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OT Gaming: October 2015

RosePortal Games, the developer of an RPG called Epic Quest of the 4 Crystals recently got caught offering compensation—in the form of free Steam keys—in exchange for Steam reviews. When Valve found out, they weren’t pleased.

Yeah, nothing shady about that…

Anyway, here’s the start of monthly Gaming threads.

Dan The Mediocre is one of "the rest" Posted: October 01, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 928 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: games, gaming, steam

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   901. formerly dp Posted: November 09, 2018 at 03:17 PM (#5785057)
Cool, thanks for the feedback. I think that's a winner--I've seen 32 GB kits for around $250 but that strikes me as overkill for my needs :) I had 14 in my old machine (remember when triple-channel was a thing?) and it never seemed to want more.

Nice to have the M.2 NvMe capability--but I'll prob stick with my existing drives, I have a 160 GB SSD for my OS, and a 500 GB SSD for game installs, with a bunch of larger HDDs for media/data.
   902. This is going to be state of the art wall Posted: November 09, 2018 at 03:39 PM (#5785076)
Cool, thanks for the feedback. I think that's a winner--I've seen 32 GB kits for around $250 but that strikes me as overkill for my needs :) I had 14 in my old machine (remember when triple-channel was a thing?) and it never seemed to want more.


16GB is a good amount. One open game usually takes about 4-6 and then you've got 1-2 in Chrome or FF and then you've got 8 more or so to play around with all your other apps. 8GB is kinda low for gaming these days imo. I'm in the habit of just letting games run in the background now.
   903. formerly dp Posted: November 09, 2018 at 06:28 PM (#5785208)
Yeah I'm not going less than that--I got used to the overhead of having 14 GB. But that thing ran hot and the fans ran constantly if I left games open, hoping the new build with less power consumption will run a bit cooler/quieter.

I do my desktop gaming & work on a 42" 4k TV--and the only problem with the r9 390 is that it doesn't have HDMI 2.0 out, which makes it pair weird with the TV (can't do 4:4:4 chroma via HDMI, so I run a DVI with an adapter...doesn't work perfectly). Might have to consider flipping the 390 in favor of a 1070, but GPU prices still haven't settled down enough...
   904. PASTE, Now with Extra Pitch and Extra Stamina Posted: November 12, 2018 at 09:34 AM (#5785879)
Has anyone played this OOTP "Perfect Team" thing yet? Apparently - the 6 months of "coming soon!" on the startup screen appear to have finally become a "PLAY PERFECT TEAM"... Is it just like a more integrated online OOTP league? Some kind 'badges/cards' things? Should I care?


It's Pay-to-Win lootboxes adapted to OOTP.
   905. jmurph Posted: November 12, 2018 at 09:52 AM (#5785886)
Update on my Macbook/Steam issues (not that you're all waiting on the edges of your seats, but since a couple of you tried to help me):

I tried all the tricks, looked for and failed to find any updates being pushed by Apple, and then basically gave up when nothing worked. Then Apple pushed out another update Saturday evening, so I did that and now everything works great again. Somehow in my several uninstalls/reinstalls of Steam I managed to not screw up and delete my old game files, so everything is back to normal.

Anyway, thanks to those of you offering tips.
   906. Zonk Sits on the Stool next to Slats Steely Posted: November 12, 2018 at 09:53 AM (#5785888)
It's Pay-to-Win lootboxes adapted to OOTP.


Ugh.

No, Markus... bad... bad Markus.
   907. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: November 12, 2018 at 09:58 AM (#5785894)
World championships of Rocket League were streaming all weekend on Twitch. Holy cow, those guys play a completely different game than us plebs. It seems like they only touch ground long enough to grab more boost before taking to the air again.
   908. PASTE, Now with Extra Pitch and Extra Stamina Posted: November 12, 2018 at 10:06 AM (#5785899)
I've been kind of thinking for a couple of years now that the OOTP devs are pretty much done with meaningful improvements to the game. So in a way, it's nice to have that confirmed now.

I have really complicated feelings about gambling (which, there is no mistake, 100% is what lootboxes are--gambling). In the abstract, I believe people should be free to ruin their own lives in whatever way they please, and think we're best off without the government sticking its nose into people's private lives (as with drugs, so with gambling).

But a decade back I was a semiprofessional poker player the last couple waning years of the boom, not making very much but it was my primary income for a while. And I saw gambling addicts up close, knew a few of them. It's ugly. Very, very ugly. And people getting rich preying on gambling addicts really bothers me. It bothers me that I myself was such a predator, in my own way (the winnings don't come from fellow pros, they come from the fish, who are sometimes just blowing a paycheck on a fun weekend, but who are sometimes gambling addicts desperately in need of help and someone to forcefully keep them away from their fix), and it really bothers me that some people (casino owners, and state governments, and EA, just to name three) make their fortunes systematically milking them cows dry, and knowing exactly what they're doing.

Make no mistake, Markus will make twice as much money in one year from turning OOTP into a slot machine as he's made off OOTP in his whole life before. It is VERY lucrative. Already a significant part of the player base is obsessed with it (just check out r/ootp), which is no surprise because gambling is extremely addictive to the brains of a small but significant percentage of people. But to say I find it dismaying that Markus decided to turn OOTP into a slot machine would be the understatement of the year.
   909. Zonk Sits on the Stool next to Slats Steely Posted: November 12, 2018 at 10:22 AM (#5785918)
I've been kind of thinking for a couple of years now that the OOTP devs are pretty much done with meaningful improvements to the game. So in a way, it's nice to have that confirmed now.


Oh, I disagree... Things I'd like to see OOTP do:

1) The contract/offer/response still needs work. Players are too quick to break off negotiations. It's not possible to discuss a long-term deal, fail to arrive at terms, and then essentially 'restart' negotiations with arb buyouts, shorter durations, inventive opt-outs, etc.

2) The AI is tons better at 40 man roster management, but it still has holes. Trading, likewise, could still get better. It's harder now, but it's still entirely possible to build a good team in short order with the old "sign all vets to minor league contracts, watch waivers like a hawk, trade chaff for B/C prospects".

3) I still want a better and robust fictional generation -- as in, let me create a one-click MLB will completely randomized/fictional players (including history, reasonable contracts, etc). WHat's more - I want to be able to generate a 'challenge'... i.e., generate my crappy old team with a bad farm system and lots of bad MLB contracts.

4) Scouting/player development - still not great. I do like the more hazy and vague coaching system, but there's still plenty that could be done in terms of FO staff.

5) Some of the new financial items - support a player's charity, etc - are good... but there's a ton more to do here - how about actual FO finance; negotiating radio/TV deals. A more finely tuned fan interest? Wrangle new stadium concessions from your city.. etc
   910. PASTE, Now with Extra Pitch and Extra Stamina Posted: November 12, 2018 at 10:45 AM (#5785951)
I didn't mean there aren't meaningful improvements to be made. There definitely are. It's just the devs have lost interest and aren't going to do any of that work.
   911. JJ1986 Posted: November 12, 2018 at 01:17 PM (#5786077)
Is it like Ultimate Team in FIFA or 2K games? I've played those a bunch without spending actual dollars.
   912. Greg K Posted: November 12, 2018 at 01:47 PM (#5786102)
I've been playing the beta of this OOTP thing.

Although "playing" is a strong word for it.

Essentially you use points (generated by achievements or, I assume purchased) to buy card packs. They are mostly current players, but a bunch of historical cards as well (I've got 2001 Luis Gonzalez playing left, an early 1990s David Cone in the rotation, and Don Money on the infield).

25 man rosters that you can cycle your card collection in and out of. If a player is de-activated he can't be inserted back into the lineup for 15 games.

My team finished its first season this morning, in what was termed "Rookie League". Won the division and now appear to be in "A League". I'm not sure if there's a promotion/relegation system, but if there is there might be leagues and divisions to compete for even if you're not putting any money into it.

It would be kind of cool if the players aged out, so you had to keep adding new ones, but I can't tell if that's the case or not. The players have "2019" stats in their history, and are now compiling 2020 stats, but I don't remember anyone's ages, so I can't tell if David Cone is just going to be 33 years old forever or not.

So far it's a fun little distraction I check for 5 minutes every time I play OOTP. They say that when the beta is done they'll delete all your cards and start over, so I haven't got too attached. But it might be fun to build a team.
   913. This is going to be state of the art wall Posted: November 12, 2018 at 03:06 PM (#5786148)
It sounds like OOTP is ready to go into micro-transactions from what Greg posted.
   914. Zonk Sits on the Stool next to Slats Steely Posted: November 12, 2018 at 03:18 PM (#5786154)
OK, 912 sounds like it might well be a moderately fun lark... I mean, so long as they keep nibbling at enhancements to the core game, keep the mobile card/lootbox separate, OK.

Hell, BITD - my buddies and I used to do this all the time... grab a stack of cards out of the commons box, create your 25 man roster... and maybe play a microleague season if you didn't get too bored entering all the stats in by hand.

   915. DJS Thinks Apples and Oranges are Similar Posted: November 14, 2018 at 02:22 PM (#5787444)
Now that Madden is back on PC, I can personally loathe the whole Madden Ultimate Team stuff. I just want to play normal games of football with normal teams!
   916. Zonk Sits on the Stool next to Slats Steely Posted: November 19, 2018 at 01:21 PM (#5789199)
Somehow, I stumbled onto OOTP god mode... Never had a dynasty start out quite like this -- ordinarily, I manage games to start until I lose and mix sim/manage while I focus on org management and minor league lineups.

I've started 2018 at 25-0 -- technically, I probably would have lost game #15 when Justin Wilson gave up a go-ahead grand slam, but I rage-mashed the keyboard and everything on the mouse and the game crashed (fortunately, I had just saved before the game).

Anthony Rizzo is hitting 403/501/917 with 14 HRs and 43 RBI. Jason F Heyward is hitting 337/421/533. Sans the rage crash blemish, Justin Wilson has 8 saves. Tyler Chatwood is 4-0 with a 3.42 ERA.
   917. DJS Thinks Apples and Oranges are Similar Posted: December 18, 2018 at 01:48 AM (#5798584)
I just realized that if I decided a year in advance what franchises I was going to try to play as, I could totally slant ZiPS into giving an edge to the players on that team in the initial rosters. Corruption is amusing when it's for petty reasons.
   918. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: December 18, 2018 at 11:16 AM (#5798687)
I am sad that when this thread showed up in my sidebar, my initial reaction before noticing the date was that there was a new OT thread on gambling on games. Natural, I guess, given the cozy embrace Rob Manfred is giving to Big Gambling.
   919. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: December 18, 2018 at 03:54 PM (#5798833)
I just realized that if I decided a year in advance what franchises I was going to try to play as, I could totally slant ZiPS into giving an edge to the players on that team in the initial rosters. Corruption is amusing when it's for petty reasons.


That's too much power for one man!
   920. Fancy Crazy Town Banana Pants Handle Posted: December 18, 2018 at 06:47 PM (#5798872)
I just realized that if I decided a year in advance what franchises I was going to try to play as, I could totally slant ZiPS into giving an edge to the players on that team in the initial rosters. Corruption is amusing when it's for petty reasons.

Yeah, but you would just pick the Orioles, and all it would do is lead to you going 67-95, instead of 47-115.
   921. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: December 18, 2018 at 07:44 PM (#5798882)
Actually, that is a question I'm curious about. If Dan were going full p-hacking mode, how good could he make the 2019 Orioles roster?

It's not even unethical, it's proof of his model. "If my results turn out like this you know I'm messing with it in a way I shouldn't be."
   922. DJS Thinks Apples and Oranges are Similar Posted: December 19, 2018 at 05:29 AM (#5798949)
Yeah, but you would just pick the Orioles, and all it would do is lead to you going 67-95, instead of 47-115.

We'll see when Dylan Bundy has that 2.43 ERA projection and Mark Trumbo becomes J.D. Martinez!
   923. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: December 19, 2018 at 09:06 AM (#5798968)
Epic Games is planning to give away free games periodically if you sign up for their game store. Current freebie is "Subnautica" which I've heard good things about, it's a first-person survival/horror game set underwater. Next week the free game is "Super Meat Boy" which is probably not what I'm assuming it is.

Anyways, free games! And you can always get Fortnite at the same time and work on those dances before the shyster lawyers take them away.
   924. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: December 19, 2018 at 11:41 AM (#5799050)
Subnautica is very high on my GOTY list this year. I can't recommend it highly enough. Just a beautiful, well paced, and enjoyable game.
   925. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: January 28, 2019 at 06:11 PM (#5809754)
Any wargamers out there? Anyone played Victory at Sea Pacific?
   926. Cowboy Popup Posted: January 28, 2019 at 06:54 PM (#5809762)
Finally got a PS4 when they were on sale for like $200. Didn't get the Spiderman deal but got one with a $50 gift certificate. Got Witcher 3 with all the DLC for like 30 bucks.

OMFG. What a satisfying and oddly brutal experience. So many dead children but man is this game fun. Taking on the different monsters presents some really varied challenges (ran into my first earth elemental the other day, that didn't go well), the quests are fairly distinct and its stayed challenging. I've been playing for hours and I'm at level 12 and have rarely left Velen at this point. So much left to do, so much time left to waste.

I've never played the other 2 games, that really hasn't hurt my engagement. There was some trial and error with the signs and the potions but I feel like I've got my footing now. I can still die in a heart beat if I run into the wrong monster and I'm not paying attention. There's a level 20 Leshen I'm coming back for when I can actually kill him.
   927. Random Transaction Generator Posted: February 11, 2019 at 11:40 PM (#5814513)
Is anyone playing Apex Legends?

I've given it a try and while I'm terrible, I think I might start playing it more than Fortnite (or Slay the Spire) soon.
Being free-to-play and launching without any fanfare has made it VERY popular.
Before people could complain about it, it was already available and ready.
   928. JJ1986 Posted: February 21, 2019 at 12:53 PM (#5817095)
Question for everyone, is there going to be any point in playing Anthem as a single player? I really don't do multiplayer gaming any more.
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