StaceyPowers reacted to kingpotato in Challenging yourself to new combat styles on new playthroughs
Same here with Skyrim, around level 30 I decided to go with Conjuration and destruction but I got killed very often, but the good thing is that I invested a lot in shields in early levels so I'm going with my shield and heavy armor but using destruction and conjuration, no swords or axes. So far it works very well.
StaceyPowers reacted to The Blackangel in What about yourself makes you a freak?
We’ve all got something about us that is a few steps beyond quirky. Something that would make people look at you and “WTF is wrong with you?”. I’m no exception. The thing about me, is that I used to take a blanket and sleep in cemeteries on nice nights. I found it soothing and calming. I commonly saw apparitions. I’m not saying they were ghosts, but they were translucent humanoid shapes.
So freaks of the world unite! Wear your freak badge with pride!
So what makes you a freak?
StaceyPowers got a reaction from The Blackangel in VGR Member of the Month - November 2019 Nominations
I nominate @The Blackangel and @skyfire
StaceyPowers reacted to The Blackangel in VGR Member of the Month - November 2019 Nominations
I nominate the following
StaceyPowers reacted to The Blackangel in Ask The Blackangel
I would have to say Disturbed. They hit on actual issues with their music, and everything has an actual meaning behind it. They have released 8 albums and every song has held a meaning behind it and/or told a story. Whereas most metal bands are releasing only hard hitting screaming Disturbed does so much more. Their music is not only innovative, but inspiring as well. It has inspired me to be a better singer.
Here are some videos to give you an idea what I'm talking about.
StaceyPowers got a reaction from kingpotato in Challenging yourself to new combat styles on new playthroughs
Just started my third playthrough of Skyrim. The first one, I leveled very badly all over the map before I found a style I like (one handed weapon + conjuration). The second one, I optimized for one handed/conjuration.
This time, I thought I’d challenge myself. I never had an easy time with destruction magic, but I have just gotten through Bleak Falls Barrow without any weapon use, and am going to see if I can go no weapons the entire game. So far, it is difficult, and I am dying a lot, but it’s also been interesting. It’s forced me to do more stealth and plan out some of my attacks instead of just rushing in.
What are some games where you have deliberately tried a very different combat style to your usual on a playthrough? How did it go?
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StaceyPowers got a reaction from kingpotato in Do you long for games where you aren't the "main character?"
Yes! I am glad you agree.
That sounds really awesome. I've always been interested, but haven't played it.
You raise a good point. In Skyrim, you essentially have been given a shortcut to influence rather than having to build it yourself. Of course, I think it frequently works that way IRL too. But that’s exactly the point. Since most of us weren’t handed money and fame on a platter by chance, we want to relate to a story which helps us believe we are capable of climbing in influence through our own hard work or cleverness.
StaceyPowers got a reaction from kingpotato in Do you long for games where you aren't the "main character?"
I remember there was a thread where we were talking about how in open world games, typically the world revolves around us. Like in Skyrim, everyone is fascinated by the Dragonborn, who saves the world. In Fallout 3, you can save the Capitol Wasteland, and Three Dog gives radio reports on you all the time. In linear games, one tends to have earth-shaking significance as a character as well.
In some ways, I like this, because it is cathartic to be able to save the world, as that is something most of us can’t do IRL.
But as we were talking about in that thread (I wish I could find it), it can get a bit old. Because it is unrelatable, and in an ironic way, a little disempowering. It reinforces the feeling that if you aren’t a mover-and-shaker, you can’t make a difference at all. It also makes the world feel much smaller when everywhere you go, you are the running topic of conversation.
It would be cool if there were more games, especially open world games, where we are relatively insignificant on a global scale, but can still make real differences, maybe more in a “butterfly flaps its wings” sort of way.
But I wonder if there would be a lot of resistance to this concept among gamers? Because I am so used to hearing complaints about games where a player’s sense of agency is restricted. I.e. lots of people complained about not having any meaningful choices in BioShock Infinite (even though I don’t think having them would make sense with the story/philosophy of the game). And lots of people hate on how in DA II, Anders makes a decision the player can’t control which does change the world.
So, how do you feel about games that restrict player agency? Is it a lack of choices that is annoying, or an overall lack of power? Would an open world game where you have lots of choices but limited agency be something that would excite you? What about a game where you had lots of power to change the world, but weren’t “famous” or “important” to other characters? Do you think there is a market for this type of thing?
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StaceyPowers got a reaction from kingpotato in Sniping tactics in FPS games
@kingpotato, @killamch89 and @skyfire and I were talking about FPS weapons of choice here. And in another thread, we were talking about issues with camping in FPS games.
The thing is, if you use a sniper rifle, rail gun, etc., from a tactical standpoint, it seems to me like camping is ideal. But at the same time, obviously camping can get to be an irritant.
For those who prefer sniping, how do you usually approach this issue when playing online? Are you just a really precise aim, and you can run-and-gun with a precision weapon and still hit things (unlike me)? Or do you camp for a couple minutes at a time in different nests, but move around enough to try and not annoy other players? Or do you camp as long as you want and not care about the issue?
StaceyPowers got a reaction from kingpotato in Favorite weapon or setup in FPS ?
In Q3A, if there is a BFG, I grab it, because it is too big and fun an advantage to ignore. Otherwise, I use the plasma gun whenever possible. If I can’t grab that, shotgun or rocket launcher if I am in tight quarters. If there are some fun sniping spots, the rail gun. If there aren’t, I avoid it like the plague, cause I am a dreadful shot. If I am playing bots, I do also spend a ridiculous amount of time trying to gauntlet everyone.
In UT2004, I usually prefer the link gun or the minigun.
StaceyPowers got a reaction from kingpotato in Meridia's Beacon Quest Skyrim
I had to look this up, as I didn’t realize it was a meme. It seems that the major complaint is the volume level of Meridia’s voice. I suppose I can see how that could catch a person off guard, especially with headphones on.
But really … they are making quite a big fuss about it IMO. I actually prioritize this quest, and am happy when it shows up as early as possible, because I want that sword. It is one of my favorite weapons in the game. It’s effective and it’s a (literal) blast to use. The dungeon is pretty “average” to me in terms of play, but I do like visiting the place because I like the statue of Meridia and the view on the roof.
StaceyPowers reacted to kingpotato in Delightful Surprises You Didn’t Expect in Video Games
The most delightful surprises at least for this year , for me are :
-The ending in God of War PS4 after the fight (I'm not going to spoil it but its a mix of happiness, sadness and holy shit moments)
-Horizon Zero dawn, this one not a specific moment, but rather several moments when Alloy learns what the real world is about.
-The Last of Us, of course the Giraffe scene as well
-The Witcher 3, good ending , last scene with Ciri
-Spider man PS4 Construction site mission, this whole mission felt like a Marvel movie
-Bioshock I agree I expected a bad ending
StaceyPowers reacted to skyfire in Delightful Surprises You Didn’t Expect in Video Games
I have one funny moment in mobile legends. While battling 4 enemies at a time. I managed to take down three of them. 1 remained while my health was down. Instead of attacking me that enemy attacked the jungle monster. And that jungle monster instead of attacking him, attacked me and I got killed.
StaceyPowers reacted to The Blackangel in Delightful Surprises You Didn’t Expect in Video Games
One kinda cheesy and minor thing that was a nice surprise for me came when I was a kid. I had bought a used copy of Zelda A Link To The Past. There was a partially played game on there. I didn't know much about the game, so I erased all the games on it to learn on my own. I remember getting annoyed as hell because I kept running out of bombs and arrows all the damn time. Also I never could figure out what the exact purpose for the Pond Of Happiness was. I would stop by to grab a faery every once in a while and sometimes I would throw a bit on money in as a goof. When I hit 100 rupees for the first time I found out that the queen of the faeries would increase your carrying capacity of arrows from 30 to 70 and bombs from 10 to 50. Needless to say, as soon as I get the flippers, I max out my money and head straight to the pond now.
StaceyPowers reacted to skyfire in How hard do you work to avoid video game spoilers?
I think IGN and the polygon has reduced the spoilers lately because they have sponsored content. But other small gamers do leak stuff.
StaceyPowers reacted to The Blackangel in How hard do you work to avoid video game spoilers?
Considering the fact that I play classic systems almost exclusively, there's not really a lot left that could have any kind of spoilers. I have a couple games that are, for all intents and purposes, completely unknown. And no, they're not ROM-hacks. For example how many people here know about the NES game Taboo The Sixth Sense? I bet there's very few people here that know much about Astynax, Clash At Demonhead, or Legacy Of The Wizard either. And that's only one system. So unless it's a game (NES mainly) that I have never heard of, (highly unlikely) then there's not much out there that could be any kind of spoiler.
StaceyPowers got a reaction from DylanC in Starting Tips for FTL?
Some friends just bought me a copy of Faster Than Light. I’m new not just to this game, but fairly new to this entire type of game. Anyone have any starting advice for a newbie to help me get the most out of it?
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