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Gaming / Re: 2021 Backlog Report
« on: November 25, 2021, 10:16:47 PM »
14. Shin Megami Tensei V



Where to begin, where to begin? This game was announced for the switch, before the switch was even announced to be a thing. Then...years passed, nothing, people getting worried game was going to be abandoned. About a year ago there was a nintendo direct showing off this game, and smt3 remaster, and everyone hated it because smash character you'll never use >>> brand new videogame amirite?

Now to the present, the game is out, and it's kinda good. In my megaten tier list I'd put it in the upper middle of the games I've completed thus far. It's got a unique feel with the game being not really open world, but kinda open? There's 4 quite large maps where a majority of the game is played, enemies roam around the maps dragon quest 11 style, and it probably has the most fun JRPG controls for just moving around the game. Feels almost like an action game, except with traditional smt pressturn styled combat.

Enemies drop money now, so that alone puts it ahead of the smt4 games for me. Buffs are way different, they last 3 turns like in persona and you can stack them up to 2 times for increased effect. They also need a "ma" prefix to be applied to the party now, like in...lets say it together...persona...In other mainline smt games an attack buff can stack up to 4 times, lasts forever or until the enemy removes it, and applies to the whole party. This aspect I prefer vastly over the way persona does it, makes them play different, but it isn't THAT bad. It's kind of a hybrid of the two, and with skills like boon boost, and the ex version (makes buffs/debuffs last 1/2 more turns), it adds another layer to the combat which I do not prefer, I understand them wanting to mix things up.

The difficulty is kind of strange. On one hand you have no random battles, the game isn't really the standard JRPG endurance a thon they usually are. But...bosses will fuck you the fuck up. I hit level 99 with some strong demons, decided to fuck with shiva a little bit because I want to fuse him...and he ended my life in 2 turns...yeah, nope. If you like challenge, this game got it, but it's also designed in a way where you can be selective of when/where you get your challenge. I wanna call it easier and harder than nocturne at the same time. Nocturne on face value is a way harder game, by a longshot, but I think this game might have more brickwall bosses. I mean since random battles don't exist, the challenge has to be in the bosses, and the bosses alone, so it's hard to define.

Seeing some reviews, I noticed a few things highlighted.

"story bits few and far between"
Have you played a mainline megaten game before? This game has plenty of story bits, plenty of side quests, it's just megaten isn't as much about the characters, but rather the battle of ideals, law, chaos, neutral, with some wrenches thrown in depending on what game you play. But if all you played is persona, one of the most character driven "it's like im watching an anime havent touched my controller in 30 minutes" videogames out there, yeah, this game will feel barren compared to that.

"the soundtrack was forgettable"

No, it isn't.

Plenty of great guitar tracks such as this one.


To the surreal bells played upon leveling up


It's got variety, and it's all very appropriate to the scene, and the series.

My biggest issue in smt4, besides enemies not dropping money, the world. smt4 (not 4a) started getting really good after you got of regular tokyo, but that was 70-80% through the game. This game just flat out has a cool world, with different rules. It's all desolate, it's not nice, there's no "lets go on a picknic teehee. It's got the appropriate tone throughout.

To cap it off with something I appreciated the whole time through, demon negotiation in this game is the best in the whole series including persona. It feels fair, you can generally suss out the correct answers based on how demons talk, and even better, the demons are funny as fuck. The writing in this department is endlessly entertaining. From enemies requesting, a "shitton of hp", to being concerned about your grades in school, to seeing through your attempt to seduce them...looking at your lack of genitalia AND LITERALLY LEAVE THE BATTLE LAUGHING AT YOU, it's great. There's even a bunch of secret encounters if you have the right demons on you, that have references to the actual lore of the characters in history, to references to other games "cough" nocturne "cough", the attention to detail shows me they were paying attention. Even the demi fiend fight (doubtful I will spend the time needed to beat that monster) I noticed watching other people fight him, he has an extra pressturn (from when you complete all the graveyard challenges in nocturne, and play ng+ on the same file) to his pixie companion who sticks with him from the beginning of the game to the end, very well done.

This is a good videogame, with as much as I praised it...still not my goty, but very recommendable to any jrpg fan who wants something a bit different. It's very much a megaten game, but it feels as original as a jrpg can be in my opinion.

N E X T 

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Gaming / Re: 2021 Backlog Report
« on: November 07, 2021, 11:04:25 AM »
13. You Must Build A Boat



I'll be honest, I don't know why the text is korean on my steam page...but it is. The text if you are going to read the sounds those funny squiggles make, literally...you must build a boat(or yu masutu birudu a botu if I want to get literal). English written in hangul, on my steam? Alright, I can read it at least.

Not relevant stuff aside, this is the sequel to 10000000. It's like the same game, but actually different in meaningful enough ways to make it a new game, and worth playing. The progression is more fun than 10000000 in that you are building a boat...well, it gets bigger and you get more crew. The gameplay is different enough, spells/items work different, shields work different, different resource tiles. This leads to playing a bit different than the prior game. Only real issue with the game was the "final run" which I felt to be quite a lot harder than scoring 10000000 points in the last game. I'd say a good 25-30% of my total playtime was grinding the last run over and over and over until I got lucky enough to clutch it out.

The game is $5 on steam, if you like weird puzzle games with a progression system that takes itself not seriously at all, give this a shot, and 10000000 too. Both games have been on my to do list for a long time now, both games have been enjoyed and completed.

다음!

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Computing / Re: Windows 11
« on: November 06, 2021, 08:04:51 PM »


I just noticed this on my laptop...deja vu windows...deja vu...

How long can I use my current version of windows before they auto upgrade install this thing on my machine without my consent...A G A I N?!

I wouldn't consider myself a computer enthusiast, I just want stuff to work, and seeing stuff like this only makes me annoyed. My experience of the last forced installation was riddled with bugs things breaking and rage.

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Gaming / Re: 2021 Backlog Report
« on: November 06, 2021, 05:37:59 PM »
Yeah...it says something when a mechanic actively keeps people from buying the game/modding the game to remove/reduce said mechanic.

I didn't think it was THAT bad, but it did make the game less fun than it otherwise would have. My epic trek to hyrule castle to face ganon...was just me running past every single enemy in like 5 minutes to get to ganon. Not very cool imo. The game is good DESPITE that, but it would be way better with a different approach. I suppose we'll see if they address any of those issues in the sequel, which I at least kind of look forward to now having played the game, rather than it not being on my radar at all prior.

12. 10000000



This one is random, one day the gf wanted the tv to play the switch, so I got on my laptop for something not very committal...remembered I had this, never beat it.

The goal of the game...get 10,000,000 points. Kinda puzzle game, kinda rogue lite in terms of "you never lose, you only get incrementally stronger", but in the small bite-sized chunks the game presents itself in, it can get pretty addictive. I think back in the day when I was playing the game I got around 7.5mil before calling it quits, come back to the game years later to see my save is gone...but the game is short enough where it isn't a huge deal. It's fun, it's cheap, and it..has...a...sequel...more on that later. Give it a shot!

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Gaming / Re: 2021 Backlog Report
« on: November 03, 2021, 10:05:38 AM »
11. Breath of the Wild



Few months ago I had a hankerin to play a zelda game, skyward sword was out with real controls so I was gonna get that...but for some reason I seen breath of the wild on the shop and decided to coin flip...

Needless to say the coinflip told me to get this game instead, so Ive been plinking at it for a few months now since this game is looooooooooong. Having finished the game, I can say that it's 2% cool stuff and about 98% filler. I did finish the game with an overall positive impression of the game, however going into the game I knew this wasnt a zelda game. Having beaten the game, this is not a zelda game. 120 shrines is wayyyy too goddamn many, and koroks...I dipped out after like 107. The slate powers do not replace the typical "go to dungeon get cool new item" aspect of a regular zelda game, and outside of instances where I needed to use them, I forgot they were there.

One big complaint + the biggest reason I didn't even pick up the game, weapon durability. You could argue it isn't so bad, but im gonna be honest, the hypothetical blind zelda fan that would say that, is biased and wrong. Later game when you get more weapon slots, you do indeed have plenty to get through most obstacles. But what it does mentally overall makes the game less fun than it otherwise would be. Wanna hit a switch? Have to use some RESOURCE, weapons are finite, bows are finite, and arrows are made unreasonably scarce. Its a matter of finding your least desired weapon and using that. Running around the word and see some weak enemies trying to pester you? I straight up let them hit me over wasting weapon durability on them, and I did this for the ENTIRE GAME...only time I deviated was when I was locked into a room with a lynel while I was on my way to ganon, and I was forced to kill it. They either should have scrapped the weapon breaking idea, or since there is cooking (a mechanic I did actually really enjoy), why not a repair mechanic using monster parts or whatever to mend weapons? And while on that, maybe an indicator of weapon durability...since...its a CORE mechanic of the game...So while the weapon durability does not make the game unplayable, it as a whole makes me make decisions that make the game less fun.

The difficulty is also wack. People complaining about metroid being too hard probably played this game, and the first 20-30 hours of this game is hard enough to make metroid its bitch. I probably died more in this game than I did in dark souls to be honest, every little thing can and will kill you. So after ~90 some shrines, and max rank barbarian armor, and a full arsenal obtained from killing enough white lynels to upgrade said armor...the challenge of the  base game (I know theres dlc stuff and trial of the sword but FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK that) was trivial. They weren't kidding when they said lynels were harder than ganon. Ganon more or less looked me in the face, seen who I am, and dug a hole for himself while he asked the game to play the credits for me. I don't know why I expected more, but with the whole "ganon is in there, you can fight him but you aren't ready, fight him when you're ready" made me think he'd be hard. But being ready, even without all shrines, means cakewalk.

Kinda didn't expect to finish it until much later, but as soon as I started doing divine beasts, it was a boss rush more or less for me. Had a good time, but too much fluff, too many annoying mechanics (rain is another one to come to mind, lets just have a mechanic that makes you unable to do the thing you were going to do, fun!), game could have been condensed into a more focused (yet still big and open world) experience. With a sequel on the horizon I hope they take some of the more egregious problems into consideration. It's still not a zelda game, but for what it is, it's carved out its own unique niche into the open world game pantheon. I enjoyed it as a whole, but it's flaws can't be overlooked.

+1 game on last year, and it ain't a short one either. 

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Gaming / Re: 2021 Backlog Report
« on: October 20, 2021, 01:09:49 AM »
I thought the walljump thing was a bit strange, but I got used to it quickly. Haven't played metroid since samus returns though, so it's been a while. In all honesty, I never was that good at walljump in prior games to begin with...but also never got the hang of infinite bomb jumps till this game, so maybe I got better, idk.  I think as time goes by people will remember the game as one of the goats, I think it's THAT good, at least right now I do.

However, new post, new game..s...

9. Castlevania Harmony of Dissonance



I nabbed this collection before metroid, but metroid came out too soon after for me to do much. Playing harmony since kid me already beat circle of the moon (a fantastic game on its own). This game is a weird mixed bag. Controls are great, the dashing feels super busted and fun, you can just spam it everywhere. You can whip dash cancel infinately, and it never got old. You also get a divekick later, so you're just zoom zoom machine. Hows it a mixed bag? It's probably the only castlevania game with bad music...it sounds like sub nes quality for some reason, its' hard to tolerate. Castlevania games always have good music and this one failed bad in that department. The worst offender however is the castle, you only get like 3 upgrades in the entire game, and theres a lot of backtracking between two castles (that are the same castle, just version A and B). Without a guide, its nes hard to get through, with a guide...it's still annoying to get through. Besides that, the difficulty is on the easy side, with pretty much every boss being a joke. Overall good game, but the exploration lowered my opinion on this one.

10. Castlevania Aria of Sorrow

Kinda didnt expect to be here so fast but uhh, I beat this game in a day. Neither of these games are long, but I didn't expect to go a day. Aira is the old new hotness the castlevania reddit is jerking off calling better than symphony of the night...and there's some merrit. It's a damn good game, a lot slower paced than harmony, having more or less normal movement options. But the music is there, the castle is really good and fun to go around, soul powers are fun, and plenty of upgrades to make you feel more and more powerful as you get through the game. Very very worth playing, and now having beaten all 3 gba castlevania titles, I can say aria > circle > harmony. But they are all good and all worth playing, none of them are all that long anyway.

Snag the collection if you are at all interested in castlevania, plays great on the big tv and plenty of bang for the buck.

With that, there's 10, faster than expected. Another year another surprise...and I think I may have more in the tank...

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Gaming / Re: 2021 Backlog Report
« on: October 12, 2021, 05:45:03 PM »
8. Metroid Dread



Probably seen this one coming but I just polished this one off 100% item completion in 12 hours.

Lets start with the cons.

-"big scary robot sections" not scary, very trial and error, very annoying. Not as big a part of the game as I expected, so they don't ruin the game, but they are my biggest con.

So that's it. This game is straight up awesome, from graphics, to how good the zones look, to the music, to the very VERY polished gameplay you should expect from a nintendo game. This is a very challenging game, probably not harder than the original nes game, but these bosses take from the samus returns book of whup yer ass, then you think you beat them, and they were just getting started. By the time you die, and die, and die, and die some more, the "git gud" levels should be of a high enough concentration in your bloodstream where it almost feels easy. Some of the shinespark puzzles are so precice that it got me thinking of my EXACT INPUTS a few times "go through this area, tap down, slide, enter morph ball mode, one bomb, wait, fall, tap up once, NEUTRAL B, forward. Fighting game training mode vibes from some of these I swear.

No spoilers on story, but let's just say if other m (nobody considers it canon, but using it as an example) treated samus like a crybaby...let's just say dread does a 180. They made samus feel very powerful in this one...especially the end sequence...ohh boy.

I ain't gonna call it better than super metroid(it might be, but new game, honeymoon phase, warped judgement), but I'll say people who don't think this game is worth the $60 price of entry just aren't into good games.

If you are on the fence because of spooky robots, it's not enough to tarnish a TOP NOTCH metroid experience. Definitely one of the better games in the series.

funny thought, if link is zelda, master chief is halo, and samus is metroid...one of these is actually true...

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Gaming / Re: 2021 Backlog Report
« on: September 07, 2021, 05:52:21 PM »
7. Captain Toad Treasure Tracker



When I first seen this game on the Wii U I thought "awe man, I want to play that but I ain't getting a Wii U for it"

So they ported it to switch, where...I didn't buy it till I was drunk the other day and said fuck it. Well uhh, I beat it.

Watch video of the game, and it's pretty much that. Each level is very short with 3 diamonds to find, an end goal, and an optional objective. You can also enter the level to find pixel toad as an additional optional objective to complete.

The game itself is very aesthetically pleasing, it's almost like each level is its own diorama. The gameplay is fun, and hard to put down. Not too challenging, but some of the levels/objectives are pretty tricky. It's got enough to it not to be boring imo. It's also got a 2 player mode which I will try to get the girlfriend to try later on, but I have yet to try that out. The only real con with the game to me is some levels require you to use the onscreen cursor to manipulate the map, which if using a pro controller uses the motion sensor, and...it isn't great. Playing on portable mode you can just touch the screen, so for certain levels I almost recommend using portable mode just for those. It didn't kill the game for me, I played pretty much everything with the pro controller mostly fine, but Nintendo "innovation" isn't my cup of tea.

Game has just shy of 80 levels which doesn't take too long to blast through, but if you want to do all of the optional stuff it's a healthy chunk of game. Beating the main game unlocks a bonus chapter which has super mario odyssey inspired levels to start, then blocks of old levels with unique twists. AS WELL AS A DLC CHAPTER, which I haven't touched yet, but I think they're asking for only $7, so I might nab it whenever I got the itch to play some more. With how bitesize this game is, pretty easy to turn on play for 20 minutes and walk away satisfied, so I probably will come back to this game to complete more optional stuff.

Pretty happy it lived up to my expectations, been wanting to play it for quite some time now.

Not worthy of its own post, I have also been playing more baba is you, logging over 32 hours on my file...not sure I'll beat it, not sure I even CAN beat it. But it's just a fantastic, if not VERY VERY VERY HARD game. Game starts out simple and cute, but it's legit hard. IF I can manage to beat it, it'll be the hardest game I'd completed out of every single game I have logged in these threads so far, not even joking. But since I don't think that'll happen, It's just fun to pop on from time to time and bash my head against a wall attempting to make some progress. So far I "completed" all of the main worlds, and was kinda confused why the game didn't roll over and say I beat it, but beating whatever number out of whatever number of levels in a world to get the macguffin to unlock another thing, for all worlds doesn't count for "winning". I have since got to a secret world, which in turn has another secret world within it...so I ain't sure where this game is going but it feels like going to star world which leads into the special world in super mario world, only a lot harder.

Ohh and you can get it on mobile...ffs it's a good buy whatever platform you fancy.

...ON TO THE NEXT!

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Gaming / Re: 2021 Backlog Report
« on: August 13, 2021, 10:54:00 PM »
6. Death Stranding



Well...It's been a while...

I started this game JUSTTTTT after covid then quickly stopped barely an hour in. Been telling myself to come back since march 2020, last 2 months I've been saying I'm going to play it...and more nothing. However, finally, I did, and...59 hours of playtime later, I beat it.

Seeing reviews at launch, people expected the next metal gear from hideo kojima, only to get UPS man simuator with not that much shooting? HORRIBLE GAME!111

Yes this game is basically man deliver thing to place over and over again, but like, here me out...it's...fun...

If game where you go down hallway pointing crosshair at bad man and holding a trigger to make bad man fall down is ok, then why not game about carrying a bunch of stuff from point A to point B where the space in-between is a vast wilderness with the environment being an adversary on its own?

When I hit chapter 3, and started building highways turning a 30-40 minute job into a 2-3 minute job...I couldn't put it down. I finished the game yesterday with a 16 hour session. I DO NOT PLAY GAMES FOR THAT LONG ANYMORE. Even being away from the game I would think about what I wanted to do when I was able to play again. If metal gear is dead, then I am ok with what kojima is doing because this is a 9/10 type of game in my book. Why it took me so long to get going is on me and me alone, but I am glad to finally experience this game. Most fun I have had playing a video-game in a good while.

Fuckin buy it on sale or something since it MIGHT not be your cup of tea but if it is, it's a damn fine cup of tea.

BACK TO THE GRIND BABY, NEXT!

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Computing / Re: Got a Laptop
« on: July 29, 2021, 09:26:32 PM »
Having a dock would be pretty damn convenient, but for what I do, this machine is more than enough. Half the pc games I play are 10+ years old anyway.

Not exactly "cyberpunk 2077" graphical fidelity here, but the only game I've sunk meaningful time into recently is Guilty Gear Strive, and this machine runs it like a champ. Having a now "portable" machine that can run modern fighting games...and I have two sticks and a usb hub...just need a player 2, lol. Girlfriend is semi interested in this guilty gear release, but when it comes to play a match...You got a guy with thousands of hours fighting games played vs...someone who just picked up a stick, not a great matchup. Even an easy to pick up and play fighting game such as this one (easier to get into than street fighter 5) still has a learning curve higher than most other genres.

Got a decent variety of stuff installed on this machine so far, so when I can peel myself off Guilty Gear I aughta give some of these a spin.


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Computing / Re: Got a Laptop
« on: July 26, 2021, 02:20:35 AM »
Honestly not too educated on laptops, but doing my research, Lenovo Legion checked a lot of boxes that I wanted.

I pretty much wanted a casual fuck around machine that had some "umph" to play a few games, then spend $600 more than what I actually needed and I ended up with this specific Legion 5 machine.

Can't really say whether it's good or not compared to other laptops since...this is probably the only laptop I've used for any extended period of time, and I have spent probably under 10 hours total on this thing to this point.  It's really odd being totally fine with a videogame console for youtube and my phone for internet browsing kind of removes the "need" to be on a computer most of the time, but it does. Still doe, I got a backlog of games(mostly on consoles, shhhh), and I wanna play some pc stuff, and I don't wanna drag my desktop to the gf's place...and I am in a small bubble with some temporary expendable income...

An expensive amusement? Probably mostly what it is to me right now.

As for brand and whatnot I did look at a few, namly the asus helios, but heard you could fry eggs on that thing and NOPED even though the specs/price was good. I don't tend to follow brand loyalty, mostly look at what fits my budget for what specs I want..unless it's mice, then it's logitech...

Really can't justify getting a laptop over a desktop unless you travel a lot or (like me) just wanted one since childhood and only now has the A money, and B a (albeit not strong) reason to justify getting one.

Plus trying to get into coding...one of those things I want to learn like the other 50 things I want to learn that I'll get to when I...uhh....some...time....eventually...maybe?

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Computing / Re: Got a Laptop
« on: July 24, 2021, 09:32:08 PM »
So...I got it back yesterday.

Screen looks fine, still going at the 144hz as advertised. No real complaints...save for them essentially deleting all my shit. They did warn about it, but still, annoying. Almost wonder if they just gave me a new unit? Because I swear the keyboard feels...less good than what I remember. I could be buggin though.

But Iunno it works so...cool? I guess. Now I have a computer I can use while I spend most of my time at the lady friends place, and It can run pretty much anything I want it to, including "cough" guilty gear strive that I totally double dipped on "cough" pretty much perfectly. Played a few hours yesterday and was warm, but far from hot, so I am pleased with it.

Fairly quick turnover from Lenovo, so while the phone stuff wasn't fun, they got the job done in a reasonable amount of time.

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Computing / Re: Got a Laptop
« on: July 12, 2021, 10:26:54 PM »
I considered amazon, but after getting my stuff setup I'd rather just fix what I got. They directed me towards the manufacturer anyway. Plus this thing apparently has a warranty so why not.

Took a little over an hour...

-Open chat to customer support to ultimately have them direct me to the lenovo page where I entered that chat...not so helpful.

-Actually call them and explain my problem, since it's not dead pixels, it's a little more nuanced to explain which ends up taking more time. Give them serial number blablabla, they direct me to the "premium you got warranty help" people.

-Get to my third person, explained the issue again, they want to remote control the machine to see the issue...which I explained made no sense because it's the monitor and the issue does not show up on external displays. They do it anyway, don't see anything as I know, want me to snap a picture of my issue..which I do and they see "well I can't see the line". Go through some display troubleshooter test thing, which I fail, which is good so they got proof it's messed up. This leads to them trying to send a lenovo repair person to my residence...for whatever reason, for whatever reason that can't go through so FUCKING FINALLY THEY EMAIL ME A SHIPPING TAG TO SEND IT OVER TO GET REPAIRED WHICH IS WHAT I WAS TRYING TO DO THE WHOLE TIME.

So basically I just wanted to know how to ship this thing over there to get it fixed, but just asking for that would be too easy, so that's what I had to do to get this far. I kept my boxes, but was out doing normie fun stuff all day, so I'll box er up and send it off tomorrow. 10-15 days estimated repair time, but whatever.

SHOULDA just sent it back the day I got it via amazon, but im dumb, so that's what you should expect if you go through a company direct to get a fairly trivial repair started.

Now to see if getting it sent off has any unforeseen challenges. I've done it multiple times from amazon without a hitch, but this isn't amazon I'm dealing with so we'll see. Wanted to play tbc classic, but I might just reup my ps+ on the ps4 and play more gg strive till this thing comes back.

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Random Chat / Re: The Thread of Excessive Rage
« on: July 11, 2021, 11:15:24 PM »
Windows has had me wanting a replacement OS for a few years now, but I do not understand software enough to understand why there isn't a replacement for windows for gaming or something. The way I use a computer is more or less, I don't need a computer unless I want to type something, and also gaming. If I don't need to type something, or if I don't need to play something on PC, I kinda don't need a computer/windows. If I could run ALL my games on...not windows, I would do so.

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Computing / Re: Got a Laptop
« on: July 11, 2021, 11:06:34 PM »
Like the crack/tear/whatever it is IS very minor, can BARELY see it in games, but I want it gone.

Lenovo did contact me on Friday...not via email, but phone call...while I was at work. I asked them to email/text me or whatever, they said they'd email me immediately after the call...I have not received ANY emails thus far.

So tomorrow morning I will contact them and try and get this thing sent out to replace this screen. It's a nice machine but yknow, very annoyed that it came to me with this blemish. I haven't really been on it that much because if I'm sending it out within the week I don't want to be in the middle of anything...

This is more of a "to be continued" and a way to play around with the laptops keyboard, which for a laptop keyboard, is very acceptable. So yeah, tomorrow customer support and hopefully I can send this sucker out, but given my current experience with them, it'll probably be more complicated than what I expect it'll be. PLEASE CONTACT ME WHEN I AM AT HOME WITH THE MACHINE, AT WORK WHEN IT'S BUSY IS A BAD TIME!

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