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HoloDust said:
Bofferbrauer2 said:

Yeah, I can understand that. Those RPG are a huge time investment. Especially Wizardy 8 tends to get ludicrous in how ling the battles can go on. Especially early on with Piercer Modai, where I always risk running out of stamina since they take forever to kill.

Speaking of RPGs, I do read a lot about them, too. Maybe you and your son might be interested in reading the cRPG Addict as he's playing through all the computer RPGs (still) existing and rating them. Pretty great read imo. Although, if you want to read it all, I guess it will take as long as playing some of those games again...

http://crpgaddict.blogspot.com/

Also, I wouldn't have guessed there were so many RPGs back in the days. He's currently at his 335th game and only reached 1992 - and that's with dozens of games not working, not existing anymore or that he missed and put on his backlog. And he has a huge amount to play: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1u4xRHlx2P7PXxMoY9hmtOvbRRY8Fx9HwmsBqY1XwQyQ/edit#gid=0

Wow, thanks for that link - I guess I'd need few clones of myself just to read through that all, let alone play all those games, but it seems like a great resource for finding out how good some of those old games are once I do find time to try out some of them.

I am reading the blog for years, so I'm mostly up to date. We recently tried to figure out how long the books would become (there's the idea to turn the blog into a series of books), and taken together, the posts would be longer than Dune or War and Peace, without the pictures of course.



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Bofferbrauer2 said:
HoloDust said:

Wow, thanks for that link - I guess I'd need few clones of myself just to read through that all, let alone play all those games, but it seems like a great resource for finding out how good some of those old games are once I do find time to try out some of them.

I am reading the blog for years, so I'm mostly up to date. We recently tried to figure out how long the books would become (there's the idea to turn the blog into a series of books), and taken together, the posts would be longer than Dune or War and Peace, without the pictures of course.

I read few of his ratings on some games, and I really like how thoroughly he evaluates the games through categories. Really great resource, may he live long and prosper, so eventually he get to play them all.



The Tuesday news:

SALES & DEALS

Steam has two new daily deals (only one legit) and the weeklong deals:

On the Humble Store, there are three new deals:

And at Fanatical, there are two new deals:

SOFTWARE & DRIVERS

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MODS/EMULATORS

Fallout: New California Version 2.2.2 available for download, fixes numerous bugs, full patch notes
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/fallout-new-california-version-2-2-2-available-for-download-fixes-numerous-bugs-full-patch-notes/
The team behind Fallout: New California, a massive mod that adds an all new story with hours of voiced dialogue, a new world, and multiple branching narrative paths, has released a new version of it. Fallout: New California is described as an unofficial prequel to New Vegas, and its latest version fixes numerous bugs.
For instance, patch 2.2.2 removes blocking condition from CH1 ALPHA terminal that was preventing force field power down option from showing, fixes a faction problem with switching sides from pipe works to Upper apartments, fixes the zombie firemen and their OP loot by removing them and more.
>> Get it from Nexus Mods:

This Sekiro easy mode mod lets you cheat not only the game, but yourself
https://www.pcgamer.com/this-sekiro-easy-mode-mod-lets-you-cheat-not-only-the-game-but-yourself/
There was plenty of capital-D discourse about the fixed difficulty level in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice when the game came out. For instance, Tom Senior had some choice words for the Guardian Ape. Like all FromSoft games, it's what you might call a bit of a challenge, even with a few allowances to modern game design thrown into the mix. Now there's a new mod that scales that difficulty back a bit.
This one, called Sekiro the Easy, makes some key changes to the game's mechanics so "you can play the Sekiro happily," according to modder Tender Box. In addition to buffing player attack power, defense strength, and stamina, Sekiro the Easy also gives you infinite Spirit Emblems, which allows you to use your Shinobi Prosthetic abilities as often as you want. It also removes the time limit on the Puppeteer Ninjutsu, meaning you can take control of an enemy and then conceivably take a nap.
>> This mod is also available from Nexus Mods.

Fans keep turning Fallout 2 into an MMO
https://www.pcgamer.com/fans-keep-turning-fallout-2-into-an-mmo/
Fan projects like Fallout: New California and Fallout 4: New Vegas get plenty of attention for overhauling the recent entries in the Fallout series, but the classic, turn-based Fallout RPGs also have passionate modding communities, and one of them really, really wants Fallout 2 to be an MMO. They iterated on the idea several times before Bethesda ever explored multiplayer itself with Fallout 76.
The latest Fallout 2 MMO project is called FOnline 3, descendant of FOnline 2, FOnline Reloaded, and FOnline Aftertimes. Each are based on the FOnline system which uses resources from Fallout 2. (In an effort to avoid a copyright notice, the creators insist that you own a copy of Fallout 2 before downloading an FOnline project, which you absolutely should—it's on Steam and GOG)

GAMING NEWS

Here is how permadeath works in Watch_Dogs: Legion
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/here-is-how-permadeath-works-in-watch_dogs-legion/
Ubisoft surprised everyone at E3 2019 when it announced that its next Watch_Dogs game, Watch_Dogs Legion, will let players assume the role of every NPC and that the game will feature permadeath. And yesterday, Ubisoft’s creative director Clint Hocking shared some more details about the game’s permadeath mechanics.

Larian Studios’ founder Swen Vincke shares more details about Baldur’s Gate 3
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/larian-studios-founder-swen-vincke-shares-more-details-about-baldurs-gate-3/
Baldur’s Gate 3 is the continuation of the 2000 CRPG from Bioware (not to be confused with Anthem’s Bioware). Baldur’s Gate 1 & 2 are being considered, from many players, to be two of the best CRPGs even made. Now Larian Studios, in collaboration with the Wizards of the Coast, are working on the third installment of Baldur’s Gate.

Sci-fi story-driven action-RPG, Everreach: Project Eden, releases this September, official PC requirements
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/sci-fi-story-driven-action-rpg-everreach-project-eden-releases-this-september-official-pc-requirements/
Headup Games has announced that the sci-fi fast-paced, story-driven third- person action RPG, Everreach: Project Eden, will be coming to the PC this September. In order to celebrate this announcement, the publisher has released the game’s reveal trailer, as well as its official PC requirements.

Gears 5 will have 60hz servers and universal weapon tuning
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/gears-5-will-have-60hz-servers-and-universal-weapon-tuning/
The Coalition and Microsoft have announced that Gears 5 will have 60hz servers and universal weapon tuning. These new features were announced during the ELEAGUE Summer Invitational tournament and I’m pretty sure that all Gears of War fans will be happy with them.

343 Industries plans to launch the next Halo: Reach PC insider flighting, Firefight, later this month
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/343-industries-plans-to-launch-the-next-halo-reach-pc-insider-flighting-firefight-later-this-month/
Last month, 343 Industries and Microsoft launched the first flighting for the PC version of Halo: Reach. And today, 343 Industries announced that it plans to launch the next flighting for the Halo: The Master Chief Collection PC later this month.

GhostWire: Tokyo first in-game look
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/ghostwire-tokyo-first-in-game-look/
GhostWire: Tokyo is an “action-adventure game in which you’ll fight paranormal enemies and rid the city of supernatural evil”, as Shinji Mikami described. I am a big fan of Mikami’s work, even if The Evil Within games did not exactly hit the spot, at least for me. Though I will admit the second game was much better.

Here is your first look at Borderlands 3’s new pinging system
https://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/here-is-your-first-look-at-borderlands-3-new-pinging-system/
Last week, we informed you about the new pinging system that Borderlands 3 will feature. This pinging system is similar to the one featured in APEX Legends and today, we are happy to share the first video showing the game’s pinging system in action.

Borderlands 3 will support cross-play but not at launch
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/borderlands-3-will-support-cross-play-but-not-at-launch/
Randy Pitchford has confirmed that Borderlands 3 will support cross-play. However, this won’t be a day-1 feature, meaning that it will be coming to the game via a post-launch update. This may disappoint some fans but we’ll be at least able to play with our friends – that obviously game on different platforms – at some point.

Konami announces partnership with Juventus & Bayern Munich for eFootball PES 2020, new screenshots
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/konami-announces-partnership-with-juventus-bayern-munich-for-efootball-pes-2020-new-screenshots/
Following the announcement of its long-term partnership with Manchester United, Konami has announced two additional partnerships with Juventus and Bayern Munich. Konami will faithfully recreate these two teams and their stadiums (Allianz Arena and Allianz Stadium).

New NBA 2K20 screenshots showcase Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant, James Harden and more
https://www.dsogaming.com/screenshot-news/new-nba-2k20-screenshots-showcase-giannis-antetokounmpo-kevin-durant-james-harden-and-more/
2K Games has released some new screenshots for NBA 2K20, showcasing Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, Damian Lillard and more basketball players.

Control official PC requirements; supports both DX11 & DX12, NVIDIA RTX2080 recommended for RTX
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/control-official-pc-requirements-supports-both-dx11-dx12-nvidia-rtx2080-recommended-for-rtx/
Remedy has revealed the official PC system requirements for its Control via its Epic Games Store page. According to the specs, PC gamers will at least need an Intel Core i5-7500 or an AMD Ryzen 3 1300X with 8GB of RAM and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or an AMD RX580.



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Tuesday news, part two:

Stone Story RPG finds a new way to craft a world out of ASCII art
https://www.pcgamer.com/stone-story-rpg-finds-a-new-way-to-craft-a-world-out-of-ascii-art/
ASCII art has a special place in my heart. There was usually some kind of ASCII drawing at the top of game FAQs, and sometimes one would greet you as you fired up a game from DOS. Stone Story RPG channels that look and feel into a much more modern, yet still throwback, roleplaying game, and it's coming to Steam in August.

Float like a butterfly, sting like a different butterfly with Fortnite's newest skins
https://www.pcgamer.com/float-like-a-butterfly-sting-like-a-different-butterfly-with-fortnites-newest-skins/
You know, not every new skin that lands in Fortnite's in-game store feels like a winner. If it isn't some variation of military garb, it's clothes that make your avatar look like they just rolled out of bed. Not so with the Flutter and Pillar skins, both of which bring out the creepy-crawly in the battle royale phenomenon.

Apex Legends cheaters and spammers are being matched against each other
https://www.pcgamer.com/apex-legends-cheaters-and-spammers-are-being-matched-against-each-other/
Respawn Entertainment recently shared some information into what it's doing to combat the ever-present problem of cheating in Apex Legends. The new "Check-In," posted to Reddit, is light on specifics, but it reveals some big-picture insights into what's being done to check people who are more interested in winning than in how they play the game.

Where the Water Tastes Like Wine gets new Chinese-American stories
https://www.pcgamer.com/where-the-water-tastes-like-wine-gets-new-chinese-american-stories/
Where the Water Tastes Like Wine is an ambitious journey through the heartland of American history that unfortunately failed to live up to those ambitions, and is best remembered these days for being a "commercial disaster." Despite that, a new update for the game called Gold Mountain was released today that adds full Chinese localization to the free Fireside Chats, and new stories based on the experiences of Chinese immigrants.

Destiny 2 players have figured out how to farm resources without playing the game
https://www.pcgamer.com/destiny-2-players-have-figured-out-how-to-farm-resources-without-playing-the-game/
Another day, another tale of Destiny 2 players doing things they're not supposed to in order to get a minor edge in the game. But this story also takes kind of a weird, uplifting twist that might help restore your faith in humanity—or humanity's Guardians, at least.

An ambitious GTA Online-alike won't be allowed to finish its Kickstarter campaign
https://www.pcgamer.com/an-ambitious-gta-online-alike-had-its-kickstarter-campaign-suspended/
Kickstarter has suspended the crowdfunding campaign for an extremely ambitious GTA Online-like MMO roleplaying game called RAW, which hit its funding goal two weeks ago. The problem was that the developers were only asking for $79,000. (For comparison, GTA 5's development costs have been estimated at $137 million.)

Gritty detective RPG Disco Elysium will release 'at the end of the year'
https://www.pcgamer.com/gritty-detective-rpg-disco-elysium-will-release-at-the-end-of-the-year/
Disco Elysium's Steam store page still lists its release date as "to be announced" but developer ZA/UM just reposted an article that cites the more optimistic time frame "the end of the year."

CD Projekt talks about Cyberpunk 2077 roleplaying options and 'lifepaths'
https://www.pcgamer.com/cd-projekt-talks-about-cyberpunk-2077-roleplaying-options-and-lifepaths/
Cyberpunk 2077 is first and foremost a roleplaying game, and you can't have an RPG without skills, stats, and specializations, right? Quest director Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz emphasized the importance of those attributes, and the way players shape them throughout the game, in a new video update in which he also touched on the impact of "lifepaths" chosen by players.

Cyberpunk 2077 quest director would like Meryl Streep to be in it
https://www.pcgamer.com/cyberpunk-2077-quest-director-would-like-meryl-streep-to-be-in-it/
Where do you go after Keanu Reeves? Well, assuming that rumor about Lady Gaga playing an in-game pop star isn't true, you think about casting recipient of 21 Oscar nominations Meryl Streep.

Here's a first look at the new Tesla tank in Red Alert Remastered
https://www.pcgamer.com/heres-a-first-look-at-the-new-tesla-tank-in-red-alert-remastered/
Petroglyph and EA are currently at work on remasters of Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert, two of the RTS genre's true classics. They're still a fair way out, but producer Jim Vessella has shared some key updates with the series' fanbase on Reddit.

Total War: Three Kingdoms next patch focuses on families and courts
https://www.pcgamer.com/total-war-three-kingdoms-next-patch-focuses-on-families-and-courts/
The next patch for Total War: Three Kingdoms will update the game to version 1.1.1, and it's available now in beta form. The patch addresses issues that have cropped up since launch, and adds in a few nice quality-of-life features fans have been asking for.

Borderlands 3 isn't out until September, but you can get guns for it now
https://www.pcgamer.com/borderlands-3-isnt-out-until-september-but-you-can-get-guns-for-it-now/
There are still two months to go before Borderlands 3 launches, but Gearbox and 2K are letting fans start earning sweet, sweet loot before the game comes out. The Vault Insider Program is a way to stay up to date on the latest Borderlands 3 news, and it provides points you can spend on loot in both Borderlands 3 and Borderlands 2.

Borderlands 3's Celebration of Togetherness was a goofy trailer reveal
https://www.pcgamer.com/borderlands-3s-celebration-of-togetherness-was-a-goofy-trailer-reveal/
We were intrigued last week when the official Borderlands 3 Twitter account posted an invitation to a "Celebration of Togetherness" scheduled for today. There was even a card, formally listing the date and time as "Tuesday, July the Sixteenth, seven o'clock in the morning Pacific Time." Fans speculated it might be an announcement of cross-play, which Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford quickly clarified it was not.

Tetris Effect is coming to PC as an Epic Games Store exclusive
https://www.pcgamer.com/tetris-effect-is-coming-to-pc-as-an-epic-games-store-exclusive/
Tetris Effect is an award-winning puzzle game based on the timeless Soviet block-dropper Tetris, that was released in 2018 exclusively for the PlayStation 4, with support for PlayStation VR. It's so good that it topped our end-of-year list of five VR games we want to see on PC. As of July 23, it will be.



Please excuse my bad English.

Currently gaming on a PC with an i5-4670k@stock (for now), 16Gb RAM 1600 MHz and a GTX 1070

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You just gotta hate Randy Pitchford and games journalists with no balls. His tweet is nothing but bullshit and leaves open every single possible option, including that there will never be any cross play. Yet here are the news sites claiming that there will definitely be crossplay.



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vivster said:
You just gotta hate Randy Pitchford and games journalists with no balls. His tweet is nothing but bullshit and leaves open every single possible option, including that there will never be any cross play. Yet here are the news sites claiming that there will definitely be crossplay.

Which tweet are you referring to?



Bofferbrauer2 said:
vivster said:
You just gotta hate Randy Pitchford and games journalists with no balls. His tweet is nothing but bullshit and leaves open every single possible option, including that there will never be any cross play. Yet here are the news sites claiming that there will definitely be crossplay.

Which tweet are you referring to?

Probably the one from the article about it, this one:

Sony won't allow it, as it almost never does, and MSoft probably will because they've done it before. Nothing new.



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Currently gaming on a PC with an i5-4670k@stock (for now), 16Gb RAM 1600 MHz and a GTX 1070

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JEMC said:
Bofferbrauer2 said:

Which tweet are you referring to?

Probably the one from the article about it, this one:

Sony won't allow it, as it almost never does, and MSoft probably will because they've done it before. Nothing new.

Sony probably will allow it, they've changed their tune on crossplay with other consoles. Fortnite, Rocket League, Dauntless and the upcoming CoD all support full crossplay on ps4.



LTD Sales Predictions: PS4 - 130m, Switch - 110m, XBO - 52m
2019 Sales : PS4 - 15m, Switch - 18.8m, XBO - 4.8m
2020 Sales: Switch - 22m (Peak Year)

Barkley said:
JEMC said:

Probably the one from the article about it, this one:

Sony won't allow it, as it almost never does, and MSoft probably will because they've done it before. Nothing new.

Sony probably will allow it, they've changed their tune on crossplay with other consoles. Fortnite, Rocket League, Dauntless and the upcoming CoD all support full crossplay on ps4.

And that's all of those who do. 4 games, and those are mostly unlocked due to backlash hurting them or fear over backlash if they don't allow it. If they really would have changed their minds then many more games would be able to be played cross-play and it wouldn't even be up in the air by the time of his tweet.

In other words, Crossplay for Borderlands 3 isn't anything near approved by Sony.



Bofferbrauer2 said:
Barkley said:

Sony probably will allow it, they've changed their tune on crossplay with other consoles. Fortnite, Rocket League, Dauntless and the upcoming CoD all support full crossplay on ps4.

And that's all of those who do. 4 games, and those are mostly unlocked due to backlash hurting them or fear over backlash if they don't allow it. If they really would have changed their minds then many more games would be able to be played cross-play and it wouldn't even be up in the air by the time of his tweet.

In other words, Crossplay for Borderlands 3 isn't anything near approved by Sony.

"mostly unlocked due to backlash hurting them or fear over backlash" - If you believe that's the reason, why do you think they'd stop with Borderlands 3?

"If they really would have changed their minds then many more games would be able to be played cross-play" - It's a new thing, and crossplay games don't release that often, but if you can name a game that's released in the past few months that doesn't support crossplay on ps4 but does on other consoles let me know.

Crossplay for Borderlands 3 will almost certainly be approved by Sony. Why do you think they held out for so long on the Fortnite thing? Because they knew once they accepted one game they'd have to accept them all. You can't just stop.



LTD Sales Predictions: PS4 - 130m, Switch - 110m, XBO - 52m
2019 Sales : PS4 - 15m, Switch - 18.8m, XBO - 4.8m
2020 Sales: Switch - 22m (Peak Year)