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post #101 of 115 (permalink) Old 09-12-2019, 01:22 PM
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I don't think I'll ever be too old for video games. Less time to dedicate to them, definitely. But I get too much joy from them currently. Helps I have a spouse who is a big Nintendo head. lol. Just gotta do what makes you happy and what you enjoy.

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While I work from a home office as a freelancer/consultant, I'm old enough that I could apply for social security if I really, really wanted to. I'm not there yet though, and Doom still draws me in.

It probably will continue to do so until someone pries that hot, hard mouse from my cold, dead hands.

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Since my last post, been the same except work has become more important as I moved up in the ranking. Just want to go home, grab a beer and game after work, or even just listen to music and work out. Going out, that time has come and gone from my early 20's (mind you that I'm 27), because going out means spending money... and it usually ends up being a lot. I would much rather host a beer and BBQ session at home with my friends, and maybe upgrade it to a LAN party. But going out, bars, drinking watered down cheap liquor, no thanks. A brewery trip here and there, but nothing crazy. Mix in a couple of outdoor activities like hiking, shooting sports, fishing, grill at the bay/beach, or any other friend/family hosted event, life is good just like that for me.

Find what's comfortable for you, and what brings out the extra goodness in you while you still feel comfortable. Gaming is comfortable, but doing other activities that doesn't involve big crowds of strangers is fun for me as well. Should I ever go out, once in a blue moon, it'll be for an event, and not out of the whim.

Feels like I went off tangent, but I guess what I'm trying to say is I just extended my reach further than just video games. Added more to my activity list with video games still being #1!
I'm with you on the going out. Much rather have the friends over. Even when we do go out, it's usually much more low key hitting up the breweries. They're endless in Asheville! Awesome Bengal; I've got one too! I guess I'm enjoying the pacing and relaxation of these RTS' again.

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I've felt this way for awhile, 36. Chivalry medieval warfare has been the last game to keep my attention. I feel like I'm waiting for a new genre to popup. Lately I've been tinkering with my PC instead of gaming. It's my new hobby. I'm using a 40 gallon tote to water cool, I have a extra bedroom and my girlfriend gave me the go ahead to clutter it up all I want . I've been taking off old pc parts, like my 2009 mobo heat sinks and putting them on my GPU with thermal pads. Using a hybrid watercool\remade blower fan design. Challenging myself for the fun of it to implement a fanless case design I thought up while initially pouring over all the old innovations on this forum. Comparing wattage of water heaters, engines n such. Learning about how gravity affects loops, basic, experimental and advanced cooling in almost all regards. Starting from the ground up, but not with hardly any normal parts. It's been a real treat. Alcohol was the only thing keeping my gaming interest at even a mild level. But I cut that out for the better.

Maybe it's something I'll come back too. I'd love to design a game, it's to bad small teams of game devs is kind of a thing of the past. And I would be starting from the ground up. Anyways life goes on. A Diablo 2 mechanic hack and slash MMORPG would be epic. Picture hundreds of barbs\sorcies etc attacking a giant beast. Even dota style maps with your diablo 2 characters, your own items etc as pvp matches. Equip sigon set at lvl xx on and on, with your endless stash against lanes with tons of varying ai combined with players. No gold you can just equip what you previously farmed at different levels. Or both. Seems like everyone is afraid to create anything innovative. Warcraft 3 custom maps rip

Dang! You're going way deeper into tinkering territory than me. I appreciate what you're doing though; the discovery of trial and error is a lot of fun.

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You should know that AoE2: Definitive Edition (2nd official remaster) is releasing in November, this time with fully reworked graphics for 4K! And Homeworld 3 is being worked on, courtesy of Gearbox Software backing the original developers.

That.... Makes me very excite. AOE2 and Homeworld have to be 2 of my favorite games of all time! AWESOME! Now if someone could update Rise of Nations and Rise of Legends, that would be amazing!

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IDK about too old, but I've definitely gone through phases of too busy / too much important stuff to do instead.

IE: sit up all night playing new title, OR sit up all night studying AZURE?

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I've been there studying for MS certs. VMware certs etc. If I decide to change my current role, I would definitely be looking into Azure, AWS, nutanix or the like. Luckily I'm pretty stable right now and probably won't think about that for a while.

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post #104 of 115 (permalink) Old 10-02-2019, 10:38 AM
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If games are properly made, regarded by the developers and publishers as an art form, with good gameplay and something interesting to share in terms of story, there is no reason to "grow out" of games, as if it were a phase in life.

The problem nowadays is that the mainstream gaming industry is in its last phase. Greed all around. Games are not built to be rewardingly fun, they are made to maximize profits at the expense of everything else, just 0,1% shy of a totally scorched earth approach. There is no respect for consumers at all. Games are rushed out, they make people beta testers and then they load games up with microtransactions (sometimes after launch so as to not affect review scores), loot boxes and season passes that fundamentally alter the design phase of games to make them grindier and with storylines butchered to sell the rest to you later, and even in terms of games that are not free, there's also this crap, in addition to several tiers of purchase prices that bump up the price to $100+, etc, etc.


The latest aberration is this (NSFW language), but I could post here about 50 other games where this happens:





TL;DR: Play the classics, and otherwise look very carefully at who is developing (edit: and publishing) the game, where it is sold, whether it has draconian DRM and whether the game is actually meant to be played and not to play you. There is still plenty of great stuff being made, just not by the big developers, they are 'playing' a different game by now.



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TL;DR: Play the classics, and otherwise look very carefully at who is developing the game, where it is sold, whether it has draconian DRM and whether the game is actually meant to be played and not to play you. There is still plenty of great stuff being made, just not by the big developers, they are 'playing' a different game by now.

If the game is good enough you can overlook all those things

BL3 has super terrible DRM and it's optimized poorly and it crashes to the desktop regularly and it's on a terrible platform (EPIC) and DX12 is broken and doesn't work at all but it's probably the game I dumped the most time into this quickly in a long time.


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Yes. I always have to play alone because my friends aren't into my favorite game types. Now I have to spend most of time to work and just have some rare moment to relax with some mobile games (lab escape, talking tom gold run, tap tap dash game)
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is not only that we getting older and slowly leaving the video games, it all has to do with the companies that NOW is all about money, they put no effort and making a video game with a good story and good enough visuals, you know a game with good graphics but not that you can't play it with your current PC, now is all about micro transactions;

I been playing video games my whole life, and I remember playing Resident evil 4 in the play, and jumping to Stalker COP (I played many games between them of course) and saying "oh man this games are great" and right after I finished Stalker I jumped to Fallout 3 ( I did not play them when they where release) and man, Fallout 3 was the best game ever for me (yeah, yeah you can say whatever you want, that the game is broken blah blah blah) and now where is Resident evil? Stalker? I wish they made another stalker, Metro was a real good game and actually looking forward to Metro exodus

This. The games these days frankly suck. They put all effort into making a game eye catching but the actual mechanics are the same.

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"spending their hard-earned Atoms" - that right there summarizes the current triple-A gaming scene, games that feel like work and then the company sells you more stuff (Atoms in this case) besides the price you already paid for the game to make it feel less like work.

This is the antithesis of gaming. When will the mass market realize that they're not playing a game, they're being played.


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A bit OT, but generally speaking, it could always be worse...

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Somehow I'm not getting too old for games. TV- too old. Movies - for the most part. I don't even follow what is coming out that much. For the most part just try to watch something my daughter will enjoy. Games are still fun. Maybe I have low standards, but they seem to be doing better than tv or movies. I mostly play rpgs/action but the story and character development has to be better than movies or tv. I don't expect them to beat classic scifi or anything and they can't replace exercising outdoors but I can still sit down and enjoy them. I play them on my schedule though.
Currently enjoying Tales of Berseria, was going through the updating dlcs in AC Odyssey (played the dude, reminded me of Kevin Sorbo from Hercules) before that, SOTTR before that, some Serious Sam3 vr and Hellblade before that, liked the whole Dishonored series (the more parts I played the better it got), Mass E.A was fun after you changed how some looked, Wolfenstein N.O. was fun enough that I will play New Colossus when I get time, even though it seems not quite as good, l ofc had a great experience with W3, ok with W2,W, Prey was decent, Endereal off of Skyrim was refreshing, there are lots more. These are all pretty decent at least imo and more worthy of my free time than most passive recreation.
I probably just have more free time than a lot.

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