Weekend Playlist, 12/11/2009
Chris Buecheler: I'm all done with Torchlight for the time being -- fun game, totally worth the 20 bucks! Also haven't been hitting NBA 2K10 too hard lately. Still busy finishing up my NaNoWriMo novel, which grew well beyond the 50k words it was supposed to be, which is taking up a lot of gaming time.
Other than that, all the Game of the Decade voting has got me replaying Half-Life 2. I'm also still putting in the occasional Left 4 Dead single-player session, but I have to admit I can only play it for short periods of time before I get so pissed off that I start seriously contemplating uninstalling it. There's "acceptably difficult" and then there's "annoyingly cheap" ... and being dragged off the rescue boat and into the mob, by a Smoker that's so far away it only takes up three pixels on the screen, is definitely the latter.
I don't think at this stage in my gaming career that I'm really built for games that I can't win fairly easily. I don't play for challenge anymore. I just want to move through the levels, see the story, blow up the bad guys, and generally feel like a superhero.
Thus, HL2 taking my attention from L4D.
Steve Kent: Maybe it's just me, but it seems like Grand Theft Auto III just about has to be the Game of the Decade; nothing else has had as much impact. World of Warcraft seems like the only contender.
Chris Buecheler: Agree completely that GTA III got the short shrift. It basically started the sandbox genre, which is now a massive part of gaming.
I think, though, that if you're trying to be at all objective, it's WoW. As I've said in the comments a couple of times: When people look back at the '00s from a "Gaming History" perspective, WoW is going to dwarf everything else in the conversation. Not only is it immensely successful and popular, but it's actually a very good game ... whether you play it casually or hardcore, or (like me) just run a character up to 60 and then quit because you're not interested in end-game stuff, it's got plenty to offer.
Harold Goldberg: I'm digging way deep down in my writing lair and won't come up to see humanity 'til sometime next year. Games of the Decade? Dang, I still have awards to give in various places for Games of the Year. (For Crispy next week, I'll dole out my best of DLC.) But, yes, WoW and GTA III have to be up there decade-wise. BioShock does, too. By the way, I seethe when I breathe on hearing pundits calling this decade the Aughts; ought not.
Troy Goodfellow: I'm dealing with a family emergency right about now, so I can't play many games that require deep concentration. Sadly, those are most of the games I play. But this weekend I do want to dip back into Dragon Age: Origins and play those origin stories that I haven't seen yet. Reading the Dragon Age novels has convinced me that though this is a very conventional fantasy world, there is a lot of room for great storytelling here if BioWare chooses to move beyond Ferelden.
Ryan Kuo: I'm feeling antisocial, so I probably won't sign on to Xbox Live much. I'll most likely take my iPod someplace outside the house. I'm hooked on Beat It! and Auditorium, two awesome music-based puzzle games; and Hook Champ, Defender Chronicles and Skullpogo just got major updates that I want to try out. Otherwise, I'm looking forward to finally playing God Hand on the PS2, which is in the mail. Where are all the Crazy Japanese Games (sorry Teti) this gen?
Oh yeah, and then there's wrapping up the IGF judging. Hot Potato Online last weekend was not a winner.
Marc Saltzman: I'll be traveling this weekend so I'll be playing whatever is on my laptop: MAME, Torchlight, Campfire Legends: The Hookman and an oldie but a goodie: Runaway: A Road Adventure. Oh, and I'm insanely addicted to the Bejeweled Blitz mode in Bejeweled 2 (on iPhone). Nearly broke 300,000 points for the first time.
Russ Fischer: Avatar for me. Now that I've seen the film I can get to work on a film/game narrative comparison piece. Always bet on blue!
Gus Mastrapa: My weekend is going to be very busy. I have the Spike awards on Saturday. I'm driving up North to hang out with my family on Sunday. I'll bring my laptop along so my sister and I can play World of Warcraft. If I'm really, really lucky, FedEx will deliver my copy of Space Hulk and I'll get to take it with me to play with friends. Otherwise, I'll be virtually game-free this weekend. :(
Kyle Orland: I'm hoping to get in some good time with Dragon Age: Origins and/or Demon's Souls this weekend, after starting into each for Games for Lunch recently. It's been way too long since I lost myself in a real deep, stat-based RPG and I think I'm ready to dive in again.
Of course, if anyone invites me to play some more Left 4 Dead 2, that plan is right out the window.
What's on your own playlist this weekend? Inquiring Game Trusters want to know. Leave a comment below.