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    1. Does anyone use a trackball mouse?

      I've been curious about making a switch for ergonomics and just lack of space on my desk. Do you recommend it for gaming? Any guidance on genres that do or don't work? I mostly play real time and...

      I've been curious about making a switch for ergonomics and just lack of space on my desk.

      • Do you recommend it for gaming? Any guidance on genres that do or don't work? I mostly play real time and turn based strategy games or point-and-click style games such as Diablo on my computer. I don't generally go in for twitchy FPSes, but I'd like the option.

      • Opinions on index vs. thumb?

      • How long was the adjustment period to get used to it?

      • Any recommendations on good ones to buy?

      • Are there any advantages I'm not thinking of besides just being better for my wrist?

      • Disadvantages besides, potentially, being less precise than a mouse?

      • Are there any tradeoffs with going wireless?

      9 votes
    2. Please Recommend Me A Video Game

      I've never really been that into video games. When I was young, I played a lot of RPGs on the SNES and PS1. Within the last couple of years, I dipped my toes back in the water and tried a few out....

      I've never really been that into video games. When I was young, I played a lot of RPGs on the SNES and PS1. Within the last couple of years, I dipped my toes back in the water and tried a few out. I tried Skyrim on a friend's recommendation, but it was just a little too involved and open-world for me. I got Cities:Skylines, which I love because I love city builder sims, but that game just does not run well on any of my underpowered computers. And I loved Ori and the Blind Forest, a beautiful platformer, and I'd play it again right now if it wasn't Windows-only.

      Here are my requirements. First, it needs to run well on a low-powered machine without making the fan go insane. I've got a MacBook Air 2012 and a ThinkPad x250 (Linux). Neither of these are the ideal gaming experience, I know, but I'm not looking for amazing graphics or bleeding edge technology or something super immersive. Pixel graphics are fine with me. It reminds me of my youth, anyway. I played both Skylines and Ori on my Intel NUC 4th Gen and while it worked, they both really taxed that little machine. I was able to finish Ori, but once a city reaches a certain size in Skylines, it gets unplayable.

      I'm not looking for stress. I like RPGs and sims. But it doesn't have to be really hard or frustrating. I don't want to feel chased in a game. I prefer to feel that I'm driving the action and I can go at my pace. I want to feel like if I look away for a moment, I'm not going to lose everything. I'm a casual. I also don't mind if there's no defined ending of a game. For me, I'm more looking for a diversion and a slow build over some kind of constant progression/achievement type scenario.

      If it has full controller support, that would be ideal. I've got a Steam controller, and I prefer using a controller to play a game. I've never liked using the keyboard to play. I'm not totally against it, but I guess I just never got into computer gaming. I pretty much always played on consoles in the past.

      Linux or macOS only, please. I did have Windows installed once so that I could play games, but I'm not bothering with that anymore. I don't want to have to boot into another operating system just to play a game. I want to be able to hop in and out of a game while using my daily driver computer.

      So in my research, I've looked into Terraria and Stardew Valley. These might be what I'm looking for. But I really don't know. Do either of these scratch my itch? Is there another game that I would enjoy based on what I've told you? Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer.

      EDIT: Thank you everybody for your awesome suggestions. I'm still happy to hear more, as I plan to add the ones that really interest me to my wishlist and revisit later. I ended up getting Hollow Knight yesterday and I spent the whole day playing it. It's very engrossing, and it's the perfect game for me. It's so much like Ori, and that game blew me away. Chilled out, go at your own pace, exploring dungeons, challenging but not impossible (though the first Hornet fight was pretty tough for me). The game runs fine on my ThinkPad x250 (i5-5300U) in Pop!_OS Linux, apart from the initial movie scene stuttering--I just had to skip past it, unfortunately. It's such an awesome game, and I'm glad to see they've already announced a sequel. If you know of any other games that are like Ori and Hollow Knight, let me know.

      23 votes
    3. Do you play your games modded or vanilla and why?

      I personally usually heavily mod my games, due to finding the process of modding itself fun, along with me preferring to spend a LONG time at one run through. As an example, I'd give minecraft...

      I personally usually heavily mod my games, due to finding the process of modding itself fun, along with me preferring to spend a LONG time at one run through.

      As an example, I'd give minecraft where I usually play so-called expert packs, which are basically taking a lot of mods and making them depend on each other for progression.

      22 votes
    4. Tabletop RPGs with kids

      Has anybody had much experience playing DnD or other tabletops with children? I've been toying with the idea of making a fairly straightforward and simplified RPG using Story Cubes and GURPS that...

      Has anybody had much experience playing DnD or other tabletops with children? I've been toying with the idea of making a fairly straightforward and simplified RPG using Story Cubes and GURPS that kids can get involved with easily and have fun playing. I'm specifically aiming to play with my daughter (8) and my niece (5) on a big family holiday in August, though I see no real reason that this couldn't work with adults as well.
      Essentially, the conceit would go along the lines of each player rolling a limited number of story dice to help with character creation and such. I'd ask the players a few simple questions about their powers (for example, are you more of a wizard or more of a warrior?) to get some basic stats stats together (STR, DEX, INT, CON), and then use story dice myself to quickly improvise a short one-shot session.

      Does anyone have experience playing with kids, and if so - any pointers? Am I being too ambitious about children's ability to imagine stuff in this way? If so, are there any good systems out there that are good for young people to pick up and get stuck into roleplaying with?

      9 votes
    5. D&D our new campaign

      howdy all, been a few weeks since I posted about our last meet for the first campaign we ran. So one of the other players has stepped up as the DM so our first DM could actually play since it was...

      howdy all, been a few weeks since I posted about our last meet for the first campaign we ran.
      So one of the other players has stepped up as the DM so our first DM could actually play since it was his idea to get us altogether in the first place, the new game is running on milestone leveling and so far feels like it will move a bit faster. Our first meet we only just survived the night, all of us having to use the death save rolls at least once each, the new DM made a comment of "If I thought you lot would roll so horridly I would have toned it down way more" but hey it made things more fun and we had to work as a damn team.

      Last night we had our 2nd meet and our first PC death. It was the rogue that tried to steal everything nailed down including the nails, he tried to pick pocket the NPC that was with us and rolled a damn 1 the NPC rolled a nat 20 and it just went from there, this was also after dealing with the big bad of the evening so spell slots had been spent and half the party kinda said he had it coming. He is brand new to RPG games so went all out with the role playing side and doing what he wants, personally I thought it was amazing he also has taken some pride in being the first to go down.

      Anyone else have something fun or cool to share about their campaign?

      16 votes
    6. What are some ideas and experiences that are underexplored in gaming?

      I was thinking about this question recently because I finished watching Game of Thrones and it made me want to play a game where I get to be a badass dragon. Unfortunately, it turns out there are...

      I was thinking about this question recently because I finished watching Game of Thrones and it made me want to play a game where I get to be a badass dragon. Unfortunately, it turns out there are surprisingly few games that tackle that experience.

      I also recently played a game called 1979 Revolution: Black Friday, which attempts to inform the player about a real event in history through Telltale-style adventure gameplay. Though it's fictionalized, I realized while playing that it's as close to a documentary as I've come in gaming, which I would argue is another unexplored area.

      That said, I'm curious to see what people here think.

      • What are some ideas/experiences that games haven't tackled, or have hardly scratched the surface of?
      • Why do you think this area has gone untouched for so long? Oversight? Tough to design around? Unfeasible? Unfun?
      • Are there any games that do fit your bill? Are they any good?
      • If you had to design a game to fill the niche you identified, what might it be like?
      26 votes
    7. Linux gamers: let's help test Proton compatibility before the Steam summer sale

      I made this an "event" over on reddit, and I figured I'd also mention it here. The Steam summer sale is alleged to start on June 23rd, and I figured it would be nice if people could go into it...

      I made this an "event" over on reddit, and I figured I'd also mention it here.

      The Steam summer sale is alleged to start on June 23rd, and I figured it would be nice if people could go into it with current information on Proton compatibility for games so we can better know what to buy and avoid. As such, it would be great if we could all submit a bunch of ProtonDB reports this coming week.

      I plan to go through my library and test high-leverage games: either ones that lack reports or games whose reports are quite old. Let me know if you're wanting to join in the "fun!"

      14 votes
    8. E3 2019 game trailers

      12 Minutes Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition Age of Wonder - Plantetfall Age of Wonders: Planetfall Animal Crossing New Horizons (Gameplay)) Apex Legends Season 2 Arizona Sunshine - The Damned...

      12 Minutes
      Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition
      Age of Wonder - Plantetfall
      Age of Wonders: Planetfall
      Animal Crossing New Horizons (Gameplay))
      Apex Legends Season 2
      Arizona Sunshine - The Damned DLC
      Ary and The Secret of Seasons
      Astral Chain
      Baldur's Gate III
      Battlefield V
      Battletoads
      Battlewake
      Beat Saber: Imagine Dragons Music Pack
      Black Desert
      Blair Witch
      Bleeding Edge
      Borderlands 2: Commander Lilith & the Fight for Sanctuary Official Trailer
      Borderlands 3
      BRAWLHALLA Adventure Time
      Cadence of Hyrule
      Carrion
      CastleStorm II
      Chivalry 2
      Circuit Superstars
      Code Vein
      Collection of Mana
      Commander Keen (Gameplay)))
      Conan Chop Chop
      Contra Anniversary Collection
      Contra: Rogue Corps
      Control
      Corpse Killer: 25th Anniversary Edition
      Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Grand Prix
      CrisTales
      CrossfireX
      Cyberpunk 2077
      Daemon X Machina (Gameplay)))
      Deathloop
      Disgaea 4 Complete+
      DOOM Eternal (Multiplayer)))
      Dragon Ball Z Kakarot (Gameplay video)))
      Dragon Quest Builders 2
      Dying Light 2
      El Hijo
      Elden Ring
      Elder Scrolls Online Elsweyr
      Empire of Sin
      Empire of Sin
      Enter the Gungeon: House of the Gundead
      Evil Genius 2 - World Domination
      Fall Guys
      Fall Guys
      Fallout 76 Nuclear Winter (Battle Royale Mode)
      Fallout 76 Wastelanders Expansion
      FIFA 20
      Final Fantasy VII Remake
      Final Fantasy VIII Remaster
      Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers
      Fire Emblem: Three Houses
      For Honor: Shadows of The Hitokiri
      Forza Horizon 4: Lego Speed Champions
      Gears 5 (Escape trailer)))
      Genesis Noir
      Ghost Recon Breakpoint (Gameplay)))
      Ghostwire Tokyo
      Gods & Monsters
      Greedfall
      Griftlands
      Halo: Infinite
      Just Dance 2020
      Kingdom Hearts III ReMind DLC
      Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel
      Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
      Lost Oasis
      Lost Words: Beyond the Page
      Luigi's Mansion 3 (Gameplay)))
      Madden NFL 20
      Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
      Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order
      Marvel's Avengers
      Microsoft Flight Simulator
      Midnight Ghosthunt
      Minecraft Dungeons
      Mosaic
      My Friend Pedro
      Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered
      No More Heroes III
      ONINAKI
      Ori and the Will O' The Wisps
      Outriders
      Panzer Dragoon Remake
      Per Aspera
      Persona 5 Royal
      Phantasy Star Online 2
      Planet Zoo
      Pokemon Sword & Shield (Gameplay)))
      Psychonauts 2
      Rad
      RAGE 2
      Rainbow Six Quarantine
      Remnant: From the Ashes
      Roller Champions
      Romancing Saga 3 & SaGa SCARLET GRACE: AMBITIONS
      Samurai Shodown Rimururu
      Shenmue III
      SMITE Olorun
      Sniper Elite: VR
      Songs Of Conquest
      Spiritfarer
      Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
      Starmancer
      State of Decay Heartland
      Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Dragon Quest
      Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Banjo-Kazooie
      Tales Of Arise
      Telling Lies
      Terraria: Journey's End
      The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics
      The Last Remnant Remastered
      The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III
      The Legend of Wright
      The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game
      The Messenger: Picnic Panic
      The Outer Worlds
      The Sims 4
      The Surge 2
      The Walking Dead: Onslaught
      The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition
      The World of Dragon Quest Builders 2
      Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege – Clutch Royale
      Tom Clancy’s The Division 2: Year 1
      Tom Clancy's Elite Squad
      Torchlight II
      Trials of Mana
      Trials Rising Season 2
      Unexplored 2
      Valfaris
      Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines 2
      Vermintide 2: Versus
      Warframe: Empyrea
      Wasteland 3
      Watch Dogs 3: Legion (Gameplay)))
      Way to the Woods
      Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot
      Wolfenstein: Youngblood
      Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair
      Zelda: Link's Awakening
      Zombie Army 4: Dead War

      20 votes
    9. Board game recommendations to replace Monopoly?

      Like the title says, every Christmas when my family gets together we play board games traditionally Monopoly. Last year I got tired of playing it and after some research I found Concordia and we...

      Like the title says, every Christmas when my family gets together we play board games traditionally Monopoly. Last year I got tired of playing it and after some research I found Concordia and we had a blast playing it. I'm trying to jump the gun and researching ahead for this year, what are ~games recommendations for a good 2+ player game that isn't too convoluted to pick up and is a good time?

      25 votes