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
|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.
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!
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!!!
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