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Steam Summer Sale 2014 Wrapup

I guess this is what you get instead of my "A Jaded Look At Recent Steam Games" feature when Valve is too busy having a blowout sale for all but a foolish few to dare release anything new on the Steam platform.  Yet, in a way, this is even better: I'm putting my money where my mouth is.  What does a jaded gamer actually get around to buying?

I'm weak.  Despite laying out the rules perfectly clearly, I violated the cardinal rule about saving money during Steam sale and bought more games than I possibly have time to play... especially whilst ensnared in a quality MMORPG such as WildStar.

In addition to those already mentioned, I bought:
Banished - As is usually the case, that which is a featured item on a Steam sale has made a triumphant return, and I snapped up this indie city builder game for ten bucks instead of the usual twenty.  What's the big deal about Banished?  Well, there's certainly better city builders out there, the Tropico series among them, but I …

Altageddon: WildStar

As the Steam Summer Sale trundles on, my acquisitions to my game library have thus far been old wish list items that have finally fell to at least 75% off:
Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 - WTF, Naruto?   What am I, 14?  Suffice to say, I've seen the tweens at work play this game and I was rather impressed with the overwhelming level of detail they put into realizing this franchise in a video game, so it's been on my wish list for awhile.  The only downside is I'd probably need to watch about 150 episodes on Crunchyroll in order to avoid anything in this elaborate fighter from being a spoiler.Unepic - A pretty cool indy-developed Metroidvania game about a tabletop roleplaying geek who finds himself suddenly whisked away from a friend's bathroom into the bowels of an fantasy land dungeon, and just rolls with it because it's like he's been training for it his whole life.Skullgirls - A 2D fighter game with elaborate cartoon graphics involving supernaturally…

Steam Sale Survival Guide, WildStar Premature Death Guide

As the Steam Summer Sale 2014 lurches to a start, I find myself bemused that I've already bought most of the games in the spotlight, and am too busy playing WildStar right now anyway.
 This is not my first Steam sale, and I've adopted a purchase strategy that goes something like this:
This is point number one: don't buy it if you're unsure you will ever make time to play it.  If it's not at least interesting tier, I probably won't make time to play it.  This is probably the hardest rule to follow, because how can you be really sure you'll never play the game?If it's not cut by over 50%, it's not really on sale.  Steam regularly does better than that.  I might be able to settle for merely half-off if it's on the top of my wish list, but otherwise I can wait until a real sale happens.Even if it's already significantly discounted, don't buy it if it's not featured as a timed sale.  Examples of timed sales include the "Daily Deal,&qu…

An Extra-Jaded Look At Recent Steam Games, June 16th, 2014 Edition

Listen, Internet, I've been trying to do you a solid here with these "Jaded Looks At Recent Steam Games" features, but I've sort of got enough on my plate with my constant and pointless rerolling while playing WildStar, and this feature hasn't done a lot for my traffic anyway.
Still, I did sort of promise I would get one of these done.   So, without further ado, I give you:
An Extra-Jaded Look At Recent Steam Games, June 16th, 2014 Edition What's so "extra-jaded" about it?  Well, I've only got two really easy tiers for you this time, and wow, will this ever be terse.
Tier 1: Games That I Might Actually Want To PlayXenonauts - Indy-developed XCOM clone, I hear it's a cut above most XCOM clones... which is good, because most XCOM clones suck eggs.Farm For Your Life - It's like Harvest Moon, but you also run a restaurant and defend your farm from vegetarian zombies.  Some people complain it's not just Harvest Moon.  Stop complaining and…

Twice The Tumultuous Travels

When we last left off my "exciting" adventures in WildStar, I just couldn't make up my mind what character to play, but I was thinking maybe a Mechari Warrior Scientist would suit my mindset the most..

If only the mental pool churned by the persistent agitation of cognitive dissonance were so easily stilled as that.  Instead, I actually made a spreadsheet to try to score classes and come up with their appeal rating... a spreadsheet, gentlemen!
Sunday night, I briefly played the Mechari Warrior Scientist, but my faith was almost immediately shaken when I discovered that the Scientist path was not at all required to unlock the achievement in Levian Bay.  The secret can be found in the large room behind the caretaker, but this is a mere hint.  So I decided to roll up a Chua Esper Settler.   Less than an hour later, I made it a Cassian Esper Settler.  There was no time to play him; it was time to sleep.

Monday morning, I had slept on it, pondering aspects such as armor versu…

A Jaded Look At Recent Steam Releases, June 7th, 2014 Edition

Following my revolting cognitive dissonance rant, the powers that be struck back, and give me a lovely family emergency so I would be able to take into context that there are more important things than picking a particular flavor of procrastination in massively multiplayer online roleplaying game.

As a consequence of that, and a few other minor factors, I decided to take the day off today.  Saturday, a perfect day for...
A Jaded Look At Recent Steam Releases, June 7th, 2014 Edition And what a week it's been... so very underwhelming that Steam is currently advertising the pre-release of a game that is not due out until early 2015 in big bold graphics, leaving everything else in the lurch.  Don't get me wrong, it's entirely possible that The Witcher: Wild Hunt will be quite a bit better than Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and that's pretty big news... but really guys?  It's 8 months until February 2015.

Right, lets sort the usual suspects into our now-well-established cate…