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  1. Nostalgia Syndrome

    Hello there again, another gaming topic here. However, this topic isn't about a particular game but rather games in general, and how nostalgia can affect one's judgment of a game. Now when it comes to the gaming experience, nostalgia is definitely a key part of it. It helps establish the tone of the world you're playing, along with leaving you awe inspired. However, in many cases, this quality tends to cloud a player's judgment of a game. I have dubbed this the "Nostalgia Syndrome". ---- A great example of this would be Skyrim. Now don't get me wrong, Skyrim is a fantastic game and is one of my favourites. During my first ten hours of gameplay, I thought it was the best video game I ever had the pleasure of being immersed in. However, there were several key flaws I began to notice after the "Nostalgia Syndrome" wore off. The first major thing I noticed was the overall story. You have to battle dragons, resolve a long-lasting conflict between the Stormcloaks and Imperials, save Tamriel from the World Eater, Alduin!!! There are also several interesting side quests like becoming a werewolf, an immortal vampire lord, an assassin lurking in the shadows, a powerful mage, and a clever thief. The side quests previously mentioned are well-done for the most part. What gets me is what is supposed to sell you, the main story. WARNING: Spoilers ahead!!!!!! You're a prisoner waiting his execution when suddenly a dragon lands on a tower and calls forth balls of flame from the sky! You must escape, either with your fellow prisoners or your captors. Once you do, you go to Riverwood to recoup and then set off to Whiterun to deal with the dragon threat. You eventually discover that you are dragon born, and thus sent on a quest to exterminate these beasts by devouring their souls and unlocking new powers of your own! And that's where the excitement ends, really. The main questline is extremely short without any major events. Even finally facing Alduin in a final confrontation was honestly... a bit of a bore. The battle was easily won (Difficulty: Master) and Alduin didn't really present anything knew from the previous dragons you faced... other thank calling a storm of fireballs, of course. All of which one could easily dodge without having to even pay attention. Or hell, retrieving the Elder Scroll, the most important artifact in the game as it gives you one of the most useful shouts, was honestly not that enjoyable to do. It felt like a chore... sure, you got to explore a dwemer ruin, but it was like every single one before... just with a very easy puzzle at the end with some confrontation with a dumbass elf that decided to get in your way. What also really disappointed me was the discussion period between the Stormcloaks and Imperials regarding their ceasefire... there was no challenge to it, it wasn't interesting, or really like a political confrontation of any sort. It was easy to establish agreeable compensation for both sides so they would have a ceasefire until the threat was neutralized. I think this should have been explored more, because I really LOVED Dwarvan politics in DA:O. ---- Another issue I had with it is that most of the sidequests, other than the "mini-main quests", were not really memorable. I can only name two quests that really stuck with me: Blood on the Ice and The Forsworn Conspiracy, of which I enjoyed the latter more than I did the former. [Note: Loved every Daedric Prince quest, fun as hell] Besides that, every other quest was just... meh. Really bland and boring. Retrieval of a specific item that looks exactly like an item you found the last time, slaying an enemy, clearing a den of bandits, or missions that are very similar to these. ---- Now for the most part I did enjoy the combat. It was dynamic for its time and very fluid. However, magic wasn't really all that great. Now don't get me wrong, I did enjoy playing as a powerful mage, but compared to its previous edition (Oblivion) the magic skills were heavily downgraded. Now I can understand the reasoning behind this, they had to build a MASSIVE WORLD from the ground up and make it look good (which they did). However, the magic tree was severely lacking. Oblivion's magic tree(s) was so diverse and unique respectively with each magic skill. There was a spell that would make you FLY goddamnit! Imagine flying in the skies battling a dragon, that would have been severely badass! ---- These were the main flaws I had with the game revealed after the nostalgia wore off. There are some minor gripes like with unique weapons/armour/staffs/etc not actually being unique or not being able to marry Serrana and Frea. However, that doesn't really affect the quality of the game IMO. Don't get me wrong, the major flaws I listed (that I found anyway) does not mean this game is by any means bad! However, it isn't a 10/10 game like a lot of people rated due to nostalgia. If I were to actually rate it, I would give it a solid 8/10.It is a superb game with good gameplay, crafting system is excellent, compelling stories for the most part (other than the main questline), and intriguing lore. ---- Anyway, back to the main point of what I was saying earlier. Many people, including myself initially, rated this game a high 10/10. It was new, fresh, and was just overall badass. But that was because of the nostalgia; our judgment was clouded with all the good looking graphics and the dynamic combat. We couldn't see the "chore quests", the main questline, or the downgraded magic systems. Or hell, all of the graphical glitches or a few game-breaking ones (which is to be expected with a game on this scale). I even had some qualms with the leveling system as I preferred the old one in Oblivion. Only when the nostalgia wears off, if you allow it to, can you see all the flaws that don't make it a 10/10 game. Fallout 4 is another great example of what nostalgia can do to cloud the judgment of players (although the nostalgia wore off faster with this game because the plot is just overall terrible). However, I wont get into it because then I would be writing an entire novel on "Nostalgia Syndrome". Screw what I think, tho! I want to know what your opinions are. Do you agree with my opinions? Do you disagree with them? What other games do you think caused some "Nostalgia Syndrome"? Discuss below! BTW, I focused on a singular game as an example mainly because it would have been easier to explain with just one example, and also since it was (is) glorified by most players/critics, Just thought I'd let you know. Anyway, cheers!
  2. Purchase; computer or Xbox/PS

    Background information: · If I end up getting a computer, I’d prefer a laptop. I'm not exactly tech savvy, so it's easier for me to have everything in one. · If I'm looking at something geared towards gaming, the top end of my budget would be somewhere around $1,800 AUD. · I have very little experience in gaming. On the occasions that I've played games, it's been on a console; so you could say that I'm a littler more used to a controller, as opposed to a keyboard and mouse. · Australian internet is a meme. Concerns - re; computer By far, the biggest concern of mine would have to be getting good value for money. Not so much in the context of getting an incredible deal and great use out of the device (my circumstances could change quickly), but the expectation vs reality when it comes to the gaming experience. Whereas, the computer should be able to run any of the big titles, I don’t want to be spending all this money to end up playing beautiful, yet borderline unplayable games. I don’t know what games have favourable servers for Australian’s, so I’ll use an example from a game my brother plays (War Thunder - PC) SEA 170+ US 250+ Europe 340+ Russia 380+ I think this illustrates my concerns fairly well. Admittedly, I'm going to have to get a new computer soon, but if the PC gaming route just isn't feasible, then I'll just get something for your everyday use. Questions: Computer or console? Which one and why. If computer, recommendations from the ones available (prices are AUD) Recommendations on games (keep in mind what I said) Anything extra I need to know if I go the console route? (wifi boosters etc.) If you need any further information, just let me know. Thanks.
  3. Complexity Card Gaming are hosting a major tour stop in Lille due to YCS Lille being cancelled by Konami. Great news for everyone who had non-refundable travel or accomodation, extremely quick thinking to get something arranged in under 2 weeks. I think a lot of the playerbase will be grateful for this.     ===============================   Details:     Date:   5th/6th December 2015   Venue:   Stadium Lille Metropole Avenue de la Chatellenie 59650 Villeneuve-d'Ascq France   http://www.stadium-lillemetropole.fr/     Prize Support:   €1500 Prize Pool in vouchers for yugiohcardmarket.eu + Travel & Accomodation to ARG Finals in USA available Also, side-events will take place for 4 different 3D Custom Art (CCG Prize) Cards   Other Details:   Entry fee - €20 Registration starts at 10AM on Saturday, tournament kicks off 11AM Some side-events have been announced, there is a cross-banlist side-event where you can play under any banlist from 2008-2015 (no cards released after your chosen banlist are allowed) where you can win a flight to another CCG Major Tour Stop   ===========================   Figured I'd make a thread for this since I didn't see one, we had Lille all booked so were going anyway regardless of the YCS, so this will be nice to go to.   Anyone else going?
  4. Doing some vector work.

    Vector Graphics Vector graphics is the use of geometrical primitives such as points, lines, curves, and shapes or polygon(s), which are all based on mathematical expressions, to represent images in computer graphics.   I'll just post in here what I have been up to and get some opinions. I do enjoy seeing other's work and would like new faces and art in this section of DGz.   Here is a Team 5D's design I made for my own custom mat. I can upload the mat design later.     More to come.
  5. [font=Arial][size=3][b]Where:[/b] Knights of Columbus Hall[/size][/font] [indent=1][font=Arial][size=3]1800 S. 92nd Street[/size][/font][/indent][indent=1][size=3][font=Arial]West Allis, WI 53214[/font][/size][/indent] [font=Arial][size=3][b]When:[/b] Saturday November 26[sup]th[/sup], 2011[/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3] Registration Open: 9:00 a.m.[/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3] Registration Close: 10:00 a.m.[/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3] Tournament Start: 10:00 a.m.[/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3][b]Entry fee:[/b] $20. Every player gets 5 packs of Photon Shockwave Boosters plus an Evolution Gaming custom engraved eG dice at registration (these are awesome dice!). [/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3][b]Tournament Prize Support:[/b][/size][/font] [font=Verdana][size=3]All those qualifying for the 2012 National Championship will also receive an Evolution Gaming custom engraved dice “eG Regional Invite dice” (again…these are awesome dice!)[/size][/font] [font=Verdana][size=3]Top 8 players will receive a 2012 Konami Regional Qualifier Game Mat plus an Evolution Gaming custom engraved dice “eG Regional Top 8 dice” (again…these are awesome dice!).[/size][/font] [font=Verdana][size=3]Top 4 players also receive a Konami Card Binder, a custom Top 4 Evolution Game Mat, as well as free entry to Evolution Gaming’s next Regional.[/size][/font] [font=Verdana][size=3]Additional prize support will be added for Top 16 by Evolution Gaming.[/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3][b]How many players get invites:[/b][/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3] Based on attendance –[/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3] 4-49 = 4 invites[/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3] 50-99 = 8 invites[/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3] 100-149 = 16 invites[/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3] 150-199 = 24 invites[/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3] 200-299 = 32 invites[/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3] 300 + = 48 invites[/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3]*note invites do not roll down![/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3][b]How many rounds of swiss:[/b][/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3] Based on attendance –[/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3] 4-8 players: 3 rounds[/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3] 9-16 players: 4 rounds[/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3] 17-32 players: 5 rounds[/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3] 33-64 players: 6 rounds[/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3] 65-128 players: 7 rounds[/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3] 129-256 players: 8 rounds[/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3] 257-512 players: 9 rounds[/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3] 513-1024 players: 10 rounds[/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3][b]Other Notes:[/b][/size][/font] [font=Verdana][size=3]The advanced format will be used for the event and any side events.[/size][/font] [font=Verdana][size=3]We will also hold a minimum of 1 Win-A-Mat event at this Regional.[/size][/font] [left]The Knights of Columbus Hall will make lunch available to our players. About $5.00 will get a cheeseburger, hot dog or chicken strips. Knights of Columbus will also offer snacks and drinks for purchase all day.[/left] [left]Swiss rounds cutting to Top 8, plus 1 more round to determine Top 4.[/left] [left]Matches are best 2 of 3, with a 40-minute time limit per match.[/left] [left]We’re excited to hold this Regional and look forward to seeing you on November 26.[/left] [font=Arial][size=3][b]More info:[/b][/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3] Contact us: [email="info@evo-game.com"]info@evo-game.com[/email][/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3] Ban List: [url="http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/limited/index.html#limited_adv"]Here[/url][/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3] Regional FAQ: [url="http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/2010/regionalsfaq_2010.html"]Here[/url][/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3]Also be sure to check out the Regional Coverage section to see who's at the Top Tables, interesting Deck Profiles, and great Feature Matches.[/size][/font]
  6. We've all had that one moment in gaming where once it's over we go "holy shit, I just did that". Post yours. -- For me European Extreme in MGS2 was awesome, but even moreso when you get to this bit with no Rations left: <iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/CdDfHXCnqaI?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>