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Last few weeks have been rather uneventful. I did go to the skiing trip with the youth group near the end of February, but I didn’t do any skiing. Just relaxed at the cottage, using the sauna a few times. Besides that, I decided that I’d rather try to spend some time trying to play through more of my games than to travel around nowadays.

The games I’ve finished since my last post:

  • The Secret of Chateau de Moreau (iPad): Got all the endings. Funny thing is that the different endings pretty much contradicts each other, since the killer is a different person depending on which ending you get! (Spoiler hidden in case anyone cares. Selecting the text should show the text.)
  • Anomaly: Warzone Earth (Android): Only bothered to play through the campaign mode, haven’t tried the Assault mode much.
  • Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP (iPad): Point and click with some sword fights. A bit surreal. Don’t know if I would recommend this game to “everyone”.
  • Lost Planet (XBox 360): very anime’ish over-the-top storyline. More mecha action than I expected, thought it was “just another third person shooter”. All right entertainment.
  • Prince of Persia: Two Thrones (PC): Had to retry quite a few times on some of the boss fights and the last horse carriage sequence, but it did feel good once I managed to do it! And it had a good ending, compared to the previous and also the next Prince of Persia game.
  • Prince of Persia (2008, PC, the cel-shaded one with the gauntlet): I liked this game more than the previous ones, maybe because this game is closer to the “current generation” of games and the gameplay “flows” better somehow. The previous ones did feel a bit dated. Anyways, the ending is a disappointing “To be continued”. I couldn’t download the DLC epilogue, so I watched the ending for that on YouTube, but apparently the ending there is still “To be continued”. Meh.
  • Catherine (XBox 360): To describe it very quickly, it’s a puzzle game with lots of cutscenes (some anime cutscenes and some rendered) and talking to people, with full voice acting. About adult topics like making decisions, taking responsibility for your choices, and not cheating on your girlfriend. Or cheating on your girlfriend, depending on how you want to play it. I enjoyed the story and cutscenes in the game and got surprisingly addicted to the puzzle part of the game after a while. Got all the endings, and might have tried some puzzles past the story mode, if I weren’t still trying to finish other games.
  • Resident Evil: Revelations (3DS): Very Resident Evil. I like 3D, though it’s sometimes hard to avoid the ghosting (seeing “double”).

I ended up buying Chaos Rings Ω, Catherine and L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition because they were on sale. Even though I try not to buy any games before I finish the ones I have. Well from now I will not buy any games. Unless they are really, really good. Meh. Well, it seems like I did manage to finish quite a few games so it might not be too bad.

L.A. Noire was very laggy on my laptop even at lowest graphical settings, but it worked slightly better on the TV computer. So I might play it there, although I am planning to build a new gaming computer this year. After researching a little, it seems like I might want to wait for Intel to release Ivy Bridge, which should be faster and use less power than the current generation Sandy Bridge. It might not be available before June, but I have quite a few XBox 360 games left anyways, so waiting shouldn’t really be a problem.

Bought a new gaming keyboard (Logitech G510) and mouse (Ideazon Reaper), because I got a few discount coupons. No idea what I’ll use all those programmable keys for, though I hear Diablo III is coming out in a few months. Maybe it’ll be useful there somehow. The keyboard also has a display which can be programmed to show game stats for games which supports it, but is it really easier/faster/better to look at the stats on the keyboard as opposed to having them onscreen? Wasn’t it more of a problem back when computer resolutions was lower? Oh well, it is nice having the time and date or the currently playing song showing on the display.

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While getting the discounts were much of the reason why I bought these, I was also slightly annoyed by the fact that my Bluetooth keyboard and mouse would sometimes suddenly disconnect. So it’ll be nice to use wired accessories again. There is however a problem with the keyboard driver hanging when resuming from sleep mode, so I have to kill the keyboard driver and restart it for the keyboard screen and special buttons to work properly again. The keyboard itself still works though, so if I don’t need any of those special functions I can mostly just ignore it.

Spent most of today going through my e-mail, tidying my apartment and desk, then suddenly deciding to move around the desk in my room. Currently using the window sill for my monitor to free up more space on my desk, it works but I’m not quite satisfied with the monitor being too far to the right of the center of the desk… Considering to either buy a new desk or buy a wall mount for the monitor instead. Or both.

Oh yeah, also spent many hours yesterday and today trying to replace the screen on my old phone. It worked!

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And then it stopped working. And then I gave up because I had already spent too many hours taking it apart and putting it back together again over and over, so I just bagged it and stashed it in the drawer. Probably throwing it away some day.

In the end I didn’t get much time to play Mass Effect 2 today… Maybe I’ll sneak in a few hours after doing laundry now. But it’s Easter vacation next week anyhows, I want to try and finish a few games before going to Easter camp!

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