Open Thread!

It’s been quite awhile since we’ve done one of these, so let’s get together and chat a bit.  What’s going on in your world?  Or for some inspiration, answer this question:  If you could only bring one videogame with you to a desert island (and you had the required console, handheld device, or computer to play it) which would you bring?  Come on out, lurkers!  Introduce yourselves and stick around awhile.

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On the top it says "choose your character".  A male character is shown on the left, fully covered in silver plate armor.  A woman is shown on the right in a plate mail bikini and basically a tiny loincloth.  Below, a female gamer is shown at her computer with a thought bubble "Are you kidding me?"


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17 Responses to Open Thread!

  1. Lupus753 says:

    Restarted Ultima VII: The Black Gate because I got lost last time. I’ll remember to take better notes.

    Not sure if I’d take that to a desert island. It’s a likely choice, though. As I think about it… Super Robot Taisen: Original Generation 2. Probably. This is hard to decide.

  2. Cordate says:

    I’d bring Skyrim and the Creation Kit and enjoy the free time to keep building this voiced follower I’m working on! :D

    But if I could only have one app though, I’d bring Infocom’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I never did finish that.

    • Skyrim is a good choice, because with the creation kit you would never run out of things to play. =)

      • Cordate says:

        Right! Of course, a desert island itself has tons of fun minigames. I can play the ‘building sandcastles’ one all afternoon long.

  3. Llamaentity says:

    Ooh, fun topic!

    That Dragon’s Crown stuff had been on my mind. Thank you for posting about it. Reading comments on some other websites really annoyed me but it’s nice knowing I’m not alone here.

    And as for what game I’d take with me… very tough one. The only games I feel I can replay pretty much endlessly would be Planescape: Torment, Fallout/Fallout 2, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Lumines, Demon’s Souls, and Dark Souls. This ends up mirroring my “favorite games” list, of course… but if I could only ever play one game again, it would need to be something with either tons of content or ridiculously fun gameplay that I could stand playing for potentially thousands of hours (not just hundreds).

    Lumines (any of its handheld iterations) comes to mind, as do some versions of Tetris. One of the Elder Scrolls games, perhaps, especially thanks to modding tools. Maybe Arcanum, if mods are allowed? Dark Souls might actually fit the bill, too, if I were to somehow have an Internet connection :P But if that were the case, despite not being interested in MMOs anymore, I might be tempted if I could play one from a deserted island :P (Ultima Online, most likely, as it was always my favorite MMO XD)

    So I guess Ultima Online if I could play it online, and if not, I’ll go with… Arcanum!

  4. FairyGodfeather says:

    Isn’t it sad how true the above picture is? Of how frequently in games that is the choice which you get, gritty hero, scantily clad, objectified heroine who doesn’t even have a weapon.

    I want My Ex-Boyfriend the Space Tyrant. I think it’s the only game I’ve ever seen that appears to objectify male characters in the same way that female characters are generally objectified. Although honesty the objectification just makes me uncomfortable, but it looks a lot of fun.

    It’s probably not the game I’d take with me to a desert island though. I’d want something large, replayable, and sand-boxy so I can play it over and over again. I’ve no idea what though. One of the many games I’ve not bought but not played maybe. Only I can’t think of what one. I’ve such a short attention span I flip between games frequently and I think being forced to just play the one game would be incredibly frustrating.

    I’d take some game-creation software instead. I’d have much more fun trying to make my own games, and hopefully I’d actually be able to focus for long enough to finish a project.

  5. Doug S. says:

    Me, I’d want an MMO… so I could tell people I’m stuck on a desert island and someone could come get me home.

    • Fairygodfeather says:

      OH! A MMORPG! I want to change my idea. A MMORPG is a great idea. I think I’d go with A Tale in the Desert, if just because there’s something amusing about playing a game so based on building stuff, in a place where I’d be expected to build things.

      Although I suppose asking for help there’s going to likely not be as effective, what with less players.

      • Cordate says:

        ATitD has so many great systems, I wish more MMO developers would pick up on them. I guess The Repopulation will have some similar aspects in terms of players constructing their communities. I wonder if we’ll be making our own tools too. There’s a ton I have yet to learn about the game.

  6. Matt says:

    I am happy to announce that I’ve got Steam For Linux working on my computer! o/

    Thanks to the following 2 tutorials:

    Bastion has a shite framerate but it works! o/

    Now to download all six gigs of TF2 all over again, after which things shall imminently, eventually, become glorious…

    • Matt says:

      As for the island, can I bring a machine that has a piece of casing that happens to be easily fitted into a shovel-like tool so I can start digging out the cables and track down this civilized settlement where the power is coming from?

  7. Alex says:

    Guild Wars 2! I have been playing it so much over the past few months and I’m still loving it. I checked my play time the other day and it’s about 260 hours, which is an absurd amount of time for any game that isn’t an MMO. I could probably go on and on about what I like about it, but let’s just say there are a bunch of different factors that make it the right game for me.

  8. Ten says:

    Honestly… I’d bring Sims (and its world building tool). If I were stuck on a deserted island, I’d probably start missing normal living really really quickly, and Sims comes pretty damn close to normal living, plus I can build houses and neighbourhoods and Sims forever and ever.

    • Negative Kat says:

      That’s just what I was thinking! You don’t really run out of things to do in Sims, and you wouldn’t be retreading the same things over and over. And honestly, if I were alone on a desert island, the first thing that would get to me would be the loneliness. After I finished my hunter-gathering for the day, I could sit back with a coconut and a charred fish-on-a-stick and catch up with my little computer friends. Forget about my own situation for a few hours a day by building houses and wondering who’s going to get married/fired/abducted by aliens next.

      It would be a step up from drawing a face on a volleyball, anyway.

  9. Lassarina says:

    I’d probably bring FF6. It is my favourite game and I never really get tired of it. But choosing just one is so difficult.

  10. Riley says:

    I’ll briefly stop lurking, as most of the time I’m working on a million essays I want to submit for this website, none of which I can ever manage to adequately complete.

    What’s new in my world is learning Gamemaker! I am in no way a coder, so it always seems impossibly difficult, but it’s really fun and empowering when I can solve problems, even if they are ostensibly incredibly simple problems that the Youtube tutorials by pre-teens mock me for even asking how to do. It’s annoying to be limited by what I can understand how to code, but everyone’s gotta start somewhere.

    If I could take a game with me to a desert island, it would be “Deus Ex: Human Revolution,” which I just replayed and forgot how much I love. I never played the original “Deus Ex,” but DX:HR changed every expectation and standard I have for games, at least from a gameplay perspective. Feeling hella jealous of folks with a Wii U who are going to get the “director’s cut,” and am curious as how to how they will improve the ridiculously terrible boss battles…

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