Saturday Morning Gaming: Cogs in the Machine

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James K

James is a government policy analyst, and lives in Wellington, New Zealand. His interests including wargaming, computer gaming (especially RPGs and strategy games), Dungeons & Dragons and scepticism. No part of any of his posts or comments should be construed as the position of any part of the New Zealand government, or indeed any agency he may be associated with.

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  1. Avatar PROFESSOR ESPERANTO
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    You should play Rimworld which is the same thing, crashlanded and trying to get off-world, except it’s about building a colony and the whole act of building (recovering) a ship can be put off as long as one likes.Report

  2. Avatar Doctor Jay
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    I played a fair bit of Factorio already, and I’ve been playing Satisfactory lately, which my daughter describes as “Factorio and Minecraft had a love child in space”.

    But this is clearly Factorio’s weekend, and it deserves it. It shows, for one thing, that you can make a compelling game that is completely 2D, not even isometric. The people who love it really really love it. I’m probably in that crowd.Report

    • Avatar James K in reply to Doctor Jay
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      I really appreciate what they’ve been able to do with such an old graphical style. Satisfactory looks interesting but the first-person perspective is a problem for me.Report

    • Avatar Brandon Berg in reply to Doctor Jay
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      It shows, for one thing, that you can make a compelling game that is completely 2D, not even isometric.

      Was that ever in doubt? We had 15-20 years of 2D games before 3D became the norm, and and there are still popular 2D games coming out regularly.Report

  3. Avatar Jaybird
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    I did a quick google and found a Youtube titled “Testing bottlenecks with 2 Rockets per minute”.

    Which is nuts.

    I started playing again and the bugs killed me. Sigh. I think I have to do the tutorials again.Report

  4. Avatar Reformed Republican
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    Factorio sounds interesting. I may have to add that to my “games I want to play” queue.

    I’m still playing a lot of No Man’s Sky. I started a permadeath game. The initial start is the hardest, but once I found a planet that was not actively trying to kill me, it got a lot easier. I should be alright, as long as I don’t try anything stupid.

    I also bought Horizon Zero Dawn, after hearing a lot of good things about it. I played a little bit, but I need to really dive into it. I’m not very good at splitting my attention between more than one game.Report

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