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@majormitch: Hey thanks MajorMitch! It was a fun exercise to do. Yeah a 100 sure is a lot, but I quickly noticed it was hard to cut it down that far. It gets even tougher when I think of what I haven't played or haven't played enough of. Probably 75-100 on this list will get displaced before too long as I get to surefire big name games I haven't touched yet (like God of War, Super Mario Galaxy 2 and a couple dozen others)

It's extremely difficult to juggle more than 1-2 mp games at any one time just due to time management. So what I play mp wise is usually dictated by social availability. I seem to be unusual in that I have a fairly wide palette in terms of what genres I'm willing to play, so I find myself with a few different buckets of friends really who are into different stuff.

I've got a group of friends who like a co-op stuff, a group that likes more competitive things and group that gets together in person for some party game type semi-frequently. So what that looks like in practice, is there is a usually some competitive game I play a few nights a week (right now that's PUBG), when a new co-op game that comes out that friends want to play I'll go binge that with them (most recent one was Remnant, next one looks to be possibly Mindustry), then every couple months I'll go to a LAN party and we'll play a wide variety of things (from stuff like Quake, to Rocket League to Disco Derby Dodgeball and up next month is Wreckfest). My oldest friends and I play DOTA basically as a way to stay in touch these days as we are spread across the country these days.

So Multiplayer was my big surprise of the decade really. The majority of my gaming life I've overwhelmingly been a single player gamer. Never was into dorm room couch co-op or local split-screen more than an occasional social thing when those ruled the day. And while I liked those things, it wasn't my preference.

So historically at least 85/15 Singleplayer time wise for me. Multiplayer was more an unusual unexpected treat when it happened. Now it's almost 50/50, and honestly there's times where I play a lot more mp than sp.

I really feel it's the games and opportunities that have changed, not me. My habits are changing in response to where the innovation is changing in gaming and especially opportunity. If anything in my gaming age bracket, this isn't normally how life goes historically. But I think our options are different now and connecting with other players has never been easier. Especially for PC players.

Honestly the thing that's really changed my habits the most is Discord. Through it I essentially can find "pick-up" games of all sorts multiplayer games, like you would at the gym for Basketball etc with an ease that's never been possible previously. Stuff just happens organically thanks the ever constant chat presence of private servers. Previously scheduling times and finding people to play was just a nightmare. And it still kinda is on console.

I find that I have a new luxury in that I often need to turn down opportunities to play if I want to have any time to still play sp games. I've never been anywhere close to this social as a gamer and it's pretty much all thanks to that platform/tool. I don't know if this will continue indefinitely, but it's been about 4 years now since I really started using it in earnest and it hasn't slowed down yet. I know I'm very lucky to have some cohesive good groups of friends to run with in these games. Whatever happens it's been a lot of fun and I hope it continues to be fun for all involved.

I think the benefits of this increased connectivity of this era goes beyond the obvious stuff. Even things like Dark Souls (invasions, summoning help, clues), Dragon's Dogma (pawn system, Ur-dragon), Borderlands (online co-op campaign), Divinity: Original 2 ( a co-op D&D campaign!!), Super Mario Maker (sharing your creations) and even the Telltale games (seeing other people's choices) are decently enhanced by the prescence of connectivity. A lot of this stuff is so normalized now, we don't even think about it. But it really is quite extraordinary when you step back and look at what gaming is like now compared to 15-20 years ago. It's not just faceless deathmatching anymore. It's a lot more diverse and varied experiences now. And it's the mp gaming experience that's benefited the most. There was some nascent stuff going on in 2000's, especially in the MMO space. But it really bloomed and became ubiquitous in this one imo.

In recent years it's been super easy to focus on the well documented extreme negatives the internet has brought to our lives, but I don't think you can really fairly examine gaming from the 2010's without acknowledging all the profound positives it offered as well.

If you asked me in 2009 if gaming would be a big part of my social life, I probably would have been unable to suppress laughter. And yet here we are. Turns out those early adopters who spent a gabillion hours in EverQuest were onto something haha


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@devoureroftime: nice! I look forward to reading what formula you came up with!

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Oh dang, looks like you might going next level there

Do the colors in the columns have a certain significance?

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it’s a game wherein Kaname Date, a constantly horny cyber cop with his AI anime lady partner who is also his eyeball (Listen, it’s a lot) solves crimes by going into people’s dreams and deriving important clues from their subconsciouses (Listen, it’s a lot.

Alright, you sold me on this game.

Also your understanding of God Eater is correct. I'd also add in it's a lot more repetitive than Monster Hunter. Doesn't help that the first 2 games are Rezzed up PSP ports either




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I'm glad somebody else properly appreciates Fall of Cybertron !

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how did you end deciding to play FF II?

1 2, 7, X, XV might be one of the more eclectic selections from this franchise I've ever seen

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If you go for the DQH's again, I don't recall the Puff-Puff thing being totally random (I recall there was a way you could basically dramatically your odds, don't recall what it was), but the game also doesn't keep track of which characters you've proc-ed with it or not. It definitely got tedious fast

but yeah look into it, I think I got most of them pretty much on my first or second try everytime

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@sparky_buzzsaw Yeah it's a misfire for sure. I guess what bugs me is more the followup than the first tweet. As if mocking his speculated profession based off his appearance and them "not seeing it" somehow makes the snide remark more defensible.

The whole thing just comes across as punching down, and that's never good comedy in my eyes. Hopefully she realizes that and does better. I have to believe she will

You on other hand, I think did a beautiful job and got a lot of guts laying it all out there like that. Fwiw I've always felt you are one of the very nicest people on GB. I know that doesn't mean much necessarily when you yourself don't believe it, but I hope you can believe that I believe it.

Can't say I've got all my various problems solved or my love life in great shape, but I will tell you something that's made a fairly big difference in my life recently and that's losing weight (60 lbs and counting over the last 18 months). It's been amazing how much better I feel mentally after doing so. I expected the other benefits, but not how much clearer my thoughts seems to be. And oddly how much more positive it makes my outlook on life.

Took me a very long time to find something that worked and could actually stick to. For me it was a combo calorie restrictions (tracking on a phone app) and Intermittent Fasting. My diet's still terrible (I eat a lot of pizza) and I don't really exercise, but it surprisingly works. I've got 4 other friends roughly our age who have had similar results too, including one who is paralyzed from the waist down. I think also losing weight before you exercise is the right way to go, because as you lose weight your energy level picks up and movement becomes easier.

Another thing that I learned through this is just how much your body's weight swings wildly due to random amounts of water retention. So I find it's more helpful to look at weight based on weekly averages than any random mornings weigh in

Intermittent Fasting might be worth looking into if you haven't tried it. (ofc check with your primary care physician first to see if it's a good fit for you). There's a growing body of scientific evidence that shows IF really can be effective. I don't think it's some miracle cure, but what I think it does do in practice is it's easier to stay honest about not overeating if you stick to it without all the mental stress of calorie counting. I pretty much just eat two meals a day, and more or less myself eat what I want to in those two. It's a lot easier for me mentally to just do that, than try to micromanage calorie counts. I do count calories now, but at the beginning I was too overwhelmed to do that

Ofc eating healthier helps a ton too, I cut out all fast food and pretty much will only eat French fries once a month or so. But I didn't have to really do that until I lost 30Lbs or more. So you don't gotta be drastic to get a good start.

Won't claim it will solve even a significant portion of what you've been through or deal with. But every flood begins with one drop, every journey begins with the first step. Maybe that can help you some like it's been helping me some.

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@bobafettjm:

ah that makes total sense. I figured it couldn't have been the first, it just seemed so natural once I played it.

I probably played it wrong way, I just binged it in one go. It's probably best as something you peck away at. I bet it's wonderful on tablet

I hear ya man, it's definitely a 1st world gaming problem we all have. Pick up a zillion awesome sp games in a Steam sale, end up playing GAAS games 50%+ of the time instead haha

Ragnarok Online hunh? I wouldn't have guessed that one. What's the core of what that game does well in your opinion?

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@bobafettjm: Thanks man! Yeah it helps to be playing some shorter stuff. One thing I've learned over the years of doing this is that game length is hugely related to the number of titles I can clear in a year. Which of course makes sense if you take a few minutes to think about it. But yeah probably no more hours into games than I normally do, just playing shorter duration stuff than last year. Still got an outside shot at clearing 52 games this years. ~5 a month is doable without burning myself out.

Course it'd be a lot easier if I stopped playing PUBG 3-4 nights a week haha.

I did like Glass Masquerade! I heard it mentioned on the What's Good Games podcast by Kristine Steimer and was curious about it.

My first thought was "why has no one ever tried to make a jigsaw puzzle videogame before?".After playing it, it seemed like such a natural thing to exist.

My guess is somebody has and I'm just unaware of it. But really it's quite shocking to me that I've never encountered one before now.