Winsord's forum posts

#1 Edited by Winsord (1316 posts) -

Well, on Steam I've sorted my games using the categories feature, and backlog games end up under the category "[Games to Play]" (the brackets force it to the bottom of the list). Generally if I'm in between games, I'll just start trying stuff out from the backlog and see if anything connects. Usually I try to give games at least 2 hours, and by then I know pretty well whether I'm having fun or not. Generally the longer it sits in that list, the less likely I am to actually enjoy it.

I was in a similar situation with Rage specifically, it was just sitting in that list for so long. Finally I was in the mood to play a shooter, and in less than an hour I had decided I hated it. Just like that, a 15 hour game that had sat in my backlog for two years was gone. Things always end up in there with the intention of getting my money's worth, but the reality is after enough time has passed I just don't care; I've moved on. Periodically I just sort of reconvene with myself and consider two things: what am I playing now, and what do I want to play next (without looking at what I have available). Then I'll go to my backlog list and just start to purge things. Admittedly, most of the time the games I never play are from bundles, Humble or otherwise, so they're not hard to purge; I'm not impervious to bad Steam sale decisions, but those certainly aren't the reason why my library is so large (I'd swear about half of my Steam library consists of bundle games). Console games I tend to feel worse about, and they're not quite as easy to hide. I should really be playing that copy of Drakengard 3 I bought, but now it's looking like I probably won't get to it until February with all of the other things I intend to play before it.

At some point, you just need to be realistic about what you're likely to play and what's worth your time. If you have a large backlog and games aren't fitting into those categories, cut your losses and stop worrying about them/get them out of sight; if you really want to play them in the future you'll find your way back to them.

#2 Edited by Winsord (1316 posts) -

Well, perhaps it's a bit misleading, but pretty much anything resembling an article gets listed under "News", so all of the GotY lists and recap articles are there (here's day one's recap). The easiest way to keep track of the Game of the Year stuff is just to go to though, which should be in one of your promo spots on the home page as "All Our Game of the Year 2014 Coverage" (thumbnail for this link might also be misleading).

#3 Edited by Winsord (1316 posts) -

@handlas said:

Surprised to not see Horizon 2. Just bought it and enjoying it a lot.

Yeah, its absence surprised me too. I would have at least figured it'd be number 10, and looking at the list I certainly had the impression he liked it better than he did Trials Fusion, but I guess not!

#4 Posted by Winsord (1316 posts) -

Whilst the issues with AMD cards and their quality, both in terms of hardware and driver support, are largely hyperbole, AMD being the graphics manufacturer for the consoles right now effectively has no bearing on how PC games run. Although the similar performance of the NVidia cards come at a premium, you make a trade-off of not needing to have as much power to drive the card, nor does your case need to run as cool. The 290X is a great card that's going to be right for a specific subset of people (I've been plenty happy with my 7870 which was in a similar situation at the time, it idles low and the power consumption isn't an issue), but right now the 970 is pretty much the best way to go for most people looking for a new GPU in this market. The brand specific optimizations for games usually fall on gimmicks like PhysX or TressFX, which any good PC game will allow you to turn off, and mostly balance out the performance; sometimes AMD cards run better, sometimes NVidia cards run better, but it's often a crapshoot and unless something's really wrong, the difference is usually negligible.

#5 Posted by Winsord (1316 posts) -

@yukoasho said:

@nesa said:

Physical and digital distribution methods both have advantages and disadvantages, and realistically for most people they're going to be pretty even. Honestly, the best argument you can make for physical games at this point doesn't have anything to do with a loss of access to installation for two days out of the year, but rather game preservation for the future (assuming playing your games from generations past is important to you). Truly, the sensible thing is to keep both methods of acquiring games an option; there's not a right or wrong answer as it's a case-by-case basis.

Oh I still play old games. Games don't stop being fun once they're not new.

And I think everyone would agree that a hybrid market (a TRUE hybrid market, not just putting codes in stores or requiring online activation for physical releases) is the best, and honestly likely, outcome. There are going to be people, as you mention, for whom digital is fine. Good on them, and if DRM in games goes the way of DRM in music, I might welcome it a bit more. However, the prevailing ideology by digital-only zealots and much of the gaming press is that one has to preclude the other, and much like @meatball, I feel like it's little more than reveling in the idea that other people's needs will be ignored. There's certainly no reason not to have both, if only so people can buy a more permanent version of that game they bought for $1 on some Steam sale and ended up enjoying...

While I wouldn't ever expect it to happen, it'd be great if a digital copy/digital rights would just come embedded within the physical copies of games. As in, if there was just some local execution from the disk that would associate the game with your account, allowing you to download/run the game without the disk in so long as you were signed into your account (or on the same console as the account), then you'd get the advantages of both. Ideally, if you wanted to sell the game, or lend it to a friend, then the single active account would be able to be unauthorized from the physical copy and associated with the new owner.

Regardless, because of the reliance on the physical market currently for distribution as well as the used game market, it's hard to see the aspect of disks for console games going away soon. I don't think there's really anyone wishing away one form or the other though (as you refer to them, "digital-only zealots"), as any sensible person would agree that having the option to do what best suits the individual would be preferable over an absolute for everyone.

As for Nesa's point about the old games, I think their intention was that most people don't care. I'm sure a lot of people using a dedicated gaming site like Giant Bomb do, I certainly care myself, but I'd imagine if you look at most people who are buying games these days, they're almost never going to want to go back to older generations.

#7 Posted by Winsord (1316 posts) -

That Behemoth album is pretty good, but admittedly I haven't listened to much else from your list. Amusingly enough, I find I tend to prefer metal bands that others typically refer to as "Hipster Black Metal", like Liturgy, Deafheaven, Wolves in the Throne Room, etc. Usually what that means to me is that I like bands who are willing to blend, or push, metal subgenres. From your list, I figure I'll try out Thantifaxath and Agalloch. Metal in 2014 for me was:

#8 Posted by Winsord (1316 posts) -

I mean, my system IS always online. I don't have a big problem with that. The point is, the nag screen only just started showing up. I've had my Xbox One for several weeks now. Not sure if this is something everyone is experiencing or not.

I've had my Xbox One for about a month now, been a Silver member the whole time, and haven't once seen the nag screen. Did it start happening after a dashboard update or something? Regardless, that sounds pretty annoying.

#9 Edited by Winsord (1316 posts) -

The new Grouper was really nice. Her switch to focusing more on piano this time around helped to keep things interesting, and Clearing certainly serves as the Heavy Water/Living Room of this album. I enjoyed the new St. Vincent, though not as much as you, but seeing her live earlier this year was really fun. Mended With Gold was also a great outing for RAA, but I really liked Departing, perhaps even more than Hometowns.

For comparison, my list without explanations:

  1. Swans - To Be Kind
  2. Future Islands - Singles
  3. Sun Kil Moon - Benji
  4. Iska Dhaaf - Even the Sun Will Burn
  5. Kishi Bashi - Lighght
  6. Strand of Oaks - Heal
  7. Grouper - Ruins
  8. Mono - The Last Dawn & Rays of Darkness
  9. The Rural Alberta Advantage - Mended with Gold
  10. This Will Destroy You - Another Language

Honourable Mentions:

  1. Godflesh - A World Lit Only by Fire
  2. Death Grips - ****** on the Moon
  3. Moonface - City Wrecker (Would be in my top 10 easily, but it's an EP)

#10 Posted by Winsord (1316 posts) -

@winsord: Each rating is given by a single reviewer so they are pretty much irrelevant to awards voting. They show what one reviewer thought of one game and can't even be used to that single reviewer's opinion of those two games (nevermind the entire staff's opinion) unless the same person reviewed both games.

Yes, that's effectively what I said. There are only a few people on the GameSpot staff who would've loved, and have even played Divinity, so that's why it beat Mordor in the PC category and not the overall; for Divinity to have won the overall, it would be applying the opinion of a few to their whole staff, which would be akin to forcing the highest reviewed game to win.