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#398 Games from my Backlog for the month of July

Well it was bound to happen, not once during the past month I played either of the two games I assigned myself to play through for the month of June. For those who are new  to this website “Games from my Backlog” is a long running program was created to help me work through my mammoth gaming backlog by setting aside two or three game titles a month to exclusively work through, not to complete or finished but to play enough to experience what to game has for me and to see if I wanted to play through it more of that game or genera. Last month I was suppose to play Gotham City Impostors: Free To Play and  La-Mulana and I had absolutely no interest in either games.

I think it was because I did not want these games in the first place, a problem I was touching on in last month’s Games from my Backlog post. Both of these games were bought as consolation prizes, either paying for it because it was a part of the Humble WB Games Bundle as was the case for Gotham Impostors or as was the case with La-Mulana, the game was 90% and I was already heading towards the checkout page with a handful of games.

 honestly I cant count how many of these were bought because they were bundled with other, more appealing, games

honestly I cant count how many of these games were bought because they were bundled with other, more appealing, games

 

To use my mother’s favorite Hugh Prather quote,”If the desire to write is not accompanied by actual writing, then the desire is not to write” and I did not need to take four weeks to realize that my reluctance to play these games meant I did not want to play either of these games. There was such a lack of motivation that I could not find the motivation to start up the client for one match, even for the sake of the project and the idea of streaming these matched for one of my scheduled Twitch times. It was so bad that I even completely forgot to even change the Be MOP side banner from the month before.

oops. My Bad

Oops….. My Bad

 

This month is going to be different, we just got finished recovering from the week-long Steam Summer Sales extravaganza, I now have some recently bought games that I want to play. That’s why I am choosing LEGO Batman 2, a Lego game that is all about the Dark Knight and the Bat-gang fighting the clown prince of crime and Ducktales: Remastered, a High Definition remake of a classic platformer that I never got to play from my childhood, as my two games for the month of July.

 

Be sure to check back here at the start of August to see if I can break my unmotivated gaming streak.

 


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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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#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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#316 The Magic of the Steam Winter Sale

The Winter Steam Sales is in full swing with their standard sales and price cuts that have made Valve so famous and beloved by all PC players.

And with this is the time of year (summer too) where I my brothers, and I assume many other gamers cut their purse strings loose and buy the big games that have been sitting on our wishlist for the past few months without having to worry about being undercut by a sudden Steal sale in a few months. There is also extremely magical about buying an AAA game for just $5.

I've heard of so many people buying games at full price last week and they are kicking themselves in the wallet now.

I’ve heard of so many people buying games at full price last week and they are kicking themselves in the wallet now.

But I also I use this event as a time to go out and take a chance on games I never heard of or might be a bit hesitant about, an act I normally never do when the games are at their normal asking price.

For example, La-mulana? I heard nothing but good things about the game around the web and for Flash sale price of 1.99 how could I say no?

The Bridge, an indie 2d logic puzzle about physics and perspective that challenges your mind with stages that draws inspiration from Isaac Newton and MC Escher, looks amazing enough try out for just three dollars

Paranautical Activity, a game that is quoted in its description as the combination of “the classic FPS action of games like Doom and Quake, with the randomness and difficulty of modern roguelikes like Binding of Isaac and Spelunky” This game looks like it was made with me in mind.

This is the first early access game I bought into, lets hope it successes

I only found this game because it was one of the contender for Yesterday’s Community’s Choice poll

 

So far I have purchased five games from these sales, the three games I already mentioned, Bulletstorm and the sequel to one of the first PC indie games I ever played, Runner 2. All these games added to my and the Winter Sales are not even half over yet, I do not even want to think about what my wallet will look like at the end of the year.

I haven't been bothered to do any reserach but I have a theory that one of the critizems of Runner 1 is that there was no much of a plot

I haven’t been bothered to do any research but I have a theory that one of the criticism of Runner 1 is that there was not much of a plot. That is the only reason I could think on why the game developers added a crazy plot delivered by an over the top voice actor

 


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