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I just realized that they haven’t posted a Ben and Jeff call-in show podcast since October 3rd. Did they spin out the show into its own feed now? What title is it under?

As an aside, I thought a great title would be The Giant Bomb Fallout.

Anywho, love the show, can’t wait for more!

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No season pass holders out there huh? :)

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Just curious if there's any new details on this? :)

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@DrSwank: You mentioned co-op and your wife, but Destiny doesn't have local co-op. Do you have two Xbox's in your house? Or you're playing online with your nephew and swapping out with your wife?

Yeah we bought another Xbox One once I learned that if you buy digital games on Xbox Live, you can play ONE COPY on TWO XBOXES, SIMULTANEOUSLY!

So we bought the Destiny DG edition for $67. Works out to about $33.50 for each person, and that includes both expansions. :):)

Gotta love this new Xbox Policy!

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@rethla said:
@DrSwank said:

Regarding Halo and its missions, I think your memory and nostalgia of Halo's missions may be covered with rose-tinted glasses. I just played the Halo MCC campaigns with my wife, there are many similarities between Destiny and Halo, that is obvious, but to say that Destiny's missions are worse is false. There is currently more of Halo, thus Halo has been developed for over a decade, but even with that long development, I've enjoyed my time with Destiny far more than any Halo moment, but this too is subjective, as is your opinion about it. I think after a decade of development, Destiny will be far and away a superior game than Halo, but that's me speculating.

Well all to their own ofc. but my time in Destiny made me buy my first microsoft console in over 10 years just becouse Destiny slightly reminded me of how good Halo was. Now im playing the MCC and im perfectly happy with passing Destiny to the shelf forever. The mission designs, the weapons, the vehicles, the on same screen coop, the music, the grenades and their wacky physics and chain reactions. If you are purly looking for FPS gameplay you dont ever need to play any other game than Halo CE.

Halo 2 Anniversary remaster is pretty awesome too I must say. :)

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@kcin said:

@pyrodactyl: How was I to know you were "supposed" to do anything in Destiny? How is anyone at this point "supposed" to know how to do anything in Destiny? Go to a Reddit? I know there are better ways to do things, now. I didn't then, because the game itself doesn't explain anything about its systems. Maybe there's even a super fast way to get rep that a player devised. I played the game as it was presented to me by the developers, and even getting reputation took an extremely long time. Working around the game was a very frustrating experience.

This is coming from someone who, in the end, DID eventually go to Reddit to find the fastest means with which to accomplish specific leveling goals, signed up for a mailing list that notifies you when the merchant is selling rare fusion rifles, and manipulated bounty distribution by receiving and completing them at a specific late-night hour.

I think the same could be said for any game and launch with complex systems. Another example of this is Dark Souls 2, or probably any MMO for that matter, not that I would know. But, with any game, the longer the game is out, the more these things are known. But yes, I think games in general tend to suffer from over-sight of explaining certain features to the player, thus FAQs and walkthroughs exist. I'm not defending Bungie's actions, as much as I'm trying to put it in perspective, as all devs suffer from this. Playing through Shadows of Mordor this year, I had the same problem. Whether Bungie purposefully omitted this information to confuse players knowing that it would prolong gametime and instill frustration is unknown, but I'd like to think they just assumed people would figure it out, which the community at large has, and arguably, the people who have figured it out probably enjoyed the challenge of figuring it out, or being among the first to figure it out. Just my 2 cents.

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@rethla said:

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I know 343 is trying hard, but the team at Bungie is doing something special, and are doing for MMO's on console with Destiny that they did with first-person shooters on console with Halo CE. I think largely their achievements here have been over-clouded by a very staunch MMO crowd. I've never liked MMO's though, but I love this.

That doesnt go very well with you describing how you are activly avoiding the MMO parts of Destiny and playing it like it was another Halo.

Also people who are pulling the argument that all you did in Halo was playing the same missions over and over again but without reward. Sure alot of people did that but those missions where and still are superior to the Destiny missions with or without rewards.

I never said that I was actively avoiding the MMO parts. I don't like MMO's though, as I've tried many over the last decade, but I like how Bungie has siphoned and truncated the MMO parts to appeal to a non-MMO gamer.

Regarding Halo and its missions, I think your memory and nostalgia of Halo's missions may be covered with rose-tinted glasses. I just played the Halo MCC campaigns with my wife, there are many similarities between Destiny and Halo, that is obvious, but to say that Destiny's missions are worse is false. There is currently more of Halo, thus Halo has been developed for over a decade, but even with that long development, I've enjoyed my time with Destiny far more than any Halo moment, but this too is subjective, as is your opinion about it. I think after a decade of development, Destiny will be far and away a superior game than Halo, but that's me speculating.

Regarding the lack of loot and Halo, well, I've always wanted Halo to be more of a customized journey with loot, so Destiny is giving me the Halo I've always wanted. :) Cheers matey, thanks for the response!

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@kcin said:

keywords: "New player"

It is my opinion that the smartest thing a trial player can do is stop playing when they have exhausted the trial.

I disagree, as I've had way more fun after I purchased the game, then any experience hitherto.

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After level 25, you cannot level up by simply playing the game and doing well. You do, indeed, need to grind for gear, which has Light, with which you can level up. I very much enjoyed Destiny until I needed to get gear to level up.

I'm confused and curious by what you said prior though, as after you reach lvl 25, you must grind for gear with light, however, what confuses me most is why you need to progress passed lvl 25? What in the game is causing the need to push to above 25? I just unlocked strike playlists, which ups the difficulty on old strikes, which I'm super excited about, but even that caps at lvl 22. Also, can one not acquire gear simply by playing and enjoying Crucible? What counts as grinding? I presume that the use of the word "grinding" insinuates playing without having fun, thus grinding must be corollary to playing PvE content over and over again, as certainly MP doesn't count, as that content is always different, and by its nature should be always fun, should one find fun in it? Thanks for your input!

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@cornbredx: Arguably, the only thing I said that is condenscending is in the last paragraph, but as much as you may disagree, finding self-worth within a video game isn't psychologically healthy, and are signs of addiction or other unbalanced mental states. I studied addiction and video game addiction in college, and even interviewed the formost authority on video game addiction in the world, and as much as you think what I said is condescending, your defensiveness could indicate your cognitive dissonance. Conclusively, scientifically, finding self-worth and playing games to feel satisfaction about real life is unhealthy.

Consuming entertainment should always be for fun, can be healthy as escapism in small doses, but is unhealthy to associate feelings self-worth in one's own life. However, ignoring mental science to serve your own perspective is certainly your own choice.

At the end of the day, the purpose for writing the OP is more for the "Drew Scanlons," i.e. the casual Halo gamers among us, who, like me, enjoy Halo, and haven't tried Destiny yet, and wanted to outline for a a new player to Destiny, that if you enjoy Halo, then you very well could enjoy what Destiny offers, despite the negative rhetoric swirling about, inasmuch rhetoric associated with the hardcore WoW-ish Destiny players, thus if said casual gamer who likes Halo may like Destiny for the reasons I listed in the OP. Cheers matey!