Friday night topic: What are you playing?

Time to pull out an old classic for tonight’s topic. I’ve been spending quite a bit of free time playing Borderlands 2, and a host of other new games are awaiting my attention once I’m finished, including Guild Wars 2, Dishonored, Sleeping Dogs, and maybe Medal of Honor Warfighter or XCOM. I’m sure I’m missing some other recent releases, and there are more new games coming soon.

So, the question is: what games are you playing right now, and how are you enjoying them?

Personally, as a bit of a Borderlands fanatic, I’m like a pig in mud. I’m up to about level 25 so far, and I’m taking my sweet time, playing every possible side quest and enjoying my time in the new Pandora. The basic template for an evening’s play session is unchanging. First, I dig into my backpack and compare weapons, selling enough stuff to clear up space and equipping any new toys. Next, I raid and loot my way through an area, without having to think about loot management. Once a big quest line is complete, I stop. Next time out, the cycle repeats.

Last night, at the far corner of a map near the edge of a cliff, I opened a semi-obscured cabinet and found a sniper rifle that does 999 damage per shot. Oh, man. The rest of the evening’s raids consisted of a series of devastating critical hits, made with cold precision. Pure bliss.

I dunno. I talk big about playing other games, but I’ll probably just play through the rest of the BL2 DLC before really committing to anything else.

What are you playing? Discuss.

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    • Nixtrax
    • 7 years ago

    I am playing Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer. Lots of fun.

      • Airmantharp
      • 7 years ago

      I need to do a little more of this sometime…

    • shaq_mobile
    • 7 years ago

    sleeping dogs. in sandbox games, do you guys ever see how your real life influences your game priorities? i never pursue the romantic relationships, in fact i usually do my best to avoid them. screw karaoke. let me drive fast cars in inappropriate places. i’ll take driving a ducati in a monastery over singing journey in stupid clubs any day of the week. if im gonna play a video game it’s to do things i shouldn’t do in real life. arguably, i shouldn’t sing karaoke, but isn’t that the point of it?

    question though. do dating quests help me gain face level? i only have 4 but i want a nicer car and the regular face missions dont give you a whole lot.

      • yogibbear
      • 7 years ago

      the dating missions show you where all the hidden collectibles are. each of them unlock the different types. one of the girls even MAKES you drive fast cars in inappropriate places… πŸ˜‰

    • Bensam123
    • 7 years ago

    Hawken beta, Blacklight Retribution (still fun), and hopefully playing through Trine 2…

    Oh and WoW, but we aren’t going to talk about WoW. WoW should die along with all other MMOs that require time commitments to get anywhere in them.

    • anotherengineer
    • 7 years ago

    If I had some time on my hands I would try out FF7 for the PC

    [url<]http://store.na.square-enix.com/DRHM/store?Action=DisplayProductDetailsPage&SiteID=sqenixus&Locale=en_US&Env=BASE&productID=250845500#.UI4IVob4y71[/url<] [url<]http://finalfantasyviipc.com/us[/url<]

    • puppetworx
    • 7 years ago

    DayZ Mod. Desperately waiting for the standalone.

    • Draphius
    • 7 years ago

    playine MechWarrior Online here. lookout for my jenners

    • blorbic5
    • 7 years ago

    I have been playing battlefield 3

    • LoneWolf15
    • 7 years ago

    As posted in a reply, Torchlight II. Played today for the first time in nearly a month; my current IT job has really put a damper on my hobby of loving technology.

    • DrCR
    • 7 years ago

    I’m waiting for FarCry3. It may be the game the induces me to upgrade from my C2D, 8800GT setup.

    • CoWBoY
    • 7 years ago

    Currently playing Borderlands 2 and XCOM. Never played Borderlands, though 2 makes me want to play it now. Been playing co-op with my son’s.

    Eldest and I have been playing XCOM as well. The game is absolutely sick. We are both HUGE fans of turn based. Reminds us a lot of Jagged Alliance 2, which has always been our all time favorite game.

    Playing on a 92inch Mitsubishi DLP doesn’t hurt either..lol Good times!

      • Airmantharp
      • 7 years ago

      Co-op in modern games has gotten exciting- I loved playing through Portal 2 with my brother. I made sure he had a computer worth playing things on (passed a Q9550 and an HD6950) before he started school; I should see if he’s interested in BL.

    • xii
    • 7 years ago

    Doctor, with my girlfriend as a willing patient. About the only sort of games we play… After a week of IT work, I don’t really feel like sitting down many more hours behind a computer screen. Am I the only one that feels that way?

      • TurtlePerson2
      • 7 years ago

      My work involves sitting down in front of a computer more-or-less the entire day. When I get home, I still enjoy computer games. I could understand why someone might not want to do that though.

      Depending on the setup of your home and work computers you may be in a better or worse situation for this. If you adjust your brightness settings and work area properly, then your eyes shouldn’t get sore with extended computer use.

      • LoneWolf15
      • 7 years ago

      There are times when my IT career (especially this year) has nearly killed my love of technology as a hobby.
      When you do it 50+ hours a week, and there’s just no letup or downtime, and it never stops, not ever, you get home and think dryly that “Fallout 3” might be an ideal society at times.

      I did play Torchlight II today for probably 90 minutes, and enjoyed it. Steam noted that the last time I’d played was 9/29. When I do play it, it’s because I can play it on my laptop (it works great with a Trackpoint); I sit down at my desktop maybe once or twice a month now.

      My smartphone is possibly the last gadget I find “fun” on a regular basis.

    • Glasshammer
    • 7 years ago

    For the past year I have ONLY ever played Starcraft 2.
    I’m not looking forward to HotS however; I personally believe that the game could and should be simplified in terms of units and their abilities (some being too overpowered in my opinion) and let decision-making take a more prominent role in how the match progresses.

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      i’m not a big fan of the gameplay of sc2. i just didn’t think it compared to the first. not as balanced, and it’s too much like c&c for my taste. i haven’t used my account in probably 6 months though. not sure how it’s changed.

        • Airmantharp
        • 7 years ago

        You know Blizzard is full of Balance Nazi’s- expect effective strategies to have changed significantly :).

        That said, I don’t think I’ve played SCII since beating the single-player campaign. RTS holds very little of my interest.

    • td1353l
    • 7 years ago

    Planetside 2 – say what you all want, battle has never been this large of scale, and its very nice!

    • Guts_not_Dead
    • 7 years ago

    I play battlefield 3, the most controversial game ever been produced.
    Stealing elements from Call of duty and adding bs elements of their own, dice has made a game that is full of it, bs.

    From blinding flashlights and laser-sights, to getting blocked and stuck and having to jump like rabbit to move past a 10cm high brick or pavement.

    the mechanics are primitive, and not better than the ones you find in CS, and the blurry graphics make up for the decent geometry and depth of sight in the game.

    I guess that’s the best we can get, considering it’s a cross-platform game.

      • td1353l
      • 7 years ago

      cept bf3 has better gfx, ALOT better sound, more people and actual destruction, yea, Dice sure did rip CoD. Its amazing CoD still even gets recognized as a good fps, it boggles my mind how people can even look at it after playing anything new.

        • Airmantharp
        • 7 years ago

        I only ever wanted to play CoD for the single-player aspect- DICE has those two teams beat to a pulp for everything MP.

        If I really wanted to get into a ‘shooter for shooting’s sake’, I’d get into CS:GO, as my community seems to be pretty active there too.

      • willmore
      • 7 years ago

      Sadly bad map design is pretty common these days. There are plenty of places in BL where you have to jump over some kind of invisible block. BL2 is even worse.

      • shaq_mobile
      • 7 years ago

      i enjoy it occasionally. i used to play it 4+ hours a day. got old though. i dont want to purchase the new addons so not many servers are still playable. the ones that are keep playing kharg island, which is boring almost solely because of the huge hill/radio tower/army base part of the map. if that was all city on that hillside, that would be a much more interesting map. instead theres a 1/4 of the server camping up there (from both teams) and the rest of the people are flying around in the jets.

    • SoM
    • 7 years ago

    i’m playing with myself

    so i win πŸ˜€

      • xii
      • 7 years ago

      Beating yourself is no challenge, multi-player mode is where it’s at.

    • jbraslins
    • 7 years ago

    Efffing EVE πŸ™

      • Washer
      • 7 years ago

      I’d be upset too. EVE is the only game I’ve had more fun listening about than playing it.

    • jensend
    • 7 years ago

    Haven’t been doing a lot of gaming, but I recently beat Dungeons of Dredmor. The latest expansion finally fixed the ridiculous inventory management situation by giving you a way to teleport to a place to stash your stuff, making it a lot more playable.

      • indeego
      • 7 years ago

      Gave up on that game after too many crashes/bugs killed too many characters. Shame, I really liked it. (beat it once, can’t remember what character I used.)

        • jensend
        • 7 years ago

        Yeah, I got it with the Humble Bundle, tried it and thought “this is fun, but it’s buggy and the inventory is totally unworkable esp. if you want to be able to craft anything” so I just let it sit for most of a year. Picked it up after the expansion and the latest patch, and it’s a considerably better experience.

          • MadManOriginal
          • 7 years ago

          I played this game for a while and thought it was really fun in an old-school way. I saw the new expansion but was like ‘meh’ because I wasn’t playing it any more, but didn’t read the details about inventory. I always just used a room near the beginning of a level as a ‘safe room’ with piles of loot, lol, moving stuff from one level to the next took just a few minutes. It shouldn’t have to be that way but I didn’t think it was too bad, plus I figured maybe the designers didn’t intend for you to keep tons of items, but that does throw a wrench into crafting.

          Anyway, definitely a fun, low graphics/sound production quality but really good sense of humor rogue-like. If the ‘complete’ goes on sale for $5 definitely worth it.

    • Cyco-Dude
    • 7 years ago

    tribes ascend, starcraft 2 and minecraft.

    • lilbuddhaman
    • 7 years ago

    La-Mulana,
    Metroidvania genre, very well done so far, very difficult.

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      WHY HAVEN’T I HEARD OF THIS?

    • ish718
    • 7 years ago

    Still playing Max Payne 3, almost at the end I think.

    • FuturePastNow
    • 7 years ago

    Sim City 2000, bought from gog.com (I already owned it, but I’m a failure at DOSBox).

    Still the best in the series.

      • Grape Flavor
      • 7 years ago

      Ah that’s a gem. I’m dying to see how the upcoming version turns out though. I thought the series was dead.

        • Airmantharp
        • 7 years ago

        After Civ V, I’m starting to like turn-based games! And I haven’t played Sim City in what’s approaching two decades- I’m actually looking forward to this one. It suits my style- I like building stuff :).

    • Kaleid
    • 7 years ago

    Batman Arkham City. Soon done absolutely everything, including all the challenges. Hope the next game provides this openness and perhaps even expands a bit on it when it comes to level design since I think this game is an improvement over Arkham Asylum which felt too linear. The combat, the sneaking etc have all improved too.

    Now if I only could get the warning messages a la modern games to vanish or placed somewhere else. I know the AIs see me if I hide close to a body, don’t need to be reminded about that nor about having to escape if enemies are targeting me with their guns..

    • ShadowEyez
    • 7 years ago

    GW2 and diablo3 and a little ut3. I’m also looking at planetside 2 when it officially comes out.

    • ALiLPinkMonster
    • 7 years ago

    999 at level 25 ain’t too shabby. I’m at 40 and the damage levels are getting pretty close to 10,000. I both love and hate how quickly the weapon stats escalate as you level up. I’ll get what I THINK is a top-notch purple or magenta weapon which I will be using well into the foreseeable future, only to have it trumped after my next ding by an apparently lowly green.

    I’ve gotten into the habit of nabbing the gold key codes from Gearbox’s Twitter and Facebook accounts. More often than not the box contains something I will probably never use, but I can’t complain about having a few purples to sell or stash. I did get a pretty nice fire sniper out of it last night, but it’s somewhat puny compared to my friend’s level 42 stuff.

    Oh and I was severely disappointed after defeating the leviathan in the DLC only to find a whole mess of greens sprinkled with blues and one or two relatively useless purples sitting in those chests. Good thing you can go back and do it again.

      • willmore
      • 7 years ago

      Really? Cool. I took my soldier back to the first playthrough to do the DLC, so I only have weapons from when I left the main story–the DLC is geared for lvl 25-30 players. So, I haven’t seen a weapon drop that was worth keeping in a long time. I’m done with the DLC, so it’s back to the main sequence. Maybe I’ll get something better than the just over 3K damage sniper rifle I have. Brain surgery, he he he….

      Oh, did you get the super secret stash after beating the leviathan? I actually found it on my own.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 7 years ago

    Decided to play through Dear Esther finally after getting it on a Steam sale a while ago. Not sure if you can call this ‘playing a game’, but it’s interesting so far.

      • willmore
      • 7 years ago

      Let us know how it goes. I had a buddy talk me in to buying it when it was heavily on sale and I haven’t had reason to touch it, yet.

        • yogibbear
        • 7 years ago

        It takes ~60 mins to play it. And you won’t play it a second time. It is [i<]interesting[/i<] but that's about it.

          • MadManOriginal
          • 7 years ago

          Yeah, it’s basically a nice-looking narrated story that you walk through. I paid $5 for it, so not bad, play it when you feel like relaxing a bit and being contemplative and aren’t looking to blow sh*t up.

            • willmore
            • 7 years ago

            [quote<]aren't looking to blow sh*t up.[/quote<] Man, I don't even know you anymore!

    • ptsant
    • 7 years ago

    Guild Wars 2… One of the best games in the last few years, even if you only do single-player PvE. PvP is great fun, although my friends have not yet joined. The game is a bit heavy on the PC, but playable.

    • FormCode
    • 7 years ago

    Pretty much just World of Tanks. I need to rack up some free xp for the british tank tree that’s coming soon in patch 8.1. πŸ˜€

    • l33t-g4m3r
    • 7 years ago

    Deponia, and waiting for the sequel to come out. Not buying borderlands or dishonored until price drop, plus I have plenty of other games to finish like the new serious sam dlc. Also, skyrim. I need to start playing that sometime, and hopefully it isn’t too consolized. I need to finish Darksiders too, because I’m right at the end but put it off due to all the side quests and bonus stuff.

      • willmore
      • 7 years ago

      Can you give a summary of that game? I keep seeing it on Steam, but there’s no good game mechanice type of description of it.

        • l33t-g4m3r
        • 7 years ago

        Machinarium with humor. Buy it on GOG, 40% off with sequel.
        [url<]http://www.gog.com/en/promo/deponia_2_preorder_promo_18_10_12[/url<]

          • willmore
          • 7 years ago

          Ahh, okay, thanks. I found Machanarium to be painful and tedious. I’m not sure humor would be enough to make it tolerable. Thanks for the summary!

            • l33t-g4m3r
            • 7 years ago

            The puzzles are more tolerable than Anna’s anyway (pewdiepie made it look easy, but that game is confusing), and the humor actually did keep me interested in finishing the game, moreso than machinarium. Of course I use a walkthrough if I get stuck, and certain puzzles are even skippable in game. (skip the pointless window puzzle.)
            [url<]http://guides.gamepressure.com/deponia/[/url<] [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctRhAYQq32U&feature=relmfu[/url<]

    • anotherengineer
    • 7 years ago

    I’m playing parenting 101.

    As for games havent even touched a game in almost 3 months been so busy. O well.

      • willmore
      • 7 years ago

      Oh, man, I remember that! It gets better. Err, well, it gets *different*. Sort of a ‘well, they do *this*, but at least they’re over doing *that*’.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 7 years ago

        The microtransactions are a bitch, though. Not very micro.

          • willmore
          • 7 years ago

          Well said.

    • Unknown-Error
    • 7 years ago

    Minesweeper

    • crsh1976
    • 7 years ago

    I’m back to playing WoW. Again.

    Somebody please shoot me.

      • Phydoux
      • 7 years ago

      Yep, it has a way of pulling you back in. I’m playing again too.

      • paulWTAMU
      • 7 years ago

      Me too. WIth the wife working nights, it keeps me busy for pretty cheap and I’m enjoying it. Come summer when the parks are open and it isn’t dark as soon as I’m off work, I’ll probably quit agian.

      • Bensam123
      • 7 years ago

      Same, waiting for GW2 to get some more polish. The game really isn’t worth my time, but new MMOs require such a huge commitment it’s easier going back and there are social circles waiting too. Not sure how long I’ll keep playing it for though. The game is quite dead, at least IMO.

    • yogibbear
    • 7 years ago

    Hotline Miami!

    It’s sadistic fun at its best. Think super meat boy in top-down shmup with awesome 80s disco soundtrack and some weird tripping story interludes.

    A game that rewards me for perfectly timing smashing through a door, jumping on someone’s face, bashing it in, taking their baseball bat, throwing it into the next room at a mobster’s head, taking his gun, then shooting his friend in the room that is rushing at me with a crowbar. Then he wakes up from his daze and I pop him in the head, then all hell breaks lose as every single enemy on the map proceeds to enter the room I am in, and I have 4 bullets remaining in this auto shotgun… so I hold back behind a corner of the doorway as they rush in “CLICK, CLICK, CLICK, CLICK” goes my mouse, and “BAM BAM BAM BAM” goes my shotgun… there’s bloody mess EVERYWHERE but there’s one guy left and he’s running in with an assault rifle…. so instead I right click… and my autoshotgun goes flying across the room in my single last chance of faith in the game…. knocks the bodyguard out and I storm him and jump on his face and keep bashing away until he stops moving and the last breathe of air escapes his now-limp corpse. Then a voice yells “GO BACK TO THE CAR!” while the smooth 80s disco beat continues to kick in. Oh how sexy I feel.

      • yogibbear
      • 7 years ago

      I can’t believe no one else is playing this. I’ve finished it now, but going back through again as I missed some hidden stuff.

    • DeadOfKnight
    • 7 years ago

    I just finished playing through “[url=http://www.gog.com/gamecard/to_the_moon<]To the Moon[/url<]" Heh, they can't make this guy cry...*sniff*...

    • Meadows
    • 7 years ago

    Diablo 3, Quake Live, and… wait for it… Jacksmith!

    [url<]http://www.freewebarcade.com/game/jacksmith/[/url<] I stopped playing Alan Wake for some reason but should really finish it sometime, and also still have the new Alice game to finish and that "Anna" one to try out. Nowadays I don't enjoy most games more than watching a TV series, they're just good time sinks it seems. Been a while before Alan Wake since I was last "amazed", I don't even know why I dropped that game lately to be honest.

    • ShadowTiger
    • 7 years ago

    Fallen Enchantress was just released so I have been playing a bit of that. I’m curious how many other gerbils are doing that.

      • drfish
      • 7 years ago

      Its on my list (and my NAS) but I won’t get to it until at least next weekend…

      • yogibbear
      • 7 years ago

      Never heard of it? Looking at steam page now… guess it is lost from the spotlight when you have XCOM, ACIII, Dishonored, Hotline Miami etc. all competing for space. (Oh and I heard there was some Medal of Honor game released too.)

    • CMF04k
    • 7 years ago

    Guild Wars II, DCS A-10 C, Mechwarrior Online.

    • DancinJack
    • 7 years ago

    Planetside 2.

    • ronch
    • 7 years ago

    Leisure Suit Larry 2! I swear, this game’s puzzles are crazy! There’s no way I could’ve gotten past some of them without hints!

    • yogibbear
    • 7 years ago

    Already finished BL2, Dishonored, XCOM, Sleeping Dogs. (XCOM being my favourite probably… then I’m not really sure between the other 3 as they’re all very different, and very very good).

    So I was actually playing Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (Steam sale purchase), as I haven’t touched it at all… and need to catch up on the story developments before ACIII comes out next week!

    Really enjoying the weird block puzzle thing similar to portal minus the steroids… (probably because it’s not AC, and therefore it is interesting).

    • albundy
    • 7 years ago

    playing with gf version 7.0

      • Meadows
      • 7 years ago

      You really should try older girls than that.

        • albundy
        • 7 years ago

        yeah, i’ll leave the old bags to suckers like you! you can have all the gilfs and milfs you want! just dont forget to change their diapers! college girls rule!

          • Meadows
          • 7 years ago

          That doesn’t even make sense.

          • Jigar
          • 7 years ago

          That means you are just a dreamer who is having hard time convincing a girl. Great.

    • raddude9
    • 7 years ago

    Has everybody finished Black Mesa already? It’s easily the best free game I’ve ever played!

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      I LOVE MEADOWS.

        • Meadows
        • 7 years ago

        Stop editing your comments and tell us what you really meant.

          • sweatshopking
          • 7 years ago

          it was a double post, and so i used the opportunity to say what was in my heart.

            • Meadows
            • 7 years ago

            Explanation accepted.

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      yeah, i beat it like 2 days after it came out.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 7 years ago

        That’s what she sa…

      • Chrispy_
      • 7 years ago

      Not touched it yet.

      Borderlands 2 came out two days before Black Mesa launched, now there’s either XCOM or Dishonoured and I’m ignoring other long-anticipated sequels like Torchlight II and Planetside2.

      They sure screwed up their launch window. 7 years in the making and they release it in the same 28-day window as some of the biggest titles the PC has seen in the last year.

        • Grape Flavor
        • 7 years ago

        Given that Black Mesa is a free mod, I don’t think they worried much about the launch “competition”.

        There’s no such thing as sales to worry about, and let’s be realistic, almost everyone who would be interested in a fan remake of Half-Life already knows about BM by now.

        Worst case scenario, people play Black Mesa later. What difference does it make? There’s no money at stake here.

      • absurdity
      • 7 years ago

      I bought a bunch of games at the Steam Summer Sale, played through one, and then got sucked into Black Mesa. It feels dated, and drags on at times, but overall it is a lot of fun to play through again. It also prompted me to play through the rest of the games again (HL2, Episode 1, Episode 2), finally worked my way through and finished Portal 2.

      • Goofus Maximus
      • 7 years ago

      I really REALLY want to play this, but it’s one of the Source games/mods that require a CPU that has SSE2 instructions. WAAAAAH! (sniffle!)

        • MadManOriginal
        • 7 years ago

        You use a pre-Athlon 64, or *gasp* pre-Pentium 4 CPU?

    • Sam125
    • 7 years ago

    Just XCom:EU. I might pick up a random game or two along the way, but the next game I’m looking forward to is a new MechWarrior or Assassin’s Creed 3 if it’s any good.

    I also want to pick up a jRPG if I have a lot of spare time.

    • odizzido
    • 7 years ago

    Recently I’ve been playing torchlight2, the original x-com(still), and STALKER:COP with mods.

    Alan wake is DRM free for 15 on GOG right now so I might pick that up.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 7 years ago

      You should. Alan Wake is a great game with a great atmosphere and story. A little on the short side, but as long as you get the DLC with the GOG version it’s still worth $15. I got it on STeam when it first came out and it included the DLC episodes. The Signal and The Writer are the names.

      Oh, the GOG listing does say it has that stuff. “Includes Alan Wake Special Episodes β€œThe Signal” and β€œThe Writer”.”

        • odizzido
        • 7 years ago

        I waited two and a half years, but I finally got alan wake. Thank god for GOG and their DRM free service.

        The fan on my video card died though πŸ™ I hope alan wake doesn’t cook my sub-optimally cooled GPU.

    • entropy13
    • 7 years ago

    World of Tanks, Blacklight: Retribution, Football Manager 2012

    • stratosrally
    • 7 years ago

    Rally racing in DiRT 2 (and yes, I have many newer games… but you asked about tonight!)

    • alienstorexxx
    • 7 years ago

    little of assassins creed 1 preparing for ac3. some of borderlands 2. check ign’s assassin’s creed in 5 minutes (more like 7) resume, nice work they’ve done.

    • dstrbd
    • 7 years ago

    Playing the original Borderlands, Tribes Ascend, Witcher 2, Deus Ex:HR, Metro 2033 and dont laugh to hard, Duke Nukem Forever. Need to finish these game before the Christmas Steam sale!

    • My Johnson
    • 7 years ago

    I’m playing L4D2.

    • Kurkotain
    • 7 years ago

    MechWarrior Online

    Open question: Logitech G13 or Razer Nostromo?

      • dstrbd
      • 7 years ago

      I have both, but I have been using the G13 for the last 2 yrs. The I would prefer the Nostromo for the comfort of the arched palm rest and it stays inplace on your desk better but since newer games require more input keys the G13 wins. The G13 took a long while to get use to.

        • Kurkotain
        • 7 years ago

        I have the chance to get one brand new for $40 so, guess i’ll buy it. thanks for the info.

        Want to try to check the ergonomics, but i can’t πŸ™

    • derFunkenstein
    • 7 years ago

    I played this monochromatic purple and white looking game called Windows 8 Installer earlier tonight, but I’m done with that.

    I love that with my Steam folder on a second hard drive, I just run the app and it installs itself and my games are there still. Yay steam, and screw you installers!

    The big time-waster lately (now that my big recording project is done) has been Borderlands 2. Tons of fun. I love the dungeon crawler looting style. Normally not a big FPS fan but this one has changed me for the better.

      • dstrbd
      • 7 years ago

      I used to use a 150GB velociraptor as my primary drive and a WD Caviar Black 640 GB for Steam. I then changed my primary to drive to a Vertex 2 128GB 2 yrs ago and your correct, it did reinstall itself by going into that drive and double clicking on the shortcut in the Steam folder.
      But, since going to nvidia surround, I’ve weird issues with the mouse lagging some of my games to a complete halt when I moved the mouse when I used any nvidia driver beyond 296.10. Tonight Ive narrowed the problem to Steam and when I went to uninstall it I couldnt find it in my programs. I had to download the client and reinstall it over my existing and now its there in the list.
      Just an FYI.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 7 years ago

        Well that’s good to know in case I get an issue with my steam install. Thanks!

        • willmore
        • 7 years ago

        Did you crank down the update rate on the mouse? There are a few game engines that freak out when the mouse updates >250 Hz.

          • dstrbd
          • 7 years ago

          I’m 99.9% positive it has something to do with Steam. Ive tried different mice (ms intellimouse, logitech G9, logitech mx518 and R.A.T. 9) and it only happens on games within Steam, all other games I’ve installed from disc work fine even ob the same drive as my Steam.

            • willmore
            • 7 years ago

            Ahh, you tried turning off the in game overlay for Steam?

    • BIF
    • 7 years ago

    Civilization V here when time permits.

    Waiting for a good Mech Warrior or Mech Commander comeback.

      • Kurkotain
      • 7 years ago

      you didn’t like MechWarrior Online?

        • BIF
        • 7 years ago

        Didn’t try it. I’m a single-player fan and when I heard about the pay-to-play money angle, I immediately lost interest. I don’t like subscriptions either.

        Besides that, I’m a busy person, and only have the occasional evening or Saturday afternoon to play any games. Without the time available to develop actual “skills” in gaming, I just game for fun and to keep some strategy skills.

        Additionally, the thought of subjecting myself to being whupped by teenagers who’ve been practicing all summer in their bedrooms is not appealing or fun to me. People say this isn’t true, but I suspect those people are all busy playing in their bedrooms. πŸ˜›

        And then there’s the controversies with online gaming communities suspending or banning members for taking advantage of things they discover in the games…too much politics there.

        If I want to play against people, I’ll go play a sport. πŸ˜€

        EDIT: I also like the Sim City franchise, but may not join the SC5 party because it sounds like they’re going to force an always-on internet connection and/or online play. Will wait to see, but I just want private single-player play and if that’s not an option, I’ll just keep myself occupied with something else like a good book or a pretty girl, both of which are much healthier for me anyway…

    • Halnerd
    • 7 years ago

    I absolutely love Guild Wars 2 (until I make the innevitable mistake of setting foot in a dungeon). The world is beautiful and lush. The game play is smooth and fun. Once you realize the game isn’t WoW it becomes very fulfilling. Forget about endgame play, but the journey…ah the journey is back in MMO’s. No feeling of grinding or wasting days leveling. It is also the first game in a long time that has motivated me to buy a better video card. It looks awesome with High settings enabled, even at modest resolution (16X10). If you haven’t tried it, buy it ASAP. No monthly fees makes it worth the money either way it goes.

    I also play a bit of Torchlight II ($20, buy it) and League of Legends (best F2P ever) when I get the notion. Especially when I am using my laptop, because GW2 just isn’t the same without the eye candy.

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      LOL IS FOR NOOBS. REAL MEN PLAY HON.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 7 years ago

        I dunno, man. A couple SC2 pros who have kind of fallen from grace have jumped to LoL – the most recent was SelCT from team Dignitas (who, without a pro team backing him, tore it up in SC2 at MLG in late 2010 and early 2011 but hit a plateau and never got out of his rut). Seems to be getting quite a following.

          • sweatshopking
          • 7 years ago

          sure. it’s bigger than hon. it’s just less varied. the competitive teams are more limited, and every game works out the same in terms of setup. it’s just not as diverse. it’s slower too. i get why people play it, it just drives me crazy. especially the slow part. it and hon are both beating sc2 in terms of player base now, so they’re both pretty quality games.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 7 years ago

            I haven’t really looked seriously into playing either of them, guess I ought to at some point.

    • Wildchild
    • 7 years ago

    It’s kinda sad that I have an i5-2500k and a GTX 480, but I’ve been playing League of Legends a lot. I’m not sure why though. LoL has one of the worst gaming communities in existence right now.

    • Ari Atari
    • 7 years ago

    The new Hawken beta that came out. Err, well I will be over the weekend. Can’t wait to try out the new mechs.

    • StuG
    • 7 years ago

    Sadly not a whole lot. Company of Heroes every now and than. Counter Strike: GO every now and than as well. I have games in pretty much any Total War game that I could take back up at anytime….but nothing I’m working on in particular. Nothing has been able to keep my interest lately. *shrug*

    • gamoniac
    • 7 years ago

    I need to rush a project this week, and to make sure that I don’t get suck into gaming this weekend, I temporarily uninstalled all my games until the project is done…. 46GB was cleared of my SSD.

    Perhaps I will be back next weekend, and I am looking for a new game! I saw Dead Space 2 for $5 on GameStop. Should I get it?

    • Grigory
    • 7 years ago

    Entropia Universe

    • Goofus Maximus
    • 7 years ago

    I was regularly playing CS:S, but everyone I played with has moved on to CS:GO, and I don’t have the computer for it.

    Now, I rarely play anything. When I do, it’s Torchlight (I), or occasionally Sacred Gold or Recettear (in infinite mode) EDIT: Er, actually, the game I play the most is… Free Solitaire… :p

    Mostly though, I’ve been whiling away my time with bicycling (and hanging out at the bike forums) and taking pics with an el-cheapo surplus Canon Powershot A590IS (with the CHDK hack)

      • My Johnson
      • 7 years ago

      I thought CS:GO was Source engine. You could do what I did and bring the shaders down from very high to high.

        • Goofus Maximus
        • 7 years ago

        You’re talking to the proud owner of an AthlonXP 3000+ with 1 gig of ddr400, and an AGP 7600GS. πŸ™‚

        I have just barely enough “oomph” to play CS Source, but even on the original, I can’t play the maps that have been converted from CS:GO. It’s like trying to play an FPS using a slideshow projector. Ditto for Team Fortress 2 and L4D2. (I can just barely play L4D1. Go figure…)

        Beyond that, most modern Source games require SSE2 support, which the old AthlonXP doesn’t have.

        I’d love to upgrade my comp, but cash is eternally too short, and something ALWAYS comes up to deal my pocketbook an unexpected fiscal death-blow. How so many things can break down in such quick succession is beyond me. And why do my insurance bills go up for no reason at all! ARGH!!!! I swear the world is trying to turn me into one of those crazed loners, who stake out a rooftop and snipe at the crowds below with hi-powered paintball guns!!!

          • ALiLPinkMonster
          • 7 years ago

          I can relate. I’ve been dealing with a noisy Dell (ughh) which packs a Pentium D, 2 gigs, and an x1300 for YEARS. Wooo. It’s not as bad as yours, but anything relatively modern is out of the question. I’m thinking about tossing in a q6600, more RAM and a decent card, but a big chunk of my logic is telling me to just start from scratch when I have the money. I can deal with BL2 on my 360 until then, I suppose.

    • willmore
    • 7 years ago

    BL2. I just finished the DLC with my first character. Now, back to my assassin’s first playthrough.

    Oh, and hit me up if you want to co-op!

    • esc_in_ks
    • 7 years ago

    The wife and I are playing Torchlight 2 on the LAN. We get around to doing it once per week for a few hours each time. Invariably, one of our two machines needs Windows updates, or Steam client updates, or Torchlight 2 updates. At least I’ve gotten into the habit of getting down there an hour or so before playing to kick everything into shape so it’s ready when we finally are.

    (My wife was a huge Torchlight 1 fan. I came home from work one day to find she’d been playing it ALL day since I’d left for work that morning.)

    • Helmore
    • 7 years ago

    I’m not playing anything at the moment. What I play or if I even play changes over time. I sometimes have months at a time, maybe even up to half a year, that I don’t really play anything and then suddenly I’m into something again. When I’m into something though, I usually play more than I should though. Not close to unhealthy, but more along the lines that my study suffers for it.

    • jessterman21
    • 7 years ago

    Mass Effect, Crysis 2 (with MaldoHD 4.0 mod), and Blacklight: Retribution.

    • crazybus
    • 7 years ago

    League of Legends, Starcraft 2 and Lord of the Rings Online mostly. I’ve got such a backlog of games to work on though.

    • Trident Troll
    • 7 years ago

    IGI 2.

    No, sure. Of course an Uzi will hit a 0.90″ group at 600 yards.

    • sweatshopking
    • 7 years ago

    NOBODY ELSE ON TR PLAYS HEROES OF NEWERTH?!!?! WTF GUIZE

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      More like Heroes of NEWBerth

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        maybe. but at least i’m not 60. πŸ˜›

      • Thatguy
      • 7 years ago

      I haven’t touched it much lately. I’m trying to remember but i believe that i had like 2 thousand games. Actually more because i was in the beta too. Think of all the things i could have done with that time! =/

    • jdaven
    • 7 years ago

    Borderlands 2, Crysis 2 and Starcraft 2 or what I like to call Revenge of the Sequels Part Two.

    Oh and a little Killing Floor. Always a little Killing Floor.

    • JosiahBradley
    • 7 years ago

    Lots and lots of Torchlight II. 3 Characters already and I still have yet to get to the final areas! And now I can play online to get even more out of it.

    • Deanjo
    • 7 years ago

    Doctor with the better half.

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      somebody [i<] married [/i<] you?!!??!?! ;P

        • MadManOriginal
        • 7 years ago

        THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID.

      • cynan
      • 7 years ago

      And just how many hours of medical examination was required for you to determine which half was best? I hope it was at least close (unless you’re talking top and bottom halves -that’s an entirely different kettle of fish…).

      • BIF
      • 7 years ago

      Nicely put!

    • elmopuddy
    • 7 years ago

    I got hooked back into WoW..have 10 85’s, now my 11th is a Panda Monk.. its just like crack.. lol.. 2 days played at 85 (heirlooms, monk bonus, tanking randoms).. WoW is like the mob, you think your free… it sucks you back in!

      • Phydoux
      • 7 years ago

      I’m back in WoW too, but I only have 3 level 85 characters.

      Been enjoying my Panda Monk as well.

    • bthylafh
    • 7 years ago

    Terraria, alternating with yet another New Vegas campaign. This time I’ve got J.E. Sawyer’s (one of the designers) personal mod installed.

      • willmore
      • 7 years ago

      Anything new happening in the Terraria world now that the developers abandoned it?

        • bthylafh
        • 7 years ago

        Just third-party tools and mods. Supposedly the dev’s working on a new project.

          • willmore
          • 7 years ago

          Which we trust he won’t also abandon?

    • Star Brood
    • 7 years ago

    Diablo 2, for the first time. The Barbarian is pretty slick. There are a lot of different strategies. I can see why the Diablo series is so popular.

    • NeelyCam
    • 7 years ago

    GTA4, Resident Evil 5 and Skyrim. And some Civ4 if I feel compelled to do PC gaming

    • nicktrance
    • 7 years ago

    Just finished Dishonored and Borderlands 2 DLC. Now I’m playing some modded Vice City just for the sake of nostalgia xD until the next interesting game is released (probably Hitman or ACIII)

    • travbrad
    • 7 years ago

    Mostly Borderlands 2 and BF3:Armored Kill, with a bit of L4D2 to feed my never-ending addiction to that game (up to over 900 hours now..). I hop on to the Betas for Planetside 2 and Hawken also, but I don’t want to get burned out and play them too much before they are even done.

    I really want to try out XCOM and Dishonored, but there just isn’t enough time, and I have a feeling XCOM will be like Civ5 where I’ll get sucked in then suddenly notice it’s 3AM.

    • pack66
    • 7 years ago

    Definitely World of Tanks…with the Ars3 clan.

    • Pez
    • 7 years ago

    XCOM!

    It’s fantastic. Had hardly any sleep since release, very much a “one more map” game.

      • ChronoReverse
      • 7 years ago

      Still playing XCOM as well. Took a short break after finishing Ironman Classic and now I’m playing Impossible to learn how to deal with the difficulty.

      One day I’ll beat Ironman Impossible!

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        i haven’t tried xcom. i play civ v on diety and win, is it comparable? i don’t really know much about xcom except it’s also firaxis.

          • spuppy
          • 7 years ago

          Totally nothing alike except that they are turn based. If you like Civ I think you’ll like XCOM though.

      • Sam125
      • 7 years ago

      Try Ironman Mode with a self-imposed goal of not losing a single operative. It’s extremely difficult. πŸ™‚

      • spuppy
      • 7 years ago

      Absolutely addicted to this. The problem I am having is that I find “normal” to be too easy, and “classic” to be too difficult :/

      • FatherXmas
      • 7 years ago

      Same here. Really enjoying the game.

      And who says the aliens don’t have a sense of humor. Why else would they have assembled a Sectopod inside the Applebee’s (one of the terror missions). Nothing that a pair of high ranking assault class soldiers with alloy guns and rapid fire can’t take out in one round.

    • oldDummy
    • 7 years ago

    Borderlands 2

    • destroy.all.monsters
    • 7 years ago

    City of Heroes for its last few weeks, World of Tanks, STALKER, the occasional bouts of Dead Island, Sins of a Solar Empire Rebellion (still can’t believe the price of what’s essentially a fix pack for Diplomacy/Trinity but whatever), C&C Zero Hour – Rise of the Reds (which I’m terrible at because I keep trying to play it like Shockwave), and Crusader Kings II.

    One of these ages I have to go through the tutorial of Civ V so ssk can stomp me into the ground.

      • ET3D
      • 7 years ago

      A fellow City of Heroes player. I don’t play a lot of games these days, but since CoH will close in a month I figured it would be good to play some stuff I missed, so I’m going (slowly, Mind Control / Psionic Assualt Dominator is much slower than my usual Scrappers) through Praetoria content.

        • destroy.all.monsters
        • 7 years ago

        Praetoria is so amazing. I’ve never understood the so-called player exhaustion of it. I just think they should have made it the starting zone when they went free to play. I love the moral ambiguity even if it’s nearly impossible to play an anti-hero especially after level 35.

        Most of my toons are on Virtue. Feel free to global me at Unnamed Evil (pretty sure there’s no underscore).

        I want to take on the seeds of Hamidon with a team sometime before the thing closes.

    • c1arity
    • 7 years ago

    Guild Wars 2 when I have extra time.

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 7 years ago

      Guild Wars 2, even when I don’t really have extra time.

    • Samlind
    • 7 years ago

    I gave up 3 EvE Online accounts to play GW2. I left WoW a couple of years ago, and from what I hear Pandora is just another level grind, it’s clear Blizzard is milking it and putting the money elsewhere. GW2 OTOH takes most of the good from the competition, iterates it a bit, then gets rid of most of the annoyances and has the most entertaining storylines I’ve ever played.

    • not@home
    • 7 years ago

    I am not a big gamer and my budget must reflect that. I still need to buy a discreet video card. I am limited to whatever will run on AMD’s 780G integrated graphics. So I got Torchlight from a recent Humble-Bundle that I think will work on my PC. I have not installed it yet. On my laptop (runs XP) I have Diablo and Diablo II. I tried Installing Diablo on my Desktop but it would not work with Windows 7.

    P.S. Anyone have a video card that is notably faster than a 780G, has two DVI ports and is just collecting dust? Willing to part with it for some $?

      • DeathanDecay
      • 7 years ago

      best graphics card for you would be 2900 XTX

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 7 years ago

      Save your pennies for a Radeon HD7770.

        • My Johnson
        • 7 years ago

        HD7750 is cheaper still and somewhat capable.

          • alienstorexxx
          • 7 years ago

          +1 also, diablo 2 works fine on windows 7, just download the updates.

            • not@home
            • 7 years ago

            Yes D2 works fine on Win 7, the original Diablo does not.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      I don’t like posting stuff for sale on article comments, but since you asked…I have a GTS 450 I should sell, it’s got one DVI and an HDMI, you can get HDMI-DVI cables cheap.

      click my name to PM me.

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      i’d highly recommend kijiji or craigslist depending on what’s used in your area. people often post stuff on there with no idea what they’re worth. there was a woman desperate to sell a 6870 for 50$ but my wife said no πŸ™

        • derFunkenstein
        • 7 years ago

        There are as many people who post stuff for insane prices, too, so be wary. I have seen recently Radeon 4800-series cards for well over $150. And that’s awful.

          • sweatshopking
          • 7 years ago

          oh for sure.

      • dragosmp
      • 7 years ago

      You probably tried this already – overclock the 785G. It does clock quite well some 30-50% over stock, especially if you have some sort of cooling over the NB. You might gain enough performance to hold you until the upgrade.

      Off-topic, gave a friend a 5570 to boost his 780G a bit, it made around a 2x difference and cost 10$ second hand. For 25$ you can typically find 5670s which are again 2x as good than a 5570. If you wanna go cheap these are the best options, if the budget allows the 7750 others suggested is excellent.

        • not@home
        • 7 years ago

        Did try overclocking it when I first got it. Mine did not overclock very well for some reason. I only got 10 Mhz, any more and I had graphical corruption like mad. A month ago the HDMI output stopped working so now I can only run 1 monitor (out of 2). I think my mobo was a lemon. So, I pretty much need a discreet card. If I upgrade the mobo, I would also need to upgrade the cpu and memory and that is well beyond my budget. The 5670 sounds my speed thanks for the tip. I’ll start looking for one.

          • Waco
          • 7 years ago

          PM’d. πŸ™‚

      • ronch
      • 7 years ago

      I have an X1950 Pro inside the original box complete with (torn) shrink wrap. It’s a power hog though given its performance by today’s standards.

      • Squeazle
      • 7 years ago

      550 ti runs fine, among others. Why ask? This is a tech site. Just scroll a review and look at the sweet deals out there.

      • liar
      • 7 years ago

      It’s been awhile, but IRC I got Diablo to work on my wifes Win 7 machine by installing an older version of Direct X (dx9,I think). That technique worked for a couple of games, but not all.
      I’m playing Torchlight on one computer and Fallout BoS (one character, no team) on another.

    • Thatguy
    • 7 years ago

    Waaaay to much DOTA 2.

    • seawolf1118
    • 7 years ago

    Borderlands 2 and Team Fortress 2 FTW!!

      • KarateBob
      • 7 years ago

      Scream fortress 4!!!

      • My Johnson
      • 7 years ago

      I need to try Team Fortress 2. I’m scared of getting my butt whooped though.

      • ludi
      • 7 years ago

      Still playing TF2 myself. It’s old but it’s all I have time for these days, and the new weapon drops/microtransaction content has done a lot to keep the humor fresh.

    • Jon
    • 7 years ago

    Dishonored has attracted my full attention. Can you believe it beat out Borderlands 2 on my ‘must play now’ list. Believe it. It’s *that* good.

      • nicktrance
      • 7 years ago

      Yeah me too, I just played it two times through in a row once non-lethal and once high chaos, I can’t even remember the last time I’ve done that with any game.

    • chuckula
    • 7 years ago

    Oilrush since I got a GTX 560 for the low-low price of free and it runs a lot nicer now.
    Also stuff from the recent Humble-Bundles including Psychonauts & Torchlight.

    Edit: With the new GPU it looks like Trine 2 will be quite playable. Anybody played that one? (The original was great).

      • siberx
      • 7 years ago

      I recently played through Trine 2 (and later its DLC when it came out) with a couple buddies of mine (3 player net co-op, we did the buggy 3-player local co-op for Trine 1) and we had a blast. The environments are fantastic, and the devs have put a lot of thought into adding some pretty interesting mechanics and puzzles to the game. The only thing that was somewhat of a letdown is the fairly forgettable story; I’m easily willing to forgive it this for the improvements in the other areas though. If you enjoyed the first one it’s definitely worth playing.

      Personally, I’ve been playing a lot of the beta for Firefall; it’s been refreshingly non-WoW-clone-like in its treatment of an MMO and, other than the usual beta trappings (bugs, pretty sparse content) it show great promise. Looking forward to playing the full game for sure!

      • destroy.all.monsters
      • 7 years ago

      Good deal – how’d you swing that?

        • chuckula
        • 7 years ago

        The Padre does lots and lots of folding/BOINC and had a spare card. I actually use GPUs for graphics… I’m weird like that.

      • alwayssts
      • 7 years ago

      If you liked the original, you’ll probably love the second one imo. FWIW those humble bundles are really rad…classics both that you mentioned. A co-worker has been really bugging me to get the torchlight one; he has really enjoyed it, and I have fond memories of psychonauts.

      Trine is nice because is it of the scant few I’ve played over the last couple years because it doesn’t take over your life for the duration. I’ve been so busy with work those titles are nice…Most of my free time I spend discussing/learning about new tech/games/movies than actually using them (even though I keep buying them.) Anyone else like that? Perhaps I’m just odd.

      Congrats on the 560, I just grabbed a 7870 (from 6870 I rarely used for anything beyond video abilities) and am kind of in the process of using it as an excuse to catch up, now that I know I can tackle newer titles and don’t have to worry about messing with anything to get a decent experience. It’s time/patience I just don’t have anymore. Conservative 1200/1350 in afterburner…done. Should be good for a couple years. Now I just need to get back on the horse.

      I will watch this thread for suggestions. BL2 looks interesting…kind of. You can hardly take two steps into The Net before someone is talking about it. It’s really sad, but currently I’m playing the port of Darksiders 1, because those type games are/were my jam. Sadly, only other thing I’ve played recently is Uncharted 3 (I know, consoles…boo) and that was basically to clean out the cobwebs from my ps3.

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