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Is it still Monday?

*Checks Clock*

YES!


I (hopefully) submitted my video in time. I hope the Monday deadline counts to the very last second. I know Destructoid is in San Fransisco but I didn't want to risk missing the deadline by the eastern time zone.

Anyway here's my video. I'm tired right now and need some rest.




Thanks For Watching,
Clarke Kwangwari
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Hello. My name is Clarke and I'm an addict.

Steam is both a blessing and a burden. They've trained their customers to always hop on a deal. It seems every week I'm always buying something from the Steam store. The above photo is just a sample of my recent purchases.

I didn't check over them when taking the screenshot but I'm pretty sure I haven't played most of those games. Even worse is when I buy extra content for games that I am currently finishing. It seems like every time I beat one game I end up buying 2 more to take its place.

I'm starting this blog series to hopefully motivate me to complete all my games and make my purchases worthwhile. I have strange gaming habits though. I had Mass Effect on my computer for a while but wasn't motivated to start playing till the sequel came out. When it did release however I blasted through both games back to back in a weekend. In contrast to that I have all of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games but have barely taken 3 steps in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl.

Well enough babbling time for the games. Here is a picture of the games that need playing.

This isn't me bragging though. I know there are many people with way longer lists.

As I've said I'm going to use this blog to motivate me and to track my progress. I'll be posting weekly updates here on Destructoid exclusively every Friday.



I have a game plan for this too. Right now it's summer but I still have to take one more course to graduate and it's a 3 and a half hour class Monday's, Wednesday's, and Friday's. The length may not seem that long but I have a 2 hour bus/train ride to and from school. On top of that I have work on Tuesday's and Thursday's from 12 to 6 with a 1 hour bus/train ride. Major playtimes are there for restricted to evenings and weekends. However I am fortunate to be able to connect to Steam at work and play some of the more casual games on my laptop (which is very gaming capable).

Some games will be easier to get through than others. I don't know what I was thinking today but I bought two of the biggest time sinks on my list in one day. Tropico 3 and The Sims 3. I'm thinking of leaving games like those for last. I'm going to categorize the games into Singleplayer, Multiplayer, and Arcade.

Singleplayer is the most straight forward since I just have to get from point A to B in the story. This gets complicated though in games like Fallout 3 were I like to play through multiple times going down different paths (Also note I've beaten the main story in Fallout 3 but my save game corrupted).

Actually Multiplayer is the most straightforward. Just play some matches till I feel I've gotten my moneys worth. How much time I feel is necessary is up to the individual game.

Arcade. Well not all of the games are necessarily "arcade" games. Puzzle games fit this title. I'm going to add games like The Sims 3 to this category because there's no story or scoring and I don't feel like making a 4th category. This is the more casual time waster category. Also akin to multiplayer since most of these games have no "end" I'll just play till I feel done.

I will use some codes to explain my progress in the games.
ACH - Achievements (Trying To Complete Extra Achievements)
CTF - Close To Finishing
DLC - Downloadable Content (Main Story Finished)
NEW - Newly Purchased Game
PRE - Previous Game Not Done
PRG - Game In Progress
REST - Restart (I hope I don't have to use this one)
QUIT - Given Up (Or this one)


PRG Bob Came In Pieces
DLC Borderlands
Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3
Dark Void Zero
Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition
PRE Deus Ex: Invisible War
DLC Fallout 3
Flotilla
PRG Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City
King's Bounty: The Legend
PRE King's Bounty: Armored Princess
LEGO Batman
PRG Lucidity
PRG Machinarium
Metro 2033
PRG The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom
Overlord
PRE Overlord: Raising Hell
PRE Overlord II
Psychonauts
PRG Red Faction: Guerrilla
Rocket Knight
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl
PRE S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky
PRE S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
Saira
Shadowgrounds
PRE Shadowgrounds: Survivor
Torchlight
Trine
Universe at War: Earth Assault
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II
PRE Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising


Altitude
Counter-Strike: Source
Killing Floor Mod: Defence Alliance 2
Madballs in...Babo: Invasion


Glacon Fusion
PRG Tinker
PRG Toki Tori
Tropico 3
PRG World of Goo
Zombie Shooter 2

Hopefully at the very least I can beat 1 game a week. I feel like I can get through Red Faction: Guerrilla and Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City pretty quickly. I was also tempted to put Mass Effect 2 on the list because I'm almost done with my Renegade Shepard playthrough and want to restart my Paragon Shepard playthrough. >_<

See you next week!
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Clarke
1:44 PM on 12.19.2009


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I had been meaning to make this post for a long time. This has been my room for about 10 years and it's one of my most favorite places. Ever since my family moved into this house this is where I did most of my indoor activities whether it be tabletop games or video games.



The main focus of my room is my computer table. It's my pride and joy and I built it approximately one year ago. Well actually as you can see I have 2 computers on my desk. The one on the side is for when ever friends come over. It has Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress 2, and Demigod (Thanks to GasPoweredGames letting LAN with one disk). Also in my parents office is the first PC I ever built (With a few different parts) and I use that sometimes with friends.

Here's My Media Shelf

Never Know When You'll Need Some Bonk Or A Quick Heal

Games

Movies & Music

Books

Most of my games are on Steam. Click the below image to see my list of games.

My Computers

The Secondary Computer


Specs
*AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.6GHz CPU
*nVidia GeForce 8800GS
*4 GB DDR2 RAM
*500W PSU
*DVD ROM Drive
*CD ROM Drive

And My Main



*AMD Athlon 64 X2 3.1GHz CPU
*nVidia GeForce GTX 260
*8 GB DDR2 RAM
*500W PSU
*Blu-ray ROM Drive


I know I like looking at other peoples setups on Destructoid and I hope you enjoy mine. It's not as populous as some but I just got over the whole hording phase after I sold all my old Nintendo stuff last year when I realized why keep stuff that I'm not going to play. And with that here's my Mario headcrab listening to some music.
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I really feel I have to reiterate a previous blog I had made. I know gaming blogs don't really know much about PC gaming and I feel that's a bit hazardous to how well information is reported.

I know there's been such a media blast over Modern Warfare 2 and the PC version has been getting lots of negative attention but there is also one point I haven't really seen anyone talk about yet.

It has been stated that MW2 will have full Steamworks integration...
...the listing on Steam slates the release date for November 13th...
...even a mod on the steam forums confirms CD keys are tied to Steam.


Now the Steamworks deal had to have been in development for a while yet in mid October Infinity Ward Community Manager Robert Bowling states there will be no delay for the PC version.
http://twitter.com/fourzerotwo/status/4942365785

Retailers will may be selling the disk version on November 10 (Amazon Lists "November 10") but all PC gamers will have till the 13 is a $60 drink coaster.








I've finally got all the videos I got from Infinite Bits online. Here's a quick highlight reel of some of the stuff that went on this past weekend.


You can view the rest of the videos here on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/SuperPretendoShow

I was a blast and I hope even more people can make it next year.

The unfortunate news about this however is that my camera stopped working the day after the event had ended on Sunday. Basically the CCD, the device that senses light, in my camera stopped working. I'm definitely not under warranty and don't know how much repairs would cost and even though I do want a new camera it's not in my budget right now. This is really disappointing because I really love filming and I just don't know what to do know especially when my site depends on video content. But I will be back. Maybe I'll start doing some machinima.