New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year again!  Time to make long term plans that you’ll stick to 100% through January, only to quietly lose momentum come February.  I know we’re a little late with our post but we’ve been busy with our Youtube channel lately.

Here are our resolutions for 2015:

Play More Games – Our list of unplayed/unfinished games has been steadily growing over the years and it’s high time we put a stop to that.  Some of the games we’ve decided that we’re definitely going to try to cross off our list are:

  • Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag (PS3) – We started this one but couldn’t get very far into it.  It’s just a big change from the Assassin’s Creed that we’re used to, and it might take us a while to push through it.
  • Assassin’s Creed: Rogue (PS3) – Bought this on Black Friday but haven’t started it yet.  We want to wait until we complete Black Flag if possible.
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition (PC) – Another Black Friday purchase.  This one we’ve been avoiding because we know it’s going to eat all of our free time.  Right now we have things we need to focus on and can’t get sidetracked.
  • Resident Evil (GameCube) – This was a fun game when I was a kid, but I don’t remember finishing it.  We recently bought this with hopes that we might be able to do a let’s play series on it once we get the recording hardware that we need.

Review More Games – Playing games is great and all, but a blog that just talks about playing games is kinda silly.  Most people can go buy a game and play it if they want.  We want to provide useful information to our readers to help them understand what a game is about before buying it.  We want to review newer games, but we wont be avoiding older games.  After all, you can still buy older games, so they deserve reviews as well.

Post More – We’ve been slacking a little here on the blog, and we want to do what we can to post more often.  Instead of just using the blog passively and posting whenever something cool comes up, we need to post on a regular basis if we can.

Reach 100 Youtube Subscribers – Not sure if this one is doable or not but we’re going to shoot for it.  We’re mostly doing the Youtube channel for fun, but if we can provide content that people actually enjoy, it’ll be even more exciting.  While on that subject, if you ever have any comments or suggestions, please let us know.  We love hearing feedback and will do our best to make sure we’re providing the content our subscribers want to see.

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Gaming Updates!

Nothing major today.  We just wanted to let everyone know we’ve linked up our accounts on Youtube and Twitter as best we can.  You can find us on twitter as “VeryBusyGamers” and on Youtube as “Sucky Gamers.  We know that’s a little confusing, but it’s near impossible to get matching user names for all your accounts, especially if you start things at different times.

We’ve still been uploading videos on a fairly regular basis, even with the holiday craziness.  If you haven’t checked out our channel we recently started playing both To The Moon and The Sims 3.  We hope to finish a few of our games in the coming weeks and begin diversifying our content even more throughout 2015.

Thanks as always and we hope you have a great New Years!

Merry Christmas!

Just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a merry Christmas!

We’ve got a busy few days ahead but we still have a few things in the works.  2015 is going to be an exciting year for us, and we hope you stick around to see some of what we have planned.

But until then, to celebrate Christmas, we threw together a quick video of us playing Terraria’s Christmas-themed event:  The Frost Moon!

Europa Universalis IV – First Thoughts

 

Europa Universalis 3 was one of my favorite games of 2014.  I logged 107 hours and loved almost every minute.  However, my initial experiences with the game were very bad and I was very frustrated.  There is a huge learning curve to these games, but once you get a handle on how most of it works, it’s a very rewarding experience.

EU4, much like EU3 and most of the “grand strategy” games by Paradox, has a steep learning curve.  Many of the things I really liked about EU3 have been changed or tweaked, so I have had to re-learn a lot of stuff.  Other than that, the concept is the same as it always has been: Lead a nation through history to achieve whatever goal you want.

You want to conquer all of Europe as Castille?  Go for it.  Want to convert Europe to Islam?  You can certainly try.  Tired of seeing Spain, Portugal, and England colonizing the new world?  Jump in with Algiers and spread Islam to the natives!  Just remember not everything is going to be easy, and if it didn’t happen in history, there’s probably a reason.

I’m only 4.5 hours into the game, but it definitely seems close enough to EU3 that I’ll enjoy it.  Getting used to some of the changes will take a while but I’m sure I can do it.  Soon I’ll be forming up Hindustan and trying to push Persia out of Asia once again.

I’ll try to have a full review of the game up once I log more hours and experience more of what it has to offer.  If you’re interested in seeing some gameplay or watching me run my country into the ground, just let me know.  I’d be happy to record some footage for the Youtube channel.

New Videos, Plans For The Future, and a Humble Bundle Reminder

Just a quick update on what we’re up to.  Getting back into posting regularly has been on my to-do list for a while and I figured now was a good time to start.

Videos

We’re up to 7 “let’s play” videos now over on our Youtube channel, Sucky Gamers.  4 of Alan Wake and 3 of Bioshock.  Later today we should be uploading part 4 of Bioshock as well, so be on the lookout for that.  We’ve also been working on a posting schedule to make sure everything is being released consistently.  Right now we’re trying to post a video every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.

Here’s our most recent Alan Wake video:

Also, be sure to vote on our poll for what to play next.  So far there have been no votes but we really want to know what people would like to see.  We have a few one-offs that will be posted in the near future, but before we dedicate a lot of time into some let’s plays, we want to make sure it’s something people want to see.

Plans

We’ve been having a lot of fun now that we’ve figured out how to record and edit our gameplay.  Being limited to PC games has been a little frustrating though since we’ve both traditionally been console gamers.  In fact, in our collection of games, PC games make up one of the smallest categories, and some of our favorite games of all time were on the N64 and PS2.

With that in mind I started looking into options for recording from those devices as well.  As it turns out, it’s far less expensive than I had imagined.  We’ve put a few pieces of hardware on our wishlist and we might be up and running sometime in the early parts of 2015.

Humble Bundle

I always forget about Humble Bundle, but I have gotten some great deals there in the past.  Essentially, these people put together sets of games and you pay what you want for them.  The money you spend is then donated in different ways, which you get to choose during checkout.  The games you get depend on how much you’re willing to donate.

This week’s bundle is RPG based and for just over $5 you can get 6 games.  You can spend less than that and still get 3 games, but come on, where else are you going to get 6 games for under $10.  All the games can be redeemed on Steam and then downloaded to your library just like when you purchase from Steam.

These bundles are a great way to add to your collection while helping a good cause.

Tell Us What To Play Next!

If you’ve been keeping up with us, you know that we’ve been playing Alan Wake and Bioshock.  In fact, we just posted one video for each of those over the weekend, and another today.  We’re really having fun with these games and can’t wait to start more.  Don’t worry though, we’re going to finish these first.

Unfortunately, we can’t decide what we want to play next!  We have a few games lined up for one-offs like Super Hexagon.  Those will just be fun sessions without any long-term commitment.  We want our next Let’s Play series to be something awesome that people will really enjoy watching us play through entirely.

We have a good many games in our Steam library, but not all of them are Let’s Play material.  I doubt anyone wants to watch me spend 40 hours unifying India in Europa Universalis 3.

We’ve narrowed it down to a few that we think would work, but we can’t pick.  So we decided to turn to you.  Let us know which of these we should play.  Our fate is in your hands . . .

You can vote for more than one if you like, or suggest a different game.  We will keep tabs on the results and see what has the lead when we finish Alan Wake or Bioshock.