Well, I hate to say it, but STALKER: Call of Pripyat will not be featured for the next entry. After modding, umodding, and experimenting for several hours, I have found the game to be too unstable to play for the blog. This is probably because of my shoddy graphics card (didn't buy a "gaming rig"), but I had hoped the game was old enough to make this a non-issue. Compounded with the instability of the X-Ray engine the game runs on, the whole process has been a nightmare.
Here's the problem: STALKER crashes almost every time I die and the map needs to reload, I switch to another map, or other reasons I can't seem to determine. Seeing as dying happens a lot and has already caused serious frustration, I don't want to put undue pressure on myself. This game is going to the bottom of the pile until I get a better computer.
As a younger gamer, I used to be obsessed with keeping up with the latest technology and having everything run perfectly at maximum graphics settings, but now I just can't seem to get myself to care that much. I want to enjoy the game rather than fighting with it to get it working. I realize this is a major part of PC gaming and I learned a lot about computers by dealing with conflicts and boot orders, but I don't have time for it anymore.
I am going to take a few days to figure out where I will go next, whether it be picking another random game or doing another Player's Choice. Thanks for your patience, everyone.