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Cblogs of 12/25/2017 & 1/1/2018 + Happy New Year and Resolutions Update

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For the first recap in 2017, I decided to make a number of "Gaming Resolutions". So how did I do?

Spiler Alert! I didn't exactly meet my own expetations.

  • I promise to finish my Sega Genesis reviews series before the end of the year. Currently, I am holding the review for Strider until I complete the final stage (which I am struggling with). After which, I think I have 10 or 12 games to get through.

This first resolution I actually am very close to completing. There are two games remaing in my Sega Genesis Reviews series, and then its done. Afterwards, I am doing a couple of blogs about the Sega Genesis in general and its top 10 games, as well as finally deciding on the first ever consoles war.

  • I promise to write at least five blogs in my “Where the Hell is….?” Blogging series. These blogs explores series and franchises that have stopped for a while, and attempts to explain why they stopped and what could happen in the future. The answer to Where the Hell did the blogging series itself go to is…. Too much work.

Here is where I fail hard. In hindsight, five of these blogs is a huge undertaking. Technically, I only completed "Where the Hell is the Shining Series" this year, which took me about 3 weeks to finish. However, I actually ocmpleted two. One of them was nuked by my computer just before releasing it. Anyways, I significantly underdelivered on this promise.

  • I promise to spend more time playing more games rather than going deep into one game at a time. Binge gaming is bad for me, as it both reduces my enjoyment of the game I am binging, as well as leave me exhausted to play anything else. When I do that, gaming become more of an addiction than a hobby, and I cannot afford to waste time not enjoying myself at a stage where I have too little time.

This is one resolution where I was doing great until the end. Simply put, the two Xenoblade Chronicles games I played at the end of the year dominated most of my time. I am actually okay with that, because it wasn't the kind of binge that left me exhausted of everything else.

  • I promise to do the best I can in recapping your blogs, and be a more active member of the community. Clearly, I started strong into the Dtoid community, becoming part of the Recap team in my first year, and it looked like I getting more into it. Changes to the community, as well as to my life, both led to less community involvement, and I ended up becoming more and more exhausted from work. This is reflected in the quality of my recaps (including this one), as well as my lack of involvement in the recap Google group (apologies to the wonderful recap team). As I previously stated, I still read each and every blog I recap, and will continue to do that as long as I am part of the team.

This is one resolution which I keep the judgment to you. Please give me your feedback on my recaps of the past year. Sorry for not always having the energy to stay consistent with each recap.

 

A- With the new year, we get the best games list. Its telling about our backlogs that I have seen more best of "Games Played in 2017" than "Games Released in 2017". Here are the recaps for those lists (which are ll worth a read):

S- I didn't particularly hide it; I consider Kerrik52 one of my favorite new bloggers in dtoid. This is a sumary of all the reviews he wrote last years, many which are really good. There is one of his reviews in this recap as well.

 

 

T- Destiny 2 is one harbringer of exploitative practices these years. Ironically, we get two blogs with different reactions to these practices:

L- If you read Gary Paulsen's Hatchet then dephoenix thinks you will probably enjoy The Transall Saga.

 

Before I forget,

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Anyway, here are the games I am currently playing. Those in bold I am going to review when completed:
  • Little King's Story (Wii).
  • Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (DS).
  • Phantasy Star IV (Genesis).
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U).
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (PS4).
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PS3).
  • The Adventures of Pip (Wii U).
  • Culdcept: Revolt (3DS).

Also, here are my latest reviews:

And Latest Blog in my "where the hell is...?" blog series"

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