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  1. Comment on May 2024 Backlog Burner: Conclusion and Recap in ~games

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    Unfortunately I haven't had time to update you all as the month went by, and didn't have much time to game either. I did however get to playing all the games along one bingo line, and finished...

    Unfortunately I haven't had time to update you all as the month went by, and didn't have much time to game either. I did however get to playing all the games along one bingo line, and finished one. Here they are:

    Finished game:

    Mýrdalssandur, Iceland [Game created by a solo dev]

    This was one of those 'how the hell did this get into my Steam library' moments. After looking into it, I would have picked it up for free, and it is no longer on the Steam store. It's a photography simulator based on the southern plains of Iceland. The landscape is rugged, a little misty and you don't have a map. Designed in Unreal Engine 4, the visual style is realism.

    The aim of the game is to visit the sites of photos that are laid out on the guide-board to the area. You have to orientate your way around and look for the visual signatures that are in the photos. Being in the rough area and taking an image makes a little satisfying bell sound.

    You can walk around paths that curve their way through the natural features, but you can't just run across the landscape as you'll run into invisible walls. There are plenty of occluded sights when you find little pathways and deviations from the main area. I did get lost but it was satisfying roaming around. Once I got my snaps a gate opened, and I could enter the next area - this time in gorgeous sunset. I won't spoil the ending, but it was an impressive still shot. It took around an hour and twenty minutes to finish the game, so it was a bit easy perhaps, but it really was a tranquil experience, especially with the subtle soundtrack featuring soft piano. It now looks like it was a test project, as the developer is releasing a new game called 'Lushfoil Photography Sim' which covers 10 landscape areas. I've wishlisted it!

    Partially finished games:

    Outer Wilds [Game you purchased at full price]

    I'm in the late stages of the game but I gave up because I got too scared. Yes, that might sound a bit funny but this game gave me the existential horrors. I hate it and love it at the same time, and I do highly recommend and rate it. It's been sitting unplayed for over a year now, so I think it qualifies as being on the backlog. This one was a bit of a fail, as I've been using a different mouse, and it turns out that the game forces hardware acceleration, and so I couldn't move the camera very fast. I did persist a bit but this resulted in some avoidable deaths and I will have to search out a new mouse before I get back to this one.

    Hellion [Abandonware]

    Hellion is the only game on my bingo sheet that qualifies as abandonware. I picked it up on Steam when it was released by the developers for free after they canned the project. It's subsequently been removed from Steam but survives in a very passionate mod community under the banner of the Hellion Rescue Project. It's a first-person Space survival game where you pilot a ship to visit stations and gather resources.

    I tried the base game even though I knew it would have its quirks and bugs. You start by having to navigate a dysfunctioning space installation and you have to make an escape. This includes periods of anti-gravity where it's not easy to get around, but coming from an X4 spacesuit context, it wasn't so bad. I made it out of the base and got into a ship before making my way to another nearby station, and trawling through it. Rinse repeat, and I was starting to get the gist of the game, but didn't get deep into it.

    Hellion is held up as being somewhat of a unique entity and a lost gem in Space games, which is why it had piqued my interest. It looks aesthetically like a low-budget Starfield, and reminds me of Elite Dangerous Odyssey and Empyrion. I didn't get far enough into the game to really understand why it has such a cult following. Who knows, maybe that's a task for November ;)

    X3 Albion Prelude [Game with time manipulation]

    This game qualifies because it involves a tool called SETA that allows you to speed up time. X4 was my introduction to the series, and I arrived pretty late in the piece after the Split DLC had dropped. So I missed a lot of that teething period and honestly haven't encountered that many bugs - and so it's pretty much my favourite contemporary space game. I'm currently waiting for the new DLC and update to drop, so it was the perfect time to look at the X3 series, which is highly regarded. After sifting through some recommendations I landed on Albion Prelude. It is an add-on to the base game Terran Conflict, but you start a new save.

    As to be expected, I was thrown into the deep end and found myself grasping at controls and the intricate and confusing menu system. Not too far into the game, an AI ship crashed into a station - classic Egosoft. As a sandbox, the game is what you make of it. I'm only in the very beginning, but am really enjoying it so far. I don't know yet whether I'll get much playtime, but it's gone from backburner to frontburner!

    Sekiro [A game you find challenging]

    Like others who discovered Fromsoftware through Elden Ring, I found Sekiro. I think the difficulty of Sekiro is part of its attraction and why it is held out by Fromsoftware geeks as being in its own league. I honestly doubt I will finish this game. I am just not good at fast-paced melee co-ordination with a sword and board, let alone parrying which this entire game is built around. So, during this month, I started the game and then got stuck, and then persisted, focusing on two early game mini boss fights: the Chained Ogre and General Naomori Kawarada.

    I managed to down both of them, using different tactics, dodging for the ogre and parrying in close range with Kawarada. I failed miserably on many attempts but it was satisfying to get a bit better. Then, I somehow got into the rhythm and dance of the fight and finished them. It was a bit of a rush, getting into that groove and balancing restraint with aggression. I'm pretty happy with that, and I'll keep plodding on.


    So, that's my bingo sheet! Some of these games ticked off other categories too: Set in a real-world location; ; from a different culture/country; from a different country (Mýrdalssandur, Iceland), Long-running series (X3 Albion Prelude).

    Thank you for having me along - it's been a bit of a stressful month and I really appreciate being able to still dip into this event. Big thank you to @kfwyre and I look forward to future events!

    4 votes
  2. Comment on May 2024 Backlog Burner: Week 1 Discussion in ~games

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    A little late to the party, and I don't have much time to play, but I'm keen to chip away at some! This will be my first Backlog Burner, thanks for running this for us and shoutout to the web...

    A little late to the party, and I don't have much time to play, but I'm keen to chip away at some! This will be my first Backlog Burner, thanks for running this for us and shoutout to the web bingo, it's excellent.

    Backlog Bingo Card
    Mode: Standard Bingo! Finished 0/25
    Set in a real world location From a different culture or country Has an animal protagonist Uses a unique control scheme “When the hell did I buy this?”
    A solo-dev project You got it at full price Is considered “abandonware” Has time manipulation From a genre you find challenging
    Is one of the oldest games you own From a different country than you ★ Wildcard Features a mystery Has permadeath
    Adaptation of other media type (e.g. board game, movie) Part of a long-running series From a genre you don’t normally play Owned for more than 7 years Has a branching storyline
    Has zombies Focuses on exploration Has driving You can complete it in only a few hours Has no achievements
    4 votes
  3. Comment on What are your scary, spooky, creepy and unexplained experiences? in ~talk

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    No haven't, have you?

    No haven't, have you?

    1 vote
  4. Comment on What are your scary, spooky, creepy and unexplained experiences? in ~talk

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    The ol' spiritual warfare reconciliation...now that's something quite niche that I know only too well! One night when I was a teenager, I 'woke up' in my bed and the door to my room was open and...

    The ol' spiritual warfare reconciliation...now that's something quite niche that I know only too well! One night when I was a teenager, I 'woke up' in my bed and the door to my room was open and the hallway was engulfed in flames, with embers spitting into my room. I panicked and surveyed the room that remained in darkness. As I turned my gaze finally to the wall in front of me, I encountered a hooded shadowy figure poised above my body, holding a dagger toward me. It had no face or features and seemed to be composed of swirling smoke or mist. I was immediately seized of the most existential fear I have ever felt. It was bone-chilling and it felt so real. It bore the dagger down towards my chest as if to kill me right there and then and then I blacked out and woke up. I told my mom in the morning and she told me it was a demon and that it was trying to attack my soul. I was actually clinically depressed at the time, so it wasn't exactly helpful!

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Upgrading my Gaming PC or starting afresh in ~tech

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    Thanks again. And yes the case is way too big for my needs...I'll think on this!

    Thanks again. And yes the case is way too big for my needs...I'll think on this!

  6. Comment on Upgrading my Gaming PC or starting afresh in ~tech

    Eidolon
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    Life stuff - likely big changes with career, family etc. Good chance I won't have time to game anymore.

    Life stuff - likely big changes with career, family etc. Good chance I won't have time to game anymore.

  7. Comment on Upgrading my Gaming PC or starting afresh in ~tech

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    I will add this to the options. It's possible that I may have to sell the entire PC in 2 years so will weigh up depreciation on AM4 vs AM5.

    I will add this to the options. It's possible that I may have to sell the entire PC in 2 years so will weigh up depreciation on AM4 vs AM5.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Upgrading my Gaming PC or starting afresh in ~tech

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    Thank you for suggesting these alternatives - I'll price these up alongside the other options. I only play one very CPU-heavy game - X4 (space simulation sandbox). I'll think on this!

    Thank you for suggesting these alternatives - I'll price these up alongside the other options. I only play one very CPU-heavy game - X4 (space simulation sandbox). I'll think on this!

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Upgrading my Gaming PC or starting afresh in ~tech

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    Great point. I think the GPU is sufficient for now, but it can be hit and miss. Some games it just hasn't been able to handle very well even at the lowest graphic settings. Tyranny (2016) is an...

    Great point. I think the GPU is sufficient for now, but it can be hit and miss. Some games it just hasn't been able to handle very well even at the lowest graphic settings. Tyranny (2016) is an example. I just stick to games that it can handle at comfortable temps at 1080p (60-85 degrees C).

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Upgrading my Gaming PC or starting afresh in ~tech

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    Thanks so much, your advice is hugely helpful. I think it's time for a new MOBO and CPU, so holding off on the GPU for now. The Noctua also looks fantastic. I forgot to mention case fans. As I...

    Thanks so much, your advice is hugely helpful. I think it's time for a new MOBO and CPU, so holding off on the GPU for now. The Noctua also looks fantastic.

    I forgot to mention case fans. As I didn't build my PC, I'm figuring things out as I go. I've got 2 corsair case fans that I was using previously and a couple sitting around unused. Any pointers on how I can find out if this is sufficient?

    2 votes
  11. Upgrading my Gaming PC or starting afresh

    Hello everyone, my CPU died and I'm at a crossroads and hoping for some advice. I bought my rig 4 years ago second-hand. It was originally built in 2017 using high-end parts. It was not something...

    Hello everyone, my CPU died and I'm at a crossroads and hoping for some advice. I bought my rig 4 years ago second-hand. It was originally built in 2017 using high-end parts. It was not something I was looking for TBH, but at the time GPUs were hard to get and it was a crazy deal. Here is what's left of the rig:

    • Motherboard - ASUS x99 Deluxe II, fits Intel i7 LGA2011-v3 CPU socket
    • PSU - EVGA Supernova 850 T2
    • RAM - 32GB, 4 sticks of G.Skill Trident Z 3200 DDR4
    • GPU - EVGA 1080 Ti Founder's Edition 11 GB
    • Case - In Win 904 plus - large and spacious case
    • Storage - Couple of Samsung SSDs
    • CPU Cooler - Have ditched the Corsair AIO, picked up a lowest tier fan for $10 to keep it booting while I figure out what to do

    Options I'm floating.

    1. Get a compatible CPU, but that socket is harder to come by for my MOBO and likely to be second hand + get a new CPU cooler, and upgrade GPU.
    2. Replace MOBO, GPU, and get a new CPU and CPU cooler. The PSU is 6 years old but it's decent quality and 850 watts should be enough?

    Price range/goals:

    • Happy to spend a bit on something that is mid to slightly upper range, but not high end. Thinking $$ will go into the GPU and CPU (maybe $600-800 USD ea?), something reasonably good that's just before the latest gen to get a discounted price. If replacing MOBO, something simple and medium range would be ideal.
    • Play some current AAA games like Baulder's Gate 3 and Elden Ring decently, at medium-high settings (not ultra), and don't need super high FPS.
    • Ideally supports 4k resolution for desktop use but for gaming I'd be mostly sticking to 1440p/1080p.
    • I don't want to overclock (those days are over)
    • Likely to sell in 2ish years, don't need heaps of futureproofing
    • If replacing MOBO, open to going to the AMD ecosystem for price/performance ratio. I've only ever used Intel so know less about AMD systems.
    • Don't need raytracing, DDR5
    • For CPU cooler I don't mind AIO but if anyone has any non-water cooled recommendations I'm all ears

    I'm at a bit of a loss at what to do, and there are not many PC-building threads here on Tildes, so I thought I'd ask for some advice. Anyone have opinions on option 1 or 2 above, or is there a third option I'm not thinking of? And does anyone have part recommendations? Thanks in advance.

    27 votes
  12. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

    Eidolon
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    Agreed. Phenomenal performances (SPOILERS). For me the standout was Kieran Culkin. Roman having to begrudgingly agree to telling Gerri she was being let go, and then being thrown into disbelief at...

    Agreed. Phenomenal performances (SPOILERS). For me the standout was Kieran Culkin. Roman having to begrudgingly agree to telling Gerri she was being let go, and then being thrown into disbelief at the news of his father. Gerri's reaction to Roman bursting into the room in the midst of his shock and grief was so perfectly detached - could be a hint of things to come perhaps if Gerri takes revenge.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Succession, the fourth and final season - and my most anticipated show of 2023. As much as I love the show, I feel like it is ready for it to end, though I think Jesse should be allowed to write a...

    Succession, the fourth and final season - and my most anticipated show of 2023. As much as I love the show, I feel like it is ready for it to end, though I think Jesse should be allowed to write a spin-off if he wants to. The first episode set a good bar. I do have a couple of theories but won't tell!

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Teaching myself how to cook - where to begin? in ~food

    Eidolon
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    Makes perfect sense - will give this a try :) Thanks

    Makes perfect sense - will give this a try :) Thanks

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Teaching myself how to cook - where to begin? in ~food

    Eidolon
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    True, I hadn't thought of that, I'll look into it :)

    True, I hadn't thought of that, I'll look into it :)

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Teaching myself how to cook - where to begin? in ~food

    Eidolon
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    Fab, I will check it out, thank you. Re timing, it's definitely true for me, I take WAY longer than what the recipes say, but I don't mind :)

    Fab, I will check it out, thank you.

    Re timing, it's definitely true for me, I take WAY longer than what the recipes say, but I don't mind :)

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Teaching myself how to cook - where to begin? in ~food

    Eidolon
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    I don't have a pressure cooker but am perfectly happy doing a long cook day since I am stuck at home all the time anyway!

    I don't have a pressure cooker but am perfectly happy doing a long cook day since I am stuck at home all the time anyway!

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Teaching myself how to cook - where to begin? in ~food

    Eidolon
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    Great idea, I think I will start with a couple of 'project' meals and keep working on them week by week until I'm ready to move on - this way I'll actually remember how to cook them too.

    Great idea, I think I will start with a couple of 'project' meals and keep working on them week by week until I'm ready to move on - this way I'll actually remember how to cook them too.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on Teaching myself how to cook - where to begin? in ~food

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    I've pretty much done this all my life without thinking about it! I like being able to grab things instantly when I need them.

    I've pretty much done this all my life without thinking about it! I like being able to grab things instantly when I need them.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on Teaching myself how to cook - where to begin? in ~food

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    The hob I use is electric, but it's old and doesn't function well. Only 1/4 of the elements work normally and it's a small one. There is one other semi-functional element but it only works for low...

    The hob I use is electric, but it's old and doesn't function well. Only 1/4 of the elements work normally and it's a small one. There is one other semi-functional element but it only works for low temps. This means for moderate and high temps I have to use the small element even for pans and pots that are twice the size. As a consequence I have issues with heat diffusion and inconsistent cooking for the bigger cookware. I'm only cooking for one so try to use only the small pans/pots to avoid this. It also takes a very long time to heat up and change temps, so this makes it harder to be precise when following timing guidance.

    There's nothing I can do about this right now, the landlord refuses to replace the hob. I've tried and failed to commission repairs because it's an extremely obscure model. I'll be moving out in the next 1-2 years though and will pay close attention to the hob and oven.

    1 vote