Saturday Morning Gaming: Digging In The Back Catalog


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  1. Fish says:

    I’ve been playing a ton of “Oxygen Not Included” the past couple of weeks. I tend to shepherd a colony along until something difficult to fix happens–and it could be anything from “inconvenient” to “catastrophic”–and I’ll abandon the colony and start over. This time I’m trying for the “One year, to be exact” achievement, which is to reach cycle 365.25 with at least one dupe alive. I’m about a third of the way there and I don’t think I’m producing enough food, but otherwise the colony is stable–I’ve got plenty of algae for oxygen production, plenty of coal for electricity, and solid methods for dealing with unbreathable gasses and disease. My biggest issue is this particular asteroid seems to have been generated with no other power generating source BUT coal, and all the nearby vents I’ve found are dubiously useful or downright deadly (I found a damn volcano in the next biome over, dammit!).

    We’ll see how it goes. I need to give my dupes a couple of cycles without any major overhaul projects so they can settle in a bit, and then I’m going to have to address the food issue…Report

  2. Kazzy says:

    Okay… I need some “gaming” help.

    We want to outfit the kids with a Nintendo Switch. There are three kids.

    We have a Nintendo Switch console thingy which came with one controller set. One of the kids already has a Nintendo Switch Lite.

    Is the Lite compatible with the Full Console? If we want all three of them to play together, I assume we need three controllers. There ARE games for more than two players, right? I mean, four-player Mario Kart existed 25 years ago! It still exists today, right?

    Do I not have enough stuff? Too much? Is a “lite” and a full console redundant? How do video games work?

    In terms of software, I was thinking of getting Mario Kart, Super Smash Brothers, and Minecraft. The kids are 6, 8, and 14. Will that keep them busy or the next 10 years??? 10 minutes???

    GAMERS, HELP!!!Report

    • Jaybird in reply to Kazzy says:

      Okay. You’ve got the switch hooked up to the tv. You have one controller set already. For Mario Kart 8, you split up the controllers and give them to two of the kids.

      If you have a second controller set with the switch lite, I *BELIEVE* you can just take that controller set and (TURN THE SWITCH LITE OFF FIRST) and sync the controllers with the switch attached to the tv.

      Now you’ve got 4 controllers that you can use for Mario Kart 8.

      I do not know if you need to resync with the Switch Lite when you go back to the Switch Lite.

      I also recommend Super Smash Brothers for chaotic multiplayer.

      I *LOVED* the Mario Parties but those might be games that are perfect for kids who are 6, 8, and 40 instead of 6, 8, and 14.Report

      • Kazzy in reply to Jaybird says:

        They only need one half of the controller for MK? WHY ARE THERE HALF CONTROLLERS?!?!? WHAT WORLD IS THIS?!?!?!

        What is Mario Parties? There are humans in the house with ages in or near the 40s.Report

        • Jaybird in reply to Kazzy says:

          Well, a game like Zelda or Mario Odyssey will require both controllers to be used by one player (they have a special controller holder and everything). You require precision and complexity.

          For games like Mario Kart, you only need the gas. Well, maybe the brakes. Oooh, items. That blue shell, man.Report

          • Kazzy in reply to Jaybird says:

            They still make Zeldas?

            I think we’ll stick with the 2 controllers (4 half controllers?) we already have on hand and will invest in another if the need arises. THANK YOU! The kids will be very happy… and hopefully VERY occupied.Report