Greetings Backloggers! Welcome to 2017! Sometimes there’s no school like the old school. Games were tougher. There were no “Press A to Win The Level” prompts or “Hide here for 30 seconds to regenerate health” options. On the other hand, things like limited lives, limited continues, and unsavable progress belong in the past as artifacts of cartridges and consoles without hard drives.
Greetings Backloggers! Welcome to column 007, where if I were planning better, I would have gone and played one of the various James Bond games lurking in my backlog. Instead, I set out with a plan to knock out a seemingly easy SEGA classic that’s been in my backlog in one form or another since picking up Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection for my PS3 back in 2009.
Yesterday, EA announced a new partnership between Real Racing 3, their award-winning mobile racing franchise developed by Firemonkeys Studio, and the FIA Formula E Championship.
I’ve been a fan of Kerbal Space Program (KSP) since the very early days. Somewhere around Version 0.18 I discovered it as a link from a gaming forum and fell in love. Back then, it was just a direct download from Squad’s website. Steam was a vague future possibility. There was no Mun (moon), no rocket parts beyond the basic solid fuel boosters and liquid fuel engines, no tutorial, and ...[Read More]
Greetings Backloggers! A confession: I love free stuff. Free t-shirts? Got to get one. Free taco day? I’m there. Free donuts? I’m there a lot faster. Free games? Obviously. What, it’s not like I have a giant backlog or something.
Greetings Backloggers! What’s your gaming”comfort food”? When things get weird in life, in the world, or in general, what’s your gaming answer? For me it’s driving games. Nothing like focusing your world down to extracting a few tenths of a second more from your Ring time in Forza, or rumbling around Europe building your virtual trucking empire in Euro Truck Sim 2. I&...[Read More]
I recently had the opportunity to sample Can’t Drive This, a new cooperative arcade racing game from Pixel Maniacs. Can’t Drive This differentiates itself from other arcade racers by requiring two players to work together. While Player One drives a car in a standard 3rd-person viewpoint, Player Two utilizes a top-down view to lay down the track ahead of their comrade. It’s dynamic, fast-paced, and...[Read More]
Hello Backloggers! After a few weeks in hiatus due to self-inflicted computer problems, we’re back! Hopefully you readers are having more success than I am in burning through my backlog, as the afor-mentioned computer troubles, coupled with playoff baseball and election insanity, put a big dent in my free time.
Various research show that it takes between three weeks and six months to fully develop a new habit. Six weeks into this backlog challenge may not be enough to say I’ve got a new pattern fully realized, but it’s definitely a good start.
What’s the natural follow-up to starting a backlog challenge with a short Visual Novel? Obviously it’s to go oldschool with a remastered version of a twenty-five year old classic.
“Let’s see, what should I play first? Too long, too short, too weird, no wait, there’s no such thing in my library. Okay, A Wild Catgirl Appears it is then!” Such was basically my selection process for choosing a game in Sprint #1. Quick enough that I could finish in the limited time I had, and a little bit weird.
“Backlog”, “Pile of Shame”, “Game Retirement Stash.” Whatever it’s called, it’s a fact of life for almost every gamer. It’s the games sitting in our Steam, Xbox Live, PSN, and Virtual Console accounts; the shrink-wrapped boxes decorating our shelves; the dusty discs played for a single session then added to the pile by the TV.