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0h w3l1 Feb 14 @ 10:26am
Meh
What a stupid valentines day present

To clarify, I always thought I'd like dear esther, I don't mind walking around simulators. Not to mention everyone raves about how pretty it is. So I bought it a while ago, and my god I could barely sit through 15 minutes. It's boring, and not to mention ugly as all hell. How this isn't in the software section is beyond me.

Not to mention that I couldn't actually click the valentines sale, so I added it to the cart, in hopes of getting to the store page(via clicking the game in the cart), and it automatically added dear esther, I had no idea there were other games.
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skulz87 Feb 14 @ 4:01pm 
Search a game before you buy it, and stop whining like 9 year old buggers.
0h w3l1 Feb 14 @ 4:02pm 
Originally posted by skulz87:
Search a game before you buy it, and stop whining like 9 year old buggers.
"To clarify, I always thought I'd like dear esther, I don't mind walking around simulators. Not to mention everyone raves about how pretty it is. " Clearly indicates that I had no prior knowledge...

I'm well aware of all the hate it got, I didn't think I wouldn't like it.
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skulz87 Feb 14 @ 4:14pm 
What hate? its not a shooter game and its doing very well in its category.
0h w3l1 Feb 14 @ 4:32pm 
Originally posted by skulz87:
What hate? its not a shooter game and its doing very well in its category.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--LmQrsD6b0
skulz87 Feb 14 @ 4:42pm 
Thats his opinion, its a great mystery game for me.
As I said, its not for everyone and whining will change nothing.
Dart™ Feb 15 @ 6:50am 
It all depends on what you like. I bought this for under £2, pocket change. I really enjoyed the visuals, atmosphere, audio, and often times just stopped to stare at a certain scene. I couldn't really fathom the story, but it didn't matter, it's a beautiful experience if you appreciate that sort of thing.

It's a work of art that you can walk around in. If that doesn't appeal to you, then so be it, but you can't say it's overpriced.
LeeKyo Feb 15 @ 7:55am 
Originally posted by skulz87:
Thats his opinion, its a great mystery game for me.
As I said, its not for everyone and whining will change nothing.

I played this game a while ago and totally love it. "If you like holding W-key"... I like stories. In DA the game purpose is to uncover the whole story, and it's a hard thing to do. So, holiday sale was a great Valentine's gift for me from Steam :D
[FV] sirtim0thy Feb 15 @ 11:48am 
This is a genre-defining game. Accept it for what it is. You would pay 10$ to see a guy punch special effects on a screen for 90 minutes. This is so much more of an emotional and captivating experience for the same price.

Go back to CoD if you cant see the value of this game.
0h w3l1 Feb 15 @ 11:50am 
Originally posted by sirtim0thy:
This is a genre-defining game. Accept it for what it is. You would pay 10$ to see a guy punch special effects on a screen for 90 minutes. This is so much more of an emotional and captivating experience for the same price.

Go back to CoD if you cant see the value of this game.
"game"

It's not a game. It's at best an interactive story... It's not even interactive(outside of loding w and sometimes moving the mouse.)

stanley parable > this piece of ♥♥♥♥.
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crabbe Feb 15 @ 11:52am 
I actually agree with you. I really thought I would like it as well as I love point-and-click adventure games and the atmosphere seemed (and still seems) amazing - however, it's just a bit boring to be honest. I wasn't expecting it to be intense honestly, but it's just too slow for me. Maybe I'll have to invest some more time into it and get to know the story, but so far I'm not convinced.
[cf] MisterTwisty221 Feb 15 @ 5:22pm 
Originally posted by Just Dreiman:
Are you going to say this in every valentine sale on the Sale Page? What did you think, they will sell you a girlfriend? LOL :reusgreed:

If they did, I would buy several and gift em to my friends (and get a couple for myself, of course!)
Pawski Feb 15 @ 11:00pm 
Originally posted by Anyone wanna play hearthstone?:
Originally posted by sirtim0thy:
This is a genre-defining game. Accept it for what it is. You would pay 10$ to see a guy punch special effects on a screen for 90 minutes. This is so much more of an emotional and captivating experience for the same price.

Go back to CoD if you cant see the value of this game.
"game"

It's not a game. It's at best an interactive story... It's not even interactive(outside of loding w and sometimes moving the mouse.)

stanley parable > this piece of ♥♥♥♥.

Even though you dont consider it a game its still a good "Interactive story" which i can agree with you, this doesnt have certain things to be considered a game, with that said, i still loved it, very good and fun, something refreshing that i wasnt evpecting at all. Its completely based on ur opnion, some people think Gone home is an a amazing game, others(like me) just dont get it. but thats what this "game is trying to do" simply tell a story, boring or not.
0h w3l1 Feb 16 @ 11:37am 
Originally posted by Pawski:
Originally posted by Anyone wanna play hearthstone?:
"game"

It's not a game. It's at best an interactive story... It's not even interactive(outside of loding w and sometimes moving the mouse.)

stanley parable > this piece of ♥♥♥♥.

Even though you dont consider it a game its still a good "Interactive story" which i can agree with you, this doesnt have certain things to be considered a game, with that said, i still loved it, very good and fun, something refreshing that i wasnt evpecting at all. Its completely based on ur opnion, some people think Gone home is an a amazing game, others(like me) just dont get it. but thats what this "game is trying to do" simply tell a story, boring or not.
It was my experience with dear esther that made me aviod gone home...

Honestly, there is a place for 'games' (experiences?) like this, but steam really isn't the place. A, this is the kind of thing I could see take on the shape of books, especially with things like the rift now, you walk through it, and you get a visual story, a bit more engaging than a book, but more like a book than a movie.

Personally, I don't like it. But again, I can see a place for the genre.
Ecko Feb 20 @ 8:28pm 
You're entitled to you're opinion, and it's certainly a valid one, so I won't argue the quality of Dear Esther.

But I'm sorry, to anyone who tries to say it's "not a game," you are simply wrong. It is a 3D space rendered in a game engine (Source no less) with polygons just like any other game. Even if all you do is press W and move the mouse, it still requires interaction from the player to progress and eventually complete. If a low level of interaction is enough to claim it's not a game then who exactly is the judge and jury of where to set the bar? One could argue that a game such as Call of Duty: Black Ops requires less interaction than, for example, World of Warcraft. As well one could argue that WoW requires less interaction than Mass Effect. Does that mean that CoD and WoW are "not games" just by some arbitrary rules created on the spot and not actually enforced by anyone?

Also, yes, it deserves a place on Steam. As you pointed out, Steam doesn't just sell games they also sell software. So even by your own claim of Dear Esther not being a game, it would still very easily have a place on Steam.

Besides, when Steam will allow absolute dreck like Day One: Gary's Incident or Guise of the Wolf (games that are functionally and unarguably broken to the point of being nearly unplayable) to be published on it's store then certainly a game like Dear Esther which has committed no crime worse than being "boring" or not interactive enough can have a small place in the spotlight.
Abelhawk Feb 21 @ 10:29pm 
I agree. I was really disappointed with this stupid "game." These weird indie groups who create a world just for the sake of art aren't thinking about the fun factor at all, and it's a real downer. Same thing goes for Proteus.
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