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Discussion in 'Free Thoughts' started by davewhite04, Jan 9, 2019.

  1. RainbowSingularity Valued Senior Member

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    do you find its a generation thing with people telling you to "get outside more often and start a hitler youth group or something practical" ?
     
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  3. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    I started playing Skyrim for the first time just before Christmas, having previously played a couple of the earlier Elder Scrolls games (though I never finished them). Skyrim is a good game (duh!). Although, I keep forgetting where I'm at with the huge list of miscellaneous quests I have stacked up. I'm deliberately avoiding progressing through the main story line too fast, since I want to get decent play time out of the game and see what else it has to offer. My character is at about level 25 at the moment. There's quite good variety in all the locations and quests. As usual with these kinds of games, the carrying capacity limits can be annoying, although the restrictions on what you can equip simultaneously make for interesting choices. You have to trade off good protection (=heavy armour) against the capacity to gather loot (unless you want to make several trips back and forth between a dungeon and somewhere you can unload your stolen goods, something I never want to do). You're also pretty much forced to choose a fighting style: will it be two-handed conventional weapons, spells, or one handed weapon+spells (I usually go with this last option). Also a lot of decision making as to which magic items to equip/use in any given circumstance.

    There's all the business with the dragon shouts, which is kinda fun. It's a big deal when you stumble across a new one or an extra word to add to the arsenal.

    I don't really like all the fiddling and experimentation with alchemical ingredients. I end up carrying a whole stack of potions with me that almost never get used, but which take up valuable space in the inventory. I also don't want to use any cheats.

    I went with the werewolf/beast blood thing quite early on, but I think I'm over it. Does anybody know how to cure lycanthropy?
     
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  5. davewhite04 Valued Senior Member

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    I completed the main story first and have tried to get back into it since. It's so beautiful(mods on PC) and the feeling of freedom is like no other. The cohesion of the world, the lore,weapons,armour it goes on. Very deep and brilliant, if you have got the hours to get fully immersed into the game you'd probably say "This is the best game ever, but Witcher 3 is good"

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    Last time about the weerwolf thing you couldn't cure it, or maybe someone asked that, if not there's probs a mod for it.
     
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  7. Stoniphi obscurely fossiliferous Valued Senior Member

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    Eh -the werewolf thingie just interferes with your ability to get the 'well rested' bonus, but otherwise hasn't made any difference that I can tell. Level 49, about to tie things up as much as I will in Skyrim. 3rd run-through for me, we'll see if I go for a 4th. I am at 80%. However, some of the locked achievements I am set to go on, some are not very interesting, and some I have done but they are glitched as not being so. No biggie to me. The fun is in the gaming, not so much the winning.
    Its a Buddhist thing I guess...

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    I spend more time outside than most anyone, but would love to spend even more. I introduced my 26 year old son to computer games with Diablo and Myst when they first came out, so I guess I am actually 'part of the problem'.

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    Proudly so! I'm an artist, nobody expects me to be practical.

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  8. davewhite04 Valued Senior Member

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  9. Stoniphi obscurely fossiliferous Valued Senior Member

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    After deep consideration I have built another desktop system with a heavy art capability and very game-oriented. AMD based with a 1 T SSD and a 38inch Acer curved screen monitor, G Force sound card, Zotac gaming graphics card and 64 Gigs of RAM (holy shit!!!). To put it through its paces I have restarted Black Mesa (the Half Life redo created by fan enthusiasts). On the desktop in 45 seconds flat, Steam loads immediately. While I have a 2 T HDD behind the SSD, I am watching the price for 2T SSDs to replace that with as the loading speed is just so fast on the SSD. AM still using the Logitech 5.1 surround speaker setup, though it is much better with the new sound card.
     
  10. davewhite04 Valued Senior Member

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    Very nice! I've just got a MAC mini for my study, it is only an i3, but 4 core and is fast enough for me. I'm using a Radeon RX580 video card in an external enclosure. Completed my first game on it last week. Batman Arkham City, played on highest graphics, really impressed me.

    Any of the latest games you fancy? Assassins Creed Odyssey(can't play on MAC, but playing it on my gaming PC) I recommend, that will test your system

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  11. LaurieAG Registered Senior Member

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    What, nobody playing world of Warcraft (WOW)?
     
  12. Stoniphi obscurely fossiliferous Valued Senior Member

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    Naw...my son liked that for many years, me...not so much.

    Have picked up the Doom redo and hacked into it a little. Also Prey, but while that had some interesting stuff like floating around in outer space, you run out of ammo and the bad boogers respawn so you just kind of get locked up and can't move on in the game.

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    I will check out Assassins Creed Odyssey though. Hard to beat Half Life, even though it is very old (original 1998).

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  13. davewhite04 Valued Senior Member

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    They reset my character names or I'd probably be on it now... I wish, not enough time. Shucks.
     
  14. davewhite04 Valued Senior Member

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    My gaming buddy and me have been playing on the original xbox, simpler but impressive. He cannot get into most modern games, too faffy too many controls etc.

    EDIT: Halflife 2 takes some beating really, and the first one.
     
  15. LaurieAG Registered Senior Member

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    Watch out it's around a 50-60Gig download at the moment but they have added several improvements that you may not be aware of such as character boosts to 100 or 110 (out of 120 max) so you don't have to level up the whole way if you create new ones. They are actually releasing a copy of WoW CLASSIC in August that duplicates the original vanilla version but it will only be available to people with paid up accounts so that just ups the download total. I have gone on one of their CLASSIC server 'stress tests' and they have certainly come a long way in the past 15 years.
     
  16. davewhite04 Valued Senior Member

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    Did you ever play Everquest 2? My all time favourite online game, great community which is the most important thing to me. I was kinda attached to my level 65 Dwarf Hunter with my white wolf called "Fluffy". Taming was so much fun

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  17. LaurieAG Registered Senior Member

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    Never played Everquest unless it was a demo version Dave. My main is a Hunter too, they have fine tuned the options now so that you can go full beast master or even just heavy duty ranged with a 10% boost when you don't bring the pet.
     
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