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What Q4 Games Are You Most Wanting?

O.K. The end of the year game-blitz is about to occur. Yes, yes, we all know that. It's that time of year you're saving money, reserving a copy on pre-order, and possibly making space on your hard drives for a few gems ending the year big. Let's also not forget the Steam Sales at the end of the year. Goodness, if you knew how much money they make off those sales. Steam has followed a different path to success than EA, it's called CUSTOMER SATISFACTION!!!! You should try it some time EA.

Anyhow, it had me thinking, which games are you all most looking forward to this year Q4?

For Me:

1. Stronghold 3

2. Skyrim

3. Rage

4. LOTR: War In The North

5. Saint's Row: The 3rd

**Hopefuls!- Natural Selection 2 (I've been part of the alpha/beta), Deep Black, Interstellar Marines.

*What Games Are On Your Hard Drive?*

I was just starting my pre-load of Red Orchestra 2 and while I have plenty of space on my hard drive (over 600GB) I thought it was time to review and see who needed to go. In the end I let a couple go, and I have a few on probation (likely to go soon). If I don't complete a game, I like to at least know I gave it plenty of time to impress me before I write it off, at least for the foreseeable future, sometimes I will give it another try later. Anyhow, it got me thinking, what's on everyone else's hard drives? (Games only). For me it's:



Blacklight Tango Down

Fallout3 GOTY

Hydrophobia: Prophecy

Killing Floor

Divinity 2 The Dragon Knight Saga

Half Life

HalfLife 2

Unreal Tournament 3 Black Edition

FEAR 2 (including dlc Reborn)


Stronghold Collection (drm free)

The Witcher Enhanced Edition

The Witcher 2

Blacksite Area 51

Roller CoasterTycoon2: Triple Thrill Pack

Dead Island


Call of Duty 2 (single player)

Call of Duty: World at War (single player)

Call of Duty: MW2 (single player)

Hinterland: Orc Lords

Amnesia The Dark Descent

Aliens VS Predator (2010)

Hard Reset

E.Y.E Divine Cybermancy

Red Nation

Left 4 Dead 2 (including The Passing and Cold Stream beta)

Battlefield Bad Company 2

Morrowind GOTY

Oblivion GOTY/Deluxe

Red Orchestra 2 H.O.S.

WOW (including The Burning Crusade)

Sims Medieval (was gift)

That's it for me, what about you? (I wasn't trying to double space, it does it anyway unless it's a full sentence, anyone know how to make it stop that??).

Pre - Ordered

*Pre - Ordered on Steam*

Hard Reset (PC Exclusive) $26.99

Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad $35.99 (PC Exclusive)

Also purchased Booster Trooper for $2 on the Steam Daily Deal (also comes with a free guest pass to give to a friend) and Dead Horde for $9.99 (regular price), both PC Exclusive.

The Hard Reset Demo was totally and completely awesome! I knew I had to have this game, as soon as possible, I prefer hard copies but I am not certain if this one will release that way as well. If it does, I'll also purchase a hard copy. This company is very deserving and trying to take us back to old school gaming, the glory days of fine shooters on PC. It does allow for gamepad usage but I detest gamepads and this game runs very well, very naturally with mouse and keyboard. As with anything Gaming Mice and Gaming Keyboards are always best, more precise and hyper-responsive and customizable. (A good Gaming Surface for your mouse compliments the mouse well too and is too often over looked- very good ones at ). There is a waypoint indicator in game but you can turn it off/on at anytime in the menu. Also- No Regenerating Health, imagine that, you have to use your brain you can't just duck into cover and burst out at full health as if that mechanical monster didn't just kick your ***! Nope, you'll have to scramble to find a health pick up or try to finish it off before it finishes you:) I am going to wear that demo out in the 5 days I have to wait to load the rest of the game! I highly reccomend it to shooter fans. It runs smoothly and looks great. (Hard Reset and Red Orchestra 2 release same day- I'm only going to be playing Hard Reset that day though!- and just a note, Red Orchestra 2 will have single player, unlike Osfront before it).

Specs for Hard Reset:

Minimum: OS: XP/Vista/7

Processor: 2.5 GHz Intel Pentium/AMD Athlon 64

Memory: 2GB

Hard Disk Space: 4GB free hard drive space

Video Card: 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 8800GS/ATI Radeon HD 3870 or better

DirectX: 9.0c

Sound: DirectX Compatible

Recommended:*Any values not listed are same as above Minimum Requirements*

Processor: Intel QuadCore 2.3GHz/AMD Phenom IIx4 2.5GHz

Memory: 3GB

Video Card: 512MB NIVIDIA GeForce 9800GT/ATI Radeon HD 4870 or better

**I am so in love with the demo (Steam) I can't wait to download the rest of the game**
Demo includes a Benchmark, so you can test your PC on it for those of you that might not be sure how well you'd run it.


Hello All,

Well, I've not had much time on my PC lately- withdrawls for sure! I love my PC's. I could surely use some game time on her (Yes, my PC -the one I'm on right now, the Alienware -is a girl :) Trust me. My XPS gaming rig I even named, that's "Big Mama" because she's a BIG Girl and she can surely lay the 'smack down' ;) PC's are like people to me & I talk to them (no I'm not high when I do it!), like a guy would talk to his car- I talk to my car also lol). O.K. sharing a little too much about myself here- moving right along.... lol....

Anyhow.... I'd surely like to spend more time gaming lately, could really use the escape a game provides. When reality sucks this bad, it's not a bad idea to jump into your favorite game world. Try to forget your real life for a little while, pretend it's all alright, and that things will work out in the end. Life is a lot less certain or secure. Let's just say if game rules applied to life right now, I'd be typing in a cheat code into my life to raise my health and increase my $.

*To my readers that have sent encouragement, and showed me patience and helped me find a way to laugh when I was going through some dark days you have my sincere thanks. I'm not all the way down my bumpy section of road yet, and it is still uncertain how long that part will last but I'm looking forward to some smooth sailing once I conquer whatever I have to to get there. I'm 110% fighter, always have been. I've had 2 near death experiences (both when I was in my 20's), I don't quit, so even though my health is suckish right now, it'll have to kick my a** hard if it wants me that bad, and that 'ain't too likely' ;)

*To my friends following along, a little update: Well, still have 2 tests to do, will give more answers, already don't like what I know, so hopefully I can get some good news for a change on the upcoming tests. I will be checked for cancer. I feel bad for my mother because even though I'm in my 30's, to your mother- you're always 'their baby' you know- so this is hard on her-harder on her than me to be honest. My father died and my only brother (older) died within 2 months of him, and I'm her last child, plus the youngest, so she is having a very hard time with all this. I was 29 when they died. It absolutely killed me outliving my older brother, like a part of me died too. I had to identify his body so our mother wouldn't have to, I managed not to cry- I'm not too proud to admit it took strong effort, but I knew I had to keep it together, if I would've walked back into the room a mess my mother would've lost it. I had my stone face on and kept it together, spent a little time with my brother before they began work on him (he was so messed up they told us we needed to do a closed casket- motorcycle accident- but we didn't), my broken brother lay there cold, I placed my hand on his arm, solid like steel now, rubbed his arm, told him a little something, looked back at his broken face one more time and delivered the news to our mother, that it was him, and I held her as she cried. --Anyhow, sorry, little distracted there, but that's a story for another time, if anyone is interested. I will tell it if I get any requests for it.

We have a strong family history of cancer in our family and I have at least 2 large masses- or growths, the upcoming tests will let us know if there are any others (I hope not!).Cancer or not, it will mean surgery. Matter of fact, even if it's not cancer, if you leave a growth in the body, it can turn cancerous, so they have to go. I have a good doctor, she's awesome. I've just been feeling so *ugh* lately, and missing my PC time. I can't wait until I feel better. First place I'll go is the ocean (there's salt water in these veins ;) ).


O.K., after several PM's inquiring about my lengthy delay on E.Y.E. Divine Cybermancy, I just wanted to give you all a heads up and say I haven't forgotten! As we all know, sometimes the other parts of our lives get in the way of our gaming. That's the case for me now. A few of you already knew I'm not very well and have the need of a couple surgeries. So please be patient while I'm doing my best to hang on until I can have a few health issues addressed.

I still game, just not very predictabley or for as long. There are times, like today, where I've been up since 12:43a.m. just because I was too miserable to be still so I couldn't sleep, normally I would've gotten on my PC, but I just turned the light on and starred through the T.V. in my room. Point is, give me a little time, I'll still be around on the site when I can, and I will post my thoughts on E.Y.E. DC (even though it will be too late to be helpful) because it's the principle of the matter!! :)

I already have a blog idea ready (still work in progress)- it will be about a PC gamer's week with a Ps3- yes, was part of house sitting and after much prodding I tried a friend's Ps3 -and you'll have to stay tuned for details (hint: was more misadventure than adventure! I HATE controllers! -no offense for those who like them:) ).

**Also, forgot to mention we on the East Coast will be bracing for Irene, so, when some of your E.Coast buddies aren't online or in that game with you like normal, realize they had to shut it down until the hurricane passes- or "duck & cover!" (fallout3 lol)! We'll be back ;)

E.Y.E. Divine Cybermancy!


I currently have it downloading and can't wait to start it up. P.S. GS, you might want to list the game as available already, was released July 29th!!!! :) (I Like all that I've read so far, like "not consolized" and under $20, 1080p, Indie). Will let you know how it goes when I have some time into it!

Next cyber game on my hit-list, HARD RESET- PC exclusive, more old school gameplay, really excited about that title. (Then you have Deus Ex HR coming soon too, though that one is multiplatform), Battlefield 3 being made for PC first then ported down to the lower platforms, I got to say, as a PC gamer, I'm loving this:)

PC gamers wouldn't go so crazy over these things if they weren't constantly fed subpar ports. Can't blame people for being excited their finally getting some quality thrown their way.


Recently Completed Games Part 2

I can't edit that previous blog for some reason so I will have to start another. The list has a few new addtions:

  • Medal Of Honor (2010)
  • Rogue Warrior (got free)
  • Section 8: Prejudice
  • Call of Duty 2
  • Zombie Bowl-O-Rama
  • Elder Scrolls 3 (Morrowind GOTY) Bloodmoon expansion
  • Elder Scrolls 4 (Oblivion GOTY) Knights Of The Nine expansion
  • Necrovision: Lost Company
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2

I just dowloaded Bulletstorm and will start that one today. It's normal for me to work on a few games at a time. Right now those mostly include:

  • Bulletstorm
  • AlternativA
  • Red Faction: Armageddon

Games to come after one of these completes:

  • Finish Titan Quest Demo (Steam)
  • Hydrophobia: Prophecy
  • Blacksite Area 51
  • Arcania: Gothic 4
  • Divinity 2: Dragon Knight Saga
  • Hinterland: Orc Lords
  • F3AR
  • Resident Evil 5
  • Witcher 2
  • *Long list I know, but most of these I've started or at least loaded with intentions to start, and I will get to them as I complete one of the above 3 I'm working on. Not sure which I'll pick from the long list first, it will depend on the mood I'm in at the time.


Recently Completed Games

  • Been tying up loose ends lately in my gaming. Mostly meaning, finishing games I've started but never completed. The list would include (but not limited to),
  • NecroVision: Lost Company
  • Elder Scrolls 3 Morrowind's Bloodmoon expansion (unmodded)
  • Elder Scrolls 4 Oblivion's Knights Of The Nine expansion (lightly modded)
  • Zombie Bowl-O-Rama (love bowling on my PC lol)
  • Battlefield Bad Comapny 2 (single player)
  • Call of Duty 2
  • Section 8 Prejudice

I'm currently playing Section 8 Prejudice and am very near the end- I have to say, that's an underrated game for $14.99. I'd also like to clear something up about it, and perhaps it's not been everyone's experience, but for me- I purchased it through Steam, it requires gfwl, however- you don't have to sign into gfwl to play/save/earn achievements in the game- I know because that's what I've been doing. Some people on Steam forums (which I mostly just read -not often- and don't much participate in- lots of trolls in many of their forums), but, lots say that they are having trouble signing-in to gfwl so they can't play the game. Well, my experience is- it's not necessary! So, while I'm not a big fan of gfwl- it's not killing this game, so don't let that stop you. **EDIT** I have completed Section 8 Prejudice.

Also nearing the end of Medal of Honor (2010).

If I can find the time, (and if I take much of a break from gaming in my spare time!), I will probably get some reviews out of these games, haven't done any reviews in a while, probably not since my HOMEFRONT review. *ugh*

I have friends that run out of games to play- me personally, I have the opposite problem! I have so many that I've purchased and not had the time to start I probably will never catch up. I replay old games when I don't have much time-revisit the 'old familiar' when there's no time to learn/get comfortable with a new one, that and a new one is often harder to walk away from when that window of time is up! I've replayed the Elder Scrolls series, Stronghold series, Fallout, Roller Coaster theme park building, Unreal series etc. -they just never get old :) Especially the games that have mods-

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, if you're playing a game, like an Elder Scrolls game, and it's 'not' the PC version, you're only getting half the game. With mods for the PC the game never dies and it never gets old. It just gets better and better, like a fine wine, with age.

O.K., later people, I hear Section 8 Prejudice calling :) Happy Gaming All!

Happy 4th of July

I hope you all (American and non-American) have a great day today. Americans celebrate their independence on this day, but we should all celebrate Freedom everywhere.

I'm not quite going mentally yet- *yawn* but I'm working on it- with some All-American Heavy Metal (Slipknot). Need CAFFEINE!! lol. Americans- use those fireworks safely, try not to get alcohol poisoning (trust me- it isn't any fun ;) ), hug a veteran, don't take freedom for granted ("Freedom isn't Free"), grill/eat healthy- give Thanks and try to end the day on a good note.

O.K. - it's happening,.... uuhhhh, ....about to break out into A MOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SLIPKNOT!!!!- SORRY, it happens everytime, if you'll excuse, (if you haven't listened to Slipknot, you won't understand this, those that do- know exactly what I'm talking about ;) ). For your listening pleasure ;) (a little "Duality" by Slipknot ;) -and no, that's not my channel). (If that song worked for you, this will too that's 'Left Behind' by Slipknot) **Oh, and don't forget to turn it up**

*(Now you know why I broke out into a mosh and why my Native American friends call me a "Crazy, white woman!" rofl. (Actually, am part Native myself and also like many Americans am of European decent also- for me: part German, Irish and Scandanavian -I don't list a single Scandanavian nation because my father's side was traced back to Vikings, which didn't just come from one nation, so just easier for me to say it that way :) ). *

Happy 4th All. :)

Steam Summer Awesomeness

O.K., for those of you living under a rock (really, that's the only way you wouldn't know!), Steam is having huge sales on practically everything! Run on over to and see for yourself, perhaps something you've been waiting for to go on sale is there now (new deals daily). Also cool on Steam right now is the Killing Floor 'Summer Sideshow Event'. There's a new map- FREE(and trailer for it), new achievements for it and you can unlock a new dlc character. I recently got 3 out of 4 of the dlc's on sale for $0.99 each- Post Mortem, Nightfall, and Outbreak (there's also a London's Finest- but I'm not British, so it really doesn't appeal to me, but it's good for the Brit players :) Enjoy). Not to mention the main game Killing Floor is 50% off right now- a whopping $9.99 (also you can still buy the physical form of the game in most stores still if that is your preference- as it was mine, I picked it up soon as it came out- I know a good thing when I see it :) ). It's Survival Horror FPS.

**For those of you hopelessly addcited to MP- what are you waiting for? Want Co-Op?- Load some Killing Floor, are you an old school SP like me?!- Go get some! (A few breif stats for Killing Floor- sp, mp, co-op (up to 6 players in Co-Op with Voice Chat), cross-platform MP (it's a PC/Mac only game ;) ), Steam Achievements for you achievements addicts, Valve Anti-Cheat, Sandbox Mode & LEVEL EDITOR!- hello, it's PC isn't it?!). This game is quite at home with Keyboard/Mouse and plenty of menu tweaking as you would expect in a PC game. (Graphics aren't as good as say, Left4Dead- this game has too often been described as a Poor Gamer's L4D- & while there are some similarities, I & others feel that's an unfair comparison, and the graphics are o.k., they're just not mind-blowingly awesome lol. It runs smoothly and I've had 0 technical issues with it. Want a better look at the graphics, go peek at a couple trailers on the Killing Floor or Steam sites).

These Steam sales "Summer Camp Sales" go on for 6-30-2011 thru 7-10-2011- new deals daily, so check them out (since the Killing Floor people were a couple days late with the new map, they're extending it from the original date of 7-10-2011 to the weekend of 23rd/24th, explaination on their website ). It's always good to add to your collection, but it's even better when it's on sale!

Alright, I'm off to play some more Killing Floor!!!! :)