My name is Kim Fidler, I'm Canadian, and I've been playing video games for over 25 years. Yes, you can calculate that and you'll probably realize that I'm kind of old. Not REALLY old but old enough to have 1 or 2 gray hairs (around 10 at last count). I'm 30 and even though I should be bogged down by all of the bullshit that comes with being an adult, I still love games and the gaming industry.
I don't really know what it is about games that I like so much but I think it has a lot to do with the community that surrounds them. I'm not talking about the fanboy jerk offs that populate every single gaming website, but the great people that keep this hobby a viable way to spend your free time. Take a look around at all of the people making community blogs on Destructoid and I can guarantee that every single one of those people is a great person in their own distinct way. They all have something to say and while you might not always agree with it, we as gamers are always willing to listen to different opinions.
That is why I have decided to start a blog on Destructoid. Over the past decade I have written for several gaming websites but it's come to that point in my life where I no longer want to be a member of the gaming press. It's a cool job but I have a career that I absolutely love and, well let's face it, I can't hang with all of the big names in the gaming media. I'm looking at you Jim "Big Comfort" Sterling.
So that's me. I'm a pretty normal guy that probably likes a lot of the same things that you do. I have a shaved head because it makes me look tough and I run about 25 kms a week. That's about it. Thanks for visiting my blog!
Just saw this over at CheapAssGamer and it seems like a pretty amazing deal if you're looking at picking up a new 360 Slim. For the next 2 days Best Buy and Future Shop are selling 250GB 360s for the $199. This might be a sign of a new price point being announced at e3 but I think if that happens it'll only go down $50 to $249.
It's been a pretty good week of attempting to overcome my backlog with a ton of progress in Fallout: New Vegas, Torchlight, Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate Edition, and the absolute destruction of Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. That means that 1 game has been overcome of my current 5 and only 4 remain until I check out something new.
I started the week hell bent on finishing Torchlight but a few days ago decided to check out Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. I was addicted right from the start. If you haven't checked out LCatGoL (????), it's basically a twin-stick shooter with some great platforming and a bunch of Mayan gods running around. It's pretty far from the norm of a Tomb Raider game and I think that's what makes the game so great. There's a ton of collectibles and if you can only sit down for an hour at a time to play games, it can be picked up very easily. I actually think I'll be going back to check out a little more of LCatGoL for some of the achievements and collectibles so I guess that's a pretty good indication of the quality and addictiveness.
My gaming goal for this weekend is to try and take a chunk out of Dragon Age: Origins . I had only really played DA:O on the Xbox 360 and now that I'm playing it on the PC I'm starting to realize just how good the game really is. I really didn't enjoy it on 360 due to the controls but I'm finding that using mouse and keyboard make the game infinitely better.
So far so good on the backlog but at some point this month I'm going to be getting myself a GamePass from Blockbuster. I got a ton of gift certificates at Christmas and I can check out a ton of new games (Dead Space 2, LittleBigPlanet 2, etc.) without spending a cent. My goal for 2011 is to not actually BUY a retail game with actual cash - trade-in credit is fair game. Easier said than done in a year with so many great games.
As promised yesterday, here is my final tally from the Steam Holiday Sale. In no particular order:
* PB Winterbottom
* Titan Quest Gold
* Super Meat Boy
* Indie Fright Pack
* Blueberry Garden
* The Witcher: Enhanced Edition
* Puzzle Quest
* Defense Grid: The Awakening
* The Polynomial
* King Arthur Pack
* Overlord Complete Pack
* Flatout Ultimate Carnage
* Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY
* Dragon Age: Origins Ė Ultimate Edition
* Mount and Blade: Warband
* Kings Bounty Platinum
* Swords and Soldiers HD
* Plants vs Zombies
* Amnesia: The Dark Descent
* Oblivion: Game of the Year
* S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Bundle
* Killing Floor Bundle
* Frozenbyte Collection
* Indie Kids Pack
* Everyday Genius: SquareLogic
So what was the final cost for all of this gaming goodness? $139.57. I think I did alright. Now I have to find the time to actually play them all.
The games Iím looking at tackling first are Dragon Age: Origins Ė Ultimate Edition, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Trine, & Kings Bounty: Armored Princess. Along with the multiplayer of Killing Floor, I think Iím going to be busy for quite some time.
Steam, why do you do this me?! In the past 2 weeks I have added over 40 games to my backlog just because of the Steam sale. Yes. FORTY. Games ranging from PB Winterbottom for a paltry 49 cents ($15 on XBLA) to the gargantuan Dragon Age Origins: Ultimate Edition for the decent price of $24.99. Now you might probably be wondering why someone with a huge backlog would buy so many games and I think I can explain it to you in 1 sentence. This was the first Steam sale I took part in where I actually had a computer decent enough to actually run the games.
Up until this sale I was pretty much ignorant as to what these ďsteamĒ sales were. I thought they were similar to the Xbox Live Arcade sales where the prices were cut by 33% and everyone cheered because they saved $5 on a downloadable game. I was wrong. Steam absolutely destroys any other sales available out there in the downloadable market. For example, Itís not strange at all to see a game cut by 85% and bundled with every other game of that series. Why? Just because it sells a ton more copies and itís a bad ass thing to do, thatís why. It also makes it a lot easier to take a chance on a smaller indie game that you might not have bothered picking up at a higher price (See: Crayon Physics Deluxe for $1).
Today is the last day of the Steam sale and I still have a few more games that Iíd like to pick up. I guess it all comes down to determining what games are going to eventually be at a lower price and what games are at the lowest price that theyíre ever going to be (the Indie bundles). Tomorrow Iíll post a rundown on what the total damage to my bank account was and what games I came along with it. Itís frightening, in a good way (I think).
As anyone who has ever tried to conquer their backlog will know, the beginning is quite possibly the hardest part. Not only are you trying to tear yourself away from spending money on new games but youíre making a commitment to finish games you currently own. That means not paying attention to all of the new titles coming out every week and focusing on that huge pile of games you have sitting on your shelf. Itís hard but itís something you have to come to terms with if you want to slowly bring that pile down.
The best thing you can do is devise a plan of attack. Like any good drug there is a phase of rehabilitation and it really is hard to quit cold turkey. For myself I have decided to go with a 5 game plan. Finish 5 games and open up a slot to treat myself to a new game. I donít exactly know if itís the best way to conquer my backlog but it does give me incentive to actually finish 5 games on my list while only adding 1. A huge step for someone like me who at one time was adding a new game nearly every week to my collection.
So what are the 5 games I have decided to start with?
Fallout: New Vegas Ė I was actually already playing New Vegas so Iíve decided to keep going at it until I finish it. Now I could rush through it but Iíve been having such a great time with it so far that I think it would be a waste to not see everything the game has to offer. Iím currently sitting at about 25 hours played.
Dead to Rights: Retribution Ė Yes I know what youíre thinking. ďWhy the fuck do you want to play that piece of shit?Ē I was actually thinking the same thing when I picked it out and let me explain my reasoning behind it. Itís short and itís one of the most recent games I bought. I really want to get it off my list and the length of it seems perfect for what Iím trying to accomplish.
Torchlight Ė Last year I bought Torchlight and according to my Steam profile I have played it for a total of 5 minutes. Yes. FIVE minutes. Every person Iíve talked to about the game has told me how great the game is and it seems like a nice game to sit back and relax with.
Dragon Age: Origins Ė Ultimate Edition Ė This is a scary one but there is a reason itís on this list. Last year I bought the vanilla game on Xbox 360 and only played it for about 5 hours. I couldnít get over how it controlled and told myself Iíd pick it up on PC. Well as many of you know, Steam had a huge sale and put the Ultimate Edition on sale for $25. I bought it and itís one of the few games in my collection Iím really looking forward to playing.
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light Ė I actually just recently picked this up and it seems like a nice short game to quickly knock off of my list. It helps that Iíve read a ton of good things about the game.
Along with the above 5 games, Iíve decided to add a few multiplayer games to my playlist to mix things up a little. I love single player games but I do also love shooting people in the face every once in awhile. The games I chose were Monday Night Combat, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and Team Fortress 2.
So there you have it. What Iím guessing will be the next month or so of gaming for myself and I can already tell that itís going to be hell. Not that the above games are bad but more because the first quarter of 2011 is loaded with great games Ė the most notable in January being Dead Space 2. How will I cope? How will I not buy games? HmmÖ maybe Iíve made a mistake here.
First of all I would just like to say that I want the above song to be the theme song of my life. I want it to play everywhere I go just so people know not to mess with me. And if they do there's a good chance that I'm going to throw a garbage can at them.
Dead Rising 2: Case Zero
Is it a demo or is it a full fledged downloadable title? Who cares, it's fucking fun! On Friday night I had a chance to sit down with the prequel to Capcom's upcoming Dead Rising 2 and after 6 hours of straight play I think it's safe to say that I got my moneys worth. It's 400 Microsoft Points and if it doesn't sell you on DR2 at the very least you're going to have a fun little sandbox to screw around in.
The only thing I'm worried about is that Case Zero might actually be too good. It's a good chunk of gameplay and it might actually be enough for people that are still undecided about picking up the sequel. It personally made me want it more but I can see both sides here.
I don't really know what to say about Tekken 6. I picked it up on sale last week for $10 and even though I've put about 10 hours into it - I think it's total shit. The fighting engine is weak, the scenario mode is garbage, and the final boss is absolutely horrible. I'm done with it and while I'd like to go back and get the 4 achievements that I'm missing I don't really see myself doing that anytime soon.
Lastly is Zeno Clash. I actually never bought Zeno Clash but I did play the demo on Xbox Live. The demo didn't really sit all that well with me but I've done a little more research on the game and I think it could really pick up after getting used to it. What do you think Destructoid? Should I pick up Zeno Clash: Ultimate Edition on Xbox Live or not? I have until tomorrow to decide as it's on sale right now for 800 MS Points. Hurry and pour on the peer pressure or peer... ummm depressurization?