Video games

MichaelWitcoff

Hummingbird
Orthodox
The Wasteland 3 DLC is fun but I’m starting to hate the dynamic of a turn based game where your team either attacks first, which is not always possible, or the entire enemy team goes first and wipes out half your party in the first turn.
 

NickK

Kingfisher
Orthodox
So... I just slpashed 3000$ for a simracing rig, a direct drive wheel and a VR headset.
On top of the 3000$ I spent for my PC back in October.

I have said that VR is of the devil but here I am.
 
How many of you have played the Nintendo Wii and have fond memories? How good was the motion capture technology interface? I'm playing with the idea of getting one for my stepdaughters. I want to get them off their dang smart phones for a few hours! Lol Here in the Philippines, you can buy a package deal with four controllers and 90 games loaded on the hard drive, for only $150.
 

Elipe

Pelican
How many of you have played the Nintendo Wii and have fond memories? How good was the motion capture technology interface? I'm playing with the idea of getting one for my stepdaughters. I want to get them off their dang smart phones for a few hours! Lol Here in the Philippines, you can buy a package deal with four controllers and 90 games loaded on the hard drive, for only $150.
The Wii wasn't my favorite console, but it's great for kids.
 

magaman

Woodpecker
How many of you have played the Nintendo Wii and have fond memories? How good was the motion capture technology interface? I'm playing with the idea of getting one for my stepdaughters. I want to get them off their dang smart phones for a few hours! Lol Here in the Philippines, you can buy a package deal with four controllers and 90 games loaded on the hard drive, for only $150.
Meh, the Wii was alright. I have more fond memories of the Gamecube and the Nintendo 64. I played a couple games for the Wii and they were alright but it just didn't have the same effect on me as the previous consoles. I mainly used mine to play Gamecube games.
 
Meh, the Wii was alright. I have more fond memories of the Gamecube and the Nintendo 64. I played a couple games for the Wii and they were alright but it just didn't have the same effect on me as the previous consoles. I mainly used mine to play Gamecube games.

The offer I am thinking of getting for the Wii, actually comes with the bonus of fifty Gamecube games loaded onto the hard drive, and also two Gamecube controllers. Yes, the Gamecube console had many fun games...
 

fireshark

Woodpecker
Orthodox Inquirer
So... I just slpashed 3000$ for a simracing rig, a direct drive wheel and a VR headset.
On top of the 3000$ I spent for my PC back in October.

I have said that VR is of the devil but here I am.
The best thing about all that stuff is that if it's high quality gear and you take good care of it, plus with the increased demand during the plandemic, it's very easy to resell for a good price. I had a $4000 computer and flight simulation gear setup. Bought most of it just before the plandemic started. Sold it all 3 months ago for almost exactly what I payed.
 
The best thing about all that stuff is that if it's high quality gear and you take good care of it, plus with the increased demand during the plandemic, it's very easy to resell for a good price. I had a $4000 computer and flight simulation gear setup. Bought most of it just before the plandemic started. Sold it all 3 months ago for almost exactly what I payed.

What are the views around here on VR? I have only experienced the cheap $20 VR rigs that require my cell phone to work. Does high quality/expensive VR really take your breath away? Is it that good? What is it like playing a driving or flight sim with high quality VR?

I saw a YT video about VR as it relates to porn viewing. It seemed to indicate that VR takes porn to the next level when it comes to addiction.

My stepdaughters want at least a cheap VR rig to watch videos, but I have so far dragged my feet about it. As it is, they are smart phone zombies...
 

Easy_C

Peacock
The potential is fairly incredible but I don’t see it being used well yet for entertainment. The type of game which is really begging for VR largely doesn’t support it yet due to the immense graphics power required to do VR without sacrificing quality.

Personally I’d love to see a Battletech game with VR.
 

NickK

Kingfisher
Orthodox
The best thing about all that stuff is that if it's high quality gear and you take good care of it, plus with the increased demand during the plandemic, it's very easy to resell for a good price. I had a $4000 computer and flight simulation gear setup. Bought most of it just before the plandemic started. Sold it all 3 months ago for almost exactly what I payed.
That's true.
I upgraded my CPU and sold my old one 10% more than I bought it :laughter:

Anyone who wants to quit gaming and sell his GPU, now is the time. They sell for insane prices.
 

GodfatherPartTwo

Woodpecker
The offer I am thinking of getting for the Wii, actually comes with the bonus of fifty Gamecube games loaded onto the hard drive, and also two Gamecube controllers. Yes, the Gamecube console had many fun games...
I was going to recommend the Wii U as its an HD suped up Wii but the worst thing about it was that it was not backwards compatible with GameCube games. That the Wii you're looking at is loaded with GameCube games seals the deal. However, the Wii is not HDTV compatible to my knowledge so unless you have an older TV I would not purchase it. I could be wrong as there may be an adapter but it's worth looking into.
 
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Gamecube had many great exclusives, though its marketing and appearance is somewhat "childish" (small disks, little box). The few that I can think of were the RE remasters 1 and 3, Geist, Eternal Darkness Sanity's Requiem (very lovecraftian game), and some arcade shooters like Ikaruga and Chaos Field and the Rogue Squadron sequels. Of course the usual franchises Mario/Zelda/Metroid/StarFox, but always these lesser known ones seem to have more talent put in them. I am aware, and so should y'all, that there are a lot of non-Christian imagery and symbolism in some of these games, Geist has some very eerily-similar occult references to what our own elites are cooking up and even forces the player to retrace a pentagram at one point to open a door, and Eternal Darkness borders on spellcraft at times despite it being the best atmospheric game with a really well-written story where the player is supposed to be stopping an abominable lovecraftian eldritch from entering the world. In WarioWorld there is an eye on top of the pyramid in the main lobby and some other demonic looking creatures, I used to be more guarded on these things but my faith is stronger and they don't have an effect on me much now. Where does a Christian part-time gamer have to look for enjoyment without spiritual mockery? I would just go back further in time.

N64 was much better in terms of family-friendliness. The platformers were fun and replay-value was high, the racing games were great to play with friends, same with the fighting and wrestling games, and the shooters were unique, Turok 1, 2, and Duke Nukem Zero Hour still being my favorites in that category. You also had some unique flight simulator games, Aerofighters Assault, Pilotwings 64, original Rogue Squadron etc. Road Rash 64 will always make me laugh remembering how goofy the bikers vs cops gameplay was, pure cartoon brutality. Games these days don't have this kind of fun to them, they're just clones and infused with cheap PC plot lines / cardboard characters / weird time wasting things like bonus things to buy / "customizing" character to the detail of a fashion-obsessed fag.

The cut off was somewhere around the Xbox360/PS3/Wii generation where the good games just stopped coming. You will still find some new ones coming out even today that aren't crap but its like going through with a fine-toothed comb. The PS1 had my all time favs, with PS2 a close second (OG Xbox had better ports graphically but the PS2 still has a lot of charm).
 
Where does a Christian part-time gamer have to look for enjoyment without spiritual mockery?
I would mainly recommend history strategy games without mass appeal. For example the Strategic Command Series. They have several installments, for example WW1, WW2 in Europe or WW2 with the whole map. The game is easy to learn, hard to master with turn-based Panzer Corps like game play. Maybe it is to complicated as a part-time gamer, but you can play a round a day which takes ~ 20 - 60 minutes.

It also has multiplayer, with play by email. Which means you get notified when your opponent has finished his turn. At the moment, I play a game against my brother and I often find myself contemplating new strategies and my next turn while lying in bed. That gets sometimes tiresome, lol.
 

NickK

Kingfisher
Orthodox
What are the views around here on VR? I have only experienced the cheap $20 VR rigs that require my cell phone to work. Does high quality/expensive VR really take your breath away? Is it that good? What is it like playing a driving or flight sim with high quality VR?

I saw a YT video about VR as it relates to porn viewing. It seemed to indicate that VR takes porn to the next level when it comes to addiction.

My stepdaughters want at least a cheap VR rig to watch videos, but I have so far dragged my feet about it. As it is, they are smart phone zombies...
An update on my VR experience so far, for anyone interested.

Super disappointed.

Physical symptoms: difficulty breathing (I have a big nose), nausea.
Spiritual symptoms: disconnection from reality, awareness that it's a satanic push towards transhumanism, demonic imagery, immersion in the clown world.

Plus, it didn't work for the one job I wanted it to work, i.e. simracing. It was a blurry mess. Mid '00s graphics but blurry.
Too many hoops to jump to set it up.
My virtual body was that of a 12 year old boy, proportions were all wrong.

All in all, I will be returning this pece of garbage asap.
I'm glad I got this VR temptation out of my system and I'll go back to a traditional triple screen configuration.

You were warned!

Edit: I forgot to add that my set was the Occulus Quest 2, made by... Facebook. I had to create a facebook account to use the thing.

Google also made its own VR headset that fortunately failed miserably. Microsoft have theirs for Xbox.
But it makes you wonder, why do these companies push VR so much? I suspect it's to collect biometric data.
 
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fireshark

Woodpecker
Orthodox Inquirer
That just confirms every hunch I had about the negatives and possible ethical and spiritual compromises of getting into VR.

I've owned all kinds of expensive gear in the past, multiple consoles etc etc.. These days I have a decent laptop, and I play casually and that's enough for me.
 

magaman

Woodpecker
I got a little burned out on Factorio, and Satisfactory just wasn't detailed or complex enough, but Dyson Sphere Program looks like it might scratch my Factorio itch:
I saw that game on Steam. It looks interesting. I've long been fascinated with the idea of a Dyson Sphere, although I'm pretty sure the idea would never work in reality. Mankind won't last that long anyway.
 

Cassidian

Chicken
Orthodox Inquirer
How many of you have played the Nintendo Wii and have fond memories? How good was the motion capture technology interface? I'm playing with the idea of getting one for my stepdaughters. I want to get them off their dang smart phones for a few hours! Lol Here in the Philippines, you can buy a package deal with four controllers and 90 games loaded on the hard drive, for only $150.
The Wii got a bad rap at the time for introducing motion controls, which were universally reviled even when they served some purpose, and it really opened the floodgates for shovelware on main console platforms. That being said, most of the shovelware is probably in a museum or a landfill by now, so you can freely pick among all the classics which have aged well and survived the passage of time. I'd say definitely go for it. It is still a great console for kids.
 

presidentcarter

Ostrich
Gold Member
I was going to recommend the Wii U as its an HD suped up Wii but the worst thing about it was that it was not backwards compatible with GameCube games. That the Wii you're looking at is loaded with GameCube games seals the deal. However, the Wii is not HDTV compatible to my knowledge so unless you have an older TV I would not purchase it. I could be wrong as there may be an adapter but it's worth looking into.
Wii U is awesome and I recommend getting one.

They actually are gamecube compatible straight out of the box, however for some reason Nintendo built in a block to keep it from running gc discs. You can put gc roms on an external hd and the wii u will play them natively. But not everyone is comfortable dealing with roms and for me it kind of takes away the retro collecting aspect of finding the games in the wild and playing them on original hardware.

Also there's a huge library of good wii games available on top of the gc and wii u libraries.

You can even get stuff like HD Retrovision wii/wii u component cables and run a wii u on a standard def flatscreen (ie Trinitron) if that floats your boat. It was fun to see Breath of the Wild running on an old tube tv and actually looking pretty good.
 
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