I’m not much of a PC gamer – in fact, the only times I ever even came close to being a PC gamer was whenever I was playing an MMO (and even then I played Final Fantasy XI on my PlayStation 2). Despite my allegiance being pledged to the console world, seeing everyone whipped into a froth over the Steam Summer Sale (or is it Summer Steam Sale?) certainly got me curious… and got me buying.
I do have a Steam account, which was made several years ago, but it lies mostly dormant. Steam’s fantastical sales and pricing don’t usually do much for me because most of what’s on offer are games that I’d rather play on a console, where I can get a physical disc which will allow me to play the game on my TV, while sitting on my couch, with a controller in my hand. Yes, I’m one of those unwashed peasants. Have at me, Master Race.
Most of my library consists of indie games purchased from Humble Bundles, Star Wars games and the odd PC exclusive game here and there. I actually have a few games I haven’t even played (as well as some games that were gifted to me by friends that I haven’t put a whole lot of time into) that make me feel really bad and wasteful… I just never really feel like sitting down at the computer when I want to play games.
I think part of it is the layout of my living room; the computer is tucked into a small nook which means that when you’re sitting in the computer chair you have your back to the rest of the room. Since I have a weird guilt complex when I play games for too long anyway, having my back to my wife makes it even worse. It’s all caused by my weird brain and nothing that people say to me, but regardless, it affects my mindset when it comes to PC games.
Anyway, I bought a couple of things during the big sale because we had a few dollars sitting in PayPal and some things I’d been wanting were on deep discount. I wound up getting Torchlight II, Heretic, Half-Life, McPixel and They Bleed Pixels.
Torchlight II I got because I played the original on Xbox Live Arcade and had a really good time with it and I love games that throw loot at me. I’m having a good time with it so far, although I’m not playing it an absurd amount. I don’t want to get burned out on it.
Heretic was a game I remember enjoying a lot as a kid so when I saw it was on sale for like $2 I decided to go for it. It’s much darker than I remember, but it’s a lot of fun eschewing shotguns and rocket launchers for magic wands and enchanted crossbows. I just wish there was a way to run it in widescreen.
I’ve never actually played the first Half-Life… yeah, I know, I’m sorry. I think I played maybe the first 20 minutes or so at a friend’s house, and I played some of Half-Life 2 on the Xbox 360 when I bought the Orange Box, but I never really got into the original. It’s fun, but I can’t play it for too long because it stresses me out. Also I somehow missed the pistol.
McPixel is GREAT so far. I had heard good things at the end of last year (the Giant Bomb crew raved about it) and it was only $.99 so I couldn’t pass it up. It’s very simple and VERY hilarious. It’s got fantastic presentation and the sense of humor really reminds of of Panic! for Sega CD which is awesome. I’m looking forward to playing more of it.
I haven’t booted up They Bleed Pixels yet but it was $3 with the soundtrack and Christina had played it at PAX East and enjoyed it so it seemed like a natural purchase. I love the main character’s design.
I also got Final Fantasy VII. I swore I’d never play it on anything other than an actual PS1 but Shane just had to go and show off how pretty it was and I just couldn’t resist. Christina and I want to play through the game with my sister-in-law (who’s 16 and never played it – but she’s getting curious about RPGs) and hooking the PC up to the TV and playing this nice shiny versions seems like the way to go.
So yeah, I spent a lazy weekend getting reacquainted with Steam and it was really nice. It made me like PC gaming again by reminding me what PC gaming can offer – inventive games by creative teams that won’t break the bank as well as all kinds of classic PC games that I missed out on years ago.
I’m gonna try harder to diversify myself. Instead of lazily browsing the internet when I don’t know what to do with myself I’ll just load up something on Steam. There’s lots of good stuff there. I just need to be more open to it.