All the games I didn’t buy, and one I did, from Steam’s Summer Sale

This year’s Steam summer sale has come and gone. (Now, tis but a memory…) This sale, and it’s wintertime sister, don’t quite hold as much magic for me as they once did, but they are still fun to peruse. This summer I expended my pennies on one game only, and I saved the rest for a rainy day. If you like frugality, then check out this article I wrote for Virtual Bastion about all the money I didn’t spend during Steam’s Summer 2017 sale!

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Last week, Steam’s hallowed Summer Sale began. Yes, that one of two times a year when folks can pick up a plethora of games, mostly old(er) but sometime new, for pennies. Though my wallet would like otherwise, I am not immune to Steam’s charms during these sales. In the past, I’ve used the Summer Sale to clean out my wishlist of most of the 99-cent to ten-dollar steals that pop up in order to have plenty to play over the fall and winter. (Until Steam’s Winter sale, when again my wallet cries out in agony, and I silence it ever so gently with a “shhh, it’ll be alright.”)

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Ac!d Commander: The Powerhouse, part 4

This is my new game project: “Ac!d Commander.” It involves Metal Gear Ac!d for the PSP. Rather than being in written form, I decided to do an actual Let’s Play, making videos and everything. I’ll be posting one to three new videos every Friday from today until the game is over. I welcome any comments and discussion. Apologies in advance for any audio hiccups, video malfunctions, or other jackassery, which will surely ensue.

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Skyrim glitches are the best glitches

Now here’s a post that would seem more appropriate for 2012, hmmm? The uniqueness and hilarity of the glitches throughout The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim have been well documented. In fact, I’d say that Skyrim glitch videos are nearly as plentiful as cat videos…and I’d also be exaggerating, because there’s no way in hell that any type of video could ever topple the juggernaut that is the cat video on YouTube. But still, there are a damn lot of videos on YouTube displaying Skyrim’s glitchiness.

As I mentioned last week, I’ve started replaying Skyrim, for reasons. I didn’t mention last week but will say here that not long ago, I wrote this article for Virtual Bastion: “What’s the glitchiest game you’ve ever played?” In it I proclaimed Fallout: New Vegas as my new personal glitchiest winner (eking ahead of Saints Row 2.) That was primarily because I had just completed that game, and it was fresh in mind. But holyshitontoast if Skyrim doesn’t blow New Vegas’s glitches straight outta the irradiated waters of the nuclear apocalypse.

If I had been smart about this, I would have hooked up my capture card to the PS3 and started taking screenshots, at least, from day one. But I’m a dumbass who’s bad about thinking ahead and didn’t feel like rewiring the PS3 to attach the capture card, so there. However, as I said, Skyrim glitch videos are rife on YouTube, so have at.

Not to go off on a weird tangent, but typing “Skyrim glitch” has made me think of “Skyrim-Glitch Mob.” Has anyone remixed the Skyrim soundtrack? Huh. I’m not gonna go…look…

*opens up YouTube tab*

… … …

*three hours later*

Yes. Yes, people have. Wow.

What the hell was I talking about? Whatever it was, I’m sure it was of the utmost importance…

Oh yes, Skyrim’s glitches, and how lazy I am. And how this post is, like, five years overdue. But whatevs. Right.

Also, when did I start using “whatevs” regularly? I just said it the other day, too. That’s got to stop.

Anywaaaay, as sad as it is that I don’t have any pictures to prove what I’m about to say, I think we’ve built up enough trust here over the years. Y’know? Look, to prove it, let’s do a trust fall. Okay, you fall backwards, and I’m going to catch you. Promise.

THWUMP.

Ah shit…yo, fuck, man…I…I’m really sorry bout that. I..it’s just…it’s this cat…he was being sooooo stupid funny in this vid…yo look, watch!…

But how I digress.

What I’m getting at is that I’ve been tallying many of the oddball glitches that I’ve encountered in Skyrim. And the best thing is that they boil down to funny glitches, not game-breaking ones, which is probably one of Bethesda’s MOs, though I’m sure they wish it wasn’t. (Or maybe they relish in it? Based on the fact that such ridiculous glitches are also present in Fallout 4, one has to wonder…)

Without any more further ado, as I have already ado-ed too much already, here’s my list of ten of the most hilarious glitches I’ve encountered so far.

1. Having guards fall from the sky upon entering Dawnstar (has happened multiple times, and it’s never not funny).

2. In the ruins of Mzinchaleft when my companion, the mage Mercurio, got accidentally hoisted up onto a wall of spikes and stayed there, still in his battle poise. When I activated the wall to come down, he remained there, just floating, but so ready for battle.

3. That time when I killed that one dragon at Dragon Bridge, and its skeleton “fell” on top of my horse Shadowmere right where it’s stomach would have been. It looked as if the dragon had eaten the horse.

4. When I killed a cave bear on the top of a mountain outside Winterhold, and it fell down into a nearby cavern. I found said dead bear lying on its back with its four legs pointing straight up into the air. Ridonkulous.

Goddamn, have I got to quit with these dingly dumb words!

Haha…”dingly.” That one just sounds goofy.

*Ahem*

5. Upon first entering Whiterun and having three people approach me, except they all mashed together to form one “person” and were all talking at the same time. Maybe more terrifying than than funny.

6. When stupid Lydia needlessly died fighting a couple of giants outside Dawnstar; I proceeded to run away. I returned to the spot and the giants were retreating but dead Lydia’s corpse had “adhered” to one giant’s club. So terrible…terribly funny!

7. Visiting my favorite blacksmith in Solitude and finding that he had traded his hammer for a broom. Nothing like smithing with a broom. (has happened multiple times).

8. That time I took Cicero out and had to swim out to a ship docked near Solitude. The poor thing kept swimming in circles. Had to reload.

9. Exploring Dragonsreach and watching the jarl walk down a set of stairs and onto the head of a guard standing at the bottom of the stairs. The jarl’s feet and the guard’s head melded into an inhuman form for a brief moment before the jarl “fell” of the guard’s head and went on his merry way.

10. And finally, more floating fun with that dragon I killed in Riften. Upon first doing the deed, its skeleton fell upon one of Riften’s bridges. I left the city and returned a short time later to find the same skeleton hovering above the city’s market stands, kind of like a macabre umbrella.

Oh, how I am enjoying this game (again, for the first time)!

Into the Chaos: Borderlands 2

You know when you start playing a game that you think you’re not going to enjoy, and it turns out that not only do you enjoy it, but it affects your entire outlook on games? That was my experience with Borderlands 2. Head on over to Virtual Bastion for the full article.

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Borderlands 2 and I shouldn’t have gotten along. It’s an first-person shooter, and a fairly aggressive one at that. It strongly suggests the addition of teammates. It’s tiredly open-world. It contains only limited role-playing elements. There are no difficulty options. Its story seemed to require prerequisite knowledge from the first game.

Well, what’s that they say about not judging a book by its cover?

Turns out that I had Borderlands 2 all wrong.

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Ac!d Commander: The Powerhouse, part 3

This is my new game project: “Ac!d Commander.” It involves Metal Gear Ac!d for the PSP. Rather than being in written form, I decided to do an actual Let’s Play, making videos and everything. I’ll be posting one to three new videos every Friday from today until the game is over. I welcome any comments and discussion. Apologies in advance for any audio hiccups, video malfunctions, or other jackassery, which will surely ensue.

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Top 5: Favorite Open-World Games

So here’s a story. I just started replaying Skyrim. The end.

Well, I didn’t say it’d be a very exciting story.

I’ll have more to say on Skyrim later this week, but for now, it’s worth revisiting this post I recently wrote for Virtual Bastion on my some of my favorite open-world games. Sans, Skyrim. But I already told you that story.

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As much as I enjoyed my first trek through Mass Effect: Andromeda, the game left me a bit soured with regard to open-world games. Surely the feeling is only temporary, but as I search for something to take its place that’s not Borderlands 2 (so fun!), I find myself avoiding anything that resembles an open-world experience (even though Borderlands 2 does kinda, sorta fit that bill). The dilemma, though, lies in the fact that I’ve woven my way through some fantastic sandboxes in the past, so why not pick one to play again or for the first time? Why not choose an open-world game that gives players freedom, provides an excellent story and a beautiful (or beautifully dangerous) environment, along with substantial or unusual side quests that are worth pursuing? Once I started looking at my options, the floodgates opened. I eventually came up with many more than five…

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Ac!d Commander: The Powerhouse, part 2

This is my new game project: “Ac!d Commander.” It involves Metal Gear Ac!d for the PSP. Rather than being in written form, I decided to do an actual Let’s Play, making videos and everything. I’ll be posting one to three new videos every Friday from today until the game is over. I welcome any comments and discussion. Apologies in advance for any audio hiccups, video malfunctions, or other jackassery, which will surely ensue.

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Ac!d Commander: The Powerhouse. This…this is gonna take awhile…

This is my new game project: “Ac!d Commander.” It involves Metal Gear Ac!d for the PSP. Rather than being in written form, I decided to do an actual Let’s Play, making videos and everything. I’ll be posting one to three new videos every Friday from today until the game is over. I welcome any comments and discussion. Apologies in advance for any audio hiccups, video malfunctions, or other jackassery, which will surely ensue.


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