Catching up on the Big Picture Backlog
I'll be honest. There hasn't been any game to really take over my life (other than the two week affair I had with Torchlight) since Red Dead Redemption. There's just been nothing that really appeals to me. I've tried and tried to find a great game... I just haven't.
So, in lew of new games that could take my time I've decided to devote myself to games/genres of old that I never got around to playing. Because of my Torchlight experience I've added Diablo (which I've never played) to this mystical list of "classic" games that I need to play.
Having done this with Starcraft a few years ago and having really enjoyed the concept of a strategy game but not necessarily the twitch gameplay of Starcraft I went with something a little more "heady". Civilization.
Before actually playing it, there was this mystery to the Civ series. It seemed to be the real nerdy strategy game. It wasn't about building up the biggest army in the shortest amount of time. It was about diplomacy as well as war and as a person with a political science degree the whole concept intrigued me.
As a first foray into the market as well as being frugal with my gaming budget, I'd be damned if I was going to spend the money and get a brand new retail copy of the newest version. I wanted to get my feet wet with the franchise, not marry it so I went with a Civ 4 bundle (more on this in a minute).
So far, I have absolutely loved it. Like I've talked about how DJ Hero was a game that I fit into this minute section of the gaming market I feel the same way about Civilization 4. Look, I'm a real history and politics nerd. The idea that I can take all the strengths of past empire and manipulate them as I see fit to create a better version of that same empire is an absolute nerdgasm to me.
Let me get this straight, I can prove to myself and my own ego that I can rule the Roman Empire better the Julius Caesar? Where the hell do I sign up? Watch this!
The thing that I've found most interesting (at least to those who have played the franchise) is that at some point I had discovered gun powder before my rival Civilization did and I absolutely slaughtered their people when it came time for war.
While it was awesome for me in playing a PC game I also realized that at some point that same fate befell some indiginous people to a lesser satisfaction to those invloved... at least I hope.
Great game. I haven't taken it online yet... don't know if there's still a community of people playing an older version of the game but i might one day. I guess for now, I'll just keep increasing the difficulty on the campaign.
It's Steamy in Here...
I'm not a big PC gamer. I like my WoW but that's pretty much it.
The other day my girlfriend and I were at Best Buy and she was looking at games to play on her laptop.
She looked through some PC games and couldn't really find anything she liked so I told her to check out Steam when we got home.
My experience with Steam is exclusively limited to my need to login to it in order to play Half Life 2. I had never used it as a distribution service.
I've heard good things about it, but like I said, I'm not a big PC gamer so I haven't needed its services.
I sat next to her as she browsed their selection and all I kept thinking was "damn there are a lot games in here... and cheap!".
So when it came time to get into my mystical old school catalog and get Civ 4 I decided to check out of Steam could give me a deal. I've become really addicted to buying stuff without having to leave my couch if possible. For some reason it's awesome.
I got Civ 4 and it's three expansions (one of which, Colonization, I absolutely loved in college) for $30. What a deal. Steam has honestly opened me up to the idea of using it on a regular basis for games. They have a huge catalog and their games are cheap. Who wouldn't use this?
So, anyone played the Civ series? What did you think?
What's your view on Steam? Used it? Love it? Hate it?
I wish this wasn't the first blog in a long time. I miss being a part of the community here... the real world is just kicking my you know what.
Hope everyone is well!