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    1. What gaming genre could use a renaming?

      What gaming genre could use a renaming? Why? (What makes its current name a bad/imprecise/clumsy one?) Also, an optional follow-up: What would you propose as a better name for the genre? Why?...

      What gaming genre could use a renaming?
      Why? (What makes its current name a bad/imprecise/clumsy one?)

      Also, an optional follow-up:
      What would you propose as a better name for the genre?
      Why? (What makes it better?)

      30 votes
    2. The Steam Deck now has over 5,000 Verified games

      According to SteamDB, at the time of this posting: There are 5,006 Verified games. There are 10,240 Playable games. I thought this was a noteworthy milestone worth sharing -- The Little Linux...

      According to SteamDB, at the time of this posting:

      I thought this was a noteworthy milestone worth sharing -- The Little Linux Handheld That Could now has a definitive library of >15,000 games!

      (The actual library size is significantly larger when you consider how many games run on it that don't yet have a rating, and even that's saying nothing of non-Steam games and things like ROMs as well).

      69 votes
    3. I'm looking for a suggestion on how best to organize my ideas for my weekly RPG

      I implore anyone who can think of a better way to phrase the title, please suggest it. Essentially, I use a self-hosted MediaWiki which is where I write everything, but when I just have an 'idea',...

      I implore anyone who can think of a better way to phrase the title, please suggest it.

      Essentially, I use a self-hosted MediaWiki which is where I write everything, but when I just have an 'idea', I have a private Discord channel that I submit the information to. It can be a picture, or a character idea, or an idea for a scene or a shop or whatever-- I just have a channel where I dump all of my ideas, and then when I have time, I go back through them, iterate, add them to my wiki (making them 'canon'), and then deleting the messages.

      I would really like something else to do this, because Discord is obviously not meant for this. Unfortunately, the caveat is that it needs to be useable on mobile, because I'd say 80%+ of my ideas like this happen when I'm not at my computer.

      My first thought was to set up and self-host a ticketing system-- something like Znuny, but outside of using Zendesk for work, I don't really know that much about them, and it feels like it might be overkill (on top of not working on mobile, I don't think). It has the benefit of being able to immediately have the data organized, so I can double-check to make sure I'm not repeating character names, or ideas, or anything like that.

      So, with that in mind, what all are my options?

      12 votes
    4. Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree embargo lifted

      The embargo on Shadow of the Erdtree lifted yesterday. Codes were sent out last week some reviewers were able to complete the expansion while others spent their time exploring. General consensus...

      The embargo on Shadow of the Erdtree lifted yesterday. Codes were sent out last week some reviewers were able to complete the expansion while others spent their time exploring. General consensus is glowing (95% on metacritic).

      Below are some reviews I enjoyed. Light spoilers in most, IGN spoiled the most. I skimmed the review where they discussed some things I want to discover on my own.

      18 votes
    5. Co-op game recommendations

      Edit: This community is amazing, thank you all for all of your suggestions. Feel free to keep them coming. I have a Google doc full of ideas with my comments that I'm going to drop on him. I was...

      Edit: This community is amazing, thank you all for all of your suggestions. Feel free to keep them coming. I have a Google doc full of ideas with my comments that I'm going to drop on him. I was trying to respond to everyone and then discovered that Tildes will rate limit you. So if I don't respond to you, I'm sorry but I definitely read your comment and checked out your suggestions!

      My friend suffers from depression and lives 6 hours away from me so the happiest I see him is when we are regularly gaming together. The problem is that I haven't been able to find a game we both wanted to play for a while.

      I just cannot get into all the survival crafting games that seem to dominate co-op gaming these days. I am looking for suggestions for anything else. Also, it needs to be an online co-op instead of a couch co-op.

      His computer isn't the best so that needs to be a consideration, nothing wrong with older games. Ideally we are talking about PC games on Steam.

      Examples:

      • we played a ton of Risk of Rain 2, probably the last game we played a lot together
      • we have played through Halo co-op a bunch of times.

      Who has ideas for me?

      34 votes
    6. Save Point: A game deal roundup for the week of June 9

      Add awesome game deals to this topic as they come up over the course of the week! Alternately, ask about a given game deal if you want the community’s opinions: e.g. “What games from this bundle...

      Add awesome game deals to this topic as they come up over the course of the week!

      Alternately, ask about a given game deal if you want the community’s opinions: e.g. “What games from this bundle are most worth my attention?”

      Rules:

      • No grey market sales
      • No affiliate links

      If posting a sale, it is strongly encouraged that you share why you think the available game/games are worthwhile.


      All previous Save Point topics

      If you don’t want to see threads in this series, add save point to your personal tag filters.

      12 votes
    7. Suggestions for games with addicting skill mechanics that you can play while listening to an audiobook or podcast?

      Alright, so one of my favorite things to do at night is throw on a great audiobook and play a video game...but it has to be a very specific type of video game. No meaningful dialogue or plot, no...

      Alright, so one of my favorite things to do at night is throw on a great audiobook and play a video game...but it has to be a very specific type of video game. No meaningful dialogue or plot, no math or strategizing, and lots of hyper addictive gameplay that you can almost do subconsciously.

      Here are the games I've found like this so far:

      1. Trials Rising (and it's predecessors). I've actually made some global leaderboards in this game. It seems so simple when you start the campaign mode, then you learn about ninja mode and it's suddenly a different game.

      2. Olli Olli world

      3. Skater XL, Session, Skate series, Tony Hawk series

      4. Lonely Mountains Downhill

      5. Descenders

      6. Any multiplayer shooter (COD, Fortnite, etc.)

      7. Trackmania - not my thing but it definitely scratches this itch for a lot of people.

      8. Mudrunner and Snowrunner series.

      Here are some that did not work for me.

      1. Sekiro - I just get too into it. Can't multitask.

      2. Vampire Survivors - just not into it.

      3. Rogue likes - never enjoyed them.

      4. No Man's Sky - amazing game but I prefer to play it co-op. Already conquered it anyway.

      Any other suggestions?

      24 votes
    8. Getting over that game making hump?

      Hey, so I'd really just like to get an idea that's been in my head for god knows how long out into a program, even if it's just a demo of what I've imagined. But I never had enough knowledge in a...

      Hey, so I'd really just like to get an idea that's been in my head for god knows how long out into a program, even if it's just a demo of what I've imagined. But I never had enough knowledge in a particular engine to just get the idea out. My main programming knowledge is from Java classes, and I've dabbled in enough in HTML/CSS, Javascript, SQL, Powershell, etc. enough to get through classes, projects, small scripts, deployments, etc, so I have programming experience from a conceptual point. But I've never really worked with GUI elements in a serious manner outside the Cocoa IDE handling all the heavy lifting. Any time I get the itch to tackle this I give GameMaker or Godot or something else a try via some tutorial, I never get to the end of it. I figured learning by example would help, but I forget most of the basics on how I'm supposed to set up an object or attribute... Then I try it the other way around where I try to learn it bottom-up and I get overwhelmed if I lose my way in the middle of a process... It's extremely frustrating, I swear I've been through this about three times in the last seven years or so.

      I'm curious, has anyone had this much trouble with this? What did you do, what was your in?

      20 votes
    9. Guess I'm still young enough to be angsty over a stupid game jam

      I was working on a VR experience showing wealth inequality in true scale. By a habby coincidence I discovered a game jam with the rather blatant title Fuck Capitalism Gamejam 2024 which just...

      I was working on a VR experience showing wealth inequality in true scale. By a habby coincidence I discovered a game jam with the rather blatant title Fuck Capitalism Gamejam 2024 which just happened to end in a time span where I'd might be able to finish off my game. So, great, now I have a deadline! I began to plan what I could reasonably expect to finish within that time frame.

      But today, I read the game jam page a little more closely. Turns out the deadline is for voting on the submitted games. The game jam had run out a long time ago. So, no deadline. And of course, I became aware that submitting it to said gamejam wouldn't have mattered much anyway.

      Guess I just have to keep working on the stupid project. Everything just feels so pointless, because, well, I guess it is. And trying to build up some pretend excitement gets a bit stale.

      Anyhow, how are you folks dealing with the good ol' what's-the-point-of-it-all feelies? Is life just a yo-yo movement between hopelessness and semi-engaged pretence of meaning, or are there other roads to travel?

      17 votes
    10. Online Scythe gaming group

      This thread is for organizing a group to play Scythe online. Everyone mentioned has either been in my specific thread about Scythe months ago or mentioned it elsewhere. I FINALLY got around to...

      This thread is for organizing a group to play Scythe online. Everyone mentioned has either been in my specific thread about Scythe months ago or mentioned it elsewhere. I FINALLY got around to getting the Steam version in addition to the Invaders from Afar dlc since it was a bundle.
      I'd love to get a Discord group started so we can all finally play together and ultimately shoot the shit and have some fun.
      Also I couldn't figure out how private messaging works which is embarrassing but this is way easier, anyway.
      If this gets enough traction in the next couple of days I'll make us a discord group and we can go from there as far as scheduling goes. I'd also be open to other games if the group wants to do so. 🤘
      @0d_billie
      @guissmo
      @Beowulf
      @Notcoffeetable
      @TreeFiddyFiddy
      @ocdbear
      @AugustusFerdinand
      @TownshipTeleporter
      @clerical_terrors
      @KapteinB
      @Spongey

      11 votes
    11. Humble Choice - June 2024

      June 2024's Humble Choice is now available with the following eight Steam games. Steam Page Opencritic Steam Recent/All Operating Systems Steam Deck ProtonDB Risk of Rain 2 86 96/94 Win ✅ Verified...

      June 2024's Humble Choice is now available with the following eight Steam games.

      Steam Page Opencritic Steam Recent/All Operating Systems Steam Deck ProtonDB
      Risk of Rain 2 86 96/94 Win ✅ Verified 🎖️ Platinum
      Knights of Honor II: Sovereign 78 76/78 Win 🟨 Playable 🎖️ Platinum
      LEGO 2K Drive Awesome Edition 72 62/87 Win ✅ Verified 🎖️ Platinum
      Warhammer 40,000: Battlesector 76 89/83 Win ✅ Verified 🟨 Gold
      Miasma Chronicles 73 79/72 Win 🟨 Playable 🟨 Gold
      Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical 76 94/91 Win ✅ Verified 🟨 Gold
      A Guidebook of Babel N/A 97/96 Win, Mac 🟨 Playable 🎖️ Platinum
      Empyrion - Galactic Survival N/A 79/61 Win 🟨 Playable 🟨 Gold

      Does anyone have experience with any of the games and, if so, would you recommend them? Is there anything in here that you're particularly excited to play?

      14 votes
    12. Games where the campaign serves as the tutorial?

      Recently I just finished Hitman: World of Assassination's campaign, where the main campaign is basically a tutorial for the main "meat" of the game, i.e. contracts, Freelancer, and pushing down...

      Recently I just finished Hitman: World of Assassination's campaign, where the main campaign is basically a tutorial for the main "meat" of the game, i.e. contracts, Freelancer, and pushing down your assassination time for the story missions.

      I really like that style of game, on this site famously I'm always talking about Monster Hunter which functions similarly (main campaign into grinding out for materials and decos), and was wondering if anyone else had any similar games.

      I think roguelikes fit this a bit too, but for the sake of this topic not devolving into "what's your favorite roguelike", hopefully there are different suggestions! (Backpack Hero does something like this lol)

      25 votes
    13. Summer Games Fest 2024

      Figured it would be easier to just set up a mega thread. @phoenixrises posted a good resource with the Games Recap website, but I was unsure if people were going to use it to discuss trailers or...

      Figured it would be easier to just set up a mega thread. @phoenixrises posted a good resource with the Games Recap website, but I was unsure if people were going to use it to discuss trailers or not.

      Games Shown
      Lego Horizon Adventures
      No More Room In Hell 2
      Harry Potter Quidditch Champions
      CUFFBUST
      Star Wars Outlaws
      Neva
      Sid Meier's Civilization VII
      Black Myth: Wukong
      Once Human
      Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2
      Metaphor: ReFantazio
      Batman: Arkham Shadow - VR game
      Street Fighter 6 Season 2 DLC
      Tears of Metal
      Dragon Ball: Sparking! ZERO
      Delta Force: Hawk Ops
      FATAL FURY: City of the Wolves
      Battle Crush
      Mecha BREAK
      Blumhouse Games compilation trailer
      Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Rita's Rewind
      Deer & Boy
      Kingdom Come: Deliverance II
      Slitterhead
      Killer Bean
      Cairn
      Wanderstop
      Unknown 9: Awakening
      Enotria: The Last Song
      The First Descendant
      Outersloth Funded Games - Games being funded by Among Us money.
      SONIC X SHADOW GENERATIONS
      Dune: Awakening
      Battle Aces
      The Finals Season 3
      Alan Wake 2 DLC Expansion "Night Springs"
      New world: Aeternum
      Honkai: Star Rail - Art of Dreaming
      Dark & Darker
      Kunistu-Gami: Path of the Goddess
      Hyper Light Breaker
      Party Animals
      skate. - Long trailer to say they've basically got nothing to show.
      Palworld - Sakurajima Update
      Valorant - Console Trailer
      Squad Busters - Live action trailer with no gameplay (for a mobile game?)
      Monster Hunter Wilds
      Phantom Blade Zero

      24 votes