TKP Gamers Lounge Summer Edition

Figured the spring thread was long enough so started one for this summer and hopefully all the news around the next gen of consoles coming this fall as well as all the new titles releasing as the year goes along.

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I'll start off the thread by an update on my first battlestation build. Got the wood for the tabletop is some rough cut assortment of 2x10s and 2x14s. Going to plane them down smooth em up then put them together to form a 89x28 table top with a wrap around the base made from 2x4's or whatever scrap I have from ripping the original boards down. The legs I'm making from 3x3 steel tubing with 3/4 rigid conduit to hold it all together and allow me to keep my wiring within the legs and pipe to hide it from sight as I'm a neat freak in that regard. Going to put small holes where the metal tubing hits the top at the top so I can fish speaker wires and other wires onto the tabletop without looping them over the back per say for a cleaner look. Got a new 32 inch Gigabyte G32QC monitor to build it around. Working on a RGB lighting setup for the desk and monitor was going to go Hue lighting but its way to expensive for what you get so gonna go generic alexa controlled light strips. Building the legs and frame today and tomorrow and the tabletop over the weekend. Only thing left to get is speakers and a chair but my rocker lounge chair will work for now.

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Update time.
Finished the desk finally after a few hiccups. Got the pipe cut to length threaded and put everything together this week and finished the table top. Still need one of the super large mouse pads for the top though if anyone has reccomendations. Still have the LED strip lighting to add once I figure out where everything will be going wirewise.
After living with family other people all my life in close quarters I cant express how good it feels to have my own gaming room now.

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love the skyrim map in the chest!

Thanks man thats actually my PC I built in a old chest like the skyrim dungeons chests. I have hardly used it the last year or two with everything going on but now I'm gonna get it back into shape for the next gen stuff coming along.

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oh no way! thats super creative! if you're on reddit and want to/haven't already, you should post this set up to r/battlestations, probably one of my favorite reddit subs after cfb.

I have spent the last few months on there brainstorming. Wanted to do the Ikea Alex desk thing but getting anything from Ikea is almost impossible right now. So went with my own thing I'll probably do a battlestations post once I get my secret labs chair and the second PC monitor hooked up and LED strip lighting done. I've got alot on my plate to finish this setup still.

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Just recently got a Secretlab Omega. It is super comfy.

There's always a lighthouse. There's always a man. There's always a city.

Currently waiting on the Titan since I'm exactly 6' I went for the bigger model but current date is end of july which is agonising. I spent months looking and researching and I couldnt find much negative on SL so they were where I went in the end. Everything I found on them was positive so I dont mind spending a bit more for serious quality.

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I had the same experience in researching them, and had a friend with one who loved it. I've only had mine for about a month but it's great.

There's always a lighthouse. There's always a man. There's always a city.

Having always used old broken chairs my back cant wait to have something nice to spend time in instead of old futons and freebie chairs I've found over the years. Just gotta grab an ottoman at some point as well to pair up.

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This is awesome. I just got the Aukey mat (AUKEY Gaming Mouse Pad Large XXL (35.4脳15.75脳0.15in) , it has held up well with a cat jumping on it daily.

Been keeping an eye on the PS5. Its starting to sound like its going to be one impressive piece of machinery. One thing is known for certain, its going to be expensive, with prices likely being in the $500-$700 range. Also, any game that is being released after July 1st must also be compatible to play right away on the PS5. Which, is curious, because one of the main talking points I've heard about it earlier said that it should be backwards compatible with most current gen games.

Some other things I've also heard is that they are going to introduce the ability to upgrade hardware features on the machine itself, like storage, RAM, and possibly graphics card. Which, if that is the case, they are taking direct aim at PC gaming with this one. And considering the power of the SSD they claim they have for this, could help level that playing field down the line. Interesting stuff.

Also, Epic Games (based in Cary, NC... shameless hometown plug) recently Demo'd their Unreal Engine 5 they plan to use with the PS5, and it was seriously impressive. If you're into gaming, I'm sure you've already seen it, but in case you haven't, check it out here: Link. I bring this up because I saw an independent game developer review the video, and he came away very impressed with what was shown.

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So, in regards to backwards compatibility, at first they said "it will be backwards compatible with PS4 games", with no additional information about whether that included *all* PS4 games. Later they said it would support an "overwhelming majority", but have since backtracked that to "most of the most popular games at launch, with additional games potentially added to the list in the future". At this point I'm not sure what to make of it, other than that I should probably plan on keeping the PS4 plugged into the TV for a while.

It's a far cry from Microsoft who initially said "anything compatible with the One will be compatible with the Series X" and hasn't wavered from that in the slightest. I'm a bit disappointed, really, that there's no reason to get a Series X, considering that almost all first-party exclusives now are being released on the PC as well.

Ah good a more on topic thread ...

I learned about the shark wheel in NCAA 14 WAAYYY to late in the game, like maybe 6 months ago at the most.

What play is this? I like to try and sneak a PA wheel route but never have success on it the DB's always take an inside angle and its really hard to get the ball in over the shoulder on those routes.
Also what are peoples prefered playbooks I really like the VT one for simplified running and TE packages and 4-3 basic for simpler 4 and man fronts but would love to find other good ones to try out. Also if nayone has any good bits on recruiting tips I'd be game.

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It's call shark wheel. I know it's in both of the shot gun packages with two receivers to the left then tight end and other receiver on the right.

X 聽聽 OOCOOT 聽聽 Y
聽聽 聽聽Z
聽聽 聽聽 聽聽 聽聽 Q H

Basically the running back goes out on a wheel route and either x or z drags across so against a cover 2 the RB gets wide open for lots of yards. It exists in the same formation when the QB is slightly closer to the line than the RB too.

P.S. hard to draw in basic html ... Y is off the line just like Z but this makes Z look far back, it isnt.

Ohh its the rb wheel no wonder I always saw people talk about the wheel route but the wr wheel route never works so I just thought I sucked at it. I really like the memphis play book for the trick plays in it but maybe a different book will have that one.

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There's a WR wheel of play action that is nice. I have it in a couple formatiobs, but i know its in the Ace formation with two WRs to the right and the TE to the right ( TE on LOS while both recivers are a step back). It's easy to setup with a couple runs, then when you are ready to run it just make sure there isnt a LB to the outside of the LT. You'll get sacked if there is. Other wise the 3rd reciever is wide open 75% of the time. If they are in man then the wr lined up on the left cuts across and should be open. If that fails the TE does a drag route.

Thanks for the tips man I'm always trying to learn the small presnap stuff to figure out where to go with the ball as passing is by far the hardest thing to do. My qbs never win the heisman due to their interception count which aint their fault.

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So the computer is usually pretty stupid. Lots of things help. If the DB is playing off the outside recievers then likely they are in man with cover 1 or zero coverage. Easy to attack with curl routes. Trips, moving a reciever, or motion will often show man vs zone.

If you have your coach leveled up enough on dynasty you sometimes get the play. That should help your passing. Cover 4 you can attack vertically, cover 2 there are holes on corner routes. In man the computer is bad at covering corner routes.

Learn the audibles will help, you dont even have to set your own. You can do 4 audiblesnfor each formations, PA, run, quick pass, deep pass. These are based on the plays you have in that formation so you can sort of force them if you want.

Thanks for the tips man any help is appreciated. I learned how to slowly tell man from zone and found that audibles are a huge advantage if you can tell where the coverage is going to be. Learned to start taking deep shots if both safeties come up and to audible to screens when I can get all the coverage to one side and sneak a RB out the opposite wide side of the field. Just need a faster RB badly mcclease is great but his top end speed in the NCAA 14 is rough I dunno how many times I get stopped after 20-25 yards when a quicker RB wouldve been to the house. Tempted to sub in Hunter with his insane athletic stats to try and hit home runs. He is lethal in the kick return game. The PA corners pass play is my go to when I need 10-15 yards on a corner route b the TE as long as they arent in cover 4 that pocket is always open once the TE breaks right.

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On defense, I highly recommend the dime package. I'll run that most of the time. Half the time, I'll call the standard cover 4, but the other half I'll mix it up among the other plays in the dime package. I will control a DE and rush the QB to get a sack or just create pressure to force the QB into throwing an INT.

If I'm playing against a mobile QB that can run the option or a team with a good running attack, I will sometimes switch to the dollar formation and run "spinners". But I build my defense with guys that can man cover like a MFer.

I don't play online anymore, so if anyone wants some good multiplayer cards, let me know and I can send you some online. Pretty sure my gamer tag is my TKP handle, but might need to check on that. Just let me know on here first, because I haven't used my xbox in over a year.

Interesting stuff dunno if I've used the dime package that much. I find myself playing alot of 4-3 base with man and cover 1 if teams can run wild. If I play a hurry up spread I tend to go three man fronts with a mix of zone to man coverage it all depends if my lbs start struggling with the slot guys then I go mostly zone to avoid the major mismatches. Always control the DL to hurry a qb as well nothing as enraging though when you shoot past the qb on an option and just miss the tackle then they go on for miles. I'm trying in my current dynasty to build my dline heavy and LB corp athletic and coverage based to account for all the spread teams play in that game. I'll try and play some dime next time I'm on to see how that works would love to get more matchups of safeties on the slot guys instead of LB's to avoid getting burned inside constantly.

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In the dime package you substitute your OLBs for 2 additional CBs so you have 6 DBs on the field. Usually the ILB will cover the running back or a tight end. Coverage becomes less of a problem, but sometimes running backs can get frustrating if they have a high break tackle rating.

I run a lot of nickle and use the LDE a lot for sacks. I look for coverage LBs or I move bigger safeties to LBs. I really want 85+ speed on my LBs. Moving safeties really takes depth because you need a few years to get their rankings up. Also I like big safeties too. I have moved LBs to DE too for speed. I like 82+ for DE speed too.

For triple option teams I run 4-3 under so the ROLB can take on the other side of the field from myself.

For teams that run a lot out of the shotgun I use 4-2-5 because it has a lot of nice blitzes that work well with runs, both LBs hitting the A gap. Both SSs coming around the ends. And one that is MLB/FS blitz.

This last season I did some serious experimenting. Stuck with 4-3 mostly but against the run heavy that 4-3 was solid. Against the spread went more 3-4 but I tried Tisdale on the DL on the left and moved belmar to the right but that didnt really work that well against any run but against the pass tisdale was clutch. I also swapped out floyd for hunter when teams went pass heavy as his athleticism made it so he could cover slot guys easily.

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All i know is that shark wheel is an apparent cure-all, and usually results in a loud resounding "FUCK!" when trying to run it against VT defense.

4 verts is all I need, my TE with 88 speed is always open

In season 10 of a teambuilder dynasty. Been running mostly flexbone from the start to make it more difficult.

PA switch out of flexbone normal has a great wheel route from the A back. I'll run it when I'm on the hash mark to the boundary and they'll be wide open 9 times out of 10.

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Well, I finally completed AC Odyssey

All in all, i enjoyed the game, especially since I got it with a coupon from Epic. I think my out of pocket was around $10. It was very pretty and the gameplay was really enjoyable. The story wasn't bad but by the time i got near the end, I was just ready to be done with it. I felt like it went on just a little too much. Still worthwhile though. I started the new game + feature to begin again, but didn't go very far because it doesn't seem like much will be very different with a second playthrough. Maybe I'll go back again after a few months and i'll feel differently.

I picked up AC Origins (with another coupon from Epic) for $5 and I find it really annoying that the control scheme is so different. Also, there is no save function except the auto-save and I am very suspicious of it.

Have you played the Odyssey DLC? The Atlantis one is pretty good and very different from the main game.

And yeah, agreed about Origins. I actually loved that game when it first came out and played it religiously. But going back and trying to play now, the similarities it has to Odyssey actually holds it back because it leaves you wanting those additional features. I recently went back and played Black Flag on Switch, and never got that feeling, so yeah, its definitely because of the similarities between the two.

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I did play the Atlantis DLC. I wish I had waited until I finished the game before doing any of it though. I ended up doing parts when I happened to be in that part of Greece and it felt kind of out of place with what was happening in the world.

For Origins, I might step away for a while and come back to it and maybe the differences won't bug me as much.

How do you feel about the AC series generally? I loved the Ezio trilogy but I dropped off after Black Flag (didn't finish it). I just feel like the series stopped being interesting.

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So, I loved the first one back when I first played it and could never get into the other games. I tried a few times picking them up for free or on sale and they just never hooked me. I did the install, played around for a bit and just lost interest. I genuinely felt they just weren't for me.

But, Ubisoft did a free weekend of AC Odyssey a while ago and I thought I'd give it a whirl. I tried it for the weekend and enjoyed it. Then epic had a sale and I had a coupon so I went ahead.

I love stealth games, open world games and story driven games and this had enough of all three to hook me.

On a side note, I feel like these are some of the few games where the cities and towns actually feel populated. I would love it if more games would put random people in their towns. It makes no sense for a huge city to have only twenty people living in it.

Still playing The Forest on PS4.

Such a fun and addicting game. Thought I would just enjoy it for multiplayer, but I've found that it's just as fun on your own.

I basically live out of a house raft, and carry enough wood to make a dock wherever I need in on the island.

Is there suppose to be a new season of Destiny 2 coming out today? Wasn't able to play the past two seasons and seems like there's some new information about the darkness.
I missed the live event for the All Mighty getting destroyed by Rasputin, but got to watch a youtube video of it and thought that was cool.

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Just loaded it up last night for the first time in a while, still at 750 light level so had a few missions available still to do might dip my toes into em this week.

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There is! Let me give you the state of Destiny 2 real quick:

Destiny 2 came out of the gates hot with their new release last September (2019). A new XPac, a new season, tons of raid content, new strikes, exotic quests like crazy, the Altar of Sorrow world event, the Pit of Heresy dungeon. That isn't even everything. If you like Destiny, there was almost TOO much to do in September to December.

January. The Season of Dawn. A Saint 14 season that was focused on the Sundial. A way to farm out weapons and later on in the season "Fractaline" was introduced, a currency rewarded for how much currency you spent. This lead to most players being able to complete and farm whole sets just by logging in on reset. There were seasonal events but nothing to write home about.

March. Season of the Worthy. Trials of Osiris returns! The pinnacle PvP activity finally returns since Trials of the Nine went on hiatus almost two years ago. People. Are. HYPED! Destiny is seeing massive activity, streaming is at an all time him, things are looking up! Or are they. Trials is sweaty. Like, Buzz Williams doing hot yoga sweaty. The first week is met with good results. Week two, a much smaller new crucible map is the main hub. It gets even sweatier and there is a noticeable drop in casual players. Rewards require at least 3 wins on a ticket, not easy in this environment. To not get two long winded, a month into a 3 month season, Trials populations have collapsed to half of their original level. Things don't get better in trials. Add to that no new raid, dungeon, or strike since the September release, people start angry. This doesn't even include the community's accusations that Bungie is taking exotic cosmetic rewards away from activities and putting it in the cash store. The Guardian Games, aka Space Olympics, replaces the Spring Revelry and it makes people VERY mad. It's Hunters v Titans v Warlocks. Hunters win day one, then Titans win literally every other day for the next three weeks. Bungie had been tweaking how much each action contributed to progress based on each class's player population. Add that Titans were equipped with the best tools to complete the daily bounties, aka fastest time to completion, and they OBLITERATE the competition.

Fast forward to yesterday. June. Bungie just ended the season by having the Almighty crash into Earth after Rasputin fires on it. The event was advertised as starting at reset. A half hour after reset and people begin to see faint lines in the sky. 20 minutes later, the lines now look like they are hitting the Almighty and there are little explosions. 10 minutes later there is a cool live scene of the Almighty crashing. Bungie has said NOTHING about the new season. They hop on to twitch to announce their fall release, Destiny Beyond Light. Guardians will start getting access to use the darkness, or stasis, as a new element. Bungie will be vaulting older content that doesn't see much play and bringing back fan favorite locations and activities. Vault of Glass is coming back as a legacy raid. Transmog. Sunsetting. All kinds of features announced. They announce the NEXT two XPacs after for 2021 and 2022, the Witch Queen and Lightfall. Then they get to this season. The Season of Arrivals. There is a new dungeon. Some new loot. That's really it. They seem to be at a point where this season is the sacrifice. There doesn't seem like 12 weeks of content but they may be relying on the Solstice of Heroes to carry the season.

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Interesting so would it be worth getting back into it now or waiting for the fall? I'm more a casual pve and a sweaty pvp player. I love the pvp sweat fest so satisfying when you get it right. I really wish D2 had never happened and they had just run on with D1 and not thrown all that content to the trash. Honestly never gotten why they dont bring all the D1 legacy stuff forward to add more diversity to everything.

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Destiny, in my opinion, will ALWAYS be best when you come back after a season or two break. There is tons of content and gear to chase, you can ignore a lot of the grindy mechanics meant to stretch out seasons, and the progression feels more natural.

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I did the first two seasons right after Shadowkeep came out but after that I took a break because it felt overwhelming trying to do most of the stuff. It didn't help that I'm trying to get back into streaming stuff along with playing in a Holdfast: Nation at War regiment, then the Warden and the Paunch DLC came out and made Greenskins fun to play with some extra stuff for High Elves (along with a funny easter egg having Henry Cavil in it), and for the past few months having weekly D&D sessions with my brother and some friends, which he streams the sessions (we call our group Dungeons & Degenerates because we are idiots).

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Yeah, I've been there. I've been playing WoW trying to get AotC, Destiny 2, Apex, Rainbow 6 Siege, my Bloodbowl league, and fun party games with my friends. Had to drop my two D&D games. Going back to school soon so I'm sadly going to have to jettison more games.

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I bought Jedi Fallen Order the other day half off, really enjoying the game.

I am a big fan of the Tomb Raider reboots (don't have a PS so never played Uncharted, but I hear a lot of comparisons to that game as well). Love the exploration, and appreciate the production value Respawn put into making it look and sound like one hell of a Star Wars game. I was hooked the moment I reflected that first Storm Trooper blast back at them effortlessly.

I thought the Titanfall games were very enjoyable experiences, so not surprised I like this one.

Respawn did an amazing job making it feel like so much fun to play/satisfying to pull off some moves. Its got a good feel to it that when you pull off the perfect parry and counter or the double flip then hit its so much fun.

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The Last of Us Part 2 comes out June 19. Very excited to get my hands on it.

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Looks like destiny just announced their next three expansions for the next three years guess they plan on running with destiny 2 for a while which is a huge relief. Was worried they might make a destiny 3 instead which wouldve been a mistake.

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It's beautiful

I bought Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice last week and man is it hard. I can't even get past the first real stage. No difficulty settings and if you take more than a few hits in a first encounter after a checkpoint it almost feels like you should just let yourself die because you won't make it past the next few encounters. You really have to play perfectly to advance.

Anyone else play this game?

Yep. I've played through Demon's Souls, all of the Dark Souls games, and Bloodborne all at least twice and love them all. But I found myself getting ultra-frustrated with Sekiro and found it more of a chore to play than any fun. After I beat it once, I packed it up and immediately sold it on eBay because I never plan on playing it again.

I liked it a lot. The fast paced style and the way blocking works were really appealing to me. Lady Butterfly is absolutely brutal for an early game boss but once you get past her the difficulty feels more evenly paced in terms of matching difficulty with the player's experience level.

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Just started playing FTL, and it is infuriating as hell, and I keep coming back to play.

I havn't played on my iPad in a long time, but it is so so so satisfying when you finally beat the game. May take quite awhile though, as intended :)

As short as each run through can be I still find myself playing a couple hours a day, and I'm a little embarrassed at how much time I've spent playing the last couple weeks. Still haven't made a successful run either - I've only made it to the final fight twice, and there is going to be a Washington Caps Stanley Cup-like celebration when I finally do complete a run.

The Rebel Flagship is a biiiiitch.

PS5 announcement event is today at 1 PST. It's supposed to last about an hour so I expect it will be similar to an E3 showcase.

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https://youtu.be/waTzCjSEP7U

Hope y'all are tuned in.

They started out with Spider-Man: miles Morales and I've had wood ever since.

Sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn is super exciting too. Those are some top notch games to show off.

It's Time to go to Work

I'll probably still buy it eventually, but I think the design of the PS5 console is pretty bad.

I think it looks like a duck bill especially when it's on its side like this.

It's like when you were 7 and you did that thing with two Pringles

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It looks a lot better when it is vertical. I don't have any issues with it either way, think it looks interesting and modern.

I have a white media cabinet, so it'll fit in well with my setup. And by that, I mean it'll blend in and not be noticeable, which is good.

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My entire living room setup is black... TV, receiver, TV stand and shelves, speakers, Xbox, PS4, Switch, WiiU, even all the cables except the WiiU power cord, all black. The PS5 is absolutely going to stick out like a sore thumb, and I'm not here for it.

Well this looks like a hell of a lot fun... bonus for me that it will be out on the PC and I won't have to buy a console.

Star Wars: Squadrons

My buddy whos big time VR is so excited for this as is I am too because damn that looks good.

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It might be time for me to finally buy another joystick. Flight sims with a console controller just aren't the same

Ditto... I have to see if the joystick i have still works... any recommendations on a new one?

EDIT: ... i had forgotten how expensive these setups can get - link

Man I remember some good ole gaming days spent playing Tie Fighter and XWing v Tie Fighter with a top end Microsoft Sidewinder stick

I played through X-Wing using a gamepad and mouse and it was freaking brutal... started to play Tie Fighter with the same setup when I had a chance encounter with this when my family went over to dinner at a family friend's place.... it changed my gaming life

Star Wars Episode 1 Racer just released on the Switch

I think I know what I'll be playing for a little while. That game was so much fun back in the day. Hope this spurns on a sequel.

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So

If you buy avengers on current gen, you'll get the next gen version for free

Same deal with Cyberpunk 2077.

Destiny 2 as well.

That's actually how I got into the first Destiny. I bought it for PS3 and never got around to playing it, then a bunch of my friends started playing on the ps4 - so I downloaded the free ps4 version and never looked back. Shame I couldn't get into D2 though.

I'm much happier now that Ive stopped playing Destiny 2. It became to much of a job. And every time i read about it, it sounds even more infuriating.

As is my modus operandi, as everyone is talking about the next gen of consoles, I am working my way backwards...

I just started Horizon Zero Dawn and am enjoying it a lot so far. I'm still very early in the game (just got passed the proving), but I am staying up waaaay too late playing video games again.

Definitely my favorite game of the ps4. Can't wait for the sequel

it's up there for me, I think I might give Spiderman the edge, and I haven't even beaten it yet lol. I did beat Horizon and thoroughly enjoyed the game mechanics, excited for the sequel

I do think the game mechanics of Spider-man is better, it's hard to beat being able to swing through NYC, even if you are helping expand the surveillance state.

I would rank Horizon Zero Dawn over God of War, mainly because I was very annoyed that Kratos couldn't jump (except on designated ledges).

I platinumed Spidey, and got 98% in horizon. ... Not willing to track down whatever training dummy that I failed to knock over.

Both are phenomenal games that I sank many hours into. Lol

wait, your supposed to knock over the training dummies? well poop...

Yup! That was my reaction as well when I started going over the achievements.

Spidey was the first game I ever Platinum'd. And it was pretty easy to do so.

That being said, easily one of my Top 2 or 3 games of the entire PS4 run. Just an excellent game from start to finish.

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Anyone else play Slay the Spire? I'm really bad at it but just hit 100+ hours in the game. I'm addicted again after taking a little break from it.

I took a long break from playing it on Xbox, but just downloaded the iOS version and have been putting a lot of time into it again.

Lots of stuff coming out on cyberpunk 2077 the last day or so and its starting to get me super excited. Looks like Projekt Red have built another awesome RPG world with some sweet graphics again. Heres to hoping the story is as compelling as the witcher series.

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So this is GTA blended with Blade Runner?

I went a little hard on the Steam Summer Sale today. I've been wanting Outer Wilds, Grim Dawn, and Gris for a while and they were all marked down pretty well so those were no brainers. I also pulled the trigger on We Happy Few. I've never heard of that one before. From the 45 seconds I looked at it it seemed vaguely Bioshockish? Anyone played that one before?

I found TKP after two rails from TOTS then walking back to my apartment and re-watching the 2012 Sugar Bowl. I woke up the next day with this username.

Probably a good time for me to pick up Doom (and maybe doom eternal)....However, I've spent the last couple days re-setting my RetroPie setup now that my kids have really gotten in to the Sonic franchise, so I have more legacy games now at my disposal and should keep us occupied pretty much for the rest of the Summer.

Doom Eternal is 50% off ($30) during steam sale. Probably won't drop below that price for quite a while so worth getting now if you are interested in picking it up.

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PC people I got some Q's
I have an older gaming pc I built and before next gen consoles release I'm trying to figure out at what dollar amount do I not get the new consoles and just upgrade the PC for next gen stuff. Currently I have an intel i5 6500 (3.2 gHz) 6mb cache quad core processor and a MSI GAMING GeForce GTX 970 4GB for GPU and 16gb or DDR4 ram. My question is what would be the more effective to upgrade this year to help boost it to being next gen ready to help be budget savy. Would SLI'ing another 970 boost it up to run stuff at higher settings at 1440p or is it better to just upgrade the GPU and processor or one or the other? I havent built a PC in the last two years so I'm a bit rusty on whats what these days.

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I have a similar question for anyone who can help (don't mean to hijack, please help out hokienator).

Looking to get a laptop that can run a game like Cities Skylines well (the freebie I got on PS4 hooked me, and I know it can do so, so much more with Steam mods on PC), but can also handle loading, viewing, and only minor video editing of 4k home video (got a GoPro 8 before a recent vacation, and the Surface Tablet we have screams for help when we try to pull up the video from it). Anyone have any suggestions? Not trying to break the bank here.

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Razer and the Asus ROG lineup would be the first two I would suggest looking in to.

Any suggestions on specs that I should specifically be targeting?

At this point, I think I'm getting the idea that I probably need something with 16GB RAM, but 32GB would be ideal, at least for the video editing aspect (once again, nothing at all complicated, just maybe splicing together clips to create a single video for the vacation, all shot in 4k). I also figure get a SSD, with as much memory as possible to cut down on load times and churn. Not at all sure about the graphics card, but I figure that is where I should probably angle toward the gaming laptop aspect.

Am I missing anything here?

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You should be paying some close attention to the multi-threaded performance of the CPUs in question and looking at the specific software you intend to use. Lately, the AMD lineup has been beating up the intel chips in terms of multithread performance which is what video editing thrives on, but I can't say I know much about the laptop CPU performance because there is definitely differences compared to their desktop counterparts.

Also - the GPU. There is a lot of editing performance to be gained if your software takes advantage of hardware GPU acceleration.

I've been doing video editing with 16GB of RAM (HD, not 4k) with no problems until I ended up having more than 5 simultaneous clips on screen. That got difficult. So i suspect you should be fine to start at 16GB so long as you are just butting clips up against one another or maybe overlaying 1-2.

I just added another 16GB since I got some on sale on Newegg in case I need to do another brady bunch shot

I'm having similar thoughts. I currently have a Ryzen 5 1600 and RX480 4GB that is having a harder time with newer games. I'm hoping the new AMD big navi cards are somewhat affordable. One thing I'm definitely planning to do is put my old CPU and GPU on ebay as soon as the new ones are installed. On the SLI topic, I've heard that some games don't work all that well on an SLI'd system, I'm not super knowledgeable on this though.

I'm mainly looking to prep for this fall and next years games ie AC valhalla and cyberpunk at high or max settings at 1440p so I think the 970 might be a bit rusty for that stuff but the processor should still be okay and if I dont get a new console I'm just trying to figure out how much would be enough to hold up.

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I'm in the same boat waiting for Cyberpunk2077.

For me, I like playing FPS on PC much better. Also not having to pay monthly for online gaming and more opportunity to by cheaper games (steam sales, gog) keeps me on PC. Especially since the ps5 is $500 before peripherals. That said, you'd probably have to drop $500 on a GPU that could keep up with a PS5.

edit: found this article https://www.pcgamesn.com/sony-ps5-release-date-pc-equivalent-build

Thanks for the article link I'll check it out. I may end up just upgrading both to a AMD ryzen 7 3700 and get say a 2070 all in all costing roughly 900 and if I can deal hunt probably a bit less and honestly I'd be able to drop the Xbox live sub and save some money as well.

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SLI really never took off, you would be better off picking up a modern $400 card than finding another 970 to match your card. Depending on the game the processor may hold up your GPU, but it much more likely with modern games that the GPU is holding up the processor.

Agree - the SLI concept doesn't add any value unless you are trying to push the extreme limits of rendering, frame rates, and resolution. 99.9% of the PC population is just fine with a single card. SLI and Crossfire setups are more for competitive synthetic tests and should only be used when you need to get beyond the performance of the Nvidia or AMD top of the line cards. Otherwise, if you need more performance say from a GTX 1660 then just upgrade to a 2060 or 2070.

For me I would say that upgrade number is at about $750-1000 because I a lot of work (especially now) from my home PC, so my setup is dual-purposed and not exclusively for gaming. If you need to spend more than that to comfortably play games on your PC then the investment may be better off with just the new console. You also have to consider the number of console exclusive games you expect to be playing (e.g., if you are really in to the God of War, Last of Us, Uncharted series then you are SOL if you buy anything but a PS5).

In your situation I would first target the GPU to get upgraded... nothing less than a GTX 1650/ A GTX 2060+ if you have the means. That will take care of the biggest bottleneck. I would then look at a RAM upgrade and/or a faster SSD. I wont game on anything less that 32GB of RAM, and I try to get my games at least on a RAID 0 SSD (SATA III) or an NVME M.2 so my reads can get above 950 Mbps.

If you can get those upgrades done then you may want to look at a CPU upgrade if your current mobo can handle it. Depending on the BIOS support you should be able to drop a new i5 or i7 in there.

There's also an argument to be made to incrementally making the upgrades - You could invest in a new Mobo/CPU/memory setup now, then stagger your GPU, SSD, and other upgrades later. The big challenge at this exact moment is a major supply chain shortage, especially if you are considering a Ryzen setup.

EDIT: IF you are planning or absolutely have to play in 4k resolution (@60fps) then the graphics card needs at least a $500 investment. If the budget is tight then the console is the best bet. However, if you have the means ($1500) to invest and have multiple use needs then go the PC route.

Not chasing the 4k hype, I have a nice 144hz 1440p monitor so I'd be happy to just run stuff on those basics. I'm thinking I'll wait till the next round of ryzen stuff drips so hopefully I can get it at a lower price but still hit hard enough to play at max settings at 1440p and not break the bank for now. I would do this stuff incrementally but do the gpu and processor this fall around the time next gen drops

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Just finished my latest PC build. Used for Gaming and Multimedia editing.

Picked up an MSI Mortar Mag B550M on preorder.
Went with AMD's Ryzen 3600 with the stock Wraith cooler, 32 GB of 3200 RAM, and a Samsung 970 1 TB M.2 SSD.
Pulled the Nvidia 1070Ti and 850W PSU from the old rig and stuffed it all into the mATX sized Fractal Design Node 804.

Fired it up last night for the first time, will be doing some gaming tonight to see how it performs compared to the old rig with most of the old rig's components from 2013.

Waiting for a 650W PSU to come to hook the old rig up to the TV as a HTPC.

You need to do that setup a solid and upgrade the GPU by the holidays.

Its in the plan, but not trying to double the price of the setup with a RTX card just yet.

Im waiting for pga 2k21

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The tide is turning now baby
Funny feeling everything's gonna be alright now

So supposedly Madden 21's career mode will let you play 2 seasons for 10 college teams and no surprise VT didnt make the list. Only ACC team in is Clemson and somehow fucking Nebraska got in the game. It feels like a weak attempt to boost sales on a game that has been slowly losing popularity.

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This slipped past me somehow, but for those looking for a relaxed dungeon RPG akin to Diablo you owe it to yourself to check it out.

https://www.torchlight3.com

The franchise is currently on sale on Steam - $4.50 for the original Torchlight

anyone loading up during the steam sale? Thinking of getting Jedi Fallen Order for $30. I love stealth games, and playing stealthily in games when the option is available, so I'm looking forward to playing Ghost of Tsushima as well

If you love starwars Fallen order is well worth the 30$ its pure gold.

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