Happy 700th! or a Collection in Numbers

Well, its been a while since I’ve written up a blog. I have a few subjects that I’ve been cooking up for a proper article/blog I just gotta work up the morale and work down the laziness and get them done. This one is a bit throw-away/status update kinda thing, so let’s get started:

New Games

Alien Hominid HD (XBLA)
Battlefield: Bad Company Gold Edition (360)
Castle Crashers (XBLA)
Dracula: Resurrection (PC)
Dracula: The Last Sanctuary (PC)
Elite Beat Agents (DS)
Frontlines: Fuel of War (360)
On the Rain-slick Precipice of Darkness – Episode 1 (XBLA)
Samurai Shodown Anthology (Wii)
TeenAgent (PC)

Adventure Games

I’ve recently started looking into point and click adventure games such as the Dracula titles, TeenAgent, and a lesser extent Rain-Slick Precipice above, Beneath a Steel Sky and Lure of the Temptress from previous posts, and Secret Files: Tunguska, and Broken Sword hopefully sometime in the future. I’m also hoping to pick up a copy of I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream soon.

Why the renewed interest in this somewhat niche genre? Well, for those of you following my blogs, you’ll know I’ve been trying to get into the video game industry since I graduated. One route being trying to get hired on a project and another being produce an independent game and hopefully getting it published. These adventure games are research for the latter.

I have little more than a premise and a few random ideas at the moment, but its something I’m hoping to develop a story from in the coming weeks and months. I’m looking at these adventure games to get a real feel for how story and gameplay are intertwined in the adventure genre and hopefully pick up some inspiration along the way.

I’ve captured the interest of a more technically-minded friend of mine and he’s set to help out on the project and who has some friends himself that may be interested in helping out. We’re really waiting on me to get a story at least started before we can do much more. I’m thinking of tackling the project episodically so we don’t bite off more than we can chew and improve as we go from installment to installment instead of making a single big thing that is flawwed throughout.

One thing we have done a bit of, however, is discuss possible delivery and distribution methods, which would definitely be critical before we actually get started. Windows and XBox 360 Community games via XNA are perhaps our most viable options. Maybe in the future we can a developer interested to port it to WiiWare or something, but that’s getting a little ahead of ourselves. First I gotta write the damn thing.

Happy 700th!

Now, to tie this back to the blog title, one of the above games was my 700th game (not counting duplicates) according to my IGN collection stats. That game was Samurai Shodown Anthology on the Wii.

Of course, I do have slightly more than 700 games as I own a few duplicates such as Twilight Princess on the Gamecube and Gears of War CE. It also doesn’t include games that are technically my sister’s such as a ton of Sims games, a few RPGs (including a copy of Suikoden II [disc only]) among others.

Current Collection Stats

The following is a rundown of my collection in numbers, courtesy of IGN’s collection stats feature.

Total Items: 712
Favored Platform: Gamecube
Favored Publisher: Nintendo
Favored Developer: Nintendo

Platform Comparison

  • GCN: 169
  • Wii: 87 (includes VC and WiiWare)
  • Xbox: 73
  • PS2: 71
  • 360: 69 (includes XBLA)
  • N64: 42
  • PC: 42
  • PS1: 31
  • NES: 29
  • SNES: 28
  • DS: 17
  • DC: 16
  • GBA: 8
  • PSP: 8
  • PS3: 5
  • GG: 1
  • Genesis: 1
  • TG16: 1

For those wondering how many games I actually beat, My Backloggery is kept fairly up to date (if you have one, add me, if you don’t, maybe start one). At the moment, I’ve completed 36.7%, or 281 games by Backloggery’s count. Although that’s not exactly right since The Backloggery counts each game within a compilation as its own game, so as far as Backloggery is concerned, I have 780 games.

In other news, like several others around GT, some of my writings have sprung up on a small, but cool, site called GameObserver. It has a bunch of interesting weekly columns plus reviews, news, and whatnot.

At the moment its hosting two of my reviews from here on GT: Onslaught and Sonic & the Black Knight. The website is also currently hosting an expanded and updated version of of an old Castlevania article which can be found here.

Stop by the site and take a look around!

And that’s about it for this week. Like I said, I’ll try to work myself enough to write something substatntial in the near future. I’ll also try to bring back my LE Review next time, whenever that may be.