Home Sweet Home
Wow it’s been a busy month. Not day, not week… MONTH! First I had to deal with my car breaking down. Took me two weeks to replace it, and I have been trading cars with my folks while working that whole time. Plus, my Step Dad finally got the house he wanted to rent all set up, so I spent the later half of the month moving. Yes moving; Me and my parents u-hauled out my entire downstairs apartment to a new house in the course of a very long weekend, and I have just gotten my new house and my consoles in working order. That was mostly due to the fact that Global Game Jam was on the following weekend. prepping for it was a chore in an of itself, and juggling that with work made it almost impossible to get anything else done. That is why I have not posted until now. That along with Superbowl Sunday and the need to hook up cable. It got to the point where i was genuinely concerned that I was going to lose the subscribers I worked hard to attain. Thankfully, I slogged through my sloppy excuses for subscription lists and find that not a single soul disbanded. Thank You All. To bring you all up to speed, I am going to give this whole website it’s own seven word synopsis of what went down, what’s going on now, and what you can look forward to this year. As always, I will sum it up in seven words or less. Unlike my reviews of games, I will omit the bad and simply use the whole thing as a summary, since all of it is pretty much good news for you guys. Consider it a reward for your loyalty :). Let’s begin.
It may seem obvious, but one of the first things I am going to do now that I’m back on track is review games. I know, shocking. But the truth is, now I have a house to keep and bills to pay, plus we are entering into the infamous “dry season” soon in which new game titles are few and far in between. Less games will be coming out less frequently leaving me less things to review, up until the dry heat of summer. And that’s assuming I can afford anything.
Since I have been collecting and buying and renting games since I was literally two years old, I have a massive
My most current collection
collection of games that have stockpiled over the years, and as it was, I have reviewed relatively few of them. Thus, for the next month, I will be scouring through my personal collection of games and reviewing everything that isn’t on my current or previous website. I will continue to rent games on Gamefly and Redbox in an attempt to be halfway topical, but since I never know when they are coming in I can’t make promises that you will get any reviews of games released past last november. Every day, you can expect to see at least one brief review of a game you played before, made short and sweet for time constraints and concise communication. By March, I will hopefully be caught up to speed on my reviews. As such,there will be no videos up until next month, which is when I will introduce my
Lets Play Videos.
Yeah, you did it better then me. Shut up.
If you’ve been reading this blog since the beginning, you are no doubt familiar with my continually and consistently botched promise to make a video every week. The reason for this is simple; doing multiple reviews every day while working on a video game super cut is time consuming. To say the least. My first hint at this should have been the concerned comment I got from an online friend who calls himself Tom Cruise (not kidding; look him and his fellow copycats up on Steam) about how daunting it was simply to make a review every day. I made the mistake of overachieving with my videos, and as a result, very few of them even got halfway finished, and only two of them got done. Thus, I decided to take a hint from both the real and the almost real Pewdiepie and try simply recording myself while playing and reviewing a game. I can easily turn 5+ hours of game time into a whole week’s worth of videos. It should be easy with my new Xbox One with it’s built in Game DVR, especially once I sync it with my Twitch.tv account, but I need to set that up, plus get a Happauge 2 with the requisite adapters for my “retro classic” reviews. I’m not sure if I can make a 7WS (Seven Word Synopsis) for a whole slew of live recordings, so I will more then likely be supplementing each “Play Test” video with a briefly written review. I might work in something that allows seven words for each video segment or something on those lines, but until I have all my equipment ready and panned my rating system out, the vast majority of my reviews will be typed out. I also have a treat for both my current subscribers, and for those of you who graciously just logged in. That treat is a
I almost thought of writing this as bad news, but quickly realized that this is in many ways a win-win, given the circumstances. To get to the point, there was a problem with my last contest. More specifically, the contest’s winner. You remember how a mysterious but loyal fan named James helped me with my contest videos out of the goodness of my heart, and I rewarded him with promotions of his crappy videos? Well, it turns out that he lied to me about who he was; he was actually a contest participant, and when I asked him to pick a random name for me, he picked his own not so randomly. I had to check the Google+ account for his real name to see what was actually going on. That was, unfortunately, after I already shot a video of him accepting the prize as winner, and it took both some heavy persuasion and a threat to call the cops to get my PS4 back from his greasy clutches. I won’t mention his real nam here, but the truth is, if you’ve been following along and paid attention to who won, you probably know that name anyway. That’s on him, so it sucks to be you, “James”! The silver lining is that I got my PS4 back and – you guessed it – will be running another contest real soon. Rules will be the same, although I can no longer guarantee the console is in pristine condition (although to tell you the truth, it was never truly pristine since I got it off Ebay).
I’m giving it away again is because so many of you have been supportive of me, and I feel that it belongs to an honest participant. And I will be picking the name myself using Random.org, so no f-ups this time. Only reason that I’m not giving it away now is because since the holiday rush is behind me, I have every reason to do it right. That means promotions out the wazoo. So once the contest is announced officially, share it with the world and cross your fingers. Current subscribers will be automatically eligible, and if you want to win a PS4 don’t hesitate to subscribe. That’s it for now. Review Marathon starts half past now, and I will begin my trek across the valley of the shadows of my personal gaming archive with that lovable black box with the x on it. You know; the one I got for Christmas and posted smugly on Facebook.