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    1. Openish-world, Mystery, Walking Simulator recommendations?

      My wife and I enjoy playing mystery walking simulators together and have been looking for more-- Steam's recommendation engine is pretty terrible in finding others or lesser-known titles, so I...

      My wife and I enjoy playing mystery walking simulators together and have been looking for more-- Steam's recommendation engine is pretty terrible in finding others or lesser-known titles, so I thought I'd ask around for what others play! They don't have to be full-on walking simulators, just games where dying is rare/not a big component of the experience (looking at you, Visage!), and the rest of the game is all about solving a mystery/thriller of some sort. Preferably first-person games with realistic-enough graphics.

      Ones we've played so far and have loved are:

      • Dead Secret
      • Gone Home (loose fit)
      • The Painscreek Killings (really loved this one)
      • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

      Ones I've got in my queue:

      • Anna
      • Bohemian Killing
      • Dead Secret 2
      • Return of Obra Dinn

      I've also played What Remains of Edith Finch, Dear Esther, Firewatch, and some others-- but those didn't really have a big enough mystery component to them (to be clear I liked them, they just didn’t have a dark/thriller vibe to em).

      Any other suggestions?

      20 votes
    2. What would you want in a Digital Card Game?

      So, I quit Hearthstone recently. Not just because of current events, but because I lost my taste for the game. Which is a shame, because Hearthstone is pretty well made and what it simplifies from...

      So, I quit Hearthstone recently. Not just because of current events, but because I lost my taste for the game. Which is a shame, because Hearthstone is pretty well made and what it simplifies from Magic the Gathering and comparible card games is pretty inspired.

      Couple things I Liked
      • You pick one class when you create a deck, and your resource management is doled out every turn without intervention or having to worry about Mana Burn or Flood.

      • It had a sort of chess by mail setup, where you couldn't really interrupt your opponents turn without laying a Secret trap for them that would trigger when a condition was met. I appreciated that you weren't on the clock for having to play an interrupt or cancel an opponent's move, especially since I mostly play on mobile.

      • Finally, it had one of the best UI for getting things done, and letting you know where you wanted to know. The main menu was organized, the deck builder was clean, and the playmat was very polished with the oval minion pieces, while informative on what everything did. I've been trying Eternal recently, and it's certainly an adjustment.

      But to prevent this from being a one sided breakup post, I ask you, dear Tildos, what would you want out of a Digital Card Game? Be it a weird mechanic, playing mode, ideal platform or like this except with that, what would keep you coming back to such a game?

      11 votes
    3. What are your favorite short games?

      I don't have nearly as much time to game as I used to, and as such, I tend to prioritize games that are quick to finish over those that want my attention for a long time. Thus, I'm curious to...

      I don't have nearly as much time to game as I used to, and as such, I tend to prioritize games that are quick to finish over those that want my attention for a long time. Thus, I'm curious to know: what are the best short games you've played?

      I'm going to arbitrarily set "short" at a threshhold of 3 hours or less.

      Furthermore, I'm referring to games that have a defined start and end, rather than potentially infinite play sessions. That means a game like The Binding of Isaac wouldn't count despite the average play session being much less than 3 hours, but a game like Gone Home would.

      If you're not sure about a game's length, check HowLongToBeat for crowdsourced runtime data.


      Here's a table of recommendations mentioned in the thread, and their approximate time to complete from HowLongToBeat (using the "Main Story" category).

      Game Length (hours)
      140 1
      1979 Revolution: Black Friday 2
      A Dark Room 3.5
      ABZÛ 2
      Another World 2.5
      The Beginner's Guide 1.5
      Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons 3
      Cave Story 7
      Digital: A Love Story (1) 2
      Analogue: A Hate Story (2) 3
      Distance 2
      Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist 0.5
      Firewatch 4
      Flower 2
      Gone Home 2
      Gunpoint 3
      Her Story 2.5
      Hexcells 2
      High Hell 1
      INSIDE 3.5
      Into the Breach 5
      Jazzpunk 2
      Journey 2
      Kamiko 1
      LOVE (1) 0.5
      kuso (2) 0.75
      Membrane 3.5
      Moss 4
      My Friend Pedro 4
      NaissancE 4
      A Normal Lost Phone 1.5
      Papers, Please 4.5
      Portal 3
      Refunct 0.5
      Rez 2
      The Room 2.5
      The Room 2 3
      Rumu 3
      Sagebrush 2
      Samorost 0.25
      SEPTEMBER 1999 0.09167
      Spirits of Xanadu 3
      The Stanley Parable 1.5
      Stories Untold 2.5
      A Story About My Uncle 3
      Subsurface Circular (1) 2
      SUPERHOT 2
      Quarantine Circular (2) 2
      To the Moon 4
      The Unfinished Swan 2.5
      What Remains of Edith Finch 2
      Xeodrifter 3
      22 votes
    4. What games have you enjoyed for the "wrong" reasons?

      So, I just finished playing Sleeping Dogs. It's a kung fu action game with a heavy emphasis on the hand to hand combat. It feels like it's the Arkham games roided up with some hack and slash...

      So, I just finished playing Sleeping Dogs. It's a kung fu action game with a heavy emphasis on the hand to hand combat. It feels like it's the Arkham games roided up with some hack and slash juice. Almost all the upgrades are hand combat based, the vast majority of combat encounters are hand to hand. It's how the game was advertised, it's what all the reviews talk about, it's why I was interested in it, and why it was recommended to me. And you know what? I was way more into the shooting than the hand to hand combat.
      The game does not seem all that proud of its gunplay, there's not a place to buy or customize guns, you just have to pick them up when a firefight starts and drop them after, and there's only like 3 guns total in the game. But it's some of the most fun gunplay I've played in years in a third person shooter. It heavily utilizes slow motion when you jump over cover or kick an enemy and leap into the air, incentivizing you to not just stay in cover the whole game. It really reminds me of Vanquish, which is one of my favorites in the third person shooter genre of all time.
      So this got me curious, what are some games that others have enjoyed for "wrong" reasons? Wrong is in quotes, because, well, it is still something meant to be enjoyed if it's in the game, but it clearly wasn't the focus of either dev time, or marketing, or general hype around the game, or all of the above. Although if you want to share something that wasn't something meant to be enjoyed at all, like something left in totally unintentionally by the developers, feel free to share that too.

      21 votes
    5. Can someone explain the hype around Super Mario Maker 2?

      I don't understand what makes the game appealing. It looks like it takes forever to make a level, and why would I want to play levels from random people on the internet? I like games that you...

      I don't understand what makes the game appealing. It looks like it takes forever to make a level, and why would I want to play levels from random people on the internet?

      I like games that you build stuff like KSP but just wondering what the appeal of SMM2 is.

      18 votes
    6. 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
    7. 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
    8. What interesting, uncommon mechanic would you like to see more commonly in video games?

      I was wondering about uncommon game mechanics recently and would like to get some inspiration for a possible next project. :) I personally enjoy games in which a story is generated organically...

      I was wondering about uncommon game mechanics recently and would like to get some inspiration for a possible next project. :)

      I personally enjoy games in which a story is generated organically based on the user's gameplay.

      27 votes
    9. What new videogame do you think will become a classic in 10-20 years?

      A classic can be a franchise or just a standalone game. Some examples of current classics can be old arcade/Nintendo games such as The Legend Of Zelda, Mario, and Pac-Man, or slightly newer ones...

      A classic can be a franchise or just a standalone game. Some examples of current classics can be old arcade/Nintendo games such as The Legend Of Zelda, Mario, and Pac-Man, or slightly newer ones like Final Fantasy, Tomb Raider, or The Sims.

      26 votes
    10. Weekly game discussion 1: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

      Description: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 features thrilling grounded multiplayer combat, three full zombies adventures at launch, and a massive battle royale experience. Note: I couldn't find a...

      Description:

      Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 features thrilling grounded multiplayer combat, three full zombies adventures at launch, and a massive battle royale experience.

      Note: I couldn't find a proper description anywhere so I just grabbed the text from battle.net


      Links:

      Battle.net Xbox PlayStation Amazon

      11 votes
    11. Similar to what you might see on ~tv for example, would anyone here be interested in a weekly or biweekly game discussion?

      I was inspired to ask this because I see a lot of other groups like ~TV people have been doing periodic discussions, and I got to thinking it could work here too. Every now and then, we could hold...

      I was inspired to ask this because I see a lot of other groups like ~TV people have been doing periodic discussions, and I got to thinking it could work here too. Every now and then, we could hold a discussion on either a video game or board game, for example. If I were to start this up would anyone be interested?

      Edit: Oh, and any suggestions for if I do start it up? What games I could start with etc?

      17 votes
    12. Do you ever feel like glitches can actually make the games MORE entertaining?

      A lot of the time people will by default mark a game being buggy as a negative, and on the one hand I do understand this. But, at the same time, some of my most memorable gaming moments will be...

      A lot of the time people will by default mark a game being buggy as a negative, and on the one hand I do understand this. But, at the same time, some of my most memorable gaming moments will be stuff like walking entering the wasteland to find an old barrel just spinning violently on the floor. Now, obviously a GAME BREAKING bug will always destroy an experience, but if you look at a civilian floating up a wall in spider-man PS4 and you're too worried about your immersion to find humour in it, I'm sure you're very fun at parties.

      25 votes
    13. What have yo been playing recently?

      Video games, board games, card games - whatever. I'm interested to know what you all have been playing recently. I've been playing a lot of D&D recently. My players have just delved deep under an...

      Video games, board games, card games - whatever. I'm interested to know what you all have been playing recently.

       

      I've been playing a lot of D&D recently. My players have just delved deep under an ancient keep to save an archaeologist from undead Tomb Spiders. I'm currently planning for this weeks game where they will hopefully encounter the giant spider brood mother.

      On the video game front, I've been playing through Duke Nukem 3D. That's a game that's certainly made the test of time.

      -LTADnD

      63 votes