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10:53 PM on 07.26.2010

Alien Swarm Destructoid Audition

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.

[embed]179935:31791[/embed]


Thanks For Watching,
Clarke Kwangwari
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8:08 PM on 05.14.2010

Clarke's Backlog Blog: It Begins


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!   read


8:23 AM on 01.07.2010

Mass Effect 2 and Splinter Cell Conviction Aren't Exclusives

That is all.   read


1:44 PM on 12.19.2009

My Room


(Click The Above Image To View Fullsize)

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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3:59 PM on 11.05.2009

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 PC Releases Late(r)

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.   read


7:01 AM on 10.28.2009

Super Pretendo @ Infinite Bits (VIDEOS)

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.
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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.

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5:16 PM on 10.24.2009

Super Pretendo @ Infinite Bits 2009!!!

Hey guys I just got back from the Infinite Bits convention. I couldn't make it on Friday but I went today and I'll definitely be attending Sunday. If you were there I was the guy dressed as Louis from Left 4 Dead. Well enough with the words I'll show you some pictures. Videos will be coming on Sunday/Monday!


Me and my camera man Kelvin.

Posing with a Half Life 2 resistance soldier. Yeah Valve characters are pretty much the coolest.

Godfree from Gamertag Radio and Ross from SFX360

I hear a hunter...

The Nostalgia Critic

Ben Heck

Egorapter

METAL GEAR!


I can't wait till tommorow!   read


9:20 PM on 10.22.2009

Modern Warfare 2 PC Release Date Pushed Back

Modern Warfare has been put up on Steam for pre-ordering here. http://store.steampowered.com/app/10180/

As you can see the game unlocks on November 13th. It doesn't matter what version you buy you'll have to wait till it's activated on Steam.

And unfortunatly for Austrailian players you'll have to pay $90. For now here's some silly quotes I found.
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10:37 PM on 10.17.2009

Modern Warfare 2 "Updates" (No Dedicated Servers or Mods)

Since I haven't seen anyone post a blog about the recent update here are some new things about Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 as reported by BASHandSlash.

> IW has control of the game
> IWnet servers will host multiplayer
> DLC will be a charged item for PC
> No dedicated servers
> Matchmaking system used to play with similarly ranked players
> VAC instead of PB
> Semi-capable password servers
> Semi-capable ad-hoc servers
> Competitive play is dead
> MW2 mods would not be possible
> Full integration into Steam



Now if you're a PC gamer you know how much of a terrible decision this is. As of Sunday, October 17, 2009 11:46 PM EST there are 1,501 signatures on the petition against these changes. . No doubt we'll see Jim posting about how PC gamers whine too much about our point and click games.

Also you can see there are many upset players on the Infinity Ward forums. I guess for now we can wait for FourTwoZero to post system specs...   read


8:13 AM on 10.10.2009

"Don't Buy Batman: AA For PC" Update

In my original post here I had stated my issues with Batman: Arkham Asylum for PC. It became increasingly more apparent there was an issues with the disk as I tried many things to troubleshoot the problem.

So about maybe a bit over a week ago I had rode my bike to GameStop (In hindsight I should have just called.) and they said what I was expecting, "we don't accept returns on PC games". Now the policy on the back of the receipt states they take exchanges for up to 60 days. But the flip side of that is they can choose not to at any time. I know the possibility of someone stealing the CD key but that's definitely not something I would do.

Now I understand them not taking back my game but I had specifically asked for an "exchange". In my mind exchanges are for when the product you have purchased isn't operating to your expectations. I was told by them to use the manufacturer warranty but I had already attempted this but the online support is minimal and I was greeted with a recording when I had called them. Now imagine if you had bought a brand new TV and it didn't work then when you tried to return it to the store they tell you it's not there part the manufacturer messed up.

It wasn't till Tuesday of this past week that I had gone to a different GameStop where the manager on duty was very understanding and was willing to take back the game as a "defective" copy. Unfortunately he had no copies in stock. He then told me to go to another GameStop that did have a copy. This also happened to be the one that I had originally purchased from and had refused to help me. But this time since they had spoke to the manager of they other store and their manager they had let me swap the disk. Before she kept asking if my PC could run the game and she wasn't listening to me when I had stated the game won't install meaning I didn't even get to enter the CD key. I just wanted a simple disk swap the whole time.

Now I know PC games are a whole different sitiuation than most other games but it would be better if we could actually own our games. I could sell my copy of Battlefield 1942 and it would work on anyone's computer. But I had bought a used copy of Battlefield 2142 from some random guy at GameStop and it wasn't till I installed the game that I found out the CD key was tied to his account. Games now a days have multitudes of copy protection some great some not so great. Brad Wardell has some interesting thoughts on PC gamer rights and I would definitely hope the industry moves in that direction one day.

*Please Note*
I'm not complaining about how knowlegeble the staff is about games. I think those who do complain about it are silly. I usually know what games I'm going to buy and am in and out in a few minutes. I don't need to ask if a Hanna Montana game is better than Modern Warfare 2.   read


8:23 PM on 09.16.2009

Unreal Tournament Free This Weekend OR...

...you could play Quake Live. Free. Forever. Service subject to immediate termination at id software's discretion.


Come on prove me wrong that Quake Live isn't the better deal.

Price
UT3 - $20.00
QL - $FR.EE

Download
UT3 - 7.61GB
QL - 16MB

Fun
UT3 - Some
QL - Lots

You could play Unreal Tournament III this weekend or you could spend that time more wisely and play Quake Live. The choice is yours.
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11:16 PM on 09.15.2009

Don't Buy Batman:AA For PC

Or at least not yet.

I'm sure this will hit the blog headlines in the coming days but the game just doesn't work. There are many complaints about the game on the Eidos forums. There seems to be different levels of dysfunction in this game.
http://forums.eidosgames.com/forumdisplay.php?f=270

1. Unable to install
2. Crash at startup
3. Random crashes
4. No PhysX
5. Unable to apply patch
6. Unable to glide/grapple
7. Unable to pass "Botanical Garden"

Now there a many more than this but these are the big problems. I think I have the worst one. I'm am completely unable to install the game.


I encountered the "feature transfer error" and now do not have an option to install or uninstall and if I click "Play Game" it doesn't work.




I'm sure it's a great game but for the time being the launch has been a bit shaky. Perhaps it's a bad batch of disks.

I'm halfway between trying hard to get a refund and tossing the disk out my window right now. The worst thing about this situation is the lack of official support on Eidos's forums. It's very surprising that there's practically no response to anyone's problems on launch day.

Maybe there is a "bug" in their code after all.   read


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