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@shindig said:

Getting up early (or staying late) to grab GTA IV and MGS4 is the last time I felt desperate to play something. If you're looking for that feeling, you won't get it back.

That's a low blow

It is what it is, I guess.

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@m3ds334 said:

After taking them I realized that I approached most games like a chore list and wasn’t “playing” them. Now I take time to mess around in games, I poke and prod them.

That's exactlywhy I feel like games "don't exist" anymore - it's because, like you, I stopped the whole "backlog" chore approach somewhere around 2012, and started playing games that I enjoy only. The purpose of entertainment is entertainment, not catching up with internet strangers or trying to experience everything out there. I wouldn't put myself through a music album or TV series that fails to stimulate and amuse me, so why should games be different?

Suddenly my video game time dropped drastically. Games that actually respect my time and investment, and reward me with polished gameplay, actual creative effort from the developer, and a story that is well-paced, seem far and few in between.

I envy 25+ year olds who manage to maintain their teenage level of enthusiasm for this medium, because at 28 years I'm disappointed with the majority of the titles I try, and it's not about being jaded, I spend weeks on end not playing anything sometimes, but the medium continues to fail my standards, bar one good game here or there.

I tried Control for 45 minutes, Max Payne and Alan Wake are favorite of mine, but holy crap this game is a gruelling bore.

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Dying Light is eating up my time it's so much fun I'm surprised

Control was amazing for the first 20 minutes, and then suddenly became this bland limbo made of concrete walls. Just walk forward looking for the next door and..whatever. A couple of enemies to shoot, a couple of files to collect, a ton of great visual effects, no gameplay engagement whatsoever.

Sam Lake is so hell-bent on trying to revolutionize storytelling, and it's hurting his work. Control's story is excessively mysterious, enough to lose your attention rather fast.

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@rigas said:

Apex Legends, Judgement, Kingdom Hearts III, MK 11, Resident Evil 2, Sekiro, Bloodstained, Outer Wilds, Fire Emblem, Baba is You, and many others.

Then with Death Stranding, Doom Eternal, Links Awakening, and Pokemon Just around the corner.

Damn, I'm getting the feeling you get when a friend you've been buddies with for so long, becomes distant and strange to you.

Barely 3 of those titles interest me

I guess video games still do exist. Thanks for answering.

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#5  Edited By Howardian

from my couch while playing at full 1080p on my 56" home theater projector from the comfort of my couch

sounds like heaven

crysis 2 marathon

sounds like hell

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@kingloo said:

Slee. Ping. Dogs.

No more pork buns. :(

This one hit deep

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To me he's this American dude who existed within a world that revolves around video games, and he said interesting things about those games, and had funny remarks.

It was fun to play video games while seeing Ryan and Jeff say things about them, they said good things, and their quick looks revolutionized how I make decisions about buying games.

The fact that it's been 6 years really makes you understand how strange and surreal life is. Like, it says "2013," that was a long time ago. I was still new in university, Guardiola had only left Barca a year ago, Interstellar hadn't come out yet, and my brother didn't have 3 kids yet.

Good thing I'm drinking whiskey on my day off.

Here's to the American guy with the beard and shorts, who said fun things about video games.

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It's astounding to me that I've been playing games since 97 (on PC and PS2) and I can barely recognize any of the names here (never played Nintendo).

I understand that Nintendo was big for ya'll when you were children, but it appears literally every one of you played Nintendo exclusively as children! I guess Nintendo ruled the globe back then.

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Most people don't read the OP if it's very long, and they just comment on the subject (which is GTA IV in this case). Just a friendly suggestion that you trim your OP to a length that will encourage people to read your words, and not just scroll down to make a comment.

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#10  Edited By Howardian

For me, 3 of the most outworldly experiences I ever had, which are S.T.A.L.K.E.R Shadow of Chernobyl, Max Payne 1-2, and Just Cause 2, feel so rare, nothing has come close to them since.

  • Just Cause 3 and 4 in my personal gaming agenda have nothing to do with 2, the world is too flat and the missions are straightforward and boring. JC2 felt like a colossal chaotic open world, with high dark mountains and mysterious jungles, I lost myself in its sandy deserts, fighting or evading the enemies.
  • The Metro games are fun but have nothing to do with walking through the Zone trying to survive. Even the ST.A.L.K.E.R sequels, while fantastic, fail to replicate the wild feeling of the first.

I would pay double the price to be able to have a similar but more contemporary experience to Just Cause 2 or Shadow of Chernobyl, but it doesn't seem like it'll happen.

It's not the end of the world, but it feels a little tragic knowing those experiences will never be replicated long as I live. What are your unique gems?