It seems often I've come to the table with quick-analytical things lately, blathering about how I think one thing is cool and something else... Well... Less cool and more thought-provoking. Let's mix things up and banter about various things in my life instead.
The first is an idea that I've had milling about for a while. You see, I've wanted to play through Borderlands 2 for quite a while. I even bought the game and all the DLC cheaply. Here's the snag: Playing through Borderlands on my own was a test in patience, forever getting that feeling that it was an empty land with not much to do. I also got that sensation it was less skill-based and more “see who has bigger numbers than the other person” based. Even now, trying to nudge myself to play Borderlands 2 for fun seems, well, not fun.
This is where my idea comes into it. I have thought about doing a written Let's Play of Borderlands 2. Basically, I crunch about 5 hours into it per week and I write about what has happened and what springs to mind about it. It could be analytical, it could just be opinion and it could even be (rarely) meaningless off-topic banter during the dryer spells. It'll be incredibly casual and off-the-cuff, so that even if Borderlands 2 decides to be dull I can still write about it.
I've thought about either doing it on my own blog page or my recaps, I'm leaning towards the former but I'm happy to hear if anyone has any preference. There is also the situation with starting character, as in I'm not particularly sure what to run with, so if someone wants to comment on a good character to play through, go for it really. If it is any use, my favourite character in Borderlands was Mordecai. I'm happy to hear suggestions on my little scheme.
Another side of things is, well, my general frustrations of not being paid for work I do. I hate complaining about things like this, as it can quickly bring the worst of me out, but I really wish I had some income at all for the various writing jobs I do (at GHT mostly, with others dotted around like Digital Confederacy and Scary Granules). I've thought about Patreon a little, but I honestly have no delusions on the amount of income I'd get ($0-$20 a month) and all the various promises I'd have to make to secure such an income.
Every penny would be nice really, as a motivational force that I am wanted, but I'd like to have enough to continue making this a full time thing (I seriously spend most days writing at least one article/news piece, as well as doing at least one other thing). Fact is, soon I know I wouldn't be able to. Soon I'll have to shut down various commitments (Digital Confederacy is somewhat a border-case to being closed to make for some income, Scary Granules or GHT will likely be next if it continues) so I can live, eat and drink. The two side-projects I'm proposing are purposely things designed to be done very quickly with a small amount of thought, due to time constraints and energy.
I don't mean this as a guilt trip, nor a message to say “give me money man”. I don't even have a box to throw your money into even if you wanted to. It just is a current worry as well as a reality in my life.
On happier news is another side project I am considering, although is something I'd have to work with a company to execute (you'll see why in a moment). I know people like video-content, even if it is something small to put on in the background while they do something else. It is undeniable the Let's Play field has grown to an incredible size, with PewDiePie (as much as people loath him) earning $7.3 million in 2014 (although, according to The Independant, Youtube takes 45% of that and an unknown amount is also taken by another company the Let's Player signed up to called Maker Studios that is owned by Disney). Part of this is the desire to look at the game rather than take people's words on it, as well as enjoying commentary on it.
The side project comes in the form of a Youtube series on games I'm currently reviewing. How it would work is this: First I'd get the review copy from a company (currently GHT), or don't in rare cases I actually bought the game, then I'd play the first 10-30 minutes of it completely blind while recording my reactions and vocalising my thoughts. Then I'd upload this onto Youtube. Then later, or perhaps at the same time, I upload my written review and link one to the other and vice-versa. This allows people to see footage of what I'm playing (helping to illustrate some problems), enjoy some banter on the side and is light enough to do somewhat quickly once I get to grips with recording software.
"Quickly once I get to grips with recording software" is at least the plan.
Naturally, this has a few problems that could gum up the works. As it is a blind Let's Play, this would require securing permission to review and Let's Play it at the same time. Plus, well, some review copies are not intended for Let's Plays at all, so those would be excluded (as I think part of the appeal would be my first reaction to things). On top of this is the problem that I would not be able to adhere to a schedule, rather instead only being able to kick them out on an irregular basis due to my lack of schedule of when I do a review (seriously boils down to “whenever a game comes out I want to review”). I would also want to do this right, so I'd have to secure some basic art work and basic music effects (seriously, probably be a 5 second jingle), as well as making sure my microphone is up to scratch.
When both side projects will begin is, well, unsure. I still have Project War Of The Worlds in the works (seriously, it has a project name that is loosely related to what I'm going to do, that I can't wait to surprise people with) that has been delayed due to one part of the team going MIA. The former is likely very soon, within two weeks. The Youtube thing, well, doing it solo means it'll depend on a lot of circumstances (including that money thing). It is something I'd like to do, but far from confirmed.
Oh well, happy thoughts. Feel free to yell at me about my side-projects (particularly the Borderlands 2 one, I'm interested about hearing feedback) or tell about how I should have a stiff upper lip about my worries. Until then...
OH GOD, THE RECAPS HAVE DRAGGED MUD INTO THE HOUSE!
* - Sometimes you grind and grind and grind away, seeing top place in sight and almost touching your finger tips. You want to be the best at something, but alas it isn't meant to be. techsupport knows that frustration as they lament on it. Reminds me of how I usually don't care about speed-running, but damn recently I was determined to get into the top 10 of speed-running the Forest level on Lemma (imagine a less cinematic and more pixelated version of Mirror's Edge, and quite an impressive game as well.). I tried to do it for about an hour or two, shaving seconds off of my 2+ minute run until finally I cracked onto the 9th slot. That'll do though, speed-running isn't my thing.
A – KingSigy considers about how Hollywood keeps trying to make Hitman films and discusses, by analysing each game in the series, why it simply could never work.
A – Virtua Kazama really loves wrestling, and part of that is the uses of wrestling moves by fighting game characters like Wolf (Virtual Fighter series), King II ( Tekken series) and Tina (Dead Or Alive series).
S – Whoah man! Ch-ch-ch-ch-check out Dreamweaver's Comments Of The Week!
I hope in a contest, Project War Of The Worlds is the best project name.
You'd think a co-op title would foster a sense of community, and fortunately it does by avoiding the obvious problems like shared looting (which avoids the issue of having the arsehole team-mate who steals all the loot and sells it).
T - “What if Metal Gear Solid 5 isn't perfect?” is a question that haunts many fans of the series, knowing this will probably be Kojima's last ever dabble with the series before Konami begins to pump out disappointing sequel after disappointing sequel in a similar style to Silent Hill. mattphilip shares with us his musings on the situation. I think it raises an interesting angle that maybe, we're not just worried of Metal Gear Solid 5 being bad but rather disappointing. Since we expect so much out of the title, it is possible that anything less than perfect (or at least close as we'll ever get) will lead to a lot of despairing fans. Let's just hope for a suitable send off.
R – Remember Ghost Trick on the DS? Lord Spencer hopes you do, since it is a pretty fantastic game and I agree.
A delicious bit of Tales From The Borderlands culture. A fantastic series for those who a fan of Borderlands.
On an other note, PLEASE check out Lemma. Seriously is an under-rated little secret gem (oh and you can find a review of it here!).
The only fail is my needless complaining about money. No one wants that. I'm sorry.