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    Gaming tropes that need to go away

    Here's one I think we can all agree on: characters not earning XP when they aren't in your party in an RPG. At best it means to use them again you have to do some tedious grinding to catch them up, at worst they fall so behind the rest of the team that you never use them again, which defeats the point of having a decent sized cast of characters. Everybody should earn XP (or be at worst only 1 level behind the main team). I think it would help encourage people to experiment more with different teams and skills. It would also get rid of that other terrible trope (more common in JRPGs) where you end up controlling a team made up of all the characters you haven't been using - who are woefully underlevelled.
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    Gaming tropes that need to go away

    I think for the purpose of making the game world feel like a game world, then yes, having a talking protagonist will improve that. Plenty of RPGs (that let you be different character types) are voiced just fine (obviously personal appreciation of voice acting not withstanding). I'd be interested how, in a linear game, you feel a silent protagonist is more effective? Genuine question.
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    Gaming tropes that need to go away

    This has been one of my annoyances when similar threads have come up before (I think it was terrible in Half Life too.) I don't think there's ever been a good implementation of it. Do you really project yourself onto a character? Whilst I personally find that notion quite strange (especially in games where you are shown what the character looks like), it worsens the rest of the script because everything then has to be explained as a one-way conversation with your silent protagonist, making everything sound unnatural and over-explained. It destroys the flow.
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    Metro Exodus - First on the Epic Store

    That's a strange reading of my post, but whatever and no, I'm not just asking for customer support (that was a specific example of Ashen I think - which was due on Steam - and the developers were saying to post on the Steam forum for support.) I actually find the Steam forums useful for tips and stuff and a lot of times a Google result takes you there. You don't like/use them? Ok, great. As for the "personal attack", no. Nothing has tempted me to their store yet so at the moment it doesn't impact me but to launch a storefront/launcher/service without cloud saves in late 2018 like they did is pretty indefensible. That they are adding them soon is something though and they've said they are doing something around the social aspect too (though not traditional forums) so we'll see what that brings.
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    Epic trying to beat Steam the wrong way?

    Is that right? I thought it was an EU directive that forced them to have a better refund policy?
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    Epic trying to beat Steam the wrong way?

    You can easily also infer from that quote that a large percentage of the player base have little interest in anything else other than Fortnite either, so it's quite possible that a lot of them will never have any interest in buying anything on any store. Whatever happens, it'll certainly be interesting to watch.
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    Metro Exodus - First on the Epic Store

    There is apparently one, can't think of the name of it though (so obviously this is not a helpful post). A lot of the ire in the ResetEra thread (it was about Rebel Galaxy being exclusive) was the fact that a) the developers were trying to present locked-in exclusivity - with the completely barebones Epic storefront - as being a good thing for consumers (rather than admitting they got offered good money to be exclusive - which is perfectly fine for them to do) and b) what possible reason would Epic have to actually add features to their storefront if they are happy to buy their way to having a healthy number of users? I presume they must be intending to add cloud saves at some point, but to launch without it is incredibly backward and shows a bit of contempt for customers, I think (directing people to the Steam forums to raise bugs and such because they don't offer any forums of their own is another farce). Over the years Steam has continued to add new features, even without having had serious competition - they haven't just sat still, making Epic's effort look even more lo-rent. Steam has a lot that can be improved (the storefront being the obvious one, better options for maintaining a wishlist another that bug me in particular) - but it is still a number of useful functions. If Epic being around changes the percentage cut that developers get then that will be good for all I suppose but otherwise the main draw they have is price (which I accept will be enough for a lot of people).
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    Metro Exodus - First on the Epic Store

    When the Epic store was announced there was a big thread on ResetEra about it. Most people didn't care about it being another launcher, but did care about the fact the Epic store has no features. For example - no cloud saving, no forums (players are directed to the Steam forums for a game to get feedback) plus other stuff. I don't know if the various areas are being fixed (I think they may have said they won't provide forums?) but that's the main issue with Epic money-hatting developers. It'll be interesting how Steam react now that Epic have made some big moves with big games (rather than the initial indie focus).
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    What games did you complete? 2019 Edition

    21/01/2019 - Adam Wolfe (PC) An episodic hidden object game where the actual hidden object puzzles were pretty light on the ground - it was more an adventure that dabbled. It wasn't bad. Spread over 4 episodes was an overarching story of supernatural detective Mr Wolfe solving some mysteries whilst the underlying theme was searching for his sister. The last episode was a bit ropy but in the main the story was okay, a lot of the puzzles felt quite logical (though of come some relied totally on 'game logic') and it didn't outstay its welcome. These types of games are ten a penny and they are pretty relaxed fare so they are something easy to play every once in a while (although this is only the second I've ever played) - so yeah. 22/01/2019 - Alan Wake (PC) I'll probably take some heat for this, but I really found this hard to get through and didn't enjoy it at all - so I uninstalled and read what happens in the DLC for it. I feel massively out of step with the general consensus on this, because I found the light mechanic interesting but ultimately fairly dull, I thought far too much time was spent in the forest (which looked the same from the first to the last time - it is just forest, after all), the story lost me (mainly because of too much just running slowly around bland environments with what felt like arbitrary reasons for doing so) and - whilst accepting that it's a 6-year old game - I don't think it looked all that great. Also, what really, really annoyed me was that I like to play third-person games with the camera over my right shoulder. You could toggle either in this but it kept constantly flipping to the left if you turned too much. A small thing, but having to constantly toggle it back really started to frustrate. I know it has plenty of fans (I've already been told I am wrong for not liking it) but I honestly don't know why and I feel like I'm missing out on something. Still, it's a game I've had for a long time that is now off my list, so there's that, but I'm not sad that there won't be a sequel. Previously completed:
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    Alan Wake: Tramp gamers, take a hike!

    I don't really consider it risk and reward because there's no reason to stay in any one place anyway - enemies don't respawn and only appear at trigger points. I'd say when to focus your torch to slow enemies down vs trying to run and dodge is more of a risk/reward component. As @Majora says, I might enjoy being around the town a bit more than the woods.
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    Alan Wake: Tramp gamers, take a hike!

    @Gizamaluke Ok, but why am I wrong? What do others enjoy about it?
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    Alan Wake: Tramp gamers, take a hike!

    I've started playing this (finished the far too long episode 3 last night) and am really struggling with it. I'm finding it very dull and whilst the central mechanic is decent, nothing interesting has happened with it. I also find all the forest looks pretty much the same so the environment isn't doing anything for me either. I'll finish it, mainly because I've got as far as I have, but I'm certainly not enjoying it a great deal. What am I missing?
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    Stellaris - "Make Space Great Again"

    That is an amazing price, I've been wanting it for ages, bought!
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    Nvidia Shield GeForce Now

    I have seen the 350Mb offering from Virgin and boy is it tempting...
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    Nvidia Shield GeForce Now

    By popular games you mean those that are currently in their library, right (about 200 currently and expanding)? @carlospie
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