Saturday, 23 February 2013

1up Blog #93: My Steam Collection (06/02/2012)

Most of you might have guessed I'm not a big PC gamer. I’m not going to start a PC-versus-console argument, but it is hard to disagree playing on an HD console beats playing on a low-end laptop. It’s surprising then that my Steam collection has blossomed from a handful of games to over 30 titles in under two years. Obviously, I’ve been taking advantage of the Indie Bundles and Steam Deals aka "Price Slashes" aka "Highway Robbery."
Some stand-out titles in my collection include: The Half-Life Anthology, Machinarium, Limbo, Super Meat Boy, S.T.A.L.K.E.R., VVVVVV, Amnesia, Shank, and many more. Despite this, I’ve managed to put no more than two hours into all but five of the games. Yeah, I could actually start up a game of Torchlight or such, but I have no intention of starting a game if it is just going to windup on my backlog.

I remember the article "Do Steam Sales and Indie Bundles Devalue Games?" I'm not sure of that, but they probably do devalue Steam and Indie games in some way. At the rate I play these games, these titles feel little more valuable than an mp3 file.
I don't think I have put much more than $30 into all these games combined, so I can't say I haven’t got my money’s worth. But I do feel somewhat hollow every time I look through my interminably underplayed Steam collection. Compare this to my close to one-hundred-title physical game collection, nearly every title filled with endless memories, and I feel something is missing. I suppose I'm being a little more negative than I should be though. Despite how much these great titles are ignored by me, at least I got a mountain of treasures to dig into when I’m sitting in a retirement home, playing the role of Angry Old-Man Gamer. Let’s just hope gaming doesn’t give me arthritis by then!

+ I feel bad about my absence on 1up of late. I thought being free from school would mean I would have more free time, but instead it means the boss is free to schedule me as much as he wants. Working six days means more money, though also missing out on another summer :(
+ All these E3 announcements are already getting me more excited for next year. I can now shove Gears of War: Judgment and the Tomb Raider reboot at the top of my list.
+ What’s up the Battleship video game? They made a generic FPS instead of say, making a game that resembled the Battleship board game? I don’t even think very much of it takes place in the water!

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