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Effin' Ambitious

Watching this play-through gets me all sorts of giddy. This brings to mind the amount of emergent gameplay that is bound to occur with a fully modeled universe like this. When you make a bunch of piece parts that can interact with each other... and finding equipment like they do in this. I ... well, my mind is blown.

When I say "ambitious" I'm usually downplaying someone's effort. In this case, I think it is truly applicable.

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No Man's Sky: The Completionist's Nightmare

No, seriously. The game isn't addiction for it's story content, but how scale-able those accomplishments can go. At some point, it feels a bit hollow, you're doing the same thing over and over again, hopping from settlement to settlement, researching words, and building up your equipment.

But the fact that each step has a carrot on a stick that wants you to leave where you're at to continue the adventure, forces me to let go of productive planets and look toward the next solar system.

There's always something that needs doing: "I'll just get this resource so I can build this thing", "That transmission led to me a crashed ship, now I have to fix it", "I need just 200,000 more units to get the next exosuit upgrade". And that constant churn has left me bleary eyed each night since it released.

They hit all the right buttons for my brain. But it feels more like compulsion than enjoyment, most times. Because I also see the "hollowness" of playing in a near endless, procedurally created universe. You don't have an impact outside of naming. And, while I'm not trying to be overly existential, I guarantee that the end of the game will be something that gave you the illusion of doing something, and pat you on the back for it.

I love the thought behind it, though. It has the soft spoken wonder of what you find as you peruse the universe and its different races. The tone of that wonder often reminds me of games like HALO and Destiny. But the subtle music ambiance reminds me of The Division in calling attention to your surroundings without announcing itself.

This is very much an Indie-minded game with a big production workhorse polishing the rough edges. And while there is still the Indie charm, which likely means that Hello Games retains the creative process. But that AAA cost is a big barrier to entry to buy a ticket to the universe.

I'm not sure I'd buy it for full price if I would choose it again, but I'll definitely get my money's worth.
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Seriously. Right now, I'm socializing with the family, but I've got this itch to see if I could find more materials... Ugh.
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This is very important to VR

There must be a better way to move around in VR without jarring, immersion breaking protocols. Movement not initiated by the user will prompt you to stumble as you try to correct. Other approaches put you in a vehicle or contained area where you can look around your play space which remains independent of your head movement. Unfortunately, a game you can't walk around and explore isn't fun.

In action games, you need to be able to move around quickly like you were punching direction keys on a keyboard or gamepad, allowing you to walk backwards while facing forward... without triggering motion sickness and stumbling around in your VR space.

Doom has a methods that fits the gameplay that send to accommodate this kind of action... That works! There need to be others that approach it creatively, too, without being an obnoxious click warp fest.

I hope, and expect, to see more on this front in the very near future.
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Oo! That sounds like a blast. 
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Started playing XCOM 2 again.

Good times. +Jürgen Hubert showed up and saved the VIP and saved the day. He was at death's door after a tactical error, but came out with guns blazing. No doubt he'll be in the hospital for a bit.
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Starting Them Young

Following the example of many others on the interwebs, my son has decided that he wants to be a YouTuber. Now, I don't know how I feel about that ... considering the fact that he's only 7.

But this may end up being a good life skill when it comes to showing how to properly present yourself and how to edit your movies and how to perform proper voice overs.

... Or I could just be lying to myself in order to get involved because it sounds like a lot of fun.
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Hehehe, yeah. That's pretty much what I'm expecting...

I'm going to be hooking the kids up with XSplit and see if this is a good idea at all. :) I might actually be doing things like. "Show me how to play this game..." And recording the experience over a hangout. We'll see... we'll see.
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"Cara Mia!"
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Skool Daze

Do you ever feel that you were born far too early and missing some of the coolest tech out there? I can see now that my childhood was me wandering in a land of tech barrenness.

At least I can live vicariously through my kids. :D
 
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For all the crazy that seems to come out of my home state, this is a diamond in the rough. Utah has a strong culture of nostalgia, from music to gaming.

And this is about 15 minutes from my house!
Co-owner Michelle Bergmann said they hope their formula for success will include the arcade’s soda bar — “they’re really popular in Utah” —...
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YES!

Read: Go watch Stranger Things.
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If you've got the horsepower for it, this is worth the ~25GB download. It's a complicated space flight sim, though, be prepared! I'd recommend using your Mobi-glass and selecting the ICC Probe missions right off, just to get a flavor for what's coming up.

Also, wandering around Arc Corp is a pretty fantastic experience.
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I just spent the most enjoyable hour and a half I've ever had with Star Citizen. It's really coming together. There are plenty of bugs still, but the seamless universe is really starting to take on some incredible polish.

I can wait to do some mad caravanning with friends!

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These are mine. That means this is my day.

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I'm a do-it-yourselfer, writer, problem solver, recovering Pirate, avid technologist, and a seeker of wonder... whatever that may be. I'm at the mercy of whimsy.

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