Dec. 23rd, 2013 @ 07:38 pm Steam and coop titles
Current Mood: lonelylonely
Since switching over to the PC side of things for my gaming fix, I've been using Steam. Yes, it has DRM and all that, but it's convenient and effortless on my part -- so that wins out. And the restrictions are pretty reasonable too.
I got the Steam app for my phone as well. When I start it up, it switches to the 'Friends' view -- which is completely empty. I have no friends (on Steam), and that feels lonely. Even the recommendations work with the Friends that you made on Steam.

Currently, there's a huge sale going on. I've seen a co-op action RPG title that seemed cool. I could even buy a four-pack for a hefty discount, and gift three copies to friends so we can play together!
...Except I don't have Steam friends.

Add me on Steam! Account is fubfubfub! Especially if you like RPG stuff!
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From:zolphia
Date:December 24th, 2013 09:05 am (UTC)
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I think Steam shows how DRM can work to the consumer's advantage. Because the publishers know that a purchase is linked to an account, which reduces the risk of piracy, they're more okay with selling at a discount. Better to earn some money with a sale-purchase than have someone download illegally.
Also, you do get to see what you're friends are doing and what their current obsession is (or if they're currently not into pc gaming at all). It's little fun things that just add to the experience.
And while I'm a complete laymen in terms of how it works, I personally don't get the feeling that Steam is very intrusive with its DRM or ruining my pc.

P.S. The friend invite is send. Its a shared account with me and Pat. Generally speaking: all first-person shooters are played by Pat, the rest is me.
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From:fub
Date:December 28th, 2013 03:53 pm (UTC)
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I don't mind the Steam DRM at all: you can install on multiple machines and it works offline too, so the main problem I have with DRM is negated. And the shell around the games works pretty well: the Big Screen mode is perfect for my TV + controller gaming. It's even more convenient than the PS3 menu, which is odd considering that the PS3 was meant for gaming like that.

And thanks for the gift!
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From:zolphia
Date:December 30th, 2013 09:04 am (UTC)
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The gifted game is short & sweet. With a full-time job, I'm starting to appreciate small, low-price games that I can finish in a day. These days, I see a 50+ hrs RPG and I think "I'm sure I'd like it, I just don't want to spend the time on it".
Also, the game has a lovely sense of humour. I guarantee it will bring a smile on your face, or your money back!
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Date:December 30th, 2013 07:43 pm (UTC)
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Well, I do have time for a 50+ hour RPG -- it just takes me a long time to finish the game, but with maybe an hour per day, it's certainly do-able. What I do not have time for, is grinding. I play RPGs for the story, so I have little patience for things like "OK, now wander around this field for six hours to get into random battles so that you can build up your characters' levels".

I'll certainly check out the game, but first I'm too busy with Borderlands 2. So far, I'm having a lot of fun with it. It's like Skyrim, but with guns and psychotic axe murderers! (Though you get that last one in Skyrim too.)
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From:zolphia
Date:December 31st, 2013 08:17 am (UTC)
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I picked up the Borderlands 2 GOTY for 13 bucks as well - too good a deal to let it pass.
Don't know when I or Pat will try it out. But we've got half a year before the next Steam sale hits. ;)
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