What I bought during the Steam Indie Spring Sale

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What I bought during the Steam Indie Spring Sale

When I found out that there was a Steam sale occurring while I was at PAX East my first reaction was to fall to my knees and sob into the concrete floor of the expo hall. When I finally got home and discovered that the sale was week long and not just for the weekend though I was overjoyed. These are the games I added to my steam library and will never get around to actually playing:

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And We’re Back!

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And We’re Back!

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been a whole month since I’ve updated, but we are officially back! And what better way to start updating than with a couple of Check This Outs at PAX East? There weren’t too many major AAA titles this year being showed off at PAX East but that’s alright. If you’re waiting 4 hours in line to watch a 10 minute trailer and get an inflatable tomahawk, you’re PAXing wrong. There were plenty of more interesting indie titles with shorter lines to boot to check out in the indie megabooth anyway. A few honorable mentions worth checking out that I didn’t get a chance to demo at PAX were Transistor, the next game from the studio behind Bastion, and Quadrilateral Cowboy, a hacking game where you fake code your way past various security systems.

Steam had the Spring Indie Sale that weekend also and Friday night’s update will be about what I purchased during it and why. Be sure stop by and share what you grabbed from it as well. The official schedule I’m going to try to be sticking to with this blog is updating every Friday night and Monday night around 7pm. The logic is that I will have all of the work week to try and find time to write a blog post and all of the free time on the weekend should give me plenty of opportunity to write a second one for Monday. If possible I might try to tie the two posts each week together with some kind of theme. I just picked up Bioshock Infinite tonight from the Redbox machine and if I manage to squeeze in enough game time, I’m going to try to have a review of it ready by Monday. I’m starting a new feature called the Redbox Review where I review a more current game that I can get from Redbox and tell you whether or I not I felt like I got everything I wanted out of the game from the rental or if I feel like there is still enough content left to be worth buying. Depending on how I’m feeling I might also try to do some critical analysis of it for next Friday’s article as well but I’m going to wait to finish the game to see if I have anything interesting to say about it. Alternatively I might just post an article about which gaming system is best for gaming on the cheap that I’ve been sitting on for a while.

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It’s gonna be a good night

I’ve already played Bioshock Infinite a little bit and I love what I’ve seen so far. I spent an hour just looking at every nook and cranny of the lighthouse and the city before I even got to any of the gunplay. The world is just filled with so much detail. I love the way they sold the flying city as a kind of real world heaven and making the entry into the city a religious experience really sold that idea. Requiring a baptism to enter the “city of heaven” was a brilliant way to drive home the theme, and the way the preacher actually drowns the player in the process gives you your first hint that these people are taking things far past the point of good-hearted modern Christianity and to a much harsher puritanical adherence used to justify societal cruelty. I couldn’t help but be reminded of the scene from Boardwalk Empire when Van Alden accidentally drowns his Jewish partner at a baptism ceremony in the woods.

It gave you the feeling of being an atheist in church. The way the lighthouse was dark, overcast, and in the middle of the sea really gave the feeling of being lost in the desolation of a destroyed Sodom as well, and the red flares from the sky made the landscape look downright hellish before the player makes his ascent to the floating city, creating a brilliant contrast between the city and the world below. The golden light of the city above the clouds, the choir music, the gentle ankle deep water flowing on the floor from the entrance down the stairs, and the church-like aesthetic all work together to actually give the player the feeling that he has ascended to a divine place. All of this is of course before it is revealed that there is hell in heaven. In a way, it’s kind of a fitting fate for a false idol’s faux-paradise I suppose.

The week after that will be a kind of God of War week. I’ll be posting my Redbox Rental Review of God of War Ascension that I’ve been sitting on for a bit on Monday April 15th and we’ll have our first guest post from my good friend Andy Pope providing a fan boy’s review of the game. Andy is a colossal God of War fan so it’ll be interesting to see his perspective on the latest entry and to see what insights about Ascension his extensive knowledge of the series will provide. He’s told me he’s playing all of the previous God of Wars right now to refresh himself. Also he’ll be able to tell you about the multiplayer which I can’t do (damn you season passes!)

Gaming on the Cheap is back folks, check back Friday night and tell us about what indie games you’ve picked up lately.

3 weeks, no accidents!

I think I’m starting to get the hang of this whole blogging thing. We have officially had 3 weeks with regular updates and this Friday will mark the first full month of steady content, exciting stuff isn’t it? I wasn’t too happy with the Omerta review but I promised you folks I would have it out that Monday, polished or not so there it is. I’ve always been a perfectionist with my writing and it’s really handicapped me a lot of my life. I would just stare at the blank screen for hours and hours trying to think of the perfect way to word the first sentence. I would stand paralyzed, staring at the screen, even when I really needed to get it done and wound up turning countless papers in late in college because I couldn’t bring myself to just write any old slop. It has prevented me from achieving my professional and personal writing aspirations and part of the reason I started this blog was to train myself to write under a deadline. I’m trying to make revision a major part of my writing process, force marching through a first draft and really punching it up into something presentable on the second draft. The first draft is God’s work, you create something out of nothing, you pluck words from the ether and materialize it. It’s only natural for something so unnatural to be difficult. But once the words are down, the clay is brought into existence and the role becomes something far more natural to man. People have molded clay for thousands of years but I’ve yet to meet someone who could spontaneously generate the clay itself. Once I have something down to work with, I find the task of writing much more  manageable. Continue reading “3 weeks, no accidents!”

Videos and Gangsters and Debates! Oh my!

BEHOLD! The fabled on schedule update! Bask in its majesty! Its radiant glory! But don’t get used to it. The trick to meeting people’s standards is to keep them low.

It’s a big day on the blog here today. Not only has the blog been updated on time, but it was updated twice in one day! Yes, you are right to gasp. Furthermore one of those updates was the premiere of the new video supplement to the blog, Gaming on the Cheap TV. I recently stumbled across some free recording software that records whats happening on your screen and allows you to do a voice over for it. It’s called Screen-o-matic. It’s mostly used by academics I think for recording lectures to go with power point presentations but in the wrong hands it can be repurposed for more nefarious uses like sharing a Super Meat Boy tantrum with the world. I’m going to try to shoot a demonstration video for many of the pc games I review and maybe do some more casual Let’s Play ____ videos in the future so keep your eyes out for them. Here’s a link to youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingOnTheCheapTV?feature=watch 

I even made a jingle for it and everything! A less cheap ass logo is forthcoming, we’re poor, not broke, after all. I can’t make any promises about the singing though.

As you might of guessed, I splurged this week and bought Omerta: City of Gangsters. So far it has been… alright. I know the game is pseudo-hot right now so I’m going to have a review up for it monday evening so check back for it then : ). I might work on Deadlight for next Friday.

Good Morning Folks

See that? 2 weeks in a row with updates! Impressive, I know. Please, please don’t hold the applause. I just seem to be a little out of calibration as far as getting them out on Friday goes. Still, I’m going to try to have the next update out this coming Friday.

Chivalry was a lot of fun, they just had a free weekend for it on steam and it was a blast. Apparently they just had their first major content update this month and many more are coming. I feel like the review might of been a bit short though but I’m not sure what else I could of talked about that wouldn’t just be droning on about unimportant information. I could of described the different classes and the load outs but it just would of felt like filler. I feel like a detailed discussion of how the controls work, describing what each button does exactly usually detracts from a review and distracts the reader from whats interesting and important when it comes to reviews, how the game feels and plays. But sometimes it just doesn’t feel like enough has been said. I don’t know really, what do you guys think? Was the Chivalry: Medieval Warfare review too short?

I’m starting to get into Natural Selection 2 this week. I loved the first one back when it was just a mod for Half-life. It’s that wonderful unique combination of an FPS and an RTS that you don’t see enough of. I might write about that, Spelunky, or maybe Waveform this Friday. I’m also very tempted to pick up Omerta: City of Gangsters this weekend. It looks so good. A building sim where you run your own crime syndicate in Atlantic City with turn based battles and bank heists from the makers of Tropico? Hell yea! sign me up! 40$ is a little steep for me though.

See ya Friday! I promise not to be the King of Empty Promises this week! 

Also tell me what you think about the length of the Chivalry review .

Happy Holidays!

The Mayan Apocalypse Failed! Christmas is Saved!

Happy holidays folks! Christmas is in the air here at the Gaming on the Cheap household. I’ve been slowly stockpiling rations to get me through a grand family shunning marathon gaming session come Christmas day and I hope you have been too!

I’m going to be switching up the posting schedule here for a while since the previous one has been a colossal disaster (but it wasn’t all bad, explosions are always fun to watch at least =D.) Starting last week, I’m only going to do one post a week every Friday until I build up a month’s worth of content as a backlog. Once I can guarantee a steady flow of content I’ll start randomly putting extra posts up throughout the week. That shouldn’t be hard though as I have a ton of ideas.

I currently been playing Spelunky and Farcry 3 a lot. I’ve always enjoyed the Farcry series but it has never really clicked with me. I have to disagree with the complaints about the story however as I have found the depictions of Brody and his frat bro friends first world privilege being violently ripped out from under them to be well done and have enjoyed watching an inhuman savagery slowly overcome Jason with each foray into the jungle.

Some possible articles you might see in the future:

Should I Wait for the Price Drop? A Max Payne 3 Review

Delving Deeper: Tips for Traversing Spelunky’s Mines

Buying on Release vs Waiting for a Price Drop

Publishing my (absurdly huge) to Game List

The Dragon’s Lair on the 360 

Holiday Steam Sale 2012: What I’m Buying

Holiday Steam Sale 2012: What I’m buying

Happy steam sale everybody! It’s that time of year again when gamers shout for joy and wallets cry out in horror. From December 20th until January 5th, Steam will be showcasing new deals every few hours. If you have been thinking about purchasing a particular game for some time, now is your opportunity. Just keep your eyes open and you’re bound to find a moment when that game is going for less than the price of a Chipotle burrito. As for me, these are the games I’ll be looking to grab. Continue reading “Holiday Steam Sale 2012: What I’m Buying”

Gaming on the Cheap sans El Poster via San Diego

Hey folks! Long time no… anything.  Actually that was misleading, there have been plenty of “…”s here, mostly “…”s actually.

As you might of been able to tell by the slow trickling in of new blog posts this past month or so that weren’t random pictures of space or something else irreverent, I’m putting this blog back in motion.  All thrusters are go!  Actually thats too much of a commitment. Some thrusters are go!

I’ve graduated from college now and tend to have little a bit more money these days but luckily my cheap bastard instincts die hard.  I assure you there wont be too many current day big money ($60?!) games being discussed here but with my expanded resources that might be more common.  My tastes tend towards cheaper, more experimental indie games these days so let the cheap-bastardlyness continue! and you might just see something you might of never heard of before too.

I’ll try to squeeze in a few check this outs spotlighting some indie treasures before next week’s review to keep this old ghost house from getting too haunted but you should expect either a review of Bastion or Half Minute Hero next Friday.  Or even possibly a review of the first Darksiders game if you’re unfortunate (I sure am for playing the damn thing.)

See ya next week, peace be your journey brudda man.

-El Poster

Starting back up again

Hey folks, I’m going to start posting on here again.  Should have a review of Mark of the Ninja up soon but I just wanted to pop in and mention this awesome looking indie zombie survival rpg I found online.  I haven’t tried it yet but I’ll definitely have to write a post about it sometime in the future.  In the mean time take a look at the Project Zomboid website.  It just got a release on steam via the project green light thing.

http://projectzomboid.com/blog/

Why I Actually Enjoyed Transformers 2

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A friend of mine asked why someone would actually like Transformers 2.  I had a few thoughts on the manner.

If you go into it expecting Schindler’s List, you’ll hate it.  But Transformers 2 is the definitive pop corn movie. It’s fun, fast, and pretty in a way that is a joy to watch if you can just bring yourself to not give a damn about the ridiculous nonsensical plot.   You can tell the writers were having fun with it, even acknowledging a plot hole at one point in the dialog.

“Wait! what about this thing that doesn’t make sense?”

“er… I don’t have time to explain, just forget about it and lets go!”

The movie is pure spectacle. Hot girls, fast cars, and giant robots shooting lasers everywhere and blowing shit up with corny jokes abound. If you know how to simply enjoy the ride you’ll have a great time. But if you believe that narrative is so key to a film that its absence utterly negates the great strides taken in camera work, audio, and visual splendor in a piece, then yes, you will hate this movie.

I for one though, sometimes simply wanna enjoy some big dumb fun.