gamesobscura

Backlogged: Winter Break 2013

gamesobscura:

Confession time: I have a real bad habit of buying more games than I have time to play.

I see a Steam sale for a game I’m halfway interested in it? Why not buy it now to ensure I don’t pay more later. A new game has me pumped about jumping into its world, story, or online friendzones… and it just so happened to go on presale somewhere AND includes the future DLC? I am, of course, way into that. Walk by a bargain bin and see a decent/bad game for $5? Sure, I just won’t eat out after leaving the store tonight. 

This isn’t a problem most of the time, but becomes one when I actually have the freetime to play games. Where do I start? How do I choose? Should I just sell the shit I probably won’t touch? It’s fairly frustrating because when it comes time to game, guilt shouldn’t enter into this beautiful hobby of ours. 

Over winter break, it gets to be pretty simple though, because there are a ton of Game of the Year lists floating around every website ever, and I can just pick the games I own from those and push through them if they can hold my interest. If not, I move on to the next and leave a mental note to come back later (or not at all, if it was really terrible). 

That’s exactly how I spent most of this past winter break, and so I thought I would run through what all I played, how far I got, and a quick blurb on what I thought before school really gears up to full-speed and I go back into my playing/writing when there is precious little freetime.

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Just started a semi-regular feature called Backlogged, where I run through the games I’ve run through over breaks and other stints where I actually get the freetime to play multiple things (aka: winter, spring, summer, and fall breaks). 

There’s no contest when it comes to PC gaming: Steam is the place to be. Their sales drive interest of games through the roof, their overlay and community features are unparalleled, and their selection goes from all kinds of software to almost any kind of game. Although there have been many contenders that stepped up to the plate to offer similar services, many do so out of a sense of fear; afraid that by giving Valve a monopoly on PC gaming, we will lose that special something business thrives on: competition.

However, Valve is not intimidated by competition and seeks it out regularly with the implementation of bold new features. Last fall it was Big Picture Mode, moving the Steam experience away from the PC and into the living room. Now, it is eliminating the need for a second screen/device to look to for help, with their new community feature: Steam Guides. …continue reading

edmundmcmillen

Basement Collection Loyalty discount!

edmundmcmillen:

The Basement collection is live on steam!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/214790/

During launch ive been talking to steam about the possibility of doing some kinda of discount for fans only, tursn out they have something called a loyalty discount set up… soooooo.

if you own ANY of my games on steam (isaac, Gish, SMB) you can buy the basement collection for 30% off!. 

this offer only lasts till monday so spread the word and get it while its cheap!

You seriously need to get on this, people. I’ve already spent a whole evening replaying most of these games. They look/sound better than ever. Which is amazing, because they were already so far ahead of most flash games.

boxvsbox

boxvsbox:

California Games VS. California Games VS. California Games II VS. California Games II VS. California Games II, 1987, 1991

These games were released on tons of platforms. The first one got me through a lot of long family drives on our Atari Lynx. Hacky Sack was my favorite event.

I played the hell out of California Games for the NES. I still bust it out from time to time. It always takes me a bunch of faceplants to figure out skateboarding… and finding that sweet spot in the frisbee game is ridiculous. 

edmundmcmillen

edmundmcmillen:

So its official.

The Basement collection will feature:

-Time Fcuk (updated with new content + levels and achievements)

-Aether (updated with new content, graphics make over, improved physics and achievements)

-Spewer (updaed with new content, graphics make over, improved physics, new…

If you don’t buy this for $4, I will go from sorta tolerating your existence to actively hating you.

Spring Break Backlog BBQ

I decided that one of my goals for spring break, was to play a bunch of games I’ve had sitting around unfinished, or in some cases completely unstarted. I sprinkled in a few newer releases as well, to keep it feeling fresh and exciting, but here’s the list of games I conquered over break. Be prepared to weep with joy due to my awesomeness:

  • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
  • Raskulls
  • Solitaire (Vegas, 3-card draw… several times)
  • Homefront
  • Dead Nation
  • Penny Arcade Adventures: On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 1
  • Resistance: Fall of Man
  • Angry Birds Seasons: Go Green, Get Lucky
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Hydrophobia
  • Banjo-Kazooie

And of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without another list of the games I attempted and abandoned due to various reasons:

  • Kameo: Elements of Power
  • Resident Evil 5
  • MegaMan 10
  • Pokemon White

If that doesn’t count for a successful Spring Break, I honestly don’t know what does. Now… just another hundred or so unplayed/unbeaten games to go and I’ll be caught up with my backlog! Wish me luck…