Archive for March 2012

Fear of Finishing

March 12, 2012

I’m having a bad problem at the moment and it’s something I’ve had issues with in the past but not like this before.  I don’t seem to want to finish any game I’m playing.  It’s not because I think any of them are particularly bad but its more out of seeing these interesting stories come to a close.  I noticed it after playing Mass Effect 3 for a while and found myself not wanting to do the very first mission because I knew that was the first step into what (way down the line) would be the endgame.  Sounds silly doesn’t it?  I thought so to but I’m having the same problem with no less than 4 other titles at the moment (Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, Uncharted 3 Dark Souls and The Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword).  I felt the same reluctance to finish Skyrim a few months ago and took a long break from it before I came back and wrapped up every major quest.  I’m sure this will pass and I’ll finish all of these games eventually,  I just have to take it one game at a time.  I probably shouldn’t even speak on the copy of Batman: Arkham City that’s still in it’s shrink wrap from Christmas.

With all that aside, the 4 hours of Mass Effect 3 that I’ve played have been pretty phenomenal.  All those characters coming back to together to fight the Reapers is super compelling to me and I’ll be a little sad when it’s all over.  I went ahead and purchased the “From Ashes” DLC that has most Mass Effect fans up in arms.  I don’t feel as wronged as some from Bioware about the whole situation but I don’t often buy into day one DLC or most DLC period.  I just know that I liked Mass Effect 2 and awful lot and if I had to pay an extra 10 bucks for a little bit more story, then they got me hook, line and sinker.  I guess that just makes me part of the problem but like I said, I don’t buy into anything that’s not on the disc too ofter.  At least that’s what I tell myself to keep from feeling like a complete consumer whore.

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Steam Box?

March 4, 2012

This rumor going around of a Valve created console has really piqued my interest.  I’ve been wanting to get a new PC for a while now so I could experience some great PC games through steam for a while.  My only major concern would be how they would have the controls setup.  Would it be a typical joystick or would they include some kind of (hopefully wireless) keyboard and mouse.  I imagine if they wanted the full catalog of Steam games they would have to go mouse and keyboard but who knows at this point.  Either way I’m really excited about the idea and how it does come to fruition.

It’s Been a Long Time…

March 1, 2012

Haven’t done one of these in a while, here goes nothing!

I’ve been looking into a lot of old PC RPGs here lately and have been wondering what it would take for a deep and long RPG with and old school PC aesthetic to show up on something like a Xbox Live Arcade.  It probably takes way more work than I can even fathom but I’d love to see considering I missed all games of this type.

I picked up Bulletstorm recently and it reminds me of an old 8-bit action game (but with way more dick tits).  Run, Gun and don’t stop for anything.

Mass Effect 3 comes out next week and I could not be more psyched for it’s release.  If I can get off this laziness kick I’ve been on, I’ll hopefully have a lot to say about it come this time next week.

I’ve moved into a house since my last post and have way more space than I did in my apartment.  This new found space has afforded me a “man-cave”.  I have occupied this space with an old CRT television and a PS2, Gamecube, Xbox and a Dreamcast (that doesn’t seem to work unfortunately).  I really want to get an arcade cabinet or pinball machine for the room but living out here in the sticks of NC, its hard to find anybody who sells them especially at an affordable price.

My girlfriend really wants the new SSX game and I’ll probably get it for her this weekend.  I want lie, I’m excited to play it myself to but I really do miss the over-the-top track design of SSX Tricky.  I guess that’s the trade off for having a game with 153 drops versus like 10.

I still have a game in the shrink wrap that I got for Christmas last year, please forgive me Batman: Arkham City.

I put 110 hours in Skyrim and got every achievement on the 360 version.  It’s safe to say that it’s been one of my favorite gaming experiences in a long time.  I’m really looking forward to the DLC that Bethesda has planned for it.

Fez needs to hurry up and come out.

Even though it’s not in the shrink wrap, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword might as well be for as much as I’ve played it.  I’m still in the first dungeon and have found a unique situation where outside interferences keep me from playing a certain game.  You see my new house is awfully cold and I have a few heaters in my living room.  I know from past experience (with the last Zelda game on the Wii actually) that the Wii remote and these heaters to not work well together.

My bosses at work today decided it would be a good team building experience to ask everyone what they wanted to be when they grow up.  When my turn came along I didn’t answer right away and someone yelled out “Video Game Designer” and I said sure.  The truth is I don’t really want to make video games,  I’m not really bursting with ideas for new concepts or how to make existing ones better and I’m fine with being a consumer of games.  I’m going to share a secret here about what I really want to do involving video games and hope it comes to fruition one day.

I really want to open up my own little video game themed cafe/old game store/book store/arcade/bar.  Sounds complicated I know but the basic idea would be a little store that sells used older games,books about games and old strategy guides. It would also have a little cafe that sells video game themed drinks and pastries.  Also off in one corner there would be a collection of old arcade and pinball machines and at night the video game themed cocktails would come out.  All this while video game soundtracks play lightly in the background all day.  It sounds like a lot to put into one place, I know but I think all these things would mesh well together into a cool spot for people who love the medium to come by and relax from time to time.

It’s been a stupid long time since I’ve posted and I’m gonna try and not do that anymore.  I’ve got a few ideas to spice things up and some ideas for some new blogs, more on that later.