The month the dead came back, again
I had the original Dead Island but never really played it much. But this month the devs, who were one of the first major studios to add GNU/Linux support to their titles, released the Definitive Edition (DIDE) at 85% less for owners of the previous one. Hmm. Dilemma!
I remember not playing the original one because I was one of the people who had massive loading issues with it, so by the time it had loaded (5 minutes!) I didn’t feel like playing it anymore. In the Definitive Edition, this issue has been fixed.
Can I pass this off as upgrading something that I would not have played in its un-upgraded state? Yeah, I guess! So on the rediscovery list it goes. I’m also putting Dying Light on my wishlist for next year’s opening of the hiatus. I’d like to give developers Techland (cześć!) some money.
One of the advantages of this whole experiment is that I think a bit more about the companies I want to support with my purchases. Good GNU/Linux porting houses like Feral Interactive, tiny indies that care and offer day 1 Linux releases like Maschinen-Mensch UG, or companies like Techland who have been solid Linux supporters from early on.
The disappointing bit here is that DIDE never worked on my machine and I had to get a refund. But hey, I tried!
This is month three of no new game purchases, but it’s the month of rediscoveries. The list you see on the right is my current Steam favorites list. If you follow these ramblings you must remember it being much shorter. You’re right, it was.
None of these are new games, but my brain is really, really pushing me to buy new stuff. It’s a bad feeling. I found that I can somewhat placate it by just trying new things, so I first downloaded several free-to-play games. They all sucked. Then I went through my list of old purchases, gifts or bundle titles once again and this time picked out games that I might not normally play.
Some of these are genres that I don’t actually like that much, like tower defense or puzzles. Some are games where I suck, like Screencheat. Others I’ve put down earlier because they frustrated me, like Shadowrun.
This time around my brain is calmer, though. Why did I leave these games untouched back in the day? Because I knew for sure that I would hate them? Not really, but my brain made up that story because there was so much other stuff coming out that I didn’t think I’d have the time to play these.
Now I still have nine months, and I suspect that even just checking, thoroughly, whether these games are fun will take up all of that time. No need to buy something new.
They’re all on the rediscoveries list. I will probably not try them with the same fervor as the main games, that’s why the list is separate for now. But if you’re like me, and I suspect you am, why would you even read this, you have a list just like that. You probably bought six, seven Humble Bundles too and ended up with this many titles. Probably more if you’re on Windows — I gave every single one of my Windows keys away, so I have a subset of your problem.
- The Banner Saga
- Chaos Reborn
- The Curious Expedition
- Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition (Really, really liking this)
- Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition
- Hand of Fate
- The Long Dark
- Nuclear Throne
- Shadowrun: Hong Kong – Extended Edition
- Star Wars: KOTOR II
- Tales of Maj’Eyal
- Victor Vran
- Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut
- XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Strikethrough for the ones I’ve already shelved again.
AntichamberWonderfully done, but too hard for my brain Blocks That MatterNot my style at all Breach & ClearDon’t like the subject matter
CogsSo not my style. CrimsonlandSuddenly WASD no longer registered. Shrug. Din’s CurseToo clunky compared to e.g. Victor Vran Divine Divinity & Beyond Divinity (via WINE)No time for what feels too much like a slow Diablo clone. Would play if I hadn’t played Diablo back then.
EDGENot my style at all, even after retrying Eets MunchiesNot my style at all, even after retrying EldritchVery well done, but slightly too random
- Freedom Planet
Galcon FusionI don’t see the appeal Galcon LegendsNeither here Harvest: Massive EncounterDoesn’t start anymore, needs some outdated libraries. HOARD Insanely Twisted Shadow PlanetQuite enjoyable! Wouldn’t have expected it. Ittle DewCharming, but don’t like the combat Joe Danger 2: The MovieCamera makes me nauseous LISAI see what they did there. Also, crashy.
- Massive Chalice
Mercenary KingsNot nearly tight enough controls, gameplay too sluggish, camera makes me vomit.
- Mount & Blade: Warband
- The Novelist
OlliOlliWhew, my reaction isn’t good enough for this OutlandPretty, but those bullet patterns belong in manic shmups instead of platformers. Sorry, being conservative here, I know. Race The SunWoo, my eyes are too slow for this now. Beautiful, though! ReusSooo sloooow Revenge of the TitansHey, I don’t hate tower defense as much as I’d thought. Cute game! Almost finished it Risk of RainGamepad support is broken RUSHNot the kind of game I play ScreencheatIt seems no one plays this online anymore Serious Sam 3: BFE(head bob makes me vomit)
- Shadow Warrior Classic Redux
Shadowrun: Dragonfall – Director’s CutI want to love this game, but I can’t. It feels too thick, too slow
- SteamWorld Dig
Strike Suit ZeroFeels boring, I think I had enough of this with Wing Commander WizorbNice concept but breakout games bore me too easily ZigguratToo much running backwards
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