Further Adventures in Steam Sales and Self-Loathing

1.  I am an idiot.  I complain that I have too much on my plate, that there’s not enough time to play all the stuff I want to play, and then the Steam “Exploration Sale” starts and within one (1) hour I go out and buy 5 games on my wishlist.  Now, to be fair, those 5 games were all on sale, and the total came out to less than $43.  BUT.  That’s 5 more games that I have no idea when I’m going to get to.

For the record, those games are:

  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (and I’ve just learned, literally minutes after finally buying this, that the developer is apparently somewhat pro-GamerGate, which is annoying)
  • NaissancE
  • Lifeless Planet
  • Neverending Nightmares
  • Munin

2.  I’m now 8 hours into Dragon Age Inquisition and I love it to pieces.  My female warrior is now at level 7; I have moved beyond the Hinterlands; I have explored lost dungeons; I have acquired a horse (which I do not use); I have solved quite a few of those constellation puzzles, which are kinda neat; I have watched (from a safe distance) a dragon battle a giant; I have sort-of figured out the crafting system; I have decided to go for it with Cassandra.

3.  Considering that Ubisoft has now issued an official apology for the absurdly horrible launch of Assassin’s Creed Unity, I now wonder if I’m ever going to bother getting back to it.  With every day that passes with me not playing it, I think about it less and less – especially now that I’m fully engaged with DA:I.  For whatever it’s worth, the next game in my rental queue is Evolve, which comes out in February, so it’s not like I’m in any rush to send Unity back; I may yet try to finish it in a few weeks’ time, once more patches have come out.  In any event, I remain forever grateful that Sony let me cancel my digital pre-order (especially given that I’d ordered the deluxe edition).  And I’ve also now learned my lesson:  I’m never pre-ordering again.

4.  Over the last day or two, after finishing a lengthy DA:I session and needing to cleanse the palate, I’ve found myself playing more GTA V and less Far Cry 4, which directly contradicts what I said I was going to be doing.  I don’t know.  I’m finding myself annoyed with Far Cry, for reasons I can’t yet articulate fully.  On the other hand, while GTA V is still relatively fresh in my memory after spending 50+ hours with it just last summer, I’m finding myself drawn to it again.  And I know I’m repeating myself here, but it’s worth repeating anyway – everyone’s talking about the first person camera, but for my money the best improvement is that you can raise the height of the driving camera, which makes all the goddamned difference in the world.  No longer do I have to constantly pull back on the right thumbstick as I steer, which makes driving 100% easier.

5.  Unless we get snowed in and driving up to my mom’s house becomes impossible, there will be little to no gaming over the next few days.  So, then, let me take the opportunity to wish you all a very happy, healthy and safe holiday, and I’ll see you all next week.

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