Going Forward: Schedule and Structure… also some SE:V2 stuff

I’ve been thinking about what format I want for this blog.  How often it should update, what kind of content, et cetera.  I have come to a couple of conclusions.

One:  Videos are good, but a lot more work than just flinging text.  Not all my updates will be videos, but I will try to have at least one video per game, and at least one per month.

Two:  Without regular updates people will get bored and stop checking the site.  I will update at least once a week on Mondays, with other “out of band” updates a possibility in the event that I have something I’m particularly excited about.

 

So, here it is.  This week’s Monday update.  Not very interesting so far, but I didn’t really get any good video or actually finish Sniper Elite V2 this week.  I am making progress though, with two (or was it three?) more missions completed.  Worth noting that the difficulty of the game ramped up considerably immediately after the video I posted last week.  Dying 5-7 times on each mission at this point, up from zero on the first three or four.  Müller is dead, shot in the skull with a Gewher 43 at a range of 283m.  Now I’m delaying my hunt for Wulff in favour of tracking down a V2 launch site poised for a horrific chemical attack on London.  Go me!

At this point I’m fairly comfortable recommending this game to anyone who enjoys sniping gameplay and/or a WWII setting.  Still have no one to try the multiplayer with.  🙁

What’s Past Is Prologue

Find enclosed the brief list of games that I had already finished, or played to my own satisfaction, upon starting this blog.  Some of these titles were re-purchased on Steam during a sale after having finished it on a different platform, so while these copies weren’t technically finished I’m counting them anyway.

For seven years of gaming it’s an embarrassingly short list.

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Sniper Elite V2 – For Whom The Bell Tolls (and other “humourous” references)

Here is my second installment in my rapid-fire, getting-the-ball-rolling series of initial posts.  This time I made use of advanced practices like “editing” to hopefully make the video a little more interesting to watch.  I also had an open mic this time instead of using push-to-talk, which may or may not make a difference as to the quality of my commentary.

Still enjoying the game, as might be obvious.  Though I get the impression that the enemy AI doesn’t really understand the concept of solid walls.  Also, gas tanks don’t explode like that unless someone specifically prepared them to do so in advance; if that is indeed the case the Germans might want to do more thorough background checks on their mechanics.

Arbitrarily failing the mission because you didn’t make absolutely sure there were no inconsequential soldiers left outside is pure dickery.

Sniper Elite V2 – Right In The Nose!

Sniper Elite V2 is the game that I most recently started, and will hopefully be the first that I finish on this blog.  I picked it up during the recent Steam summer sale, and I’m quite enjoying it so far, even if I’m half bad at it.  I’d absolutely want to try co-op mode but I don’t know anyone else who owns the game. =/

I recorded a short clip of myself playing the last part of what I seem to recall is the third mission in the game.  It’s my first attempt at uploading single player gameplay like this.  In future efforts I hope to do things like edit the video, and have actual commentary worth listening to.  For now, behold this lacklustre offering, in all it’s glory!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyXmI7TQ7Tc

The Plan

I’ve been buying games on Steam for a long time now.  Ever since a free copy of Halflife 2 came with my Radeon 9600XT back in 2004 Steam has been my primary source for PC games.

In the intervening years I have amassed a collection of several hundred games, many of which I have never even played.  Mostly on sale, sometimes not, I just keep buying games and only playing a small fraction of them.  It’s not that I don’t want to, I just always wander off to do other things, or play other games.

Enter this blog, the purpose of which is to keep me focused on the progress I’m making with my games and playing them all, either to finish them, or in the case of games which are by their nature unfinishable or just plain bad, played to my own satisfaction that I have sufficiently experienced the game.

Join me in this journey and help keep me on task!  Maybe you might even want to suggest what game I play next.  Check out my list of games below.  I’ll let you know the shamefully low number of them that I’ve actually finished — or even played — in a later post.

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