Over the past month or so I’ve been trying to be frugal with my money because I’m saving up for a new computer. Yes, I’ve officially given up on the one I “built” last year — I couldn’t figure out its issues, even with some upgrades and several consultations with IT people. I just want and need a machine that plays MMOs well. So I’m selling some of my random toys on Craigslist and have cut way down on any spending (which is why I was so keen on earning some free World of Warcraft subscription time).
Then comes the GOG summer sale and my resolve weakens, although it doesn’t falter entirely. I definitely have more than enough games stocked up in my purchased library to keep my retro games series going for a couple of years, but there are a few titles that I’ve wanted and are on sale right now. So I’m giving myself permission to buy two games that I think I’ll be covering sooner than later — and ones that really belong in my collection.
These are Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines and X-Com: UFO Defense. Have a preference which one I should play through first?
GOG always experiments with its sales, and I actually really like how the company is doing it this time around. In addition to single game and bundled game discounts, you can earn a few free games through it. They’re giving away System Shock 2 to anyone who claims it through the GOG Galaxy client, so that’s a no brainer if you don’t have it. There are three other games that can be earned by gaining “XP” through various activities: Spelunky, Gabriel Knight 1, and Dreamfall Chapters. I don’t need any of these, but I got Spelunky already for buying the above games, so I guess that’s cool.
Currently my GOG library collection sits at 185 titles. Out of those, I have played and blogged about… 34 of them. To be fair, there are several games in the 185 that were either freebies that I will never play, ones outside of the retro gaming category, unpackaged bundles, and various editions (such as two versions of the original X-Wing flight sim). I just wrapped up King’s Quest V and I am prepping my next game already (it’s a surprise — and it’s not King’s Quest VI!).
I’m also fiddling with the idea of starting a YouTube channel for my retro game series. It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a bit but will take a little learning and set up. Trying to figure out if it’s really doable — to record gameplay, splice together clips, and provide narration over it.