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Super Precision M-113 Battle Technique. Mike Sparks pioneered it.
Actually Steel Panthers MBT.
edited 26th Jul '14 2:18:04 PM by Achaemenid
Achae: You came dangerously close to being purged for such terrible heresy. But seeing as it was in jest the inquisition has chosen to forgive you...this time.
Basically, it's the post-1946 Steel Panthers game. Also I wince when I have to take a platoon of (pre -A3) M-113s into battle, bloody Soviets and their armor-piercing 14.5mm rounds and their BTR-60s everywhere.
It's a handy game to have: it'll run on a toaster with no graphical requirements to speak of, it's turn-based, and multiplayer is possible with PBEM. Do ten minutes, set it aside, do another ten minutes, et cetera.
I'll just hide in my BATTLEBOX™
Speaking of old games - I know it's not quite SPMBT's vintage - but I've managed to get the video game adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (that film came out 12 years ago, if you want to feel old) working again on my PC. It's quite interesting - a giant open-world Hogwarts, where you can accumulate Bertie Botts' Every Flavor beans. Beautiful stuff. I remember when I was a kid, I used all my health potions midway through the Chamber of Secrets, which made completion very hard.
edited 26th Jul '14 2:49:15 PM by Achaemenid
This tickled my funny bone.
TIL that Medal of Honor: Frontline for the PS2 came out over eleven years ago. Damn that makes me feel old. I loved that game. They don't make single-player campaigns like they used to. It was long, and wonderfully atmospheric - jumping from Omaha Beach to French U-boat pens, to the Nijmegen Bridge, to occupied Holland, to the Big Bad's armored train, to the Horten HO IX plant deep in the forests of Gotha. I remember that the villain had an Awesome Mc Coolname too: Hauptsturmführer von Sturmgeist.
I might see if I can dig my old copy out. My ancient PS2 still works. I'll be in touch.
Soundtrack was incredible as well:
Discovery of the day: RollerCoaster Tycoon can successfully run on Windows 7 (although the save screen is hilariously large and blurry, given that the game adjusts it to the game's expected resolution). Also, beating the scenarios is much easier now that I'm older.
I occasionally wish I could find a game like Sim Ant only with more depth.
I would love to run a build your own bug colony type game that isn't limited to terrestrial critters and would allow you build your own critter.
I played a little Double Dash (the best Mario Kart) tonight.
I swear there are courses in Double Dash for Gamecube that I played in Micky Racing USA for N64.
It works, although I've had trouble with both it and 2 freezing my computer at random
Because it's free at the moment, I downloaded the Overwatch beta and played.
I ... may actually have found a shooter I enjoy.
Thanks to the moddability of the first two doom games in all their forms I am replaying the first two dooms with mods. Project Brutality brings new enemies, weapons, and enemy spawns to the game with a bunch of new features. I am reminded again of when this game could be amazingly absorbing.
WIIIIIISE FWOM YOUR GWAAAAVE!
Anyone here getting the Nintendo Switch when it comes out on March 3rd? From what I've seen of the presentation videos on Youtube and the Switch thread over in the VG forum, I did something I've never done before: preordered the system for getting it on release day.* Walmart (yeah, yeah... boo hiss ) is offering preordering w/ 10% down of the $299.99+tax price, so I put down my name. It may not be the cheapest option, but with delivery to a local store I don't have to fart around with delivery shenanigans either.
At the very least, finally will get a use for that second HDMI port on my monitor (TV's port is broken, dunno why), and even if much of what's planned to come out for games doesn't excite me there's Zelda, Mario, and I may even give Skyrim a try (never played the PC version).
I started playing Overwatch.
I'm too old for this shit.
I mean, seriously. Back in the day, class/character differences were mostly in health and movement speed. Now I can't remember who the fuck runs along walls, who runs up walls, who double-jumps, who sprints, who teleports, who turns into a fucking ghost... Jeeezus!
Only after ending my third game with Genji yesterday and going to bed I realized he can climb walls and double-jump!
OK. Today I've seen too much sick shit in Overwatch.
A Genji who fired his ultimate high in the air, then dashed down to ground level and carved up three players.
A Reaper who teleported behind my back from being in front of me and blasted me to shit.
And finally, Tracer who zipped in front of me, lit me up, caught a rocket with her face, then zapped back behind me with Recall and lit me up again.
I'm too old for this shit indeed.
Yeah there is a reason I haven't played competitive twitch style shooter games in a good long while.
In more casual gaming news Earth Defense Force is getting a new game out soon. EDF 5 This summer for Japan and the rest of us will likely see it in the early fall.
Well, with Reaper it was a fuckup on my part, since the situation was pretty dense and I had two other enemies shooting at me, but some Overwatch characters have that ridiculous potential you don't see at first.
On second thought, I still got it. Played a couple of rounds of Overwatch today, ended up with four Plays of the Game in a row. All with Junkrat. And only one of those involved Rip-Tire.
Although I do admit that I'm one hell of a Pharah jockey when it comes to mobility. Playing Prey (2017) kinda does that to you, as upgraded Artax Pack handles very much like Pharah's rocket boosters. Also, it confuses the shit out of people when a Pharah hovers directly above them and hammers them with rockets launched straight down (which is the source of the in-joke "Scientists prove: Bastions can't look up" on the news ticker in my FB streams).
Necromancy is my favorite branch of magic. And now I finally get to use it!
Well, I still have yet to get a Switch. But while those kids are enjoying Odyssey and Breath of the Wild and their shiny new Skyrim, I'm sitting here having started playing through the PS 3 version of Skyrim and... dropped it after like the first four hours. I guess for whatever reason I was not used to sandbox games, WRPGs, and 3D combat and just kinda gave up. In the meantime I've been playing some really old Zelda games... namely A Link to the Past and the Oracle games. First playthrough on the latter; childhood memories for the former. Also recently started a new playthrough of Pokemon White 2 for nostalgia's sake, though it's not as old as those two. (Six years old, as compared to ~20 and ~16 years respectively.)
Heck, it's amazing how the SNES games still hold up after all these years. My SNES still works, and I've occasionally played Super Mario World, the first video game I ever played and one of the first I ever owned (got it for Christmas when I was 7). As well as finally playing the JRP Gs I somehow missed on it the first time around, such as Chrono Trigger, Earthbound, and Final Fantasies IV and VI.
I also just noticed that I tend to have a habit of playing older games, especially, up until just before the final boss (or somewhere else late game) and kinda stopping there. That's where I'm at with Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy VI, my current playthroughs of A Link to the Past and Ocarina of Time (which I also started a second playthrough of several months ago... and my first playthrough was back in... 2012, for the record). Yeah, playing games for the first time seems to come for me waaaaaay later than most people. And right now I'm a bit more interested in playing those older games I missed than playing newer ones.
edited 18th Apr '18 2:11:05 AM by ladytanuki
So I got Contra Shattered Soldier for the PS 2 but it's a blue disk so it's having trouble running. Any suggestions?
Ugh, I had to shitcan an hour-long Destiny 2 stream because I muted the game audio and mic to play the intro, then forgot to turn them back on.
And it was a good stream. I had a 5-kill streak with a sword. The next one was pure gaming fatigue, when I'm screwing up because I played for too long.
Grayman: I have never had the issue so I don't know what tell you.
Notso: Damn that sucks.
I have to admit I still have a soft spot for the adventure platformers that encourage backtracking and discovery aka Metroidvania style games. Namely because I distinctly remember spending long hours playing super Metroid gathering up I could and beating the game multiple times. I have long since enjoyed similar games.
In two hours, I will stream the Redneckalypse - in other words, it's that Far Cry 5 Saturday again, and John Seed is getting his ass kicked.
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