May Off-Topic Video Games Discussion (Zelda poll added to OP)

I threatened to do it, and now the time has come! Welcome to May’s off-topic video game thread! For months, there was a single thread about video games, and I think it’s gotten too large for people to readily post or join discussions. Is May a big month for video games? You bet it is (list courtesy of gamesradar)!

  • Age of Wonders 4 [PC, PS5, XSX] – May 2
  • Redfall [PC, XSX] – May 2
  • Grindstone [PS5, XSX, PS4] – May 3
  • Silica [PC] – May 3
  • Tape to Tape [PC] – May 3
  • Jected - Rivals [PC] – May 4
  • Mia and the Dragon Princess [PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch] – May 4
  • Propagation: Paradise Hotel [PC VR, Quest] – May 4
  • Space Gladiators [PS4, XBO, Switch] – May 4
  • Duru - About Mole Rats and Depression [PC] – May 5
  • These Doomed Isles: The First God [PC] – May 5
  • Another Fisherman’s Tale [PC VR, PSVR 2, Quest 2] – May 11
  • TT Isle of Man - Ride on the Edge 3 [PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch] – May 11
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom [Switch] – May 12 ( pre-order The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom)
  • Atlas Fallen [PC, PS5, XSX] – May 16
  • Humanity [PC, PS5, PSVR 2, PS4, PSVR] – May 16
  • Tin Hearts [PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO] – May 16
  • Trinity Trigger [PS5, PS4, Switch] – May 16
  • Zool Redimensioned [PS4] – May 16
  • I Am Future [PC] – May 18
  • The Outlast Trials [PC] – May 18
  • Lego 2K Drive [PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch] – May 19
  • Inkbound [PC] – May 22
  • After Us [PC, PS5, XSX] – May 23
  • Amnesia: The Bunker [PC, XSX, PS4, XBO] – May 23
  • Blooming Business: Casino [PC] – May 23
  • Glitch Busters: Stuck on You [PC, PS4, Switch] – May 23
  • Miasma Chronicles [PC, PS5, XSX] – May 23
  • Puzzle Bobble Everybubble! [Switch] – May 23
  • Star Trek: Resurgence [PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO] – May 23
  • Cassette Beasts [XBO, Switch] – May 25
  • Do Not Feed the Monkeys 2099 [PC, Switch] – May 25
  • Hello Neighbor VR: Search and Rescue [PSVR 2, PSVR] – May 25
  • The Lord of the Rings: Gollum [PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO] – May 25
  • Tennis Manager 2023 [PC] – May 25
  • Forspoken: In Tanta We Trust DLC [PC, PS5] – May 26
  • Home Sheep Home: Farmageddon Party Edition [PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO] – May 26
  • Company of Heroes 3 [PS5, XSX] – May 30
  • System Shock Remake [PC] – May 30
  • Decarnation [PC, Switch] – May TBC
  • Solasta: Crown of the Magister: Palace of Ice DLC [PC] – May TBC
  • WrestleQuest [PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch] – May TBC

After many years, I, long-suffering backer, will receive my copy of the System Shock remake! New Zelda! A probably disappointing Suicide Squad game! Jedi Survivor is still kind of new, I think.

Is Terri Brosius returning to voice Shodan one more time? You better believe it!


What kind of things can happen in this thread?

  • Discuss games you’ve been playing, new and old.
  • Share your Gamertag/PSN ID/Nintendo ID for co op, or just because you like having contacts in your gaming ecosystem!
  • Tell people about sales!

Has Resident Evil 4’s Separate Ways been announced yet? Sadly, no.

I’ve already used my PSNProfiles image ironically, but it’s time to repost it in earnest. Looking for friends on PSN? Look no further. Note that this is not a PSN-centered thread. Please discuss the platform of your choice!

For my post: I talked about playing P3P in the old thread. Well, I just kept going. This time, as the male MC, I completed all social links with only three days to go! Yikes. I’m embarrassed to admit that I spent maybe six hours grinding out a very niche-y persona just for a fight with optional megaboss Elizabeth. He can’t even do crowd control! Then, I learned that I needed a bunch of rare items requiring several more hours of grinding and rng. I’m done for now. I think the most recent Horizon is up next.

My terrible and worthless Persona

whew, ok go

Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom?
  • I have it!
  • Soon
  • I’ll get around to it one of these days
  • I don’t like Zelda, will not buy
  • I like Zelda but disliked Breath of the Wild, will not buy
  • I’m x years old and I’ve never played a Zelda game
  • It’s complicated (please explain below)

0 voters


Games I would play if I wasn’t so short of money:

  • Non-IF: Return to Monkey Island, Magic Arena, Ultima I.
  • proprietary IF: Enchanter.

Games I play:

  • Chess.
  • Mahjongg.
  • several Solitaire/Patience.
  • Sudoku as a computer game.



  • Tass times in Tone Town (because the IF club chose it.)
  • Spider and Web (because I somehow suddenly remembered playing it but not finishing it.)
  • Only perhaps: Overrun, a Shadowrun fan RPG.

My Steam name: stromoffire. But be warned: I rarely log into Steam and if you send a friend request it might go unnoticed by me! Simply because I might not see it.


@kamineko Suicide Squad has been delayed until early 2024

Game I’ve been playing

  • Strange Horticulture
  • Street Fighter V: Champion Edition
  • Deadbolt
  • Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
  • Paranormasight: The Seven Mysteries of Honjo
  • Lots of demos, including Demonschool

About to start playing:

  • Obduction
  • Four Last Things
  • Broken Age, Part 2

Steam ID: christopherd


Thank you for giving me a date at which I will cease to see my partner around the house!


Lately I have been playing an incredible amount of Stardew Valley, as my partner has agreed to mentor me through the game.


Some very clever things going on here. I liked it, wasn’t so thrilled by the ending. Apparently I was supposed to notice something I hadn’t noticed. Be alert.


Edited, thanks!

Zelda releases & me over the years:

  • Legend of Zelda (NES): Played and beat at a friend’s house sometime in 1987.
  • Zegend of Zelda II (NES): Bought at a pawn shop six months after release, 1989.
  • Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past (SNES): Bought it used from a Blockbuster in 1994.
  • Legend of Zelda Link’s Awakening DX (GBC): Got myself a GBC to celebrate my first “career” type job in 1999.
  • Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time (N64): Preordered direct from Nintendo. Came with a shirt that I wore until it literally fell apart (1998).
  • Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask (N64): Bought new, 2000.
  • Legend of Zelda Wind Waker (GCN and later rebought for Wii U): Bought in 2002 and 2013.
  • Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii): 2006. Wish they’d do a Switch port.
  • Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild (Switch). Bought fairly new in 2017.

My attitude toward Tears of the Kingdom:

  • 2022: Well, I’m sure that will be nice, but the BotW DLC was so disappointing!
  • Februrary 2023: I’m so busy with my game, plus I will still be playing Fire Emblem
  • March: OMG spring thing
  • April: I shouldn’t rush into my next game
  • May: OMG jsikhaoishf;kdjn ZELDA

Do Not Feed the Monkeys 2099: Do Not Feed the Monkeys was a really interesting concept, but I struggled to get through it. It is one of those “try to juggle a dozen things at once” style puzzle games that greatly benefit from multiple playthroughs. Fans of Papers, Please might want to give it a try.

Mia and the Dragon Princess: I am a big fan of FMV games, but Mia doesn’t look like something I would really be interested in. But if you are a fan of action movies, it will probably be a lot of fun.


I was born in 1971, and I have never played a Zelda game.


It was my friends who sold me on the NES. I was still messing with my C64.


My dad was a software engineer at DEC. He would buy computers, but not game consoles.


My dad was an English teacher, and he disliked technology in general. We never owned a microwave. Fortunately, mom had her own money and didn’t feel the same way.

Has anyone played Redfall? Sounds like a pretty big flop from Arkane Austin, who made one of my favorite games of the past decade or so, Prey. It’s led to a lot of gloom and doom-type talk about Microsoft’s game division. The metacritic is 58 at the moment.

I’d personally like to own an XBox one of these days for GamePass, so this isn’t a console wars post. I mostly feel bad for Arkane, since there are obviously a lot of talented people working there.


Somewhat similar situation for me, too. My dad was an early adopter of computers and tinkers with them as a hobby.

I grew up with PC games, and my family never owned a game console.

So I played a lot of MechWarrior 3, StarCraft: Brood War, and Doom, while all my friends had Majora’s Mask, GoldenEye, and Mortal Kombat.

Neither of us has any idea what the other was talking about, because the friends who had a gaming console only used their home computer for office work. I didn’t have the coordination to play on console with them, and they didn’t have the coordination to play on PC with me.


It was my mother’s dislike of technology that led us to never have a microwave – or a VCR!


Nope, but I’ve suddenly been seeing a lot of advertising for it lately.

So good

See, stuff like this makes me realize I actually grew up with a techno-enthusiast family.

If I didn’t have a microwave and toaster, then bouts of depression (and difficulties with eating in general) might be enough to cause my bloodsugar crashes to finally end me.

Was it because there was a stigma around using microwave radiation on food? Or was the microwave simply one step too far…?


My mother is a bit of a Luddite.


My father disliked the idea of “time saving devices” as a general rule. He still doesn’t have a microwave, though he probably would find one intimidating at this point.

The VCR was different. He ultimately did relent, since he enjoys movies. It was years after all of my friends had them though.


I did however get lots of computer toys: Vic 20, C64, DEC MicroPDPs of various sorts, Apple IIc, Amiga 1000… never had a PC since my dad viewed IBM as DEC’s biggest threat. Turned out Microsoft was instead.


I’m from year 1970 and I had never a console except of a Nintendo DS roughly 12 years ago. So I never played Zelda, Super Mario Brothers or Final Fantasy. I guess I would have loved all of them, but who knows?

My father came home on day with a video game to be connected to the TV. It was Pong and in fact (even back then) it was a little bit boring for me.

Later I got a VIC 20 and that changed my life because I learned programming with it.

I sometimes envy the people who had a console, for example because of many JRPGs.

I think I would like to build a Zelda-like game. But right now I am building a piece of IF and that’s definitely satisfying because you don’t have to paint and don’t need to write a parser but can concentrate on IF mechanisms (like rooms, items etc. you know).


I’m a product of 1982 and grew up with the early Nintendo consoles, only coming to PC gaming and IF properly in the 90s.

In the last year, I’ve been playing through all the Final Fantasy XIV expansions, but lately my wife and I have been playing a fair bit of Sid Meier’s Civilization VI together. I will be dusting off my Switch for Tears of the Kingdom this weekend, though.

(Incidentally, my code is SW-5837-9374-6589, if you’re interested.)