Talos Principle

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April 2018: Not finding a lot of games to play these days. Not when I’m waiting on ITAD for low prices (IsThereAnyGame.com). It’s just as well. There are a lot of things going on at home. Mom moved to a new retirement place, I’m working on some natural-gas website concepts, and I’m probably becoming an officer in an old family company.

Battlefield 1 and Total War: Warhammer

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13 March 2018: I spent a lot of time on XCOM2 since December 2017. Lots of fun. Then went to Battlefield 1. And in the past few days, am trying Total War: Warhammer (1).

Anyone who knows games will see I deliberately am behind the times – a year or two since a game’s release – for several reasons.

1) Games are much cheaper if you wait a year or two. Get on the waitlist of IsThereAnyDeal.com and cut your game costs in shreds, if you can hold on. I think it’s easy, since there are far more games than anyone can play at any given time.

2) Games are actually better if you wait. All the bugs that the company was going to have worked out, will have been worked out. In a year or so.

3) There are far more online assists and other help. After a year, if the game was great, there will be tons of YouTubes, wikis, and subreddits for help and explanations.

4) Mis-steps are avoided. Sometimes games have weird problems when first released, like servers overloaded or digital-rights snafus.

I’ve been spending a lot of time since Christmas helping my mom, who is transitioning to a retirement home.

XCOM 2 and Hearts of Iron IV

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I tried HOI4, a PC WW2 board game interpretation, and found I did not have the patience to learn a hundred details poorly explained. Sorry, Paradox Gaming.

So I got XCOM 2 on a $14 sale and am loving it circa Christmas. XCOM2 is much more accessible than XCOM 1, for the simple existence of flashbangs and ninja Rangers.

My nephews dropped in for Christmas, digging on Metal Gear Solid V Phantom Pain. A niece asked, “why can’t you explain to them what’s going on and talk them through it and avoid violence?”

A reasonable question.

So we stunned the adversaries and did not kill them per se.

Doom 2016 and Titanfall 2

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October to November 2017 –

I picked up both of these Triple A games super cheap after waiting a year, on www.IsThereAnyDeal.com (ITAD). Tell ITAD what you want, and it’ll tell you new low prices, it rocks.

Both of these games are super wonderful and awesome in their ways, but also occasionally maddening… Doom locks you into small rooms sometimes, or has inane reflex (rune) challenges… Titanfall 2 (TF2s) solo would be much more cool except it makes a huge deal of running along walls in a counter-intuitive way. Hey TF2s, if I wanted to play Frogger, I would have fired it up again. Please stop with the gimmicks, game companies. Deliver action or drama, but not jumping games. [Optional add-in games and DLCs are always perfectly fine.]

I am thinking I won’t bother to finish Titanfall 2 solo because it makes me perfectly fine-tune a jump through a fire hole. I didn’t sign up for a hundred attempts at a jump through multi-banked counter-intuitive fire hoop, a la Frogger 2017. I won’t ask for my money back since I got it for $15. But I will ask, Did anybody pay $50 for this when it originally came out, and not feel sad?