Showerthought

Someone more motivated than me should start an old mmo blogger discord channel and call it the Retirement Home.  It’ll be like IRC all over again except with more pictures.

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Epic Store OMEGALUL

I think that is the first time I’ve ever typed out OMEGALUL.

A few games have recently signed deals with the Epic Game Store granting exclusivity for a year.  For me there are now 2 games that I’m going to wait a year before playing, though I’m definitely tempted to try and figure out how to pirate them (it has been a looooong time for me).  Satisfactory and now Outer Worlds.  Division 2 I bought on Uplay just because you have to fuckin use it anyway, plus there was a preorder bonus that allowed me to grab Ghost Recon Wildlands for free at the same time.

This kind of behavior is so fuckin dumb that it actually gives me enough anger to overcome being a weak willed dumbass who usually opens his wallet whenever he can to get what he wants.  So I guess I can thank them for that.  Since I’ve quit cigarettes I’ve found it is nice to succeed at long term goals that only involve willpower.  So now my new one is to not give them dirty sumabitches any of my goddamn money (at least directly, no idea if buying some Steam games gives them anything).

I also saw an indie game dev conflate Valve saying the Metro bait and switch as unfair to consumers as being Valve saying it was unfair to themselves and that was just about the dumbest shit I’ve read in a while.  He seemed butthurt that they changed their algorithm for displaying games to users, saying that they put a bunch of indie devs out of business.  I feel like if you need Steam to show your game to people that aren’t directly searching for the keywords/tags your game contains then maybe your game isn’t good enough to be successful?  I really hope Valve implements some sort of policy that games can’t have pages on Steam to promote their games if they’re going to sign exclusivity deals with other platforms.  I wish I could refund Nuclear Throne a little bit.

As for my previous watchlist post, PoE Synthesis was pretty underwhelming though I still have a desire to play it.  It has had some problems mechanic wise but my problem I think is the build I chose and the builds I had to choose from.  It all felt really limited, probably because of the patch notes affecting what sort of builds people threw together.  Also the guy who made the build I chose stopped leveling after he hit 70 and didn’t update his build post for two weeks so, kind of a big bummer.

Division 2 is more of the same from Division 1, which isn’t bad, but I just don’t really give a shit about doing that right now.  Doesn’t help that the person I usually play with just flies through everything and I’m always playing catch up.  I’ll probably give it another go sometime but I’m just not feelin it right now.  I’m actually not feeling anything right now as I haven’t played a game since Saturday afternoon.  I’ve spent most of my time catching up on Critical Role and watching GTA V RPers (mostly dasmehdi).

Anyways, I hope Outward doesn’t turn out to be as much of a bummer as the other games on my watchlist.  Epic Game Store fuckin sucks big ol dicks and likes it, etc etc.  GGWP

Watch List

Path of Exile: Synthesis – 3/8/19
I’m going to lose another month and a half of my life to this probably.

The Division 2 – 3/15/19
This one will only consume a couple weeks probably, if it takes as long as the original.

Outward – 3/26/19
No idea, might be a big pile of shit, but the premise and co-op really makes me hope it is great.

Path of Exile fanboy checking in

Hi, my name is Bonedead?  I think I am still sane but I have my doubts, exile.  Where have I been and what have I been doing?  Well it all started a year ago when Path of Exile’s new season Betrayal launched.  Wait, you’re telling me that was a month ago?  No no, that can’t be right, I’ve been playing it for like a year I’m certain.  I’ve been in the mines for a month maybe, sure, but that’s only because I can’t find enough sulphite.

On a more serious note, holy fucking shit PoE is so fucking good right now.  Of course you will not have fun if you just download it and try to play it blindly without looking up anything.  You’ll get your first level and open your skill tree and feel overwhelmed and quit.  Or you won’t feel overwhelmed and quit and you’ll pick something that seems like a good choice and maybe you can keep doing that for 30-40 levels and get through half of the story and maybe even figure out how the currency system works, but you will eventually probably hit a wall where you can’t really progress anymore.  Just remember, it is because you are bad, which isn’t a negative thing.  Most people are bad at new things even if they’ve done a lot of similar stuff before.  You have to embrace that you are bad and seek out assistance in the form of words other people have compiled in an attempt to help explain this extremely crazy fuckin game to people just like you.

I’ve played a couple leagues before, my first where I really got into it was Incursion league which was in like May-June 2018, that was when my brain broke cus I hadn’t gotten new glasses in 15 years or something and I was dizzy for a month+, and I’m pretty sure it was triggered by PoE.  I only got to around 65 that league and didn’t return after my brain started working again, slightly due to fear of my brain breaking again.  Then Delve league came out in September and I dove back in, this time I got to like 83 and had a few alts get to 40-60s, just trying out some new things.  Before these leagues though I had tried to play PoE probably 10 times over 5 years or something, probably longer.  I died so many times to lag and desync that I was actually anti PoE for a while.  Back then I think the problems were due to code more than server connections, but it totally could’ve been a bit of both.  Not to say there isn’t any lag this league, there has been a little here and there, but it is also the most played the game has been, ever, so I’m more willing to cut them a little slack, especially since I’ve personally only felt it a couple of times and it didn’t result in anything bad for me.

According to Steam I’ve got 143 hours in the past 2 weeks in PoE, which is about 42% of the amount of hours there are in 2 weeks.  Of course we all know 42 is the meaning of life so I’m pretty sure I’m doing it right.  My total hours are 434 which I’m pretty sure is more than double what I had prior to this league but I don’t think there is any way to tell what they were.  Now I will say that some of those hours are definitely AFK, eating meals in the living room with my roommate while we watch a PoE stream on the ps4, “taking a break” before we dive right back into it.  But for me, playing a game this long and still not getting tired of it?  I have been wanting this for so fucking long and it feels like it would be wrong to stop, like I’d be spoiling my chance at happiness or something lol.  I’d heard people describe PoE as the spiritual successor to Diablo 2 a few times but I didn’t fully see it until this league, where I actually started to get cravings to play Diablo 2 (though it would have to be modded to high heaven for me to actually do that).

Anyways, if you want to play PoE I would recommend finding a beginner friendly guide (make sure it is 3.5 compatible) and sticking to it.  In fact, I’ve gone one step further and found one for you.  Enki’s Arc Witch guide has so much more helpful information than most guides you will find.  The guide covers a lot of aspects of the game for newer players that most guides assume you already know.  Also here is a reddit post with a lot of useful links, some of which you will probably end up using if you stick with it.  Personally I use Path of Building, PoE Trade Macro, and YoloMouse.  I’ve also used a lot of the websites listed in that section and usually have about 10+ tabs open for multiple different PoE related websites when I’m playing.  I have only enjoyed the game while using a build guide, of course some guides are just a path of building pastebin link showing you which passives to take and perhaps what kind of gear you will need.  But you will probably have to play the game a long time before you can make your own build (and someone will already have done it before).  I would greatly recommend giving it a shot, especially if you were like me and tried it a handful of times years ago and wrote it off as something you will never try again.

This game is amazing

Steam page link

This is like the only game that makes me have fun interacting with people.  Build for your children!  For your future!  Name your babies and teach them how to live.  We can do it!  Don’t forget to name yourself.

 

I had a playthrough yesterday where I died kind of young as an Eve, but my children surprised me and kept the family going for 13 generations.  Here is a link to the family tree.

 

More detailed post sometime probably.

Game Awards and other laughable things

LUL

First of all what kind of dumb website setup is that?  Click to vote for a thing then get sent to some fuckin page designed for phones to confirm your vote, then afterwards it just leaves you there at the mobile page to try and figure out how to vote for the next category.  I mean, I get it, we all have phones, right?

I remember thinking how much of a joke these things were when they first started happening.  I feel like there were plenty of gamers who felt the same way though maybe that is just in my head.  I guess if you keep doing it every year it eventually appears to have some sort of credibility to people.  Though you would think after seeing their choices for some of the categories it would tarnish that credibility for some, but maybe not.

I’m slightly disappointed that Kingdom Come: Deliverance isn’t in there at all.  I know it was buggy and janky at launch and still has some minor problems for some people but for me it is still like the best first person RPG I’ve ever played.  It is just too fucking good.  The melee system was new and enjoyable to learn especially when you finally start landing combos.  How learning to read unscrambles words plus the alchemy system.  I would say it is the most immersive game I’ve played.

Also, no Rimworld.  I get that the gameplay isn’t really for everyone (I guess) but holy shit the music is the best music from a game since like… I don’t know, Fury?  But since it was probably in EA with that music before Fury came out maybe that changes that.

I’m kind of done with Blizzard, or should I say, Activision.  Now I say that while also occasionally playing Overwatch and having installed my free Destiny 2 that I’ve played for 30 minutes and may never return to?  But holy shit, how are you this fuckin detatched/retarded.  The funny thing to me is that like a week before Blizzcon they announced that D3 is coming to the Switch.  If they had just switched the Switch announcement and the mobile game announcement there wouldn’t have been nearly as much backlash.  You don’t want to stand in front of a room of people who have $2,000 computers with giant monitors, partly because of your games, and tell them that instead of announcing something they can play on their PC you have a shitty tiny version for fuckin babies they can play on their phone.  Apparently a lot of WoW people are pissed about the direction of that as well.  WTF Blizzard?

Also when playing Black Cow a little they have like levels and shit for some reason.  I think it is the only game I have ever played where I reached level 2 and didn’t unlock something.  But I guess to people who play Call of Doody this is normal and not fuckin dumb.

In the D&D campaign we fought Strahd in his castle once.  One teammate fell before Strahd made his retreat but we brought him back up before it was permanent.  Our druid may have inflicted some long ass negative effect on him but we won’t know until we run into him again, maybe?  I’m pretty sure we can take him out kind of “easily”, though by easily I may mean eventually.  I mean for me it is probably considered easily but I am the tank/main damage dealer thanks to my Sunsword of anti undead things.  We ended the last session by fighting the Dusk Elf assistant that Strahd has, he was kind of terrifying as he got 3 attacks on me which is like a level 11 thing I think, we’re only 9 but there are a lot more of us.  In the room next to him we found a brazier with some colored orbs around it and an hourglass, we have to figure out how it works so we can use it to find Strahd.  It is possible we finish this campaign on Friday.  We’ve been playing it for just about a year now which is pretty cool.

Anyway, that’s it for me.