Tuesday, March 4, 2014

New Poll: What "new" system should I get with my tax refund?

Hey, a NEW POLL!  It's been awhile since I've had one of those.  Well, here it is:

What "new" system should I get with my tax refund?

Wii U
Xbox One

Please keep in mind available games for that system.  If you know me or have followed my blog for awhile you know what types of games I like.  And while I say "new" some of those system aren't exactly new.  But they're new to me so there you go.

You have until March 18th to vote.  Please be sure to tell me why in the comments.  You can do it anonymously if you don't want me to know that my Xbox 360 loving gamer friend is really a Wii U fan boy at heart.

Same old question

So I took a moment today and looked through some of my older posts in this blog and was surprised at some of my insights into gaming.  My typing could use some improvement though no matter how brilliant I seemed to me.  My search of previous posts led me to the very one I made.  How hard is it to finish a game?  I looked at the date I made that post and it was March 2nd, 2007.  Just over 7 years.  Wow!

Have I changed as a gamer?  Definitely.  For better and worse.  Have I played a lot of games since then?  A tremendous amount.  Have I finished those games that started this all?

Well . . . .

I'm ashamed to admit that even after 7 years I still haven't finished any of those games.  But on the bright side neither has my brother.

In Final Fantasy VII I'm not even back to the spot where I was before my stuff was stolen in 2009.  And I'm even further behind in Mario Sunshine than where I was in that gamer pre thievery.  I'm so stuck in Jedi Outcast that I can't even find out where I am in the strategy guide to help me get out of whatever room I'm stuck in.  And in Summoner I've just barely made it to the first town.  I haven't even gotten back in the sewers.

I've played FFVII and made some progress but I'm taking it slow and stead about leveling characters up and making sure I have enough money to buy everything I want before I go into a town for the first time. 

With Jedi Outcast it's just a pain to disconnect the 360 and change the cords, system and controls out to just play that one game.  Changing to the GameCube for Mario isn't a whole lot better either.  It's been awhile but I think Jedi Outcast is a backward compatible game and I think I might have even tried playing it on the 360.  But that meant I started over . . . again.  Of course that would also mean I'm not stuck any more.

Needless to say I've had problems sticking to this goal to finish in a year.  Hey, it's been 7 years and I'm actually further behind in all games than where I was pre-thievery.  With all the great games that are coming out it's really hard to stay focused and finish these older games. 

I tried making Sunday night "Retro Night".  A night each week where I pull games on older system (or the oldest games on current system) and play those.  It worked for awhile but what I ended up playing was Pikmin (1 and 2).  Those are great games so who can blame me.  Maybe what I need to do is go to some far away hotel and take just one system and lock myself in the room for the weekend and play nothing but one of those older games.  Maybe that's something I can do with my tax refund.

At the very least, after 7 years I'm still consistent.  I'm making lists of all the games I want to play . . . . only to play something else.  But most importantly: I'm still playing video games.  The question might be the same but I'm okay with that.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Watching people, watching people play games

Okay, one of the best things about my new Nook (besides playing Candy Crush) is I have a fast reliable tool to view YouTube videos (besides on my Xbox).  Because of this I've stayed up until 1 or 2 in the morning watching videos because they're just so hilarious.  And I'm not talking just on the weekends.  It's been hard to get up at 6 or 7 in the am when you only went to bed at 1 or 2.

What am I watching you ask?

Let's Play videos.  Mostly from Achievement Hunters, Rooster Teeth and TheRadBrad.  I love Achievement Hunters.  Their Go! and vs shows are my favorite.  I can't tell you how many times I have laughed so hard I've cried and had to run to the bathroom.  The only problem I have now is that I've caught up on all their back list of Go! and vs. videos so there are only new episodes to watch and they only come out one day a week (they do a different video type for each day of the week).  I started to go find their Let's Play videos for games. 

Like the 2 parts for the Titan Fall beta.  I love watching these guys play.  And I love hearing them play together.  It reminds me of the early days of my little group of friends before we all started to fracture apart.  The camaraderie, the banter, the teasing, the pleading for help, the laughter . . . all beautiful to my eyes and ears.  Plus I get to see real live action of games I that I might be considering getting, especially older games that I might have missed or over looked when they came out.

Because of these videos I'm thinking about picking up a copy of Red Dead Redemption.  When that game first came out I really didn't want to have anything to do with it.  But after watching some game play it looks like it could be really fun to play.  And I can't tell you how many games I do have that I've wanted to go back and play because I've watched somebody else play it.

It reminds me of what it was like when me and my brother would meet at our parent's house to do laundry on Saturdays.  We would sit and watch the other person play a single player game and it would also make me want to go out and buy that game myself.  I know a bunch of the gaming companies do like people putting videos of their game play online for some reason of copyright or such (Nintendo a big one of those), but their missing out.  I watch those videos and I immediately want to play that game (whether I have it or not).  And if I don't have it, I'm trying to find a way to get it.  Game developers are losing new players by not allowing these types of videos to inspire new fans.

If you haven't checked out any of those guys I listed above on YouTube, I suggest you give it a look to see what I'm talking about.  Some of these guys make a living by sitting around playing videos, filming it and then posting it online.  I'm jealous.  But I'm also inspired to play things I haven't because of what I've seen.  If you find other people or groups who make videos of people playing videos games that you like, tell me in the comments.  I might stay up late and watch them and make me very tired at work the next day, but so far it's been totally worth it to watch people, watching people playing video games.

Dusting off the zeros

I've had a really hard time focusing on any particular game.  As much as I psych myself up to play something, as soon as I get stuck or something goes wrong I quit the game and move on to something else.  Which usually isn't gaming related.  I need motivation.  A purpose.  A goal.  Something competitive to get me really juiced up to play something so that I won't bail as soon as things get tough.  So I decided to look through my game list.

After correcting my list to add 4 games that I owned but somehow forgot to add, I realized I had a LOT of games where I haven't earned any achievements.  If I took out the Arcade titles, which were the majority of them, I would still have a bunch with a zero gamer score.  I then narrowed that list down to stand-alone or first in a series games and I still had 17 games on my list.  If I haven't finished the first game in a series I'm not going to play the sequels so those were easy to eliminate. 

After I got this list I went through and wrote them down in order from the one I played the longest time ago to the the more recent.  Oldest to newest based on when/if I've played them.  That list is as follows:

Too Human
Sacred 2: Fallen Angel
Magnacarta 2
The Last Remnant
Lost Planet
Rayman Raving Rabbids
Star Ocean
Tales of Vesperia
Enchated Arms
Guitar Hero III
Infinite Undiscovery
Star Wars: Republic Heroes
Dungeon Siege III
Dead Island

Some of those games I've played and tried get achievements in like Rayman, Lost Planet, SW, Dungeon Siege and Dead Island (although I just started playing with one since it's a free DLC game).  I know I've played Guitar Hero several times but I can't believe I haven't gotten any achievements in that game yet.  Oh well.

So last night I decided to play them in that order until I've gotten at least 1 achievement in each game.  And if I like the game enough I'll keep playing it until I've finished . . . . or get stuck and quit. 

I put in Too Human last night and played it for over an hour.  I picked up 6 achievements for 45 points before calling it a night.  I wasn't fairing well against a mini-boss and I couldn't figure out how to beat him.  After dying twice rather quickly I decided to call it a night. 

Now I know what you're thinking.  Here she goes, giving up on another game because it got too hard.  wah wah wah.  That's not the case.  I spent the rest of my evening looking for the strategy guide (which I swear I have) but couldn't find it.  I then spent time trying to find the little insert that came in the game case to see if that would have the command info help that I needed.  And I found it.  Read through it.  And now I'm better prepared to get back in the game.  And yes, I will get back in that game just as soon as I'm done here.

The game was released in 2008 and thankfully they were still packing a manual with the game disc in the case.  Now a days you'll be lucky just to get a slip of paper with the game's title on it.  If that was the case with this game, I probably would have set it aside and moved on.  After all I did get some achievements.  But I actually like this game.  I can go melee or I can go long range.  I just wish there were more chests or things to open.  And things to steal.  Oh well.

So while I could move on to my next older zero game I think I'll stick with Too Human for awhile.  At least until I get super stuck.  But hey, my planned worked.  I'm playing games.  I'm focused.  And I got some achievements.  Of those zero achievements games on the list above, which ones would you like to see me play?  Let me know in the comments.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Playing catch up

Okay, after some disc cleaning and testing it looks like my Assassin's Creed disc is not readable . . . for the first mission anyway.  I borrowed by brothers disc and downloaded the game to my hard drive.  Since then it's been smooth sailing . . . at least for the disc.

My playing style in these free-roaming games is to rob and steal everything I can and make as much mayhem as possible.  Either intentionally or unintentionally.  Well, Assassin's Creed is a game to played completely differently.  You have to walk, not run. Put your head down and be meek, not shove everyone out of your way.  You have to watch out for guards and Courageous Citizens, not kill everyone who gets in your way.  It's hard.

I'm finding myself doing a lot of other things instead.  Like climbing up to roofs and jump . . . or dance around.  Doing the "eagle eye" thing while up there is nice too but it's not showing me very much.  But then again I'm only on my second mission (the first being the training).

I find these types of games enjoyable but I always have a hard time playing them because I don't conform to how the game should be played.  Just the other night I had a Pickpocket side quest pop up.  I was excited.  Finally something up my alley.  But . . . since I knew Assassin's Creed is about stealth and not bludgeoning someone to death I tried to find a nice quiet way to relieve this guy of his throwing knives.  Except I bumped him to hard and he drew his sword (my character's got nothing at this point) and chased after me.  This caused other characters to join in the fight as well.  There was no amount of wall climbing, roof hopping I could do to get away from this guy or anyone who was helping him.  I eventually jumped off a building when my health was low so I'd die.  I wasn't going to give that the satisfaction of killing me.

I spent the rest of the night looking through the strategy guide trying to find tips and hints of how to be cautious, silent, unnoticed and deadly instead of my usual ogre pounding approach.  And I read up on how to deftly remove some knives from their owner's satchel.  Hopefully I can put that in to practice. 

I really want to plan this game.  Everyone says it's a good series and I really want to play some of my older games.  The only achievement I had was the achievement for finishing the training.  And I got that back in November 2007.  I figure it's time to play these older games and see what they're like. 

I'm also trying to play Halo: Anniversary but I'm having a hard time with the checkpoints and dying all the time for what seems like no apparent reason.  I know people have said I should just start playing Halo 3 or Assassin's Creed II, but I like to start at the beginning.  No matter how long ago that was.  I will eventually finish these games.  There might be another generation of consoles out by then, but it will happen.  Of course I'm sure I'll be playing catch up on those systems as well.

Monday, January 6, 2014

New Year, new game (not)

No, I'm not dead. I'm still playing online. I've gotten my kill/death ration in Black Ops II up to .88 (it was at .87 before I got sick then it dipped to .83 while sick). I have been playing and I wanted to start a new game (new to me at least) on New Year's Day but I ran into problems. The disc is scratched and I could barely got out of training. Now I can't start the first mission. The game is Assassin's Creed. Yep, that's right. It's the first one. I got the achievement for finishing the training back in November 2007. I'm pretty sure that's about the time the game came out. Before I never really got much further than the training. I'm going to try buffing the disc and see if that helps. If not I'll see if I can borrow my brother's disc to play until I get back the point where the scratch is. Happy New Year to me.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Technical Difficulties . . . please stand by

No I haven't fallen off the face of the planet.  I've just been having technical difficulties with my blog of late.  And this time it's not a "carbon based error".

It seems that Blogger only supports the most current version of Internet Explorer and the version just before that.  Which means if you're using IE 8 (which I am on all my computers) you can add format your posts, add pictures and do other stuff you're use to doing.  Luckily I have Google Chrome on my laptop as well as IE8 but I'm not use to using my laptop and and I've been sharing it with a friend so I don't always have access to it when I want.

I really like to type my posts up on my work computer after I've logged out of work for the day.  After staring at a computer screen all day, as soon as I turn the computer off the last thing I'm thinking about is turning another one and getting online.  The last post I typed on my work computer and saved as a draft.  I had to go in and change the formating to make it acceptable to post.  I hope I fixed everything.  I also hate typing on my laptop's keyboard.

The only way I think of to get around this problem is to upgrade my IE or to change my blog.  Since I always seem to have problems when I upgrade anything I'm not all that excited to rush out and do that.

What I have been thinking about a lot lately is moving my blog to WordPress and get my own domain name.  Instead of having the ".blogspot" part in the name it would be only "lifeofagamergirl.com" (unless someone else has registered that name.  There is a cost involve but I don't think it would be too much to handle.

Except now my account has revert to silver because I don't have the money to comfortably renew my Xbox Live to gold at the moment.  I'm hoping to be able to go back to gold by the middle of November.  If not it might have to wait until Christmas.  It makes shopping for an xmas gift for me easy.