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    Thief 2, Spelunky, Hitman, Zelda: BotW, Max Payne 2, Red Dead Redemption

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  1. I wanted to come in and be all like "nooo don't convert to gems, the exchange rate is awful", but honestly the rate of return even selling on the marketplace makes expending any effort in the whole system pointless. The odd card will sell for $0.30, maybe $1+ for foils, but $0.03 is normal and to discover the outliers you have to click through every last card. A single button to sell everything at once at a fair price would be the only way to make it all remotely worthwhile.
  2. Congrats Ben! People talk about wanting to get through backlogs but I've never seen anyone actually plan it out, let alone stick with the plan for so long without getting side-tracked. Thanks for the years of entertaining write-ups!
  3. What's the Name of the Game!?

    Your hints were a great help, Henke: 35 42 63 Since nobody else has been guessing I'm going to approach the rest as mysteries to be solved by any means (except trawling people's Steam screenshot collections). 5 32 40 43 57 It's interesting how much trouble image search has with dark images, none of those really turned up anything. This game is also much harder than it would have been a few years ago. Exhaustively going through all horror games on Steam is totally impractical, for example.
  4. Slay the Spire: Gettin' Spired

    Thanks everyone above for mentioning the daily challenges. They brought me back to the game after I'd stopped (not wanting to burn out before the full release), and playing each one for a couple of hours after work has become a very enjoyable ritual. Today's was the wildest I've ever seen. Silent, Draft (a new mod, pick your entire starting deck), Lethal Enemies (everyone starts with 3 strength), and Vintage (normal enemies drop relics) synergised perfectly. I drafted almost entirely 0-cost cards and could always play my entire opening hand, which soon reached 10 cards. After a few relics I was dealing 2 poison (plus 4 damage for each debuff, including poison) with every hit from the start, just in case anyone survived turn one. Only the final boss survived past turn two, and only because it was Time Eater. I normally play very slowly, so this was my first win under an hour. That brought me to everything unlocked, so I might take another break here until more content is added. I think I'd play this game forever if enough they could design enough cards. It's everything I loved about the MTG Duels games but so much nicer to actually play, with less downtime and more interesting decisions.
  5. What's the Name of the Game!?

    I knew I was tempting fate by making that claim at the same time as a bunch of guesses. Sorry, everybody. 22 must be
  6. What's the Name of the Game!?

    #17 was correct. Still 100% success so far! 21. 22. 25. 29.
  7. What's the Name of the Game!?

    Ahh, then that must make #1 At first I thought the water was ice and considered something like This is a really fun thread, thanks! I don't have many screenshots that aren't immediately obvious, but I'll post a few: 17. 18. 19. 20.
  8. Slay the Spire: Gettin' Spired

    I really love it, but I've played enough now that I want to wait until it's done so I don't totally exhaust what's there already.
  9. Recently completed video games

    I too played this a lot as a kid but never beat Wario. I went back a few years ago and finally did, and in retrospect it feels so small and simple. I'm not saying I could finish it in under 30 minutes, but I would guess no more than two or three hours. I've just been playing the DX colour hack on my GBA, which is an odd experience for a game I have such old memories of. The lag removal has a huge effect on the way it feels. The later Wario Land games are my current project. II is amazingly inventive and exists in this weird space between what feels like old and modern design, but the missing nostalgia factor makes it harder for me to stick with it.
  10. Recently completed video games

    Heh. I just finished the B-side of level 3 in a little over 700 deaths. They're definitely far harder than the main game, but I haven't yet found anything that felt outright unfair. Gradually learning the rhythm of a screen, and knowing on a physical level exactly what you did wrong on each death, is so satisfying. I'm still afraid to imagine the level 6 B-side, though.