Free, and the best. I have tried every application you can think of for recording. I can name faults in nearly every single one. OBS Studio is free, and works fantastically. Would happy to provide my settings up as a profile download if anyone is interested.
If I may point out: the factorio devs are confident enough in their product to offer a free demo of their game - something we don't see that often any more.
In pure demo fashion, it contains the first few missions of the story campaign, iirc, which as in most games, is basically a glorified tutorial. For me, that demo was enough to convince me to buy it after I got curious about the game thanks to a lets look at on youtube.
It's available for free over at the factorio website.
I don't really spend a lot of time 'modding' anymore, but I do keep things the way I like them for myself. Best I can do (right now at least) is provide you with what I use.
This has MY keyboard shortcuts mod for eu4, the better diplomacy/trade/religion views (this mod will really only work at 1920x1080), the better peace deals screen, and finally it has the graphical improvement mod with terrain shadows (so that it doesn't alter checksum)
Again, compatible with ironman because it doesn't alter checksum.
It is a bit of an older game, but I'd like to suggest Escape Velocity: Nova. The top-down spaceship games Arumba has been playing recently reminded me of it very strongly, and I think he would enjoy it.
Edit: Forgot to mention, the game does have a free demo, available here, just above the purchase button.
Edit 2: Just did some poking around, and found there is a spiritual successor called Endless Sky in the works, available free on Steam, here
Hope you find a solution and get well soon!
Also I appreciate you sharing this. It's such a taboo topic and such a empty landscape for people looking for help.
I know a lot of people think this is bogus, but meditation - without the bullshit, just focusing onto your breathing and bringing your mind back when it wanders off - helps me a lot to calm down and be able to get a lot of self-defeating thoughts out of my mind. ( The book "Search Inside Yourself" from Chade Meng was a good intro for me )
Also when I feel down, I take ice-cold showers, and I think Tim Ferris is using cold shock methodologies as well. Revitalizes me a TON and makes it easier to get over a bad mood.
Absolutely not saying you should stop the therapy, try supplementing it with these two things, if you want to give it a try. Worst case you waste 20min a day thinking of nothing and screaming like a baby in the shower :D
As much as I myself absolutely love M&B, I've seen other Youtubers try to make series out of it and it never turns out that well--as a game it's just not suited to that sort of content. The poor graphics especially turn off lots of viewers that otherwise might like the game.
The good news is that Bannerlord (the new M&B) is coming out fairly soon (though it's an indie studio, so you never know). I feel like Bannerlord will be a much more interesting game for people to watch simply because the studio has had the time and resources to make a proper game this time around.
They mentioned it in this one: https://www.factorio.com/blog/post/fff-129
> Resource generation would be tweaked, so the richness of the mining sites would grow the further you are from the center of the map, the same way the size of enemy bases grows. This would actually add a lot of strategy to the game, as it would always be questionable, whether it is better to use the nearby mines, or whether to expand deep into enemy territory, and create a defensive position of the mine that will last for a very long time. This would also open new possibilities for difficulty settings, as higher difficulty settings could decrease the starting richness of the mines, but it wouldn't imply the need to just tinker with lot of small mines. This would just mean that you need to go deeper into enemy territory compared to easy settings, to get the same amount of resources.
Oh, don't worry :). I'm glad you like what I do.
She should definitely try digital painting. It's just another medium that offers a lot of possibilities, some of them not possible through traditional means (or really difficult/costly). It's also THE MEDIUM if she has even a passing interest in working in almost any art related industry. With just a small graphics tablet and a computer she has all she needs :).
She shouldn't abandon "analogic" drawing though. I still paint on paper and will always do. I love it and couldn't live without doing it.
Digital it's just another tool on an artist's belt :), albeit one of the most important ones nowadays