What Did You Play This Weekend?

By Jim Rossignol on May 2nd, 2011 at 10:41 am.


Hark, another sunny day here in the Isles, and also a national holiday for all the Britons. We should spend the day guzzling gin and smoking our pipes. Consequently it might be a bit quiet on this here computer gaming blog feed. In fact it would be quiet even if it were not a holiday. John has the pox and is abed. Alec has abandoned us to head abroad, and Quintin is posting about puzzles games. Well, at least there’s that. I’m just finishing off some thoughts on Darkspore, which I spent some of the weekend playing, and then I shall return to my return to Call Of Pripyat and the lovely Complete mod. Ah, lovely.

All of which leads to you telling us a bit about your weekend! Did you do computer games? If so which ones, and why? Points will be awarded for the best reasons, and the obscurest games. Speak!

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  1. coldvvvave says:

    DoW 2 Retribution.

    • McDan says:

      I found myself playing this as well, but then wanted larger scale warfare so I installed all the original DOW games, except soulstrom, because it just wasn’t as good.

    • x25killa says:

      I also played DoW 2 Retribution, but only Last Stand. Managed to get all the achievement weapons after all these weeks.

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      Arathain says:

      This is also what I have been playing. I am taking learning a proper online RTS as a serious mental exercise. It really taxes my memory and ability to track multiple threads simultaneously to its limit, and those are the mental skills I most want to improve.

  2. Spider Jerusalem says:

    Finally got around to trying out the cRPG mod for Warband.

    Dying is fun!

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    Gap Gen says:

    Thinecraft, because lava sculpting.

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    heretic says:

    exams ;_;

    • The Army of None says:

      Seconded. Finals week this week. I did work in a bit of Black Prophecy though.

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    Petethegoat says:

    I’ve been trying to play Pathologic again. Decided to play the Haruspicus, which was stupid, because everyone tries to stab me in the street. And in the game!

    • Quintin Smith says:

      Can the existence of the Haruspicus be said to rise with as the moon? Certainly he waxes. See him, pushing against the sand dirt, oinon. What can be done?

      …I should probably play that game again.

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      Petethegoat says:

      Q: Is there an easy way to get around town? At the moment I’ve been sticking to the railway, but I need to get to Isidor’s house. :(

    • Fhoenix says:

      Well you can activate the console and fly. That would ruin the survival aspect but greatly save time.

      Barring that… you can always try running diagonally :)

    • Voxel_Music_Man says:

      Oh no, it’s one of those is it!?

      It’s annoying because once I find a game has this flaw, I can’t help but spend the whole game running diagonally.

      Seriously, it’s not that hard to normalize a run direction vector before multiplying it by some speed and ‘timePassed’ variables. It’s just not on, I say!

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    Tunips says:

    I finally got around to re-installing The Witcher, then played some Gothic 3.

    • Leyths says:

      I installed the Witcher too in prep for the second one. Last time I played it I couldn’t force myself to get past the opening bit in that village, I found it too boring, but once I’d got past that area this time it really opens up and becomes a much more fun experience.

    • Snargelfargen says:

      I also need to finish The Witcher. I got stuck in the swamp, after some courier quests sapped my will to continue. I hear it gets better afterwards? There was an awful lot of running back and forth.

  7. Mockturtled says:

    The Battlestar board game. Cylons won again, boo!

    • BaronWR says:

      Same here. And the Cylons also won again. I’ve yet to see a human victory, although it usually comes close.

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      Gap Gen says:

      A lot of it is luck. Getting hit by a couple of Cylon fleets or more can really screw things up, Cylons or no Cylons.

    • TCM says:

      Hence buy Exodus, if only for the Cylon Fleet Board. Makes things much more balanced, space combat wise.

  8. Rii says:

    Pfft, computer games are for nerds.

    • Doesntmeananything says:

      Fuck yeah. I’ve spent my mornings at the gym, deadlifting 560 lbs like it’s air, then I’ve been hooking myself up with some nice threads, and after that I’ve been clubbing till 3 AM, ending with two smoking hot chicks in my bed each day.

      …And so I’ve woken up in front of my computer after trying to install and make work together >200 mods for Oblivion and falling asleep fatigued due to the terrifying complexity of the task.

    • Quinnbeast says:

      It took me *several* attempts (starting from scratch each time) to get a heavily modded Oblivion running without falling over. I found the only sure-fire way was to simply play for an hour or so after adding in any of the major overhaul mods, and in turn do some fairly extensive reading of any relevant support / info files when it wasn’t for playing ball.

      Even a miss-placed selection when creating your Bashed patch is enough for it to choke.

  9. Wilson says:

    Mostly Men of War Assault Squad, messing around with a skirmish map I’m making, and gradually learning the editor. Also played a bit of Sol Survivor since it was on offer, it seems good. Oh, and I’ve been playing a PBEM game of Strategic Command WWII Global Conflict. Just this morning I managed to land German troops south of London and took the port at Newcastle, where hopefully I will be able to ship in more troops, assuming the Royal Navy doesn’t spoil my plans.

  10. Corrupt_Tiki says:

    Counterstrike Source, Metro 2033, CoH, ArmA 2, DCS A-10C! ^^

  11. Out Reach says:

    In celebration of todays news me and my friends are playing war on terrorism the board game.

    • Wilson says:

      I like that game, but when me and my friends play games almost always end either with someone super wealthy joining the terrorists and everyone else gradually giving up/joining them too, or someone goes terrorist a bit early or without enough money, and the other empires destroy them and declare world peace because the game’s gone on so long. Still fun though.

  12. Jonathan says:

    Portal 2, because life is predictable. Also, Final Fantasy Tactics (PSP).

    I don’t know what “obscurist games” are, but it sounds like an interesting genre.

    Also this weekend: a lovely 14-mile coastal walk in gorgeous weather, ruined castles and churches, and the TV adaptation of Mildred Pierce.

  13. taione says:

    Loaded up my ancient copy of Alpha Centauri. That game is like Smac, I tell you. I lost my weekend to terraforming, unfettered capitalism and a nasty standoff with those eggheads from the university.

    • Leverpastej_ says:

      Played Alpha Centauri for the first time yesterday morning haven’t eaten or slept since.

    • The Army of None says:

      “Played Alpha Centauri for the first time yesterday morning haven’t eaten or slept since.”

      This sums up everything about the game.

  14. CaLe says:

    I finished The Witcher in preparation for the sequel. Really enjoyed most of it and haven’t been as excited for a game as I am for TW2 in a long time. I have exams too but my life is already a huge mess and I’ll probably fail those.

    • Stephen Roberts says:

      Advice from people who’ve been there before: Give your studies the time and focus they deserve and get back to the games afterwards. Exams don’t count for much in this world but knowing you didn’t let yourself down is a real treat.

    • dogsolitude_uk says:

      Urgh! Don’t do what I did and spend loads of time doing non-exam stuff because you think you’ll fail your exams… I bolloxed my degree somewhat, and as a result my life went downhill quite a bit due to the crit blow to the confidence and resulting difficulty getting graduate work. I found a nice job in a bookshop though.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Procrastination

      I know what it’s like: exams come up, and suddenly you have a major urge to iron your socks, play games, start collecting Magic: The Gathering cards, clean the murky bit behind the fridge, put your pens in order… It’s a displacement activity! You must fight it!

      Good luck anyway mate :) If you do decide to get your head down and burn the midnight oil with loads of textbooks, do make sure you schedule in regular breaks rather than torture yourself, but you’ll find that once you get started it’s not that bad. You’ve probably already pilfered a few, but I found grabbing a few past papers was helpful as well as going through notes/textbooks. :)

    • CaLe says:

      Thanks for the comments. Your advice is better than any I’ve received from the people around me. The problem is that I’m completely self taught and doing my final A2 exams next month, and due to being self taught I have made some mistakes in scheduling myself. I’ve left myself far too much to do in too short a time and only realized it when it was already too late. If I do fail I won’t give up though, I’ll just try again next year. Just one more wasted year among many. I honestly have no interest in any of my subjects and really just wish I could study what I’m interested in. But in order to do that I need to prove I can perform appropriately at completely unrelated subjects. I’m quite bitter about the whole thing but I know it all comes down to me in the end. What I’ve learned in all this is that attitude is everything, and unfortunately it sometimes seems like something I have little control over; emotionally unstable and all that. Thanks again.

    • Grible says:

      @CaLe – I’ll third that, go do the damn revision, it’s worth knowing you didn’t screw your life up just to get a high rank on your favourite CS:S server….

      As to this weekend, Magika (where are you guys?) and Portal2 Co-op.

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  15. Quintin Smith says:

    I’m re-downloading Hitman: Blood Money in preparation for finishing Capsized. Everybody has to buy Capsized btw

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      Anthile says:

      Is it true that Capsized is really really short?

    • SilverSilence says:

      Yes! Capsized is amazing, I would have bought it for the music alone <3 Solar Fields.

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      JB says:

      +1 to Capsized being great. I played the demo yesterday – now I want to buy the game so badly but have no cash at the moment. Soon though, sooooon.

    • destx says:

      It’s true, capsized is not a long game, but it is a beautiful game. Fun too. Lovely music.

      I’d describe it as a the best bits of Turrican, Abuse, and Bionic Commando. With a dash of HL2 (physics wise).

    • Pani says:

      I just played through Hitman Blood Money for the first time last month. What a great experience that was, one of my favourite games for a while.

      I had intended to play some more DA:O and some Magicka but the wife’s birthday prohibited/took precedence.

    • Clippit says:

      I already bought capsized before you told me to! I am improving!
      also since it’s winter and also bedtime: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMynY_klOGg
      I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time buying and fixing ropey old N64 controllers.

    • msarge says:

      I was disappointed to find that Capsized wasn’t a Metroidvania style game.

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      MajorManiac says:

      Minor side-rant:

      Personally my favourite Hitman game is Hitman: Contracts, as the missions feel a little James Bond at times. But this seems to have been forgotten to have ever existed by the Hitman Collection. They make it look like Bloodmoney is the third game in the serires.

  16. Gassalasca says:

    Predictably, Portal 2. And then Portal again. And then Portal 2 with commentary.

  17. MuscleHorse says:

    I’m about half way through Mass Effect. I lost my proper ME character in a horrible hard drive cock up and am yet to play ME2. I discovered I could get over my Dragon Age 2 disappointment with the free ME2 copy you get with it!

    • Wilson says:

      I need to finish my game of ME1. I’ve already finished it once, but I got the second game in a sale, and since I didn’t have my original character saved anywhere I decided I wanted to play the first one again. I keep putting it off for some reason though.

    • CMaster says:

      http://www.masseffectsaves.com/

      Of course, you can play through again if you want. It just isn’t necessary.

    • Wilson says:

      @CMaster – Cheers for that, but I’ve already looked there, ages ago. I decided against using it for some reason (probably not a good one, but there you go. Either I couldn’t find the character I wanted, or I didn’t want to spoil the game for myself, even though I wasn’t planning on playing it again at that point).

  18. KauhuK says:

    Minecraft, TF2 and Witcher. Still waiting for my copy of Portal 2. Tomorrow I’ll get to play M&B with Fire & Sword, yay.

    EDIT: Just got the portal 2 at last. Installing NAO.

  19. Thants says:

    Instead of playing video games I got drunk on whiskey and watched some Tarkovskiy movies… It was a good weekend, although I think I may now be insane.

  20. Sorvin says:

    What else but Minecraft… finally got a minecart system going down to my mine with the new powered rails.

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      Andy_Panthro says:

      I am also Mine-and-Crafting.

      My attempts to build a continent-spanning railway system are hindered by my lack of iron.

    • Mr_Initials says:

      So much easier to mine and cart when you can simply /give yourelf. I made cart track from one cool landmass to the next. I also made it entirely out of brick and glass

  21. Dzamir says:

    Replaying Half Life 2 for the 12th time. The more will play it, the sooner Valve will release Half Life 3!

  22. Lewie Procter says:

    I’ve been playing “hit refresh on my new PC order tracking”.

    • markside says:

      Me too. I find it emotionally engaging, though the level of player interaction is minimal at best.

    • Synchrony says:

      I’ve also been playing this, most of the game is quite repetitive, but the ending is excellent

    • ERGlabs says:

      yeah, finished that months ago. the finale is epic, but the expansion, “PC Order: RMA from Hell” is just awful. Completely ruins the series.

    • Synchrony says:

      Well I seem to have lost this game, made a mistake early on in this game and its made the rest of it much more difficult, seems I accidentally ordered 2 of something where only 1 was in stock and then didn’t notice my mistake for 4 days.

  23. markside says:

    I have been at work. But in the evenings I’ve started playing Lego Star Wars III with my brother. It’s our 4th joint Lego game. We are not too old for them. No.

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    Kirrus says:

    OpenTTD:
    http://openttd.org

    Transport tycoon simulation thing. Fun. Addictive. ;)

    • Wilson says:

      Yeah, OpenTTD is amazing.

    • d32 says:

      Its .. well sorry for the word: _shocking_ how complex the game is to its contemporary counterparts.
      But also, quite unwieldy to control.

    • Gassalasca says:

      Gosh, it’s been ages since I last played it.
      Which probably means I missed out on lot of the complexities. Care to elaborate? :)

    • Grible says:

      Has it changed much in the last year or so? I remember it being very much fun to play trains with but less so for anything else.

    • d32 says:

      Well I haven’t played it for at least a year (been going with trains+planes combo), but even at that time, the amount of (useful!) complexity you could achieve with railroads and various signals was amazing.
      See this and this for examples.

  25. mlaskus says:

    I cooped the DoW 2 + Chaos Rising campaigns with a friend, and played the Last Stand for the first time, it is way better than I expected.

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    PoulWrist says:

    Played a lot of Rift.

  27. Stranglove says:

    A New Zero, mainly. I only had a laptop and it was the best low demand game I could lay my hands on.

    Also, shouldn’t it be ‘most obscure’ as opposed to ‘obscurist’ or ‘obscurest’

    • BloodPukeSalvation says:

      i believe its obscurist as in someone who delves into the obscure. its not a word, but it should be. another example: cultist as opposed to cult-like.

  28. Alexander Norris says:

    ArmA2, duh. We only went and had a bloody event of it (about 35 people turned up, which was great).

    • abhishek says:

      I tried playing during the event but it didn’t go too well. I was a little late to join so I spawned 10 kilometres away from the action. I was merrily on my way on an ATV to join up with the rest when the mission objective suddenly changed and I was bang in the middle of a large red circle on the map. Needless to say I was shot and killed a few seconds later by the bad guys. Also joined the Mumble server in the correct squad channel but got unceremoniously booted out by someone and thrown into the channel where no one can speak.

      Took that as a hint that it was not my day and left the server :(

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      SvDvorak says:

      abhishek, it’s odd that you got kicked out of the mumble room, there must have been some kind of misunderstanding. I hope you try again soon, we really are nice guys, I promise!

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      MajorManiac says:

      Had a good time, but looks like we need more good co-op missions for large groups.

  29. FunkyBadger3 says:

    SMAC – it seems, easier than I remember… up to the 4th difficulty level with no problems whatsoever so far…

    • CMaster says:

      One of the things that SMAC gets wrong compared to other Civ games is indeed the difficulty. The AI (with the possible exception of the Hive) simply doesn’t know how to use and abuse its faction advantages. Civ 2 and 4 I normally play on middle difficulty settings (~prince) and normally squeeze a win. SMAC I can walk the game on Transcendi difficulty (with a couple of autosave reloads for abrupt catasrophes).

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      Gap Gen says:

      Yes, given how flexible the combat is, the AI just doesn’t know how to use it. You can block zones of control and massacre the enemy with needlejets. I’d love to see an update to this, just for things like a better learning curve and better AI.

  30. dogsolitude_uk says:

    Dragon Age: Origins, mainly :)

    Tried to shag Morrigan, but she wasn’t having any of it, despite my g/f giving me plenty of advice on the matter. I did however make a rod for my own back, ‘cos g/f is now really keen to play the game and I think I’m going to have to build her her own PC so she can play The Witcher 1+2 as well.

    Oh, and boned up on Visual Basic (fptthhtff…) and ASP.NET for a test at work.

    And Fritz beat me at chess.

    And I sowed some wild flower seeds in the front garden, received an out-of-the-blue letter telling me that someone’s coming round to remove Asbestos+Artex from ‘a room’ in the flat on Wednesday, so could I ensure that it was emptied of all furniture, without specifying which one! Nobody was available when I phoned, so I’m going to have to call someone on Tuesday AM at work… *sigh*

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    Olero says:

    Mount and Blade! (yes, the original…. I figured I’d never play it if I started with Warband). I didn’t expect much of it, but the game has got me hooked. Is it disturbing to enjoy skewing people with a spear? Or to trample them under your horse? Nah, probably not.

    Also did a lot of Trackmania United Forever. Frustrations and excitements in equal measures most of the time, though I really can’t drive the car of the “coast tracks”. I mean really can’t. I struggle to get bronze medals sometimes! I feel like I haven’t figured out the trick in it yet, but doubt I ever will.

    • Stephen Roberts says:

      Never ever ever break. That’s all the trick to Coast cars. Unless you are in the air. Then you break (sometimes, and only for a millisecond).

      Edit: Oh. I had some doubt if got that right. Turns out Coast isn’t what I thought, 434 days since I last played Trackmania (apparently). The Coast cars are a nightmare, you just have to expect to slide at almost any speed as break early acccordingly. Most of the time you’ll be aiming for a ‘slow but stable’ approach and avoiding walls. Very rarely do you get to go at a decent speed. Lets hope that’s right.

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      Olero says:

      Heh, yes, that sounds more like the soapbox (?) cars I drove, thanks for the tip. I’ll try that the next time, see if I can finally get it right. The frustration of fully pressing a direction but watching your car just slide along is the worst part of Trackmania for me. But the other 6 cars are fun to drive, so all in all I am a content being.

    • Wilson says:

      Yeah, I never got the hang of the Coast cars, they always felt really awkward to me. Which is a shame, because I like the landscape in Coast. It looks pretty.

    • Pointless Puppies says:

      It might just be me, but I find that if you drive the cars in Coast the way you would play a race sim, I get much better results. I have the feeling that was what Nadeo was going for anyway <_<

  32. Gnoupi says:

    Civ 5, Global Agenda, and second run of the Portal 2 single player, mostly

  33. TooNu says:

    Games, I have played this weekend:

    - Minecraft
    - Dragon Age : Origins
    - EvE online

    All of this while having Orange Juice in a drip.

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      Hanban says:

      Found myself playing EVE as well. Had some exciting roams around in RPSH’s new home.

      I also played a lot of Dwarf Fortress Adventurer. Died A LOT, but there is something wholly satisfying with choking a goblin archer out and then punching a whole through his skull. Love it!

  34. Hidden Thousand says:

    Wakfu Open Beta. I’ve been waiting for so long, I don’t even care much for lags (I just quit when it’s past midday in France:^).

  35. Casimir Effect says:

    Finally gotten round to playing King Arthur – The Roleplaying Wargame. Great game, well worth the £3.50 it cost to buy on Steam a year ago. Wish it would hide it’s cheating better though. I appreciate it needs to spawn in full-stack, high-level armies to fight my ones, but some more restraint doing it would be nice.

  36. Kaira- says:

    Dawn of War – Dark Crusade and Tropico 1. Mainly Tropico. Yes, it is still awesome.

  37. rozpocet1 says:

    I played Half-Life 2 Episodes 1 & 2. My reason: I played Half-Life 2 during the week for the first time and I just couldn’t believe that I had it on my computer for over two years without ever playing it. I could cry over this.

  38. CyberBrent says:

    I’ve been getting back into the Left 4 Dead series again. Been playing 1 and 2 sporadically over the weekend, trying to convince some ‘Bros’ to play it and stuff.

  39. Rii says:

    Actually the most interesting thing I did this weekend was to watch Minority Report for the first time in a long while. An hour in, and I’m wondering why it isn’t remembered as one of the finest sci-fi films of the last decade; two hours in and I realise why it isn’t: it drags on too long and the pacing goes to shit in the last 45 minutes. The jigsaw puzzle is also unsatisfying in its complexity: the audience never has enough clues to derive satisfaction from seeing it all come together. It’s unfortunate really, as there’s a lot to like about it, and it says something that even today we’re comparing advances in computer and user interface technology to the systems featured in the film.

    • ColOfNature says:

      And Tom Cruise is a knob.

    • Rii says:

      Maybe, but this was back before most of us realised that. ;)

      In any case I like him as an actor and rarely have issues disassociating the artist from his work. Hell, it’d be a thing to dismiss Polanski’s oeuvre merely on account of the guy being a rapist and all.

      Back on topic – insofar as Minority Report can be said to be on-topic for this thread – it occurs to me that the film’s pacing issues are similar to A.I.’s: just as it felt in that film as though an extra act had been tacked on to provide the traditional Hollywood ending, so it is with Minority Report. Where A.I.’s emotional crescendo and denouement were in New York and with Blue Fairy, In Minority Report it’s Anderton defying the system he helped create by making the *choice* not to kill Crowe, and his subsequent ‘boxing’ by way of Witwer’s murder. Just as with A.I. the case could be made that ending Minority Report with Anderton’s eternal imprisonment, innocent victim of the ‘perfect’ system, wouldn’t have satisfied intellectually, but I’m talking about the emotional pacing. The audience has no energy left for the last act of either film, and being forced to coast through it the experience subsequently leaves a sour taste in one’s mouth. Simply cutting out the last act of Minority Report wouldn’t really work, but I suspect a much tighter film could’ve been made had Spielberg (or the studio or whoever) been prepared to accept that darker ending.

    • KenTWOu says:

      It’s still one of the finest sci-fi films of the last decade :-P

  40. The Promised Landt says:

    Why, Cargo of course! After I got first win of the day in League of Legends, that is.

  41. McDan says:

    I also finally got round to playing Don’t take it personally babe, this just ain’t your story on saturday night. I’m not sure how far I am thorugh it but I am liking it, I decided to play that because I had no mouse and I thought it would be easy to play without one, it was, and because I thought I’d be able to play it with one arm. I only had one arm available to play it because I was upside down so I had to hold it off the ground. Tiring, but worth it.

  42. ananachaphobiac says:

    I played the London underground. It’s a strange and alien world full of dark tunnels and ruthless monsters. It gets a bit crowded on the servers though, especially in the evening.

  43. SilverSilence says:

    Arma 2 with some RPS fellows, 35 of them actually :O

  44. Davee says:

    Arma II, World of Tanks, A little Minecraft and some Vikingr (the M&B: Warband mod).

  45. ColOfNature says:

    Ace of Spades until I got annoyed with people swapping sides to grief. TF2 cos I’ve never really put much effort into it and figured now was as good a time as any. Bioshock cos I never finished it and Bioshock 2 is sitting in my Steam All Games list accusingly. Also, M.A.R.S. A Ridiculous Shooter, which makes me smile.

    • gorgol says:

      AoS is a great game but I got bored of it now. The building side of it is too optional, and the best strategy is simply tunneling to their flag, and tunneling back to your base with it. Zzzz.

    • jrod says:

      all fair complaints for AoS, but keep in mind its very much in early beta. They have some very nice plans for the future so I would check back on it in a bit. Personally im excited for machine gun nests.

  46. Stephen Roberts says:

    Super Meat Boy: Renaissance (that’s where you pick up again from where you left off the last time, after being ground down by some of the dark world levels). Slowly getting better at meat boy-ing. Unlocked the kid and won a bet. Free Dead Space 2 for me.

    Magicka: Will it work? The answer is… sometimes! When it does? Hilarity! Would it be nice if all the major bugs to multiplayer were ironed out? Yes please.

    Eating food: Not a PC game. Fun though.

  47. Kefren says:

    Ghosts & Goblins, Uridium and 1942 (all C64) with my nephew.

    Supreme Commander on my own – finished the Cybran Nation campaign. Girlfriend asked if I was coming to bed. “Yes, just finishing this…” Took another 4 hours, until 2.30am. The problem was that an Aeon Collossus destroyed my whole land base – I really mean _everything_. I finally took him out with a big ship. I then had to rebuild things with just my commander whilst defending against regular land (UEF) and air (Aeon) attacks. Problem: the sea-based defences were draining energy and mass, but I had none, so building anything was about ten times slower. I eventually built a mass-producing mine and energy producer. Took half an hour. The enemy blew them up. Start again. Built some point defences and anti-air. Then got on with energy and mass. Defences were destroyed but I eventually got up to positive mass and energy and could build quickly again. Two hours later I was back up to the strength I had before the Collossus attacked. Then I could start my long battle to whittle down UEF defences.

    I was tired the next day.

  48. FCA says:

    Started with Arma2, and then broke down and bought the Mount & Blade complete set, and played Warband. Strange that. I used to play more slower, tactical games (mostly RPG’s, also Civ and X-Com) and now I’m turning towards more actiony (though still tactical) simulation type games as I grow older.

  49. iLag says:

    Finally finished Deus Ex. A bomb! Started Deus Ex 2 right after that, was terribly disappointed. I just hope that this gets better somewhere along the way.

    • CMaster says:

      It gets better around the middle (Cairo especially), then nose dives towards the end (Antarctica, Liberty Island). It also never gets especially great (although there are a few nice little subplots) and the horrendous failings of the art and UI departments never go away.

    • PickyBugger says:

      @ CMaster: I like the bit where you’re fighting a group of tough enemies when your best weapon runs out of ammo. Quickly you switch to your pistol to finish them off only to realise it has no ammo, oh happy times…

      In answer to the threads question i’ve been playing Day of Defeat over on the UKCS servers.

    • YourMessageHere says:

      I played DE2 through, but was unable to take the game seriously. This was mostly because really early on, I threw a physics object at someone and killed them outright, leading to the revelation that it worked for virtually every enemy in the game. Meaningful plots and serious moral choices tend to be somewhat undermined by the idea that you can just throw the nearest armchair or crate at anyone For Massive Damage.

    • Berzee says:

      “Meaningful plots and serious moral choices tend to be somewhat undermined by the idea that you can just throw the nearest armchair or crate at anyone For Massive Damage.”

      And…In…The….GAME.

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    grossvogel says:

    I’m playing Minecraft with the FiniteLiquid mod, which enables proper DF-style flooding of caves. Lots of fun.