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While I havenít spend quite as much time playing video games as I did last week, youíd be forgiven for thinking the opposite based on my Steam account. Iím just a hair away from breaking 100 hours played in two weeks, which would amount to about a third of each day on Steam alone. Obviously, that wasnít the case. I have played plenty of games this week, since it turned out I didnít have to work after all (which is bad in that I donít get paid, but good in that teh vidya) but definitely not that much. So what happened?

Those goddamn trading cards did.

I didnít understand the trading cards at first, I thought they were just a stupid gimmick not worth my time. Then, Jordan Devoreís article hit. It cleared a lot of things up for me, and showed me what exactly I could do with them. That is, sell them for decent money. I still donít understand why anyone would ever craft those pointless badges or why ďfoilĒ cards sell for a buck a piece even though literally the only difference is the fact that it has the word ďfoilĒ on it, but Iím always happy to exploit the idiots of this world. ;)

I started by selling a bunch of cards I had multiples of and one Holiday Sale foil card, which altogether netted me about 2 bucks total. After that I started putting games I already beat like Portal 2 and Bastion idle for their trading cards too (Iím running Orcs Must Die! 2 and Super Meat Boy as I write this. Yes, both), which is what got me that insane 100 hours in two weeks. As it stands, Iím sitting atop a pretty good pile of cards, and I have Ä3,18 to my name in Steam Wallet funds. From here on out, Iím probably going to start selling everything I have left and save up for a cheap game or two. The only badge I could see myself crafting is the one for Trine 2 because I cannot emphasize enough how much I love Trine, but then I already spent 8 cents on the best looking wallpaper in the Trine set, so I probably have little to gain from the badge itself. So my best bet is getting a couple of games I wouldnít have otherwise bought for Ďfreeí. With my love for already-cheap indie games combined with the current sales, that should be very possible.

Beyond the Trading Card stuff, Iím currently still trying to decide on whether or not to buy Dark Souls and Deus Ex: Human Revolution in todayís (technically yesterdayís) sale. I can literally buy the latter with the money I got from my trading card sales, so that seems like a fair trade at least. I already downloaded quote-unquote Ďdemosí (wink wink nudge nudge) for both games, and they actually run surprisingly well on my two-year-old laptop thatís starting to show its age, so Iíll probably take the plunge sometime after I put these caps up.

Dark Souls in particular looks like a game I would enjoy immensely, and itís a damn shame I havenít been able to play it yet, so hereís hoping it holds up!



Cblogs are being slow lately, come on guys! I know you've still got it!

A - ManChild has been playing Analogue and more, and loves Holmes. By the way, what would you guys say if these Mangasms became weekly again? Sounds good, no?

A - A blog that warms my heart; GladChimer found his love for indie games through FTL.

S - Sheppy X is liveblogging Aliens: Colonial Marines. It's....it's not a very good game.

E - I didn't even know there was a SMT IV contest going on, but here's a short entry.




- Hold up just one damn second here. You're telling me that this is a character in Dark Souls? WHY THE FUCK HAVEN'T I PLAYED THIS GAME YET?!

T - Mr. Wolfe has been working on a complete breakdown of Metal Gear Solid 2.

T - We all have those games we get totally obsessed by. Cave Story+ is L3ED's current one.

T - Matt has been playing a couple of games of late, particularly Saints Row 3.

F - The first episode of RWBY is finally out! Is it any good?

V - A short video on DAYZ.



- I'm digging this wallpaper.



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