Video Games: What I’m Playing

Posted on January 9, 2013 3:00 pm

Thanks to Humble Bundle and Steam sales, I’m pretty overloaded with games right now. A game really has to grab my attention right away to get me to play it through or I’m on trying the next one as I just have way more games than time.

Anyway, I’m currently playing Far Cry 3 “>Far Cry 3 and think I will beat that one as it’s a lot of fun (with some flaws I can go into at another time). Plus, I finally got a gaming mouse so I’m not using the touchpad on my laptop like a chump. Also, on my DS (well, technically, my 3DS), I’m playing The World Ends With You which is supposed to be really good as is just starting to grab me.

Games I’ve started and plan to get back to:

* Grand Theft Auto IV – I know it’s a good game, it just annoyed me for some reason but I’ll play it through eventually.

* Deus Ex: Human Revolution – It will be a much more fun game when I convince myself not to be a tedious completionist and hack every single door I see. Also, the story was just starting to get interesting when I put it down for Far Cry. Oh, but the character models in it really annoy me for some reason; they’re just so awkward and not real looking (large bodies, tiny heads) and make it seem like a ten year old game sometimes. A huge flaw for a dialogue heavy game where I’m not just gunning down these people.

* Assassin’s Creed II – I never played an Assassin’s Creed game and this is the highest reviewed of them (and was $5 on Steam). I love the free run where you easily climb up buildings and definitely want to get back to it.

* Dark Souls – At times extremely compelling with its difficulty and at other times I’m just like, “What am I doing here?”

Oh, and I keep telling myself one of these days I’m going to go back to Skyrim and finally beat the main quest in an Elder Scrolls game, but I last played it like a year ago (and put 93 hours in it).

And I still have countless games sitting in my Steam account that I haven’t even started. Plus someone was kind enough to gift me DOTA 2 which I know nothing about other than it’s really popular.

Man, I can’t wait until I one day retire and can play video games all day again. With this economy, that’s probably like forty years from now. Until then, I’ll try to get my kids really into video games so I can multiplayer with them and that be family time.

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14 Responses to “Video Games: What I’m Playing”

  1. jimmy kinkade says:

    No shuffleboard in retirement homes of the future. Videogame rooms.

  2. The Mad Analyst says:

    long time lurker, infrequent commentor. may I recommend the following:
    – Bastion
    – Rocksmith
    – Mass Effect (I’ve only played the first one, and it probably qualifies as “oldie but goodie” by now)

  3. Zaklog the Great says:

    For me it’s the Humble Indie Bundle games that are piling up. I just bought the latest one and I still haven’t finished any of the previous bundle. Ah well, such is the life of a (semi-)responsible adult. Maybe I’ll convert to liberalism so I could in good (lack of) conscience sit home and play video games all day, let the rest of you pay for raising my kid. . . .

    Nah, I think I’ll choose dignity.

  4. Frank J. says:

    jimmy,

    Was at a retirement home recently, and they had a Wii. I assume the generation that grew up playing games will have more.

    Mad,
    Already played Bastion and liked it (got it in a Humble Bundle) and loved the Mass Effect series, especially how my choices compounded throughout the trilogy.

    Zakog,
    I have the same “problem” of a bunch of Humble Bundle games sitting around I still haven’t got to.

  5. Jimmy says:

    It’s truly amazing, Frank, that you have time for fatherhood, husbandry, work, twittering, blogging AND video games. Video games are last, right? Right?

  6. Frank J. says:

    Jimmy,
    Don’t forget columns and the novels I’m working on.

    Anyway, I write every day, but I don’t get to play video games every day.

  7. Jimmy says:

    Well, you will at some point, Frank, when your kids get older. I went through that stage in the 90’s with my two. We were Doom and Descent crazy back then – even me. Seems like we played every day. Today, I don’t play anything as my fingers have curled-up into little, round stubs that just barely fit coffee mugs and ale bottles (where they amazingly stretch back out to normal size and shape, for some reason).

  8. Harvey says:

    Jimmy – I just played Doom again last year. It’s still as much fun as you remember it being. It may not have sparkly graphics, but then again, with Doom, it was always all about the gameplay.

  9. Jimmy says:

    Yeah, I miss it sometimes. My boys and I used to have contests to see who could make it to the end level the fastest (I never won). I remember being more hooked on Descent, however, which played really well on an IBM machine I had bought in ’95, the first year I hooked to the actual Internet. I also remember being on Compuserve in the early 90’s on an 80286 machine with 80 Megs of hard disk. Then there was the first Z80 machine I built in 1978…

    Whoa… I’m dating myself here. I’d rather date someone else…

  10. Harvey says:

    @9 – Yeah, yeah, old man. Tell us about how your first computer had vacuum tubes :-P

  11. Jimmy says:

    Well, it did!!!!l1l1000111000!!

    But better. It had sockets for all the IC’s. And one little mistake… no she’s-a-he’s-a-pumpski.

  12. Armed and Larry says:

    Here’s what I’m currently playing. I have absolutely no affiliation with them besides playing the game, in case you were wondering.

    http://www.pirate101.com, sequel to http://www.wizard101.com.

    A kewl shoot-em-up, or slice and dice em with swords and knives, or use both guns and blades! (My description, theirs is much more cautious.)

    Both are free to play (until you hit a paywall), and fun as heck! Just stay outta the PVP areas until you’re not a sitting duck for those 7 y/o kids who WILL happily kick your hiney.

    Good family sorcery or gun, and blade fun.

  13. TheRoyalFamily says:

    I want to get a clean install of Skyrim so I can get the good mods and stuff that have come out in the last year, and use the mod manager. I last played before they put out the mod tools, so all my mods are installed directly into the game files (and directly written into the .ini stuff). Does the Steam cloud synch up all game files, or just the save data? That’s important.

    Right now I’m mostly into The Secret World and Star Trek Online. Occasionally I’ll boot up FTL: Faster Than Light when I want something quicker and simpler. The last Steam Sale hasn’t really done anything for me.

  14. Weslypipes73 says:

    Far Cry 3 awesome game, but if you have not played Far Cry 2 you are missing an even better game!

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