the Andrew Bailey

Go big and go home!

Screenshot from Broken Age, showing Vella and the lumberjack

Broken Age: Act 1

Broken Age is the game that, for the longest time, was known as the Double Fine Adventure. Unfortunately the man behind all of this, Tim Schafer, cannot get publisher funding for a game to save his life. It was Kickstarted a long time ago, and it did well. So well that it made crowdfunding a viable method of fundraising for... pretty much everything.

Re I am a Bad Blogger, AKA Why I Blog

This morning, while perusing the web as I do, I visited Datachomp, the blog of Rob Sullivan. I originally started reading over a year ago after being linked there somehow through one of Scott Hanselman's activities. I read yesterday's article, I Am a Bad Blogger. I realized that I share several opinions with this man with regards to blogging and attitudes thereof. Let me respond to his points one at a time.

Reflecting on 2013

The year began quite calmly. I had just started a new job the month before, and was quite enjoying it. Later on in January, they sent me to Knoxville. I even did a podcat from there. Some stuff happened in July, like rain in my apartment.

Screenshot from Prey, showing an enemy up close when the player has shrunk

Prey

Now I've played a game, that as far as I know, is the only game that has 'sold out' on Steam. Others have been taken down, mostly due to dubious quality and to EA being a dick, but this is a special case. OK, wow, I had no clue that the list was that long.

Screenshot from Mirror's Edge, showing Snowden Plaza

Mirror's Edge

I mentioned that I would be playing a whole bunch of shooters. Actually typing that made me depressed, so I decided to take a detour and play a not shooter instead. Parts of it ended up being creepier than F.E.A.R. if you can believe it or not. But honestly, that's not a tough thing to do.

Screenshot of F.E.A.R. 2, showing ghosts in a destroyed city

F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin

I'm just going to get this out of the way up front: it looks like I'm going to be playing a lot of shooters, and I've already started. In that same Humble Bundle that had F.E.A.R., it also had the others in the series, so I'm more or less just going down the line.

Screenshot from Extraction Point, showing Paxton Fettel in a church surrounded by Replicant soldiers

F.E.A.R. Extraction Point and Perseus Mandate

I played some more F.E.A.R., in expansion form. In as few words as possible, it's just more of the same. Extraction Point was the first expansion, so I figure that I'll start there.