Episode 428 - Harness Your Mind Palace

Video games! They're happening, and we're playing them. Patrick is checking out Kena: Bridge of Spirits and finds a game that's been ripped from the early aughts in everything but art style, and that might be ok? Cado has been playing Eastward and learns that maybe his taste in pacing has changed. Rob's learning everything he needs to be his most productive self with a new tech purchase. After the break, we discuss next month's project: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Which game are we playing? What mods are we using? Listen in and let us know you're thoughts!


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://play.acast.com/s/vicegamingsnewpodcast/episode428-harnessyourmindpalace

A PS2-era action platformer sounds like my jam right now, I might be able to justify dropping $30 on Kena

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in honor of the date

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omg so excited for stalker 101 !!!
cant believe after years of rob trying to get austin to play stalker austin leaves just a month before lol

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Here’s my guess of why the devs pronounce Kena the way they do. The game is based on Balinese + Japanese cultures, the main voice actress is Balinese, ‘Kena’ is an Indonesian word (Bali is in Indonesia obv) and the voice actress basically would have naturally pronounced Kena how it’s pronounced in Indonesian and the devs just adopted that.

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end of the pod, they’re talking about their most played Games, so I got curious. to be fair, this is only steam, but I’m wondering what everyone’s top 3 looks like.

I’m not sure how Half Life 2 didn’t make the top but here we are

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Top 3 for Steam:

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But also I have maybe 2000 hours in StarCraft 2, and over 1000 hours in Splatoon 2
The Squadrons one is scary since that game is only less than a year old haha.

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Sure, I’m game.

This is actually a dramatic underestimate of the number of hours I’ve spent playing LOTRO. I started playing before it showed up on Steam and then switched back to their non-Steam client a while ago.

This is just on my main:

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Here’s mine:

Not surprising really! I played a lot of those games! After those three the playtime drops precipitously. The next highest is like 50 hours. Basically, I don’t normally play a single game for a long time, and when I do, it’s something I can pop in for an hour or so while main lining another game. I like to dip my toe into all sorts of different games and genres!

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I don’t want to be the Microsoft Edge defender but if you’re not going to use Firefox I would recommend it over Chrome. It’s not a bad web browser and I would rather see it more in business environments so we can all finally drop support for IE.

I’m not sure how Opera as a web browser is doing but the company behind it has decided to get into the short payday loan market…

Also here’s my list of shame
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Note: Zombie Panic and TF2 are basically all from 2008 - 2012 (highschool/college) and are sadly probably accurate because I never got into the idling for hats thing. XCOM2 I have definitely accidentally left running for days at a time due to the mod launcher being open.

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I played a lot of TF2 once upon a time, but if I were considering all games, the winner is pretty unquestionably

Pokemon Emerald. I have no way of knowing how many hours of various Pokemon games I’ve played over the years because of how many save files I’ve restarted, but it’s safe to say my Top 5 if not Top 10 are exclusively Pokemon games.

I also probably have more hours in Overwatch than TF2, and Breath of the Wild has about 140 hours on my Switch.

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Apologies for the disgraceful Skyrim:New Vegas ratio.

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So, I included a fourth game here in the Steam list, because probably at least 30 hours of the SHENZHEN I/O playtime is just in the solitaire game, which I feel bad about counting completely…

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This is also super unreflective of my actual playtime in games - not only did I play a ton of games before Steam even existed, but I also still play a bunch of games outside of Steam. (I’m not a big console gamer, so that’s less of an issue - although I am sure my R-Type Final playtime is up somewhere high-ish, just because there were playtime unlocks.)
So, for example - none of my recent (or historical!) Quake playtime is in there, which probably also adds up to an easy Top-4 place.

It’s also very ironic to me that Hades is in the top spot here, given that - I still didn’t finish the full plot after 89hrs, and I really don’t want to play it again, ever, given how I felt about it towards the end (it’s not in my GoTY).

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I can’t figure out how to order it but I’ve had a glance at my top two on Steam are

Crusader Kings 2: 2801 hours
Europa Universalis IV: 1149 hours

And the only other place I think has playtime is my Switch where it turns out I’ve played Fire Emblem Three Houses for over 550 hours.

Thinking serenely about all the great hobbies I could’ve picked up in lieu of scheming another 6 hours over how best to conquer the Anglo.

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I’ve somehow managed to find a different way of organising the info but here are my top played (from the “over 100 hours” block):

Pretty sure if I could pull console stats Destiny 2, The Witcher 3, and Red Dead Online would feature very highly also.

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I’m shocked no one at Waypoint got into The Long Dark because I played several hours of that while in early access and thought it had a lot of really cool ideas for a solo survival game that was focused on a nature aspect. Also the atmosphere of that game has just got a mood to it that I can really feel sometimes. Probably going to go back and play that one this winter now that it’s fully out.

Also I’m there with @diglett I had several Pokemon games (notably Gold and Sapphire) where I maxed out the clock.

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I sure hope I’m not the only one who hears the crew talk of Eastward and goes “ah yes, I too enjoy the 東方 games!”

Well, at least for Steam games, my top list is moderately shameful. I don’t often stick with a game past the 40 hour mark, so what’s up here is mostly RPG and Strategy Tactics games, and Warframe. (If I’m honest about warframe, there’s probably another 600 hours on my Switch account…)

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Sanctus reach is a bug. I have only played a few hours of it, but apparently it doesn’t close properly so Steam kept counting hours for weeks? So here’s the #4 to compensate.

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I’m always staggered I put so many hours into The Long Dark. Like I understand how I got that many out of Total War, but The Long Dark? I guess it’s just because I’ve revisited it many times over many years since it first hit Early Access (I was a Kickstarter backer). It’s a great game, and I’m really looking forward to playing through the completed story mode - which still isn’t quite out yet - but it’s also kind of fascinating as an example of a long-running early access continuous development game that is really creaking against the limits of the engine and basic systems from the original design.

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TF2 is the only “endlessly replayable” game I’ve invested a lot of time into, so the playtimes fall down quickly after it. I was amused to find pretty much the anti-Waypoint game at #5:

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