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#1711 anotherpoorgamer   Bird's Nest Hair CAGiversary!   5709 Posts   Joined 16.6 Years Ago  

anotherpoorgamer

Posted 19 June 2021 - 05:47 PM

Looking at the Completed Games 2021 thread.  How you all finding time to complete so many games?! 

Yard work, laundry/cleaning/cooking, sleeping less than 8 hours, and working 8 hours alone are eating most of my gaming time.



#1712 bhk   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   992 Posts   Joined 17.4 Years Ago  

Posted 20 June 2021 - 01:20 AM

Weekends and evenings is when I spend most of my time gaming. I’m currently working through Assassins Creed Odyssey.

#1713 Rodimus   I'm Different CAGiversary!   12854 Posts   Joined 18.5 Years Ago  

Posted 21 June 2021 - 07:36 PM

Just finished FFVII Remake

 

Going back to Control now. 

 

One game at a time.



#1714 Krymner   Yup, I think you're sexy CAGiversary!   3039 Posts   Joined 17.0 Years Ago  

Posted 27 June 2021 - 04:20 PM

Just stick with something and don't stop till you beat it. I'm working 7-days a week and still manage to beat at least 1 game a month. That's always my goal, at least one a month. Even if its something short and quick, I'll try to beat something each month. Many games take me multiple months (I think Trails of Cold Steel IV took me over 5-months!) but I keep plugging away and eventually beat them.

 

Today I finally beat Secret of Mana (from the Switch Mana Collection). I rented it back in the 90's, and got kinda far, but never beat it. I tried picking it back up here and there over the years, but never got very far at those times. Well, I finally stuck with it and finished it. Honestly, I was never impressed with it back then, and it is still underwhelming today. However, I'm glad to finally cross it off the backlog list.



#1715 anotherpoorgamer   Bird's Nest Hair CAGiversary!   5709 Posts   Joined 16.6 Years Ago  

anotherpoorgamer

Posted 12 August 2021 - 10:19 AM

So yeah, I'm trying to maximize my gaming time.   My commute from work gives me about 30 minutes downtime.  Usually I spend that time browsing social media.  The largest parts of my backlog consists of PS3/360 era titles.

Do you all think I should get a Switch Lite and buy all the last generation ports?   Bioshock, L.A. Noire, Borderlands: Pre-Sequel, Burnout Paradise, Resident Evil Origins, Resident Evil Revelations Collection, and Resident Evil Triple Pack come to mind.

I know I'm creating more backlog by buying these Switch ports.  The portability of a Switch just seems so nice.  I also just can't find the time anymore except during work and work breaks.

I'll probably hold off until there's a sale.  Probably going to go for the digital Switch versions since I have them more or less physical on other consoles. 

So what do you all think?



#1716 Krymner   Yup, I think you're sexy CAGiversary!   3039 Posts   Joined 17.0 Years Ago  

Posted 02 October 2021 - 03:37 AM

I used to get a lot of game-time in on my lunch breaks, so its possible to whittle down a back-log that way. It can just take awhile. The Switch digital versions of past-gen games are good alternatives to play on-the-go or without having to plug in an older console. In the last couple months, I've crossed the first two No More Heroes games off my backlog by playing the switch versions, despite my Wii versions sitting on the shelf for the past few years unplayed. Now, they can keep sitting there in the collection, but at least I know they're no longer backlogged.

 

 

I FINALLY beat SMT3: Nocturne HD Remaster on the Switch today, and I feel a giant weight off my backlog. I played the PS2 original years ago, and put in 100+ hours. However, I was playing it on a backwards-compatible PS3, and it got the YLOD before I could beat it, so my save-file was lost. Well, I now can mark it off my list of disappointments. I went all-out and got the True Demon ending, which wasn't easy but it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. Granted, I was just playing on Normal difficulty, but still, it wasn't easy.



#1717 anotherpoorgamer   Bird's Nest Hair CAGiversary!   5709 Posts   Joined 16.6 Years Ago  

anotherpoorgamer

Posted 06 October 2021 - 06:34 PM

Been thinking lately about just dumping all of my common physical titles. Game Pass / PlayStation Now looks so much more convenient and shelf space saving.

So what do you all think?  Sell off common titles to fund Game Pass and PlayStation Now subscriptions. 


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#1718 bhk   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   992 Posts   Joined 17.4 Years Ago  

Posted 07 October 2021 - 02:09 AM

I’m finally getting around to Hades and it is SO good.

#1719 anotherpoorgamer   Bird's Nest Hair CAGiversary!   5709 Posts   Joined 16.6 Years Ago  

anotherpoorgamer

Posted 08 May 2022 - 08:46 AM

Well it looks like I might be getting evicted at the end of the month and probably homeless.  Despite paying rent and following my landlord's fair rules. 

Landlord has Stage 4 cancer.  They are good people overall. 

I don't know what I'm going to do.  Worst case, I'm camping outside in the woods behind my work.  Maybe, bathe at the local gym; gonna need a membership.

Relevance to this thread.  I guess I am going to have to go full digital now and/or handhelds only.  I suppose I could sell off my physical copies of games to get digital versions of the games I really wanted to keep.

Any advice?  Thanks ahead.



#1720 Invicta 61   Gabagool, Provalone and vinegar peppers CAGiversary!   2239 Posts   Joined 12.0 Years Ago  

Posted 16 May 2022 - 03:04 AM

Well it looks like I might be getting evicted at the end of the month and probably homeless.  Despite paying rent and following my landlord's fair rules. 

Landlord has Stage 4 cancer.  They are good people overall. 

I don't know what I'm going to do.  Worst case, I'm camping outside in the woods behind my work.  Maybe, bathe at the local gym; gonna need a membership.

Relevance to this thread.  I guess I am going to have to go full digital now and/or handhelds only.  I suppose I could sell off my physical copies of games to get digital versions of the games I really wanted to keep.

Any advice?  Thanks ahead.

Dude, that sucks!  I assume you rent an apartment in their building that they are now being forced to sell?  Live in an area where rents are high / difficult to find?  To me finding a place to live would be top priority, gaming would be furthest from my mind.  Depending on where you live you might be able to find low income housing thru section 8, at least until you get back on your feet. 

 

As far as gaming goes unless you have something you're extremely attached to I'd start selling stuff off right away.  You could put things into storage but you risk losing them if you miss payments, plus those payments add up over time.

 

If you don't already have a portable system I wouldn't invest in one right now, I'd stabilize my living situation first.  

 

Good luck!



#1721 anotherpoorgamer   Bird's Nest Hair CAGiversary!   5709 Posts   Joined 16.6 Years Ago  

anotherpoorgamer

Posted 17 May 2022 - 12:51 AM

Dude, that sucks!  I assume you rent an apartment in their building that they are now being forced to sell?  Live in an area where rents are high / difficult to find?  To me finding a place to live would be top priority, gaming would be furthest from my mind.  Depending on where you live you might be able to find low income housing thru section 8, at least until you get back on your feet. 

 

As far as gaming goes unless you have something you're extremely attached to I'd start selling stuff off right away.  You could put things into storage but you risk losing them if you miss payments, plus those payments add up over time.

 

If you don't already have a portable system I wouldn't invest in one right now, I'd stabilize my living situation first.  

 

Good luck!

Thank you! Yeah, I don't know exactly what they are going to do with the building, at the end of the month.  I was blindsided because I was under impression that as long as I keep paying rent I would have been able to stay.  I did not financially prepare for this.

All I really know is I might have to find a new place and like you said rent is high around me. 

Supposedly, section 8 type housing behind my workplace.  So I probably should look into that.

I know gaming is the last thing, just figured what you all would do; if in my situation.  Never used any of those storage places before. 

I suppose I should just hold onto video games that I had from my childhood.  Probably sell off the rest.



#1722 Krymner   Yup, I think you're sexy CAGiversary!   3039 Posts   Joined 17.0 Years Ago  

Posted 18 May 2022 - 01:40 AM

As someone who's been homeless before, I feel for you, man. I had to fit almost everything I owned into a very small storage unit and lived in my car for a couple weeks until I could afford a motel that had a decent weekly rate I could afford. I lived in that motel for about three months until I found a new apartment. I sold off a lot of my possessions back then, things I still regret having to sell, including most of my consoles and alot of my games. It was tough getting back on my feet.

 

All I can recommend is that you prioritize keeping your job and your car. If you got those two things, you'll eventually dig yourself out of it. Check the weekly rates for motels in your area, and see if its something you can afford until you find better living arrangements. If you gotta live in your car for a bit, its not comfortable but it'll allow you to save some money. Check local craigslist and social media like Facebook for rooms for rent or roommates wanted--sometimes you'll find something there. Make sure you have a renter's contract next time to avoid something like this happening again.

 

I wish you luck and hope things work out for the best for you.



#1723 anotherpoorgamer   Bird's Nest Hair CAGiversary!   5709 Posts   Joined 16.6 Years Ago  

anotherpoorgamer

Posted 19 May 2022 - 10:40 AM

As someone who's been homeless before, I feel for you, man. I had to fit almost everything I owned into a very small storage unit and lived in my car for a couple weeks until I could afford a motel that had a decent weekly rate I could afford. I lived in that motel for about three months until I found a new apartment. I sold off a lot of my possessions back then, things I still regret having to sell, including most of my consoles and alot of my games. It was tough getting back on my feet.

 

All I can recommend is that you prioritize keeping your job and your car. If you got those two things, you'll eventually dig yourself out of it. Check the weekly rates for motels in your area, and see if its something you can afford until you find better living arrangements. If you gotta live in your car for a bit, its not comfortable but it'll allow you to save some money. Check local craigslist and social media like Facebook for rooms for rent or roommates wanted--sometimes you'll find something there. Make sure you have a renter's contract next time to avoid something like this happening again.

 

I wish you luck and hope things work out for the best for you.

Thank you, I do have my job for now.  My car may not be as certain as I had been living paycheck to paycheck. I guess since I won't be paying rent anymore that money could go to motels.  

No doubt about it, I'll probably be forced to sell my games.  Selling the backlog titles that I never got to playing is probably going to sting.  I just hope I won't be forced to sell the sentimental games from my childhood. 

I don't know if I should even tell my workplace about my uncertain living arrangements and my situation.  I will look into motels and local listings on social media.



#1724 Krymner   Yup, I think you're sexy CAGiversary!   3039 Posts   Joined 17.0 Years Ago  

Posted 03 June 2022 - 11:49 PM

In the last few months, I've nocked off several games from my backlog, especially PS4. Finally beat two of the best games on the system, Horizon: Zero Dawn and God of War. Both great games, and I'm not sure why I waited so long to get around to them.

 

I also finally beat Yakuza 3. I played it on the PS3 back in the day, and got pretty far, then shelved it. Then, about 4 years ago, I tried playing it again, and managed to get even a little bit farther, but then I got distracted by some other game and shelved it again. Finally tho, I played thru it and beat it in the Yakuza Remastered Collection for PS4. Gonna finally play Yakuza 4 sometime later this year.

 

I also finally played and beat all the Castlevania games on the Anniversary Collection. Back in the early 90's, I used to own Castlevania 1 on the NES, and I remember always playing it and only ever getting as far as the Grim Reaper. I beat him a couple times back then, but then I would always die on the stage after him. I remember renting 2 but didn't play it too much, not realizing what to do or where to go, then returning the game the next day. I never played 3 or 4 or Bloodlines. So, it was nice getting to play and beat all of them. Super Castlevania 4 was probably my fav on the collection. Those latter stages are brutal!

 

Still lots and lots and lots of games on the backlog. 



#1725 Invicta 61   Gabagool, Provalone and vinegar peppers CAGiversary!   2239 Posts   Joined 12.0 Years Ago  

Posted 05 June 2022 - 05:07 AM

I haven't played a game in about 5-6 weeks. 

 

I was into Darkest Dungeon PS4 but I got to the point where I was spending so much time doing prep work on characters before missions that each time I played it was a 3 hour ordeal at least. 

 

As someone that likes turn based RPGs I like it a lot, but it's a very unforgiving game as it autosaves and when you lose a character it's permadeath.  But the game was designed for this, you put them through the meatgrinder and bring in new characters.  The most difficult part is the stress effects on the characters and how they can make your dungeon crawl fall apart quickly.  There is also a lot of strategy on character positioning and movement against specific foes.

 

I know if I move away from it I'll likely never go back but I feel I need a change of pace.



#1726 Invicta 61   Gabagool, Provalone and vinegar peppers CAGiversary!   2239 Posts   Joined 12.0 Years Ago  

Posted 27 June 2022 - 01:25 AM

Well it looks like I might be getting evicted at the end of the month and probably homeless.  Despite paying rent and following my landlord's fair rules. 

Landlord has Stage 4 cancer.  They are good people overall. 

I don't know what I'm going to do.  Worst case, I'm camping outside in the woods behind my work.  Maybe, bathe at the local gym; gonna need a membership.

Relevance to this thread.  I guess I am going to have to go full digital now and/or handhelds only.  I suppose I could sell off my physical copies of games to get digital versions of the games I really wanted to keep.

Any advice?  Thanks ahead.

So how things going?  Find a new place?



#1727 Krymner   Yup, I think you're sexy CAGiversary!   3039 Posts   Joined 17.0 Years Ago  

Posted 27 June 2022 - 03:57 PM

I haven't played a game in about 5-6 weeks. 

 

I was into Darkest Dungeon PS4 but I got to the point where I was spending so much time doing prep work on characters before missions that each time I played it was a 3 hour ordeal at least. 

 

As someone that likes turn based RPGs I like it a lot, but it's a very unforgiving game as it autosaves and when you lose a character it's permadeath.  But the game was designed for this, you put them through the meatgrinder and bring in new characters.  The most difficult part is the stress effects on the characters and how they can make your dungeon crawl fall apart quickly.  There is also a lot of strategy on character positioning and movement against specific foes.

 

I know if I move away from it I'll likely never go back but I feel I need a change of pace.

 

Darkest Dungeon was an awesome game. I played the hell out of it and put in 100+ hours and still felt like I only scratched the surface. I was like you, wanting to play more but felt like I needed to move on. I can't wait for the sequel tho, but I doubt it'll come to consoles anytime soon after it finally releases on PC early next year. I predict maybe 2024 for consoles.

 

Got Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night off the backlog. I haven't 100%'ed it or anything, but its such a great 2D Castlevania clone, I'm sure I'll keep going back to it. I played the two 8-bit Bloodstained games and still go back to them occasionally for a quick romp. Now that I've enjoyed the full Bloodstained game, it really makes me wish for a Castlevania revival.

 

I also finally beat Mary Skelter 2 on the Switch. I've been working my way thru it for about a year now, usually playing for a bit before going to sleep. Good relaxing dungeon-crawl RPG. I may start the first Mary Skelter eventually, but I'm gonna take a break from it for now.

 

I'm gonna try and beat Monark now. I'm only about a quarter way thru it, so hopefully I can get it crossed off the backlog before Xenoblade 3 comes out and takes all my gaming time away. Monark is very grindy, but the gameplay is decent enough to keep me interested. The soundtrack isn't bad either.



#1728 anotherpoorgamer   Bird's Nest Hair CAGiversary!   5709 Posts   Joined 16.6 Years Ago  

anotherpoorgamer

Posted 28 June 2022 - 07:17 PM

So how things going?  Find a new place?

One of my landlords passed away recently from cancer.  The other one said I could stay, but I don't know what's going on or if that will change. 

I probably should take a more active approach in finding another place.  I have been just focusing more on work and trying not to think about it. 

I got rid of a lot of non-video game stuff I don't need anymore though.  Condensed a bunch of cardboard boxes of loose video game related stuff into smaller plastic bins. 

I just can't get myself to get rid of video game stuff.  Hoping that I would find the time to finish start/finish.

 I did finish Prototype on the PS3.  Took me a whole month of playing though. 

So I'm not really confident I'll ever get through the last two generations, which is the bulk of my backlog.

What really sucks is the landlord lady was a nice old lady.  On a more positive side, I always wondered what "it could be worse" is like.