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Cblogs of 06/15/17 & 06/08/17 + Hit The Snooze

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I was once told that sleep is for the weak. I don't consider myself a particularly weak individual, but boy, do I need my sleep.

When I was younger, I would literally stay up playing games until I 5/6am. Then I would get about two hours sleep, go and run a videogame store for the day, go straight out to meet friends at a bar or some such dive. Then return home to play games until five again. At best I would get one full nights sleep in each week. I felt no ill from doing this, I got a ton of fun out of it and maintained it as a steady lifestyle for years.



But now, whilst typing this sentence, I'm yawning, desperate to go back to bed for a few hours. This is entirely because I had one late night this week, and stayed up overnight for the election OVER A WEEK AGO. This is the old man I have become. A dude who needs his 8 hours a night if he is to be able to operate on a relatable level, driving and operating heavy machinery be damned. My system switched to being this needy of rest in the blink of an eye. One week I was living that Spring Breakers coke-fuelled high-life then, suddenly, I was the guy shouting at the kids to turn the music down 'Do you know what time it is?!"
Probably about 9:45pm.
Indeed, the candle that burns twice as bright burns half as long.



Speaking of late nights, I see many of you watched the E3 pressers and got a real kick out of them, that's good to hear. I abandoned the self-congratulatory monstrosities years ago, and besides, there was sadly nothing in E3's black bag for me this year. But I've really enjoyed seeing you all get excited over various announcements, and I hope that the coming twelve months delivers upon the promises of the wonderful games and tech that strutted the E3 catwalk this year. It's always good to see people happy and excited about videogames. You're supposed to be.

And with that, let's look at some blogs.



A - ScionVyse looked into their crystal ball to see what Nintendo had in store at E3, prior to their video conference and Treehouse streams, which have been considered a delightful success by many. Why not go back and see if their clairvoyance matched up to the read deal?

S - Sr Churros is done with his burgeoning backlog, it's time to put those games down, and thus the quest begins. Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is upcoming, a game that is very good at saving my life when the chips are down. I look forward to seeing what Churros makes of it.







R - Blanchimont reviews the Beta for Marvel Heroes Omega on the PS4. Good stuff, but the C-blogs is for original content, just a heads up that copying and pasting your articles from other sites is kinda frowned upon. Interesting summary though.

T - The Bubsy games weren't great. Not in a cool, ironic sense, or a post-modern sense. They came out, and no-one gave a shit. Somehow, a new one is on the way, a step too far into oh-so-Family-Guy 'remember this?' comedy for me. Manchild hopes it will be a terrible game. I guess we'll find out soon enough.

N - BatesBram's headline article on the anger caused by Runescape promoting a Gay Pride event to take place within their archaic fantasy world. People got mad about a thing. Of course.




That's it for the previous fortnight's Thursday blogs. Now I'll leave you all to wallow in your hopes and dreams for the gaming year ahead, whilst I attempt to wallow in the dreams caused by sweet slumber. Here's to a power nap, with ethereal images of Meiko Kaji & Olivia Wilde turning up in slumberland to play some Backgammon with me.

Until next time..



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Is there a holiday or time of the year more indulgent than Thanksgiving? I mean, we cook a turkey that weighs as much as three newborn babies, whip up about a billion sides consisting mostly of carbs and butter, and top the whole thing off with nine different pies, all featuring the main ingredient of "excess." It's equal parts disgusting and awesome, and is definitely my second favorite holiday behind our dearly departed Halloween.

But we were so occupied with whether we could eat six pounds of food in one sitting, that we didn't stop to think if we should. That brings us to November's Bloggers Wanted prompt: Overstuffed.

Playing through Horizon Zero Dawn really got me thinking on this topic. Don't get me wrong, the game has a really cool and fairly unique sci-fi story, the combat is fun and engaging, and the art direction uses vibrant color - a concept that largely died out near the end of the PS2 era, but man, is it long. The map is huge and stuffed with nooks, crannies and collectibles, and boy, by the time I wrapped the story and collected my Platinum trophy the game had really worn out its welcome. It's a shame really, as I truly enjoyed the game for its main components; but by the time I had picked off my ten-thousandth evil villager and performed my ten-billionth stealth kill on a Ravager, I found myself wishing the game would end soon.

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Modern gaming is great in that developers tend to pack in a metric shit-ton of things to do in their games. Modern gaming is also horrible because developers tend to pack in a metric shit-ton of things to do in their games. This tendency to overstuff their games with content is often overwhelming and can cause an otherwise excellent experience to drag. It was less of a problem when I was 18 and had all the time in the world; at 30 with a day job and a family, it's a complete game-changer.

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