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Topic: COVID-19 Social Distancing Gaming
trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 39890
Location: Other International

Per medical advice and general purpose common sense, I am going hermit mode and trying to find things to do at home to entertain myself.

Fortunately being something of a gamer, and one that has done nothing but rack up thousands of hours of Dota 2 in the last few years, I have plenty of new stuff to sink my teeth into.

So I have recently dusted off CS: GO to play a bit with my brother and some other mates, to try something different to Dota for a change. Also gave Danger Zone a bit of a go; it's my first time playing any of those "battle royale" style games - pretty fun but also very frustrating. It feels like Danger Zone in particular just doesn't have many people playing it - we tried twice to get into a game yesterday (a Saturday!!) and gave up after waiting 8 minutes to get into a game.

I've also picked up the 2016 Doom after fpot mentioned it was on sale, been meaning to play through that, so I think that's what I'm doing for Sunday.

I thought it might be interesting to try to organise some games of older games if we can get enough people together to try to play them. Playing CS has made me long for the days of the other far superior games I enjoyed playing more - especially Enemy Territory, but also Urban Terror. Has anyone kept up with those older games & know if they're still playable?
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deeper
Posts: 4316
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
I'm currently playing:
- Tom Clancy's The Division 2 Warlords of New York Expansion
- Overwatch

To keep the response on topic though, an old game I've been wanting to have a go at again (especially if lanning) is Serious Sam.
Spook
Posts: 41435
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
2016 doom is flipping awesome.

watched my eldest smash it on ps4, been itching to get it on pc.

mite get the new one on pc as a special treat.
Twisted
Posts: 12419
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

COVID-19, the survivors will be cockroaches and gamers!
dais
Posts: 12343
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
I'm just playing StarCraft Remastered. I still love that game so much. Been watching eSports casts of it and am still learning new things. It's tough on Ladder.
trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 39891
Location: Other International

2016 doom is flipping awesome.

watched my eldest smash it on ps4, been itching to get it on pc.

mite get the new one on pc as a special treat.
yes I am thoroughly enjoying it. I can't believe how great the graphics are for a game that came out in 2016. I am soooo behind the times for gaming.
BladeRunner
Posts: 3030
Location: Queensland


People are forced to stay inside for longer than normal periods?? I do that for fun.

Not a lot happening with me at the moment. I am getting back into scale modeling. Got cheap Tamiya tanks and paint. Playing War Thunder right now as I type this. Also been playing VR often now. Playing Hotdogs, Horseshoes and Handgrenades and GunClub VR. Going to play Boiling Steel which has good reviews, soon.

So I was thinking of getting a new monitor, I got an ok Asus 24" monitor right now, Looking at getting this..

https://www.computeralliance.com.au/27-viewsonic-vx2758-2kp-mhd-2k-144hz-ips-monitor-with-speakers

Its not out yet. I wanted something better than 1080p and larger than 24". This monitor fits the bill perfectly.


Trin
Posts: 3018
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
All i can say is, blbk
trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 39892
Location: Other International

27 free games from GoG at the moment!
Spook
Posts: 41436
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
oh s*** qwent!!!

i dont want to go down that rabbithole again!
fpot
Posts: 26951
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Also if you want heaps of games including AAA titles grab Humble Choice - https://www.humblebundle.com/subscription

It unlocks access to the Humble Trove which is 90+ games you can download and play DRM free.
trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 39897
Location: Other International

Goat of Duty now free on Steam:
Goat of Duty is a fast-paced and intense multiplayer first-person shooter, and that´s pretty much all you need to know. No nonsense: no need to master a convoluted metagame, learn different characters, combine skills, strategic team play... just devilish combat arenas,
powerful weapons, and fast-paced action. Well, and lots of silly humor, crazy goatstumes (skins), and goat mechanics for you to troll your friends to your heart´s content!
fpot
Posts: 26953
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

I've posted about this one before, but Prey for 10 bucks is a great buy.
infi
Posts: 24615
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Battlefield V
trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 39901
Location: Other International

Watch Dogs and Stanley Parable free now on EGS

edit: why did I think Watch Dogs was set in London? Is there some other Watch Dogs-esque game set in London that I'm confusing it with?
fpot
Posts: 26956
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

The new one will be set there. Watch Dogs was a Bad Game so beware of that even if playing for free. Stanley Parable on the other hand was utterly amazing. Here's a video. It's one of the most unobtainable endings in the game but spoiler alert just in case -

ShamefulManny
Posts: 9
Location:

why did I think Watch Dogs was set in London? Is there some other Watch Dogs-esque game set in London that I'm confusing it with?


Isn't the next watch dogs (legion?) set in london?
trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 39902
Location: Other International

ahh that's prolly what I'm thinking of ta
BladeRunner
Posts: 3032
Location: Queensland

I messaged ViewSonic on twitter about their supply chain getting disrupted in related to the monitor I want and they said this.

https://i.imgur.com/YrPHdxA.jpg
trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 39904
Location: Other International

Tomb Raider now free on Steam.

Ditto Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris.

Also Drawful 2.

edit: also Deiland and Mable the Wood (GoG).
trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 39912
Location: Other International

Finished 2016 Doom and thoroughly enjoyed it. Was really impressed with how much of the old Doom spirit it captured. I felt like some of the fights were a bit too focused on the orchestration - running around and blasting at the same monsters over and over again slowly eroding their health - instead of just wading through hordes and hordes of them and racking up huge body counts. I suspect that was more technical than anything else. But it was still really fun.

And the story and setting and everything was fantastic. It felt like the game id would have made back in '93 if they'd had the tech. Just captured the spirit of an invading demonic horde perfectly.

Super keen for Doom Eternal now as it sounds like it's more of the same but on steroids. Looking forward to the first sale.

Now installing Tomb Raider!
BladeRunner
Posts: 3034
Location: Queensland

I still have not finished Doom 2016, I should though.

Also, Bethesda released the game initially with an unprotected exe file in the game directory lol. So, no need for a crack. They quicky patched it. So looks like I'll be trying out doom eternal after i finish the previous one.
trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 39915
Location: Other International

Child of Light free on Ubisoft's Uplay. I am reluctant to install Ubi games ever since their DRM destroyed one of my PCs though.
Spook
Posts: 41439
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
watching eldest play doom eternal atm, looks f***ing wicked.
trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 39916
Location: Other International

Was dusting off L4D2 to play it with my brother, but after he finished downloading and installing it, it told him that it no longer works on Macs since a few months ago the latest Mac OS X stopped allowing 32 bit apps to work. So all those old 32 bit only games are just flat out incompatible now. Volvo!
Spook
Posts: 41440
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
mac :(
MrWolf
Posts: 269
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
World War Z up for free on Epic store for your co-op zombie slaying pleasure.
trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 39926
Location: Other International

Rayman Legends on Ubi
Autobahn Police Simulator on Steam
ravn0s
Posts: 19217
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
picked up ff7remake so will be playing only that for a while.
The GuVna
Posts: 2081
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Totally Reliable Delivery Service is now Released & free on Epic store for one week.

Looks rather funny.
trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 39933
Location: Other International

I finished Tomb Raider the other day. I was super impressed with it!! I can't believe how much progress has been made in games (it's amazing how much you miss when you play pretty much the same game for 5 years straight). It was soooo much darker than I was expecting too, super gory and violent when I was expecting something kinda cheesy and camp. Great fun.
fpot
Posts: 26976
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland


The sequels are also good and often cheap. Personally I find them much better due to less QTEs.

Infact Rise of the Tomb Raider with Season Pass is $22 on Fanatical - https://www.fanatical.com/en/game/rise-of-the-tomb-raider-20-year-celebration

Not exactly a complete steal like Doom for $11 but still worth it.


trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 39934
Location: Other International

THERE'S A SEQUEL?!!? awesome. $22 too steep for me for an SP game but I'll wait it out (also: I had to search to find out what QTEs were)
notgreazy
Posts: 1010
Location: Other International

What's a decent PC controller I can get to play games?

I finished Tomb Raider the other day. I was super impressed with it!! I can't believe how much progress has been made in games (it's amazing how much you miss when you play pretty much the same game for 5 years straight). It was soooo much darker than I was expecting too, super gory and violent when I was expecting something kinda cheesy and camp. Great fun.
Loved the rebooted Tomb Raider, such a good game. The beginning of the game is one of the best survival gaming I've played.
Scooter
Posts: 6645
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

I've updated my rig for the first time in a long time and have a vast backlog of games I want to get through. Metro Exodus will probably be first off the bat, then Deus Ex Mankind Divided and probably Witcher 3.. then OuterWorlds. So they should keep me busy a long while.

Still gainfully employed (thankfully) in a position that's unlikely to change. So still full days work but I've picked up some time on nights and weekends I would otherwise be engaged outside.

I had almost forgotten how frustrating/fun building a PC is and Windows 10 was surprisingly smooth to install.
Spook
Posts: 41447
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
What's a decent PC controller I can get to play games?


just use the best controller ever made. ps4.
trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 39935
Location: Other International

I had almost forgotten how frustrating/fun building a PC is and Windows 10 was surprisingly smooth to install.
shame it's just such a total piece of s*** to use though. seriously I was kind of looking forward to it, I only got my first Windows 10 PC a few months back - I haven't had this many issues with a Windows machine since Win95 (though I confess I skipped Vista entirely).

I have been wondering about controllers as well, I just bought a new fancy LG TV - my first Smart TV - which seems to have some magic gaming s***. So I was wondering if I can stream from my PC to the TV somehow and if a controller would be good. I haven't been bothered to research it yet so if anyone wants to explain it to me like I'm an idiot that would be appreciated.
Scooter
Posts: 6646
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

picked up ff7remake so will be playing only that for a while.


Be interested to hear what you think after the weekend Rav, so far feedback seems to be good. I sunk a lot of time into FF7 back in the day.

shame it's just such a total piece of s*** to use though


Well.. that doesn't inspire confidence. They're also in the process of getting all work PC's on a Win10 enviro...

I know Samsung Smart TVs can stream straight from Steam. Steam is pretty good at allowing that. Not sure on other platforms.

Spook is on the money with PS4 controllers. I love my Logitech one, but when at the BILs place the PS4 just feels more comfortable, even when I'm use to the Logitech one.
trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 39936
Location: Other International

More free games on EGS:

Hob
Gone Home
Drawful 2
trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 39937
Location: Other International

Well.. that doesn't inspire confidence. They're also in the process of getting all work PC's on a Win10 enviro...
Maybe it's just me but here is a list of things that I've had problems with so far with Win10:

- by far the biggest problem is that after not a very long period of uptime - like 2 or 3 days - my system will randomly start locking or going to sleep. This happens regardless of what I'm doing - I can be full screen gaming, watching a movie, or anything. It will just lock or sleep. Reboot fixes it, until the next time. Searching just reveals a million people with the same problem and a bunch of the usual useless advice.
- this weird annoying dependency to actually log into the system with a MS account. Avoidable but because I haven't done it I still have active warnings that I don't understand because the documentation is s*** and opaque, because they just want you to sign in.
- one of my longest ever keyboard shortcuts for a third party app was replaced because they inexplicably decided to change the shortcut for the stupid charm bar from Win-C to Win-A and there's no (native) way to rebind keys (so lots of muscle memory retraining going on).
- file association mapping seems totally broken and has randomly reset things on me several times
- constantly switching contexts between the s***ty new Metro style control panel interfaces (which are s***, awkward to use and hard to read in dark mode) and the old style interfaces (which work). Never any idea where to change something.
- least customisable version of Windows ever and the s***ty flat design makes simple tasks like resizing Windows really challenging. Finally figured out how to change window border colour so at least the default settings of black borders for black content windows no longer mean I have all these black squares overlapping with zero interface clues as to where they end.
- really weird security prompts - like "The threat service has stopped. Restart it now." no other links, no restart button, no more info button. You're on your own! Also trying to fix it triggers a message telling me to get my IT administrator because they have limited access. Right.
- it has an everything is OK alarm which seems to randomly go off triggering an annoying notification

I'm sure in a year or so I'll get used to it but I have not found it a pleasant experience.
Spook
Posts: 41448
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
i have no issues with win10 at all. box is on 24/7 and runs flawlessly

i love win 10, works good on old machines too.

certainly no uptime problems troggles.

i am fairly locked into my ms account, we use microsoft families here to control the kids machines. it is surprisingly buggy, but works enough to be worth while. i can lock down or schedule pretty much anything hte kids do on their pcs.

i only ever use minimal themes coz i hate all that s***, so no issues here with that at all either.

win10 security/firewall is great.
trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 39938
Location: Other International

certainly no uptime problems troggles.
It could be a hardware/laptop power management issue. This is the first time I have ever used a laptop as a main PC. I had a bunch of updates two days ago (including BIOS) which might have a fix - here's hoping.

I am very bad at switching to new versions of Windows because I generally run a machine until either it dies, or the Windows hits EOL. So I end up running the same Windows for many many years longer than (I suspect) most normal people and certainly most gamers. My old laptop basically was not usable any more so when I went to HK I bought a new one that was specced up enough both for the work I needed but also so I could play games on it.
Dan
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Posts: 15637
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Both Xbox One and PS4 controllers work well with windows.

I prefer the ergonomics and wireless of the Xbox One, if you get the "Xbox Wireless Adapter" you can use the controller's native RF signal instead of messing about with bluetooth pairing, which can still be sketchy depending on your PC's bluetooth receiver (if it even has one, some mobos don't).

The PS4 controller is bluetooth only.

Both can connect via USB cable for wired play.

If you want to splash out, the expensive Xbox Elite Wireless Controller is unrivaled imo.

Re: game streaming from a PC to a TV:
Any PC with a recent (last 4 years) Nvidia graphics card can stream games to an Android device running the Moonlight app.
Steam in-home streaming works with any PC graphics card, and has both Android and iOS apps.

Not familiar with LG TVs, but heard they use their own proprietary WebOS, so I suspect there's no Steam or Moonlight apps available there, in which case you'd need a set top box, like the Steamlink, or any Android TV device like the Nvidia Shield, Xiaomi Mi Box or Vodafone TV etc.
Spook
Posts: 41449
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
i am just using balanced power profile, but have good gear in pc, so maybe that helps.
Scooter
Posts: 6648
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Mines got an uptime of 5 days now and haven't experienced the sleep/lock issue. Layouts/design always changes and usually just takes a while to get use to. Key mapping would be annoying but I don't have any that I've found changed yet (that I've used so far at least.) See how it goes I guess.
trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 39939
Location: Other International

Key mapping would be annoying but I don't have any that I've found changed yet (that I've used so far at least.) See how it goes I guess.
MS is supposed to be releasing a PowerToy for Win10 that lets you remap keys but it still hasn't landed yet
trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 39940
Location: Other International


The sequels are also good and often cheap. Personally I find them much better due to less QTEs.

Infact Rise of the Tomb Raider with Season Pass is $22 on Fanatical - https://www.fanatical.com/en/game/rise-of-the-tomb-raider-20-year-celebration

Not exactly a complete steal like Doom for $11 but still worth it.


caved and bought it. need something to fill these empty hours and I quite enjoyed the first one!
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