Since installing Galaxy 2.0, I’ve been experiencing the constant elated contentment that I am a Perfect Gamer, limited by no platform biases or personal prejudices, weightlessly lilting across multiple storefronts like a diplomat of renown, sorting out their inconsistencies and caressing them into one cohesive game-amalgam to suckle me with ludo-juice forever. Truly, we should be so lucky as to have 10 different fucking patchers so everyone can have their slice of the pie, and I suppose that makes me mincemeat. The latest benevolent bauble placed in my mouth was Yooka-Laylee, by Jeff Bezos himself, a man I feel I can trust with my data and unfettered access to my computer via some godforsaken webkit app. It’s a nice enough game, I guess, feeling more or less exactly like Banjo-Kazooie wrung through the Kickstarter dementor until it couldn’t fight back anymore. I bought Banjo-Kazooie itself to satisfy a similar itch recently though, and frankly Yooka-Come-Lately isn’t good enough to play over 100 better 3D platformers from the era it wants so badly to revisit (albeit the music is really great.)
Now, I’ll probably come back to it eventually, not this year but someday, and I think if I have to sit through Yooka-Laylee’s tutorial again I might just bin it. There’s a nice little crypt on my hard drive I keep for exactly this purpose, but Yooka-Laylee’s save file is referenced based on Steam’s file structure on every google result I can find. Steam being monolithic here really plays in its favour; I wouldn’t even have to think about this with cloud saves, not that Amazon of all companies could be expected to provide cloud services. I expect it’s buried somewhere in one of their fucked up hash-named folders.
The rest is probably just nit-picking. Twitch and Epic don’t seem to properly report play times to Galaxy, so the games don’t show up in “Recently Played”. There’s a slight delay when navigating between different library tabs, something Steam hasn’t had in years. Trying to install a game from an un-opened launcher can be a crapshoot; Origin and Epic usually pull up the store but require you to tell it to install the game again; Battle.net and uPlay go directly into the Installer, but it won’t actually launch the launchers if you cancel the installation. There’s a bunch of filter options that are hidden in drop-down menus that should probably be somewhere more visible on the UI. I’m not sure what dictates the background colour of Galaxy, but sometimes the white text can be difficult to read with the bright super gaussian blur right behind it. Oh, and Origin forces itself to the top of the screen every time you launch a game with it, which should obviously be illegal.
I should note that this isn’t really replacing Backloggery or the spreadsheet (which I should really probably export to a database). Galaxy’s useful, but I can’t shake that feeling that it’s Yet Another Thing that I don’t exactly need.