but now that they are owned by EA, I guess they are worth fark-all now.
 
2022-05-25 1:35:15 PM  
How dare something be fun and have a high replay value. Total facepalm.

/not a gamer
 
2022-05-25 1:37:42 PM  

xalres: What you seem to see as the singular vision of an auteur creator I see as lazy game design that the developer knew would be excused by their weird fans. Whatever you call it, I just wasn't having any fun with it after a short time.


I never used the word auteur, I roll eyes at the concept. It lets Kojima build a walking simulator and sell it as a game. As far as auteur schtick goes, the lack of a quest log is a minor irritation to a point of the game that is tertiary to the actual gameplay, which is actually fun.  Weird thing to get hung up on but meh.

If you want to really dig at the game you can dig at them unnecessarily shoe-horning what they are good at into farking open world bloat because thats the trend these days.
 
2022-05-25 1:42:57 PM  

Glitchwerks: Karma Chameleon: My video card is fine. I don't want to pay $60 to be a beta tester.

This.

I don't know what is going on in this video game industry but it needs to stop.  I just bought GRID Legends because it went on sale, and guess what...bugs galore in the menus including game progression breaking ones.

Codemasters used to be good, but now that they are owned by EA, I guess they are worth fark-all now.


It's not just games. Most large-scale software is barely functional on release. Storage is cheap, processors are fast and memory is plentiful, which allows for some really shiatty code to go unnoticed until it's one of dozens of inefficient processes clogging everything up. Internet speeds are fast AF so companies count on being able to get a massive day one patch out to fix all the shiat they couldn't in time for release.
 
2022-05-25 1:43:31 PM  
I finally bought a Switch with this years tax check, got a few game with it but have been almost exclusively playing Pokemon Legends: Arceus since I got it...
Before that I was playing Tiny Tina's wonderland, before that the Outer worlds and the re-release of FFV

iheartscotch: Now in an easily read format not in the article:

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Only game on that list I have is GTA V, which I have not played in years.
 
2022-05-25 1:45:09 PM  
Almost all of the games on the list have something in common: Long term development.

Minecraft, GTA, Warzone, etc all have DLC's/Seasons, etc that they keep adding to.
 
2022-05-25 1:51:06 PM  
I have too big of a backlog to bother with new stuff even if it interests me (I did break down and get Elden Ring, and am thoroughly enjoying it, and the PS+ "free" games haven't been too redundant.)
 
2022-05-25 1:56:22 PM  

iheartscotch: envirovore: iheartscotch: Karma Chameleon: Snapper Carr: Maybe more people would be playing newer game if all the current top end video cards hadn't been sold to crypto miners.

My video card is fine. I don't want to pay $60 to be a beta tester.

Counter-point: I'm cool with paying to beta test if the developers fix stuff, add good features, are responsive to the game's community and the game isn't pay-to-win BS. Subnautica comes to mind as an example.

/ No Bros' Sky comes to mind as most improved by said process

While I'm rather selective with 'early access's titles, there's a few I'm glad to have picked up and supported.
Teardown being one of them. Got regular updates/bug fixes through it's year in "beta", devs listened to their community about issues and features that would be nice to have in game. Totally worth it.

That said, f*ck pre-ordering games (I make an exception for Frictional Games there though).

There's no point pre-ordering unless you ABSOLUTELY have to have a physical copy on the first day.

Even then...you're gonna be downloading everything after the first...say...10 gigs. Most console games are at least 50 gigs, if not 70 or more.

/ that being said...I want a copy of Hogwarts Legacy. Hopefully they release it for PS4.


What's this "physical copy" you speak of? Hell, my case doesn't even have the option for a disk drive.
A 80GB download...no big deal. The 20 or so minutes it takes to download is enough time for a bowl, brew some coffee and have a smoke before hopping in. Hell, RDR2 is eating up 121GB currently, and I've got at least 10 other titles weighing in well over 60GB per install and still have ~4TB of free space.

/Yeah, I know you're talking consoles and even with a disk you're still downloading day one content, since that disk is nothing more than a glorified CD key now.
//Pcmr since '97
///Still, don't pre-order games regardless of platform or the shineys they may dangle to encourage you to pay before it's even released and reviews.
 
2022-05-25 2:03:00 PM  

the_rhino: Maybe if every new game was a rogue-lite-souls-esque-openworld-season-pass-delivery-system more people would play them?

You forgot "metroidvania".
 
2022-05-25 2:03:31 PM  

BeerArtist: the_rhino: Maybe if every new game was a rogue-lite-souls-esque-openworld-season-pass-delivery-system more people would play them?
You forgot "metroidvania".


And hero-shooter.
 
2022-05-25 2:04:54 PM  

iheartscotch: Karma Chameleon: Snapper Carr: Maybe more people would be playing newer game if all the current top end video cards hadn't been sold to crypto miners.

My video card is fine. I don't want to pay $60 to be a beta tester.

Counter-point: I'm cool with paying to beta test if the developers fix stuff, add good features, are responsive to the game's community and the game isn't pay-to-win BS. Subnautica comes to mind as an example.

/ No Bros' Sky comes to mind as most improved by said process


Part of the reason I like playing Star Citizen. It can be an absolute buggy mess at times, it can also be some of the most fun I've had gaming in forever.

Plus, they've really cranked out a lot of improvements in 2021 and 2022 is shaping up to be even better (here's hoping server meshing comes online at the end of the year).

I've always been a fan of indie games and steam greenlight/early access, mostly because the big names just aren't making good shiat like they used to anymore. Or the great devs of old have been gobbled up by shiatty publishers and have been completely neutered.

I miss the old LucasArts and Pandemic Studios days...
 
2022-05-25 2:06:53 PM  

somedude210: Part of the reason I like playing Star Citizen.


You misspelled "paying"
 
2022-05-25 2:10:16 PM  

envirovore: iheartscotch: envirovore: iheartscotch: Karma Chameleon: Snapper Carr: Maybe more people would be playing newer game if all the current top end video cards hadn't been sold to crypto miners.

My video card is fine. I don't want to pay $60 to be a beta tester.

Counter-point: I'm cool with paying to beta test if the developers fix stuff, add good features, are responsive to the game's community and the game isn't pay-to-win BS. Subnautica comes to mind as an example.

/ No Bros' Sky comes to mind as most improved by said process

While I'm rather selective with 'early access's titles, there's a few I'm glad to have picked up and supported.
Teardown being one of them. Got regular updates/bug fixes through it's year in "beta", devs listened to their community about issues and features that would be nice to have in game. Totally worth it.

That said, f*ck pre-ordering games (I make an exception for Frictional Games there though).

There's no point pre-ordering unless you ABSOLUTELY have to have a physical copy on the first day.

Even then...you're gonna be downloading everything after the first...say...10 gigs. Most console games are at least 50 gigs, if not 70 or more.

/ that being said...I want a copy of Hogwarts Legacy. Hopefully they release it for PS4.

What's this "physical copy" you speak of? Hell, my case doesn't even have the option for a disk drive.
A 80GB download...no big deal. The 20 or so minutes it takes to download is enough time for a bowl, brew some coffee and have a smoke before hopping in. Hell, RDR2 is eating up 121GB currently, and I've got at least 10 other titles weighing in well over 60GB per install and still have ~4TB of free space.

/Yeah, I know you're talking consoles and even with a disk you're still downloading day one content, since that disk is nothing more than a glorified CD key now.
//Pcmr since '97
///Still, don't pre-order games regardless of platform or the shineys they may dangle to encourage you to pay before it's even released and reviews.


I will sometimes get a physical copy from Walmart because they tend to give you a 10% price break on new release console games.

I need MOAR hard drives. I should have gotten the 2 TB SSD in addition to the 4 TB HDD when I upgraded last year. But I got the 1 TB SSD for my system drive because I was already into it for $1800.
 
2022-05-25 2:16:49 PM  

lilplatinum: somedude210: Part of the reason I like playing Star Citizen.

You misspelled "paying"


2016 called, they want your outdated meme back.

$45 is all you need to pay to play SC. If you want to toss more at it, you can, but every flyable ship in-game is purchasable or rentable in-game and the grind isn't nearly as bad as E:D.

Even gear that you could only get by being a subscriber is found in loot boxes now. You aren't missing anything by getting the bare minimum game package. (And I highly suggest the Aurora if you do get a basic starter package)

Which is how it always should be in gaming.

/After beta, the only thing you'll be able to get with real money are the starter packages anyway
 
2022-05-25 2:54:19 PM  

somedude210: 2016 called, they want your outdated meme back.


The fact that 6 years ago people were calling this whole thing a cash grab that would never actually be properly released is kinda telling.
 
2022-05-25 3:07:37 PM  
Maybe if the developers did have to rush everything to meet the sales team's deadline, games could be playable with features gamers were accustom to.  Seems like more and more "big" releases from "big" companies are half assed, unplayable pieces of crap that require multiple updates just to get to what should have been released in the beginning.
 
2022-05-25 3:16:13 PM  
Playing through GTA5 again on PS5. I last played it on the PS3.
 
2022-05-25 3:18:47 PM  

Last Man on Earth: Snapper Carr: Maybe more people would be playing newer game if all the current top end video cards hadn't been sold to crypto miners.

That's certainly part of it, but development also takes time, and the newer titles are the ones that were being worked on mid-pandemic.  As a result, just about every high-profile title had to get delayed, and the release cycle has been relatively slow this year because devs are still recovering and getting back up to full speed.


Even with that in mind, there's a ton of f*ckery afoot in video game development nowadays.  I'm currently maining Forza Horizon 5, and there's no two ways around it - that game got shipped out months, if not a year, early by a dev team who hasn't been interested since the third game.  And I suspect that's the way it went down because Turn 10 has likely faceplanted as far as development on Motorsport goes.
 
2022-05-25 3:25:05 PM  

lilplatinum: somedude210: 2016 called, they want your outdated meme back.

The fact that 6 years ago people were calling this whole thing a cash grab that would never actually be properly released is kinda telling.


You know, if it's a cash grab, or scam, or whatever's you want to falsely believe, it's a terrible attempt at one since, you know, they're actually building the thing they said they were.
 
2022-05-25 3:37:24 PM  

lilplatinum: somedude210: 2016 called, they want your outdated meme back.

The fact that 6 years ago people were calling this whole thing a cash grab that would never actually be properly released is kinda telling.


You also properly illustrate the problem with the gaming industry in this thread.

CIG is making a very ambitious MMO and are determined to build what they envisioned. They went the funding/development route they did because that's how you have to do ambitious projects without a publisher.

Game publishers often stifle innovation in gaming because "it's too expensive" or "it'll take too long" or "it's not what other games are doing and therefore bad".

We could never have new and ambitious game projects like we used to in the 90s because no publisher is willing to wait that long for an idea like SC to come to fruition. But CIG is determined to build the game they set out to build, with the only limiting factor being technology. If they can overcome the technical hurdles of server meshing, they'll have gotten to the point where it's no longer a matter of "if" SC can be done, but a matter of "when" it'll be done.

CIG has gotten to the point where they can see that point on the horizon, at which point it'll be filling out the remaining features and mechanics, but the base technology would have been accomplished.

/But if you want the half-assed games like CP2077 to continue, then insisting CIG will fail is what you want
///You can have a game be good quality, cheap, or developed fast. But you can only have 2.
///SC went the cheap and good route. It'll take time though
 
2022-05-25 3:38:53 PM  

somedude210: lilplatinum: somedude210: 2016 called, they want your outdated meme back.

The fact that 6 years ago people were calling this whole thing a cash grab that would never actually be properly released is kinda telling.

You know, if it's a cash grab, or scam, or whatever's you want to falsely believe, it's a terrible attempt at one since, you know, they're actually building the thing they said they were.


Hey, joel osteen is still on TV every week because why stop grifting if the grift keeps giving.
 
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