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Yeah, the hype is real for sure. And that for a game which will probably be released on console first in 13+x months, and 1/2 year later for Windows.
 

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So, last week Cyberpunk 2077 won "Best Ongoing Game" at the 2023 Game Awards. That's kind of...stupid, because Cyberpunk 2077 isn't an "ongoing game"; it's not like an MMO or something that developers are continuously releasing new content for, it's a single-player game that was so broken when it was released in 2020 that it's taken them the last three years to fix all the bugs, finally only announcing the job done a couple of months ago with the release of a "2.0" version which was really just "1.0 but playable". From the sound of it, the fixed game is actually decent - I've heard the same thing about No Man's Sky - but that's about three years too late for the game to be eligible for Game of the Year, so the TGA guys had to just rules-lawyer an award for it from a different category that was intended for a very different type of game.

Speaking of broken at launch, lol. A game just came out 4 days ago called The Day Before, it has been one of the mostly hotly anticipated games for many months now, but the release is so disappointing and buggy that people, like a freaking LOT of people, are just outright declaring it a scam. As if to almost prove their point, the game's dev company Fntastic posted a notice declaring that the game was a "financial failure" so they are liquidating the company to "pay off the investors". Four days after launch. LOL....what???
 
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I assume that's because of Phantom Liberty, not the patches. They did just drop a sizable and well-reviewed DLC.
 

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Yeah, the hype is real for sure. And that for a game which will probably be released on console first in 13+x months, and 1/2 year later for Windows.
Two years last time. 2013 for consoles, 2015 for pc. I just reached a milestone in Online. I had stopped playing it somewhere in 2021, but earlier this year had my account hacked. I only noticed it because Social Club sent me an email about having changed my username. I knew I had not, so of course immediately went in to find my entire account sitting at $0 alongside missing other games like RDR2 and so on. After reinstalling the game, I could not even sign into it because Steam said it was registered to a different email. After much back and forth with Rockstar support, proving who I was, using my save files and such I got it back. The person didn't seem to have done much with it, other than gamble millions at the casino and sold a number of my vehicles.

Anyhow, I instituted 2FA and have been okay since. Apparently this particular thing is/was very common. They were taking over accounts that did not have 2FA. Some trickery in email address changing. If you have an acct that doesn't have 2FA, at risk.

In any event, as long as I had it installed, I went back in to play some of the DLCs that had come out since. I now have retired with exactly $1,234,567,890.
(Yes, when I got close to having that exact number, I ddi some buying to get it just right) despite there being a new DLC releasing tomorrow.

Bottom line, if they handle security as badly as they did with GTA Online, particularly with PC, I am not sure I want to even touch it. It's really bad now, worse than ever. They pretty much admitted defeat or just don't care in making it so you can do business stuff in an invite only lobby, which is what most prefer to do. That has left public lobbies with majority modders. These fucks take over entire lobbies with mod menus that are very powerful. It has things like tp'ing everyone in the lobby into one spot and killing them all over and over again, simultaneously. The menus are very powerful in what they can do now and Rockstar does nada. They also have a monthly fee now called GTA+ for PS5/XBox only. A subscription fee for a 10 year old game, lol. This is after they had many people re-buy the game 3 times on console?

So, yeah...the hype train is on for the 6th one, but I'm not all that hyped. Sure, I will play single player but might wait awhile, even after it finally comes to pc depending upon what kind of microtransaction fuckery is involved and there will be some.

It does look very cool, though. I admit Vice City was one of my favs and a return there is right up my alley. The graphics look pretty darn sweet and hey, first female protagonist, even if she shares the role, is also cool.
 
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I assume that's because of Phantom Liberty, not the patches. They did just drop a sizable and well-reviewed DLC.
Probably both. Even without the DLC it's almost a different game. You even got a patch just before Phantom Liberty came out. It almost like it's been remastered.

Now some sad news. James McCaffrey the Voice of Max Payne has died. :(
 

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Yes yes, what a damgerous hacker, going after those big companies and leaking screen shots and stuff.

Aren't there actual criminals to go after? Oh no, game leaks, spoooookey!
 
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Just like with music and television, the games industry has been slowly shifting towards the all-digital future for some time now, despite pushback from certain communities with concerns surrounding preservation and ownership. Unfortunately, it seems like the biggest publishers out there aren't concerned about the latter, as a Ubisoft executive recently stated that gamers need to get used to the feeling of not owning their games.

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Here is a woman who unknowingly at first is playing a grandmaster at chess. I don't know anything about chess except the rules. Scrabble is more my thing. The way she describes the game was exciting and gave me more appreciation for it.

 
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Too funny and entertaining. Trash talking 11 year old plays and wins.

 
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Hey look it's a Nazi-punching simulator, sign me tf up!

Of course, some people on X/Twitter are bashing it because it's mostly in first person. If it was in third person those same people would try to compare it to Uncharted and Tomb Raider so there was no winning on that part of the game.
 

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Of course, some people on X/Twitter are bashing it because it's mostly in first person. If it was in third person those same people would try to compare it to Uncharted and Tomb Raider so there was no winning on that part of the game.
I don't even get to watch Indiana Jones's ass all game, WTF even is this? What a wasted opportunity.
 

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Was inspired to get back into Battletech with the modern rules after seeing posts from a user in /r/TransLater
Used Christmas gift cards to pick up the AGoAC box. I present to you the....First Catgirl UwUlans on parade at a statue of the unit mascot.....Hatsune Miku. ;-)
Mechs are a Wolverine, Thunderbolt, Battlemaster and Commando.

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