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Games Played in 2010

December 31, 2010

My “Games Completed” list this year is quite good.  Part of that is that my total number of games played is inversely proportional to the amount of time I play World of Warcraft.  Meaning I didn’t play much Warcraft this year, so I played a lot of other things.  The other reason is that I really tried to put an emphasis on completing games this year.  I pick up a lot of games and tend to dabble a lot, but I’m easily distracted by the next thing and leave many games hanging.  This year I dabbled less and finished more.  So without further ado…

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Weighted Companion Cube Case Mod

January 24, 2010

Valve’s Portal was such a good game.  I was browsing the Case Mod Gallery over at techPowerUp! this weekend, and saw this recent mod by user zAAm.  Who doesn’t love their weighted companion cube?  *sniff*  Brings back memories…  You can make one out of paper, or out of gingerbread, or out of computer parts!

Check it out for more and bigger shots of the mod.

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Game Impressions: Age of Booty

March 12, 2009



I am not a fan of real-time strategy (RTS) games.  I can certainly see the appeal.  Maybe they’re intimidating, having to order little little troops hither and yon.  Maybe they give me the impression that in order to be any good at them, you have to invest a considerable amount of time learning all the nuances, and I just don’t want to limit myself to one thing.  So it’s odd, to say the least, to see me giving my game impressions of a RTS game.  I read about Certain Affinity’s downloadable game Age of Booty in a gaming magazine and the concept intrigued me.  I checked out the demo on Xbox Live Arcade, and decided to take the plunge.  So do I now have a Certain Affinity for piratey RTS games?

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Odd Sale at

February 20, 2009

oddI love  I know, I’ve mentioned it before.  They should PAY ME for the publicity!  But I love old skool gaming, and I like the concept of developers being able to offer their classic games to gamers for a reasonable price.  You know the game will work on your current system, and you get all kinds of extras like soundtracks and wallpaper.  It’s a win-win situation.

I was browsing feeds in my Google Reader and saw one of the things I’ve been waiting for: an Oddworld weekend sale!  For the next 4 days, you can get Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee and Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus in a bundle for only $16.98.  Or, if you already bought one of them from, you can get the other for $1.50 off.

Since I have several titles in the hopper waiting to be played, I figured I didn’t need to immediately spring for the Oddworld games, and could wait until I either catch up or there was a sale.  Guess what’s downloading right now!

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Zark’s Most Anticipated MultiPlatform Games of 2009

January 23, 2009


It’s time for the multiplatform list.  Given the lack of exclusives this year so far on everything except the Wii, this list is substantially longer than some other lists.

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Free Stuff

December 11, 2008

freeHey, who doesn’t like free stuff, right?  There has been a lot of talk in gaming circles the last few years about microtransactions, which are typically small monetary transactions for digital content.  These could be actual games, like WiiWare or Xbox Live Arcade.  Or they could be add-on content for games, like map packs, skins, songs, new weapons, new levels, and the like.  Or they could be new themes, or gamerpics, or avatar clothes… usually anything to get the consumer to fork out more money.

Not that I’m taking some moral high road here… I’ve bought my fair share.  Probably more than I’d like to admit.  But that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of things you can get for free with the right timing and a little patience.  Here are a few I’ve heard of in just the last few days:

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GOG’s got Simon!

December 9, 2008

simonI mentioned before about a fairly new site called (Good Old Games dot com), who release classic PC games, DRM-free and guaranteed to work on Windows Vista and XP, for a cheap price.  I bought Fallout and Fallout 2 the day they were available on

Today, the folks at announced the addition of a new publisher to the service: Adventure Soft!  Woot!  Classic point-and-click gaming goodness.  The first game available is Simon the Sorcerer.  According to the site:

Sit back, take a few deep breaths and prepare your diaphragm for Simon the Sorcerer, the first part of the classic point-and-click adventure game series by Adventure Soft. The game offers truckloads of parody and cliché humor and doesn’t mind breaking the old “fourth wall”. After all, what better way to prove someone is, say, a wizard, than to tell them “It says so when I move my mouse pointer over you”? To put a long story short, it’s hours of laughs for only $5.99.

Instant purchase!  According to the site, they will be adding Simon The Sorcerer 2, The Feeble Files, and Waxworks in the future.  Hopefully this will be the first of many adventure game releases to come.

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