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How bad is this thing going to kick my ass?

I know very few of y’all are gamers, but if there are any out there…while I’m waiting for this thing to download…how bad is The Talos Principle going to kick my ass?

It’s a puzzle game, see. And I’m not very good at those, and that makes me feel stupid, and that makes me feel sad. But it’s also really pretty and got good reviews, and Steam has the whole bundle at 79% off right now.

I didn’t buy the Portal games for years because I was afraid of the ass-whoopin’. (Also the fact that both protagonists in Portal are female made me suspect some kind of social justice shoehorn, but I was way wrong. Their bitchy relationship was one of the best things). Turns out, the puzzles weren’t that hard and the whole experience was one of my favorite works of fiction ever.

Anyway. Talos Principle. If I’m sad tomorrow, you’ll know it’s because I feel stupid.


Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: November 6, 2018, 8:41 pm

Not everyone is good at puzzles Stoaty!
but not everyone can draw like you.

We are each given our gifts and our limitations.

You are a child of the universe!
You have a right to be here!

As you can see my gift and limitation is I don’t know when to shut up.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: November 6, 2018, 10:29 pm

You’re my one and only friend in the Steam community…it tells me when you’re in there. I don’t go in very often anymore, usually pretty busy and tired from work.

Comment from BJM
Time: November 6, 2018, 11:37 pm

I’m really bad at some types of puzzles but I really enjoyed Talos….but I’m a sucker for beautifully rendered games.

Talos kind of reminds me of Myst.

Comment from Surly Ermine
Time: November 6, 2018, 11:55 pm

Sorry, can’t help you Sweas. Never played any Talos nor Portal. I try to participate in your gaming posts but yeah, I got nothin’.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: November 7, 2018, 1:49 am

Since I have no valid input (except that I think I’ll give Talos a try since I loved Myst), here are some more Japanese TV drama show names:

The Mark Of Beauty
Fake News
Weakest Beast
Descending Stories

And my current favorite,

Downtown Rocket

Comment from BJM
Time: November 7, 2018, 3:15 am

@Some Veg…Cyan Gofunded and released a new Myst-like game this year; Obsession…it’s on Steam.

They also authorized and released an updated 25th anniversary collection of all the Myst games (also on Steam). Now they look fabulous and run smoothly on our current computers.

I snagged some cool geegaws in the Obsession GoFundMe phase. I am such a sucker for this stuff…but c’mon…Gehn’s inkwell!! Who could resist that? The Hubby looked at me in askance until I pointed out his collection of Momo steering wheels.

I really, really wanted a piece of original Riven artwork…but they were quickly snapped up while I dithered over price.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 7, 2018, 2:38 pm

I didn’t have long to play last night, but so far the puzzles haven’t been hard. Navigating has been hard! I have zero sense of direction, and it’s all a maze of samey brick walls and garden ornaments.

Pretty game, though. Glad I bought it.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: November 7, 2018, 5:09 pm

Wait – I can get this on STEAM?

So I can stop trying to genocide the lizard people with my lame ass elves in Battle for Wesnoth and move on to something else?

and Myst is there too? The ‘environmentals’ from that game were great. A variation on the feelings the environmentals from DOOM left me with.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: November 7, 2018, 10:18 pm

I did go out on Steam and buy this yesterday thanks to Ms. Weasel’s tip, and I have been happily bumping into walls, figuring it out, all afternoon.

It really IS beautiful, and the music is nice, and so far, the puzzles haven’t been too puzzling. I get restless in a lot of games, but I think I am going to enjoy this one.

And now, thanks to BJM, I will go out and buy Obsession too. Between the two, the heat from my laptop should keep me warm all winter!

Comment from BJM
Time: November 8, 2018, 3:17 am

Durned… “Children of the Nile” is a simple city builder, it’s light fun. The studio, Tilted Mill, made some really well drawn games with lots of clever visual puns, but they sold to ubisoft who killed the division…the city building genre has almost disappeared.

You might like “Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture”, an art based, first person, narrative game with a haunting soundtrack. It is a story-based game, taking place in a small English village whose inhabitants have mysteriously disappeared. Originally released for Sony Playstation, it’s on Steam. Won lots of awards.

“The Vanishing of Ethan Carter” is another first person narrative, also a mystery and it’s on sale today at Steam for $2.99!

Stoaty…did you get AC Odyssey? New quests and beasties out this month.

btw my Steam name is Aloysuis…not for the saint; the teddy bear.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: November 8, 2018, 4:04 pm

Flemish_merc is mine.
Son #2 keeps trying to get me to play things with him, but all three of them have slaughtered me for years in any games. Dad is good to park someplace behind walls where he’s less likely to get hurt and have him make useful things for us.

Had a blast for a while playing MineCraft and Star Wars Old Republic with son #3.

Heh, but who do they call when they can’t figure out a puzzle, eh?

I played WOW years ago – when some obvious love went into the first version. Memories of the music and landscape and the changing environmental factors (the dirunal cycle and occasionally RAIN!) and exploring still make me feel nostalgic.
I’m too slow for shooters plus something in my head ticked over and most first person games make me seasick now.
A game that gives me time to flip the switches and poke under the floorboards without things leaping out to rip my head off might be okay.

The irony – I went into computers 45 years ago to write games and ended up programming ATMs and international wire fund/file transfers.

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