Thursday, May 28, 2009

100% on Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Yet another 100% club to join. This time it was in Half-Life 2: Episode Two. As I wrote on my blog entry 18th May, I only needed two achievements - Get Some Grub (Squish every antlion grub in Episode Two) and Hot Potat0wned (Kill a Combine soldier with his own grenade).
I had already been trying for Get Some Grub a few times but always missed by two - one was hiding in a locker, the other was at the end where I wasn't looking. This time around I got it the first time.
Hot Potat0wned wasn't a problem, and I got it on a reflex at the first grenade-throwing combine.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Carnival in Aalborg

So the annual carnival in Aalborg, Denmark has just passed (23.05.09).

Aalborg Carnival is the largest carnival in Northern Europe with up to 25,000 carnivalists in the Grand Parade and more than 100,000 spectators catching the magnificent wave of colours and fantasy along the parade route. Don't miss this spectacular event and be a part of a world full of colours, impressive costumes, music, rhythms and dance from all corners of the world!
I'm usually down there taking pictures, and the weather is usually more than good compared to what's normal. Last year the parade was something like 3-4 hours. This year I didn't last that long due to the heat - only like 2 hours. But that was fine though, because that was enough to watch the professionel teams and the first few waves of dressed drunk people.

You can press HERE to view all the photos I snapped while down there. Below is a collage of some of the photos.

My photos from the carnival in 2008, 2007, and 2006.

Friday, May 22, 2009

TF2 - Spy & Sniper update

The long awaited update for Team Fortress 2 has been released. This isn't really one of my favourite games, but it has a lot of achievements - 227 to be precise, and it is a huge deal for some people.
This update adds 35 achievements to the sniper and 34 to the spy plus a lot of other stuff which can be checked out here -->

I'm probably gonna check it out later... right now I'm gaming Killing Floor, which is pretty decent, but REALLY FUCKING HARD, imo.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

100% on Zeno Clash

I've just managed to join the 100% club in this wonderful indie game, Zeno Clash. I had some troubles with the Heavy Brawler (Defeat a heavy enemy without getting hit) archievement, but I finally managed to get it - my guess is that noone else (at all!) is allowed to touch your heavy for you to get this. Ch4Ep2 was the place to do this - stay in a small(!) wooden cell and beat him by running around him hitting him with your stick.

After playing this game for a while I really came to enjoy - both the story and how it's built. Also, the fighting style is really different from other games, and especially the Street Fighter (
Beat the game without using weapons unless it is absolutely necessary) archivement was a fun one.

There's talk about a ep2 which would be really great, and there's also talk about ep2 not just being a indie game. This I look really forward to!

This archievement just placed me at 251 on the SteamStats page. I wonder if it's at all possible for me to reach 100 - I have no clue how many points I need for that, but it will probably take a while.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

100% on Plants vs Zombies

Finally, I managed to get all the archievements for Plants vs Zombies. The only one I was missing was Better Off Dead (Get to a streak of 10 in I, Zombie Endless) - I got 10, no more, no less.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Steam Achievements

This post is going to be about Steam achievements. If you don't know what Steam is, check it out at

A few weeks ago I bought the Orange Box (for 9.99€) and saw Half Life 2: Episode 2 had achievements. At the same time I found the SteamStats page. This page crawls every Steam profile and compare the achievements the various players have obtained. At the moment I only had four games with achievements (Portal, Left 4 Dead, World of Goo, and Defense Grid: The Awakening). I had already farmed a little in Left 4 Dead for achievements, but that was it, and my rank on the stats page was way down. I checked my friends stats, and found that one person was better than me (The Re-Tard). It started out with me wanting to beat him, so I played ep2 for achievements (got all but two), but that wasn't still enought. Team Fortress 2 was also part of the Orange Box, and that game has a shitload of achievements, so I started farming some of the larger ones that gave the most points. After a while I beat him and kept going...

After some time I wanted to try out some other games that had achievements, and therefore I decided to buy Ninja Reflex (a fun small game where you train your reflexes). As of now I have 48/52 achievements (you can only get 51 because one got bugged after a bugfix - the three others I'm slowly working on). But I am a 3rd degree black belt!

The next game I tested was Popcaps Plants vs. Zombies. This truly is a great game that you can spend hours on... which I have. As of now I'm missing 1 out of 12 achievements, which I should be able to get.

Another game this SteamStats page got me to try out is Zeno Clash - a first person fighting game. A decent game that takes some time to figure out. I haven't earned that many achievements here yet - only 7/19. I still need to play the entire story once or twice plus some other stuff to get more.

The last game for now is the newly released Killing Floor - a 6-player co-op survival horror FPS where you have to fight of waves of various zombies. Compared to the price (17.99€ - 13.50€ on pre-purchase) this actually is a quite fun game - sadly I don't have 5 other friends who own the game (but I'm working on that - I already made three people buy it). Imo, this is really a hard game; I'm having problems winning just on normal difficulty, so this is going to take some time. Plus there still are some severe bugs in the game, which makes some perks harder to get, and one even impossible. For now I only have 9/43 achievements here.

Back to my SteamStats ranking. I started out as 100,000+. After I passed that I went for 50,000, then 10,000, then 5,000. 1,000 took a little longer, but as I'm writing I'm rank 595 (next goal at 500).
Now the plan isn't to become number one - not at all in fact. The highest ranked players more or less have all achievements for all games, and I don't plan on doing that. I only play the games a like, and I don't keep playing them after I grow tired of them just to get the achievements. But the purpose is twofold:
  • Try out some games I normally wouldn't buy (within reason).
  • Change my playing style a little to score some achievements.
Never the less, so far, so good. =)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Skaery's Blog

So I decided to start up a blog. "About what?" you ask. Don't know really - I'll figure out as I go. It will probably just be some random thoughts and stuff about what I'm doing.

I guess this first entry will just be a short presentation of me - Skaery.
Name: Thomas
Age: 24 (born 24th July 1984)
Country: Denmark
City: Aalborg
Occupation: Student (Math and Physics)

As I said, a short presentation - neither you nor I want to hear my life story.

I write in English basicly because I like the language, and, even though I don't know who are gonna read this (if any), more people have the possibility.

I'm just gonna stop now because there's not that many things on my mind as of now. But let me welcome you to my blog, and good luck to myself with the blog.