Stagnant times for a gamer

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I'm not really sure I can call myself a gamer at this time. Due to lack of money and priorties in other hobbies, I haven't been able to get any of the new generation consoles. I would love to get a 3DS, but $170 is pretty pricey. I remember when I bought my Sega Genesis back in 1993, and it was $100.

I buy all my games on Steam now, and I usually take advantage of sales. I only managed to get 2 new PC games last year. Legend of Grimrock, and Guild Wars 2. A friend got me GW2 in exchange for some artwork, but I just couldn't really get into it like he did. I really prefer single player RPGs because I can can get so much immersed into them. I go at my own pace, and MMORPGs can seem impersonal and rushed when you are with other people.

I'm still playing Skyrim. I'm going to absolutely milk it of all it's content and expansions. 450 hours so far and I've played 3 characters, and there's still dozens of hours worth of things left I still haven't done. Despite having the PC version, I don't use mods that much. I think Skyrim may very well be the greatest game I've ever played!

There's only one game I'm currently looking forward to that I'll be able to buy, and that's Starbound. It's very much like Terraria, and it has some elements that I've never seen in a game before that I'm really looking forward to. I love sci-fi games that are more than flying around in space.

I really want Pokemon X, but again, no money to actually buy a 3DS. I haven't even gotten Pokemon B/W 2, which makes me kinda sad. I'm currently jobless and I'm highly against pirating, so I won't be playing a lot of new games for awhile.

Should World Building be an official gaming genre?

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Technically it falls under simulation, but not all simulations involve building. If you look at Steam's Greenlight, more Minecraft-esque games are starting to pop up. There's just something about building your own stuff that people love. It feels personal and accomplished, and it encourages creativity.

I'm not personally a fan of Minecraft, but I do love world building. Terraria, Spore, Sim City, and Black & White 2 are some of my favorites. Truely customizable world building games like Minecraft are still rather primative, however. There's only so much data your computer can handle. Even Dwarf Fortress, a game that is completely ASCII based, takes up a ton of memory. I think world building has huge potential though, once we can get around software limitation barriers and learn how to optimize graphics for it better.

Skyrim, hours of fun

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I think after getting Skyrim for Christmas last year, I don't really have any huge urge to get any more games. I've spent over 350 hours on Skyrim and I don't see myself stopping soon. The game isn't perfect, but it sure keeps me playing for hours on end! Also mostly because I can't afford to keep up with the new generation of consoles. Steam is pretty much my main way of obtaining new games.

I haven't really explored Vanguard much yet, but I am really enjoying Hearthfire. I love crafting and building!I wouldn't mind Bethesda adding more fluff like this in a future expansion. Fishing with a rod is one big thing I think Skyrim needs to have and even more food recipes, although there are mods that add this kind of stuff.

I'm excited to hear more about the new add-on, Dragonborn. Apparently it takes place in Solstheim, where a lot of Dunmer moved to since the Red Year. We'll probably learn more about the lore!

DLC already on game discs shouldn't be called DLC

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I've noticed these additional content you have to buy that's already on the game disc is getting more popular with publishers. If it's stuff that's crucial to the storyline, then you are being ripped off!

They shouldn't be calling it DownLoadable Content anymore though if it's already on the disc. That doesn't make sense! I call it PAC; Purchasable Additional Content. It's stuff that's already PACked onto the disc but you still have to pay for it.

Ken to Mahou to Gakuen Mono AKA Class of Heroes

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After not touching my copy of Clas$ of Heroes for 2 years, I decided to pull it out and start playing it again. This game didn't get a great rating and I can see why, but that doesn't mean you can't get addicted and spend hours upon hours of crawling through dungeons! If you've ever played Wizardry, it's a bit like that. The graphics aren't all that impressive and as there is virtually no animation to the art, but even if it were just a text game I'd STILL play it. It's traversing the labrynths and alchemizing equipment that really draws me to this game.

I was shocked to find that there's not only a Clas$ of Heroes 2, but also a Clas$ of Heroes 3 AND a Clas$ of Heroes 3D for the 3DS. But due to the mediocre reception of the first game, none of them have been published in English. Clas$ of Heroes 2 and 3 is available on the PSP and PS3. Aquire is willing to find someone willing to publish them in English.

I'm hoping at least Clas$ of Heroes 3D makes it to America!

Also, sorry for the $ but Gamespot doesn't allow the word clas$ in blogs! They really need to fix that because I can't even post links for it!

Games and wishlist 2011 Q1

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Should have updated a little earlier, but anyway...

Current game list:

Amnesia: The Dark Descent (finished) - This game is super scary! I can tell the developers really worked hard at making it terrifying and not just "fun". It was the story and diaries that compelled me to play all the way through to the end. I might play around with the level editor a bit.

Okamiden (playing) - Very cute with lots of fan service and stuff to find and complete. It doesn't have as much content and side stuff as Okami, but since it's a DS game I understand that they can only fit so much into it.

Pokemon White (playing) - Haven't gotten too far into this yet, but I'm mostly waiting until Nintendo can get their Entralink and Dreamworld thing set up. It has a different feel than Platinum and Heart Gold/Soul Silver and some neat features, but it is just still a Pokemon game like any other.

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (playing) - First time I've actually gotten a character from level 1 to 80 and then of course to 85. Levels 1 - 60 is pretty enjoyable with the new quests, and you can even make a few characters without having to go to the same zones to level. 80-85 was super fun with all the cut scenes leading into the new zones.

Wishlist:

Dissidia 012: Duodecim

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Radiant Historia

Rune Factory 3 (hopefully still around to buy)

Nintendo 3DS

My DSi is probably my most played system next to my PC. I'm sad that it will be outdated by this summer, but I'll have to get a 3DS soon if I want to continue playing. I also need to upgrade my computer to handle games better. I don't want to buy a PS3 or use a Xbox 360 if I can help it. I'm not going to have a lot of options soon if I don't replace and upgrade!

FFXIV Online

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FFXIV got a really poor review on Gamespot. I wasn't expecting it to be that bad, but I knew how many issues they were going to have with it at release.

I'm still debating whether or not I should ask for a PS3 for my birthday, which is at the end of February, so I can get FFXIV for that. Surely the game will have more improvements in 6 months from now, but the question is--will I still want to play it?

Wishlist - 2010 Q4 (edited)

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So many awesome games are coming out this fall! I really need to focus on what I'm playing now and not add more games to my playlist so I can afford new games later this year. I'm hoping I can at least get a couple of these games for Christmas.

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn (DS)

Final Fantasy: 4 Heroes of Light (DS) GOT

Rune Factory 3 (DS)

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (PC)

Current Game List - June 2010

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Haven't updated my game list in awhile...

-Ace Attorney: Miles Edgeworth Investigations (playing, almost finished)
-Absolute Obedience (playing)
-Clas$ of Heroes (hiatus)
-Final Fantasy VII (replaying)
-Fragile Dreams (need to start)
-Kingdom Hearts 2 (need to start)
-Last Remnant (playing)
-Mana Khemia (playing)
-Mana Khemia 2 (need to start)
-Oblivion (playing)
-Pokemon Soul Silver (playing)
-Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia (need to start)
-Rune Factory Frontier (hiatus)

Farmsville taking a dive

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Do not fret, gamers! Games on Facebook are on the decline, so we don't need to worry about it being the "future of modern gaming". The thing about casual gamers is they don't stick to gaming like real gamers do.

http://videogames.yahoo.com/events/plugged-in/across-the-board-top-facebook-games-take-a-tumble/1401804

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