cunthulhu

May 23rd, 2k19

oh hey i crapped out on games for a long while! i also fell into a pit of PLAYOFF HOCKEY which means when i would have been playing, i was watching my two teams bumble their way from last seeds in the Western Conference to both being kicked from the second round in their respective game sevens. no pony in the race that is the current Stanley Cup match-up now, but i v much dislike the Blues’ goalie cos he’s a racist and i also dislike the Bruins cos… they’re the Bruins, so. guess no more hockey for me until October!

have not finished any games since last update other than HOGs that technically belong to my mother but i finished through shared library. those do not count, so here are the games i’ve been putting time into and hopefully will finish before i expire and my body crumbles into dust!

  • Anima Gate of Memories

    5 hours playtime

    3 of 25 achievements

  • Anna's Quest

    2 hours playtime

    10 of 39 achievements

  • Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth

    35 hours playtime

    54 of 90 achievements

  • Broken Sword 1 - Shadow of the Templars: Director's Cut

    3 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Cards of Cthulhu

    8 hours playtime

    26 of 29 achievements

  • Sid Meier's Civilization V

    9 hours playtime

    36 of 286 achievements

  • Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor

    8 hours playtime

    6 of 44 achievements

  • Final Fantasy VII

    93 hours playtime

    26 of 36 achievements

  • Keepsake

    3 hours playtime

    5 of 14 achievements

  • Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Games Series

    8 hours playtime

    30 of 50 achievements

  • Resident Evil 5

    8 hours playtime

    2 of 70 achievements

  • Saints Row: The Third

    70 hours playtime

    75 of 83 achievements

  • The Spiral Scouts

    3 hours playtime

    7 of 32 achievements

  • The Typing of The Dead: Overkill

    3 hours playtime

    2 of 33 achievements

  • The Witcher: Enhanced Edition

    9 hours playtime

    no achievements

(eyes roll into black; black tar dribbles from corner of mouth) SO M A N Y

most of these i’m just piling time into for lack of anything better to do, but:

Anima Gate of Memories is a Playing Appreciated win! i was doing so well, but now i’m at a section full of moving platforms and i just. i suck so hard at those! gonna keep trying until my thirty days run out and hope that’s enough, might get lucky and get past that section but not hopeful. died like thirty times in a row before i ragequit the first time trying, have gone at the same section twice since with same results. aahahahahahahaha i am not good at platformers, have i mentioned this before???

Minecraft Story Mode is technically finished but they took the DLC with additional episodes off the store so it’s sitting on my hard drive in limbo. do i leave it installed in the hopes that it goes back on the store (and eventually on sale enough) so i can buy it and 100% the game? or do i uninstall it and free up the hard drive space? CONUNDRUMS!

The Witcher pisses me off on so many levels i don’t know if i’ll ever finish it. might cut my losses, might cause myself great pain and strife by persisting. idk yet, it’s up in the air at the mo.

and finally, Saints Row The Third is like comfort food so i’m using it as such. my boss has a Genki Head for everything, and even tho i’m trying out the Troy Baker voice this go round, is wearing a go-go stripper outfit as he conducts his illicit businesses. snazzy!

RikkiUW

I was having a similar conundrum about Telltale stuff. There’s a lot of it I want and I’d be tempted to buy it if there’s a risk of it going away permanently (which it sounds like there is), but I’m not willing to pay $20 each for them. What didn’t you like about The Witcher? I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s one of the few longer games I’ve considered a second playthrough of.

cunthulhu

oh yeah, hard same. the second Batman game in particular i really want, but also do not want to spend $15 for it. i know certain games of theirs will probably make a return once they’re bought by someone else, but eh. money and uncertainty oft go hand-in-hand, especially in this case.

at first with the Witcher it was the battle system, though i admittedly got over that after three hours gritting my teeth and forcing my way through. now the main issue that makes me see red is how the game treats women. they are obstacles and push-button-get-quest devices only, with the rewards being loot and the offer of sex. the only women in the game who aren’t scantily clad are the crones or the peasants wandering around with no influence on the plot– if the woman has any kind of dialogue exchange with Geralt then her tits are out. the ONE woman i’ve come across so far who wasn’t practically falling out of her clothing was the Doctor woman, but that all went out the window when i tracked her down to her house for a quest and there she was in negligee that looked like something from Frederick’s of Hollywood!

i could keep raging– especially about Triss’ netting that was supposed to be a shirt front– but i’m sure you get the idea.

a comparison off the top of my head for acceptable scantily clad women would be Dragon Age: Origins– the succubi and Morrigan both have their tits out, but everyone else is clothed like normal people. that makes the near-nudity a legit character point instead of a t&a showcase so the adolescent boys have incentive to play one-handed.

RikkiUW

I know a lot of people complained about the combat but I got used to it relatively quickly and it didn’t really bother me. But regarding the sexism, that’s definitely a valid complaint. It was the first game I’d come across that had anything like that, let alone that explicit. The second and third game (both of which I’m only part way through) don’t seem to do that to the same extent, though it’s not completely gone either.

cunthulhu

i have the second game installed, so i’ll get to it eventually. either after forcing myself to finish the first one, or after uninstalling it in despair! but thank you for saying the sexism is slightly lessened, hopefully won’t be so maddening to get through then.

RikkiUW

No problem. No promises though, it’s been a while since I’ve touched either of them and I’m not exactly known for my memory :P

Cece09

so many games in progress also it very much surprises me to see it belongs to my mother. while I grew up gaming on the xbox because of my step dad he no longer really plays anything so trying to imagine other people’s parents playing them are strange. However i’ve seen plenty of people mention they have kids. It’s just as soon as the kids mention their parents its like huh they game?

cunthulhu

i made my mother into a gamer so this is my own fault. when i was fourteen i bought Morrowind GOTY and when she expressed curiosity i trapped her into the computer chair until she made her own character and progressed through a few opening quests. i’ve never finished the main story in Morrowind; she has finished it at least three times and was really into making her own mods and talking on forums about the game.

she’s prone to strokes now that she’s almost 70 so it’s mostly HOGs and Bejeweled and such for her right now, but when she’s feeling okay she’s good with anything First Person that isn’t an outright shooter and also 4X strategy games. now we share our steam libraries so she can try out whatever and if she likes it can get her own copy.

Trilled Meow

I remember playing Keepsake a long time ago and never finishing it. I didn’t remember what it was called, and didn’t expect it to be on Steam, or 99 cents even though it’s old. Does it hold up at all?

cunthulhu

if it weren’t for the constant backtracking it would’ve been a much more popular game. it has all the makings of a decent puzzle adventure, the environments are pretty and the puzzles are decent, the characters so far are all sympathetic, etc, but holy christ on toast with a buttery spread the backtracking. so uh, it’s worth the money i guess, but be in the mood for running back and forth with no fast travel before you power it up or you’re gonna get frustrated.

Trilled Meow

Old jrpgs being some of my favorite games to play (when I’m cheating from clearing my backlog), I suppose I have a pretty high tolerance for my time being wasted. Even so, it would be nice if there were console commands for warping.

s17tabris

I played The Witcher (GOG version) knowing about the sex card collecting mini-game. That sort of thing is a big turnoff for me, but I still went ahead because everyone’s saying that it’s a good game, and that the cards are optional. Got as far as chapter 2 before I got bored. I literally fell asleep while playing. Never went back to it. I wish I could remove it from my Steam library, but I bought the 3 Witcher games as a package and I love the third game. The combat is better in 2 and 3 (especially in 3… heck, everything’s better in 3 imo).

cunthulhu

yeah i wanted to make up my own mind about it also despite hearing about the sex cards in reviews. honestly thought it might’ve been overblown or something, the people who wrote the commentary i was reading have a tendency to rage about stuff i generally find a non-issue, so i was skeptical. turns out in this case they were right and i was wrong tho!!

i’m…. in the second chapter also and haven’t progressed. they just dump you into this city and say “go get ‘em!” but uh. the sex cards were easy enough to run into, but the actual story quests are obtuse AF. guess we all know what the priorities are for that particular batch of devs. i hope the Cyberpunk game they’re making is better, the environment looks amazing but going from section to section in search of quest-giving sexbots would ruin it.

Trent

Avs and Stars, eh? I’m only a casual hockey fan, but I’ve always been a fan of the Canadiens (long story) and by default the Caps (local team). Last year’s championship was fun…so many long-suffering Caps fans finally getting one of their own. Because I like the Habs, I automatically dislike the Bruins. And I’m not a big fan of the Blues for reasons also, so it’s not much of a final for me either. But hey, at least your teams beat the conference’s top seeds before taking their second-round opponents to the brink. Not so bad. :)

As for your games, of the three of them that I’ve played, I enjoyed all three (Anna’s Quest, Broken Sword 1, and The Witcher). But I’ve never played any of the other games in the series (BS 2-5 and The Witcher 2-3).

cunthulhu

i’m apathetic about the Habs and the Caps, tho my fiery hatred of Tom Wilson is both legendary and screech-inducing. if they got rid of him i’d be fine with that team winning whatever. and lmao the Bruins. someone i know on twitter said that the only people who like the Bruins are people living in Boston, and so far no lies are detected. someone born in Boston is who tried to get me into hockey when i was 11, but i didn’t like what i saw so i ignored the sport for over a decade after. then i caught a random game on the television that showed athletes actually playing a game and not just breaking people, so i reconsidered. kind of wild that the medical staff for the team are still letting Chara play with a broken jaw.

out of the three you listed i’m enjoying Broken Sword 1 the most. Nico is so kickass.

Trent

Yeah, when I was first exposed to hockey, it was just a bunch of thugs going around trying to break your kneecaps. It’s not quite as bad now.