Good news first: I am now a Steam Curator! Unorthodox – Gaming Division is a group that you can follow on Steam. Any game that is reviewed per that group will appear on the respective items’ page. I am uncertain how to balance this with my personal reviews. I will tinker a bit and find out. I follow the Extra Credits Curator page, and I like how they manage their recommendations. On their Youtube channel they have a “Games You Might Not Have Tried” segment. I’ve mimicked their “not good, but interesting” tagline in my own rating system. All of their recommendations they feel are worthwhile for people interested in game development. And all of their recommendations are positive. I think that, for a time, I will mimic this too.
The review from Steam that is still proving to have traction is for Prototype. It’s an odd one, which is why I think it has continued getting attention.
My TL:DR Review on Prototype via Steam
As you can see, I don’t recommend the game even though I give it a 7/10 score. Why? It doesn’t run. There are some reports of elaborate workarounds, but all of those I have tried have still left me unable to play the game. Like many games, I owned and played it on the Xbox 360 some time ago. And of the near ninety games I have installed via Steam, it is the only one that doesn’t I can’t get into the actual game for. I had someone point out that older games likely need older drivers. This is one of the solutions I attempted. However, Prototype is far from the oldest game in my library.
- Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver (PlayStation)
- Final Fantasy VII (PlayStation)
- Final Fantasy VIII (PlayStation)
- Grandia II (Dreamcast)
- Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 (PlayStation 2)
- Legacy of Kain: Defiance (PlayStation 2)
This is just a handful. Now, some have been ported, some updated I admit. But with 100 games on the horizon and having one that doesn’t work, I can’t suggest dropping the money on a game I know is troublesome to get going. I may be showing my noob-ness to computer gaming by not being able to solve this. But I am letting my review stand as is.
In the middle-of-the-road report, I am going to be updating my site. Namely, I will be making my hub pages more organized and appealing. I really like how Gaming Garage is laid out, and with a limited number of pages tacked on to it. What this means is that I will be taking down pages presently linked to the hubs, re-posting them as blog entries, and then linking those into the hub. Unless the entry is a lengthier work, it will not retain its own page. When I get to it there may be a bit of post spam as this occurs. I think that it will serve both me and whoever visits this site to make this change.
What really spurned this on was a complete surprise to me. I watched people come into my site for gaming, and then jump over to the other writing avenues. I tell people all the time that gamers are more interested and invested in the wider world than stereotypes would have you believe. Seeing it firsthand I want to make it just as easy for those interested in my original fiction and social commentary to get around my site too.
The bad news is that real life comes to call, so it will likely be around this time next month when I can manage to implement a lot of these alterations. I’ll still eke out an entry or two as I can. Only so many hours in the day, and there are more pressing concerns than my work.
I hope you all have appreciated my works thus far and continue to support me when I come back to it. It has been game-heavy lately, but you’ll see more to me upon my return. Wherever you go from here, happy reading.