Henke

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  1. My appologies to Mington in that other thread. I thought he was being overly doomy and gloomy, but he was right! Man, this Valve open structure thing. I'm sure it's great for people who work there, but it doesn't seem especially great for maintaining focus or actually finishing projects.
  2. Half-Life 3

    What? Why would it mean either of those things? And Valve released the Vive in 2016, and the Index half a year ago. If they were gonna release a bunch of games to support sales of their headsets, they've missed the bus on that one.
  3. Netflix Originals

    I mainly wanna talk about their movies, but feel free to use this thread to share you thoughts on their series and documentaries as well if you wish. I've watched a bunch of their original movies lately, and y'know what I've realized? They're not that good. Not bad either, most of them are just... watchable. I guess this stems mainly from the process through which most of them end up with the "Netflix Original" label slapped on them. As I understand it, most of these are not originally produced by Netflix, but rather it's small movies that have already been made and end up getting picked up by Netflix when they're looking for distribution. It stands to reason that any real masterpieces will find more lucrative distribution deals than what Netflix can afford to give them. But maybe, I thought, some gems managed to slip through? These are my Top 10 Netflix Original Movies of 2018 (so far) 1. Annihilation This one got a theatrical release in the US, but apparently didn't do very well and so Netflix scooped up the European distribution rights for a pretty penny. It's one of the best sci-fi films I've seen in a long time. 2. Us and Them A sad and beautiful tale of a young Chinese couple who meet, become friends, fall in love, fall out of love, and meet again 10 years later. ...er, and that's it as far as "great movies" go. The rest of these I would merely classify as "good". The kinda stuff that pops up on Netflix and you watch it and go, "hey, that wasn't bad!" 3. A Stupid and Futile Gesture National Lampoon biopic with some great performances. 4. Apostle It's like the Wicker Man but even crazier. Also since it's directed by The Raid's Gareth Evans it has some nice fisticuffs. 5. Ibiza Comedy about some friends who go to Ibiza to paaaaaartyyyyyyyyyy. I came for the Gillian Jacobs, I stayed for the Vanessa Bayer. Seriously, she steals the show. 6. Manhunt John Woo's latest! Yeah, the guy's output has been in steady decline since the early 90's, but this still provides some thrills. The farmhouse shootout in the middle is great, almost up there with his most classic actionscenes from Hardboiled and The Killer. 7. The Cloverfield Paradox Hey I liked it OKAY??? Yeah it was a bunch of bollocks, but it was very entertaining while it was happening. 8. Roxanne Roxanne Biopic about 80's rapper Roxanne Shante with some very good performances. 9. The Ritual A movie about a bunch of Britts who get lost in Norwegian woods and then Satanic shit starts happening. It was pretty creepy! 10. Like Father Between this, Kodachrome, and Father of the Year, there's been a lot of BAD DAD movies on Netflix this year, but this one takes the cake. Kelsey Grammer is a dad, so bad. Kristen Bell is a daughter, so sad. This movie was perhaps not RAD, but I was GLAD, that I watched it! Also watchable: Illang: The Wolf Brigade, Errementari, Hold The Dark, The Polka King, The Night Comes For Us Of course the year is not over. The new Coen brothers movie is arriving up in the middle of this month, AVClub say it's good, and I'm sure I'll have to work it into the list after I've watched it. Also there's that new Orson Welles movie that just popped up out of nowhere, but I haven't watched it yet.
  4. Netflix Originals

    Ok, El Camino is out and also I've recently watched a pile of Netflix's Orignal movies for the year. Time for my fall-time BEST OF list. Best Netflix Original Movies 2019 (so far) 1. Always Be My Maybe Hilarious and heartwarming, even if it the jokes do dry up in the final act and it pretty much becomes a straight drama. Also, that mid-movie cameo puts all other movie-cameos to shame. 2. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie Really well put-together, with some great performances. Felt very episodic, like 3 or 4 episodes of the show mashed into a movie, which is kinda appropriate. Somehow it never really engrossed me 100%, but I also feel like I wanna watch it again. 3. Between Two Ferns: The Movie A bit uneven, but I enjoyed it enough to watch it twice. Honestly, the end credits are the most hilarious part. 4. Walk. Ride. Rodeo. A real-life story about a competitive rodeo rider who, after a paralyzing accident, is determined to not only walk, but get back in the saddle again. It's starts out very sacharine, but manages to bring the feels when shit hits the fan. Overall the structure is kinda your classic underdog sports movie, but I found it very captivating. 5. Fyre: The Greatest Party that Never Happened This was pretty crazy, huh? Also pretty good: Triple Frontier In The Tall Grass In The Shadow Of The Moon Meh: Velvet Buzzsaw Wine Country Polar The Highwaymen See You Yesterday The Wandering Earth Shaft Still to come: Dolemite Is My Name The Irishman
  5. Hey folks, I'm not a huge strategy gamer, but I do like the occasional turn based strategy game, and I'm looking for recommendations. This summer I played, and greatly enjoyed, Invisible, Inc., and Steamworld Heist. For the past couple weeks I've been playing a bit of XCOM 2, which is a good game, but also has a couple design decisions I really don't like. First is the in-between-mission world map stuff. Building the base, managing finances, and build orders? I don't like any of that, would rather the game just be a string of missions along a linear narrative. Second is the "invisible dice roll" determining my units' aim, etc. I like how Invisible Inc cuts that element of randomness out, so the outcome of a turn is entirely down to my ability to analyze the situation and decide on the best action. If I overlook something and things go sour, that's fine! But if, like in XCOM 2, I have a bad turn because of a string of bad dice rolls? That drives me up the fucking wall. Steamworld Heist also cut out some of the element of chance by having you actually aim your units' weapons manually(tho criticals are still determined by a dice roll). Other games in the genre that I love: Frozen Synapse and FTL(which I know goes against a lot of what I railed against above, but there you go, I'm complex!). I've also played a bit of Door Kickers, Qvadriga, and Convoy. They're ok, not big faves, but they should give you an idea of the kinda things I'm interested in. Anyway, TL;DR, I'm looking for titles that fit these criteria: -Focuses on combat, with a minimal or no in-between-mission managerial stuff. -No, or as few as possible, invisible dice rolls determining my units' actions. Randomisation and procedural generation when it comes to the layouts/conditions of missions are ok tho. -Genre: turn based, simultaneous turn based, or pause-time.
  6. Broken Lines - New 2019 Trailer

    Link doesn't work! Here, I'll embed it for ya: I played a bit of this at your stand at Gamescom, and, yeah, it's good stuff. Gameplay was very Frozen Synapse-y. Looking forward to the release!
  7. I realize I've barely posted anything about my game devlopment here in recent times, so to recap: I quit my job of 13 years last spring and founded my own indie development studio, September Games. Since then I've been working on a new version of my 2015 itch.io release Stilt Fella, and just this morning I put up the Steam page! Trailer! Steam Page WISHLIST, Y'ALL! WISHLIST LIKE CRAZY! Planning on getting this done and released sometime before the end of the year. Hopefully.
  8. [Release] Shoehorned

    Ok, wow, this is really something. It certainly requires a lot of patience to master the controls and make any progress, but once you get a hang of it, climbing the tricking sections feels very tense and rewarding. Also, that sequence with the treasure, holy shit what a plot twist.
  9. Hey not bad! The procedural generation is indeed impressive, and lightning fast! If you're still updating it, here's some simple improvements I'd like to see(tho I'm sure these are already on your to-do list): -Cursor.visible = false; -Sun (directional light with realtime shadows) -Fog(I usually dont like it, but in this case it could really add to the mystery of exploring these unknown streets) -bigger play area.
  10. Barbie's Trashed Dreamhouse

    Speaking of glitches, I tried lifting a table while I was on top of it, and...
  11. [Release] Shoehorned

    Yup, sent as PM!
  12. [Release] Shoehorned

    I'm just getting a black screen when I try running this!
  13. [Release] Descending

    The description doesn't lie. That was mellow AND mildly interactive! The only criticism I would offer is that the jellyfish can be seen spawning in at the bottom of the screen (WebGL version). Surely it'd be better if they spawned in off-screen and then swam in?
  14. [Dev log] Curling

    Nice, I was hoping someone would do a curling game. Welcome to the forums, sonny!
  15. Ooooh, nice! When I saw this as one of the recomendations I was thinking it could make for a cool Bernband-alike. This is kinda different, but very neat. Looking forward to seeing how the proc gen turns out.
  16. Clickbait Games Journalism: Polygon vs Kotaku

    I wouldn't poo-poo that, it's useful stuff. There's ~700 games coming out on Steam every month, someone's gotta wade through all the crap to find the things worth paying attention to.
  17. WIZARD JAM 9 -- Welcome Thread

    I probably won't be taking part, but Nick's recommendations look like they could make for some great games.
  18. Clickbait Games Journalism: Polygon vs Kotaku

    I agree with most of what you're saying, but I don't feel like Polygon's ratio of clickbait-to-good-stuff has changed that much over the years. It's always been like this. I take it just as part of the sad reality of trying to run a website funded by ads. Ben Kuchera's output is always the worst of it tho, and I wish they'd just get rid of him. I rarely make my way over to Kotaku, but I do like their youtube stuff. Particularly Highlight Reel and anything by Tim Rogers.
  19. Game Pass

    Yeah TNO was great, play it! TNC does have an extensive recap at the start, but I'd say you'll appreciate some of the character stuff more if you've played the first one.
  20. Game Pass

    Yeah I also picked it up when it was cheap. Got it until mid-September for just 2€. I'm on PC. I've played: Void Bastards - loved it. My GOTY so far. Wolfenstein 2 - I'm playing this right now. Liking it a lot. The writing maybe isn't great, but it sure isn't boring either. Some of the most insane plot-developments I've experienced in a game in a while. Sea of Thieves - I've done a couple sessions with a buddy, and I like it a lot, especially the sailing. Forza Horizon 4 - played a bunch of this when I tried the gamepass briefly last year. Wonderful driving physics. Also poked a bit at Metro Exodus, Gears 4, State of Decay 2, and Recoil, but they didn't do much for me. Next I'm gonna play The Messenger and Astroneer. Maybe I'll give Vampyr a go too.
  21. Recently completed video games

    Y'all still playin GAMES? Ya better believe I'm playing games. Here's some I've finished recently. Void Bastards - Probably my GOTY so far. Looks and plays great. Darkly funny. Lots of clever design choices. Feels kinda like Teleglitch or Strafe, so if you liked those, play this. American Fugitive - Like a modernized, rural, GTA 1. Great vehicle handling and "running from the law"-mechanics. Kinda likeable characters but forgettable story. I liked it tho! Clam Man - In this adventure game you play as a clam man named Clam Man who gets fired from his job at the mayonayse factory and then begins uncovering a vast conspiracy. It's good! Also finished since my last post: Return of the Obra Dinn, Titanfall 2, RDR2, A Short Hike, Momodora, COD:MW Remastered, Tacoma, and Beat Saber. ALL GOOD!
  22. Only listenened to ep 3 yet, but I like this! Fave recent trailer trend: letting one scene play out for most of it. IT 2, like you mentioned, but also Frozen 2 did this. In both cases I really like the part where it's just the one scene, and then kinda loose interest once it gets more generic trailery after that. Worst recent trailer trend: the 5 second mini-trailer for the trailer at the start of the trailer in every recent trailer. I get why it's there, with youtube letting you skip after 5 seconds and all, but I still don't like it.
  23. Yeah, Skyrim's requirements are very low though. Might wanna look at the requirements of some more modern games as well, in case you're planning on playing any games released this year or last.