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The Great Backlog Project Update #2

The Great backlog project continues! I haven't updated this in awhile, but I've actually made significant progress. That being said there have been some causalities along the way for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the game just couldn't hold my interest anymore, and in some cases I ran into technical problems that prevented me from playing the game altogether.

Back in action

After a year + hiatus I am finally back in action to the MGC. I'm ashamed I've been away so long, but a variety of life events and scheduling have given me very little time to input into the site or game journalism in general. But I am back at it now! I have new news posts, a new youtube video and more coming soon. (2-3 new features.) Here's my tenative weekly schedule: 

The Backlog Project Update

So back in December of last year I posted about my Great Backlog Project. After a number of delays, I have finally started. Woohoo!

I spent 17 hours beating Shadow Warrior, which was both fun and a bit of a slog. Worth playing for FPS fans however I suspect, but the game definitely did not need to last that long. I wonder how Shadow Warrior 2 will fare. At least it has coop mode which should make things more interesting if the game lasts as long as the first.

Refunded: Skyshine's Bedlam

Skyshine's Bedlam (so named since a game called "Bedlam" exists on Steam) is a post-apocalyptic rogue-like strategy game. It has all the elements to be brilliant: Awesome artwork, a strong presentation, a wasteland setting and solid music. It is like if The Banner Saga and FTL had a mutant baby, this would be it. I love both those games, shouldn't this mix of the two be epic and hugely playable?

I want that answer to be a resounding "YES" but after 90+ minutes of time into the game, I found it to be a solid "No." 

Voice command service Cortana will soon arrive on iPhones

Microsoft recently announced that their propriety voice command service Cortana will be available soon at the App Store. The app was previously only exclusive to Windows Phones. However, late last month (May 26), the company revealed on their official blog that their virtual mobile assistant will soon be available for iPhones, which is included in their Windows 10 desktop features.

Playstation Controller, Mac, and You

If you are console-centric as I am, then a controller just feels right for gaming. I own one computer and I have never been much of a PC gamer. I spent my youth with a console and my brain is now wired to "video games require controller". Owning a PS3 I decided that I would give the DualShock 3 a go with my Mac and am incredibly happy I did. My aging (and loud) PS3 has taken a backseat to my Mac for my gaming needs since I plugged this puppy in.

Refunded: Space Hulk: Ascension

I've had my eye on Space Hulk for awhile. I am a huge Warhammer 40K fan, so the game seemed right up my alley. However, the more static nature of the first entry didn't capture me enough to purchase it. Then the developers put out Space Hulk: Ascension, an updated sequel with new features that I thought I would enjoy: Upgrades to your Space Marines, more weapons, alternate firing modes and multiple campaigns.

The Technological March

I've been moving recently and now that I'm finally settled in I got to looking at that newly refreshed 15" MacBook Pro with the new AMD m370x graphics chip. It seems like it will end up being a pretty good upgrade over the 750m. Apple claims 80% faster anyway. So good on them for that. However, I can't help but feel like it's still not quite worth it to upgrade. The machine I use now is old. 4 years old in fact. In technology, that's a century; or at least it used to be.