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):
Last week, in the quick posts of Destructoid's community, we saw the rise and fall of community manager Wesley J. Russow. He rose to prominence with his immutable power, only to see it come crashing down as the working class clambered beneath him and tore him down. Truly, the life and times of Westopher G. Raggamuffins was a lesson in live fast, burn hot, crash spectacularly.
Wes went from community darling to lovable despot over the course of a few days. It was a thing of beauty to behold. Truly, nothing is better to witness than a real-life heel turn. Wrestling is nothing without these terms after all. A "Face" is a good guy wrestler who fights the man, stands up for the little guy, and fights fairly while still winning. A "Heel", on the other hand, is a despicable, dastardly villain or even anti-hero. I loved Kurt Angle's antics as this gold medal Olympic winner turned wrestler who wasn't necessarily as likable as his gold medals imply. I loved hating that guy! A good heel is fun to hate, and there's nothing quite like the gasp of shock when watching the turn, when a face uses dirty tricks and turns into a heel.
Let me ask you this: is Kratos a hero? Before we see Kratos return in what I'd call Dad of War, let's not forget Kratos’ sordid past as a hero. In the first game, it was a revenge tale. It was a story of a mythical Spartan warrior who wanted revenge on the God of War who betrayed him. But as the series went on, it became a story about the lengths Kratos would go to justify his vendetta against people who wronged him. He would literally destroy the world just to destroy his enemies. Sure, we played as him, and we were taken on a ride, but would you really put your bet behind him and say, "Yeah, look at that hero!"
This month's Bloggers Wanted is about your favorite heel-turns or anti-heroes (in case a heel turn is too specific). Do you like it when Ryu turns into Evil Ryu? Or maybe you like Injustice, with its built in heel-turn Superman? I won't claim to understand the time line of Revolver Ocelot between Snake Eater and Guns of the Patriots, but I love that knucklehead.
To participate, just start a blog in our community section and title it "Heel-turn: [your blog title here]." Write to your heart's content, and if its up to snuff, you'll see your stuff published on the front page! Just remember, you're telling us about your favorite heel-turns and anti-heroes, not becoming one yourself, like Wes. Rest in spaghetti, never forghetti.
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