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Good morning, good weekend, and welcome to Whatcha Been Playing? It has been a month of a week, and literally a month of the year, and, frankly, I’m quite ready to hit the big reset button and give 2023 another go. I sort of stumbled out of the starting blocks, as did much of the wider world, and here’s to hoping the remainder of the year goes a little more smoothly. I hope that the year has started well for all of you, regardless.

And, as we enter the final weekend of January, I’m very happy to see you show out for our weekly get-together. It might not be a live stream, we might not all be in a chat window smashing dat lyke button, but we’re here in our own time, at our own pace, and surrounded by our fellow vidya game fans. Such is the beauty of being on board the good ship Destructoid, ya dig? It’s great to see all y’all!


It was a rough old week for yer pal Moyse. Not only was I simply busy as all hell, but I spent last weekend cramming Forspoken for a Monday morning embargo. And while I’m very happy with my review, the wider online narrative — from players and media — did sour me a little. It wasn’t that I thought the public consensus disagreed with my write-up, more that this pre-determined narrative of “I will hate this game when it launches, no matter what”, had been decided before release day.

I now know the power of an 18-second Twitter clip versus an entire week spent playing and constructively reviewing a game to the very best of a person’s abilities. Forspoken is flawed. No doubt about it. But social media went overboard. It is what it is.

Anyway, between hopping around Athia to clean up some trophies and the like, I have also stepped into the wild world of 110 Industries Wanted: Dead — A title I’ve had my eye on for quite some time now and am grateful to finally get some time with. Obviously, I can’t talk about it right now, but you can expect a review for this batshit hack ‘n’ slasher come February.

Keep on Freerunnin’

Anyway, if anybody needs to bail, I need to bail. I’mma fixing to do that right now. But before I go, it would be remiss of me not to kindly ask all y’all to jump into the comments and let us all know Whatcha Been Playing? It’s fantastic to see how “conversational” the comment section has become for this weekly soiree, and I always make sure to run the gauntlet of your thoughts come Sunday.

You aren’t speaking into the void, everyone is checking out what you have to say. Because we’re family like that, and we’re interested in you. So, whether you’re playing a brand-new title or a classic from yesteryear, let us know. It can be a sentence, it can be a paragraph — All that matters is that you’re a part of the get-together x

Have a wonderful weekend, from all of us at Destructoid.

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Chris Moyse
Senior Editor - Chris has been playing video games since the 1980s and writing about them since the 1880s. Graduated from Galaxy High with honors. Twitter: @ChrisxMoyse