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#1  Edited By Tom_omb

All, of the above, but also none of the above. Only one of these options really acknowledge the existence of digital and it's absolute. I'm mostly digital. I'm not above a DVD, Bluray is good too. The appeal of disks is really the features. I don't have the space or the desire to spend money to buy disks very often.

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It's been happening to me too for quite some time. Win 10 Chrome. There were a couple days were I reached a Lucia Deer error page by navigating to notifs through my profile. Today that started working, but the bell icon was always broken. I have quite a few lists.

Also, as a side note, blocking out the entire tool bar to show the error is annoying from a user experience level. Unless that's there to prevent the tool bar use that may cause further errors.

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@sombre: I agree, but every now and then the right game can hook you. I mentioned that because, looking back, I loved the game despite the time I put into it. At the time it was a really hard decision to put the game down, the fights were just so damn hard. Maybe you love a tough boss fight and are less of a explorer and a collector than I am.

It's hard to tell what that game will be without knowing your tastes. Resident Evil 2 and Into the Breach are two games on your list I've sort of fallen off of.

RE2 is so relentless and stressful, it barely gives you a moment of reprieve. It was too much for me, but some people love how it doubles down on unforgiving old fashioned survival horror.

Into the Breach is a game I respect, and still occasionally play. It's decent fun moment to moment, simple, elegant, and matches are short. Yet, sluggish rogue like progression is not for me. I gain very little in between games, and even that is very easy to loose. It relies on learning the game and becoming a more skilled player before you can achieve the goals.

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Ape Out, you can beat in about 4 hours, that's a quick one to knock out. Untitled Goose Game will take a bit longer, but it's another quickie. It has more variety and charm than Ape Out.

Breath of the Wild! I'm shocked you haven't played it if you have it on Switch. It's a time sink, but time well spent. The freedom of exploration that world allows is unparalleled. There's a million things to do, but it's up to you how many of them you want to do. My favorite game this generation.

@banefirelord I like that about BotW. I feel RPGs are bogged down with complex systems and multiple upgrade paths. Zelda gets at the essence of what makes makes games fun, trimming the fat. This elegance is why I love Nintendo so much.

Hollow Knight is another game that stands out on your list. There's always someplace to explore, and upgrade to find, when the path is blocked with a difficult boss. Until there wasn't, I never finished it, but I loved the 60 hours I spent with it.

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@mylifeforaiur: Yeah, Deponia, is very much cut from the same cloth as Curse of Monkey Island. I liked it, but don't think I got around to the sequels. I bought a bundle of their games, I should give them another shot.

Something was definitely lost with Escape from MI, but I have nothing against 3D games. Grim Fandango was my first, and still my favorite, of the genre. It was the reason I discovered MI. The imagination, world building, atmosphere and characters in that game still blow me away.

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The Curse of Monkey Island - https://youtu.be/zfAo3O2qZR0?t=943

It's gorgeous and very witty. It's the best Monkey Island. Fight me.

Curse of Monkey Island is my favorite of the series too! I love the 2D art! It may have been the first game I played that really looked like a cartoon. Just as funny and well voice acted too. That was the dream, back in the mid-90s. For better, and worse, 3D took over. Even today I relish the rare well made game with cartoon aspirations.

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No, besides GB Premium and sometimes some mainstream games/movies/tv shows are advertised on podcasts that I would have patronized anyway. I have been turned on to other free podcasts through ads. I basically don't buy things, and if I do I usually go to a physical store. Although, some things I hear advertised seem kinda neat, and may consider some day.

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@ginormous76: I did eventually do that, but it was kind of too little too late. I still may return, but I've been trying to get through the first REmake since the GameCube version. Over a year ago I tried the PS4 version of RE1 and fell off. I loved RE7 early last year and I felt I was ready for RE2 last month. I guess I shouldn't be surprised. The ammo scarcity and enemy resilience of the remakes' brand of survival horror really tests my patience. One day, maybe.

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Sometimes, lately, I have the best intentions to play a game, I tell my self "this is the game I am playing right now." Then... I don't touch it, or any other game for days, or weeks. My will can't live up to my intentions. Resident Evil 2 is a recent example. I love the exploration in those types of games, but the gameplay is too stressful. The enemies are virtually unkillable, there's no relief from the tension.

I relate with the feeling that games are too long, and demanding of your time. I have a bit of an open world fatigue in recent years. I like playing a short indy game every once in a while.

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#10  Edited By Tom_omb

As a kid (I was born in 85) I games were very social. I played NES at daycare, and friends' houses a lot. It seemed like the NES was a staple at any house I visited, but I didn't have a console till the SNES. That social trend continued, I didn't play games to beat them, more just that experience of passing the controller and for fun. Although, I was an only child. I didn't have a lot of games, a few Mario games and some bad licences games. Still I played fighting and sports games with friends.

When I got a N64 things changed a bit. My friends didn't have consoles, but we still played a lot of multiplayer games like Mario Kart and Goldeneye. I was more aware of what games were worth playing and read gaming magazines. Mario 64 was probably the first game I ever beat. I began to become more of a completionist and fell in love with single player games, like Zelda.

After the N64, my friends weren't as interested in games and I became more of a single player guy. Although we did still play Perfect Dark fairly regularly for about 10 years. The primary exception being WoW, in the early days I was very guild focused. Even that I play as an essentially single player game now when I return for each new expansion for a little while.

In the past decade I've followed Giant Bomb and other game podcasts/sites. Early in the Steam days I'd buy more than I play to try and keep up with these game focused communities. Lately I've been playing fewer new games, as I wait for sales and being pretty picky about what I play. It's pretty intimidating how much stuff is out there these days. Occasionally I'll return to old games I love or always meant to play. I'm following fewer game focused content for the sake of more diverse podcasts and streaming videos.

I also write about all the games I play here, I should probably share it more:

https://www.giantbomb.com/profile/tom_omb/lists/