It’s that time of year again.
Time to look into my crystal ball of blogging to see what next year holds.
I’m pretty sure that the year with be without goblins or baby brothers in peril. So that’s good.
I’m also pretty sure that it’ll include David Bowie in some manner. Because ALWAYS DAVID BOWIE. But that is neither here nor there. Nor anywhere, if we’re to believe Jareth.
Oh, and I believe. ♫♪˙❤‿❤˙♫♪
In the not too distant past, I mused over my lack of plans for this blog in the coming months. As such, I strongly considered simply winging it. In comes a new week, and out onto the blog plops whatever’s on my mind at the moment. I attempted to be a little more extemporaneous here this year, and I feel a little mixed about the results. Or, maybe it’s more accurate to say that I feel mixed about 2017 itself, and that I should just shut up and write in 2018 no matter what. But, I discovered that the problem with me being off-the-cuff is that it usually leads me into negativity. Complaining about whatever is bothering me at the moment. I get that blogging is therapy, and this year, eliminating my brain of negative thoughts via random writings on the Internet proved extremely helpful for me personally, but that’s not what I want this blog to become – a hole into which I dump all my “fuck you, world” traumas. And while I don’t think that I fell into that hole this past year, I do think that I got a little too close to its edge.
What I’m getting at here is that I started this blog with a singular goal in mind – to share stories about video games. Over the years, I’ve veered on and off that course to varying degrees of success. Last year I made a concerted effort to try something different, and I think that some of my best writing so far arose because of that. But next year, I’d like to return to where I started with sharing stories about video games. Because if I realized one thing about myself this past year, it’s that when I strip away all the transitory delights and hardened bullshit that encase, well…”me,” the one thing that remains is video games. I love them, I hate them, and I like writing about them. I’ve been privileged to be able to do so regularly over on Virtual Bastion, and next year, I’m going to revive that passion here.
Now, because I am “me,” I simply can’t just say “YAY VIDJA GAMEZ!” and be off on my merry way. I need a plan. And that plan is the classic 30-Day Video Game Challenge.
Though, if you want to be particular about it, I guess, for me, this will actually be the 26-Week Video Game Challenge, because I’ll be posting about one or two topics from the list every other week over the course of the year, as follows:
Day 1 – Very first video game.
Day 2 – Your favorite character.
Day 3 – A game that is underrated.
Day 4 – Your guilty pleasure game.
Day 5 – Game character you feel you are most like (or wish you were).
Day 7 – Favorite game couple.
Day 6 – Most annoying character.
Day 8 – Best soundtrack.
Day 9 – Saddest game scene.
Day 10 – Best gameplay.
Day 11 – Gaming system of choice.
Day 12 – A game everyone should play.
Day 13 – A game you’ve played more than five times.
Day 14 – Current (or most recent) gaming wallpaper.
Day 15 – Post a screenshot from the game you’re playing right now.
Day 16 – Game with the best cut scenes.
Day 17 – Favorite antagonist.
Day 18 – Favorite protagonist.
Day 19 – Picture of a game setting you wish you lived in.
Day 20 – Favorite genre.
Day 21 – Game with the best story.
Day 22 – A game sequel which disappointed you.
Day 23 – Game you think had the best graphics or art style.
Day 24 – Favorite classic game.
Day 25 – A game you plan on playing.
Day 26 – Best voice acting.
Day 27 – Most epic scene ever.
Day 28 – Favorite game developer.
Day 29 – A game you thought you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving.
Day 30 – Your favorite game of all time.
See. A plan. I haz it.
Since I intend to keep my weekly Wednesday posting schedule, what will become of the in-between weeks? Well, those will be reserved for any esoteric thoughts, updates, rants, raves, and other general musings, because why the hell not. I’d also like to continue my monthly “Five on Shuffle” posts, because at this point, where I’ve gotten through close to 2000 of my 5000+ songs on my iPod, I’m simply too curious to see just how long I can hold out with my plethora of tunage. Y’know, it’s sorta like that Seinfeld episode where Kramer and that car salesman see how far they can go on a single tank of gas. Can I get through another year of complete song shuffling? Or, really, maybe the better question is can my iPod get through it? I kinda just want to know.
Beyond that, who knows? I’ve been thinking about doing another game project, but I’m not sure what it would consist of. Metal Gear Acid was a little exhausting, so maybe a break is in order? Recent times haven’t been so kind to me in terms of keeping close track of a single game, but we’ll see. If I do pick up anything on the order of a new gaming experience worth posting about regularly, it probably won’t occur until later in the year.
In terms of this actual site, I’ve been thinking about sprucing up the place a bit. As a superfan of clean, crisp websites, I like the look of mine fine, but, I will admit that it could be a little snazzier. So I have in mind to do a little theme hunting. Any changes I do make will go live that second week in January.
Finally, the schedule here will remain the same: Virtual Bastion reblogs on Mondays, new posts on Wednesday. Next week I’ll have up a “Five on Shuffle” post, and then I’ll be AFK for a week. So there won’t be any posts at all here the first week in January. Reblogs will pick up on Monday, January 8th, and my 30-Day (26-Week, whatevs) Video Game Challenge posts will begin on Wednesday, January 10th.
It is with a smile and a great big virtual hug that I wish everyone the happiest of holidays! No matter how you spend it – curled up with books, games, animals, coffee, food, or…I guess, people – may the season be kind and generous to you all.