Category Archives: Year of Experiences

Played in March, April & May

Woah. I’ve not been updating this place have I. Sorry about that!
But, any of you who follow me elsewhere know why. Time to write a catch-up post!!

This post will not define exactly when games were completed, but just summarize all the games which I’ve played during the period, even the ones that did not get streamed, or could not be completed for other reasons.

Played but not finished:

Starcraft 2, We are merely at the beginning of the first campaign on stream, and I am unsure why we didn’t go back to playing more. I think it’s because we began playing Fable and got really stuck in it. Definitely want to get back to this, and I know you’ll all appreciate me playing it.

Don’t Starve Togetheranother game I play together with Loa. This unfortunately isn’t really a game you “finish”, but I love the Klei aesthetics, and the quirkiness of the game. You will probably see us play this on stream occasionally.

Faeria, a game which also can’t really get completed. It’s a “PC Card Battler”, which takes a pretty neat twist on the regular card games. If you want to add me, or try it out because you heard about it from me, add “maloki” as friend and referral.

Finished:

Fable – The lost chapters, we spent a lot of time on stream playing this game, but towards the end it was time to move on, and stream some other games, so I finished it off stream. I enjoyed the experience, and it was quite different, with a horrible UI! So, I doubt I’d go back for another play through of it.

Ducktales – Remastered, We played through this game almost in its entirety during my birthday stream. But at the last boss fight there was a bug which resulted in us not finishing the game. I have tried to find solutions for it, but none of them worked. From what I could garner the issue is related to which gfx you have.

Kith – Tales from the Fractured PlateusIssue 1, is a really cute little indie, casual adventure game. And it’s free to play! I found the game because it was shared by the developer on Mastodon actually. This game was also played during my birthday stream.

Bound by Flame, This game I’ve been playing myself for the past few few months. A little here, and a little there. It  is a single player action RPG. I’ve been using my steam controller, but there is a bug in the game where it wont recognize the controller if you have your keyboard connected on startup, which means it’s a bit fiddly every time you want to play the game. All in all? It’s fun and engaging story, they make a lot of fun of each other, and curse a lot. The combat system did have quite a learning curve, but I played through on casual so it did not matter too much for me until the end of the game, when it may have mattered a bit too much.
When I completed my Casual play through I immediately wanted to have another go, not so much for the achievements, as the fact that I could have taken quite different choices along the way and I am curious to see what that part of the game looks like. This time is being played on normal.

Borderlands, Shooter looter, is this what they are called? Me and Loa had been playing it on and off for the past year. And we just completed the Clap Trap DLC as well. I quite enjoyed the entire game, and the silly humour in it. Looking forward to playing Borderlands 2 with Loa. Probably on a “co-op Thursday”.

 

So, looks like we completed 5 games, not bad, not bad. Speaking of games, if you are curious about my streaming you can check it out on twitch.tv/kinkymal

 

Played in February

I made a resolution, and I have begun working on it.

For January I never really updated which games I got through, so I will just bundle them into this post.

We began by completing Day of the Tentacle – Remastered, a puzzle game. This was challenging for me, mostly because I haven’t been playing puzzle games for years, or barely at all. It was time to get into a new genre.

In the end of January I launched my Patreon, and at the $5+/month tiers you would get to help me choose what to play, a few different games were voted on, and we ended up with Edna & Harvey – the breakout, Lone Survivor, and Scribblenauts. And we actually played them all during February.

First, we played Scribblenauts, as a bit of comic relief. After the inauguration we all needed a break and something to laugh about. I wish the story was more prevalent throughout the game, but unfortunately it was mostly just in the beginning and while returning to the sister of Maximilian you don’t really get reminded of the story much. So, since I had already begun the game in an early stream (last spring), we all kinda missed that part of the story. The game was finished, at least the normal story bit, and there is still a lot of achievements to get, which I may return to in times of need.

Second, we began playing Edna & Harvey: the breakout. Which is another puzzle game. While playing through this one I did feel like I got more understanding of how puzzle games are laid out, and I could get through them a bit easier. Or Edna & Harvey is just easier towards the end, I did kinda feel like the puzzles towards the end of the game were a bit too simple and short, when they weren’t incredibly stupid and kinda incomplete. (Speaking of incomplete, if you play through the game in English you will encounter a bug at a semi-late point in the game, which can be fixed with this bug fix)

Last, we came to Lone Survivor, which is a beautiful, psychological, horror (?) game. we haven’t completed it yet, and one play session my boyfriend (LoaGames on Twitter) played instead of me. Unfortunately because I am not at full capacity yet, I will have days when I’m incredibly uncomfortable in my own skin and those are not good days to play scary games on.

All in all, we’ve had a good month and I’ve enjoyed playing through a few different games.

On the side, off stream, I’ve also been testing a Sole Survivor challenge for RimWorld, which is something I am considering making a stream-series off, maybe on “off days” when my energies are low. Just to keep consistent with streaming. We’ll see.

Anyways, 2 months almost done, and we’ve gotten through 3-4 games. It’s a good start. Going to be interesting to see how long the journey is going to be.
March is almost upon us, and it is time to vote for where we’re going next. I have a straw poll up which I will take results from tonight, and add to the final vote for my Patrons.

Year of Experiences: A Resolution

During the fall I found myself in a situation where I was gaming a lot, but not really experiencing a lot. I would be playing games which were more leaning towards sandbox games, and having no real end, unless you made yourself one. Examples of this is Guild Wars 2, RimWorld, and Sims 3. Don’t get me wrong, I love all these games, but I felt stuck, and like I wasn’t getting anywhere.

So, I began a new journey. Slowly, and as a process, I would ween off the sandbox games and venture into entirely new experiences. I played through Seasons After Fall, which is a magical game. I even ended up finishing all the achievements in my first run. I played Drop Alive, after it was mentioned in new releases on the Co-optional Podcast, a short platformer game. And I spent a good while playing the Banner Saga, after a recommendation from djWHEAT.

As I was getting closer to the new year, I wanted to expand on this a little bit. I am not only an avid gamer, but I also read a lot (2015, 44 books; 2016, 33 books). Loving games and books, I end up buying way too much especially if it’s on sale. Or if it’s in the local thrift shop, which also happens to be across the street (come home with a stack for books, 5-6, and only having spent $2.50 was a great deal I just couldn’t resist, over and over). One day I came home with a book it turned out I already owned. It was time to stop.

Having piled up some games, and books, it is time to actually experience them. So my resolution for 2017 is to play through as many games as I can, do achievements as I feel I want to/have energy for, and not spend any more money on games. I already own a steam controller, and I have a library of 176 games (33 are in my live-in boyfriends library). I am completely set for this year!

They say that the best resolutions are when you have some kind of accountability, in my case it will be the following tweets,

which were also brought up during the Twitch Weekly broadcast yesterday.

But to expand on this, I will be streaming my journey and update the blog on a monthly basis with which games I’ve been playing through. Do you want to join me?
and if you are interested in the progress with reading books, you can follow my other blog.