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August 1st 2014 1:46 pm

Operation Finish all the Games, July 2014

It's the first day of August so it's time for another update on how this project is going. Oh, to be young and have summers off, because then I'd be playing games all the time and my backlog wouldn't stand a chance. Alas, I am an adult with adult responsibilities and summers mean nothing. Nothing! Well, they mean longer days and having to put the air conditioner in the window.

The basic rules:
  1. Beat or finish one game a month. To "beat" means to undertake the actions that usually end the basic story and prompt a credits scroll.
  2. Only story sequences count, no side-quest stuff unless I feel like playing it.
  3. I can finish more than one game a month, but it doesn't count toward future months.
  4. Games do not have to be started and finished within the same month.
  5. This project will not include every single game I've never finished, just the ones I actually give a damn about.
So, how am I doing? Well, not well this month, I'm afraid. I don't think I've played much Bravely Default this month. I'm in chapter 7 now, just sort of fighting all the optional bosses and not doing too shabby. I know I could just skip them but I still don't have the Vampire or the Conjurer asterisks so I want to do those before the game starts getting even harder.

I did not play Lunar Knights at all until earlier this week, when I realized it was almost the end of the month and I wasn't close to finishing anything. I beat that one dungeon that was giving me trouble, and now I'm in chapter 5 (of 6). My characters could stand a little leveling and some better equipment, so I'm probably going to end up doing side-quests anyway.

However, I did start and finish:
  1. Gone Home (Windows). I bought this during the Steam Summer Sale, as I knew I'd have to play it eventually. I really liked the way the story unfolded through the artifacts in the house. However, I'd partly agree with those naysayers who complain that it's "not a game." It's more of an interactive experience, and I actually found myself frustrated at first by the feeling that I wasn't making any progress as I explored the rooms of the house. When I play a game I'm not just looking for a good story or nice graphics, I'm looking for a sense of accomplishment. However, I found the ending very moving and I'm glad I played it.
One of the reasons I didn't play many games this month was that I've been very busy with other things. I read a lot of books in July, finally catching up to my reading challenge (set at 80 books, and I was something like 10 books behind). I read some manga (Attack on Titan, Akira, Gate 7) and the final book of the Milkweed Triptych, which I absolutely adored. I also watched Saving Mr. Banks which inspired me to read Mary Poppins and Mary Poppins Comes Back and holy hell people weren't kidding about Mary Poppins being a sociopath.

Games finished: 1
Teenage runaways: 1
Solar guns: More than I'll actually use because it's a waste of materials
Sneaking sequences: only 1, which is disappointing when you consider Hideo Kojima created the Boktai series

My backlog: www.grouvee.com­/user­/Lampbane/

What did you buy during the Steam sale? www.engadget.com­/discuss­/the­-steam­-sale­-is­-on­-what...

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I feel so much shame, I didn't finish a game in July. I'm not even sure I can commit to finishing one in August with my crazy busy schedule :(

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