Gameplay Blog #8 – Warning, Availability Low

Gameplay Statistics – Week 8

Monday, October 23, 2017 – Sunday, October 29, 2017

Days of the week in which games were played: Saturday
Total number of video games played: 2
Total video game duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Communities involved: N/A

Game Platform Duration
Star Control 2/Ur-Quan Masters PC/Steam 30 min
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen PC/Steam 1 hour

Total number of non-video games played: 1
Total non-video game duration: 30 minutes (Fluxx)
Communities involved: Colleague and his girlfriend
Number of supplemental game or game-related activities: 1

Tags: PC, XCOM, Star Control, Fluxx

An Abysmal Modicum of Gameplay

This week I hardly had any time to play games at all again.  As was the case before, even when I had some free time to play, I didn’t have the motivation to do so.  It had been awhile since I picked up XCOM, so I played a little bit on Saturday afternoon.  I was distracted by more appealing activities in the form of getting another old game from my teenage years running.

Star Control

Steam advertisements caught my eye this week with the announcement of a new game in the Star Control franchise, Star Control: Origins.  They had a special pre-order price which I immediately took advantage of.  I bought a package that included older Star Control games like Star Control 2: The Ur-Quan Masters.  This was an amazing space RPG that came out in the 1990s, and I played with great enthusiasm.  I immediately installed it, but was underwhelmed with the graphics and clunky gameplay.  I was tinkering with the game settings and wanted to know about the keyboard setup, so I did a quick google search and stumbled across a fan-made HD version of the same game which I immediately downloaded and installed.  WOW, this game looks great!

Star Control 2 Screenshot

Original Game on Steam Screenshot


Star Control 2 HD Screenshot

HD Remake Screenshot

I felt good about getting another piece of my past working on the PC, and decided to put it down for another time when I had more availability to play games.  It was a short week.  The main theme was a lack of effort on my part, I would rather just watch a movie or read a book.  Again, I think it’s because I’ve been so stressed out and just need complete relaxation.  One thing I’ve noticed about games as I get older is that not all of them are relaxing!!!

Works Cited

Czanik, Damon, et al. Ur-Quan Masters HD. Sourceforge, 2002 (Creative Commons). Microsoft Windows. Computer Software

Firaxis Games. XCOM 2: War of the Chosen. 2K Games, 2017. Microsoft Windows. Computer Software.

Toys for Bob. Star Control II: The Ur-Quan Masters. Accolade, 1992.  MS-DOS. Computer Software


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