Diary of a year of not buying video games (or books): June 2016

The month the dead came back, again

I had the original Dead Island but never really played it much. But this month the devs, who were one of the first major studios to add GNU/Linux support to their titles, released the Definitive Edition (DIDE) at 85% less for owners of the previous one. Hmm. Dilemma!

I remember not playing the original one because I was one of the people who had massive loading issues with it, so by the time it had loaded (5 minutes!) I didn’t feel like playing it anymore. In the Definitive Edition, this issue has been fixed.

Can I pass this off as upgrading something that I would not have played in its un-upgraded state? Yeah, I guess! So on the rediscovery list it goes. I’m also putting Dying Light on my wishlist for next year’s opening of the hiatus. I’d like to give developers Techland (cześć!) some money.

One of the advantages of this whole experiment is that I think a bit more about the companies I want to support with my purchases. Good GNU/Linux porting houses like Feral Interactive, tiny indies that care and offer day 1 Linux releases like Maschinen-Mensch UG, or companies like Techland who have been solid Linux supporters from early on.

The disappointing bit here is that DIDE never worked on my machine and I had to get a refund. But hey, I tried!

Old stuff

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My current favorites list in Steam. Doesn’t count GOG games

This is month three of no new game purchases, but it’s the month of rediscoveries. The list you see on the right is my current Steam favorites list. If you follow these ramblings you must remember it being much shorter. You’re right, it was.

None of these are new games, but my brain is really, really pushing me to buy new stuff. It’s a bad feeling. I found that I can somewhat placate it by just trying new things, so I first downloaded several free-to-play games. They all sucked. Then I went through my list of old purchases, gifts or bundle titles once again and this time picked out games that I might not normally play.

Some of these are genres that I don’t actually like that much, like tower defense or puzzles. Some are games where I suck, like Screencheat. Others I’ve put down earlier because they frustrated me, like Shadowrun.

This time around my brain is calmer, though. Why did I leave these games untouched back in the day? Because I knew for sure that I would hate them? Not really, but my brain made up that story because there was so much other stuff coming out that I didn’t think I’d have the time to play these.

Now I still have nine months, and I suspect that even just checking, thoroughly, whether these games are fun will take up all of that time. No need to buy something new.

They’re all on the rediscoveries list. I will probably not try them with the same fervor as the main games, that’s why the list is separate for now. But if you’re like me, and I suspect you am, why would you even read this, you have a list just like that. You probably bought six, seven Humble Bundles too and ended up with this many titles. Probably more if you’re on Windows — I gave every single one of my Windows keys away, so I have a subset of your problem.

What’s left

  1. The Banner Saga
  2. Chaos Reborn
  3. The Curious Expedition
  4. Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition (Really, really liking this)
  5. Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition
  6. Dropsy
  7. Hand of Fate
  8. The Long Dark
  9. Nuclear Throne
  10. Quake
  11. Shadowrun: Hong Kong – Extended Edition
  12. Star Wars: KOTOR II
  13. Tales of Maj’Eyal
  14. Transistor
  15. Victor Vran
  16. Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut
  17. XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Rediscoveries

Strikethrough for the ones I’ve already shelved again.

  1. Antichamber Wonderfully done, but too hard for my brain
  2. Blocks That Matter Not my style at all
  3. Breach & Clear Don’t like the subject matter
  4. Closure
  5. Cogs So not my style.
  6. Crimsonland Suddenly WASD no longer registered. Shrug.
  7. Din’s Curse Too clunky compared to e.g. Victor Vran
  8. Divine Divinity & Beyond Divinity (via WINE) No time for what feels too much like a slow Diablo clone. Would play if I hadn’t played Diablo back then.
  9. EDGE Not my style at all, even after retrying
  10. Eets Munchies Not my style at all, even after retrying
  11. Eldritch Very well done, but slightly too random
  12. Enclave
  13. Freedom Planet
  14. Galcon Fusion I don’t see the appeal
  15. Galcon Legends Neither here
  16. Harvest: Massive Encounter Doesn’t start anymore, needs some outdated libraries.
  17. HOARD
  18. Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet Quite enjoyable! Wouldn’t have expected it.
  19. Ittle Dew Charming, but don’t like the combat
  20. Joe Danger 2: The Movie Camera makes me nauseous
  21. LISA I see what they did there. Also, crashy.
  22. Massive Chalice
  23. Mercenary Kings Not nearly tight enough controls, gameplay too sluggish, camera makes me vomit.
  24. Mount & Blade: Warband
  25. The Novelist
  26. OlliOlli Whew, my reaction isn’t good enough for this
  27. Outland Pretty, but those bullet patterns belong in manic shmups instead of platformers. Sorry, being conservative here, I know.
  28. Race The Sun Woo, my eyes are too slow for this now. Beautiful, though!
  29. Reus Sooo sloooow
  30. Revenge of the Titans Hey, I don’t hate tower defense as much as I’d thought. Cute game! Almost finished it
  31. Risk of Rain Gamepad support is broken
  32. RUSH Not the kind of game I play
  33. Screencheat It seems no one plays this online anymore
  34. Serious Sam 3: BFE (head bob makes me vomit)
  35. Shadow Warrior Classic Redux
  36. Shadowrun: Dragonfall – Director’s Cut I want to love this game, but I can’t. It feels too thick, too slow
  37. SteamWorld Dig
  38. Strike Suit Zero Feels boring, I think I had enough of this with Wing Commander
  39. Wizorb Nice concept but breakout games bore me too easily
  40. Ziggurat Too much running backwards

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