A Week in Gaming – So Much Bioshock, So Little Time

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Streaming can be tough when there isn’t enough time in the day.  Working in retail has always made streaming a little difficult for me, having a schedule that varies from week to week as well as working odd hours makes planning regular streams a bit hard. I have always found a way to make it work in the past but this week has proven to be difficult due to a heavy work schedule. I had to stream a lot later in the evening which caused some folks to not be able to come. Due to the lateness, I only streamed for about an hour a night since I got tired so quickly. Regardless, the show must go on. I figured it was better to stream late for short periods of time then to not stream at all, and it all worked out in the end, thankfully.

This week I began streaming Bioshock Infinite. This is my third full playthrough of the game, but my first on the Playstation 3 and my first time streaming it. While streaming I have been referring to my handy collector’s edition strategy guide so that I can gather everything and entertain my viewers with all the extras Infinite has to offer. While replaying this game I am reminded of how much I love it. I wont lie, it has its flaws, but all in all it’s a fantasticly well put together game, as all of the Bioshock games are. Ken Levine and everyone over at Irrational Games deserves a medal.

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One of the flaws I have noticed is the gameplay, this was the first Bioshock game that focused so heavily on combat. In past games you could sneak past enemies like Big Daddies but in Infinite you are forced to fight at all times which proves to be tougher than normal from time to time. It wouldn’t be such a big deal if they had simply updated the gameplay mechanics a little bit. Combat is basically the same in Infinite as it was in the first Bioshock, and it doesn’t quite work the same due to the heavy focus on combat. For example, aiming is a chore unless you have a sniper rifle and only being able to hold two weapons at a time can be annoying.

Again, it’s nothing game breaking or overly irritating, but it’s still a flaw and became most annoying when the difficulty spikes at a certain point in the game’s storyline, Other than that the game was amazing. I’d say Infinite is definitely a contender for Game of the Year and definitely deserves recognition for its innovative storytelling, brilliant voice acting talent, and the amazing development team behind it all. There was a lot of thought put into the game’s smallest of details and that really stands out to someone like me who likes to spend hours searching my surroundings for hidden items and interesting doodads in the environment. I’ve been a big fan of the Bioshock games for a long time, immersing myself in the ingenious environments and wrapping my mind in the thought-provoking storylines. It’s really great to be able to play such quality games.

So far, streaming Bioshock Infinite has been a ton of fun for me and the viewers. Most of them have already played the game so together we are discussion our thoughts on the game and what we liked or disliked about certain aspects or areas. I’m really lucky to have such awesome viewers, it’s never a dull day when I stream thanks to them. If you’d like to join the fun then be sure to head over to my Twitch.tv channel and check out the information box for stream schedules as well as ways to follow me thought social media for more info on my streams. I hope to see you all there one day, I promise that between my bad jokes and the enticing conversation from my viewers you will not be bored.