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  1. Depends on the length of the game. Doing something that precludes a satisfying ending in a 10hour game is a lot less agonizing than making a "wrong" choice in something like The Witcher 3... Well, depends on the type of grind, how mandatory it is (is it progression blocking or optional) and how many ways there are to get to your goal. I absolutely detest "daily quest" grind in the likes of WoW but I don't much mind murdering the same mooks over and over to gain reputation with a faction, or to get some item to drop, or somesuch (assuming said murdering is, in itself satisfying aka. the combat system isn't total garbage, but then why play in the first place?). If I can combine that with something else (eg. some quests here or there, or collecting doohikeys I can do something with) then I don't really mind. There shouldn't be downtime though, not "kill this guy, now stand around for 5minutes so you can kill this exact guy again". Yeah, no thanks. So basically if there's no pressure behind it (eg. you shall do this grind to get your "item level" high enough so we arbitrarily allow you to now enter this new dungeon) then I'm generally fine with it. Case in point: I've grinded quite a few reputations in EverQuest 2 just to get cool titles or new furniture to make (my character was a carpenter), neither of those was the kind of progression blocking chore games like to (try to) foist on you and they didn't prey on FOMO by making it time limited either. Some of those took me months to years to eventually complete but it's not like they were going anywhere. They also have the advantage of not being bound to chance (this recipe book has a 0.01% chance to drop from Lizard People) while still making certain things somewhat rare (as not everyone will bother with them) As for wishlists, the Steam one is annoying in the sense that you can't hide it without making the entire profile private. Using it as a "watchlist" has backfired around my birthday on a few occasions, and the "follow" feature is too invasive as it then just spams you with all their news updates. Gog's nicer in that way (I think, don't have any "friends" on Gog) and the e-mails are a nice feature.
  2. They still do a lot better than most, but despite me still liking the game very much let's put some potential negatives on a row: Riven mods: there's 4 layers of randomness involved: chance to get one in the first place, chance to get one for the weapon you want it for, chance to get the stats on it that you want and then the chance to roll "ideal" numbers on those stats), which means that realistically if you really want one you'll have to buy it off of other players (with premium currency, of course, as barely anyone will accept anything else). There's a reason this system often gets compared to Diablo 3's market (or lootboxes, but that's kinda stretching it, even though it is designed to make people spend). However, unlike Diablo 3's stuff Riven mods provide bonuses you objectively don't need, so many people just ignore they exist (including yours truly) with no impact on their game. It really only preys on players that want to hyper-optimize their gear even if there's no cause to do so (the day they become mandatory is the day I quit playing) Nightwave: basically a battle pass, as such it preys on people's FOMO. Makes a lot of things slower to acquire so it potentially slows down new player progression, definitely impacts the easy come/easy go aspect of the game. TennoGen (skins based on community designs): on PC only purchasable with real money (not with premium currency, unlike on consoles) and the prices are downright ridiculous (~6 EURO for a Warframe skin nowadays, for reference for our non-EU members: an AAA game is around 60 EURO over here) Void 2.0: the Void is where you get "Prime" gear, which is basically buffed versions of regular gear with more bling. With the changes they did they added another layer of grind to it. For coordinated groups it's an improvement over the old system, for everyone else it's more grind (and arguably more boring than the old system), so it pushes more people towards just buying the "Prime Access" (or buying from other players, which once again means more premium currency). Of those 4 only Nightwave (there are Nightwave-only resources that you need to build certain Warframes and weapons) and the Void are pretty much mandatory to interact with.
  3. I reduced building costs (other option is to increase gathering yield), mostly to avoid the gathering getting overly tedious. Still this would be doable with "vanilla" settings, at least in a solo game. The location itself is really close to large amounts of Brimstone, as the croc cave and the other brimstone cave are pretty much right at the other side of the newbie river from here. There's Iron (and Coal, but barely using that anymore) there too, but not in such large amounts, so I tend to just "import" that from my tower near the Unnamed City (where iron is plentiful). Ichor is easy: just put down loads of fish traps and then keep the Fluid Presses going (gets large amounts of Oil too, so nice bonus there and the reason I barely use Coal anymore). It's even easier now that the latest patch increased how much of certain things you can stack (Iron and Steel bars stack to 1000 now, I think), so dragging it from one base to the next isn't quite as tedious anymore. Oh, and I'm a massive packrat, so unless I go somewhere for a very specific reason (read: bossfights) I run around in Light Armor, combined with the 10% carry weight bonus you can carry quite a lot so I tend to just keep going until I hit my encumbrance limit, then I either dump the heavy stuff in a chest to pick up later with a Bearer or return to a base to unload. For gathering it makes rather a large difference which quality tools you use (the upgrade is also rather helpful) higher tier ones can gather quite large quantities rather quickly. If you bring a Bearer you can just unload to the thrall and keep gathering for quite a while. EDIT: and I've been working on this for a while now, there's that as well, didn't exactly plunk this down over the weekend. Judging by my screenshot folder I started half March.
  4. My build is getting a bit out of hand, fitting it meaningfully in a screenshot has gotten rather hard. Anyway, might be interesting to see how I go about building. So I ended up finishing the palace wing of my palace (at least the structure part, need to decorate rooms etc still. From the entrance to the end I built a big throne room: Dragon heads are kinda big, but I managed to fit one in the equally ridiculously big Map Room Overview including my initial base at the bottom of the arch, for scale. The palace I built is barely visible here (it's behind the Derketo temple, which is the yellow or green(*) light beam) I'd probably have to make a video of sorts to fit everything in without it feeling too disconnected or resulting in a truly ridiculous amount of screenshots... In total there are 4300 T3 (Aquilonian) building blocks used in this (so far), of which 1181 are foundations (not counting all the Stonebrick for the ramps and the Sandstone Foundations used underneath to level out the terrain) (*) yours truly is colourblind
  5. TennoCon (the Warframe conference) was this weekend, I think the most relevant part is that there's a new player experience overhaul upcoming (about time) and that the game gets a new (very cool) intro: Bunch of other new stuff being announced (new rendering engine, ship space combat, etc.), but I figure this to be the most relevant to those not already playing the game (especially those that got turned off by said new player experience), no ETA on any of the new player stuff though.
  6. They happily use the readily available alternative though: low wage countries. Encouraging addictive behaviour isn't exactly harmless either, and arguably leads to deaths as well.
  7. The fact that Bayer and Monsanto were allowed to merge blew my mind, and not in a good way. I guess we should just accept that we're ****ed and playing video games until we drop doesn't sound so bad as a way of getting away from reality, so EA (and the rest of them) better not mess with my video games too!
  8. Which is weird because most modern devices stop being usable once they are due for replacement (according to the manufacturer, aka the second your warranty is up), many get suspiciously slow all of a sudden (even if you reinstall them) or start suddenly wearing out quickly (proving it is another matter, of course). Not to mention that running anything unsupported that's connected to the internet is rather irresponsible in the first place as unpatched Androids, for example, are about as secure as going online with Windows 98 (probably even less secure as no sensible person that didn't just drop out of a time capsule is still looking for Win 98 systems to hack). Honestly legislation really needs to catch up when it comes to manufacturers' responsibilities security patching their devices in the long run. Guess we'll need a botnet of ancient consoles, fridges, light bulbs and other smart home junk to DDOS the Pentagon or something before stuff will happen though. But I digress. But yeah, if they're aiming at "old devices" then unless those are old PCs (and PCs haven't been going "old" at anywhere near the rate of a decade ago, a well built 7 year old PC can still run current gen games at good quality with some updates, notably the graphics card) I have no idea who realistically is their target audience, especially given that areas with the networking to support Stadia aren't exactly the "poorer" places in the world, so keeping old stuff around is only really done by people like yours truly who object to this consumption/throwaway culture on principle and still expect the stuff they buy to last.
  9. Not to mention they have a track record of just killing popular products because they themselves don't see the value anymore (Google Reader comes to mind). Since apparently you'll still have the buy the games at full price on top of a subscription I can see that being a risk many won't be willing to take. The argument that Steam might disappear as well doesn't fly here as Steam is Valve's main product, the only realistic way Steam would go away is when Valve goes bankrupt (and if you're worried about that, buy your stuff on Gog and backup your installers). There's of course the obvious issue that most of those streaming services are extremely fragmented. Want to watch this series? Well better subscribe to Amazon's offering, this other one? Yeah, Netflix. I even regularly run into music I can't get on Spotify (or that the crappy search function can't find so I have to resort to a regular search engine, but I digress...). So are we now going to get the same problem with games? Stadia exclusive games now that Epic has opened the gates to that sphere of hell? So we'll need 3 or so subscriptions to be able to play the games we want? Anyway, as it stands now I expect Stadia might be competing in the console space, as the latency there is already higher than on a well built PC (so much closer to Stadia) and, depending on the console, they're already used to paying an additional subscription on top of the games' purchase price. From that point of view, if Google maintains a subscription price in the range of the Xbox/PlayStation offerings but with PC pricing on the games they might have a very viable way in.
  10. Yup, no non-Epic Lemurian that I've found and I'm pretty sure that after my wholesale genocide of their race I'd have found it by now if it existed But I did notice there being a difference between the different tiers (normal, exceptional and flawless) as far as temperature resistance went, hence the question. On the topic of Lemurians (and to stay on topic): I made it to the end (after going back out and stuffing my inventory with water breathing potions), that is, I beat the final boss. But holy hell, was this place hard. Thankfully you don't need to beat everything in there to progress, so selectively killing bosses (or bypassing them) works (and I couldn't have brought enough healing items to do it in one go anyway...) Having a sandstorm hit while I was fighting one of the bosses was a rather interesting (and nasty) surprise, I mean, being under water and all that...
  11. Wow, congratulations! Nice to know the Frost Giants are easy, I've shied away from dealing with them thus far. On a RP level, I think I wouldn't remove the bracelet and just keep the Keystone around, knowing that I can remove it should I so choose, because removing it would remove your ability to use the Map Room, which is kind of neat way to get around. You'd also lose the ability to understand any language, which might be a tad annoying to keep your Thralls in check On the cold damage front, do you have the Flawless Epic version of the Royal Lemurian Armor? I've so far managed to go pretty much everywhere in that without taking damage (at least no amounts that I noticed). The Lemurian T4 Armorer (Fia) is rather common in my experience (I have 4 as Thralls and killed another 2 so far, still no Blacksmith though), so might be worthwhile to get one.
  12. "I am fire. I am ... death" "I have poison arrows!"
  13. That's only really been a problem since games made it more convenient to level as tank by upping their damage, and adding multispec. That and communities getting bigger, or rather, there not really being much of one anymore on a per server basis. Basically in the pre-multispec WoW days you wouldn't blame the tank unless they were actually really, really bad (and then you'd likely try to get them to get better instead of raging at them). Getting on the blacklist of your servers' active tanks was a bad deal if you wanted to get into dungeon groups on a regular basis. Respeccing was costly and doing questing etc. as tank was horrendous , so tanks were relatively rare (source: leveled a paladin as tank during TBC. Basically ended up living inside of dungeons to do that. I was every leveling person's best friend for some reason, must've been my fabulous personality ;)) and many of the good or well geared ones didn't really deal with PUGs, so finding one of those and staying on their good side was kind of important. Tbh I feel in general people we just more patient/nicer "in those days". I think smaller communities tended to help against toxicity as you were bound to run into the same people over and over again, so being a jerk tended to backfire more often than not (I heard of people moving servers because nobody wanted to deal with them anymore) As to raids/operations being a job, it's more like playing cards with your friends every Thursday. Or playing football, or whatever. There's clans/guilds that make it feel like a job, those are the bad ones. Of course, as with all things in life, finding a guild with a good attitude is hard. As is maintaining such a guild, so they tend to be rather rare.
  14. The cave that's almost underneath my main base that I only found like 200hours in... (is supposed to get an overhaul in the next content patch I heard): I started building my first base below a rock arch, now I've started building a palace on top of said arch and it turns out the beam from my Set shrine aligns almost perfectly with the main entryway. It is a sign from Set! Bring more prisoners, sacrifices need to be made! (and no, I really did not plan for this, at all) The epic version of the Royal Lemurian Armor provides enough cold resistance (makes total sense, less clothing = more hotness, so more cold resistance...) to survive in the North, so I've been exploring around there. Explored east side and re-visited the Mounds of the Dead (this time I managed to get an acceptable framerate) and made it all the way North on the West end of the map (did not mess with the Frost giant place though, though I talked philosophy with one), after that I explored the center, ended up in the Black Keep (see Keyrock's screenshots ) that I managed to clear in two goes (first attempt my weapon broke and I didn't have a spare, second time I had to resort to using a sword I looted to fight the boss as my Pike just wasn't working, really needed a shield for this guy) and then moved on exploring East, where I found these beauties, loads of them: Eventually ended up circling all around the edge on the East side and by accident found a way into the Volcano (fell down a ledge into a loading screen, which saved me...), I quickly started overheating (kinda didn't bring a heat resistance armor set as I didn't expect to go to the Volcano) but noticed the entrance I found was right across an obelisk, so I stripped down and made a beeline for it Then decided to mess with some NPCs fighting a boss, the combination of the Heatstroke and fighting tough NPCs kinda did me in so I got an express ticket home
  15. Thanks for the heads up, Borderlands DLC also on a steep sale on Steam so I used this opportunity to just grab everything (can't go wrong for the less than 1.5euro it cost me to complete my DLC collection...)
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