For many players, video games are a chance to escape from work. You hop into a game, sliding into a fantasy role as a dragon slayer or superhero, setting aside the mundanities of day-to-day labor.But as I hop from monster hunting to military sneaking missions, I’ve found that my personal play time is filling up with different kinds of work. I love difficult boss fights and intense combat, but I relish the chance to roll up my sleeves and create something. Crafting systems, something I’ve largely ignored, have piqued my curiosity in massive multiplayer games like Final Fantasy XIV, and I’m spending hours gathering materials and making potions and gear. My first tango with digital “work” came with Stardew Valley. Clearing land, planting seeds, and raising cows was as engrossing as firing rocket launchers or battling eldritch creatures. Yet for a farming game, Stardew Valley is a very social experience. There’s just as much relationship management, … [Read more...] about Crafting In Games Feels Less Like A Chore Now
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If you want to run with the SUV crowd but still seek to stand out,Nice Price or Crack Pipe Montero. It’s a Sport and comes with both 4WD and a stick which means it’s earned that name. Let’s see if it also earns its asking. One of the world’s most baffling enigmas is the question of why some old cars seem to wear out if you just look at them funny while others inexplicably hold up unfailingly Advertisement Yesterday’s 2007 BMW M6 looked What’s the safe bet when going for an older, mid-sized 4x4 for the family? It’s the Toyota 4Runner, right? I mean, aside from smaller sports cars where the Mazda Miata obviously rules, pretty much any used car question could be effectively Yeah, bor-ing. Advertisement Here we have a 1998 Mitsubishi Montero Sport LS and while Just like yesterday’s big Bimmer, this Montero Advertisement That includes the bright red over champaign paint which seems to be in great shape other than for some scuffs … [Read more...] about At $4,995, Would You Give This 1998 Mitsubishi Montero Sport A Sporting Chance?
SCHAUMBURG, IL—In an ultimately futile act some have described as courageous and others have called a mere postponing of the inevitable, existentialist firefighter James Farber delayed three deaths Monday. "I'm no hero," Farber said after rescuing the family from a house fire on the 2500 block of West Thacker Street, and prolonging for the time being their slow march toward oblivion. "Like any other man, I am thrown into this world, alone and terrified, to play a meaningless role in an empty life. In my case, that role happens to involve charging through towering blazes to pull helpless individuals from a sea of flames before they suffocate or are burnt alive." Advertisement Added Farber, "That hardly makes me a paragon of virtue." At 2:30 a.m. Monday, the alarm sounded at Farber's station house, causing the despondent firefighter to emerge from a deep malaise and, though still absorbed by the sense of dread that has preoccupied him since youth, respond promptly to the … [Read more...] about Existentialist Firefighter Delays 3 Deaths
Sky Rogue looks like it was ripped right out of an arcade. Colorful graphics, fun combat, and wonderfully realized community content combine for a damn good time. It’s this week’s Indie Pick. I was a bit surprised to see that Kotaku hadn’t covered this game much. My coworker Nathan Grayson enjoyed the gameplay, which is ripped right from Ace Combat, and that write up was back during the game’s earlier days. That fundamental core remains and the game has held up incredibly well. Advertisement Sky Rogue is all the things you loved from Star Fox or Crimson Skies smashed into a package worthy of a Sega arcade cabinet. You’ll run various missions to destroy outposts and air carriers while expanding your arsenal and adding more planes to your roster. It’s great to pick up and play in bursts. The simple graphics have a lot of charm to them and this is made particularly clear by just how much mileage the community has gotten from them. The Steam … [Read more...] about Dogfighting Game Feels Like A Long Lost Sega Classic
Transfer is a short narrative game by Abyssal Uncreations focusing on artificial intelligence and discovery. Taking the role of an AI after the end of the world, you need to find out what happened and what comes next. It’s moody and intriguing. It’s this week’s indie pick. At the start of Transfer, you are assigned one of ten random backgrounds. Humanity has disappeared, and you have to determine who you are and what you’ll do now that it’s gone. Players navigate a command input screen to talk with other artificial intelligences. As you learn more about your peers and the state of the world, you also begin to unlock memories of your past. Were you so disgusted with humanity’s inane chattering that you cast the final vote to destroy them? Were you tricked into harming your masters because you were jealous of their ability to procreate? Bit by bit, the truth becomes clear. Advertisement The biggest challenge is deciding what to do with that truth. … [Read more...] about A Game Where You Play As An AI With Amnesia