Confessions of a Steam Addict 2: Electric Boogaloo

This week, it was my sworn duty to play 1000 Amps, a Metroidvania puzzle platformer. I really liked this game and it shouldn't have taking me all week to beat it, but you know what they say, unemployment is a full-time job. Well, I shouldn't say I've beaten it just yet, no matter what the completion meter says, because I've still got the final boss to go. I've never been great with bosses, mostly because I just don't find it fun to keep trying something until I get it right. The game seems to be suggesting the boss should be very easy with all of my abilities, but I just can't deal with all of its attacks being one-hit kills, I guess. I'll give it a few more tries, but if I don't finish, I won't be too worried. After all, the game does explicitly say that I've completed 100% of it.

Anyway, 1000 Amps is very good and I recommend checking it out. It's weird that I haven't heard more about it, but I guess indie games can't all get the same level of publicity. The only thing I found wrong with the game is that it runs on Flash, which I think is the cause of the severe lag which can occur when too many effects are on screen. My controls were literally taking 3-4 seconds to register in some cases. This happened quite a bit in the boss fight, so I can chalk it up to slowdown if I never finish.

Next week is 18 Wheels of Steel: American Long Haul. I've played 12 minutes of it before, according to Steam, and I remember it not working quite right for some reason, so I guess we'll see how that goes.

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Confessions of a Steam Addict

Well, my Metal Gear series playthrough doesn't seem to be going anywhere, and since I seem to enjoy starting projects I'll never finish, I thought "Hey, what's one more?"

Now, this may sound crazy at first, but during this summer's Steam sale, I heard a rumour that you can actually play the games you buy on Steam. I know, I know, I thought I misread it too, but then I tried it and what do you know? It works! So, I've decided to start playing all of my games. Yep, all of them. Well, probably not all of them. Whatever I can/want to. Most of them, at least. I won't play a game if my laptop can't run it, I've already completed it, or if I just don't want to play that particular game. The point of this exercise is to get some value out of my purchases, not to push myself to the limits. Buy keep in mind that I'm not someone who usually finishes games, so even this is further than I'd usually go.

I'll be doing weekly updates of this thing as well as I can be bothered to, so you can track my deteriorating mental state. I'll be playing a game until I either finish it or get relatively good at it, depending on the game's requirements. This means I won't always be finishing a game a week, but it doesn't mean I can't play more than one game in a week, either.

I'll play down the list alphabetically, but from my Library list, not the list on my profile. This means that if I haven't gone past where it would be in the list and you're so inclined, you can force me to play a game by gifting it to me. Or, if you've been looking for someone to play a certain game with you, I probably own it and will have to play it eventually.

Anyway, the first game on the list is 1... 2... 3... KICK IT! (Drop That Beat Like an Ugly Baby), which is good because it's a small pre-release game, which gave me a chance to use this post to explain the rules I've set out for myself. Playing Ugly Baby has given me a chance to get used to the movements of this type of game and the speed at which it moves, which I appreciate, since Dejobaan's similar games are coming up on the list rather soon. I've always liked Dejobaan's style and sense of humor, but I've never been very good at these music games they seem to enjoy producing.

I played a few games of it and got a score which was apparently adorable and that's pretty much it. I feel bad for not saying more about the game, but there's not really much to it and I don't have any easily accessible music on this laptop. No Girlfriend for me :( I suppose it would help to explain what the game is, since I didn't do that. You play as something falling through some other things and you have to rack up points by getting close to the things and going through rings for points. Your multiplier can go up to 5X if you don't hit anything. Also you can rotate for directional points rings and shoot at enemies, but I never saw any of those things while playing. Maybe Avril Lavigne will get the enemies to spawn more. Did I mention the levels are built from music? I'm pretty bad at this. I hope for your sake I improve. I know there's always some person who reads every entry to a thing. Okay, bye! See you next week! Sunday?

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Myst: Scrawlings of a Mad Man

A couple of weeks ago I finished Myst for the first time. It took me about 12 hours over the course of just over a week and it was really fun. There was a lot more story to it than I imagined and I can't wait to start playing Riven. Well, I did start it after I finished Myst, but it crashed and I haven't gone back to it since. So here are my notes:

I started from the bottom, for the most part. As you can see, I went into a lot more detail than I needed to and worked harder to figure out one puzzle than was necessary for the entire game. Mainly because I took an incredibly long time to figure out a simple mechanic.

The only times I needed outside help were to figure out what Atrus was saying at one point ("tower rotation", which turns out to be the biggest clue in the whole game; the closest I came was "towel we taught") and to find the red page in the sound land. I knew the chances were low, but I didn't want to look through the whole maze system for it.

That's it! I'll be doing one of these for Riven, as long as I can get past the graphics (I played RealMyst) and maybe Fez, if I produce enough meaningful notes.

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The Sims 3

My sim got pregnant, but she's still living at home and her family don't have much money. I guess she could move in with her boyfriend, but I'm not sure where he lives. I hope the baby's healthy, because I want to keep this family going and she can't have any siblings because her dad's a old ghost.

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