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I'm a fan of any fictional mechanism where one of the critical points for maintaining its regularity is "and then a very strong man picks up the object and moves it from point X to Y"

After the first Combine encounter I realized one of the soldiers I'd killed fell onto the train tracks; I thought "Hmm, that's a hazard" and spent a minute awkwardly pulling the body onto the ground nearby

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Two more hours in, now seemingly on the other side of the hotel; this game delights in showing grisly stuff the way Half-Life always has, but a few rooms' worth of bursting Xen flora had me eager to bounce out for the day

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This game shares a writing problem with a few of the later Silent Hills, where the hero keeps describing how they're feeling mid-exploration. You pilot Murphy onto a narrow board to cross a gap, the earth shakes, and he screams "SHIIiiIIiiT!", defusing the tension instantly

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Watching SGF's playthrough of The Medium, a game that treats its main character like the early draft of Groundhog Day that opens on Bill Murray directly telling the audience about how he's 10,000 days into living the same day over and over

One downside to WMR is how with its inside-out/two-camera tracking system it benefits you to hold your hands at chest-level like a T-Rex. It'll be fun to replay this when the funds and supply exist for me to pick up a lighthouse-tracking VR system and a better video card

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Just got past the explosive dungeon in Alyx; I was hoping to finish at another face-to-face encounter, but I died so many times (until it was hammered into me that I had no choice but to shoot a barnacle) that I bounced out for the day as soon as I saw the sky

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I picked up my headset in late 2020, at what seems like the tail end of this wave of PCVR; playing that demo for the first time, I felt a bit of actual resentment that it wasn't the proof-of-concept for a full product, just because that last bit looked that good

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One of the hot Windows Mixed Reality exclusives is Halo: Recruit, a demo where you fire a Halo pistol at a fixed sequence of 2D alien graphics. After it gives you your score there's a brief sequence where John Halo himself shows up, larger than life and handsome as hell

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Just got past the meeting in the quarantine zone; it was a larger-than-life encounter and I was almost too impressed by the face-to-face presence of such an unreal person to listen to what they were actually saying, but I've found that's the case with VR in general

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Easily the biggest challenge I had here followed my discovering two stacked flower pots. I separated them and accidentally dropped one, where it shattered into a dozen pieces on the floor. The pieces faded away before I could pick them up, a missed gameplay opportunity IMO

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Level 1 of Half-Life: Alyx is walking around three very small rooms, taking in the scattered diagrams and text on their walls, and rubbing Alyx's oily hands all over every object you see. The level 1 boss is when a pigeon lands on the balcony and you try very hard to pet it

Had to take a public-transit excursion yesterday in the heat; after the appointment I made it home, had a typical evening while thinking "Hey, that wasn't that bad," then when everyone else was asleep the gravity of my own bed was irresistible and unconquerable for ~11 hours

Glad Doraemon Story of Seasons had the language added in on PC, at least; it seems like it's rare for anime games especially to allow you to play without English text

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I'm an easy mark, if they want me to pay for a digital version of Shadow The Hedgehog (2005) I'll do it; they just have to make it available on modern hardware instead of leaving it where it is right now (in the garbage, where many say it belongs)

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I'm thinking now might be the time to sell the software contents of my Sonic Shelf, excepting the few items I wouldn't be able to properly experience on original hardware without the physical edition available at hand

Took two 3-hour naps yesterday (one at noon to make up for waking too early in the morning, another at 9PM to get over a splitting headache) and followed it up with a typical 7-hour sleep shift, I now feel present and powerful enough to bend an iron bar in half

I've sworn off any Nintendo product where a functioning Virtual Console marketplace on their current platform would render it irrelevant

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