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Jaybird is Birdmojo on Xbox Live and Jaybirdmojo on Playstation's network. He's been playing consoles since the Atari 2600 and it was Zork that taught him how to touch-type. If you've got a song for Wednesday, a commercial for Saturday, a recommendation for Tuesday, an essay for Monday, or, heck, just a handful a questions, fire off an email to AskJaybird-at-gmail.com

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  1. Avatar Brandon Berg
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    Shadows of Mordor is free on Steam through the end of the weekend, so I’m taking that for a spin, even though I really ought to be brushing up on C++.Report

    • Avatar Brandon Berg in reply to Brandon Berg
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      More years ago then I’d like to admit, I had a job developing software in C++. We didn’t use STL, though; we had our own libraries. I always wondered why.

      Now I know.Report

      • Avatar Doctor Jay in reply to Brandon Berg
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        I sort of love STL. But it probably matters that I got to listen to talks by Alex Stepanov (the guy who invented it) and worked with Matt Austern, the guy who wrote one of the first books about it. There’s a very steep learning curve there.

        However, that is way OT.Report

    • Avatar Nevermoor in reply to Brandon Berg
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      That’s a GREAT game. Had a lot of fun with it. It does, however, suffer from some pretty OP end-game abilities.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Brandon Berg
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      I loved that game. I didn’t quite cotton to it at first… but when I had my own personal nemesis kill me five or six times and got stronger each time? When I *FINALLY* killed him, I crowed and had to pause the game so I could tell Maribou about it.Report

      • Avatar Brandon Berg in reply to Jaybird
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        I liked it enough to pay the $10, but I’m finding the large trash packs to be a bit tedious, given that it takes about a dozen hits to down a single enemy. I get that it’s largely a stealth game, and that having to fight them all is kind of a punishment for failing at stealth, which would be fine if it weren’t for the fact that the stealth button doesn’t work on a toggle basis, but needs to be held down continuously.Report

  2. Avatar Nevermoor
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    I’m playing XCom 2 from the steam sale. I figure if I liked Invisible but thought it was too short…

    Pretty intense gameplay, well worth the $10-15 it costReport

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Nevermoor
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      Yeah, I’ve got an upcoming Saturday! dealing with it.

      One of the lines I’m tinkering with: “It’s one of the rare sequels that makes you see the first game as merely a tutorial for the real one.”Report

      • Avatar El Muneco in reply to Jaybird
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        I’ll probably do a replay after the expansion comes out in a couple months. Since they didn’t follow the WoW model of just adding endgame content, making a fresh start with all the changes ahead of me seems more efficient.Report

    • Avatar Fish in reply to Nevermoor
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      I’m about to restart on Commander difficulty. My last run ended when the Viper King showed up on three missions in a row–the first two being my attempts to win the Black Site mission (failed the first time). Winning that mission cost me eight soldiers and necessitated one of the greatest escapes I’ve ever executed in the game. But losing that many soldiers left me in a death spiral which was going to be difficult to pull out of, so imagine my consternation when the supposedly dead Viper King showed up on the very next mission! Yeah, um…so I’m restarting and I’m going to disable the Alien Hunters DLC.

      I still love this game, though, no matter how badly it treats me sometimes.Report

  3. Avatar Doctor Jay
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    I’m playing an early-release game (on Steam) called Northgard. It’s sort of a 4X strategy game cross pollinated with an RTS game. I’m having a hard time with it, but in a good way. It’s early-access but seems pretty polished to me.Report

  4. Avatar Fish
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    The announcement of new DLC for XCOM 2, War of the Chosen, has me playing that again. A bunch of new mission types, a new faction for XCOM to ally with, new enemies include some kind of zombie-adjacent enemy called The Lost, which are the remnants of the human population of Earth’s cities and are drawn to the sounds of combat, apparently attacking everyone. Really looking forward to it, and not at all disappointed that they’re staying away from Terror From The Deep (not sarcasm–that frakking game was HARD).Report

  5. Avatar Damon
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    I’m nearly done with Fallout 4. I’ve been spending some time doing misc. achievements. Taking a break from questing. Got all my magazines and bobbleheads.Report

  6. Avatar El Muneco
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    Did I mention reinstalling No One Lives Forever last.weekend? It’s surprisingly playable at something close to modern resolutions for a game of its vintage, and it’s still a classic of the genre.

    Rock Paper Shotgun gave a pointer to an abandonware site, which might not have been shut down yet. But it installs from the original discs if you can find them (the edition I have even came with an audio CD of the excellent musical score).Report

  7. Avatar Silver Wolf
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    I enjoyed chasing shadows but I find Gemcraft: Labyrinth is even better. I play on armor games so it’s free.Report

  8. Avatar North
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    War for the Overworld. It’s the Dungeon Keeper that isn’t Dungeon Keeper but since the real DK property was purchased, tarted up in prostitutes makeup and sent to be a fremium whore on the corner WFTO is the spiritual successor to DK2.
    It’s good, like genuinely good, but the new critters are missing… something… that DK2 had. I don’t know what it is. The DK2 critters just had more… character? Maybe it’s just nostalgia.Report

    • Avatar Kimmi in reply to North
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      Oh, Dungeon Keeper. The game that relied on bugs in windows to work right… (to be fair, it meant it ran faster like that). Can’t even be run reliably in an emulator, let alone other versions of windows.

      Tried Guild of Dungeoneering? A friend of mine did voicework for that one.Report

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