GG – Steam Library Challenge

Edit: I’ve decided, since starting this challenge, to not include my partner’s games in this list, because trying to play the games on his games library is a faff that was getting in the way of my continuing the challenge. With that in mind, I have edited the list below to just include the games from my own library and updated it to my current list, as I don’t know what I had when I started this.

I’m really bad at finishing computer games, and right now I’m not reading enough RPGs to be able to review them on here. A friend of mine started doing a challenge a while ago (http://chibissteamchallenge.blogspot.com/) where they started playing at least an hour of everything in their Steam Library alphabetically. It was actually really interesting to read about games I hadn’t ever played but knew by name. So I’ve decided to give it a try, as a low-pressure way of getting back into the habit of blogging.

My enthusiasm for my regular grind games (Overwatch and Warframe) has kind of dropped off and I’m buzzing between loads of different solo games, getting obsessed with them for a few days, then forgetting about them and moving on quickly before I finish anything. So this challenge kind of fits my mentality right now. A lot of them are weird little story-driven games that people might have heard of but don’t know enough about to invest in. Also, I like ticking things off lists, and my unplayed Steam games list is…daunting.

I’m going to title posts in this series ‘GG’ because I’m not sure they really count as a full review if I’m playing a minimum of an hour, and they are very different from the other content here.*

My rules (which I reserve the right to further clarify or add to as time goes on):

  • I will start at the beginning of my Steam Library as sorted alphabetically and work down the list.
  • I may choose to go chronologically by release or within a series if it is more practical (e.g. the Blackwell games should be played chronologically by release rather than alphabetically).
  • Similarly, if a game has a first episode or earlier game that I do not own and I don’t want to play the later games without it, I can skip that one.
  • If a game has multiple episodes, DLC or other nonsense, my tolerance for playing more than one episode is entirely based on how much I liked playing the ‘core’ game or first episode.
  • Life happens. I will probably get bored of this. I may get distracted by playing a really good game and not move on, or choose to play a different game that is not for the challenge. I’m allowed to do that. I do a lot of other stuff in my spare time, but this is a low-pressure blogging project that fits my brainspace right now.
  • I am actually combining mine and my partner’s Steam Libraries for the purposes of this challenge, as we originally shared an account until it became frustrating trying to negotiate who got to play today (and my hunger for small indie games had grown exponentially). So that’s why I have…oh boy, hundreds and hundreds of games to go through. Don’t judge me, this is 11 years’ worth of Steam Library build up across two people’s accounts and many many Steam sales, Humble Bundles and activated Steam keys. I don’t have impulse control quite that bad. See the edit at the top of this page! I can’t imagine it’s a loss to anyone.
  • When I obtain new games during this challenge (and I will), they go to the end of the queue for the purposes of the challenge, but can totally still be first in my heart.
  • If I’ve played a game pretty exhaustively already, and I don’t feel like trying it again, I can skip it and just write up my thoughts on it. 250 hours of Warframe, I’m looking at you.

First up is 2064: Read Only Memories, a cute cyberpunk point and click adventure. See you on the other side of a sky the colour of a television tuned to a dead channel!

Master List

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A:

  • ABZÛ
  • Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings
  • Age of Empires III
  • Agents of Mayhem
  • Akaneiro: Demon Hunters
  • Alan Wake
  • Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
  • Alien Spidy
  • Alien: Isolation
  • Aliens Versus Predator Classic 2000
  • Alpha Protocol
  • Always Sometimes Monsters
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent
  • Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs
  • Among the Sleep
  • Anachronox
  • Angels of Death
  • Anno 1404
  • Anno 1404: Venice
  • Anno 2070
  • Anno 2205
  • Anodyne
  • Anomaly Korea
  • Antihero
  • Apotheon
  • Arcanum
  • ARK: Survival Evolved
  • Armello
  • Ascension
  • Assassin’s Creed
  • Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate
  • Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan
  • Avadon: The Black Fortress
  • The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit

*Obviously I am using this in its cultural context of a throwaway positive or wry remark at the end of a game rather than declaring that everything here is a ‘good game’.

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