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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:23 am 
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minchy wrote:
On a large pile of money with many beautiful ladies! :]

But seriously, it does affect me too. It doesn't help that I don't get out or see my friends much and most of my online friends are from the other side of the Atlantic with me bring in the UK (although I do play a lot with a Finnish guy who must have even worse sleep patterns than me!). I usually go a couple of weeks with 3 or 4 hours sleep a night and then spent pretty much a full day in bed!

It's not the best healthiest way to live, but gaming is pretty much the only thing I am able to do that I enjoy and also, other than my customers just about the only human interaction I have.


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I've always had a lot of issues getting to sleep, staying asleep and on rare occassions - waking up. I honestly feel that my brain thinks a day should be 30 or so hours long. If I'm up for about 24 hours straight, I can usually get a solid 6 (+- 1) hours of sleep in. I've got a few other issues that feed into that too. Generally, I spend every day in a miserable position of being just a bit too tired but then come home and generally can't sleep until the small hours of the morning. I cannot even recall the last time I felt well rested. Not helped by the fact I have some tinnitus and medications I am on made it much worse. Hard to sleep with bad tinnitus. I now pretty much require some kind of background - usually an audiobook or a STEM lecture (not because they are boring, I find them interesting and it makes me feel less like the time waiting to get to sleep isn't wasted).

I started playing videogames in 1996 just after I turned 8. It's been, essentially, my primary hobby for most of that time. Maybe that is the cause of my sleep issues. I don't know. I have this really irritating thing where I can feel dog tired, I go to my bed, and then I'll just not be tired anymore. I have to be pretty exhausted to sleep. Whenever I've been away on trips with my friends, I'm usually last one up and one of the first ones up the next morning. Last girlfriend I had found it irritating. She also told me that I frequently would wake up and say something to someone then go back to sleep. I sometimes have nightmares but I've been told that I thrash around a lot while having them, often saying stuff too. So yeah, I play a lot of games and I have a lot of sleep issues. Probably impossible to say if they are linked though.


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I only really play on Friday evenings and Saturdays. I find that I sleep better, but that's largely because I have awful sleep patterns during the week as I have to get up at 5am to get to work across London. Gaming relaxes me. I'm used to the whole blue light not making you sleep thing, so I don't notice it that much.


Ok, so I better continue to avoid midweek gaming. :lol: I was hoping there would be a magical cure, turns out you're all just even worse that sleeping them I am!


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:24 am 
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i dont know if this has been talked about but outlast 2 has been banned in Australia, yay i always hated being treated like an adult anyways


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:19 pm 
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Genuine question to gamers - how do you sleep at night?

I tend to only play my PS4 when I have a lot of spare time and at the weekend. I have the odd hour here and there during the week, but I find an hour gameplay at night (for example) means I still can't sleep even if I switch the b*stard thing off an hour before going to bed. I'm generally quite poor at sleeping regardless, but this doesn't help. It's not purely the screen as I can watch football (as long as it doesn't involve the emotions of my own team being involved) and go to bed 15 minutes later.

Do you have this issue? Do you just deal with the lack of sleep?

I've never had a problem going to sleep after gaming, and I play most nights. The trick is to stop at least 30 mins before you go to bed and do something that doesn't involve looking at a screen, mostly things like a tablet or phone, TV for me seems to be fine however as it's less interactive. If you are gaming on a PC one thing to keep in mind is that most computer monitors are set by default to be way way too bright, like seriously too bright. If you are really having problems, turn the brightness of your monitor down, it may look dark at first but you will be surprised at how quickly your eyes will adjust and you will strain your eyes less.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 11:56 am 
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Day off to play Mass Effect: Andromeda. Have tomorrow off too. My best mate has a half day today and tomorrow for the same reason.

It seems like Xbox servers are having a nuke at the moment. I've been kicked from all 9 games I've tried to play. None of the experience or credits are kept, and worse I've used up all the XP bosters I got for preordering.

Enjoying the single player, though barely scratched the surface as yet.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 5:48 pm 
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mac_d wrote:
Day off to play Mass Effect: Andromeda. Have tomorrow off too. My best mate has a half day today and tomorrow for the same reason.

It seems like Xbox servers are having a nuke at the moment. I've been kicked from all 9 games I've tried to play. None of the experience or credits are kept, and worse I've used up all the XP bosters I got for preordering.

Enjoying the single player, though barely scratched the surface as yet.

i have played about 6 or 7 hours and i am having a blast its a tonne of fun imo


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:14 pm 
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specdecible wrote:
Ennis wrote:
Genuine question to gamers - how do you sleep at night?

I tend to only play my PS4 when I have a lot of spare time and at the weekend. I have the odd hour here and there during the week, but I find an hour gameplay at night (for example) means I still can't sleep even if I switch the b*stard thing off an hour before going to bed. I'm generally quite poor at sleeping regardless, but this doesn't help. It's not purely the screen as I can watch football (as long as it doesn't involve the emotions of my own team being involved) and go to bed 15 minutes later.

Do you have this issue? Do you just deal with the lack of sleep?

I've never had a problem going to sleep after gaming, and I play most nights. The trick is to stop at least 30 mins before you go to bed and do something that doesn't involve looking at a screen, mostly things like a tablet or phone, TV for me seems to be fine however as it's less interactive. If you are gaming on a PC one thing to keep in mind is that most computer monitors are set by default to be way way too bright, like seriously too bright. If you are really having problems, turn the brightness of your monitor down, it may look dark at first but you will be surprised at how quickly your eyes will adjust and you will strain your eyes less.



There's a program called fl.ux that automatically adjusts blue light level and screen brightness during light and dark hours which helps a lot.


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huggybear wrote:
specdecible wrote:
Ennis wrote:
Genuine question to gamers - how do you sleep at night?

I tend to only play my PS4 when I have a lot of spare time and at the weekend. I have the odd hour here and there during the week, but I find an hour gameplay at night (for example) means I still can't sleep even if I switch the b*stard thing off an hour before going to bed. I'm generally quite poor at sleeping regardless, but this doesn't help. It's not purely the screen as I can watch football (as long as it doesn't involve the emotions of my own team being involved) and go to bed 15 minutes later.

Do you have this issue? Do you just deal with the lack of sleep?

I've never had a problem going to sleep after gaming, and I play most nights. The trick is to stop at least 30 mins before you go to bed and do something that doesn't involve looking at a screen, mostly things like a tablet or phone, TV for me seems to be fine however as it's less interactive. If you are gaming on a PC one thing to keep in mind is that most computer monitors are set by default to be way way too bright, like seriously too bright. If you are really having problems, turn the brightness of your monitor down, it may look dark at first but you will be surprised at how quickly your eyes will adjust and you will strain your eyes less.



There's a program called fl.ux that automatically adjusts blue light level and screen brightness during light and dark hours which helps a lot.

I actually have a Spyder and calibrate my monitor.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:21 am 
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Enjoying Mass Effect: Andromeda. Haven't sunk my teeth into the single player too much yet. Played a fair chunk of the multiplayer. Reunited with my old team of 3 and been tearing it up. We've already managed Silver extractions as a common occurence which I'm pretty happy with. Ended up playing as the Krogan Vanguard who remains pretty broken.

Single player I'm at the first planet after you get the galaxy map. Will get stuck into it a bit tomorrow but since all 3 of us were free, multiplayer beckoned.


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I've been playing No Man's Sky a fair amount recently. I'm enjoying it a lot. I love that it's all so pointless, and doesn't force you to do things. I've spent hours just mining rare minerals and carving out caves to stay in to escape radioactive atmospheres. It's glorious.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 3:29 am 
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I'm waiting at least 1 month after ME:A comes out so they can fix all the inevitable bugs that all games have on release these days, that way I can have a nice clean run through. It will also give me a chance to read reviews to see if it's worth buying at retail price or on a sale, just need to try and avoid the spoilers.

I've just finished playing Dragon Age: Origins for the first time, and in other news Morrigan is now one of my favorite video game characters.


Unfortunately, I have to say this is the right thing to do. I got ME2 and ME3 at release and they were perfectly fine games. This isn't.

Whatever potato they are using as a server has been pretty awful. I've probably been kicked from games due to dropping connection at least 30 times in the last week and a bit. It's very irritating.

Single player.
Load load time.
You can't save whenever you want. This is a *inaudible* in missions. Last night I did about 15 minutes of fighting that had 2 or 3 lulls in combat. No checkpoint, no save. Very annoying.
I've had a fair few softlocks. Cutscenes won't play and you are just frozen. This also happens when you try and talk to your team mates about your ship sometimes.
Remember the first 3 games where you go to a system and you can go to each planet (not landing but for scanning etc) without it needing to load or do a cutscene? Cutscene every time. Short, yes, but irritating.
Some mission flags just go a bit mental. Talk to this person - I go talk - they have nothing to say.
Peebee has a cutscene where she holds her gun the wrong way.
I've had characters stuck in walls.
I've had doors on the ship lock me in forcing a reset.
The facial animations, especially on FemRyder are horrific.
The hair in the game looks awful. Very minor but irritating.
Character customisation is so limited I wonder why they bothered.

I mean, it's all small stuff but it's a lot of small stuff. The softlocks, lack of saves in missions and long load times all kinda combine to be very annoying. Further, I almost feel like they polished the very early game a bit more than any other section so folks that played the demo wouldn't see some of the issues. Maybe that's paranoid but it feels a little deceptive.


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Picked up two new games recently:

Pro Evolution Soccer 2017. For a while now the series has trailed behind FIFA as the game to have, but the latest edition is fantastic.
It feels like an actual game of football, as opposed to the glitz of FIFA that feels like a Sky Sports promo whenever you play. Ball weight, defensive AI, shooting, are all far far better. The pace is a lot slower and it promotes proper attack building. Most interesting though is how the elite players are not ridiculously overpowered like they are on FIFA. They're better, sure, but you can't just kick it to your best player and go on a mazy run through 9 players like FIFA (which is my major complaint about the EA game). I'm loving it.

Also bought Horizon Zero Dawn on Thursday. Game mechanics are pretty standard for the open world action semi RPG game (think Tomb Raider), and it borrows a lot from Skyrim too, but the story, the setting, and just the general feel are superb. It's like a robot Jurassic Park RPG, and is so much fun to play.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 6:35 pm 
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Finished Mass Effect: Andromeda.

It's a good game. I'm not sure it's a great game. The first patch is out an mitigates some of the bugs and issues but some still persist.

The open world aspect differs greatly from what made ME2 and ME3 so great. I suppose it's a little more like ME than 2 or 3 in that sense. The open world bits though, I found them pretty boring and repetitive whereas I really enjoyed Dragon Age: Inqusition which had a similar open world thing going on. Further, I felt this game lacked in actual missions like ME2 and 3 had. I think many folk will generally try and get 100% in an area then move on, I did this and so basically I had like 40 hours of very little plot development, then 10 hours at the end where all the character missions and the end of the main plot happened.

I felt it lacked character depth. I really feel like there should have been more triggers and more dialogue with your crew. Again, Bioware made the human characters really boring. Might just be me, but I wasn't a fan of Kaiden or Ashley in ME. In ME2 we had Jacob (my least favourite ME squadmate) and Zaeed (who I didn't care for) on one side, Kasumi who lacked any real interactions outside her mission in the middle, and Miri I thought was a good enough character. ME3 forced Vega (my 2nd least favourite ME squadmate) onto us. His movie was crap too. I did like most of the non-humans though.

The removal of the powerwheel seems to have split the fanbase. I liked the tactical aspect of having control over what your team mates do. I played the game on Insanity, as I had done Insanity on ME-ME3, and not having access to this basically made me feel like I just had two placeholders with me. In ME3, playing as a soldier, I always wanted someone with overload for shielded enemies (i.e Garrus, the best bro in the universe). In this, I could just get overload for myself and my team mates basically just served as a distraction. I think this was a significant deviation away from one of the mechanics I really enjoyed.

I really dislike that AI is so core to the story. Given how generally bad AI was seen as being in the trilogy (EDI excepted), having such a large project that wasn't secret (EDI was secret, and hid herself between ME2 and ME3 also) have an AI system in it seems like you'd have had C-sec or the like all over you. Also, the quarians have an ark. That ark must have AI aboard. I cannot possibly see how that would have happened in universe. They needed AI to make the ME:A story work, but I just think it seems stupid in the wider context.

I could go on, but I doubt anyone really cares about the minutia. For me, the original trilogy would all be rated between 8.5-9.5. This game is a 7.5. Without all the bugs, maybe an 8 on my scale. I expected more from the game. Whether the game falls short or my expectations were too high is another issue.


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Still playing Fallout 4. Level 39. Addicted to finding Fibre Optics.


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Ennis wrote:
Still playing Fallout 4. Level 39. Addicted to finding Fibre Optics.

I've recently started playing through Fallout 3, plan to play through New Vegas too once I'm done, so much crossover from 3 to 4 that I hadn't realised.

The Institute, Synths, The Railroad, MacCready, Maxon, Dr Li and The Mechanist all introduced in Fallout 3 - I honestly didn't pick up on any of them when first playing through 4. Makes me wonder if anyone/anything mentioned in 4 will feature in 5?


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Black_Flag_11 wrote:
Ennis wrote:
Still playing Fallout 4. Level 39. Addicted to finding Fibre Optics.

I've recently started playing through Fallout 3, plan to play through New Vegas too once I'm done, so much crossover from 3 to 4 that I hadn't realised.

The Institute, Synths, The Railroad, MacCready, Maxon, Dr Li and The Mechanist all introduced in Fallout 3 - I honestly didn't pick up on any of them when first playing through 4. Makes me wonder if anyone/anything mentioned in 4 will feature in 5?


I just hope I've finally made some headway in 4 before they release 5! :D

It's now at the stage I'm hoping my wife goes out for the day/night and I get left in the house alone, so I can ignore the outside world and feed my addiction.

I'd never touched a Fallout game before this one. I'm glad, as I'd be happily single & unemployed.


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Ennis wrote:
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Ennis wrote:
Still playing Fallout 4. Level 39. Addicted to finding Fibre Optics.

I've recently started playing through Fallout 3, plan to play through New Vegas too once I'm done, so much crossover from 3 to 4 that I hadn't realised.

The Institute, Synths, The Railroad, MacCready, Maxon, Dr Li and The Mechanist all introduced in Fallout 3 - I honestly didn't pick up on any of them when first playing through 4. Makes me wonder if anyone/anything mentioned in 4 will feature in 5?


I just hope I've finally made some headway in 4 before they release 5! :D

It's now at the stage I'm hoping my wife goes out for the day/night and I get left in the house alone, so I can ignore the outside world and feed my addiction.

I'd never touched a Fallout game before this one. I'm glad, as I'd be happily single & unemployed.

Yeah they're really addictive, I've always found Bethesda games a little hard to get into at first but then once you get a little into the story you're hooked.

I'd fully recommend playing 3 and New Vegas if you ever see them for a cheap price, the game mechanics and graphics are outdated as you would expect but they're really enjoyable games still.


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Black_Flag_11 wrote:
I'd fully recommend playing 3 and New Vegas if you ever see them for a cheap price, the game mechanics and graphics are outdated as you would expect but they're really enjoyable games still.


I'd second this suggestion. If you do decide to get them, GOTY editions for Bethesda games come with an install disk for the DLC rather than a one time download code (for Xbox at least, not sure about playstation or PC). Fallout 3 was great but New Vegas improves in many ways. The wacky wasteland perk, which makes some more goofy crap appear in game lets new game plus have a bit more variety. Plus, you get a shorter story but the branches are more unique. I really enjoyed New Vegas and would be happy if Bethesda handed Obsidian the engine etc and got them to make a Fallout 4.5 type game.

Fallout 4 was pretty great. I've yet to play the DLC packs. I spent a lot of my initial run just building settlements. One mod I'd like, but couldn't find would have been just to have a large flat area with no junk to build in. I also wish they let you re-skin Dogmeat. I'd have liked a dalmatian. Probably a mod for that.


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