Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Completing games makes me Happy!

One of my goals with my YouTube channel was that I wanted to complete more games that I actually was.  Which wasn't a huge goal that was unobtainable since I wasn't completing any games at all.  If I could just complete one game I would have met this goal.  Fortunately for me I haven't completed just one game.  I've completed 6 games . . . so far.

The first game to complete was also a special one because not only was it a "complete to end credits" completion, but also a "earn all achievements" completion.  It was Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga.  (How fitting that is has "complete" in the game title.)  Now, I've played (and completed) that game on Playstation 2 many years ago but I wanted the achievements and the gamer score.  Unfortunately getting robbed put me back to the beginning and I lost all of my progress.  But I did it.  There were levels and tasks that I thought I would never get done right (damn you Blue Barrels on that last mission) but I stuck with it and I'm proud of myself for not giving up.

I've also been able to start AND complete the following games since I started posting videos:

Dead Space
Costume Quest (including DLC)
Valiant Hearts: The Great War
Medal of Honor
Stacking (including DLC)

That's a total of 6 games that I've started AND completed which is about 6 more than I've done in any other year (for the most part).  At least that part of my YouTube channel has been successful.  And to top it off a couple of those games also had DLC that I completed.  They are also smaller games to begin with but it's still a completion to me.  I've got 2 full size "retail" games in there too.

I'm also getting close (I think) to completing  Psychonauts.  I'm not sure how long the game is but based on my psychic level (about 47) I figure I'm about half way through the game.  Unfortunately sickness and allergies have slowed down the time for recording new episodes.  It's kind of hard to play a video game and talk when you're having trouble breathing or you're sniffling all the time because of allergies.  It sucks.

I think if I started filming the 4 games that I'm suppose to complete based on the post that got this blog started, I would get them done this year.  Unfortunately, I've already started those games and they wouldn't be a full play through.  I think some of them would be okay, but I don't think that would be good for Final Fantasy VII.  Everybody loves that game and who would want to watch a partial play through only?  Not me.  But I don't want to start it all over again just to record footage.  I might, but I'm not there yet.

I wish I had more time to play and edit videos.  I think I'd finish more games if I did.  This day job is really getting in the way.  Oh well.  I just have to do the best I can with what I've got.  Which is only a couple of hours each night during the week.  And if I'm editing, I'm not playing.  And if I'm not playing, I'm not finishing games.  It's such a vicious cycle.  I'll take what I can get now and right now I've finished 6 games that I probably wouldn't have done so without keeping a schedule and posting videos on YouTube.  That makes me happy!


Zenra Nukenin said...

The last mission of Psychonauts is a BITCH! Especially if you're trying to get all of the Figments.

Pengwenn said...

Way to give me words of encouragement, Zenra. I'm already struggling in Psychonauts. I LOVE the game but I'm having real problems in the Milkman/Neighborhood area. I'm getting stuck trying to figure out what I need to do or where I need to go. I'm getting really frustrated. So I stop playing and start something else. I'm starting to feel like my channel is just a hodgepodge mess of videos, but it's hard to stick with something when I keep getting frustrated.

Zenra Nukenin said...

That is one of my favorite levels! That, and the Matador are the two levels I remembered best as the decade passed. I seem to remember being stumped in that level too, but I don't remember why... Maybe it was just trying to find all of the Figments? Whatever it was, I feel like I just stumbled across the solution. Sorry I can't be more helpful.

Speaking of being frustrated: Have you done the actress' level yet? That one had me running in circles for a long time. And trying to 100% the Figments! I don't know if it's more frustrating not being able to find them, or knowing where they are and feeling like you'll never be able to reach them after trying 20+ times.

And there are missable Achievements. If you're Achievement hunting, I recommend checking a guide before you get too far.

Pengwenn said...

I'm at the actress level now and I HATE IT!!!! Partly because my game glitched and I lost all my items (including the cobweb duster). After watch a couple other videos that people did for that level I went and bought the guide so I can have it open in front of me while I play. Because the game glitched and I lost everything and I wasn't having any fun in that level I stopped playing again (for almost a month now). I'll probably get back to it this weekend. It just seems like a lot of work for very little reward in this level.