Here, you'll find up to 20 of the most recent posts from the people I follow. Only public results gleaned from the last 200 overall posts to HG Blogs will be displayed. If you see no results below, that means I'm not following a lot of people, or the people I'm following haven't been active in a long while, or they simply aren't sharing their posts.
|Since my review went live, the game has changed for the better.|
Pure Mahjong released on Nintendo Switch in July of this year, and I posted my review for it a few weeks later. It was not a favorable review because, although I liked some of what the game did, there was a lot about it I simply didn't enjoy. You can check out the review itself for more information about that.
|A look at what I'm doing and plan to do around the site and such.|
I have been pretty busy lately, and I haven't posted to my blog to keep you all updated on what I'm doing to fill my time. Part of that silence comes from a desire to surprise you with improvements I know you'll like. I enjoy working my tail off on something, then revealing it so it has the most exciting result. But I can see where the silence might also be interpreted as a sign I don't care, or that I am busy doing stuff elsewhere and don't have time of the site. Neither of those things is even remotely true, and so here is an update.
|INVOLVES THESE GAMES!!!!|
So, in the couple months since my last lazy-man blog entry, I finished a few games and have started others. This is what those are!
|I tried keeping an open mind.|
After hearing and reading a bunch of mixed reactions about the movie, I just decided to set some time aside last night to see it in theaters myself.
It's not good.
*spoilers, I guess*
Contra Rogue Corps turned off a lot of people with its wacky visual presentation and top-down viewpoint from its trailer. Not surprising, considering Contra games usually have a SIDE-scrolling perspective and, more times than not, a more "serious" tone. But as the game crept closer and closer to its release date, I tried keeping an open mind; the game is being directed by the same guy who did past Contra titles, such as Contra 3 and Hard Corps. On top of that, my favorite "recent" Contra game is Neo Contra, which also has an oddball presentation and top-down perspective.
Then, a few days ago, I caught wind that a demo dropped for the game, so I downloaded it on my PS4 and gave it a go...
|Late night reactions to the final (?) Uncharted game.|
My reaction to Uncharted: The Lost Legacy says more about me than about the game itself. Ever since the seriesí main protagonist Nathan Drake first smirked incredulously at his own death-defying exploits, the Naughty Dog developed series has been one of the most consistently great franchises in games, with Uncharted 2 standing out as a particularly iconic title from the previous generation. For certain, Uncharted 4 was at least a couple hours too long, but it managed to send off a beloved character with an appropriate level of style and sincerity. The time had come to wrap things up. Nathan Drake and his way of doing things had run its course. I didnít realize how true that statement was until I played Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.
|IE: My occasional update on whatever I might be playing|
Since the last time I posted one of these, I beat nearly everything that I was playing at that time. My review for The Witcher is up. My review for Trials Rising (where I technically need to get about 8 more levels before unlocking the main game Extreme tracks, which constituted "beating" the game with Trials Evolution, but probably will wait until the rest of the DLC comes out to churn those out) is in the Production Room and I finished off Borderlands 2 and all the games in Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far last week and haven't gotten my writing about those two done yet.
So, my new projects are, in no particular order.
|TLDR; the site is chugging right along, but I am looking for ways to make things better still and I welcome your feedback.|
It feels like a reasonable amount of time has passed since my last update on the State of the Site, so I figured I would go ahead and post another one tonight. I'll try to keep it brief, but as you know if you've been around the site for a long while that I tend to fail at that particular objective once I undertake it. Like... almost every time.
This post will discuss the site's current traffic levels, revenue, what that means at present and what I plan to do about it in the future. Some of this information isn't the sort of thing a site would share in public, but then, we're not a typical site.
First up, let's talk traffic. I looked up results on Google Analytics, and here is how we did in April of this year:
* 12,743 unique users
* 17,833 sessions
|Hello, jerec, and thank you for being a member of the HonestGamers community!|
"Hello, jerec, and thank you for being a member of the HonestGamers community! Your participation helps make the site better for everyone. Remember that your account lets you contribute reviews, post on the forums, update your blog and even track your game collection on the site. Just let staff know if you're having any trouble with anything, and let's have fun celebrating video games together!"
I was greeted by this message today. I guess it has been over a year since I wrote a review. It's probably been about that long since I beat a video game. It's become less of a priority in my life, I suppose. I much prefer building stuff with LEGO... anything to get away from the screen for a bit.
|Since my writing output has slowed down|
Which isn't really my fault. Combination of work and playing through really long games. While not really playing any shorter retro stuff because of how I'm trying to focus more on my actual backlog so I have a chance of finishing it off before I'm dead or whatever (look, I'm 45 and have a box full of 35 or so games PLUS the dozen, give or take, I have on Steam AND I never stop buying stuff -- snagged Witcher 3 just five days ago -- ...this is an uphill climb I'm forcing myself to have).
|Here are some general thoughts on why we write and who we write for...|
Why do we write? Who do we write for? When should we listen to criticism and when should we ignore it?
The above three questions chase writers their whole lives, and the answers will almost certainly change over time and in different circumstances. I thought it was maybe worth addressing them here at HonestGamers, where we are a community of writers and gamers. Careful self-examination can help us to improve as writers.
Of course, a good rule with all writing is that no one can tell you exactly how to write. No one should even try. So this post isn't an attempt on my part to say "Write like this." Rather, it is a post intended to prompt thought specifically on the three questions I mentioned at the onset.
|Only available at...|
Iím on the hunt for a comprehensive list of Retailer Exclusive video game titles. I havenít been able to find such a list, but through some research I have found a few, here is what I have so far:
Jojoís Bizarre Adventure AllStarBattle PS3
Syberia Complete Collection PS3
Gravity Rush Remastered PS4
Freestyle Street Soccor Xbox
Outlaw Golf 9 Holes of Christmas Xbox
Outlaw Golf 9 MORE Holes of Christmas
Outlaw Volleyball Red Hot Xbox
Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3 PS4
Secret of Mana Remake PS4
Home Sweet Home PS4
Tales of Hearts R Vita
Wild Guns Reloaded PS4/Switch
Katimari Reroll Switch
Nascar Ď15 Xbox 360
Crush 3D 3DS
Mayís Mystery: Forbidden Memories DS
Tenchu Dark Secret DS
Formula One 2009 Wii
|The title says it all!|
So, while I'd LOVE to say that my recent lack of submissions is SOLELY out of protest at how my Langrisser Mobile review ("Rob has written hundreds of reviews for this site and this is one of them!" and other inspiring words of praise to be attached eventually. Hopefully before 2020, YOU DAMN SLACKERS!!!!!!!), it probably has a lot more to do with the time of the year, as late February and most of March is a period of time where I start out busy with work and then spend time doing another work project and also fit in a bunch of days to watch college basketball like I was being paid to do that.
|Google hopes to change the way people play games, but I say it's a little early to embrace that vision.|
Today at the Game Developers Conference, Google revealed (some of) its plans for an entry into the console market, if you want to call it that. For some time now, rumors were reporting that Google would reveal a streaming console, and that's about what it did. Called "Stadia," the platform appears right now to be more virtual than physical. Its primary draw is that you'll be able to play games on a range of devices, from your phone to a weak laptop or desktop, using controllers that suit you or the new one Google unveiled.
|A list of (currently) 34 games I'll use as a starting point while finishing my effort to collect physical 3DS releases that interest me.|
Did you know that the 3DS is basically done at this point? The stream of releases has long since slowed to a trickle, and the only big retail release confirmed as definitely still coming to the platform this year is Persona Q2 in a few months.
I've been fortunate, in that I've mostly been able to buy the games I wanted for the system as they released, but there are always a few that slip through the cracks. I'm posting this list for my own personal reference, because it's easy to check as I'm out and about and potentially shopping for games, or if I want to go on a semi-organized buying spree on eBay or the like.
Here's my list:
01. Batman: Arkham Origins - Blackgate
02. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
03. Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars
04. Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appetit!
|Game Freak, you (don't) got some 'splainin to do!|
When I finished watching the Nintendo Direct that Nintendo broadcast on YouTube early yesterday morning, my first reaction most decidedly was not "Well, this will get a lot of folks up in arms!" I was too excited, a grin plastered across my dopey face. I couldn't remember when I had been more thrilled at the thought that in less than 10 months, I'll get to play a new Pokemon game.
|As I maintain my non-promise to try to do this site blog stuff semi-regularly!|
I have my Langrisser Mobile review (yes, I did write something for a game released THIS DAMN YEAR!) in proofing purgatory right now and haven't started my Skyblazer one yet, so there's two games out of the way.
Brief gaming summary of the past couple weeks.
I finished Avadon 3: The Warborn. Review is currently pending in proofreading/ready-for-submission mode.
|Nintendo needs to show more respect for the games it lets you purchase.|
I have no personal interest in getting a tattoo, for numerous reasons including the fact I am a wuss and hate needles, but I have occasionally wondered what image I might have printed on my body if I were to make an exception. I believe I've finally narrowed it down to a 1up mushroom or (just to be ironic and amuse myself) an invincibility star. You can see what those two things have in common: Nintendo. I'm a huge fan, and so this is probably the most "anti-Nintendo" post you'll ever see me write. But I have a reason.
|We'll see if I do this more often than 2-3 times a year THIS TIME!|
At the moment, I'm playing five games. By the end of the year, it'll be three at once with a fourth slot available for retro action titles for those times when it looks like it'd take a LONG time to get a review out for anything I'm focusing upon. Seems, really, that of the current five, I have two that I spend a lot of time on, two I get to here and there and one that I'll be lucky to remember anything about when it's time to review it.
As for reviewing, now that I have Ocarina of Time 3D finished, I'll have to write Kingdoms of Amalur. A decent game that is good at times in that "Skyrim-lite" sort of way. But by the time I was finishing the game and working on the DLC quests, I was more than ready to move on to something else.