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What are some games that make you think and provide a challenge instead of just being a mindless passtime.

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I’ve been enjoying Elden Ring as of late

    Really makes you think

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      My budget and the computing power are very limited, but thanks for the recommendation.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This is a perfect example of a franchise known for thinking turning into braindead passtime.

      https://i.imgur.com/Y5mYXTn.jpeg

      What are some games that make you think and provide a challenge instead of just being a mindless passtime.

      If you want to think, read books, not play video games.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        You can't put all video games into one category.
        I agree the recent barrage of for profit braindead games give the industry a bad rep but there are some games really make you think. An example of a game that really affected me was Before Your Eyes which was nothing short of a timeless art piece.
        Conversely there are alot of popular books which provide nothing but momentary pleasure playing on your sexual or escapist fantasies.
        Although reading is certainly a more intensive activity, video games can sometime be an equally worthwhile passtime.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Old school panzer general

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      It looks fricking amazing, i'll surely check it out.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah, it's hard and it's free and runs on dos, it has no tutorial, good luck general

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          The learning curve and difficulty was exactly what I was looking for. Thanks man!

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >rock paper scissors
      >challenge
      zoomers never cease to amaze though I guess panzer general was somewhat challenging to eight year old me

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Well can you suggest something that is challenging to you.

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Talos principle 1
    Tetris the grandmaster 1 and 2

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The talos principle looks great, but how are the tgm games different from the original tetris, couldn't figure out the difference at first glance.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I like Talos for the philosophy deep story and good puzzles.i regularly think about it out of nowhere, leaves deep impression.

        Tgm is an arcade version of tetris.
        Really addictive and challenging.
        On its history and development there are youtube videos.
        They have special wiki to get you up to speed
        https://tetris.wiki/Tetris_The_Grand_Master

        Community has a forum people visit regular but i dont want to getting involved with cyber social media,thats up to you.

        I've already completed my grand master level of the first game and im now working on the second game.

        Tldr japanese genius developer makes amazing tetris version for adult people with jobs.
        Japan is hooked and wants more.
        He makes second game even more challenging than the first.
        Japan loves it.
        He makes third and now its too difficult.
        Lost player base.

        Plans for forth game canceled.

        Play it , its good for both personal growth and smarts.
        I really enjoyed it.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Thank you for the thorough reply,
          Although i don't play tetris much I have been keeping up with its speedrun community due to being recommended one of those speedrun mini documentaries and still had never heard of Tgm.
          The gameplay looks really hyperpaced and repetitive kinda like tetris on PEDs.
          Congrats to you on completing the grandmaster level. The game looks great and I'll definitely try it this weekend.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            I got introduced to it via speed running videos but its not about that.
            Just being able to complete it is an journey on it self.
            Made me more confident i can say that.

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Yeah whenever I'm feeling down or being unproductive, completing something as trivial as a game can really have a snowball effect on my confidence.

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Opus Magnum

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah I have to try out the zachtronics games they're pretty much the standard in terms of brainy games.

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Antichamber

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Looks trippy and unintuitive.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >trippy
        yes
        >unintuitive
        if your IQ is ≤ 120

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Its lower probably.

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Disco Elysium makes you think and I believe it will run on basically anything.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      It has been on my wishlist for a long time idk why I just haven't played it yet. It has been described to me as one of the greatest games of all time by some.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I think that's a fair characterization. It's certainly one of my all-time favorite games. It's got some of the best video-game writing for sure.

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The Witness and The Talos Principle

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The witness strikes me as an unending openworld pattern recognition game. I'll definitely check it out.

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Garrote

    sokoban

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Its really getting on my nerves.
      Was going to brush it off as a kids game by the looks of it but it is moderately challenging and fun,

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Not him but this guy made history video on in recently, its good stuff

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Trying to get into game development these videos serve as great inspiration. The insights into the thinking process of the developers are very insightful. Thanks for sharing.

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Boo-ker

    Dark Cloud

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I love the game but could you elaborate on how it is cognitively engaging. Just feels like a cozy and nostalgic RPG.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Boo-ker

        Depth of dungeons and NPC roles is philosophical.

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Factorio

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    portal

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If you want a real challenge and want to think, I would suggest writing your own game in C:
    https://www.libsdl.org/

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I am relatively new to game development but I will get to making a game from scratch in C soon, I really love the idea of making something from the bottom up instead of using gamemakers.
      Unrelated but does anyone have resources i can use to make my own game engine?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I don't have resources but if you're interested in that, work on open source projects which have their own engine. The easiest one I can think of is actually Cataclysm: dark days ahead. Even just flipping through how the engine works will help a lot tbh, and not to mention they always need bodies.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Make a game, not an engine. Even if you wanna make an engine, make a game first, then figure out which parts of it can be usefully taken out and generalized in an engine. That's what I suggest having been down this rabbit hole myself.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Yeah I think in the pursuit of doing all things I end up doing none, so I'll stick to doing one thing at a time and make games first

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Any of the Zach tropics games. Personally I love TIS-100 and shenzhen especially, but it really depends on what flavor of Ganker related puzzle you're most interested in because they're all amazing. Haven't tried exapunks or BBS yet though, so I can't say anything about them but I haven't seen any evidence that they are any less good than the rest. Another great one is Turing Complete, it's a computer engineering puzzle game where you make a computer from scratch and then do some programming challenges in assembly using that computer. I didn't describe it too well, but it's probably my favorite game of all time; the music is amazing, the controls are amazing, the puzzles really make you think, and it makes you truly understand the process of turning a NAND gate into a computer. It is a bit hard though, I think the achievement for beating the final level has less than 5% of players on steam and I introduced it to a few of my friends a year or so ago but I'm still the only one who's completed the whole thing as my friends thought it was too hard and gave up. I think the one who got furthest quit before he even made his first computer (you have to make at least two architectures over the course of the campaign). It will probably just depend on how much you enjoy the subject, so if you really like computer engineering then you'll be glad to spend a few hours on one of the later levels, but otherwise you might quit before the end and that's ok.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Zach tropics
      I meant to write zachtronics, I really hate autocorrect sometimes.

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Played most of these games at one point or another:
    Underrail, the long dark, my summer car, ultrakill, cataclysm dark days ahead, deadlock, factorio, darkest dungeon, hacknet, hypnospace outlaw, Kerbal space program (modded only tbh), shipwrecked 64, system shock, tunnet, most XCOM games.
    :3

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Boo-ker

    Shenmue I & II

  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    baba is you
    exapunks

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Already played Baba Is You, I loved it.
      Need to play the zachtronics games still.

  17. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Try heroes 3 of might and magic. When you start thinking that the game is too simple and you have a good grasp on gameplay and tactics, go play an online match.

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