Update 19/9:
ENDED, thank you to all who participated πŸ’—

Update 13/9:
Yay! LVL 7 Achieved! I will not post a new GA tomorrow, but this post will keep running until the last GA has ended.
Thank you to all who participated!

Three words for my inner missionary before I start: Eat your fruits! πŸπŸŠπŸ‡πŸπŸ’πŸπŸŒπŸ₯•πŸ†πŸ₯‘πŸ₯πŸ…πŸ“πŸ‰

So I was inspired by Metalhead8489's awesome Discussion, and decided to to do the same thing and try my first SGtools GAs.
In short: I'll make my best to post new GAs each day or each other day until I reach LVL 7. I hope you enjoy!

Short history of the past few months (not specifically in any order):

  • Moved to a new rented apartment and left our old abusive landlord to run his stupid life with himself.
  • Got suspended on SG for replying to a thread that apparently counted as trading (oops). Shout out to the great admins that keep things clean out here.
  • My son turned 5!
  • Almost got a really cool new job twice. Success is close than ever...
  • Posted a bunch of public no value GAs. Cleaning, had to be done.

And just before I get to posting the GAs, I'd like to have your thoughts about VR. I still haven't used VR even once. For me it still feels like an unnecessary not-quite-mature tech, but maybe it's just because my gaming preferences are management simulations, strategy and deep RPGs.
I am curious:

  1. Have you tried VR headsets/tech? Do you use it regularly?
  2. Is it widely used in your close circles?
  3. Do you think VR is worthwhile? Is it an immature tech?

Onwards to the GAs (All GAs run for 1 week, LVL 2+):

Game Ends
Scourge: Outbreak Ambrosia Bundle 10/8
12 Labours of Hercules IV: Mother Nature (Platinum Edition) 11/8
Holy Potatoes! We’re in Space?! 12/8
Porcunipine 13/8
Milky Way Prince – The Vampire Star 14/8
Mind Snares: Alice's Journey 15/8
Zombo Buster Rising 16/8
DreadOut 17/8
Aarklash: Legacy 18/8
Guilty Gear X2 #Reload 19/8
The Ambassador: Fractured Timelines 20/8
Struggling 21/8
Deleveled 22/8
Smoke and Sacrifice 23/8
Re-Legion 24/8
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider - Deluxe Bundle Bonus Unbundled GA! Ends 19/8
Windscape 25/8
Quantum Replica 26/8
Rise of Insanity 27/8
Fated Souls 3 28/8
This Strange Realm Of Mine 29/8
Battlestar Galactica Deadlock 30/8
God's Trigger 31/8
Lovecraft's Untold Stories 1/9
Yooka-Laylee 2/9
Close to the Sun 3/9
Out of Space 4/9
The King's Heroes 5/9
TransOcean 2: Rivals 6/9
Through the Woods 7/9
Windlands 8/9
Toys of War 9/9
Caveman Warriors 10/9
Fallback 11/9
Dungeons 3 12/9
Felix The Reaper 13/9
Simulacra 16/9
Elendia Ceus 17/9
Outcast - Second Contact 18/9
Swords and Soldiers 2 Shawarmageddon 19/9
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I don't own a VR headset yet, but I did try a Vive at a friend's place. I don't know what game he set me up with, but oh man, that alien was so close I could touch it, towering over me! I have to get my own now :) I died, of course. Not for the faint hearted!

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Tried the Vive at a local gaming place, loved it. Unfortunately the tech is still quite expensive for my pocket (including the gaming PC that is required to run things smoothly).
I have a couple of acquaintances that have it but they are financially better off than the majority of my fellow citizens.
I hope when (if?) the next iteration of the Index releases I'll be in a position to buy it. Or whatever will be the best option for PC VR (excluding Facebook's option, ain't touching that stuff)

edit: Good luck in your job hunt, hopefully you'll find something better soon.

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Thanks for the giveaways and congratulations on your positive life changes!

I started using VR about a year ago. Since then I've clocked 1350 hours in SteamVR so a rough average of 4 hours per day barring the inaccuracies of Steam's measures.

None of my friends use VR but I've since joined VR centric communities and they're generally quite friendly (maybe by the cost barrier of entry automatically restricting the amount of bad actors).

The tech is definitely still maturing, both in terms of hardware requirements (the high end devices can barely run smoothly at high end PCs) and the games industry catching up (most titles are still closer to tech demos, very limited and/or horribly unoptimised in terms of performance). However, a few mainstream titles of adequate quality are enough to sustain the industry and I know there're a lot of active development going on (right now I'm heavily invested in an upcoming VRMMO project which looks incredibly promising).

Whether it's worth it is very much up to the individual, I'd say. If you're able to try it out before you buy, definitely get a feeling for it first. As for devices to choose, unfortunately Facebook currently has the best entry-level offer if you're on the fence, or you can go straight to the Index if you're very confident in your choice. There are no better upcoming alternatives confirmed although you can always wait and see if new products appear in 2022.

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(maybe by the cost barrier of entry automatically restricting the amount of bad actors).

I know a loooooot of douchebags who make money. Actually I know more douchebags with money than I know poor douchebags.
But if you mean the toxic 14 year olds who are the plague of online games, then yeah they probably haven't saved enough yet

2 months ago
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Good luck for your ride to level 7 :)

2 months ago
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Good luck on your journeys, ThalesOwens. Hopefully that new job will be right around the corner!

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  1. Have you tried VR headsets/tech? Do you use it regularly? No, No.
  2. Is it widely used in your close circles? No.
  3. Do you think VR is worthwhile? Is it an immature tech? No. Possibly.

The big issue with (good) VR tech is that's so costly (at least where I live), and limited range of products. Second issue is the amount of use it would get (yes there are games I've seen that I'd love to play), given I have a great backlog of non-VR games already.

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  • Have you tried VR headsets/tech? Do you use it regularly?
    I have motion sickness, bad idea!
  • Is it widely used in your close circles?
    Close circles? don't really have that so no
  • Do you think VR is worthwhile? Is it an immature tech?
    No clue, I think it's way to expensive for what it is, that's all I can say about it
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  1. i have a psvr and i love it and wish i could play it more, but i am too lazy to set it up. there isn't anywhere on my desk where it looks natural to be sitting there, so it sits in its box in my closet most of the time. maybe i just need a stand or something?
  2. none of my friends have a vr unit.
  3. i think VR is mature enough to buy into it. also, when i first got it, i got vr sickness (sweaty headaches eyestrain, vertigo) but after using it like 5 times it is something that goes away the more you use your VR unit. i never get VR sickness anymore!

management sims and strategy games could be very cool in vr because having the perspective of looking down on a little town makes you feel like a god, and i would imagine something like xcom would be extra charming if you could look around the battlefield without zooming and wasd-ing and doing 90 degree turns. VR is really immersive and I still get a special feeling whenever I use it.

I use it a little less because I have little dogs that i dont want to step on so I only use it when theyre at daycare and my wife is out of the house because it is VERY startling to be tapped on the shoulder when you are immersed in a world lol

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I have tried VR and liked it. Like, A LOT!!

But people around me barely use it.

I think it's worthwhile, although the entry barrier is very high

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I tried it once but not in a game, it was a VR demo. But damn... It was awesome.

I am not sure how it would feel in a game tho.

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Have you tried VR headsets/tech? Do you use it regularly?
Yes, I use an Oculus (oldest version). Still use it weekly.

Is it widely used in your close circles?
Not really. It is expensive to get into.

Do you think VR is worthwhile? Is it an immature tech?
The VR tech is not the problem. It is the poorly made cash-grab games that flood the market. There isn't a huge amount of games yet, but there are some real gems. If you take a look at the reviews before buying games I'd say it worthwhile.

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Thanks for making the giveaways.
I do not have Vr and I am not very interested in it at the moment. Like you said the tech doesn't feel like its quite where I'd want it to be to want to get into it.

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Moved to a new rented apartment and left our old abusive landlord to run his stupid life with himself.

Sounds about right. Wish I was ready to say this myself.

Almost congrats for the almost new job. You'll get there. And kudos on your kid turning 5. Means he's good enough and you didn't have to return it (although from what my friends with kids say, there will be more temptation in the coming year)

As for VR

  1. I tried it several times in various venues, including at a friend's (my only friend who is equipped) in a semi longer tryout.
  2. See #1
  3. I would not spend a dime (even if I had the bucks) on it at this point. I guess it largely depends on mileage and other things like how much do you want new things, how good your balance and eyesight is and how attached you are to your spine and to being able to hold your head upright in the medium to not-so-distant future.

Don't get me wrong. When they can jack me in like in the Matrix or even Strange Days, I'll take it. In the meantime, strapping a television on my face and calling it "virtual reality" when it's nothing more than the old Quicktime 360 only heavier... not worth it for me.

But again, I don't even like the "3D" glasses at the movies so it could really just be me.

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You read my thoughts. Exactly (:

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I've never used VR for games. I've experienced it mostly at artsy multimedia concert/event things, and once at a NASA outreach event. It was pretty neat, especially the NASA thing where I got to explore a Martian landing site. I'm not convinced the tech itself is immature, but the game industry implementation of it is. It's currently too expensive and there aren't a lot of good games yet.

It's a vicious circle: More folks won't buy VR until there are more and better games available, and most developers won't invest in good VR titles until there's a larger market. The circle may break eventually, but it may not.

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Havent tried VR yet, but looking forward when I do~

They grow up so fast it sounds like haha! And Third times the charm right?! Hopefully keep on applying and cool job awaits ^^

2 months ago
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Hey good luck on getting to level 7. the link to my discussion is not working you have to remove the / at the end
Personally i haven't tried VR yet, i would like to try it on something like resident evil or something of that style just for a bit but generally i think VR is not for long sessions and is unhealthy for your eyes.

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Fixed, thanks!

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Happy belated b-day to your youngin! πŸŽ‚ And don't worry about the job. Sounds like they weren't meant for you... but the right one will come along. Just don't give up!

  1. Yes. No. I get motion sickness from the headset and it is a PITA having to fine tune the FOV and IPD settings every time I want to use it. It doesn't help when I've been diagnosed with double vision and chronic dry eyes, so I just stopped using it. Even my boys don't play with it as much anymore... which leads me to assume that the novelty wears off for most people at some point.
  2. Nope. Only one of my friends thinks it's the greatest thing in the world - enough to want to be a VR gaming developer, but his job and family life has turned it into a when-he-can-find-the-time sort of hobby.
  3. Truthfully, I have mixed feelings about it. Like augmented reality (which I much prefer over VR), it is a great therapeutic tool for patients with Alzheimer's and dementia. AR as well as VR also makes an amazing learning tool for kids.
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Good luck on getting to level 7!
As for VR:

Have you tried VR headsets/tech? Do you use it regularly?
No.

Is it widely used in your close circles?
No.

Do you think VR is worthwhile? Is it an immature tech?
I think it is, it could definetly introduce new types of games that were previously not possible to make with normal controls. But i also think it’s still a bit early to get in. VR headsets are still coming down in price, and each generation seems to be a big improvement over the lasy one. So i’d rsther wait until things calm down before getting in.

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Bump for new game added πŸ₯•

2 months ago
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Actually, I still have to even see a VR set anyplace, but in store display.

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I'm a pretty new VR user (purchased my Oculus Quest 2 this April). And, frankly, I'm barely using it for games (I'm not sure why, it's actually rather enjoyable). What I appreciate, however, is a big screen simulation allowed by VR. I've got neither comfy sofa nor a large TV, so watching movies and TV series in a simulated cinema is so much more satisfying than on my 23" monitor. Nobody in my close circles have ever used a VR headset, and nobody wishes to (what can I say, the only other gamer in my family is my niece, and she's 7 years old; I haven't even told her that I own a VR headset, I think 7 is a bit too early for trying it). And yeah, sure, the technology is really imperfect yet, but while more expensive headsets might be considerably better, at least Oculus Quest 2 is the first actually affordable VR headset for PC out there.

2 months ago
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Bump for another GA 🌽

2 months ago
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Bump for another GA πŸ‡

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Bump!

2 months ago
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BUMP for two new GAs πŸ₯¬πŸ₯

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