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I like keeping track of my stuff and I'm signed up on every conceivable site that tracking gaming activity already, but I don't do let's play crap and I don't talk about my gaming habits to my friends often (don't have many gaming friends). I do play a lot of games though, maybe not as much as I used to but hey... still rounding out to over 40 hours a week on weeks where games release. A lot of games.
Everyone wants to talk about what the do with their time right?
The XCOM: Enemy Unknown Demo needs to be longer, it's so effin' short eventhough it is a hefty 5+GB. I guess it's not a finely crafted demo and comes with a lot of the game around it in one bit chunk, I've played through it a few times now and I sort of wanna just keep going. Damn it for doing it's job and making the game a valid purchase decision. I don't have the money to buy it right now (low hours, inbetween jobs, I'm not rich) so I'll prolly grab it the most sleezy way and purchase it later off GMG or Steam or wherever fancies my pants later. It plays really well and I enjoyed using the 360pad for the PC version demo, I can't see a reason I'd wanna use anything else so far for it (it's kinda a dead simple game... control wise).
I guess I can talk quickly about my gaming set up, yea that's something I can do. I play games at my computer desk and I do not own a TV at all, early on I 'rightfully' prefered the extreme crispness of a monitor over early HDTVs for gaming and since then I've just not thought about getting a tv just for games. At most I could do with a bigger monitor, something closer to a 30' possibly but I do like sitting decently close to it so I have never needed anything huge. Right now I play on 2 19' monitors, one is widescreen and one is not (both lCD though) and I'm comfortable with the 1440x900 resolution of the widescreen while my PC can swap to the other while I use the 360 or even while I game on my pc, Windowed Fullscreen mode is my friend. Only very recently have I been feeling the urge to get something bigger, and that my current screens are a tad on the small side (it's sub 1080p just by a tad). I really really enjoy the 19:10 aspect ratio though so hopefully when/if I do get around to a new display it will be similar, the extra vertical space is really nice for computer use since Windows uses up space for the taskbar and top navigation of fullscreen windows.
I have also played a grip of Borderlands 2 and Torchlight 2, though I dropped them after a few days playing and haven't had the urge to play them again just yet. I will though. Not much of a completionist for games and I find more often then not I burn a game into the ground right away then either forget about it or finish it later. I can't do the burn it fully till it's dead and finished style of play like I used to in highschool, or like some of my unemployed friends can. It's not a time thing, I have the time to play all these games if I wanted, I'm just not motivated to complete them a lot of the time... most games suck as far as compelling story. Like.. what the fuck are you doing in Borderlands 2? Running around and shooting enemies, sometimes there's a character you talk to and god help you when the game wants to talk to you.. it talks forever, I feel like the game is yelling at my constantly with it's visual style and the fact that often I'm in the middle of combat with a bunch of enemies in a camp trying to move forward while 1-3 NPCs are yelling at me about various story things that may or may not relate directly to what I'm actually doing.. all the while trying to manage the loot and items the enemies I'm killing are dropping. Playing co-op doesn't help because you add the feeling of having to move forward at their pace, a constant push forward, and their voice commenting on EVERYTHING... "did I hear that joke?"... yea buddy... I'm playing the same game as you, I saw that the game referenced a reference, that's super nifty. It's sort of doing that, that's it's thing, stop acting like it's special. I don't get, or don't care, about references in games. Way too often they just seem lazy, to rely on the player to have experienced the thing before hand and then to just point to it for supposedly a laugh or chuckle. Maybe I'm a dick, but it all just seems like decent stuff that's constantly popping off and melds together into a stream of "what the fuck ever, let's shoot more guys and get more guns and shoot more guys again" instead of something smartly crafted to allow you to take in some proper writing, jokes or even funny situations. Feels like it's throwing everything it has got at you constantly, making the mostly decent stuff just seem meaningless etc. I feel worn out when playing borderlands more so than any other game that I can remember.
Mark of the Ninja is pretty great, not much to it other than the basics of gaming. Good mechanics that grow over the course of the game and great visual backdrops to those mechanics, repeat and repeat until you fight yourself. I stopped at that point, the point where OH SNAP you fight enemies that are yourself... video games. Will check back in later but I can't help feeling like I'd rather play a thousand more levels like the first half of the game instead of carry on into the land where I fight ninja's who have my abilities. So many games do this though I can only pick out Splinter Cell for doing this, in more than one instance/game (conviction and one more I think). Conviction was cool. Oh noes, what are you going to do now that the hunted can now hunt! Iunno bro, turn off the game? I don't want to be hunted by ninjas or guards with night vision... that's MY job as the ninja/sleekdunkenpanther and it was damn fun.
I play Minecraft in between all this, less so during the releases of the latest games mentioned but I pop in often cause some friends play on the server (friends only server, type deal). I throw images I take from there up on tumblr, cause that's something people do right?