As Todd pointed out earlier, the Steam Summer Sale is upon us, and it’s a thing of beauty. For someone who now plays primarily on her Mac (and PC/sorta through Wine), Steam Sales are my new drug of choice. Portal 2 — which I missed, is 5 bucks today. SpaceChem (which I’ve wanted to play forever) is $5. I could be in gamer heaven, If only I didn’t have such a staggering backlog.
Like all gamers with jobs and life responsibilities, my stack of games is almost as thick as my shame for not having played half of them. It’s worse on my home machine – almost the entire Indie Bundle from May/June has sat untouched, just begging for me to play. I want to sink my time into Amnesia: Dark Descent. I want to finally (yes, finally) play Braid and Super Meat Boy on their own terms. I want to actually finish at least a decent portion of the 30+ games in my XBLA library, and good lord, do I want to open my copy of Mass Effect 3.
It’s such a rare occasion that I actually play a non-review game to the finish that I often feel like celebrating. Last week, Teresa and I finally beat LA Noire (after going through 3 copies of the game and a cross-country move), and I damn near threw a party.
What’s sad is that even though I tend towards “smaller” games these days, I still seem to have a tough go if it finding time to play. Not that I’m complaining – there is so much variety in gaming now, and I genuinely love that all of my various gaming tastes are being catered to. It’s also wonderful to be able to shamelessly check out games so long after the hype has faded, and enjoy them for what they are. I firmly believe my aforementioned LA Noire experience was made better by my severely tempered expectations (and detective/noir obsessed girlfriend to pass the controller to).
I just wish I could retroactively send some of these experiences to my childhood or teen self – the one without multiple jobs and enough time to find every secret in every last friggin game – and look back on them fondly.