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#385 Games from my Backlog for the month of June

Well another month has come and gone since it is the first blog post of the month, it is now time to discuss last month’s games while picking a new set of games to play time to, in ever on going attempt to get through my PC gaming backlog. Last month it chose Poker Night at the Inventory 2 and The Bridge to dedicate my spare time to play.

I wrote about Poker Night earlier this month (Be MOP #381) as I mentioned in the post at the end, it’s a good game and sequel because TellTale can not really mess up a Texas Hold’em game unless someone in coding completely screw up the RNG code for dealing out the cards. At the start of May, when I pick up this game again, I mentioned that I wanted to try to win all of the Borderlands 2 and Team Fortress 2 items from the NPCs in the game. Did I complete my quest to 100% all the collectibles that I am never going to use in TF2? No, I was able to win the Mysterious Orb from Brock Samson but requirements for the unlocking the Portal 2 items were beyond ridiculous.

If I wanted to be efficient I would have won two tournaments while not dipping below 10,000 chips, not to mention grinding even more tournaments to earn the Portal table, chips, and cards set.

If I wanted to be efficient I would have won two tournaments while not dipping below 10,000 chips, not to mention the grinding even more tournaments just to earn the Portal table, chips, and cards set.

 

The other game I chose to dedicate get through was The Bridge, a nice 2D indie puzzle game with stages inspired by the artistic style MC Escher and that was about it. It had some cool mind-wrapping puzzles that was it, it is important that it was not bad, it just was not my thing. With heavy puzzle games like this I often get frustrated and resort to using walkthroughs and guides just to get through a certain stage which more or less ruins any sense of achievement I could get from beating a level.

And whats the point of a puzzle game if you are told the solution?

And what’s the point of a puzzle game if you are told the solution?

 

While The Bridge was not my thing I now have played the game enough to know that it was not my sort of game We are getting to the point of the ‘Games from My Backlog’ project where I am running out of games that I been want to play through and now getting point where I am working through the games I bought because it was bundled with a Humble Bundle or because it was an impulse buy from the various Steam Sales. This is the most exciting time of the project when I could find my new favorite indie or small developer game, like what happened when I bought Binding of Isaac, They Bleed Pixels, or Dust: an Elysian Tail.

I feel just like Sisyphus with this project, I get through quite a bit of games from my backlog but then comes a must buy Humble Bundle or the Summer or Winter Steam Sales comes through and I just add more games to the waiting list than I was went through.

 

Not that I am complaining it just a bit humorous.

Not that I am complaining , I just find it just a bit humorous.

 

Enough about talking about May’s games with the entire summer ahead of me let’s go through and pick two new games to play, Gotham City Impostors: Free To Play, a Batman themed multiplayer shoot em up game, and La-Mulana, a platforming game I bought on Steam only because it was 90% off . This month I am also going to dedicate one of my Twitch Streaming nights to play some of these two game because if I already have a set time of playing videogames for a few hours each week why not use it to get through my backlog?


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#381 Applauding Poker Night’s Policy on Unlockables

This past week I have been playing my fair share of Poker Night 2 for the sake of getting through my backlog for the month of May (Be MOP #372). I have played and completed the first Poker Night at the Inventory and I bought the second Poker Night a long while ago and I played a bit of it but I did not get through everything, which is why I am returning to the series for this month. Since I returned to Poker Night 2 and comparing it the other games the entire Poker Night series is amazing if you think about it.

I was talking to my friend about this the other night, and we had a little bit of an argument about whether or not TellTale’s games fell under the indie category like he believes  because they publish their own games or , as I argue, because of how big they are, TellTale has transcended to ‘small gaming company’ status. No matter how you slice it was amazing that even with their first Poker Night game they were able to recruit the star power for the various NPCs you played poker with. The first game had  Max, from Sam and Max, Gabe of Penny Arcade, TF2’s Heavy Weapons guy, and Strong Bad. And they were able to get more recognizable and higher profile characters for the sequel.

 I am sure that TellTale had the voice actors of Sam, MAX, and Strong Bad on speed dial from the point and click adventure games but is was still impressive that they  got them to come back and agreed to use their licence.

I am sure that TellTale had the voice actors of Sam, MAX, and Strong Bad on speed dial from the past point and click adventure games but is was still impressive that they got them to come back and agreed to use their licence and everyone’s image

 

Which is also impressive that the small gaming company was able to persuade Valve and Gearbox to include multiple cosmetic hats which was one of the major selling point for everyone else who did not want to hear the voice and banter of Strong Bad for one last time. More importantly what I appreciate about the game is TellTale’s policy when it comes to the Team Fortress 2 and Borderlands 2 item unlockables, both Poker Night games makes you earn your fancy cosmetic rewards by playing the game and going through challenges.

In the first game, the ability to unlock Gabe’s Spy Watch or my beloved Soviet era Heavy gun (Be MOP #254) was purely luck based, at the start of every poker match there was a chance the game would trigger an event for one of the NPCs to forget the bring any money, resulting them in using their specific item as collateral to enter the game. In order to win the item you had to bust out that NPC from the tournament to unlock for your TF2 account. Which meant you could (and I did) just reset the poker tournament until the you got the item you wanted and just play aggressively towards that one NPC until you busted him out.

The second game fixed this little reset exploit and made the rewards be a result of more skill than luck, with three randomly chosen objectives and once you complete all of them the item event would happen in the next match and you had to win the tournament to win the item.  I do like this process more, even though it can result in more RNG madness

this was the last three objectives to go through for the last Poker Night 2 these, these just so happen to be the toughest challenges in the game

these are the last three objectives to go through for the last Poker Night 2 these, these just so happen to be the toughest challenges in the game

 

Still I wish that more games on Steam would follow this practice, giving you the cosmetic hat or piece of flair only for after beating the game or completing a certain achievement rather than just placing a preorder on the game. I think this opinion comes from my years of playing WoW and only getting that special mount after earning a meta achievement for a raid or killing the end game boss on Hard mode. On top of TellTale’s commitment to hold cross games items behind achievements and because Telltale can not ruin something as simple as the Poker system in a game, this is one of the few game series that I would buy the sequel to on Day One if (when) Tell Tales release a third Poker Night at the Inventory game.

 

I still won't pace a preorder because even through I play a lot of online I still wont gamble on a promise of a game....even if the bet is a lock

I still won’t pace a preorder because even though I play a lot of online I still won’t gamble on a promise of a game….even if the bet is a lock

 


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#372 Games from my Backlog for the month of May

Congratulations everyone! We made it through the harsh winter that seemed to invade April and at least for the most of us have finally arrived to that fabled season called Spring with the start of May. As tradition with a new month I need to go through my gaming backlog to pick a handful of games to work through for the next 31 days.

Last month I choose the first Assassin Creed, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams, and The Swapper and over all I had a bit of an uninteresting gaming month. I played Assassin’s Creed in the hopes that I will be hooked on the series and then marathon through the other three main/major Assassin Creed titles so that I could be all caught up with the Assassin’s Creed story for whenever Ubisoft announces the next installment to the series. But I played about an hour of the game and I hate to say it but the game just did not click for me. I have had other games that were on the Games from my Backlog projects that I could not get through because it just did not get way the game was presented (see Dishonored and Serious Sam 3). I always hate when it happens because if I am to believe that videogames are considered art I feel like I am doing a disservice to the creative team behind the game who put weeks or months of hard work into the project and I just can not enjoy it because of my own personal taste.

I did buy Assassin’s Creed 2 when it was also on sale and I have heard from friends that the second game has of all the plot of the first Assassin’s Creed with improved gameplay. So I might return to the series one day but for now it is going to be placed in the category of media that I just do not ‘get’ right next to first person shooters, medical dramas, and country music.

the hours I spent playing TF2 and listening to one or two country songs does prove that I can enjoy the occasional out-liners

the hours I spent playing TF2 and listening to one or two country songs does prove that I can enjoy the occasional outliners

 

Next on the chopping block was Giana Sisters: Twisted Dream, this game was added because it was an indie 2D platformer game with a bit of a difficulty curve to it, but this was another game that just did not do it for me. the game had some cool ideas, like changing between two different sisters with their own platformer power and when you switch between the sisters the background, obstacles, and monsters seamlessly change as well. and there are plenty of gems and hidden secrets throughout the stages that you can collect but the problem I had with it was that I have played better. That’s partially my fault my love for the 2D platformer started when I started playing Super Meat Boy and it continued when played They Bleed Pixels and Cloudberry Kingdom and when you started with such high expectations it can be hard to enjoy anything below that incredibly high standard. It may have some edge of your seat difficulty in its later stages but it just took too long for me to get there, especially since the other games had their difficulty curve start getting steep after you get through the introduction.

It is still a good game and it is well designed and the art direction was great but I just a good game.

It is still a good game and it is well designed and the art direction was great but I just a good game.

 

The Swapper was the saving grace of the month, but ironically enough I did not have enough time to dedicate too much time for this game. I will be quoting what everyone else have said about the game, that it is a wonderful 2D indie game that could be the spiritual successor of the Portal series. It had amazing atmosphere and it tells you imminently that something is wrong with the world you are suddenly thrown into. My only comment is that if you are a moderate follower of the Science Fiction genre you will be able to guess the big twist the moment you get the cloning gun. Besides that it is still an amazing game.

For better or worse I now have three fewer games on my backlog and now it is the time of the post to pick a handful of other titles to play for this month. This month I think I will go back to only picking two games because between my full-time job, blogging, and starting a Twitch channel my spare time is going to more scarce now that ever before.

Although looking back getting into streaming through Twitch is the best thing that could happen because now I have a set time four times a week to sit down and play videogames, previously that time have been taken up by just mindlessly browsing the internet, procrastinating on the idea of starting up a game.

Although looking back getting into streaming through Twitch is the best thing that could happen because now I have a set time four times a week to sit down and play videogames, previously that time have been taken up by just mindlessly browsing the internet, procrastinating on the idea of starting up a game.

 

For the month of my two games are going to be Poker Night at the Inventory 2 and  The Bridge. I have played a bit of Poker Night 2 but I have yet to complete the game by winning all of the trophies  like I did with the first Poker Night at the Inventory game. Trust me even though I swear to never use the cosmetic TF2 items that does not stop me from wanting to collect them all.

 

Plus I love a good poker match.

Plus I love a good poker match.

 

I picked The Bridge because it appeared on my Steam Library through one of the many, many Humble Bundles and it looks like a fun mind shattering game that takes a lot of cues from the famous works of MC Escher so why not?

"Why not?" a question that has caused so much hassle for me in my life.

“Why not?” a question that has caused so much hassle for me in my life.

 


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#343 Taking Indie Games on the go

If you have been living under a rock for the past few days, let me be the first to tell you that the eleventh Humble Indie Bundle is now live. I have talked plenty about this website and service before so I am not going to waste any more words on WHY it is awesome all you need to know is that you should buy it.

It's all these games plus more on its way

It’s all these games plus more on its way do yourself a favor and just buy it now

With all the previous bundles that I have bought over the years I have always gone with the Steam Keys option for retrieving the games I bought but after very recently rediscovering my old flash drive. Since I am no longer using it to store drafts of college papers I thought to use the DRM-free feature of the Indie games I bought to fill it up with the essential games that I have would want to have on me at all time. Imagine this as the list of games I would want if I ever get deserted on an island with a desktop with little to no internet connection.

I mentioned before that both Binding of Isaac and Neocolonialism have already earned their place on this flash drive but after cleaning up the contents I figured out a bit more games that could be added to the drive.

For the first game on this list is the amazing title, The Bastion, one of the first indie game that provoked an emotional response out of me and it was the game that made me excited to explore the interesting world of indie games.

For the laid back game I also added a copy of Poker Night at the Inventory and even though I won all the TF2 items in this game I constantly go back to the first game rather than the squeal because the original characters are just more appealing to me.

Dear Strongbad how can you play Poker with Boxer Gloves? Still waiting for your reply Snozell, NH.

Dear Strong bad, how can you play Poker with Boxer Gloves? Still waiting for your reply Snozell, NH.

And to round out the list the last game is Edmund Mcmillen’s first blockbuster success, Super Meat Boy just a perfect pair to have it along with the other tough as nails platformer game VVVVVV.

I would like to thank past me for inspiring current me when I had the same thought of carrying my three published WoW insider posts with me at all times.

I would like to thank past me for inspiring current me when I had the same thought of carrying my three published WoW insider posts with me at all times.

But I want to throw this question back to you. Do you carry any copies of games on your person? and If not which games would you want to have with you at all time regardless of memory size?


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#283 Screenshots of Pandaria Part XIV

Do you know what a Monday post need? A collection of screenshots from my past gaming adventures.

P.S If anyone can come up with a better name for this screenshot series, now that I am no longer playing World of Warcraft, let me know because I got nothing.

I believe this is the first Steam screenshot that I took on this computer. I know for a fact this was the first game that got me to create a Steam account

I believe this is the first Steam screenshot that I took on this computer. I know for a fact this was the first game that got me to create a Steam account. Bonus points if anyone can identify the title of this game.

This was one of the few photogenic League of Legends screenshot that was able to snag

Ziggs rocking out with his two bear skin rugs

If someone ever asked about what all the hub bub about the Batman: Arkham series I would just show this one picture of Batman uppercutting the Penguin off of a balcony

If someone ever asked about what all the hubbub about the Batman: Arkham series I would answer by just showing this one picture of Batman uppercutting the Penguin off of a balcony

I've also been playing some of the Amazing Spider-man DLC , I will go on record to say that I bought the game and DLC just to play as Stan Lee

I’ve also been playing some of the Amazing Spider-man DLC , I will go on record to say that I bought the game and DLC just to play as Stan Lee

I asked Twitter with no luck, but I want to know what are the chances that  both players getting a full house, and the chances of me getting the better hand.

I asked Twitter with no luck, but I want to know what are the chances that both players getting a full house, and the chances of me getting the better hand.


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