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My birthday was actually pretty decent. It usually is. I got an awesome haul of games, thanks to my grandparents giving me the money, and a sale on Gog.com, not to mention the Humble Indie Bundle 8 and the Humble Weekly Sale.
Speaking of that there's only about 20 hours left, at the time of this wrting, for HIB 8, which you can get at Humblebundle.com. You can also get the Serious Sam games, from the weekly sale, there too. There's about 3 days left to get them.
From GOG.com, I got Racing Driver: GRID for half off, because it was on sale when it first got on the site. I'm glad I got it for that cheap. The game looks amazing, sounds amazing, the cars all look great, and sound great, the tracks look and sound great, all around the game is great.
Except for one thing...
THE KEYBOARD CONTROLS SUCK!
Most racing games on PC I get right in there and start winning races. Not so with GRID. When I first got into a race I was all exited, I was like, this game is so amazing, but then the first thing I did was crash. Then it happened again, when I tried to do a really tiny turn, and crashed into a wall instead. Then it happened again! And again!
I've got to say, it's really sucky design to have a game on PC that doesn't work well with keyboard controls. Most things online say to play it with a controller. I shouldn't have to do that, it's a bloody PC game! Oh, wait, it's a port of a console game, that explains everything. It's another half-assed port, instead of what could've been a great PC game.
I'd better stop that now, before this blog turns into a rant.
Fortunately, the games I got from the Humble Bundle 8 more then make up for my disappointment in GRID.
I haven't played them all yet.
There's even ones I don't much want to play, and probably never will.
Those games are Dear Eshter, because its just too weird, Proteus, because it's not even really a video game and, from what I saw in trailers, boring as shyte, and English Country Tune, because it's not actually about English tunes in the country.
However, the other games I got more then make up for 3 games I won't play.
I have't had a chance to play all of them yet, like I said, but the ones I did play have left an impression.
Hotline Miami is a game I've been wanting since it first came out. I held off on getting it on the off chance a Humble Bundle had it, and, sure enough, one did.
It's also a great example of the fact that not all video games are made for kids. I, for one, would never let my kid play it, if I had one.
However, that doesn't keep me from enjoying it. It's actually a very strategic game, since one hit kills the bad guys, and also one hit kills you. I've had to restart quite a lot because I got killed, but I don't mind so much because it only puts you back to the begining of the stage. Also, when I die, it's usually because I messed up, not because the game was being stupid. It could actually be said to be a trippy puzzle game, with blood, lots and lots of blood.
Capsized is a rather interesting game. An astronaut lands on a hostile planet after his ship gets messed up, and it's your job to keep him alive. I love the mechanics in this one. It's got what's basically a portable tractor beam that can latch onto just about anything. It makes combat rather interesting, since you can also shoot once you're latched onto something. It's fun to use it to bounce around.
Intrusion 2 is another interesting game. You play as some sort of agent sent to do something or other, in the process shooting a bunch of enemies. The enemies are where the game is interesting. There's robots that you have to shoot in certain places to damage, and robots that fly in the sky, and robots that blow up when they get close to you. In fact, I there were so many robo foes that I was surprised when a human enemy showed up.
Oil Rush is a game that initially made a good first impression, that dropped off once I got to playing it. It's a naval RTS, and it's a very good looking game. You can also rotate the camera, something that always impresses me in an RTS, since not many that I've played do that. However, I'm disappointed with how they have you select units. Instead of selecting individual units, you select the base they spawn from, and tell that to attack another base. That doesn't sound like much to put me off, but I'm a veteran RTS player. I like having to micromanage my units, telling each one what to do.
I'm looking forward to playing Awesomenuats, Thomas Was Alone, Little Inferno, and Tiny and Big, when I'm done with those other games.
I also got a bunch of games from the Humble Weekly Sale.
I got the Alan Wake games from the last one, and the Serious Sam games from this one.
I've really enjoyed what I played of Alan Wake. It's a really fun game, even if it isn't very scary. I like it so much I'm thinking about doing a let's play of it on my YouTube channel.
I haven't had a chance to play Serious Sam yet, but I look forward to it. It sounds like a really nice old school shoot'em up, and I've alwasy enjoyed that sort of game.
You should really check out the HIB 8, if you haven't already. It's well worth it.
That's all for now.
I have a birthday coming up at the end of this month, it 10 or so days.
And, I must say, I'm not really looking forward to it.
Sure, I'm probably going to get a rare treat of food and dessert, like I usually do for my B-day. I might even get a few decent gifts, or, at least, I'll be given money, so I can get what I want to get with it. And I'm really thankful that my family will do that sort of thing for me.
So, maybe I am looking forward to that.
However, I'm not looking forward to the reminder of the progression of time.
The reminder that time is moving, but things still haven't changed all that much for me.
I still don't have a job, same as last year. I've spent this whole year looking for a new one, with no luck. So much I want to do hinges on me getting a job.
I still want to do film, but because of my lack of transportation, I can't really. That's something else that hasn't changed since last year.
I recently missed a shoot where I was supposed to be an extra because I couldn't get a ride, not even from my folks, because some things came up that week that they needed the money they would've spent on gas for. It could've been an important shoot for me, if I was able to make it. But, since I wasn't able to make it, it wasn't. There were a lot of people I wanted to work with on that shoot, and now, I doubt that they would want to work with me. Fortunately, I was just an extra, so they really didn't need me for the shoot, but what if they had? The guy who was my contact on the movie said "no worries" when I told him my situation, but that doesn't keep me from worrying. I definitely don't want to get work on another movie until I get a car, or, at least, my scooter on the road. Which I can't do, because I don't have a job.
I still don't have a place of my own, same as last year. I really am getting sick of living with my family. Sure, I am really grateful to my folks for letting me live with them free of charge, because without them, I'd be homeless, without food, and without internet, but they really cramp my style. My little sisters also cramp my style, more so then my parents do. If had a job and a car, I wouldn't have to live with them anymore.
I also still don't have a girlfriend, same as last year.
I haven't seen that woman from game night for almost two months time, since she hasn't been showing up. I don't think it's because of me, since I haven't said or done anything besides be nice and play board games with her. From what she mentioned during a conversation we had, she probably isn't going because she doesn't like being out in traffic. Or it could be something else I don't know anything at all about, since I haven't had the chance to get to know her better. I know she goes to game night on Sunday. But, my feelings for her have cooled, and I'm not sure I want them to be sparked again. However, I still want to be friends with her, if not anything else, if I ever do see her again.
I am keeping my options open. There are plenty of women in the world. However, how many of them would want a boyfriend who doesn't have a job, or a car, or a place of his own? Not very many, if any at all. That's why I haven't really pursued a serious relationship, no matter how much I would like one.
I think I'm starting to feel my age. I'm four years away from 30.
What's worse, I'm feeling stuck.
On the bright side, I might be going back to college.
I found a relatively cheap college in Florida that I should be able to afford with what's left of my FA. And, if nothing goes wrong, I should be able to finally graduate, not to mention study something I already know I want to do for a career, since they have a film type degree. I've already been accepted, but there's paperwork that they need before I can even find out how much FA I'll be getting. If all goes well, I should be attending this fall. I'm trying not to get to excited about going back to college. About studying something I've always dreamed about doing. About being around college girls again. Because something could still go wrong, and I won't be able to go.
I'm just hoping things will change, and I'll be able to get a job, and a car, and a place of my own. And, I hope it's soon.
Then maybe I'll be able to look forward to my birthday, instead of dreading it. Hopefully, it'll be better next year.
That's all for now.
You might have noticed that I have been blogging on here instead if vlogging on YouTube, like I said I would. Well, I did that for a while, and now I've decided to mostly stop vlogging. I did 30 or so vlogs before I realized something. I'm actually a very boring vlogger. My last few vlogs got either no views, or almost no views. It's not really surprising. I have a boring life, and nothing much going on that's interesting or entertaining to vlog about.
BTW, thanks to my 6 subcribers who've stuck around, despite my boring vlogs.
I've decided to switch gears, and change my YouTube channel into a gaming channel.
I actually had one before, separate from my vlogging channel, that had Minecraft videos. But, due to some technical difficulties, I stopped doing it. I just didn't have the right software, or a good enough gaming headset, to do it properly. But, now that I have FRAPs and a decent gaming headset, not to mention Windows Movie Maker to make the files smaller, I'm able to record game play footage. And, since I'm not going to focus on vlogging anymore, I decided to turn my main YouTube channel into a gaming channel.
The first game I'm featuring is Cthulhu Saves the World by Zeboyd Games. It's about Cthulhu, who is cursed to have to become a hero, and save the world, hence the title. I contacted the dev and asked their permission to the the game on my channel. They said they didn't have any problem with me doing it, which was nice of them.
I'm actually thinking of featuring mainly indie games, since I figure indie devs would be a lot nicer about letting me feature their games on my channel then a big company would be. I also just happen to have a ton of indie games from the Humble Indie Bundles.
I'm using CStW as sort of a training game, to practice what I want to do for other games. I've been doing it in character (mostly) and I think it coming out pretty decently, so far.
You can check out the first episode here:
Thanks for watching, if you do.
That's all for now.
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