Hello everyone, and welcome to the Open Forum, which is hosted by Kotaku's reader-run blog, TAY. This is a place to talk about life, video games , or anything else, so feel free to hop in and join in the topic discussion, or comment about anything. Then, when you're done, feel free to peruse the articles on TAY and TAYClassic. Is this your first time on TAY or the Open Forum? Then check out this handy TAYTorial! Also, don't forget the new IRC Chatroom.
Did you all read that thing GiantBoyDetective put out the other day? It was an interesting little piece about why that new Nintendo game, Rusty's Real Deal Baseball, did in-game purchases in a decent way. Go read it now if you haven't.
I'll be the first to admit I was going to brush this game off when I saw that it handled the in-app purchases like that. "Why not just let me buy all of them upfront?" I asked, or, "Why should I have to haggle? Just give me the lowest price already." The way GBD described it, however, made me see the game in an entirely new light. I picked it up, tried it for a few hours, and ended up spending more money than I intended to on it. Best of all: I was happy to do so.
This actually happened with Diablo III, as well. I've shared this story in IRC, but someone I was dating just... really wanted me to pick up Diablo, but I was against it because of the Real Money Auction House. After dealing with some begging and assurances that it would be fantastic, I ended up picking it up. Granted, it took them over a year to fix that notorious "Fun Bug" that was causing the "Fun" item to not drop properly for players, but now that 2.0 is out, I'm having a really good time with it.
If you haven't guessed it yet, my fellow TAY'ers, the question is this: What are some games that you picked up on a friend's recommendation and ended up loving? Alternatively, what are some games that you recommended but nobody else seems to like?