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  1. I think Sony will be around long enough to give people enough bang for their bucks for their digital ps5s. For insurance to work, a lot of people have to buy into it. I wouldn’t insure a 700 buck thing. I get what you’re saying though.
  2. What’s helped me a lot get out of that funk lately has been streaming. Started a Twitch thing with my older brother, and we’ve just been blitzing these fun coop games, playing them for their entertainment and the entertainment of the few watching us more than trophies. Not that trophies are eliminated from the equation, but the principle of the show seems to be more than that. And that’s a refreshing take on gaming. I’m gonna keep doing that, I think.
  3. It’s funny, when I see a trophy list with a ton of obscure missable trophies, I tend to avoid it because I’m just so tired of being guide dependent in my platinum hunting. I have a PhD, so I like to read less nowadays. Like I have never really bothered to sit down and play Final Fantasy X-2 because of what that entails, whereas I’m sure I would just love the game if I could get the 100% thing out of my head. Actually play it knowing I have another play through or two down the road. But the thought of missing 0.1% of the game after investing 60-80 hours into it and then having to do it all again...disgusts me (whereas years ago, I would have embraced it). The personal and relational ontology of the trophy hunter has shifted so much in the last few years, most of us are just trying to get a grip on our gaming identity. I can’t even play a quick, straightforward game without experiencing some kind of sense of shame because of the politics of this forum. And when I do invest time into a hard, long AAA that I don’t care to finish or have the ability to finish, then it’s more shame from the people here trolling completion percentage. Or what about when the game is “in-between”? I find myself looking at rarity statistics and then downplaying my achievement because it’s not ultra rare or very rare. These thoughts go through my head even though, in the end, I don’t give a shit what others profess. It’s not personal, but my gaming ontology is shifting like everyone else’s, something I think you’re getting at here in the original post. A lot of people on this thread complain about contemporary politics and the way they are done, but interestingly, the politics of gaming is as cutthroat and intense here as your typical day on Twitter. And it’s changing reality. Just another observation.
  4. And who would he be replaced with? An innovative, generous CEO who’s “for the people”? Please. His job is to make the company as much money as possible. Nothing more, nothing less. And if he can do that while pissing people off, he’s actually better at the job than some might think he is.
  5. Immoral? Buying a game for sale, playing it to its completion legitimately, enjoying it, is immoral? Just because trophy elitists here try to determine that? Making me nervous for the day of judgment, should have never fallen for Freddy Spaghetti...
  6. Why, you ask?? The answer is surveillance. The ps4 invented technology to record all conversations said in the vicinity. The ps5 model now has built-in video technology to record both voice and image. All that “information” is sent to spy agency headquarters around the world (yes, many, it’s a global movement). The ps3 was actually developed by someone who was against big data surveillance. It’s rumoured that its electrical aura is the only antidote to the ps4/ps5 spy technology. Their hope is that we’ll throw them away by blocking us out from playing new games. Don’t do it though, that’s just what they want.
  7. Try working in a sociology department. The slightest centrist inkling gets you pegged as a hard conservative. If you aren’t willing to accept that personal identity is the starting and endpoint of all evidence and truth and knowledge, and if you don’t believe that all public funds should be spent and debt borrowed infinitely, then you are a shunned, morally fraught, privileged character. Oh, and if you don’t play well in the oppression Olympics, you actually can’t work here.
  8. To effectively channel gaming rage, always play while sitting on a soft couch. I’ve learned that PlayStation controllers can take a lot of abuse before breaking or becoming ineffective if, and only if, you beat it hard into a very soft cushion. Never throw, simply turn to the empty seat on the couch and beat it on the very soft surface, as hard as necessary, while cursing, and you should be ok for at least a few years (including psychologically). You can add pillows for extra protection. My ps3 controllers still work after several couch sessions spread out over many games like Badland, Rogue Legacy, Wipeout HD, Hotline Miami 1 & 2, and sadly, Treasures of Montezuma 4.
  9. There’s always a narrative behind these kinds of games. Will be in the memory banks for years to come.
  10. I mean, I think it’s just about the route you take when you start gaming. You don’t exactly stumble upon completionism. You have to plan, almost from the beginning. When PlayStations started popping trophies, I didn’t exactly care to finish everything, played a lot more casually. Didn’t avoid games because of the list, like I occasionally do now. My completion rate is a sacrifice for trying some hard games I never would have if I was a completionist, and many I have completed with pride as a result of the risk taking.
  11. I felt like it was more about life than beating a specific game.
  12. Point is, get a plumber and pay the money. Pray he charges ethically. If not, you leave an anonymous online review.
  13. On local coop today, my brother and I, after 3+ years of attempting this, earned the platinum trophy. I would like to remark on the second last level, China. On co-op play, the waves are way more intense than single player, and this level brought our teamwork, imagination, communication, and sheer perseverance to the highest level we have reached in gaming. There are no adequate coop guides for many of the levels, but China took imagination and improvisation and perfection to get a gold medal. The game is hard, plain and simple. We got stuck attempting to get gold medals on Russia, and left the game for over a year. Then we beat it. Then the next level, USA, stuck again. Beat it six months later. Then we grinded levels until China through intelligence and brute force, and we almost walked away from China three times. And then, partly by miracle, we completed the gold medal run on this level, and flew through Japan. It brought out the best in us, and honestly, I needed a win. Have a good day!
  14. Depends how I feel. Can pop 5-600 trophies in a month and then also not game much at all for a few months. I ride the waves, high and low.
  15. Legend of Dragoon Mystical Ninja