Dust is gathering on this ‘ere site. A blog per year is still a regular release cadence right? Jokes aside, I’m really only writing when I feel like it. I’m considering some changes around here.
Anyway. In 2017, I’ve made it my aim to read more and play less and that’s reflected in my media consumption. I started out with a goodreads goal of 12 books in a year, one each month, which I didn’t accomplish. For many book nerds, that’s a pathetic outcome I bet. There’s people who read a hundred books in a year! How do they find the time!? I’m a slow reader anyway and don’t make that much time. It’s not my primary hobby.
I read The Princess Bride, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Architect’s Apprentice, Crime and Punishment, Dune, The Gene and Mockingjay (reviews in the links). Most of the books I liked, but The Gene was the most satisfying read. It woke my interest in a new field of study and scientific books. I’m currently finishing up Hit Makers.
In terms of gaming, it’s been a year of starting and beating a single game: Pillars of Eternity. I started out in February after the Figstarter for Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire began. I figured the sequel looked very promising, and still not having beaten the first one, I jumped in for real this time. It’s a long, epic CRPG and took me around 7 months of on and off playing. I would play intensely for a week or two and then take breaks. I just burn out easily on these games.
Apart from Pillars, I played to the midpoint a bunch of games: Borderlands 1, Bioshock 1 Remastered, Batman Arkham Asylum, KotoR 1 and others I can’t think of right now. Also, I’ve kept playing my favorite roguelikes on occasion: Spelunky, FTL and Isaac Rebirth.
I’m loathe to end this blog. I enjoy writing, but at the same time it often feels like torture to be honest. When I play a game, I often get a rush of things I want to say RIGHT NOW, but once I open up an editor to write things down, my feelings have subsided and it’s a real effort to get myself back into that headspace. It sours me on the experience of the game. I would love to have a Pillars of Eternity review that eloquently presents all my opinions etc., but actually writing that review would be a huge struggle, I just know it. As a side effect, I’ll be tired of even thinking about that game and that’s something I really don’t want.
I also don’t know how much interest there is in other content than reviews. I’m just a tiny little plankton in a vast ocean. It feels like it makes no sense to spread out over books, movies AND games on this blog. So I’m thinking of focusing on a specific type of content: game reviews, and especially RPGs, since they’re my favorite genre. I’m almost always in the middle of playing some RPG (most often it’s multiple) and my backlog is overflowing with classic and more recent RPGs I want to get to. I want to focus on reviews, but in a more flexible manner. I like how in Goodreads you can update your current progress in a book with a short comment. Over the course of the read, it’ll resemble an actual review, often an even more accurate representation of the experience because it’s more immediate. It’s quite possible that that’s the best format for me.
Lastly, I’m going to rearrange the furniture here. The site design could do with a couple of changes…
Wish you all a healthy and successful 2018!