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[NVGR] Introspection on my 2017 on Dtoid


Honestly, this blog really has little to do with the site or video games, so you shouldn't bother reading it unless you're the anointed recapper.

90 years ago, in 1927, Max Ehrmann wrote his poem "Desiderata", or "desired things". Given how it's apparently in public domain, I'll use it as the scaffolding upon which to reflect my year 2017 on Destructoid... and foreshadow a bit of 2018.

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

Until December, I hadn't been able to post comments or upvote them. But thanks to Kevin Mersereau, I can now do just that. It was easy to remain silent and not offend anyone. Suddenly, doing that got a whole lot harder.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

To be honest, though, I don't think this maxim has had any chance on the Internet lately. I'd try to figure out how to throw in a comment about the "your waifu is trash" meme here, but somehow that's where this actually holds better than on many other topics. But more often than not, me staying mum is a wise choice, now and in perpetuity. Especially when it comes to the best games of 2017.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

In 2017, I made my major push towards being a prolific blogger. This same year, Kerrik52 made a massive splash as they entered the cblogging community. When someone like them wins in both quality and quantity, there's little room to argue. Especially when that extends even to a shitposting challenge. Of course, this means I'll just have to try to catch up.

The successful goals I had for this year were two blogs per month on average and keeping writing OkändOnsdag until the end of the year. But there was also one failed goal: my original goal was to have one picture per every 400 words in the blogs.

For 2018, my next goal is to write two thorough blogs: one on the MySims series and one on a specific game genre over the decades. With luck, I will have those done by the time my final blogging goal is at hand: collecting what I consider to be my best blogs into a book and having a vanity press make a few copies of it. 

Actually, in terms of games, what is your idea of a vanity publisher or platform? Is it Steam? Google Play? I'd say both, since both have little quality control on what can be released and at least the latter takes only a very limited initial investment (personal experience talking here).

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

High ideals and heroism are present here on Dtoid. I do expect I should try and contribute to the occasional fundraisers I see in the qtoid, and maybe start paying some money on Patreon. Given how much I enjoy the Youtube content of some people (Pixelmusement, Kim Justice to start with), I think it's an appropriate thing to do.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Trying to write a blog with the intent of getting many upvotes and frontpaged is a goal not worth losing personal integrity or feeling to have sold out. While I doubt there's much demand for retro-themed blogs, I see no reason to stop writing them. Back when I was a modder before the time of paid mods and Creation Club, I remember hearing this advice: write the mods for yourself, and if someone else likes them as well, that's just a bonus. Or maybe it was on writing fanfiction. No matter, I believe the same applies to blogging here.

This didn't preclude the value in trying new things: my first concert review ever, my first book review ever, an experimental blog about Dear Esther that was my first front-paged blog ever. Well, and this blog, too, although it isn't really what I understand this site to be for.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

If anything, the past three console generations have shown my taste to have changed from what it used to be when I was in my late teens. It's high time to accept that as the reason why I'll never play games I bought in the past five years because fifteen years ago I would've loved to play them or games like them.

And I'll try my best not to warrant the use of the "How do you do, fellow kids" meme. Please, just use Waldorf or Statler on the balcony instead.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

If you've talked with me on Communicord or read the end of my last OkändOnsdag blog, you'll know I have... some room for improvement here. Or I have a very different idea of "a wholesome discipline."

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

The world could be in a worse jam, you know. The Doomsday Clock has yet to strike midnight. No supervolcano has erupted in a while. And the reception the most egregious microtransactions in paid games had may have made game companies to rethink the situation... for at least five minutes. And cblogs are loading at a decent pace again.

To conclude, while you won't be able to clear your gaming backlog in time, there's still time to change clean underwear before the world ends.

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About Flegmaone of us since 11:34 PM on 01.17.2015

Very much unprofessional writer, don't take anything I write without a truckload of salt.

On a hopefully long-term break from saying anything.