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Hope Springs Eternal: Dear Esther
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Yapette
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Perhaps the mutally defining characteristic shared by gamers of both consoles and PCs is Hope.

"I hope this game doesn't suck."

"Hopefully, the game will be better than the trailer."

"I hope they fix the bugs before release."

I hope this game doesn't use SecuRom."

 

From the latest Game Informer, behold: Dear Esther.

A HL2 mod that's being reworked as a full game release.

I hope this game is as good as the description.

 

Please feel free to add your personal gaming hopes.

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I hope Capcom remake Resident Evil 2.

I hope Resident Evil 6 is entirely focused around Barry "JILL SANDWICH" Burton.

I hope Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City doesn't suck fat eggs.

I hope whatever Kojima is planning for his two big reveals at E3, if one of them is a new Metal Gear project, somebody taps him on the shoulder and says "Stop this RIGHT NOW". 

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Wow, a full-on game? That's one that will divide audiences.

I was never able to get the mod to work, alas,but it sounded fascinating. His other game, Korsakovia, scared the bejeezus out of me.

I hope Skyrim isn't as disappointing as Oblivion was.

I hope I one day find a game that lights me up as much as the ones from my childhood did.

Life is the misery we endure between disappointments.

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After I bought HL2 last year I read about this and Korsakovia, but I thought that the "new" Dear Esther was just an update.  Nice that it is to be stand-alone.

I figured I'd get both once I finished HL2, which may be  q..u..i..t..e  s..o..m..e..  t..i..m..e.  Zipping along in HL1, which is to say running for my life.  Eventually....

Thanks for the update, Yap.

"…you just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake."

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Korsakovia is terrific!  Very disturbing.  I gotta say, though, even after reading its script I still didn't understand it.  So though I appreciate what they were trying to do, I think they went a tiny bit too far.  That was the game that made me accept that even games need internal logic.  But it was still an excellently disturbing experience.

Trying to remember if I played Dear Esther.  I think I did.

There was some game I played where I was on an island, and there was, like, weird stuff.  What the heck was that game called.

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That's the one, Ernest. It starts out on an island and there's weird stuff. I was never able to get farther because of huge graphics problems.

Dear Esther is sort of an exploration game, I guess, where you must piece together the story by looking at the environment.

And you know, RPS mentioned another Half Life 2 mod that was similar... something about exploring after the end of the world, but I can't remember what it's called. I'll see if I can track it down.

Life is the misery we endure between disappointments.

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Steerpike said:

I hope I one day find a game that lights me up as much as the ones from my childhood did.


This. I sometimes feel like I'm trying to chase that feeling but I then remember all the good stuff I've played over the last few years and in truth, the best games I've played have very much lit me up in that way. VVVVVV did it, Braid, World of Goo, Portal, Planescape: Torment (that was like a reawakening after a few years slumber), Dwarf Fortress did for the two days I played it, even The Dream Machine and Stacking have inspired that childhood magic that I feel like I've all but forgotten. I know this sounds a bit crazy but Brutal Legend currently has me wrapped up in its giddy melange of youthful adventurousness and vivid metal mythology. I'm enjoying it much more than Uncharted 2. If it keeps it up I'll be very happy.

I've got Dear Esther and haven't played it yet, mainly because I got wind of the updated version and wanted to play that. I didn't like Korsakovia because of the tedious gameplay but thechineseroom totally nailed the atmosphere.

@Steerpike: It wasn't Postscript was it? Or Radiator?

I hope I can get a new PC soon.

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Maybe I can be the Tap-Repeatedly Hope Fairy. You know, like flit around forum threads granting wishes of hope. As long as we understand that said fulfillment will be based on magical thinking & fraud.

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I hope this seemingly placebo really works cause I'm buying it for my next trip (to Tibet, Zeus only knows how many flying hours & time zones from Houston). This last trip of half the distance erased my ability to think straight. I'd love to post a picture of my gaming space but that requires operating a hitherto unused camera (manual, drivers, software), finding an online photo host (re-sizing, uploading), and all that's subsequently expected (like writing, linking). [Image Can Not Be Found]

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Many a seasoned world traveler has been felled by technology.

"…you just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake."

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Oh, Spike, that is so, so true.

Before heading to Europe I (and several friends) altered my cell plan to include global texting along with roaming. Imagine my surprise to find that my phone wouldn't even connect with the local carriers! Couldn't use my handy dandy apps that relied on connecting to either wi-fi (not always available) or the 3G network.

One of my friends brought his laptop in case he needed to do any freelance work (voice actor). He fried two converters and tripped the breakers in his room several times before he gave up. Others in the group said they'd never had problems connecting in other parts of Europe until Italy.

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