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    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2014
    A friend just linked me to this game, Planetary Explorers on Steam. It's still in Alpha and, while I've sworn off Alpha games due to over-indulging in Kickstarter games, it looks really fun and full of potential. This, of course, is the line of thinking that landed me in too-many-alphas land in the first place. I'm such a sucker.

    @RenThing - Hey! Congratulations on the gig!
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2014
    And after listening to the soundtrack constantly and watching the amazing ManyATrueNerd Let's Play videos, I'm gonna do it. I'm gonna buy Fallout New Vegas.
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    Who is the happy new HR monkey at a video game company? This HR monkey!

    Congratulations on the new job! Can you tell us which company, or is that a bad idea?

    Chiaslut- I backed the Planetary Explorers Kickstarter and can tell you it's kinda fantastic. Just an utterly lovely game, although it's also still pretty early and going through major updates. The last one did really nice things for the framerate, though, and I've noticed some excellent upgrades to it between when I played it last April and taking a second look a few days ao. It's coming along really well, and I'm torn as to whether to dive in now or wait for a more complete release.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2014
    I usually don't give out my employer's name online. Suffice to say, they've been in the MMO industry for years (not Blizzard), have put out a number of titles, and I'm very, very happy to have finally joined the team (first time I applied was for a game content designer role, for which I was totally not qualified, eight years ago).
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2014
    Oh SHIT!

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    RenThing- that makes sense. Congrats again and have a great time there. :)
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    Awww Yeah Mr RenThing. Congrats.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2014
    Nicely done Ren. It's brilliant great to end up somewhere you've always wanted to.

    On Fallout: New Vegas? It's a better game than Fallout 3 in my mind. More focused, less aimless wandering.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2014
    Great news RenThing!!
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    Congrats RenThing! Hazarding a guess based on that description and only a general idea of where you live: SOE? Also: can I haz job?
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2014 edited
    I cannot play survival horror games at all. I get so nervous before anything even jumps out that I have to walk away.
    That said, I need to find someone w/ a stronger will to get Alien: Isolation when it comes out and let me watch them play it. If it ends up being anything like they're saying it is, and how the teaser is making it look, then I'd rather watch this than Alien: Resurrection again.

    (It also seems like everyone involved learned from the Colonial Marines fiasco, so, you know, it can't be that bad.)
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2014
    Not SOE, sorry, David.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2014
    "I'd rather watch this than Alien: Resurrection again."

    Well, that's a pretty good example of damning with faint praise if I ever heard it.
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    @ oldhat, that's a very wise decision.

    Congratulations, RenThing!

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    Just finished Gone Home and jesus, that was one piece of beautiful example of game based storytelling. If it were a movie, it'd be a coming of age indie flick. Even the "exploring the story by reading letters" trope, so overused by now, really worked for me in this game. Wrote another Mood Pieces post about it.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2014
    Gone Home is a beauty of a game. It really sucks you into the story.
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2014
    Adding to the Gone Home love.

    I love the atmosphere and how it plays with the gamer's expectations. Perhaps it was just me, but going in I knew nothing but the basic premise and presumed it was a horror story. I played it in the dark with headphones, like I would any survival/horror game. Even as the supernatural fears were replaced by the mundane the atmosphere held as I climbed into the attic. Then at the end there was a freak dust storm so it got hard to see. *snif*
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    Exactly that. The real world winter winds rattling the house last night really helped with what you were describing.

    I was waiting for a hokey horror twist throughout the game, which would have really killed and buried the whole premise. Instead when the credits rolled I was like *bawl*. :)
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    @Renthing, congrats
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2014
    Agreed with J.Brennan and Vorn about Gone Home, I felt the exact same way til the very end of the game.