Couchpotato's Random RPG News

Does Anyone Read This Thread for News?

  • Yes

    Votes: 22 91.7%
  • No

    Votes: 2 8.3%

  • Total voters
    24

JFarrell71

SasqWatch
Joined
Aug 31, 2013
Messages
3,208
Location
Portland, OR
The rest of the stuff you cited does sound dumb, but in many RPG circles, "walking simulator" simply refers to the type of game where you spend most of your game time literally walking around in 1st/3rd person in some big/open world to get from place-to-place, and with nothing all that exciting happening very often. Maybe you don't like the phrase, but it's a decently safe bet that Starfield will be one - Bethesda doesn't really make anything else.

So you don't know what a walking simulator is either.

So called "walking simulators" was specifically coined to refer to games like Gone Home and What Remains of Edith Finch, games that have minimal interaction and that tell their story with their environments rather than NPCs or cutscenes. Walking around their environments is literally how you get the game to unfold.

What it isn't is any game that you find boring. No Bethesda game is a walking simulator.
 
Last edited:

Stingray

SasqWatch
Original Sin Donor
Original Sin 2 Donor
Joined
Sep 26, 2007
Messages
2,576
I really don't care when or how the term originated, but it's used to refer to Bethesda's games and other similar games pretty regularly, and by a lot of people. In fact, if you go to Skyrim Special Edition's Steam store page, it even has "Walking Simulator" as a tag :lol: If you already knew all of this, I don't know why you were playing dumb in the original post I replied to. Just to bait someone into a reply where you could reveal your deep knowledge of the True Origin of the phrase?
 

JFarrell71

SasqWatch
Joined
Aug 31, 2013
Messages
3,208
Location
Portland, OR
Huh? There was no baiting. The writer misused it just like you're misusing it. How was I supposed to know you'd come along and double down?

A lot of people also say "I could care less", but the expression is "I couldn't care less". Sometimes people are just wrong. If you try to apply a phrase that has a definition to something that doesn't match that definition, then you're using it incorrectly. The people who call BGS games "walking simulators" are the Codex type folks who are just looking for new, snarky ways to shit on BGS games.
 

wolfgrimdark

Follower of Fenris Wolf
Original Sin Donor
Joined
Jun 4, 2008
Messages
3,450
Location
NH
Agree with JFarrell on this one. Calling Beth games walking simulators is for the cool kids who like to come off all edgy or consider any game that isn't stuck back in the "good ole days" as a crap game.

People more often use it as an insult than for its actual meaning.
 

Couchpotato

Burned Out Newsposter
Joined
Oct 1, 2010
Messages
29,379
Location
Spudlandia
Console physical versions will start disappearing too, at least for consoles like Xbox and PS. They're just lagging behind a bit, it's only a matter of time.
Consoles already tried that a few years back but buyer backlash forced them to rethink that strategy. Nowadays they offer the option to buy only digital consoles.

I see both pros and cons of only going digital but hey the market changes often.
Cool story.
Indeed I love how the whole internet bicker over stupid shit.:lol:
 

Couchpotato

Burned Out Newsposter
Joined
Oct 1, 2010
Messages
29,379
Location
Spudlandia
Is This The FUTURE of RPG Quest Design?


Mass Effect 2 (LE) - Review After 100%

Talking about Mass Effect 2 after a thorough few runs of the title!
Fallout New Vegas Remake - Unreal Engine 5 Showcase - Concept Trailer

Fallout New Vegas Recreation in Unreal Engine 5, A Dream that we Hope will Come True
 

Couchpotato

Burned Out Newsposter
Joined
Oct 1, 2010
Messages
29,379
Location
Spudlandia
Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate - Daemonhunters Interview - Rock Paper Shotgun
Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate Daemonhunters: Subtitle does a sterling job of balancing these two competing factors. Playing aggressively, you can pull off some plucky assaults that barely give your enemies time to react, let alone mount a coherent defence. At the same time, a few wrong moves and you'll quickly become overwhelmed. I wanted to know more about how that balance was achieved, and what influences the team took from the tabeltop game, and I got some great responses to my emailed questions.
No one likes EA's joke about singleplayer games, even EA - PCGamer
Brands are now social media influencers who say things like "vibe check" and "I was today years old when," behavior which backfired for EA this week. The publisher's careless meme format Mad Libs led to a tweet that was taken as an attack on fans of singleplayer games and the developers who make them. Current and ex-employees of the company, including Respawn head Vince Zampella, responded publicly.
The Witcher 3 gets a cool combat resource overhaul mod - Nexus
Modder KiroKobra has released a combat resource overhaul mod for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. As the title suggests, this mod will overhaul the game's combat mechanics. Thus, we only recommend using this mod if you've already played the game.
9 things you probably don't know about Elden Ring - PCGamer
I've played something like 100 hours of Elden Ring, and yet I feel like you could still fill a book with things I don't know about it. It's a huge game, full of developer FromSoftware's usual cryptic lore, and subtle touches that would still be easy to miss in a game a 10th its size.

Even if you've finished Elden Ring and rolled right into New Game+, odds are you don't know all of its secrets. Here are just a few things I had fun learning about the Lands Between.
 

Couchpotato

Burned Out Newsposter
Joined
Oct 1, 2010
Messages
29,379
Location
Spudlandia
Alaloth Champions of the Four Kingdoms Gameplay First Impressions Review

In this first look we are going to take a look into the gameplay mechanics, and combat of the skill-driven ARPG developed by All in! Games and published by Gamera Interactive.
Weird West Erin Firestine Interview - Gamedeveloper
Before Erin Firestine joined indie developer Wolfeye Studios as a narrative designer, she began her writing journey with a short story about her runaway hamster. "My mom was like, 'You should be a writer when you grow up,'" says Firestine, "and I was like, 'No, that's too much work.'"
Deus Ex prequel writer is BioWare's new Senior Narrative Director - PCGamer
As spotted on the Resetera forums (opens in new tab), Eidos-Montréal's executive narrative director Mary DeMarle has joined BioWare as a senior narrative director. DeMarle was most recently responsible for creating the story and leading the writing team on Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, which had such excellent back-and-forth patter between its cast we declared it the new king of party banter. Before that, DeMarle oversaw all things Deus Ex, having been lead writer and narrative designer on Deus Ex: Human Revolution before becoming narrative director for the entire franchise.
 

henriquejr

Fluminense Football Club
RPGWatch Donor
Original Sin 2 Donor
Joined
Nov 15, 2013
Messages
3,434
Location
Brasil

Kos

Sentinel
Joined
Apr 19, 2019
Messages
260
Location
Switzerland
Within the next 50 years, there'll be just no trace at all of current "download only" PC games. Only consle games will make it into future archives, because THEY are still sold on physicals.
And the moneymakers don't care about the future. They only care about the money here and now.

Yeah, and what a surprise they will have those Alrik from the Future when they realize than the Patch 0 Day DVD is not included and basically the game is unplayable.

But look! GOG is still here, in a shape or another, to play all those Good Old Games.

I like your views, tomorow I will have a team meeting and tell those greedy capitalist worms than from now, wages will be paid only every 10 years.

No more any here and now money, think about future!
 

Couchpotato

Burned Out Newsposter
Joined
Oct 1, 2010
Messages
29,379
Location
Spudlandia
New Ryzen 6800U Hand-Held Gaming PC Entered Field-Testing

Finally! The First Ryzen 6800U Hand-Held Is Here! and is The Fastest handheld We've Tested so far! It Can Run Everything! The new AOKZOE is powered by the Ryzen 7 6800U RDNA2 APU and blows the steam deck out of the water when it comes to raw performance! 1080P AAA Gaming on a handheld is now possible.
Grounded Official Release in September - Obsidian

Grounded is preparing to leave Game Preview this September as it launches its full release. Find out how the teens got into the yard and the mad scientist behind it in the fully playable campaign – all of which can be experienced alone or with a group of friends! New armor recipes, new weapon recipes, and the giant Mantis await players in this upcoming update.
 

Couchpotato

Burned Out Newsposter
Joined
Oct 1, 2010
Messages
29,379
Location
Spudlandia
CD Projekt RED Turns 20 Years Old -Website
On July 1st, 2022, CD PROJEKT RED celebrates its 20th anniversary, marking two decades since the studio entered the video game development scene and began work on the first entry into The Witcher series of games.

After seeing success in the realms of video game distribution and localization, CD PROJEKT turned its attention to the development of its own game which led to the creation of CD PROJEKT RED, a video game development studio, and official announcement of that fact on July 1st, 2002.

In the twenty years since, CD PROJEKT RED has become a global industry name. The Witcher series of games highlighted by 2015's critically acclaimed The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has sold over 65 million copies, with development on an all new mainline The Witcher game having recently been announced, as well.

Cyberpunk 2077, the studio's latest release, has also become a globally recognized franchise, spawning its own anime series Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, created in collaboration with Studio Trigger and premiering on Netflix in September 2022. Currently CDPR is also working on the expansion for the game, to be released in 2023.
Diablo Immortal Makes More Than $1 Million Per Day, Despite Outrage - MP1st
Diablo Immortal is reportedly still gaining over $1 million per day for Blizzard Entertainment, despite heavy criticism and fans outrage.

The new data was first reported by AppMagic, and it records that Diablo Immortal is still making more than $1 Million a day, even after one month since its release. The game has reportedly peaked at around $2.4 million in one day back in June and has also made over $20 million in its first two weeks.

Diablo Immortal has proven to be a great financial success for Blizzard Entertainment. Besides the mind-boggling $1 million a day, the game has also been downloaded more than 10 million times last month.
Every Yakuza Game Is Playable On Xbox Game Pass Again - Thegamer
On December 31, Xbox Game Pass removed Yakuza 0, Kiwami, and Kiwami 2 from its library, but the three have been added back today for PC and Xbox, meaning that every mainline Yakuza game is playable with the service.
Deus Ex's writer will work on the next Mass Effect - VGC
Following VGC’s story earlier this week that veteran narrative director Mary DeMarle had joined BioWare, Mass Effect 4’s director Michael Gamble confirmed on Monday that she will be working on EA’s own big sci-fi series. “Oh, hey! I’m really excited to let you know that Mary DeMarle will be joining the Mass Effect team as Senior Narrative Director,” he wrote. “You’ve seen her work in Guardians of the Galaxy & Deus Ex (to name a few!). She’s amazing.” The shift will likely be welcomed by fans of Mass Effect, considering DeMarle’s celebrated work on not just the modern Deus Ex games, but also last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy, for which she won the Game Award for Best Narrative..
Solasta: Crown of the Magister Released on Game Pass with PC Crossplay - ThEgg
Following its release on PC and Mac, it’s time now for Xbox gamers to prepare to think in three dimensions in an epic team adventure that stays true to the tabletop experience. The dynamic and mysterious world features elements of verticality, allowing players to use their surroundings as an element of strategy. Solasta: Crown of the Magister has been optimized for the Xbox family of consoles, featuring a redesigned interface, control pad integration and the ability to play in co-op online, allowing cross-play with PC or cross-platform with other Xbox versions.
 

Couchpotato

Burned Out Newsposter
Joined
Oct 1, 2010
Messages
29,379
Location
Spudlandia
Valkyrie Elysium set to release November 11th on Steam - Steam

The world is on the brink of destruction as a new Valkyrie's story begins. The VALKYRIE series depicts the end of humanity and their encounters with gods, through a unique world inspired by Norse mythology.
Sword and Fairy: Together Forever New Combat Trailer

Today we released a new combat trailer for the Chinese mythology-based action RPG Sword and Fairy: Together Forever, a brand new standalone entry in the storied franchise. The new trailer showcases real-time combat, magic spells, the skill progression system and how to counter enemy attacks. Sword and Fairy: Together Forever will release on PS5 and PS4 in North America, Europe and Australia on August 4th.
World of Warcraft - Building Azeroth: Northrend

In this episode of Building Azeroth, Wrath of the Lich King® level designers Ely Cannon, Sarah Boulian-Verrall, and Aaron Keller take us on a glacial journey through Northrend to show us what it takes to bring an icebound world to life
Square Enix delay's Forspoken again to January 2023 - RPGSite
As a result of ongoing discussions with key partners, we have made the strategic decision to move the launch date of Forspoken to January 24, 2023. All game elements are now complete, and development is in its final polishing phase.

We would like to thank you for your continued support and patience on this journey. Your excitement for the game inspires us every day and we cannot wait to share more about Forspoken with you later this Summer!
 

Couchpotato

Burned Out Newsposter
Joined
Oct 1, 2010
Messages
29,379
Location
Spudlandia
Monomyth State of the Game Update- Kickstarter
Monomyth's closed beta has finally started! Those of you, who backed the game at the "Seventh Oath Cleric" level (125) should have received their invitation mail by now. In case you haven't, please do not hesitate to contact me via contact [at] rattower.com.

The first beta phase will still be a bit of a bumpy ride with many bugs and some missing features. It is mostly a focus test for the new code base and the first area of the game (hence the name Beta 0). What follows now is a constant loop of feedback and patches that will push the project closer and closer to a stable release.
Monster Hunter: Rise Sunbreak Over 2 Million Copies Sold - Capcom
Capcom Co., Ltd. (Capcom) today announced that Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak (Sunbreak, below), the massive premium expansion for Monster Hunter Rise (Rise, below) for Nintendo Switch and PC (Steam), has shipped 2 million units worldwide.

The Monster Hunter series consists of hunting action games that pit players against giant monsters in a beautiful natural environment. Beginning with the first title in 2004, the series established a new genre in which players cooperate to hunt ferocious monsters with their friends and has since grown into a global phenomenon with cumulative sales of the series exceeding 84 million units shipped as of July 5, 2022. Notably, January 2018 release Monster Hunter: World has enjoyed sales growth in the four years since its launch, now holding the Capcom all-time record of 21 million* units shipped.

Further, March 2021 release Rise has also surpassed 10 million units shipped globally, which was achieved through a variety of measures including ongoing free updates and the launch of a PC version, as well as with the release of a set that includes Sunbreak.
Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous Crusade Survey - Steam
Commander! Nerosyan has sent an inquiry regarding the Fifth Crusade. They want to know how well our army is performing. I could fill it in myself, but I suspect your opinion as the commander will be more of value to them.
Medieval Dynasty Roadmap Updated- Steam
Hello everyone! We hope you enjoy summer, beach, and icy drinks? And some of you, we haphazardly assume, are eagerly waiting for the Heir Update scheduled for Q2, aren’t you?

Well, in all its massiveness, it is almost done, however, the keyword is “almost”. We do require a bit more time to roll it out. We are working hard on the console versions as well as the update and as you know us, quality is paramount to us so it takes a bit more time to finalize the update. But don’t worry. We’re not talking a big lapse of time, but a minor offset into Q3.

Please indulge us for this slight inconvenience. The update will make up for it, earnestly!
 

Couchpotato

Burned Out Newsposter
Joined
Oct 1, 2010
Messages
29,379
Location
Spudlandia
Mortismal Gaming uploaded a few more videos today.



 

Couchpotato

Burned Out Newsposter
Joined
Oct 1, 2010
Messages
29,379
Location
Spudlandia
Exploring Alaloth: Champions of the Four Kingdoms

Welcome to our newest livestream series, "Newly Released", hosted by Amy Campbell. Each week Amy and a guest will be checking out the most interesting new game releases of the week from full game releases to early access game.
Lost Eidolons Dev Update - 2022 First Half - Kickstarter
Can't believe it's already July! We would like to update everyone on how we have been working on the game so far in 2022, and provide transparency on our plans for the remainder of the year. Our goal is to provide the best possible turn-based tactics and RPG experience, but doing so without making any further delay to the game launch. The team has been discussing and debating the dev roadmap everyday to achieve that goal!
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion Remaster Details - Gematsu
Square Enix has shared new information on Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion, introducing the game's story, characters, enhancements, and battle system.
Xenonauts 2 June Update - Steam
July has arrived and it's time to check in with last month's progress on Xenonauts 2. Apologies for slight slowness as we got this month's update in order - here's all the info… There’s three main things to talk about this month: accessibility, the end of the game, and the release of V24.
 

Couchpotato

Burned Out Newsposter
Joined
Oct 1, 2010
Messages
29,379
Location
Spudlandia
Rogue Trader The Upcoming RPG You Should Definitely Know About

GWENT: Rogue Mage Announced and Released - Steam & GOG

Hundreds of years before Geralt and the other witchers roamed the Continent, the Conjunction of Spheres brought endless ranks of monsters into the world. Humanity desperately needed a way to fight back the onslaught to survive.

Follow the journey of a young and ambitious mage, Alzur, and his companion Lily, who embark on a dangerous quest to create a living weapon that will eradicate the monster threat once and for all.

GWENT: Rogue Mage is a first single-player expansion to GWENT: The Witcher Card Game. It combines the best elements of roguelike, deckbuilding, and strategy games with the unique mechanics of GWENT card battles.
Marvel's Midnight Suns Hero Spotlight - Meet Captain America

Whether it's Hydra forces or terrifying demonic creatures, Cap will never back down from a fight.
Diablo: Immortal First Content Update Detailed - Blizzard
Since taking their first steps in Diablo Immortal, adventurers have vanquished countless demons, loosened the hold of the Burning Hells over Sanctuary, and tracked down fragments of the shattered Worldstone. Today, we're excited to share details on our first new content drop since launch and provide a preview of our next batch of new content to come. Before we dig in, let's give you insight into our post-launch content philosophy and address player concerns around in-game bugs and bots.

It's our intention for Diablo Immortal to be a game that you can forge friendships over while felling adversaries together and enjoy playing for many years to come. As we've mentioned in the past, Diablo Immortal will receive frequent content updates, supplying new Helliquary bosses, in-game events, expansions, and more all of which will be free.
Elden Ring's Replay Value Suffers Unlike Other FromSoftware Games - Gamerant
Despite its big play space giving players a multitude of things to experience, Elden Ring's fixed content doesn't do much to incentivize another go.
 
Last edited:
Top Bottom