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    Mantis' Gaming Journey

    Games... games everywhere. I've got way too many games. This is mostly thanks to how economical Steam is. I have hundreds of games very well worth playing on Steam. When you combine that with all the acclaimed retro games I either never got to play or I'd like to play again out of nostalgia—that's one hell of a backlog.

    It's very overwhelming because I haven't played games all that often over the past few years. Maybe it's a boomer thing and I hate to say it, but part of me seems to have grown out of gaming. That's absolutely not what I want. I'd like to get back in the swing of it and conquer the backlog. (Or at least a good amount of it.)

    I decided that a good way to handle this is to instead of building an elaborate plan, to just dive in and pick one that seems good. When I complete a game (usually just the main single player or story mode instead of trying to 100% games) I'll write a mini review in this thread as I don't want to clutter up the Games forum.

    Today I got a classic Xbox that's come pre-loaded with mountains of retro games and every Xbox game ever. I'll be using this to play a lot of non-Steam games.

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    That photo's from the eBay listing and I got it today. Works great and the first game I tried out is Diddy Kong Racing for the N64. It was a true blast from the past and I've been meaning to replay it for years. I remember the story mode being quite short. I'm going on holiday in a day and a half, so at least I'll have that to look forward to after returning to rainy Britain.
    Gene: "Have faith in me guys, enjoy the ride—you're in good hands. I can handle this. I can do it!"
    Jim: "How do you know?"
    Gene: "I don't!"
    Jim: "I knew it."
    Gene: "That's okay. There's a first time for everything!"

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    Sweet Xbox my dude. I used to have something similar to that, but nowhere near as legit looking. The original Xbox was a much better console than people give it credit for. Not even taking into account its emulation abilities, that thing had a lot of weird, artsy little gems that many overlooked because of the console's reputation as a Halo machine. If you like third person shooters at all, definitely check out Gun Metal -- it plays like Mech Assault mixed with Star Fox, and it's cool as fuck.

    On the note of growing out of gaming... I don't know what it is, but getting older seems to scale with getting tired of just about everything. Like I mentioned in that thread the other day, it has become increasingly difficult for me to justify indulging my hobbies with each passing year; but to be totally honest, when you think about everything we do on a daily basis, whether it's working to make your boss rich or wasting brain cells on the boob-tube... in the end, nothing really means anything at all. Like Layne Staley said, we're all gonna end up a big ol' pile of them bones. So, every time you feel like you're growing out of a hobby you love, just remember that doing something you enjoy is no more time wasted than pulling out your hair and watching the clock tick from a cubicle. You just have to fall back in love with it again, and I think buying a new toy loaded with new experiences is a great way to do just that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarDood64 View Post
    On the note of growing out of gaming... I don't know what it is, but getting older seems to scale with getting tired of just about everything. Like I mentioned in that thread the other day, it has become increasingly difficult for me to justify indulging my hobbies with each passing year; but to be totally honest, when you think about everything we do on a daily basis, whether it's working to make your boss rich or wasting brain cells on the boob-tube... in the end, nothing really means anything at all. Like Layne Staley said, we're all gonna end up a big ol' pile of them bones. So, every time you feel like you're growing out of a hobby you love, just remember that doing something you enjoy is no more time wasted than pulling out your hair and watching the clock tick from a cubicle. You just have to fall back in love with it again, and I think buying a new toy loaded with new experiences is a great way to do just that.
    Some very wise words there buddy, and I agree 100%!

    Yeah, that game does ring a bell so I'll keep that in mind. It'd certainly be on my Xbox. That reminds me of another third-person shooter that didn't get the recognition it deserved: Brute Force. I need to revisit that.

    As I'm in Spain at the moment I only have a little gaming time per day, and obviously no Xbox. I have been playing a few games on my GPD-WIN 2, which is a handheld computer. I can hook it up to my hotel room's TV which is cool. I've been playing the Phoenix Wright trilogy, or more specifically the third game: Trials and Tribulations. I'm also replaying Mirror's Edge. I'm trying to avoid replaying too many games (mostly those I'd already replayed in the past four or five years) but that game's fun as fuck.

    I play Fibbage sometimes. It's a good party game and perfect for a vacation. Before I left for my vacation I took this photo which may give you an idea of what I'll probably replay (for the first time in well over a decade) before the end of the year.

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    Gene: "Have faith in me guys, enjoy the ride—you're in good hands. I can handle this. I can do it!"
    Jim: "How do you know?"
    Gene: "I don't!"
    Jim: "I knew it."
    Gene: "That's okay. There's a first time for everything!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mantis View Post
    I took this photo which may give you an idea of what I'll probably replay (for the first time in well over a decade) before the end of the year.
    My man.

    Don't you think it's funny how Neo Tokyo takes place in 2019, and here we are, about to be in 2020? When I was playing this game for the first time as a kid, 17 years seemed so far away. How times change...

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    Ironically, some things aside, this game was pretty prophetic. It definitely nailed our shitty hairstyles at least.

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    Perfect Dark is 2023 and there are flying cars. These devs were on point.

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    Gene: "Have faith in me guys, enjoy the ride—you're in good hands. I can handle this. I can do it!"
    Jim: "How do you know?"
    Gene: "I don't!"
    Jim: "I knew it."
    Gene: "That's okay. There's a first time for everything!"

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