Wow. 500 posts on this blog. I hadn’t even realized that I had been doing posts on this site for so long. But 500 is a big deal, back from when I was posting about Wii, PSP, DS, and Playstation 2. It’s seen the Xbox 360 and Wii, some mobile and PC, retro gaming, and these days, Wii U, 3DS, and Playstation 4.
While I don’t write as much as I used to, I still am an avid gamer. I had actually set down Splatoon a little while ago, and have been keeping up with Witcher 3, Mortal Kombat X, Ultratron, and the occasional Amiibo. Recently, I backed ToeJam and Earl: Back in the Groove, Yooka-Laylee and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. I look forward to seeing them in the next year or so.
“Grown up” life and day to day responsibilities have made it a little harder to sit down and actually play all of these games these days, much less write about them. It’s not like the old days where I sat tucked into my little cubicle at Midway to play whatever was put in front of me at the time. Doing all the “grown up” things we’re supposed to do does put the sprawling landscapes, fast-paced races and brutal combat arenas on hold more than I like, not to mention a few plans that I hope to get underway this year. I have a billion gaming ideas that I want to do. It’s just the matter of sitting down and actually doing them.
The industry has changed in 500 posts. There’s no longer the secured guarantee of physical media as generations go by. The motion control fad has come and gone again for the time being. Gaming content more often comes in the form of collectible figurines. Nintendo Power is gone. So are most magazines, for that matter. And many of the “old guard” gaming companies that helped to define the industry are growing stagnant and losing their place in the industry. I actually just found out today that Sears and K-Mart no longer carry video games at all anymore.
But it’s not all “doom and gloom”. If anything, gaming has some great new talent coming in. Some of those “figurine” games are actually quite fun. Indies are bringing back the “old feel” of what gaming used to be. Nintendo, though less popular than it used to be during its Wii heyday, still puts out a very quality “boutique” selection of games. I can’t wait for the new King’s Quest. Or those Kickstarter games I backed. That’s an article in itself for another time.
The thing is, I’ve been a gamer for over 30 years. I’ve lived it, I’ve worked in it, and I still enjoy it today just as much, if not more. I think it will be good to flex my creative muscles here again and share those experiences, because there’s a lot on the horizon that I am looking forward to, and E3 is less than a week away.
In other words, “I’m back”. I can’t promise a regular schedule just yet, but I’m going to be stepping back into doing what I love.
And that’s talking about games.
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