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It totally depends on a variety of factors to me. I've played 4 hour games that feel overly long cause they had about 2 hours of good content in them (Papy y Yo, for example), and I've played 100 hour games where I just wanted to keep going and wished there was more new things to see (Breath of the Wild).

Some examples of games that felt like exactly the right length for me were Spider-Man PS4, Titanfall 2's campaign, and Firewatch.

For me it just depends on how long a game is able to keep what it has to offer fresh, either by continually introducing new content, or by having mechanics that are compelling enough to warrant repeating activities.

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I just finished the third Malazan book (Memories of Ice) which was fantastic but those books are so enormous that I definitely need a break from the series before continuing on. Recently started the first Dresden Files book which is really fun so far as well as being a much easier and faster read.

Yeah they are not easy reads, for sure. I read through the main series several years ago (I think I have posts in this thread about it, actually). Earlier this year I have started a re-read of the main series along with all the other books in the series that I have not read. I think including the novellas there's something like 27 total books. Reading them all in chronological order cause I'm a crazy person.

I will definitely taking a break this fall when Stormlight #4 drops.

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We sit about 7.5' away from a 55" Vizio 4K HDR set. My last two TVs were also this size across a variety of apartments and now, a house. We've found 55" to be kind of our sweet spot- don't really need anything bigger, but would prefer this size over something smaller.

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Still happening to me also. Win 10, chrome user as well.

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Also only played Xenogears here, but man I just could not get through that game. I'll echo the comments that disc 2 is not great. I fell off probably 3-4 hours into that part of the game. I love way more than my fair share of old RPGs, but Xenogears just never clicked for me.

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#6  Edited By nophilip

I'm not nearly as down on the format as some people, but I do think that the ratio of recap/categories feels a bit off. At this point I think I'd prefer to see one of two options:

  1. Cut the recap portion down to 2 days and do 3 days of categories. I don't need the bloodthirsty knives out stuff so much, but I miss categories like Best Moment/Sequence and Hottest Mess.
  2. Split GOTY content into East Coast and West Coast. This many people in one room is A WHOLE LOT, and I feel like this change in format would give some of the less vocal people on staff more of a chance to participate. I loved getting to hear more from Jan this year on things like Kingdom Hearts and Pokemon, and this type of change would support that more. I feel like it would also give the East Coast a chance to maybe do a completely different style of GOTY content. As the West Coast seems to settle more and more in the direction of direct editorial coverage and East Coast is focusing more on wacky hijinks (both sides of which I love), it seems like East Coast could recapture some of the sillier categories that we used to have, while West Coast can continue the current format we've been seeing.

I will say that my favorite change to GOTY in recent years has been the new format for Best Music, with the built in expectation of playing clips. It's one of my favorite categories overall and I feel like this format is a much better way of giving each soundtrack its due.

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Breath of the Wild by a mile. No other game this decade gave me the raw sense of joy and discovery that that game did. Sure it has some problems, but its strengths far, far outweigh those in my book.

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#8  Edited By nophilip

My friend group has had a hell of a time trying to play this. Each of us have run into our own weird issues that are all inconsistent. Obviously the bad audio is there, but we're running into stuff like:

  • Party invites working maaaaaybe 1 out of 10 times (It takes us a good 10 minutes to even party up each night)
  • Absurdly long matchmaking times
  • 80% of the time one person in the group gets booted during the matchmaking process
  • 20% of the times we load up the campaign, at least one person has extremely laggy inputs

Very disappointing release overall. We've been hyped up for the chance to play Halo on PC (none of us bought Xboxes this gen), and figured that surely this incarnation of the MCC wouldn't have anywhere near the level of problems the console release did. At this point, I have basically zero faith in 343 and their ability to put out a functioning product.

At least the campaign is still fun when we can actually play it.

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Sekiro is my favorite game this year by a mile, but Fire Emblem, Outer Wilds, and Control are all must plays as well.

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I am the person that absolutely wanted more Celeste. Worked on the new chapter some tonight. It's really neat! I love the jellyfish mechanic a ton (really fun ways they have you abuse it). Stopped for the night after trying to bash my head against wavedashing for a bit and having it just completely kick my ass.