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Computer gaming

So can anyone recommend a good computer game? (And yes, I know that computer games are a huge waste of time and almost as evil as porn.)

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 8, 2016 at 11:02 am

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  1. I’m still playing Hearthstone after you recommended it. Why don’t you play it anymore?


    June 8, 2016 at 11:15 am

    • I guess I got bored with it.

      • A couple of new expansions have come out, they’ve put a new format that has shaken up the meta, it’s still pretty fun.


        June 8, 2016 at 1:28 pm

  2. There’s this new, low tech one called “Have sex with a woman in real life.”



    June 8, 2016 at 11:15 am

    • Terrible idea. You are sure to get a virus and the interface has greatly bloated over the years. Pass.


      June 8, 2016 at 12:55 pm

      • Lol! Great reply.


        June 8, 2016 at 1:14 pm

  3. I find Crusader Kings 2 about six times more engrossing than anything else I’ve played. Why not just take up a crack habit? Mountain Blade Warband is also pretty okay (more than the sum of its parts) and you get some hand-eye coord exercise, although actually it has terrible controls; might actually degrade your hand-eye coordination.

    I was just commenting to somebody yesterday about how much fun X-Com and the original Final Fantasy Tactics were back in the 1990s. If you can get into the proper retro mindset, those could probably be pretty entertaining. I also used to really get into the early version of Ghost Recon, which had a very simple urban/guerilla warfare premise. Primitive graphics by modern standards, but in my day we had this thing called imagination. The more recent versions of the game never looked very interesting. I think I had Ghost Recon: Jungle Fever or Ghost Recon: Tropical Punch, something like that.

    My kid sister is super into Undertale, if you have in mind a goofball RPG.

    Greg Pandatshang

    June 8, 2016 at 11:17 am

    • I second Final Fantasy Tactics. Square/Enix came out with an improved version on the iPad about two years ago. I haven’t played it yet, but supposedly they fixed the awful Japanese translation. Game supposedly runs smoother too.

      I still think about that game. About how difficulty it is, the compelling story, and the amazing music. And it’s strategy, which our cerebral Lion is definitely all about. I would highly recommend it on the iPad. You’ll probably want a Bluetooth controller as the iPad interface for that game likely sucks ass.


      June 8, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      • Personally, Final Fantasy Tactics is my all-time favorite. I maintain the slightest flicker of hope that Square/Enix will some day release a plot sequel. I wasn’t very excited about FFTA, I’m afraid.

        Greg Pandatshang

        June 9, 2016 at 9:16 pm

  4. Trump ahead of Hillary by 1 in FLA per D pollster PPP.

    If you look at the polls, the whole Trump U and judge thing hasn’t seemed to really hurt Trump very much.

    Hopefully Trump is ahead by the convention cause I don’t trust the TruCon and GOPe delegates to not try to take the nomination from our Glorious Leader.

    Otis the Sweaty

    June 8, 2016 at 11:26 am

    • He’s gonna go down now because Clinton is gonna get a sealing the nomination bump. That’ll give you a truer comparison than what we have now.


      June 8, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    • At first I thought Trump’s remarks about the judge were a mistake, but this seems to be working in his favor. Trump University is the one thing that truly has the potential to hurt him, and Trump has shifted the focus away from his prole-robbing scam by being blatantly racist. He could have offered a more nuanced critique of the judge and talked about how he’s a member of La Raza, but instead he basically just called him a dirty Mexican who’s unfit to hear the case. Now when the kinds of proles who Trump was ripping off–and who he now needs to bloc vote for him in November–hear “Trump University,” they’ll just associate it with the patriotic racism that made Trump the nominee in the first place . . . and why would the media ever want to discuss the specifics of Trump U when they have one more excuse to call Trump racist?

      Horace Pinker

      June 8, 2016 at 1:17 pm

  5. Public Service Announcement:
    Saying someone can’t do a specific job because of his or her race is the literal definition of “racism.”

    — Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) June 6, 2016

    TruCons are worse than Hitler.

    p.s. All computer games suck

    Otis the Sweaty

    June 8, 2016 at 11:32 am

  6. Hearts of Iron 4 just came out. Still learning it, but it’s good.

    Economic Sophisms

    June 8, 2016 at 11:59 am

    • +1 also Eu4 or Ck2 or victoria 2 all grand strategy games from paradox.


      June 8, 2016 at 1:44 pm

  7. Civilization III.

    Tiomoid of Angle

    June 8, 2016 at 12:00 pm

  8. i think you’d like sim city games. you seem to like architecture and urban photography and sociology/statistics so sim city coverers a lot of that in some form or another. try sim city 4 or sim city 3000.

    don’t play the new sim city though it sucks balls.

    james n.s.w

    June 8, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    • I’ve played Sim City games in the past, but not in the last 10 years.

      • Fun game I played recently was bloock’hood. A ‘neighborhood’ building game designed by an architect. A combo of city building and block building games. You can get 20 good hours out of it for $9.99.


        June 8, 2016 at 6:19 pm

  9. If you like realistic modern military command simulators, I recommend Combat Mission: Black Sea. You can find a demo on their website.

    If you like intensely autistic space colonization strategy games that require huge amounts of micromanagement and have a steep learning curve, I recommend Distant Worlds.

    Alberquin Habernathy

    June 8, 2016 at 12:05 pm

  10. Dark Souls 3. A friend of mine recommends. If you give it a good review I’ll waste my time on it as well.


    June 8, 2016 at 12:18 pm

  11. Stellaris if you like classic 4X games.


    June 8, 2016 at 12:24 pm

  12. The last two games I’ve played are Total War: Attila and Guild Wars 2.

    Total War Attila is a great simulation of that period of history when roving camps of Barbarians just burned down Europe (but the aged Total War Real Time battles are still based on retarded AI).

    Guild Wars 2 is a fantastic MMO. It’s also free. The entire game (save the expansion) is free. There’s no pay to win bullshit either. Leveling up is super fast and can be done in a day and there isn’t a gear grind. If you log into the game when the expansion pack, living story 3, is released in a few weeks then that’s free too.


    June 8, 2016 at 12:30 pm

  13. The first bioshock.


    June 8, 2016 at 12:32 pm

  14. How about the stock market? Put in 10000 hours and you will get good at it. Seems like the only kind of gaming investment a bobo with future time orientation would make.


    June 8, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    • “Put in 10000 hours and you will get good at it.”



      June 8, 2016 at 1:16 pm

  15. Dark Souls


    June 8, 2016 at 12:41 pm

  16. Strategy game wise:

    You could play Civilisation 5? Or Endless Space (on Steam) or Europa Universalis is supposed to be the most complex strategy game of them all.

    Don’t know if you want something more mindless though…


    June 8, 2016 at 12:45 pm

  17. I play only one game, though I keep it uninstalled 11 months out of the year because video-games are a colossal waste of time. It’s almost ten years old and free: TF2.

    Valve continues to support it because users are stupid enough to pay money for cosmetic enhancements. Players will pay cash so their character can wear “hats.” Hats vary quite a bit — can be anything from a baseball cap to looking like King Tut. These hats are generally not even visible to the player himself, but people want to stand out compared to other users. Thank goodness we are a status-obsessed species.


    June 8, 2016 at 1:07 pm

  18. It’s interesting that most people here recommend Western games made for lonely neckbeards. For pure cheesy escapism from reality the Japanese still do it best.

    Try Valkyria Chronicles if you haven’t.


    June 8, 2016 at 1:10 pm

  19. Seriously, how the hell do you people find time for computer games? I must live on a planet where the days are only 14 hours long.


    June 8, 2016 at 1:16 pm

  20. Try learning a foreign language with Duolingo and / or Memrise. I’ve always thought language learning was a huge waste of time, but as a hobby it’s not bad. Somehow I got hooked on gamified learning. After having done Spanish for several months, a bit each day, it actually seems to be working.

    June 8, 2016 at 1:25 pm

  21. You can make Germany great again with Hearts of Iron 4 that just came out🙂

    Pierre Semaille

    June 8, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    • Man, Russia is always the most fun nation to play in any WWII game. You get a great mix of defense and offense, toeing the line and then a heroic comeback. The Axis powers are consistently boring.

      And everyone back then would be a far-right fascist by today’s standards. Germany just happened to have the nicest looking uniforms.


      June 8, 2016 at 3:41 pm

  22. A good computer game? 1950s values demand that you take up model railroading.

    Lewis Medlock

    June 8, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    • I have no space for that. Plus it’s expensive because you have to spend hundreds of dollars on tracks and cars and engines and lanscaping.

  23. I like transport simulation games like Train Fever and A-Train 9. The latter especially is very complex (made in IQ105 Japan), it is about optimization of a railway network. Be careful, they can be really addictive.

    Then there’s Cities: Skylines and the Cities in Motion series…


    June 8, 2016 at 2:10 pm

  24. Plants v. Zombies


    June 8, 2016 at 2:22 pm

  25. Play FFXIV!


    June 8, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    • That was a pretty good game, but I wasn’t good at it. I couldn’t win the big boss battles.

    • there are way better final fantasies. the series has gone down hill a lot since after about 9.

      james n.s.w

      June 8, 2016 at 5:48 pm

  26. Grand Theft Auto V. You could pretend that you are Elliot Rodger, but instead of dying or getting arrested. You’ll get “wasted”.


    June 8, 2016 at 3:41 pm

  27. Learn to program Scheme or Lisp. That will keep you productively occupied.


    June 8, 2016 at 4:37 pm

  28. DOTA 2 – If you spend enough hours on it you can lead an exciting life of international travel to play in million dollar prize pool tournaments (Note – I’ve probably spent close to 5000 hours playing the game, and that isn’t enough to be even remotely good at it…. although 5000 hours of dedicated practice towards getting better would be more efficient than just playing for the fun of it. Also that’s 5000 hours amortized over something like 14 years of playing Dota 1 and Dota 2)

    Marc KS

    June 8, 2016 at 4:43 pm

  29. Lion is just trolling. He can find out everything he needs to know effortlessly. He just wants to see how stupid his readers are.

    Lion, masonry is a very interesting field and good exercise, just saying…..


    June 8, 2016 at 4:50 pm

  30. Jonathan Blow’s The Witness, which was released earlier this year, sets a new standard for intelligent and rewarding puzzle games. You solve two-dimensional maze panels that you find while exploring a 3D simulation of a beautiful deserted island. Completing all the maze panels in an area activates a turret that shoots a laser at the summit of the island’s mountain. Once you’ve activated the lasers in any seven of the island’s eleven areas, you can access the endgame sequence inside the mountain. The Witness uses incrementally more complex maze panels to instruct the player about the rules that govern the eight or nine different symbols that appear in the mazes problems. Resist the urge to cheat or seek out a hint when you get stumped. The most rewarding experiences I’ve had with games occurred when I had epiphanies about various puzzles in this game.

    uncle sweetwater

    June 8, 2016 at 4:50 pm

  31. Trump tied with Hil in PA per PPP. Obama won by 5.

    Otis the Sweaty

    June 8, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    • Yes, I always said that if Trump wins the election, PA would be a state he’d win to get there.

      • For the money Guild Wars 2 is worth trying. I suggest getting a Steam account and browsing through what’s available there.


        June 8, 2016 at 6:07 pm

      • It’s early, but it seems like Trump currently does much better than Romney in blue and swing states and much worse in Red states. There are a lot of Red States like Nebraska and Utah that are filled with subhuman TruCon scum and they are killing Trump’s vote totals nationally while having no effect on him in the electoral college.

        If the election were held today, Hillary would win the popular vote but Trump might win the electoral vote. What will be more interesting is how much do Hil’s numbers go up when Bernie surrenders.

        Greasy William

        June 8, 2016 at 10:09 pm

  32. Wii Fit.

    Then do the end game, e.g. Sonic Yoga at 754 Ninth Ave; select a suitable class.



    June 8, 2016 at 5:35 pm

  33. I’d be interested in what you think of Huniepop


    June 8, 2016 at 6:10 pm

  34. My greatest/recent hits: Grim Dawn is a great action RPG for not-quite-mindless looting and leveling, Endless Legend is a great and unique take on a 4x fantasy strategy game and is a breath of fresh air in the genre, Thea: the Awakening is a strategy, RPG roque-like with a unique (Polish legend) setting. And the Dark Souls games are great if you want punishing action/adventure/rpg. Terraria is a 2D action/minecrafty/metroidvania thing that I find a lot more compelling than minecraft. I always return to FTL and TOME 4 as well.

    Also, I think Civ IV:BTS with Fall from Heaven II is the greatest version. 😀 Dunewars comes close, though…

    Hard to know exactly without knowing what you’ve played and your preferences.


    June 8, 2016 at 6:20 pm


    Thank me later.


    June 8, 2016 at 7:07 pm

  36. Some great older games are Thief and Deus Ex. Both combine 1st person perspective with role playing elements. Both make a theme of sneaking around the guards instead of just shooting everything in sight and have good stories too.
    Planescape torment is one of the best RPGs ever made, it’s pretty much a novel that you can play through, they put a lot of love into the details.
    League of legends is the one I can still actually justify putting time into. I join up on a team with friends of mine and we chat on the phone while backing each other up against the enemy team. It’s a fun shared activity that makes it easier to stay in touch with people. Moba games have a long learning curve though if you’re unfamiliar.

    Giovanni Dannato

    June 8, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    • I second Deus Ex. The gameplay is a nice mix of first-person shooter and role playing, and the levels are designed with multiple paths to the destination. You can go the direct route by killing everything, or sneak through the sewers while evading security devices. The story is also pretty neat.


      June 9, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      • First Deus Ex is a must have. One of the best of all time. There are some mods to improve graphics
        Also, I became such a huge fan of Witcher 3. What a wonderful game. But probably you do not have a decent graphics card


        June 10, 2016 at 8:19 pm

  37. Any of the paradox games. Crusader kings 2, Europa Universalis 4, or Hearts of Iron 4. Control a country and conquer the world. Best games ever. Available on Steam


    June 8, 2016 at 8:15 pm

  38. There’s a game out there called “Local Bar.” Give it a try. My usual BS aside, you still unemployed? If so, get a PO Box. I’ll send you a few $ so you can get drunk. I’m sure I’m not the only person who would help you get tanked.


    June 8, 2016 at 8:51 pm

  39. Where did all the robots go?

    I didn’t have time to read, I’m just assuming it says what I think it says.


    June 8, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    • Fake openings companies have no intention of filling in order to request more visas I imagine. We can wait until the real unemployment rate is 0% rather than 11% to talk about a shortage of workers which now doesn’t exist.


      June 9, 2016 at 6:01 am

  40. Lion: when are you going to tell us what Bernie is going to do next?

    Greasy William

    June 8, 2016 at 10:20 pm

  41. Minefield.

    Nice to try for awhile, figure out at least partly (some positions really are ambiguous) and not too exciting. You can get bored before wasting too much time.

    If you learn how to program past some beginner/intermediate point then making a clone might be reasonable too, even if only text-based and typing in coordinates.


    June 9, 2016 at 12:03 am

  42. There is a free online computer Go program, Consumi , which I find an entertaining opponent. It provides various strength and board size options. I play with a 9×9 board at strength 5 (the highest). It still moves quickly and can beat me most of the time although it does sometimes make weird blunders.

    James B. Shearer

    June 9, 2016 at 12:44 am

  43. I like Millipede, on the rare occasion I’m in an arcade.

    David Pinsen

    June 9, 2016 at 3:09 am

  44. I used to like to play Civilization.,

    Why kill ’em one by one, when you can command entire divisions to invade and conquer and commit genocide.

    Unfortunately gaming has gotten too PC. Did I just make a pun?

    They used to offer first person shooter games with a gun you could point at the screen. So if gun violence is a problem do we restrict real guns that could actually cause harm? No we ban toy guns for playing video games.

    Also making games with crazy cartoon mayhem is too tricky and controversial. The enemies we shoot have to be totally dehumanized. Instead of mayhem at the mall, we get zombies, aliens, monsters or nazis.

    Finally the usual suspects demand more substantial roles for kick-ass women in games, but not as victims… Gory torture and murder of men? No problem. It’s fun and games! But virtual violence against women? Sexism! Misogyny! Protest! And in my opinion… absurdity.

    Another game I enjoyed is Pandemic. Wipe out human civilization with germs. Microorganisms to the rescue to purge the scourge of humanity.

    I may at times be a misanthrope but I don’t really hate people. I love them. They just disappoint.

    Dear Lion,

    If you need advice on what kind of porn to consume…

    Never mind.

    You’re on your own.

    But let us all at least speculate if there is any kind of porn that TOOS enjoys that we ordinary folks aren’t aware of.

    Any ideas?

    Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    June 9, 2016 at 3:15 am

  45. More good news for people who want to work rather then play computer games.

    Reporting from the field I’ve been saying this forever. If you keep you ear to the ground, you will hear the people, not the robots, coming, and these people are proles, many with good skills schlepping their tools to do the work that the world needs.

    Hey Lion and JS, go find me a good HVAC worker, or an electrician or a plumber. Lemme know. Good workers are precious, respected and earn well. Good workers have high status. A lawer, a politician, a journalist – all have a terrible rap. Any trade is more respectful. Simple test to check it out: you are introduced to two guys – a lawer and an electrician, what goes through your mind? Which one you would rather deal with? Whom do you trust more. Who looks you straight in the eyes? Who is a caniving, slimy, creepy bastard? Who contributes to society? Who had a useful skill? Who is more likely to do the right thing?


    June 9, 2016 at 6:49 am

    • Lion,
      Instead of wasting your valuable time with video games, why not learn a real skill?
      Have you thought about apprenticing yourself out to Yakov and
      learning the HVAC business?

      He’s a good guy. He needs a helper and you’d learn a lot.
      You’ll become more confident in yourself when you learn to use tools and fix complex machinery.

      Besides, Yakov has read the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin –
      That ought to be recommendation enough.

      “Lost time is never found again.”
      – Benjamin Franklin

      “You may delay, but time will not.”
      – Benjamin Franklin

      “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors,
      and let every new year find you a better man.”
      – Benjamin Franklin

      “Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have,
      and only you can determine how it will be spent.
      Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.”
      – Carl Sandburg

      Nedd Ludd

      June 9, 2016 at 10:58 am

      • I think Lion can easily get a job if he wants to. He is pretty smart and he know enough. A trade is good to develop other aspects of his personality, but I doubt he needs it for the money.


        June 9, 2016 at 3:23 pm

      • The longer Lion stays out of work, the harder it will be for him to find another job with similar pay (unless his old employer is willing to take him back).

        After six months, the odds of finding a comparable job drop considerably.

        David Pinsen

        June 11, 2016 at 1:40 am

    • Hear, hear!


      June 9, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    • Electricians can get zapped and sent to their maker on any bad day, so that’s an unfair comparison with pretty much any other profession. They’re absolutely trustworthy all right, but it’s not the kind of trust one would lean too much on.


      June 9, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      • America is the only nation, where value transference parasites get a lion’s of share of goodies.

        Why would any smart person embark on trades or a value creating profession, where these bums get to live like kings, at your expense?

        No thanks!


        June 9, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      • A thinking person?! You are a total riot. When the Almighty created the Man and put him in the Garden of Eden, was that to engage in value transference? A man that creates value follows in the ways of his Maker – that’s why. Value creation has a spiritual aspect to it. Process this.


        June 9, 2016 at 4:51 pm

  46. OT: Trump approval rising with Latinos.

    He really needs to start appealing directly to the blacks now. If he can flip some of them, it’s buh-bye Hillary.


    June 9, 2016 at 2:28 pm

  47. Since the dawn of television, we have learned to love spending our time with screens. We carry them with us everywhere now. They make us feel less lonely.


    June 9, 2016 at 3:02 pm

  48. Talos principle, a puzzle game with philosophy thrown in, contemplating conciousness, what it means to be human, free will, living in a simulation, etc.


    June 9, 2016 at 8:27 pm

  49. Hearts of Iron 4, probably the best pure strategic ever made to date


    June 10, 2016 at 5:20 am

  50. Get Deep Fritz 14.


    June 10, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    • While that sounds vaguely porn-like, I am pretty sure it’s just a chess program.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      June 10, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      • Have you tried any games yet Lion?


        June 10, 2016 at 6:37 pm

      • A problem I notice is that my computer system, primarily the graphics card, is at or below the minimum requirements for a lot of new games, even strategy games.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        June 10, 2016 at 7:14 pm

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