During the dreary post-holidays period, with snow on the ground and nary a break of pace in sight until Lent, I pondered how to occupy myself. Spending 5 hours rearranging my homes in Skyrim has its charm, but would that really accomplish anything? ("Look at my immaculately decorated house!" "Meh. Where's all the cheese wheels?") I was browsing Steam's catalogue when inspiration hit.
"I bet not many people review the cheap games on Steam, and $10 wouldn't put me in the hole that much, even if it's a clunker. What if I wrote a review of every $10 (or less) game Steam releases?"
After the first 3 reviews, I have decided this is not some fleeting interest, but instead the first steps on a long road to madness. That means it's time to announce my condition to the world, so gawking bystanders can watch my trail with morbid interest (and provide heckling motivation from the stands if I gain a brief moment of sanity and reconsider this).
Here's the guidelines I'll follow:
1. Review each new release on Steam that starts at $10 or less, at least.
2. Play the game for at least 8 hours or until I beat it, whichever comes first.
3. In the review, say how long I played it, how much I think I should've paid for it, and its current Steam price when I wrote the review.
4. No Multiplayer. (This isn't from some squeamishness about competition on my part, but because a 50% packet loss on uploads makes it unplayable at best and gets you accused of lag hacking at worst.)
And here are the first fruits of my labors:
Q.U.B.E.: 3 stars, 2.5 hours, worth $10
Unstoppable Gorg: 3 stars, 7 hours, worth $7
SOL: Exodus: 4 stars, 4 hours, worth $10