Showing posts with label video games. Show all posts
Showing posts with label video games. Show all posts

Monday, January 2, 2023

Stanley Parable

Over the break, I spent some time revisiting Stanley Parable.  The new version, Stanley Parable Ultra Deluxe is on sale on the Steam Winter Sale, so it was a perfect time to get the game, and the new content included in the newer version.

The Stanley Parable is a first-person exploration game developed by Galactic Cafe and released in 2013. It’s a unique and intriguing game that has garnered a lot of praise from both players and critics alike.

In the game, you play as Stanley, an employee at a mundane office job. One day, you realize that all of your co-workers have disappeared, and you set out to find out what happened. As you explore the empty office, you are guided by a voiceover narrator who tells you where to go and what to do.

However, the narrator’s instructions often conflict with your own desires, and you are given the choice to either follow them or defy them. This is where the game gets interesting, as every choice you make leads to a different ending.

The game’s narrative is deep and thought-provoking, exploring themes of free will and the nature of choice. The narrator’s commentary is often humorous and self-aware, and the game’s non-linear structure allows for multiple playthroughs, each with its own unique ending.

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Portal RTX

During the holiday break, I finally took some time to play the RTX version of Portal.  Portal is a first-person puzzle-platformer developed and published by Valve. It really holds up from when it was originally was released in 2007.  With the ray tracing graphical enhancement, this was a perfect time to revisit the game.

In Portal, you play as a test subject in the mysterious Aperture Science Laboratories, where you are tasked with navigating through a series of increasingly complex and dangerous test chambers using a mysterious device known as the "Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device," or simply the "Portal Gun." This unique weapon allows you to create two linked portals on any flat surface, allowing you to transport yourself and objects between them instantly.

As you progress through the game, you'll encounter a series of increasingly challenging puzzles that require you to use the Portal Gun in creative ways to overcome obstacles and reach your goal. But as you delve deeper into the twisted world of Aperture Science, you'll begin to uncover a dark and sinister plot lurking beneath the surface.

One of the things that sets Portal apart from other puzzle games is its rich, immersive story. The game is set in the same universe as Valve's Half-Life series, and features a cast of memorable characters, including the enigmatic AI entity GLaDOS. The story is told through a series of audio recordings and environmental clues scattered throughout the test chambers, and as you piece together the story, you'll uncover a deeply disturbing and thought-provoking tale of corporate greed, scientific experimentation, and artificial intelligence gone awry.

But it's not just the story that makes Portal so memorable - it's also the gameplay. The Portal Gun is an incredibly versatile weapon, and as you progress through the game, you'll discover new ways to use it to solve puzzles and overcome obstacles. Whether you're using portals to fling yourself across gaps, redirect laser beams, or create makeshift bridges, there's always a new and creative solution waiting to be discovered.

The puzzles in Portal are deceptively simple at first, but as you progress through the game, they become increasingly complex and challenging. Each test chamber is a self-contained puzzle that requires you to use your wits and the Portal Gun to find a way to the exit. Some puzzles require precise timing and aim, while others demand creative thinking and outside-the-box solutions.

But the real beauty of Portal is the way it encourages player experimentation. There's no right or wrong way to solve a puzzle - it's all about finding the solution that works best for you. Whether you're a seasoned puzzle-solver or a newcomer to the genre, there's something in Portal for everyone.

Portal RTX is available for free for anyone that Portal in their Steam library

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

2022 Xbox in Review

In previous years, Microsoft provided tools to generate infographics that reflected the activity of Xbox players.  This year, Microsoft didn't make this tool available, but TrueAchievement has made their #MyYearOnXbox tool available that will generate a graphic with the gameplay information from an Xbox profile.

With the tool, you will need to sign into your Xbox account via OAuth, where it will read the games that you have played from your profile.

From my generated image, you can see that the game that I spent the majority of my time in was Far Cry 6 (while I was isolating when I had COVID)

[via Windows Central]

Friday, June 3, 2011

L.A. Noire

I just finished the main story in L.A. Noire this week.  This is a great game.  I have liked other Rockstar games like GTA4 and Red Dead Redemption, and L.A. Noire has some of the same qualities.  The main thing that I like about these games is the story in the games.   With each of these games, I want to continue playing to find out what happens in the store.  Also, each of these games have worlds that are great to explore.

L.A. Noire is not as much of an open world game as GTA4 or Red Dead Redemption.  While playing the game, you can either work on the main case, or respond to various street crimes.  You can also find various things hidden around the map.  The fact that L.A. Noire isn't as much of an open world game isn't a negative for the game.  In fact, it works well, as it keep the player more focused on the main story.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


There are many video games that I am really interested in the single player campaign, and I that I only play once.  Often, I end up paying $60 for the game, and selling it back to GameStop after playing it for a month.  Since GameStop doesn't pay that much when buying used games, playing the game for a month often costs about $40.

Since there are only a few games that I play for a long time, I figured I would try GameFly.  GameFly is essentially a Netflix for video games.  You add video games to your queue, and they send you the games as they become available.  When you are done with the games, you can just put them back in the envelope and drop it back in the mail, and the next available game on your queue will be sent.

With the demand for more recent games, it is hard to get the newest games through GameFly.  But if you want a game that came out in the past 6 months, it shouldn't be a problem to get it.

If you are interested in trying it, GameFly has an offer, where you can get a month free.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Xbox 360 video games on demand

This post talks about the Video Games downloads that Microsoft announced at this past E3.  With what they are planning, any one who has an Xbox 360 connected to the network, can download full games directly to the console's hard drive.

I think that this is great, especially if you can save money over buying a game on disc.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Project Natal

I think that the Project Natal demonstrations show some pretty cool technology.  I think that, if this actually ships, this will easily give the Xbox 360 an easy way into the casual gaming market, and could be a serious competitor to the Nintendo Wii.

Project Natal, use a camera/microphone device to allow you to interact with the Xbox interface.  Facial and voice recognition allows a deeper interaction than the Nintendo Wii implements.

Below, I have embedded several videos of Project Natal.  I hope that when it actually ships it does just half as much as is shown in these videos.

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