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How did we get here?
I play a lot of games. Maybe too many.
As Jason alluded to in his thought provoking blog post that I failed to respond to, there's so much damn choice, and so little time. In the old days, we'd use our time to play the same favourites over and over again and so we'll never forget those experiences.
Now we spend our time roving, grazing, traipsing from game-to-game, giving each a cursory look and nothing gets locked in, everything is fleeting. The impetus for making this post was primarily to force myself to slow down and take stock of what the hell I've been doing. In the process, there was a lot of, "Oh, right, I beat that game, didn't I?"
Gaming's first world problems. Or something.
Here's what I've been playing over the last month or two:
Fire Arrow Plus
Where has the love gone?
I like to make lists. And I like Marie Kondo (not really). So I thought I'd go through my favourite systems and list all the games that sparked joy at one point or another. It doesn't matter if they were killer apps, if the appeal comes from nostalgia, because you made love for the first time on top of the cartridge in question -- it just doesn't matter. Joy is joy.
Shopping at home...
It's gonna look like I didn't learn from my lesson as my latest list of games recently played is enormous again; but, I'm trying to do the financially responsible thing, and shop at home. Apparently, some 40% of Steam purchases go unplayed. That's right: we're all addicted to shopping for cheap games that we'll never play. So of my 260 some odd games, I add a handful to my favourites each week and give them a shot, before de-listing them and grabbing another group. (In addition, I played around with my Sega Fusion emulator a little.)
Here's how it all turned out:
It's been a sleepy start to my year... so, you know, the opposite of Venter's start.
More dabbling. I tried Orwell and found it interesting. Made it through Day 1 or whatever it was. Don't know if I'll play it to completion.
Finished Episode 2 of The Walking Dead: The Final Season. These episodes feel longer than before, and it's not necessarily a good thing. They feel drawn out and a bit slow. The story is better than it has been for awhile, but it could definitely move along at a faster clip. I've just downloaded Episode 3, which I'll probably get on with next week.
Anodyne currently has my attention. I will probably try to complete this one. I like the haunting music and weird writing.
In terms of reviews, I'll have both Vision Soft Reset and Double Cross up this weekend and that'll be it for me for January.
A much smaller, human-style list
I came up with a ridiculous list recently, with a shitload of games on it that I had been... dabbling in. While it wasn't a New Years' resolution per se, new for 2019 is me not being quite so foolish. So here's what I'm playing and reviewing now, with only a few holdovers:Double Cross - I was provided this to review. I'm 1.2 hours in, and I' pretty much done with it. I haven't gotten that far, but the limitations are what they are, and I have a strong sense as to what the game is all about. I'll review it this weekend hopefully.Vision Soft Reset - I was provided this one to review as well. It's a quirky indie metroidvania that drops officially next Wednesday. I'm just under an hour in, and over the weekend I'll likely beat it and aim for the ever elusive DAY ONE REVIEW.
Happy New Year!
I'm going to pretend now that this will be a regular thing, but it likely won't be. I will try, though!
I thought it useful to list all the new games I've been playing over the last month, if for no other reason than to get my shit together (read: shame myself into putting an end to my endless Steam shopping). I've officially turned into that little kid in a room of toys who says, "I'm BORED! I have nothing to play!" much to the chagrin of his overextended parents.
I need to curb that type of behaviour right away!
So here goes:
The Messenger - starts off as an awesome NES Ninja Gaiden redux for the new millenium and overstays its welcome a bit when it turns into a slightly-less-awesome metroidvania along the way.
Hurray for me!