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Steam Deck Owners: What’s been your favorite game that you first discovered on Steam Deck and now you can’t seem to put down?

Looking for those games that you may have heard about but never tried until you got a Deck. Or old games on systems you never had that you’re trying for the first time. Or new AAA games that just released in the last year or two that you picked up for the first time specifically to play on Steam Deck and have kept you glued to...

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just want to say, if you have the choice to buy either the Xbox One or the newer Xbox Series controllers, it’s worth it to go for the newer one. Some of the buttons (the bumpers in particular) are way better on the newer controller.

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Just curious, did you get the Deck just for that? I think you can run all of those on like the Retroid Pocket, which is like 1/4 the price of the deck?

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yep! i’ve got that Lunar Shift one, it looks pretty sick. Not like “i would pay extra money for this” sick, but you know.

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ohhh gotcha gotcha. gotta love the versatility of the Deck!

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What is the advantage of torx over Phillips?

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  2. To express at length a complaint or negative opinion.
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Great, the Kendall Roy of Valve

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Good to know. I’m converted

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Silksong Silksong Silksong Silksong…

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I don’t know why you would come into this thread and just attack us like this 😤

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Just watched the Digital Foundry review, unprompted by this post. Sounds like it’s a dramatically better screen, and marginally better in every other feature. Better battery, better performance, cooler temps, lighter weight, better storage…this might be the time to jump on the Steam Deck train.

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Depends. How techy are you? None of those games are officially supported on the Steam Deck, but Valve lets you dig around under the hood and install whatever you want. However, anything that isn’t on Steam and officially supported will require some work for you to get running. That said, you can play just about anything on the Deck if you’re willing to put in the time. The touchpads make the Deck very capable on traditionally kb/m games.

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Then you should be good! As long as you’re prepared to do the work to make them run.

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interesting point. i think my comfort level with this kind of game would be maybe $15, unless there were multiple reviewers calling this their game of the year. however, i think that says more about my personal tastes - the climbing gameplay is a gamble because it is unlike other games i’ve played, and good writing alone is not enough to sell me on a game.

Thanks for sharing your perspective!

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okay i watched a little. Very very cool! I didn’t know that this was what Freelancer looked like these days, and this is a very cool way to find out about this Discovery mod. Thank you for sharing! Seems very interesting, I might have to read more about it when i get some free time.

This mod reminds me a lot of STALKER Anomaly, which was a mod for the STALKER games that dropped within the past few years. Basically stitches the maps from all three STALKER games together, fixes all the bugs, and adds a much deeper metagame. GAMMA was the refinement that came out a year or two ago, which slaps a ton of extra mods into it so it looks kind of like a modern game on top of everything else. I have not played either of these mods (I decided to try playing through one of the main games instead), but i know they blew up in a similar way to this one.

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This reminds me a lot of what happened to Waypoint with Vice. They were running on an ad-based model since their inception, and then they launched Waypoint Plus (their subscription model) to basically save themselves from extinction. Then Vice itself hit the bankruptcy wall, so the Waypoint staff were all laid off because, while Waypoint Plus was profitable and sustainable, it wasn’t growing.

Then the laid off staff just launched their own subscription-based small business and, at least for now, it seems like they’re better off. Based on other comments, it looks like that is what the Escapist Staff is doing with Second Wind.

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how many names can there be left for outlets that rose out of the ashes of other outlets? Second Wind, Remap, Aftermath, Nextlander…i didn’t think I would see this kind of name become a “genre” in my lifetime.

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Haha Aftermath is ex-Kotaku staff, although they do have Gita Jackson, who was with Vice and Motherboard for a while after she left Kotaku. The ex-Waypoint staff is Remap!

I’m with you on subscription-fatigue, I love the Remap crew and maintain my sub with them for now. The thing is, I think this whole thing works better if all of us gaming enthusiasts continue to read and share everything from every subscription-based outlets, and then only sub to our favorite one or two. The problem with the ad-based model was that there was not enough money to go around, even if the engagement from individual users was high. Ads were paying less and less, and a small, highly-engaged audience can only generate so many clicks. With the subscription model, everyone subscribes to their faves, and then outlets are rewarded for catering to a niche. This is what most of these small outlets were doing best anyway, so i personally think it works out well. Eventually there has to be an upper limit to how many of these outlets can survive, but i think the ceiling is a little higher than most people think.

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no i mean to be clear, i know that names are hard! you have to think of something that’s catchy but also unique enough to google but also doesn’t sound stupid and also kind of signifies what your outlet is about…it’s hard! And most of the outlets i named also had to come up with their names within a 2-week period where they had no jobs but had to scramble to pick a name while their names were still in the news. You and I are on the same page here.

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love to get science confirming things that we mostly already suspect. like genuinely, it’s nice to have evidence to back up things that we want to believe.

On an unrelated note, the VR device they created to test this is kind of fascinating. Like…

The rat is harnessed in the VR system, designed by Shinsuke Tanaka, a postdoc in the Lee Lab. As the rat walks on a spherical treadmill, its movements are translated on the 360-degree screen. The rat is rewarded when it navigates to its goal…In the second task, the “Jedi” task—a nod to Star Wars—the rat moves an object to a location by thoughts alone. The rat is fixed in a virtual place but “moves” an object to a goal in the VR space by controlling its hippocampal activity, like how a person sitting in their office might imagine taking a cup next to the coffee machine and filling it with coffee.

They made an interface that allows a rat to control a virtual avatar with brain activity alone? I did not expect that to be how this test worked.

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dang i had not heard about this unlicensed controllers thing. I find this move very baffling, given Microsoft’s current position in the gaming market. This is the kind of move you make when you are in first place, because you have market dominance to shield your company from the effects of bad publicity. Yet in spite of two massive acquisitions, Xbox is still the third-place console. And after 3 years of the Xbox SeX and PS5, it’s kind of looking like they’re going to stay in last place unless they start packing their release calendar with A-tier exclusives.

So if Xbox is still in last place, why are they going out of their way to burn the goodwill they’ve been building up over the last 6 years?

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This explains how Sony clawed back market share in the second half of the PS3 gen, but you’re missing one crucial detail: the Xbox One. One cannot overstate how badly Microsoft misread the room and flubbed the reveal of the XbOne. The all-digital announcement in a time when physical games were still king, the required Kinect, the always-online requirement…they basically wrote the playbook on how to piss off reddit gamers. Sony had built up good will by becoming more pro-consumer over the PS3 gen, so then all they had to do in 2013 was say “the PS4 is just like the PS3 but better” and they were heralded as the saviors of gaming.

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I’d bet that the “former WOW devs” population encompasses like 30% of all working game devs at this point. It’s been going for so long and I’m sure a lot of small roles were filled with short-term employees.

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Am I missing something? Bitwarden already has support for authentication via biometrics or Windows Hello. How is this different from that?

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so basically: right now, I have a master password, and I can set up Bitwarden to bypass the master password with biometrics. With passkey set up, I will no longer have a master password, and biometric will be the only login method?

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“… Characters feature a lot of details that, while seemingly unnecessary now, will become relevant in the future of the project.”

Custom Dentist Minigame DLC confirmed!

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I wish for a way to capture 30-60 seconds of a simulation to go forward and backwards in Photo mode.

Pretty sure both Nvidia and the Windows Game Bar (Win+G I think?) have recording functionality. Not exactly what you’re looking for, but an easy way to capture a short vid and then scrub through later for screenshots.

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Ohhhh gotcha you’re wishing the cinematic camera mod was in the game 😂 that was the name of the mod that did that in CS1. lack of mods is another reason I’m holding off on this one!

The Cities Skylines 2 Hardware Benchmarking, Performance, and Settings Guide - CityPlannerPlays ( youtube.com )

A nice, level-headed video from Cities: Skylines YouTuber CityPlannerPlays, cataloging performance benchmarks for C:S2 on a variety of systems. I know I set off a firestorm on my C:S2 post the other day - hopefully this helps y’all make rational decisions about this janky (but quickly improving) release....

Well, Cities: Skylines 2 is here, and it's another broken game release.

I don’t really understand how people make the review threads, but we’re sitting at a 77 on OpenCritic right now. Many were worried about game performance after the recommended specs were released, but it looks like it’s even worse than we expected. It sounds like the game is mostly a solid release except for the...

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If you compare the game on max settings to modded C:S1 (and if you ignore the leveling plot issues), I actually think it looks better than C:S1, or at least pretty close.

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Here’s a pre-release video from City Planner Plays that discusses the new roadway options. I believe even C:S1 added in snap-to-angle options eventually, which made it very easy to build roads at right angles. Unless you mean parallel roads? This is something that vanilla C:S1 did not have, but it looks like C:S2 has that on launch. The new road-building tools are one of the features that had me most hyped.

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Yep we better all go drop $3k on a new computer so we can get this game to playable fps!

theangriestbird OP ,
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What is your deal? Do you believe that gaming should only be a hobby for the wealthy, or?

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No one is expecting the game to release with 0 bugs. It’s the severity and quantity of bugs that is the issue.

FWIW, my current take is that this release would be fine if they had simply released it in early access.

What is something (feature, modes, settings...) you would like to see become a standard in video games?

I’ve been thinking about making this thread for a few days. Sometimes, I play a game and it has some very basic features that are just not in every other game and I think to myself: Why is this not standard?! and I wanted to know what were yours....

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oh man. It’s wild how prestige games are always trying so hard to be like prestige movies and TV, but somehow they have not yet adopted the practice of the recap.

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oooooh i love that. Like Amazon Prime Video’s X-ray feature (which i really wish other streaming services would adopt).

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Nintendo is very good about this in all their games. I think it’s primarily because on the Switch, if you are using an individual JoyCon, the actual button names are not consistent, so you have to rely on the position of the button to convey which one you want players to press. I don’t think you can control BOTW or TOTK with an individual JoyCon, but I imagine they have those assets just ready to go.

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A new Mario game blew the critics away? Who could have predicted this?

sarcasm aside, i’ve been sort of skeptical of scores on reviews of Mario games ever since the New Super Mario Bros series. Critics seem to be physically incapable of giving a Mario game a low score, as best immortalized by this videogamedunkey video.

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eeeeexactly. I’m not gonna say they haven’t earned that respect, but it’s still frustrating when you just want good, honest reviews.

theangriestbird ,
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totally. I’m sure that if you’re a reviewer reviewing the 3rd New Super Mario Bros game, and you come out of it feeling like the game was pretty mid, it can feel scary to post a review with the lowest score. It’s easy with something like an Ubisoft game, where the quality of their games has been in question for years now. But with a Mario game? We all know the internet is full of assholes that will tear you apart for giving a bad score to bad game from a beloved franchise.

I swear i watch more videos than just dunkey, but this recent vid of his actually captured this other side of the coin pretty well.

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yeah this is an unfortunate part of the modern game review landscape. Probably the reason why many people just watch their favorite influencers for game opinions instead.

theangriestbird ,
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thank you for your take! you make a valid point. Also dunkey clearly edited that down to every critical thing he said about the game and none of the positive things. The point stands that I have trouble trusting review scores on Mario games, and this is me speaking as someone that loves Mario games and is hyped for Wonder.

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he can pay me $1 for a taste of deez nuts.

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you’re right i’ve got a premium product on my hands

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