People not akin with this fact, need to have a taste:
GAME MUSIC IS AMAZING!! YOU LOVE RACHMANINOFF? WAGNER? TCHAIKOVSKY? Then....
....try listening to some of the most wonderful game music of all time, written by greats like Jeremy Soule (Skyrim), Inon Zur (Fallout 4), Hans Zimmer (Crysis 2), Gustavo Santaolalla (The Last of Us), Greg Edmonson (Uncharted). All games I have played.
The many tracks of eg Skyrim composed by Jeremy Soule are beautiful beyond words. Look for "The Streets of Whiterun" soundtrack on youtube. This music plays every time you enter the city of Whiterun in the game or wander the surrounding district of Whiterun Hold. Escapism at its truest best.
Here are these game theme soundtracks. You won't be disappointed.
I got Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt with DLCs for Christmas! Much awesomeness! Hard to get into and learn at first but with consistent gameplay (read: daily!) I am now flowing along, except for occasional lag due to overheating (weather is atrociously hot here in Australia at this time of year) and high game specs on a lower end computer. Ah well I plod along - I can get anything to work for me. Reminds me of riding old nags in my young years and turning them into prancing steeds just through sheer willpower and telling them who's boss!
Here is a collection of my gameplay screenshots:
For anyone who has the 1996 retail disk version of Tomb Raider, this is a fantastic solution to playing the game on Windows 10. The install, following the instructions to the letter, worked perfectly for me tonight and the game looks and plays great on my 1920x1080 16:9 monitor. Many thanks to this genuine, no-viruses, no-scams youtuber and gamer from Singapore.
Back into Fallout 4 again after completing Dishonored: Death of the Outsider and replaying Dishonored 2. Nick Valentine walks the wastes. A desolate area the mid-southern wetlands of the map, full of mirelurks, mirelurk kings, crazy radstags, deathclaws, bloatflies and radscorpions. YUCK! I'm a mad saver so plenty of saving the game in between running for my life because I ran out of ammo and standing my ground and getting myself killed because too close for comfort firing a minigun!
I've always considered myself a stealth gamer. I've used this style since I seriously started gaming in the noughties (2000s). Creeping around, and especially in Skyrim where you get xp for no-one seeing you and it pops up gratifyingly on your screen, is very satisfying. Tomb Raider 2013 was a disappointment because the game takes control and you can't manually decide when to use stealth. It's called "cover", where the game mechanics make you crouch automatically. Same with the later Splinter Cell series. Franchises like Far Cry that take control away from you and you have to mash buttons - now that's very un-immersive.
But I digress. I'm currently playing Dishonored 2 again and every time I finish a level, High Chaos (Lethal/Assault) are my stats (below) and I have a giggle (after all, it is a game):
Do you agree that life circumstances affect the way you play a game? I've never agreed with this pov but lately I'm changing my mind. Life has thrown me a series of curve balls - accidents, betrayal and emotional abuse - and now I'm going around in Dishonored 2 killing everyone instead of being merciful! Feels good! Now actually, this being my second playthrough of course I want to change it up - I know my way around now, I know that the repurcussions of playing lethal instead of stealth aren't that big or important, I know that npc's are just characters and not the protagonist, and I know lethal is faster than stealth - things are over and done with and so the story moves on. So it's not all reactionary, and yes I disagree with the current notion that violence in games begets violence. Not so. I would never murder someone and we definitely don't carry guns on us in Australia, well I don't.
Which brings me to another digression. I was moderator on a graphics forum for 14 years and some of the ladies were up in arms (pun intended) saying that it was ok to carry a gun in their handbag to the shops, just in case. Just in case what? I have not yet heard of one case in America when there's a mass shooting that ladies take their gun out of their little handbags and shoot the guy who's murdering people at a concert, school, kindergarten, theatre. So why carry the gun and then not use it if you're so intent on protecting yourself and others?!? Let's just say it - America needs to do something about guns. Copy Australia.
Back to the topic in question. So from stealth to lethal. It seems a clear choice, but then next time I will highly likely play stealth again.
I introduce and promote Twitch streamer Sickenxox on my youtube channel and give players a tip re getting a boat off the beach.
I CAN SAFELY SAY THAT PLAYER UNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS IS THE BEST GAME I'VE EVER PLAYED AFTER THIS - Chris Grant (@BIGHONKINBURGER) ON TWITTER:
...to Player Unknown's Battlegrounds, a last man standing multiplayer offering online. Especially enjoying watching Australian Twitch streamers Sickenxox and Bajo (Steven O'Donnell from ABC's axed game show Good Game). Bajo is hilarious fun and keeps his chat endlessly entertained; he is a born prankster and much loved. I don't have high enough specs on pc or internet to play it myself, and quite honestly I think I would be stressed out of my brain playing it ...but it's fun to watch. There are plenty of players streaming solo or in teams on Twitch from all over the world and it's fun chatting with gamers and learning the ropes. www.twitch.tv
"There's gotta be a way out of this dungeon!"
I'm a 66 year young Aussie gamer and computer nerd. The Nerdess,
to be exact.
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