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Rico

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Re: Stupid videogame playing stories.
« Reply #40 on: November 16, 2011, 11:53:12 AM »

Slots in casinos are for suckers; most big places give you free drinks while you're playing cards.
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Re: Stupid videogame playing stories.
« Reply #41 on: November 16, 2011, 12:05:55 PM »

Yeah, I know, but I've definitely gotten burned once or twice on the video poker games when I got a drink expecting it to be free and then ate a six dollar bill.

Blackjack tables are as much for suckers as video slots, when you get right down to it.  Poker's "better" but you can stand to lose a lot if you get saddled with better players than you.

[spoiler]if you are trying to decide between video slots and a poker table, every player at the poker table will be better than you[/spoiler]
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Re: Stupid videogame playing stories.
« Reply #42 on: November 16, 2011, 01:27:51 PM »

Blackjack is awful for winning money but it's the easiest casino game to break even on if you have any idea what you're doing and a decent memory, but you're absolutely right about poker. As soon as Texas Hold'em started getting televised I could feel through the Force thousands of real card players beginning to masturbate.
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Re: Stupid videogame playing stories.
« Reply #43 on: November 16, 2011, 01:44:57 PM »

Yeah, that's true; I guess blackjack is a good way to get free drinks if you're careful, and more importantly, since everyone at the table is basically playing against the dealer you're free to get smashed and not worry about being taken advantage of.

Doing so sort of precludes interacting with anybody else, though, so unless you're there alone I think you're better off figuring out the casinos with the cheapest beer and just hanging out for a while to get a good drunk going before you hit the town.  I recommend Hooters and Wild Bill's for this.

(as an aside, if there's anyone reading this who actually wants to learn how to play poker for money, my recommendation is Hold'em Night at your neighborhood NTN-supporting bar.  You'll get some experience playing against human opponents for actual $$$ stakes, and even though not being face-to-face with your opponents leaves a big hole in the experience, it's about the best practice against people who might actually have some idea what they're doing you're going to get without actually investing money)
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Re: Stupid videogame playing stories.
« Reply #44 on: November 16, 2011, 02:02:33 PM »

I never understood how anyone could get so nuts about Blackjack. It's barely even a game, the action you take is determined by math. There is no overarching strategy or alternate courses of action. Maybe it's because I'd rather have a good game with some depth like poker be the way I get my thrills of this sort, but I have to wonder about the tourists around here. Blackjack has always been the most popular table game in Vegas, and when I have friends down, a lot of them just don't want to play anything else.

Yeah, sure, the odds are a little more even, but if I came down to Vegas with the intention of blowing a few hundred dollars on gambling, I'd like to have a little fun for that money.
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Re: Stupid videogame playing stories.
« Reply #45 on: November 16, 2011, 02:26:05 PM »

I just want to make one thing clear: Vegas does NOT make its money off of slot-playing low-rollers.  The fact that so many casinos switched their focus to attracting more of such (under the mistaken assumption that they would add to, rather than completely supplant, high-roller profits) is one of the larger factors blamed for Vegas's current economic pits.

What this has to do with video games is basically nothing though.  Keep going about your business.  IGNORE ME!
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Re: Stupid videogame playing stories.
« Reply #46 on: November 16, 2011, 02:53:41 PM »

I wish I had some funny stories I could think of off of the top of my head. Most of mine are short.

-I stayed up until 1 AM watching Stones of Jordan spawn an UberDiablo so I could get an annihilus charm. I was on the IRC and ipconfiging the servers to see which I was on.
-I spent hours playing retarded bomb-dropping games in LittleBigPlanet with my friend. This is basically my only experience with the game. [spoiler]I own both LBP1 and 2 and a fair chunk of costume DLC.[/spoiler]
-My friend and I played a lot of GTA3, passing the controller back and forth. There's a lot of good cheats for that game, including one that makes cars fly with enough velocity. It took a few hours, but eventually we were able to fly a tank around the islands because of the propulsion provided by firing the cannon behind you.
-Our best Timesplitter 2 games involved Virus Mode with the entire NPC enemy team being monkeys, and the only weapon available were bricks.
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Re: Stupid videogame playing stories.
« Reply #47 on: November 16, 2011, 02:59:03 PM »

I just want to make one thing clear: Vegas does NOT make its money off of slot-playing low-rollers.  The fact that so many casinos switched their focus to attracting more of such (under the mistaken assumption that they would add to, rather than completely supplant, high-roller profits) is one of the larger factors blamed for Vegas's current economic pits.

I should maybe clarify, though I don't know if doing so would make me right.  The actual money the slot-playing low-roller spends on those slots is only part of the money Vegas makes off them.  Hotel fares, food, drinks, shows, and all the other crap they spend money on that they wouldn't have bought otherwise, had they not come because they thought they'd have to spend $2000 to have fun gambling in Vegas rather than $200. 

If anything I was to understand that Vegas was getting its ass kicked because discretionary spending everywhere is Way the Fuck Down, vacations are going to be the first thing to go out of a household budget, and Vegas overcompensated by reducing their room rates to way, way lower than what they'd need to be to keep dumb-ass tourists like me coming out.*  As bad as things are for Vegas, they are way worse for Atlantic City, and everything I've read about it points to AC holding fast to GAMBRING ONRY as the reason.

Occam's Razor would suggest that the biggest reason for the decline of both is actual competition in the face of Indian Gaming; not only do people now have the ability to scratch the itch much closer to home, but I wouldn't be surprised if the average Casual Gambler making the trip to Vegas or AC has trained up a bit more impulse control at casinos closer to home.

But, being that you live/have lived in Vegas I defer to you knowing a lot more about the economics of it than me.


*when we went in April, we got a double Queen room at MGM for $75 a night, which is hilariously about a third of what it costs to get a double Queen at the MGM in Detroit
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Re: Stupid videogame playing stories.
« Reply #48 on: November 16, 2011, 06:17:55 PM »

Man, Brentai is in Vegas? Let's go have a beer IMO.
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Re: Stupid videogame playing stories.
« Reply #49 on: November 16, 2011, 08:06:54 PM »

He grew up in Vegas.  As I understand it, he's in LA now, and your avatar once again befits.
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Re: Stupid videogame playing stories.
« Reply #50 on: November 16, 2011, 08:14:37 PM »

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Re: Stupid videogame playing stories.
« Reply #51 on: November 16, 2011, 08:47:39 PM »

Orange County but yeah.

Not sure if Def knows that and is being sarcastic or not, since it would be fair to say that my info is ten years out of date in which case feel free to correct me.  But I still have friends and family with their dicks buried in the industry who agree that, yeah, the biggest problem is that the 1% got pissed off by all the fucking theme parks popping up and just moved to Atlantic City (then moved from Atlantic City when it became popular, and wisely made their new gathering spot a class secret).

Alternately if you really just think we need to have a beer next time I'm visiting, sure.

Meanwhile!

I should maybe clarify, though I don't know if doing so would make me right.  The actual money the slot-playing low-roller spends on those slots is only part of the money Vegas makes off them.  Hotel fares, food, drinks, shows, and all the other crap they spend money on that they wouldn't have bought otherwise, had they not come because they thought they'd have to spend $2000 to have fun gambling in Vegas rather than $200. 

That's absolutely true, but again, it only applies to that class.  VEGAS, as an entity, caters (or rather catered) to the 1% specifically for reasons that should be painfully clear if you've been following recent events.  One VIP is literally worth a hundred proles, but it takes far less than a hundred proles to piss off a VIP.

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If anything I was to understand that Vegas was getting its ass kicked because discretionary spending everywhere is Way the Fuck Down, vacations are going to be the first thing to go out of a household budget, and Vegas overcompensated by reducing their room rates to way, way lower than what they'd need to be to keep dumb-ass tourists like me coming out.*  As bad as things are for Vegas, they are way worse for Atlantic City, and everything I've read about it points to AC holding fast to GAMBRING ONRY as the reason.

The truth is that Vegas is deeply fucked due to a perfect storm of bad decisions: losing their base clientele, way too much overinvesting in hotels, a housing bubble that makes California look like a stable investment, shutting down the last real mob family (which was their own damned fault really), investing in industries that had no real business operating in Nevada, and a whole lot more.

Also, yeah, the recession, but that's due mainly to what I originally stated.  Vegas thrived during the Great Depression as a place where the few elites with money could gather, get away from the angry masses, and act like the gross immoral dickholes they are.  They're not going to do that now, when everyone who's there is a beleaguered parent who couldn't afford to take the kids to DisneyLand.  Fuck that noise.

In a way the slow bleating death of the city is kind of a beacon of hope to those who'd like to see the bourgeoisie stop displaying their lack of give-a-fuck so openly, but that's small comfort to those of us who depend on the economy there or have family who do.

...I wish I had a stupid videogame playing story to share so we could get back to lighter conversation.  Uhhh I once jumped off a cliff in Morrowind and got a friendly "Your Acrobatics skill increased!" message while the game was busy showing me my corpse.
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« Reply #52 on: November 17, 2011, 01:33:07 AM »

i could probably get this to eight pages just with stuff that's happened in skyrim frankly

MOST RECENTLY: i was giving all my gear to an NPC so they could smuggle it into a fancy dress party i was infiltrating, and as soon as i handed it over the dude was talking to me about what i had to to next and interrupted himself by pulling out a weapon and going YOU'RE DEAD MEAT or something similarly witty

TURNS OUT: time doesn't freeze during conversations anymore and an elder dragon decided to set me on fire while i was wearing my nice party clothes

I just waited for a local guard to die and equipped all his stuff and killed the dragon and went to the party, but when i got there i opened a door i shouldn't have and got attacked by guards, so i just turned into a werewolf and re-established the party paradigm
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Re: Stupid videogame playing stories.
« Reply #53 on: November 17, 2011, 01:58:52 AM »

Playing through Deus Ex 3 without any augs, on Hard Mode, without using saves except for autosaves, is interesting.

First off, you end up having to fight your way through a lot more often because without jump, cloak, hacking, punch through walls or icarus landing system your alternate path options are basically nil. Secondly, because you don't have any of the combat upgrade augs such as recoil reduction, automatic weapons become nearly useless, which limits a lot of your firepower options.

Lastly, because you can't fucking quicksave whenever the fuck you want, removing all tension from any situation you desire, combat is tense and a single mistake will cost you your life, sending you back several minutes of gameplay.

All that being said, since you don't use augs, you don't care about exp at all, which is sort of freeing. No longer do you spend 3 minutes sneaking up on a guy to get that extra 40 exp from a nonlethal melee takedown; you just shoot him and move on. In fact, I owe most of my success to the most amazing gun in the entire game: The 10mm pistol.

Silenced, laser sighted, and armor piercing. One headshot takes down every guard quickly, silently, and at most will only turn every other guard in the area "alarmed".

Or so I thought.

Finally started finding some of the "super heavies", you know, those guards that can absorb like 50 rounds from an assault rifle in the chest and keep wrecking you with their heavy rifles.

So the first one I encounter, I think, hey, no problem. Headshot.

The guard flinches slightly as the armor piercing round passes through his skull and brain, turns toward me fairly casually, and starts spinning up his rifle. All five other guards go red and begin firing on me from all sides.

Uh. Ok. So I put another round into his left eye.

Flinch. Rifle's spun up now.

Two grenades land at my feet.

TAP SPACE TO DO THAT COOL ROLLING COVER-TO-COVER LEAP

HEAVY'S HEAVY RIFLE PUTS 500 ROUNDS INTO YOUR CHEST AS YOU PERFORM MANEUVER

YOU HAVE DIED

LESSON LEARNED: TRANQ OR STUNGUN OR TAKEDOWN SUPER HEAVIES ONLY, FINAL DESTINATION
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Re: Stupid videogame playing stories.
« Reply #54 on: November 17, 2011, 02:04:38 AM »

i could probably get this to eight pages just with stuff that's happened in skyrim frankly

MOST RECENTLY: i was giving all my gear to an NPC so they could smuggle it into a fancy dress party i was infiltrating, and as soon as i handed it over the dude was talking to me about what i had to to next and interrupted himself by pulling out a weapon and going YOU'RE DEAD MEAT or something similarly witty

TURNS OUT: time doesn't freeze during conversations anymore and an elder dragon decided to set me on fire while i was wearing my nice party clothes

I just waited for a local guard to die and equipped all his stuff and killed the dragon and went to the party, but when i got there i opened a door i shouldn't have and got attacked by guards, so i just turned into a werewolf and re-established the party paradigm

This makes me sad that I've made it to level 39 and through shitloads of this game and ONE flying Mammoth is the only glitch I've had in Skyrim... This would be so much fun with random crazy shit happening.
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Re: Stupid videogame playing stories.
« Reply #55 on: January 09, 2012, 12:22:18 AM »

My stupid videogame playing story is that I played Pac Man once and shat myself.
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Re: Stupid videogame playing stories.
« Reply #56 on: January 11, 2012, 03:20:26 PM »

It must have been a riveting game.
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Re: Stupid videogame playing stories.
« Reply #57 on: January 11, 2012, 03:39:18 PM »

Ghosts are scary, man.
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Re: Stupid videogame playing stories.
« Reply #58 on: January 11, 2012, 05:36:38 PM »

I think it has more to do with elfin being full of shit.
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Re: Stupid videogame playing stories.
« Reply #59 on: January 11, 2012, 06:28:20 PM »

Accusing gentle Elfin of a misdeed!?
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