Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 - My year of gaming

The majority of my gaming over this year has shifted from board games to video games.  2011 was the first year I decided to record the plays of video games via the VideoGameGeek website.  It's a bit more difficult to record what constitutes an actual play of a video game.  The method I chose to record my plays was that if I played a specific video game on a particular day I would record only a single play, regardless if I played the game for 5 minutes or 5 hours.  This allows me to easily track how much I use a game on a daily basis over the full year.  For example, I played Call of Duty: Black Ops over 30.4% of the days in 2011.

 Here's a combined list of video and board games I played in 2011.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 111
Minecraft 78
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 27
Battlefield 3 25
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves 16
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 14
Assassin's Creed II 13
Call of Duty: World at War 13
Forbidden Island 6
Red Dead Redemption 6
Batman: Arkham Asylum 5
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 5
Mario Kart Wii 5
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune 5
LittleBIGPlanet 3
Portal 3
Commands & Colors: Napoleonics 2
Haunted Castle 2
Monopoly 2
Der schwarze Pirat 2
Terminator Salvation 2
Wii Fit 2
Battle Line 1
Battlefield 1943 1
Burnout Paradise 1
Dead Nation 1
For Sale 1
Gears of War 2 1
Half-Life 2 1
HeroQuest 1
Hey, That's My Fish! 1
It's Mine! 1
The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar 1
PitchCar Mini 1
R.U.S.E. 1
Snail Game 1
Super Smash Bros. 1
Vegas Stakes 1
Wii Play 1
Wii Sports 1
Wii Sports Resort 1

Call of Duty: Black Ops was certainly my most utilised video game over the course of 2011.  This was due to the accessible online multiplayer gameplay as well as many enjoyable evenings spent playing the excellent Black Ops Zombie maps with my brother.

Minecraft was another game I spent a lot of time playing in 2011 on PC.  This game was a lot of fun playing single player as well as multiplayer with my daughter Maddie.

Other gaming highlights for me in 2011 were playing and completing Uncharted 2: Drake's Fortune, Assassin's Creed 2 and Portal.  I also recently obtained Battlefield 3 which has quickly become my First Person Shooter (FPS) of choice, quickly racking up 25 plays in just over 6 weeks.

Happy New Year and good gaming to all for 2012!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The cake is a lie...

Portal is a 2007 single-player first-person puzzle-platform video game that was developed by Valve Corporation. 

On and off over the last three days my 10 year old daughter Maddie and I have played this excellent, mind-burning game on our PS3.  Although I used the controller while Maddie watched, we were effectively playing together.  Maddie offered many smart ideas for us to progress and if she was not with me I would have taken a lot longer to finish, if at all.

We made a pact at the beginning that we wouldn't cheat by looking for tips on the Internet and I'm proud to say we successfully completed the game this morning.

The cake is a lie...

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The first trailer for The Hobbit

The first trailer for The Hobbit is now online!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

The Hobbit - 1 year to go

They're filming The Hobbit on location in New Zealand at the moment.  I'm very excited and can't wait for the December 2012 release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of the two parts of The Hobbit film.