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Ryan’s Not Buying Any Games in 2016!

Eugene, Mikey and I discussed our resolution to not buy any new games in 2016 on episode 38 of The Magic Hour Show. This, on our way to become the ultimate versions of ourselves – the Mega Evolution of gamer parents: well-rounded, balanced and financially responsible. I plan to update progress here – what I didn’t buy (that I totally would have in 2015), and summaries of the games played during this trial.

Since I’ve not purchased any more games since 2015 ended, quite a few have already been completed.

South Park: The Stick of Truth

Stick of Truth is a Paper Mario inspired 2-D RPG title to play when kids are asleep, or are already allowed to watch the series. Stick of Truth made me feel that I was playing through an episode of the series. There were moments that made me a little uncomfortable, and I prefer the cursing in the cartoon beeped out, but I had a blast playing it. After 18 hours of playtime, there are still some achievements I would replay for, as I’d also like to experience some of the other character classes.

Bastion

I finally completed a little game called Bastion, and I enjoyed this isometric adventure. The manner in which the story is told is simply charming, with extremely well-voiced narration unfolding the events of the world, as the world itself unfolds before you. A wide range of weapons, skills and upgrades allowed for lots of experimentation to find the best build suited to my playstyle. I resisted the urge to go too far in New Game +, but plan to in order to complete some challenges and see an alternative ending.

Lifeline

I finished an iOS game. That’s a first. Lifeline is a text-message style choose-your-own adventure sci-fi experience. I looked forward to communiques from my space friend each morning.

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Ryan isn’t a game journalist, but he enjoys writing about his hobby.
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Bioshock 2

Bioshock was a cool game. So is Bioshock2. I didn’t know who my character would be heading back into Rapture. To say I was pleasantly surprised would be an understatement. I don’t remember the original game having as much combat as its sequel, but I may be misremembering – it’s been a long time. Chaining together plasmids and physical attacks was so much fun, though, I didn’t care. Rapture remains an interesting place to visit, and I was glad to see more of it. I managed to finish the game a good dad, playing only during nap times, late at night and early mornings. Time played: 16 hours.

Undertale

So, Undertale is like a real popular game. I played it. I liked it. If you like quirky RPGs, you’ll probably like it, too. But, I’m guessing you’ve already played it. Undertale was totally safe for play around the kids, and made for some interesting read-alouds of in game text, in place of story time. I enjoyed Undertale enough that, after investing 12 hours in two endings, I’ll definitely play through a third.

Portal

Portal was the first Steam game I acquired. It’s hard to believe that wasn’t until 2014. After four hours spread out over 2 years, I finished the story puzzles and saw those awesome credits. My daughter was very interested in the idea of a three-dimensional puzzle, and how something you don’t put together on the floor is considered a puzzle. I’m excited for Portal 2, as I’ve heard on good authority that it’s a near flawless game.

Posted on February 13, 2016 and filed under Countdown.

2014 is off to a great start for me

I haven't touched my Wii U at all this year, so far. And it's not because there's nothing to play on it, there's plenty waiting for me there to finish off. I actually spent most of the pre-Christmas break playing and finishing SUper Mario 3D World, which is a great game. But I'm not here to talk about that.

Instead, it's the 3DS that has commanded most of my gaming time in 2014. Fire Emblem: Awakening, in particular, and then the Bravely Default Demo, more recently. There's just something about being able to grab a few minutes pr gaming (or a few hours) here and there, wherever I happen to be, that's just magical. Fire Emblem: Awakening was my first Fire Emblem game. Approaching it as a noob, I really appreciated the new "Casual" mode offered this iteration, which lets you play through the game without permadeath of characters found in what they call "Classic" mode. I figured, I have no idea how to play, this should be the perfect mode for me.

And it was. I fought, I died, I continued on without major consequence. But then a funny thing happened along the way. Around about Chapter 12 I found that I was really enjoying the game. I mean really enjoying it. Something clicked for me.

I decided to restart the game on "Classic" instead of casual, and started right from the beginning again. It was a wholly different experience. No longer could I make a mistake near the end and just throw everyone at the last boss to win. I had to keep everyone alive, and I played much more conservatively. Any mistake was usually punished by losing a character, accompanied by the frustration of having to restart the game and try again.

But I learned through those restarts, and through the mistakes. I began to understand how to position my units, who was going to win which encounters, and who would die if I left them there.

And the game rewarded me with a wonderful little story, told in anime, and layered moving stills, and in game engine rendered sequences. I wish there were more of the anime cut scenes, but what was there was excellent. (I wish they had an anime series for Fire Emblem, it would be great)

This year is my "Year of the Pile", and after Fire Emblem I am working on finishing Dragon Age 2, and then maybe dip into Dark Souls a little bit. February I'm looking at the release of Bravely Default (also for 3DS) and then working through New Super Mario Bros U. Through 2014 I want to get at least 12 games off the pile, if not closer to 20.

Wish me luck, and here's hoping your gaming 2014 is filled with great experiences!

Posted on January 13, 2014 and filed under Article.

Happy New Years! Time to work on my pile.

Well, Happy New Years everybody. Hope you had a good time last night counting down from 10, but for me, I was asleep. Got to get my rest, because I've got a big job in 2013. Tackling my pile.

With the help of the gamerswithjobs forum and a site called backloggery, I've embarked on a journey, one that will see me finish all the games in my pile, and not buy too many new ones. You can see my backlog here, and see the games I'm working on currently. There are 35 unfinished games in my backlog, 6 of which are unplayed.

Right now I'm playing New Super Mario Bros. U, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, and very shortly I'll be starting The Last Story. I'm planning on live streaming The Last Story, if you're interested you can catch it on twitch.tv/gamerparent, or click on the TV tab right at the top of the site, and watch this excellent JRPG as I play through it for the first time.

I am committed to buying 4 games in 2013, Rayman Legends, Pikmin 3, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, and Mass Effect 3 Wii U Edition. Anything else is contingent on my finishing the pile.

So wish me luck as I plow through the pile this year, and I look forward to sharing my experiences with you for each of these games.

Posted on January 1, 2013 and filed under Countdown, gamerparent tv.