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I think they meant guaranteed income prior to selling the game, since they had no way of knowing how successful (if at all) the game was going to be once released.

John Jacob Astor IV, lost in the Titanic, wrote 'A Journey in Other Worlds' - a scifi novel in 1894 (en.wikipedia.org)

A Journey in Other Worlds: A Romance of the Future is a science fiction novel by John Jacob Astor IV, published in 1894. Overview The book offers a fictional account of life in the year 2000. It contains abundant speculation about technological invention, including descriptions of a worldwide telephone network, solar power, air...

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John Jacob Astor IV (July 13, 1864 – April 15, 1912) was an American business magnate, real estate developer, investor, writer, lieutenant colonel in the Spanish–American War, and a prominent member of the Astor family.

Probably explains why the description of the book sounds like American power fantasy. Interesting to hear of sci-fi from so long ago though.

RE: Is Ernest still here? (kbin.social)

I check in here quite often, but for now, I'm just focusing on clearing spam and keeping the instance alive. In January, I was working on the AP module, and there has been significant progress in the work, which hasn't been publicly published yet. Unfortunately, at the beginning of the year, I developed a skin condition that...

JowlesMcGee,
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Hate to hear all of that was happening, but hopefully these two procedures will be the final step needed to get healthy.

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I'm not super active on kbin, but I've never seen anything from Pug to suggest they're a bad person. On the contrary, they're probably one of my favorite posters on here, at least in terms of the content they bring. I also respect anyone here who actually posts content and engages in conversations. It's more than most (myself included!) can say.

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It's possible to enjoy problematic media for parts of it that aren't problematic while still acknowledging there are issues with what you're enjoying. Especially for things made in the past, where societal standards weren't the same as they are now.

I think this is especially true for video games, which have both story/visuals and game play. I could sympathize if someone found the game play of an older game very compelling even in the face of problematic story/visuals. Likewise, I can understand someone not enjoying a game specifically because they find it's story/visuals offensive.

At the end of the day, as long as you can understand that a part of older media would be found as offensive to people today, understand why those parts are offensive, and know that those parts aren't ok for modern media, then you're good.

On the flip side, if you specifically, unironically enjoy these games for those parts, then yeah, you're probably racist.

Edit: and in respect to your other posts here, I'll add this: my understanding is that the mod was specifically targeting only that disclaimer, which means the mod maker specifically disagreed with the disclaimer. That is what makes it racist. If it skipped all intros in the game (which it sounds like it didn't), or if the game didn't have a built in option to turn that disclaimer off (which it sounds like it does) then people wouldn't have as much of an issue with the mod.

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Correct, the PSP game got a remake that's been out for a bit.

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Interesting, I hadn't heard of this before. I'm not sure how I feel about the environments in the trailer. I think the game looks largely visually appealing, but the trees/snow/rocks seems to clash with the character models.

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I'm almost willing to bet they'll release a Golden/Royal version a year or two after this version that has the portable content in it, if they do anything with the portable content at all. They wouldn't do something so consumer friendly as release it as dlc, they'll make you rebuy the entire game instead.

What are some alternative to soulless videogame franchises?

What I mean is… sometimes people are very loyal to a videogame franchise or a company because they loved a game they released years ago (Silent Hill/Konami with Silent Hill 2, Blizzard/Bethesda with their respective golden eras, some could argue this happens too with Pokémon and Final Fantasy, etc). Ethical/consumer reasons...

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I can second Thumper. I bought it on a whim, and have since bought it several more times for more devices. It's such a satisfying game to play. I had no idea about the Harmonix connection, but it makes total sense now that you've said it.

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Very excited to see this finally released. As glad as I am that it's free, I wish Sony or From could have given it their official blessing and partnered with her so she could sell it and make money. She's put a ton of work into this and the PS1 Demake, and I wish she could have gotten paid for her effort. She deserves it

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I checked the website listed in the video, and it looks like it says there will be local split screen!

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I hope you do play it someday! I think it's definitely a game you have to be in the mood for, but when it clicks it's an amazing experience. But I also think it's really easy to bounce off of it too

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After you finish the witness, you should try The Looker. It's a free parody of the witness that's also pretty good as a puzzle game in its own right. Though, like the witness, I didn't finish it either.

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I've been playing some Mario Wonder too (both co-op and single player). I'm not the biggest 2D platformer fan, but I think it does a pretty good job. I'm surprised at how difficult some of the levels have gotten so far (4 and 5 star difficulty levels ain't no joke). I'm not sure if I'll finish it, but there's fun to be had for sure.

I'm also closing in on finishing Chrono Trigger for the first time. I'm enjoying it, though I think the PS1 and PS2 era JRPGs are more up my alley. This game definitely oozes charm though, and I can see why many consider it a classic. After I beat it I'll probably try Chrono Cross again, though last time I tried playing it the game froze twice early on just talking to people...

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I think so, though there are some optional levels they may struggle with. If they play as Yoshi they won't take any damage, which might help. Alternatively, someone more experienced could play as Yoshi and the kid could ride the Yoshi through some of the more challenging spots.

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Hopefully this version has less buggy multiplayer.

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Possibly, I've only ever played the version of the game currently on steam. The multiplayer is impressive for what it is, but I would love to see it be more properly implemented with this remaster.

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You can say someone gave a poor performance in a specific instance without implying they're overall a bad actor.

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Jelloapocalypse plays games with his friends. He also has highlights up on his main channel if you'd prefer something more edited.

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Gonner and Gonner 2 have similar color palettes, if that counts

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In response to cyber punk though, it's entirely possible for gameplay to be bad enough that even a good story can't save it. Personally, I had a problem getting invested in cyber punk's story because I just was not enjoying the moment to moment gameplay. Each person has subjective opinions on where that line is, so I think it's fair for someone to judge it even after just a few missions (though I agree, it might be they enjoyed it more if they gave it more time)

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39.6% of players have beaten the final boss of Elden Ring. Considering how huge the game is, and how difficult it can be, I found that to be a surprisingly large number of people. I'm not sure how that compares to dark souls 3, but Dark Souls 2 has about 33% completion and dark souls 1 (prepare to die edition) has less than 25%

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You can argue half life, but Deus Ex and Thief are the quintessential "immersive sim" forbearers (along with system shock 2). When they say sim, they mean the game reacts to play action in ways that aren't predetermined or scripted. The idea is they value player agency and their impact in the game world over pre-set events

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I'm not sure what this is, is this a new game or a remake of one? Also, I don't speak Japanese, but it looks like you're playing a young Sephiroth?

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Oh, that's incredibly disappointing. I was worried it was something like that. I also hate gacha mechanics, so I guess I'll give this one a pass. Maybe they'll release this as a standalone title without the gacha mechanics.

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Not to mention family sharing. I'm not sure of another PC store front that does the same, but it's been a bit help with my friends in being able to show games to each other and letting us try things before buying, similar to sharing discs back in the day.

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You're right, they should be held accountable. Unfortunately, the easiest and most effective way to hold them accountable for the average person is to not blindly trust them. There just isn't good forms of recourse for us to challenge things like this when it happens, so the best bet is to not preorder things so that they have to prove it is what they say it will be.

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For those that don’t want to click, the release date is early 2024

JowlesMcGee,
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Yeah, pretty much. A little misleading from the headline

Do you find the description Live Service Game off-putting?

Over the years, there’ve been various red flags in gaming, for me at least. Multi-media. Full-Motion Video. Day-One DLC. Microtransactions. The latest one is Live Service Game. I find the idea repulsive because it immediately tells me this is an online-required affair, even if it doesn’t warrant it. There’s no reason for...

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I mean, there are examples where the multiplayer should be optional and thus force the game to be live service. For instance, Diablo 4 should be perfectly playable single player, offline, yet it's live service and to my understanding requires an Internet connection

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I did, and it's great. Really helped to have it somewhere I don't also work.

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Quite a few really good deals here! Some thoughts/recommendations:

13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim. This is a very good price for the game, so much so I'm tempted to buy it again after losing my PS4 copy. I haven't played it on the Switch but I've heard the performance is fine, with a little slowdown during combat sections. The game is 70% visual novel with light adventure game puzzle solving, 30% tactical combat. I loved both parts, and think the story is great overall.

Immortals Fenyx Rising. For the price, the game is absolutely worth it. It's an Ubisoft take on Breath of the Wild, with a Greek Mythology focus for the story. The humor can be a little hit or miss, but I thought the combat was better than Breath of the Wild and I remember enjoying the puzzles and exploration more, on the whole. Breath of the Wild has higher highs than this game, but Immortals was a more consistent enjoyment for me.

Civilization 6. I haven't played the switch port, but the game is overall really good. It's a turn based strategy game where you pick a real life civilization and then develop them over the course of millennia. The late game tends to be a little same-y (if you've made it that far you're likely doing fine in game), and the difficulty settings give the AI more advantages without really making them smarter, but I've put over 100 hours on the game on PC because there's a ton of repairability.

Pheonix Weight Ace Attorney Trilogy and Great Ace Attorney. The pheonix wright games are basically visual novels where you play as an attorney trying to prove his clients' innocence. The original trilogy largely holds up and can still be enjoyed by newcomers, but the Great Ace Attorney has a lot of quality of life improvements that probably make it the easier entry to start with. The Great Ace Attorney is also set 100-200 years before the original trilogy, so you can play either without needing the other.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole and The Stick of Truth. If you like South Park, these games are worth the price. Some people prefer the combat in the first game, but I recall really liking the combat in the second as well. I also think the story did a better job of being it's own thing in the second, whereas in the first game it felt like it was referencing the show too often without being original often enough. Either game is worth picking up though, especially if you like the humor of the show.

Ys VIII. A surprise hit for me after impulse buying years ago. It's an action jrpg where the action is very arcade-y (in a good way). The story starts out about a group of people getting shipwrecked on a deserted island. Part of the fun in the early game was finding the castaways and building up your little base on the island. The story eventually develops into something really ridiculous, but by the time it got there I was along for the ride. Worth a try for jrpg fans.

Persona 4 Golden. Another good jrpg, this one is about a highschooler who has moved to a small town from the big city and tries to settle in. At the same time, murders start happening throughout the town, and the main character and his friend get roped into solving the mystery. The game is LONG, as a warning, but generally managed to keep my attention the whole way through. Personally, while I still enjoyed the game overall, I do have to say that as someone under the LGBTQ umbrella, some parts of the game bother me. One of the first characters you get is constantly homophobic, to the point I constantly hated him (some people theorized he's in the closet, but even if that was the original plan with the character, all we get in game is his constant homophobia). There are two other characters who in theory should be LGBTQ, but the game never commits to their Identities, so they're in their weird space where it's so easy to read them that way, but the actual text of the game would imply it's nothing. Also, romance is a decently big side story to the game, but you can only romance women (which might not be a negative for most, but bothered me). Overall though, I still enjoyed my time with the game and think it's worth playing.

AER: Memories of Old. A game where you fly around and discover secrets of the past. I played this years ago on PC, but remember enjoying it. Not much more to say, other than at the price it's worth a shot if the trailers at all look interesting.

Battlechef Brigade. A fun match up of 2D hack and slash gameplay with match 3 puzzle solving. The art is really cute too. The story is interesting, but I seem to recall it falling a bit flat for me near the end. Still, the price is absolutely worth it.

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Got any sort of summary? I've never heard of this game, much less any drama around it.

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I was considering getting it for my steam deck. If you don't mind me asking, how bad was the performance?

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Not the person who said it, but yes, it's sarcasm

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I started playing Quake 1 for the first time a few weeks ago, and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to this remaster so I can give the second one a try

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