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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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When it comes to October, it's pretty easy to come up with an idea for Bloggers Wanted. Halloween presents a lot of options. People will start playing horror games and marathon scary movies, but then there's the ultimate question for the day itself:

"What am I going to wear?"

Costumes are, after all, at the very heart of Halloween's fun. Whether you're playing a game with a canon character like Lara Croft, Spider-Man or a customized character in Monster Hunter World or an MMO, you're still faced with the question of what are you going to look like. Sometimes you even have stat bonuses to further complicate things, while other games have made it so you can have all the lovely stat bonuses and still make something that looks nice to you. Some folks even take this all huge step further and will realize such costumes for real-life cosplay.

As someone that posts often about Final Fantasy XIV, I have spent countless hours obtaining all kinds of armor, weapons and accessories from various corners of the game and only for the reason of it looking cool. In fact, once I have a job at 50, I feel obligated to give each of my jobs a fanciful glowing weapon before I press forward.

And then I give each job their own little pet sidekick, because I have decided my character is a Disney princess. Then I write macros that give them a blend of super sentai/Sailor Moon transformations because henshin a-go-go, baby!

But, if I'm honest, my one true love in regards to outfits in the game is the Invalician Samurai set, which I got from the Rabanastre raid. The design is pulled right from the Final Fantasy Tactics' art concept of the female samurai and is wonderfully realized.

But sometimes looking good comes at a price, too. I remember my favorite look for my Corsair in Final Fantasy XI required me wearing pants that reduced my movement speed by twenty percent and some of the best stat-based builds in Monster Hunter can make you look silly.

So this month's topic for Bloggers Wanted is costumes. Whether the costume is realized in-game or in real-life, we'd like for you to to discuss your favorite creations or tributes to characters, whether it's a custom look, a canon character or even a character skin like you'd find in Overwatch or Fortnite. You can discuss cosplays you've done, or cosplayers you admire. You can even talk about the plights of stat-based function over fashion.

The sky is the limit on this one, so head on over to our community blogs and get to writing! Use the prompt "Costume party: [Your title here]" and be sure to place "Bloggers Wanted" in the tags!

Now if you'll excuse me, I have get Bayonetta dressed up. She's heard about everyone and everything becoming Princess Peach and she would like to remind the world she was ahead of the curve on that.



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