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  1. 8 points
    I nominate @The Blackangel @kingpotato @DylanC @UleTheVee @xXInfectedXx @Alyxx @Executor Akamia @killamch89 @LadyDay All have been very active contributing to conversation this month!
  2. 5 points
  3. 4 points
    I nominate @Shagger @Crazycrab @StaceyPowers @skyfire @killamch89 @Alyxx
  4. 4 points
    Thank you, @The Blackangel I second @killamch89 and @kingpotato and also nominate @DylanC, @Alyxx, @Executor Akamia, @Crazycrab, @LadyDay, @skyfire.
  5. 4 points
    I nominate @Shagger, @LadyDay , @Crazycrab , @Executor Akamia & @Alyxx Thanks for the nomination @The Blackangel
  6. 4 points
    DC

    Dose the VGR forums have a Discord server?

    Hi @Shagger, thanks for creating this thread. I'm appreciative of how quickly you've become involved with our community. It really means a lot. I am personally against a Discord because this is already a pretty tight knit community as it is and my concern is that a Discord server would take away from the activity on the forums. It's already easy for people to communicate here through PMs, various forum threads, and the General Chat. I'll leave this topic open for you to reply to and others to weigh in but I think it's best for us to continue without Discord, at least for the time being.
  7. 4 points
  8. 4 points
    I liked it when you bought a game and got the whole game, instead of having to wait for devs to fix stuff via patches.
  9. 3 points
    The Blackangel

    I'm officially retiring from gaming

    Well, it's time. I hate to do it, so I just want to say one last thing to everyone here before I leave the forum... APRIL FOOLS!!!!
  10. 3 points
    The Blackangel

    I'm gonna pop my cherry

    I've finally decided to take the plunge. When I post again on this thread I'll no longer be a virgin. I'm going to play Skyrim for the first time. I'll let everyone know how it goes.
  11. 3 points
    I noticed that @DylanC posted a topic "Games you love that no-one else likes" (LINK). But as far as I can tell, there was no thread for the opposite. Since every Ying needs a Yang I decided to start it myself. So here it is, a thread to bash the games that everyone seems to love that you can't stand. That particular game gets a bunch of praise from your fellow gamers and/or a ton of awards from critics and you can't figure out why. The games or genres that your friends are all playing that you can't get into. Maybe even an upcoming release that has everyone hyped, but your not interested and your sick of hearing about it! I'll start with a selection of mine: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor As a fan of open-world action games like Assassins Creed and as well as Lord of the Rings, this is a game that should have been right up my ally and seemed to please everyone else but I was VERY disappointed. What I expected from the trailers was a game where you where a lone Gonorian Ranger that would have to use stealth and strategy to combat the hordes of Orcs in Mordor. The game in truth is more like... actually no... EXACTLY like this! You were so ridiculously overpowered and the stealth detection was so hilariously broken that the only aspect that is any legitimate threat to you is you own lapsing concentration! You can sprint straight across open fields and through crowds still get stealth kills, be surrounded by and slaying dozens of enemies that will barley score any hits, they will lose track of you after breaking the line of sight for only a few of seconds and even if you do manage to die it doesn’t even matter since you are resurrected with the enemy Orcs raising level which you'll likely be welcoming. Then there's the story and characters which are even worse, their so bland and that an hour after playing I couldn’t even remember anything that happened except for the truly atrocious ending. How the fuck did this get an 8.0 user score on metacrtic? The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild There is a lot of positive things to say about this game from it's visual and sound design, combat, brilliant AI, the fun puzzles and very well designed levels. But, it is also one of the most frustrating gaming experiences I have ever had in my entire life. For everything that is great, there is something else needlessly tedious or hair-pullingly annoying. Not to mention I blew about £300 on it, a Switch and accessories in order to play it! The most consistent complaint I hear is the breakable weapons and that is irritating but for me, the biggest was the sheer size and design of the map. It makes the simple process of going from A to B a total pain in the ass. Mounts are useless since there is a deep chasm, sheer cliff or a group of enemies a 10-second gallop in every direction forcing you to abandon it and when you do they don't back to their stables! I spent about 12 hours playing about 90% of which was on shrines and towers because the game didn't push me to do anything expect unlock more fast travel points and expand my stamina and health gauges. I'm sure with a lot of time there is an amazing game here but I didn't have the patience to find it. Burnout Paradise I was once a Burnout mega-fan and consider Burnout 3: Takedown one of the best racing games of all time if not THE best. So I was deeply saddened that the fifth (and as of now, last) main installment of the Burnout franchise replaced classic arcade racing with one very stupid idea which inexplicably stuck... MAKE IT OPEN WORLD! This was a move that I'm convinced to this day was done for no other reason than EA's sheer unfettered greed, forcing players to buy their own copy of the game in order to play together. Split-screen and Crash party... GONE! Instead, you drive across what's effectively an open-world menu completely wasting your time whenever you need to change your vehicle or start an event. Most consider Paradise a classic and will never be able to understand why. Well that's my contribution to pissing everyone off, how about you!
  12. 3 points
    Crazycrab

    The Last of Us HBO Show

    So the irrelevance makes it, well relevant. That's actually a great point. Ellie being gay doesn't make any difference and that's the way it should be. I would say it would be great to have to these barriers break without the world ending but let's face it! In just the first few months of this year, the US tried to start World War 3, half of Australia has been on fire and now there is a global pandemic where people are going bonkers over bog roll. I think it's time all people, regardless of nationality, political standpoint, religions beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity or race stand together and declare in one voice!......(LINK)
  13. 3 points
    kingpotato

    The Last of Us HBO Show

    But Ellie is gay 😆 Have you played the Last of Us game ?
  14. 3 points
    Shagger

    Violent Games and Life

    Why aren't you posting links? I know, because those studies are corruptly funded by the NRA and other such organizations who want to deflect blame on gun violence to anyone else. @Crazycrabactually posted evidence, why aren't you?
  15. 3 points
  16. 3 points
    kingpotato

    Last Game Played

    Goat Simulator , I'm starting to doubt if goats can really headbutt a car into the air , I dont think this is an accurate simulator. xD
  17. 3 points
    Shagger

    Happy New Year!

    From a Scotsman to the rest of the forum as it is past midnight local time, it's Hogmanay! Happy New Year!
  18. 3 points
    Sorry, but that's not entirely accurate. Going back to the 80's, 90's and into the 2000's, PC 's (Personal Computers) were all designed as a utility for what you described as the "routine work" with some capacity for playing games on them. However, and very recently, PC's changed. And they changed because they had to. The utilities these large, impractical and expensive devices became more accessible on newer devices like cheap laptops, tablet computers and phones. Even offices began using more efficient servers with connected workstations rathen than individual computers. The Utility PC, us pretty much dead. Gaming PC'S, or at least as we know, are also comparatively new. Obviously, PC gaming itself is not new, but the technology that defines them today exsist because gaming is why and how PC's stayed relevant in this modern age. The utility capacity for PC's is not lost, so technically @skyfireisn't wrong, but it's not really an advantage anymore. The point is you don't need a gaming PC when a simple notebook or even tablet can do the utility work just as well, so that doesn't sell PC's anymore. The only thing traditional desktop computers still exist for in 2020 (and most of the previous decade) is gaming. The expensive, arbitrary luxury that is the Gaming PC. It's also perfectly possible to stream from a console as well, so I really don't know you said that. And combine a simple laptop with a game's console and you would have the bases covered and it still cost less than a gaming rig, making PC gaming still more expensive. @Crazycrabtouched on how PC game deals don't make the platform much more affordable these days either. It's just not as good as it used to be with digital console games having more competitive sales and the advantages of physical media, but there's another factor. People have lost the difference between cost and value. Value us defined buy the individual as to how much said product or service is worth to them, so each to their own to define it. Cost is simply what one parts with for that service, it's a simple fact that cannot be debated, and that's whare the PC has a problem. Yes, it's very possible to draw better value out if the fact PC's do still have better game deals and the fact you don't pay to play online. However, you only get that extra value back a little bit each time you buy a game, so to offset the significantly higher cost of the hardware, that means buying a lot of games. That COSTS more money, even it it may offer more VALUE, see the difference? For someone who would buy a few AAA titles and exclusives a year, that would just not be worth it. In conclusion, the PC is more expensive. By miles.
  19. 3 points
    I'm sorry but that is simply not true. PC's are FAR more expensive than consoles to buy and upgrade and you save next to nothing in the cost of buying games. New releases are maybe £5 to £10 cheaper but useually not even that. The deals you get Steam sales or whatever aren't any better than XBox Live or PSN either, not to mention used games and services like XBox Game Pass. Even if the games were legitimately and consistently cheaper on PC in the current climate of publishers relaying more on recurrent user spending models like DLC and Microtransactions the upfront cost barely matters anyway. In this day and age the only way that PC gaming is cheaper that consoles is if your pirating.
  20. 3 points
    I'm sorry @StaceyPowers, but even this very question grinds my gears. There's swings and roundabouts, but just asking said question implies console and PC gamers have to agree that there's an overall advantage to one or the other and I hate that. I'm a multiplat gamer, and could do into detail about the differences between the platforms and make clear how I feel about them, but why? Nobody would learn anything. The only thing I'm willing to dedicate myself to is that PC fanboys are the worst, but I still dread the social media garbage we're inevitably due from console fanboys with the next generation over the next few months. Like I said, there's ups and downs to both consoles an PC's, but what really matters to me as a multiplat gamer is games. So, just play fucking games!
  21. 3 points
    If 19 of them stop playing, the last one will get what we all wanted, a single player Fallout game.
  22. 3 points
    Nergion

    Metal

    Share some heavy tunes. The metal shred thread! Kicking it off - Haiduk Melodic black /death metal
  23. 3 points
    "Overall… yeah while I may subjectively enjoy Andromeda because of my own tastes, it is hard to call this a good game. And it makes me sad because this could’ve been a lot better than it ended up being. What we’re left with is a rushed product that ultimately doesn’t really add much to the franchise and feels really clunky and unpolished, which is a real shame. That being said, the positives are there. The game’s strong combat, gorgeous environments, witty character dialogue that genuinely brought a smile to my face and weak but enjoyably cheesy story makes this a game you might want to consider at a bargain price." Read the rest of my review of Mass Effect Andromeda in the link 🙂 https://www.vgr.com/mass-effect-andromeda-review/
  24. 3 points
    Congrats @Alyxx! I've just PM'd you the code and deducted 3,000 Points from your account.
  25. 3 points
    The Blackangel

    Too Much Gaming!

    How the hell is gaming going to get “abusive”? Unless someone is cracking you in the head with an Xbox, gaming isn’t abusive.
  26. 3 points
    Hi everyone! I want to say thank you to each and every one of you for your wonderful contributions to our forum. We have something really special going on with this community. We’re small, we’re tight-knit, and we’ve got incredible rapport between our members. Every day, we’re sharing our passion for gaming, and the atmosphere here is welcoming and respectful. I don’t think I need to tell you what a rarity that is online today. When I started VGR, that was exactly what I hoped to build, but I’m blown away by how it’s actually come together. And that is because of you. So thank you so much for your continuing participation. We do want to keep growing our community so that more great people can be a part of the conversations and relationships we’ve built here. And the only way we can do that is with your help. I would love it if you would invite some of your friends to join VGR! As our community grows, we’ll be able to offer more contests and video game giveaways, and that is something I want, because it is another way for me to thank each of you for being a part of this. So let’s grow our forum. Please tell friends, family, co-workers and fellow gamers to drop on by, check out the conversation, and open an account. We look forward to welcoming new loyal members to our awesome community! @skyfire, @kingpotato, @UleTheVee, @killamch89, @StaceyPowers, @DylanC, @The Blackangel, @Aerielle del Rosario, @Alyxx
  27. 3 points
    I agree Nintendo seems to be the company that values the quality of their content, except maybe how the current online nintendo service is going on with the lack of a good interface and content but aside from that you rarely get to see microtransactions on a Nintendo game.
  28. 3 points
    Hi all, I'm new here 🙂 Thought I'd ask an interesting question. If you could combine certain features of 2 games together, what would they be and what would you make? Now I guess I better start. I'd make a Witcher 3 MMORPG by combining the story, characters, and world of Witcher 3 with Black Desert Online, which has a really good combat system, graphics, and is a decent all around good MMO in my opinion (apart from the upgrade system).
  29. 3 points
    Alyxx

    Ion Fury Giveaway Competition

    So it's time for a competition. This time I'm giving away a copy of Ion Fury for PC (Steam). https://store.steampowered.com/app/562860/Ion_Fury/ The only thing you need to do is answer correctly and a winner will be randomly chosen from those who have answered correctly. So here we go!
  30. 3 points
    Completely get that yeah. Skyrim has fun combat and it's interesting but it's slot. Fast paced action hack n slash style with a bunch of effects is always a winner to me
  31. 3 points
  32. 3 points
    Got my Respawn kit.
  33. 3 points
    Congrats @kingpotato! I've awarded 500 Points to your account.
  34. 3 points
    I started to play guitar because of Guitar Hero 3.
  35. 3 points
    I actually theorised about this very topic in part of an article from a few months back. You might find it an interesting read! At present, I'd say Hammerfell is definitely the most likely, but it's worth considering context as to why it would make sense following Skyrim, and I delve into that here: https://www.vgr.com/will-see-empire-fall-elder-scrolls-6/
  36. 3 points
    VR in its current state isn't really suitable for E-sports. In the future, it will happen at some point but the current tech we know as VR is very gimmicky at best and is riddled with issues.
  37. 3 points
    I would like to nominate those who as far as I know haven't won a member of the month contest. @The Blackangel , @skyfire, @Aerielle del Rosario, @Bravosi, @Executor Akamia and myself included @kingpotato since I haven't won either 😆
  38. 3 points
    DylanC

    Have you ever completed 100% on a game?

    I probably need to get our more, lol.
  39. 3 points
    I think the game needs to exist first
  40. 3 points
    Better late than never, thank you very much VGR. Getting ready for an afternoon of beer and Baseball.
  41. 3 points
    I'd say Stellaris, which is a grand strategy game I've been playing for the last few weeks, but honestly, the difficulty is mostly artificial in that game. AI empires are dumb as rocks, but fast as Sonic the Hedgehog on a good day, and difficulty settings don't really improve their intelligence at all; they just give them bonuses that more easily compensate for their stupidity. Human players are the real threats, though for obvious reasons, they aren't a factor in single-player mode. Honestly, I think in general terms, the Halo series has done a good job about this. I mean, I never noticed the AI getting smarter there either, but in the FPS genre, this matters less. The higher difficulty you play, the more you get punished for being out of position. This doesn't fully translate to the multiplayer, as human players are less predictable than AI under most circumstances and most multiplayer maps aren't structured in the same way campaign maps are, but you will definitely learn to appreciate cover after it has kept you from getting your face blown off by a deadeye Jackal sniper or three.
  42. 3 points
    I don't think all, or even most, games really need an easy mode. Accessibility is one thing, but difficulty is another matter entirely. Some games – particularly those that are played for their competitive multiplayer – can, in fact, be negatively impacted by both. To illustrate, I want to talk about a game series that I greatly enjoy: StarCraft For those who don't know, StarCraft is a series of sci-fi RTS games created and published by Blizzard. There are presently 2 games in this series: StarCraft, released in 1998, with an expansion (StarCraft: Brood War) being released later that year. Its full sequel, StarCraft II, was released in 2010 with the title StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, with 2 expansions releasing in 2013 (StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm) and 2015. (StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void) StarCraft is one of the earliest examples of esports in gaming history, predating the first MOBAs by several years. Fighting games like Street Fighter might be even earlier. StarCraft, however, is on a different level entirely; it's particularly popular in Korea, where it may as well be considered the national sport. I myself am a StarCraft player, particularly a StarCraft II player. I'm not particularly good at it; on the ranked ladder, my highest finish was top Silver League, which is really, really low. Part of the problem is my computer having mouselag with the game, which hinders my accuracy and speed significantly, but in all honesty, the lion's share of my problems are that I'm just bad. Period. I can improve, and will if I keep at it enough; perhaps even overcoming that particular limitation, but I don't have that kind of patience. I prefer to lose on my own terms, not because of bad hardware. Or maybe it's my OS that's the problem... The mouselag wasn't a thing before I upgraded to macOS Sierra a couple of years ago... Anyway. There is a faction within the playerbase – a few, actually – who believe StarCraft II overall was watered down from what the StarCraft: Brood War experience was. Not just in the campaign, but in the gameplay itself. After having some lengthy discussions with some of these people in my spare time, I can see where they're coming from for certain. I don't like Brood War myself, and a lot of the reasons I like StarCraft II are a few of the reasons these people hate it, because these are things they believe lowered the skill ceiling for the game compared to what it was in Brood War. First, let's talk about the campaign. In StarCraft: Brood War, the campaign was more or less designed to teach you how to play the game. How each unit works, and when you need to use them. Except for hero units, every unit you play with in the campaign can be used in the multiplayer, and they work pretty much the exact same way in both modes. That said, the campaign is very difficult for those not used to the (in my experience) very restrictive UI, and in some cases, very difficult even for those who are. More on that later. In StarCraft II's campaign, this is a whole different ballgame. While the game does teach you the very basics of how to play, it doesn't teach you how the units work the same way Brood War did, and in fact, the units in the multiplayer can end up playing completely different roles than they did in the campaign due to balance changes completely overturning the metagame. Sure, you'll learn how units work in that campaign, but those units don't necessarily work the same way in the multiplayer, and some of those campaign units – Terran Goliaths, Protoss Dark Archons, Zerg Guardians, for example – don't even exist in that mode. Conversely, some multiplayer units don't exist in the campaign. Blizzard even added a completely different mode at some point that was intended to aid in the transition from campaign play to multiplayer play because the disconnect was so big. This mode was called "Training". In addition, multiplayer is played at a faster speed than most campaign difficulties, the exception being Brutal difficulty, which is played at multiplayer speed. I didn't spend enough time with Brood War to notice a speed difference between the modes; I doubt there is one. Speed is an important factor to consider here, because it affects timings. But that's getting into gameplay... ... which is the next thing I want to talk about. In StarCraft: Brood War, you're only allowed to select either 1 building at a time, or up to 16 units at a time. While commonly attributed to hardware or software limitations of the time, I'm... having a hard time buying that excuse, as it's the only RTS game I've ever played that had that limitation. Granted, I haven't played any other RTS games from the 90s or earlier, so for all I know, this could be completely true. I'll have to ask some fans of early Age of Empires or Command & Conquer games later. Anyway, regardless of the technical reasons for this being the case, the effect was that players had to be smarter about unit management. It was excruciatingly difficult to send what are called "death balls" over to the enemy base and roll over them because of a combination of this and less-than-stellar unit pathing algorithms, the latter of which affected the Terran Goliath and the Protoss Dragoon the most of any other unit in the game, or so I'm told. In addition to this, worker units had to be specifically ordered to gather resources, even when rallied to them from the primary base structure, or they would do nothing at all. StarCraft II? You can select as many units at one time as you want, and even have more than one building in your selection. This streamlined several things, but it also made it painfully easy to build those death balls I talked about in the previous paragraph. In the Protoss arsenal in particular, there's a unit that rather annoyingly enables and borderline encourages death ball play: The Mothership. As a Protoss player myself, I personally avoid building this thing on principle, though it does usually fall off in the upper echelons of play as death balls do anyway, at least in current versions of the game. Early on in the game's lifetime, though? Death balls were everywhere. This has frustrated quite a handful of series veterans enough to write the game off entirely. All of this because of an effort to make the game more accessible. It worked, but it came at a price. I'm not gonna deny there's some elitism at play; there totally is. However, it doesn't change the fact that these seemingly innocuous quality-of-life changes have altered the game in such a way that it very nearly took the "strategy" out of the real-time strategy game. I'm sure there might have been a better way to make the game more accessible to new players without alienating the old ones, but in the end, as much as I like StarCraft II over StarCraft: Brood War, I don't think this was it.
  43. 3 points
    StaceyPowers

    VGR is Launching Our First Podcast!

    I second this! The gaming world needs more professionalism, and you're off to an awesome start here!
  44. 2 points
    kingpotato

    Metal

    🤘💀
  45. 2 points
    I wasn’t calling the game specifically “shit”. It’s a simple expression. I said the same thing about 2 of my favorite games. FF8 and Zelda OoT. With FF8 however, I said it repeatedly for several years. With Zelda OoT, I said it for less than a year. It’s an expression, nothing more. As for being unwilling to download it, I can tell from the trailer that it’s the kind of game that I flat out don’t enjoy. So it would be a waste of time and energy for me to download it. The spelling of Kombat with the K had me intrigued. But the gameplay lost my interest. It’s nothing against your work. It’s just not a game style that I like. I had thought that MKM: Sub-Zero was gonna be an awesome game because of the Mortal Kombat part. It wasn’t worth the plastic it was made of. You do look extremely talented. Far beyond anything I could do. If at anytime you decide to work on anything more medieval oriented, I’ll be first in line to try out your work. Ave
  46. 2 points
    @DylanC @The Blackangel @Alyxx, made a mistake here, this is actually the $100 version of the game, not the $60!!! Get your bids in!
  47. 2 points
    As a kid, this one always creeped me out.
  48. 2 points
    The Blackangel

    Anyone else skateboard?

    I was never into skateboarding, but I was a pro-am snowboarder. I competed in several competitions. I usually did pretty well, and the guys competing were always super cool to each other. I was the only girl, but that didn't really matter to anyone. One guy tried to pick me up once, but I was spoken for at the time.
  49. 2 points
    Hi everyone, episode 7 of the VGR Weekly Recap podcast is now available on YouTube! This week, Jacob and I discuss the new partnership between Microsoft and Sony, CD Projekt Red's pledge to try and avoid unhealthy crunch, what we expect to see at E3, and more! As always, let us known if you have any questions or topics you want us to discuss next week!
  50. 2 points
    No. What happens if my Internet crashed for more than 12 hours or let's say I have a slow connection due to my Broadband package? A digital console wouldn't work out so well as there would be no ability to play offline. My personal preference is Physical Copies of computer games anyway, so I'd rather have a normal console as then I can have the best of both.
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